Instant Win Wednesday: Johnsons, groceries, Steak ‘N Shake

Steak ‘n Shake: Shake it Spin It, Win game:

Johnson’s for You: Escape Everyday Stress:

Hellman’s $10,000 Grocery Giveaway:

Games from previous weeks:

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 I use all of the time, but I had forgotten about 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!

More Savings Monday: JC Penney and Bath and Body Works deals!

JC Penney is having a HUGE clearance on toys. Here’s the link:|64916

If you go through to place your order, you will get 4% cash back (and you will get a $5 bonus for joining if you are new and a $10 bonus if this is your first purchase before 12/31/08).

Use the following codes at check-out to sweeten your deals:
For free shipping – GIVETHX
For $10 off a $25 purchase – JCP
For $10 off $50 or $15 off $75 PC42AM
For 15% off your order – NOVSURV8
Bath and Body Works is offering a free item (up to $13) with any $10 in store purchase. The printable coupon can be accessed here:

If you shop online, you can get 5 full size signature collection items for $25.

More Savings Monday: Get $50 for Opening an ING Electric Orange account

I have been a fan of ING for years. Shortly before my oldest daughter was born, they were offering a $50 bonus if you created an account. It sounded like a great way to start a savings account for a new baby. Both of my kids now have savings accounts there and it’s where I keep all of our “sinking funds” (escrow, vacation, auto repairs, clothing budget, Christmas fund, etc.).

I love it because the interest rate is usually higher than regular banks. If you’re not familiar with ING, it’s basically an online bank. You link your accounts to your checking account at an actual bank so that you can transfer money back and forth.

They started offering checking accounts about a year ago. They are now offering a $50 bonus if you open an “Electric Orange” checking account, activate the ATM/debit/Mastercard associated with the account, and make 3 purchases using the card in the first 45 days. This is great news for me because I keep our Christmas fund there anyway. So, I transferred our Christmas fund money to the checking account and I can now use the debit card to pay for my purchases! Then, I’ll get $50 to start out my Christmas fund for next year 🙂 I will not be using this as our primary checking account, but the debit Mastercard will make it easy to access money from various accounts when I need to pay for things.

To get the details on this promotion, click here:

Here’s the breakdown:

  1. Click ‘Apply Now’
  2. Open your Electric Orange
  3. Activate your Electric Orange MasterCard® Debit Card
  4. Use your Electric Orange Card to make at least 3 signature-based purchases in the first 45 days after your account has been opened
  5. Your $50 bonus will be automatically deposited into your Electric Orange 50 days after your account has been opened

If you’re not familiar with ING and have questions, click here:

If you’re new to ING and want to open a savings account, you can also receive a $25 bonus if you are referred by a current member and open the account with an initial balance of $250 (If you’d like a referral, send me an e-mail and I will send you one….my e-mail address is in the upper left hand corner of the blog).

Free Dr. Pepper – today only!

Sign up to get a coupon for a free Dr. Pepper: