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Happy Valentines AFullCup.com Members!
Hi AFC Community! Welcome to February! As the cold weather continues for most of the country, we hope you'll spend some of your days indoors, browsing AFC and learning about the best deals out there! It's a great time of year to restock your coupons and get better organized, as you continue to work towards your savings goals for 2011. So, pull up a chair and get to know your AFC friends better. We are a welcoming community dedicated to helping you get the most for your money! Stay warm and have a great February!
What's on Sale this Month?
Right on the heels of the Halloween then Christmas candy sales, here we are looking at fantastic deals on chocolate, chocolate, and more chocolate. Rite Aid and Target have some great bargains and more high value coupons keep popping up on coupons.com. Keep checking the Printable Coupons forum so you don’t miss any of the newest IP’s – they can disappear fast! We’re still in comfort foods mode with snow falling on much of the country - will it ever end?!? Did you know that February is National Hot Breakfast Month? A great way to start another cold wintery day is with a plate of warm pancakes and sausage. You can be sure to find Jimmy Dean coupons as well as more Quaker Oatmeal and Krusteaz, Hungry Jack, and Aunt Jemima pancake mix coupons popping up in the Sunday inserts. The Westminster Dog Show is mid-February and is sponsored by Pedigree. Hopefully there will be some dog food and treats promotions for our furry friends!
The AFC Administrators
|Tips for Members
Are you just starting to coupon? Want to know more about how to find coupons, organize your coupons, and take advantage of the best sales out there? ctsunshine offers some great tips on how to get started here. Check out her helpful advice, and you'll be on your way to becoming a savvy couponer in no time!
We've recently added new guidelines for posting in the Working from Home and Couponing Classes forums. Please take a few minutes to read the new rules before posting threads in these forums. The guidelines are in place to help us keep the forums as organized and easy to follow as possible! Thank you!
Did you know that AFC is on Twitter and Facebook? Follow AFC on Twitter and Facebook today for info on the hottest deals!
Hot Deals and Contests
Are you participating in the AFC 30 Day Challenge? Everyday from January 19th-February 17th, you can complete a daily challenge designed to help you learn more about AFC! Each day that you complete the task, you have the opportunity to win 1 of 30 AFC tote bags, and you'll be entered into the grand prize drawing for 1 of 6 $50 Amazon gift cards! So join in the fun, learn more about AFC, and you could be a winner!
Have you been shopping Rite Aid? If not, you are really missing out! Rite Aid now offers Single Check Rebates (SCRs), Video Values (online coupons), monthly reward programs, and shopping rewards (UPs), which can make many things free or cheap every week. Members are really cashing in, and you can too! Check out the Rite Aid forum today to learn more about saving money at Rite Aid! You'll find ad previews, deal scenarios, and weekly shopping lists, as well as many helpful members to point you in the right direction!
Don't forget to check Hot Deals and AFC Contests & Programs for the latest info on awesome deals, hot coupons, and new AFC contests! You'll finds the best deals out there and new opportunities to win prizes!
Threads You Don't Want to Miss
How do you determine if something is an awesome deal and whether you should stock up? Is there a certain price point for buying everyday items, like toothpaste, shampoo, toilet paper, and food staples? Members share their input on stock up prices and tell us what they typically pay for common items here. It's a great way to see just how much others are paying for their everyday essentials and when you should stockpile your most used items too!
Have you been using AFC's Shopping Lists? The lists provide a highlight of the best deals matched with coupons each week. Its a great tool for planning your weekly shopping! We depend on volunteers called Shopping List Assistants (SLAs) to help keep the lists going, and we're looking for more volunteers to help out! If you're interested, check out this thread to learn more. Help us make AFC an even better resource! We'd love to have you join the SLA team!
You Won What?
FreebieMama won a pair of Nike shoes from the Dr. Oz Giveaway. tyoung75 and dianekl won $30 Office Depot gift cards. skbrush won a set of books from Barefoot Books. blakesmommy01 won a 8x10 wrapped canvas. Wedding Bells are Ringing (or will be)….
Congratulations to Ashley621 on her recent engagement! The Stork has Visited…
Best wishes to YellowWoman, who is expecting her second baby! Happily Ever After...
Congratulations to 5zamoras, who celebrated her 13th wedding anniversary on January 31.
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Congratulations to DebB831, the winner of our Awesome AFC'er Award for February! Here's what she has to say about AFC:
1. Tell us a little about yourself! How long have you been a member of AFC?
I have been a member since November of 2008, so just over two years. I have a family of four; my husband of fourteen years, two boys (8 & 5) and myself. My husband and I run our own business, so money is always tight when you do not know how much you will be bringing in each month.
2. What is you favorite feature of AFC?
I love the forums under each store. It's nice to see other members just giving back by posting the deals that they find that may not have been advertised.
3. How has AFC changed your shopping habits?
I have used coupons for twenty years, but before it was only a few here and there. I tracked my coupon usage since 2003 and since I joined AFC, I save more with coupons in one month than I used to save in one year!
4. What is you favorite store to shop? What stores are the most coupon friendly? What stores have the best sales/prices?
I live in the country, so the closest town has a Super Target, Wal-Mart and a grocery store, Cub Foods. Cub is the most coupon friendly as I rarely have an issue, and they take coupons up to 90 days past expiration. Being able to use a coupon that expired a few months ago really allows me to wait for a good sale before using a coupon to get the best deal for my money. While Cub wins with coupon friendly, Super Target wins with the best prices and is also pretty good with accepting coupons. A new Walgreens will be opening later this year, so I will be jumping full force into RRs soon!
5. What is your favorite thing to stockpile and why?
Lately, I have been doing a lot of shopping for my parents, as they are getting older. The big items have been peanut butter and pasta/pasta sauce because they have a long shelf life.
6. How do you get coupons and how do you keep them organized?
I usually buy four of the early edition of our local Sunday paper, because it is only 75 cents. I then get additional inserts from my in-laws, parents, and friends. I never knew joining Facebook would get me so many great coupons either! They have some great printables after “liking” certain brands. Target home mailers and Target website printables are also something I use a large amount of.
I had used an accordion style coupon holder for years, but last year I made the big switch to a binder. While it took a while to get use to, it is much easier to find a coupon at the store when finding a good deal I didn’t plan on. I organize coupons by the way my most used stores are laid out; first produce, then meat, dairy, etc. This way I can flip through as I go down the aisles.
7. What advice do you have for a new couponer?
Don't get discouraged. You will not start out saving $1000s each month right away like you may read others doing. There is a huge learning curve! You have to remember that even if you only save $20 this month, it is $20 you didn't spend, and you learned a lot to take into the next month where you can save even more. Just read, read and read! It takes a while to really get each store figured out. Start with the one store you shop at the most and work on lowering your bill there. Then move on to the next.
8. What advice do you have someone new to AFC?
We tell our kids, “There are no dumb questions, only dumb answers.” Well, that holds true for adults too! Do not be afraid to ask a question if you do not understand something. We have all been there; whether needing help understanding a deal, how to send a private message, or what those little snowflakes are next to our avatar. We are all on AFC to help save money, but also to help others to be able to save as much as possible too!
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