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Asked:

I read your blog everyday since attending a soiree last spring!   Will you tell me how you purchase your newspaper?   I subscribed when I could get Sun/Thurs for about $1/wk, but now its $9 something per month, but at newsstand is only $1.75 for Sunday!   Do you cancel and resubscribe often?   How often can I do that?   Or what other options.   Almost $10/mo doesn’t seem frugal to me at all!!
Thank you!!!

– Jenny

Answered:

Sigh… my newspaper and I have a love hate relationship.   When anyone raises my rates, like the cable company, I call and ask for the current promotion. They always give it to me without much of an argument, so I can keep my bills low.   But, this isn’t my experience when it comes to the newspaper.   No matter the cost, typically my savings cover the newspaper, but I agree! I won’t pay more than newspaper stand prices.   It seems to me that newspaper subscribers should get a discount for loyalty, as they do with magazine subscriptions, but they didn’t ask me.

So, in answer to your question, yes, I cancel and resubscribe.   Usually, when I get my notice that rates are going up, I head down to grab a newspaper from the stand.   Inside almost every newspaper is a coupon code for a discount, often for $0.50 per day (or $1 per week for the Thursday & Sunday newspaper).   Then, I call up the newspaper and cancel.   Sometimes the customer service representative will let me resubscribe with my code immediately, but other times, I have to wait a few weeks for my previous subscription to fully run out.   That way I keep my newspaper cost as low as possible. They’ve never told me that I’ve done it too many times, so I’m not sure about a limit. I hope there isn’t one or I’m in trouble!

If you live in the Indianapolis area, the Indianapolis Star offers an alternative called the Yes! Shoppers Guide. It’s delivered to your home each week and contains the coupon inserts absolutely free. It’s only available in certain zipcodes though and can’t be sent to homes with newspaper subscriptions.   And, in my experience, it doesn’t always contain all the coupons from the paper. It appears to be leftover coupons. You may get two Red Plums and no Smart Source one week for example, but it will tide you over until you can get your rates reduced again.

It’s not fun, but us frugal moms have to do what we can to save money!

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If you live in or around the Indianapolis area, don’t forget to pick up a copy of Indianapolis Woman Magazine.   You can find In Good Cents, Bargain Briana, Queen of Free, and Frugal Indy inside talking about “Living off a Dime“.   Go check our our best frugal achievements and how we save money on everyday items.

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Help for Haiti

by Beth Montgomery on January 15, 2010

Help for Haiti

I’m sure by now you know, an earthquake hit Haiti on Wednesday, January 12th, destroying so much.   So many are missing and thousands of lives have been lost.   Pictures of heartache are everywhere and it’s hard to sit so far away just watching as so many suffer. How can we help?

Today, I saw a post from Crystal at Money Saving Mom calling those in the Blogosphere to rise and help those in need.   She made me realize I had the power to help right here by not only praying and giving, but also by helping you understand the power you have to help as well. Join me.

How can you help?

Pray. Prayers are absolutely free and right now everyone in Haiti needs them.   Pray hard.   Pray often. It’s a small and easy thing to do that can make a huge impact.

Give. I know it may seem at times like you don’t have enough even for yourself, but every penny helps. My family and I will be making a donation to Grace Community Church’s Relief Fund.

Volunteer. Even if you don’t have money to give, you do have time.   Volunteer at your local American Red Cross, A Child’s Hope International/Kids Against Hunger, church, or other organization.   From so far away, you can still assemble care packages and so much more.

Blog. Many blogs are offering donations for blogging about what you are doing to help, then leaving a simple comment or link to your post, just like I’ve done here.   Below are a few, but visit these blogs to find more.

Comment. Don’t have a blog?   That’s okay. Many of the blogs listed above are also making contributions for comments as well.   Just one simple, short comment, letting them know how you are helping and they’ll make a donation. See above.

Spread the Word. Now that you know ways to help, tell your friends and family.   The more people who know, the more of an impact we can have.

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In The News: eXaminer.com

by Beth Montgomery on August 25, 2009

in Announcements

IN Good ‘Cents’ just made the news again. Visit eXaminer.com to see a short article on IN Good ‘Cents’s and read more informative articles by Andi Robinson about Parenting in Indianapolis!

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Welcome examiner.com Readers!

by Beth Montgomery on May 27, 2009

in Announcements, Tips & Basics

Welcome
examiner.com
Readers!
If you’re looking to save money on everything from groceries to toiletries, you’ve come to the right place. Let me show you around a bit.
New to coupons and frugal shopping or not sure where to start? Visit my page on Getting Started to get some tips and find out a few “tricks of the trade”. Also, visit The Lingo to decipher the abbreviations and coupon terminology. If you’re still unsure, you can host a Savings Soiree for you and your friends in your home to learn how you can dramatically cut your budget on everyday items. Savings Soirees are available in the Indianapolis (and surrounding areas), Fort Wayne, and Terre Haute areas.
Ready to jump in and save? You can find the most recent grocery store deals by visiting the Grocery Deals page and check out the deals at the drug stores by visiting the Drug Store Deals page. Also, check out my favorite printable coupon sites HERE. While you’re at it, snag a super cheap 2-year subscription to All You Magazine to get over $30 in high-value coupons in your mail box each month!
As always, if you need help, please e-mail me! I’d be more than happy to help you out.
Did you miss the article? You can read it online. Check out my interview with Janet Pritchett, a Stay-at-Home Mom Examiner, about saving money with coupons HERE! Plus, enjoy other articles by Janet HERE.
Happy shopping & saving!

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Terre Haute Tribune Stare: IN Good 'Cents'

by Beth Montgomery on March 8, 2009 · 2 comments

in Announcements

In case you don’t live in the Terre Haute area or missed the article on the front page of the Terre Haute Tribune Star about IN Good ‘Cents’, you can check it out HERE.

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