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Make Laundry Better with Energy Star Appliances

Let’s face it: Doing laundry is a drag, but it’s also a necessary part of life (and something most of us are doing constantly). Instead of dreading the chore, I try to find ways to make it better. That’s why I love Energy Star certified appliances. They’re better for your clothes, better for you and your family, and better for the environment. Oh, and did I mention they have a lot of money, too! Here’s why:

Better for you – Energy Star certified clothes washers and dryers deliver superior efficiency and performance by incorporating advanced features that save energy. Compared to standard machines, they are much more efficient and can save $490 over their lifetime, which is a great savings for most families.

Better for the environment – Saving energy means that these washers and dryers help protect the climate, benefitting kids and the planet for years to come. Over the lifetime of the product, these washers save 1,100 kWh and more than 2.5 million BTUs of natural gas and 33,000 gallons of water. If all washers sold in the U.S. were Energy Star certified, we would save more than $4 billion each year and prevent more than 19 billion pounds of carbon pollution annually. This is equal to the emissions from 1.7 million vehicles.

Better for clothes – These washers use a variety of sophisticated cleaning methods that are gentler and the dryers use less heat and offer sensor drying which reduces wear and tear on clothes.

Plus, look at all the cool features:

Energy Star Washers

    • Multiple configurations – Available in either front-load or redesigned top-load.
    • Sophisticated wash systems – Top-load machines clean clothing just like standard models without wasting water to fill up the tub. Instead, these machines use sophisticated wash systems to cycle clothes through a mixture of water and detergent, allowing the clothes to be cleaned without using excess.
    • No central agitator – Front-load machines tumble clothes through a small amount of water instead of rubbing clothes against an agitator, while advanced top-load machines lift and tumble clothes through a reduced stream of water. Both designs dramatically reduce the amount of hot water and energy used in the wash cycle.
    • High spin speed – Efficient motors spin clothes two to three times faster to extract more water. Less moisture in the clothes means less time in the dryer and less energy spent drying clothes.

Energy Star Dryers

  • Low Heat Setting –  Look for the cycle that uses the least amount of energy, sometimes known as the “energy-saving” selection.
  • Sensor Dry – Prevent extra wear on fabric from over-drying.
  • Steam Cycles – Help save time on ironing clothes by preventing wrinkles.

Wondering where you can purchase an Energy Star certified washer or dryer? Head over to Best Buy. They have lots of models available at great prices and more information to help you select the ideal appliance for your home.


Save Big at Shaw’s Supermarkets Stock Up Sale

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This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shaw’s Supermarkets. All opinions are my own.

Grocery shopping is something that everyone has to do and most of us have many options available in our area. Even though there are 5 stores within 2 miles of my home, there is only one that I truly enjoy.

Here in New England, this store has been loved by many for generations. I can recall going up and down the aisles, sitting in the cart, while my Grandmother pushed me, over 30 years ago! This tradition has continued as I now raise my own family, stopping in regularly to pick up all of the items we need.

When I make my grocery list, I always use the Shaw’s Supermarkets app. It has a digital version of the weekly flyer so I know what the latest deals will be and a digital coupon program called MyMixx that offers additional savings. (It’s so awesome because I don’t have to clip anything and there’s no worry about forgetting my coupons because everything is in my phone.) And, on top of all that, they also have fuel rewards where you can earn up to $1.00 per gallon at Sunoco.

Needless to say, shopping at Shaw’s Supermarkets is wonderful for consumers every week of the year, but the special promotions are even better. Right now, they’re holding a Stock Up Sale, which means I can get all of my favorite staples from General Mills, Coca-Cola, Kraft and Nabisco at a great value.

Everyone in my family loves Betty Crocker™ Cake Mix, Ritz Crackers and Old El Paso™ Taco Shells, and the kids are especially fond of Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ cereal and Annie’s™ Macaroni & Cheese, so those items were a must.

Other items I bought to keep in my pantry are Classico Tomato & Basil pasta sauce and Progresso™ Rich & Hearty soups. Because pasta and soup can be prepared quickly, those meals are ideal for busy evenings when we have dance, sports, or Hebrew school to attend.

Shaw’s Supermarkets is giving away groceries for a year to one lucky winner. Between 10/4-10/19, show them what you bought during the #StockUpSale2017. Entry is as easy as 1-2-3:

  • Take a photo featuring two or more of the participating Stock Up Sale products below
  • Share the photo on Twitter or Instagram or here by 10/19
  • Use #StockUpSale2017 and #Sweepstakes in your caption and complete entry form

Participating products:

  • Honey Nut Cheerios™
  • Cheerios™ 8.90oz.
  • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ 12.20oz.
  • Progresso™ Traditional, Rich & Hearty, Reduced Sodium, Light Soup, Vegetable Classic, selected varieties 18-19oz
  • Nature Valley™ Granola Bars 7.44oz-8.44oz
  • Yoplait® Traditional Yogurt, 4-6oz, selected varieties
  • Oui™ by Yoplait® Strawberry French Style Yogurt 5oz.
  • Annie’s™ Natural Mac & Cheese 6oz; selected varieties
  • Old El Paso™ Shells
  • Totino’s™ Pizza Rolls 15ct, Totino Party Pizza 9.8-10.4oz, selected varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Hamburger Helpers, 4.7-8.7oz, selected varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Fruit Snacks, 4.5-8oz, selected varieties
  • Chex Mix™ 8-8.75oz, selected varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Super Moist™ Cake Mix, 15.25 – 16.25oz., select varieties
  • Betty Crocker™ Whipped Frosting, Milk Chocolate 12oz.
  • Betty Crocker™ Brownie Mix, Chocolate 18.40oz.
  • Pillsbury™ Apple Toaster Strudel™, 6ct., 11.70oz.
  • Coca-Cola Mini Cans
  • Dasani Sparkling Black Cherry
  • Classico Tomato Basil
  • Heinz Ketchup
  • OREO 14.3 oz
  • Ritz 13.7 oz

Don’t have a Shaw’s Supermarkets nearby? These great products are available at your local Albertsons Companies grocery stores including Albertsons, Safeway, ACME Markets, Jewel-Osco, Vons, Pavilions, Randalls, Tom Thumb, Star Market, United Express, United and Carrs/Safeway.


This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Shaw’s Supermarkets. All opinions are my own.

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Scary-Good Halloween Deals at Dollar Tree

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Ghosts, goblins, and goodies—yes, it’s almost time again for Halloween.

While planning a party is fun, paying for it is not. Whenever possible, I try to save money by looking for bargains, especially on disposable items. Since everything at Dollar Tree is so affordable, I’m picking up lots of supplies for my annual Halloween gathering. Can you believe these scary-good deals only cost a $1.00?

For a quick and easy decoration, it’s hard to beat crepe paper. I love to mix orange and black together. Table covers and silverware in the same colors adds to the festive mood.

Instead of messing with big, sloppy pumpkin guts and seeds, I was so excited to find some made out of foam that can be carved. This will significantly cut down on clean-up afterwards.

Did you know that Dollar Tree also sells costume accessories, candy, and crafts? Best of all, everything can be ordered online and shipped to your local store for free, ensuring you’ll have a spook-tacular celebration with a minimum of fuss at a price you can afford.