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Today we come together as a planet (how often can you say that?) and celebrate Mother Earth, the caretaker that keeps us all alive. We’d be nothing without her, so let’s start some easy new routines that will keep Planet Earth happy and healthy and living a nice long life (and in the process, you too!).

  • Get a bike. It’s nearing the end of April. How are those New Year’s resolutions holding up? For those of you who made fitness resolutions, here’s a great way to carry them into the spring while cutting down on pollution.
  • Get to know some more R’s (Did you know there were more than three?):
    • Reuse. An oldie but goodie. We don’t always need new stuff. Less stuff used means less stuff in our garbage and landfills. And hey, check out antique stores and yard sales, reusing stuff doesn’t just have to be what’s in your own home.
    • Repurpose. Life can become pretty routine, and your noodle may not be as active and happy as it should be. Repurposing items can kick your creative brain into gear and give you a great feeling of accomplishment.  
    • Rot compost everything organic. Not sure how to start. The EPA can tell you.
    • Repair things instead of buying new things. This kind of ties into reusing and repurposing. Less stuff, more creativity. How good do you feel after you fix something? I for one am quite pleased with myself after a good repair. Try it out. And hey, fixing that leaky faucet while you’re at it can help conserve water.
    • Refill your water bottle instead of buying disposable bottles. And don’t buy a disposable bottle and then keep refilling that. That’s not good for your health. Get yourself a nice BPA free reusable bottle and then you’re good to go. We have plenty of partners who can help you out there.
  • Travel green. A little R&R is good for the body and soul. But it can be good for the Earth too. Look for hotels that use less water or energy; don’t have housekeeping change your sheets and towels everyday; and if you’re sightseeing, take mass transit!

Those are just a few tips to help you be good to the planet and yourself. What’s your favorite way to keep yourself healthy while helping out the environment?

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We don’t want to say you are procrastinating, but it’s April 14th and you haven’t filed your taxes yet. So, it kind of seems like, well, you’re procrastinating. Having your taxes prepared is about as fun as going to the dentist, but hey, it has to get done. So here are some tips for the next 24 hours.

  • First, slow down. Wait, what? You just told me to get on it. Well yes, but make sure you take enough time to make sure you don’t leave behind any forms or receipts that could mean an overlooked tax benefit when you’re running out the door to Jackson Hewitt or your local preparer. Speaking of missed tax benefits, we’ve got a lot of great deals to help you save on tax prep.
  • If you’re hurrying to file an extension, remember that an extension to file is not an extension to pay any amount due that you may owe. If you owe taxes and don’t pay by midnight of the 15th, you’re going to start accruing penalties and interest. And that is money much better spent on shoes.
  • E-filing will help you save time and worry. If you’re really cutting it down to the wire (and let’s face it, at this point you are), e-filing will let you get your return in on time. Plus, it’s more secure. Two birds. One file.
  • Tax time is a good time to review your current withholding. As your life changes, your taxes change. So the withholding amount you used last year may not be the right one for this year. Take a look and make sure your getting the most out of your paycheck.

It’s like a Band-Aid folks. The slower you rip it off, the more painful it’s going to be. Just go get your taxes taken care of, and once that refund check is in your hand, you’ll wonder what took you so long in the first place.

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My Boss Told Me to Write About Golf or Fishing

April 8, 2014

The thing is though—I don’t really know anything about golf or fishing. And if YOU know a lot about golf or fishing, or maybe both, or you’re an expert in all things outdoors, you certainly don’t want to hear from me about it. What I am going to do instead is let you know that [...]

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Working on Bringing You the Best, for Less

April 1, 2014

At Coupon Cactus, we strive to make sure we are offering you the best products, at the best prices, with the best cash back. Today we wanted to focus on some really exciting products. Some we have in our Coupon Cactus stash, others we are working on bringing to you. Some are literally unbelievable! Hungry, [...]

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Wedding Season is Right Around the Corner: Part 2 – Setting Up a Wish Registry

March 24, 2014

Last week we looked at some thoughts on wedding gift etiquette from wedding photographer Genevieve Lauren. But, what if you’re on the other side and you are the lovebirds getting hitched? You need help paying for the wedding or that dream honeymoon, but you don’t know where to start. Lucky for you, these days, you’re [...]

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Wedding Season is Right Around the Corner: Part 1 – Just How Much are You Supposed to Give?

March 18, 2014

Weddings are expensive—and we’re just talking about being the guest. You’ve heard that you should buy from the registry, or you should give enough cash to cover the cost of your plate. But how much is that? What should you really give? You had to buy a new dress, hire a babysitter and get a [...]

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Little Known Facts About Leprechauns

March 11, 2014

There’s probably a lot you don’t know about leprechauns. You probably didn’t even realize that there is a lot you don’t know about leprechauns until we just told you there’s a lot you don’t know about leprechauns. For instance, they’re not just mad you stole their Lucky Charms, they’re mad they’re not getting any action. [...]

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Daylight Savings Time – Don’t Lose Sleep Over It

March 4, 2014

Daylight savings time begins March 8,which means it’s almost time to spring forward. And while we said not to lose sleep over it, we, quite literally, do. (Did you know that Randy Garnder once went without sleep for 64.4 hours or 11 days and 24 minutes?) Anyways, we think that having that extra hour of [...]

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March 1 is “Plan a Solo Vacation” Day

February 25, 2014

Have you ever wanted to go somewhere alone to get away from the world? Or maybe you just prefer traveling by yourself. Or maybe you’ve always wanted to travel by your lonesome but have been too intimidated. Well, March 1 is “Plan a Solo Vacation” day, so regardless of the motivation, if you’ve been waiting [...]

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Think of Everything You Could Buy with Your Tax Refund

February 18, 2014

Now that it’s mid-February, we are well into tax season. If you haven’t filed your taxes yet, just bite the bullet and get it over with. In addition to the tax refund you may be due, we can also help you get cash back with our tax partners. That’s money back on top of money [...]

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