Halloween Costumes, Candy, Kids Trick or Treat Festivities--By the Numbers

Hard on the heels of back to school sales, Halloween costumes are selling like hotcakes right now. Topping the children's costume list are superheros, princesses and some old favorites. Although stranger danger, candy safety, religious objections and the fear factor worry some parents, the trend to celebrate Halloween is growing. It's also a very lucrative holiday for merchandisers. Here's a look at Halloween facts and figures by the numbers.  Halloween Costumes, Candy, Kids Festivities--By the Numbers.

How I Save 50%-75% on Back to School Shopping with Credit Cards

Credit cards get a bad rap, but financial gurus tout them as a way to build credit. I pinch pennies so tight that I make Jack Benny look like a spendthrift. Even this fru-gal mom of four gives credit cards a thumbs up. Here's how to save money and teach your children valuable financial lessons with using credit cards. Use this guide for back to school shopping.

Use credit cards in moderation. It's like the oft-misquoted Bible maxim: "Money is the root of all evil." The correct passage says, "the love of money is the root of all evil." The plastic isn't the problem, it's the misuse. Set a good example for children by spending in moderation. How This Penny-Pinching Mom Saves Money with Credit Cards

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