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All about your favorite lifestyle hacks to help you live your best life. Money, food, travel, it’s all covered here!

  • DIY Hand Sanitizer

    Looking for hand sanitizer but shelves are wiped clean? It’s out of stock everywhere. If you don’t keep a loot of this stuff stashed in your house like I do, you are in luck. There is a super simple DIY hand sanitizer recipe you can make in your own kitchen.

    Make this recipe in big batches then distribute in small bottles that you can keep in your home, car, in your purse, on the go, whenever you need it.

    Bookmark this post so you can come back to it later, or pin below!

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    DIY Hand Sanitizer

    Instructions

    There are three different ways you can make this. Either a gel, liquid, or lotion.

    The 4oz. or 6oz sizes are great for on the go or carrying in your purse.

    DIY Gel Hand Sanitizer

    A non-sticky gel you will love (using the aloe brand we suggest above) which can be squeezed out of a bottle. Water not needed.

    Ingredients: 100% Aloe Vera Gel,   Tea Tree Oil

    Instructions: Fill nearly full with 100% Aloe gel. Add tea tree oil. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8 a of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.

    Use: Squeeze 2-3 pea-sized drops of gel into your hands and rub in. Use whenever needed.

    DIY Liquid Hand Sanitizer

    I love the spray bottle hand sanitizers. I first discovered them in HEB last year. They spray out in a fine spray that coats your hands and I love it.

    Ingredients: Distilled Water,  Tea Tree Oil

    Instructions: Fill your  spray bottle with distilled water. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8  of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.

    Use: Spray lightly on hands and rub all over. Let them air dry. Use whenever desired.

    DIY Lotion Hand Sanitizer

    A lotion type consistency that you can adjust to your liking, based on the amount of aloe gel you add.

    Ingredients: Distilled Water,  100 % Aloe Vera Gel, Tea Tree Oil

    Instructions: Fill your bottle at least ½ full of distilled water. Add in Aloa Vera gel until it’s the consistency you like. Add more water if desired. For 4 to 6 oz size use 1 to 2 drops of higher quality oil or 6 to 8 of lower quality oil. (You do not have to be exact.) Mix well. Adjust as needed for size.

    Use: Pour out of a soft plastic bottle. Use about a dime size amount and rub thoroughly into hands. Use when needed.

    Enjoy!

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  • 25 Things to Stockpile When S#*t Hits the Fan

    You’re in the midst of a crisis or national disaster and stockpiling is necessary. The only problem is, what the heck do you stockpile?

    There’s a lot of question about this but the bottom line is, if you’re forced to create a horde of resources, food and water for yourself for weeks or longer, there are some KEY things you should have.

    Make sure to bookmark this post to review it later if you’d like and keep reading while we share these 25 must have things to stockpile when S#*T hits the fan!

    25 Must Haves to Stockpile

    Ok, so when you’re creating your list of stockpile foods, you wanna have a mix of staples that stay good for a long time and indulgent treats.

    Hear me out on this one.

    First, the staples are a no brainer, right? You need canned goods, canned fish and meat, water and other necessities that will keep a long time. But why treats? Because eating staples can get boring and you need to keep your sanity during emergency.

    What if you’re quarantined? Or, what is a natural disaster leaves you stuck inside your house or you’re stuck outside your house. What are you gonna do?

    Rely on your stockpile.

    Here are 25 foods you should have:

    1. Water

    Water is good to stockpile for so many reasons. In the case of a natural disaster, pipes might be burst or broken and water can be difficult to come by so having your own stock of water is great for drinking, washing, cleaning, and other purposes.

    2. Canned goods 

    Canned goods like canned beans, canned fruits and veggies, and other canned goods stay good like forever. This is why they are excellent stockpile foods. You can store them in your pantry for years without worrying about spoilage and if s#*t were to hit the fan and you had to rely on your stockpile for nutrition, you know your canned goods would be good for a while.

    3. Canned meat and fish

    Same as described for canned goods. Canned meat is good because it’s meat which is protein and good for you. If you’re in a place where you can’t cook food but need meat, there are few options that you can eat as is, canned meat and canned fish (like canned tuna) are staples to rely on.

    4. Bars

    These are protein bars and granola bars which are great travel foods. Plus, you can pack a lot of calories and nutrition in them, while they tend to be pretty small (fits in your hand). They are a great travel food, good for camping, and excellent for a stockpile food.

    5. Oatmeal

    This is good for breakfast as all you need is hot water and you’ve got a hearty, nutritious meal (a reason why this is a solid camping food).

    6. Flour

    Flour for baking. You can bake in a microwave, you can bake on a campfire, and other ways. You just aren’t limited to your stove. Flour is a good way to get interesting in the kitchen because if you are in a place where you need to eat your stockpile, the foods can get boring and flour is a great way to make breads, loaves, muffins, use as a thickener, and other uses.

    7. Sugar

    Same as for flour. Sugar keeps things interesting. It can help you keep your sanity when you’re in a dire situation like under quarantine or away from society (like out in the country).

    8. Salt

    Salt is good for a variety of reasons for the survivalist.

    • To season foods
    • Food preserving
    • Cure meat
    • Ease sinus congestion
    • And, other uses

    9. Beans

    This is dried beans but, canned beans would be excellent too (canned goods above).

    They’re great for protein and pretty filling. They make a great side dish and have fiber and add variety to your meals. Plus there are so many varieties, you’ll never get bored: pinto beans, kidney beans, black beans, red beans, and garbanzo beans.

    10. Spices

    You wanna keep your meals tasty and the opposite of boring. Spices last a really long time and are perfect for this!

    11. Cereal

    Cereals are dry and keep well. They are great eaten plain as a snack, ingredients in meals, and alone with milk as cereal for any meal of the day. Can you tell I’m a cereal nut?

    12. Coffee

    Because we need our caffeine fix right? Sames goes with tea. Stock up on both if you love both.

    13. Freeze Dried Foods

    This is like freeze dried fruits and other freeze drieds. They last and keep well.

    14. Honey

    Honey never goes bad. Really. It never expires. This is great in tea, as a sweetener and cooking ingredient for everything and a staple in our household.

    15. Jerky

    Jerky is a great source of protein and perfect when you need a protein-rich snack.

    16. Hard Liquor

    Great for many uses, aside from drinking, you can clean with it, disinfect, and more.

    17. Nuts

    Yummy proteinful snack. Great ground up as an ingredient in meals, atop cereal and more.

    18. Pickles

    These are great to add some pop to meals.  Ideal for sandwiches, tuna and more meal ideas.

    19. Popcorn

    Store this stuff indefinitely. Great as a quick, easy snack.

    20. Potatoes

    One of the long lasting veggies that you wanna keep stocked in your cupboard. You can also dehydrate or freeze dry them.

    21. Powdered Drink Mix

    Like Crystal Light or other powdered drink mix. Just add water and you’ve got a great alternative to water or milk, to keep things interesting.

    22. Ramen Noodles

    The ultimate staple food during an apocalypse. It’s cheap, great for soup, tastes good and has a long shelf life.

    23. Powdered Milk

    Good for when you need milk but don’t have a refrigerator. A must for emergency food supply.

    24. Corn starch

    This is a must have baking ingredient and thickener for soups, stews and meals you prepare.

    25. Rice

    No Braine right. Rice lasts forever is a great, hearty and filling food. You can also get pretty inventive with it for recipes.

    Final Word

    So, go stock your pantry and fridge.

    What do you think? Share some stockpile foods you like to horde.

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  • 21 Insanely Cool Gadgets That Are Going to Sell out This February

    21 Insanely Cool Gadgets That Are Going to Sell out This February

    21 Insanely Cool Gadgets That Are Going to Sell out This February

    We dig these gadgets and we think you will too.

    Technology is advancing at an amazing rate. The speed at which technological innovation and advancement is occurring is incredible. Innovative products range from cool toys and tools to health devices and problem-solving gadgets.

    We’ve put together some of the most trending products that are going to sell out in 2019.

    We also listed great prices and discounts, so scroll down and enjoy!

    Here’s a list of the best 21 we’ve found.

    1. PhotoStick – Instantly Back Up All Your Videos & Photos

    Have you ever had your computer crash only to realize that you’ve lost some of your photos and videos?

    Or maybe you signed into your cloud backup only to find you’re missing precious photos and videos? That’s why this neat gadget called the PhotoStick is currently one of the top purchased products worldwide.

    But don’t just think about getting it for yourself, it makes the perfect gift for anyone who has a slight distrust for computers (think the baby boomer crowd).

    With new computer viruses emerging everyday and hackers gaining access to computers around the world, this is the perfect solution to making sure your photos & videos are protected… It’s the ONLY product of its kind that makes saving up to 60,000 photos and videos painless, and completely hassle free!

    It’s a small thumb drive that you plug into your Mac or PC.

    You just open the program and click ‘GO’ and it’ll automatically find all your photos and videos and back them up to the PhotoStick.

    That’s how simple it is.

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    Attention!

    You have requested and we’ve listened.

    1 in 3 smartphone users will lose ALL of their photos and videos from water damage alone!

    We all take photos and videos of those special moments on our smartphones so we can cherish them forever, however, one wrong move and they could be gone!

    If your smartphone gets lost, stolen, or damaged, could you handle the gut-wrenching feeling of losing all those memories?

    ThePhotoStick Mobile solves ALL of that with ONE click!

    There is now a PhotoStick available for Smartphones! Both for Android and iOS.

    Just plug it in and hit “Backup Now” and all your memories are protected!

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    2. Live Antenna – Grab Free TV (Legally!)

    Did you know that now its possible to watch HDTV LEGALLY for FREE?

    With this fantastic Live Wave Antenna™ you can now watch most top programs for free and NEVER pay for a subscription.

    News, sport events, and your favorite shows can now be at your fingertips without any additional costs – no subscription, no monthly fees, and 100% legal!

    Live Wave Antenna™ is built using military-grade technology, which makes it one of the most reliable antennas on the market.

    It’s capable of reaching 100+ channels within a 30-mile range. And it’s super simple to use. Just plug it in into ANY TV, and within 10 seconds you’ll be watching your favorite channels.

    Here’s how Live Wave Antenna™ lets you watch tv for free… Television operators don’t tell you a little secret. Along with the conventional signal they provide, they must also offer a per radio signal – the law requires them to.

    This antenna takes advantage of this per radio signal and allows you to watch TV for free, 100% legally.

    Learn More About Live Wave Antenna™

    3. Stay Connected In Any Corner of Your Home

    Imagine getting home after an 8-hour shift and you’ve been looking forward to your favorite time of the day. Post-work bathroom break in the comforts of your home.

    Just you, your phone, and the internet. Nothing is more annoying when you’re finally comfortable on your porcelain throne and the WiFi doesn’t quite reach your upstairs bathroom.

    First world problems? Maybe.

    With the Super Boost™ Wifi, you can make sure your home is covered from corner to corner.

    Don’t let this simple problem get in the way if your ‘Me-time’. You’ll thank me later.

    Learn More About Super Boost™ Wifi

    4. Circa Charge – Fix Your Phone’s Battery Life

    This awesome device protects your phone’s life with an alternative form of power: wireless charging. Everyone’s phone starts to slow down after a while.

    They charge super slow and the battery drains way too fast. The Apple Geniuses and Samsung employees will tell you it’s time to buy a new phone… But there’s a better way.

    Circa Charge is a super thin charging device that attaches to the back of your phone (it’s so thin you can still fit a case over it), turning any phone into a wireless charging capable tech dream.

    It stops wear and tear on the plugs and charging components in your phone and most phones see a massive increase in battery life, data streaming, and overall performance.

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    5. Mind Insole – The All Day Foot Massage That Relieves Back Pain

    How would you like to receive a free foot massage with every step you take?

    That is now entirely possible with Mind Insole™, and much more!

    These fantastic insoles are designed not just to relieve foot fatigue and cure achy feet, but actually to heal your body from the inside out.

    Mind Insole™ combines ancient wisdom with the latest technology to massage critical areas of your feet which promote health, improve blood circulation, relieve back pain, lower stress, and naturally boost endurance. Each insole makes use of 400 acupoints that were scientifically designed to massage critical areas of your feet.

    Besides, the insoles use 5 cooling magnets that help balance your body.

    Learn More About Mind Insoles️

    6. Mobile Screen Cast – Wirelessly Stream Content from Your Phone to TV

    This unique device took 2018 by surprise. Mobile Screen Cast has disrupted the paid Cable TV industry and soon threatens to take over completely.

    I mean, what’s the point of paying for cable and getting tens of channels you don’t care about when you can view for FREE only what you’re interested in?

    Using cutting-edge MirrorProjection technology, this super cool gadget allows you to mirror all audio & video from your smartphone to your TV, computer or laptop.

    And that’s not all – it’s possibilities are endless. You can stream a presentation straight from your phone onto a big screen at your office, or browse the internet on the big screen without having to squint!

    It’s super easy to carry around and fits in the palm of your hand. And what’s more, it’s the type of device that is so easy to use that anyone can get started with it.

    All you have to do is plug it into any TV screen using an HDMI cable.

    Then you just pair it with your mobile, and you can send any video, photos, music, or movie on the big screen straight away!

    A better option than Apple TV, Google ChromeCast and others!

    Learn More About Mobile Screen Cast

    7. Doc Socks – The Must-Have For Foot Pain Relief

    As we age, achy feet become a more and more common problem.

    Sometimes we may avoid much-needed exercise or walking, just because our feet hurt too much and start swelling.

    This poor circulation combined with lack of movement makes things even harder for our hearts. It puts our health on a downward spiral.

    But thankfully, in 2018 a leading Podiatrist developed Doc Socks™ – specially designed compression socks that promote circulation, reduce swelling and pain, prevent plantar fasciitis and help you take your health back.

    The improved blood flow to the feet makes it easier for the heart to pump blood, allowing you to feel more energized.

    And what’s most important, as your feet start feeling better, you’ll finally feel like exercising, and you won’t put it off anymore.

    That’s why DocSocks™ is one of the best gifts you can give yourself or a loved one!

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    8. SkyCam Selfie Drone – The Drone That Fits In Your Pocket

    We couldn’t leave the amazing SkyCam™ HD Wifi Drone off our list. You’ve probably seen ads for it all over the Internet, and for good reason.

    The SkyCam HD Selfie Drone uses WIFI to connect to your phone so you can have a real-time view of what your drone sees, making it easy to take photos and record videos.

    The drone camera is also adjustable so you can take great shots of different heights.

    It flies, takes photos, records videos and even lets you explore the environment around you. It has a refined appearance and fits in the palm of your hand.

    There is also no need for an extra memory card as the SkyCam SelfieDrone saves all photos and videos directly to your phone!

    Learn More About SkyCam™ HD Wifi Drone

    9. XY Find It – Locate Lost Items With Your Smartphone

    Let’s face it, as our people get older, they seem to misplace things more often. But when you attach this coin-size tracking device to an item and lose the item, you have a 20,000-times chance of getting it back. The accompanying app enlists the network of 20,000 XY™ Find It users to locate your lost bag, bike or dog.

    You can also track your lost wallet (or whatever) yourself.

    The XY™ Find It app displays how far you are from your keys or purse you dropped, and it will sound the alarm to help you pinpoint its exact location.

    If you realize you left your bag in another location, all other XY™ Find It users in the network are notified, and when one passes your missing article, you’ll get an update sent to your phone.

    What if you can’t find your phone?

    Use XY™ Find It to ring it, even if it’s on silent mode, and you’ll find your phone fast. XY™ Find It helps you keep your stuff…especially if you’re a chronic (keys/wallet/bike/car/bag) misplacer.

    Learn More About XY™ Find It

    10. LadyCare

    This device is the perfect gift for women who are entering the golden age. LadyCare is a small, discreet, and lightweight device that securely clips to your underwear using powerful magnets.

    It targets the root cause of menopause using Static Magnetic Therapy to help re-balance your Autonomic Nervous System. I know, I know… It sounds like a lot of made up claims that you wouldn’t expect to work, we were skeptical too.

    But they actually have Clinical Studies to back up their results.

    In a rigorous clinical study, LadyCare was proven to safely relieve over 20 menopause symptoms (including hot flashes, fatigue, and night sweats!)

    It’s the ONLY non-invasive menopause solution that over 500,000 women are already using – WITHOUT side effects.

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    11. FIXD – Save $1000s on Car Repairs

    FIXD is a revolutionary device that instantly diagnoses 7000+ potential issues with your vehicle in real-time. It works with just about any car built after 1996, and it’s super easy to use. Just plug FIXD into your car’s OBD port, sync with your phone, and it will do the rest all by itself.

    FIXD puts power back with the car owner. You can now quickly see the severity of car problems and see precisely why the “Check engine light” is on, all in simple to understand terms straight on your smartphone. And the best thing is that mechanics can no longer abuse your lack of car maintenance knowledge. FIXD also gives you oil change and maintenance reminders – so caring for your car has never been easier!

    Knowing what’s wrong with your car will help you save $1000s in expensive & unnecessary repairs. Shady car mechanics will no longer be able to trick you or overcharge you anymore. FIXD is like having a car mechanic in your pocket – one that doesn’t rip you off!

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    12. Xtra PC – Speed Up Your Old Computer With This

    If you’re tired of waiting on a slow Windows PC or Mac, then you can try this impressive Xtra-PC USB drive. This extra cool gadget contains a BLAZING FAST operating system built on Linux that can bypass your old, slow operating system when inserted in your computer’s USB port. All you have to do is restart your PC, boot into USB, and you’re set – no technical skills required!

    The new operating system maintains the familiar structure of your old one and gives you access to all the files you previously had. Not to mention that it comes with your favorite programs which allow you to browse the web, send & receive emails, listen to music & watch your favorite videos and more!

    With Xtra-PC you can do everything you did before, except that on a super fast computer. No wonder that hundreds of thousands have started using Xtra-PC in 2018 to boost their productivity. With Xtra-PC, you feel like you have an entirely new PC at a fraction of the cost! Not to mention that Xtra-PC works even with faulty or missing hard drives, and gives you the opportunity to recover files you thought you had lost forever after a crash. It’s like having your own data recovery team in your pocket.

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    13. KeySmart

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    Do you have one of those bulky, noisy, messy & painful keychains? If so, then you definitely want to look into KeySmart which allows you to hold all your keys, including your car key fob and many more all in one elegant device! It is the SMART way to store your keys for easy access.

    There is a reason why this gadget sold over 2 million units. It lets you attach all your keys in less than 60 seconds, regardless of their size and shape. With it, you can easily find the key you need, it makes no ridiculous jingly noises, and it’s smaller than a pack of gum, weighing just 0.3oz. You can easily carry it with you wherever you go – in your jeans, in your wallet – anywhere!

    And what’s best about this keychain is that it doesn’t just hold your keys. You can customize it to hold whatever other accessories you need to make your life easier including a 16 GB USB thumb drive, a bottle opener, a nano light, a pocket clip and a quick disconnect link.

    Learn More About KeySmart ➡️

    14. Peeps Eyeglasses Cleaner

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    Do you wear glasses? If you do, chances are that one of the most annoying things you have to do is clean your glasses repeatedly. And it might seem that the more you rub them with clothes and sprays, the more facial oils smear around and disrupt your vision.

    But it doesn’t have to be like this. Peeps was developed to solve precisely this problem. Utilizing the latest glass cleaning technology (also used by NASA to clean glass in space!), Peeps can give you a crystal clear vision – so clear you won’t even feel like you’re wearing glasses anymore! Peeps uses a unique carbon-cleaning solution that works on all eyeglasses: reading glasses, designer glasses, and even sunglasses. Not to mention that Peeps is so small – you can easily take it with you anywhere.

    Peeps also makes a great gift for anyone who is wearing glasses. The gift of a super cool gadget which is actually useful and makes life easier is always highly appreciated!

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    15. Vivian Lou (High Heels Made Comfortable!)

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    If you’re a woman, you know just how uncomfortable spending a night in high heels can be. Sure, they make your legs look great and add a boost of confidence in your stride, but for many it’s just not worth the pain. But just maybe you don’t have to give up those expensive Jimmy Choos just yet… There’s a new genius product called Vivian Lou that women are now using to turn their high heels into comfortable walking shoes. With over 1,657 5 Star Reviews this product is no joke and actually works! If you’re a guy then maybe this is the perfect gift to give your significant other (she’ll love you for it, we promise). If you’re a woman who wants to be able to wear high heels in comfort, try Vivian Lou now!

    16. FlexSafe – Bag

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    When you’re at the beach or pool and you wanna go swimming, do you slyly put your wallet or phone in a shoe, bag, or under your towel? Hoping that nobody saw your slick move? Well now there’s a perfect solution to keep your belongings safe.

    It’s called FlexSafe… and it’s a state of the art anti-theft portable safe. It’s totally changing the way people safeguard their valuables WHEREVER they are! Place your valuables inside FlexSafe. Zip it up. Lock it to a fence, bike, shopping cart, chair, stroller, pole, anything you can wrap it around and you’re done! Total peace-of-mind WITHOUT the need to keep one eye on your stuff.

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  • How Grocery Pickup Saved Me $200/Mo (and Saved Me 3 Hours/Month in My Time)!

    Raise your hand if you hate grocery shopping?   That is totally me. Ever since I was a child I have truly dreaded going to the grocery store and that did not change going into adulthood. I don’t know what it is, I just dislike the experience. It’s time-consuming to drag your tired body through the grocery store, while managing small children and trying to stick to your list, avoiding throwing extra temptations  (like frosted poptarts) into your shopping cart and other obstacles.   I have tried many different tips and tactics over the years to help make the grocery shopping experience more enjoyable for me but I have failed. Until now.

    If you’re looking for an excuse to switch over to grocery pickup then you are going to fall in love with this article. Make sure you bookmark this post so you can come back to it later. 

    Here we go…

    What is Grocery Pickup?

    Grocery pickup is a service offered by more and more grocery stores where they will do your grocery shopping for you and all you have to do is drive to the store and pick up.

    First, you go to the grocery store website and you do your shopping online.

    So, with list in hand your browse the grocery store website and add all of your grocery items to your shopping cart and then when you’re done you will pick a store pickup time and check out.

    When it’s time for you to pick up your groceries you’ll drive to the grocery store to do your pickup.

    Some stores will have a dedicated pickup area. 

    In my town, the grocery stores that offer pick up have a pick up section where you drive to you a special area, call or text the store and they take your groceries to your car and load in your trunk.

    You don’t even have to leave your car.

    It’s super easy and convenient.

    Benefits of Grocery Pickup

    • Saves time
    • Saves money
    • Convenience

    Drawbacks to Grocery Pickup

    • Service fee

    So, is grocery pick-up really all that great?

    I certainly think so though it is slightly more expensive than if you go in store and do your shopping.

    This is why:

    First, there is usually a service fee for doing grocery pick-up. When I do pick up at the two stores that I usually go to which are Walmart and HEB, the pickup fee is generally $5 to $6.

    Then in addition to that, you’ll find that the grocery items that are picked up do you have a small markup.

    For example, our family is mostly dairy-free so we pick up dairy-free coconut yogurt which costs $1.58 in store and $1.72 through grocery pickup.

    You can see that that’s very small markup and all the items have tiny markups like that so a few cents here and there though, it may not seem like it, can add up and add a couple dollars to your order but in my opinion even with the additional cost, I still come out way on top with the savings that I get by doing grocery pickup.

    How Do I Save $200/Month with Grocery Pickup?

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    When you go grocery shopping there is really a whole strategy and a specific mindset that you need to have in place to shop the right way.

    You have to shop with a list.

    You can’t shop hungry.

    You have to have time and not rush your grocery shopping.

    Plus, other things that you have to keep in mind and do to have a successful shop.

    If any of these things are not in place, then your whole grocery shop can be sabotaged.

    If you shop without a list, you end up getting double or triple items that you don’t need, like picking up 2 bags of spaghetti when you already have spaghetti in your pantry at home.

    Or, you’ll spend way too much time shopping because you don’t know what to shop for.

    This adds to your trip and the more time in store, the more you will spend.

    If you shop hungry, you will overshop, guaranteed.

    This is the worst thing you can do.

    Not to mention all the temptation on the aisles, even sale items, which are super easy to just throw in your cart.

    All this is avoided with grocery pickup.

    You do your shopping right online from the comfort of your own home.

    Then, you check out and that’s that.

    No adding extra items to your cart, no overshopping. It’s a simple, streamlined experience.

    How Do I Save 3 Hours/Month with Grocery Pickup?

    One of the major benefits of picking up your groceries through a grocery pick-up service is the time savings. Because a lot of time is dedicated to grocery shopping.

    When I go grocery shopping I will usually spend a minimum of an hour in the store and I shop weekly so that’s a total of 4 hours in a grocery store every single month.

    And for me, because I really dread grocery shopping and I dislike the entire experience, that is a long 4 hours a month spent in grocery stores.

    When I do grocery pickup, the trip takes about 15 minutes so I save 45 minutes a week on my grocery trip.

    It takes about 5 minutes to drive to the store and then with the time to notify the store that I’ve arrived at my pickup time and for them to come out and load my car, the total time ends up being about 15 minutes and again that does include the drive to the store.

    So that’s how I save 3 hours per month with grocery pickup.

    Trying Grocery Delivery to Save Even More!

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    So, whats the deal with grocery delivery?

    Grocery delivery has all the same benefits of grocery pickup PLUS, you get your groceries delivered to your front door.

    This is perfect for people who can’t get away to go shop, like overworked or too busy moms, people without transportation and for the lazy, like me sometimes, who don’t want to even go drive to the store to pick up groceries.

    Not to mention, there are times when you’re tired or sick and you need food in your fridge.

    You just can’t drag yourself to your car, so why not do delivery, right?

    Advantages to Grocery Delivery

    • Save money
    • Save time
    • Convenient

    Disadvantages to Grocery Delivery

    • Service fee
    • Membership might be required

    You save money in all the ways described above with grocery pickup.

    First, shop online for your groceries. Then, checkout and pick your delivery time. You’re done!

    So you avoid overspending which can happen when you visit the store and throw extra items in your cart when you’re hungry, tired, or can’t resist temptation.

    You save time because you can do what you need to at home while your groceries are shopped by the store and delivered to your home.

    How convenient, right?

    The disadvantages can include a service fee. All stores may not have service fees but most do, I think. This fee can range up to $8 to $10 per grocery trip.

    It’s more than the pickup fee usually but considering the upper end of that range for a weekly delivery, or $40 in fees. It’s still less than the $200 extra I’d be spending if I visited the store in person.

    So, it’s still a savings!

    Then, some stores or delivery services may require a membership, where you pay a flat amount every month to have your groceries delivered.

    Unless that monthly membership is $200/month (in my case), which will not be the case, it’s still cheaper.

    In short…

    Grocery pickup and grocery delivery saves money and saves time.

    It’s super convenient and makes you not dread the grocery shopping experience any longer.

    These are some of my favorite stores that offer grocery pickup and grocery delivery:

    • HEB
    • Walmart
    • Kroger

    This service, Instacart offers grocery delivery.

    I love them because they work with a ton of different stores, like Whole Foods and possibly Trader Joes. I’ve been a member with Instacart and had a stellar experience.

    Click here to read more about Instacart.

    Would you do grocery pickup or grocery delivery? Why or why not? Share with us down below in comments!

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  • 7 Amazing Valentines Gifts for Boyfriends

    7 Valentine's Gifts for Your Boyfriend

    Valentine’s Day is around the corner and you’re stuck on what to get your boyfriend or spouse. We dig these gifts and gadgets and we think you will too.

    Technology is advancing at a crazy fast rate. The speed at which technological innovation and advancement is occurring is incredible and the rapid development is causing retailers to get more and more creative with the innovative products they create. Innovative products range from cool toys and tools to health devices and problem-solving gadgets.

    We’ve put together some of the most trending products that are going to sell out in 2020.

    We also listed great prices and discounts, so scroll down and enjoy!

    7 Amazing Valentines Gifts for Your Boyfriend

    1. The Airbolt Smart Lock

    AirBolt lets you easily protect and monitor your belongings right from your phone.

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    Always know where your luggage is and who’s handling it, secure your bags while at work or at the gym.

    What is it?

    It’s a smart lock/phone app combination that provides advanced hi-tech security with tracking capabilities to keep your valuables from being lost, stolen, or opened without you knowing!

    It’s unlike any other lock. AirBolt gives you the unique ability to track and control multiple AirBolt locks right from their free app – making it INSANELY EASY to manage ALL of them right from your phone.

    They call themselves the world’s most intelligent keyless smart lock.

    • Control Access from your Phone
    • One App to Control ALL Locks
    • Never Lose Your Stuff Again
    • Share Access with Friends and Family
    • Advanced AES 128-bit Encryption
    • 100% TSA Accepted
    • Long lasting Rechargeable Battery
    • Engineered for Life
    • 30-Day Money Back Guarantee & 1-Year Warranty

    What People Are Saying about Airbolt..

    Valentines Gifts for Boyfriend

    Your boyfriend/spouse will love this if he’s a traveler and would love to track his luggage right from his cell phone!

    Learn more about the Airbolt Smartlock.

    2. Dodow Sleep Device

    If your guy has trouble falling asleep or staying asleep, tossing and turning all night preventing a good night’s rest, you will LOVE Dodow.

    This amazing gadget is a sleep-saver! You must get Dodow.  The best thing you can do!

    Dodow created waves in the market in early 2018 by helping millions fall asleep naturally, without having to resort to toxic pills & OTC drugs and all without any side-effects!

    This unique gadget is an all-in-one sleeping solution, which combines the latest research in cognitive behavioral therapy, yoga, and mindfulness with cutting-edge technology to retrain your brain to sleep naturally.

    In fact, Dodow users fall asleep 2.5x faster. Not to mention that Dodow actually improves your sleep quality, so that you wake up refreshed and ready for the day! And it is  super simple to use.

    Dodow is portable, you can take it anywhere, and it will even help you fall asleep when you’re jet-lagged! It can lull you to sleep at any time, anywhere!

    And what’s more, you even have a 30-day money back guarantee. Really. How can you go wrong? You either get your sleep back or your money back. In just 30 days. It’s that simple!

    Grab Dodow as the perfect Valentine’s gift for your boyfriend.

    3. Aculief Headache and Migraine Relief

    For headache sufferers, what if you could ditch the pills in lieu of this cool gadget that provides relief almost instantly?

    This accupressure device provides drug-free headache relief.

    How it Works?

    The LI4 is an anti-inflammatory pressure point is located on our hands. And, it activates our body’s endorphins.

    According Johns Hopkins University “Proper stimulation of the LI4 pressure point is effective in relieving headaches, pain of the eyes, toothaches, jaw pain, and pain of the limbs and bones.

    It works out of the box and it starts working in minutes.

    Check out Aculief to learn more.

    4. Kailo Nanotech Pain Patch

    What if you could turn off pain in seconds by applying a patch?

    Meet Kailo.

    This nanotech patch turns off pain in seconds. Perfect for your boyfriend who might have sore spots from working out, suffer from back pain or other chronic or sporadic pain.

    Kailo has zero side effects and can be worn every single day. Pain relief has never been this simple, effective, or affordable.

    This is a Millennial Nextdoor favorite!

    It looks like this…

    • Works Anywhere On Your Body including shoulders, hack knee, hands, feet, and more.
    • Feel Relief In Less Than 60 seconds and watch pain disappear
    • 100% Drug-Free & Zero Side Effects – made with 100% natural occurring elements
    • Patches Last For Years (Include Reusable Adhesives) – Kailo can be worn over and over, day after day, without losing functionality.
    • Place On Your Skin Or Over Clothing 
    • Waterproof and Versatile – Extremely durable and designed to handle any physical activity or weather condition.
    • 30 Day, 100% Money Back Guarantee 

    Grab Kailo here.

    5. Neck Hammock

    Valentines Gifts for Boyfriend

    Oh my gosh, this next one gets me so excited. You have GOT TO try this. It’s a hammock for your neck.

    It helps with neck pain, improved posture, increased circulation, and fewer pinched nerves. It pulls the tension out of those tight, inflamed muscles in your neck while you rest!

    Why Customers Love the Neck Hammock…

    Valentines Gifts for Boyfriend

    Neck pain is a common problem with very few solutions. Whether the pain comes from sitting at a desk, looking at your phone, physical activity, or stress, living with neck pain is…well, a pain!

    After raising over $901,058 in crowdfunding, from a start up idea, Neck Hammock quickly became a reality and went viral after celebrities shared pictures of them using it across social media channels.

    This new revolutionary gadget was designed by an actual physiotherapist and uses cervical traction to relax tight neck muscles and promote better neck mobility, reducing pain and allowing you to live life again.

    Learn More About the Neck Hammock

    6. ThePhotostick-Instantly Back Up All Your Photos & Videos

    Have you ever had your computer crash only to realize that you’ve lost some of your photos and videos?

    Or maybe you signed into your cloud backup only to find you’re missing precious photos and videos?

    That’s why this neat gadget called ThePhotoStick is currently one of the top purchased products worldwide. But don’t just think about getting it for yourself, it makes the perfect gift for anyone who has a slight distrust for computers (think the baby boomer crowd).

    With new computer viruses emerging everyday and hackers gaining access to computers around the world, this is the perfect solution to making sure your photos & videos are protected.

    It’s the ONLY product of its kind that makes saving up to 60,000 photos and videos painless, and completely hassle free! It is a small thumb drive that you plug into your Mac or PC. You just open the program and click and it’ll automatically find all your photos and videos and back them up to the PhotoStick. That’s how simple it is.

    Learn More About ThePhotostick.

    7. Xtra-PC – Speed Up Your Old Computer With This

    If you are tired of waiting on a slow Windows PC or Mac, then you can try this impressive Xtra-PC USB drive.

    This extra cool gadget contains a BLAZING FAST operating system built on Linux that can bypass your old, slow operating system when inserted in your computer’s USB port.

    All you have to do is restart your PC, boot into USB, and you’re set – no technical skills required!

    The new operating system maintains the familiar structure of your old one and gives you access to all the files you previously had.

    Not to mention that it comes with your favorite programs which allow you to browse the web, send & receive emails, listen to music & watch your favorite videos and more!

    With Xtra-PC you can do everything you did before, except that on a super fast computer. No wonder that hundreds of thousands have started using Xtra-PC in 2019 to boost their productivity.

    With Xtra-PC, you feel like you have an entirely new PC at a fraction of the cost!

    Not to mention that Xtra-PC works even with faulty or missing hard drives, and gives you the opportunity to recover files you thought you had lost forever after a crash. It’s like having your own data recovery team in your pocket.

    Learn more about Xtra-PC.

    Final Thoughts

    There you go, 7 ideas for Valentine’s Day gifts for your boyfriend. Enjoy!

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  • How to Start a Blog and Make Money

    For me, blogging is something that has totally changed my life. I discovered it on the cusp of an ending career where I was working 60 hour work weeks, struggling with work life balance and stressed out up to my neck. I rediscovered blogging through Pinterest. I always thought bloggers were poor and I figured they were blogging to vent about their life and using their website like a diary.

    Boy was I wrong!

    The Pinterest pin I found was from a pro blogger who had made $69,000 that month from her blog!

    Yes, I said that month.

    Jaw drop.

    I wanted a career change. I wanted to achieve freedom financially. There were a bunch of reasons I decided to go for it.

    I envisioned a life where I could work a regular full-time work week 40 hours or less, while getting to travel, write, and continue reaching for financial independence. Today, over 5 years later, I am so thrilled I made that decision.

    You see, blogging helped me become a six figure entrepreneur.

    It helped me discover passions I never knew I had, like a passion for writing. It’s a fun job that doesn’t feel like work. I’ve made a ton of friends and learned a lot and if you’re reading this then you might be considering blogging yourself.

    My advice to you is go for it!

    how to start a profitable blog

    You are going to LOVE blogging. I’ve been doing it for about over 5 years now and it has totally changed my life. It’s an incredible way to share what you know and be an expert to others in a field of your choosing. In this post, you will learn how to start a blog and make money.

    Your blog can be a place to…

    • Educate
    • Share
    • Vent
    • Share your passions
    • Be an online journal

    Starting a blog is SO MUCH EASIER than you might be thinking.

    Using the tools and resources we share in this article (like WordPress and Siteground), you’ll be able to create your hub for creativity, helping you earn up to thousands of dollars (or more) every month doing something that you love!

    Here’s our easy guide on how to start a profitable blog in just 20 minutes:

    How to Start A Blog and Make Money

    how to start a profitable blog

    This process start to finish will take you about 30 minutes.

    Just follow these steps:

    • Pick a niche
    • Build your Blog
    • Tackle design and pick a theme
    • Add Content

    Step 1: Pick a Niche | How to Start A Blog and Make Money

    The best way to choose what you will blog about is starting with your interests and passions.

    Think about how you spend your day, what you do for a living, hobbies you do after work or on weekends, etc. And, don’t worry, you can always change your mind with this later so don’t stress out too much about picking the perfect niche.

    Some examples include:

    • Baking
    • Food and nutrition
    • Fitness
    • Travel
    • Knitting
    • Homeschooling
    • Budgeting
    • Career
    • Wellness
    • Spirituality

    You can even pick a very specific niche like raw vegan or parenting a special needs child, etc.

    From here, it’s time to build your blog (the fun stuff)!

    Step 2: Building Your Blog | How to Start A Blog and Make Money

    Start by thinking of a name for your blog.

    You can make this simple, a play on words, your name, really anything you’d like.

    You can try this free tool

    how to start a blog

    Once you decide on your blog name, move onto the next step, your blogging platform, WordPress.

    You may see that there are a ton of platforms available for blogging but WordPress is the ABSOLUTE BEST!

    It’s great for all blogging levels, user-friendly, easy to navigate and our top recommendation. Plus, it’s free! Can’t go wrong with free.

    Head to Siteground (Siteground partners with WordPress) and pick your hosting plan.

    start a blog in just 20 minutes

    We recommend the Grow Big plan. And, you can change plans in the future, no problem so don’t feel stuck in your choice you make today.

    Why Siteground?

    They are incredible. I’ve had dozens of blogs and many different hosts and Siteground is by far the best. I like them better than Godaddy, Hostgator, Bluehost and others. I’ve tried all these guys too.

    Siteground shocked me with their stellar support. They are super knowledgeable, friendly and have uber-fast response times. I like that I can chat with support conveniently from my computer or cell phone and get all my questions answered.

    They have a streamlined dashboard that lets me manage my hosting plan, email accounts, and even my affiliate account!

    Plus, all this and more…

    YOU will LOVE SITEGROUND! Click this link to learn more about them and sign up.

    Go through the steps for setup, apply WordPress and you got yourself a blog!

    If you don’t like Siteground, the second best host I can recommend is Bluehost.

    I’ve used Bluehost many times and they’re great too but I like Siteground a little better.

    Step 3: Design and Theme |How to Start A Blog and Make Money 

    In this step you get to apply a pretty theme to your blog.

    You can go with one of WordPress’s many themes or you can pick a premium theme from a provider like Studiopress.

    Studiopress is known for Genesis Framework which is THE framework for helping you get your blog tons of traffic and helping you make money faster than other themes.

    They have integrated, built-in tools with the theme that help you with virtually every aspect of SEO on your blog.SEO is search engine optimization and it’s the stuff that helps your website get found on Google and other search engines.

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    Studiopress themes have built-in SEO tools to help you with that so it’s hands off for you, as the blog owner.

    Pick a StudioPress theme if you go the Premium route, then apply it in WordPress.

    Head to Appearance>Themes>Add New

    Step 4: Add Content

    In this step it’s about adding content.

    This is where you can let your personality shine and start writing blog posts about whatever your heart fancys. 

    Don’t forget to add your Navigation menu and other critical pages for your blog like About and Contact.

    The About page tells the reader all about you. Get detailed here and talk about yoruself. Share why you started blogging, what your goal is for the blog and anything else you’d like your audience to know about you.

    The Contact Page is a way for readers to reach out to you if they need to ask questions, etc. You can use the Contact 7 Plugin for this page, which is an easy contact form, or feel free to use the contact page/plugin that comes with your theme.

    Recommended reading:

    How to Start A Blog and Make Money | Final Thoughts

    You just created your blog! This concludes our tutorial on how to start a blog and make money.

    How do you feel?

    Make sure to bookmark Millennial Nextdoor as we will be sharing more helpful info to help you with blogging and navigating your blogging journey.

    Questions?

    Head to our Contact page and drop us a line! Or comment below and we’ll get back to you ASAP! Happy blogging!

    Recommended Blogging Resources

    Siteground

    This hosting provider is my number one pick for web host. They offer unparalleled support, affordable pricing, and a bunch of awesome perks included with your hosting package.

    Making Sense of Affiliate Marketing

    To make the most money blogging I highly recommend that you monetize your blog with affiliate marketing. And if you want to earn the most blogging with affiliate marketing, you have got to take Michelle‘s making sense of affiliate marketing training.

    After I took this course, within 2 to 3 weeks I made 10 times my regular monthly affiliate income going from around $80 per month to over $800 the next month.

    You’ll find tons of great information, support, access to other students who have taken the training and she does a really excellent job of updating the content and material in the course. Highly recommended.

    Click this link to take a look at the training and if you buy using my affiliate link, contact me and I’ll send you $50 off one of my courses, your pick!

    Canva

    From designing your blog graphics to customizing your email header or creating pins for Pinterest, you’ll find everything that you need and design software from Canva.

    Canva is one of the best resources for blogging and it’s totally free.

    I have been using the software for over two years now and absolutely love it. If you have no design skills at all you can totally make smashing graphics using Canvas easy-to-use software. They have an app too and I use it to design on the go on my cell phone and iPad.

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  • The Sneaky Way to Get Free Samples

    The Sneaky Way to Get Free SamplesEveryone loves a good freebie, right? When I was in college I started paying attention to my receipts. Have you ever looked at the bottom or back of your grocery store or Wal-mart receipt? There are offers that people don’t even pay attention to, like coupons, free stuff, a chance to win money from sweepstakes, etc.

    Think about how many people ignore offers like those. I started paying attention and redeemed my first one at Baskin Robbins, I got 2 scoops of icecream free, one for me, one for my boyfriend (now husband). I was hooked after that!

    There are plenty of ways to score free samples and free stuff.

    Keep reading to learn the sneaky way to get free samples.

    How to Get Freebies

    There are a couple hidden resources that let you get freebies, and some of them ship right to your doorstep!

    For Bath and Body Works samples, head to this link and get started.

    For birthday samples, this is how it goes, and I’ve been doing this for years.

    You get free stuff on your birthday.

    This is usually through a loyalty or rewards program tied to a retailer. You join the program and then get a coupon or offer for your freebie once your birthday rolls around.

    I have gotten Free Denny’s, Free Starbucks, Free Jersey Mike’s and more.

    Pro Tip: Join the loyalty program ahead of time

    For example, with the Starbucks program, you need to have the app at least 30 days before your birthday to get your birthday sample. The first year I tried this the hard way and joined day of my bday and it didn’t work. The next year it worked like a charm though.

    Don’t miss out on the free stuff!

    Final Word

    Comment below to let me know what free stuff you scored!

    For more on money-making and money-saving hacks, check out these posts:

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  • How to Make $1,000 in 5 Hours Pretending to Run a Small Business

    How this guy pretended to own a valet company and made $1,000+Making $1,000+ in 5 hours pretending to run a small business..did that headline catch your attention? It’s arbitrage and something that millennials are doing successfully year after year.

    Here’s the story of how one guy did it, making $2,000 in 5 hours without working.

    How to Make $1,000 in 5 Hours Pretending to Run a Small Business

    One day this guy was bored at work so he was browsing Craigslist for gigs he could work. He came across this gig where a family needed a valet company. He reached out, met with the family and found out they were looking for a valet company for a party they were running. They lived in a wealthy neighborhood at the top of the hill and parking was a big concern.

    After he spoke with them about details like, where he could park the cars, how many guests they were expecting, etc., he told them he’d chat with his staff and get back to them with more info.

    He then, sought out several valet companies, ultimately finding a reputable one to work with, who quoted him $1,000 for that job. He quoted the family $3,000 and THEY ACCEPTED!

    He told the valet company he was a party planner.

    He told the client he was the valet.

    The goal was to execute the night flawlessly without the actual valet company talking to the client. So, he was a middleman, connecting the two parties, accepting a fee for his work.

    During the night, it went smoothly and the client was so happy they even fixed him a plate of food from their event.

    And, that’s how it went!

    Pretty genius, right?

    What a great example of arbitrage. This story was taken from this reddit.

    Head there if you’d like and make sure to support that thread.

    Would you do something like this? Have you?

    Share down below!

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