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Valentine’s Day Frugal Tips

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 28th January 2013

True love means never over spending to impress someone. Coupon & savings expert Jon Lal – founder of BeFrugal.com – provides the following money-saving tips for Valentine’s Day:

  • In an effort to save, many will make gifts. This is fine if you enjoy doing so, but consider the cost of your time as you make cookies, an old-fashioned homemade paper valentine or write a poem. Using technology can help you save time, while remaining original. You can publish a free iTunes playlist of love songs or use the app Songify to create your own love song.
  • If you’d rather purchase a gift, create a budget and consider gift ideas before shopping. After you have a plan, shop online so you can save more money. Always look for a free promo code for a discount or free shipping plus shop through a cash back site to earn cash back for free. You can often combine a discount and earn Cash Back.  Plus, if you pay with a rewards credit card, you can also accumulate some points. Just be sure to pay that off so you avoid interest.
  • Even those on a budget can treat their sweetie to a night out. Be sure to check for a restaurant coupon and consider dining out for dessert only to reduce your spending.

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Super Bowl Savings Tips

Posted by The Frugal Diva on 16th January 2013

When did the Super Bowl become a national holiday?  It seems like you must be either attending a party or throwing a party to not be considered a total social reject. Here are some great ideas for savings.

Super Bowl tips from coupon site BeFrugal.com founder Jon Lal:

If you are throwing a party:

o Use an online service like Eventrbrite for free invitations & tickets.

o Go with a potluck style party – where attendees each bring a dish – to reduce the expense of throwing a party.

o Purchase supplies like decorations and paper plates in advance. Plan ahead and buy them online from a store like Party City, Target, Walmart, CVS or Walgreens so you can double dip your savings by using a promo code plus earn cash back! For any last minute party needs, check a weekly ad online before heading to the store so you know what is on sale, and don’t forget to use a grocery coupon.

· When purchasing game day gear and buying a new TV, be sure to make your purchase online so you can use a promo code plus earn cash back. If you are using BeFrugal’s CouponomaticTM browser add-on, there’s no need to search for a promo code. When you reach the checkout stage at 3000+ online stores a drop down list of coupon codes will magically appear to help you save.

If you want to travel to the big game:

o Use an online tool to see what’s the best transit method. The free Fly or Drive calculator compares the time, cost and carbon emissions to get from one area to another.

o Book online so you can get immediate savings from using a promo code plus get cash back (a portion of your spending) deposited in a free account for you).

o Book early as prices will increase as the date gets closer (with the exception of very last minute travel).

o Accrue rewards or points for free membership of travel companies. It only takes a minute and signing up is free with most travel providers.

o If you are 50+, ask about a senior discount when you book travel. Some senior discounts are offered for folks as young as 50. It doesn’t hurt to ask!

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