Monday, November 26, 2007
Friday, November 16, 2007
“How did she take her bottles?” she asked.
“Just fine, no problem, she took one every two hours for a total of three,” replied the confident father.
“How many times did you change her diaper?” she queried.
“I never changed it” he responded.
“You never changed her diaper?” she asked incredulously, “Why not?”
“Well,” he reasoned, “the diaper package said that it was good up to ten pounds and we weren’t even near the ten pound point.”
Diapers are a major expense in a family’s budget and yet there are ways to save money in this area that are fairly painless.
Coupons – Your mother may have told you “buy items on sale and use a coupon.” That’s still good advice. But where do you find coupons on your favorite diapers?
· Manufacturer’s Website – If you sign into these sites to receive their promotional offers, you can also get coupons. A few of the most popular websites for diaper manufacturers are: http://www.huggies.com/, http://www.pampers.com/ , and http://www.luvs.com/ . For a variety of baby coupons go to http://www.momsview.com/ or http://www.freebabycoupons.com/ .
· Toll Free Numbers – Call the diaper manufacturer’s toll free number, tell them how much you like their product, and ask them for coupon promotions. For instance, 1-800-PAMPERS or 1-800- NO LEAKS (Luvs)
Internet Diaper Sites – There are some sites that will ship diapers at a discount. It’s important to add postage and handling to the final cost and to check out the site with the Better Business Bureau found at http://www.bbb.com/ . For example, at http://www.diaperdandy.com/ we discovered 192 medium diapers for $33.00 plus $6.92 shipping.
Ebay – You can find almost anything at ebay. We found 180 medium diapers for $29.99 with free postage and handling and 140 newborn diapers for $14.50 + $5.00 P&H. Be sure the diapers are in their original package and are unopened. Also, be sure to factor in shipping (if any) and choose a seller who has high feedback ratings with a reasonable number of total reviews.
Thursday, November 8, 2007
Duncan Hines brownie mix regular price $3.19
Sale price is $1 per box a savings of - 2.19
Manufacturer's coupon is $1 off 3 - .33 @
Double coupon store-another $1 off 3 - .33 @
Total Price I pay .34 cents per box
Here are the savings factors:
These are sometimes referred to as “clipless coupons.” Sign up for the card at the customer service desk and as it is scanned at the checkout, you will receive all the store’s special values for the week.
The store’s weekly sale ads either come in the mail or are a part of the mid-week newspaper inserts. Match up the sale ads with some of the other savings factors listed and you’ll soon find yourself with products for pennies.
These are traditional coupons issued and reimbursed by the manufacturer. If you
ead the fine print of the coupon, you’ll see the manufacturer’s name and mailing address. Here are a few places to find these coupons:
Some stores offer “double” coupons. This is where the coupon is worth twice the face value—so a .50 coupon is now worth $1.00. There are limitations issued by the store, such as “only double up to $1.00” so check the customer service desk for details. Go to the links page at elliekay.com to find a link listing all the stores that double coupons in your state. http://couponing.about.com/cs/grocerysavings/a/doublecoups.htm
Unadvertised Sales and Clearances
Check the store aisles for sales and clearance tags. As much as 50% of the weeks’ sales are not advertised.
Watch for signs in the store, telling you you'll get certificates/coupons at the register for purchasing these items. The cash back certificate can be used on your next shopping trip.
Some grocery stores, including Wal-mart superstores http://www.walmart.com/ will match competitor's ads. Just take in the sale ads from all your local grocers to that store and you'll get the sale prices from the ads. It saves time and money.
America's Family Financial Expert (R)