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The Importance Of Giving Back: 5 Ways To Make a Difference

Good Morning, Kansas City!

As the parent of a five year old, I am constantly in search of new ways I can teach my daughter about this fascinating world we’re living in. Like you, I understand the importance of giving back to others and want to instill that same desire to make a difference in my own children. Today, we’re teaming up with our friends at Children’s Mercy, who recently launched the Small Change – Big Difference giving campaign, to provide you with five easy ways your family can give back to our community. Take a look …

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5 Easy Ways to Make a Difference

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#1 Be Giving Of Your Time

Volunteerism has always been an important part of my life and I’m so thrilled it’s something my daughter has taken an interest in as well. There is no shortage of opportunity to give of your time here in the metro area and there are many organizations you can give back to that will directly impact your neighbors. Here are three ways our family likes to give back right here in the metro:

  • Hospitals – There are many ways high school and college students as well as adults here in the metro area can volunteer time at Children’s Mercy, but one of my personal favorites is the opportunity to host a Wednesday Night Live, where you and eight or nine of your friends can get together and provide entertainment for CMH patients.
  • Diaper Bank – Diapering children is expensive and it’s a need that isn’t covered by social programs, leaving families with the out of pocket expense these babies simply cannot go without. Our local diaper bank in Lenexa collects, sorts, and distributes diapers to groups that directly impact families.
  • Food Bank – There are several opportunities for volunteering in the warehouse of our local food bank that collects non-perishable items to distribute to families in need. You can spend time organizing, sorting, and packaging items that will go out into the community.

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#2 Be Giving Of Your Things

My husband and I sometimes joke that our daughter is a hoarder. Her things are everywhere and, simply put, she just has too much stuff. So anytime she wants something new (which, thankfully, isn’t that frequent), we have her select seven to ten things she wants to donate to others in exchange for the one new item. Not only does this help us keep the clutter at bay, it also benefits the community as well. You can donate your unwanted wearable items, small appliances and electronics to organizations that own and operate local thrift shops in the area and make a difference simply by decluttering your home.

If you’ve got the extra time to spare and are feeling up to the task, one of the best ways to get rid of unwanted or unneeded items is to host a garage sale. The extra income gives you the opportunity to make a difference right here at home. By donating some or all of the money collected from your garage sale to an organization like Children’s Mercy, you can directly impact children here in KC.

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#3 Be Giving During Your Occasion

As parents with young children, there always seems to be an occasion where we’re either giving or receiving gifts. Ask your friends and family to donate or give items in your honor at your next event. Here are a few ideas:

  • Birthday parties are a great time to collect new toys, books, and games for organizations that impact kids in need. Children’s Mercy Hospital accepts brand new items year round for patients staying at the hospital and your family will have the opportunity to help support an incredible cause you can feel good about. Stay tuned for an exciting new program that Children’s Mercy is launching later this summer to make giving back at birthday parties even more fun.
  • Baby showers are another great opportunity to help give back to the community. Ask guests to bring an extra package of diapers, wipes or other baby items to donate to a local shelter that will help support local women and children here in Kansas City.
  • Holiday Meals provide the ideal time to ask friends and family to bring non-perishable pantry items to donate to a local organization or shelter that will directly impact the community. Larger organizations have boxes and barrels you can pick up, fill and bring back making the process very easy.

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#4 Be Giving Of Your Night Out

Date nights are such an important part of maintaining a healthy marriage when you’re parenting, and attending special events and fundraisers not only provides you with a fun evening out with your significant other but also makes a difference in our local community. Be giving of your nights out by attending special activities around the metro supporting incredible organizations around town. Children’s Mercy, in addition to their ongoing community activities and fundraisers, hosts two major events each year that you can get involved with, like their annual Red Hot Night and Big Slick Fundraiser.

 

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#5 Be Giving Of Your Change

When I was growing up, like many of you I suspect, my family had a large glass jar we collected spare change in throughout the years. Over time, that jar became too heavy to carry and it was a great reminder that the small change we were giving each day added up over time.

Children’s Mercy just launched a new fundraiser that applies the same logic to your giving. The Small Change – Big Difference campaign encourages families to collect their change, that really adds up over time in adorable Children’s Mercy piggy banks. Purchase your piggy bank today to make a major and lasting impact on the hospital.

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If we all do what we can, with what we have, we can make a huge difference in our little corner of the world. iFamilyKC is proud to partner with Children’s Mercy to bring you inspiring content, tips and tricks, and helpful resources. Purchase your Small Change – Big Difference piggy bank today for only $35 and start your family’s contribution. Check out the Children’s Mercy website for more information on this program as well as some tips for families wanting to give back. Everything you do makes a difference!

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Tell us how your family loves to give back by sharing on your Twitter, Instagram, and Facebook.

Be sure to use the hashtag #smallchange  so we can follow along!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli

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8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

Fourth of July is a fantastic time in Kansas City, and the fireworks displays are nothing short of magnificent. Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin, breaks down several fireworks displays in the Kansas City area for your family’s viewing pleasure. Take a look…

8 Bright & Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

I love the Fourth of July so much! It is actually my favorite holiday. We usually have a little family get together with food, swimming and boating during the day and then watch the show in the sky at night. There are some fantastic displays around the KC area every year and a lot of family fun to be had. I’m excited to share with you some displays that will be happening this year!

Riverfest at Berkley Riverfront Park – Located along the Missouri River, Riverfest is the ultimate location for family fun and fireworks on the 4th. It starts at 4pm in the afternoon and ends, after the display, around 11pm. They have live music, food, bounce houses and crafts. Admission is free from 4 to 5pm and $5 for adults after 5pm. Kids 12 and under are FREE. My family and I have been to Riverfest multiple times and it is by far the best display of fireworks in KC!

Longview Lake – Jackson County 4th celebration – Free live music, games and bounce houses, food and beverages. The gates open at 5:30 and the fireworks start at 9:45.

Worlds of Fun – WOF will have a display every Friday in July and on July 4th at 10pm. You can watch the display from inside the park or you can park on the east side of 435 to catch them if you want to avoid paying the theme park admission fee.

8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

• Gladstone fireworks – Oak Grove Park is where the party is at in Gladstone on the 4th. They have a concert by the North Star Community Band and the display follows. I have attended this display with my family and it is fabulous! Admission is FREE.

• Blue Springs fireworks – Located at Peve Stadium, The city of Blue Springs puts on a display as well as live entertainment. Fireworks start at 9:45pm. Admission is FREE.

Liberty 4th Fest– Located at the Fountain Bluff Sports complex, the gates will open at 5pm with a concert from Noe Palma at 8pm and fireworks at 9:45pm.

Corporate Woods Star Spangled Spectacular– Located at 435 and College blvd in Overland Park, on July 4th from 4pm-11pm, offers music, children’s activities and firework display staring at 9:30pm. FREE admission.

Gardner 4th of July Celebration– Gardner Parks and Recreation presents an amazing celebration with fireworks, food, live music entertainment, zip lines, bounce houses, face painting and much more! The fun begins at 3pm with Chase Bryant headlining the musical entertainment. Located at Celebration Park in Gardner, KS.

8 Bright and Booming Fireworks Displays in Kansas City

These are just a few highlights of area firework displays happening around town. The areas of Lee’s Summit, Independence, Raymore, Northeast Johnson County, Platte City, Parkville, Smithville Lake, Powell Gardens, Olathe, Leawood, Ft. Leavenworth and Higginsville all have fireworks displays planned.

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This Weekend At The Box Office: “Free State Of Jones”

Hello, Kansas City!

Happy weekend, friends! The first fireworks tent popped up in my neck of the woods this week and it’s a not so gentle reminder that July is almost upon us. The first week of July is always such a fun time to be here in Kansas City. Between the fireworks displays and activities surrounding Independence Day and the incredible opportunities available all across the metro for summer activities, there’s no shortage of fun to be had. Just in time for the upcoming holiday, “Free State Of Jones” hit theaters nationwide this weekend. I had a chance to catch an early screening  of the movie last week and am sharing my thoughts with you today on the blog. Take a look…

Free State of Jones Movie Review

“Free State Of Jones”

Release Date: Friday June 24th, 2016

Run Time: 2 Hours, 19 Minutes

MPAA Rating: Rated R for brutal battle scenes and disturbing graphic images

Cast: Matthew McConaughey, Gugu Mbatha-Raw, Keri Russell, Mahershala Ali

It’s hard to believe that the United States of America is a country that, comparatively speaking, is still in its infancy. And yet, looking back of the past 200+ years, we’re a nation that’s already experienced so much. History helps us to understand where we came from, teaches us the valuable lessons that are learned with time, and helps to guide us into the future. The new movie, “Free State Of Jones” depicts a pivotal moment in our nation’s history. The Civil War era drama is based on the true story about the Knight Company, an armed rebellion that seceded from  the Confederacy in Jones County, Mississippi. Their Free State of Jones joined together farmers and local slaves who believed that all people were created equally and should be treated fairly by their government.

This well crafted film depicted the era in such a way that audiences will feel part of the rebellion. Although a little slow moving at times (let’s be honest, though, what Civil War era movie isn’t a little slow moving?!), I found “Free State Of Jones” to be very well cast, directed, and done. It was a moving film that was emotional and its historical accuracy fascinated me. Overall, I definitely recommend that history lovers give this one a go – and be sure to come back and let us know what you thought!

See you at the movies!

From iFamily to Yours,

Holli


We’ve Got A Special Offer JUST For You! The Greatest Show On Earth Is Headed to KC! Grab Your Circus Tix Now

The Greatest Show on Earth is headed back to Kansas City this September 15-18th. You won’t want to miss all the fun and excitement that only comes from the circus. You know what’s even a tad better than seeing the circus? Seeing the circus for 20% off! Scroll down for an exclusive early bird code that is good through June 27th. Hope to see you there!

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Prepare to be astonished and amazed by artists who redefine the word extreme in everything they do, magnifying traditional elements of the circus and combining these elements with never-before-seen spectacles, original, fast-paced performances and incredibly hilarious moments. Children Of All Ages can let their imaginations go wild in an exhilarating adventure with extreme thrills, exotic animals and extraordinary performers that add up to the ultimate family entertainment experience. Join us at Sprint Center Kansas City from Sept. 15-18 as we explore a world of extreme beauty, flexibility, strength and dexterity in ways you’ve never seen before. Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey® Presents Circus XTREME® go on sale Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m.  High-wire wizards, powerful strongmen, BMX trick riders, trampoline daredevils, inconceivable contortionists, a high-flying human cannonball, a bungee aerial skydiving display and an international assembly of more than 300 cast and crew provide 2 ½ hours of thrilling entertainment.
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With such an exciting lineup, The Greatest Show On Earth® guarantees to dazzle and astound, and a Ringling Bros.® show wouldn’t be complete without a full menagerie of amazing animals. Circus XTREME features beautiful Bengal tigers and two-humped camels ridden by brave Mongolian women. The party starts an hour before the show at the All Access Pre-show, which is free with your ticket purchase. You and your family can meet our international cast of performers and get up close to our menagerie of animals. Try on custom costumes, learn circus skills — like juggling — from the famous Ringling Bros. Clown Alley! Together with the show, your family receives over three hours of extreme family fun not to be missed.
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Tickets for Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Presents Circus XTREME go on sale Tuesday, June 28 at 10 a.m. and start at $22 with a special $10 children’s ticket available on select performances. Restrictions, exclusions and additional charges may apply. All seats are reserved. Tickets are available online at AXS.com, in person at the Sprint Center Box Office, or charge-by-phone at (888) 929-7849. For more information, visit Ringling.com.
Ticketholders can purchase an upgrade and go backstage with a VIP Behind the Scenes Tour of Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey. The backstage experience includes an insider look at props and wardrobe, an up close and personal encounter with the animals and a chance to meet stars from the show. Fans will also have an opportunity to take pictures and learn educational fun facts. To take advantage of this once-in-a-lifetime experience, just log on toringlingbros.expapp.com from your iPhone or Android smartphone, and provide your name, e-mail and phone number to become a VIP circus insider.
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From iFamily to Yours, 
Your iFamilyKC Team


How to Make An Easy & Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Our Mom Ambassador, Becky set out to make a 4th of July craft with her kiddos and stumbled on something great. Why not mix together summer snacking with some craftiness for a fun and festive treat? Not only will this craft be fun, but it’ll fill those endlessly-hungry bellies. Take a look!

How to Make an Easy & Crafty Fourth of July Snack

How to Make An Easy & Crafty
Fourth of July Snack

So, I promised my kids we’d do a 4th of July craft. Then I thought about the mess of paint, glue, glitter and wasted materials (I love the Dollar Store as much as anyone but I just couldn’t do it this time). I also thought about how much we definitely don’t need anymore temporary masterpieces floating around our house. So I decided to get crafty myself with a craft that won’t just end up in the trash but will actually get used (or rather, eaten).

How to Make an Easy And Crafty Fourth of July Snack

So tonight we each decorated our own red, white and blue waffles. That’s right, waffles for dinner. (If you aren’t on the breakfast-for-dinner train at least a couple times a month, I highly recommend it). We had sliced strawberries for red, blueberries for blue and sliced bananas for white. You could also use raspberries, blackberries and, if you’re really fun, whipped cream.

How to Make an Easy & Healthy Fourth of July Crafty Snack

I knew my kids would enjoy it but what I didn’t realize was it would be a great activity for more than a few reason.

Creative: This was a great chance for our kids to be creative. We had flags, fireworks and Star Wars (kind of patriotic?) waffles. File under “Things I’ll Do Next Time”: Come up with little awards for each person, like “Most Patriotic Waffle,” “Silliest Waffle” and “Best Masterpiece Waffle.”

How to Make an Easy & Healthy Fourth of July Snack

Motor Skills: Scooping fruit on a spoon and balancing it to get it to your plate took some concentration. Our 3-year-old went from shaky to a pro before we finished. Very few blueberries were lost in action.

How to Make an Easy and Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Fun: The kids were happy and excited about doing something different, they shared, helped each other out, laughed and actually stayed at the dinner table for a record amount of time.

How to Make an Easy and Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Healthy: My favorite part! The kids piled on the fruit high and had so much fun eating their masterpieces that they forgot to even ask for syrup.

Pro Tip: Throw any leftover fruit into a blender with some yogurt, spinach and OJ to make smoothies for dessert!

How to Make an Easy & Crafty Fourth of July Snack

Yep. Red, white and blue waffles. I do believe we found a new 4th of July tradition for our family — and I didn’t even have to sweep up the glitter. Ain’t this country great?

From iFamily to Yours,

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Join us for the Greatest Show & Tell On Earth: Maker Faire Kansas City

The Maker Faire is back in town and is bound to be tons of fun for you and your family. It’s a weekend filled with crafts, inventions, and more running June 25th-26th at the Historic Union Station. Ticket prices vary and can be found here (Take note of the $7 day pass price for Union Station Members!) Get your tickets now and join for us for some interactive fun.

Join Us For The Greatest Show & Tell on the Earth : Maker Faire Kansas City

Join Us at the 6th Annual
Maker Faire Kansas City
The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth!
June 25th & 26th at Historic Union Station
Don’t miss out on this family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness. Maker Faire Kansas City celebrates the Maker Movement and we encourage YOU to join us! Enjoy educational presentations, inspiring performances, engaging demonstrations and hands-on workshops all weekend long!
WHAT TO EXPECT:
  • NEW – Opening Louisiana-Style Parade featuring exhibiting Makers
  • NEW – The Bike Zoo combines puppetry with bikes to create interactive, playful creatures including an 80 ft. long Rattlesnake, 10 ft. tall Butterfly, a Carousel and more!
  • NEW – A 30 ft. Egg Drop Competition
  • NEW – “Maker Couture” Fashion Show
  • NEW – Maker Inspired, Educator Workship focused on inspiring the next generation of Makers
  • Kid Friendly Interactives featuring inflatables, Nerdy Derby, Micro Reality Race Cars, Learn to Solder and Build a Robot Workshops
  • FIRST Robots Demonstrations and Competition
  • Power Wheels Racing
  • Lowrider Car Show and Competition
  • Human Foosball
  • Community Art Project with Belger Arts Center
  • Realistic Iron Man Suits, R2D2s and other awesome cosplayers
  • Fashion
  • Favorite Kansas City Food Trucks
  • More than 350 of Kansas City’s most inventive Makers and Crafters
  • And SO MUCH MORE!
For more information and ticket pricing, visitwww.makerfairekc.com 
*Admission to Kansas City’s International Award-Winning Science Center, Science City,and the Arvin Gottlieb Planetarium are included in your ticket purchase. The Planetarium requires separate reservation. Body Worlds: The Cycle of Life is not included and will require separate ticket purchase.

 

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Your iFamilyKC Team


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8 Super Fun (& Easy) Snack Ideas for 4th of July

4th of July provides us with a lot — the reminder of our freedom, family gatherings, fireworks, and of course, fun and easy snacks! Our Mom Squad Ambassador, Stephanie gives us a few creative ideas to help us with our 4th of July snacking. Take a look!

8 Super Fun & Easy Fourth of July Snacks

8 Super Fun (& Easy) Snack Ideas for 4th of July

 
If you are anything like me, you are looking forward to the 4th of July – which is right around the corner. My kids have been in summer school the whole month of June, and I’m looking forward to them being home so we can go do some super fun stuff around KC (which I will share with you all throughout the remainder of the summer!) With the kids being home all day long, we’ve already been thinking about fun meal and snack ideas. I wanted to share some fun red, white, and blue snacks that are perfect for the 4th of July!
 
  • White chocolate dipped Oreo cookies with red and blue sprinkles for a fun way to jazz up your cookies.

  • Create a fun flag theme dish by layering a cookie sheet with strawberries, peeled and sliced bananas and a dish of blueberries in the corner.

8 Super Fun (& Easy) Fourth of July Snacks

  • Make popsicles using coconut water and red and blue berries for a cold treat!
  • Layer clear cups with red and blue jello and add a dallop of whipped cream – to make it even better, add some red and/or blue berries to the top of the cream!

  • Make some “firecracker” cookies by taking plain ol’ sugar cookies, decorating them with red, white, or blue icing and adding popping candy to the top.

  • Make some fruit kabobs with strawberries, blueberries and marshmallows.

    8 Super Fun (& Easy) 4th of July Snacks

  • Make some toast with red jelly and add some sliced bananas and blue berries for a festive breakfast.

  • Make some popcorn and throw in red, white and blue colored candies (M&Ms work great!)

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National World War I Museum and Memorial Presents Taps at the Tower

The National World War I Museum is a fantastic resource right here in Kansas City. With Independence Day right around the corner, they have a great ceremony this week called, Taps at the Tower. They have nightly sunset ceremonies until Saturday, June 25th. Take a look below for all the details.

The National World War I Museum & Memorial Presents Taps at the Tower

National World War I Museum & Memorial Presents
Taps at the Tower

The National World War I Museum and Memorial presents Taps at the Tower, a moving ceremony featuring an iconic rendition of Taps, at sunset (approximately 8:45 p.m.) from Sunday, June 19 – Saturday, June 25, 2016.

Taps is a musical piece long associated with the United States Military and is often played at civilian events and funerals around the country.  People are invited to come and use the Museum grounds each evening, have a picnic, play games and enjoy the outdoors. At sunset, people will gather at the Tower (Liberty Memorial) to experience Taps being played during a brief, moving ceremony.

Taps at the Tower is supported by KFKF and the Neighborhood Tourist Development Fund of Kansas City, Mo. Each evening, the National World War I Museum and Memorial is partnering with area organizations to provide color guards, buglers and supporters for the event. Participating organizations include: McConnell Air Force Base, the Overland Park Police Department, local Boy Scout troops, local junior ROTC organizations and the Kansas City, Mo., Police Department.

The National World War I Museum & Memorial Presents Taps at the Tower

About the National World War I Museum and Memorial

The National World War I Museum and Memorial is America’s leading institution dedicated to remembering, interpreting and understanding the Great War and its enduring impact on the global community. The Museum holds the most diverse collection of World War I objects and documents in the world and is the second-oldest public museum dedicated to preserving the objects, history and experiences of the war. The Museum takes visitors of all ages on an epic journey through a transformative period and shares deeply personal stories of courage, honor, patriotism and sacrifice. Designated by Congress as America’s official World War I Museum and Memorial and located in downtown Kansas City, Mo., the National World War I Museum and Memorial inspires thought, dialogue and learning to make the experiences of the Great War era meaningful and relevant for present and future generations. To learn more, visit theworldwar.org.

From iFamily to Yours,

Your iFamilyKC Team


Don’t Miss Out on an Unforgettable Summer with Learning2Fly

As we get deeper into the month of June and summer break, energy might be reaching the brim in your household. How about signing up for a Yoga class or Aerial Silks summer camp at Learning2Fly to focus some of that energy? They offer a 15% discount after the first child and hours are 8:30am-3:30pm Monday-Friday. Find some peace to your summer and sign up now!

Sign Up Now for Art, Yoga, and More
at Learning2Fly Summer Camps!

Sign Up Now for Art, Yoga, and More at Learning2Fly Summer Camps

Learning2Fly is located in the white geodesic dome off I-35 and Lamar.

Boys and girls both love our camps because we leave ‘em hanging!  Aerial fitness is one part of our camp.  Parents love our camps because they’re educational.  Kids love them because they’re fun!
Sign Up Now for Art, Yoga, and More at Learning2Fly Summer Camps
AERIAL SILKS CLASS
There is never a dull moment at Learning2Fly!  
New activities each week for return campers, focusing on 7 core habits of health:
1. Nutrition – Establishing healthy eating habits
2. Exercise – Practicing healthy movement habits
3. Learning & Self-Confidence – Doing activities that develop creative potential and improve self-worth
4. Environment – Teaching respect and protection of the natural world
5. Family & Community – The importance of nurturing relationships and connections in the community
6. Global Appreciation – Acknowledging and celebrating diversity
7. Spirituality – Cultivating inner peace and universal values like love, patience, and mindfulness.

ART
We offer a 15% discount after the first child.
HOURS: Monday – Thursday 8:30AM – 3:30PM.
We also host aerial fitness BIRTHDAY PARTIES
& school FIELD TRIPS!
Sign Up Now for Art, Yoga, and More at Learning2Fly Summer Camps

 

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Your iFamily Team

 


How to Save Big Bucks at the Grocery Store

We are all looking for the best and easiest ways to save a buck or two — especially when it comes to groceries. When feeding a family, it can get expensive! So, our very own Mom Squad Ambassador, Erin gives us some tips and tricks to save us some dollars at the store. Take a look!

How to Save BIG BUCKS at the Grocery Store

 

How to Save BIG BUCKS at the Grocery Store

If you’re family is anything like my family, we LOVE to eat! Eating is considered a hobby, right? Well, feeding your family costs a ton these days (especially if you have ravenous growing teenagers raiding your fridge!) Since becoming a domestic diva (stay at home mom, that is) over a year ago, I’ve learned a few tips about how to spend less at the grocery store, and wanted to share some ideas I’ve come up with:

Shop the sale ad and plan your meals around it.

Breakfast sale at Price Chopper? Do breakfast for dinner one night or a lazy Sunday breakfast. It also helps to have an idea of what you already have in your pantry and refrigerator so you can pair that with the ads.

“Yesterday’s taco meat is today’s shepherd’s pie!”

I heard something cute on a show my daughter was watching on TV the other day. The mom was trying to get her kids to eat her cooking and she said “Yesterday’s taco meat is today’s shepherd’s pie!” That is a great tip! Use your leftovers for another meal or plan to thaw out meat to use for several nights. Maybe even cook it ahead of time to save time during the busy, hectic week!

 

How to Save BIG BUCKS at the Grocery Store

 

Price compare the ads. Wal-Mart will price match other stores weekly sale ad. They also offer a feature on their app called Savings Catcher which is really neat! Basically, you purchase your items at Wal-Mart and then scan the QR code on your receipt, and it will compare prices with other stores in the area. If they find a lower price, you are refunded the difference on an e-gift card.

Find out what your store offers – price matching, double coupons.

(Tip from a SAHM friend, Elizabeth) Get familiar with the close out or clearance section of your store.

Speaking of apps, there are some awesome apps out there for saving money on groceries.

Ibotta is probably my favorite one. You “unlock” money saving deals by watching a quick video or answering a trivia question about that particular product. You can connect with your Facebook friends to save more. Once you have $20 in your Ibotta account, you can transfer it to your bank account.

How to Save BIG BUCKS at the Grocery Store

• Purchase a deep freezer.

If you have room in your home and the means to purchase a deep freezer this is an excellent way to stock up on all kinds of food and store it for later use. This is really useful during meat sales!

Store coupons in a 3 ring binder.

Instead of storing coupons in a little wallet that could be hard to manage, I bought a cheap 3 ring binder. Dollar Tree sells a pack of 10 plastic coupon inserts for $1 that fit into the binder! You could even organize them with tab folders by expiration date or item category.

Use social media to find deals.

Following Facebook pages like Krazy Coupon Lady has made my life so much easier by posting all the current coupon match deals out there.

Grow your own vegetables and fruit during the summer.

We planted strawberries and tomatoes this season. In my opinion, there is NOTHING better than a home grown tomato!! Growing your own food is fairly easy and a fun summer activity to get your kids involved in!

How to Save BIG BUCKS at the Grocery Store

 

One last tip: Take your kid with you to the grocery store. As soon as the “gimme this, gimme that” starts, you’ll be running for the door and alas, saving you money! But my kids are perfect angels at the store and would never ever do that…

Better yet, go alone. Save your sanity and a little money with the tips I gave you.

These are just a handful of tips to keep some extra dollars in your pocket! On a side note, I recently found out my grocery store offers free grocery delivery if you order online and spend over $100. I am going to take advantage of this service this winter when I’m hibernating with my hungry bears gnawing on my legs!

Feel free to comment below on how your family saves some dough on the grocery bill.

From iFamily to Yours,
ErinB_iFamilyKC_MomSquad


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