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Create a Grade School Workspace for Under $100

Contests By September 11, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , , , , No Comments

gradeschool workspaceI remember my pink desk as a child.  We got it at a flea market.  It was solid wood, painted light pink (to match the Laura Ashley decor) and had huge round knobs on all three drawers.  This was fortunate, as you had to have the strength of Schwarzenegger to get the warped things opened.  But it was my desk and my space and it was where I did homework for many years.  Given $100 and a few options as part of the Walmart Frugal Heroes challenge, I decided to outfit my boys with a new work space.  For $100.  And it was a blank space.  Talk about a challenge!  Was it possible to create a grade school workspace for under $100?

We all went to our local Walmart and I had a nightmarish time convincing them that we could not build a space out of Lego, nor was Star Wars part of the homework plan.  Thinking I’d have to settle for a side table, I went to the furniture section and found a desk for $69.  Wow!  And it was of course out of stock and the plan was to get everything that day.  Looking further Walmart Frugal HeroesI was shocked to find a corner desk in the clearance area.  A corner desk that would fit perfectly in the space we had.  It was black and gave me an idea.  A Starwars spaceship work corner would be black and silver, no?

Stainless steel lamp, bulletin board with magnetic side, spice jars to double as school supply organizers, 2 frames and a plant.  I printed Lego minifigure images for the frames and plugged in the kids’ iPod Touches.

The price?  $98. 76

Tally:

Desk: $40.00
Stainless steel lamp: $12.98
Combo Bulletin board: $22.47
Spice jars: $1.97 each
2 frames: $1.00 each
Plant: $2.97

Enviro Fee: $.85
Tax: $10.58

Total: $98.76 

Bazinga!!

Disclosure: I was given a $100 gift card by Walmart Canada as compensation for this article. 

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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The All-Star Sports Birthday Party

EAT, entertain, FAM, kids By June 13, 2013 Tags: , , , , , , , , , No Comments

All-Star Birthday PartyAsked by Walmart to create a birthday party for six children with under $100, UrbanMommies hit the aisles and embarked on the Walmart Frugal Heroes Challenge.  Scouring the store and channeling our creativity, we decided upon the All-Star Sports Birthday Party.  I was shocked when we got to the cash with an entire basket-full of goods.  I will admit (sheepishly) that the total came to $101.50, but we’re still proud.

Items:

1.  Skipping Rope
2.  6 Red soccer jerseys
3.  1 set of 2 lb weights
4.  1 set of 5 lb weights
All Star Birthday Ideas5. 4 orange pylons
6. 1 soccer ball
7.  1 basket ball
8.  Box of microwave popcorn
9.  8 frozen tenderloin beef skewers for the BBQ
10.  2 boxes brownie mix
11.  1 tin chocolate icing
12.  dotted cocktail napkins
13.  striped luncheon napkins
14.  red paper plates
15.  Blue plastic tablecloth
16.  1 Case of Blue Kool-Aid Jammers

Total: $101.50

All-Star BirthdaySurely we can create a party with this!  With stations for the leaders to guide the 6 kids in sporty challenges, we jumped rope, did bicep curls, kicked the ball around pylons, did a pushup race and shot hoops.  The kids gorged on popcorn and ‘Brownie Cake’ for dessert and beef kebabs and salad (from my garden and not included in prices).  The ‘goody bag’ was the red jersey that each child got to take home (and could easily be personalized with masking tape).

Therefore, UrbanMommies, the least ‘frugal’ magazine ever, was able to create a memorable and fun party with minimal cost – oh, and it covers the one-hour of activity quotient that so few of our children are getting.

Must go.  We’ve got some drills to recreate!

Disclosure: UrbanMommies was given a $100 gift card for Walmart for the purposes of creating a birthday party.  We were not compensated for this article and all ideas and opinion are our own.

Jill Amery

Jill Amery is a mom of 2 small boys and the Publisher of UrbanMommies, a stylish digital lifestyle magazine filled with fitness, style, health, recipes and savvy mom advice to help you through pregnancy, birth, and raising your kids.

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