Couponing for the Rest of Us

Contacting Companies for Coupons | Top 50 Companies that will Send Coupons

One of the best ways to receive coupons (and sometimes even Freebies) for a product you enjoy, is simply to write the company.  Taking a few moments to join the email newsletter will allow you to receive exclusive coupons.  Spend a few more moments contacting that company and you’ll often receive FREE product coupons in the mail!

First, here are a few newsletters we recommend signing up for -

  •  Pillsbury - Pillsbury, Betty Crocker & General Mills Product Coupons
  • RightAtHome – SC Johnson Product Coupons (Glade, Windex, Scrubbing Bubbles, etc)
  • Target Newsletter - Get updates on Cartwheel offers, special online codes, and printable coupons
  • Pampers Gifts to Grow – Receive 100 free points toward your purchase of Pampers goods and Save money with exclusive coupons

  • P& G Everyday – Exclusive Coupons for Proctor & Gamble Products (Click box below)

Now when you begin to actually contact companies – you’ll want to follow three guidelines:

  1. Set up an email address specifically for coupon business (like, jamielovescoupons @gmail.com)
  2. Take a little time each day to contact companies on this list – maybe the 20 minutes you spend sipping your morning coffee.
  3. On some of the links you’ll find a contact and newsletter sign up. Go to the contacts below and have a “cut and paste” request ready AND sign up for the newsletter for future coupons. Here’s a sample of a cut and paste, “Hi, I’mJamie and I’d like coupons mailed directly to my home to use your products (name product (s) if you like) My address is X.”

 Ok – ready to try your luck at getting FREE product coupons?  Just remember that saving money frees up funds that your family can use to do fun things, pay off debt and more!

 50 Companies that Will Send You Coupons:

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Seasonal Sales Cycles: What to Buy in July

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Wondering what to stock up on in July? You’ll find tons of great deals on fantastic items. Now is the time to find everything from charcoal, to sunscreen, to school supplies to fruit.

When looking at the month of July, you will want to look for any kind of grocery items related to the Fourth of July holiday. This would include a great deal of grilling and cookout items. Because July is also National Hotdog Month, Blueberry Month, and Baked Beans Month, you will also find great deals on those items. Items you will see on sale and want to stock up on as a result of this month’s themes are items such as BBQ Sauce, Bottled Water, Charcoal, Condiments, Dips, Ground Beef, Hamburger and Hot Dog Buns, Marinade, Paper Products, Utensils, Potato Chips, Ribs, Salad Dressing, Sodas and Steaks. Remember that many of these items have lengthy expiration dates, and can be frozen until you need them. When possible, stock up and save!
July is also a great time to find summer essentials on sale. This would include supplies such as Sunscreen, Insect Repellent, Summer Clothing Clearance, Patio Furniture, and even Garden Décor. Pretty soon these items will be pulled from shelves, so now is the time to grab them and grab them for less. [Read more...]

Ask Time 2 $ave: Do You Only Buy Items if You have a Coupon?

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Do you only buy items if you have a coupon?

I remember one of my first big couponing trips. I came home so excited about my savings and I couldn’t wait to spread it all out on the table and show my husband. He only had one question, “Where’s the Diet Coke?”

This was NOT what I wanted to hear. I wanted him to be excited as he “ooh’d” and “ahhh’d” over what an amazing job I had done. Nope, instead I got, “Honey, that’s great. Where is the Diet Coke?” My answer? “It wasn’t on sale!” To me this statement explained everything. To him it meant grabbing his keys, driving back to the store and buying some Diet Coke! [Read more...]

Missing us in your FB News Feed? (Do these 3 Steps)

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If you’re missing us in your Facebook news feed, you’re not alone!  Lately we’ve had many readers wonder why we never show up on their wall anymore. How can you make sure you don’t miss out  on Time2Save’s Facebook updates.

Follow these 3 Easy Steps:

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My Couponing Confession: I Haven’t Used Coupons in a LONG Time!

Kasey here, I haven’t used coupons in a LONG time. Maybe once or twice  in the past 6 months. There, I said it. I was so busy with my book release earlier last year, I think I just needed a season afterwards to breathe. Also, if you have read my book or know me then you know I have never loved coupons. I’m not one to get super excited about deals or coupons. They have just been necessary. My husband has gotten laid off unexpectedly 3 times in the past 5 years, the most recent last January. Coupons were never a choice for us, we had to use them to get by financially. Plus, we completely changed the way we eat last year, cutting out most processed foods which made it even more difficult to coupon.

The past couple of months I have still saved on my grocery bill by shopping at ALDI and taking advantage of deals on things like toilet paper and paper towels on Amazon. As I watched our stockpile dwindle on other grocery, household, and personal items I knew I’d have to make a decision.  Even though, there are very few grocery items I can use coupons on (since we changed to a healthier eating lifestyle) there are still some items like condiments, paper products, and a few other items that we can buy with coupons.

So, on Friday I decided it was time to get back in the saddle. I don’t usually go to a bunch of different stores, but since I hadn’t couponed in so long and my husband and kids were up for the challenge we went to Target, Publix, and CVS. I have included my shopping trips below along with our savings. Was it worth it? Yes, we saved money and it was less stressful than I thought it was going to be. With homeschool and two home based businesses my hands are pretty full.

If couponing has become a drudgery to you, or you feel like it has to be all or nothing….it doesn’t. As I’ve always said do the best you can. Seasons of life change, during some seasons it’s less feasible than others. The biggest thing, don’t be hard on yourself if you aren’t saving “as much” as you think you should or “as much” as someone else. Instead, celebrate YOUR victories!!

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There were tons of items on sale at Publix this week. However, since we really try to eat as healthy as possible I rarely buy anything boxed or pre-made anymore. We really try to stick to eating as clean as possible. Although, sometimes I make my own bar-b-que sauce I don’t make the rest of our condiments homemade.  You can find this weeks Publix Match-ups here.

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This was my favorite trip! We have been out of body wash and have been paying for toothpaste (gasp) I know, crazy. With coupons, and ECB’s the toothpaste was free, Dawn only $0.49, and Body Wash just $0.67.  You can find the current weeks CVS deals here.

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My daughter is a type I diabetic, so we have to keep juice boxes with us all the time in case she has a low blood sugar. With the sale last week at Target combined with coupons, each pack equaled $1.19. You can find the current weeks Target deals here.

Not bad for our first couponing trip in a long time.

Printable Coupons:Frequently Asked Questions

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Why does it sometimes say “Print Limit Reached” on the internet when I haven’t printed that coupon?

Internet coupons have a certain number of “prints” that are allowed by the manufacturer.  If a coupon reaches that many prints (usually in the thousands) the manufacturer will either pull it and replace it with another coupon or display a message that says the print limit has been reached.  Sometimes the limit will be reset within a few days and other times you have to wait longer. [Read more...]

New Couponing Questions | What’s a Catalina?

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Lately we’ve posted a couple Catalina deals – and while you “old timers” out there already know what these are, I thought it would be good to pause and explain for everyone else!

* You can also watch this video of me getting a Betty Crocker Fruit Snack Catalina.
* If more “Coupon Lingo” has you scratching your head – head over to Learning the Lingo!

What is a Catalina?

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Ask Time 2 $ave: What Does it Mean to Shop Differently?

 

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I’ve tried couponing before and it just didn’t work for me.  My friends keep telling me I have to learn to shop differently.  What in the world does it mean to shop differently?

First, let me ask you a question, what determines what goes in your grocery cart?

No matter how many times I ask this question I always hear:

1.      What my family needs or has run out of.

2.      What is on sale or what I have a coupon for.

3.      Items on my meal plan.

This is how the majority of us shop, right?  We’ve been trained to shop out of need.  Meaning I’m out of cereal, so I’ve got to buy more.  Or we just used our last box of pasta, I’m adding it to my grocery list.

The problem with shopping based on what we need or have run out of is that we are willing to pay a higher price.  Think about it, what happens when you run out of toilet paper?  I can only speak for myself, but when we are out it doesn’t matter to me how much it costs – I’m not leaving the store without it.

Change Your Mindset, Change Your Cart

Basically, we’ve got to learn how to shop differently.  We have to change our mindset and start buying what our families use…not need.

For example, if pasta is on sale this week for a great price and there just happens to be a coupon that makes it $0.15 per box ask yourself does your family use pasta? Whether you need it or not buy…buy…buy.  And not just one box!  No, you want to buy enough to last until the next sale cycle about 10 – 12 weeks.

How many?  That depends how much your family would use over a 10 – 12 week period.  If you use a box of pasta every two weeks, then buy 6 boxes.  At only $0.15 a box, I’d like to encourage you to pick up an extra box or two to donate.

Learning to shop differently will help you save time, effort, and lots of money.   Keep in mind that it will take a while to get used to an entirely new way of thinking, and it will also take time to build up a sensible stockpile.  However, after just a few weeks of shopping differently, you’ll start to see your savings grow, and grocery costs shrink.

Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Check out my current workshop schedule, or buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!

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