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Halloween Candy Buy Back ~ Dentists Pays You & Sends to Troops!

Don’t know what to do with all that candy you end up with on Halloween?  Here’s a good option . . .

Sell it to a dentist and they’ll ship it over to troops overseas!

Go here and enter your zip code to see what dentists in your area are participating.  They will pay different amounts (around $1/lb, I think).  They also have the option to give out other incentives, not just cash.  Some have a limit on the number of pounds they’ll accept from each person.  Most have sketchy details, so you may need to call the office near you to ask details.

The dates and times of acceptance will vary at each office.

Hope the troops enjoy it!


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Lower Cell Phone Bill & Other Monthly Expenses ~ Possibly Just Ask! (Juli’s Cox Success Story!) :)


I haven’t posted this for awhile.  My success this morning prompted me to do it again.  Here’s my story, if you have time to read it . .    :)

My husband has started working from home a lot.  This morning, he asked if I could call and bump our internet speed up.  I took that as a challenge to increase our speed AND pay less.  :)

I called Cox and told them I was shopping around and wanted to know the lowest rates they could offer.   I said that I felt like I was paying too much and it wasn’t very fast.  They acted like they couldn’t work with me since we don’t have cable (or want it).  Bottom line, I could bump up my speed but it would cost me $5 more per month.  I told them I was still shopping around.  Part of me was thinking $5 wasn’t bad, but I also felt like the guy wasn’t fully engaged or caring about digging deeper for rates.

I hung up and called the same number again, right away.  I gave the next guy the same spiel.  It was a short call and I’m paying just about $2 less each month, instead of paying $5 more.  That’s not a huge savings, but I’ll take an extra $7 in my pocket each month.

Gina had some significant positive results when she called around recently.  I highly recommend you do the same.

Here’s what I’ve posted before.  I’m just going to copy it . . .

Call all the places where you pay a monthly service.  Tell them you are trying to lower your monthly bills and that you’re calling around to get rates.  Tell them you want the lowest price they can give you, so you can do a comparison.  You’ll be surprised that you may get it lowered!

Beyond that, a favorite of mine is Republic WirelessTheir 3G plan that has unlimited everything is only $25 per month!!  I can’t believe what people pay for cell service.  It blows my mind.  (Their fine print says if you use more than 5GB of data in a month, they’ll slow you down.  They’ll also “forgive” you once every 6 months.”)

My husband uses their $10 per month plan and loves it.  He has unlimited calls and texting.  For that plan, you won’t have 3G, but you can connect to any wireless network.  The best part is that you can switch to the 3G (or any plan) and get a pro-rated rate, whenever you need it.   That’s true with any of their plans.  I know the $10 plan isn’t for everyone, but it also may be just what someone is looking for.  You can see their various plans by clicking “plans” on the top menu bar at this link.

Currently, I use Virgin Mobile, but I really can’t recommend them, due to several customer service issues I’ve had with them over the past two years or so.  But, they have similar pricing.  Be prepared to pay for your monetary savings in time on the phone and frustration, though.  :(

Both require you to purchase the phone, but don’t have any contracts.  (I will probably switch to Republic sometime, but I can’t rationalize paying for a new phone when mine is fairly new and works fine for what I need.)

Most of you are probably under contract now, but tuck the information away for the future.  I’ll try to remember to remind you from time to time.  :)

Note:  There are similar plans the above out there, but thee are the ones we have the most have experience with.

And . . . don’t forget to call your other monthly service providers . . . insurance, TV, home phone, internet, cell phone, energy provider (SRP or APS), newspaper, gym membership, and ??  You’ll know what they are — the ones that kill you to keep paying more than you like . . . every single month!

Note:  Kelly, reminded me . . . ask APS or SRP if you think you might qualify for a discount, due to low income.  It’s worth asking and seeing if you qualify! (Thanks, Kelly!)

Note:  As I finished this post, it hit me that I might be able to become an affiliate with Republic Wireless.  I looked and they have a program.  I just wanted you to know that I will receive a commission if you sign up with my link, but that was not my original intent in sharing this information.  I’m still amazed that I can share so many deals that I think are awesome — and get paid!  Thanks for using my links.  It helps support everyone who works hard on this site.  It’s the only way I can keep all this going — too much work for me to do alone!  Your support is appreciated!


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Plasma Car Deal (as low as $34.99 Shipped) + MANY TOY Deals Online at Kohl’s


You can get some super toy deals at Kohl’s right now!  (Thanks, Mandy!)

Here are some codes that you can stack together for super savings!
TOYLIST10 gets $1o off $50 in toys (exp. 10/26/14)
TRICK30 = 30% off for Kohl’s charge customers (exp. 10/26/14)
OCT20CC = 20% off for non-Kohl’s charge customers (exp. 11/14/14)
SAVINGS20 = 20% off $100 (exp. 10/26/14)
FREE4MVC= free shipping, no minimum, for Kohl’s customers
(exp. 10/26/14)
OCT50SHIP = free shipping for anyone with total over $50 (10/19 only?)

Another non-toy code:  FALLBT10   = $10 off $30 Men’s Big & Tall purchase (exp. 10/26)

If you find any of these codes don’t work or the dates are different, please let us know.  If you know of others, we’d love to hear about them!

You will also get $10 in Kohl’s cash for every $50 you spend!  (I’m not positive what the ending date is.)

Here’s just one deal you might want to tuck away for Christmas:  (THERE ARE MANY MORE!  THIS IS JUST SOMETHING THAT CAUGHT MY EYE!)

Go here to get right to the Plasma car deal, here for toy dept.  (Read below, to save even more and start with Ebates.)


Use these codes:
TOYLIST10 gets $1o off $50 in toys (exp. 10/26/14)
TRICK30 = 30% off for Kohl’s charge customers (exp. 10/26/14) or OCT20CC = 20% off for non-Kohl’s charge customers (exp. 11/14/14)
FREE4MVC= free shipping, no minimum, for Kohl’s customers
(exp. 10/26/14)
OCT50SHIP = free shipping for anyone with total over $50 (10/19 only?) (will need to get something else to use code on this car)

Before tax, the total will be only $34.99 if you’re a Kohl’s charge customer.  It will be more, if you’re not.  Keep in mind that you’re also very close to getting $10 in Kohl’s cash, if you do this deal.  You might want to spend another $15.01 to get $10!

Save even more . . .

The best way to do it is to start at Ebates.   That way, you will earn an additional 3% rebate (to cash out when you hit $10).  Even better . . . I also think you will earn a $10 Target (or other) gift card, if you are a new customer, placing an order over $25.  (I can’t verify this since I’m an existing customer.  If you verify, please let us  know.  A couple months ago, the promotion was still going.)

Then, from Ebates, search “Kohl’s.”  Click through to the Kohl’s site, from Ebates, and you’ll do everything like you would if you went directly to Kohl.com.  (Make sure you are in the tab that opens up from Ebates or you may not get credit.)  Hopefully, you’ll see a $10 gift card show up in your account or mailbox soon!

If you don’t want to use Ebates, go directly to Kohls.com.

And, don’t forget the new program we told you about recently  . . . .

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For every $1 you spend, you get 1 point.
For every 100 points you earn, you can redeem $5.
You also get 8 savings offers a year, a special birthday gift, and specials to earn more points.

To sign up, all you need is to create an account at Kohls.com or go in store.

If you already have a Kohl’s account just log in, click to view your account and open the Yes2You Rewards tab.
You can select to have a card sent to you in a few weeks.

It looks like you will receive 100 points for the email or card activation.
A free $5 instantly!
(I haven’t received an email since I want the card, but it might take up to 24 hours to receive it.)


To earn  points, show them the Yes2You card.
They can also look up your account with your phone number or email.
If you pay with your Kohl’s Charge Card, you’ll instantly earn Yes2You points if you’re enrolled.
If you have the Kohl’s app, the card number will be in your ‘mobile wallet’.

Points will be posted to your account 24-48 hours after the transaction has processed.
After all discounts, your total is rounded to the nearest dollar amount for points earned.
See my order below for an example.

All points are earned after all Kohl’s Cash, discounts, coupons, offers, and any other rewards are applied.
You cannot earn points through purchasing gift cardd.
You can earn points if you pay with a gift card.

All points expire in 12 months.

Points accumulate throughout each month.
At the end of each month, you will be emailed a Yes2You Rewards Certificate for the previous months points.
Print it out and redeem at the register.
To redeem online, give the 15-digit barcode and PIN when asked at checkout.

It doesn’t state about redeeming and earning points in the same transaction, but I assume you can.

You can also choose to share points with others who are enrolled in the program.
Or you can donate your points to children’s health and education programs.

If you return an item, you will lose the points you earned from it.
If you’ve already redeemed those points, you can get a negative points balance in your account.

Here are the terms & conditions of the program.


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If you saw the segment, let’s just say you’ve been up and moving longer than I have.  Thankfully, there are such things as recorded television & scheduling blog posts.  :)   I’m not a morning person.

Since you were up so early,  if you need a cup (or another cup?) of coffee to keep you going, read this post FREE today today (Monday)!  :)

Here’s a link to a bunch of other helpful links.  I’ll just send you there instead of putting them all in this post.

Here’s the current Walmart ad matching list I showed you that you can get produce for a super price.  Please note that some prices are only valid on certain days of the week, so you can’t get them all today.  But, we’ll have a new list up on Tuesday night.  It’s a super simple way to save big!

Here are the deals that were shown (assuming they were — I’m still in bed . .  remember that non-morning thing and the scheduling thing!?!)  :)  You can get them all FREE with printable coupons this week.  If your store is out, ask for a raincheck!

Almost always, you can print two of each coupon, from each printing device you have.  It’s illegal to photocopy them, so don’t do that!  You can bookmark this coupon page and find great coupons anytime.

At Fry’s: (See full list of Fry’s coupon match ups here.)

Ivory Bar Soap, 3 pack   $1.00 (thru 9/30 at Fry’s)
This was not in their ad, so your store will probably not give you a raincheck.  Warning:  Most stores seem to be out now.  :(
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link, worth $1)
Final price:  FREE

Angel Soft Bath Tissue (4 pack)   $1.00 (thru 9/30 at Fry’s)
In ad, get raincheck if store is out.
$0.45/1 printable (worth $1, has not reset, but it may work if you haven’t printed in awhile, Thanks, Lisa!)
Final price:  As low as FREE

Carefree Liners (20-22 count)   $1.00 (reg. price at Fry’s)
$0.50/1 printable (worth $1)
Final price: FREE

Brawny Paper Towels   $1.00 (thru 9/30 at Fry’s)
In ad, get raincheck if store is out.
More details on this coupon/experience here, if you want to read it and be prepared.  We’ve also heard that all stores got a memo that it’s valid, so you may have better luck this week.
$0.55/1 printable (worth $1)
Final price:  FREE

And, one I didn’t show (from Fry’s) . . .

Angel Soft Facial Tissue (72-ct)   $1.00 (thru 9/30 at Fry’s)
$0.50/1 printable (worth $1, has not reset, but it may work if you haven’t printed in awhile, Thanks, Lisa!)
Final price:  FREE

At Safeway: (See full list of Safeway coupon match ups here.)

Bounty Basic Paper Towel (single roll)   99¢ (thru 10/14 at Safeway)
$0.25/1 Coupons.com (gone if not first coupon shown after clicking link, worth $1)

Final price:  FREE

Carefree Liners (20-22 count)   99¢  (thru 11/7 at Safeway)  NEW
$0.50/1 printable (worth 99¢)
Final price: FREE


Thanks for checking us out.  We hope you stick around and save a bunch!

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Free Ice Cream Cone at American Discount Foods in Mesa (Saturday) ~ & Some Great Sales


American Discount Foods (in Mesa, west of Alma School, on Southern) is giving everyone a free ice cream cone on Saturday, September 20th, from 8am – 6:30pm.

There is construction at the major intersection by their store, so they want to encourage you to come.  Here’s a map of how you can get in.

 1360 W Southern Ave
Mesa, AZ 85202


I received an email about it, that you can see here.  No coupon is needed, one per person.  There are a few other good deals, so check out the link!

If you live nearby and haven’t checked them out, it might be the perfect time.  They have some great prices on all sorts of things.  A word of caution — many items are near or beyond expiration date.  Depending on the item, it can bother me or I don’t care.  Just be aware to look at dates.

Here’s their weekly ad, if you want to check it out.  You’ll also find many other deals, if you wander around.


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AZ Coupon Class ~ September 2014


There  are some free coupon classes coming up in Mesa, Scottsdale, Chandler, and Phoenix, sponsored by the AZ Republic.  They will be offered from September 17 – 29, 2014.

I can’t endorse them since I don’t know anything about them.  I guess I’m a little skeptical since they have someone from a national website doing them.  But, if you want to know some general coupon/saving information, I’m hoping she’ll do a great job.   If you want the nuts and bolts of local policies and how to maximize your savings in Arizona, you may be disappointed, but ??

To register, go here for details.

If you have questions about local policies, I would encourage you to dig around the website.  Read the bottom of each shopping list and check out the top menu bar.  If you are still confused, ask us!  We reply to every email — check your spam, every once in awhile, something goes there.   :(  We are here to help you!

Or, even better . .  . ask over on the Bargain Believer Facebook page.  Even over there, we try to respond to everything in a very timely manner and others can also jump in and help.  We have some great people around here who are willing to help you learn!


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Lowe’s $10 Gift Card when you Spend $25 of P&G Products


Through October 31, you can get a $10 Lowe’s gift card when you spend $25 on P&G products.  The products include Tide, Bounty, Mr. Clean & Duracell.

You can submit the rebate online or through the mail.

They accept coupons, but I’m not sure if you’ll have to remain at $25 after those come off or not.

The 8/31 P&G insert has coupons for all those products.
There’s one more coupon for Mr. Clean you may also want:
$0.50/1 Mr. Clean Liquid Muscle, Liquid or Spray 09/14/2014 RP Insert (exp 10/31/14)

And, all those products have coupons on Coupons.com.

If you need any of these brands and shop at Lowe’s, it’s a great deal.

(Thanks for the pic & deal alert, Erika!)


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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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AZ (Phoenix Area) Fundraiser Idea = Sell Pogo Passes!


Are you or your kids in a group or school that does fundraisers?  Pogo Pass might be perfect!  The group gets a $5 commission for each pass sold — which can add up since they are usually bought as a family or with a group of friends.

Bonus — There’s nothing for you to deliver!  You just print flyers and hand them out.  Or, you can post the information electronically on Facebook pages, emails, and newsletters.  All purchases are made online, with your unique tracking code or discount code.

So many people have told me that this is the best $40 they’ve spent.  I agree.  The value is amazing.  I love the fact that a fundraiser can be for something that is a good value to the people buying it and not an overpriced item, just to generate funds.

If you are interested, send me an email and I can get you the full details.  (juli@bargainbeliever.com)

I hope some of you have connections to the perfect group this can benefit!

What is a Pogo Pass?  (Just in case you don’t know . .  )  :)

  • Another high value venue is coming soon . . . stay tuned!
  • Sunsplash (ONE visit anytime, valid 2014 season ending 9/14, not sure about next season)
  • Sea Life Aquarium (TWO visits, anytime)
  • Phoenix Zoo (TWO visits, anytime)
  • Diamondbacks Games (TWO games – last game this season is 9/12)
  • Rattlers Games (THREE games, dates will be added throughout season)
  • i.d.e.a. Museum (TWO visits anytime, except opening weekends – three weekends per year)
  • ASU Sporting Events (women’s basketball, soccer, wrestling, volleyball, gymnastics, track and field)
  • Enchanted Island (FOUR visits, Fridays & Saturdays, most rides included)
  • Jump Street (TWO visits, Monday & Wednesdays, Chandler or Glendale)
  • Stratum Laser Tag (TWO visits, dates and times listed)
  • Phoenix Rock Gym (TWO visits, gear is $5, if needed)
  • Tempe Paintball (TWELVE visits, one per month, not Saturdays, includes gun rental, air & 100 paintballs!)
  • National Comedy Theatre (THREE visits, Fri. and Sat., with occasional Thurs. Seating is limited. Call to reserve seating.)
  • Skateland & Great Skate (TWO visits per month, skate rental not included, but can bring your own)
  • Brunswick Zone (TWO visits per week, shoe rental not included, excludes Sat. and some other special days)

To purchase:  Go to the Pogo Pass website (That link should get you the $39.98 rate.  If not, use the code BARGAIN.)

** Each person needs one, unless they’re 2 or younger.  Most places won’t charge admission and it’s not worth buying them one.  If you have a three year old, check the venues you will use and see what their policy is for three year olds.


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10 Giveaway Winners! ~ Thanks to Sponsors & Everyone Who Entered!

10,000 Facebook Friends!
We are so grateful that you’re here!

Thanks for being here and for participating in the 10,000 Facebook friends giveaway!  If you haven’t liked Bargain Believer on Facebook, do it now!  We share a few extra deals over there and it’s more interactive.  We’d love for you to be part of a great community of bargain seekers.

Every single giveaway was donated, so please show some love to the sponsors below.  Follow them on Facebook, check out their websites, and/or support their business.  They are all great places for your family to use/enjoy!

The winners are listed below each graphic below . . .


#1 Bashas’:  $25 gift card
Art (aho . . @cox.net)

big_surf#2 Big Surf:  5 tickets
Meli (xa . . . @gmail.com)

bookmans#3 Bookman’s: $50 gift card (two winners!)
Jamie D: (jj . . . @cox.net)
Evelyn R: (eo. . . @yahoo.com)


#4 Culver’s:  4 value basket coupons
Heather (heather . . . 9@gmail.com)

DL6_20100813_00967-Final (1)#5 Disney: 4 tickets to Disney Live! show
Cathy E: (wc . . . @hotmail.com)

flipside#6 Flipside:  4 three-hour attraction passes
Ana: (sig . . . @yahoo.com)

frys_logo#7 Fry’s:  $50 gift card
Debbie P: (djp . . . @q.com)

jesterz#8 JesterZ Improv Comedy:  4 tickets (3 winners!)
See discount code, at link above, if you want to go!
Jodi: (j2 . . . yahoo.com)
Emily H: (em . . . 1@gmail.com)
Elizabeth: (liz . . . . 4@msn.com)

organ_stop_pizza_logo#9  Organ Stop Pizza (Mesa):  Family Fun pack
Promotion through 8/31 listed in post.  Go visit soon, if you didn’t win!
Valerie A.: (gem . . . 4@hotmail.com)

pogo_logo#10 Pogo: 2 passes
Sherrie C: (sher . . . er@gmail.com)


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