The best & worst things to buy in October


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October is a high point of the year for many of us, with its colorful leaves, sweater-worthy days and Halloween fun. And from a shopping perspective, we’ll start to see fall clearance sales, Halloween-related deals and opportunities to donate to Breast Cancer Awareness by shopping for your favorite brands. 


Looking to make the most out of the fall shopping season? Here is a roundup of October’s best buys, including many from brands that’ll make donations to breast cancer-related organizations for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. 


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Breast Cancer Awareness

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and brands selling a variety of goods and services pledge a portion of proceeds to this important cause. In addition to donating, several brands are extending savings to you, making it easier than ever to support research and patient care.


AnaOno was founded by Dana Donofree after overcoming a breast cancer diagnosis at the age of 27. The collection includes comfortable, sexy, and inclusive lingerie and loungewear for all women; whether they be plus-size, breast cancer survivors, women with no breasts, natural breasts, one breast, and more. Throughout October, AnaOno will be donating 10 percent of sales to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, as well as their ongoing initiative with the Pink Warrior Advocates where you can make any donation, from rounding up the change of your purchase, to $1, $5 or more when shopping at AnaOno. Customers can also take 50 percent off panties (over $10 in savings) when you build a matching set with code BOGOPANTY at checkout. 

Colleen Rothschild Beauty “Breast” Friend Self-Exam Butter

Born out of the founder’s personal experience finding a lump during a self-exam, this rich, pink butter contains murumuru, Bacuri and five exotic oils that provide moisture to facilitate self-exams. From Oct. 1-4 and again Oct. 28-31, you can take advantage of Buy One Get One Free to share one with your “breast” friend (regularly $42). Furthermore, 100% of retail sales will be donated to The Pink Fund, which provides financial support to help meet basic needs, decrease stress levels and allow breast cancer patients in treatment to focus on healing.  

Free Reign

This sustainable apparel brand is known for its supportive Everyday Tank (originally $74), which is designed to last through many of life’s changes. From Oct.  9 to Oct. 11, save 15% off with the discount code TT15. And throughout October, Free Reign will be donating 10% of sales to Living Beyond Breast Cancer, a national nonprofit organization. 


This brand creates comfortable and versatile activewear (originally $12 and up) made to “flatter, not flatten,” empowering women to feel confident and supported. Handful donates 12.5% of revenue from their Battle Cry Pink bra sales year-round to the Young Survival Coalition in honor of the 12.5% of women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. For the month of October, save 15% off all activewear with the code FUcancer.

These iced pumpkin spice lattes are perfect for early fall

For me, fall is all about pumpkinchai, and gingerbread. I start by making my homemade spice mixes at the beginning of September. Also, I love the warm drinks that we usually make during this time of the year. I bet by now, you must have already had at least one pumpkin spice latte or chai spice latte. But, did you know that it is so easy to make these at home?  I must admit that I love Starbucks PSL. However, I think it is loaded with sugar.

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You can make this drink as an iced PSL or a hot PSL. We have a few warm days until the end of October, so we can still enjoy these iced drinks for a bit longer. In addition, the best part about this recipe is that you probably already have most of the ingredients in your kitchen.

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  • Milk – I am using whole dairy milk, but, almond, soy, or coconut milk are just as delicious.
  • Pumpkin puree – I am using canned today, but you can also use homemade pumpkin puree.
  • Pumpkin spice – I love making fresh homemade pumpkin spice and you probably already have all the spices to make your own. But you can definitely use store-bought as well.
  • Coffee – I like my latte on the lighter side, so I use regular brewed coffee. But you can also use a strong espresso.
  • Sweeteners – Honey is my go-to sweetener, but agave or maple syrup are just as delicious. And brown sugar adds a nice touch of caramel flavor from the molasses.
  • Whipped cream – I think whipped cream just makes everything so absolutely gorgeous and irresistible. Of course, you can also use milk foam or have yours without any topping.

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Add the flavor of fall to your next latte with this pumpkin latte. Made with pumpkin pureepumpkin spice, and coffee this is a surprisingly simple and easy recipe to make in less than 5 minutes.


  • Blender

  • Milkshake Glasses


  • 1 cup Milk
  • 2 T Pumpkin puree
  • ½ t Pumpkin spice
  • 1 T Honey
  • 1/4 cup Coffee or espresso
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1/2 tsp Vanilla extract


  • 1/2 cup Ice
  • 1/4 cup Whipped cream
  • 1/4 tsp Cinnamon powder
  • 1 Cinnamon stick


  • In a blender, combine all ingredients – milk, coffee, pumpkin puree, honey, pumpkin spice, cinnamon powder, and vanilla extract.

  • Blend for at least a minute or two so everything is well combined and whipped until light and foamy.

  • Then, pour into individual serving glasses over ice. And, top with whipped cream or milk foam and sprinkle some cinnamon powder.

  • Garnish with a cinnamon stick and enjoy!

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If you love pumpkin spice, you may also enjoy these other festive fall favorites:

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This leather products brand is known for its stunning aesthetic and practical functionality. Their on-trend bags, wallets and accessories ($8.50 and up) provide organization and function. Breast Cancer Awareness is a personal and passionate cause for the brand, and throughout October, they will be donating 10% of the proceeds of its Pink Collection to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation. In addition, all pieces of the collection are on sale starting at 50% off. 

Isabelle Grace Jewelry

This sustainably made jewelry brand treats each piece as a work of art. Their Breast Cancer Awareness Collection (originally $22 and up) supports survivors and those afflicted through inspirational and motivational designs. The brand also donates a portion of proceeds to breast cancer. Throughout October, get 20% off with the code BCA20. 


This collection of one-size-fits-most basics ($15 and up) is made to fit and flatter all women. During October, the brand is hosting their annual Breast Sale Ever, where select items will be 30% off with the code BSE30. In addition, the brand will be donating a portion of proceeds from the sale to Alexis Butcher, a woman who was diagnosed with breast cancer this year while in her second trimester. For the past six years, Skinnytees has selected one woman to support with the goal of making a large impact in her life.

Fall Clearance 

Fall officially began on Sept. 22, but fall merchandise has been available for weeks now. Before you know it, we’ll be seeing holiday decorations in stores, so retailers need to move this season’s merchandise to clear space. Expect discounts in the 25% and up range, particularly on apparel and footwear. Discounts will be popping up all month but will be concentrated around Columbus Day/Indigenous People’s Day on Oct. 11. 

Academy Sports + Outdoors

From Oct. 4 to Oct. 24, this chain of sporting goods and outdoor stores is hosting a variety of sales, including:

  • Get up to 25% off Magellan Outdoors Outwear (originally $25-$55)

  • Save $20 on Columbia Men’s Steens Mountain or Women’s Benton Springs Fleece Jackets + Pullovers (originally $60)

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These thoughtfully curated, timeless silhouettes are made with the brand’s signature soft, innovative fabrics (originally $84 and up). During their fall clearance sale, which begins Oct. 8, save up to 40% off.


This line of eco-friendly, sustainable apparel for men and women is made using bamboo viscose. The brand specializes in everyday basics, relaxed essentials and activewear. From Oct. 6 to Oct. 10, save 30% off all tops (originally $19.99 and up). 

MIA Shoes

This footwear brand provides a balance between fashion and comfort in vegan-friendly materials ($69 and up). This fall, MIA Shoes has a range of boot styles in the season’s go-to fabrics. Through the end of November, save 25%off all fall styles, excluding clogs.  


This premium athleisure subscription box provides curated three-piece outfits valued at $200+ for just $79/month. Styles are provided based on a personalized quiz. From Oct. 1 to Oct. 12, received $20 off with the code CDS21.

Cozy <a href="">comfort food recipes for your fall table</a>

There is nothing better than trying a delicious new recipe or cooking a yummy meal for your family. However, with our busy lives so often, we have great ideas and plans but no time to put them together! If you want to cook but don’t have the time to put a quick dinner together, then read on! These quick dinner ideas will get your supper on the table in record time and keep you from hitting the order button on your food delivery app.

Use any or all of these tips to help you get that super simple dinner on the table even quicker and save you some money!

Buy meat in bulk or stock up when it is on sale and freeze it in individual portions. If you have extra time- cook or season the meat for your favorite recipes to make it even easier and faster for you!

Cook and freeze small portions of basic building blocks that you can throw into a recipe. You can make stock, caramelized onions, sauteed vegetables, basic cream sauces, and other ingredients you find yourself needing a lot. Freeze these, label them well, and pull them out when you need them.

Create a rotation of meals that you constantly have in your house. Keep a set shopping list of all the ingredients you need to have in your house at all times.

Have one or two quick dinner ideas that you know how to make well and have all the ingredients in your house all the time. Those days when you are running late, or something goes wrong? Quickly whip up one of those instead of heading to your local restaurant.

When you have extra time, make doubles of recipes that freeze well and keep your freezer stocked with an extra meal or two (or more), so you always have something to eat.

If you like meal planning, try to plan meals to use leftovers later in the week easily.

When you go through this list, you will see many sheet pan recipes or one-pan meals- these dinner recipe ideas come together incredibly quickly, and clean-up is a breeze! Invest in the right equipment for your go-to easy dinner so you can make it even easier and more simple. Buy the right sheet pan for that sheet pan dinner and the right size pot for your favorite easy dinner. Set yourself up for success.

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I love cooking at home for my family, but I don’t always have the time to put in the time, energy, or money to make gourmet meals for everyone. These best dinner recipes make supper in my house a breeze. 

Pasta is the Queen of cheap and easy foods. I love making pasta for my family as a quick, easy supper because it is so versatile- I leave some plain for those very picky eaters who won’t eat anything.


A classic Italian pasta dish with the creamiest lemon sauce! This Vegan Pasta al Limone recipe is gluten-free, dairy-free, allergy-free, and still so simple and easy to make! This authentic Southern Italian pasta sauce is cheesy, buttery, tangy, super creamy, and comes together in one pan for a quick and delicious meal ready in 10 minutes!

Vegan Pasta al Limone Italian Lemon Pasta

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This chicken thyme pasta cooks in just 20 minutes! If you’re looking for an easy meal everyone will love, then this pasta dish is for you! This chicken thyme pasta is super comforting and rich. The dish is cooked with fusilli pasta, cream, thyme, and juicy chunks of chicken. The ultimate date night meal!

Chicken Thyme Pasta – Cooked by Julie

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A foolproof recipe for cacio e pepe rigatoni that uses a blend of pecorino romano and parmesan cheeses. And did I mention you only need one skillet? ONE SKILLET! cacio e pepe is a cheesy, peppery pasta — like a very fancy kind of mac and cheese. It’s so, so good, and just extremely comforting to eat on those nights when you just can’t be bothered to make something with more than four ingredients.

One-skillet cacio e pepe rigatoni » the practical kitchen

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This pasta with Pumpkin Sauce is quick and easy to make, easy to clean up, and will feed the whole family! It’s hearty, flavorful, and cozy. With only one pot required, and less than ten ingredients, this pasta is easy to cook and easy to clean, which (hi, busy mom, here!), we can all appreciate!

One-Pot Pasta with Pumpkin Sauce | Marley’s Menu

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25 Minute Lemon Broccoli Pasta is an easy weeknight meal and a great entertaining option all wrapped into one! It is surprisingly fast and easy, yet full of bright, fresh flavors that everyone will enjoy.

25 Minute Lemon Broccoli Pasta | Borrowed Bites

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Make a restaurant-worthy creamy mushroom pasta dish with ease at home! You roast the mushrooms with garlic and butter, and the pasta is tossed with a velvety garlic sauce, served with creamy, luxurious burrata cheese that makes the perfect creamy garlic mushroom sauce.

Creamy Garlic Mushroom Pasta | Sweet Tea + Thyme

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Southern baked macaroni and cheese, also called soul food mac and cheese, is the ultimate comfort food. Creamy, rich, ooey-gooey, super cheesy, with those crispy browned cheese edges…no one can resist perfectly baked mac and cheese.

(Soul Food) Southern Baked Macaroni and Cheese | Sweet Tea + Thyme

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Sweet sun-dried tomatoes and vegan cream sauce come together to make a dish that gives you the best of both worlds. It’s creamy, cheesy, 100 percent vegan, and is easy to make.

Sun-Dried Tomato Pasta – Daring Kitchen (

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These Sweet and Spicy Noodles are a Thai-inspired fast, easy weeknight dinner that can be ready and on the table in just 20 minutes! These 20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Peanut Noodles are so easy and so spicy with a lovely hint of sweetness.

20 Minute Sweet and Spicy Noodles – Served From Scratch

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These 5-ingredient spinach and ricotta stuffed shells are a quick and simple vegetarian pasta dinner that is perfect for a busy weeknight or a special occasion. These easy stuffed shells provide a comforting, wholesome, flavorful treat and make the perfect 30-minute meal the whole family will enjoy.

5 Ingredient Spinach and Ricotta Stuffed Shells • Happy Kitchen

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It’s a one-pot wonder ready in just 20 minutes! This Mediterranean-inspired One Pot 20 Minute Greek Pasta is a dump and makes a vegetarian dinner that’s bound to be a family favorite like it’s become in our house!

One-Pot 20 Minute Greek Pasta – Served From Scratch

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If you are looking for a cheap and quick vegetarian dinner to make, then look no further. If you want to save money and eat healthier, then one of these vegetarian dinner ideas will be a perfect dinner for you or your family.


This low-carb egg and spinach with Bulgarian feta cheese is the perfect keto staple meal for your easy sugar detox plan and one of my most favorite gut-healthy foods and egg fast diet plan dinner (and breakfast) ideas. This low-carb vegetarian recipe is straightforward to make food and excellent for your slim down diet!

Keto Feta and Spinach Omelette for Egg Haters – Mind Body And Spirit Wellbeing

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This Pizza Rice Casserole is a favorite weeknight dish with all the pizza components without the crust. You don’t need to wait for a pizza crust to rise or a pizza stone to heat up for this cozy dinner.

Pizza Rice Casserole – Nina Kneads to Bake Savoury

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Flavourful, soft, perfectly-textured falafel with a crisp outer, you’re going to love this vegetarian harissa falafel recipe! The whole wrap is super easy to make and tastes like you are walking in the market in the Middle East.

Harissa falafel – A Mummy Too

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Spanish Rice and Beans from Platter Talk is a fast, easy, and healthy meal to feed your family! Who said living on a diet of rice and beans needs to be boring? Trust me, with this dish you won’t feel poor!

Spanish Rice and Beans

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This mushroom stew is an easy one-pot meal that is ready in less than 30 minutes. You can eat this delicious Mushroom Stew all year round, and it goes well with pasta, quinoa, rice, or mashed potatoes. A nourishing stew that has no meat in it? Sign me up!

Mushroom Stew – Nourish Plate

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Taco Tuesday just got a healthy makeover with these sweet potato and black bean tacos. Ready in just 25 minutes, sweet potato tacos are perfect for when you want a fantastic dinner but are short on time.

Sweet Potato and Black Bean Tacos

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These quesadillas are quick, delicious, and packed full of vegetables. The crisp tortillas, melted cheese, and big flavor make them a favorite for the whole family. This recipe is so simple that kids can get involved in making vegetarian quesadillas too.

Amazing Vegetarian Quesadilla Recipe: Quick and Delicious

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This vegetarian quinoa enchilada bake is perfect for busy weeknights. It also freezes well and is a great dish to use to stock up your freezer. I love this recipe because it can be tailored to fit a lot of different dietary needs.

Vegetarian Quinoa Enchilada Bake


This simple and delicious lentil dhal is made with just a few pantry ingredients. Red lentils are cooked with fragrant spices and creamy coconut milk until a creamy and thick texture is reached.

Easy Lentil Dahl Recipe – Nourish Plate

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Try something new with this easy vegan paella recipe. The recipe makes four servings, so great for a family or two meals for two adults.

Classic Vegan Paella Recipe – Delicious and Filling Meal For A Family

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This sweet potato curry requires just one pan. That’s it. Quick and Easy with no crazy clean-up – just delicious and creamy coconut curry to eat after a long work week. Who doesn’t love a good curry? This simple, 1-pot curry recipe is the answer to cold weather. It makes meal prep a breeze!

Sweet Potato Curry Recipe – Daring Kitchen

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This Peanut Tofu Satay Curry is easy to make, super satisfying, and full of flavor. It’s rich and creamy, nutty, fragrant, salty-sweet, and perfectly spicy. It’s easily customizable, packed with veggies, comforting, and warming. It’s hearty and satisfying and super easy to make as it’s made in one pot and ready in 20 minutes!

Peanut Tofu Satay Curry (Vegan + GF) | Rhian’s Recipes


Love buddha bowls? Love bright, bold Mediterranean flavor? Then, you’ll love these easy-to-meal prep bowls filled with flavorful quinoa, arugula, bell pepper, tomato, cucumber, chickpeas, olives, feta cheese, and hummus.

Easy Mediterranean Buddha Bowl | Monica Nedeff

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Do you have some chicken in the house? Then, try one of these easy, healthy, and quick chicken dinner recipes for yourself or your family. You can use leftover chicken for some of these recipes as well, making it a doubly cheap and easy dinner!

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Chipotle Chicken Tacos are an easy weeknight meal ready in about 30 minutes! These tacos are spicy and a bit sweet, with a sauce made with chipotle peppers, onion, and lime. Perfect if you are looking for summer dinner ideas.

Chipotle Chicken Tacos | Nibble and Dine

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This Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers recipe is one of the best and easiest healthy weeknight meals of all time! Bell peppers are gently broiled and stuffed with tender chicken, cauliflower rice, fresh pico, and avocado.

Easy Chicken Fajita Stuffed Peppers | Cook At Home Mom

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This chicken-fried rice recipe is ready in just 10 minutes! Using leftover chicken is even quicker (and more nutritious) than getting take-out! This recipe is such an easy recipe to throw together after a busy workday! It’s such a quick, easy dinner.

10 Minute Gluten-Free Chicken Fried Rice – The Helpful GF

This Spanish Chicken Stew comes together in less than half an hour but tastes like it’s cooked for hours, a hearty chicken stew full of warming rosemary, lemon, and garlic flavors. It one of my favorite weeknight dinners for years – and great to keep in the freezer for cold days when you need to warm up.

Easy Spanish Chicken Stew with Lemon, Rosemary & Olives

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You only need five ingredients and 5 minutes to put these chicken leg quarters together. This recipe is ridiculously easy, and the result is way more flavorful and delicious than you would imagine.

Chicken Leg Quarters Recipe – 5 Ingredients, 5 Minutes!

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This healthy one-skillet pineapple chicken includes chicken breasts stir-fried with fresh ginger, garlic, and vegetables, all in a sweet pineapple sauce. I love meals like this, where the grocery list can be short.

Healthier Pineapple Chicken Stir Fry | Worn Slap Out

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This Skillet Apricot Chicken is pan-seared until golden and juicy, then covered in a sweet and sticky apricot jam glaze! It’s an easy weeknight dinner made in one pan (or electric skillet) in just 25 minutes.

Skillet Apricot Chicken | Borrowed Bites

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This Cinnamon Chicken recipe is deliciously savory with a surprising burst of flavor! Shop your pantry and use what you have on hand to make a complete meal. Use for weekly meal prep with various sides.

Cinnamon Chicken – Budget Delicious

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This Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup Recipe comes together in 30 minutes and packs a ton of flavor and veggies! Make this soup for dinner any night of the week, or freeze some for later.

Chunky Chicken Tortilla Soup | Fast | Easy | EmilyFabulous

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When your favorite egg roll is put in a skillet – with various vegetables, chicken, noodles, and sauce, further stir-fried to make the best egg roll noodles, make the best and easy under 30min dinner – egg roll noodle bowl. Serve these with a salad of your choice.

The 30-minute egg roll noodle bowl | Savory Bites Recipes

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Less than 30 minutes from start to finish, this Orange Chicken is bound to become your new favorite! It’s way better than takeout. It’s fresh, light, and filled with those signature flavors you crave and love. Serve with broccoli or cauliflower rice for a healthy Whole30 approved meal that the whole family will love!

WHOLE30 ORANGE CHICKEN – Organically Addison

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This paleo & keto cashew chicken recipe is a 30-minute meal that features tender, stir-fried chicken in a thick and flavorful sauce with cashews that tastes just like take-out, only better!

Keto Cashew Chicken {Paleo & Gluten-Free}

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This Herb-Roasted Sheet, Pan Chicken recipe, made with chicken thighs, gold potatoes, and fresh green beans, makes a delicious and easy weeknight meal. This is a nutritious dinner that the whole family will devour!

Herb-Roasted Sheet Pan Chicken with Potatoes and Green Beans

Sheet pan chicken fajitas made with marinated strips of chicken, bell peppers, and onions served on a warm tortilla shell topped with green chili aioli. It’s all done in just 30 minutes!

Sheet Pan Chicken Fajitas | Simply Happenings

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Tender, juicy chicken breast cooked with rice and seasoned with honey and lemon is a delicious twist on chicken and rice. Cooked in one pot, this recipe has dinner on the table in a snap!

Honey Lemon Chicken and Rice

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You can make this Easy Ramen Noodle Recipe in less than 30 minutes. Throw that salty preservative package away and make a delicious and homemade meal that everyone will love.

Easy Ramen Noodle Recipe

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Have some meat in the house? Do you have a craving for some steak or some takeout? Check out some of these quick meat dishes for dinner.

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This grilled steak salad is a healthy, colorful, and flavorful meal topped with a homemade avocado cilantro dressing. The options for personalizing this salad are endless: the beef steak can be either grilled or pan-fried before slicing, and all the toppings can be customized to your dietary preferences!

Steak Salad With Avocado Dressing

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Needing an inexpensive and easy idea for dinner? Homemade Sloppy Joes! Yes, these are easy and fast, and I am not talking about pouring it from a can. Homemade is the way to go, and I bet you already have these ingredients in your refrigerator and pantry.

Homemade Sloppy Joes – Home at Cedar Springs Farm

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This Slow Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli is easy on your wallet and gives you free time to do more of the things you love. Who needs take-out when you can make this delicious meal in your house?

Slow Cooker Chinese Take-Out Beef and Broccoli | This Old Gal

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This Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes features seared beef cubes and potatoes in garlicky butter and soy-based sauce. It comes together in under 30 minutes, and everything is cooked in just one pan.

Asian Steak Bites and Potatoes – Delightful Plate

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This honey and chili crispy beef recipe is way better than takeout. You’re going to be so shocked when you find out how easy it is to make this tasty meal in just 30 minutes!

Honey & Chilli Chinese Crispy Beef Recipe – My Morning Mocha

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This easy taco salad comes together in a flash, especially if the ground beef is cooked ahead of time – which it could be if you follow my quick dinner cooking tips above!

The Best Easy Taco Salad Recipe – Fluxing Well

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Do you love eating fish? Fish can be a super easy and quick dinner that is healthy and delicious. Enjoy one of these quick dinner recipes!

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This is a simple and wildly delicious way to prepare and serve this tender, flakey, and popular white fish. If you can’t find mahi-mahi, replace it with another type of flakey white fish.

Easy Mahi Mahi Recipe with Lemon Garlic Sauce – The Forked Spoon

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Super quick make in ten minutes creamy salmon pasta that the whole family loves! This pasta is so quick to get ready. It only takes the pasta cooking time plus 5 minutes to stir through!

Creamy Salmon Pasta

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This unbelievably easy recipe for canned salmon impossible pie is healthy, economical, and takes just 10 minutes to put together! Made with pantry staples, it’s ideal if you’re stuck at home with few ingredients on hand or need to get dinner on the table quickly.

Quick and Easy Canned Salmon Impossible Pie | A Taste for Travel

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Baked salmon in foil is a moist, flavorful, and flaky whole side of salmon infused with lemon garlic butter sauce. It makes an excellent centerpiece for your holiday dinner table, and it’s also perfect for making dinner without a special occasion. Salmon in foil is healthy, easy, and ready in under half an hour!

Lemon Garlic Butter Salmon in Foil Recipe – Little Sunny Kitchen

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Whip up this super simple tuna and sweet corn gluten-free pasta dish using a handful of store cupboard ingredients. It’s so delicious, packed with bold flavors, you can even serve it hot or cold – the choice is yours!

Tuna and Sweet Corn Pasta – That Girl Cooks Healthy

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Tilapia fillets are coated with an amazingly flavorful blackened spice rub and pan-fried to perfection. It is super quick! Less than 10 minutes to make this blackened tilapia, and that includes the prep time as well.

10-Minute Blackened Tilapia – Framed Recipes

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This pan-seared salmon is a quick, delicious take on seafood flavors. It’s a lemon-garlic seasoned filet with baked broccoli to complete a multi-textured and filling dinner!

Pan-Seared Salmon Recipe – A Simple and Elegant Dinner Idea

Cooking at home is one of the best frugal living tips you can use! A home-cooked meal is a satisfying and warming end to a long day. When you don’t have time to sit and cook for a long time or don’t have the luxury of a croc-pot or instant pot to throw up supper, these quick dinner ideas are the perfect recipes to eat after a long day. These easy dinner ideas will make meal prep a breeze, and with this list, you won’t have to spend too much time deciding what to make for any weeknight dinner.


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Red & Olive Co.

This fair trade doll brand hand-knit fashionable dolls ($78 and up) made from natural materials by artisans in Peru. Your child and their doll will have a matching head accessory for them to wear, sparking imaginative play. Through Oct. 31, get a free Halloween sweater ($24.99 value) with each purchase of a doll set, and save 15% with the code HALLOWEEN15


This same-day delivery service allows users to order from a range of stores, including, Target, Kroger, Publix, Petco, Costco and CVS. An annual Shipt membership is $99 per year and includes free delivery on all orders over $35. For non-members, there is a $10 delivery fee associated with orders. From Oct. 19 to Oct. 31, Shipt is offering $5 off of orders of $25 or more on Mars Wrigley products. 

Spooktacular Creations

Whether you’re planning to party, parade around the house or pop up on a Zoom call, Spooktacular Creations has affordable costumes for everyone from babies to adults to pets, as well as wigs, makeup and props (originally $19.99 and up). Through Oct. 24, save 15% with TRUESPOOK15 (one use per customer).

What Not to Buy (or what probably won’t be on sale)

  • Electronics: The upcoming Black Friday/Cyber Monday timeframe is the best time to buy electronics like TVs, laptops, smartwatches and tablets. It’s right around the corner if you can wait!
  • Toys: If the kids are asking for a toy that has appeared on more than a few hot toy lists, it might make sense to buy it now. It’s not likely to be on sale, but we are expecting some delays and stock issues later in the season. However, if the kids are asking for a classic toy or something more general, wait until December when you’ll find the best pricing on toys. 


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20 vegetables that thrive in a fall garden

Fall is in the air, and pumpkin-flavored everything is in abundance. While many think spring is the only time to grow vegetables, fall is a great time to plant crops as well, as the cooler temps can give edibles a chance to grow without the unbearable heat.

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Friendly reminder to plant your seeds or seedlings where you want to grow them (versus moving them as they mature) as vegetables don’t tend to transplant well. These plants will need full sun, a healthy bed of dirt and rich compost and soil kept moist for optimal growth.


Here are 20 vegetables you can plant in the fall, and the number of weeks out you should plant before the first frost. Not sure what zone you are in? Check out the Farmer’s almanac by clicking here.

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  1. Broccoli
  2. Brussel Sprouts
  3. Chard
  4. Collards
  5. Kale
  6. Kohlrabi
  7. Parsnips
  8. Snap Peas
  9. Summer Squash
  10. Radishes
  11. Rutabaga

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12. Cauliflower
13. Carrots
14. Cucumbers
15. Parsley

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16. Arugula
17. Beets
18. Mustard
19. Turnips

20. Garlic — Here’s a pro tip: plant garlic in November for spring bounty.

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Trae Bodge

Trae Bodge is an accomplished lifestyle journalist and TV commentator who specializes in smart shopping, personal finance, parenting, and retail. Trae has been named a Top Voice in Retail by LinkedIn and a top personal finance expert by GoBankingRates and Flexjobs. She is a contributor at Millie Magazine and CNN Underscored, and her writing and expert commentary have appeared in Newsweek, Woman's Day, Forbes,, Kiplinger, Marketwatch,, Yahoo Finance and numerous others. She has also appeared on TV hundreds of times; including Good Morning America's GMA3: What You Need to Know, NBC Nightly News with Lester Holt, Inside Edition, CNBC and local network affiliates nationwide.