Couponing, Saving Money

Why You Need Amazon Prime? How to get Amazon Prime for Free?

If I had to guess 95% of you, shop on Amazon but only 30% of you have Amazon Prime, but you buy from Amazon a couple of times of month or more.

If you don’t have Amazon Prime, you are missing out! Amazon Prime is the best way for you get the best of what Amazon has to offer for a price of $119 per year. I signed up years ago and have been renewing it every year since then.

Reasons to Why You Need Amazon Prime:

1. Free Two Day Shipping-You are already shopping on Amazon, but you don’t have prime, you should consider it. The savings is unlimited because you can find anything you need. Often people don’t purchase because they see the price of shipping and they reconsider the entire purchase. There is no minimum at all on this particular feature so look at like this if you purchase the site a few times of the year then it is worth the investment of the annual fee in my option.

2. One-Day Shipping Upgrade- We’ve all done it before ordered something last minute or ordered something and need it right away. With Amazon Prime, you can always upgrade your two-day shipping to one-day shipping for $3.99. Depending on what city you reside in you may qualify for free one-day shipping. If you upgrade and you don’t have Prime you are looking at paying $9.95 or more it just depends on the item.

3. Kindle Unlimited– So you love to read, and you don’t own a Kindle? With Amazon Prime, you have the option to read books and other entertainment also. You Amazon Prime members are allowed to read books even if you don’t have a Kindle you can download the Kindle app to any iOS or Android. You can read at any time and any place with the conveniences of the Kindle app. There are unlimited reading, current magazines and unlimited audiobooks that are available to you on any device.

4. Prime Video– Offers several different television shows and movies to choose from at any time for free. If you use Netflix this is worth the switch there is so much more offered on Prime Video. You also have the option to stream videos on your other devices such as Kindle, iPad, Wii and or Roku. You also have a video library that is creates were you can use it on the go. You can also stream shows off of HBO for free.

5. Amazon Family– If you are expecting or has small children then you would want to consider Amazon Family. Amazon Family will help you save on items such as diapers, wipes, baby food and so much more. There are all kinds of special discounts that your eligible for under the Amazon Family. You are eligible to save 20% off of the most famous known baby gear and accessories. If you have a Prime membership, then this is another excellent way to utilize the program and continue to save money.

6. Share with your Family- Amazon Prime allows you to share your membership with up to four of your family members. They will also get to take advance of the free two-day shipping without having to pay for the Prime Membership. All they have to do is go in and add them for no additional cost to use the benefits. If Amazon Prime is shared, then you will still get all of the above benefits that are listed.

So now you are thinking about purchasing to get Amazon Prime. I’ll tell you a few ways that you can get Prime for Free. Free is GOOD all the time.

1. Amazon Student– Are you currently a college student and need to order your textbooks? If you have never had Amazon Prime, you can signup to receive a FREE 6- month trial of Amazon Prime. After six months you are offered the annual subscriptions at a discounted price. You will still all the same benefits as if you had Amazon Prime except for Prime Video. Feel free to cancel anytime during the 6-month trial with no other obligations.

2. Amazon Family– Amazon Family, is open to anyone that is new to Amazon Prime. New Amazon Family members are eligible for a 30-day FREE trial. After the free trial, you will be responsible for $99 Prime Annual Fee. You can cancel at any time during the 30-day Free trial with no other obligations.

3. Amazon Prime Trial– If you want to subscribe to Prime for the first time you can get it a FREE 30-day trial. You will have access to several different features such as videos, movies, books and the different shipping options. During the 30-day trial, you will have the opportunity to use all elements that are available. Once you see what is available, you wouldn’t want to cancel. If you’re going to cancel make sure you cancel during the 30-day trial so there will be no further obligations.

Don’t forget to take advantage of Amazon Prime it has so many features that they offer. It is worth the fee with all the great features that you can take advantage of.

Head over to Amazon Prime now and signup for a Free Trial. While you’re headed over to Amazon make sure you take a look at the Deals that I have posted from Amazon. You’ll find some great items on the list.

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Vacation is over and I’m Back

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I know it’s been a while since I posted a blog post, I have been swamped. Between working my full-time job, just finishing a problematic semester in school and running around with my daughter I hadn’t been doing much couponing. Let alone looking at any sales papers or even picking up coupons. I’m delighted to report that my job is going well. I finished my semester out on top with A’s. My daughter has officially gone on vacation for the summer with her Grandparents. So it’s just me for now. I was also able to get away and relax and rejuvenate for seven days in Jamaica. When I tell you that vacation was everything that the doctored ordered it was much needed and well deserved.IMG_0712.PNG

But I’m happy to say that I’m back and in full effect ready to help you save money. Trust me I can tell the difference between just spending money and saving with coupons. I have been shopping on numerous occasions and haven’t used a coupon but trust me it won’t happen again. I have made a comparison, and it wasn’t pretty at all. I don’t beat myself up for it; I just have taken it as a lesson learned and will move forward and strive to do better with my spending habits.

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As for my blog, I will start back posting the weekly deal matchup at CVS and Walgreens. I will also soon begin to start to add in other stores that you can efficiently coupon at. Just remember as I will add in different stores you will need to become familiar with the coupon policies at the different stores. Not all stores have the same couponing policy. Always know the couponing policy before going into a store because you don’t want to waste your time and you also want to save yourself some frustrations in the end.

Also, I will be updating the Online Deals daily or should I say as I find deals. I have seen several good buys this week, and I will post them today. If there is a deal that just stands out to me, then I will post it as the Deal of the Day.N If you purchased the last deal of the day the Air Fryer, it was a steal in my eyes. The Air Fryer has definitely come in handy at my house since I opened the box I haven’t cut the stove on since then. So if you haven’t invested in one yet I highly suggest you get an Air Fryer.

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Deal of the Day

Here is a Deal that you can’t refuse.

BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer, Black/Stainless Steel, HF110SBD

Is it really worth the hype? Yes, it is worth all the hype and more.

1. It’s a healthier alternative to traditional fried foods. If you are looking to give up fried foods then the air fryer is the best choice for you. The air fryer will give you that fried taste minus all the grease.

2. The air fryer is easy to clean up after being used. You can remove the parts of the air fryer and even place them in the dishwasher if you prefer to wash them that way.

3. Multiple usages: fry, grill, roast or bake
Air Fry frozen foods such as French fries, onion rings or chicken nuggets
Air Grill vegetables or seafood
Air Roast any meats or vegetables
Air Bake muffins, cupcakes, brownies or bread

You have heard about all the hype, now what’s the downside? I’m glad you asked I’ll be happy to fill you in.

1. It takes longer to cook with an air fryer you can normally cook French fries in 10 minutes in a deep fryer. But not with the air fryer it would take 20 minutes for them to cook.

2. If you have a large family then you will have to cook the food in different batches cause it is so small you would not be able to cook for a large family all at once.

The air fryer is definitely worth the hype to buy. It is a kitchen appliance that I highly suggest everyone invest in. I love fried foods but I also had to give them up so when I purchased the air fryer I have been able to indulge in a healthier version of fried foods. Of course, it has been trial and error with the air fryer but over time I have become very satisfied with the end results of using the air fryer.

BLACK+DECKER Purify 2-Liter Air Fryer, Black/Stainless Steel, HF110SBD

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Crafting Can Be Frugal

Are you into crafting? Do you like DIY projects?

If you answered yes to both questions you are in the right place. If crafting is in your blood and your funds are limited, your limited funds can go a long way at a craft store, Dollar Tree or <a href="http://crafts“>Amazon.

Crafting is still frugal if you know how to shop. Crafting can be a luxury of a person’s time and money. Walking into a craft store with the intends of buying one item and then leaving out with several different items adds up it can be quite expensive. Looking at DIY projects and getting ideas to make handmade items will add up in cost. If you are looking for cheap or free items don’t stop here keep reading.

Do you sew? Would like to get your fabric for cheap or even free?

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When you go to a craft stop you first start looking for the fabric and you are amazed by all the beautiful colors, textures and the patterns in front of you. You suddenly begin to look through all the rows and look at the walls to see which fabric to get. That’s an option but to spend less you would need to look again.

Step back and look again to save money you can get fabric from other sources. Other sources I know your thinking what other sources. Always check other sources first and then the clearance section. Other sources that you can use would be sheets, duvet covers, table clothes, curtains, and placemats. After the holidays and the season change always check to see what decors they have on clearance that you could possibly sew with even turn a Christmas tree skirt into a costume skirt for a princess. These items are always on clearance and most importantly they are already hemmed or have buttons on them that will allow you to work with them.

So, you don’t sew?

Your exactly right I don’t sew but I would like to make t-shirts with designs. I have made shirts with iron-on transfers and I have even tried to paint a shirt with a paper stencil. I want to purchase a Cricut or a Silhouette, but the cost is a bit pricey at this time, so I have been using an Exacto knife to cut out the designs for my t-shirts. I searched the internet and craft stores for a good price and have yet to find a good price.

Well, you would need to make sure that when you are looking at crafts stores you are checking for coupons and you are reading the fine print. Recently at Hobby Lobby, they had a 40% off coupon that came out and it had very little restrictions listed on the bottom of the coupon. With that coupon, you would be able to purchase a Silhouette for under $200 depending on what the price is in your store. If your local store may have it priced at $199.99 and then you would use the 40% off coupon which will then make it $119.99. Now that’s a deal.

With an in-store purchase, the Cricut nor the Silhouette comes with accessories or supplies unlike if you order them off <a href="http://crafts“>Amazon. The machine may be cheaper in store, but you would also need to factor in how much you will spend out of pocket on the supplies to get started to see if you will be spending more than the total machine cost to determine the better deal.

When purchasing your vinyl at a craft store always wait until they have a sale such as B1G1 50% or 25% off. You will come out cheaper purchasing vinyl off<a href="http://crafts“> Amazon. Also keep a eye out to when the supplies for the machine are on sale for 25%.

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Apps to Download to Get Deals:

Everyone should download the RetailMeNot app if you haven’t already. You can also download the app for each craft store. Use apps to save money while shopping in a store. Using the apps is the easiest way to save money at any time no having to remember to clip coupons and bring them in the store. You will only have to bring your phone to the store and present it to the cashier. I literally use this app on a daily basis to save money.

Can’t find what you are looking for always go to <a href="http://crafts“>Amazon

Amazon always has great deals, you can add items to your cart and then come back to them and place an order. If you have Prime you can get Free Two-Day Shipping on the items that show Prime eligible in your cart. For those of you that don’t have Prime, you can sign up here. If you don’t have Prime you will have to spend a minimum of $35 in order to receive free shipping. When placing your order for craft supplies you should make sure you stock up on them when they are on sale. I always purchase my ink cartridges, circuit blades, vinyl and transfer paper. I also buy items in bulk that I know I use on a regular basis and could never have enough of such as mason jars, hats, t-shirts, and cups. Try Amazon Prime 30-Day Free Trial 

Dollar Tree

Oh, yes Dollar Tree takes coupons. Dollar Tree offers so many great things that can help you keep your craft corner stocked up. You have a last-minute project to complete and you don’t have even supplies go to Dollar Tree. Dollar Tree has everything from beads, marbles, stones, paint the brushes, construction paper and yarn and so much more. You are also able to place orders online and in bulk.

While shopping online if you don’t have Ebates make sure you sign up here for it. Ebates gives you cash back when you make qualifying purchases online.

Remember in crafting not have a tutorial can be the BEST way to be creative with crafting. You repurpose and create a vision like no other.

 

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Coupon Overage

What is a filler item?

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A filler item is an item that is added to a transaction to make the deal workout at the register. Find the cheapest item that you can possibly find as a filler. A filler is used to make sure that the coupon value doesn’t exceed the full value of the items purchased.

When do you use a filler?

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Most stores don’t give back overage, so you will have to use a filler in its place. Today I made a purchase of Tide Laundry detergent. I purchased 6 of them for $2.48 each, total $14.88. I had a manufacturer coupon for $3 off 1 Tide Laundry Detergent. I used 6 $3 off 1 Tide Laundry Detergent coupons, total $18. So, in this case the coupon total is more that the actual cost of the items being purchased it leaves me with $3.12 worth of overage. Now this when the filler comes into place. I can either get 1 item for close to the $3.12 price or I can purchase several small items to make it up to that price. Then there is also the option that the store can wash away the negative balance and you just pay the taxes on the purchase.

Coupon Overage

Coupon overage can happen from time to time on your purchase. Which means that you have redeemed coupons that are more than the cost of the items that you have purchased. Couponing overage comes from very carefully matching up coupons it is something that don’t happen often, but it does happen from time to time.

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You will have a better chance at having coupon overage if you shop at a store that will allow you use a manufacturer’s coupon along with a store coupon for one that will reduce the cost of the and could possibly lead to overage on the purchase. Another way to achieve coupon overage is when you use a coupon that is of high value on a product that is on clearance or at his final markdown price.

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Often times there are coupons that are higher value that the price of an item which can cause overage for you.

Also combing coupons on sale products and redeeming a Catalina for additional money off the total purchase can create overage.

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More about CVS

CVS Beauty Club:

CVS Beauty Club is a very easy way to earn rewards for the things that you are purchasing. All you are required to do is spend $30.00 on any qualifying Beauty items at CVS you will then earn a $3.00 Extrabucks that can be applied to any future purchase.  Beauty items that qualify are hair care, cosmetics, facial care, skin care, hair appliances, hair accessories, fragrances, and hosiery. It excludes items trial and travel sizes, gift cards and prescriptions. The following items vary as counting toward Beauty club razors, shaving cream, deodorant, some men’s body wash and sunscreen.  You don’t have to spend $30.00 all in one transaction it can over several transactions to meet the total amount spend out of pocket.  You will not receive the rewards right away. After making a qualifying purchase it can take up to 48 hours to apply to your account. Once it shows on your account you have the option to print it at the in store kiosk or upload it your card from the CVS App. You will also receive a $3.00 Extrabucks each year on your birthday but you have to add your birthday to your online profile.

CVS App Coupons:

Make sure you download the CVS App so that you can take advantage of the mobile coupons that are offered on the app. When downloading the app make sure you connect your Extracare account with your mobile device and you will receive customized digital coupons that can be downloaded and used at checkout. Always check My Deals and Rewards on the app to see what deals are available for your.

Extracare Coupon Center:  

The Extracare Coupon Center, which is located in CVS store it is the red kiosks you find in the store. Once you locate the machine in the store your can scan your Extracare card every time you shop. You will receive personalize coupons from the machine and you will also receive other deals that are being offered. Each week I will post about coupons and deals that are reporting weekly. Coupons will vary by the customers so you may or may not get the same coupons that everyone else gets.

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Let’s Learn To Coupon At CVS

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1. Sign up for a CVS Extra Care Card

The CVS Extra care card is necessary to receive sale prices and to participate in the CVS extra care buck program. You can go directly to the website to request a card and they will send it out the mail to you. You can also pick up a form and a card at any CVS store and start saving immediately.

Once you receive your card make sure you register the card online with your email address. Make sure you check your email because they send out coupons to your email.

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2. Extra Care Bucks/Extra Bucks

Extra bucks are coupons received at the end of the receipt and are like extra “bucks” when shopping at CVS. The same card has to be used in order to redeem the extra bucks.

Extra bucks can be used on the just about anything in the store except for the following stamps, alcohol, prescriptions, tax, and tobacco. You can still use the extra bucks on deals that you will receive extra bucks for but make sure you are checking the limits on the deals to receive the extra bucks.

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Extra bucks are earned in three different ways and usually expire within 30 days.

  • Quarterly extra bucks are issued four times a year and are calculated on the shopper’s spending at CVS.
  • Prescription refills once you have filled ten prescription’s and or gotten vaccination at CVS. You will earn $5 Extra Bucks.
  • Also while signing up for a CVS card make sure you also sign up for the Beauty club. Spend $30 on Beauty products and you will receive a $3 Extra Bucks reward. 
  • Weekly deals with extra bucks are issued immediately on the both of your receipts when a shopper buys an advertised “extra buck” item. There are limits, usually one or two, for weekly extra buck deals

3. Manufacturer coupons and CVS coupons can be combined.

CVS accepts all manufacturer coupons which includes the internet printable. CVS also has there own coupons that can be used as well.

CVS has there own coupons that are either emailed to you, sent out in the mail to you, then check the both of your receipts for coupons and they are also issued at the Kiosk in store.

CVS allows there store coupon and one manufacturer coupon per product. Extra bucks are not considered to be a coupon and they don’t count them as one they can be used with the store and manufacturer’s coupons.

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4. Do small transaction in order to spend less out of pocket

If you know couponing you will pay for your items out of pockets at first. Then with items that are purchased, you will receive extra bucks at the both of your receipts. After receiving the extra bucks you can then roll them over into another transaction. Rolling your extra bucks over to another transaction will make you spend less out of pocket. You can also save your extra bucks for the next weeks deals which will lower yours out of pocket expenses.

The more you shop at CVS you will start to earn more extra bucks they will begin to build up slowly over time. Always check the expiration date to make sure you don’t miss out on using them.IMG_10805. Rain Checks

CVS offers rainchecks if the item is out of stock. CVS issues rainchecks on the sale items and the extra buck amounts too. The rain checks never expire. People often save the rainchecks for when they have a coupon that will make the deal even better with little out of pocket money spent.

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