Need some ideas for Father's Day? You can make a gift basket that includes some Armor All items!
This week you can get Surf Detergent for $0.49 at Target! Remember that you can stack manufacturer's coupons with printable Target.com coupons!
Click here for printable coupons.
Free Smart Balance Milk
When you scan Smart Balance milk at the check out, a Catalina coupon for free milk prints out. Use the self checkout at Harris Teeter so you can grab your Catalina and only pay tax.
Free Skinny Cow Ice Cream Cup
Pick from these flavors: Chocolate Fudge Brownie, Cookies N' Cream, Caramel Cone, Dulce de Leche and Strawberry Cheesecake

Click here for details

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Sunday, February 21, 2010

Blue Ridge Coupons: Tips for Earning Money Online Right from Home

There are many ways that you can potentially earn money from home. One of the first steps is to create a blog or website so that you can place links on it. If you own a Twitter or Facebook account, get some followers so you can drive traffic to your site!

Sell Textbooks and Other Books

There are several online stores that will allow you to enter an ISBN of a book and instantly will inform you of their ability to accept it for resale. Many will even pay for the shipping cost for you to send them the books. This is especially convenient if you don't want to be caught by surprise with a sale you make on Ebay, Amazon, or Half.com. I'm not the most organized person when it comes to shipping books at the Post Office when things get hectic.

In addition to selling books you own, many will offer you PayPal credit or direct deposit if you refer new members.

Sell Used Books Online - Quick Cash, Free Shipping, Free Quotes!
Cash4Books.net Get about $5 for every person you refer that becomes a member and mails in books. (I've made $40 through referrals since October 2009.)

AbeBooks.com Buyback Once you've joined the Google Affiliate Network and are approved by AbeBooks, you can get 5% commission on sales from people you refer.

Barnes & Noble Buyback Join the Google Affiliate Network first, then earn 6% commission on sales from people you refer.

Textbooks.com Also through the Google Affiliate Network, get 6% commission.


Join Affiliate Networks

Once you join an affiliate network, you can pick from many types of companies that match your website content. Some will pay you for a commission for sales that are generated from someone that has been referred by you and others will pay you a flat dollar amount per click or new member.

LinkShare Referral Program
Earn $1.50 for every valid referral that registers as a LinkShare Publisher and generates a click-through within 30 days. They have over 500 merchants.

Amazon
Add product slideshows or directly link to products or pages on Amazon. Click on the Associates tab on the left.

Banner and Link Programs

Chitika
Earn 10% of everything your referral earns for the first 15 months after they've enrolled.

Search the Web and Get Paid


Search & Win
SwagBucks
Get giftcards for points you've earned from using their toolbar or search site. Once you become a member, read Tattoo Astronomy's blog to get tips on winning SwagBucks. You can get gift cards from Amazon, Paypal, and many other companies! A lot of users use this program to collect gift cards for Christmas shopping.

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Thursday, February 18, 2010

Blue Ridge Coupons Free Samples for Week of 2/21




Here are some freebies for the week of 2/21/10.


Enjoy! Know of any others on the web? Post them in the comments section!

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Wednesday, February 3, 2010

SuddenValues.com Coupons for Virginia and Other States


SuddenValues.com provides online printable coupons. Follow the links below to access coupons by your area.

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How to Find Coupons

In additon to finding coupons in the Sunday Washington Post, you can find the many of the same coupons as printable internet coupons on smartsource.com and redplum.com. These can often be doubled or tripled just like the regular manufacturer coupons that you find in the Sunday paper. You will need to download a coupon tool in order to print them.

Usually for about $2.00 you can buy a newspaper that will have coupon inserts. Trading coupons is a good way to collect the coupons that you'll actually use. Ask around and see if any family or friends would be willing to give you their coupon inserts after they've picked through what they need. You can go to the recycling center to get old newspapers that might have coupon inserts or you can also contact your newspaper office and see if they would sell you old Sunday papers at a discount.

  • Check on Craigslist for postings about community coupon trading groups.
  • Make sure your contact information for your store membership cards are accurate so that you can receive coupons by mail and email.
  • Email the companies you like and tell them how much you love their products. I recently emailed a company and explained that I was a new customer and looked forward to trying their entire product line. I received about $15 in coupons!
  • Go to the websites of companies you like and see if they offer email coupon specials. Often they will email you when they have printable coupons available on their website.
  • Don't forget about the blinkies inside grocery stores. Blinkies are the coupon dispensors located by products. Also, look for coupons attached to product packaging. Keep the coupons that print out with receipts.

If this sounds like too much work, go to YouTube to watch videos of people that have saved thousands and gotten lots of free stuff using coupons! This video is kind of an extreme example of stockpiling items from using coupons, but the narration is entertaining.

  • Note: Setup a free email account online just for receiving coupons. This way your everyday personal or work email account won't be overwhelmed with spam. Some websites for products will require java to be enabled on your web browser. Websites such as smartsource.com will require you to download a tool for printing coupons. This allows them to keep track of how many coupons you've printed based on your IP address because some people will come along and print zillions of coupons. I'm not a fan of coupon tool downloads from websites such as coupon.com because it causes my anti-malware/virus program to go haywire. Before downloading any such tools, you may want to google the website to see if anyone has had any problems.

Now go get some coupons!

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How to Save Hours Clipping Coupons

People often ask me what the point is of clipping coupons. They see that it does in fact take time to locate, clip /print, and sort coupons. However, showing a receipt where I have saved between 50% to 75% on items at the grocery store usually shows that it is certainly worth it!

A website called HotCouponWorld has been a life saver with organizing my shopping plan. Other people that use coupons post the sales specials from stores such as Harris Teeter, Kroger, Food Lion, CVS, and RiteAide. They even list the items that are not advertised, saving you a trip to the store. From here, you can get a detailed list of coupon and sale matchups. Most forum posters will even include links to internet printable coupons.

In addition, you will get feedback on if a sale really is a good deal because they will have online discussions in the forums detailing trends with certain products.

Take a look at HotCouponWorld's forums for more information. Their site is free to join and you only have to join if you want to make posts in the forums.

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How to Organize Your Coupons: The 3-Ring Binder Method

One of the things I've learned with clipping coupons is that it can become frustrating to keep track of them! I hate when I'm at the grocery store and see a great deal but then can't find the coupon I know I clipped. I've made my own system for storing coupons. With a 3-Ring Binder, I've inserted flat pencil holders that have 3-Ring holes in them. (Available at Walmart for $.97).

I have a couple of them to store coupons that are for cleaning and personal supplies. I have one that holds coupons I know I'll use in a shopping trip. I also have several sheets of clear baseball card holders. You can also use photo holders, CD holders, or disk holders. These work great for organizing your coupons by category (frozen foods, canned foods, snacks, etc.) You'll have to fold some of the coupons but most you can fold so that you can see a picture of the product and the expiration date.

One thing to keep in mind, however, is that the binder is awkward. I constantly have to stop and set the binder across the handle o
n the cart so I can flip through it. I feel like I'm in everyone's way and constantly have to keep moving my cart to make room for other people. You may consider one of the coupon organizers that hang on the handle of the cart, but consider getting a fabric one so that it doesn't flip around the handle because it's so stiff. The last thing you want is for your coupons to dump all over the floor. I personally want to be able to flip through the pages of my organizer so I'm sticking with my awkward binder.

For coupon binders and accessories, see my products on Zazzle.

Here are a few video examples of binder systems for coupons.



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Things that are Coming Soon at Blue Ridge Coupons!

Blue Ridge Coupons is happy to announce the addition of a blog for blueridgecoupons.net.

Want coupons for stores in Central Virginia? Check out our website at blueridgecoupons.net.

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