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Nonstop Deals from Joe’s Crab Shack

I recently attended a family wedding in the greater Philadelphia area. Our hotel happened to be right next to a Joe’s Crab Shack – we checked it out for some appetizers, and while we were there, we were encouraged to join the email list.

Just for joining the list, we were given a complimentary appetizer, on the spot.

Since then, I get awesome daily emails, from discounted specials, to $10 off, to complimentary drinks or appetizers, just for coming in and being on their list. Unfortunately, I don’t live nearby a location, but if I did, I’d be going in all the time!

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Emails from Joe’s

I think Joe’s is an awesome option for a fast casual restaurant. Being that I am a huge seafood fan, I may be a little bit biased, but I think that they have great options. You can get seafood boils, peel and eat, etc. – so many options that don’t require deep frying. For the non-seafoodies, plenty of options as well.

That being said, check out their signup for the newsletter here. You won’t regret it!

Buying in Bulk

Good morning! Happy Tuesday!

As promised yesterday, today I wanted to kick off blogging with a buying in bulk tutorial. Is it worth it? Are there items worth buying in bulk? Are there items you should never buy in bulk? Are you actually saving by buying in bulk? Let’s get some answers.

In a US News article, they highlight 3 huge sources of “bulk-buying failure”:

1. Perishable items

2. Unnecessary items

3. Items you don’t have room to store

These are all pretty sensible. Perishable items you’ll have to make absolutely sure you can finish before they go bag. Personally, I find that sometimes I have trouble finishing normal sized perishable items, so bulk perishable is simply not on the table for purchase, unless there’s a party to plan for. Unnecessary items are exactly as they seem: unnecessary. Buy items in bulk that you regularly use and KNOW you will use. Otherwise, you’ll be finding yourself trying to take hundreds of Tootsie Rolls to the face, just because. And, of course, always make sure you have room to store bulk items, otherwise they are just a hassle.

“Good” bulk items:

1. Bathroom items: toothpaste, toilet paper, paper towels, soap, shampoo&conditioner, etc. These are items that you use daily and always find yourself running low on. You’ll never be upset to have extra of these things.

2. Household items/cleaners: trash bags, detergents, etc. Same story as bathroom items – you’ll always need these things!

3. Dried pastas, beans, rices: these will never go bad, and you will always find use for them. Great to have on hand.

4. Household and office supplies: notebooks, pens, lightbulbs, etc. These things never get old and always need to be replaced.

Now let’s get to a price breakdown for the top bulk stores. This should help you figure out what option is your best!

Costco

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Costco [costco.com]

Executive Membership: Executive Membership is our highest level of membership. All Executive Members enjoy a 2% Reward (up to $750 per year) on most Costco purchases, as well as additional benefits and greater discounts on our suite of services.

Business Membership: Business Membership, available for business owners and managers, allows the purchase of products for business, personal and resale use. Business members may also add up to six additional card holders to their account for an additional $55 each, includes household membership.

Gold Star Membership: This option is mostly for individuals. Gold Star Membership is available for individuals who want to purchase products mainly for personal use.

*An article by twocents.lifehacker.com notes that Costco is an incredible source for saving money depending on what you buy, and compiled a list of Costco items whose items will single-handedly pay for your membership fee. Tires, wine, and rotisserie chicken. Good thing we love rotisserie chicken!

Sam’s Club

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Sam’s Club [www.samsclub.com]

Sam’s Plus: Cost is $100. This membership allows Cash Rewards ($10 for every $500 spent, up to $500 annually), Extra Protection Service Plan (additional year of coverage), Early Shopping Hours, Extra Value Drug List for Plus Members, Optical Plus Member Benefit, Optical Discount RX Eyeglasses, Sam’s Club Mastercard, Instant Savings, Tire & Battery Center Access, Club Pickup, and Add-On Memberships up to 16 people.

Sam’s Business: Cost is $45. This membership allows Early Shopping Hours, Optical Discount RX eyeglasses, Sam’s Club Mastercard, Instant Savings, Tire & Battery Center, Club Pickup, and Add-On Memberships up to 8 people.

Sam’s Savings: Cost is $45. This membership allows Optical Discount RX Eyeglasses, Sam’s Club Mastercard, Instant Savings, Tire & Battery Center, Club Pickup, but no Add-On Memberships.

*An article by WCPO notes that Sam’s Club is a worthy membership if you shop at Sam’s Club at least 9 times, depending on how much you spend during each trip.

BJ’s Wholesale

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BJ’s Wholesale [bjs.com]

BJ’s Perks Rewards™ Membership: A business card option, you can earn 2% back on most BJ’s in-club and online purchases. $100/year

BJ’s Business Membership: A business membership for any size business that comes with a FREE second membership card. Enjoy tax-exempt or resale options for business or personal purchases. $50/year

BJ’s Perks Rewards™ Membership: A personal version of the business option – 2% back on most BJ’s in-club and online purchases. $100/year

Personal Membership: For individuals and families with a FREE second card for a household member. $50/year

*An article on timesunion.com notes that BJ’s is totally worth it, especially if you buy certain items (diapers, formula, gas, and pet food are specifically mentioned)

forum on community.babycenter.com notes that you can often times get a free 30- or 60-day membership to any of the clubs. Check out your local bulk store and see if they can work with you so you can give things a trial run and see if it is worth it for you and your family! Hope this helps 🙂

Cyber Monday Mania on Groupon Goods

Hope everyone had an awesome, relaxing summer weekend! Happy Monday 🙂

I want to talk to everyone about one of my favorite things: Groupon Goods. I find that Groupon in terms of local deals has been lackluster for the past few years (restaurants and spas I’m not so into) BUT that if you check Groupon Goods a few times a week, you’re likely to find some stuff you really need and enjoy. For me, I have found everything from unique laptop cases to Crest WhiteStrips, both of which are overpriced regularly, but from them, a great deal.

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Cyber Monday Mania [groupon.com/occasion/cyber-monday]

Today I did my normal perusal and saw that they’re running a special deal today, July 27th only, Cyber Monday Mania, with hundreds of doorbuster deals.

I took a quick look through these deals and wanted to share the most exciting ones, in my personal opinion:

1) Speck Cases for MacBook Air, Pro, or Pro with Retina Display

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Speck Cases for MacBook Air, Pro, or Pro with Retina Display [groupon.com]

These cases are awesome, and I plan on buying one of these today. Usually $49.95, these are discounted to $17.99 today only. The case is a two-piece snap-on that protects your laptop from minor damage such as scratches. It also has rubberized feet that help keep your computer in place.

2) Waloo Bluetooth Waterproof Selfie Stick

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Waloo Bluetooth Waterproof Selfie Stick [groupon.com]

There’s two types of people in the world: people who think selfie sticks are annoying, and people who think selfie sticks are God’s gift to mankind. I am the latter. In the summertime, I can’t think of more fun you could have than with a WATERPROOF selfie stick in the pool or ocean to share your vacations and weekend memories with your family and friends. The stick comes with a waterproof pouch to make group photos underwater easy and safe for the camera.

3) Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, Air, or Air 2 from $189.99-$489.99 (Refurbished)

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Apple iPad 2, 3, 4, Air, or Air 2 from $189.99–$489.99 (Refurbished) [groupon.com]

iPads can be an incredible resource for you or a family member, with it’s capabilities ranging far and wide. Your portable cookbook is your kid’s games, your teenager’s social media source, your husband’s place to check sports stats. Apple seems to come out with a new model every other day – why not get a refurbished model? They’re good as new and so much less expensive than the latest and greatest. Check them out via Groupon.

4) Weight Gurus Smartphone-Connected Body Fat Scale

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Weight Gurus Smartphone-Connected Body Fat Scale [groupon.com

I always preach that keeping healthy is important! This body fat scale measures your body composition precisely and lets you track your weight-loss progress on your smartphone. Pretty neat and only $23.99 down from $79.99 – not too bad!

5) SodaStream Fountain Jet Soda Maker Set with Four 1L Bottles and 30L CO2 Carbonator

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SodaStream Fountain Jet Soda Maker Set with Four 1L Bottles and 30L CO2 Carbonator [groupon.com]

On #NationalJunkFoodDay, I blogged about how the SodaStream is an awesome way to replace soda in your family’s everyday life. Down from $129.99, Groupon is offering the SodaStream for $53.99, and including 4 1L bottles. It’s an awesome investment, and you won’t find it any cheaper than this!

6) Oster 1.5-Quart Ice-Cream, Frozen-Yogurt, and Sorbet Maker

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Oster 1.5-Quart Ice-Cream, Frozen-Yogurt, and Sorbet Maker [groupon.com]

I love these! Adorable, colorful, and fun for the family, this ice-cream, frozen-yogurt, and sorbet maker is discounted 55% from $59.99 to $26.99. Forget going out to ice-cream after dinner for a treat, and enjoy the experience of making it yourself!

7) UV-Nails LED Lamp and Gel Nail Polish Set

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UV-Nails LED Lamp and Gel Nail Polish Set [groupon.com]

Recently, I’ve been addicted to gel manicures. They cost an absolute fortune if you get them regularly (I can’t find anywhere that does them for less than $35). A friend told me that she does them herself, and at first, I thought she was crazy – but then she explained how easy it was once you had the UV light. Give it a try! You’ll get your moneys worth after less than 2 self-done gel manicures, down from $249.99 to $49.99.

8) 120 or 160 Pack of Scunci Elastic Hair Ties

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120 or 160 Pack of Scunci Elastic Hair Ties [groupon.com]

In a house with girls, nothing disappears faster than hair ties – even socks! Ultra cheap here, you can stock up with a 76% discount, only $6.99 for up to 160 hairties. Why not?

9) NOW Essential Oils 10-Oil Variety Pack

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NOW Essential Oils 10-Oil Variety Pack [groupon.com]

Essential oils are all the rage! I’ve just started my experience with them using them to help my dog with some anxiety using Lavender at nighttime. This starter set, originally $199.99, is discounted to $69.99 today only.

10) Crest 3D White Whitestrips in Classic Vivid; 24 Strips

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Crest 3D White Whitestrips in Classic Vivid; 24 Strips [groupon.com]

Here they are! My favorite thing to buy from Groupon Goods. These actually work, and I use them a few times a year. You’ll find them in the drug store for $32.99, but they are being offered here for $17.99 – promoting noticable results in 12 days.

All of this and so much more. Check it out today only!

Woot!

I’ve been following Woot! for awhile now – I unsubscribed from their emails awhile back, so I fell off a bit in terms of purchasing items from them, but once in awhile I visit the site (like today) and remember how awesome it is.

Woot! offers multiple daily deals in short-term sales across 11 different categories:

  • Home
  • Electronics
  • Computers
  • Tools & Garden
  • Sport
  • Accessories & Watches
  • Kids
  • Shirts
  • Wine
  • Sellout
  • Side Deals

There’s certainly no shortage of options, just a shortage of time. Most deals only run for 24 hours, so it capitalizes on users making a quick decision on whether or not they want a product. Once you commit, you are really committed. Woot! only accepts returns for damaged and defective items, not for personal reasons or ‘buyer’s remorse’.

Who wouldn’t want a Mood Shirt, featured today?

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Mood Shirt [woot.com]

All kidding aside, there’s some awesome stuff on here. Just looking today, I see at least 5 things I want…I should probably get off the site now…haha!

My suggestion to  you: get on their email list for categories you are most likely to need items from, and get a daily overview on what the offerings are.

Check it out here.

If You’re Paying Full Price at LOFT, You’re Doing it Wrong

Hey Savers! As my work day dies down and I check my personal email, I realized I hadn’t let you in on one of my favorite stores to save at: LOFT.

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A screenshot of my inbox, searching LOFT

LOFT is a high quality store, providing any woman clothes for her life of leisure or the workplace – it’s immensely versatile, which is why it’s one of my favorites.

An additional reason why it’s one of my top picks is because they are nonstop sending me awesome deals. Whether the deal is online, in-stores only, or ‘limited time’, I can always rely on LOFT almost DAILY to have huge savings for me.

They discount both their new items AND their clearance section so regularly that I feel confident in saying: If you are paying full price at LOFT, you’re doing it wrong.

Sign up for their mailing list today to become a LOFT Insider and make sure you don’t miss out on any of their incredible savings: Sign Up!

FREE FOOD! No, but really.

The one thing better than getting a good deal is getting something for FREE. The one thing better than getting something for FREE is getting something for FREE ON YOUR BIRTHDAY. That’s right.

This year I really capitalized on birthday week and signed up for 3 e-clubs in preparation. Then….then I reaped the rewards:

1) Jersey Mike’s Subs

When you sign up for the Jersey Mike’s Subs Email Club, you receive bi-monthly emails about specials, coupons, deals, featured sandwiches, etc. BUT, for your birthday, they send you a free sub & drink coupon. Sign up here!

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Jersey Mike’s

2) Au Bon Pain

When you sign up for the Au Bon Pain eClub, you get a FREE travel mug, exclusive offers, FREE birthday lunch, anniversary gift, and insider news. I was a bit skeptical on my birthday when I walked in to get a salad. I generally like a ton of toppings and decided that since it was birthday week, I didn’t want to hold back. I maxed out my salad, and what would have usually been a $15 NYC make your own salad was ENTIRELY free. Too good to be true. Thanks, ABP! Sign up here!

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Au Bon Pain

3) Benihana

Honestly, I am borderline reluctant to share this one because I feel like I have stumbled on TREASURE. For the past 4 years I have had this one up my sleeve. My favorite, favorite special occasion meal is Japanese Hibachi. It gets pretty pricey pretty quickly, so it is almost always saved for special occasions only. Here’s the secret: sign up for ‘The Chef’s Table’ with Benihana, and during your birthday month they will send you a $30 Birthday Certificate – no joke. That is an entire meal! And it is really that easy. Sign up here!

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Benihana

My Latest Crush: The Clymb®

If you haven’t checked it out yet, you need to run, not walk [no pun intended], to http://www.theclymb.com and sign up. I often find that when I sign up for ‘discount retail sites’, I end up buying things unnecessarily. Not so much the case here.

The Clymb® offres 50-75% off of retail prices on the best outdoor gear, apparel, and even trips around the globe, w/ free membership.

We have a fairly active family between extracurricular sports as well as my husband’s and I’s regular gym regimens. I’ve bought a ton from this site – big names at low prices. From $20 girl’s swimsuits from Roxy, to $15 New Balance gym shoes, to a $35 hiking backpack, to $20 gym wear, it’s been win after win with this website in my household.

As if the prices aren’t low enough, they often send out brief additional sales – that’s how I nabbed those New Balance’s for such an insane price – they were an additional 50% off the already discounted price!

I’d give it a go – I don’t buy things from it regularly, but whenever I need something, they always have it at the absolute best price.

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The Clymb®