Monday Money Saving Tip

March 1, 2010 at 10:55 pm (Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) ()

Read and watch for less: Instead of buying books/magazines or buying/renting movies and music, you can borrow these items from the library, swap with friends and coworkers, download freebies from the Internet, and get freebies online!

Check out your local library for movies – most libraries belong to a network and will allow you to borrow movies from other branches. Also, most libraries allow you to reserve a copy online, making it even easier to “rent” a free movie!

You can find lots of great freebies online… don’t forget to come back to The Lucky Bandit for posts on FREE Redbox codes and FREE magazine subscriptions!


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Monday Money Saving Tip

February 22, 2010 at 11:51 am (Coupons & Promo Codes, Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Never pay retail! Before making purchases online or heading out to the stores, search the Internet for coupons! My favorite coupon-sharing site is RETAILMENOT.COM – they have tons of great promo codes for online purchases and printable coupons to bring to the store. I’ve gotten codes for free shipping, 25% off an entire order, printable coupons for a variety of mall stores and outlets, and more!

I never thought to look for outlet coupons since most coupons state that they aren’t valid at the outlet. I didn’t realize that oftentimes this is because the outlet store has its own coupon. For example, if you plan on going to a GAP Outlet soon, go HERE and sign up to receive emails from GAP Outlet. They’ll send you a 15% off coupon! Just make sure you do it about a week before you plan on going, because it takes a few days to receive the coupon via email. Happy Shopping :)!

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Monday Money Saving Tips: Kids Eat FREE

January 25, 2010 at 12:29 pm (Monday Money Saving Tips, Restaurant Deals, Uncategorized) (, , , )

Lots of restaurants are currently offering deals on Kids meals to get families to eat out more often. Some of these deals are offered for limited times, and others are ongoing promotions. Since some locations may opt out of the promotion, so you may want to call your local restaurant before you pack up the kids.

Here are some restaurants currently offering Kids Eat Free deals:

Boston Market – Two kids Eat Free Saturday and Sunday! Valid for up to 2 free Kids Meals (14 and under). $6 minimum adult purchase required. Includes up to 4 free kids meals with the purchase of any Family Meal. No coupon required, but kids must be present to claim their meals. Go HERE for details.

Denny’s – Kids eat free on select nights from 4pm – 10pm. Get two FREE kids’ entrees from the kid’s menu with one regularly priced adult entree purchase. For more information go HERE.

Smokey Bones – Kids Eat FREE Monday from 5 – 7 PM. Kids 12 and under eat free from the kids menu. One free kids meal per adult purchase. This deal is available at participating locations, including Taunton. Go HERE for more information.

You can also check out these sites for more restaurants that offer free kids meals!

Kids Meal Deals

Kids Eat For

Kids Eat 4 Free

My Kids Eat Free

If you find any other restaurants that offer free kids meals in the SouthCoast region, let us know!

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Monday Money Saving Tip – Coupons

January 11, 2010 at 11:53 am (Coupons & Promo Codes, Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) ()

Instead of posting a traditional Tip this week, I’m going to share one of my favorite sites with you 🙂 … Printable Coupons and Deals

I recently discovered Printable Coupons and Deals, and I’m so happy I signed up for their newsletter! Every day, I get new printable coupon links delivered to my email. Its fantastic! They post a lot of coupons every single day, and they even give you helpful information, such as if a large ad or image prints and where it prints (middle of the page, top, bottom, etc.). This is particularly helpful if you’re trying to save paper and want to print another coupon on the same page. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve put a paper back in the printer because there was only one coupon on it and I wanted to print another one in the empty space, and a huge ad printed over my original coupon! So these little tips are a big help! They also tell you when the coupon expires (such as “Ex. 30 days from print) and if it has reset. They also have a large list of Printable Coupon Sites… so check out their site here!

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Monday Money Saving Tip

January 4, 2010 at 11:53 am (Huggies Enjoy the Ride Rewards, Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) (, , , , )

Huggies’ Enjoy the Ride Rewards Program is a great way to score some great freebies (especially if you have a little one that goes through a lot of diapers and wipes)! The Program is free and allows you to earn points that can be cashed in for rewards such as toys and gift cards (rewards also ship free so there are no hidden costs or fees!). You can also use the points to enter sweepstakes and/or online games or donate them to a charitable cause. There are lots of ways to earn points, including website activities, referring friends to the program, reward codes from printed promotions like fliers and coupons, watching videos on the Enjoy the Ride website, and codes from packages of purchased products.

To sign up for Huggies’ Enjoy the Ride Rewards Program, go here, click Sign Up Now, and complete the registration steps. A confirmation message will appear on the screen and an email confirmation will be sent to you.

Check out this Lucky Bandit page for a list of FREE CODES to get you started! (There are Crayola rewards starting at 94 points and shipping is free!)

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Monday Money Saving Tips – COUPONS

December 28, 2009 at 10:30 am (Coupons & Promo Codes, Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) (, )

I hope you all had a wonderful holiday! Now that Christmas week is over… its time to get back in the (savings!) swing of things! This week’s Money Saving Tip is all about COUPONS. There are so many great places to find coupons! In addition to printable coupons, newspaper inserts, and coupons I receive in the mail, I also snag coupons from blinkies and tear pads at stores. If there’s a blinkie (those little machines that spit out coupons) or tear pad coupon for a product I use, I’ll grab a couple and save them for when the product is on sale (the coupons are usually not posted near sale items). These are usually manufacturer coupons (not store coupons) and can generally be used at any retailer that accepts manufacturer coupons, so I’ll even bring them to another store if they have a better deal on the item.

Primarily, I print coupons from online, but recently I started getting the Sunday edition of the local paper and the Boston Globe delivered to my home. I’ve been grabbing the papers if I happen to be at the store on Sunday, but I’ve found so many great coupons that I figured it was more efficient to just get them delivered. The Boston Globe has a much larger circulation, and the coupons are SO much better. They have a lot more and a greater variety every week. But I also like getting the fliers for the local stores, so its worth getting the local paper, too. This week the Globe had a P&G coupon insert with LOTS of high value coupons! These will make for even better deals at CVS using Extra Care Bucks. (For more on shopping at CVS, see my post here.)

Other places that I’ve found great coupons are the printable coupons from, Smartsource, and RedPlum. I’ve also found some great coupons at Save-a-Lot. Many of these coupons are actually manufacturers’ coupons so they can be used at any store that accepts manufacturers’ coupons. A lot of other retailers also have coupons on their websites, and many of these are manufacturers’ coupons: Kmart has coupons here, CVS has coupons here, and Target has coupons here. (Target has store coupons and manufacturer coupons available. The manufacturer coupons have a Target logo on them, but since they are not store coupons other retailers may accept them.)

Other websites that offer printable coupons include: Mambo Sprouts (lots of great coupons for natural and organic products), Printable Coupons and Deals (This is a GREAT site! If you use coupons, you should definitely sign up for their newsletter, and you’ll receive emails with new printable coupons available from a variety of sources! They also let you know if there is an ad that will print before or after the coupon.), and ALL YOU (This is another great site for printable coupons – and they have a lot of exclusives that aren’t available on other sites!).

I just started a coupon binder and am excited to see how much I can save in 2010!

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Monday Money Saving Tips: Benny’s

December 14, 2009 at 11:09 pm (Coupons & Promo Codes, Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) (, )

Benny’s is another one of those stores that I was surprised to discover accepts coupons… Benny’s stores will accept manufacturer’s coupons for items that they carry in the store. I also contacted them to find about their policy regarding internet coupons, and they don’t have a standard coupon policy. I was told that as long as the coupons are scannable and for an item they sell, they would honor it. I can’t wait to go shopping at Benny’s! Last year, I got a bunch of great, unique toys!

You can also sign up here to receive special web-only Benny’s coupons in your email!

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MONEY SAVING TIPS: Target Price Matching

November 30, 2009 at 11:58 pm (Monday Money Saving Tips, Target, Uncategorized) (, , )

Target’s Price Matching Policy (as of 11/30/09):

How does price matching work?

If you find an item in a competitor’s printed ad that is priced lower than it is at your Target store, we will match the price. The competitor’s ad must be local and current, and the product must be the identical item, brand name, quantity and model number. is excluded from our price matching policy. Competitor catalogs can also be ad matched as long as the catalog displays a valid date and meets all other qualifications.

What if I’ve already made the purchase at Target?

No problem. Within seven days of purchase, bring your Target receipt and the competitor ‘s current printed ad. We will reimburse the savings to you.

What qualifies as proof of a competitor’s advertisement?

Please show us the entire printed advertisement. Photos, photocopies, or mobile phone versions of the ad cannot be accepted as verification of competitive pricing.

What does ‘identical store item’ mean?

The program covers items with the identical brand name, size, weight, quantity and model number of the item at Target stores. We reserve the right to verify a competitor’s advertised price and the availability of the product.

Can I use coupons when price matching?

A guest can use coupons when price matching per Target’s normal coupon policy. When the guests presents a coupon(s), these steps will be followed:

Manufacturer Coupons:
Manufacturer coupons will be applied after the price match is made.

Target Coupons:
Target coupons will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor’s price.

Combining both a Target and Manufacturer Coupons:
The Target coupon will be applied before the price match is made. If the competitor price is still lower than the price after the Target coupon has been deducted, the ad match can be adjusted to match the competitor’s price. Once the price match is made the manufacturer coupon will be applied.

Reminder: We accept one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item unless either coupon prohibits it.

Target does not ad match a competitors coupon-required offers.


What do you mean by local retail competitors?

This refers to retail stores located within the same market area as a particular Target store. Examples of a market area can be a city, a metropolitan area or a specific rural region.

What about online price matching?

All online pricing, including, is excluded from our price matching policy, as well as online retail promotions or products advertised on another company’s web or mobile sites.

Other price matching exclusions include:


  • Online prices, including
  • Promotions or products advertised on another company’s web or mobile sites, even those advertising in-store prices.
  • Timed events (e.g., early bird, door busters)
  • Items advertised as limited time/limited supply/limited quantity
  • Membership club or loyalty programs (e.g. prices that require a club or loyalty card)
  • Coupon-required or giftcard offers
  • Prices advertised only as a percent off or $ off
  • Competitor’s free product, buy one, get one, bundled offers, or special purchases
  • Mobile coupons
  • Sales tax promotions
  • Damaged product or opened packaging
  • Clearance or closeout items
  • Mail in offers or instant rebates
  • Product services (warranties, assembly, etc.)
  • Going-out-of-business liquidations
  • Special financing
  • Used or previously owned items
  • Display merchandise
  • Pricing or typographical errors
  • Owned brands (i.e., Home, Merona, Circo, Market Pantry and Archer Farms)
  • Non-branded items (e.g. produce not marketed under a specific brand name)
  • Target Portrait Studio, Optical, and Clinic offers
  • Expired Ads

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Monday Money Saving Tips

November 23, 2009 at 11:12 pm (Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized)

Per unit pricing… This isn’t something I gave any thought to before I began this money saving journey, but I’ve recently discovered that it can make a big difference. I always assumed the “value size”, “jumbo pack”, “mega roll”, etc., were the best value; however, once I started paying attention to exactly how much each unit in the package costs, I realized that many times its cheaper to get the smallest package if you’re using coupons. It may seem like it doesn’t matter how much each ounce of oil, sheet of paper, or ziploc bag costs, but these little savings can contribute a lot to your budget. For example, diapers are a big expense for my family, and I always try to find the best deal for them. I wasn’t sure how to determine the best deal until I started looking at the cost per diaper. Now, I won’t pay more than $0.20 per diaper, and if I can get them cheaper, I stock up! Sometimes, its cheaper to get the “jumbo pack” and sometimes its cheaper to get the smallest pack, but I always bust out my calculator to check! If you’re not comfortable geeking out like me, your cell phone probably has a calculator function 😉

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Monday Money Saving Tips: Stop & Shop

November 16, 2009 at 12:32 pm (Coupons & Promo Codes, Monday Money Saving Tips, Uncategorized) (, , , )

stopandshopThe Stop & Shop Coupon Policy:

  • Manufacturer’s Coupons
    • Manufacturer’s Coupons must be presented to the cashier before the order is rung up.
    • Only one manufacturer’s coupon per item will be accepted.
    • There are no substitutions, and the exact item featured on the coupon must be purchased.
    • The coupon cannot be redeemed after the expiration date.
    • Coupons with a face value of less than $0.99 will be doubled; coupons with a face value of over $0.99 will not be doubled. (This varies by store location.)
    • Total redemption may not exceed the retail value of the item. (Stop & Shop does not allow “overages”.)
    • No other food store’s coupons are accepted.
  • Internet Coupons
    • Stop & Shop accepts Internet coupons except in situations where manufacturer’s have alerted them to specific fraudulent coupons.

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