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Get Ready for Prime Day 2017

 

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This year is Amazon.com‘s 3rd annual Prime Day. This has become an annual online Amazon shopping event with deals to rival that of Black Friday. We can all score some amazing deals so here is how we can prepare and get ready for Prime Day 2017.


When Is It?

Prime Day officially starts July 11, 2017 with some deals available as early as 6pm ET July 10. Specific deals can be watched starting July 9 – up to 24 hours before they are live. Customers can also get exclusive deal reveals by going to amazon.com/primeday starting July 5. Plus, special offers will be available in the days leading up to Prime Day:

  • July 5 – Voice Shopping
  • July 6 – Amazon Music
  • July 7 – Prime Video
  • July 8 – Everyday Essentials
  • July 9 – Reading with Prime

How Can I get the Deals?

First things first, you must be an Amazon Prime member to score the deals. Not a member? Not to worry, you can still sign up for a 30 day free trial and still be eligible to purchase all the exclusive deals.

Next, Amazon suggests downloading the free Amazon App so that you’ll never miss a deal. The app however will allow you to view the upcoming deals 24 hours before they are live and click “watch this deal.” The app will then send you a phone notification when that deal is starting. You can also watch videos here showing more how the app works for Prime Day.  Don have a mobile device? Set up Amazon Assistant on you PC to help you watch for deals.

Amazon will be organizing all their deals by the most shopped for themes so customers can find what they’re interested in faster. And if you happen to miss a deal, you can join the waitlist so if it becomes available again you will receive a notification.

In addition, Prime members with an Alexa device such as the Amazon Echo will have access to exclusive Alexa Prime Day voice shopping deals.

What Types of Deals Can I Expect?

There will be 2 major types of deals. These are Spotlight Deals and Lightning Deals. Spotlight deals will feature top brands and popular items that will last until stock is gone. Lightning deals will be watchable 24 hours ahead of time but will only run for a limited time and with limited quantities. New lightning deals will be available as often as every 5 minutes. Both of these deals can be accessed at amazon.com/primeday.

In addition those with Prime Now available in their area will be able to access additional deals that can be delivered in one hour.

Plus, here are a few of the offers that are being featured leading up to Prime Day:

To get more information about Prime Day read the Prime Day Guide. And read here to learn more about the benefits of Amazon Prime. Happy Shopping!

 

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8 Ways to Save on TOMS Shoes

 

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If you are like me, you love TOMS. In fact you love them so much that you own no less than a dozen pairs and wear them everyday (including at your wedding). But TOMS can be expensive, blah. Some might say that’s the price we pay for cuteness. But being the money savvy person I am, I refuse to accept that. Here are 8 ways to save on TOMS shoes.

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1. Join Passport Rewards

Did you know TOMS has a loyalty program? Their Passport Rewards program is free to join online and allows you to earn “stamps” from your purchases. They award 1 stamp per every dollar you spend on the TOMS website. Not only that, but you can earn additional stamps through various social media activities (such as following them on Twitter), and even just opening and reading their marketing emails. Stamps can be redeemed for rewards such as classic TOMS shoes or discounts like 10% or 25% off your order. Not only that, but by being a member they will normally send you a welcome email with a discount code, emails for your birthday with a discount code, and promotional emails letting you know of current sales.

2. Sign Up For Their Email List

TOMS many times will send you a discount code (usually 10% off) just for signing up for their email list. Plus, you will periodically receive emails letting you know of current sales and promotions.

3. Refer a Friend

TOMS will allow you to earn credits towards your future purchases by referring a friend. For every friend you refer that is a new customer you can earn a $20 credit, plus your friend will earn a discount code to use on their purchase by redeeming your referral. And if you have never purchased on TOMS website before and are looking for an easy discount code, you can click on my referral link here.

4. Utilize Free Shipping Codes

We all know the cost of shipping can add a hefty cost to your total. But luckily, TOMS typically will offer free shipping promotions. These promotions usually come in the form of free shipping after meeting a spend threshold of $65+, but sometimes they offer free shipping on every order!

5. Clearance Styles

Just like any other store, TOMS will clearance out some of their styles. The best sale items come at the end of the season when they are moving out stock. And it usually helps to wear an odd size (such as very large or very small sizes), but it you find something, there are savings to be had. Do note that you typically cannot use discount codes towards sale or clearance items.

6. TOMS Warehouse Sale

TOMS periodically puts on their Warehouse Sale events in major cities. At these events they discount their items up to 70% off! You can expect to find off season styles here (for example winter styles from the previous season being sold at summer events). My favorite are the deals on winter boots. I paid $35 for a new pair of wedges normally costing about $89. You can see what events are coming up here, and sign up for their email list to notify you when an event is coming to your area.

7. Shop On Amazon

By shopping on Amazon you can typically find discounted TOMS shoes along with everything else. Prices and styles will vary, but it’s always worth it to take a look.

8. Rebates and Coupon Codes

Last but not least, you can always attempt to save a few extra bucks by shopping TOMS through a rebate site such as Ebates. Currently, at the time of writing, Ebates is offering 4% cashback on TOMS. (You can learn more about Ebates in this post). Also, as a last ditch effort try using SaveHoney to find any additional coupon codes you can apply at checkout. (You can learn more about SaveHoney here).

 

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3 Best Ways to Recoup Money on Everyday Spending

 

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We all know we can save money upfront on our purchases by using coupons. But did you know you can also get some of that money back after the fact? The most common form of this is through rebates. And rebates come in all different forms. You may say, that’s too much trouble, but it’s actually quite easy, sometimes even effortless. And you’ll thank me when you realize you’ve got a nice chunk of spare change. Here are 3 best ways to recoup money on everyday spending.

1. Rebate Apps

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An example of the Ibotta app

Rebate apps are a great way to earn a little extra money back on your everyday purchases. Most apps like Ibotta and Checkout51 give rebates on grocery purchases. But there are several different kinds including BevRage which rebates you on your adult beverage purchases. These apps are generally easy to use and involve uploading your receipt on your purchase. Learn more about grocery rebate apps in this post. Plus learn about BevRage in this post.

2. Online Shopping Portals

Did you know that there are several websites out there that will give you cash back (or other forms of rewards) for your online purchases? And it’s so simple. All it requires is making your purchase by clicking through their website, and you get cash back, typically straight to your Paypal account. Ebates is one of my personal favorites. I’ve used it on multiple occasions, and there is no catch at all. (Learn more about Ebates here.) There are also other portal sites that will help you earn other types of rewards, such as credit card points or travel rewards. Check out evreward.com and search for your online store to find the portal that will give  you the best payout.

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Earning cashback with Ebates

3. Credit Card Rewards

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This one is just simply a no brainer for me. And it takes practically zero effort on my part to earn. If you have a rewards credit card (and if you don’t I highly recommend you change to one) then you are automatically earning rewards points on all the purchases you make with it. Depending on your card you could be earning cashback in the form of statement credits, or travel rewards that can be transferred to partners and used to book free travel. And if you have more than one rewards credit card, be sure  you are maximizing your points earnings by using the card that will give you the largest percentage of points (i.e. 2% back on groceries). To learn more about using credit card rewards for free travel read this post. And as a final note on credit cards, I only recommend using them if they can be managed responsibly and the balance paid in full every statement.

 

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6 Best Places to Coupon for Diapers

 

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Of all the baby expenses out there, diapers are most definitely the most prominent. And unless you’re using cloth diapers (I say more power to you!) then you are always going out and buying diapers and praying for the day your child is potty trained. And we all know diapers are not cheap either. But what can we do? We gotta buy those suckers. Luckily with couponing we can effectively cut those diaper costs in half! (We can also save for baby in other ways in this post.) Here are the 6 best places to coupon for diapers (in no particular order).

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Target

Target can be a great place to coupon for diapers. They frequently run gift card deals in their weekly ad on big boxes of the major brands of diapers like Huggies, Pampers, and Luvs nearly every week. Plus, they are known to throw in some of their Up & Up brand and even Honest Company every now and again. They also will frequently include store coupons that will get you gift cards for spending thresholds on baby items. Use these deals on top of any manufacturer coupons, cartwheel deals, and REDcard (just another reason why you need REDcard).  And on the cartwheel note, their perks frequently include redemptions for diapers or wipes (learn more about cartwheel here and here). To learn more about couponing at Target visit this post.

CVS

CVS is another store that frequently runs promotions on baby items. These include jumbo packs of the major brands Huggies and Pampers. By stacking manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Extrabucks, you can significantly reduce your diaper costs. You can learn more about the ins and outs of CVS couponing here.

Walmart

I know, no one likes shopping at Walmart, but we can’t ignore the fact that they offer some of the lowest prices around, even on baby items. Use manufacturer coupons on the major brands, as well as price matching and their Saving Catcher App to make sure you’re always getting the lowest price. Read here for more tips about couponing at Walmart.

Rite Aid

Rite Aid will frequently run promotions on their baby items making it easy to get cheap jumbo packs of Pampers, Huggies, or their Tugaboos store brand. Of course use manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Plenti points to score these great deals. Read more about Rite Aid couponing in this post.

Walgreens

Walgreens is yet another pharmacy that offers great diaper deals. Stack manufacturer coupons, store coupons, balance rewards points, and register rewards on jumbo packs of Huggies and Pampers. Plus they offer great deals on a variety of other baby essentials. See this post for more on couponing at Walgreens.

Amazon

For the online shopper, Amazon is THE place for diapers. Members of Amazon Prime can enroll in Amazon Family for free. This essentially saves you 20% on any diaper subscription offered through Amazon Subscribe & Save. It doesn’t get much cheaper than that online. And if you don’t have a Prime membership you can still take advantage of the low online prices Amazon offers (psst, family members can give you the gift of Prime). To learn more about Amazon Prime and Subscribe & Save read here and here.


And for more help on finding the best baby deals every week, I highly recommend checking out thekrazycouponlady.com‘s up to date baby deals here which includes a weekly baby supplies roundup.

 

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How to Coupon at Walgreens

 

Today I’m rounding out my series on the big 5 couponing stores with a post on Walgreens. (Click on the links for previous posts on Target, CVS, Walmart, and Rite Aid.) Now, I admit, I don’t coupon here much at all. This is really just a personal preference though. Many people have found great success in couponing and finding deals at their local Walgreens. And it may be that it’s just convenient for you. Overall, I’d say couponing at Walgreens is similar to couponing at CVS, but there are a few more rules to follow. Without further ado, here’s how to coupon at Walgreens.

Balance Rewards Card

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First things first, you will need a Balance Rewards Card. You can sign up for this online or in store. Being enrolled in this program is the only way to get sale prices and earn rewards. Customers can earn rewards on items they buy including prescriptions and photos. Here’s a breakdown of how to earn points:

  • Earn 10 everyday points per every $1 spent on most items. You must add this perk to your Walgreens balance rewards summary online (or in the app). Once added you do not have to add it again.
  • Earn 100 points per 30 day supply prescription picked up in store (or 300 points per 90 day prescription).
  • Earn 100 points per immunization received at the store.
  • Earn extra bonus points on select in ad promotions each week. An example might be 8000 points on the purchase of two shampoos.
  • Add additional members only perks in your account summary. An example might include 5x points on $10 spent. These perks differ weekly and must be individually activated each week.
  • Redeem points booster coupons from the weekly ad. These coupons are similar to the members only perks online.
  • Sign up for free to become a Beauty Enthusiast and earn 5000 points per $50 spent on beauty products. Plus receive a digital coupon for 20x everyday points when you sign up.
  • Earn points by working out! Sign up for the free Balance Rewards for Healthy Choices and earn 20 points for every mile you walk, run, or cycle with your activity tracker. Read my post about this program here.

When you have earned 5000 points, you can then redeem them for a $5 reward at the register. But you can save them up for better redemptions if you choose. Points can be redeemed for rewards as below:

  • 5000 points = $5
  • 10000 points = $10
  • 18000 points = $20
  • 30000 points = $25
  • 40000 points = $50

As long as you use your balance rewards card at least once every 6 months, your Balance Rewards points will not expire for 3 years! Points also post to your account instantly. This means that you can potentially roll points from transaction to transaction. Most of the time you can use points and earn points in the same transaction. For instance, if the promotion includes purchases a specific number of products, like Buy 2 Get 1000 points, you should have no problem. However, it gets tricky when the promotion involves a dollar threshold, like Spend $12 Get 5000 points. In this case you have to spend more than the threshold amount in order to use points on that transaction.

Plus, there is no limit to the amount of points that you earn, so you can stock up on items and receive points for every item. As a quick tip, everyday points will be earned on the total amount before manufacturer coupons, but after Walgreens store coupons are applied.

ManufactuRer Coupons

Walgreens will accept both online and circular manufacturer coupons. 1 manufacturer coupon may be used per item. They do not state a limit of the amount of identical coupons that can be used in the same transaction (though be aware your coupon might). It is also important to know that Walgreens will only accept 1 manufacturer coupon on Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotions. This means you cannot use a coupon on the free item in the promotion, but you can on the purchased item. Also, Walgreens will not accept manufacturer coupons that exceed the price of the item. For example you cannot use a $3 off coupon on an item that costs $2.99. They won’t even adjust the coupon down to prevent overage, so don’t even bother.

Store Coupons

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Load-to-Card Coupons in the Walgreens app

Walgreens offers a variety of different types of store coupons. Per their coupon policy 1 store coupon may be used per item (in addition to a manufacturer coupon) unless it’s a Buy 1 Get 1 Free promotion like above. Store coupons you might find include:

  • Coupons printed in the weekly ad – these coupons carry a limit of usually 2-4 items, meaning you can use the same coupon on up to the stated limit.
  • Monthy Savings Book Coupons – each month Walgreens will put out a savings booklet available at the front of the store. These coupons do not have a threshold, so you can use the same coupon on unlimited amount of items – it only needs to be scanned once. Plus, you do not have to meeting a item threshold, meaning if you have a coupon for $1 off 4, you can still use the coupon on 1 item and get $.25 off.
  •  Health Booklet Coupons – these are typically found near the health and pharmacy sections and coupons are usually good for up to 1 year.
  • Load-to-Card Coupons – the Walgreens app includes many of the weekly ad and monthly savings book coupons as well as some manufacturer coupons. These can be loaded to your balance rewards card and automatically deducted at the register. You can load up to 100 coupons at a time.
  • Catalina Coupons – these vary by day and person, but typically can be used on your next transaction.

Register Rewards

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A sample Register Reward

Finally, there are Register Rewards. These are store credit like coupons that are printed on your receipt and can be used on your next transaction. Promotions for Register Rewards are typically advertised in ad and store. An example might include receive $1 Register Reward with the purchase of 1 body wash. Register Rewards will typically expire in 2 weeks from the printed date.

Only 1 Register Reward can be earned per promotion per transaction. Meaning you can earn the same reward on a 2nd transaction, but not earn 2 within the same transaction. Do be aware though that the rewards will not roll from transaction to transaction. This means you cannot earn a Register Reward  on a promotion in the 1st transaction, use it on a 2nd transaction for the same promotion and expect to get the Register Reward again. In most cases it is better to save your Register Rewards and roll them from trip to trip.

Register Rewards can be used in combination with manufacturer coupons, store coupons, and Balance Rewards Points. Be aware though that the register will identify a Register Reward as a manufacturer coupon. And according to Walgreens policy you must have a matching item for each coupon. This means you cannot purchase 4 items and use 4 manufacturer coupons plus a Register Reward – the register will beep and not accept all of them. Luckily you can combat this by buy a filler item. A filler item is basically any cheap item, ideally $1 or less that the register can tie with your Register Reward.

Walgreens Stacking Example

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In the above example, purchasing 2 Children’s Zyrtec will yield 5000 Balance Rewards Points. Combine that with 2 x $4/1 Zyrtec coupons from coupons.com. Rolling 5000 Balance Rewards Points from previous trips will make this $4.49 each. And if you have a Register Reward, you can purchase a filler item and get even more savings.

Walgreens Coupon Policy and Other Information

It is important to know a store’s coupon policy. You can view Walgreens’ policy here. I highly recommend that you visit the Walgreens page at KCL to get an even more in-depth view about couponing at Walgreens. They even have a comprehensive list of current Monthly Savings book coupons here and Filler Items here.

 

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