Back to School Books – Grade by Grade

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back to school booksI can still remember the night before school would start each year, I’d have trouble falling asleep due to excited and nervous jitters about the impending school year to come.  I can honestly say, this was the case as both a student and a teacher.  😀

Some of y’all have kids starting back next week, while others have already started.  In any case, here are some great back to school books to get your kids ready, from preschool all the way through 6th grade.

Super special thanks to Couponing with Rachel for sharing this extensive list!

My Big List of Back to School Books, Grade by Grade

Here are a few books that you may be interested in snagging for your own little ones.  You can find many of these titles at your local library, or snag them off Amazon.

Preschool:

The Night Before Preschool

Big Preschool Workbook [Read more…]

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Small Space Solutions for Your Home

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Disclosure: I am participating in this campaign as part of a promotional program with At Home and MomSelect; in exchange for promoting this campaign, I received a form of compensation.  However, all opinions, bad puns, and questionable taste in decor are completely my own.  

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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Back to School 2014 Weekly Deals

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Back to school 2014 weekly deals

It almost seems sacreligious to start even muttering “back to school” in July, but the truth is, most of the metro Atlanta will be back in session before we know it!  So, whilst I sip on my ice cold sweet tea, and wipe the sweat from my brow, batting down the heat and humidity, I introduce to y’all the first Back to School 2014 roundup.  Super-special thanks to Melissa from This Mommy Saves Money for sharing this list!

Back to School 2014 Weekly Deals

Staples Deals

110% Back To School Price Match Guarantee 

Top Deals

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Sharpie Accent Highlighters 5 pk

$3 – $3 easy rebate

Limit 1 rebate per customer. While supplies last.

Final Cost: Free

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Staples 1 Subject Notebook, 8″ x 10-1/2″: 0.17

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Staples School Glue, 4 oz: 0.39

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Crayola Standard Crayons, 24 pk: 0.50

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Crayola Classic Markers,10 pk: .97

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Staples #2 Pencils, 12 pk: 0.68

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Staples Dual Dome Pencil Sharpener: 0.68

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Crayola Colored Pencils, 12 pk: 0.97

Top Deals With Coupons (remember: some coupons are regional)

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Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz: $2.50

$2.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Larger; Sign Up For Loyalty Program and Complete Profile; Redeem for 2000 Points purell.com

Save $3.00 on purchase of $10.00 PURELL® Advanced Hand Sanitizer Products

$1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Larger Printable

$1.00/2 Purell Products Printable

$1.50/2 Purell Items, 8 fl oz or Larger

$1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Bottle, 8 oz or Larger – 7-27-14 SS (Expires 09/21/147-27-14 SS

$1.00/2 Purell Products – 7-27-14 SS (Expires 09/21/14)  7-27-14 SS

Final Cost: As Low as 0.50!

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BIC Mechanical Pencils, 0.7mm, 5 pk:  $1

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-3-14 SS(Expires 09/15/14)  8-3-14 SS

$2.00/3 BIC Stationery Products – 8-3-14 SS(Expires 09/15/14)  8-3-14 SS

Final Cost: As Low as 0.33

 

OfficeMax & /Office Depot

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Office Depot Brand & OfficeMax Brand Plastic 12″ Ruler: 0.10

Limit 3

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BIC Round Stic Grip Ballpoint Pens, 12-PK: 0.50

$1.00/2 BIC Stationery Products – 8-3-14 SS (exp 09/15/14)
$2.00/3 BIC Stationery Products – 8-3-14 SS (exp 09/15/14)

Limit 3

Final Cost: Free

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School Glue, 4oz: 0.50

Limit 3 

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Fiskars 5″ Scissors For Kids: $1

Limit 3 

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Paper Mate Pink Pearl Erasers, 3-PK: $1

Limit 3 

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Post-it 3″ x 3″ Super Sticky Notes, 45 Sheets Per Pad, 3-PK: $1

Limit 3 

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Wireless 1-Subject Notebooks: $1

Limit 3 

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Magnetic Dry-Erase Eraser: $1

Limit 3 

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Office Depot Brand School Copy Paper: $3

Limit 4

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Lexar S50 USB Drives 8 GB: $6.99

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Boise X-9 Copy Paper, 8-½” x 11″, 20 Lb, 92 Bright, 500 Sheets Per Ream, Case Of 10 Reams: $29.99

Get $10 Back in Rewards
Limit 2

Final Cost: $19.99

Other good deals

  • Reinforcement Labels, 200-PK: $1
  • ALL Paper Mate InkJoy 100 Stick Pens, 8-PK: $1
  • Ticonderoga My First Pencil, 4-PK: $2
  • Ticonderoga Pencils, 24-PK: $3
  • Elmer’s Washable Disappearing Purple School Glue Sticks, 8 pk: $2
  • Crayola Washable Super Tips Markers, 20-PK: $3
  • Purell Instant Hand Sanitizer Pump, 8 Oz.: $3

$1.00/1 Purell Advanced Hand Sanitizer Bottle, 8 oz or Larger – 7-27-14 SS (exp 09/21/14)
$2.00/1 Purell Hand Sanitizer, 8 oz or Larger; Sign Up For Loyalty Program and Complete Profile; Redeem for 2000 Points
$1.00/2 Purell Products – 7-27-14 SS (exp 09/21/14)

Final Cost: $1

  • ALL Zebra Cadoozles Mechanical Pencils, 10-PK: $3
  • ALL EXPO Click Dry-Erase Markers, 3-PK: $3
  • ALL Sharpie Permanent Markers, 12-PK:  $5
  • Casio Solar Scientific Calculator: $7
  • Case-it S-816 Round-Ring Binder With Velcro Flap 2″ Rings, 350-Sheet: $10
  •  Free PC Tune Up
  • Teacher Value Bundle: $19.99
  1. 50 Business/Event Cards
  2. 1 Poster (18” x 24”)
  3.  3 Linear Feet of Lamination
  4.  1 Teacher Planner
  5. 100 Black & White Full-Service Copies
  • Teacher Premium Bundle: $29.99
  1. 50 Business/Event Cards
  2. 2 Posters (18″ x 24″)
  3. 3 Linear Feet of Lamination
  4. 1 Teacher Planner
  5. 50 Color Full-Service Copies

 

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Get Back to School with #PurellLendAHand

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#PurellLendAHand

As a classroom teacher, I recall BEGGING for basic supplies.  Some years, I was fortunate enough to have parents who could send in supplies, and other years, I dug deep in to my own pockets just to provide the basics for my kids.  One year in particular, the administration asked me in the winter how I’d like to spend about $100 I had left in supplies, my simple response?  Facial tissues.  My poor sweet 4th grade boys were blowing their red raw little noses on that rough sand-paper-like paper towels, and I couldn’t bear to watch it any more.  So, as a (former??) teacher, I can appreciate when there is outreach from the community to help with school supplies.

I was recently blessed with an opportunity to help fund school supplies for the school/organization of my choosing.  I quickly thought of one school in particular who could benefit from this program, set up through The Motherhood, in conjunction with Champions for Kids and Purell brand: Dresden Elementary in Chamblee.  Located in one of the most heavily populated and ethnically diverse communities in the DeKalb County School District, the present student body of just over 1000 is composed of students from at least twenty countries.  Dresden offers an array of programs to help support not just the individual student, but the entire family AND faculty as well.  I also know a few teachers there, and could think of no better place to bring school supplies.

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Through #PurellLendAHand, I set out the other day to my local Wal-Mart, and loaded my cart up with school supplies.  Given the great back to school prices currently in place, it was a cinch to stock up on much-needed supplies.  Also, Dresden Elementary provided their supply lists for each grade level, so I had a good idea of what kinds of items were needed/wanted at the school.

It was a seemingly simple task: buy the school supplies they needed.  But even with a $180 budget, I still kept looking around, thinking “this isn’t enough.  I should be doing more.”Purell-Walmart-display

The only major snag I ran into was with couponing.  I carefully pulled out 25 $1.00 coupons for Purell Advanced hand sanitizer I’d been saving from a previous campaign – the coupons had no expiration date, so I thought I’d be able to use them, to help stretch that $180 further.  *sad face*  In any case, I was able to get enough Purell Advanced hand sanitizer to put in each classroom, to help start off the school year on a germ-free note.

All-in-all, I feel I made a good haul, and was able to send over a good amount of supplies to the school.  The front office and the principal, Mrs. Dominique Terrell seemed quite pleased with what I was able to provide.  In the end, this project was all about the kids, and giving them what they need so they can make the most of their time in the classroom.

PurellLendAHand - Supplies and Principal

Do you have a great fundraising story, or back-to-school supply tips to share?  I’d love to hear about them!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Signs of Kindergarten Readiness

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Kindergarten Readiness

My daughter starts Kindergarten in less than a month.  While I am not ready to let my baby enter the big world of Kindergarten, I am confident I have paved the way for this milestone, and am certain she is ready.  …but what exactly does “kindergarten readiness” look like, really??

Whether you’re sending your first or fifth child into kindergarten, it’s never an easy time. You have a lot of pressure on your shoulders to make sure your child knows certain concepts before you send them off. There are some things you can start doing now to prep your child for Kindergarten in the fall.

Signs of Kindergarten Readiness

  1.  Letter Sounds – Every child entering kindergarten should have practice with their letter sounds. You’ll want to start teaching them their letter sounds by making sure they know the alphabet first. Knowing the alphabet plus their letter sounds is one way a kindergartner starts the reading process. You can help your child learn their letter sounds by repeating them on a daily basis, using flash cards, hands on activities, and even playing educational computer games.  I started each of my kids with a simple ABC puzzle, and as they placed the letters in the puzzle, I would help them identify the letter, and it’s sound.  “Oh, ‘t’ says /t/ like ‘turtle’.”
  2. Reading & Writing – Kindergarten is all about learning to read and write. There are so many activities your child will do in kindergarten to help them learn these skills. However, there are also several things you can do as a parent to help prep your child for learning these skills. The number one thing you can do is always read to your child at every chance you get. Secondly, let them explore with writing. Their words might not always make sense, but they will increase their knowledge of writing as well as get their writing form down.  My daughter loves writing messages right now, and I interfere as little as possible with spelling.  We go through each sound and she writes out her words sound-by-sound.
  3. Independence – If there’s one thing your child needs to learn for kindergarten it is about independence and self sufficiency. While it may be common for you to help them with things now, it’s important that you let them learn how to do things on their own. To help make your child a little more independent, let him or her do small things on their own. You get to decide what the independence factor is as it’s your child, but it is time to loosen the reigns just a little bit.
  4. Relationship Building – For one of the first times in your life, you will be sending your child off to make his or her own relationships. Your kindergartner will form a bond with their teacher and classmates. You can prep your student for this by allowing them to be in situations where they can make friends on their own. You won’t always be there to help them make friends, so it’s important to let them learn to create this bond on their own.

These four tips will help your child learn a few basics before heading off to kindergarten. Just remember that it’s not just about the academics, but the social and emotional growth as well. What tips would you add to this list?

 

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Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Famous Footwear Coupon – Save Up to 20%

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I recently told you about my trip to Famous Footwear, and about all the super-cute shoes they carry.  Well, their BOGO sale Just. Got. Better!  Right now, you can snag this Famous Footwear coupon, which takes an additional 15% to 20%* off your BOGO purchase!!!  How cool is that?!?

Just imagine all the fantastic back to school swag you can grab with this: not just shoes; but socks, backpacks, and more!  Hurry over to print this Famous Footwear coupon, and head over to your nearest store today!  But be quick, this coupon is only good through 8-17-13.


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*Rewards members take an extra 20% off. Non-members take 15% off. Print your coupon to shop in-store sale 8/8 – 8/17.

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Famous Footwear BTS BOGO Bonanza!

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Disclosure: I attended an informational event at the East Cobb Avenues Famous Footwear store, and received a gift card to shop as a form of compensation. All opinions are mine, and based on my own, honest experience.

Famous Footwear BOGO

Famous Footwear is going shoe crazy, now through September 14: BOGO, done right.  Buy one pair of shoes, get another pair half off.  But if you can’t decide on that second pair right then and there?  No problem: just hold on to your receipt and you can nab them later, when you show your receipt.  How sweet is that!??

Famous Footwear SHOES collage

I recently had the pleasure of meeting up with some of my favorite blogger pals, and meeting up at the East Cobb Avenues Famous Footwear store, where we got to see their fantastic inventory.  I must admit: I was quite impressed!  My family of four is not without its quirks, and shoes for our piggies are not without their own issues.  My husband and my sone require wide shoes; while my daughter’s feet never seem to stop growing these days, and -ahem- my feet require a size 4 (yes, a child’s size shoes…).  But I was able to find shoes for each and every one of us at Famous Foorwear!

Famous Footwear kids shoes collage

Because I’m me, and because I’m super cheap, I walked away just buying some bedroom slippers for my kiddos (and nothing for myself!).  But those bedroom shoes were super cute!  A pair of Disney princess for my daughter, and Toy Story for the boy (although his tiny feet aren’t *quite* big enough for them yet) — all for the low price of $7.54.  They were on clearance for $5 each, but the BOGO 1/2 off made them $7.50 pre-tax.  When I got a 5% discount for opening my Rewards Account, it knocked off a little more!  SCORE!  My daughter was so excited, she immediately ripped off the tags and started dancing in them; my son -who currently loves “Hat” (that’s what he calls Woody from Toy Story) couldn’t get his on fast enough, before he toddled over to his zebra, so he could let out a few hearty “hee-haws!”

Famous Footwear - kids clearance slippers

 

In addition to an incredible selection of clearance finds (which y’all know by now, is the first thing I look at!) Famous Footwear also offers a great variety of style and selection to please every member of the family: from the Sketchers Twinkles series for my daughter, to Spiderman and Disney’s Cars for my son, to good ol’ solid running shoes for my husband, to -well- I believe we’ve established already I”m just cheap!  😉  But Famous Footwear goes well beyond just shoes; they’ve got a large selection of backpacks, socks, and other cute accessories for your back to school needs.

Famous Footwear girls shoes collage

Want to see some awesome blogger pals of mine go a little shoe crazy?  They each had the opportunity to grab as many shoes as they could in 30 seconds, and got to KEEP THEM!  Yep, I was a little envious, but also happy to see them score such great finds.  And the amount they nabbed for the shoes was donated to charity — truly a win-win for all involved!  Thanks @JaMonkey for sharing this video!

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Save Money With DIY School Snacks

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As school days have become more hectic and crowded, our children now eat lunch just two hours after breakfast.  As a result, their teachers ask that they bring in a snack to help them get through the school day without being hungry.   Sometimes it can be tempting to purchase pre-packaged snacks, but is the time saved really worth the extra cost?  We pack our own snacks, check out these examples below:

DIY School Snacks - BIG money saver!

 

First up?  Cheezits.  You can buy the family size box or purchase the individual mini bags.

DIY School Snacks

21 ounces for $3.98

DIY School Snacks

15 ounces for $3.98

As you can see, both packages are $3.98.  However the family size box is 21 ounces, and the individual pack box is 15 ounces.  If you buy the large box and bag them up yourself, it’s only about $0.23 a serving, whereas the individual packs are $0.33 each.

Next up are Goldfish crackers.

DIY School Snacks

30 ounces for $6.98

DIY School Snacks

12 ounces for $4.48

DIY School Snacks

16 ounces for $2.38

Individual bags of Goldfish crackers cost $0.37 each.  If you buy the large box and bag them up yourself, it’s $0.23 a serving.  And if you take it a step further and purchase the off-brand Whales crackers, it’s only $0.15 a bag!

Another favorite in our home?  Yogurt covered raisins.

DIY School Snacks

$1.98 for an 8 ounce bag, or $2.98 for 8 boxes

An 8 ounce bag of yogurt covered raisins is enough for 8 snack bags, at only $0.25 each.  If you get the prepackaged boxes, the cost increases to over $0.37 per serving.

As you see from the pictures above, buying in bulk is always cheaper than buying individually packaged snacks.  Separating treats into snack bags only takes a few minutes, and can save several dollars each week.  My kids like to pack their own snacks, and it’s easy for them to do with a measuring cup.  It’s also a great way for them to build on their math skills!

DIY School Snacks

Packing snacks at home is simple!

For a quick review of the money we save by packing snacks ourselves, check out the numbers below:

For a week of prepackaged snacks:

Cheezits (x2): $0.33 x2 = $0.66

Goldfish: $0.37

Yogurt covered raisins (x2): $0.37 x 2 = $0.74

Total snacks for the week for our family: $1.77 per child x 6 = $10.62 ($382.32 for the year)

 

For a week of DIY snack bags:

Cheezits (x2): $0.23 x 2 = $0.46

Whales: $0.15

Yogurt covered raisins (x2): $0.25 x 2 = $0.50

Total snacks for the week for our family: $1.11 per child x 6 = $6.66 ($239.76 for the year)

While it may only seem like pennies each week, the savings really do add up.  Over the course of a school year, we save can save over $140 just by purchasing large packs of snacks and bagging them ourselves.  Of course, there is also the added cost of the snack bags themselves, but they cost about $0.02 each, which only adds up to another $20 over the span of the school year.  Reusable snack bags would drop that cost even lower.  If you REALLY want to save big, try making your own snack mixes and granola bars!

DIY School Snacks

Put snacks in a tub and let kids pick their own!

Could you use an extra $100 a year?  That’s enough to pay our gas bill, or 2 months of water, or 2 months of cell phone service.  Every little bit adds up, and counting pennies is a big part of staying within our budget.

Do you pack your child’s snacks at home?  Or do you feel like the convenience of prepacked snacks is worth the extra cost?

Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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Printer Paper AND Saving Your Printer’s Ink

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Okay, so the following is no secret, at all, but here are some things I’ve been doing for YEARS to save printer paper and ink!  (Ink being rather expensive to purchase!!)


Printer Paper
You know all junk mail you get in snail mail?  Flip it over.  If it’s blank on the back, throw it in your printer’s paper tray!  I keep a box for one-sided 8.5″x11″ papers.  It’s filled with one-sided junk mail, as well as hundreds of miscellaneous other pieces of paper, only used once.  



Think about it: for whom are you most likely printing?  If the answer is yourself, or someone else in your household, then does it matter if there’s something unrelated on the back?  Most likely not.  You’ll have to play with your printer to see how to feed the paper in, as it may not work exactly the same as mine.  For me, I place the paper in blank side down, and it rolls up and prints on the blank side.


Ink & Ink Cartridges
Oh, how I wish I had heard Clark Howard’s podcast discussing the evils of printers, their ink cartridges, and his solution!!  Kodak printers: you pay more up front for the printer, but the cartridges are extremely inexpensive, compared to other brands…


I digress.  Like many of us, you, too, may have been suckered in to buying the “cheap” printer, only to discover how it guzzles those expensive ink cartridges; thus, making your deal quite a dud.  Did you know you can change the default settings on your printer, so that you use significantly less ink each time.  Here’s how:
Saving Your Printer's Ink

If you don’t wish to make these your printer’s default settings, you can elect to do “grayscale” and “fast draft” when you know you’re printing something that doesn’t need to be polished, if you will.  The steps are the same as above, except you select “printing preferences” from the main print command screen that will come up when you wish to print.  (Does that make a lick of sense???)
 
One more trick for saving your ink: smaller font size.  Yep.  You may have read about this as a tactic for universities to save thousands of dollars each year.  It’s true!  I’ve been doing this for years.  (And doing the opposite to stretch those papers in college, but that’s a blog for another day…)  The same is applicable for wider and longer margins: it’ll save you paper, particularly if you only have one or two lines on another page.  Try it!
 
Finally, along those same lines, if you’re printing from a website, try highlighting the text you wish to print, and when you go to print, look for the “selection” or “selected text only” option. 
 
P.S.  Once you have empty ink cartridges, consider recycling them.  There are tons of programs that offer incentives to recycle your empty cartridges;  Office Depot, for example, will give you $3 towards your rewards when you turn in your empties.
 
Readers: do you have additional tips and tricks to add to this collection?  I’d love to hear about them!  :o)
Keep on saving!  :o)
--Barbara

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