Are you shopping for the best convertible car seats Cyber Monday deals in 2017?

Earlier this week I posted about car seat Black Friday deals, but Amazon still has awesome deals on car seats for Cyber Monday.

My youngest daughter had the stomach flu last week and threw up in her Graco Contender 65. Despite much effort on my part to get the smell out, I have been unsuccessful. So I am shopping this week for a new Graco Size4Me car seat with a Rapid Remove cover to help any future clean up efforts. I have two of these seats for my older kids and they are so much easier to clean.

The other feature that I prefer from the Graco Size4Me 65 car seat is the premium latch connectors. I have a had a few times when I got the Contender 65 so tight that it was really hard to get the latch connectors unfastened. I don’t have a full review written yet, but I briefly discussed the differences between the Size4Me 65 and the Contender 65 in my Contender 65 review.

What are the best prices for the Graco Size4Me 65 Car Seat?

If you are looking for the best prices for the Graco Size4Me Car Seat, I have included links with current pricing at Amazon.com below. This is my preferred vendor for buying car seats online as they routinely have the best prices and offer free shipping. Free 2 day shipping if you are a Prime Member.

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The lowest price I have seen recently for the Size4Me is $115.19. So if the prices below are near or below those prices, it is time to buy!

If prices are not yet that low, you can bookmark this page and come back later in the week and quickly compare prices.

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on a link to a product, I may receive, at no extra cost to you, a small commission when you make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

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Are you shopping for the best convertible car seats Black Friday deals in 2017?

My youngest daughter had the stomach flu last week and threw up in her Graco Contender 65. Despite much effort on my part to get the smell out, I have been unsuccessful. So I am shopping this week for a new Graco Size4Me car seat with a Rapid Remove cover to help any future clean up efforts. I have two of these seats for my older kids and they are so much easier to clean.

The other feature that I prefer from the Graco Size4Me 65 car seat is the premium latch connectors. I have a had a few times when I got the Contender 65 so tight that it was really hard to get the latch connectors unfastened. I don’t have a full review written yet, but I briefly discussed the differences between the Size4Me 65 and the Contender 65 in my Contender 65 review.

What are the best prices for the Graco Size4Me 65 Car Seat?

If you are looking for the best prices for the Graco Size4Me Car Seat, I have included links with current pricing at Amazon.com below. This is my preferred vendor for buying car seats online as they routinely have the best prices and offer free shipping. Free 2 day shipping if you are a Prime Member.

Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

The lowest price I have seen recently for the Size4Me is $115.19. So if the prices below are near or below those prices, it is time to buy!

If prices are not yet that low, you can bookmark this page and come back later in the week and quickly compare prices.

This post contains affiliate links. That means if you click on a link to a product, I may receive, at no extra cost to you, a small commission when you make a purchase. Thank you for your support.

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Evaluate Your SpendingFor most of us, we’re living on a fixed income where we know what to expect with each paycheck each month, and if that’s the case with you, you’ll find it much easier to strategically develop a budget plan for your family.

If you are an entrepreneur or working in a job where your income fluctuates, you can still develop a budget but you’ll need to make sure it accommodates any possible decrease in income each month.  

1. Write Everything Down

The first step in developing a budget is to take stock of your fiscal situation. Assess exactly where you are in your financial life, taking inventory of all expenses on a month-to-month basis.  

The more you create a detailed overview of your spending and overall costs, the easier it will be to identify areas where you can cut spending and save more money.

Writing your expenditures down often sheds a lot of light on areas in your financial life that could be ‘tweaked’, and that extra bit of money each month will go a long way.

Take Action

Write down all of your bills. Go line by line through your bank statements and credit card accounts for the past 12 months.  

2. Categorize Your Expenses

After writing down all of your expenses, you can now sort them into categories.

For example, your spreadsheet could include “Housing” such as your mortgage or rent payment, as well as “Food” and “Utilities”.

Then, include “Personal” including gifts and of course, “Education” that may include daycare, summer camp, and school supplies.  

After I found out I was pregnant with my oldest child, I created a budget plan for my family based on Dave Ramsay’s Monthly Cash Flow Plan. I still use an updated version of that spreadsheet today.

For my readers, I have created a Sample Family Budget Plan that you can use to start your budget plan. Go to “File”, click “Make a copy…” and you have your own editable spreadsheet.

Take Action

After assigning all of your expenses to a category, compare your spending to Dave’s recommended percentages. Are there any categories that are significantly higher than the recommendations? That category might be the first place to look for reductions.

3. Include The Family

A budget helps your entire family focus on common goals. If you have one, be sure to talk with your spouse or significant other about their goals, concerns, and stressors.

Depending on their ages and maturity levels, it can also be helpful to include your kids.

One of the easiest ways to get younger kids (roughly ages 4-10) involved is by giving them their own small amount of pocket money each week. Anytime my kids ask for something that isn’t in my budget, I ask if they have any of their pocket money.

Not only will this help them learn how to budget, but you’ll teach them a very valuable lesson about responsibility. They understand what I mean when it is the end of the month and I don’t have enough cash to eat out anymore until next month.

If you have older children (10+), they can get allowances for their own clothes and other expenses that they need to start learning to manage.

Take Action

Share your budget with you spouse and kids so that you are all on the same page as a family. Adjusting to a new budget can be a tough habit to learn.

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Reduce Your Lighting Electricity ExpensesIf you leave (1) 60W incandescent light bulb on 24/7 for 30 days, you would spend over $5 on just that one light bulb (assuming the US average of 12 cents per kilowatt hour).

If you live in Hawaii where electricity costs 28 cents per kilowatt hour, you would spend $12 per month on just that one light bulb.

Now if your kids are like mine, they sometimes have trouble remembering to turn off the lights, so you might be paying for way more electricity than you actually need.

Here are my 3 tips to pay for only as much electricity as necessary for your lighting needs:

1. Remind your kids to turn off the lights.

This is the cheap option, but the least automatic. We make a game out of it and encourage our 2-year-old to move his step stool around the house and turn the lights off. We did the same with our 8 and 5-year-old when they were little. They are both pretty good at remembering, but it is by no means 100% automatic.

Take Action

Create reminders to turn off the lights. Set a reminder on your phone to check the lights before you leave for the day, or create some picture reminders for your kids’ morning routine.

2. Turn off the lights automatically.

If you or your kids have trouble remembering to turn off the lights, there are a couple of inexpensive automatic lighting control devices you can use to help you: a digital timer switch or a motion sensor.

With a digital timer switch, instead of flipping a switch, you choose a button for how long you want the lights to be on. The button choices are typically 5 minutes to 4 hours. The switch turns off the lights at the end of the time frame. You may still use more electricity than you need though if you regularly hit the 4-hour button and only go into the room for a few minutes.

With a sensor, instead of flipping a switch, the sensor looks for a change in heat. Occupancy sensors turn on when the sensor sees the heat from your body. Vacancy sensors turn off when your body heat is no longer seen. Both types have buttons for you to control the lights manually.

Most digital timer switches and motion sensors cost less than $20. If you or a friend can install them safely, there won’t be any additional installation cost. If you are not familiar with changing out switches, consult a local electrician. Electricians cost $50-$100 per hour.

Take Action

Make a list of the light switches that you regularly forget to turn off. Discuss with your family what type of control might help you reduce the amount of lighting left on when not needed.

3. Replace your light bulbs.

If you are at home often during the week and you actually use your lighting significantly, consider using energy saving light bulbs.

Energy Saving light bulbs include halogen, compact fluorescent, and LED. One of the main complaints about using these is the amount of light they put out (or don’t).

An incandescent light bulb provides 800 lumens (a measure of light). When you look for new light bulbs, make sure to look at the lumen output and not just what the manufacturer says is a 60W equivalent. I typically pick a 75W equivalent in order to get at least 800 lumens.

Another complaint is the color of the light. Look for a yellower or warmer white bulb to match incandescents better.

Take Action

Make a list of the light fixtures you use the most and replace those light bulbs first. Go to your local hardware store and see if you can find any LED light bulbs discounted by incentives from your local electrical utility company.

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This afternoon is the beginning of the semi-annual Women’s ACTS Retreat at the Church of St. Mary. Kraston and I each attended our first ACTS retreat in the fall of 2015. It made a powerful difference in our faith lives. He went on to volunteer on the Team for the spring and fall Men’s ACTS retreats in 2016.

Love Letters

Even though he hated to write, he always took the time to write the requested “love letters” to the retreatants who attended each retreat. I have been sort of hit and miss, only writing notes about every other retreat.

Last Saturday evening, while away from home at a workshop, I had a bit of time after dinner and thought I might have some time to write some letters before my cabin mates returned. While packing I had decided to pack the old box of stationery, rather than the unopened one I bought last week.

I set out all of the card stock and envelopes, sorted them each by color. Yes, the silly engineer in me likes to do things like that. I counted each of the cards and the envelopes and realized that I had an uneven amount. My 5 year old daughter Rosemary had been into the cardstock, so I had more envelopes than cards.

I got my pen out, ready to get started. I picked up the first blue card and, for some reason, turned it over. It was a good thing I did, because it had already been written on. But not, as you might guess, by my daughter Rosemary.

Thank You for sharing God’s Love with me

I don’t know why he didn’t send this card.

Did he not like what he had written?

Had he written too many?

Did he just forget?

Whatever the reason, I got a special message from him last Saturday.

My cabin mates walked back in shortly after I found my note. I picked up my stationery and put it all back in the box as I wasn’t going to be writing any of my own letters that day. I spent the rest of the evening talking with new friends, talking about him, and hearing about their losses and experiences with grief.

God Moments

Moments like these, I feel God especially close to me, letting me know He is with me. I would love to hear about your latest God Moment in the comments below.

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