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Save Big with Groupon Coupons

Groupon

We’ve all heard of Groupon, right? I know I have. I’m frugal. That’s why I’m on their email list so I can see the latest deals daily. But until today, I didn’t even know Groupon offers coupons for retailers like Amazon, Target, eBay, and Lego Store. And unlike Groupon’s regular deals, the coupons don’t require you to pay for the coupon. They are free!

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The 411 on the Costco Auto Program

Costco Auto Program

I recently bought a new car because my previous vehicle was totaled in a car accident last year (it was the other driver’s fault). My wife and I checked out various cars at the dealerships. When we decided on a Toyota Rav4, we signed up for the Costco Auto Program. It’s a free service that makes it easy for members to get a low price on new and used cars. All you have to do is go online, select the vehicle you want, and then fill out a short web form. Then a dealer will contact you and provide you with the exclusive prearranged Costco member price for the vehicle you choose. The price we got was over $2000 less than the MSRP (including destination fee). However, we found the same model advertised online at another dealership for about $1300 less than Costco’s price.

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Get Your Free Doughnut at Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts, Lamars

National Doughnut Day

Today is National Doughnut Day! Go get your free donut at a participating store. From what I read, Krispy Kreme, Dunkin Donuts (with beverage purchase) and Lamars are all offering free doughnuts today. We don’t have a Dunkin Donuts or Lamars in Portland, so I will be taking the kids to Krispy Kreme.

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Mother’s Day Gift Ideas: Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet – save up to $40

Amazon Kindle and Fire Tablet Deals For Mother's Day

Mother’s Day is this Sunday. If you’re still looking for an idea (or completely forgot because you’ve a dork), consider a Kindle or Fire HD for the geek mom in your life. For instance, you can purchase a Kindle e-reader for only $59 on Amazon.com. And the special price includes free shipping!

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Free Shipping at the Winterland and LEDgen Lighting Holiday Stores

snowflake LED

If you’re like me, you probably have a lot old Christmas lights that consume a lot of electricity. I’ve been meaning to switch to the more energy efficient LED lights for a couple of years now. Maybe this year — especially since both the Winterland and LEDgen Lighting holiday stores are offering free shipping. All you have to do is use the following promo code: GUIDE

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Get a 51% Discount on Collage.com One-Click Photo Book

ollage.com One-Click Photo Book

Hello parents. I just want to let you know about a promotion for Collage.com. Right now you can get a 51% discount off their hardcover photo book (20-page, 11.5″x8″). I have two things to say about that. First, that’s not a typo. It’s really is 51%, and not 50%. It’s an odd discount, but it is what it is. The second thing I like to say is that I love photo books. I love getting them and I think they make wonderful gifts for relatives and close friends.

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Save $5 to $15 Off at Schwan’s Home Service

Schwan's Home Service delivery truck

Have you heard of Schwan’s Home Service? I know everything, but until recently, I have not heard of them either. According to the press material, Schwan’s have been providing superior frozen foods with convenient home delivery for over 60 years. Their foods are flash frozen at the peak of freshness and flavor. Choose from USDA Choice meats, wild-caught seafood, flavorful skillet meals, Grade A fruits and vegetables, plus their heritage ice cream, distinctive desserts and much more. Now’s your chance to try them out. Readers of my dad blog can get a discount off their first Schwan’s order.

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Kids Bowl Free – 2 games a day!

Kids Bowl Free

Looking for something to do with the kids this summer? Here’s an idea: bowling. Thanks to the Kids Bowl Free program, your children can almost bowl for free. By almost, I mean they can bowl two games for free each day. However, shoe rental is not included. Most bowling centers will charge their standard rate for shoes. But if you’re lucky, your bowling center will have unlimited shoe rental summer passes for sale.
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