Ways To Save Money On Easter Dinner!

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Can you believe Easter is almost here? It seems like we just got done with Christmas and New Year’s celebrations!  I love Easter dinner because it is a nice reminder of Spring and it gives me a chance to be with those I love. While Easter dinner is not usually as expensive or complicated as other holiday meals, it still can get pricey, depending on how many folks you are feeding. Here are some tips to save money on your Easter Dinner this year.

Ways to Save on Easter Dinner

Plan your menu. Planning what you will be making can help you figure out not only what you will be having and keep it organized, but you can also see where you can use ingredients from what you already have on hand and buy shared ingredients for dishes.

Make your own rolls and dessert. Buying these from a bakery is so much more costly than just making your own. You don’t have to get super fancy either. Just make a simple cake and some easy biscuits if you are stretched for time.

If the crowd you are serving is large, do a potluck style meal. Offer to buy the largest expense, the Easter ham, and have all your guests bring assigned goodies such as sides, dessert, rolls, drinks and appetizers. This way, you don’t have to spend too much time cooking and can enjoy more time with your family as well as save everyone some money.

Make your own table décor. There is no need to run out and buy expensive centerpieces. If you have some tulips coming up, a simple bunch of them in a tall glass vase with colored glass rocks looks lovely and simple. You can also find do-it-yourself inspiration by looking on blogs and Pinterest for ideas.

For your main course, think outside the box. If ham is too expensive, maybe your local supermarkets have something else on sale such as ribs or lamb. Also, don’t just shop at one place for your main course. You may be able to get a great discount from local farmers, butcher shops and even warehouse clubs.

Skip expensive wine and make punch instead. If you really want to do wine, try using sangria as it is fruity and less expensive that wine and a great addition to an Easter feast.

Buy early or late. Many times, retailers mark up prices but make them come across like bargains on things like eggs or ham this time of year. Buy as soon as you think is necessary or wait until last minute when supermarkets will be marking down their hams in order to get them sold in time. Also, be on the lookout for coupons this time of year as well for eggs.

Buy produce locally. In many parts of the country, produce is already coming to town at farmer’s markets. You can usually get great deals at these local merchant’s tables. Also, be on the lookout for farm fresh eggs as well.

Buy in season and cook your meal around that. Produce that is in season this time of year is artichokes, asparagus, morel mushrooms, spring mix salad and rhubarb.

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FREE Baby Sling, Carseat Cover, & More For Parents!

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We have quite a few readers who are having children or grandchildren in the next few months. I am always asked about gifts, savings, and more for these moms to be. Here is a roundup of a few of my favorite freebies. All of the following have been verified to be legitimate freebies. I in fact just ordered from one of these for a few friends who are expecting babies in the next few months!

Free Baby Sling:

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Get a stylish baby sling for FREE! You only have to pay for shipping and handling. I keep one of these on hand for baby showers!

Click on ‘Shop Now”, select any baby carrier you would like. Be sure to go to the sizing page so that you can get the right size carrier for you. Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “ENBABY“. This promo code will take 100% off of the baby carrier purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once- simply open a new browser window to do so. These make great baby shower gifts!

 

FREE Carseat Carrier Cover:

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This would make a great gift for a new mom!

Click on “Shop Now”, select any canopy you would like (be sure to go to their sizing page so you can get the right size carrier for you). Once you have selected your size, you will automatically be directed to the “shopping bag” where you can enter the promo code “MYSAVINGS” This promo code will take off 100% of the canopy purchase and all you are required to pay are the shipping fees. You can use the code more than once – you just have to open a new browser/window to do so.

 

FREE 5 Pairs of Baby Leggings

Check out this great deal for the little ones in your lives. Right now you can get 5 pairs of baby leggings for FREE. You only have to pay for shipping and handling. These make great gifts and there are so many different choices.

These sell for $10 each. Here is how to get 5 for free. Pick 5 pairs (they can be different pairs and add them to your cart. Put in Discount Code: MYSAVINGS. This will take off $50 (your total for 5 pairs). You only have to pay shipping and handling. I tried it to make sure!

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Your total for all 5 is FREE, and only $12.95 for shipping and handling!! That is an awesome savings!!

Freebie for Nursing Moms: Free Breast Pads!!

Do you know a new mom or are you, yourself a new mom? Grab yourself 10 Free pairs of Breast Pads:

  1. Go Here
  2. Select your favorite pairs of Breast Pads – you will then be automatically directed to your shopping cart.
  3. Enter the promo code “ENBABY” and we will deduct 100% off the cost of your Breast Pads – a $35 value!

*Remember, you can use the promo code “ENBABY” more than once, just open a new browser to do so!

SUBTOTAL: $ 35.00
CODE DISCOUNT: ($ 35.00)     
SUBTOTAL: $ 0.00

*Offer valid while supplies last.

 

Free Nursing Pillow! Great Baby Shower Gift!

Enter promotional code MYSAVINGS to receive free Nursing Pillow. You only have to pay for shipping and handling!

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There are some really cute designs! These would make great gifts for a mom to be! I used mine almost every day, when my little one was born.

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If you prefer the higher price Minky pillows, the discount code will take off $40, so you only pay $4.95 +shipping and handling.

Here is  a picture of what the higher price Minky pillow looks like:

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FREE Pregnancy Belly Button Bands!!

 

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Am I the only person who didn’t know these things existed?! So I could have seriously have worn one of these instead of going out and buying maternity pants?!  I love that you can still wear your pre-pregnancy pants unbuttoned and this belly band will hold tight and keep those unbuttoned pants in place!!

Right now you can get 2 of these belly bands or one FREE Body band!! What a great gift for a mom to be!!!! Here is how to get these for free.

  1. Click here.
  2. Add 2 belly bands OR 1 body band to your cart
  3. Add promo code ENBABY at checkout.

You only have to pay for shipping and handling!!!

 

 

FREE Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards Program

Join the free Pampers Gifts to Grow Rewards program and receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods, gift cards, and more!

 

Read my article on how to prepare for a Baby On A Budget

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When Should You Buy Big Ticket Items?

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When it comes to consumerism, there are certain big-ticket items that tend to follow a somewhat predictable cycle in terms of rising and falling prices. In other words, there are certain times of the year that offer better savings on commodities like cars, televisions, appliances, or even real estate, than others. If a pricey purchase is in your near future, be sure to check out the general market trends before signing on the dotted line so that you can take advantage of the best price possible.
Although the real estate market tends to vary each year, buyers have a lot more flexibility and room for price negotiations in the off season of November to March. The most popular time of the year for real estate transactions is during the summers, primarily because the weather and school breaks are more conducive to shopping and transitioning. The competition during these months is higher and sellers are less likely to budge on their listing price. The ‘off-season’ is the perfect opportunity to snag the best deal on your upcoming real estate transaction.
If a new car is in your future, experts advise waiting until late summer or early to mid-fall to make this type of decision. This is because most car dealerships are preparing the lot for new inventory, and they are more likely to offer discounts on older models.
Big televisions tend to have the most affordable price tags throughout the month of January. Not only do retailers like to offer post-holiday sales, but TVs are a popular purchase right before the Superbowl.
Consumer reports suggest that the best deals on household furniture are usually found in the month of February. Labor Day, Memorial Day, and 4th of July sales are also great opportunities to look for heavy discounts in this industry.
Seasonal items like grills, outdoor furniture, sporting goods, and holiday décor are almost always significantly marked down toward the end of said season or holiday month. For example, if you are in the market for a new lawnmower, you’re most likely to find better deals toward the end of the summer instead of the beginning.
Looking for a new artificial, pre-lit Christmas tree? Hold out until the weekend after Christmas and you’ll find unbeatable markdowns!
If you’d like to snag the best price on a big ticket purchase, be sure to do your research before you jump into the deal. Be sure to check out the full guide on Consumerreports.org for a more comprehensive list of popular items’ best sale months. 
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Kid Lid: Keep Your Laptop Safe!

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With a very active household,  I live in fear of the day our TV, computers, game systems, or tablets take the seemingly inevitable beating that comes with mixing the two. Since a lot of my work is done from home and on my personal computer you’re more likely to hear me telling the kiddos to back away from the computer while having a drink in their hands or see me constantly moving any containers with liquid as far away from it as possible; my biggest fear being a well placed spill that renders our electronics useless and takes valuable photos and other data to the technology graveyard.

I loved the concept of Kid Lid and was asked to review one of their  Kid Lids. Focused on creating simple and innovative solutions that enable our kids to enjoy positive and safe interactions with our technology, Mogolo was founded by Matthew Mogol after he had experienced the same problems with his own daughter while using his gadgets. As a firm believer in cultivating the autonomy through self-mastery, Mogol set about creating the innovative Kid Lid; the solution that would help encourage children’s interaction with technology while keeping said gadgets safe.

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The cutest little reviewer: Maverick. I asked a friend of mine to have her sweet little guy review Kid Lid. As a homeschooler of 2, older children, I thought this would be beneficial to have for her youngest child. 

“Last year alone, consumers spent almost $3 billion replacing and repairing laptops, tablets and smartphones as a result of damage caused by children. Save yourself the headache and cash in 2015 with Kid Lid, a unique new solution that provides a stable surface that defends against inadvertent spills and resists the pounding of even the most rambunctious child. Kid Lid products protect computer keys from unwanted typing that disrupts movies, games and video chats as well as the removal of keys by small fingers.”

The Kid Lid is now available for pre-order, is available in Kid Lid Protect and Fold Up Board and comes in two sizes: 13″ and 15″. I was sent the Kid Lid Protect Board for my review.

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Both parent and child loved Kid Lid. This is definitely an item you want to have if you have little ones in your house!

The Kid Lid Protect Board is the innovative gadget protector that is universally sized for Mac and PC’s. It comes with a nifty elastic strap to keep it in place while in use is the perfect way to give yourself some peace of mind when it comes to your technology; in an age where parents and instructors are choosing to have their children/students learn on their computers and tablets this is a nifty solution for any accidents that might crop up. As of right now it only comes in white but don’t let that throw you off; more colors are in the works!

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Leprechaun Bark

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Looking for a St. Patrick’s Day delicious treat that you can make with the little ones? How about making Leprechaun Bark! It’s easy and the kids will have fun helping you make it!

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Ingredients:

15 Keebler Grasshopper Cookies
5 Andes Thin Mint Candies
¾ cup short thin stick pretzels
8 oz chocolate melts or Candiquik
¼ cup brown M&M candies
¼ cup green M&M candies
green & white sprinkles

Directions:

  1. Place Grasshopper Cookies in a plastic bag and smash into pieces. Place on a large cookie sheet lined with wax paper.
  2. Place Andes Thin Mint Candies in a plastic bag and smash into pieces. Pour on cookie sheet and mix with Grasshopper Cookies.
  3. Break pretzels in small piece and spread evenly through cookie mixture.
  4. Spread brown M&M candies evenly through cookie mixture.

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5. Melt chocolate melts or Candiquik and quickly drizzle over mixture and mix thoroughly.

6. Place green M&M candies and sprinkles evenly on top of mixture and press down slightly into bark mixture.

7. Place in fridge to set. Once set, cut into pieces and enjoy!

Leprechaun Bark #4

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