Thursday, May 06, 2010

Coupons, Deals, & More... OH MY!

Okay,in today's earlier post I promised that I'd return with some ideas and deals for ya, for saving money. Take warning, though, this is not for the faint of heart. It takes time to learn the lingo, to search the websites, to clip coupons, and to shop with various ways and means to get the best deals. But, take heart.... in a short time you will have it down and be a money-saving-pro!

Let's begin...

* If you go HERE, you can sign up for Del Tacos' Raving Fam eClub. After signing up, they send you an email for two free chicken tacos. Then, I guess more coupons and deals are to come throughout the months. I just signed up, so will find out soon enough! Anything free like this is fun.

Also, on their site they show all kinds of deals and specials, and even a coupon for a FREE chicken soft taco when you buy any other item, if you're a Facebook Fan, which means you just have to click the "I like" thumbs-up icon and then print your coupon. Now, if you buy anything from their dollar menu, you and a friend can have lunch out and stay on budget. Your wallet will barely miss that $1!

Or... another special is Tuesday night Tacos - 3 regular tacos for $1.09 & Thursday night Tacos - 3 chicken soft tacos for $2.09. Bargain Central; you can't hardly make 'em at home for that! Ole!

* Right now, through May 10th, as long as the supply lasts (hope they had more than three!), LaneBryant is giving away a FREE CAMI, valued at $19.99. I'm going to get mine later today. Just click on the "Free Cami" box on the upper right and follow instructions and print your coupon.

*If you often purchase supplies from Office Depot, then you might want to go HERE and sign up for their Work Rewards Card. It's totally FREE to sign up (but they will send you emails with coupons and specials, unless you opt out of that part), and what happens is this: Every time you purchase from them, in store or online, you swipe your card (or if you're like me - forgetful - they'll get it from your phone number), and each dollar spent earns you a 'reward'. Every quarter (I think) if you have purchased enough to earn at least a $10 gift card, then they'll send you what you've earned. My biggest reward was $75 and smallest was $10.04. This, just for purchasing supplies and office equipment from them!

Also, if you have a Work Reward Card, then they will add $3 for each and every empty ink cartridge you bring in (no, not ink pen cartridges lol), up to 10 a month. I've already taken in four this month, so my next rewards card will be at least $12. Beats throwing them away!!!

*  It's a newish search engine (2+ years-old, maybe) and to lure Googlers to join them, they offer you rewards called Swag Bucks (sb). It's all random, but as you search, sometimes a picture of SwagBucks will appear and you'll see how many bucks you got. All of these add up for prizes you can buy. For 140 sb I purchased a $5 gift card to Red Envelope, and a $5 Amazon gift card. There are tons of prizes to choose, some cost in the thousands, though, and I am much too impatient to gather that many. Yep, instant gratifications...ya know? You can also earn sb by finding codes on their blog, twitter, etc., or by taking their one-second polls, etc. To sign up for this (and you can still have Google as your homepage and have their toolbar), scroll allllllllllll the way down to the bottom of my posts (fastest if you hold your left-click on scroll bar and take it to the bottom; I had to put it on bottom because the SwagBucks icon was too huge),  and  click on the SwagBucks box, where it says "sign up". Easy peasy.

*Movie rewards. If you watch movies at any Regal Theater (like Edwards, etc), then sign up for their FREE card HERE. Every time you go to the movies, purcahse gift cards or concession stand items, hand them your card and they will swipe it, earning you free movies, sodas, popcorn, or discounts on concession stand items. I think I've heard about 4 free movie tickets, and tons of sodas and popcorn. Every little bit helps!

*Your local library!!! Did you know that you can request any book they have - online, using your library card and pin number (initially, you have to go in person and let them put that info into their system), and they will haul it in to a library of your choice??? I have had one brand new book on request for @4 months. I was #86. I am now #5. I'm not always this patient, but with our new budget, waiting is an important thing to learn! Most books take only 1-5 days to get. At @ $25 per book these days, it's sooooo worth it! And, if you didn't like the book, yay, no money down the drain!!!

*Your local stores! CVS pharmacy has a card for you, FREE. In certain towns, like mine, you take this card in, scan it in their little machine, and poof - a coupon... usually for $5 if you spend $20 (which I do). Also, they have in-store CVS bucks they give you instantly for certain items of the week (in their ads). So, for instance. Today I am going there armed with $10 CVS I earned a couple of weeks ago for buying whitening strips (which I haven't yet used........). I have manufacturers coupons for many of the items on sale, like Listerine, that my husband loves. It's on sale for $3.99. Buy it, and they instantly give you $2 for your next purchase. I have a $1 manufacturers coupon. So... that will end up being .99c. Then, with that $2- just-earned CVS bucks I will buy their on-sale Colgate toothpast for 2.99 + a manufacturer's coupon for .75c, so the total deal costs me .24c...and when I buy that, I get another $2 instant CVS coupon. Is this making any sense at all???? Then, with my new $2 CVS bucks + my old $10 gift bucks + more manufacturer's coupons, I will get the following totally FREE - wisk detergent, dawn dish soap, 2 bottle Pace picante salsa, 5 Betty Crocker Warm Delights bowls. all total, everything I purchased today cost me out of pocket $3.23 + taxes.

Walgreens and Rite-Aid stores do this similar rewards system. Rite-Aid now makes the rewards come in checks in the mail. They are kind of a pain, but still, it's money!

*IfVons Grocery Store has a deal where you can get electronic coupons sent right to your Vons card. When you swipe the card, the coupons are automatically deducted (if you buy those products). The beauty of this right now (till they change it) is that you can also still use manufacturer's coupons on those same products, often getting them FREE. On some products, Vons offers Vons bucks to use on next purchase. Check those ads! To get the e-coupons on your card, sign up HERE and click "select" under the products you want coupons for, then click "get selected coupons", which will pull up a little box where you can register and then print your coupons. Also go HERE, or HERE, HERE.
*IfRight now, and I don't know how long this is going to last, you can get Taste of Home magazine (1 year subscription), normally 17.99, for 3.99. Go HERE and click on "buy now". Fill in what needs to be filled in, BUT BE SURE TO TYPE TASTE IN THE COUPON CODE BOX. If you skip this part, the price will not be reduced to $3.99.

*Now... There are tons of money-saving/coupon-giving blogs and website. I strongly suggest you visit HERE first. This gal is from my hometown, she has tabs at the top with everything you need to know about couponing. She walks you through step-by-step, links you to the most important sites, and even has a tab for different stores, so you can look up the best deals and she even tells you what to do! She is amazing. If you have questions, ask her in her comment box and she'll answer you!!!
 Feeling completely overwhelmed? Overjoyed? Ready to dip your toe into this vast ocean of savings? All of this will give you a start. Then, as you learn, send your info over and teach me!!!

PS. Someday, maybe soon, I'll list a lot of the sites I visit. C ya then!


M.J. said...

Wow! That was fun! Money is really tight for us right now. I just signed up for Del Taco free coupons, free cami, discounted Taste of Home magazine. Thanks for all the sweet tips. I'm off to go through the money-saving blog you suggested. Thanks again! Mona

Natalie said...

I love my regal card! We just got a free movie ticket. We love going to the movies. People sometimes don't realize that its free and that you get free stuff just for going to the movies! I am going to try out the swag bucks thing. My girlfriend gets them too and I've always wondered what it was all about !:)