DealPro Blog RoundUp- 6/6
Smart Gifts for the High School Graduate
When I graduated, I remember being jealous of my friend who got a copy of Dr. Seuss' "Oh, the places you'll go!
Yes, it's a children's book, but it's profound. The past semester,
these kids have been worried about passing AP exams, getting a thick
envelope from their dream school, and trying not to roll their eyes
every time some well-meaning adult asks them what they're going to major
in. Give them an inspirational read to remind them of childhood and
potential. Or check out this list for more suggestions.Coupon Anatomy 101: Ever Wonder What the Parts of a Coupon Mean? Bar codes, legal terms, and terms, oh my! If you've ever been confused by looking at a coupon, this is the place for you.Has Couponing Changed? Long-Time Couponers and Deal Bloggers Weigh In
Remember the good ol' days when gas was below $4/gallon and you could
walk to school? Neither do I. For better or for worse, the coupon game
just isn't what it use to be. "Is this post for me?", you may be asking
yourself. 1.) Do you enjoy reminiscing? 2.) Have you been couponing for
years and wondering if you were only imagining the diminishing freebies?
If you answered yes to either of the above questions, read on to get
Pet Insurance: Do You Need It?
On a scale of one to ten, how invested are you in your pet? Is Fido a
glorified family member whose birthdays are celebrated once a year, or
is he basically a vagrant? If you can't imagine your heart going on and
on without your beloved fuzzy friend, you may want to invest a few spare
dollars towards his insurance fund.
How To: Make Produce Last Longer
If you've ever gone to the grocery store on a Sunday afternoon to stock
up on healthy food, only to spend the next three days eating out and
ordering in (or maybe that's just me...), learning how to make your
produce last is essential.
Recipe: Morning Orange Glory Smoothie Full
confession: I've been on a smoothie bender lately. Healthy, quick, and
allows me to skip taking a full lunch break? Sign me up! Unfortunately,
spending $7.50 on 24oz. of banana-rice milk goodness is starting to cut
into my coffee budget, which is just not okay. This recipe looks amazing
though, and it's a lot cheaper.
Recipe: Baked Zucchini Parmesean Bites
Back in high school, my Mom made a version of these, which was always a
hit with my friends. Quick and easy, this snack is a crowd-pleaser.
Recipe: Squash and Zucchini Casserole
If you only used half of the zucchini in the above recipe, fear not for
the waste! Finish off your supply of green veggies with this one.
Recipe: Dr. Pepper Cookes
With all that zucchini for dinner, you're allowed to indulge for
dessert, right? When I was growing up in the South, Coca-Cola cake was a
huge hit at
potlucks and church events; something about the bubbly soda made the
gooey chocolate cake melt in your mouth. These cookies made with Dr.
Pepper look equally yummy.
How To: Build Your Own "Sand" Box on the Cheap
Sandboxes for the little ones are all the rage these days, y'all. Or
cheaper alternative: consider stealing sand from the beach. Disclaimer
though: not sure if this is technically legal.
How To: Save Money on a Disneyland Vacation
I went to college a few exits shy of Disneyland, and the majority of my
friends had annual passes. Never underestimate how much the 18-22 year
old crowd loves Mickey. Since we lived so close, we made sure to eat
before arriving, and stopping at In n Out on the way home to grab a
quick bite. When you splurge on an annual pass, you don't have extra
money for things like churos, no matter how tasty the cinnamon smells.
Whether you're a college kid or a family of four, Disney joy comes at a
hefty price these days, so you'll want to save where you can. Read on to
prepare for your summer vacation.
Decorating a baby room on a budget
Bringing new life into the world isn't a cheap activity (or so I've
been told). Before you start crying about the cost of diapers, it's time
for the most important part of being pregnant- the decorating! Don't
let the baby industry take advantage of you- decorating a baby room on a
budget is not only doable, but fun!Over 20 Free and Cheap Activities for Your Kids and Family This Summer
Okay, so you went a little overboard on decorating the baby's room, and
now you've drained the summer vacation fund. Thankfully, our
handy-dandy DealPros The Thrifty Couple have composed a list of mostly
free activities to keep the family entertained.