Back in the days when using coupons meant cutting them from newspapers and magazines and using them at the cash registry, people used to judge you. But nowadays, most of us won’t click that Submit Order button if the site doesn’t jump in with a discount!
I’m not sure if the change is owed to a different type of shopper or the fact that no one can see you when you buy online, but I like it. I also like that the competition in the online market is so fierce that discounts are a common occurrence.
But does this really mean we’re saving our hard-earned money? Is the online coupon business in our benefit or is this just another marketing scheme to keep us shopping?
I decided to take a closer look to online shopping and coupons and see if they are as amazing as we’re told.
They are A Marketing Strategy
Online coupons are indeed a strategy to attract more buyers towards different products. However, this doesn’t mean that the discounted products come with problems or defects. It may just mean that they are out of season or that the producer is preparing to launch a new line.
This usually happens with technology (smartphones, tablets, TVs, and so on), fashion, and other areas where new products are constantly being created. So, if a producer is about to launch a new design, they will try to get rid of the old ones by offering coupon codes.
You Don’t Waste Time
Besides the obvious benefit, online coupons also save time. Standard coupons need to be discovered in magazines, cut, and carried around until you can redeem them. Online coupons don’t require that much effort and are easily accessible on your phone.
Not to mention, there are lots of free apps that will notify you on a deal, so you won’t waste time browsing.
Most online coupons offer a discount between 5 and 10% (sometimes even more), which is a lot compared to the ‘75 cents off’ printed coupons!
Furthermore, if the discounted product is a significant investment, such a coupon can get you a very sweet deal. For instance, if you find a coupon code that gives you 5% off a mattress (sites like nolahmattresscoupons.com tend to have deals like this), this can amount from $50 to $100 off!
You Can Get the Most out of It
One thing I found about online coupons is that you can pair them with a sale. This way, instead of getting 5% off the full price, you’ll get 5% off the sale price, which has already been discounted once. In the end, you get to keep more of your money and get the product you want.
True, you need to be patient to find such occasions, and you may have to do some research, but it is all worth it in the end (especially for expensive products).
In my opinion, online coupons are a great way to save money, and you do without anyone judging you. Even more, by using a coupon app or site, you may find new products and brands that have better prices and deliver the same quality as your favorites. The market is in a continuous change, and it is our duty, as customers, to make sure we get the best possible price.
When you decide to own a motorhome, one of the biggest challenges you will face is whether to buy a new or a used one. Few people don’t care about whether the motor home is new or old. However, have caution as these type of people may be ignorant to the pros and the cons that come with each motorhome. It is for this reason that we want to spend a few minutes looking at the pros and the cons of buying a new motor home versus a used one.
1. The cost
Many people believe that it is expensive to buy a new motorhome than a used one. This is far from the truth. A used RV will need that you save enough money. Once you buy it, you need to have some issues fixed. The cost of fixing the issues may be prohibitive. You may end up spending more money compared to buying a new one. In fact, this is what makes the question of buying a new motorhome versus used one debatable. It is true that a used RV is cheaper and you will pay low insurance premiums. But there are other issues which the previous owner may not disclose to you. These issues will drive the cost higher. Also, a used RV is subject to less depreciation compared to a new RV. But it may be much difficult to get a motorhome that will give you the kind of service you want.
2. The Warranty
It is true that there is no motorhome that is perfect. Motorhomes whether new or used come with their own problems. These problems must be fixed before you put the units on the road. The former owner of an old RV may have fixed the issues for you. It will save you from the hustle of fixing them. But this is not always the case. A used RV may have hosts of other issues which may need that you dig deeper into your pocket to have them fixed. The unit will not come with a warranty because it is not transferable. So, you must find a way of fixing the issues. But a new motorhome comes with a factory warranty. Any emerging issue during the warranty period will be fixed by the manufacturer. It saves you from unnecessary costs.
3. Features and upgrades
When you buy a new motorhome, you get to choose the features you want. Right from the chassis, you can have your new motorhome designed and customized to your needs. The manufacturer will adhere to your recommended floor plans. They will also customize the cabinetry to your requirements. This is not the case for a used RV. For a used RV, it may be difficult to carry out structural changes. The things you may be able to upgrade are the TVs, the DVD players, and air conditioning appliances.
Buying a motorhome may look easier. But you need to do some research about them before you decide whether to buy a new or a used one. The use to which the RV is to be put to and the financial situation you are in should be the main considerations.
Cold and Flu season are in full swing and even if you have took the flu shot (which you should have) you can still get the flu and winter colds. I know! I got the flu 3 times last year even though I had taken the flu shot as soon as it was available. I know the flu or a cold is no fun. You feel yucky, you’re tired, your skin and mouth can feel dry, and worst of all your nose is stuffy. That’s where these Vaporizing Shower Melts come in handy!
Think back when you were a kid and had a stuffy nose. Remember your mom or dad sitting you in the bathroom with the hot water running and the steam building up? They probably even put a dollop of Vick’s Vaporub or Mentholatum ointment in a bowl of hot water. Or perhaps they used a vaporizer in your room. Which ever one they used the idea was to create steam that released the caphor and other ingredients in the Vaporub or Mentholatum, these days we call it aromatherapy!
Well so far since last Christmas everyone in my family has has a winter cold. I swear no matter what I do or what medication I take my nose is still stuffy. That’s why in desperation I turned to my parents’ stuffy nose cure, the good old fashioned vicks in a steamy bathroom. But to bring it into this century I made these Vaporizing Shower Melts.
Vaporizing shower melts work on the same general idea, Vicks + Steam = stuffy nose relief! Only it’s a bit more PC in that you’re not wastefully running water down the drain whilecreating steam. It actually works with the water you’re using to take my shower. Talk about multitasking!
But best of all these Vaporizing shower melts really work! Yes, they will clear your sinuses. So they’re not just good for winter colds they’re great during allergy season as well. Whenever your nose is stuffy these Vaporizing shower melts will definitely help out. Now I’m not saying they’ll cure whatever ails you; they definitely won’t! But they will make you feel just a little bit more comfortable for a little while. In my case it clears my sinuses just long enough so that I can at least get to sleep.
My daughter told me that a while back these vaporizing shower melts were sold in stores but she hasn’t been able to find any recently. Why bother to find them when you can easily make them.
Really these vaporizing shower melts are super easy to make and use 4 ingredients you probably already have. All you have to do is mix them up, stick them in molds, freeze for an hour and they’re ready to use. Seriously it’s that easy!
I used silicone molds to make mine, they’re really ideal for making these vaporizing shower melts because you can push the finished melts out of the molds so easily. Not to mention there’re lots of cute molds out there and using them make the melts look so pretty. But don’t worry if you don’t have any molds you can use ice cube trays!
I also decided to color my melts a teal blue, you can color yours any color you want or leave them white. It’s totally up to you!
Once you’ve made the vaporizing shower melts you just have to store them in air tight containers, mason jars work well, and use them when you need them. They should last for about 3 months, so you may have to make more to take you thru both the flu and allergy seasons. By the way they make great gifts when you visit friends suffering from winter colds or allergies, they’ll love them!
To use them just place a Vaporizing Shower Melt in the shower with you when you’re taking your shower. Place it somewhere out of the way like by the drain so you don’t step on it and slip. The floor gets a bit slippery as it melts so be careful where you step.
Now again these melts are there to provide soothing relief from runny noses. They do not treat colds, the flu, allergies, or other ailments. If you have fever, sore throat, aches, pains, chills, and other cold and flu symptoms seek medical attention from your doctor or a health care professional. You definitely need to take care that a winter cold or flu do not develop into something more serious and only your doctor or health care professional can tell you what needs to be done and prescribe the correct medications you might need to get better.
So here’how you can make Vaporizing Shower Gels to help soothe your stuffy nose! If you’ve got a stuffy nose when you make this you’ll find that the scents will clear your sinuses as you mix! That’s an added bonus!
By the way use a metal or glass bowl to mix ingredients in. Plastic will absorb the smells and will more than likely you’ll never be able to get the smell out.
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1 3.53 oz. jar Vick’s Vaporub, Mentholatum, or other similar ointment
2 Cups Baking Soda
8-10 Tbs Water
Food Color (I use Wilton Gel based colors)
In a large metal or glass bowl mix the ointment into the baking soda. This make time some time for the ointment to mix well with the baking soda but keep mixing.
Add 4-6 tbs spoons water and continue mixing. If mixture is too thick add water 2 tbs at a time until you get the consistency you want. I ended up using all 10 tbs. Mixture should be like fine sand to the touch but should be pasty and be able to hold its shape if you form a small ball.
Add your food color and mix well to distribute color evenly in the mixture. You can add more color until you get the color you want, but if you’re using liquid color you don’t want to add t much as it will make your mixture wet. That’s why I prefer the gel based coloring. When you’ve achieved the color you want you’re ready to mold your melts.
Press mixture into your mold or ice tray. The amount you need will depend on the size of your mold or tray. I got 4 large hearts and 8 small ones from one batch. You don’t want to double the batch as it becomes harder to mix. If you need lots of melts make one batch at a time.
Place in the freezer to dry for at least one hour. Then unmold and store in airtight containers.
They look pretty good in Mason Jars, specially if you’re gifting them to a sick friend. Just add a tag with instructions on how to use them and you’re good to go!
A dehumidifier is a device that removes excess humidity from the air in a room. Removing excess moisture is important in the prevention of moisture-related infections. This is because humidity supports the growth of mold or mildew, which can cause allergies and asthma. Humidifiers differ in size, that is, the capacity of water the machine can extract from the atmosphere in a day. When you are choosing a dehumidifier, you need to find the right size for your needs. Note that size in this equipment does mean dimension or weight. Here are five tips for choosing the right size:
1) Choose One That Can Support Your Pint Needs
A dehumidifier capacity is measured in “pint,” which is the amount of moisture the device can remove in 24 hours. This means that the dehumidifier you purchase should have the capacity to remove the volume of moisture needed. For a mildly dump room, you can choose a 10-pint humidifier and a 12-pint dehumidifier for a damp place. Also, for extremely wet conditions go for 14-pint and 16-pint dehumidifiers for rooms like those that encase swimming pools. You may click here for information on the best 30-pint dehumidifiers in the market.
2) Consider Your Room Size
The capacity of a dehumidifier to clear moisture is dependent on the size of the room. A small capacity device can be used in a small room and a larger one for a bigger room. If you want one that removes humidity from for your whole house, then select a large capacity dehumidifier. You will have to calculate the size of your room in square feet by measuring the length, width, and height of your room. Multiply the values to find the size of your room so that you can look for a device that can clear the pint need. The pint is indicated by the manufacturer on the device.
3) The Humidity Level In Your Home
Select a dehumidifier based on the moisture content of the environment in which you will use it. A dry room does not have fog on its windows or moisture build up on room closet and ceilings. You can easily notice this by moisture accumulation and by the presence of molds. Moisture levels also vary with the weather, therefore find one that worst best in high humidity levels. If it is not too damp, you can use a lower pint dehumidifier. Alternatively, a large size dehumidifier will work well in an extremely wet space.
4) The Temperature Level In Your Home
When the temperature is low in your home, then the humidity level will be low as well. This is because water condenses at a low temperature. This means you will need a low capacity dehumidifier since the moisture level is low. For hot areas near a water body, the moisture level is high. Therefore, you need a high capacity dehumidifier.
5) Number Of Occupants
This should be considered because the more the people, the higher the humidity. This is because of body fluids that are released when sweating. If there are many occupants, purchase a dehumidifier with more pints for it to be effective.
The chef’s knife is one of the most indispensable kitchen tools. It does pretty much everything you ask it to do – dicing, cutting, mincing, deboning and julienning. A chef knife’s utility extends even beyond the kitchen. Want to crack open a beer? Cut the packaging off a present? Cut a piece of a cloth off of an old t-shirt? The chef knives got you covered.
If you are reading this, you probably know how vital a chef knife is to the inner-workings of a kitchen, but maybe you got tired of your old knife and want to try something different. For this purpose, we have compiled a short of Chef Knives that we found interesting. While some of them might be a little too expensive for some people, their well-thought designs and features compensate for the hefty price tag. Here are four chef knives that are worth the investment.
Richmond Addict 2
If you have particularly big hands and you end up frustrated about how awkward most chef knives feel, then the Richmond Addict 2 might be up your alley. This is arguably the biggest knife featured in this article – with a heel measuring 55 millimeters, you will never have to worry about mashing your big knuckles against the cutting board while gripping the handle. Weirdly enough, this is also the lightest knife of the bunch, weighing only six ounces.
But do not let these discrepancies fool you, as this is a perfectly competent chef knife capable of cutting through vegetables and herbs at monstrous speeds. It comes sharp right out of the box, and many users have lauded this knife for its low maintenance. However, while the rosewood handle is truly a looker, it has an annoying tendency to turn slippery as soon as it makes contact with oil. Despite this drawback, this is a wonderful, highly efficient chef knife that is capable of withstanding a lot of rough kitchen jobs. Considering these qualities, at $170, you get a lot of bang for your buck.
Miyabi Artisan SG2
While J.A. Henckels already had one of the best and most exquisite chef knife lines on the market, we can all agree that they have truly outdone themselves with their Miyabi series. The Artisan SG2 stands as living proof of this. At its core, this model is an attempt by the company to combine the best elements of traditional Japanese design and western-specific utility. The result is a handsome, highly efficient hybrid that is honed and hammered to look just like a katana sword.
Similar to katanas, this chef knife is aimed for kitchen tasks that require precision and finesse. Obviously, its thin profile and delicate blade means that it is not quite suited for cutting through thick chunks of pork meat and the like, but you were probably already aware of this fact if you intend to purchase a Japanese style knife.
In terms of looks, there are few chef knives within this price range that surpass it. It has Damascus style markings, spacers, an elegant rosewood handle, and many other decorative details that knife aficionados will surely appreciate. Overall, while it is not as versatile as other chef knife models, the Artisan SG2 is a handsome, perfectly capable kitchen instrument that is very good at the tasks that it was designed to accomplish.
KorinSuisin High Carbon Steel Gyutou
If you are looking for a chef knife that will truly feel like a natural extension of your arm, this handsome KorinGyutou will deliver in spades. This is a very sharp, high-carbon steel Japanese style chef’s knife that will go through half-frozen thick steak and winter squash like it is butter. While it might be a little too expensive for many people (100 dollars), the hefty price tag will not be such a big issue once you realize that this is one of the most affordable professional chef knives that you can find.
And this knife will make you feel like a world-class chef. That is, once you learn to use it properly. The KorinSuisin is not a knife for everybody – it has a pretty steep learning curve, so you will need lots of practice in order to learn how to exploit its perks and advantages.
However, all of its advantages come with a price – it is very high maintenance. Unlike its stainless-steel counterparts, the Korin’s blade will discolor and corrode if not properly cared for. So, if spending time on upkeep is not your thing, you might want to give this model a pass.
Messermeister San Moritz Elite
This model from Messermeister is the quintessential chef’s knife – very balanced, versatile, comfortable handle, easy learning curve and a gentle curvature along the blade. This is the classical, standard, no-nonsense chef’s knife, with no fancy designs, no elaborate decorations, and no novel features.
And weirdly enough, its simplicity is the reason why the price (165 dollars) is so big because the producers had to focus on utility and construction, rather than novel features to attract buyers. And fortunately for Messermeister, this design philosophy worked, as this is one of the most accomplished chef’s knives you will find on the market.
The handle is sturdy and comfortable at the same time, rarely, if ever, slipping out of your hand, while the ergonomic design of the knife supports fast and seamless cutting motions. If you are cooking for a large group of people and want to get things done in a timely fashion, this knife will help you cut the vegetables before the pot of water starts even boiling.
To conclude, these four chef knives stand out from the rest thanks to their novel features, interesting designs,and high efficiency. If you are looking to get out of your comfort zone and want to try something different, make sure to read through this list,and you will find something to your liking.
Moving into a new house is exciting, but the physical act of moving your belongings can be a drag. Professional movers have the tips and tricks down to a science but those of us who don’t do it for a living can find it more difficult.
These moving hacks from our friends at Simply
Self Storage will help you move faster,
easier and more efficiently.
They cover 50 essential moving tips, tricks and hacks to help you move like a pro.
Here are some of my favorites:
Moving Hacks for Your Kitchen
Fill a pot or crock pot with spices when you pack it. It saves space and keeps them safe during the move!
Put your stemware and glasses inside of clean socks to keep them from breaking.
Moving Hacks for Your Bedroom
Slide clothing on hangers directly into garbage bags,
then secure them with the ties.
It will keep them together and you can simply rehang them in the new house!
Keep shoes organized while moving by putting them in wine boxes with dividers!
Moving Hacks for Your Living Room
Keep cords together with toilet paper rolls. Label them and arrange them by room for further organization.
Moving Hacks for Your Bathroom
Put your jewelry in egg cartons so that they don’t tangle. Tape the carton shut so that it doesn’t open in transit.
Moving Hacks for Your Home Office
Put all of your important documents in plastic bags to protect them, then separate them in file folders or boxes so you know where they are at all times.
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