Friday, June 29, 2012

FREE Eco Bag from Staples + 15% Off!

Right now through July 4th, Staples is giving away their eco bag for free!  All you have to do is print this coupon  and take it to the customer service desk.  You also get 15% off on anything you can fit in the bag including furniture.  There are some exclusions though, make sure you read the fine print on the bottom of the coupon.  I can't resists free things + 15% discount on ink cartridges are hard to come by so I had to go!  Are you going?

-Nerdy Mom

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

My Shopping Trip Today: Step by Step: Target Green Works Clorox Wipes & Advil PM

I always like to stock up on all kinds of medicine as much as I can.  My husband and I don't take much pain relievers or any other medicines but it's nice to have something when you need it.  After all, medicine should be there right when you need it.  Sometimes when my friends and family come over, they get a headache, heart burn...whatever the issue, I have the medicine for it.

So anyway, I was happy to come across this deal at Target.  Right now at Target, you can get a $5 gift card when you buy any 2 of the participating Advil, Bayer or Aleve products.  Not to mention I also snatched this great deal with Green Works Wipes.  I can never have enough disinfecting wipes!  Here is what I did:

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Is Your Baby a Lefty?

Ever wonder if your baby is right handed or left handed?  I've been wondering about my son lately.  I've never really paid close attention but he seemed to use both hands really well.  So I decided to do some research to see how early signs appear in children and how to tell if he/she is right handed or left handed.

This is what I found:

  • Signs of which hand your child prefer can show as early as 6 months!
  • Right or left handed-ness can be genetic, for example if you and your partner are both left handed, there is about 45-50% your child will be. (About 10% of population are left handed)
  • Some children may be ambidextrous up until about 5-6 years old.
  • It is said that if your baby is using one hand exclusively before 18 months old it could be a sign of motor development problems, therefore you should talk to your pediatrician.

Sunday, June 24, 2012

15 minute workout series #2: The Vacation Workouts

A vacation should just be that a vacation. Time for us to take it guilt free, relax and enjoy ourselves. Training can be put off in favor of spending time with the people we are with, eating delicious food and generally having fun.

However, I know that there are many people still looking to squeeze in a workout during their vacation because they can't stop moving. I am one of those people. I love being active and moving.

There are also people who travel frequently for work and need to fit their workouts in with their travel.

I am currently on a mini vacation and wanted to share with you all what my vacation workouts looked like.

Now, there are many options for people on the move.

The first one being the Fitness room in your hotel. I snapped this quick picture of my hotel Fitness room. To my disappointment, it lacked free weights. Also, with the beautiful weather here, I really wanted to be outside.

There may also be gyms in your vacation area that offer day passes. These day passes can cost any where from $10-$20.

Friday, June 22, 2012

"The Honest Company" Baby Products Free Trial!

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The Honest Company is offering free trials right now for their products.  They manufacture and sell more than a dozen non-toxic, chemical-free baby products, from diapers and wipes to shampoos and detergents.  All you need to do sign up on their website and pay $4.95 for shipping. 

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Wednesday, June 20, 2012

Cerama Bryte Cook Top Cleaner Review: Put to the Test!

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After 2 weeks, this is what my cook top looked like
I have a Whirlpool electric range with Ceran cook top.  Oh, how I despise cook tops.  They look good, but I could never seem to get them perfectly clean.  No matter what kind of products I used, nothing seemed to bring back my cook top the way it was before.

A few months ago, I was shopping at Lowe's with my husband and I asked one of the workers what he would recommend for a cook top cleaner.  He took me to the section for cleaning cook tops.  I didn't see anything that caught my eye.  I told him that I've pretty much tried all these products and I wanted something different.  Then he took me over to the appliance section and showed me this product called Cerama Bryte Cook Top Cleaner.  The package came with a scraper and a yellow scrubbing pad and the bottle of the product.  It claimed that they are the #1 cook top cleaner in America - don't they all? - but I decided to give it a try.  I went home and before I opened it, I decided to look for reviews on the internet.  To my surprise, Amazon reviews were really good on this product.

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Road Trip Snack Ideas

I've known people to bring the rice cooker with them on road trips, my own family included. I also know people who peruse the rest stops to purchase their food there.

But, what should we really be bringing with us for Road Trip Snacks? What is healthy and relatively inexpensive? What foods will keep us fuller for longer? What foods can be preserved and don't spoil quickly? And, what foods take up the least space? The last one being a factor especially for those taking vacation road trips and thus baggage & other items needed take up the most space in the vehicle.

I'm not a big fan of rest stop food restaurants/stores because normally the food available aren't as healthy and sometimes the cost of the food can be expensive. However, If I don't have snacks or drinks with me, then they can be a life saver.

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Tuesday, June 19, 2012

My Shopping Trip Today: Step by Step: Samy Fat Hair, Seventh Generation, Free Pantene & More!

This week, Rite Aid has some awesome deals going on such as free popcorn, Pantene and Colgate!  I HAD to make a trip!  I also scored a great deal at Target on Seventh Generation products and Samy Fat Hair Care at Walgreens.  So here it goes:

Potty Training a Stubborn Toddler: Potty Training Made Easy!

I recently potty trained my 27 month old son, right after he turned 2.  I wish I could have done it sooner though because I could've saved a ton of money from not buying diapers.  When I talked to some of my former Korean co-worker ladies (they are all 15+ years older than I am) they all told me they potty trained their kids right when they turned 1.  My son was almost turning 2 at the time and my previous attempts to potty train him - at around 18 months old - failed miserably.  How in the world did they train their kids at such early age?  That's exactly what I asked them, haha.  And literally all of them told me the same thing:

Monday, June 18, 2012

The Superfood: Avocado

I have a confession to make. Like Spinach, I am food obsessed with Avocado. And it's a good thing to as Avocado is another Superfood.

The fruit Avocado is a good source of fiber, potassium and vitamins. Half an Avocado is 160 cals, 15 grams of heart- healthy GOOD unsaturated fat, and 2 grams of saturated fat. It contains 1/3 our daily requirement of Vitamin C and half our daily requirement of Vitamin K.

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Saturday, June 16, 2012

Living on a Budget: How Couponing Changed My Life

How much do you spend on groceries a month? $300? $400?  Does that amount include toilet paper, paper towels, trash bags, cleaning supplies and personal care items?  Before I became aware of my expenses and before couponing, I was probably spending $400-$450 a month JUST on food & take out ALONE.  These expenses did not include the other stuff I mentioned above.  It's scary to think how much money I threw away before I became a couponer.

Friday, June 15, 2012

Fitness Activities in Philadelphia this Summer

If you live in the Philadelphia area then you should definitely read this.

There are lots of things going on this Summer in the city of Brotherly Love.

I've compiled a quick list of free activities & things on offer for adults and kids:

1. Urban Yoga Philadelphia presented by Lululemon
Where: outside at the Plaza Comcast Center
When: Every Thursday this Summer at 6.30pm
How much: Free
All you need to do is bring your mat & maybe a few friends and experience Yoga Philly style. There will be a new teacher every Thursday from Philadelphia's top yoga studios.

2. City Sports 4 Week Boot Camp Series
Where: Meet at Rittenhouse Square
When: Every Saturday June 16th - July 17th from 10-11am
Cost: Free
A hour long boot camp led by Weston Fitness
RSVP here
Bonus: Insiders get $5 for every session! Sign up to be an Insider here

3. ASCAB House Warming BBQ
Where: Project Capoeira 1715 McKean Street, Floor 2, Philadelphia
When: Saturday June 30th 6.30-11.30pm. Dance workshop 7-8pm
Cost: $10 for all you can eat BBQ, $10 for House Dance workshop or $15 in advance for both. Kids are FREE!
ASCAB Capoeira have moved their academy to this new location. Help them celebrate with a yummy BBQ and an aptly chosen House dance workshop. Meet new friends, bring old friends and boogie the night away.

Stay tuned for more free things/events/shows in Philadelphia.

~ Fit mom

Thursday, June 14, 2012

Target Trip Today: Shaving Razors and Snacks: Step by Step Guide!

Sorry for the shaky picture, my son was messing with me.

My family LOVES Wheat Thins so I was so happy to find this deal!  Not to mention these great deals for the Schick shaving razors!!  I had to make 3 transactions for today's trip.  I went in and out of Target 3 times haha!  Oh, the things I do to save a few bucks! :-)  

1st Transaction
  • 2 Schick Shaving Razor $9.49 each (Buy 2 get $5 Gift Card Promotion)
Coupons Used:

Total:  $18.98 + tax
Total Out of Pocket:  $6.98 for BOTH + tax after coupons

Received $5.00 Gift Card from promotion

2nd Transaction
  • 2 Schick Shaving Razor $9.49 each (Buy 2 get $5 Gift Card Promotion)
  • 1 NYC Nail Polish $0.94 each
  • 2 Wheat Thins $2.00 each (price cut)
  • 4 Lunchables $1.00 each (price cut)
Coupons Used:

Total:  $27.92 + tax
Total Out of Pocket: $6.42 + tax after coupons and gift card
Received $5.00 Gift Card Promotion from buying 2 Schick Razors

3rd Transaction
  • 2 Wheat Thins $2.00 each (price cut)
  • 4 Lunchables $1.00 each (price cut) (There's 2 missing because we ate two, haha)
  • 2 NYC Nail Polish $0.94 each
  • 1 EPT Pregnancy (2 Tests) Clearance $6.98

Coupons Used:

Total:  $15.92 + tax
Total Out of Pocket:  $4.86 + tax after coupons and gift card

TOTAL Out of Pocket $18.26 + tax for all this!!  That was an awesome trip!

-Nerdy Mom

Fun activities to do with your family & friends this Summer

With Summer here and the Sun shining, there are so many fun outdoor activities to do. Getting and staying fit & healthy is so much better when you're having a great time with your loved ones.

Also, if you have young children, showing them how to have fun and be active and fit is setting a great example for them in life.

Here are some ideas to get you started:

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Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Father's Day Quick Gift Ideas + Savings!

Father's Day is this Sunday!  I know, I'm a little late with this list, and I really should've done this last week...but for those of you who haven't thought of anything yet, you are in luck!  Here's a last minute list that I came up with and to make it better I found coupons to go along with it!  (No items from this list are from online shopping.  No time to get them delivered anyway and who wants to do over night or 2 day shipping?  Too expensive!)

  • Does he need a new pair of shoes?  Famous Footwear has a 20% off printable coupon available through 6/17!  There are some nice pair of shoes for around $40.  I love Famous Footwear because they have quality name brand shoes for great prices!  Don't forget to sign up for their rewards program also while you are there!

  • Is he an outdoors man?  Does he love sports?  Golf?  Fishing?  Sign up with just your email at Sports Authority and receive a printable coupon for $10 off $50 purchase!

  • If he is a fashionable man, H&M has nice shirts starting from $9.95!  They also carry nice sunglasses and hats.  If you sign up for their newsletter, you will get a printable 20% off coupon through email!  I personally love everything from H&M!
  • If he is a handy man, I have something for him too!  Does he need new tools?  Maybe he needs a wrench set (for $19.99)?  A hammer? Harbor Freight has a whole bunch of printable digital coupons one of them being 20% off any item.  My husband is a handy man and he goes to Harbor Freight all the time.  They have quality tools at an unbeatable price.

  • Make his life easier with an electric shaver! and both have printable coupons for the Philips Norelco Electric Shavers!  The Norelco SensoTouch Electric Razor is $89.99.  Print the $15 off coupon from and $15 off coupon from and get a whopping $30 off of this quality electric shaver!  And YES you can combine the two coupons!  Target will accept 1 Manufacturer's Coupon and 1 Target Coupon per item!  Also, both sites have $10 off of ANY Norelco Electric Shaver coupon.  I believe there are some Norelco electric shavers for around $40-$45.  If you use the 2 coupons from both sites, you can buy it just for around $20-$25! **UPDATE** I went to Target today and I saw electric shavers from $35-$40!  Which means you can score one for $15-$20!  What an awesome deal!

I hope this helped!  I'll keep you posted if I come up with any other ideas!

Happy Father's Day!

-Nerdy Mom

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Tired of Replacing Those D Batteries for Your Baby's Swing? There is a Solution!

I bought the Fisher-Price Precious Planets Projection Mobile for my son when he was about 4 months old.  He is now 26 months old and he still likes it.  The umbrella part comes off and the projection reaches all the way to the ceiling so he likes to have it on while he's falling asleep.  You can't imagine how many D batteries we had to go through though.  This thing takes 4 D batteries at a time and just the batteries alone can cost so much!

15 minute workout series: #1 Jump Rope

I know that there are many, many busy people out there leading hectic lives but still wanting to be active & healthy. Sometimes trying to fit a workout into your already packed daily schedule is difficult.

So is a 15 minute workout possible and effective? Most definitely!

I think that doing something is better than doing nothing. Also, starting off small and building fitness as a life long habit is great. You'll find that you will start to possibly increase your workout time or make more time to be physically active because of how energized and great you feel.

With short workouts we have to be smart about what we do. By using our time more effectively we can actually get great results as if we were doing a longer workout, and sometimes even better & quicker results.

The number 1 requirement for an effective short workout is Intensity.

The second factor to consider is what you are looking to achieve. Be it strength, muscle building, fat loss, endurance or general fitness.

For the first series of our 15 minute workout posts, we will look at Jump Rope.

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Sunday, June 10, 2012

Couponing Tip: Buying Sunday Newspapers for Cheaper Price

If you are thinking about couponing, you should start with buying Sunday newspapers for cheap.  I buy 4 newspapers every Sunday to get 4 stacks of coupon inserts.  Where I live, a local Sunday newspaper costs $1.75 normally at super markets and convenient stores.  Philadelphia Inquirer is the metropolitan newspaper (they stopped carrying the RedPlum coupon insert) and it costs $2.00.  If you are lucky enough to live in an area that delivers coupon inserts every week, I envy you!  I live in one of those unlucky areas!  And since I'm such a penny pincher, I don't like to spend that much on newspapers especially because the only reason I get them is for coupons.  If I paid regular price for those newspapers, I'd be paying $28 a month!  Sure, the coupons I get from the newspapers and then couponing to buy groceries pays off but I just like to save a little more.

So here are few things that you can do to buy them cheaper:

  • Buy them at your nearest dollar store.  I'm not sure if all dollar stores carry newspapers but I know Dollar Tree does.  The local Sunday paper (The Intelligencer or The Courier Times in my area) comes with both SmartSource and RedPlum coupon inserts and they only cost $1.
  • The obvious option would be getting them delivered every Sunday to your door by subscription.  Only reason I don't like to do this is because sometimes the coupon inserts can be missing and there is no way for you to check them before you buy them. Also, the special price is usually set for a certain time and after that period is over, they'll start charging you regular cost of the newspaper or more.
  • Go to the super market or convenient store at the end of the day and ask if they can sell the newspapers for a cheaper price.  It's a hit or miss though, the stores may do it for you or may not, and by the end of the day they may be out of newspapers too.
I go to the Dollar Tree every Sunday morning to get 4 newspapers.  I think it's a great deal.  Do you know any other cheaper ways to get coupon inserts?  Let us know!

-Nerdy Mom

Friday, June 8, 2012

Considered "Safe" by EWG: BabyGanics Baby Sunscreen

We all want the best for our babies when it comes to food and products we use on them right?  If you've read one of Fit Mom's posts on sunscreen last week, according to the Environmental Working Group, some of the ingredients found in sunscreens can actually be harmful and toxic and increase the chances of skin cancer for you and your baby.  Read original source here.  Right now, at Babies R Us, they are having a B1G1 50% off on all sunscreens.  I was running out of my California Baby Sun Block which is also considered safe or low-risk by Environmental Working Group, so I wanted to go and get some more.

California Baby Sun Block and other EWG low-risk sun blocks are very expensive.  They can run anywhere from $18.99-$24.99 for a 4 oz. tube.  But I found an alternative which is much cheaper - called BabyGanics.  Their 2 oz is on sale for $3.49 B1G1 50% off.  I got all 4 for $10.48.  They also have the 6 oz. for $8.99 if you want bigger sizes.  I just like to carry smaller sizes.  Now the 2 oz might not ring up as B1G1 50% off at the register (that's what happened to me) so just point out that all the sunscreens are on sale and they should take it off manually for you.  If you want to avoid the hassle just go with the 6 oz.

I'm not 100% sure but I believe the sale is through 6/14.  If you want to make sure and not miss the deal, go tomorrow!

Are you using the safe kind of sunscreen for you and your baby?

-Nerdy Mom

Thursday, June 7, 2012

The Superfood: Spinach

Whenever I think of Spinach, I think of the fictional cartoon character Popeye the Sailor. Everytime Popeye would pop open the can of spinach and eat it, his muscles would bulge out and his super strength would kick in.
In fact sales of Spinach increased by 33% in the US between 1931 and 1936 due to Popeye's popularity.

But is Spinach really a superfood? Here's why I give it the thumbs up & regularly eat it at most meal times:

Benefits of Spinach

1. Nutrient dense-food ~ It is probably the most nutrient dense-food in existance. Spinach is low in calories but high in vitamins and minerals. It's an excellent source of Vitamins K, A, C, B2, B6, Magnesium, Iron, Calcium, Potassium and Folate.

2. Readily available anywhere in the world You won't have to look high and low for it as it can be found in most supermarkets and Farmer's markets.

3.Versatile It can be eaten raw as a Salad, or as part of a healthy smoothie or cooked in omelettes, soups and other warm dishes.

4. High in antioxidants Antioxidants protect the body from free radicals. Free radicals make it difficult to fight off infections, damage DNA leading to cancer, lowers defense against heart disease and accelerates the aging process.

5. Healthy Heart Vitamins C & A help reduce the damaging effects of free radicals already in the body. The antioxidants keep cholesterol from oxidizing and help to combat the onset of Osteoporosis and Antherosclerosis. The Folate helps to ensure a healthy cardiovascular system and Magnesium helps to lower blood pressure.

6. Spinach has anti-inflammatory properties Neoxanthin and Violanxanthin are two anti-inflammatory properties that play an important role in the regulation of inflammation and are present in unusual amounts in Spinach.

7. Supports brain function It has been shown to slow age related decline in brain function.

8. Healthy Eyes Lutein is present in Spianch amd helps protect against eye disease.

9. Healthy Skin High amounts of Vitamin A is in Spinach. It promotes healthy skin by allowing proper moisture retention in the epidermis. Thus helping to combat Psoriasis, Acne and wrinkles.

10. Helps to maintain healthy bones 1 Cup of Spinach ( or 1/6 Cup of cooked Spinach) contains twice the daily Vitamin K needs. Vitamin K,along with Magnesium and calcium, is essential to maintaing healthy bones.

A few key things to note before buying Spinach

1. It is one food that is high in pesticides. When buying Spinach, it is always good to buy organic.

2. Buy the greenest Spinach you can find as this will be the one with the most Vitmain C

3. Gout sufferers may be affected by the Purine in Spinach.

4. Those with Kidney problems should consult their doctor as Spinach has high levels of Oxalic Acid that is associated with Kidney problems.

Here are some ways in which I've included Spinach into my meals

1.With burgers and wraps

2. In yummy omelettes

3. Served with Coconut Chicken Curry

4. With Salad

5. And, healthy smoothies. This one is made of Avocado, Spinach, Almond milk and organic honey.

Stay tuned for more superfood posts!

~Fit mom

Key For Cash: Legitimate Work-at-Home Job?

Being a stay at home mom, I wanted to do something that's productive when I have absolutely nothing to do.  I decided to look into some legitimate work-at-home jobs.  I did some research and to my interest, I came across this company called Key For Cash.  Yes, there are several other work-at-home jobs such as mystery shopping, telemarketing and customer service, but those didn't seem to fit my lifestyle.

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Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Put Those CVS ExtraBucks to Use! See How I MADE Money from This Shopping Trip!

I can't believe some people actually throw away their ExtraBucks!  They don't even look at their receipt!  Sometimes I just want to say right to their face, "HELLO, YOU ARE THROWING AWAY MONEY!"  You know what though?  That was me before.  Not caring what I spent my money on.  I'm so glad couponing has opened my eyes to another level of shopping for groceries.

Anyway, my CVS ExtraBucks were about to expire so I had to make a quick trip.  I'm usually good at tracking when my coupons are about to expire but I've been so busy with the blog that it completely threw me off!  This sale is from 6/3 - 6/9.  I had $7.99 worth of ExtraBucks to begin with for this shopping trip, so I ended up paying $5.68 out of pocket but MADE $10 BACK!  So I actually made $4.32 from this shopping trip!  Oh, how I love couponing!  I caught some of these great deals so I'm glad I got to use those ExtraBucks before they expired.  I scanned my receipt to set an example(click to zoom in).

Here is a step by step guide of what I did:

I bought:
  • Crest Pro-health Mouth Wash 1 liter $5.99 (Buy 1, receive $5.00 ExtraBucks) limit 2
  • Lady Speed Stick $2.99 (Buy 1, receive $2.00 ExtraBucks) limit 1
  • 2 Starbucks Refreshers 12 oz. $1.50 (Buy 2, receive $1.00 ExtraBucks) limit 1
  • 3 Hershey's Air Delight Chocolate Bars 1.44 oz $1.19 (Buy 2, get 1 Free) limit 9
  • 3 Hershey's Milk Chocolate Almond Bars 1.45 oz $1.19 (Buy 2, get 1 Free) limit 9
  • Oral-B Pro-Health All-In-One with Crossaction Bristles $2.77 (Buy 1, receive $2.00 ExtraBucks) limit 2
  • 2 CoverGirl LashBlast Waterproof Volume Mascara $8.99 (Buy 1 Get 1 50% off)

Coupons Used:
  • 1 - $0.20 off 1 Crest Rinse from P&G Sunday coupon book 6/3 Final Price: $0.79*
  • 1 - $1.00 off 1 Any Lady Speed Stick from a coupon booklet I got from buying Colgate Toothpaste last week Final Price: Free*
  • 2 - $1.00 off 1 Starbucks Refreshers Beverage 12 oz. can from (coupon is no longer available sorry!) Final Price: Free*
  • 3 - Free Hershey's Air Delight Aerated Milk Chocolate Bar, when you buy 1 Hershey's Milk Chocolate bar from Sunday Paper 5/20 SmartSource Final Price: $0.25 each after buying 6*
  • 1 - $0.20 off 1 Oral B Pro-Health Toothbrush from P&G Sunday coupon book 6/3 Final Price: $0.57*
  • 1 - B1G1 Free CoverGirl LashBlast Volume Mascara from P&G Sunday coupon book 6/3 and,
  • 1 - $4.00 off any $12.00 cosmetic purchase from CVS Coupon Machine (Scan your CVS ExtraCare Card at the bright red machine usually near the entrance, the coupons are hit or miss though, it's pretty random) Final Price: $1.04 each after buying 2*
I saved $41.13 today. 

* - Price after coupons and ExtraBucks
I almost jumped up and down for joy when I also received my free $5.00 ExtraBucks from the CVS coupon machine.  You can get it every $50 you spend on beauty products.  You don't think I REALLY spent $50 do you?  That will be another how-to I'll be covering soon.

Ok, so let's try a different scenario instead of my scenario where I used coupons and my $7.99 ExtraBucks that I got from before.  If you do the scenario where you just buy the items that gets you ExtraBucks, it's still a decent deal.  You'd have to pay $14.75 +tax out of pocket at first but you'd get $10 back in ExtraBucks.  So it'll be like paying $4.75.  Not too shabby huh?

-Nerdy Mom

Tuesday, June 5, 2012

Pack It or Un-Pack It?

Since my toddler started drinking cold milk, I've been eyeing this bag for awhile.  It seemed like a pretty "cool" thing to have when we're out to the park, to the beach, or just whenever we're out for a few hours.  I bought two, It was about $30 after S+H, and it also came with a bunch of meal ideas.

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Monday, June 4, 2012

Handy App Tip: Yelp

This is going to be a post Nerdy mom would approve of.

I've recently been using the Yelp App to help me find restaurants & stores nearby. It's been quite handy, providing reviews from other people, how far the business is to me, addresses, telephone numbers & website details.

And, it's not just limited to restaurants or stores. I've found organic farms, physical therapist, Auto repair/ tire stores, gyms and rug cleaners.

But here is one feature I recently discovered on Yelp. If you register an account and open the Check-in tab, there are many businesses that offer discounts, free services & products. All you have to do is check-in. For example, my favourite doughnut store Krispy Kreme is currently offering 1 free glazed doughnut when you check-in. I have also spotted beauty salons & Pilates studios that offer 10-20% off your total bill.

The App allows you to search the check-in offers by location & filter the results according to the type of business you need.

The Yelp App gets the thumps up from me!

~Fit mom

Crocs Baby/Toddler Winter Boots Starting From $9.99!

Oh my gosh, how cute are these boots?!  Too bad they don't have the size for my little one because I would love to get these for winter!  Right now  at you can get them for $9.99 + free shipping!  Just use the code SHIPCROCS.  Make it a even better deal when you sign up for their email subscription and receive a 20% off code and get them just for $7.99!

If you want something for your toddler/kids, the Kosmoboot Kids are also on sale for just $24.99.  Use the 20% off code and get them for just $19.99!  I had to order one(although I really like the blue ones above), really awesome deal for kids boots if you ask me.  Hopefully I'm ordering the right size, I don't know how big his feet will be by winter!

-Nerdy Mom

Quick & Easy Nutritious Toddler Meals

I'm always looking for quick & easy meals for my toddler.  But most importantly, nutritious.  I came up with a list of some of the foods my little one - Jae -  likes to eat(26 months old at the moment).  He's not a very picky eater but I still have trouble getting him to eat peas, carrots and green beans.  I found some great ways to slip in those Vitamin A's and other nutrition in his meals.  Below is mostly what I serve him for breakfast/lunch.  I make dinner for the whole family so it's different.

One of the tips I like to keep in mind is putting paprika(it's not spicy) and bits of spinach(thanks to Fit Mom) in everything.  Kids probably won't eat chunks of spinach leaves but if it's in tiny bits and pieces most likely it won't bother them.  We all know that spinach is fortified with valuable nutrition and paprika and other dried/fresh herbs are rich in Vitamin A.  Please keep in mind that all the ingredients that I use below are either natural or organic and make sure your child isn't allergic to anything that I list here.

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Friday, June 1, 2012

How To Take Advantage of Catalinas and Pay Less Out of Your Pocket

I paid $28.49 for all this.  Not the best I've done but I really needed some toilet paper and paper towels and ShopRite happened to have a pretty good deal going on this week through 6/2/12:

The Sparkle paper towels and Angel Soft toilet papers were on sale for $5.88 each.  Which is a nice deal.  But on top of that, according to the ad, if you spend $20 on these participating products you get $5 off on your next shopping trip.  At the cash register, there is a little machine usually near the receipt printer and when you make the qualifying purchases, a $5 coupon will print from that machine and the clerk should hand it over to you with the receipt.  In the couponing world those coupons are called "catalinas". 

So how can you take advantage of those catalinas and pay less out your pocket in your shopping trip?  The trick is to do 2 separate transactions.  All you need to do is kindly ask the clerk if you can do 2 separate transactions and they never have a problem to do so.  Here is what I did:

1st Transaction
2 Sparkle Paper Towels - $5.88 each (on sale with club card)
2 Angel Soft Toilet Papers - $5.88 each (on sale with club card)
8 YoCrunch - $0.60 each (on sale with club card)
1 Box Fudgesicles - $0.88 each (on sale with club card)

*Coupons Used:
1 $1.00 off for 2 Sparkle Paper Towels from previous Sunday paper
1 $1.00 off for 2 Angel Soft Paper Towels from previous Sunday paper
2 $0.65 off for 4 YoCrunch from (after they tripled the coupons I got all of them for free)
Total: $24.70 after tax + $5 catalina from spending $20 on participating products

2nd Transaction
1 20 lb ShopRite Long Grain Rice $8.79 (with club card)

*Coupons Used:
1 $5 catalina from 1st transaction
Total: $3.79

It's that easy.  I wish I had this kind of knowledge on grocery shopping a long time ago.  Oh well, better late than never!  I hope you found this post beneficial.  I'm such a nerd when it comes to saving money! :)

Happy saving!

-Nerdy Mom

Breaking Up With Wells Fargo: Why we went with Credit Union

I was 18 years old when I first opened up a bank account.  I had no knowledge of shopping around for banks - I just went with one of the biggest in my area and closest to my house for convenience.  CoreState was my choice at the time and there were numerous changes over the 13 years I was with the bank.  From what I remember, CoreState merged with First Union, then merged with Wachovia, then lastly, merged with Wells Fargo.  Every time they merged, they made changes to my account which really didn't bother me back then mainly I think because my husband and I were both working and didn't worry much about our money.  Some changes were good and some changes were bad but we put up with it.

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Fit mom practicing what she preaches: Hillsprints

I recently found an awesome trail with a 260ft hill last Memorial weekend.

The elevation went from 199ft to 222ft.

You bet I got my hillsprints in and even made it a family affair.

My legs burned but I felt great. And, the hill sprint repeats took less than 15 minutes in total.

Another great & free workout :)

Views from the middle and top of the hill.


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