Monday, December 11, 2017

Cashback Deals For Green Monday!

You can earn money while saving it during Green Monday! The Cashback Shopping site Swagbucks is offering big cash back - 2x or more - at a number of different stores today only. They're also offering big payouts on a varieties of different deals and offers from companies that would make great gift ideas. Get great deals without waiting in lines or even leaving your home!  



If you're not familiar with Swagbucks, they offer cash back in the form of points when you shop. Then you can turn those points into gift cards to places like Amazon, Starbucks, Target, or PayPal cash. You can also earn points for discovering deals, watching videos, answering surveys and more!   

Click here to take advantage of the cash back, just create your Swagbucks account when prompted (it takes less than 30 seconds) and then you're all set!  

As a special bonus, if you sign up through me you get a 300 SB ($3) bonus when you earn your first 300 SB before January 1st! This site's a great way to extend your shopping budget, especially around the holidays!

Sunday, December 10, 2017

When To Purchase New Appliances

When Is It Time to Purchase a New Appliance Bundle?

For the savvy home cook, getting new appliances can be very exciting. However, purchasing an entirely new set can be downright expensive. Before creating a bit of wiggle room in the budget for the shiny new set that has caught an eye, it's a great idea to take some time to evaluate the condition of the appliances and the importance of replacing them.

More Than One Appliance Doesn't Match

For those who are not simply starting out in a new home, it could be potentially embarrassing to have mismatched appliances. It may cause the homeowners to feel a bit of insecurity when company visits, as it is hard to go without noticing that the appliances are all different colors and brands. Should funds allow, especially if the existing appliances are older, it is a great idea to invest in a new set.

Can the Appliances Be Repaired?

Sometimes, appliances do run into problems. Should an oven stop working, it might be much cheaper to go to Wolf Oven Repair Florida to have the oven repaired. Elements can fail in ovens, valves and seals could fail in dishwashers, or coolant may need topping up in refrigerators. A problematic appliance doesn't have to mean impending doom or total appliance failure, and it could save the homeowner a large chunk of change.

The Appliances Are Over 10 Years Old

While appliances can last well beyond 10 years without problems, the risk of failure will continue to increase with age. This could mean repairs begin and continue to become more frequent. In some cases, the appliances could fail multiple times a year, making them more expensive to maintain than purchasing a replacement. In addition, older appliances tend to be less energy efficient than newer models.

Is It the Right Time of Year?

Buying an appliance bundle is a large purchase, and it is always better to plan at least one year in advance for big ticket items. This allows the buyers to research when the best time of year is to purchase them. Black Friday Sales and end of year events can offer some of the best deals. With end of year sales, stores are trying to get rid of old models in order to free up showroom space and bring in the new models for the year. Upgrading to the latest and greatest is always a treat. However, it definitely pays off to sit back and thoroughly evaluate an appliance purchase before taking a leap of faith.

Improved Mall Experiences!


How Retailers Are Improving the Mall Experience

There are a lot of people who like to shop for things online. However, there are still many people who prefer the experience of going to a brick-and-mortar store. For this reason, malls are taking steps to improve the experience that guests have. Online shopping has forced brick-and-mortar stores to up their game, as it were, in order to compete. Also, malls have to include a wider variety. This is why in addition to seeing flagship stores and large stores, there are also a lot of mall kiosks. These allow for a larger variety and more options in a smaller space.

A result of this increased competition from online retailers has been an increased emphasis on customer service. If a family spends the money to use the gasoline to go to the mall and then they have a negative experience, the chance is that they’re not going to go back. However, if customers go to the mall and they have a tremendous experience, it’s likely that they’re going to go back.

In the United States, it’s estimated that businesses lose millions of dollars annually because of offering poor service. And since there are so many companies out there offering the same product, people have choices.

One of the steps that you will see malls taking to improve customer’s experience is making sure there is enough staff to help people. One of the reasons why people are shying away from going to brick-and-mortar stores is that they don’t like waiting in line. They would prefer to wait a couple of days to have an item delivered to their home than they would wait 20 minutes in a line. Retailers can fix that by making sure there are enough cashiers and enough workers to provide the needed assistance.

Another reason why people are shopping online is that they want a good deal. Many stores in malls are rewarding their customers with loyalty rewards programs. So if a customer comes back to the same store multiple times, they are offered discounts in return for their loyalty.

Finally, many stores in malls are becoming stocked with professionals. This means that they have people who are knowledgeable about the product being sold. These professionals educate people about the product, allowing them to make up their own mind about whether to buy the product or not after receiving a proper education on it.

Saturday, December 2, 2017

Healthy Pets Are Happy Pets! #EvangersDogFood


Our dogs have been very happy the past couple weeks! We recently received a package with a selection of Evanger's Dog Food, and Bobbi has loved sampling them all! Evanger's is a company that specializes in providing nutritious and healthy pet foods in dry and canned forms. They provide vitamins and minerals blended with natural meats so you can be assured your pet is eating healthy food!


The package we received had both canned and dry dog food. I try to ration out the canned food, as canned food of any kind messes up Bobbi's system, but she thoroughly loves the dry food. There are a variety of flavors such as Pheasant and Brown Rice, Chicken and Sweet Potato, and Meat Lover's Medley. Bobbi always cleans her dish, but she goes crazy over the Evanger's foods! Literally jumping up waist high trying to get the bag from my hands! (That's especially amazing when you realize she's only about 14 inches tall).




Evanger's is a great option if you're looking for a step above the normal department store pet foods, but don't want to be paying more on your dog's grocery bill than your family's! You can purchase the foods online or use their store locator to find Evanger's products near you.

Friday, December 1, 2017

Play Swago To Win Bonus Swagbucks!



The digital rewards site Swagbucks is offering big payouts during their December "Swago" promotion starting Monday, December 4th at 9am PT and running until Monday, December 11th! Swago is just like bingo, but in this case you're filling out squares as you earn points on their site for doing things you already do online. If you're thinking of trying Swagbucks, this is a great chance to learn all about how the site works and earn bonus points while doing it, meaning you can get more gift cards faster. Here are a few tips:  

  • Each square on your Swago Board will contain an action item to complete. They can be anything from getting a search win, completing a survey, or just visiting one of our popular stores! 
     
  • Once you complete the action item in a particular square the square will change color signifying the action item is complete. 
     
  • You have until 12pm PT/3pm ET on Monday, December 11th to mark off as many squares as possible so use your time wisely. 
     
  • Be mindful of the patterns and their corresponding bonuses located on the right of your Swago Board. The patterns will vary in difficulty and bonus value. Once you’ve achieved a pattern, the corresponding “Submit” button will light up. You can have multiple patterns available for submission, however, you can only submit ONE pattern so choose wisely. 
  • Each activity you successfully complete on your Swago Board will give you anywhere from 1-20 spins on the Spin & Win Wheel. PLUS, when you submit your board for a bonus you'll get additional spins. The number of spins will depend on the pattern you complete. The wheel has all sorts of great prizes that you can win, and each spin is a winner!

The Spin & Win Wheel will be available all throughout Swago and you have until 11:59pm PT on Monday, December 11th to use all your spins.  

Fill up your board and then submit your pattern to get even more points - if you can fill in the whole board, you get a 500 SB bonus, which is enough for a $5 gift card from the retailer of your choice.   

Click here right now and click "Join" to get started! If you don't already have a Swagbucks account, you'll be able to quickly sign up; PLUS, if you earn 300 SB before the first of January, you'll get a bonus 300 SB!