Friday, October 29, 2010

There are two types of coupons: store coupons and manufacturer coupons.

What’s the difference: Manufacturer Coupons
1.        1.  Manufacturer coupons will have a barcode and begin with a 5 or 9.
  1. Manufacturer coupons will have the company address somewhere on the coupon so the store can be reimbursed. Stores are reimbursed by the manufacturer for FULL face value for the coupon plus $0.08 per coupon PLUS shipping. So do not feel bad for using your coupons to your advantage!

 See the 5? Indicates
manufacturers coupon.

What’s the difference: Store Coupons
  1. Store coupons sometimes have a barcode but do not begin with a 5.
  2. Store coupons will have the name of the store and some kind of identification number.
    • Exception: Rite Aid store coupons say “manufacturer” at the top but begin with RC which makes it a store coupon.
  3. Store coupons will have the store name on it. Sometimes manufacturer’s coupons will have a stores name on it (i.e. Target, Walgreens) but will still say “manufacturer coupon” and start with a 5. Stores can accept manufacturer coupons even if it has another stores name on it, but it is at their discretion.
                                                         Store name


Where to find coupons

Manufacturer coupons can be found:
1.      Sunday paper inserts are the easiest place to find lots of mannys at once.
2.    Magazines often have coupons. “All You” (found only at Walmart or sent through subscription) has the most coupons in it by far!  See me for an order form !
3.    Internet coupons are ALWAYS available! This is where most of my coupons come from. Below is a list of sites.
· as you need them, unless it’s high value
· Usually the same as the Sunday insert.
· the same as the Sunday insert.
·         Manufacturer websites-ALWAYS check the manufacturer’s website!
v      Ex: Betty Crocker, Kraft, Clorox
·         Facebook- Different companies always run special coupons on their Facebook page.
·         Peelies- Found on product packaging.
v      General rule: Take 2 to save for later. If you plan to use immediately take as many as you need. Just remember to be polite and don’t take them all!
·         Blinkies- Little black machine found on shelves. Taking 2-4 is acceptable.
·         Tear pads- If you see a tear pad and want the coupon GET IT! Don’t wait because they will be gone. Again, taking 2-4 is acceptable.
·         Email program- I have a running list of companies to email and receive FREE coupons! Many times those coupons include a FREE product coupon. Check out the blog for the running list.
Store coupons can be found:
·         Well in the store of course!
·         Publix keeps their coupons behind the counter. Just walk up and ask for some.
·         Drug stores usually have them when you walk in by the current sales ad.
·         The following stores have their coupons online on the store webpage and affiliate pages too:

o    CVS
o    Walgreens
o    Target
o    Rite Aid
o    Dollar General
o    Publix

Coupons and Coffee

BRRR! I love this cold weather that rolled in last night! Makes my coffee take that much better!

Thanks Easternshore Mom, Jessica's Coupons, Money Saving Mom, Living Rich With Coupons

Baby Talk Magazine
Shout Color Catchers- new?
Betty Crocker Calendar
Eat Better America calendar
Yogi Tea Samples

$.50/1 Tabasco sauce
$.50/1 Tetley tea
$.50/1 Jala bar frozen treats

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Coupons and Coffee

It was a long night here at the House of Collums! Bad storms coming through waking up the big girls (Molly had a friend sleepover) and the littlest one decided two hours of sleep was all she needed for the night! I feel a nap coming on already!

Thanks Freebies4Mom, Money Saving Mom, Passion for Saving, Katy Couponers

Free Neilmed NetiPot or Sinus Rinse-Facebook
Sedona  Labs iFlora Probiotics
14 day supply Enzymedica Digest Basic Health Supplement

CVS $5/$15
$2.50/1 Huggies diapers
$1.50/1 Theraflu
$8 Toy Story 3 Blu-Ray combo
$.75/1 Clabber Girl baking product

Wednesday, October 27, 2010

Supermarket ad match ups 10/27-11/2

I've been thinking Tuesday all day! Sorry for the delay!

Publix- Thanks I Heart Publix!
I just might have to make a trip to Fairhope this week!

Jerry Lee's- Full ad here Some good prices if they would take internet printable coupons!
**Skinless boneless chicken breasts $1.99 lb stock up price!

Rouse's- Full ad here
Whole chickens $.69 lb
Bounty Paper towels 1 ct. $.69
-$1/1 Bounty paper towels home mailer
That makes them FREE!
Bar S Franks $.68 each
-$1/2 printable here (when goes to print picture shows bologna but prints franks)
Pay $.18 a package!

Greer's- Full ad here
Best Choice large eggs $.79
-BOGO Egg printable (no longer available check your files)
Pay $.40 a dozen!
Hamburger Helper $1
-$1/3 GM 9/12
Pay $.67 each
Quaker Oatmeal $2.50
-$2/1 printable (no longer available check your files)
Pay $.50 a box!

Winn Dixie- Thanks Southern Savers!
A few good buys at Winn Dixie this week!
Armour Meatballs 14 oz. $4.99 BOGO
-$.55/1 September All You or SS 10/3
-$.55.1 printable here
Pay $1.95 each!

Piggly Wiggly/Food Giant- Full ad here
Duncan Hines cake mix $.68
Boneless Chuck Roast $1.98 lb

Black Friday 2010: Ace Hardware ad

Ace Hardware

12 Volt Tire Inflator $7.99
Portable Jump Starter with Inflator $29.99

Digital Cameras
10x25 Digital camera Binoculars $24.99

Taylor Indoor/Outdoor Thermometer with Remote Sensor (1524) $9.99

Holiday Items
200 Ct. Mini Light Set $1.99
9' Pre-Lit Garland $9.99
Celebrations C5 White LED 50 Light Set (C5503RW) - 12 Pack $5.99/EA
Celebrations® M5 50 LED Clear Light Set - 12 Packs $5.99/EA
Celebrations® M5 50 LED Multi-Color Light Set - 12 Packs $5.99/EA
Holiday Solar Pathway Stake Light $2.99
Pre-Lit Wreath $9.99

Home Items
Duracell Alkaline Batteries $6.99
Portable Fabric Steamer $9.99
Volcano Lamp $9.99

Glass Lazy Susan $9.99

Charbroil Patio Bistro IR Electronic Grill (11601578) $99.99
Charbroil Patio Bistro IR Gas Grill (11601558) $99.99 
Lighted Porch Tree 2/Pk. $19.99
Woods Indoor and Outdoor Lighting Timer Set (13571) $9.99

Pop-Up Pet Kennel $9.99
Rectangular Ped Bed (1686816) $7.99 
Small Round Ped Bed $4.99

Promotional Items
$10 OFF Purchase of $50 or more of regular-priced merchandise $10 OFF
50% OFF One Regular-Priced Item Under $30 50% OFF

Ace 15ft and 25ft Outdoor Landscape Extension Cord Combo Set $7.99
Ace 6 Outlet Home Appliance Power Strip - 4 Pack 2 for $7
Ace 6 Piece Metric Gear Wrench Ratcheting Wrench Set $9.99
Ace Halogen Par38 Floodlight Bulb 0.99 EACH
Ace Outdoor Triple Tap Outlet Adapter 2 for $6
Ace® 16/2 SPT-2 Cube Tap Extension Cord in Various Sizes2 for $2
Black & Decker 18 Volt Cordless Drill/Driver Kit (CD1800SKA) $19.99
Black & Decker Workmate X-Frame Light Duty Workbench (WM125) $14.99
Black & Decker® 120 Piece Drilling and Screwdriving Set (71-991D) $9.99 
Celebrations C5 Multi-Colored LED 50 Light Set (C5503RM) - 12 Pack $5.99/EA
Cosco® Step Stool $9.99 EACH
Craftsman 11 Pc. SAE or Metric Socket Set $9.99
Craftsman 12" Tool Bag $9.99
Craftsman LED Flashlight $9.99
Dewalt® 1/2in 18V Heavy Duty Cordless Compact Drill/Driver Kit (DC970K-2) $89.99
Dremel 200 Series Rotary Tool Kit (200-1/15) $24.99
Dremel® Rotary Tool 150 piece Accessory Super Kit (697-06) $9.99 
Halogen Spotlight $9.99
Outdoor Spikelight $3.99
Portable Power Inverter $9.99
Shop-Vac 16 Gal 5.5 Peak HP Wet & Dry Vacuum (5852600) $29.99 
Stanley 12 in 1 Multi-Tool with Pouch (84-519K) $4.99
Stanley 12ft and 25ft Tape Rule Set (70-109) $4.99
Stanley 16" Tool Box $4.99
Stanley 20 Piece Screwdriver Set (60-220) $4.99
Stanley Heavy Duty Utility Blade Dispenser (11-921a) $4.99 
Stanley Steel Long Tape $4.99 
Stanley Utility Knife (10-788) $4.99 
Steel Grip 10 PC Combo Wrench Set (DR61743) $4.99
Steel Grip 15 Pc 1/4in Drive Socket Set (DR61828) $4.99 
Steel Grip 4 Pc Combination Plier Set (DR60425) $4.99
Steel Grip 4 Pc Combination Tool Set (DR63598) $4.99
Terratek 6in Bench Grinder (PBG6) $19.99

Discovery Kids Pop Open Play Tent $14.99
Electronic Piggy Bank $9.99
Tabletop Air Hockey Game$17.99
Tabletop Foosball Game $17.99

Coupon Email Program- What's that mean? COUPONS!

I haven't posted a list in almost two months! Yikes! All the freebies and coupons I've been missing out on! So here's another round and an update on previous emails.

Azteca Foods
Dannon Danimals

New to the Coupon Email program? Go here to read about it and catch up. Here's a list of all the companies I received something from last time:

Apple & Eve- free product coupon and several other high value coupons
Sunny D- free product coupon
White House Foods- free product coupon and other high value coupons

Coupons and Coffee

Ugh. That hot, muggy weather yesterday has me not wanting coffee, so I am join you with a nice cup of sweet tea this morning! Enjoy the coupons and freebies!

Thanks Hip2Save, Jessica's Coupons,

$2/1 Boogie wipes- pdf from website
BOGO Glade 3 wick candle or reed diffuser
$1/1 Colgate toothbrush
$1/1 Duncan Hines Amazing Glazes (goes straight to print)
$9 in Arm & Hammer coupons
$.50/1 Reddi Whip
$.75/1 Clorox Disinfecting Wipes

Axe deodorant
Dove deodorant
Thomas Coffee

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

I have a goal!

With all this money saving going on I've been rolling it all back into our budget to stockpile and do other things. After reading one of my favorite blogs (Money Saving Mom) and the great time that was had at the Relevant Conference last week I've made a decision! I want to see something real with all this money that's being saved so I'm going to try my hardest to save up all this extra to pay for a trip to one of these blogging conferences or a trip to Disney next year!

Deposit #1
+$7.50 from someone ordering magazines through my site.

Coupons and Coffee

Morning folks! I finally got some coffee creamer last night (for FREE of course) so now I can enjoy that cup of coffee while scouring the internet for coupons and freebies! Don't forget about your chance to help someone in need by signing up a family for the chance to get a free Thanksgiving dinner. Go here to check it out.

Thanks Money Saving Mom, Living Rich with Coupons, For the Mommas

Keep watching Rayovac on facebook! The FREE 9V coupon giveaway crashed their site but they say they'll have it back up in a few days. You'll click on the "9v tab"

In His Own Words- book download
Amino Vital Focus drink
Nordic Naturals
Playtex Sport
Kotex Sample
Food Should Taste so good chips or crackers
Made Organic Drink

Monday, October 25, 2010

Coupons and Coffee

Morning couponers! Another week of freebies and coupons coming up!

Thanks Freebies4Mom, MoneySavingMom, LivingRichWithCoupons

Blockbuster Express FREE Rental code- BBXMDY (expires midnight tonight 10/25)
Green Mountain coffee sample- Available again sometime today! Keep checking the link!
Jergen's  Moisturizer
2011 Oriental Trading Calendar
Khaki Frozen Dinner
Dove Ultimate deodorant

$3/1 Similac
$.50/1 Ground Beef (RARE!)- locally can use at Piggly Wiggly or Save a lot, but there are many other stores nationwide. To get coupon look at very bottom of the page where it says FREE CODE PLAY (small print at VERY bottom).

Sunday, October 24, 2010

The Big Announcement................Helping Hands: Thanksgiving

If you've been reading this blog for very long(or at all!) you know the great deals that can be found everywhere. I've been fortunate this year to cut my families budget by hundreds of dollars and stockpile for later use. I want to pass those savings on to another by offering a helping hand. So what is it that I want to do? God tells us to love our neighbors, I can do that by giving food. Specifically a basket full of everything you need for a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner.

How can you help? Nominate a family that you know in the local area (with in 50 miles of zip code 39565) that could use the blessing of a Thanksgiving meal donation this year. Go here fill out an application. All I ask is that it be a family in need that might not reach out for the help or doesn't "qualify" for help from another agency. Nominate more than one family, a neighbor, someone from church, a complete stranger. It doesn't matter.

You can also help (if you wish) by donation! Donate some of your stockpiled non-perishable food items that could be used for Thanksgiving dinner or donate money. Maybe with your help we can provide food for more than one family! Email me at if you would like to make a donation.

What: Thanksgiving Dinner
Who: A family in need
Go here to fill out an application to nominate a family.
When: Applications and donations will be accepted until November 16th. 

Saturday, October 23, 2010

Another week of deals 10/24-10/30

Target-  Thanks Totally Target!
Kroger  -  Thanks Southern Savers!
Rite Aid  - Thanks I heart saving money!
Walgreens  - Whole ad here Thanks Wild 4 Wags!
CVS - Thanks I heart saving money!

Friday, October 22, 2010

Homeschoool Freebies

Guess I should really title that Educational Freebies because they're open to everyone!

Thanks to Money Saving Mom for this great list!

Progressive Phonics-Free PDF downloads
Children's Chapel- free memory verses and activity sheets
Interactive US Map from Sheppard Software- place the states in the right place
Easy Fun School- free unit studies

Another Free Kindle Book: The Land Between-Finding God in Difficult Transitions

Here's another free Kindle book, The Land Between-Finding God in Difficult Transition. . Remember you can download these to your computer to read without having a Kindle! Go here to download.

Thanks to My Money Mission Online and Smart Couponing!

Coupon Lingo

Coupon Lingo

$$/$$ – This means $ off when you spend $ amount ($5/$25 or $5 off $25)
B1G1 or BOGO= Buy One Get One Free
Blinkie = A coupon that prints out at a machine in the store.
Bricks- type of coupon that prints online; used by many manufacturers
Catalina =  A coupon that prints out at the register
Coupon Insert – These are “packets” of coupons found in Sunday papers . These are typically sent out by Smart Source (SS or S), Red Plum (RP) and Proctor & Gamble (PG)
ECB = Extra Care Bucks. Exclusive to CVS. They work like cash on your next order only work at CVS
IP = Internet Printable Coupon.
MFR = Manufacturer or mannys
OOP = Out-of-Pocket.
 Peelie = Coupons found on products in the store.
 Q = Coupon
Raincheck = A slip you can ask for in the store when an item’s on sale and out-of-stock.
RR = Register Rewards. Exclusive to Walgreens. They work like cash on your next order at Walgreens, Walmart and Publix.
WAGS = Abbreviation for Walgreens
Stacking= using 1 store and 1 manufacturer coupon on the same item.
YMMV = Your Mileage (Manager) May Vary. This is what you’ll see when someone finds a deal but they want you to know that your store may not offer the same deal.
WYB = When You Buy
DND= Do not double

True Value Black Friday AD

True Value- view full ad here and ad scan here

Cold Weather Fleece Work Gloves $9.97
300W Jump Starter $19.97
Bed and Bathroom
Deluxe Queen Raised Airbed $29.99
Holiday Items
105-Ct. Multi or Cool White LED Light Set $9.99
Pre-Lit 7' Springfield Noble Tree $39.99
Home Items
Cosco 5-Pc. Folding Table and Chairs $49.99
Sling Recliner Lounge Chair $39.99
Steam Mop $39.97
Viziheat Ceramic Heater $19.99
3-Qt. Oval Slow Cooker $9.97
Large Roaster $14.97
Mr. Coffee 4-Cup Programmable Coffeemaker $9.99
Pizza/Cookie Sheet Combo $8.97
4-Pk. Solar Stainless Steel Pathway Lights $9.99
Dog Bed $9.99
110-Pc. Drill/Driver Set $7.97
16 LED Cordless Task Light $7.99
2-Step Highback Step Stool $14.99
3-Gal. Compressor with 10-Pc. Accessory Kit $59.99
4-Pc. Auto Floor Mats $4.97
8-Pc. Pliers and Wrench Set $9.97
94-Pc. Master Mechanic Tool Set $39.99
GearWrench 7-Pc. Flex Ratcheting Wrench Set $29.97
LED Aluminum Flashlight $9.99

Coupons and Coffee

Morning! More coupons and samples coming your way this a.m.!

Thanks Hip2Save, Jessica's Coupons, Passion for Saving!

$1.50/1 Wholly Guacamole or Queso
$1/1 Lea & Perrins Worcestershire sauce
$1/2 Athenos Greek yogurt products

Garnier Ultra Lift
8x10 collage from Walgreens- Pick up only must order by today 10/22!
Crest 3D Whitestripes
Garnier Fructis
The Nativity- a book
Living Rich while Spending Smart- a book
25 free black and white copies at Office Depot- must present Worklife rewards or Teachers rewards card
Pumpkin Carving Designs

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Black Friday 2010: Harbor Freight BF Ad released

Yeah! The first ad of the 2010 Black Friday season is here! I'm so excited! Here's the first ad for this year from Harbor Freight.  You can view the full scanned ad here.

Haul-Master Aluminum Cargo Carrier - 500lb. Weight Capacity $64.99
U.S. General Aluminum Racing Jack with Leds - 1.5 Ton $79.99

Home Items 
Bunker Hill Security 4 Channel Surveillance DVR w/ 4 Cameras $249.99
Bunker Hill Security Wireless Driveway Alert System $11.99

Personal Care 
Automatic Wrist Blood Pressure Monitor $12.99

Cen-Tech Non-Contact Laser Thermometer $19.99
Central Hydraulics 3 Ton Capacity Low Profile Floor Jack $59.99
Central Pneumatic 3 Gallon, 100 PSI Oilless Pancake Air Compressor $39.99
Central Pneumatic Angle Framing Nailer - 21 degree, 10 gauge $49.99
Chicago Electric 800 Rated Watts/900 Max Watts Portable Generator $89.99
Chicago Electric Electric Chain Saw Sharpener $29.99
Chicago Electric Reciprocating Saw with Rotating Handle $19.99
Chicago Tools Jump-Start and Power Supply (12V) $34.99
Chicago Tools Oscillating Multifunction Power Tool $19.99
Chicago Tools Sliding Compound Miter Saw (10") $84.99
Chicago Tools Wireless Remote Controlled Camouflage Portable Winch with Roller Head (12V) $49.99
Chicago Welding Auto Darkening Welding Helmet w/ Blue Flames $39.99
Drill Master 18V Cordless Drill and Flashlight Kit $19.99
Pittsburgh 13 Piece Cushion Grip Screwdriver Set $4.99
Pittsburgh Tool Kit with Case - 130 Piece $29.99
Pittsburgh Torque Wrench - 3/8" Drive $11.99
Rubberized Heater with Fan (12V) $9.99
U.S. General Industrial Five Drawer Service Cart $159.99

Coupons and Coffee

Coupons and freebies to start your day the frugal way!

Thanks Hip2Save, Jessica's Coupons, Krazy Coupon Lady

$1/1 Lucky Leaf Pie filling- Facebook available through 10/22 noon!
$2/1 Smart Chicken-Facebook
$1/1 Marzetti carmel dip

Samy hair products
Fresh Healthy Recipe Guide- put in cart and enter NEAFREE to get the guide free and free shipping!

Wednesday, October 20, 2010

Coupon Solutions: When a store says "NO" to your coupon

It happens! You walk into a store with coupons in hand ready to get a great deal. You get to the register with these great buys in hand and the cashier gives you grief and you end up leaving mad and possibly empty handed. 

Recently one of my readers had this experience:

"I have tried to use coupons several times at a local store and it's usually an unpleasant experience. Today was the worst. I had two sets of coupons on two products (1 store coupon and 1 manufacturer coupon for each product). The cashiers were very unfriendly, uneducated in their store coupon policy and refused my coupons! I had their store policy in my hands and even spoke with a manager. I ended up leaving very frustrated.I called the customer hotline and complained, but now I feel bad and am concerned these cashiers will remember me and know I called but am still frustrated about the coupons not being accepted."

First I would tell you to double check your coupons, read the fine print and make sure you are definitely within the limits of the coupon. Then I would argue your case to a manager. If that doesn't work walk away, leave the purchase behind (unless of course it's something you really need!) and then call customer service. Target has the "red phone" in the store that you can ask to use to call customer service immediately!

You are definitely entitled as a customer to complain about service at any store. Otherwise how would they be able to correct the problem? Keep in mind also that the cashiers probably won't get the brunt of the aftermath, instead it will be the manager since it is his/her responsibility to make sure the employees are properly trained.

My advice to you would be to always carry a copy of the stores coupon policy with you (I have most of them here on the blog). Sometimes stores/managers can be plain old sticks in the mud and tear a coupon apart with terminology. My general rule of thumb is try it, if it doesn't work just tell them you don't want it (unless of course I know that I am right!) 

Don't worry about them remembering you because odds are they won't retaliate in any form because they know you aren't afraid to call and complain. Should you experience a bad situation again I would not hesitate to call again.