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  • Best of Whole Foods Deals and Match Ups: July 9 – July 15, 2014

    Whole Foods deals and coupons

    Here are the best deals this week at Whole Foods (Southern Pacific Region, which includes Southern California).

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    LAUSD Magnet Schools: Why the Meal Benefits Application is So Important

    I’m shutting down my other website, LAUSD Magnet Schools & Beyond, and moving its content to Chief Family Officer. Our children’s education is a huge part of parenting and family life, so it’s a good fit here, and I plan to write even more about education as my oldest approaches middle school age. If there’s a specific topic you’d like to see covered, please let me know!

    Importance of the Meal Benefits Application - chieffamilyofficer.com

    Now that the new school year is just a month away {no kidding!}, LAUSD has sent out notices that the Meal Benefits Application is now open. Children from lower income families can qualify for free or reduced-cost meals at school, which helps them get the nutrition they need to be able to learn, and the application is intended to identify those children.

    What you may not know:

    The percentage of students who qualify for free or reduced cost meals can determine how much federal funding your school receives.

    There is a federal law called Title I, which funds primary and secondary education for low-income students. A school qualifies as Title I if a certain percentage of students qualify for free or reduced cost meals.

    At some schools in LAUSD, there are so few students who qualify for free or reduced cost meals that the meal application is mostly irrelevant. But for Title I schools, the meal application is vitally important since so much funding hinges on the number of students who qualify for benefits. The threshold to qualify as a Title I school has been adjusted in recent years, meaning some schools that previously qualified as Title I have not qualified in some recent years. At these schools especially, it is more important than ever for families to get their applications in so as to maximize the chances of restoring Title I funding to their school.

    Even if you don’t qualify for benefits, it helps your school if you complete the application because the administration is looking to capture all of those students who do qualify, and they’ll only know that’s happened if 100% of the applications are completed. Unfortunately, it used to be that there was a box you could check to state that you are not applying for benefits, but the online application doesn’t seem to have that type of option.

    If you do qualify for meal benefits, you must complete the application in order for your child to receive those benefits throughout the school year.

    Image via FreeDigitalPhotos.net by Grant Cochrane.

    Morning Coffee: Free yogurt, Cheap Sharpies & More

    Morning Coffee is published daily and includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    ~ Amazon: Spend $50 on select household products and get a $15 Amazon gift card {includes Puffs, Charmin, Bounty, Tide and more – when you factor in the gift card, the prices are comparable to sale prices at brick-and-mortar stores}

    ~ Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupon for a FREE Simple Truth Yogurt

    ~ Teacher Lists: Printable coupons for $1/2 Mead products, $0.50/1 Hefty slider bags and more

    ~ The Kitchn: An explanation for why my cast iron skillet never stayed seasoned {hence I gave up on it, apparently too soon}

    ~ Hip2Save: Free Shop Your Way Rewards points

    ~ Passion for Savings: 12-pack of assorted fine point Sharpies for just $1.50 at Staples {get free shipping if you are a Rewards member or order 3 or more packs; go through Ebates to get 2% cash back!}


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    Evening Roundup: Discounted gift cards at Ralphs, Storing homemade ice cream & More

    Evening Roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    - Use this printable coupon for $1/1 Cape Code Potato Chips to get a bag of chips for just $2 at Vons/Pavilions and possibly all Safeway stores

    - Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupon for $5 off a $15 produce purchase

    - Ralphs: Get digital coupons for gift card discounts, including $10 off $50 Children’s Place or Guess gift cards, $15 off two $25 GAP Options or Aeropostale gift cards, and more

    - Totally Target: Get 45 points with new Kellogg’s Family Rewards codes

    - Southern Cali Saver: $25 in free groceries WYB 6 participating spirits at Ralphs

    - The Kitchn: Tips for storing homemade ice cream


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    Best of Target Back to School Deals: Jul 13 – Jul 19, 2014

    Target coupons and deals

    Back to School sales have started, so it’s a great time to stock up on school and office supplies at rock-bottom prices. Here are the deals coming up at Target next week, including

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