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Changes to Saving Star


Saving Star is making some changes.  If you hav logged in to your Saving Star account recently, you’ve probably seen the big box on top explaining things.

If not, here it is:

Important Account Change: Kroger

The way you save at Kroger stores will soon change. Starting on October 1, Kroger will transition from an “automatic” (loyalty card) retailer and instead participate as a receipt-scanning retailer. This means that you will redeem SavingStar offers at Kroger stores by submitting a picture of your receipt, instead of linking SavingStar offers to your Kroger card. This change impacts all Kroger stores, including: Kroger, Dillons, Baker’s, Gerbes, Fred Meyer, Fry’s, JayC, King Soopers, City Market, PayLess, Owen’s, QFC, Ralphs, and Smith’s. This was a corporate decision made by Kroger.

All SavingStar offers redeemed at Kroger-owned stores using your loyalty card must take place by September 30 (rewards will post to your account on or before October 9). Starting October 1, all redemptions will be credited when you submit a picture of your receipt, either through the SavingStar app or SavingStar.com.

New Retailers

We are pleased to announce that also starting in October, you’ll be able to redeem SavingStar offers at new stores – Safeway, Vons, Food 4 Less and H-E-B – by submitting a picture of your receipt using the SavingStar app (or submitting it through SavingStar.com).

Other recently added retailers include: Walmart, Target, Kmart, BJ’s, Costco, Sam’s Club, Walgreens, Dollar General, Family Dollar, Meijer, and WinCo.

If you are new to Saving Star, sign up here and then download their mobile app.  For stores without a loyalty card (like Target) you will need to submit a receipt through the app.

So for now if you shop at CVS, Albertsons or Bashas, you will still get automatic savings via your loyalty card or Upromise keytag at Albertsons.

Starting October 1st, you will now need to take pictures of your Fry’s receipts and submit it via the app to get your savings.  Safeway is also being added, so that’s a bonus.  With the app, they cover most stores.  But, it’s just another step for us now.  I kind of liked not having to take pictures.


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Albertsons Arizona Grocery Deals & Coupon Match Ups ~ 9/17/14 – 9/23/14


Get a flu shot at Albertsons and get a coupon for $5 off your next shopping purchase of $50.

Buy 6 or more bottles or wine or champagne 750 ml or larger in the same transaction, save 25%!  Mix and match.

Buy $100 in participating Gift Cards (Applebees, Bass Pro Shop, Game Shop, Kohl’s, iTunes and Lowe’s), get $10 Albertsons Gift Card.   Thru 11/25.

Redbox Deal ~ Text FRESH to 727272 to get a surprise deal.  Limit 1 promo code/day.  See ad for more deals.  Promo code valid at Albertsons Redbox locations only.

Click the green plus signs to generate personalized shopping lists.

Buy 4, Save $2 Epic Sale  ~ Must buy in groups of 4. Mix and match.  The first price listed assumes you buy in groups of 4.  The second price is if you don’t.  No limit.  There are more items included in this sale.  I listed the best in the ad.  See store for more deals.

** Werther’s Original Caramels   $1.50 / $2.00
$1/1 printable (register, then click on members coupons on left side)
Final price:  50¢ / $1.00 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Libby’s Frozen Vegetables   99¢ / $1.49
$1/4 Libby’s Vegetable 08/24/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/14/14)
$1/4 printable
Final price:  74¢ / $1.24 each when you buy 4 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Capri Sun Juice (10 pack)   $1.49 / $1.99
$1/2 Capri Sun Product 08/03/2014 RP Insert (exp 9/28/14)
Final price:  99¢ / $1.49 each when you buy 2 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** General Mills Cereal, 10.7-12.9 oz  (Honey Nut and Cinn. Toast Crunch shown)  $1.99 / $2.49
$0.50/1 Coupons.com (Honey Nut, gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/2 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
$1/3 General Mills Big G Cereal 08/24/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/4/14)
$1/2 Cheerios All Flavors 08/24/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/4/14)
$1.10/2 printable
$1.10/2 printable
$1.10/2 printable
$1/2 printable
$0.75/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Cocoa Puffs, future savings)
$0.50/1 SavingStar eCoupon (Honey Nut, future savings)
$1/1 Cheerios Protein Cereal 08/03/2014 SS Insert (exp 9/13/14) (if included)
$1/1 printable (Protein Cheerios, if included)
$0.75/1 Cheerios Protein Cereal 09/07/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/18/14) (if included)
Final price:  As low as $1.49 / $1.99 each when you buy 2 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip (22-30 oz)   $2.49 / $2.99
$0.75/1 Kraft Mayo or Miracle Whip Dressing 08/17/2014 SS Insert (exp 9/20/14)
$0.75/1 printable
Final price:  $1.74 / $2.24 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Planters Peanuts (16 oz)   $2.49 / $2.99
$1/2 Planters Nuts or Peanut Butter 08/24/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/15/14)
$1/2 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link)
Final price:  $1.99 / $2.49 each when you buy 2 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** A1 Sauce (10 oz)   $2.99 / $3.49
$0.55/1 Kraft A1 Sauce or Dry Rub 08/17/2014 SS Insert (exp 9/28/14)
Final price:  $2.44 / $2.94 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Nabisco Family Size Ritz, Oreo, Chips Ahoy or Wheat Thins   $2.99 / $3.49
$0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Product 08/10/2014 SS Insert (exp 9/20/14)
Final price:  $2.61 / $3.11 each when you buy 2 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Rice or Pasta a Roni 88¢ / $1.38 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** 7 Up, 2 Liters 88¢ / $1.38 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Essential Everyday Pasta 88¢ / $1.38 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Oscar Mayer Lunchables or P3 99¢ / $1.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Grape Tomatoes (10 oz) 99¢ / $1.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Dial Hand Soap or Arrid Deodorant $1.00 / $1.50 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Goldfish Crackers $1.29 / $1.79 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Essential Everyday Peanut Butter or Grape Jelly $1.49 / $1.99 (Buy 4, Save $2)

** Curly’s BBQ Pulled Pork, Chicken or Beef $2.99 / $3.49 (Buy 4, Save $2)


Deals Matched with Coupons:

Libby’s Canned Vegetables   88¢
$1/4 Libby’s Vegetable 08/24/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/14/14)
$1/4 printable
Final price:  63¢ each when you buy 4

Oikos or Light & Fit (5.3-7 oz)   $1.00
$1/3 Oikos Chocolate or Caramel on Top Cups 09/07/2014 SS Insert (exp 11/7/14) (if included)
$1/3 printable (Light & Fit)
Final price:  66¢ each when you buy 3

Saving Star Healthy Offer of the Week ~ Avocados
20% SavingStar eCoupon (future savings)
Final price:  Varies (or possible future savings)

Noosa Finest Yoghurt (8 oz)   $2.69, Buy One / Get One Free
$0.55/1 Facebook (says do not double, mine automatically did at Fry’s)
$0.55/1 printable (register, worth $1) (Thanks, Christine & Kris!)
$0.50/1 Shopmium (use referral code: GCCGAUVL, and get a FREE Lindt Bar for new users)
Final price:  $1.07 each when you buy 2 + possible Shopmium cash back

Dannon Danimals Smoothie or Activia Yogurt (4-6 packs)   $2.00
$1/1 Dannon Danimals Smoothie Pack 08/24/2014 SS Insert (exp 9/24/14)
Final price:  $1.00

Sargento Tastings Cheese   $2.00
$0.75/2 Sargento Tastings Cheese 06/22/2014 SS Insert (exp 9/30/14)
$1/2 printable
Final price:  As low as $1.50 each when you buy 2

Weight Watchers Smart Ones Frozen Entrees   $1.99 (Buy 5, get 1 free Fresh Express Lettuce Blend)
$2/5 printable
$2/7 printable
$4/10 printable
$2/7 printable
$4/12 printable
$3/10 printable
$4/12 printable
$4/12 printable
$3/11 printable
$3/11 printable
$5/15 printable
$10/$40 SavingStar eCoupon (future savings)
Final price:  As low as $1.59 each when you buy 5 (+ free lettuce)

Hostess Zingers or Ho Ho’s Cakes   $2.99
$1/2 printable
Final price:  $2.49 each when you buy 2

Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey (93% lean, 20 oz)   $3.99
$0.75/1 Jennie-O Lean Ground Turkey 08/17/2014 SS Insert (exp 10/13/14)
$0.55/2 printable
Final price:  As low as $3.24

Bar S Jumbo Beef Franks (16 oz)   $3.99
Free mail in rebate
Final price:  $3.99 (FREE after mail in rebate)

Deals without coupons:

Limes 25¢

Cantaloupe 87¢ each

Bartlett Pears 99¢ / lb

English Cucumbers 99¢

Essential Everyday Zipper Bags $1.00

Essential Everyday Napkins, Paper Towels or Facial Tissue $1.00

Essential Everyday Powdered or Brown Sugar (1 pound) $1.00

Albertsons Bread or Buns $1.00

Polar Treats Fudge or Cream Bars $1.00

Essential Everyday Frozen Veggies $1.00

Albertsons Sour Cream $1.00

Essential Everyday Brownie Mix or Frosting $1.50

Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast (any size package) $1.77 / lb

Doritos, Cheetos or Fritos $1.99 each (must buy 3, limit 1 reward)

Albertsons Eggs, 18 Count $1.99 (limit 2)

Oscar Mayer Deli Fresh Lunchmeat, Hot Dogs and Other Lunch Meat $2.99

coke, 12 Pack Cans or 8 Pack Bottles $3.00 (must buy 3, limit 1 reward)

Ground Beef, 93% Lean (any size package) $3.49 / lb

Granola (10.5, new from the bakery) $3.99

Boneless Top Sirloin Steaks or Trimmed Tri Tips $5.99 / lb

Atlantic Salmon Fillet $6.99 / lb

+ Check out their weekly ad.
+ They take coupons at face value.
+ Get 5¢ off for each reusable bag you bring in and is used.
+ Confused?  Abbreviations & Albertson’s Store policies
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons are listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased
+ All listed coupons with dates come from Sunday newspaper inserts.
+ Get coupons in the Arizona Republic for $1 per week (3 months, then cancel or pay full) HERE!  (Wed. & Sun. delivery)
+ They do not accept eCoupons.
+ To get a Upromise Keytag that works for Saving Star, call 877-932-7948. Register your Upromise # in your SavingStar account as the loyalty card number for Albertsons.

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Facebook Problems? ~ Get Bargain Believer to Show Up in Your Feed!


I’ve received quite a few emails recently, asking how to get Facebook updates from Bargain Believer to show up in your news feed.

The very best way seems to “like,” comment, and share posts regularly.  The people that do that say they see all the updates.  As a bonus, Facebook shows the posts with the most love, more often.  So, we love all of you that interact with our page!  It helps those who want to get the updates, but choose to remain quiet.

If you are opposed to that, hover over “liked” and make sure “following” is checked.  You have hope, but it doesn’t seem like much.  Most likely, you’ve already done that and nothing has changed.  :(

Lastly, you can check to “get notifications,”  which is an option under the “like” button.  Some love get notifications, some don’t.  Try it for awhile and see what you think.  You can always uncheck it later.

If Facebook won’t show you the love, there are other ways to follow.

Email - One email per day, usually around 3pm — good way to quickly look & see what you missed



You could give one of those a shot or just stalk the website page each day.

Anyone have any other insight about getting your “liked” pages to show up?


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Homeschool Convention Handout ~ Helpful Notes for Everyone!

bargain_believer_logo   So many ways to save!
Super Simple & Beyond . . .

This is the outline I used when I spoke at the homeschohol convention on Saturday, July 12th.  I’ve added links for things I can take you right to, for full information.  It should be helpful for everyone, not just people who attended the convention … hopefully!

You will be amazed how much you can save on everyday essentials and family fun!

I’ve received emails saying people have been able to quit part-time jobs, can donate extra money & other resources, have money for vacations or other fun, etc.  The savings can be BIG!!

Show up

  • Museums (many free days)
  • National Parks (free weekends)
  • Special days (National “whatever” days, store anniversaries, etc.)
  • Ask! (teacher discount?, coupons?, lowest price?)

Minimal planning

Spend $$ Up Front

  • Memberships
  • Pogo Pass ($39.98, code BARGAIN)
  • Gift card perks (gas, extra value)
  • Bulk foods (Zaycon Foods)


  • Call about monthly bills (cell phone, cable, home phone, insurance, etc)
    Republic Wireless – cell phone option
  • Buy & sell used (Craigslist, garage sales, etc.)
  • Meal plan around sales (especially meat!)

Click (Online, Apps, Mobile)


Use Sunday Inserts & Printable Coupons


Possibly the most difficult

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What is Saving Star? (Digital Coupon Savings) ~ FAQ


With SavingStar, you can save eCoupons to your grocery store loyalty cards and automatically get credited when you swipe your card at checkout.  The savings doesn’t come off at the register, it gets credited to your SavingStar account, within a week or two.  (I think their official time is 2 – 22 days. )  You can request your payment via Paypal, bank deposit, or gift card when you reach $5.

They have a new deal called “Healthy Offer of the Week.”  Every Tuesday a new coupon is available to load for fresh produce.

They also have one item each Friday that you’ll get 100% cash back!  You have through Sunday to make your purchase

The Arizona stores that participate are Fry’s, Bashas, CVS, and Albertsons.  (Since we don’t use loyalty cards for Albertsons, you have to go to customer service and get a special card.)

They are not meant to be combined with paper coupons.  Here’s their official statement on that:
(Personally, I load everything I might buy and forget it.  When I hit $5, I cash out.)

SavingStar eCoupons will work whether or not you combine them with other services’ coupons, but they are not intended to be used this way.  Generally, manufacturers state that it is against their policies for shoppers to redeem more than one manufacturer’s coupon for the same purchase.  Using in-store coupons in combination with SavingStar eCoupons is not a problem.  In the future, we may implement mechanisms to limit the combination of SavingStar eCoupons with other manufacturer coupons


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Make Shopping List from Mobile Device ~ You Can! (Hopefully!)


My husband recently informed me that you can make a personalized shopping list from most mobile devices, using the handy dandy green plus signs on Bargain Believer shopping lists.  (I know that some newer devices don’t have problems.)  I told him, “Nope, tried it.”  I discovered there is a slight glitch on my phone, so that’s why I didn’t know.  (I’ll explain below.)  Did you know this!?!  I’m so excited and can’t believe I didn’t know about it.

First of all, if you don’t use the green plus signs, you’re missing out.  The items are listed by price on the sale lists, but when you click on what you want, it will categorize for you — and a whole lot more than that!  You can watch this video for more details or just click around and figure it all out.

You will need to turn off the mobile view.   The green plus signs will appear and you can click away!  A new window will pop up and you’ll have to go back and forth between them.  For Gina (iphone) and my husband (Android) that’s all they had to do.

For me (iphone), nothing appears on the list after clicking the first green plus sign.  It pulls up an empty list.  I have to click back on the store’s deal list and then back to the shopping list that opened.  It magically appears and kicks it in gear for the future green plus signs I click.

This is still not ideal.  We have bigger and better plans and my husband is working on it, but this is better than nothing.  I will be using my mobile sometimes, but will still prefer using my laptop to make lists.  Using a mobile is a slower process since you have to go back and forth between windows.

All mobiles seem to have their own issues and the plus signs weren’t really designed for mobile devices.  So, this may not work for everyone.  But, give it a shot!

Some of you have probably been doing this “forever.”  But, I’m hoping it will be news for some of you — like it was for me!!  :)


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Arizona Coupon Blog (Beyond Just Coupons!) ~ Helpful Links & Info for Newcomers

Links for You . . .

If you’re new, welcome!  If you’re not, please pass this along to those who you want to help save BIG!  :)

If you ever have questions, you can comment below a post, send us and email (juli@bargainbeliever.com or gina@bargainbeliever.om), or leave a comment on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!

In addition to highlighting super discounts for places in Arizona and nationals deals, Bargain Believer covers . . .

We do the lists each week, before the new sales even start.  We also add deals that aren’t in the ad, later in the week.  Be sure to keep checking back.

You can either scroll through the website (www.BargainBeliever.com) or click the name of the store you want to shop at, on the top of the website.  That will get you the deals you want.

Make sure you click the GREEN PLUS SIGN to make your personalized shopping list!!  I like to call them “magical.”  They will categorize all your items to make your shopping easier.  You click what you want and it goes on your list.  It will categorize everything and give you other great options for making your organizing and shopping more simple.

Here’s a  video explaining the shopping list function (aka “Magical Green Plus Signs!)  Try it, you’ll like it!  :)

The other links will help you get to some of the important information.  Also, don’t forget that there is a Facebook page!  We post additional offers over there, mostly Facebook only deals and ones we think will be gone very quickly.  You can also ask questions over there.   Plus, it’s just more interactive and I love seeing your little faces and interacting with you.   :)

Here are some links for you (in no particular order) . . .

Arizona Republic Newspaper, $12 for 3 months — home delivery on Sundays & Wednesdays, cancel at end if you don’t want to pay full price

Saving Star — future savings, 100% cash back on one item every Friday, & weekly “Healthy Offer”

Checkout 51Ibotta, Shopmium — mobile apps that give you money back for certain items

Safeway JustforU – explains everything you need to know

Organizing coupons — list of categories, etc.

Pogo Pass — annual pass for family fun around the Valley — a serious good deal!!

Zaycon Foods  — for buying bulk meats, especially boneless, skinless chicken breasts.

Birthday freebie list  — over 100, sign up so freebies roll in soon!

Store policies — print out policies for store you shop at

Here are some other general links to help jog your memory.

If you want the daily emails, sign up here.  (Make sure you click on the confirmation email that you’ll receive.)

Facebook or Twitter — great way to stay connected, if you’re on there a lot

If I missed something important or you have a question, just leave a comment below.  Thanks! ~ Juli


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Are We Going to Charge for Bargain Believer? No! ~ How Can You Support Us?


I’ve been asked if I will charge a fee for the upgrades/app my husband is working on.  No!  Unless there is a reason our income drops, we can afford to keep going the way we are.  Thankfully, my husband works for dinner (when I make it!) and doesn’t expect more.  :)

I pay four people to help with this site:  Gina, Susan, Cherie, Karen.   Let me assure you that none of them are getting rich and they all deserve more for what they do!  When there’s “extra,” I make money.  When there’s not, I don’t.  Thankfully, overall I do.  I have additional ideas for improvements, but they all take time.  Since I don’t have more of that precious commodity, it would mean hiring additional people to help.  I’m always afraid to take that leap since my income goes up and down and I’m not willing to lose money by running this website.  But, up to this point, it’s always worked out.

I’ve also been asked what you can do to thank us or help support the site.  First of all, by asking that or telling us how the site has helped you . . . you’ve brought a smile to my face and probably the other gals.  Thank you!  Beyond that, my basic answer is . . . . use this site and tell others about it, if you find value in it!

Something even more tangible that you can do is bookmark the Coupons.com page on the site:

Whenever you print coupons from there (or any direct link we give), I get paid.  When you type in Coupons.com and go to their site, I don’t.  From time to time, I get paid for other links I give you, but that is one of the main ways I make money and we can continue to make the site free.

Another consistent source of income is from Google ads, as you probably know.  When you see something of interest and click on it (or just come to the site), they pay me a small amount.  It adds up!

So, please use the links we provide!  Many won’t bring me any revenue, but some do.  I try very hard not to post things just because I’ll get paid for them.  In fact, I just had a IM conversation with Susan a couple days ago, hesitating to post something because it made me money.  When I make money, I often give it extra thought — just to make sure that’s not what is motivating me to publish it.  I don’t want this site to become like so many out there . . . selling you one “bargain” after another just to make a buck or two.   I’m very firm on this.

Again, this link is a great one to bookmark and use . . . it has a value to you and to all of us who work behind the scenes.  Thank you!
http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/   It’s also on the top menu bar, if that’s easier.

Thank for being here and trusting us to bring you deals we find value in!

~ Juli

P.S.  My husband is slowly working on the upgrades, but there is not a target date.  It just gets a couple hours here and there, as he can find time.  The biggest change (that will probably roll out first) will be for you to be able to move from device to device, being able to work on or pull up your completed lists.  I’m very excited and can’t wait to use it myself!


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Input, Please? ~ Bargain Believer App & Upgrades Coming!


Long story short . . . My husband and I are going to be kid-less this weekend.  We were going to get away, but decided to stay home and work on Bargain Believer upgrades.  Don’t worry, we’ll throw in a movie or two and dinners out, also.  I decided I’m not cooking and will pretend we’re on vacation!   Do you think dinners out are tax deductible, as a business expense?   :)

What functionality do you want an app for Bargain Believer or the website to have, that it doesn’t already?  And/or, what do you love and not want to lose?  (I doubt there will be much disappearing, but some tweaking.  Additionally, it would help me clarify what is of the most value to you.)

Dream big!  My husband is an amazing programmer and most of the “crazy” ideas I’ve given him, he hasn’t thrown out.  :)  In fact, he’s said, “Well, why not have it do more?”  Amazing stuff . . . but some are way in the future since they’re . .  well, crazy good and crazy time consuming!  :)

The list we have is very long, but I don’t want to be missing anything simple or complex that you might be thinking of.  I won’t respond to each suggestion, but I promise to read them all and consider them.  I hope to add to the list and/or make my vision more clear, knowing that you want what we’ve already thought of.

Please comment below or over on the Bargain Believer Facebook page.

By the way . . . this will take hours and hours and hours, so I can’t promise when there will be any visible changes or anything tangible.  We might roll a few things out slowly — not sure yet!

Thanks so much for your input!!  It will really help us.  ~ Juli


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Checkout 51 ~ New Way to Save (similar to ibotta)

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Have you checked out Checkout 51?  It’s a new way to save money, very similar to Ibotta.

Here’s what they say about their program:

Checkout 51 is the easiest way to save money on the brands you love! We’re currently saving over half a million Americans and Canadians money every day and have much larger plans for expansion!

All our members have to do is follow these simple steps:

  1. Browse the offers that are updated every Thursday
  2. Buy the products from any store
  3. Take a photo of your receipt to redeem your deal
  4. Get cash back!

It works on your iPhone, iPad or Android device.  You have to reach $20 in savings to get payout, and they will mail a check to you.  If you are a new member, the first receipt over $20 that you scan in will earn you $2 back!

I love that this works at Albertsons since they always have great milk deals (ibotta doesn’t work there yet).  Milk will be on sale at Albertsons for $1.87 starting tomorrow.  Checkout 51 has an offer for $1 back on a gallon of milk.  That’s like paying on 87¢ after you factor in your future cashback!

If both Checkout 51 and Ibotta have the same offer, let’s say for milk, you can do both offers with the same receipt.  Just remember ibotta doesn’t work at some stores.  So, for the milk, it might be better to price match at Walmart and go from there.

So, go here to sign up and start saving today!


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