Wendy Fisher's Couponing Greenbook

Couponing 101

piggy bank saving moneyLet me start off my welcoming you to this blog and letting you know a little bit about myself and what this site is going to be all about. First off, my name is Wendy in case you haven’t figured that out by now. I live in Michigan and have been couponing my whole adult life. What is couponing? Believe it or not, the word is thrown around quite a bit but I could not find any real definitions on the Internet. As far as I’m concerned, couponing is the act of saving and using coupons. It applies to both offline coupons as well as online coupons.

Couponing can become quite the obsession, and as far as I’m concerned, that is a good thing. After all, who doesn’t want to save money? But more importantly, it is an activity that can be fun. I think of it almost like a game. If I can save lots of money or even get things free, then I am doing well and winning the game. On the other hand, if I’m paying full retail price for everything I buy, I am losing the game.

To get started couponing, I recommend visiting lots of coupon sites and doing a bit of reading so you know what you’re getting into. You should also watch videos on Youtube, since many of them can be quite helpful, like the one below:

My favorite sites for online coupons are retailmenot.com and savings.com. Each site offers you great discounts on everyday items that you may purchase on the internet, such as software, contact lenses, books, and many other similar products.


What are the best contact lenses to buy?

Those who are thinking of trying contact lenses may wonder which one is the best. After all, there are so many different brand and types of lenses that making a selection can seem difficult. Below, I’ll outline what you should look into when selecting a contact lens.

Lens.com couponThe first thing you should know about contacts is that for the most part, you get what you pay for. The most comfortable, advanced lenses tend to cost the most. This doesn’t always mean you should avoid them if you’re on a budget, however, The best lenses will lead to less complications and will be the most comfortable, and those are things worth paying for. Moreover, if you use coupons from sites like Couponleaf.com, you can often get free shipping and a discounted price.

With all that said, there are only two types of contact lenses that I would recommend. The first are daily disposables. Theses are lenses that you put on each day then throw out at the end of the day. They are great since you are always wearing a brand new pair and you also don’t need to deal with typical hassles associated with contact lenses, such as storing and cleaning. However, they are quite expensive, and again, you should look into using coupons such as this Lens.com coupon from Couponleaf.com to bring down the cost.

Aside from that, you should also consider extended wear soft contacts. Such lenses are almost as comfortable as daily disposables, but you do need to clean and store them every night. However, they are a bit cheaper than daily disposables and a good choice if your eyes are not particularly sensitive.

Whatever contact lens type and brand you choose, if you experience any complications whatsoever, discontinue wearing them and make an appointment with your eye doctor. Although complications are rare, and most people wear contacts with few or no problems at all, you should always take any problems seriously.

 


Quick tips for saving money when you shop online

couponsToday, I thought I’d provide a quick and easy guide to saving money when you shop online. Follow these tips and you stand to save hundreds of dollars each and every year.

1. Use online coupons.
You probably already know this, but online coupons can save you a bundle of money. You can go to coupon sites, or simply google for coupons when you are at the checkout screen.

2. Buy in bulk.
You get cheaper prices when you buy in bulk, so you should do so whenever you have the chance. Also, when you place a larger order, you often get free shipping from many vendors, which is an added bonus.

3. Compare prices between different vendors.
This may sound like a hassle, but it’s actually quite easy to compare prices among different online stores when you use sites like Pricegrabber.

4. Buy used.
You shouldn’t buy everything used, but for things like books or video games, I find that buying used gets me a huge discount with little or no difference in the product you receive.


How much can you save with e-cigarettes?

A regular smoker spends upwards of $6 or more for every pack of cigarettes. This means a pack-a-day smoker will spend $2190 a year, which is not a small chunk of change. Aside from all the health benefits of switching to e-cigarettes, to me, the financial savings alone are big enough to make smokers take a serious look at making the change.

vapor4life-eliquid-flavorsBut how much can you save by switching to electronic cigarettes? Quite a bit, apparently. I’m one of the few people who actually went through the trouble of doing the math. Most people agree that one e-cigarette cartomizer will give you the equivalent vapor of 1 pack of cigarettes. A pre-filled cartomizer only costs about $2 compared to the $6 cost for a pack of regular tobacco cigarettes. This translates into a savings of $4 a day, or $1460 a year.

Now, to be fair, cartomizers are not the only costs if you vape. For example, you will need to purchase batteries, chargers, and other accessories such as carrying cases or adapters. But all of these costs, except for batteries, are a one-time cost. And taken together, you probably won’t spend more than $100 – $200 per year. So any way you look at it, you should end up saving $1000 a year or more if you’re a pack-a-day smoker.

E-cigarette users have a lot of choices when it comes to where to buy your e-cigarettes. I like to use a store called Vapor4Life, which is based in Chicago. Their batteries are a bit pricy, but they are the best batteries I’ve ever used. Also, Vapor4Life offers a great selection of e-juice, with hundreds of terrific flavors. Since they provide both e-cigarette accessories and e-liquids, they are the best one-stop-shop for e-cigarette purchases for me. To save money when you shop at Vapor4Life, make sure you get yourself some Vapor4life coupons, which are available from many different sites.


Where to get freebies online

online freebies

One of the great things about the Internet is all the free stuff you can get. Do you remember the days when we had to rely on physical magazines and newspapers for information. The Internet has largely made news free. You can not only read articles by going to sources like Yahoo News or CNN, but you can also listen to news podcasts such as the Young Turks for free as well.

In addition, many online services allow you to get free trials. Examples of such services would include dating sites like Match.com or Eharmony, as well as streaming video sites like Hulu Plus and Netflix. And of course, if it’s entertainment you’re after there’s lots of Youtube videos you can view free of charge as well.

I also like playing games online. It used to be that the free games you can play on the Internet were somewhat lame, but this is no longer the case. A lot of popular MMOGs such as Star Wars: The Old Republic have started using the “Free to Play” model, and these games are extremely high in quality.

On a more serious note, I have been suffering from antivirus attacks on my computer of late, and for this, I once again used free trials. In this case, I downloaded norton 360 at http://freetrialspot.com/norton360.php, one of the top internet security programs out there. To try norton 360 for 30 days, download a copy here.

The truth is, freebies abound on the Internet. I highly recommend visiting sites like freetrialspot.com if you’re interested in taking advantage of free trial offers that are available on the Internet.


Getting the most bang for the buck in terms of motels

It isn’t always a good idea to get cheap accommodations. I’ve stayed in motels that were dirty and smelled bad, and those are not experiences I care to repeat. However, this usually happens when I stay at local motels. My experience with motel chains, on the whole, has been a lot more positive.

typical motel 6 roomTake Motel 6, for example. In terms of motel accommodations, this chain is about as cheap as you can get. But ironically, I have found that the rooms are clean and comfortable, and in some cases I prefer them over motels that cost significantly more. I just find that Motel 6 is reliable and cheap, and those are two things I don’t find too often when I travel. The only thing I don’t like is the somewhat bright decor of its rooms, as I find the colors to be a bit unappealing. However, this is a minor gripe and I fully understand that beggars can’t exactly be choosers.

In the past, I never bothered to look for motel 6 coupons, since I assumed they were already so cheap that the idea of trying to save even more money was somewhat absurd. This is one instance where I am glad to say I was wrong.

It turns out you can get a Motel 6 coupon online that allows you to get up to ten percent off of Motel 6 reservations. I was stunned when I first found out about this. Using these coupons, I routinely find rooms for under $40 – $45 a night.

I think it’s safe to say that as far as motels go, if you use a Motel 6 coupons staying at this motel chain by far will give you the most band for the buck.


Are huge dating sites like Match better?

match online dating site

One of the most popular activities on the Internet is online dating. It’s been around in one form or another since the beginning of the Internet. Many people these days initially meet through the Internet, and it isn’t just restricted to dating sites. There are quite a few people who meet through facebook, online gaming, or other activities.

But the fact remains, if you want to date online, the best place to go is obviously a dating site. There are plenty of them to choose from, in just about any niche you can imagine, but I always believe that joining a large dating site such as Match.com is the smartest thing to do. Why do I say this?

I have been a member of both small and large dating sites, and the simple fact of the matter is that on small sites, there is very little activity and thus a much smaller probability that you will interact and meet someone you will hit it off with. On a larger site such as Match.com, there are thousands of people within your local area. You do need to be more outgoing to be noticed, but overall, you will be communicating with people much more on a larger dating site.

Ultimately, you may need to try a few different sites to find the right fit for you. I recommend using trial offers such as the Match.com free trial, which you can get here. Such dating site free trials will give you the opportunity to get a feel for what it is like to be part of a dating site’s community. If you like what you see, you can then upgrade to a paid account. That is what I ended up doing with Match.com.

To use the same free trial I used, go to onlinedatingtrials.com.


Things to keep in mind when shopping for a used car

I’ve always bought my cars used. To be honest, I’ve bought pretty unreliable cars a couple times, but after 20 years of driving used vehicles, I’ve become quite good at figuring out how to get a good deal. Below are some of my tips for making sure you get a good deal.

buying tires on the internet1. Always check Kelley blue book prices
It used to be that you had to actually buy a blue book to get the prices for used cars. Today, you can get this information online for free, so there is no excuse not to use this information. You can find the price you should expect to pay for used cars you buy from both dealerships and private sellers. It’s important to be flexible when negotiating, but referring to Kelley blue book will protect you from being ripped off.

2. Buy a vehicle history report
The best place to get a vehicle history report is Carfax. Be aware, however, that sometimes information is left out of Carfax. It’s not perfect, but if a car had problems or an accident that was reported to the DMV, it will show up. The more information you have, the more knowledgeable you can be as a buyer. Therefore, I always order a Carfax report when I’m seriously thinking about buying a car.

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3. Avoid cars that have had accidents or are salvage
It’s tempting to buy these cars because they are usually heavily discounted. But in most cases, it’s smart to have a rule of thumb where you avoid such vehicles altogether. The money you save upfront might be gone with the first major problem you have with your car. So don’t focus so much on cost – instead focus on getting a high quality car.

As for tires, always make sure you keep them properly inflated. Rotate your tires every 6000 miles or so, and replace them when they get worn out. A good place to buy tires cheaply is Discount Tire online. You can view coupons for Discount tire at Hot Tire Savings.com.


Getting quick printing done on the Web

professional online printing servicesI have many nightmarish stories to share about print jobs that have gone awry. The two biggest issues for me have been getting the colors to come out right, and finding a printing service that does work in a timely fashion. When you’re working on a time-sensitive marketing campaign, even a delay of a couple days can derail your strategy.

The solution to these problems for me has been to turn to online printing services like Overnight Prints. For whatever reason, they seem to work faster for me, and prices are lower as well. What’s more you can upload your proofs and artwork and view them instantly, which further streamlines the process of ordering printing services.

Overnight Prints isn’t the cheapest printer out there, but they are probably the fastest. Therefore, I turn to them when I need something printed in a rush. As I mentioned, there are cheaper printing services out there, but their delivery times are not as reliable as Overnight Prints. And besides, if you use online coupons, you can often get 10 – 20% off your orders. I bookmark this page so that I always have access to the latest Overnight Prints coupons – http://hotprintingdeals.com/coupons/overnightprints.php

If you aren’t in a rush and just want cheap prices, you might also want to try Vistaprint. Whatever service you select, make sure you get samples sent to you so you can get an idea of the quality of work they do. Most places will send you samples for free.