Trendy Back to School Fashion Accessories | Cute Beltz

As your kids head Back to School, we wanted to make sure you were prepared for your children’s return, so we are giving you our top four “must have” accessories for school.

1. Lands End – Backpack

Love their backpacks because they are durable and can be used for more than one year! Also, love that they can be engraved with your children’s initials. They are a little pricey, so catch the sale that is going on now!

 

2. Old Navy – Kids Clothes

Always a great deal on jeans for kids! Love the Back to School Sale which is going on now.

 

 

3. Famous Footwear – Boys & Girls Shoes

I have to give it up for Famous Footwear for their great deals.  I shopped this deal last year and again this year and was very happy with my purchase.  Not only do they carry quality shoes, there is a Back to School BOGO deal happening now.  Here’s a little tip for extra savings:  if you are a member you get an extra 20% off your purchase! 🙂 Shop happy!

 

4. Cute Beltz – Kids Belts

You can’t forget about the “belt!!”  Whether your child is sporting new school clothes or wearing a uniform, Cute Beltz can hook them up with a durable, cute belt for the school year.  We believe every child should be well accessorized!!

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Berry Sweet Girls D-ring Belt by Cute Beltz

 

 

 

 

 

Nautical Boys D-ring Belt by Cute Beltz
Nautical Boys D-ring Belt by Cute Beltz

 

 

 

 

 

Didn’t see your top accessory pick on the list?  Share your “must have” accessory and link.

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Must-Have Apps for Busy Moms | Cute Beltz

Whether you’re a working mom, or a stay-at-home mom, there’s no doubt that you’re up to your eyeballs in errands and chores. Moms are some of the busiest people in the world and keeping up with the daily to-do’s, special school projects and doctor’s appointments can become overwhelming in no time flat.  From grocery lists to travel assistance to health-related apps, we’ve pulled together a collection of our favorite phone applications that can help busy moms in their day to day routine.

Cozi

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Cozi.com allows you to organize your family calendar, make shopping lists, manage to-do lists, leave reminders to yourself and jot in your family journal — all in one place. With their free Cozi iPhone, Android and BlackBerry apps, you can access and manage your Cozi account on-the-go.

BrainPop

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My daughters are big fans of BrainPop for its interesting fun facts and “movie of the day” feature. I’m a big fan of BrainPop for the educational benefit it provides. With a variety of topics — including social studies, art, science, and more — kids can continue learning after school has ended.

Karoo

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Do you feel like your baby’s life is already flying by? Do you have trouble keeping friends and family in the loop on all your child’s latest achievements? Karoo, the first mobile app from Care.com, helps parents, caregivers and relatives stay connected and share all the moments of childhood as they happen. You can create a private network of people you want to share information, pictures and milestones with. It’s also great for working parents, as your nanny or sitter can send you updates on naps, pictures of your child’s latest craft project and videos of play time at the park.

iCookbook

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With over 2,000 recipes, this app makes meal prep simple. No more worrying about finding healthy dinnertime options to serve your kids. You can browse recipes, personalize them (great for families with picky eaters!), create shopping lists and share ideas with friends. There is also a great hands-free voice option, so you don’t have to actually touch your tablet with flour-covered hands.

Mint.com

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Organizing a family’s budget and back accounts is hard work. Those math and economics classes you took in school seem like a very long time ago and maybe you need a little help remembering how to best manage your money. Once you set up an account, this personal finance app automatically stays on top of your transactions, categorizes them into helpful groups so you know what you’re spending money on and shows you how your monthly budget is doing.

Grocery iQ

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One of the best free apps for busy moms, Grocery iQ saves money and time when grocery shopping. Their barcode scanning feature makes creating lists easy. You can sort by category, aisle and more. This app is also integrated with coupons, so you can find easily find savings on the items on your list before leaving home. Grocery iQ is free for iPhone, iPad and Android users.

Kids Meal Deals

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To get all the latest “Kids Eat Free” and other family-focused restaurant specials in your area, this app is a must-have. Kids Meal Deals is updated regularly to keep all the dining promotions as current as possible. Available for iPhone, BlackBerry and Android, this app will use your location (or you can enter another one) to find all the best dining deals for kids nearby.

Fandango Movies — Times & Tickets

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Every mom and dad deserves an occasional date night. If a movie is in your future, don’t make a move without this free app. Fandango’s “My Movies” list lets you keep track of what you want to see and alerts you when they hit a theater nearby. You can even pick and reserve your seating directly from the app. Fan and critic reviews, as well as movie trailers, are included. So hire a babysitter and treat yourself to a grownups-only night!

Do you have a favorite phone application that you can’t live without?  Share it with us!

 

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Fun Ways to Teach Kids How to Save Money | Cute Beltz Blog

Teaching kids the importance of money choices and the act of saving money are essential parts of learning and growing.  The most important thing to do at the beginning is to make saving fun. Plus, the earlier you start teaching your kids to save money, the better off they’ll be. Even toddlers can do it, but you have to teach this concept in a way they’ll understand. Then, as your children grow, you can introduce more sophisticated saving strategies.  Here are some ways you can teach your children about saving money early on!

Set a Good Example

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One of the best things you can do is let your child see that you save money too. Put money in a jar while your child is watching and tell him or her it’s your savings jar. This will show your child that saving is “normal.” Plus, since most young children want to be like their parents, seeing you do it will provide them with money lessons that further inspire them to save.  Let your child choose his or her own piggy bank. It doesn’t have to be a pig, naturally. You can find character banks from cartoon shows and movies, or you could just get an old jar and let your child decorate it. Make it a fun and special project to choose or make the jar and your child is going to have more of an attachment to it.

Play Games

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There are a number of games available to teach financial concepts to children. Monopoly and The Game of Life, for example, can teach money management skills as well as the importance of planning ahead. Rich Dad Cashflow for Kids is another good option focused on money management.  While you are playing, point out how saving money in the game relates to saving money in real life.

Clip Coupons

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Before you recycle all those annoying circulars that arrive on your doorstep Sunday mornings, why not have a coupon-clipping fiesta with your child? Even if you’re not a coupon clipper yourself, it’s worth making the effort to teach your child about savings and discounts. He can help identify coupons that might be a good match for this week’s grocery needs (even nonreaders can do this, because most coupons include pictures), help cut them out, and put them in a large envelope.

Next time you go to the grocery store, let your child be in charge of the coupons. Depending on his age, he can be the “coupon envelope holder,” the “product finder,” the “tracker of money saved,” or all three. Afterward, talk about how much money the two of you saved and how you might use that money.

Use Cash

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Showing kids purchases with a credit card won’t do much good, experts say.  They recommend not buying items on credit cards or with checks, because that’s completely abstract.  Instead, let your kids hold the money and see the money leaving their hands.

A fun way to accomplish this with young children is to deposit coins in a parking meter. Let kids put the coins in.  That way, they get to see what money is and that you get something for it. And when kids are 3 or 4, they love putting the coins in the meter.

What are some ways you teach your kids how to save money? – Cute Beltz

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Do You Take Advantage of Special Offers?

I am by no means an extreme couponer, but I keep myself armed at all times with a coupon appnewpaper on my phone, peruse the Sunday newspaper or keep my eye out for special deals via TV, radio, internet, Facebook, twitter, etc.  My favorite deals are when they are giving away big-ticket items for free.  Over the years, I have scored a flat screen TV, iPod, $500 visa card and a few others for switching or trying a new service.  Recently, I saw a Kindle Fire being offered, I was tempted, but for now I am holding my ground!  Have you scored any great deals?

Here’s to a great deal!! – Cute Beltz

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Do you love to share a great deal on your Blog, Facebook or Twitter Pages?

Do you love to share a great deal?  Well, if you are apart of the wonderful community of bloggers, Facebook or Twitter we would love to share are deals with you.  Cute Beltz would like to alert you of are deals, sales and coupons we are offering.  If you are interested in finding about these opportunities first, please join our email list, info@CuteBeltz.com.  Please email us your name, blog name, Facebook page, twitter handle and include Cute Belt Deal in the Subject line.  When we have a deal, you will be the first to know!

We look forward to getting to know many of you and partnering with you.

Here’s to savings,

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