CVS Couponing Plan – August 21, 2016

CVS Couponing Plan - August 21, 2016 - 20 Something Couponer

So August 7th couponing trip – I forgot to do a post about it/I ate the gummy bears so I couldn’t take a picture. I did get $4.49 in ExtraBucks to use for this week.

Also, the CVS in my town is being renovated so everything is a total mess. I’ll be going up to Cape Cod this Saturday for a while and they have a great CVS. It’s clean, organized and never busy. Perfect place to coupon!

The following is what I plan to buy and if you’re a beginning couponer, use this as a guideline. There are other great deals at CVS that I didn’t post, see for yourself here.

CVS Couponing Plan – August 21, 2016

Caliber Glue 5 oz or Paper Mate Mechanical Pencils 5 ct (Limit 2)- $.99 w/ $.50 EB

Dial Complete Hand Wash 7.5 oz or bar Soap 3 Pk (Limit 2) – 2 for $4 w/ $1 EB

CVS Floss Picks 90 ct (Limit 2) – $1.99 w/ $1 EB

Scope Mouthwash 1 liter (Limit 2) – $4.79 w/ $3 EB
Use $.50 off Scope Coupon
Total – $4.29 w/ $3 EB

Total without Coupons – $12.76
Total with Coupons – $12.26
Total with Coupons and EB from Last Shopping Trip – $7.77
EB for next couponing trip – $6 EB

Also, Arm and Hammer Liquid 43.75-50 oz or Ultra Power Packs 21 ct is just $1.99 this week. Great price for laundry detergent! I’ll have a recap post of this weeks couponing trip hopefully by Wednesday at very latest!

What Happens When You Write To Companies and Ask for Coupons?

What Happens When You Write to Companies and Ask for Coupons? - 20 Something Couponer

I’ve seen it on couponing blogs and I’ve seen it on books about saving,  it seems like everyone says if you write to companies asking for coupons, you will get some in return. Never trying this method of acquiring coupons out for myself before, I decided now was the time to experiment and see what happened if I wrote to companies about coupons.

So, I set out on my experiment by writing letters complimenting each company on their product and asking if they could send me some coupons so I can continue to enjoy what they make. The companies included: Barilla, Buitoni, Rana, DeCecco, HeluvaGood, Amy’s, Zatarains, Norseland (they make Jarlsberg cheese) and Mondelez International (I asked about Teddy Grahams, I love Teddy Grahams).

Here are the results of my writing away for coupons experiment: 

Zatarain’s – Zatarain’s is owned by McCormick International, which I didn’t know, but  they responded within four days and sent back a note, two coupons and a recipe card.

What Happens When You Write To Companies for Coupons? - 20 Something Couponer

Barilla – Barilla sent me a great recipe book that had coupons in it as well as tasty dishes. Of course, I can’t find it right now and have no idea where it went so I can’t show it to you. BUT THEN yesterday, August 11, they sent me another letter with four coupon/recipe booklets which I do have a picture of. Shoutout to Barilla for sending two letters!

What Happens When You Write To Companies for Coupons? - 20 Something Couponer

 

Amy’s – I actually didn’t think I’d hear back from them, but I did. It took about two and a half weeks but I got a promotional pamphlet with some great coupons.

What Happens When You Write To Companies for Coupons? - 20 Something Couponer

Buitoni – Buitoni was the quickest to respond. They sent me two coupons and a form letter thanking me for my feedback.

What Happens When You Write To Companies for Coupons? - 20 Something Couponer

Mondelez – Mondelez is a pretty huge company, so I was definitely expecting some coupons or even just one. I did get a response, but it was a form letter telling me that they “don’t have any coupons [they] can send” but they told me where I can find coupons, like in newspapers and “on the tear-off pads attached to store shelves.”  I was disappointed. If you can send me a letter, you can send me a coupon for 50 cents off one of your many, many products.

What Happens When You Write To Companies for Coupons? - 20 Something Couponer

I have yet to hear back from Rana, DeCecco, HeluvaGood and Norseland. I do hope that I eventually hear from them at some point. Overall, I think I had a pretty positive response, but I was hoping to possibly get a free product coupon or two, but that did not happen. Hopefuly, this inspires you to write to companies about coupons – I will have a post about what you should write in the letters coming up soon!

Have you ever written to companies asking for coupons? What happened? Let me know in the comments!

CVS Couponing Plan – August 7, 2016

CVS Couponing Plan for August 7, 2016 - 20 Something CouponerLast week’s couponing trip went well; however, when the receipt printed, it was half blank. I was going to do a recap post, but with no reference to know exactly how much I spent and saved, it wouldn’t have been very good. The paper must have been in there wrong or something – all that matters is that I got $4 in EB to use this week.

There are a lot of great deals at CVS this upcoming week. This couponing plan is what I am going to buy this Sunday. If you’re a beginner at couponing, use this as a guide to help you – you don’t need to buy everything! As always, check the weekly ad and Coupons.com for other great deals that I didn’t post.

CVS Couponing Plan – August 7, 2016

Transaction 1

Black Forest Organic Gummy Worms or Bears 4 oz – $1.49 w/ $1.49 EB (Limit 1)

Mars Chocolate (Snickers Crisper) – $.99 w/ $.75 (Limit 1)
– Use $0.50 off any ONE (1) SNICKERS® Crisper, Original, Almond or Xtreme Single or Sharing Size Bars
Total – $.49 w/ $.75 EB

Caliber Wireless 1 Subject Notebook – $1.59 w/ $1 EB (Limit 2) BUY 2

Caliber Crayons 27 ct – $1.49 with $1 EB (Limit 2) (BUY 2)

BelVita 8.8oz or Nabisco Honey Maid Graham Crackers 14.4 oz – $2.99 w/ $1 EB (Limit 1)
– Use $1 off with CVS app-only coupon
Total – $1.99 w/ $1 EB

Kleenex Regular 85 ct or with lotion 70 ct – $.95
– Use $.25 off with CVS app-only coupon
Total – $.74

Xtra Laundry Detergent 51 oz – 2 for $3
– $1 off 2 coupon in most Sunday newspapers
Total – 2 for $2

Total without Coupons – $15.58
Total with Coupons – $12.87
Total Using EB from Previous Week (OOP) – $8.87
Total EB Earned– $7.24

Transaction 2

Scope 1 liter – $4.79 with $3 EB (Limit 2)
– Buy 2, Use $1 off $6 of mouthwash from ExtraCare Coupons
– Use $.50 off one Scope® Mouthwash 237ml or larger (excludes trial/travel size)
Total – $8.08 w/ $6 EB

Total without Coupons – $9.58
Total with Coupons – $8.08
Total Using EB from Previous Transaction (OOP) – $.84
Total EB Earned – $6

Total of Both Transactions
Total without Coupons – $25.16
Total with Coupons – $20.95
Total with Coupons and EB (OOP)- $9.71
Total EB Earned – $13.24
Total EB for next week – $6

If you have any questions about couponing at CVS or if you are confused about this weeks couponing plan, please let me know in the comments. I’ll have a recap post of what I bought on Monday or Tuesday.

Become a Dealspotr Influencer and Get FREE Amazon Gift Cards

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I’ve written before about how great Dealspotr is for everyone many, many times before but I’ve never shared about how great being a Dealspotr influencer is.

First of all, you need to have a blog. Then when you sign up (using the codes and links at the end of this post), you will earn points when you register (5,000 points) and again when you reach Silver status (5,000 points).

As an influencer, you get more opportunities to earn points to use towards Amazon gift cards. Also, you get other special perks when you reach different status levels. Below, I’ve listed  each level and their benefits as well as what you need to do to unlock that level.

Bronze Status
Benefits:
“Verified” badge on your profile
Inclusion in the Influencer directory
$5 access code for your readers
5,000 point bonus
To unlock:
Register with Dealspotr and confirm your email

Silver Status
Benefits:
Affiliate upgrade: Earn 20% commission rate
5,000 point bonus
To unlock:
Submit your blog URL in Settings
Place a Dealspotr button on your site
Once it’s posted, validate your site

Gold Status
Benefits:
Double lifetime points multiplier on Dealspotr
Affiliate upgrade: Earn $2 up-front for each referral
Eligible for paid writer position
Be featured on Dealspotr’s homepage
To unlock:
Publish an in-depth review about Dealspotr
Once it’s published, send us the link for review

In order to be a Dealspotr influencer, you need an access code which will give you an automatic upgrade to Verified Influencer status.

If you have not yet registered with Dealspotr, you will need and access code and  then you must go here: https://dealspotr.com/join?source=influencer.

If you are an existing Dealspotr member, you will need an access code and then you must go here:https://dealspotr.com/influencer-network?step=upgrade.

These access codes are single use, so please comment below when you have used one so I know which ones are no longer active!

Here are the access code, all of them are active unless otherwise stated:

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Are you going to become a Dealspotr Influencer? Did you use one of the access codes? Let me know in the comments!

Blog Income Report – July 2016

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Blog income report - July 2016 - 20 Something Couponer

How was your month? Did you do anything to celebrate summer? In June, I went to New Hampshire for three days, which was beautiful, and camping for four days, which was a lot of fun!

Now that I’ve been blogging for eight months, I’ve discovered that reading other bloggers income reports is a great way to learn how other bloggers monetize their blogs. I hope that my monetization journey can help other bloggers so, here is my July blog income report:

Blog Income Report – July 2016

Sources

ShareASale– $81

Cents of Style – $3

Aloha – $20

FMTC – $2

Madison Reed – $10

Stella and Dot – $30

The California Wine Club – $4

Julep – $5

1stinCoffee – $2

ShareASale – $5

Not bad, not as great as last month but considering the fact that I’ve been busy and posting less, this month’s total is not terrible. If you want to know more about how I did it, read my post about how much I love ShareASale.

IZEA – $3

Google Adsense- $58.61

Finally!!! Maybe I’ll actually get to the $100 cash out threshold sometime soon!

July 2016 BLOG INCOME TOTAL  – $142.61

Social Media Totals for July 2016

Increase across the board. I do not know how people get Facebook fans! If you have any tips, please let me know in the comments.

Goals for August 2016

  • I launched a new blog, The New England Tourist. I would like to have at least 10 posts on that blog by the end of the month.
  • Figure out why I’m getting no views from StumbleUpon – It used to be my biggest source of traffic!
  • Post more – even when I’m busy or tired, I need to remind myself to write blog posts!
  • I earned $60 ($20 more than last month!) in Amazon gift cards through DealSpotr in July! Read more about DealSpotr here and here.

Total Money Earned Blogging – $494.44

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Fellow bloggers, how did you do in July? Have any tips or tricks for me? Let me know in the comments.