Shredding any personal papers that have your account numbers and other information is an important step to take in order to protect your identity.

Here is information on how long it is recommended to keep certain documents. Some items such as bank statements and credit card statements may be accessed online.

Secure Your ID Day is an opportunity to have some of your documents shredded for free.

The events will be held Saturday, October 11 from 8am to 1 pm at the ND events.

Locations are:
Bismarck: Wells Fargo, 1050 E. Interstate Avenue

Fargo: Wells Fargo, 2501 13th Avenue South

The public and business community is invited to bring up to two boxes or bags of documents to be shredded. Documents to be shredded should be removed from binders, but staples, paper clips and CDs are okay as is.

Click here for participating locations around the United States.

If you are looking for a unique Halloween costume, you may want to check out the sale at The Stage at Island Park this week. Following is a post that was on their Facebook page.

Visit The Stage at Island Park THIS WEEK for tips on Halloween costumes from stage costumers and to pick up a few items to make Halloween your very own this year!

The Stage at Island Park at 333 4th St S, Fargo will be hosting a rummage sale with used costume pieces and general clothing items this week on Thursday (9-7), Friday (9-6) and Saturday (9-2)! Stop in for some examples of regular clothing transformed into spooky, clever costumes!

I did some baking over the weekend to have snacks for the week and warm up the house some. One of the recipes I made was Cinnamon Raisin Quick Bread. I left out the raisins and added some granola instead.

I used a DIY Muffin Mix to make blueberry muffins. This recipe is to make up a larger mix of muffin mix so you have it on hand and just need to add the wet ingredients and any add ins when you are ready to make muffins. I used blueberries that I had purchased earlier and froze.

I was walking through the Fargo JCPenney store today and saw a few racks of swimsuit separates clearanced at $2.97 each (regular $30-$50 each). The racks were back in the area by the salon.

It may not be worth making a special trip due to the limited sizes bit if you are in the area.

I got 3 tops for an upcoming trip for about $10 instead of $100.

I recently tried a recipe for Vegetable Pot Pie. I used a store bought crust instead of making one. I used potatoes, carrots, corn and broccoli, since that’s what I had on hand.

It is a great way to use up vegetables you may have. You could also use canned or frozen if you don’t have fresh vegetables.

It turned out great and tasted wonderful on the cold day.

One of the personal finance authors I have followed for years and recommended to others is David Bach. He has authored several books including Smart Women Finish Rich, Smart Couples Finish Rich, Start Late Finish Rich, The Automatic Millionaire and others.

A large part of his writing focuses on the small expenses and making saving automatic. The phrase, “The Latte Factor” which he uses refers to the small expenses that can add up quickly such as coffee, bottled water and other expenses.

He also suggests to make your savings automatic out of your paycheck or bank account so there is less temptation to skip a month or two.

He has a new seminar geared towards women that is being presented in some cities. In it he will discuss 9 Steps to help you plan for your financial future and retirement. The cost of the seminar is $15.

If you can’t attend the seminar, I would suggest his books as a great start or refresher to getting your finances in order.

I have been looking for table lamps for my bedroom and family room. On a recent trip to the thrift store, I came across the two lamps above. They were $10 each. Regularly they are about $30 each.

The second photo shows how it matches the floor lamp I already had.

With the prices of many things continuing to rise it is more important than ever to find ways to make you money go further. Jessica from GoodCheapEats.com is doing a series in October on ways to save money on groceries. Each day she will have a tip or idea of how to save money.

One way I save money on groceries is to purchase items I use regularly when they are on sale. A couple of things I usually have a few extra of are ketchup and mayonnaise. Last week, I noticed I was out of Miracle Whip and this week it is on sale at Hornbachers for more than half price. It is usually almost $5 and on sale from today thru Tues, Oct 7 for $1.98. A couple dollars may not seem like a lot but the savings can add up over time.

I recently attended at Creatively Uncorked painting party. At a painting party, an instructor walks you step by step through the process of painting your own work of art.

All supplies are included and set up ready for you to paint. Parties are normally 2 hours long and cost $40. Some paintings take longer and are a slightly higher cost. There is a calendar of upcoming parties on their website and Facebook page. The company caters to the Fargo/Moorhead, Grand Forks areas and surrounding areas. You can also book private parties where you can choose the painting you want to do. The minimum attendance for a private party is 10 attendees. You can have fewer than 10 people, but the fee you pay will be the fee for 10 people. There are also children sessions available from time to time.

The website contains all of the paintings that are currently available and new paintings are being added weekly.

It is a great opportunity to try painting without investing in supplies of your own and you get detailed instructions and assistance.

The photo above is the painting I painted.

Friday, September 26 is the 5th Annual Fargo Airport Outdoor Movie featuring PLANES. The event starts at 6:30 and movie starts at dusk. Bring a blanket and chair. The movie and popcorn are free along with aircraft on display and classic cars parked on the ramp. There will also be concessions including $5 burger or brat, chips and a drink.

Proceeds from the event go towards United Way of Cass Clay.

Library Lego Events
The Fargo Library is hosting a new monthly “LEGOs @ the library” events for kids 12 years of age and under. Scheduled from 2 to 4 p.m. on the fourth Saturday of each month, the first session is set for Saturday, Sept. 27, at the downtown Main Library. The library will provide the LEGOs; the kids provide the imagination. All materials and LEGOs must stay at the library, and youngsters are asked not to bring their own LEGOs from home. Call the Children’s Services Department at 241-1495 or email askchildrens@cityoffargo.com for details.

Fargo Public Library events are free and open to the public. Adults must accompany children under 10 years old.