#1 Coupon Resources
Coupons are money in your pocket and should be taken advantage of. There are some serious misconceptions about using coupons out there including that you are causing the store to lose money or are “stealing from the store”. This is completely false. Stores send the coupons they receive to the manufacturer that issued the coupon and receive full reimbursement plus a handling fee. Don’t ever feel ashamed or embarrassed for using a coupon. If the manufacturer didn’t want you using coupons that wouldn’t make them available. There are many different sites with coupons available for printing including: coupons.com, smartsource.com, and redplum.com. Other sites to sign up for are bettycrocker.com, Shortcuts.com and Upromise.com. Also, don’t forget to check out your local Sunday paper for the coupon inserts.
The next easiest way is to sign up with companies that reward the user points for clicking on links in e-mails that get sent out. My favorite of these is MyPoints.com. Other sites include InboxDollars.com, SendEarnings, Panda Research and Reward Port. These sites also offer a variety of point earning opportunities through surveys, games, shopping etc. A MyPoints.com bonus is that for every coupon you print and redeem from their site (they use coupons.com and smartsource.com) you will receive 10 points. As a bonus, if you redeem more than 10 coupons in a month (easy for us that use a lot of coupons) – you will receive a bonus 25 points.
MyPoints.com: 1,500 Points = $10 Red Lobster/Olive Garden Gift Card, Kohls, JCPenney, etc or
3,850 Points = $25 Amazon.com Gift Cert.* Claim Code
Inbox Dollars: Once you earn $30 you can request a check. ($5 Sign up bonus)
Send Earnings: Once you earn $30 you can request a check. ($5 Sign up bonus)
Panda Research: Once you earn $50 you can request a check. ($3 sign up bonus)
Reward Port: 4500 points = $10 Amazon Gift Card
This is an interesting and fun way to make money. If you have a video camera or a camera that takes video – you’re in luck! ExpoTV rewards users for uploading video product reviews. I have reviewed everything from toys to food. I have also received full sized products to try out – what a bonus! Videos need to be a minute or more in length and under 100 MB for successful upload. Assignment values are between 300 and 5000 points – it just depends. The first video you upload will reward you with 500 points which is just about a $5 Amazon e-Certificate. Take a look and try it out – I love this site!
#4 Survey Sites
1 – Opinion Outpost:
Pros: This survey site consistently sends surveys on a daily basis. The payout is significantly better than other sites. Points are awarded and can be redeemed for cash or Amazon gift cards. 10 points = $1 so it is very simple to understand. Most surveys I receive are for 15 points or $1.50 and take between 10-20 minutes to complete. I have done surveys worth 40 points on occasion and these take 30 minutes or so to complete. Site is easy to navigate and understand. If you don’t qualify for a survey you can spin the wheel for an opportunity to win $50. I’ve spun that wheel many a time but no win yet for me.
Cons: Qualifying for surveys can be frustrating. I personally qualify for about 50% of surveys offered to me. The first time I redeemed my points I noticed an immediate drop-off in the number of surveys I received. This could be coincidental but it definitely happened. In the past two months the number of surveys has picked back up but has not reached it’s former number as of yet.
2 – Pinecone Research:
I didn’t rank this number one because it is difficult to get accepted. Apply when they have openings and keep trying. I applied 7-8 times before finally being accepted. Worth it though. Pinecone Research pays a flat $3 for survey paid via check or PayPal.
I receive at least 1 survey opportunity every day – most of the time I receive 2-3. Points are typically awarded in the following increments: 75, 150, and 300. A 75 point survey can be anywhere from 10-25 minutes and a 300 point survey is typically 30-40 minutes in length. 575 points can be redeemed for $5 from PayPal and 550 points for a $5 Amazon e-Certificate.
#5 Following blogs devoted to finding the best deals for YOU!
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So I made it over to Target last night (after mistakenly showing up to church for a meeting that actually takes place today – oops!) I got some great deals that I wanted to share with you.
Using the Kellogg’s deal (which is buy 4 participating Special K items and receive a $5 Target Gift Card)-
- 2 Special K Crackers @ $2.39 ea = $4.78
- 2 Special K Blueberry Cereal @$2.39 = $4.78
- 2 Special K Chocolatey Pretzel Bars @ $2.39 ea = $4.78
- 2 Special K Bars @ $2.39 ea = $4.78
Subtotal = $19.12
- (2) $1/1 Special K Crackers here
- (2) $0.75/1 Special K Chocolatey Pretzel Bars here
- (1) $1/2 Special K Bars here
- (2) $1/1 Special K Blueberry Cereal here
Bringing the total to $19.12 – $6.50 = $12.62
Then I used (6) $0.50 Target coupons for Kellogg’s snacks found here
Now the total is $12.62-$3 = $9.62 and I received (2) $5 Target Gift Cards so I ended with $0.38 overage
- Gerber Bottle $0.99 – $1 Target Gerber Feeding Accessory Coupon found here = $0.01 overage
- Boost Kids Essential Drink $7.99 – $5 coupon here and $2 Target coupon here = $0.99
- (2) Glade 2 oz Soy Candle @ $2.49 ea = $4.98 – (2) Free Soy Candle Coupons (SS 8/9/09) = FREE
- Intuition Razor $6.99 – $4 Target Coupon (SS 8/30/09) and – $4 MC (SS 8/23/09) = $1.01 overage
Total = $9.59 – (2) $5 Target Gift Cards = $0.41 overage
At my shopping trip to Target last night (will be bloggining about that later), I was able to pick up a 6-pk of Boost Kid Essentials (found in the baby section) for only $0.99 after coupons! This item was priced at $7.99 at my Target. Use the $5 off coupon found when you register here, and the $2 off Target coupon found here.