Archive | March, 2013

Do you Use Text Message Coupons?

31 Mar

Text CouponsWhy Text Coupons vs. Email Coupons?

I get so many emails on different promotions and discount codes but rarely have the time to look through them all, so I end up missing the great deals. However, if I get a text message with a simple code to give at the store or online, I use them much more frequently! They do not bombard you with text messages. It’s a simple text stating the promotion that they are offering to subscribers and its usually around 5 a month.


Perfect example: Around Easter, I am super busy and have not been able to check my email, but I ALWAYS have my phone. I was out shopping for my girls’ Easter dresses and shoes and remembered that yesterday I had gotten texts from Bealls and Payless Shoes. (Well also other stores, but living in a small town and doing shopping the night before Easter, I was limited to just a few places.) Most stores are having lots of sales already, so at checkout, I got the sale prices and also got an extra 25% off after giving them the discount code at checkout! If I had not subscribed to get text message coupons, then I would of missed out on my extra savings!


It is so simple to subscribe. Send a simple one word text to the number I have provided for you, and then you are ready to receive your discounts! After signing up, it states how many text messages you will receive in a month. I have also included a few where you have to enter your cell phone number on the website, and then they send a text confirming. Text message rates apply so if you have an unlimited usage plan on your cell phone, then coupons via text is perfect for you!


Easy to STOP

If you get text coupons that you don’t use,  just text a single word and all text messages will stop!!! When signing up, and with every promotion they send, it gives specific directions on how to unsubscribe.

Saving Via Text

Here are the ones I currently subscribe to:

Bealls: 38228 text WIN and you will get coupons via text plus entered into $100 shopping spree

JcPenny: 527365 text HELP and then it will give instructions on signing up via text.

Best Buy: 332211 text DEALS

Kohl’s: 56457 text SAVE

Office Depot: 33768 text JOIN

Old Navy: 653689 text DEALS

Pink Victoria Secret: 877465 text NATION, it will then give you the link to enter your cell number and then they will automatically send you a text back confirming your enrollment.

Target: 827438 text COUPONS

American Eagle: 32453 text JOIN

Michael’s: 273283 text JOIN2

Redbox: 727272 text SIGNUP

JoAnn’s: 56266 text BEADS

Kirklands: 572837 text KSAVES

Famous Footwear: 326687 text HELP

Payless: 747474 text PAYLESS (20% off sign up coupon)

Arby’s: 27297 text CLUB

Dollar General: 34898 text JOIN

Macy’s: 62297 text JOIN

Gymboree: 38109 text GYMBOREE

****Please note that if you do not have an unlimited text plan, then text rates do apply.****

If you have others that are not on here, please feel free to share!!

Have questions? Feel free to ask!


Last Minute Easter Ideas, Activities, and Crafts

28 Mar


Easter Day is a a fun day for the family, but with any big day celebration, comes planning! Here are some tips to make the big day easier!! Only 2 more days!!!


PotluckInstead of cooking everything yourself, split the duties up and have everybody bring something to share. This will cut down time in the kitchen so you have more time for everything else!

Hotdogs and Hamburgers?

Easter does not have to be the traditional gourmet Hotdogs and Hamburgersdinner. If potluck doesn’t work for you, take the cooking outside and do hotdogs and hamburgers! Easter is about celebrating with the family, so make it easier on you, the kids will probably like dinner better!

Easter Activities


Make your kid”s day by painting their faces. It can be as fancy or as simple as you want it. I’m not an artist, so I will be painting Easter eggs on their faces.

Bunny Hop

Use burlap sacks or pillow cases and have the kids doEaster activities a sack race. You can give out small prizes to the winners!

Egg Race

Used boiled eggs to have kids do a spoon race. Balance the egg on their spoon, have a start and finish line, and whoever we makes it to the finish line first, wins the egg race. You can have small prizes for the winner!


Have the tables set up for each craft. Pick just one or several depending on the number of kids.

Bunny Mask…… This is a super cute fast and easy craft that your kids will love from

Bunny Ears….. Another great craft! I’ve included 4 different ones that way you can pick the one that works best for your family. Kids can wear them during the party and it makes for some great pictures! Click on each link to get directions on how to make them and/or print the patterns out.

All of them are super cute and so I am having a hard time deciding which one I am going to use for my girls! All print outs are FREE!

Bunny Ears from Kaboose…… Made out of poster/construction paper.

Bunny Ears from Kaden’s Corner.….. Pattern to print out.

Bunny Ears from Claudine Hellmuth…… Pattern to print out.

Bunny Ears from HGTV.…. This one has a pattern to print out and you attach to a thin headband.

imagePersonalized Bunny…. My daughter made this at school and I thought it was adorable!!! It is made with a small paper plate, pipe cleaners for whiskers, ears are cut out of construction paper.

Here are some other Easter activities, crafts and Easter recipes treat recipes that you might be interested in!

Easter Reading and Singing Activities (

Teaching Your Kids the Easter Story with Jellybeans (

Easter Treats & Sweets (

Easter Reading and Singing Activities to do With Your Kids

26 Mar

imageAs a former teacher, now blessed to be a stay at home mom, I try to bring as many learning activities at home that either reinforce a previous taught skill or to teach a new skill! One way to motivate your kids to learn, is to teach them in ways that makes it motivating for them! What child does not like Easter? Keep Kids Motivated using SONGS and STORIES. Here you will find information on a a great FREE interactive story APP and some great songs about Easter that I am using with my kiddos.

Easter Story App: Bunnyfur’s Easter Eggs by Jenny B Harris

imageA great interactive story! Decorate eggs, find the eggs, click to open the eggs, listen to the birds sing. Choose whether the story is read out loud or read on your own. A great Interactive Easter story about a Bunny and his Easter eggs.

Kid Friendly Easter Songsimage

Sing an Easter song using tunes from songs we all know! Singing is a great way to establish a deeper understanding of what Easter is about. Print a poster or coloring page of this song to sing throughout the week by clicking on each song title. Thanks to DLTK-kids for these great Easter songs!

My Favorites

Jesus Alphabet Song (sing to the tune of The ABC song)

EASTER (sing to the tune of Jesus Loves Me)

God’s Gift (sing to the tune of Mary Had a Little Lamb)

All songs come from DLTK Growing Together.

I will be adding activities all week so keep looking migrant

More Easter Activities?

Teaching Kids the Easter Story Using Jellybeans

25 Mar

imageEaster is right around the corner and its a busy but fun time for the whole family. This poem is a great and fun way to reinforce or teach the Easter story using a bag of jellybeans! You can write this poem on poster paper or print out for your kids.

Red is for the blood he gave: Discuss how Jesus made the ultimate sacrifice. On the Friday before Easter he was nailed to the cross where he died for our sins.

Green is for the grass he made: Discuss how God created the earth with land and water.

Yellow is for the sun so bright: Discuss how God created the days and nights using the sun.

Orange is  for the edge of night: Discuss how God created night and the sky turns orange has the sun sets.

Black is for the sins we made: Discuss that Jesus sacrificed his life for our sins by dying on the cross.

White is for the grace he gave: Discuss the kind of person Jesus was.

Purple is for the hour of sorrow: Discuss Jesus dying on the cross

Pink is for our new tomorrow: Discuss because of Jesus and his resurrection, we live a life where our sins are always forgiven. We celebrate Easter by celebrating his resurrection and the great life he lived!

See how you can get money back when purchasing jellybeans on one of my previous posts!

Related article: 2 more great poems about Easter!

Get Money Back on Easter Candy and Cookies From Ibotta

23 Mar

For All Ibotta Users……


If you use Ibotta, right now you can get money back on Easter candy and cookie products! We all know that this time of year, we will be purchasing Easter candy for Easter baskets or goody bags for our kids’ classes, so why not get money back?

Easter Candy/Cookies Offered on Ibotta

Cadbury Mini Eggs, Reese’s Eggs, Bunny Mix M&M’s, Starburst Jellybeans Eggs, Peeps, and Nestle Easter Buddies Cookie Dough are all offered on Ibotta right now. Get them now when you can be rewarded for it on Ibotta!

IbottaNot Familiar with Ibotta?

Read my post on How Ibotta Can Save You Money. I use this App every time I go to the store and I highly recommend it for people who are looking to save some money at the store!!!

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My Coke Rewards: Not Just Coke?

22 Mar

My Coke Rewards is a great way to earn rewards for drinks you probably already buy. There is a whole list of drinks that participate in this program that I had no idea were Coke products like Dasani water, Minute Maid drinks, and many more!

Brands that Participate


Not a Coke fan? All these drinks also participate in the Rewards Program: Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Dasani, Powerade, Minute Maid, Pibb, Fresca, Barq’s, Mello Yello, Seagrams, and Fuze.

My Coke Rewards Symbolimage

On each box of participating brands, you will see the My Coke Rewards symbol which may be different colors depending on which productyou buy. For instance, I bought a case of Dasani water and the symbol was blue. If the symbol is on the box, there will be a code inside that you enter online once you set up an account.

Sign up Online: My Coke Rewards

It’s fast and easy to sign up online and the best part…. IT’S FREE! All you need is your name and email and you are ready to start earning points. To sign up, visit the My Coke Rewards website.

Enter Codes to Earn Rewards


Earn points by entering the codes on all Coke Products or by participating in activities online. You will get an email periodically updating you on special promotions or new information but they DO NOT bombard you with tons emails. DOUBLE POINTS emails are very useful contain information about earning double points on certain products.

Time Saver Tip: Once you set up your account, you can go into your settings and enter your cell phone number so that you can enter your codes via text. I usually enter my codes this way out of convenience and it’s a GREAT feature for people who have unlimited texting.

imageRedeem Points for Rewards

Use your points on Sweepstakes, Instant Wins, coupons, gift cards, magazines, toys, and much more. I almost have enough points for the InStyle Magazine Subscription but there are many more that I am wanting! You can see all the rewards offered by visiting the Coke Rewards Catalogue.

Teaching Your Kids About Time: Alarm Clocks and Clock Crafts

20 Mar

imageKids Need and Want Responsibility

No matter how old or young your kids are, they need and want responsibility! The best thing I ever got for my 4 and 7 year old was their own alarm. I never dreamed that having an alarm in my girls’ room would make mornings so much easier!

My 7 year old sets her own alarm and with my 4 year old, we do it together. Since they were given the responsibility to wake up to the alarm, THEY DO!!! In fact, most mornings, they are ready to go before I get out of bed. Note: I lay my girls clothes out the night before!

Who would of thought an alarm would make my life easier?

Quick Learning Lesson on Timeimage

Setting an alarm is the perfect chance to teach and/or reinforce a lesson on time. Being a certified teacher and a stay at home, I take every oppurtunity to teach a lesson. Kids learn better by connecting their learning with everyday experiences. When setting the alarms, I get out the regular standard clock (I use the Big Time Learning Clock) and compare the current and wake up time using the standard and digital clock. We discuss the hour and minute hand comparing it to the digital clock. Kid connection: Have your kids create their own clock using paper plates. (See the craft clock picture and directions on how to make these clocks in the next section, Money Saver Clock Craft).

imageMoney Saver Clock Craft

Wen reviewing and/or teaching time with your kids, having a clock that they made, motivates and enhances their understanding of time. The more hands on activities your kids do with time, the more your kids will understand the concept of time! I use the Big Time learning clock, my kids use the clock that they made and seeing the excitement on their faces, with their clock in hand ready to learn, is priceless! Kids are motivated to learn when they take part in the learning experience!

Get details on how to make this clock by visiting Learning Ideas Grades K-8, 5-Minute Interval Paper Plate Clock. She has some great ideas on making clocks using paper plates that keeps kids motivated and WANTING to learn, like the Baseball Clock, Easter Clock, and one of my kids favorites… Telling Time with Manipulatives!

Need other tips on making your mornings easier? See my article:

Morning Craziness: How to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic with Kids


Teaching Kids with Play Dough (

Huggies Rewards: Are Generic Diapers Really Saving You Money?

17 Mar

imageRaising a family is one of the biggest joys in my life! We all know that having kids also means lots of added expenses, so I am constantly looking for ways to pinch a penny. Is generic diapers really saving you money? Would you like to be rewarded for the baby products you buy?

Generic VERSUS Name Brand Diapers

After having my third child, I Generic vs brand diapershave finally learned what works best when it comes to purchasing diapers. If I had known back when my first child was born what I know now, I would have made different choices that would of made things so much easier!

Generic Diapers: More diaper changes

When using the generic diapers, I found myself having to change my daughter more often during the day because they are not as absorbent. Changing her more often is not a big deal, I was just using more of the generic diapers. So when I thought I was saving, in reality I was spending about the same.

Generic: Night Time Diaper Changes

Once I put my daughter to sleep, I want her to sleep as long as possible. When she wakes up in the middle of the night, the last thing I want to do is change a wet diaper. Not because I don’t want to take time to do it, but because it wakes her up more, making it more difficult to get her back to sleep.

In my experience, generic diapers always leak in the middle of the night, which leads to frequent night time diaper changes. So I was buying Huggies diapers to use at night and generic diapers during the day. Was I really saving money by using the generic? Since I was having to buy two different brands of diapers, I was actually spending about the same amount had I just bought all Huggies diapers.

HuggiesName Brand Diapers

Everybody has a preference when it comes to diapers whether its the texture, how it fits, or how it looks. All the name brands that I have used all work well and are about the same price. So it all comes down to the name brand name you decide to purchase. For me it was Huggies!

Why Huggies?

If all the name brand diapers work well and about the same price, why not choose the one that offers rewards and get rewarded on things you already buy?

Huggies Family Rewardsimage

This is a program where you get rewarded on the products you buy! When you purchase a Huggies product that has the Family Rewards Symbol, there is a sticker inside with a number on it. After signing up on the Huggies website, you enter the number on the sticker and you get points added to your account. Once you have accumulated points, you can redeem your points for rewards! I am personally trying to save my points for a $50 amazon credit, Fitness magazine, and the musical instruments for my daughter.

Time Saver Tip

I keep a basket on the counter. This is where I put all my codes for rewards and when I have accumulated 5-10, then I enter codes at one time. I participate in several award programs, so this saves TIME!!

Money Saver Tip: How Paying with Cash Can Help You Save

5 Mar


How often do you swipe your debit/credit card?

For me, I would say I use my debit card an average of 5 times per day! I use it for everything and NEVER have cash! It’s so easy to swipe your card for groceries, clothes, little odds and ends and gas.

I am at the convenient store to buy a drink but I don’t have cash, so what do I do? I buy something else like a candy bar or a special snack for my girls because I don’t want to swipe my card for $1.00. So instead of spending $1, I have spent $5-$10. This doesn’t sound like a lot, but if you do this a 3 times a week, instead of spending $3 total on a soda at the convenient store, I spent $15-$30.

What about the grocery store? I have my grocery list and planning on purchasing just the items on my list. My kids ask for a certain snack and I end up buying it!! Or I see things that are not on my list that I end up buying. Why not? I’m using my debit/credit card so what’s a few extra items. So instead of spending $150 at the grocery store, I have spent over $200.

Benefits of Using Cash

  • It is harder to let go of the actual cash than what is is to swipe your card so when using cash, you will see that you are not spending as much money. In return, you will have extra money to put towards other things!

  • If you use cash, you won’t be as tempted to buy all the “extra” things.

  • You are more cautious at the grocery store because you don’t want to go over the allotted amount you have in cash to spend.

  • You don’t buy the extra shirt that you hadn’t planned on purchasing because you don’t want to go over the amount of slotted cash for clothes.

  • You see firsthand the amount of gas you use, so you are more cautious about the gas you use. Instead of running errands a couple times a day, you might get it all done at one time.

Personal Experience

7 years ago, we used the cash system and paid off lots of debt which allowed me to be a stay at home mom. Over the years, we slipped back into using our debit/credit card out of convenience, so we have accumulated debt. After brainstorming ways we could save, (cut back on cable, phone, or Internet), we came to a simple conclusion…… GO BACK TO THE CASH SYSTEM! It worked with us before, so it will work again!!

Kids Spell Love T-I-M-E

2 Mar

You can't put a price on time with your kids!

Time Savers!!

Need some tips on how to save TIME? Time is Money when raising kids and if I can help one person by sharing something I use to save time and in return that person has more time with their kids, then creating this blog was a success!!!

Should I start a blog?

I have debated about creating a blog, but with 3 kids of my own and was recently given temporary custody of 2 more children, I have learned some ways to save time.

Every Minute Counts

Seeing children who have been abused and neglected, it has made me realize how important every minute is with our kids!! Too much time is spent on things that we do everyday when in fact, there are so many simple ways we can saves time so that our kids see less chaos and more of what is important….. US!!! Our kids need us in their life! They need us to spend less time on other things and more time with them!!!

Can You Have Too Many Time Saver Tips?

I have lots of Time Savers to share and will be adding MANY more weekly. Everything I share are from my personal experiences and we can NEVER have enough, so if you have a blog or a Time Saver Tip, please feel free to SHARE!! I have 5 kids in my house so I am always looking for more ideas so save time!!

Time Saver Tips

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