discount http://www.wisebread.com/taxonomy/term/169/all en-US The Secret to Getting Great Hotel Rates Anytime http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-getting-great-hotel-rates-anytime <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/the-secret-to-getting-great-hotel-rates-anytime" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/hotel-receptionist-466156015-small.jpg" alt="hotel receptionist" title="hotel receptionist" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="140" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did you know that you can shave thousands of dollars off your travel expenses just by timing your trip correctly?</p> <p>Hotels all over the world discount their rates at certain times of the year, sometimes by more than 50% during the less popular vacation months. So assuming you've got a little flexibility, try booking your hotel for for these times and places.</p> <h2>Beginning of the Year</h2> <p>Travel seems to be a great way to start a new year, <a href="http://press.agoda.com/news/2014/7/16/agodacom-releases-their-global-guide-to-the-best-times-for-t.html">according to Agoda</a>, a growing online hotel booking service. Out of the 25 cities Agoda studied, all offer lower hotel rates during the first two weeks of the year compared to the year-long averages.</p> <p>Hotel rates in New York City, for example, are dramatically slashed at the beginning of the year. On top of that, prices for other activities like watching Broadway shows and ice skating are lower as well. Agoda says that you can save as much as 40% off the average hotel rate if you travel to New York City in January or February. Trivago agrees that the cheapest month to <a href="http://www.trivago.com/hotelprices">visit the Big Apple is in February</a>, when the average hotel rate is $267 per night &mdash; a lot cheaper than the $436 average nightly rate that hotels charge in October.</p> <p>You can also find great deals in Boston in January, when Trivago says hotel rates are $190 cheaper than they are in October. However, to enjoy this discount, you'll have to contend with Boston's winter, which can see temperature lows in the 20s. For the same reason, hotels in Chicago are $138 cheaper in January than they are in June.</p> <p>Barcelona, Istanbul, London, and Rome are similarly cheaper during the first two months of the year. (And probably not 17 degrees Fahrenheit.)</p> <h2>After School Break</h2> <p>Theme parks are packed during school holidays. If you want to visit Orlando, do it when the kids are back in school. You'll enjoy shorter lines and may actually have enough time for all the rides. Trivago says that hotel rates in Orlando are $38 lower per night in January than they are in March during the spring break season.</p> <p>For the same reason, Miami Beach hotels are cheaper in September, when families are busy with school. Worries about the hurricane season may also have something to do with these low hotel rates. In March, Miami Beach hotels charge an average of $387 per night, in contrast to the $194 average nightly rate they charge in September.</p> <h2>Skiing</h2> <p>Going skiing? You don't have to do it in the dead of winter.</p> <p>The ski resorts in Colorado, for example, offer their best rates at the beginning and end of the season. Go in January or sometime between Thanksgiving and Christmas.</p> <p>If you plan to travel further north, you can go later in the year. In Whistler, British Columbia, there's often great snow even in spring, when the hotels rates are much cheaper. For example, in April the <a href="http://www.travelandleisure.com/articles/shoulder-season-travel-secrets">Fairmont Chateau Whistler charges $189 less</a> per night than it does in February.</p> <h2>Anytime But Summer</h2> <p>Traveling in the summer has it's advantages: outdoor festivals, busy nightlife, and long sunny days. But you'll also have to deal with the heat and the crowds, not to mention the sky-high hotel rates. According to Agoda, hotels in Oslo and Istanbul can be 50% more expensive in May compared to the year-long averages.</p> <p>In much of Europe, you can get the best hotel deals from November through March. Some hotels may be closed during this off-peak season, but those that remain open often offer great rates.</p> <p>You can find the best bargains in San Francisco from November through May. In December particularly, hotel rates average $201 per night, compared to $324 per night in September.</p> <h2>The Holidays</h2> <p>Hotel rates during the end-of-year holiday season are notoriously high. However, some cities actually have their low season during the last week of December. If you want to spend Christmas away from home, choose Oslo, Stockholm, or Riyadh for the lowest hotel rates.</p> <h2>Stable Cities</h2> <p>In some places, hotel rates don't change much throughout the year. If you plan to travel during peak season, you may do well be to choose these cities.</p> <p>Agoda's survey finds that popular Asian destinations don't discount their hotel rates much. In Tokyo, for example, hotel rates during the first week in January are only 17% cheaper than the average. Around the same time of the year in Seoul, hotel rates are only 10% cheaper than the average.</p> <p>Taipei's hotels are at their cheapest during the first week of July, but even then they're only offering about 9% discount off the average nightly rate.</p> <p><em>Have you taken advantage of off-season discount pricing to travel? Where did you go?</em></p> <h2 style="text-align: center;">Like this post? Pin it!</h2> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p style="text-align: center;"><a href="//www.pinterest.com/pin/create/button/?url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Fthe-secret-to-getting-great-hotel-rates-anytime&amp;media=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wisebread.com%2Ffiles%2Ffruganomics%2Fu5180%2FThe%20Secret%20to%20Getting%20Great%20Hotel%20Rates%20Anytime.jpg&amp;description=The%20Secret%20to%20Getting%20Great%20Hotel%20Rates%20Anytime" data-pin-do="buttonPin" data-pin-config="above" data-pin-color="red" data-pin-height="28"><img src="//assets.pinterest.com/images/pidgets/pinit_fg_en_rect_red_28.png" alt="" /></a> </p> <!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><!-- Please call pinit.js only once per page --><script type="text/javascript" async defer src="//assets.pinterest.com/js/pinit.js"></script></p> <p style="text-align: center;"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u5180/The%20Secret%20to%20Getting%20Great%20Hotel%20Rates%20Anytime.jpg" width="250" height="374" alt="" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/deia-b">Deia B</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/the-secret-to-getting-great-hotel-rates-anytime">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/4-secrets-to-getting-the-lowest-rate-from-travel-websites">4 Secrets to Getting the Lowest Rate From Travel Websites</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/negotiate-all-your-travel-the-ultimate-guide">Negotiate All Your Travel: The Ultimate Guide</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/top-5-travel-reward-credit-cards">5 Best Travel Reward Credit Cards</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/8-frugal-destinations-for-a-dreamy-winter-getaway">8 Frugal Destinations for a Dreamy Winter Getaway</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/6-ways-my-family-scores-free-travel-with-credit-cards">6 Ways My Family Scores Free Travel With Credit Cards</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Travel discount discount travel off-season travel Thu, 21 Aug 2014 15:00:04 +0000 Deia B 1189787 at http://www.wisebread.com Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot. http://www.wisebread.com/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/3340271456_ec2fbc45ac.jpg" alt="Office Depot" title="Office Depot" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="181" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I've finally found a store that, regular as clockwork, puts great items on sale. And when I say sale, I don't mean 20% off, or even 50% off. I'm talking about 75%&ndash;90% off. The store is Office Depot, and it's a terrific source of resalable items.</p> <p>Now some people may snub their noses at the idea of buying items on sale and then selling them for a profit. To those people I say, why? That's the entrepreneurial spirit that makes this country great, and the foundation for millions of businesses. So, with that small hurdle out of the way, let me just say that if you're looking for cheap gifts, bargain office supplies, or simply a steal that you can resell and make some extra cash, <a href="http://www.officedepot.com/">Office Depot</a> is an oasis even more reliable than <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/tips-for-perimeter-perusing-at-target">Target</a>, Ross or TJ Maxx.</p> <p>I pop down to my local Office Depot once a week for office supplies, and I never fail to find incredible bargains when I'm there. Recent purchases have included two Olympus Voice Recorders for less than $4 each (they retail at $35), several hole punches for $1.84 (retail price $19.99), combination padlocks for 94 cents ($10 retail) and most recently, a few handheld 3.5&quot; TVs for $19.99 (Amazon has them for over $100 right now).</p> <p>As these are all brand new, flawless, and still in their boxes, it's no hassle to sell them for a sizable profit. The voice recorders sold for a very nice profit. The TVs will sell for $50 easily, which is $30 profit on each. I'll get $10 for the hole punches, and $5 for the locks. With <a href="http://www.ebay.com/">eBay</a> and <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/sites">Craigslist</a> at my disposal, I don't have to do much to make my sales. I just post the ads, sit back, and wait for a buyer.</p> <p>I've done this before in the past, but Office Depot continues to surprise me with these huge discounts every single week. And it's not on poor quality goods, these are products that are still retailing for full price, and selling well, in other stores. But, as long as Office Depot continues to do this heavy-handed discounting, I'll be there every week to pick up some bargains and sell them for a little extra cash. And trust me, it can easily add up to a few hundred dollars profit every month.</p> <p>So, pop down to your local Office Depot when you get the chance, and try your hand at some &quot;buy low, sell high&quot; wheeling and dealing.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot">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-2"> <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/moma-mia-art-is-on-sale">MoMA mia! Art is on sale.</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-i-got-over-my-haggling-hatred">How I Got Over My Haggling Hatred</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/miss-the-big-sale-claim-your-savings-anyway">Miss the Big Sale? Claim Your Savings Anyway</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/what-clearance-price-is-your-achilles-heel">What clearance price is your Achilles Heel?</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/8-ways-to-earn-extra-income-while-christmas-shopping">8 Ways to Earn Extra Income While Christmas Shopping</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Extra Income Shopping bargain discount Office Depot resell Sale sell online Fri, 23 Apr 2010 13:00:03 +0000 Paul Michael 36691 at http://www.wisebread.com How to get half-price dining from your local TV station. http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-formula-that-gets-you-half-price-dining <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-simple-formula-that-gets-you-half-price-dining" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/news.jpg" alt="this just in half price meals" title="this just in half price meals" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="208" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p class="rteindent2">Did you know that your local TV and radio stations regularly receive gift certificates as &ldquo;payment&rdquo; for air time? Believe it or not, retailers and restaurants are actually exchanging hundreds of gift certificates for exclusive air time on the networks. Then, the stations turn around and sell those certificates to viewers for half-price. They win. You win. And I&rsquo;ll show you where to find them online. </p> <p>I stumbled across this quite by accident. A friend of my wife sent her a link to a local TV station selling $50 gift certificates to a local restaurant for just $25 a piece. Being a cynical shopper, I was hesitant to believe it. It screamed of &ldquo;buyer beware.&rdquo; But, as it turns out, it&rsquo;s completely legit. And after my usual digging around on the intertubes, I found out the back story. <a href="http://www.businessreport.com/news/2008/jun/16/value-meals-and-deals/">Stephanie Riegel, of BusinessReport.com</a>, reported last June of this growing new trend among the TV and radio stations. <br /> <em><br /> The company that came up with the concept is the Cleveland-based IncentRev, and it&rsquo;s a coupon broker that facilitates the on-air promotions. Essentially, it works like this: A retailer&mdash;say, a new restaurant&mdash;&ldquo;buys&rdquo; exclusive air time with the station in exchange for 100 gift certificates, which the station then promotes on air for half-price. Viewers can buy the gift certificates on a first-come, first-serve basis by accessing the station&rsquo;s Web site. All parties involved say it&rsquo;s a win-win arrangement. Viewers get a bargain. A small retailer essentially receives free advertising. And IncentRev, which does all the paperwork, and the station split the money. </em></p> <p>So, that's the back story. Like Stephanie points out, everyone's a winner in this deal. The restaurants and retailers get some pretty inexpensive air time. The stations get some extra cash. And the viewers get 50% discounts. However, you no longer need to watch or listen to the stations to access the deals. By doing a simple substitution in the web address I was forwarded, you can see deals in your own area, right now.</p> <p><strong>Call letters + web address = big savings. <br /> </strong></p> <p>I live in Colorado, and my local Fox affiliate's call letters are KDVR. When I put that in front of INCENTREV's web address, I get the following link: <a href="http://kdvr.incentrev.com/">http://kdvr.incentrev.com/</a></p> <p>I did a few others at random, just for kicks.</p> <p>If you live in Ohio, you could try this one: <a href="http://wtte.incentrev.com/">http://wtte.incentrev.com/</a></p> <p>Here's one for Mississippi: <a href="http://wlox.incentrev.com/">http://wlox.incentrev.com/</a></p> <p>And one for Rhode Island: <a href="http://wwli.incentrev.com/">http://wwli.incentrev.com/</a></p> <p>You see how easy the formula is. You can find a complete list of call letters for TV stations in your area <a href="http://www.shgresources.com/resources/tv/">right here</a>. And <a href="http://www.shgresources.com/resources/radio/">this one features radio</a>. Just click on your state and you'll get the info. Please note, note every station is running promotions or has signed up with IncentRev, so if the web address doesn't work just keep replacing the call letters until you find a deals page. There may be several in your state.</p> <p><strong>UPDATE: An even quicker method.</strong></p> <p>Wisebread reader Daniel pointed this out in the comments and it's super-quick. Instead of trial and error, type in your state, and or your city site followed by :incentrev.com into Google. Example: indiana site:incentrev.com.&nbsp;I found three local stations with offers not only from restaurants but indoor sky diving and Salsa classes. If anyone out there has top-notch web skills, maybe you could program a simple interface - just type in the name of your city and state and click &quot;find.&quot; I'm sure it's easy enough if you know html. Which I don't I'm afraid.</p> <p><strong>Any catches?</strong></p> <p>Well, they do have a limited number of certificates for a restaurant or retailer, usually between 100-150. And they also go on sale at a certain time, and get snapped up fast. Tomorrow I'll be logging on at 9am to grab half-price certifictaes for a great Mexican restaurant in my area. Other people have also mentioned that TV and radio stations are becoming bogged down with anchors and DJs selling you all kinds of stuff, thanks to these certificate deals. But I really don't care. I don't watch them,&nbsp;I just go straight to the site to see what's available.</p> <p>So, there you go. Find your local deals page, log on at the right time and bag yourself some cheap eats. Bon appetit. </p> <p> &nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-simple-formula-that-gets-you-half-price-dining">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-2"> <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/9-restaurant-secret-menu-items-thatll-actually-save-you-money">9 Restaurant Secret Menu Items That&#039;ll Actually Save you Money</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/40-restaurants-that-offer-senior-discounts">40 Restaurants That Offer Senior Discounts</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/best-kids-eat-free-restaurants">Best Kids Eat Free Restaurants</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/flashback-friday-47-brilliant-ways-to-save-money-on-dinner">Flashback Friday: 47 Brilliant Ways to Save Money on Dinner</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/avoid-these-fast-food-items-say-fast-food-employees">“Avoid These Fast Food Items,” Say Fast Food Employees</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink call letters discount local meals news restaurants station Thu, 08 Jan 2009 19:18:18 +0000 Paul Michael 2720 at http://www.wisebread.com What clearance price is your Achilles Heel? http://www.wisebread.com/what-clearance-price-is-your-achilles-heel <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/what-clearance-price-is-your-achilles-heel" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/394655381_bace766195.jpg" alt="the magic clearance price " title="the magic clearance price" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Some people are suckers for bargains of any kind. Others, well, even a genuine FREE offer is difficult for them to take up. But most of us, myself included, have a magic number. It’s in the form of a percentage printed on wonderful clearance sticker, and it is scary how many times it has pulled me in like a tractor beam.</p> <p>Now, I’m not including sale prices on items you were actually going to buy anyway. If you see a 10% off sticker on a bottle of juice or box of cereal, fair enough. Even if it’s a big box item like a washing machine, if you were already out shopping for one, that doesn’t count either. </p> <p>No, what I’m talking about here is the magic number that draws you away from what you were doing, and before you know it has you holding the sale item in your hand like the golden idol in Raiders Of The Lost Ark. You’re mesmerized, because man, it’s so cheap. </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/75_off_rt_yellow.png" alt="75% off" title="75% off" width="200" height="156" /></p> <p>So what’s your number? For me, it’s 75% off (or more). Some people will take any discount, even those measly 15% offerings. Nah, not for me. Others get sucked in by the 40% of 50% clearance stickers. Personally, that’s a sale but it’s no clearance. But when I see 75% off, I’m there. It is my Achilles Heel. And by the time it’s hit 90% off, I’m almost always a lost cause. I’ll find myself searching through the deepest recesses in my brain, looking for a reason, any reason, to buy it. </p> <p>It’s really worrying to me to look back and reflect upon how much completely unnecessary crap I will consider buying when that price tag is on it. After Halloween, I’ll try and avoid Target. See, all of the costumes and funky accessories get slammed down to silly prices. First 50% off, then a week later that magic 75% off sign is displayed. Last November I had to go to Target for a wiper blade and walked past the Halloween clearance. Before I knew what had hit me, I was walking out with adult-sized Spiderman and Davy Jones costumes. And no wiper blade! They were 90% off, and $5 for either of those costumes is a bargain.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/299009359_d1e491b3b9.jpg" alt="spiderman" title="spiderman" width="354" height="265" /></p> <p>Fortunately, I found a use for Spiderman. It was my nephew’s birthday a few months later and Spiderman was there to make a surprise visit. $5 well spent in that case (although I ended up forking out an extra $20 online for gloves and feet covers). Davy Jones is still gathering dust in my garage. Will I use him this year? Doubtful, that movie is not quite flavor of the month any more…but we’ll see. </p> <p>The 75% off sticker has got me in other ways. Online, if I see a sale advertised for 75% off or more, I’m at that website in a flash. One time I spent half an hour at the Hot Topic site searching for something to buy in their 75% off sale. I couldn&#39;t find anything, and believe me, I was trying. Then I had a moment of clarity, shut up my laptop and picked up a good book. It almost got to me. Almost.</p> <p>What I’m saying here folks is that whatever your magic number is, think twice before you get to the checkout (in person or online), with a vastly reduced but pointless “thing.” Do you really need that complete set of walrus polishing brushes? Is the glow in the dark eye-mask necessary? Remember too that the reason a lot of these items have such big clearance stickers is that they weren’t selling. Probably because they’re outdated, broken or just plain crap!</p> <p>Frasier Crane once said, in my all-time favorite Frasier episode, “it may be an unwise man who doesn&#39;t learn from his own mistakes, but it&#39;s an absolute idiot that doesn&#39;t learn from other people&#39;s.” Learn from my mistakes and my Achilles Heel. Don’t be taken in by the magic clearance price. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/what-clearance-price-is-your-achilles-heel">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/i-challenge-you-to-beat-my-price">I Challenge You To Beat My Price.</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/what-will-be-pulled-off-the-shelves-the-impact-of-the-nwe-consumer-product-safety-improvement-act">What will be pulled off the shelves? The impact of the new Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act</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/beware-the-nasty-secret-of-the-craigslist-free-section">Beware, The Nasty Secret Of The Craigslist Free Section</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-disappearance-of-real-america-my-guest-post-at-zen-habits">The disappearance of real America - my guest post at Zen Habits</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/lower-your-credit-card-interest-rate-and-reduce-your-phone-bill-immediately-and-easily">Lower Your Credit Card Interest Rate and Reduce Your Phone Bill, Immediately and Easily</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Frugal Living Consumer Affairs Shopping bargain clearance discount percentage reduction Wed, 13 Aug 2008 15:51:44 +0000 Paul Michael 2327 at http://www.wisebread.com Miss the Big Sale? Claim Your Savings Anyway http://www.wisebread.com/miss-the-big-sale-claim-your-savings-anyway <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/miss-the-big-sale-claim-your-savings-anyway" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/shopping-4303071-small.jpg" alt="shopping" title="shopping" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="167" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>The sudden aggravation of my son's allergies became the last straw for this frugal family. While we had suffered through a summer or two in our old farm home with little to no <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0036WTWCQ/ref=as_li_ss_tl?ie=UTF8&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=390957&amp;creativeASIN=B0036WTWCQ&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;tag=wisbre03-20">air-conditioning</a> in most rooms, this year was going to be different. Credit card in hand (we enjoy collecting on those rewards points), my husband headed to our local Pamida for the 12,000 BTU beauty. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wear-frozen-clothes-and-9-other-ways-to-beat-the-heat">Wear Frozen Clothing and 9 Other Ways to Beat the Heat</a>)</p> <p>Soon after he arrived, he called me from his cell phone &mdash; a bit more than aggravated. &quot;Lins, it's showing $50 more than what you said it was going to cost.&quot; I reached for my sale ad and realized that the great price on the very last one in stock had ended &mdash; yesterday.</p> <p>&quot;Tell them you want it anyway.&quot; I figured it couldn't hurt, right? After all, I had been reading so much on haggling lately (but never really tried it). How hard could it be?</p> <p>The happy ending to my story is that I got my A/C for yesterday's sale price. We slept in two hours of dehumidified and cooled air last night. (I set it on a very conservative cycle to save energy.) My son woke up without his little pink eyes today (he had white ones, instead). We are very happy.</p> <p>We also learned a bit about real-world haggling techniques. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-negotiate-with-confidence-and-strike-the-best-deal">How to Negotiate With Confidence and Strike the Best Deal</a>)</p> <h2>Know THE Price</h2> <p>This is different from &quot;Know <em>your</em> price.&quot; Your price (what you're willing to pay) may be higher than what you can actually get it for. Or it may simply be way too cheap for the store to make any money on it. A better way to approach this is to know the bottom-line price the store is willing to let the merchandise go for. Sale ads are great resources for this. If you know that a chair went on sale for $99 last month, then you know that this is a price they are probably comfortable selling it for.</p> <h2>Bring Evidence</h2> <p>In addition to competitor's ads for the same week (which many stores honor without haggling), keep a record of sale ads for that same store for the past six months or so. If you see an appliance on sale in March, but don't have the money, save the sale ad until you do. Bring that same ad with you when you're ready to make your purchase, and you have just proven that you know your stuff. Most stores won't deny you their own best prices &mdash; especially if it moves merchandise.</p> <h2>Start High</h2> <p>While many upscale stores may have trained their entry-level sales associates how to give discounts, don't assume that it will be easy. If you can locate a manager right away, don't be afraid to approach them directly with your offer. It will take much less time, and by doing so, you will build a relationship with that manager (which will come in handy when you ask for another discount at a later date).</p> <h2>Leave the Door Open</h2> <p>After you have made your sale purchase, clarify the store's (or manager's) policy on similar transactions for future items. Would they be willing to discount another large purchase in a week or so? What kind of items do they see going on sale next month? Did you thank them kindly for their discount? By building a relationship with your favorite stores, you are doing more than haggling. You are networking a future of savings opportunities. (See also: <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-to-get-what-you-want-on-customer-service-calls">How to Get What You Want on Customer Service Calls</a>)</p> <p>Once you make your first successful &quot;off-sale&quot; purchase, you will become confident in your abilities. Why shop the same way again?</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/linsey-knerl">Linsey Knerl</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/miss-the-big-sale-claim-your-savings-anyway">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-i-got-over-my-haggling-hatred">How I Got Over My Haggling Hatred</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/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot">Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot.</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/10-classic-impulse-buys-we-need-to-stop-falling-for">10 Classic Impulse Buys We Need to Stop Falling For</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/flashback-friday-30-brilliant-ways-to-survive-black-friday-madness">Flashback Friday: 30 Brilliant Ways to Survive Black Friday Madness</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/11-retailers-where-you-can-negotiate-a-lower-price">11 Retailers Where You Can Negotiate a Lower Price</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping discount haggling Sale shopping hacks Sun, 08 Jun 2008 17:08:47 +0000 Linsey Knerl 2156 at http://www.wisebread.com Is It the End of 6% Real Estate Commissions? http://www.wisebread.com/is-it-the-end-of-6-real-estate-commissions <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/is-it-the-end-of-6-real-estate-commissions" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/bowescocks.jpg" alt="" title="" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>This week the Justice Department <a href="http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/html/businesstechnology/2004442254_realtors28.html" target="_blank">reached an antitrust settlement</a> with the National Association of Realtors that is meant to spur competition and bring down the standard 6% commission that comes with each real estate transaction. Basically, the NAR is no longer able to withhold the information on multiple listing services from discount online brokers such as Redfin and ZipRealty. Will consumers like us see a huge deduction in real estate transaction prices soon? </p> <p>Before I make any predictions, I would like to say that I have always found it odd for a buyer&#39;s agent to take commissions on the sale of a house. The reason is that technically a buyer&#39;s agent is supposed to negotiate for the best price for the client, but the dangling carrot of the commission probably tempts some of them to hype up the property price as high as possible. Instead of taking a percentage on a sale, I think buyer&#39;s agents should just charge for the time they spend showing homes to a client and perhaps get a bonus on the amount they save the client by negotiating for a price below asking. That way, they will be actually paid for their work, and they will have no stake in hyping up prices. For agents with picky clients, it is possible that charging by the hour is more lucrative than charging 3% on a sale. </p> <p>I think this settlement will definitely promote competition and bring down commissions as more people start to use the internet to search for real estate. It is good for sellers because their listings will get more exposure on many different sites rather than a closed multiple listing service. It is also great for buyers because information will be more freely available and they no longer have to depend on realtors to find real estate of their choice. On the side of the agents, I think excellent selling agents could still make great commissions because discount online realtors have limited services that may not be advantageous to a seller in our current tough market conditions. However, I think buyer&#39;s agents really need to cut down their commissions or change their billing model to compete with discount realtors that refund up to 2/3rds of the commission because many more people will be picking out homes online in the near future. </p> <p>Ultimately, this settlement shows us that knowledge is power, and the internet is a great place to obtain knowledge. The real estate industry can no longer take 6% commissions for granted, but as long as the agents are able to adapt to the situation and keep their customers happy I think they will still thrive in our turbulent economy. </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/xin-lu">Xin Lu</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/is-it-the-end-of-6-real-estate-commissions">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/do-not-buy-something-just-because-you-can-afford-it">Do not buy something just because you can afford it</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/low-interest-rates-do-not-make-homes-affordable">Low Interest Rates Do Not Make Homes Affordable</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/more-tax-credits-coming-for-homebuyers">More Tax Credits Coming for Homebuyers?</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/8000-housing-tax-credit-can-now-be-turned-into-cash-at-closing-according-to-fha">$8000 housing tax credit can now be turned into cash at closing according to FHA</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/welcome-to-container-city-how-shipping-containers-are-recycled-into-green-dwellings">Welcome to Container City - How Shipping Containers Are Recycled into Green Dwellings</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance Real Estate and Housing antitrust discount government housing Internet justice real estate settlement Fri, 30 May 2008 08:59:04 +0000 Xin Lu 2136 at http://www.wisebread.com When’s a good time to buy Australian wine? Now. And hurry. http://www.wisebread.com/when-s-a-good-time-to-buy-australian-wine-now-and-hurry <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/when-s-a-good-time-to-buy-australian-wine-now-and-hurry" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/wine bottles Small.jpg" alt="" title="Wine" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="165" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>When I first moved to Australia I noticed 2 things about the wine: there was a lot to choose from, and it costs twice as much (if not more) than the exact same Australian wine brands I’d bought back in NY. The selection is mostly a great variety from Australian and New Zealand vineyards, and the price is largely due to taxes. Thankfully, because of a glut in production, there was good wine to be found at a more reasonable price in <a href="http://www.wineaustralia.com/australia/Default.aspx?tabid=402" target="_blank" title="cleanskins">cleanskins</a> .</p> <p>But now it looks like the days of the $7 bottle of wine are drying up.</p> <p>Last week, I spent a few days in the Southern Highlands, where I tasted some excellent wine at the <a href="http://www.bluemetalvineyard.com/store/default.pl" target="_blank" title="Blue Metal Vineyard">Blue Metal Vineyard</a>. There, I talked to Chris about their wines and the state of how the years of hot, dry weather has affected both the quality and quantity of Australian wine, and also what the coming year will be like.</p> <p>The drought has badly affected, among many things, the wine grape harvest, and there is speculation that the <a href="http://www.reuters.com/article/environmentNews/idUSSYD16447720070924" target="_blank" title=" Australian drought affects wine vintage">2008 yield could be less than half</a> the normal volume. This, naturally, puts vineyards in a position to better control (i.e raise) prices. But besides the expected price hike, it means that those tasty cleanskins will be unavailable. </p> <blockquote><p>“I like to think about the life of wine. How it&#39;s a living thing. I like to think about what was going on the year the grapes were growing; how the sun was shining; if it rained. I like to think about all the people who tended and picked the grapes. And if it&#39;s an old wine, how many of them must be dead by now. I like how wine continues to evolve, like if I opened a bottle of wine today it would taste different than if I&#39;d opened it on any other day, because a bottle of wine is actually alive. And it&#39;s constantly evolving and gaining complexity.”<br /><em>- From “<a href="http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0375063/" target="_blank" title="Sideways">Sideways</a> ”</em></p> </blockquote> <p>According to the Australian government, cleanskins are not available for export, so for my Australian mates: stock up now, while the cleanskins are still on the shelves. And for my International friends: you might want to grab a few Aussie favorites from your local bottle shop and hang on to them, as prices are expected to soar. </p> <p>And despite the disappointing news about the 2008 wines, Chris assured me that Blue Metal won’t be raising their prices. Good on ya, Chris!</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ed-oreilly">Ed O&#039;Reilly</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/when-s-a-good-time-to-buy-australian-wine-now-and-hurry">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-2"> <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/heres-how-rich-youd-be-if-you-stopped-drinking">Here&#039;s How Rich You&#039;d Be If You Stopped Drinking</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/does-a-plastic-cork-make-for-a-lousy-wine">Does a plastic cork make for a lousy wine?</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/12-tasty-ways-to-cook-with-wine">12 Tasty Ways to Cook With Wine</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/cheap-fun-and-libations-brewery-and-winery-tours">Cheap Fun and Libations: Brewery and Winery Tours</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/what-booze-teaches-us-about-money">What Booze Teaches Us About Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Australia discount wine Fri, 05 Oct 2007 00:52:42 +0000 Ed O'Reilly 1252 at http://www.wisebread.com Friday deal - Sweet dreams for a real bargain -DEAL OVER http://www.wisebread.com/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/51X3PPW8MNL._AA280_.jpg" alt="Memory Foam" title="Memory Foam Topper" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="250" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>I couldn't resist this deal, and just had to share it. We've had our King Size bed for almost 7 years now, and although it's holding up well it's not as great as it used to be. But Amazon is almost giving away these expensive 2 INCH thick memory foam toppers, which means my sleep is about to get a whole lot better again.</p> <p>The actual product is called the Complete Comfort DreamCoil 2-inch memory foam topper. Phew. And the savings are major. Whatever size you choose, you get it for just <strong>$34.99 with FREE shipping</strong>. That means a saving of around $85 on the twin size, and a whopping $165 on the California King.</p> <p><em>NOTE: As a guest has very aptly pointed out, the reviews seem to point out an issue with size (possibly the reason for the stellar deal). I simply ordered one size larger, but please keep that in mind.</em></p> <p>Just click the link below to get yours. But get your skates on, I know this deal will end quickly.</p> <p><a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B000BUW98K?ie=UTF8&amp;tag=wisebread07-20&amp;linkCode=as2&amp;camp=1789&amp;creative=9325&amp;creativeASIN=B000BUW98K">Complete Comfort Dreamcoil 2-Inch Memory Foam Toppers</a><img width="1" height="1" src="http://www.assoc-amazon.com/e/ir?t=wisebread07-20&amp;l=as2&amp;o=1&amp;a=B000BUW98K" alt="" /></p> <p><img width="400" height="400" title="Topper" alt="Topper" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/u17/41RZXVHSXZL__SS400_.jpg" /></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over">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/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10.</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/a-25-meal-for-just-3-updated">A $25 meal for just $3. Updated.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals Amazon bargain bed deal discount mattress mattress topper save Fri, 07 Sep 2007 15:18:24 +0000 Paul Michael 1119 at http://www.wisebread.com A $25 meal for just $3. Updated. http://www.wisebread.com/a-25-meal-for-just-3-updated <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/a-25-meal-for-just-3-updated" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/272318647_ca757c2ddc.jpg" alt="big meal" title="big meal" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="188" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>How many of you are familiar with <a href="http://restaurant.com/">Restaurant.com</a> ? It's a terrfic site that slashes the price of meals by using a coupon system. You usually get great deals on hundreds of local restaurant by paying $10 for a $25 certificate. But with the following coupon I'm about to give you, you can take a further 70% off that price. That makes two $25 certificates to a great restaurant cost just $6 total!</p> <p>As with many sites like this, there are stipulations for each certificate and they vary from restaurant to restaurant. Some insist that you buy two entrees (not a problem when it's a meal for two). Some say you must order wine with dinner, or you can only use the coupon at a certain time. Be sure to check all of these out to ensure you get the dining experience right for you.</p> <p><em>ALSO, as several people have pointed out, you can <strong>only use one coupon per visit, per month</strong>. I have managed to get around this as I know some restaurant owners pretty well, but if we're going by the rules you should expect to use these on a monthly basis. Still, even if you buy a whole bunch, that's one great meal every month for super cheap. And that's groovy.</em></p> <p>To order, just click the link above and make your selections. Then type in the code <strong>PRESENT</strong> to take a whopping 70% off the already reduced price. Voila, one $25 = $3. Now that's what I call living large on a small budget. The coupon code expires July 31st, so get moving.</p> <p>You must also make a minimum purchase of $35, so plan your nights out accordingly. But at these prices, you'll be eating well on bare bones budget over several evenings. Have fun, and remember to save room for dessert.</p> <p>Oh, and due to the popularity of this offer, the site can sometimes run a little slow. Stick with it, you will get your amazing deal.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/a-25-meal-for-just-3-updated">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-3"> <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/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10.</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/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over">Friday deal - Sweet dreams for a real bargain -DEAL OVER</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/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</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/healthy-frugal-eating">Healthy, frugal eating</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/11-ways-to-shop-for-food-cheaply-without-a-tedious-grocery-list">Grocery Shopping for the Cheap and Lazy</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals bargain cheap eats dining out discount eating Food meals restaurant.com Tue, 24 Jul 2007 15:32:30 +0000 Paul Michael 895 at http://www.wisebread.com MoMA mia! Art is on sale. http://www.wisebread.com/moma-mia-art-is-on-sale <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/l_38532.jpg" alt="MoMA 2000" title="MoMA 2000" width="314" height="286" /></p> <p>It&#39;s that time of year again. The Museum Of Modern Art is having a ridiculous clearance sale and there are a ton of great art bargains to be had. Everything from home artefacts to posters and personal accessories are up to 90% off! Take the poster above...just $1.99, reduced from $25. </p> <p>There are SEVEN categories in the MoMA sale. Click each link below to get to the sale of your choice. Just be careful not to overspend, there are some serious bargains here.</p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11466_-1__6J125">NEWEST sale items.</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11522_-1__6J125">HOME sale</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11453_-1__6J125">PERSONAL ACCESSORIES sale</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11514_-1__6J125">POSTERS sale</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11547_-1__6J125">STATIONERY sale </a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11484_-1__6J125">TOYS &amp; GAMES sale</a> </p> <p><a href="http://www.momastore.org/museum/moma/CategoryDisplay_10451_10001_11523_11599_-1__6J125">HOLIDAY sale </a> </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/moma-mia-art-is-on-sale">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-4"> <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/buy-sell-make-a-profit-thanks-office-depot">Buy. Sell. Make a Profit. Thanks Office Depot.</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/what-clearance-price-is-your-achilles-heel">What clearance price is your Achilles Heel?</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</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/chuck-taylor-converse-shoes-under-10">Chuck Taylor Converse shoes under $10</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-money-moves-to-make-the-moment-you-graduate">5 Money Moves to Make the Moment You Graduate</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Personal Finance art bargain clearance discount MoMA Museum Of Modern Art Sale savings Mon, 16 Jul 2007 04:33:38 +0000 Paul Michael 843 at http://www.wisebread.com Best Time For Summer Shopping In Europe! http://www.wisebread.com/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-blog-image"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <a href="/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe" class="imagecache imagecache-250w imagecache-linked imagecache-250w_linked"><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/imagecache/250w/blog-images/miss_selfridge_jacket.jpg" alt="miss selfridge jacket" title="miss selfridge jacket" class="imagecache imagecache-250w" width="250" height="340" /></a> </div> </div> </div> <p>Did your high season European flight take a huge chunk out of your savings? Well, at least the shopping doesn&#39;t have to be as painful, even with the weak dollar conversion rates. </p> <p>Many countries in Europe, France being the most evident with their &quot;soldes&quot;, have government regulated retail sales. This means they can only slash retail prices twice a year, which results in mega summer and winter reductions. For a general timetable and list of countries click<a href="/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/Sales_In_Europe.pdf" target="_blank"> here</a>. I can only speak for France and the UK, since these are the two countries in which I&#39;ve participated in the sales frenzy (so much fun!). But here&#39;s how they generally work (I should note here that UK sales aren&#39;t regulated by the government, but they still offer huge seasonal sales): </p> <p>The summer sales usually start at the end of June and last until mid/late July. And when I say mega sales, I mean almost every store participates -- even Alexander McQueen and Prada! Different rules probably apply to each store, but how early you hit the stores can make a difference in what you can find and how cheap you can find them. Most stores will start their price slashes at 50 percent, but will reduce up to 70 percent as the month goes on. </p> <p>It&#39;s simple: going earlier will get you better prices and goods. However, the shopping doesn&#39;t get really fun until it&#39;s dirt cheap so waiting a bit longer can still get you good stuff, but will be nicer for your wallet. The one downside may be that many of the goods are stock from the previous year and can look a bit grungy and sad. But check out these dresses from one of my favorite UK stores, Miss Selfridge. Previous season is by no means ugly:</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/miss_selfridge_dress.jpg" alt="Miss Selfridge Dress" width="250" height="340" /> </p> <p> Was: £45 Now:£20 (It&#39;s $40 but still reasonable. And pretty.) </p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/miss_selfridge_dress_2.jpg" alt="miss selfridge dress" width="250" height="340" /></p> <p>Was:£25 Now:£10 (Woo hoo! $20. Now we&#39;re getting close to Forever 21 prices!)</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/miss_selfridge_dress_3.jpg" alt="black miss selfridge party dress" width="250" height="340" /> </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p> Was:£25 Now:£10</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>And to highlight another benefit of the sales, the regulated periods teach you patience -- as in, don&#39;t buy it now, wait for the sales you dummy! </p> <p>Maybe it&#39;s because I&#39;m three months away from being on American soil, but last week I fell in love with a jumper at American Apparel in Paris and had an irresistable urge to buy. I paid 38 euros for a 38 dollar rag. But hey you live, get broke, and learn. </p> <p>Which takes me to the one caveat: have prudence!! As with everything, moderation should be implemented as you don&#39;t want to pay the overweight luggage fee, which would ruin all your saving fun. </p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Chart from cec.consumo-inc.es </p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/joann-hong">Joann Hong</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/best-time-for-summer-shopping-in-europe">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-4"> <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/8-frugal-skills-you-need-to-survive-black-friday">8 Frugal Skills You Need to Survive Black Friday</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/6-genius-ways-to-save-on-cyber-monday">6 Genius Ways to Save on Cyber Monday</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-retailers-with-the-absolute-best-customer-service">7 Retailers With the Absolute Best Customer Service</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/5-times-coupons-trick-you-into-spending-more-money">5 Times Coupons Trick You Into Spending More Money</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-reasons-black-friday-craziness-is-worth-it">5 Reasons Black Friday Craziness Is Worth It</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping clothes discount Europe retail sales summer Sat, 23 Jun 2007 20:39:19 +0000 Joann Hong 772 at http://www.wisebread.com Wedding Dresses for Under $200 http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200 <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/weddingdress.jpg" alt=" " width="214" height="215" /></p> <p>Target is offering <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/detail.html/sr=1-8/qid=1181746365/ref=sr_1_8/601-2274887-6925756?ie=UTF8&amp;asin=B000M3CXA0">wedding dresses for under $200</a>! </p> <p>Now, I&#39;ve been griping lately about imported Chinese goods. These <a href="http://www.target.com/gp/search.html/601-2274887-6925756?field-keywords=wedding+dress&amp;url=index%3Dtarget&amp;ref=sr_bx_1_1">Isaac Mizrahi</a> gowns are probably sewn in sweatshops in Asia, so mentioning them here isn&#39;t meant as a promotion per se. That said, I still find it fascinating.</p> <p>NPR did a quick story on the online-offered gowns today, which you can listen to <a href="http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=11007440">here</a>.</p> <p>Mind you, you can still find a cheap used wedding gown at a consignment shop or even Goodwill, but you run the risk of getting only a limited pool of outdated dresses to choose from. With the Target gowns, at least you&#39;re starting with something modern and chic that you can spruce up and personalize on your own.</p> <p><em>Photo by </em><a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/pinkmoose/"><em>Anthony Easton.</em></a></p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/wedding-dresses-for-under-200">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/12-money-saving-tricks-to-know-before-buying-an-engagement-ring">12 Money-Saving Tricks to Know Before Buying an Engagement Ring</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/4-ways-millennials-are-changing-marriage">4 Ways Millennials Are Changing Marriage</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/this-one-wedding-trick-will-save-you-thousands">This One Wedding Trick Will Save You Thousands</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/live-a-longer-and-happier-life-with-these-8-frugal-buys">Live a Longer and Happier Life With These 8 Frugal Buys</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/9-smart-sources-for-wedding-essentials">9 Smart Sources for Wedding Essentials</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping discount dress Isaac Mizrahi marriage wedding Wed, 13 Jun 2007 15:04:13 +0000 Andrea Karim 730 at http://www.wisebread.com Ugliest shoes in the world - now less than $10. http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10 <p><img width="389" height="389" title="teva" alt="teva" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/teva.jpg" /></p> <p>When I first saw Crocs, I thought they were bad. But, they grew on me. I own a pair.</p> <p>Now, thanks to Amazon, a coupon code I'm about to give you, and the good folks at Teva, you can get a pair of what I now consider to be the ugliest shoes on this Earth for less than $10, a saving of $75. Aren't you lucky...and brave.</p> <p><strong>Teva Mimmick shoes come with the following description...</strong></p> <p><em>&quot;Using styling from our professional kayaking bootie, the P2, and applying street appeal, the Mimmik is perfect for travel, office or strolling around town. With the use of a Mush insole (trust us, it feels like it sounds), the Mimmik is the ultimate in comfort.&quot;</em></p> <p>Honestly, I have trouble figuring out what the 'street appeal' is, but maybe I'm getting old. And get this. They don't just come in the weird black color shown above. They also come in brown. Woot! Brown rubber, now that's surely stylish.</p> <p><img width="295" height="295" title="mud teva" alt="mud teva" src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/mud_teva_0.jpg" /></p> <p>They also make a great gift for, ummm, Klingons. Although even in the distant reaches of outer space, I still suspect these things look just as goofy. Not that I'd ever call a Kilngon goofy...I value my skin, and would prefer not to have it peeled off. I digress.</p> <p>To get your pair of Teva, all you need to do is click this <a href="http://www.amazon.com/dp/B000MFA25Q/ref=nosim/?tag=dealnewscom580-20">link</a> . Once you've picked your style and size, apply the following code <strong>ASEV2794 </strong>to cut the price in half, making then just $9.90 plus around $6 shipping.</p> <p>If you buy a pair, can you send me a picture of yourself wearing them at the office. I've been sick recently and could use a good laugh.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/paul-michael">Paul Michael</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/ugliest-shoes-in-the-world-now-less-than-10">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-2"> <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/friday-deal-sweet-dreams-for-a-real-bargain-deal-over">Friday deal - Sweet dreams for a real bargain -DEAL OVER</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/sears-goes-a-little-crazy-sweaters-starting-at-99-cents">Sears goes a little crazy - sweaters starting at 99 cents!</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/a-25-meal-for-just-3-updated">A $25 meal for just $3. Updated.</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/400gb-western-digital-external-hard-drive-under-90-delivered">400GB Western Digital external hard drive under $90 delivered.</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/xm-satellite-radio-car-combo-for-under-6-and-free-shipping">XM satellite radio/car combo for under $6 and free shipping!</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Deals Amazon bargain code deal discount Mimmick rubber shoes Teva ugly Sat, 12 May 2007 16:24:45 +0000 Paul Michael 634 at http://www.wisebread.com Buy a drink, get a free Whopper - every single day? http://www.wisebread.com/buy-a-drink-get-a-free-whopper-every-single-day <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/burger_small.jpg" alt=" " width="298" height="197" />Did your mom always nag you to keep your receipts? Mine did. She&#39;d see me charge something to a credit card and then casually toss away the receipt, and I&#39;d get an immediate lecture about what it means to <em>keep track of my expenses yada yada yada</em> (Mom actually included the yada&#39;s). Frankly, budgeting has never been an issue for me, even when I was close to the poverty line, and receipts seemed to be a wallet-cluttering nuisance. But that all changed for me recently, and now I treasure receipts because they are kind of convenience that is rare - <strong>they are pre-cut coupons</strong>.</p> <p>You&#39;ve probably noticed that lots of stores and restaurants print coupons on the back of their receipts. You probably throw them out like I used to. </p> <p>I&#39;d still be throwing them out if my local Albertson&#39;s hadn&#39;t started printing a rent-one-get-one-free coupon for my favorite independent video rental store. At $4 a pop, I felt like I was doing my duty, keeping a local, independently-owned business in business, but honestly, with the number of films that I watch, it was really starting to hurt my bottom line. The coupon helped me reduce the cost of my film habit without reducing my intake. Yes, I&#39;m paying a bit less to the store than I used to, but I still buy my caramel corn there. Lots and lots of caramel corn.</p> <p>I understand that many coupons are not really a money-saving device, because you have to buy something to get something. And it&#39;s true that if you go out of your way to get $5 off of a meal at a Greek restaurant that you never eat at because you have a receipt-coupon in hand, then you&#39;re not saving money at all. But, if you use a coupon for a place that you frequent... frequently..., then coupons like this can be your best friend.</p> <p>Paul&#39;s <a href="/the-ghetto-mac-yours-for-1">Ghetto Burger post</a> reminded me that I&#39;ve been living large on more-or-less complimentary BK Whoppers for a while. I didn&#39;t exactly classify my situation as &#39;ghetto&#39;, but rather &#39;frugally fabulous&#39;. You can call it what you will.</p> <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/coupons.jpg" alt=" " width="280" height="198" />OK, is it <strong>really</strong> free? No, I suppose it isn&#39;t. But it&#39;s as close to free as I can hope to get. </p> <p>The back of every Burger King receipt should have a coupon for a free Whopper with the purchase of a drink at Burger King, should you take 5 minutes to answer survey questions on the phone (you have to fill out your survey code on the receipt to get your pseudo-free Whopper). My first thought was, &quot;Well, it&#39;s the least I can do. I eat here pretty often.&quot; </p> <p>So I rang up the toll-free number on my cell phone and spent the next 10 minutes politely trying to help the automated system understand that the Burger King that I eat lunch at is neither clean, nor friendly, nor prompt. The problem is that every time you answer with a less than perfect score (let&#39;s say you give them a 4 out of 5 on service), you&#39;ll be asked to tell them more, and rate EVERY ASPECT OF THEIR SERVICE. Is the bathroom clean? Are the employees human? Do the employees bathe frequently?</p> <p>The crazy thing is, once I filled out my code and brought in my receipt-coupon, bought my obligatory Coke and got my free Whopper, I got another receipt for the Coke. <em>With another coupon for another free Whopper on the back</em>. All I had to do was master the phone system, and I appeared to be set for life with close-to-free Whoppers.</p> <p>My advice, should your discount coupon rely on something like an online or phone survey code, make sure you do it on a landline or during your offpeak hours on your cell. If you are really smart, you can use your VoIP system to call the survey line using your computer, and assuming you have dynamic IP capabilities, it shouldn&#39;t be obvious that you are the same person calling everyday. Answer every question as though the company couldn&#39;t be better and you simply love them to death, unless you really want to give honest feedback (this takes some more time - and time is money, so it&#39;s really up to you).</p> <p>I&#39;m not sure that every Burger King is like this, or for how long this kind of discount will continue, but for now, I&#39;m enjoying my nearly free burger binge. Because there is such thing as a mostly free lunch.</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/troy-hadley">Troy Hadley</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/buy-a-drink-get-a-free-whopper-every-single-day">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-2"> <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/is-health-food-worse-for-you-than-junk-food">Is &quot;Health Food&quot; Worse for You than Junk Food?</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/the-key-to-free">The Key to Free</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/40-rice-cake-topping-ideas">40 Rice Cake Topping Ideas</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/ugggh-hic-i-justss-gotta-eat-somehicthing-my-top-10-homemade-drunk-snacks">Ugggh, (hic) I justss gotta eat some(hic)thing; my top 10 homemade drunk snacks.</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/cooking-great-meals-with-your-car-engine-the-heat-is-on">Cooking great meals with your car engine. The heat is on.</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Food and Drink Burger King coupon customer service discount Fast Food free lunch receipt survey Whopper Wed, 28 Mar 2007 19:24:00 +0000 Troy Hadley 408 at http://www.wisebread.com How I Got Over My Haggling Hatred http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-got-over-my-haggling-hatred <p><img src="http://wisebread.killeracesmedia.netdna-cdn.com/files/fruganomics/wisebread_imce/haggle_small.jpg" alt=" " width="270" height="150" /></p> <p>I used to really hate haggling. That vain, self-conscious part of me that doesn&#39;t want to appear cheap, or worse, <em>stingy</em>, has always had an aversion to haggling. As I&#39;ve gotten older, though, I&#39;ve come to realize that it&#39;s a necessary evil, and who doesn&#39;t love a little bit of evil?</p> <p>A few years ago, I briefly dated a young man from Kenya. Because he looked like a bit of a beach bum with his dreadlocks and baggy pants and silver earrings, he got away with bargaining in places that I wouldn&#39;t THINK of bargaining. Like electronics shops, or bakeries. The guy had no shame! He would never hesitate to ask for an additional 20% off of anything - and he almost always got at least 10% off. He was like a discount savvy pirate, and I HATED shopping with him because of it.</p> <p>But I eventually saw the light. After living in China, <a href="http://www.beijingtraveltips.com/tips/shopping_1/bargaining_howto.htm">where you bargain for EVERYTHING</a>, from crisps to coats, I&#39;ve found that bargaining has lost some of its stigma. First of all, I had to get over my shame of appearing cheap, which meant that I had to GET OVER MYSELF. Hard to do, when you&#39;re vain and thin-skinned, but it helps. Second, I learned that no one was going to lose money on me, the customer. Salespeople, no matter what they say, are not going to pay out of their pocket to give you a good deal (and if they do, it&#39;s time they found a new job). Lastly, I learned to be really nice. This is hard for me, because I&#39;m naturally kind of... well, not snobby, exactly, but I&#39;m just not the smiley type. But a smile and some kindness really go a long way in life, and if you&#39;re like me and you have to ration your friendliness, you might as well use it when you can save a buck or two.</p> <p>Go ahead, call me a cynic.</p> <p>Asking for additional discounts isn&#39;t easy at first, because no one wants to be the <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nyc/118154762.html">subject of a craigslist rant</a>, but really, it never hurts to ask. I&#39;m not suggesting you really dig in your heels with your babysitter or the kid that mows your lawn, but businesses that care to cultivate good customer relationships will be willing to make a deal. It&#39;s cheaper for a business to turn you into a repeat customer than it is for them to gain new customers, so remember that your patronage is highly sought-after.</p> <p>I recently had to put my bargaining skills to the test when purchasing Pergo floors for my basement - and it worked! I saved $200 by simply being firm in my price range and very friendly. There&#39;s always a little wiggle room, so give it a shot! The worst that can happen is the salesperson saying &quot;No&quot;, right?</p> <h4>Tips for Haggling</h4> <p>The basic rundown goes like this: Be polite, but firm. Don&#39;t be ashamed. Don&#39;t flash any bling. </p> <p><a href="http://www.howtohaggle.com/">Howtohaggle.com</a> gives you a simple breakdown of why you can and should haggle, and simple mistakes to avoid.</p> <p><a href="http://nymag.com/nymetro/shopping/sales/salesguide/15553/">New York Magazine</a> gives you the most basic list of bargaining &quot;Do&#39;s&quot;.</p> <p>Lifehacker recently linked to a <a href="http://www.rd.com/content/openContent.do?contentId=15096">good article through Reader&#39;s Digest</a>. </p> <p>Bankrate.com has an <a href="http://www.bankrate.com/brm/news/special/19991001.asp">oddly mixed haggling article</a> for both buyers and sellers, mostly pertaining to houses. I&#39;ve often used the &quot;Invoke a Higher Power&quot; tactic when bargaining, and I dig that salespeople are encouraged to &quot;flinch&quot; whenever you make an offer. </p> <p>Get Rich Slowly has <a href="http://www.getrichslowly.org/blog/2006/07/11/how-to-save-money-by-haggling/">some good haggling tips</a>, as well, and ones that I employ include being polite, shopping at the end of the month, and not being afraid to walk away.</p> <p><a href="http://www.askmen.com/fashion/how_to/12_how_to.html">AskMen.com</a> points out that you can ALWAYS get an article of clothing cheaper if there is something slightly wrong with it. Defective details mean an automatic 10-20% off of an article of clothing at my local Target.</p> <p>Real Simple reminds you that there&#39;s <a href="http://www.realsimple.com/realsimple/content/organize/0,21770,681054,00.html">nothing wrong with bargaining at a tag sale</a> (garage/yard sale).</p> <p>If you really want to go hardcore, there&#39;s always something to be learned from Haggle Gran.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <br /><div id="custom_wisebread_footer"><div id="rss_tagline">This article is from <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/andrea-karim">Andrea Karim</a> of <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/how-i-got-over-my-haggling-hatred">Wise Bread</a>, an award-winning personal finance and <a href="http://www.wisebread.com/credit-cards">credit card comparison</a> website. 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Thanks Office Depot.</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-negotiate-with-confidence-and-strike-the-best-deal">How to Negotiate With Confidence and Strike the Best Deal</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/what-clearance-price-is-your-achilles-heel">What clearance price is your Achilles Heel?</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/miss-the-big-sale-claim-your-savings-anyway">Miss the Big Sale? Claim Your Savings Anyway</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/6-ways-social-media-can-save-you-money">6 Ways Social Media Can Save You Money</a></span> </div> </li> </ul> </div> </div> </div> </div><br/></br> Shopping ask bargain cheapskate competitors customer service discount haggle haggling lowest price price Mon, 05 Mar 2007 20:38:36 +0000 Andrea Karim 322 at http://www.wisebread.com