Archives for October 2010

Pampers Code – 105 pts

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If you’ve been reluctant to join Pampers Gifts to Grow program, perhaps a free 100 points can persuade you?  Click on the graphic at the bottom to enroll, then enter the two codes listed, worth 105 points!  (Current members, of course, may use the 5 point code.)











4HAPPYHALLOWEEN (5 pts)


453983270233478 
(100 pts — valid only for new members, through 11/30/2010)

Thanks, Freebies4Mom and Southern Savers, for these codes!


Remember, you do NOT have to have a baby in order to reap the rewards of the Pampers’ Gifts to Grow program.  
Pampers
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A Dilly of a Pickle: The Coupon Dilemma

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Readers: Share your thoughts and experiences

As a “couponer”, I have had my fair share of experiences where a cashier refused to accept perfectly good coupons, hassling over the deals gotten with these coupons, and just downright nastiness…  I believe it is just par for the course in the world of coupons and couponers, and I have learned to accept this, and have taken proper measures to ensure that I can politely argue my case, when the situation arises.  



However, the other night, I found myself on a completely different end of couponing, and found the experience equally uncomfortable.  Hubs, tot, and I decided to indulge in one of our favorite places* for dinner, with coupons and a $5 giftcard in hand.  As I ordered, I asked if using more than one coupon (each good for a free large soda) was allowable.  (This place has always accepted multiple coupons in one order, but I find it’s always polite to ask.)  The gal said that it was permissible.  She saw that I had additional coupons for additional various items.  She indicated that I could use those coupons to bring down my total, even if I didn’t want said items.  In other words, she would take off the price of the drink ($1.65-ish), even if I didn’t intend to order the item indicated on the coupon.


That’s when it got uncomfortable…  The cheap-cheapie in me was quickly excited at the idea of getting our meal for even LESS out of pocket…  However, morally, I just didn’t feel that this was precisely how this particular franchise intended for their coupons to be used.  So, I compromised: I used one additional drink coupon (which took off $1.65ish), and held on to the other three coupons.  Thus, I came away with two chicken sandwiches, a waffle fry, and two large sodas for less than three dollars out of pocket, after using three coupons and a $5 giftcard.


I could have come away with a completely free meal and had some left over on the giftcard, but I just didn’t feel that was right.  This restaurant, this particular location, has been exceptionally wonderful to us, as I know it has to many of its other customers.  “Beating the system” by using the additional coupons simply didn’t feel right.  To be honest, I feel slightly bad for using a third coupon the way I did, but it was a decision quickly made in the moment, and I cannot undo it.


As a mother, I strive to teach my daughter to be an honest, responsible citizen.  I firmly believe the best way to teach this is to lead by example.  Therefore, I try to always be honest and responsible in the way I shop, even if it means passing on questionable deals.  In the past, I’ve gone all the way back in to the grocery store after loading up our (reusable) grocery bags, to pay for the soda I’d forgotten to pay for while initially checking out. 


…I digress.  I found myself in an unlikely situation the other night that I did not expect to be in. Further, I don’t think this kind of situation will arise very often.  I simply hope that I can, indeed take the morally high road, if for no other reason, than to serve as a good model for my children.  :o)


Readers: have you ever found yourself in a morally sticky situation while shopping?  How did you handle it?


*I will not mention the actual restaurant, but you can probably figure it out from the story…  


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Locals I Love!

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Readers: Who are some of your favorite
local(ish) money-saving gurus?

Everyone seems to know my cheap hero, Clark Howard, and his wonderfully fiscal ways.  He’s our local financial legend, teaching the Atlanta area how to make smarter moves to keep more money in our pockets, keep our credit scores in tact, and be more financially sound.  For years, he’s been making frequent appearances on Channel 2’s news, as well as WSB radio; oh, and he’s got a nationally syndicated radio talkshow, which is also available via podcast. You can find him on Facebook and on Twitter, too.  (Can you tell I like the guy?  …just a little?)



Recently, I have additionally discovered a columnist in the AJC , who I simply must share with y’all: The Atlanta Bargain Hunter.  She has a blog featured on AJC.com, and has a weekly column that appears in the physical AJC paper.  
And I will end this post by posing a question to y’all:

Do you have additional homegrown financial heroes?  I’d love to hear all about them!   Please leave a comment here, or on the Facebook page, sharing about your favorite local financial guru.  

(Please keep it LOCAL, as in the Atlanta-ish area, please!)

I can’t wait to see y’alls responses!  :o)


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Send Your Coupons to Military Families — Monthly Reminder!!

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What in the world can you do with all those coupons you’ve saved up, are about to expire, and won’t get around to using?

Simple!  Send them to our military families overseas.  Thanks to The Krazy Coupon Lady for organizing and publicizing this, you can send your expired coupons to families on military bases overseas.  Here’s what to do:
  1. Gather up all your expired, or nearly expired, manufacture’s coupons that you won’t use;
  2. Sort them in to two categories: food and non-food;
  3. Place each in a LABELED plastic baggie (no envelopes or paperclips, please);
  4. Mail (in an envelope) to:
KCL Overseas Coupon Program
Carly Romano
11357 Visby Ave
Port Charlotte, FL 33981
Please make sure coupons are no more than 30 days past expiration date.

If you have any further questions about this program, please review KCL’s post.



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FREE Chili’s Skillet Queso & Chips

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Mmmmm, queso…..  


Chili's Free Chips and Queso


Join the Chili’s Email Club to get the latest happenings, exclusive offers, and a FREE order of Skillet Queso & Chips. Click Here



P.S.  If memory serves me correctly, after you sign up for the club and get your coupon for queso & chips, you also have an offer for a free brownie dish…..






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Free Quiznos sandwich coupon

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Quiznos
Free Quiznos Coupon – Get a FREE Small Sub or Half Toasty® Favorite when you buy regular-priced chips and a Regular Fountain Drink. Print Your Coupon Now! Click Here





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Current FREE Offers from Vistaprint

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I know I posted earlier today about Vistaprint, but I’ve just learned of even more great offers they have going on right now!  With each of these offers, you get the item(s) listed for free, you just pay shipping and processing/handling.  




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Vista Print
FREE Product Samples from VistaPrint. Get 250 FREE Business Cards, 140 FREE Return Address Labels, FREE Rubber Stamps and much more. 
Vistaprint Free Calendar
Design your free Fall Photo Calendar, just pay shipping and handling.
Vista Print
FREE Product Samples from VistaPrint. Create your own calendar by uploading your own photos, adding text and highlighting important dates with icons. 
Vistaprint Free Halloween Tote Bag
Get your free Halloween Tote Bag from Vistaprint, just pay shipping and handling. 

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The Cute Kid contest – Win $25,000!!

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We all know our kids are pretty darn cute, right?  Why not sign up for a chance to earn a little extra off those beautiful faces?  



The Cute Kid contest is currently accepting photos of our cherubs, with a chance to win $25,000 towards your child’s college fund!  Plus, just for entering, you’ll receive a free one year subscription to Parents Magazine AND a free 11×14 Canvas Portrait!  




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FREE Offer from Canvas People

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Canvas People
Canvas People has a new offer: you can turn your favorite photo in to a Canvas for FREE.  You just pay shipping and handling.


If you’re trying to stay ahead of the holiday rush, this might be a neat gift for loved ones.  :o)


I’ve honestly never used them before, but this looks like a cool deal!

















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Free Samples of Purex 3-in-1

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Today’s All You free sample is Purex 3-in-1 laundry sheets.
Quantities are limited, so act fast!!  While you’re over there, you can also sign up for the 2 free trial issues of their awesome, coupon-filled magazine, you’ll be given the option when signing up for the free sample.  :o)

Psst!  Remember that even though this is just a sample, you can stretch it in to quite a few loads of laundry.


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