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Welcome couponers from the Cary class!

Posted December 15, 2011


Here's a big welcome to the folks who took the class Thursday evening at Carolina House in Cary! There were lots of new couponers in the class and I am so excited for your couponing adventure to begin!

Here are a few resources to get you started. We discussed many of them in class, but here they are again so you can find them all in once place. You can find the links to each of the articles in the coupon box above. For any other new couponers out there (even if you did not take the class), I hope this information is helpful to you as well! 

One of the questions I was asked after a recent class, that may be helpful for you to know,  involved how many of the coupons I cut out each week. I do not cut out every coupon from the Sunday inserts for our family. I cut out those I know we will use, those we will probably use and those that will allow me to get a great deal to donate. I keep the rest of the coupons in their inserts by date so I can go back to them if needed. After about 3 weeks, I donate them to a coupon swap or to our U.S. military overseas.

Price Book: Click the link in the box above to find my price book with the prices to look for when shopping for food and non-food essentials.  You may want to print the list so you have it with your coupons while you are shopping.

Grocery Store coupon policies: Click the link in the box above for a summary of the policies we discussed as well as links to the store coupon policies on their websites. You may want to print them and have them with you in case there is any coupon confusion.

Drug Store Reward Programs: The link in the box above will lead you to a re-cap of the drug store policies. I know we covered the drug store information very quickly in class, so here is another chance to go through it at your own pace.

Meal Planning: Click HERE for some additional meal planning suggestions and resources.

Printable coupon websites, coupon clipping services, sending expired coupons to military overseas: Click HERE for a list of printable coupon websites from legit companies. These should all scan at the register, as long as the new GS-1 barcode doesn't cause any problems.  You'll also find a list of other helpful resources here including how long to freeze food, coupon clipping services and information on where to send expired coupons to our military.

Couponing abbreviations: You will find that couponing has a language all its' own so it helps to know the lingo. Click the link in the box above for some help cracking the abbreviations code and deciphering the BOGO's from the ECB's.

Donating expired coupons to U.S. military: You can donate your coupons that are expired up to 6 months to our US military overseas who have access to an on-base commissary. For more information click HERE.

Swagbucks: One of the websites I use for earning free giftcards to CVS (and many other stores) is called Swagbucks. You earn these giftcards by using the Swagbucks search engine instead of doing your searches on sites like Google? You can also earn Swagbucks by watching videos, taking polls, and more. Click the link in the box above for Mega Swagbucks Friday for all the details on how the program works and to sign up (it's free).

BzzAgent: Another program I really like for getting free products to sample, free product coupons and coupons to share is BzzAgent. Click HERE for their website.

Questions: Please post your couponing questions in the Share the Deals and Questions post I make every day or in the specific thread for the subject (if there is one). You can submit your questions and share any deals you find in the Comments section at the bottom of the post. In order to post anything, you will need to register, which is free and easy to do.

Thanks again for coming to the class and please share your experiences as you embark on your couponing mission. Have fun!


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  • Faye Prosser - Smart Shopper Dec 16, 2011

    Thanks again to all of you for coming to the class! It was wonderful to put faces to the blog usernames!

    Lovestosave: As we chatted about in class, I trade with family and friends, print coupons from the internet and sometimes order from coupon clipping services like www.thecouponclippers.com.

    If you go to Nasoya.com and join the tofu university (it's free), they will send you a coupon a week for a number of weeks. I find good deals at Harris teeter on the Nasoya tofu using the .75 coupons I got from TofuU.

    Dragonslady - love the haircut!

    Flyingundertheradar - I am so glad to put a face with the name!

    Bronzegoddess - thank you for coming last night and I love your username!

  • Nancy Dec 16, 2011

    Lovetosave - getting multiple coupons can happen in a variety of ways.

    Ask family, friends, neighbors if you could have their inserts when they've clipped what they want.

    Exchange inserts with the same, clip what you want and exchange with others.

    Going to coupon swaps :) Faye lists the area coupon swaps dates/times/locations regularly. We have a lot of fun at those and you will be amazed at how many coupons you'll take home that you can use!

  • Lovestosave Dec 16, 2011

    I really enjoyed the class last night. Thanks again. I forgot to ask, but how do you get multiples coupons for a certain item if you only get 1 copy of the N&O. Also, I have never seen a coupon for organic/Tofu in the N&O. Where do you get those?

  • bronzegoddess40 Dec 16, 2011

    Faye, I truly enjoyed the class last night and learned so much from you. I am looking forward to saving even more $$$ Thank you!

  • Dragons_lady Dec 16, 2011

    Hey Faye..it was great to meet ya last night..Sorry I was late..but I really picked up some great tips last night..and now I finally feel as if I can attempt to conquer the drug stores!!! lol..or at least attempt to! thanks again!

  • FlyingUnderTheRadar Dec 16, 2011

    Faye - so good to meet you 'face to face' last night!!! VERY informative and so much fun at the same time; I haven't jumped into the drug store shopping yet (baby steps, baby steps), but think I'm going to now give it a try...

    Thanks also for the heads-up on Maggie-Moo...I stopped there on the way for the free ice cream cupcake...YUM!

    Everyone, don't forget about the FREE Burger King fries today!!

  • rachelray225 Dec 16, 2011

    Hi Faye - it was great to meet you last night! Early this year you sent a spread sheet for tracking your savings through the year - do you still have that? Thank you for all you do and Happy Holidays!