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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!

    My TV Melted! How I Got A Free Replacement

    My TV Melted! How I Got A Free Replacement

    Episode 35 gives YOU insight into how I avoided rushing off to buy another tv right after my tv started slowly melting. Yes, you read that right....my tv started melting. After 4 1/2 years, I guess it decided it didn't want to live in our living room anymore. I touch on Costco's warranty extensions, facts about my purchase, and the exact steps I took to get my tv replaced. I'm hoping this saves you some time and money in the future!

    • 16 min
    How We Prepared Our Kids For Our Dog's Death

    How We Prepared Our Kids For Our Dog's Death

    At the beginning of June, our sweet (almost 14 year old) Rusty joined the heavenly angels. This episode is simply designed for you to hear my experience, simply because I would have loved to hear how someone else handled this situation. When your kids are involved, it just forces big life events like this with a need of intentionality. We handled this the best way for our family. I absolutely know that. However, this might not be the right thing for yours. My hope is that you take what you can and leave what you don't want. :)
     

    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.

    SNOVID Episode 22 Blueberry Eulogy
    -Kirkland costco dog bed (I couldn't find the one he has. It was round and huge) so linking to one that is similar on amazon.
    -blanket (Rusty loved a good blanket...don't we all??)
    -Movoflex
    -Costco joint supplement (this is what I would use first to try out. Then move to Movoflex if needed)
    -Pet photo stepping stone
    -Adirondack Stone Works (petmemorial.net) One of these little stones will be a future purchase for me.

    • 29 min
    Save with Gift Cards and Sweet & Snack Expo 2021 Recap

    Save with Gift Cards and Sweet & Snack Expo 2021 Recap

    Episode 33 is a "normal" type of episode. You'll hear products/services that I'm pondering, trying, and loving. In addition, I start out with a STRONG LAURA LESSON regarding gift cards and end the episode with a recap of the recent Sweet & Snack Expo 2021 highlighting some of the new snack and candy releases.

    Laura Lessons
    If you are a Costco Member….look at the gift cards online..not just in store. I found one for Jiffy Lube….$37.99 for a $50 egiftcard at the time of this recording. There are lots of options!

    Pondering
    -Walnut Hollow Creative Woodburner Introduction Value Pen for Beginners and Intermediate Woodburners
    -Solo Stove: I just can't seem to let this one go
    -I really want to paint my deck. It's yelling at me
    -AnyCart is a new grocery delivery service I'm intrigued with. They say there are no changes or markups when compared to grocery store prices….Tom Thumb, Whole Foods, Amazon, Albertsons came up as options for me. No subscription charges…no delivery fees. I WILL BE TRYING. They make money because they are affiliates for those stores. They serve up recipes so you can hopefully add more items to your cart!
    -TikTok- is it worth my time to understand?

    Trying
    Berkey Big Berkey BK4X2 Countertop Water Filter System (make sure you are selecting a REAL Berkey if you want one. Apparently there are counterfeits. This is the one I purchased off Amazon. It came with a hologram seal and is verified. BUT you still need to do your own homework!)
    Foxwell NT301 Can OBDII & EOBD Code Reader

    Loving
    -The bunk beds we picked out…Better Homes & Gardens Austen Full Over Twin Bunk Bed with Open Bookshelves
    -Woozoo Fan (I can't locate these on Costco's website) & Walker Edison Universal Metal Bunk Bed Shelf
    -Minecraft
    -Sweet & Snack Expo happened in June and more than 450 exhibitors were there. Food Business Wire highlighted these…..

    • 31 min
    Yoga 101 For The Reluctant Mom with Katy Spartz of Lark+Evergreen

    Yoga 101 For The Reluctant Mom with Katy Spartz of Lark+Evergreen

    If you've ever contemplated trying yoga or don't even really know what it is, this is the episode for you! In Episode 32, I speak with Katy Spartz from Lark+Evergreen virtual yoga studio. Yes....VIRTUAL. That means....you stay at home, do yoga...even with your kids in the next room!

    It's a fun conversation, and I'm pleased to introduce her to you!

    • 50 min
    Amazon Prime Day 2021- What You Need To Know

    Amazon Prime Day 2021- What You Need To Know

    Prime Day 2021 is almost here! I know you know things about Prime Day. It's not new anymore. You know how it works. However, in this episode, I go over some setting reminders to ensure you're all set for those Lightning Deals, so you don't miss out on a good deal! I also offer up quite a few questions to ask yourself before ultimately buying that item you just have to have. The Prime Day shopping extravaganza is something I look forward to, but my oh my, do I need to keep myself in check!
    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.
    What You Need To Know:

    -Sign up for 30 day trial if not a Prime Member..set a reminder in your calendar to cancel before that so you don't forget.
    -Remember to check out Walmart, Target, Best Buy..in fact thanks to seeing an instagram post from TheKrazyCouponLady they outlined some important dates to know for the week. I want to give them credit for this information for sure. So here it is….Target Deal Days 6/20-6/22; Walmart Deal Days 6/20-6/23, Amazon Prime Day 6/21-6/22, Kohls Wow Days 6/21-6/22, Macy's Epic Specials 6/21-6/22, Best Buy Bigger Deal Savings Event will go through Tuesday 6/22, and Costco…because always check costco

    -Amazon App is crucial. Open Amazon App>Go to Menu>Tap Settings>Notifications>Turn on Watched and Waitlisted Deals Then just find an upcoming deal and simply add it to your watchlist. Once they are live, claim your deals and checkout before they expire. You typically have 15 min to complete checkout. JUST BECAUSE YOU ADD IT TO YOUR CART, DOES NOT MEAN YOU GOT THAT DEAL.

    -Make sure your default mailing address is correct ahead of time.

    -Watch deals and get notified when they start……Watch A Deal notification lets you know when your deal is about to start. 

    The questions I ask myself before I purchase:
    -Is this Free Returns? I feel safe with free returns when it comes to my impulse buying
    -I also have a preset discount rule in my brain. 30% off is my typical threshold. I'll entertain 20% off, but anything below a 20% discount is completely dismissed for me. I can just buy at another time if I need. I advise you come up with a strategy as well.
    -I check Walmart, Target, and Best Buy (if it's a technology item)
    -Is this even a pondering purchase I've had? Why do I want this? Will I use this within a one month time? If not, dismissed.
    -Am I buying this for a Christmas present for someone? If you answer yes, abandon…it's July! No! Is this a birthday present for someone within a one month time? Yes, then get it.
    -reminder…look at reviews. like around the page 3/4 mark. what are the dates? counterfeit products are a real thing.

    Special Deals That Jump Out At Me:

    -Save $10 on Prime Day when you spend $10 with small business…now this is only available if you are listening to this today on 6/20. Before the end of today, if you spend $10 on products from small businesses (amazon.com/supportsmall), you'll receive a $10 credit via email that you can then spend that $10 on prime day during 6/21 through 6/22.
    -For Amazon Prime Rewards Visa Card Members 6% back on amazon.com for Amazon and Whole Foods Market purchases made from 6/21 to 6/22 (normally 5% back)
    -Amazon kids+ 3 month subscription for $.99 gives access to more than 20,000 popular apps and games, videos, books, Audible books and educational content.
    -21 free photo prints with AmazonPhotos (code PRINTS21)
    -There are some deals on subscription networks, for instance, I saw a Discovery+ offer for $.99/month for 2 month and then $6.99 after. There were some other STARZ, SHOWTIME, PARAMAMOUNT+ etc. I'll like

    • 34 min
    Credit Card Extended Warranty Benefit- How I Got $96 Back!

    Credit Card Extended Warranty Benefit- How I Got $96 Back!

    In this episode, I give you the run down on how I received $96.34 back on my credit card statement after ALL of my Apple Airpods Pro drama. I received the price of replacing one of the ear buds all because of the extended warranty benefit from my credit card. This is an important reminder for you to familiarize yourself with the benefits you have access to by being a credit cardholder with any credit card company. Take a listen on your podcast app! 

    • 23 min

Customer Reviews

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19 Ratings

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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