Money Saving Monday: Party Planning

The topic this week for the Money Saving Monday post over at Inexpensively is: Party Planning. One of the most expensive items when hosting a party is the food. This is especially true if you are hosting a large party. My tip for saving on food costs is planning! When I have a party, I usually know far in advance. I start planning my menu around the sales in the coming weeks before the party. Take a look at your pantry. Do you have things that need to be used up? Take an inventory of what you ...

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Ask Teacher: How do I avoid the struggle over homework

Help! Homework! I believe in homework. I know crazy ha? I believe in homework if it is reinforcing a skill not teaching a new one. I believe that children need to practice skills before they become automatic. I also believe that discipline is a good thing. I know that homework should involve the parent. Why? Well, I think it is important for parents to be involved in their children's learning. Do I think you need to be present for the whole assignment of course not. I do think you need to ...

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Tuesday Tip: Do what you love

I have been thinking lately that I am very lucky. I do what I love. I have several jobs, each job speaks to a different part of my personality. I am a stay at home mom because I love my kids and it is something we planned for financially. I am a business co-owner running a website that helps people grow and learn. I am a therapist for a child who has some special needs and I am able to help him learn new skills which helps to fill the void left by not teaching. I love to learn, work with people, ...

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Juice Box Jungle and Mint.com

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Have you noticed the Juice Box Jungle widget on our sidebar? You can view the newest video right here on our site, send e-cards and much more. This weeks topic is money. Oh how we all love to save money! The new sponsor for Juice Box Jungle is Mint.com. Mint is free to use and it a is a great tool in managing your money and bills. When you sign up for Mint you will be able to track what you are spending and where. This is a great tool for budgeting. We are excited to see that JuiceBoxJungle ...

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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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