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OK, ok, we're all here to save money right? To find a way to stretch the dollar a little more.. make each penny count. We love the rush of finding the deal and matching the coupons, getting to the store and finding what we want and paying pennies on the dollar for them right?
But have you seen the news later? All of the Anti-Extreme-Couponing articles? Why are they attacking one of the things we like to do? What is so wrong about it?
The short answer- Nothing! If you are doing it responsibly.
There are a lot of changes happening in the couponing world. Stores are changing their couponing policies because of how people are couponing. The best suggestion? Know you're policies. I have some of them posted under Resources - if you would like others let me know. Don't go into a store expecting them to take every coupon you have in your binder.
Make sure you read your coupons. Remember that "One per Purchase" really is one per item purchased - where as "One per transaction" really means just that. Remember those couponing policies vary from store to store, and by location to location.
Often how a coupon is accepted depends on how the manager reads them. It can be frustrating, but if you don't like the result - remember you don't have to finish the transaction, you can take your coupon and leave.
When you go out, be organized and considerate. Don't clear those shelves. I've said that several times. If I want to get 8 of something but they have only 8 in stock, I will usually hit a second location. I don't want to clear the shelves for someone who might need it. Like I've said before, remember those diapers you just filled your cart with - some mother might need those for their baby (and may not have a coupon). Try to leave something on the shelves - you already know what it's like when others clear the shelves and you can't get your deal.
So what do you do if you can't get that deal? Get the raincheck! Sometimes it works out better, you have less out of pocket (OOP) to pay initially, OR sometimes they put general notes down like "Degree Deodorant" instead of the specific type that was on sale - now you can use it on whatever scent/variety you want.
So where do you get the coupons if you're going to do it responsibly? Buy them - as in out of the paper - NOT ONLINE. I have never used a clipping service. My hands and chopper are my clipping service.
That's right - don't buy them online. Why is it I'm stressing this again? It works for some people - yes. However, the government is starting to crack down on clipping services, ebay sellers etc. There are changes on the winds - a lot of changes - don't get caught in the cross fire.
So how many papers should you buy? That's up to you! I started with 3, and now buy 6. Now I don't use all of my coupons (ever play games on my facebook page?) I give a lot out. I also buy for my family in an area that doesn't get as good of coupons. That is allowed. I paid for them, I can give them out. Simple. But I don't sell them, I don't auction them - I GIVE them out. I even give them to the cute little old ladies in the line buying the Gold Bond, or Fixodent or whatever other random thing I have in the binder I will never use, but they have in their hands.
There is this common misconception that I've seen in the comments of these articles - "You're using coupons, everyone loses - they hike the prices because you are using coupons" blah blah blah. These people have never used a coupon, or read one. When you use a coupon, the store gets refunded the amount the coupon is rewarded for and 8¢. That is if you use them properly. This is another reason to use your own coupons- stores are cracking down on "gang cut" coupons or groups all cut together and the cuts match up for 12 or more. If your store submits these coupons and gets flagged when they submit them, they will not get paid.
So you see why it's important to coupon responsibly? I'm not sure when this whole "crack down" on the couponing community is going to happen- I don't know how bad it will get, I just see them making a few examples out of people, and know I don't want to be one of them. I don't want any of you to be on the wrong side of the axe either.
Yes, it costs to buy your papers, and you will get coupons you don't use. That's why you can donate them, or you can create a Coupon Trading Club where you can get more of your coupons from your friends.
So now you are using coupons properly right? Now what? Go shop - but please don't turn into an episode of Hoarders! That is another complaint on the Anti-Couponing campaign - we're all hoarders. Yes, I have a lot of deodorant, body wash and razors.. gosh.. I paid less than 10% MSRP for each one, and if I stopped couponing right now I'd be set on that stuff for the rest of the year if not further into next year. My house is not a grocery store, I can close all of my cupboards (that we're not broken to start), I can close the linen closet, and my extra "stock pile" fits on two shelving units in the basement. I have very little food, except some things with longer expiration dates. Yes, I have stuff in my house, but until you saw my shelves down stairs you wouldn't know I coupon.
So why go to the Extreme? Do you really need 400 tubes of toothpaste? or 700 body washes? How many teeth do you have? How many showers do you take?
Besides taking up room - it becomes an obsession - why do you need all of that stuff?
Here is the next point they bring up- it's an ADDICTION - people are obsessed with couponing. Even my friend and I toss this back and forth to each other. Are we obsessed? No - we're not. We're like you, we like the hunt, we like the deal, we like getting things cheap, and we're on limited budgets. It depends on what the deals are if we actually go for them - certain body washes, certain items, free items etc etc. I don't buy every item I can - that'd be silly!
Know your budget - before you go out set your spending goal. I've done this every time, and only once I completely blown my budget. I get weeks worth of groceries and other items and still have money left over.
Just remember that because you have a coupon doesn't mean you HAVE to use it. We don't have kids, why would I use those diaper coupons? And I sure don't need the Men's Rogaine!
I hope you all are excited about couponing, and you are planning on doing it responsibly. Don't do anything to that would get you in trouble with the law.
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Win a great Sand Gone Product - a great summer product addition!
Thank you all for entering! We almost had 600 entries for this giveaway! I'm very excited to announce the winners :) Each winner will get a loaded coupon pack and a reuseable shopping tote!
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Sand Gone Sand Removal Product
Sand Gone is a great product to have in your "tool kit" this coming summer. It's a natural product, and talc free and helps you out with some of the annoying bits of summer.
When I got the product last week, it came with a small packet of sand. I followed the instructions and tested it out on the top of my hand.
When your skin is covered in sand, it can get rough and uncomfortable. With Sand Gone you can quickly make that go away. The container comes with a soft puff applicator you put the product on, and you gently brush off the sand. Not only does it remove the sand, but it helps smells like summer.
The hand I tested it on is soft where I used the product and still smells slightly of a pina colada.
I really liked this product, and plan on taking it to Lake Michigan with me later next month.
More information on Sand Gone, or ordering information can be found on their website.
Starting tomorrow I will be running a Giveaway for a Free Sand Gone Product for a lucky reader! :-D Look for updates soon!
One thing people talk a lot about when couponing is Stockpiling, we hear this term a lot more on that TLC show don't we? Do you stock pile? Is this something completely new for you?
I don't think couponing, or bargain hunting has ever been a new concept for me. Like I said before I use to coupon before, just not to the extent I am now. I often joke with my dad that he can make a penny cry. I LOVE (I don't think I can make that word big enough) Black Friday Shopping - I love the hunt and the chase of the deal. I must get this from my dad, my mom says she hates shopping.
Buying in bulk, at Cost-co, Sam's club, or other stores is something I did all through college. I'd get my financial aid returns, and I'd go spend half of it right away - on food for the freezer, cupboards and even toiletries. I'd make sure I was stocked up for a couple months. I didn't know if I'd have the money for it later - my job at the time didn't pay the best - just enough to cover rent.
I've always had a small stock pile - making sure I had food available when I needed it. This was more important when I found out about my food allergies. It's just a habit I have done for years now, and still do. Our cupboards are full "Mother Hubbard's cupboard is never empty around here" is what I tell people. It's great for when I don't know what to make for dinner or (like today) I'm sitting here and think "wow, tacos sound great!" I have everything I need except lettuce and sour cream.
Our stock pile fits in our cupboards and on two shelving units in the basement - it doesn't take over our house. We are set food wise, except milk of course, for the next couple months. And health and beauty wise, probably for a close to a year. Even our cats have food for a few months :).
So how big is your stock pile? Do you snag every deal or
Have you tried the new Magnum ice cream bars? We did last Sunday night - we were driving home from my boyfriend's office and decided we wanted something sweet. Now I knew I had a coupon for them at home, but I wasn't going to drive out of the way to pick it up, I figured it was only a 50¢/1 coupon and not worth burning the extra gas. So we stopped at the local 7-11 and grabbed one of them. I should say when we went in I wanted a Snicker's Ice cream bar. We both ended up with a Magnum ice cream bar and let's just say it was delicious.
Tonight my boyfriend decided he wanted something sweet again - I suggested the Magnum bars again and went out to get them. I grabbed my coupons on the way out (they are actually $1/1!) and went happily out the door. But on the way to 7-11 I figured I'd swing in Kroger, which is on the way, and see how much they were.
I'm not exactly a fan of our Kroger, I tend to go to the one in the next little town over (oddly the same distance from our house!) but this one is on the way. It's recently re-modeled and confusing. But ice cream is still in the same location, thankfully!
To my surprise Magnum Ice Cream 3 packs were on sale for $3.49, and I had those $1 off coupons, which would make them 2/$5! I think they were $2.99 each at 7-11, which is a convenience store and to be expected, but that's a huge mark up.
Imagine my surprise when I got to the check out register and scanned my Kroger card and $2.00 was automatically taken off. Apparently I had pre-loaded the Magnum digital coupon on my card last month. It's been a couple weeks since I've "clipped" digital coupons, so I honestly forgot what I have loaded on that card! That coupon combined with the $1 off coupon, saved me $3.00 on two boxes.
So out the door I paid $3.98 for 2 3pk boxes of Magnum ice cream bars. Or basically turned them into a BOGO sale. If you were lucky enough to get the $1/1 coupon and have a Kroger card, go load the Magnum digital coupon to take advantage of this great deal. Trust me you wont be disap
A while back I mentioned that I was selected for a "mission" from Smile.ly360. What is Smile.ly 360? it's a market research company that larger companies go to to get the right segment to try their products. According to their site, "smiley360.com is the world's first social media powered community designed to bring you new things to try and share.
So what is a mission? When you sign up for Smile.ly360 they have you fill out some basic "get to know you surveys". As new items are brought to them they have you do quick surveys to see if you'd fit the demographic the company is looking for. If you are a good fit for the new product you are given the mission! Pretty simple.
But what do you actually do? You are sent the product and some coupons to share (not to keep). You are suppose to try the product, tell people what you think of it and then share the coupons with your friends/family/fans etc.
The Bic Soleil Bella Razors are my first mission from Smile.ly360. I have to admit, I was super excited when they said I was selected for the mission, and was a little hesitant about the product actually getting here - we have had some issues with packages going missing (that's why I have a UPS box for most things). But last week there a small little box hanging out of the top of our mail box with a big SMILE on it. I was so excited to see it there. I am glad I checked the mail when I did, the box didn't fit all the way in the mail box, so it may not have stayed there very long.
Because of the sudden jump to summer weather I have been taking two showers a day (too much info right?). Well, the night the razors got there I was excited and gave them a try!
They can't be much different than other disposable razors right? Well, I recently learned when I bought a store brand disposable - that sometimes it's the little things that count! The Bic Soleil Bella razors worked wonderfully, their head it not over tilted, or over pivot-y like other razors. Now I got the package sometime last week, almost a week ago - I am still using the same razor and the blades haven't dulled, rusted or anything like other razors do. I am completely happy with these disposable razors! They are definitely ones I will look for in the future (and never buy those store brands again!).
Now, I gave out my extra coupons to family, friends and some fans during Monday night's trivia game. But Bic is also doing a daily giveaway on their site. There are only 47 days left to enter the 100 days of Summer giveaways they're doing! Check it out! You could win some great goodies!
I'm very excited to do my first product review, I have a pile to do which is great for me (and you!" The first one up is "Say Aloha to Great Hawaiian Luau Party Ideas" by Ashley Cotter-Cairns
I am a great lover of E-books. I have a huge collection downloaded for my computer as well as my Nook. I don't have any on party planning though.
This E-book gives some great ideas for hosting a Hawaiian themed party, with ideas for decorations and even ideas for that menu that often plagues people. The e-book even offers printable invitations for your guests, and a coupon for future purchases.
The one draw back I would see in this e-book is the lack of depth some sections go into. It provides food ideas, but not recipes, while it provides a list of drink recipes. I would like to see more information for people to look at, and more in-depth ideas for parties.
Overall, the e-book is well laid out and a great starting point if you are thinking about having a Luau of your own.
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