For the past several years I have used Turbo Tax online to file my taxes for free for State and Federal. This year I noticed that if you hold an HSA you have to use a paid edition of Turbo Tax and you also have to pay to file your state taxes. (It was going to cost around $80! I might as well take it to an accountant.... yeesh!) Thumbs down, Turbo Tax! :( :(
Switching to HR Block
Discover Credit Card Dispute Customer Service Review:
One thing I love about the digital age and online banking is that if you have an issue, a lot of times it can be resolved online without having to wait on hold on the phone for ages. I found this to be true with a recent issue I encountered regarding a charge on my Discover Card.
2 months ago, I ordered some natural laundry stuff off of Amazon. I ordered some Inco Little Helpers Wool Dryer Balls & some NaturOli Soap Nuts ( Soap Berries?).
I wanted to give them some time of testing before I wrote a little post. I do 2-3 loads of laundry per week, over about 8 weeks... I thought that was a pretty decent length of time.
So the Dryer Balls are a natural way to soften fabric without any chemical fabric softeners or disposable sheets. They come in a nice drawstring bag. I definitely feel my laundry has come out nice and fluffy and not static-y which is great! The listing says they don't make any noise during drying, but I kind of disagree. While the dryer cycles I can hear them hitting against the inside of the dryer. It isn't alarming or inconveniently loud, but it's definitely something I can hear. Just like if you have a big buckle or zipper that you hear clang against the door while it's drying... same kind of thing. My dryer is in an enclosed laundry nook anyways, so it's really not obtrusive.
One great idea to freshen the scent of clothes is toadd a few drops of essential oils to these balls before tossing them in. I loved this suggestion, but found that no matter how many drops of oils I added to the dryer balls, I still couldn't smell them by the end of the cycle! I'm not sure if theorange oil I used was not good quality, or if I need to add them in the last few minutes of the dry cycle only. Do you have any tips?
Overall I am very pleased with this eco-friendly laundry purchase and will absolutely continue to use these wool dryer balls.
Stop by tomorrow for a post on the soap nuts! :o)
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I have to tell you I was skeptical when DH told me he signed up forHP's Instant Ink program. Basically you pay a certain amount of money per month to HP to print a certain number of pages. They automatically send you new cartridges as needed. I thought we were legit going to be getting ripped off every month.
(I was pleasantly surprised)
"Supposedly" there was a substantial savings to this.
We have never gone over our printing amount, and in fact when you have extra pages leftover, they are in a rollover bank, so you don't ever lose out on pages you've paid for, if you will.
I used to be scouring the deals at Staples, our local office supply store, trying to see when ink was on sale and how to use my rewards to get a discount and I definitely got some good deals, but it also took a lot of time, mental energy, and work planning when to purchase and driving to the store etc.
Now that we haveHP Instant Ink, I love it and I wouldn't look back. Based on what HP is telling me, I'm getting a good value. But even if I wasn't, the sheer convenience of this program is worth the cost to me. But I really do think I am getting a good value.
At $5/month x 12 months thats only $60. To buy a package of ink for our printer (1 XL black and 1 each of cyan, magenta, and yellow) would cost around $100 on Amazon or Staples. And I know we used to replace ink more often than once a year. So I think I am genuinely saving cash, time, effort, gas, mental energy, and more with this program.
I highly recommend it!!!
Do you want to try HP Instant Ink? Get one month of HP Instant Ink for free!
About a year and a half ago I tried my first reusable makeup removing cloth. Prior to this I often used samples of makeup remover that came from brands like clinique or estee lauder as gifts with purchase. Sometime after that I started the sloppy, but effective, coconut oil method. But when I first tried this cloth method I was so pleasantly surprised that I haven't looked back!
I would ration out the one cloth to last all week. (Note: Some days I do not wear makeup) By laundry day it needed washed for sure, and it worked perfectly. But I was thinking it would be so nice to have more than one so I could just use one a day and toss it in the hamper and avoid it awkwardly hanging in my bathroom or getting stinky by the end of the week.
I couldn't decide which to order so I ordered two different products.
1. Miracle Face Erase 2 Pack Microfiber Make Up Removing Cloths ($11.97)
2. S&T Always Off Make Up Removing Cloths 3 count ($2.97)
I was astounded at the price difference and figured you might be also. Here's what I think:
Miracle Cloths look and feel more luxurious and plush. The microfiber is more substantial (is that an oxymoron?) and the quality is clearly higher, as you would expect. It has nice features like one side is to "erase" and the other has longer fibers to "Exfoliate". It also has a loop for hanging to dry which is a nice feature if you have a hook in your bathroom.
S&T Cloths are much smaller in size and much thinner. Both sides have the same texture. They take off the makeup also. But I would venture to say they won't last nearly as long and will look dingy relatively quickly.
Who's The Winner?
I guess it just depends on your budget. If you want to try the cheaper ones to test out this method, I think it's a good place to start. If you want more surface area and for it to feel a little more luxurious, then go with the Miracle Cloths or the Love Alpha ones.
In all, I think they are all functional and a great way to take care of your skin without using a ton of disposable products.
Do you use a similar product? Which is your favorite? How do you remove your make up? Let me know if you have any tips!
Find it on Amazon:
If you use the Inositol supplement, right now you can get an incredibly good deal while supplies last from the brand Nova Nutritions. The regular price for the 120 tablet bottle of 1000mg inositol is $29.99 with the sale price being $11.99.
At any rate, there are currently 4 promotions available:
Special offers and product promotions
Any one of these promotions would be great, but at the moment they are stacking?!! So if you buy 10 bottles in one transaction for original total of 119.90, you are getting 25% off, then 15% off, then 10% off then 5% off. Your final price is just $53.94 for all 10 bottles!!
Inositol has a wide range of uses including insomnia, depression, high cholesterol, diabetic nerve pain, panic disorder, schizophrenia, Alzheimer's, ADHD, autism, psoriasis, high blood pressure, high triglycerides, androgen excess, spironolactone substitute, PCOS, and the list goes on...
If this is something you use, this is a great stock up price for 1000mg tabs and I recommend getting them asap because I don't know how long the stacking discount will last!
Hope this helps someone's wallet! :)
You may remember when I reviewed a product called The Filling Station last month. It's an awesome system to make your own squeeze food pouches instead of buying overpriced ones. It's a great way to help keep your family healthy physically, financially, and also keep the environment healthy by reduce>reuse>recycle.
The product I am sharing today goes hand in hand with a product like The Filling Station.
TheBaby Go Green Reusable Food Pouches come with 5 per pack and have an extra wide opening. They have a double zipper to ensure you won't have any leaks. Well.. at least not from these pouches. But your baby is another story... hehe.
* BPA Free
* Lead Free
* Phthalates Free
* PVC Free
Each holds 5 ounces and on the back you can see via the window how full they are.
You fill these at the bottom end, and squeeze through the top. You can freeze these!
Again, you could also store dry foods like cookies and crackers in here and just eat them from the bottom where you put them in at!
Click here to see them on Amazon, or on the pictures below!
Great gift idea for a new mom or a super-mom who is already all over this make-your-own-food pouch business!
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I love love love love LOVE silicone baking cups. I hated always buying cupcake liners and then throwing them away. Unless you're baking for someone else where sometimes its more convenient to have a disposable liner, I think silicone baking cups are fabulous.
I love this set from BellaRona which comes in 6 colors - 2 of each color. It also comes with an adorable little silicone decorator pen which was a great bonus!
You'll notice on the bottom they have the dishwasher symbol. Hooray! Although, I will probably still hand wash them because my dishwasher is crazy.
These are BPA Free also.
Save money on buying cupcake liners.
Make a great gift for a baker, cupcake lover, or yourself! ;-)
I have used silicone baking cups not just for cupcakes and muffins, but also for rice and veggie bites, mac n cheese cups, meatloaf and mashed potatoes "cupcakes", breakfast cupcakes. Basically I love everything in the shape of a cupcake so I can't get enough of these things.
These ones I received for free to review!
You can find them on amazon here: : http://amzn.com/B010ZHPRWI
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So sorry for the delay, folks.
Up next is a company called Snagshout.
Of course, it is free to sign up. And you have the choice to select only Free products or products with a cost. I have mostly chosen items that are free or $1. Although I did order one item that was $2.95 because it was something I was interested in purchasing either way.
There are a wide variety of items on this site at a variety of price ranges. I am going to give you a general idea of some of the items I have requested to review so far:
* Face Serums
* Mosquito Repellant Bracelets
* Travel Passport Wallet
Similar to most programs, you receive a promo code and a link to the product. Add the promo code in your Amazon cart and voila! You have your discounted or free items sent to your door in 2 days with Amazon Prime!
They request you leave a review within 2 weeks. For most items, I think that is very reasonable.
You can "snag" up to 5 deals at a time. But you have to have points to snag a deal. To snag a deal you need 20 points. When you "shout" (leave a review on Amazon) you receive 25 points.
Side Note: Sometimes you need to choose your deals wisely because you never know what will come up next! However, once you have been snagging for a while you will have a little bank of points and this won't be as much of a worry. 5 deals is reasonable. If you have too much stuff at one time, it can be hard to focus on the items and easy to forget an item. This can hurt your standing in various companies you may sign up with. So try to be organized!
You can search for items on the "Deals" Tab.
The default sorting is by popularity, however you can change that to:
1. Newest offers
2. Ending soonest
3. Price low to high
4. Price high to low
5. Name A-Z
6. Name Z-A
And then you can add a pricing range also!
On the top right of the page is a magnifying glass and a search bar. You can also search by keyword.
I appreciate all of these ways to sort and search for items that are relevant to me.
You may also search by "Category" The second item on the menu bar at the top of the page.
Finally, once you have redeemed your code, check the "Snags" Tab. Here you can see a running list of what you have going on. It wonderfully lists the item, the promo code, the cost of the item, and an image of the item. Great for quick reference.
When you have completed a task it will say "1 shout complete" in a green box. When you need to complete a review it will say "Shout about it" in a blue box.
When you click that it will lead you to review on amazon and once that is complete you can click the magnifying glass for them to check for your review on Amazon. (Only when the review is LIVE -- you will get an email from Amazon) Soon they will add 25 points to your bank and you can keep on a'snaggin!
I really like this company. It's been a pleasure to use on the shopper end and I have every intention of being part of the snapshot team for a long, long time :o)
Stop back on Thursday for the next company and stay tuned for some more product reviews! :o)
Have a super day!
Sign up Free
"Snag" a deal with 20 points
"Shout" about it by leaving a review within 2 weeks
Verify your review
Get 25 points
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This post was not sponsored.
I thought it most fair to give my first company post to Amazing Deals Group (ADG), as they provided me with my first opportunity to review a product sold on Amazon! Thanks ADG!! :D
First of all, is it free? Yes!! Of course and absolutely!
When you sign up with Amazing Deals Group you are presented with a "DealCoin". You need a DealCoin to request an item to review. This is smart. It ensures that you don't have too many products in line and too many people waiting to hear your feedback and it also motivates you to focus on the product you have and write your review as soon as you formulate an opinion because you will not be able to try another item that interests you until you complete that feedback.
So, yes. You use a DealCoin when you choose an item. When your review is live and confirmed then you gain a DealCoin and can select another product.
If you take the time to share ADG on Facebook or Twitter when you sign up, you will get an extra DealCoin. SCORE!!
When you log in and view the tab "My Deals" you will see a list of the deals you have grabbed. Each deal has 4 steps.
1. Ordered Item
2. Deal Reviewed
3. Verification Requested
4. ADG Verified
After these are completed you get a "Shiny New DealCoin!"
I really like this company and the website. I think it is easy to use and it is a simple system. It's easy to see what products still need reviewed and easy to see your DealCoin balance at the top of the page.
The items change regularly, so you have to keep checking back until you find a relevant item to your interests and needs.
Other questions you may have:
How much do the deals cost?
Depends on the merchant. A lot of the products I have tried from ADG have been free. Others have been $1. That's the most I have paid, but I do know that some items are more than $1. But still.. remember that is a HUGE discount from the regular price!
Do I NEED Amazon Prime to be an ADG Member?
No. But you might as well because it is giving you free 2-day shipping in addition to free streaming of music, movies, tv, etc. Plus the money you save on various items you will test that you normally would pay for quickly makes up for it. Try it for free for 30 days and cancel it if you don't like it. But... you will love it ;)
How long do I have to leave the review?
If you want to be awesome, ( and obviously you do because...who doesn't?) leave your review STAT. Most members leave a review within a week of receiving the product.
If you sign up for ADG, let me know if you have any questions or anything. I hope this helps some of you get on your way. Remember to come back next Thursday for another opportunity to review products sold on Amazon.
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