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Beware of exclusions at Dick’s Sporting Goods

Dick’s Sporting Goods is one of the largest stores of its type in my community. The two-story superstore sells clothing and shoes for a variety of sports, as well as camping equipment, guns, kayaks, workout equipment and many other sports-related items. While the store sells high-quality merchandise, none of it is cheap. So, being the bargain hunter that I am, coupons and promo codes offered by Dick’s are especially appealing to me.

Recently, I shopped for a pair of running shoes for my father as a Christmas gift. I was excited to receive an email from Dick’s with a code for a percentage off of athletic shoes. I scoured the Dick’s website for the right pair of shoes and tossed them into my virtual shopping cart. When I tried to apply the promo code, it wasn’t accepted, and I couldn’t decipher from the error message what the problem was.

I called the store’s customer service hotline for assistance and found out the brand of shoes I’d selected was not eligible for a discount. So, I asked how I could tell what brands are eligible and which ones aren’t. The sales rep told me to enter the word “exclusions” into the search engine at dickssportinggoods.com to return a list of brands to which discounts don’t apply.

Turns out the list is long and included most of the shoe brands I was interested in: Nike, Saucony, Asics and Brooks are on the list. In fact, as of this writing, more than 100 brands of sporting goods are on the list, along with a note that the following are also not eligible for coupons: tennis and racketball rackets, baseball/softball bats and gloves, licensed and championship merchandise, outdoor electronics, cardio fitness equipment and golf balls.

So, if you have a coupon or promo code for use at Dick’s Sporting Goods, here’s some advice: before you spend a lot of time looking for the perfect item, use the search word “exclusions” on the company’s website to find out whether you can use the code on the brand or type of item you want.

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Free shipping on printer ink

In celebration of World Peace Day on Friday, Sept. 21, InkJetSuperstore.com is offering free shipping on all printer ink this week. Use promo code PEACE to get this deal. It ends on Sunday, Sept. 23. I’ve found this website to have good prices and customer service. To comparison shop, check out the price for the ink cartridges you need on Newegg.com as well. That’s another site I’ve had good experiences with. Happy printing!

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Grab a deal with these promo codes and special offers

Several online retailers are offering money-saving deals this week. Use these coupon codes to cash in:

Restaurant.com: Use code “CELEBRATE” to get $25 restaurant gift certificates for $5. Start your shopping at Ebates.com, and you’ll also get 15 percent cash back.

Inkjet Superstore: Get free shipping on ink and toner cartridges through June 24 with promo code “FANTASTIC.”

Petsmart: Save $5 on your online order of $30 or more with coupon code “12P6EM4.” This code expires at 6 a.m. Eastern time on June 24.

Lane Bryant: Get 30 percent off your order and free shipping with promo code “SHOPNSAVELB.”

Happy shopping!

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Promo codes and other discounts for Mother’s Day gifts and more

You have eight shopping days left until Mother’s Day, so now’s the time to start looking for the perfect item to bring a smile to your mom’s face.  It’s also a good time to take advantage of sales, promo codes and shipping specials being offered by a variety of retailers. Check out these offers:

You can get $40 worth of flowers or gifts for $20 with this FTD offer from Groupon. If your mom doesn’t like flowers, you can use it for another special occasion, because it doesn’t expire until Sept. 10. You can buy up to two of these deals. Be sure to visit the FTD website before purchasing to confirm FTD delivers to the recipient’s ZIP code.

Take an extra 20 percent off your purchase at Kohl’s online with promo code FF20MAY. You can also get 99-cent shipping per item or free shipping on purchases of $75 or more.

Bed, Bath & Beyond is offering free shipping on a variety of items, including silicone prep bowls, silver-plated photo frames, bath salts and wall art.

If your mother likes to read, take advantage of a 15 percent discount online at Barnes & Noble. Use promo code K4H4K9L.

If you’re planning a group gift for Mother’s Day or splurging on an item for mom or yourself, you can save 15 percent at Meijer.com when you spend $125 or more. Use promo code COUPON. Gift options include jewelry, clothing and electronics.

Would new window coverings make mom’s day? Get 30 percent off and free shipping through Sunday, May 6 when you shop online with Select Blinds. No coupon code is required.

Does your mom have a fondness for things that sparkle? Get $100 worth of jewelry for $50 at Blue Nile with this Living Social Deal. Act now–the offer ends Monday.

Another Living Social deal offers you a two-year subscription to a variety of women’s magazines for just $7.

Finally, get bubble bath, fragrance mists, candles and other items 20 percent off at Bath & Body Works when you use promo code BathBodyGarden.

What gift will your mom receive on Sunday, May 13?

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Where to find promo and coupon codes to save money online

I’ve been an online shopper for many years, and I always take advantage of special offers that can lower the costs of my order, including free shipping or discount codes available on a retailer’s website. But it’s only recently that I’ve developed the habit of actively seeking out promotional (or “promo”) codes for retailers before I place my order.

It’s easy to get many promo codes and special offers delivered to your inbox. Just sign up for the email newsletters and sales ads offered by retailers like JCPenney, Kohl’s and Inkjetsuperstore.com. But even if a retailer hasn’t recently emailed you a promo code, you may still be able to find one online. The fastest way to do this is to type in the retailer’s name and the words “promo code” into a search engine. For example, searching “JCPenney promo codes” reveals a list of websites claiming to have these valuable codes.

Sites I’ve found to be reliable in delivering promo codes that work include Retailmenot, Dealigg, and DealsPl.us. When checking for codes on unfamiliar sites, I avoid those that require me to click a link to “reveal” the discount code, as I worry this could initiate a viral attack on my computer. While there are times I cannot locate a code to apply to my deal, I am able to track one down most of the time.

Promo codes aren’t just for clothing, shoes and printer cartridges. The other day, I saved $6.50 off the purchase of water filters for my refrigerator by using a promo code I found online for ABT, an electronics and appliance reailer.

To maximize your savings, remember to use promo codes in combination with other rewards programs, such as Ebates. Also, be sure to do some online price comparisons for the item you are purchasing; in some cases, you may get a lower price without a promo code by purchasing from a different retailer.

Have you found other reliable sources of promo codes besides those listed above? Please share your sources so others can learn and save!

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