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>Save $ Monday–Shop Smart Tips

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>A couple of weeks ago I received an invitation from Shop Smart to receive a free issue. Shop Smart is published by Consumer Reports, and I actually notice it every time I’m in Office Max. It’s piqued my curiosity, but I wasn’t willing to pay the $4.99 cover price since we need a new car!

However, I am willing to send away for a free issue. The invitation they sent me was actually an enticing 10 page booklet full of examples of how Shop Smart will save you money. Their shtick is that since they do not accept advertising, just like Consumer Reports, they are free to make completely honest recommendations.

You can click here to learn more at the Consumer Reports site. They have some articles for you to browse. I decided that if they send this out to thousands of people, I can share some of my favorite tips with you!

~Viva paper towels fared well in the scrubbing tests and are much more affordable than Bounty Extra Soft (my friend E will be so excited!).
~Chip clips did better at keeping chips fresh than putting chips into a zipper style plastic storage bag.
~The $20 pair of Levi’s Signature jeans were made better than a $220 pair of True Religion jeans! Now THAT’S saving!
~This tip sounds like Dave Ramsey style bartering to me–when you are negotiating with a salesperson, ask them, “Can you do better for me?”
~Target’s Market Pantry brand brownies tied with Duncan Hines Family-Style Brownies Chewy Fudge, and they will save your pocketbook 30%!
~Here’s another one that astounded me, and I just have to share. The Victoria’s Secret IPEX demi bra has a competitor in Target! The Vicky’s version costs $45. The Gilligan & O’Malley version found at Target costs $11, and it survived washing better!
~Curious about “As seen on TV” items? The PedEgg worked great when Shop Smart testers put it to work.

This is not any kind of ad for Shop Smart. I simply thought these are great tips, and I can’t wait to get my complimentary copy! I may be very, very tempted to subscribe! Hmmm…they do have fashion information. Perhaps it could be a tax deduction for my business!

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