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12 Ways to Save on Groceries Without Using Coupons

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Even though we have plenty of food and grocery coupons, we know that coupon clipping isn’t for everyone. Here’s a list of 1o ways to save on groceries and food without bringing coupons to the grocery store.  You might also like the Ibotta app.

 

1. Browse your shelves before you go shopping

This practice ensures you’ll know what you need to use before it goes bad. Keep those foods in mind when you’re getting ready to plan your weekly menu.  While this sounds simple, I know that I’ve ended up with way too much chicken broth and other staples that eventually go bad!

 

2. Check the ads before planning your meals

Shopping the sales is one of the easiest ways to reduce your grocery expenses. Most stores have websites that allow you to browse their weekly flyer and click items to add them to your shopping list.

 

3. Always make a list and stick to it

That way you won’t find yourself going from one side of the store to the other, trying to ignore all of those end caps and other temptations.

 

4. Buy store-brand products if the ingredients match

Store-brand foods have come a long way since the 2008 financial meltdown. In some cases, they’re actually the identical to the name brand product minus the snazzy packaging and advertising.

 

5. Opt for cheaper cuts of meat and cook slowly

The key to using cheaper cuts of beef is cooking them properly. With marinating, for instance, a pair of $7 USDA Select steaks can rival their Choice counterparts that cost twice as much.

 

6. Don’t be a brand loyalist

An easy way to begin doing this is by banishing brand names from your grocery list entirely. Rather than writing down “Crest,” for instance, write “toothpaste” and instead of “Cheerios” write “cereal.” You’ll remind yourself to look beyond your automatic brand preferences and find yourself saving quite a bit, too.

 

7. Look down for better prices

In other words, you’ll find the best deals on the lower shelves. This is where store brands and bulk items are located, along with bulk items that grocery stores sell to compete with Costco or Sam’s Club. Shopping from these shelves will save you the most money in most cases.

 

8. Don’t pay the store to do work for you

Having the store wash and chop vegetables for you is convenient but it drives the cost up sometimes as much as 40 percent. Spending an hour washing and chopping vegetables on the weekend might not sound like a lot of fun, but when it translates into savings of $20 or more it’s worth it!

 

9. Shop without kids if you can

There is a reason food companies target kids with their ads for soda and other unhealthy foods: it works. Pressed for time, tired parents often give in to the endless pleas for treats. Even if your kids’ treats are a box of clementine oranges, you’re still spending money you hadn’t planned on, and you’ll see it reflected on your receipt.

 

10. Making your own mixes is much cheaper

Whether it’s pancake mix or your own Homemade Mrs. Dash, Old Bay and Seasoning Salt, it is far cheaper to make your own.

 

11. Know the average price and stock up on sales

You don’t have to keep a full-fledged grocery price book to track prices on the items you purchase most often. A list on your smartphone, or even the back of a business card in your wallet, will help you recognize good deals.

 

12. Don’t shop when you’re hungry

The easiest way to save is to avoid shopping when you’re hungry.  Impulse buying goes way up when you’re hungry, so shop during times of the day when you’re less likely to be tempted.

 

Other articles you might like:

7 ways to save money on food in college

Restaurants where Kids Eat Free

Grocery Store Hacks to Save Big

 

Other recommended reading:

https://www.daveramsey.com/blog/5-ways-cut-grocery-bill-without-coupons

http://www.kiplinger.com/slideshow/saving/T065-S001-ways-to-save-money-on-groceries-without-coupons/index.html

 

7 Ways to Save Money on Food in College

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Saving money on food in college doesn’t have to be complicated. There are many ways you can save money and eat healthy as well, and we’ve compiled 7 tips to help you keep some spending money for concerts, movies and other fun stuff!

 

1. If you eat out very often, save money by purchasing discounted gift cards to the restaurants you go out to eat. Websites like Restaurant.com, and Raise.com can help you get discounts to up to 50% by purchasing gift cards. (Source: nbcnews.com)

Restaurant.com also offers a ton of special coupons, so you can save even more, and a lot of restaurants also offer loyalty programs that bring special offers.

 

2. Another way to save money is by planning your meals in advance. By planning your meals in advance you will know exactly what food items to purchase and plan a budget accordingly. You can use the web to search for weekly menus and recipes that are inexpensive to prepare. Having a list of the specific items that you need for your weekly menus will help you avoid buying unnecessary food items. (Source: stanford.edu)

 

3. Now that you have your weekly menu and list of food items, you would also need to plan where to shop. You can use websites such as officialcouponcode.com or apps like Flipp, Retale, and others to help you browse through the weekly ads and get the best price for your money.

 

4. You can also buy a slow cooker and prepare your meals in advance. Having a slow cooker allows you to put your unprepared food in the slow cooker early in the morning. When you arrive to your dorm room, or apartment, your dinner will be ready for you. It’s easy and saves you time and money.

 

5. You can get money back on items that you buy everyday by using apps such as iBotta. Simply save your receipts of the items you purchase. Take a picture of the receipt and pick which items you have purchased. These companies will pay you a specific amount of money for particular items purchased. The companies get your consumer data, and you get back some of that much needed money. (Source: moneypantry.com)

 

6. Keeping track of what you have already purchased can save you a lot of money. How many times have you been at the store wondering if you have milk at home? Apps such as “Out of Milk” and “Supercook” can help you keep track of your food at home.

 

7. And lastly, avoiding vending machines can save you big money. If you compare the price of a bag of potato chips from a vending machine versus how much it would be at the grocery store, you would be surprised. You can buy a big bag of potato chips at the grocery store, and then divide the chips into small Ziploc bags for snacks.

 

Please share this with your other college friends if you find these tips helpful.

Summertime DIY Projects

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Summertime is a great season for all kinds of Do It Yourself projects around the house and garden. With a little know-how and a bit of creativity, you can create and perfect your home decor, get organized, and have some fun!

Around the House:

If you’re like me, and you retreat to the air conditioned indoors when the summer heat is at its peak, you can still bring a bit of summertime indoors, as well as taking the time to do some simple maintenance in your home. Check out these fun and simple DIY projects to brighten and freshen up your home for the warm summer months.

 

A Fresh Coat of Paint: Nothing brightens up a room more than a fresh coat of paint. And summer is a great time to tackle this project while it’s warm enough outside to open windows for proper ventilation. To help keep the feel of summer in your home year round, consider choosing a bright, sunny, or tropical color to brighten up living areas. Nicole at Making it Lovely has some great tips for prepping and painting. Pro tip: Choose a warm, dry day to speed up drying times. Check out your local Lowe’s for a great selection of paint and all the supplies you need and check out our Lowe’s coupons before you start your shopping.

 

Clean Filters & Vents: Summertime is a great time to clean the filters and vents in your home. In addition to improving air quality, this can help your air conditioning system work more efficiently and save you money. If you have reusable filters in your HVAC system, remember to check them regularly and replace them when they begin to look dirty or clogged. Reusable filters can be washed or cleaned to remove accumulated dust and debris. Then, follow these tips from Mrs. Clean to clean the vents and ducts in your home. Your lungs, and your A/C bill, will thank you!

 

Install Ceiling Fans: Want to avoid having to run the air conditioner every day? You might be surprised at just how much difference a ceiling fan can make. And they’re actually a lot easier to install than you might think. Check out this handy guide from dummies.com to see how easy it can be. Important: For safety, be sure you always turn off the power at the fuse box before starting any project involving wiring or electricity.

 

Summertime Room Sprays: The sense of smell is one of the most powerful (and often overlooked) ways to freshen up a room. With these handy DIY room sprays curated by MamaMillason at Simply Natural Mama, you can be whisked away to the tropics, impart a sense of calm throughout your home, or keep things fresh and bright. Tip: Match your scent to the time of day or mood of the room. Spray something invigorating and refreshing in the morning to energize, switch to soothing scents in the evening as things are winding down.

 

Outdoors:

Summertime often means more time spent outdoors. If your backyard could use some help, check out these fun projects to freshen up your outdoor space.

 

DIY Potting Bench: So you’re ready to take your gardening to the next level? Organize your tools and give yourself a handy workspace with a potting bench! Believe it or not, with just a few tools and a little know-how, you can build your own. Jennifer Stimpson of This Old House will show you how. Tip: It’s even easier if you have the wood pre-cut at your favorite hardware store. And don’t forget to check out our Home Depot coupons before heading out to purchase supplies!

 

Pressure Wash: Outdoor areas that are beginning to look a bit grungy can often be revived with the use of a pressure washer. HGTV has a handy guide on pressure washing your driveway, but this can also be done on pathways, decks, stonework, and even siding. Money Saver: If you don’t have a pressure washer, no need to run out and buy one. Check your local hardware store for rental options.

 

Table Top Fire Bowl: If you’ve always wanted a fire pit in your yard, but don’t have the space or are looking for an alternative, check out these easy-to-make tabletop fire bowls!  Kim at Today’s Creative Life shows us how to turn a simple flower pot and some other easy to find items into a fiery centerpiece for your next outdoor evening event. You’ll need a terracotta (or concrete) flower pot, Sterno clean burning gel, and some fire glass or pea gravel. You’ll find the Sterno at a camping supply store.  Pro Tip: Get the food-safe Sterno gel if you want to be able to toast marshmallows over your fire bowl. And be sure to check out our REI coupons to save on all of your camping needs.

 

Fun Projects for the Kids:

Summertime for kids used to mean spending long hours outside, playing and exploring. These days, it often has been replaced by long hours playing video games and eating snacks. Check out these fun projects to get them off the couch and thinking creatively.

 

Build a Lemonade Stand: If you have a budding young entrepreneur in the family, why not start out with the classic lemonade stand business? Katrina Nichols from DIY for Life has rounded up 10 bright and cheery DIY stands to pick from, or get creative and design your own. And here’s a very helpful How-to article written by a young contributor to Howy that might be helpful for kids to figure out the details of running their own stand for the first time. Bonus: In addition to having fun and earning some extra cash for summertime activities, this is a great way for kids to learn about math, and gain some real-world business skills!

 

Make a Water Blob: If you want to have some summertime water fun, but don’t have a pool, what about giving a homemade “water blob” a try? A water blob is basically a giant plastic bubble filled with water. Think a giant, squishy water balloon the kids can jump and play on. And won’t cost you a fortune like many outdoor toys. All you need is plastic sheeting (painter’s plastic is a cheap and easy to find option), parchment paper, and your ironing board and iron. Leisha at HomemadeToast shows you how to DIY it. Tip: For extra fun, add some food coloring and/or glitter to the water as you fill your blob.

 

Water Gun Tie Dye: What could be more fun than painting with water guns? Cindy at Skip to my Lou has adapted a classic tie dye kit to make a fun summertime activity! All you’ll need are some plain white shirts, your favorite tie dye kit, and water guns of your choice. You can get all of your supplies at Michaels, and before you go, be sure to check out our Michaels coupons to score some sweet deals while you’re at it. Bonus: With no rubber bands to secure, this is an easy way to adapt tie dye projects to a large group like kids’ birthday parties or summer day camps.

 

Upcycling:

Upcycling is a great way of reducing waste, by making old things new again, and creating fun DIY projects without breaking the bank. If you don’t happen to have these items around the house, check local yard sales and thrift stores.

 

Attract Backyard Birds: If you enjoy attracting songbirds to your garden, it might be a great time to make a birdhouse for your backyard paradise. But before you purchase one at your local garden store, you might just have everything you need laying around the house. Birds will nest in just about any sheltered space that suits them, so you can upcycle all kinds of household items to make a fun and funky birdhouse that’s perfect for your favorite feathered friends. Jody Korthaus of Living the Country Life gives us 10 ideas for upcycled bird houses. And don’t forget about bird feeders and bird baths too!  Here are 25 fun ideas from architecture art design.

 

Create a Container Garden: If you’re looking to bring some more green into your life, there’s no need to go purchase a bunch of flowerpots and containers for growing. Just about anything that will hold a bit of dirt can be used for a container garden. Check out these fun ideas from DIY Network, then look around your home or head to your favorite thrift shop to create your own. Tip: For a cohesive look, group together several containers with a fun or unique theme.

 

Turn old hoses into a waterproof outdoor rug. This fun project from Ann at Our Garden Path Designs is a simple and inexpensive way to create a rug for any outdoor space. If you’ve got a few old, leaky hoses sitting around in the garage or shed, here’s a great way to make use of them. All you’ll need are several old hoses, and a package of zip ties. Tip: Use needle-nosed pliers to make the task easier on your hands.

 

You Can Make Just About Anything from a Pallet: If you spend any time at all on Pinterest or other DIY websites, you’ve likely seen at least a few ideas for items that can be made out of pallets. The folks at DesignRulz have curated 35 creative ideas for upcycling wooden pallets, and with everything from patio furniture, to porch swings, to vertical gardens, we think summertime is a great time to try some of these out! Pro Tip: If you’re not sure where to find a pallet, Rick at The Balance has you covered with five places to get free or low cost pallets.

150 Birthday Freebies: Free Stuff on Your Birthday

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Lots of companies are happy to help you celebrate your birthday with freebies or special discounts. You can get free food, points in loyalty clubs, shopping coupons, and all kinds of great birthday stuff, just for signing up or showing ID. Who doesn’t love free goodies?

 

99 Restaurants  – E-Club

Sign up for the 99 Restaurants E-Club and you’ll get a special birthday treat. In the past, this has been a coupon for a free dessert.

 

A&W All American Food – Mug Club

The A&W Mug Club offers one of their much-loved A&W Root Beer Floats for free on your birthday. Become a member to get your free float.

 

Abuelo’s  – Mi Abuelo’s Rewards

If you join the Mi Abuelo’s Rewards club, you’ll get special offers for your birthday and anniversary. Past offers have included free meals and free desserts.

 

Applebees – eClub

Sign up for the eClub at Applebee’s and you’ll get a birthday special like a free dessert!

 

Arby’s  – Email deals

Sign up for deals by email from Arby’s and you’ll get a special treat for your birthday. In the past, it’s been a coupon for a free shake.

 

Atlanta Bread – Loyalty Program

The Loyalty Program at Atlanta Bread has been known to send members a coupon for a free cookie on their birthday.

 

Au Bon Pain – eClub

Sign up for the Au Bon Pain eClub and you’ll get a free birthday lunch, along with a free travel mug, anniversary gift, and other great deals.

 

Auntie Anne’s – My Pretzel Perks

Download the My Pretzel Perks app from Auntie Anne’s and you may get a free pretzel on your next birthday!

 

Aveda – Pure Privilege Rewards Program

Join the Pure Privilege Rewards Program from Aveda and you’ll get a free birthday gift valued at $23.

 

bareMinerals – FAB (Friends and Benefits) membership

Become a FAB (Friends and Benefits) member with bareMinerals and they’ll send you a free gift for your birthday.

 

Barnes and Noble (Kids) – B&N Kids Club

If your kids join the B&N Kids Club, they’ll get a free cupcake at the Barnes and Noble cafe for their birthday.

 

Baskin Robbins – Birthday Club

Become a member of the Baskin Robbins Birthday Club and you’ll get a coupon for free ice cream on your special day!

 

bd’s Mongolian Grill  – Club Mongo

Club Mongo from bd’s Mongolian Grill offers a free meal on your birthday at participating locations.

 

Benihana – The Chef’s Table

Register for The Chef’s Table from Benihana and you’ll get a birthday gift certificate worth $30!

 

Big Boy – Email Club

Register for the Bob’s Big Boy Email Club and you’ll get a special treat on your birthday. They’ve got a Kids Club for the little ones too!

 

BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse – Premier Rewards

Sign up for Premier Rewards at BJ’s Restaurant and Brewhouse and you’ll get a coupon for a mini-Pizookie for your birthday.

 

Black Angus Steakhouse – Prime Club

Register with the Prime Club at Black Angus Steakhouse and you’ll get a free birthday steak dinner on your first birthday after joining. After that, you’ll get a free Cowboy Cookie every year.

 

Black Bear Diner – eClub

Sign up for the Black Bear Diner’s eClub and you’ll get a free breakfast on your birthday!

 

Blimpie – eClub

The Blimpie eClub offers great deals year-round, and members have reported a free 6″ sub birthday coupon too.

 

Bonanza Steakhouse – eClub

Sign up for the eClub from Bonanza Steakhouse and you’ll get a special offer for your birthday. Past offers have included free steak or free buffet with purchase.

 

Bonefish Grill – BFG Insider

Become a BFG Insider and you’ll get special birthday offers from Bonefish Grill.

 

Boston Market – VIP Club

Join the VIP Club at Boston Market and you’ll get special birthday rewards along with new product news and exclusive club offers.

 

Boston’s Pizza – My Boston’s

Boston’s Pizza sends special offers to My Boston’s members for birthdays and anniversaries, in addition to their loyalty points program.

 

Bruegger’s Bagels – eClub

Join the Bruegger’s Bagels eClub and you’ll get a free treat on your birthday plus special offers and the latest updates all year long.

 

Buca di Beppo – eClub

Members of the Buca di Beppo eClub get a free birthday cake, free dessert on your anniversary, and plenty of special offers for every season.

 

Buffalo Wild Wings – Buffalo Circle

Join the Buffalo Circle at Buffalo Wild Wings and you’ll get a free birthday dessert, along with year-round savings and the latest B-Dubs news.

 

Cafe 50’s – Frequent Dining Club

Join the Cafe 50’s Frequent Dining Club to receive a free meal for your birthday, plus a surprise on your half-birthday, and all kinds of other discounts and holiday gifts.

 

Captain D’s – Seafood Restaurant Insider

Become a Captain D’s Seafood Restaurant Insider and you’ll get a special birthday freebie. Don’t forget to sign your little ones up for their Kids Birthday Club too, and they’ll qualify for a free birthday kids meal.

 

Caribou Coffee – Happy Bou Day

Print the coupon from their website (no sign-up required) and bring a valid photo ID to get a free birthday drink at Caribou Coffee.

 

Carrabba’s Italian Grill – Amici Club

Join the Amici Club at Carraba’s Italian Grill and you’ll get a free appetizer on your birthday.

 

Carrows – E-Club

Sign up for the Carrows E-Club and you’ll get a birthday freebie as well as free dessert just for signing up.

 

Chevys Fresh Mex – E-Club

The Chevys Fresh Mex E-Club offers birthday freebies, and year-round exclusive offers and specials.

 

Chili’s – My Chili’s + Plenti

Sign up for the My Chili’s Rewards program through Plenti and you’ll get a free birthday dessert plus year-round perks.

 

Chuck E. Cheese’s – Chuck E-Club

Sign up for the Chuck E-Club at Chuck E. Cheese and your kids will get free tokens for their birthdays.

 

Cinnabon – Club Cinnabon

Become a member of Club Cinnabon and you’ll get a special birthday treat, plus year-round promotions.

 

Cold Stone Creamery – My Cold Stone Club

Members of the My Cold Stone Club get a BOGO coupon for their birthdays, members only offers, and other special promotions year round.

 

Country Buffet – Crave Connection

Join Crave Connection and you’ll get a free birthday meal at Country Buffet or one of their other buffet brands.

 

Country Kitchen – E-Club

Join the Country Kitchen E-Club and you’ll get a free meal the week of your birthday.

 

Culver’s – eClub

Members of the Culver’s eClub get a free treat for their birthdays, plus a BOGO deal for signing up, or a free custard for enrolling in their text club.

 

CVS – ExtraCare Beauty Club

Join the CVS ExtraCare Beauty Club and you’ll get $3 in ExtraBucks on your birthday, plus great savings all year long!

 

Dairy Queen – Blizzard Fan Club

Join the Dairy Queen Blizzard Fan Club and you’ll find out about the Blizzard of the Month each month, plus get special offers for your birthday and anniversary.

 

Daphne’s California Greek Cafe – Pita Points Rewards Club

Join the Pita Points Rewards Club at Daphne’s California Greek Cafe, and you’ll earn points for every dollar you spend. Plus, on your birthday you’ll get $5 worth of free points added to your account so you can treat yourself however you like!

 

Dave & Buster’s – Rewards

Sign up for Dave & Buster’s Rewards and you’ll get $10 of free game plays for your birthday, plus monthly savings all year round.

 

Del Taco – Raving Fan Club

Join the Raving Fan Club at Del Taco and you’ll get a free premium shake for your birthday.

 

Denny’s – Rewards

Join the Denny’s Rewards Club to get special offers all year long and a free Grand Slam for your birthday!

 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit – Big Yellow Cup Club

Join the Big Yellow Cup Club at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit to get special members only deals and a birthday BOGO coupon.

 

Dippin’ Dots – Dot Crazy! Email Club

Sign up for the Dot Crazy! Email Club from Dippin’ Dots and you’ll get free dots for your birthday, as well as all the latest offers and promotions all year round.

 

Disney Movie Rewards – Disney Movie Rewards

Sign up for the Disney Movie Rewards club to earn points on every Disney, Pixar, Marvel, or Star Wars movie you purchase or see in theaters. You’ll also get a 100 point bonus for your birthday. Points can be redeemed for Disney products and other prizes.

 

Don Pablo’s – Habaneros Club

Join the Habaneros Club at your local Don Pablo’s restaurant and you’ll get $10 in birthday rewards, plus plenty of other great perks.

 

Dunkin’ Donuts – DD Perks

The DD Perks’ program at Dunkin Donuts is a great way to earn special offers and rewards. Plus, as a member, you’ll get a free beverage of your choice on your birthday.

 

Einstein Bros. Bagels – The Shmear Society

Become a member of The Shmear Society at Einstein Bros. and you’ll get a free egg sandwich with purchase on your birthday as well as special offers throughout the year.         https://www.einsteinbros.com/email-club

 

El Chicos – E-Club

The El Chico E-Club offers a free order of sopapillas for a sweet treat on your birthday.

 

El Torito – E-Club

Their E-Club is a great way to get all the news, specials, and exclusive offers from the El Torito, plus members report receiving a free birthday entree too!

 

Famous Dave’s Barbeque – Famous Nation

Join the Famous Nation at Famous Dave’s BBQ and you’ll get plenty of news, special offers, BBQ tips, and even a special gift for your birthday too.

 

Fazoli’s – eFamily

Sign up for the Fazoli’s eFamily and you’ll get special offers and updates delivered right to your inbox, plus a free birthday treat on your special day.

 

Firehouse Subs – Firehouse Rewards

Sign up for the Firehouse Subs Rewards program in order to get a free medium sub on your birthday or within six days after. You can also add children under 13 for a free kids’ combo with purchase or free medium sub with purchase on their birthdays too!

 

First Watch- Sun eClub

The First Watch daytime cafe offers a free birthday entree to members of their Sun eClub. Sign up online to claim yours!

 

Flat Top Grill – E-Club

The Flat Top Grill E-Club offers a free stir fry coupon for your birthday.

 

Fox and Hound – All Star Club

Sign up for the Fox & Hound All Star Club and you’ll score a free entree on your birthday, plus plenty of other perks all year long.

 

Friendly’s – BFF Club

Join the Friendly’s BFF Club and you’ll score a free birthday sundae for yourself and your kids, plus access to special offers all year long.

 

Fuddruckers – Fudds Club

The Fuddruckers Fudds Club offers members updates about events and promotions, as well as a special birthday coupon like a free burger with purchase.

 

Genghis Grill – Khan’s Rewards

Sign up for the Kahn’s Rewards program at Genghis Grill and you’ll score a free bowl on your birthday.

 

Glory Days Grill – MVP Club

The Glory Days Grill MVP Club is a great way to keep up with their specials and seasonal features, plus members get a special birthday treat!

 

Gold Star Chili – eClub

Join the Gold Star Chili eClub to receive a special gift on your birthday and your eClub anniversary date each year!

 

Gordon Biersch – Passport Rewards

Join the Gordon Biersch Passport Rewards club and you’ll get special birthday E-gifts delivered right to your inbox.

 

Great American Cookies – Cookie Club

Join the Cookie Club from Great American Cookies and you’ll get access to exclusive offers and birthday surprises.

 

Hallmark – Crown Rewards

Sign up for the Crown Rewards program at your local Hallmark store and you’ll score fun rewards all year long as well as special birthday coupons.

 

Hard Rock – Hard Rock Rewards

Join the Hard Rock Rewards club and you’ll earn free stays at Hard Rock Hotels, plus exclusive offers at Hard Rock Cafes and Rock Shops, including an annual birthday surprise!

 

Hof’s Hut – Preferred Guest

Become a preferred guest at Hof’s Hut and you’ll receive all of their latest news and specials as well as a free birthday meal.

 

Hometown Buffet – Crave Connection

Join Crave Connection and you’ll get a free birthday meal at Hometown Buffet or one of their other buffet brands.

 

Hooters – eClub

Join the Hooter’s eClub and you’ll get a free birthday gift on your special day.

 

Houlihan’s – email list

Sign up for the Houlihan’s email list and you’ll receive a free entree on your birthday along with “lots of other swag” just for being a member!

 

HuHot Mongolian Grill – HuHot Rewards

For members of the HuHot Rewards program at HuHot Mongolian Grill, every 13th meal is free. Plus you’ll get a free meal on your birthday.

 

Iguana Mia – Birthdays at Iguana Mia

No need to sign up or register for this one. Just show up at Iguana Mia on your birthday with a valid state-issued photo ID and you’ll get a free entree of your choice, plus free fried ice cream. They’ll even take a picture of you in their giant sombrero to post on Juan’s Birthday Gallery (and share with all your friends).

 

IHOP- Pancake Revolution

Become a part of the Pancake Revolution (email club) at IHOP and you’ll qualify for all kinds of freebies and discounts, including a free birthday meal!

 

Jack in the Box – Offers & Stuff

Sign up for Offers & Stuff from Jack in the Box and you’ll get a special offer by text or email for your birthday.

 

Jason’s Deli – Birthday Club

Subscribe to the Birthday Club mailing list from Jason’s Deli and you’ll get a $5 coupon for your birthday. While you’re at it, you can also receive promotions and offers, news. or info on special diets like vegan dining or gluten-sensitive options.

 

Jersey Mike’s Subs – Email Club

Jersey Mike’s Email Club is a great way to get all their latest news and special offers. Plus, they treat members to a free birthday sub and a fountain drink every year on their birthdays.

 

Joe’s Crab Shack – Joe’s Catch

Sign up for the Joe’s Catch mailing list from Joe’s Crab Shack, and you’ll get a free treat on your birthday.

 

Johnny Rockets – Rocket eClub

The Rocket eClub from Johnny Rockets sends members free burgers for their birthdays every year.

 

Juice It Up – Smooth eClub

Join the Smooth eClub from Juice It Up and you’ll get a BOGO coupon for a smoothie on your birthday.

 

Keg Steakhouse and Bar – Newsletter

Sign up to receive the Keg Steakhouse and Bar’s newsletter by email and you’ll get a coupon for a free steak on your birthday!

 

Krispy Kreme – Friends of Krispy Kreme

Become a member of the Friends of Krispy Kreme e-Club and you’ll get a coupon for a free birthday donut.

 

la Madeleine – E-club

The la Madeleine E-Club is your source for all of the latest news and offers from the country French cafe. Plus, you’ll get a coupon for a free pastry to celebrate your birthday!

 

Logan’s Roadhouse – Nut-E Club

Sign up to receive special offers from the Logan’s Roadhouse Nut-E Club, and you’ll get a special birthday surprise.

 

Longhorn Steakhouse – My Longhorn

Create a My Longhorn account for Longhorn Steakhouse and you’ll receive a special treat for your birthday.

 

Macaroni Grill – Email Club

You’ll get a coupon for a free dessert on your birthday if you sign up for the Macaroni Grill Email Club.

 

Maggiano’s Little Italy – E-Club

Join the Maggiano’s Little Italy E-Club and you’ll get a birthday coupon for $10 off your visit.

 

Marble Slab Creamery & Maggie Moo’s – Slab Happy Rewards App

Download and register the Slab Happy Rewards app and you’ll get a $5 reward for your birthday, good at either Marble Slab or Maggie Moo’s.

 

Marie Callender’s – E-Club

Marie Callender’s E-Club offers exclusive email offers for your birthday and wedding anniversary.

 

McAlister’s Deli  – Deligrams

Deligrams is the email newsletter from McAlister’s Deli. Just for signing up, they’ll send you a coupon for a free sweet treat on your birthday!

 

Medieval Times – Birthday Fellowship

Join the Medieval Times Birthday Fellowship and you’ll get free admission during your birth month with the purchase of a full-price adult ticket.

 

Mimi’s Cafe – E-Club

Sign up for special offers from the Mimi’s Cafe E-Club and you’ll get your choice of a free slice of crepe cake or a free 2-pack of muffins or croissants for your birthday.

 

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Moe’s eWorld

Join Moe’s eWorld from Moe’s Southwest Grill and you’ll get a free birthday burrito for your special day!

 

Noodles & Company – Noodlegrams EClub

The Noodlegrams EClub from Noodles & Company sends out updates, offers and giveaways all year long, plus a special birthday coupon for members.

 

Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen & Bar – Email Club

Sign up for the email club from Not Your Average Joe’s Kitchen & Bar, and you’ll receive a free entree for your birthday!

 

O’Charley’s – O’Club

Members of the O’Club at O’Charley’s get a free birthday surprise each year, as well as year round offers and discounts.

 

Old Country Buffet – Crave Connection

Join Crave Connection and you’ll get a free birthday meal at Old Country Buffet or one of their other buffet brands.

 

Olive Garden – eClub

Join the Olive Garden eClub and you’ll be among the first to hear about news and special promotions. Plus, you’ll get a special treat like a free dessert for your birthday.

 

On the Border – Club Cantina

Club Cantina from On the Border is a great way to get all the latest details on events and deals, as well as a special birthday offer delivered right to your inbox.

 

Orange Julius – Julius League

True fans of Orange Julius can sign up for the Julius League. This official club offers all of the latest deals and promotions, as well as a BOGO birthday coupon each year.

 

P.F. Chang’s – Preferred

P.F. Chang’s Preferred Loyalty Club offers reward points every time you visit, as well as a special birthday offer and lots of other members-only perks!

 

Panda Express – Emails

Sign up to receive emails or texts from Panda Express and you’ll also get a free birthday offer on your special day.

 

Panera – My Panera

Join the My Panera email club and you’ll earn rewards from Panera Bread as well as birthday surprises like a free pastry on your big day.

 

Perkins – My Perkins

Join the My Perkins club and in addition to info on Perkins’ specials and promotions year round, you’ll get a special gift for your birthday. Be sure to add your kids (12 and under) to your account too so they can also get a special birthday treat.

 

Pinkberry – PinkCard

Sign up for the PinkCard loyalty program from PinkBerry, or download their app, and you’ll score a free yogurt on your birthday.

 

Planet Smoothie – eClub

Enroll in Planet Smoothie’s eClub and you’ll get exclusive offers and all the latest smoothie news, as well as a free birthday smoothie.

 

Ponderosa – eClub

Join the eClub at Ponderosa Steakhouse and you’ll get a special birthday reward like a BOGO steak dinner.

 

Portillo’s – Birthday Club

Join Portillo’s Birthday Club and you’ll get a free slice of their delicious chocolate cake for your birthday.

 

Qdoba – Rewards

Join the Qdoba rewards program and in addition to earning special perks all year round, you’ll also score a special birthday surprise.

 

Red Lobster – Fresh Catch Club

Red Lobster’s Fresh Catch Club is a great way to stay in the know about deals and news, as well as receive a special birthday offer each year.

 

Red Robin – Royalty

The Red Robin Royalty Club offers every 10th item free, plus exclusive surprises and a free burger on your birthday!

 

Redbox – Play Pass

Join Play Pass from RedBox and you’ll earn free movie nights, plus a free rental for your birthday!

 

Rita’s Italian Ice – Birthday Club

Join the Rita’s Italian Ice Birthday Club to get special offers all year round, as well as a free birthday treat.

 

Ruby Tuesday – So Connected

Sign up for So Connected from RubyTuesday and you’ll get a free burger or entree for your birthday, plus all the latest news and offers year round.

 

Ryan’s – Crave Connection

Join Crave Connection and you’ll get a free birthday meal at Ryan’s or one of their other buffet brands.

 

Sbarro – Slice Society

Members of the Slice Society from Sbarro can score a free birthday slice each year!

 

Schlotzsky’s – Lotz4Me

Download the Lotz4Me mobile app from Schlotzsky’s and you’ll earn free rewards and a birthday surprise!

 

Sephora – Beauty Insider, VIB, VIB Rouge

Sign up for any of Sephora’s rewards programs including Beauty Insider, VIB and VIB Rouge, and you’ll get free beauty classes and a free birthday gift.

 

Shari’s Cafe – Cafe Club

Join Shari’s Cafe Club and you’ll get a free slice of pie on your birthday as well as special offers and promotions all year round.

 

Smashbox – SmashCash

Join the SmashCash rewards program from Smashbox and you’ll get points and perks year round. Plus, qualify for level 2 and you get free birthday and anniversary swag.

 

Smokey Bones – Bones Club

The Bones Club at Smokey Bones brings you offers and events straight to your inbox, plus a birthday reward like a free dessert.

 

Smoothie King – Healthy Rewards

Join Healthy Rewards from Smoothie King to earn points on every purchase, plus you’ll get bonus points for your birthday and sign-up anniversary.

 

Sonny’s BBQ – The ‘Q Crew

Join The ‘Q Crew at Sonny’s BBQ to get news and promotions sent to your email address, and you’ll also receive a special deal for your birthday.

 

Souper Salad – Souper Fresh Club

Join the Souper Fresh Club from Souper Salad and you’ll earn points toward rewards like BOGO buffets and $5 credit off your next visit. Members report you’ll also get a free meal during your birthday month.

 

Spaghetti Warehouse – Warehouse Club

Members of the Warehouse Club at Spaghetti Warehouse can score great deals like a free appetizer for joining and a free birthday meal.

 

Spicy Pickle – Pickle Club Rewards

Join the Pickle Club Rewards program from Spicy Pickle and you’ll get news and special offers year round, plus a special birthday offer like a free meal with the purchase of a drink.

 

Starbucks – Rewards

Register a Starbucks Gift Card for their Rewards program and you’ll get all the latest news and offers as well as a free drink or food item on your birthday. 

 

Steak ‘n Shake – eClub

Sign up for the Steak ‘n Shake eClub and you’ll get a special perk on your birthday and another special anniversary date of your choice.

 

Sticky Fingers – StickEClub

Join the StickEClub from Sticky Fingers Ribhouse and you’ll get a special treat on your birthday.

 

Swagbacks – Swagbucks

Become a member of Swagbucks to earn points for searching the web, watching videos, and answering surveys. Plus you’ll get a 50 swagbuck bonus for your birthday!

 

Taco Bueno – Buenoheads email club

The Buenoheads email club is your ticket to exclusive offers, daily deals, and a birthday surprise from Taco Bueno.

 

Taco Cabana – TC Rewards

Join the TC Rewards club from Taco Cabana to get special offers and deals as well as a free fajita taco dinner for your birthday!

 

TCBY – eClub

Join the TCBY eClub for a special sweet treat on your birthday and plenty of offers and deals year round.

 

Ted’s Montana Grill – Ted’s Email Club

Sign up for Ted’s Email Club from Ted’s Montana Grill and you’ll get a special birthday dessert and an appetizer for your anniversary celebration.

 

Texas de Brazil – eclub

The Texas de Brazil eclub is a great way to keep up on all of the latest news and promotions, as well as receive a special gift on your birthday and anniversary.

 

Texas Roadhouse – email list

Sign up for Texas Roadhouse’s email list and you’ll score a special birthday surprise.

 

TGI Friday’s – Fridays Rewards

Join the Fridays Rewards club from TGI Fridays and you’ll get access to special perks like jump the line passes and a free birthday dessert.

 

The Melting Pot – Club Fondue

Enroll in Club Fondue from The Melting Pot and you’ll get email updates with special events and promotions as well as a free chocolate fondue for two or other special treats for your birthday.

 

Tony Roma’s – Email Club

Sign up to get special offers from Tony Roma’s by email or text and you’ll also receive a special birthday treat!

 

Toys R Us (Kids) – Geoffrey’s Birthday Club

Sign your child up for Geoffrey’s Birthday Club at Toys R Us and they’ll receive a special birthday card and gift plus a birthday phone call from Geoffrey the Giraffe and a free birthday crown and balloon if you visit the store on their special day.

 

Tropical Smoothie Cafe – Email Club

Join the Tropical Smoothie Cafe’s Email Club and you’ll receive news and deals as well as a special birthday treat.

 

ULTA Beauty – Ultamate Rewards

Join Ulta Beauty’s Ultamate Rewards club to get a free gift on your birthday and double rewards points that whole month.

 

Uno Pizzeria & Grill – Insider’s Club

Members of the Uno Pizzeria Insider’s Club get the latest news on events and promotions as well as a special birthday surprise.

 

Victoria’s Secret – Angel Card

Sign up for the Victoria’s Secret Angel Card and in addition to free shipping offers and rewards points, you’ll get a special birthday gift each year.

 

Waffle House – Regulars Club

Join the Regulars Club at Waffle House and you’ll get a coupon sent to your email every month, as well as a birthday surprise and other promotions.

 

Wienerschnitzel – Wiener Lovers’ Club

The Wiener Lovers’ Club from Wienerschnitzel offers a free coupon each year on your birthday as well as plenty of special offers and promotions all year round.

 

Wingstop – The Club

Join The Club at Wingstop and you’ll get all of their latest deals and news delivered to your inbox along with a free birthday gift!

 

Yogurt Mountain – YOMO Club

Text a special keyword to Yogurt Mountain to sign up for their YOMO Club and get a free yogurt during your birthday month.

 

Zaxby’s – Zax Club

The Zax Club at Zaxby’s offers all kinds of great promotions through the year, as well as a free nibbler on your birthday.

Kids Eat Free & Other Freebies for Children

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The littlest members of your family can often cost big bucks, so it’s nice to know that there are still some places where kids get special freebies. Here, you’ll find restaurants where kids eat free, plus activities, and other perks for little ones.

 

Arriba Mexican Grill

Every Sunday of every month, kids eat free at Arriba Mexican Grill. In addition, you’ll find a clown, face painting, and balloon figures to keep them entertained.

 

Bass Pro Shops

Every summer, Bass Pro Shops runs Family Summer Camp, with workshops, games, and more. The best part is, it’s free! Check your local store or the Bass Pro website for details.

 

Cinzetti’s

On Mondays and Tuesdays, kids age 4-12 can get a free dinner at Cinzetti’s All You Can Eat Italian Feast. And children 3 and under are always free. Learn more about Colorado and Kansas locations.

 

Cobb Theaters

Cobb Theaters presents the Free Kids Summer Movie Escape. Each week throughout the summer, a new children’s movie will be shown with $0 admission. Check the schedule at your local theater to see what films are on offer!

 

Cody’s Original Roadhouse

At Cody’s Original Roadhouse, kids eat free every Monday and Tuesday. All children 10 and under qualify, limit two free kids meals per adult entree purchased.

 

Denny’s

Every Tuesday, kids eat free at Denny’s from 4pm-10pm. Participating locations only, so call ahead for details.

 

Dickey’s Barbecue Pit

Sundays at Dickey’s Barbecue Pit, kids eat free. You can get one free kids meal with $10 purchase per adult. Valid for kids 12 and under, and only for kids meals.

 

Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library

Dolly Parton started a program in her home town in East Tennessee to offer free children’s books and promote early childhood literacy. Imagination Library was born, and since it has grown to over 1600 local communities and serves over a million children! Check out their site today to see if there’s a program in your area, or find out how to help start one!

 

Famous Dave’s

At Famous Daves, every Tuesday you can get a free Lil’ Wilbur kids meal with the purchase of an adult entree. Check their website for participating locations.

 

Firehouse Subs

Firehouse Subs hosts Kids Eat Free night(s) but the details vary by location. Sign up for their newsletter to be alerted about these special events!

 

Home Depot

The Home Depot offers free kids’ workshops one Saturday each month. Check the workshop calendar at your local store for details.

 

Ikea

Kids 12 and under eat free on Tuesdays at the Ikea Cafe. You can get up to two free kids meals with the purchase of any adult entree.

 

Kids Bowl Free

At participating bowling alleys, kids can bowl up to 2 free games per day. Shoe rental is not included. Register your kids for the program online, and check the Kids Bowl Free site to find a participating location near you.

 

Kids Skate Free

Kids Skate Free partners with roller skating rinks across the country to provide free passes for children. Often there is an additional fee for skate rental and the purchase of an adult pass may be required. Search the Kids Skate Free site for your local rink to find out all of the details.

 

Lakeshore Learning

Lakeshore Learning offers Free Crafts for Kids every Saturday. Check out the upcoming projects on their site or inquire at your local store.

 

Lego Stores

Every month Lego Stores offer a free mini model build. You’ll need to be a VIP member and register in advance to participate.

 

Market Street

Join the free kids club at Market Street and your kids will get a free piece of fruit each time you shop, as well as special offers and a birthday freebie too!

 

Pizza Street

At Pizza Street Buffet, every Tuesday night is Kid’s Night. This means you can get one free child buffet for ages 4 to 9 with every adult buffet purchased.

 

PJ Library

PJ Library offers free age appropriate books with Jewish themes for kids all over the country. It varies by local community program, but for most, kids age 6 months to 8 years are eligible.

 

Ruby Tuesday

Every Tuesday night, from 5pm to close, kids eat free at Ruby Tuesday. You’ll get one free kid entree per adult entree purchased.

 

Steak ‘n Shake

At participating Steak ‘n Shake locations, kids 12 and under eat free all weekend. You’ll get one dine-in kids plate with every $9 spent.

 

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25 Tips & Tricks for Saving More when Shopping at Kohl’s

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Savings pros know that certain retailers make it easier to save than others. And there are always tips and tricks to be learned. Kohl’s can be a bargain hunter’s paradise, even without knowing all of the tricks, but if you’re in the know, you can save even more! Check out these tips and tricks to learn how to make the most of every dollar you spend at Kohl’s!

 

1. Clearance Buys: If you’ve ever browsed Kohl’s clearance racks, you know that there are some really amazing deals to be had. Clearance prices are a whopping 60-90% off retail. Here are a few tips:

    • The biggest clearance markdowns happen on the 2nd and 4th Saturday of each month.
    • Clothes tend to get better clearance prices in store than online.
    • Coupons and codes work alongside clearance prices. Stack several discounts to save even more!
    • Don’t forget to check out their online clearance here.

 

2. Connect to WiFi in Store: When you visit your local store, be sure to connect to their WiFi system and you’ll earn a bonus coupon just for logging in. Discounts tend to be things like $5 off any $25 purchase or $10 off any $30 purchase.

 

3. Digital Price Tags: Kohl’s stores are full of digital price tags, allowing them to keep up with all of their sales and specials without paying employees to constantly change out signage. But there’s a secret to decoding these digital price tags. If you see a square in the upper right corner, you’ll know that the item is at its lowest price of the season. Other codes that appear in this area are as follows:

      • 50 = 50% off
      • BB = Bonus Buy. These items were purchased from Kohl’s suppliers at a super-low price.
      • BGH = Buy one, get one at half price.
      • GV = Limited time price drop
      • NM = This item will be marked down soon, so wait a few days to get a better price. (Or come back in a few days for your price drop rebate.)
      • PP = Product Placement. The sale prices on these items are determined by the manufacturer, rather than the store, and the discount is a fixed price rather than a percent off discount..
      • S = Sale. Generally you can expect these sales to last 1-2 weeks.

 

4. Exclusions: There are a few categories that are excluded from some of the biggest discount programs. For these, you won’t be able to redeem Kohl’s Cash or Yes2You Rewards (but you can still earn points for these purchases). In general, this applies to gift cards, Kohl’s Cares charitable items, and certain excluded brands. You can get the full scoop at their website, here.

 

5. Forgot your Kohl’s Coupons? Fear not! Just bring the unused coupon and the receipt back to the service desk. Acceptance is up to the store’s discretion, so it’s best not to rely on this often. If you made the purchase online, you can get your money back by emailing their customer service team with your order number and the coupon code.

 

6. Free Shipping Anywhere in the US: Shopping through in-store kiosks offers a huge bonus in the form of free shipping. But this doesn’t have to be just for items shipped locally. You can ship your purchases anywhere in the US, so it’s a cheap way to send birthday or holiday gifts to family across the country! And don’t forget you can use coupon codes (and stack them!) on the kiosks too.1 2 3 4 5

 

7. Gift Cards: Buy discounted Kohl’s gift cards online to save even more. You can get up to 10% off Kohl’s gift cards using various card sale sites. That’s additional money off your Kohl’s purchases!

 

8. Gift Registry: Create a gift registry for your next big event and you’ll earn 10% back from all purchases. This means if your friends spend $500 on gifts from your Kohl’s wedding or baby registry, you’ll get $50 back. Plus, your friends can get 20% off purchases from your registry, and you’ll receive a 15% off coupon for any remaining items on your list after your big day.

 

9. Kohl’s App: The Kohl’s App is a handy way to keep track of all of your in store coupons and Kohl’s Cash Rewards. But it also gives you a bonus 10 points every time you connect while you’re in the store!

 

10. Kohl’s Credit Card: Often the best deals can only be had by shopping with your Kohl’s Credit Card. Kohl’s Card members get high value 30% off discounts about once a month (more often if you spend at least $600 per year), free shipping offers several times a year, mailed coupons, and sometimes bonus freebies on your statement, like a code for free photo gifts from Shutterfly. If monthly bills aren’t really your thing, you can pay your balance off with cash or a check right there at the register after you’ve checked out!

 

11. Mail-In Rebates: Rebates are a great way to get some cash back after a purchase, but most shoppers don’t know how to claim them. Kohl’s makes it easy to see which brands and products offer rebates by collecting them all on one easy-to-navigate page! Check it out here.

 

12. Price Drops: We’ve all been there. You bought an item on sale, only to find the price was marked down further the following week. At Kohl’s, you can get the difference back! If an item you purchased gets marked down within 2 weeks, bring the item, the sales circular, and your receipt to the store to get the difference refunded. This trick works with competitors’ sale ads too!

 

13. Price Matching: Both in store and online, Kohl’s will match prices with any national retailer that also has a physical store. Some brands, like Nike, are excluded, so it may be a good idea to call ahead to see if the item/sale price you’re eyeing qualifies. Amazingly, you can still use coupons to save up to 15% more off the matched price!

 

14. Returns: Kohl’s ends the pain of buyer’s remorse with a pretty fantastic returns program. They’ll accept most purchases back, no questions asked, with no time limit, but there are a few restrictions you should be aware of:

  • Kohl’s Cash: If you return an item from which you earned Kohl’s Cash, you’ll lose the KC. If, however, you can show that you spent at least the minimum amount to earn the Kohl’s Cash without the returned item, they’ll reissue that Kohl’s Cash to you. If you’ve already spent it, they will deduct it from the amount of the return.

 

  • No Receipt: If you don’t have your receipt, you can still return items at Kohl’s, but you’ll only receive a store gift card. You’ll get the lowest price of the item within 13 weeks of the time of return. If you made your purchase with a credit card, they can always look up your purchase history and find exactly what you paid.

 

15. Senior Discount:If you’re over 55, shop on Wednesdays for an extra 15% off just for seniors. Make sure to ask for the discount when you get to the register.

 

16. Shop Online: Maybe you’d rather shop in your pj’s than make a trip to the store? There are extra savings for online shoppers too! You can stack up to 4 coupon codes when shopping online (only two if you’re on a mobile device, so make sure you shop from a desktop or laptop), and get free shipping on all orders over $75. Here’s what you can stack in a single online purchase:

      • Maximum of one sitewide discount, such as 15% off your entire purchase.
      • Up to four department-specific discounts, such as 10% off kitchenware or $10 off any $30 apparel purchase.
      • Up to four rewards codes, such as Kohl’s Cash or Yes2You Rewards.
      • Up to one free shipping code.

 

17. Spend $48, Get $10 in Kohl’s Cash:If you shop at Kohl’s with any regularity, you’ve probably seen the sales that say “Spend $50 to earn Kohl’s Cash.” But what most shoppers don’t realize is that according to their official policy, you can get that $10 back even if you spend only $48. Once in a while, they may run a “Spend $25 to earn Kohl’s Cash” promotion, and the within $2 rule still applies. Remember that Kohl’s Cash Back offers are calculated after other discounts are redeemed.

 

18. Stack Your Savings: Many stores have weird rules about combining rewards cash and coupons or coupons and sale prices. Not Kohl’s! You can max out your savings by stacking in store sale prices, coupons, Kohl’s Cash, and anything else you can think of!

 

19. Text Alerts: Text SAVE15 to KOHLS (56457) and you’ll get a coupon to save an extra 15% off your next purchase, as well as enroll in their text alerts for additional savings year round.

 

20. Today’s Deals Page: With so many different deals, sales, and promotions running at once, it’s hard to keep track of what you can save at Kohl’s. That is, unless you know about their “Today’s Deals” page. Check it out here to see all of their current promotional offerings in one handy place!

 

21. Use Ibotta: Download and check the Ibotta app when you’re purchasing apparel at Kohl’s and you can cash back by snapping a photo of your receipt. Sign up for Ibotta here or use download the app and use code LKDKTES to get an extra $10.

 

22. What to Buy at Kohl’s: With all of these discounts, it’s important to note that some items are still better buys than others. Here are some of the categories that offer the best prices:

  • Accent Furniture
  • Cleaning appliances
  • Clothes, especially for kids.
  • Cosmetics and Fragrances
  • Small kitchen appliances

 

23. What NOT to Buy at Kohl’s: On the flip side, there are some items that are usually going to be cheaper elsewhere, even if you use every available Kohl’s discount. Here are a few:

  • Bedding
  • Electronics
  • Fine Jewelry
  • Shoes
  • Socks
  • Underwear

 

24. When to Shop: Hit the stores between 3pm Friday and 1pm Saturday to score the best deals of the week. These are known as Power Hour specials (aka Night Owls and Early Birds) and can save you an additional 10-25% off purchases both in store and online!

 

25. Yes2You Rewards Program: We’ve all seen store rewards programs that just don’t seem to be worth the effort, but the Kohl’s Yes2You program is different. When you sign up, you’ll receive a coupon for 15% off your next purchase. You’ll also get 5% off every purchase, every time you shop. And there’s even a special birthday coupon sent out each year as an extra treat!

 

Sources:

ABC13: http://abc13.com/finance/kohls-shopping-secrets/1538557/

Cuckoo for Coupons: https://www.cuckooforcoupondeals.com/frugal-tips/7-exclusive-kohls-shopping-hacks/

Coupon Divas: https://coupondivas.com/shopping-at-kohls-tips-tricks-for-getting-the-best-buys

Heart Hook Home: http://hearthookhome.com/19-secret-shopping-hacks-for-saving-at-kohls/

Krazy Koupon Lady: http://thekrazycouponlady.com/tips/store-hacks/27-genius-accurate-kohls-coupons-shopping-hacks/

The Best Time of Year to Buy Things by Month

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We’ve all seen that prices on various items can vary from month to month (and sometimes from day to day!). So how do you know when to buy those big ticket items? Or when you can get the best deals and stock up on everyday necessities? Bookmark this handy guide and you’ll never have to wonder!

Best time to buy things

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SPRING

Electronics from Japanese Brands: The fiscal year for Japanese manufacturers ends in March, so you’ll see deep discounts in the second quarter on last year’s model of all kinds of electronics from brands like Casio, Hitachi, Olympus, Panasonic, and Toshiba.

Houses: Real Estate inventory is typically at a yearly high in the spring so it’s a great time to shop for a new home.

Luggage: Luggage and other travel gear is often at its cheapest this time of year because we’re right between peak travel seasons. It’s a good time to pick up new gear and get ready for summer vacation!

Outdoor Markets: As outdoor markets begin to reopen after the winter months, you’ll find many vendors have stocked up over the break and are eager to unload some inventory. Try to visit these events the first weekend they are open to take advantage of some great deals!

Store Closings: Watch for store closing and liquidation sales. Spring time is when companies ditch their old inventory to bring in new. Take advantage and stock up!

Thrift Stores: Spring cleaning means the selection at your local thrift store is likely to be better than any other time of the year. And stores often discount prices to clear out stock and make room too, so it’s a win/win for bargain hunters!
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SUMMER

Computers: Pre-back to school sales and new models from Intel and AMD combine to make the summertime the best time to buy a new computer or laptop. If you’re heading to class in the fall, don’t forget to check out the student discounts at your favorite computer store.

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AUTUMN

Air Conditioners: The weather is cooling down and the need for air conditioning is declining. You’ll find clearance pricing on last years models.

Grills: As we head into the off season for grilling, you’ll see prices begin to drop on the larger gas grills. Small, portable models are still priced normally as they will continue to sell through tailgating season, but once that winds down you can score good deals on those as well.

Plants: If you’re looking for some indoor plants or happen to have a good storage space for them, you can often score some great prices at local nurseries after planting season is through.

Toys and Games: It used to be that the best time to buy toys was right after Thanksgiving, but that’s no longer the case. These days toy sales begin much earlier as parents prepare for the holiday season and you’ll see discounted prices starting around Halloween.

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WINTER

Broadway Tickets: Broadway shows see a drop-off in attendance during the fall and winter. Because of this, lesser-known shows often drop their prices significantly over the colder months. It’s a great time to see a show!

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JANUARY

What to buy:

Bedding: “White Sales” have been a January staple for over 100 years. It’s a great time to purchase bedding and other linens at deeply discounted prices.

Carpet and Other Flooring: Many homes purchase cosmetic upgrades prior to the holidays to prepare for all of the company that will be arriving in November and December. Afterward, prices on flooring begin to fall as retailers are trying to clear out the leftover stock. If you’re looking to upgrade your flooring, January is a great time to do it.

Clothing: This is one of the categories that is often deeply discounted in after-Christmas sales. It makes January a great time to refresh your wardrobe!

Computers: Computer Electronics Shows in early January mean low prices for last years models starting just afterward. This is a great time to upgrade your computer or buy add ons you’ve been eyeing.

Furniture (in general): While some specific furniture items are found at better prices at other times of the year, furniture in general tends to be significantly less expensive in January as companies clear out stock to make room for new models that will come out in February. Take advantage of the timing and you could score some sweet furniture deals!

Gift Cards: After the holidays, gift card exchanges are often packed with all of those holiday cards that didn’t quite thrill their giftees. With increased stock comes more pricing competition and you can often score bargain deals on cards through sites like Plastic Jungle and Cardpool.

Holiday Items: Now is a great time to buy holiday decor for next year. If you’ve been eyeing a new artificial tree, or maybe just want to stock up on gift wrap, you’ll find clearance prices well into January at most retailers.

Motorcycles: In the cold and often icy month of January, few people have their eye on a new motorcycle. So, to lure potential customers in, dealers often run clearance events and other special sales. You probably won’t want to spend a lot of time riding your new bike, but January is a great time to buy one if you’re in the market.

Suits: Most consumers purchase big ticket clothing items like suits prior to the holidays, so in January you can find amazing deals.

Video Games: Because games are often a hot-ticket item for holiday gifting, many gaming companies release their biggest titles in the late fall. Retailers look to clear out leftover stock in January so you’ll find great prices in stores, and digital downloads will often be discounted in January sales too.

Foods: Broccoli, brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, citrus, kale, leeks, savoy cabbage, spring cabbage, turkey (frozen)

Flowers: Alstromeria, calla lilies, dahlias, delphinium, snap dragons

Travel: Europe, New York

 

Purchases to defer:

Grills and Outdoor Furniture: While it would seem the off season would be the best time for outdoor living pieces, January is not ideal for these purchases. Most items will be already cleared out, and the remaining stock will often be at full price. Small sales will be available as the weather begins to warm up, or for the best prices, wait until the fall for clearance sales.

High End Audio Equipment: This is the exception to the Computer Electronics Show rule. Since high end audio equipment tends to have a longer shelf life and be a niche purchase, the prices remain fairly consistent year round. Your better bet is to search for deals around Black Friday/Cyber Monday.

Luggage: Luggage and travel gear are often at their peak prices in January as folks seek to escape the cold weather and opt for sunny destinations. Wait until late summer to score the best deals.

Mattresses: While the prices of mattresses can fluctuate widely from one week to the next, it’s usually best to avoid purchasing a new one in January. Wait until Memorial Day, Labor Day, or other similar holidays to find a better price.

Spring Clothing: All of the new styles for spring show up in store in January, but they’re still full price. Give them some time and pick up deals in a month or two when they begin to go on sale. Typically the discounting will begin around Presidents’ Day in late February.

 

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FEBRUARY

What to buy:

Cell Phones: Buy one-get one sales on cell phones have become a staple of the electronics sale cycle. We’re not particularly sure why, but retailers seem to run these promotions around Valentine’s Day. Take advantage if you’ve been thinking about an upgrade!

Chocolate: I often joke that February 15th is half price chocolate day, but you can find deeply discounted prices on Valentine candy and other chocolates for the remainder of February. Time to treat your sweet tooth!

Movies: After the Oscars nominees are announced, the movies nominated often go on sale. If you like to buy DVDs or BluRays to add to your collection, this may be the best time to do so.

Televisions: Pre-Super Bowl sales often will include deep discounts on televisions and other home entertainment electronics. Look for the best deals on last year’s models and enjoy the big game on a big screen!

Foods: Brussels sprouts, carrots, cauliflower, kale, savoy cabbage, seafood, spring cabbage, steaks

Flowers: Gerbera daisies, hydrangea, iris, magnolia

Travel: Chicago, Puerto Rico

 

Purchases to defer:

Flower Bouquets: With Valentine’s Day right in the middle of the month, February often sees the highest prices of the year for flower bouquets. Either pre-purchase well in advance, or opt for less expensive Valentine treats. (But… we know that this is one that you’ll probably buy anyway, so check our flower deals out)

Gym Memberships: The high competition in January is over and the warmer weather deals have not yet begun. While any time of the year is a great time to get in shape, you won’t find the best prices on gym memberships in February.

Movie Tickets: For similar reasons, the usual discounts on movie tickets go missing during February. If you want to save some money on your next cinematic experience, it’s best to wait until March.

 

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MARCH

What to buy:

Frozen Foods: March is National Frozen Food Month and the prices at your local grocer are likely to take a nosedive this month. You’ll also find good prices on chest freezers to store your haul.

Golf Clubs: Now that things are thawing out and warmer weather is right around the corner, new golf clubs are being released for the upcoming season. That means last year’s models will be discounted to clear out inventory room.

Foods: Cauliflower, kale, savoy cabbage, spring cabbage

Flowers: Freesia, orchids, roses

Travel: Boston, Cabo San Lucas

 

Purchases to defer:

Lingerie: You might think post-Valentine sales on Lingerie would be the best time to buy, but it’s best to wait. Most lingerie stores follow the biggest name in the business, Victoria’s Secret, and hold their deepest discount events in June.

Smart phones: New smart phone models often come out this time of year and it can be very tempting to be one of the first to own your preferred brand. It’s often better though to wait a few months until prices begin to drop and the initial bugs are worked out.

Televisions: If you missed out on the big deals in February, you might consider jumping on the next small sale you see. But sale prices on televisions in March are often underwhelming. Better to wait until Black Friday to score that HDTV you’ve been eyeing.

 

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APRIL

What to buy:

Caribbean Cruises: Last minute travelers who want to board a cruise line headed for the sunny Caribbean will find some of the best rates in April. In addition, you’ll be sailing before kids get out of school for the summer, so you’ll avoid overcrowding of family cruises, and hurricane season is still a few months off.

Cookware: With wedding season and graduations right around the corner, you’ll start seeing great discount prices on cookware and kitchen essentials in April. It’s a great time to buy a new set of kitchen knives or that high-end cookware you’ve been eyeing all winter.

Freebies for Earth Day/Tax Day: You’ll find a good number of shops and restaurants offer special sales and freebies to celebrate Tax Day (April 15th) or Earth Day (April 22nd). Be sure to take advantage of these special promotions!

Spring Clothes: If you’ve been drooling over those bright and cheerful fashions shown in every store window, we’ve got good news! It’s finally time to refresh your spring wardrobe. The general rule of thumb is that new styles go on sale about 2 months after they’re released. And since spring clothing first hits stores in February, April is the start of sales for the season.

Foods: Artichokes, cauliflower, cucumber, kale, spring cabbage, zucchini

Flowers: Sunflowers, tulips

Travel: Europe, New Orleans, Southeast Asia

 

Purchases to defer:

Gardening Tools: The ground is beginning to thaw and green thumbs everywhere are just itching to dig in. But April is not a good time to purchase new gardening tools for this very reason. While you will see some sales at the start of the season, if you hold off until May, you’ll find much better prices.

Laptops: April is not a great time of year to purchase computers and laptops. The sales you see now will be dwarfed by better bargains in just a few months when school lets out.

 

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MAY

What to buy:

Mattresses: Check out Memorial Day Sales at the end of May for the best prices all year on a new mattress. In addition to discounted prices, you may find added services like delivery or disposal of your old mattress thrown in to sweeten the deal. No matter what time of the year you’re looking to buy a mattress though, never pay full price. Mattress stores run big sales pretty regularly and you can find great prices just about any time of the year with just a little patience and research.

Office Furniture: May is the best time of the year to purchase desks, office chairs, and more. You’ll see many of these prices remain low through the late Spring and early Summer, but then prices begin to climb again prior to Back-To-School.

Picnic Essentials: Items like condiments, salad dressings, disposable dishes, and napkins begin to go on their deepest discounted sales in May, and continue through mid-June. You can thank the perfect picnic weather outside this time of year as you stock up on non-perishables.

Refrigerators: New fridge models are often released in May, so you’ll see a big discount on last year’s stock. Hold off on purchasing other major appliances until the fall, as they are not typically on the same sale cycle.

Vacuum Cleaners: New vacuum models are usually released in June, so look for a drop in prices on last year’s model in May to make room for the new stock.

Foods: Asparagus, cauliflower, cherries, cucumber, hamburgers, hot dogs, okra, rhubarb

Flowers: Iris, paper whites, peonies

Travel: Myrtle Beach, US Virgin Islands

 

Purchases to defer:

Apple Products: The Apple developers’ conference is in June each year and there are always announcements about the hottest upcoming products. If you can hold off until then, you’ll score great prices on the current models as fans await the autumn product releases.

Jewelry: You may be tempted by Mother’s Day sales on jewelry, but it’s actually one of the worst times to find deals. Stick with less traditional Mother’s Day gifts and then treat mom to something shiny over the summer when prices will be much better.
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JUNE

What to buy:

Dishes: We all know June is peak wedding season, and most brides have dishes and china patterns on their gift registry. To entice buyers, retailers often offer great prices so it’s a good time to buy new dishes whether you’re hearing wedding bells or not!

Gym Memberships and Equipment: New Year’s resolutions are long forgotten and the weather is warm enough to go for a jog outside. This means low attendance at your local gym. It’s a great time to take advantage of drops in membership price, or haggle down the price of home gym equipment.

Tools: Many top tool brands offer their lowest prices in time for Father’s Day. Take advantage and pick up those high-ticket power tools you’ve been eyeing! Check out deals from Lowes and Home Depot.

Foods: Asparagus, broad beans, carrots, cucumber, dairy, tomatoes, zucchini

Flowers: Daffodils, orchids, sunflowers

Travel: Canada, Colorado, St. Augustine Florida, Utah

 

Purchases to defer:

Shirts and Ties: Unlike tools, prices on mens’ shirts and ties are typically hiked leading up to Father’s Day. Wait until the holiday has passed to find better prices on these wardrobe staples.

Summer Essentials: With the weather heating up, demand for summer clothes, air conditioners, bicycles, patio furniture, and grills is at its peak. If you wait just a few months (or at least until July 4th sales), you can save big on these items, so hold off if possible.
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JULY

What to buy:

Amazon Branded Items (Prime Day): If you’re a fan of the online retail giant, you’re probably already familiar with Amazon’s Prime Day sales. Many of the best deals tend to sell out quickly, and others are not as good as you might hope, but if you’re in the market for an Amazon Branded item, this is the best time of the year to purchase. You’ll find deep discounts on Kindle, Fire TV, Echo, and more!

Furniture: New furniture styles are often released in August, so July is another good time to buy home furnishings. Stores will be clearing out current models to make room for the new ones, so you can find some deeply discounted sales.

PC Video Games: During the summer months, video game manufacturers drop prices and often run big online sales. Make sure you check out the Steam Summer Sale for incredible prices on indie games, as well as some options from the bigger developers.

Foods: Apples, blueberries, broad beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, corn, cucumber, nectarines, plums, runner beans, savoy cabbages, zucchini

Flowers: Daffodils, sunflowers, zinnia

Travel: Brazil, Florida

 

Purchases to defer:

School Supplies: It may be tempting to try to beat the crowds and stock up on school essentials early, but if you wait until sales are in full swing you’ll find much better prices. This also applies to office supplies and office furniture.

Sunglasses: Cheap drug store sunglasses are priced to move year-round, but if you have your eyes on a pair of nicer shades, you should probably hold off. Big chains like Sunglass Hut and 6pm.com offer their best sales of the year in the fall, so if you can wait, you’ll see prices slashed in just a few months.
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AUGUST

What to buy:

Kids’ or Teen Clothes: Back to school season is a great time to purchase new clothes for the smaller members of the family. You’ll find sales in all of the children’s clothing departments. And you might score some good deals on basics for the adults in the family in the juniors or young men’s departments too!  You an also find tax-free weekends in many states.

Office Furniture: Back to school also means discounts on furniture like desks, chairs and filing cabinets. You can take advantage of most of the sales whether you’re a student or not, so this might be the time to redo your home office or freshen up your workplace.

School Supplies: In addition to clothing and furniture, the upcoming school year brings bargain prices on school and office supplies. Now is the time to stock up on pens, paper, printer ink, and so much more!

Storage Containers: With college bound freshmen heading out, you’ll find great discounts on the storage solutions they’ll need to organize their dorm life. You can also find great prices on other dorm necessities like linens.

Swimwear: With the end of pool season, many retailers are trying to clear out summer swimwear to make room for fall fashions. You can save big on swimsuits and swim or pool accessories!

Foods: Apples, apricots, blueberries, broad beans, carrots, cauliflower, celery, cherries, cucumber, green peppers, peaches, red cabbages, runner beans, savoy cabbages, spring cabbages, watermelon, zucchini

Flowers: Gerbera daisies, magnolias, zinnias

Travel: Australia, Mexico

 

Purchases to defer:

Phones and Tablets: Most major manufacturers offer their new models in the fall, so if you purchase in late summer, you’re buying at the tail end of full-price. Wait for the new models to be released then scoop up the older ones to save big on your favorite tech.
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SEPTEMBER

What to buy:

Bicycles: As the weather begins to cool, and new bike models are released, look for last year’s bicycles to drop significantly in price.

Broadway Tickets: The second “off season” for Broadway typically hits around September. You can get discount prices on shows looking to fill seats.

Cars: We’ve all seen those “end of model year clearance sales” at local dealerships. If you’re in the market for a new car, this is often the best time to buy. Toward the end of the month, you’ll find dealers are far more willing to haggle down prices. It’s also a great time for used car sales as folks are trading up during the clearance.

Large Appliances: Large appliances are often at their lowest prices in September and sometimes into October. New models are beginning to hit the showroom floor, so you can save a bundle on last year’s offerings. The exception is refrigerators, which are normally at their best price in May.

Lawn Equipment: Summertime has come to a close so lawnmowers, weed eaters, and all kinds of other landscaping equipment will go on clearance sales in September. The selection won’t be as good as the start of the season, but the prices will be much lower!

Holiday Travel: If you’re planning to travel over the upcoming holiday season, now is the time to book your plane tickets. Generally peak-time airfare is cheapest two months in advance, so plan ahead and save!

School Supplies: School is back in full swing and often stores are clearing out the overstock from their back-to-school sales. Take advantage and save on everything you’ll need for the rest of the school year (or for your home or office).

Wine: The best time to stock up on wine is typically around harvest time. Vineyards are releasing their latest vintages and you can find bargains and an excellent selection.

Foods: Apples, blackberries, blueberries, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbages (all varieties), carrots, cauliflower, celery, cucumber, kale, runner beans, zucchini

Flowers: Hyacinths, snapdragons, zinnias

Travel: Hawaii, Vancouver

 

Purchases to defer:

Diamonds: The summer months often see the lowest prices on diamonds, and retailers get new stock in October, but September is a wasteland of poor selection at full price. If you’re thinking of popping the question or just in the market for some bling, best to plan ahead or wait for clearance sales when the newest designs are released.

 

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OCTOBER

What to buy:

Jeans: After the back-to-school rush is done, stores often have excess stock on jeans. Make sure to shop before the holiday shopping season starts and you can often find great prices on your favorite denim.

Patio Furniture: As the weather chases everyone indoors, you’ll find closeout pricing on patio furniture.

Foods: Apples, blackberries, brussels sprouts, cabbages (all varieties), carrots, cauliflower, celery, grapes, kale, runner beans, yams

Flowers: Lilies of the valley, liatris, sunflowers

Travel: Mexico, Park City Utah

 

Purchases to defer:

Perfume and Jewelry: October is the no mans land between summer sales and holiday discounts. Gift items like perfume and jewelry will be significantly marked down as the holiday shopping season gears up in November, so it’s better to wait for the sales to begin.

Power Tools: Tools are often at full price this time of year, so if a project isn’t urgent, it may be best to wait until holiday sales discount the tools you need.

Winter Boots and Coats: The newest styles are just hitting stores and prices are at their highest. Wait a month or two if you can and you’ll save big with holiday sales.

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NOVEMBER

What to buy:

Candy: The day after Halloween brings clearance sales on Halloween candy. As long as you don’t mind spooky-themed wrappers and packaging, you can stock up on your favorite candies at incredible prices!

Televisions and Electronics: Black Friday sales mean bargain prices on TVs and other big ticket electronics. Make sure to do your research first though as some of those “discounts” are not as great as the stores make them out to be.

Foods: Brussels sprouts, cabbages (all varieties), carrots, cauliflower, cranberries, pumpkin, kale

Flowers: Lilies (various)

Travel: Arizona, Dominican Republic

 

Purchases to defer:

Bedding: While you’ll see some holiday sales on bedding, and they may look tempting, you’ll do better to wait for the January white sales.

Cell Phones: While most electronics are seeing rock bottom sales prices, cell phones are an exception since they’re usually paid for with your phone service. Instead, wait until you renew your contract and then make sure you negotiate wisely.

Home Furnishings: While you’ll see plenty of furniture sales prior to the holidays, better prices can be had in the summertime. Hold off if you can and you’ll be glad you did!

Travel: Since everyone is trying to book their flights and hotels for the holidays, November is often the worst time of the year to make travel arrangements. If you missed out on the best prices last month, at least ensure you book with a site that will refund a portion if prices go down, then keep an eye out for price drops and be sure to take screenshots for proof.

 

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DECEMBER

What to buy:

Candy or Flowers: Free shipping day is held every year in mid-December. It’s often the best time to purchase items like candy and flowers for the holidays. The cost of the shipping usually outweighs any promotional prices you may see leading up to the holidays.

Champagne: Holiday celebrations bring big competition for champagne companies, and often they’ll lower prices to gain sales. Stock up in December for all of your upcoming toasts.

Pools: Swimming may be the last thing on your mind in December, but for that reason you’ll find deep discount on above ground pools and pool installation.

Foods: Brussels sprouts, cabbages (spring, white, and savoy), carrots, cauliflower, kale, mushrooms, pears, sweet potatoes

Flowers: Gardenias, poppies, larkspur

Travel: Las Vegas

 

Purchases to defer:

Exercise Equipment: Next month retailers will be taking advantage of New Year’s Resolutions and dropping prices on everything you need to get in shape. Wait until January to pick up great deals on sporting goods, exercise equipment, and workout apparel.

High-End Electronics: Most high-end electronics manufacturers release their newest products to coincide with the Consumer Electronics Show. If you wait until next month, you’ll see this years’ models drop in price to make room for the latest and greatest.

 

Free Amazon Prime Trials & Other Free Things from Amazon

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By now you know that Amazon offers free Amazon Prime trials, but did you know that Amazon also offers free trials for all sorts of other things like Audible, HBO, STARZ, Amazon Music, Amazon Channels and more?

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Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial

Amazon Prime is a fee-based membership program offered by the Amazon.com, Inc. company. The program fee is currently $99 a year or $10.99 a month, after a free 30-day trial. The main benefits to this program include free 2-day shipping for most purchases sold and/or shipped by Amazon, unlimited streaming of movies and TV shows with Prime Video, the ability to borrow books from the Kindle Owners’ Lending Library, and the ability to extend membership to one adult household member for free. The purpose of Amazon Prime, from a company perspective, is to attract the consumer to more heavily invest in the Amazon ecosystem as a whole.

 

Amazon Prime Student – FREE Two-Day Shipping for College Students

Amazon Prime Student is a fee-based membership program offered by the Amazon.com, Inc. company similar to the original Amazon Prime membership. This membership is offered to students actively enrolled in at least one course at a college located within the United States and Puerto Rico who have a valid school email with a .edu domain suffix. The program fee is currently $49 a year, after a free 6-month free trial. Benefits are identical to standard membership and also include student exclusive deals and discounts. Eligible students may maintain this membership for a maximum of 4 years or until graduation, whichever comes first. At the end of this period, membership will automatically renew as a full priced Amazon Prime membership.

 

Amazon Family 30-Day Free Trial

Amazon Family, formerly known as Amazon Mom, is a service that is available to Amazon Prime members. Through this program, they receive exclusive family-oriented offers, coupons, and age-based recommendations for their children. In addition, they are also entitled to 20% off diaper subscriptions and a 15% baby registry completion discount. Prime Student members would need to upgrade their account in order to use Amazon Family.

 

Amazon Music Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Amazon Music Unlimited is a premium music subscription service that is available to any Amazon member. The service features tens of millions of songs and thousands of expert-programmed playlists and stations, with the ability to listen to any song, anytime, anywhere, on almost any device, personalizing recommendations based on a customer’s listening habits. There are no ads and customers can download songs or playlists for offline listening. Prime members are able to join Amazon Music Unlimited for $7.99 a month or $79 for an annual subscription while non-Prime customers pay $9.99 a month.

 

Amazon Kindle Unlimited 30-Day Free Trial

Amazon Kindle Unlimited gives its customers access to more than one million books and thousands of audiobooks. You can read (or listen) on any device that allows you to download a Kindle Reading app, so a Kindle is not actually required for this. It’s currently only available to US customers through Amazon.com, while customers in other eligible countries can sign up in their local Amazon marketplace. Amazon intends to expand their service as time goes on. It’s available for $9.99 a month and you can cancel anytime.

 

Audible Free Trial + Two Free Audiobooks

Audible Inc. has been a subsidiary of Amazon since 2008. They are currently the world’s largest producer of downloadable audiobooks, and they also have available radio and TV programs and audio versions of magazines and newspapers. They are the United States’ largest audiobook producer and retailer. The first month’s subscription is free and it costs $14.95 a month after that. Customers also receive one monthly credit good for any audiobook and 30% off any purchase, as well as complimentary subscriptions to the Wall Street Journal and the New York Times.

 

HBO Free Trial

Home Box Office, Inc. (known as HBO) is a premium television programming subsidiary of Time Warner, Inc. Having been around since 1972, they are the oldest and longest continuously operating pay television service in the United States. They are also the world’s most successful pay TV service and provide HBO and Cinemax to approximately 127 million subscribers around the world. In addition to providing on-demand services to their customers (through HBO GO), they also provide a service known as HBO NOW, which anyone can get for $14.99 a month.

 

STARZ Free Trial

Starz Inc. is a premium cable and satellite television network based in the United States. They are owned by Lionsgate and provide pay television channels to tens of millions of customers in the United States. Starz is home to the STARZ brand with 24.3 million subscribers and STARZ ENCORE with 31 million subscribers. They also provide have the STARZ app, which allows paid subscribers to access on-demand services. For people who are not already subscribers, they can get the STARZ app for $8.99 a month.

 

Amazon Channels Free Trial

Eligible Amazon Prime members have the ability to purchase paid monthly subscriptions to premium networks like Showtime and Starz, as well as other streaming entertainment channels, through Amazon Video. All of the movies and television programming included with each subscription is available to watch on demand on all devices that are compatible with Amazon Video. Prices vary depending on the service, and many include free trials. Amazon Video is available on hundreds of different devices.

 

SHOWTIME Free Trial

Showtime Networks Inc. is a wholly-owned subsidiary of CBS Corporation. They own and operate several premium television network channels and also provide on-demand services for their customers. For those who are not already subscribed through their television provider, customers can subscribe for Showtime through services like Amazon, Hulu, Roku, YouTube, and others. The cost for this service depends on how a customer chooses to subscribe.

 

Amazon Prime Music – The Only Music Streaming Service with Free 2-day Shipping – 30-day Free Trial

Amazon Prime Music is available to eligible Amazon Prime members at no additional cost. The program allows ad-free access to curated Prime playlists and personalized Prime stations, as well as access to more than a million songs and albums, with unlimited skips. Prime Music can be played on any device that supports the app, including Amazon devices, Android and iOS devices, and more. On phones and tablets that have the Amazon Music app, Prime members can also download music for offline playback.

 

Watch Thousands of Movies & TV Shows Anytime

With an Amazon Prime membership, customers are able to watch movies and television shows anytime. The only other requirement is an internet-connected computer where one can access the Amazon Video Store or a device that has the Amazon Video app installed. Amazon Prime currently costs $99 a year or $10.99 a month. (Non-Prime members also have the ability to buy and rent titles available in the Amazon Video Store.)

 

Other Services from Amazon:

Amazon Home Services

Amazon Home Services is a new service provided by Amazon that allows customers to buy and schedule professional services. These services can include things like furniture assembly, house cleaning, plumbing, and more. Amazon takes only the best service providers that have already been vetted, which includes a background check, insurance, and license where applicable. Home services can be purchased through a predefined, pre-package service with an upfront price or customers can submit custom requests for a home project and receive estimates from local professionals via email. No special sign-up or subscription is required to use Amazon Home Services and payments are handled through Amazon.

 

Amazon Wedding Registry

Amazon wedding registries can be created by any Amazon customer. In addition to adding Amazon items, the registry can be used universally, meaning customers are able to add items from anywhere else on the internet. Registries are also easy to personalize and share through email and social media. Wedding registries can also easily be searched through the Amazon Wedding site by using one of the last names on the registry. After the event date, Prime members will receive a 20% off coupon for items across Amazon; non-Prime members receive 10% off.

 

Amazon Baby Registry

Amazon baby registries can be created by any Amazon customer. Anything for sale on Amazon’s website can be added to the list and they also have universal registry capabilities, which means anything from the internet can be added to it. Registries are easily shared with friends and family by email and Amazon also provides a “thank you” list feature, which tracks who has purchased what. When there are 60 days until the event date, the customer will receive a completion discount on remaining items on the registry, which is 15% for Prime members and 10% for non-Prime members.

 

Read eBooks using the FREE Kindle Reading App on Most Devices

Kindle books can be read on any computer, tablet, or mobile phone device that is compatible with Kindle reading apps. This includes iOS devices, Android devices, Windows phones, BlackBerries, and more. Customers don’t have to purchase a separate device in order to read their Kindle books. The apps themselves are free and the price of the books vary.

 

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6 Money Saving and Budgeting Tips for Students

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Student Budgeting Tips

 

If you’re in college, budgeting can be especially difficult. Aside from the fact that you probably don’t have much income…there’s also the fact that a lot of students only get paid once a semester instead of one every week or two weeks. This makes it easy to spend too much too quickly and not have enough for later in the semester.

Follow these money-saving tips, and you should be able to stretch those dollars as far as needed:

Tip #1. Use a Separate Account for “Spending Money”.

If the debit card you use to go out and have fun with is attached to the same account your student loans are in, you’re bound to overspend. It’s just too difficult to keep track of spending in the heat of the moment.

One way of solving this problem is to get a prepaid debit card or a second bank account. Then you can split up your spending money into a series of 1-week or 2-week increments that become a kind of “allowance” you pay yourself.

Even if you end up running out of money before the week is over, you can transfer more from your main account. But at least this way you are aware of what you’ve done. Often times, this awareness by itself is enough to get you to slow down your spending.  Need a new account?  BBVA Compass offers free checking accounts.

 

Tip #2. Stock up on Groceries.

Let’s face it, college life is hectic. You’ve got classes to attend, textbooks to read, tests to study for. It’s easy in all of this commotion to run out of groceries and take a long time before restocking them.

To make matters worse, it can seem like you don’t have time to cook anyway. So you may wonder if it’s better to just put off the restocking until later. However, eating out also takes precious time – especially if the place you eat at is far away or busy.

So stock up on groceries as soon as they get low, and make sure to go to the store with a specific list and an idea of what you’re going to cook – that way you’ll have a better chance of avoiding impulse purchases.  When you have groceries at home, you’ll find that you naturally cook more often – if for no other reason than you don’t want to go through the trouble of driving.

As a result, you’ll save a little bit each week. And this small amount can add up a lot over time.

 

Tip #3. Get a part-time job.

In the past, it’s often been hard for students to find jobs that were not too demanding of their time. But with so many stores today faced with declining revenue, many of them can no longer afford full-time employees.

This is bad for people who are trying to support a family. But it creates an opportunity for students. Many companies need workers willing to come in and work for just a few hours a week during peak times. College students often make great employees for this reason.

If even a part-time regular job seems like it will be too inflexible for you, consider freelancing on a site like Upwork or Guru. This will allow you to take on short-term projects for a little extra cash when you have time. But you can still stop working during finals and other high-stress times when you need to focus on school.

 

Tip # 4. Cut the cord.

A recent FCC report stated that the average cost of expanded basic TV service is around $69. This means that it can save you as much as $276-$345 per semester just by cutting out cable TV.

And what makes it even better is that you probably won’t miss your favorite shows. Many channels now offer an online version of their programming for $10-$12/month. And since most people only watch two or three channels anyway, you can save significantly by replacing your cable TV package with online alternatives.

 

Tip #5. Invest your cash.

If you have cash laying around that you can’t spend because you need it for later in the semester, consider investing it in the meantime. Depending on how you invest, this can be risky. But if you learn how to do it correctly and base your decisions on thorough research, it can sometimes provide you with a little extra money each semester.

It’s a good habit to develop too.

Eventually, you’ll be out of college and have a job. And at that point, you’ll need to start investing if you want to grow your wealth over time. So you may as well start practicing now.

 

Tip # 6. Ask about student discounts.

Many stores and venues offer student discounts. But often, these discounts are not advertised. So you won’t know about them unless you ask.

Make it a habit of always carrying your student ID with you. And when you shop at a new place, just ask “do you offer a student discount?” You’ll be surprised at how many places say “yes”.  In addition to one time student discounts, you can also find deals like Amazon Prime’s Free Trial for Students, as well as things like Overstock.com’s Club O for Students.

 

Saving money and budgeting while in college can be difficult, but follow these tips and you’ll do better!

 

Check out our new downloadable Excel Student Budget Worksheet

 

4 Steps – Packing Light and Layering Clothing

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After traveling to 6 continents (including Antarctica), and more than 25 countries, I have finally managed to perfect my techniques for packing light and layering. Whether you want to carry-on in order to avoid baggage fees, are worried about having your luggage lost, need to make a tight connection, or just want to escape the airport quickly once you land, here are a few tips that can help you get all of your necessities into a small bag.

We believe in saving money, and that may come by way of saving baggage fees, or using a coupon on a hotel, car rental or airfare. Baggage fees can be an expensive addition to your ticket price, and by packing light, you can save yourself quite a bit of money – especially if you are flying with your family!

Some current baggage fees as of February 2017 are:

  • Alaska Airlines: $25-75
  • American Airlines: $25-150
  • Delta Airlines: $25-150
  • Jetblue: $20-100
  • United Airlines: $25-150
  • For a more comprehensive list of fees, take a look at Travelocity’s page

 

STEP 1: FIND THE PERFECT SUITCASE

Depending on where I’m traveling to, I will either use my Burton Flight Deck bag, or a North Face Base Camp duffel bag.

How I choose? The North Face is my choice when I am going somewhere that I want to carry a bit of my snorkeling equipment or if I know that I will be on a tiny airplane that may have requirements about soft-sided luggage. If you don’t carry a normal backpack with you, the backpack straps work particularly well and help mask the size a bit.

If I’m traveling to a city, or know that I will be moving the bag from place to place, I have come to love my Burton Wheelie Flight Deck travel bag.  You can fit a ton into this bag, but it still meets most airline restrictions.

These are my preferred bags, but any bag that meets carry-on requirements will do.

Here’s my Burton wheelie flight deck bag ready action for my two week trip to Ireland and Morocco:

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STEP 2: DECIDE WHICH CLOTHES TO TAKE WITH YOU

The key to packing light is layering. I recently went to Morocco for two weeks with a group of 16, and I was proud to say that I had the second smallest suitcase – and was only one of only two people who could carry-on. This was essential because I knew that I would be making multiple airline changes, and would need to clear customs in a hurry to make my connecting flight.

How did I do it? By layering and packing clothes that coordinated well together (stick to one or two color families) and layering.

First, I grabbed my must haves:

  • Two pairs of jeans, plus one pair of more lightweight pants that I could wear on the plane and for more rigorous hiking
  • Two sweaters: One thin and one medium weight sweater that I could wear in the evenings
  • Two shirts: One linen for the heat, and one cotton for the evenings
  • T-shirts (Cariloha bamboo v-necks are my favorites)
  • Socks and other undergarments

But the layering magic came in to place when identifying the items that could help me remain comfortable in the desert evenings and daytimes in the cities:

Patagonia Houdini jacketpatagonia_houdini_jacket_pink

This is an extremely thin and light jacket that blocks wind and rain. I kept it in my camera bag every day just in case I got chilly, and it works well as both an outer and inner layer.  I found that wearing it under my hoody (see below) provided a lot of warmth when walking around near the coast or in the mountains, but it was also comfortable to wear with a t-shirt when needing to cover up a bit and not overheat.

 

 

 Arcteryx Covert Hoodyarcteryx_covert_hoody

One of my favorite pieces because it feels like a fleece, but looks much more presentable.

 It looks much more like a sweater than a sweatshirt, and it’s great for the plane ride if you get chilly.  The cut allows you to fit quite a few layers under it, so this is a key layer when you don’t have a jacket with you.

 

 

 

 

Patagonia Nano down vestpatagonia_nano_vest

This is a very thin vest, but is really warm. I wore it over a tshirt on some days, and over a sweater when I needed a bit more warmth. This works great as a second layer, but also when combined with multiple layers because it is so thin. You can even wear this under or over the fleece if you need additional insulation, and the interior pocket is handy for excursions where you want to keep some items a bit more protected. Shopping today? Here are some Patagonia coupons.

 

 

Smartwool long sleeve shirtsmartwool_crew

When reviewing the itinerary for my trip, I noticed we would have a night in the desert where it would get chilly. Rather than packing a separate jacket that I would only use once, I decided to bring along a smartwool long sleeve shirt. When you think of these, you probably imagine snow, but these make a great layer over a tshirt or under a jacket in lieu of having to bring a jacket along. Even though it was only needed once or twice, it still took up much less room than a jacket.

 

 

Toms Classic shoestoms_classic_chambray

When I need to travel light, I generally wear my bulkiest shoes on the plane (generally sneakers), but I know that I sometimes feet need a break. The original TOMS shoes fold down to an almost flat state, so they are very easy to pack (and light). While they are far from dressy, you can often get away with these in the evening if the rest of your outfit is put together well, and save yourself from bringing yet another pair of shoes.

 

 

ExOfficio Give-N-Go undergarmentsexofficio_give_n_go_briefs

If you are a traveler, you’ve likely run across ExOfficio. I first discovered them before heading to Africa because I was aware of their BugsAway line, but I love their underwear because they are easy to wash in the hotel room and dry quickly.

 

 

 

Most of the pieces above are available at Backcountry.com, REI, Moosejaw or Amazon.

A scarf is a perfect accessory to throw into your suitcase. While I don’t often wear one at home, it makes it very easy to dress up a pair of jeans for a nicer night out and doesn’t take up much space in your bag.

While my packing list is more geared toward adventure travel, you can follow the general premise and look for layers that suit the weather conditions and your activities.

 

STEP 3: FIGURE OUT WHEN YOU CAN DO LAUNDRY

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Look at your itinerary. Do you have more than one night at a hotel? If so, that’s a great time to have a pair of jeans and shirt washed.

Yes, it can be expensive to do laundry at a hotel, but when you think about the cost of washing a pair or two of jeans versus the cost of checking a bag, it still works out to your advantage both in terms of time savings and usually in terms of money, as well.

I often wait until the last couple of days to do laundry so that I have something clean and fresh for the trip home. Long haul flights are bad enough, but long haul flights in jeans that you’ve worn even once make the journey home that much worse.

Once you’ve considered this, take a second to purge anything that you may not need now.  It’s a perfect opportunity to leave that extra pair of pants or shirt at home.

I have also started bringing some of the small Tide laundry detergent packets along on long trips (usually available at Target, Walgreens or CVS) for washing unmentionables in the sink. The packets take up minimal space, and you’ll feel better about wearing the clothes you wash with real detergent.

 

 

STEP 4: MAXIMIZE THE SPACE IN YOUR SUITCASE

We’ve talked about clothing, and I’m assuming that you have pruned and rationalized your selections a bit. Now, let’s assume that you’re going to need every last inch of space.

First,

if I’m using the Burton bag I mentioned above, I’ll open it up and stick socks and undergarments in the wheel well area until it becomes flat.

 

Second,

you’ve likely heard about rolling clothes, and it’s true – it does take up much less space. I roll all of my t-shirts, especially around the sides of the bag that often go under-utilized. This can be your second layer.

 

Third,

while shoes can go on the sides, I have generally found that placing them top down in the center area fits better (this way the flat soles are up). Belts can also be snaked around the side of the suitcase.

 

In general, I always put shoes on the side of the suitcase that has the hard back so that the soft side doesn’t bulge and cause flight attendants any reason to measure my bag. Make sure to put your most “squishy” clothes on the bottom of the soft side (which becomes the very front of the bag) for the same reason, and place your more rigid items in the middle of the bag.

 

Think of packing light as a game of Tetris.  Alternate rolling clothes and folding them to ensure you don’t leave any open nooks & crannies in your bag. My bag has two separate sides, so I tend to put my folded clothes on one side and rolled clothes on the other.

 

You’re ready to go, but here are 7 more tips!

 

1. Minimize the need to iron.

Covering your folded shirts with a thin plastic dry cleaning bag can keep them looking much more crisp when you arrive at your destination.

 

2. Easy access to toiletries.

Even though I have TSA pre-check and Global Entry, I usually put my toiletries toward the top of the bag, just in case I need to remove them.

 

3. Pick up some packing cubes.

If I happen to be traveling with a duffel bag, I have found that packing cubes are a great way to maximize space. While I use them occasionally in my regular suitcase, I think that ability to stack actually works better for me in the duffel and keeps things organized for easy unpacking/repacking.

 

4. Bring snacks from home.

I like to pack snacks from Trader Joe’s in my suitcase whenever I travel internationally because the occasional hankering for American food hits. If you can manage to fit these in your bag, it creates a bit of open space for souvenirs.

 

5. Carry a dry daypack.

sea_to_summit_ultra-sil_daypackWhen traveling there are days that you want a backpack, but trying to pack a spare when you’re traveling light can take up much needed space. I found this Sea to Summit pack, and it now makes it into my suitcase nearly every time I travel and takes up essentially no space. It allows me to keep my camera backpack or laptop bag in the hotel, but gives me quite a bit of flexibility and is water resistant.  Get the Daypack on Amazon.

 

6. Balloons make great gifts.

One of the best tips I received from a fellow traveler was to bring balloons with me for kids in impoverished areas.  They are easy to pack, are much healthier than candy, and made the kids smile!

 

7. Sign up for Pre-Check and Global Entry.

This will save you time and make your time in the airport slightly more tolerable! Some of the Amex credit cards will even refund your enrollment fees for Global Entry.

 

Ready to take off? Find some hotel deals here.

15 Creative Ways to Save Money

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While we offer coupons from your favorite stores, brands and services, we know that sometimes you need to get a bit creative to save even more money.  Whether you’re saving for retirement, for a trip, or to help pay off credit card balances, we have 15 ideas below that can help you pocket a bit of extra cash.

 

HERE ARE 15 CREATIVE WAYS TO SAVE MONEY:

1. Get your hair done for free

Search for local beauty schools. Sometimes these schools need models to train their students on things such as blowouts, cut and/or color. Since a supervisor is always present, the chances of a disaster are slim. If it’s not free, it will definitely be less expensive than a traditional salon.

 

2. Cut co-pays

If you take prescription meds regularly, ask your doctor for a three-month supply. Sometimes doing so turns out cheaper than buying the same pills month to month.

 

3. Take advantage of free fitness classes

Many gyms and fitness studios offer at least one free class or session. You can try a new place and get a workout for free at the same time.  Many apartment buildings also now offer Yoga or other classes for free.

 

4.Shop for groceries on Wednesdays

Many grocery stores launch their new sales on this day. Shoppers who browse the aisles on this day get first-pick on newly discounted products. Also, since many stores will honor the previous week’s deals you might end up saving even more.

 

5. Go to a food truck for date night

Nowadays there are plenty of food truck offerings nationwide. Oftentimes, the food is delicious at a fraction of the price. This way, you can dine outside and have a new experience for less than going out to a traditional restaurant.

 

6. Go to the grocery store less frequently

Experts say that going to the grocery more often causes you to purchase things you might not need. If you go less to the grocery you will have to create meals with what you have. This way you can be more creative in the kitchen, cut food waste, and save some money.

 

7. Reduce your credit card interest rates

According to Dave Ramsey and Suze Orman you can reduce your interest rate by just calling to the credit card company. So go ahead and try it! You might end up with a better deal on your credit card fees.  Continue making the same payment as before your rate dropped and apply the difference to your balance.

 

8. Don’t order drinks when you dine out.

Even though it might seem like a small amount, over time it will add up. Instead of ordering a drink, ask for water. You’ll spend less over time, can save more and it’s a healthier option than many high calorie drinks.

 

9. Give up a bad habit

Give up smoking or drinking, or anything you consider a ‘bad habit’ in your life and put that money in a savings account. Some people have successfully eliminated their smoking habit this way. You can then use that money to fund a trip, pay off student loans or add it to your retirement fund.

10. Don’t go shopping when you’re sad

Often times a shopping spree can help us feel better, but it can also have a negative impact on our wallets. Identify moments when you’re feeling sad and/or upset and hold off on any purchases for a day or too. You can try exercising instead, which will release endorphins and make you feel better.

 

11. Pick one bill denomination and save it

Decide which denomination you’ll save. Every time you get a bill in that denomination save it. You can use the money for a specific purpose or just as a way to increase your savings.

 

12. Grow some veggies

Make a list of staple vegetables you keep in your kitchen. Do some research and grow them on your own. You might decrease your grocery bill and get a new hobby.

 

13. Reassess portion sizes at meal time

If you have a lot of food left over when you cook, try limiting the portions. That way you can reduce your grocery bill and who knows, maybe you can start eating more healthy.  When you’re eating at a restaurant, you can split your dish in half and take the other portion home.

 

14. Check if the library has free passes to local attractions

Some library offer passes to different cultural activities around the city. This is a great a way to extend your discretionary income and enjoy some cultural activities.  Worst case, you may be able to rent a cool new book instead of buying it!

 

15. Plan your meals around your grocery store’s flyer

Every week grocery stores put out flyers with items of sales. Plan your meals around these sales. That way you’ll get more creative with your meals and reduce your grocery bill.

 

Want more ideas? Check out these creative money saving tips & ideas from US News, Bankrate, Greatist, The Simple Dollar, LifeHack, Apartment Therapy & Natalie Bacon

6 Home Improvement Projects that Pay for Themselves

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If you own a home, you know that there’s an endless list of home improvement projects that you can do.

Whether they’re already on your list or have been put on a Honey-do list for you, here are some projects that can help save you money, or can pay for themselves in terms of adding value to your home.  We’ve focused more on projects that a single person can do relatively quickly, versus longer term projects or those that require professional help.

 

1. IMPROVE CURB APPEAL

Paint your front door & trim

Everyone knows that paint is cheap, but most people think of painting rooms inside their house.  But what if you took a small can of paint and give your front door and trim a quick coat? This is a quick project and can quickly improve curb appeal.  Lowe’s has a great selection of paint, but of course you can try a dedicated paint store like Sherwin Williams or another hardware store.

Weed and put in fresh plants

Even if you have a beautiful home, it will look less attractive with a messy front yard. Pick up some new gardening gloves and tools, plus some plants and go to work.  If you’re not someone who will be out there watering frequently, look for low maintenance plants like yucca.

Replace light fixtures

Have some old or dated light fixtures outside? Update them relatively easily to give your place a new look.  You can find these at places like Wayfair, Lamps Plus, and Home Depot.  Need some inspiration? Take a look at these examples on Houzz.com.

 

2. PREPARE FOR COLD WEATHER

Caulk your window

Don’t let a draft in during the winter because you’ll have to run your heater longer than necessary. Caulk is really cheap (you can get it for under $10 at Home Depot) and you can easily cover the cost.

Check your filters

You’ve likely run your air conditioning quite a bit over the summer, and now is the time to replace your filters.  You can save money by having clean filters instead of dirty, clogged ones.

Install energy efficient windows

If your windows are old, you may want to replace them with energy efficient ones.  This might be a job that’s too tough for one person, so you might need help with this one!

Bonus savings idea that requires outside help

Have your furnace inspected before it starts getting to cold for any money hogging problems. Ensure that your furnace is heating efficiently so that you don’t waste energy unnecessarily.

 

3. GET RID OF POPCORN CEILINGS

Popcorn ceilings are really out of date, and while it’s time consuming, removing the popcorn is fairly easy and inexpensive.  Here are some how-to tips from DIY network.  You can pick up a Homax Ceiling Texture Scraper for Popcorn Ceiling Removal (yes, there is such a thing) at stores like Ace Hardware or Home Depot and even online retailers like Overstock and Jet.com.

 

4. REPLACE YOUR OLD APPLIANCES, LIGHT BULBS & MORE

How old are your appliances? A 20 year old refrigerator is not very efficient, and neither is an old washer or dryer.  But have you thought about replacing your lightbulbs or other appliances? You can take advantage of appliance sales and pick up something new that is energy efficient and even get a rebate in some cases.

 

5. TAKE A LOOK UNDER YOUR CARPETS TO SEE IF THERE ARE HARDWOOD FLOORS WAITING TO BE EXPOSED

Assuming you own your place, have you ever looked under the carpet? Hardwood floors are both beautiful and have a high perceived value, so if you’re lucky and have discovered hardwood floors under your carpet, watch a Youtube video on how to remove the carpet properly, then refinish the floors and you now have a beautiful new look for your home!

 

6. BUILD YOUR OWN OUTDOOR GAMES

Ok, so this one is more about saving money and having fun, rather than true home improvement, but when you see that the cost for a cornhole board is $50-100 and think about how cheap it would be to make, you can justify taking some time away from your more serious list to build a game or two.  Ladder ball is another game that’s relatively easy to build.

8 Ways to Save Money on and in College

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Let’s face it. College is expensive, and not all of us will get full ride scholarships based on stellar grades or athletic ability.

Since we’re here to help you save in many ways, not just with coupons, here are some ways to save on college, and while you’re in school, as well:

1. Chase Down those Private & External Scholarships

While the world “scholarship” often brings to mind the thought of elite athletes or students who have taken a slew of AP classes in high school, the reality is that there are a lot of scholarships offered for a variety of different types of students. Perhaps you didn’t have the best grades, but did a lot of community service? There are scholarships out there that don’t request grades or standardized test scores. Maybe you’re a first generation student? Or a single mom? A lot of different companies (including us!) offer scholarships that are looking for students that fit a variety of criteria, so do yourself a favor and spend some time looking around for some of them. Private scholarships come in amounts starting as little as $500 but can add up if you pound the digital pavement and apply to lot of them.

You can find private scholarships in a few places:

    • Your school’s financial aid page. Many schools have a list of private scholarships available on their sites, or connect to a database. Some schools refer to them as external scholarships, but it’s essentially the same thing – scholarships that are not funded directly by the school. Here’s an example of a financial aid page that links off to some external scholarships: SDSU External Scholarships

 

    • Scholarship search engines. There are some large scholarship search engines that help match students up with scholarships that they are likely to have a chance of winning. Two of the largest ones are Fastweb and Cappex, but there are also a lot of others like FinancialAidFinder.com. Since not every scholarship shows up on every site, it’s best to sign up for several of them.

 

    • Specialty sites. Websites like StudyAbroad.com often list scholarships that are relevant for the students their site targets, but you can also find out about scholarships on websites built by college counselors and consultants who have a resource section.

 

  • Google. Another quick and easy way to find scholarships is by simply doing a search on Google or your favorite regular search engine. Consider searching for things like “single parent scholarship 2016.” Adding the year or year you’re going to be attending (ie 2016-2017) can help ensure that you’re finding current scholarships, versus ones that may have already closed to new applications.

2. Apply for Need-Based Aid

If you’ve ever been near a financial aid office, you’ve likely heard of the FAFSA. The FAFSA, or Free Application for Federal Student Aid can be completed online at https://fafsa.ed.gov and is due on different dates based on the state you’re attending school in. If you are looking for aid based on financial need, you’ll want to make sure that you complete this form on time. You’ll be able to use this form to help qualify for grants, loans and work study jobs, and it’s worth filling out even if you don’t think you’ll qualify.

3. Take on a Work Study Job

Work study jobs can help you save some money, but can also help you gain experience before you enter the workforce. While some may include working in the cafeteria, you can also find jobs that can help bolster your resume and help you gain incredible experience. I had two work study jobs in college – one of our department of Instructional Technology (building websites) and another as a teaching assistant for an Ethics class… which were much better part time job options than what I could have found externally. You can usually find out about work study jobs online, but make sure you get in touch with your school’s financial aid or counseling office early to have the best selection. Here’s an example of a work-study job listing page from Berkeley.

4. Consider Community College

Another option for saving money on college is to attend a community college for your general education courses. This is generally a much cheaper alternative to 4 year colleges and university, and you can consider talking with a counselor at your target university to ensure that you’re taking classes that will transfer over. This can save you thousands of dollars in tuition, and you can find some cost comparisons online like this one from Texas.

 

WHILE YOU’RE IN SCHOOL, THERE ARE SOME OTHER WAYS TO SAVE MONEY THAT YOU CAN USE TOWARD TUITION, FOOD OR EVEN SPRING BREAK:

 

5. Rent or Buy Used Textbooks

Textbooks can be incredibly expensive, and you can consider buying your books used or even renting books. While you used to have to go to the campus bookstore and fight over the last used copies, you can now get textbooks online. A few of the top places are textbooks.com, Barnes & Noble, Alibris and Amazon Textbooks.

6. Take advantage of Student Discounts

Being a student has some other perks – student discounts! Check your local restaurants for discounts, and make sure to take a look at your school’s newspaper. Many companies offer discounts for students including Apple, Best Buy, Urban Outfitters, and some others. Take a look at Unidays.com to find even more deals.

Amazon even has a version of Amazon Prime for Students, which comes with a 6-month trial and a refer a friend program that gets you $5 for each friend who signs up.

7. Check for Discount Clubs for Students

In addition to things like Amazon Prime for Students, other companies such as Overstock offer specific discount clubs for students (and teachers sometimes get the benefits, too!). They have a program called Club O for Classroom, and with a bit of research you can likely find some additional companies that offer similar deals.

8. Watch for Tax Free Weekends

Several states offer the opportunity to shop tax-free one weekend a year. Check our guide to see if your state offers this.

Save Money on Food: Guide to official restaurant coupons & rewards programs

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We get it.

You’re hungry, NOW. But, you want to make sure you get a great deal on that meal you’re about to enjoy. Whether you’re a starving student, starving artist, or a busy Mom (or Dad), we’ve created this list to help you quickly find deals from your favorite restaurants.

Since you’re probably famished, or maybe just in a hurry, we put the ones that don’t require an email sign up or account right at the top for you.

If you need something quick, but want to eat healthy, take a look at Health magazine’s guide.

We broke this list up into three parts:

  1. Restaurants that publish coupons or deal on their sites, no strings attached.
  2. Restaurants that offer coupons via their email or loyalty / rewards programs.
  3. Restaurants that don’t seem to offer coupons, but we didn’t want you to think we forgot about them.

Enjoy!


Restaurant Coupons (no email signup required!)

These restaurants publish coupons or deals on their website, no strings attached. If your favorite isn’t on the list, keep scrolling down and you can find a link to their rewards program.

Applebees – Get $5 off your $25+ order for a limited time

Burger King – Find 2 for $5, 2 for $4 and 5 for $4 type deals here

Carl’s Junior – They make it very easy to click and print the latest coupons for burgers and more

Church’s Chicken – Printable coupons tailored to your zip code

Dairy Queen – These tend to be more geared toward telling you what’s new than providing an outright coupon, but it’s worth a quick check

Del Taco – A mix of deals that don’t need coupons, some printable coupons, plus an easy way to join their rewards club which gets you a couple of free tacos

Dominos – Find their best national deals, plus coupons for your local area. Or check our Dominos page.

Dunkin Donuts – Contests and promotions. Connect to their twitter page for deals, or find deals for AARP members.

Hardee’s – Similar to Carl’s Jr above, they offer a couple of coupons that you can click and print

Little Caesars – Enter your zip code to find the closest Little Caesars, plus find coupons if that particular location has them

McDonalds – A couple of promotions, plus ways to get more deals (like downloading their mobile app)

We have a couple of Papa Johns coupons for you; otherwise, you can find their email promotions here.

Pizza Hut – A list of deals, plus an easy way to order that particular deal online

Popeyes – Enter your zip code and find local coupons & deals

White Castle – Exclusive online deals, plus a way to get their app deals


Restaurants that offer coupons via email or rewards programs

In order to get official coupons from these restaurants, they want you to either sign up for their email list or join their rewards program. Most of these restaurants are likely to send a coupon out right away, so you might as well try signing up before your walk or drive over, or place your order online.

Arby’s – Sign up and get a free coupon for a roast beef classic when you buy a drink. The coupon comes immediately.

Baskin Robbins – Sign up with facebook or your email and get special discounts throughout the year, plus a special birthday club deal

Bojangles – Get a free Cheddar Bo biscuit with any purchase just for signing up, plus additional deals. The biscuit coupon comes immediately.

Boston Market – Sign up to get $3 off your next purchase of $10 or more

Breugger’s Bagels – Exclusive email deals for their subscribers. I received a coupon for a free bagel w/cream cheese (with drink purchase) the morning after signing up.

Chick-fil-a – Sign up for exclusive email deals

Chili’s – Get 60 points right away when you sign up for the program, which is enough for a free menu item. Plus get a dessert on your birthday.

Chipotle – Sign up for future deals & news

Culver’s – Sign up and get a free Value Basket with the purchase of a Value Basket

Einstein Bros – Get a free Bagel & Shmear with purchase just for signing up

El Pollo Loco – Get free Chips and Guacamole when you join.

Firehouse Subs – Sign up to get a free free large drink with the purchase of any sub. The coupon comes immediately.

Jack in the Box – A coupon is revealed on the screen immediately once you fill out your email or mobile info

Jamba Juice – Sign up to get $3 off on your next visit, but you’re required to put in a phone # (hint: consider using your office # if you don’t want to get text messages)

Jason’s Deli – You can opt in to only get promotional messages, plus get a $5 coupon on your birthday if you want to give them your birth date

Jersey Mike’s – Get a free sub & drink on your birthday. You can enter in your zip code for local deals.

Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC) – Super easy signup. All you have to provide is your email address.

Long John Silvers – Get a free fish & fries when you sign up. Once you create your account, you’ll get a page featuring 9 printable deals. Another coupon comes to your email about 10 minutes after signing up.

Olive Garden – Get a free appetizer or dessert when you buy two adult entrees. It’s also easy to sign up for deals from other related restaurants like Seasons 52.

Panera – Get a Free Pastry or Sweet Welcome Reward as soon as you sign up.

Qdoba – Get a free order of Chips and Salsa or Regular Drink loaded on your card just for signing up

Red Robin – Rewards program with a ton of benefits, but no immediate coupons

Rubio’s – Get a free taco when you sign up. They say it can take 24-48 hours to arrive, but mine came the morning after signing up.

Ruby Tuesday – Sign up to get a free appetizer coupon within 24 hours (mine came the morning after signing up).

Sonic – Sign up to get offers emailed to you. No specific incentives for signing up.

Steak n Shake – Sign up for special offers, including deals for kids.

Subway – No specific deal highlighted for signing up

Taco Bell – Sign up and get a coupon on the screen right after you create your account. Mine was for 10% off my order, but the deals may vary or change.

TGI Friday’s – You’ll immediately get a free appetizer or dessert, plus a Jump the Line Pass when you sign up. Phone # is required.

Tim Hortons – No specific incentive for signing up.

Wendy’s – No specific incentive for signing up. The “my account” area has a section for offers, but there were no offers in there upon account creation.

Whataburger – No specific sign up incentive

Which Which – This one is a bit different. Once you visit the store to get a sandwich, get a loyalty card from them. Register it online and you’ll get a free drink.

Wingstop – Get a free order of fries when you sign up

Yogurtland – Get a free 3oz yogurt just for registering

 


Restaurants that don’t seem to offer official coupons online

We really like some of these places and didn’t want you to think we forgot about them, but we couldn’t find good deals online. You can always try signing up for their emails, but some of them (like Five Guys) are very clear about not offering coupons.

Five Guys – They’re very clear on their about us page – they don’t discount their food.

In-N-Out – They don’t offer coupons online, but you might want to check out their secret menu

Krispy Kreme – We couldn’t find them online, but you can download their mobile app and get a coupon that way.

Panda Express – They have a coupon page, but it’s not actively maintained so we won’t send you there.


Here are some other ways to save money on food:

  1. Save money on groceries with our printable coupons
  2. Or you find a great deal from Restaurants.com if you’re eating somewhere other than a fast food or quick serve restaurant.

 

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