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Back To School Guides For Essential Supplies, Tips and Gear

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Back to School season is upon us in full force! In fact, I'll be heading back to school myself next week. With both my daughter and I in school, we *have* to keep our lives organized. Walmart has some really great guides to essential supplies, tips, gear and ideas for students in every stage of their education - and parents too. You can find a few of my favorite tips below. Keep Lunches Organized Modular containers snap together in different combinations to accommodate whatever is on the … [Read more...]

I Just Scored $50 by Setting Up My ISIS Mobile Wallet – YES!

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This post is written on behalf of ISIS Mobile Wallet by me. All opinions are 100% mine. Becoming a mom turned me into a large-purse person. I think it's because I feel the need to always be prepared. Tissues, hand wipes, sanitizer, a snack, receipts to keep "just in case," pens, hair ties, chapstick, bobby pins, check book and my wallet are just a few of the things you can regularly find in my purse. Then there are the contents of my wallet. Not counting coupons and change, I currently have 17 … [Read more...]

Tips & Tricks: The Best Essential Oils for Infants

Using organic remedies and holistic treatments to help your baby grow into a healthy child is important. As a first time mother, it can be overwhelming to know what all you should do. Deciding on the best essential oils for your infant depends on what you are trying to accomplish. Here are some of the most popular oils and their most common uses. When purchasing essential oils for your infant, make sure that you choose a high quality brand. Do not choose an incense or potpourri essential oil. … [Read more...]

Recipe For A Romantic Date Night On A Budget

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Sometimes life is the only thing getting in the way of a great relationship. Between a baby sitter, gas and the cost of the date itself date-night can get pretty expensive. To save money (and time!) we send the kids off to grandma and grandpas to steal a leisurely date night in. More than saving money, with no distractions, we find date night more enjoyable spent in. Plus, we can talk through the movie without being hushed. One of my favorite date night activities is cooking together. It … [Read more...]

Tips for Party Planning on a Budget

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  Party planning on a budget There never seems to be a season when there isn’t a party. Whether it’s for Christmas, New Year, Thanksgiving, Fourth of July, a birthday, or a work promotion…it can get a little exhausting, and not to mention expensive. Many families may even avoid the party season all together just to stay away from the seemingly unavoidable costs of hosting. Unfortunately, this also means they also miss out on all of the fun! It is completely possible to host a party … [Read more...]

How to Turn Old CDs, DVDs and Video Games Into Cash

Just Because It's Spring, Do I Really Have to Clean?

As soon as Valentine's Day is over, people start talking about spring, and "spring cleaning" (eye roll). No, I don't want my house to be cluttered, or to start looking like the last frightening episode of "Hoarders." I'm just saying that when the weather starts to warm up, the sun is out, and the Houston heat isn't high enough to melt your skin, the last thing I want to do is stay inside and organize our closets. Okay, so honestly, organizing closets is always on the bottom of my "things I want … [Read more...]

Tips for Snacks on the Go and Portion Control

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I have notoriously bad eating habits. It's not that I eat a lot of junk food, it's that I eat infrequently, and my blood sugar soars and dives throughout the day. It's also bad for my diet. So I've started trying to keep snacks handy throughout. Here are some simple tips from Hershey’s Moderation Nation that will help me, and you, spice up the snack routine, eat better and maintain a balanced diet. Portion Control Portion control can be a difficult feat, especially when it comes to busy … [Read more...]

Tips for Teaching Children About Money

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When our daughter was born four years ago and our heads were spinning with the cost of diapers, car seats, clothing, bottles and formula, we looked to friends for advice. Our neighbor's have four kids, and gave us lots of helpful tips. One piece of advice we've heard from several friends including my parents, was teach them important lessons about money at an early age. Teaching young children about the value of money helps them appreciate money and the hard work required to earn it. A few … [Read more...]

Enter to Win Scotch Duct Tape Combo Pack Sample Giveaway

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Enter to win Scotch duct tape combo pack sample giveaway! Check out their new color and pattern duct tape. Take a short quiz and click the images and at the end there will be the link to submit your entry. There are 368 samples given away everyday until 10/15/10, giving you a greater chance of winning! Thanks, Mojo Savings. … [Read more...]

10 Things You Didn’t Know Vinegar Could Do!

45 Uses for White Vinegar

Unleash the power of white vinegar―an all-purpose cleaner, brightener, herbicide and more. Just a bit of this multitasker, straight up or mixed with water, can replace many pricier products huddled under your sink. Try these tips to see how vinegar can make your life cheaper and easier. Save a garment. To remove light scorch marks on fabrics, rub gently with vinegar. Wipe with a clean cloth. This technique also works on antiperspirant stains.  Lose the carpet stain. Make a paste of 2 … [Read more...]

College Scholarships and Savings Plans

I cannot help but be a little nervous with what the future holds for us financially when it is comes time for the kids to start college.  I wish I could say that we have accounts set up for all three kids, but quite honestly we do not.  Financially we have not been in a situation to do so, and I do not know if we ever will.  Of course I would hope we would be at some point, because there is nothing more I would like to do then help support my children's education. I realize there are … [Read more...]

Five Tips On How to Reduce Your Monthly Household Expenses

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I am forever looking for ways to cut down on expenses.  It seems every few months I need to re-evaluate our spending to make sure we are staying on budget and see where we can cut back. Below I have listed the 5 main areas I have found to reduce our expenses the most: Groceries:  It is not that I can cut back on the staples we need, but I have found there are times we get a lot items we do not need.  Two of the ways I have found to help in that area the most are: 1) Make a grocery list (that … [Read more...]