Plan a Getaway With LivingSocial Escapes

LivingSocial Escapes

LivingSocial Escapes

Daily deals are hot right now, so it’s only natural that daily deals on vacations would be available too. Well, LivingSocial made the leap and created an attractive new site called LivingSocial Escapes, where each week it features a new collection of authentic trips and getaways.

On the homepage, you’ll find pictures and links to the current deals, which this week include packages for Phoenix, the Caribbean, the Oregon Coast, Brattleboro, VT and more. By clicking on deal, you’ll reveal the price and what the package includes. LivingSocial does a nice job of describing the getaway and any terms or conditions that are involved.

If you like what you see, you can purchase the deal and share with friends through Facebook, Twitter and email. There’s extra incentive to as well, since if three friends also buy the same deal and are referred by you, your getaway will be free. One of the key features I also like is the ability to sign up for email alerts by location. That way if you know where you’d like to go, you can just wait until a deal comes along without having to check the site each day. All in all, it’s a beautifully designed site that should save you some money and help you achieve that work/life balance you so desperately need.


The Dark Side of Couponing

Coupon Crazy

Coupon Crazy

We’re big advocates of saving whenever possible, but it’s only right we discuss when couponing gets totally out of hand too. I just read this letter sent to Coupon Queen Jill Cataldo, along with Jill’s response. You might want to check it out here.

To summarize, it’s a letter from a store cashier who has seen coupons bring out the worst in people. You know – trying to pass off duplicates, clipping off expiration dates and holding up huge lines in the name of saving two bucks. Even worse, these customers get angry if their fraudulent claims are refused. The cashier asks Jill whether she believes in coupon etiquette and whether Jill, with her large readership, would be willing to address the topic. Jill responds by saying she is all for reasonable etiquette and that cheating the coupon system is in fact stealing. She plans to cover the issue in more depth for next week’s column.

We wanted to know what our readers thought though. What’s the most extreme case of coupon madness you’ve witnessed and what crosses the line? Let us know how you feel.


Exclusive Coupons From Kellogg’s

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Coupons From Kellogg's

Coupons From Kellogg's

Need some savings on the most important meal of the day? Kellogg’s is running a free membership program where by entering your email and creating an account you’ll receive:

  • Money-saving coupons
  • Special offers and promotions
  • The latest news on new products and innovation
  • Recipes and nutritional tips
  • Monthly email newsletter

If you’re wondering what brands of breakfast foods Kellogg’s makes as opposed to General Mills, here are a few you’ll receive savings on: Frosted Flakes, Pop Tarts, Frosted Mini-Wheats, Special K, Rice Krispies, Eggo, Fiber Plus and more. To join, click here.


Avoid These Supermarket Pitfalls

Organic Avocados

Organic Avocados

Are you a disciplined shopper that makes a list and sticks to it? Or do you always end up coming home with more than you planned? Regardless of your habits, we just wanted to share some items that are commonly overpaid for, courtesy of Eat This, Not That! and Cook This, Not That!.

Organic Avocados and Onions

As a general rule, fruits and vegetables with a thick skin contain less pesticides. Unless you can afford to eat completely organic, choose wisely. Organic apples, lettuce and spinach might make sense, but avocados, onions and bananas are pretty well protected.

5 Hour Energy

This is a much-hyped energy drink that might not really be all that. Really the only ingredient that gives you energy is caffeine and at $3 to $4 a bottle, 5 Hour Energy has less caffeine than that 14 oz. coffee from Dunkin’ Donuts or Starbucks that you’d pay $2 for.

Gluten-free Foods

Unless you’re actually gluten intolerant there’s probably no need to spend extra on these products. Gluten-free pastries and breads don’t necessarily have fewer calories or more nutrients than regular products.

Sugary Cereals

Cereals with flashy marketing and cheap carbohydrates really aren’t doing you any good and are overpriced for what they are.

Swordfish

This is an expensive luxury that isn’t a great deal to begin with, but it also has really high levels of mercury that are particularly harmful to children and pregnant mothers. Try halibut, which is cheaper and a much cleaner seafood.

Tenderloin Steak

An expensive cut of beef, but not particularly flavorful either. Try top sirloin instead. It’s lean, high on flavor and sometimes half the price.

Funyuns

Okay, this is totally picking on one brand name, but Funyuns are a great example of puffed up snacks that are not only low on nutritional value, but also low on weight.


Last Chance To Claim 2007 Tax Refunds

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Collect Your 2007 Tax Refund

It’s tax season – have you filed your return yet? Believe it or not, there are still a lot of refunds from way back in 2007 that are still unclaimed. According to the IRS, there is as much as $1.1 billion owed to 1.1 million people who never filed their 2007 returns, and half of these refunds are for $640 or more.

So if you never filed that 2007 federal return for whatever reason, you might want to think about doing so. As you can expect, the 2007 refunds will be held until 2008 and 2009 returns and debts are settled. The deadline for 2007 refunds is Monday April 18 and more information is available here.


Quiznos – Coupon for Any Small Sub for $2.99!

If you like Quiznos, you’ll want to print your coupon now!  These go fast.

For 2.99, get any small sub.

 

In addition, you can sign up for the Q-club and get a free cookie as well!!


12,000 Bonus Miles from Discover

 

  • 12,000 Bonus Miles – 1,000 each month you make a purchase in your first 12 months
  • Double Miles on your first $3,000 in travel and restaurant purchases each year, plus 1 Mile for Every $1 you spend on all other purchases
  • Double Miles through our exclusive online shopping mall
  • Unrestricted Travel booked through any airline, travel agent or online travel site

Click here to see all the details of Discover Miles Card.

Article courtesy of Pointswizard.com – Making it easy accumulate points & miles since 1991.


TLC’s Extreme Couponing Resumes April 6th

Extreme Couponing

Extreme Couponing

Couponing is set to take center stage next month with TLC’s newest reality show Extreme Couponing set to resume. Although the official premiere aired as a one-hour special back in December, the series begins a run of 12 half-hour episodes beginning on April 6th with two new episodes.

As we mentioned in a previous post, Extreme Couponing follows the lives of the most dedicated couponers, who really are living a different lifestyle. These individuals, mostly women, spend hours strategizing and planning how to walk away from shopping trips spending next to nothing, or sometimes even making a few bucks.

One episode focuses on Chrystie Corns, a Maine native. Her start began like many others, the need to save as a single mother, and quickly progressed to a game she got very good at. Corns even started a website (www.ilovetogossip.com) to teach and guide others on their couponing journeys.

Extreme Couponing’s December special drew 2 million viewers so it’s expected that many savers and those interested in the quirky lifestyle will be watching. What about you?


Save 20% on Virgin America Flights

Virgin America

Virgin America

Virgin America, which if you haven’t flown it before is like the W Hotel in the sky, is offering a promotion for 20% off flights to celebrate the opening of their new terminal in San Francisco (SFO). To claim the deal, just drop your name and email here. Virgin America will then hit you back with a coupon code for your next flight purchase.

Conditions:
– Book by 4/30
– Travel between April 14 and June 15
– Each code valid for an itinerary of 1-2 people
– Blackout dates of 4/22, 4/24, 5/27 and 5/30

(via PointsWizard)


CoolSavings – Savings Made Simple

CoolSavings.com

CoolSavings.com

Yeah, so we’ll get to the pig in a second. CoolSavings is another site that touts itself as a one-stop solution for all your savings needs. Its mascot is a pig or piggy-bank wearing aviator sunglasses, which is pretty funny, but there’s also some real value to this site too.

By signing up for the free service, you’ll gain access to things like:

  • Local deals
  • Online printable coupons
  • Over $75 in weekly grocery coupons
  • Special offers and freebies
  • Over 300 coupon codes from retailers like Walmart and Sears
  • Informative articles on saving
  • Recipes
  • An online community of savers

If you’re looking to simplify your life and use a single source for savings, this might be just what you need. And oh yeah, if you’re already a member, leave a comment about your experience with CoolSavings. It’d be real helpful for everyone else.


Skip The Sunday Paper

SundaySaver.com

SundaySaver.com

Unless you just enjoy crossword puzzles with a cup of coffee in hand, one of the main reasons to pick up the Sunday paper are the sales circulars and coupons. But with the SundaySaver website, even that’s become archaic.

SundaySaver collects weekly sales circulars and Sunday newspaper ads for you all in one place. You should give it a browse yourself, but here are some examples of the categories and retailers found on the site:

Department & Clothing Stores
Big Lots, Dillard’s, JC Penney, K-Mart, Walmart and more.

Electronics & Computers
Best Buy, Fry’s, Radio Shack and more.

Supermarkets and Grocery
Albertson’s, Dominick’s, Ralph’s, Trader Joe’s and more.

Home Improvement and Furnishings
Bed Bath & Beyond, Home Depot, Lowe’s and more.

Pharmacy & Health
CVS, Duane Reade, Walgreens, Rite Aid and more.

Office Supplies
Office Depot, OfficeMax, Staples.

Sporting Goods
Big 5, Dick’s, Modell’s, Sports Authority and more.

Restaurants
Boston Market, KFC, Pizza Hut, Subway.


Savings For Frugal Families

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Families Look to Save

Families Look to Save

For families or individuals on a tight budget and looking for savings on the necessities, there are retailers offering consistent savings. Here’s a few we found that shouldn’t be overlooked.

CVS Pharmacy
Products are always on sale here and you can keep up by paying attention to the in-store circular. Using your CVS card when you shop there will also allow you to receive additional discounts and accumulate Extra Bucks awards.

Rite Aid
Similar to CVS, Rite Aid has an in-store circular and a Wellness Card to accumulate Wellness Cash that can be used towards future purchases.

Family Dollar
Weekly coupons are available on the store’s website. Just clip and save.

Kohl’s
Kohl’s offers 30-50% Bonus Buys and a scratch ‘n’ save program for extra discounts when you open a Kohl’s account.


Find Personalized Travel Deals at DealBase

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DealBase.com

DealBase.com

Does anyone remember the days of dealing with travel agents? While I suppose it’s nice to speak to a friendly voice, I can’t say I miss it. Besides, look how many choice we have today. But if you haven’t found your go-to spot for travel deals, try DealBase.

The Manhattan Beach, CA based service is a New York Post and Atlanta Journal-Constitution heralded travel deals site run by a former executive at Kayak.com. And like many other sites, DealBase will aggregate search results from a number of sources including Expedia, Priceline and Kayak. So, how’s it different exactly?

DealBase allows users to create a customized profile with their favorite hotels and destinations. Then whenever there is a matching deal of interest found, an email alert is sent to the user. For the flexible traveler, there’s even the DealBase Deal Digest, a blog highlighting the best and latest travel deals, both domestic and international.

So if you’re looking to travel this summer, you might want to bookmark this site for your research. It just might save you some of that hard-earned paycheck.


Airline Employee Discount Travel From Perx

Perx.com

Perx.com

I suppose I had never considered the possibility of it existing before, but there are sites out there dedicated to travel discounts for airline employees. One of these sites, Perx.com, specializes in cruise and resort packages.

Of course you’ll need to determine if you’re eligible for these discounted rates, but once you’re approved and logged in, you’ll have access to special rates on top cruise destinations like the Caribbean, Alaska, Hawaii, Panama and Mexico. Perx also offers discounts on car rentals, a quick link to the latest passport news and email notifications to bring new deals straight to your inbox. It’s definitely worth a shot if you’re in the airline industry or know someone who is.

Facebook Introduces Social Buying Coupons to Deals Offering

Facebook Deals

Facebook Deals

You knew it was coming, right? Well, Facebook has announced it’s expanding its deal service to include Groupon-like coupons.

The new addition is set to debut in five test markets including Atlanta, Austin, Dallas, San Diego and San Francisco. Local businesses will soon be able to sign up for the feature, with coupons available for purchase by users in the weeks following.

While it isn’t clear whether the coupon service will require a certain number of buyers before the deal is activated like Groupon, Facebook does intend to focus on businesses people frequent with friends like restaurants, concerts and outdoor activities. That will play to Facebook’s strengths as users will be able to share the deals they purchase with friends.

The original Facebook Deals, launched in November, offers coupons from local businesses in close vicinity when a user checks in to a particular location on their mobile device. This will simply be an expansion of the current offering.

What do you think though? Are you more keen to use Facebook-purchased deals since you already find yourself on the site often? Or, are you loyal to Groupon?


Win A $50 Gift Card From Chili’s

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Win a $50 Gift Card From Chili

Chili’s Restaurant is giving away $50 gift cards in its latest contest. Entrants need only answer a single survey question and provide their email address to be entered into the drawing.

There are 25 prizes in total and according to the contest rules entries will be accepted through June 30th. Ready to try your luck? You can find the entry form here.


LogicBuy Offers Quality Deals on Computers and Electronics

LogicBuy.com

LogicBuy.com

With all the coupon sites out there – heck, even we have a hard time keeping track of them all – the quality of the deals provided has to be one of the most important factors in winning your attention. But if your interest is deals on computers and electronics, LogicBuy is worth scanning through for deals and coupons.

Besides listing quality deals though, what sets LogicBuy apart is its focus on developing a community. In fact, users are encouraged to participate in a number of ways:

1) Share and post deals and coupons they find on their own.

2) Rate the deals on the site so that the best deals rank as the best deals on the homepage.

3) Provide reviews on products they’ve tested or owned.

4) Discuss tips, codes and anything else on the site with other users.

LogicBuy is a big believer in the power of community to improve its service, and to its credit they issue points to their members for contributing. It’s not entirely clear how valuable these points are, but if a user’s deal reaches the front page in popularity, LogicBuy is said to offer major points that can be redeemed for rewards.


Coupons From Friday’s, Kellogg’s and Campbell’s

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Campbell

Hey fellow couponers! Just wanted to check in and tell you about three new offers from popular brands you may already be buying. Enjoy the savings!

Friday’s

T.G.I. Friday’s has an online coupon for 25% off your table’s entire food purchase. Simply print this coupon and present it when you order. It’s valid through 3/21/2011.

Kellogg’s

The popular cereal provider has a number of coupons available for Raisin Bran, Corn Flakes, Crispix and more. Just visit the Kellogg’s coupon page, sign in and print the coupons.

Campbell’s

The Campbell’s Kitchen recipe site has a selection of soup, broth and V8 beverage coupons ready for printing. Just visit the page, select the coupons that interest you and print.


Target Releases New Coupons

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Target coupons

Do you make frequent Target runs to stock up on necessities and save? If so, you’ll want to know about the twelve new coupons Target posted to its site over the weekend. Among the most recent additions are chips (Doritos, Cheetos, SunChips) and beverages (Pepsi, SoBe Lifewater).

This is a great link to keep handy and browse before you make your next trip to Target. It’s easy to navigate and you can browse the categories for coupons on things you’re meaning to pick up anyways. Right now there are coupons for mouthwash, laundry detergent, cleaning wipes and light bulbs. Go get ‘em!


Get Cash for Your Gadgets From Gazelle

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Gazelle.com

Gazelle.com

If you’re looking for a quick and convenient way to score some cash for your electronics and eBay or Craigslist just isn’t your thing, Gazelle is a site than can take the pain and hassle of reselling away from you.

How It Works

1) Enter the item you’d like to sell in the search bar on the homepage.

2) Enter the condition of the item.

3) An offer for your item is immediately calculated that you can accept or reject.

4) If accepted, the offer is locked in for 30 days and you just need to get the item to Gazelle in that 30 day window. Gazelle will even mail you a box with a prepaid shipping label.

After the item is returned and inspected, Gazelle will confirm the condition and make any adjustments to the original offer as necessary. If any changes are made, Gazelle will contact you and you are free to accept or decline the new offer.

As for payment, there are a variety of options including a check, PayPal, prepaid Visa or Amazon Gift Card. You can also choose to donate some or all of the cash to one of more than 100 approved charities. For most items, payment is issued within a week from the time Gazelle receives it.

I’ve personally tried out this service when I upgraded my iPhone and was impressed. You get the security of knowing exactly how much your item will sell for. Sure, it might not be the most money you can possibly get for the item, but to me the convenience had a value that allowed me to skip out on the higher maintenance of most any other service out there. I’m sure you have something laying around the house you don’t need anymore so give it a shot!