-Use BOGO Oust coupon (SS 1/3)
-Get $3 ECBs (Limit 3*)
Final Price = 2 for FREE (+ $2 possible overage)
*Note: The official limit is 3 and will be marked on the shelf. However, many are reporting the limit is actually 6. Thanks Shellie!
Do you shop at Harris Teeter? I am freaking out a bit that they double coupons up to $1.98! CRAZY! I don’t have one in my area but Megan at Single Mama Savings has the match-ups this week. Check them out HERE.
A few posts below one reader was worried because a family member had criticized or raised concern about couponing and getting things for free. Suggesting that it might not be ethical. I am not trying to single you out Susan, you have a reason to be concerned especially if someone is suggesting you are doing something wrong and personally I would be worried about their opinion of me. But, the facts are COUPONING IS COMPLETELY ETHICAL AND LEGAL, if you do not take advantage of it.
A few months ago I wrote a post about the life cycle of a coupons. I have been searching for hours for the post to give you a link. It was apparently lost in one of my moves, I can’t find it anywhere, I must have mislabeled it! I spelled out what happened from the time you cut the coupon out and used it until the store was fully reimbursed for it by the manufacturer. Citing sources and statistics about the benefit to the stores and the manufacturers when you use a coupon. Not only are you going to the store and shopping there, more importantly you are moving their merchandise, which as my CVS manager explained to me, is more beneficial to them that they give you it your free and get reimbursed than it just sitting there.
Now, there are ways in which couponing is unethical and just the same as stealing. This is were I jump on a soapbox. When I teach a coupon class unfortunately I have to spend quite a bit of time on explaining the “right” way to use coupons. When people use coupons the “wrong” way they ruin it for the rest of us.
What to NEVER do with a coupon.
NEVER use coupons for products they are not intended for. If a coupon says you must buy 2, you must buy 2. Even if the coupon does not beep when they scan it. If you try and slip these through it is coupon fraud, this costs the stores and the manufacturers money. It is stealing.
NEVER use expired coupons. There is the possibility they will not get reimbursed for them. Stores usually have 3 months to send in their coupons after they expire, but that is not for us to decide. If you are trying to slip these through, that is also stealing.
NEVER EVER copy coupons. I have heard that printable coupons have a unique code in the barcode that is linked to your ip address. If you copy them the code is all the same they can track it to you, it is coupon fraud to copy ANY coupon.
NEVER Decode the Barcode. I am not even going to start explaining what this is. I heard it being discussed at one point and just walked away. It was clearly taking advantage of the “system” and coupon fraud at the best.
NEVER alter coupons. I am going to throw in, or use pdf’s sent to you by friends. MANY pdf coupons in files are fraudulent. They have been altered by people and then spammed around the internet. Honest Friends send theses around, but many times they are not valid. Be VERY cautious, esp. if they are high value, anything over $2.
NEVER buy something with a coupon, intending to return it for full value. This blows my mind. You might as well just steal it from the store and not bother with the coupon in the first place. Also, stores will “tag” you and keep track of anything that you do in their store, with good reason. My CVS will tell me stories about people like this, they know exactly who they are. They have refused to sell them anything with a coupon.
Fortunately, most people don’t do these things. I have to admit that I have mistakenly used an expired coupon and not realized it, only to have the cashier catch it. I am really embarrassed and apologize. I have also later when I have gotten home and was typing out scenarios here, realized I used a coupon that was intended for 2 products on 1. Obviously, I had to not use that deal. But it wasn’t intentional. So, we might make a few mistakes, but, knowingly taking advantage is completely another story.
The future of couponing and finding great deals depends a lot on the people using coupons. If people are stealing and manipulating coupons, manufactures will stop using them to entice us into buying their products. They are hoping that we like their products and tell our friends. They want us to buy that product in the future even if we do not have a coupon.
Off my soap box now… what do you think? How do you feel about coupons?
KC Penny Pinching Mama posted about the Johnson & Johnson Mail in Rebate offer. The form should be in the inserts this coming Sunday, January 10th. I am not very good at mail in rebates, but this one looks easy so I am going to give it a try. As a reminder, the products included in the offer are:
Clean & Clear
Right now, at coupons.com, you will find coupons for ALL of these products! Hurry and print them right away so you can stretch your money on your rebate!! They are also really great high value coupons to have for an upcoming sale. You will find most of them under the personal care tab on the left.
* $2.00/1 – $2.50/1 Aveeno Products (3 different coupons)
* $2.00/1 Ambi
* $2.00/1 & B1G1 Free Clean & Clear
* $3.00/1 Roc
* $2.00/1 Lubriderm
* $2.00/1 Purpose
Thanks to Tracie for all this info! I am going to try this year and do more rebates!
If you sign up for the AMF e-Club, you will get a coupon good for a free game of bowling for up to 10 people (find a location here)! Plus, on your birthday every year, you will get a free gift. I will admit I haven’t bowled in years — bring on the gutter balls!! Thanks KCPPM!
I deleted the other Free calendar post to clean it up a bit. The deal wasn’t working with the code I had posted. You only got B1G1 50 % off. Not quite a good enough deal!
Thanks to Anon who found another deal,
Thanks to Kansas City Penny Pinching Mama for these free samples!
You can get a free sample of Barbara’s Organic Cereal. Head over here and complete the form. Be sure to answer all of the questions, or it will error and not be submitted. Once you are done, you can expect to get your sample in a few weeks!
If you head over here and click on the orange bar that says “Request a Sample,” you can get a free Healthy Drink Mix sent to your house. You can only get one per household and if you have received one in the past, you will not be able to get another.
If you complete this survey, you will get your choice of one of the following:
* NasaDock Stand
I just got back from Walgreens and I tried to get the Stayfree and the Reach toothbrush and floss deal. They were the right prices so I was excited to get some free! I gave the manufacturer coupons first because there were a few BOGO coupons and then the Walgreens coupons. The cashier (and the manager) said they have to do the walgreens coupon first and then the manufacturer coupon. They both said it’s a new corporate policy. This means no more free stuff.
2 stayfree @ $6.29 each
use walgreens coupon- takes $3 off each
use BOGO coupon (only takes off $3.29)
final cost $3.29 for both packs
Two free movie tickets to Studio Movie Grill Texas Link live for three days. 1/2-1/4
Tickets must be used by 1/28/2010
Must send to valid email address and confirm to get pass.
Pass for two to same movie, same showtime.
Each paper has a unique code so do not post passes on this forum.
One per person.
Each pass admits two people.
ClickHERE to check it out and sign up!
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