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Win a Sam’s Club Membership & Cheez-It Snacks #CheezItUp

Posted on Tuesday, June 21st, 2016 at 8:03 am
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Get entered to win a Sam's Club Membership and tasty Cheez-It Sandwich Cracker snacks during our limited time giveaway!

 

We’ve partnered with Sam’s Club & Cheez-It to give away Sam’s Club memberships and packages of the new Cheez-It Sandwich Crackers, which are available for purchase at Sam’s Club.

Get entered HERE now!

Giveaway Details:

  • Monday, June 20th at 12AM ET to Friday, June 24th at 11:59PM ET.
  • Ten (10) Grand Prize winners will receive a prepaid Sam’s Club membership card valued at $45.00. Ten (10)
  • First Prize winners will receive an 18ct pack of Cheez-It Sandwich Crackers valued at $7.32.
  • Users can enter the giveaway by heading to the Sam’s Club 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 (6/28) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

What’s your favorite Cheez-It snack? Enter above and then tell us in the comments below.

 

 

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FDA Changes the Nutrition Facts Label

Posted on Wednesday, June 15th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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The Food and Drug Administration has changed its requirements for how information is presented on Nutrition Facts labels.Over the years, it has become more and more common for people to read the nutrition label before they purchase packaged food. There are a variety of reasons for doing so: checking the calorie count, finding out how much sugar is in the product, or scanning the list for allergens. In May of 2016, the Food and Drug Administration modernized the Nutrition Facts label that will be on packaged foods.

The purpose of the Nutrition Facts label is to help people make informed decisions about what they are eating and what is in the foods they are feeding to their families. The updated Nutrition Facts label is a modernized improvement of the version that was introduced over 20 years ago.

Key Updates Include:

* An update design to highlight “calories” and “servings”.

* Requirements for serving sizes that more closely reflect the amounts of food that people currently eat.

* Declaration of grams and a percent daily value (%DV) for “added sugars”. This is to help consumers know how much sugar has been added to the product.

* “Dual column” labels to indicate both “per serving” and “per package” calorie and nutrition information for certain multi-serving food products that could be consumed in one sitting or multiple sittings.

* Packages that are between one and two servings (like a 20 ounce soda) will be required to list the calories and other nutrients as one serving because people typically consume it in one sitting.

* Updated daily values for nutrients like sodium, dietary fiber, and vitamin D, consistent with Institute of Medicine recommendations and the 2015-2020 Dietary Guidelines for Americans.

* Declaration of Vitamin D and potassium that will include the actual gram amount in addition to the %DM. The %DM for calcium and iron will continue to be required, along with the actual gram amount. Vitamins A and C will no longer be required because deficiencies of these vitamins are rare.

* The phrase “Calories from Fat” will be removed because research shows that the type of fat is more important than the amount. “Total Fat”, “Saturated Fat”, and “Trans Fat” will continue to be required.

* An abbreviated footnote to better explain the %DV.

Food manufacturers will be required to use the new Nutrition Facts label (as well as a new Supplement Facts label that will be used on dietary supplements) by July 26, 2018. Part of the reason for the changes is in response to new scientific information regarding nutrition. Some of that includes the links between diet and chronic diseases, obesity, and heart disease. The FDA is still in the process of determining what the word “natural” should mean when it appears on a food package.

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How Sports Authority’s Closing Will Affect You

Posted on Tuesday, June 14th, 2016 at 7:00 am
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All of the Sports Authority stores, nationwide, are in the process of closing.  How will this affect your coupons, gift cards, and exchanges?You may have heard that Sports Authority has announced that it is going out of business. It will close all of its 450 Sports Authority stores nationwide. What does this mean for shoppers who have coupons, gift cards, or who want to try and get a good deal before the store closes?

The first thing to understand is that Sports Authority is closing all of its stores after it made a failed attempt to reorganize under Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection. The result is that all Sports Authority stores will be closing, forever. You should not expect that they will reappear under a different owner. This is the end.

What this Means for You

Gift Cards
You should make an effort to spend whatever amount is on your Sports Authority gift cards as soon as possible. Wait too long, and you will lose whatever amount is on them (because you can’t use a gift card from a chain store that has closed). ABC News reported that Sports Authority will honor their gift cards both online, and in their stores, through June 28, 2016.

Exchanges and Returns
Do you need to exchange something you bought at Sports Authority for a different size? Is there an item you recently purchased from the store and need to return? Again, you should try and get that done right away. Returns and exchanges will be allowed in the Sports Authority stores (but not necessarily online) through June 28, 2016.

One thing to keep in mind is that the Sports Authority stores are in the process of selling off as much stock as possible. This could cause difficulty for those who want to exchange an item for a different size. Sports Authority may have sold out of your size before you get there!

Sales
It is typical for stores that are going out of business to have big sales. Some of those sales have already begun, and all of them are expected to end around August 31, 2016. Keep in mind that not all markdowns are a great deal. The closer the store gets to the end, the larger the sales will be. Take a close look at the product before you buy it. Everything is being sold “as is” and you probably cannot return it if you find a defect later.

Coupons
Be careful when using coupons. There have been some situations where a person used a Sports Authority coupon – only to have the cashier deny it. The problem seems to be that some coupons have fine print that states the coupon cannot be used on clearance items. Or, the store may be refusing coupons because it is in the process of liquidation.

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Pre-Cut Produce Reduces Food Waste

Posted on Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 6:44 pm
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A study found that serving pre-cut sliced apples encouraged students to eat apples at lunch. This could work for your family too!One way to stay healthy is to have a diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables. In order for that to work, you have to actually eat the fresh produce. Have you noticed that the fruit you bring home from the grocery store is ignored by your family? The way to entice them to eat is simpler than you might expect.

Researchers at Cornell University’s Food and Brand Lab conducted a study in eight schools. The researchers noticed that many of the apples that were being sold to children as part of the National School Lunch Program were ending up in the trash. The researchers wanted to find out why that was happening.

Was the problem that the kids didn’t want to eat apples? Or were the apples too difficult to eat? The researchers started having the schools serve sliced apples instead of whole apples. They found that fruit consumption jumped by more than 60 percent when apples were served sliced. A further study strengthened that finding.

Part of the reason why the sliced apples were more convenient to children than the whole apples was because of the size of the fruit. A whole apple can be difficult for small children to hold. Kids who have lost some teeth will have problems biting into the apple.

The other reason sliced apples were more popular than whole apples has to do with convenience. It’s a lot easier for small children to eat a few pre-cut apple slices than to attempt to eat an entire apple. The convenience isn’t limited to kids – adults like convenience, too.

You may have noticed that your local grocery store has started carrying packages of pre-cut fruit and vegetables. People buy them because they are easier to eat than whole pieces of fruit. One extreme example is the watermelon. They are heavy and difficult to carry from your car to your kitchen. You have to cut the watermelon open, and then cut it into smaller pieces before you can eat it. That’s a lot of work for busy families.

Compare that to the simplicity of a plastic carton of pre-cut watermelon. The smaller package is light and will fit into your refrigerator much easier than a whole watermelon will. The pre-cut pieces of watermelon make a quick and easy snack.

Does your family avoid the fresh fruit and vegetables that you bring home? One solution is to cut up the produce before offering it to your family as a snack. Or, you can start buying pre-cut produce from your grocery store. You will end up saving money because more of the food you bring home will be eaten (instead of thrown away).

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Ripple is a Non-Dairy Milk Made from Peas

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 at 6:00 pm
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Ripple is made from peas.  It is healthy and could be a safe option for people who are allergic to milk and other forms of non-dairy alternatives.There are plenty of alternatives to dairy milk out there. People who have an allergy to milk can substitute non-dairy milk, such as soy, almond, or coconut. What if you, or a family member, are allergic to all of those? There is a potential solution. Ripple is a non-dairy milk that is made from peas.

Ripple is a non-dairy milk that is high in protein, low in sugar, and loaded with nutrition. Ripple has 8 times the protein of almond milk and half the sugar of dairy milk. It is high in bioavailable calcium (and has 50% more of it than dairy milk does). It is also high in potassium and provides a good source of omega-3s. Ripple is lower in calories than dairy milk.

The consistency of Ripple is described as having a “creamy, delicious texture”. It is not thin, or chalky like some almond or soy or cashew milk can be. The bottle that Ripple comes in is 100% post-consumer recycled plastic that is 100% recyclable. That means Ripple is a healthy choice for people and also good for the planet.

Ripple is made from yellow peas. They are high in fiber, low in fat, cholesterol free, and a good source of protein. Making a non-dairy milk from peas has a substantially smaller carbon and water footprint than other kinds of non-dairy milk. Almonds are grown in the Central Valley of California – which is experiencing a drought. Peas are grown in the Midwest in an area that doesn’t need a lot of irrigation or fertilizer.

According to Ripple, its non-dairy milk takes 96% less water to make than almond milk, 99% less water than dairy milk, and 76% less water than soy milk. The carbon footprint of Ripple is 93% smaller than dairy. Despite what you might think, Ripple does not taste like peas. The creators of Ripple removed the things from the peas that “gives it that off-flavor and color”.

Ripple will retail at $4.99 for a 48 ounce bottle. Those of you who are interested in giving it a try should visit the Ripple website. Right now, you can get a coupon for Ripple if you put your name, email address, and zip code into the website. The coupon is redeemable at Whole Foods.

Like many other non-dairy milks, Ripple is lactose-free, dairy-free, gluten-free, and vegan. It is also nut free. It may be a safe alternative for families that include a family member that has celiac disease, is gluten-intolerant, is lactose-intolerant, or who is allergic to nuts, coconut, soy or dairy.

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Pinterest Might be Adding Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2016 at 5:54 pm
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Pinterest might be adding coupons to some of their pins.  It appears they are offering the option of adding coupons to retailers who buy ads.Pinterest may have a lot of pins that are about coupons and couponing, but the social media site typically isn’t a place to find actual coupons. That might be changing! It appears that Pinterest is upgrading its ad platform in the hopes of attracting more brands.

People use Pinterest for many reasons. Many people create boards that are filled with pins of products that they want to buy. It isn’t easy for companies to tell if their pin was added to a board because the person intends to purchase that item, or if they wish they had the money to buy it. Some boards are inspirational and serve as a note of a good idea instead of functioning like a shopping list.

Business Insider reported that Pinterest is offering brands a new ad suite. The goal is for Pinterest to attract more brands who want to purchase ads on their platform.

The suite could include digital couponing, sales, and coupons that can be tacked directly onto a Pinterest ad. The coupons could be used to enable Pinterest users to test out a new product or to buy the products that the see on Pinterest.

It is anticipated that the coupons will be digital coupons. This could mean that the Pinterest coupons might be designed for use on retailer’s websites – only. It may also be possible for some of the Pins to connect to a site where a user can download and print out a printable coupon that can be used at a physical store.

Digiday reports that Pinterest may be offering retailers the ability to use “Cinematic Coupons”. It is something that Pinterest says has never been done before. In short, the Cinematic ads are designed to attract attention in a way that other Pins cannot.

Pinterest describes Cinematic Pins this way: “Cinematic Pins are a collection of Pins that use mobile-first animation to reveal a product.” Pinterest suggests that retailers could convert video into a .gif to show their product in action or being used. Or, another option is to use video content or a still image and add a coupon offer at the end.

Right now, it is difficult to tell when you might be able to find coupons on Pinterest. There is no information on the Pinterest website or its blog that mentions the potential addition of coupons. It is possible that the addition of coupons depends upon whether or not Pinterest can attract enough retailers to start offering coupons there.

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Signs that Food is Unsafe to Eat

Posted on Monday, June 6th, 2016 at 3:11 pm
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Food that you have to throw away is a waste of money.  Pay attention to the signs that indicate that food has gone bad.Do you know how to tell when food is unsafe to eat? It’s important to recognize the signs. Ideally, you want to consume all of your groceries before they go bad. Doing so is a good way to avoid food poisoning, and to save money. Food that you had to throw away is a waste of money.

4 Signs that Food Should be Thrown Away

Throw Away the Green Potatoes
It is highly unlikely that a green potato will make it into the produce section of your local grocery store. That being said, it is possible to find a potato that has green colored skin, green sprouts, or greenish eyes. Or, a potato that looked good at the store may have become green after it sat in your home for a while.

Snopes points out that solanine develops in potatoes when they are subjected to light or very cold or very warm temperatures. Solanine, when consumed in large quantities, can cause vomiting, diarrhea, headaches, and central nervous system paralysis. Long story short, don’t eat the green potatoes.

Don’t Eat Moldy Food
You paid good money for that food, but it sat too long and has grown mold. Some people believe that it is ok to cut off the moldy part and eat the rest. Don’t do that!

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) points out that the mold you see on food is just the “tip of the iceberg”. The little bit of mold you see on the surface of a food means that “root” threads of mold have infested the entire food. Some molds are dangerous, and some can be poisonous.

Don’t buy the foods at the grocery store that have visible mold. Throw away the moldy food that you find in your refrigerator, pantry, or counter.

Be Careful About Food Temperature
The FDA points out that when food gets between 40°F and 140°F is in the “danger zone”. This is the temperature range in which bacteria in food can multiply rapidly and lead to food borne illness.

If the food from your picnic, backyard barbecue, or outdoor party has been sitting outside for more than 2 hours (or more than 1 hour when the weather is hot), it may be unsafe to eat. You should throw it away before anyone gets sick from it.

Bad Smells Mean Bad Food
Sometimes, your nose can tell you when food is unsafe to eat. If it smells bad – it means that the food has gone bad. ABC News points out the “rule of four”. Catherine Donnelly, professor of nutrition and food sciences at the University of Vermont says leftovers must be kept “no more than four days at 40°F or 4°C”.

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Publix: Capri Sun 100% Juice for Only $.99

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 9:26 am
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Start this summer with plenty of juice on hand for all of those thirsty kids and picnics. Pick up this deal at Publix!

Start this summer with plenty of juice on hand for all of those thirsty kids and picnics. Head to Publix this week where you can pick up Capri Sun 100% Juice for just $.99!

Publix – Wednesday (5/25 – 5/31)
B1G1 Pricing Based on Single Purchase of 1 Item

- $0.75/2 Kraft Capri Sun Juice Drink; Includes 10 pk Only; Redeemable at Walmart
- $1.00/1 Capri Sun Organic Juice Drink – 4-10-16 SS (exp. 05/28/16)
Stacks With 
- $2.00/2 Capri Sun Organic Juice AND (1) Kraft PollyO Twists or String Cheese (Publix Coupon) – Savings In Bloom Grocery Advantage (Valid from 5/7/16); Includes Capri Sun, 10 pk Only and Cheese, 9 – 12 oz Only (exp. 05/27/16)

Final Price: $0.99

Capri Sun 100% Juice, 10 ct
$1.99

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Enter to Win a Starkist Gym Bag with Gear & Snacks

Posted on Wednesday, May 25th, 2016 at 9:12 am
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Sign up and take the StarKist Quiz  and be entered to win a StarKist gym bag packed with workout gear and StarKist Tuna and Salmon Creations Pouches.

Want to win a Gym Bag full of workout gear and snacks?

Sign up HERE and take the StarKist Quiz  and be entered to win a StarKist® gym bag packed with workout gear and StarKist Tuna and Salmon Creations® Pouches.

What surprises do you have in your gym bag? Sign up above and then tell us in the comments below!

 

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Exclusive Savings from Huggies, Cottonelle & More Kimberly-Clark Brands

Posted on Tuesday, May 24th, 2016 at 10:12 am
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Kimberly-Clark brands

Do you want an opportunity to score some rare coupons? Sign up and be the first to know about exciting offers, product updates and more from Huggies® and other Kimberly-Clark brands, including Pull-Ups®, Cottonelle®, and UbyKotex®.

Simply sign up HERE and begin receiving savings now in your InBox!

Plus, after you sign up, you’ll have the chance to print a great coupon from Huggies and start saving right away!

Sign up above and then tell us what your favorite Kimberly-Clark product is in the comments below!

 

 

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