I have recently learned about Slickdeals from following them on Twitter (@slickdeals). They offer a great website (http://slickdeals.net/) as well which lists daily offers of how you can save lots of money.
Some recent favorites:
~Free 20-page 8x8 Shutterfly photobook
~$25 Worth of Textbook Rentals for $9 from BookRenter.com (.edu e-mail addresses only)
~Apple iTunes $100 eGift Card (Email Delivery) for $80
~Buy One, Get One from Cold Stone Creamery with this printable coupon: http://tinyurl.com/9by6wdy
Buy One - Get One Free Entree from Smashburger. You just have to play the game on the site, and then you can print out your coupon afterwards! When I played the game, it actually said that I was only awarded a free side with my entree, but when I took my coupon in, they accepted it as a buy one-get one, so we got a free sandwich! http://tinyurl.com/9orsmxr
Don't forget to Google coupons whenever you can! You might be pleasantly surprised how much money you will save. In looking for a coupon for airport parking, I found this one for WallyPark. Guess where I'll be parking! (*Just be sure to read the fine print carefully...like you can't park on the rooftop.)
Music is an important part of my life. I play it everywhere--in my home, in my classroom and office, and in my car. I think that people underestimate its power. During teacher trainings, I share with my audience that music can be used as a classroom management tool. When I want the students to settle down, I play something soft, and when I need them to be active, I play a genre that is more upbeat. In this technological age, I am very thankful to have music so freely accessible to me. I don't have to remember to bring a CD with me anymore! Pandora and Spotify are two of my favorite websites/phone apps. I know that many of my friends use these tools already, but I just led a faculty training where people had heard of Spotify but had not used it yet. They were easily converted by the end of the training. You simply create a login for Pandora or Spotify from your computer or smartphone, and you have free access to an endless database of tunes. WIth Pandora, you create a "channel" by inputting a particular genre, artist or album, and then Pandora plays randomly selected songs that are similar to the artist or genre you selected. On the other hand, with Spotify, you can create your own playlist, and intentionally select a specific album, song, or artist that you would like to listen to from anywhere that has an internet connection. Today I read that they have the Android app for Spotify for free!, so I know it's available for Android phones too. There are upgrades to both sites that you can purchase to avoid listening to ads and such, but I have been very content with the free versions. FREE music??? This is a dream come true. If you haven't stopped to save by checking these sites/apps out, STOP right now and do it! You will be whistling a happy tune in no time.
Dr. Stella Erbes
Dr. Stella Erbes is a teacher at heart. Her passion to teach and help others has led her to compose this site full of resources. Dr. Erbes is a university professor and teaches education courses which help prepare future teachers. She hopes that the lessons prepared here will lead her readers to exceptional food, unforgettable travel, and better living.