How To Save - Part 97


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Warning on Multiple Item Grocery Deals

Posted on Thursday, March 5th, 2009 at 10:54 am
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Grocery stores often offer multiple item sales, such as 2 for $5 or 10 for $10 on many items. Many times these are good deals, but I’ve been noticing a couple of patterns at some grocery stores lately, and I wanted to warn you about them.

First of all I have been seeing that some of these deals actually raise the price of the item. For example, my favorite canned pizza sauce is normally 79 cents a can. The other day, this same sauce was included in a 10 for $10 deal, bring the cost of the sauce up by 21 cents! The next week, it was down to its normal price. So these multiple item sales might not always be the best deal. Make sure that you know what the normal price is for something, so you can compare it to the sale.

One way to make out well with multiple item deals is to combine them with coupons. Usually this means that you only buy one or two of the items depending on how many coupons you have and what the policy is for using coupons on two of the same item. Normally, you don’t have to purchase all of the items in a multiple item deal. Each item is normally discounted by the correct amount.

The warning here is on a new trend that withholds the discount unless you do purchase all of the items. The store may or may not advertise this change in policy, and it may apply only to certain items and not others. So watch your register receipt and check with customer service to make sure you know your savings.

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What is Kohl’s Cash

Posted on Wednesday, February 4th, 2009 at 11:55 am
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When I first heard about Kohl’s cash, I didn’t know what the heck it was or how to use it. Now I am a little more informed, and I thought I would share what I know about it, including the restrictions.

Kohl’s cash can be a good deal if you take advantage of it. Basically, you have to open a Kohl’s credit account. You usually get an extra incentive for doing that. During Kohl’s Cash promotions you can earn coupons that are good on anything in the store. In other words, they can be used just as you would cash to purchase items. Kohl’s cash is only given out or earned during certain time periods.

When a promotion is going on, you can earn Kohl’s cash when you spend a certain amount. These are usually pretty generous deals, such as getting $10 Kohl’s Cash for every $50 you spend. Combine this with the great sales that Kohl’s often has, especially on clearance items, and you can really get a lot of merchandise for very little money.

The downside to Kohl’s Cash is that is it generally offered only for a limited time, so it is important to know when the promotion is going on and shop during that time. Once you get your Kohl’s Cash (usually delivered via e-mail), you have a short window to spend it, usually only about ten days. If you loose your Kohl’s Cash coupon or if it expires, you are pretty much out of luck.

Here are the Kohl’s Cash deals that are happening in February. You can learn more at the Kohl’s website.

– Receive a $10 Kohl’s Cash Coupon for every $50 you spend Feb. 6th – Feb. 10th

– Redeem Kohl’s Cash Coupons Feb. 11th – Feb. 21st.

Kohl’s Cash (Online Only)

– Receive a $10 Kohl’s Cash Coupon for every $50 you spend Feb. 22nd – Feb. 23rd

– Redeem Kohl’s Cash Coupons Feb. 24th – Feb. 28th.

Check out the other promotions that Kohls is having right now and combine the deals with your Kohl’s Cash.

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How to Save Money on Canned Goods

Posted on Sunday, January 25th, 2009 at 11:02 am
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It used to be that buying canned goods was the cheapest way to go. These days, however, it is a mixed bag. Many brand name canned goods can be quite expensive. Still, canned goods can be convenient and are great for stockpiling in case of an emergency.

Because of those two factors, I make an effort to save on canned goods. Here is my best advice on how to save money on canned goods.

Most stores have promotions for canned goods or stock up sales a couple of times a year when they feature deals on a lot of their canned goods. Many stores are doing this right now, although some feature these canned goods promotions around the holidays. Stock up on your coupons and buy in quantity during this time for the best savings.

I generally stay away from buying soups if possible. They are getting quite expensive, and they are mostly water. Making soup at home is pretty easy and cost effective. If you still want to purchase canned soup, stick to the store brands which are much less money to purchase. This is especially true for soups that you using for cooking.

Look to your stores discount shelves. Many times you will find canned goods with slight dents or tears in their labels. Dented cans are usually fine, as long as they don’t bulge and are still sealed.

Many canned goods come in large family sized cans. Check the pricing, but this is generally a great way to go. If you can’t use up all of the product, simple freeze the unused portion for later.

Happy Shopping,
Marnie Moore

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Buying DVDs to Save Money

Posted on Wednesday, December 31st, 2008 at 12:25 pm
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Buy.com is having a blow out sale on DVDs right now. This is great news, since going out for entertainment is getting to be a bit expensive these days. While there are almost 200 different movies on sale, my target is the movies that are only $5 each. There are plenty of movies that are only $6, too.

The cost to take my family of five to a movie without snacks or even just to a family restaurant is about $40. If we skipped the theater movie, we could purchase eight different movies on DVD during the DVD sale that we could watch over and over again.

If we opted to skip the theater movie and just add HBO to our cable television, it would cost us only $20, but that is still four DVDs that we could own, per month! That would be a nice way of building a library of DVD movies without spending a lot.

I am also going to add a few extra movies for my gift closet. This way, if a birthday or holiday comes up, I can make up a “Movie Night” basket for a nice but inexpensive gift!

At only $5, the stock of movies might go fast, but these are some of the titles I spotted that were still available at that price:

$5
The Devil Wears Prada
French Kiss
Hope Floats
Working Girl
Sleeping With the Enemy/Dying Young 2pk
Edge
Buffy the Movie/Drive Me Crazy
Beverly Hillbillies
Broken Arrow

$6
27 Dresses
Moulin Rouge
Day the Earth Stood Still
Ever After
X-Men
Independence Day
Die Hard
X2: X-Men United
Bill and Teds Excellent Adventure
Return To Me
Bend It Like Beckham
I Robot
Alien 20th Anniversary
Robin Hood-Men in Tights
Rocky Horror Picture Show
Hello Dolly
In Her Shoes
Chitty Chitty Bang Bang
Cutting Edge
Legally Blonde
Eragon

Click here for the link:

Buy.com DVD Sale

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In the Grocery Store, Watch Out for Shrinkage

Posted on Monday, December 8th, 2008 at 12:41 pm
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When you go grocery shopping pay careful attention to the packaging. You may be getting less product than you think.

Many grocery products are seemingly becoming a product of a shrink ray. While the packages look the same, the fact is that you are getting less of the product than you once did. A good example of this is diapers. Most of the major manufacturers are giving you a fewer number of diapers than you used to get.

Another practice of the shrinkage strategy to offer “cooler” products that catch your eye and cost the same as the regular product but offer less. For example, this weekend I purchased some boxed macaroni and cheese. The kids really wanted the Scooby-Doo and Pokemon shaped pasta instead of the regular pasta. All of the boxes, regardless of pasta shape, cost 99 cents without sales or coupons. The boxes looked to be the same size, but there was a difference. The regular macaroni and cheese boxes contain 7.5 ounces of product. The character boxes? They contained only 5.5 ounces of product, about one less kid-sized serving in my household.

Here are some ideas for coping with grocery shrinkage:

  1. Check all of your labels carefully.
  2. Dig around the shelves to see if the same product comes in multiple sizes or weights for the same price.
  3. Compare products with store brands which are often the last products to be affected by shrinkage.
  4. Clip coupons to decrease your cost per product.

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A Guide to the Kohl’s Deals

Posted on Wednesday, December 3rd, 2008 at 8:59 am
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Kohl’s.com often features some pretty amazing deals. I do a lot of my end-of-season shopping there. I purchase clothes, toys and housewares in advance of when I need them, such as getting next year’s clothing size for my kids or picking up birthday gifts for all of the parties that will occur throughout the year.

December is an especially great month for Kohl’s deals. You’ll see a lot of 50% off and 70% off great items, such as name brand toys, and those clothes that I was speaking about. They also usually do a great sale on Kitchenaid stuff, and I will be anticipating that one for myself.

How to Work the Kohl’s Deals

The Kohl’s deals are usually very limited in time span. Most of the time, the best deals are only up for one day at a time. This means that if you want to lowest prices and the best savings, you’ll need to check the links and coupons every day for Kohl’s. Since we don’t know what the deals will be in advance, you should click on the deal categories on the left: Baby Stuff, Beauty, Fashion, Diet & Health, Electronics, Entertainment, For the Home, Free Stuff, Groceries, Office Supplies, Pet Supplies, Restaurants, Travel Deals and Toys & Games, although you can probably skip the categories that Kohl’s doesn’t carry, such as Travel Deals. Make sure that you scroll down to get the latest coupons, because sometimes they tend to fall down to the bottom of the list.

I’ll be sure to pot the new deals and or coupons early in the morning as soon as they come out.

Today there is an amazing deal! Kohl’s is offering 50% off of its entire stock of Playskool and Little Tikes Toys! The fine print says that they may have a couple of items that are excluded, but I haven’t seen any so far.  For someone like me who has young children and lots of nieces and nephews, this deal will save me hundreds of dollars. You can click here for this deal: Kohl’s Toy Deal

Remember, it is for TODAY ONLY while supplies last, so head over now!

And here are three more deals with their big sale:

50-60% Off Electronics & Gadgets for Kids

50-60% Off Frames & Albums

50% Off Kitchen Electrics

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Black Friday Shopping – Team Up, Strategize, and Enjoy!

Posted on Tuesday, November 25th, 2008 at 12:41 pm
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So just how DO you survive Black Friday, let alone get the bargains that caused you to leave your comfortable bed in the wee hours of the morning?

Have a strategy.  Plan to survive.  Plan to win.  Plan. Plan.  Plan.

First, check the stores online and the circulars in your local paper.  See what deals appeal to you most.  Remember, when an item is available in limited quantities, it will go very quickly.  Plan what store you will hit first – and know where the merchandise is in that store.  Have your coupons organized, and use credit or debit cards that offer some kind of rebate.  Be ready with a backup strategy for shopping if the top item on your list is in short supply.

Sometimes it is good to divide and conquer – several members of a family can divide up, with one at each store. Or decide which store is most important to shop first, and spread your team out!  No matter how early the doors open, be there as far ahead as you can.  If a large store opens at 4 or 5 am, you need to be standing in line no later than an hour before opening if you want to score the most limited deal.

Yes, the lines really do stretch all the way around the store and down the parking lot to the highway.  So dress warm, and carry cell phones and bottled water. Plan which items you will be looking for first.  Once the doors open, it will be a rush, so you really have to know where you are going.   If they ran out of cameras at one store, your cousin at another store might be able to score the item.

If you are shopping alone, just focus on the items you are after.  Don’t get caught up in the initial confusion and rush.  Know where you are going and work the store.  If you have young children with you,  make the occasion a sleepy but happy one, with time for treats, potty breaks, and fun. Yes, even children are part of Black Friday –  in strollers and slings and wraps, or riding in the basket.  Of course, Santa’s helpers will have to be discreet!

Above all, be of good cheer!  Don’t be pushy, rude, argumentative.  Stand firm in the line, and develop a friendly rapport with the other shoppers.  People often swap tips, but beware of rumors that might mislead you or throw you off track.  Courtesy goes a long way with bargain shoppers.

The nicest part of Black Friday is coming home with great bargains, making leftover turkey sandwiches, and then setting up the computer for Cyber Monday – and all the incredible online sales that will take place daily and hourly from Thanksgiving eve through Monday.

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Black Friday or Cyber Monday? When to Get the Best Deals

Posted on Monday, November 24th, 2008 at 12:37 pm
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Black Friday and Cyber Monday are two days out of the year when we all scramble to get those great deals. But I have a little secret for you. The best deals may be had on neither of these two days. Let me explain why.

Traditionally, since the 1960s, the day after Thanksgiving is is known as “Black Friday,” the first official start to holiday shopping. Retailers provide great door buster deals at amazing prices on the hottest items. On “Cyber Monday,” that is the Monday after Black Friday, online shopping websites post their hottest deals.

But times have changed.

Cyber Monday came about when broadband connections to the Internet were rare in homes. Bargain hunters waited until they got back to work on Monday to use their work computers to get the best online shopping deals, and thus Cyber Monday was born.

Today, having a speedy Internet connection is more common. Online retailers recognize that shoppers can go online at any time to do their shopping, so they post their advanced deals on…da da da..Thanksgiving! You don’t want to miss out.

So while the turkey is in the oven, while the casseroles are being cleared from the table, or while the rest of the family is napping on the couch, sneak over to the computer and check out some really great deals. You may have your holiday shopping completed before anyone can say “turkey sandwich.”

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Grocery Shopping Secrets: Stockpiling

Posted on Sunday, November 23rd, 2008 at 11:50 am
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Stockpiling

Let me ask you a question. Would you rather pay $4.99 every time you needed a jar of peanut butter or only $1.69? Well, now I know the answer is obvious, but many people usually pay that first higher price. Of course, if a coupon or sale is available, they can take advantage of it, but that is only once in a while as the opportunity presents itself.  So, once in a while they get a deal, but most of the time they pay more than they need to on grocery shopping.

Well, let me share a little grocery shopping secret with you, so you can always pay that lower price with no exception. They secret is to stockpile your own supply to last you until that next great opportunity.

Stockpiling isn’t as extreme as it might seem. We are not talking about having an entire bunker full of peanut butter, but having a pantry or a shelf that can accommodate a few jars will save you in the long run.

When you spot a great coupon, gather enough of them to purchase as many of the product as you will comfortably use before it expires or you get sick of it. This will vary according to your household. Then when you run out of a jar, you can simply go and “shop” for another one right in your pantry.

Stockpiling is a great technique to use in combination with shopping for loss leaders.

Come visit my blog again. I’ll be share more grocery secrets, such as how to combine coupons and sales.

Oh and here are two more things to leave you with…

We have some free grocery coupons for you. Just click here: Free Grocery Coupons

Do you need a kitchen pantry, shelving or stockpile storage? Check out some of the current deals on products for the home.

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Grocery Shopping Secrets: Loss Leaders

Posted on Thursday, November 20th, 2008 at 9:40 am
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Loss Leaders

Did you know that you can save anywhere from 30-90 percent off of your groceries just by employing some tried and true grocery shopping secrets? Don’t be left behind. Make your food budget stretch as far as possible. Here is one the ways that you can save.

Shop the loss leaders

Grocery stores advertise sales for products with full knowledge that they will lose money on the deal. They do this to bring you into the store where you will spend lots of money on other things. They give you a little to get a lot of return. But you know what? You can use this marketing technique to your advantage. How? Read below.

Before you go shopping, take a look at the sales papers for your stores. You probably receive these papers in the mail, but they can also be found in your Sunday paper or online through the grocery store’s website.

Now, concentrate on the outside pages. The best deals, the loss leaders will appear mostly on that front page. There may also be some loss leaders on the back page and on that first internal page, but the front page is where you want to concentrate your grocery shopping.

Take advantage of items on that page that you need and stock up as appropriate. Later, I’ll tell you how to combine those loss leader items with coupons to get the biggest savings (sometimes you can even get your groceries for free!).

Don’t forget to check out all of the Grocery Coupons that are available for free.

Psssst! Check back later today. I’ll have a bonus post that tells you how to get some great deals with coupons at two major grocery stores!

And don’t forget to click on the Editor’s Blog at the top to review past posts, including great coupon codes.

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