Archives for November 2012

Kellogg’s Family Rewards ~ Save up to $20 on your favorites!

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Does your family enjoy it’s fair share of Kellogg’s products?  Mine family enjoys quite a few treats from Kellogg’s, including Eggo Waffles, Morning Star Veggie products (seriously, if you haven’t tried their black bean burger, You.  Are. Missing.  Out!), and of course all their delicious cereals.

Now you can be rewarded for doing so, in addition to great everyday savings!  Sign up for Kellogg’s Family Rewards and receive the latest news, special offers and exclusive savings from Kellogg’s.For me, this helps justify my Cheez-It snack mix fixation.  😉

Rewards include high-value coupons for an assortment of Kellogg’s products, Shutterfly freebies, apparel and gear, as well as household items you WILL covet, and MUCH more!


Kellogg's Family Rewards


Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Are you really getting the best deal on gas?

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Is driving to the cheapest gas station really worth the savings?

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Maybe not as much as you think.  The conversation below is one I had with my 11-year-old son recently.

Ryan: “Mom, gas is $3.75 at ABC gas station!”
(alerted by the free GasBuddy app he has on his phone)

Me: “That’s great, but that’s like, 5 miles from here.”

Ryan: “So?”

Me: “I can get gas for $3.80 right here.”

Ryan: “But it’s five cents cheaper.”

Me: “Yes.  But by the time I drive to get it, I’m actually losing money.  So I’m good.”

Ryan: “Huh?”

(Disclaimer: Math.  Yikes!)

Me: “Let’s say our car gets 25 mpg and holds 20 gallons.  20 gallons x $3.75 = $75.00, compared to 20 gallons x $3.80 = $76.00.  I would save $1 by getting gas at the cheaper station.  However, in driving the additional 10 miles roundtrip to get to the cheaper station, I am using 4/10 of a gallon of gas.  Which would cost me $1.50.  So I’m actually spending $0.50 more by driving to the cheaper station.  I would also spend about 20 minutes driving there and back, and my time is valuable.” (whew!)

Ryan: “Ooooohhhhhh!  I get it!  So it SEEMS cheaper, but it really isn’t!”

Me:  🙂

Sometimes, driving around to get a deal on gas isn’t actually a deal at all.

Be sure to take a moment and figure out if it is *really* worth it to drive the extra miles.

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Have you done something similar in the past, only to realize that you really weren’t saving money in the end?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Beauty & The Best @ The Fox — **Last Minute Deals**

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Beauty and the Beast @ The Fox

Beauty and the Beast is playing at The Fox Theatre through Sunday December 2 — and if you’re up for a last minute show, you can grab tickets for half off through Goldstar!  Tickets are good for Thursday’s show.  Tickets range from $28 to $38.  Let me know if you are able to grab ’em!  

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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--Barbara

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Crock Pots!! Get Your Crock Pots!! {best value}

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I have a friend in need of a new crock pot, but YOU ALL get to reap the benefits.  I’ve scoured Amazon for some good deals on larger-sized crock pots (5 or 6 quarts), and have them for you below.  Personally, I’ve got my eye on the Hamilton Beach 7 Quart Stay Or Go Slow Cooker — it’s a little bigger, and priced to move!



Amazon.com Widgets



Don’t see one you like, go directly to Amazon and search them all!  

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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--Barbara

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Jets Pizza 50% off! {LivingSocial}

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Marietta residents, take note!  One of my new favorite pizza places has a deal for half off at Jets Pizza (Marietta location), through Living Social.

Jets Pizza through Living Social


If you’ve never had their pizza, this is a great time to give it a try.  They’ve been running a special for a FREE small deep dish pizza, when you buy any large pizza.  And their “custom crusts” — they are absolutely DELISH!  


*sigh* I only wish this was available at the Dunwoody location, too!

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

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All children, young and old, love the idea of hunting for treasure.  This week’s sensory bin plays on that fascination using colorful fake coins and necklaces.  The inspiration for this bin comes from a pirate party game by The Fickle Pickle, and the original post can be found here.

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

Supplies needed:

Rice (uncooked, of course)

Play necklaces

Colorful pirate coins

Suction cup hooks (optional)

Tongs (optional)

Plastic bin

Tub for sorting

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

Fill the bin about halfway with rice, then add in your necklaces and coins.  That is, if you can get your thrilled-to-death daughter off of the bag of rice.

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

I chose to have the girls use tongs instead of their hands to dig around for treasure, as a way to work on their fine motor skills.  Using their hands works just as well. 🙂

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

You can give them an additional bin or box at this point to put their found treasures in, or you can take it a step further and use the suction cup hooks for hanging necklaces.  I just stuck them to our sliding glass door at about eye level.

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

I gave them simple directions to follow.  Use the tongs to get the treasure out of the box.  Then put the coins in the blue bin and hang the necklaces on the hooks.

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

They had a blast!

Buried Treasure Sensory Bin

As any parent of preschoolers will tell you, finding an activity that will keep them occupied for more than mere seconds can be a challenge.  Eva and Chooby actively played with their buried treasure bin for well over an hour, which gave me time to get some work done around my house and online.  This one is definitely a winner!

Almost all of the supplies for the buried treasure bin came from the Dollar Tree.  I had tongs at home already, but plastic ones can be found in the party/wedding supplies section of your local store, and obviously rice is pretty easy to get anywhere.  I spent a total of $7 on this bin, which was well worth it for the hours of play time it will provide in the future!

Do you have a sensory bin that your little ones really love?  Please share your ideas in the comment box below!

(Disclaimer: Be prepared for some rice on the floor.  I made it a point to remind them that if they spilled all of the rice, then their game would be over, so they tried really hard to keep it all in the bin.)

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Ten Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

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Often around the holidays, we are faced with buying gifts for families with multiple children. Trying to figure out what to get for each person, and fitting those individual gifts into your budget can be draining, both mentally and financially. One of the things we always suggest to friends and family when they ask what to buy, is that they put together a family present that everyone can enjoy. Here are some great “whole family” gifts that everyone is sure to love.

10 gift ideas for the whole family

10 Gift Ideas for the Whole Family

1. Movie passesAlmost all major movie theater companies offer gift certificates or cards that you can load with an amount of your choice.  You can also order them online in $25 and $50 denominations if there isn’t a theater near you (Regal and AMC gift cards are available on Amazon). Surprising a family with a gift card that will allow them to take their children to a movie and purchase some popcorn or candy is a gift solution that never disappoints. This works especially well for families with teens or children of varying ages, because everyone loves going to the movies! If that’s still too much for your budget, a movie gift basket is a great alternative. One or two DVDs, boxed candy and popcorn, and a bottle of soda makes for a fun night in, and they can watch the movies over and over in the future. (Psst…if you are a Costco member you can buy cheap tickets online and in store!)

Also, if you live near a Studio Movie Grill, Groupon frequently has a GREAT deal for movie tickets!

 

2. Museum, Aquarium or Zoo memberships

My children love to visit local museums, and we’ve received family passes as gifts in previous years that allowed us to go multiple times over the course of a year. Many museums have exhibits that change several times a year, so there is always something new to see each visit. Be sure to check and see if their local museum, aquarium, or zoo is part of a reciprocal program, such as ASTC, NARM, or AZA.  Reciprocal programs allow families to use their memberships for free admission to other participating museums, zoos and aquariums.  Another thing to consider with museums and aquariums is that they are inside, whereas zoos are not, so if they live in an area with extreme weather conditions, they may get more use from a membership that allows them to be indoors during their visits.

3. Video games

We have several gaming systems in our home, but they are specifically for use as a family.  If the family you are shopping for has an Xbox or Playstation system, buying them a game that they can play together is a wonderful gift. Just Dance and Mario Party are two of our favorites, as we can play together as a family, instead of just one or two kids zoning out in front of the television.  If the family you are purchasing for doesn’t have a gaming system, and it’s in your budget to purchase one for them, there are quite a few bundles available right now on Amazon that include the system, multiple controls, and often more than one game.

 

4. Board gamesBoard games can also be a lot fun, especially the ones that can be played by a wide range of ages.  Yahtzee is very popular in our house, even though the younger ones don’t really understand the concept, we team up and they have fun rolling the dice and writing down the scores.  Pictionary, Jenga, and Guesstures (like charades) are fun classic choices too. Of course, if you really want to knock it out of the park, you could go for some newer games that are SUPER popular right now, like Pie Face, Gas Out (eww, I know!) and Speak Out (aka the cheek retractor game). All of these games are simple enough for young children, yet still entertaining enough to keep the older ones involved.

 

5. Hotel weekend

Who doesn’t love staying the night in a nice hotel?  Find a hotel that is close to the family you are shopping for, and book them a room for the weekend.  Be sure to look for hotels that have free wifi, continental breakfast, and a pool that is open.  Some hotels even offer free happy hour appetizers in their restaurant, or a game room in the lobby.  You may not be able to buy them a vacation, but you can gift them a faux getaway, and that can still be loads of fun!  We have a hotel about 10 minutes away from us that we love to take the kids to for a treat.  They have an indoor pool, a lending library, a game room, a snack bar, free breakfast, and awesome happy hour deals.  It’s a ton of fun for them, and a nice break from the stresses of home for us.

These family gifts are sure to be enjoyed by everyone, and you don’t have to go broke buying them.  Still not sure?  Here’s another quick couple of suggestions below:

6. Outdoor games such as bocce, badminton, trampoline.  Check out these great outdoor toys for little ones!

7. Pizza/Date night Offer to take the kids out for pizza while the parents go on a date night.  Make sure to peruse Scoutmob and local Groupon deals for date night inspiration, and to try out new pizza places!

8. DVD set of classic movies (Disney is a great choice)

9. Family Fun Center pass (miniature golf, bowling, arcade, go karts)

(If all else fails, and you don’t think any of these would work for your situation, you can NEVER go wrong with #10)

10.  Amazon gift card

You can buy one last minute, you can send it via email, and they can choose whatever they want for themselves.  Clothes, games, toys, electronics, gift cards, you name it, Amazon has it.  Some people feel like gift cards can be impersonal, but I’d much rather get a gift card than some ugly sweater I’m never going to wear!

Have you ever received or given one large family gift?

What do you think about gift cards as presents?  Practical or tacky?

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Vitacost – Save 15% site wide!

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Vitacost is having a great sale, sitewide starting Saturday(11-24-12) morning and ends Monday night – 15% off everything with promo code SAVEBIG at checkout.

Start Date: 11/24/2012 Time: 9:00AM EST
End Date: 11/26/2012 Time: 11:59 PM EST

New to Vitacost?  With Vitacost.com, you don’t have to choose between stores that sell products you don’t really want at super-low prices, and stores that sell the better health and wellness products you want at crazy-high prices. They offer over 2,000 of the top, most-trusted natural brands, diet foods and healthy living essentials-the very best nutritional supplements, whole foods and sports nutrition-at discount prices, up to 50% off. 

Seriously, you can’t go wrong with Vitacost — between the frequent free samples to order (just pay shipping), their “set and save” program which automatically allows you to save 10% on special brands, free gifts for repeat customers, as well as getting your 13th order for FREE!

Spend $25 or more on Vitacost brand products, OR any order of $49 or more, and you qualify for FREE shipping.  Otherwise, shipping is just a small, flat-rate fee of $4.99, no matter how big the box.

FInally, when you sign up with Vitacost through my link, you get $10 off your order of $30 or more!  Combined with the 15% off, free shipping opportunities, and more — you can really get LOTS for just $20!

Keep on saving!  :o)
–Barbara
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Omelets in a bag – Cooking with the kids

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My friend Nancy (she’s an artist, check out her stuffs y’all!) sent me a link to a post about omelets in a bag recently.  I can’t believe I had never heard of them before!

Each weekend that I have a day off from events, I try to plan a hands on breakfast that I can make with my kids.  We love omelets, but it’s hard to make 8 of them at once and still manage to eat all together.  I always have two pans going, but even so, by the time I finish cooking, the first two batches have already been gobbled up.  This method allows the kids to customize their own breakfast, and everything can be cooked all at once.  (For another delicious breakfast recipe that’s easy to make with the kids, check out my Biscuit Breakfast Bake post!)

Omelets in a bagOmelets in a bag

Directions:

1. Set out your ingredients.

2. Write everyone’s name on a bag (permanent marker).

3. Let everyone pick out their own ingredients.

4. Add a ladle of egg to each bag.

5. Double check everyone’s bags to make sure they are sealed all the way. (watery eggs, yuck!)

This time, I chopped up a wide variety of ingredients.  The kids were able to choose from peppers, onions, olives, tomatoes, peppers, cheese, apples, bacon, and more.  For seasonings, I set out cinnamon, honey, garlic powder, onion powder, jelly, pepper, and salt.  Cracking eggs can get a little messy with kids, so I did that part for them before portioning the eggs into the bags.

Omelets in a bag

6.   Put the bags into a large pot of water.  Bring to a boil.

7.  Cook for about 10 minutes, you’ll be able to see when the eggs are finished cooking.

8.  Open the bags and remove the omelets.  They should just slide right out. (No grease, oil, or butter needed!)

9.  Enjoy!

Omelets in a bag

Not only is this a quick way to prepare omelets, but it takes the caked-on egg skillets out of the equation!  My kids loved that they could choose exactly what they wanted in their omelets.  Allowing children to make their own choices about small things helps to build their confidence, and teaches them about independence.  Plus, it’s a lesson in consequences as well.  If they refuse to listen to mom and instead put in 6 Tbs of jelly and 2 Tbs of salt into their eggs, they’ll learn really quick that maybe they should have paid attention, and you won’t even have to nag!

I may be busy a lot of the time with business, but weekend breakfast with my kids is a moment I treasure.  We get a chance to talk about school, friends, their activities, and more.  It’s such a great way to start the day!  And now with this easy bagged method, we can all eat at the same time on omelet day!

(BTW, if you are a camper, this is an excellent way to cook eggs at a campsite!)

Want to make this meal even easier?  Check out some of my favorite time saving kitchen tools below!

1.  Double balloon whisk – Mine is from when I was a Pampered Chef consultant, but any brand will do.  They work so much better than a traditional whisk, and really beat things up pretty quickly.  Twice the wires means half the work time! (Be sure to use the end of the whisk to “pop” the yolks first, they’ll mix up much faster that way.)

2.  Food chopper – Another thing I had from Pampered Chef days, a food chopper really saves times on chopping up ingredients, and you can get the exact type of chop you desire, from rough to extremely fine.

3. Mini ladles – My favorite is the one ounce size.  We have a variety of ladles, but this one is the most versatile.  Works great for ladling eggs in this case, but it’s also perfect for gravy, dessert sauces, and more.  Using those huge soup ladles just doesn’t cut it sometimes!

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Have you ever tried to cook eggs in a bag?  What’s your favorite way to eat your omelet?  Share your favorite recipe in the comments below!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Toys R Us gift card 50% off From Groupon!! + Cheap Diaper scenarios

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Toys R Us Groupon Deal Nov 2012

Take advantage of this fantastic holiday offer for Toys R Us, through Groupon — you can grab a $20 TRU gift card for only $10!!  Yep, that’s half off, y’all!  This is good for either Babies R Us, Toys R Us, or FAO Schwartz NYC.  

The fine print: you must use the gift card by 12-24-12.  Card not valid until after 5 p.m. today (11-23-12).

Babies R Us Groupon Deal Nov 2012


Here’s a few deal scenarios: remember those high value Huggies $3 coupon (no longer available) and Pampers $2 coupon?  Combine them with this, and you could snag a few packs of diapers for VERY cheap!  Y’all know I love cheap diapers!

Pampers are as low as $12.99/pack – use (2) $2 off printable coupons, combine with the $20 Groupon, and you pay as little as $1.98 plus tax out of pocket!  ($11.98 when you include the cost of the Groupon)  

Huggies are as low as $9.99 a pack.  Use (3) $3 printable coupons (if you were lucky enough to snag them while they were available), combined with the $20 Groupon.  After the cost of the Groupon, you pay $10.97 for three packs of diapers.  

**Also, don’t forget to take advantage of Groupon’s great deal at Studio Movie Grill, also!**

Keep on saving!  :o)

–Barbara
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