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Rebating And Promo Codes

I haven’t posted much lately and only moved a few things around recently. You’re welcome LOL.

Amongst my latest ventures, I’ve been learning all about Amazon promotional codes. The great part is that I’m also saving up to 100% off in the process. I know, I was already sparkling with savings and a crazy rebater before. But, I thought it was time to mix it up and branch out a bit more. I’m always super saving regardless. While rebating and promo codes both help save a tremendous amount of money on a great mix of items, I’ve learned they are definitely very different realms.

From what I have gathered so far, using a promotional code seems to be a much quicker process overall. It’s applied at checkout when you place your order for the specified item. I have found several groups on Facebook that will post deals that include promotional codes. When they do, you have to move quick or you’ll miss the deal. Sometimes, orders that seemed successful, end of cancelling. That’s pretty much it.

I feel that when you rebate, you have a little more time to think things through. This is good since there’s a bit more to consider. There’s wonderful third party companies and agents to work with, and also scammers to be careful of. I joined all sorts of Facebook groups that have been extremely helpful in a lot of ways. Usually, you buy the item up front for the full price, then you would need to retrieve your refund later. In some cases, you may have to chase it down a bit. There’s specific steps involved that must be followed in order to qualify for your rebate. These steps may vary depending on who you are working with.

Either way I go about it, I’m saving a ton of money. During pretty much any shopping that I do anymore, I always remind myself that I can get so many things that I’m looking at for either free or massively discounted elsewhere. I just have to consider the extra work, weighed against the end cost.

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*FYI: There’s a lot more involved information regarding rebating and using promotional codes that I really wanted to get into here. However, in an effort to keep this post minimal, I have omitted the extra details. I will be elaborating more at a later time via a post or a page update. Please check back for more.


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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 1

I recently posted that I’m on a mission to be a for-real couponer. I already save money literally everywhere else in our household budget, so it’s time to take on that ever growing grocery bill.

Granted, I do buy a lot of items. My cart is always overflowing and I usually fill both refrigerators, freezers, pantry, cabinets, and then some. It just bothers me, knowing that I can save so much more. I use my store’s loyalty program and buy things on sale. I just really need to use more coupons. The issue is finding ones that we can actually use.

Since my last post, I have reached out to 46 companies requesting coupons. For the majority of them, I just had to fill out forms on their sites. I also created a new email address specifically for this. I’ve already received several responses. A bunch said they would mail coupons to me. Most of them advised that they could not send anything, but then they directed me to where I could get their coupons. Some companies post them on Facebook, while others are sent via their newsletters. I’ve also found some that have points programs. When I’m more organized, I can post more detailed information of what I’ve found.

I recently went grocery shopping and don’t have a ton of coupons, so I won’t have any major progress yet. I just have to stay focused and remember that the end results will make all of this worth it. I am also going to begin couponing at the pharmacy again. I did really well with it before. That will help me stay on track in the meantime.

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