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Hey there! I’m Laura Johnson and this is the Shortcut Shopper Podcast. I'll share tips, lessons learned, and what I'm buying to help give you the shortcut you need through the noise of your never-ending purchasing decisions. I'm happy you're here!

Shortcut Shopper Laura Johnson

    • Kids & Family
    • 5.0 • 19 Ratings

Hey there! I’m Laura Johnson and this is the Shortcut Shopper Podcast. I'll share tips, lessons learned, and what I'm buying to help give you the shortcut you need through the noise of your never-ending purchasing decisions. I'm happy you're here!

    2021 Holiday Toy Recap

    2021 Holiday Toy Recap

    In Episode 42, I am talking about toys, toys, and more toys! Shout out to The Toy Insider for being such a great reference. If you're needing help with gift guides, you need to check them out! In this episode, I break down their Hot 20 Toys of Holiday 2021 ,and I go through their Top 12 under $20 toys. It is NOT too early to be thinking about Christmas! If you find this valuable, please consider sharing with a friend. You know another mom (or two, or three, or four, etc) wants to hear about this! :)

    SHOW NOTES: This post contains affiliate links. You don’t pay any extra, and I earn a small commission. I’d also like to call attention if prices I mentioned in this episode were prices I paid at the current time and may not reflect the prices you would pay at the time of reading or listening to this.

    Toy Insider's Hot 20 picks for 2021

    Infants & Toddlers (0-2 years)
    Choppin’ Fun Learning Pot by Leapfrog
    Fisher-price 4-in-1 Ultimate Learning Bot by Mattel
    Flybar Bumper Car 18mos+ by Flybar
    Little Tikes Learn & Play 2-in-1 Activity Tunnel by MGA

    Preschool (3-4 years)
    Batman Bat-tech Transforming Batcave by Spin Master
    Blue’s Clues & You! Cook-along Play Kitchen Set Play Kitchen Set by Just Play
    Cocomelon Deluxe Interactive Jj Doll by Jazwares
    Disney Princess Ultimate Celebration Castle by Hasbro
    Gabby’s Purrfect Dollhouse by Spin Master
    Ryan’s World Lost City Adventures — Mega Adventure Chest by Bonkers Toys

    Grade School (5-7 years)
    Akedo Ultimate Battle Arena by Moose Toys
    Got2glow Fairy Finder by Wowwee
    Kidizoom Printcam by VTECH
    Lol Surprise Omg House Of Surprises by MGA
    Magic Mixies Magic Cauldron by Moose Toys
    PokÉmon Trading Card Game: Celebrations Elite Trainer Box by The Pokemon Co International
    Pop It XL by Buffalo Games
    Squishmallows Food Squad by Jazwares

    Tweens (8+years)
    Beyblade Burst Speedstorm Motor Strike Battle Set by Hasbro
    Tamagotchi Piz by Bandai America

     

    Toy Insider's 12 Under $20

    Care Bears Cutetitos by Basic Fun!

    Dimpl Pops by Fat Brain Toys

    Needoh by Schylling

    Pom Pops by Sunny Days Entertainment

    Treasure X Monster Coffin

    5 Surprise Mini Brands Series 3 by Zuru

    Cats vs. Pickles Bean Filled Jumbos by Cepia

    Compound Kings 5 Stack Donut by Wecool Toys

    Crystalina by Skyrocket

    Koosh Mondo

    My Squishy Little Dumplings by Wowwee

    Nickelodeon Cra-Z-Sand Bucket by CRA-Z-ART

     

    • 33 min
    Don't Be A Holiday Shopping Procrastinator This Year!

    Don't Be A Holiday Shopping Procrastinator This Year!

    Episode 41 covers my pondering purchases (special shout out to Meg Quinn on her upcoming release of The Cheese Board Deck: 50 cards for Styling Spreads, Savory, and Sweet), products I'm trying, loving, consumer news for moms, AND, of course......a Laura Lesson.

    Make sure you subscribe or follow the show, because you won't want to miss my episode next week. It'll be all about top toys for the 2021 holiday season. Enjoy!

    SHOW NOTES: This post contains affiliate links. You don’t pay any extra, and I earn a small commission. I’d also like to call attention if prices I mentioned in this episode were prices I paid at the current time and may not reflect the prices you would pay at the time of reading or listening to this.

    Laura Lessons
    This year is not the year to be a holiday shopping procrastinator.  Shipping delays.  Products are being made…just delayed getting here. stuck at ports

    Pondering
    The Cheese Board Deck: 50 cards for Styling Spreads, Savory, and Sweet by Meg Quinn.  You can preorder this. Looks amazing and an amazing christmas gift!
    Purchasing a truck….specifically a toyota tundra. 
    recycled artificial turf
    Badge Magic Cust to Fit Freestyle Patch Adhesive Kit 

    Trying
    Roommates Navy Blue Beadboard Peel and Stick Wallpaper
    Echelon Bike
    Bear pillow

    Loving
    Glocarnival Store Realistic Tiny Glow in the Dark Stars

    News

    It is reported in BusinessInsider that Amazon has plans to open department stores in the US. They will mainly sell clothes including Amazon's own private label among other outside brands. These shops are expected to be smaller than a normal type department store and starting locations are Ohio and California. And it was reported that they might eventually introduce robots or automation machines into the store. They are also testing a feature that would let customers scan QR Codes with their phone to have store employees go get another size of clothing etc. Experts are saying this move enables Amazon to better compete with Walmart to enable people to view amazon products in person and reach new customers.

    Clinique's Black Honey lip color launched when Richard Nixon was president, but all these decades later it has gone viral on TikTok. Now, beauty stores and retailers can't keep it on shelves. After it was introduced in 1971, the lipstick, which is known for its versatility and ability to complement a wide range of skin tones. Clinique's price for its Black Honey lipstick is $20 for 0.06 of an ounce. Some of the "dupes" include a Black Cherry lipstick from makeup brand e.l.f and a lip balm from Burt's Bees Tinted Lip Balm in Red Dahlia. Read full story here.

    Heinz Teams with Wieden + Kennedy NY invent the Heinz packet roller. You can squeeze every drop out of it. The device is modeled after a bottle of Heinz ketchup. The deep red casing sports the Heinz logo, a metal keychain loop for wringing on the go and a white cap that rolls to control the mechanism. Through the center of the “Packet Roller” are two slits, one housing a blade to slice the tops of packets without explosion and the other to feed the condiment pack through, pushing the sauce out. Genius stocking stuffer for the ketchup lover in your life! Read full story here.

    • 17 min
    Amazon Beauty Sale is Coming!

    Amazon Beauty Sale is Coming!

    Episode 40 is a "normal type" episode where I talk about what I'm pondering, trying, loving, etc. And, of course, I'll end with some consumer news that I think you'll be interested to know! Thank you for being here with me on my little podcast journey. If you think the episode is of value, please consider sharing with a friend. :)

    SHOW NOTES: This post contains affiliate links. You don’t pay any extra, and I earn a small commission. I’d also like to call attention if prices I mentioned in this episode were prices I paid at the current time and may not reflect the prices you would pay at the time of reading or listening to this.

    Laura Lessons
    If you want to buy your pondering purchases, don't speed! It'll save you money.

    Pondering
    Upright GO Posture Trainer- wear it on your back. syncs to your phone or watch
    Stick on wallpaper for my office closet- Roommates Blue Wood Look Beadboard Peel & Stick Wallpaper & a wallpaper kit to help with installation
    Understanding bitcoin…Bitcoin Fundamentals Podcast.

    Trying
    Euphy Robo Vacuum (Episode 008) my interview with my friend Angie raved about her Euphy Robo Vacuum (she still has it! April 2019)

    Loving
    Value Based Spending- Frugal Friends Episode 177
    My little light up tree. OYCBUZO Lighted Birch Tree, Battery Powered Christmas Tabletop Tree
    Light Up Big Birch Tree that I saw at Costco
    Occiam Bluetooth Headphones (ear buds). They come in black, blue, pink, and white. Work well!

    News
    -Sephora and Ulta are unveiling shop in a shop programs this month. Sephora is opening in 77 Kohl's stores and 100 Ulta Shops are opening in Target locations. The new Sephora sections will replace Kohls beauty section.

    -This week, Walmart began testing deliveries using self driving cars in Miami, Austin TX, and Washington DC. 

    -Mission Foods (tortillas) are coming out with cauliflower and almond flour tortillas.

    -Amazon is planning a beauty products event for October to hook early holiday shoppers. Starting October 4th-10/25.

    -Apple announced it's release of iphone13 and watchOS8…one the new features are great for bike riders. it'll anaylypse gps, heart rate, accelerometer, and gyroscope data to detect when users begin a ride and prompts them to start an outdoor cycle. It'll track when you stop riding like if you get stopped at a stop light.

    -Mars Wrigley in partnership with Shipt released a list of every state's favorite Mars Wrigley Halloween Candy. I have the image of the US map in the show notes. Overall, Snickers won with 17 states listing it as their favorite. 2nd was M&Ms with nine states choosing. To make things even sweeter for candy lovers around the country, Shipt is offering customers who spend $25 to get $5 off instantly on Mars Wrigley candy from 10/19 through 10/31.

    That's it. Make sure to subscribe or follow the show in your favorite podcast app. It's free! And go follow me on instagram so that you can see my before and after of my little closet office space when that time comes!

    • 20 min
    Consumer News- Sept 2021

    Consumer News- Sept 2021

    My news stories have been stacking up. This episode is dedicated to recent consumer news that I think is interesting for YOU to know! I'll be back next week with a "normal style" episode.
    Thank you for listening! 
    Visit Ep 39 for complete show notes.

    • 12 min
    I Got Covid! Products and Services I Used

    I Got Covid! Products and Services I Used

    Well, I was forced into taking a little break from producing podcast episodes, while my husband and I sifted our way through Covid. This episode is all about the products and services I used during our illness. Our girls were 100% fine through the whole ordeal! I talk about the best broth out there (in my opinion), delivery services, recommendations on what to send your sick friends when they are held up.....and so much more

    • 25 min
    Back To School Shopping and We Got A New Dog!

    Back To School Shopping and We Got A New Dog!

    In Episode 37, I mention a call back to Episode 18, which is all about Rakuten. If you're doing back to school shopping online, definitely check it out! I started using Rakuten in 2017 and so far, my lifetime earnings has been $499! All those cash back purchases add up. I also touch on the fact that we got a new dog!
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    • 17 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

Baupost ,

Entertaining and informative

Great style , easy to listen to, I look forward to these a ton

Kevin Sanderson ,

Great podcast!

Really enjoyed the episode on Prime Day. I have been selling on Amazon for about 4 years now, and I learned some things. Great pace and tone of the show. Love Laura's down to earth and conversational style!

pklement ,

Refreshingly honest

Let’s talk about transparency! Witty, funny, and sincere. Please be my BFF.

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