Monday, April 26, 2010
I want to thank those of you that have read this blog and I hope that it may have inspired you in some small way! I also have a personal blog...if you don't already read it, e-mail me and I will send you the link. Perhaps someday I will venture back, but for now this is goodbye.
And so I am not leaving you in the dark, here are some wonderful "deal" blogs that I check daily:
Money Saving Mom--Crystal is from Wichita as well and has expanded her website tremendously in the last year. She is national, so she doesn't usually blog about deals/events exclusive to Wichita. Crystal is passionate about her faith and frugal living. She is a personal inspiration to me. She posts weekly deals for Dillons, Walgreens, Target, and sometimes Walmart. In addition to "deal posts", she has many series and special features.
Common Sense with Money--Mercedes is probably the most efficient "deal blogger". Many of the deals posted originate from her. She is responsible for the weekly Walgreens deals.
Stretching a Buck--Marcy is responsible for compiling the complete list of Target deals each week.
Thank you again for sticking with me for so long! I pray that God richly blesses each one of you...
Sunday, April 4, 2010
The Sunflower Saver is also now on Facebook! Just go here and become a fan!
Now, I ask you for a favor. Would you please link up my blog to yours, or if you don't have a blog tell other people about it??? Please, please, please? I REALLY want a blog makeover, but I am going to hold myself accountable to not getting one until I have met my goal.
That's all. I've begged enough for one day. :)
Monday, March 22, 2010
I LOVE to shop online. With 2 little ones, I have found that it is SO much easier than dragging my kids to a million different stores to find the perfect item or gift. The vast majority of my Christmas shopping is done online. I used to limit myself to buying only from Amazon, but I now have learned some savvy tricks to save money AND get free shipping (most of the time).
Here is my step-by-step guide to shopping online.
1. First, sign-up for a cash-back program (you can read a previous article I wrote here for the full scoop). Basically, you go to their website first, then enter the store you want to shop at and they direct you to that store all the while giving you a percentage of your purchase back. There is no cost to signing up! My favorites are Ebates, Home Store Rewards and ShopAtHome. Sign up for all three if you want...it's free! Each offer different percentages for different stores. And believe me...you'll be able to find almost every store you can think of! If making a large purchase, I recommend scouting out the percentages at each site and finding the best percentage back.
2. Next, browse and shop as you normally would on your favorite sites. Once you find something you like, go to one of the cash-back sites listed above and access your store through their website. YOU WILL NOT RECEIVE YOUR PERCENTAGE BACK UNLESS YOU ACCESS THE STORE THROUGH THE CASH-BACK WEBSITE. Once you have accessed the store you wish to shop at, then add items to your cart.
3. When ready for checkout, open another window in your Internet browser and go to a coupon-sharing site such as Retail Me Not or Coupon Cabin and look up the store where you are shopping to see if there are any coupon codes you can enter for additional savings. These websites also offer many "free shipping" codes.
4. Enter the coupon code when prompted and your credit card information (never use a debit card online). And voila! You have now saved yourself lots of money!
Skeptical? Well...read more for proof that this method really works! For Christmas, my mom requested that my brothers, sister, and I all go in together to buy her some additional pieces of flatware that had been lost/thrown away over the years (we have a big family). Here is how I followed the above steps to save us lots of money:
1. I signed-up for Ebates (and received $5 just for signing up).
2. I found out that Oneida offered 5% cashback by accessing their website through Ebates. I accessed the Oneida site through Ebates and added the items to my cart. My total was $158.89 for all of my items.
Monday, March 15, 2010
Sunday, March 7, 2010
Wednesday, March 3, 2010
- Use old magazines and some safety scissors and let your child cut out pictures of food. Make a chart with 2 columns "Food I Like" and "Food I Don't Like." Have your little one glue the pictures on the corresponding column.
- Make a list of foods that are green
- Talk to your child about rhyming words. Sing this song (to the tune of "The Muffin Man"): "Oh, do you know two rhyming words, two rhyming words, two rhyming words? Oh, do you know two rhyming words? They sound a lot alike. 'Cat' and 'hat' are two rhyming words, two rhyming words, two rhyming words. 'Cat' and 'hat' are two rhyming words. They sound a lot alike."
Interesting Fact about Dr. Seuss #2: Despite his ability to capture the hearts of children around the world through his rhyming stories, Dr. Seuss never had children of his own. In fact, his wife said that he was slightly afraid of them!
Tuesday, March 2, 2010
- Trace the feet of each person in your family. Then have your child line them up in order from biggest to smallest and vice-versa.
- Put each person's shoes in a pile and encourage your child to "race" to find each match and line them up.
- Make a pattern with your shoes
Interesting Fact about Dr. Seuss #1: "Dr. Seuss" wasn't his real name...his name was Theodor Geisel. Seuss was his mother's maiden name and he began using it as a pseudonym. He wasn't a real doctor...much to the dismay of his father. As a joke, he added the "Dr." to his pen name and it stuck!