I did NOT read all 44 pages of post, but I wanted to add my 2 cents in on this one.....Coupons can lower the cost of the items for the OOT bags significantly.
10 Budgeting Tips for the Frugal Minded :)
Posted 23 March 2013 - 04:29 AM
I'm loving this post. Lots of useful tips on here!!
mscheryl10, I totally agree about coupons for anything and everything but especially OOT bags!
Posted 29 March 2013 - 06:53 AM
Posted 22 April 2013 - 10:14 AM
This is such a fantastic post...It's awesome that it is still going after all of these years!!! There are so many amazing tips on here that I can't even pinpoint the best ones! There are too many to choose from!
Here are some tips that I have utilized that have saved me tons of money already:
- When shopping at Michaels/JoAnn's, remember that you can use coupons for that specific store as well as the competitor's store.
For example, JoAnn's had a 50% coupon off of any one regular priced item!!! I used it at Michaels to buy several items that I needed for my DIY boarding pass invitations! So be on the lookout for those 50% coupons, they are the extra cherry on top seeing as how Michaels as 40% off almost every week.
- Depending on the cashier working that day, I will use multiple coupons at Michaels during the same visit. Sometimes you can use a Michaels coupon AND a competitor's coupon in the same transaction!!! If I need to buy several items because I have a really awesome coupon (ie JoAnn's 50% off coupon), then I will do separate transactions!
- When using coupons at Michaels/JoAnn's, try to use the mobile coupons! Why? When you redeem a paper coupon, you have to give up the coupon to the cashier. They will accept a coupon off of a smartphone, tablet, etc. and you can still use the coupon later that week. This allows you to go to multiple Michaels/JoAnn's to buy everything you need quicker instead of just buying one item/week!
- Dollar tree now accepts manufacturer's coupons! You can buy toothbrushes, toothpaste, soap, candy, granola bars, etc! Perfect and (MORE) inexpensive items for OOT bags! Just be warned that most cashier will have problems figuring out how to take a coupon off because it's still a relatively new policy! But, you should be able to get your discount!
For the purposes of my budget, if I go to a store to buy a couple of things for the invitations and some items for the OOT bags, I will do separate transactions. It might be a bit excessive, but it is a lot easier to keep track of my finances in each category!
Hope this helps all of you other DW brides out there!
Posted 17 November 2013 - 05:28 PM
I'm early on in the process and things are adding up so quickly! threads like this are invaluable! I will definitely be taking some of this advice to heart
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