Take 10 minutes right after you finish reading this to highlight two things: 1) What were the top 5 best things that happened to you this week and 2) What are the top 5 priorities you want to get accomplished next week.
Write them down on separate pieces of paper and tape them to your bathroom mirror so you see them every morning. Give yourself credit for what you have accomplished this week and at the same time psych yourself up for what will take your life to the next level next week.
Today, my mission (if you decide to accept it) is to finish this week by expanding on to yesterday's blog about baby boomer discounts.
Why is this?
Because 90% of everything I do involves using a "discount" or deal-of-the-day coupon. I won't eat out at a restaurant, book a trip, see a concert, watch a ball game, visit a museum or get a message without knowing that I am getting at least a 40% discount.
Let's face it, everyone loves a great deal.
Thanks to the ability of the Internet to create the world's most ultra competitive marketplace, there are literally hundreds of websites offering deep discounts on everything from golf games and hot air balloon trips to wine and even hypnotherapy sessions. A little research and time spent signing up for their emails will get you the best prices available.
They are usually good to use for several months from the time you purchase them online.
An added benefit is, if you find you haven't redeemed the coupon it is still worth what you paid for it when originally purchased. Say you found a coupon for a $40 meal for only $20 at your favorite Mexican Restaurant. You didn’t notice that it expired April 1, 2013. Well, you can still bring the coupon to the restaurant at any time and redeem if for the original $20 you paid for it. You lose absolutely niothing by purchasing these discount coupons. Can that be right? What is this world coming to? Pretty soon we will be seeing acts of friendship and kindness of biblical proportions, people will be dancing in the streets,cats will be playing with dogs, complete mayhem, total anarchy.... you get the point if there is one.
50% off at local restaurants – I'm talking good ones too like family restaurants, high end steak houses, bar-b-que places, pubs, bars and even fast food restaurants. Folks living in the Phoenix metropolitan area will recognize names like The Wrigley Mansion, Dillon's, Taps, Studio Movie Grill, Dickie's Bar-B-Que, My Big Fat Greek Restaurant, Manny's Mexican Restaurant, Rosati's Pizza, Long Wong's and Sal's Tuscan Grill. I carry my coupons in my car wherever I go in a nice little black plastic pouch that sits snugly in the side of my seat so if we are trying to decide on a place to eat I have a handful of money saving suggestions at all times. That;'s not unusual or peculiar is it? Even when I travel, I stock up before leaving on coupons for the local restaurants. Who says you can't save a little money when traveling?
So it bears repeating, get on board and start saving some money..... keep those retirement funds where they belong...in those off-seas bank accounts we prefer not to talk about. Use these "fun coupons" wherever you go.
the "Deal of the Day". There are dedicated sites that are devoted to selling a single product at a highly reduced price for a 24-hour period. These include websites selling clothes, trips, wines, sporting goods, even appliances and home furnishings.
Many major retailers have adopted this strategy for their websites as well. Look at Amazon, Ebay, Overstock.com and even Big Lots.
Bottom line is to spend a few minutes getting signed up to these programs (I can assure you that there has been absolutely no adverse consequences from supplying my personal information on these sites) and then start planning your fun.
Here is a list of the most popular programs I know of or have heard of. They are in no particular order and I'm sure there are hundreds' more out there geared towards your neighborhood or tastes. When looking them up either Google them or just add a .com after the primary name below. Good hunting and have fun saving. When you find yourself saving sooooo much money and if you truly feel the need to part with some of your savings, feel free to contact me and we'll figure out an easy way for you to send this money to me. Stay tuned and Thanks for joining me !!!
Woot (Including wine woot, shirt woot, kids woot)
OzarkDailyDeals (This one is for my Grandkids out in Missouri)