Posted by: thesavinghabit | October 12, 2010

Giveaway/ Avoid the Coupon Trap / Weekly deals 10/14-10/20

Enter for a chance to win a Free copy of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” Here

Before I talk about how to avoid the coupon trap, I wanted to mention a couple of things.  Many schools are currently selling a coupon book called “Enjoy the City.”  The book sells for about $20.00 and is an excellent source of savings!  I saved far more than the cost of the book last year. If you can’t find a local school that is selling them, you can order from their website here. You can also flip through the pages of the book there to see exactly what is offered for each area.

I also wanted to mention a search engine that can earn you some money.  If you haven’t used Swagbucks, I highly recommend it.  Not only is it an excellent search engine, but you can earn some great prizes (or cash) from it.  Just make it your home page and then search for whatever website you want and you will randomly earn “swagbucks” which are redeemable for prizes.  I’ve used it for several years and it is very reliable. I’ve earned $140 in Amazon gift cards so far this year that I plan to use for Christmas shopping for my kids! That’s a significant savings on my budget! And it was for doing things I would normally have done anyway. FREE MONEY!  Last year I managed to get a Wii Console for less than $5 out of pocket thanks to using Swagbucks!

Now, to avoid the coupon trap:

Many people have asked me if I purchase products just because I have a coupon.  This is a big trap many people fall into when beginning the process of using coupons. The ONLY time you should purchase something you don’t need or use just because you have a coupon is if you can get it for free, or almost free and can then donate it to a worthy cause.  With the recession we are in, so many charities are in need of donations – food banks, etc.  This is a wonderful way to donate items without affecting your own budget.  However, if you go to the store and buy items that you didn’t plan to buy, you’ve just spent money unnecessarily and you are defeating your purpose of saving money. The biggest key to keeping within your grocery budget is to make a list before going to the store, having the coupons sorted out for that list, and then stick to the list!  There may be times when you find something on clearance that isn’t on your list, but don’t be tempted by items you don’t need. And never shop when you are hungry. That will only add to the temptation to buy unnecessary items.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo
BOGO – Buy one, get one free
SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers)
Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores
Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off
Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles
All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix.comfor their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 10/14-10/20, please click here

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups for 10/14-10/20, please click here

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here

 For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita’s Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/
http://www.specials.publix.com
http://www.iheartpublix.com
http://www.iheartwags.com
http://www.iheartcvs.com
http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com
http://www.grocerydeals.gather.com
http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com
http://www.southernsavers.com
http://freefrugality.blogspot.com

http://getadealdude.com

E-Book now available!

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here

Renita is a resident of Palm Beach County, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website at http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

 “Copyright © Renita R. Perrone All rights reserved. Permission granted to reprint this article on your website without alteration (excluding the weekly deals)  if you include this copyright statement and leave the hyperlinks live and in place.” http://wowyousavedhowmuch.com

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