Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 8/22 – 8/24

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: August In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Fun Celebration, Doll ‘Dos and How-To’s, Bitty Baby and Me Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, August 23rd: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, August 23rd: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, August 23rd from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Silly Face Magnetic Note Holder!

Lowes Build and Grow: This Saturday kids can build a Monsters vs Aliens Robot! The event starts at 10am and you needs to pre-register online.

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Personalized Chalkboard Wood Plaques. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, August 23rd at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn how to make delicious panini sandwiches including a dessert panini! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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4 Tedious Tasks that Save Money

By contributing writer Laura

Sometimes it seems like I have more time at my disposal than money, although lately I feel pressed for time too! Besides being a frugal gal who likes to save money, I simply dislike wasting items that can be reused or repurposed. I feel resourceful and creative when I challenge myself to stretch our family budget and make the best use of what we have.

Any person who considers herself a penny-pincher will probably admit to occasionally (or perhaps frequently) participating in tedious, time consuming tasks in the name of saving money. Each person can evaluate whether she feels it is worth the time to participate in various tasks that will help cut down costs. So here are a few tedious and some unusual tasks that I’ve done to save money and flex my frugal muscles.

4 Tedious Tasks that Save Money at The Happy Housewife

1. Wash Plastic Bags

Reusing plastic baggies is somewhat common among thrifty folks, I believe. I personally hand-wash my plastic baggies, which include sandwich size, snack size, gallon size, etc., so that I can reuse them. Some folks may wonder why I wash and reuse plastic bags, even if I can get a great deal on them at the store. If I can get them inexpensively, isn’t it better to just dispose of them and move on to the next fresh pack?

Although, yes, I can get great deals on name brand plastic bags when I pair manufacturer coupons with a great sale or store promotion, I still feel it is worth it to reuse and stretch my current supply while they hold up and still function well for storing food and other items.

2. Wash Swim Diapers

This is an unusual task that I first learned about when researching different ways to save money on diapers. Did you know you can wash disposable swim diapers and reuse them? If you’re spending a lot of time at the pool with a child that is not yet potty-trained, you can quickly go through a pack of swim diapers, which are more expensive than regular diapers.

So instead of throwing away that swim diaper after one use, put it in your washing machine and dryer. You can reuse it a few times, allowing you to stretch your dollars. This isn’t really a tedious task, in that it doesn’t take much more time to wash and dry, but it is an unusual concept to most people who are accustomed to disposing of them after one use.

3. Clip Coupons

Clipping coupons and pairing them with a great sale or store promotion has helped me strategically save thousands of dollars per year on groceries. Now, as with any hobby or activity, you could spend hours clipping coupons and planning out your shopping trips to maximize your savings, but thankfully so many bloggers, apps, and online forums now do all the hard work for you!

So even though clipping coupons can be time consuming and tedious, I’m a strong proponent of realistic couponing: simplifying your coupon clipping and shopping list to what is manageable for you. You might consider clipping coupons tedious, but you can definitely spend a reasonable amount of time clipping coupons without getting burnt out.

4. Wait in Line for Free Food

Some people may baulk at the fact that I’ve spent a lot of time waiting in lines for free or extremely cheap food. With so many restaurants offering special promotions for grand openings and special days, such as National Flip Flop Day and Free Cone Day, there are a lot of opportunities to get freebies. I can tell you, collectively over the years, I have spent hours waiting in line for free food, since these events are often crowded and popular — hey, they’re giving away free food after all!

For me, it is often worth it to wait in line, if I have the time to spare and my kids aren’t having a complete melt-down. Particularly worthwhile are events like Chick-fil-A’s First 100 in which a newly-opened Chick-fil-A restaurant gives the first 100 customers free meals for a year. You can save a lot of money over the course of a year, when taking advantage of these special free food promotions.

What other tedious or strange tasks have you done to save money? Be sure to leave a comment and share with me!

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The Grocery University is Back and on Sale for as low as $2.99!

I bet if I took a survey, I would find that the majority of people would answer the same way to the question, “Where do you spend the most each month that isn’t a fixed bill?” It would be in the grocery/eating out line item. Right? I know it can be for us!

Enter The Grocery University that can and will change your spending habits if you let it…

The Grocery University is a comprehensive strategy that is way more than a series of simple “how to” tips.  It has been proven to help even the most seasoned bargain shopper all the way to someone who has never been frugal about shopping before.  The teaching is by a professional instructor who has experience teaching thousands of people through live workshops and online seminars.  I love that this program can work for anyone regardless of your family’s diet or income.

And, I also love that there’s no reading involved.  Don’t get me wrong, I love to read and do so for fun as much as I can.  But, after reading homeschool curriculum all day, it’s nice to be able to listen to instruction while doing other things like making dinner, driving, working out etc.

The Grocery University Course Includes:

  • 139 minutes of audio MP3 files
  • 40-page student workbook (PDF) with more tips, visual aids, and example scenarios
  • BONUS! The Grocery University Rock Bottom Price Database PDF ($10 value on its own!)

The immediate download can be played directly from your computer (PC or Mac) or from an portable MP3 player (e.g. iPhone, iPod, Zune, etc.)

Regularly the Grocery University will be $9.97, but on Tuesday, August 19th only, they are having a huge sale where the earlier you shop, the better your deal!

  • 5 a.m. CT – starts the low price of $2.99
  • 8 a.m. CT – price goes up to $3.99
  • 11 a.m. CT – price goes up to $4.97
  • 2 p.m. CT – price goes up to $5.97
  • 5 p.m. CT – price goes up to $6.97
  • 8 p.m. CT- price goes up to $7.97
  • 11 p.m. CT- price goes up to $8.97

Starting on Wednesday, August 20th, the price will be $9.97 which is still an amazing deal for this life changing curriculum!

Get more information and order your audio recordings of the Grocery University here!

**Remember, if the price shows up as $9.97 in the shopping cart between now and 5 am CT tomorrow, then you are TOO early! 


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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 8/15 – 8/17

Each week I’ll post links with fun and inexpensive (or free) things to do in your local area and national deals that everyone can enjoy!

National Activities:

American Girl: August In-Store Events (Events vary by location and minimum age. Find events specific to your area online. Reservations required. For girls ages 8 and up.) This month includes: Summer Flower Anklet Craft, Summer Fun Celebration, Doll ‘Dos and How-To’s, Bitty Baby and Me Story Time, and Meet the Author Tours

Disney Stores: Disney Stores are offering Summer Play Days every day this summer now through September 1, 2014. The fun includes Art of Animation, Trivia, Story Time and Showtime.

Guitar Center: Free Classes through their Music Mentor Series. Register online. No age restriction.

  • Saturday, August 16th: 10 AM – Recording Made Easy for Pro Tools
  • Saturday, August 16th: 10:15 AM – Group Ukulele Lesson

Kindermusik: Try a free class (see all the information here). Kindermusik ~ Where Music & Learning Play!

  • Classes for children from newborn to age seven
  • Child development through music and movement
  • Immerse your child in a musical atmosphere of play, song, and dance – while developing fundamental skills
  • Connect with other moms, dads, and families

Lakeshore Learning: Saturday, August 16th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Blooming Numbers Garden!

Michael’s Kids Club Workshops: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. Designed for kids ages 3 and up ($2/child). Starts at 10 AM and runs every 30 minutes on Saturdays. You can shop while they create.

Williams-Sonoma Free Technique Classes (for kids and adults): Saturday, August 16th at 9:30 AM ~ Junior Chefs will learn how to make back to school snacks using an apple! Make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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