Amazon Prime gets you FREE two day shipping on almost everything that Amazon sells with NO minimum– and THAT, my dear friends, is WAY fabuLESS– especially when you can get that privilege for FREE (or darn near close!)

PAID memberships, (but NONE of the FREE memberships!) also include FREE and unlimited video streaming- a fantastic benefit! Keep reading to find out what options are available to you!

 

Amazon Mom

 

 

 

 

 

You do NOT need to be a mom to join Amazon Mom– ANYONE can and should join.  Amazon Mom gets you THREE *free* months of Amazon Prime and you could get up to one year entirely for FREE (and it will not automatically renew, you will NEVER be charged!) Click HERE or here: http://amzn.to/qOaUQB to join NOW– it’s FREE to join and fabuLESS to use!

Once you join you’ll automatically get Amazon Prime for three months, for each $25 you spend within a single order in the baby store, you earn an additional month of Amazon Prime up to a maximum of one year from the date you joined the program.  In addition to the FREE two day shipping benefits, you get additional savings on specific items, like diapers– click HERE or here: www.livefabuLESS.com/diapers  to check out some of the smokin’ deals on diapers that you can score on Amazon.

Click HERE or here: http://amzn.to/qOaUQB to join Amazon Mom and enjoy the FREE 2 day shipping with NO minimum NOW!  Additionally, you can share your Amazon Mom benefits with ONE additional person– click HERE to Manage Your Membership and then scroll down until you see “Share Your Benefits” to add a friend or family member.

fabuLESS Tip: Since Amazon Mom is NON-renewable if you and a friend BOTH have small children (or do this with your spouse!), consider having ONE of you join and invite the other to share your membership– and once your membership expires, ask your friend or spouse to join Amazon Mom and share his/her membership with you– that way you can BOTH receive the benefits for two years.

 

Amazon Student:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Another option is to join Amazon Student– click HERE to check it out.  If you’re a student (you will need to enter your school AND have an email address ending in .edu) you get a FREE Amazon Prime membership for six months, once your six months are over your membership will automatically renew at a cost of $39 a year for up to four years with automatic renewal UNLESS you click HERE and select “do not upgrade” if you do NOT automatically renew!  However, you might want to consider renewing since at $39, it’s half the price of a regular membership and, in addition to FREE 2 day shipping with *no* minimum, it ALSO includes FREE, unlimited video streaming (which NONE of the FREE memberships include!)

Click HERE to get started with YOUR *free* Amazon Student membership and to check out all of the information!

 

One month FREE trial

Amaon prime month trial

If if you do not qualify for either Amazon Mom or Amazon Student (or if you’ve used up your FREE trial) your best option is to sign up HERE for a FREE one month trial of Amazon Prime.   At the end of your month’s trial it will AUTOMATICALLY renew, unless you do the following:

Click HERE to go to “Manage Your Prime Membership”

Then, click “Do Not Upgrade”

That’s it!  If you neglect to do this and still want to cancel, simply click HERE to contact Customer Service, you will get a prorated refund for your unused time.  But BEFORE you cancel you might want to keep reading the next paragraph on how you can KEEP your Prime Membership for ONLY $15.80/year

Click HERE to start YOUR FREE trial!

 

Share a Prime Membership for ONLY $15.80 per YEAR

 

With a PAID membership, you can share your Amazon Prime membership with up to FOUR other friends or family members, each person will receive the FREE two day shipping benefits as though they had their OWN membership (but, ONLY the primary member will have the unlimited access to FREE video streaming — this is a WAY fabuLESS deal to have many of the benefits but at only 1/5th the cost ($79 divided by 5 is $15.80!)

Click HERE to grab an Amazon Prime membership, then click HERE to “Manage Your Prime Membership” and scroll down until you see “Share Your Benefits” and follow the instructions.

 

Do you have any additional information or are there any corrections needed? Simply comment below- thanks! (Information presumed accurate as of 9/5/11, but Amazon can and does change their programs often!)

Grab TWO bottles of Spic and Span for ONLY $.47/each!

Save $1.00 on 2Grab TWO bottles of Spic and Span for ONLY $0.47/each, here’s how:

Walmart has Spic and Span for $.97/each, purchase 2 of them and stack on a $1/2 Spic & Span printable coupon (grab it HERE) to make them ONLY $0.47 each!

Click HERE (use zip code: 90210 and click on HOUSEHOLD on the left hand side to find it quickly!)

CURRENT DEADLINE:

Items MUST be received by no later than Monday, September 12th in order to receive a quote by Wednesday, September 14th.  (Items received by Thursday, Sept 8th will receive a quote by Saturday, Sept 10th!)  If you need more time, kindly email or call/text Steven directly you can reach him at stevenkersh@yahoo.com or 561.294.5761.

RECENT FEEDBACK: 

This past Monday I went to a local gold buying place, and I was quoted $663. After I mentioned I was going to check with Jodi’s gold buyer for her gold party, the guy offered me a $100 bonus that he supposedly offers to anyone having over 40g, and stated I had just barely enough at 41g. I sent an email to Steven who immediately responded saying that was ridiculously low, and he would offer $1100 for that weight. I sent him my gold overnight delivery to be received by Wednesday. After receiving my gold, Steven informed me that if I was quoted 41 grams and $663 ($763 with bonus), then I was being ripped off, and I was offered $1740! $600 more than I was expecting from him and $1000 more than locally!! Big Big Thanks to Steven and Jodi! -Marsha

I got a quote today from Steven on some of my late mother’s old gold jewelry that I sent him last week and I was pleasantly surprised to be receiving almost $1,000 for things that I knew neither I nor anyone else in my family would ever wear. Thank you so much for referring your readers to him! It was a “valuable” experience. -Nanette

“Got my gold quote! I sent a ridiculously small amount and thought ‘I’d be shocked if it even came to $100’. To my delightful surprise, its OVER $200!!!! Thanks Jodi!” -Michelle

We sent in the tiniest amount and got $377 for it–woo hoo! ūüôā -Erin

“Thanks so much for letting me in on the gold party! I’m $868.00 richer! Thanks Jodi!” -Michelle

 

To get ALL of the details, including current prices and mailing instructions click HERE or here: www.livefabuLESS.com/goldparty

Feel free to let me know if you have any questions!

BreathRx: Grab a fabuLESS $3 off coupon NOW before it’s GONE!

There is a great new $3.00 off Breath RX coupon available. Breath RX Mouthwash is just $7.99 and there is a month long +Up Reward Running where you can buy 1 and get a $2 +Up Reward.

Breath RX Mouthwash, $7.99
Buy 1, Get $2 in +Up Rewards
$3/1 Printable Coupon
Pay $4.99 and get $2 back in +Up Rewards
Like paying just $2.99 after Coupon and +Up Rewards!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT THIS GREAT COUPON

Thanks, Swaggrabber for the heads up!

Today’s (9/7/11) list of fabuLESS printable coupons and online codes!

HOTTEST deals:

6PM: Click HERE for New Balance up to 85% off, Click HERE for jackets up to 75% off, Click HERE for GBX, Stacey Adams & Florsheim up to 75% off, Click HERE for junior fashion footwear up to 65% off, Click HERE for Steve Madden up to 70% off, Click HERE for Supra select styles $49.95 or less, Click HERE for Black Rooster select styles$34.95 or less (all offers expire 9/7/2011)
Amazon:¬†You might not normally think of Amazon to shop for clothes but you should! Especially when all items are up to 75(!)% off–fabuLESS! Items for men, women and children…check it all out¬†HERE¬†*AND* Click¬†HERE¬†to sign up for a FREE membership to AmazonMom‚Äď which gets you THREE months of 2 day shipping (with NO minimum) PLUS additional savings on diapers‚Äď fabuLESS! And, YES, you can and should sign up even if you‚Äôre NOT a mom!¬†
Famous Footwear:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for Buy One Get One 1/2 off PLUS 20% off your ENTIRE order. enter code¬†LABORDAY¬†at checkout. expires 9/10/11. Click¬†HERE¬†and click on “print both here” for TWO in store coupons.
Folica.com: Click HERE for 20% off all 4 star products, use code STARS at checkout (expires 9/8/2011)
Finish Line: Click HERE for $10 off $60 use code EXTRA60 at checkout (expires 12/1/2011) Click HERE to get free shipping on your order of $75 or more enter code CJFS75 (expires 10/30/2011)
GAP: Click HERE for 40% off on Baby Loves (expires 9/9/2011), Click HERE to get Adult Premium pants from $35 (expires 9/11/2011)
Gap Outlet:¬†LAST DAY¬†In store ONLY: Outlet ONLY: Take an ADDITIONAL 40% off all clearance merchandise, ends 9/6/11. Plus you might be able to ‚Äėstack‚Äô on this coupon: Click¬†HERE¬†to print a 15% off of $75+ purchase, expires 2/29/12.
Gymboree:¬†Grab a 20% off coupon by texting ‚ÄúSAVE‚ÄĚ (no quotes, just the word) to 283342 or click¬†HERE¬†or here:¬†www.gymboree.com/tvoffer; be sure to stack the coupon on top of the already additional 20% off all sale merchandise PLUS earn Gymbucks!
Hollister: LAST DAY Straight from SoCal the Redline sale is BACK! Take 50% off redlines in store & 40% off online. Click HERE to see the details. (expires 9/6/2011) In store and online: Jeans are 50% off for a limited time, click HERE for details. ALSO Get free U.S. shipping online when you sign up for Hollister Texts before 9/15! Text SURF to 35350 to get access to the hottest exclusives, coolest events and tons more!
Justice: Click HERE for 40% off your ENTIRE order online only (expires 9/12/2011)
Kohl’s:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to shop online an extra 20% off EVERYTHING (including sale and clearance items) enter code TWENTY4ME at checkout, Click HERE¬†to print (expires 9/11/2011)¬†¬†
Lands End: LAST DAY Click HERE for free shipping on your order of $50 or more and get 3.0% cash back with ebates!  enter code LABORDAY and pin 3191 at checkout (expires 9/6/2011)
McCormick & Schmicks: Click HERE to get $10 Off $50 purchase. expires: 9/18/2011
Office Max: Click HERE to save up to 70% online only (expires 9/10/2011) Click HERE for buy 2 get 1 free on all school & business supplies (expires 9/10/2011) Click HERE to get $20 back in rewards on Mulituse Case Paper (expires 9/10/2011)
Old Navy:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to get 15% off your ENTIRE order online only enter code ONEEXTRA15 at checkout.¬†ALSO¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to print a $10 off $50 coupon (must ‚ÄúLIKE‚ÄĚ Old Navy on Facebook in order to print.)
OvernightPrints.com: Click HERE for 50% off custom notepads (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 46% off custom presentation folders (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 58% off postcards (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 55% off rack cards (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 36% off brochures (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 30% off 1000 business cards (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 30% off posters(enter code POST9), Click HERE for 55% off wedding essentials (enter code UP255WEDAFF) (all offers expire 10/14/2011)
Overstock.com: Click HERE to get up to 46% off select furniture, bedding, & luggage (expires 9/8/2011) Click HERE to get 10% off all outerwear (expires 9/9/2011) Click HERE for 10% off Baby Store (expires 9/9/2011) Click HERE to get 10% off Boots (expires 9/9/2011)
Restaurant.com: LAST DAY Click HERE to save 80% and get most $25 gift cards for only $2 (!!!) fabuLESS! Enter code RDCSALE (expires 9/7/2011)
Soap.com: Click HERE to get 15% off your first order at Soap.com & free shipping on orders over $25 use code SOAPAFF at checkout. Click HERE for up to 75% off vitamins & supplements-flash sale-while supplies last. Click HERE to save 20% on your first hair care purchase use code AFFHAIR at checkout (expires 10/30/2011)
ShoeBuy.com: LAST DAY Click HERE for $10 ANY PURCHASE of $10 or more, plus free shipping & free returns! (expires 9/7/2011)
Snapfish.com: Click HERE to get 67% off soft cover photo books enter code BOOKS67 at checkout (expires 9/13/2011) ALSO get 50% off custom cards, mugs, and calendars enter code HURRAH50 at checkout. (expires 9/10/2011) ALSO Click HERE to get free shipping on orders $25 or more and enter code SEPFS25 at checkout (expires 9/30/2011). ALSO Click HERE to get 5 free folded cards and enter code TRY5CARDS at checkout (expires 9/30/2011) ALSO Click HERE for penny prints then enter code PENNY094U at checkout (expires 9/13/2011)
Steve Madden: Click HERE to get 30% off all orders enter code FALL30 at checkout. (expires 9/11/2011)
Target:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for¬†10% off¬†$50 in Women’s (excl. Clearance)(expires 9/17/2011) Click¬†HERE¬†for¬†10% off¬†$50 in Men’s (excl. Clearance) (expires 9/10/2011)¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for up to 20% Off on Patio/Garden¬†(expires 10/2/2011)¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for Buy One Bottle or Sippy Get One 50% off¬†(expires 9/10/2011)¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to save 5% when you use your RedCard Click¬†HERE¬†for great printable grocery coupons, Click¬†HERE¬†for Target’s Daily Deals with every day free shipping, Click¬†HERE¬†for Clearance 10-75% off
Vistaprint:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†or here:¬†http://lm.logicalmedia.com/z/25683/CD3753/¬†to snag TEN custom notecards for FREE (come with white envelopes, too!) just pay $4.43 shipping (Think of it as $4.43 for the cards with FREE shipping, it will feel better in your brain!) Choose from over 150 easily searchable designs or upload your own design for something even more unique! LOVE these notecards– I have some for myself, the hubs, and for each of the kids, too– I’ve used them as thank you cards, invitations, stationery and more– fabuLESS!

Stores:

6PM: Click HERE for New Balance up to 85% off, Click HERE for jackets up to 75% off, Click HERE for GBX, Stacey Adams & Florsheim up to 75% off, Click HERE for junior fashion footwear up to 65% off, Click HERE for Steve Madden up to 70% off, ClickHERE for Supra select styles $49.95 or less, Click HERE for Black Rooster select styles$34.95 or less (all offers expire 9/7/2011)
Aeropostale: Click HERE to print $10 off $50 or $25 off $100, in store only, expires 9/18/2011
Amazon:¬†You might not normally think of Amazon to shop for clothes but you should! Especially when all items are up to 75(!)% off–fabuLESS! Items for men, women and children…check it all out¬†HERE¬†AND¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to sign up for a FREE membership to AmazonMom‚Äď which gets you THREE months of 2 day shipping (with NO minimum) PLUS additional savings on diapers‚Äď fabuLESS! And, YES, you can and should sign up even if you‚Äôre NOT a mom!
Banana Republic Factory Outlet: Click HERE to print a 15% off your $100+ purchase coupon, expires 2/29/12. 
Dress Barn: Click HERE to print 10% off entire purchase in store or use online code PREFALL11 to redeem online. expires 9/17/2011
Famous Footwear:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for Buy One Get One 1/2 off PLUS 20% off your ENTIRE order. enter code¬†LABORDAY¬†at checkout. (expires 9/10/2011). Click¬†HERE¬†and click on “print both here” for TWO in store coupons.
Finish Line: Click HERE for $10 off $60 use code EXTRA60 at checkout (expires 12/1/2011) Click HERE to get free shipping on your order of $75 or more enter code CJFS75 (expires 10/30/2011)
Franklin Covey: Click HERE for 15% off an order of $65 or more. To redeem online enter code 19969 at checkout. expires 12/31/2011
Macy’s:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for an extra 15% off plus free shipping enter promo code FALL at checkout. expires 9/11/2011
GAP: Click HERE for 40% off on Baby Loves (expires 9/9/2011), Click HERE to get Adult Premium pants from $35 (expires 9/11/2011)
Gap Outlet: Click HERE to print a 15% off of $75+ purchase, expires 2/29/12.
Gymboree:¬†Grab a 20% off coupon by texting ‚ÄúSAVE‚ÄĚ (no quotes, just the word) to 283342 or click¬†HERE¬†or here:¬†www.gymboree.com/tvoffer; be sure to stack the coupon on top of the already additional 20% off all sale merchandise PLUS earn Gymbucks!
H&M: Click HERE for 25% off one pair of pants of your choice, redeemable in store only (expires 9/18/2011)
Hollister: In store and online: Jeans are 50% off for a limited time, click HERE for details. ALSO Get free U.S. shipping online when you sign up for Hollister Texts before 9/15! Text SURF to 35350 to get access to the hottest exclusives, coolest events and tons more!
JC Penney: Click HERE to print $10 off your purchase of $50 or more, valid in store only, expires 9/10/2011
Justice: Click HERE for 40% off your ENTIRE order online only (expires 9/12/2011)
Kirklands: Click HERE to print $5 off your purchase of $25 or more, OR Click HERE to print $25 off your purchase of $75 or more (excluding furniture) both coupons expire 9/14/2011
Kohl’s:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to shop online an extra 20% off EVERYTHING (including sale and clearance items) enter code TWENTY4ME at checkout, Click¬†HERE¬†to print (expires 9/11/2011)¬†
Office Depot: Click HERE to print $20 off $100 or more. Redeem in store, over the phone, or online. For phone or fax orders use the 8 digit code 97248017. To redeem online go to www.officedepot.com/cart/addcoupon.do and enter the 8 digit code 97248017. (expires 10/1/2011)
Office Max: Click HERE to save up to 70% online only (expires 9/10/2011) Click HERE for buy 2 get 1 free on all school & business supplies (expires 9/10/2011) Click HERE to get $20 back in rewards on Mulituse Case Paper (expires 9/10/2011)
Old Navy:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to get 15% off your ENTIRE order online only enter code ONEEXTRA15 at checkout.¬†ALSO¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to print a $10 off $50 coupon (must ‚ÄúLIKE‚ÄĚ Old Navy on Facebook in order to print.)
OvernightPrints.com: Click HERE for 50% off custom notepads (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 46% off custom presentation folders (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 58% off postcards (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 55% off rack cards (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 36% off brochures (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 30% off 1000 business cards (enter code FALL11), Click HERE for 30% off posters(enter code POST9), Click HERE for 55% off wedding essentials (enter code UP255WEDAFF) all offers expire 10/14/2011
Overstock.com: Click HERE to get up to 46% off select furniture, bedding, & luggage (expires 9/8/2011) Click HERE to get 10% off all outerwear (expires 9/9/2011) Click HERE for 10% off Baby Store (expires 9/9/2011) Click HERE to get 10% off Boots (expires 9/9/2011)
P.S. from Aeropostale: Click HERE  to print $10 off every $50 purchase or $25 off every $100 purchase. Valid in store only, expires 9/18/2011
Soap.com: Click HERE to get 15% off your first order at Soap.com & free shipping on orders over $25 use code SOAPAFF at checkout. Click HERE for up to 75% off vitamins & supplements-flash sale-while supplies last. Click HERE to save 20% on your first hair care purchase use code AFFHAIR at checkout (expires 10/30/2011)
ShoeBuy.com: LAST DAY Click HERE for $10 ANY PURCHASE of $10 or more, plus free shipping & free returns! (expires 9/7/2011)
Snapfish.com:Click HERE to get 67% off soft cover photo books enter code BOOKS67 at checkout (expires 9/13/2011) ALSO get 50% off custom cards, mugs, and calendars enter code HURRAH50 at checkout. (expires 9/10/2011) ALSO Click HERE to get free shipping on orders $25 or more and enter code SEPFS25 at checkout (expires 9/30/2011). ALSO Click HERE to get 5 free folded cards and enter code TRY5CARDS at checkout (expires 9/30/2011) ALSO Click HERE for penny prints then enter codePENNY094U at checkout (expires 9/13/2011)
Sports Authority: 
Click HERE to print 15% off your entire purchase, valid in store only. (expires 9/9/2011)
Steve Madden: Click HERE to get 30% off all orders enter code FALL30 at checkout. (expires 9/11/2011)
Target:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for¬†10% off¬†$50 in Women’s (excl. Clearance)(expires 9/17/2011) Click¬†HERE¬†for¬†10% off¬†$50 in Men’s (excl. Clearance) (expires 9/10/2011)¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for up to 20% Off on Patio/Garden¬†(expires 10/2/2011)¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for Buy One Bottle or Sippy Get One 50% off (expires 9/10/2011)¬†Click¬†HERE¬†to save 5% when you use your RedCard Click¬†HERE¬†for great printable grocery coupons, Click¬†HERE¬†for Target’s Daily Deals with every day free shipping, Click¬†HERE¬†for Clearance 10-75% off

Restaurants:

AMC Theatres: Click HERE  to print a coupon for a FREE entree when you buy 1 entree and 2 drinks. AMC dine-in theatres only expires 9/30/2011
Longhorn Steakhouse: Click HERE to print a coupon for a free appetizer or dessert with the purchase of any 2 adult entrees. expires 9/11/2011
Lonestar Steakhouse:¬†Click¬†HERE¬†for a free appetizer, must “like” on Facebook to receive offer
McCormick & Schmicks: Click HERE to get $10 Off $50 purchase. expires: 9/18/2011
Restaurant.com: LAST DAY Click HERE to save 80% and get most $25 gift cards for only $2 (!!!) fabuLESS! Enter code RDCSALE (expires 9/7/2011)

In the press: WSVN: “Money Monday”: Phone calls that can save you thousands!

Click HERE or here: http://www.wsvn.com/features/articles/moneymondays/MI92992/ to see a clip of me and two readers who have successfully lowered their bills for cable, phone, credit card, insurance and more with just a few, easy phone calls.  To read MORE on how to save thousands with just a few phone calls– click HERE or here: www.livefabuLESS.com/fivephonecalls

Happy Money Monday-ing!

Grab TWO bottles of Spic and Span for ONLY $.47/each!

Save $1.00 on 2Grab TWO bottles of Spic and Span for ONLY $0.47/each, here’s how:

Walmart has Spic and Span for $.97/each, purchase 2 of them and stack on a $1/2 Spic & Span printable coupon (grab it HERE) to make them ONLY $0.47 each!

Click HERE (use zip code: 90210 and click on HOUSEHOLD on the left hand side to find it quickly!)

DAY SIX: Get TOTALLY fabuLESS: Get yourself UNclipped from couponing– save TIME and MONEY!

Let’s talk about coupons for a moment. If you HATE coupons, you probably have been using them in the most inefficient method possible, if you’re using them at all. Almost everyone who uses coupons is doing it in the same and inefficient way.

First, let‚Äôs review the WRONG way to shop and coupon: Most people write a list of what they‚Äôve run out of and then they might grab the sales circular to see what‚Äôs on sale for the week, too. If you‚Äôre feeling ambitious, you might check to see if they have a coupon for each item that you‚Äôre planning to buy‚ÄĒ spending a TON of time looking for each coupon, which may or may not even exist. Or you might decide to search online and wade through millions of webpages to find a printable coupon that may not exist.

Even if you do get lucky and find a coupon, you’ve just invested 15 minutes to save maybe $.50. Not to mention that many people spend tons of time clipping and sorting coupons, plus pulling out coupons and then removing the expired coupons. And tons of people try to do all of this couponing while you’re already in the store, UNfabuLESS!

The FabuLESS way:

This might seem overwhelming at first, but once it becomes second nature (and it will!) it should take just barely longer to prepare your list this way than it would to write a ‚Äúnormal‚ÄĚ list‚ÄĒ AND your spending will plummet. And, you‚Äôll spend LESS time in the actual store than ever before because you‚Äôll know EXACTLY what you‚Äôre buying.

The ten step method to get you TOTALLY fabuLESS at the grocery store! 

Welcome to NON extreme couponing–and welcome to the fabuLESSness! Shopping the fabuLESS way is NOT difficult, complex nor time consuming– it’s an innovative, highly efficient and thoroughly modern way to UNclip yourself from the “burden” of couponing– no more hours invested into clipping and sorting tiny little slips of paper (i.e. coupons) that expire.¬† No more couponing in store– no more coupon binders– in fact, much of the fabuLESSness has absolutely NOTHING to do with coupons at all!Just a slight tweak to the way that you shop will result in BIG savings with VERY little effort– bear in mind that this might take a little while to get used to, but it’s tested and proven– it WILL work with your life (it won’t take over your life!) and it will become second nature in no time flat–¬† ready to start? Let’s GO!

STEP ONE:
¬†Subscribe to your local newspaper (call your local paper directly and ask for a new subscriber special– subscribe for JUST Sunday or all week, whichever you prefer) but SUBSCRIBE so the coupons arrive on your doorstep each and every week.¬† Don’t try to save $.10 by going to the corner store to get the paper (which will cost you more in gas than it will save you!)– just SUBSCRIBE!¬† Most papers get two inserts each weekend– Red Plum and SmartSource (you’ve probably never noticed but it says the name across the front page of the coupon insert)– and once a month you’ll also get an insert from P&G.

STEP TWO:¬†Get THREE (each one should be a different color, if possible) folders, a small notepad or a pack of envelopes (my personal preference) , scissors or a ‘gift wrap’ cutter (my personal preference), pens, a Sharpie Marker, and a tote bag to contain it all.¬† This is where you’ll be keeping all of your fabuLESS supplies– and the tote bag makes it portable, if need be!

fabuLESS tip:
 Why three different colored folders? Simple: that way you can instantly identify which folder holds which insert.  Why envelopes instead of a notepad? So you can write your list on the outside of the envelope and tuck your coupons insideРand yes, of course, you can reuse/repurpose envelopes, no need to use a new one each time!

fabuLESS tip:¬†Put the most recent week’s inserts on top to keep your folders organized.

fabuLESS tip:¬†“Invest” in durable folders– poly or faux leather will last longer than manila folders.

STEP THREE: Each Sunday, grab the coupon insertsРand though it might be tempting to do so: DO NOT CLIP AND SORT THE COUPONS, just grab the ENTIRE insert & write the date (that you received the coupons, NOT the expiration date) on the front page of the insert with a Sharpie markerРuse one of the folders for ALL of your Smart Source inserts, another for Red Plum and the third for P&G and any other inserts or coupon booklets that you receive. Simply put inserts into folders each Sunday, it will take about 30 seconds in total.

fabuLESS tip:¬†If you forget to write the date on the front of the insert– and don’t know when you received it, just look on the spine of the insert, in teeny, tiny type it will say the date that the coupons were issued– you STILL want to write the date on the front to make it faster/easier to find the specific insert that you’re searching for.

fabuLESS tip:¬†Generally after four months, 99% of the coupons in the Smart Source and Red Plum inserts are expired (plus if you haven’t used a coupon within four months chances are excellent that you’ll NEVER use it, so feel free to recycle them at that point)– most coupons in the P&G insert expire after one to two months, so feel free to recycle those after 2 months.

fabuLESS tip:¬†Why don’t I want you to clip coupons? Simple– coupons are¬†ALREADY¬†organized (by date!)– clipping and sorting is time consuming and you’re just REorganizing something that is already organized– it’s just not a good investment of your time or energy– that time can be better spent doing other, more fabuLESS things to save your family even more money– or, better yet, spending more time with your family and friends– keep reading to find out how you’ll be using your coupons in a MUCH more efficient manner!

STEP FOUR:¬†When you’re ready to write out your shopping list, go to¬†www.livefabuLESS.com¬†and find the matchup for your store (a matchup is simply a list of all of the items on sale and the coupons that “match up” to each item– you can find the matchups for over eighty stores¬†HERE) Write your shopping list FROM the matchup (write the list on the outside of an envelope.)

While writing out the list simultaneously print the coupons that you’ll be using and mark down the date/inserts that have coupons (do NOT clip WHILE writing the list– just write down the date and insert type, i.e. 1/2/11 SS would mean the insert from January 2nd and SS means Smart Source.)¬† It’s also perfectly okay to buy items that are on sale that do NOT have a coupon or even items that you need that aren’t even on sale (gasp!)– don’t forget to add those to your list– also, remember to add whichever proteins (meat/poultry/seafood) and produce that are on sale to your list, too!

Once your list is complete, grab ONLY the inserts that you need and clip ONLY the coupons you needРthen take ALL of the coupons (clipped and printed) and tuck them inside the envelope.  If need be, you can hand your list and all of the coupons inside to someone else to do the shopping for you.

fabuLESS tip:¬†Try to do all of this list writing and coupon printing/clipping when it’s convenient NOT immediately before you go shopping, it makes it WAY easier/less stressful that way– and realize that this will become less and less time consuming as the weeks go on– it now takes me under 15 minutes to plan a completely fabuLESS shopping trip!

fabuLESS tip:¬†Check the matchups for ALL of your local stores, you might be surprised to learn that the store you perceived was the most “expensive” is actually the one that’s the most fabuLESS!¬†

fabuLESS tip:¬†Write out the quantity of each item that you plan to purchase to eliminate any guesswork in store– either buy the quantity that you think is reasonable (enough to get you until the next time the item is on sale and/or not so much that it will expire before you can use it all) and/or the number you have coupons for– don’t overthink this step, just get what seems reasonable to YOU.

fabuLESS tip:¬†If you’re preparing a list that someone else will be using in store (i.e usually I write out the list and clip/print the coupons but my husband does the actual shopping), it works well to not only write out the quantity for each item but also either the size of the package that’s on sale (i.e. 20oz or 4 lbs) or the price of the item to help the person doing the shopping quickly locate the item– ALSO, you might want to write an asterick (*) next to any item that has a coupon that corresponds to it to remind your shopper that there’s a coupon inside the envelope for that item.

fabuLESS tip:¬†But what about coupons for items that you want to buy that aren’t currently (or aren’t ever!) on sale– don’t you have to clip and sort those? Nope– stay UNclipped! Simply go to the coupon database¬†HERE¬†orwww.livefabuLESS.com/database¬†to locate EXACTLY where that one coupon that you’re looking for is located (it will provide either the date/type of insert OR it will provide a link to the printable coupon, just like a matchup would have– fabuLESS!)

fabuLESS tip:¬†What to do with those random/loose coupons that invariably show up–do you have to have a filing system for those? NO, stay UNclipped! If you must, keep ONLY the ones that you’re VERY likely to use in an envelope in your fabuLESS tote bag (you can even write the coupon and the expiration date on the front of the envelope so you know what’s in there.)

fabuLESS tip:¬†If YOUR local store is not currently included on the list of matchups (found¬†HERE)– post on my Facebook page (found¬†HERE) and let me know BOTH the name of your local store and thenstate the store is located in–
and I’ll try to find the matchups for YOUR store!

STEP FIVE:¬†Realize that this system is NOT perfect– you might miss a coupon (gasp!)– you might not have a coupon for an unadvertised special (double gasp!)– but also bear in mind you will barely invest ANY time in maintaining this system, too– so even if you miss out on $.25 here and $.50 there, you will still GAIN your freedom from the ‘burden’ of coupons.¬† I know it’s difficult to give up on the idea of “perfection” but I’m willing to sacrifice a few dollars for HOURS and HOURS more time with my family each month– aren’t you?

STEP SIX (OPTIONAL):¬†If Step Five offends your sensibilities do this: Take the tote bag of coupons with you (either in your car or into the store)– if you find an unadvertised special, using your smart phone go to the database on www.coupontom.com and find where you can find the coupon that you need and clip it in store– feel better now? ūüôā

fabuLESS tip:¬†I do NOT carry the tote bag that contains my UNclipped coupons with me, it stays at my house ALL of the time– I’m TOTALLY okay with missing out on a deal here and there– this is all about being efficient, NOT perfect– really, please, I beg you to let go of the idea of having to be PERFECT– you’ll be so much happier!

STEP SEVEN:¬†Start (rationally!) stocking up on items that you use regularly that aren’t perishable- and limit yourself to ONLY buying those items WHEN they are on sale– and ONLY buying items that are on sale, period– start looking at expiration dates, more things are stockuppable than you think– including ALL toiletries and household goods, meat/poultry/seafood can all be frozen and even most dairy items don’t expire for months!¬†¬†

fabuLESS tip:¬†Rational stockpiling means that you are NOT going to have a room dedicated to your “stockpile”– there is a sales cycle for everything– and items will go on sale over and over and over again– no need to buy a years’ supply of ANYTHING.¬† Simply buy enough that will get you until the next time an item is on sale– use 8-12 weeks as a rule of thumb, but realize that the sales cycle will vary from item to item and store to store and region to region.

fabuLESS tip: You will not be buying WAY more food with the fabuLESS method than you’re currently buying, you’re simply changing the pattern in which you buy to ‘match up’ to the sales cycle.¬† For instance, if you used to buy 2 boxes of pasta each and every week (104 boxes of pasta each year)– some weeks it was full price and other weeks it was on sale– but regardless of the price you bought it each and every week.¬† Now, you’re ONLY going to buy pasta the 10 times per year that it’s either on sale and/or on sale and has a coupon matched up to it– each time that happens you’ll pick up approximately 10 boxes of pasta– or, if you prefer, pick up 20 boxes, five times a year- either way, at the end of the year, you’ll STILL be buying the SAME amount of pasta, the only difference is the pattern in which you’re buying it PLUS the amount that you’ve spent will be WAY lower, too– fabuLESS!¬† Now do that for EVERYTHING that’s stockuppable and you’ll be totally fabuLESS!

fabuLESS tip:¬†Do NOT stress about how much is the PERFECT amount and just make an educated guess, okay? Also, it’s better to buy two boxes of pasta too many when it’s BOGO (buy one get one FREE) than to have to buy one box at full price.

fabuLESS tip:¬†NEVER buy anything just because it’s at a fabuLESS price– but the items that you’d buy anyway when they’re at a fabuLESS price– it’s not a bargain if you don’t need it, won’t use it or aren’t planning to donate it.

fabuLESS tip:¬†STRICT weekly budgets are UNfabuLESS– reasonably stock up on staples when there’s a fabuLESS deal even if it “blows your budget”. My grocery bill can range from as high as $200 one week to as low as $35 the next; it all depends on what’s fabuLESS each week. I average out at $85/week for my family of 5 and that includes TONS of fresh and even some organic foods and high quality, lean proteins. YOU can do this, too!

STEP EIGHT:¬†Be TOTALLY okay with buying some things for MORE money when it will SAVE you time– i.e. prepped veggies like sliced mushrooms, bagged salad, etc– or even for items that you need/want immediately–i.e. paying FULL price for bananas is FINE (even though they’re $.30/lb cheaper across town!), your TIME is worth money, too!¬†DO NOT RUN TO 18 STORES TO SAVE $.18!

STEP NINE:¬†Be prepared that as you first start stocking up you will likely spend MORE (in total) the first few months (as you build up your rational stockpile of stockuppables) but you will be spending LESS per item– AND, once you’ve stocked up (after about 6-8 weeks) your weekly totals will PLUMMET as you’ll only have to buy fresh produce plus anything else that’s at a fabuLESS price– also the goal is to not run out of items that you use constantly, stock up when the price is fabuLESS NOT when you’ve run out and need to buy it.¬† But still, your stockpile should FIT into your pantry and/or your fridge and freezer, you shouldn’t be buying enough cereal to feed a small army nor should your house look like a storage locker.

STEP TEN:¬†This is NOT all about coupons– NOR is it about perfection– it’s all about minimizing your time commitment AND minimizing your spending whenever possible– do NOT be a penny chaser– do NOT skimp on quality (especially nutrition!) for the sake of savings and do NOT stock up to epic proportions! Also realize that it will take a little while to get used to this new way of shopping– be prepared that you WILL make mistakes, you will stock up on something only to find it cheaper elsewhere a week later– do NOT give up, congratulate yourself for all the things that you’re doing RIGHT and be okay with some small slip ups– you don’t need to be perfect, just do better!

fabuLESS tip:¬†Remember that the only true savings are the ones that you deposit in your bank account, not the ones that you see at the bottom of a receipt– don’t keep shopping just to see your “savings” increase, simply spend LESS on the items that you normally buy, that’s all.

fabuLESS tip:
¬†Convert those “savings” on the bottom of your receipt into REAL savings– when you get home from the store immediately transfer the amount of “savings” (from the bottom of your receipt) into your savings account– fabuLESS!

The whole point of the fabuLESSness is that it will just be PART of your life, it’s not supposed to take over your life!

That’s it– now go forth and be fabuLESS!

Any questions? Post them in the comments belowРor better yet, post your question on my Facebook fanpageРyou can find my Facebook page HERE or here: www.facebook.com/fabuLESSness or on Twitter HERE or here:www.twitter.com/livefabuLESS

A few more fabuLESS tips on the UNclipped method of fabuLESSness at the grocery store!

I’ve received quite a few questions on the fabuLESS UNclipped method of couponing that I wanted to address them here so everyone can benefit (I figure if one person asks a question, there are at least a few dozen people who are wondering the SAME exact thing!)

One thing bear in mind is that this is just how I deal with coupons (or try to avoid dealing with them, as much as possible while still saving a TON!)‚Äď this is NOT how I do ALL of my shopping‚ÄĒ only the part of my shopping that is ‚Äúcouponable‚ÄĚ for lack of a better word‚Äď we‚Äôll be covering ALL the rest of your groceries and even some fabuLESS tips/tricks at the drug store over the next few weeks.

Here are some additional tips to keep you fabuLESS:

Without going to a dozen stores, it‚Äôs NOT possible to find EVERY item that you‚Äôre looking for at a fabuLESS price in the SAME week and that‚Äôs TOTALLY okay. Just stick to ONE (maximum: two) stores and over the next 6 to 8 weeks you‚Äôll likely find just about EVERYTHING that you use at a fabuLESS price‚Äď don‚Äôt worry, I‚Äôll be covering what to do if an item you want/need NEVER goes on sale soon!

The ONLY time that you should be printing coupons is when you‚Äôre intending to use them the very NEXT time you go to a store and/or you see them ‚Äúmatched up‚ÄĚ to a sale item‚Äď keeping up with tiny little scraps of paper that expire (and consume both ink and paper) is NOT fabuLESS, again ONLY print them when you‚Äôre ABOUT to use them, stop printing randomly hoping for a fabuLESS deal that will be right around the corner‚Äď when that fabuLESS deal DOES arrive, the coupon will either be available OR another one will, or it won‚Äôt‚Äď again, this is NOT about perfection, it‚Äôs about living fabuLESS without investing an inordinate amount of time to save an additional¬† $.50‚Äď okay?

If you‚Äôre out of something that you NEED, feel free to grab it wherever is convenient (gasp!)‚Äď it‚Äôs NOT fabuLESS to travel to 10 stores to hunt down the lowest price on a relatively inexpensive item‚Äď after all, how much time are you ‚Äúinvesting‚ÄĚ and, really, how much can you possibly save on it?‚Äď YOUR TIME IS VALUABLE, don‚Äôt waste it! Again, fabuLESSness fits into your life, it doesn‚Äôt take OVER your life!

 

FabuLESS Amazon GROCERY finds!

Amazon can be quite fabuLESS– even for groceries– getting shelf stable items for LESS without having to leave the house, clip coupons, or go to the store is WAY fabuLESS!

Subscribe and Save: When you order some of these items, you’ll see an option for Subscribe and Save that gives you BOTH an additional discount and FREE shipping on your purchase.  You are NOT obligated to receive additional shipments, simply cancel the subscription by clicking HERE (or here: http://t.co/rmX5wvY) AFTER your initial purchase ships (this is IMPORTANT, do NOT cancel until AFTER the first order ships or you will cancel your purchase!)  The prices listed also assume that you’re using Subscribe & Save.

Also, Amazon’s prices can and do vary wildly (even within an hour, let along a day or a week!), plus, items sell out (and are often restocked within a day or two)- I do my very best to keep this list up to date, but bear in mind that I do not and cannot control Amazon’s pricing fluctuations.   If you find a great deal or find that one listed is expired, kindly comment on this post to let me know, thanks!

(updated 9/4/11)

Forty eight PopTarts shipped to your front door for ONLY $8.66 (these ONLY enter my house when it’s hurricane season and we’re in significant danger of sustaining a direct hit– now do you understand why my kids like hurricane season?!) Check ’em out HERE or here: http://amzn.to/r5fgrU

More fabuLESS grocery savings on Amazon(!), seriously! Snag FOUR boxes of Frosted Mini-Wheats for ONLY $8.77 shipped to your front door– no coupon clipping needed! Check it out HERE or here: http://amzn.to/qtaFHk and opt for Subscribe and Save to get the price down to $8.77 (don’t worry, you can cancel the subscription as soon as this item SHIPS– fabuLESS!)

Need peanut-free snacks for your kids (or yourself?!) These are fabuLESS! Animal Crackers (36 2oz packages for ONLY $10.35 shipped to your door when you opt for subscribe and save (which you can easily cancel with ONE click AFTER the first shipment is shipped!)– check ’em out HERE or here: http://amzn.to/qvVjEM

24 bags of Teddy Grahams for $6.77 SHIPPED when you opt for Subscribe and Save– seriously WAY fabuLESS! Grab ’em NOW before they’re SOLD OUT– check ’em out HERE or here: http://amzn.to/r1hcSG