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The Story of the Flushable Wipes That Almost Cost Me $320!

don't flush flushable wipes down into the plumbing – scott toilet paper with septic safe label

So as most of you may know by now, my family and I have recently moved to Reno, NV where we’re in the planning stages of renovating a 1950s ranch for our new family home. Coming into this experience, we were so proud of how many of our old belongings we were able to purge so that we could start fresh in this new home! However, we weren’t greeted with the freshest experience…

don't flush flushable wipes down into the plumbing – sink and shower with backup in plumbing

After moving in, it became clear something was seriously wrong with our plumbing system. 😧 The pictures above are the evidence of the disgusting sewer backups we were experiencing. Excuse me while I go throw up…🤢

Our realtor had gotten us a home warranty on the house (which had really come in handy for our NON-working AC Unit), so we thought, “Great! We’re totally covered!” … NOT. Unfortunately for us, sewer issues aren’t covered by the home warranty at all.

We had never experienced any plumbing problems like this in our old home, but now I’m realizing that may be because we had a bidet system on our toilets.

Let me tell you, bidets are the most incredible investment ever. Seriously, once you go bidet, you NEVER go back to the old way! 😜 It’s like a shower for your butt without having to take the time to actually get in the shower (is that too much info?). 😂 Either way, we’re anxiously awaiting to have them installed on the toilets once the reno is complete.

We called in a plumber to come fix the issue and after troubleshooting a couple different causes, he found the culprit — Flushable wipes. Yup! Something that’s advertised (in the name no less) actually isn’t supposed to be used for its intended purpose — what the heck?!

Naturally, this both confused and upset me, so I gave the flushable wipe company’s customer service a call. To my surprise, the customer service rep was actually so gracious in this situation as they not only refunded me for the wipes that I purchased on Amazon, but they are sending me a prepaid Visa card with the amount we paid to the plumber as reimbursement for the clogged pipes! WOW!

don't flush flushable wipes down into the plumbing – plumbing bill for flushable wipe backup issues

I love great customer service and I was pleased to get that reaction from the company. That’s $320 I don’t need to stress about losing. Luckily, this not so pleasant situation had a happy ending for my family, but that’s not always the case. In fact, this problem is becoming all too common.

One of my team members, Amber, is married to a Public Works Sewer foreman, so he gave us the lowdown on why flushable wipes are so bad for sewer pipes. 🚽

Flushable wipes are bad because they don’t break down as fast as toilet paper when they are flushed, meaning they back up your sewer.

Even if they flush, they cause issues in your actual piping.

It’s even worse if they make it through your private sewer lines. This ends up causing problems in the public sewer lines, meaning it causes plumbing issues for you and your neighbors.

This is actually becoming a well-known issue among consumers and there are groups dedicated to raising more awareness, like

Wipes actually cause 90% of sewer related issues.

Um, YIKES! 😱 Who knew these seemingly safe wipes could cause so much damage. You can bet that my family and I are going to be way more conscious about what we try flushing. Below are the dos and don’ts that our plumbing expert shared with us:

Do flush things that are safe:

  • Toilet paper labeled as septic safe

Yeah, that’s it. A good rule of thumb — if it’s not toilet paper or human waste, DON’T flush it! Instead, toss it in a garbage can nearby to dispose of it. If you have a poor plumbing or a septic system, you’ll want to be extra careful with the type of toilet paper you flush. Recommended brands include:

Don’t flush things that are not safe:

  • Flushable wipes (or any other wipes for that matter)
  • Tampons and sanitary napkins
  • Tissues
  • Paper towels
  • Anything that’s NOT toilet paper

Anyway, I’m glad that nightmare is over and it’s certainly a lesson learned. Now we can get back to the renovation so I can start sharing my money-saving home improvement tips! 🏡

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SiriusXM Stratus 7 Satellite Radio w/ Vehicle Kit Just $19.99 Shipped (Regularly $80)

Head over to or the Best Buy eBay store and score this SiriusXM Stratus 7 Satellite Radio w/ PowerConnect Vehicle Kit for just $19.99 shipped (regularly $79.99).

This SiriusXM Stratus 7 easily connects to your car stereo wirelessly through FM radio or hard wired through AUX in cable. Note that satellite and internet radio subscriptions are sold separately by SiriusXM Radio Inc.

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Up to 80% Off Rocket Dog Sneakers and Boots

Through September 4th, hop on over to Rocket Dog and score an additional 50% off all sale items when you enter the promo code RDLABOR5018 at checkout!

This code makes for some HOT deals but sizes and styles are selling out quickly so shop now for the best selection!

Calani Navy Print Slip-on $17.90 (regularly $44.95)
Enter the promo code RDLABOR5018
Final cost $8.95!

Calani Denim Slip-on or White $17.90 (regularly $44.95)
Enter the promo code RDLABOR5018
Final cost $8.95!

Magic Beach Grey Sneaker $26.90 (regularly $49.95)
Enter the promo code RDLABOR5018
Final cost $13.45!

Sam Coast Army Ankle Boots $24.90 (regularly $59.95)
Enter the promo code RDLABOR5018
Final cost $12.45!

Bomer Cutout Tan Ankle Boot $39.90 (regularly $59.95)
Enter the promo code RDLABOR5018
Final cost $19.95!

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PopSockets Phone Grip & Stand Only $5.99 Shipped (Donuts, Sports, Animals & More)

Never drop your phone again!

For a limited time, is offering 50% off select PopSockets when you use promo code VIP50 at checkout.

Even better, shipping is only 99¢ for your full order! That means you can order one, two, three or more and only pay 99¢ total for shipping! AWESOME!

Check out this deal idea…

Select PopSockets $10
Use code VIP50 (50% off)
Shipping is 99¢
Final cost $5.99 shipped!

On the fence? Check out these reader comments…

Until recently, I didn’t understand what the use was but I thought I would take a chance. Since I have gotten it, I really am not sure how I lived without it. It helps you hold on to your phone better, take more stable pictures and I haven’t dropped my phone once since I put it on. For the record, they are prepositional, but it took everything I had to get it off the back of my phone to move it a little further down. If you are on the fence, go for it!

It really does make it more convenient. It’s one of those things you didn’t know you were missing until you tried it (like my rice cooker). It helps with distinguishing my phone from hubby’s, makes it easier to hold on to, AND makes for a nice stand when watching a show or video.

Cannot live w/o this!! Easier to take photos, too….just a lot more secure feeling in your hand.

You can also wrap your earbuds around them.

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Sam’s Club Deals: Starbucks Frappuccino Coffee Drinks Only 87¢ Per Bottle & More

Through September 16th, head to your local Sam’s Club where you can score nice deals on select diapers, wipes, back to school snacks, Starbucks coffee products, and more with these Instant Savings Discounts! It’s a great time to stock the pantry!

*Prices may vary by region

Stock up and save with these deals…

Doritos and Cheetos Mix and/or Frito-Lay Fiesta Favorites Mix 30ct $11.98
Minus $2.50 Instant Savings at checkout (limit 5)
Final cost only $9.48 – just 32¢ per bag!

Starbucks Frappuccino 15-pack 9.5oz Bottles $16.58
Minus $3.50 Instant Savings at checkout (no limit)
Final cost only $13.08 – just 87¢ per bottle!

Buy any of these snacks:

OREO Cookies Pantry Pack $8.58
Nabisco Cookies Variety Packs $8.98
Keebler Variety Pack $10.98
Famous Amous $12.58

Minus $2 Instant Savings at checkout (limit 10)
Final cost only $6.58 to $10.58 each!

*PLUS, redeem for Two FREE Scholastic Books PER BOX from Kellogg’s Family Rewards!

View more Sam’s Club Instant Savings deals HERE!

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Carter’s & OshKosh Tees, Shorts & More Starting at Under $2 + FREE Shipping

Through tomorrow, August 28th only, head to Carter’s and OshKosh B’Gosh where they are offering FREE shipping on ALL orders (including Clearance!) – no promo code required.

You’ll find great doorbuster deals and major markdowns on hundreds of styles!

Here are a few HOT deals we spotted…

Carter’s Graphic Tees & Tanks
As low as $1.79 shipped (regularly up to $18)

OshKosh Girls Shorts & Skirts
As low as $1.79 shipped (regularly $14+)

OshKosh Polos – All Sizes
Only $4.97 shipped (regularly $18)

OshKosh Girls Dresses
As low as $5.39 shipped (regularly $22+)

Carter’s Baby Bodysuits
As low as $2.39 shipped (regularly up to $18)

Carter’s Mary Jane Baby Shoes
Only $10 shipped (regularly $20)

Have more shopping to do?

You can save 25% off your $40+ purchase when you use promo code LABORDAY at checkout (excludes clearance, doorbusters, Skip Hop, or non-branded footwear). Note that this discount will not work on the items highlighted above.

Through September 5th, earn $10 Fun Cash for every $25 you spend. You’ll be able to redeem your Fun Cash in-store or online September 6th – 20th.

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Up to 90% Off Aeropostale Apparel = 99¢ Women’s Undies, $4.99 Shorts & More

Head over to and score up to 90% off clearance apparel.

Be sure to take some time and browse around as this sale makes for sweet deals on Women’s Undies, Bralettes, Swim Wear and more.

Here are a few highlights…

Women’s Undies
Only $0.99 (regularly up to $10.50)

Women’s Bralettesscroll down
Only $3.99 – $5.99 (regularly up to $29.50)

Women’s Swim Separates
Only $3.99 (regularly up to $36.50)

Women’s Shorts and Sleep Shorts
Only $4.99 (regularly up to $32.50)

Women’s Camis, Tanks and Tees
Only $3.99 – $4.99 (regularly up to $29.50)

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Old Navy Women’s Jean Jackets Only $15 (Regularly $43) + Extra 40% Off Sitewide

Today, August 27th only, hop on over to Old Navy where you can score Women’s Jean Jackets for just $15 (regularly $42.99) and Girl’s Jean Jackets for just $12 (regularly $29.99+) – these deals are valid online only.

In addition, through August 29th, score an additional 40% off your purchase – no promo code needed as the discount is automatically applied during checkout. Note that this discount does not apply to the jean jackets above.

Here are a few deals to score…

Toddler Girls Dresses as low as $7.97 (regularly $16.99)
40% off automatically applies during checkout
Final cost $4.78!

Girl’s Leggings as low as $3.97 (regularly $10.99)
40% off automatically applies during checkout
Final cost $2.38!

Boy’s Graphic Tees as low as $4.97
40% off automatically applies during checkout
Final cost $2.98!

Boy’s Board Shorts as low as $4.97 (regularly $19.99)
40% off automatically applies during checkout
Final cost $2.98!

Boy’s Shoes as low as $9.97 (regularly $19.99)
40% off automatically applies during checkout
Final cost $5.98!

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Amazon: Wireless Tire Pressure Monitoring System Only $49.67 Shipped

Hop on over to Amazon where you can score this CACAGOO Wireless TPMS Tire Pressure Monitoring System for just $49.67 shipped when you enter the promo code HLCHBXOJ at checkout!

This wireless system allows you to see the real time air pressure and temperature for four tires on the screen (each tire has its own ID code). It also gives you an early warning of air leaks and other abnormal tire situations.

Note that this product is not suitable for Motorhomes, RVs and Trailers.

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50% Off Name-Brand Shoes on Dick’s Sporting Goods (Asics, Nike, Brooks & More)

Today, August 27th only, hop on over to Dick’s Sporting Goods where they are offering up to 50% off select shoewear from popular brands like Nike, Brooks, Asics and more!

In addition, through August 27th, score $20 off a $100+ shoe purchase! Note that this discount will automatically apply at checkout so no promo code is needed.

Even sweeter, Dick’s offers free returns on footwear!

Here are a few deals you can score:

ASICS Women’s GEL-Contend 4 Running Shoes
Only $39.98 shipped (regularly $69.99)

Nike Women’s Air Zoom Winflo 4 Running Shoes
Only $59.98 shipped (regularly $119.96)

ASICS Men’s GEL-Contend 4 Running Shoes
Only $39.98 shipped (regularly $69.99)

Grab a new pair of Brooks for you and the hubs with these deal ideas…

Brooks Men’s Revel Running Shoes $69.98 (regularly $99.99)
Brooks Women’s Revel Running Shoes $69.98 (regularly $99.99)
Total = $139.96
Minus the $20 discount at checkout
Final cost $119.96 shipped – just $59.98 per pair!

Brooks Women’s Ghost 10 Running Shoes $84.98 (regularly $119.99)
Brooks Men’s Ghost 10 Running Shoes $89.98 (regularly $119.99)
Total = $174.96
Minus the $20 discount at checkout
Final cost $154.96 shipped – just $77.48 per pair!

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