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Keep Healthy – Places You Can Pick Up Germs You May Not Have Thought Of

ID-100192393Germs lead to colds, flu and food poisoning just to name a few of their pesky abilities. Ever feel like you just don’t feel good and think it must have been something you ate? Think again, think about where you hands have been. Everyday your hands are in places you don’t even realize that can be full of germs and make you sick.

It may not have been the food
Here are some things you may not realize you touch when you go out to a restaurant. Sure the dishes and silverware are run through a dishwasher, the tables are wiped down, but what about the salt and pepper shakers and other condiments that may be on the table such as a ketchup bottle… Most likely these are missed. Next time you reach for these condiments that have probably been picked up by many people before you, grab a wet napkin or if you carry disinfectant wipes go ahead and wipe down the bottle yourself.

Making a Deposit or Withdrawal
The ever so handy ATM machine is a culprit for carrying many germs. It is visited daily and depending on where you are located quite often day and night. It is like visiting a public computer and as soon as your fingers hit the keypad, you are now eligible for all kinds of germs. Try to use the touch screen as much as possible and use the eraser at the top of a pencil to lightly touch the screen for your transaction. If a pencil is not available, just touch the corner of your card to the screen. After your done, would not hurt to pull out the hand sanitizer and give your hands a good cleaning up.

Simple As Grabbing a Cart and Checking Out
The keypad awaiting you at the end of the cashiers line gets a ton of traffic and is a place for germs to hang out. Swipe your card, put in your password, cash back no cash back, your fingers are busy. Once the transaction is done you grab your cart and your on your way and possibly carrying germs that can make you sick. Double duty for hand sanitizer is needed.
Many places like Publix offer disinfectant wipes upon entering the store so you can wipe off the handle of the cart, good idea. Go ahead and grab one on the way out as well after giving your fingers a work out on the check out keypad.

Thanks I have a Pen
Stores, banks and other public places offer you a pen that is usually on the end of a short cord attached to the counter in case you don’t have one. Makes sense for business and is a courtesy. According to a University of Arizona study these public pens can harbor up to 2400 germs per square inch! Carry your own pen and maybe an extra to avoid the germs.

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Coupon Tips for Pubix, Target and More

ID-100282025 Taking a little time from your busy day to save at the grocery store or other stores with coupons puts that bit of extra cash in our pocket.  If you have a smartphone or one like it, you can use the coupon code from your phone.

Publix has a No-Clip coupon program that automatically takes off your savings at checkout. Here is how it works:

Go to coupon section and sign up. Add in your phone number and start clicking on their coupon deals. When you go to check out, add in the phone number you signed up with before you pay.  You will see the savings when your total purchase price shows up. I  was surprised the other day when I bought an item I had not planned on, that was not on sale and when I checked out,  I saved $2.00 from previously clicking that coupon.

Just like any coupon, there will be expiration dates. Once your account is open, you will be able to see what you clipped, what has been redeemed and what has expired. You can even print out your coupon list, send it to your email or download it in a PDF.

If you shop at Target then you know they offer a Red Card that you can use as a debit or credit card with a 5% savings at check out. If you do not have one, ask the cashier.

Target has now come out with a coupon incentive program that offers you up to 25% savings on groceries household products and more. Their new program is called Cartwheel and you simply sign up with your Facebook select browse and choose what you want to save on (up to ten items) then add them to your cartwheel. Once you have chosen your items, click on My Cartwheel at the top and choose redeem in store. You have the choice to print out the coupons or scan with a smartphone.

Look for more savings at grocery stores, pharmacies and restaurant with loyalty programs. These programs usually offer a free incentive to keep you coming back. Some manufactures offer extra’s for loyalty customers, with bonus savings. While your shopping for a good deal, see if the place your looking to shop at has a loyalty program.

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