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19 Sep 2018   ·   0

$1.13 per week for someone to plan your menu and grocery list for you??

Have you been following my blog and Facebook Lives with all of the yummy food I cooked this past week? I’ve been using the Eat at Home Menu-Planning service and I just love this service so much!

I wanted to quickly remind you that the 30% coupon code ends TONIGHT at midnight! This coupon code makes the annual subscription just $1.13 per WEEK!

That’s $1.13 per week for someone to plan your menu AND make your grocery list… In my book, I think that’s quite a good deal!

Go sign up here and use coupon code FALL to get this special deal.

Lori left this comment on my post about Eat at Home yesterday:

I so agree with Lori that this menu plan can reduce your stress and it’s such an easy, versatile system!

When you sign up to the Eat at Home Menu Plan Service, you’ll get:

  • Weekly Traditional Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Weekly No Flour/No Sugar Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Weekly Slow Cooker Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Weekly Traditional Wholesome Menu Plans, including weekly grocery lists and printable recipe instructions
  • Each menu plan comes with recipes created for small family (3-4 servings) and large family (6-8 servings)
  • Color-coded grocery lists make it easy to swap out ingredients or whole meals
  • Printable Menus to hang on the fridge or near your calendar, so you can easily see what’s for dinner that week and your family can too
  • Access to the entire month of menus at once!
  • 1 Hour Freezer Stash Plans – a new plan each month to stock your freezer with 6 meals in 1 hour!

What are you waiting for? Save yourself time, effort, AND trips through the drive-thru lane with the Eat at Home Menu-Planning Service!

Hurry! Go sign up here and use coupon code FALL to save 30%!

This offer ends tonight!!

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P.S. On the fence about this menu-planning service? Tiffany offers a money-back guarantee. So if you try it out and decide it’s not for you, she’ll be happy to refund your money! Hurry and sign up while the coupon code is still valid.

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

5 Creative Ideas to Lower the Cost of Expensive School Trips

Guest post from Karen of Lightly Frayed:

Statistics show it currently costs a quarter of a million dollars to raise a child in North America… sometimes it feels like half of that goes towards school-related expenses!

“Mom – I need $34 for a field trip next week.”

“Can you give me money for…a new agenda…pizza day…school pictures…and a yearbook?”

And the list goes on.

Everyday items can certainly add up, but one of the largest school expenses is class trips.

A few years ago, one of our boys had an opportunity to go on a three-day school trip a few hours away… for $350! We wrestled with whether we would send him, knowing it was a big-ticket item and would set a precedent for future trips for his three younger brothers.

Ultimately, we decided to pass on this trip since our youth group offered a similar outdoor experience at a fraction of the cost.

Of course, it’s not easy to tell your middle-schooler he won’t be able to go on a school trip with their friends… but after talking with another school mom who also felt the trip was too expensive, a possible alternative emerged.

Together, we organized “Camp Left Behind” for our two grade six boys. While the rest of their class was on the school trip, we did affordable and memorable activities with our boys at home.

The boys enjoyed our ‘homemade’ camp, because they could still miss school and spend time together. They even embraced the quirkiness of our camp name.

Camp Left Behind included:

  • a full day at a gym and pool, using my friend’s guest passes
  • an afternoon of trampolining
  • lunch out at the restaurant of their choice
  • 1-on-1 basketball competitions
  • movie nights at each other’s houses
  • memories captured in many photos

Since Money Saving Mom readers are a resourceful group, I’d love to share 5 more ideas we’ve used to lower the cost of expensive school trips.

1. Discuss Openly as a Family

We follow Crystal’s suggestion to not use “We can’t afford that” as a default response to our children.

Rather, we talk about weighing out how we spend our money, and we encourage our kids to be part of deciding how important the trip is to them.

A few times, our boys have decided to miss one trip in favor of doing a different one later in the year. This reinforces decision-making rather than focusing on a lack of resources.

2. Be Honest

Families in our school have homes ranging from one-bedroom apartments to luxurious dwellings. What is easily affordable for one family can be prohibitive to another.

The school needs feedback from families of all budgets.

One teacher appreciated my feedback that a $700 trip could be a financial strain for many.

Ask if a reduced rate might be available or inquire if group fundraising would be an option.

3. Be Prepared for Unexpected Blessings

One time, my son explained to his teacher that he would not be able to attend the planned class trip. His teacher called me later that week to offer my son a full scholarship for the trip!!!

She said she nominated him for his quiet, consistent leadership, and explained other teachers were thrilled for him to receive the allotted funds.

Not only could he attend the trip, but he learned that character can be noticed and valued.

4. Ask Your People

Do you have any grandparents who would be able to contribute? They might just be thrilled to help their grandkids have a unique experience like a trip.

Children can learn how to write a letter explaining the details of the trip, and politely ask for any contributions.

My mother-in-law told me they chuckled when our third son asked them if they would consider “investing in him”, then proceeded to talk only about the great food he would eat in Quebec.

They teased him that they expected interest back on their investment.

5. Be Creative

Since our family has committed to only pay cash for things, we often use out-of-the-box strategies to raise funds.

We sell items we no longer use at yard sales. Our boys have mowed lawns or done weeding for neighbors. One of our children sold his Lego sets online to fund his particular adventure. Another son buys vintage items at thrift stores and sells them at a significant profit.

Our children have been proud to pay for a percentage of their school trips; viewing this as an accomplishment, and a necessary part of being part of a larger family.

While it is difficult to say ‘no’ to our children, living within our means is an important life skill to weave into our family culture.

With a little brainstorming and flexibility, it IS possible to turn apparent roadblocks into life lessons sprinkled with adventures.

You simply can’t put a price on that!

Karen Gauvreau, would squeeze her four-baby-body into a cheerleader’s uniform for you to know someone is rooting for you as a Mom – cartwheeling for your victories and offering a pep talk when you feel pummelled. If you laugh in the process, even better! When she’s not saving money on school trips, she’s writing at LightlyFrayed.com.

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19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Money Saving Mom’s Daily Deal Round-Up for September 19, 2018

19 Sep 2018   ·   1

*HOT* Spend $10 at Carter’s, Get $10 Cash Back {Plus a clearance sale and bonus coupon code!!}

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Love shopping at Carter’s for the kids? This is a really RARE offer from Top Cash Back!

Top Cash Back is offering new members $10 cash back on ANY $10 purchase at Carter’s, making it free! (And scroll down to read more about pairing this with a clearance sale and coupon code for a CRAZY deal!!)

Here’s how to get your FREE $10 Carter’s purchase:

1. Head here for the special Carter’s offer and sign up for a new Top Cash Back account.

2. Make a purchase valued at $10 or higher.

{Psst! Carter’s is currently offering up to 75% off in their clearance section, plus you can use coupon code YAY25 to get an extra 25% off! And don’t forget about FREE ship to store to avoid shipping costs. Combine the clearance sale, coupon code, cash back, and ship to store…and you’ve got a CRAZY deal!}

3. Within 14 days, your Top Cash Back account will be credited with $10 — enough to cover your purchase!

4. After you receive the $10 payment in your Top Cash Back account, you can choose to transfer it to your bank account or request a Paypal payment.

This is for new Top Cash Back members only. If you are already a member, you are allowed to sign up another adult in your household.

Deal is valid through September 21, 2018 — or while supplies last.

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

*HOT* $10 off Any Purchase at DaySpring = Free Mugs, Cosmetic Bags, Journals and more!

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Wow! Through September 25th, DaySpring is offering $10 off ANY purchase when you use promo code MERRY10 at checkout!

This is a great time to check out the clearance section and stock up on inexpensive gifts!

Get this My Strength Travel Mug for free after the promo code (regularly $9.99)!

Get this Whimsical Bookcloth Premium Christian Journal for free after the promo code (regularly $24.99)!

Get this Love Canvas Pouch Makeup Bag for free after the promo code (regularly $16)!

Get this Let There Be Printed Canvas Block for free after the promo code (regularly $20)!

Get these Abundant Grace Mugs, Set of 2 for only $4 after the promo code (regularly $20)!

Shipping is free on any $50 order; otherwise, shipping starts at $6.95.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Lightweight Backpacks for Travel only $11.65!

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Amazon has these Mubasel Gear Lightweight Backpacks for Travel for only $11.65 in select colors right now!

These highly rated backpacks are lightweight but designed to withstand heavy duty use.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Rainbow Daze Toddler & Kids Rain Boots for just $16.49 {Lowest Price!!}

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Today only, Amazon is offering huge discounts on Toddler & Kids Rain Boots! Many of these are the lowest prices on record.

Get these Rainbow Daze Rain Boots for Kids with Easy-on Handles, Green Dino-dragon for just $17.25!

Get these Rainbow Daze Rain Boots for Kids with Easy-on Handles, Pink Kitty for just $16.49!

Get these Rainbow Daze Rain Boots for Kids with Easy-on Handles, Pink-black Hearts for just $17.25!

Shop the rain boot sale here.

Valid today only, September 19, 2018, while supplies last.

Sign up for a free trial of Amazon Prime to get free 2-day shipping. And don’t forget you can sign up for Swagbucks to earn free gift cards to use on deals on Amazon.

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Fall Graphic Tees only $13.99 + shipping!

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Jane has these Fall Graphic Tees for just $13.99 + shipping right now!

Choose from 12 fun designs.

Shipping is $3.99 for the first tee and $1.99 for each additional tee shipped within the same order.

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Philips Sonicare Rechargeable Electric Toothbrush only $19.99 shipped!

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Right now, Target is offering $10 off select Philips Sonicare Electric Toothbrushes when you enter the promo code SAVE10 at checkout!

Here’s a deal idea to score these for just $19.99:

Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushes – $29.99 (regularly $49.99)
Enter the promo code SAVE10 ($10 off)
$19.99 after code

Or buy two and score free shipping:

Philips Sonicare 2 Series Rechargeable Electric Toothbrushes – $29.99 (regularly $49.99)
Buy two = $59.98
Enter the promo code SAVE10 ($10 off each toothbrush)
$19.99 each shipped after code

Valid through September 29, 2018.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Women’s Jeans only $11.25 at Target, plus more!

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This week, Target is offering Buy One, Get One 50% off select Men’s and Women’s Jeans both in-store and online! No promo code needed.

Buy 2 pairs of Women’s Jeans priced as low as $15 each
Total after the BOGO 50% Off sale = $22.50
$11.25 each after sale

Buy 2 pairs of Men’s Jeans priced as low as $17.99 each
Total after the BOGO 50% Off sale = $26.98
$13.49 each after sale

Thanks, Hip2Save!

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Honest Beauty Extreme Length Lash Primer and Mascara just $7.50 (reg. $15.99!)

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Today only, Target has this Honest Beauty Extreme Length Lash Primer and Mascara for just $7.50 (regularly $15.99)!

Please note that this price will not show up until it is in your cart.

Choose free in-store pick up to avoid shipping cost.

Valid today only, September 19, 2018.

Thanks, Hip2Save!

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Aveeno Baby Hand & Face Wipes only $1.49 at Target!

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You can get Aveeno Baby Hand & Face Wipes (25-count pack) for only $1.49 at Target this week! Here’s how:

Aveeno Baby Hand & Face Wipes (25-count pack) – $3.49
Use $2/1 Aveeno Baby Product printable coupon
Or use $2/1 Aveeno Baby Product coupon found on the Target app
$1.49 after coupon

Thanks, Hip2Save!

19 Sep 2018   ·   0

Dove Advanced and Dry Spray Deodorant just $2.81 each at Target!

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You can get a great deal on Dove deodorant at Target this week! Here’s how:

Buy 4, Get $5 Gift Card

Buy 2 Dove Advanced Deodorant – $4.89
Buy 2 Dove Dry Spray – $5.99
Use 2 $1.25/1 printable
And use 2 $1.50/1 printable
Pay $16.26 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
$2.81 each after coupons and gift card

Thanks, Passionate Penny Pincher!