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How a $0.25 Lesson Can Have a Lifelong Impact

How a Quarter Lesson Can Have a Lifelong Impact

We were at the Nature Center gift shop last week and my children had brought their own money with them to buy something from the gift shop. Each child looked at all the options and weighed them carefully. Finally, they decided upon their purchases.

One of the girls had picked out some colorful rocks and a honey stick. I had gently reminded her that she probably didn’t have enough money for all of it after tax was added on.

But she held onto hope and handed her items to the cashier. The cashier rang the items up and the total was $0.15 over the amount my daughter had with her.

I inwardly debated what I should do as a parent. The honey stick was just $0.25 and part of me really wanted to just buy it for her. But at the same time, I knew that it’s these little lessons that can often have a big impact on our children.

So instead, I watched as she put the honey stick back on the shelf and just bought the rocks. Putting the honey stick back on the shelf didn’t seem to bother her one bit… she was thrilled with her colorful rocks.

And I realized that often, it’s these small, seemingly unimportant occurrences that shape our children’s view of money. I want my children to grow up understanding the value of money and hard work. I want them to learn how to stick with their budgets and not be tempted to spend more than they have.

While we love to bless and surprise our children with special treats or gifts on occasion, we also want to give them many opportunities where they don’t get everything they want. Because that’s life! All of us probably have many things we’d love to have or that would be nice to have that just aren’t in the budget right now.

By giving our children opportunities to learn and practice money management at the $0.25 and $3 levels, we hope we are saving them from making the $250 and $3,000 mistakes someday!

Family Dollar: Deals for the week of March 30-April 5, 2014

Here are some of the best deals at Family Dollar this week, with thanks to for her help in compiling them.

Motts Apple Juice or Fruit Punch, 64 oz; or 8 oz 6 pk – $2
Use $1/1 printable
$1 after coupon

Pepsi Products, 12 pk 12 oz cans – $2.88 with (Limit 4)

Ajax Dish Liquid, 14 oz – $0.89
Use
$0.69 after coupon

Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 20 double rolls – $9
Use
$7.50 after coupon

Sparkle Paper Towels, 6 rolls – $4.50
Use $or coupon from the 3/23 RedPlum insert
$3.50 after coupon

Wisk Liquid, 45.4 oz – $3.50
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/9 RedPlum insert
$2 after coupon

Bugles, 4.1 oz – $1
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 2/9 SmartSource insert
$0.50 each after coupon

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Dollar General: Deals for the week of March 30-April 5, 2014

Here are the best deals at Dollar General this week, with thanks to for her help with compiling these.

All Liquid Laundry Detergent, 50 oz – $3.95
Buy 2 and use $2/2 coupon from the 3/2 RedPlum insert
Stack with
$1.95 after coupon and rebate

Dawn Dish Soap, 12.6 oz – $1
Use $0.20/1 coupon from the 3/2 P&G insert
Or buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 3/2 P&G insert
As low as $0.50 each after coupon

Fantastik Scrubbing Bubbles Antibacterial Cleaner, 32 oz – $2.50
Use
Or use $1/1 coupon from the 3/16 SmartSource insert
Stack with
As low as $0.75 after coupon and rebate

Glade Candle, 3.8-4 oz – $2.50
Buy 2 and use or coupon from the 3/16 SmartSource insert
Stack with
$0.75 after coupon and rebate

Mr Clean Liquid Muscle, 16 oz – $2.75
Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/2 P&G insert
$1.75 after coupon

Wisk HE, 45 oz – $3.95
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 3/9 RedPlum insert
$2.45 after coupon

Herbal Essences Styling, 5.7-8 oz – $2.50
Buy 2 and use $3/2 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert
$1 each after coupon

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Giveaways Galore

Of the 2,682 entries, the winners of the Jamberry Nail Wraps Gift Packs are:

Lucy ([email protected])
Rebecca ([email protected])
Jordan ([email protected])

Of the 1,549 entries, the winners of the earrings from Minx Jewelry Designs are:

Stephanie ([email protected])
Amy ([email protected])
Danielle ([email protected])
Heather ([email protected])
Gina ([email protected])
Amber ([email protected])
Julie ([email protected])

Of the 1,321 entries, the winners of the Carseat Sidekick are:

Carol ([email protected])
Amanda ([email protected])
Mary Beth ([email protected])
Christina ([email protected])
Cherie ([email protected])
Katrina ([email protected])
Julie ([email protected])
Kimberly ([email protected])
Katherine ([email protected])
April ([email protected])
Larissa ([email protected])
Abigail ([email protected])
Crystal ([email protected])

Of the 1,563 entries, the winners of the $50 credit to Bald Man’s Workshop are:

Nadia ([email protected])
Brandi ([email protected])
Abbey ([email protected])
Stephanie ([email protected])
Lynelle ([email protected])

*** If you did not win, the code MSM10 will be good for 10% off your entire order until 4/30/14.***

Of the 1,143 entries, the winners of the Zonderkidz Adventure Bible are:

Maria ([email protected])
Candi ([email protected])
Sarah ([email protected])
Juli ([email protected])
Margaret ([email protected])
Ashley ([email protected])
Misty ([email protected])
Jillian ([email protected])
Heidi ([email protected])
Sara ([email protected])

Of the 822 entries, the winners of the Gathr Playroom 6-Month Membership are:

Brandy ([email protected])
Kristin ([email protected])

Of the 1,128 entries, the winners of the $50 credit to Chic Pipsqueak are:

Alison ([email protected])
Bobbi ([email protected])
Sara ([email protected])
Lynn ([email protected])
Gina ([email protected])

Each of you should have received an email with further instructions on claiming your prize.

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Walgreens: Deals for the week of March 30-April 5, 2014

Here are the best deals at Walgreens this week, with thanks to for her help with compiling these:

COUPON DEALS

Tresemme Shampoo or Conditioner (32 oz) – $3.99
Buy 2 – Get 2,000 points
Use $2/1 coupon from the 3/23 RedPlum insert
$0.99 each after coupons and points

Vidal Sassoon Shampoo or Conditioner – 2/$8 ($4.49 each) or Hair Color – $7.99
Get 1,000 Points when you spend $10
Use $2/1 coupon from the 3/2 P&G insert
Or use $3/1 coupon from the 3/2 P&G insert
Use
As low as $1.75 each after coupons and points

Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna 5oz or Chicken of the Sea Sardines – $0.69 with in-ad coupon (Limit 6)

Mars, Snickers or Milky Way Bites – 2/$6
Use Buy One Get One Free printable
Or use
And use 
As low as $1 each after coupons

Huggies Jumbo Diapers, Pull Ups or Wipes (320-400 pk) – $8.99
Use
And use  or coupon from the 3/23 SmartSource insert
Or use 
As low as $2.99 after coupons

REGISTER REWARD DEALS

Buy 1 Vaprino A-D Anti-Diarrheal (12 pk) at $5, Get $5 Register Rewards
Use
Free overage after coupon and Register Rewards

Buy 1 Colgate 360 Surround or Optic White Toothbrush, Sensitive 6oz or Total Toothpaste 7.6 or 7.8oz, Total Advanced Mouthwash 16.9oz at $3.99, Get $1.50 Register Rewards
Use $1/1 coupon from the 3/9 SmartSource insert
$1.49 after coupon and Register Rewards

New to shopping at Walgreens? Be sure to head over and check out Walgreens 101 where I explain in detail how to maximize the mileage of your money at Walgreens. See the

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