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How to Make a Healthy Sandwich

Posted on Wednesday, February 15th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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How to Make a Healthy SandwichLunch often includes some kind of sandwich. Not all sandwiches are equal, though. Some are loaded with more calories than you need, while others are a fairly healthy choice. It all depends on what the sandwich is made of. Here are some tips to help you make a healthy sandwich.

How to Have a Healthy Sandwich

Share with a friend
Restaurants and fast food places are notorious for selling people a much larger portion of food than is healthy to eat. Bring a friend or family member to lunch with you and split that giant sandwich into the two portions that it is supposed to be.

Another option is to set aside half of the sandwich right away. Eat half the sandwich for lunch, and save the other half for later.

Make an open sandwich
One way to reduce the amount of calories you are eating is to make a sandwich with only one piece of bread (instead of two). Pile plenty of vegetables and protein onto the bread. You won’t have to worry about how to fit it all between two pieces of bread.

Try a wrap
The number of calories in a slice of bread differs, depending on exactly what kind of bread you are using. A romaine lettuce leaf doesn’t have many calories at all. Some restaurants offer wraps in addition to sandwiches. Fast food places might have a “low-carb” option. They will wrap your burger in a lettuce leaf instead of a hamburger bun.

Read the labels
If you don’t read the nutrition labels on food very often – you are in for an unpleasant surprise. There are a lot of processed foods that contain sugar. Most people know that cookies contain sugar. Did you know that some condiments contain sugar, too?

Before you add ketchup, or mustard, or mayonnaise to your sandwich, take a minute to read the label. Find out how much sugar that condiment has hiding inside it. Check the amount of calories. You can skip the condiments and add moisture to your sandwich with tomatoes (or other juicy vegetables) instead.

Avoid processed meats
The easiest thing to throw onto a sandwich is some processed, sliced, lunchmeat. It might be tasty, but lunchmeat can contain a lot of sodium. A healthier option is cooked chicken breast, or leftover turkey from Thanksgiving dinner. If you need a quicker option, try canned tuna or canned chicken. Look for a can that is labeled “no salt” or “low salt”.

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Target Stopped Making Printable Target Brand Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, February 14th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Visit Target's printable coupons portion of its website today and you will only find manufacturers' coupons for brands that do not belong to Target. In the past, couponers used to be able to visit Target’s website and print out great coupons for some of Target’s private label brands. That has changed! Visit Target’s printable coupons portion of its website today and you will only find manufacturers’ coupons for brands that do not belong to Target.

According to Coupons In The News, Target has confirmed that it will no longer offer printable store coupons on their website at all. Target spokesperson Kristy Welker said “The online portal will be dedicated to solely to manufacturers’ coupons moving forward.”

This news will probably be a disappointment for those who liked to stack the printable coupons for Target’s brands with manufacturer coupons. The good news is that Target will continue to offer printable manufacturers coupons on their website. In other words, Target did not get rid of all the printable coupons.

Target has a wide range of brands including: Archer Farms, Market Pantry, Simply Balanced, and Sutton & Dodge (all of which are Target brands of grocery items). Target’s Boots & Barkley is a pet food and supply line. Merona is one of Target’s clothing brand (which it purchased in 1991). The other Target clothing brand is Mossimo Supply Co. The up & up brand is also Target’s brand. It includes household, healthcare, beauty, baby, and personal care products.

There are still some ways save money on Target brands. Customers who download, and use, Target’s Cartwheel app can still find some digital coupons for Target’s brands. Those coupons are not printable. To use those coupons, a customer opens the app and scans their phone at the register. Cartwheel also offers special deals on products from all over Target’s stores.

It is also possible that you might find coupons for Target branded products in your mailbox. Look through the paper ads that the mail carrier brings you. There could be some from Target!

In short, Target is moving away from printable coupons for their brands. This does not mean you can no longer use coupons at Target, though. You can print out manufacturers coupons from the Target website, bring in the paper Target coupon you found in your mailbox, or use the digital coupons in the Cartwheel app.

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Money Saving Tips from a Couple who Saved $50,000

Posted on Monday, February 13th, 2017 at 4:38 pm
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Are you looking for ways to save money?  Consider the advice from a couple that saved $50,556 last year.Are you looking for ways to save money? Many of us have heard the same old tips, over and over again, about how to do that. If you are out of ideas on how to save money, consider the advice from a couple that saved $50,556 in 2016.

The advice comes from a couple who actually used these tips themselves. The Chicago-based couple, Matt and his fiancee, had a lot of student debt and were struggling to set aside any money. Matt’s blog is called Distilled Dollar. It has plenty of advice for those who are pursuing financial independence.

Here are just a few tips from The Distilled Dollar that may help you save money:

Do more than reading the tips
Many of us have read articles (like this one) that include tips for saving money. Matt points out that it takes more than reading about money saving tips. You have to actually implement the tips you read about. He says that once money saving habits are in place – the momentum takes care of itself.

Brew your coffee at home
It is very convenient to start your work day by heading to the nearest Starbucks (or whatever your favorite coffee shop happens to be.) Usually, the coffee drinks you buy from a cafe cost around $3.00 – or more.

You can save money by brewing your coffee at home. Buying a big bag of coffee costs less, per cup, than does a drink from Starbucks. Matt says they went without Starbucks for an entire year.

Cook at home instead of dining out
Two things happen when you make a habit of dining out instead of cooking meals at home. One, you end up spending more money than you need to. It costs much less to make a hamburger and fries at home, from groceries you already spent money on, than it does to buy a similar meal from a restaurant. Two, the groceries you bought might not get eaten before they go bad. That’s a waste of money!

Matt from Distilled Dollar says that when they started cooking at home more they ended up finding creative ways to save money at the grocery store. They also ended up eating healthier than before.

Delay buying new clothes
Are you someone who loves to buy new clothing – even if you don’t actually need it? Chances are the clothing you already have will do just fine. Delay buying brand new clothing as long as possible. It might not be fun, but it is a good way to save some money. New clothes can be expensive!

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February is American Heart Month

Posted on Wednesday, February 8th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that February is American Heart Month. Here are some tips for keeping your heart healthy.The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that February is American Heart Month. They point out that heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women. Heart disease is preventable. Here are some tips for keeping your heart healthy.

The CDC recommends that people eat a healthy diet. Choosing healthy meal and snack options can help a person to avoid heart disease and its complications. Eat plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables. Adults should have at least 5 servings a day of fruits and vegetables. Limit the amount of processed foods that you consume.

Eating foods that are low in saturated fat, trans fat, and cholesterol and high in fiber can help prevent high cholesterol. Limit salt or sodium in your diet. Doing so can also lower your blood pressure.

The CDC also recommends that you exercise regularly. Physical activity can help you maintain a healthy weight and lower cholesterol and blood pressure. Speak with your doctor to find out what kind of exercise he or she recommends for you and how long or often you should do it.

Cigarette smoking greatly increases your risk for heart disease. The CDC recommends that you do not start smoking. If you are a smoker, the CDC says you should talk to your doctor for suggestions on how to quit smoking. Limiting the amount of alcohol you drink can help. Too much alcohol can raise your blood pressure.

The Mayo Clinic has more advice on how to keep your heart healthy. The Mayo Clinic recommends that you control your portion size. How much you eat is as important as what you eat.

The portions sold in restaurants are more than anyone needs. Unfortunately, people tend to forget that and end up overeating. The Mayo Clinic recommends that people use a small plate or bowl to help control their portions.

Another helpful way to control your portions is to keep track of the number of servings you eat. One serving of pasta is ½ cup (or about the size of a hockey puck). A serving of meat, fish, or chicken is about the size and thickness of a deck of cards. When in doubt, use measuring cups and spoons, or a scale, to figure out portion size you should be eating.

The Mayo Clinic also recommends that you create daily menus. Planning ahead makes it easier to ensure you get a variety of different nutrients in your diet. Variety can also make your meals and snacks more interesting.

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Check the Store’s Coupon Policy Before You Shop

Posted on Tuesday, February 7th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Stores are allowed to change their coupon policies whenever they want to. Here's a quick look at some grocery store's coupon policies.When was the last time you took a close look at your favorite store’s coupon policy? Stores are allowed to change their coupon policies whenever they want to – and they do not have to directly inform customers of the changes. Here’s a quick look at some grocery store’s coupon policies.

Store Coupon Policies

Safeway operates Safeway, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, and Carrs. Albertsons operates ACME, Albertsons, Jewel-Osco, Lucky, Shaws, Star Market, and Super Saver. Safeway and Albertsons merged in 2015.

The last time Safeway updated its coupon acceptance policy was in July of 2015. The coupon policy applies to all of Safeway and Albertsons stores. You should take the time to read it over. Here are just a few things in it:

* Safeway does not allow a customer to redeem two or more manufacturer coupons against the same item in a single transaction.

* Coupon stacking policies for manufacturer coupons apply to paper and electronic coupons that have been loaded to a club card.

* Check with your local store regarding “double coupon” promotions where customer will receive the manufacturer coupon face value off the regular or club card price up to the identified limit. Not all locations offer double coupon promotions and the terms of such promotions may differ by time and store.

* Paper coupons must be presented at the time of the purchase transaction. We will only accept coupons issued by Safeway or the manufacturer of the relevant product. We do not accept reproductions of coupons.

* Safeway will not accept manufacture coupons (including, but not limited to, coupons issued through a Catalina or other in-store coupon dispenser) that display another retailer’s logo or name unless that coupon is for a specific item with the same product identifiers as the product included in our customer’s purchase transaction is is sold and available at the store.

* We will not accept coupons unless they have an expiration date. Expired coupons will not be accepted.

* We will not accept coupons that, in the determination of Safeway personnel, appear distorted or blurry or are altered in any way.

* Safeway reserves the right to refuse any coupons at its discretion.

* We accept internet printed coupons. The same manufacturer and store coupon rules above apply to all internet printed coupons.

* Internet printed coupons must be capable of scanning at checkout.

* We will not accept “free product” internet printed manufacture coupons.

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The Best Things to Buy in February

Posted on Monday, February 6th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Here are a few of the very best things to buy in February when you can get them for the lowest prices of the year.You can save some money if you wait to purchase something when it is on sale. Every month, there are certain things that you can expect to pick up for a low price. Here are a few of the very best things to buy in February when you can get them for the lowest prices of the year.

What to Buy in February

Tax Software
Tax Day is April 18, 2017. This is when everyone’s individual tax returns are due to the Federal government. The companies that sell tax software are competing, right now, for your dollars. They hope you will buy their software (instead of their competitor’s software). If you look around, you might find coupon codes from companies like TurboTax, H&R Block, and others.

Mattresses
How old is your mattress? If you need a new one, the best time to buy it is during the February Presidents Day weekend sales. On average, mattress deals range from 20% to 40% off, depending on the manufacturer and the model. Ask if the store gives any freebies with the purchase of a new mattress (such as a free frame, mattress protector, or pillows). Some stores will sell floor model at up to a 50% discount.

Canned Foods
February is National Canned Food Month. Check your favorite coupon websites, newspapers, and email resources for coupons on canned food. One of the great things about canned foods is that they store longer than fresh foods can. Stock up on canned foods in February, while the price is low, and you won’t have to buy as much next month when the prices go back up.

The food bank near you is always going to appreciate donations of canned goods. Before you shop, ask the food bank what kinds of canned foods they need the most. Your dollar will stretch farther on canned goods in February than at any other time of year.

After Valentine’s Day Deals
That beautiful heart shaped box of chocolates that caught your attention before Valentine’s Day will drop dramatically in price the day after Valentine’s Day. If you can stand to wait, buying it the day after can save you some money.

Will your kids need to hand out paper valentines at school next year? Have them pick out a few boxes the day after Valentines Day. Those valentines will be on sale now. Store them away, and you won’t have to pay full price on paper valentines next year.

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Win a $50 Macy’s Gift Card #MacysWeekend

Posted on Thursday, January 26th, 2017 at 11:52 am
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Macy's $1,000 Giveaway

Could you use an extra $50 to spend at Macy’s?? Most of us could! For a limited time, enter to win a Macy’s Gift Card HERE!

  • Thursday, January 26th at 12:00 AM ET to Sunday, January 29th at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Twenty (20) winners will receive a $50 Macy’s gift card.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Macy’s 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 (1/31) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

Check out all these amazing sales happening right now! Plus use the Coupon Code: WKND for an additional 20% OFF for an even deeper savings!

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An Insider Tip for Finding the Best Coupon Deals

Posted on Wednesday, January 25th, 2017 at 2:15 pm
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Use our insider tip for taking the headache away of figuring out the best deals at your favorite stores and knowing exactly which coupons to use.Do you have a pile of coupons laying around but you’re just not sure how to use them? Do you print out the hot coupons we tell you about but aren’t sure what deals to use them on? The best deals can be made when you pair up a great sale price with a manufacturer’s coupon. The deals can be even better when you “double” stack that sale and coupon with a digital coupon or a cash-back offer from an app.

We have a source that will save you the headache of figuring out the deals yourself and will tell you exactly what the best deals are at your favorite stores this week, and which coupons to use to score that deal. No matter where you love to shop, the deals posted here will be the best deals you can find around!

Find Deals by Store:

CVS Coupons
Publix Coupons
Target Coupons
Walgreens Coupons
Walmart Coupons

Freebies:

And while you’re in the mood for a great deal, pick up these freebies happening now for a limited time only!

Free Sample of Huggies Little Snugglers
Free Sample of Allegra Allergy 24-Hour Relief
Free Sample of Airborne Everyday Chewable Tablets

What’s your favorite store for shopping coupon deals? Tell us in the comments below!

 

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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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