Tip of the Day Tuesday: Upcoming Sales to be on the look-out for

If tradition holds, here are a couple of things to be on the look out for:

Overstock.com – 12 days of Christmas deals – the deals actually started yesterday. Here’s a sneak peek at the next 10 days:

(Prices don’t get released until the day the deal goes live…don’t forget to shop through Ebates to get an additional 3% back plus a free gift with your purchase)

Toys ‘R Us – 12 days of Christmas – sign up to get the daily e-mails with coupons and secret deals:
We have gotten some great deals in the past during this sale. Even if you have been on the list in the past, for some reason, you have to sign up again each year.

Also, here’s a link for 20% off a purchase of $75 or more at the Gap Outlet (25% if you have a Gap card):

Tip of the Day Tuesday: More places to find coupons

Write to the manufacturers of your favorite product

Do you have a product that you LOVE and can never seem to find coupons for? Try contacting the manufacturer to tell them how you feel about their product. Most companies have a “contact us” link and you can easily just e-mail them. I have gotten some great (and even free) coupons by doing this. The coupons usually have late expiration dates, too! It only takes a few minutes, but it is so worth it!

Check the packaging of those free samples

Each Friday, I post ‘Freebie Friday’ items. Make sure you check the packaging because they usually include coupons with the free sample items.

Check the database

Hot Coupon World has a GREAT database of coupons (including online coupons). It’s a great resource! If you don’t find what you’re looking for there, it doesn’t hurt to Google it to see if there are any printable coupons available.

Other online resources
The other day I was searching for coupons and came across Smartsource.com. I use Coupons.com all of the time, but I had forgotten about Smartsource.com. There are some great coupons there, too! Also, don’t forget to check out manufacturer websites. You would be surprised by how many coupons you can find there! Look for the “special offers,” “coupons” or “promotions” link to access them!

Tip of the Day Tuesday: Stock up in season

Buying “in season” doesn’t just apply to fruits and vegetables. When you have been couponing for awhile, you start to see trends in the sale items. If you match your coupons with the sale items, you can often get things pretty cheap

This time of year is the perfect time to stock up on:
*broth (chicken/beef) – you can usually brand name for .30-.40/can
*cream soups (cream of chicken, cream of mushroom, etc.) – you can usually get Campbells for .50-.60/can
*baking items (chocolate chips, flour, sugar, etc.) – if you have a Kroger store, take advantage of the Mega Sale going on right now!
*soup in general (you can get cans of Progresso or Campbells ready to serve for .50-$1 and sometimes free depending on your coupons)
*canned vegetables (you can get them anywhere from .39-.50/can right now)
*cold medicines

If you want to start stocking up, at Walgreens this week, you can get ButterBall chicken broth for .39/can. Campbell’s cream soups are 5/$4. Don’t forget the Mega Sale at Kroger for baking items!

Some people stockpile so that they have an emergency reserve of goods for times of need (unemployment, natural disaster, etc.). I have used mine for both situations. Having a stockpile also helps you to save money on groceries. When I see that there is going to be a good sale on something and there are coupons to match, I usually get a large number of coupons (10-20) and stock up. Then, I don’t ever HAVE to pay full price for these items. I am able to wait until there’s another good sale and stock up again. It’s also nice because I usually don’t have to worry about making last minute trips to the grocery store.

If you’re still having doubts about stockpiling, check out this article on the Five Myths of Stockpiling:

Tip of the Day Tuesday: catalina coupons

Catalinas are coupons that print off at the register, typically in grocery stores (Walgreens also has them). They are usually triggered by an item you are purchasing. For example, if you purchase Pampers diapers, you may get a catalina coupon for Luvs diapers.

Some of them are like regular coupons and good for a certain dollar amount off the purchase of a specific product. They usually will say “redeem at” and have the store logo where you got them. Some stores will accept catalina coupons from other stores, so you may want to ask your stores about that.

Other catalina coupons are good for a certain dollar amount off your next purchase (so they can be used to buy anything). I usually try to save these and use them toward the purchase of produce or meat, since coupons for these items are not as easy to find.