Archive for May, 2008
May 30th, 2008
May 29th, 2008
Looking for more ways to save money? Why not just spend less money on everything that you buy. The Dreamline Savings newsletter can help you save money no matter what you are looking to buy…and the best part is that it’s free to join! Just sign up at the top left hand side of the screen, and every Tuesday and Friday you’ll get an email with the latest and greatest deals so that you don’t have to search the web for hours to make sure you’re getting the best prices.
Here are a few of the deals from today’s newsletter.
May 28th, 2008
Looking to win a few prizes or some cold hard cash? Even an amazing vacation isn’t too much to ask for when entering online contests. They are usually quick and easy to enter, and you never know what you’ll win:
- Enter to win an 8-day guided trip for two to Rome, Florence, and Olive Gardenn’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany. They are also giving out $25.00 Olive Garden Gift Cards daily. This contest is going on through July 6th, and you can enter daily.
- Enter to win $1,000, $500, or a SanDisk Product now through December 31st, 2008. You can enter daily.
- Enter to win a home theatre including a 42″ HDTV and 100 watt surround sound system, a BlueRay DVD player, a one year supply of Chock full o’Nuts Coffee, or “The Bucket List” DVD. You can enter daily now through August 7th, 2008.
- Enter to win an Incredible Home Gym or a Green Ipod Nano, or an EAS Myoplex product. Everyone wins Incredible Hulk Products. If you don’t have a UPC, the website says to use code EAS2008. You can enter daily through August 1st.
- Enter to win $25,000. There are smaller cash prizes being given away as well by This Old House. You do not have to purchase the magazine to enter the contest. You can enter once now through January 1st, 2009.
May 27th, 2008
Looking to go on vacation soon, but still don’t know where to go? If you don’t want to spend a lot of money, a cruise is a great option. You’ll get to see a lot, but won’t have to spend much money.
Right now Orbitz has up to 75% off of last minute cruises, making the deal even better.
Once you’re on board, if you don’t mind giving up soda and alcohol – and just drink water or iced tea, you won’t have to worry about spending any money. As far as when you get off the ship at different ports, that’s up to you. You can go on a shore excursion with the cruise line and pay for it, or walk around on your own.
If you don’t want to spend a lot though, you won’t have to!
May 26th, 2008
It’s that time again. If you’re looking for some great deals on clothing, home items, electronics, travel, kids stuff, dvds, and more, you’ve come to the right place. Of course, you need to get the whole newsletter to get in on all the great deals (and freebies). Here are just a few of the deals from today’s newsletter:
May 23rd, 2008
Sometimes, buying the floor model can save you a LOT of money. I can understand why for certain things you would want to make sure the item you buy is in the box, has all of the manuals, is brand new, and has no scratches or dents, but sometimes that just isn’t important.
Take for example a small stereo. We were looking to buy one for our house. Our house was built with speakers in the ceiling of each room, and was set up so that all we needed was a portable stereo that we could hook up, and we would get great music in each room.
The problem is, with the one we had since we moved into the house, you could only play the radio or 1 cd at a time. Since the stereo is kept high up in our laundry room, it was very inconvenient to get to, so we decided to get a new one that would play mp3’s, and have a better remote than ours did.
Since this was definitely a want, and not a need, we weren’t willing to spend more than $100.00 on it. So, we went to Best Buy to take a look at what they had. They had a few different choices, but one in particular caught our eye. The Panasonic SC-EN37 Micro System had side speakers that we could easily take off and connect the wires to our system, so that was most important to us. It plays mp3’s, so that was great as well. It even would play an iPod, so although we don’t have one now, if we got one in the future, it would be perfect.
What was even better, was that it was normally $129.99, but was on clearance for $79.99. That was a great price, so we were excited. Of course, because we like to shop around, we then went home and did some research online, finding out that first – it is a good product, and second – that WAS indeed the best price around. So this past weekend, we went back to Best Buy to pick it up.
Guess what? They were all sold out, and only had the floor model left. Since it looked in good shape, and we could see that it worked, that didn’t bother us. We did ask if we took the floor model, what kind of discount we could get off of it…and this is where I was shocked. The sales woman told us we would get it for $39.99. Talk about excited! We were told that there was no box or instructions, but let’s face it…it’s a simple stereo, we didn’t need instructions, and if we really did, I’m sure we could find them online. We didn’t care about not having a box. It was worth the $40.00 savings not to get a box!
So we ended up getting a really nice new sound system for our house for $39.99, regularly $129.99.
So while getting the floor model might not sound ideal, if you really want a certain model, but don’t want to pay the full price, it’s a great way to save a little bit of money! Usually the store will be willing to negotiate as well, so you might get an even better deal. It’s definitely worth checking out!
May 22nd, 2008
If you’re looking for some of the best deals for Friday May 23rd, here are a few that were in the newsletter earlier today. Just remember, you can get all of these deals plus a lot more emailed directly to you for FREE if you sign up for the Dreamline Savings Newsletter. You’ll also be able to sign up for some great freebies that you’ll enjoy getting in your mail!
Here are a few of the deals from the newsletter:
- American Eagle has a few things going on for Memorial Day.
- At Babies “R” Us now through May 26th, both online and in store you can get $5.00 off when you spend at least $25.00. If you want to use it online, use code 922088. To use it in store, bring in the printout. You can also get 30% off all clearance apparel. In store you don’t need anything to get the 30% off, but online use code BRU15MD.
- Now through Tuesday, May 27th, you’ll get an additional 15% off your order at Luggage Online as part of their Memorial Day Event.
- If you go down about a third of the page, you’ll see that Best Buy has Disney-Pixar DVDs for $12.99. They also have a bunch of other DVDs for $4.99 each. Order online and pick up in store to save on shipping.
- Buy has a BT-407 Bluetooth Headset for $10.00, regularly $49.99. Shipping is free.
May 21st, 2008
If you’re like I am, you love listening to music. Even if you don’t always like music on, you might want to listen to music every once in a while while you’re at home, either while you are relaxing, cleaning, or reading a book.
As you know, CD’s can get expensive, and sometimes your radio just isn’t exactly what you’re looking for. Let’s face it, your radio only gives you a handful of stations you might be interested in, and you might be looking to hear a particular song, or a more particular genre then what the local radio stations play.
This is where Internet Radio comes in! There are so many different websites out there (all free), and many you can even listen to the song you want to – when you want to!
Here are just a few choices you have, and what makes them great. As you’ll quickly see, depending on your mood, you can listen to almost anything you want…even if you don’t know what you want!
Live365 – This Internet Radio station has hundreds of stations. For example, if you choose oldies, first you can choose if you want to listen to 30s, 40s, 50s, 60s, 70s, 80s, or 90s. After you choose that, you get tons of radio stations to choose from, so you’re sure to find a station with a style you’ll like. Since it’s a radio station, there are commercials, but there are only a few. They even have multiple stations that just play Disney songs! So you’re sure to find what you’re looking for.
ShoutCast – This is another Internet Radio website, and they also have hundreds of stations to choose from. Similar to the one above, you can search to find almost exactly what you are looking for. Again, since it is a radio station, you’ll get a few commercials.
Pandora – This is an interesting website. You tell it a song you like, or an artist…and it will play songs that are similar. This is a great way to listen to music if you’re in a certain type of mood, since it will play songs similar to what you entered. It will also play songs that are less known, so you’ll get to hear different songs.
IMEEM – Have a song that you NEED to hear, right now? Go to IMEEM. You can type the song in, and listen to it right away. It’s great if you are in the mood to hear a certain song, since you can just enter the name of the song, and most likely you’ll find it and get to hear the whole song. You can even set up a playlist so you can listen to a whole bunch of songs that you want to at once.
As you can see, there are a ton of ways to listen to music online for free, so you have no excuse not to be listening to exactly what you want to! It’s great, because you don’t have to worry about buying the latest CD’s, or spending any money at all…but you can still listen to what you want, when you want.
May 20th, 2008
The other day Scott mentioned that he’d like to start listening to audio books on the way to and from work. He figures he spends about an hour in the car each day, and never has any time to read…so this way he could listen to all the books he’s been meaning to read.
Without thinking, we headed over to Barnes & Noble to see if we could get a good audio book. Boy were we in for a surprise!! Each audio book was at least $30.00, and most were a lot more than that! There was no way we were going to get any audio books that way.
That’s when it finally hit both of us. We could get the audio books from the library. Not only that, but they’d bring them to our closest library, so we would only have to go a few blocks from our house to pick them up.
We were even able to do one better. By checking out the website for our library, we found out that NJ has a free online audio book rental system. Our county is affiliated with it, so we can just go find a book they have, download it, and listen to it right then. Many you can only listen to on your hard drive or mp3 player, but some you could even burn to cd to listen to it.
So now between the new website, and requesting audio books from our library, he can get all the audio books he wants, and we don’t have to spend a penny.
That made us very happy. It’s just funny that it took us so long to come up with it! I guess when we think of libraries, we just think about books, and forget that they have audio books, music cds, movie dvds, magazines, and more.
May 19th, 2008
It’s Tuesday, so earlier today the Dreamline Savings Newsletter went out! There were a bunch of good deals, so if you want to be able to get them sent directly to you…sign up for the newsletter. It’s completely free, and you’ll get to hear about all the great deals you can get, as well as free stuff! Here are just a few of the deals that went out in today’s newsletter.
As you may already know, there are a lot of stores out there that want your stimulus check. They know many people will be getting money, and want you to spend it with them!
If you want to spend some of the money though, this can be a great opportunity for you to make the most out of it, and even get some free money!
Note that each store has its own rules. Some you need to cash your stimulus check with them, others you can show your direct deposit from the government, and still others don’t care if you got the stimulus yet or not! While I’m sure I’ve missed a few, plus more will be announced, here are some of the many opportunities you can take:
I really like the idea of these, and will probably do one of them myself. Everyone needs to go food shopping, so why not get some free money where you know you will be spending money anyway?
Shoprite – They’ll give you an extra 10% on any gift cards you buy, with a maximum of $1,200. You can do this in $300 increments. So if you buy a $300 gift card, you’ll get $330. If you buy a $600 gift card, you’ll get $660. If you buy a $900 gift card, you’ll get $990, and if you buy a $1,200 gift card, you’ll get $1,320. How to get it:Bring in either your stimulus check or tax refund check, or if you had direct deposit you can bring in a copy of your bank statement.
Kroger – They’ll give you an extra 10% on any gift cards you buy, with a maximum of $1,200. You can do this in $300 increments. So if you buy a $300 gift card, you’ll get $330. If you buy a $600 gift card, you’ll get $660. If you buy a $900 gift card, you’ll get $990, and if you buy a $1,200 gift card, you’ll get $1,320. How to get it: It looks like anyone with a Kroger Plus Card can get one, although you can only buy one. But it doesn’t look like any proof of your stimulus check is necessary.
SuperValu (Acme, Albertson’s, bigg’s, Cub Foods, Farm Fresh, Hornbacher’s, Shaw’s/Star, Shop ‘n Save, Shoppers Food & Pharmacy, Save a Lot, Jewel-Osco, and Lucky) – They’ll give you an extra 10% on any gift cards you buy, with a maximum of $1,200. You can do this in $300 increments. So if you buy a $300 gift card, you’ll get $330. If you buy a $600 gift card, you’ll get $660. If you buy a $900 gift card, you’ll get $990, and if you buy a $1,200 gift card, you’ll get $1,320. How to get it: Bring your stimulus check or tax refund check, and cash it there. You can convert as much of it as you want to gift cards in $300 increments.
Stop and Shop/Giant – get 10% off your next order when you spend $200 or more in one transaction and use your Stop and Shop or Giant card. How to get it: Use your Stop and Shop or Giant Card, and spend $200 in one transaction. The coupon will print out at the end giving you 10% off your next purchase.
Sears – Get 10% added to your stimulus check. You must use your entire stimulus check on the gift card though, and direct deposits are not eligible. You can use the gift cards at both Sears, and on the Sears web site. How to get it: Bring in your stimulus check to get the gift cards. You can split the total amount onto more than 1 gift card if you prefer.
Lands’ End – Get 10% added to your stimulus check. You must use your entire stimulus check on the gift card though, and direct deposits are not eligible. You can use the gift cards at both Lands’ End, and on the Lands’ End web site. How to get it: Bring in your stimulus check to get the gift cards. You can split the total amount onto more than 1 gift card if you prefer.
Kmart – Get 10% added to your stimulus check. You must use your entire stimulus check on the gift card though, and direct deposits are not eligible. You can use the gift cards at your local Kmart. How to get it: Bring in your stimulus check to get the gift cards. You can split the total amount onto more than 1 gift card if you prefer.
Menards – Get a 5% bonus added to your stimulus check. You must use your entire stimulus check on the gift card though, and direct deposits are not eligible. How to get it: Bring in your stimulus check to get the gift card.
Boscov’s – If you cash your stimulus check at Boscov’s, they will give you the full amount in cash as well as a 10% Boscov’s Bonus Card. So if you cash your check of $1,200, you’ll get your $1,200 in cash along with a $120 Boscov’s Bonus Card to use. How to get it: bring your check to Boscov’s, and cash it there.
Radio Shack – Buy an item at your local Radio Shack that is $50.00 or higher and you’ll get 10% off the purchase if you pay with it using your stimulus check. You’ll get the balance on a Vision Silver Prepaid MasterCard, which can be used anywhere MasterCard is accepted. How to get it: Buy something at Radio Shack that is at least $50, and use your stimulus check to pay for it.