Product Review: Dust Off Products

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I use electronics nearly all day long.  Between my laptop, phone and iPad, my fingers leave marks on a lot of devices.  In fact it isn’t just me, it is also my kids (whose prints usually leave more than just a mark – it is usually something sticky too)!  It isn’t safe to clean these devices with just water and you can’t really just wipe away the marks, so you need something better.

I’ve been using Dust-Off products for a couple of years now and am a HUGE fan!! My favorite product is the LCD Plasma Screen Care Kit (pictured above).  So, when they asked me if I’d be willing to share my thoughts about this product, I replied with an astounding YES!

In case you did not know, you can’t just use regular window spray and a paper towel on these devices.  First of all, they will streak and paper towels can actually scratch the surface.  It is important that you take care of your expensive device by properly cleaning.

What I love about this is that the spray is a very fine mist.  It isn’t overly wet, which would allow it to drip and run into the parts of the device, where you won’t want it.  It usually takes one spray and then a quick wipe with the included micro fiber cloth and the prints are gone — as well as the food and other residue which is left behind.  I can also use it on everything:

  • Tablets
  • Laptop
  • Computer Monitor
  • Cell Phones
  • TVs
  • Gaming Systems (Nintendo 3DS)

This product provide SAFE care and maintenance:

  • Safe – Can be used an all types of screens and sprayed directly on surface with special “no-run” formula
  • Anti-Static – Reduces the build-up of dust, resulting in less cleaning and increased performance
  • Flexible – Can be used dry or slightly moistened (Ideal when used in conjunction with NEW Flat Screen Spray)
  • Easy to use and clean. Hand-washable for extended use

One simple spray and a wipe with the cloth and my devices are not only clean, but streak free too!  No more prints, smudges or other left over food on my devices.

The other thing I appreciate about Dust-Off is that is affordable.  After all, you spent a lot of money on your devices, so you should be willing to pay a good price to properly take care of it, but with them – you don’t have to!  You can pick up sprays and kits starting as little as $4.49.  And, to be honest, one can lasts a very, very long time!  I even toss my cloth into the washing machine (allow it to air dry) and it gets the dirt and grime out of the cloth so it stays clean.

You should really check out their products.  They actually would make some AWESOME stocking stuffers this holiday season!!!

Penny Pinchin’ Mom received this product in order to facilitate her review.  All opinions are her own and were not influenced by any parties.

How to Create an After School Schedule

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There is a lot of great information out there to help make your morning routine go more smoothly (we’ve even got one HERE).  However, what about after school?  The kids come bursting through the door and seems that chaos begins.  There are shoes, backpacks, homework, snacks…..and and can quickly drive mom insane!

The trick is to create a routine.  When you have a routine, everyone knows what to do and can help keep a good rhythm running in your house.  Of course, you may need to tailor this to each child, depending up on age an maturity.  Even my own kids are different and so the way I run our routine differs a bit for each of them.

No matter your child’s age, there are things each of them can do.  For us it is simple,  they have 3 things they need to do the minute they walk into the door:

  1. Place your backpack where it belongs.  For us it is the bench in the entryway, so that I can go through them to get out papers and things I need.  As they get older, they will have to take out those things and then hang it up.
  2. Place your shoes next to the bench so they are ready for the next day.  We don’t have our kids put tennies in their rooms during the week.  This is one thing we do right away, which helps us the following day!
  3. Grab a snack.  We have a snack basket, filled with “mom approved” snacks, for them to tackle.  This helps mom by not having to take the time to get them a snack, while making sure they are eating something which I say is OK (I will post more about a snack basket soon).

Once these things are done, I allow my kids at least 30 minutes of free time.  That can be playing with toys, watching a TV show or playing with an electronic.  My oldest has Karate, which runs on a set schedule.  This is part of her routine and she knows that she has to put her uniform on at 5 pm on those evenings, so we can get out the door shortly after Dad gets home.

After they have their free time, they have to do their chores.  These are simple things such as picking up their rooms (as needed), putting away the clean clothes on their bed or helping mom with other little tasks.  We want our kids to know that they have to contribute to running our household – mom is not here to serve them.

We have dinner between 5:30 and 6:00 pm every night.  Part of our routine is 3 kids – so 3 chores.  We rotate between:  setting the table, clearing the table and loading the dishwasher.  They know that Mom (or sometimes Dad) cooks the meal and they have to be a part of that in some way.    By having dinner a bit earlier, we are alway done with it all by 6:30 pm, which allows time for other tasks.

If your children bring homework home with them, a good time to do this is right after dinner is done and the dishes are washed.  They’ve already had their “down time” so they can now focus on homework and studies.  We have our kids do this in their rooms, where it is quiet and they can focus.  Of course, there are times when the kitchen table works better, so we just turn off the television so that it is quiet and they can concentrate and quickly get their work done.

Bath time is another things our kids do every night.  A bath helps them relax and washes off all of that dirt and grime they’ve picked up on the school bus and playground.  We usually try to do baths by 7:00 each evening.  This again, gives our kids a chance to have a few more minutes of playtime before they hear the “B” word — BEDTIME!!!

While they do go to bed when we tell them to, they don’t always like it.  Our youngest kids still love a story at bedtime.  For that reason, they have to head up to bed at 7:45 so they can go to the bathroom, brush their teeth and have time for that story.  It is lights out at 8 pm.   Our oldest is allowed to stay up until 9 pm, but we have her go up a few minutes early so that she too can brush her teeth before climbing into bed.

Of course, if you are mom who works out of the home, you will have to make adjustments as you may not walk through the door with everyone until 5:30.  If you find you get home a bit later, you can just pick up from dinnertime noted above through bedtime.  You can have your kids do their chores while you are fixing dinner, so that once you are through eating, you can move into homework, baths and bed.

Whatever you do, try to set a regular routine for your kids.  They need to know what comes next and it really helps reduce stress (and even tears)!


Product Review: iLuv Selfy Case

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Selfy’s.  Everyone seems to be doing them, but in nearly all of them, you see that extended arm in the shot.  You know what I am talking about – don’t you?  Wouldn’t it be great to be able to take a selfy that actually didn’t have that issue?   iLuv has the answer — it is the Selfy case.

The iLuv Selfy Case (retails for $69.99) is a plastic and rubber case which includes a built-in kick stand for your device.  It is paired with a bluetooth remote (which slides into the back of the case when not in use).  The remote is used to take the pictures – which allows you to set your device up, use the remote and take a Selfy that doesn’t include the dreaded “arm shot.”

The case was actually better than I thought it would be.  It includes a hard plastic piece which surround the device.  It then slides into the outer plastic shell, which provides additional cushion for the device.  There are proper cut outs for your charger, camera and headphone ports, which were large enough to work with most accessories.

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While it is built to protect, I will admit that I had a tougher time getting the hard plastic case onto the device.  It had to snap on tightly and then trying to remove it was also difficult.  I suppose you could say that it is that way to protect the device to ensure it doesn’t pop out, but I did have to push pretty hard to get it to snap into place.


Once the device is in the case, you simply have to pair the remote to your device. The instructions to do this were very well written and it took less than 10 seconds to get up and running.  Then, you just need to open your camera app, prop up your device and then start snapping away!!!

My kids and I had some fun.  In fact, we were having a girls’ afternoon and so decided to give the device a try.  Here are two of our own Selfy’s:


All in all, I really think this is an awesome device.  I can see this being so great to take those family photos or other shots, where you want to be included – but would rather your arm be down by your side!!

I received this product for review.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties.


AuntieAnne’s Joins the Might Fight Against Childhood Cancer. Read Antonio’s Story.

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Kids just shouldn’t get sick.  Whether they are born with something or contract it later, it just isn’t fair.  I should know as my sister was born with Cystic Fibrosis.  While that wasn’t a curable disease (we lost her in 2004), it gives me hope that kids who have cancer often can AND DO overcome.   It takes the support of many to help them Fight the Mighty Fight.

AuntieAnne’s has joined Alex’s Lemonade Stand to help kids.  Yep!  They have signed up to join the Mighty Fight!  How are they doing that?  They want to get the word out about these kids who don’t give up – even in the face of such great adversity.  Kids like Antonio above.  Here is his story:

It was the day after Thanksgiving when 7 year old Tony was diagnosed with brain cancer.  He had surgery, but lost the ability to move his left side.  However — he never lost his will to fight.  He is now undergoing therapy and oncotherapy to help get his body moving once again.  This is such a strong kid who has an amazingly positive and happy attitude, even in the face of such adversity.  He is a fun boy who loves what other kids do — Ninja Turtles, SpongeBob and monster trucks.

Having a 7 year old boy who loves the same things made his story tug at my heartstrings.  I look at my son and see that he is a perfectly healthy little boy and it makes me grateful, but at the same time, I can’t imagine what his family is going through.  However, I have confidence that Tony is going to WIN his Mighty Fight!!  He truly is a Mighty Hero in my book.

If you feel as strongly about helping kids fight cancer, there is something you can do.  It is so simple!  I see millions being raised during the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, so why can’t we do the same thing for this great cause too?

You can learn more about this cause and even make a donation by visiting Join The Mighty Fight!  They’ve not even yet raised $1,000 (as of the time of this post).  I know I have amazing readers who can save money every day — and perhaps you can pay it forward with some of your savings to donate to this great cause.

If you can’t donate this way, you could get your kids to help instead!  Have them host their own Alex’s Lemonade Stand and then donate the proceeds to this cause.  This is such an easy way to teach your kids about the importance of helping others, while they get to have fun!  Make sure you take lots of pictures!!

Whatever you can do to help, I know it will be appreciated.  There are so many amazing kids out there all fighting, just like Tony. However, they need financial help too.  Imagine if it were your own child – I am sure you would want everyone to help.

Every penny counts.  Every penny is appreciated.

How to Create a Minecraft Bedroom

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For the past year, I saved my money and watched for deals on all things Minecraft.  When my kids all went to their grandma’s house for a week, I went into each room, painted and redecorated it so that it would match with their own personality.  For my son, that meant Minecraft.  The kid – well – let’s say he is a tad obsessed with the game!

I collected different items from various sites and then put them all together to make his room truly one of a kind!

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BEDDING.  This is the main focal point of the room.  I was able to find this set on  It included the comforter, bedskirt, 2 pillow shams and sheet set.  I actually did not like the way the sheet felt, so I picked up grey ones at Target instead (and it was money well spent).  This bedding has gone up in price since I purchased it and is now $117.

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WALL ACCESSORIES.  This was probably the most fun part of the project. I was able to find Minecraft Posters and Decals on Zulily when they had a Minecraft sale. You can find these same posters now on Amazon priced from $3.17 – $5.65.   These same decal sets are priced from $68.49 – 74 on Amazon.

The wall torches were toys he already had, but you can find them at Target for $19.99.  This sells for nearly $30 on Amazon.  They can either stand on a dresser or cabinet, or you can fold down the back, where you will find two slots so you can attach it to your wall.


We wrapped up the decor by hanging 2 black floating shelves, which we purchased from Target.  He is able to put his wood crafts and other important “treasures’ on his shelf.  These are mounted directly above his new desk.




FURNITURE.   Since we upgraded my son’s bed from a twin to a full, we had to purchase a new headboard.  We opted for a bookshelf headboard, to allow for a bit more storage.  The one we found was on Wayfair and sells for $137.

Our son also needed a desk and chair, so he would have the proper set up for his homework.  Now that he is in second grade, he will have a bit more to do and we needed to be sure he would have a quiet place to work, without the distraction of the television or other family members.  We found the desk (on sale and used a coupon) at Target and the chair (on sale) at Office Max.

Our son is also 110% all boy.  He has play guns, backpacks, dress up clothes and more.  We wanted a place to store those items, which would keep them all organized, but yet easy enough for him to find and play with when he wanted to.  We did splurge a little and purchased a Footlocker online at Vermont’s Barre.  We were able to use some codes and did save, but it was still cost a bit more.  However, we have been very pleased with the quality and love how much it will hold.


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WALL COLOR.  We opted for a soft grey in order to compliment the white trim.  It not only blended with the bedding and decor, it is neutral.  So, if he changes his mind in a few years and wants different bedding, we will not have to spend the time (or money) having to repaint his walls.  Again, we were able to pick up the paint when the store had a sale and did not tint it until we were ready.  Then, we took it back and they tinted it for us — at no charge at all!  We were able to save 40% off of all of our paint by using this easy tip.


Our son could NOT be happier with his new bedroom.  He was over the moon when he saw it and he still loves it.  In fact, he even likes to clean it up (at least for now)!


Keep Up to Date With Penny Pinchin’ Mom’s Deals

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Keeping Up withWith the constant changes in algorithms on social media, it can be difficult to keep up to date with your favorite pages.  That can mean you might miss out on a great deal or money saving tip!!!   In order to help make sure you NEVER miss anything, there are some easy ways to stay up to date with all of your favorite pages!!




If you still want to stay on Facebook, there are some things you can do to ensure you don’t miss out on a deal.

Set up Notifications.  You can add your favorite pages to your notifcations button.   This is the globe image at the top of your page.  When you have this turned on, you will see an update whenever your favorite pages make a post.  You click on here and receive a drop down letting you see the pages at a glance and can click through to the post to learn more.


Turning this feature on is very simple to do.  Head to Penny Pinchin’ Mom on Facebook and under the header, find the LIKED button.  Once you click on here, you will it says Get Notifications.  Make sure that you have a checkmark next to this button so that you keep up with all of the posts.

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Join the Facebook Group and add it to your Favorites.  We actually have a group set up where the posts will go on Facebook.  You can join for free HERE.  Once you join, you can then add that group to your favorites so that you see it in your sidebar each and every time you log in!

To add it to your favorites, simply click the pencil next to the group name, when you see it under your Groups.  Click to Add to Favorites and you will see it move up under your favorites, directly under your profile picture!




Create an Interest List and Add to your Favorites.  You can add all of your favorite pages to an interest list and then make that list accessible in your favorites.  This keeps all of your favorite pages in one place, so you can catch up with them all at once!


Click on the wheel button from the Facebook page and then select Add to Interest Lists.  Then, click on New List.


On this screen, you will see that the site comes up and is already selected for you.  Just click on the blue NEXT button at the bottom of the page.

Here, type in the name for the list.  You could call it just Penny Pinchin’ Mom, or Money Saving Sites (whatever you would like).  You can then decide if you want anyone to see this or not.  If it is public, anyone can subscribe to the list, so if you want to get the word out about this great list you’ve created, you could select this option.


You can add additional pages to your list and every page you follow will be in one location.  Once you do this, you want to add this to your favorites so that you can find it quickly.   Just find the List under Interests in your sidebar and click the pencil next to the list.  Check Add to Favorites and you are done!


Now, this group will also be at the very top of your profile so you can find it quickly!



There are several great boards set up on Pinterest to help you narrow down the types of deals or savings tips you might need!  We’ve got ALL of our best tips in our Money Saving Tips Board.  If you want to get out of debt, you’ll love all of the articles (which will be added each week this year) in the Getting Out of Debt Board.  Of course, it would be simpler to just follow my Pinterest page so you get all of the pins we share from my site as well as others I’d recommend!  Visit the Penny Pinchin’ Mom Pinterest page so you can follow it!





Google+ may seem like a ghost town, but it really isn’t.  In fact, this is the #2 social media site, ahead of Twitter.  The great thing about Google+ is that you can create your own circles to keep certain pages grouped together to check them quickly (as you would using a list or favorites on Facebook).  Even better than that, G+ doesn’t censor the content, you will always see everything on all of the page you are following!

You’ll want to head to the Penny Pinchin’ Mom Google+ page and make sure you +1 it by clicking that image on the main page.



Once you have done that, you will want to create your circles.  This is easy to do.  From your Home button, scroll down and click on the People button.

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Then, click on Your Circles in the menu bar


Next, click the + in the circle.  In here, type in the name of the circle.


It could be something like you would use on Facebook, like Money Saving Sites.  Click on the Add a Person Button and start typing Penny Pinchin Mom and you will see that it comes up.  Just click to add it to the list and then click on Create Circle Button to finish.  You’ve just created a circle!



Your circles are all visible from your home page, but you can decide WHICH ones have a shortcut on your menu.  Drag your circles to reorder them to put those you will use the most at the top of the list.  You just literally click drag and drop!  The first circles in your order will be the first ones you see in your menu.  Here is how mine looks:

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So now, when I am on G+, I just click Money Saving Websites from the main menu and the posts are there!

I can tell you that we put all of our posts on Google+ just like other social media, so this is a great alternative to Facebook!



We are also on Twitter!  This is can be a simple way to keep up with your sites as well.  There are different platforms out there which you can use to create custom streams and lists to personalize it for yourself.  I personally love using Tweet Deck!  You can create custom streams for your favorite hashtags, sites and more!  You’ll find me on Twitter under @PennyPinchinMom.

You can create a List easily on Twitter just like you do the other sites. Just click the Lists button from your profile page and then Create a List.  Add the profiles you want to follow and then you’ll have one easy list at your fingertips!









There is also one final way to stay up to date.  You can sign up for the FREE daily email newsletter. We actually have options which allow you to taylor the newsletter to receive just what you want!  You can get all updates, just coupons or even only Target store deals!  Head HERE and sign up — make sure that you confirm your subscription!

Five Tips To Help You Ease Back Into Your Back to School Schedule

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School is staring soon (if it hasn’t already done so where you live).  Whether you start next week or next month, you know how tough it can be for the entire family to move back into that Back to School schedule.  You can actually slowly transition your family to help them change their routine, so that when school starts, you have one less struggle to deal with.  Check out these five tips to help your family east back into your own Back to School Schedule.

Bedtimes.  This is a big one.  During the summer months, we all love to stay up later as we want to enjoy being outdoors and there is really no need for an early bedtime.  This is a big change for kids (and even adults).  Slowly start to move back the bedtime around 5 – 7 days before school starts.  For instance, if your child’s school year bedtime is 8:30 p.m. and during the summer they are allowed to stay up until 9:30, start backing bedtime by 10 – 15 a night until they are back to that earlier bedtime.  Then, when school starts, you will be back to that bedtime and (hopefully) have fewer struggles at bedtime.

Waking up.  This is another one which is tough!  Kids (or at least mine) love to sleep in during the summer months.  This is partly because they can, but also because of those later bedtimes.  As you change the bedtime, you will also want to do the same for waking in the morning.  You will want to do the same thing as you did for the bedtimes.  If your child sleeps until 9:00 a.m., but they will need to be up by 7:00 a.m. for school, start to wake them 15 – 20 minutes earlier each day until they are waking up at their school wake up time.  You might try to do this for at least 1 – 2 weeks before school starts, so your child gets use to waking earlier.

Eating schedule.  During the summer months, you eat breakfast just when you wake up, which may make your lunch and dinner schedules a little off track.  Help your children get into a school eating schedule.  Have them eat breakfast shortly after they wake in the morning.  If you know (approximately) when they will eat lunch at school, start to work that into their routine.  Make sure you have dinner at a decent time, which would allow ample time for baths and homework in the evenings.    This helps train their brain into knowing the times of day they will eat.

Practice your night time schedule.  To help your mornings go smoothly during the school year, it can be helpful for your kids to set out their clothes before they go to bed.  Have them begin doing this a week or so before school begins so they can get into that habit.  Remember that anything you can do at night to make your morning better is always a good thing!

Stay home.  If you can, try to stay at home and do not plan any vacations or trips a week or two before school.  Trips and vacations sometimes take some recovery time (sleep and attitudes) after you get home.  Keeping a simple, stay at home schedule can help ensure your kids are not overly stimulated or tired, which can also help that back to school routine.

What other tips do you have to share?

vitaminwater® and vitaminwater zero® Bonus Packs Now Available at Sam’s Club

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We all know the importance of drinking water and how good it is for our body.  However, not all of us can handle plain water (it actually makes me feel water logged and sickly).  However, if my water has some flavor to it, I can drink it by the gallons.

A few years back, my husband and I both learned about vitaminwater® and vitaminwater zero®.  We each tried it once and were hooked — and it is now one of our favorite bottled waters to purchase!  In fact, with this recent heat wave and these extreme temps we’ve had here in Missouri, staying hydrated has been even more important than usual.

When it is warm, we don’t spend much time outside (like most people).  However, we still do try to make it to the pool.  What is funny is that people think that if you are in the pool and staying cool, there is no need to drink to stay hydrated — and that is not true!  My kids know that we can’t head out without water to drink and I have them stop and take some small drinks several times while we are taking a dip in the cool water.  I don’t want anything to happen to them to make them get dehydrated.  That would make for one rotten summer’s day!!!

As I mentioned, my husband and I both tried vitaminwater® and vitaminwater zero®.  My personal favorite is acai blueberry pomegranate — sooooo yummy!!! My husband really loves two flavors – lemonade and also orange-orange.  I’ll admit that even those that he loves are tasty, but I always go back to my first love!!

If you want to find a great deal on vitaminwater® and vitaminwater zero®, visit your local Sam’s Club.  Right now, they have 15+3 bonus bottles available in the stores!  Some areas are even offering free samples in the store!    Prices do vary a bit based upon each region, so you will have to stop in to find out what you will pay.

As a mom, knowing my kids are drinking something which is naturally sweetened, keeps them hydrated and they LOVE — well it makes me soooo happy!!

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Coca-Cola. All opinions are 100% mine.

Sonic’s Shake Up The Competition Challenge: McDonalds vs. Sonic. Which Did We Choose?

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Sonic recently contacted me about a challenge they were running called — Sonic’s Shake Up The Competition Challenge.  They wanted to put one of their delicious shakes up against the competition and prove that they were tastier.  I asked my five and nine year old daughters if they would help me taste some shakes and they immediately said YES!

We first stopped by Sonic and picked up a small vanilla shake and small chocolate shake.  Then, we drove to McDonald’s and ordered a small McCafe vanilla and chocolate shake – so we could have a good comparison.

When we got home, the first thing we did were some comparisons:




When we went to McDonald’s they only had 3 varieties of shakes — vanilla, chocolate and strawberry.  Compare this to Sonic where there are more than 25 and it Sonic wins hands down when it comes to variety and options for consumers.  My girls are anxious to go back and try one of the unique flavors found only at Sonic.




We carefully looked at both shakes.  Both came in the same type of cup with a large plastic covering on the top, to prevent drips.  Each one even had whipped cream and a cherry topping it off, so they were well matched in that department

However, the Sonic cup was styrofoam, which prevented melting.  The McDonald’s shake came in a plastic cup and by the time we got home, some of their product had already melted.

That being said, it was nice to be able to look through the plastic cup to determine which flavor was which.  I had to taste the ones from Sonic to find out which was chocolate vs. vanilla as we could not tell since they both had whipped cream over the top of them.  Maybe someone can invent a see through cup that insulates as well as styrofoam does?  ;-)




This was, of course, the most fun part of all!   I grabbed a blindfold for my girls and me.  I had each of them try it and then I did so myself.   I didn’t tell them what we were doing, just that we needed to do something fun to try two shakes.  They did not know that Sonic was the one sponsoring this challenge, so they wouldn’t think to select them.  When I did my own challenge,  I even made sure as to not touch the cup so I would not be influenced at all.  Click below to find out which one each of us selected!





Both of the girls tried the vanilla shake.  They said that both were pretty smooth, but the McDonalds one tasted more like milk than a shake, as it had already melted so much.  I asked them if one was sweeter and they said that the McDonalds one was sweeter, but a little too sweet for them.



I tried the chocolate versions of both shakes.  The McDonald’s McCafe shake was a little too sweet for me.  It was almost “too chocolatey” and had more of a chocolate milk consistency rather than the thick creamy taste and texture I like in a shake.

When trying the Sonic shake, it was very light and creamy compared to the McDonald’s shake which was thinner and soupy (for lack of a better word).




The McDonald’s shakes had melted quite a bit so they were rather thin and soupy, whereas the Sonic shakes stayed frozen longer, which resulted in a creamy, thicker texture.  I did take a spoon to check for lumps and they both did a great job as they were LUMP FREE!!!  (Just what I love in a good shake).




I’ve mentioned this a few times above, but the McDonald’s McCafe shake melted much more quickly than the Sonic version.  I prefer my shakes thicker whereas others love them thinner (and easier to consume using a straw).  That is totally a consumer’s preference, but the fact that the Sonic one did not melt as quickly earned it two thumbs up in my book.


I will admit that I figured at least one of us would select the McDonald’s McCafe shake as the better option.  Seeing that all three of us chose the same one really says a lot – that we either all love the same types of products or that Sonic’s shakes really were better.  I guess that means you’ll have to conduct your own challenge to find out for yourself!

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This was a sponsored post on behalf of Sonic.  Gift cards were provided to cover the costs of the products purchased.  All opinions are my own and were not influenced by any parties.

Back to School Savings Tips | How To Use Penny Pinchin’ Mom to Save Time and Money!

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Even if you are not yet in Back to School shopping mode, there is a good chance you will be very soon.  This can be not only a stressful time of the year for families, but also is usually very expensive!  That is why we are here to help!  There are tips and resources right at your finger tips to help you save not only money – but time in getting ready for back to school!

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All information can quickly be accessed through the main menu.  If you click on Back to School, you will see a menu drops down.  Under here you will find the following (I will give more details for each category in more detail below):

  • Price Comparisons Database
  • 2014 Tax Free Shopping Schedule – by State
  • Back to School Deals
  • Clothing & Uniform Deals
  • Helpful Tips and Ideas
  • Freebies and Resources




This database is updated each Sunday morning with the current store deals (including coupons).  We list all of the prices for the supplies you need.  You can search by store, product or even price!  The stores include:

  • Target
  • Walmart
  • KMart
  • Toys R Us
  • Staples
  • Office Max / Office Depot (same store now)
  • CVS
  • Walgreens
  • Rite Aid




Many states offer a tax free shopping weekend for your back to school items.  Make sure you carefully review your state’s specifications as there are limits as to the items included, as well as spending limits.




These are the individual or additional deals which are found at various stores (which may or may not be listed on the database).  This is a great way to find those deals which come up after the weekly ad has come out whether it be through an online retailer or due to a newly released coupon!




Wether your children wear uniforms or their own style of clothes to school, you need to save.  We’ve got an entire category dedicated to these deals just for you!  If we share any ways to save on clothes, uniforms or shoes, we will place it here so you can quickly find it.




We’ve got some great articles to help you save money on your shopping.  We also share other tips to help you with organizing, schedules and more!  Refer to this to get some great advice to some of your back to school questions!




This section is just what it says.  If there are any freebies you can use for back to school, we will share them here.  In addition, we share resources such as homeschooling sites, forms and more!


If you have any questions at all, we are here to help!  Just leave us a comment on the site or Facebook.   You can also email me by clicking on the Contact link at the very top of this website!

Our goal is to truly help you with everything you need for back to school – whether your child is entering kindergarten or college.