Coupon Shopping for Tornado Victims- $125 for $23

No matter where you live in the U.S. you probably know someone who has been touched by the recent tornadoes that have devastated the Southern part of the country.  Many of these people have lost everything and are beginning their lives all over again.

So when Shannon at WVEC asked if I wanted to go grocery shopping at Harris Teeter to show their viewers the difference they can make with a few dollars and some coupons I jumped at the opportunity (for those of you in the viewing area this will be on the news Saturday morning).  The combined time it took to prep for the trip and to do the actual shopping was only an hour and a half.   Also each of the coupons was from the 5/1 Sunday paper except for one.

We had to do two transactions so that we did not violate the store’s coupon policy.

Shannon went first.  My goal was to make her transaction completely free except for tax.  She purchased 3 tubes of Crest toothpaste, 3 containers of yellow rice, two bags of Tostitos chips and one jar of Tostitos salsa.  Her total before coupons was $ 27.96.  After scanning the store card (on a smart phone!) and presenting her coupons the total was $.34!  Not too bad!

Next was my transaction.  My goal was to be around $22 with tax.  I bought 3- 32 oz bags of Mahatma rice, two jars of Tostitos salsa, one bag of Tostitos chips, 3- 64 oz bottles of Welch’s fruit juice, 3 tubes of Crest toothpaste, 4- 24 packs of 8 oz Nestle water, 3 tubes of Welch’s jelly and 9 bags of Quaker Quakes (rice cake snacks).  The total before coupons was $96.64.  A few weeks ago I had received a coupon in the mail for $10 off of $25 at Bloom (a local grocery store chain).  Harris Teeter accepts these coupons so I included that in with my store card and additional coupons.  My final total was $22.48.

So the total was $124.60 before discounts and after discounts $22.82!  Not bad!  And it’s for a great cause!

If you are interested in doing your own trip here are a few tips:

1- Check with your local foodbank but they most likely do not have facilities to keep things frozen or refrigerated.  Concentrate on items that can be kept on shelves without going bad.

2- Try to find foods that are pretty basic.  Pasta, rice, peanut butter and jelly are staples that most people like.

3- If you can get water, grab it.  Clean drinking water is a very basic need.

4- If you have the opportunity to grab health and beauty items free go ahead.  While the toothpaste I got today will not go to the food bank there are plenty of places to donate it.

With just a few coupons and a little bit of planning you can make a big difference in someone’s life!

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May Coupon Class Dates Available

I apologize that it has taken me so long to get these dates out- I was waiting for a few scheduling things.

Click here to see the dates I am available to come and teach a coupon class.  Please note that these dates are NOT classes open to the public- I am looking for people to host classes.

All you need to host is a minimum of 4 people and somewhere for everyone to sit.  The cost is $10 per person and I will handle everything else. 

So if you are interested check out the dates and then drop me an e-mail.

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Update On My Life

It’s been over a month since I did a post about my job situation so I wanted to take a second and let you know how things are going.

It has been a big adjustment trying to settle into a schedule in my new life.  There have been so many blessings- more time with family and friends, more time to work on the blog and MUCH less stress due to no longer having a Blackberry.  And while there have been challenges, the blessings have far outweighed the struggles.

Thankfully a few weeks ago I got a part time job that is perfect for me.  I am finishing up my training this week and will begin full fledged work next week.  I am VERY thankful for the supplemental income that will help ensure I am able to pay all my bills and help me reach the goal of paying off the debt I have left from graduate school (I can’t wait to write an “I’m Debt Free” post).

But I also wanted to let you know about this as while I am working (obviously) I won’t be posting on the blog.  So there might be some periods where I don’t post or don’t reply to e-mails as quickly as normal.   I am working hard to balance my new work schedule and my blogging time so hopefully in a few weeks I will have the ebb and flow of things all figured out. 

I am so excited about my new job and the chance to have a steady paycheck coming in.   But I am still all about trying to help you save money!

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Kids Frugal Fun 4/26

Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz bring you a craft you can create with your child that is both frugal and educational.

This week she went with a Mother’s Day craft. There are so many gifts for Mother’s Day on the internet and in books; she tried to pick a couple of the most frugal ones that allow you to use materials around the house.

Recipe Card Holder
Materials:
Small envelope box
Wrapping paper, brown paper bag, or construction paper
Markers, crayon, glitter, any other decorative items
Glue or tape
Index cards
Recipes from internet or magazines

Directions:
1. “Wrap” the empty envelope box with your choice of paper.
2. Decorate the outside of the box and labe the top “Mom’s Recipes”.
3. Cut the recipes out and glue or tape them onto the index cards.
4. Fill the box with recipes!

Photo or Memory Box
Materials:
Empty shoe box or diaper wipe container
Wrapping Paper of your choice
Tape or glue
Markers, glitter glue, other decorative items

Directions:
1. Wrap or decorate the outside of your box or container.
2. Label the box “Mom’s Favorite Photos” or “Mommy/Name of Child” Memories
3. Fill with loose photos or scraps of paper with favorite mommy/child memories. You can also present it to Mom for her to fill. We filled ours with a flower Will made at Easter and a framed photo of the boys.

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Coupon Class Open To The Public 5/9/11

I get atleast one e-mail a day from someone asking if there is a place they can attend a class without having to host.   These come up very rarely but an opportunity has presented itself.

May 9th at 7 p.m. there will be a class at Norfolk Apostolic Church in Norfolk, VA.  The class will last approximately two hours. 

There are 10 spots available.  The cost of the class is $10 which I need it advance (Paypal would be the preferred method).  Once your spot has been confirmed the deposit is non-transferrable and non-refundable.  Because there are so few seats I want to be sure those who sign up are serious about coming.

If you are interested in attending please e-mail me for Paypal information.  We always have a great time at coupon classes and I hope you can join us in learning how to Live Well Without Going Broke!

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Locals: Weekend Frugal Family Fun

Charlotte from MyActiveChild.com puts together a list each week of the best frugal (and often free) family events in the Hampton Roads area for the weekend!

If you are looking for something to do check out this list:

Friday- April 22, 2011

Dusk to Midnight- Skywatch at Northwest River Park, 1733 Indian Creek Rd Chesapeake, VA 23322 (Enter at the Equestrian Area)

7:30-9pm- Campfire at First Landing Park- Campfire Area Adjacent to the CBC Parking Lot, First Landing State Park 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach VA, 23451 (757) 412-2300 Saturday- April 23, 2011

Saturday- April 23, 2011

9am-5pm- 2nd Annual Spring Fountain Fair at TowneBank Fountain- Town Point Park, Downtown Norfolk, Virginia

10am- The Easter Bunny and the Great Egg Hunt at Lee Hall Mansion (ages 12 and under)- 163 Yorktown Road Newport News, VA 23603 (757) 888-3371

10am-12pm- Chesapeake Eggstravaganza (ages 8 and under) at Chesapeake City Park- 900 Greenbrier Parkway Chesapeake, VA 23320 (757) 382-6411

10am-3pm- Easter Eggstravaganza (ages 4-12) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park- 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

11am-6pm- American Indian Pow Wow at Mount Trashmore Park- 310 Edwin Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 473-5237 

11:30-1pm- Easter Extravaganza (ages 10 and under) at East Suffolk Recreation Center- 138 South 6th Street Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 514-4500 

12-4pm- Kids Art Palooza at Sandler Center for the Arts- 201 Market Street Virginia Beach, VA 23462 (757) 385-2787 

10am-3pm- Party for the Planet at The Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby Street Norfolk, VA 23504 
(757) 441-2374 

Sunday- April 24, 2011

1-2:30pm- Sunday Hayrides at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 Phone: (757) 825-4657 

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Kids Frugal Fun 4/20

Each week Sharon from Mom on Dealz brings you crafts to do with your child that are both frugal and educational. With Earth Day this week, I thought it would be appropriate to have that as a theme.

Craft #1
Coffee Filter Earth

Materials
-coffee filters
-green and blue markers
-water

Directions:
1. Have your child color the coffee filter with blue and green markers.
2. Cut out a circle to represent the Earth.
3. Spray the coffee filter with water and allow to dry.
4. The final product is very delicate-use this to discuss with your child how delicate the Earth is and list ways to take care of it ( reduce, reuse, recycle, etc).

Craft #2
Nature Binoculars

Materials
-2 Toilet Paper Rolls
-Square Piece of Cardboard (from cereal or other food box) cut 2X6
-Glue
-Decorative Accents (markers, glitter, sequins, feathers, pebbles, etc)

Directions:
1. Decorate the toilet paper rolls and square in your own designs.
2. Glue the rolls to the edges of the 2X6 cardboard piece.
3. Explore your back yard with your child and their new binoculars. Discuss all the plants and animals and the things we can do to protect them (i.e. don’t litter, use less water, etc).

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Kids Frugal Fun 4/14

Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz puts together a great frugal activity to both entertain and educate your kids. This week she had some help from Amee at Madame Deals!

Materials:
Magazine with pictures of your chosen animal (National Geographic was used for this one)
scissors and glue or tape ($1)
shoe box
2 dolphin (bought at Dollar Store) ($2)
Total Cost of Project: $3

Directions:
1. Have your child select the animal they would like to make a “home” or habitat for in the box.
2. Discuss with your child the types of things found in the habitat (coral,water, other fish for a dolphin).
3. Have your child search thru the magazine for these types of pictures. If they are old enough to cut them out allow them to do so, otherwise you will need to do this.
4. Glue or tape your pictures inside the shoebox to make it look like the habitat.
5. Tape your animal’s picture inside it’s “habitat”.

Educational Modifications:

1. Science: Obviously this activity is geare towards Science and the topic of habitats. You can discuss other animals and other habitats after creating this one.

2. Language Arts: Have your child write the steps to creating the shadowbox. You can also have them do some computer research about their animal and habitat and write about what they find. Remember that you can write their
thoughts down for them if they are too young to write. Will LOVES researching things on the computer with me (usually dinosaurs) and we always summarize what we find while searching.

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Kids Frugal Fun 4/6

Each week Sharon from Mom on Dealz creates a new fun and frugal game to play with your kids- and usually they learn something too!

Materials:
Construction paper
Magazines/Internet
Glue
Scissors
Play Money (can be printed HERE)
Markers

Directions:
1. Talk with your child about what kind of store they would like to open (Will chose a dinosaur store). Draw that store on paper.
2. Browse magazines or the internet for pictures of items that may be in the selected store. Cut out the pictures and glue them in a display on the paper (We used PBS.org to get our Dinosaur Train pictures).
3. Label the items in your store with prices.
4. Print out the paper money and cut it out or use play money from the Dollar Store.
5. Shop your store. Be sure to give your child a set amount of money they can spend so they learn the concept of not spending more than they have.

Language Arts Modifications:
1. Have your child create a shopping list before they “shop”. Making a list is one form of pre-writing in the writing process.
2. Have your child write about their “shopping trip” afterwards and seqence the items they bought.
3. Have your child write how they determined what items they could buy and still maintain their budget.

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Kid’s Frugal Fun 3/29

A big thank you to Sharon at Mom on Dealz for providing the Kid’s Frugal Fun each week! 

If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, you know that a major skill most children struggle with is learning how to make change. This is also a challenge for some teachers to teach. When I was teaching 2nd grade I came up with a game that really helped my children understand a little better.

Children love to engage in dramatic play/games and I tried my hardest to allow them to do this during center time in the classroom. Games and role playing are huge learning tools! When I first began teaching I also waited tables at night at our local Applebee’s (further evidence that teachers are not paid enough). My students were aware of my second job and were always very interested about it. I thought I would take advantage of this interest and use it to grab their attention, hence my Dining Out game was invented.

Materials:
Baby Wipe Container-Free if you have babies!  If not, use an empty tissue box.
To Go Menu(s) from your favorite restaurant-FREE
Play Money (you can print some from HERE or buy some at the Dollar Store)-Free or $1

Directions:
1.  Have your child decorate the outside of the wipe container to look like his/her favorite restaurant.
2.  Place to go menus inside with fake money.
3.  Assign roles of waitress and dining guests.  You can have as many guests as you like and you can rotate the roles.
4.  Take turns ordering off the menu and then “paying” for your meal.  The waitress will need to make change from the money that the dining guest pays with and the guest will need to double check the change they receive. This helps everyone involved practice their change making skills and also reinforces double checking your work. 

It’s a simple but effective game.  You can also change the prices in the menus since most of them end in .99 or .49 and the kids will catch on fast what amount of change needs to be given.  This game also reinforces reading skills as there are sure to be some words they need to sound out while selecting their food.

Adaptations for younger children:
My 2 year old obviously can’t play this game. However I can begin working on his money skills by teaching him to count different sets of items and eventually counting by 2′s, 5′s, and 10′s.  After that we can begin working on simply identifying different coins and paper money.

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