How to Save - Part 97


How to Save

Old Navy Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, April 27th, 2010 at 6:37 pm
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Tuesdays are the day for savings at Old Navy.   You’ll get 10% off on Tuesday with any order using the Old Navy, Banana Republic, or Gap card.  But you don’t have to wait for Tuesday for special savings.  Shop the two-for deals for savings online every day.

They have a fun promotion now, they are looking for the next “Supermodelquin“.  You have a chance to make yourself over on the site like a mannequin.  One winner will take home E$100,000 and you get to decide who it is! Old Navy is full of fun ideas like this.  They are also a super source for high quality, low priced quality clothing for the entire family.

On the Old Navy site, the ongoing discounts you will find are the item of the week, and you can get free shipping with a $100 purchase.  That applies for all five linked sites – gap.com, oldnavy.com, bananarepublic.com, piperlime.com and athleta.gap.com.  You’ll find frequent coupon codes to reduce that amount, and you will get a LOT for your money.  Across all the sites, there is just one flat shipping rate.  It’s like visiting a cyber mall!

You’ll find great resources on the Old Navy site – size charts, color samples, and just about every category of clothing you can imagine, in all sorts of specialties.  The descriptions are very detailed about the measurement of the clothing.  And the categories range from sports, tees, pants, women’s, men’s, etc, to specialties like tall, petite, and wear-to-work.  This clothing truly fits the active lifestyle, and is affordable and smartly styled.  You will wonder why you ever decided to go into a fitting room in a mall and try things on when you discover how easy it is to shop for inexpensive and fashionable clothing online at Old Navy.

Keep checking our site for all the special coupons for Old Navy, and save even more money on quality clothing for the whole family.

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Amazon Coupons

Posted on Monday, April 26th, 2010 at 8:40 pm
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One thing is certain when it comes to online shopping: Amazon isn’t just for books anymore.  You’ll find just about everything you need sold on the site, and the deals are tremendous.  You’ll find super deals on electronics, clothing, jewelry, toys, and even groceries.  It’s one of the best sources of free MP3 downloads.  There’s a method to getting the best out of Amazon deals.  Here’s how:

First, sign up for the free Amazon Prime 30 day trial membership.  You’ll be able to get unlimited free two day shipping on most items that are sold directly by Amazon.  After 30 days, the membership is $79 a year.  You’ll find that this pays for itself if you use Amazon frequently, especially with savings on gas.  With the super deals on bulk grocery purchases, books, and millions of items that Amazon sells, you’ll want to have this membership and use it.

Next, check out the coupons we have on Amazon deals here. You’ll want to check this frequently, as these change often.  You’ll see, there truly is a variety, and many of these are only found through these links.

No discussion of really getting the most out of Amazon would be complete without mentioning the daily Goldbox deals and Lightning deals.  The Goldbox deals of the day are daily discounts on select merchandise, and you just never know what is next.  One day you could have a discount on toys, one day on watches, one day on a GPS system.  The Lightning Goldbox deals are featured throughout the day, lasting only until the supply is exhausted or for several hours.  These feature discounts of anywhere from 25% to 75%, and they are well worth checking into.

I can’t stress enough how great Amazon is for toys.  You have to watch for the sales, but it is worth it.  There’s a Disney store, and you can get everything from dolls to bikes and ride on toys, and playground equipment.  And yes, most of those are eligible for the free 2 day shipping with the Amazon Prime membership.

After you’ve become an Amazon customer, you’ll see daily “quick picks” just for you on the home page, depending on what you have ordered in the past.  These discounts don’t last long, and you only get one per day.  Once you’ve placed the item in your cart, you’ll have 60 minutes to check out and receive additional Goldbox savings.

There’s also a great way to explore the Amazon site – as a seller.  Not only can you save money at Amazon, you can make money too.  Sell your books, music, and other items as well.  It’s a great place to sell gift items, and get your online retail merchandise sold.

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Gift Closet Deals

Posted on Monday, April 5th, 2010 at 6:39 pm
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Do you have a gift closet in your home? If you don’t, you should consider starting one. A gift closet can save you money.

What is a gift closet?

A gift closet doesn’t have to actually be a closet. it could be a box under the bed, a place in the attic or even a little bit of cleverly hidden storage in an ottoman, a desk or even behind a couch, depending on your available space.

A gift closet is a place where you can store various gift deals that you find throughout the year. Then, whenever a gift need comes up, such as a birthday, anniversary or other holiday, you can go “shopping” in your gift closet.

How does a gift closet save money?

A gift closet saves money because it allows you to pay next to nothing for the gifts you need to purchase. Instead of overspending at the last minute for a gift, you can keep everything within a budget. For example, I know my son’s friends all like Bakugan toys. So when Sears was doing a toy clearance event last month, I was able to stock up on these toys. Instead of paying $10-$25 per toy, I only spent $3-$7 per toy! You can’t beat that.

Where can you find gift closet deals?

To find the best gift closet deals, just keep your eyes open. When you are out shopping anywhere, be sure to check in at the clearance sections, because you never know what you might find. Check my Twitter, too, because I’ll often post deals I find when I am out and about, such as the V-Smile cartridges that were in clearance at all of the Radio Shack stores.

Stock up on gifts when you find a really good coupon code or deal online, too. Combining orders will often save your on shipping.

Hot online deals

All of the birthday party requests have been coming in for my kids, and my gift closet is a bit depleted from the Christmas holidays. So I did a little searching this morning.

These are the online brands that usually have some good stock up deals for the gift closet. You can click on the brands below to see a list of coupon codes and discount links for each of them.

GameStop: They often have specific deals of the day. Some of my favorite ones are $10 off plus free shipping, and the buy one get one free deals on new and used video games.

ToysRUs: For hot toys, this is where I go first. When there is a popular toy, they will often offer discounts on it. Also check out the clearance deals.

Lego: I haven’t met a kid yet who doesn’t like Legos. Legos are a great gift for boys or girls, so I stock up here when they offer a really good deal.

Amazon: Their deal of the day sometimes hits on something that is great for the gift closet, such as DVDs. For younger kids, I look for coupons and deals on Melissa and Doug products because they seem to hold up well and are a good value.

Also, make sure to browse as many brands as you can for coupons. You never know what you might find, and the best codes often run out quickly.

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Do You Woot?

Posted on Friday, March 26th, 2010 at 12:12 pm
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saveMy friend Kristy recently turned me on the the wonderful world of Woot and Kids Woot. I had heard of these web sites before, but I somehow never got around to checking them out very much. It wasn’t until Kristy started sharing the deals she was getting by posting them in her Facebook Status that I really started paying attention.

What is Woot?

In their own words, “Woot.com is an online store and community that focuses on selling cool stuff cheap.” Woot features a single item each day for a deeply discounted price. You can only get that item on that particular day, and as long as supplies are available. New products are launched at midnight central time and will be available until the next launched product or until the the product sells out.

Why is Woot cool?

Well, Woot is pretty cool, or hot, or rad or whatever your generational term happens to be simply because you can get a great product at a deep discount. Shipping is always only $5, and you can buy up to three of the same product per account. It is thrill of the chase. Really great products at really deep discounts sell out quickly. And the editorial comments that go with the products are clever and fun to read. Even if you have no intention of buying anything, you’ll want to stop by just for those comments.

What are the different Woots?

The main Woot is http://woot.com. You’ll find all sorts of products there. There is also Kids Woot at http://kids.woot.com, Shirt Woot (with free shipping) at http://shirt.woot.com, Wine Woot at http://wine.woot.com, and Sellout Woot (which is combining with Deals Woot) at http://deals.woot.com/sellout.

What are some Woot strategies?

To get the deals on Woot, there is really only one thing to do. When you spot something you want, don’t hesitate about buying it. The site never tells you how many of that item is available, so you never know when it will sell out. By the time I convinced my husband that we wanted a new featured Rooba robotic vacuum for our home that was discounted more than $80, it was already sold out.

Serious wooters stay up until midnight or set their alarms to make sure they catch the deals as soon as they launch.

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Having Fun on a Budget

Posted on Wednesday, March 3rd, 2010 at 9:22 pm
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Whoa does my family need to get out. You know that you have been indoors too long when a family trip to IKEA feels like a trip to an amusement park. With everything that has been going on at home and with the weather, our fun meter hasn’t been exactly pointing to full.

It took that IKEA trip to really put things a bit in perspective. Still, we don’t have the budget for extra expenses. So, we sat around the dinner table tonight and did some brainstorming on how we could get some more fun without the expense.

My suggestion was that we take a look around in our community. Although most community events happen in the summer, there are still free things to do. The local church is offering a fun night for kids with a moon bounce and snacks, and this includes free baby sitting! The local library is offering a family movie, the Lions’s Club has a low cost pancake breakfast, and a nearby ice rink has an event that offers two free hours of ice skating time when you rent skates.

My husband focused more on having fun at home. He wanted to rent some movies. This can be done for free two ways. The local library system allows you to check out movies for free. Our supermarket has a RedBox machine. There are plenty of RedBox coupon codes that give you free rentals!

The kids suggested having sleep overs with their friends. This is basically free, with maybe a tiny bit of money for snacks. The cost is so small, though, especially if we make homemade popcorn, homemade pizza and buy drinks in bulk.

For spur of the moment fun, we decided we could always bake a fun desert together or go dust off the board games.

What things do you do to have fun on a budget? I’d really like to add some more ideas to our list.

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How to Save Money on Medicine

Posted on Monday, March 1st, 2010 at 10:25 pm
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Medicine is getting expensive these days, whether it is over the counter medicine or prescriptions. Most people grumble but pay whatever price they are told. However, you can save money on your current medicines. Here are some ways to save.

Look for coupons

Believe it or not, some prescription drug companies offer coupons that can be used on your prescriptions. The makers of Nasonex is one of them. (Click here for $15 off). https://www.nasonex.com.

There are also coupons for over the counter medicines as well. Just use your search engine and plug in the name of the medicine and the word “coupon” to find these offer, or check out the forums.

Look for online coupon codes and deals

In addition to coupons, you can find online coupon codes and deal, especially for use with over the counter medications. For example, Drugstore.com is offering $5 off of a $30 offer or $10 off a $50 offer through this link.

Use the Walmart $4 deal

Walmart offers a prescription program that features $4 prescriptions. They also offer some 90-supply medications at $10. Check out the list. If your medicine isn’t listed, your doctor may be willing to switch your brand to one that is on the list. You can learn more about the program here. http://www.walmart.com/cp/4-Prescriptions-Program/546834

Buy it pre-tax

Many employees offer a way to use pre-tax dollars to pay for medication. Basically, you designate a dollar amount that you will use for the year. That amount comes out of your pay before taxes. You are usually given a card that can be used just like a credit card to pay for your medication. The catch is that if you don’t use up all of the money by the end of the year you lose it. But it is easy to use up the money, especially when you consider that everything from over the counter pain killers to band aids are allowed to be purchased with the plan.

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Organizing Bonus Cards

Posted on Thursday, February 25th, 2010 at 6:28 am
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Bonus, reward or store loyalty cards can be great. They allow you to get discounts and sale prices at your favorite store and they allow you to get rebates and register rewards. They only problem is that every darn store seems to have a bonus, reward or loyalty card.

Why is this a problem? Well, I for one was having a lot of trouble keeping track of all of these cards. First I tried loading up my wallet with every card I got until it looked like some overfed and groaning animal, stretching the leather of my wallet and making it impossible to close. Then I tried to convenient key chain cards, but they too were crowding things. Plus, I couldn’t remember if a card was in my wallet or on my keychain.

Another problem was keeping track of who had the keychain with the bonus cards on it. For example, if I ran to the pharmacy but left that particular set of keys with my husband, well then I was out of luck and out of bonus cards.

But ah-ha! Necessity is the mother of invention, right? I have a solution that seems to work well for me. I simply made sure that all of our bonus cards came in the keychain form. Then I purchased a new, virgin, keychain just for the bonus cards. To make finding them easier, I placed a small bead in between the cards on the keychain and even color coded the beads: green for groceries, red for the pharmacy, etc.

All of the bonus cards are in one place. I usually keep them in my purse, but you can also keep them with your reusable shopping bags, or anywhere that is convenient.

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Affording Disney Store Clothing

Posted on Thursday, November 26th, 2009 at 8:21 am
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I have to say that I love Disney Store products. That is, stuff that is sold at the Disney Store. There are plenty of licensed Disney products that are sold elsewhere, in places such as Target, Walmart, Sears and even the local grocery store, but these can vary in quality.

I especially like the clothing that is available at the Disney Store, because it really stands the test of time. I have sweatshirts that were purchased in 200o and have been washed and worn many times. They are just starting to fray at bit at the cuffs, now, but in the last nine years, they haven’t noticeably faded or lost their shape.

Disney Store clothes for my kids have held up equally well. They get through two or three kids and still look good enough to pass down to others. And while I wouldn’t personally pass along my kid’s underwear, I can’t beat it for the fit and the sturdy elastic. The socks also seem to hold up long after other brands develop holes. And then there are the Halloween costumes that are warm and of good quality.

Christmas presents this year will include several Disney clothing items, plus a couple of beach blankets and throws.

Okay, before I start sounding like a Disney Store commercial, let me move on to how we can afford to partake of all of these wonderful bounty of Disney clothing. There are several strategies I employ.

The first is to shop at the outlet. Fortunately, we have a Disney Store outlet about 45 minutes away from us. There I can stock up on t-shirts that are $3 or less, dresses for under $10, sneakers for $3 or less and more. The special occasion clothing and those Halloween costumes are real deals. If you don’t happen to be near a Disney Store outlet, you can always check out the online outlet store. It might not have the same selection, but the items are more geared to the current season. The online outlet is divided by category.

Here is the link to the Baby Outlet for example. There are some adorable onsies there right now.

If you do shop online, use the code SHIP89 to get free shipping when you spend $89. It expires on 12/17.

Speaking of seasons, I try to shop just after a season or a holiday as often as possible, when I shop the regular non-outlet Disney Store. Merchandise gets marked down pretty quickly, so I can get some good deals. In the case of my kids, I stock up on next year’s sizes.

Another way to save at the Disney Store is to look for the T-shirt sales. In the summer, T-shirts will get marked way down for a limited time. With these sales, it is important to arrive early, or you may be left with nothing but XXL Grumpy T-shirts or XXS in whatever last year’s character was.

Happy Shopping!

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Black Friday Shopping Tips

Posted on Monday, November 23rd, 2009 at 6:11 am
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Ready for Black Friday, the biggest shopping day of the year? So is everyone else. If you don’t want to miss out on that hot deal but still want to stay safe, you’ll need some strategy and tips in your shopping arsenal. Here is my best advice.

Know the deals

Know exactly what the deals are as well as any restrictions. Some deals may have limited quantities in the store, some deals may allow you to only purchase one of an item and some deals may only be available at certain hours of the day. You want to understand the details of the deal in order to be best prepared to get it.

One way to keep up with the Black Friday deals is to check the FreeCoupons blog. I’ll be posting the hottest store deals as they become available.

Do your research

Just because that coffee maker is only $3 or than HDTV is only $200 doesn’t mean that it is the best deal for you. You want to make sure to do your research on the products behind the deal. Something that breaks within a few months isn’t a deal. Neither is something that doesn’t have all of the features that you need. Check product reviews and Consumer Reports magazine to make sure that the products are worth your time and your money.

Bring supplies

Some of the deals are tough to get and may require getting up at the crack of dawn to stand in line hours before the store opens. You’ll keep your stamina if you are prepared with a few supplies. First of all, bring a buddy. A friend can hold the line if you need a bathroom break and can provide support. Plus, the two of you can divide and conquer in the store, such as picking up two each of the hottest items, so you both can score as many deals as possible.

Make sure you also have water and some snacks to keep you going throughout the day.

Shop online

Finally, consider shopping online. Online stores also offer door busters and other hot deals, but without the hassle of standing in line. Instead, you’ll need to gather your coupon codes and be aware for limited time offers.

Happy shopping!

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Pay Attention at the Check Out Counter

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2009 at 5:07 pm
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Are you carefully clipping those coupons and matching them to the sales but then forgetting to follow up at the check out counter? You could be losing money. Here is why.

Many stores utilize a bonus card or club card for their store. You can’t get the sale or discounted price unless you have this card. The problem is that sometimes the cashiers are so busy that they forget to scan the card during your order. This means that you won’t get the sales price and instead, you will have to pay the full regular price. Always make sure your cashier scans your card. You can even assign this job to a child or another member of your family, so you can get busy loading the belt or getting your coupons out.

If cashiers forget to scan cards, they also forget to scan coupons. Sometimes they forget to scan all of your coupons, and sometimes they only forget to scan a few. Either way, you are out some cash. Since it is easy for the cashier to get distracted, I usually tell them I have coupons and then hand the coupons over after all of my items have been scanned. This way, the cashier has the coupons in hand when he or she is ready to scan them. And, I can watch the screen as the money comes off for each coupon.

Finally, here is an error that isn’t the cashier’s fault. Just because an item is on sale, doesn’t mean that the scanner will record the sale price. Many items scan in at full price, even if they are advertised on sale. When this happens, you are often entitled to a cash bonus in addition to having the price corrected. Usually the bonus is to simply get the item for free, or it can be up to an additional $5 back. This all depends on the store policy and the state law.

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