Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

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Is Kindle Unlimited Worth It?

Jamie here! I was thrilled when recently I  received an invite from Amazon to try their Kindle Unlimited service. I read on average 2-3 books a week, and find myself settling for sub-par freebie books pretty often when the ones I *really* want to read are just too pricey.  But once the trial honeymoon is over – is Kindle Unlimited worth it?  Here’s what I think…

In short, Kindle Unlimited will let you choose from a wide variety of eBooks (AND Audiobooks) to read free – and you pay $9.99 a month subscription fee. (After a Free 30 Day Trial)

Like  a library, you can borrow the books, and then return them and borrow more.  You can keep 10 at a time on your device, and although I haven’t tried the audiobooks yet, those count towards your 10 as well.

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The Pros:

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- I loved being able to read books I’d stuck on my “wish list” without having to shell out several bucks each.  I also found it helpful that you can search through just the Kindle Unlimited selection to see what’s included.

- I loved that you can do a 30-Day Free Trial Run of Kindle Unlimited to give you time to make up your mind.

- I loved that A LOT of the Kindle Unlimited books offered a free audible version for me to listen to. (Although I didn’t take them up on it, this would have been perfect for long commutes, or our upcoming hours-long basement painting project.)  If you don’t normally listen to audiobooks – it’s pretty neat how you can switch from reading to listening:

Thousands of Kindle books come with the free professionally narrated Audible audiobook. With Whispersync for Voice, whenever you see “Kindle Unlimited with Narration,” you can switch seamlessly between reading and listening without ever losing your place.

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The Con:

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Don’t expect a ton of best sellers.  I was disappointed that the selection of books excluded MANY of the ones I really, really wanted to read.  For instance, Girl on a Train.  Was so excited to read it, was so bummed that I was still going to have to pay $12.99 for the privilege.

 

In summary….

I think everyone should DEFINITELY go do the free Kindle Unlimited trial (Why not spend the next 30 days devouring every book in the library that you’ve wanted to read but been to cheap to?)

If you decide the selection of Kindle Unlimited books has enough value for you, that $9.99 a month is probably worth it!

What did you think?  Was Kindle Unlimited worth it for you?  What do you feel needs to change for it to be a worthwhile program?

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For those of you who love-love-love to listen to books, you’ll also want to get in on the Audible Free Trial!

 

 

Aldi 2/3 – 2/9 | Eggs only 99¢!

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Here are all the Aldi Deals from this week’s ad!  Below you’ll find all the TOP deals in stores this week.

Aldi Shopping Tips:

  1. Aldi’s does NOT accept coupons
  2. You’ll need a quarter (.25) to use their grocery carts, and bring your own shopping bags
  3. Only cash or debit cards for payments.
  4. Get the Aldi SmartPhone App HERE!
  5. Wal-Mart will price match these deals WITHOUT an ad!

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Click here to see the complete list

Cookies, Snacks & Candy

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Clancy’s White Rounds Tortilla Chips, 13 oz – $0.99

or Restaurant Style

Dairy

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Eggs, Large, doz – $0.99

Deli

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Mama Cozzi’s Pizza Kitchen Five Cheese Deli Pizza, 16″ – $4.49

Meat, Poultry & Fish

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Chicken, Breast, per lb – $1.49

Wednesday Only

Personal Care

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Reading Glasses with Case – $3.99

Produce

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Grapes, Red, 2 lb – $1.98

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Little Salad Bar Garden Salad, 12 oz – $0.69

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Potatoes, Red, 5 lb – $1.49

Miscellaneous

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Crofton Collapsible Dish Rack With Drainer – $5.99

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Hinkler Large Print Puzzle Assortment Books – $2.99

Click here to see the complete list

King Size Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper + 2 Pillows ONLY $40 (Reg $110!)

Right now at Kohl’s – get $15 off a $50 Purchase with code SPECIAL15 – plus earn $10 Kohl’s C ash for every $50 Spent :)

I found this highly rated Big One Gel Memory Foam mattress topper on clearance for $54.99 (King) – here’s how to get a great deal!

 

 

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Deal Ideas:

King Size Big One Gel Memory Foam Mattress Topper – $54.99  (Reg $109.99)
- $15 off $50 Coupon Code SPECIAL15
(makes it $39.99!)

Plus choose FREE Store Pickup to avoid shipping.

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If you add another $10 worth of items to your cart to get to $50 (for instance, two The Big One Pillows on sale for $4.99 each) – you’ll earn back $10 Kohl’s Cash making the additional items totally FREE!

 

**NOTE: You’ll still get Kohl’s Cash if you’re a few cents under $50 – read more about this awesome secret in our article –  13 Ways to Save at Kohl’s!

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Kohl’s Coupon | $15 Off $50 -or- $10 Off $30!

 

Right now at Kohl’s – get $10 off a $30 Purchase with code TENOFF, or $15 off a $50 Purchase with code SPECIAL15!  In addition to those savings, earn $10 Kohl’s C ash for every $50 Spent :)

 

 

The first place I looked was the Gold Star Clearance - with TONS of deals around 75% OFF.  I found these SUPER cute Cuddl Duds Flannel Sheets Set on clearance for $16.99 (Twin) or $31.99 (Queen)  **LOVE the Bicycle Print!

Deal Ideas:

 Buy (2) Twin Sets $16.99 each (The only print left in Twin size is the Zebra)
- $10 off $30 Coupon Code TENOFF
(makes it $23.98 – or $11.99 each!)

 

Queen Size Set (Other prints available as well) - $31.99
- $10 off $30 Coupon Code TENOFF
(makes it $21.99!)

 

 

 

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Check out 13 Ways to Save at Kohl’s to learn all the shopping tricks you need to score great deals.

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Food City 2/3 – 2/9

Here are the best deals going on this week at Food City!   Learn all about Food City’s Fuelperks program, coupon policy and more => HERE
Click here to see the complete list

Condiments, Spice & Baking

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Duncan Hines Cake Mix, 15.25 oz – $1.00

Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $0.50
Buy 1; Use $0.50/1 coupon

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Texas Pete Hot Sauce, 12 oz – $1.49

  • $1.00/2 Texas Pete Hot Sauces or Wing Sauces – 1-31-16 SS; Includes 12 oz only (exp. 02/28/16)
Final Price: $0.99
Buy 2; Use $1.00/2 coupon

Cookies, Snacks & Candy

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Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 9.5 – 15.1 oz – $2.50

Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.75
Final Price: $1.25
Buy 2; Use $0.75/2 coupon; Includes Checkout 51 Rebate Savings

Dairy

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Daisy Sour Cream, 14.72 – 16 oz – $2.00

Includes: Select varieties

Out-of-Pocket Price: $1.50
Final Price: $0.75
Buy 1; Use $0.75/1 coupon; Includes Ibotta Rebate Savings

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Eggland’s Best Large Eggs, 18 ct – $2.99

Grade A

Final Price: $2.24
Buy 1; Use $0.50/1 coupon; Includes Ibotta Rebate Savings

Frozen Foods

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Eggo Waffles, 9.8 – 12.3 oz – $2.00

Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $1.00

Personal Care

Refrigerated

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Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Meat, 8 – 9 oz – $3.49

Includes: Select varieties

  • $0.75/1 Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Honey Ham – 1-31-16 SS (exp. 03/31/16)
Final Price: $2.74
Buy 1; Use $0.75/1 coupon

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Oscar Mayer Lunchables, 3.2 – 4.4 oz – $1.50

Includes: Select varieties

Final Price: $0.50
Buy 1; Use $1.00/1 coupon
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Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

This homemade granola bars recipe is chock full of fruit and nuts and will keep you energized and satisfied well into the day!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/Fruit & Nuts

Jamie here! This past week my husband not-so-casually hinted that he was tired of our eating the exact same trail-mix granola bars every day on his way to work – and would I be up to the challenge of making some homemade granola bars just for him.  I’ve been wanting to make my own granola bars forever, so I was happy to try!
In fact, he’s also been trying to lower his cholesterol, and oats, nuts and blueberries are all very good for that.  After researching several recipes and reader comments, this is the homemade granola bars recipe I ended up using.  These turned out SOOO good, and they’re super filling.  You can customize it to include your favorite dried fruits, and use coconut oil in place of butter.  It’s perfect as an on-the-go breakfast, but I enjoy slowly nibbling one while I sip my coffee as well.

I went to Aldi to pick up all my ingredients, and the ONLY thing I couldn’t find there was the wheat germ (which I located at Publix). I love wheat germ – my mom used to keep it in the fridge at all times, and we’d toss it on everything, even our ice cream! It just adds a great little extra crunch :)  While my I made my batch with half dried apricots, and half dried blueberries – you can use any fruit that floats your boat.  I bet dark chocolate chunks and dried cherries/rasberries would be heavenly!

Here’s what you’ll need:

  • 3 Cups Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 3 Tbsp Coconut Oil or Butter
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Directions:

Preheat the oven to 350.  Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.

Grease a 9×13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.

While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved.  Make sure not to overcook this (aka – boil it until it’s foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.

While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.

Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.

Stir in the dried fruit and mix well.  Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat.  (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too – but remember that stuff is a little hot!)

Bake for 30 minutes.  Let cool completely before cutting into squares.

IMPORTANT: Make SURE you let it cool for a couple hours before cutting, or it will crumble apart when you try!

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Homemade Granola Bars Recipe w/ Fruit & Nuts

Ingredients

  • 3 Cups Old-Fashioned Rolled Oats (NOT the instant kind)
  • 3/4 Cups Toasted Unsalted Sunflower Seeds
  • 1 Cup Sliced Almonds
  • 1/2 Cup Wheat Germ
  • 8 oz Honey
  • 1/3 Cup Finely Packed Brown Sugar
  • 3 tsp Vanilla Extract
  • 3/4 tsp Salt
  • 6-8 oz Dried, Chopped Fruit

Instructions

  1. Preheat the oven to 350. Spread the oats on a baking sheet and toast for 15 minutes, stirring around once or twice while baking.
  2. Grease a 9x13 Glass baking dish with butter or coconut oil and set aside.
  3. While the oats are toasting, heat coconut oil, honey, brown sugar, vanilla and salt on medium until the brown sugar is entirely dissolved. Make sure not to overcook this (aka - boil it until it's foamy) or your bars may be stuck together like concrete.
  4. While that heats, mix remaining ingredients (Sunflower seeds, almonds, wheat germ) in a separate bowl.
  5. Pull the now-toasted oats out of the oven and add to the nut mixture, then slowly pour in the melted honey & sugar syrup.
  6. Stir in the dried fruit and mix well. Spread evenly into the glass baking dish, and press down with the back of a spatula until even and flat. (I used my own buttered palms, which works great too - but remember that stuff is a little hot!)
  7. Bake for 30 minutes. Let cool completely before cutting into squares.
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This recipe was adapted from this granola bars recipe from Alton Brown.

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You may also want to check out this yummy recipe for Homemade Apple Chips!

Men’s North Face Hoodie only $19.99! (Reg $65)

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WOW!  Right now at FinishLine.com lots of North Face gear is on clearance.  I found a couple different guys hoodies for a STEAL – like this North Face Ampere Pullover Hoodie in Depth Green for only $19.99. (Red and Silver are $29.99)

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Or this North Face Tilted Hoodie is only $24.99! (Reg $55)

This would be great to set aside for NEXT Christmas for a teen or hubby :)

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And don’t forget this Women’s North Face Hoodie for 60% OFF – it’s a super popular style!

 

Check out lots more great discounted North Face gear here!

Mud Pie Baby & Toddler Outfits 70% OFF!

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Right now on Amazon, get up to 70% OFF adorable Mud Pie outfits for babies and little ones!

 

Mud Pie pieces are SUCH a good investment because you can turn around and sell them on Ebay or consignment stores for a good amount.  People just love Mud Pie stuff and it’s very recognizable with all the flounces and ruffles and fun accents :)

 

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