Saturday, June 30, 2012

Yay!! Zipcar for Los Angeles on Groupon! Only $20 for Membership and Credit!

Ok so they had this deal a few weeks ago but it wasn't in Los Angeles, where a majority of our readers are :) But now they have it for LA!

Zipcar is perfect for college students, and most colleges (including mine) have stations for them.  I bought a car a year ago (and love it) but honestly, if they'd had zipcar my freshman year or I'd known more about it I think I would have forgone the car and just "rented" one on campus when I needed it.
Anyways this is such a good deal right now!

What you get for $20 is:

  • One-year membership for one person (a $60 value)
  • Membership sign-up fee (a $25 value)
  • $25 driving credit

If you haven't used Groupon before you need to SIGN UP HERE first, and then you will be able to see the deal.

If your not new, then you can just go straight here to SEE THE DEAL (note that they also have it in other cities--like Denver--so if your interested just go to your city).

If you interested in seeing direct links for where you live, feel free to leave an anonymous comment below with your city and we'll take note of it for future deals ;)

Better Homes and Gardens Subscription for Free!

You can get a free Better Homes and Gardens magazine subscription for 1 year right now!  SIGN UP HERE.

Free "Parachutes" by Coldplay album download from Amazon

Right now you can download Coldplay's "Parachutes" for free on Check it out here. Not sure how long the deal will last so act fast! 

Get up to $76 by signing up for a ShareBuilder Account!

Ooh! I haven't seen this deal since last Thanksgiving break, and because you aren't allowed to take out the "bonus" money from the account until 6 months later I literally just got it out on my birthday a few weeks ago.

To get a $76 account bonus **aka free money**, all you have to do is open a ING DIRECT Investing account through this link and enter the promo code SB1776, and then deposit $3,500 in it and within 4-6 weeks they will deposit the $76.  Because I have no clue about investing in stocks, I took the amount I put in back out after the time period and then just waited to get the other $76 later, but you could always look into their program because I think its pretty good.

If you don't have quite as much to play around with (but still could do it with $2000 you can get a $50 Promo from ING DIRECT Investing in the same fashion at any time by going through this link no promo code necessary.

Near Black Friday time in the fall, they tend to have deals with almost no start our bonus.  So if you can't do it now, don't fret, we will post those too :)

Friday, June 29, 2012

Free Starbucks Coffee on July 4th!

Starbucks just announced on their blog that they will be giving away free tall coffees in their stores on the 4th!  Perfect for all of you who, like Holly and I are addicted to coffee!

39 Week Subscription - Wall Street Journal

I know we have posted this before, but it's such a great deal and it's back! 
Click here to sign up for a 39-week subscription to the Wall Street Journal, no strings attached!

Frugal Friday: Save Money on Printer Ink

We all know the big expense with printing is the ink.  The easiest way to cut costs are to adjust your printer settings:

1.  Print grayscale unless you need it in color
2.  Use "Fast Draft" settings, which is generally under "Paper Type/Quality;" this will result in a sign
3.  Change the ink volume (to less) if you can; this option should be under "Advanced Print Options"

Even though you should need less ink (and less expensive ink--black is always cheaper than color) by using the above steps, when you do end up needing it you can save money on your purchase by:
  • Buy extra large print cartridges--these aren't always at the store so consider shopping around online.  I've bought ink from eBay before and had some I weren't really sure where legit, so I tend to stick to Amazon for cartidges (you can see their selection here)
  • Taking your cartridges to be refilled in store at Walgreens or Costco, or a local store that does it.
  • If you're really adventurous you can try refilling the cartridges yourself--there are lots of videos and how-to's online! One is here: Refill and Reuse a Printer Ink Cartridge
  • If you decide to not have yours refilled, then at least make sure that you take advantage of some of the great rebate programs out there: Staples and Office Depot will give you $2 for each catridge to spend in store (which makes it super annoying when I think of how many of these I have just tossed in the Target recycle bins)

Amazing Deal on a 16GB Nook!!! (only $169)

Groupon is offering a 16GB Nook from Barnes & Noble for ONLY $169! This deal goes through June 30th, so you have a little time if you are thinking about buying it will go fast!

These are normally listed for $249 (there seems to be listed online for $209 but that still makes this a great deal), and they’re selling them for $169. They are manufacturer refurbished and come with a 1-year Barnes & Noble warranty.

Quick info:
  • VividView 7-inch color touchscreen with high-resolution display
  • Access to more than 2.5 million books, magazines, comics, and kids books
  • Browse the web with video and check and send email from one inbox
  • Wireless connectivity with free WiFi in all Barnes & Noble stores
  • Preloaded apps including Netflix, Hulu Plus, and Pandora
  • Up to 11.5 hours of reading or 9 hours of video on a single charge
  • Dimensions: 8.1" x 5" x 0.48"
  • Backed by 1-year Barnes & Noble warranty
Click here to see technical specifications.

Great Deal on Haribo gummies!

I don't normally eat gummies, but I can't resist Haribo, which is why I am so excited that the price on these Haribo Gold-Bears Minis, 72-Count Bags  has dropped over 5 dollars!  If you buy with subscribe and save (which you can cancel when you receive the order to stop them from coming all the time, you the whole package for only $8.18 (or each little pack is only $0.11)! Honestly, this might be a better deal than the Haribo outlet in Bonn, Germany that Holly and I frequented a little too often when there.

Buy One Get One Free Fandango Offer

Anyone with a Visa Signature card can get buy one get one free tickets at Fandango on fridays.

Details here.

Note: if you missed our post about a month ago about how to get into movie screenings free, you can read about it here!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

BOGO deals - Starbucks and Jamba Juice

There are two buy one get one free deals currently:

Jamba Juice - from tomorrow until the fourth you can buy one get one free drink with the coupon that you find here.

Starbucks (in Target) - Buy a Frappuccino and get one free at all Target Starbucks locations. Offer good until July 2nd.

Free Drink Coupon from Peet's Coffee!

You can get a coupon for a free drink at Peet's Coffee and Tea when you sign up for their newsletter!!!
If you haven't already checked out our page on ongoing deals, you should know that you can also sign up for the Kohl's newsletter there for a free $5 coupon too!

Free Krispy Kreme Doughnut!!!

When you sign up for a newsletter from Krispy Kreme you get a coupon for a free doughnut.  The delivery time on this is about 1-2 days and the coupon that you get is good for 2 weeks after :)

$1 Flip Flops at Old Navy June 30th!!!

There is a maximum of 5 pairs per person.  Such an awesome deal if you need summer shoes!
You can find a location near you on the Old Navy website.

Le Creuset Dish only $19.82!

There is a great deal for a Le Creuset baking dish.  Everywhere else online it is at least $40, and the normal price on Amazon is listed as $55 but for today its only $19.82 and is eligible for free super saver shipping! Le Creuset makes really high quality dishes, so this would be perfect if you want to start investing in kitchen things that you will keep after college, or if you need a gift for your mom or some other woman coming up!
Le Creuset Stoneware 10-1/2-Inch Oval Baking Dish, Cherry

Regal Cinemas - Free Popcorn

We all know how non-budget friendly a trip to the movies is. Most of the times you can find great deals on tickets on Groupon, Living Social, etc. and we always try to update you with Fandango promotions when we see them. Right now Regal Cinemas is offering a free small popcorn. This offer is valid from 6/26-7/1.

Staples Eco-Bag + 15% off

I thought that this was a pretty cool idea and wanted to share it. Right now you can head on over to Staples with this coupon. You will get a free eco-friendly shopping bag + 15% off everything you can fit in the bag. (Expires July 4). These bags come in so handy for grocery shopping!

Wednesday, June 27, 2012

Words of Wisdom Wednesday

This weeks word of wisdom comes from Ayn Rand.  We should all strive to have a healthy relationship with money, which at its core is a really incredibly efficient way to barter.  I know that in the past I have fallen into the trap of "money is bad" type thinking, and to be honest that was when I was most careless with it, and thus was able to use what came through my hands for the least good for myself and others.  Money isn't evil.

For us, For you

So our current survey ends this week.  If you haven’t voted on it please take 2 seconds and  give us your opinion.  Even if you’re just stopping by our site, we’d love to know what you’re looking for.  Your answer helps us decide what to be looking for and what to post!

Thanks! We love our readers :)

Free $10 to L.L. Bean!

You can get a $10 off promotional gift card (no minumum purchase), in the L.L. Bean Summer Catalog. When you sign up here. Note that shipping is also free, so you could get a great deal with this one!

Right now I don't see anything that would be free (correct me if I'm wrong) but multiple items under $5 that could make great presents!

5 Free Personalized Postcards with Postagram

You can get free postcards with either an android phone or an iPhone by using the free Postagram app.

Postagram iPhone or Android app

Free USA Car Mirror Covers

Ok these are so cool.  This site: Javi Sports has lots of them, different ones for different sports team, american flag, etc.  Right now if you have a blog, or some means of posting a link to a website (note: I'm not sure if you can link on someone elses website?), you can get their USA covers for free.  They detail the steps on their site here when you scroll down from the main page, but I've copied it so that you can see it!

Holly: I didn't submit this link, because I know you go all out for 4th of July, so its only right that you should get them :) Aka you can email them.

Free Personalized Card from Cardstore!

You can get  a free card plus free shipping right now at when you use the code CGH2626 at checkout.  They don't say how long this promo is going to last so I'd use it soon!
This can be used on any type of card, but is especially perfect for summer birthdays coming up!

Free $25 with Google Wallet

Ok so sad that this is only for like 3 phones, but I have to mention it just in case any of you do happen to have one of these because its such a great promotion!

Right now, you get $25 FREE when you activate Google Wallet and the Google Prepaid Card on the following phones:
LG Viper™ LTE from Sprint
LG Optimus Elite™ from Sprint
LG Optimus Elite from Virgin Mobile
Note: all three phones come preloaded with Google Wallet.

FREE $25 through Google Wallet information here.
Back from California, and posting will resume par normal tomorrow (and will actually resume better--I just got an iPad, the best present :), and am already so excited about organizing deals more effectively on it).  Thanks for being patient in this slow long weekend!
How excited I am... Such a goof, this guy.

In the meantime I thought I would share this article with you all:

A lot of what the content in it is stuff that we have already talked about with budgeting but I thought it was a really great reiteration!

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Free Sunglasses!

If your like me you can almost always use another pair: right now if you are under 25, you can get a free pair of sunglasses by signing up for the Do Something hunt event.

When it asks about a team you can "join" ours by just putting in for the main address since I just went ahead and made one to get my own free sunglasses :)

Free Personalized Luggage Tags from KLM

Not that you really need these, but if you have 2 minutes and want to make one: you can get them free here.

Money Management Mondays: Write your Goals Down

This was meant to be published yesterday and somehow got lost in our blog... Sorry it's late!

"If you don't have written goals, it's easy to spend your money like water.  There's always a new outfit or piece of jewelry or electronic gadget to buy.  If you don't have a plan for your money, you might as well spend it, because you've not set a purpose for it anyway."--Crystal Paine, The Money Saving Mom's Buget

Free Romney Window Decal

Free Romney window decal.  Really easy sign up and I am assuming being a decal and not a sticker it wouldn't have to stay on forever?  I don't normally put stickers on my car but its because I can't get them off later... 

Monday, June 25, 2012

Monopoly on Amazon only $9.88!

Such a great deal on Monopoly right now!  If you need a present for anyone coming up, want a reason to stay in and play a bunch instead of going out and spending money, or just love Monopoly and now that you aren't living with your parents anymore want your own, the game is on sale on Amazon right now for only $9.88 plus free shipping if you go through Prime or Amazon Student!

Free Schick Hydro 5 Razor!!!

Update: They ran out, sorry. 
Free Schick Razor right now through Walmart! Easy sign up here.
Note: when they have had these in the past they have always gone super fast so you should sign up right away if you want one!

Free Sprinkes Cupcake - Tomorrow 6/26

If you are fortunate enough to live near a Sprinkles Cupcakes then you should definitely do this deal because those cupcakes are DELICIOUS! The offer is available from 12-2 tomorrow at one of their locations. For more information click here and go to the 'Celebrate' tab.  

Saturday, June 23, 2012

Our reunion! And why this morning has been slow...

Hey all sorry today is so slow! I just got in to Los Angeles last night and then got to see Holly this morning for breakfast and nails (done ourself of course.. Not we will be posting about our gel nail kit sometime in the next few weeks). I will try and post some later today but I just wanted to give you a heads up on why today might be slow!

Free National Geographic Swatchbook

You can get a free National Geographic Swatchbook when you fill out their easy sign up here.

Friday, June 22, 2012

Free iPhone 4 Screen Cover has a free iphone 4 screen protector. They do ask for your credit card info, but that is for security purposes.

Frugal Friday: Buy Discounted Gift Cards

A huge part of budgeting and saving money is the switch from unplanned purchases to planned expenses.  You are forced to sit down in the beginning of the month and think about realistically if you need new shoes, toiletries, or will be eating out with friends that month.  This is really important because it allows you to print out coupons for stores in advance and it give you the opportunity to buy and use discounted gift cards.  While we will always post if we see a gift card to a general retailer discounted close to 50% or more (in the past year I have seen these kinds of deals on Amazon, iTunes, and Starbucks cards and got them all right away), there are actually always discount cards available.  Probably the biggest and best hub is has discounts that vary by retailer, and has cards as they come in, but if you know that you are going to be buying shoes at DSW, or going out to eat at PF Changs this summer, then I really recommend checking them out!  While some more popular, general retailers like target have savings of only 3% or so, Urban Outfitters gift cards (big denominations) are currently 25% off.  It’s especially worth checking out after the holidays when everyone is trading in cards at once, so I’ll put out another reminder then!

Note: I’ve also sold a card to them in exchange for Amazon credit before, and even though it was less than the card value, I knew I could get stuff I needed at a better price than I could at the store, and I was really happy with how easy they made the process!

Free Sample of Yogi Tea

You can get two bags of tea for either you or a friend here: Yogi Well-Wishes.  Its nice because you can pick from a lot of different tea combinations!

Great Deal on a Comforter Set!

Right not you can get an Avenue 8 Comforter Set for only $12.99 plus $7.95 in shipping.  Just sign up for Designer Living and then the deal should be clearly marked, as of course its the deal of the day.
The set includes a comforter and 2 shams, and is a great price if you are looking for one and a solid color can work in your room!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Wrapp!!! aka Free Stuff!

Ok so I finally made it to the mall to grab a few birthday freebies (Sephora gave me super awesome lipgloss/chapstick)  and used my Wrapp certificates from almost a month ago!

What I got:

A FREE shirt at the Gap.  Right now they are doing 40% off sale items, so they had more than a few things that were less than $5.  Just so you know though: my cashier couldn't ring up the item as a gift card, but it went through as a coupon.

Rosebud Salve for just $2.53 at Sephora (it's normally $7)!  I love this stuff and use it all the time, and it will make a perfect addition to a little gift at some point. 

AND while I was using the app I realized that I can give away even more of the gift cards for free!  When I was giving them away online last month it stopped me after 15... so we'll see what it does this time, but some of you who I missed the last round will definitely be getting some.'

If you haven't downloaded Wrapp you can sign up here, and then download the app for iphone or android.  Oh and if your facebook friends with me or Holly, feel free to share back ;).