Announcing Save Up 2014

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It’s that time of year again! It’s time for our annual Save Up conference, and this year we’re thrilled to host our seventh edition of the conference in the lovely and quirky city of Austin, Texas. America’s savviest money-saving bloggers, the Savings.com DealPros, will be descending upon Austin from July 31st through August 2nd for a couple days of learning, networking and fun!
Save Up in an exclusive event for select Savings.com DealPros during which experts from the Savings.com team will shared their knowledge and industry best practices with the attendees with the goal of helping the DealPros develop their own businesses. We’ll also spend a good deal of time learning from the DealPros by getting feedback on the current programs offered through the Savings Blogger Network and by listening to their ideas for new programs or tools we can offer bloggers who are interested in saving their readers money.

As was the case last year, Save Up will be happening concurrently with Valpak’s annual Coupon U conference. Hosting the conferences together allows the DealPros to meet several team members from our sister company Valpak, as well as Valpak franchise owners from across the country. 

We’ve invited the following bloggers, and we look forward to spending time with them in Austin later this year!

Merissa Alink, Little House Living
Amanda Brackney, Simple Saving Savvy
Stephanie Brandt, Debt Free Spending
Aimee Brittain, Pretty Frugal Diva
Christina Brown, Northern Cheapskate
Melissa Buckles, Everyday Savvy
Briana Carter, Bargain Briana
Mindi Cherry, Moms Need to Know
Amy Clark, Mom Advice
Corrie Cole, Centsable Momma
Crystal Collins, Natural & Thrifty
Sami Cone, SamiCone.com
Melissa Cox, Frugalissa Finds
Kim Danger, Mommy Savers
Shellie Deringer, Saving with Shellie
Jen Dotson & Sia Hills, Thrifty Northwest Mom
Myrah Duque, Coupon Mamacita
Melissa Earl, Living a Frugal Life
Ashleigh Evans, Being Cheap is Easy
Dian Farmer, Grocery Shop for Free
Lori Felix, More with Less Today
Donna Freedman, DonnaFreedman.com
Jennifer Garza, I Save A2Z
Ashley Goad, Coupons for Wisconsin
Lauren Greutman, I Am That Lady
Laura Harders, Beltway Bargain Mom
Charlene Haugsven, My Frugal Adventures
Rachel Holland, Surviving the Stores
Mary Hoover, Mission to Save
Melissa Hurst, Savings Cents with Sense
Denise Iannarelli, Coupons for Your Family
Tiffany Ivanovsky, My Litter
Melissa King, This Mommy Saves Money
Carrie Loper, Coupon Closet
Jordan Page, Fun Cheap or Free
Ryan Preston, Simple Jersey Living
Maria Ramos, A Savings Wow
Stephanie Rector, Couponing 101
Lynette Rice, Cleverly Simple
Sarah Roe, Money Saving Queen
Jennie Sanford, Bargain Blessings
Kristie Sawicki, Saving Dollars and Sense
Heather Schisler, Passion for Savings
Andrew Schrage, Money Crashers
Jennifer Schreiner, Inspiring Savings
Kelly Snyder, Kansas City Mamas
Courtney Solstad, My Crazy Savings
Sara Steigerwald, Sisters Shopping on a Shoestring
Lea Ann Stundins, Mommy’s Wishlist
Lisa Thompson, Simplified Saving
Kasey Trenum, Time 2 Save
Maura White, Happy Deal Happy Day
Ricky Willis, Skint Dad
Mitchell Wischmann, Frugal Finders
Dana Zeliff, The Coupon Challenge

Savings Makeover: 4-day Corpus Christi family vacation for $585

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Recently, our DealPro Shellie Deringer planned a four-day trip to Corpus Christi for Austin mom Traci Shannon as part of the savings makeover.

For $585, she was able to get a hotel room for $275 using Savings.com coupon on Hotels.com, $130 for dinners using Valpak Mobile, $80 for attractions using the Valpak website (ahead of time) and $100 for gas using the Gasbuddy app.

She was also given an additional $150 contingency money ($38 per day) just in case she went over. If her kids were hungrier than usual or the price of gas suddenly jumped, having that extra padding would be a stress-saver.

Wardrobe Oxygen: Saddle Bags Gallop to the Forefront of Fall 2011 Fashion Trends

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Saddle bags have returned to fashion, and in a big way. This style of bag marries the preppy trend, the equestrian trend, the collegiate trend and the military trend perfectly. Not only that, a saddle bag is a classic look that can dress up and down with ease and will still look chic seasons after the trend leaves the runway and your glossy fashion magazines.

Changing your bag is a great way to look on-trend for the season without having to revamp your entire wardrobe. Imagine a simple black turtleneck sweater and dark straight jeans with an oversized clutch. Now envision with a slouchy blue leather hobo bag. See that same outfit with a classic saddle bag–amazing how the change of your purse can totally change your personal style!

While there are designer saddle bags available for hundreds of dollars, you can get this same look for far less without sacrificing style. Here are some of my favorite budget-friendly saddle bags.

Free 20 Page Photobook for US Soldiers, 20% off Everything at Kohl’s, Free Apparel from Sears Outlet & More

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Are you ready for the weekly freebie list?  First, there’s a couple of freebie offers from previous posts that are about to expire I’d like to remind everyone of.  First, you have until August 31st to get the kids (K-6th grade) a free haircut at JCPenney.  All their salons in the USA are offering the freebie. Appointments are required.  Free Summer Plays at the Disney Store ends August 26th.

Amazon to Zappos: Shipping Rates and Free Shipping for Over 50 Top Online Retailers

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Image by Rudolf Stricker (Own work (own photo)) [GFDL or CC-BY-SA-3.0], via Wikimedia Commons

One of the biggest obstacles to internet shopping are the shipping charges. That’s why free shipping offers are among the most popular promotions for online shoppers. A recent post over at SmartMoney explored the increase of free shipping offered by various online retailers and inspired me to do a round-up of the top fifty online retailers, their shipping policies and how to get free shipping at each of them.

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