Video: 3 Steps to Save with Meat Mardowns!

We get lots of questions on how to save money on meat. While we usually just have to wait for a nice sale – there are a few more ways to save on meat.  In this short video, join us as we hit the Meat Markdown jackpot – and go over a few tips to save even more!

      1. Stores start marking down meat as it nears it’s expiration date, in order to sell it quickly.  Scan the meat cases for “$$$ Off” stickers to find these deals.  If you can find “$$$ Off” stickers on an already low sale price – even better!
      2. Since a meat markdown sticker is a discount from the store, you can still stack a manufacturer coupon with it for even more savings.
      3. Even though it may be on or near the expiration date – if you’ve found a great deal you should still stock up. Buy it and either cook or freeze it right away.  If buying raw meat – cook it and season it, the portion into freezer bags for easy taco nights, pasta nights, etc….  Lunchmeats will freeze pretty well in a freezer bag for later use.

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Ebates Video Tutorial: Earn Cashback for Online Shopping!

Do you like to shop? (YES!) Do you ever shop online? (Yes-Yes!) Do you get paid cash back whenever you do?

If you’re not getting cash back yet for all the online purchases you make, then you’re missing out on a big chunk of change!  Want to learn more?  Check out this little video tutorial I made last night, showing you how to use Ebates to get cash back.  It’s under 5 minutes long and you can sit and watch in your PJ’s with your coffee (I am in my PJ’s right now, as a matter of fact).  It will be just like we’re hanging out together – staring at my computer screen. (Fun, right?)  Lights, Camera, Action!

After you watch – sign up for Ebates HERE to get that sweet Welcome Bonus I tell you about in the video!

Watch this tutorial on a much BIGGER screen by clicking the little “full screen” icon in the bottom right-hand corner of the movie above.

Where to Find Coupons

Coupons are everywhere! Like so many others, we just weren’t looking in the right places. Below you’ll see some of the common places to spot coupons. Remember even though you may not be purchasing the item at the time, you still want to get a couple (no more than 2) for when you do purchase the item. Goal: Store Sale + Coupon = Rock bottom prices!

 

  • Sunday Newspaper Inserts – most manufacturer’s coupons come out weekly in the Sunday paper. These coupons are regional, though so you’ll still want to use other sources. The key is to buy multiple copies of the newspaper. This will really help you with stockpiling and allow you to buy multiples of the products. We recommend buying one newspaper per member of your family. Each week we let you know what inserts to expect on Sunday.

Coupons.com

  • Internet – most manufacturers offer coupons on their website, facebook page and other medias. We help you sort through the madness by directing you to the reputable sites that offer the best deals.

  • Stores – you’ll always want to keep an eye out for tearpads, blinkies, booklets, special offers, and many other coupons are scattered throughout most grocery stores. Is this Coupon Lingo all greek to you? Check out our Lingo Decoder Page HERE!

 

  • Manufacturer – if there’s a particular brand that you buy regularly, but can’t seem to find coupons for the products, contact the manufacturer. A simple email Just for kicks, see our short movie here!

 

*Exciting News* Couponing Slideshow Tutorials!

We’re happy to announce that we’ve added some new Couponing Tutorials, in a slideshow format, to the Time2$ave website!  Stay tuned as we will be adding more over the coming weeks.

You can check out the first *4* tutorials below:

1)   Getting Started

2)   DON’T Pay Full Price – Get Rid of Your List!

3)   The Life Cycle of a Coupon

4)   Internet Printables

Keep in mind that these tutorials are intended to EDUCATE you about the parts of a coupon, how to use them, how to obtain them, and how to change the way you shop.  Learning is a process – but the time you invest will pay off HUGE!

Printable “Buy Price” List

 

Several of you have asked for a copy of this list – so here it is! These are the prices we consider “good buys” and “stockpile prices”.  When an item hits stockpile price, it’s time to get enough to last you until the next sales cycle!  Buying extra each time the price hits rock bottom will ensure that you never (or almost never) have to pay full price again.  We call this “builind your pantry.”  Once you learn how to shop the Time 2 $ave way by shopping out of what you use, instead of what you need all of these numbers will start to make sense.  If you are confused – click here for a link to our new step by step tutorials to help get you started.

Stockpile Price List- PRINT HERE

Coupon Binder Tutorial!! FINALLY!! Binder

So many of you have asked us how to start a coupon binder.  We put this tutorial together for you and tried to be as thorough as possible. (Click “Full Screen View” to see everything more clearly) 
Links to store policies that are published are below. 
Helpful Downloads:
  1. Learning the Lingo HERE (simple version), HERE (detailed list)
  2. Printable Meal Planner HERE
  3. Walmart Corporate Coupon Policy HERE, price matching policy HERE, and FAQ’s HERE
  4. Rite Aid Coupon Policy HERE

Online Store:
We now have Binders, Baseball Card Holders & All You Magazine available online to purchase HERE.


Beat the Rush at Drugstores! (Tips & Tricks)

Or in this case- How To Wait It Out.

There’s nothing like staying up late on a Saturday night, dodging family members, just to frantically plan out an “Amazing Drugstore Deal” that’s supposed to happen the next morning…..only to squeal into the parking lot right after church and discover the shelf has been cleared already!!

So then, you spend the kids’ afternoon naptime (a precious commodity!) driving around town and hitting up all the other drugstores searching for those “HOT items.

What I’m here to tell you girls, is that there is an Easier Way. Sure- most of you have figured this out by now, but for those of you who haven’t- this is for you.

  • Ask the clerk what day their next truck will come to restock the shelves.  Where I go, it comes on Thursday nights.
  • Ask the clerk what time you should actually come back.  My store never has any of their truck unloaded until the next morning, so I don’t bother running in to check anymore.  I just show up first thing in the morning.
  • Ask a manager/supervisor if they have ordered alot of the item you’re after- and if not- tip them off that this is an amazing deal that will be gone fast.  In most cases, they will be happy to bump the order up a little if they know that. (i.e. “Will there be alot of these on the truck?  I just know tons of people who are already excited about getting a few of these while they’re on sale!)  Not only will you be making sure they’ve got plenty of the items YOU want, but you’ll be doing the whole coupon commuity a favor by ensuring there will be enough to go around.
  • Use the extra few day before the truck arrives to plan, clip, gain perspective, and take naps at naptime.  Then on the morning/evening of the new shipment – Be there, in the parking lot, with a bounce in your step and a sparkle in your eye- ready to load your buggy with great deals for you and your family!!
  • Just remember- slow and steady can usually win the race- but if you do occasionally miss out on a fabulous deal, there’s bound to be another one just around the corner!

Now your turn – how do you make sure you don’t miss out on the deals you really want at drugstores?  OR – and this is the case many times – how do you remain calm and keep perspective when you miss out?

Rainchecks: Don’t Pass Them Up!

One of the things that can be a hitch in your coupon giddy-up, is when sale items are sold out.  For instance, I’m betting that many of you weren’t able to get your hands on the FREE Theraflu at CVS this week.  Or perhaps the FREE Irish Spring was just a big empty spot on the shelf at Walgreens.   That can be so discouraging, when you’ve spent time clipping and planning!

I thought it would be a good idea to share with you, in case you weren’t aware, that Rain Checks are some of the easiest and most time-saving ways to make sure you get the deals you’re after.  With a raincheck in your hand, you can return to the store later and “Make your own sale” by just handing over your slip of paper.

Plus, there is no need to rush to the store and fight off the binder-toting coupon crowd, only to realize the shelf is empty.  Take a deep breath, maintain your composure, and kindly ask your cashier to write you a Rain Check for the items you want!  Here’s why you should love rainchecks too:

  • While you wait for the item to restock, you may come across more coupons.  When the clerk asks “How many?’ – I ask “What’s the limit?” even if I don’t have that many coupons at the time.  Given a couple weeks, you’ll probably come across more coupons to use (or better ones)!
  • The selection will not be picked through when you return at a later date.  You don’t want the 2 measly packages of shortbread cookies on the shelf, do you?  You want the Chocolate-Chip Pecan Sandies you had dreamed of!  It’s fine if you ask for a raincheck for a particular flavor/variety that is out as well!  For instance, a few weeks ago at Publix, I requested a raincheck for the Four Cheese Pasta Sauce – even though every other variety was in stock.
  • With a raincheck tucked away in your binder, you can wait for the best possible time to use it.  I got a raincheck for B1G1 Schick Quattro’s at Rite-Aid a few months ago.  I only had one coupon to begin with.  By the time I went back to use it, I had found another coupon so that both were free, AND those razors were earning a Single Check Rebate that would give me money back!

The rules of rainchecks differ from store to store, but you are usually allowed to wait at least a month before redeeming them.  Rite-Aid and Walgreens rainchecks say that they “should” be redeemed within 30 days from the date written.  CVS and Publix, however, have no expiration date whatsoever.

  • CVS will issue you the original Extra Care Bucks Deal upon redemption, but it is a good idea to remind the clerk of the exact details of the sale/deal when they’re writing it out- just in case they’re not familiar with it.
  • Rite-Aid, in my experience, writes the raincheck to reflect the price the item WOULD have been, after considering the +UP reward.  I believe this differs from store to store.
  • Walgreens does NOT write Rainchecks for Register Rewards.  They do write them for sale prices, however.

So remember – asking for a raincheck is NOT a waste of time.  In fact, we really want you to remember to ask for them – which is why we left you space on the Time2Save Printable List to jot down raincheck notes as you make your way through the store.  (It’s the big box on the right!)  My box is usually full of notes like:

- Bertolli Sauce 4-Cheese BOGO
- Coffee-Mate 32 oz Vanilla BOGO
- Allegra Allergy 5ct $6.99 FREE w/ECB’s