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So Many Great Rebates

If you’ve been following my social media, you’ll notice that I’ve been getting a lot more free items lately. I get packages all the time from Amazon, and sometimes another retailer mixed in there too. I’ve been really fortunate to come across all of these great deals.

I used to write reviews in exchange for free items. I did this for almost a year, and obtained quite a few useful items during that time. October of 2020, my Amazon account was wiped. That means that I can no longer write reviews. Rightfully so, it was against their terms. I’m not upset about it. I do miss the higher value items and the sites full of things available. But, I thought for sure I wouldn’t be able to get any more free merchandise at all. I was so wrong.

Since I’ve stopped doing reviews, I’ve come across more sites and Facebook groups that do no require them. Pretty much every single day, I order at least one item. They actually offer a lot of useful things too.

Some of the things I’ve recently received includes a bracelet, necklace, back stretcher, posture corrector, stretching bands, tote bag, 5 gallon growing pots, large makeup organizer, dress, jaw exercisers, shirt, gaming microphone, rechargeable lighter, pet food bowls, mousepad, a vacuum, and so much more.

Not bad for just purchasing items, then getting most of my money back shortly afterwards. Most of the time, I get all but taxes and PayPal fees. Sometimes, that’s covered too. There’s a few tedious things involved, like providing your order number, advising when received, and keeping your own records so you don’t lose track. But, it’s all worth it.

If you want to learn more about getting free items using rebates, visit the Freebies page. If you are already familiar with this process, check my list of sites to see if there’s any you haven’t tried yet. I will be adding more soon.


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Coupon Mission: Update 4

As I am moving along this journey, I am thinking I should add this info to my Financial Tips page. Or even a new page? So far I’ve had a few updates, some bloopers, and saved a bit more than usual. Nowhere near where I want to be…yet.

I would recommend learning the coupon rules for each store, as well as the different kinds of coupons/ deals, and what can be combined.

To Obtain Coupons:

1.) Subscribe to the paper. They often runs specials for weekend delivery.
2.) Dollar Tree $1 each. They have a limit of 3 per day, Saturday and Sunday.
3.) Digital coupons. A lot of stores let you clip these on their site/ app. Some have store coupons, as well as manufacturer’s coupons from the paper.
4.) Kiosk Coupons. Some stores have a kiosk that prints special coupons. CVS is one example of this.
5.) Print coupons from the manufacturer’s site. This can take some time and use a bit of ink and paper, but you can get some decent coupons.
6.) Reach out to companies to mail them. I’ve contacted over 100 companies, so I know it’s time consuming and very few companies will send you coupons. However, I did manage to get a handful of high value ones by mail from the following. As I continue to contact companies and receive more, I will keep this list updated.

Companies Sending Coupons In The Mail:

* Blue (dog food) * Bush’s * Celestial Seasonings * Chicken of the Sea * Daisy * Frito Lay * Hostess * Hungry Jack * Juicy Juice * Kellogg * Ocean Spray * Quaker * Tyson
And, I also received a Degree deodorant sample.

In Addition to Coupons, Save Even More Money:

1.) Use store loyalty programs. Most have them. You can save at the time of sale, as well as on future purchases. This can be done online and in store.
2.) Use apps to find coupon codes and deals. This helps you to save at checkout online.
3.) Use cash back apps/sites. I have several that I use, depending on the store. This can be done online and in store.

One example I have is when I order Domino’s. I log in to use my loyalty, which gives me points towards a free pizza. I use the online coupon to get the 3+ items for $5.99 each. I then buy a Domino’s gift card which gives me 7.8% cash back. When I checkout on my phone, I use Samsung pay and get a percentage back from that. I have my PayPal business card attached, which also gives me cash back.

Going forward, I’m moving all of this info to a page and will just post updates as far as my progress. Subscribe to my blog stay informed.

Coupon Mission: Update 3

I feel like this should be a Bloopers edition….

It’s been over a week since my last update. I saved some money, but nothing went nearly as planned. Anxiety, stress, and memory lapses really did not help my mission.

Before I left the house, I prepared myself. I already had all my notes on each ad. I also wrote a list of the items I needed to buy there. When I folded it up, I could see my list. Then I clipped my coupons to the back. I did this with each ad, with the feeling that I was about to accomplish something.

With my organized stack in hand, I started at Dollar Tree. I planned to get Renuzit air freshers for $.67 each, with a buy 4 get 2 coupon. Except, I never brought the coupon and completely forget about it. When I grabbed the air fresheners, I couldn’t figure out why they weren’t marked down. I convinced myself that it will come down at the register. They didn’t, of course. But hey, I did grab a bag of Chex Mix that was much cheaper than Rite Aid.

I quickly moved on to Dollar General. They were out of a few of the items I needed. I grabbed what I could and checked out. As I put my cart away, I realized I left my coupons on the counter. So none of those were used. The cashier nicely said I could use them next time. I just smiled and agreed, as I beat myself up inside for being so mindless.

Next was Rite Aid. I’m not used to this store, so I struggled to find some things. I’m also not sure how much I really saved, compared to what I normally pay. Then, I bought the wrong razors. I had coupons for $5 & $4 off. Except one was for disposable razors, so scratch that. I still saved with their sales and my one coupon though. They were regularly $13.49, but I paid $6.14 each. Not too bad, considering. With this visit, I saved a total of $23.87. Plus I have $8 towards my next trip.

Giant was my last stop. It wasn’t as great as I wanted it to be. A few of my coupons were rejected. I also got confused over an Air Wick oil starter kit deal in the ad, listed at 2 for $6. There was no picture in the ad and no sales marked on the items. I found a kit for $13.99. I didn’t think it was right, but grabbed it anyway to ask the cashier. She had to get a manager, who approved it. Honestly, I think it was a misprint. I also had a $2 coupon, so I got 2 for $2 each! (Orig 2 x $13.99 [27.98], on sale 2 for $6 – $2 coupon = 2 for $4.) With this trip, I managed to save $75.64 off my bill of $352.02. That’s 21.49%. It’s a start.

Then of course, once I got home, I scanned all of my receipts with at least six different apps to get even more cash back.

I know I could have done a lot better. I’m still working on my process of doing things to be faster and more efficient. I really need to focus more. I learned that I need to print more coupons, take them with me, and remember to use them! Then I need to pay more attention to the details on the coupon and store rules. Also, I should probably compare prices a bit more. Stupid mistakes that I can easily work on. Baby steps.

Coupon Mission: Update 2

I don’t have much of an update, but I have made some progress.

So this weekend, I got the Sunday paper ads and coupons. I checked what deals I could get at Rite Aid and if it’s worth going through the trouble this week. It was, so I focused on their ad and what coupons I had on hand. I finally went shopping today and ended up spending $19.92 on Crest, ZZZQuil, 3 Pantene, and razors. I saved $22.37 between store deals and coupons. I also now have purchases tallying towards cash back. For example, spend $50 on P&G items and get $15 back. Not too terrible for my first trip back on the mega coupon wagon.

Yesterday, I received a stack of mail full of coupons from Daisy, Celestial Seasonings, Bush’s, Juicy Juice, Kelloggs, and Hostess. They also sent me letters advising of where I can get more coupons. I even got a few recipes too. I’m going to send out another batch of requests soon. Once I get through my list, I’ll post all of the companies that send me coupons.

The next thing I need to figure out is my plan for printing coupons. Since I rarely print, I have a subscription that allows me to print 15 pages a month for free. If I will be printing coupons, this will definitely increase fairly quickly.

Like I said, it’s not much of an update. But it is definitely progress.