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This week you can purchase 4 boxes of Kelloggs Frosted Mini Wheats for $10, and  receive a $5 Target gift card.   But before heading over, be sure to print off 2 coupons so you save $1.50 off two boxes.  After coupons and the $5 Target gift card, it’s like getting the cereal for $.50 a box!!!

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Sunday I was shopping for my younger grandsons birthday present.  I had gone to Target, and was looking at a Leapster 2.  I was planning on buying one for the older boy who has a birthday in March.  While I was looking at it  a woman walked up to me and said she had just purchased the exact one from the New Market Walmart for $45 the day before.  So, I stopped what I was doing and made a beeline for the Walmart.  Sure enough, they had the green Leapster for $45.  They also had several games for $10 and $12.  I decided I would buy both of the boys one for that price, and got them each a game.  I am very happy with this decision.  They love their Leapsters.  This fulfills their desire to play video games, while teaching them about shapes, numbers and letters.  They appear to be durable and easy for preschoolers to use.  If your in the market for a  Leapster, give the New Market Walmart a visit!

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Normally, I would not blog about my religious beliefs.  It’s not that I don’t have any, it’s just that I want to try to make my blog and website as “generic” as possible.  But today I feel moved to share our recent experience with a new commitment to tithing. 

We have not been the best tithers over the years.  Even though we were able to send our children to catholic school, it was seen as an expense, not as a gift.  Recently, when our yearly stewardship renewal packets went out, my husband and I sat down and had a very long and serious discussion about earnestly beginning to tithe.  God has been very good to us.  Since we have had guardianship of our grandsons, I no longer work outside the home.  Yet we still have enough.  We felt strongly that this was because of God, and it was time we began giving him the best, first.  So, we figured what was due to God each pay period, and began writing that check first.  We have been doing this since November.  However, as the new year approached, my husband began to worry about where the money was going to come from.  He is a commissioned salesman.  And the economy is in bad shape, right?  But guess what?  He is busier than he has been in years.  And, our house payment went down, and we got some money back from escrow, and we got a great tax return, and this month when we thought we would be short on the house payment, he got paid for vacation time he wasn’t able to use last year, and the list goes on and on!  God is truly a great provider!  So, if you have been struggling with the decision to really give tithing a try, I say yes.  You will find that the blessings will come pouring down!

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Having your taxes done doesn’t have to cost you a dime.  You can file your federal and your state taxes online, for free.  For the last 6 or 7 years, we have used the online program called Tax Act.  You can file your federal return for free, and it will file your state return for a small fee.  We pay about $18 each year and file our state with them, plus our information is imported for us each year.  That’s a much better price the the $100 or more a tax adviser charges.  If you don’t want to pay to file your state tax, just go to the Kansas Department of Revenue site and file for free there.  It’s a little tricky, so be sure you have all your information ready and at hand.   So, keep more of your money and file for yourself!

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Friday night I’ll draw the winner of the Midwest Dairy Council Bundle.  Be sure to read the previous blog for the question and get your entry in!

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I’ve been given the opportunity to offer a great giveaway with a bundle from Midwest Dairy Council. The bundle includes a $25 gift card from Dillons to stock up milk, cheese and yogurt ingredients for holiday meals! Other items in the bundle are an apron, coupon holder, cheese knife, measuring spoons, grocery pad, refrigerator magnet and recipe booklet!

For your chance to win just correctly answer this question…

How many nutrients does an 8 oz glass of milk deliver? 

 (You can find the answer at www.dairymakessense.com)

Either email me at wichitacouponmom@cox.net with the correct answer, or leave a comment here. 

In the mean time, be sure to check out their website for money saving coupons, fun dairy facts, and great recipes!

I’ll draw the winners name on Friday!

Holiday Tips from the Midwest Dairy Council!

With the holidays approaching, moms everywhere are looking for ways to stretch their holiday meal dollars without sacrificing taste or nutrition.  The good news is you can make your entertaining dollars work harder by bringing dairy family recipes and entertaining ideas to the holiday table, compliments of Midwest dairy farm moms. Dollar for dollar, dairy products are one of the most economical sources of nutrition.

 The moms who work and live on Midwest dairy farms, like Rebecca Murphy of Schwinn Farms in Kansas, know how to make delicious, nutrient-rich, money-smart holiday meals. Here are a few of their menu and entertaining tips:

  • To save money, buy cheese in block form and slice or cube it yourself. Or use holiday cookie cutters to create festive shapes, and save the scraps for casseroles.
  • Plain, low-fat yogurt makes a great, calcium-rich base for holiday dips! Buy yogurt by the quart and save, then flavor with dry ranch seasoning or soup mixes and serve with veggies.
  • Pinched for time? Cook up a quick gourmet grilled cheese sandwich, using one or two of the more than 300 varies of American-made cheese, and serve with a warm mug of soup, made with milk to boost the nutrition.
  • Remember to serve milk with every meal, not just holiday cookies. At about 25 cents a glass, it packs a lot of nutrients for the money.

As you begin preparing your holiday meal shopping lists, please consider  these tips or dairy-centric holiday recipes to help you plan.  For more tips as well as money-saving recipes from Midwest dairy farm moms, visit www.dairymakessense.com.

 One way to help spread the word about dairy is to connect with Rebecca to learn first-hand her tips for creating a budget-friendly nutrient-packed holiday. I would be happy to coordinate a Q&A if you’d like to learn more from this local dairy farm mom.

 For a limited time, you can visit www.dairymakessense.com to print money-saving store coupons for milk, cheese and yogurt.  The coupons are going quick, though!