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Save Yourself During the Holiday
Can you believe the holidays are here? The frenetic energy to get organized and ready is almost palpable. If you’re like me, the mere mention of out-of-town visitors brings on the anxiety. Having enough time to prep the house and make it inviting overwhelms me. Let alone worry about what to feed everyone. Thus, I am happy to learn new ways to save all around (time, money and my sanity).
Meal time is one of my favorite places to find shortcuts. Not that I mind cooking so much. There are only so many holiday meals and gatherings one can partake in before needing a break. Enter Groupon Restaurant Pages.
The cool thing about Groupon Restaurant Pages is you can search and find a local restaurant. On the restaurant’s page find discounts, reviews and other details about the dining experience. Plus a google map to view the location. No need to open a separate browser tab on your Aunt’s computer and wait for directions to load. This takes minutes with her internet connection, mon dieu! Just enough time for a family squabble to erupt. I will curtail that and use Groupon!
A great way to save some money during this shopping season and spend less time in the kitchen (and less time arguing)! I would definitely say it is a win-win-win. Thanks Groupon for making this season a little easier to navigate.
Like clock work, back to school clothes and supply shopping hits the pocket book hard. It seems like everything that needs monetary attention, happens around this time as well (fixing a car tire, dental work, college student fees and so on). I had to review our budget to look at funds available. One of budget strategies we discussed was purchasing Visa Gift Cards to hold until these types of expenses come up and they do, every year. This is a great idea, especially if you can find discounts on the gift card purchases. For example, right now Office Max has a deal to maximize on savings:
$15 off when you purchase $300 in Visa Gift Cards. The offer is valid from August 23rd – August 29, 2015.
While this saves $15 off the top, add in other coupons and you can save up to $100 or more (depending on your strategy). My husband has no desire to do the research thus I end up spending about an hour or so doing the legwork.
Here are the steps I follow:
- Make a list of the items needed
- Price compare store sales via online circulars for price matching
- Sign-up for store rewards program
- Search for printable coupons to use in-store (check restrictions)
- Return empty ink cartridges (30 day processing).
Finally, I would split up the purchases. One part for Office Max and the other for clothes. Repeat the steps above for each retailer. Finally, after the purchase, some items will go on sale. Note, some stores will refund the difference but you’ll need to follow store policies.
There are so many ways to save but it does take time to prepare. I am curious, what strategies do you use to save — anything I have not mentioned? Or maybe you think it is not worth the hassle?
Bonus savings: If you have a Chase Ink Business credit card, you can double up on the savings! Card holders will receive increased rewards on specific purchases made at Office Max stores (4x the points or 5% cash back on the Visa Gift Card purchase). Visa Gift cards can be used everywhere the U.S. Visa Debit is accepted.
Details: Activation fees apply. Limit of 2 per household. See your local store for more details.
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I think it was a nostalgic trip down memory lane that triggered this. I found myself searching for laser show discounts on Groupon this past week. Perhaps that or another birthday headed my way or just something random. Seems to be happening a lot lately. Either way, I realized my affection for the things from my youth still lives.
Your summers might sound a little like mine. Typical teen adventures. I spent countless summer hours at the mall with girl friends. Limited budgets kept us close to home and using our creativity. After scraping change together, we would head for the area where teens congregated. On the way there, I would daydream. Thoughts of clothes and makeup on an unlimited budget made me smile. Instead we would window shop at Express then pay a visit to the local music store. Whether we realized it or not, our stress was minimal. My biggest concern? If my crush called while I was out, haha!
Even though times have changed, the benefits in finding the best deals remains. Saving a little dough to hang out with your crush (or spouse) is still a priority. Plus, finding that cute top and latest makeup for the date is fun too.
One of the trends that has not gone out of style is bold stripes. I loved them then and now. Which Express piece would you pick to add to your wardrobe: A, B or C?