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Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Why you need to read more than one "deals" site

It's impossible for one person to come up with all of the ways to use coupons in one week. For example, I might come up with a list of the deals at Walgreens, including coupon match ups. If you did the same, chances are good that at least one of our deals would be slightly different.

A good example of this is the Stayfree deal at CVS this month. This is how Money Saving Mom lists the deal:
Buy 1 Stayfree pads (14-24 ct.) at $3.99, Earn $2 ECBs (Limit 5)
Buy 4 Stayfree pads at $3.99 each
Use 1 $1/2 coupon from the 01/04 RedPlum insert
Use 2 B1G1 coupons
Spend $6.98 out of pocket
Get $8 ECBs
That makes sense, because it's the deal for making the most money. But I'd been passing it over because I only have one B1G1 coupon, having used some at Walgreens a few weeks ago.

Coupon Cravings listed the same deal this way:
Stayfree Pads: buy 2 at $3.99 each
Use buy-one-get-one-free coupon from 1/4 Smart Source insert
Receive $4 ECBs (2 x $2 ECBs each)
Final Price = FREE
This works for me because I only have one coupon. If I'd bothered to figure the deals out myself, I would have reached the same conclusion, but since I don't need pads, I wasn't looking for specific deals on them - rather, I was just skimming the "deals posts" to see what's free.

This is why I subscribe to multiple blogs that discuss the same deals at the same drugstores: the slight variations can make all the difference in whether or not I want the deal. And it takes less time to skim all of the posts in Google Reader than it does to scour the weekly ads and come up with my own scenarios. It's much easier and faster to take the list of deals and tweak them to fit my circumstances. (I do flip through the ads on my own just to see if there's a sale on something I need.)

I subscribe to the following blogs that list deals, in no particular order:
I also subscribe to posts from A Full Cup* and Hot Coupon World.

*I've been a member of A Full Cup for almost a year now and it's a great resource. The deals are easy to locate by store, and the Coupon Database is fantastic. It lets me know what coupons are out there, and when I used to leave coupons in the inserts until I needed them, the database was invaluable for helping me locate the ones I needed. It also links to printable coupons, which makes finding them easy.



  • At 2/17/09, 8:36 AM, Blogger Bargain Briana said…

    Thanks for including me in your list! I agree, it is next to impossible for one person to figure out all the deals. It is nice that we have a great frugal blogging community that doesn't mind sharing deals! :)

  • At 2/17/09, 10:55 AM, Blogger Mercedes said…

    you are so right! I know a lot of people think all "deals" sites are the same and they couldn't be more wrong. I have so many of them on my reader and I can tell the differences in what they write about and you can always see their personalities come through. I would be hard pressed to even name my top ten.

  • At 2/17/09, 12:19 PM, Anonymous whimsy said…

    I do the same thing. I use google reader to read all the feeds. Then I search for whatever store I'm looking for to see the posts that relate to it.

  • At 2/17/09, 1:18 PM, Blogger Carrie @ said…

    Thanks for the link in your post. I am honored.

  • At 2/17/09, 4:39 PM, Blogger Gina said…

    Thanks for the mention! You're so right. It's hard enough to pore through the weekly deals and coupon lists. It's great to click around to the different sites and see how everyone figures them out.

    If you're new to this, try subscribing in an RSS Reader (like Google) to make it easier to click between the deal posts.

  • At 2/17/09, 6:13 PM, Blogger Marcy said…

    Great point! Even though I write deals on my blog, I always read other blogs b/c we all do interpret things differently and no one person can catch every deal out there.

  • At 2/17/09, 7:07 PM, Blogger Suzanne Wells - The eBay Coach said…

    I totally agree! There are so many deals and new coupons every day, no one person could possibly keep up with it all. I also read most of the blogs on your list. It is great when readers can verify if a deal worked in their area (such as CVS ECBs printing) - it saves so much time and money when we can all work together.

  • At 2/19/09, 1:29 PM, Anonymous dealondeals said…

    I agree. It is not possible for anyone to list all the deals. There are so many deals all over the world everyday. You can fins some good online hot deals, coupons and bargains to shop. Enjoy!!

  • At 2/20/09, 4:54 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    I recently came accross your blog and have been reading along. I thought I would leave my

    first comment. I dont know what to say except that I have enjoyed reading. Nice blog. I

    will keep visiting this blog very often.


  • At 2/20/09, 8:17 PM, Blogger Chief Family Officer said…

    @Briana - You're absolutely right about the community!

    @Suzanne - Yes! The verification is key, for example, when it was confirmed that the Neutrogena bars are working for this week's deal.

  • At 2/21/09, 11:02 PM, Blogger The Frugal Family Manager said…

    What a great post! Thanks for the list of blogs and info. I already follow some of them, but will check the rest out. :)

  • At 2/28/09, 12:25 PM, Blogger Carrie said…

    included in my best of february 2009


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