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Are You Up For the Challenge?

23 Apr

imageIf you are a person that is trying to lose weight or maintain your current weight, I found the perfect APP, also available online that is FREE and easy to use! After 3 kids, I was ready to lose the baby weight and My Fitness Pal helped me reach my goal!

I tried so many different apps looking for something that was easy but would still help me reach my goals so when I found My Fitness Pal, it was exactly what I was looking for. Download My Fitness Pal here to try it out or sign up Online here.

Getting Started

After downloading the App or signing up online, your profile will be created by entering your personal information which includes: height, gender, current weight and goal weight. It will calculate the number of calories to eat in order to either maintain or lose weight. All food eaten is entered in your “Diary”, and the calories are deducted from your number of suggested calories a day.

Easy to Use: Calculations are Done For You

Everything you could possible eat is already in the imagedatabase of foods. I have NEVER come across something that has not been in the database. When adding meals you have cooked with multiple ingredients, each ingredient is added seperate. Once added, you have the option of saving the meal or recipe, so next time you make that meal, you dont have to enter all the ingredients. It will be saved and easily added to your diary from “My Foods” or “My Recipes.”

The calculations are done for you! Enter your foods and it shows how many calories you have left for the day! Enter breakfast, lunch, dinner, and snacks. As you add your foods in your diary, it always displays frequent and most recent foods added, which makes it even easier and faster to add.

Track Your Physical Activity

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Any activities that you do whether its cardiovascular or strength training can be added as well. This will give you additional calories for the day. Every activity that you can possibly do is in the database so the calories burned are automatically calculated and is reflected in your diary. Aerobics, dancing, walking, bowling, cleaning, mowing the lawn, running, tennis, basketball are just a few examples of MANY excercises in the database.

Track Your Water Intake

imageWant to make sure you are drinking enough water? Add the number of glasses or bottles of water you drink! I am bad about not drinking enough water, so adding the amount of water I drink is reflected in my diary so it motivates me to drink more water!

Connect With Friends

Another great feature in My Fitness Pal, is that it allows you to connect with friends. If any of your friends have joined, you can motivate each other to stay on track.

Are You Up For the Challenge?

I would suggest giving this one a try!! It can be done on the computer or your phone so it’s easily accessed by anybody who wants to try and it’s FREE!

Related articles: See others who are using My Fitness Pal!

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Want to Start Saving For a Vacation This Summer?

4 Apr

A Simple Tip That WORKS!

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Summer is going to be here before you know it! There are lots of ways to save but today, I’m going to share with you how we save for our summer vacation spending money. It’s simple and it WORKS! How do I know? Because I got $400 worth of change in just a couple months. The longer you do it, the less you have to get from the bank before your vacation! Keep reading for details!

When you purchase something using cash, use bills and not change!

I know this sounds opposite of what we usually do, but all the extra change will go toward your summer vacation! Even if a soda cost you $1.03, pay with $2.00 instead of $1 and 3 pennies. This will give you .97 cents to put in your jar. All the change adds up quickly. In just a couple of months doing this, my husband and I had accumulated almost $400. This is a picture of me cashing in our change that we used for spending money:-))

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$1 spent Periodically Versus a $500 Withdrawal From the Bank

You might feel like your wasting a dollar but $1.00 missing here and there is much better than forking out $500-$1000 out of your bank account for spending money! Think about how many times you purchase little things using cash and use the change in your car, pocket or wallet so that way you get only bills back. Now think about how much change you will have if you never get into your your change stash. Yes it seems like you saved a little by using your stash of change, all of that change adds up if you never use it to get bills back. It’s a simple yet effective way to save for spending money!

Want to Save Even More?

This is more of a sacrifice but it will help you save even more for your summer trip. When using a higher bill, like a $5,$10, $20, or $100 bill, place the the $1 bills in the jar along with the change. This option is good for people who want to save even more for their trip.

Happy Savings!!

Discounts and Coupons on Your Phone?

2 Apr

Ready to Use Coupons for Bealls, Old Navy and JcPenny’s

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Show the person at checkout the coupons on your phone to get the discounts.  For a complete list of stores that give out text coupons and how to sign up see my post here: Do you Use Text Coupons?

JcPenny Save $10 off of $50 purchase: Expires 4/7/13

Jcpenny coupon expires 4/7

Bealls save $10 off of $25 purchase: Expires 4/9/13

Bealls expires 4-9

Old Navy save 20%: Expires 4/4/13

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Do you Use Text Message Coupons?

31 Mar

Text CouponsWhy Text Coupons vs. Email Coupons?

I get so many emails on different promotions and discount codes but rarely have the time to look through them all, so I end up missing the great deals. However, if I get a text message with a simple code to give at the store or online, I use them much more frequently! They do not bombard you with text messages. It’s a simple text stating the promotion that they are offering to subscribers and its usually around 5 a month.

Example

Perfect example: Around Easter, I am super busy and have not been able to check my email, but I ALWAYS have my phone. I was out shopping for my girls’ Easter dresses and shoes and remembered that yesterday I had gotten texts from Bealls and Payless Shoes. (Well also other stores, but living in a small town and doing shopping the night before Easter, I was limited to just a few places.) Most stores are having lots of sales already, so at checkout, I got the sale prices and also got an extra 25% off after giving them the discount code at checkout! If I had not subscribed to get text message coupons, then I would of missed out on my extra savings!

It’s SIMPLE

It is so simple to subscribe. Send a simple one word text to the number I have provided for you, and then you are ready to receive your discounts! After signing up, it states how many text messages you will receive in a month. I have also included a few where you have to enter your cell phone number on the website, and then they send a text confirming. Text message rates apply so if you have an unlimited usage plan on your cell phone, then coupons via text is perfect for you!

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Easy to STOP

If you get text coupons that you don’t use,  just text a single word and all text messages will stop!!! When signing up, and with every promotion they send, it gives specific directions on how to unsubscribe.

Saving Via Text

Here are the ones I currently subscribe to:

Bealls: 38228 text WIN and you will get coupons via text plus entered into $100 shopping spree

JcPenny: 527365 text HELP and then it will give instructions on signing up via text.

Best Buy: 332211 text DEALS

Kohl’s: 56457 text SAVE

Office Depot: 33768 text JOIN

Old Navy: 653689 text DEALS

Pink Victoria Secret: 877465 text NATION, it will then give you the link to enter your cell number and then they will automatically send you a text back confirming your enrollment.

Target: 827438 text COUPONS

American Eagle: 32453 text JOIN

Michael’s: 273283 text JOIN2

Redbox: 727272 text SIGNUP

JoAnn’s: 56266 text BEADS

Kirklands: 572837 text KSAVES

Famous Footwear: 326687 text HELP

Payless: 747474 text PAYLESS (20% off sign up coupon)

Arby’s: 27297 text CLUB

Dollar General: 34898 text JOIN

Macy’s: 62297 text JOIN

Gymboree: 38109 text GYMBOREE

****Please note that if you do not have an unlimited text plan, then text rates do apply.****

If you have others that are not on here, please feel free to share!!

Have questions? Feel free to ask!

Get Money Back on Easter Candy and Cookies From Ibotta

23 Mar

For All Ibotta Users……

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If you use Ibotta, right now you can get money back on Easter candy and cookie products! We all know that this time of year, we will be purchasing Easter candy for Easter baskets or goody bags for our kids’ classes, so why not get money back?

Easter Candy/Cookies Offered on Ibotta

Cadbury Mini Eggs, Reese’s Eggs, Bunny Mix M&M’s, Starburst Jellybeans Eggs, Peeps, and Nestle Easter Buddies Cookie Dough are all offered on Ibotta right now. Get them now when you can be rewarded for it on Ibotta!

IbottaNot Familiar with Ibotta?

Read my post on How Ibotta Can Save You Money. I use this App every time I go to the store and I highly recommend it for people who are looking to save some money at the store!!!

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My Coke Rewards: Not Just Coke?

22 Mar

My Coke Rewards is a great way to earn rewards for drinks you probably already buy. There is a whole list of drinks that participate in this program that I had no idea were Coke products like Dasani water, Minute Maid drinks, and many more!

Brands that Participate

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Not a Coke fan? All these drinks also participate in the Rewards Program: Coke, Diet Coke, Coke Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Dasani, Powerade, Minute Maid, Pibb, Fresca, Barq’s, Mello Yello, Seagrams, and Fuze.

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On each box of participating brands, you will see the My Coke Rewards symbol which may be different colors depending on which productyou buy. For instance, I bought a case of Dasani water and the symbol was blue. If the symbol is on the box, there will be a code inside that you enter online once you set up an account.

Sign up Online: My Coke Rewards

It’s fast and easy to sign up online and the best part…. IT’S FREE! All you need is your name and email and you are ready to start earning points. To sign up, visit the My Coke Rewards website.

Enter Codes to Earn Rewards

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Earn points by entering the codes on all Coke Products or by participating in activities online. You will get an email periodically updating you on special promotions or new information but they DO NOT bombard you with tons emails. DOUBLE POINTS emails are very useful contain information about earning double points on certain products.

Time Saver Tip: Once you set up your account, you can go into your settings and enter your cell phone number so that you can enter your codes via text. I usually enter my codes this way out of convenience and it’s a GREAT feature for people who have unlimited texting.

imageRedeem Points for Rewards

Use your points on Sweepstakes, Instant Wins, coupons, gift cards, magazines, toys, and much more. I almost have enough points for the InStyle Magazine Subscription but there are many more that I am wanting! You can see all the rewards offered by visiting the Coke Rewards Catalogue.

Teaching Your Kids About Time: Alarm Clocks and Clock Crafts

20 Mar

imageKids Need and Want Responsibility

No matter how old or young your kids are, they need and want responsibility! The best thing I ever got for my 4 and 7 year old was their own alarm. I never dreamed that having an alarm in my girls’ room would make mornings so much easier!

My 7 year old sets her own alarm and with my 4 year old, we do it together. Since they were given the responsibility to wake up to the alarm, THEY DO!!! In fact, most mornings, they are ready to go before I get out of bed. Note: I lay my girls clothes out the night before!

Who would of thought an alarm would make my life easier?

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Setting an alarm is the perfect chance to teach and/or reinforce a lesson on time. Being a certified teacher and a stay at home, I take every oppurtunity to teach a lesson. Kids learn better by connecting their learning with everyday experiences. When setting the alarms, I get out the regular standard clock (I use the Big Time Learning Clock) and compare the current and wake up time using the standard and digital clock. We discuss the hour and minute hand comparing it to the digital clock. Kid connection: Have your kids create their own clock using paper plates. (See the craft clock picture and directions on how to make these clocks in the next section, Money Saver Clock Craft).

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Wen reviewing and/or teaching time with your kids, having a clock that they made, motivates and enhances their understanding of time. The more hands on activities your kids do with time, the more your kids will understand the concept of time! I use the Big Time learning clock, my kids use the clock that they made and seeing the excitement on their faces, with their clock in hand ready to learn, is priceless! Kids are motivated to learn when they take part in the learning experience!

Get details on how to make this clock by visiting Learning Ideas Grades K-8, 5-Minute Interval Paper Plate Clock. She has some great ideas on making clocks using paper plates that keeps kids motivated and WANTING to learn, like the Baseball Clock, Easter Clock, and one of my kids favorites… Telling Time with Manipulatives!

Need other tips on making your mornings easier? See my article:

Morning Craziness: How to Make Your Morning Less Chaotic with Kids

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Teaching Kids with Play Dough (momslooking2save.com)

Huggies Rewards: Are Generic Diapers Really Saving You Money?

17 Mar

imageRaising a family is one of the biggest joys in my life! We all know that having kids also means lots of added expenses, so I am constantly looking for ways to pinch a penny. Is generic diapers really saving you money? Would you like to be rewarded for the baby products you buy?

Generic VERSUS Name Brand Diapers

After having my third child, I Generic vs brand diapershave finally learned what works best when it comes to purchasing diapers. If I had known back when my first child was born what I know now, I would have made different choices that would of made things so much easier!

Generic Diapers: More diaper changes

When using the generic diapers, I found myself having to change my daughter more often during the day because they are not as absorbent. Changing her more often is not a big deal, I was just using more of the generic diapers. So when I thought I was saving, in reality I was spending about the same.

Generic: Night Time Diaper Changes

Once I put my daughter to sleep, I want her to sleep as long as possible. When she wakes up in the middle of the night, the last thing I want to do is change a wet diaper. Not because I don’t want to take time to do it, but because it wakes her up more, making it more difficult to get her back to sleep.

In my experience, generic diapers always leak in the middle of the night, which leads to frequent night time diaper changes. So I was buying Huggies diapers to use at night and generic diapers during the day. Was I really saving money by using the generic? Since I was having to buy two different brands of diapers, I was actually spending about the same amount had I just bought all Huggies diapers.

HuggiesName Brand Diapers

Everybody has a preference when it comes to diapers whether its the texture, how it fits, or how it looks. All the name brands that I have used all work well and are about the same price. So it all comes down to the name brand name you decide to purchase. For me it was Huggies!

Why Huggies?

If all the name brand diapers work well and about the same price, why not choose the one that offers rewards and get rewarded on things you already buy?

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This is a program where you get rewarded on the products you buy! When you purchase a Huggies product that has the Family Rewards Symbol, there is a sticker inside with a number on it. After signing up on the Huggies website, you enter the number on the sticker and you get points added to your account. Once you have accumulated points, you can redeem your points for rewards! I am personally trying to save my points for a $50 amazon credit, Fitness magazine, and the musical instruments for my daughter.

Time Saver Tip

I keep a basket on the counter. This is where I put all my codes for rewards and when I have accumulated 5-10, then I enter codes at one time. I participate in several award programs, so this saves TIME!!

Capri Sun Money Savers and Crafts

24 Feb

What Can you do with Capri Sun Pouches?

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Use Capri Sun to Keep Lunches Cold

Freeze your Capri Sun, and it makes the perfect Ice Pack!!! By the time lunch comes around, the Capri Sun is nice and cold and ready to drink! No more busted ice packs or packing a lunch and realizing you forgot to put the ice pack in the freezer! When you buy your Capri Suns just stick in the freezer, so when it’s time to pack a lunch, just grab a Capri Sun from the freezer and you got your ice pack and drink all in one!!!

Save the Capri Sun Pouches for Arts and Crafts

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Use the Capri Sun pouches to make lunch boxes, pencil pouches or just be creative and see what your kids can come up with!!! My girls like to cut out different shapes and glue on construction paper for a shiny works of art.

Step by Step Directions for Capri Sun Pouches Crafts

(These step by step instructions were compliments of ThriftyFun.com and Craftster.org)

Capri Sun Purse

Capri Sun Lunchbox, Wallet, Checkbook Cover, Purse

Wallet, Gift Bags, Totes

Money back from IbottaIbotta

Right now Ibotta has the Kool-Aide Jammer Capri Sun on their product list. For those of you who are familiar with Ibotta, you know that they frequently have offers on Capri Sun products. If you are not familiar with Ibotta, it is an APP where you save money on groceries you already buy. For more information on Ibotta, see my previous post, Ibotta: Save Money on Groceries you Already Buy.

Earn cash for your schools

Save all your Capri Sun pouches to earn money for your school or any other organization. It’s as program called the Pouch Brigade and its a great way to teach your kids the importance of recycling. Click on the title of this section for more information!

Do you have a craft idea for Capri Sun? Or Maybe a coupon? Please feel free to comment!

Have you Heard of the Money Saver Store No More Rack?

17 Feb

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Great Prices

I don’t know how I found this online store, but it is a GREAT place to find awesome deals, so I thought I would share…..

I have ordered a couple of things and looking forward to order more! You can buy anything from electronics, accessories for android and IPhone, sheets, bedding, organizers, clothing for men and women, toys, much MoRE!! ALL AT HUGE DISCOUNTED PRICES!!

My Experience

Just to give you an idea of the store, I bought these earrings and necklace and was super happy with the quality!!

Nomorerack earrings

Do you want to know the best part?

They were only $5.00, original price was $199!!! I was wanting a pair of diamond earrings, not the real thing, to wear everyday. I have to be careful with my earrings because I have sensitive ears and they get infected if I wear jewelry that does not have sterling silver or real gold post. Being a stay at home mom, I do not change out my earrings very often so I wanted a pair that I could leave in and even sleep in without my ears getting infected! These were perfect!! I keep them in all day and sleep in them and you can’t beat the price. I haven’t worn the necklace yet, but next time I get dressed up, the necklace dresses up the earrings to wear for a special night out!

Here is something else that I am interested in from Nomorerack, just to give you an idea of the discounts!

Nomorerack sunglasses

Your Experience?

Have you bought from nomorerack? I would love to hear from people who have or are going to try it out after this post! Any negative experiences?  Although my experience was great, I would like to know if anybody has had a bad experience with nomorerack!

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