Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Ordering coupons online

Since the mail strike is over I think it's time to start re-ordering and topping up on coupons. Save, Websaver and brandsaver, all have hidden portals where you can order more coupons.  Here is a tip - sign in first to each of the websites and just order each group of coupons (because only Save does not require that you have a minimum order)  Here is a list of some of the hidden links that I have come across:
Arm and Hammer Coupons:
Toothpaste Coupons:
Kraft Shredded Cheese Coupons:
Live Well Save Well Coupons
McCormick Coupons (Le Grille):
Purina Coupons:
Dr. Oetker Coupons:
Sunlight Detergent Coupons
Old El Paso Coupon:
Kellogg’s Special K Coupons:
Schneiders Country Naturals Sliced Meat Coupons:
Colgate 360 Manual Brush Coupons:
New Garnier Hair Coloring Coupons:
New Kellogg’s Special K cereal bar coupon:…
Like Krinos Facebook Page and get this $1.50 hidden Coupon:
Hidden Websaver Cesar Coupons:
Hidden All Bran Websaver Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Clorox Coupons:
Life Made Delicious Coupons:
Hidden Websaver French’s Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Greenworks Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Kellogg’s Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Loreal Paris Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Maple Leaf Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Jergens Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Biobest Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Dial Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Cetaphil Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Frank’s Red Hot Sauce Coupons:
Hidden Websaver Maybelline Coupons:
Herbal Essences Coupons:
Iams Dog and Cat Food Coupons:
Pampers Sensitive Coupons:…ers_sensitive/
Pampers Coupons:
Hidden Brandvoice Coupons
Gain Coupons:

Order your coupons for more savings!!!
Happy Savings!
Miss Savings Girl!!!

Monday, June 13, 2011

Understanding the coupon fine print

Have you ever gone to the check out line, and were told by the cashier “sorry you that coupon doesn’t apply to that product”? I totally know that feeling! I use to feel so awkward, uncomfortable. I decided I really needed to understand the fine print of the coupons I was using, and I needed to understand it better then the cashiers themselves. At the end of the day, it’s my money no one else’s and I would rather it stay with me, no one else!

Knowing your shit when it comes to couponing is important! It will make things much easier when a cashier challenges your coupon use!  Let’s be honest the wording on coupons is very confusing that is why there is so much interpretation by some cashiers. (It’s easy to get angry at the check out person, but don’t. Their training when it comes to coupons, is minimal at times) and if you know your shit when it comes to coupons it will make things much easier. Here are some of the issues that may arise when you get to the cash.

What your coupon says

“One coupon per Purchase”
1 item 1 coupon. Simple.  The confusion with this type of coupon is people confuse “purchase” with “transaction”.  What I usually do (especially when I am using multiple coupons) is ask to speak with the Customer Service Manager and have them simple define what a transaction is, and what a purchase is.  I purchase 1 shampoo, but everything I buy on that receipt is considered one transaction. So if I have 5 shampoos and 5 coupons for $1off the shampoo, I can use them all during my transaction.

"One Coupon Per Transaction"
You can only use one coupon for one item on the entire receipt.   However, if you can break it up in separate transactions you can use it once on every receipt. Again, ask about their policy and how many separate transactions you can do during your time at check out.   You can use as many different coupons during your transaction.

"One Coupon Per Customer/Family/Person"
You can only use this coupon ONCE.

Free item, up to value of…
So you have one of these coupons let’s say for a protein bar, and the price of the bar is $2.59 but the coupon says value of up to $2.29, then the cashier will need to ring in the coupon for $2.29 and you will need to pay the difference.

“Valid in”
Coupons will let you know if they are valid in Canada or a specific store, so ALWAYS check the fine print.  Some coupons say “not valid in Quebec” and that’s what it means.  Others may say valid only at Rexall.

"Coupon Valid till."
Always check the expiry date of your coupons. It’s always listed on the coupon, and it’s usually listed by month, day, and year.

“Valid only on…”
Sometimes the coupon will specify a specific size of the product that it can be used on. For example a recent Tide coupon states for 26 loads or more. So if you grab a bottle that is for 25 loads you simple cannot use it.

What the cashier may say

“The picture does not match the item”
Most coupons have pictures on them, but not necessarily the same item that you’re buying. However if you read the fine print you will know. For example, CREST coupons may have a photo of a certain type of toothpaste, however the coupon may say “ any paste” so in this case it does not have to match the photo.

"We don't accept printable/internet coupons"
As I have stated earlier, always check with the Customer Service Manager about the stores coupon policy. Unfortunately some people abuse internet coupons, and  when a store accepts a invalid coupon they are on the hook for the amount. So again, just ask.

"This does not apply to trial sizes"
Read the fine print, if it states a size (it may say for 50ml or more) then you cannot use it on the trial size, however if it does not state size or it says any size, then they should take it.  

"Cannot use that coupon on a sale item"
This one I hate. Seriously the best part of using coupons is combining them with sale items. Most coupons can be used on sale and clearance item unless it state otherwise. (i.e. on regularly priced items).

That’s all for now, I do hope it helps. Remember, do your homework, know the stores policy and walk to the register with confidence.  You are saving your money! 

Happy Savings!
Miss Savings Girl!

Saturday, June 11, 2011

mmmmm FETA!!

It would be a sin not to share this with everyone! Especially since I am Greek and everyone knows that FETA is a STAPLE in a Greek Family!

Krinos foods has a posted $1.50 off Feta or Goat cheese coupon! You have to order it through websaver and like their page.   Click HERE to get to their Facebook page.

I come from a Greek family, and let me tell you there are soooooooo many good things you can do with Feta. YUMMY!

I found this HILARIOUS commercial for Feta! Enjoy

Happy Savings!
Miss Savings Girl!

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Facebook Freebies!

If you have a Facebook account you must have seen all these post's recently so and so "LIKES" Pepsi (etc..). Well, in my opinion Facebook is a great place to get some one time, high value coupons! However you have to be pretty quick to get the coupon or freebie!   Here are a few that are still live:

Skinny Cow - Get a free single serving
Lean Cuisine - Get a $1 off Wild Salmon and Rice
Majesta - $5 off WUB 2

And for those of you wondering about Facebook manners... well check out this GREAT video!!!

Yard Sale TIPS!

I LOVE a good yard sale! I also LOVE holding them! They is a lot of work involved, but on the plus you get to meet some great people and you make some extra cash. Over the years I have had my share of sales – successful and not so successful! The last one I had was in February (basement sale) and was my most successful of them all!  It’s all about the work that you do before hand and seriously it’s not that hard!

To have a successful yard sale you need INVENTORY!
  • Start gathering things and price as you go! This will make setting up for your sale much easier. (see pricing below)
  • As you find items to sell, make sure everything is in clean and good working order.
  • Make repairs to clothing and or press and hang on hangers. Infant and toddler clothing should be neatly folded and laid flat.
Back in the day, one would place ad’s in their local paper and put up signs all over the neighbourhood. Yes, great idea, but it’s time to use your tech savvyness and use social media to attract buyers. 
  • Place ads for FREE on Facebook, Craigslits and Kijiji, post a few photos and list some of your bigger items.  Make sure you add the basic info Date, time and location. 
  • TWEET out your sale.  If you HASHTAG #garagesale, you just never know who may show up!  
  • The morning of place some BRIGHT coloured signs around the neighbourhood you just never know who might stop buy.
  • Add balloons or streamers to your sign to catch attention.
Remember, for the day of a sale, your yard, basement, garage, driveway is your store. Make it look inviting. Think like Walmart.
  • Place larger items such as furniture or appliances in the front of the yard so that they are the first thing drive-bys see.
  • Group items together just like you would find them in Walmart; household, clothing, toys, etc…
  • Put a price on your stuff. People do not want to take the time to ask, but if they see a price they will be more then happy to make an offer. 
  • Make sure all your stuff is clean and nice. Take a few minutes to make everything look it’s best. It will get you more money.
  • Bundle like items together – put a box of utensils together in a bag and mark them all for $2 and they will sell quicker that way. Or a bag of sweaters would fly off the table.
  • Use an 8.5 x 11 sheet of paper for large items such as furniture. Print in large letters and tape on the front or lay on top.
People like free things! These will cost you very little money, but will make for a great experience at your sale(spend money to make money)
  • Create small “loot bags” put a few toys (that you would otherwise throw away) in a fun bright bag and give them away to kids.  Seriously, kids love things like that, and you will probably make the parents happy and they might just want to buy something. 
  • Have cold water on hand to give away to people. 
Yard sale shoppers are there for a deal, so you need to be flexible on the price! If you have a firm price on an item, well perhaps your shouldn’t put it out in the first place.  As long as the price is reasonable I say let them have it! More room in my home once it’s gone.
  • Offer deals when someone wants to buy more then a few items
  • Discount your items after a certain time (like 1pm)
I always donate what ever is left over to the local Goodwill. Please make sure that the items are in good condition and that they will be able to sell them as well.

Happy Savings! 
Miss Savings Girl!