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PostHeaderIcon 6 Cool Ways to Save Money at Jamba Juice (Brain Freeze Optional…but Recommended)


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Jamba Juice smoothies are darn good. Sure, they’re loaded with sugar, sorbet, and sometimes cream, but still DARN good. Darn expensive as well. If I walked into our local JJ with my three kids in tow and let them each order whatever sized smoothie they wanted, my bill would be exactly $27.86. Well, maybe not that expensive, but you get my point. But if you’re smart, which I assume you are as you’re on my blog, it doesn’t have to very expensive and here are six ways to make the magic happen…

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Join their Rewards Program

As does every Tom, Dick, and Harry, the folks at Jamba Juice also have a free Rewards Program. The only difference? Jamba Juice’s program doesn’t suck out-loud. As a matter of fact, it is actually really cool.  Here is what you get by signing up:

  • On your birthday you’ll get a free birthday smoothie or juice.
  • Get $3 off your purchase with every 35 points. ($1 = 1 point)
  • Free personalized offers throughout the year. These are actually pretty cool. I’ve gotten some killer coupons and BOGO dealios via email.

Follow on Facebook and Twitter

I have been following Jamba Juice on Facebook and Twitter for quite some time and it has paid off in a couple ways. The biggest way is through limited-time coupons that they post on their social media pages. They’ll often throw up percent off coupons or buy 1, get 1 free deals. So if you’re heading into your local Jamba Juice with no coupon in hand, quickly pull up their Facebook or Twitter feed and you stand a great chance of saving money. It has also paid off by adding some crazy color to my Facebook feed. Have you seen some of the colors coming out of Jamba Juice lately? Crazy what you can do with a blender, some fruit, and a great imagination.

Keep an Eye Out for Fundraising Cards

I recently bought a Jamba Juice fundraising card from a friend whose daughter was raising money for her dance class. Best thing I ever did. It gives my family 8 buy one smoothie, get one free deals. Any size! The best part? It only cost $10. So If I were to buy 8 large smoothies, that is a savings of about 40 bucks. Also, these cards have an expiration of over 2 years out so you won’t have to worry about not using it before it expires. Seeks these bad boys out, I have seen them popping up a lot recently in my town.

Split Larger Sizes

Have you seen the size of the largest sized cup at Jamba Juice these days? Holy crap, I think I’ve seen gas cans with less capacity. If you ever take kids to Jamba Juice you’ll want to get into the habit of splitting larger sizes. They’ll happily do it for you at no extra cost. For example, the 30 ounce “sugar rush bladder buster” can easily be split into thirds for 3 perfect 10 ounce sized cups. This is much cheaper than ordering three 16 ounce cups and still gives you plenty of smoothie, especially for kids.

Download the Yelp App

Download the Yelp app and not only will you get info on locations and such, but you’ll stand a good chance of finding a “check-in” deal. This is especially true for new”ish” Jamba Juice locations. They’ll often throw out a BOGO deal or 15% off coupon on Yelp to attract new customers when they first move into a new area. Plus, you’ll get reviews about customer service, cleanliness of the toilet, cute guy behind the counter running the blender, etc.

Look for Jamba Juice Coupons

This seems so blatantly obvious but it still amazes me how folks forget to look for a Jamba Juice coupon before buying a $6 cup of fruit blended up. Here are a few kick-ass places to start (and probably end) your search:

  • Mommy Saves Big.com – The most successful blogspot coupon blog on the Internet. How do they do it? Well…they keep their blog updated daily with new printable coupons. Crazy business model, eh?
  • Slickdeals.net – I’ll give Slickdeals some love as they seem to do a good job keeping their Jamba Juice page updated with the newest offers and coupons.
  • Secret Menuholic.com – I just happened to stumble upon these guys when researching this post and they look like they have some good potential to help you lower your annual smoothie costs.
  • Rather-Be-Shopping iPhone App – We stock our app with new coupons for Jamba Juice whenever we find one.

Ask the Reader: What tips do you have to save money at Jamba Juice? Or do you pay full price? If you do, you’ve come to the right spot. Be sure to stick around. Before long you won’t pay full price for anything.


By Kyle James

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PostHeaderIcon Frugal Hack #21: 6 Killer Ways to Save Money at IKEA


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The last time my wife went to IKEA she came home with a lot of work for me. Just the mention of that four letter word brings up memories of a weekend spent with allen wrenches, plenty of cold beer, and melamine. But I have to say the bookcases I put together that weekend still look brand spanking new and have really held up well. I certainly became at IKEA believer that weekend. Oh, and did I mention that price-wise their stuff is a real bargain? So with that said, today I wanted to document six killer ways to get the most bang for your buck on your next trip to an IKEA warehouse.

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Use Lowe’s Free Kitchen Design Service

This tip comes courtesy of a friend of mine who loves to shop the IKEA warehouse and really knows how to shop the smart way. “When we did our kitchen several years ago, we took advantage of the Lowe’s free kitchen design service. They helped us design our kitchen cabinets and then we used that design to help us in designing our own kitchen at IKEA for 1/3 the price!” Smart? No. Genius? Absolutely.

Sign up for the IKEA Family Program

If you do much shopping at Ikea at all, it’s definitely worth the couple minutes it takes to sign up for their Family Program. After all, it doesn’t cost a bloody cent and can score you some nice product discounts, a free cup of coffee from their restaurant, 90-day price protection, and 30 extra minutes in the kids play zone known as Småland. Don’t ask me to pronounce that…crazy Swedes.

Moving Soon? Get a Free $25 IKEA Coupon

If you are moving in the near future be sure to sign up for the IKEA moving program and get a free $25 coupon good for a future purchase of $250 or more. This is the only IKEA coupon I could find anywhere so definitely use it if you can. Note: You’ll have to enter some info like your current address and the address you are moving to in order to get the $25 coupon.

Shop the “As-Is” Department First

An often over looked gem in any IKEA store is the “As-Is” section which is often tucked away near the cash registers. Always walk through it first in case they have what you are looking for. This is where they stick their returns, discontinued items, and damaged stuff. I dude or dudette with at least one handy bone somewhere in their entire body can easily fix the damaged stuff and the discontinued items ain’t no big thing either. The best part of the IKEA “As-Is” section is most of the stuff is already put together saving you the horrific frustration of playing grown up Legos with the worst assembly instructions written since man started walking on two legs.

Home Delivery Rocks

A while back IKEA picked up on the fact that their parking lot was full of U-Haul trucks, got smart, and started offering a home delivery service. Quite surprisingly it isn’t very expensive. Starts at $59 and goes up according to how far you live from the store and how much stuff you’re buying. The cool thing is if you already know what you’re buying you can phone in your order and have it delivered straight to your home. And in case you were wondering, they won’t assemble anything for you. Bummer, huh? So if you’re considering renting a truck or U-Haul van, definitely price out their home delivery service first, I think it can save you some money.

Go Prepared…Very Prepared

My friend summed this up best, “Go prepared!!!! If I’m going shopping for something in particular, I have to do it with a plan, otherwise it is too overwhelming. When going through the upper level, you need paper and pen to write things down for when you go downstairs to actually buy your items.” If you don’t show up prepared you’re not only going to get lost, but you’re going to waste a lot of time wandering around and back tracking.

Ask the Reader: What tips do you have for saving money and time when shopping at IKEA? As always, I look forward to your comments.


By Kyle James

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