Busy week ahead

I stated about a month ago that I was taking the GMAT. Well, the test is two weeks away. The blog posts are going to be short for the next two weeks so I have more time to study. I’ll do a series of quick tips for the next few weeks. If you have any tips to share, please shoot me an email. If your tip becomes one of the daily posts, you’ll be entered into a drawing for a free copy of Dave Ramsey’s Financial Peace Revisited. Submit your ideas via email to kristin@klingtocash.com. I look forward to reading them. Please send your ideas by Sunday, July 26, 2009. Put “QUICKTIP” in the subject line.

So today’s tip: If you have a product you really like, call the manufacturer and let them know how much you like it. Nine times out of ten, you’ll get coupons from the company. Also, if you have a problem or concern, make sure you call them as well. I called Betty Crocker to let them know I didn’t like the new recipe for Suddenly Salad pasta salad (they put the toppings into the dressing packet which made the croutons soggy). The representative asked me for my name and address. She sent me a coupon for $1 off any product and a second coupon for any Betty Crocker item free (up to a $6 value). Woot! I’ve also called Sara Lee in the past with questions about their products and gotten excellent coupons. It’s worth it. You can get the phone number on the packaging or the company’s website.

Also, don’t forget that tomorrow, Tuesday, July 21st, is Free Pastry Day at Starbucks. More information here. You have to purchase a drink to get your free pastry but it’s a great deal if you just buy a coffee. I think that might be a blow money purchase tomorrow.