Halloween Costumes on a Budget

It is mid September and October will be here before we know it! I love fall- the cooler nights and changing colors are delightful! This also means that it is time to start thinking about Halloween costumes. I try not to spend very much money on my kids costumes. I can get away with it pretty easily since they are still young. I still allow them choices but guide them in the choice of costume based on what is available. I am sure this is not easily done when you have older kids! So here are a few … [Read more...]

Finding Deals Ahead of Time on A Full Cup

So you might be curious about how I find some of the deals I post. No, I do not shop at all of the stores or buy all of those products! Many times I refer to a forum called A Full Cup. It is FREE to join and provides a wealth of information. There are so many deals out there that I have a hard time keeping up with them all. In f act it is impossible to post everything. If you are looking for deals at a specific store that I have not posted about, head on over to A Full Cup Forums and see what … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: Hold the door

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine.  chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

Chutzpah: How to shop and maintain your dignity

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or … [Read more...]

Ask a Teacher: Is it okay to have a fashionable Preschooler?

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It is true, I do let my daughter wear anything and everything . The only clothing  requirements are it has to be clean, not dangerous, and cover certain body parts. I think it is important to allow children some choice over what they wear. It is their form of expression and their way of exerting control. They have so little say over their lives that it is nice to give her a choice. Rules are important but picking which ones to enforce are more important.  I have the children who live in rain … [Read more...]

Requesting a Lower Monthly Payment on Bills

We all have bills that stay the same month after month. I was paying little attention to the satellite television bill since it was the same fee month after month. We currently have DIRECTV as our satellite provider. Last week I received an offer in the mail from Dish Network. They were offering a low monthly fee for their packages as well as FREE High Definition for life and a FREE HD DVR. This prompted me to pull out my DIRECTV bill to see how much we were actually spending. As I told you … [Read more...]

National Catalina Offers Through October 2010

If you are curious to what the national catalina offers will be for the next couple of months, Ann at Coupons, Deals & More has compiled a list! Remember that this is a preview and offers can change at any time. However, it is nice to be able to plan and keep an eye out for coupons ahead of time. If you have no idea what a catalina coupon is, makes sure you read our Catalina Coupon post! Expected National Catalina Coupons: Purchase (2) Barilla Tortellini, Receive $1 OYNO Purchase (3) … [Read more...]

The Art of Negotiating for a Better Deal

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I am learning to negotiate. I have learned to be patient and research products. Impulse buying can bring regret and disappointment. I am still learning the art of asking for a better deal. As a shy person, it is sometimes difficult to assert myself. Stay tuned for my post on Thursday where I did assert myself and ended up saving us $17 a month! Five Tips To Use When Negotiating For A Great Deal by Mrs. Not Made of Money Not all prices are set in stone, especially these days, when many items are … [Read more...]

Ask a coupon user: You cut what?

Coupon confession- They are overwhelming. There you have it. Renae admitted she almost lost money by letting her ECBs (CVS money) expire. I did once. I now carry them in my Madame Deals Coupon Solution to remind myself not to forget. I find myself with piles of papers and only a scissors to get myself free. I decided I do not have time to clip every coupon so I click instead. I click HERE and I buy my coupons sorted and shipped to me. I do keep my inserts and only cut what we use monthly. I … [Read more...]

Deals around our town: Soccer Supplies

I knew it was coming. I now have a mini-van so I knew being a soccer mom was next. I mean as far as clichés go.  What I didn’t know was what my son needed for Soccer. I went into a store called Total Soccer and they helped me out. If you are local they are in Seminole square in Charlottesville, Virginia. I got my oldest  a pair of Nike cleats, 2 pairs of socks that already contain the shin guards , and a size 3 ball for $56.00. I thought I would send some business to the great gentlemen who … [Read more...]