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Coupon Clipping

Let’s face it, the economy sucks. So, I have come to a small, yet helpful decision. I have decided to join the masses and start clipping coupons. Think about it. You can save money and stock up on food. You never know what natural disaster may leave you without electricity. So why not use that food you saved money on by clipping coupons? Just don’t lose the can opener, I know I have- a couple of times, to be exact.  What can I say? It easy to lose stuff when you don’t remember where you put it. Perhaps a coupon organizer might be helpful…

couponsWhat changed my mind on coupon clipping? To be honest, it was the October issue of the Woman’s Day magazine. As I was finding the next article, I saw the insert of coupons. A light bulb went off in my head. I immediately thought “Coupons! How perfect!” It kind of spiraled from there. I believe I have a few “free” coupons laying around the house. What’s better than free? Oh wait… don’t answer that.

Since I have decided to start this new money-saving hobby, I thought I would share websites that contains legit coupons.
http://www.retailmenot.com/

http://www.redplum.com/

http://print.coupons.com/CouponWeb/Offers.aspx?pid=13306&zid=iq37&nid=10

These are legitimate sites. Believe me, I love researching. So, I spend a lot of time searching for the good ones!

Time to start saving~

BTS: School Supplies Online

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Not everyone wants to go to Target or WalMart to buy their school supplies. Most buy them online nowadays. Heck, even I plan on buying online when I go into college! To be quite honest, there are many perks to buying school supplies online. Some of those perks are: you get to avoid the mass crowd, the long lines, and you get to save money! I’m pretty sure there are many others, they just don’t come to mind at the moment!

If you don’t know where to start on buying school supplies online, then don’t despair. There are so many supplies websites on the Internet that it can get confusing. You don’t know if they are reputable or not. You don’t know if they have what you want. Well, most supplies places do that what you want or need. As far as being reputable, here’s a tip: Stay with what you know. If you are more comfortable buying from Staples, then that’s perfectly okay. Or, if you prefer Office Depot, then you don’t have to worry. You know that both Staples and Office Depot are well known! Plus, I just looked, and their prices are fantastic! So, even though you may have one or both stores in your city, you can buy online without having to leave the house.

Most kids love having supplies that have some type of design. I know I did (minus the backpack). If there was a notebook that had a specific design but was cheap, I would ask my mom if we could get it. 9 times out of 10, I got it! What can I say? I’m a big girly-girl at heart! So, if you or your kids want something cute but affordable, then try CarolinaPad. Check out their collections. I am pretty sure you will find what you want! My sister had gotten the chance to review their products, and because she loved me (AWWWW!!!), she ended up giving me a notebook. I use it every other day. I absolutely love it! Now I just need to buy me a few more of their notebooks and I’ll be good to go until Spring!

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Pencils can be quite cheap- if you know where to look. I love getting their catalog, and that is where I got this next idea. Oriental Trading has so many great deals- and you don’t just buy 2 or 3 of an item, most of the time, you get a gross (that’s 144 pieces)- but not always. Oh yeah, they’re super cheap, too! Also, if your kid is wanting something that makes a statement, then they have many designs of school supplies to choose from. We have ordered from Oriental Trading in the past (it was for Christmas candy canes that you stick in the ground), and we’ve never had a problem. They are great to work with, and you just might find something else to buy!!

So, get out that credit card or Paypal information, and let’s go online shopping!!

Back To School: Supplies List

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Every state has them! I’m talking about supplies list for back to school shopping! When I go into WalMart, I see a kiosk-type thing with tons of list from every grade and every school in my area. So, I decided that I would help you and give you some links on where you can find a list of supplies your child may need. Now keep in m ind that these are just ordinary lists- they don’t involve also what you may need from your school.

logoHave you had trouble finding a list from the school your kids are going to? Well, at PrintSchoolList.com, you have the ability to search for that list. All you have to do is plug in your zip code, find your state, and then find what grades your kids will be going into. Unfortunately, none in my city are listed. That means that I must head to Wal-Mart and fight the crowd! It’s really easy to search. Not every school will be on there. I’m thinking that the smaller cities ma have to go another way of getting their school list.

At GreatSchools.net, they give you a a list to get you going. They also advise you not to spend money on writing utensils that don’t work or will quit working. Keep it to a normal pencil and erasers. I would have to agree. While it may be a cool look, it can also be distracting to some when they see the eraser light up. We weren’t allowed to have those things in class when I was younger. It’s good to see that some of the times haven’t changed and they still make education number 1!

I’ve mentioned WalMart before, but never did I know that they had a Back To School Shopping List finder! Wow! This takes out a lot of the guess work on seeing if they have the list at the stores! Again, they don’t have every city listed. Unfortunately, it’s back to the store for me! However, this allows you to download or print your supply list. They also have pre-made lists for you to print out. So, if you can’t find your list on the finder, you can have a backup! Just a little note, when you click on the finder link, and on the left side of the page, you will see the links to the pre-made supplies lists.

Staples also is helping you with supply lists. They have divided the supply lists into groups: Pre-K to Kindergarten, Grades 1-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and College. I am so happy to see that they have included the college students! Not everyone going back to school is young, and this helps those college students who have no idea what they need to have. Personally, I may have to print out the college list so I have it on file when I go to college!!

For those who are eco-friendly, there is also a list out there that tells you what to buy and what to avoid. Some of these ideas may not be for kuba_crystal_earth_recycleeveryone. We didn’t have those options when I was going back to school shopping. Most of them were not made yet, or they were way too expensive for us. On EcoMall.com, they suggest not buying any magic markers or acrylic paints. The acrylic paints can contain lead which can be fatal to small children who want to eat them. They also suggest to do your shopping online. I think this is a fabulous idea for those who can do it. Not only can you find the best eco-friendly websites, you know exactly what you’re going to buy and what is in it! I do have to suggest that you go to those green sites that only you know about. If you need to, do a little research on the sites you are thinking about buying from for the first time. If it looks like a great catch, then go ahead and buy!

BTS: School Shopping On A Budget

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When my sister and I were in school, Mom knew she had to spend as less money as possible. That’s not to say that she didn’t get everything we needed- because she did! She was the master at making a budget of how much she wants to spend. Of course, I learned a few things from her all of those years ago and I thought I would share what I learned! I will tell you that this won’t work for everyone.

  • When buying clothing, look for sales! Your kids don’t always have to wear name brands! As long as the clothes are in good shape and seem like they would last your kids a long time, then there is no problem. Often times, WalMart will have a sale on clothes for going back to school!
  • Try the dollar stores! My mom would get most of our supplies from the Dollar Store. Not only were they only a couple of dollars, there wasn’t a huge crowd in it. She was able to shop with ease and knowing that she would save money! So, instead of getting a pack of pencils for $5 at WalMart, she would get them for much less!!
  • Backpacks don’t need to make a fashion statement! Some kids want that more expensive backpack because it’s cool. Buy a backpack that is half the price you would regularly buy. Remember, your kids are only using it to store their school stuff in. They aren’t going to a fashion show and walking down the runway with it on!
  • Check online for sales! If you like to buy your school supplies online, then go ahead! You can always search for great deals. If you need a little help, just Google “back to school sales 2009.” You will be able to find a ton of sales and save money!
  • Reuse last years supplies if possible. Most likely, the lunchboxes and backpacks are still good. If they are, then you won’t need to rush out and buy those again! Keep in mind, you are saving money! I know some kids will go “Mom! That was last year! This year, I want a new one!”; just hold your ground!
  • Buy in bulk! If a store is having a great sale on supplies, buy as much as you can and keep it back for next year. This allows you to save more money next year and it will still be brand new to the kiddies!
  • Make your kids’ lunch at home. If your child is young enough to take his lunch, but still old enough to get a paid lunch at school, I’d go with the first one. Making your kids lunch at home will be cheaper than sending him to school with money for food. Plus, you will know that he’ll be getting a much healthier lunch than he would at school!
  • Don’t be afraid to use coupons! If you have 8 coupons for 8 different items for supplies, use them! Even if they are only a few cents off, that’s a few cents you could be saving than having to buy them at full price!
  • Place only what you want to spend in an envelope. Putting the money in an envelope helps you to not overspend! You will know that the money that is in there is the only money you will spend when you go school shopping. Of course, my mom was buying for me and my twin sister, so amounts will be very different!

These are just some of the ways to help you this year!!! I’m sure you will be able to come up with your own, too!

Back-To-School Series- JOINING

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Since Christmas In July was such a success, myself as well as another blogger have decided that we should have a Back-To-School series! This will be a great and helpful tool for those mothers who have kids that will be going to school! If you’ve never joined us, it’s quite simple. The Back-To-School series will run from August 1st to August 31st. Now, we are changing one thing this year, but it’s not that bad.

  • Instead of a Mr Linky, I have decided that it would be much easier if you leave a comment letting us know you want to join. Now remember, you can join us any time through August.
  • Once we have a button made, all participating blogs will receive that button! If you are wanting others to place that button on their blog, make sure you link it to your blog in the HTML. If you need help with the HTML code, please let me know! If need be, I’ll post a “How-To” just for those new to blogging.
  • You can post anything you would like about going Back-To-School. You can post tips, giveaways, reviews, memories, anything. However, please make sure it is family-friendly.
  • You do not have to post a Back-To-School entry every day! If you only have a few days out of the week that you are able to, that’s perfectly fine. Post it only when you have the time!
  • Before each post, please put “Back-To-School” or “BTS” before the regular title. This helps other identify it!
  • You are able to post regular posts outside of Back-To-School. Like I said, you don’t have to do a post every day!!

So, join us and let’s have some fun getting those kiddies back to school!

This will be the last series until October!

EDITED TO ADD: If you are going to college, this series is also for you! Don’t worry about feeling left out!!

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CIJ- My Top 10 List Of Favorite Christmas Songs

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I love music! Well, who doesn’t? I especially love the songs they play at Christmas. Not only do they have modern songs by the new artists, they still play some of the great oldies! So, last night, before bed, I decided I would post a list of my favorite Christmas songs. Who knows, some of them may be your favorite, too!!!

  1. White Christmas by Bing Crosby: Frankly, I love  the movie. This song just oozes Christmas- even if you live in Florida where there is no snow. Hearing this song brings back so many good memories for me and I’d like to keep it that way!
  2. Believe by Josh Groban: Ahh… that wonderful and sweet voice. If you’ve ever seen the Polar Express, then you know exactly what song I am talking about. This also oozes Christmas and no matter how old you are, gets you into the spirit of Santa Claus.
  3. Jingle Bell Rock by George Strait: Remember he was on my Drool Worthy list? If you must know, this is my most favorite Christmas song by him. You can ask my family- every year at Christmastime, the 20th Century Masters Christmas Collection: George Strait album goes into the CD player and plays all day. Jingle Bell Rock sang by George Strait is toe-tapping good!
  4. Christmas Don’t Be Late by The Chipmunks: This is a classic and I haven’t heard it in such a long time! I remember having an Alvin doll when I was younger and I loved that doll!
  5. Feliz Navidad by José Feliciano: I absolutely love this song!!! Last year, after visiting my grandmother’s house on Christmas Eve, this song came on. So, what did my sister and I do? Well, we dance and sang to it. I believe I now know more Spanish than I learned in High School!
  6. Up On The Housetop by Gene Autry: I love Gene Autry and I love this song. I can remember singing in elementary school with the choir. This has always been a childhood favorite and it continues into my adulthood. Way to go Gene!
  7. Frosty The Snowman by Gene Autry: It was actually recorded first by Gene Autry… but nonethless, this is a feel-good, happy song. If I don’t hear this song at least once during Christmas, I’ll find a way!
  8. The Twelve Pains of Christmas by Bob Rivers: This one is always a favorite. Somehow, most of those are true. It’s especially true when you’re trying to rig up the lights. We always seem to run short of extension cords, or one set doesn’t blink when it’s supposed to. Ahh.. the joys of Christmas. Oh, by the way, you can view the hilarious lyrics HERE.
  9. Rudolph The Red-Nosed Reindeer by Gene Autry: Have you noticed a pattern here? Gene Autry seems to have LOVED Christmas more than I did. This song is and will forever be a classic! When I hear this song, it makes me want to get my own Rudolph!
  10. Jingle Bells: I have no idea who originally sang this, but if you can find out for me, I’d be more than happy! This song is a silly song that you can dance around to! This is another song I loved to sing when I was in school.

So there you go… my Top 10 list of my favorite Christmas songs!

To listen to Christmas songs 24/7, visit the following links:

http://www.christmasradio.net/
http://www.merrychristmasradio.com/
http://www.accuradio.com/holidays/
http://www.shoutcast.com/radio/Christmas
http://www.live365.com/cgi-bin/directory.cgi?genre=christmas

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My Sister’s Soundtrack Giveaway Winner

Thanks to everyone who entered! Of course, unfortunately there could be one winner. Using Random.Org, I was able to choose the winner.

Here are your random numbers:

64

Timestamp: 2009-07-21 18:41:53 UTC

The 64th comment was Heather! Congrats to Heather! I will be contacting you very soon! To get another chance at winning a product, enter the Pillsbury Bake-Off Giveaway!