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This blog is the 4th in a series of blogs that I will be posting over the next few weeks on how to make the most of a trip to Disneyland in California. When planning a trip, the first question I get from people is “Where can I get the best deals?” The answer to this question is constantly changing, however if you know a few of the best places to begin your search, this will generally save you time and money. Here are a few of the resources I have found to get the best deals in the past:

www.getawaytoday.com – Get Away Today offers great hotel, air,  & more packages. We used this service on our last trip and when I compared their overall package price, they could not beat any other offers I could find either individually or from other discount packages. Another thing I like about them, is there website is easy to use and you can modify ticket types (3 day vs. 5 day etc.) to adding additional tickets for other local attractions, transportation, etc. The customer service was wonderful and we got all our information and free stuff very quickly in the mail prior to our trip.

www.southwest.com – Southwest always has great packages for traveling to Disneyland. They offer hotel & air & more packages that can be significantly lower than if you purchase them individually. What I like about this site is that it is a “one stop shop”. You can book your air, hotel, rental car or transfer transportation, park tickets & other attractions, and even character dining all in one spot. Not only is it convenient, but you get the top notch customer service that Southwest offers.

www.arestravel.com – This appears to be another great site for a “one stop shop” point. Even though I have not used it for a specific Disneyland trip, I have used it for other Southern California trips. They offer great prices for attraction tickets, and vacation packages.

www.retailmenot.com – This is a great site for general discounts on pretty much anything you can buy off the web. I always check this site before buying attraction tickets, making car rentals, booking hotels, and even buying items from various online stores. This site is a collection of coupon or discount codes from users for any website pretty much that is out there. Even though you do run into some codes that are no longer valid or may not work with what you are trying to purchase, I have on many occasions saved quite a bit of money with these codes.

I hope these tips help you to make the most of your Disneyland trip. Please check back on my blog for future tips on how to create the best vacation at the Happiest Place On Earth! If you have any questions about planning a trip to Disneyland or would like to leave a comment, please use the comment section below.

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As with the previous Tupperware blogs on my site, this blog is from a real consumer, not a sales person. I am not selling Tupperware, but I am a huge fan of what Tupperware has done for my household. It has saved my family tons of time & money by being organized with some of the best products on the market. This blog is about the Tupperware Freezer Mates.

A co-worker of mine asked me this week if I knew of any good products for freezing home-made baby food. The Tupperware Freezer Mates were the first thing that came to mind. With all the available sizes including the  mini 1 (4oz) and small 1 (8 oz) size I thought these would be the perfect solution for her. They would keep her baby food free from freezer burn with easy accessibility and easy to thaw containers. What I do to thaw stuff such as baby food is I stick the container in a sink of hot water for a few minutes to loosen the edges and then I can pop out the frozen food into a microwave save dish and warm it right up. The design of the Freezer Mates makes it easy to accomplish without hassle or a mess.

 “Eliminate the clutter and waste of freezer bags. The modular, stackable design of this set makes organizing any freezer easier. Each container’s rounded corners and recessed bottom allows maximum airflow for faster, more efficient freezing and thawing. And the flexible containers and seals ensure easy removal of frozen foods!” ~www.tupperware.com

There are many different things you can freeze in Tupperware Freezer Mates. Only your imagination will limit you! Here are a few ideas that I have used them for:

  • Chicken Nuggets
  • Tilapia Filets
  • Homemade Baby Food
  • Ground Meat
  • Chicken Breasts
  • Ice Cream Bars
  • Hot Dogs & Hamburgers
  • Vegetables
  • Lunch Meat

One of the things I like the most about Tupperware is how they stand behind their products. If they break or fail for any reason, Tupperware replaces the broken product! However, Tupperware products are so durable, I have never had one fail on me yet. Some of my family is still using Tupperware they purchased 30 years ago and it is still going strong!

For more information on how Tupperware can help you save time and money and help you stay organized, check back often on my blog for additional ways Tupperware can simplify your life! In addition, you can contact one of the best Tupperware Directors I have ever met, Pam Wilson!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! 🙂

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Renting a car can be one of your largest expenses when traveling, but it doesn’t have to be. Many times people think that once they have reserved a car that is the best they are going to get. By being an involved planner in your trips whether it is for business or personal, you can save lots of money by just know a few tips and investing a little extra time.

Myth #1- The “one stop shop” sites will give me the lowest prices available on the internet!

What I am referring to when I say the “one stop shop” sites are websites such as travel.yahoo.com or even southwest.com. These are a great way to start your search but don’t expect them to have the cheapest price. I usually start with one of these sites and then based on that outcome I go to the individual car rental sites. I have saved hundreds of dollars on a single trip by checking the actual sites to compare. Dollar Rental Car is a company I see the most differences. On the “one stop shop” sites they will have their current price, but often when you go to their individual site you will find an option to check “city specials”, these usual can save anywhere from a few dollars to a few hundred dollars as I have found.

Myth #2- I can’t use a corporate code or a discount code without actually having an actual coupon!

There are many websites out there that offer discount code. The one I use most often is retailmenot.com. If you play around with different code combinations you can save big. Also, most companies have discount codes established with various companies for use not only for business travel but also personal travel. Check out your employee discounts page if available.

Myth #3- Once a make a reservation I can’t take advantage of future lower prices!

With most car reservations, they are almost all cancellable with no fees. This is a great benefit, don’t pass it up. I generally check any future reservations once a week from when I originally booked it to when it is actually for. This way I can take advantage of price reductions that occur as demand fluctuations for my destination change. One rule of thumb though is always have something booked, that way if prices start to climb you are already locked into a rate.

These three tips have been the most effective for me when searching for the best price on rental cars for all my trips. I hope that you have the same success I have with saving money when travelling.

If you have any questions, comments, or tips you would like to share, please use the comment section below.

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Every day I take a look at what I am doing and ask myself, is there a better way to do this? Technology is allowing improvements in our everyday life, it just takes a little time upfront to find and use these improvements effectively and efficiently. One of the more common current technological advances that if used appropriately and consistently are various apps available on smart phones. Please do not confuse time savings discussed below with the time sucking apps also available, such as Angry Birds and other popular games! :)  As I have mentioned in my first blog, if you can find efficiencies in one part of your life, it will leave time for other interests you may have (like finding out how to beat level 1 of Carnival Upheaval in Angry Birds Rio, one of my most time sucking apps, but hey its FUN!)

This blog is a continuation of a blog I wrote earlier in January 2012. I came across a great budgeting and receipt app that I wanted to share. It is an app called iXpenseIt.

“iXpenseIt simplifies daily expense tracking and budgeting. Now you can record expenses anywhere, anytime within seconds. Store photo receipts is a snap.  Customize your personal and business expenses with easy to understand reports. Take control of your finance today with iXpenseIt!” ~www.fyimobileware.com

Key features

  • Highly customizable and practical.
  • Visual indicator of monthly budget  vs expenses.
  • Overview of Today’s spending vs daily spending average.
  • Expense Summary of total, average expense per day and top expense of the month
  • Repeat Expenses – allow recurring expenses such as monthly rent, mortgage, utility  bills, etc.
  • Customize Detail / Simple monthly Budgets.
  • Store digital photo receipts.
  • Instantly generate graphical reports.
  • Dynamic reports view: Specify reports by criteria such as report by payment, by vendors, etc.
  • Supports VAT/GST.
  • Customize icons for categories and subcategories.
  • Customize Expense Type, Payment and Vendor.
  • Full Text Search: Powerful search to easily locate expense records.
  • .CSV and HTML data export via Email or Wi-Fi.
  • Records export with photo receipt attachment for quick expense approval/reimbursement.
  • Complete world currency list with build-in currency conversion utility.
  • Available in 12 Languages: English, Spanish, Japanese, German, Chinese (Simplified & Traditional), French, Italian, Russian, Korean, Finnish, Dutch, Danish, more will be added.
  • Simple mileage / kilometer tracking with customizable reimbursement rate.
  • Password Protection – Protect your personal financial data and the ability to recover password if forgotten.ddPress

Below is a brief video overview of how iXpenseIt works and how it can help you stay organized.

Another great thing is you can currently get iXpenseIt for only $4.99. Compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.Requires iOS 4.0 or later. For more information on iXpenseIt please visit http://www.fyimobileware.com/ixpenseit.php.

I will continue in the future to pass on any additional items that I either stumble across or are referred to that will help you create an effective and efficient life! If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions for future topics, please send me a comment below! :)

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This blog is from a real consumer, not a sales person. I am not selling Tupperware, but I am a huge fan of what Tupperware has done for my household. It has saved my family tons of time & money by being organized with some of the best products on the market. This blog is about the Tupperware Smart Steamer.

I am always looking for quick easy ways to provide nutritious and delicious meals for my family. The smart steamer has provided this ability. It has a two tiered system so I can steam two items at once and is very easy to clean. Steaming food helps retain nutrients and great flavor and is a great way to keep healthy.

“It’s one of our greatest innovations — true steaming in the microwave! The ingenious design of the Tupperware® SmartSteamer blocks microwaves from cooking foods. Instead, microwaves are directed to the Water Tray below, causing the water to boil and the steam to rise for perfectly steamed foods!” ~www.tupperware.com

There are many different and delicious meals that you can make with the Tupperware Smart Steamer. Only your imagination will limit you! Here are a few meal combination ideas (From the Smart Meals recipe book that compliments theSmart Steamer)!

  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Firecracker Shrimp and Grits
  • BBQ Chicken Sliders
  • Chicken Divan with New Potatoes
  • Cod with Summer Vegetables
  • Stuffed Peppers
  • Turkey Tenderloin with Sweet Potatoes
  • Chipotle Shrimp Tacos

One of the things I like the most about Tupperware is how they stand behind their products. If they break or fail for any reason, Tupperware replaces the broken product! However, Tupperware products are so durable, I have never had one fail on me yet. Some of my family is still using Tupperware they purchased 30 years ago and it is still going strong!

For more information on how Tupperware can help you save time and money and help you stay organized, check back often on my blog for additional ways Tupperware can simplify your life! In addition, you can contact one of the best Tupperware Directors I have ever met, Pam Wilson!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! :)

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This blog is from a real consumer, not a sales person. I am not selling Tupperware, but I am a huge fan of what Tupperware has done for my household. It has saved my family tons of time & money by being organized with some of the best products on the market. This blog is about the Tupperwave Stack Cooker System by Tupperware. This system is a time efficient way to provide nutritious and delicious meals to your family in just minutes.

I love the versatility of the Stack Cooker System. With its three tier systems you can create thousands of combinations or you can just use one tier at a time for a favorite dish. Some of my favorite dishes that I use the stack cooker for include a delicous cake baked in 10 min, ground beef for tacos, seasoned tilapia with new potatoes and steamed veggies.

“Treat your family to complete, nutritious meals in just minutes. Brown meats, cook casseroles and bake cake and desserts in your microwave, so you can satisfy a hungry crew on a moment’s notice with less effort. Prepare ingredients, stack the pieces—and then pop them in the microwave for a few minutes and you’re finished!” ~www.tupperware.com

There are many different and delicious meals that you can make with the Tupperware Stack Cooker System. Only your imagination will limit you! Here are a few meal combination ideas (From the Tupperwave Microwave Meals in Minutes Book that compliments the Stack Cooker System)!

Tier I Tier II Tier III
Apricot   Flan Chinese Pork New Potatoes   with Herbs
Cherry Flan Risotto   with Shrimp Ratatouille
Caramel-Apple Streusel Italian-Seasoned Chicken Savory   Rice
Green asparagus with Mascorpone and Smoked Salmon Chicken   with Aurora Sauce Mashed   Potatoes
Pears with Chocolate and Pecans Turkey   with Sour Cream Mashed   Potatoes and Pumpkin
Cherry Tomatoes Flan Mediterranean   Style Fish Saffron   Rice

One of the things I like the most about Tupperware is how they stand behind their products. If they break or fail for any reason, Tupperware replaces the broken product! However, Tupperware products are so durable, I have never had one fail on me yet. Some of my family is still using Tupperware they purchased 30 years ago and it is still going strong!

For more information on how Tupperware can help you save time and money and help you stay organized, check back often on my blog for additional ways Tupperware can simplify your life! In addition, you can contact one of the best Tupperware Directors I have ever met, Pam Wilson!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! :)

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Access Mates by TupperwareThis blog is from a real consumer, not a sales person. I am not selling Tupperware, but I am a huge fan of what Tupperware has done for my household. It has saved my family tons of time & money by being organized with some of the best products on the market. This blog is about the Tupperware Access Mates. This product is a great container with a flip top front that makes access to its contents a breeze that saves you time, and with a seal that keeps everything fresh so you save money because your items will stay fresher longer.

I use the Access Mates for many things, but one of the most useful places I use these is in my pantry for all the items that we use to pack our twin’s lunches for school. It makes packing their lunches so quick and easy. Each container has an item that goes in their lunches such as fruit cups, juice boxes, applesauce, raisin boxes, or snack packs. My husband loves it because he doesn’t have to search the pantry for what needs to go in their lunch and he doesn’t have to worry about missing anything because they are all together in a row with easy flip front openings. After that he just needs to add the main dish and all done!

There are many different things you can use Access Mates for. Only your imagination will limit you! Here are a few additional ideas!

  • Bulk items like sugar, flower, rice, ect.
  • Cat Food
  • Dog Treats
  • Chips
  • Crackers
  • Potatoes, garlic, or onions (with vented panel opening option)
  • Baby items like nipples, pacifiers
  • Laundry Soap
  • Small toys like Lego’s
  • Crafts
  • Markers or Crayons
  • Hair accessories

One of the things I like the most about Tupperware is how they stand behind their products. If they break or fail for any reason, Tupperware replaces the broken product! However, Tupperware products are so durable, I have never had one fail on me yet. Some of my family is still using Tupperware they purchased 30 years ago and it is still going strong!

For more information on how Tupperware can help you get organized, check back often on my blog for additional ways to save time and money with Tupperware! In addition, you can contact one of the best Tupperware Directors I have ever met, Pam Wilson!

  • Pam Wilson
  •  Tupperware Star Director
  • Cell# 775-750-7914
  • http://my.tupperware.com/sweethearts
  • Changing lives 1 Bowl at a Time
  • Sales…Parties…Fundraising…call me, I can help!

If you have any questions, comments, or suggestions of topics that you would like me to discuss in the future, please use the comment section below! :)

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