4 Ways to Save Money on your Kids’ Shoes

We’ve all been there. On our way out the door, helping your child put on the shoes that you bought only a month ago and suddenly you’re struggling to get them on. Your child starts whining that they hurt their feet and you feel the angst of having to reach into your pocket and shell out more money for shoes so soon. Little feet grow faster than little legs, almost over night it often seems. While shoes can be expensive, especially if you’re forced to buy a new pair every few months, let alone every new season, there are a few ways to make the most of your shoe shopping experience so that when that time comes, you’ll be prepared — physically and financially.

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Make your own baby food: No special equipment required

What do you do when you had your heart set on making your baby’s food at home, but you didn’t get that fancy baby food maker you so eagerly put on your registry? 

You make it anyway. No special baby food making equipment needed! 

Today’s tutorial for making your own baby food utilizes single foods that are best steamed prior to puree: carrots (one of our favorites), squash, broccoli, spinach, greens, whole peas, green beans and so many more. Read on for all the details!

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Make Your Own Mayo

Mayonnaise is a staple in most every American household. From a simple turkey sandwich, to pasta and tuna salads, to snack foods and dinner entrees, mayo is a crowd pleaser and a palate pleaser. Instead of settling for the unwanted and mysterious ingredients in major mayo store brands, don’t you think something with a bit less sugar and preservatives and made with real ingredients sounds more enticing? We’re here to give you a healthier mayo fix by showing you how to whip up your own homemade mayonnaise in 15 minutes with 5 ingredients!

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10 Ways to Save Big on Kids’ Clothes

It’s back-to-school season, which means new clothes, shoes and gear for kids — and an unpleasant Visa statement for parents.

The National Retail Federation estimates that parents spend roughly $300 per child on back-to-school shoes and apparel — a number that doesn’t include electronics, school supplies or extracurricular activities. In total, the NRF reports that the average family with children in grades K-12 plans to spend over $600 per child on electronics, apparel and other school needs.

Multiply that times a few kids… and there goes your budget!

But fear not! At Daily Mom, we love a great deal, and have several tricks up our sleeves for saving big when it comes to kids’ clothes! Here are 10 ways you can too:

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20 Thrifty Indoor Activities to Beat the Summer Heat

It’s July. It’s still summer break. You’ve exhausted all your in-town-fun resources. It’s sweltering outside, and your kids are B-O-R-E-D. Sounds like a recipe for disaster. Don’t fear! Just keep scrolling for 20 summer fun ideas that are easy, inexpensive, and can be done in the comfort of your air-conditioned home (or in your backyard if you choose).

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Stay Sane this Summer with Sun, Stimulation and Staycations!

Summer’s here — hooray! The kids are home, the days are sunnier, hotter — and longer. Gulp. Now insert soundtrack of whiny “I’m bored’s,” Frozen playing for the millionth time in the background, the washing machine humming because your kids seem to always be getting sticky, muddy, and sweaty, and the sound of the ice cream truck rolling down the street promptly at nap time, no matter when nap time is.

Feel your pulse quickening? Don’t! We’ve got you covered with lots of fun, educational, and inexpensive (or free!) ideas. You’re welcome!

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DIY Watercolor Note Cards

DIY Watercolor Notecards

Have you ever searched for a greeting card at the store and none of them expressed your exact sentiments?  Did you ever pick a pretty card but find that it was difficult to choose your words for the message you wished to convey?  Sometimes actions, alone, speak volumes and what you do says just as much as what you write.  

Making your own greeting cards is a perfect way to add extra meaning to the words you write, or to help fill in the blanks during those situations when the right words are just difficult to find.  

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5 Ways to Upcycle Leftover Crayons

Your preschooler wants to color today. You pull out the coloring books and the plastic container that the crayons are stored in. Your child wants purple and only purple to color her princess. As you dig through the crayons to find the only color that will make today’s art session a success, you start pulling out all the broken crayons you come across. Boy, there’s a lot more than you thought – crayons broken cleanly in two, ones drawn down to a nub, crayons barely hanging on by a thread, missing peeling paper, and some so dirty that it’s impossible to tell what color they used to be. Finally, all that’s left in the container are two intact crayons, blue and purple. Phew, crisis averted. Your child colors happily and you gather up all the bits and pieces, mentally adding crayons to your shopping list. Before you just toss those unloved and neglected crayons in the trash, give them a second thought and a second life. We’re sharing 5 fun and creative ways to reuse and upcycle old crayons into new creations.

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Eating Organic on a Budget

Eating Organic on a Budget

It seems now a days that more and more people are going organic when it comes to their food. If you have ever bought anything organic, you know that it can cost 50% to 100% more than regular foods. The cost of food is rising, but this doesn’t mean you can’t have an organic diet. It’s also no secret that non-organic food can contain cancer causing hormones, immunity destroying antibiotics, and dangerous pesticides. We understand that it may be impossible to eat everything organic all of the time, but we have dug deep to find some tips on how you can eat organic on a budget.

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Staging Your Home to Sell (For Cheap!)

It’s spring, and besides seeing lots of flowers bloom, bird nests everywhere, and parks filled with kids, you’re probably also seeing For Sale signs on every street corner. It’s prime time for putting your house on the market. If your family is ready to take the leap from homeowner to home seller, then we’re here to help. We’ve rounded up some ways to get your home in tip top shape for showings and open houses this spring. All of our tips are geared towards staging your home for little or next to nothing out of your pocket. Before you pull out the big guns of total kitchen remodels or professional home staging services, see what you can do yourself with a few weekends of work, a little bit of cash, and a whole lot of motivation to sell.

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How To Plan Ahead for a Debt-Free Holiday

Uh, didn’t Christmas just end? Why is there a holiday post in January? No, we didn’t make a mistake! Many of you are now packing up the decorations, hitting the gym to work off the holiday calories, and starting to dread the daily trip to the mailbox. Yup, those Christmas bills are going to start rolling in, and you’re preparing yourself for the continual circle of debt that happens every year: you spend all January through November paying off the Christmas bills only to find that as soon as you’re done, it’s December again! We’re here to help you make this coming Christmas (yes, the one that is 11 months away) a bit different, by helping you plan ahead all year to break that vicious cycle and end up with a debt free holiday.

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