Learn How To Coupon

learn to coupon

Even though couponing has been around for awhile now, many people are still trying to learn how to coupon. Learning how to coupon is pretty simply actually, and it doesn’t require much work as long as you follow some guidelines. Here I will begin by explaining how you can get the most out of your couponing.

Why Coupon?

Many people don’t realize the money they could actually be saving every month, possibly hundreds, off your grocery and household items bill. All you have to do is clip a few coupons and read the ads. It really ads up! My general rules of couponing are to save my coupons to use for the item if one of these is also true:

A. The Item is also on Sale.

B. There is a double or triple coupon event.

C. I can Stack the coupon with a store coupon. (Such as Target or Walgreens that I will explain further down.)

D. We actually, really, need the item for this week’s shopping trip and it can’t wait.

Just because you get a coupon for something, does not mean to run out and buy it! Try and follow my four rules above to learn how to coupon in a way that will benefit you the most.

Expiration Dates and Store Policies

The two major reasons your coupons do not get accepted. Yes, just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean the store you want to go to will accept. Every store has a “coupon policy” so you first need to go to that stores website and check for theirs, or you can call the store and ask “What is your coupon policy?” And they should tell you their rules and restrictions. For example, HERE is Target’s policy. Many stores accept all manufacturer coupons including Internet printed coupons, however others, such as Kmart, will not accept any form of Internet coupons.

Check the expiration date. Even I have messed up and tried to use an expired coupon before! Each month I quickly flip through all of my coupons and throw out the expired ones, or you can save them and send them to families that live on a military base, and they can use them in military grocery stores.

Stacking Your Coupons

Some stores release their own “store coupons”, that they allow you to “stack” with a manufacturer coupon. For example, Target,  one of my favorite places to use coupons, will stack one of their coupons, a manufacturer coupon, AND a third coupon from their smart phone application, Cartwheel. (Explained below under Apps) This way of coupon stacking allows you to save from a variety of coupon options on one particular item! Here are a list of stores that I know stack a manufacturer coupon with their own store coupon so you can maximize your coupon savings:

Target

Walgreens

CVS

Rite Aid

Dollar General

Family Dollar

Safe Way

Publix

Whole Foods

Where to Get Coupons

The Sunday Newspaper! Derpa. Derpa. :P and your Daily Newspaper for Redplum (RP), Proctor & Gamble (P&G), and SmartSource (SS) ads.

Online Resources: I have links to all of your online coupon resources to the top right of this page. See the rainbow flags.

Directly from the brand: by visiting your favorite products and brands websites and joining their mailing list!

The Weekly Ads: Sometimes stores release their store coupons in their ads, such as most drug stores.

All You Magazine: Subscribe Here and tell them TheAldiMom@yahoo.com sent you!

Must Have Couponing Apps

Checkout 51 - Cash back for milk, eggs, juice, and more!

Ibotta - Same concept as Checkout 51.

Cartwheel - Targets app. Which is well worth it. You can get items for up to 60% off. Things you buy every day. There is a vast list of items that are participating in cartwheel offers, so if you shop at Target I urge you to just test out this app. I personally went too long without using it when I first began to learn how to coupon.

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Make Extra Cash Online!

Guide to Making Easy Cash Online

making easy cash online

Yes, you, could be making easy cash online right now, in your pajamas it’s true. I do it, and not just through my blog, but through a variety of sources. Here I will share those sources with you and explain how to get started making easy cash online through those places. I will never post a website here that isn’t 100% legit and that I have not personally earned something from. So feel free to sign up and get started with confidence knowing that I have checked all of these places out myself.

Survey Sites

I went through a variety of survey sites and I have only found a few to actually be beneficial. Earn cash with surveys. Many surveys only pay one or two dollars for 30 minutes or more of your time, while others simply let you put your name into a raffle for doing a survey. I don’t like websites that waste my valuable time, and neither should you. Here are a few survey places that I am a member of and that I have began making easy cash online through.


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I love survey spot because I feel like they pay the most for their surveys. One of the top payers.
GlobalTestMarket

There are always mini surveys available to find out if you qualify for one of their paying surveys. It can be annoying when you never qualify, but eventually you start to and the more you get a chance to complete the more offers you get so you just have to be slightly more active here.

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This one is very similar to survey spot.


I have been a member of Swag for years now and I always save my bucks until the end of the year, then I use them for Christmas shopping on Amazon! You can earn bucks for using their search engine, completing polls, mini tasks, and other things. Bucks can be turned into Paypal cash or gift cards for a variety of online and retail stores, and restaurants as well!

Complete Online Tasks

Companies are hiring people to do a variety of mini tasks, such as choosing the best sentence to describe a product, or looking up business phone numbers on Google. Here are a variety of places that have paid me in the past to do such mini tasks. Mini task jobs are low paying per task, but if you have the extra time on your hands you could earn a decent hourly amount.

Mechanical Turk

I have been with turk for awhile. This is another place I save my earnings to spend on Amazon at Christmas time. I really recommend checking this one out. You do a variety of tasks and they are all easy and it’s easy to get some work out of this place usually.

ShortTask
Not as good as Aturk but same concept.


Complete a variety of offers, such as trying a new website game out or ordering a free catalog and earn some extra cash!


Same concept as Cash Crate. I make about $400.00 a year here.

Freelance Job Boards

Here are some websites that post leads for online freelance work. Here you can find jobs as a writer, designer, typist, telemarketer, court researcher, etc. Good luck in your search and I hope my links help you!

Rat Race Rebellion - Real Work at Home Job Leads and Information by Staffcentrix

This one tops my list. They are the most vast of the job boards I have seen that are actually reliable sources. Writers, bloggers, photographers, designers, resellers, and self employed freelancers of a variety of subjects can find online jobs through this board.

making easy cash online

Need resume help? I can help you with that! Just send me an e-mail at TheAldiMom@yahoo.com with the subject “Resume Help”.

Wahm

Wahm.com (Work At Home Mom) is a really good resource for Wahms or Wahm wanna-bes. There are job leads, and forums for those of us who do Wahm and want to connect and discuss ideas with other Wahms. The forum here is amazing and I recommend it. They are very good about fishing out spam, but once in awhile one gets in the group so don’t believe everything.




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Butternut Squash Bread Recipe

Butternut Squash Bread Recipe

Kara from Maryland brings us this Butternut Squash Bread recipe that is a twist off of traditional pumpkin bread! In this recipe her key ingredient is butternut squash puree, that she found at ALDI for only a buck 59! Check it out, try it out, let me know what you think!

1 cup butternut squash purée
2 eggs
1/2 cup vegetable oil
1/4 cup water
1 cup white sugar
1/2 cup brown sugar
1 3/4 cups all-purpose flour
1 teaspoons baking soda
1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
2 teaspoons ground cinnamon
1/2 teaspoon ground nutmeg
1/2 cup chopped nuts (I used pecans because it’s what I had, but walnuts would work well, too)

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Grease and flour one 9×5″ loaf pan or line with parchment paper.
2. In a large bowl, mix together the butternut squash puree, eggs, oil, water and sugars until thoroughly combined. In a separate bowl, whisk together the flour, baking soda, salt, cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom.
3. Stir the dry ingredients into the butternut squash mixture. Combine just until incorporated; do not over mix. Pour into the prepared pan.
4. Bake at 350 degrees for 55-65 minutes or until a wooden skewer inserted into the center of the loaf comes out clean.
Kara
Maryland, Usa


 

Do you have a fall or winter recipe you’d like to share for the upcoming seasons? Send it to me at TheAldiMom@yahoo.com!