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How to Save Money at Starbucks

Posted on Tuesday, December 11th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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December typically involves a lot of shopping, plenty of driving, and more get-togethers and parties than you would expect to experience at other times of the year. Cold weather can make you want a hot cup of coffee. Wherever you are, there is probably a Starbucks nearby. Here are some tips on how to save money at Starbucks.

Wait for Happy Hour
Starbucks has a weekly happy hour. It usually appears on Thursdays at around 3:00 in the afternoon. You can get email from Starbucks that will inform you about upcoming happy hours. (This may involve signing up for the emails online).

Starbucks offers special happy hour deals. It could be a buy one, get one free deal. Or, it might be a big discount on a specific type of beverage.

Starbucks Rewards
Starbucks Rewards is a rewards program from Starbucks. All you need to get started is a Starbucks gift card. The purchases you make at Starbucks add up to free food and drinks. Starbucks Rewards members also get a birthday reward, free in-store refills, and more.

It doesn’t cost anything at all to join Starbucks Rewards. It is a good deal for people who frequently go to Starbucks, several times a week, and buy drinks and food. Keep doing what you already do, and earn rewards at the same time.

Bring Your Own Cup
Starbucks allows customers to bring in their own reusable cup. The baristas will fill it with whatever drink you order. It doesn’t matter what kind of cup it is – so long as it is reusable. Customers who bring in a reusable cup get 10 cents off their beverage order.

Hold the Ice
Starbucks tends to put a lot of ice in their cold drinks. If that bothers you, ask the barista to hold the ice. That way, your cup will have more room for the drink that you purchased. If the weather is cold – then you probably don’t actually need the ice.

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Clicking Fake Coupons Could Harm Your Computer

Posted on Friday, December 7th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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There are many reasons to be wary of coupons that you find online. This is especially true for the coupons that seem too good to be true. You could end up with an unusable, fake, coupon. In addition, clicking on questionable coupons could cause harm to your computer!

ABC 13 On Your Side reported about a Little Caesar’s coupon that was obviously too good to be true. It offered people 3 free large pizzas. The coupon claimed that the offer was to celebrate Little Caesar’s anniversary.

It was a fake coupon. According to ABC 13 On Your Side, clicking on the fake coupon would direct you to click on a list of links. Those links would give the website (which was not the Little Caesar’s website) permission to share your information with “site sponsors”. Those who clicked those links would end up with unwanted phone calls, text messages, and emails.

Whoever created that coupon was engaging in coupon fraud. That person may, or may not, have placed malware on the website where people tried to get the fake coupon from. Be careful what you click. Some websites can put malware on your computer.

Here are a few easy ways to avoid fake online coupons:

Don’t click on coupon links that you see on social media. It might look as though the coupon is from the real company, but that’s not always true. Scammers put in effort to trick people into thinking they are legitimate. You never know where those links will take you!

If you see a coupon going around that looks too good to be true, assume it is fake. Don’t click on the coupon. Instead, visit the real website of the company the coupon appears to have come from. Sometimes, the company will have a message that warns people about the fake coupon.

Visit the Coupon Information Corporation website. It has a frequently updated list of coupons that are fraudulent. This makes it easy for you to throw out the fake paper coupons you got stuck with. It can also help you avoid fake coupons online.

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Burger King Introduces the Whopper Detour

Posted on Wednesday, December 5th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Burger King has created a confusing, yet fascinating, way for you to get a Burger King Whopper for one cent. It is called the Whopper Detour.

The Whopper Detour deal will only last for a limited time. (It is valid through December 12, 2018). The first thing you need to do in order to participate in the Whopper Detour is to download Burger King’s relaunched BK app. The relaunched app gives customers the ability to place their Burger King orders in advance (for participating locations).

Next, you need to go to a McDonald’s. No, that’s not a typo. Burger King wants you go into a McDonald’s – for a short period of time. Customers who have the BK app on their device, and who go into a McDonald’s, will unlock the Whopper sandwich for a penny promotion.

Part of the purpose of this deal is for Burger King to encourage people to start using their relaunched app. The promotion works by geofencing McDonald’s locations across the country. In short, geofencing is what enables software to trigger a response when a mobile device enters or leaves a certain area.

It is not necessary to make a purchase at McDonald’s in order to participate in the Whopper Detour deal. Wait until the BK app on your device unlocks the penny Whopper deal. The app will navigate you to the nearest Burger King where you can pick up your Whopper.

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Save on Seasonal Produce in December

Posted on Thursday, November 29th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Keep your family healthy and strong in December by feeding them fresh, in season, produce. The best time to buy fresh, rather than frozen, produce is when it is in season. The reason is you can buy seasonal produce at a lower price than if you buy it out of season.

Everybody loves potatoes! There are so many different varieties to choose from. Potatoes, with the skin on them, have Vitamin C, potassium, and Vitamin B6.

Some options for using potatoes include: baked potatoes, homemade french fries, potato pancakes, and homemade hash browns.

Chopped celery is one ingredient in potato salad. It is also good in soups, and for adding some crunch to a salad. Children might enjoy eating small pieces of fresh celery stalk filled with peanut butter.

You can swap out rice for riced cauliflower in many meals. It is easy to hide small pieces of cauliflower in a macaroni and cheese dish (especially if you buy the orange colored cauliflower). Some people bake a seasoned Cauliflower in the oven and enjoy the crisp, savory, treat.

Winter Squash
There are many types of winter squash, including: acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash. All of them are in season during December.

You can turn spaghetti squash into long strips and swap out the spaghetti noodles in a meal. Small squashes can be cut into chunks and added into a casserole or served as a side dish.

What’s your favorite kind of apple? December is a good month to purchase them as snacks. While some varieties of apples are great for snacking, others are better for cooking or baking. Cold, winter, weather makes people want hot foods like apple cider or baked apples.

Citrus Fruits
Citrus fruits like grapefruit, oranges, tangerines and mandarins are in season in December. Each is a good source of Vitamin C. Grapefruits are a go-to breakfast food. Oranges can be juiced and added to a smoothie.

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The Best Things to Buy in December

Posted on Tuesday, November 27th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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There are several holidays in December that involve getting together with family and spending money on gifts. Many people find this time of year to be overwhelming, especially for those who are trying to get the most for their money. Here are the best things to buy in December.

Gift Cards
You may notice that retail stores emphasize gift cards in December. That makes the gift cards really easy to find. The best thing about gift cards is that it allows the recipient to choose a gift for themselves. You won’t have to worry about if something is the right size or color.

Toys and Games
If your kids aren’t picky, you can get a better price on toys if you wait to purchase them in mid-December. Stores that stocked up on a ton of toys and games will want to get rid of them before Christmas. You could see a 45% to 50% discount on something your kid will want to play with.

The middle of December is also a good time to buy toys and games to use as birthday presents in the coming year. Pick up some toys your kids, nieces, and nephews will enjoy. Get a few extra ones to have on hand if your kids get unexpectedly invited to a friend’s birthday party.

Christmas Decorations
This year, some stores began having sales on Christmas trees, Christmas decorations, and other holiday items almost immediately after they hit the shelves. Take the time to comparison shop before you make a purchase. Which store has the best sale?

Have you been planning on getting a backyard pool? The best time to buy one is in December, while the weather is cold. Very few people will think to do this, and that puts consumers at an advantage. You are in a good position to negotiate a price with the company who will build your pool.

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How to Safely Save Thanksgiving Leftovers

Posted on Wednesday, November 21st, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Thanksgiving dinner is a feast that families share together. Often, the amount of food that is served is more than can be eaten by the time dinner is done. It would be a waste of money to throw away the leftovers. Fortunately, there are ways to safely save Thanksgiving leftovers.

Tips for Leftover Turkey
Many families carve the turkey at the start of Thanksgiving dinner. For best results, continue cutting the turkey into small pieces even after everyone has been served. Some of those slices will get eaten when people go after a second helping.

The rest must be refrigerated within 2 hours of the turkey coming out of the oven. Set a timer so you will remember to put away the turkey. Store it in meal-sized portions that are easy to send home with guests.

Separate the Stuffing
Do not store stuffing inside of a leftover turkey. Proper food safety requires people to store the stuffing and the meat separately.

One way to ensure you don’t leave the stuffing inside the turkey is to scoop it all into a bowl shortly after the turkey is out of the oven. If you cut all of the turkey into small pieces – you cannot possibly leave the stuffing inside it.

Avoid Bacteria Growth
All leftovers – no matter whether they are turkey, vegetables, or other foods – must be refrigerated within two hours to prevent bacteria from growing on the food. Enlist the help of some of your relatives to ensure that the leftovers make it to the refrigerator in a timely manner.

You should throw away food that has been left out too long. Doing so could prevent a loved one from getting food poisoning. Throw out any refrigerated leftovers that have been in the refrigerator for longer than three or four days.

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How to Make the Most Out of Black Friday Sales

Posted on Tuesday, November 20th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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What once was a somewhat limited, three-day sale that began the day after Thanksgiving has grown! Today, there are Thanksgiving Day sales, Black Friday weekend sales, Cyber Monday sales, and a bunch of other sales spread out over that week. Here is how to make the most of the Black Friday Sales.

Do Your Research
Start by figuring out what you need to purchase. Make a list of the things you want to buy family members as holiday gifts.

Do you need to replace appliances, upgrade computers, or do home repairs? Add that to your list as well.

Next, visit the websites of the stores you think will have what you want to buy. Compare prices. Make notes on your existing list that clearly states which store to get what item from. Doing so will help streamline your shopping during the busiest sales of the year.

Start Early
There will very likely be people who decide to camp outside the stores the night before the sales begin. They do this because the first people to enter the store have the best chance of getting to the things they want to buy.

Not everyone feels the need to be that extreme about Black Friday shopping, though. Instead, people will arrive at the stores as early in the day as possible. The doorbuster items will sell quickly. Those who start shopping in the afternoon risk missing out.

Bring a Friend
It simply isn’t possible for you to cover the entire store all by yourself. The best way to handle this is to bring a friend with you. Take the time to divide up the shopping list before you go. That way, one of you can hit the toy aisles, while another heads to electronics.

This same strategy can be used for online Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. A team can visit more store’s websites, in a shorter amount of time, than one person can.

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Black Friday 2018 Deals at Barnes & Noble

Posted on Saturday, November 17th, 2018 at 7:00 am
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Barnes & Noble is struggling. Earlier this year, the company cut staff at many stores, including lead cashiers and other experienced workers. 2018 could end up being the last time Barnes & Noble holds a Black Friday sale.

Valpack posted a Black Friday weekend preview that shows what Barnes & Noble has to offer. These deals will be valid online from November 22, 2018 – November 25, 2018 and in-store from November 23, 2018 – November 25, 2018.

Buy One, Get One 50% off on select toys, games and puzzles: This deal includes toys, arts & crafts, science & tech, games & puzzles, and plush

Get an exclusive Lego Harry Potter Minifigure 4-Pack with Purchase: When you spend $75 or more on LEGO. Choose from hundreds of LEGO sets to get your free gift. The exclusive Minifigure 4-pack is available while supplies last.

50% off Teen / Young Adult Bestsellers: Save on the year’s best Young Adult books about first love, social awareness, and more.

Funko Pop! Buy One Get One 50% Off: Hundreds of Funko Pops are included in this sale. This offer is online – only.

Get the new Nook 10.1” 32GB for $119.99: (The regular price is $129.99.) It is the newest NOOK, and also the biggest, with a 10.1” IPS display and 32GB of storage. Reading your favorite eBooks just got easier with the updated NOOK OS. New features, accessories, and the Google Play Store make NOOK 10.1” their most versatile tablet to date.

Hallmark Greeting Cards: Buy 3 Hallmark Greeting Cards and get 1 free. This offer is only available in Barnes & Noble stores (not online).

Starbucks Drink: Buy one Starbucks drink at Barnes & Noble Cafe, and get one for free. This offer is only available in-stores (not online). The offer will last from when the store opens until 10:00 a.m.

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Stores that will be Closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018

Posted on Wednesday, November 14th, 2018 at 10:10 pm
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Black Friday sales used to start on the Friday after Thanksgiving. In recent years, some stores choose to be open on Thanksgiving Day. This makes some shoppers happy – and gives other shoppers a negative feeling about the stores that open.

Here is a list of the stores that will be closed on Thanksgiving Day 2018.

  • A.C. Moore
  • Abt Electronics
  • Academy Sports + Outdoors
  • Ace Hardware
  • Acme Tools
  • Allen Edmonds
  • American Girl
  • At Home
  • AT&T (Company-Owned Stores)
  • Barnes & Noble
  • Big 5 Sporting Goods
  • BJ’s Wholesale Club
  • Blain’s Farm & Fleet
  • Bob’s Discount Furniture
  • Burlington
  • Christopher & Banks
  • Cost Plus World Market
  • Costco
  • Craft Warehouse
  • Crate and Barrel
  • Dillard’s
  • dressbarn (majority of stores)
  • El Dorado Furniture
  • Fleet Farm
  • Gander Outdoors
  • Gardner-White Furniture
  • Guitar Center
  • H&M
  • Half Price Books
  • Harbor Freight Tools
  • Hobby Lobby
  • Home Depot
  • HomeGoods
  • Homesense
  • IKEA
  • JOANN Stores
  • Lamps Plus
  • Lowe’s
  • Mall of America
  • Marshalls
  • Mattress Firm
  • Menards
  • Micro Center
  • Music & Arts
  • Navy Exchange
  • Nebraska Furniture Mart
  • Nordstrom
  • Nordstrom Rack
  • Northern Tool
  • Office Depot & OfficeMax
  • Outdoor Research
  • P.C. Richard & Son
  • Patagonia
  • Pep Boys
  • Petco
  • PetSmart
  • Pier 1 Imports
  • Publix
  • Raymour & Flanigan Furniture | Mattresses
  • REI
  • Sam’s Club
  • Sierra Trading Post
  • Sportsman’s Warehouse
  • Sprint (Retail Stores Closed Unless Mall Dictates Otherwise; Mall Kiosks May Open)
  • Staples
  • Stein Mart
  • Sur La Table
  • The Container Store
  • The Original Mattress Factory
  • The Paper Store
  • TJ Maxx
  • Tractor Supply Co.
  • Trader Joe’s
  • Trollbeads
  • Von Maur
  • West Marine

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Stores that Will be Open on Thanksgiving Day 2018

Posted on Thursday, November 8th, 2018 at 3:09 pm
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Thanksgiving Day will be held on Thursday, November 22, in 2018. In recent years, some stores have decided to extend their Black Friday sales by having a special sale on Thanksgiving Day. Here is a list of the stores that will be open on Thanksgiving Day this year.

According to CBS News, these stores will be open on Thanksgiving Day:

Bass Pro Shops: Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Reopen at 5 a.m. Friday, November 23.

Belk: Open 4 p.m – 6 a.m. Reopen 6 a.m Black Friday

Best Buy: Open 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Reopen 8 a.m. Black Friday

Big Lots: Open 7 a.m. – midnight. Reopen 6 a.m. Black Friday

Cabela’s: Open 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. Reopen 5 a.m. Black Friday

Dick’s Sporting Goods: Open 6 p.m. – 2 a.m. Reopen at 5 a.m. Black Friday

J.C. Penney: Open 2 p.m Thanksgiving and will remain open through 10 p.m. Black Friday

Kmart: Open 6 a.m. – midnight. Reopen 6 a.m. Black Friday

Kohl’s: Open 5 p.m. Thanksgiving and will remain open until 1 p.m. Black Friday

Macy’s: Open 5 p.m to 2 p.m. Reopen at 6 a.m. Black Friday

Old Navy: Open 3 p.m. Thanksgiving and will remain open until 10 p.m. Black Friday

Sears: Open 6 p.m. – midnight. Reopen at 5 a.m. Black Friday

Target: Open 5 p.m. – 1 a.m. Reopen at 7 a.m. Black Friday

Walmart: Open 4 p.m. – 6 p.m. Thanksgiving day for a pre-sale party. Black Friday sales begin at 6 p.m.

Will you be shopping the sales on Thanksgiving Day? It is a good idea to plan ahead. Let your family members know that you will be leaving Thanksgiving dinner early. They may or may not approve, but things tend to go better when people have some warning beforehand.

Take the time to visit the store’s websites, and to read their sales paper, before you shop. This will help you plan out which stores to visit first and to narrow down what products to focus on.

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