Tuesday
Feb122019

Black and Decker Class Action

Go here if you purchased certain Black & Decker and/or Farberware brand small kitchen appliances between February 5, 2014 and October 19, 2018. No proof of purchase is necessary.

Tuesday
Feb122019

Ross Stores Settlement

Have you purchased at least ONE item at Ross with a price tag that included a “Compare At” price since June 20, 2011? You may be entitled to get a settlement check from this Ross Stores Pricing Settlement if you are eligible! Simply complete the short form by May 31st to submit your claim. This settlement is about how the retailer’s “compare at” prices on sales tags were misleading.

No proof of purchase is necessaryto obtain settlement benefits, but please do not fill it out if you never purchased these products to qualify. If you have proof of purchase, you can claim more products. It is against the law to fill out the form if you do not qualify. Go here for more information.

Sunday
Feb102019

Sonic Class Action

Sonic drive in

If you visited one of these 325 Sonic Drive-In locations from April 7th, 2017 through October 28th, 2017 and paid using a credit or debit card, you may be eligible for this Class Action Lawsuit.

The Settlement provides payments to people who submit valid and timely claims attesting the following:

  • Category 1 Settlement Class Members: Made a purchase using a credit or debit card at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations here during the relevant time period mentioned above. These members are eligible to receive a one-time payment of approximately $10.
  • Category 2 Settlement Class Members: Made a purchase using a credit or debit card at one of the 325 impacted Sonic Drive-In locations here during the relevant time period and that they experienced fraudulent or unauthorized charges on the used credit or debit card any time up through February 28th, 2018. These members are eligible to receive a one-time payment of $40.
Saturday
Feb092019

How to Get Magazines for Cheap

YOUR LOCAL LIBRARY

There are so many free goodies to be had at the library, one of which includes an extensive collection of magazines. Not only do libraries have current copies, but they will usually have backdated copies as well. They might even have copies of magazines that aren't currently being published.

DOCTORS' OR DENTAL OFFICES

In waiting rooms, you'll usually see a collection of magazines to thumb through. Ask the receptionist if you can take the old copies when they get new ones. They are usually pretty accommodating.

ONLINE FORUMS

Slickdeals.net is a cool forum that specifically features awesome free subscriptions, so it's a good source to check out once in a while. Past deals have included Every Day With Rachel Ray and Better Homes and Gardens. 

MAGAZINE GIVEAWAY SITES

Some sites like RewardsGoldMecury Magazines, and FreeBizMag will give you free magazines if you fill out a questionnaire and qualify for the freebies. Always read the fine print when you're signing up for these sites, and be careful when reading the emails they send out.

SUBSCRIPTIONS

Subscribe to your favorite magazines to enjoy huge discounts. You can either go to the official site or visit sites like Amazon and Magazines.com, which offer the same popular magazine titles at up to an 80 percent discount. You can also get a mail-in subscription signup form from the pages of the magazine.

DAILY DEALS

Magazine subscriptions often pop up on daily deals with phenomenal savings, so keep an eye out for them if there is a magazine you've been wanting to subscribe to.

REDEEM AWARDS

If you have travel or credit card points that you need to use up, you can opt to redeem a magazine subscription. If the point program doesn't let you redeem the points for magazines, then there are magazine subscription services that let you exchange points for free subscriptions, such as magformiles.

HOLD A MAGAZINE SWAP

Pick a good time for your magazine swap, and invite a bunch of people to come over with magazines. Not only will you get a chance to get rid of the magazines you've already read, but you'll also be able to get new ones for free. The people you hang out with tend to share common interests, so there's a good chance that you'll be interested in the magazines they like.

And when you're done with the magazines, don't trash them — here are some great ideas for upcycling them. You can even turn the scraps of paper into cute magnets!

Magazines are fun to read — but buying them at the store can get crazy expensive. Learn how to get magazine fix and save.
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Friday
Feb082019

Ross Stores Settlement

Have you purchased at least ONE item at Ross with a price tag that included a “Compare At” price since June 20, 2011? You may be entitled to get a settlement check from this Ross Stores Pricing Settlement if you are eligible! Simply complete the short form by May 31st to submit your claim. This settlement is about how the retailer’s “compare at” prices on sales tags were misleading.

No proof of purchase is necessaryto obtain settlement benefits, but please do not fill it out if you never purchased these products to qualify. If you have proof of purchase, you can claim more products. It is against the law to fill out the form if you do not qualify. Go here for more information.

Thursday
Jan312019

Keep the Memories With These Clutter Free Tips

Luckily, in the age of technology and how-to articles, there are brilliant compromises to be made that ensure that you're preserving some of the touchstones of your existence without tripping on them all over the place.

Take a look at these nine clutter-free ways to preserve your memories, and see if you can't preserve who you are while getting rid of all that stuff.

1. SNAP PHOTOS WITH STUFF YOU'RE TOSSING

For tangible items that you're sending into the afterlife, a great way to remember the good times you had with it is to take a photo with that item in it. Perhaps it's a favorite piece of clothing that you once cherished, board games that made many memorable nights, or musical instruments that helped cultivate your love of culture. Set up a nice photo up — perhaps a snapshot with friends with the discarded item as the centerpiece — so you can look back on it with fondness whenever you want.

2. SCAN PICTURES, LETTERS, AND CARDS INTO YOUR COMPUTER

Reduce that pile (or massive box, as they case may be) of beloved photos, letters, and cards that you've accumulated throughout your life by scanning them into your computer. You might find it hard to part with the original hardcopy documents, but try to remember that it's only paper that you're tossing out. By scanning these items, you're preserving the thought that went into them when they were originally given to you — and that's what counts. Plus, this way they can never be destroyed, whereas the original versions will eventually deteriorate over time and are at the mercy of fire, water, and other elements that can destroy them completely.

3. TRANSITION TO DIGITAL PICTURE FRAMES TO ELIMINATE PAPER PHOTOS

If you're anything like me, each of your single picture frames is home to about half a dozen photos. I keep the old photos in the frames when I update a picture by simply laying the replaced images behind the new one. While this method reduces the clutter I see, it only allows me to enjoy one of the photos opposed to all of them (even though rediscovering the old ones during the swapping process is a welcome surprise). Nowadays you can enjoy many photos without fussing with any paper by digitizing them and adding them to a digital frame. These frames rotate images automatically so you see multiple pics — and relive the memories — on a regular basis.

4. TRANSFERS OLD VHS TAPES AND DVDS TO COMPUTER FILES

My husband has a huge cabinet full of VHS tapes from his wrestling days that — mark my words — he will never do anything with until they're so old they've deteriorated beyond repair. I even bought him one of those VHS-to-DVD thingamajigs a few years ago that I recently sold on Amazon new, in-the-box. Hey, I tried. In any case, if you want to ensure that your old VHS tapes and DVDs stand the test of time, consider transferring them to computer files that you can save in your cloud. There are plenty of companies that specialize in this service, but you also can DIY it if you're fairly tech-savvy.

5. REPURPOSE USELESS LITTLE THINGS INTO ONE USEFUL BIG THING

Before you donate all that extra clothing, think of ways you might be able to use the fabric to make something new — like a blanket, tablecloth, or shower curtain. For instance, you can turn a bunch of old T-shirts into a rad quilt if you've got sewing skills (or, ya know, send away for it if you don't). You may not think about it a lot, but many items in your closet — especially the really old, ratty stuff — hold a special place in your heart; repurposing these thrift-shop-ready beauties lets you keep them a bit longer without becoming a hoarder. (See also: 20 New Things You Can Make With Old Denim)

6. TURN A SPECIAL MOMENT INTO A BEAUTIFUL TATTOO

One of my buddies gave me this idea, and I thought it was very interesting. Computers — and especially the cloud — help us preserve many of our tangible memories while cutting the clutter, but what about adding those memories to our own bodies? Thus, a tattoo is an awesome way to recognize an important event or time in your life. The result is a permanent reminder of that particular memory, and you're bound to be asked about it over and over again, allowing you to tell the story many times over.

7. CREATE SENTIMENTAL ARTWORK OUT OF ATTIC-BOUND ITEMS

I recently came across a Buzzfeed post that I thought was really cool. There were lots of great ideas in author Mike Spohr's 26 Incredibly Meaningful Gifts You Can Give Your Kids,but I thought the framed teddy bear was kind of genius. Expanding that concept a bit further then, you can basically take anything of sentimental value that's perhaps tucked away in a box and turn it into a treasured family heirloom that will serve as a reminder of a special time as well as a conversation piece. It goes without saying that it'll be super fun to go through the attic to see what resources you have to work with when creativity strikes you.

8. START A BLOG DEDICATED TO YOUR MEMORIES AND TREASURES

Maybe I'm speaking for myself here, but I like to share many of my fond memories with, well, basically anyone who'll listen. I mean, who doesn't like to reminisce about the "good ol' days," right? I bet we're of a similar mindset, which makes starting a blog dedicated to your memories and treasures a decent idea. You can write about fun times that you've had, post pictures of moments you never want to forget, and then share them with the world so you can bring joy to it.

9. KEEP YOUR TREASURES IN THE FAMILY BY PASSING THEM ON TO LOVED ONES

You know that old saying — one man's trash is another man's treasure? Absolutely true, and it provides a great opportunity for you to unload some of your cherished items that are perhaps taking up too much space on family and friends who want or need it. With this tactic, the clutter is out of your way, but the things and the memories they conjure are still part of your life, which makes this easy option the perfect compromise.

Source: Wisebread.com

Thursday
Jan312019

Where to Find Coupons for Healthy Foods

Living on a budget doesn't need to mean a lifetime of eating low-quality food. Coupons can help you save big on the healthiest items and brands, but you won't find them in your Sunday paper. To help keep your grocery bills down, we've rounded up 22 websites and newsletters serving up a selection of money-saving discounts on the healthy foods you love.

1. Stonyfield

Stonyfield is one of the oldest and most well-known brands of organic yogurt, ice cream, milk, and cream on the market. Create an account on their website to access printable coupons, special offers, recipes, and free goodies.

2. Common Kindness

This unique coupon website lets you change lives while you save money on healthy foods. Every time you redeem CommonKindnessprintable grocery coupons, they donate funds to your favorite non-profit.

3. Mambo Sprouts

This company's value-packed coupon books (available via email, snail mail, and in-store distribution) make it easy to live healthy and save. You can also sign up for alerts so you're the first to know when new coupons are available.

4. Organic Deals

Organic Deals is a clearinghouse of coupons, giveaways, and discounts for a wide variety of healthy foods and natural living products. Browse the site daily, or sign up to have deals delivered right to your inbox.

5. Living Rich With Coupons

This cleverly named website offers a plethora of printable coupons, free sample offers, and online deals. Just sort by "organic/gluten-free" to see coupons for healthy food brands.

6. Country Choice Organic

Sign up for this brand's e-newsletter and get money-saving coupons and special offers throughout the year.

7. LifeStyle Markets

LifeStyle Markets is a Vancouver-based organic grocery store chain that also offers online shopping to Canadian residents. View their monthly electronics flyer for the latest deals and discounts.

8. Organic Valley

Sign up for Organic Valley's monthly "Farm Friends" newsletter to gain access to organic news, recipes, and special offers for their dairy products.

9. Cascadian Farm

Since they're owned by General Mills, it's no surprised that organic foods from Cascadian Farms are available in most supermarkets. Register to receive their e-newsletter and get coupons, special offers, and more.

10. Redplum

Coupons are the main focus of Redplum.com, which offers discounts on everything from refrigerated food to beauty products. Access printable and downloadable coupons directly from the site, or sign up for their grocery coupon newsletter for even more savings.

11. Whole Foods

Want to shop at Whole Foods without spending your 'whole paycheck'? Browse the most recent printable coupons on their website before you go.

12. Earth Fare

If you like shopping at Earth Fare, you're going to love how easy they make it to save money on your favorite brands. Use their mobile app, printable coupons, deals by phone, or join the "Tomato Bank" to earn money-saving reward points.

13. Sprouts

Sprouts grocery store constantly updates the printable coupons located on their website. You can also sign up for their newsletter to access additional deals.

14. Vitamin Cottage/Natural Grocers

This natural grocery store chain doesn't publish printable coupons online, but it does have an electronic sales flyer as well as a list of "Insider Deals" that will help you save money while shopping.

15. Health eSavers

HealthESavers.com provides valuable printable coupons for all the most popular natural brands of food, groceries, natural beauty, supplements, and pet care products.

16. Earth's Best

If you've got little ones in the house, you'll love the contests, promotions, and special family-oriented offers available from this organic baby food manufacturer.

17. Imagine Foods

Imagine Foods is known for its organic and GMO-free soups, stews, gravies, and stocks. If you've been wanting to try them, visit the website first: There's a $1-off coupon on the home page!

18. Simply Organic

Simply Organic is the king of organic spices, seasoning mixes, sauces, and salad dressings. They've also got a pretty nice list of printable coupons to use next time you're shopping in-store.

19. Healthy Life Deals

Healthy Life Deals is run by a former nanny turned blogger. It gathers up all the best on and off-line deals from Whole Foods, Trader Joe's, and other healthy grocers in one convenient place.

20. Saving Naturally

Not only does Saving Naturally deliver a wealth of natural and organic printable coupons, it also offers information about the best coupon databases in the U.S. and Canada, and tips for keeping your coupons organized.

21. Live Better America

Everything about Live Better America is designed to get you inspired about making delicious, healthy choices. Become a member to access to hundreds of dollars in coupons each month.

22. Earthbound Farm

This brand regularly offers coupons for their Organic Bound salad products. Just check the bottom of the page for the latest online offer.

Source: Wisebread.com

 

Thursday
Jan312019

8 Ways You Are Running Up Your Electric Bill

Here are eight ways you're probably wasting electricity without realizing it.

1. PLUGGING, BUT NOT PLAYING

Forget about the zombies; it's much more likely that your home is filled with vampires. Energy vampires are those devices and appliances we tend to leave plugged in 24/7 whether we're using them or not. And — on or off — every item that's plugged in is sucking power vampire-style. According to the U.S. Department of Energy, vampire energy can add as much as 10% to a consumer's monthly energy bill.

Let's use your microwave as an example. How often throughout the day do you use it to prepare food? And yet, it remains plugged in, digitally displaying the time and silently sipping electricity in the process. It's a like a 30-pound clock with a motor and rotating cooking tray. Any appliance that uses energy to do virtually nothing should at least pay you a sincere compliment every time you walk by it (a feature that industrial engineers should diligently be working on, in my humble opinion).

Help drain energy vampires by unplugging electronics and appliances you seldom use. And if you're a gadget hound, read up on the Kill A Watt EZ Electricity Usage Monitor. For around $30.00, this handy little product calculates the energy consumed by keeping any electronic appliance plugged in and forecasts your related costs weekly, monthly, and yearly. Just plug it into an outlet, plug your device or appliance into it, and get a digital read-out. Once you see how the numbers add up, it'll be difficult to leave those vampires alone.

2. CRANKING UP THE OVEN

When it comes to cooking a single item, an oven is often the "nuclear option." That single-serving pizza or leftover tuna casserole could be warmed up in the microwave and then finished in the toaster oven. For little jobs, consider how to cook in stages using smaller appliances that sip electricity instead of automatically gravitating toward the power-sucking behemoths.

3. GETTING IN HOT WATER

According to EnergyStar.gov, simply heating the water accounts for 90% of the total powerit takes wash a load of laundry. That's a whole lot of wattage. For regular loads, switch to cold water for a month and see if you notice any difference in the cleanliness of your duds. Reserve warmer water settings for fighting oil-based stains. Your budget will thank you for it.

4. DISH-DRYING

Hot water helps your dishwasher do its job, but drying with heat is added energy drain that's largely unnecessary. Today, most dishwashers feature a heated drying option that you can simply choose not to use. And though heated drying does help avoid spots on dishes, you can get the same benefit by adding a rinsing agent.

5. FIGHTING THE FLOW

As obvious as it sounds, if your home features a central air-conditioning and heating system, check your vents. Vents have a way of blending into the background of our homes; many get closed inadvertently and that can result in systems that have to work extra hard to do the job. While you're at it, make sure vents, ducts, and any filters are clean and installed properly. If you find dirt or debris that's unreachable, or if you see visible signs of mold, it may be time to have your air ducts professionally cleaned.

6. LIGHTING UP FOR THE HOLIDAYS

Still using your dad's old string of holiday lights from 1975? Well, those incandescent bulbs are using just enough electricity to drain your gift-buying budget. Ditch the old and switch to new LED lights. You'll get hours of twinkling for a tiny fraction of the electric output.

7. FRIDGE-GAZING

It's a popular pastime, but standing in front of that open fridge trying decide if you have enough ingredients for a decent turkey club isn't doing your electric bill any favors. Ponder before you open the fridge or after you've quickly scanned its contents and shut the door.

And while we're on the subject, make sure you're doing all you can to help your refrigerator last for years.

8. IGNORING POWER HOURS

Though it might not cut your electricity consumption, reserving energy-intensive tasks for off-peak hours can reduce the rate you pay. Since many power companies offer discounted rates after 8:00 p.m., focus not only on how you do things, but when. Check with your local power company to determine if it offers an off-peak discount and when off-peak hours begin and end. Then, whenever possible, schedule your laundry and dishwashing tasks to fit within that period.

It's easy to think of electricity as a mysterious force coursing through power lines that magically illuminates all we do. But in reality, it's a concrete resource that we have direct control over. Luckily, we don't need to understand electricity to conserve it. So the next time you plug in, charge up, turn on, or warm up, think of ways to do each smarter.

Source: Wisebread.com