Spot The Partner With CAA Rewards #caarewards

CAA Rewards

I love to shop, and it’s actually something I consider myself good at. Now, if you’re thinking that being good at shopping is nothing to brag about; you’re mistaken. Saving money is nothing to sneer at, I like to stretch my hard-earned dollar as far as possible, and that is why I’m so excited about being a CAA Member and CAA Rewards.

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Booking Travel Online: 3 Ways To Save Big

Booking Travel Online

I book all my hotels online, I spend a little bit of extra time and hunt down the best deal possible. It’s worth it as I have saved up to $100 a night on some specials, and I thought I knew it all when it came to saving money when booking online. Then yesterday I learned a new tip for when it comes to booking travel online. It’s a game changer.

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Slash Your Grocery Bill In Half With Budget Savvy Diva

BudgetSavvyDiva

It’s just the three of us here in our household and Carter is 11 months, so you would think that our grocery bill is pretty small. It’s not. It’s not like we buy a lot of stuff either, but it’s a lot of meat and produce. So when I had the opportunity to learn how to save as much money as possible while grocery shopping I jumped at the chance to read Budget Savvy Diva’s Guide To Slashing Your Grocery Bill by 50% or More.

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Thrifty Divas | Divas Don’t Pay Full Price

 I’m new to coupon game. I find it to be a fun (and rewarding) hobby and over the last few weeks I have been in search for some great deals. One of my favorite websites to check out is Thrifty Divas.
I live in a small town in central Alberta and the problem with that is us Canadian’s don’t get the awesome steals, deals and coupons that our neighbors to the south have access to. When I see fellow bloggers bragging about their awesome sale on meat for $1 or when I watch Extreme Couponing and see how the “stars” of the show receive $1000 worth of groceries for $50, I want to throw my head through the wall. It’s so frustrating! I’m making the best of my situation (how I wish our grocery stores here had coupons for produce and meat – okay NOW I’m making the best of my situation) and I plan on learning as much as I can about coupons and how to pay the least amount possible.
The website I keep finding myself going back to is Thrifty Divas. What a resource! At Thrifty Divas you will find three categories: Coupon Cathy, Freebie Felicia and Discount Debbie. 
Coupon Cathy is (obviously) the coupon section. With Coupon Cathy you will find some helpful tips for beginners like me and, of course, coupons. Coupon Cathy posts about the latest coupons whether they are printable or mail outs as soon as they are hot off the presses. My favorite feature is that she takes the time to compare prices at other stores and lays it out in front of you to where you can get the best deal (and sometimes get it for free).
Freebie Felicia is all about the freebies. I mean, why buy it when you can get it for free? I wish I checked out Thrifty Divas yesterday, did you know that you were able to get a box of hot chocolate for your Keurig FOR FREE? I missed out big time! It’s opportunities like that (or the free IKEA Breakfast at IKEAs from the 18-20th) that you won’t miss if you stay updated (I’m subscribed via email and definitely recommend it. Thrifty Divas is always being updated and I would hate to miss out on more opps like the Keurig one).
Finally we have Discount Debbie. With Discount Debbie you are going to find everything from rebates and money saving tips. Right now I am in the middle of planning a massive freezer cooking session for when I have the baby in April, and I am loving her Freezer Party post, it provided some simple but useful tips on the big day (or two) I have upon the horizon.
So whether you’re a beginner (like me) or a savvy saver, I think everyone could benefit from Thrifty Divas. It is incredibly resourceful that it’s one of the first sites I visit each morning and even though I am subscribed to a few “couponing” and “deal” sites, this one tops my list.

Supermarket Smarty

Before I make my “trek” to the grocery store, I like to be prepared. I am known to make my menu plan and then go through every planned meal and write down everything I need (and double triple checking). There is nothing worse then coming home from the grocery store only to realize I forgot something, and it’s normally an item that I need. We’ve all done it. So when I received Supermarket Smarty I knew this was going to a very useful tool (especially for something as forgetful as I am).
Supermarket Smarty is a wipe off grocery list planner and coupon holder. It acts just like your own mini whiteboard. My first concern with Supermarket Smarty was that I thought the ink would get everywhere. So I randomly checked off a couple of boxes, closed the organizer and rubbed it together. The ink stayed put and I put that concern to rest.
The magnet didn’t clip to my stainless steel refrigerator, so I decided to keep it on my magnetic backing to my office desk (it’s where I do my menu planning anyway).  A feature that I really appreciated from this organizer is how you can store your pen right with your list. There is a slot on the magnetic and saves a lot of hassle for someone like me who loses pens all the time.
The list of groceries that Supermarket Smarty provides almost covers everything, from pita chips to batteries. If it’s on your list, it’s more then likely covered on this planner. If it’s not, no big deal there is a space for you to write down your specific requests.
Also, I don’t want to forget to mention that beside the listed items on the grocery planner are symbols that let you know your item is a good source of fiber, best to buy organic , a healthy fat, etc. There is also a I have a coupon spot to remind you to check your built in coupon holder to save on those items.
I love my Supermarket Smarty, it does everything I need to stay organized but it’s convenient enough where I can put it on my purse or clip it into my wallet. For more information please visit Supermarket Smarty’s website.
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Savvycents: For The Fashionably Frugal

When you hear the words “couponing” and “fashionista” you don’t know normally put the two together. Savvycents has changed that. Now that I am home full-time and have given up another income, it’s time to bring my frugality back. I used to be a huge coupon user, but when I started working full time I found it challenging to sit down and find coupons. I’m excited to be back to the couponing world and now I have a new tool to make my life so much easier.
Before when I couponed I would just store them in my wallet when I went to the store, it was a mess and I was constantly standing in the middle of aisle (holding up traffic and getting “those looks”) shuffling through my wallet because I thought I had a coupon for a specific item. I looked at coupon organizers before but I never wanted to bring a binder to the grocery store or have a tacky looking coupon holder. Then came Savvycents.
 
Savvycents was first formed in January of 2009 after Melinda Claudepierre read a book about becoming debt free and following the cash envelope system of budgeting. 

Frustrated with paper envelopes and disorganization with her wallet, she wanted to create a wallet that would allow her to keep her cash in separate categories and also give quick access to her drivers license, coin holder, and all of her discount cards and coupons. The Savvycents wallet organizer allows you to have all these thing in an attractive wallet that every woman would love to carry.

I have a “thing” with wallets/purses, I love them. I have so many wallets that it’s a little ridiculous, I’m constantly switching them out. Since I received the Savvycents wallet, I haven’t switched a thing. I even brought it to Hawaii to organize some of my itinerary’s and travel documents. It made it that much easier. I’m a very picky person when it comes to wallets, I need a lot of card slots for all my “memberships”. Savvycents did lack a couple of “card slots”, but there was so much room on the other side where the coupons go. I have more then enough room for all of my cards and coupons (I just put the cards I don’t use as often on the coupon side). There is a pen holder in the middle and a coin slot on the back. You almost don’t need your purse anymore. The only addition I think would make this wallet so much better? An iPhone/cellphone holder built in!
So do I recommend this patent wallet? Well, it certainly does it all, I would recommend it to everyone I know. Not only does it help you save money, but you look good doing it.

 

Coupster

How many timeshave you gone to the grocery store, ice cream parlor, pizza place and you forgot your coupons?

This happens to me all the time, and it is a great annoyance of mine. I like to save as much money as I can (well, who doesn’t?) and I consider myself an avid couponista! Well, now with Coupster we don’t have to worry about forgetting coupons at home anymore.

What is Coupster?

Coupster is a mobile coupon service that delivers coupons upon consumersʼrequest straight to their mobile phone via text message. Coupster provides savings to restaurants, local entertainment, attractions and more. Coupster works with all major mobile providers in the US with regional carriers added on a regular basis. (Best of all this service is FREE.)

Once you access a coupon, it is good for twenty-four hours from the time you retrieve it. Some of the vendors will allow you to access their coupons a certain number of times during the month.

Coupster is not only an environmentally friendly way to “clip” coupons but it is so easy anyone can do it!

Here’s how it works:1. Create an account at MyCoupster.com

2. Get coupons through website or by calling 1-877-4-Coupster (426-8778) from your cell

3. Choose the store you want & the coupon that fits you best

4. Coupster will immediately send the coupon via text message

5. Show the coupon on your phone at check out for instant savings!

Privacy Protected, SPAM free, Go Green with Coupster!
So if you like to save money (and help save trees) Go Coupster!
Unfortunately, Coupster is only available in the U.S at the moment. (Sorry fellow Canadians.)