‘Target’ Articles

Target Deals with Coupon Match Ups 6/26/16 – 7/2/16

 

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♥ ♥ = We love this deal! We doubt it will go much lower than this. Stock up!
♥ = This is a great deal. If you use this product, get it!

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IN AD COUPON:

MOBILE COUPONS– VALID ONE DAY -EACH-ONLY Target Mobile
20% Off Pool Toys & Sporting Goods TARGET COUPON Text PLAY to 827438 Sunday 6/26 ONLY
30% Off All Sandals & Flip-Flops TARGET COUPON Text SUMMER to 827438 Monday 6/27 ONLY
20% Off Sun, Beauty & Personal Care TARGET COUPON Text BEAUTY to 827438 Tuesday, 6/28 ONLY
25% Off Ice Cream & Novelty Treats TARGET COUPON  Text TREAT to 827438 Weds. 6/29 ONLY
20% Off Select Kitchen Items TARGET COUPON Text COOK to 827438 Thursday 6/30 ONLY
*Small Appliances, Tools & Gadgets, Cookware, Dining & Entertaining, Bakeware
10% Off Household Essentials TARGET COUPON Text CLEAN to 827438 Friday 7/1 ONLY
*Laundry/Dish, Paper Products, Air Care, Disp. Tableware, Insect Repellent, Cleaners

MOBILE TARGET GROCERY COUPON – SATURDAY thru MONDAY 7/2 – 7/4 Target Mobile
$10 Gift Card with $50+Grocery TARGET Text GROCERY to 827438 Valid 7/2-7/4

 

♥ ♥ Ian’s Gluten Free AlphaTots 12 oz   $2.99 (reg. price)
15% Target Cartwheel (exp.7/2 , save 45¢-Details, use w/ coupon below)
$2.00 printable
Final price:  54¢

Back To Nature Mac & Cheese   $1.69 (reg. price)
$1/1 printable
$0.50/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  69¢ + possible Ibotta cash back making it only 19¢

♥ ♥ Van’s Gluten-Free Crackers   $2.00 (sale thru 7/2)
$1.25/1 printable (register)
$1/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  75¢ + possible Ibotta cash back making it a MONEY MAKER of .25

♥ ♥ Scrubbing Bubbles with Fantastik Heavy Duty $2.59   (sale thru 7/2)
$5.00 Target gift card when you buy 5
10% Off Household Essentials TARGET COUPON Text CLEAN to 827438 Friday 7/1 ONLY
$2/2 Coupons.com (use zip 85225 if not in yours; may have to sign in & change zip in profile, save, and refresh page)
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles All-Purpose Cleaners With Fantastik 06/12/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/10/16)
$2/2 Scrubbing Bubbles Bathroom Cleaning Products 06/12/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/10/16)
Final price:  79¢ each when you buy 5 after gift card factored in
FRIDAY ONLY 53¢ each for 5– with 10% Mobile

Ella’s Kitchen Pouches   $1.52 (reg. price)
$0.55/1 printable
$1.50/3 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  97¢ + possible Ibotta cash back

Country Time or Kool-Aid Drink Mixes   $2.49, Buy Three / Get One Free (sale thru 7/2)
$0.55/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1/2 Kool-Aid Liquid or Powder Drink Mixes 06/26/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/6/16)
Final price:  $1.48 each when you buy 4
Using both coupons, so would need at least 2 Kool Aids

Twizzlers 11 to 19 oz   2 / $4 (sale thru 7/2)
$1/2 Twizzlers or Jolly Rancher Candy 05/15/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/10/16)
$1/2 Twizzlers or Jolly Rancher Bites or Candy Bags 06/26/2016 SS Insert (exp 8/21/16)
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 2

Edy’s/Dreyer’s Ice Cream 48 oz   2 / $6 (sale thru 7/2)
25% Target Mobile (Text TREAT to 827438, VALID ONLY 6/29 WEDS. , use with coupon below, use w/ coupon below)
$1/2 Target printable
Final price:  $1.75 each when you buy 2, WEDS 6/29 ONLY $2.50 each other days with Target printable

Blink Contacts Lubricating Eye Drop   $5.99 (sale thru 7/9)
$5.00 Target gift card when you buy 2
$3/1 Blink Tears, Tears Preservative Free, Geltears Lubricating Eye Drops, Blink-N-Clean Lens Drops or Contacts Lubricating Eye Drops 06/19/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/25/16)
Final price:  $1.99 each when you buy 2 after gift card factored in
Only 49¢ each if you have an extra insert coupon

All Sodas Cans 12 oz 12 pk or Bottles 8 pk   $3.29 or 4 / $10 (sale thru 7/2)
$1/1 Target Mobile (Diet Coke mobile…Text DIETCOKE to 827438, use with coupon below)
Final price:  $2.29 For Diet Coke

♥ ♥ Circo Beach Towels   $6 + (sale thru 7/2)
30% Target Cartwheel (SUNDAY ONLY exp.6/26 , save $1.80-Details)
Final price:  $4.20 SUNDAY ONLY

Iams 7lbs dog food   $8.49-$10.49 (sale thru 7/2, reg. online price)
$10 Off $40+ Pet Care Purchase In-Ad TARGET COUPON (or text PETS to 827438) Valid 6/26 – 7/2
B1G1 Iams Dry Dog Food 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 7/17/16)
Final price:  $4.79 each when you buy 5 ($8.49 variety)
Less if you have more than one BOGO coupon

Gain Flings 32 or 42 ct, Tide Pods 32 or 42 ct, Tide Pureclean Liquid 32 load, Tide Liquid 48 or 64 load   $11.99 (sale thru 7/2)
$10.00 Target gift card when you buy 4
$1/1 Tide, Downy or Bounce TARGET COUPON 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16) (use w/ coupon below)
$1/2 Tide Rescue, Tide Pods with Febreze or Downy Fresh Protect Scent Boosters TARGET COUPON 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16) (use w/ coupon below)
$1/2 Gain Laundry Detergent, Fabric Sheets, In-Wash Scent Boosters or Dishwashing Liquid TARGET COUPON 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16) (use w/ coupon below)
10% off Target Cartwheel (Tide PURCLEAN honey lavender scent exp.7/2 , save $1.20-Details)
$2/1 Coupons.com (Tide Detergent or Tide PODS, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Gain Flings, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1/1 Coupons.com (Tide PODS 12ct + gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  $7.49 each when you buy 4 after gift card factored in
Figuring purchasing 4- getting $10 gift card, using $2 in Target coupons with $4 in Printer manufacturer coupons
Price not figuring 10% Off Household Essentials TARGET COUPON Text CLEAN to 827438 Friday 7/1 ONLY $4.80 off- presenting THIS COUPON FIRST, $6.79 eac

Huggies or Pampers Giant pack   $34.99 (sale thru 7/2)
$15.00 Target gift card when you buy 3
$1/1 Huggies Boxed Diapers TARGET COUPON 06/19/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/16/16) (use w/ coupon below)
$4/2 Coupons.com (Huggies, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$2/1 Coupons.com (Huggies, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1.50/1 Huggies Diapers 06/19/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/16/16)
$2/1 Huggies Little Movers Diapers 06/19/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/16/16)
$2/1 Huggies Little Snugglers Diapers 06/19/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/16/16)
10% off Target Cartwheel (Pampers, SUNDAY ONLY left! exp. 6/26, save $3.50-Details)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (Pampers Baby Dry,gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (Pampers Cruisers, use zip 85225 if not in yours; may have to sign in & change zip in profile, save, and refresh page)
$1.50/1 Coupons.com (Pampers Swaddlers, use zip 85225 if not in yours; may have to sign in & change zip in profile, save, and refresh page)
$3/1 Checkout 51 (Cruisers, phone app, future cash back)
$3/1 Checkout 51 (Swaddlers, phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  $27.66 + possible Checkout 51 cash back, each when you buy 3 after gift card factored in
Deal figuring buying Huggies, using Target coupon and $6 worth of manufacturer coupons (prints).
You can do better if you shop SUNDAY 6/26 using the 10% Pampers cartwheel and prints and use checkout 51

 

Purina One Lamb & Rice Dry Dog Food   $28.99 (sale thru 7/2)
$10 Off $40+ Pet Care Purchase In-Ad TARGET COUPON (or text PETS to 827438) Valid 6/26 – 7/2
$3/1 printable (Print 2, register)
Final price:  $20.99 each when you buy 2

These are deals listed before, but still valid:

♥ ♥ Airborne Chewable Tablets Trial Size   99¢ (reg. price in Travel section)
$1/1 Airborne Product 4-3-16 SS exp 7/3
Final price:  FREE

♥ ♥ Kids Crest Toothpaste (4.6 oz tube in box)   $2.12 (reg. price)
Kids Crest Toothpaste (4.2 oz stand up tube)  $2.49 (reg. price)

$1/1 Crest Toothpaste TARGET COUPON 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16) (use w/ coupon below)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  12¢

Ragu Pizza Sauce   $1.16 (thru 7/2)
$1/1 Ragu Sauce 05/15/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/12/16)
Final price:  16¢

Ortega Taco Seasoning Packet   77¢ (reg. price)
$1/2 printable
Final price:  27¢ each when you buy 2

♥ ♥ Benadryl Itch Stick   $2.42 (reg. price)
$2/1 Benadryl Product 06/05/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/3/16)
Final price:  42¢

Carefree Pantiliners (20-ct)  97¢ (reg. online price)
$0.50/1 printable
Final price:  47¢

♥ ♥ Lays Stax Chips  50¢ (thru 7/2)

Vlasic Sweet or Dill Relish Jar   $1.04 (reg. price)
$1.00/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  54¢ each when you buy 2

♥ ♥ Windex   $2.84
May be higher at your store.  It was $3.14 at the Old Spanish Trail location in Tucson.  (Thanks, Helen!)
$5.00 Target gift card when you buy 4 (thru 7/2)

Other cleaners included in gift card deal, but this is a way to get a bargain!
$2/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link, print 2)
Final price:  59¢ each when you buy 4 after gift card factored

♥ ♥ Febreze Warmer   $3.12 (reg. price)
$1/2 Febreze or Unstopables Air Care or Fabric Care Items TARGET coupon 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16) (use w/ coupon below)
$2/1 Coupons.com (Print 2, gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  62¢ each when you buy 2

Oral-B Single Cavity Defense Toothbrush   $1.49 (reg. price)
75¢/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  74¢

Hungry Jack Hashbrowns (in carton)   $1.27 (reg. price)
$1/2 printable
Final price:  77¢ each when you buy 2

Dreamfields Pasta   $1.79 (reg. price)
$1/1 printable
$1.50/2 printable (if you share or only $1/2, register)

Final price:  As low as 79¢

NYC Select Cosmetics Mascara, Liners, Nail & Concealers   $1.89 (reg. price)
$1.00/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  Varies As low as 89¢

Air Wick Life Scents Room Mist (7.4 oz)   $2.99
$5.00 Target gift card when you buy 4 (thru 7/2)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link, print 2)
$1/1 Air Wick Life Scents Room Mist 06/05/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/3/16)
Final price:  99¢ each when you buy 4 (less if have extra coupon) after gift card factored in

Summer’s Eve Sheer Floral Wipes (16 ct)   $1.74 (reg. price)
$1.50/2 printable (scroll to middle right, in green, register)
Final price: 99¢ each when you buy 2

CeraVe Trial Size Healing Ointment   $3.99, Buy Three / Get One Free (sale thru 7/9)
$3/1 Cerave Product 05/15/2016 SS Insert (exp 7/31/16)
Final price:  99¢

Hefty Slider Bags (20 count)   $1.99 (reg. price)
$2/3 Hefty Slider Bags 04/24/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16)
$1/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Hefty Slider Bags 04/24/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16)
$1/2 printable
$2/3 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  $1.33 + possible Ibotta cash back, each when you buy 3

Boudreaux’s Diaper Rash Preventor   $4.39 (reg. price)
$3.00/1 printable (Rash Preventor)
Final price:  $1.39

 Wish-Bone EVOO Dressing (12 oz)   $2.49 (reg. price)
$1/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$0.50/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price: $1.49

Gold Peak Tea (64 oz)   $2.00 (thru 7/16)
$1/2 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
Final price:  $1.50 each when you buy 2

♥ ♥ Hot Pocket Food Truck Bites (20 oz)   $5.00 (thru 7/9)
10% Target Cartwheel (exp. 7/23, save 50¢-Details)
$3/1 Hot Pockets Food Truck Bites, Snack Bites or Breakfast Bites, Sandwiches 6/12/16 SS Insert (exp 9/12/16)
Final price:  $1.50

Reynold’s Slow Cooker Liners (4 ct)  $2.29 (reg. price)
$0.75/1 printable
Final price:  $1.54

♥ ♥ Madhava Natural Syrup   $4.99 (reg. price)
$1.00/1 Target printable (search Madhava Natural, use w/ coupon below)
30% Target Cartwheel (exp. 7/2, save $1.19-Details, use w/ coupon below)
$1/1 printable (Facebook)
$1/1 Ibotta (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  $1.80 + possible Ibotta cash back

Glade Candle Twin Pack   $4.89 (reg. price)
$2/1 Coupons.com (gone if not on top, after clicking link)
$2/1 Checkout 51 (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  $2.89 + possible Checkout 51 cash back

♥ ♥ Purex Laundry Detergent (150 oz, 100 load)   $6.99 (reg. price)
$5.00 Target gift card when you buy 2 (thru 7/2)
$3/2 printable
Final price:  $2.99 each when you buy 2 after gift card factored in

Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus Spray (33.8 oz)   $5.99 (sale thru 7/2)
$1/1 Tide, Downy or Bounce TARGET coupon 06/05/2016 RP Insert (exp 6/30/16)
$2/1 Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus 04/03/2016 SS Insert (exp 12/31/16)
$1/1 printable
$1/1 Downy Wrinkle Releaser Plus 04/03/2016 SS Insert (exp 12/31/16)
$2/1 Checkout 51 (phone app, future cash back)
Final price:  $2.99 + possible Checkout 51 cash back

 

(Thanks for some added deals, Totally Target!)

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+  “sale thru” means item was in ad and will be everywhere
+  “price cut thru” or deals with just an ending date can vary, but are usually close to the listed price
+  “reg. price” deals can vary, but are usually close to the listed price
+  View your Target weekly ad.
+  Full Target coupon policy
+  Target will match competitor’s prices — details HERE.
+  Target has printable coupons — combine with manufacturer’s coupons.
+ Multiple manufacturers’ coupons are listed, but you can only use one for each product purchased
+ All listed coupons with dates come from Sunday newspaper inserts.
+ Get the lowest price we know of right now, on the Arizona Republic HERE.  (Wed. & Sun. delivery)
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+  Target pays 5¢ for each reusable bag you bring in and is used.
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WOW! ~ $5 off Finding Dory w/ $1.67 box of Quaker Granola Bars!

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There are a bunch of movie ticket offers floating around on different products, but this is one of my favorite ones!

All you have to do is buy ONE specially marked box of Quaker chewy granola bars, to get a $5 code for Finding Dory, through Fandango.  (To me, it’s like a $4 code, since Fandango tacks on a $1 processing fee, but … $4 off a movie that we’ll see anyway, and paying $1.67 for a box is a super deal to me!)

You may find these at any store, but Target has them and it a good price.

Quaker Chewy Bars   $2.00 (thru 6/25)   NEW
Look for specially marked boxes with Finding Dory Movie ticket offer.
$1/3 Quaker Chewy Bars 05/22/2016 RP Insert (exp 7/3/16)
Final price:  $1.67 each when you buy 3 (plus possibly three $5 off movie codes!)
This deal with the movie offer!

Even if you don’t have the above coupon, $2 is still a super deal to me!

  • Buy one box of specially marked Dory Quaker Chewy bars.
  • Enter the code found inside box, along with your email address here.
  • Limit of five codes per person.
  • Receive a Fandango promo code via email good for $5.00 off your purchase of a Finding Dory movie ticket.
  • You must choose a theater and time when redeeming, so wait until you know that.  Harkins, AMC and other theaters are included, but check to make sure Fandango books for your theater, before counting on it.
  • The offer ends 9/30, or when the film is no longer in theaters.

(Thanks, Thanya!)
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♥ ♥ Hearts on Lists! ♥ ♥ (Find Best Deals More Easily)

♥ ♥ = We love this deal!  We doubt it will go much lower than this.  Stock up!
♥  = This is a great deal.  If you use this product, get it!

This is pretty self-explanatory, but for those who haven’t noticed yet … we just started adding hearts to the coupon match ups.

As you can imagine, we don’t use every product we have on the lists.  We aren’t 100% sure what a good deal is on everything.  This is just a guideline to get you focused in on some of the best deals.  If you use a lot of something or specifically need a product, it doesn’t mean nothing else on the list is a good deal.  Don’t be afraid of the other deals.  :)

If you ever see something that’s an amazing deal, to you, and we missed marking it … let us know!  We’d love to make sure we highlight it for others, so they don’t miss out.

Hope this makes your life a little easier and helps you save even more!

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Note from Juli . . .

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Please tell everyone in AZ you know (or even strangers!) to check us out.  If they don’t already love you, they may start!  :)  Most of you know this, but just in case you don’t … I pay people to help me since I just don’t have time to spend on what is needed  to keep this site going.  I use affiliate links and advertising, to generate an income.  We get to continue because of those who use our links and help us grow by telling others about Bargain Believer​.

I want to be honest/clear … our #1 priority is to save you money, not make money.  But, for one to happen, the other needs to happen or we can’t continue.  I still refuse to post things that I hope a few of you might jump on, just to make a buck .. at the expense of wasting everyone else’s time & diluting the things I find valuable.  We really pick and choose what we feel is the best, especially for AZ residents, without becoming a site that just lists Amazon & other affiliate deals all the time.  That means the majority of our posts make us a whopping $0.   I get as excited to post those as I do the money making ones, if I know you will benefit.

With that said, sometimes I feel guilty for posting the things I make money on.  In some ways, it would be easier if I didn’t make/need money.  My guilt would be less.

Later this afternoon, I will put up a post about Pogo Pass.  I’m sorry for those of you who are sick of seeing it.  However, please realize that it’s extremely popular and I get thanked for sharing it all the time.  It’s an amazing value and I completely believe in it.  Also, keep in mind that we have new people come to the site each day and most people don’t see every post we do (shocking to a few of you loyal followers, I know)  :)  Honestly … we probably couldn’t afford to keep doing what we’re doing without Pogo’s generous commission.  I’d love for you to share or tag people on that post (or any!) if you think anyone would benefit.  Side note:  Pogo can also be used for fundraisers.  If you know a school or non-profit that needs to make some money, please send me an email (juli@bargainbeliever.com).  Or, it can even be a business that wants to put flyers on their counter.  They are a super company to work with.

Okay, this didn’t start out so long in my mind, but I’m a world-class rambler.  I’m glad you’re here and really don’t know how to fully express that to you, but just believe me … I love sharing deals and it’s much easier to share them, than keep them to myself.  Well … in some ways.  :)  THANK YOU!  ~ Juli

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Target ~ New Price Matching Policy Starts Today!

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Target announced a new price matching policy that starts today, October 1st.
Here are the highlights:

  • Price match 29 online competitors (list here, includes warehouse clubs!)
  • Price match at your local Target AND ONLINE (online is awesome!)
  • Doubling the time frame for price matching, from 7 days to 14 days, for products bought in store and online

Go here to see the full Target price matching policy.  It’s always good to review or even print a copy and keep in your binder.

Here’s the fine print on limitations and exclusions copied straight from their website:

Price Match Guarantee: guidelines and limitations, and exclusions

Guidelines and limitations:

  •  The item must be the identical item, brand name, size, weight, color, quantity and model number. It must be in stock at the time of Price Match.
  •  Online competitor matches are limited to items sold and fulfilled by the select competitors listed here.
  •  The actual price of an item must be identifiable and valid at the time of match. We reserve the right to verify a competitor’s advertised price and the availability of the item.
  •  Please bring the entire printed ad, or show the online price or digital version of ad on your mobile device for proof of price. Original receipts or packing slips are required for price adjustments after purchase. Competitor catalogs can be matched as long as the price is identifiable and valid and all other price match criteria are met.
  •  We match Target.com prices on in-store purchases and in-store prices for Target.com purchases. In-store price matches from other Target stores are excluded.
  •  Price matches and adjustments will not be allowed for prices from Thanksgiving Day through the Monday after Thanksgiving, whether offered by Target or a competitor.
  •  Alaska and Hawaii Target stores are excluded from price matching online competitors.
  •  No rainchecks will be issued for items out of stock at Target or Target.com. We do not price match competitors if they are out of stock.
  •  Limit of one price match per identical item per guest for online competitor matches.

Exclusions: 

  •  Clearance, closeout, liquidation sales, damaged, used, open package, refurbished, pre-owned, or rent/lease to own items, storewide or unspecific offers, non-branded items, or prices that only display on a website after guests log in.
  •  Pricing or typographical errors, limited time or quantity offers, daily deals, coupon offers, credit card offers, gift card offers, financing, service offers, bundled offers, sales tax promotions, free items, rebates or mail-in offers.
  •  Contract mobile phone plans or devices, Optical, Target Portrait Studio and Clinic offers, Product services (warranties, assembly, etc.), or game reservations.
  •  “Marketplace” prices and prices from third party sellers will not be honored.
  •  Cartwheel offers and Target coupons cannot be combined with price match. Manufacturer coupons will be applied after a price match is made per Target’s coupon policy. Please review our Store Coupon Policy for additional details.
  •  Items containing alcohol will be subject to state-by-state regulations.

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Get Facebook Page Updates to Show Up in Feed (New Way!)

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I just found a new (at least to me!) setting for pages you follow on Facebook.  One of the most common questions we get is how to see all Bargain Believer posts in your Facebook feed.  It’s frustrating when you want to see something and Facebook just doesn’t show it to you.

We know that commenting, sharing, and “liking” posts helps.  But, it looks like we may have a new option.  Hope this really works!!

Some deals go quickly, so it’s a great way to follow us, if you’re on Facebook a lot.  Plus, we post some added information or have a Facebook-only giveaway from time to time.

Assuming you want to see everything we post  . . .

Supposedly, Bargain Believer posts will show up at the top of your feed.  Give it a try and let us know what happens.

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Is Couponing Worth It?

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I was asked (after hearing Safeway will probably be accepting coupons at face value in AZ soon, more here) …

Is couponing worth it?

If you want the short answer … yes, for me.

If you want the long answer, grab your coffee (maybe it’s a smoothie this time of year?) and snuggle up to your computer or mobile, as I share my thoughts.

When, I say “couponing,” I mean using paper coupons (printable, from Sunday paper, & misc. coupons that may show up) or digital coupons you can load directly to your shopping cards.

I only use coupons for products I will use or have a specific purpose for (donating, giving to friends, etc).  I’m not a true “extreme couponer.”  I’ve only seen a couple of the TLC shows, but I’m nothing like what I’ve seen.  I like to call myself an “intentional couponer.”  I use them wisely and save a bunch of money!  I don’t need a trailer to get my groceries home and one bottle of mustard will usually last us until it expires, around my house.

For me, couponing will still be worth it, even if coupons are taken at face value.  (Keep in mind that most of the country can only redeem coupons at face value and many do it.)  There is still money to be saved.

I’m a firm believer that pennies add up to quarters, add up to dollars, add up to $20, etc.  I’ll even still bend down to pick up a penny.  The bonus is a little bit of exercise, if nothing else.  :)

On the other hand, I also value my time.  If I’m finding that saving $3 is taking me an hour, I won’t do it.  My time is worth more than $3/hour.  On the other hand, if it takes me an hour to get ready to go to the grocery store (or an extra hour to run somewhere else & look at ads, etc.) and I end up saving $30 (random number for example) … totally worth my time.  I should say … usually!  There are weeks when I don’t have an hour to spare to save $30, as much as I want to.  I value my sanity more than thirty bucks.

As much as I love the savings and the financial freedom it helps bring to my family, it’s not for everyone.  I have different time, priorities, and needs than you do.  Don’t blindly use coupons, without counting the cost.  There are costs.  I would never deny that!

  • Time — What “wages” are acceptable to you?  Remember, it’s tax-free “income.”
  • Space — How will you store surplus?  Do you have room or need to stick with basics?
  • Sanity — Does the extra clutter (coupons or treasures you get) drive you nuts?
  • Need — Do you need to do it to make ends meet?
  • Want — Do you enjoy using the savings for something else that makes the effort worthwhile?
  • Respect — Does your spouse value the fact that you do it or does it drive him/her nuts?
  • Cost — How much are you spending on newspapers, ink, paper, buying coupons, gas, whatever?

Take a serious inventory of the above list.  Ponder it and calculate it.  If you feel it’s more of a burden, stop — unless you feel it’s a necessity!  (Well, I don’t see how you can resist clicking and loading a few digital coupons.)  :)  Yes, I know I run a coupon website.  Well, I don’t fully see it that way.  I run a money saving website, that often involves coupons, but there’s much more!

Whatever you end up doing with your coupon usage, I hope you stick around Bargain Believer.  We’ll always share deals that have coupons, but we go beyond that.  We want you to have fun with your family, without spending a bunch.  We’ll point you to those deals and other bargains we just can’t seem to keep to ourselves.  As long as there are businesses competing, there will always be bargains out there and we’ll help you find them!  We may even tempt the non-coupon users out there to click and load a digital coupon or even print a coupon every once in awhile.  The coupon/non-coupon line can be crossed at any time.  :)

I was going to share some other ways to save, but I’m afraid you’re falling asleep now.  And, I’m out of time.  Stay tuned … more on saving (beyond coupons) soon!

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Verify Email Subscriptions! ~ Great Way to Follow (Also Facebook, Twitter, or RSS Feed)

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If you don’t get the Bargain Believer emails, you may want them.  You will receive one email between 3pm & 5pm, usually around 3pm.  (No, I’m not sitting at my computer at that exact time every single day.  They’re automatic and I never know the precise time they’ll go out.) :)

They will show you everything that was listed since the previous email went out.  It’s an easy way to glance over what was posted that day and make sure you didn’t miss anything.   Fair warning:  You’ll be bugged everyday around 3pm, but you can unsubscribe at anytime.   :)

If you’ve ever signed up to get the daily emails and you’re not getting them, you probably didn’t verify your email.  There is a significant number of people on the email list that haven’t.  Sign up again at this link and make sure to go to your email and click on the link.  It should come right away.

Of course, you can also follow other ways . . . Facebook gets a little extra love sometimes, with quickly disappearing deals, reminders, and just more interaction.  If you use Facebook, it’s another great way to follow.

Make sure “follow” is checked after you have “liked” Bargain Believer (beside the “liked” button).  Even better, hover over the “liked” button and check “get notifications.”  When you’re on Facebook, a little box will pop up when we post something and it will also be listed under your “notifications” tab on top.  As always, the best way to not miss anything is to comment or “like” posts on the Bargain Believer Facebook page …. often!

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Stay Active on Facebook or You’re Missing Out!

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Are a Facebook user, who likes to see all the updates from pages you have “liked,” like the Bargain Believer page?  (I think that sentence had too may “likes” in it!)

Ughhh . . . it’s so frustrating when I don’t see things I want to.  I feel like when I “like” a page, I’m telling Facebook I want to see their updates.  If I don’t want to see them, I’ll “unlike” them.  Facebook sees it differently.  :(

You need to get/stay active to see what you want on the Bargain Believer Facebook page!  We posts extra deals on Facebook from time to time.  You’ll want to see them, even if you get the email or stalk the website.

When you “like,” share, or comment … you are telling Facebook that you value the page and want to see posts.  You are also making it a more popular post, which will increase the likelihood that those who aren’t as active, will see the post.  Pretty please … like or comment on posts when you think they’re beneficial!

If you are active for awhile and you’re still not seeing everything, don’t forget … you can get daily emails.  Note:  You will not get them until you click on the confirmation email that you receive.  You will get an email almost every single day.  I realize that’s not for everyone.  If it annoys you enough, you can unsubscribe at any time.  We promise not to spam you, once you unsubscribe.  Well, we’ll never “spam” you, but you’ll get that one email each day.  :)

If all else fails … we have a website!  Check it often.  :)

Thanks for being here and giving us an outlet to share the deals we find.  We like finding bargains and it’s much more fun to share them!

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How Does Saving Star Work? ~ Changes Coming October

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I just wanted to remind everyone that changes are coming to Saving Star, starting October 1st, 2014.  There are two major parts to their change.

  1.   At many stores, the savings will no longer be automatic.  You will need to scan your receipt to get the credit into your account, starting 10/1/14.
    Register and then you can submit receipts/UPC images online or through their app.  You will also need the product’s barcode.

And, there are a bunch of retailers added, that will take scanned receipts.

  1.   The Arizona stores that participate are Fry’s, Safeway, Bashas, Food City, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo, Costco, & Sam’s Club.  You can see the stores in your area, if you put in you zip code.

Here’s the general information, if you haven’t used Saving Star before.

With SavingStar, you can save eCoupons to your grocery store loyalty cards or to your Saving Star account and get credited when you swipe your card at checkout or when you submit your receipt online or through their app.  The savings doesn’t come off at the register, it gets credited to your SavingStar account, within a week or two.  (Their official time is 2 – 22 days. )  If you scan your receipt, you have until three days after the offer expires.  You can request your payment via Paypal, bank deposit, or gift card when you reach $5.

The only “automatic” stores in Arizona are CVS and Bashas’.  You will enter the store’s loyalty card number once and savings will trigger whenever you use your card and buy the specified products.

There is a “Healthy Offer of the Week.”  Every Tuesday a new coupon is available to load for fresh produce.

They also have one item each Friday that you’ll get 100% cash back!  You have through Sunday to make your purchase.

The Arizona stores that participate are Fry’s, Safeway, Bashas, Albertsons, Walgreens, CVS, Target, Kmart, Dollar General, Family Dollar, WinCo, Costco, & Sam’s Club.

Before the receipt scanning was needed, I just loaded everything and considered anything I received a bonus.  Now, it will take more effort and planning.  It will be easiest to head to CVS or Bashas’ for the Friday freebie, if that’s convenient and you need other items there.

Saving Star savings is not meant to be combined with paper coupons.  Here’s their official statement on that:

SavingStar eCoupons will work whether or not you combine them with other services’ coupons, but they are not intended to be used this way.  Generally, manufacturers state that it is against their policies for shoppers to redeem more than one manufacturer’s coupon for the same purchase.  Using in-store coupons in combination with SavingStar eCoupons is not a problem.  In the future, we may implement mechanisms to limit the combination of SavingStar eCoupons with other manufacturer coupons.

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