Maximize Your Savings: Tips to help you save even more!


Posted on : 08-09-2011 | By : Trish | In : Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals

Coupons are a fabulous way to save money on just about everything. There are more coupons in circulation now than there has ever been. But, there is more you can do to increase your savings when you shop.

We all have our favorite stores. Mine is Target. I’ve heard the debates on Wal-Mart vs. Target, and I stand firmly on the Target side. When Wal-Mart is cheaper, it’s usually only by a few cents. Wal-Mart has a ton of stuff, but when you really look at it, there isn’t much selection. They carry a few brands of every item, but very few. Target, on the other hand, has a much wider selection. They have very competitive, and quite often cheaper prices. And, Target is very coupon friendly. In Wal-Mart’s defense, they have recently become much more coupon friendly as well.

Okay, sorry for the detour. Here’s how I maximize my savings at Target and how you can do the same at your favorite stores.

  • Bring your own bags. At two of my favorite stores, Target and Bi-Lo, you get 5 cents for every bag you bring in. That’s usually no more than $0.50, but it’s just like having a secret coupon.
  • Walk the perimeter of the store. Wherever you shop, find the clearance section. At Target, the clearance merchandise is along the perimeter. Follow the walls, and you’ll find the savings. At Bi-Lo, they have purple tags on clearance items. All other tags are red, so it’s pretty easy to spot the purple ones as you shop. Find the clearance section or route and pay it a little visit each time you go.
  • Sign up for deals by email and/or text. Target sends me a text every month with fabulous in-store coupons. I was able to get free shorts last month with a $5 off coupon on my phone. The shorts were on clearance for $4.48, so just because I signed up for their texts, I got a great freebie! Bi-Lo emails great deals and e-coupons a couple of times every month.
  • Sign up for the loyalty card. Target doesn’t have a loyalty card, but most grocery stores do. Once you have your loyalty card, be sure to sign up for e-coupons from the store, or from sites like SavingStar or Cellfire. These coupons are loaded straight to your card. The savings comes off instantly when you scan your card at checkout.
  • Use coupons! One of my favorite things about Target….okay, maybe my very favorite thing, is their printable coupons. is my first stop when I’m looking for coupons. They usually have over 100 coupons available, with a combination of store and manufacturer coupons. You can use both types of coupon on a single item! Print out your Target coupons, find a manufacturer’s coupon for the same item, and really maximize your savings. My Bi-Lo also accepts competitor coupons, so I can use my Target coupons there as well.
  • One more tip that is geared specifically toward Target is to sign up for the Red Card. I am not one to encourage credit cards, but Target has a store debit card that is linked to your checking account. It is not a credit card, there is no bill, no interest, no payment. It’s just like using your own debit card. When you use the Red Card, you automatically save 5% off your total! Granted, 5% isn’t really that much, $5 off $100. But, just like the bags, it’s a boost. The Red Card is like having your own secret coupon.

So, this post turned into a shopper’s guide for Target, but these tips can be applied to your store as well. Find out all the little secret savings tips at your own favorite store. Do you get credit for bags? Where is the clearance merchandise? Is there an email or text list? What is the coupon policy?

Learn your store and maximize your savings!

Do you have a tip for saving more money? Please share!


More Totally FREE Stuff!


Posted on : 10-08-2011 | By : Trish | In : Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals, Free Stuff

You know I’m all about the FREEBIES! I have always loved free samples, but free full-sized products rock my world. I’ve been saving up some great freebie coupons and finally used them today. Here’s what I got:

  • A double pack of Bounty Napkins (I’m a Viva girl when it comes to towels). That’s 400 napkins!
  • Suave lotion
  • Suave creamy body wash
  • Herbal Essences conditioner
  • Aussie 3 minute miracle
  • Pantene leave in conditioner
  • Dial for men bodywash
  • 2 tubes of Bengay
  • 2 packages of Papermate pens
  • Sharpie hiliters
  • Amazingly wonderful, aloe-infused fuzzy socks!

All of the coupons except the Bengay, Papermate, and Sharpie came from facebook! Where else? I didn’t actually have a coupon for the socks, but I got overage on the Bengay ($1.52 total), Papermate ($1), Bounty ($0.51), and Sharpie ($0.25), so I had enough left over from the coupons to buy the socks!

I think the Bengay coupons are still available on and the Papermate coupon is from The others were facebook giveaways and are all gone. Please be sure to like My Rubber Money on facebook to get in on all the deals!

Ahhhhhh, I love FREE STUFF!


Target is having Black Friday in July! Online Only 7/15!


Posted on : 10-07-2011 | By : Trish | In : Coupon Matchups, Daily Deals

I love Target!  I don’t quite love Black Friday, though. In the past, I’ve gotten up at 3:00 in the morning to snag a place in line for a great sale on black Friday. Then, a few years ago, I came seriously close to punching a man who literally took a TV out of my shopping cart when I had my back turned. The worst part about the entire situation was that the stinkin TV was the same price for a week! Here I was, overly tired, having only had one cup of coffee and 3 hours of sleep, ready to beat a man for “stealing” my TV, because I was under the impression that the price would only be good for a few short hours. Whatever.  That was my last early morning, day after Thanksgiving shopping trip.  I still get great deals, but now I do it online!  (Confession time: I’m also a Christmas Eve shopper…major clearance prices hit at about 6pm on Christmas Eve!)

Lots of places have “Christmas in July” sales and promotions, but Target is taking it a step further having Black Friday in July!!! They haven’t revealed all of the deals yet, but the first one involves a Vizio flat screen!  The deals will be available online only, this Friday, July 15th!

Click the link below for a sneak peek, then come back Friday to snag a fabulous deal or two!!!


Check out the Target samples & coupons!


Posted on : 07-03-2011 | By : Trish | In : Daily Deals, Free Stuff

Head over to Target right now (online, that is), and you can snag a fabulous “beauty bag” packed with beauty samples and high value coupons!