Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spending Less on Big Events with ScoreBig.com

We don't always get out and about with the kids, but when we do -- we like to spend the day having really BIG fun!  As you can imagine, attending any museum, sporting event, or theme park costs my family at least $100; there are 7 of us in total!

I've been able to save quite a bit of money on these types of day trips throughout the years, both by using things like homeschooler discount programs and shopping way in advance.  I've just discovered -- and used successfully-- another way to save called ScoreBig.com

ScoreBig is a shopping site that lets you buy tickets for events in your area and save on the total ticket price by making an offer. (You can choose the seats you want, so everyone sits together.) In my case, I loaded my cart with 6 tickets to the LegoLand Discovery Center in Kansas City, MO (a destination on our next family vacation to-do list) and I made an offer based on what we could afford.  I was asked to enter all of my payment and shipping info, because -- if the site accepted my offer -- my tickets would be automatically purchased.  I submitted my offer and crossed my finger: my offer was accepted!

We saved on the cost of our next family vacation, and the tickets were shipped to my door via Fedex. (I had to sign for the package.) Shipping was free, and there were no additional fees. These particular tickets are good for any day from now until the end of March 2015, but some tickets you may buy are for one day events, etc.

If you are looking to attend a concert, museum, baseball game, or your closest LegoLand Discovery Center, I'd recommend checking this site first to see what's available! 

*Promo code was received to try and review the service. Opinions are 100% our own.

Monday, April 21, 2014

Free Trial of Kiwi Crate (My Jumping Frogs)

If you're already wondering what you'll do with all that free time when the kids get out of school, we have a fun offer to share with you!

Try Kiwi Crate for free! Enjoy a free sample-size project from one of their most popular crates! Only $3.95 shipping. You will be automatically enrolled in a Kiwi Crate monthly subscription*, and may cancel at anytime.

Your free trial includes: My Jumping Frogs Build a log launcher and decorate leaping frogs. Play a game to see who can land the most frogs in the pond! Learn about the amazing creatures that roam the Rainforest in their explore! magazine.

  • All the materials to build your log launcher 
  • Set of 6 crayons to decorate your frogs 
  • 2 felt sheets to create your Rainforest ponds 
  • 16 page explore! magazine filled with kid-friendly recipes, puzzles and a bonus project 

NOTE: This is a sample crate. My Jumping Frogs is one of two projects from their popular Rainforest crate. Your free trial project will ship within two business days. You will have 14 days after your trial project ships to cancel your subscription. If you choose to not cancel, you will be charged 19.95/month (see our FAQs for details) and receive 2-3 new projects per month with your Kiwi Crate monthly subscription. You may cancel at any time. Offer only available to U.S. residents. Affiliate links have been used.

Friday, April 18, 2014

Now, Everyone Can Afford Organic!

I have loved the idea of eating more organic, even before I visited the first Wild Oats store to hit Nebraska many years ago.  And while the Wild Oats franchise has changed somewhat since those days, my desire to feed my family better -- and while keeping within my budget -- hasn't.

I'm so excited to announce that the Wild Oats brand is hitting Walmart store shelves as an affordable option for families who want to introduce organics into their diet, or who already buy organic but want to save some major money.

How much can you save with Walmart's new organics offerings?  A significant amount.

Take, for example, a 6 oz. can of organic tomato paste.  You can expect to pay around $.98 for this at other stores and under other brand names.  The Walmart price, however, is just $.58 -- or a difference of 41% in price!  This is just one example of an item that we use in our household and that we are excited to switch over to certified organic (now that it's almost the same price as conventional tomato paste.)  Other items to be sold include pasta sauce, salsa, spices, applesauce, skillet meals, and more!

And if organic isn't the only factor that you consider when buying food, you'll be pleased to know that, in addition to being USDA-certified organic, Wild Oats lists 125 “no-nos” that it refuses to include in its products—things like artificial sweeteners, artificial preservatives, hydrogenated fats and more.

Learn more about all the things offered by the Wild Oats brand at their website! (And be sure to look for the products in the line being placed on Walmart store shelves over the next few months.)  You can also learn more about Walmart's role in bringing affordable organics to shoppers at their website.  Items are starting to be available for sale online, as well!

As a participant in the Walmart Moms Program, I've received compensation for my time and efforts in creating this post. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Affiliate links may have been used.

Celebrate the Loomy Awards and Enter to Win a Loom Boom!

You've heard of the Emmy's, Grammy's, and Oscars, but what about the Loomy's?

The makers of the Original Loom Boom, a very cool new organizational product for all of those rubber band loom bracelets your kids wear -- and leave all over the house -- have sponsored a new award called The Loomy Awards.  Entrants simply enter their best creation to the contest in one of several categories.  Winners will receive one of (3) $250 gift cards, and a grand prize winner will get a $500 gift card!  You can get started submitting your creation at the contest page.  Winners will be announced via a live web show at a later date.

If you're not familiar with the Loom Boom, the clever little gadget lets you store, display, and transport up to 40 creations in any order you please!  (Giving you another way to get creative with your creations!)  I love that they come in a number of colors (suitable for boys and girls), as well as they are made in the USA!

We are having our own giveaway here on the blog, and you can win a Loom Boom for your family!

Wanna Win? To be entered to win, just comment on how you store your bracelets currently.  You have until April 30th at 11:59 pm CST to get your entries in. One entry per person.  Open to U.S. residents ages 18+.

*Sample Loom Boom received. Opinions are 100% my own.