Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 4/3 – 4/5

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!

American Girls

National Activities:

American Girl: April 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.) During April, they include Grace’s Sweet Spring Break Event, Adorable Accents: Twists & Braids, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Meal & Memories with Dad and Mom and more!

Bass Pro Shop: This Saturday join others for a free Easter event! Easter Egg hunt, pictures with the bunny and other activities. Check your local store for specifics.

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

  • Saturday, April 4th: 10:15 AM – Group Guitar Workshop

Home Depot: This Saturday, April 4th from 9am to noon kids can come and make a Chalkboard Planter Stand. Check local stores for details.

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, April 4th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Cute as a Bunny Basket Craft.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

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Is a Big Tax Refund a Good Thing?

Not unless you like giving interest free loans to the government. 

Stack of Greenbacks

Those of you who filed right away this year you have probably cashed your refund check already.

For years I looked forward to our big tax refund. In fact it wasn’t unusual for us to receive several thousand dollars back from the IRS each year.

DIY Taxes - 04012015

Then I realized that the IRS wasn’t giving me money… they were returning MY MONEY! Money that they had borrowed for a year.

All of a sudden that big refund check didn’t seem so great anymore.

If you are working towards paying down your debt, and/or  you receive a large refund every year, my suggestion is to adjust your withholdings by filing a W-4 form with your employeer. By increasing your allowances you’ll receive more money every month in your paycheck.

You can use that extra money every month to pay down your debt, or increase your savings.

Last year we received a $200 refund, which is a huge improvement from the $6,000 refunds we received years ago.

Remember you can use TaxACT online and file electronically for free.

Have you ever received a large refund? Did you adjust your withholdings after receiving it? 

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 3/27 – 3/29

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!

Bunny Cake

National Activities:

American Girl: March 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.) During March, they include Grace’s Macaron French Dessert Notecard Craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Bright Highlights How-To, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Grace’s Travel Tags, Bunny Brunch, Meal & Memories with Mom, and more.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday, kids can come along for Duck & Goose storytime. Event starts at 11 am.

Bass Pro Shop: This Saturday join others for a free Easter event! Easter Egg hunt, pictures with the bunny and other activities. Check your local store for specifics.

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

  • Saturday, March 28th: 10:15 AM – Recording Made Easy: Intro to Ableton

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, March 28th from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Changing Caterpillar Craft.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Pom Pom Pom Baby Chick. 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, March 28th at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn different ways to prepare eggs and some great ways to enjoy hard boiled eggs! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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Free and Fun Family Activities in Your Local Area 3/20 – 3/22

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!

Bunny Cake

National Activities:

American Girl: March 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.) During March, they include Grace’s Macaron French Dessert Notecard Craft, Grace’s Apron Craft & Cookie Decoration, Bright Highlights How-To, Princess Bitty Baby Story Time, Grace’s Travel Tags, Bunny Brunch, Meal & Memories with Mom, and more.

Barnes and Nobles: This Saturday, kids can come along for Edmund Unravels storytime. Event starts at 11 am.

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

  • Saturday, March 21st: 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, March 21st from 11AM-3PM ~ Kids make and take a Feathery Friend.

Michael’s Kids Club: Kids can enjoy making a craft every Saturday. This week they are making Crayon Resist Cards. 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, March 21st at 10 AM ~ This Saturday Junior Chefs will learn how to make a cake in the shape of a bunny! Check the webpage for additional details and make a reservation.  For ages 5+.

Thanks, More with Less Today!

Local Activities:

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