Posted at 8:00 AM on Mar 25, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
I have written an article on Food Co-Ops in the past, but many of you asked for more information on the benefits.
I shop at a Food Co-Op for one main reason. Cheaper and healthier products for my family. I tend to waver on the line of half organic and half ‘regular’ foods. If my budget allowed it, I would shop entirely organic. Unfortunately, that is not the case right now.
Here is how the process works:
- I shop through an email food co-op. What does that mean?
- I get an email from the Food Co-Op with the catalogues and lists from the month.
- I email out what I want, and submit the payment for it via snail mail.
- I then pick it up at the designated pick up spot.
It is very easy and it doesn’t take a lot of extra time out of my day.
Here are my MUST BUY 16 items that I buy almost every month:
- Organic Jasmine Brown Rice – $1.00 per lb
- Organic Quinoa
- Raw Honey
- Cup for Cup Gluten Free Flour $3.00 per lb (This is a CRAZY good price!)
- Organic Raisins
- Dried Cranberries
- Gluten Free elbow pasta (I like the Tinkyada brand)
- Organic Popcorn
- Coconut Oil
- Almond Flour
- Coconut Flour
- Sea Salt
- Natural Peanut Butter
- Braggs (kind of like a gluten-free soy sauce)
- Pure Maple Syrup
After I mail out my check and pick up my products, I get them into air tight jars at home.
Here is what they look like when I get them home. You can see how the items are packaged. Some of the items are in their original packages, and others you can tell were purchased in bulk and then re-packaged for me in the sizes I need.
I use large Ball Canning jars for my popcorn, raisins, and cranberries. For the rice and quinoa I use these glass jars from Walmart. They start at just $5.00 each! I like to use plastic containers for my flour, this Sistema container is my favorite for flour storage.
I typically set aside $25.00 per month to spend on my co-op. This normally gets us exactly what we need!
To learn more about how you can join a Food Co-Op, learn more about what does co-op mean?
What are some of your favorite foods to buy at a food co-op?
Posted at 11:53 AM on Mar 24, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: caitlin aldridge
Diapers can be so expensive, so I’ve found 10 ways to get free diapers! When my daughters were 0 and 21 months old, I felt like I was spending most of my income on diapers. Then I found some unique ways to save more money on them.
Here are 10 ways that you can get free diapers:
1.) Sign up for Amazon mom and refer your friends. For every referral you make, who signs up and makes a purchase, you get $10.00 in Amazon credit. Use that credit to purchase diapers for free!
2.) Sign up for at home research and survey companies. Many of these allow you to try out the newest diapers for free, then pay you for your time when give your feedback. You can see my favorite 10 favorite survey sites to make extra money.
3.) Email the diaper companies directly and ask if they have any coupons. This happened more commonly a few years ago, but if it’s worth a shot.
4.) Sign up for Pampers Rewards. Enter the codes from your wipes and/or diaper packages and get coupons for free diapers when you reach a certain number of points.
5.) Sign up for Huggies Enjoy the Rewards program. Simply by entering in the codes from your diaper packages you can get coupons and other promotions for diapers.
6.) Ask for free samples. Just keep in mind that some of the free sample programs are actually programs you have to sign up for, make sure you read the fine print before signing up.
- Honest Company – They will send you 7 diapers and a couple of wipes to try out!
- EverydayHappy – get a free sample kit.
8.) Refer friends to Diapers.com – You get $5.00 for every friend that signs up and uses your personal referral code. (My code is LAUR142790 just in case you wanted to use mine!)
10.) Shop using Shop Your Way. By purchasing your everyday items at Shop Your Way, you can earn cash back to use on future purchases. Buy items that give you cash back and then use that cash back to purchase your diapers for free! Want to learn more about Shop Your Way – read my post about how to shop using Shop Your Way.
Being a mom of four children, I can totally relate to the money that you can spend on diapers. When I had the two in diapers, and it was SO expensive! But think about this – you can always use cloth diapers right?
Posted at 9:53 AM on Mar 24, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
One of our favorite things to do in the summer is go to the $1.00 movies at Regal Theaters! Here is the newest schedule for 2015 – I am most excited about Annie!
Admission to the Summer Movie Express is only $1.00. Tickets are available for purchase at the box office and all movies start at 10:00 am. A portion of the proceeds goes to the Will Rogers Institute.
Check with your local Regal Theatre for start date.
Here is the 2015 schedule:
- Week 1
- Week 2
Earth to Echo
- Week 3
- Week 4
How To Train Your Dragon 2
- Week 5
Mr. Peabody & Sherman
The Book of Life
- Week 6
Night at the Museum: Secret of the Tomb
Penguins of Madagascar
- Week 7
The Lego Movie
Dolphin Tale 2
- Week 8
Muppets Most Wanted
Alexander and the Very Bad Day
- Week 9
Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles
The SpongeBob Movie
Posted at 2:39 PM on Mar 23, 2015 by I am THAT Lady: Lauren
Parenting is tough work – especially when it comes to teaching your kids about money. Kids Wealth would have been a blessing to my parents, I just know it!
In today’s society, our children are part of the “get it now” generation. They see something, and they want it. As parents, we are all too familiar with that battle.
“Mommy! I want that toy, can you puuleeeesse get it for me?” Does that sound familiar to you?
Teachers in this country, both public and private, are good at what they do and have their hands full just trying to get through curriculum for the core subjects. And unfortunately, teaching financial responsibility isn’t one of those subjects. That makes it something that rests squarely on the shoulders of the parents. But when parents are having trouble managing finances themselves, teaching their children smart financial choices can be daunting.
We couldn’t find a perfect curriculum out there that helps teach your kids about money, until we found out about Kid’s Wealth.
What is Kid’s Wealth? Is it a money program that is based on paying your child a month income called “Kid’s Pay.” The Kid’s Pay amount is calculated based on what you are currently spending on your child’s wants per month. You can choose to make your kids work for their income, or give it as more of an allowance.
We had been using another children’s money program, but honestly it wasn’t enough for our kids. They thrive on structure, and the books and materials that come with the Kids Wealth program will be perfect for them! The three older ones are 4, 5, and 9; making this the perfect financial program for all three of them.
We opened up the boxes and they were all so excited! The colorful packaging makes it really fun and engaging. The fact that they included stickers, made my four year old so excited!
When talking about this new system with our nine-year old, he was excited because that meant that we wouldn’t forget to pay him every week (we are guilty of that!) and he gets to have a big sum of money at one time.
We are still undecided how much money we will give them, because we don’t spend too much on them outside of clothes and groceries. And we are also restructuring their chore list to try and make their “income” line up with the work that they do. We will have to see how than pans out over the next six moths.
Here is what is included in the Kid’s Wealth Kid:
This is all of it laid out on the table – it even comes with stickers!
The Kid’s Guide – Includes a tracker for each of the five categories.
Calendar: The helps your child keep track of their progress. You are giving stickers so they can mark their ‘Kid’s Payday’ on the calendar.
Kid’s Agreement: This is my favorite part of the entire program! You and your child sit down and agree on the ‘Kid’s Pay’, then you decide on an allocation. You both will sign the agreement and post it in a visible location.
Game Tracker: This is a fun way to get your kids involved in the characters. The Kid’s Wealth Characters will help keep your child motivated. It teaches them about counting, monetary value and so much more!
Here is how it works:
1.) You pay your kids 1/2 of what you might normally spend on them every month. That includes categories like allowance, books, computer games, restaurants, toys, spending money, video games, giving etc. The goal is to help your child to make their own decisions (with your guidance) about where their money goes.
2.) You help them allocate that money into 5 different categories. Wealth, Plan, Learn, and Fun, and Angel. Basically, those accounts are for investing, setting a financial goal, educational purposes, fun things, and donations.
3.) Use the provided materials in the kit. The Calendar, Kids’ Guide, Parent’s Guide, and Game Tracker make it very fun for your child to be involved.
We’ve tried many financial programs for our kids, and we have yet to be successful in teaching them investing and donating. They ‘know’ they should donate, but it would be great if they WANTED to donate. I also have never seen a kids curriculum that has investing as part of the program, so we are VERY excited about that part!
Over the next six months, I wanted to walk you through our experience trying out the Kid’s Wealth program. We plan on using this curriculum and seeing how it works.
If you have been wanting to try out a program to help teach your kids, come and follow along with us on our journey!
Disclosure: I am blogging as part of the Kids Wealth Ambassador Program. All opinions are my own and I am very eager to see how this works for my children.