Archive for the 'Coupon Questions for Newbies' Category

02
Apr
11

Stockpilies in my house. A little bit about stockpiling with coupons!

Stockpiling is important and key to extreme couponing.   Get a product when it is on sale for the a real good price and stock up on it!  I stock up on items if they are free with coupons all the time.  If it is a good coupon I buy it at Ebay or a coupon clipper.  You can find them by clicking at the top of my page at “are you new here couponing basics!”  Build your stockpile on free items it will take time and the best place to get a stockpile going is to play the drug store game with their coupons!

 

Here are just a couple pictures of my stockpiles.  You may think I have huge stockpiles but I don’t really compared to other extreme couponers.  One question I get is how do you store your stockpiles.  I just store enough under my sinks, beds, and in the cupboards.  I don’t have a garage full of items.

67 Boxes of Gain Dryer sheets.  I gave a couple boxes to family members!   There are 5 piles but 3 touch the ceiling above my dryer.

The gain was free.  I paid $30 for the coupons on Ebay.  7 I got from newspapers which I paid $.75 for all 7!!    With the gain deal I got the Xtra laundry detergent for free too.  You could get overage at Dollar General for each box which I put into other products to build stockpiles like hand soaps, Kleenex, lotion, and so on.    This pile is $170.25 in savings.  I think I won’t need fabric sheets for awhile.

This is under one of my four sinks with cabinets in my house .  I am only showing one sink.  This is one of my bathroom sinks.  Most of these items were free.  Unlike the above photo I didn’t buy these coupons on ebay.  Just used my usual 4 papers and internet coupons.  Root Awaking was my most expensive product for $.49 a bottle.  Air fresheners Free.  All the other Shampoos free.  Bars of soaps and Body wash free.  My  hubbies 40 body washes all free!  (watch for these during fathers day to be free and never buy body wash ever again :))  My hubbies 15 deodorants all free!  Tons of razors, toothbrushes, floss, 3 tubes of toothpaste,  shaving gel, womanly products which I hid behind the ear swabs, hairspray, Clearasil and Neutragena products (yep free those went fast I love that product) and travel size products all free.  You should never have to pay for any bathroom products ever.

 

I am getting tired so off to bed.   Yesterday I didn’t posted was way to tired.  Maybe it is being 6 1/2 months pregnant.   Can’t wait to get normal sleep again maybe in the next year after the baby… ahhh

 

06
Mar
11

Newbie Information on Couponing some Tips plus Tricks!

TIPS:
1. On Sunday Buy 4 Papers or you can get at least 3 delivered to your house! (hint check out my section buying Sunday Papers)
2. Buy a Binder or Folder for Organization or file system!
3. Join my blog click on the “Save Me Money” button on the right hand side. Or you can join on facebook just search for Country Saving Mommy!
4.  Read all the information on my blog right here if you’re new to couponing!  Note:  Be sure to click on underline links to read all the information!
5. Get to Know Your Store Policies my favorites are listed above, Target basics, Walgreens basics and Walmart basics.

TRICKS OF THE TRADE:
6. Be Prepared to Spend Time Planning out Deals, and in Line at the Grocery Store.
7. Make Two Shopping Lists Every Week, One for Essentials (Matching Coupons) One for Almost Free (pretty cheap lower than 50 cents or Free Items.)
8. Learn to do Price Comparisons between Stores.
9. Avoid Impulse Buying.
10. Start to enjoying saving money because really it is not as hard as you may imagine or time assuming.  Once you get the hang of it because quit easy plus you won’t spend as much time on it.  Just Relax and have fun!  You might just get addicted to the coupon bug!!

17
Oct
10

Organizing My Coupons!

Do you have a lot of coupons? 

What is the best way to organize them. 

You can use the binder method but this can be time consuming.  My binder I use only during summer months when I am not teaching.  It is set up in Categories and the layout of sections is setup just like my grocery store Jewel/Osco. 

I now use the file system.  I only clip what  coupons I need to for the week.  I put the date on the front of them with a mark.  This is the best method for me.  I currently have to big portable bins with coupons (may need a 3rd one soon).  My coupons are in files seperated by date and insert and I try to keep them in organized in order.  My All You Magazines are also stored in there with printable coupons and coupons I recieve from freebies and so on.  If my coupons are organized it can take me only 15 minutes to 30 minutes to get my list and coupons clipped.  How do I know if there is a coupon to go with a sale.  I may check coupontom.com it has a data base of what coupons are out there (it doesn’t have all coupons in every region but a great resource)!  I use a little accordian pocket file case (that I picked up in the Target $1 spot).  I then seperate them by category in my case or by store.  Then when I find an item I move that coupon to the front pocket (because sometimes I will not find items on my list).

03
Oct
10

Coupon Clipping Services for anyone!

I had several readers say that they live into rural of a place to recieve the big city newspaper.  Then what you can do is order coupon inserts from these coupon clipper websites.  Each week the cost is different for the inserts.  I always suggest if you have family members  or a friend at work who live in a town that recieve the newspapers ask them if they would recieve a couple for newspapers for you.

Coupon Clippers Sites that are trustable and dependable.  (I started out using these to score many items for cheap before I had a big coupon stack!)

Coupons By Dede

Coupon Carry Out

Kuntry Klippers (located in the Midwest for us Country Folk :))

The Q Hunter

Here is weusecoupons.com Coupon Scheduler for the year of 2011! Don’t forget for Holidays the paper does not recieve coupon inserts.  I had someome tell me I bought a paper no inserts where in it.  You need to look at my blog Saturday if you can to see how many papers I am buying if you forget that there are no inserts on Holidays!  Or copy this coupon Scheduler.

03
Oct
10

Coupon Know How For Walgreens!

For all the newbies.  This is the first place I started couponing at because it was the easiest when I didn’t have a big stack of coupons and I could receive the Register Reward (RR) coupons.

Walgreens Coupon Policy Click Here

Walgreens Weekly Ad Coupons:

These are coupons found in the weekly store ad. They usually advertise a price (ie: Dawn Dish Liquid 99¢) and most have a limit on how many items you can buy with the coupon. You must use the coupon in order to get the advertised coupon price. If the coupon says Dawn Dish liquid 99¢, limit 4 then you can buy 4 Dawn and use the one coupon. Once the coupon is scanned it will subtract a certain amount that will make all 4 Dawns 99¢. If you buy more than the limit then you won’t get the sale price for all the items. These coupons can be combined with all other coupons. Also, you don’t have to cut them out! Just show the cashier the coupon you want to use and they will scan it or type in the coupon code.

Walgreens EasySaver Catalog Coupons:

The Walgreens EasySaver Catalog is found at the front of the store with the Walgreens Weekly Ad. The front of the booklet has Walgreens coupons called Instant Value Coupons – IVC. These coupons can be combined with manufacturer coupons. They usually have a limit of how many items you can use one coupon on but sometimes will work for more than the limit. I recommend doing separate transactions if you want to get more items than the limit. These coupons do not have to be clipped either.

Walgreens Register Rewards:

Walgreens Register Rewards – RR – are manufacturer coupons that print out when your transaction is complete. They are coupons that are used on your next purchase. When doing a deal that earns Register Rewards you CAN use coupons! Coupons have no effect on the deal. If the Reward doesn’t print then you either bought the wrong items/not enough items or there is a problem with the system/Catalina machine. Usually the manager will resolve it. When you earn a Register Reward you can use it to buy other items that earn Register Rewards, but not on the same deal. For example: Buy Tylenol for $3.99, earn $3 Register Rewards. Then buy Gillette Razor for $7.99, use $3 RR from Tylenol, earn $4 RR for Gillette. You cannot use the $3 Tylenol RR to buy more Tylenol and earn another reward. Using the Reward will cancel out the Register Reward that you should be earning. But, you can use Register Rewards on OTHER deals earning Register Rewards.

EasySaver Rebates:

In the back of the EasySaver Catalog you will find rebate offers. These offers are good all month (usually). Walgreens usually has a couple of Free -after-rebate (FAR) items each month. Rebates can be mailed in or submitted online. It is very easy to submit online and it means you get to keep your receipts (in case you want to send them in for other rebates). You can choose to have a check mailed to you or have your rebate put on a Walgreens Gift Card. The gift card is the best option because you get a 10% bonus! Then once you get your gift card you can use it to pay for the next months rebate items. You can use coupons on rebate items. For example: Almay mascara $6.99 & earn $6.99 rebate. Use a $1 coupon to pay only $5.99 and still earn the full $6.99 rebate.

Coupon Rules:

Walgreens registers will not let you use more coupons than items purchased (excluding Walgreens Ad Qs & IVCs). So, you can buy 1 item, use an IVC and a manufacturer Q and it will be fine, but if you try to use a RR too it will not let you. Add a cheap candy or pencil to your order and the register will accept the coupon. If you want to buy 1 item you cannot use 2 RRs to pay for it because the number of coupons is exceeding the number of items.

Coupon Order:

The best order to give the cashier your coupons is Manufacturer Coupons, then IVCs, then Walgreens Ad Qs, then Register Rewards. That way there is a possibility for overage (not all stores will allow it though). For example: Gum is regularly priced $1.19, use a B1G1 coupon which will deduct $1.19 then use the Walgreens Weekly Ad Q that makes the gum 2/$1 which will deduct $1.38 from your order. That means you get the gum free plus 19¢ overage.

My Walgreens Deal Posts:

Walgreens deals are generally the same in all states (double check your ad though). When I post a deal, I post in this format:
Item & Price
-Coupon to Use
= Price After Coupon
Rebates or RR Earned
= Price after Coupon & Rebates/RR

This way you can see what you will be paying OOP (out-of-pocket), the rebates & RR that you should earn and the final cost.

26
Sep
10

Could you copy coupons why or why not? Please do not do this because IT IS WRONG! Why?

I had someone at work ask me this question?  Who is a newbie at using internet printable  coupons (IP  Q’s).   Could you copy coupons why or why not?  Please do not do this  because IT IS WRONG! Why?

Right now there seems to be an increase of fraudulent internet printable coupons (IP, Q’s)  being used. One thing new couponers don’t know it is totally fine to use IP q’s if used they follow the rules.   A big problem is consumers take a IP Q  and then they photocopy the coupon  (some people do this a billion times okay I might be exaggerating but at least a 100 times).   It is illegal to copy a coupon.  Real legit coupons each have a specific computer code printed around the outside of them that make them legit.  This is why you download computer coupon printers to your machine.  They will let you only print 2 of that certain coupon you want.  If you want more then you will need to find another computer to print from and this will make it legal.  So there are ways to get around the system legally.  Please don’t do illegally by copying it makes it harder for us who coupon the right way.
So why stores get mad cause you are cheating them out of money if you copy!  If a consumer uses a coupon that is photo copied and fraudulent the store does not get PAID!  This cause the store to loss money.  This means you are stealing from the store.  They could of made 8 more cents on you per coupon if you would of done it legally but if you copied them then it is like shop lifting.   Many stores have quit taking internet printable coupons for this reason and this could be the reasons for Sullivan’s grocery store in Rochelle and Mendota, IL.  When people ask me why they don’t take IP Q’s.   Right now still many stores take them but all it takes is a few people to do wrong and poof the IP q’s are gone forever.  These are great espeically for those who live in the country to that can’t get the Chicago Tribune or some major newspaper in their area to bring them a newspaper.  If you know someone out there who is doing this and doesn’t think it is wrong tell them know what you know please.  There is a right way on how to use coupons and if you want multipule copies then find like 3 computers and you will get 6 coupons for that product you want and the store will be paid.  Heck use 12 computers and get 24 of that one product you want.  But do it legally so the store gets paid please.

18
Sep
10

Save your money all year around!!!!! You just need to know the store cycle lows!!!!!

Save your money all year around!!!!!

You just need to know the store cycle lows!!!!!

January – Starting of the year you can score linens and towel at a discount.  So cheap clean sheets.

February – Stock up on winter clothes, coat and snow boots, which go on sale at this time to make room for the spring clothes coming in March.

March -Small electronics like digital cameras from last year are cheaper in March.  Why the new year’s models are usually just hitting stores.

April – What can you find this month?  Great deal-o’s on cookware and other household items.  Why you ask?  Because retailers discount all of these for the wedding gift giving people.  Weddings will start to hit there peak in the summer months hear so stock up! One more thing that is on sale is spring cleaning items.  Stock up on cleaning supplies this month!

May – you will find garage sales starting to hit and flea markets are held here in the spring and summer months years around.

June – Look for deals on gym memberships during the summer months.  When it’s nice outside people tend not to hit the gym as much.

July – The stores use any holiday a reason for a sale.  So for July fourth there are big sales going on.  On everything to items for that barbeque, cars, carpet, clothing and toys.  Plus much much more things will be 75 percent off mark down.  Be savy check blogs at this time even for unadvertised sales and clearances this month!

August – Most summer gear is starting to go on sale.  In August you will find fall items coming out.  So buy grills, lawn items, furniture, garden supplies, air conditioners, even bathing suits  (these also continue to be clearancing out through the middle of September).

September – this month and also the end of August school supplies and office supplies go on sale and can be extremly good buys.  If you shop around for your kids school supplies and go to several stores you should be able to score almost all their items for free or a penny.   This year we got our notebooks, loss leaf paper, folders, and crayons for a penny or free (just tax) (I am a teacher and my DH is a college student so we love these sales and stock up for the year). This is the best time to also shop around for a computer and get a discount!

October – this month you will be looking for home appliances.  Why new home appliances are introduced to the public in the fall.  So that model with a scratch on the floor could be a great find at a major discount!  It probably has a scratch no one will see.  This is a good deal because prices of appliances rarely change from one year to the next.

November – Holiday sales keep starting earlier and earlier especially with a weak economy people say so look for plasma (flat screen) T.V.’s on sale now.  Plus toy discounts and gift items.

December – The week after Christmas is the best time to buy Seasonal items.  This doesn’t just mean Christmas trees,  holiday wrapping, ornaments and decorations.  It also means holiday lotion sets, candles, toys, or how about that Holiday cleaning supplies.  Don’t forget they will clean the same way even if they have snowflakes or Santa Claus is on the product!

Note:  There are more sale cycle lows on items.  This is one guideline to use.  Happy Savings