Couponing Basics: How to Use Recyclebank

 

RecycleBank is a program that allows you to earn points by completing Eco-friendly tasks that can behttp://www.thecouponchallenge.com/wp-admin/post.php?post=21165&action=edit redeemed for coupons, discounts and gift cards.

To get started, you need to sign up for a FREE account.  Then you can earn points for:

  • Home Recycling (if available in your area)
  • Learn and Earn Opportunities
  • Completing Challenges
  • Entering Coupon Codes from Participating Products
  • Referring Friends

If you are planning to use RecycleBank for coupons, you will notice there are “Print at Home”, “Mailed Rewards” and “Online Rewards”.  The “Print at Home” coupons are available to be printed right from your computer before you head to the store, while a “Mailed Reward” will be sent to you via snail mail.

Watch the video to learn more. *This video was taken on the older site design, but all the information is still the same!

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Make sure you know how to Use Coupons.com, Smartsource.com & Redplum.com!

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Couponing Basics: Set Up a Facebook Account

 

I hope everyone completed the assignment from last week and set up a coupon email address.  This week I have another assignment for Facebook hold-outs.  If you do not have a Facebook account – set one up now!

Why do you need a Facebook account?  For the coupons, of course!

Companies want you to “Like” their page and they are willing to “buy” your Like with a coupon.  It’s that simple.

I post coupons each week in my matchups that come directly from Facebook.  I’ve used Facebook to not only get printable coupons but to get FREE product coupons as well (a coupon for a FREE full-size bottle of Pantene is a recent example.) I’ve also used Facebook to sign up for FREE samples, print a mail-in-rebate and play games to win coupons.

Companies are using Facebook to promote their business and to get you to purchase their product.  You NEED to take advantage of this.

Are you a Facebook hold-out?

If you don’t have a Facebook account because you don’t want to share your information or don’t want people you knew 20 years ago contacting you, that’s okay.  It is not necessary for a Facebook account.  You don’t need to have friends on Facebook, you don’t need to include pictures on Facebook & update your status and you don’t need to include any personal information.  All you need is a valid email address.

How to Create a Facebook Account for Coupon Use:

  1. Sign up for a Free Facebook Account
  2. Enter you name or a name for your account
  3. Enter your Coupon Email Address
  4. Enter a password you will remember for accessing your account
  5. Select your sex
  6. Enter your birthday (for age appropriate content)
  7. Click “Sign up”
  8. Verify your email

If you WANT to have personal information, make sure to change your privacy settings to ensure your information is available to friends, friends of friends, the public, etc as you see fit.

Once you’re Facebook account is set up, you can go “Like” pages to get your coupons (when available).  Please remember that coupons and free offers on Facebook are limited, so you will want to print or request the offers as soon as they are announced.

Next Up: how to use Recyclebank to get coupons!

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Couponing Basics: Get a Coupon Email Address

 

I have been talking about where to get printable coupons for a few weeks, and I’m not finished yet!  However, this week I wanted to step back and give everyone a bit of homework.  Your first assignment?  Set up a coupon email address. 

Why do you need a coupon email address?  You will be registering through a lot of websites to get coupons and free offers.  You don’t want these coupon related emails to clutter up your personal email account.

First, set up a new email account just for coupon use with a FREE service such as gmail, yahoo or hotmail.  Then whenever you are required to register to print coupons or to get on an email list for a store or restaurant, use that new coupon email address.  That way, all those emails are going to one account.  You can check your coupon email account as frequently or infrequently as you choose.

Next Up: Make sure you Set Up a Facebook Account to print coupons!

 

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Couponing Basics: How to Use Coupon Network

 

Last week I posted specifically about 3 popular printable coupons sites (Coupons.com, RedPlum.com and SmartSource.com) and How to Use each.  This week I am focusing on How to Use Coupon Network.

Coupon Network is a printable coupon site that has only been around for a year.  There are some great features about Coupon Network that should be beneficial to you in your money-saving endeavors.

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Couponing Basics: Learning to Use Coupons.com, Smartsource.com & Redplum.com

Last week we started talking about Where to Find Printable Coupons.  This week, we are looking at 3 of the most popular printable coupon websites – Coupons.com, SmartSource.com and RedPlum.com.

Watch the video below to learn more about using these 3 sites – no sign up is required to print these coupons.  However, you will need to make sure you have downloaded the coupon printing software from both Coupons.com and SmartSource.com.  This will allow you to print coupons with a scannable barcode.  Once you have downloaded the coupon printing software from both sites, you will be all set for printing future coupons.

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Next Up: Find out How to Use Coupon Network for more printable coupons!

 

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Couponing Basics: Where to Find Printable Coupons

Last week I talked about how to get extra coupon inserts.  We will start diving more into printable coupons over the next several weeks.  This weeks post will give you an overview of the sites to obtain printable coupons.

The internet is one of the best tools for obtaining coupons.  There are countless online websites devoted to providing you with the coupons you need to save your family money.

The norm is for a site allowing 2 prints per computer. Also, please remember that these coupons can change and may have a low print limit.  If you have multiple computers, you can print multiple coupons!

1.  Printable coupon websites:

2.  Company websites may also have a printable coupon for products.  It is common to find a Bagel Bites coupon or a Green Giant Frozen vegetables coupon on their websites.  If you search The Coupon Database and can’t find a coupon – consider checking the company website to find an offer.

3.  Facebook has become one of my go-to sources for printable coupons.  Companies want you to “Like” their page.  In exchange, you can usually find a coupon just for helping to increase their numbers.  These coupons typically have a print limit, so I would suggest “liking” and printing the coupon as soon as the offer is announced.

What are your favorite printable coupon sites?

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Couponing Basics: How to Get Extra Coupon Inserts

Now that you know Where to Get Coupons, want to kick your couponing up a notch? Have multiple coupons by having extra coupon inserts. This will allow you to purchase more of an item when it’s at a rock-bottom price.

How to Get Extra Coupon Inserts:

1. Extra newspaper subscription:  Most of you probably have 1 subscription to your local newspaper.  Ask about a special rate to get multiple papers delivered.  Call you local paper and see what they can offer for Sunday only.

2. Retail Stores:  Most stores such as grocery and drug stores sell the Sunday paper.  I personally prefer The Dollar Tree because the price per paper is only $1 versus the standard $2 at other stores.  Check the Sunday Coupon Preview each week to see if it’s beneficial for you to purchase an extra paper.

3. Ask friends and family:  If you have family, friends or neighbors that don’t clip coupons, ask them to save their inserts for you.  You will get coupon inserts for FREE.

4. Clipping services:  You can purchase whole inserts or individual coupons from coupon clipping services.  This is especially nice for regional coupons.  However, you may want to read the CIC’s stand on clipping services to determine if this is right for you.

5. Recycle Bin/ Dumpster Diving:  You can take this to whatever level you wish.  However, the easiest way is in areas that have recycle bins instead of cans. You can easily see the coupon inserts before they are carried away to the recycle center.

6.  Local churches, gyms & community centers: Find out if your gym, church or community center can save the coupon inserts from the Sunday paper for you.  Many of these places get a paper or two delivered for patrons to read.

How many coupon inserts should I get?
Not sure how many inserts is enough? Think about having 1 insert per family member.  However, this “rule” will depend on your personal needs and quality of coupons in the inserts each week.

I have 2 papers delivered per week and receive 2-3 inserts from family.  That provides me with 4-5 coupon inserts per week for my family of four.

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