Kids Frugal Fun- Labor Day Puppets

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

With Labor Day quickly approaching, I thought it’s a perfect time to teach your child about community workers and discuss that people work to make money (a Virginia Standard of Learning for kindergarten).

August 26th is also National Dog Day so I was sure to include a dalmation puppet to go along with the fireman!

Labor Day Puppets

Materials:
Paper bags
Construction Paper
Crayons
Glue
Any Other Desired Decorations

Directions:

1. Decide on the community workers you would like to create (fireman, teacher, police officer, nurse, etc).
2. Draw and cut out outfits for each worker. You can find many examples by doing a google search.
3. Color and decorate the uniforms/hats.

4. Glue your creations on paper bags and enjoy!

Educational Activities:
-Social Studies-

1. Discuss that Labor Day is to honor workers across the nation.

2. Dicuss that people have jobs in order to pay for things they need and want.

-Language Arts-

1. Create a list of wants with your child and brainstorm ways to earn money to buy them.

2. Sing nursery ryhmes about community workers (5 little firemen, etc).

3. Have your child create as many words as they can imagine out of the letters in community workers (men, women, row, mom, etc).

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Harris Teeter Coupon Meet & Class

Last month the Harris Teeter on Virginia Beach Blvd (in Virginia Beach, VA) hosted a coupon class taught by A Frugal Chick, Momondealz, and The Coupon Challenge. I have great news for you! We have teamed up with Harris Teeter to now offer this class again!

We also are changing things up a bit and adding a COUPON MEET to the class.

Our class will be September 14th at 5:30 p.m. We will swap coupons for the first 30 minutes so if you need to be a bit late because of work we will hold you a seat!  Then at 6 we will teach you valuable information about couponing and saving money, focusing on Harris Teeter and then we will finish by swapping more coupons before everyone leaves around 7:30!

During class we will cover important topics and rules of couponing, as well as provide you with tips on where to find coupons, how to stockpile, and menu planning. We will also offer you various door prizes!

If you are interested in attending this class, please sign up as soon as possible-it filled very quickly last time! There is a $5 charge to attendees. To get further details on the class, as well as to send payment, please send your name to HRcouponswap@gmail.com

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Locals: Frugal Fun Weekend Activities 8/19

Charlotte from My Active Child has provided another great list of local activities for this weekend!

Friday ~ August 19, 2011
 
10am-2pm- 5th Annual Field of Friends Community Day for Children ages 5-15 at 429 Thorncliff Drive Newport News VA (757) 369-3105
 
10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239
 
3-11pm- Beach FamFest 2011 Summer Series at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront
 
6-7:30pm- Crabbing at First Landing State Park- Bay Store- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300
 
7pm-midnight-  Skywatch at Northwest River Park at Northwest River Park, Chesapeake    
 
 
8pm- Movie in the Park- Toy Story 3 at North Landing Park, Downtown Portsmouth VA (corner of Crawford Pkwy and Water St)  
 
8:30pm- Campfire Fun & Lakeside Hayride at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657
 
Saturday ~ August 20, 2011
 
9am-4pm- 8th Annual Duck Tape Regatta to benefit CHKD at Willoughby Harbor – A VMG Marina 1525 Bayville Street Norfolk, VA 23503  757-668-7098  
 
10am- Kids Fishing (ages 3-15) at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Rd Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657
 
10am-6pm- Nansemond Indian Tribe Pow Wow at  Lone Star Lakes, Suffolk VA (757) 514-7250
 
11am-4pm- Museum Scavenger Hunt! (Free Event) at MacArthur Memorial 198 Bank Street Norfolk VA, 23510  757.441.2965
 
11am- Children’s Theatre of Hampton Roads presents- Bucket of Monkeys at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 (757) 923-0003
 
11am- Kids Club Luau Party at Pembroke Mall  Food Court 4554 Virginia Beach Boulevard, Virginia Beach VA 
 
7pm- Family Films by the Fountain- How To Train Your Dragon at Fountain Plaza at City Center Oyster Point, 701 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-2020
Sunday ~ August 21, 2011
 
10am-6pm- Nansemond Indian Tribe Pow Wow at Lone Star Lakes, Suffolk VA (757) 514-7250
 
11am-1pm-  Artist Trading Cards Event – Free Make It, Take It – ages 3+ at All participating Michael’s Store locations  1-800-642-4235
 
11am-4pm- Museum Scavenger Hunt! (Free Event) at MacArthur Memorial 198 Bank Street Norfolk VA, 23510 757.441.2965
 
1-4pm- H&M presents Baby Loves Disco at Lord & Taylor Court, Lynnhaven Mall  701 Lynnhaven Parkway, Virginia Beach, VA 23452  (757) 340-9340   
 
Check out all the events to find some fun things to do this weekend! 
 
1-4pm- Dog Days of Summer Event at Ridgeway Bark Park, 85 E. Mercury Blvd Hampton VA
 
10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA  
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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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