Did you ever look at a jar and think, "That's worn out"? Glass objects, like many other things, simply don't "wear out." And even if they show a little wear, it's perfectly acceptable to use them anyway. This means that you can buy them already used. Why spend two dollars on the same jar that you can get for fifty cents or less, used?
So, last week we talked about how to keep ourselves healthy as
school starts again--but we didn't talk much about how to help keep
our children healthy as they begin a new school year. Today, let's
take advantage of the end of summer to discuss the ways we can
prevent illness as our children wander back into a
closed-environment full of germs! Here are four ways you can
encourage your child to stay healthy throughout the school year
without spending a dime!
Remind your children to wash their hands - In most
schools, sinks and antibacterial soap are readily available and
while teachers should encourage their students to wash their hands
after recesses and before lunchtime, that's not always possible.
I stayed home with my son for six weeks after he was born and then returned to work full time. Now that he is 4 years old those 6 weeks seem like a mere blip, but I clearly remember the days dragging when I was home alone with my brand new baby. I had never been off of work longer than a day or two prior to this except to travel, so staying at home was a new experience and not entirely comfortable.
I welcomed a return to work, but also worried if the financial benefits were worth the impact to my child.
Kids' birthday parties aren't always cheap, but they can be if you put
your mind to it. I just threw my son's fourth birthday party and it
went off without a hitch. I've learned a bit over the past couple of
years, and I feel satisfied that I was able to provide a fun party for
a reasonable amount of money this time around.
I'm not sure where I would be as a parent without books. Reading with my son has been a true sanity saver through difficult phases in our bedtime routine and in the midst of potty training. I am forever grateful to the clever authors out there who have helped me parent better during these trying times. Not only do many of these authors assist me in teaching my son about various concepts, but they do so with a sense of humor that helps me retain mine.
I learned many frugal tips and tricks from my mother during my childhood. She was a great teacher when it came to balancing a checkbook and comparison shopping. Shoes were her weak spot, though. I have clear memories of my Payless sneakers heating up and melting on the playground blacktop as a kid whenever it got hot out...it was neither comfortable nor a great deal, no matter how small the dollar amount.