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How To Save Money on Gift Cards #Ahold15off

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Spring is right around the corner and that means there will be upcoming spring festivities, holidays, birthdays, and events to celebrate!

My brothers’ birthdays are this spring and they love receiving gift cards for their birthdays. It gives them the freedom to and flexibility to use it on anything they want to.

Gift cards make great gift ideas and if you wait for a few deals, you can actually save money when you buy gift cards!

How To Save Money On Gift Cards

Ahold Stores are having an amazing deal on gift cards going on right now.

You can save $15 off your next shopping trip when you buy $250 in Visa® Gift Cards at Giant, Stop & Shop, and Martins stores.

To make the most of this deal, you can double dip on savings and rewards when you use your rewards credit card to purchase your gift cards.

Here's how to save money on gift cards:

You can use your favorite rewards credit card to purchase the gift cards and earn points, miles, cash back, or a percentage back on your purchases. Some rewards credit cards even offer an increased reward for purchases made at grocery stores.

The best way to save on gifts is to stockpile when there is a great deal like this one.

If you’re planning on buying gift cards for your loved ones during the spring season and holidays, then this is a great time to do so.

Gift cards are perfect for your loved ones, neighbors, teachers, college students, or anyone you’re looking to spread a little joy to this season.

You can even use gift cards towards purchases for your spring break travels.

I don’t buy gift cards often, I usually wait until there is a great deal going on. Once I find a deal where I can save when I purchase gift cards, I buy enough gift cards for whatever celebration is coming up.

Find a Giant, Stop & Shop, or Martins store near you.

This offer is only available from now until 3/30/17 so stock up on gift cards while you can.

To celebrate this awesome deal, we’re giving away a $50 Amazon Gift Card. You can enter below:

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How do you save on gift cards?

Easy Ways to Save Money at Kroger #Kroger4xFuel

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One of my favorite places to shop for groceries is Kroger, but did you know that you can buy a plethora of other items at Kroger too? From personal care and baby products to gift cards and more. Some of my favorite ways to save money at Kroger is to stack up on savings during promotional periods.

Ways To Save Money at Kroger

Kroger offers a variety of ways to save money from digital coupons, promotions on items including gift cards, using your favorite rewards credit cards for extra savings, savings on fuel points and more.

From now until March 21, you can earn 4x the fuel rewards with the purchase of any gift card at Kroger stores.

With the downloadable digital coupon, you can earn 4x the fuel rewards and be on your way to saving more on fuel perfect in time for spring break.

Find your local Kroger here!

You can double dip on these savings by using your rewards credit card to purchase gift cards at Kroger and save a certain percentage on your purchase.

You can purchase any gift card you’d like which makes it easier for you to stock up on gift cards perfect in time for spring holidays as well. Purchasing gift cards will help you save more on fuel rewards so you can rack up on savings that way too.

Gift cards make a great gift idea for teachers, neighbors, out of town guests, and even college students. With the spring holidays rolling around, gift cards are a great way to spread the holiday cheer. You can save on fuel rewards perfect in time for spring traveling as well. It’s a win-win!

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3 Ways to Save Money on Gift Cards This Spring #AholdV2X

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One of the best ways to save money on gift cards this spring is to double up on savings at your local grocery store. Whether you’re stocking up on gift cards for upcoming events or spring holidays, gift cards are a great way to make someone’s day.

I love giving gift cards as gifts because it gives the recipient a little more freedom on buying something that they really want, especially if I have no idea what to gift someone.

Gift cards make great gifts for family members, teachers, neighbors, and even out of town guests.

Gift cards are also great for sending to college students because they are quick and easy to ship in the mail. They are also a great way to gift your student extra spending money for whatever they may want or need through their spring semester of school.

If you’re spending money on a bunch of gift cards this season for various people, then you might want to consider ways to save money on gift cards because they can add up and get expensive.

3 Ways to Save Money on Gift Cards

1. One my favorite ways to save money on gift cards is to purchase them at local grocery stores. Grocery stores always have great deals for gift cards using their rewards system that you’re probably already signed up for. If you shop at Ahold, they are offering a great deal on gift cards until 3/9/2017.

You can get 2x fuel points when you purchase any Visa gift card no through 3/0

2. Double dip on rewards using your rewards credit card to purchase gift cards. When you purchase gift cards at the grocery store, you can earn double the rewards by using your rewards credit card to purchase them. You can earn fuel points, save extra percentages off, or even dollar amounts off your total by using your rewards credit card to purchase the gift cards. This all depends on the rewards program that your grocery store uses.

3. When you purchase your gift cards you can earn fuel points to save money on gas for spring break travel. Find a Giant, Stop & Shop, or Martins store near you and you can earn 2x the fuel points when you buy Visa Gift Cards from now until 3/9/2017. Now only are you saving money on gift cards, but you’re saving money on gas, too! How awesome is that?

This offer is only available between 3/3 to 3/9/2017

Find an Ahold store near you to get this offer.

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15 Best Avocado Toast Recipes

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Last year I discovered the wonderful world of avocado toast. I don't know why it took me so long to try avocados, but I'm so glad that I did! Avocado toast is absolutely delicious. It's my go-to for a quick and easy healthy breakfast. It's versatile and can be topped with a variety of ingredients.

Avocado Toast by How Sweet Eats
Avocado Toast by How Sweet Eats

Avocados are packed with monounsaturated fatty acids which are great for heart health, reducing the risk of cancer, lowering inflammation and cholesterol. They are also full of vitamins (vitamins K, C, E, B5, B6, folate and potassium), fiber (7g per 100gram serving), and antioxidants. It would be beneficial for you to include it in your diet!

Below are some recipes to help!

Best Avocado Toast Recipes
Best Avocado Toast Recipes

15 Avocado Toast Recipes

1. Miso-Tahini Avo Toast by Dolly and Oatmeal

2. Smashed Avo Toast with Black Beans and Roasted Tomato by Blissful Basil

3. Avo Toast with Pico de Gallo by What’s Gaby Cooking

4. Autumn Avocado Toast by How Sweet Eats

Avocado Toast by Faring Well
Avocado Toast by Faring Well

5. Dukkah Avocado Toast by Faring Well

6. Best Avocado Toast with Eggs by Gimme Delicious

7. Mexican Grilled Corn Avo Toast by How Sweet Eats

8. 5 Minute Avo Toast by Damn Delicious

Caprese Avo Toast by Two Peas and their Pod
Caprese Avo Toast by Two Peas and their Pod

9. Caprese Avo Toast by Two Peas and Their Pod

10. Avocado Almondaise Tartines by Love and Lemons

11. Cucumber Hummus Avo Toast by Kitchen Treaty

Avocado Toast by Love and Olive Oil
Avocado Toast by Love and Olive Oil

12. Goat Cheese Avocado Toast by Love and Olive Oil

13. Avo Toast with a Twist by Simply Quinoa

14. Mexican Corn Salad Avo Toast by Closet Cooking

15. Roasted Tomato Avo Toast by The Whole Serving

These are some of my favorite Avocado Toast Recipes!

Best Avocado Toast Recipes
Best Avocado Toast Recipes

Which ones are your favorite?

Lamb Stew Recipe

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Upon learning about my recent food intolerance, I decided to adjust my diet to eat less beef and find substitutes for the recipes I love to make– like this lamb stew recipe.

I usually make beef stew, but I must admit that lamb stew has been such a delicious replacement.

Even my 5-year old loves it!

I think my favorite thing about this stew is that you can enjoy this year-round for a comforting meal, not just during the winter.

Lamb Stew Recipe

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Making lamb stew is a great way to sneak in vegetables for picky eaters.

You can add your little one's favorite vegetables to this dish and even have them help you in the kitchen while you're making it. If your little one is part of the process of making a dish, they will be more likely to eat it as well!

My favorite thing about this dairy free recipe is that it actually doesn’t take a very long to make. So if you're a busy mom and are looking for a wholesome dinner you can put together in under an hour, this lamb stew is perfect.

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You can even use your crockpot if you wanted to cut down on your time. You can prepare this early on in the day using your crockpot so that it's ready for dinner later on. I personally don't have a crockpot, so I just use the stove top and it turns out perfectly.

You can have this stew on its own, or alongside with some rice which is what I usually do.

I love adding cauliflower in place of potatoes, but that’s just my preference. You can substitute for whatever vegetables you prefer. It will still be delicious!

Lamb Stew Recipe

Directions:

  1. Chop onion, garlic, bell pepper and parsley and in a large pot, sauté with two tablespoons of olive oil under medium heat for about 5 minutes.
  2. Add the tomato puree, lamb, and seasonings and stir. Add 1 cup of water or vegetable broth and cook for about 30 minutes on medium heat, stirring every 10-12 minutes, adding more water/broth as needed.
  3. Add 3 cups of water/broth and bring to boil and then reduce to simmer and add the cauliflower and cook for 15 minutes.
  4. Add the green beans and peas and continue to simmer for 5 minutes and serve.
  5. You can also add 2 tsp of cornstarch to make it a little thicker if you wish.

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion
  • 3 cloves garlic
  • 1 green bell pepper
  • handful of fresh parsley
  • 6oz tomato puree
  • 1lb of cubed lamb
  • 2 cups of chopped cauliflower
  • 1 cup of peas
  • 1.5 cups of green beans
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp cumin
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp paprika
  • 1 tsp all spice
  • 1 tsp cinnamon
  • 4 cups of water or vegetable broth
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Kids Foot Locker and SIZE Opens at Fairlane Town Center!

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Fairlane Town Center is a mall that I grew up around and it’s one of my favorite places to shop! kids-foot-locker

Not only do they have a variety of amazing store brands and a great food court, there is always something new and exciting happening there. From holiday events to store openings, Fairlane Town Center never fails to surprise me.

Fairlane Town Center recently opened two new amazing stores for kids including Kids Foot Locker and SIZE. I can’t tell you how excited I was about these store openings!

There already was a Kids Foot Locker inside of the adult Foot Locker, but it now has it’s very own space! Kids Food Locker is located on the lower level right across from Foot Locker in the JCPenney wing of the mall. Inside of Kids Foot Locker you’ll find Fly Zone (a store-within-a-store) which features the hottest styles in clothing and footwear for kids from name brand merchandise like Jordan and Nike.

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SIZE features a nice selection of high end men’s, women’s, and children’s clothing and also footwear from brands like Uggs, Vans, PUMA, and even Adidas. SIZE is located on the lower level as well, next to Underground by Journeys in the JCPenney wing.

I loved walking into Size and Kids Foot Locker the spaces were so open and the associates were so helpful! I had no idea what I was looking for in terms of shoes for Zach and they were able to easily help me find exactly what I wanted with just a few questions to help me narrow my choices. I love that the stores offer a wide selection of brands and sizes and there is definitely something for every style preference.

I’m so excited that these opened up because now I don’t have to look too far for shoes or apparel from these brands, I can get everything I need at Fairlane! It’s such a treat every time we go.

Fairlane Town Center has two levels with over 125 stores and restaurants as well as a 21-screen AMC Theatre! Some of my favorite stores at Fairlane are Bath and Body Works, H&M, Forever21, Macy’s, JCPenney, Foot Locker, and more.

Be sure to check out Kids Foot Locker and Size next time you’re at Fairlane Town Center! You won’t be disappointed.

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