Need To Save Money?

Couponing is one of the biggest things that is taken advantage of or underestimated, when it comes to saving money. People underestimate what couponing can really do for a household. It’s as if no one wants to take the time to gather the coupons or find where they can save a lot more than they think. If you are a stay at home mom, it may be easier for you to clip, find and sort through various coupons. Some moms take the time to do this when their kids are down for nap time.

People tend to think that .50 cents here and a dollar there won’t really mean anything after one shopping trip to the grocery store, but in the long run it’s pretty massive. Also, a lot of people associate the couponing process with being an extreme measure, but in reality, it’s what you make it. You can do it at your own risk, at your own time and to whatever extent you want.

If you’ve ever seen those extreme couponing TV shows, some of those people get many items for free. If you wish you can “coupon it up” and take it to the extreme or take it down a couple of notches and do it in moderation.

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If more Americans were to start couponing yearly, they could save thousands of dollars. You see coupons everywhere; newspapers, magazines, etc. Couponing is perfect for parents that stay at home and are looking for something to do, or maybe if your family is tight on money and looking for different ways to cut back on spending. If you want to look deeper into couponing and its benefits, you can look into sites on the web that will allow you to save more in the end.

For beginners, this site it perfect. It will teach you all the ins and outs of couponing, and what to look for exactly when looking for deals. The woman who runs this site also has her own coupons from sites that she’s subscribed to that she allows people to print off the web for their own sake. There’s a lot more to couponing that what one sees, and this is a great site to look into and read about if you’re interested in the maddness that comes with saving money.

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Couponing sites such as, http://www.coupons.com/ allow you to print coupons off the web, and you can pick and choose what you’re getting rather than getting whatever they have in a magazine or in the newspaper. It gives you more freedom and this allows you to get exactly what you need to save for by searching through the categories that it has to offer. This site also tells you how much available money you can save right when you go to the home page. Along with this website, you may have to download a certain software so you can get the bar codes from the coupons codes when you go to print them.

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A coupons.com customer stated:

 “Talk about PRINTING MONEY with your computer, this site is a gas! After you download a simple coupon printing program (it’s required to print bar codes), you can just line up all the savings on this website with your shopping list and kick butt! I found this site when I was trying to locate the $1 OFF coupon for the new V8 Fusion drink… A great money-saving resource and it’s all FREE!”

The Krazy Couponing Lady site is awesome! This site isn’t specifically for grocery shopping or set on one thing. This site allows you to search through categories, different stores, and also see what the biggest coupon deals are. You can then print the coupons right off the site just like the previous one.

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I think that the nice thing about this site is that you can search for any store that you want and see what’s available to get a discount from. Local grocery stores may not always be in your range but their are nationwide stores that are all over the country that you can find discounts for. Customers always seem to have positive reviews from this site.

One customer reviewed:

“The grocery stores aren’t local for me (I’m envious of anyone who has an Albertson’s!) but the national store deals are great! Also they have lots of tips to get you started as a couponer. I also enjoy their videos. I recommend this site to everyone who asks me about the deals I get — and almost everyone asks!”

If you live in a big household of people, or even small, when it comes time to make the weekly to every two week trip to the grocery store, the bill can sometimes be outrageous! All in all, groceries are very expensive and it starts to become annoying when you have to spend that much money on them all the time. So look into couponing!

At first, you might think that it doesn’t really make a difference with a little money here and there but boy will you be surprised even after two months. Who doesn’t love having extra savings? You don’t need to go to the extremes of couponing, but it’s something to look into. Next time you go to make a big trip to the grocery store, keep in mind that there are ways around spending a lot of money.

Take a look at these crazy couponing ladies — this could be you someday if you really want to dive into the world of couponing!

Some people have even gone dumpster diving to grab their fix of coupons!


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Saving Money with Coupons – Last Week’s Haul

I had fun – too much fun – at Walgreen’s last week.  I was able to stockpile cereal, aspirin, and toothpaste! And just in time too! We were on the last tube of toothpaste in the house! (Well, everyone else was…I make my own toothpaste.)

Here’s a picture of the haul total for the week.  Minus the free Milky Way bars I got at CVS that we ate.  And a couple boxes of cereal and toothpaste that I sent to my mom and sister.  And a shaving cream my daughter sniped.

Couponing haul at WalgreensIt was a fun week! I visited more than 20 Walgreens (some twice) and had a blast.  Here’s a breakdown of everything.

First, I got 45 (yes, 45!) boxes of Rice Krispies and Raisin Bran from Walgreens for $1 a box.  The deal was that the cereal was on sale for 2/$5.  Then, when you purchased 2 boxes, you got $2RR (Register Rewards – Walgreen’s in-house savings program – basically store credit).  So that made them 2 boxes for $3.  But, remember a couple weeks ago when I got all those NutriGrain bars?  Well, they had coupons on the back for $1 off 2 boxes of Kelloggs cereal.  So, this brought the price down to $1 a box! We only buy cereal if it’s a really good deal, and haven’t had it in a while, so the kids were super excited! I foresee bringing Rice Krispy Treats to potlucks for a very long time.

Next, I got shaving cream for 44c each.  The sale price at Walgreens was $2.99 and you got a $2 RR.  I had coupons for 55c off.  Yeah, it wasn’t free, but they are a nice treat at that price and it made my daughter’s day.

The collagen supplements and first aid cream were both $7 each and produced a $7 RR.  I’d get a collagen, then use that RR to buy the first aid cream, back and forth.  I’m not exactly certain what collagen is or is for, so that will probably go in the “trade pile” but I really wanted the first aid cream.  We can always use first aid cream.

The toothpaste and toothbrushes were unexpectedly free.  They were on sale for $3.99 with a $3RR.  I had ONE coupon for $1 off the toothpaste, making it free, but figured that would be my only one.  It’s pretty sad that I think $1 is too much money to pay for a tube of toothpaste.  So, I was tickled pink when I found that there were coupons inside the boxes of toothpaste! Each specially marked box had 2 coupons for $1 off toothpaste and one coupon for $1 off toothbrushes.  I ended up with enough toothpaste to last us a very long time.

My favorite deal of the week was a money maker.  The baby aspirin was on sale at Walgreens for 2/$3 with a $2RR, making them 2 boxes for $1.  That alone was a pretty good deal…but…I had coupons for $1.50 off the baby aspirin.  So, when I bought 2 boxes, I would give 2 $1.50 coupons, making my total purchase $0.00 and a $2RR would print! I’d walk in the store with coupons and out of the store with 2 free baby aspirin and $2 store credit! These are the best deals!!

It’s important to note that I did visit around 20 different Walgreens.  Why? I don’t believe in clearing shelves (unless it is the last few hours of the sale).  I practice ethical couponing, and I hope you will too.  There’s nothing worse than going shopping for deals early Sunday morning and finding that another couponer was there when the store opened and took the entire stock.  It’s just not right.  There is plenty to go around to others, so I generally do a transaction and then my husband does the same transaction (getting 2 of everything we can) and then we go onto another store.  We’re lucky to currently be in an area with a Walgreens and a CVS on every corner.

OK, so now that you’ve seen my fantabulous deal, it’s time to go out and get started on your own! Learn how to coupon, or, take my 90-minute couponing course.  Then, gather some coupons and have a blast!  Here are a few free printable manufacturers coupons to start with:

$1.00 off Reser’s American Classics 3 lb Salad

$0.40 off one Frigo Cheese Heads brand

Free Uncle Bens Rice cup w/ purchase of 3 Ready Rice pouches

$0.75 off ONE (1) Suave Body Wash

$0.50 off Newman’s Own Salad Dressing

$0.50 off any 8-count Jif To Go Product

$1.00 off Any Blink Tears or Blink Gel Tears

$2.00 off one (1) Angry Birds Game

$2.00 off Disney SPARKLING PRINCESS Doll

$4.00 off (1) HOT WHEELS MONSTER JAM Play Set

$3.00 off (1) Little People Lil’ Movers

$10.00 off (1) Luv U Zoo Jumperoo

$3.00 off Kevin Smith, Quentin Tarantino or Mimic 3 Film Collections on DVD


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Good Couponing Gone Bad

Not every couponing trip is a good one.  Last week, I had a few major bummers that I am hoping to make up for this week.  First, I was so excited about a deal that Walgreens had.  A new product, Starbucks Refreshers energy drinks were on sale for 99c and produced a 99c Register Reward, making them totally free! But here’s the best part: there were coupons out for a free Starbucks Refreshers, making this deal a money maker.

Free Starbucks Refreshers DealHere’s how.  You purchase a Starbucks Refreshers from Walgreens and use the free coupon to pay for it, costing you nothing out of pocket.  You are then given a 99c Register Reward with your purchase.  You walk out of the store with the drink AND an extra dollar store credit for your time!

As you might imagine, I was quite excited about this deal.  So, I needed to get my hands on as many free coupons as I could.  I turned to eBay, and purchased 20 coupons for a total of $9, including shipping.  Yes, that is expensive, but, all it would take was finding 20 drinks and I would end up with a $11 profit, paying for my gas getting around to the stores.

I have employed this strategy in the past, successfully, more times than I can count. This time, however, it didn’t go so well.  Unbeknown to me, Pepsi (the vendor for the Starbucks Refreshers) had a major shortage and did not give ANY Starbucks Refreshers to ANY Walgreens in a hundred mile radius!

I kid you not, I went to over 15 stores looking for them.  I found one store that had 3. By Friday, I had completely given up on finding them at Walgreens in order to make this deal a money maker, and decided to find the energy drinks anywhere I could because the free coupons expired on Saturday.  I went to grocery stores, CVS, Walmart.  Nada.  I ended up with 17 unused free coupons, and 3 bad-tasting orange flavored energy drinks.  I lost $6 on the cost of the coupons.  That sucks.

Coupon Deals this WeekWhile I was at all the Walgreens, however, I did end up with 12 boxes of NatuRelief herbal pain medications, which I had never seen before, and really like! I used a few this week and am happy I have a small stockpile; they will replace Tylenol and Advil in my home for a while.  They were on sale at Walgreens for $5.99 with a $5 RR.  There was a $1 coupon out, so they were totally free.

The 28 Gain dish soaps you see cost me 50c each.  I rarely find freebies on dish soap, so stock up when I get a decent price.  We were literally completely out of dishsoap, so it was a timely deal.  They were on sale for $1 each at CVS and I had a coupon for $1 off 2.  The only bad part was that I bought all the green ones at one CVS, then found larger purple ones at another CVS.  Figures with the week I was having.

The scalp shampoos you see were at one of the grocery stores we went into while looking for the energy drinks.  There was a sample lady there and I think she wanted to close up so she gave each of us two nice-sized samples.  We walked out with 8 shampoos perfect for travel kits.

All in all, though it wasn’t the absolute best couponing week, it didn’t end too bad and we did get some great deals.  This week I’m going after tampons.  Tell you all about it Monday.

In the meantime, here are some new printable grocery store coupons:

$0.50 off FRENCH’S HONEY MUSTARD DIPPING SAUCE

$0.50 off FRENCH’S Dijon Mustard

$1.00 off (4) LEAN CUISINE Varieties, 5-16 oz

$1.00 off one STP product

$2.00 off on any (1) New Schick Xtreme3 Eco 4ct

$1.50 off 3 12 oz. SPAM products

$0.70 off ONE Kellogg’s Crunchy Nut Cereal

$2.00 off Nabisco & Coca Cola products at Publix

$1.50 off one PULL-UPS Training Pants

$2.00 off Alka-Seltzer Plus Allergy Product

$1.00 off Any Three Good ‘n Natural Bars

$1.00 off two Smucker’s Ice Cream Toppings

$2.00 off 20oz RevitaLens OcuTec Solution


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Wednesday’s Coupons and Deals

It’s Wednesday! Time for printable coupons, freebies, special offers, and fun!

EversaveHOT! Eversave is an online deal site, similar to Groupon. Right now they are offering ALL NEW SIGNUPS $10 save credit! I used mine and got a really cheap massage.

I love Eversave, and they are refreshingly different.  It’s free to sign up.  Do it now, while the deal is still available.

Here are the newest printable grocery store coupons out:

$1.00 off one Cutter Product

$0.75 off any ONE (1) Lever 2000 18oz Body Wash

$1.00 off 2 Healthy Balance reduced-sugar juice

$1.00 off 2 Old Orchard Cranberry Naturals

$1.00 off two (2) Cesar Cookie Crunchies

$20.00 off $50 online purchase of Dingo Dog Chews

$1.00 off off any ONE (1) Honey Bunches of Oats Fruit Blends

$1.00 off (4) Old Orchard frozen juice concentrate

$1.00 off Very Cherre tart cherry juice

$1.25 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil warmer

$1.00 off Glade PlugIns Scented Oil refills

$0.75 off any Glade Automatic Spray refill

$1.00 off 2 Glade 4 oz. Jar candles

$1.00 off 2 Glade Sense & Spray refills

$3.00 off Glade Sense & Spray starter kit

20% Off Entire Check at Bakers Square

$2.00 off Just Bitten Kissable Balm Stain

$1.00 off any OFF! Botanicals Insect Repellent

$0.55 off Hillshire Farm Deli Carvers Lunchmeat

$0.75 off any ONE Welch’s Juice

$0.75 off any 18.5 oz. Gold Peak Tea

Buy One (any) 64oz. Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice Drink Get 1 Cherry Juice Drink FREE

$5.00 off two NEOSPORIN ESSENTIALS product

$2.00 off any NEOSPORIN Body Wash

$0.55 off any Florida Crystals Sugar product

$2.00 off Any ONE Garden Safe Fungicide

$3.00 off any bag of Rachel Ray Food for DogsRecipe Lion

There are some pretty good ones on the list. As always, print ASAP because the quantities are limited.

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Vistaprint – Mommy Must Haves

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Facebook Freebies

The following pages have some sort of freebie if you like them on Facebook.

Free Sample Mrs. Dash

Charmin Free $1 Coupon

Free Sample Clear Scalp & Hair Beauty Therapy

World’s Best Cat Litter Try Me Free Rebate Offer



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