Deal Finder Tools!

by Becky on December 2, 2018

No time to get out and explore the wonderful businesses, locally owned and otherwise, in Livingston Parish?  It happens.  We get it.

Here are some tools to help you find deals online.  Because Louisiana requires sales tax collection now at the time of purchase on all online sales, Louisiana and Livingston Parish will still reap the rewards!

Amazon Best Sellers — updated hourly, and you can narrow this down by product category

Amazon Movers and Shakers — the products which have increased their sales the most within the last 24 hours (often due to price drops)

Amazon Today’s Deals — one-day only deals, you can sort by Deal of the Day, Lightning Deals, coupons, and more

CamelCamelCamel Amazon Popular Products — top items purchased by members of their deal-finding community, some deals, some not

CamelCamelCamel Amazon Popular Deals — the above list taking out popular items that are not on sale

CamelCamelCamel Amazon Top Drops — sort by biggest dollar drops or biggest % drops and choose over what time span (1-7 days)

Find Amazon Add-On Items — whether you use these to get to the free shipping minimum (non-Prime shoppers) or to find good deals

BrickSeek — price drops in-store (via an inventory checker) and online for Target, Walmart, Office Depot, and others (paid upgrade available)

SlickDeals — huge user-submitted deals site covers online and B&M deals, constantly updated with very active message forum

SlickDeals Deal Alerts — Register for SlickDeals then click the link to set up a deal alert and receive an email when a post goes live fitting your criteria.  For example, I have an alert set for eBay coupon in the Hot Deals forum.  I get an email when an eBay coupon is posted.

…to be continued!

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Piccadilly Juban Crossing Denham SpringsThis week, Piccadilly announced that it will be returning to Denham Springs, at a new location in the Juban Crossing shopping center. Their previous location closed after the flood and is now home to the second location of Duke’s Seafood.

The new Piccadilly at Juban Crossing is slated to be about half the size of their restaurants in the past, and they will include some healthier meal options, some new items to be rotated through, and the customer favorites that long-time customers have always loved.

Read more from the Baton Rouge Business Report here.

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Tiki Tubing Coupon 2018 BOGO Tube Rentals

by Becky on June 22, 2018

Tiki Tubing Coupons 2018GetMyPerks has a great rent one, get one free offer on tube rentals for Tiki Tubing in Denham Springs!

Get it here while supplies last!

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I’ve talked to a number of local small business owners who are really struggling with how to get their business’s name out there to potential customers, or how to remind past customers that they’re still there.

A friend of mine, Michelle Jester of Michelle Jester Media, Michelle Jester Photography, and Rope Swing Publishing, is launching a new magazine targeting Louisiana women and focusing on our unique lifestyle.  Modern Grace Magazine will be a FREE quarterly publication with an upbeat, positive, motivational focus, written by Louisiana writers for Louisiana readers, and its first issue goes out in mid-July.  Their initial run is set for 30,000 issues to be distributed for free to hospital and medical waiting rooms, and there will be an online version with additional content on their website.

The social media reach for the publication before it has even launched is already 13,000, just to give you an idea of the great, advance word-of-mouth about the magazine (you can find Modern Grace Magazine on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter), and if you include the reach of its individual contributors, the number is closer to 150,000!

Michelle has already lined up all of her major advertisers but still has a few slots open:

1/8 page ad:  $245
1/4 page ad:  $480

These two sizes of ads are exclusive within your industry — if you place a 1/8th or 1/4th page ad, they will not accept any ads from your direct competitors.

Alternatively, they have a very limited number of small ad placements, with your logo and address only, on their City Highlights Page for $60.  Their cities highlighted include Denham, Watson, Walker, Central, and BR.

To place your ad, or for more information, please contact Michelle at 225.380.8800 or moderngracemag@cox.net — tell her you heard about her from DenhamDeals!

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Coupons You Don’t Want to Miss

by Becky on March 23, 2018

Walmart, Rouses, Dollar Tree, and not too far from us, Target, all accept printable coupons.  Here are a few you don’t want to miss:

Covergirl Coupon
$6 off two CoverGirl products (with a few exclusions) — HOT, don’t skip this one!

 

Covergirl Coupon

 

Easter candy!  $1 off two Easter M&Ms, Dove, Snickers, or Twix, including minis and variety bags!

 

Covergirl CouponCOFFEE COUPONS!:
$4 off two bags or K-cup boxes of Community Coffee,
$3 off a 36-ct K-cup boxes of Community,
$1.50 off one bag or K-cup box of Community,
or $1 off a box of Folgers K-cups.
To print these four, click here, then change the Category to Beverages.

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Have you ever come across a deal site and you had to ask yourself, do I want to tell people and risk that, with others finding out about it, it might make it harder for me to score deals myself?

No?

Well, you’ll probably feel that way after you read through this post. Hear me out.

A little over ten years ago, these two super-smart and -awesome guys named Brian Wiegand and Mark McGuire created a shopping website called Jellyfish.  (Weird name, but the domain was available!) It got amazing reviews from oh, little folks like The Wall Street Journal. Everybody was talking about them – from US News to The New York Times to Reader’s Digest!


It was a cashback shopping website, and a really good one.

Then the guys came up with this idea for a feature to add to the site: they would put up an unknown quantity of a really cool item for sale, and the price would drop until the item sold out. At the end of their “live game show,” they displayed a leaderboard with all the buyers’ usernames and the percentages at which they bought. You could see who got the best deal, and who jumped too soon.

“Smack Shopping” was what they called it, because a smack is the name for a group of jellyfish. “Smack” also described the member chatroom during the game…all in good fun, of course! Members would talk smack about the featured product, about who bought the item first and got the lowest discount, and about each other. Rather strangely, considering the large number of participants, Jellyfish members formed close friendships through the daily chats that last to this day, 12 years after Jellyfish’s launch!

One awesome day in 2007, they actually did a reverse auction on a new Prius! But on a typical day, you could expect anything from a Nikon DSLR camera to a Waring Pro blender to quirky items like a rubber chicken or a bag of “Hot Nuts.”

Then one day, Microsoft came calling.

They wanted Brian and Mark’s “baby” to rebrand it as Live Search Cashback, and they had no apparent interest in that silly little reverse auction feature of the site. The guys ended up with a huge chunk of Bill Gates’ money (some say $50M). Microsoft put its own unique touch on Jellyfish (to put it delicately), and eventually Live Search Cashback, later called Bing Cashback, fizzled out. (If a tree falls in the woods…call it Bing Cashback because nobody noticed when it keeled over, either.)  Our heroes went on to other ventures, and sadly, Jellyfish’s reverse auction Smack Shopping was a thing of the past.

Until last week.

It turns out that, in the decade since Microsoft’s buyout, Brian and Mark continued to mull over that insanely popular reverse auction and all of the fun shopper interaction, and last year they bought another very oddly named domain: Gravy.com. They designed an app for it, and in Apple’s App Store you can now download their new Gravy – Live Shopping Game app. On March 8th they began anew, with their app-only (currently iOS only), live-hosted, nightly-except-Saturdays, 7:30pm CT reverse auction/game.


What kind of items do they offer? It can be ANYTHING, but you can rest assured, it’s something cool. So far the items they’ve sold included Apple AirPods, Amazon’s Echo Dots, PlayStation Fours, a fingerprint-ID combination style lock, Keurigs, and a DJI Mavic Air drone.


You never know in advance what the product will be or how many will be available to buy. Are they just selling one item tonight? Or are they selling a dozen? Once the game begins, you can see the price dropping and it’s up to you to decide if you want to hit the buy-now button or wait and see if you can get a better deal.

How do I check this thing out? Here ya go:

1. Download the Gravy Live Shopping app. It is only available for iOS right now, and while there isn’t an iPad-specific app for it, iPad users can download the iPhone app and it works like a charm! (They’re working on an Android app. Patience, my ‘droid friends!)

2. Create an account, selecting your username. That’s the name that will show up on the leaderboard if you buy an item, and it’s the name you’ll use if decide to use the chat area during the game. You’ll have an option to receive a text before the game goes live. You should definitely say yes to this so you don’t miss a game!

3. Enter in your payment information. While you don’t have to do this in advance, because time is of the essence when you’re ready to buy, I highly recommend that you go ahead and put your credit card information in ahead of time! I did!

4. Start checking the app around 7:29 if you didn’t sign up for text notifications. When it’s live, you’ll see a button to click to enter the game. It takes a few minutes before they “drop” the item up for sale and the reverse auction begins! Be ready to hit the Buy button when the price is right for you!

This concludes the basics of Gravy!

That was a lot to take in, I know. Take a breather, and then read on for another fun and free aspect of the game where shrewd deal-hunters may walk away from the evening up to $50 richer!


P A R T   T W O . . . Guru Guessing!

What’s this thing about leaving a shopping app with more money than when you showed up? This is another feature of Gravy: Guru Guessing.

Every night, for a few seconds after the item is announced — but before the price starts dropping — you’ll have the opportunity to enter your guess at what the biggest discount of the night will be on that item. Remember, the price drops until it sells out, so you want to guess what that final, largest discount will be. The five Guru Guessers who are closest to that percentage, without going over, will win cash. Actual, free cash. $50, $25, $10, $10, and $5 for the top five, respectively, to be exact.

How do you have any idea of what to guess? This is where being an avid deal-hunter may give you a little bit of an edge.

For example with the Amazon Echo Dots: bargain-hunters know these went on sale around the holidays, and Amazon is always doing some kind of promo when you buy 2 or 3 at a time. It makes sense that these weren’t going to sell out at 10% off. Would people let them get below 50% off? My gut said no. I think I guessed something like 45.12%. I was not one of the closest 5 without going over, but I was in the ballpark at least!

You do NOT have to place a Guru Guess. This is just a little side fun. It also makes the chat area a bit more lively as people may try to psych other people into buying when the discount starts to approach their Guru Guess. “I just bought it!” (Did you really, or do you just want me to buy now so your guess will be closest and you’ll win a prize?)

P A R T   T H R E E . . . But wait, there’s more!

When you create your account, you’ll be presented with a couple of charities you can choose from.


Every night, a portion of the ultimate selling prices of the item up for grabs will be donated to the buyer’s choice of charity (the one you selected when you signed up). The portion donated varies every night, just depending on the product. For the fingerprint-ID lock auction, 100% of the sales prices went to buyers’ choices of charity!

Different charities will be featured, I’m told, and you can go in and change your selection anytime.

W R A P   U P . . .

If you love deal-hunting, the idea of participating in a live interactive game show, and the potential to win real cash prizes, and honestly, who does some part of this NOT describe… you are going to love the Gravy – Live Shopping Game!

Its founders have a history of creating amazing shopping sites. The game is frenzied and addictive, and it is six. Nights. A week. Forget about whatever comes on TV at 7:30 Central, y’all, you aren’t going to be watching it anymore.

Download the Gravy – Live Shopping app…and then you can decide if you want to tell a friend or keep all this fun to yourself!

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Is grocery delivery straight to your door the next big thing? It sure looks like it! In the past few days there have been a couple of big announcements about these services and their availability right here in Denham Springs:

First, Instacart is now serving the Denham area, providing same day home delivery in as little as an hour, from Rouses, CVS, and Petco. While these are the only local stores participating right now, no doubt new stores will be added. Your first delivery is free, too! Here is the link to try it out:

https://www.instacart.com/

Check their site out closely when ordering, though, because they note that for some products, they charge more than what they cost in-store.

Target is now offering home delivery “in as little as an hour” to Denham through a service called Shipt. You’ll get UNLIMITED free same-day delivery on $35+ orders for a year (it’s $8 per delivery of orders under $35). The service is $49/year (intro price) plus they’ll give you a $15 credit when you spend $100 on your first order. There are some items they won’t deliver (mostly heavy items, patio stuff, etc.) and also please note that you can’t get the 5% off for paying by your RedCard when using Shipt. Here is the link for more info:

https://www.target.com/c/shipt/-/N-t4bob

Walmart, of course, is jumping on the bandwagon, with an announcement today that they are expanding their same-day grocery delivery service. So if it’s not enough that you can order groceries online with them and they can bring them out to your car (if you haven’t tried this service yet, WOWFRESH will get you $10 off your first $50+ Walmart order with “curbside pickup”)… now they’re going to not just bring it to your car but to your home! By the end of the year, they hope to have this service available in 40% of their markets, and the cost will be $10, with a minimum order of $30. Hope Denham will be one of the areas they service, because y’all know how Walmart is — you go in to buy 3 things and end up with a full cart and a $150 total bill! I’m willing to bet that at least my readers in BR will have this before the end of the year.

Folks in BR will also have Amazon Prime Now delivery with free 2-hour delivery from Whole Foods before the end of the year. (They charge $8 for one-hour delivery.) In the meantime, if you have Amazon Prime, you can use Prime Pantry to get $6 per box delivery in 1-4 days. I tried it, and it was NOT very exciting to me. I ordered on a promo offer for $6 off (so basically free delivery) when you buy 5+ specific items, and they LOST my package, but it did turn up about 10 days later with a banged-up box!

Have you tried any of these services? Do they sound like something you WOULD try? It seems like for busy moms or folks who are older and find it difficult to get out and about, this would be especially intriguing, or for folks like me who have too much trouble with impulse shopping when you go into the store!

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Rare $10 off $100 Coupon for Home Depot

by Becky on October 24, 2017

Home Depot has a relatively rare coupon code out for $10 off $100+ orders.  There isn’t a printable coupon version of it to take into the store, BUT it’s good on buy-online, pick up in-store orders if you’d like to pick it up at the Denham Springs Home Depot or any other Home Depot near you!

The code is THDOCTFY1710 and it is a multi-use code, so as long as you place separate orders, you can use it again and again!  The code is good through October 26th.

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GameStop is doing a great promo on used video games! I’ve never seen them do this promo and it is outstanding if you don’t mind using or gifting used games. When my kids were younger and into Gamecube and Wii, they never cared if a game was used or not, so I’d give them used games for Christmas and they were just as happy as could be…and so was I, at the price!

GameStop’s website has a promo that says it’s buy 2, get 1 free on preowned games. It’s actually BETTER if you buy 4, and although I didn’t see the wording on this posted on their site, I read about it on a deal forum, and it does come off your total when you add 4 to your cart:

4 for $20 – All $9.99 Pre-Owned Games – Buy 4 $9.99 games for $20. Offer valid only on pre-owned games priced at $9.99 only. Some exclusions apply. Subject to availability by location… Offer valid 10/2/17 – 10/15/17.”

So this should be available in-store also, but I like being able to take advantage of something like this online, to get the best selection.

They are also doing 4 for $10 on used games priced at $4.99 or less, and 4 for $40 on used games priced $17.99 or less.

I have four $9.99 used games in my cart, and sure enough, my total after discounts is $20, so that’s half off their already cheap used game prices!

Use coupon code SAVER for free shipping on $25+ orders!

If you’re going to shop online, be sure you go through a cashback site like Ebates in order to double-dip and earn 2.5% cashback (and if it’s your first time to use Ebates, they’ll give you $5 for placing your first order with them, too!).  Have a rewards credit card?  Use it to pay for your order and triple-dip!

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dd250If you’re a fan of DenhamDeals on Facebook, you may notice that when I post, I usually don’t provide the link to a coupon or promotion within my status updates — instead, I’ll say, “Details in the comments,” “Details below,” or “The link is in the first comment below.”  Wonder why?

Facebook assumes that Pages (like DD) that post a link are really posting an ad.  And they don’t want to give us free “ads” — they want us to pay to have updates with links show up in your newsfeed.

boostpostBig bucks, too, by way of a “Boost Post” button they show me every time I post a status update.  >>>

They don’t know or care that the link in my status update is to a printable coupon or a sales ad or some other promotion that you probably WANT to see!  (That’s why you Liked my page, after all, right?)  So this is why I have to include the link in a comment instead of the update itself.

But Facebook isn’t just limiting visibility of my status updates with a link in them.  You see, a while back, I did a little test.

Within a few minutes’ time, I made three status updates on the DenhamDeals FacebookTwo were updates I wrote myself, with no links inside them.  The third was a status update with a photo that I shared from the Menchies Denham Springs FB.

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The results were unbelievable:  the two posts I made on my own, with no links included in them, each had over 800 views.  The Menchie’s status update I shared, made at exactly the same time… got 61 views.  Ah, but I found out why:  I noticed that FB put a Boost Post link underneath the Menchie’s status update that I shared…wanting ME to pay to display Menchie’s status update!  What the heck?!

So I learned a few things from this experiment, and these are my suggested workarounds:

showinnewsfeed1.  Go to the DenhamDeals.com Facebook page, and next to the Liked button, click the Following button.  Change the IN YOUR NEWS FEED setting to See First.  This will make sure you see my updates in your newsfeed without my having to pay Facebook to display them there.  Most things I share don’t pay me a dime — I’m just trying to help my readers find a deal and save some money.

If you want to be sure you get notified when I post a new deal, even if you’re not watching your newsfeed at the time, change the NOTIFICATIONS to On.  By doing this, the globe icon on your Facebook page that lights up when someone posts or comments on your wall will light up when a new deal has been posted to DenhamDeals’ Facebook.

This takes way longer to explain than to do.  It literally takes five seconds!

2.  The other workaround is for you to sign up for my email newsletter.  It has been on hiatus for a while, but soon I’ll start sending out, once or twice a week, a summary of the best local deals I’ve found recently.  If you’re not on Facebook or Twitter 24/7, this will be a great tool to keep you in-the-know!  While we have over 5,000 Facebook Likes, there are considerably fewer newsletter subscribers, and I’d really like to see that figure jump.

Why?  More subscribers means more clout to negotiate special coupons or discounts just for my readers — you!  You can sign up here, or by using the form on the top right side of any page on DenhamDeals.com.  OR if you prefer, you can text DENHAMDEALS to 22828 and it’ll walk you through signing up for the newsletter that way.


Thanks for being a DenhamDeals fan and for taking the time to read this.  I hope this helps get more information out to you, in a more timely manner, on the great sales and coupons available for us in Denham Springs and throughout Livingston Parish!

~Becky

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Denham Springs Albertsons Closing

July 30, 2017

The Livingston Parish News reported this week that the Albertson’s in Denham Springs will be closing in the fall, citing as their source Mayor Gerard Landry.  Their last day will be in September, and management did not give Mayor Landry a reason for their decision, though he suspects it’s due to increasing competition for local […]

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…And, We’re Back.

July 30, 2017

The site was on hiatus for the better part of a year due to some business that took me out of state for a year.  I’m back and will be working on getting back up to speed on what’s been happening in Denham Springs, Livingston Parish, and the Baton Rouge metro area.  Please be sure […]

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Kohls Denham Springs Juban Crossing Permanently Closed

October 20, 2016

The Kohl’s location at Juban Crossing in Denham Springs is permanently closed due to damage from the August 2016 flooding, according to multiple Baton Rouge store representatives.  All associates, executives, and part-timers were offered positions at the Kohl’s Baton Rouge or Covington location. “It was a total loss” due to the flood, according to a […]

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Livingston Parish Businesses Offering Law Enforcement / First Responder Discounts

July 19, 2016

In the wake of July 17th’s attack on law enforcement by Kansas City, MO shooter Gavin Eugene Long (aka Cosmo Setepenra), individuals and businesses are rallying to support local law enforcement and first responders including EMTs and firefighters.  Here is a directory of Denham Springs, Walker, and other Livingston Parish businesses offering discounts to our […]

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4 Tickets to the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, or Butterfly Garden: $49 Shipped!

July 4, 2016

Get 4 tickets to the Audubon Zoo, Aquarium, or Butterfly Garden for $48 shipped from GetMyPerks — a $96 value!  The tickets will be mailed to you.  Great summertime activity for the family!

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Support Local Businesses: Shop Local Business Directory

November 27, 2015

#1:  S&S Tire & Automotive in Walker (Brian Solomon) Traveling this holiday season?  Need routine maintenance, new or used tires, or maybe your car is making a noise and you’re not sure whether it’s serious?  Take it to the experts at S&S Tire & Automotive in Walker!  With 14 years of experience, we provide a […]

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Black Friday Sales Online Now

November 25, 2015

Black Friday sales are in full swing!  Be sure to start your shopping session through a coupon and cashback site like Ebates to be sure you’re getting the best deal for your money!  I’ve used them since 2000 and they send me a check every quarter like clockwork!

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Black Friday in Denham Springs

November 24, 2015

For your Black Friday shopping planning, here are ads and store hours for Black Friday (beginning as early as Wednesday for some stores) — I have not personally confirmed all opening times; please call to check, if time is a serious factor/you’re worried about items selling out: Academy – Some Black Friday deals online and […]

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Advertise Your Business for Small Business Saturday and Beyond!

November 21, 2015

Have a local business? Let me help you promote it for Small Business Saturday, and continuing throughout the holiday season! Everybody knows Black Friday is next week, but it’s followed by another special shopping day that I really believe in, and that’s called Small Business Saturday. The idea is that after the wild rush of […]

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Moe’s Southwest Grill to Open Thursday (10/22) – Free Burritos for a Year to First 50!

October 20, 2015

The long-awaited first full restaurant to open at Juban Crossing, Moe’s Southwest Grill, will be opening its doors to the public on Thursday, 10/22, at 11am.  The first 50 customers will receive “Free Burritos for a Year” — 52 burritos altogether, valued at $7.99 to $8.69 apiece, depending on the meat (a $452 value!). They […]

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