New sponsor and some random thoughts on blogging

Close Encounters of the Cheap Kind has a new home at www.CheapEncounters.com!

Well, this blog has been around for about a month now, and I have decided to add an affiliate link to my blog. I have decided to sign this blog up as an affiliate of The Coupon Clippers, which I thought was very fitting with the theme of this site. I have referenced this site previously, but The Coupon Clippers is a coupon clipping and handling service through which you can order coupons for a few cents each and have them shipped directly to you by mail. As I see it, here are some of the advantages of using The Coupon Clippers:

  • Eliminate the hassle of going through inserts and cutting coupons yourself. You just go to their site and select the coupons you want and enter the quantity, and they are sent to you already clipped and ready to go.
  • Easily get multiples of good coupons without buying extra papers or hunting down inserts. Unless you have an inside source at your local paper or buy extra copies of the paper, it is very difficult to get multiples of a good coupon. Here you can get multiples of those one or two good coupons and pay just a fraction of what you would for extra papers.
  • Access to coupons from outside of your immediate area. Not all newspapers have the same coupon inserts. Many manufacturers will place their coupons in papers in select markets only based on their perceived marketing needs, while others will change values of coupons based on this same factor and whether stores in the area double or triple coupons. This way you have access to some coupons that weren’t available in your local paper.
  • Easily match coupons to your local sales. Their service is pretty quick, so you should be able to easily order coupons for monthly CVS and Walgreens deals, and depending on where you live you can likely order for your weekly grocery store specials as well.

I have used their service previously and have been greatly impressed by the speed or the service and the ease of use of their website. I would highly recommend it.

While I am talking about this blog, let me share some interesting observations from the past month. As of this writing, this blog has received 895 unique hits, and reached a new daily high for hits yesterday at 60. As for the most popular posts, here are the top 5 for the last 30 days:

  1. Avoid the Post Office When Sending Tax Returns (79)
  2. Deal Site Showdown: Fatwallet vs. SlickDeals (53)
  3. Free Stuff at CVS! (52)
  4. Finally earned my (kind of) free iPod on iPodSweepstakes.com (45)
  5. Life after HSBC 6.0% APY – Where to next (43)

Users have found us using an interesting variety of search terms. The bulk of our hits have come from variations on the search terms “CVS”, “Reservation Rewards”, “Chadwicks”, “Fatwallet”, and “Slick Deals”. We have had a few odd ones in the bunch, including “gpt sites true.com” (looking for love in all the wrong places), “mormon church, financial scams” (shhh, I heard Brother Jones tithes on net and not gross, don’t tell anyone), and my personal favorite “inlaws, brother in law problems” (“Next time – on a very special Cheap Encounters, a brother-in-law is confronted about his excessive packages from deals found on Fatwallet and Slickdeals”).


May 3, 2007 - Posted by | About

1 Comment »

  1. I look forward to the “getting your Brother-in-law in line” blog and Dad wants to know when are you going to write about “Father-in-law does taxes by hand”

    Comment by mom | May 4, 2007

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