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  • Deal Roundup: Target, Walmart, Rite Aid, Walgreens

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    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - June 1, 2017 | Chief Family Officer

    Target: Frigo Wisconsin Cheese for $2.09
    Buy: 1 Frigo Wisconsin Snacking Cheese 12ct at $3.79 each {price may vary}
    Use: $0.75/1 Frigo Cheese Heads Wisconsin Snacking Cheese coupon
    And use: 25% off Frigo Snack Cheese Target Cartwheel {deducts $0.95}
    Final Price: $2.09
    Ends 7/1. Via Hip2Save.

    Target: Frigo String Cheese for $2.34
    Buy: 1 Frigo Mozzarella String Cheese 12ct at $3.79 each {price may vary}
    Use: $0.50/1 Frigo Cheese Product coupon
    And use: 25% off Frigo Snack Cheese Target-Cartwheel {deducts $0.95}
    Final Price: $2.34
    Ends 7/1. Via Totally Target.

    Target: Bounty for $0.54 per Regular Roll
    Buy: 4 Bounty Giant Roll Paper Towels 8pk at $9.99 each
    Use: (4) $1/1 Bounty Paper Towels coupons
    Pay: $35.96
    Receive: $10 Target GiftCard
    Final Price: $6.49 each or $0.54 per Regular Roll
    Ends 7/1. Via Printable Coupons.

    Target: Frank’s Red Hot Sauce for $1.49
    Buy: 1 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce 12oz at $2.49 {price may vary}
    Use: $1/1 Frank’s Red Hot Sauce coupon
    Final Price: $1.49!
    End date unknown. Via Printable Coupons.

    Target: Jennie-O Ground Turkey for $1.51
    Buy: 1 Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey 20oz at $4.39 {price may vary}
    Use: $1/1 Jennie-O Ground Turkey coupon
    And use: 20% off Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey Target Cartwheel {deducts $0.88}
    Pay: $2.51
    Submit for: $1/1 Jennie-O Ground Turkey Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $1.51
    Ends 6/28, unless Checkout 51 rebate returns on 6/29. Via Hip2Save.

    Walmart: Neutrogena Men Shave Cream for $0.93
    Buy: 1 Neutrogena Men Shave Cream 5.1oz at $3.93 {price may vary}
    Use: $3/1 Neutrogena Product coupon
    Final Price: $0.93
    Ends when coupon expires. Via Printable Coupons.

    Rite Aid: Tic Tacs for $0.50
    Buy: 2 Tic Tac Mints at $1 each
    Use: B1G1 FREE Tic Tac Mints or Mixers coupon
    Final Price: $0.50 each
    Ends 7/1. Via Printable Coupons.

    Walgreens: Kettle Brand Chips for $2
    Buy: 2 Kettle Brand Chips at 2/$5
    Use: $1/2 Kettle Brand Products coupon
    Final Price: $2 each
    Ends 7/1. Via Hip2Save.

    4 Things to do After Being in an Accident with Your Kids in the Car

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    The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post. Thank you for supporting Chief Family Officer!

    Being involved in a car crash can be an overwhelming experience. The more severe the collision, the larger obstacles and financial battles you may face. The Association for Safe International Road Travel states 20 to 50 million people are injured or disabled due to car wrecks annually. Being in a wreck with your kids can be extremely alarming. Smaller children may be more susceptible to injury, and this can be a scary time. There are things you should consider doing immediately after an automobile accident occurs. Being aware of the steps you can take after this situation can be helpful.

    Check for injuries

    The first thing you should do once the crash has occurred is to make certain your kids aren’t severely injured. If any of your kids are in car seats, it’s a good idea to remove your children from these. Additionally, you may want to thoroughly examine each child who is in the car with you.

    It’s important to call for emergency medical assistance if your kids have been hurt. This will allow you to obtain the help you need and allow your child’s health to be evaluated by a professional.

    Listed below is the information you will want to provide to the dispatcher:

    • Your full name and phone number.
    • The address where the accident happened and any details you can provide regarding the collision.
    • If there were any severe injuries, and the degree of medical urgency in this situation.

    Obtain financial reimbursement

    There’s no doubt that a car accident can take its toll on your wallet. There are many potential financial losses you may encounter and working to recover your money is essential.

    The cost of medical bills, time lost from work, and damage to your vehicle can be both significant and overwhelming. You may need to rely on the advice and expertise of a personal injury attorney to assist you with getting this money back.

    You will want to keep all of your receipts for having the best chance of building a strong case. These will be presented during the discovery stage of a lawsuit and could be the key to receiving compensation for your losses.

    Remain calm

    The hardest thing to do after a crash is to stay calm. It’s human nature to feel emotionally overwhelmed and to let your nerves get the best of you.

    However, this is the last thing you should do for your well-being and that of your kids. Children are very sensitive to the vibes you give off, and this is true right after an accident has occurred.

    Take deep breaths and work to avoid letting your emotions get the best of you by believing you will get through the situation. This is the best thing you can do for you and your kids when a collision occurs.

    It’s also important to replace a car seat after it’s been in a moderate to serious vehicle collision. However, the car seat can be kept if the accident was minor.

    Tell other family members

    It’s important to let people in your life know that you’ve been in an accident. You don’t want others to relay the news to your loved ones and doing so yourself may reduce the stress this news can bring.

    Knowing what to do after an accident has happened can be extremely helpful. You may not be thinking as clearly as you usually do and it’s important to know how to make a stressful situation better. This is especially the case when you have children involved and want to ensure the health and well-being of your entire family. Taking it one step at a time and keeping your cool is important to get through this challenging situation with less anxiety.

    Preparing to Sell Your Home Dos and Don’ts

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    The following is a post from Jenna Smith. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post. Thank you for supporting Chief Family Officer!

    When it comes to selling your home, there is a definite list of dos and don’ts for how to squeeze more value from your investment.

    You want the biggest selling price you can get, right? Here are a few tips on what works to raise the value, and what does not:

    Paint the house

    The rule of thumb is to paint the house if it truly needs it – if the paint is actually peeling off the woodwork. And consider painting if the previous owner or if you happen to have – in a moment of madness – decided to paint the living room pumpkin orange or completely in black.

    What you want are neutral colors. Remember that expression, “one man’s masterpiece is another man’s migraine headache.” OK, I just made that up. But you shouldn’t expect the potential buyer walking in your door to love your color scheme. So just go with off-whites for walls and white ceilings and leave the rest alone. You might have slight tints in some rooms, but don’t over-reach.

    Clean Up Clutter

    Just like when you sell your car, cleaning up is the quickest – and cheapest – way to add value to your home. Or at least preventing a potential buyer from deducting value. It’s just human nature. A lot of clutter makes it seem like you are buying a mess. If the place is clean and clutter-free, it appears you are buying a place with potential.

    Refurbish

    If you can only refurbish one area, try to focus on the kitchen. That’s the room that home buyers fall in love with or don’t, and it’s also the area that has the most viable new options in any given year. In other words, homeowners tend to leave their kitchens alone for too long, while modern times push ahead and really change a buyer’s expectations. If you don’t have new appliances, new cabinets, and new floors, your kitchen might look shabby when compared to a newer home.

    The warning for kitchen re-dos is the chance of leaving it to the last minute. Make sure that the kitchen is not half-done when the first buyer shows up. On their website, Gilman’s Kitchen Plus Baths (at gkandb.com) recommends finding a contractor who guarantees the completion date, or you could be stuck trying to sell a construction site instead of a home with a snazzy kitchen.

    Roofs

    Roofs are one area where you should keep your money in your pocket and not spend just before you sell. Simply put, roofs are expensive and it will be hard to get your investment back if you spend just before putting your home up for sale.

    The better bet is to raise the price of your home, then agree to a reduction if the buyer complains that the roof needs replacement. This way, you can offer to share the cost of the new roof with the new buyer and come off sounding fair and even generous.

    Septic Systems

    This is another no-win situation. People expect a septic system to work and don’t believe they have to pay more for it.

    That said, concrete septic system tanks last approximately 40 years, so if you can’t remember when it was installed or don’t know, and you’ve raised a family in your current home, well, you do the math. The new owners might have to replace the tank or at least have it pumped. Still, it’s just one of those out-of-sight-out-of-mind issues nobody wants to think about.

    Landscaping

    It may be ironic, but the cosmetic touches have a much better return on the dollar if you want to sell your home. This includes putting in a new walkway to the front door and putting a new lighting fixture on the porch or near the driveway. Fresh flowers are a great bargain for anyone about to sell. Flowers in bloom cost a few hundred dollars or less – and they make the house look like a million bucks.

    Swimming pools

    Swimming pools can add immediate value to a home, but the idea can backfire. Older buyers without children might see a pool as a nuisance – a chore and an expense that they don’t want. They may also be facing higher insurance bills. Pools can be a blessing for some buyers – but they have to be functional, clean, attractive. Otherwise, they are seen as a chore and a liability.

    Eight Wardrobe Staples For Every Mom

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    The following is a post from Leona Jones. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    Whether you’re a stay-at-home mom, a work-from-home mom, or you work in an office, it’s important to have a few basic pieces of clothing that are appropriate for everyday life. From heading to the park with the kids to going to a wedding on the weekend, you should be able to feel comfortable and confident in your clothing choices.

    Jeans That Fit Well

    If you’re tired of wearing ill-fitting and baggy jeans (commonly known as “mom jeans”), it’s time to upgrade to a different pair. A pair of well-fitting jeans that you feel comfortable in is vital to have for a large number of occasions, from a casual day at work to running errands with the kids. Whether you choose dark wash, light wash, or a fun color like pastel pink, a good pair of jeans should be in every mom’s closet.

    Embellished Tank Top

    As the hot summer months quickly approach, you’re probably already feeling a little on the warm side when you’re outside with the kids. To feel cute and feminine while staying cool, pick up a few embellished tank tops that you can pair with jeans, capris, or shorts. An embellished tank top adorned with jewels or intricate embroidery is a fun way to dress up any outfit while still staying casual.

    Black Dress

    For occasions when you need to look polished and professional, you can’t go wrong with the classic black dress. If you’d like to browse a large selection of black dresses in a variety of cuts, lengths, and materials, check out tobi.com. This company has a black dress to suit any woman’s style at a reasonable price. Once you’ve settled on the perfect dress (or two), you can accessorize with neutral-toned pumps or kick it up a notch with a pop of color.

    Soft Cardigan

    If you work in an office every day, you might find that it’s a little cooler than you’d like, especially during the summer months when you’re rocking a cute tank top. To avoid breaking out the overly heavy winter clothes, invest in a cotton or cashmere cardigan. Cardigans are ideal to have in your closet for all seasons, and they’re versatile enough to wear on a variety of occasions. From neutrals like dove gray and navy to something more playful like hot pink and sky blue, it’s always handy to have a few cardigans in your wardrobe.

    Classic Oxford Shirt

    As a mom, you might feel like your closet is lacking in comfortable yet professional clothes that you can wear every day. If you’re tired of wearing yoga pants and tees to run errands and meet up with friends, consider purchasing at least one classic Oxford shirt. Whether you choose timeless white or soft blue, Oxford shirts look great tucked into a pair of jeans, white capris, or a pencil skirt for a polished look that feels effortless.

    Neutral Pumps

    When need to find a pair of shoes for a date or a formal event like a wedding, it can be difficult to find the ideal pair to go with your outfit. When you’re pressed for time and you don’t have more than just a couple of minutes to select a pair of shoes from your closet, make sure that you’re ready with a pair of neutral-colored pumps. Pumps in cream, beige, and black are the perfect choice to have in your closet, as they’ll go with virtually every outfit. From professional events to fun nights out on the town, your neutral pumps have you covered for any occasion.

    Pencil Skirt

    For the days when you need to look polished and pressed for a work conference or a meeting at your children’s school, it can be tough to find the right outfit for the occasion. When you want to look polished but not too formal, a pencil skirt is always helpful to have. A dark colored pencil skirt like charcoal or black looks excellent when paired with an oxford shirt and neutral heels, and you can soften the look with colorful jewelry.

    Leather Handbag

    Living life as a mom can get messy and hectic. When you need a cute bag that will last for years while still looking great, always opt for leather. This material is long lasting and never goes out of style, so you can enjoy a classic leather handbag for years to come.

    Deal Roundup: CVS, Vons/Pavilions

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    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - May 3, 2017 | Chief Family Officer

    CVS: Oral-B Toothbrush for $0.75
    Buy: 1 Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush Twin Pack at $4.99 {price may vary}
    Use: $0.50/1 Oral-B Adult Indicator or Cavity Defense Toothbrush coupon
    Pay: $4.49
    Receive: $3 Extrabucks
    Final Price: $1.49, or $0.75 per toothbrush
    Ends 5/6. Via Wild for CVS.

    CVS: Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks for $1.74
    Buy: 2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks 6-10ct at $1.99 each {price and selection may vary}
    Use: $0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks coupon
    Final Price: $1.74 each
    Ends 5/6. Via Wild for CVS.

    Vons/Pavilions: Kellogg’s Cereal for $0.88
    Buy: 3 Kellogg’s Cereal at $1.88 each WYB 3
    Use: (3) $1/1 Kellogg’s Cereal Kellogg’s Family Rewards coupons {requires 850 points each}
    Final Price: $0.88 each
    Ends 5/9. See more Kellogg’s cereal coupons.

    Vons/Pavilions: Simply Orange for $1.99
    Buy: 1 Simply Orange 59oz at $2.99
    Use: $0.75/1 Simply Beverage coupon
    Pay: $2.24
    Submit for: $0.25/1 Simply Orange 59oz Ibotta rebate
    Final Price: $1.99
    Ends 5/9.

    How to Pick the Best Vacation Spot for Your Family

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    The following is a post from Leona Jones. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    With summer not too far away, parents and kids might already be eyeing a vacation destination. Are family discussions not getting you anywhere? Can’t agree on a destination that is a good fit for everyone? Want to learn how to decrease tensions and make the prospect of vacation fun once again? Here is how to pick the best vacation spot for your family that will have everyone pleased and looking forward to a good time.

    A little something for everyone

    It might seem like everyone has opposing desires when it comes to what they picture as their ideal vacation. So while there will need to be some compromise, what you might be missing is clarifying expectations. Have everyone list the one activity that is at the top of their list. And as a family, brainstorm ways that everyone can come away with having done their top-priority activity. Start off with just one activity, and if you figure out a way to incorporate more, then great! Some vacation spots have a huge range of activities available in one area, as shown on this website for the Orlando area. So it is entirely possible to get everyone’s top-list priority crossed off all in one spot.

    Enjoy the research phase

    Anticipating your vacation, doing research for it, and talking about it with your family all add up to part of the fun of travel. You can get more out of your vacation by enjoying the research phase with your kids and spouse. Research restaurants, sightseeing spots, and shops – together.

    It’s the journey, not just the destination

    Family road trip? Flight? Amtrak? How you get to your destination can be part of the fun, too. Getting quality time with the kids may be something on your to-do list and what you, as a parent, are hoping for in your vacation. If experience tells you that driving will be stressful for the whole family, then you may want to fly instead of drive. Consider if you will be in walking distance to local attractions. Or whether you will need to rent a car at your destination to get to all the attractions you want to see. In the end, it might be simplest to take your own car. Weigh the pros and cons.

    Food considerations

    Are you all foodies? A big part of choosing a vacation locale is considering the restaurants and local food at your destination. Activities might be high on your list, but what you eat can make or break a vacation. As a family, are there certain dishes you all love? Have a couple restaurants picked out for each area that everyone agrees on. If you have multiple picky eaters, or a medical diet restriction, do your research now to find options that will suit everyone. Don’t wait until the last minute when you’re trying to order to sort this stuff out.

    Budgeting concerns

    Do you have a budget for your vacation? If not, you should. And not just because it will keep you from overspending on things you’d never buy at home. Budgeting for a trip is a great way to help you think, plan, and anticipate your upcoming vacation. If done right, it can increase your enjoyment of the trip. Calculate how much your budget will allow you to spend on hotel rooms and meals for each day. And then make sure your hotel and restaurant choices are in line with your budget. Figuring these things out beforehand will prevent unexpected costs from biting you in the rear.

    Try to avoid maxing out your budget on things like hotel rooms. That might cause you to be short on cash for extras, which will inevitably come up. Having a daily cash allowance per person in your family is another good way to keep everyone from over spending and keeping things fair all around.