15 Tips For Shopping At The Grocery Store!

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We talk about how to shop at the grocery stores all the time.  We talk about how to get the best deals, how to use coupons and so much more.  What we don’t talk about that often is how NOT to make other shoppers want to kill you!

I recently launched to site Etiquette Help (seriously – make sure you read through all the archives and Like Etiquette Help on Facebook), but this is one post that I particularly love.

From my 15 Grocery Store Manners | 15 Tips! post

  1. Slow Down – Breaking the land speed record with a grocery cart is not necessary nor is it acceptable in the grocery store. Slow down and be careful around those blind corners.
  2. 20 Items or Less – Why is it that every time an express lane opens, someone with an entire cart full of items jumps over? Seriously folks, the sign is pretty straight forward.
  3. Have Your Money Ready – Nobody wants to wait while you write out your check or dig for your debit card. Consider those around you and have those things ready when you get up there. You wait in line anyway, so use it to prepare for your turn when you get there.
  4. Let common sense prevail – If you are standing there with an entire cart full of items and the guy behind you has a diet Coke, let him pass. If I need to tell you why, you should never enter a retail establishment again…ever.
  5. When a new line opens, be fair – We all have seen it. Five people are in line and the line next to you that had been closed opens. Then the cart at the back of the line runs over to take the first spot in the new line. Again, did we not cover this in kindergarten? A new line is not an invitation to race those in front of you. Be fair and let the people that have waited the longest get the next register.

See the rest of the tips on Etiquette Help!

#HappyStartsHere with Alpo!

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food . All opinions are 100% mine.

If dogs could talk in a language that we understood, do you ever wonder what they would say?

Our dog Coupon loves to bark, but there is really only one bark that I know exactly what he means.  He sits next to his bowls in the kitchen and does a tiny little bark that means “My water dish is empty”.  Other than that, I have no idea what he is trying to tell me most of the time.

I have a few ideas:

“Please – don’t forget to put your purse on the floor with the zipper open so that I can grab a lip balm out of it and start chewing”

“Why are there so many kids in this house all the time?”

“Who said you can be near my daddy?  Brad is MINE!” (Coupon is INSANELY jealous whenever my husband pays attention to anyone else”.

One of these days, scientists will figure it out…..

Until then, ALPO has some ideas about dogs would say…..

Think that’s funny? See what else our focus group has to say about our favorite blogger dogs

I have to tell you – I just love Ralph in those videos.  I think it’s the closest personality to what Coupon would have (if he could talk).

It’s been a pleasure to work with ALPO over the past few months and I know that Coupon enjoyed the chance to try wet dog foods.  We have been buying it for him as treat about once every 2 weeks!

You can get more information about the ALPO line of products and the quality ingredients that they use on ALPO’s nutrition page. You can also follow the  ALPO® Instagram page and Watch more blog dog videos and get inspired to share photos and videos of your dog with #HappyStartsHere!

 

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Stay Full With Tyson® Mini Chicken Sandwiches #tysonminis #sponsor

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I received Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches and compensation in return for this post. Thoughts are my own.

This time of year is absolutely crazy for most people.  With all the rushing around trying to get ready for the Holidays, parties to attend, cookies to bake, etc, sometimes you just need something quick to feed the kids (or yourself). Even when it isn’t the holiday season, the kids have practices (usually at the same time in opposite directions), doctors appointments or games and they need to eat on the go!

Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches are made with all white-meat chicken and available in several flavors (including grilled, if you don’t like giving your kids breaded chicken).  My boys tried the Cheddar Cheese Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches and they really enjoyed them.  They were just the perfect size for their small hands and they were full on just 2 sandwiches.  When you aren’t on the go, they would be perfect paired with a green vegetable or even treat the kids and give them some chips or fries!

They are available in:

Mini Chicken Sandwiches
Mini Chicken Sandwiches with Cheese
Mini Grilled Chicken Sandwich with Bacon Cheddar Cheese
Mini Grilled Chicken Sandwich Buffalo Style
BBQ Mini Pulled Chicken Sandwiches

You can find Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches at most major grocery retailers including Walmart, Kroger, Safeway and Wegmans.  I grabbed them at Wegmans and they had all the varieties (I was REALLY tempted to buy the Buffalo Style because they looked really good – but my kids don’t like anything spicy!) Don’t forget to look in your Sunday papers for coupons for them.  Tyson is usually pretty good about making sure that they put out good coupons for their products!

Have you tried the Tyson Mini Chicken Sandwiches?  What is your favorite flavor?


Just Dance Kids 2014 – Exercise in Disguise! #JustDanceKids2014

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I have 3 children and while two of them just love to go out and play when the weather is nice, my oldest is very hard to pry away from the computer or XBox! And once the weather gets cold?  None of them have any interest in going outside.  Just like their mom, they prefer to stay in out of the cold with a blanket and a book (or remote control)

This makes getting exercise in fairly difficult, especially in the winter and especially when one of them doesn’t like to exercise in the first place!

Just Dance Kids 2014 is the perfect way to disguise exercise as fun.  With more than 30 dances with songs geared towards all ages (everything from Yo Gabba Gabba to The Wiggles to One Direction to Kenny Loggins, including some of today’s hottest hits), the entire family can get up off the sofa and get their body moving! Since this game is geared towards the entire family, the dance moves are not overly difficult, but more than enough to get your blood pumping!

Just Dance Kids 2014 is available for the Wii, Wii-U and XBox Kinect.  We were given Just Dance 2014 for Kinect and I asked my children to give it a try.  My oldest (the one that I have to beg to exercise) was very reluctant to try (not only does he not like exercise, he also has inherited my husbands “dancing abilities”) but agreed to give it 1 song before he gave up.

We started slow with “Fireflies” and by the time we got halfway through it, he was having fun and getting the hang of it.  Once we moved on to “Footloose”, he was having a ball.  Best of all, he WON on points against his younger brother and sister!

One great thing about Just Dance 2014 is that you can create playlists from the songs available.  This not only makes it so that you go right from one song to another (which is great to keep the kids moving), but let’s it act as an electronic babysitter!  Your children will probably know most of the songs on Just Dance Kids 2014, but just in case they don’t, the lyrics are right there for them to sing along (as you can see from my video, my 2 youngest were NOT shy about doing!)

Just Dance Kids 2014 is available at most major retailers and online at sites such as Amazon.com for just under $30, making it a great gift or stocking stuffer!

Have you ever tried any of the Just Dance games?


Bolthouse Farms | Get a $1.50 Coupon! #BolthouseFarms

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This post brought to you by Bolthouse Farms. All opinions are 100% mine.

I fell in love with the Bolthouse Farms Green Goodness back when I was doing my 10-day Juice Fast.  I was in Wegmans, and needed something.  I grabbed  a Green Goodness, thinking it was about the closest thing to juicing it myself that I was going to find at the moment, and fell in love with it!  Since then, I typically go through about 1 – 2 52 oz bottles of Green Goodness per week. It’s just the perfect thing to keep in my fridge for when I want a burst of vitamins! I really prefer it to soda, iced tea, etc.

So when Bolthouse Fams invited me to try their carrot juices, I was actually shocked to learn that they are primarily carrot farmers! They have 30+ flavors, many of which rely heavily on carrots. They not only have great juices, but their production facility is the largest Agri-Solar farm in all of North America!

When they asked me to try to try some of their other juices, I checked out their website and this video really made me love them even more. They really seem passionate about getting kids to make better choices in what they eat and drink, and their juices are very kid-friendly.  My HORRIBLY picky-eater Elizabeth will probably never try the Green Goodness (neither will my husband, for that matter), but she really did like the Berry Boost as well as the Orange + Carrot juice.

Hennyway – so you are probably wondering how you can get the $1.50 coupon!  Here’s how:

There is a Bolthouse Instagram Promotion through December 31, 2013 where you can get a $1.50 coupon.  These are on sale at Wegmans this week for only $2.49, so this is an AWESOME coupon!

To get your coupon:

  1. Post a picture on Instagram of a Bolthouse Juice, tagging it with #CarrotFarmers and #GotCoupons
  2. Bolthouse Farms will reply in the comments of your Instagram photo with a link to your $1.50 coupon!

Pretty easy, right?

I am so glad that Bolthouse Farms asked me to try some of their other juices.  I tend to get in a “rut” and would have been perfectly happy to keep buying just the Green Goodness,  Thanks to the coupons they sent me, I have some other new ones to add to my “favorites list” (although I will still try to make my own juices…but this gives me a bunch of “backups” for those mornings when I just want to “grab & go”!)

 

 

 

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Tackle Stains with Resolve Pre Treat #ResolveMyStain #spon

With 3 children, stains are a way of life! If it isn’t my oldest spilling spaghetti sauce on himself, it’s my daughter running around in the back yard in her clean white sock. Or it could be my favorite – when my middle child decides to go “swimming” in the creek. I could show you some socks and clothes of his that would make even Pigpen from the Charlie Brown comics weep!

So when the people at Resolve asked me to try their new Resolve Pre Treat, I said I would give it a shot. We certainly never have any shortage of stains on which to test it!

My son presented me with ketchup…on a nice white t-shirt…awesome! Watch the video to see what happened!

As you can see, the Resolve Pre Treat worked like a charm! It will now be a regular supply that I keep in my laundry room!

Make sure that you check out the Resolve Tip Exchange! They have a TON of tips on how to best remove almost every stain. Whether you are trying to remove ketchup, blueberries, grass, blood, grease, sweat or many more, you will find plenty of tips to help. If you are looking to get rid of a specific type of stain, you can just click on the “Find Stain Tips Fast” button to sort tips by stain! You can even share your own tips or ask a question about getting rid of a stain!

Have you ever tried Resolve Pre Treat? Did it work for you?

Disclosure: This is a sponsored video for Resolve that I have been compensated for & received free product for through Burst Media. I have provided parental contest for my child being in this video.


Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket | Yeah – YUMMY!

This post brought to you by Arby’s. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have to admit, I am not a regular patron of Arby’s.  There aren’t many close to me (unless I head to the mall), but I know that my husband is always looking for a chance to get a hot roast beef sandwich (seriously – would it KILL him to eat a few veggies?), so when the people at Arby’s asked me to try out their new Smokehouse Brisket Sandwich?  I thought “Cool!  Lunch-date with The Hubs!”

So, we headed to Arby’s the other day to try out the new Smokehouse Brisket sandwich (you can Find an Arby’s near you!). I had no idea what I was about to taste..just another roast beef sandwich, I assumed.  Then as I walked in to the door, I saw a huge sign for the sandwich and saw that it has Gouda cheese on it. Gouda? GOOD! That is my favorite cheese in the world! It also has friend onion rings on it?  There is no beef sandwich that can’t be made better with fried onion rings! They just go together like peas & carrots!

And so I ordered the Smokehouse Brisket combo and my husband got a traditional Beef & Cheese sandwich and we split the soda & fries (he – we’re frugal). After we got our food and he sat through the obligatory “food pictures” (seriously – he HATES going out to dinner with me because I always take pics of my food), we dug in!

Arby’s says that they smoke their Smokehouse Brisket for 13 hours and you can really taste it!  We are big fans of slow cooking and I know that the longer that you cook certain cuts of meat, the more tender they become.  The meat literally fell apart in my mouth! The toppings just all come together to form a really delicious sandwich! And then – there are the fries! As it had been a while since I had eaten at Arby’s, I forgot about the fries – truly an indulgence!

Will you try the new Arby’s Smokehouse Brisket?  Sound off in the comments!

 

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In Which, My Dog Tries ALPO® For The First Time

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food. All opinions are 100% mine.

So remember when I said that Coupon (my dog, yes – that is his name) has never tried wet food?  Well, we decided to give it a try!  Armed with coupons from ALPO® , we tried out the Homestyle Prime Cuts Gravy Cravers.

Like I said before, we normally just keep dry food for him out at all time, so he kind of gave me a mean look when I grabbed his bowl and dumped out all the food.  I opened the can and it looked…well …like dog food! But it wasn’t the dog food that i remembered from YEARS ago when it was just a can of “mush”.  There were nice meaty chunks in there and plenty of gravy!

I filled his bowl and put it down on the floor for him and he went to check it out, and then just dug his face in the bowl and went to town!  He really seemed to like it.  I can tell, because every tie that I tried to get his attention so that I could take a picture, he growled at me.

As I said, this was his first time having wet food andhe does have a sensitive stomach, so we didn’t want to overwhelm him and give him the whole can and have it be too rich for him, so we only gave him a half a can and waited to see how it would settle in his stomach.  I am happy to report that, several hours later, he seems to be fine.  I know that this will be a nice treat that we can give him that he will enjoy!

To learn more about ALPO® line of products, make sure to check out ALPO’s Facebook Page as well as ALPO’S HOMEPAGE!

Do you give your dog wet food or dry food?

 

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What Dog Food Do You Use?

This post brought to you by ALPO® Brand Dog Food . All opinions are 100% mine.

Our dog Coupon (yes, you read that name right) has never had wet dog food.  We have always given him dry food for our own ease – we just fill a bowl and put it down and forget about it for a day or two until we notice it is empty.  We do this for our convenience, but judging from the way he gobbles up any soft foods when we give them to him, I just know that he would love to try canned dog foods.

We may not switch him completely to canned foods, but I know that he would love it as a treat for when he has been a good boy.  We will just have to be careful not to switch him too fast at once, as he tends to have a sensitive stomach!

I was checking out ALPO’S HOMEPAGE and there seem to be a few flavors that I really think that Coupon will enjoy (especially the ones with gravy) and have him begging for more.

ALPO® has a new commercial out and it is so funny – have you seen it yet?

I’ll be giving Coupon his first taste of ALPO® Prime Cuts this weekend.  Be sure to check back to see how he liked it!

In the meantime, don’t forget to Like ALPO’s Facebook Page  to keep up with all the latest products and even get some money-saving coupons!

Do you give your dog wet food or dry food?  What made you choose one over the other?

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Tidy Cats® Lightweight 24/7 Performance® Litter

This post brought to you by Purina. All opinions are 100% mine.

I have to admit, I am not the biggest “cat person”.  I used to be when I was young.  We had anywhere from 1-3 cats living with us at all times until I moved out of my parents house and in with my husband.  The problem was, as much as I liked cats, my husband is just horribly allergic (to the point where is he doesn’t pop some allergy medicine at least 45 minutes before he goes to a house with cats, he is MISERABLE within 10 minutes of walking in the house).

That being said, I still have family and friends with cats (and have pet-sat for them) and I know all too well how important it is to have a good quality cat litter.  You can have the litter box in the farthest corner of the house but if you are using cheap cat litter, that smell will just permeate everything! If the litter doesn’t truly “clump”, scooping out the mess in between cleanings can be a nightmare.  And let’s not forget the fun of lugging that heavy litter box outside to the trash can when it is time to give it a good cleaning!

Tidy Cats Lightweight 24/7 Performance Litter has powerful odor control strong clumps for easy clean up and the best part is –  the container is lightweight! This makes it perfect for elderly or disabled cat owners who might have trouble lugging the container of litter or emptying the litter box.

And as always, you know it always comes back to this with me – Tidy Cats is usually pretty generous with the coupons, so be on the lookout for them in your Sunday paper!

Have you tried Tidy Cats Lightweight 24/7 Performance Litter yet?  I would love to know how it worked for you!

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Educators are Everyday Heroes at Dollar General!

This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

Most of us have memories of a favorite teacher at school.  These are the people who motivated us, cared for us, inspired us and taught us.  My favorite teacher and role model in high school was actually my French Teacher.  She was constantly pushing me to do better and even possibly overstepped her bounds a few times to talk to me about a relationship that I was in that wasn’t the best for me.  When it came time for me to pick a college, I even ended up picking that one that she had attended!

As part of the Everyday Hero program with Dollar General and Proctor & Gamble, Educators are being honored as the Everyday Heroes for the month of September, 2013.

Kimberly Shearer, “Kentucky Teacher of the Year’, wife, and mother, is Dollar General’s September Every Day Hero. An English teacher and Library Science teacher at Boone County High School, Kimberly Shearer uses technology to help educate her students and to advocate for 21st century literary skills. Be sure to visit the Dollar General website to learn more about Ms. Shearer and the Everyday Hero program!

As the kids head back to school, you can save so much money on Proctor & Gamble products at Dollar General.  In addition to their everyday low prices, don’t forget to be on the lookout for the monthly P&G brandSaver coupon insert to find great coupons on some of your favorite products like Crest Toothpaste®, Braun® Paper Towels, Pantene® Products and more!

What teacher was your Everyday Hero?

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Stock Up on Kraft Lunchbox Supplies at Dollar General


This post brought to you by Dollar General. All opinions are 100% mine.

School has already started in some parts of the country and will be starting soon everywhere else.  My children don’t start back until after Labor Day (sob), but I am already looking for great prices on lunchbox items and after school snacks and stocking up when I find a good deal.

We go through a ton of CAPRI SUN Big Pouches in our house and Elizabeth loves KOOL-AID LIQUID. I don’t need to wait for school to start to be looking for good deals on these.  Our house tends to be “Kid Central” in the neighborhood and we always have kids in the house and back yard wanting snacks and drinks!  I am always looking for quick and easy (yet somewhat healthy) snack recipes for the kids…but they need to be somewhat frugal, as the money tree in our back yard seems to have stopped producing money!

I have been finding great prices on KRAFT products at Dollar General and since Dollar General also takes manufacturers coupons, I have been saving even more!  I love that I don’t have to wait for a great sale to save – if I am running low on CAPRI SUN, I know that I can just run out to Dollar General!

The Dollar General website has also been fabulous lately, with lots of great recipes.  I especially like the Strawberry Pops recipe (and the kids in the neighborhood like them as well).  They are super-easy to make and much better than “regular” freeze pops because they are made with fresh strawberriess!

Soon we will be running around like crazy with school and sports obligations and there are a bunch of meal solutions to be found at a great price at Dollar General.  Be it a LUNCHABLES UPLOADED Lunch combination to throw in the kids lunchbox or a VELVEETA CHEESY SKILLET meal as a quick dinner before soccer. Of course, to help keep me going, they also have Maxwell House K-cups (one of these days, I am going to figure out how to set up a coffee IV).

Be sure to check out all of the great prices on KRAFT products at Dollar General.

 

 

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