Only buy or fill up your car or truck in the early morning when the ground temperature is still cold. Remember that all service stations have their storage tanks buried below ground. The colder the ground the more dense the gasoline, when it gets warmer gasoline expands, so buying in the afternoon or in the evening….your gallon is not exactly a gallon.

A 1-degree rise in temperature is a big deal for this business. But the service stations do not have temperature compensation at the pumps.

When you’re filling up do not squeeze the trigger of the nozzle to a fast mode If you look you will see that the trigger has three (3) stages: low, middle, and high.
You should be pumping on low mode, thereby minimizing the vapors that are created while you are pumping. All hoses at the pump have a vapor return. If you are pumping on the fast rate, some of the liquid that goes to your tank becomes vapor. Those vapors are being sucked up and back into the underground storage tank so you’re getting less worth for your money.

One of the most important tips is to fill up when your gas tank is HALF FULL. The reason for this is the more gas you have in your tank the less air occupying its empty space. Gasoline evaporates faster than you can imagine. Gasoline storage tanks have an internal floating roof. This roof serves as zero clearance between the gas and the atmosphere, so it minimizes the evaporation.

Another reminder, if there is a gasoline truck pumping into the storage tanks when you stop to buy gas, DO NOT fill up; most likely the gasoline is being stirred up as the gas is being delivered, and you might pick up some of the dirt that normally settles on the bottom.

Black Friday iPhone Deal App

Hey everyone Black Friday is right around the corner. So be sure to plan ahead on your top stops and great deals with TGI Black Friday. It’s a free app from iTunes that show you all the great deals from pretty much any store you want. This app has five tabs: Home, Stores, Categories, Search and My List. Home shows a Countdown til Black Friday at the top and two tabs: Popular Deals and Newest Ads. Stores shows each store in Alphabetic order with the number of deals offered at that store on the right. Categories is where you can search by type of item for example Appliances, DVDs, or Video Games. Search is where you can search all the stores for the best deal for that certain someone’s Christmas list. Lastly is My List where you can save the deals you want to take advantage of. The think I love most about this app is that when you look at the different stores it tell you what time that Store opens. So be sure to check this app out and don’t miss the great deals because you didn’t plan ahead!

Upcoming Posts to Come

Hey everyone, It’s been awhile since I’ve posted last. School, homework, studying and work have gotten the best of me. BUT early New Years Resolution I will post more often. The Holidays are coming and will be here before we know it. Stay tuned for my posts to come.

A Few Upcoming Posts:
– Price per OZ
– Deals for the Holidays
– Great Money Saving Apps For your Smart Phones
– Entertainment Books


A couple weeks ago I got an email from VistaPrint offering free samples from a list of products, just pay the shipping.  I took full advantage of this offer as you can see below on everything I received.

I would recommend that you select the Slow 21 day shipping. One because it’s the cheapest option and two because it will most likely come sooner then 21 days. Two days after I ordered my ideas I received an email that everything was done printing.  Six days later a package was on my doorstep. Slow 21 Day shipping took a total of 9 days.

I also add an additional 250 business cards at a reduced price. I would highly recommend anyone who wants business cards or anything else VistaPrint has to offer to order it through VistaPrint.

Original Price: $119.64

You Pay: $3.74

Shipping & Processing (Slow 21 Days): $29.01

Total: $148.65

Product Total: $32.75

You Saved $115.90!

Mother’s Day

I want to wish everyone and their mothers a wonderful and Happy Mother’s Day.


Without my mother this site wouldn’t exist.  I love her and I am thankful to have such a wonderful mother like I do.  We have had are ups and downs to say the least.  But at the end of the day I know she will still love me unconditional. 🙂 lol. Love you mommy!!!!!


If you have a smart phone, you MUST get ShopKick. Mashable placed it 7th on its article 10 Apps to Watch in 2011.  The app is free  and there is no cost to use it, just a little time.  Whenever you open the app,  it will display offers from nearby locations.

There are two ways to collect kickbucks.  First is Check-In and Collect.  By tapping the numbered bubbles, you receive the indicated kickbucks. Also, some bubbles have a star which indicates a bonus hidden inside.  Blank bubbles will give you a point toward leveling, so check every bubble.  After you have checked in, a check mark will appear in the bubble.

The second way to earn kickbuck points is  to go to the Store and Collect. Collecting in stores offers a lot more kickbucks than just checking in and collecting from home.  All you have to do is go to one of the stores that have in-store kickbucks.  Walk in, check for reception and collect. It is that easy, no joke!

Some stores offer additional kickbucks by scanning certain items.  So keep your eyes open for kickbucks inside.  Use kickbucks to get cool stuff like gift cards, facebook credits, purses, head phones, a TV or even a cruise. You get a reduced kickbucks deal offer for the first 10 days after starting ShopKick.  Not sure if it is the same for everyone but my offer was a $25 dollar gift card to for 400 kickbucks instead of 875 kickbucks. Great deal!!! I was over 400 kickbucks after just the first day.  It is so easy to use.  Want 50 kickbucks just for starting?  Use my shopkick promo code: bison6464 and you will get 50 kickbucks points to start.  And for a limited time, you will get 250 kickbucks instead of 50.

Big Bear Hotel Savings

About a week ago I decided I wanted to go to Big Bear for a few days.  I wasn’t sure when so I was just looking around for different place and deals.  I looked at all the different sites for a good deal where I nor my boyfriend would go broke renting.  I figured that we would just stay in a hotel room though I wanted to get a cabin but didn’t need 5 rooms for the two of us.  I decide to look on because I have use it before and every 10 nights booked you get 1 night free up to $300.  I was expecting to just find hotel rooms but to my surprise they had little cabins for 2 people, 4 people and so on.  I talked to my boyfriend and since I had work off and he is on spring break we decide to go Sunday and stay til Tuesday. I went to to book the cabin I was looking at for the last couple days and Cathy’s Cottage popped up saying Last Minute Deal! Save an additional 25%.  Sometimes it pays to plan trips last minute.


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The cabin was very cozy and relaxing. Close to so many things especially SNOW!!! Excellent deal from Taking time to get away is nice, even better when you can save money by getting a great deal!

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I lost the snowball fight 🙁

Welcome to

Hey everyone-

Welcome to my website!!!  My name’s Kathryn Ekman.  I will be sharing my experiences on saving  money in store and online.  Sharing tips I have learned about saving money and how to getting amazing discounts.  Also I will be sharing coupons for in store and online that I come across.  In addition this will be a place for me to express my thoughts and ideas about my life experiences.