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BIG NEWS – Upcoming Couponing Classes!

25 Sep

First let me say it’s great to be back to blogging – my computer is finally among the living once more, so I will hopefully be able to stay on top of bringing you money-saving tips more regularly! (Look for a post later this week about local artists & how you can save money while supporting your community!)

Now, onto my big news – This fall, I will be conducting a bi-weekly couponing class right here in my community. Here is the information you need to know on the class itself, as well as how to get in touch with me if you’re interested! Keep in mind – walk-ins are perfectly welcome the day of each class, but reserving a spot will ensure I have all of your FREEBIES ready when you arrive!

  • Classes will be held every other weekend, in the LifeSong Church building in downtown Russell, KY. (If the demand increases, I may add more classes!)
  • Classes will be 3 hours long each time, and will cover the same material each time. (So you only need to take the class once!)
  • The classes will cost $20 per person, or $15 for LifeSong Church members.
  • Classes will run from the first weekend of October through the last weekend of December. 

Beginning in January of 2014, I will be offering FREE weekly follow-up meetings for anyone interested in learning even more about coupons, shopping smart, stretching a dollar and saving big! This “Life Group” will be open to church members and anyone who has attended one of my fall 2013 classes!

If you and a group of friends/family are interested in taking a class but can not attend, I can come to you! Just contact me to set up a date/time and payment information, and I will give you a discounted group rate!

 

I can be reached at: c.blackaby.barker @ gmail.com or 606-834-8088

I also have Facebook & Twitter, so find me there if you’d like!

 

Thanks for everyone’s interest, and please be sure to share this post with everyone you know who’s interested in saving money! (So basically, everyone!)

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Coupon Policy Extravaganza!

17 Jul

When you’re just starting out with coupons – or even if you’ve been at it for a while – the differences in store coupon policies can be maddening. How do you know how many or what types of coupons you can use? Can you stack coupons? Does the store double coupons? It can be really frustrating to think you understand the policy, and have the staff tell you something different every time you go to the store.

This can usually be prevented however, if you can bring along a copy of your store’s corporate coupon policy. Most stores have this available online. To prevent hassle and ensure that I understand my favorite stores’ policies, I print out and carry a copy of each store’s policy in my coupon binder. You may not need to do this, but I find that it helps me prevent arguments with staff, and helps me stay knowledgeable about what I can & can’t do at any given store.

NOTE: Keep in mind, store policies can be updated yearly, every six months or even more often, so I advise rechecking the websites every 3-4 months, just to ensure your copy of the policy is up to date!

Here is a list of some favorite stores, with links to their corporate coupon policies. if you don’t see your favorite store, just comment or shoot me a message, and I will find & post it for you!

Walmart

Target

Kroger & affiliate stores (Credit – forthemommas.com) (See also: Corporate website, for information on eCoupons, fuel rewards, iWireless, etc.)

Dollar General (Credit: livingrichwithcoupons.com)

Family Dollar

Dollar Tree (Many people don’t know that you can now use coupons here!)

CVS  (See also: ExtraCare program)

Rite Aid (See also: Wellness Rewards, Wellness+ & +Up Rewards progams)

Walgreens (See also: Balance Rewards & Regsiter Rewards programs)

More Than One Way to Use a Coupon!

14 Jul

Have you ever had great coupons for products that you just don’t use? Maybe it’s time to try something new, or rethink your product-usage habits!

NOTE: This post contains non-descriptive discussion of personal care items – you have been warned! 

For instance, I recently used coupons to stock up on Pull-Ups & Kandoo brands “flushable moist wipes”. My baby isn’t old enough to use the bathroom, so most parents in my situation wouldn’t have purchased these items. However – I’m of the school of thought that wipes are wipes, so we use them in our diaper bag as “travel wipes”. They work just as well, and are great for her sensitive skin, plus you can flush them in the public restroom. Fabulous! They also make great “grown up” wipes, for everything from daily messes to bathroom trips (think Charmin or Cottonelle wipes!) and considering they were all free, it’s great to find multiple uses for them for our family!

Another item I have spoken to several women about lately are products from brands like Poise & Tena. With high value coupons for these products coming out on a regular basis, they’re great stock up items. But they’re not only great for those people who have bladder leakage/incontinence/postpartum issues, but they make great everyday liners & pads that can be used in place of products like Always & Kotex, which are usually more expensive for coupon shoppers. And really, who’s going to know that you have a Poise/Tena pad on, other than yourself? With products that are used once and thrown away, why not use what you can get for free, even if it was technically designed for something else? Makes sense and saves cents!

Of course, the best thing to do when you find great coupons for items you don’t or can’t use is to donate these items. My husband & I used the $5/2 Clairol coupons this last week to buy nearly $60 worth of shampoo, which we then donated to a local charity, for almost nothing out of pocket. Donating is easier when you can afford to do it regularly, and coupon make that happen!

So flip through your organizer or binder this week, look at your coupons, and ask yourself – if I won’t use this product, how can I change that? Or better yet, who else can use it? Your answers may surprise and benefit you more than you can imagine!

You Get What You Don’t Pay For

14 Jun

When you begin couponing, you usually hear more experienced couponers brag about the items that they “never pay for”. This is really exciting and attractive, and makes you want to start your own stockpile of items that you paid nothing for.

However, it’s important to note that it may take a while before you’re able to get items completely free, and you’ll probably never be able to get everything free every time you need it. But with a little time, work and commitment, you too can build a stockpile of “paid nothing for ’em” items!

As a reference, here are some items that I currently have in my stockpile that I was able to score for free:

Items I have never paid for (since moving out of my parents’ home)

  • Shampoo
  • Conditioner
  • Body wash
  • Bar soap
  • Feminine products

Recently added items:

  • Toothbrushes
  • Toothpaste
  • Mouth rinse
  • Deodorant (for myself & my husband)
  • Hair spray
  • Hair mousse
  • Dish soap
  • Hand soap
  • Paper towels
  • Laundry detergent
  • Fabric softener
  • Baby wipes
  • Sippy cups, plates and plastic utensils for my daughter
  • Baby food, cereal and other food items for my daughter

 I often get food items for free, but the type and quantity of those items is never consistent, so I hesitate to list nay food items here. Just keep in mind – the items you can score for free or at rock-bottom prices changes from month to month, season to season, so stock up when an item is on sale & get enough to last until the next sale, usually at least 3-4 months worth of products.

What items do you regularly score for free? What are you still working on, and hoping to get for free soon?

Common Kindness – Giving Back While Getting Great Deals!

14 Jun

I’ve recently started using a wonderful website called Common Kindness, which has various, high-value coupons available to print. The great thing that sets this website apart? For every coupon you print & redeem, the site donates a small amount to a charity (or charities) of your choice!

Simply sign up for a FREE account, choose which charity you’d like to benefit, and start selecting your coupons.

Special note: Unlike other coupon sites, you can only print one of each coupon at a time. However, also unlike other coupon sites, you can print one of each coupon PER DAY, so in the long run, you can print many more copies than the usual two per person of other sites. Score!

Sign up today & start saving while giving back!

Sunday Coupon Preview – 6/16/2013

14 Jun

This Father’s Day weekend will be a decent one for all of you couponers. There will be two inserts this week, one Red Plum & one Smart Source. Be sure to check out the Sunday Coupon Preview website to see if your family should grab more than one paper!

Note – the info on Sunday Coupon Preview is a guide, and some coupons & coupon values may be regional, which means they may not appear in your paper. Keep this in mind when planning your shopping trip, and always be sure to check your papers BEFORE you buy them, to be sure that the coupons are in fact inside!

Sunday Coupon Preview – 6/9/2013

8 Jun

Not a great week for coupons in the paper, unfortunately.

It’s looking like there will only be one insert this week, a Smart Source insert. For me, the coupons listed don’t look like things I really need, but I’m sure there are people who will find them very exciting/valuable!

To see if that might be you, follow this link (http://www.sundaycouponpreview.com/) & head over to Sunday Coupon Preview, to see what’s in store for this weekend. 

And remember – just because this week’s coupons aren’t great, doesn’t mean you won’t snag some great deals – keep your eyes on those sales!