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Another Source of Coupons!

Posted on Friday, October 15th, 2010 at 10:11 am
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Using coupons can stretche your budget

Using coupons can stretch your budget

If you are wondering where to find coupon and grocery coupons, well then you have come to the right place. There are hundreds of coupons out there to find. Printable coupons are some of my favorites because I can pick and chose which coupons I need without adding any extra clutter to my coupon files or my home.

Sunday Insert coupons are another great source of coupons, probably the easiest because you have a bunch of good coupons in one spot.

There is, however, another source of a bunch of coupons that many people ignore. I want to tell you about it so you can make sure to get these coupons and not miss out.

If you want extra coupons, visit your local store. This could be a grocery store or a drugstore. Often, there are free magazines at these stores. I know that my first instinct used to be to ignore these books. I used to think that they were nothing but advertisement, and yes, more clutter. But there is a very good reason for picking up these magazines–they usually have tons of coupons in them!

Many of the coupons are good for store brand items, which means that you will get extra savings by using them. It is hard to find coupons that can be applied to the lower priced store brand products. So far, these booklets and occasionally (rarely) the store flyers are the only sources of these store brand coupons that I have ever seen.

There are also plenty of manufacturer coupons in there as well. I recently found a coupon that got me an entire name brand frozen pizza for only $.99!

Beside the coupons, although of course that is our main focus, are helpful recipes. Many times these recipes are the convenience kind–they use convenience foods. I have found though, that I can substitute homemade items (such as a homemade pie crust or homemade apple butter for a tart recipe for example) and wind up with some great new inexpensive recipes for my collection.

Right now, there are plenty of magazines out there that have to do with fall and the holidays. You also might find a few remaining back to school books out there in the stores. Soon, the store calendars filled with monthly coupons will be out.

You can often find these magazines at the front of the store when you first enter through the main doors. There also may be other magazines near the deli counter, bread counter and pharmacy counter. The next time you visit your favorite store, take a few moments to cruise around and find all of the available free magazines and books. You never know what new valuable grocery coupons that you will find!

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How to Coupon: Getting Them All

Posted on Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 at 5:01 am
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Stock up on coupons!
Would you like to improve your game when it comes to using coupons? Here is one coupon strategy that works well to save you the most money at the grocery store.

The strategy? Getting as many coupons as you can.

Okay, so maybe that sounds like a no-brainer, but the reality is that so many coupon cutters miss half or more of the available coupons that are out there. It is important to grab as many coupons as you can, both a variety of coupons and multiple copies of coupons. This way, you will always have an arsenal available to do coupon and sales matfch ups and make the deals.

But what if there are coupons for products that you don’t normally use? Grab them anyway. Here is why. You can sometimes use those coupons to get products for free. Even if you can’t use them, those same products can be donated to local shelters ministries or neighbors. You can bless others with your bounty.

Other reason to get those coupons for products that you might not use is because of overages. An overage occurs when the coupon or rebate or both equal more than the cost of the item. In many stores, they will actually give you the monetary difference! You could get a credit back to help pay for the groceries that you do want. Again, you can donate the extra products to a worthy cause.

There are many different sources of coupons:

  • Newspaper inserts
  • Magazines
  • In the mailbox
  • Through sign ups and rewards programs
  • In the store on and near shelves
  • At the register in the form of Catalina coupons
  • Printed from coupon websites, such as FreeCoupons.com
  • On manufacturer websites
  • In or on product packaging

Be sure to check all of these sources and keep your eyes open for new sources. Look for future posts about organizing your coupons and doing store match ups with your coupons.

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How to Use Peelies

Posted on Tuesday, September 21st, 2010 at 2:05 pm
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Get More Coupons

Get More Coupons

Do you know what peelies are and how to use them? They are a form of coupon that can really save your some money.

Peelies are coupons that are available attached to grocery products right on the shelves. The coupons are meant to be peeled off of the product and then used instantly. You can use a peelie like a regular coupon.

I have to say that peelies are not my favorite type of coupon, but they can be useful. You can sometimes get free items with a peelie, or at least combine it with a sale to get a really good price on your product.

Peelies can be exciting because you don’t always know about them before you get to the store. So, there is a little element of savings surprise when you are confronted with one.

Peelies will most often be found on soda products, like Pepsi, combination products that usually go well with some other product (such as on a jar of salsa offering free chips, or an offer for free milk if you buy two packages of cookies). I’ve also seen peelies on cereal on occasion.

Many peelies have a “do not double” designation on them, so make sure that you read the fine print and calculate your savings accurately before making your purchase. Also, since some peelies can be low value, look around for a store brand of the same type of product because you might make a better deal on a generic item.

There can be a moral dilemma with using peelie coupons, and people debate the “rules” of using peelies. Some people to take several of the peelies on the shelves and save them for future purchases when products go on sale, some people take the peelies off of a product and then use it on a smaller size of that product to get a better deal, and some believe that you should only use peelies if you are going to buy that particular product instantly at that moment.

I tend to fall into the latter category of thought. It can be frustrating to make a trip to the store to do a deal only to find that someone has snatched all of the peelies off of the products on the shelves. However, there are usually no particular store rules about using peelies, so you can do whatever is comfortable for you.

Sometimes the manufacturers or the store really don’t want you to save that peelie for a later date or for another product, so they have a way to prevent it.

To discourage peeling off peelies that won’t be used on that particular product, some manufacturers or stores will use special two part peelies that leaves the coupon information and bar code attached to the product even after the peelie is peeled. You’ll often find this on produce, bread, meat and milk that is at or near its expiration date. The stores want to encourage you to buy that exact package and not use the coupon on a fresher package.

When using a peelie, look to see how you might combine it with another offer, such as a sale or a catalina deal. This will give you the best savings.

Look for peelie coupon alerts here in the FreeCoupons blog, in the FreeCoupons forums and by following FreeCoupons on Twitter.

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Problems with Printable Coupons

Posted on Thursday, August 12th, 2010 at 5:33 am
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Lower Your Grocery Bill with Printable Coupons

Lower Your Grocery Bill with Printable Coupons

What good are printable coupons if the your store won’t take them? Read more for some solutions to this problem!

It can be really frustrating if you go to the trouble of finding some really good Internet printable coupons that you can’t use. it takes some time doing the match ups and making sure that you get most of your items for free or really inexpensively. To then be faced at the checkout with a huge bill when the store doesn’t take the coupons can make the best of us upset.

You can avoid all of that stress if you know how to deal with problems that printable coupons present.

Why Won’t They Take Them?

Sometimes it helps to understand exactly why some stores or even just some cashiers won’t take printable coupons. The main reason is that they aren’t sure that these coupons are legitimate. Avoiding coupon fraud is big on the store’s list of procedures.

When printable coupons first came out, many people abused them, either making up coupons using the brand logo or altering real existing printable coupons to get better deals or free items. Stores lost a lot of money this way on coupons that couldn’t be redeemed with the manufacturers of the products.

How Can I Use Printable Coupons Successfully?

To use printable coupons successfully, keep the following strategies in mind.

  1. Print Directly from the store website. Many stores issue their own coupons. Target is a good example, but I’ve seen many printable coupons on traditional grocery store websites as well. because these coupons are generated by the store itself, they are easily honored.
  2. Shop around. If your store doesn’t take printable coupons or gives you a hard time about them, find a new store. You can also speak with the manager and tell him or her that you would like to shop there but will have to take your business elsewhere to XYZ store since it does honor the printable coupons.
  3. Find out the official coupon policy. Grab a copy of the official coupon policy (usually found online at the store’s website or in person at the customer service desk) and keep it with you. Many cashiers aren’t really familiar with the coupon policy and may reject coupons even if the store accepts them. If this happens, you can show the cashier the policy that says the coupons should be honored.
  4. Contact the manufacturer. Sometimes if you complain that an official coupon wasn’t accepted, the manufacturer of the product will send you traditional coupons that can be used in the store instead. In fact, I have heard that some people even get rebates on their products for the amount of the coupon or the full amount of the product directly from the manufacturer.Good Luck!

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Grocery Coupons

Posted on Sunday, May 30th, 2010 at 4:04 pm
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There are many places you can get grocery coupons, and keep up a supply of them.  Check out our list of Sunday newspaper insert coupons.  You’ll find a list of all current grocery coupons that have appeared in the Smart Source, Red Plum, and Proctor and Gamble inserts of the newspapers.  This helps you to know what there is, and also what to expect and ask for in trades.  But coupons are more than just clippings from newspapers and magazines.

Your grocery coupon supply will grow enormously and profitably when you check out our online printable coupons.  Check out the supply of coupons.com coupons we have regularly on our site, and remember to print them early – these frequently stop being available after a certain number of downloads.  You’ll also find printable grocery coupons at smartsource.com and redplum.com.

Next, be sure to look at our blog for details on special grocery deals and coupon matchups.  We also have articles about savings with online grocery coupons. In our blog and our forum, we will tell you about many printable coupons available on manufacturer websites, and also on facebook.  It is a great resource.

Yes, there are such things as online grocery coupons. Check out our selection of coupons for online grocery store shopping.  You’ll find coupons for cash back and free delivery from Meijer, Vons, Safeway, and other online stores. Don’t forget to check out the grocery section of Amazon.com.  You will also find some amazing deals there as well as some online coupons.  The downside is that you cannot use newspaper coupons for these, but the good part is that you can often get great savings, free or reduced delivery, and apply your purchases to manufacturer’s rebates.

Be sure to check our site daily for the many ways you can save with grocery coupons of all types.

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Sign Up For Coupon Booklets

Posted on Sunday, January 24th, 2010 at 7:45 pm
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It’s time to look for some great stuff to come in your mail, coupon-wise.  Get on these lists for great coupons to come to your mailbox:

If you’re in the Publix area, you’ll want to subscribe at their website to the Publix Family Style magazine.  It is published 4 times a year, and going out now.  In the current issue there’s a coupon for $1 off Odwalla drinks, $1 off Bob Evans side items, and $1.50 off Butterball Frozen Turkey products, among others.  There are also a lot of kid friendly articles.

Sign up at Mambo Sprouts for a great booklet full of organic and healthy food savings.

Sign up for Home Made Simple, with over $27 worth of coupons in one great booklet.  This one in the past has featured great discounts on Dawn Dish detergent, and a freebie for Cascade rinse.

Don’t neglect your email box too.  Sign up for Betty Crocker coupons, and get special deals delivered to your email.

Pillsbury coupons are here. They are online and in the mail.

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Beware of Counterfeit Coupons

Posted on Wednesday, January 13th, 2010 at 7:44 pm
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It’s unfortunate, but there has been a huge rise in the number of counterfeit coupons issued since the economy took such a bad downturn.  I’ve said this before, and I’ll say it again – if you find something on ebay or in a trade that is too good to be true, it probably is.

Here are some red flags:  No one is issuing printable coupons for free items anymore.  No one. Coke was doing it last year and the coupon was duplicated and sold on ebay.  Free item coupons are now sent to the customer in the mail.  Proctor and Gamble has NEVER issued printable coupons.  Imagine the interest these high value frauds generated among innocent people who thought they were getting a great deal.  Not a deal – it’s a steal from stores and companies.

There is a $2500 reward out for the counterfeiters of this and other coupons.  The others include the following:

A counterfeit White Castle coupon. White Castle has NEVER issued any printable coupons.
A counterfeit Robitussin coupon
A counterfeit Moist & Meaty Dog Food coupon
A counterfeit Mountain Dew coupon
A counterfeit $5.00 PepsiCo coupon
A counterfeit $2.00 Tropicana coupon
A counterfeit $4.00 McCormick coupon

This is a serious crime which affects all honest couponers.  It makes it harder for us to find and redeem great deals.  It is stealing, from stores and from manufacturers.

Most cashiers are aware of these frauds, and you could find yourself in trouble if you try to redeem counterfeit coupons.  If you are in possession of these, it is best to report the source from whom the counterfeits were obtained.

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Coupons: Staying Motivated

Posted on Wednesday, July 15th, 2009 at 5:43 pm
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I have to admit that there are just some days when I don’t feel like cutting coupons, checking out the sales and so on. Usually these are the days when the milk got spilled, the cat got out, and the breakfast got burnt. But using coupons can really make a difference in the budget, so I tried to stay motivated to do the work and reap the rewards. Here are strategies for staying motivated when it comes to using coupons.

Make it a job

It takes most people anywhere from twenty minutes to one hour to get all of the coupons figured out. With the help of the Internet, that time is generally cut down quite a bit. Let us be really conservative though. We’ll say that it takes 30 minutes to organize enough coupons to save a mere $40 on your grocery bill. If you consider that time as a job, well then you just made yourself $80 an hour!

Consider it cash

Think of your coupons as cash, and I bet your motivation level for clipping coupons will go up. If you saw a dollar bill in a magazine or in your newspaper, would you cut it out? Using coupons on products that you buy anyway is just like found money.

Keep track

Look at your grocery receipt. Many grocery stores will tally your savings for you. My store lists two columns, one for just coupon savings and one for total savings (coupons plus the bonus store card). I can enter these totals in a spreadsheet and consider them as income. Clipping coupons can earn you thousands of dollars a year.

How do you keep motivated when it comes to using coupons?

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How to Get Extra Coupon Inserts

Posted on Tuesday, July 7th, 2009 at 11:41 am
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To take advantage of the deals at the grocery store, you will often want more than one copy of the Sunday coupon inserts. But paying an average of $2 each for multiple Sunday papers can get expensive. So here are some ways that you can get some extra coupon inserts for free or at least for less than the regular cost of the newspaper.

Check your local recycling

If there is an area where people in your own drop off their recycling, you may be able to look through the old papers to find lots of extra inserts that have been discarded.

Check with neighbors, friends and family

Many neighbors, friends and family would be happy to save the coupon inserts for you if they don’t use them themselves. You could also check with coworkers.

Check local coffee houses

If you live near a Starbucks, Panera Bread or other establishment, make a visit on Sunday nights and take a look in the recycling bin. Often people read the Sunday paper while enjoying their coffee or snack and then discard the papers.

Check the local new stand or convenience store.

If the owner or manager of the convenience store is nice, he or she may let you have all of the coupon inserts that are left over from the newspapers at the end of the day on Sunday.

Check for a Sunday preview

The Sunday preview papers that come out on Saturday may be half the cost. In my area, the price is the same, but in many other areas, this paper, which contains all of the inserts, will be less expensive.

Check with the paper delivery person

Often the paper delivery person will have extra inserts after assembling all of the papers. So ask if you may have them, or start delivery papers yourself!

Check the local dollar store

Our dollar store sells the $2 Sunday papers for only $1. Half price is a great thing.

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What Are The Different Kinds of Coupons (and Where Can You Find Them)

Posted on Tuesday, June 30th, 2009 at 10:48 am
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When I first started clipping coupons, the whole thing was pretty easy. You got your coupons from the Sunday inserts and occasionally cut them from a magazine. Today, things are a lot different, and there are multiple sources and types of coupons that you can use. You can often combine some of these coupons as well.

Here is a breakdown of the different kinds of coupons and where you can find them.

Blinkies: These are coupons that come out of a little machine that is attached to a shelf. They have little lights on them that blink. When a coupon is pulled out of the machine, another one takes its place. These coupons usually can’t be doubled.

Booklets: Often mailed to your home when you sign up, these booklets will often contain a number of coupons for different products by a manufacturer. They may also contain recipes and other product information.

Catalina Coupons: These coupons print out from a machine that is attached to the cash register at the grocery store after you pay for your purchase. They are often prompted by the purchases you make, and can be an incentive to try a different brand. Catalina coupons may also be announced in a sales flyer, such as getting money off when you buy a certain combination of items. They can generally be used for that specific store only on a future order.

Hangtags (winetags): These coupons are attached by a string or a cord around the neck of a bottle. They are usually associated with wine, but I have found hang tags on bottles of corn syrup and other products.

Magazines: Coupons can also be found in popular magazines. The magazine, All You, is famous for the number of coupons to be had each month.

Mailed: Mailed coupons are sent in the mail to your home after you sign up for them, usually on a website (coupon booklets are often sent in the mail, too) or contact the product manufacturer by phone. Many mailed coupons are high value coupons, such as coupons for free products.

Packages: Manufacturers often put coupons into their packages for future purchases. The coupon will be advertised on the box. Some common product types that do this are boxed cereals and prepared foods.

Peelies: Peelies are coupons that are attached to a box or container of a product and can be peeled right off in order to use the coupon right away.

Printables: Printable coupons can be printed off of the internet using your own computer. You can find these coupons at manufacturer websites, store websites (such as Target), SmartSource, RedPlum and Coupons.com. Depending on the site and your computer, you may need to download special software in order to get the coupons to print, and these sites are not always Mac compatible.

Sunday Inserts: These are the collections of coupon pages that often appear in the Sunday paper near the comics. There are three main publishers of these Sunday inserts: Smart Source (SS), Red Plum/Vlassis (RP) and P&G BrandSaver (PG). The coupons are regional, meaning that different areas will get different coupons or different amounts off for the same products, depending on the market.

Tearpad: Tearpads are coupons that are usually attached to the shelf near a product in the form of a pad. You can tear off the coupon from the pad and use it right away.

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