11/19/08

DEAL ALERT: Save 25% at the Dick's Sporting Goods Outlet

DEAL ALERT: Multiple Deals . . . AGAIN!

HOTWIRE.COM:

KOHLS.COM:
  • Free standard shipping on orders of $75 or more, plus save an additional 20% off when you spend $100 or more. Just enter promo code HOLIDAY20 at checkout! Visit www.kohls.com. Offer ends Wednesday, Nov. 19.
ORBITZ.COM:
    7 day Sale: 20% Off Hotel - Exp 11/23/08 (120x90)
RESTAURANT.COM:
  • Surprise 80% off sale! Click here to get 80% off your order through Thursday, Nov. 20.

SHUTTERFLY.COM:

SIERRA TRADING POST:

SNAPFISH.COM:
  • Get your first set of 20 4" x 8" photo cards for just 20¢—that's only a penny each! Choose from over 100 holiday designs that are completely customizable. Just use coupon CARD08 at checkout. Offer ends November 23!
  • Take 20% off ornaments with coupon ORNAMENT118 until Nov. 30.
  • To save 20% off all holiday catalog gift items, just enter coupon code WINTER08 at checkout until Dec. 31.
WALGREENS PHOTO:
  • Get $10 off your photo gift order of $40 or more. Enter coupon code HEADSTART at checkout through Nov. 22. Click here to get the deal.

11/6/08

DEAL ALERT: Free shipping at Shutterfly!



Also, enjoy an extra $10 off your order!
This holiday, make spirits bright with truly unique and affordable photo gifts. $10 off orders of $50 or more. Now that’s joy to the world. Enter promo code HOLIDAY in your shopping cart to use it. Offer ends November 10, 2008.

DEAL ALERT: Multiple Deals!!

  • Big Lots:



























  • Hobby Lobby:













Click here to print the coupon.
Click here to view Hobby Lobby's weekly deals.

  • Hotwire.com: Click HERE to see the latest "Travel Ticker" deals!

  • Overstock.com
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  • Restaurant.com: (Offer ends 11/7/08)

















  • Sierra Trading Post:
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  • Snapfish: 2 Days left to order 50 4x6 prints and get a 11x14 free collage poster! Just add an 11" x 14" collage poster to your order and use coupon code PUMPKIN08 at checkout. Offer ends November 8. Click here to get the deal!

  • Walgreens Photo:





























10/8/08

10/3/08

DEAL ALERT: 25% off Odds N' Ends @ Sierra Trading Post (TODAY ONLY)

TODAY ONLY . . . save an extra 25% off "Odds and Ends" at SierraTradingPost.com. Click on the coupon below to get the deal.


Saving Money Everyday

The Consumer Counseling Service's Stephanie Bitter talks to the Gulf Coast's Fox 29 "Good Day" about ways that you can save money in your everyday life.

8/4/08

DEAL ALERT: 20% off prints and books at Shutterfly

Shutterfly is offering 20% off prints right now with promo code 34SUMMER. Just enter the code in your shopping cart to save. This offer ends August 6, 2008.

Also on sale . . . photo books! Click on the image below to get the details on how you can save 20% off on photo books. This offer ends August 6, 2008.

8/3/08

DEAL ALERT: Save $20 off contact orders of $120 or more at Walgreens

Click on the image below for more details.

DEAL ALERT:This week's specials at Hobby Lobby

To view this week's specials at Hobby Lobby, click HERE. This week's specials include:
  • 50% off all artist brushes and brush sets
  • Ceramics, polyresin, and pottery 50% off
  • Rubber stamps and sets 50% off
Plus, get 40% any one item of regular price. Click on the coupon below to print it.

7/17/08

Money Managing Matters: Three Dos, Don'ts for Your Finances

"Find Out How You Should Handle Your Money During This Difficult Economic Time"

During these rocky financial times, bargain shopping principles have never been more relevant. We're all trying to get the most bang for our buck, and much of that is tied to our personal finances. On a recent Good Morning America, renowned financial guru, author, and popular radio host Dave Ramsey offered three dos and don'ts for your finances.

Click on the image below to watch the ABC video:

More updates ahead!

Greetings to all you faithful bargain shoppers!

I've taken a bit of a mandatory leave-of-absence, due to the fact that I am now four months pregnant with our first child. However, now that I'm past the "yucky" part, I hope to continue updating you with fabulous bargain finds, how-to tips, and deal alerts. Oh and now that I'm pregnant, you can believe that I will be a hound for those maternity and baby bargains!

Stay tuned for more updates!

6/24/08

DEAL ALERT: $48 OFF for 48 HOURS at Spirit Airlines

Planning a vacation or trip soon? Spirit Airlines is giving you $48 off for only 48 hours. Just enter promotion code "48HOURS" for travel between September 4, 2008 through November 19, 2008.

If your travel plans don't fall within those dates, you can still save $24 off for 24 hours by entering promotion code "24HOURS" for travel between June 25, 2008 through April 30, 2009.

DEAL ALERT:60% off at Restaurant.com

6/14/08

Turn your junk into cash!



A simple way to bring in extra cash is to get rid of your junk by selling it at a garage sale . . . and it can be fun, too! Click HERE to read a great article on how to set up your sale, advertise, organize, and just about everything else you'll need to know. Now is the perfect time to do some summer cleaning and figure out what to keep, and what can possibly bring you some extra money!

6/11/08

Save money on books by using PaperBackSwap.com

I've been using PaperBackSwap.com since December 2007 (almost 6 months), and I just had to give a little update on how it's been going. 

For those of you who aren't aware, PaperBackSwap is (according to the website) "a group of readers who share books with each other (NOT just paperbacks) for nothing more than the cost of postage." That's a great description! It's just a site that facilitates the swapping of books . . . and all you have to do is pay the postage to send your books to other people. They pay postage to send their books to you. It's really simple!

So, this is what I've been doing for about 6 months now. I love it!! I have sent out 32 books that I didn't want any more. I have received 33 books that I really wanted. And I've saved over $200 on books! I'm such a fan of this site, and I wanted to remind everyone about what a great resource it is. I currently have 21 books on my bookshelf that people can request, and a whole bunch more on my wishlist. If you would like to join and request some of my books, see my bookshelf here

So, here's your chance! Click on the banner below to join in and enjoy your favorite books for a huge savings!

Calculate gas costs ahead of time!

If you don't know about this, yet, here's an invaluable tool: AAA's Fuel Cost Calculator

My husband and I have been trying to decide where to go on vacation this year, and whether or not it would be cheaper to fly or drive. I plugged our plans into this calculator, and found out that we would have been paying way more to drive to our destination than to fly (based on current airline sale prices). If airline prices go up, however, it might be cheaper to drive. Either way, this calculator gave us a realistic picture of what our trip would cost.

Give it a try, so that you won't be caught unaware when you start to see the cost of that road trip you're planning. Vacations are so fun, but it's kind of a bummer if you have to come home and be faced with paying higher fuel bills than you weren't expecting. 

Newest travel deals from Hotwire

Vacationing any time soon? Just looking for a nice weekend getaway? On a budget? I just love Hotwire.com, because they have great travel deals for budget rates. Click here to see their latest Travel Ticker deals.

6/6/08

DEAL ALERT: Save 15% off at Sierra Trading Post!

Sierra Trading Post will give you 15% off orders of $100 or more. This offer expires Tuesday, June 10. Outfit yourself for summer camping, hiking, and outdoor fun! 

Click HERE to get the discount!

DEAL ALERT: Get 50% off at Restaurant.com

Restaurant.com is offering 50% off in honor of Father's Day. Click HERE to get the deal! This offer ends Sunday, June 8.

New travel deals from Hotwire

Hotwire.com (wonderful travel Web site) offers discounted rates on vacation packages, flights, rental cars, hotels, and more. They also distribute a list of weekly, jaw-dropping deals. Click HERE to see this week's Hotwire "Travel Ticker" deals.

DEAL ALERT: Save 15% at Shutterfly.com

Right now, you can save 15% off orders of $10 or more at Shutterfly.com. Click HERE to get the deal!

5/27/08

Simple Bargain Shopping Tip: CARPOOL!

This is nothing new to most of you. Carpooling is an age-old method of getting to work. Today, there are many benefits to grabbing a ride with a co-worker. 

I recently began this practice myself. I have a co-worker who lives on my route to work. I suggested to her that we might share a ride, thereby cutting our gas bills in half and saving the planet at the same time. She was all game!

So, it's been working out great. With gas costing in excess of $4/gallon, sharing that cost with someone else has been completely worth it. The added benefit is that we've taken one more car off the road during the busiest times of the day.

What are you waiting for? Put out an e-mail to your colleagues and see if someone lives near you, or if you know of someone who does . . . ask them to share a ride! There really aren't any downsides.

Click here to see how your car compares on fuel economy! 

5/21/08

DEAL ALERT: Get 15 FREE prints at Shutterfly.com

In honor of this year's forthcoming Father's Day, Shutterfly.com is giving you 15 FREE 4x6 prints! Click HERE to take advantage of these great freebies!

DEAL ALERT: 50% off at Restaurant.com

Right now, through Thursday, May 22, you can save 50% off your total bill at Restaurant.com. Click here to start, and then enter the discount code "DELICIOUS" in your cart to get that wonderful 50% lopped off your bill. Enjoy!

5/14/08

DEAL ALERT: Save 30% on Posters and Collages at Snapfish!

Right now, you can save 30% on any poster or collage order at Snapfish.com. Click here to get started. Use coupon code GOBIG30 at checkout. This offer ends ends May 21!

5/13/08

WZZM "Super Saver"—Auto Maintenance Saving Tips

DEAL ALERT: 50% off at Restaurant.com

"Can't loose when you choose to save 50%!"

Save 50% off your next Restaurant.com purchase! Click here to get the offer. Be sure to enter discount code "CUISINE" before checkout to receive the discount. The offer ends Sunday, May 18.

Happy bargain eating! 

5/10/08

Sorry for the delay

I need to apologize for not posting anything for the past several days. My husband graduated from college today, and we've been busy celebrating. Rest assured, there will be more bargain savvy ideas posted within the next day or two.

5/4/08

DEAL ALERT: Free shipping at Snapfish.com!

It's Snapfish's 8th birthday, and they are celebrating by offering free shipping on all photo gifts. Click HERE to order now, and you don't have to pay to have it sent! Use coupon code NOSHIP08.

This offer expires May 11.

5/2/08

Bargain Shopping Tips for Everyone!

I love this!! These moms are saying all the things that Bargain Shopping Paradise is all about.

5/1/08

DEAL ALERT: 15% off your photo print order at Shutterfly!

Enjoy 15% off your photo print order from Shutterfly.com. The discount includes any print size from wallet to poster, and the offer ends May 7. Click here to get the discount!

Also . . . click here to get 20% off class yearbooks! (offer ends May 7)

4/30/08

Cut the Cost of Your Drive to Work

Many of us (myself included) commute to work every day. Now that gas prices have jumped—again—we're all feeling the crunch. I think I actually winched when I saw the prices on my way home from work yesterday. It's painful!

According to a recent CNNMoney.com article, the typical commuter pays about $200/month to get to and from work. Ouch! The same article offers some really helpful tips on how to cut the cost of your drive to work. Read it HERE.

4/29/08

Follow up to my magazine purchase

A while ago, I wrote about a great way to save money on magazine subscriptions. I wanted to follow-up on that, and let you know how the purchase has turned out. When I wrote about them, I had already started receiving one of my subscriptions, but was waiting on the other one, and mentioned that I would follow-up.

Everything has turned out wonderfully! I received my second subscription just yesterday, and while it took a lot longer to receive it, it did indeed come through. I have been very pleased! I purchased two separate 2-year magazine subscriptions for about $12! You just can't beat that.

Now, regarding the E-bay subscription sellers, E-bay has since changed their policy on selling magazine subscriptions and is no longer allowing them. However, if you are interested in purchasing subscriptions from one of the sellers I mentioned in my previous post, here is their website: 

Superior_subscriptions: www.superior-subscriptions.com

I haven't found a website for the other one, yet. 

But, I was very pleased with my experiences, and would recommend reading my post on cheaper magazine subscriptions for other tips. 

4/28/08

Entertainment Book Date Night


My husband and I go on a "date night" every week. It's a time for us to talk about our marriage and focus on each other. Because we're on a tight budget, these evenings out are never really extravagant, and we try to find cheaper things to do that are fun for both of us and enrich our marriage at the same time. That's a tall order for our very small date night budget, but you would be amazed at how far we've been able to stretch our dollars every week. It doesn't take much work, either.

Last night, we used coupons from our Entertainment Book for dinner and desert. What would have been a $30 date night only cost us $15.98. I'll tell you how we did it.

We decided we wanted a simple, quiet dinner (nothing super fancy . . . just cozy), so we went to Arnie's in Rockford, MI. Granted, their dinners are not that expensive to begin with, but we had a buy one, get one coupon. The total on the bill came out to around $17 before the discount, and without tip. After the discount, it was reduced to $9, and we tipped our waitress $3 to make it an even $12. We sat at a table by the window in the back of the dining room, and were able to watch the Rogue River float by as we ate. We got exactly what we wanted—a quiet, relaxing, simple dinner . . . at half the price. Oh, and I took half of my meal with me in a to-go box. Now, I have lunch for today!

At the end of our meal, we both decided we were in the mood for desert. We decided to forego desert at Arnie's (as good as their deserts are), and try to find another buy one/get one coupon in our Entertainment Book. To our surprise and delight, we found BOGO coupons for TCBY, Cold Stone Creamery, Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and many, many others. We settled on Rocky Mountain Chocolate Factory, and off we went.

If you've never been to RMCF, I highly recommend it (with or without a coupon). There are so many yummy  looking treats, we both had a difficult time deciding what to get. In the end, though, we settled on the frozen, chocolate-dipped cheesecake. At $3.75 a slice, our total would have come to around $8. With the BOGO coupon, we paid a measly $3.98 for both slices of the delectable, chocolatey, cheesecakey goodness. 

So, for dinner and desert (both of which were really yummy), we paid around $16 . . . and we had a blast. We keep our Entertainment Book in the car, so it doesn't take a lot of time to find the coupons we want. It was effortless, and we really enjoyed ourselves. And the bonus is that we stayed within our budget. 

The moral of this story is, BUY AN ENTERTAINMENT BOOK FOR YOUR AREA, and use it for anything. We paid around $40 for ours at the beginning of the year, and it's already paid for itself in what we save on car washes alone. They are discounted even more now that the year is underway. What we save on food and shopping is bonus! Plus, we end up trying new restaurants and doing fun things that we might not have done otherwise. Think about it . . . a date night that's fun for both of you, and only costs you around $16 . . . that's worth it!

Happy bargain shopping!


4/25/08

DEAL ALERT: 70% off at Restaurant.com!

Restaurant.com is running a "Wine & Dine" sale, slashing their gift certificates to 70% off. Stock up now, and use them whenever you want. Their $25 gift certificates are now only $3 with the discount. Enter discount code "GOURMET" at checkout, to receive the savings! Check out this deal HERE.

4/24/08

DEAL ALERT: 60% off at Restaurant.com--LAST DAY!

Save some cash on dining out by taking advantage of this offer from Restaurant.com. They are offering 60% off their gift certificates, when you use the discount code "FLAVOR". Click HERE to shop now! This offer ends TODAY!

Washington Post says, "It's cool to be frugal!"

According to this recent Washington Post article, it is indeed "cool" to be thrifty. With the downward trend in the nationwide economy, stores that are typically frequented by teen shoppers are experiencing slower sales. When parents aren't giving out as much money, and teens are not finding a plentiful job market, the younger crowd has turned to more thrifty means of staying trendy. (continue reading)

DEAL ALERT: Free standard shipping on Shutterfly orders of $25 or more

Just in time for Mother's Day, Shutterfly is offering free standard shipping on orders of $25 or more. Click HERE to start your order! The offer expires April 30.

4/16/08

DEAL ALERT: Orbitz 7-day hotel sale!

Orbits is running a special 7-day hotel sale. You can save 20% off any 1-night hotel stay! Hurry and take advantage of the offer by clicking on the ad below. This special ends April 20.

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DEAL ALERT: $30 rebates on Eureka tents at Campmor.com

For a limited time, you can get a $30 mail-in rebate on Eureka tents through Campmor.com. The office expires 7/31/2008, so take advantage of this now. Click here to get the deal.

They are also offering tips on how to choose the right tent for you and your family.

Gear-up for your camping needs this spring and summer. Happy bargain shopping!

DEAL ALERT: Save an extra 15% off clothing at Sierra Trading Post

Sierra Trading Post is offering 15% off all their clothing right now—all styles, all brands. Click here to get the deal!

Happy outdoor bargain shopping!

4/11/08

Bargain Shopping Tenet #4: ONLY BUY WHAT YOU CAN AFFORD

News flash, bargain shoppers . . . if you can't afford that wonderful, priced-just-right treasure that is screaming Buy me now!, then you've just defeated the entire purpose of bargain shopping! We bargain shop to save money on the things we need and can afford. We do NOT bargain shop so that we can live outside our means. 

Many a time, I have personally been guilty of ignoring this all-too-important bargain shopping tenet, and I've lived to regret it. Here are some rules to live by, if your goal is to bargain shop while not breaking your bank:
  • If you have to put the purchase on a credit card because you don't have the cash for it, it's probably not a good idea.
  • If you decide to purchase an item, not knowing if your rent check or mortgage check will bounce, it's probably not a good idea.
  • If you make a bargain purchase just to get the rush of finding such a treasure, or because you're bored, it's probably not a good idea.
  • If you question whether or not to make a bargain purchase, don't do it. If you have to second-guess a purchase, that's a good indication that you should walk away.
  • Distinguish between wants and needs. There is a difference. It's ok to want something, as long as you can afford it. If a bargain purchase is just a superfluous want . . . walk away.
  • If you don't have room in your house for a bargain purchase, it's probably not a good idea. This simple question can help you rule certain things out, and help you to curb that urge to spend money you might not have.
These are just some ideas to help you avoid the pitfall of spending more than you should when you bargain shop. If you have other ideas, please share them with us. The key is to identify those urges to overspend and figure out what triggers them. Then you can be creative in finding ways to avoid those pitfalls. 

Remember . . . to truly reap the benefits of bargain shopping, you have to live within your means. Bargain shopping should be stress-free and enjoyable. Wondering how you might pay for something, or just not caring, will eventually turn your bargain shopping from a blessing into a curse.

DEAL ALERT: 50% off at Restaurant.com



For a limited time, you can save 50% off at Restaurant.com! Click here to get the deal. Enter discount code "ENJOY" at checkout and hit apply to save an additional 50%!

4/9/08

Key to buying a used car: CarFax!

I hate car shopping . . . I mean H-A-T-E it. I'm kinda like George on Seinfeld, when he and Jerry go car shopping. I just assume that any car salesman is out to rip me off. I go in with this huge chip on my shoulder, and my eyes narrowed. I just know they're lying to me!

Last year, our 2002 Saturn L200 started having problems, so we debated about whether or not to buy a new/used car. Our Saturn was a great car. We bought it when it was two years old. It had 48K, and all the bells and whistles, but the price was right. It was in fabulous condition, and we felt like we had found a great deal. Plus, we enjoyed the buying experience with Saturn. It was much more pleasant than I thought it would be—less pressure. The car was great, and we enjoyed many a pleasant road trip in it. The heated leather seats and sunroof were wonderful! And the 6-disc CD changer added a nice ambiance. But, the honeymoon with our L200 only lasted a couple of years.

Somewhere along the way, it started developing front end problems and eventually both the air compressor and condenser went out (a.k.a. our air conditioner was broken . . . really broken). So, in the summer heat with our black leather interior, going to work became more like enduring 15-20 minutes of hell every day. Fixing the air conditioner would have cost us $1100–1400, and the front end work would have cost around $300. After weighing our options, we decided to sell it and try something different. The repairs just weren't going to be worth it.

So, we listed it on good ol' Craigslist for a very reasonable price—much less than the car was worth, and we even factored in the cost of repairs. Nothing. No bites. Nothing. I had even included LOADS of pictures of every angle this car possessed, and included all the details about the car and its history. Nothing, still.

It got to the point that we decided to maybe save up for the repairs and stick with the car. But, I wanted to try Craigslist one more time, just to see if we could find a buyer. I dropped the price by $200 thinking, That's not a lot, but we'll see if it makes it more attractive. Within two days, the car sold.

Then panic set in. Holy cow! We need to buy a car! And fast! We both worked full-time, and couldn't do without two cars, because we kept such different hours. But, this time, we decided not to go through a dealership, and decided to search for private sellers and do a bit more homework on the cars we were looking at. The problem was that, again, we both work and had to do most of our shopping online in the evenings. That makes things difficult. We were calling people, leaving messages, and trying to find something that would save us on gas and that wouldn't need any work. Back to Craigslist, the local paper, and online classifieds we went.

We found a car within 2 days! But, the key that made all the difference in the world was CarFax.com. This is the site that will run reports on vehicles and give you their entire history, so that you go into your car shopping experience with all the cards. It pretty much makes it impossible for someone to lie to you about the car's history. While we were looking for this car, we discovered something about CarFax.com that may help you the next time you're shopping for a used vehicle. To run a single report costs $24.99. However, you can purchase unlimited reporting for 30 days to the tune of $5 more . . . $29.99. Since we were looking to purchase a car quickly, and needed to know what we were getting into if we looked at a car, we opted for the $29.99 option. We knew we would need to run a lot of reports, and would definitely fall under the 30-day mark. It worked wonderfully! Any car we were interested in, we just plugged into the CarFax system and instantly had it's entire history. This tool saved us from looking at several cars that had previously been salvaged, had flood damage, or had been in a lot of accidents. If we hadn't run the reports, we would never have known about these issues!

On another note, as we were doing research to find a new car, we discovered something. The '02 Saturn L200 is known to start having problems with the front end and air conditioner at a certain mileage level. Needless to say, we were wishing we had done our homework before buying that car. We found this out using Edmonds.com, which also helped us figure out what kind of car we wanted to buy based on overall customer satisfaction, average cost of repairs, and typical problems with the model in question.

The car we ended up purchasing had a perfect history, so we knew the previous owner wasn't lying when he said he'd taken care of it. We were able to buy with peace of mind, and I didn't have to walk into a dealership with a chip on my shoulder. Have we had any problems with our new/used car? Nope! It's been great, and we've almost had it a year. Using CarFax saved us a lot of time and potentially money in the long run. I would highly recommend using their system the next time you're shopping for a vehicle.

4/5/08

Not-to-be-missed Tax Breaks

April is full of wonderful, happy things--Spring, flowers, warmer weather, sunshine--and some not-so-happy things like the deadline to file your income taxes. If you haven't filed them yet, time is winding down. The deadline is fast-approaching. Are you panicked, yet?



For those of us who are trying to watch our finances closely, and make wise decisions with our money, not knowing what deductions to take or how to take advantage of them can end up costing us unecessary dollars and stress in the end.



Take a look at these great tips so that you don't miss out on significant tax savings.

Ignorance will not lead to bliss with regard to your taxes. Educate yourself, and you will most likely end up better off in the end.

4/4/08

Online Bargain Shopping 101 from The Bargain Shopper Lady

I just came across another fabulous post from The Bargain Shopper Lady about tips for online shopping. She shares the basics for how to save money online. Take her advice, and you could be saving a bundle on your next online purchase! 

Happy bargain shopping!

A Bargain Shopping Reality Check

Thanks to www.gailvazoxlade.com, here's a good reminder of how to temper your bargain shopping and keep it at a manageable level. Remember, all things are good in moderation. If bargain shopping drives you to purchase a lot of "stuff", whether or not you can afford it or use it, you need to cut back. Gail offers some great reminders, so be sure to check out her post

4/2/08

1 Simple Way to Save Gas

Saving money at the pump requires very little effort, but possibly a lot of self-control. This article that I found on Yahoo! shares how one little change can save you a lot on gas. 

Check it out here!

3/31/08

DEAL ALERT: 15% off orders of $10 or more PLUS free prints at Shutterfly.com

Click HERE to save 15% off your photo gift order of $10 or more at Shutterfly.com. The offer ends April 8, 2008.

Also, you can earn up to 50 free 4x6 prints when you order certain items. If you order . . . 
  • a 12x12 book, you earn 50 free 4x6 prints.
  • a 8x8 or 8.5x11 book, you earn 30 free 4x6 prints.
  • a 5x7 or 4x4 book, you earn 20 free 4x6 prints.
This offer ends April 15, 2008. Click HERE to take advantage of it.

DEAL ALERT: Hobby Lobby's weekly specials, PLUS 40% off coupon!

Hobby Lobby's weekly sale flyer can afford many, many savings . . . a crafty bargain shopping utopia of savings, in fact! You can view this week's e-flyer, by clicking HERE, where they list savings like 50% off photo frames, 50% off decorative crosses,  50% off flowering and greenery bushes, and more. They also include a 40% off coupon for any regularly priced item. In fact, they have a coupon included EVERY WEEK! For those of you who like home decorating, consider yourselves crafty, or have a hobby like painting or sewing of some kind, this savings can be significant!

Here's this week's coupon . . . click on the image to print.
Coupon expires April 5, 2008.

And if you want to stay in the loop on their weekly specials, subscribe here .

3/28/08

DEAL ALERT: Take an extra 20% off the entire Sierra Trading Post website . . . and more!

Sierra Trading Post is offering an extra 20% off their entire site, right now through March 31, and they'll give you free shipping if you spend $100 or more. Plus, they are throwing in an extra 15% off their featured best brands (over 2000 items)! 

Click HERE to get the deal, and hurry . . . March is almost over! Gear up for Spring!

Sierra Trading Post

DEAL ALERT: Save 60% off at Restaurant.com!

There is a new 60% off promotion going on at Restaurant.com. I love that site! Save 60% and get $25 Restaurant Gift Certificates for as low as $4.

Simply enter discount code GENIUS at checkout and hit “apply”.

Happy bargain shopping!

3/27/08

Introducing the Bargain Shopping Paradise widget!!

If you're serious about bargain shopping, it's time for you to declare your passion to the world! Check out the brand new Bargain Shopping Paradise widget HERE.

Install the widget on your blog or webpage and keep updated on what's going on in the bargain shopping world. Not only will you have your finger on the pulse of Bargain Shopping Paradise, but you'll be spreading the bargain shopping cheer with all your site visitors, too!

Go on . . . you know you want to! Just do it!

6 hobbies that can make you money

If you're like most of us, you would rather work for yourself than anyone else, and you want to do something you LOVE doing. You're not alone! Bargain shoppers are some of the most entrepreneurial, ingenious, and creative people I know. So, why not make some extra bargain shopping cash, doing something you're already doing and enjoy? 

Here's a great article from Jay MacDonald of Bankrate.com on six hobbies that have the potential to earn you some extra money:
Looking for extra cash to keep your household afloat in this storm-tossed economy? Maybe it's time to turn your hobby into a business.

Whether you wade in part-time or dive in full-time, there are several advantages to launching your hobby as a business. For starters, you already enjoy it. You also have the knowledge base and skill set upon which to build, and may have a network of fellow enthusiasts to help get you started.

It's likely that you also have a sense for pricing and market dynamics surrounding your hobby. . . .
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3/26/08

Car Deals for 2008!

I came across this article, chock full of great advice on saving money on your 2008 car purchase. Check it out:

If you're starting to sense desperation in the new car market, you're not entirely off the mark. Even the most optimistic sales forecasts expect 2008 new car deliveries to fall to a level not seen since the early 1990s.

The result for consumers is stepped-up programs of rebates, cut-rate financing and factory-to-dealer incentives designed to move the metal off dealer lots as the spring and summer buying season approaches. . . . (read more)

Looking for "Emily"!

I'm looking for the "Emily" that commented on my post about "local bargains and specials". You won the free book I promised, and I'd like to get that to you. So, if you're that "Emily", e-mail me with your address and I'll send it to you. Congratulations!

3/20/08

Attention NE Grand Rapidians . . .

Here's a tip for those of you in the Grand Rapids, MI, area—the Meijer on Plainfield is getting ready to move to it's brand new location (right behind the old one), and the entire store is 20-50% off. Granted, there's not a ton of stuff left, but what they have is definitely on sale. You have to go in with a thrift store mentality. Just look around to see what you might find. Everything is marked down, from shoes and tools, to housewares and pet supplies, to office supplies and printer ink cartridges, to home decorations and beyond! Happy bargain shopping!

Great bargain shopping ideas!

I was reading a post on Real World Martha's Weblog today, and she shares some great bargain shopping tips--specifically tips on how to find the right thrift and consignment stores, as well as tips for finding the right garage sales. Garage sale season is here for some of you, so read her tips and put them to good use! Check them out HERE!

DEAL ALERT: Buy one photo book, get additional ones for 25% off at Shutterfly!

Right now, Shutterfly is running a deal on their photo books. Buy one, and get additional ones at 25% off. Create several to give as gifts!

Click HERE to save money on your next photo project!

This offer ends March 30.

3/19/08

"Show Us Your Cheap" contest from CheapTickets.com

CheapTickets.com is hosting a pretty fun contest, and I thought it was perfect for all us bargain shoppers. Check it out!! Who knows? You could win a really fun trip!

Show Us Your Cheap - Expires 3/31/08 (300x250)

3/7/08

Away on Vacation

Hi, everyone. I will be away for several days on business and then vacation. No blogging 'till the 17th. See you then!

Great way to save money on magazines!

I had heard a while ago that a great way to save money on magazines is to order subscriptions through Amazon or even Ebay. Oftentimes, Amazon will have them for a discounted subscription rate, as will Ebay. We enjoy magazines like Reader's Digest, Backpacker, National Wildlife, Real Simple, Midwest Living, National Geographic, Smithsonian, etc. However, we can't afford to subscribe to all of those. With gas prices soaring again, magazine subscriptions are a luxury.

So, I thought I would check out the Amazon/Ebay thing for myself. I visited Amazon's magazine section first. They do have some really great options, and the prices are a bit better than ordering directly from the magazine you're interested in. But, then I checked out prices on Ebay. Particularly, I was looking for subscriptions to Backpacker and Midwest Living.

When I found 2-year subscriptions for under $10, I was a bit skeptical. So I checked out the sellers. Most of the time, they had great feedback, but they normally said that subscriptions would take 60-90 days to kick in. I guess it just depends on how long you're willing to wait for your first issue to come. It seemed like most of these were reputable sellers, but I would have to wait a while to receive my first magazine, but I would save a ton of money. Another positive is that these sellers didn't charge any shipping or handling. I weighed my options and decided to go for it. I can wait (remember patience?).

On January 22, I ordered a 2-year subscription to Backpacker magazine from superior_subscriptions for $4.95, and a 2-year subscription to Midwest Living from subscriptions4less for $7.98. Earlier this week, we got our first issue of Backpacker! That's eight weeks later—not bad and well under the 60-90 day timeframe. I will be leaving glowing feedback for superior_subscriptions. I haven't received my first issue of Midwest Living yet, but again, we're still well under the 60-90 day window. I'll be sure to let you know when I get that one.

But, overall, I would say it's been a great experience so far! I paid less than $12 for two 2-year subscriptions! That's a huge savings! I have started receiving one of the magazines already, in less time than the seller indicated. So, if you like certain magazines, but hate paying top dollar for subscriptions, try out Amazon's magazine and newspaper section and Ebay's magazine subscriptions section. You could save a lot of money, and still enjoy your favorite magazines!

3/5/08

MY LATEST, GREATEST DEAL: The case of the rustic rocker

There's a corner of our living room that has been in heated (ok . . . maybe not heated) debate over the past few months. I like not having anything in it, but my husband has desperately (ok . . . maybe not desperately) wanted to put a rocking chair there. Now, our apartment is 910 square feet. That's not too bad, but after almost seven years of marriage, we've accumulated enough "stuff" that we're running out of storage room. So, I prefer not to fill every space of our home. However, my husband has this style of rocking chair he's wanted for a long time. It's the rustic kind . . . you know, made out of branches and tree limbs. It's not that I have anything against these rockers, but the only place we would be able to put it is in the aforesaid debated corner of our living room. So, I've bucked it every time he's looked for one of these rockers.

Now, the other thing in my favor is that these chairs run at $200+, right out of the store. Yes! We can't afford one. It's as simple as that! The mere question has been eliminated by our lack of cash-flow.

But, not so fast. Craigslist has found us some amazing deals in the past. We've sold a car through it, and bought another one. I found my camera through it (at about a $200 savings, mind you!). But I thought, Even craigslist has its limits! Again . . . not so fast.

Saturday, out-of-the-blue, my husband was surfing c-list and lo and behold . . . someone was selling a rustic rocking chair for $50! It was the exact same style he's been hoping for. When he finds it, he furtively looks at me with puppy dog eyes that seem to whine, Pllleeeeaase? I cave.

The sacred empty space in our living room is no longer going to be empty. How can I argue against his dream rocking chair at a price we can afford? I can't. *sigh* So, here it is in the formerly empty corner of our living room. I have to admit that I like it.



3/4/08

DEAL ALERT: Save up to 50% at the FranklinCovey.com Private Sale

If you're a Franklin Covey user, you know that their stuff is good, but expensive. I typically purchase my planning pages for the new year every January, but I usually don't spend any money on accessories. But, FranklinCovey.com is having a Private Sale, where you can potentially save up to 50% off. Click HERE to see what's on sale!

3/3/08

DEAL ALERT: 50% off at Restaurant.com

Under normal circumstances, you can get $25 restaurant gift certificates for $10 at Restaurant.com. However, these are not normal circumstances. Click HERE to see how you can save 50% off and get $25 gift certificates for as low as $5/each.

Simply enter the discount code "TASTY" at checkout, and your discount will show up right away!

This offer expires Wednesday, March 6.

3/2/08

Save Money on Travel

I just came across this wonderful article about how to save money on travel, so of course, I had to share it with you! One of the things my husband and I like to do is travel, and we don't normally have a lot of money to spend. We're just not the kind of people who can afford the luxurious hotel rooms, or the all-inclusive Disney package. I have a feeling we're not alone, either.

But we love to take trips, and we've made that a priority because we know the necessity of getting away. Taking a break from the daily grind is a must for us. So, how do we do it and keep our costs down? I do a lot of research!

In fact, we're trying to plan a big trip this year. We've been saving our money, and we're trying to do an all-inclusive tropical vacation. So, I'm always on the lookout for tips that will help us get the most bang for our buck with this trip.

That's how I stumbled onto this article that includes such great tips as:
  • Travel in the off-season
  • Book a package
  • Vacation close to home
  • Be a happy camper
  • Get a home away from home
  • and many others . . . (read more)

2/29/08

DEAL ALERT: 60% off your order at Restaurant.com (LAST DAY!)

Today is the last day to get an extra 60% savings at Restaurant.com. Don't waste time . . . take advantage of it, now!

Click HERE, and enter the coupon code "EXTRA" in your shopping cart.

2/28/08

Save Money on Food

I came across this great article this morning on how to save money on food. With the economy like it is, food is still one of those things we have to have, but why pay more than we have to? In the article, Kiplinger Washington Editors, Inc. says, "According to the U.S. Department of Labor, the average American family of four spends $8,513 per year on groceries -- that's $709 per month! And many of us blow our budgets further on restaurant meals."

I admit it, we're guilty, too. Our schedules are packed as it is, and sometimes the easiest thing is to just go out and pick up something for dinner . . . whether it's in our budget or not. We try to be frugal and smart about these "extra" meal expenses, but it's still not the best use of money.

I found this article really simple and helpful, so hopefully you will too!

DEAL ALERT: 15% off your order of $10 or more at Shutterfly!

Click HERE to get 15% off your photo order of $10 or more at Shutterfly.com!

2/27/08

DEAL ALERT: Free prints at PhotoWorks

So, I stumbled across another online photo developing site—PhotoWorks. They offer 25 FREE (don't you love that word?) prints just for signing up for their service! Check it out!

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