How to Get Your Children Brand Free

Written by Gregory Thomas

Those of you that have children know what an excursion torepparttar local mall or supermarket can be like. If you're not careful, this simple trip can easily become a wallet draining experience.

How often have you heard:

"I want Luchables because EVERYONE eats them at lunch!"

"Come on mom, these cool pants only cost $80."

"Dad, everyone has a Playstation II, I need one too!"

"I need 2 sodas and 2 bags of chips everyday!"

Certainly, we as parents want to make our children happy and not deprive them of a delightful childhood, but who's to say that you must give in to every one of your child's requests.

Why must you work twenty overtime hours just so your son can have a new video gaming system? Why must your grocery bill be over $200 just so your children can haverepparttar 149374 latest cereal, ice-cream, snacks, candies, and sodas available?

Truth About "Brand Names"

Brand names cost money. Quite a bit of money. Especially when you add them up over time. The reasons these brands must charge more money is to cover their enormous advertising and marketing costs.

Since children are constantly bombarded with advertisements onrepparttar 149375 television and amongst their peers at school, they are most likely going to ask you for these same products.

No one really enjoys telling their children they can't have something they want, however looking atrepparttar 149376 bigger picture, what lesson are we teaching our kids if we simply give in to their every request? For one, they are not learningrepparttar 149377 value of money andrepparttar 149378 role it plays in our lives. Secondly, they are not learning aboutrepparttar 149379 importance of conservation and how to properly budget their money.

Learning to budget and save money at an early age will really come in handy especially as they grow older, start driving, and get offered tempting pre-approved credit cards throughrepparttar 149380 mail. If they are not careful and able to budget their money effectively, this new found freedom may drain allrepparttar 149381 money from their pockets.

Teaching The Importance of Conservation

Not only is thisrepparttar 149382 perfect opportunity to get your children "Brand Free" and away fromrepparttar 149383 expensive, trendy stuff, but it's alsorepparttar 149384 perfect opportunity to teach themrepparttar 149385 value of money.

Here's one way you can approach this.

Explain to your children thatrepparttar 149386 money you spend on clothes, food, toys, etc, depletesrepparttar 149387 amount you are able to save for future needs.

Explain that starting today, onlyrepparttar 149388 NECESSITIES will be purchased. No more ice cream, chips, soda, candy, lunchables, except maybe on special occasions. Toys and games will need to be earned and will no longer be given away for free. Etc...

For example, you could state that you will only be purchasing Cheerios (or another low priced cereal). If your children want to have Captain Crunch or Cookie Crisp, they will have to buy them using their own money.

Same principal for their lunches. Peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, tuna fish, apples, oranges, carrots, and raisons. If they want Lunchables or some other type of non-nutritious fast food, they will have to buy it with their own money.

Board and Care Homes – What Are They?

Written by Alex Jensen

Board and Care homes (also known as RCFE’s - Residential Care Facilities forrepparttar Elderly) are residential private homes that have been licensed byrepparttar 149373 Department of Social Services to provide services to seniors. Most accept no more than six residents, but offer a cozy, home-like setting for frail seniors. At least one caregiver is onrepparttar 149374 premises at all times to assist residents.

Board and care homes come with a variety of characteristics. Rooms can be shared or private and may include a shared or private bathroom. Limited social activities are provided, but not torepparttar 149375 extent of an assisted living facility. Specific needs can be met in this small setting, such as language, ethnic or food preferences, even accommodating a loved pet. Meals, laundry, housekeeping, transportation to doctor appointments are usually included. Most provide assistance with dressing, bathing, grooming, eating, medication management, and hygiene and continence issues. With hundreds of these homes scattered throughout most geographic areas, there is hardly a situation that cannot be met in a board and care home.

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