Monday, August 1, 2011

Learn how to become a mystery shopper!

Click here to go to my detailed Wordpress post about how to become a mystery shopper!

Friday, June 10, 2011

Review of KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Flat Iron from Flat Iron Experts


Recently I got the chance to review the KQC X-Heat Tourmaline Flat Iron from The Flat Iron Experts. I am not much interested in doing hair. In fact if I'm going to be completely honest, I hate it. HATE IT. It's a good thing that I have a little boy and not a little girl because I would have a hard time doing a little girls hair every day.

But anyway, I got the chance to review this awesome flat iron. My little flat iron is gone with the wind. It lasted for awhile but how long can a flat iron from WalMart that I paid less than $20 for really be expected to last? I was glad that it lasted as long as it did.

Wednesday, June 8, 2011

Verizon FiOS for Internet and TV

Do you like tv? Do you like the Internet (you’re on it now)? Cause Verizon FiOS is a service that allows you to have Internet and TV and it’s supposed to help you save time. How? Well, you can stream movies with your high speed Internet connection. Everyone wants to make their life easier, especially if you work and/or have kids. Staying at home with kids IS work. The Internet is supposed to be as fast as it can be. FiOS is top rated in their high speed Internet service.

While I don’t currently have FiOS in my home personally, I think I would like being able to stream movies. I am a movie lover! I watch movies as often as I can, which is not that often, unfortunately. There is something called Flex View on FiOS that allows you to buy, rent, and watch on-demand movies on your FiOS tv, your computer, or even your cell phone.

I would much rather watch my movies from the comfort of my home for a few reasons.
1.) We don’t have to get dressed up and pay a ton of money, wait in line, squeeze in some seats, ignore people texting and talking on cell phones, and walk across sticky floors.
2.) No babysitter needed
3.) We can have free snacks. Who doesn’t want some snacks with their movie? I know I do, but I don’t want to pay another $10-$15 just for a drink, popcorn, and something chocolate.

We have satellite and that rarely has interference from weather. We also have cable and surprisingly, weather affects cable often. Even if it is barely raining sometimes our cable will go out for hours. I know my husband would love being able to watch HDTV without weather interference. When it comes time for football season, he wants no disruptions.

One of the features of FiOS that makes it desirable is that it is “future-proofed”. You know how there is always something new coming out with technology. You don’t have to worry about missing out on any of the new applications and Internet tools that are right around the corner.

Another feature that seems like it could be useful is media manager. This service lets you get access to your digital photos, music, Internet videos, and other goodies from a FiOS connected tv. Verizon also has other widgets that allow to tweet, get on Facebook, and YouTube right from your tv. So you can get your social media fix.

FiOS would be worth trying out. I’d love to try FiOS in my home. I’m all for making things easier! Have any of you tried FiOS in your home? What do you think about it?

I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Verizon FiOS blogging program for a gift card. For more information on how you can participate, click here

Tuesday, June 7, 2011

Winners :)

Okay, finally time to announce some winners! The winner of the $10 paypal cash for the month of May is marcisjule
The winner of the Therabreath lozenges giveaway is lollimom

And we had a winner for the Olive Oil Desserts cookbook with a bottle of Olive Oil. It was a multiblog giveaway. The winner is Cassie M

I'm emailing all of you to get your shipping info/paypal address. Thanks for the entries :). More reviews and giveaways are on the way. I think there is going to be a really awesome one starting around the time of back to school, so keep tuned for that :)

Wednesday, June 1, 2011

Safety tips for your road trips this summer

Now that it is almost summer time, you might think about taking a road trip with your family. You want to have your vehicle in the best condition possible so you can be safe. Here are ten tips to get your car into tip-top shape before you head out on the road to make some family memories.


1. When it comes to windshield repairs, forget do-it-yourself repair kits. The resin could easily shrink or yellow, lowering the quality of the repair. Safelite AutoGlass uses a patented repair process… A vacuum is created over the damaged area and the resin penetrates and fills the finest micro-cracks. The technician pulls off the vacuum changer and the UV light hardens the resin. Safelite’s resin is proven to be the strongest and longest lasting on the market.

2. On your windshield a chip could turn into a crack at any time, often when you are least expecting it. Windshield repair is often a safe and economical alternative to a full windshield replacement.

3. Make sure the air pressure in your tires is correct. If a tire is too overinflated or underinflated, a blow out or flat tire can occur.

4. Make sure to have your oil changed right before your trip. It is important to consider your oil as a part of your vehicle that needs to be maintained so make sure to get it done!

5. Make sure you have reliable maps! If you are going with a paper map, make sure that it is one that is up to date. If you are relying on a GPS, make sure your maps are recent so you don’t get lost.

6. Avoid traveling to places that are infrequently traveled. It could be dangerous if your vehicle happens to break down in an area of the country were there are few people living. You could be stranded for a long time while waiting for rescue workers.

7. Make sure your vehicle is ready for whatever type of weather conditions you are going to be in. If you are making a winter trip, make sure your vehicle has proper tires that are suitable for travel in icy conditions.

8. Make sure your tires are not overly worn. If you’ve been putting off that trip to buy new tires, make sure you get them before you get on the road. If the tread on your tires is worn down, it could lead to dangerous slips on the road.

9. Tell your family members or friends where you are going. Tell them when you will be back so they can expect a phone call from you. Anything can happen on a trip and if you do happen to get stranded somewhere, someone should be able to let authorities know where you were so you can get the help you need.

10. And finally, make sure to have enough cash in case of emergency. If you are on a trip, you need to make sure you have more than enough money to cover the trip, just in case something unexpected comes up.

These ten tips should make your trip easier and definitely safer. It’s better to be safe than sorry.

Disclosure:
I wrote this blog post while participating in the SocialMoms and Safelite blogging program, for a gift card worth $30. For more information on how you can participate, click here.

Monday, May 23, 2011

Winners of Purex coupons



The winners of the Purex coupons are JR911 and esluka. I have emailed them both and am awaiting their responses! If you didn't win this time, check out my giveaway for TheraBreath lozenges here and get your entry in. Thanks for supporting my blogging habit :)

Review of TheraBreath New Probiotic Treatment and Lozenges giveaway


Did you know that about two percent of humans have naturally occurring sweet smelling breath? If you are not among the lucky few people who have naturally sweet smelling breath, give TheraBreath's Probiotics a try. I got the chance to review it for a week. It is recommended that you do a one week course of the Probiotics once a month for noticibly fresher breath during the day and NO morning breath when you wake up in the mornings. How awesome is that?

There are a lot of benefits that are mentioned in the booklet that come along with helping to inhibit the growth of bacteria responsible for bad breath. There are studies that go along with the claims in the booklet so that is always nice to see. Some of the possible benefits include:

* A reduction in the production of cytokines which are associated with gum inflamation. This could slow or stop gum disease.

* Results in a neuralization of acidity and eliminates the source of lactic acid production which has been shown to reduce tooth decay and tooth sensitivity

*Softening and reduction of plaque

* Helps support important immune cell functions

 * May offer protection against upper respiratory tract infections

And there may be some benefits that I missed. I liked that it helps eliminate morning breath, that it helps break down and reduce the formation of plaque on your teeth, and that it helps keep you from falling ill. I love TheraBreath's products. Everything that I've tried has made me feel more confident about having fresh breath. I am a customer of TheraBreath even though that means that I have to pay for it :). As a couponer, I usually don't pay for oral care products but these are way worth it to me.

Would you like to try out some of TheraBreath's mouth wetting lozenges? I have a pack to giveaway.

Mandatory entry:

Like TheraBreath on Facebook
and
Like me on Facebook

Extra entries

Follow TheraBreath on Twitter
Follow me on Twitter

The winner of this giveaway must be from the United States and must be 18 or older. Make sure you leave your email address so that I can get back to you if you are the winner! I will need to hear from the winner within 48 hours or I'll have to pick another winner.This giveaway ends on June 4th at midnight eastern time.

Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Giveaway of Olive Oil Desserts + EVOO

Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking


Remember when I did the review of Olive Oil Desserts by Micki Sannar? If your memory is like mine (which is not good, nooo not good at all), here is a refresher.

Well now you have the chance to win a copy of the book for yourself AND a bottle of some of Micki's favorite EVOO. That's extra virgin olive oil for those of you that don't speak Rachel Ray. Micki's cookbook teaches you how to cook desserts with olive oil. Who ever heard of such a thing??? Well, the cookies that I baked were delish. Since I'm doing the Rachel Ray language I figured I might as well throw that delish in there too.

What's the reason for the giveaway? Micki is going to be on QVC this Wednesday at 9 a.m. Eastern/ 6 a.m. Pacific. If you want to watch QVC live online, go to www.qvc.com and click on the “watch live” tab to the left of the page. To view the segment after it airs, you can go to www.qvc.com and type Olive Oil Desserts into the search bar, click on the “video” tab just above the cookbook cover.

This is a multiblog giveaway and three winners will be chosen from among all the entries to win a bottle of California Olive Oil Ranch and Micki's cookbook. The giveaway starts May 18th at 8:00 a.m. eastern and ends on May 25th 11:59 p.m.

Choose your entry method. You can do one or do them all.

1. Tweet this giveaway (1 entry )

2. Follow Micki on twitter  (1 entry )
3. Follow California Olive Ranch on twitter  (1 entry )
4. Blog about this giveaway and link back to me (1 entry )
5. Go to www.oliveoildesserts.com and comment about something you learned about olive oil desserts on my blog(1 entry )
6. Go to www.californiaoliveranch.com and comment about EVOO on my blog. (1 entry )
7. Like COR’s Facebook page (1 entry )
8. Like Olive Oil Desserts Facebook page (1 entry )

This giveaway is open to resident of the U.S. who are 18 or older. The winner of this giveaway will have 5 days to contact Micki with shipping information. Make sure you leave your email address so I can contact you if you are a winner.

Monday, May 9, 2011

Purex Complete with Zout Review and Giveaway


What is less fun than having to do laundry? Having to do laundry that is stained. I mean, if you don’t care about stains on your clothes, you can launder it just like normal and hope that the stains wash out by themselves. A lot of my little boys clothes fall into that category. I’m not proud to admit that but I’d rather not spend a lot of time trying to get stains out of an 18 month old’s clothes. His playclothes get a quick spritz of stain remover and are thrown in the washer. Sometime some of it comes out, sometimes all of it comes out, and sometimes things are not as good and you are stuck with some stains.

Anytime you can get laundry detergent that has a built in stain fighter, it’s worth a shot to try it out, right? Lucky me, I got the chance to try out Purex Complete with Zout detergent. It works against protein based stains like grass and blood; starchy stains like chocolate and tomato sauce; and guar, which is used in many different foods like bbq sauce and salad dressing.

You use it as a pre-treater and as a detergent. This is a great detergent to use if you have a load of clothes that are heavily stained (like any load of my little boy’s laundry). If your clothes have a really tough stain, you can pour a little detergent directly on the stain and let it sit for five minutes before it goes into the washer.

Purex even has a fragrance free version of detergent for people with sensitive skin. It is actually the first Free and Clear detergent with an added stain fighter.

Would you like the chance to try it out for yourself? Well you’re in luck! I have two coupons for a free bottle of Purex Complete with Zout to give away to two lucky readers. Here is what you need to do to get your entries in.

Mandatory


+ Become a GFC follower of this blog

Extra entries

+ Follow Purex on twitter

+ Like Purex on twitter

+ Tweet about this giveaway (can do once per day):

Enter to win one of two coupons for a free bottle of Purex Zout. Ends 5/22 Visit: http://tinyurl.com/3ojoz6s


+ Like me on facebook

+ Follow me on twitter

+ Follow me on networked blogs

+ Blog about this on your blog.

This giveaway will end on 5/22 at midnight eastern time. It is open to residents of the U.S. who are 18 or older. I will draw two winners via Random.org and if you are the winner, I will need to hear back from you within 48 hours or I'll have to draw another winner.

Disclosure: This was not a paid post. All opinions are my own.

Saturday, May 7, 2011

How to Save with Coupons, Part Two: Coupon abbreviations

Last week’s article was the first in the series about how to start off saving money with coupons. This series of articles is for anyone who is interested in learning how to save money off of their grocery bill with coupons. The last article went over basics of the different types of coupons, and where to find them. If you are didn’t get a chance to read that article, click here.

This article is about some basic coupon lingo that you should know. It is important for you to understand the language of coupons so you can make sure that you use them correctly. Here are some of the most common coupon abbreviations that I prepared with the help of WUC (read on to find out what that means).

BOGO or B1G1 - Buy One Get One Free
BC/AC – Before/After Coupons
Blinkie – This refers to a machine that has Smart Source coupons. There is a light that blinks when you pull a coupon out.
CAT – Catalina Coupon (prints after a purchase from the cash register)
C/O - Cents off
CRT - Cash register tape (your receipt)
DND - Does not double
ECB - Extra Care Buck (only from CVS)
ES - Easy Saver (booklet from Walgreens)
ETS - Excludes trial sizes
FAR - Free after rebate
GDA - Good deal alert!
INSERTS – These are the coupon flyers that come in the Sunday paper.
IP – Internet printable coupon
MQ - Manufacturer coupon
OOP - Out Of Pocket
OOS - Out of Stock
OYNO -On Your Next Order
OYNP – On your next purchase
P&G - Proctor & Gamble (Sunday Booklet Coupons)
Peelie - Coupon attached to a product.
POP - Proof of purchase
Q - Coupon
RC – Rain check
RP - Red Plum (Sunday Booklet Coupons) (formerly Valassis)
RR - Register Reward (from Walgreens)
SCR - Rite Aid Single Check Rebate
SS - Smart Source (Sunday Booklet Coupons)
STACKING – This is when you are allowed to couple a manufacturer coupon with a store coupon (like you can with CVS)
SUPER DOUBLES or DOUBLES - coupons that are doubled $1 + in value (IE, a $1 coupon - $2, etc)
TEARPAD – A pad of coupons that you tear off from a pad. It may be on a display, shelf, etc.
TMF - Try Me Free - mail in rebate for full amount of product
TRIPLE COUPON - A coupon that a grocery store triples in value
WAGS - Walgreens
WSL - While supplies last
WUC - We Use Coupons (refers to the site)
WYB - When You Buy
YMMV - Your Mileage May Vary (It works for some and it may or may not work for you)

Come back next week to learn more about how to save money with coupons!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

Win one of two $10 Amazon gift cards

Want to win a $10 Amazon gift card? You can win one of two gift cards that I will giveaway when I get 100 entries. Fill out a short survey here and get your name in the drawing. It is for a project that I am doing. Thanks for your help :)

$10 Pay Pal Cash Giveaway for May

To enter this giveaway for $10 Paypal cash, all you have to do is be a subscriber!

Winner of Nuskin ageLOC kit


The winner of the Nuskin ageLOC kit is jjak2003! I will be sending you an email momentarily.

Thanks for the over two hundred entries! I'm sometimes super slow about counting entries because I want to make sure that I count correctly and don't end up announcing the wrong person as a winner. It takes a time for my house to be completely quiet so I can concentrate to do that! Thanks again everyone. I will keep trying to find awesome giveaways for you to enjoy!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Winner of Pay Pal cash giveaway for April

The winner of the Pay Pal cash giveaway for April is aunteegem! I have sent an email and as soon as I hear from her I'll be sending over the cash. Thanks for all the entries! I will post the new giveaway for May soon so stick around!

Saturday, April 30, 2011

How to Save with Coupons, part one

Coupons are kind of popular nowadays. When TLC’s Extreme Couponing first premiered, many people wanted to learn how to use coupons to save money like the people on the show. These people may not have ever used a coupon in their life (gasp!). Before you learn how to be “extreme” with coupons, you should learn some basics. So let’s start at the beginning.

Coupons are available for use in grocery stores, as well as fast food restaurants and retail stores. If you can learn how to cut down on your grocery bills by using coupons, it is like found money.

There are different types of coupons available to be used. There are manufacturer coupons that can be used on the specified product at any store. These can come from a Sunday paper coupon insert, from a company’s website, or they can even be found at a store on a display. Let’s learn some of the different types of coupons and different ways to get coupons.

A store coupon is a coupon that is redeemable only at a certain store. They will normally say “only redeemable at…” There are some instances when these coupons can be used at other stores, but that is for another article.

A Catalina is a type of coupon that prints at the store, usually at the time of purchase. These Catalinas are redeemed at the store from which they were printed. These coupons might print at the end of your purchase and they often come in a few varieties. These include:

* money off coupons for your next order (like save $1 off of your next purchase)

* register rewards (these come from Walgreens and are a reward for purchasing a specific product)

* coupons for a specific product (for example, save $2 off your next purchase of Excedrine Migraine)

Similar to Catalinas are Extracare bucks. These are exclusive to CVS and are store coupons that can only be used at CVS. Learn more about CVS and Extracare bucks here.

An Internet coupon is one that is you print from off of the Internet. Companies may do promotions where they offer a high-value coupon for a “like” on Facebook, or even as a thank you to customers. These coupons are printed from your own printer. Often, these can be printed two times by simply pressing the back button after the first print. These coupons are usually limited to two per computer. Coupons.com, Redplum, and Smartsource are some places where you can get started printing coupons.

An eCoupon is a coupon that is loaded onto a store card. I’ve never had the chance to use one of these yet as the stores that I shop at don’t offer them. But some stores offer coupons that you load right onto a store card and once you take them to the grocery store and purchase the items, the money comes right off of your order once you scan your card.

Another way to get coupons is to call or email companies to ask to be put on the company coupon mailing list. These coupons are sometimes high value coupons so it may be worth your time to make a point of emailing companies whose products you use frequently.

Yet another way of getting coupons is with free samples. I LOVE me some free samples. More often than not, when you get a free sample a company will include a coupon in with the sample so you can purchase the full sized product at a discount. These are sometimes great coupons with high values!

Sometimes people don’t want to start couponing because they think it is too difficult or too time consuming. While it is true that it takes time to clip the coupons and organize them, it might not take as much time as you would think. If you are not interested in extreme couponing, you don’t have to spend nearly as much time as the people on the show. And once you get used to using coupons, it is not difficult at all to remember to take coupons with you when you shop. We don’t leave the house without coupons in our family! Even if we are going to retail store, we use coupons.

If you want to start using coupons right away, you will need to start collecting them. Most couponers buy a Sunday paper (or two, or ten). These newspapers have coupons on all Sundays, except for on Holidays. Once you get your flyers, you can look at the coupons available to determine the best deals. Next week we will learn more coupon basics so stay tuned!

Thursday, April 28, 2011

Dove Go Sleeveless Sample

Click here to go check out a free sample of Dove Go Sleeveless. Sample deodorants make great freshen-uppers for your purse!

Take $10 off of a $10 purchase in Aerie stores

When you "like" Aerie on Facebook, you can print a $10 off of $10 purchase. You might be able to grab some great free stuff! Check it out here. Me likee free stuff :)

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Winner of Lennox giveaway



The winner of the Lennox tea light set is Audrey! I am sending you an email to get shipping information. Thanks for all the entries everyone! I hope to keep having more great giveaways for my awesome readers so stay tuned!

Sunday, April 24, 2011

CVS Matchups

My friend Melissa from Melissa's bargains has great CVS match-ups and sceneraios for those of you who are new to shopping CVS and may not have ECB's yet.

FREEBIES:

Buy Blink Tears (.5 oz) or Gel Tears (.34 oz) – $7.99, get a $7.99 ECB (limit 1 per household)
$1/1 Blink Tears – 4-3 SS
Final Price = $6.99 after coupon
NOTE: Some boxes reportedly have $4/1 peelie coupons, which would make the deal even better!

Buy Dove Men + Care deodorant – $.99 (limit 5)
$1/1 Dove Men + Care – 3-27 RP
$.75/1 Dove Men + Care deodorant printable
Final Price = as low as free after coupon

ECB DEALS:

Buy 7 Up, Canada Dry, Sunkist or A&W – 3/$10, get a $3 ECB (limit 1 per household)
Final Price = 3/$7 after ECBs

Spend $15 on Clean & Clear, get a $5 ECB (limit 1 per household) – PSA $5.49
BOGO free Clean & Clear body wash – 3-27 SS
$1/1 Clean & Clear – 3-27 SS
$2/1 Clean & Clear printable

SCENARIO:
Buy 3 Clean & Clear products – $5.49/each

Use 3 $2/1 printables

Spend $10.47 OOP, get a $5 ECB
Final Price = $5.47 after coupons/ECBs ($1.83/each)

Click here for more of Melissa's match-ups! I suggest you check these out if you are new to CVS shopping, she really breaks it down with scenarios and everything so you know exactly what to do.

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Free toothbrushes!

Grab this $2/2 Reach toothbrush coupon and get free toothbrushes at CVS and other stores. Print now before the limit is reached!

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Review of Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking





Have you tried olive oil for baking? Until I had the chance to review this book, I had never heard of such a thing! We are food network die-hard fans and I had never heard of baking with olive oil before.

I had the chance to review Micki Sannar's book, Olive Oil Desserts: Delicious and Healthy Heart Smart Baking. I looked through the entire book and picked out several recipes that I wanted to try. Then my husband looked through the ones that I had chosen, and after several minutes of going back and forth, we decided to try the Oatmeal Peanut Butter cookies.

Now, I know what you're thinking, E.V.O.O in cookies? Actually, you use a pure olive oil of your choice. If you are an olive oil user than you can choose one whose flavor you enjoy. If you are not a regular olive oil user, Micki's book offers suggestions.

So we tried the recipe and the cookies turned out really good. It made a lot of cookies and we ended up putting part of it in the freezer. We haven't thawed them out yet, but I love putting cookies in the freezer and being able to take them out later to have fresh baked cookies.

Monday, April 18, 2011

TheraBreath winner




The winners of the TheraBreath giveaway for a tube of toothpaste and a bottle of mouthwash, are Samantha and Mary. I will email both of you to get your mailing address to send off to the sponsor. If you didn't win this time, please stick around. This sponsor is sending me a new kit to try out soon and I'll be posting another giveaway. Thanks for the entries!


Sunday, April 17, 2011

WalMart Match-ups

Similac Sensitive $3.84


-$5 from 4/3 SS = FREE plus $1.16 Overage

Neutrogena makeup remover wipes (in the travel section) $1.97

- $3/1 Q (From April "All You") = FREE plus $1.03 overage
Purex 3 in 1 Sheets $0.97


-$1 from 3/13 RP = FREE plus $0.03 Overage

Reach Waxed Floss - $0.97

$1/1 Reach Floss, Floss or Toothbrush, exp. 4-30-11 (RP 10/10/10) = Free + $0.03 Overage
Head & Shoulders shampoo travel size $.97

- $2/1 Q (From P&G Bright Ideas home mailer) = FREE plus $1.03 overage

McCormick $0.54

-$1 from 3/06 SS = FREE plus $0.46 Overage

-$0.75 from 3/13 RP = FREE plus $0.20 Overage


Revlon Tweezers $1.87

$2.00 off Revlon Coupon = FREE + $.13 overage
 
Thanks to Coupon Keri for the matchups! Click here for the complete list.

CVS Matchup

Thanks to Adventures of a Couponista for the match-ups!

Coke Products (2L) – $.99


-Use $1/1 Coca-Cola coupon (Recycle Bank)

Final Price = FREE

Colgate Toothpaste – $1

-Use $1/1 Colgate Toothpaste coupon (SS 4/10)

Final Price = FREE



Cottonelle Bathroom Tissue (18pk) – $8.99

-Use $.50/1 Cottonelle printable coupon (or SS 3/13)

-Get $2 ECBs (Limit 1)

Final Price = $6.49

Green Bag Tag – $.99

-Get $.99 ECBs (Limit 2)

Final Price = FREE

Nivea Body Wash – $3.88

-Use $3/1 Nivea for Men coupon (RP 4/17)

-Get $3 ECBs (Limit 1)

Final Price = FREE ($2 possible overage)


Click here for a complete listing.

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Save Money around the Home

This month I have been posting articles that have hopefully given you some ideas about ways to save money. The first article gave some general tips on saving money. Last week’s article was dedicated to cutting food bills (fast food and groceries). This article is about how you can save money around the home by doing your own yard maintenance and by trying your own dog grooming.

Save money around the house tip: DIY

That’s right, save money by doing things yourself. Do you have services that you normally pay someone to do that you may be able to do yourself? I don’t mean retiling a floor, but what about yard maintenance? If you normally spend money to have someone take care of your yard, you can be paying yourself to do it instead.

Monday, April 11, 2011

Lenox Tealight Review and Giveaway


This time of year with Mother’s Day and Father’s Day coming up, many people often think about their mothers and fathers. Now that I am a mother, I appreciate all of the hard work that both of my parents put in to raise my sister and I. I’m sure it wasn’t always easy. Both parents had to make sacrifices in their lives to make sure that we had the things that we wanted and needed. I hope that I can be as good of a parent.

Recently I had the chance to review a set of tea light holders from Lenox. I was so thrilled to get the chance to review these because I’ve been wanting some for awhile now.

Saturday, April 9, 2011

Save Money on Your Monthly Food Bill

Food is a necessity. It is not something that you can eliminate! Some people might not think it will pay off to save a few dollars on food, or they may not know how. Some might think it is way too complicated to even start. There are some ways, however, that you can save money on your food. And, it’s not really all that difficult to save a significant amount of money on your food each month.

What is significant? What about making an effort to save at least 20% on food? That is an amount that is a realistic starting point. If you are a family of four who spends 400-500 dollars a month on food, could you possibly reduce your bill? Okay, that is a lot of question marks. So, if a family of four can make a reduction in their food bill of just twenty percent, that would mean that a five hundred dollar a month food bill would be reduced to four hundred. They would then have an extra one hundred dollars per month, or twelve hundred dollars per year to save.

Now, if four or five hundred dollars seems like a lot to spend on food keep in mind that includes groceries and eating out. With a family of four, you can spend fifty dollars easily when you go out to eat. If you only eat out twice a month, that’s one hundred dollars right there. And fifty dollars is for a meal at an inexpensive restaurant. Surely, every now and then families eat out at more expensive restaurants as treats.

Friday, April 8, 2011

Chance to win $10 Amazon code

Hi everyone, I need a favor. I am working on a project idea and I need your help. If you can fill out this short survey for me, I will enter you in a contest to win one of 2 $10 Amazon gift codes. It should literally only take you about 5 minutes to do.

It may be a silly idea, I don't know. So I need your opinions. Here is the link to the survey. I'm looking for 100 responses so when I get those I'll do a drawing for the gift certificates. Thanks so much!

$10 Cash giveaway for April

The form is ready for the $10 April cash giveaway! All you have to do is put in the email address that you are subscribed with. At the end of the month, on April 30th, I'll use Random.org to pick a winner who will win $10 Paypal cash! Thanks for being a reader.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

Cash giveaway winner

Without further ado, the winner of the cash giveaway for February/March is mpeggrl3. Congratulations! And thanks for the entries everyone! I will be contacting the winner via email and will need to hear back from her within 48 hours or another winner will be chosen. If you didn't win this time, stay tuned. I have news coming up as soon as I can get a post ready on how you can win one of two $10 Amazon gift cards for April. Thanks sooooo much for being a reader!

Friday, April 1, 2011

Simple Tips on How to Add Money to Your Savings Account

If you are like most people, you want to have some kind of savings for emergencies. With the economy the way it is right now, it is difficult to do that. However, it’s not impossible! With some discipline and a little sacrifice, you can start or add to your savings account. This series gives ideas of ways that you can save money to add to your savings account. Following are some car related tips that you can use to help increase the amount of cash that you have in your savings account.

Reduce or eliminate car debt

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Review and Giveaway of TheraBreath products

Have you heard of TheraBreath products? I had not heard of them until I got the opportunity to review them. I was lucky enough to try the Tonsil Stone Deluxe Kit as the first product of theirs that I've used. 
 
I have had tonsil stones for a few years now. I think they are also called tonsilloliths. They are the gross white spots that form at the back of some people's throats. I didn't have them when I was a child, but since the age of about 22, I started to notice these formations at the back of my throat from time to time. 
 
I didn't know where they came from at first, but then I noticed that I would get them after I'd eat or drink dairy products. The thing about tonsil stones is they make your breath smell bad if you don't get rid of them. If you are suffering from tonsil stones, you know how gross they are and how they can cause you to stress out about your breath. Nobody wants to have bad breath. Needless to say, I was very excited to try a product that would get rid of them for good.  
 
When I recieved my deluxe kit, I was excited to use it. I was at the end of a tube of toothpaste, so when I finished that off, I started the TheraBreath products. My first impression was that there was a lot of product that had to be used. But the kit comes with instructions on how to use the product correctly to help rid yourself of those disgusting tonsil stones. It took me a little while to get used to following the directions at first because there are several steps that have to be followed. After doing it for a couple of days, I was doing it with no problems at all. 
 
I can always tell when I have a tonsil stone forming, no matter how small it is. I am pleased to say that I am now tonsil stone free. I have been using the product for about a month now and since I've used the product, I've not had one tonsil stone. 
 
I tend to gush about products some times, I think. That's just kinda my personality- I'm excitable. BUT if this means anything, I don't think I'll ever use another brand of toothpaste or mouthwash. EVER. My mouth stays fresh feeling all day. I brush, floss, and use mouthwash in the mornings. At night, I follow the instructions in the kit to remove tonsil stones. My breath always feels fresh, even when I wake up in the morning. I have never experienced a product before that I would use at night, and then when I wake up in the morning, my mouth still feels fresh. 
 
I wanted to test this product fully so last night, I went without brushing my teeth. Okay, honestly I just somehow got out of my routine and did not brush last night for some reason. Sure enough, when I woke up this morning, I had morning breath.
 
It is AMAZING what a difference this product has made in my life. It sounds cheesy, I'm sure, but this has made a huge difference in my life. I feel more confident about having fresh breath than ever before. It doesn't really take a lot of time, but it makes a huge difference. If you suffer from Tonsil Stones, give this kit a try. It worked for me. If you just want a product that works to keep your breath fresh, try some of TheraBreath's products.
 
There are a variety of products available to help keep your breath fresh and clean feeling. Now, if you'd like to try this product for yourself, you can go here to purchase some. Or, you can try to win some from this blog! 
 
I've gotten the okay to give away two sets of product. I'll draw two winners who will each get to try out one tube of TheraBreath toothpaste and one bottle of TheraBreath mouthwash. Here's what you need to do to get your entries in. 
 
Mandatory:  
 
Follow TheraBreath on Twitter and Follow me on Twitter
 
Extra Entries:  
Like TheraBreath on Facebook
 
Like me on Facebook
 
This giveaway is open to residents of the United States who are eighteen or older. This giveaway will end on April 16th at midnight. I will draw two winners via Random.org. I will contact winners via email and need to hear a response within 48 hours or I'll choose another winner. Get your entries in for this great prize!

Monday, March 28, 2011

Winners

I so wanted to title this "Duh, WINNING!", but I resisted. The winner of the Ocean Nasal kit is Nicole! I've already sent her an email.


The winners of the Purex Crystals coupons are tara.the.equestrian, katychick, and tonya. I will email all of you to get mailing addresses so I can get you your coupons :)


Thanks for being readers!

Saturday, March 19, 2011

Eliminate your Credit Score Woes

Many people worry about their credit score and for good reason. Credit scores are a means of determining whether to extend credit to individuals or not. If your credit score is good, you have a great chance to borrow with low interest rates. If your credit score is not good, you will either be charged high interest rates, or you may be declined for credit all together. If you have credit score woes, take heart. You can fix your score you are diligent about doing so. Don’t expect an increase in credit score right away, especially if your credit is in really bad shape to start off. But with time and responsible credit usage, your score is sure to improve.

 The best thing that you can do is to pay your bills on time- always! Or, if you are behind on your bills, catch up as soon as possible. Pay your bill in full each month when it is due. Then once you catch up, you must stay current. If you are having trouble paying your bills, talk to your creditors or with a credit counseling agency. Make sure that if you do go the credit counseling route, find a legitimate counseling agency who can really help you to find a way out of your credit troubles. As you eventually begin to pay your bills on time, your score will improve.

 Try not to open new accounts. The reason it is important that you don’t open new accounts unnecessarily is that credit is based on the amount of time you have an account. If you open a lot of new accounts the average age of your credit accounts is lowered.

 Use your existing credit responsibly. This means that you must resist from purchasing items on credit that you don’t have the money to repay at the end of the month. If you must use credit, use it sparingly. You should try to avoid charging large amounts on your credit cards. If it at all possible, pay off your credit cards as soon as you use them. If you use credit to purchase an item during the month, pay it off at the end of the month when your bill is due. Try to keep your accounts at a zero balance.

You can improve your credit score if you are diligent about doing so. Pay your bills on time, refrain from opening new accounts, and use your credit responsibly. With such responsible credit practices your credit score is sure to increase over time.

Thursday, March 17, 2011

NuSkin ageLOC Transformation Review and Giveaway $400 Vallue!



No matter what your age, it’s never too early to start taking better care of your skin. Recently I had the chance to use a skincare product that I’d never used before. It’s called Nu Skin. I must admit, this is the first time that I’ve used a skincare product that is specifically designed to help reduce the signs of aging. At twenty-something years old, I never really thought that skincare products designed to reduce the signs of aging would make that much of a difference for me.

I had the opportunity to try the Nu Skin ageLOC Transformation system. This system combines four products with a combination of the most up-to-date anti-aging science and technology from Nu Skin. This is the most advanced anti-aging system ever that produces the ultimate anti-aging benefits. The ageLoc Transformation system cleanses, renews, moisturizes, and reveals younger looking skin in as many as eight ways. The amazing thing is that this starts in just the first seven days.

The claims are that you’ll experience a more youthful skin structure, a more even skin tone, reduced appearance of lines and wrinkles, more radiant skin, and much more. I read the information on the product before I used it. It said that 100% of subjects who used the ageLOC Transformation system twice daily for showed improvements as determined by a clinical grader. The improvement in overall appearance included diminishment of fine lines, skin smoothness, and radiance, all after 12 weeks of use.

Now, I’m always a skeptic. I don’t believe things until I try them myself. Ever. I definitely went into this experience not really expecting noticeable differences. I mean, I figured that of course a clinical skin grader would be able to notice a difference. I don’t know what kind of special cameras and lights they can use to notice the most minute changes. I wasn’t so sure that I would be able to notice a change in my skin.

I was hoping, however, that I would be able to see a noticeable difference because of the products. I have noticed that my pores look larger than before, so I was really hoping that would change. Plus, every gal can use skin that is more hydrated, smoother, and more even looking. I wanted to be able to give an accurate review, so I started using only the Nu Skin ageLOC products. I used it for seven days and began to notice that my skin felt smoother on about the 9th day. I’m not saying that it didn’t work until then, I just mean that’s when I was able to notice it.

I have now been using the products for three weeks and I can really say that they do work. I wouldn’t have believed that it would make such a difference if I hadn’t tried it myself. I have dry and sensitive skin, as I found out that I have eczema, but this didn’t cause any kind of breakouts for me. I definitely noticed that my skin was more hydrated than before and it just feels better. I wish I had a camera that was good enough to show the difference in my skin, but alas, mine is not the newest.

Would you like to try one of these systems for yourself?

You can purchase the Nu Skin ageLOC Transformation system that I tried from their site for about $410.

A lesser costing option would be to win it here! The folks at Nu Skin have given me permission to give away one Nu Skin ageLOC Transformation system like the one I tried. This product has an over $400 value! This would make a great gift for yourself, or for a friend. They'd have to be a good friend though cause I'm not sure I'd be inclined to give this away myself...but you all are probably a lot more noble than I.

Here is what you have to do to gain entry into this giveaway.

+ Visit the Nu Skin site and tell me what other product you’d like to try if you had the chance.

And

+ Follow me on Twitter

For extra entries do one or all of the following. Oh, and if you're already doing these things, leave a comment letting me know

+ Tweet about this giveaway! You may do it once per day:

Enter to win a NuSkin prize worth over $400 from mystery shopping teacher- http://tinyurl.com/4n6rqpt


+ Become a facebook "like"er

+ Become a subscriber

+ Become a GFC follower

+ Blog about this and leave a link back to my blog

This giveaway will end on Saturday April 30th. I will draw a winner via Random.org. The winner will be notified by email and will have 48 hours to respond or I'll pick another winner. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. who are 18 or older. That's it! Get busy with those entries!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Smart Mouth Review


I had the chance to review Smart Mouth, a mouthwash that claims to provide twelve hours of fresh breath after just one rinse. It works to eliminate existing bad breath and prevents it from coming back. It's supposed to eliminate morning breath too.
How does it work? You are supposed to rinse twice a day for all day (and all night) fresh breath. There are two seperate bottles that you have to mix together to swish your mouth with. Mixing the two bottles together is what activates the formula. One downside to this product for me is that the bottles leak. I lost half of one of my bottles when I knocked it down unawares. Bummer.
It is safe for children ages 6 and older as well as diabetics. What makes this mouthwash different from other types of mouthwash is the fact that it is alcohol free. You know that burn you get when you wash your mouth with most mouthwashes? Well, you won't have that with Smart Mouth.
I enjoyed using it. It provided a minty fresh breath feeling and made me feel more confident about my breath. As a teacher, it's nice to feel like you are covered when it comes to the fresh breath department. When you are in a meeting with a parent, or even other teachers, it is nice to know that you don't have to worry about your breath knocking anyone out.
Disclosure: This post is based on my own opinion. No compensation was recieved for this other than getting a product to try out.

Ocean Nasal Spray review and giveaway



If your family is anything like mine, you could benefit from having a product to make breathing easier. Nasal spray helps a lot. Recently I had the chance to review some Ocean products in our home. There are several Ocean products available for the family. We reviewed Ocean Complete, Ocean Premium, and Ocean for Kids.

Since my little guy is only 16 months old, I liked that the Ocean for Kids product is even gently enough for newborns to use. It is specifically formulated for newborns up to children aged 12 years old. When the climate is dry and little nasal passages get irritated, Ocean is good to help moisten airways. It also helps with nosebleeds and nasal congestion.


The adult products are good as well.I'm semiembarrassed to admit this but until recently (maybe in the last year or so), I had never used a nasal spray. It just always seemed like it wasn't necessary. Plus, I didn't think I'd like the feeling of shooting liquid up the nose. If you haven't tried it before, it's really not that bad. Plus, it makes you feel better. Once you've used a nasal spray a few times you'll have no problem picking one up every time you feel a little dry or congested! Here's a video with a little more information about some Ocean products.



Would you like to try some Ocean products of your own? I have one set of Ocean products available for giveaway to one of my readers. Here's what you need to do for the mandatory entry:

+ Follow Ocean Nasal Care on Twitter

AND

+ Follow me on twitter

Extra entries
+ Subscribe (you can also enter for a chance to win $20 paypal cash for subscribers here)

+ Like me on facebook
+ Follow me on networked blogs
+ Blog about this on your blog or mention it on your website.
+ Tweet about this giveaway (can do once per day):
Enter to win some Ocean Nasal Care products. Ends 3/27. Visit:http://tinyurl.com/46g8jvo

This giveaway ends on 3/27 at midnight. This giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. who are 18 or older. I will pick a winner via Random.org. If you are chosen as the winner I'll need to hear back from you within 48 hours or I'll have to pick another winner. Thanks for being a reader!

Friday, March 11, 2011

Purex Crystals review and giveaway


Have you had the chance to try out the new Purex Crystals? As a Purex Insider I got the opportunity to review some of these crystals in my laundry. Our family likes them alot. They do what they claim to do: soften your clothes while leaving a long-lasting fragrance.
They are a unique way of softening and freshening your laundry. They have 92% natural products that keep your laundry smelling great for weeks. The difference between Purex Crystals and traditional fabric softener is that the average softener is oil based. This oil coats your fabbrics causing an oily residue. Crystals softener actually infuses fibers of cloth with a long-lasting fragrance.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

Winner of Ergomotion Laser Mouse



Okay,so I kinda dropped the ball on this giveaway. I don't know what I was thinking when I ended this giveaway at the end of State Testing week. I had other things on my mind and a ton of stuff to do at work so for some reason I was thinking this giveaway ended on Sunday when it really ended on Tuesday. Sorry about that. This teaches me that I can't have giveaways ending when I have important things goin on at school (state testing, long workshops, beginning of the school year, end of the school year, etc). So the winner of this giveaway is lucky number one, Evie. I will send you an email to get your address to send off to the sponsor. Thanks everyone for the entries!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Best of Publix 3/2 - 3/8

BOGO DEALS:

Aunt Jemima Waffles, Frozen, 10-ct, 12.3-oz box, BOGO $2.39

Bumble Bee Premium Tuna, Chunk Light Tuna in Water, 4-pk, 5-oz can, BOGO $3.57

Chef Boyardee Pasta, 14.5 to 15-oz can (Excluding Big, Jumbo, Overstuffed, and Whole Grain), BOGO $1.53

College Inn Broth, 32-oz ctn, BOGO $2.49

Crystal Light Drink Mix, Or Tea Mix, 10 or 12-qt cnstr, BOGO $4.13
-$1/2 Printable HERE On The Go, 12-qt (Pay $3.13/2)
-$1/3 Target Printable HERE (Target Q) (Pay $7.26/4 or $10.39/6)

For more Publix Deals go to Southern Coupon Queen

Best of Walgreens

FREEBIES
Get $2 RR WYB Always 20 or 22 leak guard plus or Always 30 to 34 pk Dri-Liners Plus $2.99

$1/1 Always Product PG Everyday Savings
$0.50/1 Always Pads or Cloths 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$0.50/1 Always Pantiliners 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
final price as low as FREE!

Children’s PediaCare Fever Reducer, Cold or Allergy Relief 4 oz., Infant Drops .5 or 1 oz. $5 OFF (w/in ad Q)
*Buy 2 packages of Children’s PediaCare Infants Fever Reducer .5 oz $5.99 each
$3/2 PediaCare Product $1/1 Pediacare Product Printable
$1/1 PediaCare Product
$1/1 PediaCare 1/23/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
final price FREE

OTHER GOOD DEALS

Get $2 RR WYB (2) Colgate Maxfresh or Maxwhite toothbrush or paste 6oz 2/$5
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 3/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/26/2011)
$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/27/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/19/2011)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
$0.35/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
final price as low as $0.75


Get $3 RR WYB $10+ of Participating PG Products
Bounce Dryer Bar or 70 or 80 pack Sheets $3.99

$1/1, $0.50 Bounce Product 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$0.50/1 Bounce, Any – P&G Everyday Savings Booklet x6/30
Tide Stain Release 10 pack or Liquid 20 oz. $3.99
$3/1 Tide Stain Release Products 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$2/1 Tide Stain Release, any size Family Circle, Nov. 1, 10 x9/31
B1G1 Tide Stain Release WYB Tide Detergent 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)

For more Walgreens deals go to Become a Coupon Queen!

Best of Kmart 3/6 - 3/12

Kellogg’s Cereal 10-20oz, Pop Tarts 8ct. Fruit Snacks 9-10.8oz or Rice Krispies Treats 8 ct. $1.88

-$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereal 3/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/17/2011)
-$1/3 Kellogg’s Cereals 2/13/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/27/2011)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Cereals 2/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/20/2011)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts Toaster Pastries 2/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/3/2011)
-$0.55/1 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts Mini Crisps 2/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/3/2011)
-$1/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tart Mini Crisps 2/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/3/2011)

Select Pamtene, Aussie, Gillette or Herbal Essences 1.9-14 oz Shampoo, conditioner or stylers 3/$10

-$1/1 Pantene Product 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
-$2/1 Gillette Products 3/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
-$3/1 Gillette Products 3/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)

L’Oreal Full-line cosmetics or Sublime Bronze self-tanning products B1G1 50% off

Gillette Selected Fusion or Venus shave systems $9

-$2/1 Gillette Products 3/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
-$3/1 Gillette Products 3/6/2011 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
-$4/1 Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
-$1/1 Gillette Fusion Razor 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)

Select Crest 8.2oz toothpaste or gel. Oral B 3D Vivid White 2/$6

-$1/1 Crest Liquid Gel 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
-$0.75/1 Crest Toothpaste or Liquid Gel 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
-$0.50/1 Oral-B, Zooth or Crest Toothpaste 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
-$0.50/1 Oral-B, Zooth or Crest Toothbrush 2/27/2011 PG Insert (exp 3/31/2011)

For more of the Kmart matchup go to Moms saving!

Best of Rite Aid 3/5 - 3/12

NoDoz, Bufferin, Ascriptin, Mineral Ice, Doans, Tavist Allergy, Keri Lotion, Cruex, Desenex LIMIT 1 PER BRAND (9 TOTAL)
In ad price: $6.99
$2/1 Keri Lotion 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/16/2011)
SCR: $6
Final Cost: FREE plus $1.01 Money Maker!

Comtrex 24ct LIMIT 1
In ad price: $4.99
$1.50/1 Comtrex Product 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 5/31/2011)
SCR: $4
Final Cost: FREE plus $.51 MONEYMAKER

Snickers Single Candy Bars LIMIT 1
In ad price: $0.88
+UP: $0.88
Final Cost: FREE!

Revitalens, Blink Tears, Gel Tears
In ad price: $8.99
$4 Blink Peelies
+UP: $5
Final Cost: FREE

Make sure to visit Coupon Keri for more Rite Aid deals!

Best of CVS 3/6-3/12

FREE from CVS

ALL Revlon Nail $3.99 Get $3 ECB Limit 1
$1 Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara or any Revlon Color Cosmetic Product SS 2/13
$3 off any Revlon Cosmetics purchase scanner coupon
Free + $3.01 MM after coupons/ecb **some regions are priced differently at $4.99 for the nail**

Revlon Eye or Lip $7.49 Get $4 ECB Limit 1
$1 Revlon Grow Luscious Mascara or any Revlon Color Cosmetic Product SS 2/13
$3 off any Revlon Cosmetics purchase scanner coupon
Free + $0.51 MM after coupons/ecb ** some regions are priced differently at $6.99 for this deal**

Spend $20 Get $10 ECB wyb Benefiber, Gas-X, Maalox or Prevacid 14ct. Limit 1
Buy 4 Gas-X Prevention Food Enzyme Supplement Capsules 20 ct - $6.79 x 3
Subtotal = $20.37
Use (3) $4 off 1 Gas-X Prevention Product $4 (4/30/11) SS 12/12/2010
Pay $8.37 Get back $10 ECB. = FREE plus $1.63 MM


Complete, Revitalens or Blink $7.89 Get $4 ECB Limit 1
$3 RevitaLens OcuTec Multi-Purpose Disinfecting Solution 10 oz+ SS 3/6
$4 Blink peelie coupon found on package
Free or $0.89 after coupon/ecb

Visit Coupon Keri for more CVS deals!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

$20 PayPal Cash giveaway @ Coupon Keri

Hi everyone! I am sponsoring a $20 PayPal cash giveaway for my friend Coupon Keri. This is in addition to the $20 PayPal cash giveaway that I'm sponsoring on my blog. When she hits 5000 facebook fans, she will draw a winner. Go on over to her blog for more info! Would love it if one of my readers could win.

How to Raise your Credit Score, Even in this Economy!

With the economy the way it is right now it is essential to have a high credit score. People who are unemployed or underemployed may have to rely on their credit now more than they ever had to before. If your credit scores are lackluster, there are some things you can do to improve them. However, it will take work on your part and some passage of time to get your scores where you would like them to be.

It should be noted that the following advice is not for people who have a credit score of around 740, as there is little you can do to improve your score if it is that high to begin with. Even if you manage to improve your credit score by a few points above 740, there is generally no more additional benefit. Here are some tips that most of us can use to improve our credit score.

Monday, February 28, 2011

My Music Monday

Well, my laptop is about to die so I'll make this short and sweet. This is an Alicia Keys classic that is ten years old but still awesome. Give it a listen

Winner of Get Ready for Pilates dvd giveaway

The winner of the Get Ready for Pilates Giveaway is Beckeesdeals! I will contact you via email for contact info. Thanks for the entries!

If I were abducted by aliens...

Being a mom is great most of the time. Spending time with your children, watching them grow up, and seeing their personalities come out is fun. Sometimes you have to do stuff that’s not as much fun too though. It comes with the territory. Your kids may think they could do without you, but then they would miss at least ten things that are unique to you.

The new Disney movie coming out March 11th called “Mars Needs Moms,” is all about a kid whose mother is mom-napped by aliens. He has to go on a quest to bring her back home. Here’s a list of ten things that I think MY little guy would miss if I were abducted by aliens.

Good morning hugs
My little guy might not own up to it, but I know he would miss hugs in the morning. There is nothing sweeter than seeing him first thing in the morning in his cute little p.j.’s. I can never resist scooping him up and giving him hugs and kisses. He could probably do without the kisses though, if I had to guess.

Back rubs
I’m pretty sure that Ezra would miss backrubs. When I rub his back, he puts his thumb in his mouth and lays his head on me. If he is anything like his mommy, he loves getting a backrub.

Friday, February 25, 2011

Three Things you can do to Improve Your Credit Score Now

This series of articles has to do with improving credit score. If you have problems with your credit score, there are many doors that are not open to you. Credit score is important for anyone who uses credit for any reason. When you purchase items on credit, your credit score determines whether you pay a high finance charge, or whether you pay a low finance charge. Most people finance big ticket items such as cars and homes. If you have a poor credit score you may be forced to spend a lot more than you would if your score was good. Or, even worse than that, you may not be able to get approved for loans at all.

There are three things that you can do now to improve your credit score immediately: be punctual when paying bills, keep old accounts open, and don’t take on unnecessary new debt.

Pay your bills on time
The first thing you can do to improve your credit score immediately is to pay your bills on time. Every month when your bills are do you must pay them on time. Don’t just try to pay your bills before the grace period ends. Make every effort to get your bills paid on or before the due date. When you go thirty or more days past the due date, you get a negative mark on your credit score. These marks usually remain on your credit report for seven years.

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Ji Ga Zo review

Have you tried Ji Ga Zo yet? It is a new puzzle from Hasbro. Ji Ga Zo originates from the puzzle game that is popular in Japan. The way it works is a user takes a picture (or I guess you could find one on the Internet too) and uploads it. After it is uploaded you print out a type of map that has different symbols on it the back. These symbols are what help you to put together the puzzle.

There are 300 puzzle pieces that make up the puzzle. The neat thing about this is that the pieces are not in color. They are like different shades of sepia. It looks like a jumble of puzzle pieces when you start but when you finish, using the symbol map, you have a picture of whatever you want. This can be used over and over to recreate millions of puzzles.

The game includes a CD that helps you to create your picture puzzle. It takes no time to set up! All you have to do it take a picture, upload it to the program, and the program creates a map of symbols that when assembled correctly, will give you the picture that you want. So you are not looking for different pieces of a puzzle like you would with a normal puzzle. You would instead look for the symbols and after all of the symbols are in the right place, you have a picture. It is too neat!

If you like puzzles, you will love this game. You never have to do the same puzzle twice. So instead of buying new puzzles all the time, you can just take a new picture. Once you finish assembling your puzzle you can take pictures of it for your album. One neat idea is that you can take a picture of your child in various stages in their life, assemble a puzzle, and take a picture of it. These are like Monet’s to me. Up close you can’t really tell what they are but when you step back, the picture appears. This is a really neat idea and our family enjoyed it!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Cash giveaway for February/March

Alright so I am doing a monthly paypal cash giveaway of $10 for my loyal subscribers. However, since my last giveaway ended in the middle of February, this giveaway will be for the remainder of February and will run through the end of March. Because of that, I'm going to give away another $20 to one subscriber! Here is what you have to do to get your entry.

Mandatory
* You must be a subscriber
AND
* You must be a Facebook "Like"er

Use the google doc form below to tell me your email address and facebook name. This time, I'm only counting entries that go into the google doc form below. It's too time consuming to count google doc entries and comments. After you've done the google doc entry you may leave a comment if you like, but that's only optional.



It will take only a couple of minutes for you to do if you're not already doing those two things. This giveaway starts today (2/22) and ends 3/31/11. I will use Random.org to pick one winner. Leave me a comment in the google doc form for the mandatory entries. I will send the winner $20 cash to his or her paypal account, so make sure you have one. Thanks for being readers :)

Make Money Mystery Shopping part 5

Alright, as promised, I have a list of mystery shopping companies for those who are interested! All you have to do to get your list is subscribe, and then put your email address into my google document (below). I'll send the list to your email address. Thanks for being a reader!

Monday, February 21, 2011

My Music Monday

I totally forgot about My Music Monday last week! I think I had my big giveaways ending and it just slipped my mind. This week's video is from Sade. I have loved this song for years and it is still as beautiful now as it was the first time I heard it as a child. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do!

Winners of Pedialax and CSN


The winner of the Pedialax gummy giveaway is #1 jtfilleman

The winner of the CSN giveaway is comment #200 richardrachel


Sunday, February 20, 2011

Best of Kroger

Mega Sale: Buy 10, Get $3 Off NOW and Save $3 Later (Coupon will print when you complete your order) *Prices listed are AFTER the Save Now $3 is taken off!

Banquet Brown ‘N Serve Sausage or Banquet Entree, 58¢

Banquet Chicken, $3.69
$1/1 Banquet Chicken in the Jan. All You Magazine

Betty Crocker Brownie Mix, $1.69
$0.50/1 Betty Crocker Brownie or Dessert Mixes, exp 3/26/2011 (2/13/2011 GM)

Betty Crocker Cookie Mix, $1.69
$.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix here and here
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookie Mix Pouch, exp 4/9/2011 (2/13/2011 GM)

Betty Crocker Dessert Bar Mix, $1.69

Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, $1.89 *Load Kroger eCoupon and Cellfire
$.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks at SmartSource.com
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp 4/9/2011 (2/13/2011 GM)
$0.50/2 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks, exp 2/26/2011 (1/2/2011 GM)

Betty Crocker Muffin Mix, $1.69

Bounty Paper Towels, $6.69 *Load Kroger eCoupon
$0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins, exp 2/28/2011 (1/30/2011 PG)

Bryers Ice Cream, $2.69

Campbell’s Chunky Soup or Chowder, $1.29
$1/3 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at CampbellsKitchen.com
$.50/2 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at CampbellsKitchen.com
$1.50/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at CampbellsKitchen.com
$2/5 Campbell’s Chunky Soups at CampbellsKitchen.com
$0.50/2 Campbell’s Select Harvest or Chunky Soup, exp 3/20/2011 (2/6/2011 SS)
$1/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup Chili Cans or Bowls, exp 3/6/2011 (1/23/2011 SS)


See a complete list of match-ups at Shopping Tips and Tricks

The Best of CVS

The Best of CVS

Get $1 ECB wyb Listerine SmartRinse, CoolMint, FreshBurst or Original 1L $3.99 Limit 2
$1 Listerine IP: Printable$1.50/2 Listerine Antiseptic Mouthwash 500mL+ and/or Reach Toothbrush and/or Reach Floss or Reach Access Flosser SS 1/9/11
$1 Listerine Smart Rinse Anticavity Mouthwash or Listerine Agent Cool Blue Tinting Rinse 500mL or Reach Kids Toothbrush SS 1/9/11
$1 Listerine Total Care or Total Care Plus Whitening Anticavity Mouthwash 500mL/16fl.oz+ or Listerine Restoring Anticavity Mouthwash 1L SS 1/9/11

Purex 3-in-1 sheets $3.99
$3 Purex RP 2/20/11
= $0.99 after coupon

Purex liquid laundry detergent 24-32 loads $1.99
$1/1 Purex RP 2/20
= $0.99 after coupon

Tilex $2
$1 Tilex IP: Printable= $1 each after coupon

Charmin 4 pk toilet paper $2.99
$1 any Charmin - P&G Everyday Savings coupon book
= $1.99 after coupon

Thanks to Coupon Keri for the matchups. Click here for more.

The Best of Walmart match-ups

The Best of Walmart

Oscar Mayer Deli Creations Cracker Combinations $2.00
$1/2 Deli Creations printableFinal Price= $1.50 each wyb 2

Tony’s Party Pizzas $1.25
$1/5 Totino’s Crisp Crust Party Pizza (GM 02/13/11)
$.75/2 printableFinal Price= $.87 each wyb 2


Pledge Aerosol 12.5 oz $3.97
$1/1 Pledge Aerosol Product (SS 02/13/11)
FREE Pledge Multisurface wyb Furniture Care Aerosol (SS 02/13/11)
Final Price= $2.97 + FREE Pledge Multisurface!

Gain Fabric Softener 60 Load $4.18
$3/1 Gain Fabric Softener or Sheets (RP 02/13/11)
Final Price= $1.18


Gain Fabric 80ct Softener Sheets $3.24
$3/1 Gain Fabric Softener or Sheets (RP 02/13/11)
Final Price= $.24

Thanks to Adventures of a Couponista! Click here for more.

The Best of Walgreens

The Best of Walgreens

Get $1 RR WYB (5)$1.50 RR WYB (6), $2 RR WYB (7) Kleenex Tissue, 60ct+
Kleenex Facial Tissue 78 or 110 sheets $.89 (w/in ad Q)
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue PRINTABLE
B3G1 Kleenex Facial Tissues 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/10/2011)
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 4/10/2011)
$1/5 Kleenex Facial Tissue PRINTABLE
$0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue 1/2/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
final price as low as $0.33 ea wyb 7 and use (1) B3G1 Kleenex Facial Tissues and (2) $0.50/3 Kleenex Facial Tissue


Get $5 RR WYB RepHresh Brilliant PH Tampons 18 pack $5.99
$1/1 RepHresh Brilliant Tampons PRINTABLE
$1/1 RepHresh Brilliant Tampons (coupon inside many boxes)
final price FREE


Get $1 RR WYB (2) Glade Surface Disinfectants & Air Sanitizers 9.7 to 32 oz. 2/$5
$1/1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Fabric and Air Odor Eliminator PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Premium Room Spray PRINTABLE
$1/1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator PRINTABLE
B1G1 Glade Fabric & Odor Eliminator All You Feb 2011 (exp 6/30/2011)
$1/1 Glade Fabric & Air Odor Eliminator 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$1/1 Glade Room Spray Good Housekeeping (exp 12/31/2011)

$1/1 Glade Room Spray Woman's Day (exp 12/31/2011)
$2/2 Glade Tough Odor Solutions Product Good Housekeeping (exp 12/31/2011)
$2/2 Glade Tough Odor Solutions Product Woman's Day (exp 12/31/2011)
final price as low as $0.25 ea with the B1G1 and $1/1, $1.00 ea for all others

Thanks Become a Coupon Queen for the match-up! Click here for more.

Review and giveaway of the ErgoMotion Laser Mouse

Recently I got the opportunity to review a new laser mouse for my desktop computer. It is called the ErgoMotion Laser Mouse. This mouse is ergonomically designed so it moves in a more natural way, following the movement of your hand and wrist.

This is a great product if you spend a lot of time on the computer. The patented pivot motion design of this mouse is different from the traditional mouse that you are used to using. You can move your hand and wrist more and this helps to promote blood flow.

What I loved about this product is the fact that there is no cord. You don't have to worry about the cord dragging behind your mouse so you have more freedom with this mouse to move it where it is most comfortable for you. It is easy to install, and is ready to go in no time once you get it. Here- watch this video. It can describe the mouse better than I can.



Would you like to have the chance to win one of these for your desktop computer? I have been given the opportunity to give away one to one of my readers. It has an approximate retail value of $50! This would make a great gift for yourself or someone you care about. Here is what you need to do to get your entries in:

Mandatory:

Like Smartfish on facebook

and

Like me on facebook

Extra entries:

Follow me on twitter
Subscribe
Become a GFC follower

This giveaway is open until 3/5 at midnight eastern time. Giveaway is open to residents of the U.S. and Canada 18 and older. Make sure you enter this one, it's a great prize!

Review and Giveaway of Get Ready for Pilates DVD


Are you one of the people who made a resolution to be healthier this year? I was. One of the things that involves is exercising. When I got the chance to review a beginner's Pilates DVD, Get Ready for Pilates by Kathi Casey, I was excited. I have done Pilates in the past and have enjoyed the way it makes you feel after doing it.
Don't be fooled into thinking that because this is a beginner's dvd, it is going to be a breeze. Let me tell you, it is NOT. She explains everything to you because you are a beginner but it is still a workout. I was very sore after the first time I did this dvd and I'd be lying if I said that I was able to do everything she did. I had to modify many, many things!

Friday, February 18, 2011

Make money from home update

This is a follow-up post from one that I made in November. I did a post about a program that I was sponsored to write about. Click here for the full details. The program requires that you pay $10 to get a membership, and you buy referrals. When you buy referrals (which only cost about fifty cent each), you get paid.

I said that I would try out the program and let you know whether it works or not, even though I was very skeptical. I do have to say though, it does work! I made like $30. Which is not bad at all. I did get a free premium membership, which normally costs $10. But, I bought the referrals like an average customer would and it worked for me. I have to admit, I wasn't quite sure if it would work or not. I don't completely (okay, not at all) understand how it works but I got my money within like a week.

And understand, this post is not a paid post. I'm not getting paid anything to write it. The first one was sponsored but I'm simply writing this one because I told my readers that I would try the service and do a follow up post. There are no links to the site that I will get paid for if you become a member or if you click and go to the site. I just know that it worked for me and I am putting it out there for you to take a look at. Here's a link to the site. The web address is www.automoneysite.info. See? Just a regular address.

If you do decide to try it, let me know how it works for you. I'm curious to know if it works out for everyone else.

How to save money on your t.v. bill part 2

Last week I shared a way for you to save money on your cable or satellite bill. This week I want to share an idea that we have used to successfully save money on our satellite bill. It is all about knowing your worth as a customer. Companies want your business. When you have been a long time customer who pays your bill on time, you are valuable to them. Or, you should be. If this is not the case with your company, you should find another company.

My husband and I have Directv satellite. We have it for the NFL Sunday ticket, or should I say that HE has it for that reason. We have been with Directv for several years now. A few years ago we started seeing the great deals that Directv was offering for new customers and didn’t think it was fair. We made the decision that we would call up the company to see what they had to offer us. Eric and I decided that if they had nothing to offer us, we were going to walk. We would either switch to cable or satellite.

So we called Directv and told them that we had been a customer for three years (at the time), had never missed a payment or been late, and would like to see what they had to offer us. At the time, we were not under any type of contract. We initially signed up for the Sunday Ticket promotion when we bought our house. The promotion was something like… buy the Sunday Ticket, get all the movie channels free for like six months.

Wednesday, February 16, 2011

How I try to spread a little happiness each day

Happiness is too good to keep to yourself! Why not share it with those you love? I try to be a pleasant person every day but it doesn’t always work out. I am not a morning person, for starters. Secondly, I am very grouchy if I’ve not eaten. I try to spread a little happiness in my classroom for my students. It makes the classroom so much more pleasant for everyone involved.

Since I am a teacher and have to see students early in the morning, I have to put on a happy face whether I feel like it or not. Most days I’m successful. I share happiness with my students as much as possible, but I also try to share happiness at home with my husband when I can.

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

Winners of giveaways

Sorry for the delay in getting this post done and posted! After a couple hours of tallying up entries, I am ready to announce the winners of my blog launch giveaways.

The winner of the $5 Amazon gift certificate is copperbliss

The winner of the Acquaessentials Thermal Water is Leah W.

The winner of the Acquaessentials Thermal Mud is randomletters82

The winner of the $20 Pay pal cash is mattschmunk


Congratulations! I hope you all enjoy your prizes! I have emailed these winners and will need to hear from them within 48 hours or I'll have to pick another winner. Please allow three to four weeks for me to ship the items (Thermal Water and Thermal Mud).

Oh, and I almost forgot to mention. For the paypal cash giveaway, I had some people who did not enter with the google doc form. This time as long as they did the mandatory entry, I counted them. But that took a lot of time to count all the votes so from now on, the paypal thing will be with a google doc form. That's just a lot easier to count. I'm always super paranoid that I'll miscount and announce someone as a winner when the win really belongs to someone else!! I'm thinking about doing all of my big entry giveaways with google docs...we'll see how it goes.

If you didn't win this time, keep trying. I have some great giveaways coming up in future weeks. I have a giveaway worth over $400! And, I will start accepting entries for the next paypal cash giveaway soon. It will another $20 since it will be for the rest of February and then March also. More details about that to come. Thanks for being a reader!

Make Money Mystery Shopping part 4

Welcome to Make Money Mystery Shopping part 4. This week I will discuss some of the things that you need to get started, and some of the things that are optional to help you make higher profits. Make sure you read weeks one, two, and three before you read this post.

To get started mystery shopping, you will need some tools. You should start with a cell phone with a clock and timer of some sort. I think most people have this. If you don’t have a cell phone with a clock, you should have a watch. You need this to note times that specific things happen. Often mystery shopping companies want to know what time a shopper enters their establishment and what time they leave. They may also want to know how long it takes for employees to interact with you.

You will need a computer with a printer and internet access. You will probably want to start off by printing the shop requirements of companies. After you have done mystery shopping for a little while it becomes easier to remember requirements without having them printed. Internet access is also a necessity. You will have to enter reports online so you can’t really get around having either of these.

Saturday, February 12, 2011

Best of CVS

CVS week of 2/13-2/19

Colgate Sensitive 6 oz or Total Advanced 5.8 oz $3.79 Get $3.79 ECB Limit 2
$1/1 Colgate Sensitive or ProClinical Toothpaste 2/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/26/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste All You Jan 2011 (exp 2/28/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste All You Feb 2011 (exp 3/31/2011)
$1/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$0.75/1 Colgate Toothpaste 1/30/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/19/2011)
$0.50/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
$0.35/1 Colgate Toothpaste 2/13/2011 SS Insert (exp 3/5/2011)
$0.35/1 Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste 2/6/2011 SS Insert (exp 2/25/2011)
final price FREE and up to a $1.00 Money Maker

Get $3 ECB wyb $10 L'oreal Eye Cosmetics Limit 1
Hip Studio Secrets eye shadow duo, Extra-Volume Collagen or Voluminous mascara $6
Telescopic Voluminous Million Lashes or Bare Naturale mascara $7
$3/$10 Cosmetics Purchase CVS CRT
$1/1 L'Oreal Paris Product PRINTABLE
$3/1 L'Oreal Face Product 1/30/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/27/2011)
$5/2 L'Oreal Cosmetic Face Product 1/2/2011 RP Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
$2/1 L'Oreal Paris Eye Cosmetic Item 1/23/2011 RP Insert (exp 3/20/2011)
$2/1 L'Oreal Paris Eye 12/12/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/6/2011)
$2/1 L'Oreal Cosmetic Face Product 1/2/2011 RP Insert (exp 2/27/2011)
as low as FREE with the CVS CRT and the $3/1 coupons

$2 ECB wyb Listerine or Reach Total care, Zero, Advanced 16.9 0z, Reach toothbrush 2pk or Total Care floss 30 yd $3.99 Limit 2
$2/1 Listerine Zero Mouthwash 9/19/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$2/1 Listerine Mouthwash 9/19/2010 RP Insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$2/1 Listerine Total Care Mouthwash 10/10/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash 10/10/2010 RP Insert (exp 4/30/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash 9/19/2010 RP insert (exp 3/31/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Mouthwash 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
$1/1 Listerine Zero Mouthwash 1/9/2011 SS Insert (exp 12/31/2011)
final price as low as FREE

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