Kids Frugal Fun- It’s All About The Money

?Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz brings you a kid friendly craft that is fun, educational, and frugal!

June 1st is a little known holiday-“Flip Coin Day”. There are so many activities that can be done with coins but I have picked my favorites and listed them below.

Piggy Bank
Materials:
Oatmeal container, coffee container, pringles can, etc
sturdy cardboard
Knife (for adult use)
1 penny, 1 nickel, 1 dime, 1 quarter
pencil
white paper
crayons

Directions:
1. Cut a sheet of paper to wrap around your “bank”. Have your child decorate it.
2. Glue or tape the paper to the container.
3. Have your child “rub” an impression of each coin by placing paper over them and coloring over them. Glue the pictures to the lid of the container.
4. Cut holes next to each picture for coins to be inserted.
5. Cut 2 pieces of cardboard to fit standing in the containter. Arrange them so that there are 4 divided areas in the container.
6. Place the lid on top of the container so that each hole is over one of the divided areas inside.
7. Start saving!

Educational applications: 1. Have a discussion with your child about each coin, their worth, design, size, etc. 2. Talk with your child about what saving means. If they are old enough, you can talk about an item they may want to purchase and how they can use the bank to save for it.

Money Mobile
Materials:
Coin printouts-you can print some HERE
String
Hanger
Crayons

Directions:
1. You can either print out the coins or have your child color some of their own.
2. Examine each coin and discuss the size, color, worth, inscriptions,etc.
3. Punch holes in each coin and tie string thru them.
4. Attach each coin’s strings to the hanger.
Educational application: Use the mobile to help your child ID coins.

“Flip For Probability“-game
Teaching probability to children is a difficult skill. A game my students used to love to play was Flip for Probability. All you need is a piece of paper and a coin.

1. Show your child a coin and examine the sides. Discuss that one side is known as heads and the other side is known as tails.
2. Tell them you will be flipping a coin 20 times today. Have them predict what side will land the most during the game-heads or tails? Why do they think this? Discuss that since there are only 2 sides, the probability is that the coin will land on each side pretty equally.
3. Flip the coin 20 times and record each time what side the coin lands on-heads or tails.
4. Discuss the results.
Educational application: This game helps your child understand probability (the likelihood of something happening), making predictions, and recording results on paper.

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Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities- Memorial Day Edition

Charlotte at My Active Child puts together a great list each weekend of the fun and frugal weekend activities in Hampton Roads.  This weekend there are a bunch!

All Weekend:

Friday-Monday (7am-6pm)- 2011 Langley Kennel Club All Breed Dog Show at Hampton Roads Convention Center 1610 Coliseum Drive Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 315-1610   
Friday (6pm), Saturday-Monday (12pm)- Amusements of America Carnival at Hampton Coliseum- Hampton Coliseum Parking Lot, 1000 Coliseum Drive, Hampton VA (757) 838-5650  
Saturday-Sunday (9am-7pm)- 28th Annual Pungo Strawberry Festival at 1776 Princess Anne Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456   
Saturday-Sunday (1-5pm- Military Event) Military Family Weekend Event- Memorial Day at the Bay at Cape Henry Inn and Beach Club – JEBLCFS – JEB East (757) 422-8818 or (757) 425-6631  

Friday:

6-10pm- Family Great Adventure Series- Seaside Scavenger Hunt/Movie: “Flipper” on the beach at 27th Street, Virginia Beach VA  
Dusk to Midnight- Skywatch at Northwest River Park - Northwest River Park 1733 Indian Creek Road Chesapeake, VA 23322 (757) 421-7151   

Saturday:

8-10am- Early Bird Walks at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge 4510 Twin Pines Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23703 (757) 686-8684   
2pm- Notes From the Far East with Lui Chong Berz at Horace C. Downing Branch Library 555 E. Liberty Street Norfolk, VA 23523 (757) 441-1968  
7:30-10pm- Stargazing and Owl Hoot at False Cape State Park -Little Island City Park, Virginia Beach VA (757) 426-7128   

Sunday:

7-9pm- Big Bands On The Bay (Top Hats Orchestra) at Ocean View Beach Park 111 West Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503  

Monday:

11am- Memorial Day Parade in Portsmouth, VA (757) 393-8639  

1-5pm- Come Sea History at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum and Lightship PORTSMOUTH 2 High Street on the Portsmouth, VA Waterfront (757) 393-8591  

4:30pm- Memorial Day Service on the USS Wisconsin on the Downtown Norfolk Waterfront, Norfolk VA (757) 664-1000  

 6-8pm- WHRO Memorial Day Concert – Symphony in the Park at Town Point Park, Waterside Drive Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 441-2345 

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Kids Frugal Fun- Patriotic Wind Sock

Each week Mom on Dealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal!

Since this week is Memorial Day, I thought it would be appropriate to make a craft honoring the sacrifice of our nation’s heroes. Thanks to Enchanted Learning for this week’s idea. My educational modifications are at the bottom.

Materials:
Oatmeal container
red and white streamers or strips of construction paper
blue and white construction paper
glue
string

Directions:
1. Cover the oatmal container with blue paper. Cut stars out of the white construction paper and glue all over the blue.
2. Cut strips of red and white paper or use streamers and attach to the end of the container.
3. Hole punch 4 holes at opposite end of containter and tie string going through the holes.
4. Wave your wind sock proudly!

Educational adaptations:
Social Studies/History: 1. Discuss the meaning behind Memorial Day. Have your child illustrate your discussion. 2. Research any heroes you may have locally.

Language Arts: 1. Have your child make a thank you card for veterns at a local vetern’s hospital. 2. Have your child record the steps to making the wind sock. 3. Have your child write what freedom means to them. 4. Write the words FREEDOM or MEMORIAL DAY at the top of a sheet of paper and see how many words your child can create using the letters in the words.

Science: When using the wind sock, have your child record what direction the wind is blowing. Label a sheet of paper with N for North, S for South, W for West, and E for East to aid in directional understanding.

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Kids Frugal Fun- Making a Bird Feeder

Each week Sharon from Mom on Dealz brings you a fun, educational, and frugal craft that you can complete with your child.

Since warmer weather is finally here and bird families are everywhere this is perfect. 

Materials:
Large piece of Cardboard
Peanut Butter
Bird Seed or Sunflower Seeds
String
Scissors

Directions:
1. Have your child decide on a shape for their bird feeder. Cut the piece of cardboard into that shape. Will decided he would like a truck shaped feeder!
2. Attach string to the cardboard shape.
3. Smear peanut butter on both sides of shape.
4. Sprinkle bird seed over peanut butter.
5. Pick a spot in your yard to hang your new feeder!

Educational Modifications:
Language Arts:

1. Start a bird watching journal and record the types of birds that visit the feeder, how many come, what kind of weather there is when you see the most visit.

2. Have your child record the steps while making the project.

3. Locate a book with a bird as a main character or a nonfiction book about birds and help your child make connections between the book and your project.

Science: Discuss the characteristics of birds while making the project such as habitat, diet, physical traits, etc). Have your child brainstorm the different ways and places a bird may find food besides your feeder.

Math: You can have your child graph how many birds visit a day and/or the different types of birds you observe.

Don’t have cardboard? Try creating a feeder with these other materials:
– Toilet paper rolls-Roll it in peanut butter and then seeds.
– Lace Cheerios on string and hang up outside.
– Cut holes in the side of a soda bottle or milk jug and fill with seed.
– Hang a large pretzel covered in peanut butter.

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A Chick’s Opinion: Scentsy Flameless Candles

When I was given a Scentsy Flameless Candle to try I wasn’t even sure what I would be getting.  I confess I was sort of picturing a big smelly ball of wax. 

So when local representative Danielle Jones showed me my lovely new warmer (which is covered in music notes AND matches my condo perfectly- its like she could read my mind) I was pleasantly surprised by how pretty it was!  Danielle gave me some different smells to try and told me it would be easy to use.

I took the warmer into my voice room and one of my students saw it.  She said “we have those at home- they work awesomely.”

Turns out neither of them lied.  I brought it home and set it up the next day.  I picked a smell that was supposed to be “clean” and dropped two of the little wax blocks in the top of the warmer.  A few minutes later my house smelled amazing.  So I left it going for the day until I was about to leave the house and then pulled out the directions on how to turn it off.

That was when I discovered the very cool frugal part of the warmer- you can reuse the wax!  I just take the hot wax and pour it back in the mold where I originally got it.  Then after it hardens I can use it again (which I did).  Plus it was super easy to clean.  So instead of having to buy wax over and over you can just buy your favorites smells in your first purchase and they should last a long time.

The whole time I was smelling it I kept thinking “why didn’t I have one of these in college?”  We couldn’t burn candles in the dorm because of the fire hazard but boy did we need to!  I wish I had something like this to drown out the smell of my neighbors.     

I also couldn’t help but think you could probably sneak one of these into a man room and since it’s not a “real candle” this might be a chance to mask some of the “special” smells that lurk there as well.

Want to try one for yourself?  Or just take a browse and look at their products (maybe a nice graduation gift)?  Check out Danielle’s site and see for yourself what the fuss is all about!

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June 2011 Coupon Class Dates

Since I have been getting so many e-mails I have attempted to get my June available dates together.  The available dates can change at any time so if you have been thinking about booking a class I would do it quickly.

I am looking for people to HOST classes.  These are not dates that there are classes open to the public.  If I book any classes at organizations who are willing to open their doors to the public I will post it as soon as I know.   If you are an organization who would be willing to open your doors than I would love to hear from you!

The dates available are June 3rd, 15th (depending on location), 18th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 24th, 25th, 27th, 28th and 29th.  (Can you tell my part time job is over during the summer so I have more time to hang out with you?)

I can teach classes for four people in your living room or 100 people at your organization.  The cost is $10 per person. 

I also do one on one tutoring for those of you who would like more individualized attention.  The rates are very reasonable depending on how much I have to pay in gas to get to you!

Please drop me an e-mail if you are interested and we will get your date confirmed!

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Kraft Newsletter

If you are looking for a great online resource for recipes I highly recommend Kraft’s website.  We have never had a bad recipe!

So now they have a newsletter where you can get those recipes as well as other tips from Kraft in your inbox! 

Be sure to use your coupon e-mail address to sign up!

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Kids Frugal Fun 5/10

Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz puts together a frugal, educational activity you can do with your kids! This week it is creating a Wish Tree!

Materials:
Various shades of construction paper
Markers or crayons
Scissors
Tape or glue

Directions:
1. Pick a background color. You can then draw a tree or cut one out and glue it on the background.
2. With your child, decide whether you want the tree to have leaves, fruit, flowers, etc. and decorate the sky as wanted. Will insisted on a cotton ball cloud.
3. Cut out the shapes of your choice. We cut out 8 but you can pick how many times you would like to reward the behavior. Will chose to make a “normal” tree.
4. Brainstorm with your child a list of rewards they would like for good choices/behavior. These do not have to be physical items, think outside the box. Some ideas are an extra story at bedtime, longer play time during bath, 5 more minutes outside, little girls may want their nails painted, etc.
5. Print these ideas on each leaf, fruit, flower, or whatever shape you chose. Put the completed shapes in a ziploc baggie and set it near the tree picture.
6. Choose the behavior you would like for your child to improve. Tell your child that each time they show improvement, they will get to choose a leaf from the bag and will get that reward.
7. Enjoy filling up the tree! When it’s full, you can save it and start another one with a diffent theme and desired behavior!

This craft can have several educational benefits:
1. Character development-your child will be given a definite goal and directions for behavior that will enable them to grow into a more responsible individual.
2. Language skills-By discussing the project and allowing them to help choose rewards, you are helping them learn how to express their thoughts orally. Also, when brainstorming rewards you can have them write down the list for you. If they are older, they can be the ones to write the rewards on the leaves.
3. Math skills-When making the leaves, be sure to count them out loud. Each time they earn a leaf, discuss how many leaves are on the tree and how many still remain in the bag.

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Couponing for Community: May 8th – May 14th

One of the great things about couponing is the chance to donate above what I ever thought I would be able to.  Now that I am finally figuring out my finances from being laid off I have a little bit of money for donating- like my trip to Harris Teeter this week. 

Bloggers across the country are taking this opportunity to give back by participating in Couponing for Community.  We are encouraging everyone to donate to their local food pantry or shelter. 

This year the goal is to give 10,000 items during the week of May 8th.  And they have a very cool site set up- you can click here and check the progress!  And once you make your donation, add yours in to be included in the total! 

And to make things even easier May 14th is Stamp Out Hunger Day.  Just leave a bag of non-perishable food items by your mailbox and the USPS will pick them up and make sure they get donated.  You don’t even have to leave home to donate!

Click here to check out all the information on Stamp Out Hunger Day.

So what do you think?  Will you be donating with me?

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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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