YOU DON’T HAVE TO BREAK INTO YOUR PIGGY BANK

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REDDING, Calif. (February 1, 2011) –Remember when you were a kid, and getting something in the mail was fun? These days a trek to the mailbox yields, coupons, special offers and bills. Groceries, electricity, gas all of life’s essentials keep getting more and more expensive. How can you get ahead and out of this financial malaise?

Let NERDS help you with some practical and easy ways to keep more of your money this year.
Many of these resources and tools can save you anywhere from a few cents to several dollars.

1.Loyalty memberships at grocery stores and retail outlets can save you a bundle, but who wants to cart around 23 plastic cards on their key ring, or get their inbox filled up with emails touting the week’s specials? Never fear! First, set up an email address dedicated to your retail excursions – that way you won’t miss out on the exclusive deals and coupons but won’t get inundated in your regular account. Next, check out CardMobili (www.cardmobili.com), an awesome application for your Smartphone that stores your cards and coupons so you simply flash your phone at check out.

2. Check for online coupon codes before placing your online order, or get printable coupons before you head to the store: For online coupon codes NERDS recommend www.retailmenot.com and www.techbargains.com (great for finding the best Dell deals). For printable coupons you can take to your grocery, department, or specialty store, savvy Nerds love www.couponsherpa.com and http://www.couponalbum.com.

3.Earn rewards for shopping online, taking surveys, searching the web, playing games and even redeeming coupons printed from the MyPoints coupon center at www.mypoints.com. MyPoints.com reward points can be used for gift cards for over a 100 different name brand stores & restaurants, gas cards, airline miles or hotel discounts. Heck, you’re online all the time anyway; why not make some money for it, right?

4. Use your Smartphone to Shop Smarter: Ever wondered if you could get that new fangled gadget you’re considering for less online? Use a barcode scanner application to instantly compare prices with other local & online retailers. iPhone and Android users can download Shopsavvy at http://shopsavvy.mobi/. Use your phone to take a picture of the barcode of the item you’re considering and Shopsavvy will instantly provide you with a list of prices at both local and online retailers so you know if you’re getting a good deal. You can even get coupons and deals delivered to your shop savvy application personalized to your interests and shopping history. The new in ShopSavvy 4.0 has a great new feature “price drop feature that notifies a user when an item they recently purchased dropped in price allowing the user to take advantage of ‘price guarantee’ programs offered by many retailers.” (Shopsavvy, 2011). Blackberry users can check out www.edocrab.com (barcode spelled backwards): a FREE application that also scans barcodes to give you instant access to online price comparisons, user reviews, product images and even video clips.

Shawna Bell, NERDS Marketing director and mom of five, has used MyPoints for years, printing usable coupons for food and clothing, finding hot deals on the internet and earning those bonus points for gift cards. “Since using MyPoints I have saved with coupons and earned four different $50 gift cards to retailers. It’s a nice little bonus for shopping I have to do anyway. It’s like I get paid to do grocery shopping.”

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About The Author: Andrea Andrea Eldridge is CEO and co-founder of Nerds On Call, a computer repair company that specializes in on-site and online service for homes and businesses. Andrea is the writer of a weekly column, Nerd Chick Adventures in The Record Searchlight. She prepares TV segments for and appears regularly on CBS, CW and FOX on shows such as Good Day Sacramento, More Good Day Portland, and CBS 13 News, offering viewers technology and lifestyle tips. See Andrea in action at callnerds.com/andrea/.
About Nerds On Call: Established in a spare room in Redding, Calif., in March 2004, Nerds On Call offers on-site computer and laptop repair services to consumers and businesses. Nerds On Call provides trouble-shooting for PCs and Macs, home and office networks, printers, iPods® and MP3 players, handheld devices and cell phones, home theaters and game systems, and virtually every other form of digital entertainment. In 2009, 2010, & 2011 the company was named to Inc. magazine’s list of 5000 fastest growing private companies. With 7 locations across California and Oregon, Nerds On Call serves more than 40,000 satisfied customers per year. For more information, visit callnerds.com or call 1-800-919-NERD.