Archive for ‘It’s a Coupon Life!’

February 6, 2012

Chocolate Anyone?

This is kind of a post to touch base and survey some of you. Last week, I was introduced to Xocai which is a healthy chocolate. Yes, chocolate is healthy in moderation and dark chocolate is the best type for you which is where Xocai comes into the picture. What if you could eat 3 pieces of chocolate a day and ditch those prescription drugs you are taking to keep your body in check? What about drinking chocolate and losing weight? These are the benefits people using Xocai are seeing.

I am not trying to sell you on the idea, but wondering if any of this piques your interest. I am interested in signing up to sell and to eat it, but it isn’t exactly cheap. However, my coupon mind sees it as this, if Troy can use less prescriptions each month or less vitamins and supplements it may save us money in the long run. Is there a price on a healthier you?

Have you heard of Xocai before? Do you  want to know more? Would you be interested in buying it or selling? I would need 3 people to sign up under me to pay for my monthly supply 🙂

Please leave me your comments below. I am seriously considering joining, but really want to see what the interest is with my readers. Thanks for your help!

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June 30, 2010

Coupons in the mail

If you have ever couponed or if you are just starting you will soon realize there are a lot of coupons that won’t be of use to you. Maybe they don’t apply to you for instance you don’t have a baby so diapers aren’t your thing. Or the coupon just isn’t something you wouldn’t purchase.

I would suggest you join a coupon train or exchange or multiple ones! I have never participated in a train, but I am joining one on We Use Coupons. I also host my own coupon exchange and would be happy to have others join the fun. Just send me an email!

The reason to join is you get rid of the coupons you aren’t going to use by passing them along to someone else. Also, you get coupons you need from someone else! Each program is different so just find one that works for you! There is nothing worse than throwing away a coupon someone else may have been able to use.

I will post more on what to do with expired coupons in the near future!

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June 29, 2010

Name Brand vs Off Brand

You might be thinking that coupons don’t make sense. Why not just buy the off brand and save some money. This is true. There is definitely and opportunity to save if you aren’t a brand loyalist. However, this is not always the case. It is important to look at all the brands, prices, and coupons you have available to be able to make an informed decision about every purchase you make.

1. Look at the whole shelf at the store. If you notice the most expensive items are at eye level, be sure to compare everything.
2. Do you have a coupon? If so, determine if the price with the coupon is better than the off brand.
3. Also look at the sizes of the packaging. Sometimes it is worth buying the bigger package since it may be cheaper per ounce/liter/piece. However, it may be cheaper to buy two smaller units in which you can use two coupons.

Just keep an eye out. I have passed on coupons in the past because my thinking was this: Even if this goes on sale it won’t be cheap enough.

I have learned that isn’t always the case. Be open-minded about the brands and keep the coupons of items you may not want to pass up if there is a great price.

My example from the other night:
                      Kroger single roll paper towels are $0.68 (I think and may have been on sale)
                      Bounty single roll paper towels were $1.09
                      2 coupons for $1 off and I got them for $0.18 saving $1.18!

Wish I had more coupons so I could stock up. This is also a good example of where buying smaller and not in bulk is more effective.

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June 28, 2010

Walmart Coupon Policy

Walmart Coupon Policy

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

•Manufacturer coupons (Cents Off)
•Free merchandise (or manufacturer’s Buy-One-Get-One-Free) coupons
•Store coupons
•Pharmacy (Advertising and Promotional) coupons
•Internet coupons
•Soft drink container caps
The following are guidelines and limits:

•Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise we sell and only when presented at the time of purchase.
•Coupons should have an expiration date and be presented within the valid dates. Walmart will not accept expired coupons.
•Internet coupons should be legible and say “Manufacturer Coupon.” There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and a scannable bar code.
•Only one coupon per item is permitted.
•Use of 40 or more coupons per transaction will require approval by Customer Service Manager.

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It is possible to visit a store that doesn’t quite understand their coupon policy. I would suggest you carry the coupon policy with you. Also, keep the Corporate Customer Service number handy 1-800-925-6278. If you do have a problem just call and they can straighten out the issue with your store right then and there. If you decide to wait and contact corporate after you get home, please do so by email. This will ensure you have their response in writing!

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June 27, 2010

Target Coupon Policy

Target Stores Coupon Policy

Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping with us, and it’s easy to use them at our stores.

•    Target accepts one manufacturer coupon and one Target coupon for the same item (unless prohibited)
•    Super Target coupons can be used in any Target store if the store carries the item
•    We gladly accept valid internet coupons

Because of the variety of coupons available to our guests, we do have some guidelines for how coupons can be redeemed at Target.

When accepting coupons, we use the following guidelines:

•    We accept two kinds of coupons: Target-issued coupons and manufacturer-issued.
•    We’ll accept one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits it.
•    Coupon amount may be reduced if it exceeds the value of the item after other discounts or coupons are applied.
•    We can’t give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item.
•    We can’t accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.
•    All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier while you’re checking out.

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It is possible to visit a store that doesn’t quite understand their coupon policy. I would suggest you carry the coupon policy with you. Also, keep Guest Services Corporates number handy 1.800.440.0680. If you do have a problem just call and they can straighten out the issue with your store right then and there. If you decide to wait and contact corporate after you get home, please do so by email. This will ensure you have their response in writing!

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