Monday, March 27, 2017

3 Simple Steps to Save on Groceries


Strategy #1   Never shop without a plan. Impulse buying can wreck your grocery budget.  And never shop hungry!   It seems like a simple strategy and it works.  The plan starts with having a good idea of what your family needs to buy this week.  There are hundreds of phone apps for you to jot down notes. You may want to break down your plan into sections.  Buy this week, buy sometimes in the next few weeks, or buy sometime next month allows you to prioritize your purchases.  Then your plan should be matched up with the weekly sale ad.  If it's on sale and matches with any item on  your needs list then it becomes part of the buy plan.  If you are in doubt of what items should be on those lists, you should look at your past purchase history. This is simple, just pull your past few receipts and take a look at the things you have been buying.  Which would you purchase again? 

Strategy #2  Only buy when stacking 2 or more deals.  Many extreme coupon shoppers only buy items when they know they are getting the absolute best deals.  Having an item on sale usually means that the item is discounted between 25-40% off regular retail.  If you stack another form of savings you can get into the 40-65% savings range.  That is where most coupon shoppers try to find their deals.  You can stack a sale item, with a coupon (store or manufacturer), with an app rebate, or with a by mail rebate.  If you use this strategy, you will need to keep a close eye on all types of stacking options. 

Strategy #3  Shop during low peak hours and take your time.  This strategy keeps your impulses under control.  If you shop when there are is not a rush in the store you'll have more time to review your buying options.  Should you buy this item now, or wait for a potential sale next week?  If you are not rushed you can also think more clearly and do some meal planning as you shop.  A rushed shopper grabs more prepared meals, more convenience foods and more overall items.  A bag of 15 apples becomes easier to grab than picking your own 8 apples for the week.  Less waste, is money saved.  

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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Friday, March 24, 2017

Ibotta Ibotta Ibotta

One of the easiest phone apps you can use in 2017 is Ibotta.  It's a rebate app that allows you to save money on groceries.  It is a rebate, because you get the money direct to consumer.  The store does not accumulate the savings like with coupons.  The money is paid out to the consumer direct, it is paid each time you reach a $20 threshold.  You can take your money in the form of a paypal deposit, or an Amazon gift card, or many other gift card options. 

One of the appeals to Ibotta is the way they offer brands and non brands at the same time.  You can get dollars on all kinds of brands, and often you can get any brand rebates in the dairy department and in fresh produce.  These work together to allow you to redeem many rebates during a month.  There are generic offers each week and these change frequently.

Ibotta offers other ways to save money too.  One of the best ways, is to offer you a bonus system when you consistently use Ibotta, and redeem rebates.  This is the best way to increase your savings on items.  The bonuses can add up to a lot of money.  Usually you will get $2 bonus offers when you redeem 3 rebates.  When you apply that amount to each item, you are adding $.67 per item, which is a good product value.   As you redeem one bonus, others will be offered.  These bonuses can be awarded on your choice of purchases.  Some who use Ibotta regularly insist these are worth more than the basic offers. 

Finally, you can get $10 when you sign with a referral.  Always use a referral code to get started, it's free money! (Here is a general code if you need one  wnmjkey)  Then after your first redemption, you will be allowed to share your own referral code for $5 per person who signs up and redeems an offer.  It's a great way to put you over the top of any redemption.   There is not a limit on these bonuses.

The best part about using Ibotta at County Market is that you don't have to scan in your receipt and wait for approval.  All purchases with your max card are automatically calculated.  You pick your offers before you shop.  You shop and scan your max card.  That is it!  It will post to your account, and when you hit $20 you redeem your savings. 

Use all the bonuses, sign up money, name brand, and store brand offers to add that extra savings to your annual goals. 


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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Start Getting Rebates

Rebates are the icing on the cake.  We watch the sales, we clip the coupons, and we stockpiled the goods.  The very last step is to file a Rebate.  These can add another layer of savings to users.  As I mentioned last week, we recently moved.  I’m thinking that an extra $100 each month would come in handy. So step number 1, is to look for some rebates to use over the next 90 days.

Some rebates are for goods only.  The Kimberly Clark rebates, the PG rebates are good examples.  These dictate which brands qualify for money back by mail.  These are usually good for $15-$20 on a purchase of $50 or more.  Not bad if you can stockpile, use coupons and hit a sale.  By the time you add these discounts up it’s often over 75% savings.
Then there are the alcohol rebates.  These still confuse people.  How do I know?  My sister called.  She has been listening to me tell her about rebates for 3 years, and she just got it last week.  
1. Alcohol rebates are for FOOD not liquor.  They offer you a rebates on purchases of meat, produce, cheese, salty snacks etc.  
2. When you file the rebate, it matters where you live (address requesting the rebate)  not where you purchase your groceries.  
3. Some rebates are High dollar rebates.  This means that they offer a high value to the amount you need to purchase.  For example, one out now says Get $20 on any $50 grocery purchase.  That is high dollar, because it’s 40% on the purchase of any groceries.
4. You need a qualified receipt.  That means from a well known grocery store, like County Market.  Bob’s corner market isn’t a good idea.  The store logo must be on the receipt, The store address, date and time of purchase must be on the receipt.  
5. You will be asked to circle the Regular price of the items.  Here is why CM receipts are best.  If we are running a sale on ground beef, and it’s regularly $6.50, and you paid $3.50 you will get credit for the full $6.50.  So let’s say you buy $50 in ground beef, yet pay $30 out of pocket, you’ll get $20 from the rebate, you just saved 80%.  That’s fantastic savings.
6. Some offers are NO alcohol required.  Missouri customers. Please get your rebate forms and start getting money back.  If there is no alcohol portion, it’s all refunded.  Missouri shoppers should be getting 75% of their groceries free all the time. 

Here are some places to look online for more rebate forms:

Hot Coupon World  You have to set up an account to converse with those who have forms to trade.  Once you have an account, just follow this rebates only board until you see something you can use.  I find that North Carolina traders are great for Missouri buyers.  I live in MO, and NC has the same offers.  If you are in IL there are 28 states that will have the same offers you have. 

Ebay  Here is a search link I set up so you can see how I do it.  I search "Beer rebates" and this is what pops up.  If you want to narrow it down add "IL" Or "MO"  or "IN" to your search.  

Lynns Coupons and Rebates  She has everything.  PG by mail forms, liquor forms, nbpr forms and general items.  She runs this small business form her home in FL and does a great job of trading as well.  So if you decide you want forms for free, pick up extras to trade for credit on account.  You can follow her fb page too. 


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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Friday, March 17, 2017

Where to find the BEST coupons

This week we're going to open up and talk about finding the Best coupons.  The best coupons are high dollar, BOGO coupons and rebate forms.  They offer you a pretty good return for your time picking them up.  Here are some of my top secret tactics to keeping my coupon stash full of the Best coupons.


1.  Know what's out there.  It helps if you know what you're looking to find.  I use coupon databases and trade boards to let me know what's available.  For example, I purchased a turkey for Thanksgiving and although I picked it up at a good price, I want more!  So I went to Hot Coupon World and searched the word turkey.  Turns out I'm looking for a Heineken Turkey offer for $10 valid in Missouri (where I live).  So Next time I'm in Hannibal's County Market I'll be looking for  that form.

2.  Pick up coupons in the store!  Yes, you can pick them up to use at the time or a later date.  We ask that you do not take them all.  Some of the very best offers are Tearpad coupon offers you find in the grocery store.  Sometimes you'll find them hanging on displays mid aisle.  Other times you will find them at the customer service desk.  Our team knows I'm looking for coupons so they sometimes tell me they have new ones a the desk. Gather peelies, hangtags, tearpad and blinkie coupons every time you shop.

3.  Use online services for high dollar coupons you can not find in our area.  I admit, Florida and California get some pretty great coupons that never see the Midwest!  I use a service for inserts out of CA, and a clipping service in FL that offers high dollar rebates and tearpad coupons.  In the past I've signed up for mixed envelopes of coupons for a small price.  It's worth it!

4.  Look in the trash.  Yep. I ask for all the Catalinas at the registers when I shop.  "Hey do you have any Catalina's in the trash that other customers didn't want?"  There are always a few.  The best one on record was a Catalina reward for $10 on my next purchase, that the customer didn't want, and the cashier didn't know what it was.  Score!  I always look for those blue faced catalina coupons.  People just don't know what they are and end up tossing them.  They are dollars redeemable by anyone.

5.  Visit the liquor department.  Even if you do not buy liquor!  Some of my best coupon scores have been $2 on meat hangtags-NO alcohol purchase required!  Or picking up FREE 2 liter of soda purchase, limit one per transaction (I shopped a lot that month).  There are great food offers hanging around in the liquor department.

6.  Get on coupon trains. These are listed on sites like HCW,  A Full Cup, and other coupon sites.  They have members who will send you a trade envelope of mixed coupons they do not want, you then send one to them.  It works and costs you the price of a stamp.  

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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 15, 2017

Coupon Match Up 3/15


Big sales in the frozen foods department continue for Frozen Foods Month.

Culinary Circle Pizza ($3.49 when you buy 10 Save $5) 14.1-33.5oz $3.99
Essential Everyday Appetizers SEL ($2.49 when you buy 10 Save $5) 8-16oz $2.99
Essential Everyday Breadsticks/Garlic Bread ($1.69 when you buy 10 Save $5) 11.5-11.75oz $2.19
Essential Everyday Ravioli/Tortellini SEL ($2.49 when you buy 10 Save $5) 19-25oz $2.99
Essential Everyday Thaw/Serve Pie ($3.49 when you buy 10 Save $5) 22-24oz $3.99
Essential Everyday Frozen Vegetables SEL ($0.89 when you buy 10 Save $5) 12-16oz $1.39

Nabisco beIVita/Crackers SEL 3.5-13.7oz 2/ $5  Match to tearpad coupon to save $1 on 2
Nabisco Chips Ahoy! SEL 7-13oz $1.88 Match to tearpad coupon to save $.75 on 2
Kellogg's Pop-tarts SEL 8ct $1.69 Match to tearpad coupon to save $.50 on 1
Campbell's Well Yes!/Homestyle Soup SEL 16.1-18.8oz 3/ $5 Match to tearpad coupon to save $1.50 on 2
Classico Pasta Sauce SEL 15-24oz $2.29 Match to tearpad coupon to save $1 on 2
Kellogg's Cereal SEL 11-15oz 4/ $10 Match to Kelloggs to save $3 on 5


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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Friday, March 10, 2017

3 Strategies for Coupon Success


Strategy #1   Never shop without a plan. Impulse buying can wreck your grocery budget.  And never shop hungry!   It seems like a simple strategy and it works.  The plan starts with having a good idea of what your family needs to buy this week.  There are hundreds of phone apps for you to jot down notes. You may want to break down your plan into sections.  Buy this week, buy sometimes in the next few weeks, or buy sometime next month allows you to prioritize your purchases.  Then your plan should be matched up with the weekly sale ad.  If it's on sale and matches with any item on  your needs list then it becomes part of the buy plan.  If you are in doubt of what items should be on those lists, you should look at your past purchase history. This is simple, just pull your past few receipts and take a look at the things you have been buying.  Which would you purchase again? 

Strategy #2  Only buy when stacking 2 or more deals.  Many extreme coupon shoppers only buy items when they know they are getting the absolute best deals.  Having an item on sale usually means that the item is discounted between 25-40% off regular retail.  If you stack another form of savings you can get into the 40-65% savings range.  That is where most coupon shoppers try to find their deals.  You can stack a sale item, with a coupon (store or manufacturer), with an app rebate, or with a by mail rebate.  If you use this strategy, you will need to keep a close eye on all types of stacking options. 

Strategy #3  Shop during low peak hours and take your time.  This strategy keeps your impulses under control.  If you shop when there are is not a rush in the store you'll have more time to review your buying options.  Should you buy this item now, or wait for a potential sale next week?  If you are not rushed you can also think more clearly and do some meal planning as you shop.  A rushed shopper grabs more prepared meals, more convenience foods and more overall items.  A bag of 15 apples becomes easier to grab than picking your own 8 apples for the week.  Less waste, is money saved.  

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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 8, 2017

Coupon Match Up 3/8 County Market

Since it's Frozen Foods month, be looking for all kinds of deals in the frozen department, even unadvertised, or in your My County Market App.

Louisa Pasta SEL ($2.99 when you buy 10 Save $5) 16-20oz $3.49
Prairie Farms Old Recipe Ice Cream ($3.49 when you buy 10 Save $5) 56oz $3.99
Healthy Choice Dinners SEL ($1.99 when you buy 10 Save $5) 9.5-11.6oz $2.49
Nestle Cookie Dough SEL ($2.99 when you buy 10 Save $5) 18oz $3.49
Ore Ida Potatoes SEL ($2.39 when you buy 10 Save $5) 14-32oz $2.89
Westpac Blend/Stir Fry ($1.49 when you buy 10 Save $5) 16oz $1.99


Nabisco Family Size Crackers/Cookies/Variety Pack SEL ($2.99 when you buy 3 Save $3) 9-28.8oz $3.99  Match to Newspaper coupon to save $1 on 2
Prego Pasta Sauce SEL 14.5-24oz 2/$4
Quaker Cereal SEL 11.5-14.5oz $1.77
Kellogg's Cereal SEL (Buy 4 Get $3 Off 1 Gallon County Market Milk) 10.5-18.7oz 2/$5
Prairie Farms Sour Cream/Dip SEL (48 Hour Limit 2) 16oz $.99


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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Monday, March 6, 2017

Produce Clicks Today

Last week I was able to use my physical coupons, and my  My County Market App add Ibotta to save on produce. One of our common comments from non coupon users is that they do not buy products that are boxed only fresh.  The argument is that if you buy fresh produce you can not coupon shop.  Ha!  They are not using all the right tools for the job.

This type of shopping changes the way we begin our shopping list and how we stack our coupon savings.  First, we start each week taking a look at the phone app  THEN we go to the weekly ad to see what else we like from our hot list.  This change makes sure we take advantage of the stacked offers available. 
For example, last week's Green Giant 5 lb potatoes sale.  We had the digital $1 on our County Market app.  There was an attached coupon for $1 off that was good for several months tied to the bags of potatoes.  So we have a physical coupon in our coupon stash to apply.  Luckily, these potatoes were also on sale for $1.99.  We saved $2 on $1.99 purchase which was only possible by using all of our savings tools. 
This coupon deal was a true stacker, because you save $1 on Green Giant when you also buy County Crock spreads  Which had matching printable coupons online and a newspaper coupon match.  These cross over coupons allow us to use multiple coupons and really stack up the dollars. 

 To get started follow these easy steps:

1.  Download the My County Market App onto your phone
2.  It will ask you to confirm your email and Max card.  You can just snap a pic of your max card when it asks you for it.  Be sure these are correct!  It's how they ties to your max card shopping. 
3.  Click some offers and have them in your virtual wallet.
4.  Shop at the store and pick up the items in your virtual shopping list.
5.  Your savings will post to your Wallet within 48 hours of checkout.  



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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Friday, March 3, 2017

Rebate Abreviations List

One of the best things you can do to save yourself both time and money is to learn to use the free online coupon trading boards.  I use them frequently.  This week I picked up some great meat rebate forms and some fresh chicken coupons.  To use the boards, you'll need to create an ID for yourself and learn the terminology.  It's easy! 



Some of my favorite trading boards include:
 
There are many terms used in Couponing.  To follow message boards and conduct trades you will need to know them.  Here are a few:
· MIR is a Mail in Rebate.  It can be for a new product offering, a satisfaction guarantee, or an alcoholic based rebate.
· OYNO = On Your Next Order
· OYNSO = On Your Next Shopping Order (Catalina coupon)
· TMF = Try Me Free
· FAR = Free After Rebate
· BLINKIES = In Store Smart Source Coupons.  These come in the little box with a blinking light.  They have sensors to issue a coupon based on movement. 
· BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One
· CATALINA = Coupon printed at register after purchased
· CRT = Customer Receipt Tape.  Usually required when filing a rebate.  Must have the address of the store, and date issued to be accepted. 
· EB/ECB = Extra Care Bucks these are rewards offered by CVS.  Similar to Catalina’s at County Market yet offered as a Store Coupon.
· FAR = Free After Rebate
· GM = General Mills (Newspaper insert)
· MIR = Mail in Rebate

· OP = Out of Pocket
· PENNY PINCHER=County Market store coupons issued by mail monthly.  Look for them 3rd week of each month. 
· P&G = Proctor & Gamble (Newspaper Insert)
· Peelie = Coupon you peel off package.  Mostly found on bags and in the frozen department.
· RP= Red Plum (Newspaper Insert)
· RR = Register Rewards.  These are offered at Walgreens only.  They are similar to Catalina’s offered at County Market, but are Manufacturer coupons, and therefore can be redeemed at our stores.
· RAINCHECK= When an item is on sale, and they run out of stock, you can ask for a raincheck at customer service to lock in your price so that you do not miss out on the deal. 
· SS= Smart Source (Newspaper Insert)
· STACKING = Using stores allow multiple use of coupons – manufacturer’s & store coupons or rebates.
· PIGGYBACKING= using more than one stack to link a large group of items into one huge savings.
· TEAR PAD = A pad of coupons  near a product or on display. 
· WYB= When You Buy


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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!

Wednesday, March 1, 2017

Coupon Match Up 3/1 County Market

Welcome Frozen Foods Month!  Lots of deals on store brand frozen, and more on name brands.  My suggestion this month-order up extra frozen foods coupons.  Here are the hottest deals this week:

Aunt Jemima Waffles/Pancakes/French Toast SEL 12.5-17.18 2/ $4  Match to Newspaper coupon to save $1 on 2
Breyers Ice Cream/Klondike/Magnum Bars SEL 48z/3-6ct 2/ $7  Excellent Price
EE Whip Topping SEL 8oz $.99 Store Brand Savings
EE Berries/Peaches SEL 12-16oz 2/ $4  Store Brand Savings
EE Pizza Bites SEL 20oz 2/ $5  Store Brand Savings
North Star Ice Cream Sandwich SEL 12pk 2/ $7  Match to Prairie Farms Printable coupons    
Pepperidge Farms Txs Toast SEL 9.5-11.75z 2/ $5  Match to Peelie coupon to save $1 on 2
Reames Egg Noodles/Dumpling SEL 12oz 2/$4  Match to Newspaper coupon to save $1 on 2
Swanson Hungry Man Dinners SEL 14.5-16oz 4/ $10  Excellent Price
White Castle ChickenBrst Sand/Hamburgers SEL 4-6ct 2/ $7  Match to Newspaper coupon to save $1 on 2
FF MONTH Red Baron Classic/Brick Oven Piz 17.89-22.6 3/ $9  Excellent Price
FF MONTH Nestle Drumstick Variety Cones 8-12ct $4.99  Excellent Price
FF MONTH Banquet Chicken Bag SEL (Hunts Ketchup FREE w/purch Bag Chckn  ) 24-26.5oz 2/ $7  Excellent Price
FF MONTH Birdseye Vegetables SEL 9-16oz 3/ $5  Excellent Price
FF MONTH Lean Cuisine SEL 5.25-10.87 5/ $10  Match to Newspaper coupon to save $1 on 5
FF MONTH Prairie Farms Ice Cream/Sherbet SEL 4QT $4.99   Match to Prairie Farms Printable coupons    
PROMO EE Frzn Pot/Onion Ring SEL (48Hr Sale L-3) 16-32oz $1.69  Store Brand Savings

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All internet coupon print limits are subjective. At the time of this email coupons were available for print. If the daily or weekly print limit has been reached, the coupon will be automatically pulled from the websites. You can try to print again tomorrow. All coupons listed are not available in our stores. We list them so you can order or find them to save you money. Check with clipping services, trade boards, or ebay to find coupons not in your store. It is our intent to help you find as many savings opportunities as possible. Enjoy!