Historically, your reputation was always your most important asset. People in your village, town, or neighborhood would learn how trustworthy you are, and those who didn't know you could find out just by asking around.
At Brad's Deals, we love freebies and doughnuts (though, we don't all agree on the spelling of the sweet treat--I like doughnuts better, but I think I'm in the minority). So, naturally, we're super pumped about the upcoming National Donut Day on Friday, June 6, when some stores are giving away free donuts!
In honor of the sugar-filled holiday, we decided to compose a finger-licking ode (pretend this article is being sung to you) to donuts. Here are some of our favorites.
Old Fashioned Donut
Classics are classics for a reason. Best bets come from Dinkel's and Stan's Donuts (specifically the vanilla orange flavor) in Chicago and Los Angeles and Carmella's Creme in Champaign. Carmella's Creme proves that donuts don't have to be really expensive to be good. Most cost under a dollar and are made in an old Taco Bell. Though, sometimes your mind can help you deal with shelling out several bucks for a donut, like one of our designers. "My mind refuses to consider the possibility that I spent that much money [$2 or $3] on a donut that isn't the best ever," she wrote about Stan's Donuts. Regardless of price, all of these donuts are great!
Krispy Kreme's Classic Glazed
These glazed donuts from Krispy Kreme have been described as "airy sugary heaven" that you "can't go wrong" with. Another thing you can't go wrong with is freebies! See the bottom of this post to see how you can get one of these glazed donuts for free!
Weddings aren’t just expensive for the bride and groom. The average wedding guest spends a whopping $592 on the day, according to an American Express study. That amount will increase greatly if you’re part of the bridal party or traveling for the wedding. But before you start checking “no” to your invites or spending too much, here are some ways to save money as a wedding guest.
Every time we make a purchase, we have to decide which method of payment to use. Credit card users may wish to charge some things to their cards, but use other forms of payment when convenient.
Award travel enthusiasts, or "travel hackers," love the Ink line of business credit cards from Chase. They offer valuable Ultimate Rewards points, great bonus spending categories, and impressive benefits. Right now, Chase has a bonus on its Ink Plus card at 70,000 points. New applicants to the Ink Plus card earn 70,000 Ultimate Rewards points after using their card to spend $5,000 within three months. Furthermore, the no-fee Ink Cash card offers a $200 sign-up bonus after spending just $3,000 within three months.
We got rid of satellite TV a few months ago, and we don't miss it a bit. Not only is there extra wiggle room in our budget now, but we've got a content library that's easier to access and less choked with (though not completely free of) commercials. We're also better able to choose shows we enjoy watching, instead of just seeing what's on. Best of all, we don't have to deal with DVR snafus when sporting events run long.
The 2014 "Cable Box"
If you get rid of your pay TV service, what you do next will depend on what you want/"need" to watch, and what equipment you already have in place. If you have a video game console, it's probably compatible with quite a bit of streaming media. There are also plenty of dongles and boxes to attach to your TV for streaming: Amazon Fire TV, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, and a new $50 stick from Roku - to name just a few. A smart TV, which is already configured for streaming without additional hardware, is another option.
Most of the devices that plug into your TV have small content libraries of their own, some free, some for a fee. Unfortunately, all content sources aren't compatible with all devices. Netflix works with most devices - you just need the streaming membership in addition to (or instead of) any Netflix DVD membership you have. All these prices will be increasing by $1-$2 per month for new subscribers soon, according to Netflix. You can also avoid a device by plugging a laptop directly into most newer TVs via an HDMI cable. This is a quick and simple option, if somewhat unwieldy.
It feels like a scam. You save your frequent flier miles for an award flight for your dream vacation, only to be forced to pay hundreds of dollars in taxes and fees. In fact, some airlines have been caught charging more fees for an award flight than they would charge you to just buy a ticket!
At Brad's Deals, we don't believe in paying full price for anything--not even your wedding dress. With recent studies putting the average cost of a wedding at around $30,000 (the highest its been since 2007), we're all for saving wherever you can. But that doesn't mean you have to cut corners or settle for a dress that's a nightmare instead of a dream. Read on for our foolproof ways to save on that gorgeous gown you'll remember for years to come.
Since many mass retailers offer bridal gowns, you may be entitled to a discount even if your chosen garment isn't on the sale rack. Check Brad's Deals, as well as store promotion pages for special coupon codes and specials. Many stores offer discounts with credit card or email signup even if no other discount is available. Neiman Marcus, for example, where we found this pictured Ralph Lauren Collection Chantel Beaded Evening Gown ($8,000), has a credit card with a point system and also offers 10% off with email signup.
As some of the best shoppers out there will tell you, getting a great deal isn't always an act of serendipity. Scoring a steal can take several months of careful planning and research. If you've got your eye on a particular gown, it pays to know the sale cycles of the store you're planning to purchase from. What type of store are you shopping at? If it's a mass retailer, do they ever have storewide events, such as a Friends and Family sale? What month(s) does it usually fall in? Is it an independent bridal store? It might pay to wait until December/January, when bridal experts say many shops are marking down their remaining inventory to make way for the new year's latest styles.
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