Did you see the “30 Rock” episode last week about IKEA tearing couples apart? Well it’s true. Me and my wife, forewarned having just watched the show, went shopping this weekend for a new mattress and got in a little fight. Now we didn’t go to IKEA, we went to Sears, but otherwise it was pretty much the same thing. Little issues get amplified as you try to make a decision when confronted with an almost infinite number of options that you will have to live with for years and spend a significant amount of money on.
Valentine’s Day is fast approaching. Once again I’m gonna share with you some of my secrets. Firstly, you can start with the tips from last year here. Follow up with my sure fire anniversary tips here. Then hit the jump for a recent discovery my wife clued me in on that will let you save up to 1/2 off you restaurant tab and make you look better, not worse in your date’s eyes.
Oddly enough this came up today at Savings.com. You would think something so simple would be common knowledge among us savvy shoppers here, but apparently not. Big Lots, 99¢ Stores, and many other places selling close-outs also sell groceries.
I ducked out during my lunch break, splurged on a cartload of goodies and spent all of $37!
I often get blank looks when I try to explain to friends what it is I do for Savings.com in my daily Deal Entry capacity, so I figured I’d explain a little, and in the process explain why Savings is your best bet for finding coupons and online discount codes. I must admit though, when I first started, I had no idea how much money I was wasting in my online shopping by not using the online coupon sites. Believe me when I tell you that I am now making up for lost time…
I’m a little frustrated at the moment with the users of Craigslist, and by that I mean the entire population of this country. Its bad enough that when placing an ad we all have to worry about the flood of spam we know is going to come, and don’t want to list our phone number lest we get robocalls. Then when the shoes on the other foot we have to call and call or email again and again and get no response. So I figured I’d set out a few guidelines, and also vent my frustrations.
I’m married now, but I was a bachelor up until very recently. In fact there was a time when my roommate and I were both working lousy jobs–plus he was going to college full time and our combined earnings were barely paying the rent and keeping the lights on. The numbers escape me, but I’m pretty sure we were living on $5-10 a day for all three meals. Needless to say, we weren’t eating like kings, unless you are talking about the old Henny Youngman joke: “Here King, here King…“
Happy New Year everyone! It’s only the 3rd and I’m sure some of you have already given up on resolutions made three days ago. I have not, but only because I never make life changing pronouncements due to arbitrary dates on the calendar. There are however certain things that are easier to do at the end/beginning of the year than at any other time.
So it’s my third wedding anniversary tonight. We got married just two days after Christmas in a lovely snow covered little chapel in New England. It was beautiful, but now we are stuck celebrating our anniversary every year after already blowing our money on presents for everyone else. And so we usually have very little to spend on each other.
So I must admit, I am that idiot. But in my defense I spent a week in Europe at the end of November, then was racing cars the first weekend of December, so the holiday shopping season kind of got away from me.
As did all my shopping money.
Free Shipping Day is Friday December 16th of this year. Thousands of the biggest online retailers are all getting together and offering free shipping and guaranteed delivery by Christmas Eve on that day.
Recently (Monday?) PayPal pissed off a lot of people. You may have seen the story on Jezebel, Consumerist, or a bunch of other outlets: Regretsy collected $2 donations from thousands of users to buy toys for needy kids for Christmas via a PayPal “Donate” button. PayPal froze the account and went on to provide a very nice example of how not to treat your users. Anyway, last I heard it was being worked out–someone at PayPal issued an apology and promised a donation to the Regretsy cause.
Still for many people online it was one more nail in the coffin of PayPal. All you have to do is a little Googling to read page after page of complaints against them. So here are a handful of viable alternatives I was able to find while looking online. There are pros and cons to all of them, and most likely you will still need a PayPal account in order to pay some online sellers. But you should definitely check these out:
I shop online all day long with Savings.com, and occasionally I actually leave the house to buy things locally. But from Thanksgiving till Christmas I try to avoid the crowds at the stores as much as possible. And let’s face it, there are plenty of people in this modern world who are not really friends or family members but who you feel compelled to get gifts for.
Sure it may be a week before Thanksgiving, but now is the time to start thinking about your Christmas lights. Why? Because last year all the big retailers were offering shoppers who traded in their old lights a discount on new LED lights, but only for a limited time. You can take a look at my last year’s post about recycling your Christmas lights and see most of these deals happened in the middle of November.
In fact, Home Depot’s 2011 program just ended, sorry.
Woody Predicts: The End of Black Friday and the start of Day after Halloween Deals by 2015.
Walmart has already pushed the envelope this year by starting their Christmas shopping deals on November 5th, weeks before Thanksgiving. Being the biggest retailer on the planet, you either keep up with them, get out in front of them, or get run over by them.
Sure Craiglist and eBay are great, but sometimes for one reason or another you need an alternative. There are some items that just aren’t allowed on those sites–not even illegal or unseemly stuff either; dogs, cats and other pets for example. Everyone knows that buying used is the number one best way to save your money, especially on durable goods that don’t wear out, so here are some places to find that stuff.