Follow Some Blogs to Show you the Dealsphoto credit You can choose the method that you use to follow the blogs: Twitter, Facebook, RSS, or email. I have been following blogs for many years now and can tell you there are some awesome ones out there. The bloggers will share the deals for the week with the match-ups for the coupons you will need. The coupons can be ones you print out, get from the newspaper, or get from the store.
Blogs I Recommend:
Along with deals for the week, these sites have tips on how to coupon at each store (Walgreens, CVS, Target, etc) and they also share lots of great random deals. For example, I read from a blog that Toms of Maine was giving away free children’s toothpaste samples and signed up.
Subscribe to the Sunday Newspaperphoto credit If you live in a small town, this probably means you need to subscribe to the newspaper in the city nearest you. Check your mailbox for specials on subscriptions. I get my paper for $1 a week and that includes a Wednesday and a Sunday paper. This will be your go-to place to get the coupons you need. Some people get multiple copies of the newspaper. But, we are starting small here, so just start off with one.
Find a System for Filing Couponsphoto credit Don’t be nervous! This one may take some time to find out what style works best for you. I have tried a couple of different systems and for this season in my life, I put the date on the front cover of each insert. Then, I file each insert (whole) in its own plastic sleeve in a binder in chronological order. This works well if you are only using coupons to stock up on the really good deals of the week. Another method is to cut apart all of your coupon inserts for the week and file each coupon under its specific heading in chronological order. This works well if you are going to take all of your coupons with you while shopping to pop out that coupon on the clearance shampoo. You will get a better savings out of this method, but it is time consuming. (Your file doesn’t have to be as large as the one in the picture.) If you would like to see more coupon organizing systems in depth, check out these blog posts: 1. Stretching a Buck: Coupon Organization 2. Penny Pinchin Mom: Keeping Those Coupons Organized If you coupon, what are some tips you would give to a newbie? If you are new to the idea of couponing what questions do you have?
1. Pack a lunchI decided to pack a lunch to avoid having to get fast food, and to avoid having to PAY for fast food! That adds up quickly. I packed peanut butter sandwiches (no cooler needed), apples, and water bottles. photo credit
2. Have a container full of toys and booksI always pack a crate of some kind with small toys and lots of books. Yes, they will end up all over your vehicle because they will drop them after they grow tired of them! I figure this is a mess well worth keeping them occupied. Also, I make sure the container is close to the older ones so they can hand them out to the younger ones. When I was the only older one, I kept it close to me so that I could keep handing them back. photo credit
3. The Potty–never leave home without it!When my kids are potty training, I never travel without it. It makes it much easier to attend to “MOMMY, I have to go…NOW!” It is also easier when your kids don’t like public bathrooms. I stop the van and put the potty chair in the middle of the van. I let the child go and then I dump it outside when it is just pee. (Animals do it, right??) I bring along grocery sacks and dump it in there if it is…more substantial! (heehee) Then I throw it in the nearest trash. I wipe it out with wipes when they are done. This is the friend we have. I love the free-of-frills design…makes for easier clean up. Ridges and pee don’t mix well! You can buy it HERE.
3. Go RUN!!Kids are kind of like puppies…they like to run! When we do stop to go to the bathroom and there is open space, I yell, “Go RUN!!” I like to let them get out some of that energy. Sometimes I even chase them around or walk the stairs in the area around them to get out that energy of my own. This helps us get back into the van with less tears. photo credit
4. Pack SnacksI make sure to fill up a bag with snacks. You never know what is going to be that one thing that keeps everyone together. I like to pack things that can’t get too squashed into the carpet. I bring things like: pretzels, popcorn, Goldfish, dry cereal and maybe fruit snacks. I bring bowls or cups to put the snacks in to make it easier to hand them back. A friend of mine packs them in little baggies and I think that is a great idea too. photo credit
5. MusicBring along the children’s music. This can sometimes bring someone back from the brink of a meltdown. If you don’t have some, just start singing together. Songs like “Wheels on the Bus” and “5 Little Monkeys” are great ways to pass the time. photo credit
6. DVD playerWe finally broke down and bought the DVD player for the van. I was one of those people who said, “But I didn’t have one when I was little.” That lady left one day when I realized it would just make long trips easier.
7. GamesAs I was driving today and thinking about what I would write for this post, I thought about some things I would have done differently. I think next time I will make sure to pack some travel games like tic, tac, toe and car bingo.
Melissa and Doug already thought of my idea, you can get these HERE.
(I have a thing for graphics so I couldn’t resist a little playing around up there!) How about you? What are things that are tried and true for your car rides? Linked to: Laugh, Love, and Craft
Homemade Disposable Diaper WipesIngredients:
- Bounty Paper Towels (select-a-size)
- 2 cups water
- 2 tablespoons baby wash (natural if possible)
- 2 tablespoons oil (canola oil, olive oil, and coconut oil work)
- tea tree oil (optional
Step 1Cut paper towel in half with serrated knife over cutting board.
Step 2Add to the container: 2 cups water, 2 tablespoons oil, 1-2 tablespoons baby wash (and totally optional 2 drops tea tree oil). Stir.
Step 3Drop paper half roll paper towel (fuzzy side down) into solution. Wait for cardboard to soften in water and remove. Pull wipes from center. **A note of caution. ** If you seal the lid on tightly, you are almost guaranteed for your wipes to mold at some point. I just leave the lid cracked open and have not had a problem with that. How about you, have you used your own wipes before? Do you have any questions about the process? Linked to: Flamingo Toes Nifty Thrifty Things