Friday, April 25, 2008 Gift Certificates

If you're like us, you generally don't eat out unless you have coupons, or a gift certificate. In this case, you get both.

When you buy gift certificates at, you only pay a portion of the price--for example, $10 for a $25 gift certificate. That's cheap enough that not only are they good gifts, but they're a great way to save money if you dine out yourself.

Now, even though they're gift certificates, the catch is that they have terms and conditions, and you'll want to read the terms on yours carefully. The terms are set by the participating restaurants, and can vary greatly. For example, you may find a $10 gift certificate for $3, but the rule is you have to spend $20 or more. That still works out to almost half off. Others are only valid Sunday through Thursday.

What are the terms for the restaurants in your area? You'll have to visit to find out. Just punch in your zip code and you'll see all the options and all the terms and conditions before you without having to register for anything.

Check 'em out before you dine out.

Teach Kids About Saving Money With Snigglezoo Entertainment

It's a frustrating fact of life that schools just don't teach about saving money. If kids are going to learn about money and saving, it's going to have to happen at home.

Fortunately, the folks at Snigglezoo Entertainment have put together some products that can help. They've got a DVD with signing monkeys teaching kids about the value of saving. And let's be honest--what's not to love about singing monkeys.

You may have seen them before--lots of credit unions have started using The Money Mammals as mascots to help kids understand money and saving.

They've also got an "Allowance Magic" program about how to turn allowance into a great teaching experience.

The best part, too, for a guy at a blog called "Let's Save Some Money" is that nothing in the store is over $20.00.

So go check 'em out.

Monday, April 21, 2008 Chop-A-Thon Hotel Sale

Hotel Chop-a-thon Sale
If you've been waiting to book the hotel for this year's vacation, now might be the time.

To celebrate 10 years of dealmaking at Priceline, the Negotiator has given his best bargain beatdown to booking fees on published prices on over 23,000 hotels worldwide. When you book a hotel during their 10th Anniversary Chop-A-Thon Hotel Sale, you'll find lower prices on the hotel of your choice. The Chop-A-Thon Hotel Sale ends May 18th.

If it's the whole "put in a price" thing that makes you shy away from Priceline, they've got a nice feature where you can See Winning Bids For Hotels in Top Cities.
Use that to get an idea of the kinds of deals people are getting before you dive in and go for it.