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Earn Cash Back on Organic, Non-GMO & Gluten-Free Products with BerryCart

Posted on Thursday, July 17th, 2014 at 8:39 am
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Want to earn CASH BACK for buying healthy products that are organic, Non-GMO or gluten-free? We have a new app to share with you called BerryCart. It’s very similar to Ibotta, Checkout51 and Shopmium, but finally offers us cash back on healthier options!

Here is an example of some of the offers currently available (offers will vary by account):

$0.75/1 INBar Weight Management Food Bar
$0.75/1 CoCo libre Organic Coconut Water, 1 L
$0.25/1 Hail Merry Macaroons
$0.75/1 Pascha Organic Allergen-Free Chocolate Bars
$0.50/1 Beanitos – The Original Bean Chip, 6 oz
$0.50/1 Lesser Evil – Buddha Bowl Organic Popcorn, 5 oz
$0.75/1 Hilary’s Eat Well Veggie Burgers
$0.75/1 Salazon Organic Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt, 3 oz
$0.75/1 Zenify – Natural Stress Relief Drink, 12 oz
$0.75/1 SunButter – Natural Peanut Butter Substitute, 16 oz
$0.75/1 Chia Seeds – Xiomeg3, 10 oz
$0.75/1 Oxylent – Daily Multivitamin Drink, 30 ct
$0.75/1 Runa Brewed Organic Guayusa
$0.75/1 Boulder Soup Works Organic Gluten-Free Soup
$1/1 Califia Almond Milk
$1/1 Teeccino Herbal Coffee Tee-Bags
$1/1 Teeccino Herbal Coffee
$0.75/1 Sipp Sparkling Organic Soda
$1/1 Califia Iced Coffee+ Almond Milk
$0.25/1 sweetriot Organic Dark Chocolate Bars

You simply purchase these items at any store that carries them (including Target, Walmart, Whole Foods, Sprout’s and more), take a picture of your receipt and then your money will be put into your account within 24 hrs. You can deposit this money into Paypal or exchange it for gift cards! Best of all, you can also use COUPONS along with these offers. You’ll find many coupons for these brands available in Hopster!

Sign up for BerryCart today!  This is only available currently for iPhone but coming soon for Android. If you’re an Android user, go ahead and sign up anyway so you’ll be first to know when you can use it with your Android phone.

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Tips for Exercising in the Summer Heat

Posted on Wednesday, July 16th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Diet and exerciseOne great way to stay healthy is to get plenty of exercise. Doing so also can help people to lose weight. The hot, humid, weather that comes with summer can make exercising a bit more difficult – and sometimes even dangerous. Here are some tips that will help you stay safe while exercising in the summer heat.

Avoid Dehydration
The Mayo Clinic points out that exercising in hot weather puts extra stress on your body. The hot and humid weather can cause your body to overheat. Sweating in hot weather can lead to dehydration.

One simple way to avoid dehydration (and heat related illnesses) is to drink plenty of fluids. Don’t wait until you are thirsty to drink some water or a sports drink. Make an effort to keep yourself hydrated before you start feeling thirsty or exhausted.

Avoid the Heat
Pay attention to the weather forecast. How hot will it be today? Check to see if there is a heat alert or heat advisory going on. If so, it would be a good idea to avoid the heat by choosing an alternate exercise activity. Consider visiting an air-conditioned gym or YMCA instead of going outside for a run. Swimming, in an indoor pool, may be a safer choice when the weather is too warm to exercise outdoors.

Another good way to avoid the heat is to exercise in the early morning or late evening. You will want to avoid the mid-day sun (when the weather will be at its hottest). In other words, try and avoid exercising from 10:00 in the morning until 3:00 in the afternoon on hot days. Pick a different time. It can be helpful to find shady areas to exercise in so you won’t be in direct sun the entire time.

Avoid Sunburn
Some people get so focused on their exercise routine that they forget to protect their skin from the sun. Make sure you put sunscreen on before you go outside. The Mayo Clinic notes that a sunburn can actually decrease your body’s ability to cool down. Sunburn also hurts and can increase the risk of skin cancer. Consider choosing a sunscreen that is water and sweat resistant.

Listen to Your Body
Active.com says that you really need to listen to your body while you are exercising in the summer heat. Pay attention to it! If you start to feel dizzy, faint, or nauseous – those are signs that you need to stop exercising immediately. Get into some shade, rehydrate, and take a break.

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Save 20% on Lemons & Limes + SavingStar Now Available at More Stores!

Posted on Tuesday, July 15th, 2014 at 9:46 am
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Lemons & Limes at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 7/21/2014.

*** BIG NEWS *** SavingStar can now be used at Walmart, Target, Kmart, Meijer, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, and WinCo! Simply download their app for iPhone or Android and upload your receipt to get cash back when you shop at any of these stores!

 

 

 

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Things to Seek Out in a Sunscreen

Posted on Wednesday, July 9th, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Applying SunscreenSummer time is when a lot of people go on vacation and spend time outdoors. It is very important to protect your skin from the sun. Sunburn can be painful and it causes damage to your skin. One way to prevent that is by using sunscreen. Not all sunscreens are the same, though! Here are some things to seek out when selecting a sunscreen.

The purpose of sunscreen is to prevent sunburn. There are two ways that sunscreen can do this. Some of them only protect your skin from the sun’s ultraviolet B rays (or UVB rays). Some only protects against ultraviolet A rays (or UVA rays). A sunscreen that only provides protection from one of those is insufficient. You need to be protected from both types of radiation.

The Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has put together some helpful information for consumers who are interested in purchasing sunscreen. One important thing to know is that you should be looking for sunscreens that are “broad spectrum”. This means that the sunscreen protects against both UVB rays and UVA rays.

Under FDA regulations, only products that have passed a broad spectrum test are allowed to put the words “broad spectrum” on their sunscreen’s label. If you see “broad spectrum” on a sunscreen, you can be assured that it truly does protect against both UVB and UVA rays (and that it was tested to make sure).

Another important thing to look for in a sunscreen is its Sun Protection Factor (SPF). The SPF is a number that gives some indication as to how much protection from the sun it provides. Select a sunscreen that is at least SPF 15. Of course, higher numbers indicate even better protection, so don’t be afraid to choose a sunscreen that has a higher SPF number.

Avoid sunscreen that has an SPF that is lower than 15. The FDA now requires those sunscreen products to come with a warning. “Skin Cancer/Skin Aging Alert: Spending time in the sun increases your risk of skin cancer and early skin aging. This product has been shown only to help prevent sunburn, not skin cancer or early skin aging”.

What about the sunscreens that say they are water resistant? The FDA regulations require the sunscreen labels that make the claim of being water resistant to designate if it is protective for 40 or 80 minutes while swimming or sweating. This gives you a clear idea about when you need to reapply the sunscreen.

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Save 20% on Fresh Tomatoes ~ This Week Only!

Posted on Tuesday, July 8th, 2014 at 1:00 pm
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It’s Tuesday! Time to load this week’s Healthy Offer of the Week from Saving Star to your account! This week, Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Tomatoes at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer. Expires 7/14/2014

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Look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal

Posted on Wednesday, July 2nd, 2014 at 7:00 am
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Revised-Seal-copyWe all want to be able to make the best food choices for our families. Reading the labels on packages of food can help. Unfortunately, the current food labels don’t point out if there are any GMO ingredients in a package. That is why you should look for the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal. It identifies products that were made according to the best practices for GMO avoidance.

The Non-GMO Project is North America’s only independent verification for products made according to the best practices for GMO avoidance. They only allow products that have gone through their verification process to display their seal.

They require ongoing testing of all at-risk ingredients. Any ingredient that was being grown commercially in GMO form must be tested prior to use in a verified product. They use an Action Threshold of 0.9%. This matches up with the laws in the European Union (where any product that contains more than 0.9% GMO must be labeled). They also require rigorous traceability and segregation practices to be followed, in order to ensure ingredient integrity through to the finished product.

It should be pointed out that the products that receive the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal are not 100% GMO free. Instead, the label offers a true statement that acknowledges the reality of contamination risk from GMOs in the products that have the label. It is also worth knowing that foods that have the phrase “GMO free” on their labels have not necessarily gone through any testing or checking for GMOs. The best way to be certain about the amount of GMO ingredients in a food is to see if it has the Non-GMO Project Verified Seal.

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Save 20% on Fresh Apples ~ This Week Only!

Posted on Tuesday, June 24th, 2014 at 11:00 am
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It’s Tuesday! That means it’s time to load this week’s Saving Star Healthy Offer of the Week to your shopping cards. Save 20% on any single purchase of loose Apples at participating retailers.

See offer info for complete details. Check back every Tuesday for a new Healthy Offer

Expires 6/30/2014

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Healthy & Natural Brands Coupon Roundup

Posted on Tuesday, June 3rd, 2014 at 12:14 pm
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3 New Zarbee’s Coupons + Get it FREE at Target

Posted on Friday, May 30th, 2014 at 10:00 am
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$3.00 off one (1) Zarbee's Seasonal Relief 10 ctIf you prefer natural medications, don’t miss these 3 new rare coupon from Zarbee’s:


$3.00 off one (1) Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief 10 ct
Buy 2, get 1 Free Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief
$10.00 off 3 Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief

 

 

Buy (1)  Zarbee’s Naturals Seasonal Relief (10 ct) $8.99
Get a FREE $5 Target Gift Card 

Use $3.00 off one (1) Zarbee’s Seasonal Relief 10 ct
Stacks with: $2 back when you purchase Zarbee’s – Ibotta Deposit
Out of Pocket $5.99 + Get back a $5 Target gift card
Final Price: FREE  + $1.01 money maker!

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Frugal & Natural Uses for Leftover Coffee

Posted on Tuesday, May 27th, 2014 at 10:38 am
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coffeeMany of us begin our day with a delicious cup of coffee. What do you do with your used coffee grounds? Do you pour your leftover coffee down the drain? Amazingly, coffee can be a frugal & natural way to help us out around the house. Instead of disposing of your coffee, try some of these amazing uses for coffee and coffee grounds:

  1. Use Grounds as a Pest Repellent: Deter ants, slugs and snails by sprinkling coffee grounds in their path or at their source
  2. Make Coffee Ice Cubes: Take your leftover coffee and make it into coffee ice cubes for an iced coffee later in the day
  3. Air Fresheners: Place a bowl of fresh ground coffee anywhere you want to remove an unpleasant smell. The coffee will absorb the smell you’re hoping to remove.
  4. Add Shine to your Hair: Massage grounds into clean, wet hair. Rinse and then enjoy the new shine
  5. Wash Hands: Use coffee grounds to remove harsh smells from your hands
  6. Garden Fertilizer & Repellent: Add coffee grounds to your garden to help add nitrogen to plants. The grounds will also repel neighborhood cats from digging in your garden.
  7. Natural Dye: Use brewed coffee as a brown food coloring.
  8. Repair Furniture Scratches: Rub wet coffee grounds into scratches on your wood furniture and the scratch will become much less visable

What uses have you found for your left over coffee??

 

 

 

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