How To Prepare For Kindergarten

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How to Prepare Your Kindergartener For School

Where has the time gone? It feels like just yesterday you were changing diapers and now it’s time to send them off to school…it’s okay I’ll cry with you! This time can be overwhelming for a child so let’s prepare your kindergartener for school with these few tips:

  1.  Create a Routine – When school is about 3-4 weeks away start preparing your kindergartener by creating a routine. Start bedtime routines earlier and get your child in bed as if it were the school year. In addition, waken your child at the time your child will need to get up for school. You may even want to get your child eating lunch at the time s/he will be eating during the school year. There are some kids who eat an hour earlier or later depending on their after school programs.
  2. Readiness – Prepare your kindergartener for meeting new children, their teacher and what to expect when riding the bus as well as what is expected of them while at school. Consider reading books that talk about starting school. You can start with books like Kindergarten, Here I Come!, Kindergarten Rocks! by Katie Davis and a number of other books on Amazon.
  3.  Review – Over the coming weeks be sure to review what your kindergartener knows. For instance, recognizing letters, numbers, shapes and colors, writing their name, knowing their address, how to use scissors properly and review how to listen to others.
  4.  Riding the Bus – While some children have watched their brothers and sisters get on the school bus, some are hesitant about leaving home on the big yellow rectangle! Riding the bus can be a scary time for your children. Go over the rules of the bus…use inside voice when talking, sitting at all times, keeping hands to yourself, etc. If there are no assigned seats have your child sit up front with the bus driver!
  5.  Visit the School – Once the school is open for visitors, take a few trips up to school. Let your child explore the hallways, familiarize them with the bathroom and other areas of the school they will be expected to visit. You may even get them excited and play on the playground!
  6. Separation Issues – If your child has been by your side considering sending them off with other trustworthy adults prior to the start of school. Whether it is playing at the neighbors house, Grandma taking him to the movies or sending to a play date without you, it needs to be done…for you and your child!
  7. Create a Class Play date – In the instance your school offers a list of students in your child’s class prior to the start of school, consider calling the parents and inviting them to a play date. You can meet at a local park or even the school playground and let them children meet one another. This allows friendships to be made and a little easier than meeting strangers on the first day of school!
  8. Class Countdown – To get your child excited about starting school create a Class Countdown. This will show how many days are left before their big day arrives!

Allow your child to express his/her feelings. Let your big kid know that you are there to help them with whatever feelings they are facing and that every child heading back to school is a bit nervous, so those butterflies are completely normal!

Target Summer Toy Clearance 2015

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Target Toy Clearance is upon us!  These should be marked down 70-90% possibly starting tomorrow.

In previous years the summer toy clearance starts on the last Thursday of July.    Keep in mind that the employees will most likely be marking down the toys while the store is open.  Until they scan at least one of a particular item with their “special” scanner, the item will not show the new price at the in store price scanner.

Be patient with them.  Some associates will scan an item to check it for you.  SOME are not so nice and will not scan items till they reach that section.

This is a good time to head to your store and stock up for Christmas, your gift closet or even for Holiday donations.

Have you spotted any clearance worth noting?

5 Must Do Tips To Save On Road Trips

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By Contributing writer Jessica.

 

Summer is the unofficial travel season.  We recently returned from a trip to the mountains and we wanted to enjoy our trip while staying on budget. Here are some things I did to try and cut costs.road trip car

Budget/ Plan ahead
The quickest way for me to spend too much is not having a budget. I hate taking the time to plan everything out and add up projected expenses, but when I do I always find I spend less. Planning trips out ahead of time lets us set aside money monthly, as well as lets me gather things here and there for the trip instead of one big shopping trip right before we leave. Our local grocery store often offers $10 off a $50 gas gift card with a minimum grocery budget. I always try to take advantage of these deals and then set the gift cards aside for our trips.

Pack Snacks
I hate spending money on food – especially when it’s not even food I really want to eat. I try to pack tons of snacks to take with us to decrease our spending and our stops. I also find I feel much better when I eat healthy(ish) snacks from home instead of fast food. Some of the snacks we took with us included: yogurt covered raisins, dried cranberries, pretzels, goldfish, bananas, apples, individual peanut butter cups, nuts, trail mix, pouches, and grahams. These came in handy both during travel and also while we were out and about in the mountains.

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Bring Souvenirs from home
I always buy an ornament from any place I travel, but I try to limit what else I buy. My kids are young enough that they like things they see, but are just as happy if I produce a small trinket from my bag. I like to bring inexpensive new things for them to enjoy, both to make the trip seem shorter but also to cut down on the ‘gimmies.’ Stickers, blocks, balls, notepads, crayons, and books are big hits for my kids.

Research local favorites
If you were to come visit my city I have a small handful of places I would recommend you go. I love doing research and reading reviews so that I hit the places locals love. Often these places are cheaper than chain restaurants and attractions are better. One of the best meals we ate on this trip was a Mexican restaurant in the back of a small store. Had it not been recommended to us we never would have stopped there, but it was delicious. I spend time researching top attractions, restaurants and events for our destination, because there is nothing worse then spending money to be disappointed.  (Check out the list of over 50 US cities for staycation ideas and local recommendations)

Take advantage of free attractions
This goes hand in hand with research. Local parks, trails, beaches and monuments are often free or very inexpensive and offer entertainment as well as a look at the local environment. I loved hiking mountain trails to waterfalls and it was completely free. Depending on how far you travel, these kinds of places are also great stops to use as a mini-break from the car.

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Amazon Prime Day Deals and Items To Watch

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Amazon.com_ Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & moreAmazon’s Happy Prime Day is well under way and all day there will be new lightning deals.  You can bookmark this page to keep up with them.  Many of them are live now.

The great news is that you can still get a FREE 1-month Trial of Amazon Prime!

Here are a few items and remember they may sell out fast. I’m adding links as I see them.

Amazon.com_ Online Shopping for Electronics, Apparel, Computers, Books, DVDs & more

Kindle, $30 off (these are selling fast)

Fire HD 7, $60 off

Fire TV Stick, fastest selling Amazon device of all time, $15 off (Will let you know when it goes live)

Fire HD 7 Kids Edition, $60 off

Lord of the Rings Blu-ray Trilogy Extended Version $27. Live now!

32-inch LED TV, $75

40-inch 1080p LED TV, $115

Brand-name 32-inch Smart HDTV, under $200

50-inch 4K TV bundle, under $1000

 

Chromebook laptop, only $199

Over 50% off two Nikon COOLPIX cameras

Highly rated binoculars, under $120

Two security camera-kits, $279.99

K’NEX 2-in-1 Ferris Wheel Building Set (Amazon Exclusive), $35.99

K’NEX Crossfire Chaos Roller Coaster Building Set (Amazon Exclusive), $23.99

Playskool Heroes Transformers Rescue Bots Optimus Prime Figure (Amazon Exclusive), $9.99

iRobot Roomba Pet Vacuum Cleaning Robot, under $300

40 lightning deals on DVDs up to 75% off

Up to 50% off any of the Harry Potter books

Save more than 70% on the Divergent Series Complete Box Set of books

Amazon Echo $50 off (not yet live)

 

Welcome First Coast Living Viewers – School Supply Savings

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Welcome First Coast Living viewers! Back to school shopping doesn’t have to be stressful.  Some students will need to wait for specific school supply lists from each teacher but you can usually count on the basics like paper and pencils and buy those now.   I also like to keep art supplies like paint, paper and glue on hand for those school projects throughout the year.

For more details on what I talked about on the show, read these previous posts.

10 Ways to save money on back to school supplies

Rock bottom school supply prices guide

Target back to school shopping deals

Here are details of a Staples and Office Max purchase.  Look for deals at these stores and utilize Staples 110% price match guarantee.

Tax Free School Supply shopping details here.

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Happy Savings!

Nerf Sale Up To 50% Off Today Only

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If you need some Birthday gifts or just want to start stocking your gift closet, today is a great day to score some deals.  Today only, save up to 50% on select Nerf Blasters and Accessories.  This one-day offer is valid on July 13, 2015, or while supplies last. Discount is already included in the current Amazon.com price.

Check out the super soakers!  Always a hit during the summer.

Click here to see all the Nerf sale items here.

Target Back To School Supplies Coupons and More

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Target School Supplies

This week Target has started to roll out the school supply deals.  You can stack mfr coupons, Target coupons, mobile coupons and cartwheel discounts.  Today I took advantage of Up & Up (Target brand) items with the printable coupons, mobile coupon and cartwheel discounts.

Here is my transactions today:

Construction paper $4.49
Glue Sticks 12-pack $6.49
Highlighters 12-pack $6.49 (Extra 5% off on Cartwheel)
2 Pairs Scissors $2.99 each (Extra 5% off on Cartwheel)
Cap Erasers 25 count .57¢
2 Wood Pencil packages 8 count .54¢ each

2 Target coupons $2 off $10 Up & Up School Supply purchase
Target Mobile coupon, $5 Target gift card wyb $25 in school supplies (some exclusions apply)
Text SCHOOL to 827438 to get Mobile coupon

$15.47 plus tax (After Cartwheel, coupons and mobile coupon gift card)

Check out my Rock Bottom school supply prices guide and 10 ways to save on back to school supplies.

Rock Bottom School Supply Prices Guide

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School supply shopping can take a chunk out of your family budget.  In addition to my post 10 ways to save on back to school supplies, I thought I’d share rock bottom school supply prices.  These are prices I’ve seen in previous years and have already seen this year.

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Several things to keep in mind:

  • Some stores require a minimum in store purchase like $5, to get the .01¢ deals.
  • Stores usually have limits on how many you can buy at reduced prices
  • Some store will price match competitor stores
  • Brand name and store brand prices will vary
  • Combining a coupon with a store sale can result in free items
  • Keep a school supply closet with your deal items and shop from it throughout the year
  • Think about teacher donations, Christmas shoe box items and other donations when you spot a deal
  • Prices, coupons and deals may vary by location

Here are low prices from previous years:

  • Crayons 16-pack .25¢Crayons 25 pk .50¢
  • Ruler .25¢
  • Pencils 12pk $1.00
  • 1-Inch Binder $1.00
  • Scissors (Kids) .05¢
  • Markers 8pk .97¢
  • Glue sticks 2 ct .01¢
  • Glue 4oz .25¢
  • Pencil pouch .01¢
  • Folders, 3 Prong, 2 Pocket .10¢
  • 3×5 Index cards 100 ct  .01¢
  • Crayola Colored Pencils 12 ct .97¢
  • Pink Erasers 3 ct .01¢
  • Filler paper 120ct .75¢
  • 1 Inch binder $1.00
  • Manual pencil sharpener .01¢
  • Composition book .10¢
  • 16GB USB flash drive $5.99

Here are some of the deals I’ve already gotten this year.