Friday, March 12, 2010

Frugal Friday: Coupons

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons!

(and something to keep them in...)

One of my plans on how to save/make money after I quit working is to get serious about using coupons. And save the difference, of course! :)

Visit this site to send someone a "Tater Taunt". It's a cute little talking tater tot who will say whatever you type. You email it to a friend and Sonic emails you a $0.99 coupon for a Route 44 drink. You can send as many taunts per day as you'd like, but can only receive a coupon once per day.

Ask me for an email invitation to join MyPoints. Please? :) At MyPoints (which is free to join, by the way), you earn points that are redeemable for gift cards and other items. One great feature is the coupons. There are tons of grocery coupons (and other types) that you can print off, and each time you print and redeem a coupon, you earn 10 points, plus a 25 point bonus if you print and redeem ten or more coupons per month. You can also earn points by reading emails, using the MyPoints website as your starting point for online shopping, taking surveys, referring others, etc, but even if you don't care about actively pursuing the points, you'll still enjoy having access to these coupons! If you decide to join, please give me the opportunity to send you an email invitation so that I'll receive credit. :)

The 2010 Entertainment Coupon Books are now 50% off! I got mine last week and as always, I love it. If you've ever bought one and used it, you know that it's a great value... especially when it's half price. You can quickly earn your money back just after using a few of the coupons. You could buy it from their website for $17.50 (free shipping). Or... hint, hint... you could join MyPoints and buy it through the MyPoints website for the exact same amount, while earning 750 points! (Roughly translated, 750 points is equal to about $5.00.) You can also enter your zipcode here to see all the restaurants, stores, etc. whose coupons are in the book.

Last week, my friend Bridget sent me this link and this link on how to make a coupon organizer. SUCH a good idea! Basically, you take a three ring binder, fill it with plastic baseball card collecting sheets and divider sheets, and put a coupon in each slot. I started mine last night (pictured at left). If you're working with a small amount of coupons, one of those purse-sized flip photo albums would work well.

If you have any coupon tips/tricks or know of any good coupon-related websites, be sure to leave me a comment!


Bridget said...

Wooo Hoooo! An honorable mention in your blog... I feel honored!!!
The coupon organizer was just too good of an idea to keep to myself. I have yet to set mine up but at least have all of my coupons cut out and ready!

Alexandra said...

I think the coupon idea is fascinating!!! I had a friend who used them and got tons of stuff free. Very interesting!!!!

Sherry said...

You might want to check out A number of our friends with large families do this and they use the coupon organizer with it. They save tons and tons on their bill and many times bring home lots of items totally free! Many times the cashier has to ask the store manager to check the receipt because the cashier can't figure out why these people are ending up with bags of groceries totally free! The manager always says it's legal but that most people just don't know how to use their coupons that way!We have tried to start ourselves many times but then we have to travel or something seems to pop up and I end up not having time to start,I'm hoping to have time this summer. It's a little time consuming at first to clip all the coupons because they get about 10 Sun. papers a week and clip all the coupons, then put them in their organizer. But they came up with a way to make it go faster. They stack the papers and cut them all at once. This system has a way to use many of the same coupons so they save much more.Anyway, they put alot of time into it but save tons!
Hope that helps!

Stacey said...

You go girl with your coupon organizer!!! And I am impressed with your vast array of restaurant coupons!!! Love the help with being frugal!!