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High Value Printable Luck’s Coupons + Store Deals! #SaveOnLucks

This post is sponsored by Savings.com. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

Many people don’t know this, but I am a huge fan of pinto beans! Since I have lived in the south most of my life, I definitely love the southern cuisine! What’s better than a big bowl of pinto beans with a slice of delicious cornbread? One of my favorite brands of pinto beans is Luck’s. They have the perfect amount of seasoning and flavor. Luck’s is a brand that has been around for many years. Not only do they offer delicious beans, but they also have the most delicious fried apples, peaches and chicken & dumplings.

One of the things that I love most about the Luck’s brand is how affordable that the products are. And, right now, there are some high-value Luck’s coupons available to make for one sweet deal! I have also included some in-store scenarios so that you can save even more! In addition, be sure to keep an eye out for even more coupons in your Valpak envelope when it arrives in the mail.

SAVE $.60 on any ONE (1) Luck’s® Chicken & Dumplings, any size

SAVE $0.80 on any TWO (2) cans of Luck’s® Beans, any size

SAVE $0.60 on any ONE (1) can of Luck’s® Fried Apples or Fried Peaches

Walmart:

Luck’s Pinto Beans $0.74 each

Use $0.80/2 Luck’s coupon HERE

Final price: $0.34 each when you buy 2

 

Luck’s Black Eye Peas $0.74 each

Use $0.80/2 Luck’s coupon HERE

Final price: $0.34 each when you buy 2

 

Luck’s Fried Apples with Cinnamon Fat Free $3.38 each

Use $0.60/1 coupon HERE

Final price: $2.78

 

Kroger:

Luck’s Pinto Beans $0.89 each

Use $0.80/2 Luck’s coupon HERE

Final price: $0.49 each when you buy 2

 

Luck’s Chicken and Dumplings $2.19 each

Use $0.60/1 coupon HERE

Final price: $1.59

 

Luck’s Fat Free Fried Apples $1.57 each

Use $0.60/1 coupon HERE

Final price: $0.97

 

Harris Teeter:

Luck’s Black Beans $1.29 each

Use $0.80/2 Luck’s coupon HERE

Final price: $0.49 each when you buy 2 after doubles

 

Luck’s Fat Free Fried Apples $1.75 each

Use $0.60/1 coupon HERE

Final price: $0.30 each after doubles

 

Luck’s Chicken and Dumplings $1.50 each

Use $0.60/1 coupon HERE

Final price: $0.30 each after doubles

Publix: 

Luck’s Pinto Beans $1.09 each

Use $0.80/2 coupon HERE

Final price: $0.69 each when you buy 2

If you purchase the Luck’s Black Beans, be sure to check out my recipe for Slow Cooker Chicken Tortilla Soup.

Chicken Alfredo Bacon Pizza Featuring RAGÚ® Classic Alfredo Sauce

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce. All opinions are entirely my own. 

As a busy mom, I am always on the lookout for quick and easy dinner ideas. Nothing says “Easy Weeknight Dinner” to my family more than a delicious homemade pizza! RAGÚ® Pasta Sauce found in the pasta sauce aisle at my local Publix store, provides the perfect base for a delicious pizza that we can enjoy any night of the week.

One of our favorite varieties of RAGÚ pasta sauce for homemade pizza is the RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce. Not only is the RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce made with real cheese and fresh cream, but it is also bursting with cheese flavor. In fact, every bite of RAGÚ Classic Alfredo is packed with Parmesan and Romano cheese. I also love that this sauce is great in a variety of dishes including Chicken Alfredo. The sauce is available in both 16 oz. and family size 21.5 oz. jars.

Chicken Alfredo Bacon Pizza made with RAGÚ Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce is sure to be a new favorite in your house! Every bite is filled with delicious cheese flavor, and your family is sure to request this tasty dish over and over.

Be sure to head to your local Publix now through Wednesday, October 11th, as the RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce will be on sale during their RAGÚ BOGO event. This is a great time to stock up your pantry with delicious RAGÚ Pasta Sauces so that you can get dinner to the table in no time at all! 

Chicken Alfredo Bacon Pizza (yields 2 pizzas) 

Ingredients:

1 21.5 oz. Family-sized jar RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce

2 cans refrigerated pizza dough

½ bag spinach chopped into bite-sized pieces

1 bag of pre-cooked bacon pieces

1 small red onion diced

1 bag of refrigerated cooked chicken strips chopped into bite-sized chunks

1 bag Italian cheese blend

Directions:

Spray 2 non-stick pizza stones with cooking spray.

Unroll the refrigerated pizza dough and place on each pizza stone.

Spread the RAGÚ Cheese Creations Classic Alfredo Pasta Sauce over the pizza crust.

Top with chicken, onion, bacon pieces, spinach, and Italian cheese blend.

Place in 350 degrees oven until pizza crust is golden brown and the Alfredo sauce is bubbly.

Serve and enjoy! You will not be able to eat just one bite. The cheesy goodness of the RAGÚ Alfredo sauce is definitely the star of this dish!

Save Money and Time on Spring Cleaning Essentials! #EverydaySaves

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Lysol®, Finish®, Woolite®, and Air Wick®. The opinions and text are all mine.

Thanks to new Target Cartwheel coupons and promotional offers, we can score all the items that we need to make spring-cleaning a huge success in our home! Lysol, Woolite, Air Wick, and Finish products are your must-haves for spring-cleaning and they will help you refresh and revitalize your home room by room. 

Do you dread cleaning? Thankfully, spring-cleaning no longer has to be a dreadful task thanks to products that are huge time-savers and easy to use. I don’t know about you, but I am all for adding a few extra minutes in my day if possible, and I always want my home to be fresh and clean! 

When I think of spring-cleaning, laundry definitely comes to mind. My son Drew, who is in flag football this year, requires lots of clean laundry particularly with his dark colored football shorts. Thankfully, I found Woolite High Efficiency Extra Dark Dual Formula at Target to keep his shorts looking and smelling their best! April 2-29 you can save an extra 5% off any Woolite item with the Target Cartwheel offer found HERE. And, save even more! Through April 8, when you purchase 2 Woolite 100oz., you will receive a $5 Target gift card! 

When it comes to the kitchen, Finish Jet-Dry Additives help my dishes to look their best. Here’s a fun tip! Did you know that if you use rinse aid in your dishwasher you won’t need to dry your plastics when you put them away? 

What about the bathroom? As a mom of boys, I am always on the lookout for ways  to keep the toilet fresh smelling and clean. Lysol products are always at the top of my list, and the Lysol Click Gel is my new best friend! Score hands-free toilet bowl cleaning with an automatic cleaning gel that cleans with every flush! Not only are you saving time, but your toilet will smell spring fresh! 

One of my favorite ways to ensure that my home is always cozy and inviting is to have a pleasant scent in every room. Did you know? A spicy or gourmet scent can make large rooms feel cozy, while fresh, floral or fruity scents can make small spaces feel more airy. With the Air Wick Scented Oil Warmers, I can adjust the fragrance level however I need based on the room. And, with 8x more fragrance control, it’s perfect for any size room! The Air Wick PURE Freshmatic is also another great option for fast acting fragrance.

You can check out all of the Target Cartwheel and promotional offers for spring-cleaning products HERE. These items are sure to help simplify your life and to make spring-cleaning a breeze!

DIY Fire-Breathing Dragon Craft Inspired by My Knight and Me on Cartoon Network

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Cartoon Network Series, My Knight and Me. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

Have your kiddos seen the adventure-packed new animated series for kids on Cartoon Network called My Knight and Me? The epic show airs weekdays at 12pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network and my son Brady is enamored with it!

My Knight and Me, for kids ages 6-10, follows the quests of a colorful and charismatic trio of knights in shining armor: loyal, street-smart Jimmy the Squire; daring and determined Cat the Princess; and bold and courageous Henri of Orange, Jimmy’s dad and a charmingly inept, yet passionately chivalrous knight who might not be the most efficient protector of the realm – but sure is the funniest! Together, the knightly group sets out from the Kingdom of Epic to save the day and brighten the Dark Ages! 

The series models close family ties (Jimmy thinks his dad is the best!), emphasizes the importance of teamwork (together, Jimmy, Cat and Henri can overcome any challenge  that comes their way!) and underscores the importance of using strategy over might to solve problems (Jimmy is the man with a plan!). My Knight and Me also features clever anachronisms (like Smart-Mirrors that resemble today’s iPhones, set in the Middle Ages), which add to the uniqueness of the show.

I was super excited to have the opportunity to create a DIY craft inspired by the show! My son Brady, who loves to help me with crafts, immediately knew that he wanted to make a Fire-Breathing Dragon. One of the characters on My Knight and Me is a dragon named Bad Jack. He is Epic’s most fearsome dragon and a frequent antagonist of Jimmy, Cat, and Henri. He spends more time seeking treasure and tormenting the people of Epic. Brady loves dragons so we thought that a dragon-inspired craft would be so much fun! 

Materials Needed:

Red and yellow streamers

Medium sized green pom poms

Mini sized poms poms in color of your choice

Green and red glitter glue

Googly eyes

Empty paper towel roll

Glue (a glue gun would work great as well)

Tape

Scissors

Green pipe cleaner stems

Small cups

Green construction paper

Crayons (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cut green construction paper to fit around the empty paper towel holder and glue it on.

2. Take one of the small cups and cut a hole in the center. Make the hole big enough for the empty paper towel holder to go through. You will use this later on.

3. Take the glitter glue and cover the outside of the cup. You can use whatever colors that you prefer, but we used green and red.

4. While the glue is still wet, place the green pom poms and googly eyes on the front.

5. Place two mini pom poms on the cup for the dragon nose.

6. Let the glue dry.

7. While the glue on the cup “face” is drying, cut the red and yellow streamers into strips of “flames”.

8. Cut out 3 strips of “wings” for the dragon with a grass like criss-cross pattern. Glue the wings down the center of the covered paper towel holder.

9. Take the green pipe cleaner and glue a strip down the center of the wings.

10. Place the covered paper towel holder in the hole of the cup. It should fit snug and not loosely.

11. Attach the “flames” on the front of the cup with glue or tape.

12. Finally, make a “tail” for the dragon with several pieces of the pipe cleaners. Twist them together and make your “tail”. Place the pipe-cleaners through the end of the covered paper towel holder. I taped these down on the inside so that they would stick.

13. Voila! You have a fire-breathing dragon! Brady loved blowing through the “tail” of the dragon to make the flames move!

DIY Fire-Breathing Dragon Craft Inspired by My Knight and Me on Cartoon Network

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by the Cartoon Network Series, My Knight and Me. All opinions are 100% my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

Have your kiddos seen the adventure-packed new animated series for kids on Cartoon Network called My Knight and Me? The epic show airs weekdays at 12pm (ET/PT) on Cartoon Network and my son Brady is enamored with it! 

My Knight and Me, for kids ages 6-10, follows the quests of a colorful and charismatic trio of knights in shining armor: loyal, street-smart Jimmy the Squire; daring and determined Cat the Princess; and bold and courageous Henri of Orange, Jimmy’s dad and a charmingly inept, yet passionately chivalrous knight who might not be the most efficient protector of the realm – but sure is the funniest! Together, the knightly group sets out from the Kingdom of Epic to save the day and brighten the Dark Ages! 

The series models close family ties (Jimmy thinks his dad is the best!), emphasizes the importance of teamwork (together, Jimmy, Cat and Henri can overcome any challenge  that comes their way!) and underscores the importance of using strategy over might to solve problems (Jimmy is the man with a plan!). My Knight and Me also features clever anachronisms (like Smart-Mirrors that resemble today’s iPhones, set in the Middle Ages), which add to the uniqueness of the show.

I was super excited to have the opportunity to create a DIY craft inspired by the show! My son Brady, who loves to help me with crafts, immediately knew that he wanted to make a Fire-Breathing Dragon. One of the characters on My Knight and Me is a dragon named Bad Jack. He is Epic’s most fearsome dragon and a frequent antagonist of Jimmy, Cat, and Henri. He spends more time seeking treasure and tormenting the people of Epic. Brady loves dragons so we thought that a dragon-inspired craft would be so much fun! 

Materials Needed:

Red and yellow streamers

Medium sized green pom poms 

Mini sized poms poms in color of your choice

Green and red glitter glue

Googly eyes

Empty paper towel roll

Glue (a glue gun would work great as well)

Tape

Scissors 

Green pipe cleaner stems

Small cups

Green construction paper

Crayons (optional)

Instructions:

1. Cut green construction paper to fit around the empty paper towel holder and glue it on. 

2. Take one of the small cups and cut a hole in the center. Make the hole big enough for the empty paper towel holder to go through. You will use this later on. 

3. Take the glitter glue and cover the outside of the cup. You can use whatever colors that you prefer, but we used green and red. 

4. While the glue is still wet, place the green pom poms and googly eyes on the front. 

5. Place two mini pom poms on the cup for the dragon nose. 

6. Let the glue dry.

7. While the glue on the cup “face” is drying, cut the red and yellow streamers into strips of “flames”.

8. Cut out 3 strips of “wings” for the dragon with a grass like criss-cross pattern. Glue the wings down the center of the covered paper towel holder.

9. Take the green pipe cleaner and glue a strip down the center of the wings. 

10. Place the covered paper towel holder in the hole of the cup. It should fit snug and not loosely. 

11. Attach the “flames” on the front of the cup with glue or tape.  

12. Finally, make a “tail” for the dragon with several pieces of the pipe cleaners. Twist them together and make your “tail”. Place the pipecleaners through the end of the covered paper towel holder. I taped these down on the inside so that they would stick.

13. Voila! You have a fire-breathing dragon! Brady loved blowing through the “tail” of the dragon to make the flames move! 

DIY Creative Galaxy Popsicle Stick Picture Frames

Disclosure: This post is sponsored by Amazon’s Original Kids Series, Creative Galaxy. All opinions are 100% my own.Please see my disclosure policy)

Can you believe that Valentine’s Day is almost here? This is such a special day in our house and I try to make it extra special for the boys and my hubby. I love to decorate the house for all of the holidays, and Valentine’s Day is no exception!

Since this special day of love is filled with all things heart, my son Brady was so excited to preview the new “Heart Day” episode of Amazon’s Original Kids Series, Creative Galaxy. This Valentine’s Day special for kids and families all across the country, premieres on Tuesday, February 7 on Prime Video!

We made DIY Creative Galaxy Popsicle Stick Picture Frames inspired by the “Heart Day” episode. These picture frames are so fun to make and you can personalize them in so many different ways. Brady and I had so much fun making these!

Materials:

Popsicle Sticks

Glue

Scissors

Glitter

Candy Hearts

Valentine’s Ribbon

Foam Hearts

Watch the Video Tutorial:

Instructions:

Place glue on popsicle sticks to form a frame.

Decorate your picture frame with foam hearts, glitter, ribbon, candy hearts or any other Valentine’s Day items.

Add a picture, Valentine or other work of art to your finished picture frame. You could even glue a magnet on the back of the picture frame so that it can go on the refrigerator!

Amazon’s award-winning Creative Galaxy is a create-along art adventure series for preschool children. Animated by 9 Story Entertainment, the series follows Arty, an adorable alien artist, and Epiphany, his inspirational side-kick, on their adventures through the Creative Galaxy as they solve problems through art. To give kids and parents the real-life tools they need to recreate Arty’s experience, a live-action piece at the end of each animated episode takes families through the craft project Arty showcased in the galaxy. In 2015, Creative Galaxy received the Parents’ Choice Gold Award for Television (ages 3-5)

In “Heart Day,” Epiphany (Kira Gelineau, Dear Viola) is ready to show her love with a special performance on Groovopolis, but she accidently ruins her costume before the show! She and Arty (Meesha Contreras) fly into the Creative Galaxy for a solution and together they help all his friends along the way learn that everyone has their own special way of saying “I heart you!” Samantha Bee (Full Frontal with Samantha Bee) and Jason Jones (The Daily Show) guest star as Arty’s parents, and Grammy-nominated singer-songwriter Lisa Loeb lends her voice as Melody.

Creative Galaxy fans will be so excited to know that Arty’s Tool Belt is now available for purchase! For the first time, young fans of the series can create their own masterpieces, just like Arty, with this colorful new activity set that includes an adjustable tool belt, pads for coloring, doodling and painting with water, sticker book, crayons and paintbrushes. Arty’s Tool Belt activity set is now available on Amazon.com and includes free shipping for Prime members! 

Don’t forget to tune in on February 7 for the all new Valentine’s Day “Heart Day” episode! 

Strawberry Pound Cake Kabobs With Chocolate Drizzle #SundaySupper #FLStrawberry

This post is sponsored by Florida Strawberry in conjunction with a social media campaign through Sunday Supper LLC. All opinions are my own.

I don’t know about you, but as soon as Florida strawberry season is here, I can’t help but do a little strawberry dance! These red gems of juicy goodness are the perfect portable bite and they can be eaten anytime anyplace. Just wash and eat!

You may not know this, but Florida strawberries are actually harvested in the winter.  Yep, it is true! These beauties are available from November through April so we can enjoy them regardless of the weather outside!

If you don’t see Florida strawberries carried at your local grocery store, be sure to ask your produce or store manager. You will be glad you did. There is nothing like a Florida strawberry!

Not only are Florida strawberries delicious, they are also packed full of nutritional benefits. Strawberries are virtually fat free, have no cholesterol, and did you know that just 8 medium strawberries contain more Vitamin C than one orange? Click here for more nutritional info.

When I bought my first pound of Florida strawberries this year I was torn what to do with them. They were so sweet! I made a few smoothies, dipped some in chocolate and of course just ate them by themselves! I knew that I wanted to create an extra special treat with these beauties so I decided to make Strawberry Pound Cake Kabobs With Chocolate Drizzle. This is such a fun and easy recipe and a great use of strawberries! With Valentine’s Day just around the corner these would be the perfect nutrient-packed treat that anyone is sure to love! 

Strawberry Pound Kabobs With Chocolate Drizzle

Ingredients:

Pound cake cut into small cubes. I made my own, but you can use store bought as well.

Florida Strawberries washed and cut into half-sized pieces

Melting chocolates

Kabob or skewer sticks

Directions: 

Place a piece of strawberry on a skewer, then a cube of pound cake. Alternate back and forth until you have done this several times per each skewer.

Melt your favorite chocolate in the microwave and drizzle over the finished skewers.

Serve and enjoy! You won’t be able to eat just one! The juice from the Florida strawberries mixed with the pound cake and chocolate is oh-so amazing! 

Additionally, you can enter the #FLStrawberryCapContest for your own Strawberry Cap and you could win a Florida getaway with your family at the gorgeous Trade Winds Islands Resorts on St. Pete Beach! How much fun would that be? You can see all of the details to the contest HERE.

Need more Florida winter strawberry inspiration? Visit Strawberry Sue or follow Strawberry Sue on You Tube or Twitter. Florida Strawberry can be found on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Google +and Pinterest.

What is your favorite way to use Florida Strawberries? I would love to hear!

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Enter To Win Big in the Golden Can Coke Sweepstakes at Publix Stores! #CokeGoldenCan #TBBuccaneers

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of Coke. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy)

Are you ready for some Football? I don’t know about you, but we are huge Footabll fans in this household! Since there are 3 guys in my house, I guess you could say that I am pretty much outnumbered when it comes to sports! 

Living in Tampa Bay, we are so lucky to be close to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and my hubby and boys have been to several games. And, since we are always watching sports, I make sure to always keep the refrigerator stocked with our favorite Coke products and other yummy foods.

This Fall, Publix shoppers can strike gold and win big when they purchase specialty marked packages of Coca-Cola in Lakeland, Tampa, St Petersburg and Sarasota stores now through October 12th.

Coca-Cola is sponsoring the Golden Can sweepstakes in over 100 Publix stores. They are offering customers who buy a 20-pack of specially-marked Coca-Cola at participating Publix Supermarkets the chance to find a golden can hidden in packages worth an array of prizes, including: 

• Two-year lease on a Ford Fusion SE

•2017 Bucs Season Tickets 

•“Game Day Getaway” — A day trip for winner and a guest to Dallas for Cowboys vs. Bucs

•Private RV Tailgate party

•Away Game Watch Party catered with Publix food for 20 guests

•other prizes including exclusive Bucs tickets, fan experiences and autographed memorabilia and gift cards from Publix.

I don’t know about you, but this sounds like some serious fun! What are you waiting for? Head on over your local Publix today and grab a 20-pack of specially-marked Coca-Cola products! Be sure to let me know if you find a lucky Golden can!

Blue Sky Family Farms: “Ethical Eggs For The Humane Race” #FreeRange

Disclosure: This is a sponsored post for Blue Sky Family Farms. All thoughts and opinions are my own. Please see my disclosure policy) 

I have heard people talk about Free Range eggs and have always wondered, do free range raised chickens really produce the best eggs? I mean, isn’t an egg an egg? I typically buy the regular white eggs at my local grocery store and have never really looked into the difference between the two until recently.

Why is a cage-free range-free egg better for me than the other caged chicken eggs that I buy at the store? I was so excited to research and find out this information. Not only are these eggs better for you, but you will also be amazed at the taste, quality and texture.

Egg Innovations, an industry leader in eggs, has recently launched a new brand, Blue Sky Family Farms. Blue Sky Family Farms hold to the highest Humane Farm Animal Care (HFAC) “Certified Humane” standards for Free Range and Pasture Raised eggs. The Blue Sky Family Farms brand launched their “Ethical Eggs for the Humane Race ” campaign to help spread the word about how their Free Range and Pasture Raised egg productions create more humane, ethical and higher quality eggs.

Free range raised chickens really do produce the best eggs because the get to roam freely outside with social interaction. On the other hand, many of the eggs that you buy in the store come from chicken who are raised in a coop without social interaction from other chickens. In fact, Conventional Caged egg programs, which make up more than 90 percent of eggs sold in America, produce basic white eggs, and chickens are confined to an indoor cage with just 8 x 10 inches of space per bird for life.

The new Free Range facility outside Fort Wayne, Indiana, that houses Blue Sky Family Farms, provides more than 21 square feet per hen outdoors (compared to the one square foot per hen with typical Cage Free indoor facilities), extended temperature ranges for additional seasonal outside access, along with state-of-the-art barn building, equipment and systems. This is a much more humane approach than Caged chickens, where the hens spend their entire lives inside a barn. True Free Range and Pasture Raised egg production, such as the ones used for Blue Sky Family Farms, provides hens the freedom to roam not only inside barns, but also outside, allowing them to do what chickens naturally do: forage, scratch, dust-bathe, flap wings, perch, nest and interact socially.

“This is another major milestone for us to lead the industry in the humane production of Free Range ethical eggs,” said John Brunnquell, founder and president of Egg Innovations and the Blue Sky Family Farms brand. “And because our chickens get outdoors on pasture, customers keep telling us that our eggs look and taste better. This is amazing information when you really stop to think about the facts and compare them!


In addition, Free Range and Pasture Raised eggs also look and taste great as a result of their thicker shells, high orange yolks and thick egg whites. As someone who loves eggs and considers them a staple in my daily diet, I was excited to try this brand. As anticipated, the first thing that I noticed was the color of the yolks and the size of the egg whites. I have never seen a brighter yolk and thicker egg white before. They are absolutely gorgeous! And the taste – oh my goodness, they are so rich and delicious!

Aside from my favorite protein-filled snack of hardboiled eggs, I love to take a couple of sunny-side up eggs and pile up sauteed veggies for a healthy breakfast. This is a great start to my day. These Free Range and Pasture Raised Eggs from Blue Sky Family Farms are sure to be your new family favorite! 

Where Can You Purchase Blue Sky Family Farm Eggs? You can find this brand at over 750 Finer Natural Grocery and Retail Stores. GO HERE for more information and to find a location near you.

Stay connected with Blue Sky Family Farms by following them on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

How to Throw the Perfect Graduation Party with Upromise by Sallie Mae

Disclosure: I received compensation from Upromise in exchange for writing this review. Although this is a sponsored post, all opinions my own.

It’s that time of the year when Graduation parties are in full force. Throwing the perfect Graduation party can be expensive, but thanks to Upromise it doesn’t have to be. Upromise is a free-to-join membership service that allows families to earn cash-back for college through every day purchases. Why not put money towards our children’s education by making purchases for everyday necessities? 

Upromise by Sallie Mae members can earn up to 5% cash back just by shopping with Upromise partners —including more than 850+ online stores and 10,000+ restaurants, grocery and drugstores. Popular online retail partners include Amazon.com, Macys.com, Staples.com, Groupon and more. In addition, users can earn an additional 5% when shopping online with the Upromise MasterCard, totaling 10% savings! 

Here are a few tips on how to throw the perfect Graduation party:

1. Set a Budget– Determine upfront how much money that you want to spend for food, decorations, event location, invitations, and entertainment. Use your Upromise Mastercard when shopping for extra savings and be sure to have a set budget. This will keep you on track and will let you focus on the graduation without feeling overwhelmed. Read Party planning guides such as these from Upromise partner Staples.com or use a party-planning worksheet to stay organized.

2. Do It Yourself Party Decorations and Invitations -One way to really personalize your Graduation party is to make your own decorations and invitations. If you are not the crafty type, Upromise partner Walmart.com has a huge selection of inexpensive Graduation party decorations. If you don’t want to send regular invitations, consider inexpensive photo invitations from places like Upromise partner Shutterly.com. I love photo invitations as they really add a personal touch.

3. Choose the party location– While renting out a location for your Graduation party can be fun, it can also eat up most of your budget. One way to save money is to have the party at your home. Having the party at your home will allow for more wiggle room in the food budget and for other items. In addition, most of your guests will already be familiar with your home so this makes for a comfortable venue. You may also want to consider a Drop-In party. This option will not only allow your guests to come and go as they please, but it also will take pressure off of you, so you don’t feel as if you have to keep your guests entertained. If you do decide to host the party at your home, Upromise suggests, “Be sure to have a few games or activities readily available that are fun for parents and students alike. We recommend having a few activities that are physical and a few that you can play sitting down. For instance, check out these fun games from Upromise partners Sears.com and Kohl’s!”

4. The Menu– Decide what type of food you want to serve at the party. Do you want to stick with a more casual atmosphere, have a sit-down meal, or serve food buffet style? The possibilities are endless, but remember to stick with your food budget! One option to consider is to have the food catered. This will not only ensure delicious food but will also relieve you as the party hostess from unwanted stress. Plus, with the Upromise dining program, you can earn 5% back when you buy from participating local restaurants!

5. Have Fun and Make Memories– In the midst of all the graduation festivities, don’t forget to have fun! This is a time filled with memories that will last for a life-time. Upromise, suggests, “One staple of the modern day graduation party is a memory board, including pictures of the graduate growing up,” Consider having your guests bring their own photos of the graduate and add them onto the board at the Graduation party. This memory board will allow the graduate to treasure their special day for years to come.

Graduation festivities can be expensive for many families, so be sure to earn cash back for education through Upromise.com. It’s the gift that keeps on giving!