Thursday, October 16, 2014

More Fright Night Activities

Costume Contest — Compete in different categories to win prizes,2-4 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 422-6467

Fright Night Fun — Make a paper bag puppet, 2-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Young Adult Services, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 420-3266

Ghostly Gala — Family-friendly costume dance and parade with DJ La-La, 6-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Grand Wayne Center, Fort Wayne, free, 426-4100

Halloween Haunt — Family fun and games, snacks, face painting and more, 1-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, community Center, Fort Wayne, free, activity fees may apply, 427-6460Historic Fort Wayne

Lantern Tours — Hear tales of actual encounters with ghosts by re-enactors, visitors and ghost watcher,6-10:30 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Old Fort, Fort Wayne, $2, children free with adult, 437-2836

Not So Frightening Fun — Children’s activities and crafts, 9 a.m.-5 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Main Branch, Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, free, 421-1200

Parkview Field Scavenger Hunt — Scavenger Hunt and live music, 5:30-8 p.m. Saturday, Oct. 18, Parkview Field, Fort Wayne, free, 482-6400

Walmart: Free Sample Dove Body Wash

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Tuesday, October 14, 2014

Spelling City

I know there are a bunch of teachers out there that are looking for free online resources for their classroom.  My second grader uses to practice her spelling words.  She loves doing it as it is an excuse to sit down at the computer.  You simply click in the box for the individual word, and the program says it out loud for you.  The student types in the word, and it checks the test at the very end.  I do have her practice writing the words at least once or twice a week to make sure she is comfortable getting the words on paper, which is how it would be during the actual test in school.

Coupon of the Day: Save $3.00 on any ONE (1) Playtex® Sport® Tampon, Playtex® Sport® Fresh Balance Tampon or Playtex® Gentle Glide Tampon (32 ct or larger)

Meijer mPerks: Upgraded Rewards

Have you logged into your mPerks account lately at Meijer?  They have upgraded the rewards section on there.  For simply doing my normal shopping I earned a total of $21 in rewards that I was able to redeem on my last shopping trip for fulfilling the reward requirement for fresh produce and dairy products.  Check it out!

Monday, October 13, 2014

Pampers Gifts to Grow Codes


Add free points to youPampers Rewards account when you use these codes.  The expiration date is unkown.

TW8D783R9RCDC14 (5 points)
FBTHANC3DKNG014 (10 Points)
This older code is worth 25 points - HSPKR4NEW7JFM14

Also try:


    $0.75 off ONE DayQuil, NyQuil or Severe Product
    $2.00 off TWO DayQuil, NyQuil or Severe Products
    $0.25 off Vanity Fair Napkin or Guest Hand Towel
    $1.00 off any TWO Ziploc brand containers
    $1.00 off 75oz, 96oz or 120oz Snuggle Softener
    $1.00 off (2) packages of Reynolds Baking Cups
    $1.00 off ONE Tide Detergent 40oz or larger
    $2.00 off a FoodSaver Heat-Seal Bag or Roll
    $0.50 off ONE Crest Pro-Health Stages Toothpaste
    $1.00 off any Colgate Total Toothpaste
    $1.00 off ONE Pantene Styling Product
    $2.00 off TWO Pantene Shampoos or Conditioners
    $2.00 off ONE Pantene Expert Collection product
    $1.00 off ONE Pantene Shampoo or Conditioner
    $4.00 off Maybelline Dream Wonder™ Foundation
    $2.00 off Pantene Expert Hair Regrowth Treatment
    $0.50 off ONE Crest Kids Oral-B Manual Toothbrush
    $0.50 off ONE Oral-B Glide Floss or Floss Picks

    Frugal Quick Tip: Start Your Christmas Lists

    If I were Santa, I would be starting to think about the holidays.  I 'shop' all year round at garage sales, set aside presents from hand-me-down bags, and tuck away clearance finds.  Now is the time to go through your present stash and take inventory.  As we are still stuffing my family of six in our 1400 square foot starter home, I try to keep toys/gifts/clutter/junk/stuff to an absolute minimum.  I have the usual gifts of leggings and new bathing suits to give, but there will be few new toys to speak of.  So, I have come up with a little list of filler ideas to make the tree look less empty underneath.
    • Wrap up food:  I did this last year with natural fruit leather, Goldfish, cereal (a very exciting treat because we usually have oatmeal) or Annie's Mac 'n Cheese.
    • Activity Coupons:  I try to make my kids aware of the fact that swim lessons, basketball, ballet and Girl Scouts all cost money.  It is not a right to do these things, it is a privilege.  Therefore, Santa is helping defray the costs of these things by bringing a coupon for the next session of tball.
    • Playdate Coupon:  I plan to do this one this year.  I want to think of an activity that each child (save my obstinate two-year-old) can do with a friend of their choice.
    I'd love to hear any more ideas that you have!

    Sunday, October 12, 2014

    Frugal Quick Tip: Potty Training

    Ready to be done with diapers?  I am.  I currently have one more child to potty train.  I have all boys and potty training has not been a task that I feel qualified to give advice on.  However, a friend recently told me a way that she has successfully trained her five children:

    1.  Take child to store to pick out his/her most favorite pairs of underwear.  You want them to love the underwear so much that they never want it to be dirty.
    2. Save all other mangy (clean!) underwear from previous children.
    3.  Start with the old underwear and allow child to wear only underwear.  If said child poops in underwear, simply throw it away.  Let them do this a few times so they get the idea.
    4.  Allow child to wear new "favorite" underwear once they seem to get the idea.  According to my friend, the first time you have to throw out poopy precious underwear, they will be changed forever.

    I have not ever tried this tactic, but I will be trying it soon, once I think my two year old cares enough.  Good luck~!