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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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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 Find Online Coupon Codes with Save Honey

 

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Do a lot of online shopping? Always looking for the best coupon code? While a lot of sites out there will provide current coupon codes, most of them won’t help you find the best one. Here’s how to find online coupon codes with Save Honey.

What Is Save Honey?

Save Honey is a an online website that provides current coupon codes an sales for various online retail stores. The site encourages sharing of current coupon codes as well as the use of them. Save Honey makes money by receiving a commission on select sales and coupons on their site.

How Does It Work?

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The Target page on the Save Honey website

Save Honey can be used in two different ways. First off, the user can simply go to the website, search for the online store they are shopping at and find any available coupon codes and sales to apply to their purchase. This is pretty much the same as any other coupon code website.

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The Save Honey browser plug-in on Target’s website

Where Save Honey really shines from the competition, however, is the ability to install their plug-in on a desktop browser (currently only available on Chrome, Firefox, and Safari). This allows users to go straight to the online store they wish to purchase from, and then at checkout the Save Honey plug-in will automatically scan for and apply the best coupon code for the user at the current time. This helps the user find the coupon code that will get them the best bang for their buck without having to do the leg work themselves.

In addition, Save Honey offers an additional rewards and bonuses to their account holders through HoneyGold. On the occasions where the website is receiving a commission from the sale or coupon, many times they will extend a portion of that commission back to the user. The percentage of the commission the user will receive is randomized, and it is received by the user in the form of HoneyGold points. When the user reaches 1000 HoneyGold points they may redeem for a $10 Amazon gift card. Users can activate the HoneyGold bonus through the plug-in on their browser or on the offers page of the website.

Currently, at this time Save Honey does not have a mobile app, but their website indicates that they are working on one for the future.

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The Save Honey plug-in testing coupon codes in checkout

Is It Worth It?

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coupons found with the Save Honey plug-in on the Target checkout page

Considering the fact that there is no cost to use the website or plug-in, I would say yes. Seriously, who doesn’t want the opportunity to find coupon codes they were unaware of to help them save extra money? I know I do.

I will admit, that I don’t always utilize Save Honey as much as I thought. And it doesn’t find me better deals than I already knew about very frequently. But it certainly hasn’t hurt to activate the plug-in at checkout and check. It literally takes less than a minute, and I don’t have to use any coupon code they’ve applied for me. At the very least, the service is an emergency backup for saving money online.

 

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I Tried BzzAgent

What Is BzzAgent?

BzzAgent (pronounced Buzz Agent) is a sample website that allows users to voluntarily participate in word of mouth campaigns about various products in Brazil, Canada, the UK, and of course the US. When a campaign for a particular product is available to the user based on matching profile requirements, the user can opt in to the campaign and receive the product for free in exchange for their review, opinion, and other word of mouth social media activities.

How Does It Work?

BzzAgent is free to join and is open to any person living in one of the regions mentioned above. Upon joining, users are encouraged to complete their profile and answer the available surveys to help match them to available campaigns (that is products available for review). Each survey takes less than 5 minutes to complete (in my experience about 1 minute a piece) so it is not a huge time commitment. Completing surveys and fully completing campaigns also helps boost the user’s BzzScore which in turn helps the user to receive more campaign invites.

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The first test campaign they send to all new members

When a user is matched to a campaign they will receive an email invite which they may or may not choose to join. Upon joining, BzzAgent will then send the sample products to the user to test. When the campaign has officially launched, the user has about 8 weeks to complete the campaign activities regarding the product they received. Activities range from product reviews, word of mouth campaigns via facebook, twitter, pinterest, etc., as well as just talking to your neighbor about the product. Completion of activities are rated on the quality of the user’s submission. Typically quality outranks quantity of activities completed (meaning users are not obligated to complete all activities available). Then at the end of the campaign users are asked to fill out a short survey regarding the product.

Users are never obligated or pressured to join any campaign. Also, technically users are not obligated to complete any activity of any campaign they join, however this may prevent them from being invited to any future campaigns. For more info on the finer details see the FAQs here.

Is It Worth Having?

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The Barilla Gluten Free pasta I made

This is kinda arbitrary and dependent on the person. If you have no interest in trying free products and samples, then this won’t be for you. If, however, you would enjoy the chance to try new items and spread the word about it, then completing a few activities in exchange for a free item is a pretty small price to pay.

Are there Any Cons?

In the grand scheme of things, not really. Occasionally it can be difficult to purposefully find the time to actually try the product and complete some of the activities. Plus, it is helpful to keep up with the available surveys on the site which takes some extra time every so often. But since a user is always able to pass on any campaign invite, there is a pretty low obligation factor for being a member.

HOw Has It Worked For Me?

So far I have to say I’ve liked it. I joined about 7 months ago and have participated in 3 full campaigns. These have included a Venus razor, Barilla Gluten Free pasta, and Alexia waffle fries. Each campaign has varied somewhat. For instance, the Venus razor campaign required me to write reviews on Amazon but nothing else. With the Barilla Gluten Free pasta, I received a box of goodies including 2 full boxes of pasta, plus a coupon for another free box. And with the Alexia waffle fries, I received only 2 coupons for free bags of waffle fries (this is because they are frozen products) and a handful of discount coupons to disperse to others.

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The Venus razor I received, my first full campaign

Overall, it has been easy to test the products and write well thought out reviews and activities. I have been able to easily complete 3-4 social media activities (they usually let you do each one up to 2 times, so I only completed the facebook and twitter ones). The only hardship I came across was with the waffle fries. Due to chance, I received the campaign just as I was starting a diet that would not allow me to actually eat them. Luckily there was one activity that only required me to post a video talking about the fries that I was able to complete. Then once the campaign was over I served the fries at our super bowl party and they were tasty.

I definitely plan on continuing completing any campaign invites I may receive in the future and have fun testing out the products.

 

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I Tried Target Beauty Box

 

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What Is the Target Beauty BoX?

Target currently offers their own beauty box monthly to their customers. The boxes contain various sample sizes of beauty related items that Target normally offers for sale in full size. These boxes have been available for a while now as a way to compete with the popular beauty box subscriptions.

How Does It Work?

Basically, purchasing the beauty box is very simple. Unlike being a subscription where you are locked in for a certain time period, Target offers their box once a month for purchase (usually at the beginning of the month). Every month the boxes come with different samples (sometimes full size items). All of the items included are listed so that you know exactly what you are getting before you choose to purchase. Each box usually costs around $7, but can vary between $5-$10 depending on what is in them that particular month. Occasionally, there will be more than one box to choose from (including male specific boxes) where you can choose one or the other, or both.

Boxes always ship for free, though tax is added on. Boxes can also be purchased with your REDcard to save an additional 5% (read more about REDcard here). Plus, any applicable online coupons may be applied to the purchase. The boxes always come with a Target coupon for beauty or personal items (usually $5 off $15), and these coupons can typically be applied to future beauty box purchases.

Is it Worth Having?

Well, this is a pretty subjective question. It really depends on how valuable you find the prospect of an inexpensive beauty box. Overall the items in the box usually represent a good value for the price you pay. Personally, I find them pretty handy. They can make good gifts for that beauty fanatic in your life, or you can just save the sample sized items to use when you travel (I do this with the men’s boxes for my husband). Plus, I do enjoy getting a box of goodies in the mail every now and then.

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A few examples of items I have received in past boxes. These are now in my travel stash.

I would say the best perk is the fact that you can pick and choose which months you would like to buy. So if you don’t like the items included that particular month, you are not obligated to purchase. It is also very “no strings attached.” You either purchase the box, or don’t.

Are there Any Cons?

Considering the fact that there is no obligation in purchasing, I would say there is really only 1 con. Typically the more popular boxes tend to sell out very quickly, like in a matter of hours. However, there is a solution to this problem.

Personally I recommend to set up an alert with mysubscriptionaddiction.com to notified by email of when the new box has been released. This allows you to opportunity to purchase before it sells out and you didn’t even know it was available. Plus, they will normally notify you when it appears a new box will be released within the next few days as well.

Other than that, the only issue you might encounter is if you purchase an unpopular box at full

price. Less popular boxes will tend to be marked down at some point before the next box is released to help move inventory. Again the alerts on mysubscriptionaddiction.com will typically notify you of any markdowns.

At the moment the February 2017 box is still available. Feel free to check it out here if you are interested.

 

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