Saturday, July 31, 2010

I {Heart} Oregon Chai - Sponsored Post

I absolutely LOVE Oregon Chai Tea Latte Mix. It ranks up there with my favorite drinks! It's creamy, delicious, spicy & relaxing to me, yummmmmm. So I thought I'd share with you fellow chai tea drinkers that you can join Oregon Chai's Twitter party on Tuesday, August 10, 2010 from 8-9:00pm Eastern Daylight Time to celebrate their new 10-ounce canister product!

Wellness expert Peggy Hall will host and share Me Time tips and answer guests’ questions. There will also be plenty of giveaways and one participant will win the $100 Me Time Supreme prize!

Visit Oregon Chai to learn more about the new 10-ounce canister and the entire line of yummy products they carry.

Please use hashtag #Chaifor10 when you join the party at Twitter on August 10, from 8-9:00pm!
And be sure to follow @OregonChai, @OregonChaiJulie and @PeggyHall.

{This is a post sponsored by Oregon Chai}

Free Sample Of Sun Crystals Sweetener

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

Bright Beginnings for Your Little One

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of PBM Products. All opinions are 100% mine.Bright_beginnings_1
Parent's Choice designed this newest can of Bright Beginnings. I especially like the colored font & rising sun :) Beautiful work Parent's Choice!

Bright Beginnings Formula is a milk based formula with DHA & ARA (which are nutrients that are naturally found in breast milk).
The Bright Beginnings Infant Formula with Iron benefits your baby's eye & brain development, immune system & growing body through their first year. Plus it's very reasonably priced!
The Bright Beginnings Forumla line has every product you need for your growing baby. The organic formulas look like a great choice for those of you that primarily shop organically grown.
When my daughter was an infant, I had to switch from breast feeding to formula at 7 months due to my terribly painful carpal tunnel syndrome. The doctor had to put me on a pain medication that would leak into my breast milk so I had to stop. It was upsetting to me because I enjoyed that time with her so much but I had to do what was best for us and being able to hold her was becoming a concern.
I switched to a very expensive formula that I thought was the best due to price but later found out that I could have saved alot of money if I had done some better research on different formulas and their ingredients. But that's part of mothering your first child :) You live and learn from all the choices you make. I made the right one for me and my little one.
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Wednesday, July 28, 2010

Crab Classics Coupon - $1 off

Click HERE to get a $1 off coupon for Crab Classics. My local Stop & Shop always has these on sale and this could make for some inexpensive crab meat for recipes/salads.

Monday, July 26, 2010

Back to School Shopping Tips

When the grocery store starts selling lunch boxes and school supplies, you know that the summer break days are numbered…

I can remember from my own school days the feeling of confidence and anticipation that came from going off to meet my new teacher and classmates with a new backpack, lunch box, clothes and shoes. And now that I am a parent, I want to pass on these same feelings to my kids but without breaking the bank. Costs associated with back to school expenses can be crippling for families if you spend before doing a little studying of your own!

So, as the lazy summer routines give way to more structure every August, this is when spending skills are tested for most families. Any change in routine can cause stress on the family spender and if left unprepared you may find spending can get out of control and leave you with the same old feeling of frustration. So, below are some tips to help make the shift go smoothly and with as little impact to the checkbook as possible:

1) A little planning goes a long way. Before shopping for anything related to getting ready for school, spend some time with your kids discussing what is needed and when it is needed. This will give you an idea of the overall cost involved so you can plan accordingly. In about 3 weeks, revisit the list of things you classify as “Need Later” to see if you really need them. Get a sturdy clipboard and use the worksheet located on my website as a guide for each child.

2) Each child will have different needs since each grade has different supplies, clothing trends and lunch considerations. Check the school website for more information such as a grade appropriate supply list before shopping. Most kids can get by in the first few days with the basics, and then fill in the rest of the supplies after your student has met the teacher and knows what is expected.

3) Shop for categories of items separately to enable tracking your spending. If you lump all the shopping into one big trip for all your kids, it is much easier to loose track of your spending goals. For example, shop for all the lunch supplies on one trip and the next trip shop for the clothes, etc.

4) If you have more than one child to outfit for school, take advantage of sales for multiple purchases. For example, buy one get one free shoes, snacks and drinks. For the most savings, combine a store coupon with an offer like this.

5) Delay some of your purchases until after school starts. While there are lots of great back to school sales before school starts, try to hold off since often you will see even deeper discounts when overstocked inventory must go in a few weeks. Also, your child may change their mind about what they need based on seeing what the trends are at school.

6) Use the internet to find store coupons and online coupon codes that are not available anywhere else. For example, lists a huge variety of coupons and by spending a few minutes surfing before shopping you can yield big savings.

Remember there will be other expenses incurred as you get into the school year, such as after school activities, school events, and gifts so if you plan ahead, you will be in a better position to manage the financial impact.

Amy Bergin, mother of three children, creator of THE COUPONIZER®. The #1 best selling coupon organizing and shopping system in the US and Canada. To find out more visit her website at **THE COUPONIZER®**

Saturday, July 24, 2010

Saving Money - What Do You Do To Save Money For Your Family?

I have been on a mission for the last 10 months, like most of you during these more stressful economic times - to save money.
It's a practice that takes some practice :) I used to be a pretty impulsive the grocery store, the salon, dining out. All of those things slowly started to get more difficult for us as the prices started getting higher in the stores & at the pump.
I went back to work part-time last fall to supplement our family's income and pay off some bills.
I started clipping coupons. I mean serious coupon clipping. I do it now like it's a sport. If there's a coupon for something or some place, well I probably have it.
I plan our family's meals around the sales at the grocery store. No more unplanned shopping trips that tack on $50-$100 additional expenses to our grocery budget.
Oh yes and that too - I am proud to say that we have a budget AND we stay on top of it now. This was a huge change in our lives. We learned how to budget every expense by going over our monthly expenses for the previous year and determining what we spent in each and every category. Yikes....I noticed some pretty extreme spending in a few categories {namely dining, groceries, medical and scrapbooking supplies} What can I say? I'm a scrapbooker & crop organizer so I spend tons of money on my passionate hobby. But it needed to be along came the budget. It's been a blessing rather than the curse we were afraid of.
I now shop for deals on everything such as:
Dining out (which we do once or twice a month now. Not once or twice a week or even day like we used to.)
Personal care items - we are no longer loyal brand shoppers and it's been a welcome revelation that the less expensive products work just as well if not better! Eye care - check out Zenni Optical for fabulous deals on eyeglasses - the savings are impressive for my husband's ever-changing eye prescription. Grocery Stores - I used to exclusively shop at one or two stores in our area but since we are in such a central location to almost every chain on the East Coast, I shop where the best sales are. I stopped caring about the gas rewards at one store where I was paying triple for produce and started going to our local market for cheaper, fresher & organic items.
All in all, the economy has tightened our wallets but has made us smarter shoppers. We now make our money work for us. Good deals are not hard to find. Gradual lifestyle changes worked for us. What works best for you? How do you save money?

This is a Sponsored Post written by me on behalf of Zenni Optical. All opinions are 100% mine.

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Monday, July 19, 2010

Free Game of Bowling July 31st - Aug 7th

Visit to find a bowling alley near you that is participating in National Bowling Week.

Save Money by Making Your Own Household Cleaners

Visit for their awesome homemade cleaning products to make your own and save tons of money!
You can find project recipes to make wipes, scrubs, cleaners & more.

Free Sample of Toms of Maine Wicked Fresh Toothpaste

Play the Tom’s of Maine Instant Win Game on Facebook and you’ll get a free sample of their new toothpaste.
You don't have to upload a photo though just click on “skip” at the bottom of that page :)
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