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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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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