25 Foods That Need No Refrigeration

refrigHow much food do you think we throw away because it spoils before we can eat it? Estimates vary widely, but it can be as much as $2,000 worth for a family of 4 each year. The truth is that not all foods even require refrigeration and, in fact, many of them are better off when they’re stored at room temperature. While the refrigerator’s cool and moist environment may be great for carrots and celery, it can cause other foods to go bad sooner than they should. Sometimes they’re even forgotten, and we only find them after they’ve spoiled and we’re tracking down a bad smell.

Here’s our list of 25 foods that usually end up in the refrigerator, but don’t really need to be there. Some of these choices may be a personal preference or just out of habit. But a few storage changes and a little better planning to buy less when you shop can save you both money and refrigerator space.

Add commentSeptember 29th, 2014

How to Negotiate the Best Price – 12 Simple Tips

bargain+haggleI really hate haggling over price, and I avoid doing that as much as possible! Half the people who took a recent Consumer Reports survey about it agree with me. But, the truth is that you can get a better deal on most things if you just ask. There’s no harm done – you will either get a better price, or you won’t – but the deal won’t get cancelled. Remember that haggling is just an exchange between two people to reach an agreement. Don’t assume that all prices are fixed, because nearly everything is negotiable; the price of most things includes a pad or margin of profit that can be given away during negotiation. Asking for a discount is a normal part of doing business; if you ask nicely and offer a fair price, most people will meet you in the middle.

However, learning the fine art of haggling or negotiating may take a little practice to improve your skill, and a good place to do that is at a flea market or garage sale. You can even negotiate better prices online; just search for your item and email the cheaper link to a different store and ask for a lower price, free shipping, or discount code. Here are our 12 tips to succeed:

Add commentSeptember 22nd, 2014

Roundup of Free Gift with Purchase Promotions

free-gift-w-purchaseMy wife never goes shopping for cosmetics unless she can find a good “free gift with purchase” promotion. Sometimes she uses the gifts herself and sometimes she gives them to her relatives and close friends. These sets are usually reduced size products and are very good for use when you are on the go. Many brands run these promotions regularly and so it makes perfect sense to time your next trip to the store with one. Below is our roundup of several promotions going right now in the stores around the US.

Add commentSeptember 15th, 2014

Would You Get a Tattoo for Free Food or Discount?

Tattoo_for_LifeHow far are you willing to go to get a deal? Would you agree to get a permanent tattoo? How long is “for life” if the business closes, and you have that tattoo forever? I love a good deal, but I have to say that’s more than I’m willing to do! We found ten cases where folks got tattoos in exchange for some compensation. Did they regret it? You can decide for yourself when you read the details. In some cases, they may possibly be looking for a discount deal on laser tattoo removal.

Add commentSeptember 8th, 2014

August Contest Results

The month of August is over and it is time for our usual monthly wrap-up when we look back at what happened during the past month, announce our contest winners, and also give you a heads up at what is coming.

Monthly Contest Results

CouponNut is the winner of this month’s contest followed by anand and djhciskoski in the second and third place. Congratulations guys! Here is the complete list of this month’s winners and prizes:

1. CouponNut (674 Points): $70
2. anand (641 Points): $50
3. djhciskoski (632 Points): $50
4. onkarkulkarni (616 Points): $35
5. clover (614 Points): $35
6. siggy38 (563 Points): $35
7. laaya (504 Points): $35
8. Version (480 Points): $25
9. 2kidsnuts (471 Points): $25
10. mdshopper1 (458 Points): $25
11. midget (440 Points): $25
12. lootango (431 Points): $10
13. mommy25 (425 Points): $10
14. psplove (417 Points): $10
15. sandyshore (213 Points): $10


Add commentSeptember 2nd, 2014

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