Here's a little coupon trick to save you loads of cash!
Recession Mama: Between school projects and looking for fun activities to do at home, I find myself at Jo-Ann Fabrics or Michaels pretty often. I really only like to buy from them with a coupon, and I signed up for the Jo-Ann mailer to get those good 40%- or 50%-off coupons mailed to the house. I would also scour the paper for similar Michaels coupons.
Recently, I found that both stores have printable coupons available online. One of my favorite sites for the printables can be found here. Or you can just Google the store name with the words "printable coupon." Fantastic -- now I always have a coupon, and can print another after I use the first one. I also found both stores accept competitor's coupons, so I can use both coupons at both stores, provided it is for a type of item carried at the other store. Here's the best part: I can use them both at the same time, because they are different! A Michaels manager told me if I have one of the coupons that print out from their register after a purchase, I can use that at the same time, too. That would mean up to three items at 40 to 50% off, which I think is phenomenal.
This discovery inspired me to ask around about competitor's coupons. PetSmart and PETCO take each other's coupons. So do Bed Bath & Beyond and Linens 'n Things. Bed Bath & Beyond will also take their own expired coupons. If you haven't done it before, it is worth a call to the store manager to verify the policy before you set out. If the manager seems unsure, you can verify the policy with another location or corporate headquarters and ask them to bring your local store up to date. Most car washes and dry cleaners will also take competitor's coupons, so you can get a deal and still stay local, saving gas at the same time ...
A former state deputy attorney general and current stay-at-home mom, Recession Mama Michele Ashamalla has three kids and ten years of experience stretching one salary to cover the necessities and more. She's all about saving money whenever you can, so you have it to spend on whatever you want!