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!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


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!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


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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Coupon Class Open To The Public in Norfolk, VA

If you  have wanted to take a coupon class but didn’t want to host I have one that will be open to the public!

On September 12th at 7 p.m.  Norfolk Apostolic Church is opening their doors to anyone who would like to participate in the class!  It should take between two and two and a half hours.  Each participant will receive a workbook and an envelope of coupons and there will be some door prizes as well!

Here is a sample of the topics we will cover:

Sources of Coupons
How To Shop Grocery Stores
Meal Planning
How To Shop Drug Stores
Uses For Expired Coupons
Organization Methods

The cost of the class is $10 and you do have to pay ahead of time in order to secure a seat.  If you are interested just drop me a line here and I will be happy to send you all the information!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Kids Frugal Fun Sun Baked S’mores

Each week Momondealz brings you a craft that is fun, educational, and frugal.

August 10th is National S’mores Day and since I LOVE s’mores I thought this would be a cute activity-and a yummy one!

Materials:
Shoe Box
Plastic Wrap
Tin Foil
1 Sheet of Black Construction Paper
Graham Crackers
Hershey’s Chocolate Bars (save $1/2 with this coupon)
Marshmallows
Craft Knife (adult use only)

Directions:
1. Cut a rectangle in the lid of the shoe box and cover with plastic wrap.
2. Cover the bottom of the shoe box with tin foil.
3. Lay a small piece of black construction paper on top of the tin foil.

4. Break a graham cracker in half and lay each piece side by side on the black paper.
5. Place a piece of chocolate bar on one cracker and a marshmallow on the other cracker.

6. Cover the box with plastic wrapped lid and set outside in the sun. Allow chocolate and marshmallow to melt (the chocolate will melt quicker so you may want to put the marshmallow out before for a few minutes).
7. Enjoy your yummy s’more!

Ways to make this activity educational:
Language Arts: 1. Have your child create a journal entry about the activity. If they cannot write words yet, you can have them dictate OR have them draw pictures to tell the story. Telling a story using pictures is a big Kindergarten skill.

2. Have your child ID or circle letters on the food packages.

Math: 1. Have your child count the marshmallows in the package.

2. Time how long it takes for the s’mores to be ready. This is a great way to introduce a clock to your child by simply pointing out the numbers/hands and discussing how they move to show time.

3. Discuss the shapes used in this activity (rectangular of shoe box, rectangle of construction paper, rectangle of cracker, etc).

Science: 1. Have your child use their 5 senses to discuss the ingredients (texture of the materials used, sounds of tin foil, taste of s’more).

2. Discuss how the chocolate is a solid before going into the sun and then becomes a liquid.

3. Discuss shadows in the yard and the box should be placed in direct sunlight to make it melt faster.

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We Mourn With Those Who Mourn

Regardless of how you feel about the current activities of the US Military I know that Americans support our troops and recognize the sacrifices they and their families make.

Today one of the middle schoolers I work with at my church got the news no young girl wants- her dad isn’t coming home from Afghanistan.  Her mother has lost a husband and she has lost her father.  She is a sweet, energetic soon to be seventh grader and my heart has been breaking for her all night.

So I wanted to take a second and ask my readers to do whatever it is you do (say a prayer, have a positive thought, light a candle) and lift up the families who sit waiting.  And for those who found out today that someone they love is not coming home we grieve with you.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 8/5

Charlotte at My Active Child has put together a great list of the frugal activities in Hampton Roads.  Here are the highlights:

All Weekend- (Friday 10am-8pm, Saturday 7 am-6pm) Portsmouth Celebrates US Coast Guard! at Portsmouth, VA

All Weekend-(Friday 3-10pm, Saturday & Sunday 10am-5pm) Hampton Cup Regatta at Mercury Blvd. Bridge at Ft. Monroe Hampton, VA

All Weekend- (Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 10am-4pm) Artisans in the Park at Great Neck Park 2513 Shorehaven Drive Virginia Beach VA

Friday
10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239

1:30pm- “Bridge to Terabithia” at Suffolk Center for Cultural Arts ($1 Admission) 110 West Finney Avenue, Suffolk, VA 23434 757 923 0003

6-7:30pm- Crabbing at First Landing State Park– Bay Store- 2500 Shore Drive Virginia Beach, VA 23451 (757) 412-2300

Saturday
9am-12pm- Home Depot Kids Workshop– Pencil Box at All Home Depot Locations

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

11am-3pm- Back to School Family Fun Day! at Virginia Sports Hall of Fame & Museum 206 High Street, Portsmouth, VA 23704 (757) 393-8031

12pm- All About Snakes at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

2pm- Toot and Puddle Costume Character Storytime at Barnes & Noble- Peninsula Town Center 5100 Kilgore Ave, Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 827-1118

7pm- Family Films by the Fountain– Mary Poppins at Fountain Plaza at City CenterOyster Point, 701 Town Center Dr, Newport News, VA 23606 (757) 873-2020

Sunday

2-5pm- National Kids’ Day at Constant’s Wharf Park and Marina 110 East Constance Road Suffolk, VA (757)514-4509

10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA

Click to see the complete list of events.

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Kids Frugal Fun 8/2

Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational. August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so this week’s craft is centered around this delicious snack. For the remainder of August, I will also be concentrating on kindergarten skills in the educational activities section at the bottom. Enjoy!

Watermelon Tambourine
Materials:
1 Paper plate
Handful of beans
Markers
Glue

Directions:
1. Cut the paper plate in half horizontally.

2. Color the outside edge green and the middle red or pink.

3. Use a black marker to make the “seeds” on the watermelon or you can can glue down beans to the plate.

4. Glue the rounded edges together and allow to dry.

5. When the glue is dry, put your beans inside the plates and then glue the straight edges together. Allow to dry.

 

Educational Activities:
-Math: 1. When getting the beans, estimate how many you can grab from the bag and then count them.

-Science: 1. Have your child shake their tambourines following your directions (shake it up, down, to the left, right, etc). 2. Have your child shake the tambourines on different body parts (knees, elbows, head, etc). 3. Eat a real watermelon and plant the seeds in a cup. Water the seeds everyday and discuss the needs of plants.

-Language Arts: 1. Shake the tambourine to the beat of your favorite nursery rhymes. See if you can create new nursery rhymes together that are about watermelons. For example: To the tune of “Hey Diddle Diddle—Hey watermelon, with seeds in the middle, you’ve got a green rind, I love to eat your juicy center,as a treat after dinner (you get the idea).

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Tax Advice- Claiming Items Bought With Coupons

Sharon at Mom on Dealz has a column every week called “Ask An Accountant.”  I usually don’t post them but this week’s was VERY relevant to my readers.  One question I get asked in coupon classes is open taking a tax write off for donations bought with coupons.  Sharon addresses this issue in her post.

Although tax season is over, tax questions arise year round. My husband is an experienced accountant and will be answering questions sent to me at cjwtaxpro@gmail.com with the subject line “Ask an accountant”.

Question:
I donate from my stockplile quite frequently. When claiming these deductions, do I deduct what I paid out of pocket or what the items would normally cost without coupons/sales?

Answer:
There are 2 schools of thinking for this question. One side says you do not get to deduct something you have not paid for (assuming the item is free after coupons). The other side is that you still get to deduct fair market value. Generally speaking, I agree you deduct fair market value. For example, on average, diapers are priced around $10. If you buy a pack of diapers but there is a sale, you have coupons, and you have store rewards (such as register rewards, etc) so your final price is less than $10, you can still deduct $10 since the value of the diapers did not change, despite how much you paid out of pocket.

*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Locals: Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

Each week Charlotte at My Active Child puts together a list of the best weekend activities in Hampton Roads. 

Here are the highlights:

Friday

10:30am- Summer Friday Films for Children at Chrysler Museum of Art 245 West Olney Road Norfolk, Virginia 23510 (757) 333-6239

11am- Storytelling In the Park- Merrillee Pallansch– NEW LOCATION: West Hampton Community Center 1638 Briarfield Road Hampton, Virginia 23661 (757) 896-4687

25pm- 757’s Got Talent! Youth Talent Show at Downing-Gross Cultural Arts Center 2410 Wickham Avenue Newport News, VA 23607    (757) 247-8950  

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

Saturday

10am- Wilderness Survival ages 8+ at Sandy Bottom Nature Park 1255 Big Bethel Road Hampton, VA 23666 (757) 825-4657

10:15-11am- Learn to Kayak at Hoffler Creek Wildlife Refuge (registration required) 4510 Twin Pines Rd. Portsmouth, VA 23703  757-686-8684  

2pm- FREE PERFORMANCE– Bucket of Monkeys presents “Around the World in Eighty Days at Mary D. Pretlow Anchor Branch Library 111 W. Ocean View Avenue Norfolk, VA 23503 (757) 441-1750

3-5pm- “Summer on Ice” at Scope Arena! at Norfolk Scope Arena 215 East Brambleton Avenue Norfolk, VA 23510 (757) 664-6464

5:30-7:30pm– Zoo Grooves Summer Concert at Virginia Zoo 3500 Granby St Norfolk, VA 23504 (757) 441-2374

6-8pm- Mix It Up! Strolling Musicians at 17th Street to 30th Street, Virginia Beach Oceanfront  

Sunday

7:30-10:30pm- Blackbeard and Calico Jack Pirate Show (Shows at 7:30pm, 8:30pm, and 9:30pm) at 17th Street Park, Virginia Beach Oceanfront  (757) 425-3111   

10pm- Fireworks on the Beach at 20th Street on the Oceanfront, Virginia Beach VA

Check out the full list of activities!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


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.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


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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