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Advice on BOGO, etc. for charity

December 16th, 2010 at 07:46 am

One of the projects I would like to do in the new year is to pick up items for the family shelter, a little at a time, while I am shopping.

A lot of you seem to know how to get good deals using coupons and BOGO offers.

I've never had a lot of luck or been able to master this. Any tips on what I can do , utilizing sales, coupons, etc. to stretch my charity grocery dollars farther?

The family shelter needs things like toilet paper, paper towels, dish and laundry detergent, cleaners, diapers, baby bedding, etc.

Any help would be greatly appreciated. I want to come up with my game plan soon, so I can jump on any after-christmas deals.

6 Responses to “Advice on BOGO, etc. for charity”

  1. dmontngrey Says:

    Start reading!! Read, read, READ the coupon forums. www.afullcup.com, www.hotcouponworld.com, www.slickdeals.net (grocery/drugstore forum). Start learning the rules of the stores around you - each store is different. Ask lots of questions and learn how the game is played. I really have a lot of fun with this myself and I've saved over 11K this year with coupons and rebates. This is a big reason why I don't blog here anymore - too busy couponing! Big Grin
    Start by making a list of the stores in your area, then go read the forums for those stores. You really do just have to jump in and start reading - start slow because there's a lot of info there. More than anything: remember to have fun!

    My friend just had baby #2 and had enough diapers for the first 2 years before the baby was even born. She just got in on a baby food deal recently, and is now stocked up until the baby is on solid food. Baby is 3 months old now.

  2. retire@50 Says:

    try the http://www.becentsable.net/ website for blogs by people who live in your area and blog about deals at your local stores. Select Store Deals and then select your state from the Grocery Store Deals list. Then pick the store you want to shop at to see what deals are available there. You'll soon find blogs you trust that let you know what the best deals are in your area.

  3. ThriftoRama Says:

    See? I'd never even heard of those web sites.

  4. Aleta Says:

    I also like www.southernsavers.com. It's a process that you learn and some of the learning comes from mistakes or forgetfulness of a coupon. I keep an area in my closet shelves just for coupons and sales papers.

  5. katwoman Says:

    One of the things you need to be aware of is that coupons vary from region to region. The value differs. For example, in my region the coupon value for toilet paper rarely ever gets above 25 cents but in other regions of the US it gets as high as $1.00! This is where ebay comes in - tons of coupons available for purchase on ebay for practically any item in the store.

    Friends of mine were amazed that one can shop on ebay for coupons! This comes in really handy if you're set on a brand name item and are unwilling to switch.

  6. Lisa Says:

    And I like athriftymom.com and couponmom.com....

    And there are websites iheartriteaid.com and iheartcvs.com and iheartwags.com that tell weekly strategies for rite aid, cvs and walgreens.

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