Talking Hot Dots® Pen & Vocabulary Flash Cards (Giveaway)

Talking Hot Dots® Pen is made for ages 5-12 and gives them feedback in a fun way- at their pace.  Its a neat way to reinforce concepts learned in the classroom at home or in the classroom! 
  • Allows students to choose talking feedback, fun sound effects or both, and cheers for students when they answer correctly
  • Provides immediate visual feedback with red and green lights for incorrect and correct answers
  • Features child-friendly design that makes the pen easy for young hands to use
  • Works with Hot Dots® Activity Cards for phonics, reading comprehension, math operations, fractions, time and money—perfect for center activities
  • Requires 2 AAA batteries, not included
  • Grades K+ [click to continue…]

Elmer’s Glue Crew: Don’t Toss the Glue Containers! #BagitForward #GlueCrew

A few weeks ago, I was excited to share my Bag it Forward experience with you.  This week, we got to do something additional with the program, although a bit of a different spin- something I’d never heard of, but now that I know, will be encouraging everyone to participate in. 

Elmer’s Glue Crew is a program that recycles glue containers.  Stop and think for a moment, how many containers of glue and glue sticks any school, art program, craft program may use in a given calendar year.  That’s a LOT of containers.  Why not recycle them? 

In fact, why not have some fun and repurpose an otherwise unwanted box into a collection bin and encourage people to bring their glue containers to your school?  This could make for some great lessons on recycling, caring for our earth, and a really fun (rewarding!) class project! [click to continue…]

TOMS Carpe Diem Shoes want you to “Start Something That Matters” (Coupon & Giveaway)

Our first Toms Shoes giveaway was very successful, so we  Money Mavens decided to launch another one and give all of you another chance to win. I love this company because of who they are and what they stand for! They put their feet where their heart is!

Toms Shoes has just launched their newest limited edition pair called TOMS Carpe Diem. This is a vegan friendly shoe that features the motto of TOMS Founder and Chief Shoe Giver, Blake Mycoskie: Seize the Day. And together with this shoes is a free complimentary copy of the newest book by Toms founder Blake MyCoskie called “Start Something That Matters”. A great book that will inspire all of us to put up a business and at the same time make a difference in the world. If you want to order this now, click here for a coupon!

To celebrate this launch, Autism United together with MadameDeals, This Mama Loves Her Bargains, Living on Love and Cents, Coupons are Great, Mom on Dealz, Stretching Your Budget, Saving Toward a Better Life, We Use Coupons, The Coupon Challenge and Cincinatti Cents are TOMS  giving away

$150 Dollar giftcard
$50 Giftpack
Start Something That Matters Book


Ready? Enter this Contest Now! [click to continue…]

Build-a-Bear Coupons!

Build-a-Bear has a $5 off $25 purchase OR a $10 off $40 purchase coupon out- both expire 9/6/11 so print them and get to the store — Maybe BEFORE Hurricane Irene strikes? 

I’m also going to admit here, and now, that I’ve never been inside of a Build-a-Bear.  Nor have my children.  Can you believe that?  Sad. We need to fix that!

Thanks, Dealicious Mom, for the head’s up!

Retail Coupon Round Up

Each week, Stretching Your Budget brings us the best retail coupons available. So, if you’re heading out for some retail therapy this weekend, be sure to print some of these awesome coupons to take with you!

Abercrombie & Fitch – 50% off all jeans (exp. 8/30)

A.C. Moore – 40% off any 1 regular priced item (exp. 8/28)

Aeropostale – $10 off a $50 purchase (exp. 9/18)

Ann Taylor – 25% off 1 regular priced item (exp. 8/31) [click to continue…]

My Friendship Bracelet Maker on QVC 8/25 (Giveaway)

This is one of the most nostalgic reviews I’ve done on this blog.  No joke.  I can’t tell you how many friendship bracelets I made, received, traded, swapped, who knows what else over the years.  Perhaps it was growing up in the 80s, or going to summer camp, but man, those bracelets were awesome.  I had friends who could make 10 strand bracelets- not me, I was far better at the small ones, simple designs, but lots of friends had some mad skills and could do bracelets with amazing designs!  The folks at My Friendship Bracelet Maker sent us one of their makers and oh, what fun I’ve had showing my 6 year old how to make bracelets!!   Of course, we used to use a clipboard and “wing it” but this does make it easier, especially for littler ones. 

It isn’t just about the making of the bracelets that I love.  Its also the meaning of them- as the site says, “according to indigenous American tradition, the person you give a friendship bracelet you made for them must wear it until the threads wear out and fall off naturally. Whether you follow this tradition or create your own, what’s important is that you enjoy the craft, have fun and make the choice to share friendship each and every day.” [click to continue…]

Listerine Smart Rinse for Kids

As a Mom I always want to be sure my son goes to bed with clean teeth.  Sometimes the brushing gets rushed due to a cranky child or a cranky parent.  This product has made my son excited to brush every night so he can follow with his Batman Smart Rinse.  When the bottle arrived he was so exited to see that it had Batman on the label.  We left for a family vacation the next day and the one item he kept making sure was packed was his Smart Rinse. [click to continue…]

Math Slam (game) from Educational Insights (giveaway)

Math Slam from Educational Insights is a handheld electronic math game that offers kids a way to practice math skills at their own pace, at their own time and in a really fun way. 

Read the question, scan the possible answers, and slam the one that’s correct! Better move quickly, though, each game of 10 questions is timed— the faster you get through the questions, the better your score! Incorrect responses are recycled until they are correctly answered. Three levels, flashing lights, and fun sound effects keep players interested. [click to continue…] 48 hour sale!! 30% off *HOT* 48 hour back-to-school flash sale! is where busy moms swap children’s clothes, toys and books online. This back-to-school season, thousands of moms are saving money and giving back by trading outgrown kids’ clothes for gently used school clothes that fit.

Sale Starts: August 24, 12:01 am EST
Sale Ends: August 25, 11:59 pm PST

Today (Aug. 24th) and tomorrow (Aug. 25th) only, get 30% off boxes of pre-loved kids & baby gear listed by other moms across the country.

Don’t forget, your FIRST box with is free– you simply pay the shipping!