How We Do Doctors Visits for Free

Doctors visits for free sounds crazy, but it’s true!  Here’s our story:   doctors visits for free

Our Story

My kids have both had strep throat recently.  It has been going around their school and although we were healthy all year, it finally caught us.  The good news is it didn’t cost us anything!  We were able to make an appointment for a phone consultation with MDLive, the company that Medi-Share partners with, each time and consult with a doctor immediately!   No cost for the appointment, or for the amoxicillin that we picked up within the hour from the pharmacy.  Our kids were back to no fevers within a day, and we continued through the antibiotics for 10 days.  Life changing!!  Read below for more details, and for all the ways we are saving on insurance, read HERE.

Virtual Doctor’s Visit

Thankfully, we can do doctors visits for free with Medi-share’s Telehealth program.  With Medi-Share we were able to “see” a doctor immediately virtually with their tele-health program.  You can review the available doctor’s certifications before selecting your preference among those available.  They were able to diagnose and treat our issue and prescribe medication to our local pharmacy…immediately!

For the germaphobe that I am, this was such a nice change.  No germy waiting room.  No waiting.  We didn’t even have to leave the house!  The best part:  it was free!  NO cost to see a doctor; this is included in our membership to Medi-Share.  I am not receiving any kind of commission for sharing this info; I just think it’s too good not to share!  This does not replace our regular doctors, and they will send the records to your doctor’s office if you wish.  This virtual service is very helpful, though, in these situations, and saves us a ton!

Sharing to Help You Live Your Priorities

If you are looking to save money on insurance so you can live your priorities, I highly recommend Medi-Share.  I think it’s a great service that is helping many people when health care is otherwise unaffordable.  We have saved a TON on insurance costs this year (thankfully, and fingers crossed), so I highly recommend you reading this page.   Our auto and home insurance changes have been life-changing as well!  Save money on these expenses, so you can live your priorities!

Moms, Shop for Your Own Tires Online and Save Money!

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Honestly, this is one area that I have not touched in my efforts to save money and be like the Proverbs 31 woman! My habit- all I’ve ever known- is to go to the tire store and have them price tires for me, and install them while I wait. Basically, I feel like you have little choice in the tire situation, because what do I know about tires? I just take what they tell me- because I trust them on a certain level- and go with it, because I do not have the time or the knowledge to find tires myself.

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Well, I truly believe Walmart could be on to something big here.

Find tires online at Walmart.com!

Now, I can shop for tires online by simply knowing my car make and model, and what kind of tires I currently have. That is easy enough. Walmart has a tire finder that searches across dozens of brands and pulls up the best fit for my vehicle. You can even pull up available rebates from tire brands! Probably, these rebates have gone to the tire dealer in the past because of my lack of knowledge and available transparency.  Walmart.com offers a wide variety of good brands including Goodyear, BFGoodrich, Michelin, Radar, Cooper and others.

Now, only time and experience will tell if this is a good deal or not, or whether it is worth it. The tires can be shipped for free to your store (or your home, if you are a real DIY’er) and you can have the Walmart tire department install them. I just appreciate the ability to search for myself and find the best deal. Thankfully, it is not time for me to purchase new tires on my almost new vehicle just yet. But, I am going to go through the process to see how simple it could be. If you have experience from Walmart online tire shop, I’d love to hear from you at momspriority@gmail.com or comment below.

To have 4 tires for my 2018 Expedition sent to my local Walmart or to my home, it is $511 including tax and free shipping. Installation at Walmart adds another $15 per basic tire. This is not a bad price for 4 SUV tires; however, I have not had new tires put on this vehicle so I am not completely sure.  Here are all of the links so you can check it out for yourself:

Find tires online at Walmart.com!

Find rebates

Find special deals

Tax Time Tire Savings

Auto Care Centers for Tire Installation Packages

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I’d love to hear what you think!  This is a new program Walmart is offering. Email me at momspriority@gmail.com!

Clinique Bonus Time is Currently On Until April 9

Clinique Bonus Time at Macy’s is NOW ~ Don’t Miss it!

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Choose your free 7pc gift with any $29 Clinique purchase (A $100 Value)  This is the easiest way to buy your makeup!  You don’t even have to find time to go shopping.  Simply go to Macy’s online by clicking the picture to the right, and order your needed items.  Spend just $29 and the bonus gift is automatically added to your bag. If you spend $55, you get to choose additional items like a large eye shadow for free.  Choose your free 2piece beauty duo with $55 Clinique purchase. Shop now at Macys.com! Valid 3/27 through 4/9

If you wear Clinique, it is so simple to order online with free shipping and have your makeup delivered to your door!  It doesn’t get much simpler!  Or faster!

Clinique Products 

I have been approached multiple times to get on the multi-marketing bandwagon with another skincare provider from other women, and my answer is always no for several reasons.  The primary reason is I have no interest in switching.  Clinique products have been good to my skin for many years, back to the teenage years when my skin needed lots of help!  I think many in my generation grew up on Clinique, as our moms used Estee Lauder!  No reason to change a good thing!  Also, I am thankful for the ability to easily purchase my Clinique makeup without making a trip to the mall.  Ordering online is so simple, and your makeup typically arrives at your door within 2 days.  Ordering Clinique on Macys.com is so simple- why complicate it?  While you’re on macys.com, check out the sales in other departments and get free shipping with any beauty purchase.

Clinique Bonus Time at Macys
Clinique Bonus Time at Macys

This bonus only runs through April 9, so make sure you order your makeup today! Free 7-piece Clinique Gift with qualifying purchase! One per customer, while supplies last. Shop now at Macys.com! Valid 3/27-4/9.


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Vera Bradley Outlet Sale Now!

Did you know Vera Bradley has an online outlet for marked down products? You can find amazing deals on beautiful and durable purses, lunch boxes, book bags, and more at the outlet! Now through March 20, you can take an extra 30% off already-reduced styles, AND receive free shipping at the Vera Bradley outlet sale!! This truly is a great opportunity to replace WELL worn items with new! Click here to browse their selection: Online Outlet Exclusive: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced prices, plus free shipping! Only at outlet.verabradley.com. Valid 3/17-3/20

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Quality Bags that Last

I say “well worn” because if you’ve ever purchased Vera Bradley before, you know these items last and last! We have a baby diaper bag that we’ve had for 12 years now. Amazingly, my daughter now uses it as her overnight bag. It has held up so well, that once I found a sale, I didn’t hesitate when our daughter asked for a Vera Bradley lunch box and book bag. Even though the prices are high initially, with these sales and free shipping as well, these quality items can be purchased for a steal.

Vera Bradley Outlet Steals

We found some steals at Vera Bradley’s outlet, like this triple zip hipster. Clearanced down to $24 (originally $68), plus additional 30% off and free shipping makes it about $17!

Triple Zip Hipster

Or this leopard print 13″ tablet sleeve, regularly $38, marked down to $11.50. With additional 30% off, it’s only about $8! You can’t beat these deals. These would also make great teacher, graduation, birthday, and mother’s day gifts!

Vera Bradley 13″ Tablet Sleeve

We have a selection of our Mom’s Priority online shopping platform devoted to Vera Bradley items; we love them that much! After checking out the outlet, you should head over to our online platform and browse around. The patterns and quality materials Vera Bradley uses makes these bags great for school, work, travel, and more.

Don’t miss this Vera Bradley Outlet sale, going on today through Wednesday. Over 300 items are clearance down on the outlet, so shop now for best selection and availability. Click here Online Outlet Exclusive: Take an extra 30% off already-reduced prices, plus free shipping! Only at outlet.verabradley.com. Valid 3/17-3/20.

For more deals from other inspiring companies like Vera Bradley, check out our deals page.

5 Disney Money Saving Tips

Disney World is on many families’ bucket lists of places to experience with kids, and truly, it is an amazing family fun experience for families!  Even if you can’t or won’t spend thousands of dollars on a vacation, you can still experience Disney World with these Disney money saving tips.

5 Disney Money Saving Tips

5 Ways to Save at Disney

Plan in Advance

Plan your trip well in advance.  Hotels, while plentiful in Orlando, can book up with the number of visitors and conventions that are ongoing in that city.  Planning in advance also makes sense with regards to meal reservations and fast passes.  We’ll talk about that more below, but people start booking these up to 6 months in advance, so don’t wait!  You also can find out when is the best time to go to Disney.  We’ve found that November is a wonderful time!  The park is already decorated for Christmas, the weather is very nice, and it’s not that crowded.

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Plan Your Itinerary

Once you nail down the dates of your vacation, plan your days in detail.  Sound like planning takes away the spontaneous fun, right?  Well, time is money in Disney World.  One-day ticket prices start at $109/day per person and $99/day per child age 3-9, depending on the Disney park you are visiting and season!  The price seems steep, but only until you realize how much you get for your money, with all of the shows, parades, rides, and character visits!  But, if you spend your time waiting in line unnecessarily because you didn’t plan well, you will miss out.  So, plan your days.  Look at the crowd calendars available on touringplans.com and undercover tourist.  Decide which days you want to go to which park, based on the crowd levels and what features you’re looking for in your day.  You can choose from the electric parade which vary in hours at night or the extra magic hours that you can receive by staying at certain hotels.

Plan Your Park Day in Detail

Once you decide your days, plan out your route around the park.  Keep your meal reservations, character visits, and fast passes in mind.  Doing this in advance will make the day go SO much smoother when you’re in the park with your family!  You can book character meals up to 180 days in advance.  These reservations fill up so often you need to check back before your trip to see if better times/days become available.  Also, remember if you have a really young one, you can do Rider Swap on certain rides, meaning the parents can switch without waiting in line twice.

Consider Food Options

When planning your hotel and meals, consider a hotel that offers a free continental breakfast in the rate, and remember that you can bring in food and drinks.  You can eat breakfast at the hotel, pack PBJ’s, snacks, and waters and take in the stroller, and then eat an off-time dinner in the park.  Buy a few fun treats/snacks like ice cream when you really need a break from the day or in the evening. We have stayed at the Hampton Inn near Disney World in Orlando, and enjoyed the free breakfast and free transportation to the Disney parks.  Save up to 15% off when you book early at thousands of Hampton by Hilton. Book early & save big! Another option is to stay at a hotel inside the park, making it easily accessible to return back for a midday break, and then you can go back to the park later.  This is great particularly Magic Kingdom!  You can enjoy the nighttime parades and fireworks, hopefully avoiding the exhaustion and tantrums! We’ve done this also, and it was awesome, just much more expensive.

These are just a few tips on creating a memorable family trip at Walt Disney World.  Check out these websites for more tips on a wonderful Disney vacation!

Other Disney Resources

All Ears

MouseSavers

Frommers

Undercover Tourist

Touring Plans

Disney

Disney by Age


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Happy New Year!

New beginnings are the best; they are a chance to start fresh! I am so thankful for new starts and for God’s absolute grace that washes over me again and again, like the waves of the sea.

“The grace of our Lord was poured out on me abundantly, along with the faith and love that are in Christ Jesus.”  – 1 Timothy 1:14

Wishing YOU the joy and peace that we are invited to experience as we start a new year! Looking forward to a wonderful year!

“May our Lord Jesus Christ himself and God our Father, who loved us and by his grace gave us eternal encouragement and good hope, encourage your hearts and strengthen you in every good deed and word.”  –  Thessalonians 2:16-17

3 Gift Rule

Christmas Gift Giving

 

When our children were babies, we implemented the 3 gift rule that someone told us about. Just as Jesus received three gifts from the three wise men, you’ll remember from the Bible story, our children receive three gifts from us! This simple rule has simplified Christmas for us! Someone told me about it years ago, and how it gave Christmas deeper meaning to their little children and a chance to share the story of the birth of Jesus. There are still plenty of gifts around the tree, because you buy for others. Likewise, they receive plenty because of extended family Christmas gatherings. But the message that we share around the tree is the story of Jesus and the three gifts of the wise men: gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

3 Gifts of the Wise Men

3 Gift Rule

What is the 3 Gift Rule?

So, what are these three gifts, and how do we implement that into our family Christmas tradition?

Gold: Something that they really want

Frankincense: Something that they need (like clothes)

Myrrh: Something to read or to help them grow (a book, devotional, or CD usually)

The message on Christmas morning is not one of extravagant material gifts, but of the most extravagant gift we could ever receive: eternal life because our Savior came and took the punishment we deserve. Our family is far from being holy or un-materialistic. These small steps, though, keep Christmas focused and keep our children from only caring about what they will receive under the tree Christmas morning! Our family time is meaningful and enjoyable. Christmas morning, along with Christmas Eve, is one of my most favorite days. We celebrate family and our Savior. I cannot remember who first told me about the 3 Gift Rule, but I am so thankful they did!

For more posts from Mom’s Priority about Christmas time giving:

Teach Your Kids to Give

Operation Christmas Child Shoeboxes

 

How to Find the Best Black Friday Deals

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how to find the best black friday dealsBlack Friday is less than a day away!  Get ready to find the best black Friday deals, possibly the best this Christmas season!!  Retailers have been planning on this week all year because this is when the bulk of Christmas shopping will happen this year.  Peak Week starts the Monday before Thanksgiving and goes through the following Monday, referred to as Cyber Monday.  * Black Friday is a term almost used to describe this entire time period for many retailers.* I like to think of getting this task complete (or close)- Christmas shopping- so we can all enjoy Thanksgiving and Christmas together a little more.

Back to Black Friday shopping, get your lists ready!  I do believe you will find some great deals this week if you are ready to make a purchase.  If you have any questions about securely shopping online, read this post to shop smart online this Christmas season.  We want to help you find the best Black Friday deals online and in stores so check Mom’s Priority daily for updates.

Best Black Friday Deals

We will be updating our list of deals daily as we receive them from retailers here on the Black Friday Deals page, accessible from the main page.  You may want to bookmark this page.

Here are a few tips to save money this Christmas season:

  • You need to remember to check prices before you buy.  Even though a retailer claims to be offering a great price on an item, that doesn’t mean it is the BEST price.  One great website resource to check Amazon prices is https://camelcamelcamel.com .  This is a legit site that does behind the scenes work for you.  You can even sign up for price drop alerts if you are shopping Amazon and need to find a particular item.
  • You should review the Black Friday Ads for major retailers below, which are linked below for your convenience.




Department Store Black Friday Ads

Black Friday 2018 is coming November 23!  Retailer giants like Amazon and Walmart have already begun their deals of the day and door busters, with more coming each day.  Here is a list of the bigger department store Black Friday ads we have so far.

Sam’s Club Black Friday Ad

Kohls Black Friday Ad

Macy’s Black Friday Ad

Walmart Black Friday Ad

Amazon Black Friday Ad

Target Black Friday Ad

Best Buy Black Friday Ad

 

More Black Friday Tips

  • Use promo and coupon codes whenever possible.
  • Note retailers that price match, and ask for a price match if you find an identical item at another store.
  • Consider a free trial of Amazon prime just for the holidays for the free shipping benefits. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial.
  • Always keep your budget in mind and think about creating a Three Gift Rule to keep the focus off all of the gifts.  See our post about the Three Gift Rule here.

These are just a few of the ways you can find the best black Friday deals this week.  Good luck!!

Gratitude: The Cure for Entitlement

The Cure for Entitlement: Gratitude  the cure for entitlement is gratitude

My son has been excitedly asking about our gratitude jar for the past month. Filling the jar with things we are thankful for is a tradition we do every November. Every day in November (ideally… we often have to catch up!), we write down things we are thankful for on slips of paper and add them to the jar. On Thanksgiving Day, we read all of our notes aloud. It is a humbling and gratifying experience to say the least. To hear aloud my family members say things that maybe I never think to be thankful for, this fills my heart! This is what Thanksgiving is all about!

Get Our Hearts Right

It surprises me that he asks and even remembers! Our gratitude jar simply sits on our kitchen table for one month out of the year. It precedes Christmas, which can become an extremely materialistic time of year if we’re not careful. I love that it makes an impact on him, and I hope we keep this tradition for many years to come. More than anything, in our entitled world, I want our kids to know the source of everything. I want them to know that it comes from God, and not from any work they can do themselves. Sure, hard work is often rewarded, but this gratitude is what separates the entitled from the humble and thankful.

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Simple Jar or Bucket

Don’t fool yourself into thinking your container has to be Pinterest-worthy to use! A gratitude jar (or gratitude bucket!) can be as crafty as you want, or have time, to make it! It’s the practice, the habit, of daily writing down things we’re thankful for that we’re after. If you have time to make it super-cute, then by all means, do! This year, my usual glass apothecary jar was being used for something else. So, we are using a galvanized bucket with a ribbon tied at the top! Times are busy right now, but that doesn’t mean that we are going to miss this opportunity! Who knows how many more years our kids will want to do this?! I do hope it sticks with them. But regardless, it will be a fulfilling memory to store away for future thanksgivings.

Solutions to Raising Grateful Kids

Beyond this simple idea of a gratitude jar, here are other ways to raise grateful kids in this entitled world:

  • Express thankfulness in prayers and blessings. Thankfulness is a key element of prayer, and in blessings at meals, we bless the food and thank God for providing it. Creating this habit reminds us daily to focus on God, and not on ourselves.
  • Give gifts and serve in the community. When you give generously, you think of the receiver and it forces you to look beyond yourself. Sometimes, we get so wrapped up in our situation, that we fail to look outward. Giving good gifts to teachers and others in the community helps us to voice our appreciation of their work.
  • Get into nature and experience the awe and beauty around us, given to us by God. How can you look at a sunrise and not be thankful?!
  • Live intentionally. Instead of trying to keep up with the Joneses, focus on what your purpose is and do that well!
  • Keep Christmas about the cross, and not just wanting more “stuff.” We can challenge ourselves to give and not just want. The 3 Gift rule helps our family keep away from all of the “I wants.”

Expressing Gratitude Creates Long Term Impact

Ultimately as parents, when we “teach” our children, we’re really teaching ourselves, right? This reminder every November is good medicine for me AND it’s great for our kids. We’re raising up the next generation, and who wants a bunch of spoiled adults running around! Long term, I believe practicing gratitude creates healthier families. Think of how much better you sleep when you’re not overspent and overworked? When you’re able to focus on living intentionally, grateful for each day. There are even studies pointing to gratitude reducing anxiety and depression in adults. The results of one study are preliminary, but it suggests practicing gratitude actually rewires the brain! Knowing that the future ahead for our children is not going to be any easier, I want to give my kids all the tools to have long, productive and meaningful lives. Gratitude is a simple answer.

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Christmas Giving with Kids
Three Gift Rule
Living Intentionally as a Mom

Hobby Lobby Christmas Decor on Sale

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Hobby Lobby is an amazing place.  I can get lost in the store and my worries seem to melt away as I focus on a much bigger God.  The verses of truth surround me in that store!  I know it may sound materialistic, but I’m okay with that.  😉

Selected Hobby Lobby Christmas decor is on sale this week at 50% off and also today only they are offering free shipping as well!

Hobby Lobby Christmas Decor

Get Free Shipping on orders of $59 or more at HobbyLobby.com. Some exclusions apply. Free Shipping ends 11:59pm PST on 11/17/18.

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