What is a Coupon Train?

The other day, a friend in California posted on Facebook that she was looking to start a coupon train and I had no idea what she was talking about! But, being a green blogger, I figured I had better investigate this, especially since I did my blog on extreme couponers. Ever go through the paper and see a good coupon, but you just have no use for it? That is the purpose of a coupon train. The way I’ve found it to be, the person that decides to start the coupon train comes up with about $100 worth of coupons … Continue reading

Did You Know eBay Has Coupons?

You never know what you will find on eBay. For years, it has been a popular place to find unique gifts for friends and family members, and to find replacements for broken items. It is also a fun website to browse through. If you shop around a bit, you can get a great deal on whatever you buy. Now, that deal just got better, because eBay has coupons! My husband and I have used eBay quite a few times. We have sold some things that we didn’t need anymore, which was a nice way to make a little extra money. … Continue reading

Technology Greets Couponing

Technology is catching up to our couponing world. America Online has teamed up with your favorite grocery store to add coupons to your store club card. Is this the coupon clipping of the new generation? The free AOL service is called Shortcuts.com. Instead of having to clip coupons, you can load them onto your store savings card. Take the card to the store, choose your groceries, and swipe your card when you arrive at the register. The computer will automatically take the coupon savings off the grocery bill before you pay. As a kid, I have fond memories of helping … Continue reading

Do Coupons Really Save You Money?

Are you a coupon clipper? Do you think maybe you should be? Certainly the question has arisen in anyone’s mind who doesn’t clip any coupons… should I be? Then there are those who are actually clipping the coupons who ask the question… is this really making any difference? I have tried it both ways. To be brutally honest, I think coupons make very little difference in the big financial picture, and to do them right they take loads of time. Now, I know there are those out there who would disagree with me. If you are one, please comment on … Continue reading

Random Deals – July 18, 2012

Sometimes, it can feel like you are being bombarded with information about sales. We hear about a sale on the radio, and forget what store it was for by the time we leave the car. You find a deal while surfing online, and forget to bookmark it. Here is a quick list of some random deals and sales that are all on one, easy to locate, convenient, place. That should help! Michaels has a Clearance sale where you can get up to 80% off the items included in the sale. This is “while supplies last”. They also have some printable … Continue reading

Planning for Savings

I swear, some people think I am psychic. I always know just what coupon inserts will be in the paper, and what coupons will be there. Actually, there is really no trick to it. Smart Source, Red Plum, and Proctor and Gamble publish the annual schedule for inserts on their websites, and you’ll find it repeated on many deals related forums, blogs, and resources. People who have access to inserts before Sunday because they are involved in marketing or selling newspapers usually post their finds on deal forums, or notify their trading partners. So it’s not magic, it’s not psychic, … Continue reading

Freebies at Target

Recently, a blog, written by Mary Ann Romans, “New Grocery Shopping Techniques 2” got me thinking about using coupons and if they are really worth the effort. The blog claims coupons are not worth using anymore. I currently belong to several coupon trains and cut up several newspapers inserts each week. I spend 2-3 hours a week staying organized. So I started wondering if maybe she was right so I tried a little experiment. How much can I save using as many coupons as possible? Can I still get freebies or items we use under $1? I decided to try … Continue reading

What’s Happening at the Mall? Part 2

As I mentioned in my previous blog, Whats Happening at the Mall? the kids and I went to the mall Saturday. We had a lot of fun finding deals and a bunch of goodies we each wanted. I asked my eight year old daughter what she learned from this shopping trip and she said, “Always use coupons and you will get more.” I think I have a coupon queen in the making! My daughter had the most fun at Limited Too. She received $5 off her purchase because she brought in her report card and showed it to the associate. … Continue reading

Honor Dad With a Day of Fun

Are you looking for something to do on Father’s Day? This is a great day to get the entire family out of the house and create an adventure together. Many different places are honoring Dad by offering him a free admission. If you don’t see Dad’s favorite place listed, call them and ask if they are offering any specials. Several gardens and parks, in Florida, are offering free admission to Dad. Leu Gardens in Orlando, Florida is offering Dad a free admission to the gardens. Butterfly World, in Coconut Creek, Florida is offering free admission to any man who announces … Continue reading

Do CityPasses Really Save Money?

In my previous blog I listed some of the top city card programs in the world. The popular discount cards afford travelers access to multiple attractions for a flat (reduced) fee. So what’s the catch? While the cards are money savers, in some cases they do require speedy sightseeing. And there is the issue of whether or not they are worth getting for your entire family. If you plan to visit as many sites in one city as possible and have the time to make the most of them, then almost any of these discount cards with a decent validity … Continue reading