How To Negotiate Newspaper Home Delivery Prices

As a couponer the newspaper is a pivotal tool in my arsenal of savings.  And since (atleast in my town) you receive better coupons when you get a subscription to the paper than you do when you buy it a drug store or gas station getting the paper delivered is necessary.

While in some large cities people may have more than one paper to chose from most of you are only going to have one option for the paper.  Since they have a monopoly it is important to get the best deal possible.  I have found in most markets the price of the paper is negotiable- very rarely do I see a flat rate everyone pays.

I get e-mails about once a week asking how to get the best price on our local paper.  I thought these same tips might be helpful for the rest of the country as well.

1.  Figure out what it would cost to buy the paper every week.  In my area you can grab the local paper at the Dollar Tree.  So I can get 6 months of the paper with  little trouble from the store for $26.  That sets my base price.

2.  Then I call the paper and get their starting price.  Let’s say it’s $60 for 6 months.  Then I ask if there are any sales.  Most of the time they say no.

3.  Then I ask if there are any gift card deals- often they will give free months or gift cards to local grocery stores or restaurants.  My goal is to get down to that $26.

4.  If the price has not gotten any lower I will let them know that I can buy it at the store for $26 so I will not be paying any more than that.

5.  If they still will not lower the price I tell them to call me back when the paper hits $26 and give them my phone number.  Everytime I have done that they have called within 24 hours with a lower price.

6.  My rule of thumb with the newspaper is that you should receive one paper per person in the house who is eating.  So for a family of 4 you need 4 papers.  All the major papers will deliver multiple copies to your house at a discounted rate.  So once you get your base rate ask what the cost is per additional paper delivered.

Newspapers realize that couponers are an important part of keeping them in business- people are getting more and more of their news online and the papers are making their money through ads.

So make sure to get the best deal possible- this is an additional way or saving some money!

 

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Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 2/22 – 2/24

Looking for something fun to do in Hampton Roads this weekend?

Look no further:

Saturday

  • 12:30pm Free Youth Lacrosse Clinics (registration required) at Virginia Beach Sportsplex 2181 Landstown Road, Virginia Beach, VA 23456
  • 2pm Gospel Concert at Blyden Branch Library 879 E. Princess Anne Rd. Norfolk, VA 23504
Sunday
Looking for more fun ideas for the family? Be sure to check out MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar of FUN in Hampton Roads!
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Let’s Talk About Coupon Stacking

So I received an e-mail this week from a reader titled “Pain In The Neck Couponer.”  I was intrigued because most people who read my blog ARE couponers, so to be frustrated with one of our own in the store is fairly unusual.  Due to my own coupon usage, I am usually okay being behind someone in line who is using a stack of coupons.  I never know if I might pick up a few tips.

But after I read her e-mail I could totally understand her frustration.  The basic theme of her e-mail was that she was constantly ending up behind a customer in line at her local store who was trying to use multiple manufacturer’s coupons on one item.  So I thought to help with her frustration I would do a short post on coupon stacking.

Coupon stacking is when you can use more than one coupon on an item.  And this can be a great money saving tool.  However (with some very rare exceptions) you can only stack coupons if one of them is a store coupon and one is a manufacturers coupon.

One great example is Target.  Target has their own online coupons- they say Target Web Coupon on the top.  They are only accepted at Target.   You can take one of the Target coupons and combine it with a regular manufacturer’s coupon.  In that instance you can use two coupons on one item.

So let’s say you grab two copies of the Sunday paper.  Inside each there is a coupon for $1 off Colgate toothpaste.  When you go to the store you can not use two of those coupons from the newspaper on one tube of toothpaste.  If you want to use both you will need to purchase 2 tubes of toothpaste.

Some other popular places to coupon stack are Rite Aid, Walgreens and CVS.

Hopefully this will clear up any misconceptions about coupon stacking.  If you have any questions just leave a comment on this post and I will try to answer them!

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Happy Singles Awareness Day

Happy Singles Awareness Day!

I hope that your day today is full of people you love and who love you!

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Mountain Dew Presents a Breakfast Drink?

Mountain Dew has announced they are releasing a new breakfast drink.

It has 5% juice, Vitamins B and C and a “extra” jolt of caffeine.

The drink is called “Kickstart” and Pepsi is quick to point out it is not an energy drink- it has much less caffeine than Red Bull or any other popular energy drink.

Although Kickstart may look like an energy drink, it has far less caffeine, at 92 milligrams for a 16-ounce can. A comparable amount of regular Mountain Dew would have 72 milligrams of caffeine while a can of PepsiCo’s Amp energy drink has 142 milligrams, according to the Center for Science in the Public Interest.

By comparison, a 16-ounce cup of Starbucks coffee has 330 milligrams of caffeine.

So what do you think- Mountain Dew for breakfast?

And if your family likes soda be sure to enter my Soda Stream Give Away!

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Hampton Roads Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities 2/2 – 2/3

Looking for something to do in Hampton Roads this weekend with your kids?

We can help:

Saturday

  • 10am-5pm Paths to Freedom at Portsmouth Naval Shipyard Museum 2 High Street on the Portsmouth VA Waterfront
  • 10:30am Pony Pedicures at Bluebird Gap Farm 60 Pine Chapel Road Hampton, VA 23666
Sunday
Looking for more fun ideas for the family? Be sure to check out MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar of FUN in Hampton Roads!

 

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Hampton Roads Fun and Frugal Weekend Activities

If you are looking for something fun and frugal to do in Hampton Roads this weekend there is a short list of things available.  PLEASE be sure to CALL because we have no clue what is going to happen with the weather this weekend.  Things may be cancelled or moved.

Saturday

Sunday
*Kids can enjoy FREE Admission to Nauticus for the month of January! Click HERE for all the details!
Looking for more fun ideas for the family? Be sure to check out MyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar of FUN in Hampton Roads!
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Fun and Frugal Weekend Family Activities In Hampton Roads

Looking for some great, frugal activities to do with your kids this weekend?  Check out these events in Hampton Roads!

Saturday

  • 2pm Zootime at Barnes & Noble Greenbrier 1212 Greenbrier Pkwy, Chesapeake, VA 23320
*Kids can enjoy FREE Admission to Nauticus for the month of January! Click HERE for all the details!
For the full calendar of family-friendly events this weekend in Hampton Roads visitMyActiveChild.com’s Daily Calendar.
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Fun and Frugal Weekend Family Activities 1/5/12

Looking for something fun to do with your family this weekend? Check out these great Hampton Roads activities!

Saturday

  • 11-1pm Scrabble Play & Learn at Barron F. Black Branch Library 6700 E. Tanners Creek Dr. Norfolk, VA 23513
Find these events and more on the MyActiveChild.com Daily Calendar!
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Stuck In The Mud Instead of Shopping Today

I have been trapped on the couch for the last few days with bad sinus headaches.  Today I was so excited to get out and do some shopping!

So after meeting friends for a play date (yes they have kids) I went out to run errands.

As I was driving down the interstate the rain started falling HARD.  My wipers were going at full speed.  Since I am the most boring driver in the world I was going about 45 mph in the slow lane while everyone else flew around me.

All of a sudden my car just seemed to have a mind of its own.   It started veering off to the side of the road and no amount of pumping the brakes or yanking the steering wheel will stop it or change it’s course.  Ahead of me is a concrete barrier that I REALLY do not want to slam into- the damage to my car and myself would be bad.

car mud 2

Fortunately my car veered itself over to the right and I went flying into a big patch of grass- my tires promptly sinking into the mud.  After I regained my composure (and uttered a short prayer of thanks because it was one of those moments in life where you feel completely helpless) I call my parents and AAA.

An hour later I was pulled off the side of the road by one of the friendliest tow truck drivers ever (and who also would be a GREAT actor to play a pirate in a movie) and came home to get off the road.

Tomorrow I have to go back out and drive again but for tonight I will be back on the couch enjoying the dryness and stillness of being inside!

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