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Shortcut Shopper

56 EpisodesProduced by Laura JohnsonWebsite

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!

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This Pillow MAJORLY Reduced My Pain!

April 25th, 2022


Episode 54 covers an array of topics ranging from a pillow that has changed my life to talk of facial brushes to woes of summer approaching and kids …

Traveling With Kids? You Need Global Entry!

March 30th, 2022


Episode 53 touches on travel, making money as a side hustle, my very expensive purchase I can't wait to receive, and much more. Today is a normal style episode where I talk through what products/services I'm pondering, …

Save Time With Bundling Amazon Returns

March 10th, 2022


In Episode 52, you'll learn some tips on handling multiple Amazon returns under one return QR code. By doing this, you'll get in and out of the …

Walmart+ Don't Dismiss Might Be Right For You!

February 20th, 2022


Episode 51 is a little different than a normal style episode I typically do. It's a closer look into Walmart Plus.  I talk about the benefits, the cost, my personal experiences in the trial period and a recap of my …

Amazon Prime Is Increasing $20

February 11th, 2022


Episode 50 is here! If you're an Amazon Prime Member, your membership fee is going up! I also talk through my daughter's preference of shoes, some purchases I'm pondering, trying, and loving. And, of course, some …

Target Circle Partner Offers Can Save You Money

January 27th, 2022


Today’s episode talks about leveraging loyalty program partnerships to save you money. I primarily address that in the Laura Lesson at the start of the show and of course, also talk about my pondering purchases, …

Braless Barista with Ninja Coffee Maker

January 7th, 2022


Today's episode is all about two fabulous Ninja kitchen appliances, the Ninja Iced & Hot Coffee Maker and the Ninja 5-in-1 indoor grill. Of …

Major Cash Back AGAIN with Rakuten! Episode 47

December 22nd, 2021


In Episode 47, I highlight a recent cash back shopping experience through Rakuten.....all because of going through one link. See show notes below for more information on Rakuten. I also talk about products I'm …

Get Money Back! Holiday Price Matching

December 15th, 2021


Episode 46 highlights holiday price matching at Target, Walmart, and Costco. If you're buying some higher ticket items that you suspect might …

Forget Family. Be Thankful For Your Appliances!

November 19th, 2021


In Episode 45, I'm doing something a little different. Thanksgiving is next week. Of course, I'm thankful for my family. And, of course, they are the …

Important News for Costco Executive Members

November 10th, 2021


In episode 44, I talk about an important detail Costco Executive Members need to know, what purchases I'm pondering, trying, and loving (WARNING: one …

Amazon News You Want To Know

October 22nd, 2021


Today is a normal style episode where I talk about products I'm pondering, trying, loving (special shout out to Jamie Ivey's new kids book "God Made You To Be You"), and of course, consumer news that moms want to hear. …

2021 Holiday Toy Recap

October 1st, 2021


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 …

Don't Be A Holiday Shopping Procrastinator This Year!

September 25th, 2021


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 …

Amazon Beauty Sale is Coming!

September 20th, 2021


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 …

Consumer News- Sept 2021

September 10th, 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! 


I Got Covid! Products and Services I Used

September 3rd, 2021


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 …

Back To School Shopping and We Got A New Dog!

August 5th, 2021


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 …

My Monthly Costco Purchases

July 31st, 2021


In Episode 36, I run through a list of items I consider staple monthly purchases I make at Costco. Of course, there is a Laura Lesson at the beginning. One that keeps putting money back into my pocket for purchases I …

My TV Melted! How I Got A Free Replacement

July 23rd, 2021


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 tv started melting. After 4 1/2 years, I guess it decided it didn't …

How We Prepared Our Kids For Our Dog's Death

July 14th, 2021


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 …

Save with Gift Cards and Sweet & Snack Expo 2021 Recap

July 8th, 2021


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 …

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

June 30th, 2021


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 …

Amazon Prime Day 2021- What You Need To Know

June 20th, 2021


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 …

My Airpods Broke- How I Got Them Replaced Without AppleCare

June 17th, 2021


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 …

My Car Started Leaking Rain. Ugh!

May 20th, 2021


In this episode, I talk about how I don't want a new car, my favorite Facebook group right now, and oh so much more! I am so honored you have stopped by. If you find value in the podcast episode, please consider sharing …

Mother's Day Expectations

May 5th, 2021


This week is a quick, whirlwind episode. I talk about the importance of looking at your credit card benefits, Propane Taxi service, and of course, lots of thoughts on Mother's Day. I definitely have a different take on …

Moms Need Supportive Shoes!

April 28th, 2021


In this episode, I talk a ton about how I wish I would have started wearing supportive shoes much earlier on in life. It is possible for you to have …

Should I Buy Bunk Beds For My Kids?

April 23rd, 2021


In this episode, I discuss my love of the Amazon Fire HD 10 Tablets I bought for my kids, the tale of a "leak proof" soft sided cooler, and my …

25 Motherhood Tips and Observations

April 9th, 2021


I am all about celebrating small successes. Getting to Episode 25 is a huge one for me! I literally just sat down and came up with 25 tips and observations I've had over my almost 9 years of being a mom. Some are …

Don't Light $20 On Fire

March 15th, 2021


In this episode, you'll walk away with some practical applications of what not to do with raw meat, a way for you to wow your guests if you're entertaining for Easter, and introduce you to a smoke free bonfire. Thank …

Canned Snow Doesn't Melt Off Windows

March 11th, 2021


In this episode, I talk about the air quality in my house, my dog (Rusty) being an old fart, a delicious new honey I tried that YOU just to have to …

SNOVID 2021- Products I Used (SPECIAL EDITION)

February 23rd, 2021


In this episode, I give a recap of my family's experience having no power for 50+ hours in record winter storm and list out the products I was …

I Need To Stop Calling 911

February 13th, 2021


This week's episode shares a very important Laura Lesson that all iPhone users need to hear. Of course, I share my pondering purchases, items I'm trying, loving, and more. You can listen on your favorite podcast app

Beware! Pokemon Will Suck Your Wallet Dry!

February 4th, 2021


The biggest takeaway from Episode 20 is to remember to breathe and take a step back when your kids get on the bandwagon of everything Pokemon! Learn from my mistake! Of course, I'm also sharing my pondering purchases, …

Do Not Reward Your Kids With Fish

January 29th, 2021


Learn from my BIG parenting mistake and hear what purchases I'm loving, trying, pondering and some relevant consumer news I think will be interesting to you! Welcome to the Shortcut Shopper Podcast! 

Podcast Update- New name will be Shortcut Shopper

January 12th, 2021


The Reviews and Randomness Podcast is changing its name to Shortcut Shopper. The structure of the show will remain the same...just a new look and name! 

Rakuten (Ebates)- Easy Cash Back!

November 26th, 2019


In this episode, you will learn how to use Rakuten (formerly known as Ebates) to get cash back for your everyday purchases. In a little over 3 years, I've earned over $400 cash back with not a lot of effort on my …

Interview with Experience Life Expert, Diamond Bailey

August 22nd, 2019


I had so much fun interviewing my "Experience Life" Expert, Diamond Bailey from Diamond and her husband, Jacob, are YouTubers, photographers, and so much more. They work hard to intentionally try …

YOUinterview with My Daughters, Ellie & Hannah

August 1st, 2019


YOUinterview episodes are where I highlight everyday, normal women (like yourself), and see what products/services are being used, any pondering purchases, etc and see where the conversation leads us.

However, Episode …

Amazon Tips for Returns, Lockers, and More!

July 24th, 2019


In this episode, I explore a few recent experiences I've had with Amazon. You'll hear my new love of Amazon Lockers, returning to UPS without packing your box, damaged package, subscribe and save, and reordering items …

Amazon Prime Day 2019- What You Need To Know

July 14th, 2019


Amazon Prime Day 2019 starts July 15, 2019! This episode will give you a walkthrough of the basics of Amazon Prime Days and a few other tips beyond …

Toddler Products I'm Still Using Today

June 25th, 2019


This episode is all about the products I purchased when my girls were toddlers that I STILL use today now that they are six and seven years old. I’ve …

Mother's Day: Random Gift Ideas and Toys with a Mothering Aspect

May 9th, 2019


I'm a little vulnerable at the beginning of this Mother's Day episode, but I don't stay there long! You'll hear about random Mother's Day gift ideas …

Reviews and Randomness Chat: April 2019

May 1st, 2019


Reviews and Randomness episodes are a monthly recap of the products/services that I'm loving, pondering, product news highlights, randomness of life, and more. 

In this month's episode, I feature the real reason why I …

R&R YOUinterview with Guest, Meredith

April 25th, 2019


YOUinterview episodes are where I highlight everyday, normal women (like yourself), and see what products/services are being used, any pondering purchases, etc and see where the conversation leads us.   In episode 10, I …

Beginner's Guide to Whole30 - My Experience

April 18th, 2019


In this episode, I do a deep dive into my thoughts and learnings from completing Whole30 in March 2019. If you are contemplating starting Whole30 …

R&R YouInterview: Guest Angie

April 4th, 2019


In YouInterview episodes, I talk with everyday, normal women, just like you, and find out what products/services they're loving, trying, pondering, etc. We use those topics to see where the conversation leads us.

A Tale of Turmoil. Raccoons in My Attic. What I Did to Get Rid of Them

March 27th, 2019


This episode is a tale of raccoon woes....the absolute turmoil I experienced! I walk you through my current thoughts of it being almost a year later …

Reviews and Randomness Chat- March 2019

March 22nd, 2019


This episode is my FIRST Reviews & Randomness Chat, which is a monthly compilation of me talking about products/services I'm trying out, loving, news of what's going on, randomness in my life, etc. At this time, I'm …

Beginner Advice for Disney World Vacation with Junell Dubois

March 9th, 2019


If a Disney World vacation is in your family's future, BUT, you don't even know where to start.....this episode is FOR YOU! 

I talk with Junell from

004 YouInterview- Katie

March 1st, 2019


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 that the prices mentioned in this episode were prices paid at the current time and …

003_My Mistake- One Purchase That Led To A Gabillion Purchases

February 20th, 2019


Here is technically my first real episode of the Reviews and Randomness Podcast. Episodes 000, 001, and 002 covered what to expect from the show and …

Get To Know Me-Embarassing Story #2

February 20th, 2019


Hey There! I'm Laura Johnson. I'm kicking off the start of this podcast with two of my most embarrassing stories in an effort for us to become friends right away! 

This is embarrassing story #2, and the one that I really

001_Get To Know Me-Embarassing Story 1

February 20th, 2019


Hello! I'm Laura Johnson & I'm kicking off this Podcast with two of my most embarrassing stories in hopes it'll bring us closer to being friends as soon as possible!

Here is embarrassing story #1....a red carpet …

Reviews and Randomness INTRODUCTION

February 12th, 2019


Hello! I'm so glad you're here! 

This is the beginning of the Reviews & Randomness Podcast...a place where I tell tales of everyday things. 

I'll be talking about products/services that I love and ALL the randomness …

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