April 24, 2010
Coupon Organization

In the past couple of weeks I've had several new couponers asking for advice and tips on saving with coupons. I have 2 pieces of advice I always pass on:

1. Start slowly and don't be disappointed if you don't save tons of money the first few weeks. It takes time to build up your coupon "collection" and get to know when to use each coupon. Starting out it's easy to get carried away and buy things at regular price because you got a coupon for it this week. Hold on to those coupons and try to use each one when the product goes on sale. That way you get double savings.

2. The second piece of advice is start out organized and try to stay organized. All those little pieces of paper can get overwhelming if you just toss them in a basket on the counter or drop them in the bottom of your diaper bag.

Find a method of organizing coupons that works for you. Start small - use one of the little accordion style organizers that will fit in your purse or recyle your junk mail envelopes by labeling them with a few major categories like Baking, Dairy, Meat, Canned Goods, etc. Set a time each week when you can go through your inserts and clip the coupons you think you will use. File them right away then mark the date on the front of the insert with the remaining coupons find a place to file it. Never throw away coupon inserts until every coupon is expired or you could miss some fantastic deals.

You don't have to go out and buy a file cabinet. Start with something you already have - empty cereal boxes are great for storing coupon inserts. You can use a marker to put the dates on the side panel and keep the box in your pantry with the other cereal boxes. When you hear about a deal that you haven't clipped the coupon for - go to your "file" and get it.

Next Newsletter: Blogs that tell you where to save $$.


Drugstore Deals Week of 4/25-5/1
It's a big coupon week at Walgreens - lots of good deals if you use your coupons and Register Rewards wisely. Here are my top three picks:

Stayfree Maxi Pads 16 or 24 ct
Pay $2.99 get back $2.99 Register Reward
Even better if you have any of these coupons:
 - $1 (S 4/25)
 - $2 (RP 3/28)
 - $1 printable
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Skintimate Shave Cream
Buy for $2.99 - Get $2.99 Register Reward
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Tone Body Wash
Buy for $3.99 - Get a $3 Register Reward
 Free if you print this $1 coupon and use it.
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If you still have the coupon for "up to $30 off a Bayer Contour or Breeze2
glucose monitor" you can make profit $10 in Register Rewards. Monitors are on sale for $19.99 and give back a $10 RR.
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* Register Rewards are coupons that print out at the register and can be used on your next purchase of different items. For instance, you can't use the RR you received on the Colgate Toothbrush to buy the same item or your RR will not print. More details on how this all works HERE.

CVS - 4/25-5/1

Buy Schick Hydro 3 or 5 blade system razor for $8.97
Get $6 ECB Limit 1
(if you bought this in previous weeks check your receipt to be sure you haven't reach the ECB limit)

Buy Schick Quattro Men's cartridges 4ct, Intuition, Quattro for Women's razor 1ct. or cartridges 3-4ct. for $8.99
Get $4 ECB Limit 1

There are several Schick coupons to help get your cost down on these:

>>Schick Quattro Titanium Razor, Trimmer, or Refill $2
SS 3/28/10 - expires 5/9/10
>>Schick Intuition Pls Razor or Refill $4
SS 4/25/10 - expires 6/6/10
>>Schick Quattro for Women Razor or Refill $4
SS 4/25/10
- expires 6/6/10

ECB stands for Extra Care Bucks. More details on how this program works HERE


Coupon Recipe

Strawberry Banana Parfaits
(recipe from fiberone.com)

I searched the 4/18/10 coupon inserts this week for good coupon recipe ingredients and decided to check out uses for FiberOne cereal ($1 on 2 boxes - exp 5/29/10).

I found this quick and delicious recipe which uses the FiberOne cereal AND Yoplait® Fiber One™ yogurt.

The full recipe has been added to the CookinPlace section of MomSaves,com. You can view it HERE


ACTIVATE

Need More Coupons?
Of course you do - we never have enough coupons!


Here are a couple of nice IP (Internet Printable) coupons to help you save


$1 off any one (1)
Banquet Family Size Entree


$1 off any one(1)
Marie Callender's
Asian Recipes or
Pasta Al Dente



Mother's Day

Mother's Day is Sunday May 9th. If you're not sure what to send your Mom I hope you will check out Organic Bouquet.

As showcased on "The View",they offer a unique online collection of eco-conscious one-of-a-kind products including fantastic earth-friendly floral arrangements, wreaths, gourmet cookies, chocolates and gifts starting at just $19.95. Plus right now they are including a FREE VASE with select bouquets.

And with biodegradable, green packaging on every item, customers can care for the earth while caring for those around them. The special "Mom" in your life will appreciate your thoughtfulness and your green choice.


FREEBIES

Get a free 4×6 photo magnet from CVS.com when you use the code FREE4MOM.

Order online with local in-store pickup to avoid shipping charges.

Do you homeschool your children? If so, sign up to be a Homeschool.com product tester. Testers are selected randomly, based on geography, age of children, etc. Not every family will be selected. U.S. only.
(thanks to The Freebie Blogger for this tip)

FREE COMIC BOOK DAY

Free Comic Book Day is the first Saturday in May each year. Participating comic book shops across North America and around the world give away comic books absolutely FREE* to anyone who comes into their stores.

Check with your local shop for their participation and rules.



FREE Burger King Whopper

Sign up for the Heartland Food Corp VIP Customer Club and receive a coupon for a free whopper sandwich in your email instantly. They will also keep you up to date on BURGER KING® promotions and will periodically send you other valuable offers and discounts.


Sign up HERE