Get Cheaper Vitamins and Supplements

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Every year for the past three years at the end of December through the middle of January Publix has a Green Advantage Flyer Coupon for Sundown Vitamins saving $5/2 bottles of vitamins and supplements.  So far every year there has also been a $2/1 any Sundown Vitamin manufacturer coupon out at the same time.

I currently take a daily multi vitamin, a probiotic, chromium picolinate, ginkgo biloba, fish oil, a b complex pill and sublingual dose, garlic, vitamin D, and cod liver oil.  I had enough vitamin D and sublingual B complex left from last year that I didn’t need to buy anymore of either of those.  And Publix does not carry cod liver oil anymore-unless you order it from the pharmacy so I wasn’t able to purchase that because the manufacturer coupon would expire before my order came in.

All of the vitamins and supplements pictured above (minus one bottle of chromium picolinate that escaped the picture) only cost me $48.83, tax and all.  If I had paid out of pocket for all of this it would have cost $190.31.  I saved a total of $141.48 or almost 75%!

If you take vitamins and supplements regularly or are thinking about adding something to your daily regimen, I highly recommend you shop with this strategy in mind the following year.


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Freezer Cooking

This past week I have done some batch freezer cooking every time I’ve been in the kitchen.  Recipes I’ve put away are 6 breakfast burritos, 18 beef and bean burritos, and 6 chicken verde taquitos.  Plus, I pre-chopped 5 pounds of onions, 6 bell peppers, and 3 zucchini for the freezer.  Here are the recipes if you are interested.

Breakfast burritos:  7 whole wheat flour 6″ tortillas, 14 eggs-scrambled, 14 turkey sausage links-chopped, 1 box of frozen spinach-sqeezed completely dry, and 1 cup of any kind of cheese you like.

I did not season the scrambled eggs.  I try to use very little sodium.  Plus, I used pepper jack cheese which is full of flavor.  I mixed all the ingredients together then scooped approximately 1/2 cup onto each tortilla shell and rolled up.

Tip:  These are decent sized breakfast burritos, not huge, but decent.  You can cut these in half with a serrated bread knife before you microwave it and just eat half with a piece of fruit yogurt and coffee and have a very filling, nutritious breakfast and make the burritos last longer.

Beaf and Bean Burritos:  8 inch flour tortillas, 1 lb of fajita seasoned ground beef with onions and peppers, 1 cup chopped zucchini, 1 bag of birdseye southwestern seasoned rice-or 2 cups of any rice your have that is precooked, 1 bag of black beans-2 cups-cooked from scratch, 1 cup of cheese, and 1 can of diced tomatoes.

I always cook my beans from scratch to control the sodium and seasonings.  To reduce gas and stomach upset, I recommend the quick soak method on the back of most dry bean bags.  It has worked every time I make a pot of beans.  For these black beans I added light salt, cumin, garlic powder, onion powder and chili powder, not much because the meat has fajita seasoning.  When the beans are finished I completely drain them.  I just browned the ground beef and drained it.  Then in the same pan I sauteed the onions, peppers and zucchini.  I saute separately so the grease from the beef doesn’t absorb into the vegetables.  Mix together all ingredients in a large bowl.  Lay out each tortilla shell and scoop approximately 3/4 cup of the mixture onto the shell.  Fold over one side of the shell to cover the bean mixture, then fold in the ends, then roll the shell on over and close it up.  This makes a sort of pocket burrito with a square shape.

Tip:  I plan on serving these with a guaca salad and fruit for a nutritious, quick lunch.

Chicken Verde Taquitos:  6 whole wheat tortilla shells, 2 cans chicken breast meat-drained, 1 box frozen spinach-completely squeezed dry, 1 package cream cheese, and 1 can of diced green chiles.

Mix together all ingredients.  Scoop approximately 1/2 cup of mixture onto tortilla and form into a thin, long strip.  Tightly roll up tortilla and place in freezer bag.

Tip:  I plan on baking these on my pizza stone and spraying with smart balance cooking spray.  This will save calories by not frying them in grease as is the traditional preparation but  not sacrifice any of the brown crispy goodness.  I will also be serving these with guaca salad.

What are recipes you use for freezer/batch cooking?


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Make Money Online: Blogging Version Part 1

If you have ever thought about starting a blog, or are already on the blogging bandwagon, here are some companies  you need to check out.

1.Bzz Agent  is a company that lets bloggers review products and create circles of influence.  I have been sent several free products through them.  You write a review on your blog.  Then you earn points for higher level access.

2.  MyLikes lets you search for social media campaigns and choose the ones you like to post to your Twitter account.  The amount of clicks you have determines what you will earn.  My last three month earnings was over $22.  Not much, but a free tank of gas every once in a while adds up!

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3.  B2B, or Business2Blogger is great at finding review campaigns.  The bonus is, most of the companies there offer the product that is reviewed as a giveaway for your blog.  You just read through a weekly email of campaigns, apply to the ones you are interested in, and wait for responses.  They even have an affiliate program now.

 

4.  Commission Junction is an affiliate marketing company offering hundreds, maybe thousands, of affiliate marketing opportunities with companies across the U.S.

5.  Escalate Media Network is an affiliate marketing company offering opportunities for deal bloggers for pay per click links and other merchant ads.

And last but not least, Swagbucks, Sponsored Tweets and YouData.  If you don’t know about Swagbucks yet, find out!  This is hands down the easiest way to earn $$ online for anyone today.  Simply surf the net as usual and earn Swagbucks to trade in for merchandise, giftcards or PayPal cash!  Sponsored Tweets allows you to earn money with sponsored tweets on your Twitter account.  This is legit and I have earned a decent amount of extra money from this service.  YouData is literally seconds long for pennies. But hey, a penny saved is a penny earned.

Coming up next week:  write from home opportunities and more affiliate offers.

Disclosure: There are affiliate links in this post. Here’s my disclosure policy.


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Swagbucks

If you haven’t heard of Swagbucks yet, here is one of the best things you will learn online.  You know every time you get on this computer and search around for things, google search, bing search, whatever you use to search for websites, blogs, information, answers to questions, businesses you need to find…whatever it is you are looking for, when you search for it, you can be earning $$.

Swagbucks is an online application that allows you to earn ‘swagbucks’ whenever you are looking for something online.  As your ‘bucks’ accumulate, you can redeem them for free stuff!  You can get cold, hard cash straight into your PayPal account, you can get gift cards, or you can get merchandise.

The best use of my swagbucks has to be Amazon cards, hands down.  Amazon cards require the least amount of bucks for a trade in, 450 swagbucks for a $5 Amazon egift card.  Obviously,  you can use this gift card to buy anything on Amazon.  I have earned a total of 6,157 swagbucks since last fall.  I have redeemed this for six $5 Amazon egift cards and  4 $5 PayPal deposits.

PLUS you can earn referral credit.  For every friend I refer I earn point for point what they earn up to their first 1,000 points!  So all of my family and friends, and anyone else who loves reading my blog, please use my referral link and start earning today with Swagbucks!

Is anyone already using Swagbucks or are you going to start using Swagbucks now?

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