Savings Tip of the Day

July 2, 2012


Many extreme couponers spend a lot of money on newspapers subscriptions each year. If the amount of money spent on coupons is great, you may find that you have spent more on newspapers than you would buying groceries. There are ways to save money today without buying multiple newspaper subscriptions. Online coupon websites are great sources for coupons many free deals come from online coupon sites.

July 3, 2012

Subscribe to the YES paper with your local newspaper to begin your coupon collection for deals.

Call the your local newspaper and ask for the YES (Your Essential Shopper) paper. It is FREE and delivered to your door each Sunday. Note, you cannot be subscribed to the paper already to get the Newspaper by subscription. The YES paper contains the ads and coupons from the Sunday paper.  *NOTE* not all cities have the YES paper available.

Iowa Subscribers:
DSM Register at 515-284-1455 or (800) 532-1455

July 4, 2012

Fill up with gas at Kum & Go on Sunday! With the purchase of $20 or more in gasoline, you can get a free paper. Just bring your receipt from the pump inside, grab a paper and show your receipt to the cashier. Check out the Sunday Coupon preview. Sometimes there are not any coupons in the paper; on other occasions it may be worth while to fill up multiple cars.

July 5, 2012

Local papers may also contain inserts. The Ankeny Press Citizen is delivered to all Ankeny residents at no cost and contains the Smart Source insert. My grocery stores and library also have extra city newspapers for free that I get when the coupons are great.

July 6, 2012

Use google chrome when signing up for freebies or giveaways online, it auto-fills the form for you, saving lots of time. (Note, not all websites will allow auto fill, but 80% of the time it will work.)

July 7, 2012

Bring your own reusable bags to Hy-Vee to save $0.05/ bag off of the total purchase. Remember to bring plenty of bags, they can fill up quickly. They usually count my bags regardless of how many are used, they give me credit for all the bags I bring in.
July 9, 2012

Bring your own reusable bags to Target to save $0.05/ bag off of the total purchase. Remember to bring plenty of bags, they can fill up quickly. As my grandpa used to say, “A penny saved is a penny gained.”
July 10, 2012
10 POWERADE COUPONS, Buy Ten (10) Powerade get Five (5) Powerade Free 8/22/12
Look in your store adds: they may have Manufacturer coupons that may be used in other stores that have better sales. A few weeks back Dahl’s had a MFR coupon for 5 Free Powerade when you buy 10. Hy-Vee had the same coupon as a retail/ store coupon, so I combined them and got 20 for the price of 10. 🙂
July 11, 2012

Did you know that Fareway matches Dahl’s and Hy-Vee’s advertised prices?! A great way to save some time and gas and go to just one place. 🙂
July 12, 2012

Did you know that Dahl’s honors competitor coupons? Found it posted at my store! Another way to save some money and time. 🙂
July 13, 2012
Register Rewards are Catalina coupons that print out at Walgreens on certain items. Usually the items are found in the weekly add. Most items are usually marked on the shelf. These coupons are Manufacturer coupons good toward most items in the store, excluding prescriptions, gift cards, stamps, and cigarettes. Register Rewards vary in amounts: I have gotten rewards as low as $1.00 and as high as $10.00. Register Rewards are good for two weeks from the date they are printed. Remember to use Register Rewards before they expire! I put them in my wallet, they are almost as good as cash at Walgreens. Register Rewards are taken off the before tax total, in order to use them, your total must be greater than the reward.
July 14, 2012
Each Wednesday Hy-vee offers a 10% discount on all Healthmarket items. No coupon needed, although you can still use any coupons you may have in addition to the discount. Stack the discount more by using reusable bags and receiving a $0.05 off for each bag used. 🙂
July 16, 2012

I love shopping at Target for many reasons. I know it is always clean. They have store coupons to stack with Manufacturer coupons. They allow overages on Manufacturer coupons. They have the best prices on most items. They give a discount of $0.05/ bag for using reusable bags. And finally, they give a 5% discount when you use a Target debit or credit card.

Apply for a Target debit card or credit card and save 5% when you use it, each time. Remember to pay off the balance each month if you get a credit card, otherwise you will  pay interest.

July 17, 2012

Always bring coupons to the store, things may be on clearance which means cheap/ free/ possibly even money makers! Things may also be on sale that were unadvertised. I snag lots of free stuff on clearance. Last week I got Pull N Peel Twizzlers at Target for $1.03 a bag. I also was able to get Suddenly Salad for only $0.63/ value size box, which I wouldn’t have been able to get for that cheep had I forgotten my coupons [which happens all to often, unfortunately. 😦 ] I often find free air fresheners and make up for free on clearance too.  🙂

July 18, 2012

Did you know that most online coupons can be printed 2x per computer! If you hit the back button on your browser, most sites will print them 2x.

These are the sites that do it.


  will also print off twice, but you will have to select them individually each time.

I usually check the websites on Sunday morning, that is when they are often updated, although they are sometimes updated throughout the week as well.

July 20, 2012

Download Shop Kick on your android or iphone, it has mobile coupons. Also get rewarded when you scan items at stores. Some stores like Best Buy give kicks for walking into their store. Use kicks to buy gift cards. If you use this link they will even give you 50 kicks for signing up.

July 21, 2012

Have and Android or iphone? Sign up for Target mobile coupons online or text COUPONS to 827438 (TARGET.) They usually come 2x a month, sometimes they even make free items too. Last year I got a Transformer (value $9.99) for free! Love all the ways to save at Target!

July 23, 2012


Did you know that you can use 1 store coupon and 1 Manufacturer coupon per item at most stores! This is how I often get free stuff at Target. Today with this great tip, I was able to snag free eye shadow at Target. 🙂

July 24, 2012

Walmart may give overages on coupons back to you in change if the item’s cost is  less expensive than the amount of the coupon.

July 25, 2012

What to Stock up on: End of summer is a great time to keep an eye out for office or school supplies coupons and deals. Often there are great deals on crayons, markers, pens, glue, pencils . . .. There are also usually great deals on snacks.

July 26, 2012


Target Clearance Tip: If the price ends in 8, it will be marked down again. If it ends in a 4, it’s the lowest it will be.

July 27, 2012

Target may apply overages on coupons to the total of you merchandise. Note, it is applied to the pre-tax total and no change back will be given, so use the overage on other items you need.

July 28, 2012

Give your store coupons to the clerk before giving your manufacturer coupons to the clerk, Target automatically adjusts Target coupons down to the price of the item. If you use the target coupon first, the manufacturer coupon will be applied in the full amount and you may be eligible to receive overage.

July 30, 2012

Try to plan your shopping trips before you leave, last minute purchases may lead to errors in couponing. I often make a list of what I am going to purchase on an envelope with the coupons I am planning on using inside the envelope, especially if I am planning on going to more than one store.

July 31, 2012

Coupons usually expire in the middle and end of the month. Remember to clean out coupons consistently so you do not think you have coupons for items that are already expired and will be rejected by cashiers.

August 1, 2012

Create a new email account when signing up for free samples, freebies, and giveaways online to avoid overloading your inbox with unwanted emails.

August 2, 2012

Get a free rental code for redbox every month with redbox’s text club! Text the word SIGNUP to 727272. Sometimes I even get extra codes throughout the month. 🙂

August 3, 2012

Saving money while eating out can be a challenge! I hope these tips will help you! Check with your favorite restaurants/ fast food to see if they have a loyalty program or rewards card. Papa Murphy’s has a punch card, after receiving 12 punches you receive a free Family Size Pizza. Dairy Queen also often has punch cards for their basket deals and blizzards. Restaurants also often have kids eat free nights with the purchase of an adult meal, so check with your local restaurants to see if they have any such deals. Applebee’s has 1/2 price apetizers after 9pm with the purchase of a drink, great for a date night or night out with friends.  Don’t forget to keep checking Coupon Quarters for coupons for your favorite restaurants. 🙂

August 4, 2012

“Mom, look coupons!” – My 3 year old as he ran next door because he saw a newspaper laying at the door. He brought the paper to me from the empty house next door. I love how much my son is into coupons, he knows they are valuable to me, and is learning they are valuable as well. Vacant houses are another way to get newspapers: please do make sure they are vacant before taking the papers!

August 6, 2012

Here are some free codes for redbox. They can be used once with each credit card account. Share them with friends!



at Walgreens DVDATWAG

August 7, 2012


FREE breakfast until 11:00am
Limit one per person.
Now through December 31,2012

Kids eat FREE
11:00am to close.
Kids 12 and under choose one combo meal valued at $2.49. Limit one per child.
Now through December 31,2012

Chocolate overload cake
FREE dessert (up to $2.99 value) with a purchase of any hot entree ($4.99 and up). 11am to close.
Now through December 31,2012

They have very generous portions!

While you are there, become a member of Ikea Family (this is not a credit card) at one of the kiosks to snag free coffee or tea every time you are in the store, plus exclusive savings. The kiosk will also print off a coupon for free frozen yogurt.

August 8, 2012

Subscribe to Kohl’s email updates! They send Yes passes in emails with up to 30% off, no Kohl’s Charge needed! I have even gotten $10/$10 purchase!

Sign up for Sale Alerts today and save $5 off your next in-store purchase and 10% off your next purchase! You’ll receive e-mail updates about Kohl’s biggest sales and clearance events, notice of exclusive free shipping offers, plus promo codes valid for online savings!


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