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Tuesday
Jun202017

Boxed Review- Groceries To Your Door

From snacks to household cleaners, office supplies and more, Boxed.com has you covered as the easy, quick way to get everything you need. No trip to the local warehouse store required!
Go here to get your Boxed deals and get FREE 2 day shipping on $50+. I ordered from them a few weeks ago and loved how fast everything shipped. 

They also offer regular deals and promotions. Boxed is a time AND money-saver!

 

I also just ordered my mom a surprise package of her favorite treats. It arrived very fast by UPS and she loved it. My mom is elderly and lives 10 hours away, so this was a nice way to help her out with some groceries. 

Live in an apartment? Boxed is perfect for stocking up on everything you need, no lugging up the stairs/elevator required!

Check it out here! And be sure to refer friends and receive $15 per friend who places an order!

 

Wednesday
May242017

20+ Baby Freebies for New Parents

 

 

1. Free Enfamil Formula ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

I signed up online for a free program called Enfamil Family Beginnings and received over $50 in free products and coupons shipped to my house for free! 

 

2. Free Honest Co Diapers, Shampoo⭐⭐

I signed up for two free trials from The Honest Co to maximize the $5.95 flat-rate cost of shipping. I got the diapers and wipes bundle (7 diapers+10 wipes) and the essentials bundle (soap, shampoo, lotion, household cleaner).  

3. Free Gerber Baby Gift Box ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Call Gerber [1-800-408-7277] and request the free Gerber Baby Nutrition Kit, available from your pediatrician or hospital. I received a can of formula, a 3-6 month onesie, a $2 coupon, and a handwritten note from Gerber. 

 

4. Target Baby Registry Freebie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I created a free Target baby registry online and scored a bag of freebies valued at $70.

5. Amazon Baby Registry Freebie ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

Create an online Amazon Baby Registry, then spend at least $10 on any one item from my registry. And then you'll receive this nice gift pack, as seen above! Click below to get started!

 

6. Free Similac Strong Moms Kit ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I joined a free program called Similac StrongMoms and received the Similac Neosure Ready-to-Feed formula ($10.99 value) and a $2 off coupon. Please note, this welcome gift seems to vary greatly. Three of the ladies at the office joined, and we all got something a little different. One of us got $10 in Similac checks instead of samples. 

 

 

7. Free Store Brand Formula Coupon⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I printed a coupon worth $5 off my store brand formula! To get yours, head over toStoreBrandFormula.com; enter your name, location, desired formula brand, baby’s birth date, and click “Get My Coupon.” Then, print the coupon immediately. Don’t forget to use the back browser to print the coupon a second time!

 

8. 30 Days Free Amazon Prime ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐

I’ve long been a member of both Amazon Prime and Amazon Family. Join Amazon Family and get a free month of Prime 2-day shipping and 20% off diaper subscriptions. 

 

9. Free Disney DVD + Offers⭐⭐⭐⭐

 

 Click below for your FREE dvd + Offers!

 

10. Free Kindle Books⭐⭐⭐⭐


Click below to get 30 days of FREE Kindle books!

11. Free Gymboree Class & Coupon⭐⭐⭐⭐

I signed my son up for this years ago and he had a blast. Print a FREE class coupon and receive a voucher for 20% off my next purchase at Gymboree, Janie & Jack, or Crazy 8.

 

12. Free Walmart Baby Box of Freebies⭐

I signed up for the Walmart Baby Box, which is a 4x per year subscription box that costs just $5 per box in shipping charges. This really is a nice box of freebies!

13. Free toys from Pampers Rewards ⭐⭐⭐

I’ve long been a member of Pampers Rewards. Cash in your points for gift cards, magazines and more!

 

14. Shutterfly Freebies ⭐⭐⭐

Shutterfly is always offering freebies. Right now they are offering a FREE photo book!

 

 

15. Free Parents Magazine Subscription⭐⭐⭐

I got a free 1 year subscription to Parents magazine with no strings or autorenew attached.

Tuesday
May232017

How to Make Water Marbles

Here is how to make these cool water marbles! 

Things You'll Need 

2 tsp. baking soda 
Vinegar 
Freezer 

INSTRUCTIONS: 

Make sodium acetate by combining about one teaspoon of baking soda and a few drops of vinegar. Mix these two products by carefully swirling the mixture in the cup. Add one more teaspoon of baking soda and a few more drops of vinegar and repeat the mixing. 

2. Set the sodium acetate in the freezer for ten minutes then remove from freezer. 

3. Pour a half cup of calcium bicarbonate into the sodium acetate in a taller glass cup. The mixture will bubble up for a few seconds. Wait for the mixture to calm down and mix the combination by moving the glass in the same circular motion. 

4. Pour a half cup of iodized salt into the newly formed mixture and mix. 

5. Pour the mixture into a medium sauce pan and bring to a boil. Boil the mixture for seven minutes. Stir the mixture continually. 

6. Pour the mixture into a plastic container and let it sit for 15 minutes. The mixture should turn into a gel. 

7. Reach your hand in the mixture, grab some of the mixture and pull it out of the container. When the substance is in contact with the air it loses its polar ability and sticks to itself. This causes it to become small solid water spheres. 
Friday
May192017

Free $10 from Ibotta


Sign-up for a $10 cash bonus from Ibotta and earn instant cash rebates on products you’re probably already buying at your store using the free Ibotta App. 

Every week I use Ibotta to save money on my grocery bill. It really adds up!

Last week I got $17.50 cash back from Ibotta for my grocery purchases.

Check it out and let me know how much you get!

Includes gift cards to:

 

Monday
May152017

Debit Card Dangers

Debit cards are a nice convenience to use, but they are also a big moneymaker for banks. For example, if you unintentionally let your balance get too low, each debit that comes through will bounce. With fees as high as $34 per bounce, this can quickly add up to hundreds of dollars in a matter of seconds. So for example, if you forgot to track a few debits and a large check went through, many banks will honor the large check and then bounce all the debits, even debits as small as $2. Here are some ways to avoid the banks stealing your hard-earned money:

Tip #1: Keep Your Balance as High as Possible

Keep a cushion of money in your account to avoid bouncing checks or debits. Also, find out if your bank allows you to transfer money from your savings account to your checking account, to cover any unexpected expenses.

Tip #2: Track Your Spending on the Computer

Sign up for your bank's online banking program. This is an easy way to see what is going on with your checking account. Also, buy Microsoft Money or another financial software package. These software packages allow you to do your checking account online and not have to use your checkbook ledger.

Tip #3: Use Cash, Instead of Your Debit Card

Cash can't bounce and that's the beauty of it. Also, I've found spending actual cash makes you more aware of what you are spending. It seems when you swipe a debit card, it's so easy to spend more because it doesn't seem like spending "actual" money. At the beginning of each week or payday, take out what you think you'll need and stick with that.

Tip #4: Don't Spend Deposits that Aren't Credited Yet

There seems to be a line of thinking that once you deposit a check in the bank, it's yours for the spending. This is not true. Most banks put holds on checks for several days, even up to a week. It's best to wait until the deposit has cleared before swiping your debit card at the store. Debits go through at lightening-speed, and if the bank chooses to continue to hold your deposit, you'll get huge fees on the "bounced" debits.

One way around the hold banks put on checks is to cash the check, and then deposit the cash. Cash must be available immediately for your use. This way, you won't have to wait several days for your money.

Tip #5: Understand Your Bank's Policies

When you open a checking account, many banks aren't clear as to how long they hold checks or how quickly they process debits and checks. Be sure to call and get any questions you have answered. If you don't like the answers they give you, it's a good idea to find a new bank.

Tip #6: If You've Gotten Burned Already, Fight Back

When it comes to burning customers with bounce fees, banks hope you won't fight back and request courtesy credits. If you've been a good customer, call and explain the situation and see if they'll credit the majority of the bounce fees. If you find yourself in the same situation a second time and losing more money in bounce fees, consider finding a new bank with more customer-friendly policies.

Sunday
May072017

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Monday
May012017

21 Uses for Bounce Dryer Sheets


I love the smell of Bounce dryer sheets. Besides popping them in the dryer, did you know you can also use it these 21 other ways?? 

1. It will chase ants away when you lay a sheet near them. It also repels mice. 
2. Put Bounce around foundation areas, or in trailers, or cars that are parked for a time. Will keep mice from getting in. 
3. It takes the odor out of books and photo albums that don’t get opened too often. 
4. It repels mosquitoes! Tie a sheet of Bounce through a belt loop when outdoors during mosquito season. 
5. Eliminate static electricity from your television (or computer) screen. 
6. Since Bounce is designed to help eliminate static cling, wipe your television screen with a used sheet of Bounce to keep dust from resettling. 
7. Dissolve soap scum from shower doors. Clean with a sheet of Bounce. 
8. To freshen the air in your home, place an individual sheet of Bounce in a drawer or hang in the closet. 
9. Put a Bounce sheet in vacuum cleaner. 
10. Prevent thread from tangling. Run a threaded needle through a sheet of Bounce before beginning to sew . 
11. Prevent musty suitcases. Place an individual sheet of Bounce inside empty luggage before storing. 
12. To freshen the air in your car, place a sheet of Bounce under the front seat. 
13. Clean baked-on foods from a cooking pan. Put a sheet in a pan, fill with water, let sit overnight, and sponge clean. The anti-static agent apparently weakens the bond between the food and the pan. 
14. Eliminate odors in wastebaskets. Place a sheet of Bounce at the bottom of the wastebasket. 
15. Collect cat hair. Rubbing the area with a sheet of Bounce will magnetically attract all the loose hairs. 
16. Eliminate static electricity from Venetian blinds. Wipe the blinds with a sheet of Bounce to prevent dust from resettling. 
17. Wipe up sawdust from drilling or sand papering. A used sheet of Bounce will collect sawdust like a tack cloth. 
18. Eliminate odors in dirty laundry. Place an individual sheet of Bounce at the bottom of a laundry bag or hamper. 
19. Deodorize shoes or sneakers. Place a sheet of Bounce in your shoes or sneakers overnight. 
20. Golfers put a Bounce sheet in your back pocket to keep the bees away. 
21. Put a Bounce sheet in your sleeping bag and tent before folding and storing them. It will keep them smelling fresh. 

 

Monday
May012017

Canning 101


Canning is an awesome way to save money and have nutritious food on hand.  

Here are the supplies you need! 
--Canning Jars and Seals – use mason-style jars with sealed lids and rings, which can be found at most grocery stores 
--Wide-Mouth Funnel – makes filling jars with sauces or jams easier and less messy
--Lid Wand – for easy removal of lids and rings from boiling water 
--Ladle – for filling jars 
--Large Pot – for boiling canned preserves and jams, fruits, tomatoes and pickled vegetables 
--Pressure Canner – used for canning vegetables and meats because it has the ability to reach a higher temperature 
--Tongs of Jar Lifters – rubberized lifters make removing cans from their water bath less slippery, but a good pair of tongs can work just as well 
--Clean Cloths – used to wipe down jars, lids and rims of jars

The Process of Preserving 
1. START BY STERILIZING YOUR JARS. 

Wash your lids and jars in hot soapy water. Then move them to a boiling water bath for ten minutes to sterilize. Remove jars from the water bath, but leave the lids in the hot water until you’re ready to use them to ensure they don’t come in contact with anything before you seal your jars. 

2. SLICE, DICE, PICKLE AND POUR. 

It is best to can your fruits and vegetables immediately after you harvest them for the highest vitamin and nutrient concentration.The longer a fresh piece of produce sits, the more vitamins it loses. Prepare fruits and vegetables by slicing and dicing, prepare your jams and preserves using your favorite recipes (or ours, as we’ll have several of our top recipes coming up this week), and pickle vegetables before placing in the jars. 

Tomatoes should have lemon juice or another citric acid added to them prior to canning to ensure their pH level is above 4.6, and ascorbic acid solutions can be added to fruits to prevent browning prior to placing in jars. 

Iron, aluminum and copper should not be used when preparing your fruits and vegetables to can. These metals can cause discoloration of the produce. 



3. FILL YOUR JARS. 


There are a few things to remember when filling your jars. First, be sure not to fill them completely. Produce expands during the boiling process, so leaving adequate space at the top prevents the jar from leaking and making a mess. 

After filling your jar with produce, unless canning jams, jellies and preserves, you’ll be pouring liquid to submerge the fruit or vegetables. Pour the boiling water, pickling solution or juice to cover up to the top of your produce. 

Make sure there are no air bubbles along the sides of the jar and that the produce is submerged in the liquid. Wipe the rims of the jars down with a clean cloth and cap with the flat sealing lids and rims. 

4. PROCESS YOUR JARS. 


Preheat water in your pot or pressure cooker. For hot produce, water should be preheated to 180º F, and for cold produce, it should be around 140º F. This will help prevent the jars from cracking when they are placed in the pot. 

Water should be an inch or two above the top of the canning jar when they are placed in the pot for a water boiling process. Use a pressure canner according to the manufacturer’s directions to determine the amount of water needed in the bottom prior to adding the jars. 

Add the jars using your tongs or jar lifter, and place them in the vessel so they are not touching. Place the lid on your pot or pressure canner. With water bath canning, bring the water to a slow boil and then start your timer to process for the length of time dictated by which vegetable you’re canning and the altitude at which you live. For pressure cooking, you’ll want to check for the length and temperature needed for your region as well. 

5. REMOVE YOUR JARS AND LET THEM COOL. 


Place your jars on a flat wood or cloth-covered solid surface to let them cool. Let them sit for a day to completely cool. While cooling, your jars will start to pop, creating the vacuum seal. 

After they have cooled, press down on the center of your jars to ensure they have sealed completely. Any lids that spring back have not sealed and can be placed in the refrigerator and eaten first. 

6. LABEL AND STORE YOUR PRESERVED FOOD. 

Label your jars with the contents and the date. You can write directly on the lid with a Sharpie or download and print or purchase specialty labels for your jars. 

Once you have them labeled and have wiped off any food pieces or water from the outside of the jar, store your food in a dark, dry place until you’re ready to enjoy.