Tips and Tricks to saving money in (and out of) Chicago
Monday, November 30, 2009
My list of mail freebies:
1. Gameinformer magazine (We got this free from Gamestop when we reserved a game.) 2. 2 Different Forbes magazines (no longer available.) 3. Shape magazine (no longer available.) 4. Coupons and recipies from Bridgford. (You can sign up here.) 5. 4.00 coupon for Iams dog food. (This came from P&G. You can sign up here.) 6. Free sample and coupon of Oregon tea (no longer available.) 7. Free sample of Olay Body Wash (sign up here for yours.) 8. Coupon for a free box of Little Debbie cupcakes (for being a facebook fan, no longer available.) 9. Free sample of Kashi trail mix bar. (availble here.) 10. Free jar opener and lots of Del Monte coupons from Vocalpoint. (Sign up here.)
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.