Archive for August, 2011

Winner Announcement: The $500 Cash Contest

[ 0 ] August 31, 2011

Announcing the winner of our Save for Back to School: $500 Cash Contest

A big CONGRATULATIONS to…

@ksceviour!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more contest announcements coming soon!

The History of Couponing – Infographic

[ 0 ] August 29, 2011

This is the second post in an 8-part blog series. Each Monday we will break down the different elements of couponing and show you how you can use them to become a savvy couponer. Check out part one: Introduction to Couponing.

In order to become an expert couponer we believe it’s important to understand where couponing came from. So we’ve taken a look all the way back to 1887 to illustrate just how far the coupon has come.

Follow along the infographic below to discover the fascinating journey of the coupon.

Where do you think couponing will go next? Share your thoughts in a comment below!

Sources:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Coupon

http://www.theconvoblog.com/?p=1959

http://www.webdesignerdepot.com/2009/01/the-evolution-of-apple-design-between-1977-2008/

http://www.flickr.com/photos/grocerymania/2874069204/

http://www.foodengineeringmag.com/Articles/Feature_Article/52b0bc2fd62f8010VgnVCM100000f932a8c0____

http://tlc.howstuffworks.com/tv/extreme-couponing

http://www.groupon.com/about

Introduction to Couponing: How to Coupon

[ 0 ] August 22, 2011

This is the first post in an 8-part blog series. Each Monday we will break down the different elements of couponing and show you how you can use them to become a savvy couponer.

So you want to start couponing. Great. Your head might be swirling with images and stories of coupon extremists reaping the rewards of dedicated couponing,  but if you’re a beginner we think it’s best that you get the basics down before you start building stock-pile shelves in your basement.

If you’re unsure of how to start saving, we’re here to teach you how to coupon both online and in your neighborhood stores. Are you ready?

Online Coupons

You might be a little intimidated by online couponing. But there’s no reason to worry, it actually couldn’t be any easier! Just check out our primer on how to navigate a coupon website:

1. Search to your heart’s content.

So you’ve logged onto the home page, but you can’t quite find the deal you want. Check out how the coupons are categorized – you might see them grouped together as ‘New Coupons’, ‘Coupons by Store’, or ‘Most Popular Coupons’. Be sure to look for a category that features the site’s absolute deals. On FabulousSavings, we have them under Exclusive Coupons.

Most coupon websites will feature a search bar. Even if you might have a specific product in mind, you’ll find the best results if you search by store. For instance, instead of searching for Apple iPod coupons, try “Apple Store coupons”.

2.  Keep an eye out for coupon codes & expiry dates.

While not all online coupons have a set expiry date, it’s important to always check for one! Some sites have a special category for soon-to-expire coupons. On FabulousSavings, we call them Last Minute Deals.

Another detail to watch out for is the coupon code. These are the codes that some merchants require you to type in at checkout. Again, not all coupons have one, but be sure to check by reading the terms of the deal.

3. Click and let the coupon work its online magic.

After you click on the coupon of your choice, most sites will then redirect you to the merchant website (e.g., after clicking an Apple Store coupon, you’ll be directed to the Apple Store online shop). And voila! Unless you’re required to enter a coupon code, the discount has already been applied.

Shop for your items and you’ll see the savings show up once you get to the merchant’s checkout page. It’s like magic. Magic that saves you money.

In-Store Coupons

One of the biggest trends in couponing right now in the United States is the use of physical coupons. The dedicated shoppers of TLC’s Extreme Couponing prove that there’s no end to the lengths some will go to take advantage of the many loopholes of couponing.

Wondering where to start? Read on to find out.

1. Check weekly flyers and newspapers.

One of the best places to get a wide variety of coupons all at once is the Sunday coupon inserts. For example, once a month, Procter & Gamble has a special coupon insert dedicated to their products available in select papers. Check the P&G website to find out which papers carry the P&G inserts. And don’t forget to ask around! You would be surprised how many people throw flyers and coupon inserts away.

2. Watch for grocery store displays.

If you’re miffed over the lack of coupons in weekly flyers, you might not realize most coupons can actually be found in the stores themselves. Considering how huge many grocery aisles are, they can be easy to miss! You can usually find them right next to the product they’re for. Even if you don’t need it right away, grab a few to use during a later trip. Just be sure to note the expiry date!

3. Give a shout to the manufacturers of your favorite products.

Manufacturers are just like you and me – they love a good compliment. Get in touch with the makers of the item of your choice and let them know how much you enjoy their product. Be sincere, of course! Most will be more than happy to send you a few vouchers as a way of saying thanks. You never know, they might just send a few free samples, too.

4. Shopper loyalty programs are your friends!

Many people seem to avoid registering for anything, but it’s definitely worth your time and your money. Lots of grocery chains have members-only coupons and even online deals that you just wouldn’t be aware of if you weren’t signed up. Google or call your local chain to ask about the benefits of their shopper appreciation programs. You’ll be pleasantly surprised.

5. Find deals on products you actually use.

It’s easy to get carried away with all the great deals you can find with coupons, but the key to saving is only using coupons on products that you buy regularly. Finding a good deal and spending money on something you wouldn’t normally buy can be counter-productive. If you’re not careful you may end up spending money that you shouldn’t.

The trick is to not get caught up in the savings. Be smart about your purchases. Save your coupons and keep them organized. When you need to make a purchase, check through your coupons for potential savings.

6. Stay organized!

There are many methods of keeping coupons organized. The most popular being coupon binders. Separate your coupons into categories: Clothes, Groceries, Cleaning Products, etc. This way when you’re looking to purchase an item, you’ll know exactly where to look for savings. You can also try keeping your coupons in envelopes or an accordion file folder. Whatever works best for you.

As you can see, learning how to coupon isn’t hard at all, it just requires you to be a little savvy. Good luck and save big!

Save for Back to School with FS: The $500 CASH Contest

[ 12 ] August 2, 2011

GIVEAWAY IS NOW CLOSED

Thank you to all who entered.

We’ve given away iPads, gift cards and even gas cards…

Now we want to give you what you really want…CASH!

That’s right! We’re giving you the chance to win $500. No strings attached. Do whatever you like with the money, but since it’s about time to start heading back to school, we thought you may need a little help with your shopping.

Whatever you need for back to school (or otherwise), you’ve got it! Just enter our contest and let luck be on your side.

How to Enter

Visit FabulousSavings.com to find the secret page. Please have javascript enabled. You’ll know you’ve found it when a special pop-up appears! (If you’re having issues, go to our homepage and take a look under Featured Merchants ;)…) Then just tweet the provided message using the Twitter button.

To keep you on your toes, we’ll change the secret page each day (or maybe we won’t), so make sure to visit FabulousSavings.com every day. Anddd feel free to browse around our site for other fabulous coupons.

Contest begins 5pm EST Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 and ends 11:59pm EST Tuesday, August 30th, 2011.

When tweeting your daily entries, please keep in mind that we run by Eastern Standard Time (EST).

Contest Rules:

  • Only one tweet per person, per day. Anyone who tweets the message more than once a day will be disqualified from the contest.
  • The winner will be randomly selected and announced at 1:30pm EST on Wednesday, August 31st, 2011 on our blog and notified via Twitter.
  • The winner must be following us @FabulousSavings. If the winner is not following us another winner will be selected.
  • Maximum 29 entries per person
  • 18+ US and Canadian residents only

Good luck!

FabulousSavings.com reserves the right to cancel this contest at its discretion.

FabulousSavings.com reserves the right to change the rules at anytime.

FabulousSavings.com shall not be responsible for any possible technical difficulties or delays which might otherwise affect eligibility.

Winner Announcement: The Fabulous iPad2 Contest: Summer Edition

[ 0 ] August 2, 2011

Announcing the winner of our Fabulous iPad2 Contest: Summer Edition!

A big CONGRATULATIONS to…

@milkandcoco!!!

Thank you to everyone who entered. Stay tuned for more contest announcements coming soon!