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Month: July 2014

How to Find the Best Deals on Coffeemakers

coffee-makerIt wasn’t all that long ago that I was searching for a brand-new coffee maker, mostly because my “Old Faithful” coffee machine took a nosedive and quit working.

Well, after 15 years of using the same thing, coffee maker technology has transformed quite a bit – to the point where I didn’t even recognize coffeemakers anymore!

I thought that I was looking for a new Mr. Coffee, but once I got a look at all of the different products out there I was lured into purchasing something else entirely.

And while I’ll keep my purchase a little bit “secret” so I don’t influence you one way or another, hopefully you’ll be able to use these tips interest below to get the best deals on a coffee maker for yourself! One big tip though is to check reviews first, that will really help in finding the best coffee machine.

Anyway, let’s jump right in!

Outline my expectations

The very first thing I did was outline my expectations for a new coffee maker, something that I do every single time I plan to spend any more than $50.

By outlining my expectations (I needed a coffee maker that could produce multiple cups of coffee on a single run, keep it warm over longer periods of time, and take just about any kind of coffee I wanted to put into the filter) I was able to narrow down my selections considerably.

There are just way too many coffeemakers out there right now to choose from that if you don’t have reasonable expectations ahead of time you’ll end up with a mess on your hands!

Check online stores first

Secondly, I made sure to check all of the online stores first before ever stepping foot in a retail location.

Now, I know that not everyone loves to shop online, but I love to save money – and it’s hard to ignore the fact that you can save a tremendous amount of cash by shopping online rather than at a physical location.

On top of that, I knew that if I found a coffee maker that met my expectations at a local store I’d buy it no matter what the price – and that wasn’t the point of this exercise!

Apply any coupons I can dig up

The next step is going out in digging up as many online coupon codes or discount offers that you can find.

Believe it or not, there are literally tons and tons of these coupons and promo codes floating around on the Internet every single day – all you have to do is know where to find them!

A quick Google search will end up turning out more online codes and promo offers then you know what to do with, but at least you will be guaranteed to get the lowest possible prices on your coffee maker when it comes time to pull the trigger on a purchase.

Use my rewards points credit card

Finally, I used my credit card that gives me the most reward points for the purchase, knowing that I’ll pay the balance off in full before I get hit with any interest.

By doing this, I’m able to increase the value of my purchase dramatically, without having to break the bank when it comes time to purchase a new coffee maker.

I really hope that helps you out!

Finding the Best Deals on Hiking Boots

Hiking-BootsWhen I was looking for the very best deals on hiking boots just this past month, I knew that there were a handful of “hotspots” that I needed to check out before I looked anywhere else.

I will admit that I am a bit of a “compulsive consumer” at times, and I can jump on any old purchase at just about any old price if the mood strikes me just right. However, most of the time, I’m a pretty smart shopper and look around for better deals before I pull the trigger on anything – and hopefully you will be able to take a couple of tips and tricks from me below if you’re looking for hiking boots in the future!

Online coupons are incredible

One of the easiest ways to save tons and tons of money on hiking boots (and just about everything else) is to grab some online coupons and apply them to your online shopping cart.

Most of the time, manufacturers or retailers are pretty upfront and honest about the online coupons that they offer and will help you out with a promo code here and there – but a lot of times I have to do a bit of “digging” to find even more substantial savings.

Online savings communities, online savings forums, and social media (especially Twitter) are my favorite “go to” online coupon locations when I’m looking to save some money. A quick Google search (or Twitter search) will end up giving you more coupons then you know what to do with!

Try to purchase last year’s model

A lot like cars, manufacturers of hiking boots are always under a constant pressure to produce the next “big thing”, and come up with some way to compete with businesses that are rolling out new products all the time.

Well, truth be told, there aren’t all that many “next big things” that manufacturers can shoehorn into hiking boots – although a set of boots that actually does the hiking for you would be pretty neat – and last year’s model is probably just as good as this year’s one, and a whole cheaper at the same time!

This isn’t always the case, but you should at least do a little bit of research to figure out whether or not spending extra money on a brand-new pair of boots is smarter than buying the older ones you can buy a lot cheaper!

If you just pay attention to those two tips and tricks above, you’ll come away with the best deals on hiking boots almost every single time you go shopping for them.

Obviously, you want to be on the lookout for clearance deals, discount offers, and coupons that you can stack and combine together – but if you aren’t getting lucky with those kinds of discounts then these ones will definitely serve you well!

At the end of the day, it’s really not that hard to get the best hiking boots for next to nothing!

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