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Archive for February, 2007

A simple tip to make your laundry dry faster!

February 24th, 2007

This is going to sound silly, or really obvious…but It’s something I only found out recently. When you take a load of laundry from the washer and put it in the dryer, throw a dry towel or two in with it. It will help your laundry dry a lot faster!

It’s something very simple, and yet will save you money by having to run your dryer less!




Price Matching

February 22nd, 2007

Price matching (within the same store) can really save you money. Many people know that at certain stores you can price match if another store has a lower price, but did you know that you can usually price match within the same store?

Don’t you hate when you buy something, and find out 2 days later that it’s on sale at the store you bought it at? Well most stores will allow you to bring in your receipt, and get the difference credited back to you. Each store has their own policy on how long they will do this for, but this usually applies for up to 30 days after you purchase a product.

This is a great way to save money on a product you’ve already purchased. This way you don’t have to wonder if you got the best price, or if it will go on sale the next day.

This also works well (and very easily) with Amazon.com. They will give you any money back if their price goes down within the next 30 days after you purchase a product. They will even give you multiple refunds if the price goes down multiple times within the 30 days!

There is an easy way to be notified if the price of your items does go down. After you purchase it, put the item in your cart again and then in the “Save for later” category. Any time you go into your shopping cart, it will tell you right at the top if any of your items have changed in price. You just log on every few days, and you will know right away if you should request a partial refund. There are also websites such as Refund Please that will notify you if any of your products have been reduced in price. Refund Please is not always as good about accurately notifying you though, while the first way noted will always show you if there is a lower price.




Restaurant coupons!

February 20th, 2007

If you have a few favorite restaurants, make sure to sign up for their newsletters. This goes for any restaurant, but especially if they are chain restaurants. Besides getting coupons emailed to you every once in a while, usually within the few weeks before your birthday, you will start receiving coupons for free entrees, or a certain dollar off your meal because of your birthday. These coupons are usually good for a month or two, and can really help you save!




Win money while searching!

February 18th, 2007

I know a lot of people use Google when they search on the internet, but you might want to try Blingo when you get the chance. It uses Google, so you should get the same search results, but here you have a chance to win prizes.

This will only happen within the first 10 searches you do on Blingo a day, but if you’re going to be doing searches on Google, you might as well win something! By signing up, you can also win something if one of your friends does, so you have even more chances to win.




Best Prices for Shipping

February 16th, 2007

Do you need to ship a package? Find the best shipping rate possible using two websites.

Redroller.com provides delivery times and price quotes for DHL, FedEx, USPS and a couple of regional shipping companies. Enter sender and recipient zip codes, weight and package type and you’ll know the best price.

Unfortunately, UPS owns their own site, iship.com that includes quotes from Airborne Express and USPS.

It is unfortunately still a two-step process, but it is much easier than going to each company’s individual website.




Entering Contests…

February 14th, 2007

Spending a few minutes a day/week entering contests can be an easy way to save money. If you win something once in a while, you could end up with cash, a trip, or something else that you might have otherwise eventually bought.

Last year, Coke had a contest online during the Olympics where you would win 5 bottles of 2 liter Coke products each time the United States won an event you were assigned. You got a new event each day you entered and the United States ended up winning quite a few medals. We ended up with 31 coupons and 165 bottles of soda.

These contests are easy to enter – most of the time, you must enter your name and address the first time you play, but from then on you only need to use your email address, so it is nice and quick. We have won a few small prizes, such as water bottles, t-shirts, board games, soda etc. But just a few months ago I won a contest where I received a 5-piece clothing set worth $325. What surprised me, was it was a daily contest, and I had only entered it the one time out of the month and a half it was up. This shows that even just a few minutes a week entering your name and address can win you some great prizes!

Not all of them are as great as the Coke contest, but we are going to start putting in a few contests in each newsletter…who knows, maybe you will win something big! If not, you will probably at least win a few small items. We will try to include when the contest runs until, and what type of contest it is. Some you just enter in once and that’s it, while others you can enter every day. Many of the daily contests will let you know right away if you’ve won, so there is no waiting!

There are contests out there for all sorts of things, from a new house to a dream trip, to a free drink. We will try to include a little of everything, so you have a chance to win all different types of prizes. Just to show how easy it is, as I was typing up the contests to be put into a newsletter a few months ago, I won a free Dr. Pepper from the Chick-fil-a contest! Not too bad. They sent it in the mail, and then the next time I was in the area, I got a free drink. It only took about 30 seconds to enter the contest, so it was definitely worth the time. Good Luck!




Look for Clearance Items!

February 12th, 2007

Any time you are in a store or outlet store, take a look in the back of the store. Most stores usually have a clearance or special sale section where you can find things that are very deeply discounted since the store is trying to get rid of it.

For example, last week I was in an Aeropostale, and in the back there was a little clearance area. The sweatshirt that I found was normally $40.00. It was marked down to $9.99 and rang up at $2.99! You can’t beat that. But even if it means looking through a bunch of clothes that are all thrown together, it really can work out to your advantage.




Pet Supplies for Less

February 10th, 2007

If you have pets and hate paying high vet bills, there are ways to get around it. Depending on where you live, the ASPCA or Humane Society may have vet services which can cost less then half of what you would pay at a regular vets office.

Also, instead of paying high prices for medication for your pets, try purchasing them online. Here are two websites that both have very low prices. They are located in Australia, but ship quickly. As always, you should even compare pet medication prices online, as prices do vary.

Pet Supplies Net – Shipping is $3.99 per order.
Pet Shed – Shipping is $5.00 for the first item, $1.00 each additional item.




Learn a new language for free

February 8th, 2007

Learn a new language

Here are some free foreign language courses developed by the Foreign Service Institute. These courses were developed by the United States government and are in the public domain. Most of them were created in the 1960s.

The courses are provided as pdf scans of the original texts and mp3 files for the audio.

Available languages so far include:
· Cantonese
· Chinese (Standard)
· French
· German
· Greek
· Portuguese
· Serbo-Croatian
· Spanish
· Turkish
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Thinking about vacations…

February 6th, 2007

Since this is the time of year where many people start to plan their summer vacations, we wanted to offer you this tip to save.

When going on vacation, make sure that you have everything you need at least a few days before your trip. This will save you from having to run out and purchase things last minute and having to pay more then if you had been able to take your time to find the items for a good price.

This will also save you from having to purchase things at your destination. As you know, many tourist locations sell certain items at a premium since they know that you won’t have a choice but to purchase things like sunscreen, film, etc… if you didn’t bring your own.

So just by thinking a few days ahead of time, you can save a lot of money later!




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