Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Coupons and Free Stuff!

"Inflation hasn't ruined everything.  A dime can still be used as a screwdriver."  ~Quoted in P.S. I Love You, compiled by H. Jackson Brown, Jr.

September is National Coupon Month!

       Just came back from a dreaded trip to the ol' grocery store. I ended up dishing out over $70 and that was just for stuff we ran out of. And not including any toiletries or basic necessities like toilet paper! Yeah, my grocery shopping day is Sundays for the most part, but we go through milk and bread so quick, I end up making one or two more trips to the Kroger within that same week. Looks like it's time for me to start playing that crazy coupon game again. Yeah, y'all know the one. The game where there's 8 people standing behind you in the checkout line, calling you every name under the sun, under their breath, while your stack of coupons start slipping through your fingers and flutter to the floor... 

       When couponing became popular again, I jumped on board. I got a little obsessed, I have to admit. But then, like most projects I start, my coupon clipping sessions gradually began to fizzle out. Not because I was particularly lazy, per Se, but because now that school's back in session, I'm a little lacking in the time department. But I'm just gonna have to suck it up, drink more coffee, and get back to clipping those coupons. But this time is gonna be a tad different. The last time I was a coupon fanatic, I stuck strictly to newspaper and circular coupons. I don't know exactly why I never ventured into the electronic couponing world, but I didn't. But I am now, dagnabbit. So far I've only went on the Kroger and Publix websites and downloaded some coupons onto my Kroger shopper card, but those are really the only grocery stores I shop at so I guess I"m good with that. However, there are websites where you can print coupons up and get free stuffs. Here's a few sites to check out:

1.  http://www.coupons.com 

This is a good site for couponing. You do have to download their coupon printing software onto your computer but it's pretty quick and easy. You can add your shopper cards here, too. They also have local coupons, coupon codes, and usually add new coupons daily.

2. http://www.Publix.com 

I love Publix. I really do. They have stellar customer service and a great selection of everything! But... they are a little on the expensive side. That is, if you don't know how to shop there. They always have Buy One Get One Free deals and I love that too, but sometimes they markup the one item you have to buy to makeup for the loss on the one you get for free. So you really have to pay attention to the price of that one item. Cereal and pre-made salad mixes are usually worth the Buy One Get One Free deals. The best way to shop at Publix is to look through their circulars. Most of their great buys and deals are gonna be in there. You can go to their website and click on "Weekly Ads" and print out their electronic coupons. Clicking on the "Save Here" button in the coupons category will redirect you, so don't freak out. I always go through their circulars first and write up the items I want in a list. Then I hit them up before I do my real grocery shopping.

3. http://www.CouponCabin.com

 This is a pretty cool site.These people actually test the coupons they post to make sure there aren't any crazy glitches. They also have over 650,000 coupons and deals and you get the opportunity to earn rewards for gift cards to restaurants, hotels, etc. Definitely a site worth checking out. Oh and freebies! They have a freebies tab. :)

4. http://free-product-samples.blogspot.com

free product samples by mommysavesbig

My sister Crystal, let me in on this little gem of a website. This blog has printable coupons, coupon codes, bargains and deals, free catalogs and magazines, free samples, free sweepstakes, a section for mail-in rebates, and extreme couponing tips. It's a huge blog! I am very impressed with this blog and one can even get addicted to all the free sample offers.

There really are so many websites now that offer printable coupons, but it can get a little overwhelming. That's why I targeted these 4 to talk about because other than the http://www.Kroger.com site, these covered everything you could possibly want or need.

As always, feel free to show some comment love! I'd love to hear your tips on couponing or sites that you think are awesome for saving the almighty dollar. Also, don't forget to subscribe so that you can stay updated on my crazy life! Thanks for stopping by!

-XoXo Jess

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