Monday, February 1, 2010

My shopping trips today

No real savings today.

I stopped off at Albertsons before noon to buy cupcakes for my youngest daughter's class (some kind of party today, no idea only saw the letter from the teacher on Friday asking for cupcakes). I ended up spending $17.98 on two cupcake platters. Ouch! I did get a $2 survey question though which I need to do so my next shopping trip I'll get $2 off.

I then stopped off at the Albertsons' gas station and put $50 in gas into the car. I went inside to use my 35 cents off gas savings. Each gallon of gas was then $2.46 instead of $2.81. I did save about $7 using my gas perks. That'll last me about a week. Ugh, the joy of driving a SUV.

Went to lunch with the hubby at Inca. We spent $17.70 after tip. After I dumped him back off at work I stopped at Target to pick up some prescriptions and bought myself a Pepsi and a book for my son. I spent $4.33 at Target since the book was on clearance for $2.51 (original price was $3.59).

Total spent today: $90.01.
Total savings today: $8.19

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Couponing Acronyms

$1.50 SS 10/18 - $1.50 coupon from the October 18 Smart Source insert
$1.50/3 - $1.50 of when you buy 3 items
B1G1/BOGO - Buy One, Get One
CC - Competitor Coupon
FAR - Free After Rebate
MFC or MFR - Manufacturer Coupon
MIR - Mail in Rebate
OOP - Out of Pocket
P&G - Procter & Gamble Insert
RP - Red Plum Insert
RR - Register Reward (Wags)
SC - Store Coupon
SS - Smart Source Insert
WAGS - Walgreens
WFC - Weekly Flyer Coupon
WYB - When You Buy

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BEST PLACE: The Sunday newspaper!

In stores:

Blinkies – Found on various store aisles these little machines spit out coupons as you pull them out. Most blinkies have little lights that blink hence the name.

Catalinas – Receipt-like coupons printed at the register. Not all stores have Catalinas (such as WinCo). These are typically NOT printed on the back of the register receipt.

Hang/Wine Tags – Found around the neck of a bottle with a little piece of string or rubber band.

Peelies – Coupons found on certain products that peel away from the product.

Tearpads – Coupons on a tear away pad. Typically found in a display and not directly on the product.

Other ways:

Home mailers - sign up for products online or even contact a company to either complain or complement their products. Click here for a blog with over 200 links to companies that will mail you coupons!

Internet coupons - There are many places online that you can print coupons from. See links below for printable online coupons.

Magazines – Pretty much all magazines will have coupons in it. Better Homes & Gardens, Sunset, Parenting, Working Mother are a few. The BEST magazine with coupons is All You magazine.

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