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Using Dealspotr to Save and Make Money

Use If you like saving and making money, and I know you do, you’ll love Dealspotr! Dealspotr is a new-ish website (started in 2015) that publishes all types of deals including those that can be gotten by a coupon, those that are awesome because they are a lower price than everywhere else, and those who have limited time discounts.

You can also make money or points that can be redeemed for gift cards when you do certain actions that help the Dealspotr community. If you use a coupon and validate it, you get points. If you add a post to the site, you get points. If you share with friends and they sign up (And post their first deal. More on that later.), you get points. All those points add up and give you cash money or gift cards to places you love to shop.

Being crowdsourced makes it better

There are several things about Dealspotr that I like that make it different from other sites. One thing that I noticed about Dealspotr that I like that makes it different from other deal sites is that it offers you points for posting your deals. On other deal sites you may be able to post deals, but you don’t always get compensated for it. On Dealspotr you have a motivation to share deals. When you share, everyone wins.

What I would suggest doing is searching in Dealspotr when you need to buy something. Search their first and you may be able to find whatever item you are looking for at the cheapest price around. Then when you purchase and validate a coupon code (if you used one), you’ll get points.  There are tons of deals posted daily so you can expect for there to be thousands upon thousands of deals on Dealspotr at any one given time.

Do you like money?

Well, I’ll just admit it. I like being rewarded with money. But, honestly, who doesn’t? Yes, you can share deals from other deal sites but Dealspotr rewards you do to so. You can earn extra shopping money by completing tasks and sharing deals on Dealspotr. And your deal feed is personalized so you will see products that you are most likely to be interested in instead of hunting long lists of random deals that may be great, but just not great for you.

And, you know what? I love Ebates and all, but you don’t have to buy anything to be rewarded from Dealspotr. Just sign up and share deals and get rewarded. If you’re going to shop anyway, you definitely want to get the best prices. Unless you like wasting money. If you do, no worries. That’s totally up to you. I’d just prefer not to do that myself.

Join Dealspotr and earn

You can join Dealspotr here. And I have a nice little surprise for you. When you join using my link, you will earn +5,000 points when you complete your new user checklist and post your first valid deal. You can either click my link  to sign up or use my code MYSTERYSHOPPINGTEACHER to get in on this. You know you want to.

Those 5,000 points will get $5 to Amazon! You can cash out when you get to $10 for an Amazon gift card. It took me probably less than 20 minutes to fill out my profile AND post my first deal. It may take you less than that to earn your 5,000 points. I currently have 4,065 points because I didn’t have a referral code when I signed up :(.

I mentioned above that you need to post your first deal to get credit for your 5,000 points. Here’s how to find a deal. You can find your deal from newsletters you are signed up to with companies you regularly shop with or you can do a search of a site like Jet, Groupon, or a similar site. Find a product that is a great price and write your very first post to earn those 5,000 points. It really is that easy. Then, let me know what you think about it.

 

 

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I’m getting this deal right now for my students who will be taking their state assessment coming up in a few weeks. You can get 3 packs of Trident gum for FREE from Walmart using coupons and cash back. Here’s what you do:

Buy three packs of Trident gum. Print $1.59 off of 3 packs coupon below or click here.

SAVE $1.59 when you buy THREE (3) TRIDENT Gum Single Packs (any variety)

Use your Ibotta app to redeem the rebate of $1.50 for purchasing 3 packs of Trident gum. Click here to get Ibotta if you don’t have it already downloaded on your phone (you should! I’ve earned $228.93 cash back in 9 months!!!)

Redeem the $0.50 rebate on Checkout 51.

Here’s the breakdown:

3 packs of Trident gum @ $1.24 each: $3.72

-$1.59 coupon

-$1.50 Ibotta rebate

-$0.50 Checkout 51 rebate =  $0.13 moneymaker! Yay! I’ll take it!

 

 

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Salted-Caramel Six Layer Chocolate Cake

Look at that cake. Just look at it. You KNOW this will be one of those amazing cakes that everyone talks about for years to come when you make it, right? Trust me. It is amazing. I can’t take credit for this recipe. It’s actually Martha Stewart’s. I didn’t really change too much from her recipe, but her recipe was a little difficult to follow at times so hopefully this one is a little easier to understand.

Trust me when I say this cake is worth all of the steps you have to go through to make it. It is one of those “wow” cakes that you make for special occasions when you want to impress someone with your baking prowess. It’s going to probably take you a couple of hours to do all the steps. Print this recipe out, read it a couple of times, and give it a go. If you are a salted caramel lover, you have to make this cake!

Ingredients for the cake:

    • 3 cups all-purpose flour
    • 3 cups granulated sugar
    • 1 1/2 cups unsweetened Dutch-process cocoa powder
    • 1 tbsp baking powder
    • 1 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 4 large eggs
    • 1 1/2 cups buttermilk
    • 1/2 cup plus 2 tablespoons safflower oil
    • 2 tsp vanilla extract
    • 1 1/2 cup warm water
    • 1 tbsp fresh dill, chopped

Ingredients for the caramel:

    • 2 cups granulated sugar
    • 1/8 cup light corn syrup
    • 1 cup heavy cream
    • 1/2 tsp kosher salt
    • 1 stick cold unsalted butter cut into cubes

Ingredients for the frosting:

    • 1/4 cup plus 2 tbsp cocoa powder
    • 2 sticks room temperature unsalted butter
    • 1/2 cup confectioners sugar
    • 1 lb. semisweet chocolate chips melted and cooled
    • Kosher salt for topping

Prep time: 2 hours
Serves: 10-12

Instructions

          1. Turn on your oven and preheat it to 350 degrees. Then start making the cake batter. Sift the flour, granulated sugar, baking soda, baking powder, 1 1/2 tsp Kosher salt, and cocoa powder together into a bowl. Add eggs, buttermilk, oil, vanilla, and 1 1/2 cups warm water. Beat until it all comes together.
          2. Pour batter into three pans evenly. Bake for about 30-35 minutes until the cake is cooked (check with a toothpick in the middle).
          3. While cake is baking, make the caramel. It’s best if you have a candy thermometer for this as the temperature needs to be exact. Combine granulated sugar, corn syrup, and water in a medium saucepan over medium-high heat. Stir mixture constantly as it comes up to an amber color. It will take some time for this. Maybe 20 minutes or so. Be patient. It takes what it takes. When the amber color is reached, remove the pot from the heat and pour in the cream. The mixture will bubble up so be careful. Stir until cream is fully incorporated and then return the pan to the heat and let the mixture come up to 235 degrees. Once it reaches this temperature, take it off the heat and stir in the Kosher salt. After it has cooled for 15 minutes, stir in the cool butter a little bit at a time. Once all butter is incorporate, set caramel off to the side to cool.
          4. Now you can make the frosting. Whisk the cocoa and 1/4 cup plus 2 tablespoons warm water until cocoa is dissolved completely. Beat the butter, confectioners sugar, and a pinch of Kosher salt with a mixer until creamed. Add the melted chocolate and cocoa mixture a little bit at a time. After all chocolate and cocoa is incorporated, let the frosting stand. It will need to stand for 30 minutes before you can use it.
          5. To make your six layer cake, you’ll need to trim the tops off of your cake to make a level surface. You need a serrated knife to do this. After you have cut all of the tops off of your cakes, cut the cakes into two layers by cutting through each of them through the middle (horizontally). Put your bottom layer down, and add 1/5 of your caramel to the top of that layer. Add the next layer and continue the pattern until you’ve added all layers and used all caramel. You won’t need caramel for the top layer because you are going to frost it with the frosting. Add the top layer and frost the entire cake all the way around the sides and the top. Sprinkle with a little Kosher salt. (Note: I kept those delicious cake tops that I cut off to make a dome cake. I totally just made up that name so I don’t know if it’s a real thing, but I took the three cake tops and made a little cake with them just using the leftover chocolate frosting to frost in between the layers and on top. No caramel since I used up all my caramel on the real cake. I sprinkled the top of my frosted dome cake with Kosher salt.)

 

So this is not going to be an easy cake to make. I consider myself to be an okay baker, and it was a little challenging because there were just so many different steps that needed to be done for this beauty. The caramel absolutely requires you to have a candy thermometer unless you are used to making candy. I’ve made candy before but for this recipe I still recommend a candy thermometer to ensure your caramel turns out just right. If you don’t cook it long enough, you will have runny caramel that will slide all over the place. If you cook it too long it will get hard. You can get a candy thermometer for a good price on Amazon and once you have it you’ll probably find all kinds of uses for it.

If you are a huge fan of salted caramel like I am, you will love this cake. I hope you give it a try and let me know how your cake turns out.

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Good health isn’t guaranteed to any of us. In our household, we know a lot about that. My husband has had trouble with health since he was 25. His kidneys just stopped working out of nowhere. It’s a good thing he had good health insurance or our lives would not have been the same. He took it upon himself to educate himself about healthcare and knew the importance of being prepared with quality insurance and he had one of the best healthcare plans out there. Here are three reasons why it’s so important for all of us to look into healthcare education.

1. You are the only one who can take care of you

Yes, you have family and friends who love you, but you are the only one who can take care of you. You need health care that will fit your unique needs. When you have good healthcare, you will be able to go to the doctor if need be; without having to try to tough it out for fear of not having enough money to pay full price for every doctor’s visit. Whether it’s  yearly checkup or you have an unexpected sickness, you need health insurance that will be there for you. Not all healthcare is on the same level so it’s in your best interest to make sure your healthcare is all that you need it to be.

2. You never know when you need it

Like my husband found out, you never know when you will have to depend on your health insurance. At the onset of an acute illness, it would be so stressful to not have health insurance. When you are really sick, you need insurance as your safety net. My husband had to do dialysis 3 days a week for 4 hours at a time when his kidneys stopped working at the age of 25. Those sessions cost thousands of dollars each time. If he didn’t have health insurance, I don’t know what we would have done. Researching healthcare and learning the ins and outs of it is a critical move.

Test your insurance knowledge and enter to win $500!

3. It doesn’t take a lot of time, but it’s totally worth the effort.

Health care may not be the most entertaining topic to research, but it’s vitally important. Having health insurance that is there for you when you need it is a responsibility that we all have. As parents we  make sure our children are covered. We never know when something can happen to our children or ourselves and we need to be covered in those situations. The time you spend learning about health care can really help you out by helping you make sure you have the right plan for your needs. The effort you spend to learn about it is totally worth it! Don’t put it off!

Why not take a few minutes of your busy day to learn about health insurance? If you can do it in an entertaining way, that’s even better right? Well for those competitive folks out there, I challenge you to play the games at the UnitedHealthcare website to see what your score can be. I played the  perfect match game and I’m not ashamed to admit, I wanted to have the highest score so I played it twice (don’t tell anyone). The games are quick and can help you learn. Plus if you put in your info, you’ll have the chance to win the $500 grand prize or $100 weekly prize which is not too shabby. I already played and entered to win.

You can play and enter to win daily. And if you’re looking for health insurance anyway, you answer three basic questions and enter to win the cash prize as well as sign up for UnitedHealthcare here.

 

 

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