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American Girl® Alternatives for Le$$

This post contains affiliate links. If you make a purchase through one of the links below, MamaSavesALot will get  a small commission from the seller.  We LOVE American Girl® Dolls in this house. There are more of them than I care to admit. When I was a kid, $60-$120 on a single doll was not…

Minimizing Holiday Toy Overload

I really love the Christmas season. The cookies, the lights, the snow, the music, the cookies… 🙂 One thing that I could really do without, however, is the stress of knowing that there will be a large influx of presents in my house. Don’t get me wrong. I am so grateful for my family and…

Top 10 Things to Buy at a Kids’ Consignment Sale

Maintaining kids’ “stuff” should be considered a full-time job. I mean, rotating out kid gear is practically ENDLESS. Between clothes, shoes, and toys, kids grow out of things just so darn fast! I spent hours this week pulling out 18 month clothes, unearthing 24 month clothes, and searching the basement for additional age appropriate toys…

School Gear Price Shenanigans: How To Avoid The Trap

DD1 (almost 7 years old) and I were online shopping for her new backpack this morning. Let me tell you that this has been a process. She is very picky and between me vetoing (No, you can’t get a white backpack) and her fussiness, we have spent literally hours looking at backpacks in store and online….

Gymboree Back-2-School Must Haves!

This post contains affiliate links and I will be compensated if you make a purchase after clicking on my links. I was compensated for this post. I cannot believe that July is almost over! August is in sight and September and Back-2-School are on the horizon. Not every kid is excited to hit the books…

Quick, Fresh Summer Dinner Recipe

I always struggle with what to make for company. I am not a gourmet cook and my family are not gourmet eaters. My family likes my food, but I don’t have any go-to specialties when it comes to guests. When we had company last weekend, we knew we wanted to grill (because the heat has…

Free Scholastic Books with Kelloggs Purchase

Now this is the kind of promotion I can really get behind:Free Scholastic Books with Kelloggs Purchase. If you buy select Kellogg or Coca-Cola products from Walmart and upload the receipt, you will get one free Scholastic Book per item purchased (up to 90 books)! Expires 9/30/17. You can choose to receive the book yourself…

Summer Camp Pickup Reminder

My older daughter (6.5 yo) started her summer camp this morning. It’s 3 hours every day where she gets to mingle with other neighborhood friends while someone else watches them. They do crafts, play games, have fun… basically someone to take over momming for me for a while. She loved it. But I want to…

Do I Need a Registry For Baby #2?

I got asked recently if it made sense to open a baby registry for baby number two. I can see where it would feel a little awkward and indulgent to assume people want to buy another gift for you. Especially when you may have just had a baby shower for baby #1. But let me…