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We all want to be able to give our children some of the things that they want, but often it seems we find ourselves saying no instead. Here are a few ways to say yes that won’t break the bank.
Children that watch a lot of television end up watching a lot of commercials. They watch commercials for cereal, toys, theme parks, and movies. For the most part children don’t know they are being manipulated to bug mom and dad to buy these items for them. They only know that the toys, theme parks, and movies entertain them. They want the sugary goodness that comes with that brand name marshmallow cereal.
The funny thing is without the advertisements the product loses its power over your children. You could take them down the cereal section of the grocery store and buy generic healthy cereal and your children won’t even blink. Get a Netflix account. It costs less than ten dollars a month. You also determine what television programs your children watch. Which shows have more merchandise on store shelves? Which are educational programs? What franchises are you willing to invest in? These things are in your control. The more you take that control the less you will have to say no to your children about purchases without giving in to something that is overly expensive or inappropriate.
Make it at Home
There a many craft supplies and toys that can be made at home. For example, I have found recipes online for silly putty, sculpting clay, finger paint, and play dough. Keep a file of these recipes and when your child asks for one of those products tell them yes. Let them know that you are able to make the item at home and will do so. Make sure you follow through with your commitment to your child. Without following through you child will learn it’s just easier to buy the item than wait for it to be made as promised. Invite your child to help make the item. This saves money for you and teaches your child not to buy something they can make themselves at a lower cost.
Delayed Gratification and Choice
Teaching a child delayed gratification works especially well with a choice attached to it. For example, let’s say the family may be planning an outing. Choose a definite day that this outing will be happening in the future and let the family decide together on where you will be going. Treat delayed gratification as something to look forward to rather than something to wait for.
This week I bought a package of organic lollipops. I’m sure that some of you are thinking, “Why would you buy an organic lollipop? There’s nothing healthy about a lollipop, organic or not.” You would be right. There is nothing healthy about a lollipop of any kind. However, I do see a difference in my children when they have lollipops and candy with artificial food colorings. For my children, it just means I see a few extra tantrums on the day they’ve had the “goodie.” Other children suffer from much more severe reactions. For me, buying the organic lollipops was something I finally did because I need to have them with me in case they get artificially colored and flavored candy while we are out. It’s a back up to help me with my sanity. Judge away! If you are anything like me, check out the sales on organic treats at Whole Foods this week.
◾Justin’s Organic Peanut Butter Cup Packs $4.99
◾Glee Gum Halloween Glee Pops $3.50
◾Surf Sweets Organic Treat Packs $5.99
◾YumEarth Organic Halloween Lollipops $4.99
Imagine Organic Soups $2.00
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Use one $1/1 Imagine Soup Coupon
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Final Price = Free
So Delicious Organic Coconut Milk $2.00
Use one $.55/1 So Delicious Coupon
Use one $1/3 So Delicious Whole Foods Coupon
Final Price = $1.12 (when you buy 3)
Back To Nature Organic Mac-N-Cheese $1.50
Use one $.75/1 Back To Nature Coupon (Facebook)
Final Price = $.75
Free Samples from Target.com – Go HERE, see if you qualify, then fill out the form. (Hint – It seems that answering age 40+ qualifies.)
Exercise shouldn’t cost as much as it does. There are a number of franchises dedicated to getting in shape. There are gym memberships, DVDs, and exercise machines and equipment. The secret these companies don’t want you to realize is that you don’t need any of these things to get in shape.
Contrary to what you may have been told you don’t need a yoga mat to practice yoga. You don’t need blocks and you don’t need the belt. You don’t even need yoga pants. What you do need is instruction and you can get that free at doyogawithme.com. If you feel the need to see your yoga space, use a blanket instead and if you want to be on a block use two equally thick books or a folded blanket. The more you progress however, the less you will need these items. The only reason you may need a mat at home is if you have slippery floors.
If you have kids one of the best ways to lose weight is to play with them. Many schools that have been underfunded for a physical education class know the value of basic exercises like jumping jacks, push ups, and sit ups. They also know the value of getting children to play games with each other. Go outside and play tag and red rover. Find bleachers to climb together. Not only will you keep in shape, your children will have a first hand example on being physically fit. It will also teach them that physical fitness is fun, not a chore.
The most basic exercises often are the best. Many people get a thrill from walking or running. Pick a time you enjoy and a place that is public and pretty. Have a partner to share the experience with, or compete with. The only items you may need for walking and running is a pair of sneakers and clothing that breathes.
It’s another week of great deals over at Sprouts. All vitamins and body care products are 25% off! Use your coupons with the items on sale to get the best deals on vitamins, shampoos, toothpaste, and more!
◾Organic Gala or Jonagold Apples $1.49/lb
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◾Organic Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb
◾Organic Bartlett Pears $1.50/lb
◾Organic Ripe Hass Avocados $1.25
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◾Organic Curly Kale or Collard Greens $1.50/each
◾Organic Broccoli $1.49/lb
Muir Glen Organic Tomatoes $1.50
Clif ZFruit $2.99
Clif ZBars $2.99
Alexia Organic Frozen Potatoes B1G1 Free
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Pacific Foods Products 30% Off
Use one $3 off when you buy 5 Pacific Foods Products (deducted at checkout)
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Plum Organics Baby Food $1.25
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Final Price = $.25
DeLallo Whole Wheat Organic Pasta $2.49
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Final Price = $1.74
DOUBLE AD WEDNESDAY DEALS
◾Organic Grape Tomatoes $1.99 (1 dry pint)
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◾Organic Celery or Cucumbers $.99/each
◾Organic Bartlett Pears, Gala or Granny Smith Apples $1.49/lb
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◾Organic Kale $.99/bunch
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◾Organic Heirloom Rainbow Carrots $1.99 (2 lb bag)
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◾Organic Romaine, Red or Green Leaf Lettuce $1.50/lb
◾Organic Garnet Yams $2.99 (3 lb bag)