Friday, July 31, 2009

Walmart Coupon policy - confirmed!

After getting mixed messages from different cashiers and customer service at our local Danville Walmart, I decided to call headquarters. Here's what I found out....

Corporate Walmart coupon policy states that they DO accept internet coupons They should be legible and say "Manufacturer Coupon." There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and a scannable bar code.

I then spoke with the Assistant Manager of our local Walmart who reassured me that yes they do accept internet coupons. He apologized for his cashiers who have recently refused to honor my valid coupons. He assured me that Walmart wants our business AND our coupons. I asked and received his permission to post this message.

As always, you should always double check your coupons to make sure it matches the item you are planning to purchase. Hopefully, we will have a better coupon experience at our local Walmart from here on out!

I am planning to print out a copy of Walmart Corporate coupon policy to put in my coupon notebook for reference in case its ever needed.

Thursday, July 30, 2009

New section on the blog - Free Entertainment

In case you haven't noticed the trend for today's post..... here's a breakdown. I now have a section on the blog called Free Entertainment. The requirements for this category - it has to be FREE and it has to be an activity to do. I have listed 3 things already but would love to find more free things to do.

If you know of certain days that museums, parks or venues are offering free admission, I'd welcome the information to post for the rest of the readers. Thanks for your help.

Free attractions by state

Looking for free entertainment ideas in your area? Check out this website.

You can enter your state and city to see what museums or historical landmarks offer free tours etc.... http://www.free-attractions.com/

Sunday, July 26, 2009

CVS kindness and sharing coupons

CVS Kindness Today
  1. Thanks to a fellow CVS shopper for sharing out of her shopping cart today. She got there before I did and shared a couple of the 'free after purchase' school supplies since they were gone off the shelf. I then saw her give another one of her 'free' items to another shopper before she checked out. She uses 2 CVS cards so she could have gotten twice as many of the items for herself but decided to share them instead. That was super kind! Thanks Heather! About using 2 CVS cards..... for me that's too complicated. But some people really score some great deals using a personal account and another for their spouse. If you can keep up with 2 accounts - great! But for me, I'm going to stick with just one for now. My life is full enough without juggling that too :-)
  2. While I checked out my stuff, another shopper saw me using a coupon and asked me where I found it. As it happens, I had an extra one of the coupons in my notebook and gave it to her so she could snag some extra savings. Isn't it fun to share deals and coupons?
  3. The CVS cashiers at the Danville store are so super! They have never once caused me grief when I do multiple transactions and are very patient and friendly. If you happen to work at CVS and read this - note that I appreciate your work!

Coupon Sharing....

I always end up with coupons I can't use (pet food, tampons, adult care, health food etc.....). What do I do with them? I NEVER throw them away. I pass them to a neighbor who passes them on to another neighbor who gives them to a friend at work who passes them to ....... Get the idea? I just keep paying them forward!

Saturday, July 25, 2009

B1G1 Free Dairy Queen Blizzard

Dairy Queen--Join the fan club and receive a B1G1 Blizzard coupon as well as an additional B1G1 Blizzard coupon on your birthday.

I got a Buy 1 get one free blizzard coupon in my email this morning after joining last night. + I should get another B1G1 coupon on my birthday.

Friday, July 24, 2009

20% Gymboree coupon code

I have 2 coupons for 20% off any purchase at Gymboree (online or instore). I'm not going to use them, so if you want either of them, let me know! Exp 8-30-09

I have 2 codes!

Thursday, July 23, 2009

More Splenda coupons

Click here to print more splenda coupons....

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Question about stacking Amazon Gift cards and Swagbucks

I just had someone ask a question about whether you can stack the Amazon gift cards that you earn from Swagbucks? The answer is YES YES YES!

As soon as our swagbucks account gets to 45 bucks, we immediately ''purchase" a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card. It usually takes about 1 week to get the card in our email. Then I take the card number (from either of our accounts) and put it in our Amazon account. We save them there until we are ready to make a purchase on Amazon.com. We like to wait till we have at least $25 in our Amazon account so we can get free shipping too.

We just purchased a new pen drive for my husband's school and some school supplies for my son on Amazon (and got free shipping of course) and used $35 that we had earned on Swagbucks.

Hope that helps!

Don't know what in the world I'm talking about? See the post here to see how you can be earning money - free and easy!!!

Printable Coupons from ConAgra Food

Go here and login to print some coupons from ConAgra Food:

$0.50/1 Peter Pan Peanut Butter
$0.50/2 Crunch n' Munch
$1/1 Chef Boyardee 15-oz. can
$1/4 Snack Pack 4-packs

Tuesday, July 21, 2009

The Kroger 'rules' as I see them...

If you are new to Krogers, here's the 'rules' as I have learned them... (This list is specifically for Danville KY Krogers). If you know of any other 'rules' about our local Kroger that I have missed, please let me know.
  1. Krogers always doubles coupon up to and including .50. That means that a .35 coupon will save you .70. A .50 coupon saves you $1.00.
  2. You may only use ONE manufacturer coupon per item. (e-coupons are completely separate and often get stacked automatically as a bonus but you can't make this happen. I never ask about the use of the e-coupons because the cashiers don't know anything about them.)
  3. E-coupons (cellfire, shortcuts, etc) are bonus coupons. I always load them on my card and they almost always work. But I never count on them. They are bonus coupons that come off at the register at the end automatically. The cashier has NOTHING to do with whether these coupons work. They are savings that you get in addition to your paper coupons.
  4. If you call Kroger headquarters, you can request Kroger coupons. I have tried 3 times and have still never received any coupons from them. However, I have friends that get coupons from Kroger regularly and they are great. They can be used WITH regular manufacturers coupons. They will NOT double.
  5. There are discount/clearance carts at the back of our store (usually next to the milk cases - sometimes over in front of the yogurt and butter display too). These items change regularly and are great places to get some really good deals. Coupons and e-coupons will still work on these items. I look here EVERY time I go in the store.
  6. Seniors (60 +) get an extra 10% discount on the first Wed of the month. (I think thats the right day)
Hopefully this will help you out when you shop at Krogers.

Problem printing coupons????

I recently upgraded my Intenet Explorer to version 8. If you have done that too, you are probably having problem printing some coupons. Here's what has helped me.

When you get the message that there is a problem printing, look at the top of your screen where the address is. On the right there are several little icons.
One is called the 'compatibility icon'. It looks like a little broken piece of paper. Click on that icon and it will say you are now running the window in the compatibility mode. This should let you print the coupons.

Hope this helps. If not, let me know and I'll see if there is another option.

Before you shop at Kroger

Before you shop at Kroger next time, make sure you check for new e-coupons.
Information on these sites

Upromise
Here is a printable form to help you keep up with your passwords for e-coupon sites.

Free MP3 Music from Amazon

Amazon.com offers tons of free MP3s! You can go here to sign up for a newsletter that will notify you when new songs are available. or go here for a complete list of the songs currently available.

Thursday, July 16, 2009

Free airplane ride for ages 8-17!

When I was in college I took flying lessons (I got 3 total hours in my logbook! - not much I'll admit, but enough to fall in love with flying). Today I found this! Any child between the ages of 8-17 can get a free airplane flight to introduce them to the world of flying! How cool is that.

It's called the Young Eagles Program. Most flights last between 15-20 minutes and includes special time with the volunteer pilot who will answer questions. You will also receive a signed certificate at the end.

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Free Gift Cards from Swagbucks

It's time for another note about Swagbucks! Remember this? Alot of you are earning swagbucks and seeing the fun of earning money just by searching on the internet - since you are going to do that anyway. Since January I have earned $85 to spend at Amazon.com. That's $85 that hasn't come out of my pocket that I have been able to spend. My husband joined in March and has earned $20!

The fun thing with swagbucks, if you don't want to use the $5 yourself - you can send it to anybody you want. Maybe your college student friend or daughter is in college and needs to buy a textbook. Amazon is often a great place to get a used book for really cheap (We've gotten books for as little as .01! and shipping for used books is only 3.99) What a great way to give a gift to somebody. - and it doesn't cost you a thing.

It takes about 5 minutes a day - or less. The trick to earning faster is having your friends and family sign up at your invitation.

If you have forgotten to use swagbucks, consider this a quick reminder! If you haven't signed up yet - here's more information and a sign up link!

Happy searching!

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Email - spam, coupons and friends

I've heard a few people saying that they hate to sign up for samples etc using their email account because of all the extra junk in their inbox. Simple solution! Create a 'junk' account that is only used for deals, coupons, samples etc. (think gmail, yahoo or hotmail) I have 3 accounts that I check - one for family, friends and blog friends; one for deals, coupons and samples; and a third that I very rarely check but use sometimes for really random deals that I really don't want to ever see mail from.

By doing this, I don't have to worry about spam and coupon sites cluttering my main account.
Hope this helps!

Double Coupons at the grocery!

Today I'm looking for info from you! My Krogers in Danville doubles all coupons that are .50 or lower every day. So if I use a .50 coupon anytime - it will give me $1.00 savings!

I've heard that IGA in Liberty doubles coupons every Tuesday up to .50. But I never have shopped there.

I've heard that all Publix grocerys double coupons too. Does anyone know this from experience?
Update: I am hearing that Florida stores do NOT double or offer the same great coupon deals that other Publix stores offer around the country.

Update: I am hearing that BILO stores also double coupons.

What stores double coupons for you? I'd love to hear where your favorite double coupon stores are!

Sunday, July 12, 2009

Upromise saves $$$ for college!

Have you heard about Upromise? I've been pretty skeptical about the program but I'm quickly becoming a fan. Last week, I bought 2 boxes of trail mix cereal on sale (with coupons of course) plus as a bonus, I had $1.00 credited toward my kid's college fund!

Here's the deal.
  1. You create an account at http://www.upromise.com/.
  2. Then you register your Kroger, CVS, Food Lion, Publix.... card number
  3. You sign up for e-coupons here.
  4. There are also hundreds of products that automatically credit your account when you buy them.
  5. When you buy those products, you will receive the amount toward your account.
  6. You can decide who you want to benefit from your earnings.

We have registered all 3 children. Supposedly, this money will be used to pay for college when they are ready for it. (My husband thinks we just might have enough money to pay for one credit hour but I have high hopes that it may actually be more than that :-)

You can also shop from http://www.upromise.com/ and earn a percentage of your shopping experience online toward the account as well.

If you have kids, this is a great idea for their college fund. If you don't have kids, you can pick others to benefit (think grandkids, nephews or nieces, friends....) All you have to do is have the parents of those kids send you an invitation and your accounts will be connected.

If you shop at Kroger, CVS, Publix, Food Lion, Winn Dixie, Albertsons....... all these stores will benefit your Upromise account.

If you are a friend or family member who shop at these stores and don't already have a child you want to sign up, I would love to send you an invitation so you can help my kids college fund!!!! I have a feeling it will be here before I know it - they are 2, 4 and 7! (How's that for a request :-)

Help for beginning CVS shoppers!

This is a great week to try out the CVS shopping experience. I love CVS but it was hard getting started.

For those of you who are new to the whole CVS game, here's the most important tip...

Do multiple transactions. For example, this week, buy 1 pair of scissors for 2.99 and when you check out you will get a receipt attachment (extra bucks) that says 2.99. That means you have 2.99 free money for the next transaction. Then you go to the register and do transaction #2 Buy a 2nd pair of scissors for 2.99. Then use the receipt (extra bucks) that you earned in the first transaction and not pay a penny for the 2nd transaction. Transaction #2 will then spit out another receipt extra bucks for 2.99 that you can use for the 3rd transaction. That's how you 'roll' the extra bucks. Does that makes sense? Read the earlier post to see how I spent less than $5 and got a ton of stuff!

Still have questions? I love to help you find the deals, so feel free to drop me an email or write a comment. Good luck!

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Dish Detergent - cheap! and good for the environment!

Shelby Making Cents has a great idea for making Dawn dish detergent last a long long time! Read her article here. I am going to try this this weekend!

Beech Nut baby food coupons

Here's a link from a friendly blogger (Baby Goodbuys!) with coupons for beech nut baby food.

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Walmart matches competitor ads!

I don't ever go to IGA, But I get the sales paper in my mailbox since there is an IGA in a town only 20 minutes away. They are having some really awesome sales this week. So....... I took the sales ad to my local Walmart and had them comp (or match) the price.

Here's 3 examples of how I save money at Walmart:

Bounty single roll of paper towels (Walmart price 1.97; IGA sale price .50!)
They comped the price + I used a .25 coupon
Final price - .25!

Maxwell House coffee (Walmart price 5.99; Food Lion price this weekend 4.99)
Since this is something I will need to buy anyway, I will be comping this price this weekend at Walmart

1 Gallon Milk (Walmart price 1.98; Aldi price 1.49)
I always ask them to comp the milk for the Aldi price and there is never a problem.

Always check the competitor ads to see what you can comp at Walmart! I always take the competitors sales ad in with me so I can 'prove' the sale is valid to the cashier. My only exception is the Aldi milk. The cashiers here in Danville all know the Aldi milk price.

Free Disney & amusement park ticket for Military

Moneywise Moms has all the details of a really cool 'thank you' to military families. A free 5 park pass to Disney for military + huge discount for military families. Click here to read the article.

I am very thankful to those who are serving our country to make our freedoms possible. I think this is a really cool offer. Hope some of you can participate.

Monday, July 6, 2009

Coke Rewards

Coke rewards is another great way to get free stuff (magazines, coke stuff, free 20 oz drinks). Collect the point codes under the caps and off the boxes of 12 or 24 packs. (The numbers are on the inside of the box)

You go to the website and enter the points. As soon as you reach a certain number, you can redeem them for lots of great products. We've gotten tons of magazine subscriptions this way.

If you don't drink coke products, no problem. We rarely buy cokes anymore. They are a treat to my family. However, we've been known to pull the car over and rescue a coke bottle from the side of the road or in a parking lot. We also collect them when we're at family get togethers before they go in the trash. The points add up fast.

Saturday, July 4, 2009

Samples & Coupons from Proctor & Gamble

Sign up for Proctor and Gamble samples and coupons......

Today they offered coupons & samples for tide, head and shoulders, charmin, metamucil, Iams pet food, razors, etc.....

It said I will receive my offers in 4-6 weeks.

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