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60 Free Swag Bucks for New Members (Last Chance!)

Dec 31, 2010

This is just a reminder that new members can get 30 Free Swag Bucks when you enter code “JoinIn2010”. which expires today (12/31/10)!

All new members get 30 Swag Bucks when joining, but that code will give you an additional 30, meaning you get a total of 60 Free Swag Bucks just for registering!

Don’t know what  a Swag Buck is?

Swag Bucks is a search engine powered by Google and Ask.com. Whenever you search on Swagbucks.com, you have the chance to win points (aka Swag Bucks) that you can redeem for prizes and gift cards. You can easily earn enough points to get a $5 Amazon gift card every month if you do regular searches!

Swag Bucks is probably my favorite rewards programs. I’m basically getting paid just to do searches (which is something I would be doing anyway!). It’s easy, free, and there are NO catches!

You can read all about Swag Bucks and all the different ways to earn HERE.

Rue La La $20 Credit Expires Today!

Dec 31, 2010

This is your final reminder that the Rue La La $20 Credit (no longer available for new members) is expiring today (12/31)!

Just head over to Rue La La and log in. Then select one of the following brands to see what is available (sort price low to high to see the less expensive items at the top). Your credit CAN be applied to shipping which is $9.95.  There are many items that you could score for $10 or less SHIPPED!

The Resort Report – Calvin Klein

You can get these Calvin Klein “Naomi” Suede T-Strap Sandals for FREE after your credit! They are priced at $9.90 + $9.95 shipping – $20 credit = FREE!

Resort Report – Havaianas

You can get these Havaianas “High Metallic” Wedge for just $5.85 after your credit! They are priced at $15.90 + $9.95 shipping – $20 credit = $5.85!

Ben Sherman

You can get this Ben Sherman “Aubert” Angora Marl V-Neck Tee for just $9.95 after your credit! It’s priced at $20 + $9.95 shipping – $20 credit = $9.95!

Just head over to Rue La La and log in to get started.

Realistic Couponing

Dec 31, 2010

You do NOT have to spend hours clipping coupons. Learn how to set realistic expectations and save money without extreme couponing.

The new show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC has shocked everyone with the incredible potential of coupon savings. It has also exposed the dark side of couponing.

I think the people on that show are likely not as extreme as they were portrayed (it is television after all), however the show has given people unrealistic expectations for couponing and given couponers unfair representation.

If you want to learn to coupon and save 50% or more on your grocery bill, then I can certainly help – and you won’t need to spend 70+ hours a week on couponing!

Realistic Time

Realistically I spend 30-45 minutes a week clipping coupons and putting together a shopping list. This is typically for shopping at 2 stores – 1 grocery store and 1 drug store. How long you spend on this depends on how many stores you shop at and how long you have been couponing. My couponing grocery trips rarely take longer than a trip where I don’t use coupons (scanning coupons really only takes a few minutes in a normal shopping trip).

After you set up a coupon system like a coupon binder, there really isn’t that much to it! Coupon sites like mine even match up coupons for you which saves you a ton of time!  Just pull the coupons you need, print your list and go!

Realistic Spending

Sure the people on that show save a ton of money, but how much are they spending to get that savings? I also consider my time valuable. If I’m taking away time from my family then the cost is too high, regardless of the savings.

I think it is entirely possible to save 50% or more on your grocery bill. The savings will vary depending on your family size and eating habits. I do think that everyone can use coupons though. There is a myth that there are no coupons for healthy foods and it is simply not true. They are not quite as common, but nutritious deals are definitely available.

Realistic Stockpile

Okay, 1500 sticks of deodorant? 40 years worth of toilet paper? That is just not realistic to me. Sales come in cycles and you should definitely buy a few months worth of the items your family will use or eat, but there’s no need to buy more than that. A good rule of thumb is to buy one newspaper per family member. Then when your favorite pasta goes on sale, you buy more than one box because you have multiple coupons.

For our family of four I used to buy four newspapers per week. Now that I’ve been couponing for a while (and the cost of newspapers has gone up), I have cut back to just two newspapers per week. This really is plenty for our family! We have an extra shelf in the garage to store our stockpile (I could probably eliminate this too if I were more organized), but everything else is just stored regularly in the pantry or cabinets. I am also able to donate on a regular basis, even with my relatively small stockpile.

Realistic Expectations

Please don’t expect to save 98% on your very first coupon shopping trip. Yes, it can happen, but it takes some time and work. You have to collect coupons every week and build up your stockpile. Once you’ve done that, you have the freedom to “cherry pick”. That means you only go to the store to buy the freebies and cheapies.

I am not trying to discourage you at all, I just want to make sure you have realistic expectations. Couponing really is a blast, so I completely understand how some people can become addicted to it!

I suggest reading some of the posts in my getting started with couponing section before you begin. Be sure to subscribe to my free email updates to get couponing tips, deals, and freebies sent to your inbox!

Couponing can be a great way to save your family money, and it doesn’t have to be an obsessive hobby!

Freebie Friday 12/31 | Happy New Year!

Dec 31, 2010

Here are your Friday Freebies:

Request a coupon for a Free bottle of Excedrin Extra Strength and Excedrin Migraine. Select “Health Care” on the left and then click through the coupons until you see the offers.

Get a Free Spicy Chicken Biscuit at Chick-fil-A next week when you make a reservation.

Free Pack of Stride Gum when you send an “oomph intervention” on Facebook (you can send it to yourself)!

Free Sample of Purina One Dog or Cat Food.

Free Sample of Shout Color Catcher on Facebook.

Free Sample of Emergen-C Blue.

Free Arby’s Jr. Shake through 1/2 with coupon. No purchase necessary.

Check out the 1oo Free MP3 Albums you can download from Amazon.

Check out this special offer from Yoplait, click on the calcium tab on their Facebook page.

Get a coupon for a Free bottle of Karo Syrup when you submit a recipe on their Facebook page.

Free $5 Amazon Video on Demand Credit when you click the button to send a tweet on Twitter. Promotion end 1/1/11 at 11:59 PM PST.

Download your Free 2011 Grocery and Coupon Savings Spreadsheet

Don’t forget today is Mega Swagbucks Friday and the last day for new members to earn an additional 30 Swag Bucks with code “JoinIn2010”.

I hope you have a happy and safe New Year!

Coupon Preview 1/2/2011

Dec 31, 2010

There will be FOUR inserts in this weekend’s paper – 2 Smartsource (SS) and 2 Redplum (RP). Head over to Sunday Coupon Preview to see a complete list of the coupons coming out!

I’m looking forward to these coupons:

$1/1 Bestlife Buttery Spread, Buttery Spray, or Buttery Baking Sticks
$1/1 Emerald Cocoa Roast or Cinnamon Roast Canister
$1/1 Energizer Brand Batteries or Energizer Brand Flashlight
$5/2 Nivea Body Lotion
$1/2 Pepperidge Farm Deli Flats Thin Rolls or Bagel Flats Thin Bagels
$1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal, Quick or Old Fashioned Oats

Remember, not all areas will receive the exact same coupons. My region might get a $1/2 coupon and yours might get a $1/1, or a 50¢/1 or not receive that coupon at all.

Top Ten Restaurant and Retail Coupons this Weekend (12/31)

Dec 31, 2010

Here are the Top Ten Restaurant and Retail Coupons this weekend provided by Rachel at Surviving the Stores:

Top Restaurant Coupons:

1. Dippin Dots Coupons Buy 1 Get 1 Free Coffee Product & $1 Off Medium or Large Cup (exp: 12/31/2010)

2. IKEA Restaurant Kids Eat Free Dec.26 – Jan 9 (exp: 1/9/2011)

3. Mimis Cafe Coupons FREE 4-Pack of Muffins When You Place Your First $10 Online Order (exp: 1/31/2011)

4. Quiznos Coupons Free Sub WYB 1 Sub & Regular Drink and $5 Off $25 Delivery Order (exp: 1/12/2011)

5. Smokey Bones Coupons $10 Off $20 Purchase (exp: 12/31/2010)

Top Retail Store Coupons:

1. American Eagle Coupons 20% Off Purchase (exp: 12/31/2010)

2. Coach Outlet Coupons 20% Off Purchase (exp: 1/2/2011)

3. Kohls Coupons 20% Off Everything (exp: 1/1/2011)

4. Osh Kosh BGosh Coupons 20% Off $50 Purchase (exp: 1/5/2011)

5. Payless Coupons 20% Off Any Purchase (exp: 1/16/2011)

Visit Rachel’s Restaurant Coupon Database and Retail Coupon Database for more coupons!

Free 2011 Grocery and Coupon Savings Spreadsheet

Dec 30, 2010

One very important part of couponing is tracking how much you are spending and saving.  Hopefully you have a general idea of how much you spent on groceries pre-couponing, but even if you don’t, tracking your spending can be extremely beneficial.  Right now is always the best time to start keeping track!

I have created this awesome and SIMPLE spreadsheet to use to track your grocery spending and savings! All you have to enter is how much you spend and save each week (most stores will calculate your savings for you at the bottom of the receipt!)

How to use the Grocery Savings Spreadsheet:

First of all, in order to be able to use the spreadsheet, you need to download it to your computer or save to your Google Docs account.

Save to your computer:

1.  Open the spreadsheet in Google Docs

2.  Click on “File”

3.  Go to “Download As”

4.  Choose the program you would like to download it to.

Save to your google docs account: (I personally like Google Docs because I don’t have to worry about losing my data if my computer crashes.)

1.  Sign in to Google Docs (it is very easy to register)

2.  Open the spreadsheet in Google Docs

3.  Click on “File”

4.  Click on “Make a Copy” (this is a VERY important step)

5.  Name and Save it

Now that you have your copy of the spreadsheet, here is how you use it.

You need to save your receipts every time you buy groceries.  Either input them in the spreadsheet as soon as you get home, or put them somewhere you will remember and input them at the end of the week.

The only fields you need to fill out are the light green shaded boxes.  That’s it!!  Every thing else is automatically calculated for you.  At the top in the yellow fields you can see your average weekly spending as well as your year to date (YTD) totals.  This spreadsheet is made for 2011, but it is easy to update it for next year.  Just create a new copy and update the week ending dates.  I also hope to have a new version prepared every year.

Week Ending – Each row should include the totals for all purchases prior to and including the date entered.  So, for the week ending 1/8, include all totals from 1/2 through 1/8 (Sunday – Saturday).

Spending – Input the total spent on groceries.  You need to define this for yourself.  For me, that includes all food, toiletries, paper goods, pet food, diapers, etc.

Savings – Input how much you saved.  You need to define this for yourself as well.  Will it include all savings or just coupon savings?  I include all savings: coupons, sales, and clearance.  Most stores calculate your savings for you and include it at the bottom of the receipt.

Stores – Input the stores you visited.  This field is not necessary to fill out, but it can be helpful.  I like to include this to see which stores I tend to spend more at or get the most savings from.

This spreadsheet is very simple.  You really only have to fill in the spending and savings fields and everything else is done for you!  Now you can have visual evidence of how much you are truly spending and saving (great to show the unconvinced husbands, right?).

I truly hope some of you will be able to benefit from this spreadsheet!  I know spreadsheets can seem daunting to some, but don’t be afraid!  Inputing your totals will become habit after a while.  I’ve been using this spreadsheet for years and I love looking back and seeing all my savings.

Do you track your grocery spending and savings?

Snapfish: FREE $5 Credit and 50 Free Prints

Dec 30, 2010

Snapfish is offering a FREE $5 Credit when you dedicate a photo on Facebook! New members can also get 50 Free 4×6 prints!

Here’s how:

  1. Create an account with Snapfish (to get your 50 free prints)
  2. Like Snapfish on Facebook (click the “like” button at the top)
  3. Click on the “Snappiness” tab
  4. Click on the “Upload and Honor” Tab
  5. Select a Photo, add a message and send to recipient (keep in my that anyone can see your pic)
  6. Create a special holiday wish and each get a $5 Snapfish gift code
  7. After you’ve uploaded your photo, visit the Snappy Gift Code Info page for your redemption code.

There are several things you could get free with your code like a magnet, flip book, or 55 more prints!

Limit 1 credit per person. The $5 Promotion ends December 30, 2010 @11:50 pm ET. The 50 Free Prints is ongoing as far as I know.

Walmart Freebies: Tea, Yogurt, Floss, and More!

Dec 30, 2010

It looks like I’m back from my vacation a little early. Though I won’t be posting as much as usual until Monday. I missed you all!!!!

If you need help with abbreviations, please reference this post: Couponing Terms & Abbreviations.

Remember that Walmart prices will vary from store to store.  The prices for these items may be slightly higher or lower at your store.

Here are a few freebies you can pick up at Walmart with coupons!

Athenos Greek Yogurt $1
$2/2 Athenos Greek Yogurt Printable Coupon
= Free

Celestial Tea Seasonal Blends 95¢
– $1/1 Celestial Season Coupon (10/3 SS, 11/7 SS, or 12/12 SS)
= Free

– $2/1 Select Olay Products Coupon (12/26 P&G)
= Free

Morton Sea Salt $1
– $1/1 Morton Product Coupon (11/14 RP) *expires 12/31!
= Free

Muir Glen Tomato Paste 96¢
$1/1 Muir Glen Printable Coupon
= Free

Schick Razors, 12ct $1.97
– $2/1 Schick Razor Coupon (12/5 SS)
= Free

Tucks Pads, 12ct. $2.64
$3/1 Tucks Printable Coupon
= Free

Nescafe Taster’s Choice, 8ct. 97¢
$1/1 Nescafe Printable Coupon
= Free

Reach Floss 97¢
– $1/1 Reach Floss Coupon (3/7, 4/11, 5/16, or 10/14 RP, or 8/1 SS) *expires 12/31!
= Free

Other good deals:

Morton Season All 96¢
– 60¢/1 Morton Season All Product Printable Coupon
= 36¢

Olay Bar Soap (2 ct.) $2.48
– $2/1 Select Olay Products Coupon (12/26 P&G)
= 48¢

Idahoan Potatoes 98¢
– 40¢/1 Idahoan Product Printable Coupon
= 58¢

California Pizza Kitchen Frozen Pizza’s $2.50
– $1/1 California Pizza Kitchen Printable Coupon OR
– $1/1 California Pizza Kitchen Product Coupon (12/5 SS)
= $1.50

Cover Girl Eye Shadow $3.14
– $2.50/2 CoverGirl Products Coupon (12/26 P&G)
= $1.89 ea.

Thanks to Heather at Passion for Savings and Paul at I Heart the Mart for these matchups!

Extreme Couponing on TLC

Dec 30, 2010

Did anyone catch the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC last night? We don’t have cable, so I did not, but I’ve heard many comments about it and watched this clip on GMA. I am absolutely shocked by it.

Did you watch the show? I’m curious to hear what you think about it?

If you’re visiting my site after watching the show, I hope you’ll read my tips for getting started with couponing: