Good Luck Finding Turbotax Coupons

So many people search on the term Turbotax Coupons. However, there is no way to input a coupon code on their site. The best way to save is to go to sites like DealNews or Offers.com and look for Turbotax coupon codes.  That said, Turbotax is still far and away the best software on the market for DIY tax preparation.  I got my return done faster this year.  With less “found errors” at the end of the process, I felt that Turbo Tax did a better job of walking me through than last year.

What Do Chrome and Cheers have In Common

Chrome SeatbeltWhat is Albania’s chief export?  Well, I don’t know it to be true that chrome indeed is (Wikipedia doesn’t list it).  However, I do know of a Chrome that everyone should know about – Chrome Bags.  Why do I want to share that?  I always see  the large city bike couriers use their messenger bags.  Also, I have seen quite a few people with these bags as I have been traveling a so much this year (I cannot believe I was on 60 flights and over 72,000 actual flown miles in less than 12 months).  I had been asking these people about their stylish bags and learned how much they were liked.  So, I decided I needed a new laptop bag and went for the Soma in Black/Red.  The one thing I liked the most was the “seatbelt” clasp that is used to strap the bag over one shoulder.  When it arrived, I knew this was not just another bag.  The materials are strong, the stitching is solid, and the design is unique and appealing.  I do wish there was a little more space inside (but that is because I basically carry around a portable office – which I shouldn’t).  However, I wouldn’t trade it for any other bag I have had to this point.

For nostalgic sake, watch this video (every time I see the Chrome logo, I think of this episode) –

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-F_tT-q8EF0]

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Toys R Us Express Comes to Town

I noticed this morning that a Toys R Us Express has quietly opened in the Shops at Legacy in Plano, Texas. This area is a high traffic shopping spot and the “express” nature of the store is great for the strong corporate profile around the location. I have noticed more retailers adding these “express” concepts to malls and lifestyle centers. I wonder if this a fad or a trend.

My Column – Seven Tips For Saving When Shopping Online

One of the great things I get to do each week is write a column for Media General that gets published in multiple outlets in the SE United States.   This week’s column is good one for everyone to use.

KEVIN STRAWBRIDGE TIMES-DISPATCH COLUMNIST
Published: November 15, 2009
Ten years ago, online shopping was finally taking shape after a few years of experimentation. A few companies had ventured online to see if there was a new frontier to reach consumers, and a little company called Amazon.com was in its fifth year of selling books and diversifying into a broader range of products.

It was not the first time retailers tried to reach consumers beyond brick-and-mortar stores – catalogs had long offered the chance to shop from the comfort of home. But technology to make shopping easier was growing, and now anyone could go online, click from store to store and find products and services in a sea of Web pages.

But the Web lacks an overall organization of information, which can lead to wandering around. Today, with online shopping being a way of life, the key is navigating quickly through a wealth of information to find what you are looking for, at the best possible price, and for it to be delivered as soon as possible. Here are some suggestions:

  • Step 1: Have a general idea of what you are seeking. If you know what you need, you are likely to stay focused and home in on the right item. Specific items are good, but you also can broaden searches to categories such as apparel, home, shoes, etc.
  • Step 2: Use a search engine to narrow down ideas. Everyone knows Google, but other search sites exist and could lead to better choices. Check out Yahoo.com, Ask.com and Bing.com (Microsoft).
  • Step 3: Look for deals; they are not always apparent. Narrowing your search by adding terms such as “coupons,” “promotional codes” and “deals” to your primary search terms can yield a wealth of savings.
  • Step 4: Check the home pages of retailers. Sites like to show storewide offers on the home page but may not refer to them again at other parts of the site. This is where you may be able to find promotional codes for savings at checkout.
  • Step 5: Pay attention to purchase details/requirements. Make sure you understand what is needed to get the best deal – “buy one, get one free” (BOGO’s), gifts with purchase, quantity price breaks, etc.
  • Step 6: Be alert at checkout. If you did not do step 3 above and the site has a box that says “Promotion Code” or some other coupon input, open a new browser tab, go to a search engine and do a search for that store name and the term used on the site (e.g. Buy.com and Promotion Code).
  • Step 7: Always look for free-shipping offers. Other alternatives include shipping to a local store for pickup or shipping directly to a recipient to save the cost of reshipping (many retailers offer gift wrapping and split shipments). This is a great way to save.

Online shopping is a great way to save time and money. Use the medium for its primary strength – information. Consumers today are more informed than at any other time in history. That knowledge is the best advantage to have when shopping.

Along the way, you may find other steps. Share those with me and your friends so everyone can save.



“King of Koupons” Kevin Strawbridge is president of DealTaker.com, an online shopping Web site owned by Media General that collects and shares online coupons and deals. E-mail KingofKoupons@gmail.com or follow @dealtaker on Twitter.

Great Concept – NewatNoon

The company which I run – DealTaker.com – released a new product this week to provide a unique way to find deals on individual items in a fun and interesting way.  The concept is called NewatNoon.  The premise – a new product, each and every day, at noon eastern time.  Why eastern time?  Our parent company is based on the east coast and it is easier to start with the “first noon of the day” in the US.

Soon, more categories will be added to continue to make the shopping fun.  We are shooting for a “oh my gosh” factor where people will find the items so interesting that they will forward to more and more friends to share.  Come along and enjoy the ride :)

Finding Shopping Bargains Online

At DealTaker.com, we have coined the phrase “couponing 2.0”.  Before it used to be that individuals would deal with saving money in a behind the scenes, “clip the coupon” and passively use it sort of way.  Now, with the expansion of marketing efforts online, people are coming together to share deals, savings techniques, and tips on how to save more.  This is never more evident than during Black Friday each year after Thanksgiving when people share and find all kinds of great deals.  In this economy, that is now becoming an everyday occurrence.  Check out this news story just done on us that reinforces that notion…DealTaker on NBC5i – DFW

CheapTweet – Deals on Twitter

Those of you who know me know that social marketing and media is a big part of my life.  I tweet on Twitter.  I friend on Facebook.  I link on Linkedin.  Thanks to Kevin Koym, I met Hayes Davis today – he works for CheapTweet.  Now there is a way that e-commerce (specifically deals) can cross over to the social media realm in a usable fashion.  My company (DealTaker – a great place for online coupons) is proud to be one of the first members on CheapTweet.  And here is our badge to prove it –

dealtaker on CheapTweet

Video Fun and E-commerce

Working in e-commerce for a decade now has been a blast.  So much has happened, and so much is still to come.  It is interesting looking back as a ten year veteran that started not long after e-commerce and internet marketing originated and seeing what has changed and knowing I have been a part of some of the biggest pieces.  In tribute, my colleague Patrick Terrell and I created a video related to Affiliate Summit West 2009 that we attended in Las Vegas this last week.  Without further adieu –

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ek67Ps7_vXU]

This video is a spoof on Will Ferrell and John C. Reilly’s “you want us to host the Espy’s” video.  I’ll add this here as well because it is worth the extra two minutes to watch.  [youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OI_FO4QaIR4]

Review of Cyber Monday ’08

In 2008, as I have mentioned in prior posts on Cyber Monday, retail and online shopping are under an intense microscope for performance.  I was interviewed by a local station (Fox4 News Dallas) along with an offline retailer to get a take on how things were proceeding.  As you will see below, we were pleased with traffic and performance – and deals are to be had everywhere.

[youtube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PV6hW45-Hg4]

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