Save Money By Making Your Own Laundry Detergent

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If you have ever thought about making homemade laundry detergent, our friend Amy Clark over at MomAdvice.com makes it simple with a step by step tutorial.

Is it difficult and time consuming to make your own soap?

Where do I find all of the ingredients?

How much does it cost and how much will I save by making my own?

Amy answers all of those questions and more with a step by step picture tutorial.

Thanks Amy!

Also, check out Amy’s awesome book full of ways to give your family great meals, good times, and a happy home on a budget. | The Good Life for Less, Amy Clark

We Can Fix The Fairbanks Curve For Free

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Have you heard? Where you there? This past weekend, another tractor trailer jack-knifed on the “fairbanks curve”. This time, a small fuel leak prompted officials to completely close I-4 westbound for 2 full hours causing huge headaches for thousands of Orlando drivers.

Fairbanks curve night 300x225 We Can Fix The Fairbanks Curve For FreeI drove by the accident scene heading eastbound, and witnessed hundreds of people out of their cars. Most were talking with their neighbors or on their phones trying to find out what was going on. There were even a few dancing on their cars, and I think I even saw someone with a bar-b-q grill cooking up dogs and burgers.

The Fix

All of us that call Central Florida home know the problem with the Fairbanks curve. The turn is too sharp, and when it’s raining, drivers are simply driving too fast to keep their vehicle on the road. There is talk of spending millions of dollars on fancy fixes, but until that happens, there is something that all of us can do to eliminate this problem.

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How about we all agree to this. Let’s decide that enough is enough, and make a pinky promise to drive no faster than 40 miles per hour westbound between Lee Road and Fairbanks Ave. when it’s raining. Simple enough, right? So it may add a minute or two to our commute, but think of all the headaches it will prevent and lives it could save.

Here’s how we get it done:Fairbanks Curve bus 300x225 We Can Fix The Fairbanks Curve For Free

  • Decide that when it’s raining, you will reduce your speed to 40 mph when heading westbound on I-4 and you are between Lee Rd. and Fairbanks Ave.
  • Like this post on Facebook by clicking the like button at the top or bottom of this page.
  • Go to our Facebook page and share our Fairbanks curve picture.
  • Tweet the following: “We can fix the Fairbanks curve for FREE http://bit.ly/FairbanksCurve #fairbankscurve #Orlando”

We Can Fix This!

Sell Your Used iPhone/iPad – Find Out How And Get A $ 5 Coupon From Glyde.com

Looking for a coupon code? Click here to receive $5 off of your purchase at Glyde.com. Your discount will automatically be applied in your cart.

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Every new year brings a new iPhone, iPod, iPad, Droid, Blackberry, and numerous other models of cell phones that leaves your old phone looking like a Motorola StarTAC.

When we purchase a new device, figuring out what to do with the old one has always been tricky. Until recently, your choices were generally limited to listing it on eBay or selling it locally on Craigslist.

There’s a new exciting option for selling your unneeded electronics, games, and videos. Glyde.com is simpler than ebay and less scary and frustrating then Craigslist. With Glyde, there are no pictures to take, descriptions to write, people to meet, or boxes and packing peanuts to track down.

“We believe buying and selling your things online should be easy, safe, and economical. Glyde is a new kind of marketplace that combines the great deals of a person-to-person online market with the ease of a retail store.” – Glyde.com

Glyde lets you easily buy and sell phones, tablets and eReaders, iPods, video games, DVDs, and Blu-rays. I bet that YOU have hundreds of dollars worth of electronics stuffed away in a drawer or closet!

Selling on Glyde couldn’t be simpler.

1. Go to Glyde.com

2. Start typing your item name into the search box. When you see your item, select it.

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3. Answer a few questions to narrow down exactly what you have

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4. Confirm that your item works and what accessories you’ll include.

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5. Glyde gives you the current market value. You can lower the price a bit to make sure yours is the next one that sells, or raise it a little if you want to squeak out a few extra dollars.

6. Once your item sells, Glyle sends you a prepaid, pre labeled shipping pouch. Just stick your item in the pouch and put back in your mailbox.

7. That’s it! The seller receives your item and as long as everything is described, you get paid. Glyde takes out a commission, just like eBay.

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Of course buying on Glyde is smart too. To get your started with your first purchase, click here to receive $5 off of your purchase. Your discount will automatically be applied in your cart.

Gifts For Dad – Father’s Day is June 17, 2012

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When is Father’s Day? Father’s Day falls on June 17th in 2012. You’ve still got time to make it the best one yet for your dad..

Our fathers deserve gifts that are meaningful, thoughtful, and special. Many times though, we wait until the last minute and end up with a gift that’s less than what he deserves. We’ve complied a huge list of both things he can use, as well as exciting activities and experiences that that he may not normally choose to spend his hard earned money on.

The best part is many of these purchases are available through a discount site, or I have included a coupon code, so you won’t be paying full price. Make sure you read all of the fine print for each deal to make sure it will arrive on time.

Give Dad An Adventure (these are all Orlando activities)!

$19 – Snorkeling with Manatees
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$19 – An All Inclusive Shark Fishing Trip With Miss Cape Canaveral
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$20 – One-Hour Daytime Airboat Tour at Boggy Creek
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$40 – Concealed Weapons Course
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$24 – Two-Hour Discover-Scuba Class
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$189 – (5) 18-Hole rounds of Golf and 10 Hour long small group lesson Clinics at Grande Pines Golf Club
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$45 – Tickets to The 2012 Subway Jalapeno 250 and/or The Coke Zero 400
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$145 – Hot Air Balloon Ride overlooking Disney World 
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$49 – Two Hours of Handyman Services
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$50 – Two-Hour Introductory Sailing Lesson for Two People
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Give Dad Something Cool

$19.40 – Super bright Mag-light LED flashlight – I bought this LED light for for a camping trip and was surprised about how bright it is!

ThemaCELLPortable Mosquito Repellent Miracle – I bought this as well for a recent camping trip and it worked just as well as the Amazon reviews said it would! If dad loves the outdoors, he’ll love this.

Leatherman Pocket Knife/Multitool – High quality tool for dad’s belt or car

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Dad-friendly shopping websites

  • Sears.com – Use code ‘SEARS2012’ for $5 off of $50 purchase)
  • Bowflex.com – Save $25 on any $200 purchase with code ‘CDTAP1’
  • Cowboom.com – Pre-owned electronics – Use code ‘DAG10’ for $10 off of $150

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  • REI.com – Free shipping on all orders over $50
  • SportsAuthority.com – Click link for “10% off your order”. Some exclusions apply, expires Jun 10, 12
  • Amazon.com – Just about anything, at usually the best price.
  • Ace Hardware – Save 10% off of $100 or more purchases with code ‘affmay12’
  • Radio Shack – Use code ‘save20’ for $20 off $125 orders or more
  • Save up to 60% off of Nike Men’s Clearance
  • Use ‘freeship’ code for free shipping over $50 at Geek.com (computer and electronic gifts)
  • Groupon always has a good selection of deals for dads

Get your father a magazine subscription – a gift that gives all year long

Save a ton on a variety of titles from DiscountMags.com. I receive Reader’s Digest, Wired, Fast Company, and Inc. and think your dad would enjoy any of those.
DiscountMags.com never auto renews a subscription. It is a safe site for ordering magazines.

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Savings Nation: Save Up 2012, Our Trip To L.A.

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Over the weekend of April 19-22, we were thrilled to join 20 other Savings.com Dealpros for the 2012 Save Up conference in Los Angeles, CA. Save up ’12 consisted of 3+ days of concentrated training, mainly in preparation of the launch of Savings Nation grocery classes rolling out nationwide this month.

The staff at Savings.com opened their doors and welcomed us to their headquarters. Bringing us all to their home turf gave us Dealpros the chance to meet many of the brilliant staff members at Savings.com. If you’re like me, your favorite place to be is at a friend’s house who makes you feel at home. This was the case at Savings.com. What was theirs was ours. We felt like family.

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As we prepare to bring the Savings Nation grocery workshops to Orlando, it was exciting to hear The ladies from Savvy Blogging, who are largely responsible for crafting the curriculum, unveil the awesome workbooks that all of our class participants will receive and to teach all of us one of the first classes. The tip, tricks, and lifestyle changes taught in this class will help families cut 50% off their grocery bills. We couldn’t be more excited about bringing it to Central Florida.

In addition, the Savings team led sessions on PR, media training, fine tuning presentation skills, and we got some appreciated insight into what motivates the leadership team at Savings.com.  We ended the weekend together in a “round table” disscussion with the Savings team and the other DealPros sharing information and ideas with each other. This was one of my favorite times.

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To top off a great weekend of learning, meeting new friends, and networking with old ones, our number was drawn and we won a huge prize from Bowflex, one of the awesome sponsors that made Save up ’12 possible!

Thanks to all of the Save Up ’12 sponsors!

BH Cosmetics
The Body Shop
Bowflex
CowBoom.com
Gevalia
Ghirardelli
HP
McAfee
Sierra Trading Post

 

 

Orlando Sentinel Now Charging For Website Content – Details and Money-Saving, Helpful Tips

If you rely on OrlandoSentinel.com for breaking news and sports coverage, you’ll now have to either pony up as much as $11 per month, or find a new source for news. If you are a regular at the site, then you may have already seen this:

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The Orlando Sentinel has started to charge a subscription fee to access their online content. If you want to view more than 15 articles per month, you’ll need to sign up for a digital subscription. The details can get a little messy, so we’ve sifted through the FAQ page AND the MORE FAQ page, and put together the need-to-know details.

  • If you are a 7 day a week home subscriber to the Orlando Sentinel, then you will get FREE access to the online content. To activate your free subscription, click here and choose “activate now”.

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  • If you are a delivery subscriber, but get it delivered less than 7 days a week, then a digital membership will cost you $6.99 every 5 weeks. Your payment method will be billed automatically every 5 weeks (that’s about $72/year).
  • If you do not receive the paper at home, then digital access only will cost you $12.99 every 5 weeks ($135/year).
  • To start your digital subscription, click here and choose “join now”.
  • To qualify for the cheaper digital subscription, check out our deals on Orlando Sentinel home subscriptions.

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Helpful Tips:

  • Orlando Sentinel App Orlando Sentinel Now Charging For Website Content Details and Money Saving, Helpful Tips Remember, you can read up to 15 stories per month for free, even if you don’t have a digital subscription.
  • Up to 4 devices can be logged in, viewing content at Orlando Sentinel at the same time using the same user ID. So, normally there is no need for a single household to purchase more than one subscription. Just make sure everyone has the user ID and password.
  • Some areas of the website, such as Vacationstarter.com, El Sentinel and Hot Deals, are viewable to everyone.
  • Most articles and other content accessed on smart phones or tablets through the mobile site (mobile.orlandosentinel.com) or on Orlando Sentinel apps will not count towards the limit. Downloading the iPhone, Android, or iPad app is a FREE way to view Orlando Sentinel content!
  • If you don’t currently subscribe to the Orlando Sentinel at home, you can save over $60 per year on your digital subscription by subscribing to a less than 7 day home subscription. Check out the current home subscription deals to see if one is right for you.

 

Learn How To Sign Up Your Baby For a Free Ticket to the Ringling Bros. Circus!

Ringling clown Learn How To Sign Up Your Baby For a Free Ticket to the Ringling Bros. Circus!Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey Circus wants to give every child in in the country a free ticket to see their Circus. They call it the Baby’s First Circus program.

First, you sign your baby up for the program. Ringling Bros. then sends you a voucher that you can redeem at any time for a ticket to one of their shows!

Babys first circus Learn How To Sign Up Your Baby For a Free Ticket to the Ringling Bros. Circus!

Here’s how:

  • Your child must be younger than 12 months old to be eligible to sign them up (they ‘ll use the ticket later)
  • One ticket per family, per year (exceptions are made for adoptions and twins, etc.)
  • You will receive a voucher for one free ticket that can be used for any Ringling Bros. and Barnum & Bailey performance, anytime, in any North American city. The ticket voucher will have no expiration date, and can only be redeemed at a venue box office.
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Don’t Pay Retail For HDMI Cables For Your New TV! Cheap Source For Accessories

monoprice Dont Pay Retail For HDMI Cables For Your New TV! Cheap Source For AccessoriesYou’ve spent hours searching for the best deal on a huge new HD flat screen TV for your home. Don’t blow up your wallet by buying the cables, mounts, and accessories from a traditional retailer. (Are all HDMI cables the same?)

You won’t believe the prices of audio, video, computer and data cables, adapters, switchers, networking, and security equipment at MonoPrice.com.

I’ve purchased many different items at Monoprice.com for both personal and professional use, and I’ve always been happy with the product quality, shipping speed, and customer service.

Here are a few of my favorite categories:img officebuilding 300x126 Dont Pay Retail For HDMI Cables For Your New TV! Cheap Source For Accessories

  • HDMI cables
  • LCD/Plasma wall brackets
  • VHF/UHF/HD over the air antennas
  • iPhone/iPad/iPod cables
  • USB hubs

 

Megabus Rolls In To Orlando. Travel To Atlanta, Jacksonville, or Gainesville Free With Coupon

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Megabus, the popular city to city bus service with fares as low as $1, began servicing Orlando, Florida in November 2011.

With pickup at the Crowne Plaza Hotel at 304 Colonial Dr., you can travel to Atlanta, Jacksonville, or Gainsville at very reasonable rates.

One way fares start at $1 and get higher as your departure date grows closer. My friend just traveled from Orlando to Atlanta. His trip cost just $12 round trip.

In an effort to expose more travelers to Megabus, they are giving away 200,000 free seats for travel between January 4 and March 1, 2012 with the code, ‘GOFREE’.

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  • Free Wifi
  • AC outlets at every seat
  • On-board restroom
  • Comfort Stops
  • Single and double decker buses
Have you traveled with Megabus? If so, we’d love to hear about your experience!

Give the Gift of Time This Year – Learn Something New Or Go On An Adventure Together

Fishing Give the Gift of Time This Year Learn Something New Or Go On An Adventure TogetherThis holiday season, as we come out of Black Friday and Cyber Monday, it’s easy to get caught up in all the “stuff”.

How about trying something different this year. Why not give someone the gift of your time. How about a fishing trip for your brother instead of that traditional shirt? Wouldn’t your grandchild love to  learn how to make pottery with you? I have found that my kids appreciate time spent doing something together, making memories,  much more than the “toy of the week”.

We have found a great site that has many wonderful opportunities to save real money on these types of gifts. Half Off Depot offers experiences like I have mentioned, as well other great ones like a private horse back riding lesson, an introductory sailing lesson, and  airboat rides to name a few.

If you’re new to Half Off Depot, sign up here! AND, from now through December 4th, receive an additional 20% off  when you enter the code “Give20” during checkout (Orlando, Charlotte, and Nashville markets only)

Here are our favorite “gift of time” ideas in Orlando. Remember, get 20% off these prices by using code “Give20” at checkout 12/1 – 12/4.

If you are in a different area than Orlando, make sure you are viewing your city, and then you can browse the deals by category.

Click on each deal to see more.

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