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Holiday Shopping Tips By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated
The holidays are fast-approaching so here are some tips for you as a single mom:
Shop online and start early, especially since you don’t know how long items may take to ship.
Spend your money wisely. Be sure not to go crazy with the clicks of your mouse.
Shop the clearance section of the web site.  You don’t know what you may find and you will save money at the same time.
Take the time to look for online coupons and other promotions. It’s about getting the most for the money.
Usually you can get free shipping if you spend the most money in one store or online store so try to get the most gifts at one place so you qualify for free shipping or other promotions if possible.
However, remember that if you only want one or two items, it would be cheaper to go directly to the store- that is if you don’t mind spending the gas and time to get there as well as possibly fighting crowds.
Keep a positive attitude during this season when you are shopping. Try not to let the crowds, traffic and overall chaos upset you. You can shop from the comfort of your home and save time by shopping online.
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.

That’s Entertainment! Money-saving Tips By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

By Sandra Beck, Motherhood Incorporated

• Wait until the last minute to get your performance tickets. You can get them for a discounted price if your plans are flexible.
• Visit your local library for DVDs – no rental fees that way! Also check out library events such as book clubs if you are looking for something free to do.
• Volunteer – if you volunteer at a theater, you may be able to sit in on performances for free. This may not be easy, especially if you have young children but it’s something to think about.
• Look for discounts at zoos, museums, etc. Some places offer free admission days certain days of the month.
• Team up with a relative, friend or neighbor for baby-sitting. If they watch your kids on certain night, then you watch theirs on another night. Think of the money you will save by helping each other out.
• If you want to go to the movies or theater for a show, try to go to a matinee showing if possible as they are cheaper for everyone.
• Go as a group to events to get a discount- usually 10%, but sometimes more- ask friends, relatives or co-workers to attend with you and your kids and you will save some money for everybody. They say “the more the merrier” – in this case it really is true.
• Use your membership to clubs such as AAA to get discounts on tickets and events. Your job or former college may offer discounts as well.
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

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

How Kids Learn Cooperation by Lisa Mendell

By Lisa Mendell

I came across an article in my email that I thought some might benefit from and it’s called How Kids Learn Cooperation. Some of the areas they touch on are:

  • Raising cooperative children- Cooperation—working in harmony with others to achieve a goal—is vital not only to a happy, successful life but also to a more peaceful and harmonious world.
  • Tuning into your child – The seeds of cooperation are planted very early, when parents tune in and respond to their young child’s needs.
  • Sharing – kids begin the process of learning to share even though it may take a few years to sink in. Why? Sharing some of their possessions is an early precursor to sharing thoughts and ideas.
  • A few good rules – Having a few simple rules in the context of loving family relationships gives kids a strong foundation for working together with others.

That just touches on a few. For more, go to http://www.beliefnet.com/Love-Family/Family-Values-Toolkit/Family-Values-Cooperation.aspx?ppc=69352&source=NEWSLETTER&utm_campaign=Inspiration&utm_medium=newsletter&utm_source=NL

The Yearly Clean by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

by Sonia Nunez

 Ah yes, spring cleaning. To some who love to clean, it can be their second Christmas. To everyone else, it’s a dreaded chore.

Spring cleaning is something that doesn’t necessarily need to be done in the springtime, or even just the spring. However, there are certain cleaning chores that should be addressed at least annually, and it’s usually good to do many of these during a time of year when you can open windows for fresh air, and do some outdoor chores as well.

We’ve listed some here to consider; a good suggestion is to read through this material while considering your own home, and making an actual list of the chores you want to accomplish during your spring cleaning. If necessary, break up this chore over the course of two days or two weekends so you don’t get overwhelmed.

Mattress and box springs. Your mattress and especially your box springs can collect dust and dirt. Use a vacuum cleaner hose and attachment and run them over both items.Refrigerator coils and underside. Pull the refrigerator out from the wall and then, using your brush attachment, vacuum the dust from every crevice you can find. Detach the vent from the front and vacuum there, too. While the fridge is pulled out, clean the floor underneath it.

Air vents. Your air vents collect a lot of dust over the course of a year. Unscrew them from the wall or floor and vacuum when you can.Laundry room floor. Move your washer and dryer out from the wall and clean around and underneath. Wipe down both appliances.

Attic/basement. Both rooms probably need some attention when it comes to cobwebs. Also, take this opportunity to toss out anything you’re storing that you know you don’t need any longer – broken appliances you’re never going to fix, tools that are rusted or unusable, clothes you’ll never wear again, and so on. These types of things are simply cluttering up your home and creating even more dirt.Garage. The garage probably needs some attention when it comes to dirt that’s built up in corners. It’s a good idea to pull all your cars and move equipment – lawn mowers, snow blowers, etc. – out of the garage before cleaning rather than trying to work around them. Get rid of things you’re storing unnecessarily, including tools, sports equipment, and so on. After the garage is swept and shelves are washed, take the time to organize some things while putting them back. Group like with like – sporting goods in one corner, camping equipment in another, and so on. This makes things easier to find and maintain.

Closets. If you do your annual cleaning during the transition of a season, chances are you’re taking out some clothes or linens and preparing to store others. Take this time to dust out any corners of your closets. Toss out unused or expired medicines or other items from where you store your toiletries. Go through your clothes, and get rid of what you know you won’t wear. If they’re in good shape, donate them. Toss out the rest.Ceiling fans. The tops of these blades can get very dirty and dusty, especially ones located close to the kitchen, and especially if you have a smoker in the house. Use a long-handled duster, or pull a chair up to them and use a wet rag to sponge them off.

Corners. All the areas of your home that don’t get cleaned regularly – windowsills, entertainment centers, bar, bookcases, tops of shelves and cabinets, underneath beds, etc. – should be addressed during your spring cleaning.Your cleaning tools. Check your tools, including brooms, mops, scrub brushes, toilet brushes, and so on. Some should just automatically be tossed and replaced (the toilet brush, for example).

Keeping Everyone Organized by Sonia Nunez, Motherhood Incorporated

by: Sonia Nunez

You’ve got the kids all organized – now what about everything else in your home?

It’s easy to become overwhelmed with trying to keep all of your own things organized. Between work, activities at your kids’ school, your own hobbies, friends, and actually running the household, it can seem like there’s a million things that you need to juggle and stay on top of constantly.

And who hasn’t suffered the consequences of being disorganized? Whether it’s running out of toilet paper or forgetting to pay an electric bill, or just not being able to find that important piece of paper, being disorganized can be a problem and a hassle.

But take heart! Even the busiest, most distracted person can find ways to get organized and stay on top of everything without losing it. Here’s some tips:

De-clutter! The less you have, the less you need to store. Many people could probably be a lot more honest with themselves when it comes to the things they keep. Seriously, what are the chances you’ll fit back into those clothes you wore in high school, or are ever going to fix that broken toaster? So obviously the first step in getting organized is to get rid of things so you have less things to organize in the first place.

If you’re the type to get overwhelmed with de-cluttering, break it down into manageable steps and work at it a little bit every day. Today, clean out one drawer in your dresser. Tomorrow, tackle another drawer. (You can do one drawer a day, can’t you?) Next week, you can take ten minutes every day tossing out items from the garage, or the basement, or the office, or wherever. As long as you make sure you do something every day, you’ll be surprised at how much you’ll accomplish over the next few weeks and months.

And if you’re the type who hates to see things “go to waste,” consider donating what things you can. Clothes, household items, small appliances in good working order, all these things can typically be donated to your local Goodwill, Purple Heart, Kidney Foundation, or other organization – and you may get a nice write-off for your taxes as well!