$1000 Spring Break Giveaway!

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 Heeeerrree we go!  2 lucky winners will receive $500 to spend as they please in this Spring Break Giveaway!  If you were to be so lucky, how would you spend your winning’s?  Is there a Spring Break destination in mind? Or, summer vacation planning in the works?  Two summer’s ago my family drove to Victoria, B.C. and it was fantastic.  We’d LOVE to visit again.  Have you been?  This prize would definitely help you on your way!
Girls Victoria Empress on Double Decker Bus
Top of a double-decker bus, driving around Victoria, B.C.
Enter this giveaway today and, while you’re here, I’d really enjoy it if you’d share your vacation planning tips, packing tricks and/or ideas in the comment section below.  (We all could use all the help we can get to pack lighter, keep kids occupied and make our treasured time together full of fun memories.)

 

 

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Giveaway Info/ Terms & Conditions: This is a group giveaway starts on 3/15  @ 12 PM EST and ends on 4/24. Two (2) lucky readers will win $500 USD through PayPal or Amazon gift card.The winner will be notified via email. The winner has 48 hours to claim prize before the prize is forfeit and a new winner is chosen. Winner must claim prize before they are announced. Giveaway is open worldwide, void where prohibited. All entries are voluntary but must be completed as stated with verification in order to win. All entries will be verified and if it wasn’t completed a new winner will be chosen. The winner will be chosen randomly using Rafflecopter no later than 4/29/17. Winner must be 18 years or older to win. Void where prohibited.

 

4 Easy Ways To Cut Spending In The New Year

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Photo courtesy FreeDigitalPhotos.net

The New Year is quickly approaching. (I know, I can’t believe it either!)  This is a perfect time to look for new ways to trim monthly budgets after the added expenses of the holiday season. (Your gift-giving might have been very generous and cutting costs is more of a necessity.  ;-> )  While it may seem hard to decide which monthly expenses to cut back, examining more affordable and convenient options on the market can make the financial decision easier.  Here are 4 easy ways to cut costs in 2016.

From changing light bulbs to switching to a ways to save on even MORE shopping, here are tips on how to save :

  1. Ditch the Cable Company: Canceling cable can save hundreds of dollars a year, thankfully there are alternatives such as Hulu Plus and Netflix that are both only $8/month. Google Chromecast makes it even simpler by wirelessly streaming whatever is playing on your computer or cell phone screen onto your television.
  2. Save but Still Shop: Everyone likes a good deal, but browsing through countless coupon sites can be exhausting. Yipit.com is the Expedia of savings websites, it combines and compares deals from Groupon, Living Social and Goldstar to give the best bargain in the area.
  3. Switch out your Bulbs: Installing CFL (compact fluorescent lights) or LED (light emitting diodes) bulbs can help reduce monthly bills. Energy Star offers a guide to help choose between all of their different bulbs, helping the consumer to pick which would be best suited to their needs. Not only do these bulbs last longer than the traditional incandescent bulbs, they also cost less to operate which saves money over the lifespan of the bulb.
  4. Nix the Gym Membership: Avoid the overcrowded gyms this January by bringing the exercise routine home. Gather some inspiration and try a new fitness regimen without being attached to those hefty membership fees. There are plenty of free apps out there like 7 Minute Workout which offers quick cardio and weight exercises that help people stay on track and keep in shape.

If you have some money saving tips I’d love to hear them!

(*Disclaimer:  This information was provided by GIV Mobile.  I felt it was worthy information to share with my lovely readers.  No compensation was received.)

4 Surprising Ways Your Shopping Senses Are Being Manipulated

I’m sure you’re aware the style of music playing in a store isn’t a mistake.  Classical makes you move slower, browse longer.  When it comes to colors chosen for a restaurant dining room studies show that red makes you hungry, therefore you possibly order more.  Read on to find other ways retailers do their best to manipulate our shopping senses.  (The Ebay one was a surprise to me.  And have you noticed the fragrance of certain departments in stores? And Apple?!  This is good info.  Read on!)

4 Ways Retailers Manipulate your Senses_infographic

 

(*Disclosure:  This information was shared with permission by AlternativesFinder.com.  Aren’t these findings interesting?)

This Will Show You Everything You Need To Build A Successful Blog

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Everything You Need To Build A Successful Blog

 

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Why We Bought A Keurig

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Why We Bought A Keurig - Ann Again and again Reviews

When it comes to making any kind of purchase my inner voice says “Don’t”. I am not someone that spends money easily and if the dollar amount is over $20 I have a tiny panic attack and ask ‘Do we really need this?’ My husband and I both drink coffee and tea so, of course, we have a coffee maker in our home, along with a tea kettle. Our Mr. Coffee is working just fine, so why spend hundreds of dollars on a bright and shiny Keurig I’ve been hearing so much about? The more I thought about it, the more I came to the conclusion that this purchase would save us money.

I take care of our home and I work from home as well. I know how many cups of coffee I drink a day so in preparation for our morning routine I’d scoop the proper amount of coffee into the filter the night before, set the timer and my coffee is waiting for me in all its glory when I wake-up. But, some mornings it turns out that my husband will be working from home. We make more, but most likely we find that there are at least 1 to 2 cups of coffee still sitting in the pot at the end of the day. Wasted money. We also host gatherings at our house and would find half a pot, or more, of coffee sitting in the carafe at the end of the night. The amount of coffee being poured down the drain was ridiculous, coffee is not cheap, and the waste needed to stop.

Why We Bought A Keurig - Ann Again and again Reviews

 

Sure, I’ve made coffee ice cubes.

And I’ve stored coffee in a thermos to pour over vanilla ice cream.

 

 

But honestly, the old, cold coffee is not used and gets tossed out. How much coffee do you pour down the drain? How much money do you waste? Since we’ve brought the Keurig into our home we haven’t brewed more coffee than what we want to drink. This is the model we purchased:

Why We Bought A Keurig - Ann Again and again Reviews

One point that concerned me about this system were the cups – all that plastic filling my recycle bin and the garbage dump. Too much waste! To fix this issue we bought My K-Cup, a reusable filter that you add your own coffee too. With this tool we buy our coffee from what ever source we please and don’t end up with massive little plastic cups filling our recycling bin.

Our Keurig has also replaced our tea kettle. Just push the “brew” button and *ta-da* hot water. This machine is also an energy saver due to not needing to leave our stove on to heat the kettle. Have you ever forgotten about having your tea kettle on only to find the water completely dissipated and the kettle burnt? “Someone” has done that in our home. Hmmm, I can’t remember who. Oh, it’s not important.

Anywhoooo

Since we’ve had this Keurig we haven’t been throwing our money down the drain. We’re really happy with it. (And I love the blue light showing through the water reservoir. So pretty!)

Do you have a Keurig? How’s it working out for you? Or, have you been thinking of buying one? If you have questions, I’ll do my best to answer :->

 

(*Disclosure: This is NOT a sponsored post. We bought our Keurig and I have received no compensation for this post.)