Monday, October 21st, 2013
By Savings.com Editor Susan Yoo-Lee
With Halloween only a few weeks away, it’s about to get really busy for the entire family. The good news is that retailers are releasing their best deals earlier than they have historically done because of the shorter holiday shopping period this year. In fact, we’re starting to see those great offers now.
Here are this week’s top five deals you can use for your entire family:
- If you haven’t gotten your Halloween costumes yet, right now you can save $20 off your purchase over $80 at Costume Discounters. Use coupon code SAVE80. Expires 10/31/2013.
- If you have a baby, take advantage of an offer from Diapers.com and save 20% on your diaper purchase. You can even combine this coupon with sale prices for an even better deal. Use coupon code GOSHOPAFF. Expires 12/31/2013.
- Do you need to buy a couple of sweaters, pants, long sleeved shirts for the entire family? Or a mixer in which to make your favorite holiday treats? Save 20% off any order over $100 at Kohl’s. Use coupon code CARAMEL. Expires 10/27/2013.
- For more kid-specific fall clothing deals, use this coupon from The Children’s Place to save 20% off your entire order. Use coupon code D7G813. Expires 10/31/2013.
- Stock up on winter indoor activities (or get a jump start on that Christmas list!) by saving $3 off select Hasbro games at Target. If your purchase goes over $50, click through this link first to save an additional $5 off your entire purchase, then add coupon code SAVE3GAMES at checkout to get the $3 off as well. Expires 10/27/2013.
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Thursday, December 27th, 2012
Saving money is always a New Year’s resolution, especially on the heels of buying all those presents. This Christmas season I finally got in the habit of searching for coupons before I went through an online checkout. The largest (and, in my experience, easiest) coupon site to use is RetailMeNot.com, and coincidentally, just before the holiday, I got to talk to Trae Bodge, Senior Editor of The RetailMeNot Insider.
“People want coupons across the board for everything,” she told me. If you’re a new mom, that means you want to cut the cost of the things you run through, such as diapers and formula, but also the stuff you hang on to, like strollers and car seats. I asked if it’s better to look for a percent-off coupon, or free shipping; Bodge says that it’s best for folks to quickly do the math in their head to determine what’s the better deal. “Last year free shipping was king, but this year a percent off seems slightly more attractive,” Bodge says. She sees parents working the system by, say, using a percent-off coupon for BabiesRUs.com, but then choosing the in-store pickup option, so there’s no shipping fee either.
I am no couponista, but I am learning. Bodge tipped me off that there’s a RetailMeNot app which, if you open it in the parking lot of your local mall, will download all the coupons that are good for the stores inside. The salespeople can then swipe a coupon code off your phone, or type it in manually.
While I had her on the phone, I of course had to ask about baby registries, since that’s my thing. Her advice mirrors mine, when it comes to making up your own registry: Beg an experienced mom-friend to do it with you. “Confer before you finalize your registry!” Bodge says. Use a store that has a registry checklist, but ask your mom-friend to weigh in on what’s a necessity and what’s just an extra.
And now, as their Happy New Year gift to you, RetailMeNot.com is going to send five of you each a $100 gift card. You can use it for anything you want, but $100 will go further if you use a coupon! To be entered to win, leave a comment below. You can comment up to once a day between now and the end of the day on Wednesday, January 2nd. One idea: tell me what baby or kid stuff you prefer to buy online. We’ll pick five winners at random, and our new friends at RetailMeNot.com will mail the gift cards. For the complete rules, read here. Goody luck with the contest, and here’s to a goody-filled New Year!
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Wednesday, November 2nd, 2011
It’s that time of year again when your kid comes home talking about the dreaded F-word… FUNDRAISING. But raising money to support your child’s school shouldn’t be a chore. And thanks to a new initiative by Microsoft called Deals for Schools, it doesn’t have to be. You can save money on your shopping–and your school will receive a portion of your purchases. How? An outgrowth of Bing Deals, which is a shopping site that aggregates the best deals for products and services available in your area, Deals for Schools works in much the same way. The difference is that Deals for Schools allows non-profit school groups and organizations, like your child’s Glee Club or Math League, to earn a commission off of deals bought through the site.
Two ways to earn money for your school:
- Recruit new vendors for the site and earn a commission off of every deal they sell.
- Post a link to Deals for Schools on your social media accounts and websites and earn your organization money every time a consumer purchases a deal through your link.
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Why not become the most popular parent at your next PTA meeting and suggest a fundraising campaign that everyone can be happy with. Sign up
your child’s school group and say bye-bye to door-to-door wrapping paper and chocolate sales.
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Friday, October 29th, 2010
Over here at Parents, we’re always looking for ways to save. So, you can imagine our excitement when we heard about Have You Tried This Yet?, Procter & Gamble’s newest “smart shopper” initiative that features a brandSAVER coupon booklet with over $113 in cost-cutting values.
Looking to help their customers make informed purchasing decisions, P&G launched this program to showcase their favorite and most innovative new products from brands we buy every day—Tide, Charmin, Cover Girl, and many more—at parent-happy prices.
Keep your eyes peeled for the coupon book in this Sunday’s newspaper—looks like Halloween just got a little bit sweeter!
For a list of participating brands, check out P&G online.
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