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Homework Help with Dad

Now that school has started, you may be experience the dread of nightly homework.  These tips and ideas may help you get on track and schedule.

THREE MAIN TIPS:

  1. REWARDS for good behavior- Rewarding good behavior is just as important if not MORE important than punishment for bad behavior. Helping out around the house, playing nicely with their siblings, a good report card…all of these are examples of good behavior and should be rewarded. Make sure the child knows exactly why they are being rewarded, so that they’ll know that this is how they are expected to act.
  2. TIMEOUTS! –the secret to these is consistency and fairness. I would recommend giving a warning before a timeout, and if the bad behavior continues follow through EVERY TIME with the necessary time out. Empty threats teach children that sometimes they can get away with acting out
  3. CONSEQUENCES– if the child makes a mess THEY should be responsible for cleaning it up. You can help, or show/tell them how to do it. But it’s important that THEY take responsibility for THEIR actions.

 

Extra Tips for HAPPY children:

  • AFFIRM your child’s self-worth is based on the person he is, and not to compare himself to others
  • DEVELOP a mission statement for your family that focuses on- mind, body, heart, and spirit
  • Constantly remind your kids that you LOVE them just the way they are
  • GRADES are not a reflection of the type of person your child is; if your child is struggling in a subject get them the necessary help without making them feel stupid.
  • Have your kids teach YOU what they’re learning about (in school)
  • LISTEN to your children; give them your full attention and respond accordingly
  • CONTROL how much television your children watch; there’s no need for children to have access to television 24/7, especially younger children
  • Computers should be used for homework and other NECESSARY things on school nights. If children are spending a great deal of time on the computer for fun activities, it’s a hard habit to change.  Limit fun time for  after homework completion rewards or weekends only.

Adapted from Stephen Covey 7 Habits

Mr. Cameraman (a.k.a as my dear husband Mike) was a 7 Habits class facilitator and our kids were required to read 7 Habits of Highly effective Teens in school last year.  The principles Stephen Covey conveys will enhance your life and relationships.  It is worth applying his habits.

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freeze yogurt

Great deals on yogurt are awesome and it’s worth stocking up.  But it is dairy and certainly has an expiration date.    When buying yogurt (or any dairy for that matter) checking the expiration dates and purchasing the product with the longest expiration will give extra time to use up the products.  But then what?    The best solution — freeze the yogurt cups!

Search the Free Coupon Finder for yogurt coupons!

Amy wrote and said ~

I was going through my fridge (and coupons) and realized that I have a TON Activia 4 packs that I got free the past couple weeks at Target and have coupons for realllllly cheap ($.50) YoBaby 4 packs that are on Price Cut this week…..so I will stock up. But the expiry dates are only 1 month or so out (MAX), and I would hate to pass up, or have the products go to waste. So I was looking into freezing them and found a great post and thought I would share, and your readers may like it too!!

 

Officially, this what the manufacturers like Stoneyfield and Dannon say:

Does freezing yogurt destroy or alter the effectiveness of the live cultures?
You can freeze a cup of yogurt. A cup of yogurt that has been frozen and thawed will have a different look and texture than fresh yogurt. The cultures become dormant when frozen, but once thawed either in the refrigerator or by your body heat when ingested; they will become live and active once again. There will be a few cultures that do die, but there are so many billions in our products, that it is truly insignificant.

Can DANNON Yogurt Be Frozen? It’s okay to freeze yogurt overnight to pack in a lunch for the following day. However, it won’t be as smooth and creamy as yogurt fresh from the refrigerator. The yogurt may undergo some changes in texture and/or taste. Because some individuals do not find these changes to their liking, it is recommended that you “test freeze” a couple of tablespoons in a small cup before freezing a large quantity. When freezing DANNON Fruit-on-the-Bottom Yogurt, be sure to stir before freezing for the best results.

So that’s good news, many of the cultures come back to life. ZOMBIE YOGURT.

how to freeze yogurt

And I found a tip for those small kids cups of yogurt, stab a Popsicle stick through the top before you freeze it and you’ll have a frozen yogurt Popsicle for the kids!

The main concern I found when reading up on the subject was that plain yogurt and the like tend to separate, though they can be stirred, and tasting it with a spoon may make it apparent it was frozen previously, using it in a recipe would make it not as noticeable.  HOWEVER I think most people are referring to the fruit and sweetened type of yogurt and those are much more stable when frozen and/or thawed.

We’ve had great success freezing cups of yogurt and Go-Gurts, and nothing I’ve found suggests that freezing doesn’t extend the expiration date.

Remember, your household freezer doesn’t keep stuff good as long as a “deep freeze” or a freezer that is only rarely opened. Temperatures are maintained when the door is nearly always shut and the food stays good longer.

So that’s about it. I love feeding my family yogurt because it is so healthy for our “gut” and keeps life moving “regularly”. It is a really good snack too!

Amy is a stay-at-home mom in Sunny So Cal with her wonderful husband, one amazing son and 2 small dogs. She loves saving money with coupons and pays it forward by teaching classes on how to use coupons the RIGHT way!

Find yogurt coupons in the Free Coupon Finder!

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Do you have a great tip or idea you would like to share with the Tip Resource readers?
Please contact me and share your ideas! 

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So, I have to tell you about a legitimate way to earn gift cards while you are out and about shopping.  Shopkick is not new but I recently started using it so I can earn gift cards to a couple of store (Target and Starbucks are my 2 favorites).

There are not many app where  you can truly earn cash that are real and easy to use!  Shopkick is one of the few I have found.  It is super easy and my kids are old enough to use it too!

You can earn $5 in a week without a purchase. First, download the Shopkick app, turn on bluetooth. When you walk in to the store, or sometime near by with the bluetooth on you will get “kicks” (points).

You can scan the products listed in the app for that store for more “kicks” and there is no purchase necessary. It seems on the weekend the “kicks” value are higher. Plus earn for online shopping too.   If you purchase items on the list, submit your receipt for more “kicks”.

It’s SO simple to redeem your rewards for a gift card! The app lets you know you have a reward ready and once you have 500 “kicks” you can redeem $2 gift card. However, I wait for 1250 “kicks” to get the $5 gift cards. Weekly I get a $5 gift card.

There are many places to get your gift cards from:  Walmart, Starbucks, Eagle Outfitters, Lowes, Target, Ebay, Cheesecake Factory, Gamestop, Old Navy, Itunes and more.

Sign up here for Shopkick & start earning your gift cards! 

 

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You will love this video that I found tonight!

It is one of the very first shopping trips that Mr. Cameraman filmed. We had so much fun going to the store and doing this trip.  He found his love for filming because of our shopping and couponing.   $370 worth of groceries for under $1 — what fun days!!

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It Pays to Ask for Discounts

9:38 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

How to Ask for Discounts

Most of us have heard that there’s no such thing as a stupid question. This same statement applies to saving money, too. Shoppers can acquire unannounced or unadvertised discounts simply by asking.

The following types of retailers offer discounts at checkout: restaurants, clothing stores, craft stores, automotive stores, department stores, entertainment stores, and home improvement stores. And sometimes even a smile and a question about discounts or deals could net you 10 percent off your purchase.

Yes, you read that correctly. Store cashiers are often authorized to give up to a 10 percent reduction simply when requested by a customer.

Some retailers have also set aside special discount days, some of which are unadvertised or unscheduled. Here are some examples of the discounts that can easily be found and qualified for: AARP, AAA, military, first responders, teachers, students, contractors and seniors. Because some people might get offended (for instance, with a senior discount), not every cashier will mention the discounts. So don’t be afraid to ask about a discount.

When asking for your discount, keep these questions in mind:

• Does your store have any discounts or coupon codes?

• Do you have any coupons available that I might not know about?

• Is there a way I can qualify for a 10 percent discount?

If you ask for extra savings, you might be surprised by how many you receive.

By Jen Freeman
Published in New Mexico Marketplace Nov 2017 edition
Albuquerque’s Best Shopping Source to Find What you Need   

 

 

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What’s best to buy in December?

1:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in December?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items to get the very best deals or what’s on clearance each month? I have compiled a list of “when is it best to buy” certain items. This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically. And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself. My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

 

What’s Best To Buy In December:

Holiday Dinner sales, look for: eggnog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, and marshmallows.

Baking sales, look for: flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, breads, pie crust, marshmallow, whipped cream, canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, and spaghetti sauce.

Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off. After-Christmas sales are the time to stock up on Christmas decorations, wrap, and gift tags, toys, electronics, and new model cars.

Seasonal Produce: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips

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