This Mama is going to Washington, D.C. and so could you! (Hint: HUGE Giveaway announcement!)

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Its been quite a while since we’ve been on a real family trip. We’ve done long weekends here and there, but nothing as exciting as this upcoming trip I have planned for the end of May to Washington D.C.  This will be my son’s first time on an airplane and he is very excited! Washington D.C. might not be your first thought when you are looking for family friendly destinations, but it is truly is a great place to visit! First, many of the attractions and museums are free, which saves you a ton of money.  Also, the public transportation system is easy to navigate, affordable and modern & clean.  You get the rich history and culture along with the big city trappings, to me that’s the perfect getaway.  If you are looking for a Spring break getaway or even a family trip for this summer, check out what Washington D.C. has to offer.

I’m a big planner and I have already started to make plans.  So far we have booked our stay at the Embassy Suites-Convention Center and have plans to visit the National Zoo, the National Air & Space Museum, eat at the Hard Rock Cafe and to take the Big Bus Tour.

As I am planning our trip, I am keeping a Pinterest board of ideas of what we want to do and places we want to see, be sure to follow me on Pinterest and check it out.  Oh and did I mention that I will be giving away a Washington, D.C. getaway package that includes 2 night hotel stay at the Embassy Suites Convention Center, a gift card to the Hard Rock Cafe and tickets for the Big Bus Tour, so be sure to follow me on Facebook and sign up for my email newsletter to be the first to know the details.

Financial Literacy

This is a sponsored campaign with Mums the Word Network and David Lerner Associates. All opinions are my own

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As a former insurance agent, I know the important of financial literacy. There are so many aspects of your finances, that it can often be difficult to first find the time to manage them properly and to also understand what steps you may need to take for a more secure future. Studies show that women in particular struggle with financial literacy. Generally speaking, women have a 15% gap in financial literacy over men. Why is this statistic so important? It is because whether you are now married or single, women need to have a financial plan in place. Even if you are married, the fact is that you are likely to outlive your spouse by an average of 5 years and it is vital that are financially prepared and are in control of your own financial future. This is why the financial experts at David Lerner Associates have created this downloadable financial literacy guide to help women, no matter what life stage or income level.

This Literacy Guide breaks down into steps what you can do to get your financial plan on track.  Personally, for me, I find the steps very helpful because the idea of a financial plan is very overwhelming and I am unsure where to start.  For example, the guide gives you these three steps to get you started:

  1. Organize your financial paperwork
  2. Track your income and expenses
  3. Create a savings and investment plan

Also discussed in the guide is the importance of establishing a budget.   When the average person thinks of the word budget, they think of it in a negative way.  But what this Literacy Guide explains, a budget will allow you to gain more control over your money and in turn, free you to make the plans you want and invest in your future.  Before I had done my own budget, I did not realize how much money I was spending on extras like fast food, movie rentals and fancy coffees.  That money could have gone to much better uses, but now that I have a budget, I can better direct my finances to achieve my goals.

I think we are all looking for a little bit of guidance in this maze of financial decisions and the David Lerner Associates’ Literacy Guide is great way to process a lot of important information in doable steps, giving you the confidence that you are well on the financial track you need (and want!) to be on.

CVS Ad + Coupon Match Ups 4/27-5/3


Check out the best deals to be found for the 4/27-5/3 CVS ad!

Dawn dish soap .99
-.50/1 HERE
-.25/1 HERE
=as low as .49 after coupon

Cover Girl Lashblast Mascara $6.99, $1 Extra Buck (Limit 1)
-$2/1 P&G 3/30
=$3.99 after coupon & Extra Buck

Right Guard or Dry Idea deodorant 2/$6, $2 Extra Bucks when you buy 2 (Limit 1)
-$1.50/1 Red Plum 4/27
=.50 each after coupons & Extra Bucks

CVS Jumbo Diapers $6.99, $2 Extra Bucks (Limit 3)
=$4.99 after Extra Bucks

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NEW Pampers Gifts to Grow Code!

Pampers just released a new Gifts to Grow code worth 10 points: FB987EART6DD014 but hurry, it expires 4/24!

If you aren’t already a member of Pamper’s Gifts to Grow program, you can sign up here for free and score 100 points to get you started! Also, check out my previous posts for more codes that still may be active. You collect points to cash in for prizes like toys, baby products and gift cards.

Shaw’s Ad Scan + Coupon Match Ups 4/25-5/1

Here is the preview for next week’s Shaw’s ad starting Friday. To view the Shaw’s ad scan, go here.

3 Day Sale-Friday, Saturday, Sunday only:

Kellogg’s cereal $1.88
-$3/3 Kellogg’s Family Rewards
=.88 each after coupon

Wild Boneless Haddock Fillets $6.88/lb

Baby Cut Carrots .88

Mushrooms .88

Shaw’s Spring Water 2/$5

Wunderbar Bologna .99/lb

Cottonelle Mega Roll 9 pack or Double Roll 12 pack $4.99 (Limit 1)
-.50/1 SmartSource 3/16
=$3.99 after coupon doubles

Scott Bath Tissue 8 pack $4.99 (Limit 1)
-.75/1 SmartSource 3/16 (expires 4/26!)
-.55/1 HERE
=$3.49 after coupon doubles

Scott Paper Towel 6 pack $4.99 (Limit 1)
-.75/1 SmartSource 3/16 (expires 4/26!)
=$3.49 after coupon doubles

Viva Paper Towel 6 pack $4.99 (Limit 1)
-.75/1 SmartSource 3/16 (expires 4/26!)
=$3.49 after coupon doubles

Meat & Seafood:

Center Cut Pork Loin Chops $1.97/lb, 3 lbs+
Shadybrook Farms Ground Turkey $2.99
Grill Good Fresh Boneless Chicken Breast B1G1

Deli:

Cracker Barrel Old Country Store Ham, Turkey or Chicken Breast $5.99/lb
Shaw’s Low Sodium Ham $3.99/lb
Shaw’s Swiss Cheese $5.99/lb

Wild Garden Hummus & Chips Snack Pack $1
-$1/4 HERE
=.75 each after coupon

Tribe Hummus $1.99
-$1/1 HERE
=.99 after coupon

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Demoulas Market Basket Ad Scan + Coupon Match Ups 4/20-4/26

 

Here’s what you can find for deals in this week’s Market Basket ad. To view this week’s actual Market Basket ad scan, go here. This ad is good from 4/20 through 4/26.

Also, don’t forget you will get an extra 4% off your purchase now through December 27th, 2014! Exclusion: beer, wine, cigarettes/tobacco, dairy milk, gift cards, lottery stamps & town trash bags.

Meat & Seafood:

Center Cut Pork Chops $2.29/lb
Bottom Round Roast $3.49/lb
Chicken Breast Cutlets $3.49/lb

Perdue Perfect Portions $6.49
-$1/1 HERE
=$5.49 after coupon

Deli:

Willowbrook Farms Turkey $3.99/lb
Market Basket Rare Roast Beef $5.99/lb
Stella Provolone Cheese $3.99/lb

Krakus Polish Ham $3.99/lb
-$1/1 HERE
=$2.99 for 1 lb after coupon

Produce:

Summer Squash or Zucchini .99/lb
Plum Roma Tomatoes .99/lb
Cut Seedless Watermelon .59/lb

Litehouse Salad Dressing 2/$5
-$1/2 HERE
=$2 each after coupon

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Rite Aid Ad + Coupon Match Ups 4/20-4/26

Here are some of the best deals found in this week’s Rite Aid ad. You can find the Rite Aid Video Values store coupon on RiteAid.com under the “save” tab.

Kellogg’s cereal $1.99
-$3/3 HERE
=.99 each after coupon

Revlon cosmetics 40% off, $5 UP Reward when you buy $15 (Limit 2)
-$3/1 Rite Aid Video Values
-$4/2 Rite Aid Video Values
-$1/2 SmartSource 3/16 (expires 4/20!)
-$1/1 Revlon lip product
=final price varies

Purex laundry detergent B1G2 ($5.99-$6.49)
-$5/$20 SavingStar offer
-$1/1 Rite Aid Video Values
-.50/1 SmartSource 4/13
=as low as $4.49 for 3 after coupons

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Zarbees Naturals Seasonal Relief

“I participated in a campaign on behalf of Mom Central Consulting for Zarbee’s Naturals. I received a promotional item and a product sample as a thank you for participating.

As I am sitting here trying to get some work done, all I can hear is my husband sniffling and sneezing due to seasonal congestion. Its Spring time, so that means that we need to stock up on tissues and explore solutions to this seasonal suffering. We usually get through it by using saline spray and a neti pot, but those often need to be supplemented by other solutions. This year we are going to try Zarbees Naturals Seasonal Relief, which supports your respiratory health. Zarbees Naturals can helps maintain our family’s outdoor activities this Spring, which I am looking forward to the hikes, picnics and many tee-ball games! Nobody wants to be bogged down by seasonal congestion when the weather is finally improving and there are so many outdoor activities to be enjoyed.

Zarbees Naturals Seasonal Relief contains natural Butterbur extract, which helps with congestion. It is also free from gluten or dyes, which is very important for me personally. Clinicians have confirmed that Zarbees Naturals is safe to take on a regularly basis, with no worry about building up resistance. Zarbees Naturals is intended for adults and children age 12 years and older. You can purchase it over the counter at both CVS and Target stores nationwide. Right now you can visit Zarbees Seasonal Relief Project website and receive your own customized seasonal congestion relief tips and request a free sample of Zarbees Naturals. Each time a person visits this website and shares how Zarbees Naturals Seasonal Relief worked for them, they will donate to four very worth causes that support exposure to and the protection of fresh air; Fresh Air Fund, Children & Nature Network, Moms Clean Air Force and Healthy Child Healthy World.

“These statements have not been evaluated by the Food and Drug Administration. This product is not intended to diagnose, treat, cure, or prevent any disease.”

CVS Ad + Coupon Match Ups 4/20-4/26


Check out the best deals to be found for the 4/20-4/26 CVS ad!

Cheerios cereal, Fiber One or Nature Valley Bars 2/$5, $1 Extra Buck when you buy 2 (Limit 1)
-$1/2 Cheerios SmartSource 3/16
-.50/1 Nature Valley SmartSource 4/13
-.50/2 Nature Valley SmartSource 3/23
-.60/1 Fiber One SmartSource 4/13
=as low as $1.40 each after coupons & Extra Buck

Sparkle Paper Towel 8 pack, Quilted Northern 9 pack, Angel Soft 12 pack 3/$15, $5 Extra Bucks when you buy 3 (Limit 1)
-$1/1 Sparkle Red Plum 3/23
-.55/1 Quilted Northern Red Plum 4/6
-.45/1 Angel Soft Red Plum 3/23 (expires 4/23!)
=as low as $2.33 each after coupons & Extra Bucks

Wisk laundry detergent $4.99, $1 Extra Buck (Limit 1)
-$1.50/1 Red Plum 3/23 (expires 4/20!)
=$2.49 after coupon & Extra Buck

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