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Ways to save on restaurants, entertainment and products

12:15 PM, Nov 24, 2011   |    comments
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Palm Harbor, Florida-These tough economic times doesn't mean one has to keep from going dining out, or buying something extra, there are ways to save.

Small business owner Adam Seplowe makes bagels the old fashion way.

"We do it the right way we boil them bake everything from scratch on premises," says Seplowe.

Adam knows a good product and good customer service is the recipe for a loyal customer, but first that customer has to walk through the door. Adam uses coupons to draw new customers into his business Bagel Outlet in Palm Harbor. "I don't mind giving something away for free in the long run it works out for me it also brings in new customers they see a little offer a little incentive they come in," says Seplowe.

Adam advertises on efloridacoupons.com the fee is minimal and the customer saves such as 2 free bagels if you buy 6 or buy one sandwich get a second one half off. "I'm definitely seeing more people bringing them in," says Seplowe.

Customer Lisa Rogers says she looks for deals like the ones Bagel Outlet offers. "You can save a couple of dollars why not," says Rogers.

And finding the coupons is easier than you may think. "Google is your friend use Google. Type in Pasco coupons and you can find coupons for anything you want," says Rob Isselbaecher he owns efloridacoupons.com. "We have coupons for Anytime Fitness for a free month, we have chiropractors," describes Isselbaecher.

The site offers deals to customers in Pinellas, Pasco, Hernando and Hillsborough. "We have grown from 400 businesses to 600 businesses in two years," says Isselbaecher. He adds, "Our site is different we don't have a membership you don't have to put an email on there you just click on whatever you are looking for and print it out."

With the economy down Rob says the number of customers using his website is up about 33 percent. Isselbaecher says, "They need to find a way to save a dollar this is one of the best ways to save a dollar for everything you buy."

Other websites offering local deals include ValPak, GrouponRestaurant.com and Eversave. Many offer daily and weekly deals in your area for free. Some deals you pay to save deals like this one by Eversave, spend 26 dollars and get a 25 dollar Target gift card and 50 dollar restaurant-dot-com gift card.

Some websites shop the best deals for you. DealNews.com and Bradsdeal.com are deal curators they shop for clothing, electronics and services and weed out the shady retailers.

For price comparisons Price Grabber and Shopzilla help you price it out better than doing a Google search and many stores will match your best on-line price.

When you think of coupons think of family entertainment. Places like the Suncoast Primate Sanctuary offer buy one get one admissions and free food so you can feed monkeys like Gucci.

Isabel Mascarenas

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