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hotels charging for items

bed for saleI don’t like to pay full price for hotels, and gladly share my tricks for saving. However, is the hotel business that bad that they need to sell everything in the room from the shower head to the alarm clock?

Many high end stores are even expanding beyond the items you’ll find in a hotel room. They want your hotel to seem as comfortable as your room at home. I might look at the style at a hotel chain like W Hotels or Westin, because they are high-end or luxurious brands. They sell their amenities in online stores, and offer much more than what you’ll find in the hotel room. W Hotels sells jewelry, and the West Hotel Collection is having a summer sale on its products.

This trend of selling products seen in a hotel room is not reserved for luxurious hotel chains. I recently saw a budget hotel making a pitch. I don’t feel luxurious at a budget hotel. I feel like I’m getting a good deal, but that’s about it.

alarm clock for saleAt a low end hotel that I stopped in on my way to Florida, the hotel was selling everything from the alarm clock to the ironing board. Is that really necessary? It wasn’t a fancy alarm clock. It was a clock radio just like the one I’ve had at home for years. Only, the one at home was nicer and cheaper. The hotel wanted $25 for an alarm clock. Really? You can find similar ones for $10 at retailers.

coffeemaker for saleIt gets worse. The hotel wanted $50 for the coffee maker. This wasn’t a Keurig. Just a basic coffeemaker. A similar pot is sold at retailers for less than $20. More than 50% markup is a pretty good profit margin for a hotel.

The hotel chain sold items from $25 to $80. While many were ripoffs, the $80 comforter actually isn’t a bad deal. Those can cost $100, but rest assured the store bought $100 comforters are thicker.

hotel items for saleIs anyone really buying, though? The sign says that due to the increasing popularity of the guest room amenities, the housekeeping staff now offers them for sale. Maybe it’s to prevent theft. The fine print at the bottom of the sign reads, “Each guest room attendant is responsible for maintaining the guest room items. Should you decide to take these items from your room instead of obtaining them from the Executive Housekeeper, we will assume you approve a corresponding charges to your account.” Sounds to me like you’ve been warned. Don’t steal the towels, coffee pot, or ironing board!

What’s next?! Pretty soon they’ll be charging me for the soaps and shampoos that they put out for guests to use. Of course, I always take the supplied ones for my travel stash. At this rate, that amenity will soon cost me $10.

I like my hotel to be cozy and as homey as possible, but I’m never going to fall in love with the products in a room that will make me want to buy them. What about you? Join the conversation.

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Keurig to sell Snapple iced tea

Keurig or K-Cups continue to expand. Coffee lovers were excited when the specialty coffee maker began selling Dunkin’ Donuts and Starbucks K-Cups. The DD story on my blog still generates interest. Now, Keurig is adding Snapple iced tea in the spring of 2013.

The company already has “Brew Over Ice” K-Cups. This addition will add to that line of products.

As much as I love K-Cups, it’s often cheaper to buy a bag of coffee or tea bags and use the K-Cup filter. With Snapple, that might be more difficult unless someone comes out with Snapple mix or beans.

Starbucks offering Keurig K-Cups of select blends

Coffee lovers went crazy for Dunkin’ Donuts K Cups for the Keurig coffeemaker. Three months later, it’s still a popular story on my blog. Now, Starbucks is joining the K-Cup race.

Breakfast Blend, Pike Place Roast, Sumatra, Caffe Verona, French Roast and House Blend will be offered in K-Cups. Keurig says these K-Cup options are now available in Starbucks stores, although I haven’t seen them yet. The K-Cups will be available online via Keurig on December 27th.

Just remember to look past the hype. I found it’s cheaper to ignore the K-Cup phenomenon for Dunkin’ Donuts.  I simply bought a K-Cup filter and put ground Dunkin’ Donuts coffee in my filter every morning. I save even more by getting the ground coffee at the coffee shop and not the grocery store. I essentially make my own K-Cup every morning for a much cheaper price.

The pricing is unclear at this time for the Starbucks K-Cup, but K-Cup’s are generally more than ground coffee. You can get a great deal on Starbucks ground coffee at the grocery store. There are frequently sales and $1 off coupons. With the discounts, believe it or not, I pay less for Starbucks ground coffee for my fiance than I do my DD coffee.

So, it’s exciting for you Starbucks lovers. Just continue to be smart shoppers and do the price comparisons in your community. It might be cheaper to stick with the ground Starbucks coffee and make your own K-Cup every morning with a K-Cup filter.

I think most blends can be duplicated on your own with ground coffee, with one exception. If Starbucks expanded its blends and came out with a Pumpkin Spice K-Cup, I would buy those expensive K-Cups. It would save me $5 at Starbucks, but considering it’s so popular with so many people I don’t see that happening.

Now, if Starbucks expanded their K-Cup options and made a Pumpkin Spice Latte blend, I might buy the K-Cups. Pumpkin spice is a magical drink that I don’t think ground coffee could duplicate. However, I don’t see that happening considering so many people flock to Starbucks every fall for that spicy treat.

Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cups have arrived but there may be a cheaper option for perfect coffee

In February, I posted about Dunkin’ Donuts releasing K-Cups this summer. Well, they have arrived. I saw them at my Dunkin’ Donuts the other day, and Keurig announced their arrival in an email to customers today.

The K-Cups will be available in five flavors including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Dunkin’ Dark.  While Keurig announced the arrival of the K-Cups, they are only available in Dunkin’ Donuts stores and not online.

The K-Cups come in 14 count boxes. The price is not online, but I opted for an even cheaper option the other day. I bought ground coffee that I add to my Keurig with the filter K-Cup. It allows me to get a perfect brew every time while saving money. K-Cup’s are great, but they’re not cheap even if you buy them in bulk online.

While it’s great to have single cups of Dunkin’ Donuts coffee that you can brew at home, I’ll buy the DD K-Cups for coffee in a pinch. For everyday use, I’ll keep making my own Keuring cup by buying ground coffee in bulk.

Dunkin’ Donuts brewing single cups

For those of you who save money every morning by brewing your own cup of coffee, your selection is about to get wider. Dunkin’ Donuts is making single serving K-Cups for the Keuring brewer. If you’re like me and have one of these, right now you have to use the DD ground coffee in the filter to drink DD coffee. It works, but it’s messy and those single serving cups will come in handy when you’re in a hurry.

The Dunkin’ Donuts K-Cup will go on sale this summer in five flavors including Original Blend, Dunkin’ Decaf, French Vanilla, Hazelnut, and Dunkin’ Dark.

While the single serving cups will probably be expensive, DD typically has coupons. As a consumer reporter, I will let you know the coupons currently buy you a smaller ounce bag of ground coffee than the one DD sells. Every DD store doesn’t take the coupons, so sometimes you have to go with the smaller ounce bag and buy it at the grocery or big box discount store.

The good news — DD does have sales. They had a great offer – buy four bags of ground coffee for $19.99 around the holidays. The smaller ounce bags usually sell for more than $7 in the store, and as I mentioned they’re smaller than the four I bought for $19.99. It was a great deal.  I stocked up and will stock up on the K cups once they’re out.

You can also save on K-Cups by ordering them online rather than in the store, although it appears at the beginning DD K-cups will only be available at Dunkin’ Donuts.

While there is a price to pay for this convenience of single serving cups of coffee that brew perfectly every time, it’s much cheaper than buying my cup of Joe at the coffee shop. It’s better to pay a few cents than a few dollars.