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Rather Be Shopping Online and iPhone App Review

Coupons go way beyond groceries and household goods. Did you know there are tons of store coupons floating around the internet right now for things like sneakers, electronics and wine.

Rather Be Shopping is online coupon site that is dedicated to bringing their readers the latest in deals, discount and savings for everything in your life.

I’m not a supermarket couponer. I’ve tried. It doesn’t’ work for me and the way my family shops BUT I will look for deals when heading out for entertainment, clothing shopping and department stores. I know there are amazing deals for shopping online too. Free Shipping codes are my favorite and I will shop more if there is a promise of savings at the end.

Rather Be Shopping can also set you up with Coupon Alerts for your favorite shops. I’m a Kohl’s shopper, I’m there multiple times a week and know that their coupons and sales will give me a great deal on things I already plan on buying. Setting up coupon alerts puts these deals at your fingertips. If you’re like me and read all email on your phone your coupons are with you everywhere you go. In fact the Rather Be Shopping coupon app might better than the alert option because you have access to the entire coupon database with just a couple clicks.

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Some research on Rather Be Shopping pulled up a few deals I’m going to take advantage of this week. Remember the post about Sabreena’s headphone abuse? Well this Christmas we are stuffing her stocking with earphones that will hopefully last till next year.
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Unfortunately Rather Be Shopping is only available as an iOS app. Hopefully an Android version is in the works so i don’t have to rely on Rob’s phone for savings. Don’t let this stop you though. Use the Rather Be Shopping online site to gather your deals and coupons and get shopping.

Interesting fast. Rather Be Shopping is a mom and dad run site, similar to ours. 
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Share a Story Win Some Coupons-BallPark Giveaway

Ball Park Hot Dogs, Facebook, men easier fed than understoodMen. Easier Fed than Understood has been a brought to you by Ball Park to share the quirky and humorous behaviors that happen when guys get together. Whether it’s the overworked and tacky man caves or the insulting and inappropriate trash talk held the grill, Ball Park wants to celebrate it.

Food brings everyone together. When Rob goes out to meet friends it’s often over a drink and some food. When we hang out with friends the guys are often found arranged neatly around the food table for quick access to their personal favorites. The kids top choice for a fun time spent together is heading to one of our favorite restaurants to indulge on things this momma doesn’t make at home.

Did you ever wonder what guys really talk about when they get together? Have you ever walked in on a full blown guy convo to just turn around, walk away and wonder, “what in the world were they talking about “? Technology, sports and politics are lost on me. Rob likes to talk about sports but I’m often the only one close enough to listen. I smile and nod and he appreciates it.

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Tell me all about the fun, mysterious or weird behaviors, habits or conversations that go on around the guys in your life for a chance to win (3) full value coupons for any Ball Park product (up to $5.99 value). Each comment/story/share will be a valid entry to win.

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Save Money and Win $50 GC Giveaway

The holidays are over, that means the mega spending is over too. I’m glad to finally get back to our regular shopping. Last year I made a resolution to save more money on the things like groceries, household goods and even clothing but I’m not a couponer. I bought the binder and a folder and the inserts, signed up for the newspaper and boom, there sat weeks and weeks of coupons, uncut, unorganized.

Every once in a while I’d get motivated and cut and sort and make a list and look at flyers and save a few bucks and get all excited. The following week would come around and I’d be standing in the middle of the mall remembering I had a 20% off coupon for The Gap sitting at home in the binder.

So while I’ve mostly given up trying to coupon at the grocery store I still like to grab deals when it comes to clothing, shoes and other home goods. Stores like Target, Kohls and Yankee Candle are some of our favorites and we know we can find great deals and online coupons codes for bigger discounts.

Enter to win a $50 Gift Card (your choice of GAP, Old Navy, Target, Home Depot or Toys-R-Us) courtesy of CouponChief.com just by telling us what coupon you found there that would be useful for your family.

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Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Wednesday, February 1, 2012. The winners will be emailed and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. This contest is open to Continental US residents only. For complete rules please read our contest rules page.

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Coupons, Deals and Finance Advice plus a $25 GC Giveaway

What are you shopping for this Black Friday? We’ve got our eye on another Blu-Ray and a new TV for Shaun’s room. Where do you find the best deals and coupons? BuzzRaid.com is a new deal website offering the latest Kohls coupons and Travelocity promo codes and more. Deal websites typically just cover sales of major retailers but BuzzRaid is different.

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BuzzRaid is a finance and deals website focusing on helping people save money. There are thousands of coupons and deals from major retailers and smaller stores to help you get everything from free shipping to up to 50% off. The categories the website covers on the deals side of things ranges from clothing and electronics to business services and travel. Aside from all the deals we also have a large section of news and how-to about personal finance and savings from banking to insurance.

Do more than just shop with BuzzRaid. Learn to spend wisely and search for the best prices. Win a $25 GC to your choice(Target, Walmart or Amazon) just by telling me a deal you found on BuzzRaid that appeals to you.
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PromotionCode.org Is Your Savings Answer

Have you ever been ready to walk out the door to go shopping and realize you wanted to print off a coupon to save a few bucks during your trip? If so you need to check out PromotionCode.org.

PromotionCode.org gives the consumer, the opportunity to save money by publishing the most up to date promotion codes and coupons available online. This works by allowing the consumer to participate by listing new promotion codes that worked for them or by reporting the success or failure of a particular code posted by someone else. This is a free service and you can even watch how much money you save by using the updated ticker.

How PromotionCode.org Works

Unlike most coupon and promotion code sites, PromotionCode.org goes through great lengths to ensure that the codes on our site work. In addition to us spot-checking, visitors vote on the success rate of codes. If a code has not worked for more than three days and hits a certain percentage of failure, it is automatically removed from the site.

One thing to remember about PromotionCode.org is the promotion codes, coupons, and discounts may be changed suddenly by merchants without notice so you need to make sure you check to be sure you received your saving from the merchant when using these codes and coupons.

To me this an awesome service. The thing I like most is the success and failure rate that people list for the coupons. I can’t tell you how many times I have found a coupon on the internet only to find out that it is either expired or no longer valid. It is very frustrating when the coupon or code doesn’t work but PromotionCode.org tells you up front how successful your coupon or code it taking away the guess work.

If you like saving money which I am sure 99.9% of people do head over to PromotionCode.org before you hit the stores or shop online to cash in on savings.








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Is You Grocery Bill Out of Control? Mine Is Starting To Get There!

Yesterday I read an article over at Life as a CEO about her grocery bills and how expensive they are becoming.  It got me thinking about my families shopping habits and our grocery expenses and how much we spend on food on a monthly basis.  

Yesterday I went food shopping early at Shop Rite because there were a few good items on sale that I didn’t want to miss like $1.99 Blue Bunny Ice Cream quarts and 4 for $8 General Mills Cereals.  My kids eat a TON of cereal so I wanted to buy 8 boxes.  Thankfully Melinda found a bunch of coupons online saving me $6.  So for 8 boxes of ceral I spent $1.25 per box which is an awesome price. 

The one thing Melinda and I have been trying to do lately is look through the entire store circular and use coupons so that we can try to save as much money as we can.   Yesterday Melinda also started back up her weekly meal planning which in my opinion is a money saver because we know what we are having for dinner everyday and it saves us from having to order out.  Preplanning is so important in saving money on food because I find if you need to go to the store more then once in a week you will be in big trouble.  You will buy things that might be on sale but not on your list and items that you may not necessiarly need.

Below are 10 tips provided by Consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch to help you with the increase in food prices:

1. Shop Warehouse Stores
Not all prices are better at membership stores, particularly if you tend to go overboard, but there are some really good deals to be had. Look for great buys on perishable items and shop towards the end of the day, when department managers want to unload extra inventory.

2. Use Coupons
Now’s the time to get in on the extreme-couponing trend, particularly since there are so many ways to access them these days. You’ll find coupons online in both Internet-code or downloadable (IP) form.. Mobile coupons are as close as your cell phone. CellFire is a great source for grocery savings.

Don’t overlook the coupons that print out with your receipt at the register. Known as Catalinas, these coupons are targeted towards the purchases you’ve made that day. Some stores, like King Soopers, also allow you to stack manufacturer and store coupons for additional savings. Not all supermarkets allow you to stack, however, so check first.

3. Hit Dollar Stores
Whether you cruise the narrow aisles of Dollar General or hit one of the smaller chains, dollar stores offer “ka-ching” savings on boxed, bagged and canned goods. Make sure you check the expiration dates, however.

4. Use Grocery Store Rewards Cards These loyalty cards have become a necessity to access store sales, but they also have another benefit; You can download online coupons directly to your rewards card and the savings will be taken off at the register. Visit the rewards-card pages of such supermarket websites as Safeway and Food Lion to find these manufacturer coupons.

Some rewards card also provide gas savings when you buy groceries. At times, King Soopers has taken up to 10-cents off each gallon you purchase at their pumps when you spend $100 or more in their store.

5. Buy Generic
By and large, store-brand generics can be much cheaper than manufacturer products with the exact same quality. In fact, generics come off the same assembly line before being slapped with separate labels so skip the brand name items.

6. Use Discount Gift Cards
Shop websites like GiftCardGranny for discount gift cards from Kmart, Walmart and other major chains that sell food goods and produce. Paying just a portion of the card’s face value gives you an instant savings on your grocery needs.

7. Make A List
Avoid impulse purchases by making a list before you leave home and sticking to it when you hit the store. Knowing specifically what you need also helps avoid duplications of products you already have at home.

8. Plan Your Meals
It’s a lot easier to make a list when you have a plan. Creating a weekly menu also helps you avoid quick trips to the supermarket that end up costing you more in many ways. For last minute meals, create a gourmet dish at a deep discount by buying meats, produce and other food items that are on sale at your local grocery store.

9. One-Stop Shop Save gas, time and money by shopping stores like Target that allow you to buy everything on your list within one visit.

10. Avoid Out-of-Season Produce To every vegetable and fruit there is a season…and a better price. Squash are cheaper in the fall while asparagus can be a bargain in the spring. Wait until prices are at their best and plan your menu around seasonal produce to save big.

Melinda and I try to do everything above to save every dollar we can.  We go to the grocery store every week and to BJ’s Wholesale club once a month so the money starts to add up.

What do you do to save money on food?

This is NOT a sponsored post but the 10 tips listed above were provided by Consumer savings expert, Andrea Woroch.









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AT&T U-verse Digital TV Service

Are you sick of dealing with Verizon and Comcast for your TV, Internet and Telephone needs? If you are like me then you need to check out U-verse TV.

U-verse TV is a digital television service offered by AT&T to compete with the major cable and satellite TV providers as well as that of other telephone companies like Verizon’s FiOS TV. AT&T U-verse offers over 100 channels of high-definition programming, along with hundreds of standard definition channels. AT&T U-verse offers packages like the U-Family Single Pack, U-Family, Internet Pro Double Pack and the U-Family, Internet, Pro Voice 250 all for $99 or less. They also don’t require a contract which is nice since Verizon and Comcast each require a 2 year contract.

I know to a lot of people finding the best AT&T U-verse Coupon Code and AT&T UVerse promotional codes with ease is extremely important and CouponSnapshot help you with this by classifying a wide variety of coupons by tag for the sake of conveniences. In order to get the lowest price and save the most when you shop online for AT&T UVerse, please check the offers at CouponSnapshot which is extremely easy to do and can save you big money!

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Couponing isn’t for everyone

Last night I watched TLC’s Extreme Couponing. I was fascinated and intrigued. I love listening to stories of how people save obsene amounts of money with coupons and sales and matching and doubling and all the other tricks. What I can’t grasp is how people have 6 hours a day to stroll through a grocery store. I barely have enough time in a day to cook, clean and keep the kids safe I don’t know how I could squeeze in hours of couponing. Oh I know, I could stop blogging 🙂 and reading the internet.

Honestly I’ve tried couponing in the past but on a smaller scale but I find that there aren’t coupons and sales available for the things that we buy. We don’t drink soda or juice boxes. We don’t eat a lot of processed or ready to eat foods. And we really just don’t have the space for all the bulk shopping. We do shop healthier than most of the people I watched on this show so I’m not sure how our lifestyle would benefit. I don’t find coupons for fresh produce and fresh meats. Maybe I’m not looking; I’m sure I don’t know where to look actually.
What I really want to save money on is dishwasher detergent, laundry detergent, feminine products (hate paying for this stuff), trash bags, toothpaste and deodorant. We spends tons of money on these things and I’d love to start here! Someone wanna train me in couponing? Point me in the right direction!




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Shopping Nanny Couponing & Shopping System and $100 VISA GC Giveaway

You check out circulars, clip coupons and watch for sales. All that time spent but do you see it benefiting your wallet? Shopping Nanny is the newest tool out there to help you sort, search and plan out your shopping trips to maximize your dollar without wasting time.

The Shopping Nanny looks for opportunities to combine sales, coupons, special offers, and store specials to often double, triple or even quadruple your savings. Sometimes, you can even get products for free!

The Shopping Nanny works a couple different ways.
Tell Shopping Nanny your favorite stores, enter your loyalty cards and select the offers/coupons/deals you would like to take advantage of. Depending on your particular store those deals will be “deposited right onto your card OR they will have to be printed.

I really like the concept of having digital coupons put right onto a card. Not only does this eliminate time spent clipping, sorting, filing, finding and matching but it also eliminates the waste produced. If I can hope on the computer, make my shopping list, “check” off the coupons I’m going to use then the process is going to be much smoother and no more forgetting the coupon book in the car.

The Shopping Nanny will also alert you when there is a coupon or special offer available at one of your selected stores if you add it to your list. For example, I added breakfast sausage to this weeks list and up popped up a message saying 1 Store Special along with the brand and price. I find the more generic you are with your description the better. Type in cereal and see ALL offers but type in Kix and you’ll only see a coupon for that one brand.

Once your done prepping, print your list and coupons (for advanced members), load your deals onto your card (available for selected stores) and head out for guaranteed savings.

*If you spend more than $90 per week on groceries and use Shopping Nanny’s list feature, they guarantee you’ll save $40 per month or your next month is free.

I’m just getting used to the site and the quirks and functionality so I can’t attest to the savings guarantee but I will be sitting down with our standard list and discussing with Rob how we can incorporate this into our shopping excursions. He does 90% of the grocery shopping so this is something he would have to be willing to try out and commit to. A free membership gives some decent functionality but the inability to print your shopping list and some other features. But for $5.95/month you get complete access to all printing features, tools and services.  Try their FREE 2 week trial which gives complete access to the entire program, no obligation.

To help with your shopping whether it’s for groceries, household goods or holiday gifts, the Shopping Nanny wants to giveaway a $100 Visa Gift Card to one lucky LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! reader. Visit Shopping Nanny, sign up for an account (free or paid) and tell me 2 coupons/deals/specials are available at your preferred shopping sites.

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Your entries must follow the rules or they won’t be eligible for prizes. This contest ends 11:59 pm, Wednesday, December 15, 2010. The winners will be emailed and will have 24 hours to claim their prize. This contest is open to US residents only. For complete rules please read our contest rules page.

This is a sponsored post but the opinions and descriptions presented belong solely to LookWhatMomFound…and Dad too! Your experiences and reactions may differ from ours.