Archives for June 2010

Rite Aid’s Wellness Rewards

Rite Aid

Are you a Rite Aid shopper? I’m partial to CVS myself, but that’s because there are so many stores close to my house. I am tempted to start doing The Drugstore Game at Rite Aid, though, because of their new Wellness Rewards program. It’s a card that gives you 20% off your non-prescription purchases, basically all the shampoo, toothpaste, make-up, and other Drugstore Game purchases you make, and that’s 20% in addition to your coupons and deals. Just click the banner above* to sign up, and you’ll also be sent $50 of coupons to use in-store.

If you’re new to The Drugstore Game, check out Cathy’s starter transactions for Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS each week over at Chief Family Officer. She outlines easy transactions at the beginning of each week to help beginners get started.

*Disclosure: This banner/link is served by Logical Media, of which I am an affiliate.

Kids Workshop at Home Depot–Periscope

This Saturday, July 3rd kids can make a Periscope between 9:00am-Noon at The Home Depot. You’ll need to check with your local store for participation, but you can show up anytime during the workshop time. Projects are for ages 5-12 and are on the first Saturday of each month.

My son went for the first time in January and was excited to get the same treatment as at Lowe’s; kids receive an apron, a badge for completing their project, and a certificate. What a great FREE program!

Easy Lunchboxes Giveaway

Packing lunches in the summer? Of course! It’s one of the best ways to save money on your outings to parks, the beach, museums, and more. Now that we’re at the pool every day, it’s easy to succumb to the lure of pizza delivery (poolside!), but that’s not healthy for my family or for my budget. I’m challenging myself to pack lunches, snacks, and dinners to keep us on track.

Easy Lunchboxes sent me a set of four food containers and a lunch bag for review, and I love them! They’re made from non-toxic, food-safe, polypropylene (plastic #5), so they’re a completely Green Lunch Box with no BPA or pthalates to worry about. This is a great way to go green in your kitchen and stop using ziplocs and other baggies for individual-sized portions of snacks and lunch foods. I can portion out applesauce, canned pineapple, or yogurt for my kids from a larger container, saving money and packaging. Easy Lunchboxes was created by Kelly Lester and her desire to send her daughters to school with simple, healthy food, with little-to-no extra packaging or ingredients.

I’m finding these eco-friendly lunch boxes so easy to pack! The storage containers are also safe to refrigerate, microwave, freeze, and put in the dishwasher. A pack of four containers is just $13.95, and a lunch bag is $7.95. Kelly is offering FREE shipping on orders over $50, so consider ordering with a couple of friends to get FREE shipping. One note–three of the containers fit in the cooler with no room to spare. My plan for the school year is to pack my son’s one container along with an ice pack, thermos, juice box, or any other items.

One of my favorite parts of Kelly’s website is the Gallery of healthy lunch ideas. Take a look at the photos of creative solutions to “sandwich boredom,” and see how many moms dress up last night’s leftovers for a whole new lunch. My son and I found all kinds of yummy ideas, so now he’s excited to use EasyLunchboxes next year at school.
Good news–One MoneywiseMoms reader will win a set of four Food Containers and Lunch Bag in their choice of color! You have several ways to enter the giveaway, and you’ll need to leave a separate comment for EACH entry:

  • Tell me how you would use the Easy Lunchboxes System this summer.
  • “Like” Moneywise Moms on Facebook. If you already have, just say so.
  • “Like” EasyLunchboxes on Facebook. You’ll see lots of great comments there from moms who love the system.
  • Follow Moneywise Moms on Twitter. Then tweet the following (you can just cut & paste): Enter the @EasyLunchboxes #giveaway from @moneywisemoms for your summer outings  then leave the link to your tweet.

This giveaway is open to US/Canadian residents only and ends Monday, July 5th at 10:00pm EST, when I’ll choose the winner using EasyLunchboxes reserves the right to disqualify a winner if they have won or received free product from them in the past three months. *Update: This giveaway is closed! The winner was Krista.

Please remember to leave your email address if you don’t have one in your online profile–I’ve had trouble contacting the last few contest winners! If you are reading this post in an email subscription, you’ll need to click over to Moneywise Moms to leave comments at the bottom of the post.

Disclosure: I received one EasyLunchboxes System (four-pack of food containers and one Lunch Bag) from EasyLunchboxes, who is also providing the prize for this giveaway. All opinions are my own.

Adjustment Week

I’m watching this out my back window right now…
It’s a week of adjustment for me, in many ways. This is our first full summer vacation week, so I’m giving the kids a loose schedule based around all the swim meets, practices, and fun swimming we’re doing. I’m trying to squeeze in chores, errands, outings, downtime, etc. but trying to be realistic too. I’m all about avoiding housework to play with my kids, but still–it does need to get done or things get gross. And oh, yeah, blogging too.
It’s been enough weeks that I’m now convinced that the gluten-free diet is making a big difference. Not to get TMI on you, but my system is the best it’s ever been (and we’ll leave it at that). My stomach doesn’t look pregnant, all bloated as it used to, and my pants fit for the first time in months. With this realization, however, has come a little depression and frustration. We had a rough time Saturday when I hurt my foot and needed to go get an x-ray; after three hours we ran through a fast food drive-thru and there was NOTHING I could eat, and obviously I couldn’t have planned ahead for that. So there’s still a learning curve, but I so appreciate all the tips you’ve left me in the Comments about how to eat GF.
At the end of the week, I’m moving the blog from the Blogger platform to WordPress, and I’m not sure how twonky things will get, so I hope you’ll bear with me. I’m excited about the design changes and all the WP plug-ins that should make things easier on this end. In the meantime, I’ll do my best to keep up (it’s hard being on the computer with the kids home!).
What’s happening at your house this week?

Friday Finds 6/25

It’s my son’s first day of summer vacation–finally! He wanted to sleep late but was at the pool at 8:00am instead. This is my new life as Swim Mom, and one of the reasons I haven’t been on the computer as much (I’m missing some posts this week), and now we have houseguests so I’m trying to stay offline. But here are a few goodies I’ve seen this week:

  • Many readers came to my rescue yesterday and suggested some easy GF Lunches. Be sure and read through the comments to see all the great ideas they’ve shared.
  • When I can squeeze in some crafting time, I’d love to use my leftover 2×4 blocks into a cute 4th of July Flag (from HowDoesShe). It’s going to be interesting finding “me” time with all three kids home.
  • Register (or re-register) at and print two $2.50 off Luvs coupons (from BabyCheapskate).
  • IKEA is offering FREE Kids Meals through July 5th for kids under 12. Check with your local IKEA for participation (from MrsMoneysaver). IKEA is one of our favorite places to go on super-hot or stormy days. The kids play in Smaland, we check out all the colors, textures, etc. in the store, and then we have a $1 frozen yogurt.

It’s been a while since I’ve done a giveaway. Sound like a good idea for tomorrow?

30% at Old Navy Online

You can get 30% off everything at when you use coupon code ONBIG30. This sale runs through Tuesday, June 29th at midnight, and it works on everything! Shipping is a flat rate $7 no matter the size of your order.

If you’re planning ahead for next year, take a look at their School Uniform offerings, which are already better prices than the uniform companies charge, then you can take the additional 30% off. Girls’ and Boys’ tops and shirts run $6-9, and girls twill pants are about $10. Boys’ khakis are also around $10. 
The code works on‘s clearance/sale items, too, so take a look, and let me know what you find!

When you shop at OldNavy or anywhere online, I hope you’re shopping smart. Shop through a portal like Ebates to earn cashback on your online purchases. It’s easy:

  1. Login to your Ebates account and enter Old Navy into the search window.
  2. Click on “Shop Now” to open a tracking ticket; that’s how Ebates keeps track of your cashback during the sale.
  3. Do your shopping: remember to use code ONBIG30 to get 30% off and complete your purchase.
  4. By tomorrow, you’ll see your 2% cashback posted to your Ebates account, and if you ordered more than $20 before the coupon code, you’ll also get your $5 Cash Bonus as a new Ebates shopper.
*You’ll earn $5 in your account and so will I, when you make a purchase of $20 within 90 days as a new sign-up. Thanks for supporting MoneywiseMoms!

Eating Gluten Free: Lunches

This is a series of posts designed to help those of you eating gluten-free, or feeding gluten-free kids. If you missed the earlier posts, read about GF Breakfasts, GF Dinners and Frugal Shopping Tips.

As much as dinners were an easy transition for me on the gluten-free diet, lunches have been the most challenging. More often than not, we are coming in the door from a morning out, and I need something quick. This is hard enough to do when you’re not watching what you eat, but this has really stumped me!

I’ve taken to saving a bowlful of each dinner the night before, just so there are some leftovers for me to quickly heat up. If there’s time, I can make an omelet or scramble some eggs with sauteed vegetables, but I’m getting tired of having eggs all the time. Often, I’ll make the girls sandwiches, and I’ll just eat the insides without the bread.

If I’m feeling very ambitious, I’ll make a huge salad. Here’s my Greek Salad with chickpeas, artichoke hearts, olives, Feta cheese along with the usual Romaine, cucumbers and tomato. If there’s leftover chicken from a previous dinner, I can throw that on top. Yum!

But most days, I’m not this ambitious. Sometimes I end up snacking on vegetables, cheese, etc. and just hanging on until dinner. I can really use your ideas on this one…

Help! What suggestions do you have for GF lunches?

Image courtesy of Whatsername?

Half-Price Tickets to Philly’s Please Touch Museum

I’ve been checking those Deal-of-the-Day sites for some of our favorite places so we can plan summer day trips and excursions with guests who are visiting. Today, Living Social* has 1/2-price tickets to one of our favorites, the Please Touch Museum in Philadelphia. It’s a children’s museum, but kicked up a notch, and it’s the kind of place my husband and I would have gone to even before we had kids. There’s a lot of science mixed in with the exhibits, and there’s plenty to do for older kids and adults. My younger twins loved the role playing areas–the restaurant, grocery store, etc., while my son (and husband) could have spent all day experimenting with water in the River Adventure. The cost is the only reason we haven’t gone back; it’s $15 per person over age 1, and the carousel is $3/ride. Parking in Fairmount Park is free.

Today only–Wednesday, you can buy a Please Touch admission ticket that includes a carousel ride for just $9.00, and the limit is one per person per visit (which I think means you just have to have each person with a voucher get in line separately). Head over to Living Social, then change the city to Philadelphia, to purchase your ticket(s).

*Disclosure: I am an affiliate for Living Social.

10 Creative Uses for Free Address Labels

Vistaprint has a great offer right now–140 FREE Address Labels and you only pay a little over $3.00 for shipping. There are hundreds of graphics and designs to choose from, so you can personalize them any way you’d like. If you don’t need return address labels right now, here are 10 ideas on how to use them more creatively:

  1. This book belongs to…Personalize a set of book labels for your child or for someone else as a thrifty gift.
  2. Homemade by…If you’re canning fruit this summer or gifting baked goods, add a personalized sticker for a special touch.
  3. The ___ Family. As you’re heading to summer potlucks and picnics, mark your bowls, platters and serving spoons with a label so you can retrieve your items later. I’ve also used these on DVDs and other items that we lend to friends and neighbors.
  4. Gift Tags. Make a set of personalized gift tags to use on gifts throughout the year or with a holiday theme for later. You can also choose a holiday image and write a simple greeting (like Thank You!), then stick the labels on cardstock or small gifties.
  5. We’ve Moved. Make a set of new address labels to give as a housewarming gift. They’ll appreciate it!
  6. Raffle Ticket Info…Our school does a silent auction once a year where you have to have your name and phone number on all the tickets, which is tough to do by hand when you’re trying to watch three kids in a crowd.  If I have the stickers handy, I can have the kids help me stick them on the backs of the tickets.
  7. For your Organization. My MOMS Club loves ordering these freebies so we have stickers and labels for fundraisers and events where we’re promoting our club.
  8. Consignment Sale Tags. Before we went to a computerized tagging system, my twins club sale required index cards as each item’s tag, along with our last name. A set of sticky labels would have saved time!
  9. Your Child’s Name. Look at my cute apple labels! Kids (and silly moms) want to stick their name on everything. My son loves sticking his name on notebooks, artwork, and envelopes with notes for friends. These are also great for paper lunch sacks taken on picnics and to camp. In the fall, you can use them to label school supplies and more.
  10. Leave them Blank. Choose a theme/design that matches your next party, and leave the labels blank. Then you can use a Sharpie to write guest’s names on labels before affixing them to plastic cups, goody bags, etc.

If you haven’t ordered from Vistaprint before, their website is very easy to use. After you proof your labels, be sure and check “No, Thank You,” to the message about receiving emails and other offers, and use your “junk” email account when you order.

What other uses can you think of for these labels?

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