Oct 31

Wait, Don’t Buy That Yet! – RetailMeNot Coupon Codes

Save Money

Before you make your purchase you need to check and see if there’s a coupon on RetailMeNot! A few minutes checking could potentially save you fifty bucks or maybe 20% off of your purchase! It’s very simple too. Here are the steps to check for a coupon:

  1. Go to www.retailmenot.com
  2. Enter the name of your store into the search bar and hit the “Search” button or click on the store if the name pops up.
  3. Look for a coupon that you can use. There may also be deals/sales listed for your store.
  4. Check the coupon details:
    1. You will find that some coupons only work in-store and some are only for online use. You should check whether or not the coupon is for online use only before making a trip to the store and having an embarrassing moment up at the register. Sometimes it may say it on the coupon listing and sometimes it might not. If you are unsure you should call the store before you make a trip out to it.
    2. Check whether the coupon has expired, if it’s been verified by RetailMeNot, how many people have used it today, and the success percentage. See image below.

RetailMeNot Coupon Details

Sometimes there won’t be any deals at all for your store at the time. This doesn’t necessarily mean that the store doesn’t offer coupons though. You should check back again before you make a purchase in the future.

Here are some example coupons/discounts that they currently have listed:

  • 20% off your Advance Auto Parts order. They have another coupon for Advance for 30% off of orders $50+.
  • $5 off of a Sears order that is $50+ and it also includes free shipping. They also have one for $15 off of $100.
  • 20% off of one small appliance at Best Buy.

If you have any questions or tips for using RetailMeNot coupons, let us know in a comment below! Thanks for reading!

Dec 17

7 Awesome WordPress Plugins

This post is all about WordPress plugins, those great extensions that add functionality to your blog. I’ve listed 7 great plugins and reasons why you should install them.

1. WordPress SEO by Yoast

If you don’t have this plugin installed, go get it right now and install it This plugin helps boost your SEO (Search Engine Optimization). This is important as it determines how your site ranks in search engines such as Google and Bing. This plugin will help you by creating a sitemap, showing you a preview of what your post will look like in search results, tweak WordPress to be more search engine friendly, and much more! You can find the plugin here on the WordPress.org site.

2. Pretty Link Lite

This plugin is useful if you want to shorten your referral links and if you would like to see how many clicks the links receive. For example you can use http://myawesomesite.com/referralsite instead of http://referralsite.com/refer.php?id=makingmoola&importantdata=939jinodifnoiino32 This looks a lot nicer and could possibly lead more people to follow your link. You can learn more about it here.

3. Jetpack by WordPress.com

This plugin adds a TON of functionality to your site. I’ve made a list of some of the features below.

  • Statistics. You can see how many views your blog has received each day (since you’ve installed and activated the plugin). You can also see which sites your visitors have been referred from, which search engine terms they’ve used, your top posts and pages, and more.
  • Email subscriptions. People will be able to subscribe to your posts and your posts’ comments.
  • Contact forms. You’ll be able to add a contact form to your blog and create another method for your readers to contact you.

There’s a lot more that comes with this plugin. View more about it here.

 4. TinyMCE Advanced

This plugin adds more features to your post creator/editor. With it you can make tables easily, change your font size and font you use easily, and much more. You’ll likely find this plugin very handy. Learn more here.

5. Regenerate Thumbnails

Are some of your images improperly sized on your blog? Try installing this plugin and regenerating the thumbnails of them. This plugin has helped me out numerous times. You can learn more about it here.

6. Popular Widget

So you want to display the most popular posts of your blog, but unfortunately your theme doesn’t have any widgets for this? Look no further, this plugin will add a widget that is very customizable and easy to use. You can also display the most commented posts, recent posts, and more. Check it out here.

7. Shortcodes Ultimate

This is a very powerful plugin that can supercharge your blog posts. “With this plugin you can easily create tabs, buttons, boxes, different sliders, responsive videos and much, much more.” You can learn more about it here.

 

I know there are a great amount of plugins for WordPress. What are some that you’ve used and can recommend?

Dec 11

How to Get a Cheaper Pizza

Most Americans eat at least one piece of pizza at least once a month (Statistic Brain claims 93% do). It’s one of the most popular foods of America and it tastes awesome. Unfortunately, if you’re a pizza maniac you might be burning some holes in your wallet. And so, in this post I’ll show you some ways to save on this delicious food.

Pizza Frugality Rule #1: Never buy a pizza without getting a deal.

Don’t ever buy a pizza at the regular menu price. When you call in an order for carryout or delivery, ask the cashier about their specials. If they only give you a couple ask them if they have any others.  They may be instructed by their manager to only mention the most profitable ones. Make sure to have a pen and piece of paper ready. You might need to write them down.

Pizza Frugality Rule #2: Check RetailMeNot.com for coupon codes and deals.

RetailMeNot

If you’ve never heard of RetailMeNot before you should get acquainted with this site today. They’ll help you save money at many different stores by giving you coupon codes and telling you about deals. I’ve made a list below of links to their deal pages for some popular pizza chains:

Pizza Frugality Rule #3: Compare prices between pizza chains.

If you really want to be frugal you should compare the prices of pizza between the different pizza places in your area. One place may have a 14″ pizza with 1 topping for $9.99 whereas another has a 16″ pizza with 2 toppings for $7.99. You may find a shop that has a pan crust pizza for the same price as what the shop down the road charges for their thin crust. However, I should add that you may have to compromise on the taste of the pizza in order to get one cheaper. This is a choice you’ll have to make for yourself.

Ultimate Frugality Tip: Make your own pizza.

Unless you find a really awesome deal you’ll likely save the most money by making your own pizza. One added benefit is that you can make your pizza exactly as you want it. You don’t have to rely on the ingredients of your local pizza chains. If you want your favorite pasta sauce and mozzarella cheese you can use them. Another benefit is that making pizzas at home can be a fun activity you can do with your kids. If nothing else, you can let them put the toppings on it. Here’s some recipes to get you started (I’ve listed some copycats too!):

Do you have any tips for saving money on pizza? Maybe you know of some places to get some high quality ingredients cheap. Or maybe you have an awesome recipe you’d like to share. Please leave a comment below and let us know!

Dec 09

Stop Your Weekly Money Spending Habits

“I’ll be a few minutes late coming home. I’m going to make a quick run through the drive-thru for a frappe.” “2 candy bars for $3.00. I think I’ll get a couple.” Does any of this sound familiar? If so, you might have a bad money-spending habit.

Probably many of us have faced them at least during some point in life. These habits put a substantial drain on the wallet. In this article I’d like to help you overcome those weekly spending habits. The obvious solution is just to flat out stop, but that’s easier said than done sometimes. A habit is easier to overcome when you have some motivation. Thus, I will attempt to give you some of that.

Think of the savings!

Let’s take an example. Say you spend the following each week:

  • $2.25 per weekday on a coffee drink/2.25X5=$12.25
  • $1.59 for a bottle of pop twice a week/1.59X2=$3.18
  • $1.19 for a candy bar twice a week/1.19X2=$2.38

That makes $17.81 a week! You could be saving around $77 a month or $926 a year! Now that may not seem like such a great amount, but think about what you could use that extra money for. You could buy your family some very nice Christmas gifts or maybe pay your rent for a couple of months. You might use it to pay your cell phone bill for a whole year. The savings alone should be great motivation for you to curb your weekly spending habits.

Think of your health!

These weekly purchases are not only hurting your wallet, they’re also hurting YOU! As you pour down the sugar into your body, you are slowly destroying it. All of those calories and sugar add up over time (Trust me, I know…). These items are hurting your health and in the long run causing you to have even less money because of medical bills.

 Think of your time!

That’s right, you’ll save time by stopping your weekly spending habits. No more going through the drive-thru daily. This could add quite a few minutes to your week (especially if the drive-thru is slow…). All of that wasted time can be used for something beneficial. The Bible tells us to redeem the time (Eph. 5:16), so we should always try to make good use of our time. Remember that you can never regain the minutes you waste.

The most important key!

The Bible says, “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me” (Php. 4:13). The most important key to breaking a habit is calling upon the Lord for help. If you are saved and serving Him, He will help you defeat them!

 

I hope this article will help you destroy your weekly spending habits! If you have any tips to share, feel free to do so in a comment below!

Dec 04

5 Methods to Increase Your Blog Traffic

Let’s face it, there’s not much of a point in having a blog if nobody else is going to read it. If that’s the case you might be better off just writing in a journal. I’d like you to know, however, that you can have traffic to your blog. It doesn’t have to just be sitting on the internet taking up some tiny amount of a server’s hard drive. You can have it and you can even have lots of it. In this post I’ll show you some methods you can use to build it. However, I must let you know that these are not “push one button and watch the traffic flow in” types of methods. These are methods that require work.

  1. Comment on related blogs/websites. Commenting on related blogs is a good way to add content to another person’s blog and bring new readers to yours. Just make sure to leave a quality comment. Don’t just leave a link, add value. I’m not saying you have to write a blog post, just don’t spam.
  2. Participate in forums related to your blog. Find a forum where people are discussing the topics of your blog and participate in it. Eventually you may find a good opportunity to share a link to your blog and gain some new readers.
  3. Write better blog posts. Before you publish your next post ask yourself the following questions:
    1. Why would anyone want to read this?
    2. How will it benefit them?
    3. Is this post going to make them want to subscribe to my blog or is it going to scare them away?
  4. Write a guest post for a related blog. If you write a great guest post from a related blog you might gain some new readers. It’s very important that your content quality is good. Don’t think that you can write a trashy article and expect hundreds of readers to flock to your blog because of it.
  5. Increase your SEO. SEO is an acronym for Search Engine Optimization. If you’re using WordPress there is a great plugin by Yoast named “WordPress SEO” that will help to increase the SEO of your blog. However, if you want to get the maximum benefit out of this plugin you’ll need to put some added effort into your blog posts. Once you add and activate this plugin you’ll notice that it adds a new section to your post editing page. For each blog post you should try to fill out all of the boxes on the general page in this section. There’s a great guide about WordPress SEO here.

By using these methods your blog traffic will hopefully improve. Do you have any other methods you can recommend? Have you tried and tested these methods Feel free to let us know in a comment below!

Dec 03

How to Create an Awesome Ad on Craigslist

Creating a simple ad on Craigslist is very easy. You probably don’t need any online tutorial to help you. Today, however, I’d like to show you how to make an ad that stands out from your competition. A better ad could possibly get you a better selling price for your item and it could help you to sell it faster. First off I’d like to give you a few guidelines on making an ad:

  1. Put yourself in your buyers’ shoes. When you’re creating the ad try to think about what your buyers will be wanting to know. If I see a computer for sale I want to know what the specifications of it are. These are important details you shouldn’t leave out… Unless you want to decrease your chances of making a sale and increase the number of time-wasting questions you’ll receive from people.
  2. Always use pictures. I’ve seen ads where people didn’t even include a single picture. The old saying, “a picture is worth a 1,000 words,” is very true. People like to see what the item they’re interested in looks like. Make sure to list every side of the item.
  3. Use an attention grabbing title. For example, if you’re listing a car for sale and it gets good gas mileage, put that information in the title. This makes it stick out from other ads where people only list the make, model, and year.

Now let’s move on to making your ad look awesome! Craigslist allows you to use a limited amount of HTML in your listings. This allows you to bring importance to certain aspects of your item by using styling such as bolding, underlining, italicizing, and adding color. You can do all of this by using HTML tags. I’ve created a list below that shows how to do what I’ve mentioned.

  • Bold – Put <b> at the start of the text you want to bold. Put </b> at the end.
  • Underline – Put <u> at the start of the text you want to underline. Put </u> at the end.
  • Italics – Put <i> at the start of the text you want to italicize. Put </i> at the end.
  • Colors – Put <font color=”color”> at the start of the text you want to color. Put </font> at the end. Example: If you want to color your text green, you would use <font color=”green”> at the start and </font> at the end.

There are other HTML tags you can use also. They are listed on Craigslist. You can use these simple HTML tags to greatly enhance the look of your listings. In return this can help you to get more for your item and sell it more quickly. If you need help with using any of the tags, feel free to leave me a comment below and I’ll try to help you.

 

 

Dec 01

Two Places to Find a Good Deal Online

One of the keys to living frugal is to shop around for good deals. You’ve got to admit, it feels a lot better buying that $599 laptop for $299 instead.  Using these sites, I’ve found various great deals over the years (some of which I really didn’t need… this is definitely something you have to be careful with). Even if you’re not looking to buy anything right now, these sites can still be good to watch so you’ll know what to pay and what not to pay for an item.

Slickdeals.net

Deals

Slickdeals is one of my favorite sites and I usually check it at least once a day. Every day you can find new deals on there and they are rated by the community so you’ll know which ones are the best. I usually check out the popular deals on the right side and the featured deals on the left. I’ll also sometimes check out the trending deals that are located a little lower on the right side and/or their popular deals list (which is displayed). If there is an item you are looking for in particular you can search the site for it. If you don’t see any good deals at the time you can set up a deal alert that will let you know when a deal matching your criteria is added (I’ll probably add another post detailing this later).

Fatwallet.com

FatWallet

Fatwallet is another place you can find good deals. I honestly don’t go there very often, but I’ve found some great deals there before. I recommend checking out the front page deals and looking at their “Hot Deals” forum if you’re just browsing for a good deal. They also have a cashback program that is very easy to use.

 

What are some other sites you use to find a good deal? Comment below and let us know!

Dec 01

Online Income Report – November 2014

This is my first online income report and I know it’s not much, but I’m still thankful for the small amount I made.  Every little bit still counts. InboxDollars was my only source of income so this is going to be a short report. I should note that I haven’t received this amount yet, so I haven’t actually achieved my first income goal. Also, I started with them on the 20th of November so I missed around 2/3rds of the month.

InboxDollars: $10.76

That’s it. Nothing more and nothing less. Comment below and let us know your success for this month! You can also click here to join InboxDollars today. They give you $5.00 just for signing up!

Nov 29

How to Find an Item’s “eBay Value”

When I go to Goodwill with my wife I usually check out the electronics. A while ago I found a 1 terabyte Apple Time Capsule brand new in a sealed box for $20! When you items such as this, unless you know the item’s value for sure, you should check it out on eBay. It’s very simple and doesn’t take very long. I’ve listed steps below on how to do this on eBay’s desktop site, but they are similar for their mobile site as well.

  1. Go to www.ebay.com and click on “Advanced” next to the search button.     Advanced
  2. Check the “Sold Listings” option. Options2
  3. Enter your keywords and hit the “Search” button. Sometimes searching for the model number of an item will work. keywords
  4. Check the prices of the items that have sold. Make sure that the item you’re researching is in the same condition or better.Search Result

You’ve now learned how to find an item’s “eBay value.” This can be a good indicator of what an item is worth. See what you can find and what it’s worth and let me know what you find in a comment below!

Nov 28

6 Simple Ways to Lower Your Electric Bill

There are many ways that one can lower their electric bill. Listed below are six simple ways.

  1. Turn off lights when you don’t need them. If you leave a room make sure you remember to turn the light off. When the sun is out during the daytime, open up your blinds and use the natural resource of the sun that God has blessed us with.
  2. Replace your incandescent light bulbs with a more efficient type. A 60-watt equivalent CFL bulb uses 13-15 watts and a LED equivalent bulb uses only 6-8 watts (http://www.designrecycleinc.com/led%20comp%20chart.html). Both of these bulbs also last longer.
  3. Turn down (or up during summer) your thermostat at night and before you leave your house. Heating and cooling probably accounts for the majority of your electric bill (if you have an electric furnace). You might be surprised at just how much you’ll save with this one simple tip!
  4. Shut the doors of rooms you don’t use daily. Also make sure to close their vents. This can help lower the amount of time your furnace/AC unit runs.
  5. Don’t waste “oven run-time.” Don’t preheat your oven if you don’t plan on putting the food in immediately after it preheats. Also, make sure you turn the oven off when you’re finished with it.
  6. Unplug devices that you aren’t using. While the wattage you use from these may be little, you should remember that it all adds up.

What are some things you do to save on your electric bill? Comment below and let us know!

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