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July Newsletter For AFullCup.com Members!
Hi AFC'ers! Welcome to July. Summer is in full swing, and there are sizzling savings to be found on cook-out supplies, outdoor items, and even toys! This is an awesome time of year for couponers and bargain hunters to really stock up, so make sure you check your local store forums everyday! See you on the boards!
What's on Sale this Month?
July brings a month of savings on all of those picnic supplies needed for the Independence Day holiday and summer get-togethers. You'll findlow prices on items such as soft drinks, hamburgers and hot dogs, buns, condiments, charcoal, and chips. It's a great excuse to move your cooking and dining routine outdoors and fire up your grills for some delicious meals! July is also National Ice Cream Month, so there's sure to be some great bargains on your favorite frozen treats. Check out the Coupon Database for coupons to pair with these sales, so you can stock your freezers. Seasonal produce, such as cucumbers, tomatoes, squash, watermelon, and cantaloupe, will also be featured in grocery store sales fliers during July. As the month comes to a close, watch for clearance on summer items, as retailers begin to reset their shelves for the coming back to school season. July is a great month to save!
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|Tips for Members
Are you new to couponing or AFC? Do you want to learn more about how to trade coupons with other members? Then check out AFC's Trading Post & Auction Block. You can create a wishlist of coupons that you need here and you can post any coupons that you have to trade in the FSOT forums. If you are looking for a certain coupon, please start a thread in the ISO forum. When you no longer need the coupon posted or if you trade the coupons that you have listed, just click on the "Gone" button at the top of your thread, and it will automatically move the posting to our FSOT Graveyard. Trading coupons is a great way to build up your coupon supply and get the coupons needed for a sale. If you want to learn more about how our trading system works, please be sure to read FSOT Rules & Guidelines and FSOT 101. Happy trading!
Hot Deals and Contests
Once we celebrate July 4th, many stores start rolling out huge savings on summer goodies, in preparation for the upcoming back to school season. One of the most anticipated clearance events this time of year is Target's 75% off toy clearance. This huge sale typically happens during the last week of July, although the exact dates can vary from year to year. If you have children or need to fill up your gift closet for upcoming birthdays, then you don't want to miss this rare opportunity for deep discounts! Check out the Target Clearance subforum often for the latest info on markdowns, and make sure you don't miss this exciting event!
Hot Bling Round 3 is now underway! It's AFC's version of the classic Hot Potato game, with a Hot Bling blinkie passed around the boards. If you haven't played before, don't miss out on the fun! You can find all of the details here. Good luck!
The Hot Deals forum is filled with great new offers, including links to hot printable coupons, sales, and awesome freebies! Have you checked it out lately? These are some of the hottest deals available, and they won't last long! Make sure you check often and be on the look-out for more hot deals coming soon!
Threads You Don't Want to Miss
Signing up for free offers and samples is a great way to fill up your mailbox, and some of those freebies come with great coupons! There are hundreds of freebies posted on the internet, and you can find some of the best ones listed right here at AFC. Check out the Completely Free forum to find the latest offers in a variety of categories, including freebies for kids, pets, grocery items and more. Survey sites and product testing programs also provide excellent opportunities for free products and high value coupons. If you aren't registered for these programs, then you're really missing out. For a listing of reputable survey and product testing sites, read more details here and start cashing in on these awesome opportunities!
Are you searching for ways to store and organize your coupons? There are many methods for coupon organization, including keeping whole uncut inserts, using a small accordion file, setting up a coupon box, or using a three ring binder system. Kayhold offers some tips on each of these systems, along with the pros and cons for using each method here. This is a great guide for learning more about how to store your coupons, and it is very helpful in finding the approach that best fits your needs. Take some time to read her guide and share what works for you today!
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Congratulations to Weatie, the winner of our Awesome AFC'er award for July. Here's what she had to say about AFC:
1. Tell us a little about yourself. How long have you been a member of AFC?
I joined AFC in June of 2010. I lurked for a while before joining in the fun. I am 100% Jersey Girl. Born & Raised at the NJ Shore. For fun, I love riding my Harley. I'm a single mom, and my kids are now all grown up. I have a small private horse farm which is my peace of mind as well as my back breaker.
2. What is you favorite feature of AFC?
I love the friendly helpfulness of AFC members. AFC is divided into catagories and sections which make it easy to visit and read the store sales and deals. So, when you're in the Shoprite section, you know every post is regarding Shoprite. It makes for easy navigation and time efficiency.
I have "met" the most awesome people hanging around AFC. We now text deals we find in stores as we shop to each other. We also wear a Goonie Bling in support of an AFC friend as she undergoes cancer treatment. We share our personal happiness, along with our happy shopping trips and send each other coupons as ROAK, asking nothing in return.
3. How has AFC changed your shopping habits?
I had been using coupons for many years before joining AFC. AFC showed me that there is a whole world of couponers like myself. I am certainly finding out about more deals and stategies to roll Cats, ECBs and UPs. I thought I was good at saving before. Now, I continue to learn how to save even more, as well as to consistently save with every shopping trip.
4. What is you favorite store to shop? What stores are the most coupon friendly? What stores have the best sales/prices?
My favorite place to shop is the Jackson, NJ Shoprite. Customer Service goes above and beyond to be fair, do the right thing. Sure, they have couponing rules. I agree with them all, because the rules are in place to ensure everyone has the chance to get in on a sale. Following the rules and couponing policies of stores is just part of the game we play. Would it really be as much fun if we were all permitted to run-a-muck? I dont think so.
5. What is your favorite thing to stockpile and why?
Toothbrushes. Along with shopping for my family of 6, I also shop for a battered woman's shelter. I grab every free toothbrush I can get my hands on. Deodorant is also high on my list. Having 12 to 20 women and their children in the shelter, you can imagine how many toothbrushes and deodorants they can go through! Those are 2 items that just aren't shared.
6. How do you get coupons and how do you keep them organized?
I receive 12-20 sets of inserts weekly from a clipping service. The shelter also receives 12 free Sunday papers a week. Each week, one coupon from each insert type is clipped. I mark the date on each one with a sharpie. Those coupons are filed into a strong box into categories. The whole uncut inserts for each week are filed by date into a filing cabinet. I write the insert date and a toss date (the furthest away expiration date) on the folder. When I need to know if there is a coupon for any item, I can simply look in the strong box, pull it, and go to the filing cabinet and pull that folder with the date that's written on the coupon. Then clip them all out and go shopping.
7. What advice do you have for a new couponer?
Relax. We don't have to chase every deal. They all come around again. You won't learn everything in a day, week, or month. The veteren couponers have lots to teach. However, don't dismiss things another newbie has to say, ask, or offer. As you become more knowledgeable with couponing, please pass the knowledge on to newbies with patience. Practice ethical couponing. Read the coupons. Redeem them as intended. Cheating hurts us all. Have fun with it and you will be more likely to stick with it.
8. What advice do you have someone new to AFC?
Check in at least a few times a week to your stores' sections. AFC is packed full of wonderful members posting new sales and deals they find everyday. Fill out the questionaire in the Welcome Mat. This helps the Welcome Wagon guide you directly to areas of AFC which pertain to where you personally shop. Join in the fun of some of the many interesting threads AFC offers. There is a book club thread, Frugal living "Budgeteers" Threads, coupon trains to join, and more. Play a game or enter an AFC contest. Its fun!
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