Entries from January 18, 2015 - January 24, 2015

Friday
Jan232015

9 Ways to Save at Costco

Here are some great tips on how to save @ Costco!

Maximize Great Savings at Costco

  1. Go at Lunchtime and Sample Your Way Through: One nice thing I remember about Costco is that I went around mealtime and there were literally enough samples offered that I felt comfortably full when leaving (note that typically you do not want to go grocery shopping hungry; Costco and other warehouse clubs are the exception if you are not an impulsive shopper!).
  2. Split Purchases with Others: In college there were roommates who shopped at Costco and split up the goods/costs. This gave them the bulk discount prices while ensuring they did not drown in shampoo. Do you have a neighbor, friend, or coworker that you can share Costco shopping and bounty with?
  3. Fill Up Your Gas Tank: Costco offers a discount on gas to its members. Make sure you go when your tank is nearly empty to fully maximize this perk.
  4. Stretch Out Your Annual Renewal: You can squeeze out an extra month or two free by playing around with renewals. What I mean is, your membership renews in a month (not a specific day within that month). So take your monthly trip to Costco on the last day of the month, and then don’t renew until one month later and a few days later (skipping an entire month), effectively extending your membership to 13 months instead of 12. Try to renew at the beginning of a month, and then at the end of that year, renew on the last day of the expiration month, essentially extending your membership another month. The payoff for extending membership by two months or so per year can be seen over an extended period of time.
  5. Use Costco Store Coupons: Costco does not accept manufacturer coupons. However, they do offer store coupons. Be sure to get on Costco’s mailing list so that you will be sent valuable coupons.
  6. Get the Executive Gold Star Membership: This membership tier costs more ($110 per year). However, it offers 2% back in a rewards certificate on most purchases (up to $750 annually). Here’s what makes this worth it: if you do not earn enough cash back to make up for the difference in costs between this membership and the regular one, then you will get a refund for the difference. This only works in the first year, so you might as well try it out (note: to break even, you will need to spend approximately $250 per month or $3,000). Hint: you can use your rewards check to renew membership for the following year!
  7. Costco and American Express TrueEarnings Card 2% Cash Back: Stack your 2% cash back from the Executive Gold Star Membership with 2% cash back from the TrueEarnings® Card from Costco and American Express. If you get your gas with this card, then you will earn 3% cash back on that purchase and other cash back.
  8. Identify Clearance Codes: It turns out that Costco has its own system to show when an item is at its closeout price. They do not want you to know that a product is on clearance due to not selling well, so instead they will end its pricing with 97¢. For much more information on pricing structures, codes, and more from Costco, check out this article.
  9. Take Advantage of 30-Day Price Protection: Keep your receipts, as it turns out that if a product you purchase goes down in price with thirty days, you can receive the difference.

 

Souce: MyDollarPlan.com
Friday
Jan232015

Win a Disney Vacation from National Geographic

Submit a “then” photo of a past Disney Park visit and you may win a “now” memory on a 5-day/4-night Walt Disney World vacation for 6 that includes airfare, accommodations, and more in the National Geographic Disney Then and Now Photo Contest!
Friday
Jan232015

Win a Cake Boss Gift Pack

What better way to celebrate the season of love than with a fresh batch of homemade cookies, indulgent brownies or a frosted cake? Share the love through the joy of baking by spending quality time in the kitchen with your kids, parents, grandparents or friends. Get into the spirit and bake something special, together.    

Enter to win the Grand Prize by filling out the simple entry form below. 

8 Grand Prize Winners will receive:

Enter to win here, good luck!

Friday
Jan232015

Target: 40% Off Shoes Coupon

Today only, load a new Target Cartwheel Offer valid for an additional 40% off Shoes for women, men, kids, and toddlers – valid 1/23/2015 only! This is a rare Cartwheel as it includes both regular and clearance priced styles! Choose from brands like C9 by Champion, Cherokee, Circo, Converse One Star, Genuine Kids from OshKosh, Mad Love, Merona, Mossimo Black, Mossimo Supply Co., and more!

Friday
Jan232015

iBlog Magazine Deal

Bloggers, you need to check out iBlog magazine, it is so worth it!

You can sign up for the digital-only magazine for $3.99 a month, or take advantage of their limited free content.
Click below to try it out!
iBlog Magazine for Professional Women Bloggers

 

Friday
Jan232015

Win an International Delight Gift Pack

Go here to enter the Hazelnut Blitz Giveaway for your chance to win an International Delight Basket, which includes a mug, ear buds, socks and hazelnut flavored lip balm ($40 value) – 400 winners. Ends March 17, 2015!

Thursday
Jan222015

Cheesy Potato Fries

Go here to find out how to make these super yummy, cheesy potato fries! From Oh So Delicioso. 
Thursday
Jan222015

Purina Prize Bowl Instant Win Game

Go here to play the Purina Prize Bowl Instant Win Game for a chance to win one of 1,130 prizes! You could win a Dyson Vacuum, a Dog Bed, a Cat Scratcher or a coupon good for a FREE package of any Purina Pet Product or Purina Tidy Cats Litter ($15 value). Play daily to increase your chances of winning. Ends Feb.11, 2015.