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Meal Planning Tips For Busy Moms + FREE Printable

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, January 12th, 2017 at 5:45 PM
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Meal Planning Tips

One thing families struggle with is keeping the grocery bill under control. Going in without a list and buying the first thing that looks good is no fun, and ends up costing way more in the end. Learning how to meal plan and sticking to it is easier than you think. Follow these simple tips to easy meal planning and a cheaper grocery bill.

  • Assign Each Day A Theme – This could make meal planning so easy! Salad Sundays, Meatless Mondays, Taco Tuesday, Wild Rice Wednesday, etc. There are so many options and making out your weekly grocery list would only take a few minutes. Make it fun for the whole family by asking the kids to pick their favorites!
  • Pinterest – This deserves it’s own category. Spend a few minutes daily searching around on Pinterest for great recipes. Pin these to a board called “Dinner,” or something similar. When it is time to prepare your grocery list, all of the recipes will be pinned in your folder.  You may also find great ideas in our recipe posts!
  • Prepare Your Meat Ahead – When you are cooking, it is easier to prepare almost all of your meat at once. If you are going to be using a lot of chicken, it is easy to clean and dress it all at once, properly freeze and pull out what you need for dinner. This saves time during the week, especially for busy moms.
  • Don’t Forget the Sides – While making out your meal plan for the week, also include side dishes. There is nothing worse than having every night’s main dish planned out, but no sides. What I like to do is make side dishes that can use a lot of the same ingredients.
  • Get Help – It get’s hard trying to figure out something to cook every night of the week, get the kids and spouse in on it. Ask them what their favorite meals are or if they have any suggestions for dinner. You would be surprised at how many great ideas they can come up with!
  • Keep Stocked Up – Keep a stock of basic supplies, both in your freezer and pantry. A few extra bags of frozen veggies or extra rice and cream of mushroom soup can make a big difference. No matter if it’s extra company or an emergency backup, it is great to have a nice stock.  Consider getting a deep freezer and a nice stockpile of freezer bags.
  • Write Your Meal Plan – Having your meal plan listed in a central location will stop the confusion of everyone asking what’s for dinner. A great idea is to print out a free meal planner printable, frame it and hang in the kitchen. Easily fill it in every week and you are ready to go. You might also like to write your plan on a meal planning whiteboard like this!
  • Subscription Services – Another idea is to take advantage of subscription services that offer grocery delivery.  You’ll save money, be able to buy larger quantities for cheaper prices, and plan your meals around the current sales the services offer.  Check out our list of Grocery & Household Subscription Services we suggest!

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I hope these tips help make planning dinner and cooking dinner just little bit easier. To help you prepare this coming week’s meal I am going to share with you a sample of one of my weekly meal plans. You can also print this PDF “What’s On The Menu” that you can print out and put on your refrigerator or hang in the kitchen. Hope you enjoy!

Monday – Bacon Cheeseburger Soup

Tuesday – Healthy Beef Stroganoff

Wednesday – Philly Cheese Steak Sandwiches with Coleslaw

Thursday – Chicken Marsala with Fresh Garden Salad *I use chicken stock instead of wine*

Friday – Southwest Stuffed Acorn Squash

Saturday – Chicken Fajita Pasta

Sunday – Grilled Ribs with French Fries and Steamed Broccoli

Print your Free Meal Planner Here

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

10 Winter Energy Saving Tips

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, January 6th, 2017 at 7:00 PM
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10 winter energy saving tips

Brrrrr!!!!  With the crazy weather that Texas brings us, it’s hard to keep our energy bills in check. You can save a ton of money by following 10 Winter energy saving tips that will help lower that energy bill and keep you warm and toasty all Winter!

  • Use your ceiling fans properly.  Changing the rotation, alters the airflow.  Have your fan turn clockwise (counter-clockwise in the Summer to cool down your home) to keep the hot air in the room.  Keep it on a low setting and that will gently push the warm air down.
  • Blankets, robes, and heavy socks can definitely keep you warm inside.  Lay an area rug down in rooms you use often, as this will help insulate the floor.  Bundle up with blankets before turning up the heat.  An electric blanket can offer even more warmth, and not force you to heat the entire house!  This best selling heated fleece wrap is the perfect solution.
  • Only heat rooms you use. Close and seal off vents in the rooms you aren’t in like storage or guest rooms.  This will help the flow of energy focus on only the areas you want to feel it in. Space heaters in the rooms you use the most will allow you to turn the heat down in the rest of the house and save on the energy bill, too.
  • Open south-facing window curtains and drapes during the Winter, when the sun is out, and allow your home to soak up that heat it offers.  When the sun goes down, close them to keep the heat inside.
  • Keep the house cooler while you sleep.  Your body temperature will rise as you sleep, and you can bundle up much more under the covers to keep warm.  Electric blankets and microwaveable rice packs are a great way to keep your bed warmer, too. Allowing your thermostat to be turned down 10 degrees for about 8 hours can help you save on your energy bill by about 10 percent each year!
  • A humidifier will add moisture to the air.  When the air in your home becomes dry, it feels colder.  Moist air feels warmer and hold heat more efficiently.  Your humidifier can allow you to lower the thermostat by making it feel warmer!  Try these highly rated humidifiers!
  • Decorating your indoor areas and outdoor patios with lights are a great way to feel festive during the holidays.  Using LED lights can use 75 percent less energy and last 25 times longer.  That means they consume much less energy.  No matter what type of lighting you use, unplug them before going to sleep or leaving your home.  Even if they aren’t turned on, they will continue to draw power.
  • Sign up for Energy Ogre.  No, really – go sign up.  You’ll literally save 40-60% off your energy bill!  Read more about how Energy Ogre helps save Texans tons of money every year HERE!  Why pay a standard rate, when you can save so much money?  Sign up, switch and save.  It’s really THAT easy!
  • Your furnace needs a tuneup!  When it runs efficiently, it reduces energy consumption.  Schedule an appointment and get that furnace it’s yearly checkup.
  • Use exhaust fans in your kitchen and bathrooms only when you have to. pull hot air that is rises to the ceiling out of the room. You’ll need that hot air to keep the area warm, especially after having a hot shower! Use them when you need them, and shut them off as soon as possible.

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WHAT FOODS CAN YOU FREEZE? SAVE TIME & MONEY
TOP 10 WHAT TO BUY DURING END OF SUMMER SALES
80 NON-TOXIC DIY CLEANERS
10 USES FOR MUFFIN PANS
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SIGNATURE MINI MEALS + 21 MEAL SUGGESTIONS

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Household & Grocery Subscription Services

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 5:00 PM
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Household and grocery subscription services

There are days when a simple grocery list seems so overwhelming.  Packing up the kids, driving to the stores that carry your favorite brands, and spending extra money on items you don’t really need can be a daunting chore.  Why not sit back, relax and order those household necessities online?!  With these subscription services, you’ll score all of the products you need, save a ton of money, and save time.  It’s a win-win-win situation!

Here are our favorite grocery and household subscription services:

Boxed.com

Candy, air fresheners, wine, condiments, laundry soap, diapers…. all of this and more can be found at Boxed.com at GREAT prices!  With their awesome referral program, free samples and bulk purchasing to save you more, Boxed.com offers perks you don’t want to pass up.

BENEFITS:

  • Score $15 off your first Boxed order of $60 or more with this link!
  • Create an account, and share $15 in savings with friends and family, and get $15 Boxed credit for each friend you refer after their first Boxed delivery.
  • Score 2 FREE samples with each box delivery!
  • Shop online OR use the convenient app.
  • Enjoy free delivery on your first order and all other orders over $49! Most orders arrive within 2 business days.
  • Get 1% in Cash Rewards on the total price of your order for every purchase.
  • No membership fees!
  • Buy in bulk and save more, plus that reduces having to shop as often!

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Amazon Subscribe & Save

Save on everyday products to fill up your pantry!  These are regularly scheduled deliveries of the items you want and need for your household from Amazon.  Get everything from cat litter to toilet paper and coffee to cleaners with Subscribe & Save!  Be sure to check out Prime Pantry for more savings, as well!

BENEFITS:

  • Get household items, food, beverages, pet supplies and MORE!  You’ll never run out or have to make extra trips to the store!
  • Subscribe to more, and save more! Get additional savings and deals on eligible subscriptions when you subscribe to 5 or more products!
  • Save 20% on diapers and baby necessities as an Amazon Family Member. Get a FREE 30-day trial HERE.
  • Coupons are available to virtually zip to save more on your purchases!  Combine these with the “buy more, save more” savings to really score.
  • Shipping is FREE on all of your orders!  Most will arrive to you within 2 days.
  • Skipping a delivery is easy, with just one click. You’ll also be notified before a subscription is sent out.
  • Cancel your membership anytime

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Jet.com

This unique site has a real-time savings engine that will drop prices as you shop!  You’ll always find fun games and toys, great household necessities and gift ideas at Jet.com.  From furniture to laundry detergent, this Amazon-like competitor offers some great perks:

BENEFITS:

  • No membership, annual or hidden fees! Just shop and save!
  • Get FREE 2-5 day shipping on $35 or more orders!
  • Get JetCash just for shopping, and use it towards future purchases!
  • Constantly updated with new savings offers, new products and new deals!
  • Save 15% off your first THREE orders!

Target Subscriptions

Shop til you drop with Target Subscriptions!  Pick the everyday products your family needs, and set a delivery schedule.  Even better, you’ll score 5% off just for subscribing, and get free shipping.  Target REDcard holders will also get an additional 5% off!

BENEFITS:

  • Once you’ve subscribed, if the price on any of the items drops or offers more promotional discounts, you’ll receive those discounts on your subscription!
  • Skip or cancel or subscription whenever you need to, with ease.
  • You get the best of Target’s great inventory, at great prices!

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

What to Expect on Sale in January

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 5:00 PM
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On Sale in January

January is a great month for several awesome deals!  This is a great time to stock up on some gifts for birthdays, anniversaries and more – as we see some of the year’s best prices until Black Friday comes along again.  This is the perfect time to start stocking up with presents for holidays, birthdays and anniversaries throughout the year. In fact, savvy shoppers will begin stocking their Gift Vault with after Christmas sale items and more…..

On Sale in January

White Sales:  January is notorious for “White Sales” and we’ll see a lot!  Bedding, towels and housewares will all fall into this.  This is also the time that storage totes and containers and organizational products go for cheap, as we take down our Christmas decor and clean up a little from the chaos of the holidays.

Best online stores for White Sales:

On Sale in January

Clothing:  Even though winter just began, we’ll get some awesome sales on winter apparel and accessories!  Some of the best deals on jackets, coats, gloves & scarves are found in January.  Ski and winter sport clothing is also at its lowest this month.  Winter sleepwear, robes and slippers are also discounted big time in January.  Now is the time to purchase these items!!

Be sure to check out:

On Sale in January

Overstock:  Retailers tend to buy BIG on items like TVs, Blu-Ray players and electronics during the holidays.  In January, they are left with quite a bit – and we’ll get them at great discounts.  They won’t be, of course, as cheap as we saw on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, but they’ll be discounted enough to make them worth the buy!  Since the iPhone and Android phones have been so popular, the sales of digital cameras has obviously gone down quiet a bit.  Retailers want you to buy them, though, so January is a great time to purchase camera accessories and digital cameras, especially when retailers overstock for the holidays!  We saw some awesome prices last year in January.

Best places to shop for overstock clearances:

On Sale in January

Holiday Clearances:  We’ve already seen some nice 50% and 70% discounts on holiday items, but in January, these items MUST leave the shelves so stores can replace with new products and Valentine’s Day seasonal stuff (it’s already up in a lot of stores).  This is a GREAT time to purchase holiday decor, gift wrap and more!  Watch your dollar stores, too, as holiday items are usually on sale for less than a buck.  Bikes are pretty popular items to go on sale, as well.  Electronics get clearanced out, as the new models start showing up on shelves.  Toys will be getting deep discounts with some amazing online codes – great for stocking up on gifts for the year (or start your next year Christmas shopping, too!  It’s never too early to save serious money)!

Healthy Lifestyles:  New Year’s Resolutions to lose weight and get fit are on everyone’s mind right now, and retailers know it!  Find deals on workout equipment and apparel…Wii fitness games and much more this month!  Slim Fast, Weight Watchers and other “diet” foods will be on sale, along with “good for you” foods like Kashi and Nabisco low calorie snack foods.

Cold & Flu: The drugstores start rockin’ some serious cold and flu remedy deals this month, as everyone seems to get the sniffles this time of year.  This is a great time to stock up!  We’ll see the same round of coupons coming out with high values that you can stack with store coupons and get rewards on, as we saw in October.

On Sale in January

Super Bowl:  The end of January gears us up for the Super Bowl with great deals on soda, snack crackers, party trays, chips, dips and more snack food items.  Watch for nice party items, like football decor, serving items, and more.  If you have an NFL fan in your life (or are one yourself), there will be killer online deals for gear, memorabilia and jerseys, too.

On Sale in January

Coupons:  This month we see more soup, hot chocolate, coffee, soups and stew fixin’ coupons. These come out more frequently this month and are paired with great sales in the grocery stores.  Keep your eyes on the displays at your local stores, as Super Bowl party end-caps and displays are really popular! Print coupons here!

On Sale in January

Produce in Season:

Avocado

Broccoli

Cabbage

Carrots

Cauliflower

Celery

Citrus Fruits

Grapefruit

Leeks

Lemons

Oranges

Papaya

Spinach

Tangelos

Tangerines

On Sale in January

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

10 Unique Gift Wrapping Alternatives

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, December 22nd, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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10 unique gift wrapping ideas

Skip the ordinary bows and wrapping paper this year and get creative!  Here are some budget-friendly gift wrapping alternatives you can try this year when you’re wrapping your Christmas gifts!

1. Comics

Comics are colorful and silly – and a great way to recycle your newspaper into something fun and decorative! You can re-use these funny moments on your gifts to make them more fun and way different than the normal red and green paper!

2. Sales Ads

This is something else that comes in your weekly newspaper – and you already paid for it!  You can reuse the add from the store you bought the gift from to give a hint, or just any old ad that you may have laying around. This is an especially fun way to wrap for couponers and savers!

3.  Homework

What a great way to really personalize and show off your children’s abilities and smarts! Use their old homework (or colored photo copies) as gift wrap to make any special gift even more amazing! My niece lives on the other side of the country, and getting a present wrapped in her schoolwork was a nice treat and great way to receive something so special!

4.  Balloons

Balloons are a very unique way to gift an item. It sounds strange, but on Valentine’s Day, you’ll see balloons stuffed with teddy bears and other treats. Why not do this for the holidays?  It may not be quite as easy to shove a bear in a balloon, but it’s the perfect idea for jewelry or a little trinket. Just stick the item into the balloon, blow it up and decorate it!

5.   Colorful Pillowcase or Old Clothing

What a great way to get some use out of that old thing in the closet.   We all have clothes that we rarely wear, if at all, and it’s a very smart way to wrap a few of your gifts.  Its a durable wrap, and you could even make a bow or two out of the scraps left over.

6. Scarves

Wrapping a gift in a scarf is an awesome way to give two gifts in one.   A beautiful scarf wrapped nicely around a box holding some jewelry, or clothing that matches would be a fantastic pair. To hold the scarf in place on the package, use a matching broach to pin it, or wrap a bracelet or necklace around it to secure it.

7. Family Pictures

If you have a small package, it is great to personalize it to the max. Grab some digital photos and print them out onto regular paper and use the paper as a wrap. Most gifts are in boxes that traditionally wouldn’t be small enough for a single sheet of paper, so you may need to use multiple.  You can also wrap the gift in butcher paper of any color and add the photo rather than a bow.

8. Jars

Jars are a neat way to showcase a gift when it’s not a complete surprise. You can roll a scarf and place it in a jar, or you can throw in your family secret spice combination for chili. The possibilities are endless for this commonly looked over way of gifting. Plus, mason jars are so popular and used for so many things, it’s like giving 2 gifts in one!

9. Maps

For anyone who loves history, or loves to travel, wrapping their gift in unused maps can be a very creative way to let them really know that you know what they like. If you don’t have maps around the house, AAA gives them out for free, or you could always print them out from your computer.  If you took a trip with a friend or family member that’s receiving the gift, you could highlight the map of your route, too!

10. Cookie Tins

After you’re done eating all of the shortbread cookies, don’t throw away the tin. You can re-use this for any gifts that might fit inside. Just place the gift inside, and wrap a ribbon around the outside. What a great way to fool the person receiving the gift!

What are your ideas for gift wrapping alternatives?

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Holiday Meal Price Guide – Know Your Prices!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Holiday Meal Price Guide

The holidays are here, finally! It’s one of the best times of the year to stock-up on several items like boxed potatoes, canned veggies, baking items and more! But how do you know what you SHOULD be spending on these things? What’s the best price for a frozen turkey? What is a good deal on pot roast? It it cheaper to make my own pies than it is to purchase a frozen one? We’ve got you covered!

Holiday Meal Price Guide

Remember: These are stock up prices. This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying. Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your holiday meals. Watch the blog for coupons on these items!
Holiday Meal Price Guide
Turkey – whole, frozen 39¢-59¢/lb (under 99¢ per pound is a score)
Turkey – whole, fresh $1.39/lb
Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb
Leg of Lamb – $8.95/lb (varies depending on location)
London Broil – $1.99/lb
Rump Roast- $2.99/lb
Pot Roast – $2.29/lb
Brisket – $2.49/lb
Roast Beef – $2.49/lb
Pork Tenderloin $2.99/lb
Fish – fresh $2.99/lb
Holiday Meal Price Guide

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions $1.50

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

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Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

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Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Pecans – whole, $4.99/lb

Almonds – whole, $3.99/lb

Apples – depending on the type of apple– 99¢ – $1.49/lb

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed! The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $7.99/lb

Top Ten Reasons to Do Your Holiday Shopping Online

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 at 4:45 PM
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reasons to do your holiday shopping online

Welcome to our new series, “My Dallas Mommy’s Top 10”!  Each week, we’ll highlight a top 10 list of our favorite things!

Top 10 Reasons to do Your Holiday Shopping Online

The holidays are very quickly approaching!  Have you started your gift shopping yet?    By shopping online, and grabbing the amazing deals we post daily, you’ll be saving time, money and frustration.  Plus, you’ll be getting some extra perks along the way!  Be sure to follow along on the blog, because we’re already posting awesome online deals.  Don’t miss a HOT deal we post, by getting free HOT text alerts! Here are 10 reasons to do your holiday shopping online:

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10. The crowds, lines, parking and holiday rush
Avoid the holiday crowds by shopping early.  That means grabbing the online deals that we post, when we post them.  Everything we post is something that one of us will buy, or is currently purchasing, because it’s the best deal anywhere online!  If you can’t shop early, you’re still going to find awesome deals online through Christmas.  You’ll also avoid seeing a sale in-store on the flyer, going to the store, and finding that it’s been sold out.  What a bummer!

Probably the BEST reason to avoid these things is that shopping in-store (especially during the holidays) might cost you MORE money.  Factor in the gas it takes to get from store to store, the breakfast, coffee or lunch you might pick up if you’re out for a while, and sometimes, you’ll even have to pay for parking.  If you take your kids with you to shop, you may be spending more money to appease them with treats, snacks or small toys.  Avoiding those additional costs by shopping online.

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9. Product Reviews
Scrolling through the product reviews online can make or break a deal.  Most online retailers have reviews, ratings and comments from previous customers that purchased the items. Product reviews are a lifesaver at times, because they are honest opinions from the people that have tried and tested the things you are considering buying.  You’ll find that most products receive some horrible reviews, and some exceptional reviews – it all depends on the user and their experience with the items they bought. Amazon is famous for their reviews!  In fact, if you don’t trust Amazon reviews because of free products given in exchange, you’ll be happy to know that Amazon changed their policy on reviews. When the majority of the users commenting and rating are giving an average of the same response, you can be pretty sure that your experience will be similar.  This is something that you can’t get by shopping in-store, and is an invaluable asset to shopping online.

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8. Shop 24/7
With busy schedules and only so many hours in the day, shopping in-store can be difficult.  You may need to wait for the weekend – only to find the items you wanted are sold out, or the sale has ended.  Some of us work or go to school at night, and can’t make it to the stores during business hours.  That’s why shopping online is so great – the sites are open 24/7!  You’ll never have to worry about missing that sale because you couldn’t get to the store in time, when you shop online.  This is convenience at it’s best – without having to pay more!

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7. No coupons needed
We love our coupon binders, and when we shop the drugstores and grocery stores, you’ll always find our binders out and ready for price reduction battle.  But when we shop for gifts, clothing, household items and larger products, we shop online.  One of the greatest things about being frugal is that we aren’t limited to one method of saving money!  When you shop online, you don’t have to clip coupons, organize them, and take them with you to the store.  Shopping online with coupons is as simple as typing in a short coupon or promo code into a box, and clicking a button on the site.  Most online stores will display their sale prices or coupon codes on the homepage, so you don’t have to hunt them down.  Although we love our coupons, we don’t always have to have them with us, and shopping online cuts us a little break from the coupon chaos!

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6. Discreet purchases
Whether you’re a little embarrassed to buy your feminine hygiene products at the drugstore, or want to get something a little risqué for your significant other or favorite couple, shopping online is definitely the way to go.  You’ll get privacy and peace of mind for any of the items you want and need to buy, and you may even avoid the judgmental raised eyebrow of the cashier in Walgreens!  Buying online gives you freedom to shop around and buy without feeling uncomfortable.  If you’re asking your significant other to give you some sexy lingerie this year, they won’t have to feel rushed or red-faced as they browse in Victoria’s Secret.  You’ll be able to stock up on incontinence pads for your mom, without having to walk around Target with a cart full of Poise Pads.  No matter what you’re purchasing, you can feel comfortable doing so from the comfort of your own home.

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5. Ship to recipient
If you’re a procrastinator, this might be the best reason for you.  Instead of having the gifts you’re giving this year, shipped to your home to be wrapped, tagged and then shipped back out to long distance family and friends, have them shipped straight to their address!  This saves money on additional shipping, and something we do every year.  Once the recipient receives their package, they simply need to wrap it up in the shipping box, and stick it under their tree.

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4. More options & products
Shopping online offers retailers and stores that you don’t have in your local area.  You’ll have access to hundreds of thousands of sites and products that you can’t always find within driving distance. If you’re not exactly sure what you want to gift to that special someone in your life this year, you won’t be limited to the stores that your mall offers, and you’ll probably find some items you never thought about before!  Plus, online retailers often offer much more inventory, with more choices, colors, sizes and even customizations than their in-store counterparts.

Being “geographically free” also means that you can shop worldwide online – discovering some unique products, without having to travel to get them!  Shop local stores, or browse the items that other countries offer – either way, you’ll be unlimited in your options.

In fact, that brings us to another reason to shop online – the search box!  Shopping in your local store, you will have to look around for what you need, or ask a sales associate.  You won’t find a search box in-store for quick and easy shopping!

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3. Free shipping
A deal doesn’t get better than hitting a rock bottom price AND offering free shipping!  If possible, getting free shipping is the way to go.  Some stores even allow you to have the online purchases shipped to their stores for free, so you can pick them up at a convenient time.  What’s better than having the FedEx or UPS man stop by your house with packages?  Knowing those boxes contain GREAT deals, and were delivered to your home for FREE!

Having your purchases shipped to your door also means you avoid lugging around heavy, huge boxes and bags while you shop, making multiple trips through the crowded mall to the parking lot, and burning out earlier than expected.

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2. Perks
Many online retailers reward you with perks for shopping on their websites.  In fact, you’ll save even MORE money by purchasing online, rather than in-store, because of these perks.  Target.com shoppers with the Target REDcard (debit or credit) will get 5% off their purchase, plus free shipping.  They’ll also have more time to return items that were bought online and purchased with the REDcard.

Amazon Prime offers FREE 2-day shipping (a lifesaver for last minute shoppers), plus you’ll get to take advantage of the other perks that Prime members get, including free unlimited photo storage, instant video to watch your favorite movies or tv shows, unlimited music streaming, and early access to limited time offers at super cheap prices.  Did you know you can give the gift of Amazon Prime membership?!  Head over HERE to check it out!

Zulily.com offers FREE shipping for 24 hours after you pay your initial shipping fee.  This can make for some SWEET deals.

Groupon also offers some nice perks for their members.  Get their emails, and you’ll receive early access to deals, and other great sales that non-members won’t get!

Many online sites offer exclusive codes and discounts, too.  First time customers will generally save between 10-15% off, so be sure you’re watching for pop-ups when you hit the home page.
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1. Black Friday & Cyber Monday
Black Friday deals are some of our favorites, but instead of fighting the crowds and getting up super early on Black Friday, we prefer to sit in our pajamas, grab a cup of coffee and our laptops, and shop with comfort and ease for the week (or more) that online retailers are offering the same, or LOWER prices as they do on Black Friday.  Cyber Monday is also a great way to save money and shop from home.  There’s no rush to throw on your makeup, pack up the kids, stop to get gas in the car, fight the traffic and then search the stores for the items you want and need.

Every year, it seems that Black Friday starts a little earlier, and Cyber Monday lasts a bit longer than just one day – in fact, we’re still  seeing HOT deals for Cyber Monday (let’s just call it Cyber MONTH).  Some stores will stretch these popular sale days out for a few days. Online retailers will stretch them out for up to a month!  You’ll get better sale prices for LONGER by shopping online.  In addition, during these special sale weeks, we are busy posting deal after deal for you, so you don’t have to hunt them down!

We do price comparisons before posting our deals – checking other popular and reputable sites that are selling the same items, and making sure you get the best bargain on the web, whenever you’re ready to shop!  Grab a cup of coffee (or wine!), get the kids in bed, throw on your comfy jammies and come shop with us online!

Head over HERE and start scrolling through the deals!

Did we miss an important reason to shop online? 

Share your thoughts in the comments!

 

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Just a few of our favorites:

Want more?  Be sure to go here to checkout discounted ticket prices for events in Dallas and Fort Worth!  Also, keep in mind that Groupon and LivingSocial always have great deals on local shops, restaurants, spas and more.  GoldStar also offers half-priced entertainment!  For other ways to save on going out, try Pogo Pass or City Pass!

Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas Deadlines

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas 2016 Deadlines

Getting your packages sent out in the next few weeks can be pretty stressful.  That’s why knowing the guaranteed delivery by Christmas deadlines for shipping companies like USPS, FedEx and UPS are so important!  Here is a roundup of shipping deadlines for the 2016 year, plus deadlines for shipping from popular online retailers:

Guaranteed Delivery by Christmas 2016 Deadlines

UPS Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 18 – Deadline for 3-Day Select shipments.
  • Dec 22 – Deadline for 2nd Day Air shipments.
  • Dec 23 – Deadline for Next Day Air shipments.

USPS Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 15 – Deadline for Standard Parcel Post (regularly mail) shipments.
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for First Class Mail and Priority Mail shipments.
  • Dec 23 – Deadline for Priority Express Mail shipments.

FedEx Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 12 – Deadline for SmartPost shipments.
  • Dec 17 – Deadline for Home Delivery and Ground Delivery shipments.
  • Dec 20 – Deadline for Express Save shipments.
  • Dec 22 – Deadline for 2-Day and 2-Day A.M. shipments.
  • Dec 23 – Deadline for Standard Overnight, Priority Overnight, First Overnight shipments.
  • Dec 25 – Deadline for SameDay shipments.

Guaranteed delivery by Christmas deadlines

Amazon Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 18 – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 – Express shipping option.
  • Dec 23 – Fastest shipping option

Best Buy Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 22 – Expedited shipping
  • Dec 23 – Express shipping.
  • Dec 24 – Store Pickup
  • Dec 25 – E-Gift Cards purchased at bestbuy.com

ToysRUs Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 19 (3 pm EST) – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 (3 pm EST) – Expedited shipping option.
  • Dec 23 (12 pm EST) – Express shipping option.
  • Dec 24 – Free in-store pickup is available.

Walmart Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 19 – Guaranteed Christmas Eve delivery with Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 – 3-Day shipping option.
  • Dec 23 – 2-Day shipping option.

Target Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 17 – Standard shipping option.
  • Dec 22 – Premium shipping option.
  • Dec 23 – Express shipping option.

Kohls Christmas  Deadlines

  • Dec 22 (1pm CST) – 1-day shipping option.

Macy’s Christmas Deadlines

  • Dec 22 (5 pm) – Standard 2-day shipping.
  • Dec 23 (5 pm) – Express shipping.

 

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

NOVEMBER: What To Expect On Sale This Month!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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What’s on sale in November?

Chilly air, red and yellow leaves, the smell of cider and fresh pumpkin pie…..it’s definitely November!  This is the month that kicks off holiday shopping deals!  Black Friday is always popular, and so is Cyber Monday.  But, besides the obvious, what else can we find on sale this month?  Here you go!  If you’re looking for great gift ideas, be sure to head over to the blog to join our exclusive MDM Secret Savers Facebook Group, sign up for our FREE *HOT* text alerts and watch the blog for online deals and roundups!

 

Black Friday

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For the entire month, you’ll see great sales and “Pre-Black Friday” promotions!  These are wonderful ways to avoid the rushes and panic of Black Friday sales in-store AND online.  We’ll see everything from jewelry to digital cameras and appliances to TVs on BIG discounts this month!  We anticipate grabbing awesome deals on DVDs and Blu-Rays, tablets, Keep watching the blog so that you don’t miss anything!

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Get ready for WINTER!

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Before Winter hits, retailers like to begin putting seasonal items on the shelves.  You’ll see great deals on outerwear like jackets, coats, boots, thermals and much more all on sale this month.  Gloves, cold weather sleepwear, robes, mittens and hats will also be in abundance this month.  Another great buy will be cold medicine, chapsticks, cough drops and all seasonal allergy or cold & flu medications.  Read more about cold & flue essentials HERE.

Halloween leftovers

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All of those Halloween decorations, costumes, candies and party supplies will have to be off the shelves to make room for Thanksgiving and Christmas items. That means we see quicker markdowns on these things.  Stock up for cheap and save for next year, or grab some costumes for dress up when the kids want to get creative!  Don’t forget that candy corn is also enjoyed during Thanksgiving, so stock up now when they are on sale! Store your new decorations away until next year and feel awesome about saving so much money on them.

The great outdoors

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We’ve started to see nice deals on outdoor fire pits and chimenas, and those prices will continue to drop until they are gone from retailers warehouses.  Any other outdoor item like patio furniture, grills, tiki torches and hammocks will be greatly reduced, too.  This is a perfect time to save on these items.

Baking Season

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It’s in full swing now!  We saw quite a bit of activity in the baking world last month, but now it kicks into high gear.  Big sales, lots of coupons and neat promotions will be everywhere for items like chocolate chips, evaporated and sweetened condensed milk, cake and brownie mixes, nuts, coconut, sugars, flours, sprinkles, extracts and even Chex cereals!  Keep your eye on the blog for new coupons and deals at your favorite stores.

Thanksgiving

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Read about stock up prices for everything Thanksgiving meal and dessert related HERE!  We’ll see nice deals in the grocery stores on canned goods like soups, broths and canned pumpkin. We’ll also get nice sale prices on fried onion topping, cranberry sauce, marshmallows, hot chocolate, rolls, gravy, stuffing and more!

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Produce in season this month

  • Apples
  • Artichokes
  • avocado
  • beets
  • bok choy
  • broccoli
  • brussels sprouts
  • cabbage
  • carrots
  • celery
  • chard
  • chestnuts
  • cranberries
  • daikon
  • fennel
  • guava
  • kiwi
  • kumquat
  • lemons
  • orange
  • pears
  • persimmons
  • pomegranate
  • potato
  • quince
  • rutabaga
  • squash, winter
  • sunchoke
  • turnips
  • yams

Thanksgiving Meal Price Guide

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, November 1st, 2016 at 4:00 PM
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Stock-up price will vary depending on what region of the country you live in and how close to Thanksgiving you purchase your turkey.  Remember – you’ll pay nearly DOUBLE for a fresh turkey, that you will pay for a frozen bird.  This is important because we are thrifty shoppers and we want the best deal for the most value!   We will say that generally a great stock-up price for a frozen, whole turkey (always buy whole!)  will be between 39¢ and 59¢ per pound.  Finding a frozen, whole turkey under $1 per pound is a good deal.  Do the math and bring your calculator with you!  ALSO, be sure that the butcher’s calculations are correct.  If you are supposed to be paying 79¢/lb, and the total seems a little high, it may just be!

Remember:  These are stock up prices.  This is just a guide for you to gauge what you are paying versus what you could be paying.  Get as close to the listed prices as you can when you are shopping for your Thanksgiving meals.  Watch the blog for coupons on these items!

MEAT

Turkey – whole, frozen  39¢-59¢/lb  (under 99¢  per pound is a score)

Spiral Ham – $1.69/lb or under $2 /lb

SIDE DISHES

Stuffing – we can score this for FREE with coupons, but if you don’t, under 75¢ is great

Box Potatoes – 50¢

Canned Veggies – 30¢ or under

Frozen Veggies – FREE – under $1

Gravy – dry packets will be under 50¢, and jars/cans will be under $1

Cranberry Sauce (can) – under $1 (the closer it gets, the more chances of scoring it for 50¢)

Chicken Broth (can) – 33¢

Chicken Stock – FREE – 75¢/box

Olives – FREE to 50¢

French’s Onions  $1.50

Whole, frozen pies – we see these on sale with coupons for under $2 each

Rolls/Biscuits (frozen) – 50¢ and under for a Pillsbury package

Rolls/Biscuits (fresh, dozen) – depending on the brand, watch for under $2.50

Cranberries (fresh) – we can get them for FREE, but about $1 per package is good

Sweet Potatoes – 49¢/lb

Yams – 49¢/lb

Brussel Sprouts – $1.49/lb

Cauliflower – 88¢/lb

Broccoli – 88¢/lb

Potatoes – under $2 for a 10 lb bag  (we even see 15 lb bags for $1.99!!)

Fresh Green Beans – under $1 per pound (these prices have changed, too)

Celery bunch – 89¢

Carrot bunch (1 lb) – 89¢

BAKING ESSENTIALS

Milk – $1.99 (gallon)

Heavy Cream – $1 (1/2 pint)

Evaporated Milk – 50¢

Condensed Milk – 75¢

Sugar (5 lbs) – $1.50 (under $2)

Flour (5 lbs) – $1.50  (under $2)

Powdered/Brown Sugar (1 lb) – 89¢

Baking Powder – FREE – 50¢

Corn Starch – 50¢

Marshmallows – under $1/bag

Cool Whip – 50¢ for holiday flavors, under $1 for regular

Canned Pumpkin – $1 or under

Chocolate Chips/Morsels – $1 – $1.50

Cream Cheese – $1

Cake Mix – 75¢

Frosting – 75¢

Cinnamon Rolls – 50¢

Butter (salted/unsalted) – $1.50/lb

Pie Crust (2pack) – $1

Pecans – The price of pecans has sky-rocketed!  The cheapest we’ve seen lately is $6.99/lb

Albertsons is launching a new Gas Rewards program and Tom Thumb is expanding their Gas Rewards program with Chevron in Dallas and throughout North Texas!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Albertsons is launching a new Gas Rewards program and Tom Thumb is expanding their Gas Rewards program, both with Chevron, in Dallas and throughout North Texas! That means BIG savings for us DFW folks! Shop the great deals in-store, then jump across the parking lot for more deal on fuel for your vehicles.  That’s one-stop shopping at its best!

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Shoppers can now earn points and redeem up to 20 cents per gallon in Gas Rewards at participating Chevron and Texaco locations or up to $1 per gallon at Tom Thumb and Albertsons gas stations. Existing Tom Thumb Reward Card members can earn and redeem points by using their Reward Card or phone number. New shoppers can enroll in the Gas Rewards program today by downloading the Tom Thumb or just for U® app, available for iOS™ and Android® devices. They can also enroll online at TomThumb.com or Albertsons.com/rewards. Once registered, you can earn one point for every dollar spent on participating items. Points are redeemable at the pump at Tom Thumb, Albertsons, and participating Chevron and Texaco gas stations.

Tom Thumb Gas Station Rewards

I live in downtown Dallas, and there is a Tom Thumb with a gas station attached to it, not too far from me.  This is where my boyfriend, Bryan, and I always stop for great deals on groceries and gas (p.s. this is Jeni’s boyfriend, Laura is still married to her man for 24 years :)).  It’s super convenient, and makes our grocery and gas outings much quicker with a one-stop-shop.  Not only do we save big time in the store on our purchases, we save money on gas, too.  We saved 20 cents per gallon on our last fill up – that’s under $2 per gallon!  Every little bit helps, and Bryan was pretty excited to see the total 🙂

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

Rewards expire at the end of the month, following the one in which they were earned, which gives you plenty of time to use them. There is a limit of 200 points for a $0.20 per gallon Reward in a single fill-up at participating Chevron or Texaco stations, and a limit of 1,000 points for a single fill-up at a Tom Thumb or Albertsons gas station.  You can save up your points, and opt not to use them, like we do, too!

Tom Thumb Gas Rewards

The next time you fill up at a gas station, shouldn’t you save more money?  With gas prices fluctuating so frequently, it’s nice to see some consistency and rewards for the money you spend.  Gas prices are up, down and all over the place, but Tom Thumb and Albertsons are consistent in savings!

Target VS. Walmart: Which Is Better?

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, October 31st, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Target VS. Walmart - which is better?

Target and Walmart.  They are always in competition, and always offering great deals and bargains.  But which is the better value? Let’s take a look:

Why you should shop at Target:

  • Double up on your savings when you stack manufacturer coupons and Target Store coupons
  • Download the Cartwheel app to save a percentage discount on specific items.  This can be used along with manufacturer coupons and Target store coupons.
  • Get rebate apps like Ibotta that will offer you cash back on your purchases.  Combine this with Cartwheel and coupons.
  • Mobile coupons will save you a ton – keep watching the blog for updates.
  • Clearance prices- get up to 90% off retail prices when you wait for clearance to drop.
  • Rain Checks are offered (at most locations) and will honor the sale price.
  • Target gift card promotions offer you more savings by giving back.
  • Price Matching- Target will price match qualifying items if you find them for less at Target.com or other select online retailers OR Target or competitor’s local print ad.
  • Target REDcard and Target REDcard debit cards will save you 5% on your purchases, plus give you other great perks.
  • Bring in your own reusable shopping bag, and get an extra $.05 off your total.
  • Read more ways to save at Target!

Why you should shop at Walmart:

  • Use manufacturer coupons to lower the already low prices.  If your coupon value is higher than the price of the item, you’ll get that difference back in CASH!
  • Rebate apps like Ibotta will offer you cash back on your purchases.
  • Rain checks are offered if an advertised item is out-of-stock at your Walmart.  You’ll get a rain check so that you can purchase the item at the advertised price when it becomes available.
  • Price matches on current advertised sales – bring in the competitor’s ad and show it to the cashier for a price adjustment.
  • When you shop, have Walmart.com pulled up in your internet browser.  If you see a price cheaper online (which happens frequently), show the cashier for a price match!
  • Savings Catcher App allows you to scan your receipt to find savings.  They’ll compare prices and if they find something lower, you’ll get a credit via gift card!
  • Get marked down prices on meat when you shop earlier in the morning.  By around 8am, the meat department has marked down their prices.  Items approaching their “sell by” date can be frozen and used later.
  • Walmart Grocery allows you to order fresh groceries online with free same-day pickup. They will even load your groceries into your car!
  • Watch the end caps, and clearance sections for amazing discounts. Also, check out clearance items within the main aisles of the store to save up to 90%!

Both Target and Walmart have some great ways to save!  Walmart has everyday low prices with extra ways to save, but Target offer much more in savings.  If you have the time, we think Target is the better choice.

 

Target VS. Walmart – Which is your store of choice?

Thrifty Tips

September Deals: What to Expect to Find on Sale
Meal Solutions for Turning Leftovers Into New Meals
Choosing Quality Fruits and Vegetables at the Grocery Store
What Foods Can You Freeze? Save Time & Money
Top 10 What to Buy During End of Summer Sales
80 Non-Toxic DIY Cleaners
10 Uses for Muffin Pans
10 Items Worth Buying at the Dollar Store
Signature Mini Meals + 21 Meal Suggestions

+ More!

 

Stores That Price Match AFTER Purchases

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Friday, October 28th, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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Stores That Price Match AFTER Purchases

Stores That Price Match AFTER Purchases

It has happened to all of us. We see that to die for dress in the shop window or the perfect lamp for the bedside table and without shopping around first, we purchase it. Only to find out a week later that it is $20 less at another store. Thanks to price matching, we can recoup what we lost. We have gathered a list of stores that price match both in store and online AFTER you have made your purchase!

Advance Auto Parts
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices

Link to policy: http://shop.advanceautoparts.com/o/pricingpolicy

Details: Must provide a print advertisement, mobile device screen from a competitor’s website, or a printout from a competitor’s website. If matching an online price, the price must include the shipping cost of that item. The cool thing about Advanced Auto Parts is that they will match both identical and comparable items. A comparable item is one of the same quality, size, weight, color, and quantity with a similar warranty

AJ Madison 

Policy Type: Price matches competitor’s prices and in some cases beats them. Price matching and in some cases offering a better price than competitors pricing
Link to policy: https://www.ajmadison.com/pages/price_match_policy/

Details: Will meet or beat competitor’s prices when you contact customer service via phone at 1-800-570-3355 or via e-mail at sales@ajmadison.com. Prices to be matched must include shipping, handling, delivery, and sales tax. You must request a price match prior to making the purchase

Alaska Airlines
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s website within 24 hours of booking AND offers a Low Price guarantee (in the form of airfare credit) with Alaska Airlines until your departure
Link to policy: https://www.alaskaair.com/content/deals/special-offers/price-guarantee.aspx
Details: 
Will refund a difference of $10+ if you find the same flight and itinerary on a competitor’s website within 24 hours of booking. Alaska Airlines also has an amazing policy that they will give you airfare credit for the difference in price if their website drops the price prior to your departure

Amazon
Policy Type: 
Prices matches competitor’s prices on eligible televisions within 30 days of purchase

Link to policy: https://www.amazon.com/gp/help/customer/display.html?nodeId=200726210

Details: Will refund the price difference if a television you buy directly from Amazon.com (not a third party seller) drops to a low price on a competitor’s website within 30 days of purchasing.

Bass Pro Shops
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices in store; Price matches Bass Pro Shops catalog and online prices in stores; AND offers a Low Price guarantee within 30 days of purchase

Link to policy: https://basspro.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/29/~/price-matching
Details:
 Will match a competitor’s price in store when you bring in a sales ad. Will match Bass Pro Shops catalog and website prices in stores. If the price of an item you purchased from Bass Pro Shops drops in their stores within 30 days of purchase, they will refund you the difference

Bed Bath and Beyond
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices

Price matching in store and online 
Link to policy: 
https://www.bedbathandbeyond.com/store/static/pricematch#pmg-mainContent3

Details: Matches competitor’s prices in store and online. Will price match Amazon.com! In store, take an ad or website print out to customer service. For online price matching call 1-800-GO-BEYOND. You CANNOT use both a price match AND a Bed Bath and Beyond coupon on the same item

Best Buy
Policy Type: 
Price matches competitor’s prices AND offers a Low Price guarantee within the return period.
Link to policy: 
http://www.bestbuy.com/site/help-topics/best-buy-low-price-guarantee/pcmcat297300050000.c?id=pcmcat297300050000
Details: 
Matches competitor’s prices in store and online. Will match prices with Amazon.com and Newegg.com. To price match in store, visit the customer service desk. To price match online call 1-888-237-8289. Best Buy cannot do online prices in stores, only over the phone. Best Buy has an awesome policy that if they lower their price between the time of purchase and the return period date for your item, you can request a price adjustment by stopping by a customer service desk or calling 1-888-237-8289

Big Lots
Policy Type:
Price matches competitor’s price in store and online within 30 days of sale.
Link to policy: 
http://www.biglots.com/page/price-promise
Details: 
If you find a lower price for an identical item at a competitor’s local store, Big Lots stores will match that price. The competitor’s item must be identical in all respects (e.g., the same brand, size, weight, quantity, color, flavor and model number) and have the exact same features, accessories and status (e.g., new or refurbished) as the Big Lots item. The item must be in stock at Big Lots and offered at the lower price by the competitor on the day you request the price match.
Our Prices vs. Our Prices: 
Big Lots strives to provide low prices at your local Big Lots store, as well as at BigLots.com. Merchandise and promotional offers available online at BigLots.com may vary from those offered in our stores. If you order a product online at BigLots.com and notice that your local Big Lots store price is lower than the online price, in most instances, we will match the lower price.

BrandsMart USA
Policy Type:
Price matches the product 110% on a gift card.
Link to policy: 
http://www.brandsmartusa.com/guarantee


Buy Buy Baby
Policy Type: 
Price matches direct competitor’s price in store and online.
Link to policy: 
https://www.buybuybaby.com/store/static/pricematch
Details: 
The manufacturer and model number of both products must be identical. Our direct competitors include any retailer who sells products in both retail stores and online under the same name. They will also price match on any items sold by Amazon.com, but not third-party marketplace sellers or membership clubs. Read the rest of this entry »

Halloween Safety Tips – Things You Might Not Have Considered

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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Halloween can be such an exciting, adventurous night for parents and their children.  But, it can also be a dangerous evening, too.  Use these tips to keep you and your kids safe this year.  If you’re sending them out on their own, go over this list with them, to ensure their protection.  Being extra cautious never hurt anyone, but neglecting some simple tips could lead to injury.

  • Make sure your child can see clearly through their Halloween mask.  If their peripheral vision is blocked, consider altering the mask for better vision.
  • Add reflective tape to kids’ costumes.  This will make them much more visible to drivers, and keep them safer walking across the street.
  • Carrying glow sticks or flashlights can be very helpful.  Not only will your child be able to see better in the dark, motorists won’t be able to miss them.
  • Always trick-or-treat in groups.  There is safety in numbers!
  • Make sure the kids know your cell phone number and address.  This is precautionary, in case you are separated.
  • Always trick-or-treat in well lit neighborhoods that you are familiar with.
  • Ask the children to WALK, not run while trick-or-treating.  Accidents are far more likely to happen when children are moving quickly.
  • If your kids’ Halloween mask is too big or doesn’t fit properly, this could lead to tripping, falling or running into objects.  fix their masks so that they are snug against their faces.

Happy Halloween!

  • Never eat unwrapped or homemade candy handed out by strangers. Unfortunately, not all people have good intentions.
  • Skip visiting and trick-or-treating at darker houses.  If lights are not prevalent, pass that house and go onto the next.
  • Be mindful of jack-o-lanterns and other fire hazards.  Costumes made of flame-resistant material are best, but keeping a close eye and being aware can be just as helpful.
  • Teach your children to make eye contact with drivers when crossing the street.  They can wave or hold up their glow stick as they cross, as well.
  • When passing driveways, teach children to stop and look both ways.  A car entering or existing a driveway or path might not be as noticeable, especially if they haven’t turned on their lights.
  • Allow children to determine their own bravery when it comes to scary decorations.  If they are stopped from exploring, this could lead them to misbehaving or becoming more scared.

Halloween safety might incorporate some obvious and everyday precautions, but just remember – your children have been looking forward to this night for weeks.  They have probably already indulged in more sugar than you realize and might be more hyper and less attentive.  They are small, so being seen and noticed by motorists is very important.

What are your best Halloween safety tips?

4 Stores With The Best Layaway Programs

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, October 25th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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Layaway is a great option for budget-savvy shoppers, especially during the holidays.  Grab the items you want, and you’ll pay them off over time.  This help relieve your wallet of lump sums of cash, and gives you more time to pay for your purchases.  These are our 4 favorite stores that offer the best layaway programs:

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*Walmart

The Fees & Rules

  • There’s no opening fee
  • Down payment is $10 or 10%, whichever is greater
  • Minimums – Individual items must be $10 or greater. Total purchases must be $50 or greater
  • Terms – Final payment and pickup must be made on or before December 12 at the same store layaway was initiated (or order will be canceled). Excludes wireless phones that require contracts.
  • Cancellation – If account is canceled, items will be returned to inventory. Down payment and payments made will be refunded, less a $10 cancellation fee. Cancellation fee does not apply in Ohio, Maryland, Rhode Island, or District of Columbia.
  • Returns – Walmart Returns Policy applies to all layaway transactions.
  • Location – Layaway is initiated at the Pickup Desk. Payments can be made at any register including the Pickup Desk. Upon final payment customers may be asked to pick up Layaway merchandise at a separate location such as the Garden Center.
  • In stores only (not available for online purchases)
  • Available for Electronics, Toys, Infant Toys, Infant Furniture, Small Appliances, Large Furniture, Auto Electronics, Select Sporting Goods, and Jewelry
  • Excludes wireless phones that require contracts.
  • Layaway not available on Thursday, November 24th.

The Perks & Advantages

  • You can use coupons on layaway items!
  • It’s better to use layaway for larger purchases, rather than smaller items.  You’ll end up paying a lot more for small purchases.

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*ToysRUs/BabiesRUS

The Fees & Rules

  • Holiday Layaway ends 12/14
  • $5 set-up fee and $10 cancellation fee.
  • 10% deposit due on start date
  • Contract are 90 days
  • Not available for online purchases
  • Excludes special orders, food, formula and clothing

The Perks & Advantages

  • Holiday set-up fee waived.
  • Payments can be made online!
  • There is no minimum purchase amount to be eligible for layaway.

 

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*Kmart

The Fees & Rules

  • 8-Week Layaway Contracts: Pay $10 down payment + $5 set-up fee + $10 fee to cancel
  • 12-Week Layaway Contracts: Pay $10 down +  $10 set-up fee + $20 fee if you cancel
  • Excludes clearance merchandise, Everyday Great Price items, Deal Flash, Red Tag Special Buys, Incredible Buys, introductory offers, and personalized jewelry.

The Perks & Advantages

  • No down payment offered for holiday shopping through November 26th. (1 penny is required for online layaway).
  • You can use store coupons on layaway purchases!
  • Use code LAYAWAY10 to save $10 off any $50 or more layaway purchase (expires 11/26)
  • Online purchases ARE included in the layaway program
  • Payments for your layaway can be made online.

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*Sears

The Fees & Rules

  • 8-week layaway contract = $0 money down in-store, 1 penny online and $5 set-up fee.  $15 to cancel.
  • 12-week layaway contract = $0 money down in-store, $10 set-up fee and $25 if you cancel.
  • 7 day grace period if you miss a payment.

The Perks & Advantages

  • Online items are eligible for layaway!  You’ll see the eligible items on the individual product page.
  • Use store and manufacturer coupons on layaway items

 

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Prepare For Cold & Flu Season With These 6 Essentials!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Monday, October 24th, 2016 at 5:00 PM
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Cold and flu season is about to be here!  With constant weather patterns changing, and germs floating around at the kids’ schools, it’s time to prepare yourself!  Here are 6 cold & flue essentials that have helped my family tremendously.  Keep these on hand, and be ready to tackle those pesky viruses!

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*Vaporizer

When cold air from outside meets the heat from your home, it creates dry air.  Vaporizers balance the scales by adding moisture to your home.  When you have a cold, a vaporizer will also help open your lungs to make breathing easier.

Get this Vicks WarmSteam Vaporizer for only $14.99!

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*Vitamin C

Colds and flu attack weaker immune systems.  Arm yourself with a daily dose of Vitamin C, to help strengthen your system and keep viruses at bay.  Orange juice is a great source of Vitamin C, but when you’re on the go or in a hurry, drink packets and pills might be more efficient.

Get a 30-count 1,000MG Vitamin C Emergen C drink packets for just $9.99!
If you prefer conventional Vitamin C, score this 100-ct 1,000MG Vitamin C for $7.99

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*Thermometer

Fevers are the worst!  They’ll drain your energy, make sleeping difficult and can be a sign of something more serious than just a common cold.  There are a ton of great options on the market for thermometers.

Get this Braun ThermoScan Ear Thermometer for only $33.99!
Score this Exergen Temporal Scanner  Infrared Thermometer for $29.99!
This ARC InstaTemp Non-Touch Thermometer is just $39.99, and you can take it while your child sleeps!

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*Tissues

Soft tissues are essential for cold and flu season. Using tissues that are course or don’t contain shea butter, aloe vera or Vitamin E will irritate your nose.  When you’re constantly blowing it, you need a little comfort!  Keep it moist, rather than dry.  Pop some Vicks Vaporub on the underside of your nose after blowing to help with easier breathing and keep irritation at a minimal.

Get some Vicks Vaporub for only $2.48!
Score some Kleenex with Aloe (18 box count) for $30!

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*Epsom Salt

When the flu brings on aches and pains, a warm bath might just do the trick.  Even better, use Epsom Salt in your bath.  It can help ease aches, help you relax to sleep, and even (some doctor’s say) helps raise your white blood cell count.  As soon as you feel the cold or flu creeping up on you, start taking Epsom Salt baths.

Dr. Teal’s Epsom Salt Soaking Solution for only $4.89 is a miracle worker in my home!

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*Honey

Honey is a great cough suppressant, especially for children.  Put it in tea to ease a sore throat, or take a spoonful a few times a day.

Get some Mountain Ridge Pure Raw Honey for just $9.50

 

What are your cold & flu essentials?

I’m not a doctor or medical professional.  These are my suggestions for cold & flu season, based on personal experience.

 

 

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Texting Acronyms Every Parent Should Know

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Thursday, October 20th, 2016 at 7:00 PM
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Texting phrases and acronyms every parent should know

It’s definitely the 21st century.  Kids have social media accounts, cell phones, iPads and even join dating sites while in their pre-teens and teenage years.  With this new world of technology and cyberspace communication, it’s tough for parents to keep up with what their children are really doing.

There are several great ways that parents can keep tabs on their kids’ activities online.  Mobicip checks internet usage and apps installed on their devices.  Qustodio also watches usage and apps, and has a tracker and panic button.  Spyera might be expensive, but it filters web browsers, monitors social sites, blocks vulgar language and pornography and much more.

But what about their cell phones?  There are ways you can see what they are texting and monitor what they do on their phones, without them even knowing.  MSpy shows you who they call, what they text, GPS location, which apps they use and more.  Another highly rated phone monitoring app is The Spy Bubble.

Understanding your children’s lingo with their peers is about as hard as it was for your parents when you were a child.  However, now they speak in code and shortened words. Twitter only allots for 144 characters, which is where some of these popular acronyms were born.  Here are some texting and social media acronyms you might want to be aware of when it comes to your kids:

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#-) Exhausted, partied all night
%*} Inebriated
%\ Hangover
143/459/ILU/ILY I love you
1174 The meeting place for a party
303 Mom
420 Marijuana
4YEO For Your Eyes Only
53X Sex
8 Oral sex
9 or CD9 (code 9) Parent Watching
99 Parent Gone
?^ Want to Hook Up?
AF As F***
AITR Adult in the Room
ASLP (What is your) Age/Sex/Location/Picture? (Also ASL)
BYAM Between You and Me
CD9 Parents around/Code 9
CICYHW Can I Copy Your Homework?
CRAFT Can’t Remember a F’ing Thing
CU46 See You For Sex
DADT Don’t Ask Don’t Tell
DOC Drug Of Choice
DTF Down to F***
DTH Down To Hang (I’m up for getting together)
DYHAB/G Do You Have A Boyfriend/Girlfriend?
F2F Face to Face
FWB Friends With Benefits
FYEO For your eyes only
GNOC Get Naked on Camera
GYPO Get Your Pants Off
I&I Intercourse & Inebriation
IPN I’m Posting Naked
IWSN I Want Sex Now
J/O or JO Jerking Off
KPC Keeping Parents Clueless
LH6 Let’s Have Sex
LJBF Let’s just be friends
LMIRL Let’s Meet In Real Life
LYLAB/S Love You Like A Brother/Sister
M/POS Mom/Parents over shoulder
MPFB My Personal F*** Buddy
NSA No Strings Attached
PA / PA911 Parent Alert
PAL Parents are Listening
PAW Parents are Watching
PIR Parent in Room
PRON Porn
RU/18 Are You Over 18?
RUH Are You Horny
S2R Send to Receive (show me yours, I’ll show you mine)
SHIP Relationship
SOBT Stressed Out Big Time
TDTM Talk Dirty To Me
TWD Texting While Driving
WTPA Where’s The Party At?
WTTP Want To Trade Pictures?

 

Best Halloween Movies for Kids of All Ages

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Wednesday, October 19th, 2016 at 5:30 PM
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Best Halloween Movies for Kids

It’s almost Halloween party time!  How about some Halloween movies? Wanna know the best Halloween entertainment per age group? All parents don’t mind a little spooky, but too scary or otherwise inappropriate is a whole different story.

SmartFeed just released its top picks for Halloween flicks for pre-schoolers to pre-teens! Plus, great suggestions for Halloween Family Movie Night! Check it out below.

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SmartFeed Picks for Halloween Flicks – Age 5 and younger:

1.) Room on the Broom

2.) Dear Dracula

3.) Casper’s Scare School

4.) It’s the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown

5.) Curious George Halloween Boofest

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SmartFeed Picks for Halloween Flicks – Age 6 to 9:

1.) Alvin and the Chipmunks Meet The Wolfman

2.) Dreamworks’ Spooky Stories

3.) ScoobyDoo and the Goblin King

4.) HalloweenTown

5.) Mad Monster Party

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SmartFeed Picks for Halloween Flicks – Age 10 to 13:

1.) Monster House

2.) Frankenweenie

3.) Coraline

4.) Beetlejuice

5.) ParaNorman

6.) When Good Ghouls Go Bad

7.) Hocus Pocus 

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SmartFeed’s Best Halloween Family Movies: 

1.) The Worst Witch (6+)

2.) The Nightmare Before Christmas (8+)

3.) Dear Dracula (4+)

4.) Mad Monster Party (6+)

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Choosing The Right Printer – Pros & Cons of Popular Types

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 at 6:00 PM
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Finding the right printer can be really tough!  You may get some of what you want, but the price may be too high.  You may have the perfect price for the printer, but there’s no copier and the ink is expensive!  Remember, a printer is an investment.  You don’t want to have a printer with too many bells and whistles if you don’t need them, and you definitely don’t want to be replacing ink every week. Keep these things in mind when you’re shopping for a printer.

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1.  Use– What will it be used for?  Printers can be very helpful in many ways.  Will it be a nice addition to your office with a scanner, copier and fax? Will you be printing photos from it?  Will it be a used for printing coupons?  Does it need to have wireless printing capability?

The average family that loves to print the occasional picture, coupons and documents. You need a good quality ink that doesn’t get sucked up by the printer and isn’t too expensive. Having extras like a scanner or fax component are only good when they are necessary or don’t hike up the price of the unit.

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2.  Quality & Reviews – Knowing a printer works well for me doesn’t necessarily mean it’s the best printer for YOU and your needs. That’s why along with the questions above, we need to check out the rating and reviews of the printer.  Previous buyers that review it will be using it for all sorts of reasons.  They’ll give us a great indication of the quality and lifespan of a printer.  This Canon Pixma MX459 has a 4.2 out of 5 star rating from nearly 130 reviewers.  It’s also such a  great bargain that Walmart runs out of stock frequently. That’s pretty awesome!  You can read their reviews by clicking on the product page and scrolling down.

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3.  Ink Life– We definitely don’t want a printer that’s going to waste or use a lot of ink.  That stuff is expensive!  Great prints with the least amount of ink – that’s the goal. Ink life will depend greatly on how often you use the printer, and what you’re printing.  Check the pages per cartridge numbers for inkjet printers (on the packaging or owner’s manual).  On average, you should expect to get at LEAST 215 pages.

 

Not sure if you should be purchasing an inkjet or laser printer? Here is a very quick run-down of the pros and cons of each:

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INKJET PRINTER – PROS

* Very affordable to purchase

* Great for photos, fine point printing and general printing needs

* No warm up time needed to get started

* Most cartridges can be refilled and reused

* Small and lightweight

* Variety of paper weights is compatible (regular printer paper, stock paper, photo paper, etc.)

 

INKJET PRINTER – CONS

* You’ll need to replace ink more frequently than a laser printer

* Ink is water-based, which can lead to fading over time

* If your printer requires cleaning constantly, that can waste ink.

 

LASER PRINTER – PROS

* Very fast printing capability, in high volumes

* Perfect black pitch of color – great for presentations

* Great for producing a lot of cheaper prints like coupons

 

LASER PRINTER – CONS

* If your toner leaks (common problem), you’re in big trouble

* Not compatible with different paper weights

* Warm up time

* Bigger and Bulkier

So, now that you have a bit of a comparison, you’ll be able to make the right choice in printers for you and your home!

10 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained in Public – No More Bored Meltdowns!

Posted by My Dallas Mommy on Tuesday, October 11th, 2016 at 6:30 PM
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10 Ways to Keep Kids Entertained In Public

One of the best things to do during the weekend is head out as a family. Maybe to the local pumpkin patch, to catch the latest box office movie, or even out to eat at your favorite restaurant. The weekend can be fun of fun and happiness. While great to have family time, kids get bored easily and will start to get agitated, antsy, and misbehave a little.  These ideas will also work for keeping the kids busy on road trips. Check out these ways to keep kids entertained while out in public.

 

  • Crayons and Coloring Books – Children love to draw and color. A great idea is to have a small backpack with a coloring book, crayons and maybe even a few blank pieces of paper.
  • Books – If your child is learning to read, bring a book that’s easy for them to follow. Little kids love the joy of reading a book all on their own. If your child is older, bring a chapter book that has their favorite character starring in it.
  • Snacks – A small Ziploc bag full of something like pretzels, cheese balls, goldfish, mini cookies, or even grapes can pass the time by quicker for kids and keep them busy.
  • Finger Puppets – This is another toy that could easily fit into a small backpack. Finger Puppets are a fun way that little kids can be creative with while waiting for events to start.
  • Puzzle Books – There are really fun puzzle books  available for all ages. Younger kids can enjoy playing tic tac toe and mazes, while older kids can enjoy word searches and Sudoku.
  • Make a Face Books – These are fun books that come in a wide range of characters. Some are farm animals, kids, Halloween characters and more. Kids can make lots of funny faces and easily pass the time away.
  • Etch-A-SketchThis classic game is still one of the top toys for kids. Challenge your child to sketch out their favorite animal, your family or create a surprise picture for you!
  • Learning Tablets – There are many learning tablets available on the market that teach kids different things based on how old they are. This is a great way for kids to learn, have fun, and be patient. The Kindle Fire also has a FreeTime App that offers hundreds of learning games.
  • Legos – Now, I’m not talking about the big popcorn tin full of Legos (yes, we all know that tin), but just a small quart size Ziploc bag. Fill the bag with Legos of all different shapes, colors, and sizes and let the imagination begin.
  • Jewelry Making – Young kids can make Cheerios necklaces and older kids can use beads. Pack just enough for one necklace so that beads and cheerios do not end up making a mess.  Jewelry Kits are a great time filler, and offer creative fun!

With just a little planning kids can have fun and stay entertained and well behaved in public. Let them carry around their little backpack, and always have their entertainment ready for them when it’s needed. Which of these ideas is your favorite?

Share your ideas to keep your kids entertained in public!

 

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