The key is organization. I have envelopes, stamps, and return address labels ready to go when I find a rebate. The other day, my grocer had BOGO (Buy One Get One Free) on a new Windex spray which was a good offer by itself but also in the weekly coupon flyer was a rebate for one bottle of Windex up to $4.99. Not only that, I also used a coupon on the Windex that I purchased -- cost of both bottles: FREE.
It took only a minute to gather the receipt, the UPC, the rebate form (mfg. only needed my name and address) and I just dropped it in the mail -- mfg will send a check for $4.99. Trust me, these rebates add up.
Hopefully, this post is getting you motivated to save and to make you think about how you are spending your hard earned money.
Here are a couple of rebate samples you may be interested in trying, if not these, there are tons more out there.
Click here and print form to try All Bran. Offer expires April 30.
Try Sure® MAX FREE -- Click here for rebate form. Click here to also get $1 off Sure Deodorant coupon and then if you find them on sale, you will probably make money. Rebate must be postmarked by April 30, 2009.
Tip: Try to buy item when it is on sale, use a coupon on it and use the rebate for extra savings.
For the Sunday only subscription, there are several payment options available. You will receive a bill in approximately 10 days from the start date. You can pay by check, credit card or phone in a payment and they also have a auto debit option. For a subscription to the Georgia Times Union call 904-359-4255. Current newsstand rate is $2.00 per paper.
Special Note: Prices may have changed slightly since this post.
Bear Naked cereal sample for the health nut in the family.
Eat Better America Coupon $10 Booklet. You may sign up for their newsletter and receive offers via email also.
I don't get coupon inserts in my local paper so I have to buy the Georgia Times Union on Sundays. Click here to go to the Bring Back the Coupons homepage to learn more and make a comment. There are some strong opinions and one of the problems is that people that buy multiple papers on Sunday will no longer be able to do that to get multiple copies of the Red Plum. So, if they only get the one mailer and their store does not take internet coupons their savings will not be as great. This is just one more example of our declining economy and companies cutting employees (which Valassis had to do) and cutting expenses.
- $1 off any four Hunt's® Diced, Stewed, or Whole Tomatoes
- $1 off any two Healthy Choice® Fresh Mixers™
- $1 off any two Healthy Choice Café Steamers™
- $1.50 off any two Orville Redenbacher's Natural Gourmet Popping Corn
A funny story: Today I met Chip Ward for the first time. I realized it was his mother or mother-in-law who was partly responsible for me getting back into couponing. About a year and a half ago, we took a computer class together. While on break, she was cutting out coupons. Of course I was interested, so I started asking questions. She had a huge bag of coupons and she gave me what she did not use. She woke me up to the fact HT has Triple Coupon Week. Matter of fact, it was that weekend and she was getting ready for the sale. I could not believe my savings that weekend. I always dreaded grocery shopping now it is like a game.
Don't forget to sign up for the E-Vic program if you haven't already done so!
Gillette Venus Razor: $6.59
Use (1) $2/1 ManQ –PG 2/8
Use (1) $3/1 TargetQ
Total Paid: $1.59 (plus tax)
Arm & Hammer Kitty Litter = $6.74 (20 Pounds)
Use (1) $1/1 ManQ –Arm and Hammer Website
Use (1) $2/1 This was a TargetQ register receipt coupon from last visit
Total Paid: $3.74 (plus tax)
Cascade Crystal Clear Rinse: $3.14
Used coupon for FREE item from the Home Made Simple coupon booklet (received in mail)
Total Paid: $0
Just on the few items above:
Total Amount: $13.33
Amount Paid: $ 5.33
I bought several other items using Target coupons, unfortunately I did not have my mfgQ packet with me but I still saved $1 off each item which really adds up. I looked at my receipt once I got in the car and noticed there were a few things that were not priced correctly – two items were actually more than what was posted in the store and one was less, i.e. the bread was posted at $2.69 but rang up for $3.69. I did not have time to deal with this as I had an appointment and it was my mentoring day. You cannot always trust a stores posted prices. This is not the first time this has happened at Target. Out of the small amount of items I purchased, there was a discrepancy with three items. They probably have thousands of items to price a week and obviously don't have a perfect system. My point -always look at your receipt.
Also, wanted you to know that you can print the Target coupons right there in the store. I discovered this a few weeks ago when I was using the baby/gift registry located by customer service. You can pull up the Target website, select the ones you want and print. This will certainly save the ink in your computer. Don't forget to stack!
It is so easy to lose sight of all that is going on around you. I sat at this computer for two days straight with no make-up and not even a comb through my hair. My husband was away and I have faint memories of my daughter coming and going all weekend. I think the time invested has been well spent. The page is up and running and we will see what happens in the next 24 hours when I try to change the domain name.
Anyway, my savings was only about half (saved $58) since I did not spend much time perusing the sales this weekend and I also needed a lot of produce. My dear daughter only eats fresh fruit and vegetables and tries to avoid junk food which I am grateful for, however, produce really runs up the grocery bill. I can't wait for spring and for the small farmer markets to open with all their fresh veggies and fruit AND the prices are so much better. The picture on this web page of the vegetable stand is one that I took in Italy a couple of years ago.
One thing I did at Harris Teeter was the “Buy 3 Save $3” (combined with coupons) and also the “Save $4 Instantly” when you buy any participating General Mills products (using coupons of course) -- I was supposed to get $7 off my bill since I am a VIC customer. I got home and looked at my register receipt and can’t see that this was taken off. I called the local customer service at Harris Teeter and they were very nice and she pulled my ticket on the computer with my VIC ID#. She said she could see on her computer screen where the $4 had been taken off but not the $3 so she told me to come back up there and she would reimburse me. I am still not convinced the $4 was taken off since I can’t see it on the receipt. I am going back to HT today and we will see what happens. $7 is not a lot of money but with me it is always the principle. I want to see my savings on my receipt!
See, it is all about computer programming -- someone must have stepped out to get coffee or went shopping and missed this programming step. Check those register receipts!
Immediately, I called GoDaddy and learned there is a wait time. Customer Support told me it could take 24-48 hours for this to be processed through the internet. Once I know the process is complete, I will make the changes in my settings for my new web address. It will be www.savingswithsadie.com instead of www.savingswithsadie.blogspot.com. This should be a lot easier for you all to remember.
As you can see, I was able to get my blog back up.
There are a number of manufacturing websites that I visit to print coupons and I noticed that many of them run promotions/contests. Some of the prizes are quite valuable, i.e. kitchen makeover, trips, free paper towels for a year, and tons more. Paper towels for a year would not be a bad gift considering how fast we go through them.
You can get the location and hours of operation from their website. It takes approximately three hours to get there from Atlanta.
This is not far from Signal Mountain, Tennessee. I may just have to stop in and check it out when I make the trip to visit my brother-in-law. If anyone has visited the store, please leave comment and let us know if the store is worth the trip.
Anyway, every Sunday morning, I get my hot brewed cup of coffee and sit down to play The Grocery Game. I really like this site because Teri covers all the Harris Teeter deals better than any site I have found. She also lists every item on sale with the original price, sale price, and so on. It saves me so much time. I use it as a tool with some of the other sites to make sure I have covered all the deals out there that interest me. You can get a four week trial for $1 and cancel at any time. It is worth an average of $1 a week to use this site. Harris Teeter's new sale starts every Wednesday. Teri does not post until Sunday morning at 8:00 AM - so I have Sunday, Monday or Tuesday to get my shopping done before the new sale starts. I usually make two trips a week to the grocery store -- so I also go on Thursday's to get just a few items we seem to constantly run out of and to take advantage of the BOGO. Don't forget to tell them email@example.com sent you over if you sign up. I will be writing to Teri to see if there will ever be a chance that Harris Teeter could be posted sooner. She does a really good job of posting the sales for triple coupon week. She makes an exception and posts on Thursday, the day the sale starts. Let me know what you think about the site.
I called the store and this is the policy given to me:
- Does NOT double.
- Does NOT take competitor coupons from other grocery stores.
- Does NOT take half off of a BOGO –You need to buy both items in order to get free item.
- Can only use one coupon on BOGO.
- Stacking coupons is NOT allowed.
- Accepts internet coupons
- Accepts coupons for free items.
- No limit on coupons according to customer service.
RP = Red Plum
SS = SmartSource
- $1/1, $1/2, etc. = One dollar off one item, one dollar off two items, etc.
- 2/$1, 3/$2, etc. = Two items for one dollar, three items for two dollars, etc.
- BOGO = Buy one item get one item free
- B2GO = Buy two items get one item free
- Blinkies = Grocery/drugstore coupon dispensers with blinking lights
- Cat = Catalina coupon, prints from a separate machine when your receipt prints
- CRT = Cash register tape, used when referring to CVS coupons that print with receipt
- ECBs = ExtraCare Bucks, CVS loyalty rewards system
- ESRs = EasySaver Rebates, Walgreens monthly rebates program
- FAR = Free after rebate
- IPQ = Internet printable coupon
- IVC = Instant Value Coupon, Walgreens’ store coupons found in ads and ESR booklet
- MFR = Manufacturer
- MIR = Mail-in rebate
- OYNO = On your next order
- OOP = Out of pocket
- Peelie = Peel-off coupon found on product packaging
- PSA = Prices starting at
- RRs = Register Rewards, Walgreens’ Catalina coupons
- SCR = Single Check Rebate, Rite Aid monthly rebates program
- UPC = Universal Product Code, bar code on a product
- WT = Wine tag, no alcohol purchase necessary to use these coupons
- WYB = When you buy
- YMMV = Your mileage (or manager) may vary
- They do not double.
- They do take competitor coupons from other grocery stores like Food Lion, Winn Dixie, Harveys, etc. They will take the $10 register receipt from Winn Dixie or other grocery store.
- You can use 2 coupons on a BOGO (which is good) But know that you do not have to buy both items if you don’t want it – you will get one at half the price and use the coupon on it.
- They allow stacking coupons (in-store and mfg.).
- They accept internet coupons.
- They also accept coupons for free item if the value is under $5.00 (like that Glucerna cereal).
- Doubles coupons up to .50.
- Does take competitor coupons from "traditional" grocery stores like Food Lion, Winn Dixie, Harveys, etc. They will take the $10 register receipt from Winn Dixie or other grocery store.
- Does not take Target coupons – Target is not considered a "traditional" grocery store.
- Does not take drug store coupons.
- You can use 2 coupons on a BOGO (which is good).
- You do not have to buy both items on a BOGO if you don’t want second item – you will get one at half the price.
- Stacking coupons is allowed (in-store and mfgQ also competitor and mfgQ).
- Accepts internet coupons.
- They also accept coupons for free item if the value is under $5.00. Supervisor may override if over $5. You can always ask.
- Will take up to 50 coupons. (If you have more – cashier may get supervisor to over-ride. I have also been told they do not have a limit so this could vary.
- Does not double in-store (Publix) coupons.
- Does not take a mgfQ or competitor coupon on a store brand.
- Regarding expired in-store (Publix) coupons. I asked the manager if they took expired in-store coupons and he said it is "situational."
- Most Publix stores do not double. The reason Publix (Brunswick) doubles is because Harris Teeter doubles.
Manager said corporate office is also working on Return Policy. He said they get all kinds of returns. Today, he had someone push in a cart of Depends without a receipt. They did not take the return. He said the man had probably $300 worth of Depends. Wonder where he got those from?
Also, sign up here to be an E-Vic customer. You will get special offers and coupons only made available to e-vic customers. Just because you are a VIC customer, this does not make you an e-vic customer.
There are many coupon organizational systems and you might try several until you find the right one. I changed/edited my coupon system several times until I settled on one. It may take you an hour or so to organize your coupons and set up a system, but once you have a system in place you will save so much time and reap the rewards in savings.
Because of the coupon system that is personally good for me, I do not cut out my coupons but keep them in expandable files. I use one expandable file for each source. I date the flyers as they come in every Sunday. Be careful where you put the date on the front cover or else you may just cut off the date when cutting out a coupon– but not to worry -- if this happens, grab your reading glasses and look for the date in very, very small print on the spine of each flyer.
Even if you use the system above, there will always be extra loose coupons from the internet or coupons that you did not use at the store that day because the store may have been out of the product or maybe you decided to wait for a better deal. I tried labeling separate envelopes but this was too cumbersome. Dell, a friend of mine gave me a cute clutch expandable file system. It looks like a purse. Staples has some really colorful ones also. I keep a small pair of scissors, store reward cards, pen and a small calculator in the front pocket. I keep another small expandable file for drug stores, reward cards, store coupons, discount cards and gift certificates -- i.e. Bath & Body, Victoria Secrets, Belks, Bed, Bath & Beyond, etc. Now they are all together instead of all over the house. Some labels you may want to use are below. I even use a label “First Isle Harris Teeter” because I know every item on that isle and it is easier for me.
· Canned Goods
· Cereal/Breakfast Items
· Cleaning Supplies
· Dairy Items
· Food Storage and Trash Bags
· Frozen Foods
· Health & Beauty
· International Foods
· Laundry Supplies
· Miscellaneous Baby/Kids
· Miscellaneous Household (ex: batteries, light bulbs)
· Paper Products (ex: toilet paper, paper towels)
· Prepared Dinners (non-frozen)
· Staples (ex: sugar, rice, etc.)Snacks/Sweets
I am always looking for new ideas and suggestions. If you have any, please share them.
In August 2008, I lost my part-time job due to the downturn in the economy. With more time on my hands, I started paying attention to the rising cost of groceries. My grocery bills were quite high and I cringe now at the waste of money over the years.
I have always been a bargain hunter and love the challenge of finding the best deals on electronics, household items, clothes, etc., but grocery shopping was another story. I hated it. If I needed it, I threw it in the buggy without giving the price a thought. To save money, I started using coupons and then I started using the internet and learning ways to cut expenses even more on my food bill and also save money in so many other areas.
My savings was unbelievable and in just a few months, I had more than cut our grocery bill in half by applying principles and techniques that I learned from other fellow bloggers. I was so excited about all the money I was saving that I started teaching family and friends and I enjoyed the fact that they were shocked at their savings.
I created Savings With Sadie as a personal guide for storing all of my information and then started sharing it with the public. I encourage everyone to use it at no cost as a guide to help cut household expenses. Now going to the grocery store is more enjoyable since I have learned to play the savings game.
I have many passions: gardening, travelling, treasure/bargain hunting, reading, wine and so many more. I share all the deals I find as well as tips I have learned. And not to be forgotten, SHOPPING. I love to shop and I constantly scour the internet or store for the lowest price available prior to purchase. I have always been a “deal finder” and will enjoy sharing my deals as time permits.
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So with all that said, let’s blog and save some money…
Special Note: I named this site in honor of my Siti (grandmother) who I am named after. I am Lisa Sadie but most people call me Lisa.