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Creative tips and outside-the-box ideas for saving and making money in your personal life.

Nov 13, 2013  |   Discounts, Saving Money  |   No Comments

How to get a discount when you shouldn’t

cropped-money.jpgSo many times in my life the saying, “You can’t get what you don’t ask for.” has been applicable to numerous situations. I think for a lot of people its a comfort zone thing. They think, why would I get a discount here? Why do I deserve a discount? Why not I say? What harm is there in giving someone a discount if it makes them happy and they come back again? The fact remains that most of the time, if you don’t ask for it, you’re not going to get it, simple as that. But if you do, the rewards can be well worth it.

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Nov 7, 2013  |   Discounts, Saving Money  |   No Comments

11 Ways to Save Money When Dining Out

Rigatoni dinnerThere are few things I like more in life than good food. And being the frugal gentleman that I am, getting good food for less money is even more satisfying. So I thought I would change things up a bit this week and talk about a few of the many great methods I have used to save money when dining out. So lets get started with 11 ways to save money when dining out.

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Oct 29, 2013  |   Resources, Saving Money  |   No Comments

How to get the lowest price for your Amazon.com purchases

camelcamelcamel price chartToday’s blarticle goes to another one of my favorite online pricing tools. If you’re an Amazon shopper, and you should be as they often have the best prices, you might know that their prices can change quite often, sometimes multiple times per day. A no-doubt complex algorithm that Amazon has decided upon to make sure they stay competitive. Even though you might find the best price one day, how do you know its the best price ever? That, my friends, is why we use Camels.

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Oct 23, 2013  |   Discounts, Rebates, Saving Money  |   5 Comments

Don’t shop at Kohl’s before reading this money saving secret

KitchenAid MixerSeveral months ago I was in the market for a mixer. I had my eyes set on a nice KitchenAid mixer because I knew I would be making pizza dough and wanted something that could handle it. Now, I’m a frugal guy but let there be no confusion, I will still buy nice things. I have no problem buying top-of-the-line items as long as I know I’m getting a good deal. This was the case when I found a great deal on a nice mixer and knew it was time to buy.

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Oct 17, 2013  |   Free stuff, Saving Money  |   No Comments

Taking advantage of special offers to get free stuff

1800flowers.com PayPal promoIf you tell me something is free, you will get my attention. I mean, who doesn’t love free stuff? But not everything free is worth taking. That 20 year-old dresser your mom wants to give you cause you don’t have any furniture sounds like a good idea, but what happens when you don’t want it anymore? You have to have your own kids just to get rid it. One mans junk is SOMETIMES another mans treasure, but not always. Today I talk about some free stuff that is and isn’t worth taking.

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Oct 14, 2013  |   Discounts, Saving Money, Travel  |   No Comments

How to get the best deal possible on your next Las Vegas vacation

Encore Hotel Las VegasI often disregard loyalty benefits as being good incentives because I feel like the companies that offer them are simply creating a way to keep you from looking elsewhere before booking with them. In the case of frequent flier programs, I often assume I can get a better deal if I do my legwork rather than sticking to one airline that might offer some perks after some number of flights. That won’t stop me from getting frequent flier accounts with all of them in the chance that I book with them again in the future, but I don’t personally fly often enough for it to matter. Las Vegas is a different story however. It’s usually pretty easy to get a room upgrade, some meal comps, a discount or maybe some free show tickets, but rarely can you find all of them together. But be a loyal customer and you just might.

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Sep 30, 2013  |   Making Money, Resale  |   No Comments

How to get top-dollar for your used cell phones

iPhone 4sThat’s right folks, it’s Apple season (both literally and figuratively). That wonderful time of year to enjoy a delicious crisp and tasty gift from nature. Also that time when a certain huge corporation decides they need a new product to appease the masses for yet another year. So find yourself some delicious in-season apples from your local grocer, alternatively finish reading this blog post to find out why it’s REALLY Apple season.

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Sep 25, 2013  |   Discounts, Saving Money  |   No Comments

How to get a laptop for almost 70% off the retail price

Acer LaptopOne of the best ways to get a great deal on something is to stack multiple offers. This can get tricky when retailers prohibit using multiple discounts, but when you get away with it, you can find yourself saving a lot of money. This was the case when I purchased myself a new laptop about two years ago.

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Sep 18, 2013  |   Saving Money, Travel  |   No Comments

How to get the best price on your next cruise

Cruise chipThe other day I booked a short last-minute cruise for a fun little weekend getaway. I’m a big fan of cruises ever since I took my first one last year and have noticed that if you’re flexible enough, you can really get a great deal that can often make it one of the cheapest vacations possible. In my search I came across a variety of choices and discovered that sometimes the best price isn’t always the best deal.

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Sep 12, 2013  |   Resources, Saving Money  |   3 Comments

Get the lowest prices online with this handy secret

Invisible Hand Chrome extensionOne of the great things about technology is that it can make our lives easier. We often find ourselves overwhelmed with the latest and greatest tech wonders, but without these tools at our disposal, we can only guess what the best choice is. By embracing technology and utilizing the resources around us, we can often make much more informed decisions. The internet has enabled some of the greatest minds to come together and create tools that can help us find what we are looking for faster and cheaper. One of my favorite tools for doing so is a little plugin called “Invisible Hand“.

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