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  • Evening Roundup: Kindle Fire HD for $119, Cheap mouthwash & More

    Evening Roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    - Amazon: Kindle Fire HD 8GB for $119 {regularly $139}

    - Zulily: How to Train Your Dragon Collection {prices start at $5.49}

    - Print and save two of this printable coupon for $1/1 Scope Dual Blast to get 2 bottles of Dual Blast for just $0.50 each after Register Rewards next week at Walgreens

    - Ralphs Facebook Page: Digital coupon for $10 off a $100 purchase

    - Hip2Save: Free light bulb at Target

    - Wild for Wags: Cheap Windex Touch Up at Walgreens


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    2x Tuesday: Save money and stress by using these tips when you call customer service

    This post was originally published in 2007, but I still use these tips today. They’ve stood me in good stead throughout the years, and should serve you well too!

    Save Money & Stress When Calling Customer Service - chieffamilyofficer.com

    I hate calling customer service. But I do it anyway, because I hate not saving money even more. In fact, I’ve been doing it for years, and I’ve saved thousands of dollars because of it. Keeping the end in mind helps me pick up the phone. So do these tips:

    • Always have the necessary information in front of you. This includes the bill you’re calling to question, your account number, product info, or anything else the CSR may ask for.
    • Always take notes. I usually write directly on the bill or relevant paper if there is one. If there isn’t, I write on a blank piece of paper and store it with the relevant records. You could use a notebook, or keep a file on your computer, tablet or phone. Do whatever works for you – just make sure you write down the date, the name of the CSR, and the important details of your conversation. It’s okay to ask the CSR to speak more slowly or hold on a moment because you’re writing things down (in fact, they may provide better service because they know you’re documenting the call).
    • Make sure you can find the paper you wrote on when you follow up. This actually goes along with tip #1. If you have to make a follow up call, it’s best to have your notes from the previous call in front of you. That way you can start off by saying, “On September 6, I spoke to Mary, who said that I would save money by switching phone plans.” This makes it clear to the CSR that you’re on the ball, and it’ll be easy to answer questions about what you were told the last time you called.
    • Be polite. I’ve had the best results when I’ve stayed calm and polite, even if at the same time, I’m stomping my feet because I’m so frustrated. It helps to call when you’re in a relatively good mood and not pressed for time. Which leads into the next tip . . .
    • Do something else that’s interrupt-able when you call. I hate being on hold, so I make sure that I’m doing something else that can be easily interrupted when I call. This can include going through posts on Google Reader, writing thank-you notes, or simply flipping through a magazine.
    • If you do snap, apologize. I’ve done this when my frustration has gotten the best of me. I say something like, “I’m very sorry for my harsh tone. This is very frustrating and I’d really like to get this resolved.” If appropriate, I mention the prior, ineffective calls that I made. This is also a good time to ask to speak to a supervisor.

    Follow these tips and calling customer service will be a little less painful.

    This post will be linked to Thrifty Thursday at Living Well, Spending Less.

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    Best of Ralphs Deals: Apr 16 – Apr 22, 2014

    Here are highlights from the sale starting tomorrow at Ralphs. Learn about shopping at Ralphs, including their coupon policy, here.

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    Morning Coffee: Cheap USB drives, Charmin & More

    Morning Coffee is published daily and includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    ~ Amazon’s Gold Box Deal of the Day: Up to 65% off select Kingston Memory Cards and USB Drives {get a 32GB USB drive for just $12.99!!}

    ~ Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: 3 Tom Gray crime novels by Alan McDermott for $1.99 each {they get at least 4.2 stars each}

    ~ Print three of this $1/1 Charmin coupon and use them this week at Target to get three packs of 24 double rolls for $25.97 after $10 gift card – that works out to just 36 cents per double roll, which is a fantastic stock-up price!

    ~ Zulily: Fancy Nancy Collection, featuring books, toys and novelties {prices start at $6.99}

    ~ Also at Zulily: Gluten-Free Eating Collection, featuring Peeled Snacks, Krave Jerky and much more {prices up to 45% off}

    ~ New Coupons.com printables:

    ~ New SavingStar offer for 20% back WYB loose Russet potatoes {perfect for Passover and Easter!}

    ~ Use this printable coupon for $0.50/1 Thomas product to get English muffins or bagels for just $2.49 at Ralphs {use zip code 62946 here}

    ~ Last day to enter to win a Mystery Box Full of Goodies

    ~ For Ralphs/Kroger shoppers: Private Selection Sweet Strawberry Sorbet has been recalled for undeclared milk

    ~ Hip2Save: Get 30 points at Disney Movie Rewards

    ~ Passion for Savings: Free U by Kotex sample packs

    ~ Savings Lifestyle: Cheap Reddi Wip at Target


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    Evening Roundup: Rare Philly and Kellogg’s coupons, New Recyclebank points & More

    Evening Roundup includes the best of the latest coupons, deals, and info I think you may find interesting. Prices and deals can change at any time so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. Please note this post contains affiliate links that help support this site at no additional cost to you. Thank you for using them! You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    - New Coupons.com printables:

    - The high-value printable coupon for $1.50/1 Suave Natural Infusions product has reset {goes great with the gift card deal at Target this week!}

    - The high-value printable coupon for $1/1 Alpha-Bits cereal has also reset {use zip code 77477 here; stack it with this $1/1 Post cereal Target coupon to get a box for approximately 70 cents at Target}

    - Recyclebank: Get 45 points when you do the following activities: Nonstandard Deductions {10 points}, What Bathroom Recycling Solution Works for You? {30 points}, and Out of the Shower and Into the Bin {5 points}

    - Southern Cali Saver: Free Jergens lotion, cheap peanut butter and more at Rite Aid

    - Passion for Savings: Free strawberries at Target

    - Hip2Save: Free bottle of Neuro Sleep

    - All Things Target: Possible free Starbucks coffee at Target


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