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Homemade Sidewalk Chalk Paint

sidewalk-paint-recipe This looks like such a great idea but the cost of it can be a little much! Over $15 for 3 bottles over on Amazon!  My boys love to paint, but we have never used sidewalk chalk paint.  I am glad we can make some for way less and very easily!!

What you need: 

  • 1/2 Cup Corn Starch
  • 1/2 Cup Water
  • Food Coloring of your choice

Directions:

Head over to Searching 4 Savings for complete instructions!

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Easy Mother’s Day Craft!

I babysit two little one’s each week and wanted to make something with them for their Mom’s for mother’s day. This was a easy Mother’s Day Craft with very little out of pocket cost, since I used items I had already on hand. You can really use whatever you have already!

Supplies: 

  • $1 picture frame
  • Scrapbook sheet of paper
  • Quote from quote book
  • paint
  • glue
  • spray paint {optional}

Instructions :

1.After I got home with the frames I took out the glass and traced it onto a piece of Scrapbook paper and cut it out. I had to trim it a little bit to fit into the frame.
2. Then I found quotes I like out of some scrapbook quote books I had. The were both printed on vellum paper  so I just glued them onto the scrapbook paper. {I could have done a better job gluing the one}

3. I then put paint onto the kids hands and had them place them down onto the paper.

4. We spray painted the frames just because I didn’t like the look of the frames, but you can easily skip this step.



5. We let everything dry and then put the frames back together.

Super easy and it cost me just $1 per frame 🙂

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Coupons + Husbands Do They Mix?

Grrr…I have to rant for a minute!

My husband has an ear infection and sinus congestion right now. He went to the doctor the other day and stopped at Rite Aid to get his prescription. Nothing wrong with the picture yet, but here’s why I don’t think coupons and husband mix:

  1. He bought items at FULL retail! Items we HAVE at home that we got for FREE!  **These were OTC meds he got in addition to his prescription**
  2. He didn’t use our Rite Aid rewards card
  3. He could have use this coupon to save atleast $1 off retail, or this one for another $1 off, or this one for another $1 off! 

He obvisioulsy doesn’t check our stockpile before shopping, or even think about coupons. I would blame him being sick, but I just don’t think that he even thinks about this stuff ever. Even being Good Deal Mama’s husband. He just lets the deals up to me, and thank goodness because if it was up to him…*shutter* I don’t even want to think about it!

So does your husband and coupons mix? Are they good about shopping “deals” or are they as lost as mine? 

If someone does a Daddy Deal Boot Camp, let me know I may be signing mine up! 😉

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Couponing Rules & Etiquette

All You passed along this great article about couponing rules and how to make sure you don’t commit coupon fraud

Big No No’s DON’T:

Scan, copy or print more than the allotted number of printable coupons a website allows.

Decode bar codes (a practice by which shoppers use a coupon to buy an entirely different product). Just because you can scan a coupon doesn’t mean it’s legal to do so.

Use expired coupons (unless the store has stated that it is willing to accept them).

Buy coupons. Most coupons printed in the United States include a clause that makes them void if transferred—plus, you might be unintentionally purchasing stolen property or counterfeit coupons, especially if you use an unknown clipping service on a website such as eBay.

Dumpster-dive for the Sunday newspaper. It can be dangerous, and you could be trespassing. Instead, ask friends for extra coupons, or buy more papers at a dollar store.

Make sure to DO these things, so you are using proper couponing etiquette :

Read the fine print. Make sure you follow the terms and conditions printed on a coupon. Understand these common restrictions:

  • Coupons may not be transferred. You cannot trade, buy or sell this coupon.
  • Limit one per household. You may not go to the store with your husband and use identical coupons in separate transactions.
  • Limit four per transaction by a household in a 24-hour period. If the cashier notices this clause, you might have to return to the store on another day to cash in on more than four deals.
  • DND (do not double). Some store managers choose to make an exception; it’s up to them.

Look for red flags. Unsure about a coupon’s legality? Check these common signs of fraudulent coupons:

  • The expiration date is extended. You usually have less time to cash in on better deals. Be wary of lead times longer than six months on free items.
  • The coupon is a PDF file. Manufacturers offer links to PDF coupons you can print several times. They’re legit but can easily be changed. Make sure they come from a reliable source.
  • There’s a name or e-mail address on the coupon. Stores often add this layer of security to deter copycats. If a friend forwards you a personalized coupon, you might need ID to claim the discount.
  • The coupon lookd doctored. Look out for a general hazy tone, a fake or outdated logo, no expiration date, or the wrong font for a recognizable brand or slogan.
  • A deal is too good to be true. $15 off a $15 item? It’s probably a fake.

Coupon ethically. Although these couponing practices aren’t considered fraud, think twice before you:

  • Buy more than you need.
  • Pull peelies off items you don’t buy or don’t use right away.
  • Grab several coupon booklets.
  • Take coupon tags off wine bottles you don’t purchase.
  • Remove all the coupons from a tear pad or all the blinkies from a machine.

Thanks to All You for passing this along, so we can all use coupons better!

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Homemade Christmas Gift: Indoor Play Fort Kit

If your house is anything like mine, my children often tend to play with things that aren’t the latest, greatest HOTTEST toys out there. But usually they love playing with good ol’ stand bys: cars, blocks, boxes and “making forts”

As I am racking my brain trying to think of what to get my two boys, I thought of the things that they love to play with and have the most fun with. I started to think about how they love to make forts, but it usually drives me nuts because they pull out chairs, blankets, and they can’t really make it with out alot of help from me.

So I got this great idea to find a “Fort Making Kit”, which they do sell for around $25 over on Amazon, but realized I could go to the dollar store and thrift store and put one together myself for a lot less!

Here’s what I am thinking of buying:

small amount of thinner rope
3M Hooks for the walls
Clips
2 used sheets at thrift store
some glow sticks

And if I can find a little bag to put it all in {may have one around the house}

I don’t think my children would mind a “used” thrown together gift at all, and actually think they are going to love this and use it over and over again!

So what do you think?! Any other frugal gifts you are making this year? Please share!

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DIY: Homemade Bath Crayons!

Bath Crayons are not something I buy regularly but I am always on the hunt for project my kids can do with me, and making my own bath crayons would not only be fun to make but then fun to use later!

You just need:

  • 1 1/4 cups hot water
  • 1 bar of soap
  • Food coloring or soap dye
  • Essential oils, if desired
  • Soap molds
  • Cookie cutters/knife

Jenny from The Peaceful Housewife tells you the steps to make your own Bath Crayons!

I love to have “teaching” time in the tub with foam letters and now I can use these to help “teach” colors and let my sons have fun “drawing” on the tub 🙂

 

**Side note: I hope no English teachers read my blog, because the sentence above has to be the longest run on sentence 😉 and I am such a poor speller–I probably drive you all nuts huh?! This sentence probably has grammar errors too

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Frugal Tips: Make Your Own Furniture Polish!

Here is an easy furniture polish recipe Merissa from Little House Living has:

  • 1/4 c. vinegar
  • 1 t. olive oil
  • few drops of lemon or orange essential oil

Mix this together well before you use so they ingredients are blended.

Head over to Little House Living to see another great tip for water stains on furniture!

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DIY: Bouncy Balls!

If your kids are like mine Bouncy Balls are a HUGE hit! I don’t think my boys ever think they have enough!

And boy, if I let them make their own, I would be the coolest mom, at least for the day 😉

I am definitely trying this project out before the summer is over!

Making Memories with your kids will show you how you can take these ingredients and turn them into bouncy balls!

  • 1 Tbls. glue (Elmers glue)
  • 1/2 tsp. Borax
  • 1 Tbls. cornstarch
  • 4 Tbls. warm water
  • food coloring

See the steps to make bouncy balls here!

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