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Father's Day Event-Review and Giveaway: Our sponser: Crystallize It!

Monday, May 31, 2010










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The great folks at Crystallize It would love to offer one lucky reader a chance to recieve their very own special crystal.
Entrants from US or Canada may enter and a random draw will be made by Random.org on June 20,2010





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Freebies Are Fun- A Great Web Site for Free Stuff

“Why buy it when you can get it for free”? We have heard that many times and in this economy we all looking for a little something extra. Companies want to give you a free sample, free trial, and sometimes full size product so you will try what they have to offer and hopefully buy it or at least tell your friends (word of mouth marketing). When Freebies are Fun  say free we mean free. If they post free samples, free trials, or anything else that is free you can be sure it will be 100% free for you, no strings attached.

Sometimes they find great offers that do require a purchase or they are free when you pay for shipping. They like to pass these along to their readers as well. These offers will always indicate if a purchase if required so you will know they are not 100% free.

They don’t actually send you the freebies and samples you see listed on their site. They scour the web to find free stuff for you and put them all in one place on Freebies Are Fun so you don't have to do the work of finding them.




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Today's Winner!

Today's winner for the Food Should Taste Good giveaway
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2010/05/review-and-giveaway-usa-only-food.html

is: bbaratta61@verizon.net

***Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is chosen.

Thank you to all who took the time to enter.

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36 Butcher's Suggestions For Cutting Meat Bills

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Butcher's Suggestions For Cutting Meat Bills:





1. Buy a good cookbook. Familiarize yourself with


cheaper meat cuts.

2. Have at least one meatless day each week - serve

substitutes.

3. Trade budget-stretching meat recipes with friends,

neighbors, relatives.

4. Avoid expensive canned and frozen "convenience"

meats.

5. Watch ads & stock up on genuine meat bargains. Keep

your freezer full.

6. Buy meats in economy "family-packs" when possible.

Divide and freeze for specific uses.

7. Stretch hamburger meat by adding bread crumbs,

chopped onion, egg and seasonings. Shape into patties and

grill.

8. Buy beef by the "half" or "quarter". Have it

professionally cut and store in your freezer. Sell or

trade excess with your neighbors.

9. To avoid excessive shrinkage and waste, cook

long-cooking meat over low or moderate heat or in 325

degree oven.

10. Use a meat thermometer to determine doneness. This

prevents overcooking, shrinkage and drying out of meat.

11. Well trimmed meat weights less, costs less. Shop

around and find the markets that do the best trimming job.

12. Extend meat loaf and other ground-beef dishes with

mixed vegetables, mashed white or sweet potatoes, rice or

pasta.

13. Reduce amount of meat in such recipes as stews,

casseroles, chili and spaghetti sauce. Increase sauce and

vegetable.

14. For freshest meats, shop early on days when stores

are busy - generally mid to end of week. Avoid mornings

after long weekends.

15. Stir-frying stretches meat and it's fast too. To cut

into thinnest slices, partially freeze the meat. Use

round and flank steaks.

16. Use "chunky" style soups over potatoes or pasta in

place of meat.

17. Substitute small bone chuck steak for sirloin or top

round. Sprinkle with meat tenderizer before broiling or

barbecuing.

18. Rush purchased meat to refrigerator or freezer to

avoid spoilage.

19. To avoid wasting hamburger, freeze as patties instead

of as a chunk.

20. Save tough rinds from ham, bacon or hocks. Tuck into

potato, rice or noodle casseroles & bake for meaty flavor.

Discard before serving.

21. Unless you want the bone for soup, a boneless ham

usually costs less.

22. Save & freeze all meat bones and trimmings. Use in

soups and stews.

23. Buy large cuts of meat (chuck & pork roasts; thick

steaks & ham), when on sale and cut up for a variety of

uses.

24. Marinate, tenderize or braise less tender cuts of

meat before cooking.

25. Try less expensive "organ" meats: liver, heart,

brains, kidney, tripe.

26. Buy luncheon meats unsliced in a chunk. Slice them

yourself & save.

27. Buy bacon ends in economy sizes; divide and freeze.

Cook, then combine with scrambled eggs - much cheaper than

perfectly sliced bacon.

28. Get acquainted with your market's meat cutter. He

can alert you to unadvertised specials and give you good

cooking and saving tips.

29. Slice roasts and ham thin. Two thin slices look like

more on the place than one thick one.

30. You require less ground-meat mixture per serving if

you use it to stuff tomatoes, green peppers, cabbage

leaves and any type of squashes.

31. To avoid "freezer burn", which dries out and toughens

meat, rewrap all market-packaged meats in airtight freezer

wrap.

32. Save cooking liquid from New England boiled dinner,

smoked pork shoulder or brisket. Use for lentil, pea,

potato or barley soup.

33. Save all scraps of meat leftovers. Then grind or

chop them & mix with salad dressing, relish, celery &

onion for sandwich spreads and dips.

34. Make gravy from drippings. Serve on biscuits, toast,

pasta, rice, etc.

35. Dice cooked meat leftovers, mix with barbecue sauce &

serve in buns.

36. Save on "outdated" meats, but freeze or serve as soon

as possible.

Fathers Day Event- Review Only- : Gary West Smoked Meats

 


A great gift idea for any man is food! But not any food- meat- and not any meat- beef jerky- specially packaged and wrapped for dad on Fathers Day.
One Dozen Long-Stemmed Steak Strips, wrapped decoratively in red tissue and delivered in a traditional flower box.
Send in love, thanks, well wishes or just because you feel like it.
Gary West also has other great gift ideas for dad, and you can check out other great meats in their online store.

Visit their Jerky Factory & Tasting Room at 690 North 5th St. in Jacksonville, Oregon and sample many of Oregon's finest products, if you live in the area.


Happy Father's Day from Gary West and staff!



Fathers's Day Event -Sponser: Fibers.com




Show your dad, boyfriend or hubby how much you care this year with something great to wear from Fibers.
Fibers offers t-shirts, sweatshirts and clothing for dad with great designs.
And,if you can't find what you are looking for you can always create your own dad t-shirts, hoodies and more great clothing!
Fibers.com is confident you will be satisfied with your purchase for dad.They offer all customers a 30-day money back guarantee. If for any reason they are unhappy with their purchase.





Currently they are running a great Fathers Day contest as well:
Design & create a new champion that celebrates dads and fatherhood. Anything goes! All are welcome to participate! No design skills necessary. Contest ends June 9th.



The great folks at Fibers would love to offer a $25 gift certificate for one winner from the US or Canada, towards your choosing of an item from their web site.

A random draw will be made on June 20, 2010 from all entries recieved, by Random.org.


To Enter:

Tell me who you are spending Fathers Day with: hubby , dad or both?


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We have a Winner!

We have a winner for today's giveaway from Hatley:
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lesandkrista@mts.net
is our winner.

Winner has been contacted and has 7 days to reply before a new winner is chosen.

Thank you to all who entered!

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57 Ways to Reduce Housing and Home Expenses

Friday, May 28, 2010



1. Consider buying an old, inexpensive house &


modernizing it yourself.

2. Check firms that build the house's exterior and you

do the inside work.

3. Give thought to living in a mobile home or modular

housing.

4. You can save substantially by learning how to

conserve home energy.

5. Insulate your home yourself & you may be entitled to

a large tax credit.

6. Use solar energy in your home & reduce conventional

energy expenses.

7. Pay property insurance premiums annually for

substantial savings.

8. Moving costs may be tax deductible, if it was done

for business reasons.

9. If necessary, add extra rooms instead of looking for

a larger house.

10. Keep your home in good condition. It will insure top

money when selling.

How to save on home repair bills......

11. Practice preventable maintenance. Take good care of

what you have.

12. Get an illustrated manual & learn to repair most

common problems yourself.

13. When needed, ask friends & neighbors whom they

recommend for repair work.

14. Always get competitive bids for larger repair jobs.

15. Before hiring a firm, ask for names of their

customers you can contact.

16. If a loan is required for repairs, shop round for

lowest interest rates.

17. Borrow money for the shortest period possible.

18. Use reputable firms. Check with Better Business

Bureau if necessary.

19. Establish a good trusting relationship with a

reliable repair service.

20. Get a signed cost estimate before repair work is

started.

Where to find the best home bargains.....

21. Discount stores.

22. Auctions.

23. Catalog stores.

24. Garage sales.

25. Flea markets.

26. Thrift stores.

27. Classified ads. (You'll get a better bargain from

private owner, than from a store).

28. Sales and clearances of reputable stores.

29. Look for "floor samples" and "demonstrator's models

30. Shop for discontinued models and "slightly damaged"

merchandise.

31. Buy "unclaimed" and "repossessed" furniture at

warehouse sales.

32. Buy unpainted furniture and finish it yourself.

33. Try to buy wholesale. Some manufacturers have

"wholesale outlets".

34. Consider working a swap with friends, relatives,

neighbors.

How to buy furniture, appliances, furnishings

intelligently........

35. Before you buy, ask yourself, "Do I really need it?"

36. Shop around before you decide. Become an expert

comparison shopper.

37. Ask around. Talk to others and ask their

experiences, suggestions.

38. Go to the local library and read. Check out recent

articles on the subject.

39. Is the merchant reliable in case you have any

problems later?

40. Never sign contracts or agreements until you know

what you are signing.

41. If you buy on credit, keep a written record of your

spending in your wallet.

42. Use charge cards only if you pay bills before

interest is added.

43. Buy only low-energy, high efficiency appliances.

44. See if you can "make do" with what you have.

45. When ordering carpeting, ask for broadloom remnants

and save about half.

46. Make some items yourself, such as curtains,

draperies, bedspreads, etc.

47. Buy radios and TV's during January & May sales.

48. February & June are good times to buy bedding, floor

covering, furniture.

49. Shop March & July for good buys on washers and

dryers.

50. Buy rugs during August and October sales.

51. Stock up on household linens during the months of

January, May & August.

52. March is a good month to buy a house, right after

school vacation starts.

53. Buy a kitchen range, paint & wallpaper during April

sales.

54. March is a good month to select a new air

conditioner.

55. January sales are good for buying small appliances,

blankets, quilts.

56. Buy housewares in Feb., Sept.; china & glassware in

March & Sept.

57. Buy fabrics in Jan. & October; storm windows in June

& July.

We Have a Winner!

I realized today that I had not did the draw for our Joy of Soap giveaway on May 22th.
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2010/05/review-and-giveaway-and-discount-code.html
Sorry about that.
It was made tonight though and the winner has been contacted:

bluemirage2@hotmail.com


Thank you to all who entered!



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Father’s Day :T-Shirt Design Challenge: Win a 16GB iPad and over $150 in prizes!



Unseat the “#1 Dad” t-shirt as the reigning champ of Father’s Day T-Shirts.


Design & create a new champion that celebrates dads and fatherhood. Anything goes! All are welcome to participate! No design skills necessary. Contest begins May 26th and ends June 9th.

Vote for your favorite design below or submit your own Father’s Day design for a chance to win an iPad and over $150 prizes! Proceeds of winning designs benefit National Fatherhood Initiative.

See rules: challenge ends: June 9, 2010


**Not alot of entries or votes so great odds!



Dad T-Shirts  http://www.fibers.com/shop/dad



Custom T-Shirts http://www.fibers.com/create

Review and Giveaway: Book: This is Why Your Fat by Jackie Warner




Eat More, Cheat More and keep off the weight- doesn't that sound like a great thing?
I have always been a person who has made time daily for exercising,but not always the healthiest of eaters, until I started having digestive problems more so, a few months back. Healthy eating really does make a difference and is a great lifestyle to keep your body healthy.
I enjoyed reading this book- it was simple reading, and made sense.

Jackie Warner shows you what makes you fat and how easy it is to make changes to stay thin always.
She features a 2 week jump start program where no food is off limits.
She allows you to eat clean for 5 days then indulge on the weekend.
She shows us how to control our sugar cravings as sugar is what make us fat!
She shares simple exercises that you can do in 20 minutes a day.
She makes it easy to lose weight and keep it off.


Hachette Books would love to give away 3 copies of this book to 3 lucky readers from Canada or the USA.
A random draw will be made on June 12, 2010 by Random.org



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Review and Giveaway: Fairytale Brownies

Thursday, May 27, 2010




Was I excited today when I recieved my box of Fairytale brownies! I couldn't wait till the rest of the "gang" got home and we could all ooh and aww over them! They came specially delivered and kept cool. A wonderful catalog came with the box of brownies and I thought: "Wow- this is a great business these folks have. You doesn't love brownies?"
And although they aren't allergy free, and I have this silly lactose intolerance thing, I took my pill and chose the Mint Chocolate- I wasn't missing out! And actually , no tummy rumbles, no nothing- and what a taste! We all dove in!







Their brownies include - rich, dark Callebaut Belgian chocolate blended with pure creamery butter and farm fresh eggs. All-natural Fairytale Brownies are certified kosher and free of trans fats, hydrogenated oils, preservatives and artificial colors.

I recieved the Fairytale dozen which included:
 1 each of all 12 delicious Fairytale flavors — Original, Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Cream Cheese, Espresso Nib, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Pecan, Raspberry Swirl, Toffee Crunch, Walnut and White Chocolate.

Currently they offer brownies in bulk,(the perfect solution for family, office and class parties, social gatherings and picnics),custom gifts , and a great blog.

Bonus: Save 20% on your order of $40 or more-expiring 8/31/10 with code: GY39

We give Fairytale Brownies and their great staff, a big thumbs up!

And a even bigger thumbs up because they want to give away a box of their delicious brownies to one lucky winner in Canada or the USA.
A random draw will be made on June 11, 2010 from Random.org from all entries recieved.


To Enter:
Tell me, which of the following would be your favorite flavour of brownie?
Original, Caramel, Chocolate Chip, Cream Cheese, Espresso Nib, Mint Chocolate, Peanut Butter, Pecan, Raspberry Swirl, Toffee Crunch, Walnut and White Chocolate.


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Review- World of Green-Stationery and more!




I recieved a very nice blank  card from World of Green, from their card collection- it was a Mothers Day card so I will have to save this now till next year. It was printed on sustainably harvested wood.Much like the card pictured here:





World of Green provides a large selection of items that are eco-conscious and they present them in a inspiring way to consumers.

Currently you have a chance to win a iSol Plus Solar Charger, but must be a member of the World of Green Community to enter.

So if you love green living this site has all you need and more- please pay them a visit.

Review and Giveaway! Montagne Jeunesse

You may have seen the face masks, foot scrubs and hair care packages by Montagne Jeunesse at your local drugstore or Walmart. They are small beauty pockets with built in spa treatments! The cost is so little: most sell for under $2.25 a package, so little to pay for a bit of pampering.Montagne Jeunesse offers face masks, facial tonics,foot and leg treatments, shower and bath treatments, hair care, body care and a small amount of products for the man of the house.
I recieved a few of these packets to sample- and sample we did- me and my girls. We loved the smells that radiated from the packets once we opened them, and how they made us feel pampered. I did however find that there was a generous amount in each packet and we didn't need all that much for one treatment. I had to store mine in a ziploc baggie for another use.
If you would like to shop for these packets online and they are not available locally, you can do so on the online shop.
If you hurry,  SHIPPING/HANDLING IS ONLY $1.99 THROUGH THE MONTH OF MAY

Treat yourself to a beauty-boosting facial.



Pump up the volume on limp lifeless hair.


Soak away stress-induced body aches and pains.


Soothe those weary legs and feet.


Be caressed with cool, rejuvenating dead sea mud.


Soften up with rich, moisturizing double-thick cream.







All are packaged individually.


All are researched, developed & formulated using natural plants, essences & extracts.


All are Vegetarian Society approved & cruelty free
 
 
Montagne Jeunesse is kindly offering 3 lucky winners from the USA or Canada, their own 7 packet prize pack!
 
A random draw will be made on June 10, 2010 from all entrants by Random.org
 
 
 
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Join their Beauty panel -( added bonus of winning some free stuff)
 
 
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Good luck to all!
 
 
 
 

49 Ways For A Handy Person To Make Money

Wednesday, May 26, 2010



WOODWORKING

1. Building shelves

2. Stripping furniture

3. Floor refinishing

4. Making stereo cabinets

5. Making two-way pet doors

6. Designing closets

7. Refinishing and rebuilding furniture

8. Building patios

9. Building fences

10. Building secret compartments

11. Framing pictures

12. Making knives

13. Caning chairs

PAINTING AND DECORATING

14. Painting houses

15. Whitewashing

16. Hanging wallpaper

17. Wall decorating with rollerwall

CLEANING

18. Graffiti removal

19. Janitorial service

20. Window-washing service

21. Fish tank cleaning service

22. Carpet cleaning service

23. Chimney sweep service

24. Door-to-door car wash service

25. Mini-blind cleaning/ installation

26. Exterminator service

MISCELLANEOUS

27. Glass etching

28. Weather stripping

29. Repairing vinyl

30. Recycling tires

31. Gym and locker maintenance

32. Pool maintenance service

33. Upholstering

34. Building barbecues

35. Grocery cart maintenance

36. Golf club renewal service

37. Curb - painting house numbers

38. Garden statue repair service

39. Auto parking service

40. Parking lot striping service

41. Driveway sealing service

42. Spray painting cars and trucks

43. Doll hospital

44. Screen and storm window service

45. Building carports

46. Changing patios into porches

47. Dog cleaning and clipping service

48. Boarding kennel for pets

49. Cemetery maintenance service

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Father's Day Event Sponser: Burts Bees ( Canada only)




I've been a Burt's Bees fan since I first started reviewing their products.
I recently recieved their new Burt's Bees rejuvenating lip balm with acai berry.
I will be honest- I normally only use another brand of lip protectant for my lips, and am pretty loyal, although as soon as I tried this, it was like -wow-
I loved it! It smelled like grapes, was a nice thick quality, that glided on my lips like a petroleum jelly.
I now find myself keeping it at the computer with me and using it regularily throughout the day.
You may pay a bit more for Burts Bees lip balm but it makes your lips feel great!
The lip balm contains acai berry oils, sunflower seed oil,coconut oil, and castor seed oil. 100% natural ingrediants.


Burts Bees is a part of Father's Day Event, and will be offering one lucky dad from Canada, a few of their men's line products.

A random draw will be made on June 20, 2010 from all entries recieved.


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Join The Hive-enter your email at this page and keep up to date with Burts Bees.


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Need Cash? Selling Your Hair for Money

Did you know you can make money by selling your hair?





I came across an interesting subject- that you can make money by selling your hair.

There are people making hundreds of dollars by cutting their hair and selling it. It seems like there's money to be made with anything nowadays.
The Hair Trader allows you to buy, sell, and connect with other who want to do exactly this- buy and sell hair. One head of long hair sold for $3600 on this site, in just 16 days!
Another site: Hairwork will buy hair as well.
Be sure to read more on why they buy it and how you can sell yours.
Another great way to make money.....
Personally, mine is dyed and not enough there to sell- but it may be an idea for someone.





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Feature: Giving to Charity-The Smile Train

Tuesday, May 25, 2010



Sometimes one keeps seeing the same thing over and over, and has to wonder if it's a sign of some sort. Everytime I have been opening magazines lately, I come across the ads for the charity :The Smile Train.
 I give regular to charities- I do it because I get a good sense of doing good, and I also feel, that if you help others, in turn goodness will be returned to you.

We recieved a $600 credit on our year end propane bill today. The money came in handy as we were waiting for 4 more days till payday and not enough money to cover all the bills and we needed some groceries. I believe the money came to us in our time of need as the money we give for others in their time of need.

I would regularily like to feature a charity we will be making a donation to- and hoping others will find it in their hearts to donate to our feature charity as well.






PTMoney.com - Saving money, debt reduction, and living a frugal life



When I come across a great site, I like to share.
Today I found PT Money.com.Phil Taylor shares his own money  experiences with successfully managing his money, and  connect with others who are heading in the same direction as him and his family.

Enjoy: 52 Ways to Make Extra Money and 104 Ways to Save Extra Money- both make for great tips!

Frugal Travelling with Family



Money is tight these days. Everyone is stressed from the pressures of penny pinching. Summer is coming. It’s the perfect time for a family vacation, but you’re watching every dime. No problem. Here are 5 tips to keep your family vacation frugal, but fun.


Skip the hotel pool. While it seems almost every hotel offers a pool nowadays, this simply means that those that don’t may be more affordable. If you’re kids love to swim, scout out the local beaches at your destination. Most are free. Besides, hotel pools tend to blend together, while days at the beach create lasting memories and offer a true vacation atmosphere.

Take the long way. The kids may gripe and whine about being trapped in the car, but sometimes going off the beaten path is the best way to discover new things and provide stories for years to come. You can plan most of your trip around the drive rather than around specific to-do’s, which will save money. Remember to keep an open mind, the camera ready, and maybe just this once allow the kids to listen to their mp3 players endlessly or watch a DVD or two on the drive.

Take the train. Taking the train can get you to the far off destination you’ve been dreaming of for half the price of flying and half the headache of driving. Riding on the train is an opportune time to gaze out the window and daydream about the countryside rolling by, to catch-up on that novel you’ve been meaning to finish, or to play cards with the kids.

Visit the Farmer’s Market. While you probably won’t be cooking up a gourmet meal with fresh ingredients on the road, farmer’s markets often offer freshly baked pastries for minimal prices. Not only does your family get to experience the local cuisine, but each family member can enjoy something different and tasty for breakfast one morning.

Find a local playground. I’m sure you didn’t save up all your money and travel a great distance just to go to a park, but this option might create more memories then you think. Young children love playgrounds and probably would rather run, jump, swing, and slide than stay cooped up in a car all day or ride in a crowded airplane for hours on end. Visiting a park on vacation can be a completely different experience then visiting one while at home. In most cases, no one has to take that work call or return that text message. The entire family can be present and give one another their full attention. Taking this time to slow down and enjoy each other will make going to a playground on vacation may feel like a mini-vacation in itself. Don’t forget to bring and enjoy a picnic lunch too!
 
Thank you to our guest writer:
T├ęsa Nicolanti
2 Wired 2 Tired - http://www.2wired2tired.com/

Review and Giveaway: Traditions All Purpose Household Cleaner and Coconut freebies



I love reviewing cleaners. Traditions is a great company that cares about your health. They make non toxic cleaners that won't harm your health.Their all purpose cleaner is an all natural cleaner and degreaser suited for so many cleaning projects.From everyday kitchen, bathroom and laundry cleaning to cleaning your tires and engine on your car.It truly is multi purpose.

There are important reasons to consider using nontoxic cleaning products such as those available from Household Traditions:


Protect children and pets from accidental poisoning

Protect yourself (or the primary cleaner of the house) from contact with these ingredients

Protect your home’s indoor air quality
 
As well, Traditions carries a great line of products called Tropical Traditions, and currently offering a complimentary copy of their Virgin Coconut Oil book by taking part in their Referral Program: http://www.tropicaltraditions.com/referral_program.htm
 
When you choose “Referred by a Friend” and enter your User ID: 6135377 on your first online order, the book will be automatically added to your order .
 
Free Coconut Recipe website found here: http://www.freecoconutrecipes..com/index.htm At this website you will see the many different ways coconut can be used in cooking!
 
Disclaimer: Tropical Traditions provided me with a free sample of this product to review, and I was under no obligation to review it if I so chose. Nor was I under any obligation to write a positive review or sponsor a product giveaway in return for the free product.



Tropical Traditions would like to give away to one lucky reader from Canada or the USA, their own bottle of All Purpose Cleaner.
A random draw will be made on Random.org on June 5, 2010 from all entries recieved.

****Tropical Traditions is not responsible for customs or duties that Canada may charge if you decide to participate in this Tropical Traditions sponsored blog giveaway.





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5 Ways to Save Money on Your Child’s Car Seat

Monday, May 24, 2010




Everyday living is an expensive thing, we all know that. Therefore, when we can find a discount, use a coupon or even by used, we’re going to take that opportunity and use it to our advantage. Although, what’s even more expensive is when we add on to our family and start having children.



Not only do we need to take care of ourselves, but we also need to look out for our little ones. If you’re expecting a baby in the near future you want to make sure you’re ready, and one way you can do this is by making sure you have a car seat for your child. These are a must and are against the law not to have. The only problem is they can be somewhat pricey. If you’re on a tight budget and you’re looking to find ways to save money on one, continue reading below to make sure you get the best price!



Shop online: I find that I save the most money when I shop online. Buying online is usually cheaper due to the costs of running a store online compared to a store in your town. There is no stocking shelves, ringing people up and no rent that is being charged. Therefore, online prices are a lot more competitive than your mom and pop shop up the road. So, to find the best deal compare prices online!



Use coupons: Going to stores like Babies R’ Us is also another great way to save. They often have sales and some great coupons you can use. Buying on sale and using a coupon can be just as cheap if not cheaper than online.



Buy on sale: Always make sure you buy on sale. Whenever you need something, it will eventually go on sale. Whether it’s this week, next week, or the week after that, you will see it for a cheaper price than the original. Sometimes to save a penny you need to be patient!



Ignore brands: You will find that there are some brands that are very costly. Yet, there are some brands that seem reasonable. Ignore the “high status” names and get what is safe and convenient for you and your little one. Sometimes the most expensive items aren’t the best, and the least expensive ones are.



Consider features: Another thing you will come across is the features. Find a car seat that has good safety ratings and all the features to keep them safe and comfortable. You don’t need everything from two cup holders, to body pillows and custom designs. Find what works, what is affordable and what makes your child happy.



Shopping for a car seat can be quite time consuming, especially if you’re a new parent. So, I suggest that you see what your friends are buying for their children and what the best car seats are according to reviews online!


This is a guest post written by Lauren Dzuris. Lauren runs FindMyCarSeat, a baby car seat website that helps soon to be parents find the perfect car seat for their child, while giving them tips and advice on everything from pregnancy to caring for your baby.

Have You Heard of The Big Oven?

Sunday, May 23, 2010



Have you heard of the web site: The Big Oven?
This site is a great recipe site that has a special section on leftovers.
You can enter up to 3 ingrediants of what you may wish to use up in your fridge or pantry. It will help you search for recipes using these items.It will work with less than 3 ingrediants as well.
As of April 2010, BigOven had more than 800,000 registered members and millions of monthly unique users- so there are alot of users all sharing and susmitting recipes.
If you love to cook, bake and would like some creative ways to use up your leftovers, this site may be for you.

Healthy Eating At No Extra Cost



Eating healthy on a budget is really no more difficult than eating any other way (unless you’re eating out every day). But for those of us who plan and cook our own meals the majority of the time, it’s very simple to eat healthy without breaking the bank. The real difficulty lies in divorcing yourself of your bad habits and accepting healthy alternatives that are just as cheap.



You turn to junk food because it’s easy, but I’ll tell you right now, it’s not necessarily less expensive. Many people who think healthy food is expensive have somehow gotten it into their heads that they have to eat organic to be healthy. This is simply not true (although organic foods can be very healthy, albeit higher in price). And while fresh fruits and vegetables may cost you slightly more than chips and soda (and you really can’t get coupons for them), you can try shopping your local farmers market to cut the cost on these nutritious necessities.


As for ways to save on healthy foods at the market, consider some alternative to processed foods. Beans, rice, and pasta are all easy to prepare, easy to enhance, and best of all, they’re easy on your wallet. If you have room in your pantry to buy in bulk, you can save even more on these dry goods. You can also grab soup for a quick and easy meal, just be sure to check the sodium content. Most brands will offer a lower sodium option.


And don’t pass up meats, either. You may pay a little more for the leaner version, but if you ask at your local market, there’s a good chance you can take advantage of discounts in this area on days when new shipments come in (this is when older offerings get marked down). And if you’re looking to incorporate the lean protein of fish into your diet without the exorbitant cost ($10 a pound for halibut?!), try a return to your childhood with a can of tuna (the healthiest option is canned in water, not oil). And let’s not forget that a nutritious diet starts with water, so avoid the high prices of bottled brands by opting instead for a filtrations system, either on your faucet, your fridge, or the pitcher variety.

Other good money saving tips when it comes to food are just common sense. Use coupons when you can (look online for coupons for your favorite products), buy generic, and make enough for leftovers. Eating healthy starts at home and it doesn’t have to cost a fortune. With less time and effort than you think, you can really make your food work for you.






Guest Post by: Sarah Leonard at the Nursing Degree Website.

Now You Can Make Money too- With Sponsered Tweets


Have you heard the latest? You can now earn money with Twitter's Sponsered Tweets.

Use these links and badges to spread the word about SponsoredTweets. When a tweeter signs up using one of your links or badges you will receive 10% of SponsoredTweets portion of revenue for each successful transaction that Tweeter makes. If you sign up an Advertiser you will earn 5% of Sponsored Tweets earnings for each transaction they make.










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Ways to Save on Your Next Vacation

Saturday, May 22, 2010



Vacations can be expensive if you don’t plan ahead of time. What I find that a lot of my friends do is that they just start booking any trip that they find online without doing any research! This is probably one of the worst things that you can do. Not only are you not going to save money, you’re going to find that the vacation is just going to break your wallet.

I wanted to give you a few pointers that I have used when planning a trip. It’s really not that hard to save on your vacation if you try hard enough.


#1 Try and drive – If you have a family of 4 or more, you’re going to find that it’s going to be a lot easier to drive, rather than fly. It’s going to save you a lot of money and it’s going to be more convenient for the kids as well. In today’s economy, a plane ticket can easily cost $300 per person.

#2 Name your own price – Priceline has the coolest feature where you can name your own price. This is great for those that want be on a strict budget. What you’re going to do is tell Priceline where you want to stay, as well as what you want to spend for a hotel. You can also tell them what kind of star rated hotel you want as well.

#3 Try and buy in packages – If you do decide that you want to fly, you’re going to want to make sure that you look into package deals. You’re more than likely going to need a rental car, hotel, and more. When you combine all of them, you can save.

#4 Get free breakfast – If you can do it, get a hotel with free breakfast. This is going to save a few bucks each morning for your family.

#5 Cook food as well – You don’t need to eat out every night when you’re on vacation. If you can land a condo, or a room with a small kitchen, make small meals for lunch and breakfast. There is no reason to eat out 3-4 times a day.

#6 Buy tickets ahead of time – If you’re going to go to an amusement park or something that requires a ticket, try to purchase them online. You will find that you can always save at least 20% by doing so.

#7 Watch the location – You don’t have to be in the middle of it all. You’re going to find that if you get a place outside of the hotspots, you can save a few bucks here. You can always use a taxi or walk to get to where everyone is at.

Another thing that I have found is that when you use cash, you’re going to spend less, so this is another thing to think of. The list can go on and on. Just make sure that you don’t buy a vacation spur of the moment.




This is a guest post written by Tom T. Tom runs FindCashBackCards, a cash back credit card site helping those find the best card that gives the best rewards!

The Baby Formula Budget-Ways to Save

Friday, May 21, 2010



Although my girls are older now, I still remember the high cost of baby formula.( I wasn't a breast feeder- and if you aren't either and would like to save money on the baby formula budget, read on.)
I know a few times my girls were sick with the baby formula they tried, so the cans I did have left over either were returned to the store if I kept the receipt or turned over to the food bank.

-This gives one the option of trying Freecyle. Search for baby formula unusable to someone or put in your request. Maybe someone has had a baby and can't use the formula they originally bought,anymore. It's worth a try to advertise.

-Evaporated milk is a cheaper option and is used alot by the aboriginal people of the north, where I live. I know it was used back in the day as well, before formula came into the picture. A cheaper option.

-Check with drugstores or supermarkets to see if they have a Baby Club. You might sign up to recieve coupons, discounts or free samples.

-Call the # on the can you already have. Ask if they have coupons they can send you on a regular basis- be added to their mailing list.
                                                                                     
                                                                                        - Check the prices with Amazon.com- the prices may be cheaper if you buy from there and you may be able to qualify for free shipping depending on the size of your order.

                                                                                         - Ask your doctor or free clinic for samples. Ask and you shall recieve.

                                                                                         -Buy store brand.It's worth it if your saving money, baby likes it, and it meets the FDA guidelines.

Sleep Number's Exciting Contest

As the school season comes to an end, we at Select Comfort want to help you and your children show their appreciation for their favorite teacher. Tell us how a teacher helped you or your child succeed in or out of the classroom and the impact they had on your life. Did a teacher help you or your child get into college? Did they give you/your child confidence to try out for sports, the school play? Did they help shape you/your child’s career path? Be funny or be profound, but don’t put us to sleep!






Contest Details:

Please submit a short essay or video about how a teacher helped you or your child succeed. The best entry will receive a Queen SLEEP NUMBER® p5 bed set, and the teacher in the winning essay will receive a SLEEP NUMBER® Bedding Collection package valued at more than $500! Entries will be judged on creativity of entry, quality of entry, and capturing the essence of the contest theme. Your entry can be either a 1,000 character-limit (including spaces) essay or a video (no longer than one minute long). Videos must be posted on youtube, simply paste your link in the entry form below. Limit one entry per person. Enter by 6/6/10 and must be 18+ to enter. For more information, please visit www.sleepnumber.com/teachercontest.



Sleep Tips:


Select Comfort’s Vice President of Sleep Innovation and Clinical Research, Pete Bils– who has been researching sleep for more than ten years and was a former high school math teacher– just posted some great sleep tips and facts relevant to school-aged students. Pete’s advice can be found at http://beds.com/zzz-help-teach-a-b-cs/


Look for more details on beds.com, via the Sleep Number Facebook page or on Twitter @SleepNumberDeal.

Today's Winner!

We have a winner for today's book draw:
http://www.oneincomedollar.com/2010/05/review-and-giveaway-canada-only-ibs.html

gizfarris@hotmail.com


***Winner has been contacted and has 7 days from today to contact me with regards to their win, before a new winner is drawn.

Thank you to all who entered.





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Book Review: Instant Bargains by Kimberly Danger

Thursday, May 20, 2010



Who is Kimberly Danger? Kimberly Danger grew up going to garage sales, clipping coupons, and living the frugal life. In 1999, she took that knowledge and turned it into a career when Mommysavers.com was launched. She enjoys showing parents new and unique ways to live well for less. Kim lives in Minnesota with her husband and two kids.

She is also the author of the book: Instant Bargains: 600 Ways to Shrink Your Grocery Bills and Eat For Less.
I loved this book. It's one you can't put down if you love to save money, and we are all looking for a cheaper way to shop right? Loved the size of this book too- handy enough to pack in your purse.
Although there was alot I did already know, ( only because saving a $$ is my life), I did love reading all the tips and thought there was a great deal of value in the book.
Instant Bargains offer you hundreds of tips on saving,cooking, eating healthier for less, where to shop for those great savings and how to strategize to shop.
This book is currently available on Amazon- and well worth every penny!




Coupons and a Chance to Win- Late July



Late July is giving away coupons and the chance to win an organic beach bag filled with organic goodies for your summer road trips this summer!




To enter send an email to offers@latejuly.com with your mailing address and post a comment on Facebook or at http://www.latejuly.com/ to tell us where you'd like to take your family this summer or please share a special trip experience from the past. Our trip this year was my favorite, but we're hoping to get a few good ideas from you for next year. All submissions will get coupons, but our favorite will also WIN a Late July Beach Bag filled with at least $50 worth of Late July Organic Snacks, a $25 iTunes gift card and we'll also carbon offset your trip!

The deadline is June 20th. The winner will be announced on June 21st - the first day of summer!

How Can a Family Utilize Their Credit Card Rewards Point For Traveling




There is no denying that hate them or love them, credit cards have become an intrinsic part of our financial lives. Of course managing a credit card well is important to make sure that you reap the convenience they provide especially when compared to using when making payment. Due to the increased competition among credit card companies, each goes out of their way to offer perks to their clients for purchases made or for being a loyal customer for a long time. These perks are normally in the form of credit card rewards points.




The reward points are in turn redeemable in many different ways that will vary from one credit card company to the other. But often times there are certain forms of points redemption that are almost standard across the different card companies. These popular forms of redemption include airline travel costs, restaurant bills, hotel accommodation and shopping.



If you have not being taking keen interest in your credit card rewards points, it is time you started to do so because they could be the difference between you and your family enjoying a vacation or not. Why pay for something when you could recoup the costs by redeeming the points based on purchases you have made in the past on your credit card? There is nothing that you stand to lose since you would still have made the purchases anyway. The best way to take advantage of these points is to first come up with list of rewards that would be most suitable and interesting for our family.



So if you are hoping to redeem your points for a free ticket or for air miles, first look for companies that offer that type of reward and then assess the one which has the best terms and where possible, the one that requires the least amount of points to redeem the reward. One credit card company may pay for your traveling cost and let you handle the cost of all other expenses incurred when traveling, while others may even pay for your hotel expenses, travel insurance and shopping depending on their terms and of course the number for points you will have amassed. You should also bear in mind that some card companies have arrangements with few airlines while there may be one that has redemption agreement with several airlines. Access to more airlines might very well translate to greater alternatives in terms of where you can travel to.



Make sure you read the fine print to see whether there is anything that might put you in difficulty in future. For instance, some credit card companies require that you forfeit all points you may have amassed if your card is ever cancelled due to default or if you voluntarily choose to close your account. That would not be a pleasant consequence especially if you had taken time to amass the points over several months or even years only to see your efforts go down the drain. Life can be unpredictable and it is good to go for card companies that will not leave you completely high and dry when the storms of life come a calling.



Once you have settled on a company, the next thing is to make sure you manage your points well. If you need to for instance accumulate 20,000 points in order to qualify for a free ticket to a destination of your choice, you must resist the temptation to redeem any points before then. Redeeming your points should be something you plan for and approach in the same way as you would approach source of income in your family budget. You should use an estimate of your monthly spend to come up with a time frame on when you would like to redeem the points i.e. 2 years, 1 year, 6 months etcetera.
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