New coupons and new opportunities

One thing I will admit I fall woefully short on is rebate offers. I forget to send them in or call the number or make copies of the receipts, or whatever. That’s why the loyalty cards work so much better for me where they keep track of them for me. I am really glad that Advance Auto recently added a loyalty program, because theirs is entirely tracked online and I don’t have to fill out forms or mail things in. If you buy something from Advance Auto, the rebate information automatically prints out with your purchase and you have days or weeks to just take 30 seconds and log onto the website and type in the information right off the receipt. You don’t have to cut out barcodes or mail anything in. I’ll give you a quick example:

  • Advance Auto’s loyalty program is called Speedperks, you can sign up on the Advance Auto website. When you sign up, you get a special offer where if you buy $100 worth of parts, you will get a $20 gift certificate good off your next $40 purchase. With me so far? You would buy a total of $140 worth of items, and pay $120.
  • But it gets better. Once you join Speedperks, you’ll get special coupons for deals beyond what is advertised in the store. In their store flyer, for example, they had a synthetic oil change special with oil and filter that was regularly $45 and it was on sale for $29.99. The coupon that was sent to me was for $22.99 as a Speedperks member.
  • And, the manufacturer of the motor oil had a rebate on top of that, for $10 off each oil change package you bought. For my inital ($100 qualifying) purchase I bought everything but the oil change stuff – I bought wiper blades, air filters, fuel filters for two vehicles. Total price was $103, and that was discounted items (regular price would have been around $127).
  • Then, I bought two oil change packages for $22.99 each and used the $20 gift certificate from the first purchase. Math so far – regular price on all the items would have been $219, plus or minus some rounding and tax. I spent $103 plus $22.99 plus $22.99 minus $20, for a total spent of $129 plus tax. Then, I received two $10 rebates after the fact, so my net spent was $109 for $219 worth of items. BETTER than 50% off for items that store easily and that I absolutely need.

I’ve also had a similar great experience with Omaha Steaks, because just in the last several months they introduced their loyalty program. Once you’re a member of their loyalty program, you’ll get free items and special discounts every shipment. By rolling the rewards (intentionally picking a selection of items to maximize discounts and the next reward), it reduces the per-unit price of everything I order and allows me to order more gifts and freebies. I have, in many cases, been able to get the food below the prices at the grocery store and there are other benefits. The food is portioned already, and vacuum sealed, already frozen, and will store well. The quality is consistent and we have not received any clunkers yet – so far everything has tasted good and been a winner with my family!

If you have not yet signed up for Omaha Steaks, USE MY LINK because it will get you $20 off a $50 order your first go-round. That’s a 40% discount right off the bat. Watch for other perks, too. Sign up for the emails because you’ll get frequent combination deals and coupon codes, and be notified of free shipping or gift options.

Start first by signing up and making your first order by emailing me, and I’ll email you back with the link that has the $20 discount code. I have other tips and discount details that I can pass on to you because they change every month.

And here are this month’s coupon links:

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.
http://www.pgeveryday.com/tag/coupon

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.

http://www.pickupthevalues.com/Coupon.aspx

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.

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