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

Regretsy’s Crafter School Special: Make Your Own Snooki Mask

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When Savings.com asked me to create a weekly DIY tutorial for their readers, I was overwhelmed. I was also drunk, which is why I said yes.

But I think you’ll agree that I’m a natural for a job like this, because I have almost no crafting ability. And if there’s one thing the handmade movement has taught us, it’s that you don’t actually need talent to craft, and everyone has to pretend to like it anyway.

And speaking of no talent, how great is Jersey Shore? Really great, that’s how. And if all those kids did was smoke cigarettes and vomit on themselves, it would be enough for me. But God love them, they’ve got so much more on the ball. Did you know that three of them are already published authors? And Snooki’s book is on the New York Times Bestseller List! It all seems so effortless for them. Probably because they didn’t actually write anything.

Wouldn’t we all want a taste of that life? You bet we would. And today, I’m going to show you how to see the world through Snooki’s eyes. Soon you’ll be living the dream, one happy hour at at time.

I Resolve to Start 2010 on the Right Foot

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Hopefully y’all are enjoying the first day of 2010 without the champagne hangover.  But either way, we want to help you start the New Year on the right foot–literally.

We’re giving away a $50 gift card compliments of Famous Footwear.  Whether you use it to buy a new pair of running shoes, dress shoes for a more professional appearance or boots made for walking or a pair of dancing shoes–it’s completely up to you!

The Tech-pert: MagicJack and Other Options for Cheaper Smartphone Calling Plans

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I’ve often said it’s not the price of smartphones that bothers me, it’s the monthly fee you have to pay for service.

AT&T and Verizon, for example, charge $59.99 per month for 900-minute plans–not including the obligatory data plan for your iPhone or Android phone. And if you’re a serious gabber, the unlimited voice plans will run you $69.99 monthly.

Wouldn’t it be great if you could switch to the cheapest available voice plan, without giving up a single minute of talk time? Thanks to a couple amazing apps, you can.

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.

Android Nation: HTC Evo, Droid X and Incredible Smackdown of the iPhone 4

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It’s old news but at least now its official: the Android platform has become more popular than the Apple iOS in terms of smartphone market share. So logically we’ll take a look at why with a comparison of the leading Android devices against the infamous iPhone 4.

Credit Cards Can Cut the Cheddar You Spend on Gas

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The price of gas sure does stink these days, but what are you gonna do about it?  While many will treat that as a rhetorical question, choosing simply to pay up and grumble as the national average price for regular gas creeps toward the $4.00 mark, others will take a more practical approach to the issue and look for ways to ease the financial burden.  You therefore have to wonder:  Can something as simple as a rewards credit card help weather the storm of rising gas prices?

Absolutely! The right gas credit card can save you upwards of 5% per gallon, which would basically be the equivalent of paying last year’s prices.  The trick is finding the offer that best matches your lifestyle and spending habits.

This Week In Deals: 5 Valentine’s Day Deals for You and Your Lover

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 Now that Super Bowl 2014 has come and gone, let’s direct our focus on another special event that’s happening next week, Valentine’s Day 2014. If you’re a hopeless romantic, a lover, this day was made especially for you.

Traditionally, you would give a nice assortment of chocolates in a heart shaped box, a dozen of red roses and a white teddy bear with a red heart on it, but there is so much more you can get for that special person in your life and we’re here to help.

Here are this week’s sexiest five deals:

Deal #1: Your one stop shop, Macy’s is offering an additional 10-15% off most departments. You can choose from jewelry to their favorite undies. Expires 02/10/2014.

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.

Twelve Days of Giveaways: $200 Peruvian Connection Gift Card and MyJewelryBox Pendant

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Today’s prizes are all about luxury.  Whether it’s velvety smooth alpaca fibers, soft Peruvian pima cotton, lustrous silk or sparkling diamonds, there’s nothing quite like sumptuousness of the finer things in life. 

Compliments of Peruvian Connection , we’re giving away a $200 gift card and if that weren’t enough, we’re throwing in a bit of bling thanks to our friends at MyJewelryBox .

Kmart Christmas Layaway Commercial: Shame on you or Thank you very much?

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Kmart just released their Christmas layaway commercial featuring a gingerbread man and a lady working behind an office desk. So what’s so special? It’s getting some major attention and heat from the public.

Some people think that Kmart went overboard by releasing a Christmas commercial in September, but others that have benefited from Kmart’s layaway plan are praising them. Just read some of the comments from customers on the Kmart Facebook page.

At Savings.com, we’re always encouraging our readers to plan early because having a game plan leads to maximizing your savings. So while this is not a shocker for us, what are you thoughts? Do you think that Kmart made the wrong move by releasing a Christmas commercial so early or did they do the right thing to help customers start planning for the holidays that are right around the corner? Take a look at the commercial and please comment below.

Twelve Days of Giveaways: The Couch Potato Prize Package

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Happy December 2nd and happy day two of the Twelve Days of Giveaways. It’s also Friday which makes it that much better!

What are some of your weekend plans? Do they involve sitting on the couch and watching some football or a great movie? If so, this “Couch Potato” Prize Package will surely meet your expectations! 

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.

The Prowl, or: How to get other people to do your shopping for you and save money

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(Theprowl.com’s main Ask and Answer section)

TheProwl.com looks a bit like Pinterest, and that may well be on purpose. Unlike Pinterest, The Prowl has a focus: its unique “Ask and Answer” section encourages you to employ the brains of others to find deals and make better fashion decisions than most mere humans with jobs and lives ever could. So while Pinterest is a great place to obsess over the infinite aspirational scroll, The Prowl is for paring down possibilities, and making a purchase. In contrast to Pinterest and related sites like The Hunt, which largely market themselves to the female demo, The Prowl’s pragmatic approach to commerce can be appreciated by the most shopping-phobic individuals of any gender.

Ways to Manage Your Own Healthcare Without Health Insurance

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In a recent article by the Los Angeles Times, a survey showed that healthcare costs are rising while benefits are shrinking. Health premiums have risen 153.5% since 2002 which is five times the inflation rate in California. And on top of that, employers offering health insurance has dropped to 63% from 73%. In fact, 46.3 million Americans under the age of 65 do NOT have health insurance. These are scary statistics, but there are ways you can go about managing your health care without health insurance.

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