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Welcome to the Coupon Monster blog, where we aim to share with our users all of the exciting site news and hopefully get some feedback via comments.  Please feel free to join the discussion by posting a comment--we're always reading and we would love to know what you think of the site!

Friday 1 February 2013

Tips on How to Save Green at the Grocery Store

Did you know the average American house throws out over half the food they buy annually, costing a family of over over $2,000 a year?  That's a lot of food and a lot of money being wasted. If you want to stop throwing your money away on food you won't use there are lots of ways to save. If you have tried to shop smarter, by sticking to a shopping list and not shopping when hungry, but still don't seem to be saving anything on groceries you might be missing a few key tips. 

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Wednesday 16 January 2013

The Truth Behind Extreme Couponing

Chances are you have heard of Extreme Couponing. There are lots of opinions and misconceptions floating around the practice of Extreme Couponing and Extreme Couponers; how have these men and women really been able to reduce their grocery spend by such epic proportions? This article will help to clear up some of the misconceptions that exist about those of us who make it daily practice to use coupons.

 


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Wednesday 19 December 2012

Tried and True Methods of Enjoying a Frugal Lifestyle

Learning to live a frugal lifestyle is easier than most people think, and it does not mean having to sacrifice things like family vacations or even brand name clothing. If you haven’t already made a commitment to living your life in a more cost conscious way, here are three painless steps you can take beyond using online coupons, to help live frugally. 


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Thursday 29 November 2012

The Best Non-Holiday Items to Shop for Right Now

As most people avid about saving money know, stores have a tendency to follow a yearly sales cycle. This makes it possible for deal hunters to find the many of the same products at discounted rates during the same months every year.

 

Many of you picked up essential items during Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales. Continue reading to learn what else you should be able to find on sale in November and December! 


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Thursday 11 October 2012

Deal of the Week: Cardstore.com

Greeting cards can be expensive. Even the most basic cards are at least $2, and if you get something fancy with music or a pop-up card you can easily drop $4 a card. Who has money to spend $4 a greeting card for everyone on your list? In this econonmy, with everyone looking to cut back their expenses it would be easy to just eliminate greeting cards from your budget all together, especially with the ease of communicating digitally. Before you stop sending cards though, check out the great deals at Cardstore.com. They regularly have amazing discounts on greeting cards. Right now you can even get Halloween and Thanksgiving cards for just $0.79 each. Plus Cardstore.com will mail your cards to the recipient for no extra charge!

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Thursday 27 September 2012

How to Save Money This Halloween

Halloween is a month away.  If you are planning a party don't let your credit card bill become as scary as your house!  Find low cost ways of decorating your house, or getting into character with your costume. Don't be haunted by the ghosts of debt this Halloween! Save on store bought decorations and costumes with deals from top stores or make your own Halloween costumes and decorations  from materials at hand! 

 

Whether you are looking to throw a big party in a little space,a small party with your closets friends, an adults only party, a costume party for the kids or just want to decorate your home to get in the spirit of the holiday, you can find deals and tips for DIY to save money without sacrificing fun this Halloween! 


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Friday 27 July 2012

Back to School Giveaway--Win a Backpack Full of School Supplies

Back to School time is here already.  You can't turn on the TV without seeing an ad for all the latest back to school fashions from department stores and discount retailers. Walk into any Target, Kmart or office supply store and you are sure to find a huge display showing the latest deals on school supplies such as notebooks, pens, pencils and more. Getting everyone properly stocked up with everything on the supply list is expensive. Notebooks, pens, folders, a new backpack, it all adds up, especially if you have multiple children. This year Coupon Monster wants to help you out.  On Monday Coupon Monster launches our Back to School Giveaway, where you can enter to win a backpack filled with school supplies!

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Friday 6 July 2012

Annoucing the Winner of $50 Target Gift Card Giveaway

Thanks to everyone who entered Coupon Monster's $50 Target Gift card giveaway. We had a huge response and wish we could have had more winners!

 

Our prize goes to Hollie Radatz Jahnke of Michigan! We are excited to hear how she plans to use her prize!

 

There were some great responses as to how you would have used the gift card, and many of you clearly wanted that $50 gift card, making multiple entires to increase your chances. If we had picked a winner based soley on those comments, it would have been impossible to choose!  Let us know what you thought of our first ever contest. Did  you have any troubles with Rafflecopter? Anything you would like to see improved for future contests?What are your suggestions for future prizes? 

 

Hopefully we will be having another contest or sweepstakes soon, with an even better prize. In the mean time, keep checking out our site for the best money saving deals. We have new coupons added daily for many of your favorite stores. 

 


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Friday 29 June 2012

Save on Your Fourth of July Celebrations with These Six Tips!

 

The Fourth of July is just around the corner as are the picnics and parties that go with this midsummer celebration. Mark the country's independence with your own declaration of independence--from over priced parties! Whether you are throwing a large party with dozens of guests or a last minute get-together with your closest family and friends there are a number of simple things you can do to save money on your party! For example don't spend money on fireworks of any variety. They are expensive and illegal in many states. If you feel comfortable with a smaller pyrotechnic display, such as sparklers, you can tell guests they can bring their own. And don't forget to take advantage of free activities such as community parades and firework displays. 
 

 


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Thursday 21 June 2012

Thanks For Entering, Still Time to Win $50 Target Gift Card

Thanks to everyone who has entered the giveaway for the Target gift card! We are excited to see so many people entering, you have made it a successful first giveaway for Coupon Monster. With any luck we will be able to continue holding contests and sweepstakes throughout the year. If you still haven't entered, click here.  


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Thursday 14 June 2012

Ten Budget Friendly Ideas to Keep the Kids Busy This Summer

Summer is here, which means most kids are on summer vacation. While kids love summer vacation, it can be a pain for Mom and Dad, especially if you have to keep the kids busy all summer long. Sure amusement parks, water parks, movies and professional sports games are fun, but they can be prohibitavely expensive, especially if you have multiple little ones.  Don't worry, we have ten suggestions on how to keep the kids busy without spending a fortune. 

 


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Tuesday 12 June 2012

Enter to Win a $50 Target Gift Card

Coupon Monster is excited to announce the start of our first ever contest! We have been working on this for sometime now, trying to find just the right prize for our fans. After consideration we decided upon a $50 gift card to Target. Everyone loves free stuff, and everyone loves gift cards so this is the best of both worlds! Gift cards give you the option to purchase essential items such as clothing, groceries and cleaning supplies, or treat yourself to something nice like clothes, movies,games etc. Either way you are saving a bit of money which you can put aside to use for other purposes--like that family vacation you want to take! 

 


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Friday 8 June 2012

What's Happening at Coupon Monster

It's been a busy week here at Coupon Monster. In fact it's been so busy we didn't have time to come up with any more money saving tips for you. So we will have to break our trend here and give you some updates on what has been going on here at Coupon Monster.  

 

The start of the month always brings a slew of coupon codes from retailers, and with Father's Day right around the corner everyone is also releasing their Father's Day codes. We have been doing our best to sort through them all to find the best coupons for you. We might miss some though, so if you are looking for something at your favorite retailer or have something else specific in mind that we can post please let us know! We love to hear from you.

 

 


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Thursday 31 May 2012

Money Saving Tips for Grocery Shopping

This week I tackled how to save money on food and beverages, including grocery shopping. Lots of you probably clip coupons for your favorite products, and the items  your family uses most frequently. You probably go to the stores you know have the cheapest prices, and who doesn't like to stock up on non-perishable items during a sale. A few weeks back I mentioned taking your lunch to work and making your coffee at home. Did  you know there are still more ways you can save on food and beverages for your family? Well there are. I cover a  few of them this week!


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Thursday 24 May 2012

How to Vacation on a Budget

Summer is right around the corner, which means summer vacations can't be too far behind! Taking a vacation does not mean you have to take a break from looking for great deals, in fact there are lots of ways you can take a vacation with the whole family without going broke. Check out some of the great ideas below.

 

Figure out just how much money you can afford to spend on your vacation. Set aside some for travel expenses such as hotels, airfare, gas for the car, food, and any admission prices you will have to pay (for museums, parks, tours, etc). Then figure out how much you have left to spend on souviners and other little things along the way. Write this all down and remind yourself of this along the way. A good way to make sure you don't spend too much money along the way is to pay only in cash. Obviously, you want to make sure your money is safe, so don't keep it all in one place in case of an emergency, but this is a great way to really keep track of how much you spend on your vacation (a great tip for daily expenses too).

 


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