Last night my husband and I broke our household rule about taking our son to the movies on a school night; we wanted to see the new live action Beauty and the Beast film just released by Disney. We arrived at the movie theater an hour early to make sure we could purchase tickets and waited (im)patiently for 45 minutes for the movie to start. Half the movie I could hear my husband either singing or humming along to the famous score from a seat away, and it was hard not to sing along too. You can read more of our thoughts about the film and check out the Beauty and the Beast free printable activity sheets provided by Disney below.
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Can you believe that it’s tax season already? It’s a stressful time for many individuals, but especially for self-employed small business owners. It usually takes me several weeks to get all of my tax information together. I rarely get a refund, and when I do it’s small, so I want to make the most out of it. Today I’m sharing some tips for how to get the most out of your tax refund.
A tax refund should be looked at as an investment. Any refund that you receive will quickly disappear if you don’t save or spend it wisely. You should consider paying off bills, like high interest credit cards, but lowering your existing monthly bills is also a good way to make every dollar go farther. Things such as paying off car loans or other debts should be a priority, and they’ll provide you with long term rewards. This year my husband is using part of his tax refund to fence in an additional pasture on the farm. It will allow him to rotate livestock to ensure they have fresh grass to graze and it will allow us to eventually have more livestock on this property. Establishing good rotational grazing schedules is an integral part of having healthier livestock, which can lead to fewer veterinarian visits. Growing our herd numbers and decreasing expenses will help increase profits from our livestock.
I’m not saying you shouldn’t spend your money. I’m certainly not in a position to ridicule anyone for spending a small amount on something that you really want; but, in the grander scheme of things, that new television, purse, or those expensive shoes won’t last very long. Long-term investments are more likely to reap long-term rewards.
Before I switched to Walmart Family Mobile, my monthly cellphone bill for a single plan on a major carrier was over $120 each month once all of the taxes and fees were applied. I had roughly 6GB of data and if I used over my monthly allotment, I was charged outrageous fees. I have to use my phone and data plan frequently for work. Occasionally, I get opportunities that are time sensitive and I need to respond quickly. I realized that my cell phone bill was twice more than what it should be, and I considered making the switch. In my personal situation switching to Walmart Family Mobile could save me $720 per year, which is nearly equivalent to what I might get back in taxes.
The SIM Kit for Walmart Family Mobile costs $19.88; since Family Mobile bills you later, you only have to pay $19.88 when you sign up. You’ll just need to purchase a Walmart Family Mobile compatible phone such as the Samsung Galaxy On5 or use a compatible phone that you already own.
The Samsung Galaxy On5 retails for $119.00 at Walmart, which is a great value for a smartphone. It has 8GB of internal memory and a microSD card slot which can expand memory up to 128GB. The Samsung Galaxy On5 has a 5MP rear-facing camera capable of 720p video recording and a 2MP front-facing camera. It has a 5 inch HD touch screen and uses Android operating software.
But if you still don’t think the Samsung Galaxy On5 is the right phone for you, they have several other smartphone options available.
The Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan includes *Unlimited Talk, Text, & Data which includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE then 2G plus a free VUDU movie credit every month ($7 value) per line for $49.88.
*Includes up to 10GB of 4G LTE† data then 2G
The free VUDU movie credit is a great bonus and it’s enough for a new movie rental. It can be streamed on a Smart TV, ROKU®, Chromecast®, VUDU Spark™, or other compatible device.
Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this link or your local Walmart for current pricing.
Tax season and tax refunds only occur once a year. If you get a tax refund, I hope you’ll spend it wisely and consider investing some of your hard earned tax dollars in something that will help you achieve long term savings and rewards. If you’re looking to decrease your monthly phone bill, check out the phones and plans available through Walmart Family Mobile. I hope you’ve enjoyed these tips for how to get the most out of your tax refund and I’d love to know what you plan to use your refund on this year.
On my first prenatal visit with my nurse midwife, they gave me a folder of useful information. One sheet laid out the purpose of each of my prenatal visits and their frequency, while a second sheet listed all of the prenatal testing options that we had. Since I would be over 35 when I gave birth, I had a few more testing options than younger mothers. Our prenatal provider didn’t discuss any of our test options at length, so I had to research most of them them on my own. Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing (or NIPT) is a newer test for a few select genetic anomalies which requires a blood sample. Here are a few things you should know about Non-Invasive Prenatal Testing before you consider having the test done.
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Packed lunches have evolved over the past few decades. The days of brown paper bags or tin boxes are long gone. Rubbermaid® has made it easier than every to pack a balanced lunch with the new Rubbermaid® Balance™ Meal Kit. Each meal kit has 4 inner containers portioned for a protein, grain, vegetable and fruit. It also has a meal planning book with meal planning inspiration and recipes, which makes it easier than ever to pack your own lunch. Today I’m sharing some easy balanced meals with a recipe for Greek yogurt and Parsley potatoes that I carry in my steak, potatoes, salad, and cantaloupe portion-controlled lunch.
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I was in my early twenties when I began exhibiting Rottweilers in AKC dog shows; I had no idea what I was getting into nor did I realize the time, money and effort it took to create an AKC Champion. Dogs have to be trained, physically conditioned and groomed. Once they’re ready to hit the show ring, the owner will have travel expenses, show entry fees, and fees for a professional dog show handler if they aren’t exhibiting their own dog. Once they become an AKC Champion, owners have the option of trying to earn enough “points” to gain a coveted invitation to the prestigious Westminster Dog Show. I haven’t exhibited a dog in close to 7 years, but I still visit a show from time to time. Today I’m sharing tips for grooming your dog like a pro and information on how you can win one of hundreds of prizes from Purina and Petco.
Have you decided you want to visit a Beaches Resort for your next vacation? Or maybe you’re on the fence about visiting a Beaches Resort because you aren’t sure which resort to choose? My family had the pleasure of visiting two different Beaches Resorts when we were invited to Beaches Moms: Social Media on the Sand the past two years. We had two incredible family vacation experiences at two very different Beaches Resorts. Here are a few tips for choosing a Beaches Resort for your vacation.
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We’ve started to prep our house for the new baby. I want to make sure that everything is ready early, so that we can relax (as much as possible) before the arrival of he or she. I was excited to receive a Babble Boxx full of products for mom and baby from some of my favorite brands. My son just turned 7 years old, so it’s been a while since I cared for a newborn. I had very few baby items left from his nursery other than his crib and some clothes. We’ve been testing out some of these products and I’m excited to share our thoughts. So whether you’re a new/expecting parent still shopping for items that you think you need or you’re shopping for a family member or friend, here’s some great baby shower gifts for every budget.