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Perks of Being a Saver

Life is short, and we all want to enjoy it as much as possible. We started SaveOn to help you save money so you can have more and do more with your friends and family. Even though you don’t have to be a member to take advantage of our huge savings, there are a lot of perks to being a member — or as we like to call it, a Saver. Plus, being a Saver is completely free.

Here are the perks of being a saver.

Never Miss a Deal

Savers never miss a deal because they get offers right in their mailboxes — actually, you won’t just hear about the best coups, you’ll be one of the first to hear about them. We hate getting spam just as much as you, so we never send emails unless we know you’ll love what’s in them.

Contests and Giveaways

Who doesn’t love free stuff? We do fun giveaways of gift cards, trips, gas, food, money and other cool items each month, but you have to be a Saver to enter our contests. We hope you’ll become a member so you can win.

Easier Way to Save

We know some Savers love clipping coupons — it’s therapeutic and fun for them. For everyone else, we make it easy to save coups for later, so you don’t have to clip, organize and remember to take them with you. When you sign up to be a Saver, you get the option to save coupons via your phone or computer. You can easily pull the coupons up later when you need them.

Deals Just for You

When you become a saver, you can mark your preferences of what types of coupons and savings you’re looking for. Our team uses this information to show you deals for the things and places you love and want, so you can save time and money.

Tips for Saving More

We make saving easier for you, and one of the ways we do that is by teaching you how to save like a pro. We send Savers the latest and greatest couponing advice and tips, so you can do more and save more.

How to become a Saver:

  • Head to saveon.com.
  • Click the “Sign In” button in the top-right corner of the webpage.
  • Click the “Sign Up” button in the pop-up window.
  • Fill out the form and hit submit.

Easy, right? We’re so excited to have you as part of our family, and we can’t wait to see how you Live Life for Less.

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Chicago Online Deals

Deals You Don’t Want to Miss – Chicago

FOMO is real. No one wants to miss out — especially when it comes to good deals. Luckily, we never let our friends miss out on savings. Here are the coupons Chicagoans have loved all month long, so you can get in on the SaveOn fun and live life for less.

Get Your Gyro On

You don’t have to go to Greece to get a great gyro — but a trip to Greece doesn’t sound half bad. Larsa’s Kitchen Express is a must in Chicago if you’re craving gyros. This month, tons of you have been using the $5 off coup at Larsa’s, and we want to make sure anyone who hasn’t yet can. And no one’s stopping you from using it every time you visit this month (hint, hint).

$5 off any purchase of $25 or more at Larsa’s

A Night You Won’t Forget (Probably)

The only thing better than a night out with your girls is a night in with vodka. You can get Skyy Vodka for $10.99 at Dundee Exxon/Subway. It also has deals on tons of other types of alcohol like Jose Cuervo, Corona, White Claw and all kinds of wine.

 $10.99 Skyy Vodka at Dundee Exxon

Fiesta Time

Sammy’s Mexican Grill is taking $20 off any order of $70 or more. This deal is perfect because you and your partner can ball out on a date or you can get a group together and split the tab. Either way, you’re getting tons of great food and an even better time.

$20 off any order of $70 or more at Sammy’s Mexican Grill

No matter where you are in life, we want you to live life for less. Our goal is to help you live your best life and do more by making your money stretch further. With SaveOn, you’ll be able to buy that extra shirt, get those new windows or take the vacation you’ve needed for years. We have deals from so many of your favorite businesses in Chicagoland. Check out our website for savings on retail and fashion, home improvement, automotive, health and beauty, groceries, and more.

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Detroit Online Deals

Deals You Don’t Want to Miss – Detroit

FOMO is real. No one wants to miss out — especially when it comes to good deals. Luckily, we never let our friends miss out on savings. Here are the coupons Detroiters have loved all month long, so you can get in on the SaveOn fun and live life for less.

Get Ready for Summer Road Trips

Spring is here, and we’re all getting our vehicles ready for warmer weather and road trips. This month, Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers are taking up to $80 off purchases. Take advantage of this great offer and make the updates to your vehicle you’ve been putting off.

Up to $80 OFF at Auto-Lab Complete Car Care Centers

Kids Eat Free

Can Pizza House honestly get any better? We didn’t think so, but then they started offering free kids meals. Savers all over Ann Arbor are LOVING the two free kids meals with a purchase of $25. This deal is too good to pass up for families with little ones.

2 free kids meals with $25 purchase at Pizza House Ann Arbor

Make Breakfast Out a New Tradition

We love the idea of having a weekly breakfast out with friends. You can easily make this fit your budget with the breakfast special at Leo’s Coney Island. Get two eggs, a choice of meat, hash browns and toast for just $4.99. You can’t make breakfast at home this cheap.

$4.99 breakfast special at Leo’s Coney Island

No matter where you are in life, we want you to live life for less. Our goal is to help you live your best life and do more by making your money stretch further. With SaveOn, you’ll be able to buy that extra shirt, get those new windows or take the vacation you’ve needed for years. We have deals from so many of your favorite businesses in southeast Michigan. Check out our website for savings on retail and fashion, home improvement, automotive, health and beauty, groceries, and more.

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Coupon Tips Twin Cities

Twin Cities’ Ultimate Prep List for Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably excited to spend extra time with family and friends but are dreading getting the house ready. We get it, there’s a million and one things to do and never enough time to do them all. It seems like there’s always something big that slips through the cracks. But not this year. This year, you’re going to be the queen of holiday prep. Seriously, your friends are going to be so jealous of how together you have it.

We made the ultimate list of things you need to do over the next few days and weeks to get your house ready for the festivities, and we even threw in some of our favorite ways for you to save while you do it.

Cleaning

Let’s skip the obvious. We’ll all remember to clean the house before we decorate and have guests over. This is your deep-cleaning reminder. We’re not trying to impress just anyone. This year we’re going to impress the picky aunts and meticulous in-laws. To get your house to Monica Geller, clean don’t forget to clean these areas of the house:

  • Baseboards
  • Light switches
  • Windowsills
  • Oven (inside and out)
  • Doorknobs
  • Shower curtain
  • Fridge
  • Walls
  • Remote
  • Pillows
  • Inside closets
  • Outdoor lights
  • Mattress
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Bath fan grill
  • Trash can
  • Washer and dryer
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee maker
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Under the fridge
  • Faucet aerators
  • Clutter

It can be a lot of work to get all these extra things cleaned, but luckily, we’re weeks out from Thanksgiving. Recruiting help from the kids is a great idea if they’re old enough. You could also crack open a bottle of wine (or two) with your bestie and have some laughs while you get the job done.

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Sprucing Up the Exterior

First impressions are everything, right? Start the holiday visits off right by having a spotless inside and outside of your home. Don’t forget to do these things to set your house apart.

  • Rake the leaves
  • Power-wash the siding
  • Put trash cans away
  • Clean up toys
  • Clean the gutters
  • Touch up paint
  • Wash windows
  • Sweep and wash the porch
  • Pull and dispose of dead weeds/flowers
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Planning for Houseguests

We all love spending time with family (at least for a week or so), and we want them to feel comfortable and at home when they’re visiting. Put the extra time in getting the house ready now, so you can enjoy family time later.

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  • Make up the guest bedroom or make room for guests to settle in
  • Declutter
  • Stock the bedside table with water, the Wi-Fi password and tissues
  • Childproof the house
  • Stock up on toiletries
  • Clear a drawer
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Set out extra blankets and pillows
  • Make plugs accessible
  • Set out a welcome snack

Stocking Up on Essentials

Don’t be the host that has no conditioner or can’t give a guest a bandage. Stock up on the essentials and save yourself from making countless trips to the store.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent and dish soap
  • Extra razors and toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • First aid supplies
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Snuggle, Clorox, Glade, Dove and More Household Essentials
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Decorating

Every year, it seems like we make 20 trips to the store to get supplies to decorate the house. Save time and make just one trip to the store by getting the following decorating essentials.

  • Thumb tacks
  • Command strips
  • Holiday lights
  • Light bulb replacements
  • Nails and screws
  • Tape
  • Extension cords
  • Spray snow
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Bulbs
  • Ornament hooks
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Getting the Kitchen Ready

There’s nothing worse than waking up at 5 a.m. to get your butt cooking all day long, just to pull out a cold turkey at dinnertime. Make sure your kitchen appliances are working and you have all the supplies you need to have a rocking holiday dinner.

  • Check oven temperature
  • Stock up on storage bags, saran wrap, storage containers and other food preservation materials
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Stock your kitchen with food, baking essentials and spices
  • Create a cooking schedule
  • Declutter kitchen counters
  • Check your dishwasher efficiency
  • Get your serving utensils ready (sharpen knives, take inventory of serving spoons, make sure your meat thermometer works)
  • Inventory plates, silverware, cups, etc.
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Setting the Menu

Planning holiday dinners gets about as intricate as diffusing a bomb. OK, so maybe it’s not that serious, but it is one of the most important parts of the holidays. Everything revolves around dinner. Use this list and dinner won’t just be smooth sailing, but you’ll finally get to enjoy a hot meal on a holiday.

  • Shop early
  • Consider allergies, dietary restrictions and food preferences
  • Grab grocery coupons
  • Get extras — you can always donate unused food to food pantries
  • Make a cooking schedule
  • Determine who will bring dishes and what ones you will make
  • Have a backup plan in case the main course burns
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Hellmann’s, Pillsbury, Ben & Jerry’s and More Grocery Coupons
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Making Repairs

There are projects we put off all year long. Although guests might not notice, you’ll feel less self-conscious about the condition of your home if you take care of the small repairs that bug you ahead of holiday gatherings.

  • Touching up paint
  • Fixing squeaky doors and stairs
  • Tightening cupboard screws
  • Leaky pipes
  • Sticky doors or windows
  • Secure loose rails
  • Snip wayward carpet strands
  • Repairing heating, cooling, sewage or other systems
$50 Off Services at Mr. Handyman
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Securing Safety

You never know what will happen when you get your wild and crazy family together in one place. Make sure your house has much-needed safety precautions in place.

  • Check fire alarm
  • Check carbon monoxide detector
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Update evacuation plan
  • Have flashlights and batteries
  • Stock your first aid kit
  • Update and post emergency numbers
  • Childproof the house

Our final bit of advice for having the most laid-back, stress-free holiday is to plan ahead and stick to it. Or in other works, make your list and check it twice. Happy holidays from your SaveOn family. Don’t forget to check out our site for more local savings so you can live life for less.

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Chicago Coupon Tips

Chicago’s Ultimate Prep List for Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably excited to spend extra time with family and friends but are dreading getting the house ready. We get it, there’s a million and one things to do and never enough time to do them all. It seems like there’s always something big that slips through the cracks. But not this year. This year, you’re going to be the queen of holiday prep. Seriously, your friends are going to be so jealous of how together you have it.

We made the ultimate list of things you need to do over the next few days and weeks to get your house ready for the festivities, and we even threw in some of our favorite ways for you to save while you do it.

Cleaning

Let’s skip the obvious. We’ll all remember to clean the house before we decorate and have guests over. This is your deep-cleaning reminder. We’re not trying to impress just anyone. This year we’re going to impress the picky aunts and meticulous in-laws. To get your house to Monica Geller, clean don’t forget to clean these areas of the house:

  • Baseboards
  • Light switches
  • Windowsills
  • Oven (inside and out)
  • Doorknobs
  • Shower curtain
  • Fridge
  • Walls
  • Remote
  • Pillows
  • Inside closets
  • Outdoor lights
  • Mattress
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Bath fan grill
  • Trash can
  • Washer and dryer
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee maker
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Under the fridge
  • Faucet aerators
  • Clutter

It can be a lot of work to get all these extra things cleaned, but luckily, we’re weeks out from Thanksgiving. Recruiting help from the kids is a great idea if they’re old enough. You could also crack open a bottle of wine (or two) with your bestie and have some laughs while you get the job done. If you’re too busy to possibly get everything done — like most of us are — you can always get extra help from cleaning businesses. Bonus: You get to support local, while taking tasks off your plate.

$75 Off Three Cleanings at Maid Pro

Sprucing Up the Exterior

First impressions are everything, right? Start the holiday visits off right by having a spotless inside and outside of your home. Don’t forget to do these things to set your house apart.

  • Rake the leaves
  • Power-wash the siding
  • Put trash cans away
  • Clean up toys
  • Clean the gutters
  • Touch up paint
  • Wash windows
  • Sweep and wash the porch
  • Pull and dispose of dead weeds/flowers
Save On Gutter Cleaning At V & D Window Washing & Gutter Cleaning

Planning for Houseguests

We all love spending time with family (at least for a week or so), and we want them to feel comfortable and at home when they’re visiting. Put the extra time in getting the house ready now, so you can enjoy family time later.

  • Make up the guest bedroom or make room for guests to settle in
  • Declutter
  • Stock the bedside table with water, the Wi-Fi password and tissues
  • Childproof the house
  • Stock up on toiletries
  • Clear a drawer
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Set out extra blankets and pillows
  • Make plugs accessible
  • Set out a welcome snack

Stocking Up on Essentials

Don’t be the host that has no conditioner or can’t give a guest a bandage. Stock up on the essentials and save yourself from making countless trips to the store.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent and dish soap
  • Extra razors and toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • First aid supplies
Snuggle, Clorox, Glade, Dove and More Household Essentials

Decorating

Every year, it seems like we make 20 trips to the store to get supplies to decorate the house. Save time and make just one trip to the store by getting the following decorating essentials.

  • Thumb tacks
  • Command strips
  • Holiday lights
  • Light bulb replacements
  • Nails and screws
  • Tape
  • Extension cords
  • Spray snow
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Bulbs
  • Ornament hooks
10% Off Total Installation of Holiday Lights at MML Premier Services

Getting the Kitchen Ready

There’s nothing worse than waking up at 5 a.m. to get your butt cooking all day long, just to pull out a cold turkey at dinnertime. Make sure your kitchen appliances are working and you have all the supplies you need to have a rocking holiday dinner.

  • Check oven temperature
  • Stock up on storage bags, saran wrap, storage containers and other food preservation materials
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Stock your kitchen with food, baking essentials and spices
  • Create a cooking schedule
  • Declutter kitchen counters
  • Check your dishwasher efficiency
  • Get your serving utensils ready (sharpen knives, take inventory of serving spoons, make sure your meat thermometer works)
  • Inventory plates, silverware, cups, etc.
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Setting the Menu

Planning holiday dinners gets about as intricate as diffusing a bomb. OK, so maybe it’s not that serious, but it is one of the most important parts of the holidays. Everything revolves around dinner. Use this list and dinner won’t just be smooth sailing, but you’ll finally get to enjoy a hot meal on a holiday.

  • Shop early
  • Consider allergies, dietary restrictions and food preferences
  • Grab grocery coupons
  • Get extras — you can always donate unused food to food pantries
  • Make a cooking schedule
  • Determine who will bring dishes and what ones you will make
  • Have a backup plan in case the main course burns
Hellmann’s, Pillsbury, Ben & Jerry’s and More Grocery Coupons

Making Repairs

There are projects we put off all year long. Although guests might not notice, you’ll feel less self-conscious about the condition of your home if you take care of the small repairs that bug you ahead of holiday gatherings.

  • Touching up paint
  • Fixing squeaky doors and stairs
  • Tightening cupboard screws
  • Leaky pipes
  • Sticky doors or windows
  • Secure loose rails
  • Snip wayward carpet strands
  • Repairing heating, cooling, sewage or other systems
$50 Off Any Repair Service at Eco Air Pros

Securing Safety

You never know what will happen when you get your wild and crazy family together in one place. Make sure your house has much-needed safety precautions in place.

  • Check fire alarm
  • Check carbon monoxide detector
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Update evacuation plan
  • Have flashlights and batteries
  • Stock your first aid kit
  • Update and post emergency numbers
  • Childproof the house

Our final bit of advice for having the most laid-back, stress-free holiday is to plan ahead and stick to it. Or in other works, make your list and check it twice. Happy holidays from your SaveOn family. Don’t forget to check out our site for more local savings so you can live life for less.

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West Michigan

West Michigan’s Ultimate Prep List for Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably excited to spend extra time with family and friends but are dreading getting the house ready. We get it, there’s a million and one things to do and never enough time to do them all. It seems like there’s always something big that slips through the cracks. But not this year. This year, you’re going to be the queen of holiday prep. Seriously, your friends are going to be so jealous of how together you have it.

We made the ultimate list of things you need to do over the next few days and weeks to get your house ready for the festivities, and we even threw in some of our favorite ways for you to save while you do it.

Cleaning

Let’s skip the obvious. We’ll all remember to clean the house before we decorate and have guests over. This is your deep-cleaning reminder. We’re not trying to impress just anyone. This year we’re going to impress the picky aunts and meticulous in-laws. To get your house to Monica Geller, clean don’t forget to clean these areas of the house:

  • Baseboards
  • Light switches
  • Windowsills
  • Oven (inside and out)
  • Doorknobs
  • Shower curtain
  • Fridge
  • Walls
  • Remote
  • Pillows
  • Inside closets
  • Outdoor lights
  • Mattress
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Bath fan grill
  • Trash can
  • Washer and dryer
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee maker
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Under the fridge
  • Faucet aerators
  • Clutter

It can be a lot of work to get all these extra things cleaned, but luckily, we’re weeks out from Thanksgiving. Recruiting help from the kids is a great idea if they’re old enough. You could also crack open a bottle of wine (or two) with your bestie and have some laughs while you get the job done. If you’re too busy to possibly get everything done — like most of us are — you can always get extra help from cleaning businesses. Bonus: You get to support local, while taking tasks off your plate.

20% OFF First Cleaning at Calder City Cleaning LLC

Sprucing Up the Exterior

First impressions are everything, right? Start the holiday visits off right by having a spotless inside and outside of your home. Don’t forget to do these things to set your house apart.

  • Rake the leaves
  • Power-wash the siding
  • Put trash cans away
  • Clean up toys
  • Clean the gutters
  • Touch up paint
  • Wash windows
  • Sweep and wash the porch
  • Pull and dispose of dead weeds/flowers
15% Off Whole House Weatherization Package by West Michigan Glass Block

Planning for Houseguests

We all love spending time with family (at least for a week or so), and we want them to feel comfortable and at home when they’re visiting. Put the extra time in getting the house ready now, so you can enjoy family time later.

  • Make up the guest bedroom or make room for guests to settle in
  • Declutter
  • Stock the bedside table with water, the Wi-Fi password and tissues
  • Childproof the house
  • Stock up on toiletries
  • Clear a drawer
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Set out extra blankets and pillows
  • Make plugs accessible
  • Set out a welcome snack

Stocking Up on Essentials

Don’t be the host that has no conditioner or can’t give a guest a bandage. Stock up on the essentials and save yourself from making countless trips to the store.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent and dish soap
  • Extra razors and toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • First aid supplies
Snuggle, Clorox, Glade, Dove and More Household Essentials

Decorating

Every year, it seems like we make 20 trips to the store to get supplies to decorate the house. Save time and make just one trip to the store by getting the following decorating essentials.

  • Thumb tacks
  • Command strips
  • Holiday lights
  • Light bulb replacements
  • Nails and screws
  • Tape
  • Extension cords
  • Spray snow
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Bulbs
  • Ornament hooks

Getting the Kitchen Ready

There’s nothing worse than waking up at 5 a.m. to get your butt cooking all day long, just to pull out a cold turkey at dinnertime. Make sure your kitchen appliances are working and you have all the supplies you need to have a rocking holiday dinner.

  • Check oven temperature
  • Stock up on storage bags, saran wrap, storage containers and other food preservation materials
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Stock your kitchen with food, baking essentials and spices
  • Create a cooking schedule
  • Declutter kitchen counters
  • Check your dishwasher efficiency
  • Get your serving utensils ready (sharpen knives, take inventory of serving spoons, make sure your meat thermometer works)
  • Inventory plates, silverware, cups, etc.
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Setting the Menu

Planning holiday dinners gets about as intricate as diffusing a bomb. OK, so maybe it’s not that serious, but it is one of the most important parts of the holidays. Everything revolves around dinner. Use this list and dinner won’t just be smooth sailing, but you’ll finally get to enjoy a hot meal on a holiday.

  • Shop early
  • Consider allergies, dietary restrictions and food preferences
  • Grab grocery coupons
  • Get extras — you can always donate unused food to food pantries
  • Make a cooking schedule
  • Determine who will bring dishes and what ones you will make
  • Have a backup plan in case the main course burns
Hellmann’s, Pillsbury, Ben & Jerry’s and More Grocery Coupons

Making Repairs

There are projects we put off all year long. Although guests might not notice, you’ll feel less self-conscious about the condition of your home if you take care of the small repairs that bug you ahead of holiday gatherings.

  • Touching up paint
  • Fixing squeaky doors and stairs
  • Tightening cupboard screws
  • Leaky pipes
  • Sticky doors or windows
  • Secure loose rails
  • Snip wayward carpet strands
  • Repairing heating, cooling, sewage or other systems
20% Off Kitchen Cabinet Painting at Hillis Brothers Painting

Securing Safety

You never know what will happen when you get your wild and crazy family together in one place. Make sure your house has much-needed safety precautions in place.

  • Check fire alarm
  • Check carbon monoxide detector
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Update evacuation plan
  • Have flashlights and batteries
  • Stock your first aid kit
  • Update and post emergency numbers
  • Childproof the house

Our final bit of advice for having the most laid-back, stress-free holiday is to plan ahead and stick to it. Or in other works, make your list and check it twice. Happy holidays from your SaveOn family. Don’t forget to check out our site for more local savings so you can live life for less.

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Coupon Tips Detroit

Detroit’s Ultimate Prep List for Getting Your Home Ready for the Holidays

Thanksgiving is almost here, and if you’re like us, you’re probably excited to spend extra time with family and friends but are dreading getting the house ready. We get it, there’s a million and one things to do and never enough time to do them all. It seems like there’s always something big that slips through the cracks. But not this year. This year, you’re going to be the queen of holiday prep. Seriously, your friends are going to be so jealous of how together you have it.

We made the ultimate list of things you need to do over the next few days and weeks to get your house ready for the festivities, and we even threw in some of our favorite ways for you to save while you do it.

Cleaning

Let’s skip the obvious. We’ll all remember to clean the house before we decorate and have guests over. This is your deep-cleaning reminder. We’re not trying to impress just anyone. This year we’re going to impress the picky aunts and meticulous in-laws. To get your house to Monica Geller, clean don’t forget to clean these areas of the house:

  • Baseboards
  • Light switches
  • Windowsills
  • Oven (inside and out)
  • Doorknobs
  • Shower curtain
  • Fridge
  • Walls
  • Remote
  • Pillows
  • Inside closets
  • Outdoor lights
  • Mattress
  • Dishwasher
  • Garbage disposal
  • Bath fan grill
  • Trash can
  • Washer and dryer
  • Toothbrush holder
  • Coffee maker
  • Toilet brush and plunger
  • Under the fridge
  • Faucet aerators
  • Clutter

It can be a lot of work to get all these extra things cleaned, but luckily, we’re weeks out from Thanksgiving. Recruiting help from the kids is a great idea if they’re old enough. You could also crack open a bottle of wine (or two) with your bestie and have some laughs while you get the job done. If you’re too busy to possibly get everything done — like most of us are — you can always get extra help from cleaning businesses. Bonus: You get to support local, while taking tasks off your plate.

3 Rooms 2-Step Deep Cleaning for just $79 at Sears Carpet & Air Duct Cleaning

Sprucing Up the Exterior

First impressions are everything, right? Start the holiday visits off right by having a spotless inside and outside of your home. Don’t forget to do these things to set your house apart.

  • Rake the leaves
  • Power-wash the siding
  • Put trash cans away
  • Clean up toys
  • Clean the gutters
  • Touch up paint
  • Wash windows
  • Sweep and wash the porch
  • Pull and dispose of dead weeds/flowers
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Planning for Houseguests

We all love spending time with family (at least for a week or so), and we want them to feel comfortable and at home when they’re visiting. Put the extra time in getting the house ready now, so you can enjoy family time later.

  • Make up the guest bedroom or make room for guests to settle in
  • Declutter
  • Stock the bedside table with water, the Wi-Fi password and tissues
  • Childproof the house
  • Stock up on toiletries
  • Clear a drawer
  • Put out fresh towels
  • Set out extra blankets and pillows
  • Make plugs accessible
  • Set out a welcome snack

Stocking Up on Essentials

Don’t be the host that has no conditioner or can’t give a guest a bandage. Stock up on the essentials and save yourself from making countless trips to the store.

  • Shampoo and conditioner
  • Toothpaste
  • Floss
  • Mouthwash
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper Towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Dishwashing detergent and dish soap
  • Extra razors and toothbrushes
  • Q-tips
  • First aid supplies
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Decorating

Every year, it seems like we make 20 trips to the store to get supplies to decorate the house. Save time and make just one trip to the store by getting the following decorating essentials.

  • Thumb tacks
  • Command strips
  • Holiday lights
  • Light bulb replacements
  • Nails and screws
  • Tape
  • Extension cords
  • Spray snow
  • Ribbon
  • Scissors
  • Bulbs
  • Ornament hooks
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Getting the Kitchen Ready

There’s nothing worse than waking up at 5 a.m. to get your butt cooking all day long, just to pull out a cold turkey at dinnertime. Make sure your kitchen appliances are working and you have all the supplies you need to have a rocking holiday dinner.

  • Check oven temperature
  • Stock up on storage bags, saran wrap, storage containers and other food preservation materials
  • Clean out the refrigerator
  • Stock your kitchen with food, baking essentials and spices
  • Create a cooking schedule
  • Declutter kitchen counters
  • Check your dishwasher efficiency
  • Get your serving utensils ready (sharpen knives, take inventory of serving spoons, make sure your meat thermometer works)
  • Inventory plates, silverware, cups, etc.
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Setting the Menu

Planning holiday dinners gets about as intricate as diffusing a bomb. OK, so maybe it’s not that serious, but it is one of the most important parts of the holidays. Everything revolves around dinner. Use this list and dinner won’t just be smooth sailing, but you’ll finally get to enjoy a hot meal on a holiday.

  • Shop early
  • Consider allergies, dietary restrictions and food preferences
  • Grab grocery coupons
  • Get extras — you can always donate unused food to food pantries
  • Make a cooking schedule
  • Determine who will bring dishes and what ones you will make
  • Have a backup plan in case the main course burns
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Making Repairs

There are projects we put off all year long. Although guests might not notice, you’ll feel less self-conscious about the condition of your home if you take care of the small repairs that bug you ahead of holiday gatherings.

  • Touching up paint
  • Fixing squeaky doors and stairs
  • Tightening cupboard screws
  • Leaky pipes
  • Sticky doors or windows
  • Secure loose rails
  • Snip wayward carpet strands
  • Repairing heating, cooling, sewage or other systems
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Securing Safety

You never know what will happen when you get your wild and crazy family together in one place. Make sure your house has much-needed safety precautions in place.

  • Check fire alarm
  • Check carbon monoxide detector
  • Check fire extinguisher
  • Update evacuation plan
  • Have flashlights and batteries
  • Stock your first aid kit
  • Update and post emergency numbers
  • Childproof the house

Our final bit of advice for having the most laid-back, stress-free holiday is to plan ahead and stick to it. Or in other works, make your list and check it twice. Happy holidays from your SaveOn family. Don’t forget to check out our site for more local savings so you can live life for less.

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Coupon Tips

Become a Pro Couponer

Couponing is an artform — it takes time, energy and strategy. Whether you are brand new or looking to step up your couponing game, there are tactics you can implement to achieve your savings goals. As an innovative marketing company, specializing in connecting savers to relevant and trusted businesses, we know the ins and outs of couponing. The SaveOn team has compiled our best advice to help you become a pro couponer and expert saver.

Getting Started

Before you start clipping coupons, you should consider three things: savings goals, time devotion and couponing supplies.

The first thing you must decide is what your savings goals are. Are you looking to cut your monthly spending in half? Do you want to save $10 a week? Are you only going to make leisurely purchases if you have a coupon? Are you going to create a stockpile or are you just saving on current purchases? No matter what your goal is, setting firm objectives will be the first step to becoming a true couponer.

Next, you should determine how much time per week you want to spend couponing. The amount you regularly save tends to directly correlate with the time you devote to couponing, meaning you spend more time to save more money. It’s easy to get sucked into the fun of couponing and spend more time on it than originally planned. Determine how much time you will coupon each day and week and stick to it. It’s all right to work on a flexible schedule, but be firm with not going over your allotted time each week.

Lastly, you need to get your supplies in order. Most couponers like to have a binder with dividers to store their printed coupons. Three-inch binders are one of the more popular sizes for couponing, and getting baseball cardholder inserts is a great way to store the coupons without having them fall behind each other. Some people prefer plastic bins to coupon binders. This method can easily get disorganized, so we suggest rubber-banding coupons together by expiration day, placing them in alphabetic order by store and clearly labeling them. Another storage option for savers is filing bins or boxes. Again, storing them by date and alphabetic order and labeling in a way that makes sense to you will keep you organized on your upcoming shopping trips. Other supplies you may need for couponing are a printer and paper, scissors, a paper cutter, labels, and dividers.

Learn the Lingo

One of the most confusing things for new couponers is the lingo because there are a lot of abbreviations and terms that coupon sites and blogs tend to use. Here are some of the most important couponing terms to know while you get started:

  • Stacking — Using multiple coupons for one item (one manufacturer’s coupon and one store coupon usually)
  • BOGO/B1G1 — Buy one get one
  • Q — Coupon
  • WYB —When you buy
  • OOP — Out of Pocket
  • Double Coupon — Coupon that the store doubles in value
  • $/$$ — Dollars off when you buy X amount of dollars
  • $/X — Dollars off when you buy X number of items

Although these seem foreign and can be hard to remember at first, you’ll quickly catch on and find yourself using them all the time.

Stay Organized

You’ll hear us say this time and time again — stay organized. Organization is the single most important part of being a successful couponer. If you can’t find a coupon or don’t use it before the expiration date, all your hard work goes to waste. Find an organization method that works for you and stick to it.

Coupon Sources

Every pro couponer has a variety of sources to get the best savings. Coupons can be found in newspapers, magazines, store flyers, online or via apps. Magazines and Sunday newspapers are known for being full of coupons, and many new savers used to start there for local coupons. Companies often send magazines with their latest coupons in the mail weekly or monthly. In today’s world, many newspapers are folding or moving online, so if your local paper doesn’t offer a ton of local coupons or doesn’t exist anymore, a good place to start is online.

At SaveOn.com we offer thousands of hyperlocal coupons for food and dining, automotive, groceries, retail and fashion, health and beauty, and more. You can easily print or save coupons through your free membership account. Pro couponers subscribe to a number of online couponing sites and download apps to get coupons straight to their phones and emails. You also can subscribe to our magazine to have coupons delivered to your door monthly.

Another way to get coupons is to email or write to manufacturers of your favorite products asking for coupons. These companies are happy to send coupons because it encourages people to buy their products, and you will get great deals that you can sometimes stack with local store coupons.

Finally, signing up for membership/email lists that regularly send coupons is always a good idea. Whether it’s for a single store or a couponing site, you will be able to easily save, organize and use coupons.

At SaveOn, we are focused on giving savers access to reliable, local businesses and big savings so you can live life for less. To ensure you never miss a great deal and to receive more savings tips, sign up for our newsletter below.