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Posted: June 16, 2010
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I love Noodles & Company! I first ate there because when you sign up for their emailing list you get a BOGO free coupon (or at least I got one, hopefully they are still running that promo!) and I was hooked after that! This weekend take your dad or hubby over for a free dinner! This includes a bowl of their choice of noodles and soup or salad.  I love asparagus so I’m going to have to see what dishes that is in and get it too!  Unfortunately, not all Noodles & Company locations are participating so call before you head in.

Thanks, Sarah’s Deals

Posted: June 10, 2010
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Are you still trying to sort out all the “One Hot Daily Deal” sites in your brain? It’s crazy – I believe I see a new one once a week!

Here’s Deal of the Day sites I’ve found and I’ll try to break down the differences for you:

National: Groupon: Groupon covers cities nationwide.  They offer a different deal for each city.  You can sign up for email alerts to be notified each day for your specific city.  How it works is they will get a low price, say 70% off at McDonalds.  They can only get that low price if 100 people request the deal.  Once 100 people request the deal, its set in stone and you get you 70% off gift certificate for McDonald’s. If not enough people “group on” the deal, it busts and no-one gets it.  Buying in bulk is how they get their low prices.

  • Pros: You also get $10 for each friend you refer to a deal who actually does a deal; I love this aspect!  I love how they separate and give different cities different local deals.
  • Cons: Some days the deals are not hot or local – like today’s $15 for $35 at Joe’s Coffee House online.  You’d still have to pay shipping, and with coupons could easily get a better rate in-store.

Boston, Pheonix, New York, Austin, Houston, Philidelphia,  San Diego, Washington D.C., & Dallas:
Buy With Me: Works just like Grouponstrength in numbers buying.

  • Pros: Unlike Groupon, some deals can last many days.  There is one new deal a day, but old deals may still be purchased if their limits haven’t been reached.
  • Cons: You don’t get anything for referrals- you get $10 at Groupon.

Northwest USA & L.A.- Screamin’ Coupons: They have some great deals daily, a lot in Utah.

  • Pros: You also get $10 for each friend you refer to a deal who actually does a deal within 3 days; I love this just like Groupon!  I love how they separate and give different cities different local deals.  They also give 10% off all the profit they make from your purchases to the charity of your choice in your local community.
  • Cons: I’m new to Screamin’ Coupons, so I haven’t had a chance to find them yet… Today’s deal was a photography deal (super common in Utah).

Utah: City Deals: City Deals has 100’s of deals daily. Sometimes they only last one day, but others, like 50% off at Rod Works, seem to always be on City Deals site.

  • Pros: For things you actually use or need, such as local restaurants, car care, beauty, etc…
  • Cons: Usually the same deals daily

Utah County Only: SnagOne.com: Their deal today is 10 Sonic Gift Cards for $5.

  • Pros: Local. Snag One deals are usually coupons, so you don’t have to purchase anything and not end up using it.
  • Cons: New, not too many deals yet.

National: Woot: I don’t like Woot.  Woot’s deals are usually big-ticket items that I’m not looking for  – like laptops. But if you are in the market for these, check out Woot for one deal a day.

National: 1SaleADay: 1 Sale a Day’s deals are pretty cheap, I have got them before and felt they were low-quality. But they are very cheap – sometimes free, just pay a small shipping fee. 1 Sale a Day’s deals change daily.

  • Cons: You don’t get paid for friends you refer to them.  Cheaper quality products.
  • Pros: Very cheap.

National: GraveyardMall.com I haven’t used it much, but it offers one hot deal that is similar to 1SaleADay.com, it is not a local deal but an online deal that everyone can do.  They look like pretty good deals so I’ll watch them and let you know if there is ever a real hot one.

Walmart, Target and Amazon all do “Deals of the Day”, most of them great deals but not cuckoo deals, not worth mentioning usually.

Any I left off the list? Which is your favorite?

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Posted: June 10, 2010
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$4 Movie Tix

Dates can be so expensive so I would love for this offer for $4 AMC movie tickets to be in my area, but discounted tickets are only in these cities:

I’ll let you know if I find more!

Posted: June 7, 2010
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UPDATE: New link for Quizno coupon here. Thanks, MojoSavings
I love Quiznos – so I will be printing this coupon for any small sub, chips and regular fountain drink for $2.99.

This coupon is hosted on Quiznos.com and was sent to me by an affiliate company representing Quiznos, so it is a legit coupon even though it is an image (those are often not legit).

Posted: June 7, 2010
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I’m part of the Swag Bucks blog network, and they let me know they are going cuckoo this week.  1 in every 7 searches done from now until Friday will win the big Swag Bucks!

Also, they are releasing at least 5 swag codes each day.  I will be announcing when they are released on my Facebook page.  I can’t tell you the code, but I can tell you when it’s released!

How does Swag Bucks work?

This week only use code “SUMMEROFSWAG” to get 20 extra swag bucks when you sign up.   I see no reason not to sign up.  You sign up and search with their search engine instead of Yahoo or Google.  And they are powered by Google and Ask.com so results are still good.  But the difference is when you search with their site, you can randomly win swag bucks.  Save them up for great prizes or paypal cash.   I love swag bucks and love that I don’t have to take extra time out of my day for rewards-  I just search the same amount as usual and the swag bucks pile up.  I also enter in the codes they release on the Swag Bucks blog and on their Twitter page.

You can also get one swag code every day for taking their Swag Polls.

Posted: June 1, 2010
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I love this offer! My in-laws live in Florida, so I sign up with a new email address (you can’t use one you’ve already used to get the 50 free prints) then I upload my pictures. They pick them up at CVS in Florida and wa-la, free pictures of their grandkids.

Don’t forget about my list every Friday with free prints.

Posted: May 26, 2010
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Today’s Groupon is a $30 Gift Certificate to Thaifoon for $15!!  Thaifoon is at the Gateway and is REALLY good!  The deal is good until midnight and enough people have bought them so the deal is ON.  I LOVE Groupon…

Once you sign up, buy your Groupon, and then soon after you can get into your account and print off your certificate…easy..

If your not in Utah you can check out your deal here.

Posted: May 3, 2010
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Blogger Link Back Love

The reason I started this series is because when I was a newbie blogger, there were so many unwritten “blogger rules & codes of conduct” I didn’t know about.   I broke them all. Not intentionally. But other people didn’t know that. There still may be blogs hatin’ on me thinking I’m a jerk.  I have learned the rules and strive to be an ethical blogger, and would love to teach anyone thinking of creating a blog, or new at their blog, the lessons I learned the hard way.

I run a coupon deals blog.   I try to find original deals, but I also post hot deals my fellow coupon bloggers post. I have most coupon blogs in my Google Reader.

  1. I browse their posts until I find one I love.  Let’s say I find a great Kraft Cheese sale at Target, on Deal&More’s site.
  2. I see who Deal&More used to help find the deal, i.e., they say “Thanks,  CouponSite” at the bottom of their post.
  3. Then I click on the link to go to “CouponSite” to make sure it is the original source.  Often, it is not.
  4. CouponSite.com may have on their post of the Kraft Cheese deal “Thanks, SamsCoupons”
  5. So I go to Sams Coupons. They have no links back at the end of their post, so it is probably their deal.
  6. I run a Google Reader search for Kraft Cheese and see which blogs post for the deal is the oldest.  I see who they linked back to.

This way I can verify who originally posted a deal.  This may seem time-consuming, but it is important to give credit to the person who originally found the deal.  Often it takes a long time to find original deals. Sometimes I give credit to multiple blogs for a deal, for example a blog added new information to a previous deal so I credit both the original deal poster and the blog that I found out new information on.

One time I posted an original deal that took me a very long time to verify and get worked up.  Another blog posted it on their site word-for-word copying me, and didn’t link back.

Virtually every coupon blog posted this deal, linking back to the deal stealer.  I was quite upset, since links back are actually very valuable to a blog and increase its ratings/views. I vowed to try to never make someone else feel that way.  So from then on, I have taken greater steps to give credit to whoever finds deals.  Also, if other bloggers think you aren’t linking back, then they won’t link back to you.  Not only is it the right thing to do, it is better for your blog to give credit where credit is due.

Now there are situations where people are going to find the same deal all by themselves.  Particularly with affiliate offers. Many companies actually email me deals to post on my site.  Other sites may post them before I do, but since I got the deal on my own from the company, I don’t have to link back to anyone.   There are also situations where I post a deal and think its completely original, only to find other bloggers have already posted it.   So if you see something on my site without a link back to anyone, that means I think I found that deal first.  Someone else might have, but realistically I can’t track all the thousands of coupon blogs and know every deal they post.  If you think someone stole your deal, more times then not they never even saw your deal.  Give them the benefit of the doubt (unless they posted the deal word-for-word).

If you find an original deal, you can always email me and if I haven’t seen it before and I think its great, I’ll post it up with a link back.

Always post in your own words.  Copying word-for-word will kill your page ranking.

Some posts you shouldn’t copy (even if you change the wording and give a link back):

Simple deal posts are commonly shared around the coupon blog world, with bloggers putting them in their own words and giving a link back.  However, I did not know this until recently, posts which take a lot of time to write up should not be copied at all.

For example, this post.  I have spent many hours on this post and would be annoyed if someone copied it.   Entire coupon match-ups for a store should not be copied (these can take up to 4 hours for one blogger to do!).  Any blogger series posts or recipe posts should not be copied.   Basically, if a blogger puts a lot of work into it, don’t change the words and post it up on your site.  You could ask them if they’d like to do a guest post, or you could post on your site “I just read about this great way to shop at yard sells at CouponSpot.com, check it out!”

A guest post: where a blogger asks another blogger if they can post a post word-for-word, with “Guest post by” and a link to your site.  For coupon match-ups, if you want to post someone else’s, just email them first to make sure its okay.  A Thrify Mom and Money Saving Mom post my Shopko & Fresh Market matchups each week.  This works great for me because I get the link back and new traffic, and they get the deals on their site.  Its not “stealing” because I have given them permission to post them in full each week.

You generally don’t have to email to ask permission if you say “Here’s my top 5 deals at Walmart this week” and then say “Here’s a link to CouponSite to see the rest of the deals”.  Many bloggers do this.

As always, if you have any questions about about this or any other subject, email me. I personally respond to all emails sent to me.

Wanna Be A Blogger Series:

Part 1 – Blogger Link Back Love (what you can and can’t copy, and how to give proper credit)

Part 2 – Hotlinking Photos (or a big no-no)

Part 3 – Comments and Followers

Part 4 – Schedules

Part 5 – When you insert a link, right under where you post the link location, where it says “Target” then shows a drop-down list, click on “open link in a new window”.  You don’t want people to click on your links and leave your site for good!

Part 6 – Rock your Ethical Blogger badge & sign the pledge

Email deidre(AT)cuckooforcoupondeals.com if you have any other topics you would like covered or suggestions.

Posted: April 22, 2010
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So, Im dumb.  I LOVE Origins so I wanted to get the free full size cleanser, but I don’t feel good today so I didn’t want to leave the house.  BUT Origins is also offering a free cleanser if you make a purchase of $30 online (which is easy for me to do) So I get it online and totally FORGET about Shop At Home offering 8% cash back!!  I haven’t installed their toolbar yet to remind me!  Anyway, now I have the toolbar and hopefully that won’t happen again.  sheesh…

Posted: March 30, 2010
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View the other posts in my ABC’s of Couponing series

I receive emails daily from people with questions.  Here’s  a new video I made today to go along with my others store Videos that answers a lot of stacking coupon questions and printable coupon questions.

In the video I talk about coupon policies, view each stores coupon policy.

I also teach how to “stack” a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon.  You can read a text walk-though of how store coupons and manufacturer’s coupon work.

In the video I talk about these sources of coupons:

Rite Aid Video Values No Longer Available
Redplum.com
Smartsource.com
Coupons.com
Target.com

I didn’t mention eCoupons: but I should have! These do “stack” with coupons from above.  You don’t have to print them, you just type in your rewards card number for your grocery store and when you swipe your card at checkout it will deduct your coupons. Learn all about eCoupons now!

 

Posted: March 16, 2010
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Right now they are giving away free full-size puffs here.  I get at least 1 or 2 completely free products from them every month.  The trick is to fill out their surveys online about the products they send you. The more you answer their surveys, the more valuable you are to them= more freebies.  This year alone I have got:

  1. 2 free digornio pizzas (I was surprised at how great they were, not like normal frozen foods which we don’t eat much of)
  2. free Kashi cereal (still trying to get that horrid taste out of my mouth… so glad I got to try it free so now I know I NEVER want to buy it!)
  3. free oreo cakesters (do I need to tell you these were gone within minutes at my house?)
  4. and more.  Love vocal point!
Posted: March 9, 2010
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Just open a new account and add $100 of your own money (not from another Chase account) and they’ll put $100 into the account. I have done this before, even though I already had a Chase account they let me do it by depositing $100 cash and I got my $100 from them; gotta love free $100 here!

Thanks, Couponers United!

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