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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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How To Decorate Your Home For The Holidays & Save Money #GrouponCoupons

This is a sponsored post. All opinions are my own. 

The holidays are coming upon us fast. If you are like me, you might be thinking about getting your home ready for the holidays. I was recently browsing Home Decorators. I love decorating for the Christmas season and  I admit, I  squealed with delight when I saw the Martha Stewart Mouse Ornaments. Could they be any more adorable? I can’t see how, they are just precious!

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As I continued to browse the site I landed upon the Martha Stewart Living™ House Advent Calendar Ornaments. I was floored because they are the same types of houses I remember as a child. My favorite thing was decorating a village under the tree with them. These houses look exactly like the ones from my childhood except they have numbers on the front. They are a unique advent calendar, you hang one house each day on the tree from December 1st thru December 23rd.  I just love the idea and want to start this new tradition with my family.

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They have such nice holiday decor, I want everything! I especially like this Chalkboard Joy Sign.

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Check it out for yourself, they have so many great items. They even have a huge selection of artificial trees that look so real! Everything coordinates so beautifully, it is easy to create a home that reflects the splendor of the season.

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Another store I like shopping at is Overstock.com. I have found super deals there. Now that it is getting colder, I like to use flannel sheets. I found their selection of flannel sheets to be amazing. The only hard part is choosing from the many styles!

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Who doesn’t like curling up on the couch with a mug of hot cocoa and watching Christmas movies? When I saw these Eddie Bauer pillows, I knew they would be perfect for my family room.

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As much as I like shopping for new home decor, I love saving money on new home decor! Home Decorators and Overstock are having huge sales now but what makes it even better are Groupon Coupons! Do you use Groupon Coupons? If you don’t, check them out, you will be glad you did!

 


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What You Need To Know When Shopping For A Swing Set.

I believe in buying quality especially when it comes to things that we will be using for a long time. If you go cheap on things like that, you will just end up replacing them many times over and it will cost you more in the long run. When shopping for a swingset you may be enticed by super low prices. However, take a look at what you are really getting. Will the structure grow with your child? Sure they may be toddlers now but they won’t be for long and you want a set that will grow with them. Can it support adults. It certainly should so you can get in on the fun and help your child navigate some of the structures.

When we were shopping for a swing set 6 years ago our kids were super little. one was not even 2 months old when I started shopping for the set. I scoured everything I could find, looking for the best materials, quality construction, adaptability, large number of activities and play areas. I spent a many weeks of painstaking research. I knew we wanted  100% cedar construction, a climbing wall, swings, clubhouses, slides, monkey bars, horse glider swing, picnic table, tire swing and a quality construction that would stand up to cold winters and allow adults to play too. I found what I was looking for at Eastern Jungle Gym. I even hit a spectacular sale that made the set I purchased a tremendous value for the money. I am not saying it was cheap, but when I tell you 6 years later that our set is still going strong and still something our kids play on daily, we are definitely getting more than our money’s worth out of it.

We chose the Fantasy wooden swing set which  is the most popular of their Multi-Deck Series. Two of the clubhouses are covered with canopies. The third clubhouse takes the place of a walkway and acts as an uncovered bridge between the two. Beneath the two higher clubhouses the kids will discover a set of double-wide monkey bars, large enough to not interfere with the nearby tire swing.

 

We started big with our set but one of the things I love about Eastern Jungle Gym is their sets are able to be expanded with new accessories. This way, no matter what size set you have, you can add additional features or structures to expand your child’s play options.  They also have replacement tarps and accessories so you can easily renew your set as needed.  After 6 years and two active boys our set is going strong. The only things showing any wear were the 2 clubhouse tarps and it needs some  touch up on the wood stain. We also wanted a few extra rock grips for the climbing wall as our 6-year-old was needing some that were closer and filled in a few large gaps.  I called Eastern Jungle Gym and spoke to Ashley who was so pleasant and helpful. I explained what I wanted and she directed me to what I needed. We even discussed color options for the tarps to really change the look. In the end we decided on the green and yellow striped tarps and 8 extra rock grips for the rock wall. Next year we plan to get the stain to touch up the set since we were moving into colder weather, we will take care of that in the spring. Easter Jungle Gym graciously provided the tarps and rock grips and had them shipped out promptly to us.

My husband was able to easily change out the tarps and add the rock grips.

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So next spring we plan to power wash all the wood and re-stain and we should be all good to go for more years of fun!!! Eastern Jungle Gym is having a HUGE SALE Now!  Check out their website where prices are slashed to move out their current inventory. You can also follow them on Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.

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Amazon Deals That Make You Say…WTH?

Things That make me say WOW!  Decisions, Decisions…some are hard and some are like this:

 

 

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Not a bad deal and not an add on right? Might want to get a few at that price. Let me check the price on 2.

 

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I don’t care what kind of math you are doing, you would have to be smoking something to think that is a good deal.  Stuff like this never ceases to amaze me. I see it all the time at Walmart too. Where you spend more buying multi packs of products. Chobani Yogurt I can buy individually and hand pick each flavor or buy the multi pack and spend more for 2 flavors. Really makes you wonder who is in charge of this pricing.  So have you seen any funny ones lately?  Would love to hear. Just leave me what you found in the comments.

 


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How You Can Save Big On The Things You Need To Buy!

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I’m a savvy shopper, it makes me happy when I can buy what I want for less. It is almost like a game to me.  I always check for extra discounts, promo codes and coupons before I make purchases.  Love technology and how I can pull up in store coupons right on my phone or order from a mobile device with codes I find online.

Saving money is always welcome in our budget. With a big family, anywhere I can save helps. I was really excited when I heard about Frugga.  Frugga.com is an online coupon search engine on steroids!  Searching for the latest promo codes is a breeze because Frugga works with thousands of online stores to get the best deals.  Besides being a one-stop coupon/promo code site, Frugga has an online community where you can interact with other savvy shoppers and vote on deals and coupons and how well they work.  Based on the votes, Frugga can rank deals and coupons based on popularity.

Hate finding out of date coupons and promo codes?  No worries with Frugga, their site is updated throughout the day, they have staff working round the clock to find the latest deals and remove expired ones.  With Frugga you will have more chances to get that awesome feeling of saving big on your purchases!

Frugga offers even more in their marketplace.  Working with manufacturers and suppliers to bring you the hottest products in fashion, electronics, toys, pets, computers, automotive, travel, home decor and more at huge savings!

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Would you like even more rewards?  I thought you would. Frugga Social Rewards can be earned when you share content and you can earn points and win $10, $20 and $50 gift cards!

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Add great customer service found at Frugga and you are on your way to saving more than you ever dreamed.  So what are you waiting for, check Frugga out now and join the community for savings that will help you save big on your budget.  Please let me know what you think and if you took advantage of any of the awesome deals!

 


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Save UpTo 70% On Back To School Shopping At The All New Nordstrom Rack!!! #NordstromRack

This post is sponsored by Nordstrom Rack but my word and opinions are as always 100% my own.

Closer and closer to school starting for us and it’s so bittersweet for me.  I don’t want the summer to be over.  I don’t want the days to grow shorter and colder and I definitely don’t want to head into the winter that everyone is predicting will be one of the worst!  As much as I try though, I can’t stop time.   With the kids heading back to school it’s important to make sure they start the year off right.  Did you know that the all-new nordstromrack.com has the top brands and latest styles for up to 70% off!  They really do, and they make it easy to dress to impress with designer brands at clearance prices.

Some of my favorite picks for my boys for back to school on the site were:

The Tucker + Tate “Townsend” Straight Leg Jeans in Toddler and Little Boy Sizes.  The jeans were only $12.97, that is 64% off the regular price

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 The Tucker + Tate Conrad Plaid Shirt is only $12.97 and 65% off the regular price!

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The ASICS Performance Tees were only $9.97 which is 38% off the regular price.  This one so aptly describes either one of my little guys!

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Volcom ‘Stripeedo’ Hoodie was 14.97 a whopping 70% off the regular price!

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The Stride Rite Racer Light-Up Sneakers were only $16.97!  That’s 67% off the regular retail price.

 

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And for mom, I saw so many great options to wear and accessorize for Meet the Teacher night at school.

My top picks for me were:

The Sienna Rose Fringe Sleeve Tunic Blouse for $35 is great for pairing with nice pants or jeans and is 37% off the regular price.

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MOTHER ‘Daydreamer’ Skinny Flare Leg Jeans were 75% off the regular price of $196.00 which means they were only $49.00!  Score!!!

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The Sweet Trotters ‘Suki’ Flats were 63% off the regular price and were a steal at $36.97!

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The Indio Leather Demi Handbag in ocean is a must have for me and at 50% off the regular price, why not?  A gorgeous leather bag for $64.97!

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Five Four Club Is For Men Who Like To Look Good But Hate To Shop!!!

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Most guys hate to shop, and now there is a perfect solution to looking good for guys without having to shop for clothes. The Five Four Club is an exclusive men’s monthly subscription service. For $60 a month, Five Four sends them a package of apparel valued at $120 and up. 
The Five Four Club eliminates all the hassles of shopping, like wasting time on escalators, long lines, weeding through everything out there to find what looks good and then finding it does not come in their size.  When they’re a member of The Five Four Club all they have to do is open the box that is shipped to their door each month.  

It is simple for guys to get started just sign up and answer some questions about their clothing style, colors, sizes etc and based on that, they will be sent a box with clothing valued at least $120 each month.  Shipping is free even for exchanges and they service the lower 48 US states and Canada.
We received a sample box and my older sons liked it a lot, the clothes were very high quality and looked great.  If you know a guy that hates to shop but wants to look good or you are a guy that feels that way; check out the Five Four Club and see what you think.
A Special promotion is on right now and when you use the promo code “MARINA” you will receive a pair of Five Four Signature Brand sunglasses valued at $75.  That means the first box will be worth at least $195!!!  Offer expires July 31st.  Click HERE to take advantage of this great offer.

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Leaving The Front Loader Behind! Why This Mom Will Not Buy Another Front Load Washer!!!

If you have done any recent reading on our blog, you know I am in the middle of a laundry crisis.  With our washing machine being damaged severely during the moving, stacking, and set up of our new dryer that only took 2 months to get straightened out, we have decided to depart from the front loader washer.

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Why you may ask?

1. I am tall, if you have the units stacked you nearly have to lay on the ground to get your clothing out and inevitably you have small pieces of clothing falling on the floor.  That is uncomfortable and yucky for the germophobe in me who must rewash the fallen clothing.

2. The rubber seal smells icky which we fixed with the detergent we use but you still have to leave the door open which I hate and it eats up all kinds of little things like kid’s socks.

3. I hate not being able to soak things in the washer or open the top and check on things and add something without a hassle.

I have had my units side by side on platforms and stacked and still never again will I go with a front loader. Especially since you can get a huge top loader without an agitator in High Efficiency.  I can do super large loads, even larger than with my ultra capacity front loader and have the height and features I want in the top loader.  So I am going back to the top side and leaving the front behind.

I am getting the LG 5.2 CU.FT. MEGA CAPACITY TURBOWASH™ WASHER WITH STEAM

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Interested to know what you have and if you have recently made a purchase of a washer what you went with and why.


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Check Out Annie’s New Family Size Frozen Entrees!!! #InfluensterVox, #AnniesHomegrown

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I recently had the chance to try Annie’s Homegrown frozen entrees.  I went to my Super Target and headed off to the frozen section where I found it well stocked with all the different varieties of frozen Annie’s family size entrees.  I chose the lasagna with meat sauce.  Made with organic pasta and tomatoes layered with pasta, tomato sauce, seasoned beef and a blend of four cheeses.

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You can make it in the conventional oven or in the microwave and I chose the microwave because it was faster and we were running behind.  You cook for 9 minutes on full power, 9 minutes on 50% power and let stand in the microwave for 3 minutes.  Then you can get it out and enjoy.  I really liked it and so did the family.  Not too spicy or anything but a really nice warm comfort food dish.  Cannot wait to try some of the other kinds.  Hope you give it a try and let me know how you like it.

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See The Hottest Spring Trends on Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout!!! #SpringAtKohls

“I participated in a campaign for Mom Central Consulting on behalf of Kohl’s. I received a gift card as a thank you for participating”

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Kohl’s is my go to department store.  I love the brands they carry, the low prices and the super Kohl’s sales and stackable coupon codes they offer.  Whether I am shopping online or in store I know I am getting the best prices on high quality merchandise.

Spring is officially here even though in most parts of the country it still feels like winter.  If you are wondering about new spring fashion trends, styles and colors; Kohl’s has got you covered!  Take a few minutes to check out the video on the Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout to find out the fashion scoop.

I will give you a hint, pink is red-hot this spring.  Whether you use it as an accent or a bold statement, pinks are what’s in.  I think pairing pink with some of the denim is the perfect way to incorporate it in my wardrobe. I also love these Pink Lauren Conrad Cutout Ballet Flats.

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So check out Kohl’s Spring Fashion Google Hangout and let me know what you think.  What styles and trends appeal to you the most.  Let’s talk spring style together!


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