Buy Alert: 6 Back-to-School Bargains for Christmas Savings

With summer winding down, school is on the way–and so are rock-bottom prices on back-to-school needs!

Ready to save? Back-to-school sales aren’t just for families with children! Smart Santas know that back-to-school sales offer great values on products used for holiday gifts, giving and decor.

Start shopping now to get a great deal on these six surprising back-to-school staples … and save money on your organized Christmas:   Read More >>


Morning Madness? Tame It With A Family Launch Pad

Morning Madness! Only the pre-dinner “Arsenic Hour” comes close in the “Calgon, take me away!” category.

Bathroom fights, soggy cereal, and the ever-present, “Mommy! I can’t find my . . . !”

Getting the family out the door in the morning can make any parent want to pull the bedclothes up and hide.

One small concept can go a long way to taming the morning beast: the family Launch Pad. Just as a spaceship must have a dedicated structure to support liftoff, so family members need a Launch Pad to stabilize them as they blast out the door.   Read More >>


Back-to-School Shopping Tips: Start Early and Save

Ah, summer! Baseball and sunshine, lemonade stands … and back to school?

Yep. Summer or not, it’s time to think about ways to save money shopping for back-to-school clothing and school supplies.

Retailers are poised to begin back-to-school promotions the instant July 4th’s fireworks cease to glow.

Savvy shoppers begin planning now to get the most for their back-to-school dollar.   Read More >>

Printables: 

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PDF iconBack-To-School Clothing Checklist

Make A Plan: Teach Kids The Planner Habit

Teachers, parents and homeschool families know that training kids to the planner habit makes for successful students.

School districts throughout the USA issue planners to pupils and integrate planner use into the school day. Homeschool families use planners to track and organize lessons, chores and activities, while tech-savvy teens rely on smartphone calendar and to-do apps to organize their work.

A student planner is only a tool. How do you teach a child to use one? Try these tips to teach kids the planner habit.   Read More >>


Blast Off: Set Up A Family Launch Pad

It’s not just our family that exits the door each morning during the school, it’s our stuff! Can you find what you need to get the children off to school on time each day?

Briefcases and backpacks, library books and lunch sacks travel with us in and out of the house each day. Arriving home, these possessions scatter to the winds; in the morning, precious time is wasted rounding them up for another day’s use.

If you’re playing too many games of “Where’s the permission slip?”, it’s time to consider taming the chaos with a family launch pad.   Read More >>


Info Central: Create A Family Command Center

Each day in your household, the questions fly. What time is soccer practice? Do we need to buy milk? Is the family free to attend a barbecue this weekend?

Even in an age of smartphones, each household needs a one-stop location to find the answers: a family command center.

Information central for busy families, a family command center cuts school-day stress by creating a single location to find calendars, information and messages needed by the family each day.   Read More >>


Fun BBQ Recipe: Beer Can Chicken

Description

In the Ewer household, it’s a “can-do” barbeque treat: a whole chicken cooked on a hot seat. Grilled upright. while seated on a half-full can of beer, soda or stock, Beer Can Chicken is steam-basted from within, grilled smoky golden-brown without.

The unusual cooking method, combined with a spicy rub and aroma from smoker chips, creates a tender meat, dripping with tangy juices. Beer Can Chicken is a late-summer favorite paired with potato salad and a platter of homegrown tomatoes. Happy grilling!

Ingredients

1 cup

hickory or smoke chips

1

12-ounce can of beer, divided

1⁄4 cup

dry barbeque rub (mccormick montreal chicken seasoning)

1

3.5 to 4.0 pound chicken

Instructions

In a 2-cup bowl, pour half the beer over the wood chips. Set aside to soak for 1 to 4 hours, adding water if necessary to cover the chips.

Using a bottle opener, make three more openings in the top of the beer can. Add 1 tablespoon spice rub to the beer remaining in the can. The beer can should be half-full of liquid. Lightly oil the exterior of the can with salad oil.

Remove fat from chicken, then wash inside and out, patting dry with paper towels. Sprinkle one teaspoon dry rub inside the crop (neck) cavity, and two teaspoons inside the main body cavity. Rub the outside of the chicken with remaining dry rub.

Set up gas or charcoal grill for indirect grilling. For charcoal grills, mound briquettes into two piles on opposite sides of grill. . Light. Preheat only one side of gas grill, at a temperature of 350 degrees.

Stand the beer can on an aluminum pie plate, piece of aluminum foil, or special beer can chicken roasting pan. Carefully ease the chicken onto the can, and spread drumsticks away from the body to support the bird in a tripod position.

Drain wood chips, and place them directly on charcoal, or in a smoker box for gas grills. Add chicken, locating the bird between the two piles of charcoal on charcoal grills, or on the side away from heat on gas grills.

Cover the grill and barbeque chicken over indirect heat for about 1 1/2 hours, or until the breast meat reaches 165 degrees. Remove chicken carefully, as there may be hot liquid remaining in the can.

Makes 4 servings.

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Cash In! Save Money Now For Christmas

Think “Christmas” … in July? Sure, if you want to make it an all-cash holiday!

Holiday spending can be hard on the pocketbook–and bought on credit, “Christmas Day” can stretch into the new year for weeks or months.

Ease the Christmas cash crunch with creative ways to save money for Christmas! Financial institutions offer dedicated Christmas clubs for the disciplined, but savvy holiday planners have found other ways to accumulate cash for holiday spending.   Read More >>

Printables: 

PDF iconPrintable Christmas Budget Planner

Find It Fast: Make A Plan for Household Storage

It’s here … somewhere.

Living in close proximity with our possessions means we can’t always find the things we need, when we need them. Disorganized, crowded storage spaces make it hard to decorate for holidays, make up a guest bedroom, or find the right tool for the job.   Read More >>


Declutter 101: Staying Clutter-Free

There’s a bedrock belief among the clutter-afflicted that if they could only get rid of all the clutter, just once, the clutter problem could be solved.

It’s not quite so simple. True, it’s easier to maintain a decluttered environment than it is to achieve it, but there’s more to the problem than the mere absence or presence of clutter.

Once clutter has been banished, the real work of change begins. To conquer clutter once and for all, focus on these clutter prevention ideas: