Ask the Mamas: Why Multiple Newspapers?

Posted by on Jan 19, 2017

A while ago we asked you to send us your questions. We are now taking those questions and giving you some answers!

Have a question you want to ask the Mamas? Send us an email to contact@mamasonadime.com with Ask the Mamas in the subject line and your question could be answered in an upcoming post!

Q:This week’s question has been asked multiple times by multiple readers: “Why do I want to get more than one newspaper subscription?”

A:Really this question has a simple answer. When there is an awesome deal out there you want to get more than one! If I can get a toothbrush for free or super cheap I want to be able to get enough of that toothbrush to last my family for 3-4 months or until it goes on sale again.

If you have a family of four you are going to go through toothbrushes (or whatever the item may be) way faster than a family of 2. That’s why we recommend you get one newspaper subscription per person in your house. That way you are getting one coupon for each family member and you will never have to pay full price for anything again!

Want to subscribe? Check out the latest newspaper deals now! Then just fill out the order form online. It’s totally worth every penny!



Repost Ask the Mamas: Dechiphering Coupon Lingo

Posted by on Mar 21, 2012

A while ago we asked you to send us your questions. We are now taking those questions and giving you some answers!

Have a question you want to ask the Mamas? Send us an email to contact@mamasonadime.com with Ask the Mamas in the subject line and your question could be answered in an upcoming post!

Q: This question was emailed to us by Tammy S.: “In your coupon lists it often says stuff like ‘1/23 SS’ and I’m not sure what that means. Could you explain?”

A: There are quite a few abbreviations used when referring to coupons, sales, etc. It just makes it easier to fit a lot of information in without taking up a lot of room. But if you don’t know what it means then you’re aren’t going to be able to take best advantage of the deals. So we’ve got a list of the most common coupon terms along with their definitions. And to answer your question specifically. If it says “1/23 SS”, then it simply means the coupon can be found in the Smart Source coupon insert that was in the newspaper on January 23rd. See below for more common terms.

$1/2 – $1 off 2 items
2/$1 – 2 items for $1
B1G1 – Buy one get one
B2G1 – Buy two get one
Blinkies – The machines at the store that hold coupons you can grab to use right then on your purchase. They are usually red and have a little “blinking” light.
BOGO – Buy one get one
FF – Firefox Browser
Hangtags – Coupons Hanging from shelf by or in front of item
IE – Internet Explorer Browser
Mfr – Manufacturer’s coupon
MIR – Mail in rebate
OOP – Out of Pocket expense
Peelies – Coupons that you can peel off of packages.
PG – Procter and Gamble coupon insert from newspaper
Printable – A coupon that you print from on-line
RP – RedPlum coupon insert from newspaper or mail
RR – Register Rewards which is a coupon that prints at the end of your transaction that can be used on a future purchase at Walgreens.
SS – Smart Source Coupon insert from newspaper
Stacking – Using a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon or using more than one online coupon code.
Wags – Walgreens



Ask the Mamas: Where are your Favorite Places to Find Coupons?

Posted by on Feb 3, 2012
I think the number one question I get asked by family and friends when talking about grocery shopping is “where are your favorite places to find coupons?”. Here are my top ten places to get coupons.

1. Sunday Newspaper
My absolute number one way to get coupons is the newspaper. This might be an obvious answer, but I know it’s sometimes overlooked. I recommend getting one newspaper subscription per person in your family. This will help you stock up when prices are low for the items your family will use. Check out all the newspaper deals available now.

2. Printable Coupons
The second best place for coupons is online. We try to tell you about the best coupons out there, but we can’t do it all. The top three places to look for a great printable coupon are:

3. Magazines
Before using coupons I never noticed them in my magazines. And now I notice them all the time. There are tons of coupons in magazines! All You is by far my favorite, but there are coupons in almost every magazine I subscribe to. Keep your eyes out while you are reading articles and then remember to cut them out.

4. Mobile coupons
Give a store your cell number and they will text you coupons. Lots of stores do this and it’s a great way to save on ink and space. A few to start with:

5. eCoupons
There are some great sites out there that will let you load eCoupons onto your store loyalty card. Smith’s/Kroger is the only option in Utah. These are manufacturer coupons so you can’t stack them with a paper coupon, but they often make for some great deals. Checkout these sites to get started today.

6. Store Website
Some stores have coupons right on their website! Pay attention to what the coupon says when you print it. Some are store coupons and some manufacturer. I love getting store coupons since they stack so wonderfully with manufacturer coupons for cheap and free stuff! My faves are:

7. In Stores
You would be amazed how many coupons you will find in the store while shopping if you just look around. If there is a coupon for something at the store I grab one or two. Even if it isn’t something I’m buying that day it could help me get a great deal in the future when that item is on sale.

8. Samples
You know all the awesome free samples we post about? The majority of the time you will get a coupon along with your free sample in the mail. Pull it out and save it for a sale.

9. On or With Your Receipt
We have talked about catalinas a fair amount on our site. (If you are not familiar with them they are coupons that print at the cash register and you get with your receipt.) These are often good coupons. Sometimes for just a dollar amount off your next purchase! Make sure to check it out before you throw it away. There are also coupons on the back or bottom of many receipts. It only takes a second to glance at your receipt and it could save you lots of money.

10. Facebook
It’s not just for friends anymore. Like your favorite brands on facebook and watch for coupons being offered. We try to post the best ones, but we hear about some of our best coupons from our readers who just happen to see them in their newsfeed.

These are my top ten ways to find coupons, but I’m sure there are more out there. What is your favorite way to find coupons?


Ask the Mamas: Why it’s worth having a Facebook account

Posted by on Jun 18, 2011

Q: We get a decent amount of questions and comments about Facebook. Mostly from people without a Facebook account wondering why there are so many freebies and coupons offered there. And they usually have reservations about the safety of having an account.

A: There is no question that Facebook is here to stay. And it’s not just for college kids or even just young adults anymore. The technology is being fully embraced by moms, dads, even grandparents, and most certainly COMPANIES. It’s actually a really great thing! Instead of just having to visit each company’s website and hope to find the deal, you have everything all in one place – your Facebook wall. And they know to get fans and have a popular Facebook page they need to offer the public what they want – freebies, coupons, sweepstakes, etc.

In my opinion, Facebook has made vast improvements in the last couple years in regards to security and privacy issues. So if you aren’t already a Facebook user (to stay in touch with friends and family) and you’ve had some reservations about becoming one, then my recommendation is to go for it! You have a lot of control over how much information you provide and who can see what. If you want to set up a Facebook account for the sole purpose of taking advantage of the types of offers we post about, you can do that without compromising your safety.

If you set all your Facebook settings to private then the only people who can see your information are the people who you specifically allow. Start by going to your Privacy Settings under the Account tab in the upper right hand corner (after you’ve already set up your account).

 

This page shows your current settings. Click on Custom on the left and then on Customize settings.

From this page you can customize the level of privacy for all of your information, including address, photos, status updates, etc. You can choose

  • Everyone
  • Friends of Friends
  • Friends Only
  • Customize – which includes options to show this info to only you or show/hide this info from specific people


I have all mine set to Friends Only because I don’t have friends on Facebook that don’t already have access to that information, but you can customize everything to exactly what is comfortable for you.

To be clear: You cannot get any offers, freebies, coupons, etc that are offered on Facebook without having a Facebook account. So, our advice is to just set up an account with minimal info and make sure everything is set to private.

Do you have a question you want to ask the Mamas? Send us an email to contact@mamasonadime.com with Ask the Mamas in the subject line and your question could be answered in an upcoming post!



Dish with the Divas: Advanced Coupon Classes

Posted by on Feb 19, 2011

A while ago we asked you to send us your questions. We are taking those questions and answering them every week! Have a question you want to ask the Bargain Divas? Send us an email to bargaindivas@gmail.com with Dish with the Divas in the subject line and your question could be answered next week!

Q: This week’s question was emailed to us by Charity.: “Do you offer an advanced coupon class?”

A: Sometime in the near future this will be offered! Due to overhead there will be a small fee to attend the advanced coupon class.
I am also working on getting both the advanced coupon and couponing 101 classes as an online webinar for a small fee. If this is something you are interested in be sure to let us know!

Dish With the Divas: Deciphering Coupon Lingo

Posted by on Feb 5, 2011

A while ago we asked you to send us your questions. We are taking those questions and answering them every week! Have a question you want to ask the Bargain Divas? Send us an email to bargaindivas@gmail.com with Dish with the Divas in the subject line and your question could be answered next week!

Q: This week’s question was emailed to us by Tammy S.: “In your coupon lists it often says stuff like ‘1/23 SS’ and I’m not sure what that means. Could you explain?”

A: There are quite a few abbreviations used when referring to coupons, sales, etc. It just makes it easier to fit a lot of information in without taking up a lot of room. But if you don’t know what it means then you’re aren’t going to be able to take best advantage of the deals. So we’ve got a list of the most common coupon terms along with their definitions. And to answer your question specifically. If it says “1/23 SS”, then it simply means the coupon can be found in the Smart Source coupon insert that was in the newspaper on January 23rd. See below for more common terms.

$1/2 – $1 off 2 items
2/$1 – 2 items for $1
B1G1 – Buy one get one
B2G1 – Buy two get one
Blinkies – The machines at the store that hold coupons you can grab to use right then on your purchase. They are usually red and have a little “blinking” light.
BOGO – Buy one get one
FF – Firefox Browser
Hangtags – Coupons Hanging from shelf by or in front of item
IE – Internet Explorer Browser
Mfr – Manufacturer’s coupon
MIR – Mail in rebate
OOP – Out of Pocket expense
Peelies – Coupons that you can peel off of packages.
PG – Procter and Gamble coupon insert from newspaper
Printable – A coupon that you print from on-line
RP – RedPlum coupon insert from newspaper or mail
RR – Register Rewards which is a coupon that prints at the end of your transaction that can be used on a future purchase at Walgreens.
SS – Smart Source Coupon insert from newspaper
Stacking – Using a manufacturer’s coupon with a store coupon or using more than one online coupon code.
Wags – Walgreens

Dish With the Divas: What is a Beer Rebate?

Posted by on Jan 29, 2011

A while ago we asked you to send us your questions. We are taking those questions and answering them every week! Have a question you want to ask the Bargain Divas? Send us an email to bargaindivas@gmail.com with Dish with the Divas in the subject line and your question could be answered next week!

Q: This week’s questions comes from reader Stacy. She asked “I’ve heard of beer rebates. What are they and how the heck do you use them?”

A: Beer rebates are forms (usually found on tearpads at the store) that require you to buy certain items and get money back. Usually “beer” rebates require the purchase of beer along with other items. But if you’re one of our Utah readers (along with a few other states) you are NOT required to buy the beer due to state law in order to get the rebate! That means we get some great deals!

The rebate form will state exactly what you need to buy and how much to get the rebate. To use the one pictured below you need to buy $10.01 or more of fresh or frozen pizza or deli/prepared foods and you will get $6 back. You just need to fill out the rebate and send it in with your receipt to the address stated. It also need to be postmarked by the date indicated, in this case 2/6/11. It usually takes 6-8 weeks to get your check. Simple and easy!