During my very recent visit to the supermarket, I was using a few coupons and only one of which was a print-at-home and also a Manufacturer’s coupon. The others were original paper ones you see in the newspaper from SmartSource, Redplum and the likes.
When I handed the cashier the coupons I was using on my checkout, she informed me that I could not use the print-at-home coupon I had printed some time ago. It wasn’t expired, I checked the date, and scanned it quickly when she handed it back to me. I wanted to use that coupon, so I went into my coupon binder and took the paper ones from the newspaper that I clipped and gave that to her in place of that – both coupons were valued at the same amount. I had managed to get about four or five of the same coupons because I purchased two newspapers and I also was able to print the amount of two per computer that every coupon site allows you. This rule of thumb is one EVERY couponer should know. Each website like Coupons.com or SmartSource.com only allow you to print two coupons per computer. If you have more than one computer you have access to, then you have access to more coupons!
Nonetheless when I whipped out my coupon binder (which amazed her) and quickly spotted the coupon, I handed it to the cashier to scan and my checkout was then complete. I informed her that there was nothing wrong with the print-at-home coupon. I knew the store’s policy in which they DO accept legal, not copied print-at-home internet coupons.
The cashier told me, “The manager told me not to accept any coupons that are copied.”
I informed her that it wasn’t and that it was an original photocopied print-at-home coupon. Certain cashiers won’t be very knowledgeable in what fraudulent coupons look like or what an internet coupon is and how to tell the difference between the two. Rather than calling the manager over for one coupon, I used another that I had. No biggie. Next time, however, I will remember she isn’t very aware of the difference between coupons and so I will probably seek out a different cashier if she’s on the register during my next visit.
It also might be worth the time to send a letter to the supermarket or call their customer service to let them know about the cashier giving you a bit of trouble during your experience to prevent other cashiers from making those mistakes in the future.
Those nifty designers of the 3G or smartphones knew what they were doing when they created them. Not only can you virtually download any app you can think of, but you can save when using them too. Last Fall I was able to download a Black Friday app that leaked a bunch of deals from a number or retail stores so that I could plan ahead for my trip, since most of those ads aren’t reached to the general public until the day before Thanksgiving.
Foursquare is a great app for those who aren’t keen on printing coupons or very organized. If you’re heading to a restaurant that is on Foursquare, chances are they have a deal. If you have the app installed in your phone, it would be worth checking out the eateries and restaurants you often visit to check to see if they offer a deal on Foursquare upon check-in.
I’ve used Foursquare a few times to dine out in Brooklyn. When going to a Cuban restaurant in Park Slope, Bogota Latin Bistro – once I checked in on Foursquare, the special was a free appetizer that was absolutely delicious and took $5 off of our bill. Our waitress was super friendly and seemed thrilled that her customer had used the app.
Another place I’ve used the application is Uncle Jimmy’s Backyard BBQ in Bay Ridge. After three check ins on Foursquare, you get a free dessert. But if you were looking for a feel-good kind of place to eat in the neighborhood – then this is your place. I live a few doors down and have seen this place thrive and the owner, whose name is actually Jimmy, is a humble guy. If you happened to go in the past week or are planning to check it out, they are doing a survey card and putting it in every receipt to fill out. Before you leave, stick it in the box and make sure to put your e-mail address because they will e-mail you some coupons to use on your next visit!Don’t worry, they won’t expire until the end of the month.
Don’t be a stranger to these coupon-saver apps, because besides clipping restaurant coupons to bring when you dine out, some of the eateries that don’t use them might use applications like Foursquare to score a freebie or a discount off of your bill.
Often times we use Google as our main search tool, to find something and quickly. I’m usually on Google anywhere between 15-20 times or more a day. And that’s no joke. I use it at work for personal stuff (I know, I know) and sometimes for work stuff, too. I’m almost always using Google to find coupon codes. A task that is almost always over-looked and always underestimated. In my searches I have stumbled upon some really great finds. There are a few websites out there that will leak some awesome coupon codes that you can use online at retail stores like Old Navy, JCPenney, Bath & Body Works, etc. and then there are also others that you will find that you can print and bring them to the stores, too. Trust me, I’m living proof.
I owe a good friend who I met in Argentina who put me on to Dealspl.us which I use whenever I go shopping. Most of the retail stores that I shop at are on the site and have valid coupon codes that are updated every week or every other week. There are even stores like Coach Factory for the more frugal spenders who can snag 30% coupons on top of the factory discounts. Those kinds of coupons are ALWAYS updated.
What I like about this website is that the expiration codes are good usually for two to three weeks and I’ve had a 100% accuracy when using them when I shop. I’ve even printed them for family and friends on shopping trips and have saved a ton. When I go shopping at places like my favorites American Eagle Outfitters, I will use a coupon from the site if I don’t have a mailer coupon and I will remember to use the AE All Access Pass to build on my own points to keep getting coupons in the mail because you never know what kind of coupons you get every cycle.
I just recently stumbled on this site on one of my ‘Googling’ scavenges in search of a coupon code for some body jewelry on my favorite body jewelry site. Low and behold I managed to save 20% off of my order on top of the free shipping I normally get because my order was over a certain price and a $1.00 order credit. Total savings: $10.00 Bargain shopping? I think so.
RetailMeNot has a bunch of coupon codes and they tell you the accuracy in percentage. When you punch in the code upon your checkout online, you’ll notice immediately if the code works or not. It’s good to also check off if the code worked for you to let other shoppers know, too.
Google in it’s own way is a search engine all in itself. But what you can find will surprise you especially when you’re looking for ways to save a buck or two.
I just so happened to be shopping in the neighborhood yesterday and, as usual, had coupons in tow. I didn’t intend to go shopping as it was only really to go shopping for “the necessities.” Often times when we say this, we get sidetracked by the pretty things in the store. Did I really HAVE to buy that Mets hoodie that was on the rack on sale for $30 down from $50? But when I got to the register it rang up at $20. Could it be? There must’ve been a fluke in the cashier’s machine. No, it was right. She said it was on clearance. So that meant only one thing. I couldn’t use my coupon. Of course! Luckily my partner bought the same one and I bought something for her in exchange so I was able to use a $10 off coupon of my $50 purchase. I managed to get another $10 off of GNC vitamin packs, too.
But regardless of the $10 here and the $5 there.. I could still be saving a TON of other ways, too. Granted, I pretty much use coupons for almost everything, it is something that you have to stay on top of your game. It isn’t something you can just sort of go back into every few months. Those few months of not saving could cost you a few hundred dollars and then some.
Hence..my reason for this new blog. I happen to always hunt for bargains and am pretty savvy when it comes to saving no matter what it is. You name it, I know where you can go to find the cheaper price and quality service for certain things when it comes to it. At least for things I am keen on. Even Yoga! I’ve scored some great Mets baseball game tickets for less than $25 that weren’t nose bleeders and also gave you access to the “Promenade Club” in the stadium for those cold evening games you just want to stay inside the clubhouse and take in the scene from indoors. In fact, I’m going to another one on Wednesday night! I’m definitely a big lover of Freebies and a HUGE advocate for parades and street fairs and everything that is accessible especially in Brooklyn and in and around the Metropolitan area. I’m constantly hearing of great venues who offer free or super cheap things and this blog will just allow me to bring light to all of the things that I have found and have helped me learn to be more economically aware and efficient.
I sincerely hope you find this blog useful and fun as I am always looking for ways to improve in spending and saving so that I can enjoy the real things in life that matter like family and friends and my career! I urge and inspire you to interject as often as you wish, leave comments, feedback or suggestions. They are always wanted! I will also post helpful videos when and if the time arises. Save on, readers! And don’t forget your coupons!