Friday, January 28, 2011

For the Ladies, Oooh La la!

Head on over to DealPulp and pay $10 for $30 to spend on Classic and Contemporary Intimates and Sleepwear from Valentine's Day is coming up. Make it a "special occasion." ;)

Free Mini Cookbook

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New Printable Coupons released some new coupons! Head on over to print if you are interested in any of the coupons you see below.

$5.00 OFF $25 at Family Dollar Stores
$1.50 OFF 1 Box Of Peace Cereal
$1.50 OFF 1 Nestle Fun Size Valentine Exchange Pack
$1.00 OFF 1 Bottle of Any A.1.Steak Sauce
$1.00 OFF 1 Package Oscar Mayer Carving Meat
$0.75 OFF 1 Shake 'N Bake Product
$0.75 OFF 1 Package of Rhodes Warm-N-Serv Rolls
$0.75 OFF 1 Any Bob Evans Frozen Sandwich
$0.50 OFF 1 Any Bob Evans Refrigerated Side
$0.50 OFF 1 Any Bob Evans Sausage
$0.50 OFF any 2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
Buy One Get One FREE Nestle Purified Water
$7.00 OFF any 1 Florastor Probiotic
$3.00 OFF 1 Schick Quattro for Women Trimstyle
$2.00 OFF any 1 Nature's Bounty Your Life Vitamins
$1.00 OFF any one PediaCare Product
Buy One Get One FREE Cesar Bistro Dog Food
Buy One Get One FREE ProPlan Select Can Food
$10.00 OFF Purina BREEZE Litter System
$3.00 OFF ProPlan Select Cat Food (3.5lbs or larger)
$3.00 OFF ProPlan Select Dog Food (albs or larger)
$2.00 OFF 12 cans of Purina Mighty Dog
$1.00 OFF 1 Purina Beneful Brand Snackin Slices
$1.00 OFF 1 3lb Or Larger Bag Purina Cat Chow Cat Food
$1.00 OFF 1 5lb Or Larger Bag-Purina Fit & Trim Dog Food
$10.00 OFF The Sound of Music 45th Anniversary Collection On Blu-ray

Steps to a Clean House

If you are anything like me, you are so busy during the week that housework tends to be put on the side. Life happens and laundry piles up, countertops end up cluttered, and toys get scattered throughout every room in the house. I find it hard to keep my house clean during the week since we are on-the-go often. I always felt I was behind, but for the past two weeks, I have used a method that has proved to work quite well. I have adopted the "timer" method for cleaning my house.

Because I find it hard to deep clean during the week, I save my cleaning for the weekends. I continue to pick up during the week as best as I can, but if I really want to do a good job and focus on deep cleaning, I have to clean on a weekend. Here is a cleaning strategy that has worked well for me and I hope that it may help you, too.

First, gather all cleaning supplies needed: broom, mop, vacuum, cleaning products, cleaning rags or papertowels, and small garbage bags. Place them where they are easily accessible to you during your cleaning time.

To start, set your timer for 15 minutes. Go through your house and gather all dirty laundry and sort. Throw one load in the washer so that it will be running while you are cleaning.

When you are finished gathering laundry, set your timer for another 5-10 minutes. Take a large trash bag (or reuse grocery store bags) and find and throw away any and all trash around the house. Empty the trashcans in each room.

So far, we have spent 20-25 minutes on a little laundry and gathering/emptying trash. You may find that you don't need that much time, which is even better! There is something about being timed that makes you a little more effective at what you are doing.

Next, take your timer into any bedroom. Set it for 30 minutes. Start cleaning and get as much cleaned as you can in that time. Organize toys, put away any clean clothes, dust, vacuum, and change the bed sheets.

Repeat the step above for each bedroom/office. Again, you may not need all 30 minutes for each room, which is great. That will give you more time for other rooms. If you do find that you need more time, give yourself the additional time to get the job done.

Check on your laundry during your cleaning time, move loads into the dryer and have start another load while you continue cleaning. Try to always have your laundry going as you clean. Fold each load as it finishes. You can set a timer for folding and putting away, also.

Set your timer for 30 minutes for cleaning bathrooms. Scrub toilets, showers, wipe down counters, and try to sweep and mop in this time.

Work your way from the back of the house to the front. When you get to the kitchen and living room areas, repeat the process and clean as much as you can in 30 minutes time for each. You may need to allow separate time for sweeping and mopping the floors, since this can be time consuming.

You can do this all in one day, or you may space it out over a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday. Your goal is to have it all clean by Sunday evening, so that the next week you can focus on your career, workouts, children and playgroups, and more. If you have help, this will cut your time in half. Recruit your children and husband to help you. Make a game out of it. If you feel a need, offer an incentive once everything is finished (play a favorite family game, or watch a special movie together).

Using the "timer method" has worked for me and helps me stay focused on getting the job done. When I break the tasks up into one room at a time, I feel my cleaning is more effective, and I feel that I have a place to start, vs. not knowing where to start.

Do you have a cleaning method that works for you? Please share it with us!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Friday Blog Hop

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LivingSocial Deal: $10 for $50 at Vistaprint

LivingSocial Atlanta is running a *HOT* deal where you pay $10 for $50 worth at Vistaprint! This is $50 to Spend on Business Cards, Invitations, Photo Books, and More at Vistaprint! SNAG it now! I did! I paid only $5 because I had $5 worth in Deal Bucks to use. Get one of your deals for free when three of your friends buy today's deal using your personal link! I can't wait to make my new business cards and labels for my website!

AAFES Coupons

AAFES fed this into my Facebook wall today for anyone interested in coupons to use at the Exchange!

"New coupons are up! Be sure to check them out on our Coupons tab. While you're at it be sure to check out SUPER Savings tab as might be able to find some great deals there too." You can find the coupons here. You may have to "Like" them first before you can print them.

Groupons *Hot* Deal for Today

If you are signed up with Groupon and you checked your email this morning, you should see that Groupon is offering a *HOT* deal right now. For $10, you get $20 worth of products. For $15, you get $30 worth of products at Bath & Body Works online store! These products always make great gifts.  Not sure how long this will last as the deal is spreading like wildfire across the net, so snag it now! Expires Apr 27, 2011.
Limit 1 per person. Limit 1 per order. Online only. Not valid on previous purchases. Must use in 1 order, no cash back. Tax and shipping not included.

LivingSocial Deal of the Day

Be sure to check out LivingSocial for the deal of the day! Last week I scored a $20 Amazon Gift Card for $10!

Compare Auto Insurance Quotes

Save money on auto insurance with fast and Free quotes. Compare auto insurance quotes and save up to 40% now. It is wise to compare insurance rates every 6 months to a year. Use 2Insure4less to get several comparison quotes fast and easy. NOTE: you do not get quote instantly you will be contacted with your quote results.

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Ask the Readers Thursday

I am hosting my third "Ask the Readers" Thursday session today. All you have to do is read the question, think about the question, and leave a comment with your answer and read what everyone else has to say! 


Where do you do the majority of your grocery shopping and how often do you shop for groceries per month?

Guest Post: Strategies for Shredding Your Car Insurance Premium

Strategies for Shredding Your Car Insurance Premium

How much do you spend on car insurance each year? If you are like most Americans, you probably spend over $1,500 a month. Wouldn’t you jump at the opportunity to cut those premiums by several hundred dollars or more? There are actually a number of ways that you can reduce your premiums considerably. It is even possibly to cut them in half.

Stake Out Discounts

Insurance companies always play the numbers game. When statistics show you to be less of a liability than most other drivers, your insurance company will probably lower your rates. Some of the discounts that insurers offer include:

• Good student discounts (awarded to high school students who have a B average or better in school)

• Low-mileage discount (let your car company know if you car pool or take steps to reduce the amount of time you spend driving)

• Go to a defensive driving class

Many discounts can save you 10% or more a year, but only if you take the time to apply for them.

Know What You Can Afford for a Deductible

How much are you currently paying on your deductible? If you can afford to pay more, consider doing so. Doubling your deductible can reduce your premium by 30%. Just make sure that you have enough money set aside to cover that deductible in case you have an accident.

Ask for Advice from Your Insurer before Buying a New Car

The coverage you have to pay for a particular vehicle will depend on a number of factors. Check with your insurer to see what your premiums will be with a new vehicle. You can also find statistics on how likely a particular model is to be involved in an accident.

Decide When to Be Loyal to Your Insurance Company

Some insurers give discounts to drivers who stay with them for a while. However, sometimes you are paying too much with a particular company. Look around and go where the best rates are. It is a good idea to look for a new policy before your current one is about to expire. Some insurers will give you a 10% discount if you look early.

Always Look for Opportunities to Reduce Your Premiums

Most people never think to look for ways to reduce their car insurance premiums. They don’t know that a little diligence could save themselves hundreds of dollars a year. You should do everything you can to reduce these payments as much as possible.

Bio: Kalen Smith writes for Car Insurance Quotes, a car insurance comparison site.

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Pillsbury Cake Mix Coupons

Redplum currently has some great printable coupons for Pillsbury cake mix or frosting! Cake mixes are great to stock up on for birthdays, holidays, and other celebrations. It is much cheaper to make your own cake then buying it from the store already made (and you do get more satisfaction when you make something yourself!) You can even get the little ones involved in the cake baking process! Save $0.50 with the purchase of any one Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix, Cake Mix, or Frosting and Save $0.35 with the purchase of any Pillsbury Sugar Free Brownie Mix, Cake Mix or Frosting Print Here.

Oscar Mayer and Vlasic Coupons

Sandwiches are popular at my house! If you are interested, has printable coupons for sandwich fixings: Save $1 on any Oscar Mayer Carving Board Meats and Save $0.55 on any one Vlasic Pickles, Peppers, or Relish, any size. You can print them here. Remember to pair coupons with sales to save even more. If items are buy one get one free, you can use one coupon for each item. My local Food Lion often has the Vlasic pickles for buy one get one free!