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23 Apr 2019   ·   0

National Pretzel Day Freebies (April 26, 2019)

Love pretzels? Here are some free pretzel deals you can score for National Pretzel Day on April 26th!

National Pretzel Day is this Friday, April 26th! Several places are celebrating by offering FREE pretzels!

Pretzelmaker – Get a free Salted/Unsalted Pretzel (up to $4) redeemable on Friday, April 2th for all members of the Pretzelmaker Rewards program. Just download the “Pretzelmaker Rewards” App and sign up to join Pretzelmaker Rewards to receive offer.

Philly Pretzel Factory – Get one free pretzel on April 26th! No purchase necessary.

Wetzel’s Pretzels – Get a free pretzel when you visit all day long on April 26th!

Auntie Anne’s – Buy One, Get One Free Original or Cinnamon Sugar Pretzel when you use the app on April 26th – 28th.

23 Apr 2019   ·   0
Free Homeschool Resources

FREE Homeschool Curriculum & Resources | Huge List of 28 Freebies!

This is a weekly list of Free Homeschool Curriculum and Resources compiled by Carrie from HomeSchoolGiveaways.com. If you aren’t a homeschooler, but you’re a parent, teacher, babysitter, or nanny, you’ll probably find at least a few useful freebies in this list. You may also want to go through the Educational Deals and Freebies from earlier this week for more.

Free Homeschool Resources

General Homeschooling Freebies:

Spot the Difference – FREE Printable – Learning to be observant is a good quality to master. Help your little ones work on their skills with this FREE printable spot the difference printable. It might just start a fun rabbit trail on Okapi’s too!

FREE Math and Literacy Learning Garden Printable Pack – Spring is the perfect time to do a garden themed study. This FREE garden themed study covers basic math and literacy activities as well as a parable booklet too.

FREE Last Supper Placemat & Coloring Page – Placemats are a great way to decorate a table for a family meal, but they can be fun too! These printable Last Supper placemats are a great way to help teach kids about the night before Jesus’ crucifixion as you celebrate His resurrection.

FREE 5-Day Challenge for a Stress Free Homeschool (FREE Printable Worksheets) – Every homeschool mom has experienced some stress at one time or another. Take this 5-Day Challenge to help you have a better and stress-free homeschool! It includes FREE printable worksheets to help!

Using 3D STEM Games in Your Homeschool – FREE Lesson Plan, Giveaway & Our Honest Opinion on Gridopolis – Do your kids love playing strategy games? Gridopolis combines checkers and chess all on a 3D board for a whole new level of fun! Download a FREE lesson plan to use with the game and enter for your chance to win a game of your own!

Science & Nature Study Freebies

FREE Printable Activity Pack for Earth Day – Whether you’re celebrating Earth Day or use it as a way to teach your kids to care for what God has given us, this FREE printable Earth Day activity pack would be a great addition to your studies.

FREE Printable Book List for Young Learners All About Rocks – What kid doesn’t love to collect rocks? Now they can read all about different rocks, where they come from and more as they read through this printable book list.

FREE Equine Science Unit Study Resources – Do you have a horse fan in your house? These FREE Equine unit study resources are sure to make them happy as they read, study and learn all about their favorite animal!

Early Learning Freebies:

FREE Printable Number Activity for Earth Day Fun – Counting practice is always more fun when you can do some hands-on activity with it. Whether you’re celebrating Earth Day or just want some extra printables to work on counting, this freebie is a great exercise for your little learners.

Nursery Rhyme Pop-Up Sequencing Cards – Nursery Rhymes are the perfect short stories to work on sequencing with your little ones. These pop-up sequencing cards are not only adorable, but a fun, hands-on way to help little ones retell the stories!

FREE Printable Mini-Book to Teach the Letter K – If you’re working on the letter ‘K’, this FREE printable mini-book is a great additional resource. Kids will work through the coloring pages as they see the letter ‘K’ on every page, helping them recognize and learn it better.

FREE Printable Hungry Caterpillar Fruit Cards Craft with Printable Templates – If your kids love The Hungry Caterpillar story, they are sure to love this fun and adorable craft. Use the printable cards to help kids make their own fruit shapes out of the craft supplies you have at home.

Activities for Teaching Long Vowel Sounds – Do your early learners struggle with hearing long vowel sounds? Help them practice and master them with these activities and FREE printables.

Free Language Arts Resources:

FREE Sight Word Assessment for Young Learners – Learning and recognizing a large number of sight words is important for pre-readers as they learn to read and improve. If you’re wondering where you little one is on their progress, don’t miss this FREE printable assessment.

FREE Resurrection Day Writing Prompts for Kids – Resurrection Day may have passed, but that doesn’t mean your kids can’t keep learning about it! These FREE printable writing prompts are a great way to learn more and help them talk about the day in their own words.

FREE and Adorable Easter Writing Prompts for Homeschoolers – Do your kids love Easter and want to talk about it for days after it has passed? Put their love of Easter to work with these FREE printable writing prompts! They can write about how to decorate an egg, what they would do as the Easter Bunny and more!

FREE Elkonin Boxes for Phonological Awareness – Have you ever heard of Elkonin boxes? Do your kids struggle with learning and hearing the phonological sounds in words? These FREE printables are a great resource to help them learn and master phonemes.

Learning with Nursery Rhymes: FREE Printables, Crafts & Activities – Mother Goose Day is coming up May 1st, which is the perfect time to introduce (or re-introduce) nursery rhymes to your kids. Whether pre-readers or young readers, we’ve got something for everyone on this list!

FREE Elementary Reading & Writing Bundle – For a LIMITED TIME ONLY, you can get this entire reading and writing bundle absolutely FREE! It includes study guides, graphic organizers for brainstorming and creative writing, reading surveys and more! But hurry…this offer ends 4/26/19.

Free Math & Fine Arts Resources:

FREE Roll Cover No-Prep Subtraction Games – Do your kids need to work on their subtraction skills? Are they just learning them? These FREE no-prep subtraction games will help kids master subtraction while having fun too!

FREE Printable Template 3D Portrait-Sculpture Lesson – My kids are completely fascinated with 3D art. It is interesting and mind-blowing all at the same time. Now kids can make their very own 3D portrait using this FREE printable template!

FREE Alice in Wonderland Movie Study – Do your kids love the original version of Alice in Wonderland? Now you can add a little learning to their movie watching with this fun and FREE movie study based on the 1951 original version.

FREE Electricity Guided Drawing – Do your kids know where electricity comes from? Or how it works? This FREE guided drawing activity will teach them the meaning of 10 different words related to electricity and let them draw either the entire image or half using the guided drawing pages.

Free History & Geography Resources:

FREE Geography Terminology Copywork Notebook – Do your kids know their geography terms? This FREE printable copywork notebook is a great way to help them learn, understand and master their geography terminology.

Ancient Rome Resources & FREEBIES for Your Digital Homeschool – Are you studying about Ancient Rome this year? We have some great resources to improve your studies and they’re all FREE!

FREE Seven Wonders of the Age of Steam Reading Comprehension History Unit – Reading comprehension is such an important part of learning. Combine it with history in this fun and innovative FREE unit all about the Seven Wonders of the Age of Steam. Do you know what they are? Find out inside!

World Geography Unit Study: The 7 Continents, Latitude, Longitude and Hemisphers (Includes FREE Instant Download) – Geography is not my favorite subject and consequently, it is one that I have avoided with my own children. This World Goegraphy Unit Study will help you and your children enjoy geography as you study around the world!

Free Upper Grades Resources:

FREE Printable Comic Book Templates – When working on creative writing with my kids, I love to mix it up a bit and give them a variety of ways to practice. These FREE comic book templates are a fun way to help their creative juices flow or just give them another way to write.

Carrie has been homeschooling for over a decade and loves to share FREE homeschooling resources, deals, and reviews over at Homeschool Giveaways. You can find homeschool freebies, free homemaking resources, meal plans, free unit studies, and much more.

23 Apr 2019   ·   0
Target Weekly Deals

Target: Deals for the week of April 21-27, 2019

Looking for all the best weekly Target deals? Check out this list of the hottest deals you’ll find in-store this week!

Target Weekly Deals
Here are some of the best deals at Target this week, with thanks to Passionate Penny Pincher for her help in compiling them:

Ragu Simply Pasta Sauce – $1.89
Use 25% off Cartwheel
Submit for $0.75/1 Ibotta Rebate (Limit 5)
Submit for $1/1 Checkout 51 Rebate
Free plus $0.21 moneymaker after coupon and rebate

Ortega Taco Seasoning – $0.69
Use $1/2 Ortega Products
$0.19 after coupon

Buy 3 Colgate Total SF Toothpaste at $3.99, Get $5 Gift Card
Use $1/1 printable or $2/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, Enamel Health, or Sensitive Toothpaste 4-14-19 SS (exp 04/27/19)
Pay $5.96 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card
$0.32 each after coupons and gift card

Buy 3 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste at $4.99, Get $5 Gift Card
Use $1/1 printable or $2/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Max Fresh, Enamel Health, or Sensitive Toothpaste 4-14-19 SS (exp 04/27/19)
Submit for $1/1 Colgate Ibotta Rebate Limit 3
Pay $8.97 out of pocket, Get $5 Gift Card and $3 Ibotta Rebate
$0.32 each after coupons, rebates and gift card

Market Pantry Rice – $0.65

Buy 4 Axe Hair Care or Body Wash at $3.99, Get $5 Gift Card
Submit for $1.50/1 Axe Shampoo Ibotta Rebate (Limit 3) or submit for $1.50/1 Axe Body Wash Ibotta Rebate (Limit 5)
Pay $15.96 out of pocket, Get $5 gift card and $6 in rebates
$1.24 each after coupons and gift card

Sweet Baby Rays Hot Sauce – $2.49
Use 50% off Cartwheel
$1.24 after coupon

Cheez it Crackers – $2.50 when you buy 2
Use $1/1 Sunshine Cheez-It Baked Snack Product; Any Size; Redeem For 850 Points
$1.50 after coupon if you have points

Kellogg’s Pop Tarts – $2.50 when you buy 2
Use $1/1 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Pastries; Redeem For 850 Points
$1.50 after coupon

Ritz Family Size Crackers – $2.50
Use 20% off Cartwheel
Use $0.75/2 Nabisco Ritz Crackers – 4-7-19 SS; Includes 7 oz or Larger Only (exp 05/18/19)
$1.62 after coupons

See the full list of deals at Target this week here.

22 Apr 2019   ·   8

$70 Budget: What we ate, how much we spent, and how we splurged

I’m currently challenging myself to stick with a $70 grocery budget for our family of five. This includes almost all of our breakfasts, lunches, snacks, and dinners + most household products (toiletries, laundry soap, etc.).

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Our $70 Budget

This week we didn’t eat at home as much as we usually do since we traveled to Kansas for Easter Friday through Sunday. But we did get some great deals at the grocery store — and we used our extra money from the past number of weeks that we’ve been under budget to pay for our extra dinner out this week!

Sprouts Shopping Trip

Sprouts had some good weekend deals last weekend and Jesse ran by to pick up a few of them. He got 4 mangoes for $1 and 4 grapefruit for $1.

Total with tax: $2.14

Jesse also ran by Kroger for me after he dropped the kids off at school. I asked him if he could pick up any marked down lettuce/salads he saw. Well, went around and looked at markdowns throughout the entire store! And he found some great deals!

Kroger Shopping Trip #1:

  • King’s Hawaiian Hot Dog Buns — marked down to $1.99
  • Bread — marked down to $1.89
  • Pita Bread — marked down to $0.99
  • Bananas — $0.96
  • Strawberries — $2.99
  • 3 bags of potatoes — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 2 bags of avocados — marked down to $0.99 each
  • 6 packages of blackberries — $0.99 each
  • Salad bowl — marked down to $1.99
  • 1 bag of fruit — marked down to $0.99 each
  • Organic lettuce — marked down to $1.49
  • Total with tax: $25.69

I got some great freebies in the mail this week, including MyKroger magazine (which has great coupons in it!), a free copy of Real Simple magazine, free issues of Health magazine, plus some other great freebies!

Kroger was having some fantastic weekend deals this week. We were supposed to leave on our trip to Kansas at 9:30 a.m. and we weren’t going to be getting back until Sunday night. Of course, the sale only ran Friday through Sunday!

I really didn’t want to miss it, so I got packed and ready early on Friday morning and then ran to the store early. I’m so glad I did, because I got some great deals!

Kroger Shopping Trip #2:

  • 5 boxes (family size) Kellogg’s cereal — $1.49 each with Friday-Sunday Digital Coupon deal
  • 5 tubs ice cream — $1.99 each with Friday-Sunday Digital Coupon deal
  • 1 10-lb bag of potatoes — $1.88
  • 4 bags of fruit — $0.99
  • 1 gallon milk — $2.69
  • Miracle Maize Corn Muffin Mix — $1.89, used $1.50/1 Kroger Digital Coupon = $0.39 (we bought this one other time when it was on sale and it was SO good)
  • Total with tax: $27.92

Walgreens Shopping Trip

Walgreens had bags on sale Buy 1, Get 2 free — which made each box less than $1.

For some reason, we also got an additional 25% off at checkout (does anyone have any idea why? It said E25% next to the price). At any rate, they only charged us $2.09 per box and then we got 2 boxes for free!

So that meant we got six boxes for just $4.18 + tax!!

Total with tax: $4.59

What We Ate This Past Week

Note: When you see the meals below, please remember this: I buy ahead often. Which means that when I find a great deal on something I know we’ll use, I buy as much as I can afford in our budget to have on hand.

This means that you aren’t going to see all of the groceries my shopping trip that I used to make all of the meals we ate.

Please also remember that I’m putting this out there and it’s not a perfectly balanced menu. This is just really what we ate — and I hope that it encourages you to see the real-ness and lack of perfection here.

Breakfasts:

  • Cereal, Oatmeal, Scrambled Eggs

Lunches:

  • Peanut Butter & Jelly Sandwiches, Carrots, Oranges, Salads, Leftovers, Cookies, Protein Bars, Popchips
  • Dinner at Spangles on Saturday

Snacks:

  • Grapefruit, Cookies, Popcorn, Ice Cream, Crackers & Cheese, Peach Cobbler, Carrots & Hummus, Popchips

Dinners:

  • Sunday — Cheese quesadillas/snack-y dinner
  • Monday — Taco Casserole/Peas/Blackberries/Peach Cobbler
  • Tuesday — Dinner at Cracker Barrel (we had a gift card)
  • Wednesday — Leftover Taco Casserole
  • Thursday — Pork Roast/Twice Baked Potatoes/Fruit
  • Friday — Dinner out (we decided to use the extra grocery money from the last few weeks to go to this place in Wichita we love that offers really healthy meals all pre-made for you)
  • Saturday — Dinner with Jesse’s family

Total spent on groceries: $60.34

Cashback earned this week: 100 points for submitting my receipts to Fetch rewards+ $1.10 for submitting my receipt to iBotta rewards.

22 Apr 2019   ·   4
ReadingIQ App Promotes a Love of Reading

This ReadingIQ App Made Silas Fall in Love with Reading!

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If you have a child who struggles with reading, I highly, highly recommend this ReadingIQ app! And you can get a FREE one-month trial right now!

ReadingIQ App Promotes a Love of Reading

Did you see that you can still get a FREE one-month trial to the ReadingIQ app?!

ReadingIQ is a brand-new online digital library for kids that offers thousands of books for all reading levels.

I can’t sing the praises of this reading app enough.

Silas had never been excited about reading until he started using this app a couple months ago. This app has made him fall in love with reading — something I never thought would be possible after years of his struggle with reading.

In the first 6 weeks of using it, he logged close to 600 minutes of reading on ReadingIQ… all on his own. And did I mention this was with almost zero coaxing or encouragement from me?

ReadingIQ App for Kids

When you sign up for your FREE ReadingIQ trial, you get:

  • Unlimited access to thousands of books. Anytime. Anywhere.
  • Accessible on desktops, tablets, and phones
  • Popular titles and characters that children know and love
  • All titles carefully curated for readers 12 and under
  • Book recommendations for every child based on his or her level
  • Ability to monitor your child’s progress
  • Award-winning titles, including Caldecott and Newbery Medal winners
  • Up to 3 children per account
  • Guided Reading and Lexile® levels available for thousands of books
  • Ability to preview the content your child is exploring
  • More than 700 professionally voiced titles

After the first month is up, if you decide to continue your subscription, it’s just $7.99 per month!

Note: After your free trial is up, you’ll be automatically charged at the regular monthly price of $7.99 per month. If you no longer wish to continue, be sure to cancel before your free trial is up.

You can go here to read my complete review of the ReadingIQ app! Or if you want to try it out for yourself, just click below!

Sign up for a FREE one-month trial of ReadingIQ.

22 Apr 2019   ·   2

Have you gotten your bag of Amora coffee for just $1 shipped?!

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Have you gotten your FREE bag of Amora coffee yet?! Jesse was so excited about this deal!

Did you see the deal we posted to get a FREE bag of Amora Coffee (you just have to pay $1 for shipping)?

ordered this deal myself and was so impressed with what I got — and I just paid $1 total!

You can choose from nine different blends and these coffees are usually $14.95 per bag + shipping, so this is a fantastic deal!

Note: When you order the coffee for just $1, you will be signed up for automatic shipments of coffee at the regular price of $14.95 + $8.95 shipping two weeks after this order. If you no longer wish to receive regular shipments of coffee, you can call to cancel after your first order ships out so long as you do it before your next order ships.

By the way, I cancelled my order after I got the $1 bag of coffee and had no issue at all. In fact, the customer service representative on the phone was SO nice and kind and didn’t ask any questions. They processed my cancellation on the phone and I got an email within a minute saying that it had been cancelled.

Here’s how to get this deal:

  1. Click here and pick which coffee flavor you’d like to order.
  2. Go through the order process — it should just be $1 total at checkout.
  3. Once you’ve received your coffee, if you want to cancel your subscription, call 1-855-642-6672. (You cannot cancel online, but it’s super easy to call and cancel. It took me maybe 2 minutes!)
  4. If you don’t cancel your subscription, you’ll continue to receive a bag of coffee priced at $14.95 + $8.95 shipping with each shipment.

That’s it! Let me know if you have any questions. And enjoy your $1 bag of coffee!

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Carter's Sale Free Shipping

*HOT* Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh: Up to 70% off the entire site + Free Shipping!

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Wow! Stock up on baby and kids clothes with these HOT sales at Carter’s/OshKosh B’gosh!

Carter's Sale Free Shipping

Carter’s and OshKosh B’gosh are currently running their biggest sale of the year — up to 70% off the entire site! Plus, through tomorrow, shipping is FREE!!

Even better, you can get an extra 15% off your purchase of $20 or more when you use promo code CART5477 at checkout.

Here are some deals we spotted…

Carter's Kids Tees

Get Kids Tees as low as $2.99 shipped!

Carter's 3 Piece Sets

Get Carter’s 3-Piece Little Character Sets for only $6.60 shipped (regularly $22)!

5 Pack Bodysuits

Get Baby Girl and Baby Boy 5-Pack Bodysuits for only $7.80 shipped!

Kids Pull On Shorts

Get Kids Pull On Shorts for only $5 shipped (regularly $14)!

Valid through tomorrow, April 22, 2019.

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Woman with water tracker bottle

Daily Tracker Water Bottle for just $9.99 + shipping!

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Need a little push to drink more water each day? The deal on these cute daily tracker water bottles is back!!

Woman with water tracker bottle

Jane has these Daily Tracker Water Bottles for just $9.99 + shipping.

These BPA-free water bottles help motivate you to drink 64 ounces of water each day. There are three different styles to choose from.

Three styles of Water tracker bottles

Shipping is $3.99 for the first water bottle, and then $1.99 for each additional bottle shipped within the same order.

Shop right away, because it’s only valid today, April 22nd!

22 Apr 2019   ·   2

Mother’s Day Jewelry only $9.99 + shipping!

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Looking for a sweet Mother’s Day gift idea? These Custom Mama’s Necklaces would be perfect!

Jane has these Custom Mama’s Sweet Peas Necklaces for only $9.99 + shipping right now!

Choose up to 8 pearls for your necklace in an assortment of colors, plus either bronze, silver, or gold wiring.

You can also get these Mama Bird Wire Nest Necklaces for just $9.99 + shipping!

Choose up to 8 pearls for your necklace in an assortment of colors, plus either bronze, silver, or gold wiring.

These make great gift ideas for Mother’s Day, birthdays, and more.

22 Apr 2019   ·   0
Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat w/ 8 Instrument Settings

Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat only $31.99 shipped (Reg. $73!)

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Have a child who loves to dance? This Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat will provide hours of fun!

Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat w/ 8 Instrument Settings

Right now, you can get this Giant Piano Keyboard Playmat with 8 Instrument Settings for only $31.99 shipped when you use the promo code BCP4338 at checkout!

This is regularly $72.99 so this is a great deal!

Valid through April 30, 2019.

22 Apr 2019   ·   6
Free Customized Mother’s Day Card + FREE Delivery

Free Personalized Mother’s Day Card + Free Delivery!

Wow! This is such a RARE freebie! You can send a personalized Mother’s Day card for FREE!

Free Customized Mother’s Day Card + FREE Delivery

Through May 1st, Artifact Uprising is offering a FREE Personalized Mother’s Day Card! Plus, they will mail it for you completely free!

Your card will be delivered between May 8th and 11th.

This is a really rare deal so hurry and take advantage of it! Best of all, you can order up to 4 free cards!

Thanks, Hip2Save!