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Daughter's first job and Back To School Shopping

August 1st, 2013 at 01:50 pm

Well my kids funding came in for me and I saved $300 towards the cost of their summer camp this year. Four kids went. They had a blast and I enjoyed my free time organizing for back to school. My DH has decided to work there for her first job starting in September and she will be able to be there at camp the whole next summer as well as year round retreats. I'm so excited for her to be able to do a job she loves. The $300 saved will go towards back to school clothes. I'm pre-registering the other three kids for camp in September for 2014 and I will save $100 off the price. Camp is normally $294 a week, but planning ahead I can really save. I will pay a little each month and hopefully be paid in full by January. I'm already ahead for next year. I will save $294 for next year due to daughter working there.

I finished getting the basic school supplies mostly from dollar store and using my kmart shop your way rewards I saved up all year. I pre-purchased most of my giftcards for back to school shopping using swagbucks and the swagbuck gift cards I earned will be used towards clothing. I was most happy with my Old Navy deal. I got $76 worth of clothes for $46 with free shipping which was One pair of jeans and four shirts for daughter to start off her senior year. I had a 20% online coupon and earned a few swagbucks. I have a 20% coupon in the mail for Khols tomorrow. They are getting bought new jeans, but we will be going to thrift stores for shirts.

I found a few basic items on this website. Everything is under ten dollars or less. It's worth checking out!


Plannning a No spend weekend!

June 26th, 2013 at 10:14 am

Last weekend I kinda over did it in spending. I went to five and below got some cute weekender bags for the kids to use for pool and the ymca. I ended up getting nice speakers for my ipod and nice head phones for relaxing in bed. These items were so great for our needs I thought it was money well spent. Since I did this outside my budget, I decided have a no spend weekend for my family this weekend.I will be buying a few groceries for the meals this Friday. No more than $50-$70. I plan on fun family around the house this weekend and on demand movies and maybe swimming at local pool and doing a little family barbecue. I would greatly appreciate any ideas for fun around the house with my teenagers.

Kids Last Day of school 2013

June 11th, 2013 at 02:25 pm

The kids last day of school was June 1oth and they don't return until the end of August. My goal is to keep them content and happy this summer so I had to plan very carefully. My first expense was summer passes to the local pool. We are out of the borough so it cost my family $290. But I figured it would pay for itself if we went a total of 7 times. They have an awesome waterslide and good music playing. They also have mini golf,basketball and a bike and skateboard park. The food stand is kinda expensive but we will be sneaking in the snacks in our backpack to save cost of food we will be packing. It is open 12:30 to 8pm 7 days a week so we will be doing lots of swimming and getting in shape. My second expense for the summer is YMCA Memberships. It is costing us $14 a month for the whole family. I really want us to get in shape as a family and excersize is going to the big part of it. We will be using fitness centers and the pool. My last expense for summer is camp. And I know it is allot but the Christain camp is just what my kids need to be spiritually blessed and there is no price to compare with the joy that God gives them. TO send the kids to camp it is $294. for the week times 4 kids. I have asked for finacial help and it it comes through they may reduce $300 off the cost. I haven't heard anything yet but hopefully I will on July 3rd. My first child will be going next week. And she can't wait she is already packing. They have a week loaded with fun and the camp has pool and water splash park. And another thing I looked into for the kids is discounted movie theater days at the mall and local theater. If the $300 gets saved off the camp price I plan on using the $300 towards the kids getting some summer clothes. They all have grown and need bigger sizes but I plan on getting the most for the money but shopping at thrift stores and goodwills. But I will buy new for shoes. So here are my plans for my kids, what plans have you made for yours this summer break?