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How to prepare and get organized for Fall at the Dollar Store

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:48AM Wednesday October 2, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

You never know what you're going to find when you head into the local dollar store. Sometimes you find a roarin' good deal, and other times you're standing there with a perturbed look on your face wondering, "why in the world would anyone spend a dollar on that?!"

I'm a huge fan of my local dollar stores. I'm especially a frequent visitor for decorating supplies. Since it's Fall, I'm all about the Autumn decorations. I have a pretty good supply at home, but for extra needs I stop by the dollar store. 

And how fun is it to find cool and unexpected things, like this tool for DIY homemade uncrustables? Sometimes there are cool finds like this, which always make it like Christmas while shopping. Too soon to mention Christmas? Nah! After all, the stores already have all the decorations out!

But I digress...let's talk about the cool things you can do with dollar store finds... Read More »

What is this Intel Haswell thing, and should you pay extra for it?

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 11:02AM Monday September 30, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

In the old days, you could tell how fast a computer's processor was by a few simple designations. Pentium 4? Faster than Pentium III. A 500MHz clock speed? Faster than 300MHz.

These days, however, processor lingo can be a lot more confusing. Yes, Intel's current line consists of fairly simple numerical branding--Core i3, i5, and i7--but within those categories you'll hear terms like Ivy Bridge, Sandy Bridge, and, most recently, Haswell.

What the heck do all those words mean, and if you're in the market for a new laptop, do they matter?

Just like Intel's Pentium line before it, the Core series has evolved over the years, with each new generation bringing various changes and improvements.
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Savings Secrets: 5 of the best items to buy at the dollar stores

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:00AM Monday September 30, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

I still remember the time I headed to the store on a last-minute "emergency" run to pick up something I needed for about $10, only to find that same item for dollar at the Dollar Tree the following week. I definitely felt like I had wasted money, and vowed to be a lot more careful with my spending after that. 

I'm a huge fan of stores like Dollar Tree and the 99 Only Store. I'm always popping in for items that help me save when it comes to parties and upcoming gifts. For my kids' birthday party, I picked up 10 character balloons for $10 total, and it was one of the most fun things they experienced when they walked into a room full of helium balloons. 

That's just one of the items that make the dollar store awesome, so let me talk about some of the great buys that can be had at the dollar store.

1. Books - especially children's books. There is a huge assortment of children's books available at places like Dollar Tree. And these aren't just cheapo books. They are books that had their heyday and are now heavily discounted as the popularity decreased. I'm especially a big fan of the coloring books that I can snatch up for just a dollar. Read More »

6 ways to increase your savings at Walmart

By DealPro(view all posts by MariaTRamos)
at 6:00AM Thursday September 26, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

With the abundance of Walmart stores in the nation, you may be wondering how to use that to your advantage. We live about 7 minutes from our local Walmart store and we find ourselves there quite a bit and through our shopping adventures, we've learned the following tips to help increase our savings (and yours, too) at Walmart.

1. Price match, price match, price match.
If you don't want to be driving all around the city to different stores to get various deals, Walmart's ad match policy is the way to get most of your shopping done in one place. If you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, all you have to do is tell the cashier at any register and they will match that price for you. There are some restrictions, like the size, quantity, brand, etc. has to be identical to the advertised one. There also needs to be a specified price on the ad, not just a percentage off. We love using Walmart's ad match because it saves us time and money from the gas we would have used traveling to the other stores. It's also easier to do one-stop shopping if you are shopping with kids in tow. Read More »

How to shop at the drugstores for pennies

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:31AM Wednesday September 25, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Recently I talked about 4 unique places to shop for groceries, and one of the places I mentioned was the drugstore. The major drugstores (Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid), each have awesome rewards programs that allow you to shop for mere pennies on the dollar. 

Playing the drugstore game is a great way to grab deals on groceries, household items and other fun things. 

First thing is you need to understand is the entire drugstore game as a whole. Each store has very different rules and promotions, and it's a good idea to understand them separately. 

Then based on your general understanding of each store, it's time to pick a store to focus on.  Read More »

7 ways you can save at Target every time

By DealPro(view all posts by Melissa.Buckles)
at 6:00AM Tuesday September 24, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

I love shopping Target and you can easily find great deals at Target if you know how to use these 7 ways to save at Target on every visit:

1. Watch Sales. The weekly Target Ad is a great place to start for savings. Target ads run from Sunday to Saturday each week and include sale prices, bonus gift card offers and other deals. There are also unadvertised sales in stores and online most weeks that can be found as you browse.

2. Use a Target Red Card (Credit or Debit). When you use Target Red Card you automatically get an additional 5% off your purchases and FREE shipping on your purchases. Another bonus of the Red Card is that you can sign up for Take Charge of Education as a Target Red Card holder and donate 1% of your Red Card purchases to your selected eligible school. Read More »

Savings Secrets: 4 unique places to shop for groceries

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:00AM Monday September 23, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Most of us head out to the grocery store when it's time to pick up food for the week. It's the best way to find and shop for all our weekly food needs right? Well, not necessarily. 

There are actually some other great ways to grab the weekly haul, and save money at the same time. Here are some unique places to shop for groceries and other household needs: 

1. TJMaxx and Marshalls. These stores carry a variety of different types of foods, and the deals are usually really good. I'm especially a fan of all the different organic foods they have. And along with saving on groceries here, you can actually get a good deal on your salon products. So if you have to buy those expensive hair care products, you're better off finding them at the Maxx baby! Read More »

The single most surprising way to make your computer boot faster

By Guest Blogger(view all posts by Rick.Broida)
at 8:43AM Monday September 23, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

I'm anti-anti-virus software.

I have been for a long time, for reasons I'm sure anyone can appreciate: anti-virus software costs money, and it can make your computer run slower.

Need proof? Look no further than the Anti-Virus Average Time in Boot chart recently posted to Soluto's Facebook page. It shows eight of the most popular anti-virus programs and how many seconds they add to the average PC's boot time.

The range: 12 seconds to a whopping 61.8 seconds. Yep, your anti-virus program alone could be costing you a full minute every time you start your PC.

Feel free to take this with a few grains of salt.
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5 ways to save at Whole Foods Market

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 10:00AM Thursday September 19, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Many of us have probably seen the recent article on a popular news site complaining about how it's impossible to walk out of Whole Foods Market without it costing a fortune. I'm here to say this is untrue. 

It's actually not uncommon for me to walk out of Whole Foods Market spending $100 for a week's worth of food for a family of four. Yes, you heard that right: $100.

Here's are the 5 different methods I use for saving at Whole Foods Market:

1. Shop the perimeter. If possible, avoid going down the various aisles and just shop the perimeter of the store that contains fresh, whole foods. 

2. Meal plan and go in with a list. As much as most of us don't like this phrase, meal planning can really help us save some money. Make a list of your family's 15 favorite meals, and recycle those meals throughout the month. Knowing ahead of time which meals you're going to make can really help you focus your spending.  Read More »

Grocery Savings Bootcamp: 10 things you need to know to become a savvy couponer

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 9:15AM Wednesday September 18, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

The grocery aisle. It can be overwhelming and disconcerting. Saving money - is it possible without a huge amount of stress and time spent preparing and clipping coupons? Like any undertaking, couponing is an adventure, but it's an enjoyable one that has huge rewards at the check out. 

The DealPros are the ultimate resource for saving money, and they know how to get you started out right. Here are their top tips for getting you started and well on your way to becoming that savvy couponer you're striving to be. 

1. Before you even begin, it's important to understand ethics and the laws related to couponing. Check out how to use coupons legally and ethically

2. Along those lines, it's important to be courteous to others while couponing and also understand coupon fraud.  

3. Now that you have a good foundation, here are five tips to get you started with grocery savings. My favorite? Look for those "Manager's Specials" and other clearance deals. Sarah shares how she got started with couponing here, which is a inspiring post worth the read if you are just beginning on your journey. 

4.Savings on things like meat and produce is possible. Check out how to save on meat and how to save on produceRead More »

Six ways to maximize your savings at Kroger

By DealPro(view all posts by Lynette.Rice)
at 6:00AM Tuesday September 17, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Are you heading to Kroger this week? Here are six ways to maximize your savings:

1. Compare Coupons

Because many Kroger regions this year decided to stop doubling coupons, you want to make sure you grab the best coupon before heading to the store. Checking a coupon database will help you select the best coupon to use.

2. Take Advantage of Store Promotions
Kroger is known for their Mega sale promotions. A Mega promotion allows you to save a specific amount of money when you buy participating products. When you see that Kroger is having a Mega event, make sure to stock up on your favorite products that are included. Because you can use coupons in addition to the promotional discount, you'll maximize your savings. Read More »

Savings Secrets: 4 ways to buy groceries in bulk

By DealPro(view all posts by CrystalECollins)
at 8:07AM Monday September 16, 2013
under Money Saving Tips

Purchase in bulk. We hear that phrase all of the time, and know that nowadays it's not only a great way to be prepared but also a good way to save money on groceries. Buying groceries in bulk isn't that difficult to do, and if you've got the space you should definitely consider bulk buying for long-term savings. 

Here are four different ways you can buy groceries in bulk and save BIG!

1. Purchase your groceries at a wholesale club. This just goes without saying right? But can you really save money at a wholesale club? Many people feel like it's not really a savings to purchase at a place like Costco or BJ's, but that's most definitely untrue. 

With a little smart price comparison, it's easy to see that you can save on groceries at a wholesale club. And since they even have coupons, that's another great way to save. BJ's Wholesale Club actually accepts both manufacturer coupons and their own coupons, so it's a great place to save on groceries. 
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