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16 minutes | Jul 23, 2021
My TV Melted! How I Got A Free Replacement
Episode 35 gives YOU insight into how I avoided rushing off to buy another tv right after my tv started slowly melting. Yes, you read that right....my tv started melting. After 4 1/2 years, I guess it decided it didn't want to live in our living room anymore. I touch on Costco's warranty extensions, facts about my purchase, and the exact steps I took to get my tv replaced. I'm hoping this saves you some time and money in the future!
30 minutes | Jul 14, 2021
How We Prepared Our Kids For Our Dog's Death
At the beginning of June, our sweet (almost 14 year old) Rusty joined the heavenly angels. This episode is simply designed for you to hear my experience, simply because I would have loved to hear how someone else handled this situation. When your kids are involved, it just forces big life events like this with a need of intentionality. We handled this the best way for our family. I absolutely know that. However, this might not be the right thing for yours. My hope is that you take what you can and leave what you don't want. :) SHOW NOTES: This post contains affiliate links. You don’t pay any extra, and I earn a small commission. I’d also like to call attention if prices I mentioned in this episode were prices I paid at the current time and may not reflect the prices you would pay at the time of reading or listening to this. SNOVID Episode 22 Blueberry Eulogy -Kirkland costco dog bed (I couldn't find the one he has. It was round and huge) so linking to one that is similar on amazon. -blanket (Rusty loved a good blanket...don't we all??) -Movoflex -Costco joint supplement (this is what I would use first to try out. Then move to Movoflex if needed) -Pet photo stepping stone -Adirondack Stone Works (petmemorial.net) One of these little stones will be a future purchase for me.
32 minutes | Jul 8, 2021
Save with Gift Cards and Sweet & Snack Expo 2021 Recap
Episode 33 is a "normal" type of episode. You'll hear products/services that I'm pondering, trying, and loving. In addition, I start out with a STRONG LAURA LESSON regarding gift cards and end the episode with a recap of the recent Sweet & Snack Expo 2021 highlighting some of the new snack and candy releases. Laura Lessons If you are a Costco Member….look at the gift cards online..not just in store. I found one for Jiffy Lube….$37.99 for a $50 egiftcard at the time of this recording. There are lots of options! Pondering -Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner Introduction Value Pen for Beginners and Intermediate Woodburners -Solo Stove: I just can't seem to let this one go -I really want to paint my deck. It's yelling at me -AnyCart is a new grocery delivery service I'm intrigued with. They say there are no changes or markups when compared to grocery store prices….Tom Thumb, Whole Foods, Amazon, Albertsons came up as options for me. No subscription charges…no delivery fees. I WILL BE TRYING. They make money because they are affiliates for those stores. They serve up recipes so you can hopefully add more items to your cart! -TikTok- is it worth my time to understand? Trying Berkey Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System (make sure you are selecting a REAL Berkey if you want one. Apparently there are counterfeits. This is the one I purchased off Amazon. It came with a hologram seal and is verified. BUT you still need to do your own homework!) Foxwell NT301 Can OBDII & EOBD Code Reader Loving -The bunk beds we picked out…Better Homes & Gardens Austen Full Over Twin Bunk Bed with Open Bookshelves -Woozoo Fan (I can't locate these on Costco's website) & Walker Edison Universal Metal Bunk Bed Shelf -Minecraft -Sweet & Snack Expo happened in June and more than 450 exhibitors were there. Food Business Wire highlighted these…..
51 minutes | Jun 30, 2021
Yoga 101 For The Reluctant Mom with Katy Spartz of Lark+Evergreen
If you've ever contemplated trying yoga or don't even really know what it is, this is the episode for you! In Episode 32, I speak with Katy Spartz from Lark+Evergreen virtual yoga studio. Yes....VIRTUAL. That means....you stay at home, do yoga...even with your kids in the next room! We cover what yoga is NOT, what it can do for moms (hint....example: stress and pain relief!!!!), and, of course, products to get started. We also dive into what items Katy is pondering, trying, and loving. It's a fun conversation, and I'm pleased to introduce her to you! Thank you for listening! Make sure to subscribe to the show if you find this episode helpful. Visit here for the complete show notes
35 minutes | Jun 20, 2021
Amazon Prime Day 2021- What You Need To Know
Prime Day 2021 is almost here! I know you know things about Prime Day. It's not new anymore. You know how it works. However, in this episode, I go over some setting reminders to ensure you're all set for those Lightning Deals, so you don't miss out on a good deal! I also offer up quite a few questions to ask yourself before ultimately buying that item you just have to have. The Prime Day shopping extravaganza is something I look forward to, but my oh my, do I need to keep myself in check! SHOW NOTES: This post contains affiliate links. You don’t pay any extra, and I earn a small commission. I’d also like to call attention if prices I mentioned in this episode were prices I paid at the current time and may not reflect the prices you would pay at the time of reading or listening to this. What You Need To Know: -Sign up for 30 day trial if not a Prime Member..set a reminder in your calendar to cancel before that so you don't forget. -Remember to check out Walmart, Target, Best Buy..in fact thanks to seeing an instagram post from TheKrazyCouponLady they outlined some important dates to know for the week. I want to give them credit for this information for sure. So here it is….Target Deal Days 6/20-6/22; Walmart Deal Days 6/20-6/23, Amazon Prime Day 6/21-6/22, Kohls Wow Days 6/21-6/22, Macy's Epic Specials 6/21-6/22, Best Buy Bigger Deal Savings Event will go through Tuesday 6/22, and Costco…because always check costco -Amazon App is crucial. Open Amazon App>Go to Menu>Tap Settings>Notifications>Turn on Watched and Waitlisted Deals Then just find an upcoming deal and simply add it to your watchlist. Once they are live, claim your deals and checkout before they expire. You typically have 15 min to complete checkout. JUST BECAUSE YOU ADD IT TO YOUR CART, DOES NOT MEAN YOU GOT THAT DEAL. -Make sure your default mailing address is correct ahead of time. -Watch deals and get notified when they start……Watch A Deal notification lets you know when your deal is about to start. The questions I ask myself before I purchase: -Is this Free Returns? I feel safe with free returns when it comes to my impulse buying -I also have a preset discount rule in my brain. 30% off is my typical threshold. I'll entertain 20% off, but anything below a 20% discount is completely dismissed for me. I can just buy at another time if I need. I advise you come up with a strategy as well. -I check Walmart, Target, and Best Buy (if it's a technology item) -Is this even a pondering purchase I've had? Why do I want this? Will I use this within a one month time? If not, dismissed. -Am I buying this for a Christmas present for someone? If you answer yes, abandon…it's July! No! Is this a birthday present for someone within a one month time? Yes, then get it. -reminder…look at reviews. like around the page 3/4 mark. what are the dates? counterfeit products are a real thing. Special Deals That Jump Out At Me: -Save $10 on Prime Day when you spend $10 with small business…now this is only available if you are listening to this today on 6/20. Before the end of today, if you spend $10 on products from small businesses (amazon.com/supportsmall), you'll receive a $10 credit via email that you can then spend that $10 on prime day during 6/21 through 6/22. -For Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card Members 6% back on amazon.com for Amazon and Whole Foods Market purchases made from 6/21 to 6/22 (normally 5% back) -Amazon kids+ 3 month subscription for $.99 gives access to more than 20,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, Audible books and educational content. -21 free photo prints with AmazonPhotos (code PRINTS21) -There are some deals on subscription networks, for instance, I saw a Discovery+ offer for $.99/month for 2 month and then $6.99 after. There were some other STARZ, SHOWTIME, PARAMAMOUNT+ etc. I'll like to the page in show notes. -Wondery+ 4 months free of Wondery+ Ad Free Premium Podcasts (annual price is normally $34.99 plus tax) find under Amazon Music My struggles: I don't like people taking away deals from me! I stay away from Ebay for this very reason. And heaven forbid I attend an actual live auction. Can you imagine?? What I'm looking for: very random! make your list! -outdoor security camera -cat toys -boom arm -outdoor platform swing -tv for playroom -blue light glasses (felix gray for girls) -any subscriptions -desk -beach canopy -new lunch box for ellie -back to school stuff (I could get behind this reasoning) -golf related -podcasting related (so your hobby) -new towels -berkey water filter system -knife set -scale
23 minutes | Jun 17, 2021
Credit Card Extended Warranty Benefit- How I Got $96 Back!
In this episode, I give you the run down on how I received $96.34 back on my credit card statement after ALL of my Apple Airpods Pro drama. I received the price of replacing one of the ear buds all because of the extended warranty benefit from my Costco Anywhere Visa Card by Citi. No, this is not a plug for you to go sign up for their credit card (although I have no qualms about referring you to them). This is an important reminder for you to familiarize yourself with the benefits you have access to by being a credit cardholder with any credit card company. Take a listen on your podcast app!
22 minutes | May 20, 2021
My Car Started Leaking Rain. Ugh!
In this episode, I talk about how I don't want a new car, my favorite Facebook group right now, and oh so much more! I am so honored you have stopped by. If you find value in the podcast episode, please consider sharing with a friend.
18 minutes | May 5, 2021
Mother's Day Expectations
This week is a quick, whirlwind episode. I talk about the importance of looking at your credit card benefits, Propane Taxi service, and of course, lots of thoughts on Mother's Day. I definitely have a different take on it than most. Thank you for taking time to stop by! Click Here For Shownotes
25 minutes | Apr 28, 2021
Moms Need Supportive Shoes!
In this episode, I talk a ton about how I wish I would have started wearing supportive shoes much earlier on in life. It is possible for you to have comfort, support, and cuteness all in one shoe! I also share my weirdness of loving to visit Costco stores in other states and the gold I find there. :) All in all, it's a normal styled episode of my thoughts on upcoming purchases and products I'm trying, etc. Hope you enjoy!
26 minutes | Apr 23, 2021
Should I Buy Bunk Beds For My Kids?
In this episode, I discuss my love of the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablets I bought for my kids, the tale of a "leak proof" soft sided cooler, and my thought process when it comes to possibly buying bunk beds. Of course, there are lots of other little helpful nuggets spread throughout. As always, thank you for listening and stopping by!
19 minutes | Apr 9, 2021
25 Motherhood Tips and Observations
I am all about celebrating small successes. Getting to Episode 25 is a huge one for me! I literally just sat down and came up with 25 tips and observations I've had over my almost 9 years of being a mom. Some are practical, some are opinion, and some are a little vulnerable. I'm happy you are here with me. I know you'll be able to relate to a lot of these!
15 minutes | Mar 15, 2021
Don't Light $20 On Fire
In this episode, you'll walk away with some practical applications of what not to do with raw meat, a way for you to wow your guests if you're entertaining for Easter, and introduce you to a smoke free bonfire. Thank you for adding this podcast to part of your week. For complete show notes visit the website. Happy Listening!
19 minutes | Mar 11, 2021
Canned Snow Doesn't Melt Off Windows
In this episode, I talk about the air quality in my house, my dog (Rusty) being an old fart, a delicious new honey I tried that YOU just to have to get, and many other things, of course. Glad you're here! You can listen to Episode 23 on your favorite podcast app.
29 minutes | Feb 23, 2021
SNOVID 2021- Products I Used (SPECIAL EDITION)
In this episode, I give a recap of my family's experience having no power for 50+ hours in record winter storm and list out the products I was grateful to have on hand. We were not prepared to be without heat! I learned a lot and want to learn so much more, so I can help YOU be prepared for anything like that in the future.
19 minutes | Feb 13, 2021
I Need To Stop Calling 911
This week's episode shares a very important Laura Lesson that all iPhone users need to hear. Of course, I share my pondering purchases, items I'm trying, loving, and more. You can listen on your favorite podcast app
21 minutes | Feb 4, 2021
Beware! Pokemon Will Suck Your Wallet Dry!
The biggest takeaway from Episode 20 is to remember to breathe and take a step back when your kids get on the bandwagon of everything Pokemon! Learn from my mistake! Of course, I'm also sharing my pondering purchases, what I'm trying, loving, and the latest consumer news I think YOU might be interested in.
24 minutes | Jan 29, 2021
Do Not Reward Your Kids With Fish
Learn from my BIG parenting mistake and hear what purchases I'm loving, trying, pondering and some relevant consumer news I think will be interesting to you! Welcome to the Shortcut Shopper Podcast!
1 minutes | Jan 12, 2021
Podcast Update- New name will be Shortcut Shopper
The Reviews and Randomness Podcast is changing its name to Shortcut Shopper. The structure of the show will remain the same...just a new look and name!
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