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Ten days of deals at Redbox, plus a free movie rental from Comcast

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: May 17, 2011 - 9:09 AM

Redbox  is offering 10 daily discount  deals starting today. Today's deal is only a dime off a $1 rental, but the discounts will increase to $1.50 off. Movies and TV episodes can be rented through June 2. Redbox movies are usually $1 per rental, much cheaper than pay-per-view prices of $4 to $6.

To get the daily deal, text DEALS to 727272 every day through May 25.



If you don't have a smartphone, here's a different deal. You can sign up for free coupon codes here. i just signed up and although I got the codes, I had to be carfeful to give as little personal info as possible. I'm warning you that the site offers multiple prompts to get you to sign up for stuff. Avoid it by clicking on "skip" when necessary.

I am not guaranteeing that the codes for a free rental  work, but here are a few from the site: DVDONME123, ACME25  and XTT75HM.



Here's one more free movie rental tip. Comcast recently sent cable subscribers a free movie rental coupon with a brochure about the new onscreen program guide. If you threw yours away, call Comcast and ask for a new one to be sent out. One more tip for Comcast cable subscribers: Call around the first of the month to ask about premium channel deals. I have been able to get deals on HBO, Showtime and others for $10 each per month. Sometimes I get three months free of one channel. When the deals expire and no new discounts are offered, you can choose to cancel.

Got any other DVD or movie rental deals to share?

Super America gas stations now accept competitors' coupons

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: May 16, 2011 - 9:00 AM



Until last month, Super America hadn’t accepted competitors’ gasoline coupon for years. But if you collect the gas coupons for 5 to 7 cents off a gallon from Holiday, Kwik Trip and others in the Star Tribune and weekly newspapers, SA stations now accept them. Even better, SA will double the coupon amount on Tuesdays. Most of the 233 SA stations in the state will accept competitors’ coupons, but a few franchised locations may not. Why the change? New ownership. Super America stations were sold by Marathon Petroleum to Connecticut-based Northern Tier Energy in December.



Most Holiday and Kwik Trip stations also accept competitors’ coupons, but they do not match SA’s “Terrific Tuesday” deal. You can also sign up to receive coupons via e-mail at holiday station stores. Need a coupon for 5 cents off per gallon now? Click here.




Daily deal sites offer something new today

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: May 9, 2011 - 4:21 PM

Some of the daily deal sites are offering something a little different than teeth whitening and spa specials today. And all of today's deals could be ideas for Father's Day (June 19).

Crowdcut offers a 90 minute in-home dog training session for $30 (reg. $65) from Aloha Pet care and Dog Training (Brooklyn Center, 763-503-4797). The site also offers a full-service dog wash for $15 (reg. $35) at Bubbly Paws (St. Louis Park, 952-657-5300). You can call either pet place with questions, but they do not sell the coupons. Go to the Crowdcut link to buy.



 Groupon is offering a 50 percent savings at Midwest Mountaineering (Minneapolis, 612-339-3433). The deal lets you buy a $20 gift card voucher for $10. I wish the voucher were for a larger amount, but oh well. It's a great place to buy something for the dad who'likes the outdoors. The voucher can also be used in the Thrifty Outfitters room upstairs. Note: I had a problem with the Groupon link saying that the deal was sold out but when I click on "buy" it allows me to do so. Go to the Groupon link to buy.




Livingsocial is offering a winery tour that's a little closer than Napa Valley. For $23 (reg. $46) get a tour for two of the Chateau St. Croix Winery (St. Croix Falls, Wis., 715-483-2556) and get a tasting too. The grounds include a carriage house, fish pond, stables and gardens,  Take home two glasses as a memento. Go to the Livingsocial link to buy.



Best travel deal for couples & families? A $15 Happenings book.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: April 27, 2011 - 3:30 PM

I went to New Orleans recently for the first time. I didn't do a lot of advanced planning other than a couple of restaurant reservations. I bought a Frommers guide and then a Happenings book for $15, an excellent travel bargain.



All of the 2011 Happenings books across the country and in Canada are now $15 including shipping. I'll admit that I didn't spend a lot of time thumbing through the Entertainment Happenings book. I might be frugal, but the idea of eating somewhere or taking a tour just because I have a 2-4-1 coupon isn't my style.

So whenever I saw something in the Frommers guide that interested me, I checked the New Orleans Happenings book to see if there was a coupon. I checked to see if there was a coupon for a taxi from the airport. No luck. The restaurants I was interested in? Only one was in the book, although most were eliminated because we wanted to eat within walking distance of the French Quarter. 

So with very little effort we saved more than $50 at Johnny's Po-Boy restaurant, a cemetery tour, a history of New Orleans walking tour and the Presbytere museum for a $15 investment.  

If you order any of the 2011 Happenings books for major U.S. and Canadian cities, you pay only $15 (free shipping) while supplies last, but you must use the coupons by November 1. Order at Entertainment.

Here's a sampling of the cities included: Vegas, Orlando, Phoenix, Chicago, Milwaukee and Fairfax County, CT. Canadian cities include Calgary, Montreal and Vancouver. More than 130 cities are included.

Got an expired coupon? These businesses will take them.

Posted by: John Ewoldt Updated: March 30, 2011 - 7:46 AM

I ate at my favorite "guilty pleasure" restaurant last night--Boston Market. The mashed potatoes are so rich they don't even need gravy, but I pour it on anyway. 

Recently I signed up for the restaurant's email VIP club and got a $3 off coupon for any meal over $6. When I took it to be redeemed last night, I noticed it had expired a few days ago. But something told me that Boston Market accepts expired coupons. Sure enough, they took it, but the restaurant will quit accepting expired coupons April 1, according to the cashier in St. Louis Park.



So who else accepts expired coupons? I know Cub Foods accepts expired manufacturers' coupons up to 90 days past the expiration date.



Bed, Bath & Beyond accepts their own expired coupons indefinitely, but you have to listen to a gentle reminder to "please try to use them before they expire" each time you use one.



Any other businesses that you've discovered that accept expired coupons? Either post a note here or email me at Have a good one.


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