When is the last time you did some price comparisons on various services used in your household? I know most of the time it is just easier to stick with what you have rather than spend the time getting quotes from new companies.  However, we are in the process of getting quotes on our auto insurance. I have held off for quite a while now because, quite honestly, it's an annoying project to me! I really hate dealing with insurance.  However, I've already had one quote that would save us approximately $70 per month and would double most of the coverage that we have! That's a huge savings. And it is with a well-known, reputable company.

It seems kind of sad - you'd think that being a long-term, loyal customer would give you some benefits.  But the truth is that many companies really don't care. You get the standard price increase every year regardless of your track record with them. So, sometimes in order to get competitive pricing, you have to change the company with which you do business.

There are other service providers that can easily be checked out as well.  Telephone services (both landline and cell phones), cable, and internet services are just a few that come to mind. I'm sure you can think of others as well.

LIVE CHAT FRIDAY, 8/12

Gather is a social networking site that pays members for their activity.  It does take a while to reach a payout level, but if you are a social networking fan, you might enjoy it!  One of the members is hosting live chats with a different author each week.  On Friday, 8/12/2011, at 9pm EST, I will be the guest author.  You do have to be a member of Gather to participate in the chat. However, it is free to join and your identity can be completely anonymous if you choose.  If you don't wish to join, you can still view the conversation. You just have to keep "refreshing" your screen for the new comments to show up. I won't have the exact link to the chat until shortly before it begins, but you can go to my home page to watch for a post that will include the link.  You'll find my home page here. You may want to go to Gather ahead of time to set up your account if you wish to participate.

DON'T FORGET TAX-FREE WEEKEND!

Florida's tax-free weekend is scheduled for August 12-14 this year. Unfortunately, the tax-free benefit is not good on everything, so I encourage you to check the list of qualifying items before shopping.  According to information found on About.com, Florida's Tax Free Weekend Applies to:

  • Books, clothing, and footwear ($75 or less)
  • School supplies ($15 or less)

ATTENTION COUPON USERS: I thought I would pass along this article about an "extreme" couponer who was recently arrested for stealing coupons from newspapers.  Apparently she was purchasing one paper, but taking the coupon inserts out of the others in the newsstand.  I found it interesting considering that for the last few weeks someone in my area has been ransacking all the coupon inserts out of the free mid-week papers.  I stopped by three newsstands just trying to get one paper with coupons!  So, please be respectful of others and not hoard all the coupons!

All You Magazine August Coupon List - Bargain Briana has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart's All You Magazine for August.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals - Iheartthemart.comhas put up the best deals from Walmart this week. You can find thosehere. Also, Walmart has started offering double coupons as a "pilot program" in certain areas. IHeartTheMart has more information on that here. There is also a link on there to sign a petition asking Walmart to continue this program company-wide.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO - Buy one, get one free
SS - Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
RP - Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
PG - Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
GM - General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday's papers)
Blinkie - coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie - coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag - coupons found hanging on bottles
All You - Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.  You may also want to check out The Thrifty Mama's post on Whole Foods deals here.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.com for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix "Super Deals" for 8/11-8/17 please click here.

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 8/11-8/17 please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita's Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

E-Book now available!

I'm excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here.

Kindle book now available!

My book is now available for the Kindle! Please click here!

Renita is a resident of Palm BeachCounty, and author of "Wow! You Saved How Much?" For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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