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Maximizing Your Coupon Usage

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Now that you have your coupons organized, you're ready to start saving lots of money. To get the most "bang for your coupon buck" there are a few things to keep in mind:
Manufacturer's want you to buy and gain loyalty toward THEIR product and this is a great advantage for you. First, companies put out coupons whether it be to boost sales on an already popular item, promote a new product or sell a product fast to change the existing package. They are hoping that you clip and use these coupons right away.
Next, they will offer incentives to stores so that the store will in-turn put these items on sale. This is usually about 2-6 weeks after putting out the coupon (sometimes even the same week). Now you're buying the item again and they have you hooked and you are going to buy this item at full price, right? WRONG!!
Now that you know this information, you can hold on to your coupons and wait for a sale to get the items that you need at rock bottom prices.




Another grea…

Tips for Getting FREE Stuff

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.Getting FREE stuff in the mail is the best but I want to make sure that you are getting just that...totally FREE stuff. Here are a few tips to when signing up for freebies:

1. NEVER sign up for a freebie that requires you to give your credit card information. Any legitimate free offer will not ask for this.

2. You may want to create a separate email to use when signing up for freebies so your regular email doesn't get slammed. You can create a free account with google, yahoo, aol, etc...

3. Get in early- most freebies are of limited supply and once an offer is passed around the blogosphere, it goes fast!

4. Use legitimate sources to sign up for freebies, for instance - the company's own website, facebook, or twitter. Here are some great places to find freebies:
*My Baton Rouge Mommy - check back often for the best free offers available!
*Walmart.com free samples
*Vocalpoint.com - sign up now to start receiving free samples, full sized items and high-value coupons
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Organizing Your Coupons

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Yesterday I told you where to find coupons, now I would like to discuss how to organize them. Gone are the days of clipping your coupons, stuffing them into whatever you have on hand, and trying to remember to bring them to the store. Here are two methods that I use to organize and file my coupons so that I NEVER miss out on a deal!


Who wants to spend their whole Sunday clipping coupons from the newspaper? Filing your coupon inserts in an accordion file folder will save you a ton of time and frustration. First, remove all of your inserts from the Sunday paper. Next, label each slot either by date of the paper you found it in (example 01/03) or by type of insert: P&G - for Proctor & Gamble
RP- for RedPlum
SS- for SmartSource
GM- for General Mills
**You can also make a spot for printable coupons and rebate forms

Now simply file your inserts in the correct slot and forget about them until you need to use your coupons. You will notice that in my weekly advertisements I list coupons like…

Friday = Mega SwagBucks Day!!

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It's Mega Swag Bucks Friday! What does that mean? When you search online through Swagbucks today you will have a chance at winning higher than average bucks, for instance: 5, 10, 20, 50, 100 or 500! These Swagbucks can then be turned in for fun gifts like Amazon Gift Cards - it's free money in your pocket!

Not a member of Swagbucks? Why not? It is an easy and fun to earn free money! Go here to learn more about Swagbucks and to join, plus you'll earn 3 Swagbucks for joining!

What is Swagbucks?

Swag Bucks is one of the easiest ways to earn free gifts on the web. All you do is use the Swag Bucks website as your daily internet browser. Instantly as you are searching the web you can and will win Swag Bucks. As you earn more Swag Bucks you can start trading them in for prizes. My favorite gift from the Swag Store is a $5 Amazon Gift Card and all you have to do is trade in 450 Swag Bucks for it!

How to Swag easier?

For the easiest Swagging experience…

Update From Orlando ~ Check This Out

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Greetings from Orlando! Just touched down in Orlando and having a meet and greet with the gals of Brandcation! The ladies and I are all dueling to win this AWESOME Bounce House courtesy of one of our sponsors BounceHousesNow.com (valued at $600)! This is not your run-of-the-mill fun jump. No, no, this is a Commercial Bounce House that's 11' X 11' foot - that's the size of my living room!

Check out these bad boys if you're thinking about getting an Inflatable Bouncer for Christmas because their are some good sales going on with FREE shipping!

Keep your fingers crossed for me. This would be my little Isabella's Christmas gift and what I gift it would be!

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Where to Find Coupons

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Here is a post that I did a while back and I thought that it would be a great refresher.

Nowadays, I look at coupons differently than before and find them in places I never would have thought to look. We all know about the Sunday paper inserts (Red Plum, Smartsource and Procter & Gamble), which are still probably the best source for coupons, but there are so many other great sources to get your coupon fix.

Sunday's paper- Buy multiple papers so that you can stock up when items are on sale.

Online coupons(aka bricks)- Print coupons on your computer from sites like:
Coupons.com (click on the top of my right sidebar)
Redplum.com
Smartsource.com
mambosprouts.com (organic)
You can sometimes find coupons on your favorite products' websites or read my weekly advertisements to print coupons that are listed. These will be labeled as "printable coupon".

Store Ads- Look for coupons in weekly flyers.

Store register receipts - Print out after your transaction to use on your next pu…

Reminder: Free Seattle's Best Coffee at Burger King Every Friday in November

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. Get a FREE Seattle's Best coffee at Burger King every Friday in November
Get a FREE regular size Seattle's Best Coffee at regular breakfast hours every Friday in November!

It's a good idea to always call your location to make sure they are participating.

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Reminder: 2 Days Left to Get 3 Games for the Price of 2 at Amazon.com

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If video games are on your list, head over to Amazon.com ASAP because now thru Saturday, November 6th your will get 3 games for the price of 2!! Just add 3 games in your cart and the lowest priced item will be taken off. Most of these, if not all, qualify for FREE Super Saver Shipping with a $25 or more purchase.

While supplies last!

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Whole Foods Coupon Matchup 11/3 - 11/10

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.New to Whole Foods or just need some savings tips? Check out my Whole Foods 101 before you head out the door! You can also read more ways to save HERE.

Pick up a copy of The Whole Deal at Whole Foods to save even more! GoHEREfor a huge list of Organic coupons to print for your trip.

Wednesdays are double sale days - this means that their weekly sales start on Wednesdays but end the following Thursday so you'll be able to shop two week's worth of sales on that day!

**Grab a FREE snack at the front of the store for the little ones while you shop!

Rio Sweet Red Grapefruit $0.99/lb

Organic Braeburn Apples $1.49/lb

Organic Fuyu or Hachiya Persimmons $0.99 each

Whole Almonds $3.99/lb (reg. $7.99/lb)

Boneless Beef Rib Eye Steaks $9.99/lb

Beef Chuck Shoulder Roast $3.99/lb

Wallaby Organic Low-Fat Yogurt 4/$3.00

Cascade Fresh Fat-Free Yogurts 5/$3.00

Imagine Organic Gravies 2/$4.00
October/November Whole Deal save $1.00/2
Final Price, $1.50 each

Ongoing Deals/Unadvertised…

Brandcation ~ Here I Come

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I'm leaving on a jet plane....literally! Tomorrow morning me and 35 bloggers are heading to Kissimmee Florida for a adventure-filled bloggers' meetup called Brandcation Global Getaway. You may remember my recent Bloggers on Bourbon meetup in New Orleans. Well the same awesome ladies (Trisha, Kim and Blondie) have worked very hard putting this event together as well.

This chick NEEDS some adventure. Too much has happened over the past couple of weeks:(

Want a sneak peak into my weekend?

My plane touches down in Orlando at 1:30pm and it's off to check in my room. Wait, did I say room? I meant house at Global Resort Homes where we'll meet and greet. The bunch over at Global Getaway have VERY generously comped us all accommodations for the entire trip. They are also our main sponsors for Brandcation.

I mean, come on, check out these digs:


I think someone mentioned Karaoke. Yikes!

Friday


We'll be getting an early start (I guess this is not one of those restful trips) an…

Free Glade Jar Candles at Target

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It might be a stretch for you to have this many coupons but if you do, this is a SUPER HOT Freebie!

Target is offering a $5 Gift Card wyb any (5) Glade Candles.  Glade jar candles are on sale for $2.50 each. Here's how to "work it":

Buy (10) Glade Candles @ $2.50 each = $25.00
Use (5) B1G1 Free Glade Jar Candle coupons - $12.50
Use (2) $1.50/2 Glade Jar Candle coupons HERE
Pay $9.50 OOP
Get (2) $5 Target Gift Cards
Final Price, $0.50 Money Maker!

**Make sure that you purchase other items because the new registers at Target are actually deducting the amount of the gift cards plus your coupons. This means that you will be short $0.50 and your coupons may not scan.

Thanks Common Sense with Money!

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Winter's Songs and Photo Bella Giveaway Winners

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Congrats to Julie B, my Winter's Songs: A Windham Will Christmas CD winner!


Also a big congrats to Ann B, my Photo Bella giveaway winner!

I have emailed these winners already so check your inbox to see if you're a winner. Remember to enter my other open giveaway now:

Misto Oil Sprayer ~ Last chance - Ends at Noon today!
Cooler full of Wholly Guacamole (3 winners) - Ends November 9th
Lawry's Seasoning prize pack (marinating dish included) ~ Ends November 16th
Hefty Prize Pack (including Trash bags, coupons and $10 Walmart Gift Card) - Ends November 8th

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This Giveaway Has Ended: *HOT* Hefty $1.00 Coupon & Giveaway ~ Ends Monday, November 8th at Noon

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Head over to Hefty's facebook page because they have a hot new $1.00/1 trash bag coupon! These are especially in need around my house during the holidays. I particularly LOVE the Odor Block bags since we still have dirty diapers around here.

Hefty knows that sometimes, the smell of scented garbage bags can take over a kitchen, which is why they developed Kitchen Bags with Unscented Odor Block™ Technology, to help neutralize unwanted odors with no added scent!

Print your NEW $1-off coupon here! P.S. Hefty is on sale at Albertson's right now! Use the coupon to SAVE!

Hefty Trash Bags 18-80ct. $5.99
Printable Coupon save $1.00 (Facebook)
Final Price, $4.99

Giveaway (This giveaway ends on Monday, November 8th at noon)

One lucky My Baton Rouge Mommy reader will win all of this courtesy of Hefty:

-One box of Hefty Kitchen Bags with Unscented Odor Block Technology,
-HOT Hefty coupons
-$10 Wal-Mart gift card

Entries

**Mandatory Entry** (You must do this to qualify) - Go to the

Albertsons Coupon Matchup November 3-9th

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If you are new to couponing you may want to read Coupons 101. Did you know that you can print coupons right on Albertsons site?

Get 10% off when you wear your LSU jersey on game day!

3 day sale (Nov. 5-7th only)

Boneless, skinless chicken breast family pack $1.68/lb


5lb bag red delicious or Gala apples 2/$5.00

Produce

Anjou Pears snack size $0.99/lb
Fuji apples $0.99/lb
3lb bag yellow onions
LA Satsuma Tangerines $0.99/lb
Hot House tomatoes 4pk. $1.99 each
4lb bag Oranges $2.99 each
Blackberries 6oz. 2/$4.00

Meats

Bottom Round or Rump Roast boneless $1.99/lb
93% Leans ground beef 3lbs or more $2.99/lb
Boneless Prok Loin Chops $2.99/lb
T-Bone or New York Strip Steak family pack, bone-in $6.99/lb

Great deals with in-store coupons. Since these are manufacterer's coupons, you will not be able to stack them with any other coupons. *prices listed are after coupon savings

Communuity Coffee $4.29 (Limit 2)

Niagara water 24pk $1.79 (Limit 1)

Capri Sun $1.69 (Limit 4)

Ore-Ida Potatoes $1.99 (Lim…

Winn Dixie Coupon Matchup November 3-9th

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.If you are new here, you may want to read my Couponing 101 first! HERE are some of your Winn-Dixie coupon questions answered.

Winn Dixie has a new reward program called fuelperks! It allows you to earn cents of gallons of gas when you shop! Check out www.winndixie.com/fuelperks for more details and how to sign up.

Produce

3lb bag Dole yellow onions 2/$4.00

5lb bag Idaho russet potatoes 2/$4.00

Select apples $0.99/lb

Florida pummelos 2/$3.00

Large Navel oranges $0.69/lb

Green Beans $0.99/lb

Zucchini $0.99/lb

Yellow squash $0.99/lb

Vine ripened large premium tomatoes $1.69/lb

Dole white mushrooms 2/$3.00

Bartlett, Anjou, Bosc or Red pears $0.89/lb

Meats

Butterball frozen turkeys $0.99/lb (Limit 2)
Printable Coupon save $1.00
Final Price, varies by weight

Boneless London Broil $4.99/lb B1G1 FREE
Final Price, $2.50/lb

WD assorted pork chops $3.69/lb B1G1 FREE
Final Price, $1.85/lb

Sanderson Farms split chicken breasts $2.99/lb B1G1 Free
F…

Holiday Gift Guide 2010

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Holiday Gift Guide 2010
Pampers Diapers
click for more Baby Gifts Pet Pillow
click for more Toddler Gifts Zip-ity Princess Doll
click for more Toddler Gifts
Elmo Play Tent
click for more Boy Ages 2-4 Gifts

Dinosaur Train
InterAction T Rex
click for more Boy Ages 4-6 Gifts Buzz Lightyear 
Wing Pack
click for more Boy Ages 6-10 Gifts
Build-a-Bear
SmallFrys

click for more Girl Ages 2-4 Gifts Zhu Zhu Pets
click for more Girl Ages 4-6 Gifts

Moxie Girlz
click for more Girl Ages 6-10 Gifts


Sony PSP
Madden Bundle

click for more Boy Tween Gifts Justin Bieber
My World 2.0

click for more Girl Tween Gifts Sony 16 GB
MP3 Player

click for more Teen Gifts
Flip Ultra HD
Video Camera

click for more His Gifts Kenmore 5-quart
Stand Mixer

click for more Her Gifts Rubik's Slide
Game

click for more Family Gifts
Mikasa 
Votive Holder
Hard to Buy For Gifts Lenox Teacher
Ornament
Teacher Gifts Sweetheart 
Photo Throw
Photo Gifts
Vtech MobiGo click for more Boy 6-10 Gifts

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