couponing http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/13752/all en-US 5 Frugal Celebrities Who Live Large on a Small Budget http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-celebrities-who-live-large-on-a-small-budget <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/5-frugal-celebrities-who-live-large-on-a-small-budget" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/celebrity-4951551-small.jpg" alt="celebrity" title="celebrity" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="184" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Too many people who have lots of money spend lots of money, often stupidly.</p> <p>Take MC Hammer, for instance, who very famously made mountains of cash rather quickly and subsequently went bankrupt in an equally rapid manner.</p> <p>Even today there are stories of the rich and famous making purchases that just don't make sense. Consider the approximately $12,000 Swarovski-crystal studded highchair that Beyonce and Jay-Z <a target="_blank" href="http://hollywoodlife.com/2013/06/10/beyonce-kim-kardashian-baby-shower-gift-high-chair/">reportedly sent</a> to expectant parents Kim Kardashian and Kayne West recently. And let's not forget about Madonna, who reportedly spends $10,000 a month on Kaballah water. Yep, water &mdash; which is possibly the cheapest and most abundant thing on earth. Some people. (See also: <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-frugal-lessons-i-learned-from-charlie-sheen">7 Frugal Lessons I Learned From Charlie Sheen</a>)</p> <p>But not every celebrity blows through cash like it's going out of style. In fact, there are a handful of celebs that have the riches of princes and princesses but spend like relative paupers. Who are they?</p> <h2>1. Sarah Michelle Gellar</h2> <p>Sarah Michelle Gellar, star of the upcoming CBS comedy &quot;The Crazy Ones,&quot; has a net worth of $15 million. Her husband, Freddie Prinze Jr. &mdash; to whom she's been married since 2002 &mdash; is worth an equally impressive $19 million. Still, the mother of two who has approximately $34 million at her disposal doesn't believe in spending more money than she has to. When <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/help-i-lost-my-coupon-organizer">shopping for groceries</a>, <a target="_blank" href="http://money.msn.com/personal-finance/20-penny-pinching-celebrities">she likes to use coupons at checkout</a> just like the rest of us. &quot;Why should you pay more for something that someone else is paying less for?&quot; the former vampire slayer asks. Good question, Gellar. Perhaps Madonna can field that one.</p> <h2>2. Tyra Banks</h2> <p>Model media mogul Tyra Banks has taken a lot of flack from haters over the years, but at least she'll never be accused of being a spendthrift. Despite a massive fortune totaling nearly $90 million, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.dailyfinance.com/2008/07/30/the-discount-dozen-twelve-celebrities-who-are-frugal-just-like/">Banks says she's been smart about her money</a> from the get-go, which started with shaving off a little of her adolescent allowance each week and putting it away for safe keeping. Even with money to burn these days, America's top model holds on to her riches by frequenting inexpensive chain restaurants and stocking up on free soap she takes from hotels.</p> <h2>3. Jay Leno</h2> <p>Comedian Jay Leno has hosted &quot;The Tonight Show with Jay Leno&quot; for more than two decades &mdash; if you don't count the late-night disaster of 2010 that has left Leno and would-be successor Conan O'Brien at odds ever since. Leno reportedly takes home an annual paycheck of $25 million from the show and has amassed a sizeable fortune of $250 million. How does he do it? According to Leno himself, <a target="_blank" href="http://ohnotheydidnt.livejournal.com/76044808.html">he doesn't spend any of the money he makes from the NBC-hosting gig</a>. In a Parade magazine column, Leno wrote, &quot;When I was a kid, I had two jobs. I worked at a Ford dealership and at a McDonald's. I'd spend the money from one job and save the money from the other. That's still the way I am now. I live on the money I make as a comedian, and I put all the TV money in the bank. I've never spent a dime of TV money &mdash; ever.&quot;</p> <h2>4. Sarah Jessica Parker</h2> <p>Fashion icon Sarah Jessica Parker is known for her sense of style, but her son James Wilkie may not be so lucky. The &quot;Sex and the City&quot; star, whose frugal habits stem from growing up in a family of eight on welfare, <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-important-lessons-frugal-parents-teach-their-children">passes along her financially responsible habits </a>by dressing her son in hand-me-downs from his older cousins. Her reasoning? &quot;<a target="_blank" href="http://www.tiphero.com/tips_8043_top-5-most-frugal-celebrities.html">I think it's incumbent on my husband and me</a> to really stress and to show James Wilkie by example what it means to owe your community something and that he is not entitled to the benefits of our hard work,&quot; the actress says.</p> <h2>5. Mariska Hargitay</h2> <p>Actress Mariska Hargitay, who has played detective Olivia Benson on &quot;Law &amp; Order: Special Victims Unit&quot; since the show's debut in 1999, is one of the most highly paid women on network television, raking in about $500,000 per episode. Even with that hefty paycheck 20-plus weeks out of the year, Hargitay says she still minds her budget so she can <a target="_blank" href="http://www.wisebread.com/dont-just-think-about-income-when-saving-for-retirement">live comfortably for the rest of her life</a>. &quot;I constantly worry about money,&quot; <a target="_blank" href="http://www.more.com/news/womens-issues/mariska-hargitay-sexiest-cop-alive">the star told More magazine</a>. &quot;I make a lot now but I don't feel that way because I was poor and had no money for a lot longer than I've had&hellip; I'm saving money to live on, for the future.&quot;</p> <p><em>Know of other frugal celebs? Let us know who your favorites are in the comments below.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/mikey-rox">Mikey Rox</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-celebrities-who-live-large-on-a-small-budget">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-travel-full-time-for-17000-a-year-or-less">How to Travel Full-Time for $17,000 a Year (or Less!)</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/flashback-friday-the-76-best-life-lessons-you-should-learn-by-30">Flashback Friday: The 76 Best Life Lessons You Should Learn by 30</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-habits-of-highly-frugal-people">7 Habits of Highly Frugal People</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/6-ways-sloth-is-keeping-you-poor">6 Ways Sloth Is Keeping You Poor</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-is-how-americans-spent-their-money-in-the-1950s">This Is How Americans Spent Their Money in the 1950s</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Budgeting Lifestyle celebrities couponing used clothing Fri, 21 Jun 2013 10:36:31 +0000 Mikey Rox 978187 at http://www.wisebread.com Getting the Most Out of Daily Deal Sites http://www.wisebread.com/getting-the-most-out-of-daily-deal-sites <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/getting-the-most-out-of-daily-deal-sites" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/5532619024_6b054e3321.jpg" alt="Using a Groupon" title="Using a Groupon" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Groupon and other daily deal sites can be a great way to find and utilize new services in your community or connect with businesses online. However, it&rsquo;s easy to spend a lot of money on deals and never feel like you&rsquo;re actually getting a discount. When you know how to make the most of your daily deal opportunities, though, you&rsquo;ll be able to buy in full confidence that you&rsquo;re actually getting a deal that will work for you. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/are-groupon-getaways-a-good-idea">Are Groupon&nbsp;Getaways a Good Idea?</a>)</p> <h2>Know What&rsquo;s Out There</h2> <p><a href="http://www.groupon.com/">Groupon</a> is the most popular and well-known of the daily deal sites, but the truth is that <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-alternatives-to-groupon">there are a lot more options</a>. Beyond the general interest ones, there are also sites specific to particular needs and interests. There are many sites with deals for <a href="http://www.babysteals.com/">babies</a>, <a href="http://www.kidsteals.com/">children</a>, <a href="http://dailydealsformoms.com/">moms</a>, <a href="http://cowboom.com/">electronics</a>, etc.</p> <p>Get a feel for a site before you buy anything. Subscribe for a few days or weeks, or check it out every time it&rsquo;s updated. This will give you a feel for what each site offers, the type and quality of deals you can get, and which sites might be the best place to buy certain deals.</p> <h2>Make Sure the Deal Will Work for You</h2> <p>Before you buy a deal, consider whether or not you&rsquo;ll use it. For instance, an outdoor photo shoot in the fall might be great if you live in Los Angeles, but much harder to use if you&rsquo;re in Minneapolis. If you like to try new restaurants, a deal to a brand new place can be a good choice, but it&rsquo;s a dubious one if you tend to frequent the same four or five places over and over again. Consider, too, any expiration date on the deal. If a deal is good for three months but you&rsquo;re going to be unavailable for two of those, you may want to reconsider.</p> <h2>Wait for What You Want</h2> <p>While there are always spur-of-the-moment deals on things like restaurants and frozen yogurt, waiting for bigger ticket items or experiences can help you save a lot of money. Photographers will occasionally put up deals for a package of family photos, and sometimes amusement parks and other attractions will offer discounted tickets in the off-season or for less busy days of the week.</p> <p>When you see a deal you&rsquo;ve been waiting for, jump on it. Often, you won&rsquo;t be the only person waiting, and many such deals can sell out. </p> <h2>Make Sure It&rsquo;s a Deal</h2> <p>Some deals are obvious, like $20 worth of food for $10. On the other hand, some deals are less of a deal than the website might present them as. For instance, tickets to your local amusement park could run $50 per adult. If the deal site offers them for $25, a 50% discount, that seems significant. However, many times you can get discounted tickets through your local grocery stores, radio stations, or your workplace. Make sure that the deal site is truly offering you the best deal you can get.</p> <p>In addition, consider <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/do-daily-deals-make-good-gifts">added fees that may apply to your purchase</a>. Many photography session deals include a minimal number of prints or photos on a DVD. If you want to purchase more pictures, you&rsquo;ll end up paying their a la carte price, which can be expensive. Before you buy any deal, go to the merchant&rsquo;s website and make sure you understand any additional fees, and that the deal is still a deal even with those fees.</p> <h2>Use Your Deals</h2> <p>Once you&rsquo;ve purchased a deal, <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-ensure-you-use-your-groupons-and-other-daily-deals">make sure you use it</a>. This might seem obvious, but it&rsquo;s easy to forget or lose track of your deals, especially when you have several of them purchased at a time. Find a way to keep track of your deals, or use them right away so you don&rsquo;t have to think about them anymore.</p> <p>Remember, even if you forget to use your deal for its promotional value, you can almost always still use it for the paid value. While this negates any discount you received, it does mean that you won&rsquo;t lose the money you&rsquo;ve already spent.</p> <h2>Follow Up if You Have Problems</h2> <p>While most deals go off without a hitch, sometimes things go wrong. When this happens, always <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-groupon-refund-when-a-company-closes">get in touch with customer service</a> at the website where you purchased the deal. In several years of purchasing deals, I&rsquo;ve had merchants who wouldn&rsquo;t contact me, and one company that tried to add charges several months after I&rsquo;d used my deal. In all of these situations, I simply contacted the deal site and let them handle the problem. Most of the time, I&rsquo;ve had my money refunded or I&rsquo;ve been given credit to use on the site.</p> <p>If you have any worries at all, reach out to customer service. They often have better contact information for the merchant than you do, and they want you to be happy so you come back and purchase more deals. This takes the headache away from you and means you don&rsquo;t have to deal with any unpleasantness.</p> <p>In the end, buying deals should help you save money on things that you would normally purchase or would like to purchase. If you feel like you&rsquo;re using the sites but not saving money, take a step back and reevaluate.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/getting-the-most-out-of-daily-deal-sites">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-5"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-things-you-should-never-buy-on-groupon-or-livingsocial">5 Things You Should Never Buy on Groupon or LivingSocial</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-a-groupon-refund-when-a-company-closes">How to Get a Groupon Refund When a Company Closes</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/7-ways-to-get-the-best-deals-on-groupon">7 Ways to Get the Best Deals on Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-5-craziest-groupon-deals">The 5 Craziest Groupon Deals</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-awesome-alternatives-to-groupon">5 Awesome Alternatives to Groupon</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping couponing daily deal groupon Thu, 15 Nov 2012 10:36:47 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 955258 at http://www.wisebread.com Save Money on Groceries With These Online Tools http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-groceries-with-these-online-tools <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/save-money-on-groceries-with-these-online-tools" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/man_grocery_shopping.jpg" alt="Man grocery shopping" title="Man grocery shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="141" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The cost of just about everything seems to be going up these days. Gas is only the most notable example. The prices on groceries are rising steadily to the point that people are in a tizzy after they check out, getting a lot less food for a lot more money.</p> <p>There are many ways to save on groceries. Unfortunately, these all take time, and that&rsquo;s a precious commodity in our world, too. However, there are some online tools that can help you save both time and money, so you&rsquo;re happier, more relaxed, and still eating well. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/3-reasons-why-buying-groceries-online-is-great">3 Reasons Why Buying Groceries Online Is Great</a>)</p> <h2>Menu-Planning Tools</h2> <p>Most people know about the wisdom of menu planning. If you look at what you have in your house and plan your menus around that, you&rsquo;ll spend less because you won&rsquo;t buy as many new items each week. In addition, you&rsquo;ll use up everything you have, so nothing goes to waste. Finally, you won&rsquo;t be as prone to impulse buys because you&rsquo;ll know your list has everything on it that you need.</p> <p>In fact, the only downside to menu planning is that it can take quite a bit of time, especially at the beginning. But there are some handy-dandy websites that will not only allow you to choose the recipes you want to make, but will put together grocery lists and, sometimes, organize them for you, too.</p> <h3>Kitchen Monki</h3> <p><a href="http://www.kitchenmonki.com/">KitchenMonki</a> not only provides you with recipes, but will break those up into an aisle-by-aisle list of what you need to buy. It will also help you scale recipes and figure out if you have enough of an ingredient left or if you need to buy some more.</p> <h3>HealthyEating</h3> <p><a href="http://www.healthyeating.org/Healthy-Eating/Meals-Recipes.aspx">HealthyEating</a> is similar, with an added focus on healthy foods. They help you understand nutrition, then provide recipes to help you meet your particular goals.</p> <h3>Relish!</h3> <p>While <a href="http://www.relishrelish.com/">Relish!</a> charges a $7/month fee, they claim to have better meals and more flexibility. You can choose to go gluten-free, or you can go for options that you know the kids will like. Five meals worth of food should cost around $90, and there&rsquo;s little thinking involved on your part.</p> <h2>Coupon Resources</h2> <p>For most people, coupons are either a favorite or a least-favorite way to save money. For some, the process of finding, clipping, and using coupons feels tedious. To others, it seems like a no-brainer. And to some, it becomes a way of life, or even an obsession.</p> <p>If you&rsquo;d like to use coupons, but you&rsquo;re intimidated by the process or aren&rsquo;t sure how to get started, <a href="http://www.couponmom.com/">CouponMom</a> is a great site. You&rsquo;ll have to invest a little time, but it offers articles on how to use coupons, what the different terms that couponers use mean, and how to get started. She also offers printable coupons, online coupons, and a coupon database, as well as a list of coupon deals by state.</p> <p>Once you know what you&rsquo;re doing, there are a bazillion <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/50-best-deals-coupons-sites">coupon sites</a> online. <a href="http://www.redplum.com/">Redplum</a> is one of the best, and one that people have found to be trustworthy, reliable, and worth their time.</p> <h2>Online Price Comparison</h2> <p>One of the most tried-and-true ways to save on groceries is to compare the costs of items you buy regularly and shop where they&rsquo;re the cheapest. In terms of a time hog, though, this takes the cake. Not only do you have to find all the items in each store you want included in your comparison, but you also have to write down the prices. Then, when you&rsquo;re done, you have to decide where you&rsquo;ll save the most. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-on-groceries-with-discount-grocery-stores">Save on Groceries with Discount Grocery Stores</a>)</p> <p>Enter <a href="http://www.pricible.com/">Pricible</a>. This site claims to do your comparison shopping for you. All you need to do is tell it where you live, then enter the item you want to buy. It should give you the price options and the stores reporting the different prices in your area. Once you&rsquo;ve worked through your standard grocery items with Pricible, you should be able to target your shopping so you can save as much as possible. Note: I didn&rsquo;t find too many price options in my area, but it seems like other locations around the country had a much higher participation rate on the site.</p> <p>Hopefully these tools will help alleviate some of the strain that rising food prices can put on frugal people.</p> <p><em>Do you have other sites that you use to save on food? Let us know in the comments.</em></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/sarah-winfrey">Sarah Winfrey</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/save-money-on-groceries-with-these-online-tools">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. Read more great articles from Wise Bread:</div><div class="view view-similarterms view-id-similarterms view-display-id-block_2 view-dom-id-1"> <div class="view-content"> <div class="item-list"> <ul> <li class="views-row views-row-1 views-row-odd views-row-first"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-frugal-lessons-i-learned-from-aldi">5 Frugal Lessons I Learned From Aldi</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-2 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/5-easy-ways-to-save-on-groceries-in-a-pinch">5 Easy Ways to Save on Groceries in a Pinch</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-3 views-row-odd"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-stop-the-takeout-meal-cycle-and-save">How to Stop the Takeout Meal Cycle and Save</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-4 views-row-even"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-9-easiest-food-budget-wins">The 9 Easiest Food Budget Wins</a></span> </div> </li> <li class="views-row views-row-5 views-row-odd views-row-last"> <div class="views-field-title"> <span class="field-content"><a href="http://www.wisebread.com/this-simple-shopping-list-strategy-from-5-meal-plan-will-save-you-big">This Simple Shopping List Strategy From $5 Meal Plan Will Save You Big</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Shopping couponing Frugal grocery shopping grocery shopping online meal planning save money on food Mon, 25 Apr 2011 10:24:16 +0000 Sarah Winfrey 529940 at http://www.wisebread.com