Reminder: Amazon Prime Members Get Early Access to Many Holiday Deals

I’ve mentioned this before, but as we get geared up for the Holiday shopping season, I wanted to remind you of this great Amazon Prime benefit (that will really come in handy as we get closer to the holidays).

Amazon Prime Members can find Lightning Deals eligible for early access marked “Prime Early Access Deal” on Amazon.com. Lightning Deals are limited time promotions running throughout the day on hand-picked items.

What exactly is Amazon Prime?

FREE Two-Day Shipping on millions of items

* No minimum order size

* Instant streaming of thousands of movies and TV shows

* Unlimited, ad-free access to over a million songs and hundreds of playlists

AND: Early access to many Lightning Deals !

Prime members are also invited to shop MyHabit daily sales events early. MyHabit is a unique fashion and lifestyle destination offering up to 60 percent off designer brands and new discoveries for women, men, kids and home. Most events start daily at 9:00am PST and last 72 hours, or while merchandise lasts.

Prime members will be able to access these deals starting at 8:30am PST. Membership on MyHabit is free and users can join today or sign in with their existing Amazon.com account information.

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Smart Mind Toys Review & Giveaway!

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I was thrilled when Fred’s Super Dollar told me they had a new and affordable line of toys for children. My favorite part about these toys is that they are educational!

Smart Mind Toys encourage children to think and learn. This particular line of toys include safe science experiments like The Crazy Kitchen Lab, Snow Lab, Mad Eyeball, Amazing Marbles Lab and so many more!
The toys are sold at a great price ($10 max): $2, $3, $5 and $10. Plus, all the supplies you will need (except water, in some cases) are included in the box.
As part of my review, we received the Amazing Marbles Lab ($2), Mad Eyeball ($5), and the Crazy Kitchen Lab ($10).
Science is so important and these toys teach children science skills in a fun way! My little scientist wanted to try out the Amazing Marbles Lab first.
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An instruction sheet and a bag of tiny beads was in the box. All you needed to add to this experiment was a cup of water! Your little scientist with adult supervision fills a cup with water and empties the bag of beads into the cup. Please note: These are really tiny beads and this experiment is meant for ages 8 and higher.
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The directions said to “let the pebbles sit in the water for a while.” Let your child know that this experiment will take a few hours, however the end result is awesome!
This is after 45 minutes

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Two hours later:
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Afterwards, my child wanted to sort his new marbles, by color. We then discussed physical change, and he played with the marbles.
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The second science experiment, my son wanted to try was the Mad Eyeball!. This experiment is great for the budding scientist with an eye for detail,  yes the pun was intended ;).  The idea behind the Mad Eyeball is that you learn more about the eyeball, by building one! Depending on your childs age, they may require some assistance.
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As a parent, I loved how the Weird Eye required my son to pay attention to details. He was really into getting this “just right”.
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It is safe to say my child truly enjoyed these “cool science toys!” He is saving the third science experiment for a playdate, so he  can share with his friend, how cool these new toys are!
These toys and the variety offered, would make for great gifts this upcoming holiday season. Head to your nearest Fred’s Super Dollar to get these fun, affordable, and educational toys!
As a bonus, Fred’s Super Dollar is offering one of our readers a box of Smart Mind Toys! Enter below for your chance to win!

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Whole Foods Equals Healthy Savings!

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Since opening its doors, Whole Foods Market has offered shoppers a convenient opportunity to eat a healthier diet. Whole Foods is the world’s leader in natural and organic foods, maintaining the strictest quality standards in the industry. They are committed to foods that are fresh, wholesome and safe to eat. Each and every product they sell is carefully evaluated. They feature foods that are free of artificial flavors, preservatives, sweeteners, colors, and hydrogenated fats.

Whole Foods is also budget-conscious. Their 365 Everyday value line features products that are healthy and nutritious. The products offered include organic whole wheat flours, organic milk, frozen and canned vegetables, frozen foods, cereals, and so much more. Over 2,000 items are offered in the 365 Everyday Value Line. Their competitive pricing on these products will allow you to fill your pantry without emptying your pocketbook. All products in the line meet or exceed USDA guidelines for organic certification and offer the best value in the store.

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Their produce department strives to support local growers and features local produce whenever possible. As the largest selling organic grocer in the world, they believe organic food is better for the environment. All produce is controlled locally to ensure freshness and quality, thus supporting local family farms. Providing fresh local produce also reduces transportation costs. These savings are passed along to the customer. Another way to maximize your savings is to use coupons. At Whole Foods you can use a manufacturer coupon and a Whole Foods coupon on the same item. I found many deals that were the same price or even lower, than other stores in our area.

All meat and poultry comes from animals fed strictly vegetarian diets, free of added growth hormones. They are never fed animal byproducts or antibiotics. They also provide a selection of uncured meat products, such as bacon, hot dogs, etc., that are free of nitrates and nitrites. The 365 Everyday Value Uncured Bacon is delicious and a great value compared to national brands.

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Another exciting feature of Whole Foods Market is the tour of the store. I took a guided tour given in my local store by Marketing Team leader Hillary Bradbury. On the tour, guests visit each department and learn about the exciting and innovative features of the store that have made Whole Foods an industry leader. Whole Foods quality standards are emphasized. Numerous examples of money saving values are also given throughout the tour. These tours are given to guests free of charge. Call your local Whole Foods to schedule your tour! You may be surprised at what you will learn!

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SavingStar: No More Automatic Savings For Kroger


The way you save at Kroger stores will soon change. Starting on October 1, Kroger will transition from an “automatic” (loyalty card) retailer and instead participate as a receipt-scanning retailer. This means that you will redeem SavingStar offers at Kroger stores by submitting a picture of your receipt, instead of linking SavingStar offers to your Kroger card. This change impacts all Kroger stores, including: Kroger, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, JayC, King Soopers, City Market, PayLess, Owen’s, QFC, Ralphs, and Smith’s. This was a corporate decision made by Kroger.

Also starting in October, you’ll be able to redeem SavingStar offers at new stores – Safeway, Vons, Food 4 Less and H-E-B – by submitting a picture of your receipt using the SavingStar app (or submitting it through SavingStar.com).

Other recently added retailers include: Walmart, Target, Kmart, BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Meijer, and WinCo.

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Couponing 101: Big Don’ts of Couponing

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Everyone loves to save money, and couponing is a great way to do that. Learning to coupon is an easy way to help out your budget, but do it legally and courteously.

Don’t copy coupons: Most coupons state that only originals are valid. Copying coupons is not only unethical, is it illegal and punishable by law. Printable coupons will usually allow you to print each coupon twice (per computer), but you can not make extra copies of these coupons. Saving a few cents is not worth being accused of fraud.

Don’t decode coupons: There are apps that will ‘decode’ a coupon’s barcode so that you can see what the store scans. This allows some shoppers to buy items that the coupon was not intended for. This is also illegal and cheats the store out of the coupon money. This is one of the biggest reasons stores started cracking down on couponers.

Don’t clear shelves: You may have 10 coupons to get a really good deal on an item, but leave some for the rest of us! It is very disheartening to go to the store for a great deal, and find nothing left on the shelf. While some stores do offer rain checks, you still may not get the same price overall. Just play nice. Follow the golden rule.

Don’t take whole tear-pads of coupons: Sometimes you find those nice tear-pads of coupons on the shelf, or the dispensers that are located near the item with the coupon. Again, be nice and don’t take them all, even if it is for your favorite thing to buy. Some stores have started zip-tying them to the shelves, because people have been taking the entire pad of coupons.

Don’t buy things just because they are free: If you won’t use it, don’t buy it. Almost everything expires, and think how wasteful it would be if you ended up throwing it out! If you know a friend or a charity could use the item, then by all means get it. Just don’t forget to make the donation!

Don’t sell coupons: The FTC says “Selling or transferring coupons to a third party violates most manufacturers’ coupon redemption policies – and usually voids the coupon.” Companies are starting to crack down on this as well!

Don’t sell your stockpile: This goes back to buying only what you need. Coupons are intended to give an individual customer a good deal, not to start a for-profit business. Reselling of these purchases usually violate the terms of the coupon, and in some cases, can violate local health codes.

 

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