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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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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 »

5 super tips for a great Super Bowl Party

By DealPro(view all posts by iheartthemart)
at 6:00AM Friday January 17, 2014
under Stuff We Like

Super Bowl XLVIII

Have you wanted to throw a Super Bowl Party but you aren't sure you can make it as Super as the game? Do not fear, I will give you 5 tips to make your party epic! We love to host parties and events at our house and everyone leaves our party happy and full. Ok enough chit chat, lets do this!

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10 appetizers under $10 for Super Bowl 2014

By DealPro(view all posts by Lynette.Rice)
at 6:00AM Thursday January 16, 2014
under Stuff We Like

The Super Bowl is on February 2nd. Whether you're celebrating with a crowd or enjoying the game (and the commercials) at home with just a few select fans, you want to stay on budget with your feast. Everybody loves a good football appetizer. Here's a list of ten appetizers you can make for under $10!

Healthy Hummus Dip from Cleverly Simple
– This dip will leave everyone asking for more. Made with hummus as the base and your choice of delicious toppings, you won't feel guilty when you take a second bite!

Pig Candy from Saving The Family Money – Bacon! Enough said? Wow your friends with this amazingly simple pig candy appetizer. Read More »

Diets don't work but lifestyle changes do

By DealPro(view all posts by Dian.Farmer)
at 6:00AM Tuesday January 7, 2014
under DealPro Tips

Weight Loss

You often hear the phrase "Lifestyle Change" when people talk about dieting. I used to hear that and think I didn't want to change my lifestyle, I just wanted to lose weight and then go back to "being me". Well, there are many flaws in that theory, of course.

A few years ago I opened the front door and my dog took off out the door running after another dog. I immediately ran after her. It was probably the first time I had run in a long time. As a Blogger I am very sedentary, and on top of that I HATE to exercise. I began having some pain in my foot after that, and a few weeks later I found out it was caused by my Achilles tendon being torn almost in half. The injury is called a "Weekend Warrior" injury, which come from people who work all week and then without stretching go full force into an outdoor sport. So, my running after the dog, without stretching, causes the injury. Read More »

5 items at its lowest prices during Black Friday

By DealPro(view all posts by Aimee.Brittain)
at 6:00AM Tuesday November 26, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

With the holiday season comes making budgets for holiday shopping -- namely Black Friday. But the question becomes, what are some of the best things to buy during Black Friday. Here are my top 5:

1. Kitchenware: This includes pots and pan set, blenders, microwaves and more. Year after year, when I need to replace a small appliance, I shop during Black Friday and pay no more than $8.00 which saves me a ton of money. Read More »

5 cheap and easy Fall decor ideas

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 10:00AM Wednesday October 16, 2013
under DealPro Tips

I just can't get enough of Fall these days! Pinterest is swarming with excellent decorating ideas for Fall, and it's easy to get sucked into all the beautiful possibilities.
The DealPros have some good Fall decor ideas that are perfect to help keep you on a budget. Check out a few of our favorites: 

1. Karen made this easy, DIY centerpiece out of an inexpensive mirror and other supplies that cost her very little.
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5 secrets to shopping at Rite Aid

By DealPro(view all posts by Melissa.King)
at 6:00AM Tuesday September 10, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

If you have been couponing for any amount of time, you know how much you can save by shopping at drugstores. CVS is usually the go to store because it's very easy to shop at. The rules at CVS are pretty straight forward and there aren't to many surprises. However, Rite Aid is a drugstore that you can save a ton of money at! Shopping at Rite Aid is a little more difficult at first, but if you learn the secrets you will be a pro in no time at all. Once you know the in's and out's of shopping at Rite Aid you will absolutely love shopping there!

Today I'm breaking down the 5 secrets to shopping at Rite Aid!

1. Single Rebate Checks

Often times you will find that certain items offer a single rebate check. So what this means is if you purchase the item, you will get a check in the mail for the listed rebate amount. Read More »

5 reasons why extreme couponing is wrong

By DealPro(view all posts by LeaAnn.Stundins)
at 6:00AM Thursday September 5, 2013
under Stuff We Like

They made it seem so easy on the TLC show Extreme Couponing. What you didn't see were stores bending over backwards to let those shoppers break all the store's couponing policies, just for the opportunity to be featured on the show.

Extreme anything is ridiculous, and sometimes even dangerous. The word "extreme" is now often used as a hyper-descriptor for anything seen as extra good, extra delicious, extra anything. Extreme Bacon Burgers. Extreme Weight Loss. Extreme Makeovers. Extremes can not possibly be good for you. And neither is Extreme Couponing. The show or the practice.

Everything in moderation, right? That includes using your resources wisely. Resources being both your money and your time. Here are five reasons why extreme couponing is wrong and you'll never see me doing it. Besides the fact that I can't push a full cart of groceries.

I'm a strategic shopper. Big difference. Read More »

5 must-have back-to-school books for kids ages 6-8

By DealPro(view all posts by LeaAnn.Stundins)
at 6:00AM Tuesday August 20, 2013
under DealPro Tips

The first thing, the last thing, and every thing in between that your child's teacher will tell you is READ TO YOUR KID. Reading to them or with them for 20 minutes a day will go a long way toward their successful in school, and in life. They are not kidding.

Here's how I look at it: Learn to read. Read a lot. Exercise imagination. Acquire big vocabulary and conceptual thinking skills. Ace SATs. Save your mother money because you got a college scholarship.

All that starts with reading.

I started reading to both of my boys when they were days old. And it hasn't stopped yet. Even though my oldest is 16, we just die laughing reading David Sedaris out loud together. And we still love to take turns passing around the original Sherlock Holmes by Arthur Conan Doyle to read aloud as well.

My youngest? At age 7 he's already developed quite the sense of humor. I've put together a list of books that he thinks are hilarious. And that's one key component to getting a kid to love reading...entertainment. When they're having fun doing something, they keep doing it. That includes reading. Read More »

8 ways to save at Office Depot

By DealPro(view all posts by MariaTRamos)
at 10:30AM Friday August 16, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

I am a self-confessed office supply junkie. You can only imagine how back-to-school time is one of my favorites because of the vast array of great office supply deals available. However, you can still get great deals throughout the year, especially at Office Depot. Here are some tips on how to save at Office Depot the whole year through:

1. Sign up for the free Office Depot Rewards program. Show your rewards card or give the phone number you signed up with at checkout to earn points every time you purchase ink, toner, paper and copy/print/ship products and services. You'll get 10 points for every $1 you spend on those items. You'll then receive a $10 rewards certificate for each 1,000 points you earn. When you spend $200 in a quarter, you become a Choice Member and then you'll get 5 points for every $1 you spend on the product categories that you choose. Read More »

4 steps to a successful back-to-school year

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 10:00AM Wednesday August 14, 2013
under DealPro Tips

While the summer has gone by way too quickly, the reality is that it's back-to-school time again!

Whether your child has started or about to start, the days leading up to it, is one stressful event. Without adding to your already full plate, here are 4 steps that will lead you to a successful back-to-school year: Read More »