Kids Frugal Fun- Frankenstein Bag

Frankenstein Bag
Every week Momondealz brings us a kids craft that is educational and frugal! To see all of her past crafts, visit here.
Materials:
Paper Shopping Bag
Various Colors of Construction Paper
Glue
Markers
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Kids Frugal Fun- Paper Towel Roll Airplane

Each week Mom On Dealz bring you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational! I know we just did a rocket craft a couple of weeks ago, but since National Aviation Day is the 19th, I couldn’t let the day pass without doing a craft related to it!

Paper Towel Roll Airplane

Materials: 2 Paper Towel Rolls Craft Knife or Scissors (adult use) Markers, Stickers, Paint (whatever you would like to decorate with)

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Kids Frugal Fun- Watermelon Tambourine


Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational. August 3rd is National Watermelon Day so this week’s craft is centered around this delicious snack. For the remainder of August, I will also be concentrating on kindergarten skills in the educational activities section at the bottom. Enjoy!
Watermelon Tambourine
Materials:
1 Paper plate
Handful of beans
Markers
Glue
Directions:
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HOT Zulily Sale! up to 70% off Rain Gear


This is an awesome sale on rain gear for the fall! Wippette is offering umbrellas, rain coats, and rain boots at up to 70% off! I am having a hard time deciding whether to get Will the fire truck themed items or the dinosaur ones!
Visit Zulily to snag these amazing prices!

Thanks Momondealz!

 

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Kids Frugal Fun- Macaroni LadyBug Plate


Each week Momondealz brings you a kids craft that is fun, frugal, and educational. July 7th is Macaroni day so this week’s craft will focus on using macaroni noodles for some learning fun!

Macaroni Ladybug Plate

Materials:
Macaroni Noodles(use coupon here to save on these noodles)
Paper Plate (use coupon here to save on Chinet)
Markers or Paint
Glue
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Ask An Accountant- What Expenses Can I Not Claim On My Taxes?


Thanks to Momondealz for this informative post each week!
Although tax season is over, tax questions arise year round. My husband is an experienced accountant and will be answering questions sent to me at momondeals@yahoo.com
Question:
What expenses can you not claim on your taxes?
Answer:
The items not deductible are expenses that would not be used to generate a profit. One example would be groceries. You could not deduct groceries from a shopping trip that you used to post on your website. The groceries are a necessary item needed to sustain life, not make a profit. Commuting mileage cannot be deducted, only the mileage to and from couponing class held outside of your home/office. Personal expenses and profit distributions are not deductble. This question is better answered by including what is deductible…epenses directly related to the generation of profit, that are not necessary living expenses
*Please keep in mind this post is for informational purposes only and answers given are very general. Many things depend on individual circumstances. Please contact your personal accountant or financial advisor for your particular situation.

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Staycation Idea: Restaurant Night

Here is Staycation Idea 3- Restaurant Night, thanks to Momondealz!

When vacationing, many people tend to eat out either all or most of the time. You may think that with a staycation, this wouldn’t be possible. I disagree! You can scour your newspaper and home mailings for valuable coupons to local restaurants and venture out to try something new OR you can have a restaurant experience in your own home! Here’s how:

  • Pick your cuisine. Whether your family would like Mexican, Italian, Chinese, or American, you first need to make this decision. Be sure to evaluate your stockpile of groceries when making the choice. You don’t want to blow your staycation budget on one meal!
  • Create an atmosphere based on your chosen cuisine. For Mexican you can use brightly colored fabrics to drape around the room with pictures of sombreros or even a cactus or two. For Italian you can create a romantic mood by having candles on the table or print up pictures of Italy to stick on the walls. The Internet is a great source to help with the decor!
  • Have everyone “dining out” to dress the part. If you want the dinner to have a formal feel, have accordingly. If you are planning an American theme, how fun would it be for everyone to dress in their favorite sport uniform?
  • Make a menu. You can type something up and add stickers or clip art to fit the “restaurant” theme. You can even give the dishes the same names as your favorite dining out meals. To avoid having an expensive dinner, make sure your copy cat dishes are based on your stockpile. Another thought would be to drive to your favorite restaurant and grab a couple of their to go menus; then you could just glue in your meal choices inside! Also, instead of printing a menu, you could grab your child’s easel or chalkboard and write the menu on that!
  • Assign roles. You will need a hos/hostess, a server, a chef, and a dishwasher. Try to change traditional roles to give other a chance to experience something different. For example, if mom usually cooks dinner, have another family member perform this duty.
  • Enjoy your restaurant staycation meal!


Sharon is a mom, former teacher, and blogger for Momondealz. Momondealz is also a family friendly and money saving website!

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