Help for My Achy Knees #TryLivRelief

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LivRelief Review - Sorry, you have to see my pasty legs and knees

So, y’all, in about two months, I’ll turn 36.  Although it seems like I *just* turned 30, my body in the last year or so has given me plenty of reminders that I’m no longer in my early twenties.  Namely, my back and knees: years of stomping on the diving board have left my knees with a constant crackle to them.  And my back, ugh, my lower back continuously reminds me that my four-and-a-half year old son is growing up, and getting FAR too big for me to pick up.  **sigh** [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Small Space Solutions for Your Home

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So it’s come to this, y’all.  It’s mid-June, and I must begin talking to you about (gulp)  back to school.  Yep.  BTS.  I know, I know.  It seems kind of cruel, and I apologize for even entering those three cruel words when we are mopping up the humidity off our brows.

At Home Small Space Solutions BTS checklist

The folks at At Home want to help you make the most of impending back-to-school, particularly if you’re headed off to the dorms, or a small apartment, or even a small classroom.  (Let’s face it, as a teacher, even the most spacious classroom will require careful use of every. single. inch!)  I’ve toured the store, and found some helpful small spaces solutions, as well as enlisted a few DIY solutions on my own.  Additionally, they’ve compiled a magnificent back to campus checklist for your convenience!  (I gave you a peek ^^^ up there.) [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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How to Save with the Atlanta Braves

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Atlanta Braves Discount TicketsAs a member of the #BravesBloggers, I was recently treated to a game and a tour of Turner Field, as well as a bag full o’ swag.  However, all opinions, reminiscings of childhood days, and random ramblings are 100% my own.

I’ve been in Atlanta all my life.  I remember going to Braves games before they were good.  (Does Dale Murphy ring a bell?)  I come from a LONG line of Braves fans: my mom was at the World Series game at Atlanta-Fulton County stadium in ’95 when they won.  My grandaddy faithfully watched games all season long, again this was back before they were “good”.  And I watched the Atlanta Braves become a powerhouse basically through the span of my teen years.  My family attended games at their inaugural season in Turner Field in 1997, so it’s only fitting that I partner with the Atlanta Braves this summer in their final season at The Ted. (I’m not hip.  Do people still call it The Ted??)

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - beer is good

As an Atlanta native, The Braves are intertwined with the culture fabric of summers in Atlanta to me.  Tailgating at Turner Field should be part of your summer bucket list, even if you only check it off once or twice.  Even if the Braves aren’t as hot as they were in the 90’s, they are still an integral part of our hometown lore.  I mean, just look at the Chicago Cubs, they’ve been stinking it up for over 100 years, but going to Wrigley Field is a part of Chicago culture.  (….unless, like my Chicago-native husband, you had a White Sox hat affixed to your head for years during your childhood.  But that’s a story for another day.)

I digress.

Being Atlanta’s FRUGAL Mom, I’m frequently asked about ways to save at local events and attractions.  It’s a huge part of who I am and what I do.  So when folks heard I was an Atlanta Braves Blogger this season, the question I heard most was about Atlanta Braves discount tickets.  SO, I wanted to share some awesome little money-saving tidbits with y’all.  But this goes beyond just discount tickets for Atlanta Braves games.  I want to show you how to save even once you’re INSIDE Turner Field.

Ways to Get Atlanta Braves Discount TicketsWays to Get Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets

  • Show your military ID – All active, retired, reserve, and veteran military personnel as well as first responders may enjoy 50% off upper box or outfield tickets to all remaining regular season 2016 Braves home games, just go to GovX.com.
  • Use your college ID – For select games during the 2016 season, students with a valid college email address can purchase an Upper Box ticket and get one free, just go to  here to register your email address!
  • Sportsclips $8 Mondays – Get a Terrace View seat in Sections 224L-230R or 223R-229L for only $8 every Monday, for a savings of up to 70%!
  • Coca-Cola $12 Tuesdays – Sit in the Club Pavilion in Sections 321R-337L for only $12! This special Tuesday deal saves you up to 40%!- Sit in the Club Pavilion in Sections 321R-337L for only $12! This special Tuesday deal saves you up to 40%!
  • Gas South –  If you’re a Gas South customer, you can not only score discount tickets, but you can also get two FREE tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.  You can also save up to gas-south.com/offers Sunday through Thursday all season long.  You’ll need to have your account information handy (such as your latest bill) to verify that you’re a Gas South customer.
  • Subway – Yep.  Subway. If you buy a medium drink and get the specially-marked cup around the metro-Atlanta area, there’s a peelie on there for $10 off tickets to an Atlanta Braves game.  You’ll go to the website listed on the peelie, and enter the discount code.  The code is good for up to four tickets, which means you can save up to $40!  Not bad for the price of one drink, huh?
  • Goldstar – Enjoy tickets for $21 each for Friday night Fireworks for June 24 and July 1 through Goldstar.   Want to go when the NY Mets are in town June 23, 25, or 26?  On Thursday the 23rd, there’s a bobble head giveaway, on Sunday the 26th (as always) kids run the bases before the game, and on Friday the 25th, some guy name Flo-Rida is performing.  😉  There’s also discount tickets for when the Miami Marlins are in town, as well as the Cincinnati Reds, San Francisco Giants, and the Cleveland Indians.
  • Also, check out places like Shopper, Stubhub, SeatGeek, and more for savings.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Things to do at Turner Field

Once you’re actually IN Turner Field, there’s tons of family-friendly activities to do, many that are free!  For starters, there’s The Sky Zone at the very top of the stadium – just follow the stairs all the way up to the very top!  You can sit on some cool coke-bottle shaped oversized chairs, “run the bases” on the psuedo small field, or just admire the magnficent view of the city AND the game, all in one spot.

Perhaps the very best feature for families bringing small kids is the CHOA Hope and Will’s Dugout, which includes the Tomahawk Treehouse.  Yep.  There’s an actual playground at Turner Field!  The Dugout will sometimes have tee balls and opportunity for kiddos to participate in a small game.

Also, did you know every Sunday home game, kids get to run the bases on the field?  If you’re a Kids Club member, your kiddos get to go to the front of the line for this experience.  There are two Kids Club membership options: the FREE membership gets you a passport, lanyard, BOGO ticket offer and stickers for every Atlanta Braves home game attended throughout 2016.  For $25, you get everything included in the basic membership, PLUS exclusive gifts and offers such as BOGO ticket offer and passes to the VIP Batting Practice Experience.  This is a great value if you plan to frequent home games this season with your kids.Atlanta-Braves-Discount-tickets_kids-club

My number one tip for savings once you’re in Turner Field: BYOB.  Well, bring your own soft-sided cooler.  Yep, you can bring your own food, snacks, and drinks inside.  You may NOT bring alcoholic beverages, nor glass or aluminum drinks.

However, I do recommend you try some of the new cuisine available at Turner Field this year, including the new Burgerizza, which is exactly as it sounds: a 20 oz burger, FIVE cheddar slices, and bacon (BACON!), pressed between two Freschetta pepperoni pizzas. My personal -and unexpected favorite- is the “Tater Tot Chop”, which starts with a layer of tater tots pressed in a waffle iron, loaded with bacon (BACON!), melted cheese and jalapenos, topped with a second tater tot waffle and served with Coca-Cola-infused ketchup.  Trust me, you won’t regret trying these dishes at least once!  Also, kids can enjoy a “Sandlot Snacks” kids meal, which include a hot dog, Welch’s fruit snack, and a kids’ beverage with a souvenir cup.

Atlanta Braves Discount Tickets - Great Grub at Turner Field

Two of my blogger friends and fellow #BravesBloggers have must-reads for Turner Field: Lindsay, of Redhead Baby Mama has a fantastic list of must-see offerings at the stadium, and Kecia of Momerish shares a list of kid-friendly things to do while you’re there.

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Pre-Potty Training Savings with Pampers Coupons

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School is winding down, and I am about to face a summer with a rising 2nd grader and a rising pre-K-er.  It feels like just yesterday we started kindergarten and then said goodbye to Kindergarten.

Last week, I said goodbye to another class of awesome two-year-olds.  They were a great bunch, and I’ll miss holding their tiny hands, seeing their gigantic grins, and getting super squishy hugs from them twice a week.  This particular class was an “older” group of 2s.  They all turned two before Christmas – three of them in the month of September.  So it was no surprise that all seven of them ended the year in disposable training pants, all showing great signs of getting ready for potty training. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Calculating Price for B1G1 1/2 off

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Calculating Price for B1G1 1/2 offWant a quick and easy way for calculating price of an individual item when they’re on sale for “buy one, get one half off” (B1G1* 1/2 off)?

* – don’t get bogged down with all the couponing lingo, refer to this handy dandy glossary!

Here you go. Lets say the sale price is $3.99

Just multiply the sale price by 1.5: [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Tips for making a summer bucket list for your family

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Tips for Making a Summer Bucket List for Your FamilyA few years ago, Tiffany of RealMomTalk.com created this post on creating a summer bucket list.  I am reviving it, in hopes that it may help inspire some of y’all this summer, as we zip through these last few days of school, and prepare for summer with our kiddos.  

We’ve all been seeing a lot of stuff on Facebook and Pinterest about Family Summer Bucket Lists, and many of you have said that you wish you could do something similar with your family.  Well today, I’m sharing tips on how to make your own summer bucket list!

First off, let me say that our summer bucket list is SUPER long, but yours doesn’t have to be.  We have eight people in our family, and I told the kids I would include everything they suggested, within reason of course.  Pretty much everything made the cut, except Nate’s desires for worldwide travel to places like China, that’s not quite possible with our budget right now!  Plus, there’s really no possible way we will do it all, but it’s still fun to dream!  So don’t feel like your list is no good just because it may only have 5 items on it.  That’s still 5 more super fun memories you will be making with your family this summer!  The point is to make a list of activities and then make a conscious effort to allot time to do those things with your family.  Here are some of my top tips and suggestions to help you get your list going! [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Chick-fil-A Upcycling Fun!

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Chick-fil-a Upcycling #chickfilamomsDIY

As a member of the Chick-fil-A moms’ panel, I was inspired to accept the challenge they recently presented to us: creative ways to upcycle their salad containers.  Yes, these babies here:

Chick-fil-a Upcycling #chickfilamomsDIY

I decided to enlist my kiddos, with the idea I could utilize this idea in my preschool classroom.  Since I’m teaching summer camp, the perfect opportunity presented itself for one week of camp.  Every year during the last week of June, we have a small (but fun) “parade” for the 4th of July.  What perfect way to get preschoolers involved than with making their own shakers!

Chick-fil-a Upcycling FunSo, hopefully, the ones I constructed with the kids will serve as inspiration for my summer camp kiddos, and perhaps some of y’all, as you gear up to watch local July 4th parades in your area, or throw your own with your neighborhood kids.

 

As you’ll see, I’m a big believer in emphasizing the process rather than the product, particularly in this case.  I had my kids use various fillers for their shakers: rice, popcorn kernels, and two different sizes of pasta.  I also have a tube of various sensory goods (rice, beans,noodles, etc) mixed together, and we filled one container with the mixed goods.

 

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The teacher in me couldn’t resist the natural science lesson here: we hypothesized over how the different fillers would sound in the containers.  After testing them out, we discovered the smaller fillers (rice) made the “smaller” sound, while the bigger filler (large pasta) made the “larger” sound.

We also learned mommy needs to buy new paint.  Apparently really old paint won’t stick to plastic.  Ok, so that’s another hypothesis, but the finished product spoke for itself.  All in all, this was a great craft, and we will add it to our arsenal of kid-friendly crafts with recyclables.

Chick-fil-a upcycling

Find out how you can participate in the SAME challenge, here (but please ignore my greasy, scrunchied hair!):


Share your ideas for upcycling these salad containers for your chance to win a FREE Chick-fil-a iced coffee. It’s simple, first comment below with your upcycling idea, then fill out the form below. Good luck, y’all!
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--Barbara

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Big Savings for Your Little Ones with Luvs Diaper Coupons

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Y’all know by now I’m cheap, right??  I won’t even hide it anymore with colorful words like “resourceful” or “frugal” (although I’ll keep my name in tact, because “Atlanta’s Cheap Mom” just doesn’t conjure up the same image, ammiright?) – I’m just cheap.

With that being said, being cheap when I had diaper-aged kids meant I was constantly searching for diaper coupons and searching for the best diaper deals, so I could stock up on diapers.  Of course, this was before the influx of smartphone apps added another layer of savings to my money-saving mix.  Had I the help of iBotta to pair with my diaper coupons, well, that would’ve changed the game considerably!  Mothers today have it so easy!  😉 [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Kids Free Summer Reading Programs 2016

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With spring break behind us, summer will be here before we know it, which means it’s time for Kids FREE Summer Reading Programs 2016 I have compiled for you.  Make sure to also check out the free story times around the Atlanta area, while they’re still in session!  Super-special thanks to Saving Dollars and Sense for sharing this list!

If you like this then you might also be interested in this list of Good Report Card Freebies.

Kids Summer Reading Programs

Barnes & Noble Imagination Destination – This summer reading program through Barnes & Noble gives your child the ability to earn a FREE book after reading 8 books and keeping track of them in a reading log. [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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REWARD YOUR KIDS’ HARD WORK: Good Report Card Freebies List!

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Good Report Card Freebies

With summer peeking around the corner, it’s almost time again to share those good report cards!  With those good grades comes great rewards, aside of course, from the vast knowledge acquired represented by said good grades.  Here is a current list of FREE rewards for kids who bring home good report cards!  Consider using them as incentives to motivate your kids to finish the year odd strong!

Also, make sure to look at all the great Kids Free Summer Reading Programs available to your kiddos over the summer break – you know, to ensure good report cards next school year.

Teachers, feel free to share this with your coworkers, students, and parents!

I HIGHLY suggest calling ahead to be sure that your area business is participating in these promotions!!  Also, if you know of other freebies not mentioned here, please let me know! 🙂

Many thanks to Saving Dollars and Sense for compiling such an extensive list!
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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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