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  • Best of Food 4 Less Deals: Apr 16 – Apr 22, 2014

    Food 4 Less coupons and deals

    Here are the best of the upcoming deals at Food 4 Less, a Kroger/Ralphs affiliate here in Southern California. They have fewer locations than Ralphs, and tend to have lower prices. Like Ralphs, their sales run Wednesday through Tuesday.

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    Best of Vons/Pavilions Deals: Apr 16 – Apr 22, 2014

    Vons Pavilions deals and coupons

    Here are the best deals coming up at Vons and Pavilions. Though they have different names, they are both Safeway affiliates, and you can use your Vons card at Pavilions and vice versa. They run the same sales, and have the same Coupon Policy here.

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    Morning Coffee: Free or cheap cereal, $5/$15 Ralphs produce coupon & 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.

    ~ Still available: Rare, high-value printable coupon for $3/3 Kellogg’s cereals {get FREE Mini-Wheats at Target starting tomorrow after Target Cartwheel and Checkout 51 offers; or use the coupon next week at Walgreens to get 3 boxes for $0.99 each}

    ~ Today’s Kindle Daily Deal: The Secrets of Happy Families: Improve Your Mornings, Rethink Family Dinner, Fight Smarter, Go Out and Play, and Much More by Bruce Feiler for $1.99 {4.4 stars in 156 reviews}

    ~ Zulily: Character Activity Books, including LEGO, Bubble Guppies, Disney Princesses and Fairies and more {perfect for traveling, restaurants and waiting rooms; prices start at $8.99}

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    ~ Ralphs Facebook page: Digital coupon for $5 off a $15 produce purchase

    ~ Hip2Save: 4,000 free Shop Your Way Rewards points

    ~ Good Cheap Eats: Nut-free cookie recipes

    ~ In Erika’s Kitchen: Passover Matzoh Kugel with Banana and Chocolate Chips


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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.

    Image via FreeDigitalPhotos.net by Stuart Miles.

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