Archive for June, 2011

Are you still buying CDs?

This spring, I picked up some CDs at yard sales for $1. With singles selling for 99 cents or more on iTunes, all it takes is a couple of good songs per album to make CD resale a deal for buyers. And after uploading the music to my computer, I can even resell the CD at my next garage sale. (Editor’s note: OK, don’t actually do this last part, or the police and the blog commenters will hunt you down.)

But it goes beyond resale. Some people have other motives for buying music — new music — in CD form. Peter Kafka from All Things Digital shares his thoughts on why that might be:

My hunch is that, increasingly, the people who are buying music in physical form are divided into two groups. There are the people buying it as an afterthought along with gum and other impulse buys stacked near the cash register. And there are the people buying it because they really like stuff — physical, tactile stuff — which might be as important as the music itself.

He also notes that half of Lady …

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Jessica Shops: Half off mani/pedi, shoe discount

Save on a mani/pedi

Sugarcoat: The nail salon has a special deal for new clients — receive a free personalized pouch of non-metal manicure and pedicure items. This includes nail files, buffers, toe separators, birchwood sticks and pumice stones. Plus, Jessica Shops readers receive a VIP discount at the new Sugarcoat location in Virginia Highland. Book an Essential Manicure and Pedicure and receive half off the full price of $45 (gratuity not included). Sugarcoat also is giving Jessica Shops readers half off an organic spray tan, which normally sells for $35. Sugarcoat, 1062 St. Charles Ave. NE, Atlanta; 404-249-0013.

Update your 
summer shoes

Chinese Laundry: Summer is here, which means it’s the perfect time to update your shoe collection. Visit the website for stylish summer sandals in innovative fabrics and leathers. Plus, use coupon code CL15REG323 to get 15 percent off (expires June 30).

A thrifty discount

Doubletake: Local thrifter Daniel Troppy hunts for recycled …

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Coupon Mom: Discount Starbucks, free PowerBar products

Food items compete with grocery store sales

Coffee: Starbucks coffee (12-ounce bag) is on sale for $6.49 at Walgreens. Use the $1.50 Starbucks coupon from the April 17 SmartSource circular to pay only $4.99, which is a bargain for coffee connoisseurs.

Deli meat: On sale for $2.50 each, you’ll pay only $2 for the 9-ounce package of Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Shaved Lunchmeat when you use the May 15 SmartSource coupon for $1 off two at Walgreens.

Extra Bucks net 
free styling gel

Styling gel: Get Dep or L.A. Looks (12-20 ounce) styling gels on sale for $2.99 at CVS. Pay $1.99 on the L.A. Looks 20-ounce variety with a $1 coupon from the May 15 SmartSource circular, and get a $2 Extra Bucks reward at the register. Your net cost will be free with a one-cent profit. Limit one deal.

Power up for free

PowerBar products: Get PowerBar Energy or Protein Bites (2.6- to 3-ounce packages) on sale for $2.49 at CVS. You will get a $2.49 Extra Bucks reward at the register, so your net cost will be …

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Clark Howard: I’ll never buy a product’s extended warranty

Consumer expert Clark Howard’s column appears here each Thursday in conjunction with Deal Spotter, a weekly print section in The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

ClarkHowardThe other day, my wife went to a specialty electronics retailer to get some equipment that I use when I broadcast the show from my home. As she’s checking out, the salesman asks her how long of a term of extended warranty she wanted on the equipment. (Not if she wants one, but what length of term she wants!)

The salesperson continued, “Clark Howard buys extended warranties. He came in recently and bought a pair of headphones and took the warranty on them.” So my wife said, “Oh, he did, huh?”

Next the man wanted to show her a bogus bill of sale for me reflecting a purchased extended warranty. The guy had no idea he was speaking to my wife! I really wish she would have asked to see it, but she declined and the whole issue was dropped.

My position on extended warranties remains the same. I don’t like them and I don’t buy …

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$10 off Gerber Brand baby clothes

Two of your favorite brands have come together to give you more options for your baby — plus an extra $10 off in coupons.

Gerber Childrenswear announced this month the appearance of its Gerber Brand essentials for baby in select Old Navy stores across the United States. The line includes Gerber Onesies one piece underwear and sleep ‘n’ play one-pieces, with sizes ranging from birth to 24 months and all priced at less than $15.

To celebrate the launch, members of the Gerber Childrenswear’s Real Mom Community will receive a limited time offer to save up to $10 on Gerber purchases made at Old Navy stores. You’ll get $3 off any purchase of a Gerber Onesie and $7 off any purchase of $25 or more on Gerber apparel. Simply register to download the coupons. Offers expire June 30.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Say goodbye to unlimited data

Are you coasting with an unlimited data plan on Verizon? Consider yourself lucky.

Starting next month, Verizon will stop offering unlimited plans for new customers, instead offering a tiered data plan depending on your usage. (Yes, that means you need to lock in a plan now if you’ve been shopping.)

According to All Things Digital:

…Verizon will offer plans ranging from $30 a month for 2GB of data to $80 a month for 10GB of data, with tethering to other devices available for an additional $20, including a further 2GB of data. The site says the new plans will go into effect July 7. Verizon declined to comment on specifics of its new plans.

Representatives from the mobile phone industry have repeatedly said that offering unlimited data is ultimately unsustainable for the industry as a whole.

Which mobile plan currently offers you the best bang for your buck? Will that change if unlimited data goes away?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Make some cash, find deals at yard sales

The thing about yard sales, says Sheryl Cronin, is you never know what to expect.

The Marietta resident holds an annual yard sale to get rid of consumer buildup in her household. But she ended up donating to charity a vacuum cleaner she was confident would sell at her spring garage sale.

“There’s always stuff you think is going to go that didn’t go,” she says.

By the end of the day, Cronin had unloaded an old lawn mower, a computer and boxes of children’s clothes, among other items, successfully navigating the sometimes choppy waters of yard sale pricing.

“Sellers tend to think their things are worth more than shoppers think when they come to the sale,” Cronin says. She suggests sellers consider placing valuable items on Craigslist.com, especially if they don’t want shoppers making low-ball offers on them.

“People are going to try to pay you less than you want. If you want to move the stuff, you’ve gotta do what you’ve gotta do.”

Karen McCoy, who was holding her own garage …

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Free ice cream, cupcakes today

You may be indoors touring the World of Coca-Cola or the aquarium during your relatives’ annual summer visit, but you can’t escape the heat for long.

Venture out into the sun at Centennial Olympic Park today for a free scoop of Denali moose tracks ice cream. For each scoop eaten, Denali Flavors will donate $1 to the Salvation Army’s Kroc Center in Atlanta. The goal is to raise $10,000 by giving out 10,000 scoops of ice cream from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Centennial Olympic Park. 285 International Blvd. NW, Atlanta.

Also today:

Freebies are back today at Piece of Cake. Visit any location today (Buckhead, Decatur, Dunwoody, Roswell) and get a free small Key lime cupcake.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Free national parks admission today

Looking for something outdoorsy to do with the clan? Consider visiting one of Georgia’s national parks today — for free.

U.S. National Parks are celebrating the first day of summer by waiving any entrance fees. Georgia parks include:

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Summer airfare to Europe quickly dropping

Did you put off booking a trip to Europe this summer after plane ticket prices skyrocketed?

Here’s your chance to be a little impulsive. A quick scan of Bing Travel this afternoon indicated that ticket prices to Europe this summer are dropping quickly. (I used July 14-July 21 as travel dates.)

A one-stop flight (with less than an hour-and-a-half layover) from Atlanta to London from US Airways is priced at $1087, one of the lowest prices since the beginning of this year (the highest was $1493). Fights to Paris on multiple airlines were priced at $1223 (they peaked at $1775 in March), with prices expected to drop as well. Amsterdam is down to $1312, Frankfurt at $1297 and Prague at $1237.

Also, if you already purchased tickets at sky-high prices and used Orbitz or another company with price matching, you might be able to get a refund of a few hundred dollars.

Tuesdays and Wednesdays tend to be the cheapest days to buy plane tickets, so consider this your heads-up.

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