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Tips for Saving Money

Looking for SavingsI previously posted an article Five sites that will save you money.

These sites (especially Money Saving Mom) Do more than provide tips and coupons they inspire and empower you to get what you need at the best price.

The other day at our local supermarket I was able to buy food for the entire week for $61 the original price before coupons and card was over $81.

If your thinking I purchased a bunch of no-frills products and spent hours cutting coupons think again.

Before going to the store I jotted down what I needed, then I reviewed the stores weekly circular and went through the coupon section of the Sunday paper.
All of this took about 10 minutes.
Ten Minutes to Save over twenty dollars (not a bad trade-off)

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Were you recently able to get some great deals and save some money please share your experience with us.

Please checkout our list of Money Saving websites and If you have a website that you want to share please add it in our comments section

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Swine Flu - What you Need to know

Swine Flu

As of 26th April 2009, 20 cases have been confirmed of people contracting respiratory illness Swine Influenza (Swine Flu) in the U.S. All the cases so far have been associated with the mild illness and have recovered.

The situation in Mexico is less clear but the media has reported 1324 cases of respiratory illness resulting in 81 deaths (at least 18 of these have been confirmed as Swine influenza A/H1N1, and more than half of those are genetically identical to the Swine influenza A/H1N1 viruses), there are suspected cases reported from New Zealand, Spain, France, and Israel - all involving travellers returning from Mexico.

What is it?
The Swine influenza A/H1N1 virus is associated with this outbreak appears to be a new virus derived from avian, human, and swine virus sources. So far it has been sensitive to the newer antiviral drugs oseltamivir (Tamiflu®) and zanamivir (Relenza®).

Influenza is thought to spread mainly from person-to-person through coughing or sneezing. Close attention to personal hygiene and respiratory etiquette will help prevent catching and spreading influenza:

  • Cover your nose and mouth when coughing or sneezing, using a tissue when possible.

  • Dispose of dirty tissues promptly and carefully Maintain good basic hygiene, for example washing hands frequently with soap and water to reduce the spread of the virus from your hands to face or to other people

  • If you travel to/from affected areas, you are advised to consult a doctor immediately if you develop flu-like symptoms
For more health information visit one of the following websites:
CDC (US) -
WHO - Swine Influenza -

10 Tips to Save the Earths Resources, and your Money and Time

There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Taking care of the Earth is not just a responsibility -- it's a privilege.
There are little things you can do every day to help reduce greenhouse gases and make a less harmful impact on the environment. Check out 10 things you can do to help save the Earth.
1. Pay attention to how you use water. The little things can make a big difference. Every time you turn off the water while you're brushing your teeth, you're doing something good. Got a leaky toilet? You might be wasting 200 gallons of water a day. Try drinking tap water instead of bottled water, so you aren't wasting all that packaging as well. Wash your clothes in cold water when you can.

2. Leave your car at home. If you can stay off the road just two days a week, you'll reduce greenhouse gas emissions by an average of 1,590 pounds per year. Combine your errands -- hit the post office, grocery store and shoe repair place in one trip. It will save you gas and time.

3. Walk or ride your bike to work, school and anywhere you can. You can reduce greenhouse gases while burning some calories and improving your health. If you can't walk or bike, use mass transit or carpool. Every car not on the road makes a difference.

4. Recycle. You can help reduce pollution just by putting that soda can in a different bin. If you're trying to choose between two products, pick the one with the least packaging. If an office building of 7,000 workers recycled all of its office paper waste for a year, it would be the equivalent of taking almost 400 cars off the road.

5. Compost. Think about how much trash you make in a year. Reducing the amount of solid waste you produce in a year means taking up less space in landfills, so your tax dollars can work somewhere else. Plus, compost makes a great natural fertilizer. Composting is easier than you think.

6. Change your light bulbs. Compact fluorescent light bulbs (CFLs) last 10 times longer than a standard bulb and use at least two-thirds less energy. If you're shopping for new appliances or even home electronics, look for ENERGY STAR products, which have met EPA and U.S. Department of Energy guidelines for energy efficiency. In 2006, the ENERGY STAR program saved energy equivalent to taking 25 million cars off the road and saved Americans $14 billion in utility costs.

7. Make your home more energy efficient (and save money). Clean your air filters so your system doesn't have to work overtime. Get a programmable thermostat so you aren't wasting energy when you aren't home. When you go to bed, reduce the thermostat setting -- you won't miss those extra degrees of heat or air conditioning while you're asleep.

8. Maintain your car. Underinflated tires decrease fuel economy by up to three percent and lead to increased pollution and higher greenhouse gas emissions. Underinflation also increases tire wear, so it will save you money in the long run if you're good about checking your tire pressure.

9. Drive smarter. Slow down -- driving 60 miles per hour instead of 70 mph on the highway will save you up 4 miles per gallon. Accelerating and braking too hard can actually reduce your fuel economy, so take it easy on the brakes and gas pedal.

10. Turn off lights when you're not in the room and unplug appliances when you're not using them. It only takes a second to be environmentally conscious.

Party for the Planet 2009

This weekend get out to Van Suan Park for a Party for the Planet

Bergen County Zoo -
Celebrate Earth Day at the Bergen County Zoo on Saturday, April 25th and join our Party for the Planet! Special activities and displays will be at the zoo throughout the day. Learn what the zoo and other organizations are doing to help save the planet, and learn how you can help, too! Party for the Planet will be held from 10 am - 4:00 pm, and zoo admission is free.

Earth Day 2009

Last year we created a series of articles leading up to Earth Day

On earth day this year Disney will release it's first film in the Disney Nature series.

Earth is narrated by James Earl Jones ("The Voice") tells the story of the animal families and their journey across our planet.

More Information about the Movie can be found at:

Movie Trailer

Fifty Dollar Discount for Unbelieva-Bill's summer camp

This is the last week of Unbelieva-Bill summer camp promotion. This limited time promotion is good for weekly full day camp options for July and August. Call now to reserve your kid(s) spot for camp. Remember, space is limited and is available on a first come first serve basis.

Receive a $50.00 discount for each child that is registered before April 17, 2009 for a weekly full day camp.

This offer is good for each child and for each week of the camp. This offer is non-refundable and is non-transferable for any reason.

Please mention the following promotion code when making your reservation: 41709SC
2009 Summer Camp Weekly Camp
June 29 - August 28
Ages 5 - 12
Camp at Unbelieva-Bills is the perfect blend of our ever popular, kid tested attractions, good old camp fun, and the most caring counselors and staff around.

For additional details about Unbelieva-Bill summer camp please visit their website below:
Unbelieva-Bills Summer Camp

Big Savings with Leapfrog and Participating Retailers

Save twice on Tag, Leapster, and Didj products from Leapfrog.
Take an Additional 5-10 Dollars off already marked down Prices