Every year summer comes to a crashing halt when the school year begins. The lazy summer mornings turn into school morning routines, and timing is everything. This year, try some tested tricks to get your kids moving, and even a couple for the parents too. After all, who couldn’t use some free help in the morning?
I hate paying money for something I have to turn around and throw away. Diapers are one of those things in our family. I use cloth diapers at home, but I find it almost impossible to travel with cloth. You have to bring wet bags and extra diapers, plus extra clothes, and there just isn’t enough room in my diaper bag for all of that. I admire moms who can figure it all out.
Fortunately, there are some great ways to save on diapers. If you purchase them regularly, you are probably already on the hunt for sales at your local stores. Here are some extra tips that you may not know to save even more.
There are thirteen weekends that fall between Memorial Day and Labor Day this year (yes, I counted!) That is a lot of family time just waiting to be filled.
Vacations and summer camps can be expensive, but have no fear! There are plenty of exciting, free activities out there that will keep the whole family entertained all summer long.
The cost of education is rising and it puts our schools in a tough financial position – do they cut “extras” like art and music? Or do they ask the parents for contributions to keep these activities available? Neither is a great option. That is why many schools resort to fundraising, whether it is through selling chocolate bars and tins of popcorn or collecting Box Tops for Education.
As parents we work hard to teach our kids to read, write and ride a bike. But how much time do we spend teaching them to be smart with money? According to financial guru Dave Ramsey, probably not enough. But teaching your kids to be financially responsible is an incredibly valuable gift that will serve them well the rest of their lives. This week Dave Ramsey and his daughter Rachel Cruze released their new book Smart Money Smart Kids: Raising the Next Generation to Win with Money. Before your kids leave the nest Ramsey and Cruze urge parents to make sure kids learn these five lessons.
When planning a family road trip with kids, it is always wise to be prepared. Hours spent in the car mean that your kids are going to need entertainment. There are tons of great solutions out there to help you keep your sanity, but a lot of them involve expensive equipment. Here is a list of a few things that will still give you gas money to leave town.
It used to be that moms couldn’t even be seen in the mall parking lot with their teens, often doing a drop-off a few blocks away. Now, moms and teens are (gasp!) shopping in some of the same stores and even borrowing items from each other’s closets. Gone are the days when prom dress shopping was a nightmare day in which moms protectively guarded their credit cards, refusing to pay for the “dress” the teen insisted was in style and that her other friends were all allowed to wear. Here’s why this prom dress season you may see moms and teens smiling in stores instead.
Remember when you could whip through the mall with a list in your hand and check off item after item from all corners of the building in record time? If you have children, chances are you can’t. Those are likely very distant memories. Shopping with children is a whole other ball game.
Whether you’re Mom, Dad, Grandma or any other sucker who is dragging children around a mall as you desperately attempt to “get stuff done,” here are the top seven problems you may encounter when shopping with little helpers.
Toy cash registers, a wallet full of pretend credit cards, Mom’s purse – these are all common, everyday items that kids love to play with. But, where are the coupons?
Chances are, as a visitor to UltimateCoupons.com, you’ve handled a coupon or two in your day, maybe even in front of children. It’s never too early to show children what coupons are and demonstrate the benefits of using them. Being smart with money is an important skill that they can start learning now.
We're all looking for ways to improve our lives and regain control of our finances this time of year. Since the average family spends about $2,000 on diapers per child, many parents with toddlers are probably making potty training a top new year's resolution. Plus, imagine all the time you'll save not having to change diapers! Potty training can be a dirty job, but these affordable tools may just help make the process a little easier.
You're probably thinking, "Parents' Day? Didn't we get this covered in May or June?" But Parents' Day was founded in 1994 and falls on July 22 of this year; why not take the opportunity to celebrate your parents together, or ...