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Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017, Nationwide List

Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017

The kids will be going back-to-school before you know it… are you ready?  Every year, the kids have a long list of supplies that they need to buy for the upcoming school year, and of course, they need new clothes and shoes… so why not save a little bit of money and shop tax-free?!

 

Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017 // Money Savvy Living

 

If you haven’t already, start taking a look at your local store flyers to see which stores may be running special pricing on their back-to-school items, combine it with the NO TAX holiday, and you will save even more money!

 

Several states nationwide are offering tax-free holidays for back-to-school items, such as school supplies, clothing, footwear, and even stuff for the dorm and home.  Here is a list of states nationwide that will be offering tax holidays in August 2017:

Arkansas August 5-6, 2017

  • Clothing – $100
  • Clothing Accessories or Equipment – $50
  • School Art Supplies
  • School supplies
  • School Instructional Materials

Connecticut August 20-26, 2017

  • Clothing and Footwear – $100 or less

Florida August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories – $60 or less per item
  • School supplies – $15 or less per item
  • Computers and certain computer-related accessories when purchased for noncommercial home or personal use – $750 or less per item

Iowa August 4-5, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

Louisiana August 4-5, 2017

  • The Louisiana Annual Sales Tax Holiday provides an exemption from state sales tax on the first $2,500 of the purchase price of most individual items of tangible personal property for non-business use. The state sales tax is payable on the portion of the purchase price of any individual item in excess of $2,500.

Maryland August 13-19, 2017

  • Clothing & Footwear, each item up to $100

Massachusetts August 12-13, 2017

  • Clothing – up to $175 per item
  • Most purchases less than $2500 threshold amount

Missouri August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
  • School supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
  • Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
  • Personal computers – not to exceed $1,500
  • Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
  • Graphing Calculators – not to exceed $150

New Mexico August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100
  • Computers: desktop, laptop, tablets or notebook up to $1,000
  • Related computer hardware – $500
  • School supplies for use in standard, general-education classrooms must be under $30 per unit

Ohio August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing priced at $75 per item or less
  • School supplies priced at $20 per item or less
  • School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less

Oklahoma August 4-6, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear, each item up to $100

South Carolina August 4-6, 2017

Texas  August 11-13, 2017

  • Clothing & footwear: $100 or Less
  • School Supplies & Backpacks: $100 or Less

Virginia August 4-6, 2017

  • School Supplies, Clothing, and Footwear:
    • Qualified school supplies – $20 or less per item
    • Qualified clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

In addition to school supplies, Virginia is also offering additional tax-free items the weekend of August 4-6. 2017:

  • Hurricane and Emergency Preparedness Items:
    • Portable generators – $1,000 or less per item
    • Gas-powered chainsaws – $350 or less per item
    • Chainsaw accessories – $60 or less per item
    • Other specified hurricane preparedness items with a sales price of $60 or less per item
    • Detailed list of hurricane preparedness items
  • Energy Star andWaterSense Items:
    • Qualifying items carrying either the Energy Star or WaterSense label with a sales price of $2,500 or less purchased for noncommercial home or personal use.

Back to School Tax-Free Holidays 2017 // Money Savvy Living

 

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun

I am always looking for fun and affordable places to take the kids– and if they have fun activities for adults too, then that’s even better!  So I was pretty excited to find Make Believe, located in Parma.

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

When you walk into Make Believe, there is a sign that tells you all about the world of imagination that you are entering.  Each area is set up to be an imaginary world to explore:

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

For the Grown-Ups

This place is definitely set up to be fun for kids, it is also set up with adults in mind too.  While the kids are playing, parents can visit the Lollipop Bistro.

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Don’t let the name fool you… you can order wine and beer here– and the list is pretty extensive too!  There is also a lounge area by the front entrance that has massaging chairs, several televisions hanging up, and lots of sofas, chairs, and tables to sit back and enjoy your drink while your kids have fun!  Seriously, I think you could probably make a date-night out of taking the kids to Make Believe!

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

So besides the cool area for adults, one of the first things that I noticed when we got there was how clean it was.  Now, I was there on a #hosted visit, so I got a tour and some behind-the-scenes info… While I was there, I found out that they really focus on cleaning, and it shows!  Make Believe feels and smells clean– even the bathrooms are clean!  If you have been to enough of these types of fun zones for kids, you know exactly what I am talking about regarding the cleanliness.  Some places have sticky floors, you just feel like your kids will get sick from all the germs that they picked up and you really don’t want to have to use the restroom.  That is definitely not the case with Make Believe.  Make Believe was Clean. Clean. Super clean.

Ballocity

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Lots of fun to be had climbing around in here: balls popping around, climbing in three levels of tunnels, and ending with a big slide!  Parents can even go in with small children– and that’s definitely something that you can’t do in most of these types of play zones!

Arcade

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Kids big and small can enjoy the arcade games… you might even win some tickets to cash in at the Treasure Chest prize center!

High Ropes Course

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

The high ropes course is suspended 15 feet in the air, above the arcade and laser tag areas.  This was definitely a favorite and the kids probably spent an hour climbing around on the ropes course.  Adults are welcome to take part in this activity as well, but don’t forget to wear your athletic shoes (no socks or flip flops allowed).  Each area has employees running the attraction, but the Make Believe employees are especially helpful in this area– if your child gets stuck or scared, one of the workers will be right there to help out.

Ninja Wall/ Rock Climbing Wall

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Scale the wall like a ninja or climb up one of the sides… this will definitely test your physical fitness.

Laser Tag

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

Laser tag is multi-level and has metal grates in the floors that you can shoot opponents through.  Glow-in-the dark paint and scenery make this a really fun area!

Bumper Cars

IMG_0925These bumper cars are easy to operate (my 5-year-old hopped right on and rode around in it with no problem at all!) and the impact is a bit softer than what you might remember from the old-style bumper cars at the county fair… these bumper cars are basically surrounded by a large inner tube to absorb the impact, not hard rubber that has no-give.

Mini Bowling

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

 

Party Time

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

There are several sizes of party rooms and different themes, ranging from medieval times to outer space, to a room with a disco ball…click here for more information on what Make Believe offers for parties.

 

Make Believe in Parma: Northeast Ohio Family Fun // Money Savvy Living

 

We had a blast!  Plan your trip to Make Believe today…

#MakeBeleiveParma #NEOFamilyFun #familyfun

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon

I just love a good deal!  I think that most of us do… so when I can find coupons to save money on the everyday things that I am going to buy anyways, that’s a win for my budget!

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon // Money Savvy Living

Even though I do love coupons, I seem to never have them with me when I need them.  But that is also why Groupon is so convenient… I can access the Groupon deals right from my cell phone, which I almost always have with me—either through the Groupon app or the Groupon website.

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon // Money Savvy Living

Here’s a few of my favorite retailers that have deals on Groupon:

Home Depot

Amazon

Hotels.com

Shutterfly

Bed Bath & Beyond

Target

Verizon Wireless

JCPenney

Orbitz

Victoria’s Secret

Babies R Us

Walgreens

Sam’s Club

Talbots

New York & Company

Save Everyday at 100+ Retailers with Deals from Groupon // Money Savvy Living

 

For a complete list of retailers at Groupon, click HERE.

Which Groupon retailers do you shop at?  Check it out today and save on your next purchase!

 

*This post has been sponsored by US Family Guide and it’s advertiser.  Product review and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. #ad

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review

My son loves to play soccer.  He started out playing in the school’s recreation league, but this past spring decided to play in the travel soccer league.  While all of his coaches have been great, we knew that we wanted to get in a little extra training over the summer with a soccer camp— and that’s when we found Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review // Money Savvy Living

I had already registered my son, Chase, for British Soccer Camp when a friend told me that their kids had done it last year and they thought it was great— a good reference from a personal friend is always a good sign!  And our experience turned out to be a very positive one as well… starting out with security.  Each child had to be signed in and signed out by the parent with the coach.  No matter what program my kids participate in, I appreciate knowing that they are safe.

Review of the daily activities

Every day, the kids started out practicing foot skills.  This was a very effective part of the program, because just after one week of this camp, I have noticed an improvement in my son’s control of the ball as he plays.

practicing foot skills

practicing foot skills

Chase said that one of the new skills that he was taught during British Soccer Camp was the Ronaldo Chop… if you don’t know how to do that, here’s a video to give you a quick overview of the move:

Each day there was also small group training sessions.  Since there were two coaches, they split the group, part of the time, between younger and older kids to work with the kids more at their level.

small group instruction

small group instruction

During the foot skills and small group instruction, the coaches gave direction for improvement and encouragement for skills that were well-performed.  Being able to work with the kids in this small group setting and give specific instruction in a positive manner also boosted Chase’s confidence throughout the week.

Toward the end of each day, they played a “World Cup” game.  Each player got to choose a country and could earn points in the game for that country.  So, focusing on fun, while learning, was a very prominent feature of the program.

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review // Money Savvy Living

final ceremony to conclude the week of soccer camp

At the very end of the week, there was a ceremony to hand out certificates and the coaches gave a bit of encouragement to each player as they came forward to receive the certificate of completion of the program.

Overall, we had a very positive experience with Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps and would certainly attend again!

Chase with the soccer camp coaches

Chase with the soccer camp coaches

How to enroll your child in British Soccer Camp

If you want to enroll your child in British Soccer Camp, it’s not too late!  There are still plenty of camps available into fall as well… you can click here to find a local soccer camp— and don’t forget to use code CAMP17 to get all the freebies!

Freebies that we got by using CAMP17 code upon registration.

Freebies that we got by using CAMP17 code upon registration.

Teaching foot skills and traditional soccer techniques in an encouraging and fun way was a focus of the coaches— so the kids are learning and having fun!

I asked Chase about what he liked best:

“My favorite part was the relays.  We practiced foots skills and we also got to compete.  Everything we did was fun!”

I know that he had fun because when I’d pick him up each day, he told me how fast time went by… and we all know that time flies when you’re having fun!

Challenger Sports British Soccer Camp: A Review // Money Savvy Living

*This post has been sponsored by US Family Guide and it’s advertiser, Challenger Sports British Soccer Camps.  Product review and opinions expressed in this post are mine alone. #ad

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable

Tissue Box Storage Container Tutorial + FREE Printable

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser. All opinions are mine alone. #BoxTopsHero #CollectiveBias #ad 

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

 

Even though summer isn’t even half over yet, the kids will be heading back to school in about one month!  Yes, it’s hard to believe, but soon, we will be back into our school-year routine.  Although, this year, the start of the school year will be bittersweet for me, because my oldest son starts middle school, and my baby goes to kindergarten… I have a feeling there may be some tears on the first day of school this yearprobably from me!

Since the start of a new school year is just around the corner, you know what that meansback-to-school shopping needs to take place!  Of course, you know that your kids are going to need new shoes and clothes, because if those items aren’t out-grown, they probably have been heavily used (that’s my nice way of saying that everything basically has permanent stains and holes!). But there are plenty of other things that you will need to get to complete the kids’ back-to-school supply lists.  In addition to  crayons, markers, pencils, and scissors, you will need items such as tissues and paper towels…

Not only are these products necessities for stocking up for the kids’ school supply lists, but they are everyday household essentials as well.  So I love being able to support the school with the Box Tops from these products that I am already buying… and right now, you can give back with double box tops!

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

Of course, toilet paper doesn’t show up on the school supply list, however, the Box Tops that come on these packages are still helpful to the school, so being able to choose a brand that supports schools through the Box Tops program is perfect!  On my last trip to Walmart, I was able to pick up:

  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 3 Bundle Pack
  • Kleenex® Trusted Care* 4 Bundle Pack
  • Scott® Tissue 20 Roll Pack
  • Viva® Vantage® 6 Big Rolls

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

Kleenex has several designs that both kids and adults can appreciate for the box design: anything from contemporary designs to characters from the kids’ favorite movies… I like being able to set a box of tissues in my bathroom that actually matches the décor…

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

But it’s also nice to be able to use these tissue boxes for something even after the tissues are gone… like a Box Tops saver.  Instead of just throwing the Box Tops in a drawer or on the counter, using an empty Kleenex box is the perfect way to keep all those little Box Tops together..

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

I have also found that the empty tissue boxes are useful for so much more though.  I’m going to walk you through a tutorial of how to actually convert these empty tissue boxes into a stylish storage container.

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

If your kids are like mine, they have all kinds of random things on their dresser.  So the idea is that all of the toys and non-essential items can go in the storage container.  This will clean up the top of his dresser and he will still know exactly where to find all of the toys in his room.

Tissue Box Storage Container Tutorial

Don’t throw away an empty Kleenex box ever again… I’m going to show you how you can use them to help organize your home.

 

 

Step 1 Glue two empty Kleenex boxes together (you can also do this with three or four boxes too).

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Step 2 Cut fabric to fit.

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Step 3 Turn the boxes upside down, so the openings are face-down on the fabric.  Use heavy-duty, double-sided tape to secure the fabric.

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Step 4 Because the fabric is thick, it helps to cut some of the fabric out and then use the double-sided tape to secure the top fabric down to the end.

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Step 5 Cut a diagonal slit down to the corner so that it is easier to secure the side fabric to the ends.

Step 6 Fold remaining fabric at the bottom and neatly fold up and use the double-sided tape to secure to the end.

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Step 7 Turn the boxes right-side up.  Use scissors to cut fabric over the holes.

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Step 8 Use double-sided tape on each piece of fabric and secure underneath.

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Step 9 Add a fun label and any other stickers or decorations.

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living 8If you like the labels that I used for my Tissue Box Storage Containers, here is a FREE printable for yours too!

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

Tissue Box Storage Container + FREE Printable // Money Savvy Living

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Quick and Easy, Deli Meat and Veggie Kabobs

Quick and Easy, Deli Meat and Veggie Kabobs

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and its advertiser.  All opinions are mine alone. #CollectiveBias #AskForEckrich #EckrichFlavor #ad @Walmart

 

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

 

Summer is nearly half over, and before we know it, the kids will be heading back to school.  Of course, we all realize how busy things are during the school year, but with three boys that are busy most of the summer finishing up spring sports, and then starting fall sports, our summers don’t really slow down that much.  I am always looking for a quick, easy, and healthy snack (or meal) that I can make for the kids.  So I was pretty excited to be able to pick up several varieties of Eckrich Deli Meat at Walmart on my last trip.

Now, Eckrich Deli Meat is making it even easier to get your deli meat at your local Walmart too you can enter for a chance to win a $100 Walmart gift card!

Enter here:

#EckrichFlavor #Sweepstakes (7/11 to 8/18)

 

Not only is Eckrich Deli Meat a trusted brand, since 1894, but the deli meats have great flavor and my favorite part they are very affordable!  Each of the deli meats that we chose were less than $4.00 per pound!  While there were several varieties to choose from, the boys decided to get:

  • Eckrich Ham Off the Bone
  • Eckrich Pickle & Pimento Loaf
  • Eckrich Hard Salami

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

 

Having Eckrich Deli Meat on hand is a staple in our home.  Of course, they make it easy to put a delicious sandwich together, but these deli meats can be used for so much more!  Whether I’m looking for a quick and easy snack, lunch, or even a party appetizer, I turn to deli meat and veggie kabobs.

 

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

 

All of the same great flavors that you get in a deli meat sandwich, but without the bread so it’s a great option if you’re on a low-carb diet or need to eat gluten free!

Create these Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs:
  1. Cut each of the slices of Eckrich Deli Meat until it’s about 1.5 inches wideQuick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  2. Wash cherry tomatoes, keep whole.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  3. Peel and slice cucumber, then cut cucumber slices in half.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  4. Make cheese cubes (if you don’t have block cheese, just use cheese sticks)Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  5. Make sriracha mayonnaise.  It’s so easy!  Just mix sriracha sauce into the mayonnaise to taste (add a couple of drops at a time because it’s pretty spicy!)Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living
  6. Roll deli meal slices and layer on the skewers, alternating tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese cubes between deli meat slices.Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

It’s really just that easy!  And your kids will love these Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs!

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

 

Make your own:

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

Ingredients List:

  • Eckrich Ham Off the Bone
  • Eckrich Pickle & Pimento Loaf
  • Eckrich Hard Salami
  • Cherry Tomatoes
  • Cucumber Slices
  • Cheese Cubes *optional
  • Sriracha Mayonnaise *optional
  1. Cut each of the slices of Eckrich Deli Meat until it’s about 1.5 inches wide
  2. Wash cherry tomatoes, keep whole.
  3. Peel and slice cucumber, then cut cucumber slices in half.
  4. Make cheese cubes (if you don’t have block cheese, just use cheese sticks)
  5. Make sriracha mayonnaise.  It’s so easy!  Just mix sriracha sauce into the mayonnaise to taste (add a couple of drops at a time because it’s pretty spicy!)
  6. Roll deli meal slices and layer on the skewers, alternating tomatoes, cucumbers, and cheese cubes between deli meat slices.

Quick & Easy Deli Meat & Veggie Kabobs // Money Savvy Living

Click here for more back-to-school recipe inspiration and a chance to enter the #EckrichFlavor sweepstakes.

 

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Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos // Money Savvy Living

Have you ever eaten out at a restaurant and wished that you could re-create that delicious meal at home?  Me too.  And one of those dishes for me, is shrimp Tacos.  I have never even tried to make shrimp tacos at home… until now!  These Sriracha Shrimp Tacos from Home Chef will make you think that you are eating a restaurant-style meal.

You have probably heard of the types of companies that pre-measure and send you just the specific ingredients for a meal.  But is the food any good?  Is it costing me extra for this service?  Will the recipe be too hard to follow?  We are going to answer all of those questions for you.

Home Chef offers a nice little discount on your first order!  Click below to take advantage of the savings:

Join Today & Get $30 Off at Home Chef!

Go to the Home Chef website to sign up.  It is so easy, simply pick the meals that you want, how many meals you want to receive per week, and enter in any dietary restrictions so you never receive a meal that you won’t be able to eat.

Your meals arrive in a regular box, but there is a thick, padded cooler lining the box with cold packs on the bottom, so if you live in a warm climate, you don’t have to worry about the food going bad in the heat.

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos // Money Savvy Living

Each meal is labeled and packed separately so you know exactly what items go with which meal.

There is also a step-by-step meal preparation sheet for each meal, which is hole-punched and fits nicely into the recipe binder that they send as well.

 

Sriracha Shrimp Tacos

Let’s get started!
Gather all the ingredients that you will need for this meal (except for olive oil, salt, and pepper):
  • Raw shrimp, cleaned and tails removed
  • Lime
  • Roma Tomato
  • White Rice
  • Mayonnaise
  • Sriracha
  • Egg Whites
  • Breading
  • Flour Tortillas
  • Slaw Mix
As you can see, these are all fresh, raw ingredients.  That is one of the big reasons why the meal tastes so good, you are not warming up prepared, processed food, you are actually cooking a homemade meal from scratch.  So there is a bit of prep-time involved.  I would say that it took me about 1 hour from start to finish to make this meal.  Hand-breading the shrimp was a little bit time-consuming!
Prepare the ingredients
The direction sheet is very detailed and walks you through the entire dinner:
  • zest and half the lime, quarter one half and juice the other half
  • dice the tomato
  • rinse shrimp, pat dry, season with salt and pepper
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Now on to the cooking part! 
Cook the rice, according to the directions.  When cooked, add lime zest to rice.  Combine mayonnaise with sriracha (add just a few drops at a time until you get to the desired heat level), season with salt and pepper to taste.
This pre-measured meal contained slaw mix, which you can buy, or just make your own using regular cabbage, purple cabbage, and carrots.  Dress the slaw with lime juice, salt, and pepper.
Set up a little station to bread the shrimp: Egg whites in a bowl, dip and shake off excess, dip into breading, then place in medium heat pan with olive oil.  The shrimp will only need a few minutes on each side, approximately 2-3 minutes per side.
Sriracha Shrimp Tacos // Money Savvy Living
*Here’s a quick tip when warming the tortilla shells:
Place tortilla shell directly on wire rack in oven and fold the edges down.  As the shell heats up, it will take that shape… and you will have a taco shell that will stand and hold it’s shape!
 Sriracha Shrimp Tacos // Money Savvy Living
Plate your meal
Finally, you are ready to plate your meal.  Now, you can enjoy a delicious, gourmet dinner, without the expensive price tag to go along with it!  Each of the dinners cost less than $10!  When was the last time you went out to a fancy restaurant and paid less than $10 for a gourmet meal??  Probably never… but now you can!
 Sriracha Shrimp Tacos // Money Savvy Living
Isn’t this easy?!  Bet you didn’t know that you were a gourmet chef, did you?!  What meal will you try from Home Chef?  Click the links below to sign up for Home Chef and save $30 on your first order!


Join Today & Get $30 Off at Home Chef!

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Things to Take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist

Things to Take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist

Things to take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist // Money Savvy Living

Planning your Disney vacation can be exciting and overwhelming!  There are so many resort options and restaurants to choose from, you need to figure out how those fast passes work and how to make those reservations, so it may be easy to forget some of the small things that you will want to take on your vacation.

So we are going to go over a few things that you will want to make sure that you take on your next trip to Disney:

Things to take on Your Disney Vacation + Printable Checklist // Money Savvy Living

Reservation Info

Make sure you have all your hotel, airline, car rental, and any other reservations that you have made.  You can put the reservation info into a special email folder, input it into the notes on your smartphone, or just print out the papers, but make sure that you have access to it once you are on your way!

If you have purchased your tickets or Magic Bands ahead of time, you will certainly need those.  Obviously, if you haven’t purchased your tickets ahead of time, some hotels offer concierge services and you can get your tickets there rather than waiting in line once you get to the parks.

Fast Pass info… did you know that you can actually book your Fast Passes online (or download the Disney app)?  If you are staying at a Disney resort, you can book your Fast Passes up to 60 days ahead of your scheduled arrival.  If you are staying somewhere other than Disney property, you can book your Fast Passes up to 30 days ahead of time.  Take into consideration where the rides are located in proximity to each other and decide which rides you really want to go on before you schedule your times…

Fun in the Sun Necessities

Your trip to Disney is probably going to be filled with lots of sunshine, so don’t forget too take sunglasses, sunscreen, and a spray water bottle so you can cool yourself and your kids off with a little mist of cool air… if you have the mist bottle with a little fan, that’s even better!  *You can probably pick one of these up for a few dollars at Walmart, but if you wait until you get to the parks to buy one, but you will pay quite a bit more.

But just in case it is not so sunny while you are there, you will want to pick up some cheap, disposable ponchos at the dollar store ahead of time.  Again, if you don’t have these and need to buy them at the parks, it will cost you…

Bring Your Own Disney Magic

If you kids like to dress up like their favorite Disney character, you can probably pick one up at a discount store or online for a lot less than buying it there.  I also found a great tip about buying glow-in-the dark stuff from Hannah over at Eat, Drink, and Save Money, for when the sun goes down at Disney at the dollar store instead of buying the more expensive, in-park items… because I know that when my kids see the other kids with their glow-in-the dark stuff, they are going to want some…

Snacks and Water

Since you are allowed to bring drinks and snacks into the parks, make sure to bring a nice stash- especially if you are planning to stay all day.  Even if you plan to eat meals at the parks, it doesn’t hurt to help keep your little ones satisfied in between meals without having to buy an expensive snack.  Also make sure to bring an insulated cool pack to keep those snacks and drinks nice and cold.

Disney Vacation Printable Checklist // Money Savvy Living

 

Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil 

Getting ready for Cinco de Mayo?  This Homemade Enchilada Sauce, featuring Wildtree Roasted Garlic Grapeseed Oil, will be perfect to help you celebrate! 

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I have to admit, I have always been one to just buy a can of enchilada sauce because it was easy.  If you know me, you know that I love just about everything homemade.  I feel that it is healthier, less preservatives, and it tastes better.  But I never really even considered making homemade enchilada sauce—until one day I actually needed to…

 

Ground beef was cooked, I had my tortillas ready to fill, cheese… but no enchilada sauce.  It was kind-of an emergency.

 

So basically, out of desperation for the need to complete my meal, I made enchilada sauce.  Not only was it delicious (yes, I even shocked myself by making this one!), but it was so quick and easy, I may never buy enchilada sauce again!

 

 

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

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Homemade Enchilada Sauce

Ingredients:

Directions:

Heat oil in a skillet over medium-high heat. Stir in flour and chili powder, reduce heat to medium, and cook until lightly brown, stirring constantly to prevent burning.

Gradually stir homemade salsa, water, cumin, garlic powder, chopped onion, and salt into the oil, flour, and chili powder mixture.  Stir until smooth, and continue cooking over medium heat approximately 10 minutes, or until thickened slightly.

 

 

Happy Cinco de Mayo! Enjoy!

 

 

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