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$10 Free for Amazon Prime Members

I’m not sure how long this have been offered, but today I noticed that on Amazon when Prime members reload an Amazon gift card with 100 or more dollars they get $10 additional dollars to use. *Pst– the digital gift cards are way easy to use. I reloaded an old card and my new gift card showed up right away under my payment methods. I didn’t even have to type in gift card numbers or do anything annoying to make it work. I wish I could say Groupon worked so smoothly . . .

10% off Amazon Home Purchases through USPS

If you’ve moved or are planning to move let Amazon know through USPS and you can get 10% off of home purchases fulfilled by Amazon. After you sign up, it automatically takes off the discount in your cart before you purchase. It will even let you have this discount on top of cyber Monday deals!

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Posted in Deals, Health Improvement, Uncategorized

Cheap Exercise- Free Couch to 5K Ap from Zenlab’s Fitness

Matt and I enjoyed living in the south and eating out, perhaps a little too much. Living in a hotel I did manage to cook quite a bit, but by our second long-term stay hotel I lost some steam and we ate out a lot. Throwing all caution to the wind when it came to food, both of us have gained some weight.

So being in an apartment and without the easy access to exercisde equipment our hotels used to offer us, I’m looking for inexpensive ways to exercise. This morning I decided to go back to using an ap I really enjoyed this last summer. It’s called the C25K ap from Zenlab’s fitness. It’s based on an exercise program called the couch to 5k, which was designed to help people who haven’t been active, “couch potatoes” if you will, to get active by following a step-by-step program done 3 times a week for about 30 minutes each week. The program prompts you to walk and run in intervals until over time you are in a condition to run a 5k. It’s designed to help non-runners work up to running longer distances over time. The ap I mentioned above makes this easy by cutting into your running music and prompting you to start and stop running and letting you know how many more runs you have to complete and when you’re almost done. You just listen to your music and follow the directions to run and walk when it tells you to do so. I’m not an exercise fiend or a runner so I was amazed that this ap got and kept me running. I have never trained for more than a 5k yet, and the 5k training portion of the ap is free, so it’s been a great deal for me.

So if you don’t have money for a gym membership or the stamina to run continuously for 30 minutes, this ap could be away to get back into good habits or help you maintain good habits you’ve built. I fall on and off the exercise wagon often, but have come back to this ap a few times, so I hope it can be helpful for anyone who’s looking for inexpensive ways to get healthier.

Posted in Appetizers, Desserts, Holiday Recipes, Uncategorized

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake Ball

I made cheesecake in my Instant Pot recently and had a few pieces left over. Gasp! Leftover cheesecake, how is that possible? I myself am shocked, but after I saw it in the fridge today, I pulled it out and spread some of this tasty cheesecake onto a cookie and had an epiphany! Why not make a sweet cheese ball instead of a savory one? A fall cheesecake ball!

This cheesecake ball is a great party treat for those of us who want to taste a little of every dessert at a party.

This ball was made from a maple pumpkin cheesecake I made from another blog. You can find all of the ingredients and directions to make the cheesecake on the blog post I linked to above. No need to make the glaze that goes with the cheesecake, unless you’re going to eat half of the cheesecake, as normal cheesecake like we did. If you’re making the cheesecake just to use for a cheesecake ball, you can make the recipe above without the crust and skip step 3 below.

Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake Ball

Makes 1 cheese ball or 2 cheese balls if you use an entire 7′ cheesecake.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 pumpkin maple cheesecake
  • 1/2 bag of ginger snaps
  • 1/2 sleeve of graham crackers

1. Pull your cheesecake out of the fridge to soften for 10-15 minutes or make a maple pumpkin cheesecake without a crust and let it cool over night.

leftover pumpkin maple cheesecake sprinkled with cinnamon
leftover pumpkin maple cheesecake sprinkled with cinnamon

2. Crush up 4 ginger snaps, graham cracker, or finely chopped nuts in a sandwich bag. You may even consider just sprinkling cinnamon on the ball instead of the coating it with cookies or nuts.

3. Cut the crust off of the bottom of your cheesecake or make your cheesecake without the crust.

Leftover cheesecake
Cutting the crust off leftover cheesecake

4. Using your half of your 7″ cheesecake, roll the cheesecake into a large ball with your hands.

5. Spread your crushed ginger snaps, graham crackers, nuts etc on a small plate and roll the cheesecake ball around until it is completely covered.

6. Put your cheese ball into the middle of a plate and place cookies and crackers around it.

I think colored vanilla wafers would give the plate more color, but I didn’t have any of those on hand so this plate is a little monochromatic, but boy was this pumpkin maple cheesecake ball delicious!

Maple Pumpkin Cheesecake Ball with ginger snaps and graham crackers!
Pumpkin Maple Cheesecake Ball with ginger snaps and graham crackers!

Anyone else have other colorful cookies they think would look good around this sweet cheese ball?

Posted in Finding Qaulity Used Appliances, Saving Green

Tips from Appliance Repairmen on Buying a Used Washer and Dryer

Matt and I just bought our first washer and dryer. Since we didn’t know much about what made a good washer and dryer when we began looking, I did some research online. I found a ton of useful information on how to buy a used washer and dryer from Ryan Finlay, who earns a living refurbishing old machines and teaching others his trade.

We also learned a lot from Larry of Larry’s Appliance Castle in Salem, OR  who owns a  refurbished appliance and repair shop and who has been in the business for nearly 30 years. He was kind enough to show us how they refurbish machines, talked to us about the benefit of different machines, and then explained important tips on selecting the right used washer and dryer. The tips provided below are a compilation of information from the article I mentioned above, advice from Larry, and our experience purchasing a used washer and dryer.

1. Buy Whirlpool Made Machines- Whirlpool made several other brands over the years including Kenmore, but only during certain spans of time, so a good rule of thumb is to stick with machines made before 2010 and of the Whirlpool brand or a brand that they manufactured (for a full list of brands Whirlpool manufactures scroll to the end of this article).

2. Buy 2010 and Older Used Washing Machines- They tend to be made to last longer than newer models. Why? Read about it here.

3. Get a GuaranteeMany appliance shops offer warranties. Look for one who offers a year warranty. The guarantee provides an incentive for the shop to provide you with a machine in good working order–after all they won’t want to have to come by to repair the machine on their own dime later.

The guarantee on our machines is only 90 days, but Larry assured us he would take care of us for the year if anything goes awry. He seems trustworthy and we believe he will honor his promise, but getting a year guarantee in writing is probably best.

3. Buy from a Local Business who Inspects their Appliances Before Selling Them- While I know many people purchase appliances secondhand, I read articles that advised against this practice. We were also told by Larry, that the reason buying from others is risky, is that there are many ways that machines can get damaged during the process of moving them. Having the right tools to move washers and dryers keeps them upright and doesn’t put pressure on the wrong parts of the machines leaving you with a damaged machine. He also mentioned that like used cars, people can be misleading, or possibly aren’t aware of the issues their machines have when they sell them to you. So, if you do buy from an individual you must be more informed and inspect the machine more closely.

Look for used appliance shops that take their machines apart, clean them, repair and replace parts, and then test them before selling them to you. It is in a small business’ best interest to provide good service and quality products since negative reviews could easily destroy their local business and this means better customer service for you should you have trouble with your machine down the road. Referrals and reviews are the lifeblood of small bussinesses like these and customer service is where they can truly differentiate themselves from large appliance stores.

5. Buy a Set- If you ever need to re-sell your machines, a set is easier to sell. An employee of Larry’s informed us that people are more much more likely to want to buy a matching set, even though as far as functionality goes it really doesn’t matter.

6. Ask for a Discount for Paying in Cash- Larry offered to give us a $20 discount on the delivery fee for paying in cash. I’ve learned with many bussinesses that it never hurts to ask about discounts and specials, especially small businesses, the worst thing they can say is no! Maybe we should have tried to negotiate a free delivery, but we felt were receiving a good value with the discount, the low-cost machines, and free instillation/testing so we didn’t push for free delivery.

7. Don’t Buy Samsung Brand Washers and Dryers. They manufacture great phones and other electronics, but are known for making terrible washing machines and dryers in the appliance repair community.

8. Be careful Transporting your Used Machine- If you opt to save money on the delivery fee, read about how to transport washers and dryers properly.

Best of luck in your used washer and dryer search! I hope this article and the links I included provide you with some helpful information. For more detailed information about how to buy a high quality used washer and dryer check out How to Buy a Used Washing Machine.

Thinking about  buying a new washer and Dryer? LGWhirlpool Duet brand, and Speed Queen have been mentioned as being high quality options.

Do you have a favorite brand and model you would recommend when buying a washer and dryer? Please tell us about what you like about it in the comments below. 

Click on the following link for more information on Whirlpool Brands and how to figure out the age of a Whirlpool washing machine or dryer using its serial number.

Whirlpool Brands:

 

  • Kitchen Aid
  •  Roper
  • SinkGuard
  • Estate (This is the type of machines we ended up purchasing)
  • Inglis (Canada)
  •  Norcold
  • Partners Plus
  •  Conquest
  •  Coolerator
  •  Crystal Tips
  • Hampton Bay
  • Jordan
  • Sub-Zero
 In 2006, Whirlpool bought Maytag, whose brands are listed below: 
  • Admiral
  • Amana
  • Caloric
  • Crosley
  • Glenwood
  • Hardwick
  • Imperial
  • Jenn-Air
  • Maycor
  • Magic Chief
  • Menumaster
  • Neptune
  • Litton
  • Modern Maid
  • Norge
  • Speed Queen
  • Sunray

The lists shown above were found on Electrical Forensics.com

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