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  • Pricing Error Laws: When Your Store Has to Honor a Glitch Price

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    Note: It is a good idea to bookmark this article, just in case next time you’re standing at the checkout line with a manager over a pricing error. You can also access this page by memorizing and typing this in a web browser: “TinaLikes.com/error

    Glitches and pricing errors can be fantastic little “surprise deals” when you’re able to get them from your stores. However, the “when you’re able to get them” is the biggest hurdle to overcome. Luckily, if you live in California (or one of several other states), you have the law on your side!

    In this article, I’m going to talk about how pricing error laws work to the benefit of the consumer, and how to use them. I’m going to focus specifically on how this law works in California, but you can check the full list of states to see if yours participates.

    When this happens (weather it’s a display price tag or ringing up at the price scanner), what I do is take a picture of the signage and show it to cashier at checkout. They will usually bring a manager over to resolve the issue. When they don’t, that’s when I will recite the CA Pricing Error Law below.

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    When you see Free Stuff Finder posting deals on pricing errors (such as this KitchenAid deal at Target) we always mention false advertising laws. This is because many states have specific laws that protects consumers from paying a higher price than from what is advertised on the shelf. So, if you see a price tag on the shelf that seems way lower than what it should be, keep in mind that your store may have to honor it or face fines and penalties! 

    I’ve never had a store not honor display price errors. One time (Star Wars Dolls ringing up for $0.99 in January 2016) the manager tried to refuse, I simply pulled out the following law and read it to her. She stepped away and allowed me to buy several of the toy. Hope this comes in handy for you. Let me know in the comments below if you know of such a law in other states.

    Specifically, California’s Business and Professional Code states this (Also see this code here and additional discussion here):

    California B&P Code #12024.2.

    (a) It is unlawful for any person, at the time of sale of
    a commodity, to do any of the following:

    • (1) Charge an amount greater than the price, or to compute an
      amount greater than a true extension of a price per unit, that is
      then advertised, posted, marked, displayed, or quoted for that
      commodity.
    • (2) Charge an amount greater than the lowest price posted on the
      commodity itself or on a shelf tag that corresponds to the commodity,
      notwithstanding any limitation of the time period for which the
      posted price is in effect.

    (b) A violation of this section is a misdemeanor punishable by a
    fine of not less than twenty-five dollars ($25) nor more than one
    thousand dollars ($1,000), by imprisonment in the county jail for a
    period not exceeding one year, or by both, if the violation is
    willful or grossly negligent, or when the overcharge is more than one
    dollar ($1).

    (c) A violation of this section is an infraction punishable by a
    fine of not more than one hundred dollars ($100) when the overcharge
    is one dollar ($1) or less.

    (d) As used in subdivisions (b) and (c), “overcharge” means the
    amount by which the charge for a commodity exceeds a price that is
    advertised, posted, marked, displayed, or quoted to that consumer for
    that commodity at the time of sale.

    (e) Except as provided in subdivision (f), for purposes of this
    section, when more than one price for the same commodity is
    advertised, posted, marked, displayed, or quoted, the person offering
    the commodity for sale shall charge the lowest of those prices.

    (f) Pricing may be subject to a condition of sale, such as
    membership in a retailer-sponsored club, the purchase of a minimum
    quantity, or the purchase of multiples of the same item, provided
    that the condition is conspicuously posted in the same location as
    the price.

    This means that if you find a pricing error at your local store in California, they have to give it to you. If they don’t, they’re breaking the law. Additionally, there are other participating states where you have a good chance of being able to get it at that price, as well. Make sure you check the list of participating states to see if you one of the lucky states included in this!

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  • VIDEO: How to Use Ibotta App to Save Money + 6 Pro Tips to Save

    UPDATE: Ibotta currently has a new promotion where New users get Free $10 after redeeming your first rebate. Don’t miss it!! The credit used to be $1 and for a limited time, it is $10!

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    Hello! I just uploaded a new video! An In-Depth Guide on What is Ibotta & How to Use Ibotta App to Save Money. I’ve also included 6 Pro tips at the end of the video. I hope it is helpful to you. If you have any questions, please leave a comment under the video on YouTube.

    If you’re new to Ibotta, click here to sign up to get a Free $10 credit when you redeem your first rebate within 2 weeks. Additionally, if you sign up thru my referral code, I become one of your Team Members. 🙂 If you are setting up Ibotta from mobile, my referral code is: freestuff

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  • VIDEO: How to Extreme Coupon at Target

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    Hey you! I just uploaded a new video! An In-Depth Guide on How to Extreme Coupon at Target – The Ultimate Beginner’s Guide to Target. Click here to the written show notes for this video. I’m really excited for the video, since Target is my favorite store to shop in. There are just so many ways to save.

    In this video and written note, my goal is to make the most in-depth video tutorial on How to Coupon at Target. I hope it helps. I also included 6 Ninja Tricks at the end such that even if you were experienced, you may pickup a trick or two. 🙂 Enjoy!

    Additionally, I had re-written the Target 101 Guide which is a written version of the video above.

    If you have any questions regarding Target, or have a video request, please leave a comment under the video on YouTube.

    Anyway, Click Here to see all recent deals from Target.

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  • VIDEO: How to Extreme Coupon at Walgreens

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    Hey you! I just uploaded a new video! An In-Depth Guide on How to Extreme Coupon at Walgreens. Click here to the written show notes for this video. I’m really excited for the video, since Walgreens was the first store that I had learned how to coupon in. So I can totally related with the overwhelm of learning the ropes of Walgreens. In this video, my goal is to make the most comprehensive guide on Walgreens Couponing.

    Additionally, I had re-written the Walgreens 101 Guide (since the previous one I did with Emily was almost 2 years out of date). Click here for the written version of the video above.

    If you have any questions regarding Walgreens, or have a video request, please leave a comment under the video on YouTube.

    Anyway, Click Here to see all recent deals from Walgreens.

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  • Video: How to Use Target Cartwheel (In-Depth Guide)

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    Hello! I just uploaded a new video! An In-Depth Guide on How to Use Target Cartwheel to save lots of money. In this video, I cover rules, tips, limits, how to calculate math for final price, and basic overview of what Target Cartwheel is and how to use it. If you have any questions, leave a comment under the video on YouTube and I’ll be sure to reply.

    Click Here to see all recent deals from Target.

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  • VIDEO: How to Organize Coupons

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    Hello! I just uploaded a video on How to Organize Coupons – one of the most common questions I get asked. While there are several popular Coupon Organization Methods out there, my favorite organization method is the Whole Insert Filing Method. 🙂 I like how little time it takes up front to get organized. It literally takes me 5 minutes a week to pull inserts and get them organized.

    Additionally, I also introduce my “Pencil Case Method” in the second half of the video – how I personally store loose coupons before I go on a coupon trip.

    There are no wrong answers for what method you choose. The trade off has to do with how much time you spend upfront, vs, how easy it will be to access the coupons when you need them. I used keep whole insert sheets in a binder, but that became too complex (when I got inserts from multiple papers and all the pages differs) and time consuming.

    I will be doing more videos on the other two methods in the future. For now, here’s my answer to “How do you organize your coupons?” hehe… Enjoy!

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  • How to Get Free Stuff Online (NEW VIDEO!)

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    This was my favorite video to make (so far), because this topic is at the heart of what Free Stuff Finder was about when it was first started in 2006 — way before we ventured into couponing and online deals. I hope you enjoy the video.

    Show Notes:

    Here are the resource links of tools I mentioned in the video:

    • Google Voice – If you already have a gmail account, you can sign in with your gmail account to get setup. Or if you are new to gmail or google accounts, you can sign up here. With google voice, you can get a Free phone number in your local area code. The phone number can accept calls, receive voice mails and text messages. Never fill out an online form with your real number.
    • RoboForm – You can read more about and download RoboForm here. It was designed to be a password manager, with plugins for your web browser. But it has auto fill feature to fill in commonly used web fields.
    • LastPassLastPass is an alternative to RoboForm. Another very cool password manager with browser plugins, and can help to fill out forms faster.
    • The video was based on the 5 Tips for Free Stuff Finding article from last year. 🙂

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  • *New Video* How to Shop for Free at Staples

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    Several people had asked how the Staples Easy Rebate works, because the word “rebate” sound a little daunting. I wanted to bring you along to Staples this week to demonstrate how simple the easy rebate submission is. As a couponer, we really shouldn’t need to pay retail for paper, especially with the frequent Staples Easy Rebate deals that comes out. Anyway, hope the video was helpful to ya. 🙂 Hit subscribe on YouTube to be notified of other new videos on money saving tips and frugal living.

    If you want to follow along and do the deal this week (Ends 11/15/2014), go here for details on the two deals I mentioned in the video. Very simple and good for beginners to try. Let me know how it goes for you. 🙂

    You can also access to both coupons here. Again, you can show the coupons from your phone or you can print them out on paper.

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  • How to Save at Starbucks – Never Pay Full Price (New Video)

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    NOTES: Quick Links from Video: Raise Starbucks Gift Cards Here and Starbucks Reward Program Here

    I love Starbucks. But I don’t love the premium pricing on their highly addicting and yummy treats. As a habitual deal chaser and frugal couponer, I’m always looking for ways to avoid paying full price for items, and Starbucks is no exception.  Even if the savings is small, every little bit helps.

    Here is my strategy for never paying full price at Starbucks. Yes, I have a strategy. And when my husband violates any part of this strategy… well let’s just say, it ain’t pretty. 🙂 (j/k)

    Step #1

    Sign up for the Starbucks Reward Program, either online or from your phone. Next, download the Starbucks app to your phone and then link your Starbucks Reward Program to your phone’s app.

    Step #2

    Go to Raise.com, which is a marketplace for buying and selling discounted gift cards, and buy a discounted Starbucks gift card. This is really very easy to do and the gift cards can either be physically mailed to you or sent electronically to your email. The discounts range from 5% to 20%, depending entirely on what’s available and how competitive the Raise.com marketplace is at that moment. The best price I’ve gotten for a Starbucks gift card was a 19% discount.

    I always choose the electronic gift card and in just a few minutes, once I have received the gift card’s code in my email, I can then enter that code into my Starbucks’ Reward Program via my phone’s app (or from a computer) and I’m off and running.

    Step #3

    Always use your phone’s Starbucks app to pay while shopping at Starbucks. When you do this, you are using the money from your discounted gift card you bought from Raise.com (savings tip number 1) and you are also racking up reward points on your Starbucks Reward Program (savings tip number 2).

    One additional tip I have, and this is the step that gets my husband in deep doo-doo because he’s too embarrassed to actually do this: If you are buying multiple items at Starbucks, buy them in separate transactions. So if you are buying two coffees and a food item, let the cashier know that you will be paying for them in 3 separate transactions. We do this, because a reward point (or “Star”) is given for every transaction.  This way, you can rack up points quicker than if you (like my husband) pay for multiple items in one transaction.

    How the Starbucks Reward Program Work

    By paying with your Starbucks app you are tracking your transactions in your Starbucks Reward Program. Once you hit 5 stars within a 12 month period, you’ll be in the Green level status. Once you have racked up 30 stars within a 12 month period, you will have achieved Gold Status.

    With Green level, you’ll get a Freebie (any drink or food item) on your birthday. And Free in-store refills on coffee or tea.

    With Gold level, you’ll get the benefits of Green level, plus you get a FREE ITEM every time you hit your 12th star. The free item is good on any drink or food item in the store. You can get the largest drink with multiple shots. But from my experience, you’ll get the most value by getting their pre-packaged gourmet salads. They are the most expensive food or drink item carried at the store at $6.99. My favorite is the Chicken Quinoa Salad. Awesome lunch. FREE makes it the more delicious! 🙂

    Using Raise.com to Sell Unused Gift Cards

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    Have you ever gotten a gift card to a store that you just don’t like shopping at? Or maybe the amount you were given isn’t enough to buy anything useful at that store without spending more money? Then consider selling the gift card for cash!

    Raise.com is not only a great place to buy discounted gift cards but also a great place to sell your unused gift cards to other shoppers for cash. You can sell physical gift cards and cards with merchandise credit that have a minimum of $20. And you can sell eGift cards that have a minimum of $10 on them.

    How To Sell Gift Cards

    Let’s say you have a $20 gift card for Nordstrom and you don’t want to use it because you would most likely have to add more cash to the transaction.

    • Head over to raise.com Sell Gift Card page
    • Enter in the basics (card retailer, serial number, etc.) This info is kept private at all times.
    • For each gift card sold, raise.com takes a 15% commission of the sale price. They provide you with prepaid shipping labels.
    • Choose how much to sell the card for. Depending on brand cards sell faster with at least a 5% discount.
    • Choose how to be paid, check out PayPal.

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  • Extreme Couponing – How to Start a Stockpile (New Video!)

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    Note #1: Here is a similar shelf made by the same company on Amazon with Free Shipping.

    Note #2: Here are the exact shelves I got from Home Depot. No longer carried on amazon.

    Hello! I just uploaded a video that gives a sneak peek into my ever growing Stockpile on YouTube. 🙂  By the way, if you haven’t already, make sure to Click the Subscribe Button on YouTube to be notified when I upload new videos. And if you have any questions for me that you would like to see me address in a future video or blog post, go here to ask your questions.

    Today, we’re going to talk about Stockpiling. I cover in detail the concept of stockpiling in the Couponing 101 – How to Coupon Stack lesson. Go there to learn more. But the basic gist of stockpiling is waiting for items to go onsale, stacking available coupons, getting items at the lowest possible price and buying enough of them to last until the next sale.

    As you can see in the video, I went a little crazy with my stockpile, and it borders on the side of Extreme Couponing – which isn’t required, or even needed or even recommended. 🙂 Seriously, I had a lot of fun building the stockpile, but I’m not sure I would do it again to this extreme. I have 12 shelving units full like the ones shown in this video (you see 4 in the video) and it’s becoming a problem now that we are getting ready to move.

    Where to Get Shelves?

    The number one question I get asked related to stockpiling is, where I get my shelves from? The quick answer is: Amazon or Home Depot. If you find the exact same shelves on amazon that also sells at home depot, some home depot will allow you to price match amazon.com prices and give you an additional 10% over the difference.

    I recommend investing in these metal shelves instead of the plastic ones. They are more sturdy, have adjustable shelves, and look nicer. Plus, the shelves themselves don’t bow as badly when you put heavy items on them.

    You can also get metal shelves at Costco. Some of my friends got theirs from Costco and are happy with them.

    Pros to Stockpiling

    1. The obvious pro to having a stockpile is that you never have to pay full price for non-perishable items on which you can stock up. Things like laundry detergent, toilet paper, paper towel, diapers, canned food, etc. It’s so nice when you run out of paper towel to be able to walk into your “personal store”. No more stress of needing to get to the store to pick up more.

    2. Nice to look at – c’mon, I’m not gonna lie. I like looking at my stockpile. Call me crazy. But I love my cleaning supply stockpile. I actually found organizing my stockpile to be an enjoyable pass time. Some people sew, some people bake. Me? I organize my stockpile. 🙂

    3. Giving Back – While its nice to save money and to have a beautiful stockpile, couponing and stockpiling also allows you the opportunity to easily give back. You can donate stockpile items to others in need, make a generous basket for a neighbor, or allow your friends and family to shop in your “store” for Free.

    Cons to Stockpiling

    1. Space – Depending on how extreme you get, stockpiling can take up a lot of space. I seriously started with one shelving unit in the garage, and somehow grew into 4, then 8, then 12. lol. I’m really embarrassed to admit, but now I have a storage unit for the extras. However, I am actively working on reducing the amount I coupon for and donating the extras I have in storage.

    2. “You Can’t Use Anything” – This is a joke among extreme couponers. Because stockpiling can bring out the OCD animal in you, if you use one item from your shelves, you’ll be annoyed by the missing space where that item used to live. So often times, couponers will go out to get 10 things just so they can replace the one item. My Tip is: Don’t get too obsessive with replacing what you use. Move the items forward, so the missing space is at the back of the shelf.

    3. People may call you a “hoarder” or  a “doomsday prepper”. 🙂 lol. As my friends make jokes about my stockpile, they continue to enjoy the benefits of my couponing by getting Free Stuff. To each their own!

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