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Enter to Win $100 Visa Gift Card from HP #HPSpringSale

Posted on Thursday, March 23rd, 2017 at 12:36 pm
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Enter now to win a $100 Visa Gift Card, courtesy of HP!

Who could use some extra money? We all could, right? Enter HERE now to win a$100 Visa gift card, courtesy of HP!

Details:

  • Thursday, March 23rd at 12:00 AM ET to Saturday, March 25th at 11:59 PM ET.
  • Five (5) winners will receive a $100 Visa gift card, courtesy of HP.
  • Users enter the giveaway by heading to the HP merchant page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form on the page.
  • The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (3/28) via the email address they used to enter.
  • See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

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Giveaway: Win $100 to Spend at Build.com #BLDSpringForward

Posted on Tuesday, March 21st, 2017 at 4:34 pm
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Do you love home improvement and creating a beautiful home? This is for you! We're running a $1,000 Build.com gift code giveaway

Do you love home improvement and creating a beautiful home? This is for you! We’re running a $1,000 Build.com gift code giveaway. 10 winners will win a $100 Gift Code! Enter HERE!

Details:

Tuesday, March 21st at 12:00 AM ET to Thursday, March 23rd at 11:59 PM ET.
Ten (10) winners will receive a $100 Build.com gift code.
Users enter the giveaway by heading to the Build.com merchant page on Savings.com and submitting their email address on the form on the page.
The winners will be chosen through a lottery drawing and notified on Tuesday (3/28) via the email address they used to enter.
See complete Official Rules for entry instructions, full prize descriptions, restrictions and other important details.

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What You Should Know About a Recent Gluten Free Diet Study

Posted on Wednesday, March 15th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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DeLallo PastaThere are two kinds of people who eat a gluten-free diet. In one group, there are people who are doing it because they have celiac disease or an allergy or intolerance to foods that contain gluten. In the other group, are people who chose a gluten-free diet because they think it will make them lose weight. A recent study about gluten-free diets is going around the internet, but is being presented in a misleading way.

A person who has been diagnosed with celiac disease must avoid consuming gluten. Their doctor will recommend these people eat a gluten-free diet because it is the only form of treatment for celiac disease. Gluten will actually cause damage to the intestines of a person who has celiac disease.

Other people, who have been diagnosed with an allergy to wheat, rye and/or barley, will also hear their doctor recommend that they stay away from gluten. The same is so for those with a diagnosed gluten intolerance.

Other people choose a gluten-free diet because they believe it will help them to lose weight. This group doesn’t have to avoid gluten. (Their bodies can safely process it.) Typically, if you visit a doctor and ask for advice on how to lose weight – the doctor is going to suggest getting more exercise and avoiding sugar (not gluten.)

A study done by researchers from the University of Chicago, University of Illinois at Chicago, University of Michigan, and Dartmouth University is being passed around the internet. Unfortunately, some people are presenting the results of that study in a misleading way.

You may have heard that a gluten-free diet results in increased levels of arsenic and mercury – two toxic metals that can lead to cardiovascular disease, neurological problems, cancer, and other health problems. What isn’t being emphasized is that the result came from a relatively small sample size of people who ate a gluten-free diet.

The study includes 7,471 participants in the National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey. Of those people, only 73 reported being on a gluten-free diet. Tests of urine and blood found that arsenic levels were almost twice as high in the gluten-free group compared with the much larger group that ate gluten. The same tests found mercury levels were higher in the gluten-free group.

There are two things you need to understand about these results. One, more studies need to be done before we can conclude that a gluten-free diet poses a significant health risk. Two, there is speculation that the health risks have to do with the amount of rice that people who eat gluten-free are consuming – but this has not yet been proven.

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Texas Applebee’s Locations Will Take All Coupons in March

Posted on Tuesday, March 14th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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Some Applebee's locations in Texas are participating in a wild promotional offer during the month of March. They are accepting all kinds of coupons.Some Applebee’s locations in Texas are participating in a wild promotional offer during the month of March. They are accepting all kinds of coupons at certain locations. Will that offer influence you to take your family to Applebee’s in March of 2017?

Applebee’s locations in Texas are participating in a unique offer.  They are allowing customers to redeem any and all gift cards, gift certificates and coupons at their restaurants.

It appears that this unique offer is only good at the Texas Applebee’s locations – not in any other states. You can benefit from this promotion in 67 Applebee’s locations in Texas, including DFW, Houston, Austin, Waco, East Texas, and surrounding locations.

Apple Texas franchises 67 Applebee’s locations in Texas. It announced that it will honor all gift cards, expired or not, from any business through March 31, 2017. In addition, it will also accept coupons (including expired ones), and gift certificates, from any store. The promotion is not limited to coupons and gift cards from other restaurants, such as Olive Garden. They are have accepted coupons from Lowe’s and Kohl’s Cash.

To be more specific, the Applebee’s offer is for up to 50% off of food purchases with any paper/plastic/printed coupon or gift card. The offer may not be combined with any other Applebee’s discounted offers and may not be applied to alcohol. Guests are encouraged to call their local Applebee’s with any questions they may have.

If you happen to live near one of the Applebee’s locations that are participating in this unique offer, it may be worth it to dine there sometime in March. It is an opportunity to use up a great coupon that expired before you could take it to the grocery store. Did you get a gift card for Christmas from a store you never shop at? Take that gift card to Applebee’s and turn it into a meal.

CBS Austin compiled the following list of Austin-area Applebee’s that are participating:

  • 6315 S Interstate Highway 35, Austin
  • 5010 West Highway 290, Austin
  • 7522 N I-35 Service Rd S, Austin
  • 501 US Hwy. 290 West, Brenham
  • 11013 Lakeline Mall Drive, Cedar Park
  • 350 S Interstate Highway 35, Georgetown
  • 2700 Parker Rd Ste A, Round Rock
  • 103 Carlos G Parker Blvd NW, Taylor

Why would the Applebee’s locations in Texas make this offer? The reason is because it might generate sales. People who have never been to Applebee’s before may decide to give it a try – now that they can get a nice discount on their food. Other people, who used to dine at Applebee’s, and have since stopped, might come in again.

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JC Penney is Closing Stores

Posted on Monday, March 13th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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JC Penney announced that it will be closing up to 140 stores. Now is a good time to shop the JC Penney nearest you for some great deals.JC Penney announced that it will be closing up to 140 stores. The full list of the locations of JC Penney stores that will close will be released later this month. Now is a good time to shop the JC Penney nearest you for some great deals.

The reason why JC Penney will be closing so many stores is due to some of the same reasons why other big chain stores have been closing. JC Penney reported a bigger-than-expected drop in same-store sales for the holiday quarter. It’s having difficultly competing against other, similar, stores and against online retailers.

JC Penney has stated that the stores being closed represent less than 5 percent of annual sales. In general, when a location closes, it has big sales on the merchandise that is still in the store. The hope is that customers will come buy it so they won’t have to spend money on shipping it to another location.

AOL Finance has a list of JC Penney locations that are at the greatest risk of being closed, based on sales data. The list came from Morningstar Credit Ratings, and is not an official list from JC Penney.

  • Pinnacle Hills Promenade, Rogers, Arkansas
  • El Con Center, Tucson, Arizona
  • Mt. Shasta Mall, Redding, California
  • West Covina Mall, West Covina, California
  • Westminster Mall, Westminster, California
  • Westfield Trumbull, Trumbull, Connecticut
  • Southland Mall, Cutler Bay, Florida
  • Tifton Plaza, Tifton, Georgia
  • North Riverside Park Mall, North Riverside, Illinois
  • Yorktown Center, Lombard, Illinois
  • Glenbrook Square Mall, Fort Wayne, Indiana
  • Muncie Mall, Muncie, Indiana
  • West Ridge Mall & Plaza, Topeka, Kansas
  • Country Club Mall, LaVale, Maryland
  • Westfield Wheaton, Wheaton, Maryland
  • Maine Mall, South Portland, Maine
  • Southdale Center, Edina, Minnesota
  • Crossroads Center, Saint Cloud, Minnesota
  • Mall at Barnes Crossing, Tupelo, Mississippi
  • Windsor Square, Matthews, North Carolina
  • Greenville Mall, Greenville, North Carolina
  • The Mall of New Hampshire, Manchester, New Hampshire
  • Quaker Bridge Mall, Lawrenceville, New Jersey
  • Destiny USA Phase I Syracuse, New York
  • Palisades Center, West Nyack, New York
  • Great Northern Mall, North Olmsted, Ohio
  • Northtowne Mall, Defiance, Ohio
  • Penn Square Mall, Oklahoma City, Oklahoma
  • Park City Center, Lancaster, Pennsylvania
  • Capital City Mall, Camp Hill, Pennsylvania
  • Wyoming Valley Mall, Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Indiana Mall, Indiana, Pennsylvania
  • Montgomery Mall, North Wales, Pennsylvania
  • Oxford Valley Mall, Middletown Township, Pennsylvania
  • Coastal Grand Mall, Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
  • Hamilton Place, Chattanooga, Tennessee
  • South Plains Mall, Lubbock, Texas
  • Potomac Mills, Woodbridge, Virginia
  • Kitsap Mall, Silverdale, Washington

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March is National Nutrition Month

Posted on Wednesday, March 8th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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National Nutrition Month is a great time to improve the way your family eats by making healthier food choices.The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics wants you to know that March is National Nutrition Month. Their website has plenty of helpful information about eating right.

The Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics is the world’s largest organization of food and nutrition professionals. It was founded in Cleveland, Ohio, in 1917 by a group of women who were dedicated to helping the government conserve food and improve the public’s health and nutrition during World War II.

The theme for the National Nutrition Month 2017 is “Put Your Best Fork Forward”. The theme reminds people that each bite counts. It also is meant to inspire people to start with small changes in order to make healthier lasting changes that they can enjoy.

Here is some helpful information that can be found on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website:

* Ease your family – and yourself – into healthier ingredients one at a time. Buy whole-wheat bread instead of white sandwich bread. Swap the whole milk for low-fat milk.

* Make fresh fruits and vegetables convenient to grab and eat. Clean and cut fresh vegetables and right away and put them in plastic bags. Fill a bowl with fresh fruit.

* Canned foods retain as much nutrient value as their fresh or frozen counterparts. Choosing canned fruits, vegetables, beans, and meats can lighten the burden on your wallet.

* Every person in your family should eat a minimum of two pieces of fruit per day. Take the number of people in your family and multiply it by two. That’s the number of pieces of fruit that you need to have in your home for one day.

There is a section of the website dedicated to information regarding food allergies and intolerance. It includes articles that help you understand the difference between a food intolerance and a food allergy, signs that your baby may have a sensitivity to a certain food, and ways to manage food allergies during the holidays.

You can also browse sections of the website that are dedicated to food and health for men, for women, for seniors, and for parents. There is also a section for kids which is split into sections based on a child’s age. Choose from: for baby, for toddler, for preschooler, for gradeschooler or for teen.

There are plenty of recipes for a variety of healthy food choices that can be found on the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics website. Find one that sounds good, go shopping for the ingredients, and give it a try!

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Kroger Ends “Senior Day” and “Double Coupons”

Posted on Tuesday, March 7th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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The Kroger store near you will stop offering the "Senior Day" discount and will not longer double coupons.Kroger is about to end two of their discount programs. This decision will probably make some customers very disappointed. It appears that Kroger is making changes that it believes will enable more customers to benefit from lower prices.

Kroger used to have a discount program for seniors that many called “Senior Day”. It was a grocery discount that had been given for generations.

Originally, Kroger offered seniors a 10 percent discount one day a month. In 2014, Kroger cut that discount to 5 percent. The “Senior Day” program was available to anyone 59 years old and up. The discount could only be used on private label Kroger brands.

Some Kroger stores have already stopped offering the “Senior Day” discount. Others will stop offering it soon. The change effects 96 stores in Tennessee, Kentucky, and Indiana.

All Kroger stores will cease to offer the “Senior Day” discount on March 15, 2017. In addition, Kroger will stop allowing coupon doubling. This change is likely to annoy some extreme couponers.

Coupon Doubling is when a store takes your coupon and matches the value of it (up to a certain amount). For example, let’s say you have a coupon for $1 off a certain product. The store takes your coupon, gives you the $1 dollar discount – and gives you an additional $1 off that product. This will no longer be happening at Kroger stores.

Kroger issued a statement about why they made these changes:

“We are constantly working to bring every customer the most value for their grocery shopping dollar. We recognize some seniors have a limited budget to fulfill their personal grocery shopping needs. In recent years, we have introduced more ways than ever before to save at Kroger and on Kroger.com. We’ve committed to lowering thousands of prices on the items that our customers purchase most often, including Kroger (corporate) brand products. We continue to accept print coupons and we also offer 100s of digital coupons that are available to download at Kroger.com and on the free Kroger app. We encourage customers to view our weekly circular to find special pricing, promotions, and events.”

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Save Money by Reducing Food Waste

Posted on Monday, March 6th, 2017 at 7:00 am
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You can save money on groceries by reducing the amount of food that goes bad and ends up in the trash.How much money do you spend on a typical trip to the grocery store? You can save some money on groceries by reducing the amount of food you waste. All you have to do is keep track of what you spent and how much food you threw away.

How to Reduce Food Waste

The National Resources Defense Council did a study in that revealed that Americans throw out the equivalent of $165 billion dollars each year of food waste. From this, they came up with some suggestions that would help consumers to reduce food losses and save money.

Eat Your Leftovers
Restaurants tend to serve customers portions of food that are more than one person can eat. As a result, many people end up taking home their leftovers.

How much did you pay for that meal? If you ate your leftovers, you got two meals for that price. If you ended up throwing away your leftovers, it is as though you threw half the cost of your meal into the garbage.

Plan Your Meals
Take the time to plan out all of your meals for a week. Get a paper calendar or make use of a whiteboard. Write down what you will have for breakfast, lunch, and dinner each day. If you have plans to go out to dinner – write that down.

Make a list of all of the ingredients that you need to make those meals. You may already have some items at home. The list helps you remember what you need to buy the next time you go grocery shopping. Don’t forget to use coupons – either paper or digital – to save more money on food.

Keep Your Receipt
One simple way to figure out how much money you are losing to food waste is to keep track of what you end up throwing away. Did half a loaf of bread go bad before you could eat it? The receipt tells you what you paid for that loaf of bread. Make a list of how much food you threw away and what it cost you. You might be surprised by how much of the food you buy ends up in the garbage!

Cook Only What You Can Eat
One really easy way to reduce food waste is to cook only what you can actually eat (or what your family can eat). Consider portion sizes as you are preparing a meal. The goal is to make just enough food so that everyone gets enough to eat. This avoids the problem of what to do with the leftovers.

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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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