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What are your best tips for Black Friday shopping? (Please include a link if it's relevant.)

Jenn

Shop online!!!! Really I have done a lot of shopping.. What can I say I love it, waiting until Black Friday isn't always the best answer... Yes there is great sales but the crowds just are not worth it to me.. I would rather plan, and shop online. Shopping online allows you to find more products, better prizes, more sizes, colors, etc. There's no coupon clipping, search for your coupon code, insert and discount. Also, comparing prices online, saves on driving no gas money... I am an avid online shopper, love it and highly recommend it.
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What's the most awkward or funny thing that has ever happened at one of your family's holiday gatherings?

Jenn

Okay I have one for you... 5 years ago, on Christmas my hubby asked me to marry him.. Needless to say, I said yes.. right before he asked me, in the house I grew up in I walked directly off the steps, tripped over a shoe, and face planted into the glass door.. OMG, let me tell you, I was so nervous I had a feeling he was going to ask me. When he said, "babe can you come here?" I just knew he was going to, so yea I totally had an awesome entrance planned.. You know one, where he looks at me and says, "WOW, I am one lucky guy." Okay so that didn't happen, he probably though, "wow this poor girl is going to need my help, lol." My mom and dad were laughing they knew he was fixing to ask me, and saw my graceful entrance.. My husband still picks on me about walking and chewing gum.... It's been 5 years and I love him more and more every day!
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Cabbage Patch Kids, the Bionic Woman, Lite-Brite...what toy from your childhood are you most nostalgic about? Please include a link if you can find one.

Jenn

I loved Garfield and Odi. Still do to be honest I get super excited when a cartoon comes on. My children think I am crazy because Odi doesn't talk, to me that's why it's so funny, silly dog. Anyway, I had the sheets, curtains, bedspead, as well as this awesome wallpaper, my mom managed to find. I love it... One more thing I really remember was when McDonalds happened to have Fraggle Rock toys, oh man it was a good day in my life when I had that darn carrot car... they just don't make McDoald toys like they used to, lol. I managed to find up a photo of them yepie, whoever posted this thanks you're awesome...
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What are some fun alternatives to candy for passing out on Halloween? Please provide a short description and a link to an image or recipe.

Jenn

Anything fun, I found that children love glow sticks.. Adults love them, and there so much fun to be had on a dark night walking around with glow sticks. We handed them out this year rather than candy it was super cool, all the kids were glowing. It not only better for the kids but helps keep them save they were all glowing. Some had necklaces, others had sticks, bracelets, etc. It was great and the parents really appreciated it.
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At what age did you (or would you) give your child a cell phone? (Please include any contracts or conditions you gave your child with this use)

Jenn

My oldest has had a cell phone since she was 9 and walked to school. I has a mom felt safer, she didn't really call anyone but her grandmother at this age. So there was no reasons to set rules other than don't loose it lol. Now she is 14 and loves her phone so rules are as follows. 1. If not thinks something is up she will check your phone (have not had to do this but don't think I wont) 2. Good Grades 3. No fibs 4. I must trust that you're making good choices 5. You must work for your phone (help around the house without complaining) 6. nobody is allowed to use your phone. 7. you loose it you buy a new one. 8. no using it at school, unless it's a 911 emergancy. 9. we love you YOU MUST ALWAYS ANSWER WHEN WE CALL 10 Follow those rules and your phone is yours... she follows them and we have never had to take her phone.
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At what age can kids start trick-or-treating? And by what age should they stop?

Jenn

I don't think there should be an age.... Really even when someone is 18 if they are going to get dressed up and head out to trick or treat, I will give them candy and wish them a spooky night. The holidays are not just for children, it's for anyone who wants to enjoy them and take the time to get dressed! My answer is ANY AGE CAN TRICK OR TREAT! (they must dress up) I think it's important even as children turn into teens we allow them to keep some form of innocents about them. They might look grown up, but fact is they are still children. Even if they are grown, there's nothing wrong with being a child at heart and having fun now and then.
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What's your best tip for teaching a gradeschooler about money?

Jenn

Let them spend it, let them earn it. In our house we start early. If my child wants something they earn the money by doing different things and helping mom around the house. Then I take them to buy whatever they want. My oldest used to spend all her money on candy, until we started making her earn it. Now she thinks about it before she drops 20 bucks on candy. I tried the whole savings account early and it's too much for them to understand at an early age. However, they all have one and once they are ready I begin teaching them how to take care of their savings account. Watching the money grow is wonderful experience for the. My oldest puts every single dime she finds in it, we balance once a week, and she is saving up for something big. She won't tell us yet (I dont think she knows lol) Really workng for their money is the most improtant part. Its a good life lesson as well, sad fact is we have to work for our money, why not teach them those good life skills early. We also talk about what they are going to buy, is it that important, would they rather save, but I really allow them to spend. There's been 2 times my oldest has come back and told me I wish I wouldn't have bought that coke I would have enough money. So she doesn't buy soda, candy or things of that nature with her money, she doesn't want to waste it. It took a few times but it worked...
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