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July 26, 2012

Vacation Idea: SAVE in San Antonio

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Our family is always on the lookout for new places to visit.  Whether our plans are for a day trip or a full blown week-long vacation, planning these trips on a budget can be daunting.  San Antonio, which is known as one of the nation’s most affordable vacation destinations, is making visitors’ getaways even more value packed with SAVE – San Antonio Vacation Experience.  The site offers great deals on hotels and more than $600 in savings on historic tours, theme parks, animal adventures and shopping.  Summer is truly the time to SAVE in San Antonio.

With deals on hotels, resorts and attractions ranging from budget to luxury, SAVE has something for every family’s budget and needs.  Be sure to check the Limited Time Offers to add even more value to your vacation.

I can imagine us heading to San Antonio and staying at the Drury Inn & Suites San Antonio Riverwalk.  With rates as low as $99 per night, the Drury Inn & Suites offers everything we look for in a vacation hotel.  There’s FREE hot breakfast and a 5:30 Kickback happy hour, which includes FREE hot food & cold beverages. There’s even a rooftop outdoor pool and whirlpool.

From there we would start exploring San Antonio by hopping a ride on the Trolley to tour the heart of this historic city.  A stop at the Institute of Texan Cultures would be in order since we love to explore the history of any place we visit.  I can’t resist seeing the animals of the deep, and with multiple discounts available, SeaWorld San Antonio would be a must see destination.  In addition to SeaWorld, SAVE attraction partners include Six Flags Fiesta Texas, Schlitterbahn, Splashtown, Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch, San Antonio Botanical Garden, & more!

The one thing we never leave out of our vacation itinerary is a bit of shopping.  SAVE offers two free VIP coupon books for the San Marco Premium Outlets and Tanger Outlets.  These coupon books, combined with already reduced outlet prices, make for some great bargains.

With SAVE, we save on everything travel.  For more information, be sure to follow @SAVEinSA on Twitter for all the updates on deals, limited time offers & ideas to help plan your next trip to San Antonio!

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June 28, 2012

Water, Water Everywhere!

I don’t know about you but as the temperatures rise, our family goes through a lot of water. I was talking to a friend the other day and she commented how expensive it has become to buy multipacks of water for her family. It dawned on me there had to be a less expensive way to stay hydrated.  I suggested refilling reusable water bottles from a water cooler loaded with a five gallon bottle.

After doing some math (which is not a strength of mine), I discovered I was wrong.  Here’s what I figured out.  A twenty-four pack of 16.9 oz bottles of water runs about $3.99 (on sale).  That’s 405.6 ounces or $0.009 per ounce.  My idea of filling up at our water cooler works out like this:  640 ounces @ $5.95 per bottle or the same $0.009 per ounce.

Now I know we could just fill up our bottles with tap water.  But for some people, that’s not an option, particularly since the water in many areas just doesn’t taste good.

It looks like I’m back to the drawing board.  The heat is upon us and I’m convinced there has to be a less expensive option for us to stay hydrated.

Any ideas from our readers?

May 2, 2012

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: I Won’t Pay Full Price

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!

My daughter decided she wants to play lacrosse this year.  Fortunately, her school received a grant and those players without sticks and goggles were given loaners for the season.  The only problem is she can’t carry the lacrosse stick on the bus unless it’s in a case.  I priced out carrying cases on the internet and learned it was going to cost about $30 to buy a new one.  Now lacrosse is something she is just trying out and I’m not going to spend $30 for something which may end up in the back of the garage by summer.  I set out to town and found a lacrosse bag for only $10.  Bonus!  … and it was even in my daughter’s favorite color.

Where do you find the best bargains?  Generally, I find the best deals in resale shops.  Consignment shops, Goodwill, Plato’s Closet, and Play It Again Sports are some of my favorites.  I’ve found brand new clothing with tags at consignment shops and Goodwill and have paid a very small percentage of the original cost for something no one has ever worn.  Plato’s Closet is my daughter’s favorite clothing store.  We’ve been able to outfit her for a whole season for less than half what it used to cost to go to the big box stores.

Many resale stores offer loyal customer cards and discounts.  Sign up for their mailing lists, friend them on Facebook, and give them your email address.  The discounts abound.  You just have to “make friends” with these stores.

Tell us where you find your best bargains!

Let us know how your extremely normal coupon journey is coming along.  We love to hear from our readers!

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April 4, 2012

Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Check Your Groupon Account

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!

One of my favorite ways to save money is buying daily deals from sites like Groupon.  To name a few, I’ve enjoyed the savings on movies, dinner and discounted gift cards.  I make a point of recording expiration dates and reminders to use my daily deal coupons before they expire.  However, a number of times they have expired before I could use them.

Good news came out this week when Groupon settled a class action suit.  The highlight is:

Customers who bought Groupon vouchers before Dec. 1, 2011 can either redeem these past their expiration date or, if they are unable to do so, obtain a refund from the $8.5 million fund, according the proposed settlement filed March 29 in federal court in San Diego. Residents in some states can seek refunds only for vouchers sold after Aug. 22, 2010, according to the filing.

Check this out and let us know what you think!  Check your Groupon account to see if you have any expired vouchers which may still be valid or for which you may be entitled a refund as part of the settlement.

Let us know how your extremely normal coupon journey is coming along.  We love to hear from our readers!

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August 10, 2009

Coupon Tips & Tricks

money making mondayCoupons are like money; at least that is how I feel. I look for coupons everywhere I go. Internet printable coupons are increasingly popular. Madame Deals posts links to printable coupons as often as possible.

Sometimes, you will get an error message when you go to print the coupon. Have you ever seen the message “install coupon printer” when you have already installed it? It is frustrating when you need or want a certain coupon but then can’t print it. I happened to come across a way to fix this problem. I was reading the comments on a Southern Savers post and Derek replied with a solution to the  coupon printing problem.

Ever run into a link that someone has posted that is the actual “bricks” URL (not the website it was extracted from) and you can’t print it? Wanna know why? It’s because they extracted it on a computer that was using an internet browser which is NOT the one you’re currently using.

Can you fix that?
Apparently you can. There are two little letters inside a bricks URL that tell the bricks if you are on Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari on a Mac (like me). Most bloggers seem to be on PCs, so for me running into a coupon I want to print from someone’s blog link was always frustrating. Now, from tracking down comments on several blogs, I’ve figured out how to change the URL in my browser to be the one I want and VOILA I can print the coupon.

Internet Explorer on a PC Bricks:


Firefox on a PC Bricks:


Safari on a Mac Bricks:

Find a link you can’t print, look at the url. Change those two letters (that I’ve identified in the above URL) to wi or vi for Internet Explorer, wg or vg for Firefox, and xs for Safari, and it should print. (For the either or choices, try one and if it doesn’t work try the other)

Thanks Derek!

Another coupon tip: Every wonder what week the coupon insert was in the paper (if you have not cut your coupons yet)? Look at the spine of the coupon insert and the date will be printed on it. It is very tiny print but it is there!


August 1, 2009

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