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Saturday Savings: Subscribe to EVERYTHING

Posted on August 15, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Subscribe to EVERYTHING

A lot of people get uptight about giving out their email address. They refuse to give it to cashiers or write it down on forms.

I can see the leeriness about giving out your home address, where some unscrupulous people could find you and your family, but your email isn’t a place. Anything that shows up that you don’t want can be deleted, unsubscribed, or marked as spam. If you don’t like it – poof, gone.

I think people should give out their email addresses to any business that wants it. Heck, you could even ask if they have an email list you could join. You never know what that business will send out one day.

Maybe they’re having a special sale but their supplies are limited so they only tell their email list. Or maybe they give their fans a head start on a special promotion. It could be anything, really, but you won’t be able to take advantage of their offer unless you know about it.

A word of advice, though: many people are easily convinced by advertisements. They see something they like that’s “10 off today only” and they can’t stop themselves from buying it.

If you’re one of these people, you’ll need to restrain yourself if you give out your email address a lot. Don’t be fooled by “must act now” marketing pitches. The goal is to be informed so you can buy what you need (even if you buy it a bit ahead of time to capitalize on a sale), not buy things you don’t need.

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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Saturday Savings: Ask About Promotions

Posted on August 01, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

If you’re like me, any time you find yourself in a store, restaurant or attraction, you keep your eyes peeled for promotions or offerings. You want to know about that 2-for-1 deal or kids-ride-free before you make your purchase so you can be sure you’re getting the best deal.

Sometimes, however, stores don’t make it so obvious. They advertise their promotions, but don’t post them in the venue. Many people will buy a family pack of tickets without knowing that kids 6 and under ride for free, thus overspending.

The simplest way to find out if there’s a money-saving option available for you is to ask.

That’s it! Just grab the ear of an associate for a minute and ask if they are having any specials or promotions at the moment. The employee will let you know if anything is going on and you can decide if that deal is right for you.

Many times they’ll tell you that no, nothing special is happening at the moment, but then you can rest assured that you’re spending as little as possible.

But sometimes, a store or restaurant won’t tell you they have a loyalty program unless you ask. It’s not exactly a secret, but they don’t want to pester every customer about signing up. Grab as many of these loyalty cards as you can. They’re free and will only save you money. Store them in your Card Cubby for easy access.

Any time you have an opportunity to sign up for email offers, do it. Emails don’t hurt anyone and you can always delete them, but this way you’ll be informed when a sale is happening and you won’t have to bug an associate.

Quick note: whether they’re having a special/sale or not, grab their discount or loyalty card before you buy, even if it means standing in line twice. Some stores might refuse to give you their deal on the day you sign up, so be a little sneaky and sign up for the card, switch lines, and then buy your items or tickets.

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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3 Loyalty Programs Every Mom Should Join

Posted on July 28, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Moms all over want to reduce their spending as much as possible. When you have a family to care for, every penny counts. Even if you aren’t hard for money, there’s always another expense down the line (have you seen how expensive college has become?).

Hopefully by now you have loyalty programs to your local supermarket. Those cards give you quick access to all the store sales. Here are 3 other loyalty programs you should be apart of.

1. Walgreens Balance Rewards

With Walgreens’ Balance Rewards program, you can save money by adopting a healthier lifestyle. You earn points as you spend money and they equate to a dollar amount (you’ll have to see their scale to get the specifics). When you checkout, you can spend those points and save money or let them keep building.

Not only do you earn points by purchasing, but they have a bunch of healthy tasks that also add to your balance, like 250 points for linking a digital fitness device to your Walgreens account, 250 points for setting a healthy goal, or 20 points for walking a mile. You can track these via an iPhone or Android app.

This is a great system for moms because you’ll save money doing many of the things you already do, so it’s essentially free money.

2. Amazon Prime

Even though Prime costs $80 for the year, it still saves you a lot of money if you like to make purchases online. Shipping is free, so you can stock up on household items without going to the store and paying for the shipping. Most people don’t think about buying paper towels or toilet paper online, but why haul them if they can be delivered to your doorstep?

Plus, you can cancel your kids’ Netflix or Hulu subscriptions. Amazon Prime gives you access to a huge selection of movies and TV shows. You also get access to photo storage and songs, so you could cancel those subscriptions if you have any.

3. Starbucks Rewards

I’ve never met a mom who could get through a day without a cup of coffee – especially a mom with young children.

Starbucks Rewards is easy to use. You just register your card online or through their app. Every time you make a purchase, you earn a star. As you earn stars, you become eligible for rewards that are divided into tiers. At the green level (5 stars in a year), you get a free birthday beverage. At the gold level, you get multiple perks, including free in-store refills.

You also get customized offers in your email. For example, if you buy a lot of lattes, you’ll find coupons for lattes. Pretty neat!

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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6 Effective Ways to Stay Organized While Shopping

Posted on June 27, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

Ways to Stay Organized While Shopping

For many people, shopping is an enjoyable experience. For others, it’s a necessary evil. No matter how you feel about shopping, everyone can agree that you’ve got to stay organized. Here are some helpful tips on keeping it all together while shopping.

1. Start with a list

There’s nothing more frustrating than leaving than coming home to realize that even though you bought a card full of items, you forgot the one thing you left the house for!

If you have more than three items to buy, never leave without a list. It could be as simple as a post-it note on your sleeve or an app on your phone. If it’s a big paper list, bring a pen with you so you can cross items off as you go.

2. Organize your coupons

If you’re like me, you take advantage of every coupon you can get your hands on. Why not? It’s basically free money!

Coupon Cubby is a great tool to keep those coupons organized so you can find the ones you need quickly in the checkout line. It lets you organize your coupons into categories or alphabetically, depending on your preference. There are some blank tabs too in case you want to add your own labels, like the common stores you shop at.

3. Go without distractions

Sometimes shopping is fun and you go with friends, but a lot of time shopping is time to get things done. If you can’t stay focused while your friend chats or with your kids in tow, leave them at home.

This is especially important when you have a lot of things to buy, some things you just can’t forget or you’re shopping during a busy season.

4. Plan for multiple stores

If your shopping trip is going to take you to multiple stores, separate your lists, coupons and loyalty cards so you only take in what you need. Don’t spend time sorting through one big list if half the items aren’t even in your current store.

5. Make notes of future savings

Keep a pen handy so you can take any notes while you shop. For example, you might see a special on avocados. You don’t need avocados today (and they spoil so quickly), but you might want to prepare something with them later in the week. This way you won’t forget about an opportunity to save money later.

6. Time your trip well

Every store has a busy time of the day and week. It’s tough to shop during these times because people are everywhere. You want to compare prices, features or nutritional information of products, but you can’t because hands are clawing over you to reach shelves or there’s a traffic jam of shopping carts.

If you can, shop during the off-peak hours so you can take your time and stay organized.

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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How to Score the Best Deals with Your Loyalty Card

Posted on June 24, 2015 by Wendy Krepak

get the most out of your loyalty card

Loyalty cards are created to keep patrons returning and track the shopping patterns of their consumers. Every shop uses a different reward system for their loyalty cards, but if you’re not careful you can miss the benefits. Here are some shopping tips to make sure you are getting the full value of the loyalty benefits. 

Know the point system

Every store is a little different, but the traditional model for reward system is: shop and receive points toward your next purchase. This is intended to encourage you to shop more frequently, but if you don’t understand that store’s system, you can be shopping without any return on your investments. 

Pharmacies like CVS don’t give you your reward points until after you’ve made a purchase. To see the benefits up front, head to the reward kiosk to cash in on your points before you begin to shop. This can even dictate what you purchase, so don’t skip this step. Other places like Qdoba have sites where you can login and see how close you are to getting a FREE reward. If you are dining with a friend, make your purchases separately using one loyalty card so that you don’t get jipped out of a 2 for 1 shot deal. 

When signing up for your loyalty card, make sure an employee explains to you how their reward system works so you don’t turn into the weird lady hollering about expired coupons and holding up the line because she thought CVS and Rite Aid were the same.  

Utilize the hidden coupon world 

In addition to your newspaper coupons, sites like Retailmenot.com are dedicated to coupon paradise. Prepare to become slightly obsessed with deals. If you are like many who fear becoming the customer with the long winded transaction, don’t worry, our Card Cubby organizes your coupons from A-Z so finding the right voucher at the right time is easy. Be sure to read the conditions of each coupon so you know what you can and cannot combine prior to reaching checkout. This will save you and the people behind you a lot of time. Many places allow you to utilize coupons online too now! Shameless saving is calling your name. 

Sign up for the newsletter 

I know no one likes an inbox overflowing with e-mail marketing content, but those are where the sales are.  Signing up for a company’s newsletter will allow you to strategically schedule when you shop and how you shop. If you have an abandoned e-mail address you hardly use, why not make that account you use to opt into e-newsletters with. By checking this dedicated “spam address” once a week, you can save yourself a ton of money! 

Compare, compare, compare 

Shopstyle.com is great for comparing items for the lowest price. Many places make it their policy to match prices on the market, so by doing a little research you can save yourself some cash. It’s important to know which stores honor this policy ahead of time to save yourself an argument with your cashier. 

Know the sale seasons 

Black Friday is great for finding deals but there are other times of the year where prices go way down. Late June and after major holidays are examples of great sale shopping periods. February 15th is a great day to rack up on chocolate up to 90% off. Get accustom to shopping off season. If you buy luxury winter coat in the dead of summer, you’re likely to get it for the fraction of the price. 

If I missed something, share with your new tips with other smart shoppers on our Facebook page!

Compact Coupon and Card OrganizerWritten by Wendy Krepak, Mom, Entrepreneur and Inventor of Card Cubby, Compact Coupon and Card Organizer

For years, Wendy was losing gift cards, discount cards, loyalty cards, and frequent buyer cards. They were often at home or lost in the depths of her purse. She knew there had to be a better way so she designed Card Cubby, an alphabetized system and was amazed at how easily it worked. Her own mini filing cabinet to replace her wallet. It’s Card Cubby, LLC's mission to provide stylish, quality and money saving items to its customers.

For more information, visit www.cardcubby.com.

Interested in writing a guest blog for Card Cubby? Send your topic idea to pr@cardcubby.com.

All data and information provided on this site is for informational purposes only. Card Cubby makes no representations as to accuracy, completeness, current-ness, suitability, or validity of any information on this site and will not be liable for any errors, omissions, or delays in this information or any losses, injuries, or damages arising from its display or use. All information is provided on an as-is basis.

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