Here's a big welcome to the folks who took the classes in Carrboro and in North Raleigh this week! Read on for a number of tips and links to resources we discussed in the class. There were lots of new couponers in the classes 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!
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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 couponers speak their own language 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. In the class today, one of the participants shared that her brother is able to use expired coupons at Ft. Bragg and at a local Raleigh area commissary. I'll look into it and report back.
Swagbucks: Remember the website I talked about for earning free giftcards to CVS (and many other stores) just for using the Swagbucks search engine instead of doing your searches on sites like Google? That site is Swagbucks. Click the link in the box above about Mega Swagbucks Friday for all the details on how the program works and to sign up (it's free). You can go directly to the Swagbucks site HERE.
BzzAgent: Another program I recommend 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 & 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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