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The Best Things to Buy in April

Posted on Tuesday, March 26th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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There are certain times of the year when you can get the very best deals. It helps to be well informed about what sales tend to happen in a specific month. Here are the best things to buy in April.

Clearance Easter Candy and Gifts

Easter often takes place in April. Long before that day, stores will sell Easter candy, baskets, decorations, cards, and plastic Easter Eggs. Parents will need to buy some of that before the holiday.

After Easter is over, make sure to check out the Easter clearance sales. You can pick up some brand new Easter decorations and cards for a much lower price than before. Store those items away for next Easter – and save money. The Easter candy will also be on sale.

Gym Membership

Many people buy a gym membership at the start of a new year. By the time April comes, many of them have given up and stopped going to the gym. This means gyms need to seek out new members. Buy a gym membership in April, and it will cost less than it would in January.

Spring Clothing Clearances

Stores that sell clothing need to move seasonally appropriate clothing before the next season starts. Summer clothes can arrive as early as the end of April.

To make room for those items, stores will put the Spring clothing on clearance. Wait to buy new Spring clothing until the last few weeks of April for the best deals.

Thrift Store Items

Did you know that April is a really good month to shop at thrift stores? The reason is because people do their Spring Cleaning and find a bunch of things that they no longer want or need. They donate those items to thrift stores. You can save a lot of money on clothing, appliances, and furniture if you shop the thrift stores in April.

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Amazon is Closing Amazon 4-Star Stores

Posted on Thursday, March 21st, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Is there an Amazon 4-Star store near you? It might not be there for very much longer! Amazon announced that it will close all of its 87 pop-up locations in the U.S. in April of 2019.

The Amazon 4-Star stores were located inside Whole Foods stores, Kohl’s stores, and malls around the United States. These stores featured Amazon products such as Fire Tablets, Kindle e-readers, and Echo smart speakers. Other products in the stores were limited to only those that got at least 4 stars on Amazon.

What can you do if your local Amazon 4-Star store closes? The easiest replacement is Amazon’s website. Obviously, it won’t allow you to try out a Fire Tablet before you buy it. The website will have some deals that were not available at the Amazon 4-Star stores, and a wider selection of products.

The Amazon Go stores, which are cashierless grocery stores, are not closing. These stores sell grab-and-go food items like prepared sandwiches, salads, yogurt, and granola bars. In order to shop at Amazon Go, you must have an Amazon account, the Amazon Go app, and a recent-generation iPhone or Android phone.

Amazon has considered opening as many as 3,000 Amazon Go locations by 2021. Amazon has also said it will open more Amazon 4-Star locations and additional Amazon Books stores this year.

In addition, Amazon is exploring a strategy of strengthening its new supermarket brand by purchasing regional grocery chains that operate at least a dozen stores. Amazon may open grocery shopping centers in San Francisco, Seattle, Chicago, Washington D.C., and Philadelphia.

This could mean that your local grocery store chain could be bought by Amazon. The Amazon grocery stores will compete with Walmart. Do some price comparison before you grocery shop. One will have better prices than the other.

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The Best Time to Buy Appliances

Posted on Tuesday, March 19th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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When is the best time to buy a new appliance? There are many good answers to that question. Consider your motivations, your current financial state, and whatever sales are happening before you shop.

When you have the money

Do some price comparison and figure out what an average price is for the appliance you want to buy. Start saving up that money, as best you can. Ideally, you will be able to slowly save up for a new appliance before the current one breaks.

What if your refrigerator has already “died”? You might have to buy a new one with your credit card. This is especially true if your fridge is full of food from a fresh trip to the grocery store. Wait too long, and the food will rot.

When there is a holiday

Stores that sell large appliances often have sales during holidays. If the holiday comes with a three-day weekend, or a random day off of work – there will be an appliance sale happening. Some of the best times to buy appliances include: President’s Day, Memorial Day, Labor Day, and the Fourth of July.

When the month is about to end

Have you ever worked in retail? If so, then you are aware that the end of the month is a stressful time when stores rush to fulfill their quotas. Managers will push workers to make more sales before the month ends.

Visit a store that sells appliances a few days before the end of the month. You are in the best position to try and negotiate for a lower price on the appliance you want to buy.

When the store is closing

When Sears closed its stores, shoppers came to get great deals on appliances. J.C. Penney recently made the decision to stop selling appliances – and is in the process of some stores. Customers can expect big discounts on appliances when stores are closing.

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Target Introduced Target +

Posted on Thursday, March 14th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Target has introduced Target + (pronounced “Target Plus”). It is a curated assortment of products from third-party sellers on Target.com. It is designed to complement Target’s current assortment with thoughtfully selected additions in popular areas like home, toys, electronics and sporting goods.

To start, Target + will offer an expanded array of running shoes, more outdoor décor and patio accessories, a broadened assortment of STEM learning toys, new musical instruments and baseball gear for all skill levels.

You can find Target + products seamlessly integrated into Target.com with new items added in categories that you would love to see more product in. You won’t find Target + items at Target’s brick-and-mortar stores.

Target says each partner is carefully selected and invited into the program, guests will find more of what they’re looking for with the high quality and value they expect to find at Target.

“Target + provides guests with a curated selection of product choices that enhance our existing assortment, with the perks they enjoy from Target, like 5% off with a Target REDcard, free shipping and easy in-store returns,” said Rick Gomez, Target’s chief marketing and digital officer.

“Guests look to Target for great products. With Target +, we aim to give them easy access to even more great products by partnering with best-in-class speciality and national brands that will help guests save more and get more done in just one stop to Target.com.”

What does this mean for fans of Target? It means you now have more opportunists to save money on things you love. Buy a Target + product from Target.com, use your REDcard, and save 5% on that item. The REDcard savings works the same for regular Target and for Target + products.

If you purchase a Target + item, and find that it wasn’t as you expected it to be, you can return it. Based on what Rick Gomez said, it looks like you can return Target + items to Target’s physical stores.

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J.C. Penney is Closing Stores

Posted on Tuesday, March 12th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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J.C. Penney was founded in 1902. It is about to close many of its stores. This decision follows the one made earlier this year by the company, when it decided to stop selling appliances in its stores.

So far, J.C. Penney has declined to release a list of stores that it intends to close. There’s no way to know if the J.C. Penney stores near you are going to close or stick around for a while longer. Some customers may find that frustrating, because it makes it difficult to plan where and when to shop.

WTAE reported on February 28, 2019, that J.C. Penney would be closing “another 18 department stores, as well as nine home and furniture stores.” USA Today reported, the same day, that J.C. Penney would be closing “15 additional full-line stores and nine home-and-furniture department stores.”

What does this mean for frugal shoppers? It means you should shop the “Final Take Clearance Up to 80% Off” sale at J.C. Penney. The sale is good both in their brick-and-mortar stores and on the store’s website.

Very few clearance sales offer 80% off items. There may be even bigger sales coming as the stores get close to closing.

It also means that people who want to get new furniture should consider going to J.C. Penney to find it. The store nearest you might not be around for much longer. There’s a chance you may find good deals on furniture at stores that are secretly going to close soon.

Do you have a J.C. Penney credit card? You may want to consider making an effort to pay off the amount you still owe on it. It is no fun to have debt on a credit card for a store that closed. Try to pay it down before the card becomes useless. 

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Payless is Closing all 2,100 U.S. Stores

Posted on Thursday, March 7th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Payless ShoeSource is closing all 2,100 of its stores that are located in the United States and Puerto Rico. It will start liquidation sales on Sunday, March 10, 2019. Now is a good time to go to the Payless ShoeSource near you and stock up on shoes.

According to USA Today, Payless.com is no longer accepting any online orders. CNN says that although Payless ShoeSource is starting liquidations sales on March 10, 2019, most of the stores will remain open until May. 

This means that those who want to get some good deals on shoes, socks, and accessories, need to go to a brick-and-mortar Payless ShoeSource to shop.

The sooner you go, the larger the selection the store will have. Wait too long, and you might get a deep discount – but will likely have a limited selection of products to choose from.

Tips for getting the best deals at Payless ShoeSource:

Buy what you need

Do you need to replace a worn out pair of shoes? Has your workplace required you to wear steel-toed or non-slip shoes? Did your kids outgrow the tennis shoes they started the school year with? Bring the family shopping and buy what you need.

Stocking up

Adults who have stopped growing probably won’t change shoe sizes anytime soon. This means you can safely stock up on additional pairs of work shoes, tennis shoes, dress shoes, and sandals, without worrying that you will outgrow them.

Children and teens are still growing. Don’t stock up on shoes for them. They might outgrow those shoes before they get a chance to wear them!

Use your coupons

If you signed up to get email from Payless ShoeSource, you may have some coupons that you can print out and take to the store. Check to see when they expire. You may as well use the ones that are still valid now, before all the Payless stores close.

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Save on Frozen Foods in March

Posted on Tuesday, March 5th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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March is National Frozen Food Month. Every year in March, the National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA) puts together a program that highlights frozen foods. You can save money on frozen foods from many brands in March!

Coupons.com is participating in National Frozen Foods Month. You can expect to see digital coupons for the brands that are sponsoring this year’s program. Visit Coupons.com for more details about what kinds of coupons you can download and print out.

In addition, you should look for coupons at the grocery store. The frozen food aisles might have a bunch of coupon dispensers for brands that want to attract customers during National Frozen Foods Month.

The Easy Home Meals website has a lot going on for National Frozen Foods Month. You can find plenty of recipes that include frozen foods. There are also some tips about food waste and food safety.

Easy Home Meals is doing a Giveaway and a Sweepstakes. You can enter the March Frozen Food Month $10,000 Sweepstakes from now through April 1, 2019. There are a total of 18 prizes, including a Grand Prize of a $1,000 supermarket gift card.

Easy Home Meals also has a March Frozen Food Month Coupon Giveaway. Enter for a chance to win 1 of 12 coupon books for your favorite frozen foods products. You must enter by March 29, 2019.

The 2019 participating brands are:

  • Celentano
  • Conagra
  • Dole
  • Eggo
  • Giant eagle
  • Green Giant
  • InnovAsian
  • José Olé
  • Michael Angelo’s
  • PictSweet Farms
  • Rosina Real Italian Style
  • Totino’s
  • Tai Pei
  • Palermo’s Primo Thin
  • Best Yet
  • Piggly Wiggly
  • Harris Teeter
  • ACME

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How to Save Your Photos Before Flickr Deletes Them

Posted on Thursday, February 28th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Flickr is a popular website where people post their photos. Some have been using it for years.

Flickr has announced that it will begin deleting photos from user’s free accounts – if that user has more than 1,000 photos. Here are some tips for saving your photos before Flickr deletes them.

Things You Need to Know

In 2013, Flickr (which was owned by Yahoo!) gave users one terabyte of storage space for photos for free. In April of 2018, SmugMug acquired Flickr. At that time, Flickr updated its photo storage terms and imposed a new limit of 1,000 photos for people using free accounts.

TIME says that 97% of Flickr’s free users will not be affected by new 1,000 photo limit (because they have less than 1,000 photos on Flickr). Those who are using a free account, and have more than 1,000 photo, have until March 12, 2019 to remove the excess ones before Flickr deletes them.

How to Download Your Flickr Photos

Flickr has provided instructions about how to download photos or albums in Flickr. Start by logging into Flickr. Follow the instructions, and you end up creating a zip file. Flickr will send you an email to notify you when your zip file is ready. Open the email from Flickr and click the hyperlink to download the zip file.

The advantage of this process is that you can do it for free. The disadvantage is that it may take some time for Flickr to respond. Flickr says the process can take “several hours, upwards to a week, as the system consolidates all the information.”

Where to Put Your Photos

One option is to pay for a Flickr Pro account. Flickr is not deleting photos from the Flickr Pro accounts. You could find a cloud storage option to move your photos into. If you really love those photos, consider having them printed out.

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The Best Things to Buy in March

Posted on Tuesday, February 26th, 2019 at 7:00 am
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Every month, there are special deals and discounts that are only offered once a year. Buy things during those sales, and you will get the very best price. Here are some of the best things to buy in March.

St. Patrick’s Day Deals

The biggest holiday in March is St. Patrick’s Day. Stores tend to start selling St. Patrick’s Day related apparel and accessories in the middle of February. The price tends to decrease the closer it gets to St. Patrick’s Day, so if you wait a bit, you can get a great discount.

After St. Patrick’s Day is over, you can expect deep discounts on St. Patrick’s Day t-shirts, socks, hats, and decorations. Buy those now, and store them away for next year.

Frozen Foods

March is National Frozen Foods Month. Shoppers can expect to see plenty of sales on frozen foods. Make sure to check all your favorite coupon resources for coupons from brands that your family loves. Those who have a grocery store’s loyalty card will find additional special deals on frozen foods.

March is a good time to stock up on frozen foods that your family eats a lot of. Don’t go overboard, though! Frozen foods can stay good for a very long time – but not forever.

Video Games

All the video games that were released in time for Christmas are now a few months old. Those games are still as fun as they were when they were brand new. Video game enthusiasts will start to see discounts on those games in March. Look for packaged deals that include more than one game, or that include accessories.

Gardening Tools

The best time to buy gardening tools is while snow is still on the ground. Prices will go up in Spring, when people can actually start working on their gardens. Plan ahead and figure out how many flower pots you need. Check your tools and see what needs to be replaced.

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Cheap Ways to Celebrate National Margarita Day

Posted on Thursday, February 21st, 2019 at 7:00 am
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National Margarita Day is celebrated on February 22. It isn’t a National Holiday. You don’t have to spend an excessive amount of money to celebrate National Margarita Day.

A Margarita is a cocktail consisting of tequila, orange liqueur, and lime juice. It often is served with salt on the edge of the glass. This drink is served shaken with ice, blended with ice, or without ice.

Make Margarita’s at Home

In general, making beverages at home is less expensive than buying the same drink at a bar or restaurant. Do some price checking at your local grocery store and find out which one sells Margarita mix for the best price.

Pick up ingredients for dinner while you are there. Make tacos and Margaritas at home, and you will get the most for your money.

Find a Happy Hour

Not interesting in cooking? Another good way to celebrate National Margarita Day is at a local Happy Hour. Bars and restaurants that hold Happy Hours offer a limited variety of food and drink for a cheaper price than usual.

Chances are, the bar will know that February 22 is National Margarita Day. They are likely to put Margaritas in their Happy Hour selections. Restaurants might nor might not be aware of the holiday.

Check the Internet

Places that are celebrating National Margarita Day will want to attract as many people as possible. You might see advertisements on social media for places that are local to where you are. Another option is to check the social media pages and websites for places you want to celebrate at. 

Find out what time their Happy Hour will run. Compare the prices – and the offerings – of the various places. One of them is going to have the best deal!

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