How To Create A Price Book to Track Prices, Deals and Sales Cycles

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One easy way to keep track of the prices at the stores where you shop is with a price book. You jot down the prices every week after you shop and you will start to learn those sales cycles at your favorite stores - and know where you usually get the best deals!!

How to Create a Price Book

Have you ever wanted to learn how to find out when those items you need will be on sale?  Believe it or not, stores usually cycle sales on schedules.  By learning how your store does this, you can always get the best deals and know when to stock up, and when to pass on those deals.

The way you do this is by creating a Price Book.  This is just what it sounds like – a book which tracks the prices of the items you need at the stores where you shop.

A Price Book is a list of the products you purchase and the prices you pay in order to watch for sales trends and cycles.

It will take time to create yours, but once you have it set up, it is easy to maintain and will help you know when those prices are at their lowest, allowing you to stock up and save as much as possible.

How Do I Make a Price Book?

You want to make sure that what you use is simple enough that you can can maintain it.  If you are a techy person, you might want to use something on your smart phone.  If you are a paper list maker, then you might want to go with a simpler method like a spiral notebook or binder with inserts.  You can even create a spreadsheet on your computer.   The way you track it is not important, it is just important that you do.

You will want to keep the list organized however, by breaking it down by department or possibly even product.  For instance, you will want one sheet for your dairy items, one for meat, one for produce, one for breakfast foods, etc.  That way, when you need to find the prices (and update it), you can easily find it.

What Is Included in the Book?

No matter which method used to create your book, you will want to make sure to keep track of key items.  These will include:

  • Date
  • Store
  • Product/Brand
  • Size (oz, product count, etc)
  • Price
  • Per unit price

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How Do I Create My Own Price Book?

The simplest thing to do is to starting keeping your receipts.  Once you shop, write down the information based upon what you purchased.  It takes a little work up front to get started, but eventually, the book will be simpler to maintain and you’ll get the hang of it.

To calculate your per unit prices, you will need to make sure you know the product size.  That might mean extra notes when you shop or updating the price book as you put your groceries away.  To determine a per unit price, take the price and divide that by the size.  For example, if you are looking at diapers you would calculate the price per diaper as follows:

$17.49 / 84  = $0.20 per diaper

You can simplify this even more by updating a price book while you shop.  Most stores have the per unit price listed right on the shelf for you.  That makes it simpler for you as you can just write down the price in your book.

Do I Ever Change the Price?

Yes!  That is the reason a Price Book works!  As you shop, you might have a price for an item listed in your booklet, but you find it on sale for less.  You will want to update that price in your book as that means there was a sale.  When you see it on sale again the next time, you might start to learn the sales cycle, such as every 6 weeks or every 12 weeks.  This is how you learn when to shop for the items you need.

How Do I Make the Price book Work for Me?

Before you shop, you will want to consult your price book to see if the items on sale are the lowest price or if you know you can get a better deal.  If your Price Book shows a lower price, it doesn’t mean you shouldn’t buy that product.  It simply means only buy the amount you need to get by until the item will go on sale again at the lower price.

On the flip side of this, if you find that the price in the weekly ad is lower than what you show in your price book, it might mean that you not only need to update your price book pricing, but it also will let you know that it is a good time to stock up at this low price!

Does the Book do More Than Share Sales Cycles?

It sure does!  If you find a great coupon, you will know in advance about what you will pay at the store.  This helps you know at which store you want to use the coupon for the best deal.

A price book can also help with your budget.  If you find that you’ve got “too much month and not enough money” left until your next payday, you can make your list and know ahead of time what you can expect to pay at checkout.  This way, there are no surprises and you can adjust your shopping list before you shop!

Couponing Tips for Busy Moms and Dads

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Even if you are a busy mom (dad, grandma, etc), you can still save money with coupons. There are some things you need to keep in mind when it comes to finding, clipping and then shopping. If you find you are too busy to coupon, click on over to get our FREE Couponing Tips for Busy Moms (Dads and others)!!

Couponing Tips for Busy Moms and Dads

My time is valuable.  I have 3 kids, a house, a blog and a dog to take care of. If you are like me at all, you don’t have hours to spend finding and clipping coupons, chase down every deal and spend hours trying to save money.  I get that and to be honest, I actually do NOT do that!  Sure, I do great when it comes to saving money, but I do so in a way that doesn’t take up my precious family time, all in the quest to save a little bit more.

There are things you can do to make sure that you are doing what you can to save money, but not spending too much time to do so.  Check out these tips you can follow yourself (and those I actually do too)!!

 

1. Plan ahead.

No matter how busy you are, you have got to have a plan. Otherwise, you end up in the store not knowing what to buy and end up not only overspending, but also wind up back in the store several times over the next week to pick up those items you realize you need for dinner.  By making a menu plan and then planning your shopping list from that you save yourself a LOT of time.  Once your list is created so that you have the items you need for your meals, “shop” your freezer, pantry and fridge to see what other items you need to pick up and add them to your shopping list.  Now, you’ve got a plan of attack and will spend less time at the store and will save money by sticking to those items.

 

2. Find 2 stores and make them work.

On this website, we post deals from all sorts of stores.  While it would be great to get all of them, that is just unrealistic.  First of all it takes you time to do that AND you burn fuel to do it too!  That helps no one.  Instead, find the 2 stores closest to where you live and make those your only stores.

So what about that great deal at another grocery store? If you wait, those same items tend to cycle around at your local store too.  So patience can pay off and you will still score deals onthe items you want.

 

3. Don’t worry about the missed deal.

This goes along with #2 above. You can’t grab every single deal. It is impossible.  Just focus on not only the money, but also the time you are saving by not chasing down the deals.

 

4. Stick with printable coupons.

Let’s face it, if you get inserts in your Sunday newspaper, you can spend a LOT of time clipping, sorting, filing and then trying to find those coupons.  That isn’t for everyone.  Instead, just stick with printable coupons.  When you get your shopping list completed (step 1 above), just visit our Coupon Database and search to see if there is a printable coupon you can use there.

 

5. Consider purchasing individual coupons.

If you need or really want those coupons from the inserts, you can still get only those you need (saving you clipping time).  Just visit CouponDede and you can purchase individual coupons from her, already clipped and ready to use at the store!

 

6.  Stay organized!

This is probably my best tip of all.  Keeping your coupons in a location, binder, or folder that works for you is key.  You need to make sure that you can find those coupons when you need them.  By organizing like coupons together (for instance all baby items or canned foods), you can find them much more quickly, saving you valuable time.

 

7. Don’t try to keep up with the Jones’s.

Saving money is saving money.  Wether you save $3 or $30, you are still saving!  Don’t worry that the mom in your MOPS group is saving 75% off of her shopping at the store, just focus on what you can do.  We are all different.  Schedules, kids and budgets all play into saving money.  Just do what you can and don’t worry if you don’t save as much as the next person.

 

8.  Don’t forget about time savings.

If you are spending hours and hours trying to save money, that is not really putting you ahead.  Your time is very valuable.  You want to be with your family.  You want to enjoy the fun things in life.  If you spend all of your time trying to save money, you are missing out on your life.  In five years, you won’t remember how much money you saved at the grocery store in January, but you will remember that funny thing your child did or that school project you worked on together.

 

 

 

How to Use Your Phone To Save Money (Using Coupons Without Printing Them)

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You may not realize it, but there are coupons you can use right from your phone!  No printing and clipping, and you can still save on your shopping and even dining out!  Find out HOW to do this by clicking on over!It seems that nearly everyone has a Smartphone these days.  We use these to stay in touch, text, read, play music and save money.  However, did you know that there are actually options which allow you to use your phone to redeem coupons — without printing them!

Of course, most manufacturer’s coupons still do require you to print them, there are some stores ways you can just find the coupon on your phone, saving you time!!  I’ve broken this down for you below so you know which coupons can be shown on your phone and which you have to take with you in hard copy.

 

COUPONS / SAVINGS REDEEMABLE WITHOUT PRINTING

 

There are some stores/options out there where you do not need to print your coupons (or clip them from the paper) to use them.

Target Mobile Coupons.  You can sign up for these to be sent to your phone.  You simply show the code to the cashier and your savings will be applied to your purchase.  These are Target store coupons, so you can not stack them with any other Target printable coupon, however, you can combine them with your Target Cartwheel coupons.

Target Cartwheel.  This is a an app you can install onto your phone.  You simply add the offers you want to redeem to your list.  Then, when you shop, you make sure you purchase them.  At checkout, you show the barcode on your phone to the cashier and save instantly.  If you’ve never used this service before, make sure you read more about How to Use Target Cartwheel.

Cellfire.  Some stores allow you to load these manufacturer’s coupons to your store rewards card.  Since these are manufacturer’s coupons, you can stack them with any store coupons for more savings.  The stores which offer these coupons are limited.

Ibotta.  This is a rebate site.  You claim the offers (can increase by doing more).  Then, you purchase at the store listed (or one of the available stores).  Once you make the purchase, take a snapshot of your receipt and then upload it. Nothing to print or even show to the cashier!!! Within a few days the money is waiting in your account!!! Download the Ibotta app to get started.

Snap! by GroupOn.  This is another rebate site.  You make the purchase for the item listed and then upload your receipt and you get cash back!

Checkout51.  This app is similar to Ibotta.  You make the purchase for the items listed and then upload a photo of your receipt.  Once you do that, you get the money deposited into your account and can cash out and get that money back! Learn more about Checkout 51 HERE.

Walmart SavingsCatcher.  This is a great app (which you can also access from a desktop).  You shop at Walmart as usual.  Then, when you get home, you scan in your receipt.  If Walmart finds that the price you paid for any item is lower at a local competing store, they will refund the difference to you — right in your account!  Then, you can print that out and use your Walmart Gift card towards your next purchase (or use it online).  Read more about Walmart Savings Catcher.

SavingStar.  This is another clipless app, which is connected to your store card. You add your card to your account.  Then, “clip” the offers you want to redeem.  When you use your store’s rewards card you get that amount deposited back into your account.  Read more about How To Use SavingStar.

Store Coupons.  Many stores offer digital coupons which you can download to your card.  You will need to check where you shop to find out if this option works or not.  Stores such as Walgreens and Dollar General offer these coupons.

You can also find apps which collect both store and restaurant coupons in one easy location.  My favorite app for this is Coupon Sherpa!  They have the best coupons right at my fingertips (and you can even assign your favorite stores so you can get to those offers more quickly).

 

COUPONS WHICH MUST BE PRINTED TO BE REDEEMED

 

Most coupons are still required to be redeemed in print or paper format.  Here are those you need to keep in mind:

Printable Manufacturers coupons.  These coupons do not offer a paperless option.  They must be printed to be redeemed.  They also do not allow you to request a coupon be mailed to you instead, so  printer is required.  These sites include:

Coupons.com
SmartSource
RedPlum
Hopster
Common Kindness

Store coupons.  Many stores still required coupons to be printed in order to be redeemed.  These include the Target Store coupons.

 

If you do not have a printer, you can purchase one at an affordable price, here are a few ideas (as of the date of this post):

There are things you also need to know when it comes to printing your coupons from your Wireless Devices.  Make sure you read more about that HERE.

 

 

How To Easily Find the Date on Your Coupon Inserts

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If you have ever had more than one coupon insert sitting on your table, you might want to wonder how to find out which one was issued on which date. You fear you are out of luck because you forgot to write down the date on the outside.  So now what?  Is it a guessing game and you have to go through every insert to find the coupon?  Nope! You do not!!  There is an easy way to find the coupon insert date — but you may need a magnifying glass to see it!

Simply take your insert and turn it to look at the fold.  In very tiny print, you will see some wording — including a date!  That is the date the insert was issued.

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You can see that the Smart Source Insert was from the November 10, 2013 newspaper and Red Plum was issued on October 8, 2013.  Now, you can track down those coupons you find in the matchups we share on the site or as listed in the Coupon Database!

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What Do Coupon Abbreviations Mean?

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If you are new to using coupons and are reading various websites, you may see different abbreviations such as SS or RP and may be wondering, what in the world does that mean?  Many coupon and money saving sites use these in order to keep the posts easier to read.  Below you’ll find the most common acronyms used and what they mean.

$1/1, $0.50/2, etc.  The first number is the savings and the 2nd number is the quantity of products you must purchase to use the coupon.  For example:  $1/1 means save $1 off of the purchase of one item and $0.50/2 means save $0.50 off of the purchase of 2 items.

B1G1 or BOGO. Buy 1 Get 1. This is when you can purchase one item and you can purchase another one of the same product (same size or smaller) for free, 50% off, etc. The B1G1 will be followed with Free, 50%, etc.

B&M.  Brick and mortar store.  This means the offer is only available at your local store and not on-line.

CAT. Catalina Coupon. These are the coupons that are printed at the register and often handed to you along with your receipt. Not all stores will print these.

CRT.  Cash Register Tape. This is your actual receipt and coupons can be at the bottom or sometimes printed on the backside.

CVS.  Consumer Value Store. This is a drug store that may not be available in all regions.

ECB. ExtraBucks Rewards. These are the reward dollars given based upon total purchases over a period or for items purchased. Given only at CVS and redeemable there as well.

ETS.  Excludes Trial Size.  This is found on many coupons and just means that you can not use it to purchase trial and often travel sized products.

FAR.  Free after rebate. This is pretty self explanatory. When you purchase the item and get your rebate back, your total cost will be zero, or free.

GM. General Mills. Insert found in the Sunday newspapers.

INSERT. The coupon inserts found in the Sunday newspapers.

IP. Internet Printable. Coupons accessed and printed on line.

MIR. Mail in Rebate. These are available in packages, store fliers or sometimes on line. You may need the UPC label and your receipt in many instances, in order to claim your rebate.

MM. Money Maker.

MQ. Manufacturer Coupon.

OOP.  Out of Pocket. This is the amount you will actually spend to complete your purchase.

PG or P&G. Proctor & Gamble. This is both an insert found in the Sunday newspaper and also a Manufacturer.

Q. Coupon.

R. Regional.  That means you may or may not find this exact coupon in your newspaper inserts since those can vary from region to region.

SS. Smartsource. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.

RP. RedPlum. An insert found in the Sunday newspaper.

WYB.  When you buy.  This is usually used when sharing the lowest price and might be written like this “$0.50 each wyb 2.”  That means when you purchase 2, using the coupon shown, you will pay just $0.50 each – or $1 total for both items.

YMMV.  Your mileage may vary. This refers to what value you can get for your coupons as some stores, including national chains, may differ on what they will and will not allow.

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How to Email Companies For Coupons!

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Did you know that companies will send coupons to consumers when they provide feedback to companies about their products — be  it positive or negative.  Of course, you won’t just ask for a coupon, however, many times, they will send you a coupon as a thank you or as an apology for a product that didn’t live up to your expectations.  When you are emailing, always keep a couple of things in mind:

1.  Be specific about the product you are emailing  them about.  Don’t just say I love Bar-S Products.  Tell them, I love your Bar-S Beef Franks.

2.  Provide details.  What is that you love about the product?  Is it the packaging?  Is it the reasonable price? Is it a favorite of your child?   The more information you can provide, the better.

3.   If you are complaining, be sure to have your package handy.  Sometimes, they will request the UPC so that they can look into products, in case it needs to be removed from shelves and/or to monitor other complaints to be sure others from the same production line aren’t affected.

4.  Be Polite.  You know that saying “You’ll catch more flies with honey than vinegar”?  Well, that couldn’t be more true.  Even if you disliked something, be considerate in how you worded it.

Not sure how to say what you need to?  Well, here are a couple of examples you can use:

 

COMPLAINT

 

I had purchased some Kraft Sliced Cheese.  When we opened it to feed our children – it smelled horrible and I had to throw it away.  Here is the information I provided to Kraft:

UPC and product information from the packaging (the webiste asked for this to be completed).  And then my comments were:

I recently purchased a package of Kraft American Sliced Cheese.  This is normally the ONLY cheese I purchase for our family because I really trust the Kraft name and know that what I am feeding my children is a product that I feel is good for them.  That is why I was surprised when the last package we purchased was spoiled when we opened it.  It smelled horrible and the taste was bad enough that my children actually refused to eat it.  I know that this has to be an isolated incident as we have never had any problems with your company in the past.  I felt the need to let you know, in case others were experiencing the same issues.

And what did I get in return?  A coupon for a free package of cheese — up to a $7.99 value!  So it really paid off!

 

COMPLIMENT

 

Now – I have also written to praise companies and again, I am honest and polite.  Here is a sample of what I sent to Breyer’s about their Yo Crunch Yogurt.

I just had to take a moment to write you to let you know how much my children LOVE your product!  In our house, yogurt is always called ICE CREAM.  So, my children don’t even realize that they are eating something healthy when they ask me for “ice cream.”  When I bring home your product, my 5 year old daughter’s face just lights up because she loves pouring the little candies into her “ice cream.”  As a mom, it makes me feel good to know that my children are enjoying healthy snacks that they only know as something they love to eat.

And this one — sent me a coupon for a free package plus 3 coupons for $0.75/1.  So that really saved us a lot of money!

It might be worth your time to take a minute and send some emails – you never know what you’ll receive!

Coupon Stacking Explained — And Which Stores Still Allow It!

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One thing we talk about quite a bit when putting together deals is coupon stacking.  If you aren’t familiar with this term, let met explain it for you:

Coupon Stacking is using both a store coupon and a manufacturer’s coupon on a single item 

So now that you have the basic understanding of what a coupon stack is, how can you tell if your coupon is a store coupon or a manufacturer’s coupon?  That can be tricky.  Here are some tips which can help.

IDENTIFYING MANUFACTURER’S COUPONS

Most coupons you find will be manufacturer’s coupons.  They are distributed by the manufacturer’s themselves and usually found in your Sunday newspaper or printed from sites like coupons.com.  When you redeem your coupon at the store, that retailer is reimbursed the face value of the coupon PLUS a small handling fee.

Here common manufacturer’s characteristics:

  • Says “Manufacturer’s Coupon” on the coupon (usually at the top).
  • Includes a redemption address in the fine print on the coupon.  This is where the retailer will submit the coupon so that they can be reimbursed.
  • It may say things such as “Redeemable at” or “Available At” on them, but they are still manufacturer’s coupons and should be accepted anywhere.  However, keep in mind that some stores will not accept any coupon with another stores logo on it, even in this instance.

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This coupon shows the manufacturer’s wording at the top. It is usually easily located
near the coupon expiration date, or along the side of the coupon.

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This coupon shows the Walmart store logo and says “Redeemable at Walmart”
on it, however, it is a manufacturer’s coupon and can be redeemed anywhere.

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This coupon clearly lists the address where the retailer can
send the coupon in order to be reimubrsed.

 

 

IDENTIFYING STORE COUPONS

 

Store or Retailer coupons are issued by the store themselves.  They are basically a store sale, just issued in coupon format.  These are completely funded by the store — no manufacturer reimbursement is listed on the coupon.  These are very common at national retailers such as CVS, Walgreens and Target.

These can be found in the weekly ad or even on racks directly inside of the store.  You may also be able to print them from the store’s website (such as Target). Your store may also load them as a digital coupon directly onto your rewards card (Hen House does this automatically each week).  You might even be able to log into your store rewards account and select the coupons you want to use (such as the HyVee Fuel Rewards program).

You can usually identify a store coupon by the following:

  • Includes the store’s logo.
  • Does not include any redemption information on the coupon (the store will not be reimbursed for the coupon, so this information is not needed).
  • Usually says “Store Coupon” — where store is the store name — i.e. Target Coupon.

 

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This is a Target store coupon as it clearly states “Target Coupon” at the top.

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Coupon includes the store logo.  It also does not include any address redemption details.

 

STACKING COUPONS AT YOUR STORE

 

Now that you know how to identify the coupons, you are ready to try your hand at stacking!  While most computer systems are smart enough to correctly credit your purchase in the right order, that may not always be the case.  It is usually best to always hand over the store coupons before you hand over your manufacturer’s coupons.  This usually creates less hassle and having to hear those annoying beeps.

Here is an example of what a coupon stack looks like:

So now that you know how you can stack coupons, let’s share the stores where you can stack! 

NATIONAL CHAINS

 

CVS.  CVS a TRIPLE stack.  You can use a CVS store coupon + a manufacturer’s coupon + Extra Care Bucks (earned on prior transactions).

Dollar General.  You can use both a Dollar General store coupon + a manufacturer’s coupon.

Kohls.  You can use a value off coupon with a percentage off coupon.  You can not combine 2 percentage off coupons.  You can also use Kohl’s cash with any other additional coupon (but the Kohls cash comes off before any discount is calculated).

Michaels.  You can use multiple coupons, as long as the barcodes are all different.

Rite Aid.  You can stack do a triple stack here as well.  You can use a manufacturer’s coupon + a Rite Aid store coupon + a Rite Aid video values coupon.

Target.  Target allows a triple stack!  You can combine a manufacturer’s coupon + a Target store coupon + a Target Cartwheel offer.

Walgreens.  Walgreens will allow you to stack one of their store coupons, called an Instant Value Coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.    You can also combine Register Rewards (earned on prior purchases), but the total coupons can not exceed the number of purchased products (read more here).

GROCERY STORES

 

Hen House.  You can use a digital coupon or store coupon + a manufacturer’s coupon.

HyVee.  You can stack a HyVee store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.

Price Chopper (Kansas City metro area).  You can use a store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.

Publix.  When shopping here, you can stack your Publix store coupons with manufacturer’s coupons.

Safeway.  You can use a Safeway store coupon with a manufacturer’s coupon.

Whole Foods.  They will allow you to use a store coupon + a manufacturer’s coupon.

Three Reasons Why Coupons Have Limited Prints

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I am sure it happens to you.  You print your coupon and go back and try to get another one and it says LIMIT REACHED.  Why are you limited to the number of coupons you can print?  There are actually reasons why you can’t print as many as you’d like.  In fact, here are THREE reasons why:

 

PART 1 – WHY DO COUPONS HAVE LIMITED PRINTS?

 

When a manufacturer wants to release a printable coupon, they have to pay for the prints (just as they do in the weekly newspaper ads).  For this reason, they have to establish a budget.  That budget will allow for “x” number of prints across all sources.   That in turn sets the number of allowable prints allowed by consumers.  As we all print, the number counts down and when the last coupon is printed, the coupon disappears from the list.

PART 2 – WHY AM I PERSONALLY LIMITED TO THE NUMBER OF COUPONS I CAN PRINT?

 

The manufacturers want to make sure that the coupons can reach as many consumers as possible.  Since the budget will allow only a select number of coupons to be printed across all sources, they want to ensure that everyone has a chance to get one.  For this reason, they put a limit of 2 prints per computer or IP address.  This is actually built into the agreements between the coupon source and the manufacturer, to ensure that one person will not be able to print an excessive number of coupons.

PART 3 – WHY CAN’T I PRINT THE SAME COUPON AGAIN?

 

Many times, a coupon will run out of prints only to return again.  Sometimes, these returning coupons fall under the same original agreement — they have simply increased the budget to allow for additional prints for consumers. Since it is still part of the original agreement, the same limits apply per consumer.  For that reason, you may not be able to print it again.  There is no way for anyone to know when it has been reset (meaning everyone can print again as it is a new printing contract) or if it is the same coupon returning for a second chance printing.

So there you have it!  Three reasons coupon prints are limited for all of us.  Hope it answers some of the questions you might have!!!

Keep Up to Date With Penny Pinchin’ Mom’s Deals

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Keeping Up withWith the constant changes in algorithms on social media, it can be difficult to keep up to date with your favorite pages.  That can mean you might miss out on a great deal or money saving tip!!!   In order to help make sure you NEVER miss anything, there are some easy ways to stay up to date with all of your favorite pages!!

 

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If you still want to stay on Facebook, there are some things you can do to ensure you don’t miss out on a deal.

Set up Notifications.  You can add your favorite pages to your notifcations button.   This is the globe image at the top of your page.  When you have this turned on, you will see an update whenever your favorite pages make a post.  You click on here and receive a drop down letting you see the pages at a glance and can click through to the post to learn more.

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Turning this feature on is very simple to do.  Head to Penny Pinchin’ Mom on Facebook and under the header, find the LIKED button.  Once you click on here, you will it says Get Notifications.  Make sure that you have a checkmark next to this button so that you keep up with all of the posts.

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Join the Facebook Group and add it to your Favorites.  We actually have a group set up where the posts will go on Facebook.  You can join for free HERE.  Once you join, you can then add that group to your favorites so that you see it in your sidebar each and every time you log in!

To add it to your favorites, simply click the pencil next to the group name, when you see it under your Groups.  Click to Add to Favorites and you will see it move up under your favorites, directly under your profile picture!

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Create an Interest List and Add to your Favorites.  You can add all of your favorite pages to an interest list and then make that list accessible in your favorites.  This keeps all of your favorite pages in one place, so you can catch up with them all at once!

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Click on the wheel button from the Facebook page and then select Add to Interest Lists.  Then, click on New List.

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On this screen, you will see that the site comes up and is already selected for you.  Just click on the blue NEXT button at the bottom of the page.

Here, type in the name for the list.  You could call it just Penny Pinchin’ Mom, or Money Saving Sites (whatever you would like).  You can then decide if you want anyone to see this or not.  If it is public, anyone can subscribe to the list, so if you want to get the word out about this great list you’ve created, you could select this option.

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You can add additional pages to your list and every page you follow will be in one location.  Once you do this, you want to add this to your favorites so that you can find it quickly.   Just find the List under Interests in your sidebar and click the pencil next to the list.  Check Add to Favorites and you are done!

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Now, this group will also be at the very top of your profile so you can find it quickly!

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PINTEREST

There are several great boards set up on Pinterest to help you narrow down the types of deals or savings tips you might need!  We’ve got ALL of our best tips in our Money Saving Tips Board.  If you want to get out of debt, you’ll love all of the articles (which will be added each week this year) in the Getting Out of Debt Board.  Of course, it would be simpler to just follow my Pinterest page so you get all of the pins we share from my site as well as others I’d recommend!  Visit the Penny Pinchin’ Mom Pinterest page so you can follow it!

 

 

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GOOGLE+

Google+ may seem like a ghost town, but it really isn’t.  In fact, this is the #2 social media site, ahead of Twitter.  The great thing about Google+ is that you can create your own circles to keep certain pages grouped together to check them quickly (as you would using a list or favorites on Facebook).  Even better than that, G+ doesn’t censor the content, you will always see everything on all of the page you are following!

You’ll want to head to the Penny Pinchin’ Mom Google+ page and make sure you +1 it by clicking that image on the main page.

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Once you have done that, you will want to create your circles.  This is easy to do.  From your Home button, scroll down and click on the People button.

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Then, click on Your Circles in the menu bar

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Next, click the + in the circle.  In here, type in the name of the circle.

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It could be something like you would use on Facebook, like Money Saving Sites.  Click on the Add a Person Button and start typing Penny Pinchin Mom and you will see that it comes up.  Just click to add it to the list and then click on Create Circle Button to finish.  You’ve just created a circle!

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Your circles are all visible from your home page, but you can decide WHICH ones have a shortcut on your menu.  Drag your circles to reorder them to put those you will use the most at the top of the list.  You just literally click drag and drop!  The first circles in your order will be the first ones you see in your menu.  Here is how mine looks:

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So now, when I am on G+, I just click Money Saving Websites from the main menu and the posts are there!

I can tell you that we put all of our posts on Google+ just like other social media, so this is a great alternative to Facebook!

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TWITTER

We are also on Twitter!  This is can be a simple way to keep up with your sites as well.  There are different platforms out there which you can use to create custom streams and lists to personalize it for yourself.  I personally love using Tweet Deck!  You can create custom streams for your favorite hashtags, sites and more!  You’ll find me on Twitter under @PennyPinchinMom.

You can create a List easily on Twitter just like you do the other sites. Just click the Lists button from your profile page and then Create a List.  Add the profiles you want to follow and then you’ll have one easy list at your fingertips!

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EMAIL DIGEST

There is also one final way to stay up to date.  You can sign up for the FREE daily email newsletter. We actually have options which allow you to taylor the newsletter to receive just what you want!  You can get all updates, just coupons or even only Target store deals!  Head HERE and sign up — make sure that you confirm your subscription!

Beginner Coupon Tip: Use 2 Envelopes To Keep Track of Your Coupons

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If you are new to using coupons, one thing that can be difficult to do is to remember to use your coupons!  You might go through the hard work of finding the coupons you want to redeem and then you forget to hand them over when shopping.  You can use this same tip, which my husband uses (a.k.a. The Penny Pinchin’ Dad).  Here is how he shops with coupons:

  1. Make your shopping list.  Make notations of which items have coupons you want to redeem.  (You can download a free shopping list right here).
  2. Get out two envelopes.  One one of them write:  “COUPONS TO USE.”  On the other one you will write:  “GIVE TO CASHIER.”
  3. Place all of the coupons you want to use into the coupons to use envelope.
  4. As you shop your list and place items into your cart, find the matching coupon and move it into the give to cashier envelope.
  5. When you get to checkout, just hand the cashier envelope over and you’ll make sure to redeem all of your coupons!

You can find more Beginning Couponing Tips right here, on Penny Pinchin’ Mom!