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Make Your Own Household Cleaners & Save!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

According to a recent study based on government data Americans spend roughly $659 a year on home cleaning supplies. Instead of dishing out your hard earned cash on soaps and cleaners, make your own using basic everyday ingredients. Not only will you be saving money by avoiding brand name products but you’ll also be cleaning with far fewer chemicals. Here are a few easy do-it-yourself remedies.

Laundry Soap:
1 bar of soap grated
8 cups of boiling water
1 cup of laundry soda
1 cup of borax

Mix together, simmer so it can thicken, and let sit overnight.

Dish Soap:
2 cups of Castile soap
1 tsp of lemon juice or vinegar
½ cup of hot water

OR

2 cups of hot water
1 tsp of lemon juice or vinegar
¼ cup of grated soap flakes

Copper Cleaner:
Lemon juice and salt clean copper of stubborn rings and stains.

Unclog Drains:
1 cup of baking soda
½ cup of vinegar

Pour baking soda down the drain first followed by vinegar. Use plunger to work solution through pipes.

Wood Polish:
3 parts olive oil
1 part lemon oil

OR

1 teaspoon of olive oil
1 cup of vinegar

Glass Cleaner:
You can use rubbing alcohol or vinegar to clean glass with out leaving streaks.

Hard Water Stain Remover:
Vinegar and water in a spray bottle work great to get hard water stains off your sink, shower and faucets. Will also remove salt water rings from a boat.

Rust Remover:
Soak rusty nails or tools in Alka-Seltzer to remove rust almost immediately. 

Wax Remover:
Get a paper bag and place it over the wax. Then take a hot iron and iron over the paper bag, the wax will bleed onto the paper bag and off your carpet.

Bug Repellents:
Citronella oil, Cinnamon oil, Peppermint oil, Rosemary oil, Cedar oil, Castor oil, Eucalyptus oil or Clove oil  – To repel mosquitoes and flies
Baking Soda – To repel ants

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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What’s New @ BondRewards?


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

As you may have noticed we have revamped BondRewards.com! We still have 6 Double Rewards Stores each month, pay BondDollars for surveys, referrals, and email clicks, and offer lots of financial guidance via our Personal Finance page and blogs – after all why change a good thing? However, we did add a bunch of new features to make BondRewards your favorite online resource for social networking, shopping, and financial advice!

 What’s New?

Featured Product of the Day:

Check it out, visit the merchant, ‘like’ the product on facebook or tweet about it on Twitter! These products change each day – so don’t miss out and stay tuned.

What’s Happening Now:

In this section you’ll see various members of BondRewards that are earning BondDollars right now! Get active with BondRewards and you could be featured here too!

Featured Savers:

This section shows real testimonials from real BondRewards members just like you. These testimonials show how our members use BondRewards, the benefits they have found, and why they come back to BondRewards.com again and again!

Buy Online Pick Up In Store:

Just like it sounds, this shows which merchants of ours allow you to buy your merchandise online so you can earn BondDollars and pick it up at a local store near you so you can get instant satisfaction! This is great for last minute gift giving and skipping out on Shipping Fees!

Update Your Profile:

Tell us your preferences and interests and get PAID for doing it! Each 6 months you can get paid for updating your profile, interests, and preferences – keep us up to date and we’ll reward you for it! You can still update your interests or profile as often as you want – but you’ll only get paid to do so each 6 months.

Shopping Pages:

Our shopping pages have been redesigned to make browsing, selecting, and shopping even easier. You can now see sample products from our merchants, review their terms, payout percentages, and store descriptions. Not only is this fun but it also helps expose you to new stores you never know you loved.

Redemption Pages:

Redeem even quicker with our newly redesigned redemption pages. Choosing Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds has never been easier!

Have any questions? Check out our Learn More pages for simply put facts! Tired of sites that just confuse you with hard to understand lingo? So are we. We make it easy to understand why people love BondRewards, why BondRewards is a beneficial program, how it works and so much more!

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
Marketing Manager Bondrewards.com
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How Much of Your Retirement are You Losing Each Year?


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Many of us are now taking a more aggressive approach to our retirements or at the very least, becoming more aware of it. How much should I save? When can I retire? Will there be any Social Security left for me? These are the questions that you should be asking yourself. How much you should save and when you can retire rely on your age, income, what you can afford to put away, and the kind of lifestyle you want to have once you do retire. However, if you want to know if there will be any Social Security money for you later…well, that we can answer.

In a recent study done by the Center for Research at Boston College it was found that today’s workers will lose about $2,300 a year for the rest of their careers. Obviously, the younger a worker is – the harder they’re hit since their retirement days are further out. In addition, the more money a worker makes now means they’ll be losing much more than $2,300 each year.

This retirement deficit is due in small part to poor job growth, unemployment, and an overall struggling economy. The main benefactor is stagnant wage growth that occurred during the recession or more precisely 2008. Due to these hurdles and misfortunes Social Security will run out of money much sooner than originally thought.

What Can You Do?

Take your retirement into your own hands. Depending on someone or something else for your future wellbeing isn’t smart. If there is money for you at the end of the tunnel, great. But if there’s not, it’s better to have a back-up plan in place now. Invest in yourself, get a 401k retirement plan in place and tuck a little money away each month for your future. Don’t put all your eggs in one basket. Like everything, it’s good to have some versatility, that way, if one doesn’t work out as you had hoped, you’ll have a back-up. Buy stocks, invest in Savings Bonds, invest in property, and open a savings account at your local bank. The more options you have at your fingertips the better.

How We Can Help:

As you may know BondRewards was designed for just this purpose. Not in hopes that the economy would struggle, but in hopes to help set the everyday American up for their future. BondRewards allows its members to shop for what they need and want – while accruing BondDollars which can be redeemed for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds. Our members (who join and use BondRewards for free) can shop for anything from airplane fare and clothing to concert tickets and gift baskets on our site. A percentage of each purchase is placed into your BondRewards account until you’re ready to redeem. Redeem for Cash (which you can use now) or U.S. Savings Bonds (which can be used towards your retirement) the choice is yours. Our program is risk free and completely designed with you in mind. For more info click here.

Info on 401k’s and IRA’s: http://blog.bondrewards.com/2010/06/29/battle-of-the-ira-vs-401k-which-is-right-for-you/

Info on U.S. Savings Bonds: http://blog.bondrewards.com/2010/02/04/what-are-the-benefits-of-a-us-savings-bond/

SOURCE

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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Debt Consolidation Plans & Your Financial Freedom


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

So you’ve tried paying down your credit cards and loans you you’ve finally come to that point where you know you need help. Now the question is, who do you ask for help and what can they do for you? Many of us look into debt consolidation for assistance which can be a big help when you’ve been fighting an uphill battle for years. However, there are a few things you need to know and consider first.

THE BENEFITS:

The benefits of joining a debt consolidation program are that you can use the aid of a company to pay down your debts quicker than you could by yourself. How do they work? The company will negotiate with your creditors by cutting your debt amount or by attaining lower interest rates. When you join a program you’ll be making one monthly payment to the debt consolidation company versus several payments to multiple companies at different times each month. This can keep you organized and help you avoid missing a payment and incurring late charges. A debt consolidation program should also be able to tell you your payoff date and the amount that you will have saved by joining their program. This is not only motivating but a great way to get a birds-eye view of your financial situation.  

FEES:

Is there a fee to join the program? Chances are that there is an initiation fee and a start up fee. Many have one or the other and sometimes both, try to avoid the programs that have both since the point is to put your money to good use each month, not add another company to your payments. Another fee to watch out for is an early payoff fee, this means that if you pay off a creditor early you could get slammed with a fee. Sounds counter-productive doesn’t it? The better debt consolidation programs don’t penalize you for paying off your debts early and those are the companies that truly have your best interest in mind. Try to shop around and find one that doesn’t nickel and dime you to death.

THE CONS:

For some the benefits may not outweigh the cons in the sense that with the added fees you might not come ahead all too much. If this is the case you may just need to find a different company to work with. Your credit may also take a hit when you use a debt consolidation program, it will show up when someone pulls your credit making it hard to get approved for a loan whether new or refinanced. However, if you’re not planning on getting approved for a large loan anytime soon it probably won’t make any difference and in the long run its better to get completely out of debt now by using a program than to string your debts along with you into the next decade.

As you can see there are a lot of factors to consider when choosing a program and evaluating your finances. Be sure to talk to a customer service representative and ask all the questions you can. Ask what their fees are, what stipulations they have, and make sure you can call on them whenever you need to. Ask how their program will affect your credit since some look worse on your credit report than others; some are more aggressive where they cut down your debt and interest rates while others will just negotiate lower interest rates for you.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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Back to School Savings Tips!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

It’s almost that fabulous time of the year that every parent longs for - back to school. The only drawback to the back to school season commencing is the back to school shopping. If you don’t take the time to look around and shop smart it can be pricey. New clothes, new shoes, new sports equipment, new pens, binders, notepads, books and the list goes on. This year use BondRewards for your back to school shopping and take advantage of our Double Rewards Stores and get twice as many BondDollars on all your back to school purchases. For some other great savings tips read on…

PACK LUNCHES:

This seems like such an obvious one although parents rarely utilize this easy savings tip. Not only will you save a bunch on your kids lunches and snacks every day but you’ll also know exactly what they’re eating. With all the unhealthy processed food in school cafeterias this is the best way to ensure your child eats right when you’re not around.

CARPOOL, BIKE, OR WALK:

Another easy way to save a few bucks is to set up a carpool where your child can travel in a pack to school and back. Even better, if you live close enough, have your kids walk or bike to school, this is a healthy and cheap alternative to being driven every day.

SAVE OLD SUPPLIES:

Every year when I was done with school I would have a ton of extra paper at the back of each notepad. I always felt so bad just throwing it away but knew I would need a thicker notepad come the next school year. An easy trick is to just rip that paper out at the perforated edge and use that as your free sheeted binder paper. This little trick saves trees and money. Don’t forget to save the binders and other school supplies that are in decent shape for the next year as well.

GET NEW SUPPLIES FOR CHEAP:

All the office supplies stores like Staples, Office Max, and Office Depot will have back to school sales this time of year so be sure to check them out. Keep an eye out for the items on your kids school supplies list and get the items when they have a special promotion. If you have multiple kids be sure to compare their school supplies lists and buy in bulk.

SHOP FOR SALES:

Clothes are expensive – especially if you have multiple children in your home. Be sure to hit up the outlet stores in your area, clearance racks, and the Good Will. You can get a lot for your money and your kids will end up with a much larger wardrobe. If you’re in a remote area, or like me and hate battling the Outlet stores stick to BondRewards.comBondRewards has hundreds of stores that are offering Back to School Sales with promotional online-only discounts. You can get stellar savings on the clothes your kids REALLY want by taking advantage of Free Shipping, Buy One Get One Free promotions, discounted sales and so on. Plus, as always, earn BondDollars on each and every purchase bringing you closer to redemption.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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Important & Exciting Merchant Updates


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

We are constantly on the lookout for great deals and killer promotions just for you.

Check out our latest merchants and make the most out of your shopping experience!

Apparel

   Perry Ellis  Thomas Pink

Beauty & Fragrance

Philosophy

Cars & Boats

Sears Part Direct   Autotrader  Tires-easy

Auto Parts Giant  Auto Anything

Electronics

Panasonic    Logitech

Ritz  ZAGG  Sharper Image

Food & Beverages

Lindt

Health

eVitamins

Home Garden & Office

art.com  Pacific Coast Feather Co.   Home Decorators

Krups  Anna's Linens  Bambeco

Jewelry

Novica  Swaroski

Media

Rdio  Audible  Discovery Channel

Pets

Purina Care

Services

Plum District    Select a ticket

24 Hr Fitness  TicketNetwork  Ticket Liquidator

Walgreens  Angie's List  Qwest

Virgin Mobile  bookit  Sprint

Shoes

The Walking Co.Famous Footwear  Brooks Running

Chinese Laundry

Specialty

WaySpa

Sports & Fitness

Golf Galaxy

Toys & Games

Lumosity

Travel

Luggage Point  Briggs & Riley

Unfortunately, summer brought some unexpected news about a new law that affects some of our merchants. Due to recent changes to California Law ABX1_28 (the “Amazon Law”) some of our participating merchants discontinued our affiliate relationship effective June 30, 2011 and they will not longer allow us to promote their programs.

For more information about the law please visit: California Law

Discontinued Merchants:

  • 1800-Petmeds
  • 6pm
  • BJ’s Wholesale
  • Boden
  • Body Building
  • Cabelas
  • Calvin Klein
  • Crutchfield
  • Diapers.com
  • Dyson
  • Endless
  • Fingerhut
  • Gaiam
  • Gardener’s Supply
  • Golfballs
  • Jessica London
  • Luggage Online
  • Overstock
  • Pajama Gram
  • Roaman’s
  • Shoebuy
  • Shopbob
  • SmartBargains
  • Soccer.com
  • Taylor Made
  • Vermont Teddy Bear
  • Vitacost
  • Wine Enthusiast
  • Woman Within

We truly appreciate your participation in the program.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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Don’t Miss Your July Double Rewards Stores!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Don’t miss your July Double Rewards Stores and your monthly opportunity to DOUBLE Your EARNINGS on these six stores! This month we’re offering ACE Hardware, Kmart, and Dell for your Home and Electronic needs. Plus, Footlocker, Athleta, and VitaminShoppe to keep you healthy and happy this summer. Shop these six stores and automatically double your BondDollar Earnings!

Double Rewards

   

   

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

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How Much Produce Do You Throw Out Each Week?


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

If you’re anything like me, you buy a ton of fruits and vegetables knowing that they’ll go bad soon but hoping that’ll be motivation to eat them quickly. And, if you’re anything like me, you know that never works. I hate wasting money on anything whether its gas, groceries, pet expenses, or a fancy haircut so I try to figure out ways to get around them whenever possible. One area where I’ve recently improved quite a bit is in the grocery store’s produce section. I used to be the person that went through the section putting anything and everything in the cart – not too worried about prices since produce is relatively cheap. However, in the past year I’ve noticed that about 70% of the produce I was buying was just getting thrown out from rotting. At first it was more of a ‘oh well’ attitude and then it started to make me annoyed trying to think of a way to get around this dilemma. Two of my biggest contributors were that I would buy way too much and I would forget about it soon after I purchased it. I’ve re-vamped my plan of attack and now I can proudly say that I rarely throw out fruit or vegetables.

STEP 1:

Only buy what you KNOW you’re going to use in the next week. Although going to the grocery store each week isn’t the most convenient task, it’s worth it when you end up with fresher produce to cook with and less produce to toss out.

STEP 2:

Keep your refrigerator clean and organized. I found that one of my most common problems was forgetting what I had bought and so I would buy more at my next grocery trip. I would end up with an unfathomable amount of produce and have no clue what to do with it. To get around this, I kept my fridge super clean and organized so that I could clearly see what I had available. This helped me to avoid over-shopping and keep an eye on the produce I had available.

STEP 3:

This is part of step 2 but in more detail; take all the produce out of those clear plastic bags. Keeping all your veggies and fruit in plastic bags and then within your crisper drawers makes it hard to see what you even have left in your inventory. I removed the bags and lined the plastic crisper drawers with a cloth hand towel. I noticed when items were left in bags they kept moisture locked in which in turn made them rot faster. Keeping them clearly displayed in their drawers helped me to see exactly what I had without trying to remember what was in each bag and drawer.

STEP 4:

Be resourceful in the kitchen. When I would see that a bunch of fruit was going to go bad before I could get to it, I would make smoothies. If I had too many tomatoes, bell peppers, or jalapeños, I would make either homemade salsa or marinara. If I had too many blueberries or bananas I would make muffins or banana bread…it was really all about finding alternate ways to use the items I had without just throwing in the towel and buying more.

For more tips on how to save money on groceries check out this Yahoo article.

To see how much produce we throw away each year click HERE.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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Buy Online at BondRewards.com & Pick-Up Your Items in Store!


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Have you ever wanted to make your purchases online but you weren’t sure if they would arrive on time or maybe you just wanted them right away? Well now you can have the best of both worlds when you shop with BondRewardsBondRewards is adding more stores and brands each and every day to make your shopping experience more complete. In addition to expanding our selection of stores, we’re also creating a list of stores where you can shop online and pick up your items in the store. This offers the best of both worlds because you not only get your items that same day but you also get to rack up your BondDollars with each purchase.

Check out the list below to Shop, Earn, and Pick Up!

   

   

   

   

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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How Many Rewards Programs Do You Use?


 

Hey Savvy Shoppers & Savers,

Did you know that the average American household has signed up for 14 rewards programs? Not only is that a lot to manage, but when you think about the minimal rewards you’re probably receiving from each program it’ll be close to never before you can actually obtain something of value. If I think to my own wallet, I have a couple restaurant rewards programs, a few retail stores, a coffee shop, a makeup retailer, a couple grocery stores, and a sandwich shop. Now let me think of the times I’ve actually be able to redeem any of these ‘rewards’ or ‘points’ for something free or of value – about five. In the 11 years I’ve had most of these cards I haven’t been able to obtain much of anything of value. Either I forget I have the card completely, I leave them in my car because they make my wallet too fat, or I simply just don’t shop there enough. Such a frustrating cycle.

The reason that I was initially so attracted to BondRewards was because it pools together over 400 stores that each give you rewards. The rewards vary in amount but you still earn them on each purchase which all get added to one bucket. I like that. I like that I don’t have to buy 15 more sandwiches at one place, another $300 worth of makeup at another and so on. I can simply do my online shopping through BondRewards.com, earn BondDollars on each purchase and in really no time at all redeem my BondDollars for either cash or a U.S. Savings Bond – both of which I can use.

My bank for instance gives me ‘points’ on each transaction I make – seems simple enough. However, when going through the list of what I can actually redeem these points for, it’s quite amusing. An alarm clock, a kaleidoscope, a cell phone holster and so on. What would I do with these options – honestly? And this is the problem with most rewards programs out there today, they give you ‘rewards’ towards something you’ll either never be able to obtain (like a free trip) or to something you’ll have absolutely no use for (like a kaleidoscope). You would think companies would get a little more savvy and actually offer rewards in the form of something people really want and can use. That’s why I’m thankful for a program like BondRewards, they make it simple, they make it unique, and above all – they make it valuable.

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The more shopping you do online through BondRewards – the more BondDollars you can earn. Watch your BondDollars grow into big savings that you can later redeem for Cash or U.S. Savings Bonds! It’s a win-win so spread the word, secure your future, and show some love with BondRewards!

Melanie Roberts
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