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Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Festival of Frugality #283: Coupon Facts Edition

Welcome to the Festival of Frugality #283: Coupon Facts Edition, in which I've interspersed some coupon facts amongst the great posts in this week's Festival. I use coupons all the time to save money and love to get stuff we use for free, but I still learned a lot during my research! For instance (Coupon Fact #1), in September 2010, Nielsen reported that 40% of households used coupons to save money. I'd bet it's an even greater percentage now. Now on to the Festival!

*Editor's Pick* - Live Real, Now shares 3 Ways to Keep Your Finances Organized - I especially like the idea of putting your goal amount in the bank account nickname so you can track your progress at a glance.

*Editor's Pick* (how could it not be after making me laugh out loud?) - PT Money: Personal Finance suggests that you can save money by Donating Your Body to Science.

*Editor's Pick* - The Sun's Financial Diary asks ChargeSmart Reviews: Is It Worth It to Pay Mortgage? - I've often wished that I could charge my mortgage payment for the cash back rewards, so I found Sun's review enlightening.

Coupon Fact #2: According to the Coupon Information Center, there is no legitimate way to sell coupons.

Canadian Finance Blog shares a timely post called Saving Money on Gas.

StupidCents presents Planning a Wedding for Under $1,000 in a Week

Boomer & Echo suggests Instead Of A Vacation, Plan A Staycation.

Coupon Fact #3: Coupons with a barcode that starts with a "5" will double automatically if the register is programmed to double, while a coupon with a barcode that starts with a "9" will never double automatically.

NerdWallet Blog discusses Bankruptcy Credit Cards: Scams and Traps to Avoid.

Parenting Family Money recommends you Take Advantage of Free 2011 Reading Programs During the Summer.

Personal Cents discusses The Importance of Saving.

Coupon Fact #4: After stores accept coupons from consumers, the coupons are sent to a clearinghouse that facilitates payment from the manufacturers to the stores for the value of the coupons plus a handling fee. (Of course, sometimes there's fraud.)

Spruce Up Your Finances explains the Mortgage Credit Certificate (MCC) Program: Housing Assistance.

Family Balance Sheet shares 8 Tips To Help You Save Money While On Vacation.

Money Thinking offers some Thrifty Theme Park Trips.

Coupon Fact #5: The coupon was born in 1888 when Asa Candler used paper tickets for free glasses of Coke to help market his new soda. {Via Wikipedia.}

Money Beagle shares 4 Ways For Beginners To Save With Coupons.

TotallyMoney discusses Where to Splurge and Where to Save on skincare.

Invest It Wisely shares Five Ways to Make Frugality Fun Instead of Having Frugal Fatigue.

Coupon Fact #6: Coupon use grew dramatically during the Great Depression (just like current times?). {Via Wikipedia.}

My Personal Finance Journey discusses Debt Consolidation – The Pros and Cons.

Free Money Finance lists Six Steps to Saving Money at a Community College.

Debt Kid wants you to know The 5 Biggest Money Mistakes You Can Easily Avoid.

Coupon Fact #7: Coupon Information Center has a list of coupons identified as fraudulent - you should definitely check it if you suspect a coupon is not legitimate.

Prairie Eco-Thrifter discusses How to Harness the Power of the Wind For Your Home.

Consumer Boomer explains the Credit Reporting Rules.

Back Taxes Help presents Unemployment Taxes: tax breaks and considerations for the unemployed.

That's it, folks! Thanks for visiting and be sure to check out next week's Festival of Frugality at Home Life Weekly.



  • At 6/7/11, 6:05 AM, Anonymous Kristia@Family Balance Sheet said…

    Thanks for including my link and hosting this week.

  • At 6/7/11, 7:30 AM, Anonymous Jacob @ My Personal Finance Journey said…

    Thanks for mentioning my post on debt consolidation!

  • At 6/7/11, 8:24 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    If Coupon Information Center and Nut running Coupon Information Center has his way. He would abolish coupons completely. I know of a friend of a friend who worked with him with CIC.
    He believes sharing trading or sharing coupon among friends and family member, churches, synagogues, senior centers, etc is fraud and violation of coupons terms.

    In his eyes, people buying multiple newspapers pending fraud and violation of coupon terms. He believe people should only to be allowed to use 1 coupon per family only.

    Yes, he provide a great service on sharing real Coupon Fraud.

    What see share with the public and personally with industry is completely different?

  • At 6/7/11, 9:38 AM, Blogger PT said…

    Yeah, I thought that post might turn some heads. Thanks for including me in the picks.

  • At 6/9/11, 3:47 PM, Anonymous Miss T said…

    Thanks a bunch for including my post. Great job on the carnival. I really enjoyed the coupon facts.

  • At 6/13/11, 9:59 AM, Anonymous Invest It Wisely said…

    Thanks for the inclusion!


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