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Is Facebook Creating Hoarders?


I have written about extreme couponing before and my major gripe with it was that the products people were stockpiling were toxic. They out-gas their containers and create toxic air in their homes. Not to mention, they are filled with toxic ingredients and using them can result in miscarriage, infertility, birth defects, cancer and more.

Today, there is something  that is gaining great popularity on Facebook and other social media that I feel is responsible for out of control buying of all kinds of products. They are called glitch groups and the members post about all kinds of pricing mistakes online and in stores.

This week, one of the glitches posted was not really a glitch but a clearance price of $.30 for a can of holiday scented Febreeze spray at a major retailer. Photo after photo of people walking out of the store with shopping carts full of these holiday scented, fabric fresheners was posted. Many were walking out with cases of Febreeze.

Now, if you don’t know, Febreeze is one of the most toxic products you can use, it can cause central nervous system damage among other things. Try to share a word to the wise and it is obvious they are not wise and you are a hater. That is fine, if they want to stack their cancer-in-a-can, fabric freshener in pretty little rows in their stockpile, there is not much I can do. Even speaking to them as the mother of a cancer survivor, they do not want anyone to steal the joy that a cart full of Febreeze can bring them.

Worse are the ones who are not stacking it in neat little rows but coming home and adding it to rooms that are already stacked to the gills with other glitch, clearance or sale items they have found. It is not hard for things to get out of control and I truly believe it is a dangerous addiction.

I know how exciting it can be to find the deal of the century. I used to shop like that, it was not for toxic things but if I found games, toys, kitchen items, craft items etc. at a great price, I bought them up faster than you could say C-L-U-T-T-E-R. I ended up giving so much of it away in an attempt to clear my garage of boxes of the stuff that for a time, I used to sell on eBay until they raised their fees so high, it did not pay.

I know some of these Glitchers are selling at local swap sales, online yard sales, Craigslist, Amazon or other sites. Good for them! If they are moving products out for a profit that is super.  The problem lies when things are not moving out and more and more things are moving in. This out of control bargain shopping addiction can be brutal.

Recently, they were posting about Christmas trees for a penny at a major retailer. I found a 12 ft. tree and since we did have to replace ours, I was thrilled to find one ringing up at around $60. It was a beautiful 12 ft. pre-lit tree, almost exactly like our other one that needed replacing that retailed at over $800.

Yet theses Glitchers almost made me hang my head in shame that I was not able to get it for a penny. Had I not been aware of these Glitchers, I would have been thrilled to get this deal. Darn Glitchers making others feel bad. I was surprised when one of them found one of the trees but it was ringing up at $12 and she did not want it at that price. Say what? I don’t know about you but I thought $60 was a super deal.

However, I don’t think anything is a super deal if you don’t need it, are not going to give it to someone or don’t sell it. If you are buying just to buy, you are going to end up being on Hoarders:Buried Alive.

Clearance or bargain shopping used to be something that people enjoyed solo or with a spouse or friend. Sometimes they would tell  family and friends about the awesome deals and that is where it ended.

With these groups now all over social media, it is becoming a contest of just how many Pioneer Woman frying pans you can score for $4 or how many $9 Barbie Dreamhouses you can fit in your car and still have room for yourself in an Instagram selfie. Posting the photo and reading the comments can be a real adrenaline rush. We know shopping addiction is real and I truly think social media is taking it to a level we have not seen before.

What do you think? Please share your thoughts.

 



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Home Is Where The Heart Is, Especially At Christmas! #BoscovsHolidayHomeTour

This is a sponsored post and I will be compensated as part of the Blog Meets Brand Network. As always my words and views are 100% my own.

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The holidays are upon us, I love Christmas, especially seeing it through my children’s eyes. I look forward to decorating our home inside and out every year. This year will be different, a few weeks ago a leak in our kitchen wreaked havoc on our lives that will change the way we celebrate this season. Our entire kitchen and basement has to be demoed and all of our belongings are being packed up and put in storage.

It will be a long process. We live in a rural location so there are no hotels nearby. The insurance company paid for a travel trailer to be put on site for us to live while our house is being repaired. This means that we will not be able to decorate the way we usually do. I want to make the holiday season special for my kids but most of my decorations have been packed and brought to a location to be cleaned. Anyway, we are making the best of things and that is why when I was approached with the opportunity to work with Boscov’s on their holiday home tour, it was a big blessing.

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Recently, we all headed off to Boscov’s and rode the escalator straight up to the Holiday Shop. My kids’ eyes were as wide as my husband’s and mine. There were so many beautifully decorated trees and displays.

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A member of the helpful staffed named Linda told me she decorated all the trees and many of the displays.  There were indoor decorations, outdoor decorations, ornaments, village houses and so much more. The first thing that caught our eye was the Santa in Sleigh with Reindeer outdoor display.

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I laughed because it was the same one from the movie Christmas Vacation. My husband said it was a great idea since we can still decorate the outside of our home. We also picked up a vintage looking outdoor lighted Snowman with Pipe.

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I found some cute little cardinal and bluebird shelf sitters and a “Have Faith” block sculpture with a cardinal that coordinated. Cardinals are very special for me so I knew these were going home with me.

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Then I found 2 Annalee dolls I loved, a mouse ornament and a mouse standing figure.

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Next, I picked up a tablecloth and headed off to find a ceramic tree that is reminiscent of the vintage kind I remember as a kid. I had to decide between green and white and went with the white.The pictures don’t do it justice. I also picked up a beautiful Lenox silver-plated Christmas tree ornament and a train for our village.

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They had so many nice ornaments, we picked out several that we really liked for our tree.

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Soon we were ready to go and load our purchases in the car.

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Here is a video of my Boscov’s haul:

The tree makes a cute little display with the other ornaments in the travel trailer.

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I did get to at least try my tablecloth on my kitchen table before they took it away. I love the vintage look of this tablecloth.

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The train is so detailed and will look awesome when we add a few of our village houses. Our village will be smaller this year but it will still be festive.

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The outdoor decorations are very nice and with the new fallen snow they look just fabulous.

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The kids really love everything and I guess this all goes to show us that home is where the heart is, especially at Christmas!

 


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How To Shop For Back-To-School Without Breaking The Bank & Haul Video

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Looking to save money when back to school shopping? That’s a silly question, who isn’t? I recently discovered a store that has huge and I mean huge savings on quality clothing for kids, women, babies, even school uniforms are majorly discounted. You will find brands like Levis, French Toast, Beverly Hills Polo Club, Limited Too and more.

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Check out just how far your money goes at Rainbow Shops, I think you will be amazed! I know I was.If you want to see what I choose and how low the prices are, take a look at my Rainbow Shops Haul Video below.

 

I would love to know what you think, and if you have any tips for saving money when shopping for back-to-school. I love to read your comments.

 

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Saving Money For Back to School with Luvs & Ibotta- #SharetheLuv

“This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”

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Back-To-School shopping for kids is expensive and the more kids you have, the more expensive it can be. New shoes, new clothes, new backpacks and let’s not forget the mile long list of school supplies they need. So with all the spending for back to school, I want to let you know how you can save a little green and make you and your wallet a little happier.

First off, Luvs, the official diaper of experienced moms has a $2 print-at-home coupon off any one diaper pack. This coupon is able to be used at any retailer where Luvs diapers are sold. So turn those printers on and print that coupon!

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When you use Luvs diapers you are already saving because they cost less than the premium brands. Don’t let the lower cost make you think you are sacrificing quality. Luvs are softer and more absorbent than ever, with large stretch tabs for easy fastening, ultra-leakge protection and a money-back guarantee! Luvs Ultra Leakguards with NightLock Plus™ provide the high-quality feature babies and parents need for less cost than the premium brands.

Luvs and Ibotta (a cash back app) are partnering to bring you a limited-time $5 rebate on any boxed variety of Luvs diapers (54 ct box or larger). All you have to do is download the Ibotta app.

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How To Save with Ibotta app:

  1. Download the free Ibotta app for iOS or Android
  2. Create Your Free Account
  3. Search For “Luvs” to unlock the exclusive $5 rebate
  4. Go shopping for your qualifying Luvs boxed diapers at any participating store
  5. Verify your purchases by scanning the bar code on the product or submitting a photo of your receipt
  6. Smile, your $5 cash back rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours

Do you have any special ways you put a little money back in your wallet to help with Back-To-School expenses? Share them in the comments and spread the savings.

 

 


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Win A $100 Gift Card To Decorate Your Home!

If you are looking to spruce up your living space with some unique and decorative accents, My Wonderful Walls has so much to help you do that. Whether you are looking for colorful wall stencils and decals, throw pillows, throws or blankets, you will a huge selection there.

Their website is easy to navigate and you can search for what you want or browse by product type or category. I recently selected a personalized twin size fleece blanket in an absolutely fantastic jungle safari animals design.

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Elegant elephants walk among a grassy field while a gorgeous giraffe stands nearby. The playful monkeys swing from the trees as a vibrant tree frog, brilliant butterfly and colorful toucan enjoy the fresh jungle air against a blue, cloud-filled sky. Personalizing this with my son’s name makes this super soft, blanket extra special. This can also be purchased as a throw. They are cuddly, cozy and amazing soft made of 100% polyester that can be machined washed.

If you absolutely love a design, you can create a theme room with their coordinating wall decals, stencils, throw pillows, blankets and throws!

Check out some other items from their site I think are awesome!

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Now if you are getting that decorating bug, you can use the code SummerFun16 to take 15% off any purchase at My Wonderful Walls (offer expires 8/1/16) and don’t forget to enter the giveaway  below to win a $100 dollar gift card to My Wonderful Walls! Just use the Rafflecopter widget below. Good Luck!!!

 

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You Can Get The CYBEX Gold Line Now At BuyBuyBaby! #CYBEXDesign

“This post was sponsored by CYBEX as part of a Blog Blast Activation for Influence Central.”

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If you are in the market for a complete travel system for your baby, I have great news! The CYBEX Gold Line is now available at BuyBuyBaby. They have a great selection of strollers in all kinds of colors so whether you want something that really stands out or something more traditional they have your color.

 

Coordinating infant seats and infant seat bases are all available to really customize your baby’s ride and fit your lifestyle. Check it all out HERE!  Let me know what you think and if you already have a CYBEX Gold Stroller let us know that too in the comments. I love to hear your thoughts.

 


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Here’s How To Get Your Free Pampers Wipes! #PampersSavings

Do you have a little one in diapers. If so, you want to look out for this Sunday’s (May 1st) newspaper. You will find big savings with a limited time coupon so get those scissors ready! It is a Buy One Get One coupon offer, when you buy one Pampers Diapers OR Training Pants you will get One FREE Pampers Wipes!

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You can find the coupon in an insert from P&G and use it at any mass discount or grocery store where Pampers Diapers and Training Pants are sold. All Pampers Diapers and Training Pants qualify except trial/travel size diaper packages.  Pampers Diapers and Pants include Pampers Swaddlers, Pampers Cruisers, Pampers Baby Dry, Pampers Easy Ups, Pampers Under Jams, and Pampers Splashers. All Pampers Wipes up to 72ct are included in this particular offer.

Parents have been trusting the Pampers brand of diapers to care for their baby for more than 50 years. Pampers offers diapers, wipes and training pants to protect baby comfortably during every stage of their development.

Visit www.pampers.com to learn more about Pampers products, join Pampers Rewards program and find useful information and ideas on how to help your baby get the most out of love, sleep and play.  Are you already a Pampers Rewards member? If you are and you get the Pampers Rewards email newsletter, look for a 3X Reward point promotion the week of May 15th. If you aren’t signed up for the Pampers Rewards, visit Pampers.com before Mother’s Day to sign up!

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You can stay in the loop with Pampers on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

Is your little one starting to potty train? Pampers Easy Ups also have a more underwear-like design for growing toddles along with super-stretchy sides to make them easy to pull up and down when using the potty. Pampers Easy Ups Training Pants are sold in sizes 2T-5T and can be found at mass, discount and grocery stores.

Right now you can save $2 off 1 pack of Pampers Easy Ups with a high value coupon you can print at home. Just click HERE and use your coupons.com account to print, shop and save. Keep an eye out for more Pampers coupons in the future.

This post is sponsored by iConnect Influence.


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How To Save Money Buying Diapers- #ShareTheLuv

If you have a little one in diapers, you better get those scissors ready. In this Sunday’s paper you will find big savings from Luvs Diapers. The official diaper of experienced moms like myself, Luvs is putting two high-value coupons that could save you up to $4 on Luvs Diapers. For ever more savings Luvs in partnership with Ibotta is offering a limited-time $5 rebate if you buy any 54 ct or larger box of any variety of Luvs diapers.

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Have you ever used Ibotta? If not, it is easy and can save you a lot of money. All you need to do is download the app for iOS or Android and then search “Luvs” to unlock the exclusive $5 rebate. Shop for Luvs diapers at any participating store. Then use your smartphone to scan the product barcodes and submit a photo of your receipt to verify your purchase. That’s it, your $5 cash rebate will be deposited into your Ibotta account within 48 hours. With Ibotta it is so easy to save money and earn cash back!

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Speaking of saving money, Luvs with their NightLock has the high-quality features you might expect to pay more for like large stretch tabs, ultra-leakage protection and a money back guarantee if not satisfied. Add in the high-value coupon offers and it is really a no brainer to choose Luvs over the premium brands.  After all, why pay more? Did you know switching to Luvs could save you $150 a year?  Moms know there are so many other ways that money they save can be used.

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Stay in the loop with Luvs on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.

 

This review was made possible by iConnect and Luvs.  I was provided compensation to facilitate this post, but all opinions stated are 100% mine.”


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Let Magic Cabin Know Your Thoughts For A Chance To Win A $25 Gift Card

magic cabin imageHi everyone, here is something I thought you might find interesting. Magic Cabin is interested in getting some feedback about their catalog. There is a link to a short survey where you can do just that below. Everyone who completes the short survey will be entered in a drawing to win a $25 Gift Card to Magic Cabin.

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Our Plan For More Family Movie Nights! #DataAndAMovie

This shop has been compensated by Collective Bias, Inc. and Walmart Family Mobile. All opinions are mine alone. #DataAndAMovie #CollectiveBias

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With a husband, 5 kids and an insanely busy life, I truly do not know how I would do all I do without technology. Our family is seriously “connected”. I love what technology has done for us, the doors it has opened, the lives we can touch and the lives that can touch us because of it. I can earn a living without leaving my home, no commute to some cubicle in corporate America. I have the ability to build my own dream and put my ideas in motion. The possibilities are truly endless. Technology not only opened those doors but it helps us all stay connected and on track. Smartphones are a given but with them we need a great data plan. What good is having a Smartphone if you are getting charged out the you-know-what whenever you use or go over you data plan.

I was at Walmart the other day and saw the newly lunched Walmart Family Mobile Plus Plan. This is a great new service plan that features Unlimited Talk, Text & Data; 10GB 4G LTE. Oh and to further sweeten the deal this new plan includes one free VUDU move per month per line.  All of that for only $49.88 a month! With a family like mine that can mean 5  free VUDU movies every month! Disclaimer: All prices for phones and plans included in this post are accurate as of the date of posting; however, these prices are subject to change. Please refer to this INFORMATION or your local Walmart for current pricing.

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Our son Ethan has been bugging us for a phone and frankly it is something we have been considering as he is getting more involved with extracurricular activities and playing on sports teams. As he gets older, there will be more sports and activities. It will make Mom and Dad feel better knowing we have a way to let him know if we are running late or a way he can call or text us with anything. When I was at Walmart and saw the great price they had on the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime, I picked it up. It was an amazing deal!

The phone is great, touch screen is very responsive, call sound is clear and crisp, phone is large enough to view recipes or photos in a good resolution. Music sounds great, could not be happier with it.

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With  all that data, I can do more and save more! When I am out shopping one of my favorite apps is Price Match.  That app lets me scan the UPC code of any product and in seconds tells me who has the cheapest price. Since most stores match prices, that app alone has saved me hundreds of dollars.  It really helps to have a plan like this because I use my phone so much.

I am always texting my husband a list of things to pick up at the store, texting my older kids, checking the weather when traveling, looking up  phone numbers, finding restaurants or stores when traveling and on vacation and so much more! There are so many uses for data and so a plan like this is so awesome! The free VUDU  movies, they are the icing on the data cake! A time to unwind and sit down for a family movie night is always a good plan. Oh and one rule-phones off!

We love the time to disconnect from our phones and spend that time connecting with each other and sharing a special movie together. We make a night of it with popcorn and movie theater candy. Hey I have even been checking out some great movie night treats on this Samsung Galaxy Grand via a Food App.

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Let me know if you are going to check out this great plan. If you do, feel free to let me know about any great movies you watched. With 5 free movies a month I can use those recommendations!

 


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