One of my favorite breakfast restaurants is Cici's Café in Westlake Village, CA. They offer over 20 pages of unique pancakes, waffles, soufflés, and crepes. It's so hard to decide on what to order! One stellar attribute about the restaurant is that their portion sizes are very generous. So, I have found that it is helpful to SHARE "The Chopper" or "The Boeing" which allows you to have eggs, bacon or sausage, AND your choice of yummy breakfast item like the Cherry Blossom pancakes (as pictured here). Sharing a breakfast item is PLENTY of food and helps you to STOP TO SAVE a little money too! They even split the food for you! The image to the left here is HALF of an order and then I also enjoyed an egg and bacon as well. Trust me, this is a stellar tip! Most dishes cost about $15, so $7.50 is a reasonable price for such a delicious breakfast! Enjoy!
The Spa at the Four Seasons Hotel is stellar. PERIOD. Travel Zoo often showcases an exceptional savings for $145 which affords the buyer to a smoothie or champagne, parking for 4 hours, access to the gym and spa facilities, and a 50-minute facial or massage. RUN!! This is a real treat!
It seems crazy to think that a site like Groupon also offers additional sales, but it's true! I added a discount code that Groupon offered to my already discounted deal, and I saved 20% on the item! It's a good idea to link your email to these sites so they can notify you when they have these special deals. This way you can stop to save even more money! Thanks, Groupon!
Buying movie tickets through Costco is a definite savings. I recently wanted to treat some company to a movie at a special theater that was rather expensive. I found the theater on movietickets.com and discovered that Costco sells e-tickets to this website. I paid $74.99 for $100 worth of gift cards: http://tinyurl.com/y7kphyk5
I also do not like paying convenience fees when buying tickets online and found out that if I join AMC Stubs (free), movietickets.com will waive the convenience fee for AMC theaters.
Costco also offers electronic gift cards for AMC theaters online (https://www.costco.com/AMC-4-Pack-Movie-eTickets.product.100303566.html) but you cannot buy your actual seats online. You must go to the movie theater to purchase the seats, even though you can print the e-tickets at home.
If you are planning a trip to New York and have never seen the major tourist attractions, purchasing a New York City Pass is a great way to save money! The pass allows the traveler to select 4 activities from a menu of popular items. The savings are INCREDIBLE! One regular tour bus ride will almost pay for the whole pass, and then you get to select 3 more activities! Going up to the Empire state building will already cost you $50+ dollars, so if you do the math, this is a great way to stop to save!
We chose to take the hop on/hop off bus ride, visit the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, go to the top of the Empire State Building, and check out Madame Tussaud's museum.
Adult tickets are $87.99 and tickets for children are $63.99. [They also offer a similar savings for Boston.]
I signed up for an Ann Taylor credit card and their emails, and it has proven worthwhile because it saves me a lot of money. I am always notified of their killer sales, like when there is 60% off their sale items. They also mail me special coupons. It's nice to pay $24 for a pair of nice dress slacks instead of $69 + tax. And, I appreciate their discounts for teachers.
I was clicking through the channels on the television and ran upon the show Extreme Couponing on the TLC channel. On the show's website, they share a list of all the extreme couponing websites that the show's participants use. Some extreme couponers save 85% on their shopping. I will definitely be looking at these resources: http://www.tlc.com/tv-shows/extreme-couponing/about-the-show/couponing-resources.htm
No one wants to spend $12.50 or more on a movie ticket. Most towns seem to have some type of discount theater, and the Simi Valley 10 Discount Theaters are a great option. Tickets are generally $4.50, and the movies may be a little older, but may still be ones that you have not seen. It's a great night out with family or for a date.
There are certain stores where I really don't like to purchase items without a coupon, and Bed, Bath, and Beyond is one of them. Recently, I signed up to have coupons texted to me, and I love it. I shared a coupon with a friend of mine because we were at the store and he wanted to purchase a duvet cover set, but didn't have his coupon with him. I had a coupon on my phone and saved him $20! If you look online, you can find options to sign up for coupons via texting.
If you are a Costco member, sometimes you forget some of the member benefits. One of our local cinemas is the Regal theater, and movies there can be $12.50 per ticket. If you purchase the tickets via Costco online, you can print the tickets from home and a pack of 4 tickets is only $33.99. So, if you are thinking of going to the movies at Regal Cinemas, you might take advantage of your Costco membership!
Dr. Stella Erbes
Dr. Stella Erbes is a teacher at heart. Her passion to teach and help others has led her to compose this site full of resources. Dr. Erbes is a university professor and teaches education courses which help prepare future teachers. She hopes that the lessons prepared here will lead her readers to exceptional food, unforgettable travel, and better living.