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  • Don’t Let the Pound Rain on Your Holiday Parade

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    This is a collaborative post with Amy (who is obviously from the UK!). Thank you for supporting CFO!

    Holiday season is upon us, and if you’re worried about how far your pound will (or won’t) go when you’re abroad, take heart – and these tips – to help you to make the most of your moolah this summer.

    Save Money When Traveling in Europe

    Look for cheaper fuel

    Head to the petrol stations at supermarkets, as the fuel there is often 10% cheaper than at the stations along the motorways. Petrol is around the same price in the UK as in France, but diesel is significantly cheaper, so opt for a diesel hire car.

    Mark your cards

    It often pays to watch the international money exchange scene for a few weeks before you go away, so you can buy your currency at a good time. Whatever you do, don’t use the kiosks at the airport, as you won’t get a good rate. Once on holiday, use your debit card to withdraw money, but try not to do it too often. You could also use your credit card to pay for things, but this only works if you pay your balance every month.

    Don’t go for the hotel breakfast…

    …unless it’s free, in which case fill your boots (and your face) and make up some ham or cheese rolls for your elevensies. You might find if you’re staying in a hotel that the breakfasts are really expensive – £40 or more. This isn’t your only option – scout out a decent place nearby and head there instead.

    Quaff the local wines

    Locally-grown wines are always much cheaper than the others on the list, and if you’re self-catering, make sure you ask for the local option at the supermarché.

    Stay by the bar

    If you’re on the continent, eating and drinking at the bar is always way cheaper than at a table. For example, a coffee in Rome may be €1, whereas if you head to a table it can be three or four times as much!

    Head off the beaten track

    If you’re in a tourist area, you can guarantee that the cafes, gift shops and restaurants will be much more expensive than the ones a little way back from the hustle and bustle. Go for a quick mooch round the back streets and see what you can find. You’ll probably get friendlier, more personal service too.

    Do your homework so you don’t get a traffic fine

    In most countries in continental Europe, the police will levy on-the-spot fines and there are nearly as many speed cameras as there are in the UK. Another thing to watch out for is the variable speed limits. When you enter a village, town or city, the limits drop to 50kmph or even lower, so do pay attention.

    In France, there’s the added complication (although it makes excellent sense) of speed limits dropping when it rains. On the motorway it falls from 130kmph to 110kmph; on dual carriageways it’s from 110kmph to 100kmph, and on open roads its 90kmph down to 80kmph.

    If you have any great money-saving tips for holidays, let us know in the comments!

    Swagbucks Infographic: Christmas in July

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    According to Swagbucks, Christmas in July is a real thing. People are already saving up for the holidays (and 7% of people started shopping for Christmas the day after last Christmas!). Get more facts in the infographic below:

    Christmas in July | ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    Swagbucks wants you to know that they are a fun rewards program that gives you free gift cards and cash for the everyday things you already do online. You can conveniently earn points (called SB) when you shop at your favorite retailers, watch entertaining videos, search the web, answer surveys and find great deals. Redeem your points for free gift cards to your favorite retailers like Amazon or Walmart, to name a few, or get cash back from PayPal!

    One of the best parts is that it costs you nothing to join and be a member! You decide how to earn, and you can do it at home or on the go (using their mobile apps). Join today and start earning for December – it’ll be around the corner before you know it!

    As always, thank you if you join(ed) Swagbucks using my referral link!

    Deal Roundup: Target, Walgreens, Dollar Tree

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    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - June 20, 2016 | Chief Family Officer

    Target: Triscuit for $1
    Buy: 2 Nabisco Triscuit Crackers at 2/$4 {price may vary}
    Use: $1/2 Nabisco Triscuit Crackers coupon from 5/22 Smart Source
    Pay: $3
    Submit for: $1/2 Triscuit Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $1 each
    Ends 6/22. If you are a new Checkout 51 members and sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus when you submit your first receipt (and so will I, so thank you)!

    Target: Wheat Thins for $1.13
    Buy: 2 Nabisco Wheat Thins Crackers at 2/$4 {price may vary}
    Use: $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Product coupon from 5/22 Smart Source
    Pay: $3.25
    Submit for: $1/2 Wheat Thins Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $1.13 each
    Ends 6/22. If you are a new Checkout 51 members and sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus when you submit your first receipt (and so will I, so thank you)!

    Walgreens: Ziploc Containers for $0.48
    Buy: 2 Ziploc Containers 2-3pk at 2/$5.50
    Use: $1/2 Ziploc Containers coupon
    Pay: $4.50
    Receive: $1.50 Register Reward
    And receive: 50 Everyday Points ($0.05)
    Submit for: $2/2 Ziploc Containers Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $0.48 each
    Ends 6/25. If you are a new Checkout 51 members and sign up using my referral link, you’ll get a FREE $5 bonus when you submit your first receipt (and so will I, so thank you)!

    Dollar Tree: Glade Moneymaker
    Buy: 2 Glade Wax Melts 6ct at $1 each
    Use: $1.25/2 Glade products coupon
    Pay: $0.75
    Submit for: $0.50/1 Glade Wax Melts Ibotta rebate
    And submit for: $1/2 Glade Wax Melts Refill Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $0.75 Moneymaker
    Ends 6/22. Note that selection at Dollar Tree varies by location. Via Printable Coupons and Deals.

    Deal Roundup: Vons/Pavilions, Ralphs, CVS, Target, Whole Foods

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    A roundup of the hottest deals and scenarios at popular stores like Target – perfect for beginner and expert bargain hunters alike. Thank you for printing through the affiliate coupon links below, which helps support this site at no additional cost to you! As with all deals, availability and prices can vary so be sure to verify them before making your purchase. You can read CFO’s full disclosure here.

    Deal Roundup - May 18, 2016 | Chief Family Officer

    Vons/Pavilions: Buddig Deli Meat for $0.49
    Buy: 5 Buddig Original Deli Thin Lunchmeat at $0.69 each
    Use: $1/5 Buddig Original coupon
    Final Price: $0.49 each
    Ends 5/24.

    Vons/Pavilions: Farm John Hot Dogs for $0.75
    Buy: 2 Farmer John Meat Wieners or Turkey Franks at $1.25 each
    Use: $1/2 Farmer John Hot Dogs from 5/8 Smart Source insert
    Final Price: $0.75 each
    Ends 5/24.

    Nabisco 20ct Multipack for $5.49
    Buy: 1 Nabisco Single Serve Snacks 20ct at $7.49
    Use: $1/1 Nabisco Multipack from 4/24 Smart Source
    Pay: $6.49
    Submit for: $1/1 Nabisco Multipack Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $5.49
    Ends 5/24. The price works out to 27 cents per multipack, which is a great deal!

    Ralphs: Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat for $1.25
    Buy: 1 Oscar Mayer Zip Pack Lunch Meat 8oz at $2.00
    Use: $0.75/1 Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat Zip-Pak coupon
    Final Price: $1.25
    End date unknown. Via Southern Cali Saver.

    CVS: Tic Tacs for $0.44
    Buy: 2 Tic Tac 60ct at $0.88 each
    Use: B1G1 Free Tic Tac Mints or Mixers coupon
    Final Price: $0.44 each
    Ends 5/21. Via Wild for CVS.

    Target: Totino’s Party Pizza for $0.72
    Buy: 4 Totino’s Party Pizzas at $1.42 each {price may vary}
    Use: $1/4 Totino’s Crispy Crust Party Pizza coupon
    And use: 25% off Totino’s Party Pizza Target Cartwheel {deducts $1.42}
    Pay: $3.26
    Submit for: $0.40/1 Frozen Pizza < href="http://mobisave.com/" rel="nofollow" target="_blank">MobiSave rebate
    Final Price: $0.72 each
    Ends 5/21. Via For the Mommas.

    Whole Foods: Muir Glen Tomato Sauce for $0.69
    Buy: 2 Muir Glen Tomato Sauce at $1.19 each {price may vary}
    Use: $1/2 Muir Glen products coupon
    Final Price: $0.69 each
    End date unknown. Via MySavings.

    $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway from AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less®

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    AZO $100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway | Chief Family Officer

    When you’re pregnant, you read about the changes that are happening to your body, including your bladder and the muscles surrounding it. But still, I was relieved to learn, during a moment of joking candor with my friends, that after giving birth, we all have the ability to use the bathroom at any moment.

    That’s why it’s nice to know that there are products that can help when “I’ve gotta go!” has a special meaning. (Occasional bladder issues can also happen from aging, menopause or weight fluctuations.) AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® can help women enjoy everyday activities, like a night on the town, uninterrupted. To celebrate this, and to raise awareness of this common struggle, AZO wants to treat one lucky CFO reader to a night out!

    About AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less®:

    A safe and drug-free solution to maintaining healthy bladder control, AZO Bladder Control™ with Go-Less® helps to reduce occasional urgency and functions to maintain around-the-clock bladder support. The active ingredient in AZO Bladder Control contains clinically-studied Go-Less, a drug-free, naturally sourced supplement comprised of pumpkin seed extract and soybean isoflavones; ingredients that are proven to support healthy bladder activity and enforce bladder strength. Pumpkin seed extract supports bladder muscle integrity while the soy isoflavones help relax bladder muscles and sustain muscular strength in the pelvic floor.

    Suggested retail price is $18.99 – $25.99 for 54 capsules. Learn more at AZOproducts.com.

    There will be a high-value $3/1 AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less® formula coupon in a free-standing insert in Sunday’s newspaper. You can use it at Target for the following deal:

    Buy: 1 AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less® formula 54ct at $17.99 {price may vary}
    Use: $3/1 AZO Bladder Control with Go-Less® formula coupon from 2/28 insert
    Pay: $14.99
    If you can get the coupon in the weekend edition newspaper on Saturday, you can stack the $3/1 coupon with the current Target in-ad or mobile coupon for a $10 gift card WYB $40 of Health Products!

    WIN IT!

    AZO wants to give one lucky CFO reader a $100 Visa gift card so she can enjoy a night on the town without having to go! To enter, simply follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below:

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    RSS and email readers: Click here to reach the form.

    Chief Family Officer Updates

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    Updates | Chief Family Officer

    In an effort to make things as useful as possible for you, we’re making some changes here at Chief Family Officer. The most immediate change you will see will be in this week’s Ralphs match ups. Rather than providing a short list of highlights or match ups for the entire ad, we’ll be going back to highlighting the best deals from the ad in all categories.

    Based on feedback, we’ll also be transitioning away from full match ups for the other stores, and instead we’ll be providing you with the best deals via our Deal Roundups. (If you miss the full ad match ups, I recommend my friend Michelle’s site, Deal Mama.)

    If there are other changes you’d like to see here at Chief Family Officer, please leave a comment or send us an email at cfoblog *at* gmail.com. Your feedback helps us know what we can do to help you!