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Friday
Jun202014

19 Ways Supermarkets Get You to Spend More Money

Here is some good info on how stores get you to spend more money! From Buzzfeed.com. 

 

Sunday
Jun152014

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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Wednesday
Jun042014

The Basics of Herbs

 

Herbs were always something my grandma grew in little pots on her windowsill in her kitchen. Here is a handy herb chart to refer to.

Wednesday
Jun042014

10 Ways to Clean With Vinegar


Image: Nomadic Lass

 

  1. Refrigerator – mix one tablespoon vinegar to 16 ounces water and put in a spray bottle – spray on shelves and walls on interior of refrigerator and wipe clean.
  2. Garbage Disposal – pour ¼ cup vinegar in disposal and let sit for a couple minutes. Run cold water in disposal and turn on disposal to clean.
  3. Toilets – pour ½ cup to a cup in the toilet bowl. Let sit for a couple hours, swish and flush.
  4. Tile and grout (sealed) – make a past of baking soda and vinegar and scrub on scummy tile. Rinse with warm water.
  5. Dish Washer – measure 1 cup of vinegar and pour in the bottom of your EMPTY dishwasher. Run as usual.
  6. Washing Machine – measure ½ cup vinegar and ½ cup water and put in your detergent drawer (for front loaders) or right in the wash basin for top loaders. Run through a normal cycle. When the cycle has completed, wipe the rubber seal with a wet cloth and leave the door open to air out.
  7. Floors – The correct ratio of water to white vinegar is ½ cup white vinegar to 1 gallon of warm/hot water.
  8. Stainless Steel – mix one tablespoon vinegar to 16 ounces water and put in a spray bottle – spray on a microfiber cloth and wipe clean.
  9. Coffee Maker – fill coffee pot with equal parts water and vinegar. Pour in the water dispenser and run coffee pot as normal. Empty water and vinegar from coffee pot and run 2-3 cycles with just water. Wipe with clean, wet dish cloth until clean.
  10. Carpet – use an equal parts ratio of water to vinegar and rinse thoroughly.
Wednesday
Jun042014

Borax: 10 Uses Around the House

 

 

You might remember Borax being a staple in your mom or grandmother's homes. Well, it's still a must-have for every home. There are so many uses, here are 10 to get you started!

  • Add 1/4 cup to your toilet and let sit for 30 minutes then scrub
  • Make a paste to clean tub and shower
  • Make a paste and is great to clean the bathrooms
  • Unclog drains by pouring 1/2 cup Borax down the drain then following with 2 cups of boiling water.
  • Make a Paste of Borax and lemon juice use to scrub appliances
  • Sprinkle it in your garbage disposal
  • Make a paste on sponges to clean  oven.
  • Laundry booster
  • Removes hard water
  • Make homemade laundry detergent
Thursday
May292014

3 Steps to Slash Your Internet and Pay-TV Rates

If you are one of the millions of consumers paying for TV and Internet servicefrom a major telecom provider, you may be able to reduce your rates by up to 30 percent. Below are three simple steps that should help you save money without making any changes to your existing service. These suggestions are most effective if you are not in a service contract, or when you use them shortly before your contract expires.

Step 1: Compare Rates from Other Companies

Regardless of where you live, there should be at least three companies in your local area that offer Internet and Pay-TV service. These companies may include Comcast, Time Warner, Dish and or DirecTV. 

Take a few minutes to review each of their promotional offers and write down the best you find that is comparable to your current service package.

Step 2: Talk to the Revenue Retention Team

All major telecom providers have what is known as a revenue retention team. This team is dedicated to retaining customers who want to cancel their service. 

To convince customers not to cancel their service, the revenue retention team is typically able to offer specially discounted rates. However, you can’t just call your service provider and ask to speak to the revenue retention team. You need to call them and tell the representative that you want to cancel your service. 

Think of this request as nothing more than a poker face in a game of cards. If the representative asks why you want to cancel your service, tell him or her that you have received a better offer from a competitor and that you are short on time so you’d really like to move forward with the cancellation process. 

Even if the representative offers you a slightly better rate, decline their offer. Once the representative transfers your call, you will know you are being rerouted to the revenue retention team. 

During this process, keep in mind that your service will never actually be canceled unless you provide the representative with a cancellation date. 

If, at any point during this call, you get cold feet, find an excuse to get off the phone and call back later.

Step 3: Renegotiate Your Rates

Once the retention team member asks you a series of initial questions, he or she will ask why you are canceling your service. At this point, present the best offer you found when researching competitors’ rates, and let the rep know that you are canceling your service strictly to reduce your monthly bill. 

More than likely, the retention team member will respond to this by offering you some type of free service upgrade, such as faster Internet speed. Politely decline this offer, and tell the representative that you are strictly interested in lower rates and would like to move forward with the cancellation process. This will generally force his or her hand and lead to an offer that significantly lowers your monthly payment. 

Typically, the deal offered to you will be a six-month or one-year introductory or promotional package. However, as long as it does not include a contract, you should be able to maintain similar rates by repeating this process right before it expires.

All things considered, making this phone call every six or twelve months is a nice trade-off for hundreds of dollars you can potentially save each year.

 

Wednesday
May282014

Flea-Free This Summer #petarmorprotects

It's finally summer and Heidi wants to play outside. Heidi is quite the hunter but she also manages to get herself into too much mischief too! She loves the water and with the lake within walking distance, she is always getting into some kind of adventure! 

With all these walks and getting outside, we want to make sure to keep her healthy. There are so many flea and tick products on the market, and it can get quite expensive.  

Did you know that flea infestation can spread to your home? A single flea can bite up to 25 times in one hour! These stats are amazing and scary.

Did you know?

The fleas and ticks on your dog are only a small percentage of the number in the animal’s environment. Fleas and their eggs can live outside in grass, soil and crevices in sidewalks and live inside in rugs and carpets, floor cracks and bedding.

Fleas and ticks multiply at an alarming rate and can threaten human health as well. Fleas can transmit tapeworms while ticks can carry the bacteria that cause Lyme disease. 

As a pet owner, before purchasing PetArmor Plus IGR you will want to be sure to buy the right product for your pet’s species – dogs and cats have different medications. Then get out the scale and find out your dog’s weight – too little won’t work and too much will make them sick!

Plus:

  • Consider your dog’s age.
  • Don’t split tubes between dogs – one FULL application is needed for each pet!
  • Only apply 30 days following the last flea and tick application.

You can find out more about PetArmor Plus IGR, along with all of the other PetArmor pet care products, at PetArmor.com.

You can also follow PetArmor on Facebook and PetArmor on Twitter to stay up to date on new products and promotions!

 

About PetArmor Pet Care Products

PetArmor Plus IGR contains fipronil, the No. 1 veterinarian-recommended active ingredient used in FRONTLINE® brand products. It also contains Novaluron, an Insect Growth Regulator (IGR) that kills flea eggs and stops the reinfestation cycle. That is the most important thing (aside from killing fleas themselves) is that it kills flea eggs. Even if you kill all of the fleas during a flea bath or by picking them off with a flea comb, the cycle will begin all over again if you don’t kill the eggs too.

PetArmour is available at Walmart and Walmart.com, PetArmor Plus IGR kills adult fleas, ticks, flea eggs and chewing lice and costs less than FRONTLINE® Plus. To learn more, vist www.petarmor.com.

I am being compensated by PetArmor for your participation in this campaign. I am working with the Mom It Forward Blogger Network.

Friday
May162014

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