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Win a $50 Gift Card to Aeropostale #AeroBTS16

Posted on Wednesday, August 17th, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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We’ve partnered with our friends at Aeropostale to give away $500 worth of Aeropostale gift cards to 10 lucky winners, plus get 30% off everything right now!

We’ve partnered with our friends at Aeropostale to give away $500 worth of Aeropostale gift cards to 10 lucky winners! ENTER HERE!

Giveaway Details:
– Wednesday, August 17th at 12:00AM ET to Monday, August 22nd at 11:59PM ET.
– Ten (10) winners will receive a $50.00 gift card to Aeropostale.
– Users can enter the giveaway by heading to the Aeropostale page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form at the top of the page.
– The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Wednesday (8/24) via the email address they used to enter.
– See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

We’ve partnered with our friends at Aeropostale to give away $500 worth of Aeropostale gift cards to 10 lucky winners, plus get 30% off everything right now!

Plus, Aeropostale is offering a huge 30% off everything coupon right now!

Wednesday, August 17th at 9:00PM ET to Monday, August 22nd

Snag hot deals like this NY Aero Athletics Graphic T already on clearance and just $4.89 after coupon!

We’ve partnered with our friends at Aeropostale to give away $500 worth of Aeropostale gift cards to 10 lucky winners, plus get 30% off everything right now!

 

What would you buy with an extra $50 to spend at Aeropostale? Share with us in the comments below!

 

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Hampton Creek Believes Eating Well Should be Easy

Posted on Wednesday, August 10th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Hampton Creek makes Just Mayo, an alternative to regular mayonnaise (but without any eggs).You might have noticed the Hampton Creek brand of products at your favorite grocery store. They are a relatively new company that has been slowly creating healthy products. People who strive to eat healthy will prefer the list of ingredients on Hampton Creek’s products over those of the big name brands.

The Hampton Creek company got started because they deeply believe that eating well should be easy. They also believe that the right thing, for people’s bodies, and for the world, should be affordable. The best way to encourage people to make healthy food choices is to give them food that is both healthy and delicious.

Hampton Creek’s Just Mayo comes in four different varieties: Original, Chipotle, Garlic, and Sriracha. None of them contain eggs. That’s great for people who have an allergy to eggs and for people who are vegan. All of the products in the Just Mayo line are verified GMO-free by the Non GMO Project.

Instead of eggs, Hampton Creek uses a protein that is derived from Canadian yellow peas. It turns out that the yellow pea proteins were a great emulsifier.

Hampton Creek wants to change the way companies make food. Their plan is to create a range of high-tech, plant-based products that use fewer resources from farm to factory to table. They want to make those products cost less and be healthier and tastier than traditional products.

They also make use of underutilized low-impact crops. Hampton Creek’s Just Cookie Dough product contains a grain called sorghum. The company says that sorghum is their “not-so-secret secret ingredient”. It is a grain that can grow as tall as corn, but with only a fraction of the water that corn requires.

Grain sorghum is one of the four most important cereal grains used for human consumption. It comes in a variety of types, and its uses range from straw to syrup. Sorghum is higher in protein and lower in fat than corn. Some types of grain sorghums are: kafir, kafir corn, durra, milo, maize, Egyptian corn, African millet, Black Indian millet, and pearl millet.

Sorghum and sorghum flour are both on Celiac.com’s safe ingredients list. That being said, Hampton Creek’s Just Cookie Dough, and all of their Just Cookies products, contain wheat. In other words, they are not gluten free.

Their cookie products do not contain eggs, which could mean they are a safe option for people who are allergic to eggs. The lack of eggs could be why Hampton Creek says that you can safely eat their Just Cookie Dough raw.

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Beware of Unicorns and Glitter on Facebook

Posted on Tuesday, August 9th, 2016 at 4:19 pm
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Facebook groups that use the word "unicorn" or the word "glitter" are not what you might expect them to be about! The word unicorn usually refers to a mythical white horse with a horn on its head. Glitter is something one would expect to find on a preschooler’s art project. Be careful when you see these words used as the name of a Facebook group. People are using those two terms in groups that involve counterfeit coupons.

Columnist Jill Cataldo wrote an article that explains some new coupon terminology that is being used by criminals. The word “unicorn” and the word “glitter” sound innocent. Criminals chose those words specifically for that reason.

The criminals use those words as a signal to people who want to engage in coupon fraud. They use cute words to try and disguise what they are doing so in the hopes that they won’t get caught. Most people are unaware that those terms are being used to signal that the group is a place to find counterfeit coupons.

You should avoid joining Facebook groups that involve counterfeit coupons. A Facebook group with the word “unicorn” is not about the beautiful mythical creature. A Facebook with the word “glitter” is not about art projects.

A “unicorn” is a high-value coupon that doesn’t exist in the real world. It is a counterfeit coupon. It is a coupon that looks too good to be true. There’s been plenty of them floating around Facebook. People who try to use these fake coupons discover they’ve been tricked when a cashier refuses to take the coupon.

Why are people being fooled? One reason is that the “unicorn” coupons are made to look as legitimate as possible. They include the correct font that the real company uses on coupons and a logo that matches that company’s real logo. Some may have what appears to be a hologram (or other security feature that was created in an effort to make it harder for people to create fake coupons).

The other reason people are being fooled is because they want to believe the coupon is real. It’s from one of their favorite brands (or, so they think), and it offers an excellent deal. It is a tempting coupon.

One way to avoid fake coupons is to realize that a coupon that looks “too good to be true” is a fake coupon. Never pay money for a coupon. Real coupons are freely offered by manufactures (via newsletters and email) or on legitimate coupon websites (like coupons.com). People who sell coupons are engaging in coupon fraud. People who use those fake coupons can also get in trouble for coupon fraud.

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Things You Are Saving But Should Get Rid Of

Posted on Monday, August 8th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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There are some things that people have a tendency to save when they really should just get rid of them.One way to save money is to hold onto things that you aren’t currently using but might have a need for in the future. Doing so could prevent you from spending money to replace something you threw out, donated, or sold. There are probably some things you are saving but should get rid of. It isn’t worth hanging onto.

4 Things You Should Throw Away

Old Makeup
One reason why people keep old makeup is because it was expensive. They feel guilty about spending good money on it, and this stops them from throwing it away. Or, the makeup container still has plenty in it and they think they can still use what is left.

Keep in mind that makeup has an expiration date. Bacteria can build up in mascara, liquid foundation, and other types of makeup. Using old makeup can make you sick. Throw it out!

Clothing You Don’t Wear
Is your closet crammed full if clothes that you haven’t worn in a long time? This can happen when your lifestyle changes. Office wear isn’t really necessary for stay at home parents. Some people hold on to clothing that has gotten too small just in case they lose enough weight to wear it again.

The result is a closet that is filled with clothing but leaves you with nothing to wear. Donate the clothing that is in good shape. It is time to let someone else make use of it. The more clothing you get rid of – the more room you will have for new clothes that fit both your body and your lifestyle.

Expired Medication
The Food and Drug Administration points out that taking expired medications can be risky. When medications expire, they might become ineffective and may be harmful to your health. The package should have an expiration date on it.

The FDA recommends that you mix expired medications in with gross things like kitty litter, dirt, or used coffee grounds. Put that mess into a sealed plastic bag and throw it in your household trash. This will deter people from using the expired medication. Make sure to scratch out the personal information that is on a prescription label.

Plastic Shopping Bags
Those who live in an area that doesn’t have a plastic bag ban can quickly end up with more plastic bags than they can reasonably use up. Most recycling programs will not take plastic bags (which can contaminate the rest of the recyclables).

The easiest way to get rid of extra plastic bags is to bring them back to the store on your next grocery shopping trip. There should be a container or bin near the door that is set aside specifically for people to put extra plastic bags into.

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President Obama Signed a GMO Labeling Bill

Posted on Wednesday, August 3rd, 2016 at 5:30 pm
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President Obama signed S. 764 which involves regulations about how food packages that contain GMOs are labeled.  What does this mean for consumers?President Obama has signed S. 764, a bill that (among other things) includes a national bioengineered food disclosure standard. What does this mean for consumers?

It’s still being worked out.
The law requires the Secretary of Agriculture to come up with a national labeling standard that would be placed on packages of food that contain GMOs. The time frame for that is within the next two years.

In other words, the bill has been signed into law, but the law isn’t ready to immediately be enforced. When everything is ready, the entire United States will have the exact same GMO labeling law in place.

It overturns States GMO labeling laws.
Vermont already had a GMO labeling law in place. It required foods that contained GMOs to be have a label on the package that said “produced with genetic engineering”. The law signed by President Obama overturns that law (and other state GMO labeling laws). Opponents of the bill prefer stricter GMO labeling laws than what is included in the new federal law.

There are three options for labeling.
The new law gives food manufacturers three options that they can use to label packages that contain GMOs. One option is to carry a text label (similar to the Vermont law). Another option is to put a symbol on the package that indicates that the food inside includes GMOs.

The third option is to put a QR code on the label. People who have smartphones can scan the electronic code that is on a package to find out whether the food contains GMOs. It would lead to a website that shows the information. Opponents of the law point out that not everyone has a smartphone, and this could leave many consumers unable to read the GMO label.

Foods can still be labeled organic.
The wording of the bill states that food that is certified under the national organic program (which was established under the Organic Foods Production Act of 1990) can still be labeled organic. The organic label will be considered sufficient to make the claim that the organic food does not contain GMOs.

This means that people who have concerns about GMOs have the potential to completely avoid them by purchasing organic foods. In order to meet the USDA organic regulations, farmers and processors must show they aren’t using GMOs and that they are protecting their products from contact with GMOs from farm to table.

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P&G Changed the Way it Distributes Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, August 2nd, 2016 at 3:52 pm
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P&G has been rolling out a change to how it distributes coupons.  Some couponers are disappointed by this change.  Has it come to your region yet?The Sunday newspaper has been an excellent source of coupons for a very long time. Couponers looked forward to clipping coupons from the inserts in the Sunday paper long before coupons went digital. Recently, P&G changed the way it distributes coupons. This change is making some couponers very upset.

P&G (Procter and Gamble) is the company that makes Tide, Gain, Downy, Bounce, and plenty of other well known brands. Many people find a brand of laundry detergent that they like and stick with it. This is especially true for families who have a family member with allergies or sensitive skin. It’s always nice to find a coupon that helps you save money on your favorite brand.

In January of 2016, P&G started changing the way it distributes coupons. They are rolling this change out regionally, which has led to some disappointed couponers.

Back in the days when the Sunday newspaper coupon inserts were the only option for coupon clippers, it was only possible to know what was in your local newspaper. Today, couponers are able to discover what the coupons in the upcoming Sunday paper will be ahead of time – which could influence them to buy multiple copies of the newspaper. Couponers also can go online and learn what coupons are available regionally.

Previously, people could open up the P&G brandSaver insert that came in their Sunday paper and find several coupons. P&G has, in some regions, replaced those coupons with a white box that says: “Go to pgeveryday.com to print out your Tide, Downy, Bounce, and Gain coupons!” Those who went to the website found that they had to make an account before they could print out any coupons.

This change is leaving some couponers feeling angry or betrayed. This is especially true for coupon clippers who do not want to give their email address to a brand in order to obtain coupons. The change made by P&G may have already come to your region. If not, you can expect that it will arrive eventually.

Companies that switch from paper coupons to online coupons do this for several reasons. They can collect email addresses of consumers who want their coupons. Often, those email addresses are used to send advertisements and special offers to those consumers. The company can control how many copies of a coupon a consumer can print out, and can control what kinds of coupons are available to people in specific regions.

When P&G stops putting coupons in your Sunday paper, you will need to make a decision. Do you want to make an account at their website and continue to have access to P&G coupons? Or, would you rather switch to a brand that is still offering paper coupons?

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Tax Free Weekends Help You Save on School Supplies

Posted on Monday, August 1st, 2016 at 6:58 pm
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Sales tax free weekends can help you save money on school supplies, clothing, and more!  Here are the states that are having them in August.The start of a brand new school year is just a few weeks away. One way to save money on school supplies is to take advantage of tax free weekends.

August 5 and 6:

Iowa
Iowa’s tax free weekend is an annual holiday that is held the first Friday and Saturday of August. Sunday is not included, so you will need to plan accordingly. Iowa’s tax free weekend is for clothing. They define “clothing” as: “any article of wearing apparel and typical footwear intended to be worn on or about the human body.” It is for any clothing item priced at $100 or less.

Louisiana
Louisiana offers a sales tax discount on back-to-school supplies, electronics, furniture, an other retail items. Louisiana reminds shoppers to keep their receipts for back-to-school items, such as supplies, uniforms, and equipment required by schools. Those purchases might qualify for tax deductions on 2016 Louisiana Income Tax Returns.

August 5-7:

Alabama
* Books – any item priced at $30 or less
* School supplies – any item priced at $50 or less, including school art supplies and instructional manuals
* Clothing – any item priced at $100 or less
* Computers and software – Any item priced at $750 or less

Florida
* Clothing, footwear, and certain accessories at $60 or less per item
* Certain school supplies at $15 or less per item

Missouri
* Clothing – any article having a taxable value of $100 or less
* School Supplies – not to exceed $50 per purchase
* Computer software – taxable value of $350 or less
* Personal Computers – not to exceed $1,500
* Computer peripheral devices – not to exceed $1,500
* Graphing calculators – not to exceed $150

New Mexico
* Clothing or shoes – priced at less than $100 per unit
* Desktop, laptop, or notebook computers – at a price limit of $1,000
* Related computer hardware – at a price limit of $500
* School supplies – must be under $30 per unit

Ohio
* Clothing priced at $75 per item or less
* School supplies priced at $20 per item or less
* School instructional material priced at $20 per item or less

Oklahoma
Clothing or footwear that is $100 or less per item

Texas
* Clothing and footwear that is $100 or less per item
* Backpacks priced at less than $100
* School supplies priced at less than $100 purchased for use by a student in an elementary or secondary school

South Carolina
All clothing, clothing accessories, footwear, school supplies, computers, printers and printer supplies, computer software, bed linens, and bath accessories are all eligible – with no spending limit.

Virginia
* School supplies – $20 or less per item
* Clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item
* Products that meet Energy Star and WaterSense qualifications – priced at $2,500 or less
* Portable generators – priced at $1,000 or less
* Gas-powered chainsaws – priced at $350 or less
* Other hurricane preparedness supplies and chainsaw accessories – priced at $60 or less

August 6-7:

Maryland
All clothing and footwear – $100 or less per item

August 21-27:

Connecticut
All clothing and footwear that costs less than $100 per item

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You Might Be Recycling Wrong

Posted on Wednesday, July 13th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Recycling is good for the planet.  Make sure you aren't recycling wrong.  One mistake could mean your recyclables end up in a landfill.We have been taught that recycling is good for the planet. When everything works like it should, recyclables get sorted correctly and prepared for reuse. Unfortunately, not everyone knows how to recycle correctly. You might be recycling wrong.

Not Everything Can Be Recycled
Most people understand that plastic bottles can be recycled. This doesn’t mean that all things made of plastic can go in the recycling bin. Some recycling facilities only take certain kinds of plastic. Take the time to learn what kinds of plastic can be accepted by your local recycling facility (or the recycling truck that comes to pick it up.) It matters!

Do not assume that because some types of plastic bottles can be recycled that it means that all items made of all types of plastics are recyclable. Things like plastic shower curtains, plastic toys, plastic plants, and plastic shopping bags are not recyclable. Don’t put them into the recycling bin.

Plastic bags can be recycled at your local grocery store. There is usually a designated plastic bag recycling container near the door of the store. It might be a repurposed trash can that has a sign on it letting people know that it is for plastic bags only.

Trash Cannot be Recycled
Many people put their soda cans into a plastic bag before recycling them. That’s fine if you are going to a sorting facility and intend to take all those cans out of the bag before turning them in. Don’t toss a plastic bag full of cans into the recycling bin. Your recycling facility might not be able to process the bag. The result could be that your bag of otherwise perfectly good recyclable cans will wind up in a landfill.

Do you live in a place that asks residents to put all types of recyclables: cans, plastic bottles, and paper, into one recycling container? That system can work well if everyone follows the rules. Sadly, all it takes is for one person to throw garbage into that recycling container to spoil things. Those recyclables are now contaminated and cannot be processed by a recycling facility.

Be Careful with Shredded Paper
Those that care deeply about the planet will make the effort to put even the smallest scraps of paper into the proper recycling bin. Unfortunately, doing so makes it harder for facilities to recycle that paper. The best way to recycle shredded or small bits of paper is to put it inside a paper bag, seal the bag shut, and write “shredded paper” on the front of the bag. Workers can easily grab the bag and sort it correctly.

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Digital Coupons may not be Ideal for Extreme Couponers

Posted on Tuesday, July 12th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Extreme couponers need to be aware of the potential limitations of digital coupons (that paper coupons do not have).There are people who use coupons once in a while. Many others use some coupons every time they go grocery shopping. Then, there are the extreme couponers who put a lot of effort into figuring out how to use coupons in the most effective and money saving ways. The limitations of digital coupons may not be ideal for extreme couponers.

Glitches Can Affect Digital Coupons
Digital coupons can be extremely convenient, but they also have some disadvantages. The digital coupons that get loaded onto your favorite grocery store’s loyalty card could disappear before you use them. Usually, this happens when a digital coupon has expired.

Sometimes, digital coupons disappear due to a glitch. It isn’t common, but it has happened. Extreme couponers might want to rely on paper coupons, that won’t disappear due to a glitch, as they make their plans.

Family Might Use Your Digital Coupons
There was a time when grocery stores had to see your store loyalty card before you could access the savings connected to it. Today, many cashiers simply ask for the phone number that is attached to the loyalty card. This method is convenient for people don’t like to carry a lot of cards around with them.

The disadvantage is that your family members may have the same phone number that you do. This means your spouse might accidentally use up a coupon that you had been saving for your next shopping tip. It also means your teenager, or college student who returned home, could do the same thing.

Digital Coupons are Store Specific
Some digital coupons are store specific. In other words, the digital coupons on your loyalty card for Vons cannot be used if you shop at a different grocery store. This exclusivity could make it difficult for an extreme couponer to make their plans.

This limitation could be worked around, if the extreme couponer doesn’t mind visiting several different grocery stores on one shopping trip. It is harder to save an extreme amount of money if you have to factor in the cost of the gas you burned while driving around.

There is another problem with store specific digital coupons to consider. There are some stores that will accept competitors coupons. All a customer has to do is hand the cashier the paper coupons she wants to use. That same store might not have the ability to accept their competitors digital coupons.

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4 Simple Tips for Saving Food

Posted on Monday, July 11th, 2016 at 6:50 am
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Food that went bad before you could eat it is a waste of money!  Try these simple tips for saving food (that will also save you some money).The way to make sure you get the most value out of the money you spent on groceries is to consume all the food you bought before it goes bad. If you had to throw the food away, you wasted the money you spent on it. In addition, you have to pay more money to replace that food. Try some of these simple tips for saving food (and money).

Simple Ideas for Saving Food

Choose Frozen Food
Fresh produce is nice, but it doesn’t have much time before it goes bad. One simple way to prevent your fresh fruits and vegetables from going bad before you could eat them is to buy frozen ones instead.

The frozen produce will last longer than the fresh ones can. Frozen produce can be equal, or superior, in terms of nutrient value, quality, shelf-life, and cost.

You can save leftover fresh herbs and make them last a few weeks longer if you freeze them. Wash the herbs and cut them into small pieces. Put the pieces into the individual molds in an ice cube tray. Top off each mold with cooking oil. Use some frozen herb cubes when you cook.

Buy the Ugly Food
Some grocery stores are starting to sell ugly fruits and vegetables. A misshapen potato or a funny looking tomato are two examples of produce that are just as safe and nutritious as the prettier versions. Grocery stores that sell ugly food often sell it at a discount. When you buy ugly produce, it not only saves you money – it also saves healthy food from being thrown in the trash.

Eat the Leftovers
People are happy to eat the leftovers from Thanksgiving dinner. However, they tend to throw leftovers in the trash the rest of the year. This is a waste of money!

You can safely keep leftovers in the refrigerator for three or four days. Make sure to reheat your leftovers until the internal temperature reaches 165 F (74C). Doing so can prevent food poisoning.

Get Creative
You bought way too many strawberries at the Farmers’ Market and can’t eat them all before they go bad. It’s time to figure out creative ways to use them up. You could make them into a homemade jam. Bananas that have turned brown are a key ingredient in banana bread. Take a bunch of veggies that are getting close to their expiration date and make a stew, or a stir fry, or a smoothie.

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