According to Promotion Marketing Association Coupon Council, spending 20 minutes a week couponing can save you as much as $1,000 a year.
The mission of this column has always been to help you save money, but I also want to help you live better. As the economy gets better, you will have strategies in place to live a frugal life even in better economic times.
You can start saving now:
Use coupons from Sunday’s newspaper. Buy a small accordion-style folder to categorize your coupons. Being organized will make your grocery-store experience more satisfying.
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Use loyalty cards. Many stores have loyalty programs to help you save money on purchases. There are other ways to save at certain stores. For example, go to Kroger’s Web site and load digital coupons onto your Kroger Plus card. The coupons will automatically be redeemed at checkout.
You also can load coupons onto your loyalty cards at SavingStar.com. When you check out and swipe your card, nothing will be deducted from your bill, but your savings will be deposited into your PayPal account, or you can receive gift cards.
“Like” brands on Facebook. Giving away free samples or coupons on a product’s Facebook page is the way of the future. Check out your favorite product’s Facebook page to start saving.
The Herald Leader is now offering a $52 annual subscription for the Sunday newspaper for new subscribers only. Follow me now on Sundays, and I will show you how to save even more money.
Get a free Scholastic book with the purchase of two Kellogg’s products.
Sign up to receive a $150 Fiesta Pack of Nestlé products, party supplies and more.
Try one week of Curves for free. Get the free pass.
Buy a 5-quart bottle of G-OIL 5W-30 Bio-based full synthetic green motor oil and receive as much as $26 in rebates.
Get a $10 rebate when you buy $20 worth of any 3M or Post-it labels.
Join Kodak Gallery and get 50 free prints plus $10 off your first order.
Get a copy of Jiffy’s Hospitality recipe book.
Sign up to receive coupons from Minute Maid.
Get a free fantasy football draft kit when you have your draft party at Hooters.
Get $100 in free food when you host your fantasy football draft party at Buffalo Wild Wings. See the Web site
Get a free reflective handicapped sticker from See and Be Seen.
Order five or more products at eStore and take $5 off your order. Use promotional code GAME.
Get a free makeup case from Covergirl and Olay when you buy any two Covergirl or Olay products. Mail your receipt along with your name and mailing address to: Good Housekeeping/Beauty Gift, 300 West 57th Street, 27th floor, New York, NY 10019. Purchase receipt must be from Aug. 14- Sept. 30, 2011. While supplies last.
Get a free HGTV Fall Home Idea Book with the purchase of any two SC Johnson home-cleaning products.
Stay connected to your child’s classroom with a share site from Shutterfly. New classroom site creators get 30 free prints. Each site member gets a free 8-by-10 print.
Check out Old Navy’s Facebook page for a coupon for 30 percent off your purchase, Sunday only.
Buy two pairs of Wrangler jeans and get $10 back by mail. Download coupon form.
Sunday only, get $20 off a full-priced denim purchase, plus free shipping, at j. jill. free shipping today only when you enter promotional code DENIM8.
The Bluegrass Classic Dog Show is Sept. 1 to 5 at the Kentucky Horse Park Campground, 4089 Iron Works Parkway. Show classes start at 9 a.m. on Thursday, Friday and 8 a.m. on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Admission is $5 a carload. Information: (859) 272-2846 or lexingtonkennelclub.com/BluegrassClassic.htm