Entries from July 6, 2014 - July 12, 2014


Vera Bradley: Win a Backpack- 95 Winners

Through July 9th at 9PM ET, head here and enter your email address for a chance to win one of ninety-five Vera Bradley Campus Backpacks ($109 value!) – each winner can pick from Pink Swirls, Ziggy Zinnia, or African Violet. The winners will be chosen via a lottery drawing on July 10th and notified via the email address they used to enter.

Win a Snapfish Photo Book- 10,000 Winners

From first giggles to first steps, Gerber is celebrating these precious moments with their Babies First Sweepstakes! Enter today and you could be one of the lucky 10,000 fans to win a Snapfish photo book, or the Grand Prize $1,000!
Enter to win here, good luck!



Milkbone Sweeps: Win Walmart Gift Cards and More

Go here and take the quick quiz to enter the Milk-Bone Sweepstakes for a chance to win the Grand Prize of a $500 Walmart Gift Card. Plus, there will be one winner every week who snags a Milk-Bone Prize Package ($211 value) which includes a Brushing Chews Flying Disc, tote, dog snacks/treats, and a $100 Walmart gift card. You can enter up to 3 times per day. Ends Aug.10, 2014.

Win a Pillsbury Calender- 50,000 Winners

Through August 3rd, head over here and sign in/register to enter the Pillsbury 2015 Calendar Sweepstakes for your chance to win one of fifty thousand 2015 Pillsbury Calendars ($5 value!). Enter for a chance to win a calendar by voting for the recipes that will be featured in the 2015 calendar; vote each week for up to 4 chances to win. Calendars will be shipped to the winners in December 2014.

Win a $100 Zulily Gift Card

Go to the Sunstar GUM Oral Care Products Facebook page, like them, and click on the “Smile in Style” tab to enter the Smile in Style Promotion for a chance to win the daily prize of a $100 Zulily.com gift card AND a variety of GUM products ($120+ value!).
Plus after you enter, you’ll receive a unique referral link – simply refer 5 friends to enter the sweepstakes using your unique referral link and you’ll automatically win a FREE GUM Crayola Marker Toothbrush Twin Pack! Ends July 22, 2014.

Win a Samsung NX Mini Camera

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6 Smart Safety Apps

They used to be a luxury, but now, almost every American home has at least one smartphone. With their ability to organize and simplify so many of our daily tasks, it's no surprise that today's iPhones, Androids, and Windows-based gadgets are allowing us to be safer than ever before. Here are some of my favorite ways to use my smartphone to keep me and my six kids secure! (See also: How Men and Women Use Smartphones Differently)

Weather Warnings

Last month, my property suffered damage from a tornado. Living out in the country, we have no warning sirens, so it's important that I have an alert system that stays with me and is updated in real time.

In addition to the "alert" feature on my phone that is tied into my zip code and sets my phone off when a storm warning is issued for my area, I can use any number of apps to check radar and even follow the social media accounts for the meteorologists for my part of the state. This past storm, I was able to get the kids into the cellar just in time to avoid softball sized hail and an actual tornado touch-down that tore 100-year-old trees out by the roots. I was very thankful for technology!

Tip: Check your local TV station's website for a link to their specific weather app. Most will be tailored to the viewing area. The Red Cross also has an app for a variety of environmental emergencies unique to your climate and region.

Traffic Reports

I remember the days of sitting in my car at 5:01 p.m. and listening to my local AM radio station for the traffic report. While it was helpful, it was no match for the real-time reports you can get from phone apps and even the GPS service available on most phones. While using your cell phone is prohibited while driving in my jurisdictions, it's OK to have your traffic app or GPS mode running while your phone is in your seat or placed safely on the dash. Avoiding an accident isn't just a time-saver; it could be a life-saver!

Tip:The Google Maps app does a pretty good job of alerting you to accidents on major highways and the interstate. If you don't have an Android phone, the Mapquest version works well.

First Aid

If you are a parent, you know very well that some kids have an insane desire to put everything into their mouths. For those moments, a call to Poison Control may be advisable, and, if you plan ahead, you can program your phone to connect via a shortcut on smartphone screen.

If the situation isn't life threatening, a quick reference to some basic first aid tips might be called for. The Red Cross makes first aid apps available for thepeople members of your family, as well as pets!

Tip: While poison is serious business, sometimes a game is called for. The Name Your Poison app teaches kids and parents that common poisons can easily be mistaken for safe materials — like candy.

Emergency Contact

Most of us don't carry around little cards in our wallet telling medical personnel or the police who to contact if they find us unconscious. Most of us do, however, carry around our smartphones.

If you don't already have an "emergency" contact designated in your phone's contact list, do so right now. Otherwise, your phone might also have some unique features to help you in a life-threatening situation. My Samsung Galaxy, for example, will automatically connect me with my designated contact with three short pushes of the power button, and it will record sound, take photos, and send along GPS coordinates until I deactivate emergency mode. Other smartphone have similar features in their settings screen. (Consult your user's guide for more info.)

Tip: Medical professionals recommend an "ICE" (In Case of Emergency) contact clearly labeled on your phone, but many rumors claim that doing so leaves your phone open to viruses. Snopes clearly debunks this myth.

Food Allergies

Not everyone is allergic to peanuts or pineapple, but if your kids are, it can seem like the whole world is against you. While it may be obvious to you that certain foods contain allergens, not all caregivers are savvy to the language of food labeling. Giving your kids access to information on food ingredients via a handy app empowers them to choose safe foods when they aren't obvious to everyone; Food Additives 2 gets good review from parents of allergy-sufferers.

Tip: Food allergies don't go away when you dine out. Allergy Eats mobile dining guide helps you make safe decisions when on the road and at your favorite restaurant.

Child Location

If little Johnny wandered off without his phone, tracking him down may be difficult. Since most kids carry their phones with them at all times (even into the bathroom), there is a good chance you can find him with a good GPS location tool. Securafone is a comprehensive tool that not only offers geographic location services, it alerts you when a child may be driving over the speed limit or texting while driving.

Tip: In the case that your child really does go missing, having a "kit" on hand with their info and identifying features can be the difference between finding them and not. The FBI offers a high-tech version of the traditional "ID Kit" for most smartphones.

Do you use any smartphone safety apps not mentioned here? Please share in comments!

Written by Linsey Knerl and published on Wise Bread. Read more articles from Wise Bread.

Back to School Pricing List

Here are the average back to school prices that are the best deals you will find on school supplies:

Also, if you don’t need school supplies, consider donating them! 

Pencils, Erasers, Pens
No. 2 Pencils 8-10 pk. – 1¢-79¢
Mechanical Pencils 10 ct. – 50¢-$1
Bic Mechanical Pencils 5 ct. – 25¢
Pink Erasers,  3 pk.+ – 75¢
Pencil Top Erasers 12 ct. – 1¢
Pens, multipacks – 1¢ – $1
Gel Pens, 2 pk. – $1.84

Arts & Crafts
Crayola Crayons, 24 ct. – 50¢
Crayola Markers, 10 ct. – 75¢
RoseArt Markers, 10 ct., 52¢
Crayola or RoseArt Colored Pencils, 12 ct., 50¢ – 99¢
Watercolor Paints 10 ct. – $1

Highlighters & Sharpies
Bic Highlighter, 5 pk. – $2
Sharpie Highlighter 5 ct. – $2
Sharpie Permanent Marker, 2 ct. – 99¢
Sharpie Permanent Marker, 5 ct. – $2

1 Subject – 17¢-49¢
3 Subject – $1.44
5 Subject – $1.88
Composition Books – 75¢-$1
Mini Composition Books – 20¢

Pocket Folders – 1¢
Poly Folders – 39¢
File Folders – 25¢

1″ Binder – 25¢ – 92¢
Zipper Binder – $9
Paper Clips, Pushpins or Binder Clips – 33¢ – $1

Filler Paper 100 Sheets – 25¢
Copy Paper 500 Sheets – FREE-$1
Writing Pad 80 Sheets – $2
Construction Paper 100 Sheets – $1.50-$2

Index Cards
3″x5″ Lined Index Cards 70-100 pk. – 1¢ – $1

Adhesives & Staplers
Krazy Glue 1 ct. – $1.39
Glue Sticks, 3 ct. – 67¢
School Glue, 4 oz – 1¢ – 50¢
Scotch Invisible Tape, 3 pk. – $2
Stapler – $3


Scissors, Rulers, & Other Equipment
Backpacks – Up to 50% off
Protractor – $1
Scissors 5″ – 50¢ – 99¢
Ruler – 5¢-50¢
Dry Erase Board w/ Marker – $1 – $3
Bic Dry Erase Marker 4 pk. – $1
Manual Pencil Sharpener – 25¢ – $1