Check this out! Earn FREE GIFT CARDS with SwagBucks!

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I almost forgot about this!  I am going to jump back in heavy!

I know you are probably asking  “What are Swagbucks and how do they work”.   Right away I can tell you that I personally LOVE Swagbucks!  It is amazing and I am a BIG BELIEVER in Swagbucks! I used it years ago and TOTALLY FORGOT about it and just checked my account and had enough points to buy a $25 Amazon Gift Card!  I used to use it all the time and would use my Amazon Gift Cards for Christmas presents each year.  I am going to start being more diligent about using it again and see how many I can stock up this year! Its like FREE MONEY really!

If you aren’t signed up yet or haven’t jumped on the Swagbucks train yet, you are leaving awesome freebies sitting on the table!  Here is how to get started:

The first and most important thing that you need to do to get started is to sign up for Swagbucks.  Once you have registered for Swagbucks you will start earning bucks for doing the same things that you do at home or online every single day.

One way to earn bucks is to start doing your online searches through Swagbucks instead of Google or Yahoo or whoever you use for your online searches.  You can use the Swagbucks search engine (which is powered by Google by the way) for anything that you would normally search for through another engine, this will earn you bucks very easily.  I use a search engine a LOT during the day when searching for a particular coupon or if I am interested in some other topic, now I get paid for searching!  It doesn’t change the information that I get and it isn’t any more complicated than with any other engine so I have nothing to lose and everything to gain by using the Swagbucks search engine!  You can do this in one of several ways:

Check out the “OFFERS”  on the Swagbucks site:

There are many other ways of earning Swagbucks which are listed on the main page of the Swagbucks site.  Explore around and see what works for you!  You can take surveys, click on certain offers and other things to earn swag bucks.

It is kind of like Ebates to me which is another one of my favorites except they have a bunch of different tasks that you can to to earn Swag Bucks other than just shopping online.

Leading up to the holidays there are really good Secret Swag Bucks codes that are released that you can enter in to build up your bucks!!  Sometimes the high dollar ones are only available for one hour so make  sure that you become a Fan of MyCouponExpert on Facebook so that you will be up to date with the latest deals!

Let me know if you are already earning Swag Bucks and what has worked for you!



You can redeem your Swagbucks for prizes!!  There are a ton of prizes
available.  There are gift cards from Amazon (my favorite), Pay Pal, Target, Barnes
& Noble Gift Cards etc.  There are even fun prizes like holiday
decorations, stickers, pencils, etc.  The prizes I want are Amazon Gift
Cards.  You can get a $5.00 Amazon gift card for 500 Swagbucks.  You can
get higher denominations of Amazon cards, but the $5.00 is the best for
your money.  Once you redeem for the Amazon gift cards you can
accumulate them until you want to make a purchase! 

Once you have enough Swag Bucks to redeem
towards your prize, go to the “REDEEM SB tab” which is on the far right under the SMILEY FACE where it shows your balance on the home page.  From there, you can find the gift
you want.  If you select a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card, you will need to
confirm your purchase by clicking on the email that they send you.
After you do that, you will have to wait around a week for Swag Bucks
to assign a $5.00 Amazon Gift Card code to you.  You will receive an
email once the code is assigned.  You then go to your Swag Bucks
account, click on “My Gift Cards”, type in your password and you will be
able to retrieve your gift card code.  Copy the code, go to your Amazon
account, paste the code into your account where it says “Apply a Gift
Certificate/Card to Your Account” and you will then see that you now
have a $5.00 credit in your Amazon account.  You can keep adding credits
to your Amazon account until you choose to buy something.  Amazon will
hold your credits and will not delete them.

WHAT ARE YOU WAITING FOR?  Join now or you are leaving FREE MONEY on the table!

Check it out and let me know if you have any questions.  Also, you
should know that SWAG BUCKS is really big on privacy and will not share
your email address or searching data with anyone.  They are ANTI-SPAM
and take that very seriously.  You will not get a bunch of junk from



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Party like it’s your birthday!

This is so exciting!  Many restaurants offer special discounts or FREEBIES for your birthday!

  • You need to sign up for newsletters or join loyalty programs IN ADVANCE of your special day (at least two weeks) to score the birthday deals.
  • Many places also offer a sign up bonus!
  • Each offer has terms and conditions (purchase to receive freebie) and expiration date. Make sure to read the fine print carefully on the coupon.
  • All offers are subject to change and some are valid only at participating locations.
  • Most All of the birthday offers are for the week or month of your birthday and not just the day!

Please let me know any updates or additions to the list.

I wish you a Very Happy Birthday!

Note:  This is a national list, some locations are individually owned, so it is always best to call ahead of time and make sure that they are honoring the birthday freebie at your location.  Also, there are likely other places that I haven’t listed. If you have a favourite restaurant, give them a call and find out if they are offering a freebie too! I will update this list as often as I hear of other places, please email me if you know of one that I didn’t include!


Birthday Freebies and Deals

A&W – Free Root Beer Float

Applebee’s – Free Dessert with Entrée + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Arby’s – Free Small Shake + Free Roast Beef Classic Sign Up Bonus

Auntie Anne’s – BOGO Pretzel (APP Only Sign Up)

Baskin Robbins – Free Birthday Scoop or Soft Serve Swirl

Beef O’Bradys – Free Appetizer with Entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Benihana – $30 Off Dinner Certificate to use M-TH of your birthday month

Bob Evans – Free Stack of Buttermilk/Multigrain Hotcakes (no purchase req) Sign Up Bonus

Bojangles’ – Free Bo-Berry Biscuit + Free 1/2 Gallon Iced Tea Sign Up Bonus

Bonefish Grill – Free Bang Bang Shrimp/Dessert with Entrée

Boston Market – $3 Off $10 Sign Up Bonus

Bubba Gump Shrimp Co – Free Birthday Cupcake with Candle and a Song (just tell them it’s your birthday)

Buca di Beppo – $15 Off $30 Purchase

Buffalo Wild Wings – Free Snack Size Wings

Captain D’s Seafood – Free 2-piece Fish Meal + Free Dessert for a Month Sign Up Bonus

Checkers and Rally’s – Free Large Fry Sign Up Bonus

Cheddar’s – Free Chips and Queso with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Chili’s – Free Dessert with Entrée

Church’s Chicken – Free Leg, Thigh or Tender Strip + same Sign Up Bonus

Cinnabon – Free Iced Coffee + Free MINIBON Roll Sign Up Bonus

Cody’s Original Roadhouse – $10 Off Two Entrées + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Cold Stone Creamery – BOGO “Like It, Love It or Gotta Have It” Size Ice Cream Creation

Culver’s – Free Sundae + One Free Scoop and BOGO Value Basket Sign Up Bonuses

CVS Pharmacy Beauty Club – $3 Extra Care Bucks + Exclusive Coupons throughout the Year

Dairy Queen – BOGO Blizzard + BOGO Blizzard (six for the year) and $3 Off Cake Sign Up Bonus

Denny’s – Free Original Grand Slam Breakfast (show ID on your birthday) + 20% Off Sign Up Bonus

Dippin’ Dots – Free Dippin’ Dots

Dunkin’ Donuts – Free Select Beverage Any Size + same Sign Up Bonus (when you add DD Perks card)

Earl of Sandwich – Free Birthday Brownie + $5 added to reward card Sign Up Bonus

Edible Arrangements – Free 12 count Dipped Fruit Box (read qualifying terms) + $5 Off Order Sign Up Bonus

Einstein Bros Bagels – Free Egg Sandwich + Free Bagel and Shmear Sign Up Bonus

Fire House Subs – Free Medium Sub

First Watch Cafe – BOGO Entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Fuddruckers – BOGO Burger + $7 Flat for 1/3lb Burger, Fries and Drink Sign Up Bonus

Golden Corral – BOGO Entrée + Welcome Surprise Sign Up Bonus

Great American Cookies — Free Cookie Cake Slice + BOGO Regular Cookie Sign Up Bonus

Hard Rock Cafe – BOGO Entrée

Honey Baked Ham – Free Ham Classic Sandwich + same Sign Up Bonus

Hooters – Ten Free Wings + $5 Off $25 Sign Up Bonus

IHOP – Free Rooty Tooty Fresh ‘N Fruity Pancakes + same Sign Up Bonus

Jersey Mike’s Subs – Free Regular Sub and 22oz Fountain Drink (one year expiration!)

Joe’s Crab Shack – Free Appetizer with Entrée + same Sign Up Bonus

Kobe Japanese Steakhouse – $15 or $30 Off Entrées (value depends on day of week)

Krispy Kreme – Free Doughnut Sign Up Bonus

Longhorn Steakhouse – Free Dessert with Entrée + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Maggiano’s Little Italy – $10 Off $30 Sign Up Bonus

Maggie Moo’s – $5 Off Birthday Cake + Free Cup/Cone with Unlimited Mix-Ins Sign Up Bonus

Melting Pot – Birthday Surprise + Free box of Six Chocolate Covered Strawberries Sign Up Bonus

Mimi’s Cafe – Free Crepe Cake Slice or 2-Pack Muffins/Croissants

Mission BBQ – Free Sandwich Sign Up Bonus (they send it Early for your Birthday!)

Moe’s Southwest Grill – Free Burrito (App ONLY Sign Up) + Free Cup of Queso Sign Up Bonus

Olive Garden – Free Dessert with Entrée + Free Appetizer/Dessert Sign Up Bonus

Outback Steakhouse – Free Dessert with Entrée

Panera Bread – Free Birthday Pastry + Free Pastry/Sweet Sign Up Bonus (added to reward card)

Payless Shoe Source – 25% Off Purchase + Exclusive Coupons throughout the Year

PDQ Fresh Tenders – Three Free Tenders Sign Up Bonus

PF Chang’s – BOGO Entrée

Planet Smoothie – Free Smoothie + Free Smoothie Size Upgrade Sign Up Bonus

Pollo Tropical – $5 Off $10 Sign Up Bonus

Quaker Steak & Lube – Free Mid-Range O-Ring Ontenna Sign Up Bonus

Redbox – Free Movie Rental + Free Movie Rental for your Sign Up Anniversary

Red Lobster – $5 Off Two Entrees + Free Appetizer/Dessert with Two Entrées Sign Up Bonus

Red Robin – Free Gourmet Burger

Rita’s Italian Ice – Free Regular Italian Ice + BOGO Any Item Sign Up Bonus

Romano’s Macaroni Grill – Free Dessert + $5 Off Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Ruby Tuesday’s – Free Burger/Garden Bar Entrée + Free Appetizer with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Sbarro – Free Pizza Slice Sign Up Bonus

Shula’s Steak House – BOGO Entrée

Smokey Bones – Free Dessert + $5 Off $20 Sign Up Bonus

Sonny’s BBQ – Free Big Deal Combo + $5 Off $25 Sign Up Bonus

Steak n’ Shake – Free Double Steak Burger and Fries + BOGO Specialty Milk Shake Sign Up Bonus

Sweet Tomatoes – 20% Off Birthday Check + $5 Off Adult Meal Sign Up Bonus

Texas de Brazil – $20 Off Dinner for Two Sign Up Bonus

Texas Roadhouse – Free Appetizer/Side Kick of Ribs with Entrée

TGI Fridays – Free Dessert + Free Appetizer/Dessert Sign Up Bonus

Ulta – Free Birthday Gift plus Double Points on Purchases during your Birthday Month

UNO Pizzeria – Free Appetizer with Entrée + Free Mini Dessert with Entrée Sign Up Bonus

Waffle House – Free Waffle + Free Hash Browns with Two Toppings Sign Up Bonus

Wendy’s – $1 Off Premium Combo Sign Up Bonus

Wingstop – Free Large Seasoned Fries + Free Regular Seasoned Fries Sign Up Bonus

Yamto Japanese Steakhouse – BOGO Hibachi Dinner

Zaxby’s – Free Nibbler + Free Meal Sign Up Bonus (allow 6-8 weeks to receive postcard)


A very special THANK YOU to Starr for helping me keep this list updated!


Well there you have it! You can party like a rock star on your birthday for sure with all of these freebies! REMEMBER, most of these DO require some sort of registration ahead of time.  Plus, make sure that your local restaurant is participating in this freebie!

Have fun and HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU!!!!

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Caroline’s Coupon Tips: How to use a B1G1 Free coupon with a BOGO Sale

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Caroline’s Coupon Tips:
Using a B1G1 Free coupon on a B1G1 Free Sale… how does that work??

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This was one of the hardest things for me to wrap my brain around when I first started couponing.  In Florida, if you have a Buy One Get One Free sale and a B1G1 free coupon you get BOTH items for free!!


“True BOGO” states are those that ring up one item at full price and the second item free on a buy one get one free sale. Florida is a true BOGO state but some other states are not. If you are not in a true BOGO state, each item will ring up half price.

When you are in a “true BOGO” state and you have a B1G1 free coupon, you will get both items free.

**EXAMPLE: Cheese is on sale BOGO – $1.00**
Item #1 will ring up for $1.00, Item #2 will ring up ZERO. When you present your B1G1 free coupon, it will take off the price of ONE item which is $1.00 so you will get BOTH FREE!

In states that are NOT “true BOGO” and you have a B1G1 free coupon with a B1G1 free sale, you will pay half price. This is what it looks like:

**EXAMPLE: Cheese is on sale BOGO – $1.00**
Item #1 will ring up for $.50 and Item #2 will ring up for $.50. When you present your B1G1 free coupon, it will take off the price of ONE of those items ($.50) so you will pay a total of $.50 and get two items.


Click here to download a FREE printable Cheat Sheet to help you out at the store!!

Coupon Cheat Sheet Printable JPEG

Thanks to the girls over at FabulessLife for the chart inspiration!

I hope this helps! I will post additional tips including using a B1G1 free coupon with a B2G1 free sale later!!



Pillsbury!! Sign up for exclusive coupons, samples & recipes!!

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Sign up for Pillsbury’s FREE emails to receive up to $250 in yearly coupons, access to free product samples (quantities limited, one per member) and the easiest recipes sent right to your inbox.

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Betty Crocker’s FREE email delivers the best of Betty’s 15,000 kitchen-tested recipes, how-tos and more — straight to your inbox! PLUS, get up to $250 per year in coupons savings and access to FREE samples (quantities limited, one per member). 



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Time Saver! Add the MyCouponExpert Icon to your HOME SCREEN!

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Did you know that you can add a MyCouponExpert ICON to your HOME SCREEN on your phone or tablet?  It is super easy to do and will lead you to the deals QUICKLY!


  • Add ONE icon for the MAIN MyCouponExpert website
  • Add an ADDITIONAL Icon straight to your favorite matchups (Publix, etc)
Instructions for Apple or IOS devices:
  • Open your browser to the website -and go to the page that you want to highlight, you can select the main page of the website AND/OR you can select a specific category such as Publix Matchups, Winn Dixie Matchups, Hot Deals, etc.



  • Look at the very bottom of your screen for a SQUARE with an ARROW UP and click on that



  • On the bottom row scroll over until you see the BLACK BOX with a WHITE + sign and click that

  • A screen will pop up with the page listed.  You can leave the title the same OR change it to what you want then click ADD in the top right corner

  • BOOM!  It is now on your home screen, clicking it will bring you right to the website and matchups that you selected!  Woohoo!!




  • Click on the THREE DOTS in the top right corner

  • You will see a DROP DOWN, scroll towards the bottom and select Add to Home Screen


This will make it SO MUCH EASIER to access the website or matchups on the fly!  I personally have the PUBLIX WEEKLY MATCHUPS main page on one ICON and the MAIN website on the second icon.  If I am in the store shopping and need to scroll the Publix HOT DEALS I can just click on the icon and go straight to the deals!  REMEMBER, do not select a specific weeks deals when setting this up, you can go to the OVERALL Publix Weekly Deals Section Here which will save the section to your phone so that it updates as I add more matchups!

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Buying Coupon Inserts and Clipped Coupons online – What’s the deal?

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One of the most frequently asked questions on our facebook chat group is WHERE CAN I BUY COUPONS?

This is a very touchy subject for many because not long ago there was widespread deletion of some very popular facebook couponing groups and it was suspected that the groups were deleted due to the sale of coupons within the group.   There is no way for us to know for sure what the reason was, however, it has almost completely stopped discussions on buying or selling coupons on facebook.

Just as with any other industry, there are “bad apples” out there.  

One of the reasons that I personally do not allow discussions in my facebook groups is because it is very hard for me to monitor who is “legitimate” and who is a “scammer”.  When you have a large group of couponers in one place it would be very easy for someone to pop in, offer inserts, collect a payment via paypal “friends & family” and never deliver.  When that happens, you are out of luck with no way to follow up or find the person to get reimbursed.  This causes a wave of negativity in a group which was designed to HELP you SAVE MONEY not waste money and no one has time for all of that nonsense.   I am not sure if this was the reason that facebook intervened and deleted these groups or what exactly happened, but I for one prefer to deal with known businesses or suppliers that have a good proven track record, not just a random person on facebook that I have never seen before.

Why would someone WANT to buy coupon inserts or clipped coupons?  

There are many reasons why someone would want to purchase coupon inserts from a supplier rather than purchase their local Sunday paper directly.  Coupon values are regional which means that not all areas get the same coupons in their inserts.  One area might get a $1.00/1 coupon in their area and the newspaper in the next town 5 miles away got a $.25/1 coupon.  Some areas such as Tampa, Florida no longer carry the RedPlum inserts in their newspapers.  Some newspapers are inconsistent with having ALL coupon inserts in them each week.   There are many reasons that might come into play.

For many, the simple VALUE of not having to track down papers each week, sorting them and recycling the leftover parts of the paper is the number one reason that they want to buy inserts!

How does it work and where do these companies get their inserts from?  

Legitimate Insert Sellers such as Insert Insanty (Tampa based) simply buy the newspapers on your behalf, remove the whole coupon inserts from them and send them to you via USPS Priority Shipping.  It’s really that basic.  They send you the coupon inserts that they get from their newspapers.  As stated on their website, “it is no different than giving your brother in law twenty bucks when he is heading to the store and asking him to pick up newspapers for you.”  They are purchasing the papers, doing the sorting for you and sending them directly to your door.

Is it cheaper to BUY inserts rather than just purchasing the newspaper? 

It depends.  In many areas your Sunday newspaper is well over $2.00 each, other areas are much cheaper.  Keep in mind however, if you are having inserts mailed to your door 2-3 day priority the shipping cost alone for that is $5.75+ which will be added to your cost.  It most cases it would not pay for you to purchase just two inserts from a service.  You usually see the best value when you purchase at least 6-10 of each insert weekly.  Many people also will get a group together to place one order to spread out the shipping cost between the group.

How do I find reputable companies or suppliers to purchase my inserts or clipped coupons? 

That is the question of the day!  Honestly, I personally try to do research on anyone that I plan to do any type of business with.   Again, as with any type of business, there are good ones and bad ones and often it is just trial and error.   I have dealt with both Insert Insanity and WizClipz for many years and have never had an issue.  I have found that they are not the “cheapest” out there, but their service has been reliable.

In preparation for this post, I asked my group of 18k couponers in my facebook chat group who they recommend and these were the companies or individuals that the majority suggested.   Keep in mind that I do not have personal experience with many of these, I am simply passing on the information that I gathered.  Please do your own research prior to purchasing:  

Online Companies for Whole Inserts

Whole Coupon Inserts

Insert Insanity



(local pick up and ordering)




Instagram Sellers

 Whole Coupon Inserts

(ships from NJ accepts paypal goods & services)

(accepts paypal, priority shipping)

Coupon Universe

(ships from MA only)


(local pick up and ordering)

Lori’s Coupon Cab – Cape Coral, Florida





Sandra Marie Gallway
(trustworthy individual clipper via message for specific coupons)



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Let’s talk about organizing our coupons, GASP!

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Organization hasn’t always been my strong point.  I consider myself more of a “big picture” person, so the idea of having hundreds if not thousands of coupons floating around in my purse or on my counter was not something that I was looking forward to when I first started couponing on a higher level.

I realized very early on that carrying all of my coupons in a small expanding envelope in my purse was not going to work.  I think that I tried pretty much every method of organizing my coupons until I finally realized that the binder method was the best and most practical for new couponers.

This method works really well when you first start couponing because it puts all of the coupons in individual categories which makes it super easy to find the coupons that you need.   I have pocket dividers in the front of my binder with the store’s that I regularly shop at (Publix is first of course) and I put the weekly flyer for each store in that pocket for easy reference.  My coupons are then organized by department based upon the layout of my Publix Store:  Health & Beauty, Dairy & Cold, Canned & Boxed, Snacks & Drinks and Household.  This keeps everything very tidy and easy to access.

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As you are building your initial stockpile of the things that your family uses and needs, it is important that you have your coupons easily accessible.
Building a really good stockpile takes anywhere from six to twelve weeks depending on how frequently you shop and if you are getting in on all of the deals as they come up. 
You will find that during this “Building” phase, your binder will grow really really fast, almost bursting at the seams as you are clipping, printing and grabbing every coupon that you see.  This can get overwhelming, but rest assured, it won’t always be this way if you just stick with it.
Eventually what happens, is that you build up a good supply of the items that your family needs and uses, and you begin ONLY purchasing the deals that are necessary to fill in the holes in your pantry.  This is when you really start to notice that you are saving the most money at the register.  Since your pantry is full, the only items that you will need to buy are those items that you family has used that you need to replenish or those items that you intend to donate to your church / food pantry or give to others in need.  This is a great point to be at and trust me, it does not take very long to get there if you focus on building your stockpile in the early stages of couponing.
Once you reach this point, you will realize that you don’t need to carry every single coupon with you at all times, because you don’t need many of the items even if it is a great deal since your pantry is already fully stocked!  This will happen with pasta, cereal, snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash and other items.

This is the time to move to the “Insert Method” of organizing your coupons.  Usually people move to this method when they are getting multiple coupon inserts each week.  When you do that, it is WAY too time consuming to sit and clip every single coupon and put them in your binder.  Also, your binder gets entirely too big when you put that many coupons in it each week.  I do know of people that just increase the size of their binder, but in my opinion, this method is much easier.


Insert Method

You will begin by creating envelopes or file folders for each week’s inserts.  For example, since there were two inserts in the 1/23 paper, you would have two different folders or envelopes for that week.  They would be labeled 1/23 RedPlum & 1/23 SmartSource  (or abbreviate RP and SS).  If you order your inserts online like I do, they come in a Priority envelope already, so I just write the date on the outside of the envelope and they are already neat and tidy!

Once you have them neatly placed in an envelope or file folder, now its time to decide how you would like to store these.  There are many options to consider depending on space and decor.  I have a small file cabinet next to my chair that I thought would be wonderful (and it was) but personally I prefer to buy square baskets with lids or square ottomans when I see them on clearance for under $5.00, they work perfect and you can’t tell what is inside them!!

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Note that there are dividers for each week inserts labeled for easy access
I try to keep things as simple as possible and prefer to try to use something that looks like it belongs in the house so that I don’t have a bunch of plastic containers stacked up. 
I have a large basket with a lid that fits file folders in perfectly and I have several different foot ottomans that I find every now and then on clearance for around $5.00 that I use as well.  These come in all different colors so watch for them!  Target has these in their  home decor area and clearance out the old print when bringing in new prints:
storage ottoman

Looks like a regular foot ottoman, but inside are my mailing envelopes neatly lined up by date for easy access.  No need to buy file folders or envelopes!(I date the mailing envelope and just stack them right in the ottoman and cover!)

Make sure that you DATE the outside of the insert so you can just flip to it and know what the date is instead of having to  read the tiny print on the side of the insert.
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With the insert method, there is still a need for a small binder to keep your peelies, blinkies, tearpad and printable coupons in.  If there is a coupon in that week’s inserts for an item that I KNOW that I would want to buy a bunch of if I found it free or really cheap, I will cut every one of the coupons that I want and put them in my binder.  Otherwise, I just wait until I do the coupon match-ups for that weeks deals, go to the folder or envelope for the week and insert that I reference, and clip the coupons right before going to the store!  If the item is out of stock and I have to get a rain check, I put the coupons that I have clipped into my binder where they belong and put the rain check in the pocket of that particular store (such as Publix).
The insert method can be used instead of the binder method for all coupon inserts if you don’t want to clip coupons at all until you need them.  The problem with that is that you wont have your coupons when you find a deal or go right to them for items that you are planning to buy that are not on sale that week.  Your savings will be less in those cases, but the time that you normally spent clipping is eliminated completely.  You have to decide which works for you.
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I recently moved to the “Coupon Box” method of organization.  Each week, I gather my inserts and lay each page out stacking like pages on top of one another, so there will be SIX of each page in each pile.   I then STAPLE each coupon (still on the sheets), I have stapled the in the middle of each coupon but find it easier to staple closer to the top of each coupon.  Then I simply CLIP each set out while they are all stapled together.

What I will end up with are stacks of six of the exact same coupons already stapled together.

Once they are clipped, I will simply plop it right into the box behind the category that it goes.  Simple! They wont slip away from each other or shimmy and fold and will look neat and tidy.  This eliminates several steps if you are using the binder method currently.  Here is a photo of what it looks like set up as I am putting a batch of coupons in their place.


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The system above is called the MY COUPON KEEPER SYSTEM.  If you are interested in purchasing a My Coupon Keeper system you have a couple of options, the regular and the deluxe, you can check them both out by clicking here.



Here are some additional organizational options from our readers:

COMBO SYSTEMS – Filing / Binder / Accordion

Many people find that using just ONE organization system isn’t enough to keep things under control.   The solution to that is to use a combination of several systems.    You can file inserts by date, keep a binder for printables, blinkies, tearpads and other miscellaneous coupons then use a small purse accordion file for the coupons you will use in that trip!!

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I am always jealous when someone has a really snazzy filing cabinet or cart and keeps it neat and orderly like these!  Most of the time their inserts are filed by date and type in hanging folders and they clip the coupons as they go when a deal pops up!!


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This system is so easy that you simply can’t go wrong.   Valerie separates her coupons by the deals she will be doing then keeps them in separate color coded zipper pouches by STORE!  Although that might not work for those of you with a zillion coupons, this is a really neat, clean and efficient way to carry your coupons for specific deals at specific stores!

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I hope some of these tips will help those of you struggling with keeping your coupons organized or brings you to the next level on handling all of those awesome coupons that we get!!  It is so much fun to get in on the deals and even more fun when you reduce the work that it takes to deal with your coupons!! 

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Coupon Tips: Publix GAS CARD DEALS – how do they work?

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beginners start here Gas Card Deals
One of the most popular questions I hear is “how does the gas card deal work at Publix”.  If you are new to gas card deals this should help you to understand how it works!

What is a gas card deal?
Every so often Publix will run a promotion in their weekly sales flyer where you will get $10 off a $50 gas card when you buy $50 or more in groceries.  This promotion will be on the front page of the flyer and is a large coupon that says $10 off a $50 Gas Card!

How long does the gas card deal last?
When Publix runs the gas card promotion, it is good from the first day of the ad until Sunday.  The promotion runs for four or five days which will depend on if your ad starts on Wednesday or Thursday.

If I have to buy $50 in groceries, is that BEFORE coupons or AFTER coupons?
The purchase requirement of $50 in groceries is BEFORE other coupons.   You will want to have the cashier ring up all of the items that you are purchasing prior to giving her the gas card and coupon while your total is the highest.  This avoids any issues.

How do I get the gas card and how do I do the transaction?
When you are shopping, swing by one of the gift card displays which are usually located on an end cap and grab a $50.00 Gas Gift Card.  Some locations have specific gift cards that you can purchase such as a Shell Card or RaceTrack Card, there are usually signs promoting the $10 off in front of the proper gas cards.

Once you have completed your shopping, load all of your groceries onto the belt to be scanned by the cashier.  DO NOT hand over any of your coupons at this time, wait until all of the groceries are scanned.  Once all of your groceries have been scanned and you have met the $50 purchase requirement hand the cashier the $50.00 Gas Gift Card that you picked up earlier and ALSO hand the cashier the $10.00 off coupon that is on the front of the weekly sales flyer.   The cashier will then process the $50 Gas Card and will take $10 off the price of the gas card.

When do I give the cashier the rest of my coupons?
AFTER the cashier has processed your gas card and the $10 off gas card coupon you can hand the cashier the rest of the coupons that you are planning to use.

What if my balance goes BELOW $50 after coupons, is that still allowed?
Yes!  That is actually our goal, we want to get our balance as low as possible by using coupons! It doesn’t matter if you get it all the way down to zero, as long as your balance was at least $50 prior to the cashier processing the gas card and coupon!  This is a great time to use rain checks that you might have for freebies or money makers to get your balance up to $50 (before coupons) and to maximize your savings!!

What if I have a Publix or a Competitor dollars-off-total-coupon such as a $5.00 off $30.00 coupon, can I use that too at the same time?
Yes!  This is what the Publix Coupon Policy states:

“Dollars-off-total-order coupons will be limited to one Publix and one competitor’s coupon per day, per household. The total order before coupons must be equal to or greater than the combined purchase requirements indicated on the coupon(s) presented.”

Basically, what this means is that the GAS CARD COUPON is considered a dollars off total order coupon so you can NOT use another Publix money off coupon BUT you CAN use a competitor dollars off total coupon such as a Winn Dixie $5.00/$30.00 coupon.   HOWEVER, the key is that in order to use BOTH your total BEFORE COUPONS would have to meet both coupon requirements.  Since the gas card coupon is a $10 off $50 and the Winn Dixie (example) is a $5 off $30 your total BEFORE coupons would have to be $80 in order to use both.

Why does everyone get so excited about gas card week?
Basically, any way you look at it you will be getting $10 in FREE GAS with this promotion!  If you normally buy at least $50 in groceries with our without coupons (gasp!) you would want to get in on this deal.  If you drive a vehicle you need gas, so why not get $10 off $50 in gas?!  It sounds like a great deal to me!!

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I hope that this helped you to understand how the gas card deals work at Publix!  During gas card week you will see a lot of people posting their shopping hauls which includes a gas card. It is really fun to see someone with a big pyramid of groceries PLUS a $50 Gas Card and paid UNDER $50 for all of it after coupons!  Once you get in on the action you will be excited when you see a gas card week announced too!  Trust me!!  Happy Couponing!

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