Couponing Tips & Tricks

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I recently confessed that my credit card information was stolen and talked about the importance of Internet safety while shopping online, but it wasn’t the credit cards that got me started. It was actually a snowball of events that happened one day, including the credit card.

It started when I was upgrading apps on my tablet for my daughter. Like usual, I was approving the upgrades,  barely paying attention to what they were asking in return, but something caught my eye.

A popular app that my daughter and I love to play, Fruit Ninja, was requesting a lot more permissions, such as camera control and access to contacts, than it had in the past. A little research showed that I wasn’t the only one concerned.

Fruit Ninja App Permissions: Amazon (May 2012)

As deal seekers, we’re often giving permission to Facebook pages to get a hot coupon and downloading free-for-a-day apps, it’s important to be aware of what you may be handing over to take advantage of these deals.

Why To Be Concerned

It’s starting to get scary. Logging onto websites with other accounts and accepting permissions to download apps or interact on Facebook is becoming a way of life. As we become immune and fly by these pages with barely a glance, companies are getting bolder.

You can’t count on marketplaces to protect you.

FTC Warning (February 2012)

Unfortunately, you can’t always count on marketplaces to protect you. The Federal Trade Commission issued a warning back in February that smart-phone apps are invading children’s privacy taking contacts, call logs, phone numbers, locations and more. While iTunes, Amazon, Apple, Google, and other large app distributors agreed to take steps to help protect your personal privacy, such as requiring privacy policies, that only requires apps to disclose, not to stop.

Revoking permissions later may be too late.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve given access to an app on Facebook to quickly print a coupon or grab a freebie, then I remove the app, assuming that made me safe. I didn’t realize until today that it might just be too late.

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Today, we’re taking the time to say thank you to Starbucks.

As a savvy shoppers, it’s nice to give back to the companies we love.  Each week, we take the time to say thanks to one company for the savings they provide, providing us with great products, or just general things we love about them.

Some companies may send us a gift just for being a loyal fan and taking the time to show our appreciate.  Since it’s nice to be appreciated back and it’s important to realize that being kind can help you save even more, we’re tracking who we’ve thanked and how (or if) they’ve showed appreciation in return.

How it Works

  1. Write an honest message expressing your thanks to the company or brand.  It doesn’t have to be long.  Short and sweet works too.
  2. If you don’t like a particular company, don’t force it.  Just skip this week and participate again next week.  Only thank those you truly appreciate and want to thank.
  3. Make sure to include your address in case they decide to send you something to show their own appreciation to you.

Say Thanks To…

Starbucks Coffee Company

Why We Love Them

Need some ideas to get you started?  That’s okay.  Here’s a few reasons I love [COMPANY] to inspire your own thank you message.

  • Something for everyone (Kids and grown ups)
  • Great place to meet friends or have a special time with kids or grandkids.
  • Calm Tea!!!  (or Calm Tea Lattes with a splash of vanilla)
  • The gift everybody loves
  • Great products in stores also

Don’t forget to check out status updates to see who has shown their appreciation back.  Remember, not every company will send something in return, but this is more about saying thank you, so have fun with it!

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Thanks to Sherri Ohler at The Painted Life for the following guest post:

The temptation here is to see ‘Handmade’ and click on to the next read, but don’t,  keep reading, your friends will thank you!   Stick around, be informed, and hopefully a bit entertained, as I seek to enlighten your senses with a new outlook on the subject of buying artisan.  Straight from the source.  (That would be me, for I am a self proclaimed Handmade Entrepreneur & Junkie!)

Vintage Style Dangle Earrings in Lemon Chiffon by Trinkets N Whatnots~$12

With no further ado, the top 5 reasons you should buy handmade are…

#5-Because you can.  Contrary to popular myth, buying Artisan can absolutely be affordable.  The days of having to visit a gallery while donning your luxury mink in order to buy something one of a kind are gone.  If

Vegan Peach Mango Salsa Shea Soap by Cassia Aromatics~$6

your frugality alarms are going off as you ponder this kind of luxury for yourself-even if it is totally affordable, then gifting is the way to go.  If we all gifted handmade to each other, then we would all have a little much deserved luxury in our lives!

Felt Owl Baby Shower Favor Plush Toys by Andralynn~$4

#4- Because your loved ones deserve something as unique and beautiful as they are, and no offense, but Wal-mart doesn’t quite send the ‘I think you’re amazing’ message.  You may find something that aesthetically sends that message at HomeGoods or Marshall’s, but so did your sister, her Mother-n-law, her neighbor and the mail lady.  You can do better.  You can be a gifting ROCKSTAR and no one will ever forget it-you.
#3- Because Artists are people too.  A lot of us are work at home moms like you, or work-outside-the-home-and-then-come-home-and-work-some-more moms like you.  Buying handmade let’s you be a part of someone else’s dream and that my friend, is paying it forward in a big, warm, fuzzy way. Thank YOU.

Tie cardigan w/ Floral Rose Print by Jrotem~$34

#2- Because our American economy needs you.   I may not understand all of the ins and outs of the financial state of the US, but I do know that when somebody buys one of my paintings, it helps me cover the cost of my family’s well-being in one way or another.  You could give that same money to Target, who will give a lot of it to China, and that isn’t all bad I guess, but if we all bought from each other-maybe American small business’s could thrive again and American families could rest without fear of losing their homes.  And that sounds like a darn good thing to me.

#1-Because Etsy, the handmade market mega mall, is like a treasure hunt and makes you feel like a kid again!  And some of us pirates-er- Artists are having a sale-JUST FOR YOU.  A bunch of my Artisan Group Etsy friends & I are getting together to offer deals just for In Good Cents readers!  Here’s how to find them…go to Etsy.com, click ALL ITEMS in the drop down search menu.  Type GOODCENTS in the search bar-that’s it!  All of the items/shops that you see are offering specials-each special is different, but the coupon code is the same for all shops!  Use code GOODCENTS when ordering to see what your treasure holds!  Some shops will have the special listed under their shop banner so look for that as well.  Have fun and thank you again for buying and supporting Handmade-we SO appreciate you!

xo,
Sherri@sdg

No.16 Caboose Home Decor Print by The Jdawg~$30

Tell us about the treasures that you scored and/or put on your ‘wish list’ while perusing Etsy or your local art fair!  Go ahead, get your brag on and give yourself a little written pat on the back in the form of a comment, we’d LOVE to hear about it!

Azure Peacock Print w/Emily Dickenson Quote on Ribbon or Rings by S.D.G. Artistry~$18

About the Author: Sherri Ohler knew she wanted to grow up to be an artist from her earliest memory. Still working on that dream as a career muralist she transitioned to studio work under the brand name S.D.G. Artistry in 2008. The Latin initials standing for ‘Soli Deo Gloria’, or the ‘glory to God alone’, are living testimony to her Christian faith. The first series of paintings for S.D.G., The Alphabet Line, has grown to include over 100 mix & match collectable pieces and is still growing! Sherri lives not far outside of Chicago with her husband Randy. Her perfect match and an artist himself, he designs & builds furniture under the name Urban Hillbilly Furniture. Two beautiful daughters, October 21 & Ivy 15, call her mom and one spunky 10 year old named Cheney, is happily teaching her to be a better Step-mom. Sherri writes about her quest to ‘create small joys’ in life & S.D.G. at www.thepaintedlife.com.

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Today, we’re taking the time to say thank you to Nestle for Digiorno Pizza

As a savvy shoppers, it’s nice to give back to the companies we love.  Each week, we take the time to say thanks to one company for the savings they provide, providing us with great products, or just general things we love about them.

Some companies may send us a gift just for being a loyal fan and taking the time to show our appreciate.  Since it’s nice to be appreciated back and it’s important to realize that being kind can help you save even more, we’re tracking who we’ve thanked and how (or if) they’ve showed appreciation in return.

How it Works

  1. Write an honest message expressing your thanks to the company or brand.  It doesn’t have to be long.  Short and sweet works too.
  2. If you don’t like a particular company, don’t force it.  Just skip this week and participate again next week.  Only thank those you truly appreciate and want to thank.
  3. Make sure to include your address in case they decide to send you something to show their own appreciation to you.

Say Thanks To…

Nestle for Digiorno Pizza

Why We Love Them

Need some ideas to get you started?  That’s okay.  Here’s a few reasons I love [COMPANY] to inspire your own thank you message.

  • Thick and tasty pizza.
  • Lower cost then ordering out and just as good.
  • Sides included!!!!

Don’t forget to check out status updates to see who has shown their appreciation back.  Remember, not every company will send something in return, but this is more about saying thank you, so have fun with it!

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Today, we’re taking the time to say thank you to Kashi.

As a savvy shoppers, it’s nice to give back to the companies we love.  Each week, we take the time to say thanks to one company for the savings they provide, providing us with great products, or just general things we love about them.

Some companies may send us a gift just for being a loyal fan and taking the time to show our appreciate.  Since it’s nice to be appreciated back and it’s important to realize that being kind can help you save even more, we’re tracking who we’ve thanked and how (or if) they’ve showed appreciation in return.

How it Works

  1. Write an honest message expressing your thanks to the company or brand.  It doesn’t have to be long.  Short and sweet works too.
  2. If you don’t like a particular company, don’t force it.  Just skip this week and participate again next week.  Only thank those you truly appreciate and want to thank.
  3. Make sure to include your address in case they decide to send you something to show their own appreciation to you.

Say Thanks To…

Kashi

Why We Love Them

Need some ideas to get you started?  That’s okay.  Here’s a few reasons I love [COMPANY] to inspire your own thank you message.

  • Seven Whole Grains on a Mission
  • Kashi provides us with many healthy and great tasting products
  • Makes my mission to become healthier much easier.

Don’t forget to check out status updates to see who has shown their appreciation back.  Remember, not every company will send something in return, but this is more about saying thank you, so have fun with it!

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Say Thank You to Chobani

by Susan on April 24, 2012

in Frugal Living, Tips & Basics

Today, we’re taking the time to say thank you to Chobani.

As a savvy shoppers, it’s nice to give back to the companies we love.  Each week, we take the time to say thanks to one company for the savings they provide, providing us with great products, or just general things we love about them.

Some companies may send us a gift just for being a loyal fan and taking the time to show our appreciate.  Since it’s nice to be appreciated back and it’s important to realize that being kind can help you save even more, we’re tracking who we’ve thanked and how (or if) they’ve showed appreciation in return.

How it Works

  1. Write an honest message expressing your thanks to the company or brand.  It doesn’t have to be long.  Short and sweet works too.
  2. If you don’t like a particular company, don’t force it.  Just skip this week and participate again next week.  Only thank those you truly appreciate and want to thank.
  3. Make sure to include your address in case they decide to send you something to show their own appreciation to you.

Say Thanks To…

Chobani

Why We Love Them

Need some ideas to get you started?  That’s okay.  Here’s a few reasons I love Chobani to inspire your own thank you message.

  • Creamy Greek yogurt
  • The only Greek yogurt I really like.
  • A Variety of tasty flavors

Don’t forget to check out status updates to see who has shown their appreciation back.  Remember, not every company will send something in return, but this is more about saying thank you, so have fun with it!

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