Calling all parents! ROBOTS-4-U Summer Camps Now Enrolling! Campers having a BLAST, while learning and playing in a dynamic environment.They’ll learn about Robotics and Science, in an independent and exciting way!
– Robot / Science / Engineering / Day Camp / Challenges
– Camps Girls and Boys – Aged 7 to 14
– Robot Camps and Dynamic Art Camps offered during June, July and August
– Hands on Learning, Self-Paced. Beginners to Expert!
– 1 week (5 days) long
– Days: Monday to Friday Times: 9:00-11:30a.m. and 12:30-3:00 p.m.
– CAMPERS RATIO: 1 Instructor to 16 participants
-Register early as camps do fill up quickly!
– Each Camper Individually uses a ROBOTICS or DYNAMIC ART Kit. Robot kits do not go home with campers but are available for purchase!
As some of you know, I spent most of yesterday in the ER with my husband. He’s been sick for 3 weeks now (going on 4) and yesterday was his breaking point. He’s had trouble breathing and has been coughing non-stop (but it’s an unproductive cough). Long story short, he ended up being prescribed 4 different medications. An inhaler, a steroid, a medicated cough medicine and blood pressure meds. His blood pressure was dangerously high (245/143).
Initially, the hospital told us to go to Walmart to get the meds filled since they’re cheaper but apparently, their pharmacy isn’t open on Sundays (which left him without any meds until today). I used that time to do some research and my findings were horrible! People all over the U.S. were complaining about the service (or lack there of). Some were refused medications because the employees didn’t agree with the meds they were prescribed. Others had to wait WEEKS for urgent medications (such as insulin) and others, were shorted on their pain medications (and as you know, you can’t get another prescription for at least a month so they were forced to live in pain). There were even complaints about the pharmacy losing their prescriptions.
With my husband having serious breathing issues, I wasn’t about to deal with a potential disaster. That’s when I remembered the ER doctor saying that the blood pressure pills are FREE at Publix. I’d never heard such a thing and found it to be strange. Turns out though, that she was right! They DO offer FREE prescription medications!
I just got home and am happy to report that you absolutely CAN get FREE medication at Publix – and it’s hassle free! The downside, is that the rest of his meds ended up costing us $175 that we don’t have. We are in a tough financial spot right now and this REALLY set us back – but what can you do? He NEEDED these meds.
That said, all but one of medications are temporary. He won’t need to be on them for long. The one that he will need to continue taking is one of the FREE medications at Publix!
FREE Medication at Publix
Amlodipine is a calcium channel blocker used to treat high blood pressure and chest pain (angina). Get a 30-day supply at a time (up to 60 2.5-mg or 5-mg tablets, or 30 10-mg tablets).
Amlodipine combination products excluded.
Lisinopril is an ACE inhibitor used to prevent, treat, or improve symptoms of high blood pressure, diabetes, and certain heart and kidney conditions. Get a 30-day supply (up to 60 tablets) of this vital prescription for free only at your Publix Pharmacy.
Lisinopril-HCTZ combination products excluded.
As part of our Publix Pharmacy Diabetes Management System, you can fill up to a 30-day supply at a time of generic immediate-release metformin (120 tablets of 500-mg, or 90 tablets of 850-mg or 1000-mg) for free.
Get up to a 14-day supply of the following generic oral antibiotics free:
I have some exciting news for all of you breastfeeding (and pumping) mamas out there! The IRS has FINALLY taken breastfeeding seriously. In previous years, they’ve declined to pass proposals for such, claiming that there’s no medical necessity – but the proof is in the pudding breastmilk!
This is the first year that nursing mothers will be able to claim a tax deduction (up to $1000) for breast pumps, as well as other supplies that assist in lactation. While they’ve not provided a list of all eligible items, I would think it’s safe to assume that it would include Fenugreek, Supplemental Nursing Systems (SNS), lanolin, breast pads, nursing bra’s (and other apparel) as well as nursing covers and Boppy Pillows!
I’m sad that it took so long for them to get on board, but I consider this a huge step in the right direction! I only wish this was available when my 5 littles were….well…. little.
You can read more about how breastfeeding supplies are now tax deductible, on the IRS website.
With so many possibly mobile carriers to choose from, the choices can seem overwhelming. Over the years, I’ve tried several mobile carriers. I wasn’t thrilled with any of them. On top of high fee’s and credit checks, you were locked in to a contract. What happens if you lose your job? If you have no money coming in, you can’t pay your bill. If you don’t pay your bill, it will negatively effect your credit repost and credit score. Plus, if you’re in a contract and end up hating your service, you’re stuck. Your only option is to buy out your contract and that can cost several hundred dollars. Ick!
After years of searching, I discovered Boost Mobile. There’s NO contract, no credit check check, LOW prices and you get unlimited EVERYTHING (talk, text and data). That’s pretty darn awesome! Best of all, I get coverage everywhere (even in Dollar General – a place that’s typically a dead zone).
Let’s take a look at their low prices:
What features are included in the Data Boost plans?
The Data Boost plans include the benefits of the Monthly Unlimited Select plans with more high-speed data at lower prices. All plans include unlimited domestic talk, text, and data (applicable 3G/4G high-speed data allotment with video streaming limited to 3G speeds).
Why are there 3 different prices if they’re all unlimited?
It’s true that you get unlimited talk, text and data regardless which pricing plan you choose. The only difference between them, is how many gigabytes of data you get before they slow it down a bit (which really isn’t that slow at all). They do NOT cut you off or charge you any additional fees for going past that amount of data. It’s pretty great!
What about phone options?
There are MANY different phones to choose from. You do have to pay for them out of pocket but prices start at just $14.99. Best of all, when you decide you want to upgrade, they’ll buy back your phone!
You mentioned a FREE $25 Visa Gift Card?
This is a great offer! Right now, you’ll get a FREE $25 Visa Gift Card when you sign up for Boost Mobile! That would make your first monthly payment as low as $10! Remember, there is NO contract. You have nothing to lose.
Are you ready to have your best year of savings? I know I am! I’ve been combing through my budget, cutting out unnecessary expenses and even canning my own foods! Pretty cool huh? One thing I REALLY need to get back to, is couponing. Remember my stockpile (pictured above)? Oh how I miss those days!
How to Be an Organized Couponer
(and where to get cheap supplies)
If you’re serious about couponing and saving lots of money, you’ll definitely want a coupon binder. These are so incredibly helpful! Right now, Walmart has Zip Binders (which area great for coupon) for only $6.74 (FREE store pickup is available)! These sell for $26 on Amazon!
– Food (items your family will eat)
– Health/Beauty (toiletries & makeup)
– Miscellaneous (pet food, laundry soap, etc)
I then clip my coupons and put them in alphabetical order, in the corresponding categories. Each coupon gets it’s own baseball card slot. Why do I do this? It’s simple really. Think about how many times you’ve been out shopping and saw a good deal. I’m sure you’ve thought to yourself “I wonder if I have a coupon for that“.
Sure, you COULD carry around an envelope that’s stuffed with coupons, but that will slow you down drastically (and you’ll likely drop some of them in the store). Wouldn’t it be easier to go “Oh, I see Jif Peanut Butter is on sale. Let’s see if I have a coupon for that”. You’d then open your coupon binder, turn to the “food” category and look for the letter “J”. Tada! You just saved yourself 10 minutes (per coupon you’re searching for) of rifling through an envelope of coupons!
You’ll save a LOT more like that! Sure, you’ll still want to plan your shopping trips ahead of time (comparing your stores weekly ad to the coupons you have), but this will allow you to take advantage of unadvertised sale (like in the clearance sections)! An added bonus is that you’ll get a TON of compliments from random people, praising you for not only being organized, but smart!