Snacks for Traveling

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Kids seems to want snacks non-stop. To save money on snacks while traveling, I make little snack bags for my boys. Take the snack size ziploc bags and place a variety of snack items in them. I use cheerios, dried fruit, raisins, gold fish and animal crackers. I make each little bag different and let my boys choose which one they would like. Also, make the portions in each bag small. There will be less waste and they will be less likely to spill. They will enjoy having their own little snack bag. ...

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Family Fall Fun

Your Family Today: Activities Autumn-only Activities for Fall Fun By the editors of Your Family Today for Your Family Today It’s no wonder we give thanks in the fall; this season offers a bounty of fun things to do. From picking pumpkins to taking a hayride, there are many ways to celebrate nature and build great family memories at the same time. Check out these autumn-only activities. Animal watch Test your scientific skills and your powers of observation with a nature walk around ...

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Ask a Teacher… What do you do when it is time to have a Birthday Party

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My rule is simple invite everyone in the class. I know, I lost my mind but the effects of being the child that is not invited is awful. My son is in Kindergarten and even at his young age they all talk about the big party. I never want my son to leave someone out. He told me he isn't best friends with everyone but it was nice to have them at his party. If having a huge party is cost prohibitive to you. Then think of places to host your event for free. Like the park, beach, a track, or even the ...

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An Abundance of Perishables

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I am getting ready to take a 10 day vacation. I have cut way back on grocery shopping leading up to the trip. However, I still had some perishable items that I didn't want to go to waste. I thought I would share a couple of tips! I had a whole bag of carrots that would have been spoiled by the time we got back. I did a little research and found that you can blanch and freeze carrots easily.I sliced some and kept some whole. For the sliced carrots I boiled them for 2 minutes to blanch. The whole ...

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Halloween Costumes for FREE

Inexpensively has a new Money Saving Monday link-up opportunity. This weeks theme is tips for a frugal halloween. My tip is to trade costumes! Why buy new costumes each year when there are plenty of people to trade with? My nephews are older than my boys and so is Amee's son. I went through the costumes they had and then let my three year old pick from the selections I made. He was thrilled to try them all on and compare! It was a lot of fun and how many stores let a three year old try ...

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Tuesday's Tip

Get organized. The easiest way to save money is to get organized. I am working toward this goal. This weekend I bought apple juice; 3 of them. I went to put the apple juice in their optimal location and there sat 2 apple juice bottles. I now have a stockpile of apple juice, which isn't that awful. However, I spent $5 out of my $100.00 budget on something we didn't need right now. So how am I going to avoid this in the future? I am going to stick with my list. I place my Madame Deals list on my ...

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Make a Trip Countdown Calendar

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We are leaving next week for a vacation to California. My three year old loves airplanes and can't wait to go! In fact, he asks non-stop "can we go on an airplane now, pleeeease?". This morning my wonderfully artistic husband made the above calendar! Everyday we will cross off a block on the calendar to countdown until trip day. You could make a countdown calendar for a number of things; holidays, birthdays or grandparent's visits. ...

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Discounts???

Have you checked with your employer or your spouse's employer to see what kind of discounts they have with other companies? I just saved 20% off my cell phone because of a government contract with Verizon. I also saved money off my Apple computer and software. We even get great rates at hotels. ASK, ASK, ASK, ASK... ...

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Ask a Teacher: Should I read to a baby?

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This is an easy one. Yes! read to your baby before they are born. They love your voice. Then read to them as soon as they come out. This will help you spend quality time together. I read chick lit to my daughter for the first 6 months of her life. I needed something to do while feeding her. I was also so sleep deprived that it was the only thing I could miss a couple of pages and still get the plot. We now read together as a family before bed. We also read as soon as my son gets home from school ...

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Are Your Kids in the Pen?

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  More parenting videos on JuiceBoxJungle There is a new Juice Box Jungle video on playpens. Are they hip or outdated? What is your take on putting kids in the pen? This weeks Juice Box Jungle widget also gives you access to last-minute sitter impulses and funky hairstyles from the past and allows you to Tweet, send your friends fun ecards, post to Facebook, and watch the show, all without leaving Madame Deals! Wow, all that infor on one little widget! I sent an e-card today and it was simple. ...

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