As a busy parent, I rely heavily on household hacks. In fact, I would say just about everything I do around the house involves some sort of easy hack or trick or clever time-saver. But some tricks work better than others, and some you wouldn’t believe it until you see it (or try it), which is why I searched around the web and set out to put together this list of some our very favorite easy household hacks that every parent should know. From organizing all those keys to de-stinking shoes, you’ll find you can pull them off with things you probably already have at home,...Read More
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We are always on the lookout for tips and tricks to help us save money when we’re at the supermarket. Because really, who wouldn’t love to save a few bucks (or uh, a lot of bucks) on groceries? We all know about coupons and price comparing. But there are plenty of budget-conscious choices you can make while you’re shopping that you may not know. In fact, that’s something our sponsor ShopKick is all about. The free, super popular shopping rewards app just launched a brand new grocery feature that can help you earn free gift cards just for shopping at your local grocery store for the items...Read More
How to talk to your kids about money, with author and financial expert Beth Kobliner | Spawned Episode 66
If you’ve been wondering how much you should be giving your kids for an allowance, or when you should open them up a bank account, you will get both those questions answered and a whole lot more on this episode of Spawned with Kristen and Liz. Our special guest Beth Kobliner, a New York Times bestselling author, financial expert, and mom-of-3, tackles all the kids and money questions we could squeeze into our 40-minute show. She’s out with a new book, Make Your Kid a Money Genius, and wow, it’s awesome! She even tells us what we’re doing right and...Read More
We’ve featured lots of supermarket shopping tips here because who doesn’t love to say a little money? But here’s a tip for one our favorite grocery stores that you might not know about, and it just so happens to be at one of our favorite grocery stores, Trader Joe’s. Now, you might be thinking it’s their generous return policy, which yes, is so, so awesome, but nope, that’s not it! This little-known trick would will actually save you time and money, before you even leave the store. And if you don’t shop at Trader Joe’s, keep your eye out on...Read More
If you’re like us and you love to make New Year’s resolutions but can never seem to actually keep them, well, this is the Spawned podcast for you. On this episode, we’re taking a closer look at the most common New Year’s resolutions, and sharing our own advice, plus tips and tricks from the experts, on how to actually tackle them. Whether you want to finally drop that baby weight or want to get a grip on your finances, you’ll want to listen to this episode. Plus, don’t miss Kristen’s big news! What a wonderful way to start off...Read More
Putting together these ideas for easy Halloween costumes for babies, all featuring clothes and accessories they can wear again, wasn’t just fun — it was very personal. I know I’m not the only parent who doesn’t look forward to spending a lot of time or money on a Halloween costume that will be worn once. (Looking at you, overpriced pea-in-a-pod costume that my first baby wore for a grand total of 45 minutes.) In fact, last year, I realized that every item in my then 8-year-old daughter’s dream costume (Gwen from Total Drama in case you’re wondering) was something she wore again. I may...Read More
A few months ago, I decided I wanted to celebrate my 40th birthday with a big trip, but whoa, family vacations are certainly not cheap! Especially when you’re traveling with kids — or in my case, four of them. Even though I’d been saving for a while, I was determined to keep my spending down as much as I could. After scoring a great deal on plane tickets (hooray for off-season vacations), I did some research to figure out how I could stick within my vacation budget while still having a great time. And, it worked! So I’ve put together 5 simple do’s...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Upromise by Sallie Mae Saving money for college just got a whole lot easier thanks to the Upromise MasterCard, which can help you earn up to 10% cash back just by shopping the way you already do. With 5% back when you shop through Upromise.com and an additional 5% when you use the Upromise MasterCard, you can either pocket that total 10% cash back, invest it in an eligible 529 college savings plan, pay down an eligible student loan, or transfer it into a Upromise GoalSaver account. And with special promotions for cardmembers throughout the year, you...Read More
This is a sponsored message for Totspot. Whether you’re looking to add to your own wardrobe on a budget, shop for your kids, or just clean out your closets to make some extra cash for the holidays, Totspot lets you do all of that with just a couple of clicks on your smartphone. Don’t miss the special offer below! Download the free Totspot app for iOS or Android, then shop for gently used items for everyone in your family. Choose from popular kids’ designers like Boden, CrewCuts, and Tea Collection, plus brands grown-ups love including Michael Kors, Tory Burch, and Kate Spade. With Totspot, you...Read More
Considering it’s the holidays and all, and you just may have holiday shopping on the brain, we thought we’d do something totally crazy and devote two entire episodes of Spawned to helping you with your holiday shopping! This week, we’re all about kids’ holiday gift ideas, lots of which are based on our own reader and listener questions. We share our own favorite picks from our 2015 holiday gift guide, ideas for kids who have everything, money-saving and budget tips, and tips on how to handle a huge list of family members who all want to buy stuff for your kids....Read More
We’ve been really pleased to get so much great feedback from you all when we post about financial matters, from budget tips to college savings. As parents, it’s one of our (many, many) jobs to be as financially prepared as possible– not just for all the awesome exciting stuff, but sometimes, for the not-so-great stuff too. Hey, adulting is hard! Which is why every financial expert will tell you to be sure you have an emergency fund, and we couldn’t agree more. So we’re thrilled to be working with Upromise by Sallie Mae and the new Upromise GoalSaver account, a completely no-fee, no minimum balance savings...Read More
Money doesn’t grow on trees, you know! How many times have we heard those words coming out of our parents’ mouths, and now these days, coming out of own mouths when talking to our kids about spending? Funny how that happens, right? But the lesson behind the old saying is an important one: Be careful how you spend your money; there’s a limited supply. And it’s why creating a budget — and sticking to — is so important. We’ve partnered with You Need a Budget (clever name, right?), which is a cool little mom-and-pop company we like because they were started by two smart parents,...Read More
Really helpful expert college tuition savings tips for parents, and why you need to start immediately.
Saving for your kid’s college education might seem super far off, as you sit awake in the middle of the night bouncing a tiny baby back to sleep or checking over that first-grade math homework. But actually, it’s never too soon to start thinking about it. Yes, we all hear “it goes fast” and yes, that can get annoying. But it’s true; before you know it, they’ll be applying to schools and you’ll be gawking at the college tuition prices. (Trust us, we’ve got about 8 years to go with our oldest girls and like…whoa!) That’s why we’re happy to be partnering with T. Rowe...Read More
Sometimes we agree on topics, sometimes we disagree, and sometimes we just figure it out as we talk it out. Sometimes, it’s all three! Which is in part why we think you’ll really enjoy this week’s discussion on the Spawned podcast about kids’ and chores. How do we get our children to do more around the house? Should we pay them or offer other incentives? What do the experts say? And do Kristen’s kids really clean the toilets? Because, whoa. Liz is impressed. Plus, we have a fun discussion about the insane names we mayyyy (ahem) use for other parents in our phone’s address...Read More
This is a sponsored post on behalf of the National Parks Service and the Amex EveryDay Credit Card which helps you make the most out of…#EveryDayMoments. (You guessed it.) When I think of the US National Parks, my mind tends to go right to places like Niagra Falls, Yosemite, The Grand Canyon, and Yellowstone Park. (Or Jellystone, if you grew up watching Yogi Bear.) The crazy thing is, living in New York City, I realize there is so much amazing stuff right here, or just a short drive away. I mean, Ellis Island and Liberty Island — I see them looking southwest from my Brooklyn neighborhood...Read More
It’s probably no surprise that I have a penchant for shopping, but for about the last six months in particular, I’ve actually been trying to cut back, seeing as how we’ve now got braces, and summer camp, and hopefully a family vacation to save for. I’m not an overspender, but I admit I do make the extra trip to Starbucks for a coffee when I could easily just make a cup at home (there’s value in getting out of the house when you work at home a lot); and I do have a hard time passing up a hot pair of platform sandals...Read More
Here are 5 of our favorite tech picks this week from Cool Mom Tech. Look what you might have missed! 1. Because Pluto will always be a planet to us. 2. Here are 8 smart ways to make your phone less distracting without having to completely turn it off. 3. We love finding fun, affordable geeky jewelry. As in, under $15 affordable. 4. Don’t miss these 6 awesome travel apps that will save you money on your next trip. 5. Liz shares 9 excellent tips for working parents that will help make the transition back after having your baby...Read More
This is a sponsored message from Joico To help save families a little time and money this new year, JOICO hair care products and Great Clips salons are teaming for a huge giveaway that could score you free haircuts (and some awesome products) for an entire year. Enter their Savvy Savings Sweepstakes, which is giving 10 lucky winners free Great Clips haircuts for a year, plus a JOICO haircare package that includes a year’s supply of the popular K-PAK Deep Penetrating Reconstructor. That’s over $420 worth of prizes, and entering is easy. While you’re on the site, don’t miss a special offer on JOICO K-PAK Deep-Penetrating Reconstructor,...Read More
We’re always looking for ways to save time and money grocery shopping, especially during the holiday season when we’re all feeling stretched thinner than usual in every way. We’re spending more on holiday gifts and family travel, and even on household groceries for all those relatives coming to visit. Some longer than others. (Just kidding, we love you relatives! All of you.) Because every minute and every penny counts for us these days, we’re really happy to be working with our newest sponsor hiku, a very cool new gadget and app combo designed to streamline your grocery shopping list and save you tons of time. Let’s just...Read More
These days, there’s no shortage of ways to save money, which is certainly welcome over the holiday season and our growing shopping lists. And it’s not just about coupons, discounts, and deals, which we love, of course. Taking steps to live more sustainably can actually save you money, and not just over the holidays. That’s where our sponsor PUREEnergies comes in. We really admire all they do to save families money and get them to live more sustainably. And their recent trip to the Amazon to learn more about sustainability got us thinking about how we can do the same...Read More
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