Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Monday, November 23, 2009
Here's my list of freebies in the mail this week:
1. ESPN magazine (free subscription no longer available.) 2. Elle magazine (free subscription no longer available.) 3. Coupon for a free Marzetti Apple Dip (The link is no longer available.) 4. 6 Pantene coupons. 5 are $1.00 off and 1 is $2.00 off (These are from vocalpoint. You can sign up here and get lots of good freebies all the time!) 5. $1.00 coupon for Stayfree products. 6. Sample of Stayfree overnight pads. (You can get both of these through All You.) 7. Free full size Loreal Mascara. (No longer available.) 8. Some great coupons for a local restaurant, Chicago Joe's. 9. My giveaway win from Tia Saving Cents. I won a temple thermometer!
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.