Run over to Adidas and you can grab a pair of Cloudform Racers for just $34.30 when you use the code SAVE30 at checkout. These are free shipping too! This is only for the black and white shoes.
Head to Target through 9/30 with a new mobile coupon, score FREE $10.00 gift card with a $40 .00 pet purchase at Target! To grab this Target offer, just text PETS to 827438 and save big!
If you are heading to Yankee Candle through 7/4 you can grab a coupon for a FREE Large Classic Jar & Tumbler Candles for only $10! This is only valid through 6/30 and good at Yankee Candle Locations! However, if you rather shop online you can use promo code CS17 at checkout to score this low price.
If you are heading to Yankee Candle this weekend you can grab a coupon for a FREE Large Jar Candle with a $50 purchase. This is only valid through 6/4 and good at Yankee Candle Locations!
I posted this previously and these deals are no longer available but I just wanted to show you all the magic of “Printable Coupons”! 😉
Here is a short video of my Albertsons deals! I ONLY use printed out coupons, no newspaper insert coupons. So you can all see that you can still save money and get items for FREE with online coupons!
*I spent $6.28 out of pocket and saved over $75.00!
I also used “Twice the Value” coupons or doublers. When you pair these up with your coupons, they will double the value of any manufacturer coupon up to $1.00 and can be used at Albertsons. They can be found at the front of the store (or customer service center) while supplies last in their ad. Or, they are on the bottom of an Albertsons ad insert in the paper and each insert will have 3.
With the new Extreme Couponing show that’s on tonight on TLC (10/5), I thought it would be a good time to bring back some posts I’ve done from the past for new coupon users!! I also want to remind you all to remember that this show is indeed “EXTREME” and couponing is so much better on a more sane level and easier too! Just start out slow, get the deals you LIKE and remember….you are trying to SAVE money, not spend it!
I want to hear your opinions of the show, extreme couponing, stockpiles, etc! I will tell you mine…
So, I believe in the “Only get what you need/use, or what you can donate” theory. I do not believe in clearing the shelves or taking away from others. In fact, I have a personal rule of mine that I go by, I never clear the shelves…..I always make sure I leave enough for others, even if I have a TON of coupons for the item. If I show up to a store and there are only 2 items left and I have 5 coupons for that item, guess what?! I only grab one and leave the other for another couponer.
I always think to myself, “what if the person that grabs that last item is a newbie coupon user”?? They will get to feel the thrill and rush of getting it for FREE! Rather than finding out that the empty shelf they are starring at is the Crest toothpaste they would have gotten for free if they didn’t have to haul along their 2 kiddos. Ok, I guess it’s just a pet peeve of mine to find empty shelves. 😉
Something I always recommend is to only get what your family needs (that doesn’t mean you can’t have a stockpile, instead only stockpile 3-6 months worth of items). When I first started using coupons I would run out and grab ANY deal I could…free ear plugs “hey, why not, their free”…..free baby food, “um, my youngest is over 2 but it’s free”…..free prunes, “umm yuck but hey it’s free”….free bausch…huh, what is that, I DON’T CARE, it’s FREE!! Ok, so I admit, that was a bad way to start couponing but you know we all do it. Actually, it was probably a pretty good way because it taught me that I really could do this and save money.
I stopped doing that…I stopped being such an Extreme couponer! I hated getting home and not having anywhere to put my free bausch, prunes, and baby food! I had already filled my pantry with 20 boxes of free cereal and 10 jars of $0.50 pasta sauce!
I learned to only use coupons on the items my family uses!! When I did this, couponing was a lot less stressful. I enjoy using the items now and feel a whole lot more organized.
Those are my thoughts on Extreme couponing….what are yours?!
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With the new Extreme Couponing show that’s airing tonight on TLC (9/28), I thought it would be a good time to bring back some posts I’ve done from the past for new coupon users!! I also want to remind you all to remember that this show is indeed “EXTREME” and couponing is so much better on a more sane level and easier too! Just start out slow, get the deals you LIKE and remember….you are trying to SAVE money, not spend it!
I’ve had this posted in the “Coupon 101” tab in green up top but I’m not sure how many of you have seen it. It’s just some information on Coupons for “coupon newbies”. So enjoy….
Welcome! If you are new to using coupons then you’ve come to the right place! Here I am going to give you some tips and teach you what I know about using coupons and saving lots of money doing so! After reading through my guide, I suggest heading on over to the FAQ section!
First of all, what is “couponing”?
A lot of people don’t understand how you can take a $0.50 off coupon and save so much money, get things for free, or even make money! It’s possible, I do it all the time, and you can do it too. Here is the basic concept that has to be applied when using coupons: Only use a coupon when paired up with a sale! Here’s an example of what this means:
If you have a coupon for $0.50 off Libby’s Green beans and you take that to the store and pick up a can that is priced normally at $1.00, then you are going to pay $0.50 and therefore you will have only saved $0.50. NOW, lets say that you wait until you see those green beans go on sale for $0.50 (and they most likely will) then after your $0.50 coupon, you will get these for FREE! Also, if your stores double coupons, you will have just made $0.50 to go towards the rest of your order! So really, that’s the secret to using coupons. I help make this easier for you by providing you with free lists of sales matched with coupons and post any good deals I find at stores with coupons.
You will find that you won’t have to pay for many different necessities again! Such as, toothpaste, razors (even the nice ones), toothbrushes, deodorants, soaps and more! I remember when I first heard this and thought to myself “say what”?! Yes, this is very true and the stores you will be getting them for free from are Rite Aid, Walgreen’s, & CVS!
Where do I get my coupons you ask?
Well, there are MANY different places to get coupons…
· Sunday Newspaper – These are the mega coupon papers! You will want to get one (or more) every Sunday. They will have coupon inserts in them including Red Plum (RP), Smart Source (SS), Proctor & Gamble (P&G). Occasionally you will get bonus inserts including, General Mills (GM), Target and more.
· Magazines – All You Magazine is a great one to get. You can find these at Walmart or you can get a subscription here. It is full of manufacturer coupons. Also, the Parents magazine is a great one that has good coupons for parents such as, Gymboree, Amazon diapers and more.
· Products you purchase – Keep in mind that on a lot of boxes of items you buy, there are coupons! For example, my box of Tide Laundry Detergent had $4 in coupons in the inside cardboard.
· Tear Pad or Blinkie – these are found in the Grocery stores and have coupons on them that you can take.
· Peelie – Coupon sticker found on the outside of a product.
· Catalina – These will print on the back of your receipt or with your receipt and usually for an item similar to something you purchased.
· Coupon Trains – Consider circulating and trading coupons via mail with family & friends.
Tips before hitting up the stores!
· Start out slowly and don’t plan on getting in on every single deal or it will all feel overwhelming! When I first started, I would find a good deal and go out and get it but I found I was doing this way too often and really just using a lot of gas. Understand that you don’t need to get every deal.
· Be organized! I shop one day a week and the night before my shopping day, I get my lists ready and coupons together. I choose Sunday because you will see that on Saturday I post the coupon matched lists and Sunday is when the new ads start (for drugstores where you will find a ton of great deals).
· Figure out a way that best suites you to organize your coupons. This is so important because if your coupons are not organized, you are going to get stressed out when you can’t find certain coupons and using coupons to save money is going to take a lot more time.
· Print out Store Coupon Policies, (which you can do here) and I highly recommend this in case you have a problem with a cashier honoring your coupons. If you have your store policy with you, you can just pull it out and it will make things a lot easier for you. Not saying you will have problems, but sometimes there are cashiers out there that feel like they are doing something wrong when you are getting items for free or close to it.
· Get your store’s weekly ad circular. You can also view it online or it will come in the mail so that way you can match the items on sale with your coupons.
· Only purchase the items on your list!! Doing this alone will always save you money….unless of course you find a freebie!
· Here’s an important one…Sometimes a smaller sized item is a better deal! Some coupons don’t have a size restriction (these are my favorite) so therefore you may be able to get that item in the travel section for FREE and if you have several coupons, you can stock up!
· Brand Loyalty is a no-no! Be willing to try out new products that you have coupons for. I use to never do this before using coupons and now that I do, I have actually found a lot of things I really like that I normally wouldn’t have tried.
· Overage = AWESOME! Understand what overage is and that it can dramatically lower your grocery bill. Lets say a product is on sale for $1 and you have a coupon for $2/1 for that item. After using your coupon, you will get $1 in overage, which will then be applied to the balance of your order! Do you see how that can really lower your balance…it’s like getting paid to shop! Note: Some stores don’t allow for overage.
There are a lot of times when I will refer to something as 11/28 RP, and you new coupon users out there will say “huh?!”. So I’ve compiled a list of different abbreviations often referred to in the coupon world. If you can think of anything else you’d like me to add to the list, please let me know!
- ECB– Extra Care Buck (CVS store credit voucher that will print when specific items are purchased)
- RR– Register Rewards (Walgreens store credit voucher that will print when specific items are purchased) – these do not “roll”, meaning if you purchase the same item you received the voucher for, another one will NOT print.
- +Up– Rite Aid store credit voucher that will print when specific items are purchased – these DO “roll”!
- P&G-Proctor and Gamble
- SS-Smart Source coupon insert
- PG-Proctor and Gamble coupon insert
- RP– Red Plum coupon insert
- Peelies-sticker like coupons found on products.
- ECB-Extra Care Bucks (CVS money)
- RR– Register Reward (Walgreens money)
- MQ-Manufacturers Coupon
- OOP-Out of Pocket Expense
- Q or CPN-Coupon
- YMMV-Your Mileage May Vary (A deal may work for someone else, but may not for you.)
- TMF-Try Me Free offer
- FAR-Free After Rebate
- CAT-Catalina coupon (Manufacturer coupons that print out from a machine at the register depending on what you uy.)
- B1G1F, B2G1F-”Buy one get one Free”, “Buy two get one Free”
- TEAR PAD– A pad of refund forms or coupons hanging on a shelf at the store.
- BLINKIE-A machine that spits out coupons.
- UPC-Universal product code (those black straight lines with numbers under them)
- POP-Proof of purchase (like a product label or UPC)
- DCRT-Dated cash register receipt
- GC-Gift Card