Monday, November 10, 2014

Tis the $eason!

It's pretty obvious this blog is geared for fellow special needs parents or caregivers. Ya teach what Ya know, right? Well, I also know that parents of special needs kids have some of the largest expenses I have ever heard of. As in, we spend Hollywood-type money for services/toys/equipment/therapy and live completely un-Hollywood lives.

Sometimes we can get creative and find a way to get the same thing for much less, but when it comes to doctors, therapists, tests, prescriptions, gas money to drive to all these places and more....You can't substitute. We demand the best for our kids and we pay for it...literally.

Unless you live under a rock, you know the holiday season is here. If you live in the South you've known since Hobby Lobby put out Christmas decor in September (seriously). The holidays mean presents. Presents for our kids are often both expensive and difficult to find. 

So for the next couple of months I will be posting any deals I find that I think are really fantastic. If it's a great sale on a toy, or great gift idea, or a freebie I will pass it along to you. The best ones will be blog posts, but if you follow us on Facebook (if you don't...go now! Quick! I'm trying to get to 500!) I will be posting more often.

I hope I can dig around the web and help prevent this $eason from being the reason you have more stress.
See some deals I've found so far below!

Fa la la lala lala!!!!

-Boog's Mommy
Amazon is having a "Count Down to Black Friday" event. Instead of waiting until the day after Thanksgiving, they are going ahead and marking down items and the list changes daily.

30% off Plan Toys

These toys not only look fun and cute, but would be great for:
*fine motor skill development
*hand/eye coordination
*matching shapes, colors or sizes
*imaginative play


First off, do you have the Target Cartwheel App on your phone? If not, you have to get it. I rarely have time to clip coupons (in reality I don't because if I have a break I want to do something completely lazy). This App lets you scroll through a list off coupons that update daily, add the ones you want to use and you just show a barcode at checkout to receive the discounts. To get even more deals, check out your weekly Target ad. Very frequently there will be a Cartwheel deal coinciding
with a sale on the same item.

Example: You look through the Cartwheel App and see 30% off toddler shoes. You checks the weekly ad and toddler shoes are 15% off. They honor both in store so you just snatched up shoes for about half the price! Use a Target Red Card for another 5% off and you're basically a rock star!

***Tip: Don't swipe your card at check-out until everything has been rung up and your Cartwheel barcode scanned. If you swipe before it's scanned it won't add your coupons for some reason :/

Cartwheel is also taking 50% off one toy each day for the holidays. The coupon is only good for the
day and the toy changes daily, so keep an eye out!

Here are some current useful Cartwheel coupons from the app:

This game for 25% off caught my attention because it would be fantastic for facial recognition work!

The 50% off toy for today is Target's version of the American Girl 18" doll. We actually have one of these dolls. Why? Because it's a fun way to help your child identify parts of the face and body and develop self-help skills when dressing the doll. It's a fun way to make the work three dimensional and is easier for a child to relate to than a stuffed toy bear or similar.


Walmart is also starting the savings early and have a "Value of the Day" here:

Today's deal is for Bluetooth speakers, but be sure to check back daily. I've also seen a great deal on photo paper which is very useful for printing PECS cards and photos of family members that can be used as cards as well.

*****I was not compensated in any way for this post although if someone would like to I'm all ears! :)