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Free Hot Dogs and Deals Today

July 23, 2015
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Free Hot Dogs and Deals Today

How does this sound–pair your free iced tea from McAlister’s Deli with free hot dogs? Well, today only it can be done. On the heels of National Ice Cream Day comes National Hot Dog Day. And like National Ice Cream Month, which is all of July, this month is also National Hot Dog Month, according to the National Hot Dog and Sausage Council. Here are some facts about America’s love for hot dogs that you may or may not know: 71% of us prefer to have their hot dogs topped with mustard (hands up in agreement here; my hubby,...

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Free Iced Tea July 23, 2015

July 22, 2015
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Free Iced Tea July 23, 2015

With how hot this summer has been, I’m guessing that you’d love to know where you can go to cool off and enjoy some free iced tea. Well, on Thursday, July 23, 2015, I’ve got your answer. Why? Because it’s McAlister’s Deli’s 7th annual free tea day. Guests who visit any of the participating McAlister’s locations will receive a free 32-ounce glass of McAlister’s Famous Tea. That’s one per guest, no purchase necessary. How nice is that for a change–a freebie without strings attached? “Every year, guests’ excitement grows as Free Tea Day becomes more widespread with the continued...

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6 Tips to Help Your Home Stay Cool This Summer

July 22, 2015
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6 Tips to Help Your Home Stay Cool This Summer

The dog days of summer are here and so are the scorching temps. Thankfully, the heat wave here in the Northeast just ended, but there’s no guarantee that another one won’t come along before summer is done. So if you’re living in a place with scorching temps, you may be wondering: how can a homeowner stay cool in the summer heat without jacking up the utility bills? Yesterday, I appeared on the TV program “Wake Up with Al” to discuss just this. I spoke with hosts Al Roker and Stephanie Abrams and shared these 6 tips to help your...

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Rite Aid Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

July 14, 2015
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Rite Aid Offers Free Skin Cancer Screening

Rite Aid has once again kicked off its free skin cancer screening program. Volunteer dermatologists will be doing these skin cancer screenings as part of the Road To Healthy Skin Tour. The Tour, which will provide full body and potentially life-saving skin cancer screenings from the comfort and privacy of one of the RV’s two exam rooms, takes place in a spacious customized 38-foot recreational vehicle. As The Skin Cancer Foundation’s flagship early detection program, the Tour also aims to raise skin cancer awareness and educate the public about the importance of prevention and early detection. According to a...

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July 15 is Amazon Prime Day

July 13, 2015
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July 15 is Amazon Prime Day

This week, Amazon turns 20 and on the eve of its birthday, the company introduces Amazon Prime Day, a global shopping event, offering more deals than Black Friday, exclusively for Amazon Prime members in the U.S., U.K., Spain, Japan, Italy, Germany, France, Canada and Austria. On Wednesday, July 15, new and existing members in the U.S. will find deals starting at midnight, with new deals starting as often as every ten minutes. For the longest time I didn’t see the value in an Amazon Prime membership. Then my oldest daughter went to college in New York and she needed to buy textbooks....

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Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven 2015

July 8, 2015
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Free Slurpee at 7-Eleven 2015

It should come as no surprise that July 11 or 7/11 has come to be known as 7-Eleven Day–as in a day that celebrates the founding of a favorite convenience store named after that date. And like in years gone by, 7-Eleven is celebrating 7-Eleven Day (its 88th birthday, by the way) by giving away a free Slurpee to customers that visit that day. Note: this freebie is for a small size only. You can pick up your celebratory free Slurpee drink at participating 7-Eleven stores nationwide from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. on 7/11/15, while supplies last. Will...

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How Product Reviews Changed How We Shop and Buy

June 11, 2015
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How Product Reviews Changed How We Shop and Buy

Are you like me in that you rarely buy anything these days–or book a hotel room or make a restaurant reservation–without first reading product reviews? I know that review-based shopping has changed my buying and spending habits, and I’m ok with that. I first started using product reviews about 20 years ago, when my husband and I were in the market for our first new car. We purchased a subscription to Consumer Reports so we could have access to the magazine’s database of best cars. To be honest every time we need to buy a car, we turn to...

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8 Free Donuts for National Doughnut Day 2015

June 2, 2015
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8 Free Donuts for National Doughnut Day 2015

Whether you spell that round, fried confection donut or doughnut, chances are you love them. And what better way to enjoy something you love then to get it for free? Well, Friday, June 5 is National Doughnut Day 2015, and plenty of chains and businesses are going to be giving away free donuts. I usually wait for this sweet freebie day, held the first Friday in June, to indulge in some doughnuts, though I have been known to troll the clearance aisle at Giant or Stop and Shop to see if there are any boxes of donuts on the...

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Weather Disaster and Your Taxes in 2015

May 26, 2015
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Weather Disaster and Your Taxes in 2015

Next month is Hurricane Preparedness Month–because hurricane season officially starts on June 1. Yet so much of the United States has a weather disaster happening right now, and not in the form of a hurricane. Mostly filling up my Facebook feed these days are cries for people in Texas to head to higher ground, thanks to all that flooding. Good thing the Internal Revenue Service sent out a tip sheet today on how a weather disaster may affect your taxes–in a good way. That is, you may be able to deduct certain losses from a weather disaster on your...

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7 Memorial Day 2015 Freebies & Deals

May 20, 2015
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7 Memorial Day 2015 Freebies & Deals

When I think about Memorial Day, I think about the town where I grew up, which always held the best Memorial Day parade. It helps that, as a kid, my Girl Scout troop marched in this parade, so it always held a special place in my heart. The town where I’m living now has a big Memorial Day parade, and it includes a parade of festively decorate bicycles for cyclists young and old. Will your Memorial Day 2015 include watching a parade? Of course, watching a parade is free. And it turns out there are a number of other...

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