If you are an Apple iPhone user, download the Receipt Hog application to start snapping photos of your receipts and earning coins. You begin at the ‘Runt’ level, earning 10 coins for each receipt you upload. You then progress to ‘Piglet’, ‘Weaner’ and finally ‘Hog’ status, in which you earn 25 coins per receipt you upload. You can upload receipts from supercenters, grocers, clubs, drug, dollar, pet supply & convenience stores. Once you reach 1000 coins, you can cash out $5.00 to your registered PayPal account.
You will not get rich off this app, though if you are shopping multiple drug and grocery stores throughout the week, you can earn $5.00 at ‘Hog’ Status with just 40 receipts! Check out Receipt Hog’s Website for further details, or download from the App Store.
Spent $3.12. Saved $4.20 = 57% Savings!
(2) Bounty Basic Single Rolls – $1.00
– (2) $0.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins (RP 5/12/13 Exp 06/30/13)
= $0.75 each
(2) Playtex Gentle Glide 360 Tampons – $1.00
– (2) $1.00/1 Playtex Sport or Gentle Glide 360 Tampons (SS 04/21/13 Exp
(2) Hormel Original Pepperoni – $1.00
= $0.50 each When You Buy 2
Kellog’s Pop-Tarts – $1.00
If you are new to coupon shopping at Dollar Tree, be sure to check out their Coupon Policy Here.
Costco has a few free samples available that Costco members can snag up this week. Click on the link below, then on ‘Click Here to get a Sample’ on the Costco website.
As a person just starting out in the coupon game, you may find your “stash” of clipped coupons or circulars isn’t too hard to manage. Now fast forward a few weeks, with accumulated circulars (sometimes from multiple copies of the newspaper), coupons that accompanied your free samples, and the ones inside the cardboard packaging of those granola bars you just bought…also on coupon. You’ll quickly find that you need some method or sort of organization to make this venture easier. Walking down the grocery store aisle and frantically digging for that ONE coupon may not be working so smoothly from here on out.
I organize, simply. For $12.99, I picked up a 13-file expanding according file folder at Staples. The coupons are stored in a corresponding file, organized by category, as how many of our local drug stores, grocery stores, and large retailers are:
Pantry (salad dressing, boxed rices and pastas, condiments, snack items, etc.)
Refrigerated (deli meats, cheeses, dairy products, eggs, and juices)
Frozen (entrees, vegetables, fruits, and desserts)
Household (batteries, housewares, paper products)
Cleaning Products (including laundry detergents and softeners, sponges, and dishwasher detergents)
Baby (diapers, wipes, bath products, and formula)
Personal Care (body wash, soaps, deodorants)
Oral Care (toothpaste, floss, mouthwash, whiteners, lip balms)
Beauty (makeup, facial cleansers, shampoo, conditioner, and hair styling products)
Pharmacy (medications and first aid)
Store Deals (store specific coupons including store coupons, rebates, extra care bucks, and register rewards)
When I go coupon shopping, I will check out the store deals before hand and place those in a separate envelope along with my shopping list, and any register rewards or gift certificates I may have for that particular store. I will also take with me the entire accordion file with coupons. At this size, it isn’t too bulky, and can even fit inside my purse. If I see and unadvertised sale or an item on clearance, I have all my coupons there with me and ready to use.
How I organize may not be the best way you find to organize your coupons. You can sort coupons in several ways, by expiration date, by brand name, by product name or by product category. But there are several different organizational methods, so one is sure to work for you.
1. A shoebox-sized container with envelopes or dividers labeled by aisle, product type or item category.
2. A 3-ring binder with clear sheet protectors or trading card protector inserts.
3. A notecard box.
4. A pre-made coupon organizer with pre-set tabs or dividers available online.
Here’s some tools you can utilize to get you started on your own coupon organization method:
It seems everywhere there are discount shopping sites and coupon codes galore. But how do you find a site that is right for you and fits your shopping needs? Or how can you find that percentage off coupon without sifting through dozens of sites?
Today I will begin a three-part series on online discount shopping sites and where to quickly and easily find the coupon codes you are searching for.
Boutique Shopping Sites
How They Work: These sites offer online boutiques, in which a select number of companies are featured daily, and the boutique is only open for a set amount of time (say 48 or 72 hours) or until inventory is sold out. These are great because you can find name brand items and designer products at discounts up to 90% off.
The Catch: With only a limited number of brands offered daily, you can’t always be guaranteed to find what you’re looking for. In addition, if the brand boutique has a ridiculously discounted sale going on, the items may go quickly, so you’ll want to log on as soon as you get word of the boutique opening.
How to Make It Work for You: Subscribe to email updates for the sites you see yourself using the most. You’ll receive a heads up on sales for the coming days and weeks and ensure you get the early in to the brands you love.
Who: FENDI, Lucky Brand, Betsey Johnson, Windstar Cruises, companykids, and Michel Schlumberger Winery…just to name a few. What: Men’s & Women’s and Children’s apparel and accessories, household odds and ends, and travel. When: 48-hour boutiques open at 8am PST. Shipping: Pay $9.95 once and ship free for 30 days.
Who: Vitamins Baby, HOTmilk, Ragg Shoes, Hi-Tec, OshKosh B’gosh, and PB Couture. What: Clothing, accessories, and toys for Moms, Kids, and Babies at up to 90% off. When: 72-hour boutiques open at 6am PST. Shipping: Pay $6.95 for unlimited shipping until 11:59pm PST that day.
Who: Spiegelau European glassware, A and R Cashmere, Old Hollywood, Lodge Enamel and Patterns & Solids Rugs. What: Homes and lifestyles brands at up to 70% off. When: 72- to 120-hour boutiques open at 8am PST. Shipping: $5.95 per order for orders less than $75 and $9.95 per order for order $75+.
Who: Mario Bazán Napa Valley, Arcadian Stolpman Vineyard, North Country Smokehouse, Napa Valley Getaways and Ravenscroft glassware and decanters. What: High-quality and hard-to-find wines and gourmet foods, as well as wine- and gourmet-themed travel excursions and exclusive dinners at top restaurants. When: Several new products added daily and featured until inventory is sold out. Shipping: $9.99
Who: C&C California, La Perla Lingerie, Report, Levi’s, Baby Bjorn and Harper Collings Children’s Books. What: Designer fashions for Men, Women and Children at up to 60% off. When: New sales daily at 9am PST. Shipping: $5.95
Who: Kenneth Cole, Free People, George Foreman, LAmade Kids, Liquid Keratin and Stride Rite. What: Women’s and Men’s fashion and accessories, Beauty, Kid’s apparel and toys, and home decor at up to 75% off. When: New sales daily at 8am PST. Shipping: $4.95
Who: Cuisinart, Adventures in Artistry, Archipelago, Evergreen and Safavieh. What: Home decor, gifts, kitchenware and vintage finds at up to 70% off. When: 72-hour boutiques open at 8am PST. Shipping: Starting at $6.95 and dependent on order total.
Who: The Palazzo Las Vegas, Variety Cruises, Virgin America Airlines, Ski USA and the Tribeca Grand Hotel in NYC. What: Insider access to hotel, airline, cruise, excursion tours, and vacation deals. When: 5- to 7-day sales open daily. Shipping: None.
Who: Smashbox Cosmetics, Breville Juicers, William Rast, Laura Ashley, Ed Hardy, Momo Baby, Marc by Marc Jacobs and Versace. What: Women’s, Men’s, Kid’s, Beauty and Homeware brands at up to 80% off. When: 48- to 120-hour boutiques open daily. Shipping: $9.95
Join me next Thursday for Part 2 of the Ins & Outs of Online Discount Shopping, featuring information on how to take advantage of Local Deals at restaurants, amusement parks, movie theaters, kid’s activities and more.
Here is a list of current online printable coupons exclusively for you:
$2/1 Any Revlon Cosmetic Item at Target (When I was at Target the past few times this week, they had a large quantity of clearance cosmetic items! Take this one with you on your next trip to see if you can snag something for free or close to it!)
Buy One Get One Free Nescafé Taster’s Choice (Free plus overage at Walgreen’s through Saturday 2/25 with coupon & Register Rewards)
$4/1 Scrubbing Bubbles One-Step Toilet Cleaner (Free at Family Dollar right now)
$1/10 4″x6″ Digital Prints at Target (Free through Saturday 2/25)
$1/1 Gold Bond Powder (Free Travel Size at Target & Walmart)
Here is a list of current online freebies exclusively for you:
Many of you may be new to the drug store shopping game. After years of searching for deals and clipping coupons, I have found drug store shopping to be the best way to stock up on toiletries, household items, pantry items, and even gift cards at little to no out of pocket cost.
This week I would like to cover the basics of drug store shopping in a series of posts, covering CVS Pharmacy, Walgreens and Rite Aid.