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What to Buy (and Not to Buy) This Summer

Now that summer is in full swing, you may want to go out and buy some new things to spruce up your outdoor space or your wardrobe. But, before you go on a shopping spree, think about what you actually need for this summer. Check out our list of what to buy (and not buy) this summer. 

Buy! Gardening and Outdoors Supplies

There’s nothing better than spending long summer days enjoying the sun. That’s why investing in some quality gardening equipment or other outdoor gear is a great purchase for summertime. Not only does gardening get you outside, but you can enjoy delicious meals from your hard work or just enjoy some beautiful flowers in the yard. Be sure to check out our lawn and gardening coupons to keep your summer outdoor projects within your budget! 

Don’t Buy: Grills (Until after July 4th)

Even though your backyard cookouts are great summer activities, make sure you watch out for high prices on grills throughout the summer. If you are buying them early in the summer, they may be at their highest prices of the whole year. But, if you wait until after The Fourth of July, many retailers will begin selling their grills at much cheaper prices. If you do need a new grill for all those burgers and dogs this summer, you can check some of our offers on grills for some extra savings. 

Buy! Summer Clothes and Bathing Suits 

You can never have too many bathing suits throughout the summer, and with semi-annual sales in June, summer can be a great time to spruce up your wardrobe. Check out coupons for women’s, men’s, and kid’s clothes to get some great deals for the whole family this summer. 

Don’t Buy: Tech 

Even though there are some great sales and discounts available now, it’s better to wait until after the summer to invest in new tech products. Tons of students will need to purchase these items before going back to school in the fall, so their prices will stay high until the demand slows down. If you need a new piece of tech though, check out our electronics and computer coupons.

Summer is the time to kick back and relax, so instead of worrying about what’s in your wallet be sure to grab some of these great deals. And hold off on some of those big summer purchases for the fall. Your budget will thank you!


Father’s Day Gift Round Up

Dads would agree - the best gift a dad could get on Father’s Day is time spent with his kids. But it’s not a bad idea to get your dad just a little something extra for his special day. We’ve rounded up some of the best gifts across the internet that you can surprise your dad with this June. BE sure to order soon - Father’s Day is just around the corner!

Gift Boxes

You can get a gift box with nearly any item these days, so there is bound to be one out there to make your dad smile. If your dad is the grill master of the family, consider going for an Omaha Steaks gift box. Fresh cuts of meat delivered right to the door are sure to get your dad excited for all the summer barbecues ahead. For the craft beer connoisseur, you can’t go wrong with a Craft Beer Club Subscription. Instead of just one box, your dad will get 12 craft beers delivered to his door once every three months over the year. It’s a gift that keeps on giving. If you’re not sure where to start on a gift box for dad, be sure to check out our gift box coupons to get some ideas and help your budget. 

Outdoor Gear

Is your dad always the one that drags the outdoor gear around for the family? Why not reward him with some awesome gear that could make his life easier. For those long summer nights, you can’t go wrong with a sturdy cooler to keep his food and drinks cold. And when you’re on the water why not go for a fun life-preserver drink holder. If your dad is into hiking and camping, you can’t go wrong with a gift card to his favorite outdoors store. Check out our outdoors coupons for some great deals for the outdoorsy dad. 

Shaving Kits 

Personal hygiene and looking sharp go hand in hand which is why we’ve included shaving kits on our Father’s Day list this year. Now that your dad might be back in the office, you want him to look and feel his best. Luckily we have over 400 coupons for different grooming supplies that will help your dad look great without breaking your bank. 

Of course, the best gift is to spend time with your dad this Father’s Day. Whether it’s getting outside, firing up the grill, or watching his favorite game with him, nothing beats that quality time. But when you’re looking to get him just a little something extra, you can’t go wrong with these great gift ideas. 

The Other Reason We Love Coupons

Our love of saving money is well documented (here, here, and here are just a few examples). However, what if we told you there was another really great reason to use coupons and it has absolutely nothing to do with saving money?

Try Something New

Okay, so maybe it has a little to do with saving money. The fact is we often use coupons as a way to try something new. From a first time experience to a new restaurant or even a new retailer we've heard about from friends. As savvy shoppers who hate to waste a dollar, we've found coupons are an amazing opportunity to give a new brand a chance. We aren't the only ones either. According to a recent study, 62% of people surveyed said that a coupon had influenced them to try a new brand.

New Coupons For New Experiences

Ready to shed some of the heaviness from 2020 and try some new experiences in the year ahead? We've got a lot of great coupons and coupon codes to help you with that. Here are some of our favorites right now:


It is finally time to start thinking about vacations again. Perhaps you want to keep it drivable and just need some hotel options to accommodate that. Maybe you are ready for a trip somewhere new. Consider the Azores; it's been on our list for awhile and with deals as low as $499 this "Hawaii of Europe" island trip is very affordable.

Not sure what you want to do but know it's time for a break? Then scroll through these 250+ vacation coupon codes and pick something brand new!


While the idea of getting away is appealing, we can't always vacation like we want. That doesn't mean we can't enjoy being home with some new experiences. For example, why not get a great deal on a cool rental car for a weekend? Or be a tourist in your own city. Look for interesting or unique experiences offered at discount by City Pass or Groupon.

Retailers, Restaurants, and Products

We also use coupons and coupon codes to try out new restaurants, retailers, and products. When we are on the fence about something we've found a good coupon can really push us to go for it. From free shipping, to 50% off deals, sometimes that's all we need to influence our purchasing choices. That's a huge reason we love coupons!

Well, that and saving money. We are always going to like saving money.

What new experiences have you tried thanks to coupons or coupon codes?

Best Mother’s Day Gifts You Can Find Online

It goes without saying that the gift most mom want for Mother's Day is time with their kids (and grandkids). However, as we also know, that may not be a possibility this year for many. Instead, we've rounded up the very best gifts you can online and have delivered this May. Tip - do not let these next few weeks get away from you - go ahead and order early to ensure your gift arrives on time!

Gift Baskets

There once was a time when gift baskets felt a little impersonal or too "corporate." That no longer applies; today's gift baskets are as creative and unique as your recipient. For example, if you had a mom who loved to bake, send her one of Capalbo's Sweet Tooth Bakery Boxes. Loaded with various brownies, blondies and cookies, this gift basket is almost as sweet as mom herself. Perhaps your mom would prefer a fine wine instead? Wine Basket has some amazing ones to choose from. Don't worry - there are still more gift basket options if neither of these are the right fit. If you're trying to find the best budget pick, start with a gift basket coupon and let that help guide your decision.


Ever caught a whiff of a smell that stirred up old feelings and memories of past days? That's because scent and emotion and memory are closely linked and few smells pack the nostalgia like perfume. If your mom has a signature scent, treat her to a new bottle of her favorite perfume. Right now, we have over 800 perfume coupon codes to help you save money too!


We've included flowers in every single Mother's Day round-up we've ever done. Why? Because there is something so simple yet undeniably wonderful about fresh flowers and the joy they evoke. Sometimes a nice bouquet can get pricey, so take advantage of these 200+ coupons for flowers so you can keep costs down. For anyone not quite sure what kind of flowers are best to give, here are 5 Favorite Flowers to Give on Mother's Day.

Obviously, the main thing to do on Mother's Day is connect with mom. Whether it's by FaceTime or in person, we promise what she really wants is a moment of your time. However, with these online gifts you can also send her a lovely gift to show how much you care too.

4 Money-Smart Ways to Spend During This Pandemic Season

Have you adjusted to the financial uncertainty this pandemic outbreak has caused? How smart do you handle new challenges that could strain your finances?

As coronavirus continues to spread, we have come across issues with economic uncertainty and a high unemployment rate that has challenged our financial stability without warning. In this case, your budget could be different from usual and this could mean that you have to cut back or cut out certain expenses just to stay afloat. So here are 5 simple tips that might help you spend strategically to save money and keep your finances in good health.

Buying in Bulk

How much do you really save when you buy in bulk? This actually depends on the amount you need. Stockpiling is not always a smart move to save up money, but when it is something that you and your family use every day, it can be a wise financial decision. And it is smart to stockpile non-perishable goods of food and toiletries. Before you go shopping though, always remember to plan out your grocery budget first and watch out for buying things in bulk that you do not intend to purchase in the first place. Just because it looks like a good deal, that doesn’t mean it’s a good deal for YOU.


Whenever you make an online purchase, always check for any coupon code. Couponing has evolved into the act of looking for deals and steals by searching for promo codes online in order to save a few bucks at checkout. You can seamlessly find coupons whenever you visit the website of your favorite store. Subscribing to their newsletters is another way to keep updated of their weekly or monthly deals and special sales. Find coupons on sale items that you need most and optimize your savings.

Cashback Apps for Rewards

Although cutting back purchases can ease your financial situation. this won’t stop you from spending for your primary needs. But, saving while spending is possible. Cashback apps allow you to redeem rewards from the products you buy. Upon purchase, cashback apps reward you with a certain percentage from the amount you spent off buying the items. These applications credit you to earn points which you can use to deduct and lessen the total amount of your next purchase. Cash back credit cards are a common example.

Special Sale Days

Take advantage of all the biggest sale days you can think of on the US calendar. These kinds of sales and deals usually surface every year, so you can mark your digital calendar to remind yourself of them annually. Plan these days ahead and get the best deals possible.

Here is a brief list of major sale days you can take note of:

  • New Year’s Day (January 1st)
  • President’s Day (3rd Monday of February)
  • Memorial Day (Last Monday in May)
  • Independence Day (July 4th)
  • Labor Day (1st Monday in September)
  • Columbus Day (1st Monday in October)
  • Black Friday (The day after the 4th Thursday in November)
  • Cyber Monday (The Monday following Black Friday)

In these dire times, you need to be thrifty with your finances to be able to survive until this pandemic is put to an end. So, save your money, stick to your budget, and avoid any extra debt.

3 Frugal Things To Do With Kids During The Pandemic

Here we are a full year later, and things are still not back to pre-pandemic life. Though this has been a struggle for our family, we have found a few silver linings over the past 12 months: sweet family time we would otherwise have been too busy to enjoy, renewed use of our imaginations, and the savings in our budget from cutting a lot of entertainment and other costs.

If you value frugality like we do, you've probably noticed some of the ways your budget has changed over the past year as well. And while we are ready to get back to free outdoor concerts and group gatherings, we are still finding enough ways to entertain ourselves in the meantime.

Here are five frugal things we've done with our kids during the pandemic:


For our family, the return of games has been a blast. Card games, board games, hide and seek have all returned and we have children way past the elementary school years. These are the ways we used to play as a family when the kids were younger, but we had become too busy in the past few years to enjoy this kind of time together. Some of our favorite games have been Dutch Blitz, Shanghai Rummy, and Sardines.

Of course, the boys have also been playing a lot more video games as well. While this may have bothered us in the past, we understand how valuable that ability to connect with peers is right now.

If you're looking for new games, electronic or otherwise, click here for the latest coupons.


Our family has always enjoyed physical activity and participated in various sports. Of course, things have been pretty different this past year and the limited group gatherings changed a lot of how we used to do sports. However, it's been enormous fun as a family to tackle some new ones together. From ping-pong (yes we count it!) to pickleball, we've tried out a whole slew of new sports and laughed at our own inexperience as we've learned how to play.

Never pay full price for sporting equipment or accessories! We have hundreds of sport coupon codes to save you money!

Outdoor Exploration

We've mentioned it numerous times but getting outside every chance we could has made a world of difference for our mental health this past year. Studies such as this one indicate we aren't alone in finding the benefit from being in nature. Most of us have numerous options available all around us, many of which we don't know until we start digging into it. We've heard from friends in other areas about entire trailheads and paths they never even new existed in areas where they've spent most of their life. This year we are planning even bigger excursions and outdoor adventures.

If you're ready to tackle the outdoors, be sure to take advantage of savings at stores like Craghoppers for deep discounts on your gear!

Why We Prefer Craghoppers For Our Outdoor Adventure Needs

We've spent years planning frugally, creating Excel spreadsheets for finances, and trying every money saving tip we could get our hands on. We don't say this to brag, it simply means we have a lot of experience and data to draw on now. That's why we can safely say our best budget hack has been to simply do more outdoors.

Granted, there are many opportunities to spend money on outdoor adventures. However, you also don't have to spend a dime. If you own a pair of decent shoes, you can literally walk outside just about anywhere. While this was once something we took for granted, the pandemic of the past year has made us appreciate every single chance we've had to get out of the house.

As things begin to open up more, we find our love for the outdoors has only grown. Yes, we look forward to dining at our favorite restaurants again, but what we are already planning are more outdoor activities.

Here's why we plan to shop Craghoppers for our adventures.

Craghoppers Provides Quality Items

If you are new to outdoor adventures, perhaps you can borrow items from a buddy or pick up some gear second-hand. If those are not options, don't buy something cheaply made just because it saves you money! Buying an inexpensive swimsuit that you plan to lay out in all summer is probably fine. Dealing with blisters after hiking, leaks in flimsy tents, or roasting in clothing that is not breathable is misery. Trust us on this. You'll probably wind up buying the nicer item anyway, and that means your original purchase is wasted money.

Quality outdoor gear should last you years, not a single season. Craghoppers has already stood the test of time, providing first-rate clothing and accessories since 1965. The company's clothing has a reputation for strong, durable fabrics that will outlast most other brands. For example, their pants are even Guaranteed for Life!

Craghoppers Practices Sustainability

Another reason we support Craghoppers is because they support our environment. They take care to practice sustainability without compromising on technology or comfort. We were even more excited to read on the site, "Sustainability has always been at our core, but from last fall 70% of our products are made from ALL RECYCLED MATERIALS." In our opinion, that's a truly solid commitment to keeping our planet in mind.

Other ways the company puts this into practice:

  • Better Cotton Initiative
  • Bluesign System Partner
  • Responsible Sourcing
  • No Animal Products
  • Reducing Packaging by 50%

As a family who has fallen head over heels for the great outdoors, we are thrilled to find Craghoppers for our clothing and accessory needs. It took us mere minutes to realize that the prices of products is not cheap but incredibly fair given the quality and sustainability efforts of the company. For us, saving the world is far more important than saving a few dollars. That's why we especially proud to offer these incredible Craghoppers coupons!

Winter Deals And Discounts You Don’t Want To Miss

Considering that we are just under a month away from winter's end, we thought it would be the right time to round up the last of this season's deals and discounts.

Winter Clearance Clothes and Accessories

As always, right now is the best opportunity to get the lowest prices possible on clothing and accessories for the end of the season. Perhaps you were left unprepared for last week's shocking winter storm? Those of us in milder climates were certainly scrounging for water proof boots, gloves and pants.

While we may not need the winter-proof gear again this year, we will certainly be glad for it next year! Take advantage of deals like Warehouse sale where you can get up to 75% off right now.

Not looking for blizzard protection? That's ok - nearly all retailers are clearing out the winter inventory to make room for spring. So snag rock bottom prices on boots, coats, sweaters and more right now.

Beauty And Skincare

It's no secret that winter can be hard on skin. Most of us get drier, flakier and all around duller skin this time of year. Thankfully, there are tons of great discounts for beauty and skincare products that can bring your skin back to life.

Check out Ulta's sale section for discounted prices on your favorite products or snag these coupons to save $3.50 on orders $15+.

These Sephora coupon codes are perfect if you aren't quite sure what to try as you get free trial sizes of certain masks, peels, primers, and more with orders over $25.

For even more beauty coupons, click here.

Certification And Testing

Another fantastic purchase for these last few weeks of winter? Online certification or testing at a discount! From high school testing to professional certifications, right now is the best time to take advantage of being stuck indoors and advance your education or career.

Right now Exam Edge has up to 40% off select subjects with these coupons.

It's been a long winter this year, with the pandemic and epic snow storms to boot. Spring really is around the corner, along with its renewed sense of optimism. In the meantime, though, be sure to maximize all the winter deals, discounts, and coupons available because when the season ends, these bargains will too!

Valentine’s Day Guide For Those Together (In The Midst of a Pandemic)

Have you spent the last 11 months working side by side at the kitchen table with your sweetie? Wondering how in the world you are going to going to make Valentine's Day special when you've already had SO MUCH time together?

We understand. Normally, we are huge fans of the Netflix and chill Valentine's Day date, but let's be honest - haven't we been doing that almost every single night for eons now?

Still, we enjoy the idea of celebrating Valentine's Day. So, we created a guide for those who have been around each other way more than normal this year. For those of you apart, we have this guide instead.

Create Your Own Spa Experience

Granted, this requires a buy in from both parties, but why not create a spa-like experience at home? After all, it just requires the right ingredients: candles, music, massage, and some extra pampering.

If your partner tends to skimp when it's their turn to give a massage, go ahead and order a hand massager, like the one above from Relax The Back. We promise, it's worth it!

Enjoy A Concert

One of the hardest things to give up over the past year has been live entertainment. Thankfully, musical artists are still hosting online concerts and events that we can participate in from home.

You can view Billboard's livestream event lineup here. It may require some flexibility as your favorite option may not line up with Valentine's Day...but hey, we've all learned to be flexible these days!

Since the cost of the evening will be far less than a live show, give your Valentine a new set of headphones as well. Though he or she may not use them for the livestream, it could help keep the peace when you're both back at work on Zoom the next day.

Try Something New

A huge challenge of the pandemic is that all novelty seems gone. But it isn't true! We promise, there are many things that you haven't tried yet. You can try a new recipe, new cocktail, new movie, new dance move, new dessert, new Tik Tok trend.

Have you tried a scavenger hunt in your home? Watched the sunrise together? Done a blind taste test? The list is endless once you get started.

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what it is, just go for it with gusto and with your partner. After all, it's the novelty of the experience that will keep you close.

If all of this feels overwhelming, we understand that too. That's why we also believe you can't go wrong with chocolate, flowers, or jewelry this year either! Here are some of our best Valentine's Day deals and coupons to help make it a little bit easier to buy something lovely without spending a fortune.

Valentine’s Day Guide – For Those Apart (In The Midst of A Pandemic)

Holidays in the pandemic: causing us both joy at something different to celebrate and anxiety at the amount of work it will take to do so. Is there any chance Valentine's Day can be different?

We know we aren't alone in our pandemic exhaustion. Yet, here we are with another holiday around the corner, meaning we have to take extra time to consider how we plan to celebrate it, especially if hopping on a plane to show up in person is no longer an option.

If you already know what you plan to get or do this year, be sure to take advantage of our Valentine's Day discounts and coupon codes to ease the burden on your budget. For everyone else who's struggling to figure out how to make this Valentine's feel more special than strange, here are a few ideas.

For The Valentines Who Are Apart

If you're not living with or poding up with your valentine this year, it's going to require some extra creativity to make a date or at least to deliver something special. Some ideas:

Make a playlist - Back in the days before Apple and Spotify, people made mix tapes for each other. It was a sign of how much you liked someone to take the time to create a musical selection with their listening preferences in mind. Make one for your sweetie and maybe even plan a Facetime session where you can enjoy it together.

Cook together - What is more romantic than cooking together? Sure, you might be in separate spaces, maybe even separate states but that doesn't mean you can't share time cooking. Or give the gift of an elegant cooking utensil, along with doing an online cooking class at the same time via Sur La Table.

Catch a sunrise or sunset - virtually - How about capturing the sunrise or sunset with each other? The beauty of this idea isn't just in the event itself, though Mother Nature rarely disappoints, but in the planning. Pick one that fits both schedules and then admire the view together.

Send a care package - Go ahead and load up on the Valentine tried and true favorites - chocolate, wine, and cheese and have it delivered it to your valentine. Of course, we are big fans of the gift baskets too, where you can simply choose from your favorite options and rest assured that the best items have already been carefully selected.

Let's be clear - most of us would prefer to spend Valentine's in-person with the ones we love. But if that's not possible, then these ideas can go along way towards creating a special memory. Even better - these aren't just for lovers - use any of the above ideas to celebrate Galentines too!

How will you celebrate this year? Share your ideas with us on Twitter or Facebook!

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