I wa s shopping last week with my folder of coupons when a women asked me if it is really worth it to use coupons. After about 20 minutes of talking, I convinced her that it is crazy not to spend time cutting coupons. I even walked with her through the store and pointed out deals.
She told me that she ha s seven children, and her husband had to get an evening job to help pay the bills. I told her that getting her children involved with coupon clipping would benefit her and teach her children better spending habits.
Buying the Sunday newspaper for coupons, and using all the coupons offered at your store, will save you money.
Other money-saving ideas
■ If you shop online for holiday gifts, get free shipping codes from more than 1,600 merchants, including Amazon, Macy’s and J.Crew. http://www.freeshipping.org/
■ The Federal Deposit Insurance Corporation is giving away Money Smart for Young Adults curriculum that will help those 12 -20 years old learn the basics of handling money and finances.
■ Hundreds of deals and coupons when you support your favorite charity or school by shopping at more than 1,000 participating retailers. http://www.goodshop.com/
■ Receive 20 percent off select grocery and drugstore Kmart-brand products when you download your reusable Smart Assist Savings Card.
■ Receive $5 off $20 Rite Aid bonus coupon in October when you watch some videos.
■ Print out coupon for $5 off $25 spent at Rite Aid from www.coupons.com
■ Kentuckians age 55 or older with limited financial resources may be eligible for employment assistance through the Senior Community Service Employment Program.
Call (859) 269-8021.
■ Free resources from OfficeTeam to help guide your career.
■ $400 toy coupon book from Target. Ask the customer service desk at the store.
■ Save $5 by mail when you buy a Tinker Bell book or game from LeapFrog and Tinker Bell and the Lost Treasure on DVD. http://www.leapfrog.com/en/landingpages/tinkerbell.html
■ Print out a $10 coupon for a Disney DVD.
■ Get 140 free holiday photo return address labels from Vistaprint. Just pay for shipping.
■ Sign up to receive 100 free 4X6 prints from Fuji Film.
■ Receive $10 off a purchase from JCPenney, just type in code (SWEETS4U) at checkout. http://www.jcpenney.com/jcp/default.aspx
■ A $10 rebate from Kraft Foods along with $1 coupons.
■ Complete a short form from Teen Freeway and on Oct. 29 become a Teen Freeway Fan on Facebook to receive a free pair of panties.
■ Oct. 30 is See Blue Day at Keeneland. Free general admission to UK students, faculty or alumni ID. Fan activities include photos with Wild Cat, Free Face Painting, Food, Autograph signings and more.
■ Free trick or treating at the businesses on Moore Drive, noon to 2 p.m., Oct. 31. At 2 p.m. there will be a celebrity judged costume contest for children 12 and under. Ronald McDonald will be there handing out happy meal toys to trick or treaters.
■ Free Black Jack taco from Taco Bell from 6p.m. to midnight on Oct. 31st
■ Free Halloween parade at Toys R Us from noon to 3 p.m., on Oct. 31. Children age 3 and up will receive a complimentary reusable bag which they can fill up with goodies and giveaways as they parade around the store.
■ On Oct. 31, enter a contest to win 52 subs from Penn Station.
■ Free Mattel toy on Oct. 31 at the Sears toy shop if your child is dressed in a Halloween costume While supplies last.
■ Print out a coupon for $5 off a $20 toy purchase at Sears.
■ Free Halloween cereal carving stencils from Betty Crocker.
■ Free Halloween coloring sheets from Land O’ Lakes.
■ Free Halloween coloring sheets, award certificates, word games and more from Hershey. http://www.hersheys.com/trickortreats/activities/coloring.asp