Couponing Training & How To Make or Save $$$

Posted: February 22, 2017
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How to Get The Most Out of

Costco vs. Couponing: Which is cheaper?

“Is it cheaper to buy at a wholesale place like Sam’s Club or BJ’s or Costco, or to coupon?”  I have received this email several times, and so I decided to investigate to determine where you can get the most bang for your buck.

First you have to know what price you should be holding out for with a coupon deal.  I have created several Stock Up prices guides and I am constantly updating them and adding new products.  Email me if you find a stock up price that isn’t on my list and you’d like it added.

Stock Up Prices: Prices a couponer should pay for the following items by purchasing them on sale and/or with coupons:

Next, I went to Costco in Utah and checked out several prices.  Keep in mind that they do not accept manufacturer coupons. To compare apples to apples, I wrote down the price per unit.

In general, I was mortified by Costco’s prices and found them much higher for all hygiene, baby care items, and most foods (cereal, pasta, etc…) then what I am willing to pay.  Here’s some examples:

 

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Diapers Huggies size 3 228ct.  $39.99 (or $.18 per diaper) Huggies  size 3 40ct. (Jumbo size) $5.50 is my price point on these, $.13 per diaper, but as couponers we get these for even less regularly!
Baby Formula Similac 34 oz. $27.89 or $.82 per ounce Similac 25 oz. $9.99 or $.40 per ounce – we get great coupons for these and Enfamil.If you haven’t signed up for both of their mailing lists, I would! They mail out some killer coupons!
Bounty Paper Towels $1.85 per roll
$0.55 per roll
Sugar $.56/lb if you bought the largest bag at the cheapest price
$.30/lb
Boneless Skinless Chicken breasts $2.79/lb 1.49/lb (we don’t get many coupon deals on this, but by watching sales I can buy when the price is low and stock up in my freezer!)
Razors $19.99 for set of 10 nice Gillette disposable razors Free – $0.50 per razor
Fruit/Veggies Not sure about Costco, but Sam’s Club has great prices on fruits/veggies during the non-season of the items.  This is one thing you may want to buy, where produce is expensive, you can save $$ Best deal if you buy veggies during the on-season.

Now there are some great deals at warehouse stores:

  • Cheese and organic produce seemed really cheap!  Although Smith’s has some yummy cheese that goes on sale sometimes.
  • Prescription medications – I couldn’t test this one out, but I’ve heard they are 40% cheaper then at regular pharmacies.
  • Electronics & ink cartridges – These seemed priced fairly low!
  • Gas savings: Gas was $.18 per gallon cheaper at Costco then the gas station I normally fill up at, thus getting a membership and filling up just for the gas savings would be worth it if you commute to work or drive a lot in general.   It would take 266 gallons to “cancel out” the $40 yearly membership fee.   I calculated that I use around 750 gallons of gas per year.   This, of course, is based on my gas mileage in my car (it’s horrible!) and the miles I drive on average per year, so your totals may be very different!  Also, if the gas station is clear out of your way and you won’t be using it often, that wouldn’t make sense to get a membership just for that!
  • Gift Cards: My friends who shop at Costco (I personally only go with my friends and I don’t have a membership) tell me they often score 20% off gift cards to various places!

So where can you get the most bang for your buck?  It depends on what you are buying!

Posted: February 15, 2017
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How to Score FREEBIES

When completely free stuff comes around and I get all shaky and happy. I run and tell my husband about the freebie I’m getting and say “do you think it will come with some sick coupons??!?!” and he does this thing where he pretends he doesn’t know me. It’s our game really.  But if you don’t know how to tell legit freebies from fake ones, then you can lose out on the freebie game.  Here’s what you need to know:

  • How to determine legit freebies from spam.
  • Creating another email account.
  • Why companies giveaway freebies & why you want them!

In order to try to save you time from signing up for non-legit freebies, I have compiled a list of ways to tell the cuckoo freebies we love, from the spam we hate.

 How to determine legit freebies from spam

  • First, I screen all offers posted on my site. I make sure they are from legit companies.  Be careful with other deal sites you use, not all of them screen the freebies they post.
  • Make sure the web URL in the address bar includes the name of the company or the brand of product.   The exception is StartSampling which I have used and gotten samples from before.  But most of the time, the URL will be the main company or brand name.
  • Any freebie where you have to sign up for other offers in order to get the freebie is spam and don’t waste your time.  There are too many real freebies out there; no need to do these ones.
  • Beware of trial offers for freebies. If they ask for a credit card number, even if they don’t charge now they will usually charge after 14 or 30 days.   As a rule of thumb I never enter my credit card number or social security number for a freebie! You usually have to enter mailing address and email info – but never more!  *An exception to this is when you are using a promotion code that drops the price of an item you are buying to free, you typically still have to enter CC info.  But that is when you are buying an item, not filling out a form to get a freebie. 
  • Have you seen this before? “This promotion is conducted exclusively by (whateversite.com) and is subject to participation terms and conditions.” Or “Must complete participating gold, silver or platinum offers to get this sample”.  That means it is spam.  Run away!  They are just fishing for your information and are wanting to sell your email address. Yes, people want to buy your email address and spam you.
  • Beware of who is running the site!    Once I saw a freebie that seemed legit, but after browsing the site I couldn’t find any contact information.  Companies want contacted by their customers, no contact info= fake company.  Also, the page you are on may look legit, but I usually browse around new sites I haven’t seen before and make sure it is current, and for example if the company sells a product you can go through the motions of ordering it.  I have seen “fake” freebies before for Gloves.  They said fill out the form to get free gloves.   The site was nice-looking and seemed alright, but if you clicked on any page but the freebie page and tried to order the gloves you couldn’t.  Huge sign of a non-legit spammer site!  Go to whois.com to see how long the website has been up – only for a few days, probably a quick setup trick to get your info then they’ll close down the site.
  • Speaking of spams, read my post on the horrible paypal scams I avoided!

Why would I create yet another email account or Free phone number?

  • Because for most freebies, even legit ones, they are going to ask you to sign up for their email newsletter list.   If you are scoring 5 freebies a day, as we often do, that adds up quickly to a lot of emails you don’t necessary want.  I have a separate email that I sign up for all freebies with and rarely bother checking that email account.  You can get a free email account at gmail.com or hotmail.com
  • Also, set up a free voice mail box online at Google Voice and leave that number as your contact number.
  • Many people have freebies sent to P.O. boxes, but beware as many freebies and deals state they will not ship to P.O. boxes.

Why do companies giveaway free samples?

Most companies spend millions on tv ads and other forms of getting the knowledge about their product into your heads.   Why not use some of that budget and just let you see for yourself? Put the product directly in your hands.   Most companies know if you like  a freebies, you are more likely to buy it later.

Why sign up for tiny free samples?

Many free samples also include high-value coupons.  This is particularly true of new products on the market.   And as cuckoo coupon shoppers we can turn that free sample with it’s attached coupon into a killer deal on a full size product!

Ready to start requesting your freebies?

Scroll through my category of freebie offers

This is part of the“ABC’s of Couponing” series 

Posted: February 9, 2017
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How To Get Cash Back Shopping

What is Ebates?

Ebates is a FREE website which rewards you with CASH for clicking on their links to go to other shopping sites – you only get cash back if you make a purchase though!

How do you use Ebates?

Ebates is super easy to use! First sign up for Ebates. They often offer incentives for new sign ups.  For example, sometimes they offer a FREE $10 Gift Card.

To qualify for a referral bonus, a Member must refer a new Member who establishes his or her own Active Account and makes his or her own minimum qualifying purchases totaling at least twenty-five dollars ($25.00) within the first ninety (90) days of becoming a Member.  If you shop online, it’s easy to get the referral bonus.

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You can always click on your name in the upper right to see a drop down menu with options and your pending cash back

How do you get paid with Ebates?

Simple, you can click on your name in the upper right and choose Account setting on the drop down menu.   You can choose a check or PayPal. I always choose PayPal.

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How do you use Ebates to get cash back on purchases?

When you are shopping online and see something you want to buy, say from Walmart.com, you will head on over to Ebates and login. Then search for “walmart” and when it pulls up, click on “shop now.”  It will re-direct you to the Walmart page, where you can find the item you want to purchase and buy it on Walmart’s website.

Because you went to Walmart through Ebates, you will earn a certain % of your purchase back. The % that is earned varies depending on the online store you are purchasing items from, and can range from 1%-25%. Most cash back rewards are credited to your Ebates account within 48 hours of the purchase.

You can track your purchases by clicking on your name (upper right) and using the drop down menu to choose Cash Back Balance:

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When you make a purchase via the Ebates link, Ebates gets a commission from the store(s). Instead of keeping that money, Ebates shares it with you in the form of a quarterly cash back payment.

Every 3 months, Ebates sends you a cash back payment (ore deposits money into your Paypal account) for purchases posted during the previous quarter based on the schedule below.  If you’ve earned less than $5.01 cash back, they’ll carry over your money to the next check.

Here’s some of my favorite stores to shop at Ebates at:

  • Old Navy/Gap: 2%
  • Disney: 3%
  • Kmart: 1%
  • Walgreens: 7%
  • Walmart: 1%
  • Sears: 1%
  • Toys R Us: 1%
  • Kohl’s: 3%
Posted: February 1, 2017
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What is an eCoupon, Loadable or Clipless coupon?

An eCoupon is an electronic coupon you 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!

There are a lot of ecoupon sites; some take savings right off your receipt and you pay less out of pocket.  Others have you take the savings and put them in savings accounts.  Read about each of my favorite ecoupon sites below and how they work.

Walgreen’s Paperless Coupons: Log in and load these to your Walgreen’s card.   These are manufacturer coupons most of the time, but they do slip in a store coupon at times.  They will show you all particpating products and details if you cick on View Details. These come right off at the register and you will pay less out of pocket.

Rite Aid Load2Card Coupons: Log in and clip the offers you want loaded to your Wellness+ (Plenti) Card. These are one time use manufacturer coupons and no printing is required.  These come in handy when you buy multiple products. If you have only one insert coupon and you find a Load2card coupon you can buy two of the products.   These come right off at the register and you will pay less out of pocket.

Sam’s Club has eCoupons – If you are a Sam’s Club Plus Member you will definately want to login and load your Sam’s Club eCoupons to your card!  There are over $300 in savings on  Sam’s Club eCoupons site per year!  These come right off at the register!

There are a lot of ecoupon sites; some take savings right off your receipt and you pay less out of pocket. Some sites will give savings like Home Depot coupons and from other top retailers based on a point system.

SavingStar: These are manufacturer’s coupons. Available at CVS, Kmart, Walgreens, Walmart, Rite-Aid, Albertsons, Dillon’s, Kroger, Ralph’s, and many more.  I have a full tutorial on how to use Savingstar

  1. Click the eCoupons you want to load them to your store loyalty card
  2. Shop – use your loyalty card at checkout.  However, no coupons will come off your total.
  3. Your SavingStar account will grow with the coupons you used, and you will get to redeem them once you have saved over $5 in the form of Amazon.com gift cards, Paypal, or other payment forms!  Read my How to Use Saving Star Guide!

These offers are added to the Cuckoo Deals Coupon Database as well to make matching them with store deals even easier!

Posted: January 26, 2017
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How to Stack

This topic dives deep and stores policies may vary; I can’t guarantee your experience will be exactly as outlined when working with Buy One, Get One Free coupons and sales, but at least I can help inform you on how they should work.

Common question:

I’m confused by the BOGO sales when they are matched up with BOGO coupons, how do the items come out free?

Let’s start with the background info on how stores work.  As I explained in my first ABC’s of couponing post, stores get paid the full price of a scanned manufacturer coupon. But if a store has a sale or coupon that it releases, this is called a store coupon.  This coupon doesn’t get reimbursed – it is a form of advertising for the store.

If a store has a BOGO free sale (or store coupon), they are “taking the loss” so to speak on the free item.  If you hand them a manufacturer coupon for a BOGO free item during their BOGO free sale, it doesn’t affect the amount of money the store makes.  Because the manufacturer reimburses them for the coupon.

True BOGO Free Sales:

At most stores, if a sale is buy one get one free, you purchase one and the other is free.  So if you use a BOGO free coupon on top of the sale, both products end up free. The store gets reimbursed for the manufacturer coupon and the transaction is still profitable for the store! Even though you didn’t pay money out of your pocket.

However, not all stores ring up BOGO free store sales (or store coupons) this way.  Some insist that you must pay for one item in order to use your BOGO free coupon. Rather than giving you both items for free, you buy one and then receive two free (one free for the coupon and one free for their sale).

Rite Aid and Walgreen’s are store that do not take a BOGO coupon on a BOGO sale, but CVS will!

Non-True BOGO Free Sales:

Certain stores have BOGO free sales, but you don’t have to buy 2 to get the sale price.  You purchase one, and it rings up half price.  Some examples of stores that work this way are Publix (except Florida locations, which are true BOGO sales), Bi-Lo, and Harris Teeter to name a few.  If you use a BOGO free coupon with a BOGO free sale at these places, you will pay half price for one item and get the other item free.  YMMV – do not count on working, but if it does then you can be happy!

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Can I use two BOGO Free Manufacturer’s coupons for two items?

No – if you have two BOGO free coupons, you’d have to purchase 4 items to use them both.

Can you use two manufacturer coupons on a buy one get one free store promotion?

Yes!  Even if the store is giving one away for free, you can still use a coupon on it! So if you have two $1 off one item coupons, you could use both of them on a BOGO free sale! You just couldn’t use two BOGO free coupons. Exception:  you can’t do this at Rite Aid and Walgreen’s.

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How does using a BOGO free coupon on BOGO half off sale work?

If you purchase two items that are $4, the store would ring up one item as $2.  Then when the cashier scans your BOGO free coupon, it may only take off $2 for the cheaper item you bought.   Other stores will take off the full $4.  It depends on how your cashier rings you up.

Can I use a BOGO free coupon and a $1/1 off product coupon on two products?

Short Answer: No.  Not at most stores.
This is the most tricky question of them all!  If you have  a BOGO free coupon, but you have another coupon for $1/1 on the same product, can you use the both coupons?  If done on certain coupons, this is called “piggybacking” and is not how the coupons were intended to use.  Now I don’t promote coupon decoding (the practice of using coupons on items they weren’t intended to be used on) so I won’t go into too much detail, but you can tell be the coupons codes whether you can use a BOGO coupon with another coupon or not.  Most of the time you can not – if the number 14 is in the area circled in the barcode below, the coupon is attached to both products. You can’t use another coupon on your purchase for either product.   If the numbers are different, some stores will let you use a BOGO free coupon and a $1/1 product coupon when you buy two items.

Posted: January 10, 2017
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catalina-couponsPart of the ABC’s of Couponing Guide Let’s break couponing down to be fun and easy, not extreme and time-consuming!

What is a Catalina??

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A Catalina is a piece of paper that prints at the end of your transaction.  There are 4 different types of Catalinas that may print for you:

  1. Dollar Off Coupons: An example would be a “$4.00 off your Next Your Purchase” Catalina.  These can be used on ANY future purchase.
  2. Manufacturer Coupons: Sometimes you may get a manufacturer’s coupon printed out instead.  I usually buy Beech Nut Baby Food for my daughter because it is cheaper.  But Gerber wants me to purchase their brand, so I will always get Gerber Manufacturer Coupons printed out of the Catalina Machine.  Many times we don’t know when or if we will get the manufacturer’s coupons printed out after our order.  Just think of it as a little surprise if you do!
  3. Store Coupons: Target is a great example of this.  Instead of printing out a manufacturer’s coupon for a brand, you will actually get a Target Coupon.  These are great to get because you can use one Target coupon and one Manufacturer’s coupon on each item.
  4. Previews of Upcoming Catalinas: Sometimes you may not get one of the 3 coupons I mentioned above.  Instead, you will get a preview of an upcoming Catalina.  It will tell you when the Catalina Promotion Starts and which products qualify to get the coupon.

 

Helpful Hints on Getting your Catalina to Print

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  • Make sure the Catalina Machine is on: Before the cashier starts scanning your items, make sure the Catalina machine’s green light is on. If it isn’t, your Catalina will not print. And, if the Catalina machine is turned on in the middle of your transaction, chances are that you will not get it to print either.  So make sure you check that before you start checking out.
  • Double Check the Items you are Purchasing: In order for a Catalina to print, you have to purchase the EXACT sizes, quantities and brand.  If the 11.8 oz Box of Cinnamon Toast Crunch is part of the Catalina Promotion and you purchase the bigger box instead, you WILL NOT get a catalina printed out.  So make sure you double check sizes, brands and that you purchased the right amount.
  • Call up Catalina: Sometimes you do everything right and the Catalina still doesn’t print out.  What do you do in that case?  Call up Catalina directly at 1-888-8COUPON or email them at ncsc@catalinamarketing.com.  You will need to have your receipt and item handy so they can get the information from you.  If you did purchase the correct brand, sizes and quantities, then they will mail you your Catalina coupon.

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Where you can find a Catalina Coupon List?

Well, these are hard to come by as they aren’t advertised.  I post them when I find them.

They are not all inclusive, but are great starting point.

Posted: January 9, 2017
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To stay up to date on the latest deals you can do many things.  I show you all the ways and you can pick the best one for you!

Sign up for Text Alerts

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Get text alerts by texting FOLLOW CUCKOO4COUPONS to 40404.

These will be sent once or twice per day on the very best full-size product freebie coupons and insane deals.   You will still need to follow in other ways, and many days you won’t get texts.  This is just for killer deals I don’t want you to miss.

If you have free text messaging on your plan, there will be no charge to you!  If you don’t have free texts, then you may not want to sign up for this.

Get the Cuckoo App

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  1. It’s FREE! Snag it on Google Play (Android) or iTunes app (works on iPads & iPhones) or Windows Store (windows phones)
  2. Create free shopping lists with step-by-step instructions to save money at your favorite stores
  3. Never Miss a Deal or FREEBIE!
    *FREE push notifications of the hottest deals.  This is great for people who don’t have unlimited text messages because it doesn’t use up any texting.
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    *Click on “Weekly Contest” to enter
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Posted: January 5, 2017
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Have you ever worried you are costing a store money by getting freebies? Or how exactly getting free items with coupons can be legal and ethical? Let’s start at the very beginning:

Coupon Advertising

Manufacturer’s create food products, beverages, household and personal items.   It costs a lot of money to do ads on T.V. or elsewhere to inform consumers of these products, so another form of advertising for them is a coupon. Manufacturer’s create a coupon for an item to get the word out about the product, and get it directly in the hands of the consumer.  They want you (the consumer) to use the coupons. What a better way to get the word out about your product then having people try it out!

Where do I get coupons?

Manufacturer’s pay for the coupon to be distributed in Sunday coupon inserts, online, or through magazine ad placements.  This is to get the coupon in your hands.  See my video where I show you how to find coupons:

I want to use my Coupons

After you get the coupon in your hands, you create your shopping list and may even choose to use the coupon.  After you scan your coupon on the register, the store takes the amount off the total purchase.  You are stoked – if you follow my site, you may have just scored a freebie by combining a store sale/coupon with the manufacturer coupon! But the store is not reimbursed yet.  The coupon is sent to a coupon clearinghouse to verify it was used correctly.

What is a coupon clearinghouse?

A coupon clearinghouse is a third-party independent of the manufacturer and the store the coupon was redeemed at.  They determine the amount each manufacturer owes each store.  The manufacturer takes the “hit” for the coupon, not the store.  The store should get reimbursed for the amount of the coupon…but…if you scan a coupon on the wrong item, the coupon clearinghouse may find out and decide the manufacturer doesn’t owe the store that amount for that coupon.

Do not copy coupons

If  a coupon is a photocopied coupon, the clearinghouse will know and will not reimburse the store for the coupon.  This means if you use coupons fraudulently, stores don’t get reimbursed and they lose money.  That is stealing from the store!  Some stores have already decided that too many fraudulent coupons are being used, and they have stopped accepting coupons printed from the internet because they are worried they are photocopies and won’t get reimbursed.  So please don’t photocopy coupons; as a general rule, coupons can usually be printed twice online and should never be photocopied.

Store Coupons

Store coupons (coupons released by a store) are not reimbursed by the manufacturer.  The store releases these to attract customers. You can “stack” a store coupon or sale with a manufacturer coupon.  The manufacturer pays the store back for their coupon and the store is the one who takes the hit for the store coupon.

Everyone Wins with Coupons

It’s not all bad news for the stores! Many people uses manufacturer coupons legitimately and stores are getting reimbursed by the manufacturer – plus eight cents for handling.  Manufacturer’s are getting their products in the hands of consumers and are happy their ads were successful.  They hope once a consumer tries a new product, they may try it again even if they don’t have a coupon next time.  Consumers are getting to try products they may have never tried before at great prices.  In the end, if coupons are used properly then the consumer, manufacturer and store are stoked.  Using coupons to score freebies can be done completely legally and ethically without hurting anyone involved!

Posted: December 5, 2016
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How Do You Qualify for SYWR VIP?

All your purchases online and instores from Sears, Kmart, SYWR.com and LandsEnd.com qualify for your annual spend totals:

  • VIP Silver: $2,500.00 annual spend OR if you purchase stuff totaling more the 800 in 11 transaction you can make silver.
  • VIP Gold: $5,000.00 annual spend
  • VIP Platinum: $10,000.00 annual spend

I recommend logging into SYWR.com and viewing your year-to-date spending, if you are close to VIP towards the end of a year, you may want to hurry and hit it! UPDATE: This year, not just total spending but if you do a lot of transactions you may have been moved to VIP, check your VIP status. Because you must hit it before Dec. 31st or you’ll reset to $0.  If you hit it, you’ll get it for the remainder of this year + the full following year.

What do you get with SYWR VIP?

The greatest benefit is the SYWR Bonus and Choice coupons on the SYWR VIP page.

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VIP members can get all the bonus deals.  Examples above.

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VIP members can get one “choice” deal per quarter.  Examples above.  These vary per quarter, but typically include:

  • 100% back in points on a TV
  • 100% back in points on various lawn mowers
  • 100% back in points on Cuisinart or Kitchenaid applicances
  • 100% back in points on select kids toys
  • 100% back in points on select fine jewelry
  • and more!

Cuckoo’s Tips on how to use your VIP choice benefits:  You click on your choice benefit and click “Get Benefit”.  A coupon will be loaded to your account.  Go to Sears.com or Kmart.com (whichever one the benefit was for) and find the exact item.  Add it to your cart.  Click on “apply my sywr coupons”.  Apply the coupon for your benefit.  Apply any $ off coupons.  Do not apply any other get points back coupons – those will nullify your reward.  Then click to the last page of checkout. Do NOT pay with points.  If you do, it will lower the amount of points you get back on the deal!  Checkout and get your points.  You will have 90 days to use them or they will expire.

Other VIP benefits:

  • Exclusive VIP Member offers throughout the year.
  • VIPs automatically receive 20% in Points on all computer accessories (includes mice, web cams, keyboards, cases & bags) and Alphaline Electronics, in store and online at Sears & Kmart.
  • Enjoy a 5% points special bonus day each quarter.
  • Treat yourself to 5% points on all qualifying purchases during your birthday month. (Be sure your birthdate is included in your Member profile!)
  • $4.99 oil change with free tire rotation at Sears Auto Centers twice a year.
  • Early notification of upcoming sales.
  • Discounts on shipping throughout the year.
  • Priority service for any Membership questions by contacting our dedicated VIP-only customer relations phone number

How Long Do You Get to Be SWR VIP?

At any point in a year that you reach a VIP status, you would keep that status for the remaining portion of the current year and the full following year.

So if you were VIP Silver for a year, and then you hit VIP Gold in July 2016, you’d be VIP gold until December 31st, 2017!

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Hit VIP? Expect to get a mailer soon!

Make sure your mailing address is correct so you’ll get your mailer.

Why didn’t I automatically get upgraded to VIP?

Once my husband hit over $2500 in spending, but his VIP status never got upgraded.  He finally found out that he had hit Spam on an email once from Kmart or Sears, and that downgraded him from a Bonus member to a Base member. Only Bonus members are eligible to become VIP member. So he quickly changed his email right in SYWR.com and clicked the confirmation link.  Then he became a bonus member, and was then able to move up to VIP Gold!

Bottom line: Don’t Mark SYWR Emails as Spam!

FREE Personal Shopper:

If you haven’t yet, add me as your FREE SYWR Kmart/Sears/Lands End Personal Shopper so I can send you weekly coupons and you can snag 90 days of free SYWR max!

Find the Deals:

Follow my SYWR Deals page for all the best Kmart Double Coupons matchups and SYWR points deals, join my Kmart Group and if you want text alerts only on SYWR deals, text FOLLOW SYWRDEALS to 40404

Posted: November 27, 2016
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I made this infographic comparing SYWR Max Free Shipping at Kmart, Sears & LandsEnd.com Trial versus Amazon Prime free shipping memberships. Comment below with what you think! Would love if it you pinned to pinterest as well.

Want even more savings? I can send you Kmart/Sears coupons if I am your FREE personal shopper. Just login, click on “become a client” on Deidre’s SYWR Personal Shopper page.

Snag a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime.

Posted: September 24, 2016
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Best Mobile Smartphone Apps for Couponing 2016

I had people request what are the best mobile apps for couponers, so here are my favorites! Please leave a comment with yours too!

Cuckoo for Coupon Deals:

You will NEVER miss a deal with the Cuckoo for Coupon Deals app – download it free on Android or itunes (apple) or  Windows phone app store.  Plus every week we giveaway a $25 Amazon.com gift card to one app user!  And we have new improved printable lists which are easier to click on your mobile browser.

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SYWR Kmart/Sears App:

Download the free SYWR app to easily view your surprise points and get Kmart & Sears coupons.

Also download the Spin it To Win It app – people win SYW points daily with it!  Those points can be used at Kmart or Sears, and if you don’t have an apple phone you can play this game on a desktop now.

Ibotta:

Ibotta is a FREE Android & iPhone app. I find it easier to navigate than Shopkick and typically use it the most out of all apps. Here’s how to use it:

  • First, login to Ibotta and select the deals you are doing.   Just click on them with your phone, so easy!
  • Perform small tasks, like reading about how Chapstick works, taking 1-question polls, or sharing on FB to get $ added to the value of the coupon
  • To redeem your cash back, you will need to take a picture of your receipt and scan the barcode of the product you purchased. Ibotta will credit your account within 24 hours (it usually only takes 24 seconds).
  • Once you have earned $5.00 cash back you can choose to transfer it to a Paypal account or donate it to a charity.

Ibotta is offering a FREE $10 bonus when you sign up right now!

Shopkick:

Shopkick is a FREE Android and iPhone app. It gives you access to exclusive deals to stores like Best Buy, Target, Macy’s & Toys ‘R Us. You will get a free $25 restaurant.com gift certificate when you sign up!

Steps to get the gift card:

1. Sign up online first via the Cuckoo landing page
2.You will get a text message to download the app – click this to download it
3. The gift card gets dropped into your account the first time you do a ‘walk-in’ to a partner store. That is, you walk into one of the partner stores with the app open on your phone.  Best Buy, Old Navy or Crate and Barrel, or more!  When you visit, say Best Buy, you’ll open the app inside at the entrance and wait a few seconds – the points will get credited and so will their gift card! The gift card will appear under the “me” tab and should be pretty instant.

Here’s some coupons at Target on Shopkick right now:

  • $1.50 off Archer Farms Snack Trail Mix or Nuts
  • $5 off Merona apparel $20+
  • $5 off Liz Lange for Target apparel 20+
  • $2 off Champion kids tops or bottoms
  • $1 off Archer Farms Chips 8 oz +

Checkout 51:

Checkout51 is mobile or you can use it on your PC.   The best part about this is you can use it at ANY grocery store! This gives it a big advantage over Ibotta.

How to use Checkout 51:

1. Browse your offers, buy at any store
2. Upload your receipt
3. Get cash back!
4 When your account reaches $20, you can cash out and Checkout 51 will mail a check your way.

Target Cartwheel Mobile Coupons

Download the Target Cartwheel Coupons App and get coupons sent directly to your mobile phone! No need to print, just scan your smart phone at Target for the savings!

CVS Mobile App

View ExtraCare information – send offers to card, view Weekly Ads, sign up for offers, deals and more on the CVS Mobile Android app or the

Let me know if you know of any others as well.

Posted: August 10, 2016
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Have you heard?!  CVS Pharmacy has changed their coupon policy again! This policy was updated 8/1/16.  There are a few changes and additions.  To make your life easier, we have broken down both the new policy point-by-point and highlighted the changes and additions.  Some of it is very confusing and unclear, but hopefully this post will answer more questions than it raises.  Remember that this policy is very new, so we still don’t know exactly how CVS will enforce it.  And, as always some stores enforce policies different than others.  We will all learn from experience together, so please leave comments as you shop and encounter these new policies being enforced.  You can read the policy in its entirety here.  Below, we have written out the policy as it pertains to coupon-usage.

CVS Pharmacy coupons (ExtraCare® coupons and other store-issued coupons), ExtraBucks® Rewards and third-party manufacturer’s (mfr.) coupons are accepted in our retail stores in accordance with the following guidelines and as required by state and local laws. CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to change this policy at any time without advance notice or advertisement.

The highlighted portion has been added. This is pretty standard language for most coupon policies and just allows the company and stores to enforce any policy at any time.  We see this a lot with some stores enforcing certain policies, while others don’t.

All paper coupons:

  • Must be presented during checkout in order to receive credit
  • Must be legible
  • Must have a scannable barcode
  • Are acceptable in black and white or color
  • May not be duplicated

Other guidelines & limitations:

  • We reserve the right to process coupons in any order.
  • Coupons must be used on or before the expiration date.

The highlighted portion has been added.  It is unclear whether this applies to CVS ExtraCare coupons and ExtraBucks rewards.  Some stores have accepted them past their expiration date, but this new policy may mean that they will no longer do that.

  • Qualifying ExtraCare card must be presented at checkout to use CVS Pharmacy coupons. Does not apply in limited circumstances.
  • Valid coupons loaded to your ExtraCare card will be applied at checkout.
  • We cannot scan coupon barcodes directly from a mobile device.
  • Manufacturer’s (mfr.) coupons are generally designated with “manufacturer’s coupon” or “mfr.” printed on the face of the coupon (other similar type language may appear on the face of the coupon indicating funding from the manufacturer).
  • You cannot exchange your coupons or ExtraBucks Rewards for cash or gift cards. Neither coupons nor ExtraBucks Rewards can be refunded or re-issued. CVS Pharmacy coupons may be subject to state sales tax rules similar to manufacturer’s coupons. Sales tax may be charged on pre-coupon price as required by law.

This is new.  I read this as you can’t return an item you paid with ExtraBucks Rewards for and receive ExtraBucks Rewards back, but instead you get store credit.  Some may interpret this as meaning if you pay with ExtraBucks Rewards and return an item, you may not get the value of the ExtraBucks Rewards you used refunded at all.

  • Your purchase must include qualifying items in order to use coupons.
  • Individual coupon value cannot exceed the value of the item it is applied to.

This is new.  This most likely means you can no longer use two coupons on a Buy 1 Get 1 FREE sale.  You will now only be able to use one, since the second coupon would exceed the value of the free item.
(8/9/16) Reader Tanya has confirmed that she was able to use a coupon on a free item in a BOGO Free sale.

  • CVS Pharmacy coupons generally cannot be used on sale, promotional or clearance items. Other restrictions may apply. Language at the bottom of coupons may provide additional coupon acceptance rules.

This has been added.  It is unclear as to whether this means that we won’t be able to use CVS Coupons or CVS ExtraBucks Rewards on sale, promotional or clearance items.

  • You can only use one item-, brand-, or category-specific CVS Pharmacy coupon and one manufacturer’s coupon per qualifying item unless prohibited by either coupon. We honor manufacturer limitations.
  • Some coupons may not be applicable to orders placed on CVS.com
  • We have the right to refuse or limit the use of any coupon and/or the subsequent return for any reason and at the discretion of CVS Pharmacy management.

Visit CVS.com/CouponPolicy for more information.

 

Coupon policy FAQ

What happens when I want to use a coupon with a value that is higher than the amount I am purchasing?
You may still use the coupon; however, its value will drop down to the value of the amount you are purchasing.
Example:

  • A $5 coupon for a $4.99 item will result in a $4.99 coupon value.

Can I use multiple coupons within a transaction?
Yes, as long as all of the coupons meet their qualifications.
Examples:

  • Two $3 off $15 coupons for purchases that are $30.00 or higher.
  • $3 off $15 coupon and $5 ExtraBucks® Rewards for a purchase of $15.
  • $1 off toothpaste mfr. coupon and a $2 off toothpaste Coupon Center coupon for a $3 toothpaste item.

Can I use multiple coupons on sale items?
Yes, for certain coupons and certain sale items.
Examples:

  • Suave shampoo is on sale for $2.00 Buy One, Get One Free (BOGO) and the customer purchases two shampoos; the customer may use two coupons for $1.00 each and pay the applicable tax.
  • Suave shampoo is on sale for $2.00 BOGO and customer has a mfr. coupon for Suave BOGO. Customer will receive both items for free but will need to pay any applicable tax.

How do I determine the application of sales tax on my purchase that involves the use of a coupon?
Funded manufacturer’s/mfr’s coupons will generally calculate sales tax on the pre-coupon price of the item, as required by state law*. If the coupon is issued by CVS Pharmacy® (ExtraBucks Rewards plus ExtraSavings coupons that includes ExtraCare® Coupon Center and myWeekly Ad circulars), the coupon is generally deemed a retailer coupon and the sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the coupon is applied), as required by state law. However, some CVS Pharmacy issued coupons are “funded manufacturer’s coupons” and designated as mfr. on the face of the coupon and also on your receipt. Sales tax is calculated on CVS Pharmacy issued mfr’s coupons on the pre-coupon price of the item.
*Sales tax is calculated on the discounted price of the item (after the manufacturer’s coupon is applied) in the following states: CT, MA, MO, PA, TX

Can the processing order of multiple coupons that are applied to an item affect the calculation of sales tax?
Yes. Although CVS Pharmacy reserves the right to determine the processing order of its retailer coupons issued (including discounts earned via the ExtraSavings Programs and myWeekly Ad circulars), individual state tax laws govern the processing order of retailer coupons vs. funded manufacturer’s coupons.

Am I limited by how many items I can buy?
There is no set limit however, store managers do reserve the right to set discretionary limits on specific items being purchased in order to ensure there are enough of those items for other customers.

How am I able to use percent-off coupons?
Percent-off coupons may be used on non-promotional/non-sale items. Exclusions are displayed on each of the coupons.
This is new.  All percent-off coupons exclude sale items.  However, in the past, percent-off coupons could still be used on promotional items and items that were regular-price and earned an ExtraBucks Reward.  However, this new policy seems to exclude the latter.  We are still not sure exactly what this means.
(8/9/16) Reader Clint confirmed that he was able to use a % off coupon on a regular-price item that produced an EB Reward.

How do I use digital ExtraCare coupons or ExtraCare coupons that have been sent to my card?
You are able to send available deals and coupons to your ExtraCare card from CVS.com® , the CVS Pharmacy mobile app, digital receipts and CVS Pharmacy email. Click on the Send-to-Card® icon and view the success indicator on the landing page to ensure it was loaded properly. To use it, purchase the necessary items the coupon is valid for and ensure your ExtraCare card is scanned. The colleague will ensure it is applied to that transaction during the checkout process.

What is considered an ExtraCare coupon?
Any coupons and ExtraBucks Rewards that print at the ExtraCare Coupon Center; or are featured in your printed or digital receipt, CVS Pharmacy mobile app, or on CVS.com are considered ExtraCare coupons. Quarterly ExtraBucks Rewards, circular ExtraBucks Rewards, BeautyClub ExtraBucks Rewards, and Pharmacy & Health ExtraBucks Rewards® are all types of ExtraCare ExtraBucks Rewards.

What are your thoughts on the new policy?

 

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