Save $10 on groceries

I don’t usually promote something I have not experienced, so when I saw an offer to save $10 off $50 of groceries by using the new https://grocery.walmart.com, I decided to try it for myself first.

Basically, you put all the items you want in your online shopping cart, then choose to pick them up at an available nearby Walmart, or have them shipped to you. I went for pickup. My local Walmart Neighborhood Grocery was not on the list, just the larger Walmart superstores near me. I’m sure it depends where you live. You get the Walmart low prices for the exact items you want without having to step into the store!

It was nice to think about the basics I needed for my day-to-day eating, and staple items I was running low on too – like soy sauce or apples, throughout the week instead of just during one shopping trip. I kept adding to the cart throughout the week without having to grab my credit card. So when we ran out of napkins and face wash, I quickly added those. And it’s not only limited to grocery/health, so I added a clip hanger on the list for my closet too. And I was able to continue adding through Friday night.

I chose Saturday 9-10am for my pickup, because I have an 8am meeting nearby on Saturdays. Pickup is free! There may be a fee to get your pickup faster.

First you make an account on the website. Obviously they have to know where you live to find a store near you, and if you do pickup you need to download the Walmart Grocery app to let them know when you are on your way. The website says: Choose a date and time for your order by clicking “Reserve” before you start to shop to make sure you get the time slot you want. This will also ensure you are looking at the store inventory of the store where you’ll pick up. You can also wait to book your time slot until you’re ready to place an order, but you risk not having your desired time available.

If you want items to show up on your doorstep, the delivery fee varies, and is based on the time slot you book. They use different partner companies to fulfill delivery orders depending on where you are located. Basically, they are trying to compete with Amazon Prime Now.

You can also choose to substitute or NOT substitute items on your list with a simple checkbox. If you you are accepting substitutions and the store doesn’t have the item on your list, they will go for the same item just a different brand – or they will substitute it for a bigger size at the same price.

I checked the app when my meeting ended at 8:33 and I was ready to drive to Walmart. The app said my order was ready (a little early) and I just had to click the “Check in” button to let them know I was on my way. I had the choice of sharing my location so they knew exactly when I’d be there, and what color my car was. I shared both. (The only thing missing here was a reminder to follow the orange arrows in the parking lot when I arrived, but I remembered that from the website.)

I drove down the street to Walmart and followed the orange arrows to the side of the building where there was a designated pickup area under a large, orange overhang for shade. Three other cars were there the same time as me – 8:42am. They all backed in to have their trunks facing the building. That’s not my style so I pulled in facing forwards.

Someone came to my car window with a device and asked my last name. About 6 minutes later two girls with some plastic bins on a dolly came to my car. They offered me a cold, bottled water. Then they asked if I wanted everything in my trunk. I said yes. One asked if I wanted the bread up front with me. I said it could go in back with everything else. The three of us loaded my trunk together, only because I chose to get out of my car. I certainly didn’t need to. I wanted to kind of eyeball the order and be sure it was right.

Everything in my order was right. One item that I allowed substitution for was substituted – the napkins were a different brand. They let me know that, and had me digitally sign their device and approve my order.

When I got back in my car I had missed a text from Walmart letting me know my order was ready!

The biggest drawback of using this system was the plastic bags. I shop with canvas reusable bags and try to avoid single use plastics in general. Luckily the kids at the school I work for use plastic bags for an art project each spring, so I have a place to turn them in to be reused. The volume of bags was increased because some items were double bagged, and sometimes one item was in its own bag – which was fine for the bread but wasteful when it was simply because the 2 items came from a different department.

One great convenience, besides not having to enter Walmart, is that you can easily reorder the same items again.

All in all, I got my groceries with forethought and ease and $10 off!! You can too! Just use this special link to shop, and you can share the link with anyone who hasn’t tried the system before – it’s good for any new customer: http://r.wmt.co/keG3w

This post was not an ad. I just used a coupon and shared the info.

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Smelling Like a Non-Runner

You can avoid stinky running clothes by dressing like this guy, or just try WIN detergent!

You can avoid stinky running clothes by undressing like this guy, or try WIN detergent!

When I lead teams of runners through a Ragnar Relay, I get a lot of the same questions asked over and over:

  • How do I stretch my aching I.T. Bands?
  • Do you have Vitamin-I in your bag?
  • How fast *is* Brian??

and inevitably

  • How do I get the running funk smell out of my Ragnar gear?

You see, with a Ragnar you might run your first leg at 9am on Friday, and might not do your laundry until 9pm on Sunday. In the meantime, if you care about the other clothes in your bag staying clean while living out of a van, and the noses of those around you, you’ve probably taken the clothes you just ran your last leg in and balled them up in a plastic bag, which is now zipped up in a duffel bag in the trunk of your team’s van. Roughly 40 hours later, that bag will be opened over your washing machine while you hold your breath!

So although any running is sweaty, Ragnar running ferments the scent. Gross.

Here’s my typical answer to the question of “How do I get the smell of running funk out of my Ragnar gear?”

unstoppables161314_90x90I buy the cheapest laundry detergent I can find (like Xtra on sale at Walgreens with a coupon for $2) and add in Downy Unstoppables scent booster (with a coupon from Target) in whatever the aqua color scent is. I use just enough Unstoppables to fill the bottom of the cap for regular dirty laundry, and double that for Ragnar/camping gear/super gross smelling stuff.

winlaundryRecently I was introduced to a new laundry solution for those items that permanently smell like a high school locker room. I tried a free bottle of WIN Sports Detergent. The science behind WIN is made specifically for the technical fabrics of most workout clothes. It doesn’t just cover the scent or clean the clothes, as I understand it – WIN sports detergent goes beyond simple cleaning and breaks down the bond between your leftover deodorant and stench on the garment, eliminating the bacteria and yuck left behind. Bye bye oils and residue! Bye bye odor on synthetic fabrics! Hello fresh scent!

I’ve tried half the bottle – 5+ loads of laundry with WIN. I am happy with the performance of the product. I feel like I had a good system figured out, but this does the same thing in terms of making my clothes smell better with just one product instead of two.

I asked Brian what he thought of how WIN washed his running gear. He actually sniffed the crotch of his shorts that came out of the dryer and said, “This doesn’t just smell not gross, it actually smells pleasant. Without smelling flowery like a girl.”

The question is, will WIN help my athletic gear stay in better condition in the long run? Only time will tell. I kind of want to get a new race shirt and just wash it in WIN from day one and see if I notice a difference over time, rather than rewashing items I was already wearing and washing.

Do your own experiment! Try WIN for yourself on your sweaty, stinky gear! I’ll help you with a coupon code. Use this coupon code for $5 off a purchase of WIN: WIN-IAZQ-YXFZ and it’s not just a code for first time shoppers. You can use it over and over again!

If you don’t like online shopping, I know there are a handful of stores near me selling WIN. You can check their online store locator to see if someone near you is selling it too.

** BLOGGER BONUS **

For one lucky member of the Tampa Bay Bloggers I have one free bottle of WIN detergent!! (I don’t want to ship it, see.) Comment below and tell me which recent fitness activity left your clothes in their WORST state ever! Mud? Lake? Marathon? I’ll pick a random winner who bowls me over with their wit and stench by midnight Nov 5.

Ready – set – comment!

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Sushi giveaway winners!

Our random comment winner was #9… which you might think by reading was chosen for most creative, but it wasn’t.

Bstone said:

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And for my personal pick, I choose Jen, who admitted she hasn’t tried sushi yet! Some wouldn’t enter a contest they don’t feel qualified for, but she decided to throw her hat in the ring anyway and I applaud that. Plus, I want her to TRY EATING SUSHI from some of the best around at Takara! I hope you try the Jabadahut!!

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Boxes in the Mail

I’ve received a bunch of stuff in the mail and email recently to tell you about.

1. I got an email from the American Cancer Society. They are starting their largest long-term Cancer Prevention study ever. They are looking for people between the ages of 30-65 who have never had cancer. On your first visit you donate about 7 tsp of blood and fill out a 20 min survey online. They measure your waist. That’s all. But you agree to let them follow up with you with written surveys for years.

I agreed to be a study volunteer. I did all the survey/paperwork online stuff in advance, and scheduled a time to be at the hospital for the rest of the study.

Sun in my eyes at the hospital

Sun in my eyes at the hospital

I got a snazzy new paper bracelet...FREE! :)

I got a snazzy new paper bracelet…FREE! 🙂

I filled out some forms, they drew my blood, they measured my waist, and they gave me a postage-paid card to send in with the date of the start of my next period written on it.

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measuring my waist, hard to get a photo of that.

measuring my waist, hard to get a photo of that.

They wanted to know where in my cycle I was when I gave blood for some reason. Then I sat and had a little coffee and 4 strawberries to make sure I was fine to drive to work. And that was it. In and out in an hour.

Everyone in my family who has died in the last 30 years has died from cancer – all different kinds. Both of my parents and both of my inlaws are cancer survivors, as are numerous aunts and uncles. I’ve already had a breast biopsy and started mammograms at 27 because my mom and her sister are breast cancer survivors (negative BRCA gene test). So I will help how I can.

I also help with cancer study when my daughter captains a Relay For Life team each year at school. I’m the parent who steps up and manages everything. Lots of emails, poster making, schedule creation, delegating… and luckily there are a few parents on the team who have the money to back my organizational skills, and we usually spend about $400 to raise about $8000. At their school, Relay For Life is primarily run by high school students with parent back-up. But the school starts at 3 years old and goes up through high school, so the younger kids watch what they high schoolers are doing, and start freshman year informed and ready to help out. This past week was a pre-Relay food fundraiser day during lunch break, and we sold 100 smoothies like they were crack! I think it took 12 minutes. We received them at cost for $1/ea and sold them for $3/ea, and we totally could have raised the price to $5 or $6 when we got down to our last box of 25 on ice. The kids were scrambling for them, and I think we were the only healthy option available.

Ok, back to things in the mail…

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2. Through Twitter I won a box from Premier Protein. It had bars and drink boxes in it. The bars are a bit too phony for me and bothered my tummy. I eat lots of whole foods, and these were just too chemically for me. But the drink boxes have been nice for smoothies, and I was drinking them when I was home sick with a horrible cold and food didn’t sound good.

Premier Protein, spinach, banana, peanut butter

Premier Protein, spinach, banana, peanut butter smoothie

3. I won a Kalorie Box from MetamorFit. It had a variety of odds and ends inside: dried fruit crunchies – these were sweet and declicious, dried corn crunchies (???), sugar free maple flavored syrup (I’m going to donate this because I only use real maple syrup), cheddar Pirate Booty – which my kids love and Wendy claimed, a small almond milk carton which received a new life as a fruit smoothie last week and a chocolate protein bar which I have hidden for myself.

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4. I also won a necklace! Milestone Sports Jewelry had a contest and I can’t tell you what I won yet because it is going to be a gift to someone. I will post photos after she receives it! If you need a gift for an athletic girlfriend, check their site! They even have special race collection jewelry – like Iron Girl charms and beads, Tinkerbell belly button rings, burnout tanks, and more.

5. On Leslie Loves Veggies, I won a bracelet right around the holidays. I asked the beading company if I could delay receiving it until Feb. because I had someone special in mind I wanted it made for. I will post photos after she receives it! I will say it came so beautifully wrapped and packaged! I was stunned. I thought it would be in a little organza bag with a bow, but no. Real hinged jewelry box, inside a cardboard box, pretty silver bow, and instructions on how to care for it… very great impression!

6. I got a yummy box from CLICK Espresso Protein Drink this week too. I’ve only tried one shake so far because I had a cold and wanted to wait until I had my tastebuds back. YUM!! But they will get a full review on a separate post. If you NEED your morning coffee, but would like to get some breakfast nutrients at the same time, this could be the perfect drink for you!

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It also came with a Blender Bottle, which I have been wanting to try. It’s like a sports bottle with a whisking ball inside so you can shake up your powders and such on the go.

7. Pacific Foods sent 2 pasta boxes to try. I’m supposed to let picky kids review them, but my husband is the boxed mac & cheese eater who needs to convert to something healthier, so he’ll get that. Alice at the O’s in red sauce and enjoyed them. It was a much bigger portion than it looked like in that bowl!

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I love surprises in the mail! And I enter blog contests if I have time because someone has to win, so why not throw my hat in the ring?!

Do you like surprise packages?

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Top 5 Tips to Be Bikini Ready + free iPhone app

appFREE iPhone app info below from Declan Condron, the co-creator and exercise physiologist of PumpOne FitnessBuilder. Here are his Top 5 Tips to be- and stay- bikini ready this summer:

  1. Try to do some exercise every day: no matter how simple it may seem. Declan says, “this does not mean you have to be at the gym every day for hours. By making smart decisions you can add in exercise in short spurts throughout the day, like taking the stairs.”
  2. Don’t get caught in the “Spot Reduction” rut: spot reduction does not exist, according to Declan. It refers to the idea that if you do a ton of exercises for a certain body part, it will become beautifully sculpted. This is unfortunately not the case. The best way to lose weight and gain muscle tone is to perform a total body conditioning program and eat a healthy diet.
  3. Focus on a small goal: don’t psych yourself out by trying to lose 25 pounds. Concentrate on a smaller number. “It makes a huge difference!” claims Declan
  4. Avoid those tasty summer thirst quenchers: come summer, people break out the blenders to whip up margaritas and daiquiris. All that sugar and alcohol can play a very detrimental role in losing weight. Declan notes that “alcohol is empty calories with no nutritional value. It also can increase fluid retention, which leads to bloating”- the last thing anyone wants when in a bathing suit!
  5. Don’t stick to the same workout: have an “all-round conditioning program that includes strength training, cardio and flexibility training. An ideal plan has 3 days of strength training, 2-3 days of cardio, and stretching as often as possible,” states Declan.

PumpOne FitnessBuilder is an App for the iPhone and iPod touch available FREE for RunningBetty readers at this LINK. I don’t have an iPhone, so I haven’t tried it. Let me know what you think…

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