Thursday, January 23, 2020

5 Reasons Why You Should Sell Leftover Test Strips

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 1:03 PM

More than 12% of Americans over the age of 20 are suffering from diabetes. More than 30M Americans in total are living with this dreaded disease. Regardless of whether your diagnosis has been fairly recent or been known for a number of years, you might have a number of questions regarding your test strips. There’s a chance that you’ve got a huge supply of glucose test strips stowed away at your place. What can you do about them? Throw them away? Keep using them past their expiry date? Keep them there till the end of time?

Here, we’ll tell you 5 Reasons why you should sell leftover test strips – 

  • You can sell glucose test strips that are nearing their expiration date

Yes, blood sugar test strips & other supplies tend to be fairly expensive. You might be tempted to throw them away because they’re close to their expiration date. However, that’s not really a good idea since they may return faulty readings, which could be dangerous for your health.

Why is that?

Diabetes test strips have certain enzymes, which tend to react with the glucose in your blood to provide you with a reading. However, they don’t really last forever. Once their expiration date has gone by, they start breaking down. What do you do then? Sell them away! There are many people who are in urgent need of these strips. You don’t need to be worried about your strips going in vain and this way, you can also help others who require these strips. And it’s fully legal as well since they aren’t prescription medication!

  • It Is Better for The Environment

Are you looking to reduce the impact you have on the environment? You can do that by selling old diabetes test strips! When you recycle and sell them, you can reduce the plastic packaging waste that you generate. Instead of simply tossing these diabetes strips away, you can recycle and help others utilize them.

  • You Can Help People Who Cannot Afford Diabetes Strips

Do you remember being flabbergasted by how much your supplies cost you? Imagine how it would be if you could not afford them at all. You can sell these strips and help those in need who are unable to afford these strips. Diabetes happens to be the 7th biggest killer in the US. By helping people obtain the test strips and supplies they need, you can help prevent these deaths since they can purchase your strips at lower rates.

  • You Can Earn Your Money Back

We all know how frustrating it can be to throw away unused stuff just because they were past their expiration date. What if you could make this money back? Sell diabetic test strips now to earn back a portion of the money you spent. Why do you want to consider throwing your strips away if you could recoup a portion of the costs by selling the strips to someone who can ensure that others in need can avail them?

  • Get Accurate Readings All the Time

It can be scary to think about what could happen if your strips don’t give you the right readings. However, you can always do something to ensure that you don’t need to rely on wrong, inaccurate readings. Please note that you should keep using old strips just to save yourself some money. You will soon wind up paying a lot more if you keep relying on expired test strips. If things go south and you find yourself on a hospital bed because you received the wrong blood sugar reading, you will have to shell out thousands of dollars more. That would be quite crazy, wouldn’t it?

Here a list of some other reasons why most people sell their test strips –

  • They received test strips free of cost and do not need them.

  • They switched to modern glucose monitors that evaluate sugar levels continually

  • They had a transplant, which eliminated their Type 1 diabetes

  • Their family member passed away, who still had extra strips leftover

  • Their pharmacy committed a mistake & they cannot return these strips

  • They are no longer test at the same rate as they used to

  • They were only suffering from gestational diabetes, which has now been cured

  • They are now using another brand

  • They bought excess supplies, which are no longer needed. 


Use our services here at Test Strips 4 Money to sell the diabetes strips that you no longer need. It can save you some money and help other people simultaneously.



Top Affordable Winter Destinations for Your Average Joe

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:59 PM

According to official statistics, less than 20% of people take time off during the winter holidays and even fewer afford to leave their city for a tourist destination. However, traveling shouldn’t be expensive if done right.

Why spend your year-worth-budget on a week in Vegas that you’ll hardly remember when you can invest the money smartly and come back with memories to last you a lifetime? Check out these incredibly affordable destinations and start packing your bags. 


Port Isabel, Texas

This city is as close as you can get to a Mexican vacation without having to worry about passports or leaving the country. Port Isabel is located north of the US-Mexican border and provides the best of both worlds. The place combines classic beach activities with historical attractions, so there is plenty to visit for a few days. 

You can get to sip your Corona on the beach, supervising your children while building sandcastles or swimming in the turquoise waters of the Mexican Gulf without a care in the world. In the afternoon, you can choose to visit one of the many tourist attractions or continue your Mexican party with some good old tacos and tequila shots. 

This little paradise was voted as “the most beautiful place to visit in Texas” by Culture Trip but remains extremely affordable. And, most importantly, it’s warm all-year-long, so don’t forget to bring your sombrero and sunscreen. 


Mesa, Arizona

Arizona has plenty of tourist attractions, especially around the areas of Phoenix and Tempe but if you’re looking for a quieter place to spend Christmas and New Year’s Eve, Mesa is a destination worth considering. 

There are over 50 public parks to visit, four large museums, and an event center with plenty of holiday parties and Christmas carols concerts, so you won’t get bored. For around $900 you can rent a beautiful two-bedroom home, complete with a pool, and a large patio to throw an old fashion American barbeque. 


Tallahassee, Florida

Only a few hours away from the hype of Orlando and Miami, Tallahassee is a more affordable destination with plenty of beach-like activities to indulge in with the entire family. The beautiful Florida weather will keep you warm throughout the year as you enjoy a day at the beach swimming in the warm waters of Gulf Mexico or visiting one of the city’s museums. 

The place is also famous for its delicious oysters, served at local diners and fancy restaurants alike. You can get to spend a beautiful day wandering in one of the many national reserves, filled with birds, insects, animals, and even gators. 


Kansas City, Missouri

If you would like to experience a true Midwest winter, you can head to Kansas City. The place is usually crowded during the holidays but there are plenty of things to see in your inexpensive city getaway. 

Most of the time, you’ll find enough snow for Canada like winters, with plenty of specific activities such as ice skating and ice sculpting. The Christmas lights are on from the beginning of December and you’ll get plenty of Christmas markets to shop for souvenirs and homemade goodies. 

There are also a few interesting museums and art galleries that offer free admission while the prices in pubs and restaurants are reasonable in comparison to other big cities in the Midwest. 


New Orleans, Louisiana

The city is famous for its Mardi Gras festival in March-April but other than that, it remains a popular yet affordable destination. We don’t recommend that you go to Louisiana in the summertime as the high humidity combined with temperatures over 100 degrees will make you feel like in an oven. 

The average temperatures in January are 63 degrees, perfect for a stroll over the French Quarter without breaking a sweat. Take the city’s tram for free and enjoy a ride alongside the Mississippi River or sip a delicious cup of coffee at the prestigious Cafe du Monde downtown. 


Pahoa, Hawaii

Hawaii is the main destination for luxurious honeymoons but it also provides plenty of opportunities for tourists on a budget. Pahoa offers everything you want in a Hawaiian vacation, without the overpriced touristy stuff. 

You’ll still get to enjoy the breathtakingly beautiful beaches, hiking in the rainforest or snorkeling with tropical fish in secluded locations. And, what’s best, you’ll even get 3-star hotels that offer nightly rates as low as $80.



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6 Things You Need to Know About Eggs

Posted By on Thu, Jan 23, 2020 at 12:56 PM

Everybody loves eggs and they can be prepared in so many different ways and eaten for breakfast, lunch, dinner, and brunch. You can fry, boil, bake, scramble, or combine them with countless other ingredients. Eggs are popular for their versatility and taste but many people avoid them because they have a bad rap due to the cholesterol content.

The truth is that eggs have far more benefits than you would imagine and they can even have a positive effect on cholesterol levels. Below we’ve explored a few facts about eggs so that you can learn just how beneficial they can be for you.

 

They are full of useful nutrients

In just a single egg you can find a staggering number of vitamins, minerals and other nutrients that can help your body to function to the best of its ability. It contains vitamin A, B5, B2, B6, B12, D, E, and K, as well as zinc, calcium, selenium, folate, and phosphorus.

It can also help keep your brain healthy since it is a rich source of choline which is a chemical compound that is essential to keeping the brain cells healthy. It’s a good idea to incorporate some eggs into your meals if you’re planning to do some hard thinking at work, school, or at home.

The nutrients in eggs can also help keep your vision sharp since each egg contain zeaxanthin and lutein which are two antioxidants that are known to help prevent eye issues like macular degeneration and cataracts.

 

Organic eggs are worth the price

Even to this day, organic production represents only a tiny fraction of agricultural sales, and while organic may mean healthier it doesn’t always mean more nutritious. As far as eggs are concerned, organic options contain more micronutrients than conventional eggs.

They contain three times more omega-3 fatty acids, and around 40% more vitamin A and twice the amount of vitamin E. Hens that lay organic eggs are also usually cage-free and use comfortable nesting boxes such as those recommended by Silverlakefarms.com.

 

They can help manage your weight

Eggs are very filling which means that you don’t need to eat a lot of them to feel satisfied. If you want to manage your weight, incorporating eggs in your diet is a good idea since you can eat less and feel full without having to rely on empty calories.

Since this food is so versatile, you won’t have to worry that you’ll soon get sick of eating eggs since there are plenty of recipes available that can help you discover just how delicious this food can be.

 

They can make LDL cholesterol less harmful

There are two types of cholesterol, HDL which is the good kind of cholesterol and DLD which is the bad one. Eggs can raise the level of LDL cholesterol in your body which can help lower the risk of heart disease and stroke.

Furthermore, eggs can also help your body convert LDL cholesterol which comes in the form of small and dense particles in your blood into larger ones which are less likely to cause heart health problems.

 

How can you tell if an egg is still good?

The easiest way to tell if an egg is good is by using the float test. You need to place the uncooked egg while still in its shell in a bowl of water and if the egg lies on its side, it is a sign that it is still fresh.

If it stands up, it means that some oxygen has managed to infiltrate the shell and get inside the egg. It will still be good for baking and once boiled, it will be much easier to remove the shell. If the egg floats, then this means that it most certainly is bad.

While these methods are useful to help you get an idea of how fresh an egg is, it is still recommended to crack it open and see if the appearance is off or if there is a bad smell.

 

They have a great shelf life

In the refrigerator, raw eggs that are still in the shell are still good to eat for 3 to 5 weeks. The sell-by dates on the carton must be within 30 days of packing and that means that the eggs are still good to eat for at least a week after the sell-by date.



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Saturday, October 27, 2018

You're the Best... of Charlotte

A shout out to the staff

Posted By on Sat, Oct 27, 2018 at 3:32 PM

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It was the Best of Charlotte, it was the worst of Charlotte.

But mainly just the former.

I couldn't be happier to be sending off Creative Loafing's 2018 Best of Charlotte issue, my first as editor-in-chief of the paper. That being said, we got through the process without anyone jumping from the roof of our Music Factory office, so I'd say it was a success.

This year, we took you into bat country with a Fear and Loafing theme — get it? — complete with a photo shoot starring yours truly as Johnny Depp as Raoul Duke, and my coworker Justin LaFrancois as Benicio Del Toro as Dr. Gonzo. It seems like such an obvious parody now that I'm surprised we hadn't done it in 31 years of existence. But here we are.

Best of Charlotte is all about shouting out the people doing amazing things in this city, so I'd like to take the opportunity in this column to shout out the folks behind the scenes who made this issue possible.

First and foremost, I have to show some love to my art director Dana Vindigni-Guedes. Not only did Dana put together this entire issue — from designing ads to laying out every winner, photo, caption and credit — but she got married right in the midst of the mess that is our Best of Charlotte issue.

Putting together the Best of Charlotte issue is already stressful enough, but to throw perhaps one of the most stressful days of your life right into the middle of that was nothing short of heroic. Dana handled it all like a pro and — among all the stuff that was happening at work — still hosted a beautiful wedding in downtown Gastonia on Oct. 7.

Perhaps my favorite part of this issue are Dana's drawings, in which she beautifully channeled Ralph Steadman, the old friend and cohort of Hunter S. Thompson. Dana's art has always been striking to me, but to watch her process as she pulled inspiration from her humongous book of Steadman art and made it her own was a beautiful thing.

I also have to give it up for my associate editor, Courtney Mihocik, who arrived in the CL offices in August and was quickly thrown into the Best of Charlotte mix. That can be tough for someone who hadn't lived in Charlotte since she interned for the paper in 2016, but Courtney dug right into the project from the jump.

Even beyond Best of Charlotte, Courtney has exceeded my expectations after moving here from Columbus, Ohio, on short notice and immediately knocking out story after story without blinking an eye.

I also feel that we would be lost without the hard work of full-time reporter and contributor Pat Moran. While doubling as CL's advertising coordinator, Pat doesn't actually sell any ads to clients, which leaves him open to write stories without any conflict of interest.

Pat's love for the arts shines through in his beautiful writing, and his recollections of many different exhibits and shows that he covered over the year were extremely helpful while compiling the list of this year's winners.

Sometimes the fact that Creative Loafing has been a presence in the local cultural scene for more than 30 years can make people think that we are some sort of huge gatekeeper of an organization with endless resources, but in the end, we're just four full-time employees trying to put together the best paper possible each week. It's when we're tasked with an issue like this — well over double the size of our normal paper — that our hunger as underdogs comes out and we work together the best.

And of course, we get a little help from our friends.

One huge helper this issue was our intern Veronica Cox, whose main focus over the last month has been to help choose winners and then dig into that list and write blurbs about each winner. She was brand new to the team when we told her that she'd be working on Best of Charlotte almost exclusively, and she had stepped up to the challenge in a way that I'm very thankful for.

Also, we wouldn't be anywhere without our contributing writers. From the time I sat down with contributor Erin Tracy-Blackwood more than two months ago and began working out winners to our critic's picks, I've been constantly reworking the list with help from Courtney, Pat and other contributing writers like Perry Tannenbaum, Shameika Rhymes, Aerin Spruill, Jeff Hahne, Erin Breeden and Grey Revell. Each one of the contributors has been a most valuable asset.

And of course, we wouldn't have a paper at all if it weren't for the hard-working sales stuff busting their asses behind the scenes. Account executives Christos Kakouras and my fellow cover model Justin LaFrancois, along with the sales manager who holds it all together, Aaron Stamey, worked tirelessly on this issue as they do on every one to make sure we can keep putting out content and you can keep picking it up for free.

So in an issue filled with some of Charlotte's brightest people doing their very best work, I felt it necessary to shine at least a small light on everyone that helped us send this thing to print and not let me look like a failure.

I can do that all on my own.


Thursday, October 25, 2018

Listen Up: Cuzo Key and FLLS Go 'Universal' on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 62

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 25, 2018 at 12:15 PM

Local rapper Cuzo Key (second from right) and producer FLLS (second from left) have been kicking it for a while, but once they started making music together, they knew there was something special there. Fast forward to the October release of their new album, Universal Player, on which both of them share the mic, and Cuzo even sings a bit. They stopped by to chat with Ryan and Mariah about the new record and recent changes in the Charlotte hip-hop scene.

Be sure to check out the Queen City Podcast Network to keep up with all the other scenes we've got covered around the city. You can also catch up with all our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

Thursday, October 18, 2018

Listen Up: KANG is Back and Bla/Alt on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 61

Posted By on Thu, Oct 18, 2018 at 11:51 AM

The next Bla/Alt Festival is almost upon us, so we brought on Stephen Tekola and TJ Banks of KANG, who will be continuing their reunion-tour-of-sorts at the festival at Camp North End on Sat., Oct. 20. We talked to the pair about Bla/Alt, how every negative in Charlotte comes with a positive and the growing connection between the arts and music scenes in the city.

Be sure to hit up the Queen City Podcast Network to see what's been going on with our partner podcasts there, or catch up with all of our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or simply by typing "Local Vibes" in your Spotify search bar.

Wednesday, October 17, 2018

Simple Rules How Not to Be That Person at a Show

Don't be a douche

Posted By on Wed, Oct 17, 2018 at 7:00 AM

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It was a busy week in this nightlife writer's career. Why, you ask? Live music overload.

Wednesday night was Goo Goo Dolls, Saturday night was Breakaway Festival and Sunday was Chris Stapleton. Yeah, my musical flavor has diversified, to say the least. But when I sat down to recap the week/weekend and decide what I wanted to write about, I wanted to take a new approach. Recapping the show, eh been there, done that. So here's what I came up with: the do's and don'ts of going to a show.

We all know that person who gets too drunk, has no idea where they are, who they're with and I'd say 75 percent of the time they're not the person you want to have a conversation with at the end of the night. #sloppy

I've run this person into at some point when I've gone to almost any type of show, at any venue, whether that be The Fillmore, the AvidXchange Music Factory concert grounds or PNC Music Pavilion.

And this is the thing, yes, we know that demographics change according to venue, artist, etc., but the reality is, everyone looks the same when they're playing the asshole. That's one of the first things I noticed while I was at the Goo Goo Dolls show. Especially since I haven't been heightened to real live show shenanigans in a how minute.

One thing I noticed at Goo Goo Dolls, was how rude people were. And that will be my first list item for you to imbibe. From social etiquette to bathroom etiquette, there were too many qualms for me to express.

Fast forward to the festival, and my nerves were already on a hundred. The last festival I went to was Made in America Festival in Philly. I was so overwhelmed by how many people were there that I freaked out. #onlychildsyndrome #helicopterchild

So I was certainly worried about my man going with me. My God, the amount of drugs present would've effed your whole life. And you know what that means: No respect for persons and/or personal space.

Jumping ahead to the next night, once again, I felt like the only black person in all of PNC Music Pavilion. Whew. Just imagine what that feels like at a country concert (without the cowboy boots that the boyfriend snagged for me). #outofplace

Nevertheless, based on my many experiences in Charlotte, whether those be at a festival or other live music experience, here's my advice on how to not be an asshole:

Say excuse me. I'm sorry, but not really sorry; no matter how many bodies there are in the crowd, there's no reason why you shouldn't excuse yourself when you're trying to make a space for yourself to walk through a crowded area.

Wipe the seat. There's also no reason why you shouldn't practice bathroom etiquette. No one in those spaces want to sit on your pee, smell your vomit or smell your poop. Flush and wipe the toilet, it's only fair. After all, you wouldn't want to walk into the same stall. And if it's a urinal, you really should be doing your part. Sharing is caring. Especially if you're the lit individual that everyone is judging. I certainly found some lost "candies" on the way in to the festival that someone wasn't concerned about so, share the love. That way, everyone else can be on your ridiculous level.

Stop staring. I don't care what state you're in, staring is never okay. We teach our kids that these days, thankfully. There's no reason why anyone should be "confused" about someone who doesn't fit the "demographic" or drunk moment at a concert. Keep your eyes to yourself.

Don't. get. drunk and/or otherwise engaged. Let's be real. That's why the person who shows their ass does what they do. Outside influences will always make you look like a fool. And the reality is, everyone else is totally right in judging you when you've had too much. Trust me, I've been there.

At the end of the day, live shows can be intoxicating but the reality is you can still be a douchebag. Don't be that person. Commit these things to memory and be the best patron/human ever while you're there. Everyone will thank you for it.

What would you say people should be aware of when they're getting yanked at a show? Share it with me, I'd love to hear what you think about general social etiquette!

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Thursday, October 11, 2018

Listen Up: Adrian Crutchfield Blows It Down on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 60

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 11, 2018 at 12:13 PM

It took us a couple months to finally pull him into the studio, but we finally landed Adrian Crutchfield, saxophonist for the stars, and now a renowned solo artist in his own right. We talked to Crutchfield about his relationship with Prince, and how the iconic musician inspired him to jump out on his own and record his first solo album in nearly a decade, Leap. We also talked about CLT's local jazz scene and the Center City Partner's new Music Everywhere Initiative.

Be sure to check out the rest of our team at the Queen City Podcast Network, or catch up with all our past episodes on iTunes, Stitcher or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

Thursday, October 4, 2018

Listen Up: It Looks Sad. Turns That Frown Upside Down on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 59

Posted By and on Thu, Oct 4, 2018 at 9:09 AM

Jimmy Turner, frontman of local indie rock band It Looks Sad., knows that his band's name can be a little misleading. In fact, he'd probably change it if he could, but he's a little too far down that road at this point. Turner [pictured, middle] dropped by the Hygge West studio to happily discuss and play songs from he and drummer Alex Ruiz's upcoming album, Sky Lake, among other things.

Make sure to check out the rest of the team at Queen City Podcast Network. You can catch up with all of our past episodes there, on iTunes, Stitcher, or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

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Thursday, September 27, 2018

Listen Up: SideNote Becomes Available on 'Local Vibes'

Episode 58

Posted By and on Thu, Sep 27, 2018 at 11:15 AM

Fresh on the heels of releasing her new single, "Unavailable," Charlotte rapper and singer SideNote [pictured right] gets in the booth with Ryan and Mariah to talk about her upcoming projects, including a new mixtape dropping later this year and a full-length dance album coming in 2019. We also discuss her mom's chops on the mic, festival life and a whole coalition of collectives that she's been involved with in the last six year.

Be sure to check in with our teammates at the Queen City Podcast Network, and if you need to catch up with any of our past episodes, do so on iTunes, Stitcher, or simply by typing "Local Vibes" into your Spotify search bar.

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