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  • Best of CVS Deals and Match Ups: Oct 19 – Oct 25, 2014

    Here are the best deals coming up at CVS, including two freebies, plus cheap candy and soup! You can learn about playing The Drugstore Game here, and how to make the most of your CVS shopping here.

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    Best of Walgreens Deals and Match Ups: Oct 19 – Oct 25, 2014

    Here are the best deals coming up at Walgreens, including three possible freebies, cheap Halls drops, cheap Crest Sensi products, and more! You can learn about playing The Drugstore Game here, and how to make the most of your Walgreens shopping here.

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    Morning Coffee: Free 11×14 photo canvas and Star magazine subscription, & 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.

    ~ Canvas People: Get a FREE 11×14 photo canvas {$69.99 value; just pay shipping of approximately $20; these make FABULOUS holiday gifts for grandparents!}

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    ~ New printable coupon for $5/1 Zarbee’s Elderberry Gummy Immune Support

    ~ Staples: Coupon for a FREE case of spring water {brand depends on your geographic location, but here in SoCal, it looks like Arrowhead; valid through tomorrow only!}

    ~ Life Your Way: German Pfeffernusse {think Christmas cookies}


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    Evening Roundup: Cheap Boom Chicka Pop, Great news for Target Starbucks customers & 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.

    Instagram: Hot deal I found at Target on Boom Chicka Pop single-serving bags {my kids love these, and I’m totally ok with them because they’re non-GMO and only contain 3 ingredients! and they’re just $0.28/bag!}

    Freebies 4 Mom: Free Mom Made coupon booklet

    Southern Cali Saver: Cheap Mazola cooking spray at Food 4 Less

    The Kitchn: $250 kitchen update

    Hip2Save: You can now redeem rewards at Target Starbucks locations, plus get bonus stars through 10/19

    Printable Coupons: Cheap Starbucks Refreshers at Walgreens


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    LAUSD Magnet Schools: Is a Magnet School right for your child?

    Is a magnet school right for your child? - chieffamilyofficer.com

    Many parents think that since magnet schools are “better” schools, their children should attend a magnet school if at all possible. However, while magnets are often “better” schools, they are not one-size-fits-all.

    Factors to consider include:

    The school’s theme – Each magnet school has a specialized theme that should be considered when choosing a magnet school, along with the child’s interests and abilities. For example, a child interested in performing arts might be well-suited for a Fine, Performing and Visual Arts magnet program but ill-suited for a Math/Science/Technology magnet program. Or a child may not be able to handle the extra academic workload at Gifted/High-Ability magnet programs. Carefully consider whether your child and the school will be a good fit for each other.

    The reputation of the school and its staff – You’ll need to talk with other families who know the school you’re considering, but this is the only way you’ll be able to find out how responsive the teachers and staff are to parents, and what the atmosphere at the school is like. Again, this information will help you determine whether the school will be a good fit for your child.

    The school’s facilities and programs – Some magnet schools are attached to other schools or share their campus, while other magnet schools are free-standing and have their own campus. Magnet schools that share a campus with non-magnet schools may have access to greater facilities and programs. For example, I know one parent who chose not to apply to a free-standing magnet because the school did not offer any after-school care programs.

    Location – LAUSD will provide transportation if the student resides certain boundaries. The district recommends that parents contact LAUSD’s Transportation Branch at (323) 342-1340 before applying to a magnet school to determine if the closest pick-up/drop-off point is a reasonable distance from your home.

    Other options – I know many parents whose children attended a magnet elementary school, but went on to a different type of program in middle school. Many schools have other educational programs, such as GATE (gifted and talented), SAS (School for Advanced Studies), academies, learning communities, and more. Like my friends, you may find that one of these programs, rather than a magnet program, is the better fit for your child.

    Learn more about LAUSD Magnet Schools here.

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