Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Monday, November 16, 2009
I got some great freebies this week:
1. Martha Stewart Living magazine (free subscription no longer available.) 2. Everyday With Rachael Ray magazine (free subscription no longer available.) 3. Kraft Food and Family magazine (free subscription no longer available.) 4. $5 off $5 coupon for Hallmark found inside my Martha mag. 5. Pocket calendar from Food and Family mag. 6. 1.00 off Starbucks bagged coffee coupon found inside my Rachael Ray mag. 7. Coupon for a FREE box of Uncrustables (go here and submit an after school organizational tip and they'll send you a free coupon.) 8. Home Made Simple coupon book with $35 worth of coupons (go here and get yours.) 9. Free Post It pen from Office Max (no longer available.) 10. Being Girl Sample Pack - this includes some samples of tampons, pads, and a coupon for a FREE box of Always Infinity (go here to sign up for yours.) 11. Some cute Christmas stickers and To/From labels (from the American Lung Association.) 12. My $10 Visa gift card from my Staples Easy Rebate. (This came pretty fast, considering I bought the product not even a month ago.) 13. Some great KMart toy coupons. 14. Some great Jewel coupons.
General: MAN. Q = manufactuer's coupon OOP = out of pocket BOGO = Buy one get one free MIR = Mail In Rebate WYB = when you buy OYNO = On your next order
Walgreens: WAGS = Walgreens WAGS Q = Walgreens store coupon RR = Register Rewards these print off after your reciept and can be used at Walgreens next time. ESC = easy saver catalog ESQ = easy saver coupon ESR = easy saver rebate
CVS: ECB = Extra Care Bucks (just like RR except these are for CVS and you need to use your CVS card in order to get them)
I am a college student here in Chicago, living with my fiancee and trying to survive on a very tight budget. As I attempt to finish school, I've had a hard time finding a part time job, so we are managing on only one income. With our expenses, we try to cut corners as much as possible. Neither of us have a car, we rely on public transportation and good old fashioned walking. We survive without cable (yes, it is possible) and we watch movies at home and find free or discounted entertainment events. I am just learning the fine art of couponing and I hope that many of these tricks will help others.