Couponing for the Rest of Us

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!

 


8 Questions to Ask to Find a Good Tax Preparer

Well, the cutoff date to get your 1099′s has passed – so that means you can start looking for a tax preparer to help you through tax time.  When choosing a tax preparer – it’s best to ask questions and get referrals from friends and family members.  You want to get the most bang for your buck, right?  LearnVest did a great article this week on 8 Questions to Ask, and there are some great tips, like:

#3 – Can you give me an idea of how much it will cost?
Because tax pros charge differently, some based on the number of forms, some hourly, some a combination of both – it’s best to ask up front.

#8 – Are you available during the year if I need help?
Will your tax pro pack up and disappear after tax season, or will the be around in the even of an audit or to answer any amendment questions you might have at a later date?

Read the full list HERE at LearnVest - it’s a fantastic site that helps keep you financially savvy by sending bite-sized tips and articles to your inbox to keep you “in the know”!

If you plan to do your taxes on your own, make sure you also read their article “Are You Eligible for Any of These Tax Deductions?” – in which they lay out all the deductions and forms you need to get the money you deserve!!

Then again – if you know that your taxes are plain and simple – you can do them totally free with H&R Block’s FREE Home Filing!  This is what we’ve used in the past few years – and it was wonderful!

Upgrade Your Firefox Browser! (Or else… DunDunDun)

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Have you updated your browser lately?  If not – you are more susceptible to viruses, slowwwwwness and yes – COUPON PRINTING PROBLEMS!

CLICK HERE TO UPDATE FIREFOX

I personally use Firefox and I find that it gives me the LEAST problems in printing coupons or viewing special offers/promotions/playing instant win games on Facebook/ – you know, all that good stuff we like to do :)

I often ignore the update because I don’t like change – but in this case, it really won’t change anything but your speed, security and ability to view/print things properly.  All for the better of course.

I also have Google Chrome – which takes up less memory and syncs things up with your gmail account – but I just honestly like the way Firefox works better.    My husband shakes his head every time he walks past me while I’m working – but I care not!!

TIP: It’s good to have Chrome, IE and Safari as well – just ready to use if you need them – because once in awhile there will be a coupon that only prints in one or the other.  It’s not often – but there have been times that everyone in the comment section realized together that this bricks coupon was only printing in Safari or IE – and it was nice to have those to turn to.

What is your personal preference?  Have you updated your browser lately?

 

10 FREE Apps to Save You Money!

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Here’s a great E-Newsletter worth joining! Sign up for LearnVest to get a daily email, each containing a few helpful tips/articles about frugal living.  One of the articles I was reading recently was about 10 FREE Apps to help you save time and money – Check out their great list HERE!

For instance, one app I didn’t know about was the Keyring App, which stores all of your rewards information and lets you scan your phone in the store instead of carrying around those worn-out cards on your key ring.

I’m really looking forward to their annual roundup of budget-friendly Valentine’s Day tips – sign up today so you won’t miss out!

Walgreens Coupon Policy for 2012

In case you need to brush up on your Drugstore Coupon Policies this year – I thought we’d do a quick overview of the policy changes that have been made recently.  Here are the main points of the Official Walgreens Coupon Policy:

Coupons:

  • You can stack 1 Manufacturer coupon with 1 Walgreens coupon per item.
  • If the coupon exceeds the price of the item, the coupon can be adjusted down to the item’s price.
  • You can use 2 coupons on a BOGO Sale.

Register Rewards:

  • Register Rewards count as a manufacturer coupon – and you may not use more manufacturer coupons than items purchased.
  • If you redeem a Register Reward from one item towards buying the same item again – you will not receive another Register Reward.
  • Register Rewards will only print during the promotional period – rainchecks will not be eligible for Register Rewards after the promotion is ended.
  • Register Rewards cannot be used to buy:

Prescriptions
Tobacco products
Alcoholic beverages
Dairy products
Lottery tickets
Money orders/transfers
Transportation passes
Special event/entertainment tickets or passes
Postage stamps
Gift cards/phone cards/prepaid/Green DotTM cards
Prescription Savings Club” memberships
Health care services, including immunizations
Any items prohibited by law

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Ever since Facebook went a little crazy lately – it’s been harder for our readers to keep up with all the new coupons and deals we post on Time2Save.  If you’d like to stay in the loop the easy way – please consider getting our FREE Daily Email Update in your inbox by simply clicking HERE to subscribe!

You can check our latest finds with ease on your computer or phone – without having to visit the site repeatedly.  What you’ll see is something like this – clear and concise!  And you can click any post title that interests you to go straight to that post.

You can unsubscribe any time – no pressure – but heck, why would you want to miss a good deal?!

Welcome! Thanks for Stopping by!

If you just read aboutTime 2 $ave in Parade Magazine 7 Minute Solution: Save More Money on Groceries we’re so glad you stopped by.

 

If this is your first visit, we’d like to thank you for stopping by. We are excited to have the opportunity to serve you and hope the information we provide guide you as you enter the world of couponing.

Like most, the effects of our nations economy hit our family’s hard. As a result, we attempted to save our family money by eliminating family vacations, taking our children out of extra curricular activities and buying only store brand foods. However, the savings didn’t add up. Out of great skepticism we started couponing. After hundreds of hours of research, months of practice, and many trials and errors our tenacity paid off. We began to see our grocery bill dwindle each week as we learned how to use coupons effectively.

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.

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!

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Holiday Coupon Booklets: Tips for the Hunt!


The Holiday season is one of the BEST time to find great coupons at all sorts of places.  When you head to the store, keep your eyes peeled for booklets, tearpads, blinkies and rebate offers for traditional Thanksgiving & Christmas fare.  Here are some tips to make sure you don’t miss out on these treasures!

1. You’re Getting Warmer….
Don’t just scan the shelves for coupons- get creative. Think, “If I were a tearpad, where would I hide?” A-HA! That cardboard display! or A-HA! That Arrangement of Baking Supplies!  Basically, if there is a display of any sort – strip search it for coupons :)

2) Variety is the Spice of Life!
If you ALWAYS go to Bi-Lo, and you’ve got everything they have to offer, shake up your routine a bit. Stop in a Dollar Store for toilet-paper or milk, swing by K-Mart for wrapping paper. No matter what store you find yourself running into, take the time to speed-walk down every aisle looking for tearpads and blinkies. I have even gone out of my way (to SuperSaver) on a hunch that they might have good tearpads that haven’t been stripped bare. They did!

3.) Ask and You Shall Receive
Occasionally, coupons are kept behind counters. For instance, sometimes the cosmetics counter at Walgreens has coupons that they haven’t put out yet. I can’t guarantee you they will give you one, but it never hurts to ask! Also, sometimes gas stations keep coupons behind the counter. Give it an extra glance next time you’re paying for something!

4.) Share the Love!
There’s only one rule in this Scavenger Hunt, and that is the Golden Rule of Couponers:

Take a COUPLE, leave the rest! There are so many of us, and so few tearpads…. please don’t be a “Scrooge” this Holiday Season!

There are TONS of ways to get your hands on great coupons – reader our post HERE on how/where to get coupons, blinkies, booklets, printables and more!