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

    This is post from Amy (who is obviously from the UK!). Compensation will be received for the publication and editing of this article.

    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: Earn Free Gift Cards with their Mobile Apps

    You may already know that Swagbucks is my favorite way to earn free money, but did you know that you can do you Swagging on the go?

    With the Swagbucks Mobile and SBTV apps, you can earn free gift cards on your phone! Like the Swagbucks website, you can rack up SB by shopping, answering surveys and watching videos. Here’s how you can earn $10 in a week:

    • While you wait for the coffee to brew, download free games and other apps through the Discover tab: 20 SB
    • During commercial breaks, take a featured survey or fill out your survey profile: 60 SB
    • While standing in line at the grocery store, answer the daily poll: 1 SB
    • When you’ve finally made it to the gym, watch style, tech and celeb news through the SBTV app: 2 SB for every 10 videos
    • Just as you’ve put dinner in the oven, your Swagbucks app tells you there’s a new Swag Code!: 3 SB
    • Before you go to sleep, use the Swagbucks app to shop from your favorite stores. You deserve it!: 100 SB
      • Invite your friends to download the Swagbucks Mobile apps so they can start earning their way to free gift cards, and earn referral SB for yourself in the process! They are free to download, and available for both iPhone and Android devices.

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

    Roundup: 20% off at Kohl’s, Free organic Greek yogurt, Free toothpaste, and More

    Our daily 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.

    Daily Roundup of Coupons, Deals, and More - July 28, 2016 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    ~ What I love today: My favorite TV spoilers site, TVLine. Yesterday, they had some surprising news about NCIS: New Orleans, the kind that would have left me confused and upset at the start of the fall season if I didn’t already know about it.

    ~ Kohls.com: Get 20% off sitewide with code SUNNY + Free Shipping on $75+ orders {exp 7/31}

    ~ MySavings: Free Clover Organic Farms Greek yogurt

    ~ MySavings: Wet N Wild lipstick for $0.97 at Target

    ~ MySavings: Free Visa gift card giveaway

    ~ Amazon: Moo Baa La La La Board Book by Sandra Boynton for just $2.75 {$5.99 value; 4.8 stars in 934 reviews}

    ~ Amazon: Kindle edition of Salt Sugar Fat: How the Food Giants Hooked Us for just $1.99 {4.6 stars in 971 reviews}

    ~ Today only at Amazon: Diamond Jewelry for under $100 {get diamond stud earrings for as low as $22.38!}

    ~ New Coupons.com printables:

    Buy any ONE multipack of init bars, get ONE free
    $2.50 off ONE Carmex Cold Sore Treatment
    $1.00 off one Ripple Foods
    $0.50 off ONE Always Pad

    ~ Pampers Rewards: Get 15 points with codes FB2MD3I2FA31C16 {10 points} and TWV83SK3AL85B16 {5 points}

    ~ The Kitchn: The best way to freeze eggplant

    ~ For the Mommas: Dial foaming hand soap for $0.98 at Target

    ~ For the Mommas: Free Crest toothpaste next week at CVS


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    Best of Ralphs Coupon Match Ups and Deals: July 27 – Aug 2, 2016

    This summary of deals at Ralphs is based on the ad posted on the Ralphs Facebook page. I don’t list all of the sale items, only the good ones. If I missed any, please let us know in the comments. I don’t print every coupon, so please verify quantities and value. Learn about shopping at Ralphs, including their coupon policy, here. Don’t forget to load the weekly coupons on the Ralphs Facebook page for more discounts!

    I’ve marked what I consider to be stock-up prices with an asterisk (*). It may not be the lowest price I’ve ever seen, but it’s low enough that I think it’s worth buying extra if it’s something you buy regularly.

    Thank you for printing your coupons through the links below. Many are affiliate links that help support this site at no cost to you!

    COUPON AND REBATE DEALS

    Fiber One Bars – $1.99
    $0.50/2 select Fiber One Products – 6-12-16 SS (exp 08/06/16)
    $0.50/2 select Fiber One Products – 7-10-16 SS (exp 09/03/16)
    Final Price: $1.74 each

    Nature Valley Bars – $1.99
    $0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars or Backpacker Chewy Oatmeal Bites – 6-12-16 SS (exp 08/06/16)
    $0.50/2 Nature Valley Granola Bars or Backpacker Oatmeal Bites – 7-10-16 SS (exp 09/03/16)
    Final Price: $1.74 each

    Simple Truth Large Cage Free Eggs – $2.99
    $0.25/1 dozen Eggs Ibotta rebate
    $0.10/1 dozen Eggs MobiSave Rebate
    Final Price: $2.64

    *Blueberries – $0.99
    $0.50/1 Driscolls Berries Email Coupon {requires code from prior package}
    Final Price: $0.49, if Driscolls brand available

    Strawberries, Blackberries, or Raspberries – $2.50
    $0.50/1 Driscolls Berries Email Coupon {requires code from prior package}
    Final Price: $2, if Driscolls brand available

    Yellow Peaches – $1.49/lb
    20% back WYB Loose Peaches SavingStar rebate
    Final Price: $1.19/lb

    Organic Yellow Peaches – $2.49/lb
    20% back WYB Loose Peaches SavingStar rebate
    Final Price: $1.99/lb

    *Organic Cucumber – $0.99 each
    $0.25/1 Cucumber Checkout 51 rebate
    Final Price: $0.74

    *Bic Cristal Pens – $1
    $1.00/1 BIC Stationery Product – 7-24-16 SS (exp 08/06/16)
    Final Price: FREE

    *FREE FRIDAY DOWNLOAD
    Visit Ralphs.com/FreeFridayDownload on Friday, 7/29, for a digital coupon for a FREE Sparkling ICE Tea

    Buy 5, Save $5 Mix & Match Sale

    Prices listed include discount.

    Nabisco Snack or Ritz Crackers – $1.77
    $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products – 6-26-16 SS (exp 08/06/16)
    Final Price: $1.40 each

    *Nabisco Snak Saks – $0.99
    $0.75/2 Nabisco Cookie or Cracker Products – 6-26-16 SS (exp 08/06/16)
    Final Price: $0.63 each

    *General Mills Cereal, Family Size – $1.99
    Pictured: Honey Nut Cheerios
    $0.50/1 General Mills Lucky Charms Cereal
    $1.00/2 General Mills Cheerios Cereals
    $1.00/2 General Mills Big G Cocoa Puffs, Cookie Crisp, or Trix Cereals
    $1.00/1 General Mills Tiny Toast Cereal – 7-10-16 SS (exp 08/20/16)
    $1.00/1 General Mills Tiny Toast Cereal
    $1.00/3 General Mills Big G Cereals: Many Listed Including Cheerios; Chex; Cinn Toast Crunch; Cocoa Puffs; Lucky Charms; Trix; Reese’s Puffs; Fiber One; Cookie Crisp – 7-10-16 SS (exp 08/20/16)
    Final Price: As low as $0.99, if Tiny Toast included

    Keebler Cookies – $1.99
    $1/1 Keebler Cookies Kellogg’s Family Rewards coupon {requires 850 points}
    Final Price: $0.99

    Cheez-It Crackers – $1.99
    $1/1 Cheez-It Crackers Kellogg’s Family Rewards coupon {requires 850 points}
    Final Price: $0.99

    Charmin Bath Tissue 6 Mega Rolls – $4.99
    $1.00/1 Charmin Ultra Soft or Strong Toilet Paper
    $1.00/1 select Charmin Product – 7-3-16 PG (exp 07/30/16)
    $0.25/1 Charmin Product – 7-31-16 PG; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Identical Coupons Per Household Per Day (exp 08/27/16)
    Final Price: As low as $3.99

    *Bounty Paper Towels, 6 Big or 8 Regular Rolls – $4.99
    $1.00/1 Bounty Paper Towels
    $1.00/1 Bounty Paper Towel Product – 7-3-16 PG (exp 07/30/16)
    $0.25/1 Bounty Product – 7-31-16 PG; Excludes Single Rolls and Napkins; Excludes Trial and Travel Size; Limit of 4 Identical Coupons Per Household Per Day (exp 08/27/16)
    Final Price: As low as $3.99

    Kroger Cheese – $1.49

    *Mother’s Cookies – $0.99

    *Coca-Cola 6pk 16.9oz bottles – $1.99

    OTHER DEALS

    MEAT

    Pork – 50% off
    Chops, Roasts, and Ribs

    Foster Farms Chicken, value pack – $0.88/lb
    Split Breasts, Drumsticks, Thighs, Whole Chicken

    Boneless Chuck Steak or Roast – $4.99/lb

    PRODUCE

    Red, Green or Black Seedless Grapes – $0.99/lb

    Navel Oranges – $0.99/lb

    Bartlett Pears – $0.99/lb

    Sweet Onions – $0.99/lb

    Roma Tomatoes – $0.99/lb

    Spinach – $0.99/bunch

    Red, Yellow or Orange Bell Pepper – $0.99 each

    Yellow Nectarines – $1.49/lb

    Whole Seedless Watermelon or Large Honeydew Melon – $0.49/lb

    MISC ITEMS

    Lean Cuisine or Stouffer’s Entree – $1.88

    Office Works Pencils 10ct – $1

    Office Works Kid’s Scissors – $1

    Top Flight Filler Paper 150ct – $1

    Elmer’s Glue Sticks 7ct – $2.99

    Crayola Markers 10ct – $1.49

    Crayola Colored Pencils 12ct – $1.99

    Expo Dry Erase Markers 4ct – $2.99

    Roundup: New CVS and Target deals, Walgreens Friends & Family discount on 7/29, and More

    Our daily 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.

    Daily Roundup of Coupons, Deals, and More - July 27, 2016 @ ChiefFamilyOfficer.com

    ~ What I love today: Overlapping worlds. I have two good friends – one who started out as a friend of friends when my oldest was in preschool, and another whom I met when our kids were on the same team a few years ago. They’ve become friends with each other because their kids started going to school together last year, so I feel like my worlds are colliding, but in a really good way.

    ~ MySavings: Moneymaker on Tena Underwear at CVS

    ~ MySavings: $20 off $150 purchase IKEA coupon

    ~ MySavings: Possible free Jo-Ann gift card

    ~ New Hopster coupons:

    Save 30¢ on any ONE (1) PAM® Cooking Spray
    Buy ONE (1) LIVE Kombucha, Get ONE (1) FREE (up to a $3.25 value). Unlock when you complete 1 LIVE Beverages activity.

    ~ Through tomorrow (7/28) at Shutterfly: Get 99 FREE 4×6 prints with code CAPTUREMOMENTS {pay $5.99 shipping}

    ~ New Ralphs Facebook coupon for $5 off a $15 seafood purchase

    ~ FDA: General Mills flour recall {includes Gold Medal}

    ~ For the Mommas: Nuk Sippy Cups for $0.37 at Walmart

    ~ For the Mommas: Brawny paper towels for $0.46/roll at CVS

    ~ Passion for Savings: Sally Hansen Xtreme nail polish for $0.69 at CVS {no coupons required}

    ~ Passion for Savings: Free Bic pens at Target

    ~ Totally Target: Clorox wipes for $0.77 at Target

    ~ Wild for Wags: Bic Pens for $0.48 at Walgreens

    ~ I Heart Wags: 20% off Friends & Family discount on 7/29 at Walgreens


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