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Why Your Newspaper Didn’t Have Black Friday Coupons

Posted on Thursday, December 3rd, 2015 at 7:00 am
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newspaper-couponsBlack Friday is, without a doubt, the biggest, most anticipated, shopping event of the entire year. In addition to the sales, there are special coupons that are only found in newspaper inserts. Did your newspaper lack those coupons this year?

According to ABC News, advertisers release loads of coupons for Black Friday. Those coupons are worth thousands of dollars in savings. This batch of newspaper inserts is the biggest one of the entire year.

This year, people who purchased a newspaper on the day the huge batch of coupons was included as an insert were disappointed. The coupon inserts that they wanted, that were their main reason for buying the paper, were missing. Thieves rushed in early in the morning, stole the coupon inserts, and left the newspapers on the stands.

There are some people who get so excited about couponing that they are willing to “dumpster dive” in search of coupons. They go through newspapers that someone else purchased, read, and recycled in the hopes that the coupons will still be there. The Black Friday coupon thieves decided to steal the coupon inserts before anyone had the opportunity to buy the newspapers.

These kinds of behaviors are considered to be coupon fraud. It is illegal to take the coupons out of a newspaper that you did not purchase. Taking any part of a newspaper – including the coupon inserts – is stealing. Some stores watch their newsstands closely and will prosecute coupon thieves.

What can you do to prevent thieves from stealing the coupon inserts from your newspaper? The easiest way to ensure that your newspaper always contains the coupon inserts that it is supposed to have is to buy a subscription. Have the paper delivered to your door.

Paying for a newspaper subscription has a benefit that many people don’t know about. If the paper arrives at your door without the coupon inserts, you can take it to the newspaper’s office. They will do the best they can to replace the ads that were missing from your copy.

Buy your newspaper from a store that keeps all the newspapers behind the counter. You will have to get in line, wait for your turn, and immediately buy the paper from the cashier. These extra steps deter coupon thieves. They also prevent people from grabbing a paper and reading it for free while they sit in a cafe.

Are you about to buy a newspaper from an unattended stand in a store? Before you purchase it, check to see if the coupon inserts are still inside. If not, let the store manager know that someone stole the coupons. If enough people complain, the store might start putting newspapers behind the registers.

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That 50% Off Everything Coupon is Fake

Posted on Tuesday, December 1st, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Online CouponBlack Friday and Cyber Monday have passed by, but we are still within the time of year when a whole lot of extra shopping happens. It can be difficult to fit it all into your budget. Unfortunately, scammers are trying to take advantage of your desire to be frugal by creating fake coupons.

Recently, there have been several varieties of fraudulent coupons being passed around on Facebook. Each one of these fake coupons says that you can use it to get 50% off your entire purchase. You may have seen one for Target or one for Walmart, and there could be others out there, too.

If something looks too good to be true – it probably is. This old saying applies to coupons that appear to give you such a huge savings that you become very tempted to use them. Keep in mind that if you use one of these fake coupons, you could get in trouble for coupon fraud. The stores are not going to accept these fake coupons, and that could lead to a very embarrassing shopping experience (as everyone behind you in line judges you).

One way to tell if a coupon is fake is to visit the Coupon Information Center and view their list of coupon alerts. If you find a coupon mentioned in that list – you can be absolutely certain it is a fake coupon. The reverse isn’t necessarily true. If the questionable coupon you found isn’t on the list, it means that the Coupon Information Center hasn’t become aware of it yet. Not being on the list does not mean a particular coupon is the real thing.

Target offers coupons on its website. Those coupons are specific to Target and cannot be used anywhere else. Walmart also has its own coupons on its website. Before you click on, print out, or share a coupon that you see on Facebook, take a second or two to see if that coupon appears on the store’s real website. If you can’t find that coupon on the legitimate website, there is a good chance coupon you see on Facebook leads to a scam website.

Does the coupon look funny? That is a very bad sign. Big stores (like Target and Walmart) can afford to create good looking coupons. If the coupon you see being passed around looks like someone ran it through a copy machine – that means it is a fake coupon.

Another sign is if the coupon lacks a bar code, or if there is no expiration date listed. Blurry lettering, or typing that doesn’t sit right is a bad sign. If the font style, or the color of the text, seems different from the usual coupons from that store – don’t use the coupon.

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Flipp Helps You Find the Best Deals

Posted on Thursday, November 19th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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woman grocery shoppingThere are several apps that help you save money on groceries. Would you like to save money on non-grocery items, too? Flipp is an app that points you toward the deals and savings from your favorite retailers (including grocery stores and other retailers).

Flipp helps consumers to find the best deals in order to make their weekly shopping easy. The app is available on the App Store and on Google Play. You can also get information about current sales on the Flipp website. Unlike other apps, Flipp is useful to consumers who live in the United States and to consumers who live in Canada.

Are you someone who likes to read the weekly ads from your favorite stores? There isn’t a simple way to keep up with all of them. You can pick up a paper from a store as you enter it, but by then, it’s too late to compare their sales with those of other stores. Visiting the websites of your favorite stores can be time consuming.

Flipp makes everything much easier. It has all the tools you need to bring you the most savings every week from your favorite retailers. The Flipp website shows a person browsing through a selection of weekly sales papers and choosing which one she wants to take a closer look at.

Flipp delivers digital circulars from over 800 local retailers. A few of those weekly circulars come from: Walmart, Target, Kroger, Home Depot, Sports Authority, Toys R Us, Canadian Tire, Family Dollar, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Walgreens, Dollar General, Save a Lot, Best Buy, Pet Smart, and Big Lots.

Use Flipp to create your grocery shopping list. While you are building it, Flipp will find local deals for many of the items on your list. You will end up with a grocery list that shows you which local store has the best deal on the foods you want to purchase. That store could be your favorite grocery store, or it could be one that you do not typically shop at. Flipp makes it easy for you to remember which items to pick up at what store – in order to get the best deal.

Flipp was formerly called Wishabi. The company was born in 2007 by former Microsoft engineers. They felt that weekly shopping was too mundane and too much work, and wanted it to be fun again. The Flipp app they created can save consumers both time and money. Flipp is headquartered in Toronto, Canada.

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Cartwheel Offers Coupons With a New Spin

Posted on Tuesday, November 17th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Target Logo (Matchups)There are so many different apps that can help you to save money by using digital coupons. Cartwheel is an app that is designed for people who shop at Target stores.

The Cartwheel app can be downloaded on the App Store. It is also available on Google Play. You can sign into the Cartwheel website with your Facebook account or your Google account. It is also possible to sign in with your existing Target account.

If you choose to log in via Facebook, your actions and activities in Cartwheel may appear in your Facebook activity (based on your Facebook privacy settings). Cartwheel will not share information on your Facebook page about purchases that relate to personal health.

The Cartwheel app can only be used in Target stores. This works out great for people who shop at Target, especially if they also buy their groceries there. The savings offered in the app are from all parts of the Target store. The Cartwheel website says that Cartwheel users have already saved $387,452,877 (and counting).

In order to use Cartwheel, the first thing you need to do is download the app to your smartphone. Next, you should browse through the current offers. These offers are for items that are all across Target stores. New offers are added regularly.

In order to make the most of these offers, it would be a good idea to take a look at them right before you leave the house to shop at Target. The items do not stick around forever. Target reserves the right to remove or cancel offers from Cartwheel, and your list, at any time.

Select the offers that interest you. In general, the offers will be in the form of a percentage off of specific items. Choose the offers for items that you are planning to purchase on your next shopping trip at Target. Each Cartwheel offer can be used for a maximum of 4 qualifying items per transaction.

The offers you select are put into your list on the Cartwheel app. When you are done shopping, you need to show the cashier your mobile barcode at the Target store checkout. Cartwheel does not require you to clip coupons (but you can choose to do so if you want to). Your receipt will show how much you saved thanks to the Cartwheel app (and whatever coupons you used).

Do you have the Target REDcard? If so, you can pile the savings you find in Cartwheel offers with the savings that the REDcard gives you. Target’s REDcard gives you 5% off every day. You can get a REDcard that is a debit card, or one that is a credit card.

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Cut Your Grocery Bill in Half with Favado

Posted on Thursday, November 12th, 2015 at 7:17 pm
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Buy Organic Store Brands to Save BigSavvy shoppers use coupons to lower the cost of their grocery bill. Combine those with the discounts that are connected to your store loyalty card, and you save even more. Wouldn’t it be great if you could cut your grocery bill in half? Favado can help you do that.

Favado is an app that you can download onto your smartphone. It is available on the App Store and on Google Play. It comes from the Savings.com company. Favado is a mobile savings app that helps shoppers stop overspending by notifying them when their favorite items are on sale.

They have money saving experts who hand select sales and coupons each and every week. Those sales and coupons are connected to more than 65,000 grocery and drugstores nationwide. This helps consumers who use Favado to discover the best deals for savings up to 70% on everyday items.

The app tells you which grocery and drugstores have the best deals. Use that information to help you decide which stores to shop at. The app helps you to quickly find out which local stores have the lowest prices on the items you buy each week.

You can get notifications when new sale prices for your favorite items have been added to the weekly sales lists for your favorite stores. Make sure to check Favado before you leave the house, and you will never miss a great price on the products you regularly purchase.

To redeem the savings, you need to add items from the store’s deals list to your shopping list. Any printable coupons that are combined with the sales can be printed out on your home computer after you email yourself your shopping list. Don’t forget to clip coupons from newspapers or magazines and take them with you to the stores.

You cannot print the coupons out from your smartphone. This is because the coupon providers use Java print software to ensure that a person can only print the coupon once per computer. They haven’t figured out how to implement that security on mobile phones. So, even though Favado is a mobile app, you will still need to use your computer in order to get the most out of it.

The amount you can expect to save by using Favado depends on how much you want to save. According to their website the average shopper can save 30% by purchasing products that are listed on sale within the app along with the other items needed.

Savvy shoppers save an average of 50% by following the sales cycles, only buying items when they are on sale, and using the occasional coupon. Super Savvy Shopper can save up to 70% by using coupons every week combined with sale prices and additional store promotions and offers.

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Get Cash Back in Hours With MobiSave

Posted on Tuesday, November 10th, 2015 at 6:44 pm
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Android Smart PhoneWouldn’t it be great to go grocery shopping and end up with cash back? There are several different apps that reward shoppers with cash back after they are done shopping. Each one has specific rules that you need to follow. Use MobiSave, and you can get cash back in hours.

MobiSave is a savings app that can be downloaded from the App Store. At this time, there is no Android version of the app. If you use Android devices you might want to give MobiSave your email address. They will make you among the first to know when the Android version of MobiSave becomes available.

If you use an iOS device, you need to “claim your spot in line” in order to use the MobiSave app. Active memberships are limited until they have enough offers to delight everyone. Active memberships are provided on a first come first served bases. So, the sooner you register with MobiSave, the sooner you might be able to use the app.

Once you have an active membership, you can use the MobiSave app at anywhere you shop. Any store that provides an itemized receipt is covered. Select the special offers that interest you from the ones that appear in the MobiSave app. Those items are the ones that “count”.

After you are done shopping, use your smartphone to take a clear, easily readable, photo of your receipt. The MobiSave app will figure out what special offers you participated in. The app’s website states that you will never wait more than 24 hours for your savings.

Unlike other cash back apps, MobiSave does not require a person to earn a specific amount before they can get the cash back reward. No payout is considered to be too small or too large. There is no minimum required.

One cool thing about MobiSave is that it will work around a spotty signal. You can load your offers while you have a signal and then browse those offers through the app at anytime (even if you no longer have a signal). The offers load onto the app itself.

The main idea with MobiSave is to encourage shoppers to discover brands that are new to them. Each special offer functions like a digital coupon. You select the ones you want to use by clicking on them. A consumer could browse through and search for their favorite brands. Or, they might find a good coupon in the MobiSave app that entices them to try a different brand of the same type of product.

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Snap by Groupon Gives You Cash Back on Groceries

Posted on Thursday, November 5th, 2015 at 8:36 pm
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groceriesIt is wonderful when you find ways to save money on groceries. For many people, coupons are the way to go. Other people, however, would prefer not to have to bother with coupons at all. How can they save money on groceries? One option is to use Snap by Groupon. It gives you cash back on groceries.

Snap by Groupon is an app that goes on your phone. It is available at the App Store and on Google Play. Snap by Groupon, as you may have guessed, was created by Groupon. The purpose of Snap is to help shoppers everywhere get a great deal at the grocery store. The app allows consumers to say goodbye to paper coupons.

Snap by Groupon works differently from Groupon itself. It is specifically focused on everyday grocery purchases. That doesn’t mean you need to use the Snap by Groupon app every single day. Instead, it means that the grocery purchases that count are ones that you would typically purchase anyway, even if you were not using this app. It also means that there are new offers every day. You cannot log into Snap by Groupon via your Groupon account.

You can shop at any grocery store you like. The Snap by Groupon app is not tied to any specific store. The app enables you to earn cash back on the groceries that you buy – if you follow the directions on how to use the app itself.

First, you need to download Snap by Groupon onto your phone. Or, you can use the Snap by Groupon website if you prefer. It is possible that you will find it more convenient to use the app on your phone than to visit the website.

Either way, the next thing you should do is browse through the current offers that Snap by Groupon has. Do this before you shop for groceries. Find out what products are being promoted, and then select those brands when you do your grocery shopping. Products that are not prompted will not count.

The most important thing is to snap a photo of your receipt after you are finished shopping. One photo is sufficient to allow you to redeem multiple offers (that are all on that one receipt). Make sure that the photo you take of your receipt is clear and easily readable.

When you have earned $20 or more in cash back, it is time for you to request a payment. You can do that from your account page at Snap by Groupon. Let them know you want to “cash out”. Typically, payments are distributed within two weeks of the request (but it can sometimes take up to 60 days).

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Buy Groceries – Get Cash Back with Checkout 51

Posted on Tuesday, November 3rd, 2015 at 11:00 am
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grocery checkout, extreme couponingLike it or not, we all have to go grocery shopping eventually. Many people use coupons to help bring down the cost of their grocery bill. Wouldn’t it be great if you could do your grocery shopping and get cash back? You can do that with Checkout 51. It is a money saving grocery app.

Checkout 51 helps you to save money on the brands that you love. The company is based on Toronto, Canada, and was founded by three entrepreneurs. They also have a team of people who are working behind-the-scenes on the Checkout 51 app.

The Checkout 51 app is available for free at the App Store. It requires iOS 6.0 or later and is compatable with iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch. The app is also available at Google Play for Android users.

Every Thursday morning the Checkout 51 app updates with a brand new list of Cash Back offers. The first thing you should do is browse through that list. Doing so gives you a good idea of what products you can get cash back on. You may want to alter your grocery shopping list to include those brands.

You can buy the products on the Checkout 51 list of Cash Back offers from any store. It doesn’t matter which one you choose. You can use the app at your favorite grocery store if you want to. In other words, Checkout 51 is not tied to specific stores. This gives you complete freedom about where you want to shop.

Make sure that you hold on to your receipt after you check out. You will need that receipt in order to qualify for the cash back offer from Checkout 51. Use your phone to take a very clear and readable photo of your receipt. That receipt must be in either English or French. Send that photo of your receipt to Checkout 51.

When your receipt is processed, your account will be credited with Cash Back. You must accrue at least $20.00 before you can request a check. If you prefer, you can let your Cash Back credit accumulate beyond $20.00. It will be held in your Cash Back Credits balance until you request a check.

You check will be sent to you in the form of a physical check that is sent via regular mail from the Checkout 51 office in Toronto, Canada. Or, it could come from a payment intermediary. It is worth noting that you will be responsible for all taxes related to that reward.

Once you get started with Checkout 51, you are likely to want to continue using it. It is fairly easy to use, and you are going to have to go grocery shopping again anyway. Just make sure that you check the list of Cash Back offers every week and choose brands wisely.

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Super Coupon Woman Helps People in Need

Posted on Thursday, October 22nd, 2015 at 7:00 am
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Clipping CouponsIf extreme couponing had a superhero, it just might be Super Coupon Woman! She uses her powers of getting great deals to help out people who are in need. This is a “pay it forward” story that can use your help.

Tina Klein (also known as Super Coupon Woman) started the Super Coupon Woman Foundation after she and her family went through some hard times. When she was newly divorced, and her children were young, her family needed some financial assistance to get them the basic necessities of life.

To her surprise, random people from her community stepped up to help out. Some helped her pay an electric or water bill right before those resources were about to be shut off. She received food stamp assistance for a short while. Someone chose her children’s names of a tree and purchased gifts for them so they could have a better Christmas.

The Super Coupon Woman Foundation, which is a non-profit organization, was her way of “paying it forward” after she got back on her feet. In 2008, she gave couponing another try and learned how to be really effective at it. In 2010, she started challenges that couponers from around the world could participate in by donating to local food pantries.

Since 2009, Super Coupon Woman has been able to give back over $50,000 to the people in her community who were in need. She says this is thanks to the power of coupons. Her extreme couponing skills have helped her to help others.

You can help the Super Coupon Woman Foundation to help people who are in need. One way to do that is to participate in the $100,000 Coupon Challenge. The goal is for couponers across the United States to donate to their local food pantries.

If you want to help, the first thing you should do is “like” the Facebook page that is connected to the challenge. Post photos and include your totals of your donations throughout the year so your contribution can be added to the total. The Facebook page is also a good place to ask any questions you may have about the challenge.

Another way to participate is to make a donation to the Super Coupon Woman Foundation. No donation is too small. They are in need of sponsors, too. Do you have your own “pay it forward” story? You can share it on the Super Coupon Woman Foundation website.

Does the Super Coupon Woman Foundation inspire you? You can use that inspiration to start your own super couponing project. Challenge yourself to use coupons and donate foods to your local food pantries.

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Ibotta Saves You Money Without Coupons

Posted on Tuesday, October 20th, 2015 at 7:00 am
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ibottaIbotta is a mobile shopping app. It helps people save money without requiring them to use coupons. Instead, it functions like a rebate system. Ibotta recently obtained additional funding which should keep the app going for a while.

TechCrunch reported at the end of September, 2015, that Ibotta closed $40 million in Series C funding. Those funds will be used to scale its business. The funding round was led by Jim Clark, who is the founder of Silicon Graphics and Netscape (and an Ibotta board member).

The thing that makes Ibotta different from other coupon apps is that it doesn’t involve any coupons at all. Instead, it enables shoppers who use the Ibotta app to get cash back on certain purchases. Other apps might “pay” users in points that can be used to buy something worthwhile.

One way to use Ibotta is by submitting a receipt. Before you go shopping, unlock cash rewards on great products by completing simple tasks. Some of those tasks may include: “liking” a company on Facebook, watching a video, taking a poll, playing trivia, learning a fact about a company or product, or telling Ibotta how much you like a specific product.

Next, go shopping. Make sure you purchase the products that you have unlocked at a supported store. Check the Ibotta website for a list of supported stores. After your purchase, scan your product barcodes and submit a photo of your receipt to Ibotta. Within 48 hours, Ibotta will have the cash deposited to your Ibotta account.

Another way to use Ibotta is to choose one of their Preferred Partners and connect either your store loyalty card or your phone number to Ibotta. As before, you need to do tasks to unlock products before you shop. After that, use your loyalty card or phone number at check out. Ibotta will put the cash into your Ibotta account within 48 hours.

In addition, you can use Ibotta to get cash back when you shop online. You might receive Ibotta promo codes or bonuses that will help save you money on your purchases. According to the Ibotta website, you can give your friends $1, and yourself $2, every time a friend joins Ibotta with your referral code. (That friend has to redeem a rebate within two weeks).

Overall, Ibotta might be a good thing for people who love to shop, and who have a lot of friends who also love to shop. It’s great for people who don’t like using coupons and who want to earn cash back from using Ibotta. It might not be an ideal app for people who prefer coupons or who don’t want to try and convince their friends to use the Ibotta app. Some people might find the tasks Ibotta requires to be tedious.

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