Fast forward to one week later. I downloaded yet more coupons. This time, there were also items based on my personal shopping habits, tracked because I have used the rewards card on every visit for the past four years. For example: one was for artichokes that are currently on sale for $1.99 if you use your rewards card, but there was also an additional 50 cents off that price. Added to the normal rewards and personalized coupons for downloading was a coupon for $3.00 off with an additional purchase of $10.00 of produce.
Here is the breakdown for this morning's shopping trip which had a total of 54 percent off in savings on assorted food items:
Normal price total: $41.35
Rewards card savings: $ 8.82
Coupon savings: $13.50
OUT THE DOOR PRICE: $19.03
The real beauty of downloading coupons online is that there is neither paper clipping necessary nor worries that you might forget the coupons at home or that you might even forget they are in your wallet at the checkout stand. There also is no need to waste money on print ink and paper for printable coupons. Just ask Customer Service at your store of choice where to go online to signup. If those stores are like Safeway, you will receive an email notification once or twice a week to remind you that new discounts and coupons are available.
Next step today is downloading coupons to my Rite Aid and Wal-Mart rewards cards!
By Deeli from Richland, WA
As an example, it's easier to come up with $100.00 a month as opposed to $1,200.00 all at once. You do need to pay it off within the 12 months, because if you don't the interest will most likely be retroactive.
In the past 10 years or so, using this method, my husband and I have bought: living room furniture, refrigerator, freezer, stove, dishwasher, washer, dryer, ceramic tile and wood flooring, 55 inch television, eyeglasses, and probably something that I've forgotten. LOL!
We've ALWAYS paid it off early, usually in half the time. But it's nice to know that we have extra money every month in case of an emergency.
By Margaret from Denton, TX
Since we are going to throw them away any how, who cares if they are outdated. Stock up for next year's school party after Valentines or Easter. Put a festive napkin in your lunchbox to brighten your day around the holidays. Even paper table cloths make great wrapping paper for large, hard to wrap gift items (ie. bicycle).
It's also time to purchase those expensive (non-dated) graduation gifts for use in the coming year or two. Stock up on books, picture frames and the like. You will save up to 80% and these items store beautifully! Just be sure to place your treasures in a container that will keep them free from dust and wear and tear. I put mine in a lidded tub that fits under the bed.
By skibum1910 from Prospect, KY
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By Cyndi Roberts
At a Supermarket, I found 2 boxes of Kleenex which had been reduced, because someone had cut the boxes with a box cutter while stocking shelves. These were marked down to 50 cents each for a total of $1. They would have cost $2.78 at $1.39 each
By Gladys H.
If you have one that is 16 oz. and one that is 32 oz., if the 16 oz. is $4.00 and the larger one is 2 for $7.00, which do you think is the better deal. Well, the 32 oz. of course!
I just wanted to share the way we do our shopping to help save you money because it can be expensive! We also stick strictly to a list each time! We also don't buy our favorite ice cream unless it's on sale, and we love our ice cream! I hope this helps you as much as it helps us!
Just work at it and compare prices. I know a lot of advice says to shop different places to save money but for me personally, it's really inconvenient for my family &. I think it is a waste of gas, therefore, a waste of money to drive around to different stores to save a few extra pennies.
By Henrietta B. from Westminster, SC
My college roommate is from Holland and she herself has told me they are very frugal in that country. Although she and her husband are financially secure, she still practices those habits which were instilled in her in Holland.
She introduced me to the Free-Bates which many drugstores are using to gain your business. Each month they have a flyer at the front of the store which lists items that qualify for a rebate which covers the entire cost of the item purchased. You can even fill the form out on the computer with very little effort.
If you choose to have the rebate put on their store bonus card, you even get an additional 5% on the card. They are essentially paying you to shop there. I have discovered some products which I really enjoy using which I wouldn't have tried had it not been for this program.
If there are items you don't want, you can get them to give to your other family members or to a local charity which ministers to the homeless. The rebate money is there on your card to use for purchases of other items and even on prescription drugs. We also have gotten several credits of $25 for transferring or buying a new prescription from various stores.
NOTE: These are not the fliers that come in the mail or with your newspaper. They are located just as you enter the store in most cases.
Source: From my frugal Dutch friend.
By Sandy from Elon, NC
We are driving to Washington, DC and want to do bargain shopping on the way. The only place we know of is the unclaimed baggage store in Scottsboro, AL. We don't mind getting off the highway to find bargains. We will be traveling from I20 west to I-459N toI-59N toI-75 N. I-40 toward Knoxville then I-81 to Virginia and on the Washington, DC. Help me out. We are bargain/Christmas shopping and are really looking forward to the drive. We will leave 11-16-2007 and be home on 11-25-2007. We are willing to come home a different way. Help me out. I love a great bargain.
Dawn from Longview, TX
We went to the unclaimed baggage store and loved it. I stayed 3-1/2 hours. There was a big rival football game that slowed traffic to a halt in Tennessee so we got off the highway and went to Pigeon Forge and spent the day at the Outlaw stores. Fall in this part of the country is absolutely beautiful...yellow, red, orange and green...mountains full!