The Modern Mom
May 25, 2016

Everyone knows that using coupons can help you save at the grocery store, but many people actually spend more because of those coupons. They cut coupons for ingredients or products they want to try or think they might need and wind up spending more than ever just to save a few dollars. Other methods that some swear by may leave you without the groceries that you need or with products that you don’t like. If you want to shop smart and save money, check out a few ways to save at the store.

Shop and Plan Around Ads

Grocery stores place weekly ad circulars in newspapers every Sunday. Checking out those ads before you shop can help you save a bundle. Instead of planning your meals and snacks before you reach the store, check the ads to see which ingredients are on sale. Plan your meals around the items that you can get for less. Going over the ads and basing meals around the ingredients that are cheapest that week can help you save a bundle.

Look Outside Your Comfort Zone

Stores today use different methods to appeal to different types of shoppers. That is why you see the most sugary snacks and cereals on lower shelves. While adults have a hard time seeing those products, those shelves are eye level with the kids in their carts. If you’re like most shoppers, you probably hit the same aisles, follow the same path and even check the same shelves every time you shop. Looking outside your comfort zone, including going down a new aisle and checking the shelves above and below where you typically shop, can help you save.

Buy Only What You Can Carry

The inventor of grocery carts created those carts as a way to get shoppers to spend more money. He noticed that customers would stop shopping as soon as the baskets they carried grew too heavy. Many people using carts feel tempted to fill those carts or add more items than they need. Instead of using a cart, bring along your own reusable shopping bag. Many stores now sell canvas bags with logo near the front of the shop. Buy only the number of products that you can fit inside one or two of those bags. With these shopping tips, you can save more than ever at the grocery store.

April 6, 2016

If you are a stay-at-home mom who wants to earn a little extra money without having to leave your home, there is good news. Whether you do not want to leave because you want to be home with your small children or you feel like you have been out of the traditional workplace for too long to reenter the market just yet, here are three ways you can make money from home:

Selling Items Online

There are many online sites which allow you to sell items. If you crochet, knit, paint, or have another related talent, you might be able to make items and sell them online for a fairly decent profit. If you are less artsy, selling your kids’ old toys or clothing or selling other items your family no longer uses can make you a little extra cash. Old electronics, books, and movies are often popular items for online buyers.

Taking Online Surveys

Online surveys allow you to share your opinion on a variety of topics. While some surveys are about specific products, others are about hot news topics. Crowdology surveys or surveys from other reputable sites generally only take a few minutes of your time to complete. At the very least, you can start making extra spending money for the little extras you have been wanting to buy.

Doing Medical Transcription

While a prior knowledge of medical terminology is helpful, many medical transcription programs allow you to learn the terminology and get your certificate in a short time. You can then listen to voice recordings and transcribe them for health care workers. This can be done from home, using your own computer.

One of the great things about making money from home is that you can often decide when you want to work and how long you want to work. As a stay-at-home mom, you may decide to only put in a few hours a week, or if you have older children, you may want to work the whole time they are in school. You may decide to only work when your family is short on money, such as when a medical emergency or vehicle repair creates an added expense, or you may decide to make working from home a regular thing. How much you earn while working from home really depends upon how much time you put in.

April 4, 2016

An office space should entail necessary resources to ensure tasks are carried out in the most efficient manner possible. Although, it can be bittersweet having an office at home. For instance, it is great when the kids come home from school and you can conveniently make them a fresh snack. At the same time, other family members may not respect your privacy and can barge in at peak times of concentration

Not to worry because there are certain measures that can be taken to have a fruitacious working experience from home.

  1. Select an appropriate room.
    It is advisable to choose a room that isn’t parked right next to the living room. Avoid these disturbances as people will most likely be in out of that area whilst blasting the TV. Instead, pick a room that is more secluded from the rest of the house so that you feel like you are really out of the house.
  1. Pick your own furniture.
    The benefit of building your own office is that you have the privilege of selecting your furniture at  the beauty of your own comfort. That being said picking a recliner couch to curl up in probably won’t be the wisest idea unless you want it to be your personalized nap room. This does not mean that you should disregard your comfort. Instead, go for an office chair that conforms to your back, with extra support and padding to compose your posture. Furniture online is definitely the more affordable option if you are looking for budget-friendly interior.
  1. Put a do not disturb sign on your door.
    If you want your family members to take you seriously then you need to take your work seriously. Act like you are not at home. For example, if the landline telephone rings don’t answer it because “you are at work”. Simply keep your mobile phone with you switched on silent mode and only use for emergencies.
  1. Lock your door even when you aren’t in the space.
    Believe it or not, this will keep your office much more tidy as opposed to leaving it open all the time. First of all, it will not be messy as your kids won’t be able to bring their clutter into the room. This tactic will also prevent the loss of important pieces of information. Documents won’t go mysteriously missing because whatever comes in the room stays in the room!
March 22, 2016

Too many empty jam jars? Then use them as spool servers. Simply use a hammer and nail to punch a hole in the lid of a clean jar, then pop a ball of twine in the jar, thread the string through the hole and secure the lid. For a cute touch, you can glue a fabric to the lid.

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March 22, 2016

The husband has decided to redo the kitchen. He wanted to build a kitchen island and add more cabinets and drawers. Yesterday, we were at home depot shopping for wood boards, Full extension drawer slides and some other construction stuff. We were lucky because we chanced upon their sale and scored almost everything at 50% off. The sale is until the end of the month, so he is also thinking of building additional cabinets in the bedrooms.

February 19, 2016

Owning a house is everyone’s dream.  Having one requires responsibility in organizing and maintaining it well.  Without knowledge in doing so is a struggle, however, after thorough checking and understanding how should it be done.  Construction of simple hacks will surely aid organizing each space in the house according to its necessity and priority.

Space in all rooms of a house should be consumed, and the first hack is to maximize the use of vertical space on walls.  Space saving hack serves its purpose, thus, an effective way for easy organization of cluttered things, usually visible on tables like books, picture frames, etc.  

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Another hack under the stairs can be placed, organizing things through its size and frequency of usage.  For instance, medicine cabinets are usually located in the toilets, and are filled up with medicines.  However, putting medicines in toilets does not serve the purpose, thus, replacing with hygienic and bath related items like deodorants, toothpaste, soaps are more likely suited to be placed.  You may also use it to store books.

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The third hack is to maximize storage spaces, under-the-bed space is normally unnoticeable and hidden, therefore, a good one to assemble.  

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Overhead is another area which is easy to use and fix.  Adding up of cabinets and stacking of storage boxes will do the trick, as well.

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Aside from aesthetic reason, having organized, orderly and well-maintained home attracts positivity.

February 19, 2016

The Internet has made it possible for many people to earn a living from the comfort of their home. Some people work a regular job and supplement their income with their online activities. There are also people who work full-time from home and generate all of their income online. It is not hard to see why this is appealing to those individuals who slave away in an office every day. Working online from home means that you do not need to answer to a boss and you control your own destiny. Here are several of the best ways to make money online.

1. Testing new websites

There are new sites that are created every day. However, it is very important that these sites are thoroughly tested before they officially go live for the general public to use. This allows the creators of the site to iron out any kinks so there will not be any extended downtime after the site is officially launched. It can be very damaging to a site’s bottom line and overall reputation if it has technical problems after its launch. Therefore, website developers are willing to pay people like you to test their site. They will watch as you navigate their site. The information they can gather by doing this will be extremely helpful to them in their endeavor to create a quality site. It is also a way for you to make some easy cash.

2. Take online surveys

There are an enormous amount of sites that are willing to pay people to do something as simple as taking a survey. The amount of money they will pay for this depends on how long the survey is. It would be in your best interests to check out as many survey sites as you can because the amount they pay their users tends to vary. Crowdology is an example of a reputable site that pays people to take surveys.

3. Become a freelance writer

There are many websites that are looking for interesting content and they are willing to pay for it. They do not want to pay the high price of hiring a full-time writer. Therefore, they pay for articles written by people like you. You will need to have some writing ability and good grammar in order to make money in this line of work. However, you can earn a good amount of money if sites like what you have to offer.

January 30, 2016

We all know how some musical instruments are expensive. Naturally, we all want to compare prices first before purchasing. After all, it is our hard earned money and our aim is to find quality, but affordable instruments. Did you know that you can easily look up a musicians friend phone number to find a great deal? Yup, this is true. You can easily call, compare prices and buy the musical instrument you need.

January 29, 2016

As a mother, you might want to come up with a few business ideas that you can do at home so that you can spend time with your children. You could open a daycare, make crafts or bake cakes. Whatever business you decide on, you need to advertise in order for your customer base to increase. Corporate signs can easily be made with a few materials that you probably already have. One of the things to keep in mind is that you want the signs that you make to be creative. Add a little personality to the signs, which can increase the chances of drawing more people to the business.

When you begin making the sign, take a few measurements as you don’t want anything that is too large. If the sign is too small, then people can’t see it from the road. If you have a storefront, you want to make sure people can see the information while they are walking along the sidewalk. Letters should be easy to see at an angle as well. Don’t use bright colors as these can be hard to see. They tend to blend together, especially if the sign has a light background. Black or other dark colors are ideal for signs. If you choose to use lighter colors, you want a dark background, such as black, blue or purple. Use colors that go well together. This will give a professional appearance.

Stencils and printed fonts can be used if you don’t want to draw the letters on the sign. You can find something playful or fonts that have an elegant design depending on the type of business that you have. Try to match the font to the business as customers can detect a lot about the service from the advertising that is done. A chalkboard sign is ideal to use if you want to change the messages each day. A wooden board is something to consider if you want a design that is more permanent. You could write one phrase on each side of the board so that it can be turned as needed.

December 10, 2015

Are you not sure about what gift to buy your wife or girlfriend. This can be a difficult dilemma. You want the gift to be something very special and memorable. At the same time, you do not want the price of the gift to send you to the poorhouse. Fortunately, there are many great gift ideas to choose from that are certain to thrill your special someone for an affordable price. There are now more places to find greater gifts than ever before. You just need to be willing to devote some of your time searching. One gift idea you may not have considered is a handbag. Here are just some of the reasons why handbags, make a great gift.

1. They look good

A handbag is an elegant way for a woman to accentuate her ensemble. It is a great addition to the clothing that she is wearing. A stylish handbag adds a touch of class and elegance to the woman’s appearance if she if at a formal event or just out to dinner with a group of friends.

2. They come in all prices

You can find a handbag that fits into just about any price range you can think of. A cheap handbag can be purchased if you are on a tight budget. You can also go for a handbag produced by the most prestigious manufacturers if you want to splurge a bit on your special lady. The bottom line is that you will be able to find a tasteful handbag for whatever amount you feel comfortable spending. You can find a good selection available at http://www.craftsvilla.com/bags.html.

3. They give a woman with confidence

The better a woman looks, the better she feels. Looking good when she is out in public will dramatically boost a woman’s level of confidence. A handbag can make a woman feel better about the way she looks. Women care much more about clothing than men do. A handbag is considered a part of their outfit. It is very important to the overall look they are trying to achieve when they go out in public.

4. Women love them

A handbag is one of those gifts that is a very safe bet to impress your lady. Many women consider a handbag to be a status symbol. Therefore, this gift is ideal if you want to buy her something that will score you some points.