Couponing Training & How To Make or Save $$$

Posted: September 25, 2010
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There are so many aspects of couponing; I try to cover them all, but one I have never covered is coupon trading.

One of the reasons is I don’t have to do it. I am so lucky to live in Utah and get the multiple newspaper subscription deal.  But there are lot’s of you who may need to coupon trade to get coupons – so here’s to you!

The best place to start is at AFullCup.com, here is their definition of coupon trading:

Trading coupons, forms and qualifiers and a great way to easily get what you need while sharing what you don’t need with others.

You mail what you have and don’t need to others, and a train starts where everyone gets a fresh batch of coupons.  This may be risky to do on your own, but A Full Cup (AFC) has a voting system called iTrader to keep track of trades on AFC and put bad traders on Caution and Banned lists.   iTrader allows user to give trades they participated in feedback, so you can avoid trading with someone with negative feedback.

Another benefit of using A Full Cup for coupon trading is you can search easily search by category for the type of coupon you want to get in a trade.  You can also list your coupons for a trade as well.

Did I mention its free to join A Full Cup?  I wouldn’t recommend it to you if it wasn’t free – I’m all about saving money!

We are talking about physical coupons from Sunday coupon inserts/magazines here – not photocopied coupons or links to pdf coupons.  If the manufacturer is no longer hosting the pdf of a coupon, then it is not meant to be seen by anyone other then who it was originally emailed to by the manufacturer.   A Full Cup does not endorse emailing pdf coupons or other non-legit coupons.

Has anyone been a part of a coupon trade or train? I have not, so I would love to hear about your experiences with these!


Posted: July 12, 2010
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If you are new to couponing, you will love to learn about the “Prescription Transfer Game”.  Even if I don’t have time for too many deals, one deal I do every month is the Prescription Transfer Game.

Here’s how it works:

In the Sunday paper, Rite Aid, Target, Kmart, and sometimes Walgreen’s will offer coupons for $25 gift cards to their store, just for transferring a prescription to their store.   These coupons can often be found online as well – and my site will let you know when and where to find them.

  1. All you have to do is call the pharmacy you want to transfer to, for example, Rite Aid, and say you want to transfer a prescription to them from Kmart.
  2. They call Kmart and do all the transfer work for you.
  3. Then you go to Rite Aid and pick up your prescription.   When you go to pay for it, you give them your $25 Gift Card Coupon.  You will still pay your regular co-pay for the prescription, but then after you pay they will hand you a gift card for $25 to their store!  Use-able on anything!
  4. The next month when it is time to get your prescription filled, you call Kmart and say you want to transfer your prescription from Rite Aid to Kmart.
  5. Kmart does all the transfer work.
  6. Then the same scenerio repeats itself – go in, hand them the coupon and get your $25 Kmart Gift Card.

I transfer between Kmart and Rite Aid monthly, and Walgreen’s when they do have the $25 transfer coupons available.  I make $25 per month doing this!

Valid printable prescription transfer coupons:

  • check Kmart’s weekly ad

Pharmacy’s make a ton of money by having you get your prescriptions filled.  They want your business.

Let me know if you know of anywhere else that pays you for transferring your prescription to them!

Posted: July 1, 2010
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I noticed lots of blogs are putting Print Friendly on their sites. It’s a free plugin on Print Friendly.com that works for blogger and wordpress sites.

The problem I have with Print Friendly: it only allows to to select items from one post and print them.

I began searching the internet for a wordpress plugin for my site that would allow people to save parts of posts to a printable list for later. I didn’t find one.

I found something better: A free program that allows you to save deals from all over the web. Just highlight with your mouse any area you want saved. It will select it and save it to your ongoing list. You can come back the next day and it will still be there! Then go to 10 more sites, add all the deals you want to do, then go to your printable list and edit/delete deals you don’t want. You can print them all on one page, or save them to a pdf.

The ability to do this for every site on the internet is pretty sweet. What is the name of this program you ask? You can select exact portions of a post you want to print with HP Web Page Printing. It is free and it works with all printers – not just HP. It only works with Internet Explorer 6, 7, & 8, so if you have Mozilla Firefox I have installed Print Friendly on my site for you.

Course none of these are as cool as the “add” to shopping list I have on all deals on the Cuckoo Deals Map, but its a close second 🙂

Posted: June 27, 2010
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Part of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide
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There is so much information to learn about couponing! One thing I just realized I have never have talked about is writing to companies to express dislike/problems or great news about their products.

My sister once got a bad bag of Stringster’s String Cheese.  She emailed the company and complained, and they sent her tons of coupons for free string cheese!

Why would companies send you free coupons? Companies want to hear from customers.  Research varies, but some studies show only 8% of people with problems with a product complain to the company directly!  Most people just stop using the company’s product and/or take it back to the retailer.  To the company, that 8% represents a lot of people.  For every bit of feedback they get, they know a lot of other people feel the same way.  Hearing from you is invaluable to them!

Whether you write to them about a great experience or a horrible dud product, they are happy to hear from you because even if you never use their product again, they want to know what people are saying about it.  Most companies happily offer freebie coupons to people who write to them and tell them about the company’s products.  Some companies only send out high-value coupons, but that is better than nothing!

How does this affect couponers?
You can write to companies to get great freebie coupons or high-value coupons!  Always write the truth, of course.  Sometimes people pick a specific day, like Writing Words Wednesday, to write to companies.

Coupon Booklets mailed to you:

What companies can I contact?

You can contact just about any company via email or written letter asking for coupons. I once contacted Nivea telling them I never receive their “regional” coupons and they sent me a hand full of high value coupons. I was so excited! If there’s a product you use often, or one you want to try don’t hesitate to contact that company. You’d be surprised how simple it is to get coupons mailed to your home.

Want to view our Master List of companies to write to? Check it out!

Let me know if you try this and what great coupons you get!

Posted: June 27, 2010
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Cuckoo Deals Map – Coupon Match-ups For All Stores

I got an email from a reader who was upset that my site had so many deals from states outside of Utah – it was clogging up her Google Reader with deals that didn’t apply to her.

So I spent all weekend working up a solution I think will benefit everyone from every state!

FIRST: Subscribe via RSS (Google Reader is RSS) or by email for deals in your state only here! Infact, you can subscribe for lite or full versions.

  • Lite state subscription- Gives you every in-store deal applicable to your state.
  • Full state subscription- Gives you every in-store deal applicable to your state, plus all other online deals, freebies, printable coupons and deals that are applicable nationwide.  Basically, every post on my site except ones that are for a store which is not located in your state or for deals specific to other states.
  • Oddly: For some reason when you subscribe the name at the top of the feed will show a category, usually a store name, at the top of the feed.  Don’t worry, if you look through the feed, it is only showing your state deals.  It is just listing the first of many categories which are included in the feed.  So don’t worry about it; it’s the correct feed!

SECOND: Changes to which deals are shown on my home page:

To make my home page more applicable to everyone, only store deals, freebies, printable coupons, etc… which are nationwide (or close to it) will be shown.  All deals on the Cuckoo Deals Map will still be there, you just need to select your state to see store deals & state/region specific deals.  This is important because I am working with other bloggers towards getting deals for every state nationwide soon on  the map!  If you are a interested in making money posting deals for your state, email me.

Utah readers: I started posting less Utah deals because of my national readers getting bugged.  But now that they can subscribe to their state deals which won’t show Utah deals, I am going to start posting more Utah deals! Utah deals will no longer show up on my home page though.  To see them, either subscribe via RSS or email to Utah deals, OR just click on the Cuckoo Deals Map and on Utah select “Utah Deals” to view my infamous in-store finds at Macey’s, Fresh Market, Utah offers and more.

Utah Lite Feed: Subscribe in a reader or by Email

Utah Full Feed: Subscribe in a reader or by Email

All other states: go to my Subscribe Via RSS or Email page and select your state’s lite or full feed!

What do you think of these changes?  Helpful or not?  Anything else I can do to ease your time searching for deals?  Leave a comment below and let me know.

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Posted: June 21, 2010
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Reader Question:

“Can you make money legitimately online without blogging? I always feel like making money online is a scam!”

I agree! Most ways of “making money online” require you to “sign up for a monthly fee”. I never use or recommend those. Here are legit ways to make or save money online that I use and recommend, in order of my favorites:

Cash4Books.net is super easy! I had one reader email me to say she made $90 selling old books!

  1. Enter books you have lying around and want to sell with their ISBN’s.
  2. They pay for your shipping label — which you print right from your computer.
  3. They pay you via paypal or check, whichever you prefer.

Sponsored Tweets: They pay you $1 per tweet you send that promotes a company.  You get to choose the wording and deny any tweet you don’t want to send.  The more followers you have on Twitter, the more opportunities you will have to make money. You don’t have to own a blog to be part of Sponsored Tweets.

SwagBucks: use their search engine on regular daily searches, and you earn SwagBucks. SwagBucks are redeemable for toys, clothes, airline miles, books, well just about anything. But most importantly, Amazon.com gift cards or PayPal cash, which can be used to get whatever you want.  I truly love Swaggin’!  Sign up for SwagBucks here.

Mr. Rebates: everytime you shop online you are eligible to receive rebates redeemable for cash!  They are partnered with most large internet stores, for a list of all their available stores.

Shop At Home: Exactly like Mr. Rebates, but slightly more user-friendly.  You get rebates for buying things from large stores online.  So if you are going to make a purchase at Kmart, go through Shop At Home to save even more.  You can refer friends and get $5 credited to your account – so if you sign up, make sure to tell your friends on Facebook.

QualityHealth.com: I love Quality Health because they automatically mail you the best free samples, coupons and special offers for brand name products and you don’t even have to take surveys to get them! Sign up for QualityHealth.com here.

There are more, but I think this is a good little list to get you started!

Posted: June 18, 2010
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Every week day on my Facebook Fans page I either randomly select a Facebook Fan or “Liker” and give them a prize, or just say “first person to comment wins”.   Today’s is a Free Coupon for McCormick Inspirations Product ($2.39 value).  I don’t announce these giveaways on my site- they are for Facebook Fans only.  I just realized some of you may be missing out if you aren’t a Cuckoo for Coupon Deals facebook fan so I just wanted to let you know about it!

Posted: June 11, 2010
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Let’s do a recap of new features this week:

I taught you how to Save Items To a Printable Shopping List on Any Blog!

We went mobile- now when you view the Cuckoo for Coupon Deals website on your phone, images are gone, so the site loads turbo quick! Plus, you can watch my Youtube videos right on your phone!

AND now we’re releasing another new feature! Curious yet? Head on over to the Cuckoo Deals Map and take a look around. Yes, I added 34 new stores today, but that’s not what I’m talking about. Click on any state and try to find something new that wasn’t there before…

UPDATE: Hint: Say you click on Florida, at the bottom it says “Your FL Shopping Trips & Pics” click there and anyone can upload their shopping trip pics and write up posts about what they found shopping, peelies, clearance, etc… So someone try it out and let me know what you think! There’s a different one for every state so you can browse couponers in your state’s deals and reply directly to them.

Posted: June 11, 2010
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Wa-hoo! Great news, you can now view Cuckoo for Coupon Deals on your phone, complete with instant updates, easy navigation, my Youtube videos, Facebook & Twitter comments, well everything!

Bookmark this URL on your phone to go straight to my page: http://m.wbx.me/cuckooforcoupondeals

If you forget that URL, you can always go on your mobile phone to my regular URL: http://cuckooforcoupondeals.com and it will re-direct to the mobile page, it will just take longer because of the re-direct.

What other features would you like to see on Cuckoo for Coupon Deals?

Posted: June 10, 2010
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You can get coupons 4 ways:

Print coupons at home
eCoupons (uploaded to your store loyalty card)
Sunday Coupon Inserts – mandatory if you want to extreme coupon!
Mailed to your house

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1.  Printed Online:

How do I find printable coupons?
Next to each match-up on our site we list what coupon to use, and have  a link of where to print it from, normally one of the following 3 reputable sites:

How many times may I print each coupon?

You can print nearly all coupons two times per computer by using the back browser (the little < sign in your toolbar).  Hit the back button and then click “resend” to print the coupon a second time!  Some printable coupon sites, you have to manually go back and reselect the coupon a second time.

What does IE or FF mean? These are the 2 most recommended Web Browsers for printing coupons since you CAN’T print coupons using Google Chrome (please email me if you find a way to print from Google Chrome)

IE= Internet Explorer
FF=Firefox

When printing coupons from (bricks.coupons.com) the url is different for those browsing in firefox than it is for internet explorer.  Click the link next to IE if you’re in explorer or FF if you’re in firefox.  You can’t print twice from both.

When printing from IE, letters in code should be “vi” or “wi”
A Firefox (FF) link will read “vg” or “wg” (change a IE link to Firefox by looking for the “vi” part and changing it to “vg”)
If you are using Safari on a Mac, change any of these codes to “xs”, then hit enter and you’ll be printing.

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2. eCoupons:

What is an eCoupon, Loadable or Clipless coupon?
An eCoupon is an electronic coupon get online in a similar manner to a printable coupon.  Instead of printing the coupon, you load it onto your store loyalty card.  When you scan your loyalty card at the cash register, or give your phone number, you will automatically receive the savings if you’ve made a qualifying purchase.  These work at Albertson’s, Smith’s, Kroger’s, etc...full list here.

Where do I find eCoupons?
ECoupons may be loaded to your store loyalty card from the following sources:

  • Cellfire.com
  • Shortcuts.com
  • PGeSAVER.com
  • UPromise – you can load coupons to Smith’s, Krogers, Albertson’s, Rite Aid, and more!

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3. Coupons in the Sunday Newspaper (Coupon Inserts) – The Most Important Part To Successful Couponing!

In many of my posts, you’ll see references to use Sunday coupon inserts; look at the picture above to see what Sunday Coupon Inserts look like. Here is  an example of how I tell you which insert a coupon is in when I post a deal:

Buy Olay Lotion $2.99
Use the $1/2 Select Olay Products, exp. 11-30-10 (SS 10/31/10)
Final Price= $1.99

What does the pink coupon information in the deal above mean?

  • $1/2 = $1 off when you buy 2.
  • exp. 11-30-10 means the coupon will expire on 11-30-10 and will no longer be useable.
  • (SS 10/31/10) means a coupon came from the Smart Source insert in the Sunday paper on 10/31/10.

Inserts in the Sunday paper: SS= Smart Source, RP= Red Plum, P&G= Proctor & Gamble (once per month).  Insert coupons can be used at any store that accepts manufacturer’s coupons.  Almost all grocery and drug stores do.

How do I get the coupons?

  • Subscribe to the newspaper! In fact, we suggest you subscribe to 4-6 copies of the Sunday paper. I get 5 copies of The Daily Herold in Utah.  I have worked out a deal with them to get you the lowest rates! You’ll need multiple copies of the Sunday paper for coupon inserts!
  • Non-Utah: discounted newspaper home delivery here.
  • Order them at My Coupon Hunter;  a coupon clipping service.
  • Talk to your local convenience store to see if they’ll give their old papers to you.
  • Check coffee shops and fast food restaurants where you’re a patron.
  • Ask your friends, family, co-workers, church members if they’ll save their inserts for you.
  • Buy coupons (pay a handling fee) by purchasing coupons

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4.  Mailed to your house:

    • Kraft Foods. Get access to freebies and coupon booklets when available.
    • Sign up with Mambo Sprouts to get healthy and organic coupons by mail.
    • Target coupons by mail. No one really knows the rhyme or reason Target uses to decide who gets these. But it doesn’t hurt to stop over and create a faves list.
    • Want a lot of one particular coupon? Order them at My Coupon Hunter;  a coupon clipping service.  She usually charges $.05 per coupon, but if it is a high-value coupon and you know a hot sale is coming, its worth the $.05.  Also, note that if  you know a sell is going on right now, since it can take a few days for the coupon to get to you, you might be too late. Smith’s Mega Events are usually 2 weeks long so there is plenty of time to order the coupons.
    • Order whole inserts through Coupons By DeDe
Posted: June 8, 2010
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There’s my daughter teaching how she uses coupons 🙂

I’m seriously swamped right now. I keep thinking of all these great features I want to add to my site and I’m busy working on those and posting deals. I also have two toddlers to entertain. So at this time I don’t have time to teach coupon courses, other then my free online training videos. and my how-to text guide.

But if you are the type of person who likes to learn in person, check out the links below for local free coupon courses.

Coupon teachers: Only list your coupon courses if they are free. In the “Name” field, type in “City, State, Date of Class” then link it to a post on your blog with more information about your coupon classes. I will re-post this list monthly if it seems like people like it.

Free Coupon Courses:
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Posted: June 1, 2010
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Cuckoo Deals Map – Coupon Match-ups For All Stores

UPDATE: The great news is I’ve got 30 emails from blogs wanting to be listed. The bad news is I have to give priority to who emailed me first to be fair on who gets which stores. So if you emailed me and I haven’t responded, I am sorting through emails but I will definitely get back to you and let you know which stores I’ve reserved for you by this afternoon in case you want to add deals for tomorrow. Thanks!

We’ve been working on this for so long; I am very excited to finally announce it is ready! View our new Cuckoo Deals Map – Coupon Match-ups For All Stores here. Explore the map: Click on Ohio (one of the first states to have stores added).  Then click on CVS or Kroger: Cincinnati Region.  Or click on Utah, then on Fresh Market.

Our goal is to have every store in the nation covered as soon as possible.

What’s unique about the Cuckoo Deals Map?

  1. Stores are divided by states and regions, so you can view match-ups posted by local bloggers (more accurate in prices then deals posted by bloggers in other states)
  2. After you select a store, you will see full coupon match-ups.
  3. You can select individual deals or match-ups you like and add them to a printable shopping list.
  4. It is 100% free.
  5. Participating bloggers get to embed their deals into their own site – with the printable shopping list feature.

If  you are a blogger and do original, full coupon match-ups for a store or multiple stores, email deidre(at)cuckooforcoupondeals.com to get your deals on the map! Getting on the map is free and you get to use your own affiliate links on the map and embed the deals with the printable shopping lists on your site!
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