Kids Frugal Fun- National Aviation Day

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational! I know we just did a rocket craft a couple of weeks ago, but since National Aviation Day is the 19th, I couldn’t let the day pass without doing a craft related to it!

Paper Towel Roll Airplane

Materials:
2 Paper Towel Rolls
Craft Knife or Scissors (adult use)
Markers, Stickers, Paint (whatever you would like to decorate with)

Directions:

1. Cut one paper towel roll all the way down the side. This will open the roll up.
2. Cut out a small rounded back wing and a larger rounded front wing.

3. Cut 4 slits on the other paper towel roll-2 on the sides at the top and 2 at the sides of the bottom.

4. Slide the smaller back wing into 2 of the slits and then the larger front wing in the other set of slits.

5. Decorate the plane the way your child would like.

Educational Activities:
1. Language Arts:
a. Airplane Nursery Rhyme-Reciting nursery rhymes and recognizing ryhming words are major kindergarten skills! You can make up your own to any tune you enjoy. The one we created is below.
b. ID alphabet letters while doing activity (P for plane, A for airplane, S for sky, etc). We did W for Will and for the Wright Brothers.
c. Have your child create a journal entry about the craft, writing or drawing steps in the process of creating it.

2. History: Discuss the concepts of past, present, and future. Identify that the Wright Brothers flew the first plane in the past, you created this craft in the present, and brainstorm about air travel in the future.

3. Math:
a. Have fun throwing the plane so that it can fly. Measure the distance it flies with rulers, tape measures, or using non-standard measurement using items like paper clips, crayons, etc.
b. Create patterns on your child’s plane. Will wanted windows on his plane for “the people to see out” so we added red and white circles. I had him alternate the colors and we discussed it was a pattern (called an AB pattern, red being “A” and white being “B”).

4. Science:
a. Remind your child that we need to take care of our planet and one way to do this is to reuse and recycle products. Discuss how you reused the paper towel rolls in this project.
b. Talk about the position to hold the plane when “flying” it and discuss the speed it flies and how hard your child throws it and where they throw it (up, down, right, left). Directional words is another big kindergarten skill.

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My Menu This Week

Each week (in a perfect world) I sit down and plan a few meals I will be cooking over the next seven days.  Remember I live alone so one dish may last me three or four meals. 

Each week I base my choice of meals off of what I already have in my kitchen.  This way when I go the store there is very little to buy. 

So this week when I started looking around the kitchen these were the things that jumped out at me:

Chicken (I have alot of chicken courtesy of Zaycon foods)

Zucchini, Eggplant & Onion from some people who were nice enough to give me veggies

Marinara sauce that will go bad if I don’t use it this week

Parmesan bread crumbs that I bought at a farmers market a few weeks ago

With those ingredients in mind, I starting thinking through my favorite recipes.

One that immediately jumped out is my friend Merissa’s Homemade Chicken Nuggets.  They are unbelievably yummy.  And when I look down the list of ingredients the only thing I will have to buy at the store this week is eggs!  Combine those nuggets with a bag of veggies (which I already have in my freezer) and that should be two or three meals.  Harris Teeter has eggs on sale this week Buy One Get One Free which makes them $.99 a dozen.  So for three meals my cost paid this week will be $.99.

I also want to use those other veggies so my immediate thought went to some kind of zucchini dipped in marinara sauce.  So I found this receipe online for Baked Parmesan Zucchini Sticks.  This will also allow me to use the bread crumbs as well.  And since I will be buying the eggs for the chicken nuggets I do not need to purchase anything to complete this meal.  So my total out of pocket cost this week is FREE!

Now my third meal for this week is a bit more complicated.  I have a love of Sesame Chicken but it is SO unhealthy.  Deep fried chicken is not really high on the list of things I want to put in my body.  I have been searching for an alternative recipe and my friend Jen has what she calls Simple Sesame Chicken at Home.   (I have been drooling all day over the picture).  So to try to curb my craving I am going to attempt to make this as well.

Now this recipe has alot of actual ingredients in it so I will have to make an investment up front.  My shopping list will include rice wine vinegar (about $2.50), cornstarch ($.97), ground ginger ($4.00- WOW), red pepper flakes ($2.50) and sesame seeds ($1.99).  All the other ingredients I already have in my house.  So this total will be right around $12.

So to make three dishes in my house this week will cost around $13.  If I can cook the portions correctly that should be about $1 a meal plus most of the ingredients for the Sesame Chicken I will not have to buy again for a while.

This is what combining your stockpile and picking smart recipes can do.  You will notice none of the prices above included a single coupon.  So by taking a few minutes to plan, you can save big bucks!

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September Coupon Class Dates Available

Are you interested in hosting a coupon class in your home, church, community center  or back yard gazebo?  I would love to come and teach one for you!

The classes takes between two and two and a half hours and cover the following topics:

Sources for Coupons
Coupon Organization
Coupon Policies
Shopping Preparation
Drug Store Deals
Local Farmers Markets
Uses for Expired Coupons
… and much more!

Each participant receives a work book and an envelope of coupons.  The cost of the class is $10 per participant.  As a host if you have 7 attendees besides yourself your class is free!

The dates I am available in September are 5th, 7th, 9th, 19th, 21st, 23rd, 26th,  28th and 30th.

So if you are interested in hosting drop me a line and we will get all the details worked out!

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Beef Recall Nationwide: Publix, Winn Dixie, Walmart, Sam’s Club & more

I don’t generally put recalls on my site but this one is pretty wide spread.

National Beef Packing Co. of Dodge City Kansas has recalled thousands of pounds of ground chuck & ground beef due to possible E-Coli contamination.

Here are the links with the info:

Walmart

Publix

Winn Dixie

Thanks igobogo!

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Coupon Class Open To The Public in Norfolk, VA

If you  have wanted to take a coupon class but didn’t want to host I have one that will be open to the public!

On September 12th at 7 p.m.  Norfolk Apostolic Church is opening their doors to anyone who would like to participate in the class!  It should take between two and two and a half hours.  Each participant will receive a workbook and an envelope of coupons and there will be some door prizes as well!

Here is a sample of the topics we will cover:

Sources of Coupons
How To Shop Grocery Stores
Meal Planning
How To Shop Drug Stores
Uses For Expired Coupons
Organization Methods

The cost of the class is $10 and you do have to pay ahead of time in order to secure a seat.  If you are interested just drop me a line here and I will be happy to send you all the information!

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Kids Frugal Fun Sun Baked S’mores

Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.

August 10th is National S’mores Day and since I LOVE s’mores I thought this would be a cute activity-and a yummy one!

Materials:
Shoe Box
Plastic Wrap
Tin Foil
1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
Graham Crackers
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (save $1/2 with this coupon)
Marshmallows
Craft Knife (adult use only)

Directions:
1. Cut a rectangle in the lid of the shoe box and cover with plastic wrap.
2. Cover the bottom of the shoe box with tin foil.
3. Lay a small piece of black construction paper on top of the tin foil.

4. Break a graham cracker in half and lay each piece side by side on the black paper.
5. Place a piece of chocolate bar on one cracker and a marshmallow on the other cracker.

6. Cover the box with plastic wrapped lid and set outside in the sun. Allow chocolate and marshmallow to melt (the chocolate will melt quicker so you may want to put the marshmallow out before for a few minutes).
7. Enjoy your yummy s’more!

Ways to make this activity educational:
-Language Arts: 1. Have your child create a journal entry about the activity. If they cannot write words yet, you can have them dictate OR have them draw pictures to tell the story. Telling a story using pictures is a big Kindergarten skill.

2. Have your child ID or circle letters on the food packages.

-Math: 1. Have your child count the marshmallows in the package.

2. Time how long it takes for the s’mores to be ready. This is a great way to introduce a clock to your child by simply pointing out the numbers/hands and discussing how they move to show time.

3. Discuss the shapes used in this activity (rectangular of shoe box, rectangle of construction paper, rectangle of cracker, etc).

-Science: 1. Have your child use their 5 senses to discuss the ingredients (texture of the materials used, sounds of tin foil, taste of s’more).

2. Discuss how the chocolate is a solid before going into the sun and then becomes a liquid.

3. Discuss shadows in the yard and the box should be placed in direct sunlight to make it melt faster.

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We Mourn With Those Who Mourn

Regardless of how you feel about the current activities of the US Military I know that Americans support our troops and recognize the sacrifices they and their families make.

Today one of the middle schoolers I work with at my church got the news no young girl wants- her dad isn’t coming home from Afghanistan.  Her mother has lost a husband and she has lost her father.  She is a sweet, energetic soon to be seventh grader and my heart has been breaking for her all night.

So I wanted to take a second and ask my readers to do whatever it is you do (say a prayer, have a positive thought, light a candle) and lift up the families who sit waiting.  And for those who found out today that someone they love is not coming home we grieve with you.

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 8/5

Charlotte at My Active Child has put together a great list of the frugal activities in Hampton Roads.  Here are the highlights:

All Weekend- (Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 7 am-6pm) Portsmouth Celebrates US Coast Guard! at Portsmouth, VA

All Weekend-(Friday 3-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm) Hampton Cup Regatta at Mercury Blvd. Bridge at Ft. Monroe Hampton, VA

All Weekend- (Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm) Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2513 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach VA

Friday
10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239

1:30pm- “Bridge to Terabithia” at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts ($1 Admission) 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 757 923 0003

6-7:30pm- Crabbing at First Landing State Park- Bay Store- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

Saturday
9am-12pm- Home Depot Kids Workshop- Pencil Box at All Home Depot Locations

10am-12pm- Butterfly & Dragonfly Tour at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Foundation 4510 Twin Pines Road, Portsmouth VA (757)
686-8684

11am-3pm- Back to School Family Fun Day! at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-8031

12pm- All About Snakes at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

2pm- Toot and Puddle Costume Character Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 827-1118

7pm- Family Films by the Fountain- Mary Poppins at Fountain Plaza at City CenterOyster Point, 701 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-2020

Sunday

2-5pm- National Kids’ Day at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina 110 East Constance Road Suffolk, VA (757)514-4509

10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA

Click to see the complete list of events.

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Kids Frugal Fun 8/2

Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational. August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so this week’s craft is centered around this delicious snack. For the remainder of August, I will also be concentrating on kindergarten skills in the educational activities section at the bottom. Enjoy!

Watermelon Tambourine
Materials:
1 Paper plate
Handful of beans
Markers
Glue

Directions:
1. Cut the paper plate in half horizontally.

2. Color the outside edge green and the middle red or pink.

3. Use a black marker to make the “seeds” on the watermelon or you can can glue down beans to the plate.

4. Glue the rounded edges together and allow to dry.

5. When the glue is dry, put your beans inside the plates and then glue the straight edges together. Allow to dry.

 

Educational Activities:
-Math: 1. When getting the beans, estimate how many you can grab from the bag and then count them.

-Science: 1. Have your child shake their tambourines following your directions (shake it up, down, to the left, right, etc). 2. Have your child shake the tambourines on different body parts (knees, elbows, head, etc). 3. Eat a real watermelon and plant the seeds in a cup. Water the seeds everyday and discuss the needs of plants.

-Language Arts: 1. Shake the tambourine to the beat of your favorite nursery rhymes. See if you can create new nursery rhymes together that are about watermelons. For example: To the tune of “Hey Diddle Diddle—Hey watermelon, with seeds in the middle, you’ve got a green rind, I love to eat your juicy center,as a treat after dinner (you get the idea).

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Tax Advice- Claiming Items Bought With Coupons

Sharon at Mom on Dealz has a column every week called “Ask An Accountant.”  I usually don’t post them but this week’s was VERY relevant to my readers.  One question I get asked in coupon classes is open taking a tax write off for donations bought with coupons.  Sharon addresses this issue in her post.

Although tax season is over, tax questions arise year round. My husband is an experienced accountant and will be answering questions sent to me at cjwtaxpro@gmail.com with the subject line “Ask an accountant”.

Question:
I donate from my stockplile quite frequently. When claiming these deductions, do I deduct what I paid out of pocket or what the items would normally cost without coupons/sales?

Answer:
There are 2 schools of thinking for this question. One side says you do not get to deduct something you have not paid for (assuming the item is free after coupons). The other side is that you still get to deduct fair market value. Generally speaking, I agree you deduct fair market value. For example, on average, diapers are priced around $10. If you buy a pack of diapers but there is a sale, you have coupons, and you have store rewards (such as register rewards, etc) so your final price is less than $10, you can still deduct $10 since the value of the diapers did not change, despite how much you paid out of pocket.

*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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