Georgine has some great tips and reminders about the savings you can take advantage of in November. And starting this month she’ll also be focusing on coupons too. www.georginesaves.com
November means the holidays are around the corner. Look for special sales on stereos, camcorders, GPS devices, and TVs that will enhance your entertaining or for gifts.
Believe it or not, now is a great time to shop for a wedding gown. The shops and boutiques are empty due to shoppers concentrating on the holidays. So you will get a great price plus added attention.
In the grocery store you’ll find sales on all the fixings for a Thanksgiving dinner: turkeys, butter, cheese, flour, sugar, yeast, chocolate chips, baking chocolate, condensed milk, cooking oil, pie crusts, ready- made dough, dinner rolls, frozen pies, cake mixes, cake frosting, pie filling, spices, nuts, dried fruits, oatmeal, soup, and broth. Many supermarkets will have special holiday offer incentives such as a free turkey or other dinner staple when you spend a certain amount over a specific time period. Even if you don’t need a turkey, it can always be donated to a shelter or church. Remember, take anything that is free because you can always find someone happy to receive it. Keep in mind Christmas cooking and baking and stock up on the supplies now because some of these sale prices will be higher as the end of the year nears. Be sure to clip coupons for added savings. Don’t forget to look for Halloween candy clearances too! Lots of candy can be used in baking and once the wrapper is removed no one will know. Look for Halloween décor and paper goods at half-price that can be saved for next year’s celebrations.
Black Friday is approaching. If you plan on hitting the malls use this strategy: make a list, if you are on a budget you will tend to spend less if you pay with cash, a few days before hand visit your store(s) and get familiar with the layout, find out what the special shopping hours will be, and if returns are allowed you can buy a style that is not the right size and exchange it the following week when stock is replenished (always check for store policies).
If you’d rather not have the hassle of fighting the crowds, you can shop in your PJs in the comfort of your home on Cyber Monday (the Monday after Thanksgiving) online. There are some offers that are only good on store websites that are even better than those in the stores. Check my website: GeorgineSaves.com as I will post and update all the best offers.
Being Coupon Savvy
Since this is my first column about coupons I thought I would start with the basics. Everyone knows that the Sunday newspaper carries coupon inserts. The best way to score extra Sunday coupon inserts is to ask your friends, neighbors, and family to save theirs for you that they are not using. There are LOTS of other sources to find coupons too. Magazines most always have a few coupons (the best magazine source is All You sold at exclusively at Walmart stores or by subscription). In supermarkets there are free-standing displays with coupon pads on them and red blinky machines on the shelves that dispense coupons.
Don’t forget on-package peel-offs (always peel them yourself and give to the cashier so there is no forgetting), and of course, printed (sometimes inside) packages and cans. On occasions there are demonstrations in grocery stores; this is another source to collect coupons and samples. Don’t forget at the cash register, coupons are dispensed too! Recycling center may let you pick through their newspapers for coupons (always get permission and leave the site as neat as it was when you started).
Of course there is the Internet The best sources for printable manufacturer’s coupons that can be good at all stores are: Coupons.com, RedPlum, CoolSavings, Smart Source, CouponNetwork, and Coupon Surfer. SavingStar it is the only nationwide paperless grocery coupon service (redeemable at over 100 chains (over 24,000 stores). Sign up for FREE. Then enter your zip code to see what stores in your area participate (there are lots of national stores). Then select all the stores you shop in. This includes grocery and drug stores. Enter your loyalty card numbers (you do this only once at registration). You can enter all of your cards at the same time. You will then be able to select the coupons you want. When you go to that store and buy the product using your loyalty card you will be given credit for the coupon. When you reach $5.00 you have a choice of the coupon value added to your bank account, your PayPal account, as an Amazon gift card, or American Forests gift card. You can still use traditional coupons on your selected items and other products in your order. This is a win win situation because you can save twice on one product. The coupon offerings are great. I think this is a good opportunity to get additional coupons without any hassle. I’m sure you will love it.
You can sign up at websites that cater to products you use. Over time they will email you special coupons and offers (set up a separate FREE email account for these so as not to interfere with your normal email).
Libraries often have boxes of coupons where you can exchange those you don’t need for some you do.
The Entertainment Book contains tons of coupons for discounts on shopping, restaurants, amusements, services, and more. It is designed for the area you live in. It does come with a price tag of $35.00 (which can often be reduced by special offers) but it is still well worth the price. My edition always has TWELVE $5.00 off $50.00 purchase coupons for my local supermarket. These are 3 each good for specific time frames during the year.
Keep your eyes open and your scissors handy and you’ll save.