Bargains and Deals Galore

I found some great frugal bargains in a recent Real Simple magazine issue that I would like to highlight. For more frugal tips and ideas, check out frugal tips.


  • Staples: Go go to find out if your Mac or PC is worth anything. If it is, you’ll get that dollar amount applied toward an Apple gift card.
  • MAC Cosmetics: Customers who return six used MAC product containers receive a free lipstick.
  • Staples: Bring any used ink or toner cartridge to a store and receive $2 in Staples Rewards for a future purchase.


  • Best Western Hotels: Up to 20 percent off room rates
  • Hard Rock Cafe: 10 percent off
  • Lenscrafters and Pearle Vision: 30 percent off eye exams, eyewear, sunglasses and accessories.
  • Hilton Worldwide hotels: At least 5 percent off room rates
  • Hyatt Hotels: 10 percent off room rates
  • 10 percent off online purchases (via
  • Starwood hotels: 5 to 15 percent off room rates
  • El Torito restaurants: 10 percent off, up to 4 adult entrees
  • Einstein Bros. Bagels: Coffee in your personal mug costs just $1 – that’s 40% off regular price
  • Peet’s Coffee & Tea: 10 cents off with a refillable cup
  • Starbucks: Save 10 cents when you bring a mug. Bonus: Free refills with a Gold card.

  • Apple: Students, teachers and school administrators receive $50 to $450 off computers.
  • Club Monaco: 20 percent off for college students and professors.
  • J. Crew: 15 percent off for college students and professors.
  • Topshop: 10 percent off with a valid high school or college ID


Top 10 List of the Biggest Money Savers

How much do you spend on your basic monthly expenses?  I keep a log of my daily expenses so I know how much I spend monthly. We all have basic expenses that are part of everyday life; such as insurance, utilities, etc..  In reviewing my own expenses, I determined that I should be paying less for certain items. In keeping with my frugal lifestyle, I searched for companies online that I could compare current rates and plans with. By shopping around for better rates or plans you really can save money. It does pay to compare, it could save you hundreds annually.

Here are my top 10 list of categories to save money. Click on each category to learn more.

  1. Housing
  2. Health Care
  3. Debt/Finance
  4. Groceries/Dining Out
  5. Utilities
  6. Technology/Phone
  7. Insurance
  8. Auto
  9. Shopping/Clothing
  10. Travel/Entertainment