How to Shop a Kroger Mega Event

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What is a Mega Event?

A mega event is a promotion that Kroger does several times a year. Unlike typical 10 for $10 sales, you MUST purchase the quantity of items specified in that particular promo in order to receive the mega sale discount. For example, “Buy 10 participating items, Get $5 off instantly”. You must purchase in increments of 10 in order to receive the additional $0.50 off per item. You can mix and match these items and receive the discount as long as you purchase in multiples of 10 in the same transaction.

Here’s what the ad will look like. When you see this, start to get really excited because you’re about to save a LOT of money! :) The ad will outline the price BEFORE mega sale discount, and also after. I always just pay attention to the bottom number.

Here is an example of a mega event sale tag. Notice there is a “sale price” of $1.49, and then a 2nd price of $0.99  if you purchase 10 participating items.

The mega discount will come off immediately at checkout when the item is scanned. Typically you will see a participating item marked on the receipt with a < + symbol.

Not all participating mega sale items will be advertised in the sale ad. There are almost always tons more items that will just be identified by in-store signage, so be on the lookout for those mega sale tags!


Tips on Keeping Track of Items While Shopping

Since it’s very important to keep track of how many mega items you are purchasing so that you don’t miss out on the extra discount, you’ll need a system. There are many ways to keep track of your mega items, but I’ll give you a few tips. What the picture above shows is my current method. As soon as I walk in the store, I take a few of my reusable shopping bags, open them up and place them inside my cart. I then place all my mega sale items in the bags as I shop.

Once your bag contains 10 items, you close it up! No more hiding in the last aisle at Kroger counting 50 items!

If I don’t plan on getting too crazy, I will reserve one bag for non-mega sale items. Or you can throw non-megas in the bottom of your cart. (great idea Carrie!)

Or, if you’re really diligent about keeping track of items that enter your cart, you can do the old fashioned tally system on your shopping list. Do what works for you…just make sure you keep track! You do NOT want to get through checkout just to realize you counted wrong. If this DOES happen, you have a couple of options.

Scenario #1: You’re counting mega sale items as you put them on the belt at checkout and only count 48 items. If you know what other 2 items you want to grab, just have the cashier ring up 2 extra of that item and go get them off the shelf AFTER you checkout.

Scenario #2: You don’t catch the mistake until after you checkout, maybe even after you get home. Just go pick up any extra mega sale items that you need and take them along with your receipt to the customer service desk and they will make it right.


Reward Limits

Sometimes there are limits to how many mega items you can purchase in the same transaction, sometimes not. If no limit is advertised in the ad or on the sale tags, you may want to ask before you start shopping. If the limit is 5 rewards, that means you can purchase 50 items (if it’s a buy 10, save $5 sale). If you want to purchase more than that, you’ll need to separate your transactions (if permitted) or just come back another day.

I hope this helps answer some of your questions on how a mega sale works at Kroger. Feel free to leave a comment if there’s something I didn’t think of or if you have additional questions! 

Oh, and one more thing…

Here’s what your face is going to look like as you marvel at your receipt when you get into your car! :)

 

2014 UPDATE: Check out my new video that walks you through the process!





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How to Print Coupons

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One of my biggest frustrations with being a couponer and it may just be yours too is seeing a coupon that I post and running to your computer to print and…nothing. If you’re like me you get easily frustrated because you know that coupon will disappear at any time.  I wanted to give you some tips to make sure that your printing goes as smoothly as possible. On top of that, if you have printed before and your luck ran down, I also want to provide you with some tips to get that printer printing again in no time. Good luck!Coupons

:: New to Coupons.com?

  • Click the coupons that you’d like to print by simply clicking on the coupon. A circle will appear letting you know that you want to clip the coupn.  The coupon will show up on your page as being clipped until you choose to print the coupon.

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  • Once you have chosen all the coupons you’d like to print and if this is your first time you will need to install a coupon printer.  This is safe for your computer and Kroger Krazy will never send you to a site that is unsafe so use your best judgement.

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  • Begin by clicking “Install Coupon Printer” and allow the computer to make changes by clicking YES on the next pop up screen.

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  • If you’re like me, you prefer not to have the Couponbar on your browser.  It’s a total preference but if you’d rather not have it, uncheck the box BEFORE clicking the next button.
  • On the next screen, click the circle “I have read and agree to the terns of this license agreement” and click next.  (Feel free to read but who has time for that.)

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  • Now run (or walk, whichever you’d like) because your coupon should be sitting in the printer ready for you to start clipping.

:: Say what?  Your coupons didn’t print?

This is where the frustration sets in but please know that there are many different options that you can try to get these printing.  When this happens and you want to test a coupon, make sure you print a coupon that you are not interested in when that coupon starts printing you won’t miss out on the good ones.  Because, that’s money gone :(

  • I say this all the time but I mean it.  First start by switching browsers.  I recommend Google Chrome, Mozilla FireFox and Internet Explorer.  Make sure that your browsers are up to date as well.
    • Google Chrome: Google Chrome will update automatically as updates are released to the public. When updates are available they’ll appear on the “Menu” Chrome Menu button icon. You can also check to see if you’re running the latest version of Chrome by clicking on the Menu icon and then clicking About. If Chrome is up to date, it displays a check mark with a notice mentioning you are up to date.
    • Mozilla Firefox: Mozilla Firefox will automatically download updates and prompt you when updates are available to install. To determine if the Firefox browser is up to date open the About box by clicking Help in the File menu. If you don’t see the File menu press the Alt key. In the Help menu click About Firefox to display the About Mozilla Firefox box. If the latest version of Firefox is installed, you will see a “Firefox is up to date” message in the about box. Otherwise, you’ll have an option to download the latest update. If you are unsure if you are running on the latest download, go HERE.
    • Internet Explorer: Microsoft updates Microsoft Internet Explorer with its Windows update feature. As long as you’re installing all of the latest updates from Microsoft you should be running the latest version of Internet Explorer. For more info, go HERE.
  • Do you have more than one printer attached to your computer?  If so, make sure the printer you want to print to is listed as your “Default Printer”.  If you print to another computer, there’s a good chance it could still be sitting in a queue so you’ll have to attach to that printer and put it out there to get it to print.
  • If your Firewall is set to the highest security settings this may not allow items to print.  You can turn off your firewall to print the coupons and then turn it back on as soon as you are finished. I realize this is just another step but sites that I recommend are safe.
  • Uninstall and reinstall your coupon printer.  I have had to do this before to get my coupons to start printing and doesn’t take that long so put this on your list.

:: Printing SmartSource and Red Plum Coupons

I probably should have added this straight to the top because I know this is the most frustrating aspect of printing coupons.  If you are still having problems printing them I really recommend you follow the steps below so you can start printing these high value coupons.

  • First, make sure you clear your browser’s cache and cookies. Do this with the browser you intend to use for printing coupons.
    • IE: Internet Options/Browsing History/Delete button.
    • Chrome: History/Clear browsing data button. Incognito mode CANNOT be used with our coupon printing software, because cookies are used.
    • Firefox: History/Clear recent history
    • Safari: History/Clear History
  • Next, if you’re on Windows, you’ll want to uninstall Java. Go to Control Panel and depending on your operating system you’ll select Programs/Add or Remove Programs, or Uninstall Programs. This article explains uninstalling in detail. Make sure you close all browsers before uninstalling Java.
  • Don’t have Java? Move on to the next step. On a Mac? Read this article!
  • You’re now ready to install! Click here to go to the Red Plum Test Coupon page. Select the coupon and then click the Print button. The software will download, and you’ll need to install it. There’s a step-by-step article HERE that shows how it looks on different browsers.
  • When finished, you’ll know it worked when the test coupon prints. You’re almost there! Just one more step!
  • Select and print the test coupon again, and you’ll get the Protocol Acceptance message. You can set it to remember, click Allow/Ok/Launch (depending on the browser), and that’s it. The step-by-step article HERE shows how Protocol Acceptance looks on different browsers.
  • Trust me, it may seem like a lot of work but going through the steps may put you one step closer to printing the coupons!  Go to Red Plum to start printing and saving.

:: Seriously?  I STILL can’t print with Java 7

I get it, you’re frustrated and you just want to give up. Here’s something else you can try.  This WILL be worth it. We both know it.

  • If you are a Windows user:
    • First, close your internet browser (IE, Firefox, Chrome).
    • Click the Start menu and select Control Panel.
    • In Control Panel, select “Programs”, and then click “Java”.  This opens the Java Control Panel.

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  • Under the “Temporary Internet Files” section, there is a button called “Settings”.  Click this button.

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  • A new window will now pop up and is titled “Temporary Files Settings”.  Near the bottom click the “Delete Files” button.

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  • When the “Delete Files and Applications” box appears, make sure all three boxes are checked, including the box next to “Installed Applications and Applets”, then click OK.  This will not hurt your computer – you’re clearing out a bunch of older files you no longer need.

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  • Close the popup boxes to return to the main Java Control Panel window.  Click the “Security” tab.
  • Set the security level to “Medium”, then click Apply.

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  • Click OK to exit out of the Java Control Panel.  Restart your browser and try printing again.  Your browser may prompt you to allow printing.

If you are a Mac user then you will follow the same steps only you’ll get there a little differently. To follow these same steps, go HERE.

Did this work for you?  I hope so because printable coupons can put our fingers on rare or even high value amounts that we can’t get from the newspaper.  Let me know in the comments if any of this helped.

 




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{NEW VIDEO} How To Use the Kroger Krazy Website

Notice anything different around here? I have a new site design and have added a few new helpful features. I hope you love it as much as I do!! Take a moment to watch the video I did to get more acquainted. And if you’re new around here, I show you exactly how to use my site! Let me know what you think in the comments below!!

I also wanted to remind you that in addition to just coming directly to the site, you can also follow me via:




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How To Sign Up for a Kroger.com Account


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A few of you have asked me some questions about how to create and manage your Kroger.com account, so I thought I’d do a quick screen share type video for you! Let me know if this is helpful and if you have any other questions!


Learn more about Kroger Digital coupons HERE.


New to Kroger shopping? Check out my video “Top 10 Ways to Save at Kroger”!





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How Do I Get Started With Couponing?

How Do I Get Started With Couponing?

READ READ READ!! Check out my series of “Getting Started” posts HERE and then let me know if you have any specific questions.




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(Video) Top 10 Ways To Save At Kroger

New Kroger shoppers or those of you who just enjoy friendly reminders…here are your TOP 10 ways to save at Kroger!!

  1. Get a Kroger Plus Loyalty Card
    (sign up at customer service desk or on Kroger.com)
  2. Kroger 1-2-3 Rewards Visa Card
    Learn more about this Visa
    Please note that the 1-2-3 Rewards Visa no longer offers the $25 sign up bonus.
  3. Shop the Mega Events
    How to Shop at Kroger Mega Event
  4. Closeouts
    View the latest Kroger Closeouts
  5. Manager’s Specials
    Learn more about Manager’s Specials
  6. Coupons (duh!)
    New to coupons? Check out my Couponing for Beginner’s Series
  7. Kroger Digital Coupons
    Digital Coupon guidelines
  8. Fuel Rewards
    Learn more about Fuel Rewards
  9. Catalinas
    Master list of current Kroger Catalinas
    Kroger Catalinas FAQ’s
  10. Follow my blog!! :)

What other ways do YOU save at Kroger?

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2 New Savings Tools! 52 Week Challenge & Savings Tracker!

Welp! It’s the last day of the year and that means tomorrow marks a fresh start for SAVINGS! Here are 2 great tools to help you reach your savings goals in 2014!

First up I have this nice little 52 Week Savings Challenge chart that will aid you in saving over $1300 in 2014! Print it out and hang it on the fridge!

Additionally, here is a fantastic tool to help you track your savings throughout the year! View the 2014 Savings Summary spreadsheet HERE.




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Couponing For Beginners | Get To Know Your Coupons

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So you want to be a Couponer?

First things first. Let’s talk about coupons since they will be the most important part of your new adventure. I can not stress enough how important it is for you to READ READ READ as much as you can about couponing before you start using them. Nobody can do it for you. You have to educate yourself. And trust me…you’ll be glad you did. :)

The casual couponer will buy one paper on Sunday, clip only a fraction of the coupons inside and use them at their local stores to get maybe $0.50 or $1.00 off something that they might not normally buy…but do just because they have a coupon. Or even if you do normally buy the product, you are just getting one of them at a good price with your coupon. You are here because you want to take it to the next level and learn how to maximize every coupon to get max savings!!

The first installment of my Couponing For Beginners series will teach you everything you need to know about the coupons themselves.

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 What is a coupon?

Coupons are basically free money that manufacturers send out to entice people to buy their products.

Every coupon should have the following attributes:

:: Type of Coupon

Manufacturer or Store (stated at the top of the coupon).

:: Value

How much money will be deducted from your purchase, plus how many items you must purchase in order to use the coupon.

:: Terms

If the coupon says “save $1 on ANY Charmin product” then it can truly be used on any Charmin product, including the smallest size of toilet paper…or even Charmin flushable wipes since that is a Charmin product. If the coupon says “save $1 on Charmin Ultra Soft 6 Mega Rolls” then that is the EXACT product the coupon should be used for. If you use it for the 4 pack single rolls, that would be fraudulent use of the coupon and the store will NOT be reimbursed by the manufacturer.

:: Expiration Date

MOST coupons have an expiration date. If the expiration date is 6/30/13, you have until 11:59 pm on 6/30/13 to redeem your coupon.

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:: Image

Manufacturers generally put the newest or most expensive product in the picture for advertising purposes, hoping you will buy that product. Although the picture can be useful if you have never heard of the product, it does NOT dictate what you must purchase. The TEXT on the coupon is what you need to follow.

Example: Since the coupon above states “Save $2 on ANY two Kashi Cereals” you can use it on the single cups! :)

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:: Barcode

Every coupon needs a barcode. That’s what holds the information the cash register needs! If a printable coupon prints without a barcode – something went wrong. Try to print it again. If you are clipping coupons from an insert, be careful not to cut any of the barcode off because you need that! :)

Insert coupons (from the newspaper) will all have the same barcode. Printable coupons should all print with a unique code found in the upper right hand corner. This proves that each of your coupons was printed legitimately (not copied).

Some manufacturers choose to release PDF coupons. These make me very nervous because we are all printing the exact same barcode and prints are virtually unlimited. Balance is needed when choosing how many coupons you will print.

:: Fine Print

Every coupon should show some type of instructions for retailers including a redemption address. There is also information intended for the consumer. Some of the most common clauses I have explained below.

Purchase Vs. Transaction Vs. Household Vs. Shopping Trip

This is VERY important! You might look at your coupons and think, “How do these people save so much money?” All the coupons I get say I can only use one! Well, in some ways that’s true but mostly it is just worded in a confusing way. It is important to educate yourself on coupon terminology so you can intelligently defend your case when redeeming coupons.

PURCHASE

Almost all coupons will say, “Limit One Coupon Per Purchase.” All this means is that if your coupon says “Save $0.50 on One (1) box of Cheerios” then you CAN’T use TWO coupons on that ONE box to get $1.00 off.

One coupon per purchase means = one coupon per ITEM(s) purchased.

  • If you buy one box of Cheerios you can only use ONE coupon, if you buy TWO boxes of Cheerios then you are allowed to use TWO coupons.
  • If your coupon says “Save $0.50 on Two (2) boxes of Cheerios” then you have to buy TWO boxes in order to use ONE of your coupons.

Confused yet? ; ) You’ll get it down. Don’t worry…we all started out just as confused as you.

TRANSACTION

You might even find a coupon that will limit you to how many you can use in a “Transaction”. This is one of those tricky words that people often mix up with “Purchase”. Let me explain the difference the best I can. When you go to the store, gather the items you want to buy and then take your cart to the checkout – EACH item that you place on the belt is a PURCHASE.  Now the cashier is done scanning all your items and coupons and you pay (hopefully not too much!). Each time you pay, that was a TRANSACTION. You could have just purchased 100 items in that one transaction.

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HOUSEHOLD

It gets even trickier! Some coupons, mostly P&G (Proctor & Gamble) will say something like “Limit One Coupon Per Purchase. Limit Of 4 Like Coupons Per Household Per Day.” Here’s where things get interesting. When using coupons like this it means exactly what it says. If you alone and go to the store and want to use your P&G coupons, you are only allowed to use FOUR of each kind (“like” coupons). You yourself are NOT allowed to use any more than FOUR of each one in a single day. If you decide to bring your neighbor Betty Sue and you’d like to give her some coupons to use she will be allowed to use her own sets of four “like” coupons.

“Four Like Coupons…” means Four of the exact same coupons.

And a “Household” is defined as all individuals who live in the same dwelling. So out of everyone that lives in your home you are only allowed to use 4 of the same coupon, per day on these types of coupons. Even if cashier “lets it slide”, the manufacturer technically does NOT have to reimburse the store because they allowed more than the coupon limits. We don’t want that to happen.

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SHOPPING TRIP

A shopping trip can be defined as each trip you make into the store with an empty cart.

So lets say you have a coupon that says “Save $1.00 When you Buy One (1) bottle of Welch’s Juice” and the fine print says “4 Like Coupons Per Shopping Trip” but you wanted to buy 7 bottles of juice. In order to comply with the wording on the coupon AND get all the bottles you planned on buying you would need to get 4 bottles of juice, checkout and pay, take those items out to your vehicle and then go BACK in the store with an empty cart and go get your other 3 bottles of juice. Then you have completed TWO shopping trips and didn’t use more than 4 like coupons in either shopping trip. Be sure you are also complying with store policy regarding multiple transactions as well. Some do not allow it. Some let you go nuts! :)

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:: Do Not Double

Some coupons will state DO NOT DOUBLE. However, if the coupon bar code starts with a 5, and your store’s policy is to double…it will automatically double. This is because the STORE is offering the discount on the doubled portion, so it’s at their discretion whether or not to allow the doubling.

If the barcode starts with a 9, the coupon will not double automatically.

If the coupon has the new databar barcode, you won’t know until you scan it if it will in fact double according to the store’s policy.

Why do brands choose to put a “do not double” clause on coupons if it’s the STORE who is paying for the doubled amount? The manufacturers put the DND clause on the coupon simply to reiterate that they are responsible ONLY for the face value of the coupon. I contacted a few companies who often place this stipulation their coupons to get a better understanding of why they do this and here is one reply I received (from Pom Wonderful):

“…As you know, some stores will double the value of coupons and give the consumer twice the value of the coupon off their purchase. Our “do not double” clause is just informing stores that if they do decide to double, POM will only reimburse them for the face value of the coupon. Merchants can still choose to double the value of the coupon if they want, that is their choice…”

Now that you have all of coupon lingo down, tomorrow we will talk about where to get all of those coupons!




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Couponing For Beginners | Where To Find Coupons

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Where can you find coupons?

The short answer…EVERYWHERE!

:: WEEKEND NEWSPAPER INSERTS

Some of you might receive what’s referred to as the “Sunday Bag” on your mailbox every Sunday. Inside you’ll find that week’s ad circulars for local stores and that weeks coupon inserts. Some areas will receive them earlier in the week; however the majority of you will want to purchase the Sunday paper to receive all your coupons. You can order a subscription or you can find them at just about any gas station, local grocery store, big box stores, dollar stores, etc.

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The 3 main coupon inserts are as follows: RedPlum, Smartsource, Proctor & Gamble. In my matchups these are abbreviated as RP, SS & PG. You can find the date of the insert on the bind of the insert pack. It’s very small, but it’s there. That date is helpful when trying to locate a coupon you haven’t clipped yet. For ideas on how to organize these inserts, view my video HERE.

ALWAYS CHECK to make sure the paper you are purchasing has the coupons inside. I’ve been burned a couple times…got home…no coupons! Ugh. That’s the worst. Usually on holiday weekends there are no coupon inserts (boo!), but sometimes they surprise you, so always check. Some weekends we will just get 1 or 2 inserts, some weekends we will get 4 or 5! I will alert you to what coupons you can in my Sunday Coupon Preview.

Coupon inserts will have regional differences, so a coupon that your buddy in Texas gets might be different than what you receive. Coupons themselves will be regional as well as the value of the coupon.

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:: INTERNET PRINTABLES

The 4 main coupon websites are: coupons.com, smartsource.com and redplum.com. These sites are constantly updating with new coupons, so check them often. The first of the month is the biggest day for new coupons so stay close to me then as I alert you to the best ones. I also update on what other printable coupons are available throughout the week, whether it be random websites, bricks links (powered by coupons.com) or individual Smartsource links. Don’t worry if you don’t know what those are…all you have to do is click the link I provide and it will get you to the coupons!  Many companies are now releasing coupons on their Facebook pages as well, so you may want to “like” some of your favorite brands to gain access to those.

Most printable coupons are limit 2 prints per computer. After you print your first copy, sometimes you can hit your browser back button a few times and it will print a 2nd copy. Sometimes you have to go back and click the original link to get your 2nd print. If you want more coupons, you need more computers/devices…or some really nice friends. :) Sometimes a coupon will “reset” which means you will be able to print it 2 more times from the same link! Each of these coupons prints with a unique code.

Do not EVER copy a coupon. EVER. It is a punishable offense. Let’s say that again:

Do NOT EVER COPY A COUPON!! EVER. 

Some coupons will print with a store name or logo on them. For the most part, these are just regular manufacturer coupons that can be redeemed anywhere, despite the advertising. Read ALL about this HERE.

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:: BLINKIES

“Blinkies” are little machines that spit out coupons, usually found mounted near the product..but sometimes they can be found in random places. Feel free to take a couple!

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:: PEELIES

“Peelie” coupons are offers attached to products that you PEEL off. These are ONLY for the customer purchasing the item. In my opinion, it is NOT okay to peel off coupons from items you are not buying! In fact, many of them will say they are only valid if removed by cashier.

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:: HANG TAGS

“Hang Tags” are coupons that hang from the product themselves.

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:: CATALINA MACHINE

This is the little machine that prints along with your receipt. Sometimes it has advertisements for upcoming Catalina deals and such, and at other times it spits out extra coupons based on your shopping behavior! You better believe if I buy International Delight coffee creamer – Coffee Mate will give me a coupon!

“On Your Next Order” (OYNO) Catalina coupons are a whole ‘nother story and are explained in detail HERE.

:: RECYCLE BINS

Now some of you might turn your nose up at this idea, but if you’re anything like my husband…you live for dumpster diving! Hey, don’t knock it. You can get lots of freebies! Our local paper recycling bin contains ONLY paper and mostly newspaper, so it’s actually pretty clean! Just make sure it’s legal in your area, before you take the plunge!!

:: ASK FRIENDS and FAMILY

Chances are most of your friends and family are not using all of their coupons. Speak up and ask if you can save them from the trash! I have family members that give me their extra coupons and I repay them with some of the free stuff I got from using them! Seems like a fair deal to me.

:: TRADE

There are TONS of Facebook Trading groups you can join where you can trade your unwanted coupons for those that you want to get your hands on. A simple search will help you locate them.

Or start a local coupon trading group! What a fun girls night that would be!

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:: INSIDE PRODUCTS

Make sure to check inside the products you buy. Also sometimes manufacturers will put coupons on the box or inside the packaging so don’t throw away anything without a proper inspection!

:: COUPON CLIPPING SERVICES

It is not legal to BUY coupons, but you can purchase someone’s clipping services and pay them for their time. :) If there is a coupon you do not receive in your Sunday paper or if there is a coupon that makes for a great deal on an item you want to stock up on, you can order extra coupons.

While I do not recommend any particular clipping servive over the next one, you can find these by doing a simple google search.

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:: MAGAZINES

Several magazines feature a few coupons per month…don’t let those get away!

I cannot say enough about ALL You magazine, which features pages and pages of coupons each month. I will make sure to give you a heads up when this subscription is offered at a great price! Check my Magazines category for the latest deal on this mag. If you don’t want to wait for a super deal, you can get a nice price on it everyday on Amazon. You may also want to checkout what their current deal is directly from All You.

:: IN-STORE

Many stores, will put out their own monthly coupon booklets to be used exclusively in their stores. I try to always check near the Kroger Pharmacy to see if they have released any new booklets.

:: EMAIL YOUR FAVORITE COMPANIES

Just ask! I try to email a few companies each month to compliment them on a quality product (or give a valid complaint). In response many of them will mail me coupons! It only takes a few minutes of your time and the majority will respond with coupons. These coupons are usually higher value than ones you find anywhere else. To avoid bombarding your inbox with junk mail, I would definately open a separate email account through yahoo or hotmail just for this purpose. Scroll through my Planning Ahead Project series (I no longer write this series) where I have suggested several companies to email!

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:: HOME MAILERS

If you want to receive Kroger Home Mailers, be sure to create an online account HERE and confirm that you’re information is up-to-date. You will need to enter your Kroger Loyalty Card number to be sure it’s linked to your account. You will then start to receive booklets that include recipes and coupons (pictured above).

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Kroger also sends out quarterly coupons that are based on your shopping behavior. Sometimes they even include FREE product coupons or $$ off your total purchase. LOVE when these show up!!  TIP: If you already have an online account set up and you are NOT receiving these, try going into your account and making a small change – like change your phone number or email. That may trigger it.

Additionally, try signing up with some of your favorite companies. They may mail out promotional offers and coupons. Baby brands are especially great with sending out coupons! Just go to their website and see if they have the option to receive email updates or create an account.


:: LOAD DIGITAL COUPONS TO YOUR LOYALTY CARD

Kroger releases hundreds of digital coupons each month. You can load them to your loyalty card by signing into your Kroger account HERE. I have already written an entire post dedicated to Kroger Digital coupons that you can view HERE. Please refer to that for any questions you may have regarding these.

You can also load e-coupons to your card each month from these sites (some will be the same ones available on Kroger.com):

We also have a couple sites that you can load your coupons to an account that is attached to your card. The balance does NOT come off automatically at checkout, but rather into an account.

With SavingStar, the money goes directly into your account. Once your savings reach $5, you can pick your payout from a deposit into your bank or PayPal account, an Amazon gift card, or a donation to American Forests.

Upromise is a savings program that rewards you with money for college education or to pay off current student loans. BUT you can also request a check for the money you have saved in your Upromise account and spend it on anything you want! Just submit this form here.

:: COUPON APPS

There are also a few coupon apps you can load. The most popular ones are:

  • ibotta (view full details HERE)
  • endorse (view full details HERE) looks like this app is closing up shop! Just received this news yesterday (6/19/13).

Ok, so now you know where to find coupons and how to decipher coupon lingo. Stay tuned for the next installment where I show you how to maximize your savings by matching coupons with sales!

Be sure to check out the first installment of Couponing for Beginners: Get to Know Your Coupons.




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Couponing For Beginners | Matching Coupons With Sales & Stockpiling

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Ok, so now you’ve cut out some coupons, you understand coupon lingo, and can’t wait to go use them. My advice to you: WAIT! You don’t want to fall into the trap of buying something JUST BECAUSE YOU HAVE A COUPON!You want to learn to get the most bang for your buck and to do that you want to get those weekly sales circulars out and match-up items that are on sale WITH coupons that you have. This way you will be getting MAX savings!

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:: How To Get Max Savings

Above is a picture of the ad from my local store with a GREAT example of how to get the most bang for your coupon buck!

You can get the weekly store ad either AT your store, you may get one in your mailbox every week, there may be one in the “Sunday Bag” you get on your mailbox on Sunday, or you can get one in your Sunday paper. You can also sign up online and Kroger will email you the ad the day the sale starts.

What you could do: Look over the ad, search Kroger Krazy’s online coupon database to find current coupons and figure out your final cost. Or, you can simply head over to the Kroger Grocery Ad Matchup category where all the work has been done for you! :) Scroll through the list and compare it to your Kroger weekly sales ad. Print and gather all of your coupons, use the printable list feature to print your list and off you go!

Before you run up to checkout with a hand full of coupons it would be wise to double check your coupons against the products you’re getting to make sure that all sizes and specifications are met.  Also check to see if your coupon has a limit written on it and follow those guidelines. It’s important to always practice good, ethical couponing.

So, say you DON’T have my match-ups available to you OR your ad shows something additional that was not in my ad. I will walk you through this next.

In the ad shown above Totino’s pizzas are on sale 3/$4.00 and there is a coupon to save $1.00 when you buy 3 pizzas. When I use the coupon with the pizza purchase, I will be getting all three (3) pizzas for $3.00 or just $1.00 for each pizza!

Buy (3) Totino’s Pizzas – $1.33 each
Use $1/3 Totino’s Pizzas printable coupon
Final cost is $3.00 or $1.00 each!!

*Please note that this is NOT a current sale, but is being used as an example only.

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Next, is another good deal but instead of using a printable coupon, an example will be given of using a “Tearpad” coupon (read about tearpad coupons HERE).  Gatorade 32 oz bottles are on sale for $0.88 each but with the tearpad coupon you will save $0.50 on every two (2) bottles. If your store does NOT double coupons each bottle will cost you $0.63. If your store WILL double the coupon it will make each bottle only $0.38 each!

Buy (2) Gatorade (32 oz) – $0.88 each
Use $0.50/2 Gatorade Tearpad coupon
Final cost is $0.63 each
{or $0.38 each if coupon is doubled}

So, that is the jist of how you match sale items with a coupon.

Why is it important to match coupons with sales? This brings us to the next topic – stockpiling.

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:: STOCKPILING

STOCKPILING basically means getting your groceries at the very lowest prices, and then purchasing enough to last you until you can get to the next great sale. This way, you never pay full price for any groceries at all. Organize a space to store all of these items and before you go to the grocery store, check your stockpile first. Make sure you don’t purchase too much of anything with a short shelf life, and of course, always use the items that are due to expire first. The whole point is to get your weekly grocery bill down as far as possible, so set a personal goal for yourself.

In order to get enough of one great sale item to last until the next sale, you’ll need more than just one coupon for each item. That may mean purchasing multiple copies of the Sunday paper. For internet printables (IP), each computer is able to print two (2) copies from every computer/device in the house unless the limit is restricted by the site. If something is a super price (maybe even free) with a coupon, you’re not just picking up ONE item with your ONE coupon – you’re picking up as many as you can! This amount should last until the next sale. I have a small family…just my husband, my daughter and I – so I make sure I have at least 6 inserts each week. If there is an amazing sale on something that I know we’ll use a lot of (like flushable wipes or dishwasher detergent) then I’ll order more coupons from a clipping service and buy enough to last me until the next sale. That way I never run out and have to pay full price for something.

By way of review:

  • Don’t just purchase an item because you have a coupon. Wait until it goes on sale so you can purchase it at it’s rock bottom price.
  • DO buy more than just one copy of the Sunday paper so that when an item goes on sale, you can get several to last you until the next sale.

Be sure to check out my other beginners posts: 

Couponing For Beginners | Get To Know Your Coupons

Couponing For Beginners | Where To Find Coupons




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