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7 Ways to Save on your Reading Hobby

A good book can be entertaining for many people.  Similar to movies and TV, reading a lot of books can take a toll on the budget if you’re not careful!  It is possible, though, to support your interests, and fill your bookshelf or electronic reader, without emptying your wallet!  Here are seven ways to save on your reading hobby.

7 Ways to Save on your Reading Hobby @thatbaldchick

  1. Go to the library

This seems like a no-brainer, but you’d be amazed at how many times I forget to check the library for a book before I buy it.  I have a ton of friends that say the same thing!  If you want to save money and space in your home, get your books from your library. It’s free, you don’t have to clutter up your bookshelf, and you can get as many new books as you have time to read.  If your library has a website, like mine does, you can even put a hold on a popular title and they’ll email you when it’s ready for pickup.  You just have to be sure to renew it BEFORE your time is up if you need longer, because if it’s popular, someone else will put a hold on it, too!

  1. Swap books with other readers

Find a local swapping group that will allow you to get your hands on fresh books often. If there isn’t already something like this going on where you live, start one! A Facebook group makes it easy to find like-minded people who would love to swap books with others in order to get more reading material at a low cost.

  1. Hit bookstore sales

If you love to peruse a bookstore for your next read, only visit when they are having a sale. This will allow you to get books you enjoy for less than retail price. Also, check the clearance tables and bins while shopping. It’s possible you’ll find something interesting there, and be able to buy 2-3 for less than the cost of one at full price!

  1. Buy used paperbacks

For those that enjoy collecting and keeping the books you read, opt for paperbacks to save money on your hobby. They always cost less than hardcover books, and are often smaller – making them easier to store. Bookstores, flea markets, and libraries are great places to look for paperback books that won’t break the bank.  I find quite a few at thrift stores, too!  Oh, and yardsales!!

  1. Make the Switch to eBooks

Going digital may be the best way to save money on reading. eBooks have become so popular today, that many wouldn’t think about dropping $10+ on a single book when they can get ebook bundles, typically three or more books, for the same price.  An Amazon Kindle is a great reading device for those that want to switch to ebooks.  There are many different options, and you can get one that’s just like a thin electronic book, or one with lots of other features.  I have an older Kindle Fire, and love it!  Did you know that you can sort Kindle books by price?  It’s a great way to get free titles!

  1. Use Kindle Unlimited

If you have a Kindle and want to get many books for one low price, check out Kindle Unlimited. There are several thousand books included, and you can “borrow” them just like you do at the library for $9.99/month. Since that is usually cheaper than one physical book, you will really cut your costs of reading down with this service!

  1. Opt for audiobooks

This is another alternative to physical books that will save money and space. Audiobooks are usually priced between ebooks and paperbacks, and can be enjoyed anywhere you would listen to the radio. In the car, at work, in the tub – the options are endless!

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Kick Off the Party with Rubbermaid

I recently had the chance to review a couple of products made by Rubbermaid, the Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids and the Rubbermaid Party Platter.

rubbermaid easy find lids rubbermaid partyplatter

I would first like to tell you about the Rubbermaid Easy Find Lids. This is a 24 piece set. For those of you who have read some of my post in the past you know that I am a very organized person. These Rubbermaid easy find lids truly are easy to find. The lids stack to themselves. The containers stack inside themselves. And the lids will stuck to the bottom of the containers. Everything you could think of for the perfect stacking container has already been invented. The containers are 100% BPA free, microwave safe, freezer safe and dishwasher safe. They are clear so that you can see what is in your container. There are six different sizes so that you can find your perfect fit. This box can be found at your local stores like Walmart, Target, Kroger’s, Publix, Ahold, Fred Meyer, Sam’s Club, Costco and BJ’s. This box retails from $8.99 to $25.99.

Rubbermaid easyfindlids
Now let me get to the fun part of my post, the Rubbermaid Party Platter.

Rubbermaid party platter

With it being football season, this is the best container ever.  In general I tried to have my family eat as healthy as possible. But whenever it comes to my husband going to a football party… and having to take a side with him to share, he would rather grab a bag of chips or a 2 liter of soda, because it’s just easier for him to carry. This container is perfect it only weighs 11 ounces (not even a full pound). And it will hold a lot of food. The outer container holds 9.6 cups the dip container holds 2 cups. I will now be able to send him with fruits and vegetables, and he will not mind because it is easy cleanup just snap and bring home and I’ll wash it (ha ha). The removable dip container twist and seals so that way you do not spill your dip. The party platter components are microwave safe and freezer safe they are also 100% BPA free. This product retails for $8.99 it is a little bit harder to find, you can find it at Kroger’s, Publix and Meijer retailers.

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Hot Chocolate on a Stick

Delicious and easier to make than you might think these Hot Chocolate On a Stick’s are great for a gift or to keep for yourself. The following recipe makes 24 so it is plenty to share. Put them out at your work, bring them to the next bonfire, wrap some up to deliver to neighbors, put a couple in the mailbox to gift to your mailman, or make one for yourself while you curl up with a good book in front of the Cfire. Stir your Hot Chocolate on a stick into a mug of steaming hot milk.  The kids love this combination!

hot chocolate on a stick

Here’s how you can make your own…

Hot Chocolate on a Stick
Recipe type: dessert
  • 1-14oz. can sweetened condensed milk
  • ½ cup heavy whipping cream
  • 31/2 to 4 cups any combination of chocolate chips
  • I like a milk chocolate and bittersweet combination.
  • 24 lollipop sticks
  • 24 paper dixie cups
  1. Setup paper cups in a pan or container in which they can stay upright.
  2. Place chocolate chips in a heat safe large container.
  3. Place half and half and sweetened condensed milk in a medium sized saucepan over medium heat, stir until well combined. Bring milk combination to a simmer over medium high heat, stirring frequently.
  4. Pour mixture over top of chocolate chips, whisk to combine as heat melts.
  5. Pour chocolate mixture into paper cups, filling about ⅓ full.
  6. For variety, before pouring chocolate into cups sprinkle a layer of crushed peppermint, mini marshmallows, sprinkles, or toffee bits into the bottom of the cup.
  7. Tap pan gently on counter to settle the chocolate so it is smooth on top.
  8. Leave cups out to allow chocolate to set overnight, or to speed up the process place in refrigerator for about 4 hours.
  9. Place a lollipop stick in the center of each cup.
  10. Gently squeeze cup to remove chocolate, if needed tear the cup away from your block.
  11. Can be kept in refrigerator for up to 2 weeks.
  12. Serve on a tray at a party, or wrap in individual cellophane bags to gift.


Oh my yum!

What toppings would you add?

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How To Improve Your Child’s Interest in Reading

Have your attempts to help your child learn to read been met with this face?  Are your child’s reading skills lacking because he or she is not that interested in actually learning how to read?  Well, there’s no need to worry. Believe it or not, many young children go through a phase when they have little to no interest in reading, my six year old included.  She said she didn’t want to learn to read because if she did, her brother wouldn’t read to her anymore.  If you’re like me, you want to help your child develop a love of reading!  Check out these tips on how to improve your child’s interest in reading…

Is your child uninterested in learning to read? Check out these times on how to improve your child's interest in reading! @thatbaldchick

  1. Read to them!  It seems so simple, and practically goes without saying, but reading to your child on a regular basis is quite possibly the easiest way to improve their interest in reading. Set aside a specific time each day to read to your child.  Let them pick a favorite book (or ten).  Many families have story time close to bed time, to help the kids unwind, but any time of day would work.
  2. Be the example! Children are great at mimicking you (just ask me). Make sure you are setting a good example for your child by reading yourself whenever you get a chance. If you’re relaxing before bed or lounging out by the pool, pick up a book to show your child that reading can actually be fun.
  3. Make it fun! I have a reluctant reader.  I’ve invested in the Let’s Learn to Read 10-DVD Collection by Rock ‘N Learn on Groupon because she loves music and loves to sing.  I also subscribed her to and
  4. Get Involved!  An easy way to improve your child’s interest in reading is to get him or her involved with reading events. You may want to look at attending a book fair or other events held by your local library or bookstore to get your child interested in reading.  Our library has a winter and summer reading club, where the kids earn prizes for completing a set number of hours reading.
  5. Reward them!  When all else fails, bribery a reward system works wonders! My daughter couldn’t care less about reading, until M&M’s are on the line.

As you can see, helping to improve your child’s reading skills isn’t all that difficult. Use these simple tips to assist your little one in discovering the joys of reading.  Soon enough, that look of utter disinterest will be replaced with one of utter happiness when your child is able to read independently.

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How to Keep Your Kids Healthy #backtoschool

Special thanks to Exergen for making this post possible.

Back to school is here and that means that germs and bacteria are lurking everywhere. It’s possible to help avoid some types of germs by following specific health rituals. Here are some tips for keeping your kids healthy, even when they head back to school.

How to Keep Your Kids Healthy with Back to School @thatbaldchick
Wash Hands
This tip probably can’t be reiterated enough and it’s okay to remind your kids a million times. Even when they walk in the door from school, remind them to wash their hands before they touch anything or anyone. When they can’t wash their hands, recommend that they use Thieves waterless hand purifier.  They don’t need to be obsessive about it, but they should be conscious of the need to wash their hands as often as possible.

Don’t Share Stuff
It’s tempting for kids to share drinks and snacks while they’re at school. They’ll even share pencils and other school items, but it’s best to stick with using their own items while at school. Even at home this is a wise idea as germs spread like wildfire across homes and school settings.

Be Prepared
Sometimes there’s nothing you can do to prevent your kids from getting sick, it’s the nature of being a kid. However, if they do get sick, it’s best to be prepared right away. I keep items like the Exergen SmartGlow TemporalScanner on hand. This is an awesome tool to help you stay prepared for sickness because it is non-invasive (for those kids that hate being touched when they’re sick). I love this thermometer because it can be used on infants, toddlers, children, and adults. Also, it’s accurate, so I can get exact temperature readings without any trouble.  I’ve been using Exergen thermometer’s for as long as I’ve been a Mom and literally carry one in my diaper bag at all times, keep one in medicine cabinet, and keep one in our travel stuff.  Thanks to Exergen, I just gave two to our church to keep in the children’s and youth departments!

Hopefully your family has no trouble staying healthy this school year. Follow these tips to stay healthy and be prepared with the right tools on hand just in case.

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