Free printable coupons and coupon codes are an increasingly popular way of saving money when shopping. These coupons and codes have been around for many decades through the printed press, but since the explosion in Internet usage, most companies now provide these printable coupons as part of their standard marketing strategies.
It is not that long ago when these free printable coupons were only available through the Sunday newspapers. People would have to wait a whole week just to obtain some discount coupons that they could use in their local shops. However, it is amazing how quickly times change and now many people consider coupons to be an automatic consideration when deciding upon what and where they are going to spend their money. This is not surprising when it is not uncommon to find discounts of up to 70% or 80% when companies are running promotions.
Free coupons have become so popular that there are now even books published and available online guiding people into the best ways of finding and using these free printable coupons. Below is just one example of the range of books available…
From a buyers point of view, it is important that we are in a position to use the free coupons when we want to and so we need to be sure that when we are shopping that we have the coupons in our possession ready to be used. There’s nothing worse than being in the store and ready to make a purchase only to find that the coupon is sitting in a drawer at home somewhere!
Here are some interesting pointers to avoid such errors…
So where do we find these free coupons? well, as stated above, there are many sites that specialize in sourcing and listing many of the major free printable coupons available online today.
One such site is Coupons.com who offer coupons, coupons codes, card linked offers and loyalty coupons to their visitors. You can sign up to their newsletter and receive instant notification of the very latest offers as and when they become available.
To keep up with technological developments it is not surprising that companies are now releasing apps smart phones that unable customers to grab the latest coupons and deals immediately and easily.
Here is an example and excerpt of a press release of one such coupon launch;
Valpak® at Forefront of Technology; Launches Coupon App for New Apple …
WebWire (press release), on Wed, 22 Apr 2015 06:07:30 -0700
Leading the way in technology, Valpak® announces its new coupon app will be available for download for the Apple Watch™, making it one of the first coupon companies to offer savings for the new device, and making it easier than ever for consumers to.
So start cutting your bills today and embrace the wonderful world of printable coupons!
Free promo codes, or discount codes, are another excellent way of saving money when purchasing goods online. Any purchase made online, be it a regular or one-off purchase, will often benefit from a free promo code that has been issued by the retailer or manufacturer. Simply entering this free promo code at checkout will usually result in a substantial saving in the final purchase bill.
A recent survey showed that the use of these free promo codes has risen by almost half in the last year. Below is a link to the full report below –
The number of people hunting free promo codes before making purchases online has grown by almost half over the past year.
Whenever there is a shipping cost involved in the purchase, additional shipping coupon codes are also often available which will result in a further discount to the buyer.
The introduction of free promo codes is primarily a result of the incredible increase in online purchasing. The vast majority of households in the Western world are now linked to the Internet and online shopping has become one of the primary sources of purchasing for many, many households. This has meant that many companies have had to rethink their marketing strategies and create whole departments focus on optimising the online shopping experience. free promo codes are one of the obvious measures that could be introduced to give incentives to both existing and potential customers.
As with printable coupons, many guides are now available online to help people in their search for relevant and active free promo codes. Here is an example just one of them –
Free promo codes have become so popular, that they are even promoted on local radio stations – Coupon codes for April deals KMBC Kansas City, on Tue, 14 Apr 2015. This just goes to show how much they have become an intrinsic part of our society will stop
These promo codes come in various forms. Some will offer a percentage discount on the final bill while others will give a fixed monetary value discount. Many of the free promo codes will have a time factor element to them meaning that they have to be used within a certain time period. This enables the seller to focus on precise marketing objectives and to shift the stock that they need to shift in any set time period.
One great advantage of free promo codes over printable coupons is the very fact that they do not have to be printed out. They are only used for online transactions and are simply a sequence of numbers and letters which have to be entered into a ‘coupon code’ box at the final checkout stage. Because of this, there are no coupons to collect (or lose!) and it only takes a few extra seconds to make, in some cases, a significant saving.
These free promo codes can be found both from specialist sites and directly from manufacturers. Those sites that specialize in printable coupons will often also have a massive range of free promo codes available as well.
Some of the main sites to consider when looking for coupon codes are Coupons.com and Groupons.com but other significant ones include; RetailMeNot.com and CouponCodes.com.
Always remember that whenever you are ready to place your order online, first do some brief investigation to find the relevant discount free promo codes available to you. In many cases, you will be pleasantly surprised at the amount of savings you can make when you use these codes and you will discover how quickly those savings can mount up when you are using these free promo codes for the majority of your online shopping.
Without doubt, most people can relate to the fact that, in the 21st-century money has become much tighter! Families and individuals are finding it much more difficult to make ends meet with ever-increasing demands upon their purse. The basic necessities of life including; food, housing, clothing, etc have all dramatically risen in price within these first two decades of the 21st-century. Many people are having to tighten their belts and are looking for alternative or additional ways to increase their income.
See this recent report from the Huffington Post about the increase of home businesses, their pros and cons;
Running Your Business From Home… Challenges and Solutions!
Huffington Post UK, on Fri, 17 Apr 2015 02:33:02 -0700
While it can certainly be tough at times to try to balance your home business with managing a young family – it’s also a hugely rewarding challenge! I run my own events business from the home I share with my husband, and three young children, aged …
What has become increasingly popular in order to address this issue is the development of the home businesses that more and more people are embracing. More and more people are starting to do this either part-time or even full-time as an ever-increasing array of opportunities present themselves both online and off-line.
An increasing proportion of the population are starting to develop home businesses as their major source of income. What for some people started off as a hobby or interest soon grew and developed into a full-time occupation and income. The Internet has been a primary catalyst in this evolution as it has made it much easier for people to develop businesses from the comfort of their own home whilst reaching out to a global population. More and more companies have specialized in assisting people in the development of home businesses which has made the task much easier than it ever was before.
Good examples of new businesses formats are mail order businesses and multilevel marketing which have become very popular but other people have focused on such outlets as Amazon and eBay and become highly successful.
Here are some publications describing some niche home business ideas which provide excellent examples of what is possible when developing a new home business –
As more businesses develop, then more services required to support these businesses, which in itself leads to more home businesses developing as a result. Such services as ghost writing or typing are excellent examples of this. People are always looking for specialists and this has meant that specialists can now offer their services online and the premium. Once again, distance or geographical location is not an issue and as a result, businesses can expand very rapidly.
This has also spurred the development in online networking for businesses or individuals to pool their resources and offer their combine services as a package online. Again, all of this can be performed and coordinated from the comfort of home.
here is an excellent recent article about how people are using social media in their home businesses –
How social media is helping boost home business
THV 11, on Thu, 23 Apr 2015 20:33:45 -0700
How social media is helping boost home business. “I was the one that was like I will never make any money with network marketing and I was blown away because it did happen,” Megan Hatcher explains. Loading… Post to Facebook. How social media is …
For anyone considering starting a home business, the first thing is to perform your research. Identify your interests and skills and look at the competition there is currently out there offering similar services to your potential customers. Once you have clearly defined your market, your then a much more powerful position to identify exactly where you are going to pitch yourself. Again, this is when networking is very powerful as it allows you to discuss your potential business ideas with other like-minded people.
Here is a brief presentation which offers some additional insights when researching for a home business idea;
The next logical step would be to create a business plan, as if you were presenting your business idea to a bank or an investor. This way you can clearly define exactly what your goals are and the manner in which you intend to achieve them and any obstacles that need to be addressed in order to achieve your goals. Your business plan should be as clear and as detailed as you can make it as it will prompt and encourage you to think about how you see your business developing and growing.
This guide shows you how to create a simple business plan for any type of business or enterprise;
You will soon discover that you are in a very powerful position to start offering your services to the world in less time than you thought. Once you put your toe in the water and give it a try you will soon receive valuable feedback and important data into how you should proceed next. You can soon find yourself developing your business very rapidly and receiving an income that you never thought possible!
In the following video you can see 50 ideas that can whet your appetite when considering which home business idea might be right for you –
Conduct your research diligently, set out your goals, set out your plan and start moving towards a greater degree of financial independence whilst having fun in the process.
Everybody wants to be happy, whether they acknowledge it or not! In the depths of depression, happiness can seem like a million miles away but deep inside the desire for happiness is always there. It is our ultimate goal, and that is often the problem is people are always searching for happiness without fully realising the happiness that is there with them all for time.
Here is a fascinating report about the happiest countries in the world. It contained some surprising statistics! New world happiness report 2015 – Business Insider
An international team of economists, neuroscientists, and statisticians just released their third World Happiness Report, which measures well-being in countries around the world to help guide public policy.
Most of us are constantly looking ahead, to this magical time in the future when all will be well. The problem is, that we miss the moment, the here and now where we have true power to change our state.
In this modern age, most people are blaming external situations for their lack of happiness and “if only” things were different, then they would be happy. In this mindset, happiness becomes almost unattainable because external factors are often outside our control and will always be there. The magic lies in being able to take back control and determine our own happiness in the here and now.
If we could be more accepting of what we have, and who we are then there is a very strong possibility that we will experience a greater degree of satisfaction and therefore move closer to a state of happiness. However, these are easy words to say and not always easy to acknowledge, especially to someone whose in a state of negativity and non-acceptance of the current situation.
This publication is all about being in the now and accepting while in the state of mindfulness – very useful for everybody who needs to be reminded of this! –Happiness
Thich Nhat Hanh, published 2009
With this in mind, there are some very simple strategies that we can all follow to move us closer to a state of acknowledgement and happiness.
Some excellent points are contained within this presentation –
First and foremost is to take back control and stop seeing ourselves as victims. When we have a victim mindset we see and feel the whole world against us and give away our power towards being able to reconnect with our inner natural state of happiness. Nobody actually makes us feel anything, it’s how we allow ourselves to feel and if we can remember this then we have a choice. We can choose to be a victim and give away our power or we can choose to acknowledge and accept what has happened and to move forward on our journey.
We can “choose” to be happy. This is where affirmations can be very powerful by restating to our self, over and over again, that we are happy (not hoping to wanting to be) then we begin to resonate with that truth.” We are what we think” and if we think happy then we can more easily become happy. We can stop trying to be happy and allow ourselves to simply be happy.
sometimes we need to be reminded how easily we can become happy by remembering some simple truths –
We need to ask ourselves, why are we not allowing ourselves to be happy?. What is in it for me to remain unhappy? For many people, being unhappy allows them to feel like other people may want to love them more care for them more because they are needy. But once again, this is giving away our power and if we choose to not be unhappy then we open ourselves up far more easily to allowing happiness to come back in. When we can see the joy of experiences they would become more accepting and then we become happier.
Again, these are easy words and statements to make by someone who is not unhappy and so sometimes we need a little bit more help to guide us back into a state of happiness.
If we are habitual complainers then unhappiness becomes our norm. If we can stop complaining, and be grateful for what we do have, we soon change our perspective. We can always see someone in a far worse position than ourselves and in so doing we can reconnect with our sense of gratitude for what we really do have, even if it may not seem like a lot. Compared to some people we have everything and with that remembering it allows us to become more happy.
This video reminds us about the positive aspects of enter into a state of gratitude;
Horoscopes have played a part in our lives for thousands of years. The whole subject of astrology is an issue that has been talked about and contested for many, many years. However, many ancient cultures used this system of interpreting the stars and planets since the beginning of recorded history and the science has become increasingly popular in recent decades.
The horoscope is determined by a person’s time and place of birth and is a representation of the placement of these cosmic elements in a chart known as a horoscope. Between the different cultures of Indian, Greek, Chinese, Western, etc, there are some significant differences in the way these charts are prepared.
Each horoscope is made up of what are known as “houses” and there are 12 of these which are pictorially represented in a circle. Astrologers use this pictorial representation to determine many aspects of an individual’s life including; prosperity, health, relationships, etc. in relationship to how the stars and planets are aligned at any given time.
In a world of great uncertainty, i.e. the one we live in today, more and more people are expressing an interest in horoscopes and their interpretations as a way of helping them to gain some clarity and insight into their lives. We are faced with so many decisions nowadays that it is sometimes difficult to know which way to turn and horoscopes are too many, like a friend with insight who can offer guidance based upon an interpretation of what the stars and planets are saying.
These horoscopes have been available in newspapers and magazines for a long, long time and are given great enjoyment to many of those readers. Even though these general horoscopes are written for a single star sign, the vast majority of people who read them will interpret them as being relevant to them as individuals. Of course, without the date of birth and the location of birth, and accurate interpretation for an individual is very limited and the horoscopes found in the popular press can only be seen as a rough guide.
For an accurate horoscope reading, the date and time of birth allows the astrologer to produce what is known as a “Natal Chart” which determines the exact alignment of an individual’s astrological condition at the time of birth. This is the chart will then be used for subsequent readings and interpretation as life unfolds the stars and planets move in accordance. With this in mind, it is therefore very important for anyone looking for precise individual predictions to first have their natal chart created by an experienced astrologer.
There has always been a great desire by people to have some insight into what their future holds. In an age where life is changing so rapidly and where our future feels very fragile, horoscopes offered to many, a way of being prepared for what lies round the corner. Sometimes, we just need to know, or to have some inkling of what may be happening in our lives so that we can better cope with the now. Although we know that the horoscope reading is not set in stone, we can at least feel that we are “more in control” and start to make plans and preparations for what we may feel is about to happen.
Whether you accept astrology and the horoscopes as an exact science or whether you have no time for them at all, the fact of the matter is that to some, they can be a great help. We all have a choice and we have free will and the responsibility to live a life in the way that we feel is appropriate and right stop for some, referring to a horoscope can be a great aid into managing the life that we have been presented with.