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Thrifty City® is an online destination for people everywhere interested in pursuing a frugal lifestyle. We offer ideas and share strategies through the content we publish for being thrifty at home and at play. We provide a guide to opportunities in major metropolitan areas for people to find budget friendly places to shop, places for dining on tasty cheap eats, as well as vibrant night spots, affordable events and venues to enjoy locally.
This guide has been developed over the years by Thrifty City® and is designed to be a fun and easy place to find out about the great everyday values and rich experiences all around us. This will be enhanced by the shared insights, content and comments of an active community of local members who know how to spend smart and live well.
Yes! Thrifty City® is free to use and always will be.
You'll find a wide range of people on Thrifty City®, including locals, visitors who want to get a local perspective, and people who love a bargain.
We can be contacted by email at any time at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To search the site, simply type a keyword, or words, in the Google Custom Search box at the top of each page. Once you have entered a keyword, or words, click on the "Search button. If you dont find what youre looking for:
Thrifty Pages® is a shopping directory of local businesses offering the best prices and value in metropolitan areas. Consumers can search for savings and get relevant targeted search results for businesses, products and services.
Thrifty Pages® uses geographic web indexing technologies to provide consumers with relevant and targeted local search results.
You'll find a wide range of people on Thrifty City®, including locals, visitors who want to get a local perspective, and people who love a bargain.
Use Thrifty Pages® to look up names, phone numbers and addresses of businesses in your area. Our listings include useful information such as store hours, products, services offered, maps and more.
Enter the name or the type of business or service and location in the search boxes, click Search and get results. We also offer an Advanced Search. There are several variables that you can apply to your search such as city, state, zip code, or neighborhood, as the geographic location. You can narrow or broaden your search by radius, sort the results by choosing sort criteria, or find only businesses that offer coupons, for example. You can also browse our merchant categories according to Popular Categories. Find what you want, where you want, and when you want it on Thrifty Pages®.
Our algorithm and geographic web indexing technologies determine which businesses are the most relevant to a specific search request. Additionally, you can further sort the returned listings alphabetically or by distance.
Thrifty Pages® search results are based on a number of different factors including relevancy, distance, and number of comments. We are constantly working on improving our search results so that we can deliver the most relevant local results to our users.
Yes. They are identified as "Sponsored Results" and appear highlighted in blue at the top of list pages.
No. Any user can report a closed business in Thrifty Pages® by clicking on the Report Incorrect Listing link on the Detail Page resulting from a search query. Our Team will confirm the closure and update the business listing as (Closed) so that we maintain the most up-to-date status of a business location.
At Thrifty City®, we invite you to explore and benefit from our content areas based on the timeless value of thrift. As a registered Member, you can participate in our community by interacting with other Members, commenting on the content presented, contributing your own content, and sharing what you like with your circle of connections. We hope you enjoy our community and become an active Member.
No. Membership is free!
Networking, Messaging, Sharing Content, Newsletter, Posting, Deals.
You can also use your favorite social media site to register. Simply click your preferred social account icon and allow button so that we may access your information. Your personal information will be secure and Thrifty City® will never post to your account without your permission.
Please note: You are asked to provide your Real Name as your member name in order to facilitate social sharing of content on Thrifty City®. You have the option of selecting and using a Screen Name once you are registered.
Your Member ID is the email address you enter when registering, which cannot be changed. Your Member Name is either your Real Name or your Screen Name, depending on the privacy settings you choose. Your Screen Name is a unique name which you may opt to use instead of your Real Name for enhanced privacy.
To select a Screen Name, click on the My Profile link that appears in the top navigation bar when you are logged in. Once you are in My Profile, go to Settings where you can choose a Screen Name. You may change your setting to display either your Screen Name or your Real Name at any time.
The Screen Name you choose must be unique. If the Screen Name already exists, you can either keep entering new names until you find one that is not already being used, or you can leave the field blank.
You do not need to have a Screen Name in order to use the site. If you wish to use your Screen Name when posting content or commenting, make sure to select a Screen Name you feel comfortable displaying publicly. A Screen Name is not a password, nor is it an email address. A Screen Name is the way in which you identify yourself, but still retain your privacy on the Internet.
For your security, we cannot allow you to change the Screen Name you have chosen.
When you've completed the registration process, you will receive an email with a special link. When the verification message arrives in your email in-box, click the verification link, or copy and paste it into your browser to verify your account and return to Thrifty City®. Your account will be verified at this point. If this does not work, please contact us.
For your security, we cannot allow you to change your Member name once you are registered.
Click on "Log In" at the top of the page. Make sure that you are using the email address and password you provided when you originally signed up for membership. If you have changed Internet service providers and have not updated your account information with us, you will be recognized only by the email address you used originally.
This means you are already signed in to the site and will be able to update your profile and post comments. If you do not see your name, you must sign in.
Click the "Log Out" link at the top of the page and you will be logged out.
To close your user account, please log in to the site, click on My Profile. Once In your Profile, select My Account in the left navigation bar and access your account settings at the Settings tab. There you will see a link to close your account. The public identity you have created on the site is yours, but links to your public profile will be removed. To reinstate your account, you will have to contact customer service. We would appreciate understanding why you want to leave. Your feedback makes a big difference. If there's something you found unsatisfying about Thrifty City®, tell us about it and we'll try our best to do better.
We do not rent or sell any personal information.
Everyone can take a look at your Public Profile, photos, bookmarks, as well as other content and comments that you've contributed to the site. Your Public Profile is tied to your Member Name which is the name you provided when registering as a member. Your Member Name will display with your comments and your content as a link to your Public Profile page. This way, rather than just stumbling upon you and the great things youve posted by browsing the site, other people can find you using the "Member Search" feature.
Yes, it is easy to do in fact. We also allow you to customize your level of privacy. Simply go to My Profile and select About Me. It is here you can customize your Public Profile page and add to it as much as you wish. To set your privacy settings, select the Privacy Settings tab and select either Public or Private. If you want to customize your privacy, select public profile and choose from the options you wish to display on your profile. Please know that if you should choose to set your settings as Private, your member name, profile picture and the date you became a member will still display. To add a higher level of security Thrifty City® has provided you with the option to display a Screen Name instead of the Member Name you provided for registration.
Don't be modest. Use your Public Profile to let people know more about who you are and what makes you tick.
To edit your profile or to change your account preferences, first Log In and click on the My Profile link that appears in the top navigation bar. This link will take you to your unique profile section where you can manage the controls to your Member Account. You can update your email address and contact information, add to your public profile page, track and manage your favorites and make other changes. Click on My Account and then choose "Account Settings" where you will be able to edit your account preferences.
Your email addresses and password are found under "My Profile." The My Profile link is found in the top navigation bar, or you may click on your name. Either link will take you to your Profile where you can access your Account Settings page through My Account.
To stop receiving email newsletters from Thrifty City® scroll to the bottom of any email you have received from us. Beneath the company logo, it says: "If you would prefer not to receive further newsletters, please click here." If you choose to follow the link, you will be given the option to unsubscribe from the newsletter or from all but essential Thrifty City® communications. Please allow three weeks to stop receiving email newsletters from us.
All passwords are encrypted, which means our technical team cannot access your password. To change your password, click "Log In" at the top of the page. After the Log-in window appears, click the "Forgot Password" link. You will be prompted to enter your Member ID, the email address you provided when you signed up for membership. Enter your email address and click the "Submit" button. We will send you an email containing a link that will allow you to change your password.
Note: If you don't receive an email from us to change your password, you might have spam filters enabled. Check your spam folder for the email. Or, you may have entered an email address that is not registered in our database.
Cookies help us identify you as a user and allow us to offer better customized and personalized experiences for you.
"Add to Favorites" is the term we use to define saving something. When you find something you would like to save, click on "Add to Favorites" to add that content to "Favorites" in your Profile where you can easily retrieve it later.
You must be a Member and signed in to do this. If you are not signed in, you will be prompted to enter your member I.D. (email address) and the password you provided when you signed up for membership.
Business owners should be getting in on the act, too. Some words of advice:
We researched and listed detailed business data gathered from public records and other sources as well as basic data from third party providers. We also get business information from our users, who are helpful enough to correct our record, or let us know about a new store that just opened. Please help us by letting us know if our information is out of date!
Business owners who are merchant members of Thrifty City® can publicly respond to member comments about their business. All members have access to the Thrifty City® internal messaging system to directly and privately message each other to make amends, or express appreciation, or just to be good neighbors in the Thrifty City® community.
The Thrifty City® default sort order for Member comments is by date and does not take into account whether a business is a merchant Member or an advertiser.
Consumers are particularly interested in seeing photos of your business. You can upload photos to your Member Profile and to your business listing(s). The best business photos reflect the typical consumer experience (e.g., what your business looks like, what your business offers, etc.). Photos and captions that reflect your personal perspective are best uploaded to your member profile.
You have the opportunity to upload multiple photos to your business listing. The first, or primary photo, will be displayed with your business listing on the List Page of search results. This photo and any additional photos will be displayed as a slideshow feature on your business Detail Page. Here, each photo in the slideshow sequence is enlarged
Tips: All photos need to be a minimum 540 pixels in width. Horizontal images are preferred as this is how they are displayed on the List Page. All vertical images will be automatically resized and cropped to fit. Photos should be clear and recognizable. An exterior shot of your business is a preferable addition, as well as merchandise images, and an image of your logo. Close-ups are great! Try to be artful with your shots. A great photo can make all the difference for customers choosing to patronize your store.
Thrifty City® provides a platform for Members to contribute a variety of content, including comments, photos, events, tips, private messages. It pleases us to offer a venue for these shared expressions. We celebrate creativity, yet all content must meet general guidelines for the type of content we publish. Here below are guidelines to follow when contributing content to Thrifty City®.
Everyone loves to see nice photos. You can upload photos to your member profile, as well as with content that you contribute to the site. Photos and captions that reflect your personal interest and illustrate your creativity are especially appreciated.
Yes. Any Member can comment on present or future content throughout Thrifty City®, including merchant listings in our Thrifty Pages® directory. Become a member and add your voice. Register here, its quick and easy.
Once you are logged in to the site as a member, you may comment on any business listing, recipe or article. At the bottom of each item, you will see a button labeled "Add a Comment." Type your text into the box and click on "Submit." Your comments should display shortly. Note: Comments are public and will be visible to anyone viewing the page.
Thrifty City® does not edit comments posted by our members. We provide the means for our users to report abusive comments to us. Our Admin team reviews all reported comments to make sure that they meet our Comment Guidelines. If they don't, we reserve the right to remove the comment. See our Terms of Service for more information.
You can tell your true experiences and opinions, bad or good. Be sure to include relevant facts and detail. Be aware that posting false information may incur legal consequences.
No, not unless its reported and determined that the comment does not meet our Comment Guidelines. A member who posts a comment may remove it at their discretion.
The best comments are passionate and personal. They offer a rich narrative, a wealth of detail, and a helpful tip or two for other consumers. Here are some additional thoughts for people who are conscientious about commenting.
Business owners who are Members of Thrifty City® may publicly respond to your comments about them. As Members, you both have access to the Thrifty City® internal messaging system to directly and privately message each other to make amends, or express appreciation, or just to be good neighbors in the Thrifty City® community.
Thrifty Citys default sort order for comments is by date and does not take into account whether the business is a Merchant Member or an advertiser.
Sometimes. Our Team may remove a comment if it violates our Terms of Service or Content Guidelines. The rules are the same for every business and every comment. And, a member may remove their own comment of her own accord.
Other Members can contact you on Thrifty City®, including businesses you review. If you'd prefer not to be contacted by business owners, you may change your settings here. You can also block future messages from specific users by selecting "Block User" under their account name when viewing a message from them.
Thrifty City® has a handy messaging feature to keep you connected with your fellow Members. First, please don't use this feature to harass other users or send inappropriate content. Second, member accounts are for personal, non-commercial use only. Business owners should message members who comment on their business by using their free Merchant Member Account. In order to do so, we ask that Merchants upload a clear photo of themselves to help personalize their message.
We've made it easy to share everything on our site within your social networks. On all content detail pages you will see a series of social share buttons such as Facebooks Like, Google+, Pinterest and a button labeled Share Which consolidated all other social networking sites and email. Simply click on the method of share and follow the prompts that will follow in a separate window.
Should you like our site, you can also share this with your network of contacts by either clicking the follow buttons located in the footer of every page or by visiting our social extensions such as our Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Linked In Pages. We would love it if you would!