Monday, February 18, 2013

Frugal Forum February 18, 2013

Everyday another daily deal site pops up on the internet. Daily Deal sites like Groupon use the power of group buying to give you amazing deals with big saving. When you are looking at these sites be mindful of what you are buying. Using daily deal site can score you some great deals but before you purchase here are some tips so you will not get burned.

1. Look at the details of each deal. Most of them have an expiration date and restrictions on when they can be used. I have heard stories of people buying the certificate and when they try to make an appointment to use it they are having a hard try scheduling a time. If you do purchase a deal make the appointment right away giving you plenty of time so it doesn’t expire.

2. Businesses count on people forgetting about the certificate and not redeeming them. Print out the deal and enjoy it. Remember a daily deal is not a deal if you are purchasing something that you don’t need.

3. Beware of price inflation. The deal will tell you the original price then offers up to 50% to 90% off. Businesses have been caught making that original price higher than normal. If it is a local place give them a call before you purchase and ask them what the price is for the service offered.

Don’t forget you can always unsubscribe to any daily deal site. Just scroll to the bottom of the emails they are sending you and click on unsubscribe.

Some Daily Deal Sites:

Sign up for Educents daily deal site featuring education products on their facebook page to receive a $15 Educents gift card to be used when they launch on April 2.

Living Social is a group deal website offering deals from participating local merchants. One feature of this site is when you share the daily deal offering with your friends and three people buy the deal using your link you receive the deal for free.

Mamapedia is a site that features deals on stuff for kids, from art supplies to clothes and activities. An additional benefit is that they donate 5% of it proceeds to schools, and you can pick a school near you or a relative’s school to get a bonus.

Eversave has multiple deals offered per day and many of them are online deals. You can even give a deal as a gift, it doesn’t say what you paid for it just what it is worth.

Check out for deep discounted local products and services. Each deal gives you the time limit of purchase which usually consists of a few days. This way you can think before you buy.

Don’t forget Groupon the original group buying site that launched the deal of the day trend. Groupon is the most popular and well known site that serves over 150 cities in North America and over 100 cities in Europe, Asia and South America. Just click BUY before midnight to get their deal.

If it is all too confusing go to Yipit where they bring together all the best daily deals in just one place. They have the national deals along with your local deals.

Kroger Catalina Deals: A catalina is a reward you receive for purchasing participating items. It will print in the form of a coupon at checkout and you can use it like cash for your next shopping trip.

Alpo Wet Dog Food (13.2 oz. can) buy eight get $1 catalina,buy thirteen get $2 catalina expires Februray 24

Aquaphor, Eurcerin or Nivea Products expires March 5 – Buy $10 worth in a single transaction receive $3 catalina

Campbell’s Go Soup buy one get $1 catalina, buy two get $1.50 catalina expires February 23

Clairol Nice’n Easy Foam Hair Color buy two get $3 catalina expires February 24

Crest, Glide, or Oral B Pro-Health Products buy two get $2 catalina expires March 7

Del Monte Canned Tomatoes (14.5 oz) buy three get $1 catalina, buy four get $1.25 catalina, buy six get $2 catalina expires February 24

Dole Frozen Fruit Single Serve Cups buy two get 75 cents catalina, buy three get $1 catalina, buy four get $1.50 catalina expires February 24

Listerine Whitening Rinse buy one get $2 catalina, buy two get $4 catalina expires February 24

Milk-Bone Dog Snacks buy two get $1 catalina, buy three get $2 catalina, buy four get $3 catalina expires February 24

Purina Mighty Dog Canned Dog Food (5.5 oz) buy six get $1 catalina expires March 2

CVS Deals:

Buy $30 on any Gillette Shaving items get $10 extracare bucks match this up with Sunday paper $3 off Gillette Fusion ProGlide razor and $4 off Gillette catridge coupons.

Rite Aid Deals:

Buy $10 worth of Covergirl items get $3 +UPs reward. Covergirl is on sale this week buy one get one 50% off match with $2 Sunday paper coupon.

Gillette Fusion Proglide razor $9.99 use $3 Sunday paper coupon receive $2 +UPs rewards

Vaseline Intensive Care Lotoin $2.99 receive $2 +UPs rewards

Walgreens Deal:

Head and Shoulders on sale for two for $9 use $1 Sunday paper coupon

Meijers Deals:

Kellogg’s cereal on sale four for $10 use two $1 Sunday paper coupon only good on Kellogg’s All Bran, Rice Krispies, Corn Flakes and Raisin Bran cereals

33 pound bags of IAMS dog food $29,99 and 17 pound bag of Cat Original Chicken IAMS food $24.99 use $1 Sunday paper coupon

Frugal Tip:

Match catalinas savings, coupon savings and on sale products to get the maximum benefit of a catalina.

Today only get personalized labels for free at My Shutterfly just enter promotional code FREELABELS at checkout. You do need to pay $1.99 for shipping.

Also today only get personalized cards for 44 cents plus have them mailed with a 46 cent stamp total for a card only 90 cents delivered. Send a cute Easter or St. Patrick Day card  just enter promotional code CCC3244

Today only at Value City Furniture – check out what is on their facebook page

Just to clarify- you do not have to purchase anything to get this gift card! This is a gift from Jonathan, the President of the Company! Just go to the store- say, "Presidential Takeover! Gift Card Me!" And you'll receive a $25 Gift Card. 1 per household!

Today only Avon is offering free shipping just enter promotional code PREZDAY at checkout. Check out their outlet section.

Today only at The Children’s Place get 20% off and free shipping.

Print out $1.50 coupon for two bags of M&M coupon at

Rite Aid Deal Scenario
Buy 2 Easter M&M’s Bags 9.9 oz. $2.99 each
Total = $5.98
Use the $1/2 Mars Easter Bags 7.94-12.6 oz. coupon found in the Feb. Video Values
Use $1.50 printable coupon Pay $3.48
Get 2 $1 +Up Rewards (limit 4 offers)
Final cost $1.48 total -$0.74 each!

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