6 Simple Tricks To Cut Your Grocery Bill

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Without a doubt, the grocery bill is one of the biggest expenses that any household has. This is especially true if you’re trying to eat healthily. All the ingredients for an organic salad are far more expensive that just being able to grab a burger from the frozen aisle!

If you’re watching your money and hoping to find areas to trim back, it won’t be long until your eyes alight on the grocery bill. Cutting that down to size can be the key to a sound financial future – so how can you bring it under your control?

1) Buy In Bulk

If you have the space, it’s far cheaper to buy a whole pig and store it in the freezer than buying individual pork steaks and bacon. It’s worth investigating this option if you don’t mind the idea of it, because the savings can be substantial. [Read more…]

CHECK OUT SNOOPY POP & ENTER TO WIN A SAMSUNG GALAXY TABLET TO PLAY IT ON (Ends 7/23/17) #SnoopyPop

Snoopy is Charlie Brown’s pet beagle in the comic strip Peanuts by Charles M. Schulz.  Snoopy has been around since October 4, 1950 ~  That’s longer than I’ve been around!!  LOL

If you love Snoopy, you’re sure to love SnoopyPop, a cool new game app that the entire family will enjoy!!  

This brand new game is sure to sweep the app world by storm!!

The Snoopy Pop Game from Jam City was just released and I am excited to share all of the fun with you! It is a light-hearted, super fun game the entire family will enjoy! [Read more…]

Best Financial Tips For Any New Parent

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Having a child for the first time is one of the most exciting and nerve-wracking things you’ll ever experience. While there are countless facets to being a good parent, one of the big ones is good financial management. If you find it’s hard enough to manage your own finances, and you’re about to begin raising a young family, it may be time for a few changes. Here are some of the best financial tips for any new parent.

Look into Flexible Spending and Health Savings Accounts

As soon as you know you’re going to have a child, you should take some time to talk to your employer about flexible spending and HSA accounts. If your work runs one of these, and you qualify for the account, you’ll be able to deduct a given amount of your income before tax, and use this money to prepare for the needs of being a parent when your child comes into the world. If there’s anything left over after you’ve met those needs, you can move it to a savings account, and get a head start on your child’s college fund. [Read more…]

Essential Technology That Every Home Should Have

Technology progresses so quickly that it’s easy to feel like you’re falling behind. There are constant updates and improvements. It can also feel like as soon as you buy a new product, it’s not all too long before the upgrade has been released. But don’t worry. You don’t necessarily have to delve into the depths of tech geek lifestyle to get technology to work for you and your home. Truth be told, you only need a few essential items to help your days run more smoothly and hassle free. Here are our top picks.

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Laptops

 

You may be used to your PC but a laptop is an indispensible item. Why? Its portability. You can start projects, work or socialising anywhere at any time. You can take your files and documents along with you wherever you go, even if that’s abroad on holiday! So update from your computer tower and monitor. If you don’t tend to use computers or laptops at all, now may be the time to start. It’s a big investment, but there are options for payment plans. It isn’t all about social media and business emails. There are so many apps nowadays that can help you with your day to day routines and activities. Some will organize your schedule for you, some will store your favorite recipes, others will manage your exercise regime. Just take the time to see what’s out there. [Read more…]

Website Investments to Make

Are you thinking about creating a blog or website for yourself, or your company? Well, you have come to the right place! Creating a website is a fun and easy way to promote your business online, but it does take a bit of work. Of course, you can go with the bare minimums and not make a ‘fancy’ website, but if you want readers and word of the mouth recommendations, there are a few things that I believe you should invest in to get a return, which means increased traffic, opportunities and sales for you. Check out my list of ways to improve your website and make smart investments:

 

Web hosting and domain name

This is where a lot of first time bloggers and business owners go wrong. You think you are starting a blog to get more readers, but your credibility goes down (a lot) when you do not have your own domain name and do not host it yourself. For example, are you more likely to trust http://www.shoresavingswithpatti.com or http://www.shoresavingswithpatti.blogspot.com? I’m thinking that everyone would trust the words of the first option more than the second, and on top of that, more Google searchers are more likely to click the first option compared to the second.

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Staying Cool As A Cucumber On School Sports Day

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That time of the year is almost upon us – summer sports days at school! Kids love having the day off lessons so they can do some sport instead. And parents and relatives love spending the day out on the sports field watching all the kids race and play different matches! It’s a fab way to spend a hot summer’s day.

 

As you will all be outside for a long period of time, it is important that you and your children take some important precautions so that you don’t end up suffering from heatstroke or sunburn. This is especially important for your children as they will be exerting themselves in all that exercise! Here are some great tips that should help you both staying as cool as a cucumber.

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Healthy Tips For Cooking At Home

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We all want to live the idyllic healthy lifestyle when it comes to the food we eat at home, but there’s far more to that than eating all your vegetables and avoiding sugary treats. The very nature of the environment in which you’re cooking has a huge effect on your health when it comes to making your dinner each evening. Here are some healthy tips based on aspects of cooking at home that you may not have considered.

 

The kitchen.

There are lots of obvious factors to consider when keeping your kitchen healthy. Surfaces should be cleaned regularly, and hands should be washed before handling food; you may have to wash them several times during the cooking process if they come into contact with unhygienic parts of your kitchen. Some more specific advice that you may not have considered, however, is to store your food sensibly; don’t keep fatty or greasy foods contained in plastic because you don’t want chemicals to end up in your food. Glass and stainless steel are safer for storage. [Read more…]

Style Your Man: Dos, Dont’s & How To

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Style isn’t something you noticed about him when you first started dating.

 

You were more focused on what he was like; if he told good jokes; if you felt comfortable around him.

 

The early stages of falling in love weren’t a time to focus on his style either. You were too busy cruising on a wave of dopamine and oxytocin to care about that. Every moment was precious; you weren’t going to waste it talking about the way he chose to dress.

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HOMEMADE DOG TREATS

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Homemade Dog Treats Recipe ~ Only Two Ingredients!! Super quick and easy!

I spend a heckuva lotta time in the kitchen, and Bella is always right beside me checking out what I’m doing and making, so I decided to make her homemade dog treats recently.

They were a bit messy, but boy did she ever love them.  They were also a lot cheaper than the dog treats I usually buy at the store so I LIKED that about them.

The main ingredient is 2 small jars of baby food so try to pick flavors that your dog likes and that compliment each other.  I made sweet potato and chicken bone shaped cookies and beef and carrot star shaped cookies, and she loved them both!!

Give it a try ~ I’m sure your dog will love them as much as Bella does.

Homemade Dog Treats
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Ingredients
  1. 2 small jars of baby food (preservative-free...no onion/onion powder)
  2. 2 c. quick oats or whole wheat flour
Instructions
  1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Mix together both jars of baby food and the quick oats/flour until a dough forms. Drop by teaspoonfulls or roll out and use cookie cutters to press shapes. Bake for 8-10 minutes or until golden brown.
Notes
  1. **This dough was very "sticky" so I coated my dough balls with flour and rolled it out in flour, which made it much easier to work with**
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