1.31.2011

How Much Can I Save in a Year? Link-Up!


 January Savings 
$112.54

Best of Savings
{Free Items this month using coupons}

-Stayfree Pads
-Floss
-Horizon Organic Chocolate Milk Singles (6)
-Vitamin Water
-Colgate Toothpaste
-Honest Tea (4)
-2 oz. Carried Away Bath and Body Works Lotion
-Three Burger King sandwiches

Savings Tips

Jessie asked:  
"I want to know how you can use 2 coupons on one item, and what in the world is a Catalina?"

There are a few situations where I personally use more than one coupon aka "stack coupons":

-Target:  You can use one manufacturer's coupon and one Target coupon on an item.  (Find Target coupons on their website.)
-Kroger: You can use a manufacturer's coupon and an e-coupon (found online here) that you can load to your Kroger card to be automatically deducted when your Kroger Plus Card is scanned.
-Drug Stores:  You can often use a store coupon and a manufacturer's coupon on items you purchase at a drug store.  For example, at Walgreens, you can use a coupon from their ad or their monthly store coupon booklet with a manufacturer's coupon.  See all the details on how you can use coupons at Walgreens here.  And Money Saving Mom is a great resource to find info on the specific for each store when using coupons.
About Catalinas:

A Catalina is basically credit toward your next purchase.  For example, often at a store, if you buy a certain amount of an item, let's say 3 boxes of Ziploc brand plastic bags (just as an example), the register will print out a coupon good for a certain amount off your next purchase.  Often, Kroger will have a tag under an item explaining the Catalina you will receive from buying an item and you can also find these deals posted on deal blogs as well.

Rachel asked:
"I don't know where to find coupons. that's why I don't use them. Like where are you getting these?"

I get most of mine from the coupon inserts in the Sunday paper. I also find a lot online herewww.coupons.com, www.smartsource.com, www.redplum.com, and also, Target has online ones you can print. I use Money Saving Mom often to look up items on the coupon database. It will tell you where to find a coupon for a specific item you are looking for. The coupon inserts are labeled with a date on the binding that the database will refer to. For example if it says you can find a coupon in SS 1/23, it means it is in the SmartSource coupon insert from the paper that came Sunday, January 23rd.


Now it's your turn! Link up below with a deals post of your own.  Whether its an update on your savings so far this year or just a great trip you had with great savings! Anything goes! Also, make sure to go check out Thankfully Thrifty to see how Ashleigh's savings are going so far this year!





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4 comments :

  1. Love all your freebies! I'm excited to link up! Great work this month on the savings :)

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  2. I am loving the savings!! I also love the Q&A! Nice touch!
    Thankfully Thrifty :)

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  3. This is so exciting. I want to have all this saving money stuff down before I get married in a few years! I really need to start trying out all your tips!

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  4. you saved a bunch! that is awesome! thanks for all the tips. i need to get going on couponing! :)

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