Weekly family rail, with tips to save a lot when planning family meals, a look at the best 2011 family movies and more.
Tip of the Week
Regardless of whether you're planning a holiday feast, a birthday celebration, or just day-to-day meals throughout the year, it's easier and more cost effective if you go into grocery shopping prepared. Consider these tips from national grocery retailer Save-A-Lot before your next shopping trip:
- Plan for several meals rather than just one. Many grocery shoppers make the mistake of only planning for a big special meal when they can cut time and cost by planning for several. Decide ahead of time how your family might want to use leftover meat or veggies from the meal, and buy extra ingredients to extend your meal into the following week.
- Create a weekly meal planner. Think about what you and your family members typically consume each day. If there is a particular food item or meal idea that your whole family enjoys, make sure to stock up when it is on sale. Ask each family member to pick a meal for dinner. Make contingencies such as quick and easy lunch items for kids who may be home during a school break, or snacks for visiting family members.
- Visit grocery store websites for tools and deals. Grocery retailers frequently offer tips and tools for meal planning, as well as exclusive online bargains. Check to see if your store is offering discounts in exchange for signing up for their shopping clubs year round.
- Take advantage of store brands. Many grocery stores offer their own brands of foods and everyday items, and frequently these items are of equivalent quality as more expensive national brand names. By using store brands, you can save a little money on your grocery bill and splurge on something special, such as a celebratory dessert.
Family Screening Room
The coming year will see the release of some much-anticipated family films, including a plethora of sequels. Here’s what to expect:
- “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 2"
The Harry Potter series wraps up 10 years after the original film was released. While readers of the books know the fate of Harry, Ron, Hermione and Voldemort, those who have only seen the movies will have to wait until July to see how it ends.
- “The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1”
Like the final installment of the Potter series, filmmakers split the final book of the “Twilight” series into two parts. Part 1 is scheduled to be released in November; Twi-hards will have to wait until 2012 for Part 2.
- “Cars 2”
Lightning McQueen is back! And this time he’s heading overseas with Mater for the World Grand Prix. Owen Wilson and Larry the Cable Guy are back, as are many others who voiced cars from the original movie. “Cars 2” zooms into theaters in June.
- “Kung Fu Panda 2”
Jack Black and Angelina Jolie return in this sequel to one of the big hits of 2008. The film is subtitled “The Kaboom of Doom” and will be shown in 3-D and 2-D. “Kung Fu Panda 2” arrives in theaters in May.
“The Strange Case of Origami Yoda,” by Tom Angleberger
Synopsis: In this funny, uncannily wise portrait of the dynamics of a sixth-grade class and of the greatness that sometimes comes in unlikely packages, Dwight, a loser, talks to his classmates via an origami finger puppet of Yoda. If that weren’t strange enough, the puppet is uncannily wise and prescient. Origami Yoda predicts the date of a pop quiz, guesses who stole the classroom Shakespeare bust and saves a classmate from popularity-crushing embarrassment with some well-timed advice. Dwight’s classmate Tommy wonders how Yoda can be so smart when Dwight himself is so clueless. With contributions from his puzzled classmates, he assembles the case file that forms this novel.
Did You Know
According to an article in Infant Behavior and Development, children of moms who are depressed during pregnancy have higher levels of stress hormones.
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