Things a Car Salesman Will Never Tell You & Why You Should Do Your Research First!

Posted by on Jul 31, 2017

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There are so many things to consider when buying a new car. It is usually fairly stressful. And often high pressure, which I absolutely HATE! That’s a big part of the reason I choose to do my research online, well before ever heading to a dealership. My favorite site to visit?, I’ll tell you more about why later. For now, read these things that a car salesman will never tell you.

1.  We have a promotion online right now that will save you extra money – Most dealers won’t mention their online specials when you visit the dealership in person.  Make sure you visit the dealer’s website to see if they have any online promotions.  Pay close attention to any fine print on the promotion to make sure that you will qualify.  Mention the promotion when you first arrive at the dealership.

You may want to scope out the websites of several competitor dealerships too.  If a competitor has a better promotion listed on their website, ask the dealer if they are willing to match the promotion.

2.  Take a night and sleep on the decision – Purchasing a new car is a very big decision.  Make sure you take time to think it over before you complete the purchase.  You should ALWAYS take a night to sleep on the decision.  If you still feel good about the purchase the following day, proceed with buying the car.  Always have the courage to walk away from a dealership, especially when the salesman is very pushy.

3.  You can take the car you are considering to a mechanic you trust before you buy the car – Not many people know this, but it could potentially save you some major headaches down the road.  If you have a mechanic you know and trust (my fave in Utah is Ray’s Garage), arrange to stop by with the car you are considering and ask them to inspect the vehicle.  If you don’t have a mechanic you trust, ask your friends and family which mechanic they would recommend.

4.  You should research finance options on your own before you visit – While many dealers offer their own financing or partner with other financing companies, the best financing on a new car may be available somewhere else.  Always check with your own bank or credit union first to find out the potential terms of a loan on a new vehicle.  You should also check out other banks and credit unions to compare rates, fees, terms, etc.  If you are well informed before you visit the dealer, you will be in a much better position to evaluate if the financing offered directly by the dealer is a good opportunity or not.

5.  I don’t know everything about the cars on this lot – Many car salesmen are trained in the art of selling, instead of being trained as car experts.  Instead of simply accepting the salesman’s answers to your questions, research the models you are considering extensively online before visiting the dealership.  Compare similar models.  Price shop online. Knowledge is power!


Buying a new or used car should always be an enjoyable experience. Or, at the very least, not a horrible one.  My best advice? Head to You can search cars for sale, read specs and reviews on any car out there, AND find dealerships that have the car you want. Do your research before you go! Believe me, you won’t regret it.

2017 Entertainment Coupon Book ONLY $5 Shipped!

Posted by on Jul 25, 2017

Get any 2017 Entertainment book for just $5 and FREE shipping!

My family gets this book every year and we always use a ton of the coupons inside. And for $10 it’s a steal. Make sure to snag yours now. Just choose your area from the drop down box after clicking the link and go from there. It’s super easy and fast to order.

Save On:

  • Fine & Casual Dining
  • Fast Food & Carryout
  • Activities & Attractions
  • Gift Cards
  • Shopping & Services
  • Movie Tickets
  • Hotels, Car Rentals & Airlines

Get this X-Large Sport-Brella for ONLY $39.99 from Amazon (Was $79.99)

Posted by on Jul 24, 2017


Hurry over to Amazon and you can get this X-Large Sport-Brella for only $39.99 right now.

I have this same one and I LOVE it! It’s great for all my kids football and soccer games. I can watch them without worrying too much about the rain, sleet, or sun. So glad I grabbed one!

  • UPF 50+ PROTECTION. The Sport-Brella XL will keep your skin safe and protected from over 99.5% of UVA and UVB rays. With side panels for extra coverage and wind flaps for ventilation and airflow, you’ll get everything you need.
  • XL RUGGED OUTDOOR CANOPY. XL Sport Brella has a 9-foot canopy that is made of 210 D Polyester for fundamental all-weather protection. It is supported by 4.5 mm steel ribs and a 5 mm steel stretcher, giving you the rugged durability you need.
  • THE ESSENTIALS. Keep valuables safe in the internal side pockets and gain extra visibility with the dual canopy with top vents and side zippered windows. The telescoping pole has a plastic tip is held in place by lever.
  • WATER REPELLENT AND WEATHER PROTECTION. Protect yourself from rain, wind, or sun with the Sport-Brella XL. The water repellent structure will keep you dry and relaxed on rainy game days, or cool from the warm summer sun at the beach.
  • EVERYTHING YOU NEED. Set up or break down in just a few minutes. The XL Sports-Brella travel dimensions compact to 59”x4”x4” and it weighs 11 lbs. Keep everything in the bag, including the 8 steel ground stakes and 3 tie-down cords (8 ft. each).



Utah Deal: Half Off Permanent Cosmetics + My Experience!

Posted by on Jul 18, 2017

Ali from Rise & Shine Permanent Cosmetics is offering an amazing deal to Mamas on a Dime readers! Just let Ali know you heard about her from us and you can save half price on all services!

  • Eyeliner (Both Eyes) $300 $150!
  • Eyebrows (Both Brows) $300 $150!
  • Lip Fill $400 $200!
  • Lip Liner $175 $87.50
  • Beauty Mark $45 $22.50

If you have looked into getting permanent makeup before, you know just what an amazing deal this is. And this deal includes one FREE touch up, PLUS $35 touch ups for life!

I had Ali do my eyeliner last week and I couldn’t be more pleased. The whole process takes about two hours. But your eyes have been numbed and you are relaxed the whole time. Ali is great at letting you know what to expect and exactly what she is doing at each step. They took a couple of days to get used to, but now I’m in love. I love how much prettier I feel without every putting on a stitch of makeup! I know you will love yours too!

  • Here is a step by step of the whole process. Ali had me wear my regular eyeliner to my appointment so she could see just how I like it and there was no guesswork. I think cleaned off all my eye makeup, laid down on a comfy table and closed my eyes. Ali then put on some numbing cream and chatted with me while it took effect. There was no awkward waiting. No wondering what was coming next. None of that weirdness. Ali totally made me feel at ease every single step of the way!
  • Then Ali brought out the needle. Needle? Honestly I don’t even know. I never really saw it. But there was no pain. Zero. The numbing cream did its job and since Ali doesn’t use a machine there were no creepy noises to weird me out. Ali did her thing while making sure it never hurt me and in no time it was over. The most uncomfortable thing for me for me was having my eye slightly open part of the time so she could get the ink where it needed to go. I desperately wanted to close my eyes. Ha! But, that’s it! Ali told me how to treat my eyes for the next few days, let me know about follow ups, answered any questions I had, and I was on my way.


Below you can see my before and after pics. They aren’t the greatest pictures ever since I took them myself, but you can get an idea of just how awesome your new makeup can look. Keep in mind, I’m not wearing any makeup at all in either picture. There are also more pictures on the Rise & Shine Facebook page.

Next up? Eyebrows! I will totally be giving you the low down on that one too!

Elmer’s 30-Count Glue Sticks Only $7.88 (Just 26¢ Each) From Amazon!

Posted by on Jul 17, 2017

Head over to, and you can score a 30-Pack of Elmer’s All Purpose Washable School Glue Sticks for only $7.88 (regularly $13.53)! That’s just 26¢ per glue stick!


  • Bonds to paper, cardboard, foam board, display board, and more
  • Washes easily off hands and out of clothes
  • Non-toxic and acid-free
  • Dries quickly and colorlessly
  • Perfect for arts, crafts, and school projects


SIX FREE Amazon Sample Boxes (After Credit)

Posted by on Jul 12, 2017

Amazon is offering even more fun sample boxes for FREE after credit! Amazon Prime Members can choose from:

  1. Nutrition & Wellness Sample Box ($14.99 credit on select products with purchase)
  2. Glanbia Sample Box (get a $7.99 credit for future purchase of select Glanbia branded products)
  3. Household Essentials Sample Box (get a $14.99 credit on select products with purchase)
  4. Women’s Beauty Sample Box (get a $11.99 credit on select products with purchase)
  5. Luxury Grooming Sample Box (get a $19.99 credit on select products with purchase)
  6. Women’s Luxury Beauty Sample Box (get a $19.99 credit on select products with purchase)

You purchase the sample box and then you will receive a credit towards future purchases of those products. These sample boxes normally don’t last long so make sure to grab this one now if you want one!

*HOT* 8 Quart Instant Pot ONLY $89!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017

If you have been waiting for a deal on an 8 quart instant pot, this is it! Grab this one for only $89.99! This is a killer deal and the best price I’ve seen! You won’t want to wait.


  • Duo 8 Quart, the number 1 selling multi-cooker, combines 7 kitchen appliances in 1, Pressure Cooker, Slow Cooker, Rice Cooker, Steamer, Sauté, Yogurt Marker and Warmer, prepares dishes up to 70% faster to support your busy lifestyle
  • Features 14 Smart Programs – Soup, Meat/Stew, Bean/Chili, Poultry, Sauté/Simmer, Rice, Multigrain, Porridge, Steam, Slow Cook, Keep Warm, Yogurt, Manual, and Pressure Cook. Now, your favorite dishes are as easy as pressing a button
  • Healthy, stainless steel (18/8) inner cooking pot made from food grade 304, no chemical coating, 3-ply bottom for even heat distribution, fully sealed environment traps the flavours, nutrients and aromas within the food
  • Built with the latest 3rd generation technology, the microprocessor monitors pressure, temperature, keeps time, and adjusts heating intensity and duration to achieve your desired results every time
  • UL and ULC certified with 10 safety mechanisms to provide you with added assurance, designed to eliminate many common errors
  • Accessories include stainless steel steam rack with handles, rice paddle, soup spoon, measuring cup, condensation collector and recipe booklet


One Year Subscription to Weight Watchers Magazine ONLY $3.69!

Posted by on Jul 11, 2017

On sale today (July 11) only for just $3.69 for 1 Year!

Are you ready for 2017? If not, Weight Watchers is here to help!

Each issue features great advice on health, fitness, fashion, beauty and food, plus many other articles and motivation to help you reach your goals and develop a healthy lifestyle for life. Order your subscription today for just $3.69 for 1 year – a retail value of $29.94 – order now!



Save 50% on the Amazon Echo – ONLY $89.99 (Was $179.99) Today!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017

Here is a Prime Day deal I’m actually excited about. Save 50% on the Amazon Echo! That means you will pay $89.99 instead of $179.99! My husband has been wanting one of these for a while. But I just couldn’t pay full price.

Target Semi-Annual Toy Sale!

Posted by on Jul 10, 2017
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It’s that time again! Almost time for the Target semi-annual toy clearance. That means tons of toys 70% off! This sale SHOULD be happening this coming Thursday (July 13). If not this Thursday, then next Thursday the 20th.

Check out the picture below to see what I got last time. I plan on heading over to see what gifts I can find. It’s a great way to stock up for birthdays, Christmas, and any other thing that pops up. It is often insane. Lots of people with multiple carts full of stuff. But worth it in the end.

I’ll be headed to the store tomorrow to take pics of the some of the toys that will be included and see what prices are now. So stay tuned!

We’d love to see pics of your haul and hear about your toy sale