Stock Up and Save to Avoid Being Sick & Miserable #HealthySavings #CollectiveBias

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Last week one of my kids came down with a cold. In the summertime, yuck! Of course, I was caught completely off-guard (it’s summer!) I had no medicines to give him that would help with fever, sore throat, runny nose or coughing. Poor kid had to wait until the next day when I could get to the store and restock on the cold meds. I’m a big proponent of the “stock up and save” method and usually have what we need.

Fortunately all my kids have been pretty healthy for the last 6 months, so when this summer cold swept in, I was just ill-prepared. My kid’s medicine box contained one empty cold medicine box and infant drops (my youngest is almost 4!)

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Achoo! Tip #1 – Regularly check medications and review their expiration dates. Toss out old meds. I follow the FDA guidelines for disposing of old medications.

With three little ones in the house, I resolved that I need to stock up and make sure I have appropriate medications on hand and ready the next time we need them. Nobody should have to suffer with pain or discomfort through the night if they don’t have to. And a midnight visit to the 24-hour convenience store is going to cost you twice as much (if they even have the medication you need).

Achoo! Tip #2 – Before cold season swings back into full gear, take the time now to assess what you have on hand. Make a list of the usual needs to cover ailments (fever, cough, sore throat, runny nose, etc) and buy them before you need them.

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Fortunately a few days ago I heard about Walgreens “stock up and save” event, where shoppers who spend $30 on Pfizer products will receive 10,000 Balance Rewards points! You save $5.00 off your next purchase for each 5000 Balance Rewards points earned, so do the math, this is a great deal! No reason to be caught with an empty medicine cabinet when you can stock up now and receive great savings.

My closest Walgreens is a quick 2 miles away so I can be in and out in a jiffy. Except that I love the Walgreens and usually spend more time than I should perusing the aisles (make-up, new headbands, shaving cream, candy!)

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Look for the tags & earn 10,000 points when $30 of qualifying products are purchased.


I was able to grab a few more children’s medications to restock the pain relief box. And Emergen-C for the grown-ups, because naturally, I feel a sore throat coming on!

Achoo! Tip #3 – Consider all of other items you’ll need during cold & flu season and pick them up now. Things like tissues, menthol rub, saltine crackers and canned soup. I also picked up some Chapstick because colds and dry lips seem to go hand-in-hand.

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I prefer to plug in my phone number at check out rather than carry my Walgreens Balance Rewards card. I stocked up and you see my Balance Rewards points…yeah, over 10,000 just on this visit!

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Now I have no reason to run out and buy products when emergencies strike because my medicine cabinet is restocked with Pfizer products. I received 10,000 Balance Rewards points for spending $30 and so can you. How will you stock up for cold and flu season this year?




Life360 – Keep Your Family Close at Hand with this Helpful Free App

This is a sponsored post. Opinions and thoughts are my own.

Ever been separated from a family member? They aren’t answering their phone calls or texts. Perhaps you were at the airport waiting for a pick-up and you have no idea where they are waiting for you. Or you’re at an amusement park and don’t know which direction your family went. I lost my husband at a museum while on vacation. I went left and he went right and we circled around trying to find each other for 30 minutes…So frustrating!!

Image from Life360 website

What about your kids? Are you a nervous wreck having to be at work when your kids are getting off the school bus by themselves? Or they are walking home from a friend’s house alone? What about when you are supposed to be picking them up from practice and they are waiting for you at one entrance and you’re at another…and they aren’t answering their phone!

Life360 is a free smartphone app that helps families and close friends stay in sync throughout their busy day. With Life360, you can see where your family and friends are on a private map, stay in touch with your group via one-on-one messaging, create shared “to do” lists and get help in an emergency.

Eliminate the “Where are you?” and “When will you be home?” messages completely with the Life360 app. Ease your mind quickly by just opening the app to find out in an instant where your family is. You can see them on the map, just like me on this screenshot.


When I took this shot I’d requested that my husband and mother-in-law sign up too. They received a notification from me about linking in to Life360. Other users have to accept the app, you can’t just automatically add them without their consent. Life360 uses top-notch GPS technology with maps and chat channels built with bank-level security. Your locations and conversations will always be private, available only to people you invite.

My children don’t have their own cell phones yet, but if they did I’d have them added to our Life360 app in a flash! I work outside the home so it would be nice to check in on the app as my kids are walking to Grandma’s house or when they are visiting a friend in the neighborhood so I can be assured of their location. You can set up Places (areas you can define inside the Life360 app) so that you are alerted when a Circle member enters or leaves a location.


You can even use Life360 to track down a missing phone! My husband lost his phone once and had no idea if he’d left it at the gym or if it had fallen out of his pocket at work. He ended up having to buy a new one which was a pricey loss! If one of your family members is registered within your circle, you can use the map within their Family Locator App to find it. There will be an icon showing the location of your lost or stolen phone. Or check the Life360 website and the map can quickly provide directions to your phone’s exact location. The map shows the real-time location of the stolen or lost phone and is instantly updated when the phone moves.

The basic, free Life360 works for me just fine but they also offer a Premium Life360 app. For $5 a month you’ll receive everything in the basic plan in addition to-

  • 24/7 Live Advisor
  • Instant Roadside Assistance
  • Unlimited Places
  • Non-Smartphone Lookups
  • Stolen Phone Protection

They get on a ride and can’t find you when they get off!

I plan on using the Life360 app the next time we are at Disneyland. Last year my husband was calling me to tell me that our table was ready for dinner but with the parade noise and my phone inside my backpack, I didn’t get the call. If we’d had the Life360 app he would have seen that I was literally 10 feet from the entrance of the restaurant, sitting on the curb to watch the parade!

Find out more about Life360 on Facebook and to get the app yourself, see the Life360 website.

This is a sponsored post. Opinions and thoughts are my own.