REVIEW & GIVEAWAY: $25 gift card to Granite City Food & Brewery!

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UPDATE: Giveaway has ended! The winner is Amurphyyy!

"Granite City" is the nickname of St. Cloud, Minnesota, and it's also the name of a new restaurant in Schaumburg, Illinois! Granite City Food & Brewery is a restaurant and microbrewery that features cooked-to-order American style food. They've got five locations in Illinois: Naperville, Orland Park, Rockford, East Peoria, and now Schaumburg, which just opened yesterday, 2/25!

Want to check out Granite City's great food and brews? I've got a $25 Granite City gift card to give away to one lucky reader! To enter, simply post a reply in the comments. This Granite City gift card begins today, February 26, 2015, and runs for one week. The giveaway will end on March 4th, 2015 at 11:59pm CST, and on March 5th, one winner will be chosen via a random number generator!

Lots of new cash-back produce offers on Snap by Groupon today!

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Snap By Groupon

Snap, Groupon's cash-back ecoupon app (which you can use over the web too!) has new ecoupon offers to load. These offers are valid at all stores!

Offers are valid today through next Tuesday evening.

- $1 off any bread
- .50 off avocados
- .25 off grapes
- .25 off popcorn
- .25 off mushrooms
- .25 off oranges

Jewel-Osco shoppers, from 2/27-3/1, avocados will be on sale for just .88 each - pair that with this and get an avocado for .38!

Click to browse current cash-back ecoupon offers at Snap by Groupon!

Print now for $1.01 moneymaker Speed Stick at Walgreens this week!

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$2.00 off One
Speed Stick Gear
Print Coupon

2.7-3oz. Speed Stick Gear deodorant is $2.99. Through 2/28 at Walgreens, buy one and get $2 in Register Rewards, making this .99. Reader Mark just noticed that this great $2 Speed Stick printable is back! With it, pay .99 and get a $2 Register Reward. That's FREE deodorant plus a $1.01 moneymaker!

Shopping with Jewel-Osco's MyMixx: What I've learned

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Have you signed up for Jewel-Osco's MyMixx digital offers yet?

Jewel-Osco launched its MyMixx digital coupon offers a few weeks ago, and each week I've been shopping with it and trying out a variety of the new digital offers. Today, I bought a mix of MyMixx items and sale items with coupons! Here's what I picked up...

Interesting article on peanut allergy: Avoiding peanuts when young may cause it

This is an interesting article about peanut allergies. The results of a long study have just been published -- doctors separated allergen-sensitive infants into two groups and introduced peanuts to one group, while another group avoided peanuts.

The results? Kids who avoided peanuts for the first five years were seven times more likely to be allergic to peanuts. 86% of the babies and toddlers who ate peanuts and peanut products did not develop a peanut allergy by the time they turned 5 years old.

From the article:

It seemed like a good idea at the time: With the incidence of peanut allergy climbing among children, the American Academy of Pediatrics advised parents in 2000 to keep peanuts far away from infants and toddlers who might have a life-threatening reaction to them.

But a new study suggests that advice did more harm than good.

About 3% of children in developed countries are now allergic to peanuts, the study authors say. The rate in the U.S. has tripled over less than two decades, according to figures from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

A long-awaited clinical trial has found that small children who avoided peanuts for the first five years of their lives were up to seven times more likely to wind up with a peanut allergy than kids who ate peanuts at least three times a week.

The researchers examined the children in two groups — the 85% who had no sensitivity to peanuts at the start of the study and the 15% who were already developing peanut allergies.

In both groups, the results were striking.

Among the children with no sign of peanut allergy at the start of the trial, 13.7% of those who avoided peanuts became allergic by the time they turned 5.

But among the children who ate peanuts regularly, only 1.9% became allergic. That amounted to an 86% relative reduction in peanut allergy risk, the study authors found.

“The results of this trial are so compelling, and the problem of the increasing prevalence of peanut allergy so alarming, new guidelines should be forthcoming very soon,” they wrote in an editorial that accompanies the study in the New England Journal of Medicine. “The LEAP study makes it clear that we can do something now to reverse the increasing prevalence of peanut allergy.”

I'm no doctor, and I have no medical background whatsoever, but I remember hearing this advice when I was pregnant with my sons (now 10 and 7) and when they were babies. At that time, experts were telling pregnant mothers to avoid peanuts and nursing mothers not to eat peanuts either because it might cause your child to be allergic through the milk. I remember talking to my mother about it, who very matter-of-factly said "I ate peanuts when I was nursing you, and you're not allergic."

I considered that nursing moms pass a lot of antibodies and immunities on to their kids, and babies are exposed to a lot of foods and flavors through mothers' milk too. I ate peanuts & peanut butter the whole time I was pregnant and when nursing my children, and they ate peanut butter as toddlers too. Neither is allergic to peanuts.

It does make me wonder how much "expert advice" truly is wrong:

Studies are showing too that being "too clean" increases allergy risks as well. Studies have shown that children who live with pets develop fewer allergies. The L.A. Times article about the peanut allergies also notes:

The trial results offer fresh support for the so-called hygiene hypothesis, which ties the rise in allergies and autoimmune disorders to the ultra-sterile environment made possible by antibacterial soap, disinfectants and other cleansers that have become staples of modern life.

Indeed, a study published Monday in the journal Pediatrics found that children whose families used dishwashing machines were more likely to have allergies than kids whose plates were washed by hand.

All of this unnatural cleanliness robs the immune system of the opportunity to develop resistance to germs and other substances that humans used to encounter on a regular basis.

The result is less immune tolerance — and more allergies.

Free Kindle ebooks: Money & time management, natural healing, confidence, weddings on a budget & more!

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It's time for another FREE Kindle ebook roundup! All of these ebooks are currently free on Amazon. You can read them with a Kindle device or the Kindle app! Download FREE Kindle E-reader Apps here.

Time Management: For Busy Moms - How Your Family Can Organize, Speed Clean And Declutter Their Day Away

Pinch Like You Mean It! 101 Ways to Spend Less Money Now

Healing Honey For Beginners: How To Use Honey To Cure, Beautify And Heal

Bit Literacy: Productivity in the Age of Information and E-mail Overload

Charity, The Gifts of Giving: Discover the Hidden Benefits of Kindness and Generosity

Bulletproof: 15 Laws for Unshakeable Confidence, Defeating Your Fears, and Conquering Your Goals

Confident: Boost Your Self Esteem, Bridge the Self Confidence Gap, and Finally Stop Struggling

Your Ultimate Wedding On A Budget Guide: How To Save Thousands Of Dollars, Time And Stress While Planning Your Dream Wedding

The Success Story: Discover and Learn How Ultra Successful People Work and Achieve the Results they Want

Make Money Online: Start A Business & Create a Passive Income

Veterans: Rebuild America

Remember, prices on Amazon can change at any time, so grab these if you're interested in them!

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SavingStar Healthy Offer of the Week: 20% off loose lettuce

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This week's new SavingStar ecoupon Healthy Offer of the Week is 20% off loose lettuce!

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Print now for "fancy" Softsoap pumps at Meijer

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$1.00 off One
Softsoap Premium
hand soap pumps
Print Coupon

Beginning 2/26 at Meijer 8-10oz. Softsoap Premium hand soap pumps (the upscale-looking ones that look similar to Bath & Body Works styles) will be on sale for $2. Use this $1 printable and pay $1! This is a good price for these, which don't often go on sale as often as the regular, smaller oval-shaped varieties.

Print now for .50 Ore-Ida Easy Fries at Meijer

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SAVE $1.00 On any TWO (2) Ore-Ida® Frozen Potato Products.

Beginning 2/26 at Meijer, Ore-Ida 4.5-4.75oz. Easy Fries will be on sale for $1 as part of Meijer's "10 For $10, Get the 11th FREE" sale. Buy two and use this $1-off-2 printable to drop these to .50 each!

Some Ore-Ida coupons exclude the Easy Fries, but this current printable does not. If you've never had these, they're really good -- you really do get that fast-food taste and crispness at home with them!

Print for .50 StarKist tuna pouches at Walmart

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StarKist tuna pouches are currently on rollback at Walmart for $1. Buy two and use this $1 off 2 printable to drop them to .50 each!