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  • Day Off!

    I can’t remember the last time I took a day off from our daily roundup! But (as you may have noticed) life has gotten a little crazy in the buildup to the start of school on Tuesday, and I need a mini break so I’ll be offline today. But I’ll be back tomorrow, with your hottest deals and coupons, and some of my best back to school tips!

    Swagbucks Infographic: Christmas in July

    According to Swagbucks, Christmas in July is a real thing. People are already saving up for the holidays (and 7% of people started shopping for Christmas the day after last Christmas!). Get more facts in the infographic below:

    Christmas in July | ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    Swagbucks wants you to know that they are a fun rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. You can conveniently earn points (called SB) when you shop at your favorite retailers, watch entertaining videos, search the web, answer surveys and find great deals. Redeem your points for free gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon or Walmart, to name a few, or get cash back from PayPal!

    One of the best parts is that it costs you nothing to join and be a member! You decide how to earn, and you can do it at home or on the go (using their mobile apps). Join today and start earning for December – it’ll be around the corner before you know it!

    As always, thank you if you join(ed) Swagbucks using my referral link!

    Deal Roundup: Target, Walgreens, Dollar Tree

    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - June 20, 2016 | Chief Family Officer

    Target: Triscuit for $1
    Buy: 2 Nabisco Triscuit Crackers at 2/$4 {price may vary}
    Use: $1/2 Nabisco Triscuit Crackers coupon from 5/22 Smart Source
    Pay: $3
    Submit for: $1/2 Triscuit Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $1 each
    Ends 6/22. If you are a new Checkout 51 members and sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus when you submit your first receipt (and so will I, so thank you)!

    Target: Wheat Thins for $1.13
    Buy: 2 Nabisco Wheat Thins Crackers at 2/$4 {price may vary}
    Use: $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Product coupon from 5/22 Smart Source
    Pay: $3.25
    Submit for: $1/2 Wheat Thins Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $1.13 each
    Ends 6/22. If you are a new Checkout 51 members and sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus when you submit your first receipt (and so will I, so thank you)!

    Walgreens: Ziploc Containers for $0.48
    Buy: 2 Ziploc Containers 2-3pk at 2/$5.50
    Use: $1/2 Ziploc Containers coupon
    Pay: $4.50
    Receive: $1.50 Register Reward
    And receive: 50 Everyday Points ($0.05)
    Submit for: $2/2 Ziploc Containers Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $0.48 each
    Ends 6/25. If you are a new Checkout 51 members and sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus when you submit your first receipt (and so will I, so thank you)!

    Dollar Tree: Glade Moneymaker
    Buy: 2 Glade Wax Melts 6ct at $1 each
    Use: $1.25/2 Glade products coupon
    Pay: $0.75
    Submit for: $0.50/1 Glade Wax Melts Ibotta rebate
    And submit for: $1/2 Glade Wax Melts Refill Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $0.75 Moneymaker
    Ends 6/22. Note that selection at Dollar Tree varies by location. Via Printable Coupons and Deals.

    Cook Your Way to a Healthier You

    The following is a post from Leona Jones. Consideration was received for the editing and publishing of this post.

    It may seem as if everywhere you turn there is a new diet fad on the horizon. While there is nothing wrong with trying a new diet here and there, there are some things you can do to make them more interesting. Here are some ways you can cook your way to a slimmer, healthier, and happier you.

    Upgrade Your Cooking Utensils

    Don’t expect to be able to cook five-star meals if you don’t own quality cooking materials. Cheap pots and pans may be great on your wallet for the short-term. However, you’ll end up spending far more money in the long run because they’ll need to be replaced more often. Since there are several types of cooking materials available, you may need to experiment with several brands before you find a good cooking set that you feel completely comfortable with. (Ed.: I love the Cuisinart stainless steel pots and pans I’ve purchased on sale at Amazon [affiliate link] – they’ve held up well through many years of use.)

    Invest in Some Cooking Lessons and Cookbooks

    Although there is no shortage of recipes available on the internet, there are still some things you can learn from cookbooks and cooking instructors. You don’t need to go to culinary school if that isn’t your career path of choice. You can sign up for lessons and get cookbooks from your local bookstore, library, and online. (Ed.: I learned a lot from watching Sara Moulton’s old “Cooking Live” show on Food Network. She has lots of videos on her web site.)

    Learn How to Stage Your Foods

    One of the biggest factors that can make or break anyone’s appetite is the way a dish looks. Dishes and meals that are put together sloppily are not as tantalizing and appetizing as foods that are carefully and artistically plated. Think colors, shapes, and textures; they all contribute to the final appearance of any dish.

    Learn the Art of Food Pairing

    They may look good together, but not all foods taste and go well together. This is where the art of food pairing comes in. For instance, a meal composed of meatloaf and mashed potatoes is a great dish for anyone who wants to enjoy a comfort meal. However, the pairing of these two foods can lead to digestive complications. Mashed potatoes are a source of starch and saturated fats that may lead to slow digestion and constipation because of its incompatibility with the protein in meatloaf.

    Eat Smaller Portions

    No matter how good something looks, overindulgence can lead to a bigger waistline, higher numbers on the scale, and health issues. Get in the habit of consuming smaller meals throughout the day to facilitate proper nutrient absorption, digestion, and more energy.

    Make it Spicy

    It is possible and more beneficial for you to enjoy better health by incorporating the use of more spices into your cooking. The right combination of herbs and spices can create a powerful and more flavorful experience in your mouth and aid in digestion as well. Spices can also help to lessen your dependence on fatty and sugary condiments and food additives.

    Open Up Your Taste Palette

    Don’t get stuck in a rut and make the same old meals every day. Experiment with different foods so you can discover more of the culinary delights that are out there. Trying out new foods can make it easier for you to eliminate unhealthy ones from your diet.

    Switch to Plant-Based Foods

    Some popular organic food chains like Whole Foods sell products that are made by popular food engineering companies, such as Hampton Creek. What is Hampton Creek? It’s a leading food-tech company that produces popular food products, such as eggless mayonnaise for people who are heath conscious about what they eat. Many plant-based foods are easy on the digestive system, which can aid other body functions, leading to improved overall health.

    Cook With More Liquids

    Foods that are high in water content, such as certain fruits and vegetables can infuse your dishes with more liquid. Liquids help to improve and maintain proper electrolyte balance in your body to promote healthy cell function. Fruits and veggies are also foods you don’t necessarily need to add a lot of heat to in order to incorporate them into your meals. Try them raw, steamed, and baked for added variety and presentation points.

    With the right approach, cooking and eating healthy foods for a better you doesn’t have to be bland and boring. Use the above suggestions to help you to get the look and physique you want. Remember, in order for you to improve what you look like on the outside and how you feel, you need to be careful about what you consume and put on the inside.

    Deal Roundup: Vons/Pavilions, Ralphs, CVS, Target, Whole Foods

    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - May 18, 2016 | Chief Family Officer

    Vons/Pavilions: Buddig Deli Meat for $0.49
    Buy: 5 Buddig Original Deli Thin Lunchmeat at $0.69 each
    Use: $1/5 Buddig Original coupon
    Final Price: $0.49 each
    Ends 5/24.

    Vons/Pavilions: Farm John Hot Dogs for $0.75
    Buy: 2 Farmer John Meat Wieners or Turkey Franks at $1.25 each
    Use: $1/2 Farmer John Hot Dogs from 5/8 Smart Source insert
    Final Price: $0.75 each
    Ends 5/24.

    Nabisco 20ct Multipack for $5.49
    Buy: 1 Nabisco Single Serve Snacks 20ct at $7.49
    Use: $1/1 Nabisco Multipack from 4/24 Smart Source
    Pay: $6.49
    Submit for: $1/1 Nabisco Multipack Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $5.49
    Ends 5/24. The price works out to 27 cents per multipack, which is a great deal!

    Ralphs: Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat for $1.25
    Buy: 1 Oscar Mayer Zip Pack Lunch Meat 8oz at $2.00
    Use: $0.75/1 Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat Zip-Pak coupon
    Final Price: $1.25
    End date unknown. Via Southern Cali Saver.

    CVS: Tic Tacs for $0.44
    Buy: 2 Tic Tac 60ct at $0.88 each
    Use: B1G1 Free Tic Tac Mints or Mixers coupon
    Final Price: $0.44 each
    Ends 5/21. Via Wild for CVS.

    Target: Totino’s Party Pizza for $0.72
    Buy: 4 Totino’s Party Pizzas at $1.42 each {price may vary}
    Use: $1/4 Totino’s Crispy Crust Party Pizza coupon
    And use: 25% off Totino’s Party Pizza Target Cartwheel {deducts $1.42}
    Pay: $3.26
    Submit for: $0.40/1 Frozen Pizza < href="http://mobisave.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MobiSave rebate
    Final Price: $0.72 each
    Ends 5/21. Via For the Mommas.

    Whole Foods: Muir Glen Tomato Sauce for $0.69
    Buy: 2 Muir Glen Tomato Sauce at $1.19 each {price may vary}
    Use: $1/2 Muir Glen products coupon
    Final Price: $0.69 each
    End date unknown. Via MySavings.