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.


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!


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!

Coupon Shopping

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DEAL ALERT: Weekly Hobby Lobby sale items and coupons!

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 frames, 50% off decorative lamps, 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.

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

DEAL ALERT: 20% off at Shutterfly (ends Feb. 27)

Shutterfly is offering 20% off prints, right now, so click HERE to enjoy the savings!


DEAL ALERT: Southwest Airlines Nationwide Sale (ends Thursday)

Traveling any time soon? Southwest Airlines is running their $49 to $99 one-way Nationwide Sale. Click HERE to see these low fares.


How to get free stuff!

I don't know anyone who's not interested in getting free stuff--myself included. Who doesn't want something free?

Well, there are plenty of ways to get free stuff. I recently did a post about a fun new project that I'm keeping my eyes on. I also just did a Google search for "how to get free stuff," and found some pretty fun sites. Here they are:


And in my quest for free stuff, I stumbled onto this great article from Smart Money magazine's website on how to get free stuff with little or no effort. This is a good read!

And if you're a voracious reader, and love having books in your home, I highly suggest saving yourself a lot of money by joining PaperBackSwap.com. My post on the subject may enlighten you. :o)

There are lots of creative, fun ways to get things for free. You just have to keep your eyes and ears open, and be ready to act when that perfect offer comes your way.

Second Hand Store Shopping Hints


Valentine's Day on a Budget

Last year, NPR did a fun piece on celebrating Valentine's Day on a budget. According to reporter Michelle Singletary, "Love doesn't cost a dime!"

Click HERE to listen to this fun and practical piece on Valentine's Day!


I just found this interesting, fun site: giveawayproject.com.

If you like free stuff, you have to check this out. On the site, they say that they are "THE source for giveaways, free stuff, freebies, contests, and promotions with no strings attached." If you know of a giveaway that isn't posted on their site, they want you to let them know.

Pretty nifty! I'll certainly be checking back. I love free stuff!


DEAL ALERT: $24 OFF for 24 Hours at Spirit Airlines

Spirit Airlines is running a $24 Off for 24 Hours Sale—an easy way to save on your next flight!

The offer is valid for travel on all flights from February 12, 2008 through October 31, 2008. Just enter 24HOURS (all caps, no spaces) in the "Promotion Code" box on the home page when booking your flight to receive $24 off* your roundtrip purchase when booking a qualifying flight!

This offer is only available from 12:00 AM ET on February 11, 2008 through 11:59 PM ET on February 11, 2008!

NOTE: $24 discount is based off the roundtrip fare if booked through their reservations center. Online bookings will already reflect the $5 spiritair.com discount each way for a roundtrip purchase.


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Bargain Shopping Tenet #3: NEVER BUY AT RETAIL PRICE

Everything goes on sale eventually. It's true!

If you remember, the first bargain shopping tenet was about patience, and that still applies here. You should never have to pay retail for the items you want and need, because it will eventually go on sale. You may have to wait, but why pay more for something when you could save money on it later? It's like the law of gravity . . . what goes up must come down. The same is true for bargain shopping . . . what was once retail must eventually go on sale.

It may take a little effort to find the sale, but doing your homework will pay off in the end. Remember, you don't have to have it right now (bargain shopping tenet #2), so you have time to do a little digging to find that perfect deal. If that nagging little voice in your head is telling you to buy now, take a deep breath and take your hand off your wallet. Walk away, and keep your eye on the price. The best time to buy is when you see that price start dropping.

Keeping your eyes and ears open can save you $$! Just pay attention to ads in the paper, coupons in your favorite magazine, or sign up to receive e-mail offers from your favorite retailer. Many times discounts will show up in your inbox that you otherwise would never know about. Scanning your local newspaper can really pay off too--especially when it comes to grocery shopping.

Just make it your mantra to "never buy at retail price," and that alone could save you lots o' cash!


DEAL ALERT: 60% off your total from Restaurant.com (expires today!)

Sorry, this is a little late-breaking! This is the last day to save 60% off your favorite local restaurants at Restaurant.com. Just enter discount code "SUPER" at checkout and hit "recalculate total". That's it!


DEAL ALERT: 15% off Bargain Barn items @ Sierra Trading Post (expires 02/05)

Save 15% on the already reduced Bargain Barn prices at Sierra Trading Post. The offer expires on Tuesday, Feb. 5.

DEAL ALERT: Free shipping at DicksSportingGoods.com

Save on shipping when you shop at Dick's Sporting Goods website. Right now, you can get free shopping on all apparel orders over $50, or footwear orders over $19.99. The deal also applies to some baseball equipment and select electronics. Click HERE to get the discount! I don't know when this deal expires, so get it while it's good.


New Name & New Address!

I'm really excited! As you may have noticed, what use to be "Bargain Shopper's Paradise" is now "Bargain Shopping Paradise." And our address has changed a bit . . . we're now a .COM!!!

So, if you link to this page, please update your links to www.bargainshoppingparadise.com!

You may be wondering why the name changed, and that's simply because the other domain name was already claimed. But, I wanted to keep the name as close to the original as possibly. So, viola!

This is just a great, exciting way to continue spreading the word about the fabulous world of bargain shopping!!

Local bargains and specials . . . and GIVEAWAY!

Recently, I noticed that the Salvation Army Thrift Store right up the road from us has a Super Saturday 49¢ sale--this means that everything with a certain color tag (blue, red, white, etc.) is 49¢ during a certain part of the evening. I haven't been able to hit it, yet, but I'm chomping at the bit to get over there. By the way, for those of you in the GR area, it's the Salvation Army on Plainfield (by Sav-A-Lot).

That whole thing got me wondering what other local gems and specials I was missing. Please, don't leave me in the dark, anymore! If you know of something similar in your area, let us all in on your secret find! It doesn't matter if it's in the Grand Rapids, MI, area--could be anywhere! What local sales do you like to take advantage of? Is there a restaurant that serves pizza for $2 on Tuesdays, or a clothing store that offers 15% off if you're wearing a certain color (that happened today at a local department store)? Share the love, so we can all benefit from the savings. :o)

As an extra incentive to open up and let us all in on your secrets, I'll give you a free book in honor of the upcoming Valentine's Day celebration, for the first person to comment and tell us about a local treasure!

Happy bargain shopping!

DEAL ALERT: Save 20% off Valentine's gifts at Snapfish.com!

Save 20% off Valentine's Day gifts when you enter coupon VDAY08 at checkout. Do it soon, so you don't miss delivery for the big day!

DEAL ALERT: Kohl's Super Saturday Sale, 99¢ shipping

Kohl's Super Saturday sale will be going on tomorrow from 7am to 1pm (local time) in stores, and 1am to 4pm online! When you shop online, get 99¢ standard shipping on every item.

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