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!
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.
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
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!
I have found numerous deals from this local website: http://www.conejodeals.com/
Deals include discounted prices for spa treatments and special treats like Nothing Bundt Cakes. If you subscribe, they will send you notification emails of their featured deals. A great way to save money!
Groupon has become a staple in my life. Whenever I plan a special event, I refer to Groupon to see if there is a special activity or place to eat that I can try while saving some money. I love when Groupon also offers an additional discount for their local food and activity deals. I rarely pay full price for massages in particular because Groupon always offers numerous discounts on these treatments, and one of my favorites is at the Body Sanctuary and Spa in Westlake Village.
One of my new favorite apps and also money saving websites is Airbnb. It's a free app for the iPhone, and you can also view its website. The site showcases alternative lodging experiences when you travel. You can rent a private room, a shared room, or entire home/apt. The prices are very reasonable, and there are spots all over the world. We have rented a beautiful beach house just two blocks from the Newport Beach Pier for our family's summer vacation. I was able to correspond with the owner via email and also look at beautiful pictures of the house as I was making my decision. If you are a traveler, want to spend less money on lodging, are tired of conventional hotel rooms, or simply want to have an affordable adventure, you should check out Airbnb. https://www.airbnb.com/
I have recently learned about Slickdeals from following them on Twitter (@slickdeals). They offer a great website (http://slickdeals.net/) as well which lists daily offers of how you can save lots of money.
Some recent favorites:
~Free 20-page 8x8 Shutterfly photobook
~$25 Worth of Textbook Rentals for $9 from BookRenter.com (.edu e-mail addresses only)
~Apple iTunes $100 eGift Card (Email Delivery) for $80
~Buy One, Get One from Cold Stone Creamery with this printable coupon: http://tinyurl.com/9by6wdy
Buy One - Get One Free Entree from Smashburger. You just have to play the game on the site, and then you can print out your coupon afterwards! When I played the game, it actually said that I was only awarded a free side with my entree, but when I took my coupon in, they accepted it as a buy one-get one, so we got a free sandwich! http://tinyurl.com/9orsmxr
Dr. Stella Erbes
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