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Don’t Miss Last of Summer Sales


Anyone else struggling through the end of summer? Maybe it's from the recent heat waves rippling throughout the country, but our brains are a little frazzled these days. Summer is practically over and back to school is already here and we are just starting to to get organized again.

As every frugal shopper knows, retail is all about mark-up. That means when you shop for summer items at the end of season you get deep discounts. That winds up saving you money in the long run because you aren't paying full price on items you need. Or want - because let's be honest sometimes a sale is the only time you'll buy that big-ticket item you've had your eye on all season.

Here are some of the best end of season sales to hit right now that can actually help you jump start your fall season. Sure, Labor Day is around the corner, but if you wait too long you'll find inventory low and picked-over.

Here's What To Buy

As always, approaching shopping with a plan will save you the most money. Start by knowing WHAT to buy during an end of summer sale. For August the best deals are on the following:

  • Back to school supplies - Sales are everywhere for back to school supplies. Load up, stock up and save money because rarely will you find better deals
  • Outdoor everything - From patio furniture to garden supplies, anything and everything outdoor related will be at it's lowest price over the next couple of weeks. These coupons will also help.
    Bonus - If you are organized enough to plan your Fall Break adventure, you may be able to scoop up amazing deals on hiking, camping, or outdoor gear too! Not only will you save on a trip, but you will have this stuff to look forward to next spring again too.
  • Wine - September is traditionally when vineyards harvest grapes, which makes wine cheaper in August to clear out inventory. Great news for mom and dad as back to school stress may just mean make that glass of wine even more enjoyable this time of year.
  • Summer clothes - Sure, you may be fantasizing about tweed and wool, but chances are good the weather isn't there yet. Take advantage of summer clearance sales on clothes and fill your cart with t-shirts, jeans, and other staples that are all-season.

Here's What To Skip

Just because things stores are clearing out inventory, doesn't mean everything is a good deal right now. Remember that Labor Day sales are around the corner and will present better opportunities on some items. We don't recommend buying:

  • Electronics: In general, you will almost always be better off catching a Black Friday or Cyber Monday deal on laptops, phones, televisions and other electronics.
  • Appliances - Okay, really we just mean hold off until Labor Day, when appliances are found at DEEP discounts.
  • Fall/Winter Clothing - It's hard not to snap up a cute coat or new pair of boots, but truly you will get so much more for your money if you can shop your closet now and wait until next month.

Now that August is nearly behind us, be sure you take advantage of the lowest prices of the year for certain items. And of coarse, get ready for Labor Day when you can find even more sales for fall items.


Why Everyone Loves Nest Bedding


Have you been paying attention to the mattress industry lately? Just kidding - most of us aren't noticing that sort of thing until we need it. That's part of the reason we became so intrigued by Nest Bedding. Over the past few months, they seemed to suddenly show up everywhere we looked: blogs, reviews, friends and family conversations. We decided to investigate a bit more and learned a lot about this company, their products and why it seems like just about everyone loves nest bedding.

The Company

There are a number of reasons to like this company. Let's start with the fact they are family owned. As people who love to support small businesses, we adore that they opened in 2011 with the mission to offer organic sheets, natural and certified mattresses and bedding without pushy sales. As the company says, these products are offered by "just darn nice, well-trained humans."

Also, Nest Bedding sells American made products - at great prices. They make it easy to support even more small business owners with this model. This doesn't mean sacrificing quality in any way either. Their products are unique and high-quality, just more affordable than so many of their competitors. They are a wonderful example of going green and staying within a reasonable budget.

Finally, and this one is big for us: Nest Bedding has excellent customer service. They have thousands of verified reviews from users who give praise to their experiences with the company. They also have some stores in the US, which means clients can come try out a mattress in person or deal directly with live person if they so desire.

The Products

As stated above, Nest Bedding strives to bring eco-friendly, USA made products to customers at price points lower than most online retailers. These are the 3 main products that people can't get enough of:

  • Mattresses: Nest offers mattresses in 3 different material types which are coil spring, memory foam and latex. This is what allows greater price point range for the mattresses, with their top-selling Love & Sleep Mattress starting at just $499
  • Bedding - Made from earth-friendly fabrics like tencel, bamboo, cotton and wool these breathable bedding choices are luxurious and natural without costing ab absolute fortune.
  • Furniture - Nest also sells supportive, strong steel platforms and solid hardwood, sustainable platform beds sized for their mattresses.

Why Customers Love Them

Nest Bedding seems to have really figured out what people want in a retail experience: quality products at reasonable prices combined with choice and a highly enjoyable customer experience. Sounds simple, right? Maybe it is, but since so few companies are doing it, Nest Bedding really stands out from other mattress sellers. Apparently, this winning combo is resonating too as they have almost 90% of their reviews at 5/5 stars.

So, if you aren't sleeping well at night, maybe it's time to check what you are laying on first. Maybe it's time for a new mattress and/or more comfortable bedding. Right now, we have Nest Bedding coupons for up to $300 off and free shipping on select models.


5 Best Mother’s Day Gifts For $20 or Less


When you have a mom who shines you want to let her know just how special she is on Mother's Day. Thankfully, that can be super easy to do even on a budget.

Here's all you need to show your love and make her feel extra special this year...

1. Anything cozy or relaxing

The world is changing and dads are more involved and helpful than ever. Still, moms across the country tackle the majority of household chores, childcare duties and operations within running a home. That's why most moms will always appreciate anything cozy or relaxing. Try any of these and you can't go wrong:

  • Pajamas from Target (like the ones above) are well known and well-loved. Also, they can cost less than $20 on sale.
  • Soft socks or fuzzy slippers also fit the bill
  • Try one of Amazon's amazing shawl wraps - a huge selection of high-rated ones that come in as low as $13.49

2. Anything decadent

Know what moms tend to do most? Put others before themselves. Show mom how good it can feel to indulge in something special instead.

  • Chocolate - gourmet chocolate is a delicious treat that's hard to beat. For under $20 you can grab a single bar or a few truffles and know that you've made the right choice.
  • Coffee - similarly, a great cup of coffee is hard to beat. Why not get a premium bag of coffee she can use all week or use discounts to get her a fancy milk frothing wand or french press?

3. Wine

How about getting mom a bottle of wine she can use to unwind the next time she needs to? At Wine.com there's a list of over 90 wines that are top rated and under $20. We'd say that's a win-win for everyone.

4. Flowers

Flowers are always right for mom. They are gorgeous, smell wonderful and immediately create a sense of beauty in any room. Bouquets can be expensive, but even a small selection from the local grocery store can look stunning.

If you mother lives farther away and you don't mind going over the $20 limit, these stores can help you send something truly stunning her way.

5. Perfume

There is nothing like the scent that reminds you of your mom. No matter what age or where you are in the world, one whiff of your mother's favorite perfume will immediately send you back to child hood and the safety of her warm embrace. Go ahead and help her restock or find a new way to use it - pocket sized rollers for travel, soap, lotion, etc.


Easter Sales You Don’t Want To Miss


Easter is just a few weeks away, but there is still plenty of time to snag some amazing deals for baskets, dresses, and flowers if you need them. After all, these holiday costs can add up quickly if we don't shop carefully. Nothing is more frustrating than blowing the budget trying to get everything in order for a holiday like Easter.

Here are some of our favorite coupons on the site right now. Be sure to click the links to get the deals while you can.

Easter outfits

There are a lot of stores with sales right now, but we love these Macy's coupons the most. That's because Macy's is a one-stop shop for the whole family. You can grab dresses for moms and daughters, sports coats or dress shirts for dad and sons and shoes for everyone.

To be honest, we sometimes skip getting the boys all new outfits for Easter, but we never fail to buy a new dress for the ladies of the house. If that's the case in your home too, these dress coupons will help you get something extra special for a lot less.

The other purchase that we pick up each year for Easter is a new pair of dress shoes. Thankfully, these coupons can ease the burden of cost here too.

Easter baskets

How old should your kids be to stop doing baskets? We don't know! We have friends still doing Easter baskets for adult children and while we might initially be tempted to judge, it's really a sweet tradition.

Naturally, we have lots and lots of Easter basket coupons if you need one already made or want to send one to someone. Some people prefer to DIY their baskets with special treats and personalized gifts; these are the coupons you need for that.

Easter food

The kids love the Easter egg hunt, but for the adults in our house it's all about the food. Omaha Steaks has some fantastic coupons for combos that we plan to use. Some of our friends enjoy going out to eat on Easter, and Groupon has 20% off already great deals on restaurants. Just be sure to get your reservations in early.

Back to the egg hunt though - time to fill those eggs with candy and small treats. Here are coupons to stock up without overspending.

Easter flowers

Easter is also one of our favorite days to both give and receive flowers. They are a beautiful symbol of spring and we love having them as centerpieces and decorations. Naturally, we have some coupons for you right here.

Easter is coming later than normal this year, but we aren't complaining because that just means we have more time to practice savvy shopping habits. Tell us, are you ready or happy to have the extra time?


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Coupon Roundup For Spring Break


Whether you get a couple of days or a whole week, chances are you will want to take advantage of your spring break without going broke. After all, there are still summer travel plans to make, right? If you haven't scheduled anything yet, here are some of our top posts and hints for how to get that spring break trip planned on a budget: Even better, here are our favorite coupons for making sure everything is in place and under budget, by category.

Hotels, rooms, and places to stay

We are enormous fans of the vacation websites VRBO, AirBnb, and HomeAway. It's been our experience that money is saved by having access to a full kitchen. Also, many times the rentals we've selected come with additional amenities like bikes, games, movies, and beach umbrellas. However, we know plenty of families who prefer to soak up the hotel stay, with all the perks that come from that experience.

Travel coupons

For those who must travel for a spring break trip, be sure to check the major travel sites such as Orbitz, Travelocity, and Priceline to find deep discounts on car rentals, flights, and even vacation packages. If you want a cruise for less, the number one tip is to wait for last minutes deals. While that involves some risk of missing out, most people find the best possible rate for a cruise that still has rooms to fill about a week or so before leaving port.

Clothing, accessories and gear

You may think that once the place is booked and the flights are purchased, most of the vacation costs are over. We can safely say from experience that is not often true for our family trips. Kids grow or gear gets damaged, lost or broken. Thus, we wind up spending more money than we expected on getting the necessities we need. If that's happened to you, try the following coupons to keep as much money as possible in your account for later: While this roundup may not be completely comprehensive, it's more than a good start to ensure that you maximize your spring break AND your budget!  

5 Common New Year’s Goals (And The Deals To Help You Stick To Them)

2019 New Year

We can't help but notice the increase in good behaviors lately. Friends and family alike all seem to be on a path toward healthy habits and the lines for the treadmills have doubled at the local gym. Of course, this makes sense as we are entering the second week of January and everyone is still motivated by the promise of a new year. It's an exciting promise of possibility and we are right there with you. So, whether your goal is intermittent fasting, becoming more mindful or just to slow down, isn't it nice to know you aren't alone in your efforts? Here's a look at the 5 most common New Year's goals and some of the best deals we have to help you stay on track to meet them. After all, it's the slow consistent path that yields the biggest results.

Get healthy

This is possibly the #1 resolution we all set come January 1. After all, by then we have over indulged for nearly two months on delicious foods and maybe had a few more drinks than we normally do. However, the specifics of "get healthy" are left to each individual. Sometimes it's quitting a bad habit, but often it means increasing physical activity and changing food habits. Planning, finding support and accountability are essential to shift these kind of behaviors into long term habits.  Right now Patch MD is offering 30% off sitewide with the code JAN30. That means you can load up on your vitamins and supplements for far less. It's an excellent opportunity to stock up and set yourself up for success. We've also got 53 stores offering over 200 coupons related to fitness, which means you can save a lot on shoes, gear, workout equipment and even online workout programs. These food delivery coupon codes are also an incredible way to make sure you don't have a reason to make bad eating choices.

Clean up finances

Post Christmas we usually experience a financial hangover. Despite our best efforts and every possible attempt at a budget, we overspend. That makes January feel rather long and harsh as we try to overcorrect our spending habits and get back to frugality. That means it's back to little savings strategies like checking our grocery spending and refusing to pay full price for anything again. Thankfully, these free shipping coupons make it easy to save on online orders.

Career goals

This could be the year for a big career move, right? According to US News, these are the top bets for careers in 2019. However, for business owners it may be time for new growth goals, or increasing those money-saving opportunities to enjoy the freedom of being an independent employer. Right now, you can save on big expenses like printing, business cards, tax prep and more with these business coupons.

Family time

For some, the new year represents a chance to reconnect with family relationships. Perhaps this is the time to plan that family vacation you've always dreamed of taking. If you have any flexibility, these cruise deals are pretty incredible right now. We are actually planning a trip to the Azores, which is surprisingly affordable for families.  If plane tickets are what keeps you from traveling too far, take advantage of these flight coupons and go!

Hobbies and education

Interestingly, New Year's seems to also spur people into action around hobbies. Perhaps the passing of another year is a wake up call to finally get started on that "thing" you've always wanted to try. Maybe it's time to activate the writer inside, or learn a new language . Whatever your interest may be, now is the time to explore it so that next year you can see the progress you've made.   What do you think, did we cover your New Year's goal? Let us know if we missed something on our Facebook page or join us on Twitter and tell us how you are doing so far!

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