New month, new coupons, prepare for holiday promotions

The first of the month means new printable coupons.  If there’s anything you use, go ahead and print it, because coupons have a print limit and once they reach their limit, they remove the coupon. In most cases, you can print 2 copies of each coupon before it is disabled.

The major coupon sites that will list an aggregate of manufacturer’s coupons are:

Some stores also use e-coupons, loaded by your loyalty card or using your phone number. Go to the website and sign up, that way you don’t even have to print these coupons, you will automatically have them deducted at the checkout line.

Some stores also have their own printable coupons, or they may take competitors coupons. It’s worth it to print these out to match with the manufacturers coupons for double or better on the discount!

Don’t forget that just by walking in the door at CVS, you can get extra coupons printed at the automated machine. You scan the card in the machine’s reader, and it will print out coupons just for you. Some have very short expiration dates so pay attention, but these may be very useful on your trip.

If you do not already do this, I would recommend trying SavingStar. This is a program separate from coupons, you can shop as you normally shop, with or without coupons, and when you use your store loyalty card, savings are automatically posted to your account and you can claim the money online with Paypal. It won’t change anything about your checkout process.

Link to sign up for SavingStar

Proctor & Gamble, who make Scope, Crest, Cover Girl, and other brands, has a page where you can print their coupons directly.

You have to sign up, log in, and they do limit the number you can print per month. It’s a good augment to your list each month though, because they have many items that go on sale and are great to stock up on.

Also, I have a new coupon link to add to my list – Kimberly Clark products, such as Kleenex and Colgate.

On that page, it says if you share the link, you’ll get extra savings. In this particular case, I do not qualify for the extra savings by posting the link. The choices were Facebook, Twitter, and directly emailing them to people. I don’t do Facebook or Twitter at all (and hopefully can avoid them forever for my entire life), and I feel weird about directly emailing people stuff like that, so I’m just posting the link but not getting the “extra” savings. Actually, the coupons themselves are pretty good, so I don’t mind.

One update that’s new this year:
Coupon Network no longer offers printable coupons – just Catalina offers. These are the extras that print from the machine next to the cash register in the checkout line. Pay attention to these, because they are extra money you get for doing nothing different than you were going to do anyway. For example, one offer going right now is that you get $2 back for every two boxes of Ziploc bags you buy between now and October 15th. If you were going to buy Ziploc anyway, and you have the current coupon that was in the newspaper or the printable ($1 off of two packages), you’ll buy them at a low price and get a $1.50 voucher to use on your next shopping trip. Recently, one of the offers was $3.00 back when you buy 4 Kraft 8 oz cheese blocks. I had coupons for $2 off of 2, and they were on sale for Buy One Get One Free. My net cost per block of cheese was less than $1 per block, and cheese freezes well, so I bought as many as I had coupons for while the sale was going on. Those $3 coupons are not specific to any product, so you can use them on any shopping trip. I saved up the ones I had (no limit, that I know of, as to how many you can use in a shopping trip) and I purchased about $157 worth of groceries buying only the Buy One Get One Free items (dropping the price to $78 right there), then paying at the end with the Catalinas and just a few coupons, and my total was $48.12.

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