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Posted: February 16, 2017
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How to SpotEvery now and then I post consumer alerts to help you out. Well, someone recently tried to “scam” me but luckily I knew what to look for and was able to avoid the scam. I wanted to post this information so you would know what to watch for because scammers are more cleaver than you think.  This happened to me a few years ago, but wanted to put it here for anyone who has not seen it.

Here is my true story:

I was selling an item on KSL.com, a classified ads site similar to Craigslist.org. I always only accept cash and have my husband meet up with the people who are buying (as I don’t feel safe meeting anyone alone). One person wanted to pay via paypal since that was easiest for them. Paypal gives you full refunds if things go wrong, so I figured that was okay.

Well, I got an email from “paypal” saying money had been deducted from the buyer’s account, and as soon as I emailed them a receipt of  shipping confirmation I would receive payment.  Red flags are everywhere!

First, Paypal has buyer protection so if you pay for something and don’t get it you can dispute it.  I don’t believe they have a service of holding money such as this.

Also, the name said service@paypal.com.   Notice the extra dot at the end.  So I clicked on “show details”

And guess what I saw – it wasn’t from Paypal.  It said client.support@accountant.com

Well I stuck the email in “trash”.  I didn’t click on any links.

If you get an email from any bank or paypal don’t click on ANY links in the email.

Because if it is a fraud email, this will happen: You’ll click on the link. Go to a site that looks exactly like Paypal.  Enter your email and password. Then BOOM.  You have just given a fake company that has setup a site to look just like paypal your email and password!

It is always safest to just type the url directly in the browser, and look for the https:// at the front.  The s means secure.

Ask CCD Readers: If you have any more tips on keeping yourself safe while selling items online, please leave a comment below!

Posted: August 8, 2011
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hi deidre!  quick question, when a coupon states in the consumer area “no other coupon can be used with this coupon” what does that mean?  example would be the recent old el paso product .50/1.  coupon says one coupon per purchase of specified prodcucts but if you read where it says “consumer” heres where it says no other coupon can be used…  love everything you do! thanks!
kristi

Deidre says: That means you couldn’t use any other manufacturers coupon with that purchase, not a BOGO free or another $.50/1.

Learn the difference per purchase vs. per transaction.

Ask CCD Readers: Anyone else have another opinion on this?


Posted: August 1, 2011
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Follow me on Savings.com!
Well it looks like this county girl is headed to the East for the first time in her life! NYC here I come! I was invited by Savings.com as part of their DealPro community to attend SaveUp 2011.  I have never been to the Northeast and am so excited – and a little scared! That is one big city.  I get scared in SLC!

Have you taken the Savings Pledge yet??? It’s a great way to motivate you to use money responsibly.

Take the Savings Pledge

I put a new application on my Facebook Page to get you to start getting serious about saving money. FIVE randomly selected people from the first 500 people to take the pledge will win a one-on-one, personalized advice session with a 2011 DealPro! I am one of the DealPro’s but I actually don’t know who it is that is that is giving the one-on-one savings advise. If it’s me, they didn’t tell me LOL!

Here’s my pledge (recap)

The first time I am debt free it will be like breathing different air.  No constant strain or burden on the back of my mind.  I plan to be debt free (except for my mortgage) in 3 years.    My plan is to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first; then once that is paid off use the money I was paying towards it to pay down the rest of the debt.

My Progress (um?  not on track!)

So I worked on a goal which is a little different – I got more food storage for emergencies.  Now I feel more prepared for disasters or other financial problems and am ready to tackle savings!

Ask CCD Readers: What are your goals?

Posted: July 14, 2011
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Take the Savings Pledge

I put a new application on my Facebook Page to get you to start getting serious about saving money. FIVE randomly selected people from the first 500 people to take the pledge will win a one-on-one, personalized advice session with a 2011 DealPro! I am one of the DealPro’s but I actually don’t know who it is that is that is giving the one-on-one savings advise. If it’s me, they didn’t tell me LOL!

Here’s my pledge:

The first time I am debt free it will be like breathing different air.  No constant strain or burden on the back of my mind.  I plan to be debt free (except for my mortgage) in 3 years.    My plan is to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first; then once that is paid off use the money I was paying towards it to pay down the rest of the debt.

Goal Accomplished: Last year we paid off one of our cars!   The other one we still owe payments on.  But one car paid in full is pretty great!

Ask CCD Readers: What are your goals?

Posted: June 30, 2011
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TOP-5-SURVEY-SITES

There are tons of survey companies out there where you can get paid for taking online surveys; and some are better then others.  I would love if readers could chime in and let everyone know which is their favorite!

Personally, my favorite is Pinecone Research as the surveys pay $3 per each one and you get paid every time.   And they don’t send you surveys you don’t qualify for! Currently, they are not taking applications – but as soon as they are again, I will let you know! They are finally taking applications again!

2nd Favorite: Another reputable one is Opinion Place: You are told up front how long the survey will take and what you will be paid.

UPDATE: My Survey.com people have commented here and on Facebook that it is a great one too-  and they are taking applications now!  And Synovate I also recommend, which isn’t taking applications now either but I will let you know when they do again.

Opinion Outpost – this was not originally on my list, but people are loving it!

4th FavoriteSynovate!  Applications fill up quick when I post about them! Here’s what my readers have had to say about them:

I have been a member for 8 months now and love it. I get new products randomly-like pasta sauce, shampoo, paper towels. I also have take a two-week survey study where I got $25 at the end. I love it!

I joined them last time. I love their site, and they have EXCELLENT customer service. I was sent a survey for my 15 year old daughter to do, but when she clicked on it it said “Thanks for participating!” LOL I emailed Marie and she credited my account anyhow~!

That’s it.  I haven’t found anything else worth the time….

Ones with bad reputations:

  • Valued Opinions: Their claim “For every survey you complete you’ll receive up to $5 and if you qualify for specialist surveys, you can earn up to $50 for each.”  Review: “So my biggest complaint about this website, is getting numerous Emails about surveys. You go there, answer 2 dozen questions about certain items, and then at the end either tell you you don’t qualify, or no longer need any more applicants.”
  • Dollar Surveys: I wouldn’t recommend this one because you have to take surveys to see if you qualify for surveys, and it can waste your time.
  • Surveyhead: I wouldn’t recommend this one because it has bad reviews online; again you have to take surveys to see if you qualify for surveys.  And you have to reach certain payment thresholds, supposedly once you get close to cashing out, then no more surveys are available for you.
  • Toluna: This one also has horrible reviews and it takes several surveys to even make $1.
  • My least favorite is Inbox Dollars as they send you tons of annoying emails and you get like $.05 per click.

Unknown:

  • Survey.com:  I haven’t tried this one.  Please leave a comment and let me know if you’ve tried it out!

Ask CCD Readers: Please chime in if you have experience with these or any other survey sites!

Posted: June 27, 2011
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Fast Fixins and Redbox have teamed up to giveaway a year of free redbox rentals! 52 movie rentals total.  To enter:

Head to the Kids Night In page and scroll down to near the bottom of the page and find the “Get Started Now” button.    Then all you have to do is upload a photo of your favorite family movie moment.  Here’s some ideas:

Remember you want to be creative! They will pick the most creative photo!

Have your kids hold up their favorite family movie

Dress up as your favorite movie character

Take a photo of your kids picking out a Redbox Movie

Take a photo next to the Fast Fixin’ Display at your local grocery store holding a movie.

A picture of your family on the couch watching a movie

Stick a bag of Fast Fixin’ in your photo somewhere – *my guess is this will help your chances of winning, but I know you qualify even if you don’t do this.

    Coupon: Right now when you “like” Fast Fixins’ on Facebook you can get a $1/1 coupon!   Many Walmart’s have coupons on the packages for free redbox movie rentals too!

    Cuckoo for Coupon Deals readers – ONE lucky reader is going to win A Fast Fixin Kids Night Out Pack which includes:

    $25 Walmart Giftcard

    4 Free Redbox Rentals

    8 Free Fast Fixin’ coupons

      This is a sponsored giveaway



      Posted: June 22, 2011
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      Winning Wednesdays: Each week I post new giveaways on Wednesdays – most end the following Tuesday.


      Dayspring (a division of Hallmark) has new storybooks that are recordable, but with a twist.  These focus on God and this one specifically on saying prayers at bedtime.   I got one to try out and it was easy to record yourself reading the story.  Then when you are away, (I think this would be great for military people on duty!), your child can open the book and it automatically reads the story to them, but it’s your voice! And you can say whatever you want.  I like to add sound effects to my stories.

      This storybook is also great because it has quotes from the Bible in it as well.   The pictures are super cute too.  My daughters love it!

      You can find these storybooks at tons of retailers nationwide – Christian book stores, Hobby Lobby & more!

      Giveaway: 3 lucky CCD readers get Bedtime Prayers & Promises Hardcover Recordable Storybooks!

      Enter any way you want! Can enter just one way or multiple ways.


      This giveaway will end on June 28 at midnight eastern time. Must be 18+ and a US or Canadian resident. The sponsors are providing all the products given away. Winner will be chosen by rafflecopter, and winners are announced on my homepage & giveaways feed & giveaways emails (subscribe now) to see if you win – these only have new giveaway post info!); winner will have 48 hours to email deidre@cuckooforcoupondeals.com and say they won, or an alternate will be chosen.

      Posted: June 9, 2011
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      I heard about a new movie that was “family friendly” and on NBC, I thought “good for them!” I am so tired of the filth on T.V. these days! It seems like it is everywhere. So I embedded the tailor above, and if you are interested in watching the full movie, the premiere of Field of Vision is on Saturday, June 11 on NBC at 8pm ET/7pm CT and you can watch the trailer above.

      What happened is Walmart got together with P&G and decided to sponsor clean, wholesome family films.  They created what they call “Family Movie Night” and I am really excited about it, because the movies are free and sometimes we can’t get a sitter and staying in and watching a movie works for us.  You can keep track of all the movies they are showing on the Family Movie Night Facebook page.

      I got to watch a preview of the movie before I posted about it to make sure it was good.  It was!  I have experienced bullying before, so  the movie’s characters reactions.  Especially giving up on dreams because of bullying.  I guess you could say the movie really hit home with me and it is a great feel-good family movie.

      Join @MomCentral on Twitter for the #FamilyMovie Twitter Party today from 3:00-4:00PM EST and enter to win one of six $50 Amazon gift codes!

      Ask CCD Readers: Have you seen field of vision?

      I wrote this review while participating in a campaign by Mom Central Consulting on behalf of P&G and received a promotional item to thank me for taking the time to participate.

      Posted: June 1, 2011
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      Winning Wednesdays: Each week I post new giveaways on Wednesdays – most end the following Tuesday.

      Best Volleyball Set

      FORM IS WORKING NOW!!! :)

      This is  a pretty cuckoo deal!  Right now, use code  “summergames” to score a whooping 25% off anything on SportCraft.com + free shipping on most orders! They have so many great activities that will get you out of the house and that dad will want to do:

      • Bean Bag Horseshoes
      • Anywhere Table Tennis – retractable net with two sturdy posts that anchor to tables of all sizes
      • Soft Tip Sky Darts -The weighted tips are designed to ensure that the dart remains upright after every toss, for easy and accurate scoring.
      • Foldable Ladderball
      • Three-in-One Tailgate Games
      • Elastiball
      • Indoor & Outdoor basketball hoops
      • Volleyball sets
      • Pool tables & more!

      I know that my husband always gets bored on weekends.   Sportscraft has so many activities that he loves plus with the 25% off code and free shipping it is just as cheap (or cheaper) as buying something at Walmart, but much better quality! You may want to Follow Sportscraft on Twitter – they often tweet about giveaways on blogs!

      Giveaway: One CCD Readers gets a Best Volleyball Set – $70 value, including:

      • Official Size And Weight PVC Sponge Volleyball
      • 1.5″ Round Virgin PVC Telescopic Poles extend to 96″ Above Ground
      • 32′ x 32″ (6-Ply) Knotless Net with 2″ Top Tape
      • Inflating Pump And Needle included!

      To enter: “Like” Sportscraft page – tell them @CuckooForCouponDeals sent you! Just click on “Click here” and then “I did this”! That’s the only mandatory entry, the rest are optional to get extra entries!  On my home page – click on “continue reading” to see the form! (more…)

      Posted: May 12, 2011
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      1. Regal cinemas is offering some movies at $1 on tuesdays/wednesdays at 10 am!

      2. Barnes and noble has a reading program where u get a free book if you submit this journal if ur kid has read 8 books..

      3. Cinemark theatres has 75 cents admission on mondays if ur a group of 3 or more…

      4. Factory tours are available for kids, find one in ur area here

      5. Borders earn a free book kids program.

      6. Free Online activities for kids

      7. kids.gov has some creative ideas on what kids can do.

      8. Free crafts for kids every saturday at lakeshore learning 11 – 3 pm

      9. First saturday of every month, free workshop for kids 5-12 at home depot

      10. Lowes has free fun clinics for kids every saturday at 10 am.

      11. Free events in various cities sponsored by Target.

      12. Half price books has a reading program where kids can earn ‘back ot school bucks’ by reading more.

      13.Kids eat free (list of places where kids eat free and which day of the week those are)

      If you want to search daywise, say where kids can eat free on , say, tuesdays, then you can search by zip code on this other Kids Eat Free site.

      14. AMF bowling has free kids bowling ALL SUMMER

      15. Free bowling for Non-AMF bowling at Kids Bowl Free

      16. Sign up for the free sports fan packs of various teams, here…(some are email, some are postcard, some are online signups) some of them have free coloring books or magnets, crafts etc as part of the kit…that’ll keep them busy!

      17. Carmike Cinemas has a kids $1 movie days

      18.  Lot’s of libraries have free summer reading programs.

      Don’t forget my Birthday Freebies list!

      Ask CCD Readers: Please add more activities in the comments below! Thanks to SD for help with this list!

      Posted: April 27, 2011
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      When I said I get long-lasting food storage (that tastes great!) for when there are natural disasters and emergencies, such as job layoffs, another time is for when food prices soar.  And they aren’t going anywhere but up this year.

      Read this post by my friend Roland, prices on Pampers, Bounty, Charmin, Huggies and more have been raised, and Walmart said their foods will increase this summer.

      Ask CCD Readers: What are you doing to prepare?  And don’t forget about my two posts on saving on gas!

      Posted: April 25, 2011
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      There are some questions I’ve had readers ask about Nathan Engels, AKA Mr. Coupon, from We Use Coupons, after they saw him on Extreme Couponing.  Nathan asked if I wanted to do an interview with him, and I said sure!  I just went and asked him some of the questions my readers have been asking me:

      How do you get a hold of the ads so early? In order to order a huge supply of the coupons you’re going to need, don’t you have to have the ad extremely early?

      WeUseCoupons has thousands of members and often the ads are posted by them!  We sometimes get ads two or three weeks in advance.  If we order any coupons, we then have a chance to do that.

      Where do you order your coupons from? Or do you get multiple copies of the Sunday paper?

      I actually dumpster dive!  There are many coupon clipping services you could use if you don’t want to dumpster dive.

      Thanks Nathan for clearing that up for us!  I personally get four copies of the Sunday paper at a sickeningly low price; it is just easier for me then worrying about ordering coupons and hoping they get to me in time for the ad not to expire.  I have never been dumpster diving but have no problem with other people doing it.

      Ask CCD Readers: Do you have any questions after watching Extreme Couponing?

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