Giving back

Holiday clearance goodies make a great donation for the food drive this Christmas

Right now is a great time to find some sweet deals on leftover Halloween goodies. Some of the deals you might find are more fall than Halloween, which is even better since fall isn’t even over yet! The sell by dates are so far out that these would be great to hold onto for next season, or better yet, donate them!

Holiday clearance goodies make a great donation for the food drive this Christmas, think ahead

When I donate food to the food drives, I know I usually go for something a little healthier, as it should be. But sometimes a sweet treat would be nice to have too. I am sure that having something extra would be a fun, little surprise. Let’s face it, we all have those days where sugar would make us feel better, even if it is just for a minute.  Maybe this would be a way to make a stressful time a little brighter.

Cake mixes and things aren’t expensive on a regular price either, but this time of year can be a stretch for most of us, so this is a way to not spend a lot, but still get to donate and make someone else’s day a little brighter.

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Great, Easy Ways To Earn Money For Your School!

Now that school has started, we begin to think about helping out our children’s schools.  Unfortunately, although schools really, really deserve our money, most of us don’t have much to donate!  There is hope though!  There are little ways that you can donate to your school that take little effort at all!

1. Box Tops for Education  I am the Box Top coordinator for my child’s school.  If you are not collecting them, you are missing a great opportunity!  Box Tops are on so many products and many of them are things that you already buy!  Especially if you are a couponer.  Chances are high that you have these all through your pantry.  They are simple.  You clip them off and give them to your school.  Simple right?  Just make sure you donate them before they expire!

2. Labels for Education Another great way to donate to your school.  Labels for Education have been around for years!  I remember turning in soup labels as a kid, and that was ages ago ;)!  The only difference between now and then is the portion that you save.  Instead of saving the front of your soup label, there is a portion on the back with the UPC code.  You have to save the UPC code or it is worthless to the school!  I can’t tell you how many I have had to throw away when they are turned in with the Box Tops because the student or parent has cut off the UPC code and hasn’t turned it in!  So sad really!

3. My Coke Rewards Did you know that you can donate your coke rewards points to your child’s school?!  How great is that!  Really, even if you buy coke and don’t usually redeem your points, why not take that extra moment and donate those points to your child’s school?  If your child’s school isn’t registered, it only takes a second to do!

4. Tyson Project A+ I don’t think many people know about this one!  If you ever buy Tyson products you have these.  I have a huge pile of them that I have been collecting that are turned in at the school.  It takes a lot before they can be submitted, but they donate cash to the school, and every little bit helps!

5. Target Take Charge For Education If you have a Target card you can be doing this with no effort whatsoever!  All you have to do is sign up your school and they will donate a portion of your purchases back to your registered school.  Beware that it is a credit card, but many people already have them, so if you are using your Target card, sign up for your kids’ school!

6. Shoparoo This is my new favorite, painless way to donate!  This app is great!  Download it to your phone, they have it for Apple and Android.  All you do (once you register) is take a photo of your receipt and earn points that add up earning money for your school.  Plus if you get people to sign up under you, it makes the size of the donation even larger with bonus points!  We all shop, so why not just take a photo of your receipts and get some money for your school?

So there you have it!  My favorite ways to give back without spending any extra cash!  Spread the news to your school, share the post, but get the word out and get saving for your school!

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For every jar of Barilla sauce purchased at any store, Barilla will donate $0.05 to Feeding America’s National Produce Program, which secures one pound of fresh produce on behalf of local food banks. Barilla  is promising it will make a minimum donation of 4.2 million pounds of fresh produce ($150,000) from sales starting since 3/1/14.

HOWEVER the generosity gets better for those in specific store areas, during the period from 4/25/14 to 5/1/2014 for every jar of Barilla sauce purchased at:

  • Giant
  • Martin’s
  • Stop & Shop
  • or Giant Food stores

 Barilla  will match that donation with an additional $0.05 for every jar of Barilla  sauce purchased, to the local Feeding America food bank to secure fresh produce specifically those particular markets. These stores are located in the following states: CT, DC, DE, MA, MD, NH, NJ, NY, PA, RI, VA, WV. Barilla will make a maximum donation of $20,000 to these local Feeding America food banks.

Check out Barilla’s site for tasty, colorful recipes for your family like this one pictured below.

Barilla® Mezzi Rigatoni with Three Cheese Sauce & Green BeansPurchase Barilla pasta sauce at your local store THIS week and GIVE back to your community!!!

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Great way to give back to your kids school is the Box Tops for Education promotion.

  • Be sure to purchase 10 participating items in a single transaction at Albertsons
  • then look for a 25 bonus eBoxTops that will have a code on it.
  • Go to the Box Tops for Education website, log-in and enter your code(s).
  • Your school will get credit for 25 Box Tops (equal to $2.50) and if you turn in your boxtops from the products you buy then they get even more rewards from your purchase.

***Be sure to load any SavingStar e-coupons to your Albertsons preferred card and use it in your transaction

Box Tops for education

    • Cheerios 8.96oz
    • Multi-Grain cheerios 9oz
    • Lucky Charms 11.5oz
    • Cocoa Puffs 11.8oz
    • Golden Grahams 12oz
    • Reese’s Peanut Butter Puffs 13oz

  • Use $0.60/3 Green Giant Seasoned Steamers or Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Vegetables, exp. 12/7/13 (SS 09/15/13)
  • Or $0.60/3 Green Giant Season Steamers or Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Vegetables, exp. 10/26/13 (SS 08/04/13)
  • Or $1/3 Green Giant Season Steamers or Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Vegetables, exp. 10/26/13 (SS 08/04/13 R)
  • Final Price as low as or at $1.55


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With the official date of the start of Fall around the corner it is a good time to sort through the unused, unwanted and to just declutter.

Get a head start for the Thanksgiving cleaning and the new stuff of Christmas.

Then there is the haul away of these unwanted items.

The Salvation Army will pick it up for you and loads of items are tax deductible too.

Check to find a drop off location or schedule a Salvation Army pick up

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How to Get out of Debt

5 Steps to Raising Financially Responsible Children

Set goals, work together, give to charities

Dont miss the prior posts

How to Get out of Debt part 1

How to get out of debt part 2

We received some great info from a follower and thought it was wise advice:

Growing up, things were always tight for my family. I knew that certain things could not be afforded, like ballet lessons, and that certain things were substituted for ballet lessons, like soccer at YMCA. But I never truly understood why it was that my parents were so far behind on their bills or why my Dad had to work two jobs just to support our family. I was never taught the true value of a dollar; I was taught that working to make ends meet was the way life was meant to be lived. But this could not be further from the truth. After beginning the process towards becoming a financially responsible adult, I realized that there are many things parents can do to ensure their children have a successful but realistic financial future. Some children will have trust funds and college accounts and their needs will be taken care of. This article is about raising the other kind of children: the kind of children who develop thrifty habits and value frugality and worth over fanciful and flashy.

Saving money involves each and every member of the family, and there are five simple steps you can take today to get your entire family on board your plans of savings and frugality.

1. Clue them in. Let your children know about your financial situation. They do not need to know about every last credit card bill you charged up in college ten years ago and are still paying on, but they should have a general idea of the financial situation and budget. How much is set aside for sports and recreation activities for each child? If the child knows this information, it is her financial decision what sport to participate in, and this builds character and fiscal responsibility.

2. Set a common goal. What is it that your family would like to accomplish? Paying off the last of the debt? Making the final mortgage payment? Taking a family vacation? Decide what financial goal your family is working toward, and create together a visual reminder. It could be a picture cut out from a magazine brochure clipped onto the refrigerator, or a chart showing how much family debt has been paid off so far. A visual reminder toward a common goal helps keep the family (and the wallets) united.

3. Enlist help in saving. There are ways that each family member, from 0-18, can help cutback and increase the family savings. Encourage your children to help clip coupons and match them to sale ads, and to get the appropriate items at the grocery store. Even my 2 ½ year old loves to hold Mommy’s coupons at the store. Older children can be in charge of finding the best deals for family needs online or finding trendy, like-new clothing for themselves at garage and thrift stores. Sons can scour local secondhand stores for their sports equipment like cleats and shin guards. Your husband or wife can be your equal partner, keeping you accountable for extra spending and helping assist your children in their frugal endeavors.

4. Find frugal rewards for reaching individual goals. Money or gifts have long been traditional rewards for a job well done such as a recital or perfect report card. Learning to replace these material rewards with frugal gifts from the heart cuts back on the budget and fills the soul with love and admiration. Use the skills you already have. Can Dad do woodworking? How about a new shelf to hang his son’s sports equipment on after he wins the last game of the season. Daughter get a good report card? How about a homemade gift certificate for a handmade pizza of her choice and a Netflix DVD night with a friend? Frugality is nothing more than creativity with money and goods.
5. Encourage Charity. Even a 2 year old is capable of understanding that once a month she must choose a toy that will be given to a little boy or girl who has no toys. Encourage charity in your children, with their material possessions and their time. A teenager who cannot possibly part with any of their belongings can still volunteer to help coach ballet or soccer an afternoon or two per week. Giving back to others teaches children the cycle of reciprocity and helps them become adults.

Nadia is a young Army wife and mother of two who enjoys shopping and sharing her frugal lifestyle

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