Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Walgreens Coupon Misprint

If you pick up the Walgreens August 2008 EasySaver catalog, you'll notice that the coupons have an expiration date of 7/26/08. This is a misprint. I called Walgreens customer service and they actually expire on 8/30/08 and will scan normally at checkout.

Tuesday, July 29, 2008

Today's Shopping Trip

I’ve heard from a few of you that you miss my postings of how much I save on my shopping trips. So I did my weekly shopping trip today at Kroger and Walgreens. Today’s stockpile items: apple juice and body wash. Here’s what I bought today for $36.36 combining sales and coupons. Retail would have been $89.52. Oh, and I bought a big head of broccoli that didn’t make it in to the picture and I splurged $1.49 on that one little avocado.

And, after paying at Walgreens, I received a $3 coupon off my next purchase in addition to an unexpected coupon which entitles me to “buy 4, get $4, buy 8, get $10 off my next order of Colgate”. This was generated by me purchasing 3 Olay Ribbons body washes. Since you can always get toothpaste for under $1 using coupons, this translates to more free toothpaste! Yey! The machine also popped out a $3 off coupon for Dove Skin Vitalizer.

This week we’re having linguine with chicken and basil, tuna avocado wraps, fish with veggies, spaghetti and meatballs with salad. (I have the pasta, tuna, fish and meatballs in my stockpile and there are some veggies still in the fridge from last week). I may even get creative and try bacon-wrapped chicken breasts.

A stop at CVS and I purchased Revlon makeup using some ECBs and a $2 coupon. I got a lipstick (usually $12.99) for 19c and after paying, it gave me a new ECB worth $9.99. There's nothing like getting paid to buy lipstick!

We’re already stocked up on diapers from all the free diapers earlier this month at Walgreens and I’ll make a quick stop at Walmart later this week to get a can of formula (using a $3 off coupon of course).

To see how I managed to get all this for such a low price, check out what's on sale at your local store and use your coupons!

Sunday, July 27, 2008

Hot Grocery Deals - Week of July 27th

There are deals to be had all over the place. Here are some deals at your local stores that are approx. 70% off or more. Lots of FREE stuff this week! It pays to buy two copies of the AJC each week so you can utilize the coupons in the Smartsource and Redplum Inserts. If you want more coupons, trade with your friends to maximize your stockpiling opportunities! If you’re not in Atlanta, the coupons schedule may be slightly different.

SS= Smartsource
RP= Redplum
PG= Proctor and Gamble Insert that is in paper the first Sunday of each month
BOGO= Buy one get one free sale

Kroger (Sun-Sat)
Wow! Kroger has great deals this week!
Jergens Natural Glow Daily Facial Moisturizer $1.58 (reg $6.57). $2.58 sale. S 6/8 $1 coupon.
Clearasil Stay Clear Daily Face Wash. 50c (Reg $4.99). $2.50 sale. S 7/27 $2 coupon.
Suave Body Wash 69c (reg $2.45). $1.69 sale. R 7/13 & R5/18 50c coupon.
Advil Pain Reliever Caplets 50c (reg. $3.79). Sale $2.50. R 7/13 $2 coupon.
Benefiber Powder for Children $2.40 (reg. $7.99). $4.40 sale. S 7/13, S 6/22, S 5/18 $2 coupon.
Purina Whisker Lickins Cat Treats 25c (reg. $1.49). 10/$10 sale. R 6/8 $1.50/2 coupon (must buy two).
Tyson Chicken Breasts $1.44 Ib. (reg. $4.69 Ib.). $1.99 sale. S 7/20 55c coupon.
Frenchs Classic Yellow or Spicy Brown Mustard. FREE (reg. $1.69). Sale for 99c. S 6/22 coupon.
Powerade Sports Drink FREE (reg. $1.69). S 7/13 $1 coupon.
Items that are great deals AND qualify for the “buy any 10 items, receive $5 off instantly at register” deal:
Franks Red Hot Sauce. 50c or FREE with deal (reg. $1.99). Sale for $1.50. S 5/18 $1 coupon.
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner $1 or 50c with deal (reg. $2.59). Sale for $2. S 6/22 50c coupon.
Lysol All-Purpose Cleaner $1 or 50c with deal (reg $3.29). Sale for $2. S 7/27 50c coupon.
Lysol All Purpose Spray Cleaner $1 or 50c with deal (reg. $2.99). $2 sale. S 7/27 $ S 6/22.
Advil Pain Reliever Caplets 50c or FREE with deal (reg. $3.79). Sale $2.50. R 7/13 $2 coupon.
Tyson Bacon $1.95 or $1.45 with deal (reg. $5.29). Sale for $2.50. S 7/20 55c coupon.

CVS (Sun-Sat)
Money makers:
Band Aid Ultra Strips/Bandages. (reg $3.99). $2.99 sale. R 5/18, S 6/15, R 6/22 $1 coupon. Pay $1.99, get $2 ECB (limit 1)
Revlon Limited Edition Face Powder, Blush, Eye Shadow or Lip Color (reg. $12.99). $9.99 sale. S 7/20 $2 coupon. Pay $7.99, get $9.99 ECB (limit 1)
Other great deals:
Great gift for family and friends. Kodak Move CD (reg $14.99). Sale $9.99. S 7/27. Pay $9.99. Get $9.99 in ECBs for your next purchase. (limit 3). I’ve been told that if you ask, they may have a $5 off 1 coupon at the photo dept, so this could potentially be a money-maker!
Kodak Picture Maker 8x10 print. 50c (reg $6.99). BOGO sale. $3 coupon.
Nature Made Vitamin C. $1 (reg $3.99). BOGO sale. S 4/20 & S 6/1 $1 coupon.
Palmolive Dishwashing Liquid 45c (reg $1.69). BOGO sale. S 7/27 25c coupon.
Schick Intuitition Plus Razor Kit $1.99 (reg $10.49). S 6/29 $2 coupon.
CVS Manual Toothbrush 50c (Reg $1.99). On sale 2/99c.
July flyer deals ending 7/31 that are free after full ECB rebate:
Trident Xtra Care Gum. (reg. $1.49) Use S 7/20 BOGO coupon. Buy two. Pay $1.49 at register, get $1 ECB (limit 5, ends 7/31)
CVS Tampons 5ct. $1.49. Get $1.49 ECB (limit 2)
CVS Pantyliners 22ct. 99c. Get 99cECB (limit 2)
Sure Solid Anti-Perspirant. $2.79. Use R 6/29 BOGO. Get $2 ECB with purchase of 2 (limit 6)

Walgreens (Sun-Sat)
The August EasySaver Booklet is out. Get one from the stand near the front door of your local store. FREE after rebate items this month include: Jane Be Pure Mineral Foundation, Walgreens Lightbulbs, Pert Shampoo Plus Conditioner, Walgreens Pitcher Filter Replacements, Vacuum Travel Storage Bags, BioInfusion Organics Hair Care Products. Also, notice if you buy $12 worth of Mars candy, you get a free movie ticket. Mars Candy includes Dove Chocolate and there's always a Dove coupon somewhere (there's save $1/2 in the EasySaver and there's sure to be more elsewhere). They're also offering a $5 rebate on any Hershey's or Cadburys Chocolate and there's a $2/2 coupon in the EasySaver. Keep an eye out for manufacturer's coupons this month. If you like candy, this is the month to stockpile it!
Olay Ribbons Body Wash 10oz or Olay Botanical Fusion Body Wash (reg. $4.99). Sale $3 for $10. Use three PG 7/6 coupons. Pay $4 at register. Get $3 back in Register Rewards towards your next purchase.
Crest Toothpaste 6.4oz (I never pay for toothpaste, because you can usually stockpile it for free after coupons, but if you really need toothpaste… here’s the deal) 64c. (Reg $2.59). $2.39 sale. PG 7/6 75c coupon combined with $1 in EasySaver booklet
Oral-B Indicator Toothbrush (same as above – you should never have to pay for these). 89c (reg. $2.99). $2.39 sale. PG 7/6 $1/2 coupon combined with $1/1 EasySaver coupon. You must buy two.
Clariol Natural Instincts Hair Color (reg $9.49). 2 for $12 sale. Use R 7/27 BOGO coupon. Buy two. Pay $6 at register. Get $2 back in Register Rewards towards you next purchase.

Publix (Mon-Wed)
Pert Plus with Botanical Extracts FREE (reg. $3.39). $2.99 sale. S 6/29 $3 coupon or use S 6/29 $2/1 to get it for 99c.
Kelloggs Yogos/Yogos Rollers 44c (reg. $2.89). BOGO. RP 7/13 $1 coupon
Wish Bone Salad Dressing 77c (reg. $2.79). BOGO. RP 5/18 $1.25/2 coupon (buy two)

Happy shopping!

For back to school specials on supplies, click here.

Back to School Deals - Week of July 27th

There are a lot of hot back to school deals again this week. These are the best I’ve found this week…Tax Free Days are July 31st – August 3rd, so keep this in mind for big purchases. Visit the Georgia Department of Revenue site to see what qualifies. For the smaller items, I recommend getting them asap before they go out of stock.

Office Depot
FREE Item after rebate – 4pk. Ticonderoga Dry Erase Markers (reg. $3.99, limit 1), 5c Office Depot 12” Wood Rulers (limit 5), 50c Wilson Jones 1” Assorted Poly Binders (limit 5), 1c Office Depot Washable School Glue (limit 5), 50c 12pk. Crayola Colored Pencils (limit 5), 2.99 Tug Backpacks. If you have an Office Depot Worklife Rewards Card, you would have received a coupon booklet in the mail with $20 off any purchase of $65 or more and other valuable coupons

FREE after rebate – 4 pk. Pentel EnerGel Medium Gel Pens (reg $5.99, limit 1), 1c Slider Pencil Case (limit 2, only through 7/30), 20c 2-Pocket Plastic Report Cover (limit 10), 25c Staples Mini Stapler (limit 3), get $15 back in Staples Rewards on any 10-ream case of paper (You pay $33.99, get $15 rewards back, limit 2 cases per customer)

Buy 1, get 2 free (works out to approx. 67c ea) It’s Academic Soft Handle Scissors, Penway 3-hole punch, 24 pk. Crayola Crayons, 3 pk. Penway Glue Sticks, 10 pk. Penway Classic Markers, 10 pk. Penway Pencils, 6-8pk. Papermate Mirado Pencils, 33c Penway 1-Subject Notebook (limit 6), 8 for $1 50-80 pg Penway Memo Book (limit 16)

10c ea. Twin Pocket Portfolios, $1 6 pack Elmer’s Glue. In the Target flyer in Sunday’s newspaper, there was a coupon for a free $10 gift card with any new or transferred prescription. If you need to fill a prescription, you could use the gift card to buy back to school items.

4 for $1 24 ct Crayola Crayons (limit 12), 33c 10ct Woodcase Pencils

Limit of 6 of each item at the following prices: 33c 24ct. Crayola Crayons, 33c Elmer’s 40oz Glue, 50c 2ct. Elmer’s Gel Glue Sticks, 33c Top Flight 1-subject Notebook, $1 10pk. Bic Mechanical Pencils (if you use the $1 off 2 coupon that I had on my blog last week, you’ll get them for 50c ea), 50c 10ct. Paper Mate Ball Point Pens, 50c 2ct. Paper Mate FlexGrip Elite Pen.

Free Toothpaste For a Year

Remember to tell your friends about my free toothpaste offer. I'll select a subscriber next Sunday, August 3rd!

Free Book from Borders

Borders is offering $5 off any purchase of $5 or more through August 8, 2008. So if you find a book for under $5, add it to your cart, enter code BR41925 at the checkout and have it shipped to your local store to avoid the shipping charge. Do a search for books under $5 and see what you can get.

If you like to buy books, get on the Borders e-mail list. I signed up receive coupons for 20-40% off each week.

$25 Gift Certificates to Local Restaurants for $3!

Now through July 31st, use the code CRAVE at to get 70% off already discounted coupons to your local restaurants (i.e. get a $25 gift certificate for only $3). That's how to eat out like an Affluent Pauper!

Printable Coupons Available

The below is a list of coupons on the Affluent Pauper site at the moment. As always, the list is subject to change, so if you see something you want, print it now and put it in your coupon file. Click on “view all coupons” on the blue coupon box on the left hand side of the screen under “about me” and you can scroll down and click on the coupons you want to print.

$10 Dave and Busters Coupon, Lever 2000, Peets Coffee, Perdue Chicken, Tofutti Frozen Products, Tofutti Cheese and Sour Cream Products, Malt-O-Meal Cereal, Freshpet Select, FRS Antioxidant Drink, The Loved Dog Treats, Yoplait Fiber One, OptiFree Solution, Soothing Care Tucks/Coolwipes, Bausch and Lomb Antihistamine Eye Drops, General Mills Cocoa Puffs Cereal, Oatmeal Crisp Cereal, Tylenol Products, ReNu Solution, Dentyne Mouthwash, Scotch Brite Cleaner, Cheerios Snack Mix, Tava Sparking Beverage, Little Swimmers, HTH Pool and Spa Care Products, Eucerin Body and Face Lotion, Unisom Sleep Gels, Litehouse Dressing, PediaLax, Sears Wall Portrait, Lice MD, Schiff Vitamins, Energizer Hearing Aid Batteries.

Also, remember to access the Bricks list, where they have direct links to almost 100 coupons on various sites online.

Friday, July 25, 2008

Free Vivanno Beverage at Starbucks

More free drinks from Starbucks! Use your registered Starbucks card on July 25 and 26 to receive a free Vivanno beverage. The new Vivanno beverage has one whole banana, whey protein, fiber powder, ice and milk with no artificial calories or sweeteners. Vivanno comes in Banana Chocolate and Orange Mango Banana. Yum!

Thursday, July 24, 2008

Hurry! Sign up for Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and get a free massage!

Here is another amazing opportunity to get a free massage and support a good cause. Indulge Spa at the Peachtree Athletic Center in Atlanta is offering free 30 minute massages to folks who sign up to participate in Making Strides Against Breast Cancer.

So just go to and register as a team captain or an individual and then call the spa to make an appointment to enjoy a complimentary massage on Monday, July 28 from the hours of 10:00 am to 8:00 pm.

The event manager for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides event in Atlanta is a subscriber to Affluent Pauper and let us know about this exciting opportunity so you will not hear about this offer anywhere else.

If you are not in Atlanta and are interested in finding a Making Strides event near you go to the American Cancer Society website.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Massage Envy - You Name The Price!

Massage Envy is offering a free massage on Monday July 28th all day at it's Atlanta and Chicago locations. All they ask is you make a donation, in any amount, and all proceeds go to the Susan G Komen Foundation. Today is the first day you can make reservations so call TODAY if you want to do this, because they'll be swamped! Thanks Danielle and Julie for mentioning this offer.

Sunday, July 20, 2008

Free Diapers and Other Hot Grocery Deals – Week of July 20, 2008

Walgreens (Sun-Sat)
FREE DIAPERS (again!). Jumbo Walgreens Diapers are on sale again for $5.99 (reg $8.99). I really figured that Walgreens would pull the plug on this, but they obviously didn’t. Earlier this month, I was able to pick up 700 FREE diapers and 150 training pants for my little guys. I purchased the Comfort Stretch Premium diapers last time I did this – they have a couple of diapers less per pack than Comfort Stretch regular diapers, but they’re a much better diaper. Here’s how it’s done…

Get the red and white Walgreens pharmacy booklet that has $50 worth of coupons in it from the pharmacy. They give it out if you ask about their prescription plan and many employees will give you a blank stare, but it is something Walgreens offers. The coupon will take $2 off each pack of diapers you buy. Combine this with the $5 off 2 coupon in the July EasySaver booklet. Through July 28, if you buy 3 packs of diapers in one transaction, you’ll also get a $5 coupon towards your next purchase after you’ve paid.

Here’s the math on 3 packs of diapers ($5.99x3=17.97-$6 (pharmacy booklet coupons)-$7.50 (EasySaver booklet) = $4.47+.72 (tax) = $5.19 (this is what you’ll pay at the register). You’ll then get $5 back towards your next in-store purchase. So you’ll essentially get 3 packs for 19c which means you’re getting the diapers for free and paying only 19c in tax!

I asked two Walgreens employees at my local store and they said the coupons could be combined, but be sure to check with your local store as Walgreens is notoriously inconsistent with their policies. Having said that, I purchased all my diapers from three different stores and it worked each time. Hold on to your coupons. After they’ve scanned them, you do not have to surrender your Walgreens coupons and can use them again. Remember not to use the $5 coupon towards more diapers as it will not issue another $5 coupon.

Pantene Pro-V Beautiful Lengths Shampoo and Conditioners (reg $4.99). On sale 2/$8. Use $2 off 1 coupon in July P&G insert and then send in the $4 off 2 coupon in the Walgreens EasySaver catalog and after rebate, they’re FREE.
Garnier Hair Color (reg $7.99). Use 2/$10 coupon in 7/20 Walgreens flyer. Combine that with the $3 coupon that was in the 5/4 RedPlum and you’ll get it for $2.
Reynolds Aluminum Foil 20ft (reg $1.69). Use 89c ea 7/20 Walgreens flyer coupon and combine it with $1 off 2 Smartsource 6/22 coupon, and they it’s 39c per roll.
Bic Comfort 3 Disposable Razors (reg. $5.99). Use coupon in 7/20 Walgreens flyer and combine it with $2 off coupon in 7/20 Smartsource to get them for 99c.

CVS (Sun-Sat)
L'Oreal Vive Pro Hydra Gloss Shampoo and Conditioner (reg $5.49) is BOGO. Use your BOGO coupon that was in the 7/13 paper to get it for FREE.

Publix (Sun-Wed)
There are the usual BOGOs, but nothing spectacular this week. But you can get Suave Naturals Shampoo and Conditioners for only 33c (reg. $1.59). They’re on sale for $1 each, but if you use your $2 off 3 coupon that was in the 7/13 Redplum, you can get three of them for 33c each.

Kroger (Sun-Sat)
Fresh split chicken breast for $1.19 Ib.

It’s getting late, so I’ll update you on the rest tomorrow…

Free Gift Cards By Shopping at Publix

You can get $10 JCPenney Gift Cards or $10 ExxonMobil Gas cards by mail from Kraft by shopping at Publix.

JC Penney Offer:
Buy $50 worth of groceries at Publix, including 4 participating Kraft items between 7/28/08-8/22/08. Form must be received by 9/5/08 (limit of 3).

ExxonMobil Card Offer:
Buy $50 worth of groceries at Publix, including 4 participating Kraft items between 7/7/08 and 7/27/08. Form must be received by 8/8/08 (limit of 3).

There are frequently coupons for Kraft products in the Sunday paper so use them to make the most of this offer.

Thanks to Luv2BFrugal for mentioning the above.

You can also get a FREE Barnes and Noble Gift gift card when you buy $10 or more of participating natural and organic products by Hain Celestial . The Publix Smart Summertime Savings coupon booklet made mention of this and refers readers to specially marked products but it appears that you do not actually have to purchase the products at Publix.

Back To School Deals – Week of July 20

There are lots of back to school specials this week. Stock up Affluent Pauper-style. Here are the hottest we’ve found this week:

Walmart - 5c 70-pg notebooks, 22c Elmer's 4oz glue or 2-pack glue sticks, 88c Crayola 10-pk markers, 22c Crayola 24-pk Crayons.

Office Max – 1c 12” flexible ruler (limit 3), 25c poly binders (limit 4).

Office Depot – FREE after rebate Sharp Scientific Calculator (limit 1), 1c translucent 2-pocket poly portfolio (limit 10), 15c notebook filler paper (limit 5), 25c Scholastic 16-pk crayons (limit 5), 50c 1” vinyl binders (limit 5). Also, FREE journal worth $4.99 with any dated goods (calendars, etc.) purchase of $15 or more.

Target – 20c each for 2-pk Elmers glue sticks, 2 ct pink erasers, 1-hole pencil sharpener.

Kmart – 9c 70ct theme books (limit 30).

Staples – 5c each - 12pk cap erasers (limit 2), 2-pocket paper folders (limit 10), 6” plastic protractor (limit 2). 25c for ½” and 1” plastic binders (limit 4), FREE after rebate Zebra Cadoozles 0.7mm mechanical pencils.

Publix – 33c Crayola 24pk Crayons.

Walgreens – BIC Brite Liners Highlighters 5pk - FREE (use 39c ea coupon in 7/20 Walgreens flyer and use the $1 off 2 printable coupon on the Affluent Pauper website - if you print one and then close your browser and go back in, you'll proably be able to print another one). Using coupons from 7/20 Walgreens flyer - 5c items – Papermate 5pk Mechanical Pencils (limit 3); Penway Highlighter; Penway Composition Books (limit 4); Penway 2 pocket folder (limit 5); 3/$1 Corner Office Legal Pads (limit 6), 10c 22x28 White Posterboard (limit 5), 19c 10ct #2 pencils(limit 3), 34c Penway Crayons 24 ct or 8 jumbo (limit 3), 19c 2-ct pink erasers and 15 pack caps.

If you have friends with kids in school, pass this on! If you hear of any other amazing deals, let me know and I’ll update this post.

$25 restaurant certificates for $3!

We’re proud to announce a new affiliate –

This is truly the way to eat out like an Affluent Pauper. You can get $25 gift certificates to local restaurants for $10. But, don't forget to check back with Affluent Pauper.

Now thru July 31st, 70% off $25 Gift Certificates. Pay $3 when you use the code CRAVE.

Does this sound familiar to you? You get invited out by friends and decide to go to a local restaurant. You pick a moderately priced restaurant and try not to spend too much. You perhaps split and appetizer ($6). You order two entrees ($10.95) and two sodas ($4). When you’re all said and done, after tax and tip you’ve paid $40 and you’re trying to do the math in your head to figure out how you got to forty bucks without even having dessert (and the kids weren’t even there!).

Now, you’ll know better. You can buy gift certificates at and pay a fraction of that for the same evening out.

We signed up for a 6 month Dinner of the Month on which entitles us to seven $25 gift certificates ($175 value) for only $30! We’ve already used two of our certificates. Now that’s how to have date night on a budget!

Why Buy New When You Can Trade?

A read an article some time ago about several families in San Francisco who decided to cut down on their consumption. They committed to each other that other than groceries, they would not buy any new items for a year. These were people with normal jobs, homes and kids, and they did this, not necessarily to be frugal, but they realized that much of what they had would end up in landfills eventually (I proposed this to my husband and he balked at me like I was going a tad too far with this frugal thing).

It got me thinking… how much stuff do we get rid of because we’ve outgrown the items or we’re simply bored of them? Is it really necessary for everything to be new or do we just buy new because it’s a little bit more convenient or perhaps because new stuff makes us feel good?

I thought back over some of my recent purchases. I could have picked up those new books at Amazon Used. I could have bought those toys at a local consignment store or had a toy exchange with some friends and my toddler wouldn’t have known the difference.

There are the obvious ways to avoid buying new – consignment stores and garage sales, but how about swapping? What a great way to shop that’s both frugal and environmentally friendly!

Freepeats allows parents to pick up gently-used baby, children, and maternity items for free from nearby parents who have finished with them. This organization currently has over 4500 members nationwide and well over 300 and growing in Atlanta. "Preparing for a baby's arrival is expensive," says founder Angie Wynne, "and so is raising one. Common estimates put the cost at $10,000 in the first year alone. And this is at a time when many families are trying to get by on one parent's income. At the same time, many of the expensive baby items parents spend their money on get used only for a very short time. There's still plenty of life left in them. If parents can find good-condition second-hand clothing, toys, and gear, they'll shave hundreds of dollars or more off that $10,000 total. Besides that, we'll keep usable items out of the landfills." Offerings have included bouncers, swings, cribs, infant formula, baby and toddler clothing, zoo tickets, diapers, strollers, high chairs, baby gyms, parenting books, toys, and more.

At Swaptree, you put together a list of books, cds, dvds, and video games that you want and then swap with people from all over the country for free. Swaptree will show you show you thousands of items that you could receive in trade for any item. So you don't spend time searching for potential trades, negotiating a trade with another user, or messing with point systems. Just list some items that you want to trade and Swaptree will show you everything you can get for them. All you have to do is pay the cost of media mail shipping (less than $2.50).

Freecycle’s mission is to build a worldwide gifting movement that reduces waste, saves precious resources & eases the burden on our landfills. They have almost 10,000 members in the Atlanta area and you can give and get all kinds of things.

I just checked Craigslist to see what I could pick up in my local area for free. Today I can get firewood, furniture, dirt, wallpaper, a tv, boxsprings, mulch, moving boxes and more. There’s even a lady over in Marietta offering free apples to anyone who wants to show up at her house and pick them off her tree! You can also barter your services at Craigslist. Hey, perhaps I can barter for a truck to get me some of that free mulch!

What are you considering buying new? What do you have lying around that you could trade? It’s worth thinking about.

Printable Coupons Available

The below is a list of coupons on the Affluent Pauper site at the moment. As always, the list is subject to change. Click on “view all coupons” on the blue coupon box on the left hand side of the screen under “about me” and you can scroll down and click on the coupons you want to print. If you use any of these items, print them and put them in a coupon file now, before they reach maximum printable limit.

Scott Extra Soft Tissue and Towels, Peets Coffee, Fiber One Cereal, Hormel Natural Choice Lunchmeat, Kings Hawaiian Bread, Perdue Chicken, Auntie Annes Pretzels, Tofutti Frozen Products, Tofutti Cheese and Sour Cream Products, Malt-O-Meal Cereal, BIC Stationery, Freshpet Select, FRS Antioxidant Drink, The Loved Dog Treats, Yoplait Fiber One/Gogurt/Trix, OptiFree Solution, Soothing Care Tucks/Coolwipes, Mrs. T’s Pierogies, Bausch and Lomb Antihistamine Eye Drops, Curves Granola Bars, General Mills Cocoa Puffs Cereal, Gourmet Dining Skillet Meals, Oatmeal Crisp Cereal, Tylenol Products, ReNu Solution, Dentyne Mouthwash, Scotch Brite Cleaner, Cheerios Snack Mix, Tava Sparking Beverage, Little Swimmers, HTH Pool and Spa Care Products, Eucerin Body and Face Lotion, Unisom Sleep Gels, Litehouse Dressing, PediaLax, Sears Wall Portrait, Schiff Vitamins.

Also, remember to access the Bricks list, where they have direct links to almost 100 coupons on various sites online.

Sunday, July 13, 2008

Free Wireless Internet Access

A few months ago, my internet connection went out due to some local construction. So I packed up my laptop and headed to my local Starbucks, where I paid around $10 to get connected (now that I’m more conscious of the fact that there’s free stuff everywhere, I know I could have received two hours of free access if I had registered a Starbucks card, but at the time, in my desperation to finish an urgent deadline, I paid it).

If you need access to free wi-fi, there are plenty of local and nationwide locations where you can get free access. Just scratching the surface, you’ll find participating libraries, McDonalds, Panera, Krystal, Caribou Coffee, Atlanta Bread Co., Office Depot and Whole Foods.

Check out WifiFreeSpot for a list of spots in your area so you can log on without spending a dime. Keep in mind that companies are continually opening new locations or adding this feature for free, so if you see a chain that offers free wi-fi in one area (think McDonalds), chances are, it’s offered for free in your area too, so call before you head out the door. If you telecommute regularly, the price of gas is getting you down or you just simply need to get out of your usual workspace to clear your head, you may want to save the WifiFreeSpot link as a bookmark on your browser (or keep in mind your local locations in the event that construction kicks out your connection).

Questions from Readers... What Can I Freeze?

Last month, I got a bunch of free sour cream from Publix and had the same question. My assumption is that the texture of previously frozen sour cream may not be that great, so it might be more suitable in a cake recipe rather than on a baked potato, but I guess I’ll find out soon enough… (update: nope - sour cream or any cream in general doesnt store well. It comes out gritty!)

Check out the USDA site. It has some pretty decent information on what can be frozen, for how long, safety, quality, freshness, etc. It's a good site to bookmark so you can refer back to it when you're considering stockpiling items.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Do You Understand Your Credit Card Rewards and Perks?

You accumulate 25,000 in miles on your credit card and you get a free airline ticket, right? Well, one free airline ticket may not mean much if you don’t have enough cash to pay for other vacation-related expenses. What if you simply need more cash?

Yes, you may be able to redeem those items for cash or gift certificates!

I recently decided to redeem the miles on one of my credit cards. I went to the company’s website and lo and behold, the program had changed since I signed up a few years ago. All of a sudden, I realized that I could get not only miles, but gift certificates too. It turns out that for every 5,000 miles, I could get a $25 gift certificate. So I figured… well, I’ll cash in 25,000 miles and get $125 worth of gift certificates for use on groceries and at the hardware store. Then, in a not-so-prominent place, my eye caught a little button that said “get cash”. It turns out that, if I opted for the credit card company to send me a check, or credit my card balance, I could actually get $300! You’d think that they would offer the cash option as less of an incentive than gift certificates, but it turned out to be quite the opposite. So I opted for the cash and used the money to purchase a medium-sized freezer in order to stockpile frozen goods when they’re on sale.

What about perks? Warranties - Many large credit companies will offer to match a manufacturer’s warranty. In order words, if I purchased my freezer with cash, I would simply get the standard one-year manufacturer’s warranty. By taking the cash, putting it on a credit card that matches the warranty, and charging my freezer to the card, I got a two-year warranty. Identity theft - What type of identity theft assistance does your card offer? Some companies will refund the amount to you immediately upon reporting the issue, seeing you as innocent unless proven otherwise. Other cards will refund the amount only after a lengthy investigation. Travel Insurance - How much travel accident insurance does your card provide, if any? When you rent a car and charge it to you card, how much coverage do you really have?

If you don’t have a recent copy of your card’s terms, guidelines and programs, call your card to get a copy.

Free Toothpaste for a Year!

Here’s another opportunity to get FREE STUFF. If you’re getting this message via e-mail, you’re already signed up to receive updates from my blog. If not, subscribe right now to receive e-mail from Affluent Pauper and you’ll be signed up for a chance to win 12 boxes of FREE TOOTHPASTE, one for each month of the year! On Sunday, August 3rd, I’ll randomly select a subscriber and announce the free toothpaste winner!

Keep Your Cool This Summer - BOGO Ice Cream and More

Beat the heat! Enjoy the following cool deals...

Free Samples at Orange Julius – July 19, 20, 26, 27 (Saturdays 12-4, Sundays 1-4)

Carvel - On Wednesdays, participating Carvel locations offer BOGO “buy one get one free” sundaes

Brusters - If you’re taking a party of four for parfaits, you’ll get one free with a coupon

Dairy Queen - Join the Blizzard Fan Club and receive a BOGO blizzard coupon

The following stores have coupons in the current Entertainment Book!
Marble Slab Creamery - BOGO regular cones/cups (Buford, Duluth, Snellville)
Carvel - BOGO (Kennesaw)
Brusters - BOGO (Alpharetta, Atlanta, Cumming, Duluth, Dunwoody, Hiram, Jonesboro, Riverdale, Smyrna)
Baskin Robbins - BOGO (Alpharetta, Cumming, Decatur, Roswell, Sandy Springs)
Zesto - BOGO (Atlanta, Forest Park)
Italios - BOGO gelato (Smyrna)
Jakes Ice Cream and Muncheteria - Any ice cream 50% off, max $5 (Decatur)
Scoops Fill Up Station - Any ice cream 50% off (Lawrenceville)
La Scoop Gelateria - BOGO (Lawrenceville)
Sheridans Frozen Custard - BOGO cones (Tucker)

Free Park Entry and Parking

If you have a Georgia library card, you can borrow a Georgia State Park "ParkPass" and Historic Site Pass from your local library! The passes are good for free parking or admission at any of the 63 parks and historic sites statewide for up to five days. Get Outdoors Georgia recommends that you plan early as supplies of the ParkPass are limited. Contact your local library for more information.

Printable Coupons Available

The below is a list of coupons on the Affluent Pauper site at the moment. As always, the list is subject to change. Click on “view all coupons” on the blue coupon box on the left hand side of the screen under “about me” and you can scroll down and click on the coupons you want to print.

Muir Glen Products, Soy Dream/Rice Dream, Betty Crocker Warm Delights, Betty Crocker Brownie Mixes, Betty Crocker Suddenly Salad Mix, Curves Granola Bars, General Mills Cocoa Puffs Cereal, Kings Hawaiian Sweet Bread, Gourmet Dining Skillet Meals, Oatmeal Crisp Cereal, Tylenol Products, Lucky Charms, Nature Valley Granola Bars, ReNu Solution, Chock Full O Nuts Coffee, Totinos, Fast Fixin Products, LiceMD, Fruit Rollups, Dentyne Mouthwash, BIC Stationery, Yoplait, Scotch Brite Cleaner, Cheerios Cereal, Cheerios Snack Mix, Hamburger Helper, Eagle Poppers and Bursts, Tava Sparking Beverage, Little Swimmers, HTH Pool and Spa Care Products, Eucerin Body and Face Lotion, Little Einstein’s Milk, Unisom Sleep Gels, Energizer Hearing Aid Batteries, Litehouse Dressing, Bausch and Lomb Solutions and Vitamins, PediaLax, Definitely-Maybe DVD, Wisk Laundry Detergent, Sears Wall Portrait, Pillsbury Toaster Strudel Pastries, Kibbles N Bits Dog Food, Schiff Vitamins, Rose’s Products.

Tuesday, July 1, 2008

$100 Grab Bag Winner

The winner for the July 1st mystery grab bag was Charbug4. Congratulations Charbug!

Keep an eye out for other opportunities to win!