About Jen Thorpe

I have a B.S. in Education and am a former teacher and day care worker. I started working as a freelance writer in 2010 and have written for many topics here at Families.com.

Family Friendly Earth Day Activities – 2014

How will your family be celebrating Earth Day? There will be many interesting events taking place. You should check local newspaper (or their website) to see what is going on near you. In addition to the local activities, here are several others that will be happening across the United States. Time and Google + want to see your best photo of Earth. This gives you the perfect excuse to bring your family outside to take some photos of our beautiful planet. Pick your best one, and post it on your Google + account with the hashtag #MyBeautifulEarth. Google + will … Continue reading

What is Earth Day?

Earth Day is celebrated on April 22 every year. Many people consider the creation of Earth Day to be the moment when the modern environmental movement began. There will be events held, all around the world, that are intended to demonstrate support for environmental protection. John McConnell was the founder and creator of Earth Day. In 1939, he was partnering with chemist Albert Nobell in the Nobell Research Laboratory in Los Angeles, California. They built a factory that manufactured plastic. John McConnell learned about how the manufacture of plastic polluted the Earth. This is where his concern about the environment … Continue reading

Passover 101

Those who are not Jewish might have some difficulty trying to understand what Passover is. It seemed like a good idea to put together a quick “Passover 101” that people can easily share with confused (but well meaning) friends and neighbors. Instead of explaining it over and over again, you can simply send them the link to this simplified description. Passover is an eight-day festival that is celebrated in early spring. It begins on the 15th and ends on the 22nd day of the Hebrew month of Nissan. The coinciding secular dates will not be the same every year. There … Continue reading

Save on School Supplies at Target

What’s new at Target this week? The best way to find out is to visit their website and check out Target’s weekly ad. It’s a good way to find out about the current sales. The online version of the ad often contains coupons and special deals that you won’t always find in the store. Here is “the good stuff” from from this week’s ad. Deals last through August 10, 2013. School Supplies Sale: * Bic .7mm Mechanical Pencils 8-count – $0.99 * Bic .5mm Shimmery Mechanical Pencils 8-count – $0.99 * Avery Durable White Binder 1-inch – $0.99 * Avery … Continue reading

Coupons for Betty Crocker, Hormel, Tide, and More

Before I go grocery shopping, I like to check online resources for coupons. One of my favorite places to look is Coupons.com. They have tons of coupons for just about anything and most of them can be used almost anywhere. If you use all of the coupons in this batch you will save a total of $13.80. Jif has a coupon that will save you $0.55 when you buy any Jif Whipped Peanut Butter Spread. Hormel has a coupon that will save you $1.50 when you buy any 3 Hormel Compleats microwave meals. Hormel has a coupon that will save … Continue reading

The Coupon Policy at Albertsons

What’s the current coupon policy at Albertson’s? Unfortunately, that is not an easy question to answer. Unlike many other grocery stores, the Albertson’s website does not make the store’s coupon policy very clear. You may be stuck guessing about what, exactly they will and will not accept. Many stores use a loyalty card program that offers special discounts to customers (that cannot be accessed by people who don’t have the card). Some stores have started allowing customers to upload digital coupons from the store’s website directly to their loyalty card. That’s not the situation at Albertsons. As you may recall, … Continue reading

Coupons for Pantene, Glade, Herdez and More

How many of you have gotten into the habit of bringing a bunch of coupon with you to the grocery store? If you plan things out really well, you can end up saving money on groceries. Combine your coupons with the deals that come with the store’s loyalty card for best results. If you use all the coupons in this batch you will save a total of $15.75. Pantene has a coupon that will save you $2.00 when you buy 2 Pantene Expert Collection products. This coupon excludes the trial and travel sizes. Pantene has a coupon that will save … Continue reading

Save During Sales Tax Holidays

Back to school shopping can be very expensive, especially for families that have several children. Those lists of necessary school supplies from your children’s teachers always seems so long! One way to save money is to take advantage of the sales tax holidays in your state and do your back to school shopping for less money. Alabama Friday, August 2, 2013 – Sunday, August 4, 2013, at twelve midnight. Eligible items: certain school supplies, computers, and clothing. Arkansas Starting at 12:01 a.m. Saturday, August 3, 2013, and ending at 11:59 p.m. Sunday, August 4, 2013. Eligible items: certain school supplies, … Continue reading

Deals at A&W, Panda Express, Pizza Hut, and More

Where will your family be dining out this weekend? Will you be heading to out to eat after a busy day this week? You can save money at restaurants, cafes, and fast food places if you take advantage of the coupons, deals and special offers that are going on. Here are a few to check out! Del Taco has a coupon for a free carnitas taco al carbon, with the purchase of any beverage. You must have the coupon with you in order to take advantage of this offer. The coupon will expire on August 3, 2013. Domino’s will give … Continue reading

Coupons for Tide, SoyJoy, Old Wisconsin, and More

Every family has to go grocery shopping eventually. Having a kitchen filled with food is a comfort to many people (as well as a necessity). One way to lower the cost of your grocery bill is to bring a lot of coupons with you. Here are some from Coupons.com that will help you save money. If you use all of the coupons in this batch you will save $8.20. They are: Lunchables has a coupon that will save you $1.00 when you buy any 1 Lunchables Uploaded Lunch Combinations. Reach has a coupon that will save you $1.00 when you … Continue reading