Taking out the Trash: cha-cha-cha-Changes

May 23, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Time for another edition of Taking out the Trash, the semi-regular posts that may or may not have something to do with saving money but are not specific deals.  I have a lot on my mind so I’m cleaning out the “garbage” in my head by Taking out the Trash.

Have you noticed anything different about Green Bay Consumer?  Kristin and I have been tweaking things behind the scenes.

  1. With summer quickly approaching, we’ve brought back the popular Weekend Events Calendar, highlighting the events and activities mentioned previously on GBC, as well as some events we just never got around to writing up!  You can find a link to the current week’s listing on our home page under “Events & Activities”.
  2. Speaking of which, we brought back the Events and Activities section on our home page for ongoing items like Bay Beach, area trails, and more.  If you are ever at a loss for something to do in the Green Bay area, check out this section for lots of ideas.  Kristin’s Wisconsin Bucket List that was published today will also be added to the list.
  3. As we’ve mentioned in the past few weeks, we are no longer doing grocery store matchups on a regular basis because so many other sites are already doing them.  You can, however, find all the information you need by clicking here.  You can also find a link on our home page under “Popular Posts”.
  4. Astute readers might have also noticed that I am still here on a daily basis despite my big goodbye last month.  What can I say?  I like what I do! Kristin has taken over some more duties of the website, freeing up my time to work on the other projects that have come up outside of the website.  I have to say if you’re going to do a website of any kind with daily content provided to readers, you shouldn’t do it alone!  Kristin is a great asset and I’m glad she’s around to be a partner on Green Bay Consumer.
  5. Our daily Facebook posts are dwindling.  Because the social media giant provides useful stats to page administrators, we know that on a good day, only 25 – 30% of Facebook page fans are seeing our posts.  Kristin and I realized that posting on and monitoring Facebook was actually taking up almost as much time as writing the actual articles.  So we decided we’d only do a couple of updates a day on Facebook.  You can always see everything we write by going directly to our website or by subscribing to our daily email blast, which is sent out around 4:30 pm Monday – Fridays.  We also have a weekly option, too, that goes out on Friday afternoon.

We hope you’ve enjoyed our Birthday Bash giveaways.  Next week will be our last Birthday Bash giveaway.  We love giving away stuff, so if you know of a local business that would like some exposure on a locally-based website reaching thousands of readers each day, have them contact us!  We love to support the locals.

We’re taking off Friday and Monday (for the most part) to enjoy the long weekend and reflect upon what the Memorial Day weekend means.  We hope you do, too.

Have a great weekend, everyone!

Taking out the Trash: Spring is here, our anniversary, and more!

April 19, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Time for another edition of Taking out the Trash, the semi-regular posts that may or may not have something to do with saving money but are not specific deals.  I have a lot on my mind so I’m cleaning out the “garbage” in my head by Taking out the Trash.

This has got to be one of the most protracted winters in my memory.  Maybe it’s because it only snowed a couple of times the previous winter.  I think that’s why so many of us are over it!  

I want to walk to our neighborhood park without factoring in the wind chill!  I want to see my magnolias, tulips and iris bloom!  I want to worry about the pollen count because of kids’ allergies, I want the backyard to look green instead of muddy brown.

I don’t think that’s terribly unreasonable, do you?

In non-griping news, today is my 3-year Blogiversary, the day when I first started blogging three years ago.   My youngest was only 6 months old at the time.  Now she’s 3 1/2 and almost ready for school.   Wow. My how time flies!

It was also two years ago Green Bay Consumer launched–yay!  With an anniversary should be some sort of celebration, right?  Have no fear, dear readers!  Kristin and I are working on a birthday celebration we’re sure you’ll love.

We’re revamping the website a little, hoping to bring you a few new features as a few others fade away.  As we mentioned last week, we’re backing off of the grocery store matchups simply because there are so many other sites that do them now, unlike when we first started.   We’ll still alert you to one-day meat sales, Aldi produce deals and our successful shopping trips at various stores, too.  Groceries are still a part of saving money!

We’re also working on a few new features that will be coming in the next few weeks.

Have any ideas for us?  Always feel free to contact us with your ideas, tips, reader shopping trips and more.  I’ve always said that some of our best tips comes from readers.

Have a fabulous weekend!

Taking out the Trash: chemical crapstorm

April 15, 2013 by · 2 Comments
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Time for another edition of Taking out the Trash, the semi-regular posts that may or may not have something to do with saving money but are not specific deals.  I have a lot on my mind so I’m cleaning out the “garbage” in my head by Taking out the Trash.

When it comes to your food, are you a label reader?  I am.  I always have been, but lately even more so.   Last fall I mentioned how I was trying to make my shopping cart healthier  (click here for that story).  I had fallen into a trap of buying too much processed food just because I had coupons that could be combined with a sale, making those items really cheap or even free.

It hasn’t been easy, simply because most food these days seems to be a combination of questionable ingredients that create what some call a Chemical Crapstorm (well, they call it something else, but I’m trying to keep this family friendly!).  Add that to the fact that while there are coupons out there for “healthy” foods, they seem to average one out of 100.  (That’s why I’m always excited to see those egg and fresh pork coupons!)

I see the Chemical Crapstorm a lot when glancing at the various store matchups.  Some items might be a good deal, but personally, I’d  never allow those things in my house now because I’m committed to keeping the Chemical Crapstorm out.

We are all pressed for time these days, but I’m reminded how easy it is to make your own pasta sauce and then freeze or can the extras.  Same with something like sloppy joe.  Make a double batch, throw some in the freezer and avoid the Chemical Crapstorm in a can.

Foods that I used to buy don’t taste the same to me anymore.  Recently I bought some Oreos because of a deal.   Ugh–it didn’t taste like a cookie, all I could taste was the Chemical Crapstorm that made up the cookie.  From now on I’ll go on Pinterest for a homemade Oreo recipe.

Last year, a picture of butter vs. margarine went viral, showing that ants climbed all over the natural butter but wouldn’t go near the Chemical Crapstorm that is margarine.  I haven’t bought margarine in years because I figure using less of a more natural substance is better than a chemical cocktail.

When playing the coupon game, it’s always easy to forget one of the essential rules for eating healthy:  keep your foods as close to their natural source as possible.   It’s hard to do that when you have a coupon for a product that contains several dozen unpronounceable ingredients and can be obtained for just pennies.

Using coupons can be good.  No, scratch that, using coupons can be great.  But gone are the days when I take advantage of double coupon days and stock up on unhealthy foods just because I can get a cart full for under $10.  I’ve always been uncomfortable promoting that style of shopping and one of the reasons you won’t see much of it here on Green Bay Consumer anymore.

Taking out the Trash: sponsored posts, Kindle freebies, local businesses & Spring Break!

March 22, 2013 by · Leave a Comment
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Time for another edition of Taking out the Trash, the semi-regular posts that may or may not have something to do with saving money but are not specific deals.  I have a lot on my mind so I’m cleaning out the “garbage” in my head by Taking out the Trash.

Almost everyone I know seems to have a bad case of cabin fever, and I’m no exception!  It’s not that I’m anti-Winter.  To be fair, I prefer cold winter over hot summer any day.  It just seems like this has been a loooong winter, hasn’t it?  I need more sunshine, cracked windows, and green things growing outside.

This coming week is Spring Break for the kids.  Last year the kids lucked out and had their spring break the week it was in the 70s.  This year, we’ll be in our snow boots and parkas, I guess.

Because of having to do the “Mom” thing, I may or may not do the freebie Kindle posts while on break.  Or the Festival Foods matchups.   I suppose it depends on if the four kids leave me alone long enough!

Speaking of the Kindle, I have so many free books downloaded, I don’t know where to start!  I suppose  I shall start by organizing them, then just randomly picking one.  After all, I “bought” them because the plot summaries sounded interesting.

I sure hope the Hansen’s Dairy and Deli closure is just temporary.   I hate to see that happen to locally-owned businesses.  Those are the places that make Green Bay unique.  Yet it reminds me of other businesses who put up an “on vacation” sign and then never re-open.  Think positive!

This morning I was going through my RSS feeds and for whatever reason, I saw a lot of other money-saving blogs doing sponsored posts.  Items or ideas weren’t on sale, per se, but were mentioned because someone paid them to do it.  I couldn’t help but think that some of them didn’t seem to fit with the site’s overall mission.

While we’ve been offered a few opportunities to do the same here on Green Bay Consumer, I can only recall one or two times we’ve done it in the past two years.    And that was because they were a good fit for our readers.

Sure, sites have to make money, but that’s why we have ads on our site!   If you want to advertise, great!   If we ever did sponsored posts, we’d want them to be from locally-owned businesses that have something to offer the readers of Green Bay Consumer (i.e. a good sale).

In fact, speaking of locally owned businesses, while we do occasionally mention great deals on Amazon and even have the daily Kindle freebie list, Kristin and I are committed to supporting local business.  The problem is that we can’t see/know all that’s going on!  In the past year, Facebook really hampered our ability to scroll through news feeds and find gems from local businesses.

That’s why we ask for your help!  If you see a great sale/deal from a local business, please let us know!  While we can’t guarantee we’ll have time to check on it/write it up, we certainly appreciate the info and use what we can.  After all, that’s what we’re doing here on Green Bay Consumer–trying to help others.  And sometimes you help us, too!

That’s it for now.  Have a great weekend everyone!

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