Tuesday, June 8, 2010

Good Stuff!

Everytime I get a break (Spring Break, Christmas, summer...), I find myself wanting to blog a little more than usual. Sometimes it's stuff that I know is boring to anyone other than my weird self, or stuff that has nothing to do with the family life format of the blog.  Sometimes I have things to share that I know you can benefit from, and this is definitely one of those times.

So, on to what should be the real subject of this post: "Couponing for BUSY PEOPLE!"

Many of you are like me (or how I used to be): "I don't have time to use coupons!"  That's because it used to involve sitting down and clipping from the sale papers.  A lot of people don't have time for that!  I know I never have!  But couponing has become a way of life for me the past year or two, and I want to share with you guys how I do it.  It's easy, quick, and I have saved my little family hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars.

I use coupons all the time.  And anytime I don't use one, I feel cheated (crazy, right?).  But that's just how I've become after using just a few resources that are like gold to me.  Allow me to share:

PRINTABLE COUPONS (http://www.printable-coupons.blogspot.com/)
I follow several money-saving blogs, but this one is by far my favorite.  A lot of money-saving blogs give you an entire blog post on how you can use "this coupon" combined with "that sale" to get a can of shaving cream for "$.01" (check out some of the blogs on the right side of my page -- it's exactly what a lot of them do).  I usually don't have time for that and you probably don't either! PrintableCoupons simply gives you direct coupons to places you already shop:  Target, Belk, Gap, Express, Old Navy, Ann Taylor, Carter's, OshKosh, Barnes and Noble, Banana Republic, Hobby Lobby -- all the major retailers.  You just print them out, and they work BEAUTIFULLY.  Check it out.  You won't be sorry.


If you don't own these already, I'm sure you've seen 'em before.  If you don't have them, BUY THEM the next time you see them.  Enjoy the City and Entertainent coupon books are usually sold as fundraisers, but you can also buy them online and at local stores (I've seen the Entertainment book in CVS, for example).  They usually pay for themselves in one use.  We've used them at Friday's, Zoe's, Applebee's, and lots of small restaurants in our area. I'm talking "Buy One Meal Get One Free" kind of deals, people.  They also have coupons everywere from travel to state parks to bowling!  They are an absolute must in my house and often influence where we go out to eat.  And if you already have one, you're probably nodding your head saying "Yes!  Definitely worth the $20 or $25 you spend!"

Now I'm going to share some sites I've used in the past month.  I haven't used them long enough to give them my five stars, but I've had at least one experience with them that makes me think they're worth mentioning.

Okay, I'm probably like a gazillion years late on this one, but I recently bought some Carol's Daughter products for Morgan from the Carol's Daughter direct Web site.  Anytime I shop online, I search for coupon codes (surprised?).  Well, RetailMeNot gave me a 10% off code for my Carol's Daughter order, which surprised me because Carol's Daughter is not a huge company yet.  Combined with the free shipping I snagged that weekend, I was thrilled at how much I saved.

Okay, this is a recent find (Thanks, K. Underwood! He coaches with my husband.  I'm sure he reads my blog.  Just as much as my husband does -- NEVER!).  Anyway, it works a little differently and I don't really feel like explaining it...in a nutshell, they publish a "deal" every day from your area (me, Birmingham).  And if enough people are interested in the deal (which doesn't seem to be a problem), you buy this great coupon.  Just yesterday, I got four passes to McWane Center for $24!  That's half-off y'all.  And you know I recently mentioned taking my little one to the McWane Center, so Mama scored some half-price passes!  Yeah!  Now, keep in mind that you won't see a deal you can use every day.  I'm not one of those people that buy stuff just because I have a coupon for it.  Like today, the deal is for Momma Goldberg's Deli.  I don't live near one, so I don't care to take advantage of the $10 worth of food for $5; but for some people I'm sure it was gold.  Anyway, I printed out my McWane Center passes and can use them between now and September.  Woohoo!  Edited to Add:  I recently learned that you can get a credit to your account when you refer someone to Groupon (after they buy their first groupon).  If you decide to join, please use my referral link! :)  Thank you!

Anyway, just thought I'd share some of my little secrets with y'all.  There are probably one or two more that  I'm forgetting right now, but this should get you started.  I'm always looking for quick, easy ways to coupon (I don't want to search for, read too much, or clip anything), so if you have one that you use that you'd like to share, hit me up! 

YES, couponing and saving money is a big deal to me, and YES, I think enough of it to blog about it.  Go ahead and laugh.  I'm laughing, too -- with saved money in my pocket. :)

Hope everyone's having a good week!

1 comment:

  1. Okay, we are definitely the same person. I recently signed up for Groupon and I love retailmenot! I didn't know about the first blog so I'll have to check it out. One of my favorite things about summer is having more time to coupon and save money! (and also SPEND it, so I definitely have to watch it! :))


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