21 July 2017

Live a Thrifty Life with Groupon Coupons!

I am sure that many of you heard of, if not use Groupon.  I have mentioned the service numerous times on this blog.  Well, today I wanted to talk about another aspect of Groupon that I haven't really talked about before-- Groupon Coupons.  Groupon partnered with over 9,000 familiar retailers to bridge the gap between Groupon users and exponential savings at the stores that you frequently shop.  


There are many, many stores on the coupon list.  This, in turn, makes it easy for you to locate a quick and effective savings plan for your shopping trip.  Plus, everything is listed clearly in a list-type fashion.  One of my favorite aspects of this is that you can sign up for direct store savings to your email account.  If you like to shop at Walmart, you will get the newest and hottest coupons right to your inbox!

I made the graphic above to incorporate all of the stores that I enjoy shopping at (and where I find frequent need for coupons!).  As I mentioned earlier, there are so many retailers that you will certainly find what you need when you need it!

Here are some the best current coupons from my favorite retailers:
Tractor Supply Company:  Free UPS Ship-to-Store on any order
Walmart:  Online and In-Store grocery coupons
Hello Fresh:  50% off Hello Fresh box
Bass Pro Shops:  35% off fishing gear
The Home Depot:  $5 off your purchase printable in-store coupon
QVC:  50% off everything in store
eBay:  Free shipping from eBay
Birchbox:  Free Smashbox Eyeshadow Palette with code
Lids:  Free shipping, no minimum

Be sure to check out Groupon Coupons for some serious, money-saving deals.  You can find codes for online shopping as well as printable in-store coupons for conventional shopping.  Let me know of any good deals that you find!

Ideas to Save Money on Household Items

The idea of going grocery shopping to buy various household items is really a daunting task. While it may sound fun to your kids, as they get to load up on ice cream and Doritos for snacking, you, on the other hand worry about spending extra on unnecessary items. However, what you may not realize is that you are also spending additional money on detergents, deodorants, toothpaste, and other common household products. This is something that you could totally save on by simply integrating a few smart ideas into your grocery shopping regime.
People are shaped by their habits. Thus, they incline to go the same store weekly or monthly, buying the same items each time without considering much. As a result, consumers spend 15% to 20% more than needed, squandering a huge chunk of their income.

Look at these tips for saving money on household items and minimizing your grocery bill:  
Finish Before You Start--
Finish whatever is left in containers before purchasing new ones. It will surprise you to know how much you can make an item last when you want to. Try adding a little amount of water to a bit of shampoo, laundry detergent, or dish soap and you will have just one more use out of it. In turn, you will save cash by not going immediately to the store to have substitutes for these things.
More is Better--
When you’ve finally managed going out for grocery shopping, why not shop in bulk whenever possible? However, be certain to just buy what you actually require. Customers usually end up buying things in bulk they don’t even frequently use. This habit will only waste your money and occupies more space– as it brings about additional stuff around the house. Plus, a few things are probably going to lapse after some time (or if it’s clothing, it will go out of style). Therefore, just don’t buy something because it appears like a decent deal.
Dollar Store to the Rescue--
The best deal for household items will be offered to you at dollar stores. Many of these stores stock top-quality brands for only a dollar that the other stores might cost you about $4 or $5. You will find a huge range of household items at a dollar store – from shampoo, laundry soap, and conditioner to even food items.
Also, when you’re trying to cut down on grocery spending, go for store brand versions rather than branded household products. You can frequently save a dollar or two by adopting this practice.
Necessity is the Mother of Invention--
When the need knocks at your door, there’s no way out but working with your creativity. Making household products by yourself is an efficient idea to save a few more bucks from your income. You can use vinegar to clean your toilet & polish your faucets, and baking soda to flush out your tub. As a matter of fact, our grandmothers made their very own cleaning products, so there’s definitely no reason we can’t do the same. Not only do these products work as well as the store-bought ones, but they will also save you big money.
There's No Such Thing as Too Many Coupons--
Make use of the 'BOGO - Buy one, get one free' coupons for purchasing household products, whenever possible. You can save money on OxiClean coupons offering great savings on dollars for buying its laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, or a laundry stain remover.
Lastly, I should mention that in particular, you must always use a shopping list and stay true to it. Also, when you’re in the store, make sure to get in and get out as quickly as possible, concentrating exclusively on what you need to purchase, not what the salespersons or attractive signboards are attempting to offer you. 

19 July 2017

..::Product Review::.. Green Tree Jewelry

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THE REVIEW:  I was provided with the opportunity to test out some products from Green Tree Jewelry, and let you guys know how they rate.  I tested three pairs of earrings:  Ocean Pearl Earrings, Pineapple Earrings, and the Profile Sugar Skulls. 


I love jewelry.  Not expensive jewelry, but the affordable kind that lends itself to be a great addition for any outfit.  I've been told many, many times that I am an incredibly unique individual (is that a good thing or a bad thing?), and I can safely say that I have finally found my match for jewelry.

Green Tree Jewelry boasts so many unique aspects that I fell in love as soon as I visited the website.  In fact, I was amazed to find that they make more than just jewelry.  They're quite an incredible company.  They use a "very thin, strong multi-layer wood, that has been put together in a criss-cross fashion giving it an amazing strength."  Each earring is laser-cut and given the best and finest detail of any wooden jewelry I've seen.

From them, I received three pairs of earrings that I can say are unlike anything that I have in my jewelry box.  All three pairs arrived on recycled card backs in their own plastic bag.  All of the earrings are:

+ Made from sustainably sourced wood and 90% recycled display cards.
+ Laser-cut wood
+ Image on Front with Natural wood back
+ Ear wires are silver-finished 304L stainless steel, hypoallergenic

The first pair that I tested was the Profile Sugar Skulls.  Here is a little about these earrings from the website:

+ Style # 1529
+ Size 1.0" x 0.9"
+ Perfect to wear for Dia de los Muertos, and all year long!



The next pair is the Pineapple earrings:

+ Style # 1523
+ Size 1.4" x 0.70"
+ Picture perfect Pineapple earrings will make you want to cut it open and take a bite


Lastly, the Ocean Pearl earrings:

+ Style # 1528
+ Size 1.95 x 0.5"
+ These Ocean Pearl earrings are a treasure in themselves!


I'll be honest here-- the only problem that I have ran into whilst reviewing these is trying to decide which pair to wear first.  Every. Single. Pair of these earrings are amazing. The detail is high-quality, the colors are vibrant, and they are the lightest earrings that I have ever worn.  It seriously feels like I am not wearing jewelry at all.  The 'Profile Sugar Skulls' and the 'Pineapple' earrings were one solid piece, while the 'Ocean Pearl' earrings had two movable parts that worked together.  So cute!

Today I have been wearing the Pineapple earrings as it is a hot and sunny day.  My own little tropical paradise!


Another thing I want to mention is these earrings are made right here in the United States in San Diego, California (one of my favorite places in the world!).
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THE GOOD:
+ SO MANY style options to choose from.
+ Extremely light... will not pull your earlobe.
+ Excellent quality and design.

+ Can be worn for a variety of occasions.
 
+ Created with sustainably-sourced wood and are eco-friendly.
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THE BAD:
- Nothing.  Nothing at all.  I love these earrings!
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HOW ACCURATE IS THE DESCRIPTION?

+ YES, made of wood (birch).
+ YES, very lightweight wear.
+ YES, many style selections.


Please note that these earrings are water-resistant, not water-proof, so be sure to take them out before you go swimming or shower.
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STAR RATING: On a scale of 1 to 5, these get a 5.
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RECOMMENDATION:  YES, I definitely recommend this brand!  Please refer to the pictures to see why.
Order here (dangling earrings = $14.95)

Please visit Green Tree Jewelry: 
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I received this product for free in exchange for inspection and an honest and unbiased review.

The Top 5 Furniture Trends in 2017

It is important to look at every piece of furniture as an individual sculpture. After all, furniture does an exceptional job of reflecting your personality. Hence, you must give importance to the design and layout of your furniture. Like any products and items in the market, furniture too, wears out eventually. If the furniture in your home isn't old enough to pass off as an antique or modern enough to be considered trendy, it is perhaps time to change your furniture. Here are the top 5 furniture trends in 2017. For more information on furniture trends, you can consider visiting danetti.com.


Mirrors--

If you thought that mirrors only go well with walls, you must still be living in 2014. In 2017, mirrored furniture is all the rage!  So, what does mirrored furniture in the dining room achieve? Well, it simply provides more drama to the room. Some of the mirrored furniture that are trendy at the moment include mirrored buffets, mirrored sideboards, and antique mirrors etc. You can also place leaning mirrors with other visually appealing artwork to add further drama to the dining room.

Emergence of Brass Finishes--

Satin brass and brass finishes are all the rage right now. Why is it so popular? Well, it is popular because brass finishes provide golden tones to an area without costing a fortune. In recent times, many designers such as Elizabeth Lawson have incorporated satin and brushed brass to give glorious effects to the furniture. She says, "I especially like a satin brass finish because it's transitional and can complement a number of styles. It also looks amazing against almost any color of the rainbow. I think we'll continue to see rooms with satin brass for quite some time and also possibly mixed with other finishes for a more eclectic look."

One Storage Wall for All--

Instead of using cabinets in the kitchen, in a bid to free up space, many people and designers are building a single kitchen storage wall to fit all storage in a single place. No longer are over-sized furniture pieces in demand. Therefore, if you want to stay abreast of changing times, we would want you to consider dedicating one side of your wall to creating a single hardworking storage wall.

Transformation of the Vanity--

It is not easy to find the ideal vanity that suits your needs and requirements. If that's the case, then, you should create one of your own. What's trending these days is the transformation of the vanity. You should let your creative juices flow and use old cabinets, antique consoles, and a chest of drawers to create your own vanity. Believe us, it is a furniture trend in 2017!

Chairs? Who Needs Them?

Benches are making a huge comeback in the world of dining table designs. People no longer acquire chairs to serve as dining seat arrangements. Not only are benches ideal for use in small spaces, it also allows for a more intimate seating arrangement. If you have used benches before, you know that you won't need to compromise on your seating space.

3 Reasons Every Sports Lover Needs Satellite Television Service

Satellite TV service has been around for decades. This type of service is also becoming more and more popular these days. While driving around, you’ll surely see a lot of houses sporting these familiar dishes. If you're a sports lover, you should definitely consider getting satellite television service. Here are 3 reasons why sports fanatics love this service:


#1 - More Channels Available for Viewing

For the hardcore sports fan, variety is of utmost important. It’s not enough to have ESPN. You have to watch Fox Sports, Euro Sports, Sky Sports, and all the other sport channels in the world. This is where getting satellite TV service becomes the winning choice over cable TV. There are simply more channels available via satellite. With satellite TV, there’s a wide variety of programs to tune in to, both locally and internationally. If you have a large dish installed, then you’ve got access to pretty much anything you want to watch. Go ahead and get yourself set up, it’s easy. A quick search online and you’ll learn of so many providers like http://www.aerialforce.co.uk that could help you get started with the service.

#2 - It Lets You Watch in High Definition

Satellite TV broadcasts are all transmitted in digital format. Which means you can watch everything in HD, 1080p quality (or more). It’s the perfect resolution for any avid sports fan. You can watch your favorite teams battle it out in perfect clarity. Of course you also need a high definition TV set to enjoy this feature, but that’s not a problem right? Eventually, all televisions will be HD anyway as the world is making digital transmission a standard.

Compared to cable television, satellite TV service offers better coverage. Since satellite signal is available everywhere, all you need is a dish and you’re good to go. Cable TV requires certain infrastructure to function, and sadly not all places are equipped with it.

#3 - Satellite TV Is Affordable

With the so many programs available for you, getting satellite TV service will always turn out to be the more affordable choice. Some may argue that there are cheaper monthly plans with cable TV. That’s true, but the difference is undeniable. There are generally more channels available in a satellite TV subscription. This lowers the monthly cost you’re paying per channel.

You get access to almost every program in the world. You receive broadcasts in high definition digital format. Service is reliable no matter where you are located. No sports fan will be disappointed tuning in to their favorite games!

Granted, there are a lot of perks to getting satellite TV service. But initial setup can be costly. You have to invest in the equipment and (sometimes) even pay for installation. But it all levels out in the long run. Some satellite TV companies address the issue by offering discounts for those willing to sign up long-term. For sports lovers, I bet nothing’s gonna stop them from enjoying their favorite shows.