Free 8×10 Collage Print at Walgreens

Today and Friday, October 1st, you can get one FREE 8×10 Collage Print at Walgreens with code FBCOLL. Upload your photos at Walgreens.com, create and order your collage print, and enter the code to remove the $3.99 price. Pick up your collage in-store to get it completely FREE. If you have a huge pile of your child’s artwork from last school year, take some digital photos and turn it into one collage print. It’s a great keepsake! Thanks to MrsMoneysaver for the heads up!

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Using Printable Coupons–Tips for Success

Today is the last day of the month–so it’s your last chance to print the September Coupons.com offerings before they change over tomorrow. I use printable coupons (also called IPs) on everything from groceries to toys to restaurants, and you can too! Here are my tips & tricks for using printable coupons:
  • To save money, I print my IP coupons in black & white only (save your color ink!). Use the “high quality” setting, however, to be sure they scan at the register. I also take advantage of the $1 or free reams of paper at Staples so I don’t spend much (if anything) on my printer paper.
  •  It is illegal to photocopy IP coupons. Each coupon will print 2 times per computer. If you need more than two coupons, use a different computer to print them.
  • Coupons.com coupons print 3 to a page, so make sure to choose your coupons in multiples of three to save paper. OR, you can run a single coupon, then re-insert the printer paper to use the other side.
  • Most IP coupons expire one month from when you print them, but others vary. Check yours when you print them!
  • Most IP coupons are offered for a month’s time, but some disappear when they run out of prints (meaning the company only released a certain number to print). You need to consider printing high-value coupons (like the current $3.00 off Huggies Diapers) right away instead of waiting until you need it.

These coupons will turn over tomorrow, so head to Coupons.com now to print yours.

Try Restaurant.com for just $1

Restaurant.com Weekly Promo Offer 300 x 250
If you’ve been wanting to try Restaurant.com, today’s your day! Today only, September 30th,**Updated: Friday, October 1st you can get a $25 Certificate for just $1 when you use code WOW. Here’s how it works:
  1. Use your zip code to find a participating restaurant near you. I like using my certificates for ZPizza here in the Northern VA area (they have gluten-free pizza!). It’s also a way to try out new-to-you restaurants for less money!
  2. Be sure and read all the fine print–this is KEY to using Restaurant.com successfully. With a $25 certificate, you usually have to make a minimum $35 purchase, not including alcohol. Go ahead and read them again–do you have to dine between Sunday and Thursday? Be sure you know the specifications.
  3. Purchase your certificate, using code WOW to get it for just $1.00. You’ll be able to print your certificate as soon as it comes to your email. **Note: Their site is moving very slowly right now–probably due to high volume.

The FAQ at Restaurant.com says that certificates do not expire, but the ones I’ve printed give one year from when I printed. And one more thing–please be sure and tip your server based on your pre-certificate amount. Happy dining out!

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    Succeeding as a Work-at-Home Mom

    One of the hardest things about being a work-at-home mom is making the separation between being at home and working at home. No matter what kind of mompreneur you are, the summer schedule plays havoc with your work/life balance, and now that kids are back to school, we’re all eager to start new projects and meet deadlines while balancing sick kids (that’s me today!) with sports and other activities.

    Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and a Family under One RoofI just started reading Making Work at Home Work: Successfully Growing a Business and Family Under One Roof by Mary M. Byers. It’s really speaking to me in this season of life, where I’m coming off the summer chaos and wanting to get back into the routine of work hours. So far, I’m identifying with her description of how she went back to work without changing her perception of herself as a SAHM. This is what causes you to feel like you’re juggling everything unsuccessfully. You’re not focused on work during work time and you’re not focused on your family during family time. I’ve been feeling that way for quite a while!

    I’m working through the first part of the book, called Saving Your Sanity, that talks about identifying why you work, what the rewards are, and how to set up systems for both work and home. I’m all about systems–that’s why I meal plan, for example–but I’ve never really set up systems for my business and there are problems because of it. Then I’m eager to read the next section of the book, Preserving Your Profit. Are these issues that you deal with, too?

    What do you find most challenging about working from home?


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    Kids Workshop at Home Depot: Fireboat

    This Saturday, October 2nd, kids can make a Fireboat between 9:00am-Noon at The Home Depot. You should check with your local store for participation, then you can show up anytime during the workshop time. Projects are for ages 5-12 and are on the first Saturday of each month.

    I love these workshops for my son, who enjoys getting the same treatment as at Lowe’s; the first 50 kids receive an apron, a badge for completing their project, and a certificate. What a great FREE program!

    Giveway: Die Cut Business Cards

    It’s raining…and I’m home sick, with 2 of 3 kids sick as well. Sigh. Good day for a giveaway, right?

    One lucky MoneywiseMoms reader will win 250 Die Cut Business Cards from UPrinting.If you’re a home- or small-business owner, this is a great way to save on your advertising expenses. If you’re not, consider using these cards as “Homemade by…” cards or Mommy Contact cards. They’re also a great way to advertise your blog! UPrinting offers great options for cool business cards, like rounded corners, a leaf shape, a 2×2″ square card, or the 1.75 x 3.5″ slim card. No more “traditional” rectangular cards, let’s get a little more modern!

    You have three chances to win a set of 250 Die Cut Business Cards:

    • Simply leave a comment below, telling me what you’ll do with your cards.
    • If you are a subscriber or Google follower, you get a second entry! Leave another comment saying so, and thank you for being subscribed to MoneywiseMoms.
    • For a third entry, be sure you’re following both me @moneywisemoms and @UPrinting at Twitter, and tweet the following message (just cut and paste): Enter @MoneywiseMoms to win 250 DieCut Biz Cards from @UPrinting http://bit.ly/250Cards Then leave another comment with your Twitter profile so I can find you. 

    If you’re reading this in an email subscription, you’ll need to click over to MoneywiseMoms to leave comments/entries on this post. I’ll draw the winner at 11:00pm EST on Sunday, October 3rd. Open to those 18 and older at US Addresses. Thank you for reading MoneywiseMoms, and good luck! **This giveaway is closed. #16 Kate was the winner!

    Disclosure: UPrinting is providing the prize for this giveaway and one set of business cards for me.

    Meal Plan Monday: Fall Comfort Food


    After a few 95-degree days, it’s now 70 degrees and raining, thank goodness. My son has been asking for some of his favorite soups lately, and I’m craving comfort food, but I wouldn’t tackle it during the heat. Now that I’m getting back into my fall and winter Family Favorites, I need to find ways to convert those recipes to gluten-free (GF). Some are simple–just replace the pasta with a GF version–but one recipe, our favorite easy chowder, uses a can of Cream of Potato Soup, so how can replace it without having to make my own from scratch? That defeats the easy-ness of the recipe!
    • Sunday–Baked potatoes with cheddar and broccoli, Roasted Red Pepper Soup (from Trader Joe’s)
    • Monday–Macaroni & Cheese Casserole (I use GF shells), salad, broccoli
    • Tuesday–Super Easy Chicken Soup, garlic bread (for them), GF corn muffin from the freezer (for me)
    • Wednesday–Tilapia (I rub it with a mixture of mayo, lemon juice and Parmesan and bake in foil), baked potatoes, green beans
    • Thursday–Broccoli Pie (I’ll leave out the chicken and replace the flour with GF Baking Mix), salad
    • Friday–Crockpot Turkey & Wild Rice Soup (since I have no Thanksgiving leftovers, I’ll just use chicken)**
    • Saturday–I’ll be out of town for my sister’s baby shower (yay!). As before, with the hubs making dinner, the kids are expecting hot dogs. I just ask that some fruits and vegetables are distributed during the day.

    **If you’re looking for gluten-free recipes, you’ll love A Year of Slow Cooking. All of Stephanie’s easy recipes are gluten-free, and using the crockpot saves you so much stress on busy weeknights. For all kinds of recipe ideas and dinner plans, see the weekly meme of Menu Plan Monday at OrgJunkie.com.

    Kitchen Habits that Save Money

    There are so many small changes you can make to save yourself money and stress when you’re in the kitchen. Here are some examples of new habits to incorporate whenever you can find the time:

    1. Cook 2-3 times as much: If you’re taking the time to make lasagna, enchiladas, etc. go ahead and make a second pan to freeze for a later date. This works for plenty of recipes that freeze well—spaghetti sauce, soup, stew, casseroles, etc. It takes a few more minutes to prep a larger amount of ingredients but saves a LOT of time on the other end. When I make meatloaf, I make three instead of one and freeze two for busy weeknights. On a future date, I thaw the meatloaf during the day and pop it in the oven to bake for dinner. This also works with pancakes and waffles; I take a little extra time to make enough for the week on a weekend morning, and freeze them to pull out each morning before school.
    2. Chop fruits and veggies ahead of time: I’ve always heard this as a tip but I didn’t employ it until I started the gluten-free diet. Now, instead of reaching for starchy snacks from the pantry, I have lots of healthy choices like celery, cucumbers, and fruit, and I find myself putting them out more often for the kids, too.
    3. Clean as you go: This is one of the easiest habits and it makes such a difference! Whenever you’re baking or preparing food, start the bowls to soak in soapy water, wipe the counters, etc. as you go along. Then, while food is cooking, baking, take a moment to wash your prep materials or load the dishwasher. After dinner, there won’t be a mountain of dirty dishes in the kitchen.
    4. Buy in bulk and prep/freeze the extras: When chicken or ground beef is on sale, I buy 10-20 lbs at the lowest price, then put it in smaller freezer bags to store for later. This saves me from purchasing what I need on a week where chicken breasts are $4.99/lb instead of $1.79/lb. For a full tutorial, read my Cook Once, Eat 10 Times posts.
    Which of these strategies has worked for you?
    What other home cooking habits help you save money?

    Woman’s Day for just $3.73/yr

    Today only, you can get a 1-year subscription to Woman’s Day magazine for just $3.73 through Best Deal Magazines. Use coupon code PXCJ926 with the Deal of the Day for that fantastic price. You can also get one of my favorites, Family Fun, for just $3.99/year with that code.

    I already receive this magazine, and I’ve fallen in love with this Candy Corn Wreath on the front cover. I want to make one!