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Healthy Food Swaps to Try

Posted on Wednesday, September 14th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Want to eat healthier without completely missing out on some favorite foods?  Try these healthy food swaps!How healthy are the meals you have been eating lately? What about the snacks? We all need to eat, and many of us seek out things that are convenient and that we are accustomed to. It is possible to swap out a comfort food with a healthier option.

Healthy Food Swaps

You can swap out a regular potato for a sweet potato in a multitude of recipes that call for potatoes. A medium sweet potato is only about 100 calories when baked in the skin. They also have complex carbohydrates, which are released at a steady pace for a constant source of vitality.

Make a batch of sweet potato fries. Eat a loaded sweet potato instead of a loaded regular potato. Thanksgiving dinner is the perfect time to serve a sweet potato casserole (instead of mashed potatoes).

Love pasta but don’t like the amount of carbs in it? Swap out your spaghetti noodles for some spaghetti squash. One cup of spaghetti pasta has around 200 calories. A cup of spaghetti squash has only around 30 calories.

Spaghetti squash is unique because it can be shredded into long, thin, strands that look a lot like regular spaghetti noodles. Cut the spaghetti squash in half lengthwise. Roast it at 400 degrees. Cook for about 30 to 45 minutes or until tender. Shred the warm spaghetti squash into noodles, and serve with your favorite pasta sauce.

Many of us start our days with a cup of coffee. You can get your daily dose of caffeine, for less calories, if you drink black coffee. It is super easy to make for yourself at home. A simple black coffee is usually the least expensive drink on the menu at a typical coffee shop.

You can do a lot with a cauliflower. Put the cauliflower florets into a food processor and turn them into a nice substitute for rice. The texture is similar, but the cauliflower offers a lighter taste and less calories than real rice would.

Got a picky eater at home that hates vegetables? Buy an orange cauliflower, break the florets into small pieces, and steam them. You can mix those veggies into a bowl of macaroni and cheese without making it obvious that there are vegetables in the dish. Doing so also lets you swap out some of pasta with vegetables.

Need a quick snack? Those that seek out crunchy snacks can swap out their potato chips or pretzels with cut vegetables. Carrots and cucumber are crunchy. They are fresh, healthy, and lower in calories than potato chips.

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What is a Ghost Coupon?

Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 at 10:21 pm
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Have you ever tried to clip or print out a coupon that you believed should be there only to find it has disappeared?  It might have been a ghost coupon.It is easy to see why so many people get excited about collecting coupons. People use a mixture of paper coupons, digital coupons, and coupons that can only be found in apps. All of them will help a person save a little money. That’s why it is so frustrating to discover that what you though was a good coupon was actually a “ghost coupons”.

What is a ghost coupon?

It is a coupon that you have been led to believe exists and is obtainable – when that simply isn’t true. The coupon doesn’t actually exist in your area – or may not exist where you expected to find it.

One example of a ghost coupon comes from product advertisements. You see an ad for a product that your family frequently uses. The ad could be in a magazine or online. Somewhere in the ad is the statement: “$2.00 coupon found in most Sunday papers”.

But, when you search your Sunday paper – there is no coupon to be found. The alleged coupon has disappeared like a ghost. Where did it go?

The answer to that question is in the wording of the advertisement. It says most Sunday newspapers. The ad did not promise that it would be in your local Sunday paper. People make the assumption that “most” means that they are included in the group that can receive that coupon. What turns out to be a ghost coupon for you could be a real coupon for people who live in a different region.

Another example of a ghost coupon is when a manufacturer suddenly stops offering coupons in places where it has always offered them. A vivid example of this type of ghost coupon can be found in a decision made by P&G.

For a long time, people regularly who used Tide, Downy, Bounce, or other P&G products could expect to find some coupons for those products in their Sunday newspaper. Recently, P&G stopped offering those coupons in that location.

Those who expected to find coupons instead found a mostly empty space that directed consumers to visit the P&G website, and make an account, in order to get coupons. Naturally, this made people feel frustrated. Some may have decided to make an account at the P&G website. Others might have switched to other, similar, products.

There’s another version of a ghost coupon. Sometimes, a company offers a coupon to a limited number of people. The first people who go online to collect the coupon are able to obtain it. After that, it becomes a ghost coupon for those who were too late.

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3 Ways to Save Money by Downsizing

Posted on Monday, September 12th, 2016 at 10:10 pm
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Downsizing involves getting rid of the things that you no longer need.  Doing this can help you save money.One way to save some money is by getting rid of things that you do not need or that no longer fit your lifestyle. Downsizing can be a relief for people who have accumulated too many things and do not know what to do with them. Going through stuff that hasn’t been touched in years is a good way to prevent yourself from buying things you already have.

Ways to Downsize

Sell Your Car
The car that has been sitting in your garage for years is costing you money. It adds to the cost of your car insurance. It requires at least a minimal amount of maintenance, even if you have stopped driving it. Downsize by selling that vehicle. Doing so might lower the cost of your car insurance.

If your lifestyle or work situation has changed, its possible that you won’t need a car at all anymore. Those who work from home and who live in a place that has good public transportation might not actually need their car anymore. Sell it, and you save the money you would have spent on car insurance and maintenance.

Cancel Subscriptions
Get rid of the subscriptions that you are paying for but do not use. Stop spending money on the gym subscription that you bought in January and have only used once or twice since then.

Canceling magazine and newspaper subscriptions provides two benefits at the same time. You won’t be spending money on things you aren’t reading, and you can get rid of some clutter. Have you subscribed to more than one music streaming service or video streaming service? Downsize by picking one and canceling the rest.

Go Through Your Closet
Most of us have clothing that we wear all the time…. and a bunch of clothing we don’t wear at all. Downsize by going through your closet and removing all the clothes that you don’t wear.

There are reasons why you aren’t wearing those clothes. Maybe the clothing no longer fits. You might be hanging on to clothing for sentimental reasons – like a bridesmaid dress or a college sweatshirt. Or, maybe your tastes changed and the clothes in your closet are unappealing.

Downsize your clothing by getting rid of the stuff you don’t wear. Donate it to a charity. Have a yard sale. Give it to your younger relatives who might get use out if it. This frees up your closet by giving you space to put new clothing.

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PepsiCo Introduces Organic Gatorade

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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PepsiCo is rolling out G Organic - an organic version of their Gatorade product.  Will this attract consumers who prefer to buy organic products?PepsiCo is doing something completely new with Gatorade. They have introduced organic Gatorade. It appears that the motivation for this change is based on what people are asking for, as well as a means for PepsiCo to attract healthy-minded customers.

The new organic Gatorade (which is also being called G Organic) is available in three flavors: Lemon, Strawberry, and Mixed Berry. The bottles look slightly different from the regular type of Gatorade, but still have the big G logo on them.

AdAge reports that you can find organic Gatorade in Kroger supermarkets. Later, PepsiCo will rollout the organic Gatorade to select grocery, natural, and convenience stores. If you don’t find it at your local grocery store, wait a bit. It might show up there later. The rollout might include single-serve bottles of the new drink.

The reason why PepsiCo is making this change is because they have heard that there is an interest and desire among athletes to go organic. This makes a certain amount of sense, considering that many athletes work with nutritionists.

Another reason for the change is to attract consumers who have already been seeking out organic products. It will be interesting to see if PepsiCo can manage to maintain a balance between the two groups. Will those who love the original Gatorade be turned off by the company’s choice to make a G Organic variety?

Will the people who like to buy organic products want to try G Organic? Or will they stick to things like coconut water?

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has rules that determine whether or not a product can be labeled as organic. Regulations prohibit organically processed foods from containing artificial preservatives, colors, or flavors and require that their ingredients are organic (with some minor exceptions).

AdAge reports that PepsiCo’s organic Gatorade has been certified organic by the U.S. Department of Agriculture. But, that doesn’t necessarily mean that the product is as healthy as a fruit or vegetable that has been labeled organic.

NPR reported that organic Gatorade does contain sugar. They believe that organic Gatorade contains organic cane sugar (instead of the sucralose that the regular Gatorade contains).

One thing consumers can learn from this is that a product that has been labeled organic is not always going to be the healthiest choice. A organic product is allowed to contain organic cane sugar. Check the amount of sugar in an organic product before you purchase it.

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Facebook New and Improved Offers Might Include Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, September 6th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Facebook updated its Offers feature.  You might find some interesting deals, offers, and perhaps even coupons inside it.There was a time when you could regularly collect coupons from Facebook. Brands would post a special coupon on their Facebook page and people who wanted the coupon would print it out (or have it sent to their email address).

Those days are gone, and there is a good chance the the coupon you see on Facebook is a fraudulent one. Facebook’s newly updated Offers might bring back the coupons.

Facebook has had a feature called “Offers” for quite some time now. Over the years, they have been tweaking it in an effort to see what worked best. Recently, Facebook Offers was redesigned for a new, streamlined, mobile experience.

Facebook Offers is now a place where people can go to see what their favorite brands are offering. If you find an advertisement, offer, or deal that you like, it will be possible to save that Offer. Doing so will put that Offer into the new Offers bookmark. The offer that attracted your attention will be easy to find later on.

People can review and access their saved Offers at any time by clicking on the bookmark and then redeeming them on mobile, desktop, or in-store. Which one can you use? It depends on what the advertiser has specified. Some advertisers might limit which of those options they want customers to have – and others might be not feel a need to limit them.

The newly updated Facebook Offers feature makes it easy for people to redeem their claimed offers. People can copy offer codes and access details, such as the terms and conditions of the offer, on their mobile device while they’re on the advertiser’s mobile site. That means you don’t have to memorize any coupon codes in order to get a good deal.

What about when you shop at the advertiser’s “brick and mortar” store? You can still access Offers through the Offer bookmark on your mobile device and pull it up when you get to the register. That advertiser can choose to enable a barcode or QR code that the cashier can scan at the register.

In addition, Facebook will send you helpful reminders to make sure you don’t miss out on the Offers that you claimed (or bookmarked). These reminders could be sent to you on your mobile device when you are on-the-go. Or, you might get a reminder after logging into Facebook on desktop. Facebook will also send reminders to let you know when your saved Offers are about to expire.

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Simple Tricks to Help You Save Money on Groceries

Posted on Monday, September 5th, 2016 at 5:38 pm
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There are some things you can do that will help you save money on groceries.  Here are a few easy ideas for savvy shoppers.There are two things you can do before you go grocery shopping that will help you to save money on groceries. Unfortunately, the grocery stores have a bunch of little tricks that can make you spend more than you planned to. You can avoid being fooled by those tricks if you know what to look for.

One of the best things you can do to ensure you won’t overspend at the grocery store is to make a list before you leave the house. Take the time to find out what you have run out of and need to replace. Write down all the ingredients you need for specific meals. Stick to the list, and you can stay within your budget.

The other thing you should always do before grocery shopping is eat. People who walk into a grocery store when they are hungry are more likely to throw things into their shopping carts. Everything suddenly looks tasty!

You might be tempted to buy ready-to-eat food from the deli or in-store cafe. All those little extras add up. The best time to grocery shop is when you are full.

Avoid the endcaps. Grocery stores put eye-catching displays on endcaps in the hopes of attracting shoppers to purchase those items. People assume those products are on sale. That’s not always the case! Check the prices. Another brand of that same type of product might be less expensive than the one on the fancy endcap.

Many grocery stores put the most expensive versions of a specific kind of product on the shelves that are at eye level. Shoppers who are in a rush will probably grab the nearest can of beans without taking the time to compare prices. This quick decision benefits the grocery store more than the shopper.

The products that are the least expensive can be found on either the top shelves or the shelves that are closest to the floor. If you are able to stretch and bend, you can find a can of beans that is less expensive than the ones on the shelves that are eye level. Often, the quality of the two products are the same!

Some people are unable to reach the top shelves, or cannot bend down to get something on the bottom shelf. Bring your child or grandchild with when you grocery shop. Little kids can definitely reach the lower shelves. You can ask a worker to get you a product that is on the top shelf that you cannot reach.

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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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