Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo of 'Counting On' slammed for wasteful spending

If fame corrupts does absolute fame, such as the Duggars enjoy, corrupt absolutely. That's what some reality TV fans are accusing Jinger Duggar and her husband Jeremy Vuolo of. Instagram followers flew off the handle at the "Counting On" celebrities for their "wanton" spending, after the Duggar family's self-professed frugality on "19 Kids and Counting." What was the big deal all about? Click to read on Jinger Duggar and Jeremy Vuolo of 'Counting On' slammed for wasteful spending

I saved 80% on facial products: money-saving tips on moisturizers, night cream, eye cream

Looking in the mirror while having my hair done, I realized that I'm getting old. To avoid the withered prune look, I'm upping my skin care regimen. Now I'm here to tell you, folks, that moisturizers are not cheap. In fact, one might call it a racket! I love the Lancome night cream for example. After using my sample size, I went looking at Sephora and found it (are you sitting down?) $60 a little pot!!

So I went to my go-to TJ Maxx to find cost-saving alternatives and I wasn't disappointed. I stocked up on cellulite firming cream (another extortion game
), retinol cream, collagen oil, day moisturizer and night cream. And the whole arsenal only cost me $30. And I got a huge thing of collagen cream, like professional size for only $7. I found collagen and retinol oil for $5 at Big Lots. So now, bring on the dry skin because this penny pinching mama is ready (and she didn't bust the bank to do it!)

25 tips to save money on college dorm room essentials

As fall approaches, students go back to school or college. And that means time for back to school shopping on college dorm room essentials. Books, tuition, student housing and extra fees are already expensive. Outfitting the dorm room can put parents over the top financially. Here's money-saving mom's budget dorm room shopping guide.

First, focus on dorm room essentials. Skip the funsy-cutsy non-essentials. Stores and colleges would have parents believe college kids need. all kids of junk they don't. Think "need" not want. Get best prices at Walmart, Target, Amazon, Best Buy, Family Dollar, Dollar Tree, Dollar General and TJ Maxx. Watch secondhand stores and other store sales. Use Walmart Savings Catcher to make sure your Walmart purchases were the lowest prices available.

Dorm room essentials: (check first to see what furniture dorms provide, typically bed, desk, shelves, closet)
-branched floor lamp (one light for reading in bed and one light for the desk): $10
-microwave oven: talk with roommates about chipping
in on a microwave. Pick one up for $40
-bed set: includes comforter, fitted sheet, 2 pillow cases. Some come with cushioned lap desk: $36. Send sheets and blankets, skip pillow shams and bed skirt.
-pillow: $5-$10 Choose a good comfortable pillow. This is essential for proper rest. Don't allow your college student to use the provided pillow.
-rug or bath mat: $4
-alarm clock: $5
-personal toiletries set in shower caddy or zippered bag. Student should stow supplies in container to prevent spread of germs in shared bathrooms, under $10.
-shower shoes, flip flops or pool shoes for use in shared bathroom
-portable dorm refrigerator: $59. Stock with beverages and food, to prevent temptation to spend big money at the college dining room or cafeteria.
-bath towel set: includes two bath towels, two hand towels, two washcloths: $10 at Wal-mart.
-dorm room appliances: toaster, coffee maker and electric hot pot for heating up soup and canned foods. $7 each at Walmart. Send a hand can opener.
-pop-up clothes hamper and hanging shelf organizer (holds ten pairs of shoes and has three larger shelves for sweaters, tee-shirt, jeans or towels. Hamper zips shut for ease of carrying to laundromat or home. $20 for the set at Walmart.
-back pillow for studying in bed, under $20
-6 plastic totes with lids (18 gallons each): $24 at Wal-mart. Plastic totes are an excellent way to transport and store dorm rooms supplies and clothing. Six should be the perfect amount for supplies.
-dorm chair: don't get a bean bag or orbit dish chair. These are quite uncomfortable for older teens and adults. Get a clearance lawn chair with arms or a plush club chair that folds

Jinger Duggar millionaire: Duggars' 'Counting On' reality TV earnings wow

Without a career or college education, Jinger Duggar earns a salary that will shock you. Her net worth, as a homeschooled, jobless pastor's wife is more than some doctors. It proves how lucrative "19 Kids and Counting" was for the Duggar family. It shows why they were so anxious to get the "Counting On" reality television gig after Josh Duggar's pedophilia, pornography, and adultery scandal. Jinger Vuolo's multi-million dollar assets demonstrate why Josh is so eager to get himself and his growing family back on #Reality TV.   Jinger Duggar millionaire: Duggars' 'Counting On' reality TV earnings wow

Free printable valentines for kids

Valentines Day is fast approaching. Children's valentine exchanges
are popular school party activities. How about saving money with 
free
printable valentines and Valentine's Day greeting cards?
DL-TK is always a good one-stop source for holiday crafts. Here's
the page with 
Valentine's Day cards, crafts, coloring pages,
games, worksheets and other fun activities. There are valentines with cartoon
characters, Angry Birds, animals, flowers, hearts, cherubs, butterflies,
insects, vehicles and more. Print teacher 
valentine cards, too. Some are printed in multiples.
Free Printable Valentines has gobs of kids' valentine cards to print. There are many
different styles--animals, hearts, cupid, cute, silly, romantic and more. Look
for printable valentine memory game, crossword puzzles, and other games.
Free Printable has lots of valentine cards to print out. These are customizable
to size, shape and color. Some can be personalized with a message.
Living Lorcuto has 50 free printable Valentine crafts to make and share. Scroll down to see each one. Click on the ones
you want to print to get the template. Again, print in black and white so it
becomes a coloring activity. There are teen valentines, cute kiss ones,
Valentine iPod coves, treat boxes, decorations and cards.
Most valentines can be printed with several cards on one page.
Print in B&W with your black ink cartridge and turn them into color-you-own
valentines. Have children fill out valentines and sign. Now it's a craft and
writing lesson. This extends the activity (and keeps children's happily
productive longer!)



Nadya Suleman didn't want 14 kids or Octomom stigma, justifies porn work to avoid welfare

Nadya Suleman, better known as "octomom" wants out of both that stigma and being mom to 14 kids. The single welfare mom of 14 with IVF octuplets and former porn star told People that she never wanted such a large family. Suleman sought media attention to escape the negative attention she got as Octomom. She's giving more interviews to justify why she did pornography. Essentially she says it was either that or rely more on public assistance to feed her brood.  Nadya Suleman didn't want 14 kids or Octomom stigma, justifies porn work to avoid welfare

Kate Gosselin proudly milks sextuplets reality show cash cow, gets free stuff, tummy tuck

Kate Gosselin pretty much owes her sextuplets for everything. The former reality TV mom of 'Jon & Kate Plus 8' proudly admits to milking the sextuplets cash cow. Gosselin recalls happily accepting handouts for her kids including food, clothes, a car, home and even a tummy tuck. Wait till you get a load of the haul divorcee Kate got courtesy of her reality show--you'll have no trouble understanding why Gosselin panicked when the 'Kate Plus 8' gravy train ended. You may or may not have trouble accepting that she deserved charity or how she could so eagerly grab it.     Kate Gosselin proudly milks sextuplets reality show cash cow, gets free stuff, tummy tuck

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