Monthly Archives: September 2010

Amazon.com is America’s largest retailer. Amazon.com started out selling books when it launched in 1995, but now you can find almost ANYTHING, from toys, food, to electronics on this site. The name Amazon comes from the Amazon River (the largest river in the world) and because of the fact that Amazon wanted their site to show up on the beginning of alphabetical lists. Amazon Prime gives students a free year of 2-day shipping! This is originally an $80 value! If you haven’t already signed up for this deal, I would highly recommend it. All you need to sign up is your .edu email address and then you are ready to buy anything you need and have it shipped quick and free!

If you’ve never used Amazon before, you will be overwhelmed by all the products that are on there. There are tons of departments and then sub-departments to choose from to keep some digital order or you can simply search for whatever you are looking for. So let’s say, you are looking for a new UMD T-Shirt to wear to the Duke game this weekend. Simply choose the “Clothing, Shoes, and Jewelry” department, then choose “Clothing”, “Sports Fan Gear”, “NCAA”, lastly “Maryland Terrapins”, then start shopping! (Or simply type Terps T-shirt into the search box on the first page). Amazon is super organized with all over the categories to meet all your shopping needs.

When you finally find something you like, you can read comments, check out its ratings, and also see what other people that have viewed this product have also viewed. You can also “tag” items you see to help you, and other shoppers, find products much easier.  Amazon says, “Think of a tag as a keyword or label you consider is strongly related to this product. Tags will help all customers organize and find favorite items.”

So sign up for Amazon Prime!

Maryland Terps Men's Spectrum Tee

Play Subway Fiery Footlong Instant Win Game!

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When you are waiting on your free samples to come in the mail and you are done shopping with all your new coupons, how about you play a game and try to win some great prizes?! All you need to do is find some codes. Codes can be found on various Subway products such as on a cup, a Breakfast Wrapper Sticker, a specially marked bag of SUNCHIPS® Monterey Jack and Sundried Tomato Multigrain Snacks Sticker or a Complimentary Code found on various online places (just Google for them!)

So go here, type in your codes, and play the simple little game for your chance to win free subs, movie rentals, game systems, and a year supply of Subway! You can type in as many codes as you want a day.

A great place to find these codes is Twitter! Twitters is another social networking site and since we just discussed it in class, I thought I would bring it up. In addition to finding codes on Twitter to use to get prizes, everyweek for the past four weeks Subway Fiery Footlong did “fire drills”. Randomly, Subway would post a “fire drill” and the first, say 1,000 or so people, to click the link in their tweet would win a prize! Unfortuantely, the “fire drills” are over for the time being, but you can still try to win prizes from codes!

After creating your own Twitter account, make sure to “follow”  subwayfreshbuzz, and then tune in for new codes. Twitter allows you to see what your friends, and places like Subway, are up to. Twitter asks “What’s happening” and then you can post a status that all your followers can see. You can follow whoever you want and people can follow you, so you can always see what your friend is up to and vice versa.

The second best thing to freebies for me is coupons that can get you cheap products. got2b products start at about $3.49 at stores. You can print this high-value coupon for got2b Hair Care Products by liking their page on Facebook , clicking the got2b Coupon tab at the top, and printing your coupon for $2/1 full size got2b Hair Care Product. You may be able to print two by pressing the back button after you print your first one.

(For those of you that don’t  know what $2/1 means, it means $2 off one product. So, $1/2 means $1 off two products, $.50/1 means $.50 off one product and so forth.)

This is yet another example of how companies use the hundreds of millions of users on Facebook to advertise their products. Advertising on social media is the new fad you can say; it’s a business tool for companies large and small.  They say that if Facebook was a country it would be the third largest in the world, behind China and India. When they aren’t giving out freebies there are always coupons to be found on companies’ Facebook sites. All they want you to do is “like” their page. By liking their page, all your friends can see that you like it, and they may like and their friends, and so on. And this is how Facebook advertising works.

Welcome! Facebook Freebie!

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Welcome to Savvy Student Shopper! In this blog I am going to show you how I use all this new available media to become a Savvy Student Shopper. I am always on the lookout for new deals, freebies, and coupons and the internet is booming with these more than it ever has before. The internet provides so many forms of media, such as Facebook, online stores, downloadable cell phone coupons, YouTube advertisements and so much more. In this blog, I will show how this new media can change your shopping ways and make you a great money saver.

My first post is about one of my favorite ways to save money: freebies. Freebies might not seem great to you now, but getting a sample of detergent or a granola bar in the mail is one less load of laundry I have to pay for and one less snack I need to buy. Unknown to many people, Facebook is much more than a site to chat with friends, share pictures, and tell people what you are up to. Facebook is now the location for many great freebies. Today at noon, for instance, Gain, the detergent company, is giving away a 10.3 oz. bottle of Apple Mango Tango Dishwashing Liquid to the first 5,000 people who enter.

Go here to enter: http://www.facebook.com/gain#!/gain?v=wall –They will go fast! Facebook freebies are becoming very popular, and with over a 100 million users, they have many customers. Facebook can also be used for companies to advertise, give coupons, and gain followers, just for creating a page.