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When my friend SLC at seemingly random sent a message saying that I could get a free spicy chicken sandwich from Chick-fil-A, I was skeptical. I’ve learned that, when restaurants offer free food, people go crazy. Bad things happen. The chances of actually receiving the food are slim.

I signed up anyway.

The process was a little more complicated than I expected. Previously, with other restaurants, I would print out some coupon, and show up (only to find out that they’re out of food, but instead of telling you that, they tell you that your coupon is counterfeit even though it isn’t. Thanks a lot, KFC.). Chick-fil-A had a totally different approach. First, I had to choose my location. Then, I had to choose the date and time I wanted to come. THEN I got to print a coupon, and that coupon had my name and e-mail address. There was a link that allowed me to automatically add an appointment to my Outlook Calendar. The day before, I got an e-mail reminder.

Tim and I drove to Chick-fil-A today, anticipating our sandwiches. I was pleasantly surprised to find that there were parking spaces available. Plenty of people were eating inside, but there was definitely room for us. The employees greeted us, and treated us like valued customers. [I guess that’s not unusual. Chick-fil-A employees are always impeccably polite.]

It was a wonderful experience. Kudos to Chick-fil-A for having a give-away, and for handling it excellently.

This is just another reason why I go to Chick-fil-A on a semi-regular basis, even though it costs a little more than other fast food places. I also love their lemonade. And their icecream. And the chicken.


Yesterday I started writing about my favorite websites for saving money and explained my favorite ways to compare prices online. Today I’ll talk about websites that help you get discounts.


If you are going to make a purchase online, you can often find a discount code for free shipping, 10% off, or whatever. I don’t make a lot of online purchases, but I have seen that there are many websites providing lists of discount codes. Try Retail Me Not or another similar site and search for a discount code before you make your next purchase online.

“But,” you say, “I don’t do much online shopping.” That’s ok. There are still ways that you can use the internet to save money on your “regular” shopping.

On, you can buy restaurant gift certificates at a discount. We’ve purchased and used these certificates several times with no problems. Their regular prices are pretty good, and when they have a sale, you can get some great deals. Eating out is definitely more expensive than eating at home, but getting a discount will help.

Many retail stores offer e-mail newsletters containing special coupons. If you shop regularly at the same stores, look on their website to see if you will get any discounts by signing up for their newsletters. When I recently started making craft items, I signed up for newsletters from Michaels and Hobby Lobby. So far the Hobby Lobby coupons aren’t very impressive, but I have gotten good coupons from Michaels almost every week since I signed up.

Some people use coupons to save money on their groceries. I used to think that couponing wasn’t worth it, because it was too complicated. Just recently, I found several websites that make saving money with coupons lots easier.

The Grocery Game: For a small fee, you get weekly access to a list of deals at your local grocery store. Their database tracks prices and tells you when your coupons correspond to the best sales. You can print manufacturers’ coupons from this website (and find discount codes). I currently subscribe to the Bi-Lo list from the Grocery Game. You can try Grocery Game for one month for only $1.

Coupon Mom: Coupon Mom is similar to Grocery Game, but the advantage to Coupon Mom is that it’s free. The disadvantage is that it tells you the sales, but won’t necessary track the absolute best time to buy. You can also print manufacturers’ coupons from this website (and find discount codes). I use Coupon Mom to keep track of the Wal-Mart, CVS, and Walgreens deals.

Money Saving Mom: Crystal Paine blogs about how her family saves money, and gives lots of links to help you save, too. I’ve been reading her blog for several months, and gotten lots of great ideas. She often includes a list of the best deals from Walgreens, CVS, etc.

Saving in Greenville: This blog is similar to Money Saving Mom, but is located in Greenville, SC, where I live. It has a lot of overlap with other blogs that I read, but occasionally a good local deal that I wouldn’t otherwise know about.

I’m sure there are many other helpful sites out there (which you’re welcome to share in the comments), but these are the ones I’ve actually used. In my next post, I’ll talk about websites that can help you save by buying used.