Thrifty Tip

SixFlagsThis year will be our third year to participate in the Read to Succeed program!

Here’s a cool way for teachers and students (includes homeschoolers, too!) can earn FREE tickets to Six Flags Theme Parks!  Final deadline to be registered and have students reading log entered is March 2, 2015.

Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program is available to teachers and schools at no cost to participate, and it’s a great way to motivate kids to read.

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AMEXIf you are an American Express cardholder, hurry over and register for Small Business Saturday (November 29, 2014).  Registration is limited, so don’t delay!  Once you’ve registered, you are eligible to use your registered American Express card at participating small business merchants on November 29, 2014 and earn up to three $10 statement credits!

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FacebookSeveral readers have stated they are not getting Thrifty Texan posts in their Facebook newsfeed.  So, here’s a thrifty tip on how to get (or keep!) Thrifty Texan posts in your newsfeed, so you never miss a deal …especially during this holiday season when I will be posting HOT store deals, online bargains and high value coupons!

  1. “Like” Thrifty Texan on Facebook
  2. Click the down arrow on the “Liked” button and then click on “Get Notifications”
    (When you choose to get notifications, you’ll get a notification each time that person or Page posts something shared with you. You can turn off these notifications by unchecking Get Notifications.)
  3. Click on the “Follow” button and it will change to “Following”
    (When you follow someone, you see their posts in your News Feed.)
  4. “Like”, comment or share posts regularly!

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Do You Have Missing Money?!

November 4, 2014

Have you ever heard of MissingMoney.com? If not, MissingMoney.com is a national database that was established in 1999 by the National Association of Unclaimed Property Administrators (NAUPA) and enables people like you and me to perform comprehensive searches for lost assets required by law to be turned over to the states and provinces.

The most common types of unclaimed property include:

  • Bank accounts and safe deposit box contents
  • Stocks, mutual funds, bonds, and dividends
  • Uncashed checks and wages
  • Insurance policies, CD’s, trust funds
  • Utility deposits, escrow accounts

To search for your own missing money, here are the steps that you need to follow:

  1. Click here, enter your name, and click on “go.” You can do an individual, family or business search (you can even search for a deceased family member).
  2. If you find a match, you must complete a claim form. Most states and provinces require a specific form to be completed which asks pertinent information about the property and proof of ownership, such as copies of checkbook, passbook, bonds, etc.
  3. Follow the instructions to complete the specified form and supply any necessary documentation and identification.
  4. The claim form and ID are then mailed to the state for review. The state will respond to you directly after they have reviewed your submission and verified that you are the rightful owner.
  5. Most states send you an acknowledgment letter after receiving your claim. Claims processing time frames vary between states and provinces and property to property based upon claim activity.

Please note that there are currently only 45 states whose records are contained in the MissingMoney database: click here to view the list of participating states.

*I found money that was owed to my husband, once requested the check was sent very quickly!

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If you or someone in your household wears contact lenses, be sure to read this post.

My husband wears contact lenses.  Several weeks ago, he visited the optometrist and received a new prescription, so I set out to find the best deal on a years’ supply of contacts.  Walmart Vision used to offer a volume discount when you purchased a minimum of 8 boxes, but I was told they are no longer offering the discount. That meant I’d be paying $21.99 per box for Acuvue2 contacts and I was limited to purchasing only 8 boxes.

So, I set out to find a volume discount.


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I chose to purchase from ContactLensKing, where I was able to purchase the contact lenses for $15.45 per box, and could order 10 boxes!  That’s a savings of $6.54 per box!  Plus, I was able to use coupon code Secret15 and save an additional 15%! There was a $5.95 handling fee, but the shipping was free.

Within one hour of placing my order, I received an email stating my order had shipping along with a tracking number!  Talk about fast service!

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If I would have purchased locally from Walmart Vision, I would have paid $175.92 (+ tax?) for 8 boxes, where by purchasing online I spent $137.28 for 10 boxes that were shipped straight to my door.


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Be sure to price around for the brand you wear.  You may find that ContactsAmerica or 1-800-GET-LENS offer a better deal for you.

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Are you ready to file your 2013 federal tax return?  If so, consider using TurboTax.

With TurboTax you’ll get your biggest tax refund guaranteed, with 100% accurate calculations, and step by step guidance so you are confident your taxes are done right. TurboTax is the #1 Rated, Best-Selling tax software brand year after year.

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Discounts for Seniors

November 18, 2013

A friend had shared this on Facebook, so I thought it would be useful to share here at Thrifty Texan. I know many of you are like myself and have years to go before you reach the age to receive these discounts.  But, you likely have parents and grandparents who can get the savings.  Feel free to share this by clicking on the share buttons at the bottom of this post.

RESTAURANTS:
Applebee’s: 15% off with Golden Apple Card (60+)
Arby’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Ben & Jerry’s: 10% off (60+)
Bennigan’s: discount varies by location (60+)
Bob’s Big Boy: discount varies by location (60+)
Boston Market: 10% off (65+)
Burger King: 10% off (60+)
Chick-Fil-A: 10% off or free small drink or coffee ( 55+)
Chili’s: 10% off ( 55+)
CiCi’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Denny’s: 10% off, 20% off for AARP members ( 55 +)
Dunkin’ Donuts: 10% off or free coffee ( 55+)
Einstein’s Bagels: 10% off baker’s dozen of bagels (60+)
Fuddrucker’s: 10% off any senior platter ( 55+)
Gatti’s Pizza: 10% off (60+)
Golden Corral: 10% off (60+)
Hardee’s: $0.33 beverages everyday (65+)
IHOP: 10% off ( 55+)
Jack in the Box: up to 20% off ( 55+)
KFC: free small drink with any meal ( 55+)
Krispy Kreme: 10% off ( 50+)
Long John Silver’s: various discounts at locations ( 55+)
McDonald’s: discounts on coffee everyday ( 55+)
Mrs. Fields: 10% off at participating locations (60+)
Shoney’s: 10% off
Sonic: 10% off or free beverage (60+)
Steak ‘n Shake: 10% off every Monday & Tuesday ( 50+)
Subway: 10% off (60+)
Sweet Tomatoes: 10% off (62+)
Taco Bell : 5% off; free beverages for seniors (65+)
TCBY: 10% off ( 55+)
Tea Room Cafe: 10% off ( 50+)
Village Inn: 10% off (60+)
Waffle House: 10% off every Monday (60+)
Wendy’s: 10% off ( 55 +)
Whataburger: 10% off (62+)
White Castle: 10% off (62+) This is for me … if I ever see one again.

RETAIL & APPAREL:
Banana Republic: 30% off ( 50 +)
Bealls: 20% off first Tuesday of each month ( 50 +)
Belk’s: 15% off first Tuesday of every month ( 55 +)
Big Lots: 30% off
Bon-Ton Department Stores: 15% off on senior discount days ( 55 +)
C.J. Banks: 10% off every Wednesday (50+)
Clarks : 10% off (62+)
Dress Barn: 20% off ( 55+)
Goodwill: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Hallmark: 10% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kmart: 40% off (Wednesdays only) ( 50+)
Kohl’s: 15% off (60+)Modell’s Sporting Goods: 30% off
Rite Aid: 10% off on Tuesdays & 10% off prescriptions
Ross Stores: 10% off every Tuesday ( 55+)
The Salvation Army Thrift Stores: up to 50% off ( 55+)
Stein Mart: 20% off red dot/clearance items first Monday of every month ( 55 +)

GROCERY:
Albertson’s: 10% off first Wednesday of each month ( 55 +)
American Discount Stores: 10% off every Monday ( 50 +)
Compare Foods Supermarket: 10% off every Wednesday (60+)
DeCicco Family Markets: 5% off every Wednesday (60+)
Food Lion: 60% off every Monday (60+)
Fry’s Supermarket: free Fry’s VIP Club Membership & 10% off every Monday ( 55 +)
Great Valu Food Store: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Gristedes Supermarket: 10% off every Tuesday (60+)
Harris Teeter: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
Hy-Vee: 5% off one day a week (date varies by location)
Kroger: 10% off (date varies by location)
Morton Williams Supermarket: 5% off every Tuesday (60+)
The Plant Shed: 10% off every Tuesday ( 50 +)
Publix: 15% off every Wednesday ( 55 +)
Rogers Marketplace: 5% off every Thursday (60+)
Uncle Guiseppe’s Marketplace: 15% off (62+)

TRAVEL:
Airlines:
Alaska Airlines: 50% off (65+)
American Airlines: various discounts for 50% off non-peak periods (Tuesdays – Thursdays) (62+)and up (call before booking for discount)
Continental Airlines: no initiation fee for Continental Presidents Club & special fares for select destinations
Southwest Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
United Airlines: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
U.S. Airways: various discounts for ages 65 and up (call before booking for discount)
Rail:
Amtrak: 15% off (62+)
Bus:
Greyhound: 15% off (62+)
Trailways Transportation System: various discounts for ages 50+

Car Rental:
Alamo Car Rental: up to 25% off for AARP members
Avis: up to 25% off for AARP members
Budget Rental Cars: 40% off; up to 50% off for AARP members ( 50+)
Dollar Rent-A-Car: 10% off ( 50+) Enterprise Rent-A-Car: 5% off for AARP members Hertz: up to 25% off for AARP members
National Rent-A-Car: up to 30% off for AARP members

Overnight Accommodations:
Holiday Inn: 20-40% off depending on location (62+)
Best Western: 40% off (55+)
Cambria Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Waldorf Astoria – NYC $5,000 off nightly rate for Presidential Suite (55 +)
Clarion Motels: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Comfort Suites: 20%-30% off (60+)
Econo Lodge: 40% off (60+)
Hampton Inns & Suites: 40% off when booked 72 hours in advance
Hyatt Hotels: 25%-50% off (62+)
InterContinental Hotels Group: various discounts at all hotels (65+)
Mainstay Suites: 10% off with Mature Traveler’s Discount (50+); 20%-30% off (60+)
Marriott Hotels: 25% off (62+)
Motel 6: Stay Free Sunday nights (60+)
Myrtle Beach Resort: 30% off ( 55 +)
Quality Inn: 40%-50% off (60+)
Rodeway Inn: 20%-30% off (60+)
Sleep Inn: 40% off (60+)

ACTIVITIES & ENTERTAINMENT:
AMC Theaters: up to 30% off ( 55 +)
Bally Total Fitness: $100 off memberships (62+)
Busch Gardens Tampa, FL: $13 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)
Carmike Cinemas: 35% off (65+)
Cinemark/Century Theaters: up to 35% off
Massage Envy – NYC 20% off all “Happy Endings” (62 +)
U.S. National Parks: $10 lifetime pass; 50% off additional services including camping (62+)
Regal Cinemas: 50% off Ripley’s Believe it or Not: @ off one-day ticket ( 55 +)
SeaWorld, Orlando , FL : $3 off one-day tickets ( 50 +)

CELL PHONE DISCOUNTS:
AT&T: Special Senior Nation 200 Plan $19.99/month (65+)
Jitterbug: $10/month cell phone service ( 50 +)
Verizon Wireless: Verizon Nationwide 65 Plus Plan $29.99/month (65+).

MISCELLANEOUS:
Great Clips: $8 off hair cuts (60+)
Supercuts: $8 off haircuts (60+)

(Thanks, Kanietha!)

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Read to Succeed: Earn FREE Tickets to Six Flags Theme Parks (teachers, students, homeschoolers)

November 11, 2013

Here’s a cool way for teachers and students (includes homeschoolers, too!) can earn FREE tickets to Six Flags Theme Parks: Read to Succeed is an exciting program that encourages students in grades K through 6 to read for fun. Students who complete six hours of recreational reading earn free tickets to Six Flags! The program […]

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We Saved $4.43 Per Box by Purchasing Contact Lenses Online

July 2, 2013

If you or someone in your household wears contact lenses, be sure to read this post. My husband wears contact lenses.  A few weeks ago, he visited the optometrist and received a new prescription, so I set out to find the best deal on a years’ supply of contacts.  In previous years’, Walmart Vision had […]

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Price Point Sheet {Know When You’re Getting A Great Deal}

April 1, 2013

Have you ever wondered if you were really getting a great deal on a sale item – or if it was just a mediocre deal?  To help you know, I have added an easy to find link to my Price Point Sheet on the sidebar.  Simply scroll down any page on Thrifty Texan to just below the Coupon Database image […]

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