United States Presidents Study Kit

This is a great year to teach the presidents! Make it easy by using this United States Presidents Study Kit.

President Preview

Notebooking pages for each president, presidential portraits, and name cards are included for a fun way to teach the presidents! Use this resource for a memory game, flash cards, or for mini-reports.

Draw or glue a picture of the president onto the president worksheet. Presidential portraits are included for each president.

Create a matching game by printing the presidential portraits and the included name cards. Flip them all over, blank side up, and have students take turns trying to find a match.

After printing the presidential portraits, print the name cards on the back to use as flashcards. The name cards are not in order, as they are designed to print correctly on the back of the presidential portraits.

Have fun teaching the U.S. presidents by using this United States Presidents Study Kit.

6 Ways to Save for the Holidays

For some, the holidays can be a challenge financially. Here are six great ways to make sure you stay on track with your budget.

1. Get free shipping – Every December there is a free shipping day with approximately 1000 merchants with delivery by Christmas Eve. Visit freeshippingday.com for more information.

2. Plan for the extras – Remember to factor in postage and gift wrap when purchase gifts. Don’t forget tape too! Also, a great way to save on wrapping paper is to buy after the holidays for next year.

3. Get discount gift cards – Check out Gift Card Granny or Plastic Jungle to buy gift cards for less than their face value.

4. Pay with cash – It is easier to track your spending when you use cash and it keeps you from overspending because when you’re out of cash, you can’t buy anything more!

5. Chart your spending – Write down each person you want to buy a gift for. Whenever you have purchased a gift for someone, write the item and price next to their name. This helps you remember who you have already bought a gift for as well.

6. Follow Couponing to Christmas – Coupon to Christmas with me by clicking on the Couponing to Christmas icon on my sidebar to the right to see all of the great gift deals!

Happy shopping!



Couponing to Christmas: Giving More, Spending Less

Couponing to Christmas

September and already thinking about Christmas? YES!! I actually started my Christmas shopping back in July with Target’s toy clearance. It is never to early to be thinking about Christmas : )

Couponing is not just about groceries and toiletries. There are coupons available for toys, games, movies and other gifts too! My goal is to keep my entire Christmas gift budget under $100 out of my pocket, and that is shopping for 9 people, including 4 children.

How will I do this? By using coupons, earning gift cards with Swagbucks, and taking surveys.

Coupon to Christmas with me by clicking on the Couponing to Christmas icon on my sidebar to the right to see all of the great gift deals!


3 Ways to Cook Up Apples

A local grocery store had Gala apples on sale for $0.37 per pound!! Needless to say I bought about 15 pounds! What do you do with 15 pounds of apples? Here is what we will be eating for weeks to come:

– Apple jelly
– Dried apples
– Apple pies

Now I am sure there are tons more ways to use fresh apples, but these three will best serve us. Here is how to prepare apple jelly, dried apples, and our apple pie recipe.

Apple Jelly
You will need:
1 – Ball No-Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin
1 cup unsweetened apple juice
Fresh apples to yield 4 cups prepared, about 16 medium apples
4-6 Half Pint Jars with Lids and Bands

Up to 3 cups sugar
Up to 1 cup honey
Artificial sweetener to taste

Follow instructions inside Ball No-Sugar Needed Fruit Pectin

Dried Apples
You will need a food dehydrator to make these and as many apples as you want!

Peel and core apples. Slice apples in to rings and place onto dehydrator. Turn on dehydrator and let dry overnight. *Tip: It is very important to get all of the peel off the apple because when the peel dries it becomes very sharp and can cut your mouth.

Apple Pie
You will need:
3-4 large apples
1 Tbs. Cinnamon
2-3 packets artificial sweetener
2 uncooked pie crusts

Peel, core, and dice apples. Toss them in a bowl with cinnamon and sweetener. Pour into bottom pie crust. Top with pats of butter. Lay second pie crust on top and seal edges. Poke top crust with a fork a few times. Bake at 350 degrees for 1 hour.


Check Out the Rebates Page

There is a new feature on Money Saving Homeschool Mom. At the very top under Couponing 101, you will find a page called Rebates. Here I will keep an updated list of all the rebate offers I learn about.

If you know of a rebate not on the list, let me know so we can share it with everyone!

What are YOUR current favorite rebates?


Introducing the New Educents Marketplace

I just received an email from the founders of Educents, Kate and Kaitlyn, with some really exciting news. Until today, Educents was a website for parents and educators to take advantage of daily deals. But those deals expired… And there were only 50 deals available at once… I wanted saving money to be even EASIER. Kate and Kaitlyn agreed. So they created the new Educents Marketplace. It’s even easier to discover affordable educational resources that make learning FUN!


Thousands of new products – Educents Sellers can now offer ALL of their bestsellers on the new Educents Marketplace. There’s a wide variety of worksheets, lesson plans, educational apps and toys. Shop The Young Scientists Club, Scholastic, Workman Publishing, Alpha Omega Publishing, Life of Fred books, hundreds of printable units created by educators, and more!

Offers that NEVER expire – Sellers can offer our favorite educational products year-round. Once a deeply discounted Daily Deal expires, you can still find that product available on Educents at the lowest price.

Discovery – It’s easier to search on Educents. Search for your kiddos’ interests like Minecraft or Frozen-inspired resources, and then sort by grade level, subject, brand, and more!

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Follow your favorite brands and Sellers – The “Follow Me” feature lets me add my favorite Sellers to a list. Click the heart on the Seller Storefront. You can also see which Sellers are the most popular with other shoppers!

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The Educents Marketplace is exactly what I want it to be — the best place for parents and educators to find the resources I NEED at an affordable price.


Disclaimer: I fully support Educents and have bought products from Educents. I love the Educents website concept and enjoy the products offered. This is a sponsored post and I will receive a small compensation. I would not have allowed a sponsored post if I did not support the company.

How to Earn Money From Home

I have put together some of the ways I earn money from home. On the menu bar on the homepage, look to the very right and you will find a tab called “Earn Money.”


I love being able to be a stay at home mom, but there are times when a bit of extra income would come in handy. My number one way I earn from home is by Taking Surveys. I sign up with survey companies and they send me surveys via email.

The surveys vary in value, and you can “cash-out” at different levels with different companies. Some pay by PayPal, while others mail checks.

I also use Cash Back Shopping sites like Ebates and Shop at Home. By going through these sites to get to online retailers, I am able to earn a percentage of my purchase back in cash.

Another way I earn money at home is by using Swagbucks. With Swagbucks, you earn points by finding Swagcodes, taking surveys, and answering daily polls, among other things. When you replace your search engine with Swagbucks, you are also randomly rewarded with points.

The ideas I have listed are by no means exhaustive, just only the ideas that I use. I will also be adding to this by listing more survey companies I use and also explaining a bit about how I earn money by blogging and how you can too!

New Feature on Money Saving Homeschool Mom

For e-mail subscribers… be sure to check out the Money Saving Homeschool Mom homepage for a new feature!

Image Map New

The image above can be found on the right side of the page, scrolling down a bit. Clicking on individual words or icons within the image takes you directly to those posts!

For example, are you looking for free stuff? Click on “Free Stuff” and all of the freebie posts will be brought up! How about just free music? Click on the word “music” in the image! All of the free music posts will be listed for you without searching for them!

Looking for coupons? Click on the icons to be taken to them!

Or do you want to learn how to be a couponing pro? Click “Couponing 101″ to get started!