EXCERPT: Elisabeth Leamy's 'Save Big'

Big Secret: Make Money with Rebates and Rewards

Rebates are refunds you have to apply for. Rewards are store credits you get automatically. Drugstores are the hotbeds for these hot offers. You can now apply for Walgreen's EasySaver rebates on the chain's website, which takes all the annoyance out. Ask for your rebate on a gift card and Walgreen's gives you an extra 10%. Walgreen's Register Rewards and CVS Extra Care Bucks are store credits that the register spits out when you make a purchase. Guerilla Grocery Shoppers learn to roll this month's rewards over to next month's purchases and get many products for free!

So how do you get those coupons after Target takes them down? There are websites that are known as "Target coupon generators." It's perfectly legal. HotCouponWorld.com and AFullCup.com are two of them. They have big buttons on their home pages that say "Target." Sign up and print. It's a cinch. Here's one example of a Target Coupon Combo that I just found. Morningstar Farms Veggie Burgers
Regular price: $3.79
Manufacturer coupon: $1
Target coupon: $2
FINAL PRICE= $ .079
BIG SAVINGS= 79%

A 79-percent savings is fabulous! And here's the best part: I didn't actually do the hard work of figuring out whether there were manufacturer coupons and store coupons available. I just went to BeCentsAble.net's forum where smarter Guerilla Grocery Shoppers than I regularly post their finds. Marcy, who writes a blog called "Stretching a Buck," spotted the meatless burger offer above. And I'm free to poach it – or grill it or fry it!

Buy-one-get-one-free + 2 Coupons
Another Guerilla Grocery Shopping strategy that helps you SAVE BIG is combining buy-one-get-one-free offers with coupons. Did you know that when a store advertises that something is "buy-one-get-one-free," or "BOGO," it usually means that both products are actually half price? That means that if you really only need one of the product, you don't have to buy both. Ordinarily that would be a hot little savings tip in itself, but we're not into getting just what we need. We're into SAVING BIG!

So, here's the real revelation: if you see something on sale as a buy-one-get-one free offer, that means you can do a coupon combo where you use two coupons on top of the BOGO deal. There are thousands of opportunities like this. A dad, who calls himself "HopOnCouponPop"-- a play on the popular children's book title-- found a great deal on dish detergent by using this strategy. Here's how his deal worked:
Cascade Dishwasher Powder
Buy-one-get-one-free price: $6
2 coupons for $3 off a box: $6
FINAL PRICE= FREE!
BIG SAVINGS= 100%

But wait - there's also another buy-one-get-one-free trick. If a store offers a product on a BOGO basis, and you also have a manufacturer coupon to get the product on a BOGO basis, you can do both. It's another way to get two items free. Why do they allow it? Because buy-one-get-one-free deals are really half-price-on-each deals and because one discount comes from the store and the other comes from the manufacturer.

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