During the last couple of months I have been on a mission. I’ve been trying to save as much money as I can on food, whether it’s groceries or going out to eat. I’ve always been the type of person to love free stuff, but now I’ve taken it a step further and started using lots of coupons too. I am now a self professed couponaholic and freebie crazy! I want to share my secrets with everyone else now that I’ve learned that you don’t ever have to pay retail again. If you are a bargain hunter, then you probably already know this.
I regularly check the Wal-Mart Freebie page now and also many other freebie sites where you can receive free samples of products. There are quite a few food freebie samples out there to be had, let me tell you. There are also tons of coupons out there to be had. Not to mention coupon codes that is available online for retailers for everything. There are coupon codes for pizza, makeup, clothes and just about anything else you can think of. There are a couple of sites that list coupon codes for stores and specific products on them, the best one I’ve found so far is Retail Me Not. There is also Coupon Codes 4 U, Coupon Craze, My Coupon Codes and Coupon Cabin. All of these sites offer coupon codes that you can use online to buy stuff from retailers and get a discount, think of places like Victoria’s Secret, Target, Sears, JC Penney’s, Kohl’s, Overstock, Chadwick’s, New Egg, K Mart and countless others. If you’re going to buy something online, my advice is to search for a coupon online first to see what you can find. You never know, you might be able to find a really great deal like free shipping or 40% off or receive a free item with any purchase or maybe even better!
Now we move on to the coupons for groceries and eating out. These are the coupons I’ve been focusing most of my energy on lately. The coupons for eating out are obtained easily by going to the restaurant’s web site and signing up for their newsletter or program that they have. Most restaurant chains offer free coupons to you for signing up on their web site. Also, many have birthday clubs where you can get a discount or something free on your birthday. There are so many to list where you can get discounts by just signing up online: O’Charley’s, Texas De Brazil, Chili’s, TGI Friday’s, Bob Evans and Friendly’s, just to name a few. If you do a search online or go to any restaurant’s web site, you will most likely find that they will offer you a coupon if you sign up. Also, be on the lookout when you go to a fast food restaurant like Arby's and Burker King. If you look on the back of your receipt you will see that you can call or go on the internet, take a short survey and receive something free from it. You can get a free roast beef sandwich from Arby's and you can get a free Whopper from Burger King. Remember to always look at any receipt you get from any store. Many stores are now offering surveys that you can take and enter into contests or get something free from it. I know Home Depot, Taco Bell and Rite Aid all have these types of surveys going on where you can win money or free food.
For groceries there are tons of ways I’ve discovered that you can get coupons. The way most people think of first is to buy the Sunday newspaper and get coupons out of the paper. Now you can do that and also you can go online and print them from many different sites. Here’s a couple: Coupons.com, Smartsource.com, Deals.com, Hotcouponworld.com, P&GbrandSAVER You can get free samples and coupons from the P&GBrandSaver program.
You can also upload coupons to your shopper’s card now at some stores through a web site called Shortcuts. This program is really neat, because all you have to do is sign up, put in your shoppers card number and then choose which coupons you want to put on your card, go shopping, buy the products that you want with the coupons you have on your card. This makes it super simple for the consumer. Kroger is the only store that is participating in my area so far, but everyone should check out Shortcuts.com. It’s a great program for coupons too!
Another way to get coupons that many people don’t think about is the fact that you can go to the company’s web site, for example, Prego or Campbell’s, and make a request for coupons from them. Just go to their web site and contact the company to let them know how much you enjoy or like their product and request coupons. Some company’s may not have any coupons available at the minute, but many do have coupons and are willing to give them to consumers that buy their product and enjoy it. You can also obtain coupons through free coupon books that can be found online on many freebie sites. Betty Crocker and a few other companies have recently offered free coupon books full of great coupons. You can also find coupons in many magazines. I can understand not wanting to pay for the newspaper or a magazine subscription to get coupons, but you can get them free or at deep discounts too many times. If you know someone like a family member or friend who has a subscription to the newspaper and does not use their coupons, kindly ask them for the coupons. Also, when you’re in a doctors or dentist’s office or anywhere where they have magazines and you see a coupon, ask first if you can take the coupon and then if they say its okay, pull out the coupons you want. Also, you can get free issues of many magazines that have coupons in them like Redbook, Family Circle, Woman’s Day and Ladies Home Journal. One site you can check out to get 2 free issues of Redbook right now is Valuemags. There are other sites out there as well and freebie offers where you can get free issues of magazines and sometimes even a whole year’s subscription, with no strings attached.
One last idea on how to get coupons is to start a coupon swapping program or join one. When you are part of a coupon swapping program everyone puts coupons in and everyone takes coupons out. For example, you could start out with twenty coupons that you don’t want or won’t use. You give it to one person and they look through them and decide how many of the coupons they want to take, but they have to replace the coupons they take. So if they take only five coupons, then they must put five other coupons they have in for the next person to choose from. This goes on through how many ever people are participating in the coupon swapping, until it gets back to you and you choose which coupons you want. Then the process begins again. Another way you can get coupons is to buy them on EBay or The Coupon Clippers site where you just pay a small handling fee (usually pennies) for the coupon. Also, don’t forget Craigslist.org. You can find free coupons on there all the time where people don’t need the coupon or they’re not using the coupon, so they’re giving it to whoever wants it.
Along with coupons you should take full advantage of free stuff. There are so many freebies out there for clothes, food, books, health items, household items and baby stuff. Don’t forget to regularly check Craigslist.org for free stuff too.
Here are some of the best freebie sites I’ve found:
Free Deal of the Day
Shop for Freebies
Free Stuff Times
Totally Free Stuff
After realizing that you can save so much money shopping with coupons and shopping the sales, as well as using coupon codes online to buy stuff I can't understand why anyone would want to pay retail again. However, I realize it may not be possible to absolutely never pay retail again on some things, but you can save a ton on most things and everyone should know that, especially since money is tight these days for everyone.