Today only, online at The Children’s Place, you can score FREE shipping as well as an extra 40% off of everything!!
There are some amazing items on clearance, you could pay as low as $1.68 for camis after the 40% discount! There are plenty of other deals too so be sure to check out the sales for yourself.
Remember, the offer is only available today, so don’t miss out!
Today’s healthy offer from SavingStar is 20% back in the purchase of green peppers.
Keep in mind the list of participating retailers has gone up and you can now earn cash back at: Hy-Vee, Walmart, Target, Dollar General and Family Dollar!
This post goes out to all of you new couponers. It’s a very important post and you should definitely take the time to read it.
There are bad people out there. No, I’m not talking about the people who rob banks, burglarize homes, commit grand theft auto, sell drugs or forge checks. I am talking about something just as illegal…fraudulent couponing.
I just want to point out, I am not making this post to scare newbies off, I just want to point you in the right direction. I don’t want you to become the enemy, I want you to be the victorious.
There are things you need to know about couponing and a fellow couponer of mine pointed out: making this post is extremely important.
I want to share with you what couponing is really about. Or what it means to me. I coupon as a form of employment. My family lives on one income, and I looked into couponing as a way to help my family. I want you to know, at first, I expected it to be a breeze. I had watched a few episodes of that stupid show, Extreme Couponing and I thought I would walk into a store, fill my cart full of stuff and get everything for FREE after using coupons, but I was EXTREMELY disappointed. My trip was actually nothing like that and I was so upset. I mean how could they do it on the show, but I couldn’t make it happen? That’s when I started doing some research. I looked into what couponing was about and I have to admit, I was a little bit sad when I noticed deals posted for items, but not all shown as FREE. Isn’t that what using coupons was all about? Getting items for free? This is where we begin. Let us first discuss this extremely misleading and super f-ed up show…
There is nothing amazing about this show except the producers willingly allow people to use coupons illegally. Not only are they using them the wrong way, they are using forged coupons. There is no way in the world a person could ever get a manufacturer’s coupon for a FREE bottle of Tide, let alone 50 bottles. Those coupons were illegally made and sold to people who love the idea of FREE. Don’t get me wrong, free is great. I love FREE as much as the next person, but I’m not about to buy a coupon from someone to attain it. If you would like to know more about the terrible tactics of the Extreme Couponers, go here and read about the CIC’s (coupon information center) attempts to battle the show.
In regards to the show, that’s all I have to say because there are more important issues to address. The next thing I want to talk about is couponing for FREE.
FREE is great, heck it’s A.M.A.Z.I.N.G. Please allow me to let you in on a little secret though…it’s not always attainable. In all reality, it happens seldom. If you are part of a site showing nothing but FREE deals, chances are those FREE deals are slim to none. I’m not saying every deal you see isn’t legit because anything I post about a freebie will not steer you wrong. You can’t trust everyone though. There are sometimes catches to those freebie deals. Sometimes it may be a product is like free after you receive a register reward from Walgreens or “like free” after MQ and a gift card back from Target. Those deals appear free and ultimately are. (After rebates, rewards or gift cards.) You can’t expect to walk into a store willy nilly and get something for FREE every single time you go.
You need to know that. It’s important.
I want to tell you what the good in couponing is though. The good is that you can save money. You can save hundreds, maybe even thousands of dollars a year depending on your spending habits. Using coupons has allowed our family to clear $30,000 worth of debt, it’s allowed us to go on two family vacations in the past year, it may not have been Disney Land, but it wasn’t the next town over either. We were able to put money into savings and not live that dreadful paycheck to paycheck lifestyle we had become so used to. Couponing has allowed me to create a stockpile in my home and save my family from those dreaded trips to Wal-Mart because we ran out of shampoo again or needed another package of paper towels. Building my stockpile was a task though. That’s another thing about couponing I want to address.
Building a stockpile takes time. It won’t happen over night and if it does, it most likely wasn’t created legally. Over time you get deals on products and you slowly build the stockpile one item at a time. Sales rotate, occurring at different times of the year. About every 8-12 weeks you can see sales for the same products, but they won’t be available every week. The best thing to do is learn the price points of the items your household uses most and record them. Figure out what the every day prices are. Begin keeping track of sales and what the prices are. After about 3-4 months, you should have a couple different products built up. Another thing to note is buying enough to last for 6 months based on your family’s use of those products. The reason I recommend this is because you never know what tomorrow brings. Who really knows if there is going to be an economic downfall and you or your spouse loses a job? What if someone were injured and you had to take off work to help take care of them? Maybe even zombies attack? Who knows, maybe!!! ;)
I just want newbies to understand, couponing is an art. Honestly. If you do not abuse coupons, they can do amazing things for you and your family. Beware though, it can be addicting. the first time I was at the register, I got so nervous. Clammy hands, heart racing, an adrenaline rush I had never really experienced. To this day, 3 years later, I still get that same feeling. I tend to say, I’d rather get a rush from saving money than spending it on something like drugs to try to get my thrill. You should also be sure to pace yourself. If you try to go to the store and get every single deal every time you see it, you’ll get burnt out. Don’t go chasing
waterfalls deals, let them come to you. And please, learn who the real couponers are and who is out there for an extra buck or a free product. Couponing isn’t all about free products or the money makers, it’s about the pride you get in knowing you saved your family money. Knowing you made the paycheck last a little bit longer, that you are saving for today, for a better tomorrow.
Another great coupon in the Smartsource insert today was the $3/1 BIC disposable razors. (Expires 8/23)
You can snag razors for FREE for your stockpile or they are GREAT donate items!!
Buy 1 men’s BIC sensitive disposable razors 12 count $2.82
-use $3/1 BIC disposable razors ETS from SS 7/27 (x 8/23)
Final price is FREE, actually a money maker of $0.18!
If you scanned through your inserts this morning, you might have come across a high value $3/1 Revlon nail product coupon in the Smartsource insert. (Expires on 8/09.)
Here are some ways to get yourself some free mani/pedi deals!
Buy 1 Revlon small nail clippers $1.97
-use $3/1 Revlon nail product from SS 7/27 (x 8/09)
Final price is FREE, actually a $1.03 money maker!
Buy 1 Revlon large nail clippers $2.27
-use $3/1 Revlon nail product from SS 7/27 (x 8/09)
Final price is FREE, actually a $0.63 money maker!
Buy 1 Revlon nail file $1.97-$2.87
-use $3/1 Revlon nail product from SS 7/27 (x 8/09)
Final price FREE, actually $0.13-$1.03 money maker!
I want to give you an advanced warning though, the coupon might not scan an it’s totally up to the cashier as to whether or not he/she wants to type it in for you. If they do, a CSM will have to come clear your register when you try to pay so be prepared for scrutiny.
Rumor has it, okay not rumor, the news is actually reporting, this is the last weekend of really decent school supply deals before all goes to crap. What in the world, how could that be? Last year the deals were phenomenal and lasted even after school had begun in some areas! I can tell you, I have seen a change this year in all honesty. The deals aren’t the same. Notebooks last year at Wal-Mart were 17₵ each and this year, they’re a quarter a piece. Last year sales had started the weekend after 4th of July and it took an extra week just for them to get fired up this year. The deals are also less. Everyone has put mega limits on items due to all those amazing shelf clearers, something that we didn’t have to worry about last year because couponing wasn’t a fad yet. With all that being said though, here are possibly the last week of best deals to snag on school supplies.
I am very saddened by that statement. Happy savings. Read the rest of this entry
Oh my goodness! To make up for the lack of coupons last weekend, this Sunday, you can expect 5 inserts!!! 2 Smartsource, 2 Redplum and a P&G.
Here is a color coded match up for which coupons were found in a smaller paper, the Journal and a larger paper, the Register. I only found one SS insert in my Sioux City Journal. P&G will not be listed because there will be no surprises when it comes to those coupons. If you don’t have access to one of the papers, bigger cities often have similar coupons so just find a bigger city paper for your location. To guarantee you get coupons, I suggest having a few papers delivered to your door Sunday morning. If you would like more, then you are able to go to the gas station, but having them delivered to your door is nice because then you don’t have to leave home if you don’t want to. :) Read the rest of this entry
Everyone has at least heard of the fancy trick known as price matching at Wal-Mart, but there are some people who are too nervous to do it, so they just don’t. There are also some people who try to take advantage of the system and want to get everything for FREE so they screw the system. I consider myself in the middle of price matching spectrum. I am not afraid of price matching, but I am not about to rip off a store to get an extra buck off my OOP (out-of-pocket) total. I fall into the category of little miss prissy who does everything right (when I have the power to).
You know what though, I’m okay with that. I am okay with following the rules, with respecting Wal-Mart’s policy. I’m so okay with it that I want to share that policy with you and hopefully help stomp out all those pesky, greedy, selfish couponers, or bargain shoppers who are going to ruin Wal-Mart’s very generous price matching policy for all of us if they don’t stop. Read the rest of this entry