Archive for May, 2011

Sign up and Save!

Sign up for retail membership rewards that can save you money. Most retail stores, online and in-store, offer membership club rewards to provide you with advance notice to special sales, discounts, coupons and reduced/free shipping.

Store Membership clubs that you can sign up for ‘free’ are worth signing up to receive discounts, coupons and advance sale notices, whether you are an infrequent or frequent shopper at that retail store.

Membership clubs that require an annual fee to sign up or join should be evaluated to determine if it is worth signing up. Make an informed decision based on your annual shopping frequency, annual spend and the proposed savings discount (free shipping, sales discount percentage) against the annual fee amount.

Here are some popular Retail Membership rewards programs:

  • has Amazon Prime – Fee is $79 a year and offers Free 2 day shipping on most product offerings and Free TV and Movie streaming to your PC/Mac, Blu-ray player or TV.
  • Barnes & Noble – Fee is $25 a year and provides Free shipping on all online purchases, 10% – 40% discounts on books and other products, and special sale coupons.
  • Best Buy has MyRewardZone – NO FEE and allows you to earn/bank points based on in-store and online purchases that can be redeemed for reward certificates to be used against future purchases.
  • has Club O rewards – Fee is $19.95 a year and offers %5 back on purchases (toward future purchases – not cash back), and free shipping (with minimum purchase in some product categories).
  • also offers Amazon Mom – NO FEE and is for all parents and caregivers of children. 15%-30% savings on specific household, grocery and child care items. Additional savings opportunities with free shipping, discounts and promotions are offered with the free Subscribe & Save automatic delivery sign up.

Author: Savvy Shopping News

Free Shipping Savings

Many of us are ‘armchair’ shoppers, choosing to shop online and have products shipped to us, at least at one time or another. Ordering items online is popular today for so many busy people trying to save the time involved in driving around town to different stores, or for those looking for products that are not local or available in their area. This definitely saves shoppers time, money on fuel (the cost of gas continues to rise), wear & tear on vehicles, and provides comparison shopping at the click of a button. However, the cost for Freight & Shipping charges can eat up or exceed any savings obtained by shopping online. Here are some ideal ways to save on shipping charges or get shipping free online!

Online shopping with Store Pickup options

Take advantage of online retailers that provide you with an option to have online purchases shipped to their store nearest to you for pick up – not only do you save on the shipping charge, but combined with purchasing the retail products online using your link, you will also get a percentage of your Cash Back! Many items are available for ‘same day pick up’ – make sure to read the fine print as to actual shipping/delivery/pickup times.

Some retailers that offer online purchasing with free ‘ship to store’ pickup options:

  • Best Buy, Nordstrom, Sears, Walmart, JCPenney, REI and L.L.Bean.
  • Online Free Shipping

    Look for online retailers offering Free Shipping, and use coupon codes for free shipping, but watch for minimum purchase requirements. Check out to find updates on retailers that offer free shipping and coupon codes to get free shipping. Here are some we found you can take advantage of now:

  • ShopBop, Blue Nile,, Total Gym, SmashBox.
  • Author: Savvy Shopping News

    What is a Shopping Community?

    Shopping communities allow groups of like-minded people to socially discuss, share, and shop for their favorite products.

    By pooling the information gathered by social shopping community users, many sites allow users to share their finds, on products, best prices and deals with others that have similar shopping interests. Shopping community sites are not just limited to just fashion, although they make up the majority.

    Some shopping community websites aggregate coupons, and lists while offering comparison shopping and blogs to share users shopping experiences, reviews and information.

    Other shopping communities include Listia, an online community for giving and getting free stuff. Who doesn’t love free? allows shoppers to sign up to get all the latest fashion trends, tips and deals at their favorite shopping center.

    Check out these social shopping community websites for those interested in window-shopping, comparison shopping, getting product reviews, or for just keeping up with the latest fashion trends:

    • – a social shopping network providing you access to relevant product reviews and allowing you to recommend your own products.
    • – connects you to community picks, lists, reports, and forums on every type of product.
    • – A Wish-list shopping network, offering a recommendation system based on opinions from real people. You can add or recommend your own various products.
    • – community based site all about products. A great resource for a wide range of product and price information.

    Social shopping communities allow you to share your product recommendations and discover new items from others in the community with similar tastes and styles. The bottom line: Shoppers can make ‘informed’ decisions before they buy. Now that’s smart shopping.

    Author: Savvy Shopping News

    Get Healthy, Slim & Sculpt your body for summer without breaking your budget.

    You can shed unwanted pounds and get a toned, healthy body with a sensible diet and fitness routine. Start your fitness plan at home by taking advantage of great deals on yoga accessories, sports & fitness equipment, strength training and fitness accessories.

    • You know the name ‘Bowflex®’ and what it stands for – the very best mix of strength and cardio home equipment, that deliver real results. Bowflex® cardio and strength products are made by Nautilus, the company that has set the standard for excellence in exercise technology.
    • Right now you can get high quality yoga accessories, like mats, blocks, balls, kits bands and bags with a Price Match Guarantee, BOGO promotion and 10% on orders over $50 at Check out the Clearance center for even more deals.
    • The TRX provides a total-body workout for men and women of all ages and fitness levels with just one piece of equipment that is easy to set up, use and store and is used by elite athletes in the NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL, MLS & NCAA.
      Home Gym with Free Shipping
      No Machines. Easy Setup and Storage.
      Gym in a Bag
    • Need to get motivated? iTRAIN is breaking ground in virtual personal training, the ultimate weight-loss tool! has highly motivating audio workout downloads with high energy music and fitness trainers to motivate you through your workouts. It’s your personal trainer, on the go!
    • Power Systems provides a wide assortment of health, exercise, sport performance, and fitness equipment. For total athletic development and general fitness training, Power Systems has the most current fitness equipment and exercise programs available online. Workout at home with Fitness Club quality Medicine balls, resistance bands, treadmills and ellipticals.

    Here’s to a Healthier and Fit you without breaking the bank.

    Author: Savvy Shopping News

    Spring into Summer with these super deals!

    Whether you want to transition your wardrobe with brand new stylish summer fashions and accessories, update your home patio or garden, or find some great online deals, we’ll keep you informed and up to date each week. Take a look at some new deals this week.

    Retailers and outlets for Fashion, clothing and accessories are gearing up for summer, so take advantage of discounts, free shipping and promotional items while they last.

    Looking to Update your Home and Patio Decor this spring? Spring and Summer offers from these Home & Garden etailers, will get you off to a great start with some super deals on fabulous updates for your Home, Patio and Garden.

    • Burke Décor is an online retail boutique specializing in unique home furnishings, gifts and home improvement products is currently offering Free Shipping on All Orders.
    • is offering Free Shipping on all their top products throughout their site; over 15000 top quality products including cooking appliances, refrigerators, washer/dryers, food disposers, sinks, air conditioners, dishwashers, barbecue grills, outdoor living products, from the trusted brands you know like GE, Electrolux, Whirlpool, Kitchen Aid, LG, Maytag and hundreds more!
    • has distinctive home appliances that offer maximum functionality in a minimal amount of space and are currently offering 40% off and Free Shipping!

    We’ll have more fabulous Spring & May shopping deals posted for you next week!

    Author: Savvy Shopping News

    Simplify Daily Routines

    Here are some clever, Free Apps for your web browsers or phone that can help simplify all you need to manage your busy life and save you money too!

      Web Browser Apps that Alert you to better prices/available coupons for items in your web search:

    • InvisibleHand ( – Firefox, Google Chrome, Safari & Internet Explorer
    • PriceBlink ( – Firefox, Google Chrome & Safari

      Smart Shopping Phone Apps:

    • Shopsavvy – barcode scanner to find the best price available on any item you scan – for iPhone & Android
    • OurGroceries – Shared shopping list for iPhone, Android, & Blackberry
    • RedLaser – barcode scanner to find the best price and closest location available on any item you scan – for iPhone
    • Shopping List Free – exactly what the name says – for iPhone
      Free Organizational Apps:
    • Cozi – Calendar, Shopping List & To-Do List for family management – for Android, iPhone
    • Kidopolis – Manage & schedule children’s playdates; create a friend network and use map view to see where everyone is at and who is there – iPhone
    • Organizer:ToDo+Cal+Grocery Lists+Alerts – Organize all your Tasks with unlimited entries and customizable add ons – for iPhone

    Author: SavvyShoppingNews

    Where to Find Freebies

    We all love getting things for free, whether it is a give-away, store/restaurant reward or sample. Check out some of the places you can score freebies using in-store promotions, restaurant loyalty rewards, store rewards, internet sites, and facebook/twitter following.

      Freebie Websites

    • SweetFreeStuff

    Reward Program Birthday Freebies

      Store Rewards

    • Ulta, Sephora, Smashbox & Aveda – Beauty & Personal Care Birthday Comps
    • World Market, Borders & DSW – Shopping rewards include gifts & gift coupons
    • FOR KIDS: Kmart, Barnes & Noble – Rewards include, toys, coupons & freebie cafe goodies
    • Brunswick Bowling, Chuck E. Cheese, Medieval Times, Dave & Busters – Free entertainment admissions, games & coupons
      Restaurant Loyalty Program Birthday Freebies
    • IHOP, Ruby Tuesday, Red Robin, Acapulco, Johnny Rockets, Mimi’s Cafe, Fuddruckers, El Torito, Claim Jumper, Benihana, Denny’s – Free Entrees
    • Baskin Robbins, Starbucks, TGIF’s, Chili’s, Jack in the Box, Joe’s Crab Shack, Marble Slab Creamery, Marie Callendars, PF Changs – Free desserts/beverages
    • Burger King, Sonic, Wendy’s, Boston Market, Bob Evans, Friendly’s – Free Kid’s Meals

    Freebie Registration/Sign Ups Tips

    Pay attention to Privacy Policies and Opt In/Out related options when registering for freebies or signing up for freebie newsletter subscriptions. SavvyShoppingNews recommends creating and using a separate email address for email subscriptions and freebie sign ups to reduce any newsletters, offers or related subscription emails to your regular email address. Carefully uncheck/check any Opt In/Out boxes that limit how your information is used/shared with 3rd parties, to eliminate spam.

    Author: SavvyShoppingNews

    Slash Pet Care Costs in half!

    Save on Pet Care the same way you save on your own personal care. Here are a few pointers you use in your own everyday cost cutting that you can apply to saving on your pet’s care.

    • Save on Veterinarian Costs. Does your pet require medications? If so, ask your veterinarian to prescribe the generic equivalent, instead of the name brand medication. With the costs of medicines escalating, you can save money on your pet’s medications with generics, just as you do for yourself and your family.

      Most veterinarians will use a combination of medications for treating your pets, with Generics available for many medications to save you money without compromising your pet’s health.
      FrontLine Plus Starting at $24.99

      Many veterinarians offer their own discounts. Be sure and ask what they offer, such as discounts for Senior citizens, multiple pet treatment, or discounts for law enforcement or military personnel.

    • Pet Grooming. Check with your Pet groomer or Pet salon to see if they offer discounts on specific day or during specif hours.
    • Pet Food. Purchase your Pet’s Food in bulk, the same way you shop for your own groceries. Buying by the case or large bag of food will generally net you a 10%-30% discount overall.
    • Author: Savvy Shopping News

    Outlet Mall Shopping Tips

    Save Even More off Retail Prices armed with these tips when you visit the Outlet Mall. Below are some strategies to help you take advantage of additional savings on your Outlet Mall shopping trips, and some ‘costly’ traps to avoid.

    Outlet Center Coupons. Head to the internet before you hit the Outlet Mall. Most Outlet Malls offer Savings Cards, email coupon lists, printable coupons from their website, or information on how to obtain coupons for additional savings at the Mall Visitor/Information Office when you arrive, that could be worth hundreds of dollars in savings. Two National Outlet Center websites are and Social Media, such as Facebook & Twitter can net you the latest sales and deals information if you follow your favorite outlet store.

    AAA Membership Discounts. If you have an AAA membership, show your card at the Outlet Mall Information Center to receive their VIP discount coupon booklet free. Check the Outlet Mall website before your shopping visit to see what other discounts you may be eligible to use.

    Don’t Pay Full Retail Prices! Some stores at the Outlet Center may have newer ‘full retail’ priced merchandise displayed throughout the store. Check for the true discounted racks, last season’s merchandise or ‘irregular’/damaged racks instead of paying full price.

    Want the Outlet Deals without leaving the house? Check out some of the name brand and designer merchandise offered for up to 80 percent off Retail prices at these websites:

    • (owned by

    Happy Outlet Center Shopping!

    Author: Savvy Shopping News

    Can getting organized save you money?

    It’s that time of year – Spring Cleaning. De-clutter and uncover your old, unused items, then turn those items into Cash or exchange them for items you need.

    Getting organized can really payoff. Getting organized will save you from purchasing items you already own, but cannot find. Moving? Identifying your old, unused items and selling them on eBay, through the classifieds or at Garage Sales, will not only put cash in your pocket, but will mean a lot less moving boxes you need to buy and a lot less you have to pack and move.

    Clearance Sale at GetOrganized! Save up to 90% off while supplies last.

    Unused Clothes – You can list used upscale name brand clothes for sale or auction on or for a fee, take them to a consignment store and let them sell your clothes for a percentage of the sale – all will these seller avenues will put cash in your pocket. Try some online listing sites that do not charge a fee. You can donate your unwanted clothes to a local charity and recognize tax savings next year.

    Books, CDs & DVDs – Use to find who will buy back your book for the highest price. Want to keep your books in rotation? Check out and sister sites and, where you can list your media as available to mail to other members upon request, earning credits you can use toward requesting media that other members have listed.
    Trade Books for Free - PaperBack Swap.

    Trade in Electronics Radio Shack will exchange your old electronics for other electronics or a gift card. Best Buy offers a buyback program in the form of a gift card if you purchased the items from them.

    Save 10% on all orders at when you use code AG042811, now through May 31st

    Author: Savvy Shopping News

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