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May 292013
 

We’re always trying to find a way to dine out on the cheap. One option is Local Dines South Florida  (formerly South Florida Dines), which sells discount dining certificates to more than 350 restaurants in Palm Beach, Broward and Miami-Dade counties. The selection is particularly good inPalm Beach County.

The usual discount is 50% off. But for a limited time, you can get up to 70% off Blue Plate Specials on selected South Florida restaurants. Click here for the deals. The sale ends at 11 p.m. Friday, May 31.

Each restaurant sells a limited number of certificates each month, and there is a limit on how many any one patron can by. Check out the current offerings here.

Local Dines is an advertising partner of On the Cheap.

May 192012
 

Graduation-hatsEven though I don’t have children, I think my age qualifies me to give some money advice to new graduates. Yes, I think they should save money and stay out of debt, but I also think they should learn to cook. You can find the rest of my advice at Living on the Cheap. Leave a comment with the best advice you have for new grads – and their parents who are seeing them move back home.

May 032012
 

cruiseCruises are an easy and cheap vacation for many of us in Florida. Since it’s easy to get to the port, we’re in a great opportunity to take advantage of all kinds of cruise deals. But, as cruise expert Lillian Africano tells us at Living on the Cheap, to make sure your cruise remains a true bargain, you have to be smart about “the spend.” (via Living on the Cheap)

 Posted by on May 3, 2012  Travel  Comments Off on Is that bargain cruise a deal?
Apr 232012
 

couponsThe show “Extreme Couponing” has brought new attention to the money you can save on groceries by judicious use of coupons. While we don’t advocate that you stockpile a 30-year supply of toilet paper in your garage, we do recommend looking for coupons before you head to the grocery store.

If you’re looking for coupons, check out our new coupon page, which is constantly updated with new coupons. It’s a geolocating page, which means that if you look at in West Palm Beach, you’ll see special offers for West Palm Beach.

You can search, sort and quickly find just the coupons you want to print out. Remember that if an item is buy one, get one free at Publix, you can use two coupons.

We also have a section below the coupons with other offers, including offers for free samples.

If you think coupons are just for junk food, think again. Our friend Leah Ingram at Philly on the Cheap recently shared her experiences using coupons to cut the cost of healthy food at our new sister site, Living on the Cheap.

What’s your best coupon coup?

 Posted by on April 23, 2012  Shopping  Comments Off on Check out our new coupons page
Apr 202012
 

LOTC_Full Round LogoWe know you love all the great South Florida deals you find at Palm Beach on the Cheap.

Now we’ve got another great resource to save you time and money: Living on the Cheap.com.

Living on the Cheap is a new national consumer news website, offering advice on sports and recreation, entertainment, travel, couponing, shopping, personal finance and more. It’s a one-stop-shopping site for deals and smart shopping (and saving) tips for people all over North America. And it’s based here in South Florida and edited by Florida on the Cheap editor and publisher Teresa Mears and Mile High on the Cheap editor Laura Daily. Fort Lauderdale on the Cheap editor Patti Roth, who scouts out Florida deals for us, is a National Deals Editor at the new site.

Your editors at Palm Beach on the Cheap are part of a team of more than 20 consumer advocates, frugalistas and experienced journalists who have joined forces to create this new resource. We’re excited about this new money-saving national site and we hope you will be, too.

We hope you’ll check out Living on the Cheap, bookmark it and subscribe to our daily email update for practical information about how to thrive, not just survive, in today’s economy. We also want you to share the news with your friends all over the United States. We’ll continue to bring you the best local deals at Palm Beach on the Cheap.

We’ll have a gala grand opening at Living on the Cheap with giveaways and prizes in a few weeks, but we’re giving you a sneak peak first. We hope you and your friends will spread the word about Living on the Cheap, like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

 Posted by on April 20, 2012  Everything Else  Comments Off on Our new website: Living on the Cheap
Feb 112012
 

If you haven’t already, make sure you meet the March 1 deadline for filing for homestead exemption in Palm Beach County. Most homeowners can get a $50,000 exemption in the taxable value of their homes, and senior citizens, widows and veterans are eligible for additional exemptions. If you had an exemption last year, you don’t need to refile. But you do need to file a new application if you bought a house in 2011.

File out an application and take it to one of these county offices. You can also file online.

 Posted by on February 11, 2012  Money  Comments Off on Homestead deadline is March 1
Sep 052011
 

math-for-grownupsThis guest post is by our friend Laura Laing, author of the new book “Math for Grownups.” You can read more from Laura at her blog, Math for Grownups.

Saving some bucks can be a thrill and also a big boost to the bottom line. But did you know that a little bit of math can help you save even more? Take a look:

For the Day or the Year?

Your kids LOVE Disney World. Your family visits at least four times a year and more often if you have company. You spot an online deal: 10% off each child’s ticket.

Can you do better? Here’s where looking at an annual pass might be a better deal. If a Florida resident three-day pass is $138 for each person 10 and older, and you want to visit four times, that’s $552 per person. With the discount, each Florida resident three-day ticket will be $138 minus $13.80, or $124.20. But if an annual pass costs $414.29, you’ll save cash without the reduced ticket price. (Editor: You can spend all day doing math comparing the various theme park ticket combinations and deals.)

Fly Me to the Moon—with My Luggage, Please

You found a great deal on plane tickets online, but is the best deal? To find out, check the additional fees.

Most airlines today are charging for each bag of checked luggage. So, if your discounted ticket costs $250, but you need to check two bags (at $20 to $25 each), you could be paying up to $300 for the ticket, not including airport taxes and security fees. Another airline, without checked bag fees, could cost you less in the long run.

BOGO May Be a No-Go

By one, get one (BOGO) is always a good deal, right? Not so fast. You’ve found an online coupon for orange juice. If you buy a 64-ounce container, you can get a second one at half the price. Take a look at the other options when you get the store – before you buy.

At your local Publix, you notice that the BOGO orange juice is $3.48. But there’s another brand on sale for $5.53 per 128-ounce container. First off, the second brand is twice as large as the first. So, whether you use your coupon or not, you’re getting the same amount of juice. But how much would you pay, if you use the coupon? Half of $3.48 is $1.74. (Use a calculator, if you want!) And $3.48 + $1.74 is $5.22. Turns out, BOGO is the better deal.

You may not want to do any math, but if you’re looking for the best deal, a few calculations — and some creative thinking and common sense — can mean the difference between saving and spending.

Aug 212011
 

LegolandOn Oct. 15, LEGOLAND Florida is scheduled to open its doors.

Florida teachers can get a free annual pass, valued at $129, to Legoland Florida. To receive the pass, teachers must register online, print out a page with a discount code and take it to Legoland Florida’s ticket window, along with their most recent pay stub, Florida photo ID and teaching certificate.

Legoland field trips and educational programs are scheduled to begin in November and include building machines with gears, pulleys, levers and motors to creating a theme park ride for the study of speed and direction to using “Adventure-bots” with light and sound sensors.

Jun 252011
 

Buca-pastaBuca di Beppo topped 100k “likes” on Facebook. To celebrate exceeding  Buca di Beppo is sending out $10 reward certificates to the members of the Buca di Beppo eClub.

If you’re not a member and you want to get the certificate, sign up on Buca di Beppo’s Facebook page to get the deal. You need to sign up by noon Monday, June 27, to get the $10 coupon.

Buca di Beppo is in Wellington and Davie.

 Posted by on June 25, 2011  Food & Drink  Comments Off on Join Buca E-club, get $10 coupon
Jun 072011
 

salebagI don’t always clip coupons, but I’m a dedicated user of the Publix “buy one, get one free” promotions. Nothing annoys me more than stocking up on something only to see it go BOGO the next week.

Watching TLC’s “Extreme Couponing” makes me realize that there are times it pays to clip coupons. I would never buy 100 bottles of mustard of stock up 30 years’ worth of toilet paper, but I don’t mind amassing 10 boxes of granola bars.

When I started paying closer attention to BOGO sales and trying to match them with coupons, I realized that both come in cycles.

Certain items going on sale every three months and others every six months. Once I learned that, I started waiting to stock up.

I can almost always get a BOGO deal on cereal, tea bags, granola bars, salad dressing, snack crackers and frozen dinners. Other frequent sale items include canned tomatoes, name-brand toilet paper and paper towels, soda and ice cream. Meat also has predictable sales cycles.

Want to match your coupons with sale items? Hold on to your coupon supplements, because many items for which you’ll find coupons in Sunday’s paper will go on sale about a month later.

Really dedicated bargain hunters keep a price book to track how often their favorite items go on sale and at what price, so they know what bargains to wait for.

If you’re looking for coupons, be sure to check our Free Samples and Coupons page and our Printable Grocery Coupons page. Those pages are updated frequently as new coupons become available.

— Teresa Mears, Miami on the Cheap

 Posted by on June 7, 2011  Shopping  Comments Off on Grocery sales, coupons, have cycles