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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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Ikea ~ Lots of Great Deals of Food, Including Kids Eat Free on Tuesday

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We just received an email from Alicia about all the great food offers Ikea has.

MONDAY
IKEA FAMILY Members receive a FREE cool bag with a purchase of $25 or more in the Swedish Food Market. Reg $5.99 Must show IKEA FAMILY card for offer.  See below for info on how to get a family card.

TUESDAY

Kids Eat FREE! Children 12 and under can choose from one combo meal valued at $2.99. 

WEDNESDAY in the Restaurant
Feed a family for four for only $9.99! Includes two adult entrees (value $6.99 or less – beverage not included) and two kids meals (value $2.99 each). 

WEDNESDAY in the Swedish Food Market
20% off ALL Salmon products in the Swedish Food Market including marinated salmon; smoked salmon, frozen; marinated and smoked salmon; salmon fillet, frozen; PASTEJ LAX, salmon spread. 

THURSDAY
Roasted chicken with mashed potatoes only $1.99! Reg $3.99 

FRIDAY
Fish and chips only $1.99! Reg $4.99

Also, join IKEA FAMILY – our FREE loyalty program!

Get more from IKEA every time you visit! IKEA FAMILY is our FREE loyalty program. You get special offers and find out about events first. 

FREE benefits include:
● Get discounts on home furnishings & accessories in the store 
● Scan your card at the checkouts and get entered for a chance to win a $100 IKEA gift card
● Take a break & enjoy FREE coffee or hot tea every time you visit our Restaurant 
● Children can enjoy an extra 30 minutes in Smaland (capacity-depending) 
● Always save on items in our IKEA FAMILY shop 
● Visit the special IKEA FAMILY web portal filled with shopping lists & cool features

Go here to sign up.

(Thanks, Alicia!)

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Xbox One IN STOCK! ~ + Instant Win Game

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If you’ve been hunting for an Xbox One that doesn’t have an inflated price, here’s your “baragin” regular priced one .  .  in stock on Amazon for $499.99.

Before yesterday, I would have said this was a rip off, but my son was looking at them yesterday and they were sold out all over.  He was finding them for hundreds more.  It’s his dream Christmas present, but he knows it’s not happening.  He has money saved, so he was kicking himself for not buying one and then taking the profits from selling it to get another one, once they’re restocked.  I haven’t told him yet, but I’m not so sure he’s brave enough to dish out $499.99 or savvy enough to resell it for more.

Anyway, just in case you’re looking for an Xbox One, they’re in stock on Amazon for $499.99.  I’m not sure how long they’ll last.

And, for the more budget conscious (like me!), you can go test your luck and enter the Fry’s daily sweepstakes to see if you can win one.  :)

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$7.99 T-shirts (Shipped + FREE Magazine Subscription!)

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Tanga has their t-shirts on sale for $7.99 (+ tax) with free shipping.  You also get a free magazine subscription.  If you want three, it’s slightly cheaper and you get a 3 year subscription instead of a one year one.  You don’t need a code unless you’re getting three, see below.

Here are the details from their website:

“Buy one shirt for 7.99 and get a 1yr subscription.  Buy 3 shirts for $22.99 with code CYBERMONDAY and get 3 year magazine subscription.  *Magazines valid for select titles.  Available magazines include Men’s Journal, Glamour, Shape & more.  Limit one magazine per household.  Your code will arrive 30 days after purchase via email.”

Some of their shirts crack me up.

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I’ve shared this one before.  I think it’s because we’re almost done with Algebra 1, with my son.  Phew!

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This one is probably too rude for me to admit that I like it, but it makes me chuckle . . .

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If you have a Minecraft lover . . .

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 * Warning:  You may find some of them inappropriate — not graphics, but what they say.

It looks like the countdown time shows the deals ending on Wednesday at 5pm (AZ time).

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Bargain Believer Blog Button ~ To Share the Logo/Link ~ THANKS!

I posted this a long time ago, but it’s been long buried.   I’m going to be lazy and just copy the same post below.  :)

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If you don’t have a blog/website, you may not have any clue what a “blog button” is.  I was with you, a couple years ago, before starting this website.

It’s the image above.  Basically, it’s the little logo “thing” that you can paste onto a website, with the computer code included (also called a widget).

I was recently asked for it and I remembered that I never told you it was now on the website, if you ever want it.  (Go to “about” on the top menu bar and then “blog button.”)

I realize this won’t thrill most of you, but some of you have a personal blog or website and you like to share your favorite online websites with your readers.  If that’s you and you’d be willing to post a link to Bargain Believer — thank you very much!  It’s appreciated more than you know.

Here’s the code if you want to grab it from here:

<div align="center"><a href="http://www.bargainbeliever.com" title="Bargain Believer"><img src="http://www.bargainbeliever.com/blog/wp-content/uploads/2013/03/bargain_believer_125_white.png" alt="Bargain Believer" style="border:none;" /></a></div>

Thanks to our friend, Gary, who made the logo!  It will appear on the website someday.  It doesn’t “fit” (in computer ways) and the website is waiting for a redesign — someday!  It’s been on the Bargain Believer Facebook page for a long time, but that’s as far as we got.  There’s always plenty on my “to do” list!  :)

Update:  It’s still on that list.  I’m slow!  :)

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Toys R Us ~ Get $10 when you spend $100 Wish List Purchases

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If you plan on making a bigger purchase from Toys R Us, this could be an easy way to get $10 back.

Create a Wish List from 11/1 to 11/27.

Buy something from that Wish List between 11/1 to 12/24, totaling $100 or more, in store or online.

Your $10 promotional Gift Card will be delivered straight to your email.

You can have up to 6 wish lists.  Each one is eligible to receive a $10 gift card.  The gift cards must be used in stores only.

You can read more information here.

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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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Facebook Users ~ READ THIS!! ~ Keep Updates Showing in News Feed!

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There’s good news for Facebook followers who are frustrated that they can’t see all the updates from your favorite Facebook pages, like Bargain Believer — hopefully!  :)

First of all, like” the Bargain Believer Facebook page!

Then, we have a better option to follow “pages.”  Hooray for that!

** Next, hover over “liked”and choose “Show in News Feed.”

** Don’t stop there!  If you want to see ALL UPDATES, you have to also go to “settings” (still hovering over the “liked” button) and choose “All Updates.”

I checked a couple pages I followed and I already had them to show in my feed, but not “all updates.”  I’m so happy that I don’t have to miss posts on my favorite pages and you don’t have to miss Bargain Believer updates — unless you want to.  I’ll give you a fair warning, if you don’t already know . . . we probably post 5 – 10 things per day.  Don’t say I didn’t warn you when you get sick of us!  :)  You can also choose “most updates” or “only important” if that’s more your style.

Thanks for sharing the Bargain Believer Facebook page with your friends!  So many of you have!!

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