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Free Admission to Phoenix Art Museum and Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

 

There are two great offers for free admission to museums.

The Phoenix Art Museum offers free general admission on select days and times.

** Wednesday evenings, from 3 pm – 9 pm

** First Fridays from 6 pm – 10 pm,.

Note that some exhibits will have special admission fees.

Normal admission is $15 for adults and $6 for children.
It’s located at 1625 N Central Avenue in Phoenix.

Note: “I suggest you get there early. Parking is limited.
If you wait until after 7 you’re going to have trouble finding a spot.”
(Thanks, Christine!)

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The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art is free all day on Thursdays and on Friday and Saturday after 5:00 pm.

They are open on all of those days from noon to 9 pm.

Admission is normally $7 for adults and $5 for students.  15 and under are free.

Go here to see what exhibits they currently have and for directions.
They are located at 7374 E. Second Street in Scottsdale.

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How Does Saving Star Work? ~ Changes Coming October

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I just wanted to remind everyone that changes are coming to Saving Star, starting October 1st, 2014.  There are two major parts to their change.

  1.   The savings at Fry’s will no longer be automatic.  You will need to scan your receipt to get the credit into your account, starting 10/1/14.
    Register and then you can submit receipts/UPC images online or through their app.  You will also need the product’s barcode.

And, there are a bunch of retailers added, that will take scanned receipts.

  1.   The Arizona stores that participate are Fry’s, Safeway, Bashas, Food City, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo, Costco, & Sam’s Club.  There’s a complete list here.

Here’s the general information, if you haven’t used Saving Star before.

With SavingStar, you can save eCoupons to your grocery store loyalty cards or to your Saving Star account and get credited when you swipe your card at checkout or when you submit your receipt online or through their app.  The savings doesn’t come off at the register, it gets credited to your SavingStar account, within a week or two.  (Their official time is 2 – 22 days. )  If you scan your receipt, you have until three days after the offer expires.  You can request your payment via Paypal, bank deposit, or gift card when you reach $5.

The only “automatic” stores in Arizona are CVS and Bashas’.  You will enter the store’s loyalty card number once and savings will trigger whenever you use your card and buy the specified products.

There is a “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, Safeway, Bashas, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo, Costco, & Sam’s Club.

Before the receipt scanning was needed, I just loaded everything and considered anything I received a bonus.  Now, it will take more effort and planning.  It will be easiest to head to CVS or Bashas’ for the Friday freebie, if that’s convenient and you need other items there.

Saving Star savings is not meant to be combined with paper coupons.  Here’s their official statement on that:

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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Homeschool Convention Handout ~ Helpful Notes for Everyone!

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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)

Change

  • 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)

Shop

Use Sunday Inserts & Printable Coupons

Drugstores

Possibly the most difficult

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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?

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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:
http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/coupons-com-printables/

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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New to Bargain Believer? ~ Shopping List, Facebook, Twitter, RSS, Email, Etc! :)

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First of all, WELCOME!  I’m glad you’re here and hope you find ways to save for your family!  (Actually, I KNOW you will!)  :)  We focus on Arizona, though some deals are national.

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If you’re active on Facebook, make sure you’ve “liked” Bargain Believer.  All updates are there right away and you have a better chance of seeing things before they disappear.  Plus, we post extra things over there sometimes, especially deals that are Facebook only deals or ones that we think will disappear very quickly.

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I’m not a Twitter user, but the feeds automatically go there, so if you use Twitter, you can also follow there.  (No extras there, but all the updates on the website will be there.)  Note:  We’re having technical difficulties getting the feeds over there — hope to have it fixed soon!

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Or, you can get email updates or see posts in your RSS feed.

 

Also, if you’re new or just never discovered the shopping list function, check it out.  You can make your own shopping lists, from the website.  (Sorry, can’t use it on mobile devices unless you have the newest iPad.  You can copy it and email it to yourself, if you want to pull it up on your mobile.)  You can customize it in many ways.  I use it myself and love it!

I made a video explaining how to use the new shopping list.  Among a few other things, it is sorted by category and so much more!!

Or . . . if you prefer to learn on your own, it shouldn’t be that hard.  Just click a green plus sign, from a shopping list on the website.  It’s fairly intuitive and you won’t have to listen to my ten minutes of babbling.  :)

 

And, Here’s a link to a previous post I did, that has some general information that you might find helpful.

Please ask any specific questions that you have!  You can ask on Facebook or email me:  juli@bargainbeleiver.com

Glad you’re here!

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Get Raincheck for Unadvertisded Price on Fry’s Mega Deal List? ~ FAQ

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Fry's official coupon policy states that you can only get a raincheck on advertised products, not other sales tagged throughout their store.

The question has come up as to whether the the items listed in the Mega sale flyer count as an advertised item.  (They are advertised as part of the Mega sale, but no specific prices are listed.  You can pick up the list in the store.)

Bella pointed out that Fry's recently answered that question on their Facebook page.  I'll copy the dialogue below.  The summary is that they will give it to you, but you have to redeem it at the same store IF the manger approves it.  They started out strong in their answer, but then got a little more vague in their second response.

The bottom line is that it's worth asking.  If they said they won't, you will have to decide how much you want to pursue it.

Customer:  Fry's, I love your sale!!! It is wonderful that you have a card in the stores that shows all the sale items. I have a question about rainchecks. If an item is listed on your sale card, may I get a raincheck for that item??????

Fry's:  Hi Albert, thanks for your inquiry! Yes, you can get a rain check for all advertised items on the sales list that are out of stock, which is to be used at that same location. You can request a rain check at customer service or reach out to the store manager and he or she will be happy to assist you. Thanks and have a great day!

Customer:  Even if it is on the the sales card with all the items included in the sale and not in the weekly ad?

Fry's:  Hi, you should be able to get a rain check for those items.  We recommend you check with the store manager. He or she will be happy to assist you and will be able to tell you for sure whether a specific sales item is eligible for a rain check. Thanks!

(Thanks, Bella!)

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Do I Need to Buy 10 for Buy 10 Sales & Similar? ~ FAQ

I took the above picture at Fry's awhile back.  It cracks me up.  I guess it's for the mathematically challenged.  Maybe some of us think in dollars and others in cents.  Or, maybe some of us just don't quite get the whole money thing.  I don't know how your mind thinks, but I wanted to clarify the more confusing sales that I get questions about sometimes.

Here are some examples:

59¢ or 2/$1
In this case, you would need to buy two to pay 50¢ each.  (It's rare to see the picture I have above.)  The most likely place you'll see this is at a convenience store or Walgreens.  It will always be clear that there is a difference in price.

10 for $10
If you don't see anything in the fine print that says you need to buy 10, you can buy one for $1.

2 for $5
Don't let them fool you on the smaller quantities either.  You can still buy one and pay $2.50.  It's not the same as a buy 1, get 1 free sale.

Buy 10, Save $5
In this case, you would need to buy ten products to get $5 off.  It's rarely the same product, but a certain selection of products.  To maximize your savings, you will want to buy in multiples of ten.  Watch for limits since you might only be allowed a certain number of $5 rewards per transaction.  (On Bargain Believer shopping lists, there will be two prices listed.)

Buy 4 or more, Save $1 each
These show up at Safeway sometimes.  It means that you will save an additional $1 on each product you buy, if you buy at least four.  You can buy five and save $5, but if you buy three, you won't save anything.  You don't need to buy in multiples of four.

The bottom line is, don't grab more than you need if you don't want it and/or the savings doesn't justify stocking up.  My husband rarely goes to the store, but he fell for this a couple times, saying he wasn't sure.  I think I can say "fell" since I hope I have him trained now, but ??  I understand.  It just seems like the right thing to do when you're standing in front of a sign telling you to buy two!

For all you rule following, compliant people out there . . . it's okay, you're not breaking a rule, just falling for a marketing scheme.  Be strong and pick up only one!  :)
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Difference Between Fry’s eCoupons & Cellfire Digital Coupons? FAQ

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What is the difference between Fry's eCoupons and Cellfire digital coupons?

First of all, "digital" and "eCoupons" are describing the same thing.  They are coupons you load to your store card, from an online source.  The discount is taken off at the register, when your card is scanned and the proper product is purchased.

Fry's eCoupons have more choices and they usually include the Cellfire eCoupons. Every once in awhile Cellfire will have an extra coupon or two.  Since you can only load them from one source, I only link to the Cellfire coupons when they can't be found on the Fry's website.

The reason I do this is because you can "unload" them, through the Fry's site.  You can't at Cellfire.  You have to wait for the coupon to expire.  Since you can't combine a paper coupon with a digital coupon, you will be handed back your paper coupon, if the register detects that you already used a digital coupon.  It doesn't matter if your paper coupon is worth more.  So, if you have ever load a coupon and then find a higher value paper coupon, you will be able to remove it.

If you haven't registered your VIP card at both sites, I suggest that you do.  You just need your number and some brief information and you'll be set.  It will only take a simple click for future savings.

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Can I Use a Walgreens Register Reward (RR) or Catalina at Fry’s? FAQ

Update:  My store will not accept them anymore, so ??

I'm cheating a little by calling this a FAQ since it's really not frequently asked, but many people are shocked when they discover this.

Register Rewards (RR) can **probably** be used at Fry's.  I have a couple disclaimers, but I haven't had any difficulties, other than strange looks that turn into shocking acceptance once I ask the cashier to scan it and they discover it goes right through without beeping.

I have tried this at two different stores and had it confirmed by a manager.  Honestly, I can see where their policy is a little grey, though others see it differently.  So, there's a chance your success may vary.

Their policy says:

Will Fry’s accept my Catalina manufacturer coupon if it has the logo of another store printed on it?

  • If the coupon is clearly a manufacturer coupon, with a valid date, instructions to the retailer, and remittance address, the store should accept the coupon

Register Rewards do say "manufacturer" on them, so I consider that "clear."  However, it's not "clearly" a typical manufacturer coupon.  And, the policy says "should" accept the coupon and I'm not sure what that means.

More about Register Rewards.  (They are from the same system that Catalina coupons come from, meaning you can also use the ones you earn at Safeway, etc.)

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