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Halloween Help For Parents: 6 Tips For Super-Simple, No-Cost Costumes

Written by Super User · 26 October 2011

October 26, 2011

GhostDon’t spend money on an outfit your child will most likely wear only once! Have fun, get creative, and keep your money in your pocket (and your budget) by using everyday items in your own home to create an unforgettable costume for your child. Search in your closets, and scour through your clothes drawers to find easy help for dressing up your child—on the cheap.

1. Grab your sheets.

Bed sheets can be used for everything from a cape to a toga to a spooky little ghost (thank you, Charlie Brown).  Hopefully, there’s an old one hanging around. If not, snatch one from your linen closet (or someone’s bed) for a last-minute save.

2. Dig for scraps.

Fabric scraps or pieces of old clothing can be cut into various shapes and sewn or pinned on overalls to show off the rugged character of a little farmer or scarecrow. Use pinking shears to add fun detail to scraps before attaching to costumes.

Virginia Saves Participates in the Virginia CASH Campaign Fall Classic

Written by Super User · 24 October 2011

October 24, 2011

By Teresa W. Walker, Virginia Community Capital, Inc. Savings Manager

The Virginia CASH Campaign Fall Classic, led by Carolyn Spohrer, Virginia Community Action Partnership, was held in Richmond on October 13.

The event brought together tax coalitions in Virginia providing free tax preparation services and asset building programs for a day of learning and sharing.

October is National Disability Month and the conference highlighted the National Disability Institute's Real Economic Impact Tour and provided timely information for all participants.  Several members of the Virginia Saves Advisory Board attended the meeting, as well as, participated as an exhibitor or speaker.

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Virginia Saves Advisory Board Members: Lori Irwin, Virginia Saves volunteer; Teresa Walker, Virginia Community Capital and Virginia Saves Coordinator; Chris Neighbors, IRS; Maureen Gooden, Metro CASH; and John Meeks, FDIC.  Dawn Lindley, Virginia Municipal Credit Union League (not in the photo).

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