Sunday, September 18, 2011

Frugal Column and Extras September 18

I am excited to be in the Sunday paper what a great place for The Fru-Gal to be with all her coupon friends. I am hoping there are new readers that would like a little help starting their couponing journey. I wish I could tell you that it doesn't take any time or effort to coupon but with a little organization you will be on your way to reaping big savings. What I recommend for the beginner couponer is to purchase a small accordion file that you can categorize your coupons for easy access. The last situation you want is to enter a store see a sale know you have a coupon but can’t find it. You will end up being frustrated and give up. When you are shopping keep your eyes open. There is plenty of savings right in front of you. Manufacturers are now putting “peelie” coupons on their packages. These coupons peel off the product for you to use with purchase. Walking down the aisle you will see “blinkies” these are electronic coupons holders that are mounted on a shelf. You just take a coupon and another on comes out. Think of coupons like money. Take a blinkie even if you are not going to use it right away. You will be very angry with yourself if next week the item is on sale and you didn’t file away that coupon. Remember that the best way to use a coupon is when the item is on sale resulting in double savings. There are many websites on the internet that you can print coupons. I stick to just a couple that I know are valid coupons. The last thing you want to do is go to a store with a fraudulent coupon. Coupons.com, Smartsource.com, Redplum.com and Couponnetwork.com are sincere sites for printing coupons. Kroger stores also have digital coupons. If you go to their website Kroger.com you can load coupons directly to your loyalty card. This means when you swipe your card the savings will come off the end of your transaction. Meijers has a program called Mperks that when sign up with your mobile phone number you can load coupons right on the phone number allowing you to receive the savings at checkout when you enter your mobile number at the register. Target and many other retailers’ text coupons so all you have to do is show your phone to the cashier and they will scan the coupon on your phone to receive the savings. I recommend that you know your stores policies. Print out Krogers, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Meijers, Walmart and RiteAid policies and file them with your coupons. Many cashiers don’t know the policies and if you are taking the time to use your coupons properly you want the coupons to work. Be respectful and show them the policy.

CVS policy- https://www.cvs.com/CVSApp/cvscontent/faq/couponpolicy.pdf

Walmart policy- http://walmartstores.com/7655.aspx

Walgreens policy- http://www.walgreens.com/topic/generalhelp/coupon_policy_main.jsp

Target policy- http://sites.target.com/site/en/company/page.jsp?contentId=WCMP04-040400

Rite Aid policy- http://content.riteaid.com/stores/CustomerCouponAcceptancePolicyAugust2010.pdf

Kroger policy- http://www.kroger.com/help/Pages/digital_coupons_policy.aspx

Meijer policy- http://www.meijer.com/content/content.jsp?pageName=offer_details

Here are additional tips for couponing. Most stores will accept a store coupon along with a manufacturer coupon. Check to see if your store doubles coupons up to 50 cents. This means that when you use a 50 cents coupon at Krogers it will deduct $1 off your order. Kroger does not have a limit of coupons it will double but Meijer will double the first two identical coupons but not anymore. If your coupon is more than the price of the item most stores will adjust the coupon to the purchase price making the item free. Walmart’s new policy gives you the total price of the coupon even if it is more than the price of the item. People have been receiving money back on purchases.

When you start your couponing journey I guarantee that you will be excited when you start saving lots of money. You will start to challenge yourself to save even more your next trip to the store.

Use this week’s Sunday paper coupons at Rite Aid. They have Finish dishwasher cleaner, Rinse Agent, Gel Pac Buy on sale buy one get one free. Great sale to match with these coupons.

Like AMC theatres on their facebook page to print out coupon for free ICEE on Frozen Fridays. http://www.facebook.com/amctheatres?sk=app_174564695951305

Both DirecTV and Dish Network are planning a free preview of HBO and Cinemax the weekend of September 23-26 to celebrate the season premiere of Boardwalk Empire. http://www.freepreview.tv/hbo/free-preview-of-hbo-cinemax-for-multiple-providers.html

Order a 16 x 20 photo poster at Walmart.com and select in-store pickup to get it for free with coupon. http://i448.photobucket.com/albums/qq203/79poohbear/walmartposter.jpg

Get two free 8x11 photo books when you purchase one at Snapfish.com. Just use promotional code LOVE8X11 at checkout. Good until September 19. www.snapfish.com

Snapfish is still offering 5 free personalized greeting cards until September 30. Just use promotional code TRY5CARDS at checkout. You will have to pay $2.49 shipping, but that is still only around 50 cents a card. www.snapfish.com

Paper Coterie wants to help you write down what you are feeling by giving you a free journal. Just enter promotional code WRITEITDOWN at checkout good until midnight September 20. Check out their facebook page for more information – you do have to pay for shipping http://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=286646994678632&id=178829522127047

Free sample of MonaVie Antioxidant support drink product http://www.monavie.com/promo

Print out $1 coupon for Zarbee’s Cough Syrup to use at Walgreens next week. They will be having it on sale for $5.99 you receive $6 register rewards use coupon making this deal a moneymaker. This is something to have on hand starting cold season. www.coupons.com

Get a free sample of Taylor Swift’s Wonderstruck fragrance when you like it on her facebook page. http://www.facebook.com/TaylorSwift?sk=app_135045039924814

Grey Poupon is offering a copy of their recipe book when you call 1-888-476-8766. The call is automated.

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