Archive for March, 2013

PostHeaderIcon Frugal Hack #9: Be a Couponer Without Being Extreme


Article Source: Online Shopping Store

I have written before about why I think TLC’s show Extreme Couponing is Extremely Lame and I still stand behind my opinion. I am all about finding balance in life and I think this also applies to saving money with coupons. If you are spending 20-30 hours a week getting ready to save money, perhaps your time can be better served in other more profitable ways. Here is the couponing strategy that I prescribe to.

My Balanced Couponing Strategy:

~ Needs Vs. Waste – Use grocery store coupons to buy items that you actually need. Otherwise you are buying things only to get them for cheap. This is fine if you plan on donating the items to food banks or non-profits in your area, otherwise do you really need 75 Snicker bars or 30 bottles of hot sauce?

~ Grocery Store Rewards Card – At the two grocery markets that my wife and I shop at regularly they offer a store specific rewards card that we take advantage of. The card saves us a ton of money and if you’re not a brand conscious shopper you can save by buying generic brands on sale if you present your reward card at checkout. Time required: None.

~ Always Look for an Online Coupon – Popular stores like Lands’ End, Home Depot, Eddie Bauer, All Posters, and Old Navy always offer coupons for online purchases. The time required to find a money saving coupon code is minimal, especially when you use coupon alerts to automate the process. Time required: 2 Minutes.

~ In-Store Printable Coupons – Are you aware that many retail stores offer in-store printable coupons that can save you up to 30% off. If you did, did you also know that you can download free mobile coupon apps for your smartphone that allow you to present the coupon directly from your phone? The cashier just scans your phone and you walk out of the store with a little extra cash in your pocket. Time required: 1 Minute.

What couponing strategy do you use?

Share

Similar Posts:


The In-Content Ad Leader Buy and Sell text links Health and Beauty Store

Article Source: Online Shopping Store
If you like all this stuff here then you can buy me a pack of cigarettes.

PostHeaderIcon Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris Slimed at 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards


Article Source: Online Shopping Store

Sandra Bullock and Neil Patrick Harris Slimed at 2013 Kids Choice Awards



Neil Patrick Harris and Sandra Bullock were slimed at the 2013 Kids’ Choice Awards. This happens to many people at the annual awards, but Sandra and Neil were thoroughly coated in the green slime as they were announcing the Favorite Movie Actress nominees. Sandra nearly avoided the slime because it missed her the first time. Take a look:





Photo: Getty Images for KCA



Facebook | Twitter | Pinterest



Similar Posts:


The In-Content Ad Leader Buy and Sell text links Health and Beauty Store

Article Source: Online Shopping Store
If you like all this stuff here then you can buy me a pack of cigarettes.

PostHeaderIcon Why it Doesn’t Matter Which Phone You Select


Article Source: Online Shopping Store

(The following is a guest article by freelance writer Jake Fisher. Kyle’s Note: I agree with most of what Jake says and have made some comments of my own within the post.)

Cell phones have come a long way in the past ten years; men and women can accomplish things with their phones that the human race never thought possible. While there are a lot of loyal supporters for different types of phones, the truth is that it often doesn’t matter what kind of phone you have. The more important decision is which provider to choose, especially if you demand high performance in all areas.

Image via Gadgetcage.com

Dropped Calls and Call Quality

This is one of the most annoying things that can happen when you’re using your cell phone, especially if it’s an important call. While many people glare at their phone after dropping a call, the real culprit lies in the cell phone provider. If you’re experiencing more dropped calls than normal, it may signify that it’s time to change up your providers. The same goes for call quality; clarity is important whether you’re talking to your mother or your boss. The provider determines the level of call quality on your phone.

(Kyle’s Turn: I agree with Jake. If you live out in the country like I do, ask around to see what the best provider is for your rural location before you get your smartphone and sign a contract. For me, Verizon is by far the best for where I live as they have a cell tower nearby.)

Features and Benefits

The most popular phones on the market today all offer comparable features and benefits. When it comes to iPhone vs Android, both have strong advantages and to many individuals, both have disadvantages.

iPhone offers comprehensive internal memory while Android phones offer external memory options. iPhone offers up the App Store while Android users can visit Google Play. Both companies are hard at work ensuring that they’re offering their customers the best possible features and benefits. Outside of that, it’s up to your provider to ensure that you get the best possible service from the phone you choose.

(Kyle’s Turn: I agree with Jake here as well. With the bar recently being raised by Samsung and their Galaxy S4, the battle between Samsung and Apple is great for the consumer as it creates better products, and eventually, lower prices.)

Ease of Use

Every Smartphone has been designed and developed for ease of use, but in some cases the typical user is far different than say a 60 year old grandmother. While for the most part Smartphones are easy to use, there is some debate about which phone is better for particular users. Android—being the more open source option—can sometimes lack the simplistic usability that older people require. The iPhone on the other hand can offer a slightly simpler option for someone who is older and doesn’t necessarily care about the “open source” benefits of owning an Android phone. While the ease of use is consistent in most cases, your grandma might have a slightly easier time navigating an iPhone.

(Kyle’s Turn: Again, I agree with Jake. I have always felt that ease of use is a big factor when picking your phone. As a general rule, if you are over 40 years old go with the iPhone, under 40 consider an Android. This unwritten law holds true 80%-90% of the time in my experience.)

Apps

Apps are one of the most important things people consider when trying to choose a phone, especially in the iPhone vs Android argument. Both iPhone and Android offer high quality apps through the App Store and Google Play. Both also have a significant amount of free apps that customers can utilize. However, with either choice, there are going to be advantages and disadvantages. The most important thing to remember, when checking out apps, listening to music or sharing pictures is what your carrier’s policy is regarding data usage.

(Kyle’s Turn: I disagree with Jake here. It is my opinion that the App store has a clear advantage over Google Play. Apple scrutinizes the apps that they allow in and verify that they are free from viruses while Google Pay reminds me of the wild, wild, west where almost everything goes. Advantage iPhone.)

Cost

There’s no doubt that both Android phones and iPhones pack a hefty punch to the bank account or pocketbook. However, your carrier is what will determine whether it continues to be a blow to your finances month after month. It’s important to find a carrier that has a plan that will fit you and accommodate your needs, from unlimited texts to free or affordable mobile to mobile calling. Some carriers will even break down the price, pitting carriers of iPhone vs Android providers. Looking for these price comparisons can give you more information and help you save a significant bit of coin in the end.

In addition, if you have a great carrier, you may be able to get the phone you want at a significantly reduced price, enabling you to save even more money. Most carriers will include upgrades periodically so you can stay up to date with the most recent and technologically advanced phones.

(Kyle’s Turn: I agree with Jake that having a smartphone can be quite spendy. I recently was introduced to a service called Straight Talk Wireless which allows you buy the smartphone upfront and then pay only $45 a month for unlimited voice, text, and data. You would recoup the cost of the phone in about 7 months. Anybody use them and can provide more info?)

While the phone you choose will offer numerous benefits and features regardless of brand, your cell phone carrier is one of the most important decisions you will make. Check out this thorough review of the top cell phone carriers done by CNET to help you make the decision that is right for you.

Thoughts? What things do you consider when selecting a cell phone?

Author Bio: Jake Fisher is a freelance writer with a healthy love of culture. Catch him on the blogosphere writing on topics from tech to beer or whatever piques his interest.

Share

Similar Posts:


The In-Content Ad Leader Buy and Sell text links Health and Beauty Store

Article Source: Online Shopping Store
If you like all this stuff here then you can buy me a pack of cigarettes.