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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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5 marketing tactics that prevent you from being healthy

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 8:50AM Monday January 27, 2014
under Shop Smarter

These days we are becoming more and more conscious about the food that we put in our mouths. We want the best for our families and our bodies, so we do the best we can to eat healthy wherever we can.

But what if you were being duped by a marketer into thinking you were eating healthy? Would you feel like you wasted money? I would. Let's talk about some marketing tactics that are preventing you from being healthy.

1. "Sugar Free." 

Most sugar free products contain artificial sweeteners that can actually be worse for you. These artificial sweeteners are known to cause some or all of the following side effects: headaches, fibromyalgia, anxiety, memory loss, arthritis, brain tumors, weight gain, seizures, IBS, nausea, heart palpitations, abdominal pain, vision problems, kidney damage, possible cancer, inflammation, skin irritation, bladder issues, and even neurological disorders. Read More »

Is it time to consider a Surface tablet?

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 7:49AM Monday January 27, 2014
under Shop Smarter

Microsoft's Surface RT tablets haven't exactly set the world on fire, and with good reason: They suck. Okay, that's just Microsoft hater-speak. But the early arguments against the RTs definitely held water: They're expensive, they don't run legacy Windows programs, and they don't come bundled with that cool-looking keyboard cover Microsoft touts in every single Surface ad and TV commercial.

Needless to say, I've been pretty sour on these devices since they debuted just over a year ago. But during that time, I've heard from lots of Surface RT owners who really (really) like the device. What's more, prices are dropping, especially on refurbished models. Read More »

Freebie Corner: Free Menchie's yogurt, free Purina and Beneful dog food and more

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Jackie.Simione)
at 6:00AM Saturday January 25, 2014
under Freebies

If you have a dog or an animal shelter near you, don't miss out on the Beneful and Purina offer. Your four-legged friend will love you for it. Especially, those that are without homes (your efforts will go a long way). Grab your neighbors, friends and make it a group effort.

And for you, get yourself a coupon for a free burger or wrap at a EVOS near you on January 30th. For all the healthy dessert lovers out there, get a free 6oz yogurt from Menchie's for National Frozen Yogurt Day on February 6th.

Plus there's more, check out the list!

Freebie #1: Beneful Healthy Smile Dog Food Sample - Offer is available again. "Like" them on Facebook on to get the form. Read More »

Your tech gear: When to repair, when to replace

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 9:28AM Friday January 24, 2014
under Stuff We Like

When something goes wrong with your car, typically you get it fixed. Of course, if it's an older car with a lot of miles, and the repair costs are enough to make you cry, it might make more sense to cut bait and start shopping for new wheels.

When something goes wrong with your tech, do the same rules apply? It all depends on the type of gear and what's busted about it. While a shattered smartphone screen may be worth fixing, a problematic TV may not. (Be prepared: There's likely to be crying either way.) Let's take a look at four popular tech items and whether it makes sense to repair or replace them. Read More »

10 items men cannot be trusted to buy at the grocery store

By (view all posts by Seth.Barnes)
at 6:00AM Friday January 24, 2014
under Shop Smarter

The modern grocery store is a hive of commerce, a 24/7 Superstore selling everything imaginable with almost limitless selection across product categories. Need aluminum foil? Prepare to sort through a spectrum of options starting with the store brand and ending with a technological wonder that could serve as a heat shield for a spacecraft reentering Earth's atmosphere. In short, the grocery store is the last place you should send the average American male, provided you actually want the items on his list.

Calling out gender differences certainly isn't in vogue these days, and as a Dad and husband, I'm hesitant to criticize my own species. But this missive is a cry for help. Based on personal experience, I know no matter how hard I try, I cannot be trusted to accurately buy the items below, most likely due to an evolutionary quirk among my ancestors that makes me blind to the difference between tins of anchovies and sardines displayed in close proximity to each other.

By admitting defeat and articulating the shame I feel about being so massively distracted while food shopping, I'm hoping we can take the first step towards creating a different world for my son to grow up in. A world where he doesn't have a panic attack standing in front of a towering shelf of pickle spears. Please have compassion for us. For we are just men.
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Despite backlash, reusable grocery bags are still the smart (and frugal) move

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Mike.Pearl)
at 12:05PM Thursday January 23, 2014
under Shop Smarter

I'd heard arguments against reusable bags before, but despite having been around for years, I hadn't heard the "reusable bags jeopardize public health" argument until very recently. Now that I've looked into it, it's not very compelling.

Whether it's a dolphin-rescuing triumph, or a mistake spearheaded by wrongheaded liberals, plastic grocery bags are going the way of the dinosaurs they're made of. Yes, extinction is still a ways off, but over sixty jurisdictions in the US have bans on the books, and more are in the works.

With each new jurisdiction to ban the bags comes a new fee structure. You now have to cough up as much as 25 cents each time you forget your bag. That can add up in the long run, especially for large families.

Obviously it's not just a matter of personal finance. 80 million tons of the petroleum product polyethylene are manufactured every year, and its primary use is in the manufacture of disposable bags. They may or may not whiz away to the sea immediately after use, and maliciously jam themselves into the blowholes of orcas, but they do sit in landfills for perhaps a thousand years, by some estimates, or perhaps forever by others. For whatever reason, some find the environmental arguments against disposable bags unconvincing. Read More »

Super Bowl Sunday: What you need to do to prepare

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 10:58AM Wednesday January 22, 2014
under DealPro Tips

With the Super Bowl coming up, the thought on everyone's minds is "who will have the funniest commercials." But you should also be thinking ahead for what you should plan to eat. Because it's the New Year, we're all thinking of ways to save money and be healthy.

It would be easy to throw together unhealthy and expensive treats, so let's do some planning.

What you should and shouldn't do to prepare for the Super Bowl 2014. Read More »

This week in deals: Save $20 on any LEGO purchase of $75 at Toys "R" Us

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:00AM Wednesday January 22, 2014
under This Week In DealsStaff

How are your new year's resolutions coming along? If having a shopping budget is one of your new resolutions, it's not too late to start now. Even though most of you probably don't want to see another sales ad or go shopping because of the holiday madness you just endured, if you start planning now, you can exceed your 2013 savings.

To get you started with your 2014 shopping savings, here are this week's top 5 deals:

Deal #1:
If your kids are fans of Legos, head on over to Toys "R" Us and save $20 off your purchase over $75, plus get free shipping. Expires 01/25/2014. Read More »

An easy and affordable fix for your TV's terrible speakers

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:44AM Tuesday January 21, 2014
under Shop Smarter

Talk about irony: Modern HDTVs dazzle the eyes with their gorgeous colors and razor-sharp images, but disappoint the ears with their crap-tacular speakers.

Alas, it's the nature of the flat-panel design. Today's supermodel-thin TVs just don't have room for big, beefy cones. For some reason, though, few people bother to investigate alternatives to those built-in speakers--or perhaps just don't know there are alternatives.

Prepare to be enlightened! You can vastly improve your TV's audio quality by adding an external speaker system. And you don't have to spend a fortune on one. Read More »