We’ve Moved!

Hey Friend,

Just wanted to send you a quick update of all the latest happenings at the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today! blog site. Come on over and check out my latest posts. Lots of new posts to read, including the following:

You’ll also find that I have expanded into the travel genre, another passion of mine. Expect weekly posts on “all things travel” like these recent ones, geared to get you out of town!

So come on over to the new Let’s Get Deals Today! blog. Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me  there to keep up on the latest deals around.

Hope to see you there!

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Let Invisible Hand Find Your Best Price

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Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Wouldn’t You Rather-Be-Shopping?

Hope to see you there!

Link to the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today Home Page.

Link to Let Invisible Hand Find Your Best Price new and improved look.

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Do you check prices online? Looking for the best price but not sure where to start? Want a “helping hand” to find a better priced flight? Then you need Invisible Hand.

What’s Invisible Hand? It is a browser extension that gets you the lowest prices on the internet for the items you are shopping for. Even airfare!

How does it do that? Invisible Hand searches the web for the best prices on your specified item. Then it lets you know if a better price is available via a button that “pops up” in your upper tool bar. Simply click on this button, and you will be directly linked to that lower price. This is all you need to do:

  1. Shop! Search for your item via Google, a retailer site or a travel site. Invisible Hand works behind the “scenes” tracking down prices.
  2. Save! Invisible Hand “reports back” with the best price, complete with a link to that price, reviews too if they are available.
  3. Buy! Click on the provided link, and the “best price” purchase is yours for the buying.

That’s it. It’s as easy as 1-2-3 to find the best prices with Invisible Hand.

Travel Planning? Let Invisible Hand help. Find not only best fare prices and alternative flight options, but hotels and car prices too. It’s such a handy a tool!

Want to see a visual demonstration of how Invisible Hand works? Click on this link to Invisible Hand Video Demonstration.

Why is there’s no “Invisible Hand” for my search? Invisible Hand doesn’t yet cover all products or every retailer. That being said, Invisible Hand currently supports 647 different retailers and 589 airlines, and it continues to add to this list. Many large retailers already provide a helping hand, including Target, Sears, Toys-R-Us, Best Buy, and Overstock. And with connections to 589 airlines, the odds are, your preferred airline is there too. That’s a lot of savings potentials! Want to know more about Invisible Hand connections? Check out this link for a complete list of Supported Retailers and Airlines.

How do you get Invisible Hand? Download it to your preferred browser. To do this, in the upper right corner of Invisible Hand’s home page, choose your preferred browser. Then click on “Download Now” and you are done. Invisible Hand does everything else!

Is Invisible Hand available worldwide? Sadly, no. It is currently only available in the United States, Great Britain, and Germany.

Want to know more? Here’s a few more features and benefits:

  • It’s free! No membership-required either.
  • Invisible Hand does not “show itself” until it finds a better price.
  • Get real-time prices, not last week’s specials. Prices refresh with each search.
  • It’s Google-useable. Search in Google, and let Invisible Hands search the rest.
  • Hidden prices? No more with Invisible Hand! It finds these too. (U.S. only).

But is Invisible Hand secure to use? Yes! It has passed Mozilla’s safety and security testing. It has also been certified 100% clean by Softpedia. And, it is recommended by Google, also meeting its’ standards. So go on, get your best prices safe and sound.

Invisible Hand does not collect personal, demographic or other identifiable information. It does not store IP addresses nor does it track individual browser activity. It only collects URL’s for the retailers and travel sites it is searching. Click on this link if you would like more about Invisible Hands’ Privacy Policy.

So are you ready to find your best price with Invisible Hand? Do you already use Invisible Hand? Let us know your thoughts in the Comments section below.

Cruising Into Spring

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Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Hipmunk – Your Travel Booking Partner.

Hope to see you there!

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Ahoy Matey! Have you always dreamed of taking a cruise? Are you a seasoned cruiser, just waiting for that next ship to sail? Either way, you’ll be happy to hear that now might just be THE time to book a cruise.

Celebrity Cruises

Why? Well, it’s simple supply and demand. Lots of ship setting sail into the sunset. Not enough cruisers to fill them up. Cha-ching! Deals all around for the savvy sailor. And that sailor could be you!

Here’s five examples of cruise deals you can take advantage of right now:

  • Royal Caribbean Hot Deals: These sizzling Spring savings will have you cooling off on the sea in no time.
  • Cunard Feel Famous Fares: Feel famous without paying fancy fares. Save as much as $2000 per stateroom on cruises well into the summer.
  • Norwegian Specials and Promotions: Too many to list! Check out their Last Minute Deals and let Norwegian sail you away in April or May.
  • Carnival Quick Getaways: Short on time but long on escape plans? These prices will have you sailing into the sunset for a long weekend getaway.
  • Princess Top Cruise Deals: With deals on cruises from Rome to Vancouver, the Caribbean to the Mediterranean, there’s something to please most every budget minded cruiser.

Princess Cruise

And one bonus deal! Check out Celebrity Cruises! From transatlantic to Bermuda, Alaska and the Caribbean, whether you are looking for a hot or cold adventure, there’s a cool/hot deal at Celebrity.

New to cruising? Here’s five tips to help you set sail in no time:

1. Choose a destination. Where do you want to go? One suggestion is that you have more than one destination. This will give you more choices for finding the best deals. The wider you cast your net, the better your chances are of finding a great cruise price.

Flexible travel plans? Then consider first looking for the best cruise prices, then pick your cruise destination. But be prepared. There are so many cruises to so many destinations that it can be overwhelming for a rookie cruiser to put “the deal” first. But hey, travel is all about the adventure, isn’t it?

2. Establish a realistic budget. Be aware that most cruise lines include all the food you can eat, and various types of entertainment, but not everything is included. Keep a portion of your travel budget set aside for extras such as wine with dinner, shore excursions, and souvenirs. And, if you are flying to your port city, you will need to factor this in as well as a possible hotel night.

On that note: if you are flying to the port city, you should consider arriving a day ahead of your cruise departure date. Ships don’t typically wait for airline delays, especially if you did not book your flights through the cruise line.

3. Determine your ideal travel time. With a little bit of “insider knowledge” you can set sail with a great cruise price. Most cruise destinations have what’s called the shoulder season, and often offer discounts on these dates. So, with your destination and budget in hand, take a look at your travel window and see what lines up with a cruise line’s shoulder season.

Got flexibility? Can travel at the last minute? If so, then pack your bags and sail off with a last minute cruise deal. The ship will sail regardless, and it would rather sail full of people, even if it means selling those remaining cabins at a discount. But it is a bit risky to wait until the last minute as you may not get your preferred cabin or destination. Either way, it could still be a great way to sail away.

4. Pick a cruise line that suits your personality. Huh? Ships have personality? Yes, yes they do! A family with younger kids might prefer a Disney Cruise, but a family with older kids might prefer Royal Caribbean. Princess Cruises are known to be child-friendly. Norwegian Cruise Line tends to be more casual. Upscale your preference? Oceania, Crystal and Regent may be for you.

Choosing your cruise line can be overwhelming, especially if booking it yourself. Consider doing some research before you book. Cruise line forums abound, but one favorite is www.Cruisecritic.com. Take the time to see what others are saying about the cruise line you are considering.

5. Inside view or outside view? Most cruisers don’t spend a lot of time in their cabins, therefore prefer to book the cheapest cabin possible. But be aware that the lowest priced cabins tend to be smaller inside rooms with no view. Need space for the family? Then you might consider splurging for a larger, more expensive cabin. Want to watch sunrises from the privacy of your cabin? Then consider higher deck, outside cabins. But remember: these types of cabins come at a premium.

Also consider your destination when choosing a cabin. Is there something worth splurging on to have that outside view? Some cruises are all about the view, like Alaskan and Mediterranean cruises. Others spend lots of time at sea, where your outside view will often be large expanses of blue.

Time to book it! Now it’s time to pick your cruise! But how? There are so many cruise booking sites to choose from! You can book directly with the cruise lines, book through specialized cruise line travel agents, or book via cruise discounters. Where to book your cruise can be as overwhelming as choosing a cruise line! If you have chosen a specific cruise line, you may want to check their site first for any specific deals, such as those sites discussed at the beginning of this blog post. Otherwise, here are several industry respected sites to get you sailing away:

  • Cruising.org: This easy to use site can help you determine which cruise best suits your style.
  • CruiseVacationGuide.com: This site is chock-full of useful tips to help you pinpoint your “best-fit” cruise.
  • CruiseCritic.com: Not only is this a great site for cruise reviews, it also helps you find your cruise.
  • CaribbeanCruiseDiscounts.com: A Caribbean experience your desire? Find the deals here!
  • CruiseDeals.com: Their motto is ” Better Prices – Exceptional People” to help you find a great cruise price.

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Not looking to cruise right now, but plan to in the future? Some of the best deals are are given to those who book far in advance. Meaning in some cases, a year or more out. It’s all about supply and demand again! As more people book, the prices go up. At least until the month before sailing.

Are you considering a cruise in 2012? Are you an experienced cruiser? Share your plans and tips with us in the Comments section below.

Loco for AmazonLocal?

Are you crazy-loco for a crazy priced deal in your neighborhood? But how do you find those local deals at loco-prices? Try AmazonLocal!

What is AmazonLocal? It is a website dedicated to bringing its’ members deeply discounted products and services from local businesses, national chains, and online merchants. Sign up now and save as much as 75% off a wide variety of deals in your area. Yep, that’s a crazy-loco deal worth checking out!

What kinds of crazy-priced deals can you find at AmazonLocal? Look around your neighborhood. Just about any of these businesses has the potential to be an AmazonLocal Deal. You might find deals on restaurants, spas, events, products, and everything in between. Keep checking back as the deals are ever-changing. Here’s a sample of today’s crazy-priced deals from around the country:

  • Philadelphia, PA: A Chiropractic Package or Personal Training Session, from $59. That’s 71% off the $295 retail value.
  • Milwaukee, WI: Nine Holes of Golf with Cart Rental, for $10. That’s 50% off the $20 retail value.
  • Denver, CO: Two Months of Unlimited Fitness Classes for $20. That’s 50% off the $40 retail value.
  • Scottsdale, AZ: Three or Six Laser Hair Removal Treatments for $49. That’s 78% off the retail value of $225.
  • Seattle, WA: Mix and Match Scanning of up to 400 Photos, Negatives or Slides for $49. That’s 50% off the $99 retail value.

Can anyone buy an AmazonLocal deal? AmazonLocal is a members’ only local deals website, but great news: It’s FREE! So, yes, anyone can buy these deals so long as they become an AmazonLocal member. How? It’s easy. Just follow these steps and you’re on the way to your very own loco-priced local deals:

Step One: Become an AmazonLocal member in one of two ways:

  • Existing Amazon.com account holders: Sign in through your Amazon account, same name, same password.
  • New to Amazon? Simply open an Amazon account. All you need is an e-mail address and a password to get started.

All signed in? Time to set up your AmazonLocal account.

Step Two: Let AmazonLocal know the cities for which you want to receive deals. You can do this by entering either a city or a zip code. AmazonLocal then lets you know what your choices are. Choose your city and add it to your AmazonLocal subscription.

Shazaam! You’re in! That’s all it takes to have you ready to cash in on your very own local deals. AmazonLocal does all the work from here, sending you e-mail deal notifications for your selected areas. All you need to do now is sit back and wait for the deals to come your way.

And, you can sign up for as many deal cities as you want. Going on vacation near an AmazonLocal city? Sign up to access that city’s deals too. Simply remove the city from your subscription when the trip is over.

How do you buy an AmazonLocal Deal? You’ve finally found the first local deal just right for you. What are you waiting for? Buy it! And here’s a few tips to help you out:

  • Check the “Time Left To Purchase” display, found under the “Buy” button. Each deal is a limited time only offer. You can’t wait forever to buy the deal.
  • Check it out before you buy. Time permitting, (see above), do a little research to ensure this is the deal for you. Be in the know before you buy – it’s just a hassle if you change your mind after you purchase a deal.
  • Decision made. Click on the “Buy” button, review your order, and complete your transaction.
  • The deal arrives. AmazonLocal e-mails you a link to your purchased deal voucher as soon as the order is processed.

You’ve now just scored your very own crazy-priced local deal.

A few more tips on buying an AmazonLocal Deal:

  • Read “The Detail” first: Each deal comes with a detailed offer description as well as who is offering the deal. Know your deal before you buy to ensure you know exactly what you are getting.
  • Read “What You Need to Know” second: Each deal also comes with specific terms, including scheduling requirements, locations where it can be used and expiration dates. Save yourself any headaches and know a deal’s limitations before you buy.
  • Oh no! There’s no “Buy” button! So sorry. This deal is either sold out or no longer available.
  • Oops! You changed your mind after purchase. It happens. You might still be able to cancel your order, but you will need to contact AmazonLocal either by phone or e-mail to do this.
  • Not your deal today. There may be prior deals still available. Look at the bottom of the screen for more deal options for your selected city.

How to use an AmazonLocal Voucher: The voucher is how you will access your deal. Once you make a purchase, AmazonLocal e-mails you the link to your specific deal’s voucher. Don’t lose it! But if you do, that’s ok. Go into your AmazonLocal account and click on “Your Vouchers” to find a list of your purchased vouchers.

Once you are ready to use your voucher, print it and take it with you to the service provider. Or, you can access the voucher through a smartphone, Kindle with Special Offers (more on this below), or other mobile device.

Most vouchers come with an expiration date so be aware of this when you purchase as well as when you want to use it.

Boo! My Location isn’t listed at AmazonLocal. Don’t see your city? Don’t give up hope! AmazonLocal continues to add more locations across the U.S. How can you find out when AmazonLocal has added your location? You can subscribe now to local e-mails for your area and as soon as AmazonLocal adds that area, they will begin sending you the deals.

Have a Kindle? Great news! Kindle owners can now purchase AmazonLocal deals direct from their Kindles. You will  need to subscribe to the Special Offers & Sponsored Screensavers, though, to activate this feature. Read more about activating AmazonLocal on a Kindle device at AmazonLocal Help.

Are you now loco for crazy-priced local deals with AmazonLocal? Have you purchased and used an AmazonLocal Deal? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Leaping Leprechauns, It’s March!

Dreams of leprechauns, rainbows, and pots o’ gold, dancing in your head? Then it must be March! And with St. Patrick’s Day just around the corner, now’s the time to channel your inner Irish. No shenanigans here! These deals are sure to have you chasing rainbows.

IrishTourism.com

Irish Inspired Tee-Shirts: What better way to show off your inner leprechaun than with a fun St. Patrick’s Day inspired T-shirt! Check out these deals sure to please any leprechaun.

  • Zazzle.com: Make your inner leprachaun proud with a Zazzle St. Patrick’s Day T-shirt. Use promo code STPATTEESALE through March 8th for an additional 5% off your Irish attire. If your order is $50 or more, it ships free. Purchase through Mr. Rebates for a pot o’ gold worthy 15% cash rebate. Now that’s a deal fit for the end of the rainbow!

Zazzle.com

  • CafePress: Get your green on with CafePress’s $17 t-shirt sale. From the tiniest leprechaun to the biggest, CafePress has the whole family covered in green. Want more green for your own pot o’ gold? Purchase through Mr. Rebates for another 12% cash back. Gotta love the green saved here!

CafePress.com

  • 80sTees.com: The 80’s are calling and they’ve got your lucky shirt! Get your own “luck o’ the Irish” with a vintage 80’s styled t-shirt. And with prices starting at $9.99, you’re already on the way to a lucky day!

80sTees.com

Lucky Charms: Need some “luck o’ the Irish?” Then it’s time to get your Lucky Charms. From Irish and Celtic bling, to leprechauns for the garden, to handmade Irish craftiness, find your own special Lucky Charm at one of these sites.

  • ShopIrish.com:From jewelry to home goods, food and drink to clothing, you can find “all things Irish” here. Be inspired! Gift your sweetheart a beautiful Celtic ring. Tip your Irish hat at your local pub. Protect your garden with a Solar Leprechaun. And now through March 5th, take advantage of their St. Patrick’s Day free shipping special.

ShopIrish.com

  • Glencara.com: Direct from Galway, Ireland, Glencara has one of the largest selections of Irish and Celtic jewelry in the world. Pick out your own lucky charm, and with Glencara’s “Best Price” guarantee, you can rest assured you got the best price. What’s not lucky about that! Four-day shipments to the U.S. and Canada ensure a St. Patrick’s Day delivery.

Glencara.com

  • CelticJewelry.com: Lucky is finding jewelry on sale, and Celtic Jewelry has a sale just in time for a St. Patrick’s Day celebration. These jewelry pieces might be discountinued at Celtic, but that just means a lucky deal for you. Better still, get a $10 gift certificate for every order of $100 or more. Oh, and more luck your way! There’s also free shipping on orders of $60 or more.

CelticJewelry.com

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Travel Deals To The Emerald Isle: Searching for Leprechauns and Rainbows? Don’t let skyrocketing airfare keep you grounded. If you can travel between now and May, you can cash in on a fab trip to Ireland without costing your pot o’ gold. Each travel special below includes round trip airfare from major U.S. cities, and with current round trip airfare to Dublin as high as $1000, these packages are a deal. So go on, see for yourself what’s at the end of the rainbow. Who knows? Maybe you’ll find that pot o’ gold!

  • Go-Today St. Patrick’s Day in Dublin: Always dreamed of being in Dublin for St. Patrick’s Day celebrations? It’s not too late with this deal from Go-Today. For as little as $799, find yourself hefting a pint to the sounds of Celtic music and Irish dance in the streets and pubs of Dublin. This deal also includes four nights’ accommodations and a full Irish breakfast each morning.

Go-Today

  • Aer Lingus Vacations: Who knows Ireland better than their national airline, Aer Lingus? And they have just the package to have you chasing rainbows and leprachauns in no time! With prices as low as $599, Aer Lingus has travel deals to the Emerald Isle that will leave your friends green with envy But you want to act fast. These prices end March 9th.

Aer Lingus Vacations

  • Sceptre Tours 6-Night Castle Hotels of Ireland: Dreaming of a by-gone era? Why not fulfill that dream and spend a week exploring Ireland’s country-side, complete with six nights spent in castle hotels! And with Sceptre’s Castle Hotel package priced at $999, it will seem like prices from a by-gone era too. This deal also includes 5 and 4-star castle hotel accomodations and car rental.

Sceptre Tours

Got a hankering for a pot o’ gold now? Are you ready to celebrate your inner Irish? Tell us in the Comments Section below how you might celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

Spring Away with a Groupon Getaway!

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Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Is AirfareWatchdog Your Low Airfare Dealhound?

Hope to see you there!

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Want to escape for Spring Break? Looking for a bargain on a quick getaway? Then you need Groupon Getaway!

What’s Groupon Getaway? It’s a partnership with Expedia.com to bring consumers the best possible deals on a wide variety of vacations for nearly every vacation budget. Find travel deals around your town, or around the world.

How do you get access to Groupon Getaways? Simply sign up for their free membership so you don’t miss the latest escape plan. Here’s how: Click on this link to Groupon Getaways, then follow these three steps:

  1. Choose a city that is closest to you.
  2. Enter your e-mail address.
  3. You’re in!

That’s all it takes to get the latest and greatest travel deals. Best of all: you can access deals from anywhere within the Groupon Getaways system. Simply change the city and you might find deals that are not posted under your chosen city. You can purchase a Getaway from any city offering, not just your own.

Here’s a selection of six hot deals you can buy right now, and escape as early as next month:

Best Western Plus Agate Beach Inn, Newport Oregon: Who doesn’t like a beach getaway, and this one’s a great escape for the whole family. Watch the kids hunt for agates and jump the surf while you sit back and sip your glass of Oregon merlot. Then wander back to your ocean view room at this family-friendly hotel Now that’s relaxing! What you get:

  • The Deal: Rooms for $110. That’s a 50% savings off the regular rate of $221.
  • Includes: One night in an ocean view room for up to two adults and three kids; an insulated canvas tote bag with a bottle of Oregon merlot, two wine glasses, a glass-blown wine stopper, bottle opener, and the DVD, Yaquina Bay.
  • Fine Print: Must travel between March 1st and June 30, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Two vouchers per visit. May purchase two for self, and one as a gift.

Banner Elk Winery and Villa, Blue Ridge Mountains, North Carolina: Got wine? Banner Elk Winery sure does, and it can be yours for a weekend with this wine-lover’s special deal. Feel like you have just been transported to Tuscany when you take advantage of this offer. What you get:

  • The Deal: A two night package starting at $159. That’s a whopping 64% savings off the regular rate of $436!
  • Includes: Two nights for two in a Blueberry, Bordeaux, or Pinot Grigio suite with winery tour for two and a bottle of wine.
  • Fine Print: Book by July 15 for travel between now and July 31, 2012. Or, book by February 12, 2013 for travel from August to February, 2013.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: One voucher per visit. May purchase one for self, and one as a gift.

Sheraton At The Falls, Niagara Falls, NY: Looking for action? Then check out this package, walking distance to the Senaca Niagra Casino and a mile from Niagara Falls. Just don’t take a barrel over the falls, please! What you get:

  • The Deal: Rooms for $79 or $109. That’s as much as 59% savings off the regular rate of $179.
  • Includes: $20 dining credit at TGI Fridays, $30 of free slot play and $30 spa credit at the Senaca Niagara Casino, making this package valued at $229 per night. Now that’s worth a gamble!
  • Fine Print: Must book by May 31 and complete travel by June 1, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Up to three vouchers per visit. May purchase up to five vouchers.

13-Day China Tour, including Beijing, Xi’an, and Shanghai: Fascinated by the famous TerraCotta Horses and Warriors? Always dreamed of walking along the Great Wall of China? Want to know how an olympic athlete might feel walking into the Beijing National Stadium? If you answered yes to any of these question, then Groupon has a deal for you! What you get:

  • The Deal: From $1369 for package prices starting at $2299. That’s a 40% savings. Don’t want the hassle of booking your own air from the U.S.? Then choose the “U.S. air included” option at $2329. Final price varies on which package you choose, but the savings are still Olympic-sized.
  • Includes: Luxury accommodations, all ground and “in-China” air, English speaking guides, most meals, dinner shows, and entrance fees. If you chose the “U.S. air” option, then practically everything.
  • Fine Print: Must book by March 31 and complete travel by December 31, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Up to two vouchers per trip. May purchase two for self, two as gifts.

Hotel Villas Playa Samara, Costa Rica: Winter blues getting you down? Then you need a sunny deal to brighten your day. Escape to a jungle paradise and rejuvenate your sunny side with this escape to Costa Rica. What you get:

  • The Deal: $459 or $749 for packages worth $925 or $1511. That’s a bright sun-shiny savings of 50%!
  • Includes: A four or seven night stay for two in a deluxe room with $100 resort credit for four days, $150 credit for seven days, a kayak tour, and breakfast every day.
  • Fine Print: Must complete travel by December 20, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Act fast for this one. The Groupon offer expires in 5 days, February 23rd.
  • Limit: Up to two vouchers per trip. May purchase two for self, two as gifts.

Culinary Tour of Abruzzo, Italy: Fancy yourself a chef? Want to learn more about Italian cooking? Then channel your inner chef with this foodie-delicious trip. What you get:

  • The Deal: $1797 for “one traveler with friend,” original price of $2995; or $3475 for two travelers, original price of $5990. That’s a mouth-watering 40% savings you can sink your teeth into!
  • Includes: A seven day, six night stay at the Palazzo Tour d’Eau hotel, four cooking classes, one pastry class, a day trip to the Adriatic Coast, tours of a salami plant, olive mill, and cheese producer, ground transport to and from the local airport, and breakfast, lunch and dinner each day.
  • Fine Print: Must book by August 31, and travel by October 31, 2012.
  • Time to Purchase: Groupon offer expires February 26th.
  • Limit: Only one voucher per trip. May purchase one for self, two as gifts.

Ready to book: So you have now made that big decision to book a Groupon Getaway travel deal. How do you purchase it? How do you claim it? Groupon makes it easy. Just follow these directions and you will soon be ready to take that escape you have been waiting for:

  1. Purchase your Groupon Getaway Deal using the BUY button on the deal’s home page.
  2. Call the travel provider before the deal expiration date. The number will be provided in your Groupon purchase.
  3. Book your dates within the allowable travel voucher dates.
  4. Mention your Groupon Getaway purchase and provide your credit card number.

To help expedite your booking, have your travel dates ready, including a back-up date just in case your preferred date is already booked. Also have on hand the credit card you purchased your Groupon with, and the Groupon deal itself.

Want to know more about Groupon? Then read Are You a Groupon Groupie?

Want to get an even better deal? Click to Groupon through Mr. Rebates. Right now there is a 6% cash back rebate on Groupon purchases. Learn more about Mr. Rebates here: Save More With Mr. Rebates.

Are you planning a Spring getaway? Where are you going? What’s your favorite Groupon Getaway? Let us know in the Comments section below.

Shutterfly: Your One-Stop Photo Shop

Hey Friend,

Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Shake Up Your e-Cards With Rattlebox!

Hope to see you there!

Link to the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today Home Page.

Link to Shutterfly: Your One-Stop Photo Shop‘s new and improved look.

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Yikes! So many photos from 2011 to print! There’s Easter at Aunt Esther’s house, Thanksgiving with the family in Topeka, and Christmas in Cancun. Don’t forget your son’s first basketball game and the school play, or your daugher’s dance recital and slumber party. Then there’s the photos you took on last summer’s vacation to Yellowstone National Park. Wow! That’s a lot of photos!

Don’t go all camera shy now! With today’s online digital photo printing services, photo printing is as simple as 1-2-3, and Shutterfly is one of the best!

What”s Shutterfly? No, it’s not a new breed of pesky flies! Shutterfly is an online digital photo service powerhouse. So where should you start your digital journey? Start with becoming a member of the Shutterfly family. You can’t lose … it’s free!

Free Membership Benefits: What does a Shutterfly membership get you? First, just for signing up, you will receive (50) 4×6 prints for free. Then sign up for a Share page (more details below) and you will receive another (30) 4×6 prints for free. In less than 5 minutes, you now have (80) free 4×6 prints. Additional features of a Shutterfly membership include:

  • Quick and easy photo and video uploading with Express Loader.
  • Lifetime, secure online photo storage.
  • Photo editing tools; get rid of those devilish red-eyes!
  • Add custom photo borders and personalized back-of-print messages.
  • Easy online photo sharing features.
  • Organize photos and create custom photo albums.
  • Create a wide variety of custom photo gifts. Personalize books, photos, calendars, custom holiday cards, and more.

Membership does have its rewards!

Shutterfly Special Offers: What Shutterfly does best is enable you to print photos without breaking the bank! Current coupon offers include:

  • PRINT30: Save up to 30% off prints. The more you order, the more you save! 25-49 prints save 10%; 50-74 prints save 20%; print 75 or  more photos and maximize your savings at 30% off the print price.
  • Save 25% on all photo books. No code required.
  • Save 20% on select photo gifts, collage posters, desktop plaques, and select stationary gifts. Again, no code required.

Shutterfly frequently adds new coupon offers so be sure to check the Shutterfly Special Offers page or an online coupon websites such as Retail Me Not or Coupon Cabin before you order. You might just snap up a free shipping deal too!

Don’t forget to click through Mr. Rebates before you order for an additional 5% cash back.

A few words on these favorite Shutterfly services:

Online Photo Share Service: Share your fantastic family fun with everyone! Shutterfly’s free share service makes it easy to share memories with family and friends. They can even print their own photos from your share page. Sign up now and receive (30) additional free 4×6 prints.

Online Photo Book Creations: Shutterfly’s photo book service is easy to use, allowing you to quickly create memories. You can be as creative as you want utilizing the “Custom Path” option. Or, let Shutterfly do most the work for you with the “Simple Path” option. Either way, you are sure to love the end results. The best part: you can share these books using the Online Photo Share Service!

And right now with Shutterfly’s 25% off sale on all photo books, you can preserve those memories and have enough left over to print a photo book  of your kids for Grandma’s birthday!

Print Options: You’ve put the finishing touches on your photos and are ready to print. You have two options with Shutterfly:

  • Pick Up In Store: Need photos in a hurry? Have a Target, Walgreens or CVS store nearby? Then choose your local store when you are checking out and in a few short hours, your prints are ready for pick up.
  • Home Delivery: Got time? The best way to maximize your savings is to plan ahead for the home delivery option. Most coupon codes are not usable when using the Pick Up In Store option.

Print Paper: Shutterfly prints its photos on high quality Fuji Crystal Archives paper. Not all print services use higher quality paper, so if paper quality is important, then rest assured that Shutterfly uses a premium paper.

A few final words on pricing and how to maximize your per/print price deal: It can be a bit tricky. Should you buy a prepaid print plan? Or should you only print when there are coupon codes such as PRINT30? Well, that depends! How many photo are you printing? And do you  have a free shipping coupon? Do you have a “members-only” special coupon to use? Here’s a snapshot of current pricing to help you determine the “best fit” for your print needs:

Basic Pricing: A 4×6 print price starts at $0.15/print. However, when using a coupon code such as PRINT30, you can bring that price down to $0.10. Not bad!

But if you plan to print a lot of photos, then you might want to consider a prepaid print plan, dropping your per photo price to as low as $0.09.

One of the more efficient and cost effective ways to maximize your savings with Shutterfly is to “stockpile” your photos until the ideal coupon combination is available. Shutterfly does allow coupon combining.

Have Friends? Invite them to a Shutterfly memberships and receive (15) more free 4×6 prints for each friend who signs up and makes a purchase. Don’t have a membership? Ask me in the Comments Section below and I will send you a personal invite! Help me get (15) free photos!

Check out these prior blogs to learn more about Please Retail Me Not, Get Coupon Cabin Fever, or Save More with Mr.Rebates.

Do you have memories to print? Where do you print your photos? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

5 Valentine’s Day Gift Ideas

Have someone special you want to surprise this Valentine’s Day? Don’t want to give the “standard” gift of flowers and chocolate? Here’s 5 gift ideas for all budgets to add pizzazz and sparks to your gift giving plans!

Little Miss Cupcake

1. Cozy Wine and Dine: Who doesn’t love a fabulous home cooked meal with their loved ones? Channel your “inner-gourmet” with a glam new recipe and a bottle of wine to go with it. Where to find that recipe and wine? Try these sites:

  • Gilt Taste: Find tasty recipes ready to cook as well as tips on preparation and food items to purchase at Gilt Taste. Be sure to check out the gourmet food deals to compliment your menu. A boon for the foodie in you. A mouthful of happiness for your someone special!
  • Gilt Wine: Find a wine that best compliments your gourmet meal with Gilt Taste’s weekly wine deals. Make your oenophile’s taste buds happy.
  • WinesTilSoldOut: Follow your home cooked meal with a special bottle of wine. And why not get that wine at a steal! If you don’t have a discount wine store nearby, there’s plenty of tasty wine deals here.

Gilt Taste

2. A Night on The Town: Don’t want to channel your inner chef? Why not try out a fab new restaurant without breaking the bank? Valentine’s Day is one of the busiest nights for restaurants, so if you are planning an evening on the town, make sure you plan ahead with reservations. However, if crowds aren’t your pleasure, why not celebrate another night? Consider an early Valentine’s Day dinner on Monday. Or perhaps a nightclub the following Saturday. These websites offer daily delectable deals perfect for your night out. Sign up and have the latest offers delivered straight to your e-mail:

  • Groupon Deals: Find yourself eating up a great deal at a Zagat rated gastronomically delightful restaurant special discovered at Groupon.
  • Gilt City: Dance the night away with specials of all kinds and make it a night on the town to remember thanks to a Gilt City special.

Gilt City

3. Baubles and Trinkets: Looking for a “gift from the heart” for your Valentine’s Day sweetheart? Perhaps a hand-crafted necklace is the answer for a special woman in your life. And for that special man, here’s a few ideas too!

  • Gilt Gifts for Women: Finding the right necklace can be a bit overwhelming. Why not let Gilt guide you to the perfect piece, and save enough to also get those matching earrings!
  • Gilt Gifts for Men: Find a sweet Valentine’s gift for that sweet man with Gilt Men’s gift guide.
  • Etsy: Want a gift as unique as your someone special? Etsy might just have it! Let Etsy’s artists and crafters’s Valentine’s Day Gift guide find you the perfect “something special.”
  • RetailMeNot Idea List: Stumped for ideas? Then why not let RetailMeNot be your guide. RetailMeNot has compiled an extensive list of shopping ideas in a variety of categories, all at bargain prices! You gotta love that deal!
  • Gifting Grace: Still not sure what to get? Perhaps Gifting Grace’s Valentine’s Day gift guide will have the answer. Be sure to check for coupons with RetailMeNot! Right now, use GG25D to can get 25% off a $100 purchase.

Gifting Grace

4. Framed Memories: A gift that keeps on showing the love! Favorite photos can become great budget conscious gifts. Create a custom 2012 calendar, photo album or coffee mug that shows your love for months and years to come. Simply upload your photos to one of the several online digital photoshops and let them help you create a truly custom gift. Sites such as Shutterfly make it easy.

  • Shutterfly: Act fast to take advantage of Shutterfly’s current sale on “all gifts photo” and to ensure an on time delivery. Don’t forget coupon code SHIP30 for free shipping and Mr. Rebates for an additional 5% cash back rebate!
  • Target Photo: Need a last minute photo gift? Upload your photo to Shutterfly, and then with the “Print Local” feature, have your photos printed at Target that same day. Then drive on over, pick up your photo, and head over to Target’s Home Goods section for the perfect picture frame. Shazaam! A great last minute gift. Don’t forget to print your applicable Target Photo Coupon for additional savings.

5. Weekend Getaway: How about a romantic escape to reconnect with your special someone? Valentine’s Day is on a Tuesday, not a weekend this year, but that’s ok! Gift a weekend getaway in a Valentine’s Day card, and escape the following weekend. Several sites offer great deals to satisfy most tastes and budgets from romantic to adventurous, fireside charm to waterside wonders:

  • Groupon Getaways: From coast to coast, and overseas too, find vacation bargains for as much as 50% off at Groupon GetAways. Escape with a $129 special for a $258 Bed & Breakfast in the Colorado San Juan Mountains, or a fab $129 price for a $218 beachfront hotel in Fort Myers FLA.
  • Hotels.com: A great source for hotels near and far! Follow the Deal-of-the-Day and you might just score as much as 50% off a chic downtown escape. Use coupon code REBATES12 for additional savings of between $20 – $100 on any Hotels.com booking right now.
  • Jetsetter: Looking for just a little bit “more” in your weekend getaway? Jetsetter has quite a selection of sweet escape deals to choose from!
  • Budget Travel: Just not sure what to do? Budget Travel has lots of great ideas that are the “Real Deals” at at these prices.

Groupon Getaway

Just remember: if you are ordering items online, don’t wait until the last minute. They might not arrive in time for your special day! Also don’t forget to check RetailMeNot for new coupon codes and Mr. Rebates for additional rebates before you complete any online purchase.

Want to learn more about Gilt, RetailMeNot, Groupon or Mr.Rebates? Check out these prior blog posts for full details:

Do you plan to do anything special for Valentine’s Day? What’s your favorite Valentine’s Day gift idea? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

QR Codes: Unlock The Hidden Potential

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Just wanted to let you know that I have relaunched my blog at a whole new site, with a whole new look! Check it out, re-bookmark the new site, and follow me over there. Lots of new posts to read, like this post, Seat Yourself with Seat Guru By TripAdvisor.

Hope to see you there!

Link to the new and improved Let’s Get Deals Today Home Page.

Link to QR Codes: Unlock The Hidden Potential‘s new and improved look.

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Have you seen this image before? Have you wondered what it means? Do you have a smartphone? Then read on to unlock the “hidden potential” of QR Codes!

What is a QR Code?

A QR code is a super cool way for practically anyone to share information with other people. It is designed to squeeze lots of information into that little black and white square, just waiting for a scanner to reveal its secrets.

Piqued your interest? Want to know why you too might want to scan QR codes? Because you just don’t know what a QR code might unlock. Here’s six examples of where QR codes have been used to unlock both fun and savings.

  • Free Lunch Special: Who said there’s no such thing as a free lunch? Start scanning restaurant QR codes and you might just receive a “Buy one get one free” coupon for your next meal. Woohoo! Restaurants are using QR codes to share with their customers special coupon offers, videos of special dishes being prepared, recipes, take-out menus, even interviews with the executive chef.
  • Free Stuff: Really! You might unlock a link to a freebie, and who doesn’t like free stuff? That’s what Mountain Dew and Taco Bell did in a recent joint promotion. QR codes on Taco Bell drink cups linked to a free music download. Wow! Scanning the QR code got you a song to go with your taco!
  • Informed Shopper: Cutting edge retailers like Starbucks are implementing QR codes to enhance their customers’ shopping experiences. Using the Starbucks Phone App with its own imbedded QR code reader, learn more about that bag of Starbucks java, including where the beans were grown and how to best prepare this particular brew.

  • Museums Made More Interesting: While exploring your local museum, you see these black and white squares at many of the exhibits and recognize them as QR codes. Scan away to enlightenment! Savvy museums like The Cleveland Museum of Art are embracing QR codes to enhance their visitors’ museum experience. These QR codes can direct visitors to online or audio tours, fun facts or additional information about that exhibit.
  • Zoo Fun: QR codes have gone wild! Discover wild stuff at zoos like The Santa Barbara Zoo, where QR codes enable you to “interact” even more with the animals. Scanning a QR code sign might link the guest to behind the scenes videos of animals being fed, playing, or interacting with a zoo handler. Try it out! Scan this QR code and it will link you to the YouTube video, A Day at the Santa Barbara Zoo.

  • Personalized Gift Tags: JCPenny’s “Who’s Your Santa” program this past Christmas took pre-recorded messages to a whole new level. Gift purchases came with a QR coded gift tag that enabled you to record a personal message. Check it out with this YouTube video!

What will QR codes do next, virtual grocery store shopping? Imagine yourself accessing your grocery store’s virtual grocery shelves while relaxing at home. Using your QR code scanner, you scan the items you want and each item scanned is added to your grocery basket. Once finished, you check out online, and tomorrow, your groceries are ready for pick up. Or perhaps delivered right to your door! Sounds like a dream right? Well, this isn’t as futuristic as it sounds! South Koreans are already doing this at global supermarket giant TESCO.

Now for some technical details to get you started on your own QR code fun:

How do you “read” a QR code? You will need three essential items:

  • A device with a camera such as a smartphone or iPad2.
  • A bar code scanner app that can read QR codes.
  • An internet connection.

Once you have a bar code scanner installed on your internet-accessible device, you are good to go! Simply open up the scanner app, point the camera at the QR code, and scan away. It really is that easy to unlock a QR code’s secrets. Check out the JCPenny YouTube video for demonstration of how to scan a QR code.

Where do you get a QR code reader? There’s an App Store for that! Check out your device’s Apps Store where you will find a wide selection of QR code readers for both Apple and Android camera enabled devices. Here are a few of the more popular QR code reader apps to choose from:

Apple QR/Bar Code Scanner Apps:

Android QR/Bar Code Scanner Apps:

Even better: these apps are FREE! You shouldn’t need to spend anything to get a quality QR code reader. If you have an iPhone, you already have a QR code reader via the Google search app that comes with the phone.

Not only are QR codes fun, they can also unlock savings to the intrepid QR code scanner. That would be you! So go on now, get in the habit of scanning those codes! Enlighten yourself, add fun to your day, and perhaps even find yourself a great coupon savings. You just never know what a QR code scan will unlock.

Are you ready to unlock your own QR code secrets?

Are you already a QR code scanner? What’s your favorite QR link you’ve scanned? Do you have a favorite QR Code Reader App? Let us know in the Comments Section below.

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