This week in deals: Save $45 on your hotel reservation over $300 at Travelocity

Updated: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 12:03 PM
Published: Wednesday, May 29, 2013 @ 12:01 PM
By: SavingsMommie

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Summer break is almost here! So it's time to break-out the water toys, swimsuits and get the grill cleaned to kick off the summer season.

In preparation, I have to go shopping for a lot of things. Both my girls have outgrown their swimsuits, we don't have any water toys and a grill? Sounds like a perfect Father's Day gift!

If you missed out on all the awesome Memorial Day sales, you still have time to catch some of the action. Here are this week's top 5 deals: 

Deal #1:
 If you've taken some time off for the summer, you're probably thinking about taking a vacation to the various destinations across the world. Use this coupon from Travelocity to save $45 on your hotel reservation over $300. Expires 6/30/2013.

Deal #2: Are you thinking about taking a fishing trip or maybe even a camping trip with the family? If you need some goods to make it happen, use this coupon from Sports Authority to save 20% off your entire purchase. Expires Today!

Deal #3: It's officially swimsuit season, especially in my neck of the woods. If you need a new swimsuit, take advantage of this coupon from to save 35% off your entire purchase, plus free shipping. It beats out last week's offer. Expires Today!

Deal #4: You can never have too many clothes. Right now, use this coupon from LOFT to save an extra 50% off your sale purchase. Expires 5/30/2013.

Deal #5: Whether you're going to go on a golf outing or a ski trip, use this coupon from Bogner to save 30% off your entire purchase. They also have a winter sale going on right now with items up to 50% off. Expires 7/01/2013.

Let's get ready to play! See you next week when I bring your 5 more incredible offers!


10,000 cases of Eggo waffles recalled

Updated: Monday, October 03, 2016 @ 2:44 PM
Published: Monday, September 19, 2016 @ 9:20 PM

Kellogg's is recalling about 10,000 cases of its Eggo Nutri-Grain Whole Wheat Waffles due to a possible listeria contamination, according to a notice on the Eggo website

The recalled waffles were sold in 25 states, including Georgia, Massachusetts, Ohio and Pennsylvania.

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Recalled products come in a 10 count box, have the UPC code 280040370 and a best if used by date of Nov. 21, 2017 or Nov. 22, 2017. 

"The recall is a result of routine tests that the company conducts which identified the potential for contamination," the notice said. "As soon as the company learned of a potential concern, it moved quickly to identify any foods that might be impacted and resolve the issue."

Listeria can cause severe illness, including fever, headaches, stiffness, nausea and abdominal pain. It is most dangerous for young children, the elderly and pregnant women. 

There have been no reports of illness to date.

Affected customers  are asked to discard the product and contact the company or a full refund by calling  1-800-962-1413, Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 6 p.m. Eastern Time or by going to for more contact information.

No other Eggo products are affected.

Consumer experts warn of hackers

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 2:48 PM
Published: Tuesday, February 17, 2015 @ 3:05 PM

            Consumer experts warn of hackers
Learn about steps you can take now to help protect yourself, and what the banks credit unions and credit card companies are doing to protect you.

At least one billion dollars have been stolen worldwide by an international theft ring.

Today, we talked to local experts about how you can keep your money safe.

There are steps you can take right now to protect yourself, plus what the banks, credit unions, and credit card companies are doing to protect you.

How to save money on Disney

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 2:22 PM
Published: Monday, February 23, 2015 @ 3:14 PM
By: Clark Howard

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With the news that Disney has raised admission prices to all of its parks, I want to tell you the best ways I know to save money when you want to visit the Mouse!

Saving money on Disney is tough, but possible

Well, now it's official. The cost of a trip to the Magic Kingdom is going up to $105 a day for Magic Kingdom. The other Orlando parks that are less popular are $97 a day. (Disneyland is $99.)

Unfortunately, the cost is the cost with the price of Disney parks. There's not a lot you can do to save, unless you're military. What you've got to do is try to save on where you stay and where you eat.

I recommend that you buy The Unofficial Guide to Walt Disney World as a starting point. They'll tell you all kinds of money and time-saving tips that the parks don't want you to know. That's the key to getting the best value out of a trip.

For example, it's so important to know how to navigate the parks: What order to go to things, where to go first when you arrive, what time of day to arrive. Knowing that makes a trip so much more enjoyable.

For my money, I say make sure you take ponchos from the dollar store with you for afternoon and evening thundershowers instead of buying overpriced ones for $10 at the park. Sure, they won't have cute characters on them, but they'll help you keep more of those other kinds of "characters" in your wallet.

Two other websites you need to know about too: also features a lot of info on how to save on the experience. And if you want to stay on the property, try renting a timeshare. has resources for both owners and potential renters.

When should you plan your Disney trip?

Fall is the best time for Florida vacations each year. That's the time of year that Walt Disney World offers discounts to Florida residents that fill the parks with daytrippers. That creates some traffic, but not as much as you would have encountered over the summer.

The real time to book, though, is during the first two weeks of December. Almost nobody goes on vacation at that time.

5 ways to maximize your savings on Amazon

Updated: Saturday, September 24, 2016 @ 2:19 PM
Published: Tuesday, February 24, 2015 @ 11:25 AM
By: Kali Hawlk, Contributor

Trending on Facebook is the largest online retailer in the United States. They’ve made it incredibly easy to purchase millions of items that ship straight to your door. It’s convenient, saves some hassle in running errands, and often provides a way to buy items online for less than they cost in physical stores.

If you’re a frequent Amazon shopper, it makes good financial sense for you to maximize your savings when purchasing from the company. Here are five ways to can enjoy the convenience of shopping online with Amazon while saving even more money.

Share Your Prime Membership with Others in Your Household

Prime membership offers a serious perk for frequent Amazon shoppers: free two-day shipping on thousands of items. As a Prime member you also receive unlimited streaming of movies and video offered on Amazon Instant Video, and you can also borrow one e-book from the Prime library for free each month.

But Prime also costs users $99 for the year. That leaves you with lots of books to borrow, videos to watch, and purchases to make to get the free shipping if you want to offset the cost of membership.

Unless, of course, you share Prime membership with someone else and split the cost.

Amazon does allow you to add individuals onto your Prime account, but technically they should be members of your household. Here’s what Amazon says about sharing Prime benefits:

"Free or paid Amazon Prime members can share their shipping benefits with up to four additional family members living in the same household. If you purchase a Prime membership for a small business, you may invite up to four co-workers to shop with this corporate account."

It seems that the rules aren’t strict on the same-household stipulation. People sharing your Prime benefits can ship to multiple addresses, so it’s currently possible to add a friend who doesn’t live with you.

But Amazon may make this harder to do at any time, and you’ll need to decide for yourself if flouting the stated guidelines is something you want to do.

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Get a Discount on Prime Membership

Certain groups enjoy Prime membership discounts, too.

If you’re a student with a valid .edu email address, you can sign up for a free trial of Amazon Student. You can also enjoy a discounted membership rate of $39 per year after your initial trial ends. Students can earn $10 to spend on Amazon each time they refer a friend to sign up, too.

If you’re a parent, you may want to give Amazon Mom a try. You’ll receive a three-month trial period that gives you the benefit of free shipping, but this service comes with a $99 yearly fee (just like Prime) that kicks in after your trial ends. Amazon Mom perks include big discounts on staples like diapers and other family essentials.


Look Through the Warehouse

The Amazon Warehouse, that is. Amazon has a section on its site called Warehouse Deals, where you can shop for open box and returned items and items that were damaged in transit. Because the items aren’t in “perfect” condition for retail sale, they’re offered here at discounted prices.


Purchase Everyday Items with Subscribe & Save

On many household essentials and grocery items, Amazon offers you the option to “subscribe” to the product and offers a discounted price if you do so. This is the retailer’s Subscribe and Save program.

You’ll receive regular shipments of the item you subscribed to, but for as much as 15% off the regular price.


Use Tools to Spot Additional Savings

If you’re a frequent online shopper and want to get serious about savings, there are two tools that will help you.

The first is a browser extension called Honey (which works with any online shopping cart, not just Amazon). Honey is a free tool that you can download and activate. Once you’ve loaded up an online shopping cart, you can use this tool to automatically search for and apply discount and promo codes.

The second is a website that helps you track prices of items on Amazon. This can help you identify sales cycles to help you score the best deal. The site is hard to forget thanks to its bizarre name: CamelCamelCamel.

And of course, you can always browse through Amazon’s own coupons to see if you can score additional savings.

Amazon is a great place for consumers to shop for almost anything imaginable. Make sure you get the very best deal and maximize your savings with these tips.

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About the author: Kali Hawlk is a freelance writer and content manager currently working on building her business and becoming a full-time solopreneur. She's passionate about personal finance, careers and business, and all things Gen Y--and she writes about it all on her blog, Common Sense Millennial. An avid runner, she enjoys getting outside as often as possible when she's not immersed in blogging and helping other small businesses build and manage their online presence. Connect with her on Twitter @KaliHawlk.