My mother was a tremendous influence on my spending habits. All I had to do was ask her for something and she could find a deal.
With social networking and internet, I can go even farther with savings. I suggest that before you buy anything you spend time to research the product and price. If you are brand loyal to one product make sure you go to their Web site for coupons or their newsletter.
You can also tell them that you love the product. You may end up with some free coupons. I recommend you use an alternative e-mail address so your main account isn’t overwhelmed with ads and special offers.
Before you hit “check out” at any online, check out these sites:
■ Promotionalcodes.com has thousands of codes that will get you discounts at many popular retailers.
■ FreeShipping.org lists which merchants ship for free and provides free shipping codes.
■ RetailMeNot.com has more than 400,000 coupon codes for more than 100,000 retailers.
■ RedPlum.com not only has online discount codes but also a database of printable coupons for local merchants. Just click on Shop Online and sign up by entering your name, e-mail address and zip code, then hunt for exclusive offers.
■ Ebates.com supplies discount codes, but also offers cash back at over 1,300 stores when you start your shopping trip there. For instance, if you splurge at Victoria’s Secret, you’ll get a check from Ebates for 2 percent of the total order. Checks go out every three months.
Remember many Web sites let you put in more than one promotional code. This may enable you to get percentage off your order plus free shipping.
■ Visit P&G Everyday Solutions at pgeverydaysolutions.com to enjoy benefits such as free personalized emails full of updates, tips and savings just for you. Get free samples, too.
■ Google’s free Short Message Service, will let you text specific queries to GOOGL (46645). For example: text a movie title and a zip code and receive a listing of nearby show times. You also can receive step-by-step directions to anywhere if you send from and to locations. Go to www.googletutor.com/category/sms/
■ Install a free safety net on your computer from Norton. Go to www.onlinefamily.norton.com and set up an account with names and icons for your children, then download the application. You can track internet activities.
■ Here’s a valuable tip: Any Web page asking for sensitive data should begin with https, not http, to indicate that it’s secure. There also should be a padlock in a corner of the browser window to indicate it is safe.
■ Disney Music will be offering up to 50 free days of music downloads via Facebook. http://www.facebook.com/disneymusic
■ Become a fan of Green Works (click on the "like" button) and receive a $3 coupon.
■ Become a fan of Oscar Mayer and get a $2 coupon for lunchmeat
Mother Day deals
■ Give four of your favorite moms a year of Family Fun magazine for just $20- ($5 each). Order your subscriptions at www.familyfun.com/4friends510A
■ The Mother Day special at www.restaurant.com: Save 70 percent off $25 gift certificates and receive $15 off a Proflowers order. Use code MOM and pay just $3 through May 9.
■ Save onYankee Candles.
■ Take an extra 20 percent off any one regular or sale price item at Stein Mart with this coupon. http://www.steinmart.com/coupons_preferred.stml
■ Staple $1 coupons for office supplies.
■ Request a free sample of Hugo BossHugo Boss fragrance for yourself or send a free fragrance postcard with a personalized message to friend.
■ Sterling silver pendant for a boy or girl from Macy's originally $100 now only $19. Use code MACYSFF for an additional 25 percent off and shipping is $5.95.
■ Michael’s Craft Store is having Mother’s Day events. From 6- 8 p.m., Thursday, purchase aT-shirt and then let your child use Tulip Soft Fabric Paint to decorate. from 6-8 p.m., Friday purchase a picture frame for your child to decorate with Plaid paints. From 10 a.m. to noon Saturday have your child make mom a personalized Mother’s Day card. From noon to 1 p.m. your child can decorate a cookie for mom.
■ May is Bike Month. Start a frequent cycler program. Reward your kids with a coupon for a special activity when they spend time on their bikes. For coupons go to www.familyfun.com/magazine.
■ Celebrate National Children’s Book Week, from 5:30-7:30 p.m., Tuesday at the Carnegie Center, 251 West Second Street. Bring your favorite children’s book to share with others. Learn to make your own book and participate in storytelling activities and crafts. Call (859) 254-4175 to register.
■ National Train Day is May 8. Join Historic Rail Park & Train Museum in Bowling Green, Covington and Louisville to celebrate with tours, reduced admissions, and exhibits. Go to www.nationaltrainday.com.
■ Your child can earn a free book when he/she reads eight books this summer with the 2010 Barnes & Noble Summer Reading Program. Bring in your completed Passport to any Barnes & Noble store between May 25 and September 7 then choose your free reading adventure book from the featured list.