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5 reasons you should be eating garbage

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Gabi.Moskowitz)
at 9:00AM Monday February 10, 2014
under Stuff We Like

It's common knowledge that fresh vegetables are an important part of a healthy diet.You know this. This is why you buy, cook and eat them on the regular. Every week, you dutifully fill your cart with your local market's bounty. You chop, toss, roast, and sauté. You feel pretty darn good about this.

But then you go and do a stupid thing: you throw away the scraps.

Dude. Stop doing that.

Fresh vegetables (especially organic ones) can be expensive, and this means you should be making the most of them! So often, their scraps (better known as the parts of produce we tend to immediately compost) can actually be made quite delicious with just a little bit of effort. So delicious, in fact, you might even find you prefer some of these "trashy" preparations to the whole vegetable. Better yet, using every last bit means your money goes further because your veggies yield more meals. You get to pat yourself on the back for helping minimize waste (go you!). Read More »

Vine Voices and other reasons to approach Amazon reviews with caution

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 9:12AM Friday February 7, 2014
under Shop Smarter

We all know Amazon reviews run the gamut from "insightful" to "worse than reading nothing at all," and we can cope with the poor quality. The inane reviews lend credibility to the rest, making the good ones seem culled from a vast field of "authentic" average consumers. But thanks to some of Amazon's sketchier practices -- especially a program called "Vine Voices" -- you can't even be sure of that. Here's a guide that should help you machete your way through the Amazon. I chose 20 reviews* and dissected them for content and other patterns.

Vine Voices:

2 out of 20, or 10 percent of the reviews I read, said "Vine Voices" next to the review. Vine is a six year-old invitation-only program for serious Amazon reviewers to smooth out their writing process by simply delivering them free swag. Yes, Vine (Which has nothing to do with the video sharing app) mails certain products to the homes of reviewers, and the reviewers agree to send the item back if requested, so it's just borrowed, not a gift. But apparently this rarely if ever happens. In other words, a review with "Vine Voices" next to it isn't a customer review at all. Read More »

How to get free 2-day shipping forever

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 1:13PM Thursday February 6, 2014
under Shop Smarter

This is an update of a post I wrote nearly a year ago. What was once a time-limited offer is now free forever. Woot!

I'm addicted to free shipping. I can spend hours in the virtual aisles of an online store, padding my cart with just the items I need, then scouring for a discount code--but if I get to the checkout page and find there's a big ol' shipping charge, forget it.

No sale.

This is especially aggravating when you're buying a single, inexpensive product, and the shipping costs nearly the same as the item!

That's why I like having a subscription to ShopRunner, a nifty service that, among other things, assures you free shipping at more than 80 stores. Even better than that, free 2-day shipping. Read More »

This week in deals: 5 Valentine's Day deals for you and your lover

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Wednesday February 5, 2014
under This Week In DealsStaff

 Now that Super Bowl 2014 has come and gone, let's direct our focus on another special event that's happening next week, Valentine's Day 2014. If you're a hopeless romantic, a lover, this day was made especially for you.

Traditionally, you would give a nice assortment of chocolates in a heart shaped box, a dozen of red roses and a white teddy bear with a red heart on it, but there is so much more you can get for that special person in your life and we're here to help.

Here are this week's sexiest five deals:

Deal #1: Your one stop shop, Macy's is offering an additional 10-15% off most departments. You can choose from jewelry to their favorite undies. Expires 02/10/2014. Read More »

Qube2 review: Big sound packed into a tiny speaker

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:46AM Tuesday February 4, 2014
under Product Review

Portable speakers come in all shapes and sizes, but rarely does the size merit an "awww, cute!"

That's the Matrix Audio Qube2 in a tiny nutshell. Measuring just 3.1 inches long and 1.4 inches square, this little guy makes a Twinkie look big. And yet its size belies its power: the Qube2 pumps up the jams like you wouldn't believe.

I'm listening to a review unit at this very moment. It's paired via Bluetooth to my iPhone, which is streaming tunes from Pandora. And it sounds amazeballs--way, way better than a speaker of this size has any right to. Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free TaylorMade 6 Iron and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday February 1, 2014
under Freebies

In honor of National Yogurt Day, both Menchies and Yogurtland are giving out free yogurt. Visit any of their locations on the designated date and time to get yours for free.
 
If you're a beauty enthusiast, you can't miss Allure Magazine's full size product giveaway. You'll see items from GlamGlow, Nivea, Obessive Compulsive and even a mini curling iron. But, you'll have to be quick because the offer is for the first 500 who sign up each day.
 
Freebie #1: REMINDER - Frozen Yogurt at Menchies - Offer valid on February 6th only. "Like" their page and scroll down to get the coupon.
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Three cool tricks for Netflix users

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:33AM Friday January 31, 2014
under Stuff We Like

Netflix is so awesome, there are times I want to take it behind the bleachers and make out with it.

In fact, it's kind of ridiculous how good a deal it is. For eight bucks a month you get unlimited streaming to any and every device you own: phones, tablets, PCs, Apple TVs, Roku boxes, game consoles, and so on.

Of course, as wonderful as Netflix is, there are ways to make it better. Below I've rounded up three of my favorite tips for getting more from the service--two of them free, all of them awesome. Read More »

#ValentineSavings Twitter party- over $350 in prizes!

By (view all posts by Allegra.Ringo)
at 2:26PM Thursday January 30, 2014
under GiveawaysStaff

It's easy to drop a lot of money on Valentine's Day, and many companies would have you believe it's necessary. But after extensive research, we've concluded that it is not in fact necessary to spend money to tell people you love them. Let's exchange ideas about how to enjoy Valentine's Day without breaking the bank!

Join us on Tuesday, February 4th at 6pm PT/ 9pm ET in the #ValentineSavings hashtag on Twitter!

Hosts: @cleverlysimple @savewithshellie @prettyfrugal @savingsmania Read More »

Google wants to give you a free ride

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 12:02PM Thursday January 30, 2014
under Newsworthy

Google published a patent last week -- although they filed for it in 2011 -- for a type of ad that offers you a free or discounted ride to the business that's being advertised to you. It'll be a big deal if this really does start showing up in banners and popups.

According to Google's patent drawing, "transportation-aware physical advertising conversions," will show up on your Apple Newton (left) and on a parking garage ticket kiosk (right). Or maybe the drawings just aren't very sophisticated and the ads will show up on your phone.

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7 simple tricks for stocking a healthier pantry

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 3:15PM Wednesday January 29, 2014
under DealPro Tips

It's always fun when friends come over and they want to see my pantry. Most people know that I make so much of our food from scratch, and that I use whole ingredients. People want to see what I actually stock my pantry with. 

This got me thinking: what are some simple things that people can replace in their pantries with healthier alternatives? Are there small changes people can make that have them eating healthier? Most definitely.

Let's talk about six of them. If you just do one of these, you'll have made a small change towards a healthier lifestyle. I like small and simple, don't you? 

Here's what to choose:

1. Brown rice instead of white rice. 

Brown rice is far superior to white rice nutritionally, as well as helpful in managing a balanced glucose metabolism.
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This week in deals: Save 40% off your entire orders at Carter's, plus more

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Wednesday January 29, 2014
under This Week In DealsStaff

If you haven't already heard, we've been working really hard at curating deals for More, Ladies Home Journal, Parents Goodyblog and Woman's Day. Make sure you head on over to their respective sites to see all the spectacular deals that we've handpicked for their readers.

And this week, we have the best of the best clothing offers around the web for you. Retailers are trying to push their inventory out to make room for new arrivals and to make things more interesting, they're slashing prices on new inventory. A big win for us all around!

With additional savings up to 50% on top of already low sale prices, this is your week to go on a shopping splurge:

Deal #1: Time to stock up on my daughter's basics at Carter's because they are offering 40% off the entire purchase. Expires 01/30/2014. Read More »

Savings.com Announces $125 Ad Buy During Puppy Bowl X

By (view all posts by Seth.Barnes)
at 8:13PM Tuesday January 28, 2014
under Newsworthy

LOS ANGELES - Refusing to be priced out of the year's biggest day of television watching, Los Angeles-based coupon and deal site Savings.com announced today that they will spend upwards of $125 advertising their Twitter feed during Puppy Bowl X, the counter-programming phenomenon running concurrent to Sunday's Super Bowl.

"We're in the game!" exulted Seth Barnes who works in marketing for Savings.com. "Granted it's the day's second biggest event and we'll be advertising on the proverbial second screen, but doggone it we're ready to play ball!"
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