Archive | Couponing RSS feed for this section

Couponing- Consumer Contact

2 Jun

Do you get all of your coupons out of the Sunday paper? If so, you are missing out on some much better, higher-value, coupons! Although it is much more time consuming, contacting by email the brands that you use on a regular basis, is a great way to add to your coupon inventory. I began doing this about six months ago and it has really paid off. I almost always have two or more coupon envelopes in my mail each day. Its like getting little presents each day of the week! 🙂

A good way to start is to go through your house (kitchen cabinets, bathroom, etc) and write down all the products that you use often. Then, just sit down at your computer and Google each brand and click on the “Contact Us” link and complete all of the info and then under comments, ask for coupons. It is also a great idea to compliment them on their product… praise always makes people go over and beyond to please others!

Here is an example of what my “Comments” section looks like for most every company I email… Keep in mind though, I also personalize it more for companies I really like:

My family and I love your product and use it often. I was wandering if you offer coupons by mail to your consumers? If so, I would greatly appreciate anything you have to offer. Thank you so much for such a great product!

This is just a simple and quick email that gets your point across. They will usually send you an email after a few minutes to let you know that they are reviewing your email and will get back to you within a few days. Usually after this initial email though you will not receive another email…. but a letter in your mailbox with anywhere from one to five coupons. How easy is that?

Now, like I said earlier, doing this IS time consuming… but VERY worth it (if your an avid couponer, that is)!

It is also a good idea to keep a Word document with the date you contacted the brand and the brand name. That way next time you decide to do this, all you have to do is open up your Word document, instead of going back through your house to make another list. I also go back, once I have received coupons, and list the number and amount of the coupons that I have received…. but that is not necessary… that’s just me. Also, keep in mind, you can email companies once every six months to ask for coupons….

To make life a little easier for you, below I have 25 of the brands that I have contacted (this is no where near the list of emails that I have sent out asking for coupons though)… I hope this helps you!!

  1. Angel Soft
  2. Kings Hawaiian
  3. Lea and Perrins
  4. Land O Lakes
  5. Jif
  6. All Laundry
  7. Apple and Eve
  8. Crisco
  9. Folgers
  10. Welch’s
  11. Kimberly Clarke
  12. Dunkin Donuts Coffee
  13. Del Monte
  14. Famous Amos
  15. Mrs. Butterworth’s
  16. Lenders
  17. Nissin Fooods
  18. Rayovac
  19. Starkist
  20. Bumble Bee
  21. Ragu
  22. Daisy
  23. Dukes
  24. Chicken of the Sea
  25. Florida’s Natural

Happy Couponing!!

 

Advertisements

Starting Couponing

24 May

I am not the best, and deffenently not the most extreme, but I’m decent at it and often get asked questions regarding couponing. Below are just a few questions that I have answered to help anyone just beginning to coupon, or those who are just wandering. I hope they help…

1. What local grocery stores double coupons?
Bi-Lo, Kroger, Publix, and Food Lion.

2. How do you get all your coupons?
I get the Sunday paper and usually ask for additional coupon inserts from people that I know get the paper but may not use their coupons. I also email companies of the products that I use often every 6 months. This is where I usually get most of my higher value coupons. It is time consuming but usually worthwhile.

3. What do you do with all the coupons you do not use?
I clip all of the coupons in the Sunday paper, whether I plan on using them or not. If I know my family will not use it then I will ask my friends what products they use and mail them to them or ask some of the coupon blogs I follow if anyone on there sites are interested in extra coupons.

4. How do you store your coupons?
I have tried pretty much every method out there to store my coupons. So far, the only one that I like is the binder method. Which consists of a three ring binder that I have put dividers in and labeled. I store my clipped coupons in baseball card inserts so that I can view and remove  them easily. I really love my binder and have been known to go a little crazy if it goes missing! 🙂

5. How do you divide your coupon binder?
My binder is divided into 13 categories. These include: baking and breads, beverages, breakfast, cans and condiments, cleaning supplies, dairy, frozen foods, meats, paper products, carbs, personal (like hygiene and medicines), baby and other/snacks.

6. Where do you use your coupons most often?
I prefer to shop for groceries at either Kroger or Bi-Lo. I think that they both have decent coupon policies and usually have good sales. I also buy from CVS and Walgreens. With their ECB’s (CVS) and register rewards (Walgreens), you can usually get a lot of free items and really good buys. You just need to match the sale items with your coupons, and store coupons if possible, to maximize your savings.

7. What blogs do you follow for couponing?
Just to name a few: Mama Cheaps, Hip 2 Save, Koupon Karen, Wild for Wags, Coupon Dad, and many more.

A few more tidbits—

If I do not absolutely need a product right then and there, I will not buy it unless it is on sale. I usually try to wait to buy stuff that I use on a regular basis until I have both a coupon and its on sale. If its not on sale this week… just be patient. It will be on sale within a few weeks in one store or another.

I NEVER will go into a store and buy so many of one product that it clears out the shelf. That is ridiculous and unthoughtful!

True couponing takes time. Unless you are willing to sit down and compare prices and match them with your coupons, you probably will not be very successful. It takes time to maximize your savings and to make sure you spend as little cash as possible! But, its usually rewarding!!

I do not just coupon for myself and my family– I coupon so that I can get free, or inexpensive, items to donate… it is not only about me but about helping those less fortunate. I would only hope my readers would do the same!!

Hope this helps! Happy couponing!!!

Coffee-Mate Flavor Party

26 Jan

I was one of the lucky applicants that was chosen by Coffe-Mate to host a Free Flavor Friday party. I got to choose one of four great party inspirations to make my party great. I, of course, chose the Bistro/Baking party and recieved all the great stuff today by UPS. The party is set for Friday, February 4th and along with many parties happening throughout the U.S., Coffee-Mate will also be giving away Free Coffee-Mate creamer coupons on their website and on Facebook.

Along with being able to host a great party- Coffee-Mate sent me lots of great stuff to make my party a success. I received a red Coffee-Mate apron,  heart-shaped baking cups, lots of packets of coffee and creamer, recipe cards, cups and napkins, a recipe card binder and free Coffee-Mate coupons for myself and the guests.

I will let you know how my Coffee Inspired party goes, but until then, I need to start planning… while sipping on some great Coffee-Mate flavored coffee!   

This slideshow requires JavaScript.

Bi-Lo Free Items

30 Jul

I wanted to make everyone aware that Bi-Lo has monthly FREE items that are great deals! Everytime that you shop at a Bi-Lo grocery store, at the bottom of your reciept it says “Enter for a chance to win $250 in FREE groceries”. Besides the obvious great deal at a chance to win free groceries, if you actually take the time to fill out the survey (It only takes about 2 minutes) you are able to print off a coupon for something free at Bi-Lo. Throughout the course of me completing these surveys, I have gotten tomato paste, poptarts, 2-Liter Sodas, chips, canned fruit, pudding and many many more items ALL FOR FREE!!!! And you are not limited to how many Free items you can get each month. If you shop at Bi-Lo 15 times a month then you can get 15 FREE items as long as you take the time to complete the survey, even if you go and only spend a few dollars. This months Item is BBQ sauce. I had it on my grocery list for this week and was able to save by being able to get if free from Bi-Lo. Deals do not get much better than this!!

CVS Deal for 7/26

26 Jul

I went to CVS today and got 2 great buys. Cannot beat 148-count diapers for $13!!

Breakdown of My Reciept

1 96-Count Pkg Pampers Baby Dry Diapers… $21.99

1 52-Count Pkg Pampers Cruiser… $3.98 (On Clearance)

     1 $2 off Pampers Cruisers Coupon

     1 $2 ECB from CVS U-Scan Machine

Total….. $23.65 AND $10 ECB to use as cash on another purchase before Sept. 25!

 

Good Buys on Grocery Items

24 Jul

I am always interested in finding what the “best buys” are in the grocery store. I got this list from http://madamedeals.com/. My advice is to print this list off and carry it with you in the store. That way you can compare and make sure you are getting the best deal. As stated on Madame Deals, prices can differ depending on stores and regions. Some of these prices are the price after coupons, if they were available. I hope this list will help you out each time you go grocery shopping!!

“Buy Price” for Pantry Items– Sometimes items will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. Prices listed are after coupons.

  • Canned or Pouch Tuna, FREE-$0.50
  • Condensed Soup, $0.50
  • Canned Tomatoes, $0.40-$0.50
  • Dry Pasta, Free-$0.75
  • Spaghetti Sauce, $1
  • Canned Vegetables, $0.40
  • Ketchup, $0.40 (summer stock-up item)
  • Mayonnaise, $1 (summer stock-up item)
  • Barbecue Sauce, $0.50 (summer stock-up item)
  • Mustard, FREE (summer stock-up item)
  • Salad Dressing, $0.50-$1
  • Crackers, $1-$1.50
  • Cereal, $1-$1.50 (There is a huge range for cereal, my buy price is $1)
  • Rice, FREE-$0.50
  • Canned Pasta (Spaghettios, Chef Boyardee), FREE-$0.49
  • Canned Beans, $0.50
  • Brownie or Cake Mix, FREE-$0.50
  • MuffinMix, FREE to $0.50

 

 “Buy Price” for meat. Sometimes it will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. However, I make a point not to buy meat that is over the price listed.

  • Boneless Skinless Chicken Breast, $1.99/lb.
  • Chicken Breast Bone-in, $0.98/lb.
  • Whole Chicken, $0.99/lb.
  • Ribeye Steak, $5.99/lb.
  • Beef Roast, $2.49/lb.
  • Boneless Pork Loin, $1.99/lb.
  • Pork Chops, $1.99/lb.
  • Sashimi Tuna Medallions, $5.99/lb.
  • Fresh Tilapia, $3.99/lb.

 

“Buy Price” for Dairy & Beverages– Sometimes it will be cheaper than the prices I have listed below. Prices listed are after coupons.

  • Cheese- bar or shredded, $1.50 (This week $0.99 so stock-up! It freezes.)
  • Sour Cream (16 oz.), $0.50
  • Margarine, $0.80-$1
  • Butter, $1.50 (cheaper during holiday baking season)
  • Eggs dozen, $1 (recently $0.88 at Harris Teeter)
  • Yogurt Cups (6 oz.), $0.35
  • Yogurt (4-6 pk.), FREE to $1
  • Soda (12 pk.), $2.25
  • Soda (2 ltr.), $1
  • Orange Juice (64 oz.), $2
  • Juice (64 oz.), $1-$1.50
  • Water (24 pk.), $2.99
  • Sports drinks/ Flavored Water (Gatorade, SoBe, Powerade etc.), FREE to $0.50
%d bloggers like this: