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Derek Allen
Derek Allen
Jul 09, 2010

iphone_money

Smart phones are the latest technology boom taking over the consumer market. You can’t turn on the TV without seeing a few ads for the latest smart phone. The demand for them is huge and it doesn’t look like this trend will be ending anytime soon. Especially when people waited in line for well over 6 hours to receive their new iPhone 4. Smart phones may be expensive, but the potential savings they could allow you to harness can easily make up for the cost. This latest technology boom has brought about app marketplaces where developers can write custom software to run on smart phones. I will be sharing the apps that I use on my iPhone, though many will have versions to run on different smart phones, that I use everyday to make my income go further.

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Derek Allen
Derek Allen
May 21, 2010

salad_dressings

I used to always grocery shop with a list. It helped me remember everything I needed at the grocery store. But I still found myself navigating almost every aisle of the grocery store. Except those 2 or 3 in the middle that are always empty, who uses those? By the time I ended up in the checkout line my cart looked like it belonged to a contestant in a shopping spree. It was chock full of stuff that I didn’t need. If you don’t believe me, open up your fridge and take a look at the inside door. How many different salad dressings do you have? Way more than you could ever possibly need. I was wasting valuable money on unplanned purchases. I finally decided to try something I have been putting off for a while: grocery shopping with a menu.

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computer_money

Have you ever been standing in line at a non-grocery store waiting to pay and someone in front of you has had a printed coupon they are using?  Chances are they received the coupon signing up for that store’s eClub.

If I know I am making a trip to a specific store, I will visit their website to see if they have an eClub to sign up for.  When you sign up for a retailer’s eClub, you will periodically receive emails with sale notifications, coupons, and special offers.

Below is a list I have composed of retailers that send you a welcome discount coupon email almost immediately after signing up.  Most of the links send you directly to the sign up page.  If you are directed to the home page, scroll down to the bottom of the page and you should see the box to enter your email address.

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Maria Hinson
Maria Hinson
Jan 26, 2010

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Looking for free food on your birthday?  Look no further!  Below is a compilation of restaurants that will send you a birthday gift just for signing up for their e-club at their website.

Baskin Robbins – Free scoop of ice cream

Beef O’ Brady’s – Free appetizer

Benihana’s Japanese Restaurant – $30 Birthday dinner certificate

Ben & Jerry’s – Free single scoop

Cold Stone Creamery – Free Love It creation

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Maria Hinson
Maria Hinson
Jan 20, 2010

cash_coupon

I will never forget the day that I saved $203 using grocery coupons and taking advantage of store specials.  Although it was four years ago, I remember it like it was yesterday.  I was on a mission -I walked into the store prepared with the week’s grocery ad and matching coupons for the items on sale already clipped and separated.  I went up and down the aisles, buying the items I had matched with my clipped coupons.   (This particular store also had several Buy One Get One Free specials and doubled coupon face values, which added to the savings).  The total for a cart full of food was…

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shopping

During our first Target Gift Card Giveaway, we asked our readers to share a money saving tip they planned to implement during the new year. We had a very strong response that resulted in a bunch of great ideas from our readers. There were some truly innovative tips as well as some practical ones that are equally as useful. Here is a round-up of all the great tips we received.

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Maria Hinson
Maria Hinson
Jan 11, 2010

coupons

I have been a grocery coupon clipper from the time my little hands were able to hold up a pair of scissors and cut with them.  Every week, my mother would religiously go through the coupon book inserts in the Sunday paper and mark the coupons she wanted me to cut for her.  I would then meticulously cut the marked coupons, one by one, while we talked about our week.  As I got into my teenage years, of course I had better things to do with my time so I stopped coupon clipping with her.

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