Archive for December, 2011

Coupon Mom: Last-minute gifts, sweet deals

Sweet deals make fun gifts

Walgreens: Even though Christmas is around the corner, you can still save money on last-minute gifts that everyone likes. Walgreens has boxed chocolates on sale, and you can use coupons to save more. Use the Walgreens in-ad coupon to pay $3.99 for Russell Stover Chocolates (10-to 12-ounce boxes). Hershey’s Pot of Gold Chocolates (10-ounce boxes) are on sale for $5 each when you buy two boxes. Use two of the $1 coupons from the Dec. 11 SmartSource circular to pay $4 per box. You also will get a $2 Register Rewards coupon when you buy two boxes, so your net cost will be $3 per box (regularly $8). DeMets Turtles (6.4-ounce boxes) are on sale for $3 when you buy two. Use two of the $1 coupons from the Nov. 6 SmartSource circular to pay $2 per box (regularly $3.59). Toblerone 3.52-ounce chocolate bars make great stocking stuffers and are on sale for $2 each when you buy two. Use two of the 50-cent coupons from the Nov. 13 Smartsource circular to pay $1.50 …

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BOGO dinner from Carolyn’s Gourmet Cafe

Last-minute shoppers and Midtown employees, satiating your hunger tomorrow evening could get you a free meal next month.

Carolyn’s Gourmet Cafe is offering Carolyn’s re-gift receipt night on Wednesday. Visit Carolyn’s between 4 and 11 p.m. to receive an in-store credit equal to the amount you purchase. Keep your receipt and redeem the dinner credit Jan. 2 through Feb. 29.

Go to try sandwiches with names like the Determination (grilled chicken with melted provolone cheese, lettuce, tomato and mayo an a hoagie), the Accomplisher wrap (honey maple turkey, bacon, blue cheese, lettuce, tomato, and honey mustard dressing wrapped in a tomato basil tortilla) and the Enthusiast (steak, provolone cheese, green peppers and grilled onions on a hoagie).

Offer valid after 4 p.m. on Wednesday. Original receipt must be present for redemption Jan. 2, 2012 through Feb. 29, 2012. Credit valid after 4 p.m. for in-store dinner purchases. May not be combined with any other offers. See manager for …

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‘Odysseo’ discounts for this week only

Ticket-selling site Goldstar has just announced a discount on “Odysseo” should you wish to go see the show this week.

Tickets are for today through Saturday, so grab yours quick. You can get a VIP ticket for $172.30 with fees (reg. $229.50), a gold-level ticket for $98.70 (reg. $134.50) or an orange-level ticket for $91.95 (reg. $124.50).

Also, Cavalia has reduced prices through January for juniors and kids daily and for seniors on the weekends. Kids’ tickets are as low as $29.50 during the week and $39.50 on the weekends.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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The gift of cash, in the form of a card

You’re finished with Christmas shopping. You’ve bought your family and friends presents from Apple, Macy’s, Home Depot, J.Crew, Amazon and Best Buy.

And they all fit in your wallet.

We like to give gift cards. The average consumer spent $145.61 last year on gift cards, up from $139.91 in 2009, according to the National Retail Federation.

We like to receive gift cards, too.

More than half of adults surveyed last year said they would like to receive gift cards as presents, and that number is growing year over year, the federation says. (Clark Howard tip: Don’t pay full price for gift cards.)

This year, the top three most requested gift cards are from Walmart, Target and Amazon, according to GiftCardGranny.com, while gas companies Shell and Exxon made it onto the list at No. 5 and No. 14, respectively.

During tough economic times, utilitarian gift cards for basic necessities, such as gasoline, can be a lifeline for some people, says Luke Knowles of GiftCardGranny.

“Grocery gift …

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How to spend nothing (or very little) on gift wrap

Are you down to the wrapping stages for your holiday gifts? I am.

Just this weekend I was running out to a party and realized I needed to wrap a gift. I grabbed a gift bag I had saved from a previous present, tissue paper saved from a different gift, and BAM! Instant, free gift wrap.

But some people get very creative about saving money this season. This article from MoneyTalksNews inspired me to start thinking about more ways to wrap presents for free — and to use my creative side in the process. (I wasn’t convinced about No.7, brown bags, until I saw the picture.)

Are you creative about saving money on gift wrap? What about on presents?

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Wes Moss: Gifts you won’t regret giving

Certified financial planner Wes Moss provides personal finance advice and accessible investment strategies. His guest post appears here weekly.

Wes Moss hosts 'Money Matters' Sunday mornings on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB

Wes Moss hosts 'Money Matters' Sunday mornings on AM750 and 95.5FM News/Talk WSB

We have a tradition in our family that may sound familiar. On the day after Christmas, we go through all our presents and weed out the stuff we will never use – the knickknacks from Grandma, the horrifying sweater from Aunt Sue, and the book that Cousin Dave says is a must-read, but isn’t.

It’s sad how much money (and effort) we waste on gifts that are doomed for the closet, return counter or garbage can. On the flip side, there is no better feeling than to buy (or receive) the perfect gift – an item that will be used and cherished for a long time. The purchase of such gifts is worth every penny — even if they cost a few extra pennies.

Which of the following is a better value? A pair of jeans that costs $45, or a pair that costs $150? Clark Howard …

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Free Shipping Day

Better start flexing those purchasing fingers.

It’s Free Shipping Day, a day specified to offer consumers what they really want — free shipping for online holiday purchases. Because guess what, retailers? We. Will. Wait. For. Free shipping.

In fact, if your favorite store already offers some form of free shipping throughout the season, you probably owe it, in part, to FreeShippingDay.com.

The list includes more than 2,000 retailers this year and includes:

  • Barnes and Noble
  • Bebe
  • Bed, Bath & Beyond
  • Brookstone
  • Columbia
  • Eddie Bauer
  • REI
  • Sears
  • Toys R Us
  • White House Black Market

Don’t let free shipping push you into making a purchase, but now’s the time to buy if the price is right.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Coupon Mom: Save on batteries, cereal, Honeybaked Ham

Powerful rewards earn free batteries

Duracell: Get free batteries at Office Max and Staples when you join their free store rewards programs. At Office Max, Duracell Copper Top AA or AAA batteries (20 pack) are on sale for $16.99. When you buy the package, your Maxperk Bonus Rewards account will get $16.98 in store credit that you can redeem in a future visit, so your net cost of the batteries will be one cent. Or get the 10-count package of the same variety of Duracell batteries for $8.49 with an $8.48 Maxperks reward. Staples has Duracell AA or AAA 16-pack batteries on sale for $12.99, and you will get $12.99 in your Staples Rewards account at purchase, so your net cost will be zero. Limit two packages per customer at Staples, and one package per customer at Office Max. Office Max also has Boise letter-size paper (10-ream case) on sale for $41.99. You will get $32 in MaxPerks Bonus Rewards, so your net cost will be $9.99 per case. See store for details on each reward …

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Free fries Friday at Burger King

I guess you can afford to give out free french fries to millions of people when you’re the king.

Friday is free fries day at Burger King, and the restaurant is encouraging customers to try the new fries and give feedback on its Facebook page. And if you think about it, come back here and tell us what you think, too. No purchase necessary, one value-size fry per guest.

– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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Family: Free Hawks tickets for kids

Swoop in on this deal for some family fun time next week.

Join the Atlanta Hawks for their only home preseason game Dec. 22 at 7:30 p.m. against Charlotte. Hawks’ owners will extend complimentary tickets to all kids under the age of 16 at the Philips Arena box office (up to four free tickets per paid adult).

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– By Lauren Davidson, Atlanta Bargain Hunter

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