Aug 4, 2014

Price-Matching At Walmart – New Savings Catcher Program!

Aug
4
2014
Monday

Price Match At Walmart



Price-matching at Walmart is already pretty easy, all you have to do is let the cashier at the register know that a certain item is a lower price at another local store, and they will match that lower price right there at the register.

But what about the items that you might miss?

Walmart rolled out a new program today, August 4, that allows you to put in your receipt after you get home and compare the prices on your receipt to all of the ads from other stores in your area.

If any of the ads have a lower price for an item that’s on your receipt, then Walmart will give you a Walmart eGift card for the difference!

Here’s how it works:

Step 1: Enter or scan your receipt with the Walmart App or on the Savings Catcher Website here.

Step 1 Walmart Savings Catcher

Step 2: The Savings Catcher program compares the prices on your receipt with the prices in your local competitor’s ads.

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Step 3:  Get the difference on a Walmart eGift card!

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There are lots of frequently asked questions on the Savings Catcher FAQ page, so be sure to read through that as well.

For those of you who still like price-matching right at the register, you can see the entire store ads for almost every store across the country on our store coupon match-ups page!

And if you want to see what the best deals at Walmart are this week, then make your shopping list on our Walmart Coupon Match-ups page.

Price Matching at Walmart

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Aug 1, 2014

What’s On Sale In August?

Aug
1
2014
Friday

Find out what items will at their rock bottom prices during the month of August!!




In addition to the regular sale cycles of everyday items, there are a few items that go majorly on sale during certain months of the year.

Here’s what’s likely going to be at SUPER low prices this month :

Back To School Items:

And here is a list of produce that is in season this month…so watch for low prices on these too ;)

  • Apples
  • Avocados
  • Basil
  • Beans
  • Blueberries
  • Cherries
  • Corn
  • Cucumbers
  • Grapes
  • Mangoes
  • Melons
  • Nectarines
  • Peaches
  • Plums
  • Raspberries
  • Summer squash
  • Tomatoes
  • Watermelon




To see the full list of what’s on sale throughout the year, plus an explanation of how sales cycles work, check out my post on Grocery Store Sales Cycles!

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Jul 29, 2014

Ten Reasons To Drink Silk Almondmilk Protein + Fiber {Plus a 75¢ off coupon!!}

Jul
29
2014
Tuesday

Reasons To Drink Silk Protein



Two years ago we found out that our youngest was allergic to dairy.

We knew that we didn’t want to give him a soy alternative, so we switched to alternating between goat milk and almond or coconut milk.

From the beginning we chose Silk mostly because they do not add any carrageenan to their almond milk like other companies, and that’s what we felt the most comfortable with at the time.

So I was super excited to see that Silk was one of the sponsors of a blogging conference that I went to last month. They had several of their products out for us to try, with a focus on their two newest products: the Silk Almond + Coconut blend and the Silk Almond Protein + Fiber blend.

I loved the almond + coconut blend, and added that to my coffee each day, but I completely passed up trying the Almond Protein + Fiber blend because I just assumed that the protein in it would be soy protein (like almost every other protein drink on the market).

The people at Silk gave us a couple of coupons to try their products at home, and when I got home I gave the coupons to my husband since he was going to be the next one to head to the grocery store.

He knows about my issues with soy, so when I saw that he had brought home the Almond Protein + Fiber instead of the Almond + Coconut that I thought he was going to get, I asked him why.

And he said…. “Read the label.”

There are 5 grams of protein per serving AND it’s not soy!! They use pea protein instead and it still tastes great.

If you haven’t tried the Silk Almond Protein + Fiber yet, then you are definitely missing out.

Head over to the Silk Facebook page here to print a 75¢ off coupon!

Need more reasons to try out the Silk Almond Protein + Fiber blend?

Reasons To Drink Silk Protein + Fiber

1. 5 grams of protein per serving and NO SOY!!

2. More fiber than regular almondmilk

3. Free of dairy, lactose, gluten, soy, casein, egg, and MSG

4. 5 grams of fiber per serving

5. The company behind Silk is committed to the Non-GMO Project’s product verification program!

6. No artificial colors or flavors

7. No carrageenan

8. 50% more calcium than dairy milk

9. Excellent source of Vitamin E

10. My kids love it!

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Silk. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Jul 24, 2014

10 Items To Have Labeled For Back To School + 15% Off Coupon Code & Free Shipping At Bright Star Kids!

Jul
24
2014
Thursday

Items To Have Labeled For Back To School



I’m not naturally a big organizer, but with four kids I pretty much have no choice but to label all of my kids’ items with their names. It not only helps keep the kids from arguing about whose pack of crayons is whose, but it helps me to know who left their crayons all over the school room floor!

Whether you homeschool or send your kids to public or private school, labeling their items is such a helpful thing to do.

Bright Star Kids has a HUGE selection of labels to choose from, and right now they have an awesome coupon code where you can get 15% off and free shipping on orders over $30!

They even have a Value Kit that’s less than $40 when you use the coupon code with 175 labels that can be used for just about everything! $40 for sanity? Yeah, I think I’ll take it!

Just head over to the Bright Star Kids website here and enter the coupon code “LABELS” to get the discount.

Here’s a list of ten items that would be super important to label, especially if your child/children go to public or private school:

1. Backpack
2. Shoes (especially for preschoolers)
3. Pencil Case
4. Phone/iPod/iPad (if allowed)
5. Books
6. Highlighters
7. Water Bottles
8. Lunch Box/Containers
9. Expensive Pens (I know I begged for these when I was in school but ended up losing them!)
10. Rules/Pencil Sharpeners/Staplers


Bright Star Kids has a huge selection of styles, so head over here to check them out!

Save 15% off Storewide Plus FREE Delivery. Enter Code: LABELS at checkout. Min Spend $30, offer ends 15th September.

This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Bright Star Kids. The opinions and text are all mine.

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Jul 14, 2014

Why I Buy My Essential Oils From An MLM

Jul
14
2014
Monday

Why I Buy Essential Oils From An MLM




I was 18 and a freshman in college looking for a job so that I could earn some extra “fun money”.

The first place I looked was the classified ads and saw what seemed like an incredible opportunity…

“Make your own hours. Unlimited income potential. Must be a self-starter. Call for an interview.”

Well hey, I’d love to make my own hours. Unlimited income? Sign me up! Sure, I can be a self-starter, why not?

So I called.

I went in for my “interview” and guess what? They “hired” me!!

All I had to do was make a small investment in a kit (I actually don’t remember how much it was) and then I would be ready to tell others how to get the best knives ever.

I would start with my friends and family and then ask them for referrals.

I could also go through the records of people who had bought knives previously and give them a call to see if they wanted me to come out to their house to clean their knives. (Y’all… I’m laughing as I write this… I really called random people to see if I could come out to their house and CLEAN THEIR KNIVES!!)

Then while I was there, I would show them our new catalog to see if there was anything else they might like to order, and, of course, ask them for referrals.

I lasted less than 2 weeks.

After that experience I wrote off any type of sales at all for the next several years and got a job as a hostess at Chili’s instead.

Now don’t get me wrong, the knives were pretty amazing! Those scissors that the company sells… they *really* can cut through a penny! Have you tried cutting through a penny with the regular scissors in your kitchen? Probably not going to happen.

I still have my set of knives that I bought when I first signed up to sell them 16 years ago and I use them all of the time.

The products are quality products, but the method of selling just wasn’t for me.

I didn’t want my friends and family to feel pressure from me to buy things. I didn’t want to call random people and try to get them to buy more knives.

I never wanted to be part of another direct sales, network marketing, or Multi-Level Marketing (MLM) company again.

~~~~Fast forward 8 years.~~~~

I was now married with a 3 year old and an almost 1 year old.

Ryan and I decided that we wanted to eat “healthier”, which at the time meant switching from white bread and white flour over to whole wheat bread, whole wheat pasta, and whole wheat flour.

We wanted to be ALL IN on the healthy train, so we decided to not just buy wheat flour, but to make it ourselves by grinding up our own wheat berries.

Some friends of ours were placing their order through Azure Standard and told us that we could buy wheat berries there.

How much did we buy? Oh, you know, a reasonable amount for people to buy when they are just getting started grinding their own flour.

Just seven 50 lb. vacuum-sealed buckets.

Hey, I was planning on making homemade bread every day! I could go through that pretty quickly, right?

Plus, it was a *really* good price and we figured that it would be good to have extra food on hand just in case there was ever a long-term emergency situation.

We had driven 2 hours with our two little kids to get these wheat berries, and by the time we had loaded up the car, our almost one year old had just had enough. Nothing I did could get him to stop crying and settle down.

The lady who owned the house that we picked up our wheat berries at asked me if she could get something that might help my little guy settle down.

Um, YES!!

So she came outside with a cotton ball with a drop of Young Living lavender essential oil on it.

Y’all. We just put it next to him in his car seat, he stopped crying almost immediately, and went to sleep within a minute.

Wonderful!! Where do I get this??

The lady said that I could get it through a company called Young Living and she gave me a brochure.

Oh…

It was one of those companies where I’d have to talk to everyone I knew about the product, get referrals, and do the whole thing that I told myself I’d never step foot into again.

So I said thank you, got in our car, and drove home.

I bought a few essential oils at our local health food store over the next several years to use as cleaners, and I bought a bottle of the cheapest lavender oil I could find hoping that it would have the same effect. (It didn’t.)

~~~Fast forward another 7 years.~~~

I had grown a lot in my “crunchy” ways over that time period. I was really into natural remedies, Ryan and I were GRAIN-FREE (no more use for those 350 pounds of wheat berries… we, um, still had about 325 pounds left!), and I was hearing from friends about how they were using essential oils to do a complete overhaul of their medicine cabinets.

Hmm… that sounded like my kind of thing!

So I researched. And I decided that if I was going to overhaul my medicine cabinet with essential oils too, then I wanted to make sure I was getting exactly what I was paying for.

Here was the criteria that I used to evaluate the companies that I looked at:

1. Can this company guarantee that the land used to grow their plants & herbs is free of residual herbicides, pesticides, & chemicals?
2. Does this company own their own lab to test an oil’s composition?
3. Does this company ever purchase oils from outside suppliers? If so, does the company visit the farms and oil distilleries to observe the process and make sure that there are no added chemicals to the distillation of the oils and that the herbs and plants are grown completely free from contamination with ANY herbicides, pesticides, and chemical fertilizers?
4. Does this company only use crops that were harvested at their peak time? And if so, does the grower test to make sure that the crop is at its peak time for harvesting?
5. Does this company continuously monitor the process of distillation to make sure that the oils produced from the distillation contain all of the correct therapeutic components?
6. Can this company guarantee that oils are discarded and not sold if mistakes were made during the distillation process that affect the quality of the oils?
7. Does this company’s oil suppliers use extra solvents during the distillation process to extract extra oil from the plants?
8. Can this company guarantee that nothing is added to the oils during bottling?

The only essential oils company that could answer those questions in a way that I felt comfortable with was Young Living.

It wasn’t because they had an MLM commission structure… that was one of the reasons that I didn’t want to buy from them back in 2006.

And I wish I would’ve known back in 2006 that 90% of the people who buy essential oils from Young Living don’t get into the business-side of it at all! They just use their discount to get high-quality essential oils. I would’ve been completely okay with that. :)

So I finally bought a starter kit back in February of 2013 and my plan was to just use the oils for our family (remember how I didn’t want to do the MLM thing? I really meant that!)

But then when something works for you or a family member you want to share that, right? So I would put up a post on Facebook about my nose clearing up, or how I got burned in the kitchen that day but it didn’t hurt at all because of using Young Living lavender right away, and people started asking questions about oils and about how they could get some.

Not long after that, some of my friends who had seen me posting on Facebook wanted me to come teach an essential oils class for them and their friends. This wasn’t the typical – “Hey, would you be willing to host a party for my business? If enough people come and buy things then I will give you a free gift” – type thing. This was others inviting me to come teach classes at their home so that they (and their friends) could learn more about keeping their family healthy.

And others fell in love with the oils and wanted to do a makeover of their medicine cabinets too.

I got into the business without really meaning to. Just by using the products that I had decided on for our family and sharing the results with others.

There are a lot of essential oils companies out there.

There are a lot of essential oils companies I could’ve made money off of as a blogger! Bloggers make money through products they recommend through affiliate programs (for example, bloggers can make a sizable income by linking to places like Amazon and other online companies), and just about everyone online who is recommending anything is making money off of that recommendation somehow.

But I wanted guaranteed quality.

I wanted to be able to see first-hand the farms, the distilleries, the labs, the bottling… and from what I have found, Young Living is the only company that allows all of that.

And what I didn’t know at the time that I needed, but now am so thankful for, is the support network of others who are studying about essential oils too.

I was extremely blessed to join a Young Living group that is filled with naturopathic doctors, RNs, chiropractors, midwives, and many others who have dedicated their lives to helping others, and are more than willing to offer their advice and experience.

I’m always asking questions and finding new uses for different essential oils in our team’s Facebook groups.

Even if the quality of Young Living hadn’t sold me 100%, our support group would have. There’s no way that I would be getting that kind of support and information anywhere else.

If you would like to join our “oily” team, either as a business or just to purchase the Young Living quality then you can find all of the instructions on how to do that (as well as more info on why I chose Young Living) at the bottom of this post here.

Why I Buy Essential Oils From Young Living Squ

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Jul 7, 2014

Canker Sore Natural Remedy Using Thieves Essential Oil!

Jul
7
2014
Monday

Canker Sore Natural Remedy Using Thieves Essential Oil!

Wow! Here is an incredible testimony from Julie over at Lemon Peony on how she not only numbed the pain from her canker sore but got rid of it within 24 hours using Thieves essential oil!

Thieves is an amazing blend of several different essential oils including clove, lemon, cinnamon, Eucalyptus and Rosemary. We have seen the effectiveness of Thieves to treat several different ailments including coughs, colds, and even mild pain in our gums.

Head over to Lemon Peony to read about how she used Thieves Oil to get rid of canker sores!

You can also read our post on 20 different ways to use Thieves oil.

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