Yes! $150 Target Gift Card Giveaway!

Target Gift Card

Not only would a lovely gift card from Target be great, how about a program that helps you lower prices at Target as well?  Sign me up!  Dropprice is an innovative startup that rewards moms for being social. Essentially, they empower parents to drop prices of kids & baby products with a click. The price continues dropping as more moms click “Drop the price”. Every week new promotions are launched and parents drop prices by sharing them on social media. See the chart below to understand the power parents have and how important it is to share with other parents.

Target Gift Card

In today’s promotion for the Children Inspire Design Cards, it started out at $22.00 and for each parent that clicks, the price drops a bit. The price will continue to drop for each parent that participates.

Target Gift Card

You can choose to share on social media to get more moms to click “Drop the price”, or you can “Buy Now” at the current price. Keep in mind that when the price gets low, they usually sell out and you will no longer have the chance to buy that item. As an added bonus every item on Dropprice ships for free!

Do you want to give it a try? This is such a fun and exciting way for parents to save lots of money by collaborating with each other. If you would like to have a chance to win a $150 Target gift card, you can experience dropping the price by following the instructions below.

Giveaway: Win a $150 Target Gift Card

All you have to do is help parents drop the price of this Counting Cards and you will be entered to win a $150 Target gift card. Just click “Drop the price” on the entry form below for a chance to win. For even more entries, share it on your social media networks via the entry form — every time one of your friends also clicks to drop the price, you’ll automatically receive additional giveaway entries!

This giveaway ends on 8/22/2016; you must be a US Resident and be 18 years or older to enter. Winners are randomly selected and contacted via email; the winners will be listed at the top of the entry form when the giveaway ends.

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Back To School $1000 Giveaway! Enter Today To Win!

Back To School $1000 Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews

 

As much as it might pain some (and excite others!) school will be back in session in a few weeks.  Personally, I love summer vacation breaks.  The vibe is relaxed and I don’t need to stress about paper work being filled out, volunteering for the next school event and making sure that homework is done.  (I HATE homework!  Finland has the right idea. Look it up, it’s amazing.)  However, I’m in the land of pencils, papers and Pee-Chee’s which means this is the time to get organized.  I know what would be a big help, money to pay for the essentials. Enter today to win the Back To School $1000 Giveaway!

So, what’s on your list?  Do you have any tips to pass along to those just starting out sending their child(ren) to school? Please leave them in the comments!  It takes a village, right?  I have a recent high school graduate and an incoming high school sophomore so I’ve played this game a few times.  And it doesn’t matter my children’s ages, I still get excited when I open a new box of crayons.  All those colors!!!

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What would you purchase if you were the lucky winner of this Back to School $1000 Giveaway?  I learned a lesson the hard – or, rather, embarrassing – way when I was entering my freshman year in high school. Attending a school that was out of my district, I quickly learning the clothing style was very preppy however, the neighborhood that I was coming from was not. I was a bell-bottom girl in a peg-legged Levi’s land! My tip for you? Don’t do major clothing shopping before the first day of school.  Keep it simple in the beginning then, after about a couple of days, you’ll get the gist of what will work well for you.

Enter today.  And good luck!

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Headphones By SOL Republic – Tracks Giveaway!

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Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Superior sound. Perfect for the kid always on the go. Holiday Gift Guide Suggestion from Ann Again and again Reviews.

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway!

I’d like to share how much we (although my daughter Lily is hogging them ;-> )  are enjoying the new SOL Republic Tracks headphones.  And I have a giveaway for you to win a set for yourself!  Read on!

Now that the school year has started it’s time to get my daughter’s homework stations organized.  And this area isn’t like their Momma’s homework desk, that’s for sure!  All I needed (back in “the day”) was lined notebook paper tucked in my Pee-Chee, the class subject workbook, a pencil and light coming from a flickering candle made by hand.  (Yes, I exaggerate about the light source but if my girls read this I want them to know how lucky they are ;-> )  Now we have laptops, printers and music to help them get motivated.  Their choice of music is different so headphones are in order.  We’re trying a set, Tracks, from SOL Republic and everyone is enjoying the results!

I’ve never been a fan of ear buds and my youngest feels the same about putting things in her ears.  SOL Republic has a headset that is gentle on the ears and provides a clear, good quality sound – SOL Republic Tracks.  The headband is made of FlexTech which makes is pliable, bendable and feels softer on the head, a great feature for those that have sensory issues of things being too tight.  I found the sound to be clear with a slight rich bass quality.  My youngest is so happy with them they became a staple for our outings.  (‘Lily, will you take them off for the picture?’ I ask. “No, they’re comfortable” she says.  Ok then!)

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We visited the beautiful blue Metolius River in Central Oregon. She needed her SOL Republic headphones.

 

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
We took our first walk over the Detroit Dam on our way back from Central Oregon. She needed her SOL Republic headphones. (Her sister waits her turn way in the background)

 

With regard to helping her focus on homework, she can actually concentrate better is she listens to music while studying, or writing a paper.  These SOL Republic Tracks headphones make it so she can plugin to the laptop and do her homework anywhere.  We have a little house so it’s great that our family’s conversations won’t get in the way of homework getting done.

 

Headphones By Sol Republic - Tracks Giveaway! Ann Again and again Reviews
This homework looks thrilling!

 

To learn more about the features of SOL Republic Tracks headphones please visit their site through this link.

And… do I have a great giveaway for one of my lucky Ann Again and again Reviews readers!  Enter today to win a set of SOL Republic Tracks headphones!  ($99.99 value).  Enter through Rafflecopter below.  Open to US and Canada.  Good luck!

(*Disclaimer: Yes I know, and SOL Republic knows, that there are lovely fans of this product.  However, if you have won a set in the last 6 months, PLEASE let someone else have a chance to win and discover how great these headphones are. You can only win once in a 6 month period.  Records of giveaway winners are kept by the company and PR firm. Alrighty?  Thanks!)

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(*Disclosure:  I received a set of SOL Republic Tracks headphones to facilitate my review.  My opinions are my own.  I like ’em!)

 

It's Time For The Back-To-School In Style Sweepstakes!

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It's Time For The Back To School In Style Sweepstakes! - Ann Again and again Reviews


Welcome to the Back to School in Style Sweepstakes

This is quite the collection of terrific prizes.  10 winners will be chosen.  And each winner will receive a $100 gift card!  It’s Time For The Back-To-School In Style Sweepstakes! See below the participating stores for the Back-To-School In Style Sweepstakes.  Our lovely sponsor, Mom Powered Media, wants to show you how much education means to us and the future of our wee ones and are personally sponsoring a Target and American Eagle Gift Card!

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Aloetree is a brand new organic children’s clothing line with a mission to give back to kids and raise funds to prevent child trafficking. This clothing line is not only gorgeous and perfect for any little one in your life but it has special characters that tell a special story of a different eco-system and unique and positive quality.

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Rachel Florio-Urso is the Founder of Celebrity Baby Trends, a Television Producer, On-Air Personality, CEO of Rachel Florio PR and a Mother of six as well as a humanitarian that loves to give back. Rachel is an expert in the Parenting industry and knows what’s hot for tots and their family. We {HEART} Celebrity Baby Trends and you will too!

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Ibiley Uniforms & More celebrates the sense of community, education and progress through the development of refined dress codes for your organization! At Ibiley, you can find high quality, comfortable and easy to care uniforms, corporate wear, scrubs and more! Serving customers nationally make sure and check out their fantastic selection!

It's Time For The Back To School In Style Sweepstakes! - Ann Again and again Reviews

The Ultimate Green Store provides a collection of many of the finest environmentally friendly products for you, your home, office, kids and even your pets! The Ultimate Green Store carries products from many of the world’s leading manufacturers and designers of sustainable, natural, organic, recycled, eco-friendly goods- products that are made with your health and the health of our planet in mind.

It's Time For The Back To School In Style Sweepstakes! - Ann Again and again Reviews

Yala is about making simple, elegant clothes from the heart, for the planet. Living well is always in style. Proudly welcoming the dreamers, the believers and the seekers. Come stand with us. Facing the warm sunshine. True clothes you can live in. Elegant. Sustainable. Comfortable. It’s that simple.

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Forever 21 is the authority on fashion & the go-to retailer for the latest trends, must-have styles & the hottest deals. Shop dresses, tops, tees, leggings & more. Now also carrying plus sizes!

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Tea Collection carries the best modern, designer children’s clothing for babies, girls and boys in sizes newborn to age 12. Kids and baby clothes for little citizens of the world. Shop their worldly collections today.

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Gymboree has been dressing children since 1986. The brand’s fashionable clothing and accessories are designed and crafted to withstand rugged play while letting kids be kids in outfits they love to wear. Gymboree currently operates more than 600 stores in the U.S. and Canada, as well as an online store at www.gymboree.com.

This BTS event was organized by Mom Powered Media and special guest Conservamom. Stop by and say hello to our co-hosting bloggers: Monica’s Rants, Raves & ReviewsMy Mommy BrainFinger Click SaverBarbara’s BeatMemoirs of a Clueless WomanA Medic’s World and Iowa Mom.

Ten winners will receive one of the following $100 Gift Cards: Aloe Tree, AMEX, Ibiley, The Ultimate Green Store, Yala Designs, Forever 21, Gymboree, Target or American Eagle.

Giveaway ends August 19 at 11:59pm, open to US and Canadian residents, ages 18 . Excludes Quebec. Only one entrant per household, per address. Winner is subject to eligibility verification. Enter using the giveaway form below. Good luck!

 

Disclaimer: The participating bloggers were not compensated for this post. No purchase is necessary to enter. One entrant per household, per address. Void where prohibited by law. Winner(s) will be contacted by email and have 48 hours to respond before a new winner is chosen. The sponsor(s) will be responsible for product shipment to winner(s) of this sweepstakes. This event is in no way administered, sponsored, or endorsed by, or associated with, Facebook and/or Twitter, Google, Pinterest. Contact teri@mompoweredmedia.com if you have any additional questions or comments.

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Back to School in Style Event

Organized by: Mom Powered Media

10 Winners each receiving a $100 Gift Card

Event dates: 7/21 – 8/4

Giveaway is open to US and Canadian Residents.

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This sounds like a giveaway that you’ll not only want to be a part of, you’ll want to win it too!  Share in this giveaway organized by Mom Powered Media.  (Tell them Ann Again and again Reviews sent you!  :-> )

Managing Students Spending With Help From Bluebird Debit Card From American Express And Walmart

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Ann Again and again Reviews Bluebird debit Card from American Express

While visiting the lovely beach town Oceanside on the Oregon Coast I looked down on the gravely sidewalk and found a $5 bill.  After I picked it up I looked around for anyone that might be searching their pockets, looking for money that wasn’t where they thought it was.  When I got back to the car I told my girls what I found and without skipping a beat I hear “Can I have it?!”  We visited a store later and my 15 year old found a little bear that touched her heart.  She asked “Mom, can I get this?  It’s only $5 and that’s what you just found.”  I handed her the bill and said, ‘Here.  This is yours now.  And don’t you have an event coming up that you wanted money for?  Do you want to save?  Or, do you want that bear?’  She didn’t buy the bear.  Funny, when it was my money spending it was no big deal but, when it was her money, the bill stayed in her pocket.

Learning money management is an on-going, daily lesson, no matter what age you are.  A recent study showed:

Concerns over Money Management

  • Parents and students align when it came to concerns about money management and overspending:
    • 60 percent of parents concerned that their child will spend more than is available
    • 80 percent of students worried that they will spend more than is available
      • However, while more than half of parents believe their children are still learning about responsible money management, more than half of students think they actually handle money well.

Students Believe they are Equipped to Manage Their Own Money:  More than one-half (54%) of students say they manage their money very well – fewer parents concur (44%).  Most parents say their child entering college this fall is OK at managing money – they are currently learning.

  • Students Don’t Want to Go Over Budget: Eight-in-ten students are concerned (very or somewhat) with having money readily available for an emergency (81%), spending more than they have or staying within budget (80% each).   

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With regard to this survey I am even more pleased with the Bluebird debit card from American Express and Walmart.  I signed up for an account in my name and one for my 15 year old daughter as well. I was concerned about over draft fees and found that Bluebird has no over draft fees.  I had to call and clarify if what I was reading on their FAQ page was true and yes, it’s true.  I asked, ‘So, for example, if my student thinks she has $20 in her account and only has $18 there is no overdraft fee?”  They said, “That’s right.  When you make another deposit to her account we will deduct the $2.00 to make up the balance.”   The benefit of using the Bluebird debit card increased for me after this call.  My daughter is excited about her financial responsibility and I feel more secure about this next step.

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

I have been able to easily access our accounts on-line, adding and/or transferring funds quickly.   When my daughter makes a purchase I can see on-line where the purchase was made, and for how much.  For the beginning stages of money management this is a great tool.  And, when I have questions that need more clarification I give them a call.  I have received prompt attention by a live person on the other end of the telephone.  A real person.  My call to them just yesterday (I have a lot of questions ;-> ) the representative wasn’t sure he had the correct information and found a Supervisor who could help me.  I have made 4 calls to Bluebird, some to clarify what I was reading, some to find out more information,  and every call has been a positive experience.

I believe Bluebird debit card from American Express and Walmart is a smart move.  You can sign-up for a card free of charge on-line at Bluebird.com.  Or, you can go to your participating Walmart and receive a starter kit for $5 and begin your account at that very moment.  If you do sign up for a Bluebird account please come back here and share your experience!   www.bluebird.com

 

About The Survey

The American Express Bluebird College Survey was completed online among a random sample of 502 college students (who will live at college this fall) and 507 parents of college students (who will live at college this fall).  The research survey was conducted online by Ebiquity between July 18 and 23, 2013.  Overall, the results have a margin of error of +/- 4.4 percentage points at the 95 percent level of confidence.

About Bluebird

Bluebird – an alternative to debit and checking accounts from American Express and Walmart– was designed to help parents and their children better manage and control everyday finances together. Signing up is easy:  Consumers can sign-up for free on Bluebird.com, or choose to buy a $5 account set up kit at a local Walmart for immediate use (with limited functionality). The set up kit includes a starter card, which can be funded with cash or a debit card at the register with any dollar amount between $1 and $500. Once funded, the starter card can be used immediately anywhere in the United States where American Express Cards are accepted. Customers must then complete their account set up at bluebird.com in order to access the full features and benefits of Bluebird, as well as receive their personalized Bluebird card.

American Express is a global services company, providing customers with access to products, insights and experiences that enrich lives and build business success. Bluebird is a prepaid access account issued by American Express Travel Related Services Company, Inc.

(*Disclosure:  In adherence with FTC and WOMMA guidelines I am being compensated for my participation in the American Express and WalMart Birdbird program.  My opinions are truthfully  my own.)

My Daughter's In Control of Her Back-To-School Spending With Bluebird from American Express and Walmart

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School begins in two and a half weeks so my little High School Sophomore Katie and I are beginning to get her necessary supplies. I feel it’s important that she learns how to plan and budget, so she’s taking more of the lead with her back-to-school purchases this year. I’ve been introduced to a new service offered by American Express and Walmart that will help make budgeting and tracking of expenses easier, Bluebird, the checking and debit alternative from American Express.

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

Funds can be loaded to the account at any participating Walmart or conveniently accessed online at Bluebird.com. I can load any dollar amount I want into her Bluebird account, watch her spending practices and, if there’s some spending going on that I’m not too sure about, I can also stop the spending functionality of the account as well. (‘You’re trying to buy $50 worth of candy? Um, I don’t think so.’).

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

Bluebird from American Express and WalMart - Ann Again and again Reviews

Katie’s finding that she’s misplacing her favorite mechanical pencils way too often so she’s learned to load up when she spots a good deal. Is there any particular school item your child(ren) seem to misplace? (Are the pencils at a party with the un-matched socks?)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Composition Books are a must in High School so she’ll load up on those as well. Last year I thought I bought too many but no, I had to buy more mid-way through. Did your school supply list make it to the end of the year? Or, did you have to restock too?

 

 

 

 

 

 

So far so good on the school supplies. There’s more on the list but we’ll save that for after lunch. I am very grateful that my Katie doesn’t have the “shopping gene”.

 

I have to say I am really happy with the Bluebird account and it’s functionality. This has become the way we pay Katie her allowance. I don’t always have cash on hand and making a trip to the ATM isn’t always convenient. When it’s time, we load money onto Katie’s Bluebird account through on-line transfer and then it’s up to her to budget her spending. No monthly fees, no overdraft charges. Funds can be loaded online through a bank account such as a savings or checking account, debit cards, direct deposit, remote check capture via the mobile app and cash loading at Walmart registers. Pretty cool.

There are more offerings and benefits from using the Bluebird account. I’ll be sharing those with you on my next update. To read more about Bluebird from American Express and Walmart visit: Bluebird by American Express

 

(*Disclosure: In adherence with FTC and WOMMA guidelines I am being compensated for my participation in the American Express and WalMart Birdbird program. My opinions are truthfully my own.)

Back-To- School Spending Easier To Manage With Bluebird From American Express and Walmart

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As our family counts down the days of Summer time fun I have my eyes on ads for Back-To-School deals.  ‘Tis the season to buy packs of pencils, stacks of notebooks, grand entrance tops and shiny shoes.  (My youngest loves anything with sparkles.)  Are you all set with your Back-To-School shopping?  Getting organized with spending is an important thing to do, and a continuous lesson no matter what your age.  My 15 year old is becoming comfortable shopping with out me, and going to the mall with her friends.  (Do I hang behind and shadow them?  Um, well… yes.  Yes I have.  But any way.)  I don’t feel entirely comfortable handing over my debit card for these shopping trips and cash isn’t something I always have on hand.  Recently I was introduced to a way to manage spending that will not only help keep us within our Back-To-School budget, it will also allow me to control spending in a way I’ve never seen before – Bluebird by American Express and Walmart.

Ann Again and again Reviews Bluebird by American Express and WalMart

Now that my oldest daughter wants to go shopping with her friends this is going to be a different shopping season for me.  She wants to be in charge of things on her Back-To-School list.  Responsibility is a good thing and I need to do my best to embrace this choice, no matter how much it tugs at my heart. Growing up!  It’s inevitable, right?  Does your child(ren) like to go shopping without you now too?  What age were they when they asked “Mom, can you take us to the Mall?  Oh, and you don’t have to stick around.”  *heavy sigh*

The more I learn about Bluebird the more comfortable I am that spending will be under control.  I found signing up for a Bluebird account to be quick and easy.  With your Bluebird account you receive a card that you load with whatever dollar amount you like.  This account can also have 4 sub accounts, and each sub account receives a card with the persons name on it. Within these accounts you can set a daily spending limit, turn ATM access on or off and receive spending alerts.  All of these functions can be performed on-line or from your smart phone.  I will be setting the spending limit and I will be able to see where the money is being spent.  We’re beginning our Back-To-Shopping so I’ll be sharing more of our Bluebird experience with you.

What ways do you keep your Back-To-School spending in check?

To learn more about Bluebird please click this link:  https://www.bluebird.com/#why-bluebird

 

(*Disclosure:  In adherence with FTC and WOMMA guidelines I am being compensated for my participation in the American Express and WalMart Birdbird program.  My opinions are truthfully  my own.)

Safeway Box Tops For Education & Giveaway!

As we head into the school year, and state budgets are tightened far and wide, you may be thinking of how you can help your child’s school this coming year. The Safeway family of stores (which includes Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s) is making it simple to give back with “2 Ways 2 Earn” cash for your schools with Box Tops for Education and the “10% Goes Back to Schools” program.

Box Tops for Education has already given away over $320 million to help the more than 69 thousand participating schools. Earning Box Tops is even easier this year with four new brands participating in the program: Progresso Soup, Totino’s Pizza, Betty Crocker Cake Mixes and Gold Medal Flour.

To help your local schools even further just look for the “10% Goes Back to Schools” yellow school bus tags on over 2,000 of your favorite items throughout Safeway through September 14th. When you purchase participating products with your Club Card, Safeway will give 10% of the purchase price to the local school of your choice.

Here’s how it works:

*Check your receipt through September 14. The total will be updated each time you shop.
*Beginning on September 18, a redemption code will be printed at the bottom of your receipt.
*Visit backtoschools.escrip.com before October 13 to choose your favorite participating local school, then simply enter your redemption code to make your donation.

To learn more about Box Tops for Education and Safeway’s “10% Goes Back to Schools” program, visit http://www.2ways2earn.com/.   And while you’re there, don’t forget to enter the Safeway Bonus Box Tops Sweepstakes for a chance to win 1,000 Bonus Box Tops for the participating school of your choice!

Now, for the Giveaway!

How would you like to win a $25 Safeway gift card (also valid at Dominick’s, Tom Thumb, Randalls, Vons, and Genuardi’s) that you can use to purchase your favorite Box Tops items, in addition to a Bonus Box Tops certificate with a value of 50 Bonus Box Tops?  Sounds good, right? 

***Giveaway Closed.  Congratulations SodaHoney!!!***
How to enter:

*Become a follower of Ann Again… and again Reviews.  Already are?  Let me know. (1 Entry)
*Become a Twitter follower of mine @AnnAgain66.  Already are? Let me know. (1 Entry)

Winner will be chosen September 21, 2010 using Random.org.  US Residents only.

Good luck!!!



(*Disclosure:  Safeway gift card, Bonus Box Tops certificate, information and giveaway were given to me from Safeway and General Mills through MyBlogSpark.)