Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Thursday, October 30, 2008
We love to go see plays and go to other events nearby, but this can really bust your budget. I want to share this wonderful site with you. We use Goldstar to get tickets for really cheap. When you sign up for Goldstar, you put in what city or cities you would like to search and you'll get e-mails when new events are close to you. Usually, everything is half price and sometimes, there are free events. There is a small service fee per ticket, but we have gone to a few already and with free tickets, have only paid around 5.00 for 2 tickets. Try it out! There are tickets for concerts, plays, sporting events, and this week there were even haunted houses.
General: MAN. Q = manufactuer's coupon OOP = out of pocket BOGO = Buy one get one free MIR = Mail In Rebate WYB = when you buy OYNO = On your next order
Walgreens: WAGS = Walgreens WAGS Q = Walgreens store coupon RR = Register Rewards these print off after your reciept and can be used at Walgreens next time. ESC = easy saver catalog ESQ = easy saver coupon ESR = easy saver rebate
CVS: ECB = Extra Care Bucks (just like RR except these are for CVS and you need to use your CVS card in order to get them)
I am a college student here in Chicago, living with my fiancee and trying to survive on a very tight budget. As I attempt to finish school, I've had a hard time finding a part time job, so we are managing on only one income. With our expenses, we try to cut corners as much as possible. Neither of us have a car, we rely on public transportation and good old fashioned walking. We survive without cable (yes, it is possible) and we watch movies at home and find free or discounted entertainment events. I am just learning the fine art of couponing and I hope that many of these tricks will help others.