Restaurant Coupons

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If you plan on eating at a restaurant any time soon you will definitely want to check out this list of coupons to save on your bill.

5 Ways to Save on Your Restaurant Bill

Top Restaurant Coupons:

BJs – $5 Off $25 Purchase (exp: 5/8/2015)
Black Angus Steakhouse – Free 5oz. Lobster Tail With Purchase of Dinner Menu Side (exp: 4/27/2015)
Bob Evans – $4 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/30/2015)
Carrabbas – 15% Off Entire Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015)
Corner Bakery – $10 Off $50 Catering Purchase (exp: 5/13/2015)
Dickeys Barbecue Pit – 10% Off Catering (exp: 4/27/2015)
Donatos Pizza – Free Upgrade from Large 1-Topping to Large Signature Pizza with Online Order (exp: 4/30/2015)
Hardees – $1 Off Any ThickBurger El Diablo Combo (exp: 5/3/2015)
Logans Roadhouse – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 4/29/2015)
Longhorn Steakhouse – $4 Off 2 Adult Dinner Entrees (exp: 5/3/2015)
Marie Callenders – $5 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 5/8/2015)
Peter Piper Pizza – 1 Large, 1-Topping Pizza + 40 Game Tokens for $19.99. (exp: 5/3/2015)
Quiznos – $5 Small Combo (exp: 5/6/2015)
Souplantation – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/29/2015)
Sweet Tomatoes – 25% Off Dinner Family Combo + More (exp: 4/29/2015)
Tony Romas – $10 Off $30 Purchase (exp: 5/20/2015)
Wendys – Free Jr. Frosty with Purchase for a Year When You Buy Frosty Key Tag (exp: 6/1/2015)

Thanks to Surviving the Stores for this list!

Pottery Barn Inspired Room for Less

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4.13 Pottery Barn Red Living Room MOODBOARD

I absolutely adore Pottery Barn!

I do not however adore the prices at Pottery Barn, so I am always looking for things that resemble the looks without the hefty price tags.

4.13 Pottery Barn Red Living Room PRICES

  1. Serta Copenhagen Sofa (Target) – $447.99 (Compare to $1,349 from Pottery Barn)
  2. Rowan Trunk Coffee Table (Amazon) – $311.97 (Compare to $499 from Pottery Barn)
  3. Black Stripe Pillow Covers, Set of 2 (Amazon) – $43.95 or $21.98 each (Compare to $29.50 from Pottery Barn)
  4. Rizzy Home Red Stripe Accent Pillow (Target) – $26.99
  5. Threshold Jumbo Architect Lamp (Target) – $66.48 (Compare to $249 from Pottery Barn)
  6. Surya Jute Rug, 8’x8′ (Kohl’s) – $464.99 (Compare to $509 from Pottery Barn)
  7. Set of 5 Frames (Target) – $16.99 (Compare to $215 from Pottery Barn)
  8. Green Artificial Plant (Target) – $19.99
  9. Metal Candle Holder (Amazon) – $12.954.13 Pottery Barn Red Living Room VERTICAL

10 Ways To Celebrate Earth Day & Save Money

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Earth Day SavingsEarth Day serves as our annual reminder to be more conscious of the environmental impacts of our everyday habits. While some may resist going green because of the cost, others know being eco-minded actually saves a lot of green, too.

Switching to CFLs, line-drying our laundry and switching to reusable grocery bags are common tips this time of year. In honor of Earth Day on April 22, consider these 10 unique ideas for saving money and the environment.

1. Make Your Own Cooking Spray
Commercial cooking sprays are not only bad for your health — they contain additives and genetically-modified ingredients — they’re also bad for the environment. Many sprays contain nitrous oxide, the largest ozone-depleting substance emitted through human activity according to ScienceDaily.com. Create your own cooking spray using a refillable pump-spray bottle containing your preferred cooking oil. Not only will this save our planet and your health, but it will keep some extra dollars in your pocket as well.

2. Buy Refurbished Ink
On average, 375 million ink cartridges are tossed into landfills each year. This statistic is especially bothersome when 97 percent of materials contained in an ink cartridge can be reused or recycled. Instead of buying new printer ink, reduce your waste and find the best price on refurbished or remanufactured cartridges by using InkjetWilly.com.

3. Swap Plastic Bags for Reusable
The U.S. alone adds 20 million plastic baggies to landfills every single day. SnackTaxi is among several companies trying to combat this waste by offering reusable snack sacks and sandwich sacks. So far, their mission has helped keep over seven million plastic baggies out of water streams, which equates to about 430,000 pounds. In addition to keeping our waterways clean, these bags are dishwasher safe and can be used again and again.

4. Use Vinegar and Baking Soda to Clean Toilets
The toilet is one of the dirtiest surfaces in our homes, and killing bacteria with bleach and other harsh chemicals is typically the go-to solution. However, flushing these toxic substances into our waterways has grave environmental impacts. Consider swapping manufactured cleaner for natural household items to get the job done just as well. Pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and let sit for one hour. Dip the toilet brush into the bowl, sprinkle with one-half cup baking soda and scrub until clean.

5. Consider Alternative Uses for Lemons
Among the basic cooking ingredients, lemons are one of the most commonly used flavoring agents after salt and pepper. Additionally, lemons are a natural cleanser, helping to cut grease on dirty dishes and clean countertops when mixed with water. You can even use lemon juice to keep creepy crawlers from invading your house! Check out this complete list of green uses for yellow lemons, and stock up on one of nature’s most useful creations.

6. Repurpose Greeting Cards
From birthdays to holidays to other special occasions, Americans buy roughly 6.5 billion greeting cards annually. At between $2 and $4 a pop, this represents an enormous expenditure by consumers. In addition to sending evites and other digital well-wishes, you can reuse the paper greeting cards you receive during the year. Simply remove the personal message and retain the decorative part to be used as a postcard greeting.

7. Close Those Blinds
Warm weather has already arrived in some parts of the country, and is just around the corner for the rest. Since heating and cooling take up most of the energy use detailed on our utility bills, finding alternative ways to keep your home comfortable is paramount. Simply closing your blinds can help mitigate the warming effects of the sun, since 40 percent of unwanted heat comes through windows.

8. Try Cloth Instead of Paper
According to an article in Living Green Magazine, it takes 51,000 trees to produce the number of paper towels used in a 24-hour period. Since paper towels cannot be recycled or composted, they contribute heavily to the 40-percent ratio of paper products in our landfills. At an average of $1 per roll, you can save money and the environment by switching to cloth napkins, sponges and other reusable methods of cleanup.

9. Make Your Garden Native
It’s only April and yet several parts of the country are already putting restrictions on residential water use in anticipation of a record-setting drought. Instead of watching your plants wither in the hot sun, take this opportunity to revitalize your garden with native plants. Check with your local nursery about the best plants for your region and watch your garden thrive as your water bill plummets.

10. Recycle Your Cell Phone
On average, cell phone users upgrade their devices every 18 months. An estimated 140 million phones ended up in the landfill in 2012, and currently only 10 percent of all cell phones are recycled. This information is especially troubling since cell phones contain such toxic chemicals as lead, lithium and cadmium. Don’t toss your old device; instead, donate it to a charity like Cell Phones for Soldiers, which receives proceeds in exchange for recycling it.

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This has been a guest post from Andrea Woroch, a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoneyand many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

Frugal Gardening Tips

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It’s that time of year when everything that is growing and producing in the garden is in full swing. If you have a garden, hopefully you already are sowing some of the bounty and enjoy some fresh meals!

Gardens are a great way to save money since seeds are inexpensive and most plants are fairly easy to grow as long as you give them a good environment to grow in. Once they take off then you will be saving money by producing your own food and not having to rely upon the grocery store for all your fresh goods. It’s always nice to save on your grocery bills!

But when it comes to certain aspects of gardening, the keeping and tending of it, things can start to get expensive. Weed killers, fertilizers, and more can run up a hefty tag at the hardware store but it’s hard not to buy them and watch the weed, bugs, and poor soil harm your precious plants. Below you will find some great ways to save on these expensive areas of gardening.

Create your own compost. If you continually add compost to your garden, it might be worth it to invest in a small composter, or if you have room, simply start your own compost pile in the corner of your garden. This will save you from having to buy those expensive bags of compost at the store and compost is so easy to put together. Just make sure to Google for things that don’t belong in the compost pile to make sure you are composting the correct items that will make your garden grow.

Pick the best times to shop for gardening tools and equipment. You will find the best prices on these items in the spring when garden centers and hardware stores put them on sale. Later in the summer it will be harder to come across a deal since they won’t be having sales on those types of items and many things that you need might be out of stock since hardware stores generally only get those items in during the spring and early summer months. Also on that note, don’t feel like you need every garden tool that is out there. A good rake, a weed puller, and a shovel should get you by just fine.

Make your own soaker hoses. Soaker hoses can get very expensive, especially if you plan on using them throughout your garden. Instead, use an old hose and poke holes in the sides that you need water to come out. It will work the same and you reused something that probably would have ended up in the trash.

Take part in a plant swap. In the spring after you’ve planted your seeds and have healthy little plants growing, look around your area and see if anyone is hosting a plant swap. Take in the plants that you grow too many of and swap for plants that you didn’t start growing. This will give you a great variety in your garden and it won’t cost you a dime.

As you can see, there are so many different ways to save money on gardening. Share your frugal garden tips in the comments!

7 Last Minute Savings Tips For Prom

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It is prom season, if you have someone in your family heading to prom be sure to check out these 7 Last Minute Savings Tips For Prom!

According to the annual prom survey conducted by Visa, parents making less than $50,000 per year intend to spend nearly 10-percent more on prom than those in higher income brackets. Prom costs an average of $1,139, with families in the northeastern U.S. planning to spend the most on the one-night event.

Though prom is an important milestone in your teen’s life, there’s no need to spend an exorbitant amount of money to make it memorable. Consider these tips for keeping your budget grounded while helping your teen achieve his or her dream night.

1. Rent a Designer Dress
If you are considering purchasing a designer gown for your teen, you aren’t alone. These days, high-end brands sweep highschool hallways as students become evermore obsessed with Hollywood fashion. You don’t have to give up on your daughter’s designer dress dream nor drop $300 for a fashionable frock, however. Instead, check out RenttheRunway.com where you can rent a luxury brand dress for the night starting at just $50. This way, she feels like a princess without emptying your pocketbook.

2. Share the Expense
Though prom costs more than ever, teens are increasingly sharing in the cost of the event. The same Visa survey reports 41 percent of prom costs are covered by teens thanks to savings accrued from after-school jobs. Make sure your teen pays for some of the costs, especially “extras” that you didn’t budget for or don’t feel are priorities.

3. Skip the Limo
Limo rentals can cost anywhere from $60 to up to $150 per hour depending on the type and region. Like most industries, limousine companies increase rental costs during peak periods like prom and weddings. Skip the inflated prices and have your teen use his or her own car. Alternatively, fancy transportation can be part of your child’s budget.

4. Print Photos at Home
Photo packages range from $30 to $125, according to PromGirl. Skip this unnecessary expense by taking your own photos before the dance or get the teens to share smartphone photos taken during the event and then print from home. Since photos require a lot of ink, be sure you stock up on cheap cartridges from InkjetWilly.com, where you can compare prices of OEM, compatible and remanufactured ink.

5. Department Store Beauty
Make an appointment for a free cosmetic consultant at department stores like Macy’s at one of their many beauty counters. Though the beauty artist will urge you to buy the makeup applied, it isn’t required. You may consider purchasing the lipstick for touchups later on, but don’t fall into the trap of buying everything since it can be really pricey. This is way your daughter will feel pampered without the high cost. Then do hair and nails at home.

6. Cut Corsage Costs
Corsages can cost anywhere from $10 to $30 depending on design and flower type. While corsages and boutonnieres represent some of the smallest costs associated with prom, there’s no need to request orchids when carnations will do. Even a corsage made of baby’s breath is a simple and stylish way to stay in budget.

7. Buy Budget Accessories
Dresses and shoes eat up a big chunk of girls’ prom budgets, which is why accessories should be purchased on the cheap. Stores like Claire’s or Charming Charlie offer beautiful baubles for less than $10. You can also hit up thrift shops or antique stores for more unique pieces.

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Andrea Woroch is a nationally-recognized consumer and money-saving expert who helps consumers live on less without radically changing their lifestyles. From smart spending tips to personal finance advice, Andrea transforms everyday consumers into savvy shoppers. She has been featured among top news outlets such as Good Morning America, NBC’s Today, MSNBC, New York Times, Kiplinger Personal Finance, CNNMoney and many more. You can follow her on Twitter for daily savings advice and tips.

EveryDollar: Free Budget App From Dave Ramsey

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