Archive for May, 2015
LOOKING FOR GREAT DEALS ON AMAZON?
Everyone knows that making a purchase on Amazon will often be more affordable and with better customer service than many other customers out there. There are many items that can be sold for a discount, and here we will discuss a few of the prominent items that you’d be interested in when looking for a great deal.
The Mpow® iSnap Pro is a professional grade selfie stick that was chosen by PC Magazine as the favorite of the season. Many selfie sticks (particularly this brand) sell for upwards of $60, and Amazon is offering the item at a “steal price” of $14.99 and making it available for free shipping with a Prime membership. If you’re one of the people who love taking pictures of the family on vacation or randomly snapping a “selfie”, then this item (and its price) was made for you.
If you are constantly searching for great deals, then chances are your home has become a bit cluttered. But great news! One of Amazon’s Top Rated and Best Selling books is available for less than $10! This is practically unheard of at present for a printed and bound book. It’s called The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up: The Japanese Art of Decluttering and Organizing by Marie Kondo. With this book, you’ll learn to organize the items that accumulate on a regular basis, determine what to do with all of the items and products that you get great deals on, and determine which items you no longer feel are necessary inside the home. You can also use these tactics to sell and make money of off existing items!
One of the best selling items on Amazon is GE MWF SmartWater Compatible Water Filter Cartridge. Many water filters can reach prices of up to $100 or more, but Amazon offers this highly rated filter at only $24.99, a 20% reduction of the already reduced price. Practically a steal!
Amazon is a wonderful place to start when looking for great deals and many items are offered at a much lower price than retail value. Get searching!
Vacation Packages and Travel Deals (And Where to Find Them)
We love deals, and we love vacations. What better way to service you than to find you combinations of ways to save money while going out to enjoy yourself? Many websites offer variations of discounts on hotel, airfare, and dining packages, but sometimes you might not know where to look. Here, we will discuss the companies and websites that are dedicated to helping you enjoy some time off, on a budget. Whether in the sand or in the snow, we will find a way for you to save on your vacation experience.
One of the most popular ways to plan a vacation and get package deals or all inclusive deals is with Hotwire. (http://www.hotwire.com/package/index.jsp) This link takes you directly to the “vacation planning” page of the website. The reason this company and its website are so popular is due to the customization that is available to the user. Directly on the page, you’ll be able to enter your starting point, your desired location, the dates you’d like to leave and return, and then: viola! Numerous packages associated with your area are directly at your fingertips. They offer combined airfare and hotel packages, as well as information about all inclusive resorts. If website navigation is not your forte, the webpage provided also gives you the direct customer service number. Someone will sit on the phone with you and help you plan your discount vacation!
Expedia is another company that wants you to go on a vacation that fits your budget. This company is very popular among users, and has an excellent customer service reputation. Not only do they let you bundle a flight and hotel, but unlike many other companies, they allow you to completely customize whatever part of the bundling that you’d like. There are ways to bundle the lodging and car rental, or the flight and car rental, or the flight, hotel, and car rental altogether. Not many companies and websites offer such varieties of choice. On their website, (http://www.expedia.com/Vacation-Packages) this company also includes a $25 promotion code for your first hotel booking on their free mobile phone app. The link is directly on the page. Twenty five dollars might not seem like much, but any discount helps when planning a vacation on a budget.
Another excellently rated company that will provide vacation discounts and travel packages is Travelocity (http://www.travelocity.com/Vacation-Packages). They provide the same customization options as Expedia, but they even go a step further. Directly on the webpage provided, there is a $250 discount available on a vacation to Nassau Paradise Island. The company also provides exclusive mobile phone discounts through their app, and has a place to provide your phone number in order to immediately receive and partake in the discount packages via mobile. They also have numerous sales available, such as 40% off holiday vacations, and sometimes give you extremely high discounts on vacations of your choice. All of these package and vacation discounts are prominently displayed on the vacation customization webpage available, so go get started!
Priceline is also there to help you locate packages at a discount rate (http://www.priceline.com/vacationpackages/). It should be noted that their interface is a bit easier to use than their competitors’, but it does not provide as many customization options for the user. This company provides plenty of options for all inclusive vacations to specialty resorts with discounts figured into the price. One example is a vacation to Atlantis resort (all inclusive) with unlimited access to the water park for $189 a night. They also provide packages for popular vacation destinations such as Disney World, Universal Studios Orlando, and Hawaii. Priceline provides an excellent interface for search, and while their customization options aren’t as thorough, it’s easy to navigate and locate the desired deals.
There are many other places to search for vacation package deals; they are just not as well known or as highly rated as the companies already mentioned. One of these is www.cheaptickets.com. They focus mainly on airfare, but still have the option for bundling and provide quality vacation package deals for the user. This website provides links to popular destination discount packages, such as Hawaii, Las Vegas, the Caribbean, and popular Florida destinations.
Funjet, (http://www.funjet.com/deals/all-deals) also provides excellent deals and discounts for specific destinations. They sometimes provide promotions such as 50% off to select resorts, discounted airfare, and bulk prices for worldwide popular hotels (such as in Jamaica, Cancun, Punta Cana, etc.) Their interface is a bit complicated to adjust to, but they provide excellent deals and discounts once the customization options are figured out.
Planning your dream vacation on a budget is not impossible. It takes a little research and determination. It’s time to reward yourself for years of hard work and find the vacation package deal that works for you and your family. Choose your destination, your dates, and these companies will help you plan your dream vacation (and save you tons of money).
FREE SAMPLES AND WHERE TO RECEIVE THEM
Receiving freebies and product samples are the best parts of being a customer. Determining when and if you plan to make a purchase can sometimes depend solely on how great the sample was that was provided to you. Large c corporations know that and they want to keep you around. Here, we will discuss a few websites that help the customer locate and redeem free items, samples, and product trials.
One of the most popular “freebie sites” for consumers is www.freestuff.com. Their interface is extremely easy to use and they offer their freebies in exchange for answering a few brief questions, filling out short forms, or sighing up for a free trial. It is highly rated, trustworthy, and offers a nice mix and variety of items. Freebies this week include: a free sample of Frizz Ease shampoo, political bumper stickers, and a prenatal vitamin drink.
Another viable alternative is http://www.gofreebies.com/free-stuff. They offer a bit more unusual samples such as a free ring inspired by the ring given to royal Princess Kate, in honor of her child’s birth. There are also Alphabet Learning Posters available for those with small children, as well as free motorcycle lessons for Veterans. The ladies might quite like the free samples of Ponds face cream and Burt’s Bees products that are available this week. The website is easy to follow, and there are many more samples of products available than what is listed here.
This next sample selection is a bit more specialized. This is a company that specifically samples out beauty products: http://www.beauty.com/sample-center/qxc111144. This is a link directly to their sample center, where one will find the ability to receive up to 3 free samples of high priced items. The options include: Bareminerals Face Serum for cell renewal, Laura Gellar Beauty makeup primer, and Ouidad Moisture Lock leave-in conditioner.
Large and successful companies know that samplings of their products keep their customers happy and keep them
We love finding you great deals and coupons to use on your purchases. This deal is a bit different. This is a way to help you get cash back on the things that you’d already be purchasing throughout the month. Many people spend hundreds of dollars a month on their grocery lists, depending on their family size. Most of these people also own a smart phone, and have the ability to download apps that will definitely provide great deals for you on a consistent basis.
Specifically for the iPhone, the app “iBotta” provides the user with an interface that shows what items are for sale that week, and which deals can get the user a bit of cash back from their uploaded receipts. There are multiple offers each week, and there is a time frame in which the user can upload the receipt for proof in order to reap the benefits.
Much like “iBotta”, there is also an app called “Snap by Groupon”. They are affiliated with Groupon, but the concept is a little different. Once you sign up via the app, there are multiple weekly offers to be taken advantage of. Examples are: $1.50 cash back on a 12-pack of canned Coca-Colas, $1.00 off any brand loaf of bread, $0.50 cash back on the purchase of a can of soup, and many more. Available on iPhone and Android.
Finally, “Checkout 51” has a fabulous and user-friendly interface. This app is probably the most popular and helpful for users. It also allows the user to upload their receipts for cash back, but the user also gets to determine which store they’d like to shop at for each offer. Many other cash back apps have offers that are store specific, but the offers from “Checkout 51” always allow a choice for the user who might want to help out a local small business. This app also has a desktop website, so it’s possible to get cash back without a smart phone at all! Available on iPhone and Android.
This article is not to suggest that you purchase a ton of unnecessary things in order to get cash back on the items. However, if you’re going to be shopping anyway, why not take advantage?