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Pilot Program Lets SNAP Recipients Buy Healthy Food Online

Posted on Wednesday, January 11th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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The USDA has created a pilot program that can help people who receive SNAP benefits to purchase healthy foods. Learn about all the details.The U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) has created a pilot program that can help people who receive SNAP benefits to purchase healthy foods. The goal appears to be to give more options to people who live in “food deserts”.

SNAP stands for Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program. In the past, the program was called Food Stamps. People were given stamps that they used to pay for their groceries. Today, people who receive SNAP benefits get a certain amount of money on an EBT card. The SNAP program is for people who are very low-income.

The USDA describes SNAP this way: “As the nation’s first line of defense against hunger, SNAP helps put food on the table for millions of low income families and individuals every month and has never been more critical to the fight against hunger. SNAP is a vital supplement to the monthly food budget for more than 43 million low-income individuals. Nearly half of SNAP participants are children, 10 percent are over 60 and more than 40 percent of recipients live in households with earnings.”

The USDA has created a pilot program designed to enable SNAP participants to buy groceries online. This decision was made to help people who live in communities where access to fresh produce and other healthy food choices is limited. For example, a person who lives in a area that does not have any grocery stores would have to rely on getting their groceries from convenience stores. Those stores don’t typically have a lot of healthy foods to choose from.

The pilot program is slated to start this summer and will last for two years. At first, the pilot program will be testing online ordering and payment. The USDA says the online payment part of the program presents technical and security challenges that they will need to fully examine before they can offer the program nationally. SNAP online purchases require a higher level of security than do most other online purchases.

Here are the retailers that are participating in the SNAP pilot program:

* Amazon – Maryland, New Jersey, New York

* FreshDirect – New York

* Safeway – Maryland, Oregon, Washington

* ShopRite – Maryland, New Jersey, Pennsylvania

* Hy-Vee – Iowa

* Hart’s Local Grocers – New York (based in Rochester)

* Dash’s Market – New York (based in Buffalo)

The USDA anticipates being able to add more retailers to the program. Eventually, the goal is to allow SNAP participants, nationwide, to be able to use their benefits to make online purchases that will help them to obtain healthy foods.

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KFC Honored a Coupon from 1986

Posted on Tuesday, January 10th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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One lucky man got KFC to honor his coupon that expired in 1986.  There’s not much you can do with an expired coupon. Most stores and restaurants will refuse to take a coupon that has expired. The older the coupon, the less likely it will be accepted. It is usually best to recycle expired coupons. Once in a while, though, an expired coupon will be accepted. KFC honored a coupon from 1986.

You might be wondering how you can get a fast food restaurant to honor an extremely old coupon. It is unlikely you will be able to recreate the circumstances that allowed one man to have his KFC coupon from 1986 honored.

Paul Boyd got a coupon at the Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant on Rutherford Road in Marion, North Carolina, in 1986. Today, that location is no longer a KFC. It has become an Eddie’s Pizza & Pasta.

Paul Boyd, for whatever reason, decided to hang onto that KFC coupon. He put the coupon in his wallet, and carried it around with him for years. He knew that the coupon had passed its expiration date, but decided to keep it anyway.

This was not a typical KFC coupon. It was something special that you probably won’t see offered ever again. That 1986 KFC coupon made Paul Boyd a member of the Tuesday Special Club. It has a likeness of Col. Harland Sanders, the chain’s founder, on it.

The coupon was good for any three-piece-meal on any Tuesday for the low price of $2.59. The coupon couldn’t be used on any other day of the week. In addition, the coupon had to be used at a KFC restaurant in Maron, Boone, West Jefferson, North Wilkesboro, Morganton, and Albemarle, North Carolina.

Paul Boyd’s KFC coupon had an expiration date of December 31, 1986. That’s 30 years ago!

There just so happened to be a KFC near Paul Boyd that was undergoing a renovation. Paul Boyd decided to take his 30-year-old KFC coupon to that restaurant to see if they would honor it. Surprisingly – the KFC accepted the coupon.

Paul Platt, the assistant manager at that particular KFC restaurant, said that they will honor any KFC coupon that comes across their path. He also said that a similar meal today as the one that was offered on Paul Boyd’s coupon would cost about $8.53.

It is extremely unlikely that another fast food restaurant, even a KFC, would decide to honor a coupon that expired 30 years ago. There’s a chance that a fast food restaurant might accept a coupon like that if it made the coupon holder a member of a special club. But, it’s more likely that the restaurant will refuse to honor expired coupons.

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The Limited is Closing All of Its Stores

Posted on Saturday, January 7th, 2017 at 1:59 pm
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Fans of The Limited may be surprised to learn that it is closing all of its brick-and-motor stores. Find out how to score a deal and all the details.Fans of The Limited may be surprised to learn that it is closing all of its brick-and-motor stores. The Limited appears to have announced this at the last minute. If you act quickly, you might be able to save a lot of money on the clothing that is still available at The Limited before they close.

The Limited’s last, really big, sale is taking place on Saturday, January 7, 2016 and will end on Sunday, January 8, 2016. Go there this weekend, and you can expect to find deeply discounted items. It would be wise to try on the clothing before you buy it because you certainly won’t be able to return it to the store if you accidentally bought the wrong size.

In December, The Limited had 80% off deals happening. They decided not to allow any returns. This might have been a clue that the physical stores would not be around for much longer.

The Washington Post reported that individual The Limited stores have already closed. Some shoppers have already been notified by email that The Limited near them has closed and will not be reopening. Check your email to see if you got a notification like that.

According to The Washington Post, The Limited is closing all 250 of its stores nationwide because it has failed to keep up with the trends. As you may know, The Limited focused on sensible office attire. Many of today’s shoppers want “fast fashion” – trendy clothes that are hot for a little while and then quickly go out of style.

All is not lost for shoppers who really love what The Limited offered. Their website is still available. A post titled “This isn’t goodbye…” was placed on The Limited’s website. The short message said: “We’re sad to say that The Limited stores nationwide have officially closed their doors. But this isn’t goodbye. The styles you love are still available online – We’re just a quick click away 24 hours a day.”

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Reasons Why Raw Cookie Dough Can Make You Sick

Posted on Wednesday, January 4th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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People can get sick after eating raw cookie dough because of it contains raw eggs. There is another ingredient to watch out for too!Raw cookie dough can be very tempting, but that isn’t a good reason to eat it. You may have heard that the reason why people get sick after eating raw cookie dough is because of it contains raw eggs. There is another ingredient to watch out for that you may be unaware of.

Why Raw Cookie Dough Can Make You Sick

People who eat raw eggs risk getting sick from food poisoning. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) point out that the inside of eggs that appear normal can contain a germ called Salmonella. The germ causes diarrhea and severe stomach cramps. Most people get over it in about a week, but Salmonella can be very dangerous for older adults, infants, and people who have weakened immune systems.

The way to avoid the Salmonella germ is to avoid consuming eggs that are raw or that are only lightly cooked. Raw cookie dough contains raw eggs. That’s one reason why eating raw cookie dough can make you sick.

The other reason is due to an ingredient that you know is in raw cookie dough but may not have realized could make a person sick. The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) wants people to be aware that raw flour can make people sick because the flour may have a harmful strain of E. coli on it. This means that eating raw flour can make you sick – and playing with raw flour can also make you sick.

In 2016, many people got sick from a strain of bacteria called Shiga toxin-producing E. coli O121. The FDA traced it to flour that was used in raw cookie dough that people handled or ate before they got sick. The flour came from a specific company’s production facility. That company voluntarily pulled their flour off the market. To be clear, the recall does not mean that it is suddenly safe to eat or play with raw flour.

The FDA notes that it isn’t just the flour in raw cookie dough that can make people sick. It is also possible to get sick from the flour that is in any kind of raw dough that contains flour. Some restaurants give children raw dough made from flour to play with while they wait for their meal. The children might be happy to play with the dough. They won’t be happy later on if the dough makes them sick.

That means the homemade play dough that you made for your kids could make them sick just from touching it if the dough contains contaminated flour. Raw flour could be in the play dough that is used at your child’s school or day care. Kids often put their fingers into their mouths while handling play dough (and some will taste and eat some of the dough).

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Couponer Involved in Altercation at the Register

Posted on Tuesday, January 3rd, 2017 at 6:17 pm
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Don't be the couponer that irritates the people who are waiting in line behind them!Extreme couponing is serious business! People who do it spend lots of energy, time, and effort to find and collect coupons. Bring a stack of coupons with you to the grocery store, and you can end up saving a lot of money. Unfortunately, there are times when having a binder full of coupons to sort through can irritate the people who are waiting in line behind you.

A couponer in Tennessee got into an altercation at the cash register at a grocery store. Her version of what happened doesn’t quite match up with other evidence. What is clear is that her massive amount of coupons made the man behind her in line rather irritated.

What is known is that the woman was at the register with her usual couponing supplies. She carried a binder that had a filing system inside it. She also had a duffle bag (or large purse-type bag) that was filled with full inserts. What is not know is how organized her coupons were before she got to the register.

It is easy to see why a transaction that involved a whole bunch of coupons would take longer than one that only included one or two coupons (or none at all). The woman who was involved in the altercation at the register later admitted that it took about 20 minutes for her to check out.

According to the woman, a man behind her became impatient. She said he was shouting at her, expressing his frustration about having to wait so long in line. The woman claimed that one thing the man said was “Come on, there’s other people out here. Nobody has time for this.”

A store video showed that the woman, when finished with her transaction, turned around and poured her drink on the man who was behind her. The video cuts out after that. The woman told police that the man attacked her, and that she had a possible cracked rib, a hip strain, bruises, and a knot on her head. Police only saw a small scratch on her forehead. She refused medical treatment.

Don’t let a scene like this one happen to you! If a customer behind you in line starts complaining about how long your transaction is taking, you should make an effort to ignore that person. Do not engage with them by talking back or by pouring a drink on them.

Another way to avoid irritating the customers who are in line behind you is to have all of your coupons ready to go before you get in line. Doing so enables you to hand the stack of sorted coupons to the cashier right away so she can immediately start scanning them.

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The Best Things to Buy in January

Posted on Monday, January 2nd, 2017 at 7:00 am
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One simple way to save money is to wait for the annual sales. Here are some of the best things to buy in January.One simple way to save money is to wait for the annual sales. That’s when you can buy things at their lowest price of the year. Here are some of the best things to buy in January.

Best Things to Buy in January

Christmas Decorations
Christmas is over, but that doesn’t necessarily mean that the stores are out of Christmas decorations. The first week of January is the best time to buy Christmas stuff while it is on sale. Buy a plastic Christmas tree now, and save yourself the time and money of buying a real tree next year. Now is a good time to replace the Christmas lights that have burned out with brand new (and inexpensive) strings of lights.

Items for Your Home
The department stores are having sales on items for your home. You might find great deals on bedding, bath sets, curtains, pillows, rugs, and perhaps even some furniture. Check the store’s websites for coupons or coupon codes that can help lower the cost of the home items you want to buy. January is the best time to buy an extra throw rug or to replace your old sofa with a brand new one.

Linens
The very first “white sale” happened in 1878 when John Wanamaker decided to try something new to attract customers to his store during what was, back then, a “lull” for retailers. At the time, linens (like bed sheets, pillow cases, and towels) came in only one color – white. Today, the linen sales include the same types of items, but of all colors and fabrics. It’s a good time to buy new towels for bathroom or new bedsheets for the guest bedroom.

Gym Memberships
Did your New Year’s resolutions include an interest in losing weight? You aren’t alone! January is the busiest month for gyms. Everyone suddenly wants a membership! The good news for shoppers is that the gyms have to compete against each other for new customers. You can pick up a gym membership now for a lower price than you can if you waited a few months. It might be a good idea to try and negotiate for an even better deal (like a waived enrollment fee).

Clearance Sales
You can find a wide variety things in the January clearance sales! Stores will sell coats and outerwear, and other winter clothing, for a low price right now. You can pick up a brand new calendar for a fraction of the price it was originally sold as. Some stores include socks, underwear, and bras as part of their linen sales.

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Giveaway: Win a $100 Verizon Gift Card #VZWForTheHolidays

Posted on Monday, December 19th, 2016 at 10:22 am
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Could you use an extra $100 to spent at Verizon this holiday season? Enter our giveaway where 10 winners will win $100 gift cards!

We’re celebrating the holiday season with Verizon Wireless by giving away $1,000 worth of gift cards. Get your chance at a $100 gift card by entering HERE!

DETAILS:

  • Monday, December 19th at 12:00 AM ET to Wednesday, December 21st at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card from Verizon Wireless.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Verizon Wireless 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 Tuesday (12/27) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

How would you spend an extra $100? Share with us in the comments below!

 

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Healthy Ways to Exercise in the Winter

Posted on Wednesday, December 14th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. During the holidays, we need to stay healthy. Fortunately, there are some ways to exercise in the winter.Exercise is an important part of a healthy lifestyle. The opportunities to get some exercise become limited when the winter weather gets cold and snow and ice covers the ground. The winter weather happens at the same time that many people are celebrating holidays that involve a lot of sweet, rich, food. Fortunately, there are some ways to exercise in the winter.

Ways to Exercise in the Winter

This could be your last chance of the year to get some unfinished yard work done. Raking leaves, picking them up, and hauling them out of your yard can provide you with some exercise. Whatever you do not complete before the snow falls will have to wait. This “time limit” could motivate you to get a good workout.

Has the snow already fallen? People who are young, active, and healthy can get some exercise by removing the snow from their driveway and the sidewalk in front of their house. Be sure to check with your doctor before trying to remove snow. Your doctor can consider your personal health conditions and determine if snow removal is a safe form of exercise for you.

Before you start shoveling snow, make sure to bundle up. Wear layers that will help you to keep warm. Consider wearing wool instead of cotton. Wool can keep you from losing body heat even when the fabric gets wet. Cover your skin with a hat, scarf, and gloves, to avoid frostbite.

Remember to take breaks. Don’t try and shovel a large area all at once. Do some today, and try again tomorrow. Or, bring a friend or family member to help you. Both of you will be getting some good exercise.

Get some indoor exercise by taking a quick walk through a shopping mall before the stores open (or early in the morning). Take the stairs, instead of the elevator, whenever possible. Go for a short, yet fast, walk on your break.

Now might be a good time to join a gym. Doing so will give you access to treadmills, stair-climbers, exercise bikes, and other exercise equipment. The gym might have an indoor track you can walk or run on. There could be fun exercise classes to try. If you are a college student, you might be able to use your school’s gym for free.

There are also ways to get exercise at home. Set aside time to thoroughly vacuum the rug or mop the kitchen floor. Doing a huge amount of laundry is another way to get some exercise. If this does not appeal to you, see if you can find an exercise video on YouTube that is fun to do.

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Victoria’s Secret Offers Coupon Codes

Posted on Tuesday, December 13th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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Victoria's Secret LogoEarlier this year, Victoria’s Secret decided to stop issuing their popular “free panty” coupon. This disappointed many people who loved using that coupon. Instead of coupons, it looks like Victoria’s Secret is still offering coupon codes.

Coupon codes are a special code that can give you a certain percentage off of your order. Or, the coupon code might offer a fixed dollar amount of your order, free shipping, or discounted shipping.

Some stores are switching from coupons to coupon codes because it gives the store more control their deals. You cannot use a coupon code without making a purchase. This prevents the problem that Victoria’s Secret was having with people using the free panty coupon without making any purchases.

Visit the Victoria’s Secret website, and you will see a banner at the top. That banner might contain a coupon code. It should say what the item is for, the discount the coupon code gives you, and the date that coupon code expires.

Other coupon codes are scattered throughout the Victoria’s Secret website. That’s really handy for people who already know they want to make a purchase. The coupon code is right there, just waiting to be used.

The Victoria’s Secret App updated on December 7, 2016. It gives you special offers that you can keep in your digital wallet. Some are in-store offers, and others are online offers.

The Victoria’s Secret app also gives you a way to manage your gift cards. This means that if you receive a Victoria’s Secret gift card as a gift this holiday, you can use it to pay for your purchase – and use one of the special offers on the app at the same time.

It is very important that you read the “fine print” when using a coupon code (or a special offer that is given to you on an app). Most, if not all of them, come with limitations.

For example, a coupon code might only be good on specific types of items. If your purchase doesn’t include those items – the coupon code will not work. Or, the coupon code might be for a free item that you can receive after you spend a certain amount of money on other items. Sometimes, the amount of money you spend on clearance items will not count towards the amount you need to spend in order to get a free item.

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Win a $100 Gift Card to Home Depot #HDForTheHolidays

Posted on Monday, December 12th, 2016 at 1:11 pm
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Enter to win a $100 Gift Card to Home Depot for all your holiday shopping this season!

We’re celebrating the holiday season with Home Depot by giving away $1,000 worth of gift cards. Enter HERE!

Here are the details:

  • Monday, December 12th at 12:00 AM ET to Wednesday, December 14th at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Home Depot gift card.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Home Depot 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 Tuesday (12/20) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

Who would you buy a gift for with an extra $100 to spend at Home Depot? Tell us in the comments below!

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