Kids Frugal Fun- All About Me Book

Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. For the remainder of July and August, she will be concentrating on kindergarten skills.

Materials:
2 sheets construction paper
5-10 sheets of white computer paper
Paper clips
Crayons, markers
Yarn, string, or ribbon
1 ruler or tape measure
Hole punch

Directions:
1. Show your child a ruler or tape measure and ask them what it is used for. Discuss that when you measure items with inches or centimeters, it’s called standard measurement. Tell them sometimes you don’t have those items available so you can use other things to measure with. The possibilities are endless but we chose to use paper clips.

2. Trace your child’s foot on one sheet of paper and measure it with paper clips. Record the number.

3. Trace your child’s hand on a sheet of paper and measure it with paper clips. Record the number.

4. Have your child lay down and stretch yarn to the length of their body and cut it. Stretch the piece out in order to measure it with paper clips. Record the number.

5. Fill in the other pages of the book with any other things you would like recorded about your child. You can measure their waists, arms, legs, favorite toy, favorite book, etc.

6. Have your child decorate the front cover of the book and put the title “All About ______(child’s name).

7. Put the papers together and hole punch, then thread yarn through the holes to hold the book together. You now have a perfect momento of your child AND you helped them learn about nonstandard measurement at the same time!

Educational Applications:
1. Math/Science: Recording data and using nonstandard measurement are kindergarten skills so this craft fits pefectly. You can also use the ruler or tape measure to make comparisons between standard and nonstandard results.

2. Lanuguage Arts: Discuss parts of a book (front cover, back cover, pages, etc). You can even make a table of contents for your book!

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LIVE On-Line Coupon Class

After a successful experiment last week I am excited to announce that A Frugal Chick is going to begin doing live coupon classes on-line! 

The first class will be August 3rd at 7 p.m. EST and should last about 1.5 hours.  Here are the topics we will cover:

Sources for Coupons
Coupon Organization
Shopping Preparation
Drug Store Deals
and Uses for Expired Coupons

The cost is $5 per person and must be paid via Paypal before the class begins.  (All the money from this class will be donated to World Vision.  I have sponsored a child with them for years and know they are a great organization.)   This class should be relevant no matter where you coupon in the United States! 

The class will not require you to have a webcam or a microphone- I will not be able to see or hear you.  The participants will have an online chat room that everyone (including me) can see but I wanted to make sure anyone could take part without needing anything fancy!

If you are interested in attending please drop me a message and I can send you all the details!  I look forward to being able to meet so many of you!

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USell: Cash for Electronics

This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of uSell for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

My cell phone is old- it doesn’t even have a camera.  I am pretty sure my Ipod is 2nd Generation.  So when it comes to having electronics laying around the house that are worth some cash i am afraid I have no first hand experience.  (Although some of my items may be museum friendly!)

But if you (or someone in your family) is the type of person who likes to upgrade their electronics you may have some money lying around your house and don’t even know it!  You can sell those old electronics (this includes cell phones, e-readers, digital cameras, mp3 players, tablets and more) and use the extra cash to pay for back to school clothes!

But when it comes to selling it can get confusing.  Ebay? Craigslist?  Let me introduce you to an alternative: Usell.com.  They will help you find the best buyer so you can maximize the cash for your cell phones and electronics .


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To check it out I went onto their site and pretended I had an Apple3G Iphone (8 GB for those of you who know such things).  They asked me some questions about the condition of the phone and what accessories I had.  After I submitted all my information they gave me three offers- ranging from $52 to $88 from various sites.  The great thing is- your offer is valid for up to 10 days from the time you receive the quote.  So if you want to find your quote and then compare to prices on other sites you can always do that and come back to sell it. 

And since you are selling your electronics to companies there is no dealing with a buyer who may flake on you.  After selecting which service you want to use, uSell will direct you to the buyer’s website. The buyer will then purchase the unwanted items directly from you with fast payment. With all electronics, once all personal data is erased, they will either be refurbished or recycled depending on their condition.  (Buying refurbished electronics is what I like to do!)

So if you have something you think might be worth some money take a few minutes and check out the offers on Usell.com! 

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Kids Frugal Fun- Rocket Ship

Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal. For the remainder of July and August, I be concentrating on preschool and kindergarten skills. This week marks the anniversary of the day that man first walked on the moon (July 20th is Moon Day) so I thought making a rocket ship sounded like a great idea!

Materials:
Paper Towel Roll (use this Viva coupon for savings)!
Red Construction Paper (on sale this week at Toys R Us)
Aluminum Foil
Tape and Scissors

Directions:
1. The adult should cut 4 slits in one end of the paper towel roll. Space them evenly around the roll and make each slit about 2 inches.

2. Cut out 2 large red triangles from the construction paper (about 5 inches tall). Cut a slit into the top of trianble and the bottom of the other (about 2 inches long).

3. Insert the triangles into each other and then put them into the slits on the paper towel roll.

4. Cover the paper towel roll with aluminum foil.

5. Using a cup, trace a circle on the red construction paper. Then cut a line to the center of the circle.

6. Fold the paper circle until it becomes a cone shape and tape together. Then tape it to the top of the rocket.

7. “Fly the rocket to the moon!” (Those are Will’s directions!)

Educational activities:
1. Language Arts: Teach your child nursery rhymes that talk about the moon. (Hey Diddle Diddle, Man in the Moon, I See the Moon, etc). One of the Virginia Standards of Learning is for children to be able to recite poems and rhymes and to be able to recognize rhyming words.

2. Math: Discuss the shapes used in this craft. (triangles, circles, rectangle (foil), and cylinder (paper towel roll). Recognizing shapes is another kindergarten skill.

3. Science: Discuss the moon and talk about when you see it (nighttime), where you see it (sky/space), etc.

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Week #5: CrossFit Chesapeake Challenge

Today ends week #5 of the CrossFit Chesapeake Challenge.  I grabbed some pictures of CrossFit Chesapeake this morning so you can see what it looks like inside!

This week I pulled back on the carbs and added some more protein in my diet.

So when I weighed myself this morning I was surprised when I was only down one pound.  But that’s a total of 6 pounds in five weeks so atleast it wasn’t a gain!

However when I did my measurements I was happy to find I lost another inch off my waist!  So I guess I am losing weight and replacing it with muscle. 

 

This week I tried a great new recipe for Homemade Chicken Nuggets that was very inexpensive (I pretty much had everything in the house already) and they were yummy!  I also got a recipe for Yogurt Chocolate Chip Cookies (made with Greek Yogurt to increase the protein) but will wait a bit longer before I make them. 

This is officially the halfway point so keep your encouragement coming!

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Netflix Raised Rates- What Are You Going To Do?

So have you heard the news?  Netflix is raising their rates- or changing them, depending on how you use your Netflix.

Gone are the days of $9.99 monthly unlimited DVD-rental and streaming combination plan.  We all knew it was too good to last. 

Now if you want to stream unlimited it will cost you $7.99 a month.  And if you want to check out one DVD at a time and have it mailed to your house, it’s another $7.99 a month.

I was paying $9.99 to stream so my bill is now going down $2 a month.

If you want both streaming and DVD it’s going to cost you an extra $6 a month.  In some cases if you want unlimited DVDs 2 at a time your rate will go up a little bit more.

It stinks, don’t get me wrong.

But before you call and cancel  let’s look at your other options:

1- Redbox.  Yes there are lots of free codes.  If you don’t want that brand new movie as soon as it comes out on DVD they will work great.  Awesome if you are just looking for something to fill a Friday night- not so great if you are looking to see the hottest new release.

2- Video Rental.  So instead of Netflix you can just run down the street and grab a video.  Oh wait… nice job Netflix.  These stores aren’t nearly as easy to come by as they used to.

3- Hulu- You can watch TV shows on Hulu for free… oh wait, you can’t do that anymore really either.  As Hulu continues to try to compete with Netflix they have been moving more and more of their shows to the paid version only. 

4- Expand Your Cable Programs- don’t even get me started on the price of cable.  $16 a month can’t even scratch the surface of  the cost of expanded cable.

So if you aren’t using Netflix that much- cancel it.  You won’t miss it that much.  For some of you that is absolutely the best option- you will be very happy with the free Redbox and Blockbuster codes!

If you are using Netflix an extra $6 a month means one less coffee or take out meal. 

Do I hate that they raised rates?  Yes.

If enough people don’t cancel does it mean they will do it again?  Yep.

And until they have a legitimate competitor will they continue to be able to do so?  Yep.

So let me know… what are you doing about the new rates?

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A Unique Opportunity- Harris Teeter Coupon Class

Who loves Harris Teeter? Who would like to learn more about coupons and how to save money while grocery shopping? Then we have the class for you! Momondealz, The Coupon Challenge, and A Frugal Chick have teamed up to bring you an exclusive coupon class inside a local Harris Teeter store. Here are some of the useful topics we will cover:

  • Where to find coupons
  • Organizing coupons
  • Preparing to shop
  • Barcodes
  • Stockpiling
  • Saving on store brands and recipes for Harris Teeter products
  • Specific Harris Teeter coupon policy

 
There will also be some awesome door prizes distributed during class including gift certificates to Harris Teeter and surrounding businesses!

In order to better serve participants, the class size will be limited to 25 attendees so if you are interested in participating, you should register as soon as possible.

Where: Harris Teeter in Princess Anne Plaza
3333 Virginia Beach Blvd. Suite 101
Virginia Beach, Va. 23452

When: Monday, August 8th at 6:00 pm

Cost: $5 per person

Registration begins today and payment is due in order to reserve your spot. To register email your name to hrcouponclass@gmail.com and you will receive a return email with payment options.

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Kids Frugal Fun 7/12

Each week Momondealz brings you a children’s craft that is fun, educational, and frugal! This week’s craft is perfect for a rainy day and can be applied to many skills that a child should know before entering kindegarten. For the rest of the summer she will be focusing on important pre-kindergarten skills.

Materials:
1 big sheet of paper
1 sheet of sandpaper
5-10 small shells (you can draw and cut some out if you do not have any available)
Cotton balls
small amount of toothpaste
goldfish
glue
crayons/markers

Directions:
1. Have your child draw a beach scene complete with sand, water, sun, and clouds. If your child is too small for this, have them point where they would like beach features to be on the paper.

2. Cut the sandpaper and glue on the sand part of the beach.

3. Squeeze a small amount of the toothpaste and smear where the water will be. Add the goldfish.

4. Glue the cotton balls on the clouds and glue the shells along the beach sand.

5. Color/decorate to create your child’s desired scene.

Educational Activities:
Language Arts: 1. Complete the craft on a rainy day and sing the nursery rhyme “Rain Rain Go Away”. Nursery rhyme knowledge has been proven to aid in a child’s reading ability later in school. 2. Discuss the different beginning letters of objects in your scene (s for sand, c for cloud, etc).

Science: 1. If you complete the activity on a rainy day you can discuss the water cycle and add rain drops to your beach scene. The 4 parts of the water cycle are evaporation (from sun), condensation (clouds), precipitation (rain), and collection (ocean). 2. Discuss habitats with your child and that the beach provides many animals a home. 3. Discuss the 5 senses and how they can be used in this craft. Taste: Have your child taste the toothpaste and goldfish Touch: Have your child handle and tell you how each material feels (sandpaper is rough, shells are smooth, etc). Smell: The toothpaste scent. Hearing: Discuss the sounds you hear at the beach (waves crashing, seagulls, etc). Sight: Describe what you see at the beach.

Math: 1. Count the number of objects in the scene. Have your child point to/touch each object as they count. 2. Have them identify which set has more or less (there should be more cotton balls and less fish and shells). 3. Use extra materials and have your child sort them by characteristics.

Social Studies: Discuss the scene with your child using different directional words (above, below, left, right).

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Reminder: Yorktown Coupon Swap

We still have spots left for the Coupon Meet in Yorktown on August 6th. If you’re interested, please use the email address below to register. Spaces are filling up fast, so sign up now. Get a hand with your coupon organization and meet other locals.

The Coupon Challenge, Mom on Dealz and A Frugal Chick are planning another Hampton Roads Coupon Meet!

When: Saturday August 6, 2011 from 9:30am-11:30am
Where: 1st Advantage Federal Credit Union in Yorktown

Meet Objectives:

  • Meeting fellow coupon users in the area
  • Swapping coupons*
  • Mailing expired coupons to Military Families Overseas**
  • Help with coupon organization – take a peek at our organization methods!
  • Answering Questions
  • Receive exclusive coupons & giveaways

Space is limited to 25 attendees and registration is required. There is a fee of $3 to cover costs and is due upon registration.

*Bring coupons to swap (remember just because you can’t use something doesn’t mean someone else can’t!)

**We will mail your expired coupons to Military families overseas for you! Please only bring coupons expired by a month or two and sort them into categories

How To Register:
Email your name to hrcouponswap@gmail.com. In response, you will receive an email explaining payment options. Please remember that space is limited.

We look forward to meeting our readers!

We are working on more dates in other cities and hope to have a post soon.

Address:
1st Advantage Federal Credit Union
110 Cybernetics Way
Yorktown, VA 23693

Fee Covers:
Any Purchases we need to make for the event
Postage for mailing expired coupons
Location Fee (where applicable)

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Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 7/8

Each week Charlotte from My Active Child brings you the best in frugal local activities.

Friday

10am– Feature Reader Summer Reading Program, Ages 6-8 at Portsmouth City Park Amphitheatre, Portsmouth VA (757) 393-8481 x4125

10:30am- Watch the final Space Shuttle launch on the giant IMAX screen for FREE at the Virginia Air & Space Center 600 Settlers Landing Road, Hampton, VA 23669 757-727-0900

11am- Storytelling In the Park- The Diggity Dudes at Blue Bird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 727-8314

3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront

6-9pm- Family Karaoke Night at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607 (757) 247-8950

8:30-10pm- Free Outdoor Movie- Surf’s Up! at Red Mill Commons 2181 Upton Drive Virginia Beach, VA

Saturday

10am- Lowe’s Build & Grow Workshop- Tow Truck at All Lowe’s Locations

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

12-3pm- Second Saturday Family Day- Transportation: From Here to There at The Chrysler Museum of Art, 245 W Olney Rd, Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 664-6200

2pm- Cinderella visits Storytime! at Barnes & Noble TCC at MacArthur Center Mall, 300 Monticello Avenue, Norfolk, VA 23510, (757) 625-3459

5:30-8:30pm- Hampton Heat 200 (Free event for Hampton Residents!) at Langley Speedway, Hampton VA (757) 865-7223

6:30-10pm- Saturday Nights LIVE in the garden! Virginia Living Museum, 524 J. Clyde Morris Blvd., Newport News, VA 23601 (757) 595-1900

Sunday

1pm- Sunday Nature Hike at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

7:30-10pm- Movie Night on the Green- Wizard of Oz at Virginia Beach Town Center 222 Central Park Avenue, Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 965-5452

Click here to see the complete list!

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