6 Tips for Going Back to School on a Budget

6 Tips for Going Back to School on a Budget

It’s almost time for kids to be going back to school, and back-to-school shopping can be hard on your wallet and can be a huge expense when it comes to spending money on the kids. Buying new school supplies, clothes, shoes, backpacks, lunch boxes, and electronics adds up quickly and can be expensive. Here are 6 tips on how to budget for back to school.

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8 Fun, Cheap and Free Summer Activities & Ideas

Summer Activites - Fun, Cheap and Free

I am so excited for summer and am looking forward to doing activities with my kids. Recently I had a friend ask me about easy, fun, cheap and free activities that she could do with the kids during the summer, so I’ve compiled a list of what you can do with your kids this summer that won’t cost you too much money.

1.) Kid’s Movie Clubs

cinemark summer movie clubhouse

Cinemark Theaters has the Cinemark Summer Movie Clubhouse where you can see kid-friendly movies all summer long for $1 or less. If you purchase 10 movies for $5, then it’s just $0.50 each show! Or there is an option to pay $1.00 for each show you attend. And all movies are rated G or PG. To get the tickets, go to the ticket office the day you are seeing your first movie and you can purchase a punch pass for $5.00. Parents and kids all get in for the same price. Head over to Summer Movie Clubhouse to see which Cinemark movie theaters are participating near you.

 

Regal Theaters 2016 Movies
Regal Theaters also has a kid’s movie club called Summer Movie Express where kids movies are only $1. The movies are G & PG. Just purchase the tickets at the box office. Head over here to see if there is a theater near you and to find out what movies will be playing.

2.) Kids Bowl Free

Kids Bowl Free Logo

Register your children at KidsBowlFree.com to receive two free games of bowling for each of your children daily during the summer. Keep in mind that you do have to pay for the shoe rental. To see which bowling alleys are participating near you, head over here. My girls have loved this activity every summer. My area in Tooele is not doing the kids bowl free program this year, but they do have a $2 Slammin’ Summer Special.

 

3.) Kids Skate Free

 

kids skate free

Select skating rinks across the country are offering a Kids Skate Free program this summer.  Head over here and pick your state to see if there is a participating skating rink in your area. Most ages that can skate free are 12 and younger. Keep in mind that you will have to pay for skate rentals. Not all states have this program set up, and unfortunately there isn’t a participating skating rink in Utah.

 

4.) Fun & Frugal Summer Activities for Kids

summer activities for kids
If you just want to stay at home and do some fun activities with your kids, try out these Fun & Frugal Summer Activities for Kids.

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7 Steps to Spring Cleaning the Bathroom

Spring Cleaning Bathroom

I try to do a weekly cleaning of bathrooms, but there are some weeks that I fall behind. I’ve noticed, however, that if I regularly keep on top of wiping down or cleaning the bathrooms then spring cleaning them doesn’t take me hours. Here’s what I do when I spring clean my bathrooms. First, I take a minute to gather all of my cleaning supplies. Below is a list of my favorite supplies I carry with me in a Plastic Tote Caddy when I spring clean the bathrooms:

DIY Cleaning Products: And here is a post of cleaning products you can make yourself that include the following:

Use these 7 Steps when Spring Cleaning the Bathroom:

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7 Steps to Spring Cleaning the Bedroom

Spring Cleaning Bedroom

Since we spend so much time in the bedroom, it should be a relaxing and refreshing place to be. My husband and I do our best to keep our bedroom picked up and our bed made each day. Making our bed is the first thing we do when we get out of bed in the morning. But there are a few areas in our bedroom where things collect in a pile. So a few times a year, I go through our bedroom and organize and clean these areas. I feel like I think more clearly when the rooms in my house are clean and organized, and I feel that I accomplish more with my time. Here are 7 steps to spring cleaning the bedroom.

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Easy Homemade Play Dough

My 4-year-old daughter is doing a Joy School preschool where she rotates going to friends homes to learn. I am part of the rotation and teach the kids every 8 weeks. For one of the days I taught preschool, I decided to make blue homemade play dough because we were learning about ice. I thought it would be fun to have them make igloos with the play dough, as well as practice their letters. A friend sent me this play dough recipe and it’s so easy to make! Plus, it’s much less expensive than purchasing play dough at the store. Here are the step-by-step instructions of how to make homemade play dough:

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5 Tips How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck & Start Saving

stop living paycheck to paycheck and start saving money saving tips

When I was going to college full time, I had a part time job and wasn’t making a lot of money. I didn’t want to take out a loan, so I tried to be as frugal as possible by managing my paychecks and paying for rent and food each month, and then saving as much money as possible so I could pay for each semester. You can read more about how I almost paid for college without taking out a loan here. It wasn’t easy. And there were months where I was barely scraping by from paycheck to paycheck and wasn’t able to put money into savings.

After I married my husband and we had our first child, that first year when I was a stay-at-home mom was challenging as we went from two incomes down to just one. We had to figure out how to make it work each month to solely live off my husband’s paycheck, and there were some months where we barely had enough from our paycheck to cover all of the bills. Even though those were hard months, we luckily weren’t at the point where we were living paycheck to paycheck. If for some reason my husband was suddenly unemployed, we would still be able to meet financial obligations for a short time because we had savings. We didn’t want to touch that savings unless it was for an emergency because we knew that if we had to regularly dip into our savings each month to pay bills, we would soon find ourselves in an extremely stressful and difficult situation. So we found ways to live frugally.

If you find that you can’t sustain yourself a few days without a regular paycheck coming in and you have to rely on each paycheck to manage your day-to-day life, then you won’t be able to plan ahead for unexpected situations that might occur, like a trip to the doctor’s office or a broken down car. You’ll end up using a credit card then have to work hard to try to pay it off. There are a number of reasons someone may end up living paycheck to paycheck. It could be an event outside their control or it could be a result of their own financial choice they made. Either way, it’s a stressful way to live.

I want to share with you some tips on how to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start saving money. It won’t be easy. It will take dedication and determination, and you’ll have to make sacrifices along the way, but in the end it will be worth it. You won’t have the stress of debt or trying to come up with money for the things you really need or those unexpected situations that might arise. Here are 5 tips to get out of the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.

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We Paid Cash: Baby Boy’s Tear Duct Eye Surgery

Matthew Surgery Before

My 16-month old baby boy had to have surgery on his tear duct a few months ago, and it was really difficult to go through.

Since the time my baby boy was born, his left eye has been goopy and weepy. Our pediatrician said that most children outgrow it, and we thought that’s what would happen. But his eye never got better. We finally went to see an eye doctor at Primary Children’s Hospital. At the end of the exam, the eye doctor said surgery was needed and that there was either a membrane clogging the tear duct or the tear duct was too small when he was born. After many prayers, we went ahead and scheduled the surgery.

Once the day of the surgery arrived, I was really nervous. Even though I knew this was a minor surgery and the doctor had done this type of a procedure thousands of times, I was worried about complications during the surgery or how my baby would react to the anesthesia. We arrived at the hospital early on a Thursday morning and checked in. We were taken to a room where a nurse did a health exam, and then we sat in a waiting area until the doctor came out to talk with us for a few minutes followed by the anesthesiologist talking to us.

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6 Ways to Make Meal Planning Successful

6 Ways to Make Meal Planning SuccessfulWhether it’s raising kids, working outside the home, running children to activities or keeping the house clean, all of us are busy. And trying to come up with a meal to cook each night can be challenging, especially if you wait until the last minute to decide what to cook and it needs to be on the table quickly. I’ve found that if I do a few simple things in advance, meal time runs smoothly and isn’t stressful. Here are 6 ways to make meal planning successful and make it easier on you every night.

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7 Ways to Help You Become Financially Fit This Year

Financially Fit

One of the top new year’s resolutions for many people each year has to do with their finances and spending less, getting out of debt and saving money. Here are 7 articles to help you with budgeting, saving money and becoming financially fit this year.

How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck 5 Tips5 Tips How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck and Start Saving

 

6 Ways to Save Money & Increase Savings This Year6 Ways to Save Money & Increase Your Savings This Year

Get Out of Debt

10 Tips to Get Out of Debt

Set a Budget

5 Tips on How to Set a Budget

Maintain a Budget

5 Tips on How to Maintain a Budget

Finances with Spouse FinalHow to Effectively Talk Finances with Your Spouse

Buying Groceries on a Budget Final

Since groceries is one of the largest monthly bills for families, read How to Determine a Grocery Budget and How to Buy Groceries on a Budget.

Cut Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons

How to Cut Your Grocery Bill Without Using Coupons

And here’s an extra way that I save more money on groceries.

Grocery Apps that will save you money

7 Grocery Apps that Will Save You Money

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How to Save Money on Thanksgiving, Activities & Black Friday Tips

thanksgivingThe cost to make a Thanksgiving dinner can add up. Here are 6 Tips to Save Money on Thanksgiving Dinner.

 

20 fall and thanksgiving activities for kidsIt’s fun to do activities with your kids for Thanksgiving. Here are 20 Fall & Thanksgiving Activities for Kids.

 

Black Friday Deals

If you plan to shop on Black Friday, read these 5 Tips How to Shop the Black Friday Deals.

 

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