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

Wednesday
Jan302019

7 Ways to Lower Winter Heating Costs

1. TAME DRAFTS

The best way to keep the warm air in is to make sure it isn't flowing out. Take a tour around your home and examine windows and doors for any drafts. Our front door had a sizable gap at its base, so we installed weatherstripping and it took care of the cold air problem immediately.

There are many ways to fill in voids, including stripping, insulator kits, foam, silicone, etc. If you're in an apartment or just want a temporary fix, you can also use one of those draft guards. Here's a DIY tutorial using an old pair of tights, polyfill, and only a few stitches.

2. LOWER THE THERMOSTAT

How low can you go on your thermostat this winter? Start just one degree and you couldsave up to 5% (or around $10 per day) on your overall heating bill according to an analysis released by EnergyHub in 2012. The EPA recommends settings on 70 degrees during the eight hours most people are home turning it down to 62 degrees for the 16 hours when people are away or sleeping. And if you can get away with keeping your thermostat on lower (we keep ours on 67 during the day), that's great, too. Using a programmable thermostat also helps you save by taking out the manual temperature changing.

3. COVER YOURSELF

Feeling nervous about taking the plunge? Keeping comfortable at lower thermostat levels isn't difficult. Wear more clothing! Long sleeves, pants, thick socks, and layers are the fashion statements in our house during the winter. We also keep a fleece blanket on the couch to ward off chills in the evening. Our beds are topped with flannel sheets and wool covers for the nights when our thermostat is at its lowest setting. You don't want to be frigid all season long, but some common sense is employed here.

4. ZONE IT OUT

My family lives in a 4-bedroom home, but we're currently only using two of those bedrooms on a daily basis. So, we've closed the hot air vents in those rooms to redirect the heating to the spaces we're living in and keep the doors shut most hours of the day. If you have baseboard heating, see if there's a localized switch in your room so you can turn it off and shut the door. The savings here are hard to quantify because so many factors are involved (room size, etc.), however — the less area to heat, the more money that stays in your pockets.

5. USE CURTAINS

During the day, take advantage of the sun's rays by opening your curtains to let the light in. Even on the coldest days you'll get a boost, especially with those south-facing windows in the afternoon rays. Then in the evening, close your curtains to help keep the heat indoors. If your windows are bare (or you only have sheers), consider purchasing someinsulated curtains, which protect your home from heat loss through conduction, infiltration, convection, and radiation. They come in all colors and patterns, too!

6. SERVICE YOUR FURNACE

It's one of those annoying home maintenance tasks you don't think you should need to do, but getting your furnace cleaned and evaluated each year can help save you cash and unexpected breakdowns. (It's also a safety thing, as furnaces can leak carbon monoxide into your home without your knowledge.) You'll also need to change out the filter at least once per season — or whenever it's dirty — to keep everything flowing as it should. Check your local coupon books to see if any HVAC providers are offering promotions.

7. ADD INSULATION

If your house is still feeling quite cold, take a trip to your attic to assess the insulation situation. In our last home, we were surprised to find only a few inches of the stuff keeping our heat from flowing out the roof. (Insulation acts like a hat does on your body.) We added a thick fiberglass roll to the entire attic ourselves and could tell the difference in our second floor level almost immediately. How much insulation you add and where you add it is going to depend on your home. If you plan to stay there for quite a while, it certainly makes sense to evaluate and correct any issues that might cost you big dollars as the years go on.

Source: Wisebread.com

Friday
Jan252019

Perdue Foods Chicken Nugget Recall

Perdue Foods has voluntarily recalled over 68,000 pounds (almost 50,000 bags!) of Perdue Simply Smart Organics Gluten Free frozen chicken breast nuggets because of the potential that some packages may contain pieces of wood.

Note that the recall is isolated to only the Perdue Simply Smart Organics Gluten Free chicken breast nuggets. These items were produced in October of 2018 with a “Best If Used By Date” of 10/25/2019 and UPC product bar code of 72745-80656. The package also lists an establishment number of “P-33944.”

Friday
Jan252019

Netflix Price Hike

Netflix is hiking up prices for all United States customers! Netflix says these price increases will allow them to continue to invest in new content and improving the overall user experience. These price increases will take place within the “next few months”, while new customers will immediately pay these prices:

  • Basic: $8.99 per month (up $1)
  • Standard HD: $12.99 per month (up $2)
  • Premium UHD: $15.99 per month (up $2)
Friday
Jan252019

Dial Hand Soap Settlement

Have you purchased at least ONE Dial Complete Foaming Liquid Hand Soap product between January 1, 2001 and January 2, 2019? You may be entitled to get back up to a $8.20 check ($.27 for each product) from this Dial Complete Hand Soap Settlementif you are eligible! Simply complete the short form by April 12th to submit your claim. This settlement is about how Dial overstated the germ-killing properties of Dial Complete soap.

No proof of purchase is necessary (up to 30 product claims) to 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

Friday
Jan182019

Free Sam's Club Membership

Click below
and enter your email address. You will then be sent an email with a unique promotional code and instructions to set up your new Sam’s Club member account.

 

Your $45 Instant Savings offer will be loaded onto your new membership account via Instant Savings within 72 hours of membership activation and is valid for 30 days.

Keep in mind that items with existing Instant Savings offers are not included in the $45 total. In addition, alcoholic beverages, tobacco, milk, fuel, pharmacy, gift cards, memberships, eCigarettes, fuel, postage stamps, lottery tickets, auctions, Photo Center, service plans and taxes are also not included.

Friday
Jan182019

Free Harry's Razor Kit Only $3 Shipped

Click the button below and then the ‘Get Started’ button to get your free Trial Set. Click below to get this nice freebie kit!