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Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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Teaching Through Buyer’s Remorse

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Childhood should not be overshadowed by financial issues. The problem is, while you don’t want to make your child privy to all your family financial issues, you also don’t want to shield to the extent they don’t know how to handle money at all. Many parents deal with this in a number of ways. They let children budget an allowance. They even go so far as to tell the child where that allowance should be budgeted towards. Others set limits on the number of items bought in a trip to the store. Many don’t believe in allowance and insist that toys or money should be earned through chores or educational success.

The only trouble is that even these types of activities can transfer a parent’s financial stress to a child. They receive or earn a small amount of money and we become concerned about what they are doing with it. Are they saving anything? Are they really going to waste their money on that? By the time we shake our heads and tell them it’s their money their confidence about how to handle money is shaken. That feeling can follow them through life.

Mistakes Must Be Made

It’s a truth that no one likes. Most of us have a financial obligation or a purchase we regret having. Allowing children to make mistakes unhindered with their own money can reduce the mistakes they make as adults. Imagine instead of trying to get your child to spend money on the right thing, you hold your tongue and allow them to spend money on the wrong thing.

At some point your child will come to you and say something to the extent of “I wish I hadn’t bought five pounds of gummy bears. I didn’t think I’d ever get sick of them, but after two days I don’t even want to look at them!” Then you can tell them that they are a smart kid and they wont make that mistake again. Don’t offer extra money. Don’t offer to get them another purchase they may enjoy more. In the adult world the money would be gone. Let it be gone in the world where they will miss out on a Lego set. In the long run they will learn to think before spending money.


Yummy Roasted Brussels Sprouts

Posted on February 24th, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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Did you know that Brussels sprouts are of the most nutrient rich foods you can eat? They are full of anti-oxidants, vitamin A, vitamin C, vitamin K as well as fiber, manganese, potassium, choline, and B vitamins. Why aren’t we all eating this incredibly good for you food? Well, some surveys show that Americans simply don’t like the smell of the Brussels sprouts. My answer to that dilemma is always simply finding the right recipe. If you can cook something to make it taste good, people will eat it (and probably not care about how it smelled while it was cooking).

So, I’ve got an easy recipe for a great for you, a yummy side dish! The recipe is based on a recipe from a restaurant called Tin Roof Bistro in California. Here’s my version of that recipe (because I only used what I had and I didn’t have everything listed on their recipe).

Ingredients:

1 lb. Brussels sprouts
2 Tbsp. extra virgin olive oil
3 Tbsp. butter
1 tsp. minced garlic
1 Tbsp. lemon juice
1 tsp. chopped parsley
Salt and pepper to taste

Instructions:

1. Preheat over to 350º
2. Remove the ends and any rough outer leaves from Brussels sprouts and cut them in half lengthwise.

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3. Put them in a bowl and add 2 tablespoons of olive oil.

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4. Toss Brussels sprouts in oil and then lay out on sheet pan. Roast for 20-25 minutes until caramelized.

5. When Brussels sprouts are roasted and caramelized, heat up small saute’ pan. Melt butter and add garlic. Cook for several minutes until garlic turns golden. Add lemon juice, parsley, and salt and pepper. Toss sprouts in sauce until they are thoroughly coated.

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6. Then, the most important part: eat and enjoy… because, you know, it is possible to enjoy food that is good for you!

How do you like to eat your Brussels Sprouts?

 


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Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Coupon Cathy

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Thrifty Party Planning

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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We did it! For my daughter’s 6th birthday, we held her first real birthday party. I had been concerned about the limited space in our little house and about the costs of such an affair, since we (essentially) live on a teacher’s salary. But, I had it all planned out. We would have the party at a local playground, which would relieve the space issue and make things a whole lot easier on me.

Only one problem. The forecast predicted rain. So, we had to make it work in our little house.

There were several things that helped us keep the party within budget, fun, and even special.

1. We used what we already had. I thought about making a new cupcake recipe (and actually experimented with a few) but decided we have a recipe we like with ingredients we already have. And, that’s what we did.

As a matter of fact, I saw a really cute picture of a way to turn cupcakes into a cute princess dress cake. Even then, I thought about making a couple of purchases to make our cupcake “cake” just like that one, but I didn’t. I keep telling myself, “Use what you have!”

2. Keep it simple. I didn’t know if anyone played “Pin The Tail On The Donkey” anymore. But, since I couldn’t find a cuter, girly version of the game, we went with it. It ended up being quite a highlight for some of the children, who had never played it before!

3. Less is, sometimes, more. We limited our invitations to just a few very close friends. There was plenty of food for everyone, and lots of leftovers besides. And, both the children and the adults seemed to have a nice time together. It actually didn’t rain, after all. So, sitting out in our small backyard made for simple nerf gun war games for the boys and relaxing conversation for the parents, all while the girls enjoyed playing dress up in my daughter’s room. (The girls came out quite often, though, to show off their latest outfits. ;) )

How do you keep your parties simple?


Thrifty Homeschool Buys

Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Discount Debbie

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When it comes to homeschooling it’s more cost effective than it has ever been before. Free lesson plans can be found online as well as supplements for learning. There are a few items that help make teaching our children fun and save us money.

Alphabet Magnets

They are bright and colorful. They are magnets. They scream to children, “Please come play with us!” Aside from that, they save money on paper when working on letter recognition or spelling. They can also be used to teach numbers and colors depending on the set you get.

Yes, you want to teach the fine motor skills that come with writing, but kids can trace these with their fingers and have fun with them in their off school hours. You don’t even need a magnet board for them. Just use the side of the fridge.

Composition Books

It is difficult to lose assignments when they are in a bound book. Plus, kids enjoy personalizing them. Composition books come in a wide variety of colors and styles nowadays. They come both in college and wide ruled. There is a place to write the subject on the front of most of them. Bound notebooks also promote paper conservation. Kids feel less inclined to pull a sheet out for doodling because it’s bound similar to a real book. Best of all notebooks are inexpensive. I have found them at dollar stores, but the best time of year to stock up is during back-to-school sale season in August when they’re even cheaper.

Dry Erase Boards

I have found this item to be better than a chalk board. First, rather than using chalk, it uses markers. There isn’t that high pitched squeak when I write on it. A lack of chalk also reduces items in my home my toddler can stick in his mouth and choke on. Second, they save money in the paper department. They are reusable and can be used for daily school activities such as writing spelling words or doing math problems. Get a big one for teaching and/or a smaller one for each of your children.

 


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Posted on February 23rd, 2015 by Freebie Felicia

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