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Staples Back to School Review and $50 Gift Card Giveaway!

Staples recently contacted me to see if I’d be interested in reviewing some of their new back-to-school items. I said I would love to! When the box arrived on my doorstep, I couldn’t wait to open it up and see what was inside. Let me tell you, school supplies have definitely changed since I was a kid! They are so much more fun than the boring old pencils and notebooks that I got. Here is a sample of the fun new items Staples is carrying: Included in this is: a binder, lined journals, mechanical pencils, #2 pencils, erasers, folders, a pencil sharpener, ballpoint pens, clipboard, and a composition book. These are just the cutest! They are the BIC Kids Retractable Ballpoint pen and BIC Kids Mechanical pencil! What I love about these is that the size is perfect for kids. I’ve never seen small pencils or pens like this made for little hands. What a great idea! I love this composition book and am going to use it for myself!  Penny is only two years old, so all she does […]

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How to Negotiate Down High Medical Bills

Post by Travis Holmes Medical bills are often inflated to make up for the fact that many consumers remain uninsured. Health insurance is quite expensive and it does not fit into everyone’s budget. You cannot control when medical emergencies happen but you can work with the hospital to obtain discounted services due to lack of insurance and lesser income. Ask About Financial Assistance Nearly all hospital situations have financial assistance available. At the time of registration, it is ideal to ask for information about this program. In most cases, forms can be filled out on the spot to receive assistance with your bill. In other cases, you may have to wait for the bill to arrive to speak with the financial aid department for a reduction. Discuss Reduced Fees for Cash Paying Patients Some hospitals, urgent care facilities and doctor’s offices will charge a reduced fee for those on limited budgets or for those that simply do not have insurance. The rising cost of healthcare warrants this being necessary. So many hospital bills go unpaid due to their size. Hospitals […]

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