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The Snacks That Give Back

Thanks to HouseParty I had the opportunity to learn more about Box Tops. Timg_4193o be honest I really never paid too much attention to them partially because I didn’t have a child in school yet. Now that my little one started school, I thought this party would be a perfect way to learn more about it. I am so grateful that I was chosen to participate, it gave me an opportunity to educate myself about the importance of Box Tops.

First off, I have to commend General Mills for creating a program that was designed to give back to our schools. They created the program to support education and benefit American schools. The program was doing so well that they expanded and included other brands such as Pillsbury, Old El Paso and Green Giant. As the program proved to be such a huge successful that they decided to add non-food brands to the program such as Ziplock, Hefty, Kleenex and Scott products. All of these expansions gave schools more opportunities to earn money while boosting sales of participating products. It is really a win-win for both schools and General Mills. Hopefully, they will continue to expand the list to add more brands. The more the merrier!


img_4200-1The next time you are browsing the store and can’t decide which brands to buy, maybe Box Tops will be the tie breaker. If you do purchase a Box Tops item, remember to clip it and set it aside. It’s as easy as 123! I get it, it’s really easy to forget but hey it’s okay! Whenever you remember to do so, save the Box Tops and eventually you will develop a habit. Maybe initially you will see it as a hassle, a waste of time, but don’t be discouraged. Donating Box Tops is like donating money to schools without breaking your bank account. They may only be worth ten cents, but eventually that ten cents becomes fifty cents, then a dollar and so on, those dollars and cents add up quickly. Think about every student bringing in a dollar each week or month, it adds up quickly!

Education is the key to our children’s future as well as ours, so why not help your local schools buy the things they need: books, computers, playground equipment and more. Be a part of a great cause, help improve our education system. Will you take that pledge? Will you help make a difference in children’s lives? Will you help make our future a little brighter? I know I will!

Check out these other awesome ways to save while helping:img_4396-1

Digital Coupons/Printable Coupons http://www.boxtops4education.com/coupons

Prime Pantry offers up to 20% savings which is an awesome perk!

Double the Cash for your school with the new bonus app:

In-Store Bonus Offers: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/in-store-offers                                                                                                                 img_4197-1

Collection Drive: http://www.boxtops4education.com/clipboard

Sweepstakes and Giveaways: http://www.boxtops4education.com/earn/bonus-winners

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How To Save Money On Groceries

Hey mamas, I don’t know about you but I love saving money, especially because you can use those extra funds towards vacations, birthdays, date nights or whatever you want. I save the most money on grocery shopping. I love looking for deals especially at local farmers markets for local honey, seasonal herbicide & pesticide free fruits, vegetables, pastured eggs, spices, herbs, etc. Try to get to know the farmers and vendors at the farmers market. The more they see you, the more likely they’ll give you a good deal or throw in some free fruit or veggies, plus you a gain new friend and help support your locals. Another tip is to go to the farmers market towards the end of the market because the farmers usually give you even more of a discount so they don’t have to pack up so much for their trip back home. As for shopping at a grocery store, I prefer shopping at Smith’s because they offer a fuel rewards system. You earn 1 fuel point for every $1 you spend, sometimes on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday you can earn 2x fuel points. Plus, you earn 2x fuel points on Gift Cards such as Amazon, Shell, Target, Starbucks, Home Depot, Disney, Kohls, Ihop, and more , No-Contract Wireless Phones and Airtime Cards (Excludes Smith Gift cards, Visa, American Express) . So if you think you are going to Target, Kohls, Home Depot, or Starbucks why not get a gift card from Smiths so you can use it like cash to get your double savings. On occasion Smiths will have 4x fuel point specials so you can rack more points. Once you rack at least 100 points you can redeem $.10 off per gallon, 200 points= $.20, & up to a 1000 points= $1.00 (35 gallon max limit) at any Smith’s Fuel Station or participating Shell Stations. I like racking up at least 1000 fuel points sogasoline I can get $1.00 off a gallon. I drive a big diesel truck so $35 off my fuel expense is a big deal. {FYI Smiths no longer allows you to rollover fuel points to the next month, so make sure to use it by the end of the next month that you accumulated your points in, otherwise you miss out on the savings.} Another plus is that Smith’s has an app for your phone so you can look at their weekly specials, download coupons, and even has a grocery list so you don’t forget what you need to buy or over buy things that are not on your list. As for cutting coupons, I don’t really do it as much anymore because it was too time consuming for me, and I noticed a lot of the products aren’t what I typically buy. Smiths will send me coupons based on the products that I buy like $2 off organic beef, $1 off cage free eggs and so on.  If you sign up in the Smiths community rewards program online a percentage of your purchases will go to your local charity or school. I generally spend about $50-$75 a week on groceries for my family of 5 because I buy a lot of herbicide/pesticide free fruits and vegetables, 2 kinds of proteins (we try to go meatless 2-3 times a week), grains, nuts, beans, healthy snacks and block of cheese. It might take a little time cooking your own meals but you will save money and you can feel good knowing that you are feeding your family quality meals from the best ingredients.

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