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Bargain Brag 6.28.09

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 28, 2009

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After church, my husband watched the kids while I went grocery shopping.

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Publix

Retail: Approx. $120. Paid: $22.00. Will receive $16.00 in rebates.

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Walgreens

Retail: Approx. $60. Paid: $27.00. Have $10 in RR left to spend. This is a 4 month supply!

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Winn-Dixie

Retail: Approx. $30. Paid: $3.50. Have a $4 RR left to spend.

Total for today: $52.50. Expecting $16.00 in rebates. Have $14 in RR to spend.

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My Coke Rewards

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 26, 2009

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Have you ever noticed the codes printed on the lids of Coke products or on the flaps of the 12 packs? These codes can earn you free products to save on your grocery bill. That means more money in your Disney fund!

You sign up at MyCokeRewards.com and you can enter up to 120 points a week. The 12 packs of Coke products are worth 10 points each and the 20 oz and 2 liters are worth 3 points each.

There are tons of rewards you can chose from. My favorite is the free 20 oz (of either Coke, Dasani, Powerade or Minute Maid) for 24 points. The rewards change often. The best thing I ever got there was $26 in Subway gift cards for 700 points.

See all the various ways to earn rewards here.

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$10 Food Pantry Challenge

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 26, 2009

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My church has a food pantry that I help stock. I have created a challenge for myself to see how many items I can purchase for the pantry with $10.

Here’s what I have so far.

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4 100 ct boxes of Lipton Tea. $1.40 ($1 + tax)

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40 Soy Joy bars. Cost $2.00 (tax)

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34 Kraft BBQ. Cost $3.00 (tax)

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18 French’s Mustard. Cost $1.50 (tax)

Total left: $2.10

If you have a food pantry in your area, you are welcome to join in on this challenge!

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Bargain Brag 6.25.09

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 26, 2009

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I went shopping today and got some great bargains I want to brag about. 😉

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I went to Target and I got $50 worth of items. I paid $11!

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I went to Walgreens and I got $34 worth of items. I paid $10!
(2 toothpastes not pictured)

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I went to CVS. I started off with $5 in extra care bucks. I paid $2 out of pocket and I left with $24 in items and $16 to spend on a future purchase!

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I went to CVS. I started off with $3 in extra care bucks. I paid $10 and I left with $52 in items and $20 to spend on a future purchase!

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I finished the day at Walmart. I had a rebate I wanted to use. Exchange a propane tank and buy $30 worth of meat and get the cost of the propane tank back. I spent $60 and will receive $18 of it back. Not bad for items we definitely needed!

My total out of pocket costs for today was $93 but I will get $26 back for a total of $67. I also have $36 in extra care bucks to spend on whatever I might need.

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Disboards.com

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 25, 2009

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When planning your trip to Disney World, one of the greatest resources available are people who have already been before. One such place to find Disney fanatics like myself is on The Dis. I stumbled upon this forum when I first started planning my trip in January of 2009. I learned so much and had so many questions answered. I learned secrets and tips and how to maximize my time in the parks. I learned how to cut costs, best places to meet characters and I even learned about secret paths!

Here are my favorite forums on Disboards.com

1. Theme Parks Attractions and Strategies Here is where you will find everything you need to know about each of the four parks and water parks and Downtown Disney. I could spend hours on this board.

2. Disney Dining Plan Here you can find out everything you need to know about the Disney Dining Plan. It has some great resources.

3. Disney Trip Reports Here you can read peoples reports of their recent trips to Disney. This can help you get a better feel of what to expect on your own trip.

4. Budget Board This is definitely my favorite forum. Bargain hunting and Disney all rolled into one nice package. I saved so much money thanks to them!

5. Creative DISigns There are some very creative people on The Dis ready to help you design items for your trip. They will even make you custom photos for iron ons!

Have fun! Be sure to check out my favorite thread!

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Your First Trip To Disney Part 2

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 25, 2009

As a first time guest, it can be overwhelming planning for your trip especially when you don’t know what to expect. If you are considering a guide book for your trip, you can’t go wrong with The Complete Walt Disney World 2009.

I spent a lot of time preparing for our trip in May. I checked out 17 guide books from the local library and of all the ones I read, this one offered the absolute best information for first time guests. It has 100s of beautiful photographs and offers a picture of every single attraction. It also has touring tips to minimize your wait in lines and tips on the best dining experiences.

My favorite feature of this book is the wait times. At each of the rides, they tell you how long to expect the wait to be at the top of each hour. They also have a chart that estimates what time your FASTPASS return window will be. Such valuable information and this is not located in any of the other guide books on the market.

If you have any more questions about this book, feel free to contact me.

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How To Go To Disney For Free* Part 3

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 24, 2009

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Now that you have lowered your bills and started saving your loose change, let’s focus on the area of your budget that is going to be the biggest contributor to your Disney fund… your grocery bill.

A family of four spends about $5,300 a year on groceries, according to the Department of Labor. That works out to about $101 a week on just food! That doesn’t include the cost of cleaning supplies, medicines, toiletries, diapers, etc etc. (Let’s say $20 a week) And then there are also the weekly dining out costs. Dining out for the average family of four will cost between $34 and $40 for one trip! All those expenses together is $160 and that’s on a good week!

I spend about $200 a month. Sometimes a little more, sometimes a little less depending on the sales.

I’m going to teach you how to cut your grocery bill in half or maybe in 2/3rds depending on how much you are currently spending. All that excess can then be applied towards your trip! Wow! You might just be able to go for free after all.. 🙂

So first things first. You need to learn the basics. If you already know the basics, you might want to refresh or possibly learn something new. Here are some great places to start!

1. Couponing 101: Couponing Basics For The Newbie

2. Abbreviations & Acronyms

3. Organizing Your Coupons

4. Couponing 102: Trading, Rebates, and Tracking Your Savings

5. Couponing 103: Rebates, Refunds and Special Promotions

6. Stockpiling: Everything You Need to Know

Now. What about saving at the stores you normally shop at? Well they have individual forums for each store! This is where I find all my bargains.

1. CVS

2. Walgreens

3. Walmart

4. Target

5. Publix

6. Winn Dixie

7. All other grocery stores

So that covers all the basics. I told you they were helpful! If you have any questions at all, I am more than glad to help. You can email me directly. My email is on the right hand side.

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Don’t Wait In Line!

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 24, 2009

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We went to Disney May 12th to May 19th. We were in the parks for 8 days. And I am happy to say that the longest line we stood in was for the bus. Are you impressed? Well what if I told you that we also rode our 2 favorite rides Peter Pan’s Flight and Winnie The Pooh 10 times each and the longest we waited was 5 minutes! And it is not because we went during a non-busy time. It’s all because I planned ahead and followed the advice from this amazing site Tour Guide Mike.

Tour Guide Mike helps you plan your vacation. He explains every single ride in detail. He offers tips on the best time to ride, how to minimize your wait time, if the ride is scary for kids. He tells you which days are good for visiting each park. He gives you best spots for viewing the parades. He even gives you customized touring plans! Everything you need to know, he tells you.

Now how much is your time worth? Mike’s website does charge a fee of $21.95. But wait, before you get turned off because of the fee, it is refundable if you don’t like it! Mike stands behind his product and wants to make sure you are happy.

I am renewing my subscription for our next trip. The fact that I did not have to stand in long lines and I knew how to avoid the crowds was worth every penny I paid.

You can take a preview tour here. You can type HE7KD-8GA in the Promotional Code section of the purchase page. You’ll save $3 off the normal purchase price of $21.95!

If you have any questions about his site, feel free to email me or comment on this post.

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Your First Trip To Disney

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 24, 2009

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If you are a first time guest, this is the post for you! When I first decided to go to Disney, I was freaked out. Planning for a Disney trip can be a huge undertaking but even more so when you have no clue what Disney World is like. Let me help you educate yourself!

1. Sign up for a Disney Vacation Planning DVD. This is free and will help you get a better idea what your vacation will be like.

2. Start educating yourself on the four different parks, the hotels, restaurants, and everything else at Disney World. The best site for this is WDWinfo.

3. Pick the best dates for your trip.

4. Decide if you want to stay on property or not.

5. Check and see what special offers Disney has.

6. Got questions? This forum is the best for answering them!

More to come for first time guests!

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Disney Movie Rewards

Posted by couponingtodisney on June 22, 2009

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Do you buy Disney movies? Do you see Disney movies in the theater? Why not turn your Disney viewing experiences into prizes?

The Disney Movie Club offers you points for buying Disney movies or tickets. Those points can be cashed into a huge array of prizes including the top prize:

The Walt Disney Studios: Deluxe Private Tour for 2 for 20,000 points.

There are also lesser expensive prizes such as Disney character statues for 3,000 points, Princess blanket for 1400 points, Mickey lunch cooler for 900 points, Disney themed party supplies for 500 points and stickers for 300 points. There are a lot of things to choose!

So why not earn points on something you are already doing? Go here to join: Disney Movie Rewards and you can enter the code Goofy to get 50 free points.

Thanks to A Lot of Savings for informing me of the program.

If you’d like, you can email me so that I could send you a referral email (I earn 20 pts per referral). My email is over on the right side.

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