Contests & Giveaways – April 15th

So as important as it is to most of us to save money, this video reminds us sometimes things are worth paying for so you do not have to pay out for ignoring them…EW

–          Find your inner Superpower for your chance to win a trip for 2 to New York City from Air Canada Vacations, the Revlon Electric Chrome Collection™ Prize Packs, and Cineplex Movie Passes:

http://bit.ly/1it07vs

–          Win Lindt Chocolate for a year with this fun game:

https://loveexcellence.ca/

–          Win a Silence Force Extreme Vacuum (approx. Retail value $499.99) from Home Outfitters:

http://og-ho.branderati.com/RowentaContest2014/

–          Spring Beauty Giveaway with polka dots stripes and hearts:

http://polkadotsstripesandhearts.blogspot.ca/2014/04/spring-beauty-giveaway.html

–          $50.00 Visa Gift Card Giveaway:

http://www.treasuretrooper.com/visagiveaway

–          Favorite Things for Spring 2014 and a $50.00 Visa Card Giveaway from About a Mom:

http://www.aboutamom.com/favorite-things-for-spring-2014/

–          Leave a comment on Lip Smackers facebook post for a chance to #win one of 10 special edition Easter flavors. Just tell them why you love this time of the year before midnight EST on 4/16:

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=657226374324678&set=a.241345445912775.52647.200915953289058&type=1&stream_ref=10

–          $25 gift card to Well.ca at EatLifeBalance.com. Two entries 1) Comment on a healthy option below the blog post 2) Like them on Facebook:

http://eatlifebalance.com/healthyprice-ca-giveaway/

–          Visit the Leon’s Facebook page and enter for a chance to win a set of Aloe Pillows.

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=637148323038357&set=a.227724027314124.58123.211317552288105&type=1

–          Enter the Lenox Happy Easter Dinnerware Sweepstakes for a chance to win an Easter Dinner Prize Pack:

http://www.feedback.lenox.com/se.ashx?s=411944FA57787B99

–          Enter now and get a chance to win the Grand Prize of a 2014 Can-Am Spyder RS or $15,000 Cash instead. Second prize is two tickets to one game of the 2015 NHL Stanley Cup Final with seating locations, and travel expense amount of $2,000. Third prize is a $250 gift certificate to Shop.NHL.com:

http://bracketchallenge.nhl.com/playoff_challenge/picks?locale=en

–          Mother’s Day Luxury Giveaway – “Win prizes for you AND your mom this Mother’s Day from e.l.f. and Emilie M! Five grand prize winners (One winner per day) will receive: 1 Emilie M handbag of choice, An Emilie M Essentials Box, An e.l.f. gift set valued at $50, $50 e.l.f. gift card redeemable on eyeslipsface.com. 50 second prize winners (10 per day) will receive:  $25 e.l.f. e-gift certificate redeemable on eyeslipsface.com, $25 Emilie M e-gift certificate redeemable on emiliemshop.com:

http://goo.gl/DyB0bf

–          Join Chick Advisor Product Review Club for chances at free samples and rewards:

http://www.chickadvisor.com/home.html

 

For those who have not followed MrsJanuary.com and are trying to figure out why they are not able to gain Canadian “Extreme Couponer” status will find this article helpful.

How to be an Extreme Couponer

Ever since the TLC show Extreme Couponing has aired, I have received numerous emails from readers begging me to give them tips on how to be an extreme couponer like the people they see on the show.

I’m sorry to break it to ya folks, but what you see on the show is not really how it all goes down. Those shoppers save up all of their “Free Product” and “High Value” coupons to use on the show, so that their hauls will be much more impressive.

They know well in advance when their shopping date will be, so they have plenty of time to order coupons (many use a coupon clipping service at a cost – a cost that is never factored into their out of pocket total).

It’s television – pure entertainment.

Is it possible to be an extreme couponer in Canada?

Yes, but don’t expect to get the same types of deals as those you see on Extreme Couponing.

Many of the people on the show have stores in their community that will double the value of coupons. They also have catalinas that print on your receipt, which are coupons you can use for future purchases (for example: save $5 on your next purchase of $20).

In addition, they often have better in store promotions than those of us in Canada (for example: buy 5 General Mills products and get $5 off your purchase).

So, yes, you can be an extreme couponer in Canada. Just don’t expect to go to the store every week and buy $600 worth of groceries for $10. It’s near impossible.

My eBook, Money In Your Pocket, is a great resource for saving money on groceries in Canada. Please check it out if you are looking to cut back on your grocery bills.

How to Become an Extreme Couponer

Learning how to extreme coupon in Canada takes time. Becoming an extreme couponer and building a large stockpile doesn’t happen overnight. It takes time to learn how to shop smart and get used to using coupons in large quantities. It took me well over a year to build my stockpile and I am still (and always will be) constantly taking from and adding items to it.

Find Coupons

If you really want to get serious about couponing, the first thing you need to do is find coupons – and find a lot of them. There are many ways to do this: tear pad coupons, coupon inserts, online coupon companiesprintable couponscoupon trading, etc.

Organize Coupons

Once you find a bunch of coupons, you will then need to organize them. My favourite way to organize coupons is the binder method, but of course, there are many other options. Choose the organizational system that you think would work best for you.

It’s important to always stay on top of your coupons. When you get new ones, organize them right away. They start to pile up very fast! Also, don’t forget to go through your coupons at least once per month and remove all of the expired ones.

Check Your Flyers

There are new store flyers every week. When you receive them, look them over and make note of the items that you think are good deals and would like to buy. Then, check your coupons to see if you have any to match up to those sale items.

I post weekly coupon match-ups every Thursday, so if you don’t have time to check your flyers, just watch for that post.

You always want to shop with a list when you go grocery shopping. Otherwise, you will just walk up and down the aisles adding random items to your cart with no real rhyme or reason. To save yourself some money, always shop with a list and never buy anything that is not on it (unless you find some great clearance deals, of course!).

Also, you need to fill your belly before you go shopping, otherwise you will shop on impulse and fill up your cart with junk food. Trust me on that one.

Stock-up on Sale Items

You always want to stock up on items when they are at their rock-bottom prices. This is how you build a grocery stockpile. Give yourself a monthly “stocking up” budget and use that money to stock up on items when they go on sale.

If you use lots of frozen vegetables and normally pay $1.99 a bag, wait until they go on sale for $1 or less and then stock up. Sales typically run about every 3 months, so purchase a 3 month supply (if you can afford it) at that low price and then you don’t have to worry about frozen vegetables for 3 months.

Always save your coupons to match up with great deals. I know it can be tempting to use a whole bunch of coupons when you first start out, but you will get the best bang for your buck if you hold on to those coupons and wait for a sale to combine them with. Avoid full price whenever possible, even if you have a coupon.

Organize Your Stockpile

Once you start using coupons for awhile and purchasing things that are on sale, you will begin to amass a collection of items. This is called a stockpile. In order to avoid chaos in your home, you need to organize your stockpile. Basements work best, but if you don’t have one available to use, here are some other ideas for stockpile storage.

Remember to always add newer items to the back and move older items to the front, to prevent expiration issues. You’re not saving any money if you just end up throwing things out!

Donate Your Extras

When you start getting the hang of using coupons and stockpiling, you will probably end up having a whole heap of items that you can’t possibly use before they expire. I would suggest donating those stockpile items to local food banks, shelters and even friends and family. Help others in need. Pay it forward. If you do good, good will come to you.

Becoming an extreme couponer is hard. It takes a lot of time, and it can be stressful. You have to find coupons, clip coupons, organize coupons, plan shopping trips, go shopping and put everything away. You will sometimes deal with cashiers that don’t want to accept your coupons. There will be great big hauls and there will be very small hauls. Expect that.

If you want to be extreme, couponing becomes a job. It’s not easy – but it can certainly be worth it!” source:

www.MrsJanuary.com

 

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3 thoughts on “Contests & Giveaways – April 15th

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