Educational Deals & Freebies Round-up

Here are some of the best educational deals and freebies available right now from Katie who writes at Cincinnati Cents:

Fisher-Price Medical Kit for $9.77: Amazon has their Fisher-Price Medical Kit on sale for $9.77. This kit includes everything an aspiring young doctor or nurse needs – a stethoscope, blood pressure cuff with working pump, otoscope, thermometer, syringe, and a bandage. Plus, kids can take this kit on the go with the handy medical bag.

Educational Gifts from Educents: Educents is featuring a variety of educational gifts for kids this Christmas season, including a digital art magazine subscription, an online architecture course, easy photography lessons, Minecraft unit lessons, and more. You can find all the educational bargains that Educents has to offer here.

Tie Dye Loom Bands Pack for $5: Amazon has their Tie Dye Loom Rubber Bands 1,000-Ct. Pack on sale for $5. This pack includes 1,000 rainbow-colored bands and 40 S clips that are compatible with all loom sets.

Free Nativity Coloring Pages: Download a free set of Nativity Coloring Pages from 3 Dinosaurs. This set features 36 different pages with both print and cursive writing options.

Melissa & Doug Wooden Stringing Beads Set for $10.19: Amazon has their Melissa & Doug Wooden Stringing Beads Set on sale for $10.19. This set features more than 200 wooden letter and shape beads, brightly colored laces, and a handy wooden tray for hours of bracelet and necklace-making fun.

Erudition Board Game for $9.99: Purchase the Erudition Board Game for just $9.99. This game typically retails for $24.99, and it introduces new readers to basic phonic sounds and high frequency words. Plus, it teaches both vocabulary as well as reading comprehension in a fun, interactive format.

50% Off Educational Favorites of 2014: Zulily is featuring up to 50% off their Educational Favorites of 2014. This sale includes a variety of popular brands such as Magformers, Lauri, Hot Dots, and many more. You can find all the items included in this sale here.

Free Christmas Writing Prompts: Royal Baloo has a variety of free Christmas Writing Prompts available for download. This pack includes such themes as snowmen, nutcrackers, gingerbreads, and more.

Little Tikes Garden Table for $20.46: Amazon has their Little Tikes Garden Table on sale for $20.46. This set includes 4 flower pots, 2 soil discs, 2 flowers, 1 tray, 1 sifter tray, a rake, a shovel, and a watering can. The table features basins that can hold water, a drain plug, and an interactive surface that encourages multiple child play.

Monopoly Board Game for $3 at Meijer: There’s a new coupon available for $3/1 Monopoly Game. You can use this coupon at Meijer to pick up the classic Monopoly Board Game for just $3. This offer is valid through Wednesday, December 24th.

Zoobooks Magazine for $10: Groupon is featuring one-year subscription to Zoobooks, Zoobies, or Zootles Magazine for just $10. You can also pick up a two-year subscription to any of these magazines for $19 as well. Plus, with each subscription, you’ll receive several bonus gifts – wildlife stickers, an animal poster, and access to digital editions.

Katie is a wife and homeschooling mother of four who writes at Cincinnati Cents about saving money and having fun as a family without breaking the bank. She enjoys sharing new recipes, ideas for frugal family fun, and tips for spending less at the grocery store.

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Printable Coupons: Huggies, Lipton, Kellogg’s, and more

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Here are some new printable coupons available today:

$4.00 off HUGGIES Diapers and PULL-UPS Pants
$4.00 off HUGGIES Diapers and PULL-UPS Pants
$1.00 off any ONE (1) Lipton Tea product
$1.00 off any TWO Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Gone Nutty

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Get a two-year subscription to Good Housekeeping magazine for only $5!

Good Housekeeping MagazineThis deal is always a favorite, and I am very happy to see it back right before the holidays because it could make a wonderful gift for someone on your Christmas list!

Order a TWO year subscription to Good Housekeeping  magazine for only $5.00 with code GH5 at checkout. You pay only $2.50 per year for a best selling magazine!!

About: Good Housekeeping Magazine is devoted to contemporary women. Articles focus on food, fitness, beauty, and child care using the resources of the Good Housekeeping institute. From human interest stories and social issues to money management and travel, the magazine will encourage positive living for today’s woman.

This offer will all run through Monday night (December 22nd, 2014) at midnight EST.

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One of the Most Important Gifts We Can Give Our Children

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One of the greatest gifts in moving to Tennessee has been quickly finding a new church home. We’ve been challenged, inspired, uplifted, and spiritually fed each week through the preaching, as well as being blessed by the people and their warm hospitality and hearts for the Lord.

During the Christmas season, our church has been encouraging families to adopt a theme of “Less Under Our Tree, More For the World.”

While the adults in our church have been encouraged to give and make a difference, I’ve loved the strong emphasis they’ve placed upon encouraging the children to give, too. They have given the kids specific needs and ways that they can help with their coins and dollars.

These specific needs and dollar amounts have been a huge inspiration to our girls and they’ve been spending time doing chores, emptying their piggy banks, counting change, and soliciting donations from us for the special Global Christmas Offering on Sunday.

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Earlier this week, I discovered this sign that they had put in our hallway as a reminder for us all to keep contributing any loose change this week.

As I’ve observed my girls being so passionate about finding ways they can contribute and impact other children around the world, it’s motivated me to look for ways to be more of a giver in my own life.

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And Kathrynne and Kaitlynn’s desire to give is rubbing off on Silas, too.

Last week, I took the kids to the The Greatest Christmas event here in Nashville. Ann Voskamp was one of the main presenters, along with Ellie Holcomb and Amena Brown. This event was sponsored by Compassion, so halfway through, Ann shared about the opportunity to sponsor a child and how it could make such an impact.

When Ann finished sharing, my kids all looked at me, eager to do something about it. I quickly leaned over and reminded our kids about the girls we write notes to/support and the moms & babies we support through our CSP.

I want to be able to regularly write notes to our Compassion girls as I know this is so important to them, so we’ve opted to only sponsor two girls (plus our CSP) so that we could be more faithful about writing to them.

And honestly, I was feeling like that was enough. Or so I had told myself.

But then, 5-year-old Silas looks at me intently and said, “But what about the boys? We need to support the boys, too.”

I was speechless. There was no quick comeback for that plea.

So, I sat there for a moment and then said, “You’re right. We need to do something for the boys, too.”

I hesitated before I responded, “Would you like to pick a boy for us to sponsor?”

His eyes lit up and he excitedly responded “Yes!”

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The next day, Silas and Jesse looked through all the children waiting to be sponsored on Compassion’s site and finally chose 6-year-old Gerald from the DR.

Silas instantly felt a connection to Gerald because they are almost the same age and they both love baseball. Watching his enthusiasm over making a difference in Gerald’s life reminds me that giving our children opportunities to be involved in impacting others’ lives is one of the greatest gifts we can pass on to them.

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We don’t have much figured out as parents — other than that we have so much left to learn! — and every day, we struggle with attitude issues and character issues. There are days when it feels like nothing we are trying to teach or live before them is sticking.

But then there are moments like this past week, when we realize that they are watching and learning. And I’m so grateful for these hearts and their desires and willingness to have less under our tree so we can give more to the world.

If our kids can someday leave home knowing that there are a world of needs around them, that money will never buy happiness, that there is so much fulfillment that comes from giving, and that money is just a tool to be used to change lives, they will be well on their way to living contented, rich lives — no matter their income level or career.

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Cents of Style Boots as low as $19.95 shipped (this weekend only!)

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Through December 21, 2014, Cents of Style is offering 30% off all their boots + free shipping when you use coupon code BOOTDEAL at checkout.

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There are over 25 different styles to choose from and the prices start as low as $19.56 + free shipping!

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Use coupon code BOOTDEAL at checkout to take 30% off the original price on the Cents of Style Boot Collection.

This sale is valid now through December 21, 2014.

Please note: These boots will ship next week, but Christmas delivery is not guaranteed.

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