Monthly Archives: October 2015

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#28}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

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Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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  • Leave up to three links that you have not linked up within the last six months
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East, Drink & Save Money: 15 Skincare Products That Won’t Break Your Budget

Fun Money Mom: Things I Learned in my First Your of Blogging

Money Savvy Living: Celebrating a Season of Gratitude + Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway Please share and enter the giveaway!  Two $400 cash prizes will be given away!!

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Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Pumpkin Streusel Muffins {Gluten-free}  I can’t want to try these.. they look delicious and they are gluten free!

Better for You Un-Fried Pickles  I love any recipe that takes a very unhealthy food and substitutes it for a still-delicious tasting, healthier alternative.  I love making un-fried pickles!

7 Days of Finding Money for Christmas: DIY You can save a lot of money and still give beautiful gifts!

What I Wore: Fall Layers  Great ideas for the latest fashion, at reduced prices!

 

 

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Common Reasons Promo Codes Don’t Work

Common Reasons Promo Codes Don't Work | Money Savvy Living

 

Promo codes are a great and easy way to save money. Unfortunately, they have a reputation for being a little temperamental and can cause frustration when they don’t work and you don’t know why.

There are a lot of reasons why a promo code might not work, and it can be difficult to figure out the reason for each exact code, but here are some common explanations:

 

Code is Expired

This is probably the most common reason a code won’t work. No matter where you find the promo code, it always comes with an expiration date. If you’re trying to use the code after the expiration date, it likely won’t work. That’s not to say that it definitely won’t work, as some expired codes can still be applied, so it can be worth a shot to try it and see it the discount is applied.

Minimum Purchase Requirement Not Met

Many coupon codes come with certain minimum purchase requirements, such as getting 20% off your purchase if you spend $50 or more. Minimum requirements are typically included in the main text of the code, but that isn’t always the case. Customer service representatives aren’t likely to let you use the code without meeting the requirements, so add more items to your cart or find another code that will work.

Code Only Good for First-Time Customers

In an effort to attract new customers, many sites like Gilt City offer valuable coupon codes to customers making their first purchase. If you try to use this coupon code on a subsequent purchase or if you already have an account, it likely won’t work.

Product or Category is Excluded

Many stores, such as Nordstrom, include a huge list of excluded items with their promo codes. This can be deceptive in some places, because promo codes labeled “storewide” might not actually apply to the entire store. The lesson here is to carefully read the fine print before making a purchase—customer service representatives are very unlikely to let you use the code on an excluded item.

Another Promo Code Was Already Applied

Some stores occasionally apply a promo code automatically when you log into your account. Most of the time you can use a different promo code if you wish, but sometimes it takes a little tinkering to get the new code to work. In these cases, customer service representatives are usually very helpful and can help get the desired code to your account.

Store No Longer Accepts Promo Codes

Promo codes are typically at the discretion of store management, so when a store or website is bought out by a new company, the promo code policies could change and make your codes unusable. There isn’t really a good situation to this problem, as it seems to be a natural side effect of when a company is bought. However, customer service representatives can be helpful and may be able to add the code manually.

Shopper Must Be Signed In to Redeem Promo Code

In some cases, you can only redeem a promo code if you have created an account at the store or site. Almost every online retailer lets customers create a free account very quickly, so this issue can be solved with little effort.

Code Not Available in All Areas

This is a common issue with free shipping codes in particular. Smaller local and regional stores often don’t have the ability or power to ship items to certain areas of the country or internationally, so their “free shipping” codes really only apply to a certain radius. Sometimes stores try to drum up more business in a certain region so they release codes that are only good for that region and don’t work if you live somewhere else.

Store is Having Technical Difficulties

You might automatically think this is the reason for a bad code, but it is actually a rare occurrence. That’s not to say that it doesn’t happen on occasion. If the site is experiencing technical glitches, customer service representatives should be very willing to fix the issue and perhaps even throw in an extra discount for the inconvenience.

 

This article is a guest post by Jason Feller, from Dealspotr.com.  To read more from him or check out more frugal shopping and couponing ideas, you can connect with Dealspotr on Twitter and Facebook.

Celebrating a Season of Gratitude with a Thanksgiving Cash Giveaway

Give Thanks | Money Savvy Living

 

Giving thanks… so easy to remember to do around Thanksgiving time.  But do we really remember to have an attitude of gratitude throughout the year? Of course, for me, I don’t have to look very far and I see so many things that I have to be grateful for: of course, my family, husband, children, my home, food in the pantry, nice clothes… And then there are the things that are a bit less obvious, but I am grateful for the country that I live in, the freedoms that we have, the ability to speak our minds and worship freely…

Here are 10 ways to celebrate thankfulness throughout the year by giving back to others:

  1. Volunteer at a soup kitchen
  2. Help out at your child’s school
  3. Donate to your local food bank
  4. Gather gently used clothing and donate to Goodwill or People to People Ministries
  5. Take cookies to a local shut-in
  6. Visit a nursing home
  7. Rake leaves for an elderly neighbor
  8. Invite a neighbor to church
  9. Give to Toys for Tots this Christmas
  10. Put together a shoebox gift for Operation Christmas Child

 

With a spirit of Thanksgiving, I have teamed with some other fantastic blogs to bring a Thanksgiving cash giveaway to our readers– $800 of cash to giveaway!  There will be two winners, each of a $400 gift card or cash via Paypal!  Enter the giveaway any time during October 25, 2015 and November 25, 2015.

*Please see terms and conditions below. 

 

 

Thanksgiving Giveaway | Money Savvy Living

 

 

 

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Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#27}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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East, Drink & Save Money: Halloween Themed Crescent Roll Snacks

Fun Money Mom: Fried Goat Cheese with Marinara Dipping Sauce

Money Savvy Living: Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup: Quick, Easy & Delicious

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Check out our brand new Share the Wealth Facebook page!  Come on over and mingle with other bloggers, share your content, find other great content to share and ask questions/get advice.  We’d love for you to join us!

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Minimalism: Only Keep What You Love  Makes sense… if you haven’t worn it in the last year, let it go…

Calorie Budget: A Whole New Way of Looking at Dieting  Perhaps your diet, and budget, need a change in perspective

Money– When Was Your Last Check Up?  It all starts by knowing what you have… do you need to re-evaluate?

Boozy Bacon Bark Chocolate, marshmallows, bacon, and bourbon… need I say more??

 

 

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Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup: Quick, Easy, & Delicious

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup | Money Savvy Living

 

The weather has started to cool off… it is truly starting to feel like fall now.  The leaves are falling.  Frost, yes frost, has been a more common visitor in the mornings lately… The crisp, cool weather puts me in the mood for soup.

 

Making a pot of soup is my fall/winter stand-by for mealtime.  It re-heats great for sending in my husband’s lunch, or even in a thermos for the boys to school for lunch.  And literally nothing (except maybe a delicious cup of coffee…) warms you up from the inside out.

 

MMMMM… I am making myself hungry for a big bowl of broccoli cheese noodle soup right now!  I must admit, the first couple of times that I tried to make this type of soup were a big flop.  First, I tried making this in a crockpot… and I DEFINITELY would not advise that.  The second time, I used cheddar cheese… and I DEFINITELY would not advise that either.

 

So, for me, someone who has absolutely failed at making broccoli cheese noodle soup in the past, this recipe is easy… and turned out perfect!

 

This is literally all you will need:

7  cups chicken broth
1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
1 (12 ounce) package fine egg noodles
1  lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
5  cups milk (not pictured)

 

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup | Money Savvy Living

 

Start out by bringing the 7 cups of chicken broth to a boil.  Then add the bag of broccoli.  You don’t even need to let it completely thaw, I only had it out for a few minutes.  Once you pour it into the boiling water, it warms up quick!  Let boil for 3 minutes.

 

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup | Money Savvy Living

 

Once the chicken stock is boiling with the broccoli in, add in the bad of thin egg noodles.  (Don’t even think about using a different type of noodle– you will love these thin noodles!)  Boil for 3 minutes.

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup | Money Savvy Living

 

While the noodles are cooking, you can work on cutting the cheese into cubes because these smaller pieces will melt much quicker when tossed into the boiling chicken broth.

 

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup | Money Savvy Living

 

Yes, this looks like a lot of cheese, but trust me, once it melts, it is just the perfect amount!

 

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup | Money Savvy Living

 

Once added to the pot, turn the heat to low and stir occasionally until the cheese is melted.  Add milk, stir in until fully combined and turn the heat off and cover.  Let sit for about 30 minutes.  This will allow the soup to thicken just a bit and the noodles will plump up a bit more… this extra 30 minutes makes it creamy and delicious!

 

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup: Quick, Easy, & Delicious

Broccoli Cheese Noodle Soup: Quick, Easy, & Delicious

Ingredients

  • 7 cups chicken broth
  • 1 (10 ounce) package frozen chopped broccoli
  • 1 (12 ounce) package fine egg noodles
  • 1 lb Velveeta cheese, cubed
  • 5 cups milk

Instructions

  1. Bring water and chicken bouillon to a boil.
  2. Stir in broccoli and let boil for 3 minutes.
  3. Add noodles and boil for another 3 minutes.
  4. Turn heat to low.
  5. Add cheese, stir until melted.
  6. Add milk and turn off heat. Cover and let stand about half hour until soup is creamy.
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ENJOY!

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#26}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Lisa at Fun Money Mom | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

Gina (that’s me!) at Money Savvy Living | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

 

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East, Drink & Save Money: Fall Activities for Toddlers

Fun Money Mom: Best Ever Sweet and Salty Halloween Bark

Money Savvy Living: 105 Places to Get FREE Stuff for Your Birthday

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

Family Blessing Jar and Instilling Gratitude  So important to teach kids… and remember as adults

DIY Whipped Laundry Soap Over 500 loads of laundry for less than $15 in detergent…Wow!  Now that’s a great money savings!

5 Ways to Becoming and Staying Fit on a Budget  You don’t have to pay a monthly fee to join a gym…

 

 

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Want to Leave Your Six-Figure Salary for a Greater Opportunity: This Executive Did

 

What kind of business opportunity would compel you to voluntarily give up a SIX-FIGURE salaried job?

 

It would have to be something that you truly believed in. It would have to be an opportunity that offered even more financial security. It would have to be a venture in a market with nearly unlimited growth potential.

 

Of course, no one has a crystal ball to predict the future, however, there are some strong indicators that we can look at to predict success.  What if I told you that you can start your own home-based business, with a company that has this kind of potential, for a minimal investment?

 

4th largest Rodan + Fields

 

Based on 2013 market share statistics published by Euromonitor International, Rodan + Fields is now officially the fastest growing premium skincare line in the US. Even more amazing… now the 4th largest premium skin care company, and the other 3 companies ahead of Rodan + Fields on the list have an average of a 50-year head start!

 

  1. Clinique (1968)
  2. Estee Lauder (1946)
  3. Lancôme (1935)
  4. Rodan and Fields (2002)

 

Would you give up your SIX figure annual income?

 

Well, it happened…AGAIN. Meet Bobbie Silva, FORMER Rodan + Fields Regional Director (in the flowered dress next to Dr. Fields). She’s been a corporate Director for R+F since 2009 and just quit…QUIT…to become a consultant (you’re not allowed to do both). Not a Level V, not an Executive Consultant, a BRAND NEW, day one on the job, Rodan + Fields consultant, just like any other consultant starting out.

 

Rodan + Fields execurive quits to becomes consultant

 

She knows more about the inner-workings and global expansion than most of us and gave up her LARGE SIX figure income for something BIGGER and BETTER, like becoming a consultant. WOW!

 

Timing? Couldn’t be better.

Too saturated? Hardly.

Too good to be true? Not one bit.

 

For just a few hundred dollars, you can start your own home-based business, with a rapidly-growing company, and HUGE growth potential… and HUGE income potential!

 

What are you waiting for?!

 

Rodan + Fields | Money Savvy Living

It’s Not Just a Clump of Cells: It Is A Baby

It's Not Just a Clump of Cells, It's A Baby | Money Savvy Living

 

In October 1988, President Reagan proclaimed October as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. “When a child loses his parents, they are called an orphan. When a spouse loses his or her partner, they are called a widow or a widower. When parents lose a child, there isn’t a word to describe them. This month recognizes the loss so many parents experience across the United States and around the world. It is also meant to inform and provide resources for parents who have lost children due to miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy, molar pregnancy, stillbirths, birth defects, SIDS and other causes.”

 

photo via the web: https://infertilitywhyme.wordpress.com/

photo via the web: https://infertilitywhyme.wordpress.com/

 

On September 28, 2006, the U.S. House passed a resolution recognizing the movement to make October 15 of each year as National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Remembrance Day.

 

photo via the web: www.kindasillymommy.com

photo via the web: www.kindasillymommy.com

 

While there are many voices out there that will tell you that it’s not a baby, it’s just a clump of cells and it doesn’t matter, I want you to know that your loss does matter.

 

That sadness that you feel, the tears that you still have years later, the feeling of wondering what that child would be like… it’s real pain.

 

You aren’t crazy.

 

You have a right to feel sad.

 

You did suffer a loss.

 

The loss of a baby, not a clump of cells.

 

And you deserve to grieve that loss without being told that your loss was insignificant.

 

Now, I realize that there are many on the other side of the spectrum that feel that ending a pregnancy isn’t ending a life. And if you are one of those women, I want you to know that you have the right to your opinion and your choice to not be a parent, but don’t you dare tell me that it’s not a baby.

 

 

 

From the moment of conception, the instant of fertilization, your baby’s genes and sex are set. If the sperm has a Y chromosome, your baby will be a boy. If it has an X chromosome, the baby will be a girl. The egg stays in the fallopian tube for about 3 to 4 days. But within 24 hours of being fertilized, it starts dividing fast into many cells. It keeps dividing as it moves slowly through the fallopian tube to the uterus. Its next job is to attach to the lining of uterus. This is called implantation. Some women notice spotting for 1 or 2 days around the time of implantation. The lining of the uterus gets thicker and the cervix is sealed by a plug of mucus. It will stay in place until the baby is ready to be born.

 

This isn’t my opinion. This isn’t conjecture. It is proven scientific fact. All of this happens before most women even know they are pregnant. It is a baby.

 

It is a baby, just not a fully formed baby that is ready to live outside of its mother’s womb yet.

 

fetus stages | It's not just a clump of cells, it's a baby

 

I realize that it is not going to make you feel good to know that ending a pregnancy through an abortion is more than just getting rid of a clump of cells. It might even make you feel regret or remorse for that decision, knowing that the clump of cells you are getting rid of has all the genetic code necessary to develop into a fully formed person—a baby. Well, I’m not going to sugar-coat it for you because you chose to end your pregnancy. And despite what we are constantly told, that is not an empowering choice for women.

 

But I didn’t choose to end my pregnancy, you see, I personally lost a baby to a miscarriage in June 2010. I helplessly went through the process of a miscarriage with no choice at all and nothing that I could do to save that “clump of cells” so it could further develop into a baby.

 

At that point, I already had two beautiful, healthy little boys. I never imagined that my third pregnancy would be anything other than what I had experienced with my first two pregnancies. But it was very different. And for reasons unknown to us and the doctor, the pregnancy ended in a miscarriage. We were devastated. As I sit here, even now, I have tears in my eyes thinking about what that baby might have been like today. Why am I sad? I don’t know. I can’t really explain it. I never met this child. But it is still a loss. A loss that 1 in 4 women will experience. And even though we have never met these babies, we still love them.

 

1 in 4 women

 

It is a baby. Any woman who has actually been through pregnancy knows that her body changes, you feel that life inside of you move and kick. That’s not a clump of cells that are meaningless. Each of those cells has a specific purpose. Some will continue dividing and form the brain, heart, lungs, kidneys…some will become fingers and toes…each of those cells has a genetic code that defines it as the beginning of a life. It is not a random clump of cells. It. Is. A. Baby.

 

 

Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up {#25}

Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Livng Do you have a great money saving idea—or want to hear what other people are doing to save money and still feel like they are living the good life—even on a budget? It’s that time of the week again: Share the Wealth Sunday Link Up time! I look forward to sharing (and learning!) many great money saving ideas again this week! Come visit us on social media and say hi! We’d love to get to know you more! It would be great if you would follow us too: Share the Wealth Sunday | Money Savvy Living

Hannah at eat, drink & save money | Facebook | Pinterest | Twitter | Google+ | Instagram

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East, Drink & Save Money: Save Big with Coupons

Fun Money Mom: 13 of the Best Fall Activities for Families + Paypal Giveaway

Money Savvy Living: How My Activity Tracker Changed My Life: One Simple Change

Round Up:

Each week, I will pick a few awesome posts from the week before to share with you. That will mean additional exposure for your post and blog! Here some of my favorites from last week:

5 Frugal Ways to Find Cheap or FREE Halloween Costumes  You know your kids are going to need these in a couple of weeks… this will help you save money on those costumes!

9 Tips for Asking Parents to Donate to the Classroom

Making Money on Fiverr  Want to make a few extra dollars?

30 Kind, Inexpensive Things to do for Others  We could use a little more kindness in this world…

7 Tips to Winterize Your Home  Simple steps to help save you money in the long-run.

Save Money by Eliminating Disposable Items  Saves you money and is good for the environment.  Win-win.

 

 

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How My Activity Tracker Changed My Life: One Simple Change

#OneSimpleChange

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Recently, the company that my husband works for, initiated a program to promote healthy living. Through this program, there are rewards and benefits for company employees, and their spouses, and it all starts with an activity tracker.

 

I had seen them before, but thought that they were too expensive or that I’d forget to wear it… either way, it was money that I figured would be wasted. I was sooo wrong.

 

Now, I have to admit that we did get good deals on our activity trackers because it was part of a company initiative (thank you, Morton Salt for promoting healthy living!)—so you may want to ask your employer if they offer any discounts for activity trackers or have programs to promote a healthy lifestyle.

 


But even if your employer doesn’t offer any programs or discounts, it would definitely be worth it to invest in one. Something crazy happened when that little device arrived. I found myself actually wanting to wear it to see how many steps I took during the day, and how many miles that came to be. But it became more than that too. I noticed that when I would look at it throughout the day and see a low number of steps, it motivated me to go for a jog, or a walk, or just take the kids outside to play. It motivated me to move. Perhaps motivated isn’t quite the right word though because sometimes when I look at it, it almost feels like this inanimate object was judging me… “Should you really be sitting here now drinking your coffee? You should be exercising.” Either way, it has prompted me to be more active.

 

But sometimes before I go for a jog, I do need to have a little bit of caffeine motivation….

 

coffee cup one simple change

 

 

If you are like me, and you sit a computer for a good portion of your day, then you aren’t burning very many calories, and gaining weight is going to happen much quicker than if you are active and burning more calories.

 

The goal is 7000 steps per day, which is about 3.5 miles; although 10,000 steps, or approximately 5 miles per day is optimum.  So taking an evening walk with my boys is a great way to have a little bit of special time with them and get in a bit of exercise.

 

Evening walk with the kids | Money Savvy Living

 

You can get an activity tracker that you wear like a watch, like this one: Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity + Sleep Wristband, shown in Black:

 

Fit Bit Wrist | Money Savvy Living

 

Of course, there are a variety of colors to choose from, if you want something more fashionable than black:

 

fit bit wrist colors | Money Savvy Living

 

Or you could opt for one that you put in your pocket or clip on over the waistband of your pants, like this one: Fitbit Zip Wireless Activity Tracker.

 

fit bit colors | Money Savvy Living

 

The Charcoal one is the least expensive; you can buy it for only $48.99. Of course, there are other others, but those cost a bit more.  As you can see, I have a basic one… and that is my #MoneySavvy tip: all you need to do is track your activity and the basic black goes with everything anyways, right?  So save a few bucks and skip the color choice.

 

Many of these activity trackers work with apps that can be downloaded on your smartphone, so you can track your progress.

 

 

*This article does contain affiliate links, so if you choose to purchase through here, I will make a commission, although it does not increase the cost to you, the consumer. However, I highly recommend that you get an activity tracker whether you purchase through here or elsewhere.

 

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