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How to Take Advantage of Off Season Deals

Posted on Thursday, September 30th, 2010 at 8:43 am
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Time to get a great deal!

Time to get a great deal!

One of the easiest ways to save money is to time your purchases to off season or off peak times. A good example of this is buying clearance summer clothing in the fall. It is so much nicer to spend only $2 on a dress for my daughter rather than $35. Hanging it in her closet until next summer takes up no additional space or causes any problem, so shopping off season is clearly worth it.

Another example is buying this year’s electronics right before the major model changes for next year start to come out. We did that when it came time to buy our HDTV. My husband had already scouted out the model he wanted, so when the time was right, we pounced, and saved $1,500!

You can find off season deals in a number of ways. Beside the ones I mentioned above, you can look for the clearance section of your favorite online store. There will often be off seasonal deals here. When shopping online, apply coupon codes to the seasonal deal, making it that much sweeter. For example, I was able to take advantage of girl’s socks on clearance at JC Penny’s and then applied the recent $10 off of $10 coupon. All I had to pay was shipping.

Sometimes you can find coupon codes that will turn something into a seasonal deal. For example, Abt electronics has coupon codes that can be applied to air conditioners and Weber grills. so while these products haven’t been moved to any sort of clearance section, the coupon codes essentially do the same thing. These deals may be a little harder to find, so keep your eyes open.

With that in mind, here are some of those off season coupon codes I have been talking about. Make sure to hurry as some of these expire today.

Abt Electronics – 10% off most Air Conditioners.
Expires: 09/30/2010
Use Coupon Code: AIRCOND10

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Abt Electronics – 10% off Every Weber Grill.
Expires: 09/30/2010
Use Coupon Code: Weber10

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UnbeatableSale – 10% off $100+ Summer Supply order.
Expires: 09/30/2010
Use Coupon Code: FRESHSHOP

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Moosejaw – Extra 10% off Summer Clearance Sale & Free Shipping on $49+ order.

Use Coupon Code: CJSALE

Brands included in the sale: The North Face, Mountain Hardwear, Chaco, Billabong, Prana, Arcteryx, Moosejaw, Patagonia, and Roxy.

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OneTravel – Save $15 on MidWest Exclusive End of Summer Airfare Sale.
Expires: 10/31/2010
Use Coupon Code: MIDWEST15

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Summer Clearance Sale at VistaPrint! Save up to 90%.

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How to Avoid Spam When You Sign Up for Offer

Posted on Monday, September 20th, 2010 at 10:34 am
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Avoid spam with these tips

Avoid spam with these tips

Signing up for free samples, free offers and coupons can be a wonderful way to save money, reduce your grocery bill, try new things for free and be a better steward of your money. But all of this signing up sometimes has a price to pay in the form of lots of extra email, or let us face it, spam!

But you don’t have to choose between getting great offers and spending your life deleting unwanted email. You can have the savings and also avoid the headache.

Here are my tips for avoiding spam when you sign up for offers.

Use a separate email address for offers

Before you start signing up for offers, promotions and coupons, establish a separate email address for this purpose. Most email providers allow up to five different screen names on one account, so take advantage of this. Or use a free email service, such as Yahoo or Gmail to establish an “offer only” email account.

When you sign up for a new offer, use this email address. You’ll still get all of the coupons and promotion alerts that you want, while avoiding clogging up your main email account.

Sign up for valid offers only

Be careful about which offers you choose. Sign up with established name brand companies and make sure you have a good source for all of your promotions. Here at FreeCoupons.com, I screen the offers before I pass them along to you, so you can avoid the headache of a scam or too much spam.

Read the fine print before you register
At FreeCoupons.com, I won’t sell your email address or other information to anyone else, and I won’t bombard you with spam, but that isn’t true with many other sign ups. Read the rules and the fine print on any offers before you register, so you know what to expect. Many times, you can opt out of getting email from third party companies when you sign up for your offer.

Create a separate email folder for offers

Use the features of your email service or software to create one or more separate folders for your coupons and offers. You can usually create rules that will put email with certain subject lines, keywords or from certain senders into different folders. Not only will this allow you to avoid having to read extra email that you didn’t request, it will also allow you to organize everything and make it easier not to miss important coupons or promotions.

Allow only the offers you want

Take advantage of your email spam settings to only allow the offers that you want. You can do this by excluding everything but the established senders or using the spam button judiciously whenever you do get an email that you consider spam. Be sure to regularly scan your spam folder, though, to make sure that you aren’t missing any important offers that got sent to it by mistake.

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Shopping Off Season with a List

Posted on Wednesday, August 18th, 2010 at 4:31 am
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Shop Smart for the Best Prices

Shop Smart for the Best Prices

One of the great secrets of saving money is to take advantage of the deals as they happen. Sure, you may not be thinking of home improvement in the middle of winter, back to school in the spring, or holiday shopping in August, but don’t let that prevent you from getting the deals.

One thing that helps me is to keep a running list of things that we want or need. This benefits me in two ways. First, it prevents impulse purchases. If we decide that there is something we want to buy, I add it to our list. Sometimes after we sleep on it, we find that we really didn’t want it at all or we find a cheaper way to have it. Think of the money that saves!

Second, having this list helps us to get the very best price on everything. If I spot a good deal or a coupon code, I can compare it against our list. This works for both big ticket items and general household needs.

Third, sitting down with the list helps us to anticipate our purchases and prepare for them, both by saving up enough money and doing research on the best brands and prices.

Here is an example, when our ancient television was starting to develop color issues, we added “television” to the list. We did some research and decided on the best size, brand and features for us. Months later, Sears was quietly getting rid of the current year models to make room for new brands to feature in the upcoming holiday season. We called around to find the model we wanted at a big discount and then combined that offer with a coupon. Had we purchased the same television just a few months earlier, we would have spent an additional 100 percent (twice the amount we paid). We also saved on any interest, since we had the cash saved up.

There are a couple of ways to organize your list. I prefer to keep mine on my smart phone. This way I always have it with me, especially when I am out shopping. My list includes the item plus any notes about it, such as model number, best price seen so far, etc. I can also use this list to search for coupon codes and shop online. Sometimes I might see an item but know that I can get a better price online.

My list also includes general items, such as clothing needs and sizes for the kids. This way, I can stock up on those clearance racks and deals without worrying about buying too many shirts and not enough pants, for example. When Gap had its end of summer polo shirt sale, I was prepared.

Shopping off season with a list can really save you money, so I recommend that you get one started today!

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CheapOStay Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 12:56 pm
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Air fare isn’t the only thing that is Cheapo!  Have you seen CheapOStay, the discount hotel site brought to you by the innovative people at CheapOAir?  Well, you should take a look.  You’ll find the best rates on top hotels worldwide, at short notice.  You’ll get instant credits for booking your hotel reservation on the site, and additional savings when you use our online coupons.

There’s even a section of the site where you can research 4-star hotels for under $99 a night.  Remember, these hotels are world wide.  It’s amazing what you can find, paying the same price you would expect to pay for a business class hotel and staying in luxury.  You can plan a full vacation on the CheapOStay site, booking hotel, air fare, cruises, and special events.

CheapOStay guarantees you the lowest rates possible.  If you find a rate that is lower, they will give you $10 toward your next purchase.  Add a coupon to that, and you really start to add up the savings.  It is really amazing how you can find a four star hotel anywhere in the world for so little money.

Check out our CheapOStay coupons.  You’ll find coupons for money off your booking, and up to 50% off regular price.  You’ll want to check often when you are planning, since the coupons change with the season.  You won’t want to miss out on a money saving offer.

Sign up for the CheapOStay newsletter, and you’ll receive special offers for savings, advance notice of sales, and opportunities to enter contests.  You’ll want to have CheapOStay coupons delivered to your email, so you don’t lose out on any of the great deals worldwide.  Get super travel packages, and a complete reservation system for hotels, air fare, cruises, car rental, and special events for a fraction of the original cost.

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Cooking.com Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 12:40 pm
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Whether you are an experienced chef or a total newbie in the kitchen, you will love the selection and the prices at Cooking.com.  Everything for cooking is there, from the simplest basic pots and pans to gourmet quality name brand cookware and appliances.  And with the online Cooking.com coupons you will find on our site, you’ll be able to outfit the kitchen of your dreams on a budget.

At Cooking.com you’ll find cookbooks, cutlery, tableware, and just about every piece of cookware or special gadget you have seen on Food Network or popular cooking shows.  You’ll find coupons for super deals on Calphalon, Wusthof, Kitchenaid, Le Creuset to name a few. There are special clearance deals, and sales for buy one get one free.  There are also special promotions that give away cookware when you buy certain items.  With the coupons, you always get extra.

Cooking.com is a great resource for recipes, and also for all kinds of cooking.  That includes barbecue, kids cooking and commercial kitchens.  You will find the right equipment, appliances, ovens and grills for all sorts of settings.  Cooking can be family friendly, or as commercial and professional as any restaurant, caterer, or chef needs.

Become a member of Cooking.com and get newsletters filled with recipes, previews and reviews of the latest cookware, products, and cooking shows.  Just about everything you associate with celebrity cooking is here, along with helpful guides and a super online community.

There’s a 100% satisfaction guarantee at Cooking.com, so you never have to worry about being stuck with something that doesn’t work or is not what you expected.  They stand behind delivery, workmanship, and quality.

Be sure to check back often for our Cooking.com coupons, because they change with each sale, and there are always new items being offered.  You won’t want to miss a single opportunity to save big on high quality professional cookware and everything for your kitchen!

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Sephora Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 11:56 am
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Sephora is the ultimate beauty site.  You’ll find products for men and women, and complete lines of just about every beauty and skin care product.  Sephora offers many limited time promotions for free items, making it easy for you to try new products and new lines that are just right for you.  Unlike many beauty sites, stores, and department store counter sales people, they can also offer you everyday freebies.  This makes it well worthwhile to keep checking our site for their exclusive coupons and special deals.

You can get additional savings from Sephora when you join their Beauty Insider club, and get point perks.  With every 100 points, you get a deluxe sample, and with every 500 points you get a free full sized limited edition product.  It’s a super way to try even more ways to be beautiful.  Not only that, but you get three free samples with every order!

Sephora loves to introduce you to new products – so they will give you a free birthday gift of one of their products when you join the Beauty Insider Club.  You also get free shipping on all orders over $50 and free returns either in store or by mail.  That’s right.  You can return a product to the store even if you buy it online.

Special offers from Sephora change often.  You can find exclusive savings with our online coupons, so it pays to keep checking back.  You’ll be beautiful, feel beautiful, and your wallet will be beautiful and full of green too, because you will spend less overall, and get super high quality.  You’ll also learn more and more about what makeup and skin care products are right for your personal beauty regimen.  You’ll also find many promotions that you can take advantage of for rebates and freebies – the savings don’t stop at Sephora, and that’s beautiful!

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Benefiber Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 11:52 am
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Living your best life just got easier with Benefiber, the revolutionary great tasting fiber that you can mix into drinks and food.  Now, with special Benefiber coupons, this product is much easier to afford, and you can be assured of getting the essential fiber in a healthy diet.

You will find Benefiber coupons in our printable coupons occasionally.  You will also find great coupon offers on the website.  Benfiber comes in powder, caplets, tablets, or flavored stick packs.  It’s an easy way for people on the go to add fiber to their diet when they are eating irregularly, or coping with too much takeout from stress at work. When you eat better, you feel better – and are more likely to exercise and follow your health and exercise routine.  That’s better for your overall health.

Many physicians carry samples in their office, as well as Benefiber coupons.  It’s an easy way to encourage patients to easily get more fiber in their diet.  It’s also economical!

The unique thing about Benefiber is that you can either mix it with water or other drinks (not carbonated beverages) or use it in soft foods.  You will not even know it is there, but your body will immediately get the great results from incorporating fiber regularly in your diet.  Having a choice of so many ways to use it means that it is excuse free – there really is no excuse to not add fiber to your diet.

Check back with our printable coupons section for additional coupons on Benefiber products.  You will also find Benefiber coupons in the newspaper inserts, magazines, and in your doctor’s office.  And don’t forget to use the coupons on their website.  Now you have no excuses to not get enough fiber in your diet – Benefiber is delicious, there are many ways to take it, and you’ll save money with Benefiber coupons over other fiber brands.

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Travelocity Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, June 30th, 2010 at 9:42 am
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You’ve known for a long time that you can book your entire vacation on Travelocity.  But did you know that when you book certain hotels and packages, you get gift cards of up to $100 at different merchants as a way of saying thank you?  It’s true.  There’s always something new at Travelocity.

Our online coupons for Travelocity give you great big discounts on travel packages to preferred destinations.  Save hundreds of dollars with these coupons!  This is a super way to plan a getaway for yourself, or a trip for your entire family.  You’ll find both last minute deals and early bird specials.  Either way, it pays off to plan, and use the Travelocity coupons online.

You can take a short shopping trip to a local destination, or you can be a world traveler with Travelocity.  You’ll find the most amazing bargains on quality hotels around the world, which makes your business and personal travel that much easier.  Enjoy luxurious Caribbean retreats for less than $100 a night, and packages that include airfare and rail or car rental for hundreds of destinations world wide. It isn’t just for air fare anymore.  You can even book domestic travel on Amtrak through Travelocity.  As usual, you’ll get the best prices possible, and it is super convenient.

Want to go on a cruise, but think it is way too expensive?  Think again.  Travelocity brings you the very best promotional prices on cruises to tons of exotic destinations, from all the major lines.  Take advantage of last minute or booking in advance special sales from all the major domestic ports.

Check back often for Travelocity coupons and sales.  They change frequently, and you will not want to miss a thing.  Who knows, you may find that you can take the vacation of a lifetime on short notice, because you found the fare of a lifetime!

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Office Depot Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 8:25 am
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You’ll save more money than you ever thought possible on purchases for your business and home office when you use Office Depot coupons.  You’ll find just about everything you need, at super prices, and for a minimum order of $50, you get free next day shipping.  It really pays to take advantage of regular online savings.

At Office Depot, you’ll find computers, printers, cameras, all-in-one machines, and telephone equipment as well as software, paper, ink and toner, and general office supplies.  There’s a lot available, and there are always sales and special promotions, especially on big ticket items.  You’ll find great Office Depot coupons for all your needs on our site, which means you can always save on your purchases.

Office Depot also has a great rewards program.  WorkLife rewards will pay you cash back for your purchases both online and in stores.  You’ll get 10% back in rewards for paper, ink, toner, and copies, and 1% on everything else.  Your rewards will carry over from quarter to quarter for a period of one year.  When you combine the rewards program with special sales, manufacturer coupons and rebates on hundreds of products, and the everyday low prices, you have a true deal in office supplies.  If you have a small business or are self employed, you know how valuable that can be.

Many promotions at Office Depot offer free products when you buy one.  There are also instant savings on hundreds of brands, office furniture, and equipment. When you go in the store, you’ll also find a clearance department, and sales associates trained to process your rebates correctly, with the right register tapes and proofs of purchase.  You’ll find clearance online too, and the same extra special care with rebates.

Keep checking our Office Depot coupons often, because the deals change, and you’ll want to take every advantage of every savings opportunity.

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Eastern Mountain Sports Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, June 29th, 2010 at 8:20 am
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Finding great bargains on outdoor gear and clothing for the whole family can be tough.  Fortunately, there’s Eastern Mountain Sports – both online and in store.  And you can find great savings when you shop in the store, and on the web.  You can also find Eastern Mountain Sports coupons on our site that will save you money when you outfit your entire family for the great outdoor experience!

With our Eastern Mountain Sports coupons,  you will find great savings on camping gear, microfleece, outerwear, equipment, and special lines of clothing.  You’ll find that shipping is free or inexpensive.  You’ll also love the selection.  There are frequent sales online, and when you apply your coupons, you save even more.  Sometimes, with a certain amount purchased, they will reward you with a gift card.  This is a great way to get the most for your money.  Save online, and take the online savings into the store.

There’s a fabulous kids’ department at Eastern Mountain Sports, and you’ll find great prices on top lines of clothing, shoes, accessories, and best of all, kid sized equipment.  It can be really difficult to find skis, helmets, climbing equipment, and kayaking gear in children’s sizes, but Eastern Mountain Sports has a complete line.

So you have equipment but how do you get it to the campgrounds?  Eastern Mountain Sports has racks and roofing systems for you to safely transport your gear and not ruin your car, your gear, or your vacation.  It’s all in one place here! From transporting cargo to bikes and skis, you’ll find the right travel needs here.

Be sure to check back often for Eastern Mountain Sports coupons.  You’ll find seasonal savings, and all the equipment your growing active family needs at prices you can afford.  Spend less money on clothes and equipment, and more money on outdoor family fun!

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