Sunday, April 22, 2007

Multiple Savings

For the last several years Chuck & I have made a concerted (and successful) effort to limit the number of shopping trips we make and combine as many errands as possible into a single expedition. It has saved time, money, gasoline, wear and tear on the car and pollution. This strategy, coupled with purchasing multiples of items at the best price, has been working well for us.

A few shopping trips ago we had trouble locating an item. We found ourselves adding stops along the way in an effort to obtain it. Granted, the stops were all along the same general route, but it got us thinking about what made good sense - especially when we came up empty handed!

We’ve also shopped online for a number of years. But after that wild goose chase we thought it might be a good idea to check the internet for some of the items we use on a regular basis. So far we have found two products we needed (which have been hard to find in stores), at very good prices and bought multiple units online. In both instances we got free shipping and handling.

On the second purchase we were able to save even more by using an online resource. First we did all of our comparison shopping online (and saved items to Kaboodle). Once we found our best price, we typed “online coupons” into the Google search box. Up popped over a million results! We browsed around a couple of different sites, typing the name of our online retailer into their search boxes. On our second try we found a coupon worth $5.00 off our already lowest total! All we had to do was click on the link and we saved the five bucks. If I felt one of these online coupon sites was hands down better than all the rest, I would include a link. But I can’t yet see a clear winner. BTW, these sites aren’t just limited to US retailers. And you can also print out coupons from these sites to use in person at brick and mortar stores. I hope “online coupons” work for you!

:: Red Sox Notes UPDATE:

The Red Sox swept the Yankees in all three games at Fenway!

Boston Red Sox 7, New York Yankees 6

And tonight, for the first time in Red Sox history, the Sox scored four consecutive Home Runs off the same pitcher! Manny Ramirez, J.D. Drew, Mike Lowell and Jason Varitek hit four in a row off Yankees pitcher Chase Wright!

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