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                                                 Get a Great Deal on Anything

                                                 Save money on gas, cars, clothes, videos, shoes, textbooks, and m
                                                 By Andrea Cooper. Additional reporting by Tara Conry, Ann DiCesa
                                                 From Reader's Digest
                                                 The Best Secrets
                                                 Codes
                                                 You're paying for something online-a shirt, suit, or scarf-and notice a
                                                 They're at retailme not.com, and it takes almost no time or effort to s


                                                 We found codes to get $10 off a $100 order at homedepot.com, 15
                                                 Codes come and go, often timed to the season. Some offers have f
                                                 Rebates
                                                 At fatwallet.com, you buy and it pays you back-no joke. This site get
                                                 Recent rebates included 2.5 percent from toolking.com, 5 percent fr
                                                 The downside: Cash back, yes. Miracles, no. The site doesn't take y
                                                 Coupons
                                                 Dealcatcher.com is a good resource for coupons, rebates, and Sund
                                                 Comparisons
                                                 If you're short on time and want to do a quick price comparison, use
                                                 At PriceGrabber, search by products, retailers, individual sellers, pri


                                                 Clothing
                                                 Strategies
                                                 Buy at the right time
                                                 A department store will usually mark down merchandise five to eigh
                                                 Haggle
                                                 "A lot of people don't realize you can negotiate when shopping in sto
                                                 Opt for excess
                                                 Overstock.com partners with name brands to sell its excess invento
                                                 Compare prices
                                                 Shopzilla.com and nextag.com are two especially comprehensive co
                                                 Deals

                                                 Shoes
                                                 The selection at zappos.com is superb. Men's loafers, cowboy boots
                                                 Athletic shoes
                                                 We found holabirdsports.com to have the best prices and selection.
                                                 Kids' clothing
                                                 Parents have swapped clothes and gear informally for years. Now th

                                                 Cars
                                                 Strategies
                                                 New cars - Buy at the end of the month
                                                 That's when dealers need to fill their quotas. Or better still, at the en
                                                 New cars - Do your homework
                                                 Turn to the classic site kbb.com (Kelley Blue Book) to research mak
New cars - Determine the real cost to own
Know the cost to run a vehicle over five to eight years, says Jeff Bar
Used cars - Look for older models
Depreciation hits hardest the first three years of ownership. Shop lat
Deals
Gas
Find inexpensive gas in your area by checking several sites -- gasbu
Tires
Save money by purchasing your tires online. The Goodyear Assuran

Financial
Strategies
Get rewarded for shopping
Indexcredit cards.com compares credit card features and rewards. B
Save, and save for college
Shop with a Upromise-branded credit card at hundreds of participati
Compare insurance quotes
Insweb.com is a good resource for obtaining quotes-on life, health, a

Leisure
Strategies
Watch free videos
You may not need that Netflix subscription for $16.99 a month if you
Rent it
Need a trombone, power saw, or bow and arrows? Rent an amazing
Deals
Theater on a budget
Broadwaybox.com is your best bet for scoring discounted tickets-up
$1 movies
Redbox.com offers recent releases-such as The Bucket List, Charlie

Education
Strategies
Take free courses
Prestigious universities-including MIT (ocw.mit.edu) and the Univers
Learn a language
The BBC offers free lessons in seven languages-French, German, S
Deals
Textbooks for less
You can save some serious money by buying used books, renting th
Exchange
Books (paperbackswap.com), CDs (swapacd.com), and DVDs (swa


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By angela1566, 09/24/2008, 7:46 AM EDT

I have been a subscriber for many years and never miss an issue! I
By mcramer, 09/23/2008, 2:47 PM EDT

The story about the woman that ordered thirteen pair of shoes plann
By GCYN42, 09/16/2008, 11:09 AM EDT
One site I use regularly for print coupons for various stores and onlin
By victory58, 09/14/2008, 12:11 PM EDT

One more shopping tip: If you don't like using a credit card for oline
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OK fellow bargain hunters, here are a few more tips: dealspl.us (De
By CompareRewards, 09/11/2008, 4:11 PM EDT

A cashback shopping site without the 120-day wait to access your re
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By hko19, 09/11/2008, 12:19 PM EDT

For women shoppers, check out HerCoupon.com .
 and organization.


hes, videos, shoes, textbooks, and more. Here's our guide to the best bargains on earth.
 eporting by Tara Conry, Ann DiCesare, and Kathryn M. Tyranski



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 a $100 order at homedepot.com, 15 percent off purchases at the sporting-goods store modells.com, and $20 off a two-night stay booked thr
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 ducts, retailers, individual sellers, prices, or ratings. You'll find just about everything here-sporting goods, auto parts, furniture, musical instru




 mark down merchandise five to eight weeks after an item has been put on the floor. "If it's been an exceptionally warm winter," says Kathryn

u can negotiate when shopping in stores," Finney says. If a shirt is missing a button, ask the floor manager for a discount. She usually has th

ame brands to sell its excess inventory of clothes, jewelry, and many other goods at discounted prices. There was a sharp Bill Blass men's s

 are two especially comprehensive comparison-shopping sites. Enter your search term at Shopzilla (say, Hannah Montana T-shirts) or start o



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 and gear informally for years. Now they have a formal network for doing it at freepeats.org, which gives access to baby, kid, and maternity fi




 their quotas. Or better still, at the end of each quarter (March, June, September, December), says Gary Foreman of thedollarstretcher.com.

m (Kelley Blue Book) to research makes and models. Cars.com will send your request to dealers for competitive quotes. A quick check on a 2
over five to eight years, says Jeff Bartlett, deputy editor and auto specialist for Consumer Reports. We used the True Cost to Own tool at edm

 st three years of ownership. Shop late November through December, when used-car lots are less busy. And do your research. The toughest


ea by checking several sites -- gasbuddy.com, autos.msn.com, gaspricewatch.com, and gasprices.mapquest.com. Many are community-dri

 r tires online. The Goodyear Assurance TripleTred tire (size P205/60HR16) is $141.99 per tire at Sears (add $15 for installation). It's $109 at




es credit card features and rewards. Browse through 1,224 offers and choose the benefits you want. You'll find low-interest cards, student cre

 credit card at hundreds of participating dealers and you'll be doubly rewarded: 1 percent cash back on all purchases, plus rebates on specif

 for obtaining quotes-on life, health, auto, and other types of insurance-from 6,400 agents representing 21 companies. You'll have to scroll th




 ubscription for $16.99 a month if your local library has a good DVD collection. And hulu.com has free full-length movies-including Liar Liar, S

or bow and arrows? Rent an amazing assortment of stuff-you name it, it's available-from individuals at zilok.com, which covers 50 cities in 17


 bet for scoring discounted tickets-up to 50 percent off-to some of the hottest shows on- and off-Broadway. You'll get discount access codes

ases-such as The Bucket List, Charlie Wilson's War, and Juno-for just $1. There are more than 9,000 of the distinctive red kiosks in 48 state




ng MIT (ocw.mit.edu) and the University of California, Berkeley (webcast.berkeley.edu/courses.php)-offer online courses in everything from a

 seven languages-French, German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese, Greek, and Chinese-at bbc.co.uk/languages. If your tastes run to more exo


oney by buying used books, renting them, or downloading freebies. The publisher's price for the ninth edition of Organic Chemistry, by T. W.

CDs (swapacd.com), and DVDs (swapadvd.com), that is. The tagline says it all: "No risk. No spam. No advertising. No gimmicks. No gotchas




any years and never miss an issue! I really enjoyed this article and also the article about the no spend challenge. I run a freebie website on y


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008, 4:11 PM EDT

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ut HerCoupon.com .
 des, and where can you find them?
 stores listed). The site offers codes for home products, sporting goods, luggage, food, and even Halloween costumes.


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com (stores are listed alphabetically), keycode.com (for the latest offers, sign up for RSS feeds), and rather-be-shopping.com (the site upda

 res a portion of that commission with you in the form of cash back.
 ate, sign on to FatWallet, go to its Cash Back & Coupons page, then select a store. Click on the store's link and complete your purchase in t
s to post the cash in your FatWallet account and up to 120 days for FatWallet to cough up the dough via check or PayPal. Still, it is free mone

s don't require special software (some sites do). A recent check found a coupon for $10 off a $60 purchase at the athletic shoe store finishlin

can miss low prices on some less technologically advanced sites-but it does give a good overview. Check several different ones (shopping.c
, auto parts, furniture, musical instruments, toys, video games, and electronics. The site's bottom-line-price tool shows how much your produ




eptionally warm winter," says Kathryn Finney, author of How to Be a Budget Fashionista: The Ultimate Guide to Looking Fabulous for Less, "c

ger for a discount. She usually has the discretion to give you up to 15 percent off.

There was a sharp Bill Blass men's silk sport coat here for $99.99 (it retailed elsewhere for $295) and a Nine West women's two-piece suit in

 Hannah Montana T-shirts) or start off in one of eight well-defined categories. Shopzilla will list the least expensive sources for those tops in



obably here. Prices are great, shipping and returns are free, and you can return your purchase up to a year after you bought it, if it's unworn a

ker (MR805BR) revealed a $20 range in prices, but holabirdsports.com came in first at $69.95, with free ground shipping. (By the way, holab

 access to baby, kid, and maternity finds in 25 cities for a onetime charge of $4.95.




 Foreman of thedollarstretcher.com. Tell them you've secured financing elsewhere. They'll counteroffer, and you'll go with the best deal.

 petitive quotes. A quick check on a 2008 Acura TL found 393 vehicles in a 30-mile radius of one New York zip code. Anyone flexible on opti
sed the True Cost to Own tool at edmunds.com to compare the Honda Odyssey LX and the Nissan Quest. Factoring in depreciation, insuran

 And do your research. The toughest negotiators are selling used cars, says Philip Reed, edmunds.com senior consumer advice editor.


 quest.com. Many are community-driven sites, some more comprehensive than others. And remember, it's probably not worth driving 15 min

 (add $15 for installation). It's $109 at discounttire.com, $102 at tirerack.com, and $95 at discounttires.com. Some sites require store pickup;




u'll find low-interest cards, student credit cards, bad-credit cards, prepaid credit cards, frequent-flier cards, and cash-back-for-gas cards. With

all purchases, plus rebates on specific products and services. (Register the credit and debit cards you already have and get cash back, too, a

21 companies. You'll have to scroll through several screens, answering questions (the kind an insurance agent would ask), then you'll receiv




ll-length movies-including Liar Liar, Sideways, and Jerry Maguire-to watch on your computer whenever you like. There are hundreds of video

 lok.com, which covers 50 cities in 17 states. Type in what you're looking for, where you live, and how long you'll need it, then make arrangem


ay. You'll get discount access codes to dozens of shows. Front mezzanine tickets to August: Osage County go for $102.50, but they're a low

 the distinctive red kiosks in 48 states, mostly in supermarkets and McDonald's restaurants. Use the website to find them in your zip code. B




r online courses in everything from art to astrophysics. They don't count toward a degree, and you may need an iPod, Media Player software

uages. If your tastes run to more exotic tongues, go to freelanguage.org, and you'll be directed to sites to learn everything from Afrikaans to


ition of Organic Chemistry, by T. W. Graham Solomons, is $192.95. Buy it new at textbookx.com for $187.50 or used through its Marketplac

advertising. No gimmicks. No gotchas. No kidding." The sender pays the shipping costs and can send by any method he chooses. "I've gotte




hallenge. I run a freebie website on yahoo groups(http://groups.yahoo.com/group/AngelasFreebies) and have recommended a lot of the sites


 shipping" actually means the retailer doesn't pay anything to ship their product? She just took advantage of the retailer for her own selfish re
tless times and you can sign up for the newsletter!


form of payment, and Bill Me Later will offer promotions too; for example: 90 day no interest, $ off at check-out. For example, I just saved $5


lcatcher.com, Deals Plus lists multiple sales from popular retail stores. Site is reliable and updates when new offers are located. Don't forget
ween costumes.


eck retailmenot.com first to see if there's a code. The discount codes work for online sales only, but the site has a thriving printable coupons
ther-be-shopping.com (the site updates coupon codes daily).


 link and complete your purchase in the window that opens.
  check or PayPal. Still, it is free money.

ase at the athletic shoe store finishline.com and a printable coupon for 25 percent off a pair of jeans at Gap. You can also compare prices he

ck several different ones (shopping.com, mysimon.com, shopping.yahoo.com), and remember to sort by price.
rice tool shows how much your product will cost at the various sites with the shipping included. Even if you don't end up buying something on




 uide to Looking Fabulous for Less, "coats will go on sale earlier." The best day to shop in most stores is Thursday, especially late in the day,



Nine West women's two-piece suit in red for $39.99 (it was $240). At $2.95, shipping is a bargain and applies to most orders in the continent

 expensive sources for those tops in an organized format (they ranged in price from $5 to $30). A North Face boys' Denali jacket was a low $



ear after you bought it, if it's unworn and in the original box. One customer took maximum advantage of this policy by ordering 13 pairs of dre

 ground shipping. (By the way, holabirdsports.com rarely shows up on shopping-bot searches.)




 and you'll go with the best deal.

 ork zip code. Anyone flexible on options could save as much as $7,500.
est. Factoring in depreciation, insurance, interest payments, fuel, and repairs, the Odyssey cost 55 cents a mile to operate, or $41,091 over fi

 senior consumer advice editor.


it's probably not worth driving 15 minutes out of your way to save 10 cents a gallon. Here's Gary Foreman's rule: "Unless you'll save more tha

om. Some sites require store pickup; others deliver. Even adding shipping and installation costs (about $30 per tire), you'll save up to 17 perc




s, and cash-back-for-gas cards. With the Chase Freedom credit card, earn 3 percent cash back on purchases in the three categories you sp

ready have and get cash back, too, at participating companies.) Once you've set up your account at upromise.com, for instance, you can ea

e agent would ask), then you'll receive an e-mail with your quotes. A single 25-year-old woman in San Francisco, for example, is currently pa




you like. There are hundreds of videos from 56 studios and networks, including Fox Movie Channel, NBC Universal, National Geographic, an

ng you'll need it, then make arrangements with the owner for pickup. Mason Carroll, a software professional in San Francisco, rented a kaya


unty go for $102.50, but they're a low $69.50 here. Cirque Dreams: Jungle Fantasy is $66.50, a $30 savings. Select your dates and seat prefe

bsite to find them in your zip code. Best day to go? Tuesday-it's new-release day. You can reserve your title in advance via the website. Or tr




need an iPod, Media Player software, or assigned texts to participate fully.

o learn everything from Afrikaans to Luxembourgish. And it's all free.


87.50 or used through its Marketplace for as low as $75.99. At chegg.com, it's $59.16 to rent for a semester. Booksprice.com factors in the s

y any method he chooses. "I've gotten rid of an entire bookcase this way and then refilled it with books that I really wanted," says Kelly Neylan




have recommended a lot of the sites mentioned in both articles to my readers. In fact my site is listed on thriftyfun.com! Can't wait for part tw


 e of the retailer for her own selfish reasons. Has anyone considered the environmental cost of shipping all those shoes twice? How about bu
eck-out. For example, I just saved $5.00 off a $25.00 purchase in the home and garden catagory @ Amazon. com. Be frugal and shop smar


n new offers are located. Don't forget to check out Amazon.com for their daily "Gold Box" offer, and Friday "lightning" specials. Take the time
site has a thriving printable coupons section.




 ap. You can also compare prices here. We searched for the 1.7-ounce bottle of Vera Wang's Princess fragrance and found the lowest price


ou don't end up buying something online, you'll know what's a bargain. For one popular GPS system, we saw prices from 41 sellers ranging f




 Thursday, especially late in the day, because they'll start marking down for the weekend. For the best online deals, shop from Tuesday to Th



pplies to most orders in the continental U.S. If you find a better price elsewhere, overstock.com will give you a credit of up to $500 as part of i

 Face boys' Denali jacket was a low $59 at mountaingear.com and a high $99 at peterglenn.com. Worried about purchasing from lesser-know



 his policy by ordering 13 pairs of dressy shoes in her size for a wedding. The shoes arrived on time. She tried them all on, modeled them for
 a mile to operate, or $41,091 over five years. The Quest cost 60 cents a mile, or $45,303. You'd save about four grand even though the Ho




an's rule: "Unless you'll save more than a nickel a gallon and will be buying ten or more gallons, it's best to buy the cheapest gas you find alon

 30 per tire), you'll save up to 17 percent.




chases in the three categories you spend the most on each month-for your family, that might be groceries, gas, and fast food. Racing enthus

omise.com, for instance, you can earn 3 percent cash back at jcpenney.com and Eddie Bauer and 5 percent at Avis. You can designate that

ancisco, for example, is currently paying $1,771 a year for auto insurance. The lowest quote on insweb.com was $1,124, a savings of $647.




C Universal, National Geographic, and the Sundance Channel. Catch a variety of primetime TV shows, too (and not all of them from NBC, wh

onal in San Francisco, rented a kayak for $40 a day. He enjoyed paddling around Shasta Lake for far less than if he'd purchased the same k


ngs. Select your dates and seat preferences, and note any expiration or blackout dates. To pay, click or call. (If you stop by the theater, you'l

 title in advance via the website. Or try the lazy way: Next time you're at the grocery store, choose a movie from the available titles, watch it th




ster. Booksprice.com factors in the shipping costs for the bottom line at a glance. Download more than 25,000 free electronic books at Proje

hat I really wanted," says Kelly Neylan, owner of an apparel business in Columbia, Maryland. The book site recently listed more than 439,000




n thriftyfun.com! Can't wait for part two of this article.


 all those shoes twice? How about buying local, from your own neighbors that are trying to make an honest living in a tough economy?
azon. com. Be frugal and shop smart. ALWAYS search for coupon codes for either the item you want to purchase, or for the retailer.


ay "lightning" specials. Take the time to compare prices and offers offered online. Many times you can find free shipping and escape sales ta
fragrance and found the lowest price ($43.95) through DealCatcher, versus $55 at sephora.com and nordstrom.com. The Canon PowerShot


 saw prices from 41 sellers ranging from $348.85 (yes!) to $749.95 (are you kidding?).




nline deals, shop from Tuesday to Thursday.



you a credit of up to $500 as part of its Best Price Guarantee, but there's a long list of conditions to qualify.

ed about purchasing from lesser-known stores? Don't be. Shopzilla rates featured sites on several factors, including on-time delivery and cus



e tried them all on, modeled them for the family, and chose one pair for the big event. The rest she returned to her local UPS store with a pre
about four grand even though the Honda cost $220 more.




to buy the cheapest gas you find along your usual commute."




s, gas, and fast food. Racing enthusiasts may go for the NASCAR RacePoints Visa so they can earn points toward experiences-driving on th

rcent at Avis. You can designate that the money be deposited automatically into your child's 529 state-sponsored college savings plan. Baby

com was $1,124, a savings of $647. Many factors- your health, your driving record, the location of your home-determine the actual cost of an




oo (and not all of them from NBC, which co-owns Hulu), including The Office, In Plain Sight, The Colbert Report, and Family Guy.

ss than if he'd purchased the same kayak for $350. You can rent your stuff to others too. Both parties sign a contract detailing their agreemen


call. (If you stop by the theater, you'll save the service fee charged by Ticketmaster and Telecharge.) Just remember to mention the code. T

ie from the available titles, watch it that night, and return it the next day for $1 plus tax.




25,000 free electronic books at Project Gutenberg (gutenberg.org). You won't find new titles here, only books that have expired copyrights. T

ite recently listed more than 439,000 titles and is updated every five minutes. Barbara Walters's memoir, Audition, and Scott McClellan's Wh




est living in a tough economy?
 purchase, or for the retailer.


nd free shipping and escape sales tax.
rdstrom.com. The Canon PowerShot SD790 IS ten-megapixel digital camera was $299.99 at bestbuy.com. But DealCatcher found it at dell.c




s, including on-time delivery and customer support, plus it gives you the scoop on who offers free shipping and clearance deals. And these s



ned to her local UPS store with a prepaid shipping label from Zappos.
 ints toward experiences-driving on the track or playing crew chief for a day. Indexcreditcards.com has the most comprehensive listing, but a

ponsored college savings plan. Babymint.com is similar, so check the lists of retailers to determine which site works best with your current sh

home-determine the actual cost of an insurance policy. As a result, quotes can vary widely.




t Report, and Family Guy.

gn a contract detailing their agreement, but there is the possibility your renter might damage or disappear with your item.


 st remember to mention the code. This site is free (some sites charge for codes). In-demand shows, like Spamalot and Jersey Boys, often d




ooks that have expired copyrights. The list is strong on classic literature and history, but it's not the place to go for math or science texts.

, Audition, and Scott McClellan's What Happened were there, as well as fiction by Dean Koontz, Lee Child, and Danielle Steel. The swapping
m. But DealCatcher found it at dell.com for $243 (including free shipping).




ng and clearance deals. And these sites aren't just about clothes-you'll find fresh flowers, computers, and washing machines too. Look at yo
he most comprehensive listing, but also check cardratings.com for consumer and staff reviews and advocacy information. Creditcards.com fe

h site works best with your current shopping habits. There's no fee for either.




r with your item.


e Spamalot and Jersey Boys, often don't discount.




e to go for math or science texts.

ild, and Danielle Steel. The swapping currency is simple: One book, CD, or DVD equals one credit, but you'll have to list ten items before you
nd washing machines too. Look at your search results carefully, though. A search for a Tiffany heart tag bracelet turned up sites that sold Tiff
ocacy information. Creditcards.com features a good side-by-side comparison chart.




you'll have to list ten items before you earn any credits. If you don't see what you're looking for here, try swaptree.com (you'll find video game
bracelet turned up sites that sold Tiffany "style" or "inspired" bracelets, not the real thing. An added value: At nextag.com, you can view the p
swaptree.com (you'll find video games too) and bookmooch.com (you can donate your points to sick or low-income kids).
e: At nextag.com, you can view the price history for va
ow-income kids).

				
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