Countdown to Christmas on Inexpensively

As you may know, Madame Deals is a network contributor for Inexpensively. Right now we are counting down the days until Christmas over at Inexpensively! As of today, only 21 days to go! Everyday until Christmas there will be a new post on Inexpensively regarding frugal Christmas ideas. The topics range from decorations, to family fun, gift ideas and traditions. Head on over to the Countdown to Christmas at Inexpensively for some great ideas! We will be contributing to the posts as ...

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Ask A Teacher- Teaching your child what the holiday is about

This is a great one. What are some ways you teach your children to be part of the spirit and not get caught up in the "me" of the holiday? We start early every year we take five birthday gifts and put them away to give to children who do not have much for the holiday. We then have a budget for children in need. We put our coins in a jar. The coins are divided into thirds: 1/3 for our daughters bank account, 1/3 for our sons, and 1/3 for a child in need. My son even does chores to add to the jar. ...

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Keep the Jingle in Your Holiday: New Rebate

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There is a new Keep the Jingle in Your Holiday rebate from Nabisco. This rebate form says that purchases must be made from December 1st until January 31st. I am assuming that since it has new dates, that you are allowed to complete this offer even if you did the previous offer. If you find out different please let us know! Thanks Donny! [ad#adesnse text link] ...

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Tuesday Tip: Buy Gift Cards

I know it sounds tacky, but actually it is really a nice idea if you make it personal. It is also a great way to get more for your money. This week at the Kroger they are offering $10 off if you buy $100.00 in gift cards. There are also sites out there like PlasticJungle.com that you can bid on cards and get gift cards for less than their face value. Or you can trade your unwanted gift cards for gift cards you will actually use! I stock up this time of year. It helps me with my entertainment ...

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Ask A Teacher: How do I teach my child to be thankful?

How do you teach children to be thankful? The answer is simple, lead by example. We make a point of saying what we are thankful for each night. We remind our children that we are lucky to have the things we do and we need to appreciate what we have instead of always wanting new things. Another way to teach thankfulness is to take things away when children do not appreciate them. I know it sounds harsh but, we often do not miss things unless we are without. I have to say, I take the fact that ...

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Tuesday Tip- Plan Ahead & Travel Smart

I know easier said then done but a little planning ahead can save you a huge headache. If you are traveling here is a list of things to add to your packed car: Gallon of water Cups Blanket Snacks Car repair kit First aid kit Map $100 in cash just in case of emergency Cell phone charger or phone card Toys if you have kids or head phones [ad#adesnse text link] ...

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Money Saving Monday: Black Friday

The word of the day over at Inexpensively is Black Friday! Are you ready? Okay, the key to Black Friday is PLANNING! There is no doubt about it, it will be crowded and there will be lines. Bring your patience and a plan of attack...a strategy. First research what you are looking to buy. If it is a large purchase, look up the pros and cons of the item. If it is a hot item, you will not have time to debate in the store. Research what stores you want to shop. Many stores have their ads out ...

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Thanksgiving Menu Planning

I am sitting down writing out my menu for next week. We have family coming from Wednesday until Saturday morning. With so many people to cook for, it is important for me to plan my menu and my grocery shopping. Luckily, I have my sister-in-law here who will share the cooking and hosting duties with me! As I was planning my menu, I thought of a few tips to share with all of you! Check your pantry, refrigerator and freezer for items you may have on hand. Make sure to check your ...

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Ask A Teacher: How do you handle Stealing?

Ask a Teacher What do you do when your child steals? I say make them give it back to the store or person who they took it from. This needs to be done as soon as possible. If it is from another child call the parent and let them know what happen. It is always important to  “attack” the problem and not the child. When dealing with an issue like stealing be reminded that it is normal but not acceptable. I liked this Article by The Center for Effective Parenting. Click HERE . ...

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Tip for the Day: Bring your coupons

Bring your coupons everywhere! I went into grab tissues at Wal-mart and lo and behold there were some seasonal items that were good deals with coupons. I didn't need them, but I thought I didn't follow my own rule! I did bring in the coupon for the tissues though. ...

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