Friday, December 23, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 24, 2016)

Welcome to the Christmas in Florida edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! It may be warm here, but we still have plenty of Christmas spirit! Let's celebrate the holiday by (hopefully) winning some giveaways! Check out those listed in the linky below and on my right sidebar. If you're hosting a giveaway on your blog, please share it with us in the linky. And be sure to spread some holiday cheer on Twitter and Facebook by telling everyone about these terrific giveaways. Season's greetings, everyone!

Tuesday, December 20, 2016

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Sunday, December 18, 2016

Smart Ways to Save Money on Pet Costs

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Pets hold an important place in many households and are often considered as a family member. However, the new “member” doesn't come cheap and often leaves a hole in your wallet.  
On average, an American household annually spends around $1200 on their pets, while dog owners spend even more – close to $1500. Some pet owners easily top those amounts, while others try to find smart ways to save money on pet costs.
Therefore, in today’s article we’ll show you how to save money on pet food, pet supplies, pet health and veterinary care.

1. Choose the Right Pet

If you are in the market for a new pet, you should consider your budget and lifestyle. You simply can’t make a decision based on the cuteness factor – you have to think about your pet’s needs first.
For example, if you are living in a small flat and have no time to walk your pet, then purchasing a dog would be a bad choice. In addition, you should research and find out what is the cost of having a pet, and make sure it fits your budget.

2. Bulk Shopping

The best way to save money on pet supplies is to buy in bulk at online pet retailers. For example, by buying larger bags of dog food or cat food containing natural ingredients at PetcoPetSmart or 1-800-Petmeds, you can reduce your pet supplies bill by 30%-50%. However, always make sure you are getting free shipping and check the expiration date to avoid wasting your money.  
You can also sign up for a pet retailer rewards program, receive an initial “sign up” coupon and earn reward points that can be redeemed for discounts. In addition, it would be wise to sign up for manufacturers' newsletters to receive sale notifications, coupons and special offers for pet supplies. Whenever you can, try pairing sales and store coupons with manufacturers’ coupons and you’ll be amazed how much money you’ll save.

3. Pet Food

The saying “you are what you eat” can be applied to our pets as well. The foods that pets eat do more than just fill their belly. It affects their quality of life, overall health, longevity and even behavior. Therefore, it’s crucial that we always buy quality pet food that contains valuable nutrients that will make them strong and healthy.
We always recommend buying brand-name pet food with ingredients recommended by the vet. When you are buying dog food or cat food, make sure to look for canned food with a high percentage of protein and pay attention to quality in terms of ingredients and nutrition.
You should also know that the pet food label can often be confusing and misleading as the companies use the same marketing strategies that they apply to human foods. So terms like “wild” or “all natural” don’t mean a thing. Instead, look for The Association of American Feed Control Officials (AAFCO) statement, which is the only guarantee that pet food meets the organization’s standards.
In addition, always carefully observe your pet to see how he/she reacts to food. If they are not vomiting and the coat is nice and healthy, then you have found the right food.
Another great way to save money on pet food (especially dog food and cat food) is to prepare it yourself. Although it can be a little time-consuming, you can definitely save money by using ingredients from the refrigerator. In addition, you’ll know exactly what your pet is eating, and that’s priceless. You can always do a quick internet search with terms like “make dog food” or “homemade cat food” to find healthy and affordable ways of preparing the food for your loved ones.
For example, dog food and cat food recipes should include a protein source (found in liver, fish, eggs and muscle meat), a fat source (from fish, canola, olive or safflower oil), fiber-containing carbs (from barley, oats, sweet potato and brown rice) and a phytochemical source (from herbs, vegetables and fruits).
However, make sure you are not over-feeding your pet, as it could lead to serious health issues such as obesity and food bloat, and you would have to pay for the veterinary care. Therefore, do a proper research and find out exactly how much food your pet needs and stick to that amount. After all, your pet health comes first!

4. Pet Supplies and Toys

When it comes to pet supplies, the best way to save money is to shop online. You have a wide range of online retailers such as Amazon, HomeGoods, Petco, and 1-800-Petmeds, and by investing time and doing proper research you can purchase pet supplies for the fraction of the price you usually pay.
For example, you can find pet toys, beds and water/food bowls at these online pet retailers for up to 50% less. You can also use discount gift cards from sites like Gift Card Granny and Cardpool and get a 35% discount on your favorite retailers of pet supplies.
Another great way to save money on pet supplies is to avoid purchasing pet-specific toys. Instead, use what you already have or purchase toys in a dollar store. For example, a bouncy ball for a child will be great for your pet as well. You can even make your own “toy” using basic household items, like paper.
In the end, your pet doesn't care about the dollar value – he/she only needs your attention. So it’s pointless to spend money on collar and fancy toys, as pets will always rather play with you than a toy. So spend time with them and love them, and in return, they will be happy and love you even more.  

5. Veterinary Care

We can all agree that pet health should be our main concern. Therefore, people looking to save money and make sure their pet is healthy should invest in preventive care.  
Regular exams can save a pet’s life and the pet owner’s money by eliminating or reducing the risk of health problems that can be really expensive to treat. Emergency veterinary care usually costs several times more than a regular office visit. For example, treating a periodontal disease will cost a few hundred dollars for anesthetic, teeth extractions and dental x-rays.
With that being said, you should definitely schedule regular visits to the vet. A proper veterinary care will include necessary vaccines that will protect your pet from many diseases. In addition, it can help catch any problems early on and prevent health complications that can be easily avoided.
To save some money, avoid buying medication from your vet as it will usually cost more. Instead, purchase pet meds online at PetcoPetSmart or 1-800-Petmeds. You can visit all three websites, compare prices and get the cheapest medication. Alternatively, if you hate online shopping, you can find affordable pet medication in low price pharmacies at Walmart.
You can also invest in pet insurance, but there is no guarantee that it will turn out to be a good investment. Therefore, it would be better to self-insure by depositing a small amount each month and saving it for a pet emergency.
And finally, the best way to save money and prevent additional veterinary care is to make sure your pet exercises regularly. This will help support joint mobility, cardiovascular health, weight management and improve overall pet health.
Of course, pets don’t know how to exercise and they won’t do it on their own. You need to spend time with them and play, and that’s when they’ll be the most active. For example, you can go for a long walk with your pet or simply play with him/her indoors. The type of activity will greatly depend on the type of pet you have.  

6. Grooming

Grooming your pet yourself is another way to save money and avoid paying a professional. You can learn how to trim the hair, cut nails and give them baths by watching YouTube tutorials. You can find affordable pet grooming supplies at 1-800-Petmeds.
However, if grooming on your own sounds scary, you can book an appointment at Petco or PetSmart and make sure your pet gets professional service at an affordable price.

Takeaway Notes

Having a pet is like having a family member – you are going to love them and care for them. However, pets will also “take away” a part of your monthly budget, as you’ll have to purchase pet food, pet supplies and pay for veterinary care, which can be quite expensive.
Therefore, you should save money on pet costs by purchasing at Petco, PetSmart and 1-800-Petmeds (they usually have the cheapest prices).
And finally, make sure you spend enough time with your pet because there’s no money in the world that can replace your affection.  

Friday, December 16, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 17, 2016)

This is the I-can't-believe-it's-almost-Christmas edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky. Ugh! I still have a lot to do in terms of preparing for the holiday, especially when it comes to gifts. If you're feeling frazzled like I am, give yourself a gift by taking a little time to relax and de-stress -- and enter a few giveaways! Maybe you'll win something special just for you! Check out the many giveaways in the linky below, and don't forget to check out the giveaways listed on my right sidebar, too. Come back daily to see what is new! And if you're hosting some giveaways this week on your blog, I hope you'll share them with us in the linky and post this page on your social media sites. Happy holidays!

Wednesday, December 14, 2016

Smart Shopping Starts with Groupon Coupons

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Whenever I plan to purchase something, I check to see if I can find any coupons or deals. So many retailers offer coupons, and smart shoppers do their homework before they buy! One of my favorite places to find coupons is Groupon Coupons. They have coupons from literally thousands of stores! This time of year, when I’m doing my holiday shopping, this is a great way for me to save money and reduce my bills.

For example, one of my favorite places to find gifts is at The Popcorn Factory. When I did a search on Groupon Coupons, I found 11 current coupons for The Popcorn Factory! I felt like I’d hit the lottery. From discounts on merchandise to free shipping, I was thrilled to see several different options for saving money on my gifts from The Popcorn Factory.

Now, if your sweetheart loves beautiful jewelry, I recommend Blue Nile. (My engagement and wedding rings were purchased at Blue Nile, and I love them!) Fortunately, Groupon Coupons is currently featuring 22 coupons from Blue Nile! Not only do they show coupon codes, but they direct you to sales on the site that just might help you to select a great gift!

Another feature I love at Groupon Coupons is that if you really like to shop at a particular store, you can sign up for Coupon Alerts, and they will notify you about new coupons from that store so you never miss a deal.

If you’re not sure what you’re looking for, just pull up the front page and scroll through Today’s Top Coupons & Offers. I saw many offers there today that I want to pursue!

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If you’re a savvy shopper, you’ll want to head over to Groupon Coupons daily to check out the deals and coupons that will help you save money. You’ll be amazed at all of the opportunities you’ll find to shop wisely.

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Sunday, December 11, 2016

Give a Gift That Changes Lives from World Vision (GIVEAWAY)

I know so many people who really struggle to find gifts for their family and friends. Many of us are already so blessed with the things we need, and we want to make gift-giving more meaningful than scoring the latest deal at the store. If you’re feeling that way this year, I encourage you to do your holiday shopping through World Vision by giving a life-changing gift to someone in need in the name of a friend or family member. Since 1996, the World Vision Gift Catalog has grown in popularity as a gift-giving alternative. More than 650,000 people were helped last year through funds generated by the Catalog. Check out this video from World Vision to learn more about this wonderful program:

More than 100 gifts are contained in the physical catalog, and more than 250 items can be found online at Popular items include a goat and two chickens, clothing for children, ducks and medicine. More than 30 gifts in the catalog are $35 or less, including items like chickens, job training or school supplies. I like that World Vision also works to keep its overhead rates low so that more money is used for programs that benefit children, families and communities in need.

When you place an order, you can choose to have a card sent in honor of a loved one, or else print or email a card from the website to let your honoree know that something special has been done for them this Christmas.

If you still feel that you’d like to have a tangible gift for your recipient to open, choose one of World Vision’s beautiful handcrafted items made by artisans around the world. Funds raised in this way go to the Where Most Needed fund, which helps to meet the most urgent needs. Check out some of the gorgeous items in their catalog this year:

Tree of Life Votive Holder  – This lovely votive holder is handmade from cast-off materials. Artisans in India work hard to raise themselves out of poverty and help light the way for their children’s education. $65

Upcycled Artisanal Bowl – This stunning bowl is up-cycled from reclaimed industrial waste such as wires and metal. Artisans in India have hand bent and soldered each piece into inspirational shapes to create this artistic and elaborate bowl that is great as a decorative piece or to hold special items. $135

History’s First Coffee Blend – Citrus and chocolate pair up in this 10-ounce whole bean blend of Ethiopian Yirgacheffe and Sumatra Permata Gayo coffees from farmers who are overcoming poverty with their earnings. An olivewood scoop and African bag complete the package. $75

Turquoise Medallion Necklace – Handmade by families in Delhi, this brightly-beaded medallion necklace adds a bold pop of color to any outfit. $75

Royal Silk Scarf – This gorgeous silk scarf adds color to the holidays and supports the needs of children and families worldwide. The luxurious silk is woven by Vietnam’s Ma Chau villagers, who receive sustainable income through their craft. $95

Mango Wood Beaded Bracelet – One creative community on the island of Java makes these unique bracelets to help provide a sustainable income and care for their children. The artisan group is led by a mother who pours her heart into her craft. $45

I have all of the gifts above, and I can tell you that they are all works of art (except the coffee, which is delicious!). The votive holder looks gorgeous with a pillar candle inside. The jewelry and scarf make colorful and unique additions to any wardrobe. And the artisanal bowl looks stunning on my dining room table. I can use it for fruit or create a unique centerpiece.

I hope you will visit World Vision and pick out these lovely gifts for the special people in your life or purchase a gift for a needy family in the name of your recipients. You’ll feel good knowing that you’ve not only found a cherished gift for a loved one, and you’ve helped to make a real difference in the world.

To order from World Vision’s Gift Catalog, call 855-WV-GIFTS or visit the catalog online. You can also visit the World Vision Facebook page at /WorldVision and Twitter and Instagram at @WorldVisionUSA.


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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Saturday, December 10, 2016

Give the Gift of Beautiful, Personalized Jewelry from Onecklace (DISCOUNT CODE)

It’s so much fun to open a box that reveals beautiful jewelry, but it’s even more delightful to find that it’s personalized with your initials, name or the names of those you love. That’s why Onecklace is such a wonderful place to shop for gifts. They carry necklaces, rings, bracelets, and earrings, and most of them can be personalized so that they’re one-of-a-kind! Check out the gorgeous items I spotted on their website:

Their selection is huge! You’re certain to find just the right item for all of your friends and family members. I recently ordered the following items:

I had this engraved with my grown son’s girlfriend’s name. She’s always had a hard time finding things with her name because it has a unique spelling, so I know she’s going to be thrilled to receive this necklace that spells her name correctly!

I love this choker necklace because the black velvet band means that it goes with both dressy outfits and more casual ones. I can see it looking great with a fancy dress or jeans and a blouse! And the chain is adjustable, so it fits just about any neck.

In addition to the fantastic selection, here are two more reasons to order from Onecklace:

Free shipping worldwide! Yes, you read that right. Standard shipping is free. And your order even comes with a complimentary gift box and bag, so it's ready to give!

And Onecklace was also kind enough to create a coupon code for my readers. Receive 10% off on all orders made at when you use the code SUSAN10.

The holidays will be here before you know it. I hope you’ll head over to right away to order their beautiful jewelry for those you want to surprise with a very special gift. Connect with Onecklace through the following social media sites, too:


Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review.

Deal-Hunters Alert! Save Money and Earn Gift Codes at Dealspotr!

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I do most of my shopping online these days. Why? I avoid the long lines at stores (especially during the holiday season). I can frequently get free shipping. And with a little bit of research, I can often find promo codes or discount codes that save me even more on my purchases! Of course, there are a lot of codes floating around on the internet, but many times they’ve expired by the time you find them. That’s why Dealspotr is now my go-to place to find working codes. Why?

• Their content is “crowdsourced.” That means that their 30,000+ members (like myself) add, edit and verify that the deals on Dealspotr are accurate.

• As you can see in this study, Dealspotr outperformed Retailmenot, and Groupon for the accuracy of their coupon codes.

• When you join the site, you can get your own personal feed of deals based on the types of items you like to purchase and the stores or brands you frequent the most. This way, you won’t have to weed through a bunch of codes for stores or items that you’ll never be interested in.

And here’s another thing that I LOVE about Dealspotr. They actually pay you for sharing deals and promo codes. I get a lot of emails from retailers sharing their deals, and when I post a new one on Dealspotr, I earn points. After a certain number of points, I can cash them out for gift codes! In less than a week of posting deals, I already had the opportunity to cash out $30! And that was just for sharing promo codes I’d found with other people on the site. If you’re a super deal-spotter, I’m betting you could easily beat my numbers in no time.

Here’s another really cool thing about Dealspotr. If you have a blog or website, you can post your own personalized Dealspotr button there and earn points whenever someone joins Dealspotr (which is free) through your link. Plus, you get a percentage of the points they earn over the lifetime of their accounts! The more people you refer who use the site, the more points you get.

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This has been a really busy time of year for me, so I am still learning all of the ins and outs of this amazing deal-sharing site, but I’m thrilled with the progress I’ve already made. I am having so much fun sharing new deals on the site, and I feel like I’ve won the lottery when I find that I have a new one to share. It’s almost addictive! I’ve even been able to add new stores to Dealspotr’s already large database of retailers. And, of course, watching my points increase is also a constant pleasure!

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Friday, December 09, 2016

Super Saturday Giveaway Linky (December 10, 2016)

Welcome to the birthday edition of the Super Saturday Giveaway Linky! It may be Jesus's birthday this month, but three of my sons also have birthdays in December! Needless to say, I've been super busy getting gifts and celebrating! With that said, my wallet could use some help after all the spending this month, so I'm going to be entering some giveaways to try to recoup. I hope you'll join me! Check out the many giveaways in the linky below, and don't forget to check out the giveaways listed on my right sidebar, too. Come back daily to see what is new! And if you're hosting some giveaways this week, I hope you'll share them with us in the linky and post this page on your social media sites.

Wednesday, December 07, 2016

Start the New Year with a Beautiful At-a-Glance Appointment Book from Shoplet

It may be a digital world, but I still look forward to getting a new planner every year. I like to have a physical copy that I can write in, and many of them are works of art! This coming year, I'll be using a beautiful planner from Shoplet! It's in At-a-Glance's Vienna Collection from their Fashion line.

Isn't it beautiful?! I'm tempted to give it away as a gift because it's so lovely, but I think I'm going to be selfish and keep it for myself. It's going to look great on my desk at work! Plus, this planner is highly useful thanks to its weekly and monthly pages. With its larger, 8 ½” x 11” size pages, there's always room to write in all of my appointments, and the tabs make it easy to find my place when my planner is on-the-go. With a durable poly cover, I'm confident that it will last all year. This planner is great for the home, too, to keep track of your family's busy schedules! Thankfully, Shoplet has a large selection of At-A-Glance products so you can buy one for your home, office, and everyone on your holiday shopping list.

In addition to planners and appointment books, Shoplet has a huge selection of office supplies, cleaning supplies, and medical supplies. They even carry office furniture! In fact, they are the #1 e-tailer of business and office supplies. I hope you’ll stop by Shoplet today for all of your home, office and school supplies. You can also visit them through the following sites below:

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Disclosure: I received complimentary product samples to facilitate my honest review. All opinions are 100% my own.

Order Beautiful Holiday Photo Cards from CardsDirect

I'm thrilled to announce that I mailed out my Christmas cards this week! I can't believe that I managed to get them all ready and mailed out during the first week of December, and I have CardsDirect to thank for that! The hardest part was just deciding from among the wonderful choices of customizable photo cards on their site -- 11 pages of them! It was a tough decision, but it was made easier by the wide variety. I knew how many pictures I wanted to use and sought out a card that would hold them all. As you can see from some of the samples below, CardsDirect has cards with one picture or multiple pictures, horizontal or vertical, and in all different colors and designs.

Here's our Christmas card for this year...

I love it! With four kids, and two of them living away from home, I wasn't able to get one big group photo in a timely manner, so a card with room for multiple photos was the perfect solution for me. And I was impressed with the high quality of the cards and envelopes. On the back of the card, it wishes everyone a Merry Christmas, and it's customized with my family members' names. In fact, there are lots of ways in which you can customize your card in addition to the photos and message. You can choose from different paper types and sizes, several envelope types, and even add fancy envelope liners.

Photo cards are an excellent way to show your loved ones how much the kids have grown and provide highlights of your busy year. I hope you'll pick out your favorite photos from the year and head over to CardsDirect to create a personalized card to send out to friends and family!

Disclosure: I received a set of complimentary cards to facilitate my honest review.