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Where can I get good copons?

CoolSavings free coupons

Visit CoolSavings at http://tinyurl.com/r0y for FREE Grocery coupons. Save big on food, baby needs, bath & body products, cleaning supplies, cereal and much more! Just print them from your printer, bring them to the store, and save!

   
Where can I find good promotions from companies?

Kellogg's Recent Promotions

Go to http://kellogg.marketlocator.com/kelloggs/us/kelloggpromotion.nsf/webmailin/ to see the Kellogg's promotions that are still active. Go to the promotion that you're interested in, and you'll be linked to a page that will give you a brief description of the program, as well as, how to participate. NOTE: Kellogg's often offers promotions that don't require the CRT, just the completed form and required UPCs. These are hard to come by these days, so enjoy them while they last!

   
How can I make a shopping list?

Printable Grocery Shopping List

Here is a printable shopping list to help you get organized. According to the site, this list should print on one page only.
http://members.tripod.com/~grambk11/PRINTHOUSEHOLDSHOPLIST-2.html

   
What´s a good way to tell if I should purchase an item?

Think Before You Buy

Before you purchase an item, think about how many hours you had to work at your job to earn the money to buy the item. Sometimes, when you think about it that way, you're more likely to only purchase it if it's a necessity, or at least try harder to find a bargain.

   
Where can I find coupons?

Cool Savings

Are you looking for grocery coupons? Visit CoolSavings where you'll find grocery coupons for brands you love and trust! Find great savings on food, baby needs, bath & body products, cleaning supplies, vitamins & more! Hurry, offers are limited! (US only) Go to http://tinyurl.com/ypjla for more information!

   
Where can I get good coupons?

Printable Coupons

Go to http://www.savingsmania.com/default.aspx to print coupons for groceries, restaurants, and many other places.

   
When is the best time to buy meats?

Best Time to Buy Meats

For the freshest meats, shop early on days when stores are busy - generally the middle toward the end of the week. Avoid mornings after long weekends.

   
SHould I still go to yard/garage sales when it´s raining?

Shop When it Rains

If you go to yard sales/garage sales when it's raining, you'll have a better chance of getting a better deal. Most people won't go to one of these sales when it's raining, and the people that are holding the sale know that too. Therefore, you have much more room to bargain.

   
What are some good shopping strategies?

Five Shopping Strategies: What Works

Check out this link for an article entitled Five Shopping Strategies: What Works.
http://money.cnn.com/2002/07/22/pf/saving/q_strategy/index.htm

   
How would I shop at a liquidation sale?

Liquidation Bargains

Here is an article about liquidation shopping. http://www.pioneerthinking.com/chliquidate.html

   
Where can I find coupons?

Shoe Carnival

Save up to $15 at Shoe Carnival - Create instant in-store discounts good on every product at all store locations. Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/236/CD886/ to get your coupon today!

   
How should I choose which grocery store to shop at?

Find a Store with Perks

Try finding a store to shop at that has perks. For instance, a store that doubles/triples coupons, accepts competitors coupons, has a loyalty card, etc. Of course, if this store is more expensive than others, it's probably not worth it. You need to decide for yourself.

   
How can I put my clothes on consignment?

How to Put Your Clothes on Consignment

Read this article for information about how to put your clothes on consignment, to make money.
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/chconsignment1.html

   
How can I make my clothes last longer?

Save on Family Clothing Purchases

Here is an article about money-saving tips on how to keep the clothing that you have purchased last longer.
http://www.pioneerthinking.com/clothing.html

   
Where can I get coupons?

LensCrafters

Save $75 In-Store at LensCrafters
Printable Coupons good at all 1100 locations.

GO to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/19/CD886/ to print out your coupon today!

   
Where can I find coupons?

Franklin Covey

Save $15 at Franklin Covey - Create Instant Discounts
Good on every product at all locations nationwide and online.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/338/CD886/ to print your coupons now!

   
What are some second-hand store shopping tips?

Consignment Shopping Article

Check out this article on second-hand shopping at consignment stores. http://www.pioneerthinking.com/chconsign.html

   
Where can I find clothing coupons?

Fashion Bug Coupon

Save up to $50 at Fashion Bug Stores. Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/823/CD886/ to print out your coupon today!

   
Where can I find clothing coupons?

Petite Sophisticate

Save $125 at Petite Sophisticate - Create Instant In-Store Discounts for all Petite Sophisticate Women's Clothing Stores.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/20/CD886/ and print out your coupon today!

   
Where can I find reduced items in stores?

Know Where the Reduced Racks Are

In the stores that you normally shop at, you should become familiar with the reduced rack. This is the section in the store where they sell things at a reduced price because of dented cans, crushed boxes, outdated bakery goods and bruised produce. You may want to check the item carefully to make sure that it is not too damaged for your tastes.

   
How can I save while shopping online?

Article About Online Shopping

Go to http://webguide.chatelaine.com/tips_tricks/save_save.htm for an article called 'Save, Save, Save!', which has some good tips about online shopping.

   
Where can I find coupons?

Mikasa

Save up to $50 on Mikasa Products - Discount good every day in all Mikasa store and online.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/453/CD886/to print out your coupon today!

   
What do I need to know about using coupons?

Sunday Only Delivery

Check with your local newspaper to see if they offer a Sunday only delivery. This can cost less than purchasing each weekly paper individually and is usually less than a full paper subscription.

   
Where can I find good forms?

Where to Find Forms

Sometimes we're lucky and get forms in the Sunday paper or in magazines, but most of the time, you find them in stores. The types of stores to look in are grocery, drug, hardware, convenience, liquor, department stores, etc. If forms aren't displayed, please ask a clerk where you can locate them. Most are kept at customer service or at the registers.

   
Where can I get good online savings delivered to my e-mail box?

S. C. Johnson's Clean Home Journal

Sign up today for The Clean Home Journal™ and you'll receive their e-journal that includes special offers, timesaving tips, and new product information. They also have short surveys, on occassion, that you fill out and get a bag of goodies from a lot of their partners! "The Clean Home Journal™ is sponsored by household products you know and trust—products like Glade®, Pledge®, Scrubbing Bubbles®, Shout®, Windex®, Ziploc®, and many others." http://chj.scjbrands.com/

   
Should I save my UPC codes?

Save Your UPC Codes

Save all of the UPC codes that you get from products that you know will have a refund in the future. If you're not sure if the product will be part of a future refund, save the UPC code to be on the safe side. You will want to find a way to organize your UPC codes so that when you need them for a refund, you will be able to find the correct UPC code quickly. If you have a UPC code and you don't know what it's for, go to www.upcdatabase.com and look it up.

   
What will help me in my refunding?

What to do Before Filing

Before you file your forms, qualifiers and receipts, you might want to do a few things that will help you in the long run. For instance, you should always write on the back of a qualifier what the qualifier is for. People usually highlight the expiration date on forms before they file them. Some people highlight the shopping date on the receipt so that it's easier to find the right receipt later. These are some ideas to help you get started. You might find a different way to do this afterwards, and that's fine. Do whatever works for you.

   
How do I know if the website that I´m on is secure for purchasing?

Is the Website You're Shopping on Secure?

If the website that you are on is not a well-known one, it would be wise to make sure that they are giving you secure online purchasing. Each website is different, but some standard clues are: if there is a lock on the bottom left of the screen; there is a graphic from VeriSign somewhere on the site that says that it's a secure site. If you don't see these, and can't seem to find out if the website is secure, you might just want to forget about using that site, and trying one that you've heard of before, such as Amazon, eBay, Barnes and Noble, Sears, etc.

   
Where can I find coupons?

Sears Portrait Studio

Best Deal of the Year! Portrait Sheets for only $3.99! Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/74/CD886/ and print out your savings coupon today!

   
Should I seperate my refund item from the rest of my groceries?

Separate Receipts Please

When you are purchasing an item that will be used in a rebate, you should get a separate receipt for that particular item. This is handy because most refund offers require you to have the original cash register receipt. This way, if a refund comes up for an item that you purchased separately, you will have an original cash register receipt for that refund.

   
Where can I find coupons?

World Kitchen Stores

Save up to $30 on Corelle, Corningware & Revere. Discount good every day in all factory outlet stores nationwide. Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/658/CD886/ and print your coupon today!

   
How can I get extra coupons?

Get Extras From Your Carrier

If you subscribe to your local newspaper, check with your delivery person to see if he/she has any extra coupon inserts. Many times the delivery person will have extras, and be glad to not have to throw them away.

   
What should I do before I go to a yard sale?

Know Your Stuff

Before going to yard/garage sales, make sure that you know your stuff. There are plenty of sites on the internet that you can go to for information on different items. If you know your stuff, you will be better equipped at knowing a real bargain, as well as giving you leverage in trying to negotiate a price.

   
How can I join a coupon train?

Join a Coupon Train

There are many different types of trains, as well as many different ways that they operate. The idea is that the person that wants to start the train collects names and addresses of those that want to join. Once there are enough names, the person makes a list of everyone and then puts a certain amount of coupons in an envelope with the list, and sends it to the next person on the list. That person then takes the coupons that he/she wants, and then puts back the same amount of her/his own coupons, so that there is always the same amount of coupons in the envelope. Then it gets passed on to the next person on the list, and continues on like that. I'm going to be starting a coupon train, and if any of you are interested in joining, please e-mail me at ThriftyGuru@Lifetips.com with your name and address.

   
Where can I find clothing coupons?

Casual Corner Women's Clothing Stores

Save $125 at Casual Corner
Create Instant In-Store Discounts
for all Casual Corner
Women's Clothing Stores

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/18/CD886/ to print out your coupons today!

   
Where can I get good coupons?

Blinkie Machines

At some grocery stores you may have noticed those red, plastic machines that blink constantly. If you've never looked at them, you're missing out, because they have coupons in them that are free to take. If you want more than one, you'll have to wait to pull one out at a time. The only downfall to these coupons is that most of them aren't allowed to be doubled or tripled.

   
How should I go about buying in bulk?

Start a Bulk Buying Club

Gather family, friends and neighbors that want to save money buying in bulk. Find out what the group wants to save money on, and make a list of items to buy. This could save on wholesale club memberships as well, because not everyone would need a membership card to participate in the club. Find a way to work this club so that everyone benefits from it.

   
How can I find a yard sale in my area?

G-Sale.com

Go to www.g-sale.com today, because it's an easy way to post your ad on the internet - FREE! Here you can list garage sales, yard sales or moving sales. You determine how long your ad will be displayed. Looking for a garage sale near you? Enter the name of your city or state in the search engine text box and click submit.

   
How can I find a flea market?

How to Find a Local Flea Market

Check out the Flea Market Guide website to find a local flea market. The website states that they try to make sure that all of the information is correct, but can't guarantee it. So to be safe, you might want to call the place first. http://www.fleamarketguide.com/

   
Where can I find coupons?

Airwick Coupons

Go to www.airwick.com for coupons on their products. The coupons change frequently, so check back often.

   
Where can I find coupons?

Rockport Outlet Stores

Save up to $20 at Rockport Outlet Stores - Create instant in-store discounts good on every product at all store locations.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/230/CD886/ to print out your coupon today!

   
What should I buy for my first year at college?

First Year to College Shopping List

Here you will find a huge shopping list of things that one would need for their first year at college.
http://members.tripod.com/~grambk11/collegeshoplist.html

   
Where can I find coupons?

Reebok Outlet Stores

Save up to $20 at Reebok Outlet Stores - Create instant in-store discounts good on every product at all store locations.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/219/CD886/ for your coupon today!

   
How should I go about buying in bulk?

Join a Wholesale Club

Some people save a lot of money purchasing things at a wholesale club. Annual membership is usually pretty inexpensive. Even better, if you have a family member that works for that wholesale club, you could get a free membership out of it.

   
Do I need a receipt for online purchases?

Get a Receipt for Your Purchase

When shopping online, make sure that you get an online receipt of your purchase. Some websites will e-mail you a receipt, while others will tell you at the end of the order to print this page for your records, other websites won't tell you anything. So if you're not sure if the site will remind you to print a page or that you'll get an e-mail receipt, it would be wise to print the screen that shows your ordering information. Retailers can make mistakes offline and online, so it's better to be safe than sorry, and have a receipt.

   
Where can I find clothing coupons?

Petite Sophisticate

Save $125 at Petite Sophisticate - Create Instant In-Store Discounts for all Petite Sophisticate Women's Clothing Stores.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/20/CD886/ and print out your coupon today!

   
Where can I find coupons?

Dumpster Diving

Dumpster Diving is the term coined for people who go into the newspaper recycling bins to find more coupons. You may want to check with the facility before doing this.

   
Does it matter which box I choose?

Look for Extras on Items

If you are going to buy an item, don't just grab for the one in the front. Sometimes, if you move things around, you'll find items that have hang-tags on them or offers printed directly on the item. These can save you even more money, especially if the other item is one that you normally purchase.

   
What attention grabbing phrases can I use to promote my yard sale?

Attention Grabbing Phrases for Your Ads

Here are some phrases that might help you get more people to your yard/garage sale: "More Than 500 Items.", "Exceptional Antiques.", "Everything Must Go.", "Four-House Sale.", "Three Generation Sale.", "Children's Toys, Clothes and Games." Also, if you are going to be selling new, or almost new items, those should be mentioned as well.

   
Where can I get good coupons?

Join the Cranberry Club

If you are a cranberry lover, here's your chance to get valuable coupons toward some of your favorite Ocean Spray products, as well as the latest health facts, cranberry news and recipes. http://www.oceanspraygrapefruit.com/news/cranberryclub.asp

   
How can I save on meats?

Save on Meats

To save money on meats, try cutting up your own meat. For example, a whole chicken costs less than a cut up chicken. Also, if you do it this way, you can bag the pieces up into the size that would meet your family's needs best.

   
Can I "shop" in a junk yard?

Junk Yard

Check out your local junk yard because you never know what you might find. Because the treasures there were trash to someone else, whatever you do find is yours for the taking! You'd be surprised at the things some people throw away!

   
What do I need to know about using coupons?

Expiration Date

Make sure you don't clip off the expiration date on your manufacturer's coupon. Many stores who do not accept expired coupons will not accept a coupon unless the expiration date is in sight. Please note that on some manufacturer's coupons, the expiration date is also noted in the same section of the coupon that tells the store where to send the coupon to.

   
Where can I find a yard sale in my area?

LocalYardSales.com - Canada

Localyardsales.com offers FREE listing of your yardsale. Ontario is the only province listed at the moment, but they will be adding more - so check back soon.

   
What will help me in my refunding?

Read and Re-Read Every Offer

Before you mail out a refund offer, it's wise to read and re-read the form a couple of times to make sure that you have followed the directions 100%. If you haven't you will receive your refund back, with a note explaining why they're sending it back to you, as well as how long you have to re-send the correct information.

   
When is the best time to buy backpacks and lunch boxes?

Buying Backpacks and Lunch Boxes

The best time to buy backpacks and lunch boxes is in September. Most stores want to clear out their back-to-school inventory to make way for Christmas items.

   
Where can I find coupons?

Samsonite Company Stores

Save $40 at Samsonite Company Stores. Print the coupon from http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/25/CD886/ and start saving money!

   
Where can I find good forms?

Printable Forms

Go to http://www.savingsmania.com/default.aspx to print some refund/rebate forms from your computer.

   
What will help me in my refunding?

Develop a Filing System

Before you get started refunding, you should develop a filing system for forms, qualifiers and receipts. There are many different ways to do this, so start off by thinking what you think would work best for you and then start. You can always change your system afterwards.

   
Where can I find clothing coupons?

S&K Mens Store

Save $30 at S&K Mens Store - Create Instant In-Store Discounts for all S&K Mens Store Locations. Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/4/CD886/ and print out your savings coupon today!

   
Where can I find clothing coupons?

August Max Women's Clothing Stores

Save $125 at August MaxCreate Instant In-Store Discounts for all August Max Women's Clothing Stores.

Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/17/CD886/ to print your coupon today!

   
What do I need to know about using coupons?

No Coupons

The Sunday before major holidays, there usually are not any coupon inserts, so it wouldn't be thrifty to purchase a newspaper on that day.

   
How can I be careful while purchasing items online?

Credit Cards

When shopping online, it is wise to use only one credit card for that purpose. This would be so that if someone should hack into your computer and get your credit card information, that they would only be getting one of your credit card numbers, instead of all of them. It would also be wise to make sure that the credit card you choose has good coverage for internet fraud.

   

You Can Trust the Retailers You Know

It is safe to say that when you're shopping online you can trust the retailers that you know. For instance, most people have heard of Amazon, Barnes and Noble, Sears, etc., so there should be no concern when shopping online. Be cautious of retailers that you've never heard of, like Joe's Bar and Grille, or Pete's Bike Shop, etc.

   
Do you know of any clubs for Legos?

Club Lego

Join CLub Lego at https://club.lego.com for fast, fun and free information. Here's what you will receive as a LEGO Club Member:
- Get exclusive behind-the-scenes info about upcoming LEGO games and toys
- Build your own customized LEGO Club Page
- Play exclusive Club-only games
- Access enhanced features in other LEGO online games
- Sign-up for a free subscription to LEGO Club Magazine
- Make friends and share your opinions in the Clubhouse.

   
Where can I find coupons?

Things Remembered

Save up to $40 at Things Remembered - Discount good every day at all Things Remembered stores and online.
Go to http://keycode.directtrack.com/z/456/CD886/ and get your savings coupon today!

   
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