Couponing for the Rest of Us

New Video: Bi-Lo Shopping with Kasey (FREE Bounty Napkins!)

.

Watch the video above to see Kasey’s “Happy Dance”.  Oh yeah, and also how to shop at Bi-Lo for free things…. ;)

Currently, Bi-Lo has Bounty Napkins (the small pack) on Price Lock for $1. Using the $.50/1 Bounty Napkins coupon from the 4/1 P&G Insert, we were able to get FREE napkins this week!

“Good Things Come in Small Packages”:
One tip to keep in mind when couponing is that sometimes the smallest-sized products are the best deal (I know, counter-intuitive when you’re used to buying in bulk to save money, right?). Because some coupons don’t have size restrictions on them, you can use a high-value coupon on a low-priced item to get it FREE!


How To Print Coupons Online

Using coupons is a great way to save money – heck, we’ve devoted a whole site to it! – but you’ve got to get some coupons in your hands before you can start.  Printing coupons online is an easy way to get them right now – on almost anything you could imagine.  Manufacturers release a limited number of coupons online for consumers to print out – usually with a limit of 2 prints per person.(Your computer won’t let you print more after that)

Here’s how to access and print those coupons from your computer:

  1. Register for Coupon Sites:  First, register for the following coupon printing sites and install each of their coupon printer software when prompted.  The major sites that offer printable coupons are totally safe and will not send you spam or put spyware on your computer – they are:
    .

  2. Manufacturer & Store Websites: You will also be able to print some coupons directly from manufacturer and store websites – like Pillsbury.com or Target.com.  These are safe as well and in most cases will send you an e-newsletter occasionally with new coupon offers or product info.
    .
  3. Problems Printing?  In most cases, switching browsers will solve your printing problems.  Some browsers work better for different sites, I use Firefox, and I usually have no problems printing at all.
    .
  4. Searching for a specific Coupon:  Most of the main coupon printing sites will have categories that allow you to find a certain coupon more quickly (Like “Baby” or “Beverages”).  If you don’t see a coupon that we mentioned here on Time2Save, you may want to try changing your zipcode.  Some coupons are targeted at specific parts of the country, and changing your zipcode to that of a large city (for instance, 90210) may bring up a wider array of coupons.One more great way to search for a coupon is to visit our Coupon Database!  This is a search engine that ONLY searches coupons – so just type in what you’re looking for (i.e. Frosted Mini Wheats) and it will pull up the links where coupons for Frosted Mini Wheats are available to print!
    .
  5. Print 2 Coupons: In most cases, you can print each coupon twice by using your back arrow or simply going through the process again to print.

Welcome: Workshop Information, Helpful Links & More!


Hey ya’ll!!  We met so many of you yesterday at the Kidz Fest in Chattanooga.  Thanks so much for stopping by our booth.   We have a FREE Community Wide Workshop on June 9th, from 10:00 am – 12:30pm at Redemption Point Church in Ooltewah, TN.  Please help us prepare for the event by registering online here.

Registration fee for this event is waived with the donation of a non-perishable food item.  This is a one time free event, Time 2 $ave Couponing Workshops are usually $10 per family.

If you have thought about using coupons, or attempted without success, don’t quit now. Learning an entire new mindset to shopping doesn’t happen overnight. It will take time to understand the process, take one step at a time. I (Kasey) remember the first time I saved $12.00 on my grocery bill, I floated out to the parking lot to my car. We encourage you to celebrate those moments, give yourself a pat on the back and enjoy how great it feels to save.

Now, to keep this in perspective we don’t LOVE COUPONS. We don’t wake up every morning excited to cut up coupons or jump on every deal that we can find. Simply put – couponing just happened to be the tool that brought hope to our family’s finances. Most importantly it has afforded us the incredible opportunity to give into the lives of others in ways we never imagined.

 

Couponing has to FIT into YOUR LIFE ~ NOT become YOUR LIFE.

 

Helpful Links:

  • How to use our site here.
  • Printable Grocery “Buy Price” List here
  • Learning the lingo short version here & detailed version here.
  • Links to Printable Coupon Sites here
  • Newest Printable Coupons here
  • Problems Printing Coupons here
  • Rainchecks – Don’t Pass them up! here
  • Freezer help printable list here.
  • News 12 This Morning Weekly Savings Segments here (video archive July 2011 – current)

Don’t Miss These Hot Deals!   

  • Photo Deals here
  • Freebies & More here
  • Hot Deals / Flutterbuys here
  • Two great ways to earn free gift cards and a quarterly check in the mail here.

Grocery and Drug Store Sales matched with Coupons
You can check out our grocery store and drug store match-ups – click here. You’ll see a list of grocery, drug and national retail stores – from here, click the store that you shop at and you’ll be directed to that stores weekly sale items matched with coupons. Don’t worry we walk you step by step through the process at a workshop.

Don’t Miss a Deal!
We update the blog all day long – you don’t want to miss out on the HOT deals we find. Some are very time sensitive – in that case twitter is a great way to be notified each time we update the site. Join our facebook community of over 22,900 and growing strong. It’s a great place to connect with other couponers, share your deals, ask each other questions, and of  see deals that we ONLY post on facebook.  Make sure to click “like” on several post on fb to ensure that you’ll see updates.  Of course you don’t want to miss our daily FREE newsletter that summarizes that days posting here.  

 

You’ll see quickly that we want to offer our community much more than just grocery/drug store savings. Only a small part of our life is spent at the grocery store. We want to speak encouragement to each of you, bring you content that is relative to your life, introduce you to thousands of others in our community and have FUN all at the same time!

.

Join our growing Time 2 $ave Facebook Community, follow us on twitter, subscribe to our daily email and subscribe to our You Tube Channel.

 

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.

.

Subscribe to our YouTube Videos by clicking HERE!

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.

Live Chat About Pinterest Tonight @9 PM EST (BE HERE!)

.
.

Join us for a DIY Projects Live Chat on Tonight at 9 PM EST!

 

 Let’s kick off 2012 by sharing DIY project ideas tonight! 
Join us for a Live Chat!

Whether you love to make your own jewelry or are an expert at refurbishing furniture…Or even if you’re not quite a DIY expert but want to learn, join us as we chat about our DIY passions!

The fun starts at 9 PM EST right here on the Time 2 $ave blog.

 

DIY WREATH copy

 

We had several of you join the chat last night in the Savvy Living Community, thanks so much for stopping by! 

The Savvy Living Community is powered by our friends at ebates if you haven’t joined the Savvy Living Community yet, you can join now.  There are over 6,000 members, it’s like having thousands of girlfriends across the country to share ideas, hang out, participate in discussions and more!

Tonight we’ll be kicking off an awesome new feature, we’ll be embedding the chat on the blog. You’ll come right back here at 9pm and the chat will be live  at the top of the page.

To get you in the mood I’ve listed below a couple DIY crafty posts.

  


We can’t wait to hear about your DIY ideas.  

 Invite your friends, share on your fb wall, tweet, pin-it etc to spread the word.

CVS Coupon Policy BOGO Updates (For the better!)

CVS just made my day!  I already love that store – but now I love them 10 times more!  They’ve just updated their coupon policy to get rid of ALL CONFUSION about BOGO sales and coupons.  They’re allowing the use of multiple coupons as well as BOGO coupons on BOGO sales!  Check it out:

  • Two coupons may be used on a Buy One, Get One Free promotionas long as it does not exceed the item total- Ex. Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free and the customer is purchasing two shampoos; customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.
  • Buy One, Get One Free promotions may be combined with Buy One, Get One Free Coupons. Customers are responsible for paying applicable tax- Ex. Suave Shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a MFG coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.

- Thanks to FrugalReality for the heads up!

You can see more of the CVS Coupon Policy HERE.  See our explanation of How to use a BOGO coupon on a BOGO deal HERE!