BB third anniversary giveaways!

, , 350 Comments turns 3!

We’re celebrating’s third anniversary this month!!! Sometimes it’s hard to believe I’ve been blogging for three years (plus 1.5 years at the Los Angeles Daily News). And even harder to believe that some of you have been reading me the entire way. Thank you!

To celebrate, we’re giving away a bunch of cool prizes.

  • 1 GRAND PRIZE: $100 Amazon gift card
  • 10 BIG WINNERS: $25 gift card
  • 25 WINNERS: “I brake for bargains” bumper sticker

There are six ways to enter to win. Do as many as you like!

Leave a comment for each entry so we can keep track. The contest ends Monday, Jan 16, 2012 at 11:59 p.m. EST.


350 Responses

  1. Kat

    January 10, 2012 3:28 am

    My favorite way to save money is by using coupons – in every form! Paper, electronic, downloadable, printable, codes, you name it. I’ve only been couponing since March of last year, and I’ve already saved thousands of dollars. I wouldn’t say that I’m a slave to couponing, but I have a family to provide for and we do what we have to do to get by! I’ve gotten so much help along the way from websites like yours. And it has paid off, literally!

  2. Joanna

    January 10, 2012 7:18 am

    My favorite way to save money is to cook at home instead of eating out. There are so many great food and recipe websites and blogs that I never get bored.

  3. Elizabeth

    January 10, 2012 7:56 am

    I think a thrifty attitude is the best way to save money – being constantly aware of your spending! For me, though, getting rid of cable has been one of the best things I’ve done to save a bit of cash. I think I’m more productive, and spend more time being aware of my activity!

  4. Betty Betty

    January 10, 2012 10:41 am

    Oh wow congrats and thanks for the chance, my favorite way to save money are email sing ups love getting notified via email of good deals :)

  5. Jacqueline

    January 10, 2012 10:43 am

    I liked you on Facebook and already receive your emails. My favorite new way to save money is by getting great deals on the gift certificates and Groupons. I once got a $40 meal at a local BBQ place for $5 thanks to a Groupon and a $5 off email deal that I received from Groupon. I am a frequent purchaser of the gift certificate to a local Italian place. We can usually get a $35 to $45 meal for less than $20 including tip!

  6. Elizabeth

    January 10, 2012 10:43 am

    I love the deals, tips and do use coupons
    all the time when I go shopping. Thank you Babe… your name too.

  7. Susan DiBucccio

    January 10, 2012 10:46 am

    I have been reading you since the Daily News, 4 1/2 years, wow!
    My favorite way to save money is to rethink the things I buy. When I buy a want, not a need, I ask myself if I love,love,love it. I used to buy a lot of clothes, just because I liked them. Then you get them home and they are ok. Now I only buy clothes I love,love,love. It has not only saved me money but I actually wear and enjoy everything I buy!

  8. Brandy E

    January 10, 2012 10:53 am

    My favorite way to save money is using coupons and sales to buy the things that i have to buy that I wish I didn’t have to spend money on (like toothpaste and deodarant). That way I have a little more money to spend on the other things.

  9. T

    January 10, 2012 10:53 am

    I subscribe and follow you on twitter and tweeted your contest.
    I save $$ by keeping thermostat on 62 in winter and 74 in summer. I also use online coupons and codes and subscribe to Groupon. I also recycle and have gotten a nice chunk of change from that.

  10. Cindy

    January 10, 2012 10:53 am

    I look at it every day to see if there is a special coupon or promotion I missed at Staples for work. The I look for personal shopping.

  11. Sarah

    January 10, 2012 10:53 am

    My favorite way to save is to never buy clothing full-priced and to use the local goodwill prices as my standard for a very good deal ie $4 for most items and $7 for dresses and jeans. However, my latest goal is to make my wardrobe more Eco-friendly, so my standards have changed to getting eco-clothing 70% off, which is $10 to $15 dollars for a shirt and $20 bucks for a pair of pants.

  12. James Dawson

    January 10, 2012 10:55 am

    My favorite way to save money is by Googling “coupon code” before buying anything from any website. You never know what you’ll find!

  13. T

    January 10, 2012 10:56 am

    Another thing I do is take surveys and redeem my points for gift cards and I consider those my shipping and handling charges for online purchases.

  14. Sue

    January 10, 2012 10:58 am

    I always try to have a coupon for everything. Also we always get our movies from the library. That saves a lot of money (that a stay at home mom) doesn’t have. Plus we don’t need to worry about where to store them.

  15. Raina Johnson

    January 10, 2012 10:59 am

    I’m an email subscriber, like BB on FB AND Twitter. I absolutely love Bargain Babe and it’s my favorite way to save money. I also clip coupons, ask family and friends for deal updates and scour the internet before shopping.

  16. Sol

    January 10, 2012 10:59 am

    My favorite way to save money is to cut down on my “must haves.” When you look at more things as luxuries instead of necessities, it’s much easier to cut back on spending!

  17. ASHLEY

    January 10, 2012 11:03 am

    coupon clipper all the way ~ paper and online ~ I seek them out before I buy anything. LOVE ebates and coupon cabin the most. :)

  18. Donna Freedman

    January 10, 2012 11:04 am

    Among my favorite ways to save money is the tried-and-true “hourly wage” scenario. Suppose you make $9 an hour at a retail job, the only one you could get after graduating into a recession. Now suppose a well-heeled friend wants you to go out to dinner. Is that salad and glass of wine going to be worth two hours of your life? If so, then bon appetit and look for a BOGO. If not, then suggest that she come over to your place — you could make a frugal yet elegant dinner followed by a long catching-up session. If you’re lucky, she’ll even bring the wine!
    Note: Check sites like Cheap Healthy Good for recipes that are easy, very classy and inexpensive.

  19. Cynthia

    January 10, 2012 11:04 am

    My favorite way to save is by regularly visiting my local 99Cent Just Deals! It’s hit or miss, but you can find some amazing finds – usually groceries, often organic! Just make sure to check for expiration dates.

  20. Vanessa Page

    January 10, 2012 11:09 am

    My favorite way to save money is going to the $1.50 movies … when movies leave the “regular pricy theater” and before they go on dvd they go to the $1.50 theater here (even 3d movies but those are $2) for about $15 my daughter husband and I (sometimes she brings a friend) get to watch the movie and eat popcorn & drink soda & candy!!!

  21. merry

    January 10, 2012 11:13 am

    I read your blog religiously, use more coupons more often. I feel guilty now when I don’t use a coupon on a full price item as I think there has to be a better deal.

  22. Michelle Ventresca

    January 10, 2012 11:14 am

    My favorite way to save money is to cut coupons, and when I drive I try to map out my route to save on gas. I also buy my gas at Costco where I will get cash back at the end of my year in June. I also stretch the budget by buying on sale only…never pay retail!!At this point in my life I will always go to the library for books to read and rental of DVD’s.

  23. Catherine

    January 10, 2012 11:18 am

    I’m one of those that found you at the DAILY NEWS and stayed with you all the way back east and beyond! So that makes a better saver for 4.5 years! Congratulations BB! Many more years to go…my favorite saving is taking advantage of all the good deals you and your associates list right here!

  24. Duranie2

    January 10, 2012 11:18 am

    Happy Anniversary and thanks for all of the great money saving tips! You do a great service to all of us who are on a limited budget! I’m already on your email list!! To save money, we use coupons and don’t eat out much to save money. we also buy a lot of bulk items.

  25. Myke

    January 10, 2012 11:21 am

    I shop sales and markdowns and use coupons. When I can combine a sale or markdown with a coupon, I win even bigger. Know your prices so that you know if the sale is real. If it’s not on sale, ask yourself “Do I really need it?”

  26. Heather Rene A

    January 10, 2012 11:29 am

    My favorite way to save money is coupons. They are so easy, I don’t understand why more people don’t do it!

    I did all 6 entry requirements :)

  27. Julie

    January 10, 2012 11:34 am

    My favorite way to save money is to buy my son’s clothes in the end of season sales ready for the next year. My husband laughs at me but kids grow so fast and I refuse to pay full price!

  28. Brian H.

    January 10, 2012 11:35 am

    We soak and cook our beans with the slow cooker. Very easy and very cheap.

    I’ve also learned how to make yogurt which is easy and cheap.

    We do pretty well and save a lot of money with these simple staple foods. =)

  29. Candy

    January 10, 2012 11:37 am

    I follow you n Facebook and through email!!! Having kids and recently having a baby and not working – your site has helped me out so much! I love clipping coupons and entering in coupon codes. I saved so much money over the holidays by using your website. I do alot of my shopping online especially with all the discounts and freebies listed.

  30. Carrie

    January 10, 2012 11:39 am

    I already like the FB page and recieve the newsletter. I save money by cooking almost every meal from scratch. I do bulk cooking days on Sundays or Mondays to cook for the week and I freeze some stuff for when I don’t have time to cook.

  31. Gabriele

    January 10, 2012 11:42 am

    Yes, I remember the Daily News…I forget the first article that took me to your column but one was all that was needed. You made saving money and looking for ways to save money fun.
    I’m so pround of what you’ve accomplished and how much you’ve helped all of us–I feel like a second cousin once removed—you’re family–maybe not close, but family.
    So happy things have turned out so well (with lots and lots of hard work, I know) for you.
    My way to save money? I ask myself ‘Do I need this’ before every purchaae, and for the things I need, wait until a special offer or coupon comes along. It’s taught me patience in a way nothing else could.
    If I need a shopping rush, I’ll go to an online store, buy things…but then after I look at the shopping cart and see what they would cost me, shake my head and delete them all.
    And I am thankful there’s a thrift store (Out of the Closet) that sells paperbacks several for a dollar–and I get a senior’s discount so it’s 4 or 5 for a buck. It’s on the way to the grocery store so no added gas costs either!
    Best wishes for many, many more years of helping up not just save money, but discover new ways to see things and value what we see and do.

  32. Kelli

    January 10, 2012 11:51 am

    My favorite way to save money is by using coupons whenever possible and doing a bit of research online before major purchases.

  33. Terry Hitch

    January 10, 2012 12:02 pm

    I’ve enjoyed following you for the past year. You have saved me money with your great coupons and freebie alerts!

  34. Zea

    January 10, 2012 12:10 pm

    Wow! 3 years already?! My favorite way to save as a graduate student, is simply just to browse the sales paper before going shopping, finding the best deals and only purchasing what I need at the moment. Simple, but true… and it works well for me. :-)

  35. Brittany

    January 10, 2012 12:12 pm

    My favorite way to save money is of course by following websites like yours to find deals and freebies. I also have the mind set when shopping to only buy things i actually need and not stuff i want or like.

  36. shirley i

    January 10, 2012 12:15 pm

    My favorite ways to save money are by subscribing to web sites like yours (been doing this since you were at the LA Daily News) and by combining coupons with weekly sales. Plus I have learned not to buy things that we don’t need just because it is a fantastic deal.

  37. Paulette

    January 10, 2012 12:17 pm

    Happy 3rd anniversary, BB! I have followed you since the Daily News! I save money by shopping clearance, thrift stores, and coupons! Thanks for all your tips! :)

  38. Gayle Peterson

    January 10, 2012 12:17 pm

    My favorite way to save money is to be content—realizing that “a bargain isn’t a bargain if I don’t need it”, as my Grandpa used to say. I have had to tell myself that again and again. If something is 75% off– I am STILL spending 25% that I could save. It is only a bargain if I can really use it.

  39. The Unethical Man

    January 10, 2012 12:24 pm

    Happy 3rd anniversary , Julia. I have followed you since the days of the Daily News. My favorite ways to save are by using coupons, rebates, recycling and planning ahead. Keep up the great blog.

  40. EllieD

    January 10, 2012 12:56 pm

    I use coupons whenever they’re available so that I can avoid paying full price for most items, especially at the grocery store. When I’m tempted to buy something online or from a catalog (a ‘want’ rather than a ‘need’), I make a note of the item(s), then wait a week or 10 days. If still want it, I buy it. If I’m iffy about the product, I don’t buy it. Helps me with my buying on a whim weakness. Winning the Amazon card would be wonderful!

  41. Lydia

    January 10, 2012 1:11 pm

    I love online shopping (makes it easier to compare prices across sites), so what I love to do is combine a % off coupon code, a code to get free shipping, and I also use a cash back site to save even more!

  42. Patrice Hartung

    January 10, 2012 1:24 pm

    I save money by trying to use leftovers for another meal or two. Add rice, onion and maybe gravy to leftover steak or roast beef. Use chicken for hot chicken salad. Utilized everything edible.

  43. Shauna

    January 10, 2012 1:26 pm

    My favorite way to save money involves the holidays–rather after the holidays. I hit the stores a couple days after the holidays to get the 75% off sales and about a week after, CVS, Target and TRU go to 90% off! I get costumes,theme halloween baking pans, colored sprinkles, wrapping paper, gift bags and even toys for under a dollar a piece! Always worth it–never know what treasures are hidden on the shelves and are considered “holiday” items at 75 to 90% off! Love it!

  44. kelly

    January 10, 2012 1:56 pm

    my favorite way to save money is by using printable coupons. i truly will not shop, period, without having my coupons lined up first. also, i try to do most of this through my phone – i “copy” the coupons to my images folder and show that to the store employee. that way, i save on paper and stay environmentally friendly at the same time. :)

  45. fran

    January 10, 2012 2:14 pm

    Opening your daily e-newsletter is like getting a letter from an old girlfriend; I always look forward to hearing what you have to say. I was sad when you left the Daily News but this format turned out even better. I save by searching the internet for the best prices and using e-bates, as you suggested. I also google promo codes to look for free shipping and additional % off.

  46. Allisha Aquino

    January 10, 2012 2:19 pm

    This blog has given me so many ideas, tips, and tricks on how to save money and live life fully. I don’t remember how I managed to find this blog site but, I am so glad I did!

  47. Jo-Ann Brightman

    January 10, 2012 3:08 pm

    I shared on FB

  48. cathy terhune

    January 10, 2012 3:51 pm

    I’ve been with you almost from the beginning. I love all the heads up on coupons you give every week but I really like your recipes and home made cleaners best. Make all my own laundry soap now!

  49. Holly S

    January 10, 2012 3:51 pm

    Coupons, Coupons, Coupons! For everything from groceries to clothes to restaurants! Thank you for finding ways to save and still provide fun for my family! I have been following your blog for about 2 1/2 years now and it has helped me a lot!
    Thanks and congratulations!!!

  50. Dawn

    January 10, 2012 4:05 pm

    My favorite way to save money is by stacking coupons. Manufacturer coupons with a store coupon and a sale is the way to go!

  51. Doris

    January 10, 2012 4:34 pm

    Congratulations, Bargain Babe! I have liked you on Facebook. My favorite way to save is to cook at home with few processed/boxed foods. I ask myself if I need things when deciding to purchase them.

  52. mic

    January 10, 2012 4:58 pm

    My favorite way to save is to spend some else’s money. That might happen at a garage sale or second hand store (the person that bought it first paid full price?). Might be winning a contest. Might be finding a deal, using double coupons and buying on sale so the store owes me money. Or it could be dating a rich man…… you did say to post your FAVORITE way, correct?

  53. Sue Kent

    January 10, 2012 5:16 pm

    Follow you on Facebook and daily Emails. Love your helpful tips. I like to use coupons in the market, and I NEVER EVER pay full price in a department store.

  54. Pat

    January 10, 2012 6:26 pm

    My favorite way to save money is to ask my daughter if I can come over to play with my granddaughter, instead of going “shopping.”

  55. Karen Christie

    January 10, 2012 6:26 pm

    Congratulations on the longevity! Yes, I am one of those people who have been following you since the Daily News and I love to save money by using coupons, lots and lots of coupons…

  56. Annette

    January 10, 2012 6:36 pm

    I have been following you for most of the three years! Have had lots of fun getting bargains via your postings..Thank you and congratulations!

  57. Lorna H

    January 10, 2012 6:39 pm

    My favorite way to save is to check out the sale ads and then put my coupons in order so I have them ready when I get to the store

  58. Lynn

    January 10, 2012 6:55 pm

    Thanks for 4.5 good years. Loved your $5 lunch deals at the Daily News. Enjoy all your tips and coupons. Congratulations!

  59. Julie G

    January 10, 2012 6:57 pm

    OMG, it’s been 3 years already CONGRATS! Wow! I started following you at the Daily News too and have loved you ever since! :)

    My favorite way to save is combining things on sale with coupons and gift cards for maximum savings.

    Here are my entries:

    1. Already like you on Facebook
    2. Already follow you on Twitter
    3. Tweeted: “I want to win…”
    4. Already receive the daily and weekly emails

    :) Julie

  60. Cindy

    January 10, 2012 7:10 pm

    My favorite way to save money is using store sales with coupons. Saturday at Bob’s Store I purchased two pairs of ladies pj’s, $35 each at 50% off. I was able to use a 25% off coupon on each of these items. Bob’s sent me a $10 coupon earlier in the week, and I received 2-$5.00 gift cards by purchasing 2-$25 gift cards at Christmas. My total for the pj’s was $6.24!

  61. Becky C

    January 10, 2012 7:43 pm

    My favorite way to save money is using coupons. I love shopping at CVS and Walgreens and getting the freebies (as long as I will use them.)

  62. Sophia

    January 10, 2012 8:03 pm

    My favorite way to save money is when companies send you their full-sized product to try out for yourself. Pretty awesome.

  63. Jeepster

    January 10, 2012 8:29 pm

    I subscribe to BB, and have shared with many people new to coupons/bargain shopping. I purchase most items on sale and use coupons from magazines, newpapers, mailbox flyers and ones I have printed from coupon sites. I have walked up and given strangers coupons after noticing the items in their cart. If a co-worker mentions baby showers, I save my baby related ones for her. I have shopped Goodwill and Salvation Army for years, since way before it was cool. My b-friend used to hassle me about it until I found him a like new full length trench coat for $15. I also shop stores when they mark down meat, usually 25% due to close exp date. When stores add up your sales savings and add up your coupon savings, print that on bottom of receipt, it is really motivating!

  64. Jen Y

    January 10, 2012 8:41 pm

    My favorite way to save is keep a budget – really, I can do all the extras like couponing, shopping thrift stores, ect but without knowing what is coming in, what’s going out & why I don’t save money.

  65. Colleen D

    January 10, 2012 9:15 pm

    I like to save money by purchasing second- hand items at thrift stores and borrowing books at the library. I have also cut out my cable service and downgraded to a lower speed internet to watch tv on the internet. I also cut my telephone line from comcast and now I use Magicjack plus.

  66. N. Davis

    January 10, 2012 10:24 pm

    My favorite way to save money is eating meals at home instead of dining out. Although I hate to cook, my fiance loves it and is a superstar in the kitchen, so I get to enjoy gourmet meals in the comfort of my home for next to nothing!

  67. Toni W.

    January 11, 2012 1:36 am

    My favorite is to use coupons.I also like to cook my meals at home. I also like to use stores that have the very good and cheap deals

  68. Valerie

    January 11, 2012 2:02 am

    My favorite way to save money is by cutting my husband’s hair each month :) We enjoy spending the time together and the convenience of doing it at home.

    It took me a while to convince him to let me, but now that I have about 12 haircuts under my belt I think he trusts that I’ll make him look good!

  69. Marsha webb

    January 11, 2012 2:28 am

    My favorite way to save money is to shop online and to use cash back websites like my points and ebates.

  70. Teri

    January 11, 2012 7:47 am

    I make my shopping list from the sale flyers and usually only buy what’s on sale. If it’s not on sale now – it soon will be. Doesn’t make sense to pay full price for anything.

  71. di

    January 11, 2012 8:08 am

    been a fervent BB-er and tipster since the beginning. love this site! I pass along to family & friends, we all need to save money! Thank you :)

  72. DK

    January 11, 2012 10:03 am

    My favorite way to save money is coupons of any kind but also half price bargains. These types of bargains appear in our local newspaper and on one of the raido station websites.

  73. Ron

    January 11, 2012 4:44 pm

    My favorite way to save money is to be brutally honest with myself on the difference between needs and wants on any expenditure or series of related expenditures that totals $20 or more per month. If it costs $20 or more and I still make the purchase(s), it’s done only with great consideration and awareness of the impact on the budget.

  74. Hillary

    January 12, 2012 10:28 am

    My favorite way to save money is to buy used items whenever possible and appropriate :). I also like generic brands for most things.

  75. Marie

    January 12, 2012 11:19 am

    My favorite way to save money is by joining all the restaurant and store clubs!
    Most restaurants email their members free birthday and wedding anniversary meals, and also regular money-saving lunch and dinner coupons. I just returned from a great free breakfast at IHOP, all I paid for was coffee!
    Stores email you regular info on their sales and special money-saving coupons so you can eat – and dress – well on less!

  76. Liz

    January 12, 2012 12:07 pm

    My favorite way to save money is to cook at home as much as possible. I’m actually a better cook than many chain restaurants! And I do it for a lot less!

  77. Logan

    January 12, 2012 1:36 pm

    my favorite way to save money is stacking coupons on sale prices.
    Im subcribed on facebook and email, Thanks.

  78. Sherry

    January 12, 2012 2:11 pm

    Just shared the link on facebook. I have been following Bargain Babe since the Daily News days. What a journey!!

  79. Bari

    January 12, 2012 4:10 pm

    Sales, sales, sales….in conjunction with coupons, rebates and special offers…that’s how I “try” to save money!

  80. Catherine Sager

    January 13, 2012 1:13 pm

    My favorite way to save money is to shop thrift stores. I love getting comments about how great my outfit is, knowing that it cost me a fraction of what it would have cost new.
    I’m an email subscriber and love sharing your tips on FB.
    Congratulations on three years and thanks for keeping me up to date on all things thrifty.

  81. Brenda L

    January 13, 2012 3:21 pm

    I save money by using every last drop of lotion or toothpaste or whatever–even if it means cutting open the bottle

  82. Tracy Pickens

    January 13, 2012 3:37 pm

    I first saw you on wallet pop and have been following you since. I’m glad that you are on facebook. I love the bargain that you find us. I love couponing also. Thanks again for the giveaway.

  83. Renee H

    January 13, 2012 3:42 pm

    I use coupons at the grocery/discount stores and also shop clearance a lot. I don’t buy just because I like it or it’s a good deal but because I or someone I know can use it.

  84. Susan Peters

    January 14, 2012 7:57 am

    I am ending my 2nd week of writing down every penny spent and on what. At the end of the month, I plan on categorizing everything and seeing where I can cut back. I’m already seeing some patterns!

  85. Dee

    January 14, 2012 9:17 am

    I put money in a jar everytime I make a good choice such as wanting an ice cream or fast food and then not getting it or making a better choice at home. I put away the money I would have spent and save it for something better later.

  86. michelle

    January 14, 2012 3:09 pm

    my favorite way to save is by budgeting and sticking to it by using cash each month…by keeping everything categorized in envelopes, i know how much i have each month and can ONLY spend that much.

  87. Rusty

    January 15, 2012 10:07 am

    My favorite way to save money is to use the coupons in the Sunday paper and plan my shopping deals around them.

  88. Chris

    January 16, 2012 9:45 am

    Hi Julia! Congrats on 3 years! My favorite ways to save money are: Reuse; Swap with friends; and Eat at home.
    Thanks for the contest!

  89. Bobbi

    January 16, 2012 11:59 am

    My favorite way to save money on eating out is which I found on your website while you were still working for the Daily News!


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