Wednesday, April 1, 2009

Day 5: Getting Paid to Take Things Home

Well, Day 5 is a little late. I had dress rehearsal yesterday for Three Day's our church's Easter program that started this past Sunday, so needless to say it was kinda a crazy day.

If you have missed the first 4 posts and you are new to couponing, you can see all of the posts here or you can check out each day by using the links below.

Day 1 - Where to Start
Day 2 - How to find High Value Coupons
Day 3 - Where to Shop
Day 4 - How to get everyday items for FREE
Day 5 - Getting Paid to take things home

If you have been following this blog for very long, then you have seen me list items that are "money makers" When I can purchase a product and receive more than my money back I consider it the same as being paid to take an item home.

There are 4 main ways that I get Paid to take items home.

1) Combine Mail in Rebates and Coupons

Keep your eyes open for products with Try Me Free offers or Mail in Rebates. If you can find these products and combine them with coupons, most of the time they will give you a small profit. Remember that a little bit can add up quickly. Here is an example

Nestle Toll House Refrigerated Cookies $2.43 @ Walmart
Use $1.00/1 Printable Coupon
Look for "Try Me Free" tag on select packages, you will get a rebate for the "purchase price" or the $2.43 that the product will scan for. This will be the purchase price that you circle on your receipt.

Here's the math
$2.43-$1.00 coupon = $1.43 *what you pay at the store
$2.43 Mail in Rebate
= You got paid $1.00 to take these cookies home and try them.

Here are some other great Money Making Rebates:

Sargento Salad Finishers (aprox. $3.99)
- Use $1.00/1 Coupon from 3/15 insert
- Use Try Me Free from 3/15 insert
= $1.00 Money Maker

All Bran Products (up to $4.99)
Try Me Free Rebate Form
Combine with $1.00/2 or $0.50/1 coupon from 3/8 or 3/29 inserts
= Money Maker

Just for Men $6.99
Use $2.00/1 Printable Coupon
Use $1.50 coupon from Easy Saver Book @ Walgreens
Try Me Free Rebate here
= $3.50 Money Maker

Physicians Formula $13.99
Use $1.00/1 Coupon from 3/22 insert
Use Try Me Free Offer * Must have Tag on Package.
= $1.00 Money Maker

2) Combine B1G1 Sales with Coupons

I always save my "Free Item" coupons as long as I can. I also save B1G1 Free Coupons for when a store has a Buy 1 Get 1 Free Sale. You can combine them to get 2 items free. You can also use a coupon on the item you are getting free from the store. Here's how it works:

Store Sale Buy 1 Pack of Gum, Get 1 Free (Valued at $1.19)
Use $0.50/1 Coupon
Use Free Pack of Gum Coupon
=$0.50 Money Maker

Most stores will let you use 1 coupon for each item. Also, most coupons read "one coupon per purchase" Some people will say that you only "purchased" one, but technically you had to "purchase" 2 to take advantage of the sale. Honestly, I haven't ever had a problem doing this type of a transaction.

What you can't do is use a coupon for $1.00/2 and a Free product coupon or a Buy1 Get1 coupon because the $1.00/2 covers both products. You need to use two coupons that only cover a single item.

3) Combine Store Offers with Coupons

Walgreens often runs Free after Register Rewards deals. Always look to see if you have a coupon for the items that are on sale with Register Rewards. If so, you might just end up making money. Here's an example:

Next Week at Walgreens 4/5-4/11 Colgate Total will be Free after Register Rewards.

Purchase Colgate Total at $3.49
Use $0.75/1 coupon from Sunday's Insert (3/29)
Pay $2.74 plus tax ($2.99 after tax)
Get back $3.50 in register rewards
= $0.75 - $0.50 Money Maker depending on if you include tax or not.

Either way you have Free Toothpaste and More money than you paid for the product.

Target also has Gift Card promotions where if you buy 5 of an item you get a $5.00 gift card or something like that. Often you can combine these with manufacturers coupons and store coupons and pay less out of pocket than you get back in a gift card. Keep your eyes out for these offers in their weekly ad.

4) Product Testing

Ok, the last way I make money to take something home is product testing. I think this is also the most fun and easiest way to make money. If you've read this blog much you know that I love to join and participate in online surveys. Typically at the end of the survey some companies will ask if you are willing to try the product and review it.

The company sends you the product to try

After a "trial" period you get sent a survey about the product, and you get paid to complete the review survey.

You have gotten a free product and gotten paid to use it, most of the time you get to keep the product because it's too expensive to keep shipping it around. Remember that these types of surveys have really strict confidentiality agreements because they are often on new products that haven't hit the market yet.

Here are some of my favorite survey sites. I can't guarantee that you will get free product offers from them because it depends on the surveys you complete, but these are the ones I use on a daily basis. They are all completely Free and you can earn great prizes or even cash in your pay pal account from some of these.

Join Lightspeed Panel Here
Join Pro Opinion Here
Join Ipsos Surveys Here

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