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    Ways to Save Money on Sports Shoes

    by  • November 13, 2013 • Tagged: ,  • Comments

    If you’re a sportsperson then taking care of your body will be essential and your shoes will be far more than a fashion statement. There are many different models of sports shoe for each sport. Some are better than others and some are cheaper than others. The trick to buying the perfect sports shoe is to know you’re getting the best quality for the least amount of money.

    The first step to take when shopping for sports sneakers is to determine which kind of sports shoes will work best for you and your specific needs. Different models appeal to different people based on how they feel, how they look and their durability. Some of it is personal taste, others is down to the mechanics of the shoe itself. Once you know what type of sneaker or shoe you’re looking for, you can begin your quest to get it at a bargain price.

    How to Save Money on Sports Shoes

    These tips will help you to purchase good quality sports shoes for a discount price.

    • Look out for sales – the end of season and mid-season sales are the most obvious to look for, but always keep your eyes peeled for any other kind of sale. There could be an end of line sale or even a closing down sale in some stores. If you do manage to spot a sale on some sports shoes that you like, then buying more than one pair is a brilliant way to make the most of the sale. If you save $20 on a pair of sneakers then that’s great, but if you save $60 on three pairs of sneakers then it’s brilliant.
    • Discontinued Models – Fashion demands that not all models are kept on the shelf forever. Discontinued models are marked down way below their counterparts and a definite bargain. Ever noticed how when new models of sneakers come in to a store, the older models (which were all the rage last month) drop in price? This is another window of opportunity to save money on your sneakers.
    • Manufacturer’s outlets – You can buy brand names for discount prices at manufacturer’s outlets. The outlets cut out the middle man which means you can get good quality shoes from top names such as Nike for less than they retail for at traditional stores.
    • Coupons – Coupons are a great way to get a decent discount off the pair of sports shoes that you need. Rather than get coupons for one particular brand, try to look for store coupons such as Finish Line coupons. If you get a coupon for a discount on Nike shoes, then you can’t enjoy a discount on any others. If you get a Finish Line coupon, you can receive a discount for anything that you purchase from finish Line and they sell a huge variety of brands.
    • Look after the ones you’ve Got – Making shoes last as long as possible is the number one way to save money. Being careful when washing sneakers, using old sneakers whenever possible (like practicing on soft surfaces) and swapping and changing shoes often can help to extend the life of a pair of sneakers.

    Sports shoes aren’t the cheapest of shoes out there, and it’s important for sportspeople and athletes to get the best support for their feet that they can. However, it’s not necessary to spend a fortune buying sports shoes to train in. With a little careful shopping, you can save a good amount of money on a decent pair of sports shoes that will keep your feet healthy and allow you to reach for your sports goals.

    Grocery Store Jewel No Longer Accepting Expired Coupons

    by  • April 14, 2009 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Tonight I stopped by our local Jewel grocery store and was surprised to see a posted notice that “Effective May, 2009, Jewel will no longer accept expired coupons.” Coupons have long been a major part of our strategy to reduce household expenses, and we have always used expired coupons (with the permission of the customer service personnel). I completely understand that the stores need to be able to redeem the coupons they receive, and this new policy will allow them to be reimbursed for all the coupons that accept. Still, I can’t help but feel a little sad.

    It is common for coupons and sales to run in cycles, so that the current coupons are not valid during big sales. We have always strategized and saved the coupons until the items went on sale, then combined the discounts. It’s a shame that families will no longer be able to use this strategy to cut costs, just when many households have lost their income or savings.

    Is your local grocery store still accepting expired coupons?

    Finances and Dating: Coupons

    by  • October 24, 2006 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    Since we’re engaged, I will never be able experience dating as an adult in a big city. Many bloggers talk about the financial dynamic that they have between them and a long-term significant other. But what about the bloggers who are looking for love?

    A few weeks ago I ran into a guy I knew in college on my way to work. There weren’t that many things that I remembered about him, but one stuck out. He wasn’t exactly smooth around the ladies, so naturally he was teased about going out on a date with a girl. On top of that, he announced that he was taking her to Steak and Shake – and had a coupon! Now I’m sure he didn’t invest the saved money, but rather spent it on beer later that night.

    Her and I use coupons for restaurants all the time, but we’ve been together for a long time. It is one of the ways that we can justify eating out once in a while at some of the more expensive restaurants in Chicago.

    You’re on a first date. Do you use a coupon? What do you think about the person who uses a coupon?

    Organizing Coupons

    by  • February 9, 2006 • Tagged:   • Comments

    There’s nothing more frustrating than a misplaced coupon when you’re standing in line at the checkout. We tried using prepackaged coupon organizers, but found them to be just awful. For example, the one we bought had only eight dividers, which led to some baffling categories, such as the one that included “Cookies, Pet food and Baby.” So we bought two plastic check organizers like these at an office supply store.

    Then we used our computer to print out our own category tabs. We’ve been using them for a few months and they are working well for us, so here’s our list:

    Use Today, Baking/Nuts/Oil, Beauty, Beverages, Bread, Breakfast/Cereal/Bars, Candy/Cookies/Snacks, Canned/Soup, Cleaning, Condiments/Jelly/Apple Sauce, Dairy, Drug, Frozen, Helpers/Pasta/Rice/Potatoes, Ice Cream/Frozen Dessert, Laundry, Meat/Deli, Paper/Plastic/Household/Batteries, Pet, Produce/Fruit, Salad Dressing, Seasonings/Sauces, Store Coupons

    Having so many categories requires us to use two organizers, which is not so great. But it’s worth it because it is much faster to sort through a small category than a large one.

    Combining offers to maximize savings

    by  • February 5, 2006 • Tagged: , ,  • Comments

    We try to minimize our monthly expenses on boring everyday items so we have more money for fun stuff like dining out. There are many types of product offers available, and by combining multiple offers you can get products for free or even profit from your purchase. The types of offers available include:

    1.Sales

    Get to know the regular prices of your favorite products, then look for the rock bottom prices offered during sales. Memorize both prices so you know the range of prices a product can sell for. For example, cereal is usually $4.99 a box at the regular price, but a rock-bottom sale price is 2 for $4.00, or $2.00 per box. So the price range for this product is $2.00 to $5.00. Knowing this range will help you determine how good of a deal it is.

    2.Coupons
    Like sale prices, coupon savings also vary over time. Coupons are usually at their highest value when a product is new and lowest when the product is an old favorite. Some old favorite brands do offer high value coupons when they are targeting a new customer. For example an old favorite brand of pet food might offer a low-value coupon in the Sunday paper (for it’s loyal customers) but offer a high-value coupon in a gift bag given away at pet adoption centers (to lure new pet owners). Search for and stock up on high-value coupons.

    3.Rebates
    Rebates are often a good value because they require you to put forth effort. Remember Econ 101, where the reward must offset the effort required? Check store displays, online stores, and advertisements to search for rebates. These are becoming more popular, so ALWAYS check for a rebate before you buy a big ticket item. Then remember to fill it out and mail it in!

    4.Loyalty cards
    These are the “Value Cards” that are given out to regular shoppers at grocery, pharmacies, and retail stores. They typically only grant you the opportunity to pay the stores sale prices instead of their regular prices, but sometimes these cards offer perks such as coupons, rebates, etc. Be sure to sign up for these cards (so long as they’re free) at every store you shop.

    5.Loyalty websites

    The most famous of these is www.upromise.com. You sign up on their website and give them your loyalty and credit card numbers. Then, every time you purchase a designated product (the list is on their website) using one of the registered cards, they automatically deposit a tiny rebate in an online account. When you accumulate enough cash, you can request a check be mailed to you, and the money can be used to pay for educational expenses. These websites also offer seasonal promotions such as free shipping (visit here) or extra rebates on designated products. This is an easy way to save cash because it requires no effort after you do the initial sign-up.

    6.Referrer websites
    These sites display links to online retailers, who offer special deals for customers who are referred through the link site. One great example is www.igive.com. This website will allow you to donate a percentage (it varies by retailer) of your purchase price to the charity of your choice. Or, if you’d rather pocket the cash yourself, you can just request a check. A similar site is www.mypoints.com. Instead of earning cash rebates, you earn points, which can then be redeemed for gift cards and other rewards.

    7. Credit card rewards programs.
    These are preferred credit cards that offer rewards based on your purchases. The rewards include cash or gift card rebates, air miles, etc, typically ranging from 1-5% of your purchase totals. To qualify, you usually need to have a good credit rating. Also beware of rewards cards that charge an annual fee or other fees. And of course, you would have to pay off your balance every month to avoid the interest charges.

    For the ultimate in cost savings, try to combine as many offers as possible! We have sometimes been able to combine as many as six kinds of rewards and actually profit on our purchase! Things we have profited on in the last year include 24 rolls of toilet paper (made $10), toothpaste (made 11 cents), cheddar cheese (made $2.99) and lots more! Nothing feels better than bringing home a product you got for free and knowing there’s a rebate in the mail.

    Coupon coups

    by  • February 5, 2006 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Every once in a while, a really great coupon comes along. I’ll post this story of one of our all-time best coupon coups ever as inspiration.

    We have two kitties. When we got them, our vet explained that feeding them good quality food will help keep them healthy and active, as well as minimize the litter box smell (because more of the food is digested, less of it is wasted). So we decided to feed them Iams dry food. Only problem is, that stuff is expensive. A 4 lb bag of kibble ranges in price from $7.99 (typical price), as high as $9.99 (at a store that only stocks a few brands of kibble, like a pharmacy), down to $5.99 (sale price), and as low as $4.99 at a rock-bottom sale price. By memorizing the range of prices, I know when it’s a good deal.

    I went on ebay and searched for “Iams coupon”. Some people will buy 10 copies of their local paper and sell the coupons in lots of alike coupons. So on ebay there were a few listings for 10 Iams coupons good for $5.00 off a 4 lb. bag. I bought the lot of 10 coupons for under $4.00 including postage. Then I waited patiently for the rock bottom sale price.

    I checked the price at Petsmart weekly. After a few weeks the price dropped to $4.99 a bag and I cashed in. I paid only the tax, so my total bill was under $8 for 10 bags of kibble. The regular price plus tax would have been $87 and I paid $11 for the coupons and tax. Savings: $76.

    The cashier was stunned. The kitties were stunned. He was stunned. I win!

    Obtaining coupons

    by  • February 3, 2006 • Tagged:   • Comments

    There are several ways to obtain coupons. You can get them in your Sunday paper, receive them as fliers in the mail, swap with friends, or purchase them online.

    NEWSPAPER! The Sunday newspaper always has between 1 and 3 coupon inserts, so you can get up to 200 coupons a week just from the paper alone. If the paper has especially good coupons, go back and buy additional papers to stock up on high value coupons. Tip: Advertisers rarely advertise in newspapers all across the country. This means that the coupons in a midwest newspaper will be almost entirely different than those in a west coast paper. You can get the coupons from across the country by buying them on ebay…

    EBAY! Take your list of preferred brands to ebay and begin coupon shopping by brand. If your favorite brand of pasta sauce is Prego, search ebay for “Prego coupon.” You may want to add it to your list of favorite searches, and have ebay email you when new coupons are posted for auction. Next, look for bulk coupons. Search ebay for “coupons.” Lots of people sell packets of 100 coupons cut from their Sunday newspaper. You won’t know what’s in the packet until you get it, but chances are you can use at least a few of them. These packets usually auction for under $3.00 including shipping. Tip: If your stores will not accept expired coupons, limit your ebay search to “Buy it now” items. This will allow you to receive your coupons without having to waste a week waiting for an auction to conclude.

    SWAP! Some public places have a coupon exchange already set up – check your local library. Typically it’s just a bowl where you can drop off your unwanted coupons and choose from the ones others have dropped off. It’s free! If there isn’t a coupon exchange set up already, set one up yourself. See if there is interest at your workplace, the library, your church, etc. You may need to take responsibility for periodically removing expired coupons from the pool.

    After a few weeks of collecting coupons, it is possible to get coupons for almost every product you buy.

    Coupons: Bonding activity or holy war?

    by  • February 3, 2006 • Tagged:   • Comments

    Since the focus of our blog is on finances and our relationship, I’ll start with how coupons have impacted our relationship. The road to becoming coupon royalty has not been an easy one. We have actually had multiple fights over coupons. But we’re all good now, and that’s why I feel that we are in the unique position of being able to dispense good couple’s coupon advice!

    To REALLY do coupons right, it takes a lot of time. There’s the obtaining coupons, cutting them out, sorting them, deciding if we really want to try the latest frozen-breaded-jalepeno-flavored-fish-that’s-practictically-free! and then there’s the standing in the frozen fish aisle at the grocery store while one of us digs through 300 coupons looking for the fish one, only to remember at the end of the pile that we decided against the fish and threw the coupon away.

    In the beginning our arguments were simple. Me: Look how much money we saved! Him: Look how much time we spent at the grocery store! It took us a while, but now we work together as a team. We decided that the money saved with coupons is significant enough to justify the time we spend on them, and we agreed to get organized and share tasks to streamline the process. Now instead of arguing, we stage weekly grocery coups and then spend the savings on fun stuff we do together.

    Every Saturday, I walk down the street and buy the Sunday paper. I clip the coupons on Saturday while we’re hanging out on the couch, so we can talk about which coupons to keep and which to toss out. Next I go online and buy coupons in bulk. Then we pay our bills for the week and determine what we want to spend on groceries for the week. We usually spend about $50 on a typical week, and spend up to $200 on weeks when we stock up on rock-bottom sales. After we determine a budget, I go through the week’s grocery store ads and make a grocery list, itemized by store. I pull all the coupons for each item on the list and stick the coupons in an envelope, which I can just pull out at the checkout line later. On Sunday night, we drive to all the stores, buying the best deals at each. If we see a sale item that wasn’t advertised, we split up the coupon piles and hunt for the matching coupon together. You should SEE the looks on some of the cashiers’ faces. I swear, you can actually get high when you read the receipt in the parking lot and see “Your total savings today: 62%”.

    Coupon Theme

    by  • February 3, 2006 • Tagged:   • Comments

    I can’t believe our blog has been around this long already without us mentioning…coupons. We are coupon addicts. We are typically able to reduce our grocery bill anywhere from 25% to 100% by using coupons. I have a huge collection of coupons and we plan our menus around them. Every product we buy, we try to use a coupon. It has saved us a fortune since we started last year. So I’m going to post a series on coupons: How to maximize them, where to get them, etc. We’ve come to the conclusion that coupons enable us to buy the best brands for the same price (or less) that we’d pay for the generic brands. We look at it two ways: that coupons enable us to live a better quality of life and that they help us have more cash to do fun things, like make our cat look like a poodle. I hope that our tips will be helpful to everyone else out there who is pinching pennies!