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Travel Tips By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

• Don’t go during peak travel seasons; wait and go in the off-season when places are less busy. This way you will save money, too. If your favorite vacation spot is busiest in the summer, go in fall, winter or spring.
• Don’t spend lots of time browsing the web for deals on airfare and hotels. Instead go to www.kayak.com which does all the work for you- searching around 140 travel sites for the best deals.
• If possible book a package deal. You can save money even if you are traveling at the last-minute.
• Stay closer to home. This way you don’t have to spend lots of money on airfare. You might even check out sites in your hometown.
• Try to get a better deal on an independently run hotel. Ask for a free night if you plan to stay an extra night or see what other deals they offer. They are more likely to do this since national chains get more exposure than the smaller hotels.
• You can stay at a camp site if you are looking for adventure. If you are looking for a specific camp site with a certain view, visit www.recreation.gov
• Book your travel through www.hotwire.com or www.priceline.com which offers airfare and hotel rates.
There are just a few trips to help you if you are wanting to travel but want to save some money.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorpoated.com and www.sandrabeck.com

Tips To Save on Almost Anything By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
Below are three categories where you can save money.
Investing- Get a 401(k) and you will save even more money if your employer matches your contributions in the company’s plan. Open a Roth IRA. Invest a certain amount at regular intervals when buying stocks and also know when to sell your stocks.
Food- Cook your meals when you can since eating out costs so much especially if you do so several times a week. It doesn’t mean that you can’t eat out, it just means you don’t eat out as often as you used to. You can also get a tour book for your city or eat cheaper, too. Coupons are great not just at the grocery store but at restaurants too. Visit www.retailmenot.com for coupons and codes before you dine out.
You can save money by going to the grocery store once a week instead of three or four times per week. You’ll save time, money and you’ll also be less like to make impulse purchases. Make a list for the week’s meals and ingredients you will need and stick to the list. You’ll get out of the store quicker that way.
Transportation- Buy a used car to save money. You can buy a car that has good gas mileage; you don’t have to buy a hybrid in order to do so. To find the best gas prices, visit www.gasbuddy.com
For more tips, check out our next blog!
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorpoated.com and www.sandrabeck.com

Single Mom Resources By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

As a single mom, are you looking for an all-inclusive resource that will provide you with articles and tips on various topics related to single moms and their kids? SingleMom.com (www.singlemom.com) is the site you have been searching for. It provides tips and resources on a variety of topics including:
Education & Career- financial aid and scholarships, articles and tips and employment resources
Help For Moms In Need- basic needs resources and drug and health care programs
Housing – housing programs and owning a home
Finances- resources and articles and monthly advice
Parenting – advice and resources
Day To Day – articles and tips
Health and Well Being – healthy living, articles and resources
Cooking and Recipes – eating healthy
Kid Stuff – kids learning
Legal Issues- Information including child custody and domestic violence and victim assistance
The above is a complete list of topics, but only a partial list of the sub topics under each topic. For more resources you may also want to visit www.singlemotherresources.com.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorpoated.com and www.sandrabeck.com

Homemade Crafts by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
Here are a few homemade crafts that you can do with your young kids.
Homemade Playdough
You will need:
1 cup of salt
1 cup of flour
1 cup of water
Cookie cutters
Rolling pin
Food coloring
Put the salt and flour in a large, unbreakable bowl and then drape your kids with old shirts and let them mix those ingredients completely with their hands or wooden spoons. Next, slowly add water to which a few drops of food coloring have been added. Continue to mix everything, then knead the dough until it is smooth and elastic but not sticky. You can dump the dough on a flat floured surface and let your kids roll it out with the rolling pin. You may need to help them out. Let your kids use the cookie cutters or other objects such as bottle tops, lids, or chopsticks to make different shapes in the dough.
Pudding Paint
You will need:
Instant vanilla pudding
Food coloring
Paper plates
Mix the pudding according to the package directions and add food coloring to attain the desired color. Lay out the paper plates and let your kids use the pudding to paint on them. The good news is that this is completely edible paint!
Kool-Aid Finger Paint
You will need:
2 cups of flour
2 packs of unsweetened Kool-Aid
½ cup of salt
3 cups of boiling water
3 T of oil
Paper
Mix the wet ingredients into the dry, lay out the paper, and let your kids paint whatever they want.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com.

Money Saving Tips by Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
As a single mom with two young kids, spending habits have to change. Look at the type of spending habits you have. If you are a compulsive buyer, try making lists of the things you need at the store and stick to those lists. What are some other things you can do? If you buy designer clothes for your kids, consider buying them at a discount store like Wal-Mart instead. The clothes will still be great, and as long as they look decent, they shouldn’t care too much.
As far as mealtimes go, pack your kids lunches. If you can bring some of your work home and make dinner, you will save some money that way, too.
Bring your kids with you to more places so you save on baby-sitting costs. If you have a YMCA membership, you can exercise while your kids meet other kids in the free daycare that’s offered. My gym www.24hourfitness.com offers babysitting for 2 hours for a $2 so at $1 per hour that’s a steal. I use this time to work out – sometimes I sit in the yoga area and read…or I take a shower and deep condition my hair which is heavenly without two little boys slipping around the shower with me. I can even shave my legs without hollering – no don’t touch that it’s sharp!
Next time you go to the grocery store, buy more of the off-brand items and try to cut back on the soda that you buy and drink water instead. Don’t be afraid to cut out coupons and use them. Find out if your local grocery store has a double coupon day and make that the day you do your grocery shopping if possible.
Take your kids to the library to get books and movies. This make sense because you usually only read a book once or watch a movie once or twice. You also save on the movie rental fee.
I hope you enjoy reading these blogs as much as I enjoy writing them! Should you have any questions about Motherhood Incorporated either as a client or as a mom looking for work, please email me directly at sandra@motherhoodincorporated.com or you can check us out at www.motherhoodincorporated.com and www.sandrabeck.com.