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Amazon ~ Melissa & Doug Toys 50% Off (Today Only)

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Amazon has some great deals today, including 50% off select Melissa & Doug toys!  I always loved these toys for my kids.  They are educational and durable!

If you spend $35, you’ll get free shipping with Amazon, or if you have Amazon Prime, it will be free.  I just signed up for a free 30 day trial!  That will get me through the holidays and then, I can cancel if I want.

Remember, we put an Amazon search box on the top right of the website.  We’d love for you to use it and help support this site.  THANK YOU!

Note:  Amazon prices can change at any time.

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AZ Republic Sunday Subscription $19.95 for 20 Weeks! COUPONS!!

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Get a 20-week Sunday subscription (COUPONS!) to the Arizona Republic for only $20!

You have to make the purchase through Groupon by Sunday, November 23rd.

Make sure you read the fine print before you purchase, but here are some of the key points . . .

  • Can’t have been a subscriber within the last 60 days.
  • You will be billed at full price after 20-weeks ends, CANCEL IF YOU DON’T WANT IT!
    (Most likely, you’ll get a call to renew at a great rate (or even on the phone when you cancel), but no guarantee.)
  • Must redeem your offer 90 days after purchase.
  • Make sure you are in the delivery area before purchasing — link in “fine print” at Groupon.

(Thanks, Taralee!)

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Amazon Search Box Added ~ Thanks for Using It!

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The one on the top right of the website does.

We added an Amazon search box to the top right of the website.  We’d love for you to use it, to start your Amazon search and help support this site.  Even if you don’t end up buying the exact item you begin your search for, we receive a small percentage of what you spend.  It adds up and makes a huge difference, allowing us to continue what we do, without charging you.  THANK YOU!

Plus, who doesn’t like Amazon?  Even if I don’t end up purchasing the item from Amazon, I always like to start there, for a comparison.  The majority of the time, I end up making my purchase from them.  They are very competitive, even during the holidays.  As Christmas approaches, we seem to see an Amazon package on our doorstep every couple days . . . and they aren’t gifts from anyone or even for anyone, quite often.  Merry Christmas, to us!  :)

Thank you for being here and trusting us to bring you great deals, while supporting our site at the same time.  It’s truly appreciated!

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SRP ~ Winter Time of Use Hours Begin 11/1/14

Reminder for all you SRP Time-of-Use users out there . . .  The peak (expensive) time for using electricity is from 5am – 9am and 5pm – 9pm everyday, beginning November 1, 2012.  (Weekends and holidays are all off-peak hours.)  These hours will go through the end of April.

For years, I didn’t use this plan.  My husband convinced me it would be insane since I stay home all day.  (Well, I do get out from time to time, but you get the point!)  Neither of us are willing to sweat or have our guests sweat during peak summer hours.  We were pleasantly surprised that we changed very little, nobody sweats, and we save money.

I tried it out during a risk-free time a few years ago.  I figured I had nothing to lose and haven’t ever switched back.  Unfortunately, that risk-free offer ends on Oct. 31.  Maybe they will begin another one??  If they are, it would probably be advertised soon at the link above.

I almost always do our laundry and run the dishwasher during off peak times.  That’s the only change I made.  (Our pool filter was already running at night.)  We keep our thermostat at a constant temperature and we cook, vacuum, use the computer, etc. when we need/want to.  I haven’t checked out the savings recently, but several years ago, we saved just over $210.  That’s about $19 a month for changing my laundry and dishwasher running schedule, which is worth it to me!  I’m guessing we’d save without changing, but I’m not sure.

I don’t see that they’re offering a trial time period, but it may be worth calling and asking about it.

They also have other payment plan and APS probably has the same.  This is just what I’m familiar with.

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Zaycon Bulk Chicken Lowered Price! ~ $1.89/lb Boneless Skinless Breasts

I’ve been reading the meat prices are on the rise.  Zaycon confirmed this awhile back and had to raise their price to $2.49/lb for their upcoming sales.  (I didn’t even post about it, since I didn’t feel it was a good deal.  If you ordered, you’ll be credited the difference, though.)  BUT, they just announced that they have been able to lower it back down to $1.89/lb.  We love this chicken and so do many that have let me know their feedback.  Feel free to comment below, if you feel strongly about their chicken — one way or another.

Here’s what you need to know . . (It may sell out, but make sure you get on the waiting list.  If enough are on it, they’ll get another truck load out our way!)

You can get Zaycon chicken for $1.89/lb!  You will be purchasing 40 pounds at a time.  Typically,if you wait long enough, we’ve been able to find chicken in the store is about $1.77/lb.  You might be able to find it for $1.67/lb a few times a year.  Zaycon chicken is $1.89/lb, but you are getting fresh from the farm chicken.  Never frozen, no additives, no added hormones, etc.

Here’s the information I’ve shared about them before, and ordering information:

They have locations ALL OVER, even smaller communities, so be sure to check out their list.  There are different ordering deadlines, depending on your area, but the do sell out from time to time, so be aware of that.   Delivery dates also vary, but seem to be mid-November.

It’s a lot of boneless, skinless chicken breasts . . . 40 pounds to be exactIt’s fresh from the farm, never been frozen. There are no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.   It comes in a box with four separate 10 pound bags.  If you don’t have the freezer space, consider sharing it with a friend.  The total cost will be $73.60 plus tax.

They have a short video, if you want to see what to expect.

Be prepared!  It’s a very large amount of chicken and they are huge breasts.  (They are almost too thick to just throw on the BBQ.  You’ll probably want to slice them.)   I spend a couple hours prepping mine.  I slice some, fajita style.  I cube others.  I make tenders out of some.  And, I leave some larger.  You can also freeze it with your favorite marinade.  Of course, you can just stuff them all in freezer bags without very much prep and it wouldn’t take nearly so long.  I always LOVE that I did the work ahead of time.  I just pull out a quart sized freezer bag and dinner is so simple!

The pick up process is super easy.  You don’t even have to get out of your vehicle.  You drive through and they load it up for you.

Place your order now if you want it.

Note:  They also have other foods available.  Check out pricing and what’s available in your area, since it varies.

** They have a referral program where you can earn a $1 credit for each order placed.  After you sign up, if you decide to tell your friends about it, find your own referral link to give them.  I appreciate you using mine, but don’t send them to my link . . . get your own credit!

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

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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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Welcome Channel 5 Viewers! ~ Helpful Links for You (and others!) :)

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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

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

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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

RSS

Twitter

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!

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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!
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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 . . .

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#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)

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#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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