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American Eagle: 30% off clearance prices + additional 15% off & free shipping

American Eagle is currently offering 30% off their clearance prices plus an additional 15% coupon code, free shipping and cashback. Here’s how to get this deal:

::Sign up or login in to ShopAtHome and search for “American Eagle” and click through to the site.

::Go to the clearance section of American Eagle and choose at least three items (prices starting at $6.95, must purchase 3 items to get free shipping).

::Go to checkout and you should see an additional 30% taken off the clearance prices and free shipping. Plus, use coupon code 32944527 to get an additional 15% off.

::Receive 5% cashback in your ShopAtHome account within 30-60 days. You’ll also get a $5 bonus if you’re a new signup.

Thanks, Coupon Pro!

What do I do with all these bottles of shampoo??

Could you please write a post on what we can do with all of these extra bottles of shampoo, etc., that we get? It’s more than my husband and I can use. Can you please offer suggestions for what you do with all the excess? Thank you. -Leigh Ann

First off, I’m not a big proponent of buying stuff you don’t need — especially if you don’t have a plan for what you’re going to do with it or can’t afford it. I’m all about buying extras of things we’ll need and use when they are at their lowest prices, but I also think you need to determine when enough is enough and stick with that.

Being a wise steward of your resources is not just about clipping coupons and getting the best deal, it’s also about using your time and money in a way that you get the best return on your investment.

I’m not sure where your excess is coming from, but if you’re just buying stuff because it’s cheap and you already have more than you need, I’d suggest you scale back on your bargain-shopping for awhile. Really, it’s perfectly okay to take a break every now and then. In fact, I usually take at least 4-6 weeks each year when I don’t clip a single coupon from the newspaper inserts.

However, let me be clear that I’m not saying it’s wrong to have extra shampoo bottles on hand. You need to evaluate what works for your family.

Maybe for you, being strategic about shopping involves buying stuff you don’t need or won’t use so that you can reduce the expenses of things you do need and use. Or, maybe you have the time and energy to buy extra things which are free or almost-free in order to share with others.

If that’s the case, or if you just have a bunch of extra toiletries accumulated which you’d like to find a home for, here are some ideas:

::Make Gift Baskets

Ever thought about using some of your stockpile for birthday, Christmas and shower gifts? For the right kind of person, it’s a perfect gift!

Basic Cleaning Essentials Basket

You could put together a Basic Cleaning Essentials Basket with cleaners and sponges for a new bride. Stick it all in a bucket from the Dollar Store and add some rubber gloves and you have a very inexpensive and practical gift.

Laundry Basket

What new bride wouldn’t love a laundry basket filled with laundry detergent and stain removers?

New Baby Gift Basket

Put some diapers, wipes and baby lotions or soaps in a cute basket with a baby blanket and you’ve got a great gift for an upcoming baby shower.

Really and truly, the possibilities are practically endless when it comes to gift baskets. And if you use mostly items from your stockpile and purchase any additional items needed at the Dollar Store, you’ll likely be able to put together some really nice gift baskets for under $5! For more gift basket ideas, check out Idea Queen.

::Share With the Needy

There are so many different needs you can meet right in your local community when you have extra food and toiletries to give away. Homeless shelters, nursing homes, church food pantries and local food drives, are great places to consider.

In addition, look for people you personally know who are going through a tough time and consider sharing from your abundance with them. If you think they might be embarrassed for you to physically drop by a sack of groceries, then consider doing it anonymously.

::Send a Package to a Soldier

Check out AnySoldier for a list of what soldiers on the field need and want. You can click through the names and choose who you’d like to send a care package to based upon items you may already have in your stockpile. This is a great way to support those who are putting themselves in harm’s way for our protection and freedom.

Those are just a few of my ideas. I’d love to hear from the rest of you: what creative ideas do you have for using your stockpile to bless others?

Walmart: Deals for the week of June 30-July 6, 2010

Here are the best deals at Walmart right now with thanks to Heather from Passion for Savings for her help in compiling them. Please keep in mind that Walmart deals vary by region so not all of the prices listed here will be valid at all stores.

EPT Pregnancy Test (single) – $4
Use $5/1 coupon from the 6/27 RedPlum insert
Free plus overage after coupon (Thanks, Couponing for Autism!)

Bar-S Hot Dogs – $0.68
Buy 2 and use $1/2 coupon from the 5/16 RedPlum insert
$0.18 each after coupon (Thanks, Couponing for Autism!)

Nalley’s Kosher Dill Sandwich Slicers Pickles – $1.76
Use $1.50/1 coupon from the 6/27 SmartSource insert
$0.26 after coupon (Thanks, Couponing for Autism!)

Dole Canned Pineapple – $0.72
Buy 3 and use $1/3 coupon from the 6/27 SmartSource insert
$0.38 each after coupon

Hunt’s Ketchup (24 oz) – $0.84
Use $0.20/1 coupon from the 6/20 SmartSource insert
$0.64 after coupon

Wishbone Salad Dressing – $1.44
Buy 2 and use $1.25/2 coupon from the 6/27 SmartSource insert
$0.81 each after coupon

Beech Nut Let’s Grow Meals (2 pk) – $2.48
Use $1/1 coupon from the 6/27 SmartSource insert
$1.48 after coupon

Rubbermaid Pitcher – $2.50
Use $1/1 coupon from the 6/27 RedPlum insert
$1.50 after coupon

Luvs Diapers – $6.97
Use $2/1 coupon from the 6/27 RedPlum insert
$4.97 after coupon

See the full list of Walmart deals here.

Did you find a great deal at Walmart? Just post about it on your blog and leave your link below. To make it easy for everyone to navigate quickly through the links, your link must link directly to your Walmart deals post. Links going to the homepage of your blog or any other part of your blog besides the direct link to your Walmart deals post will be deleted.

Coupon Terms and Abbreviations

When you’re first learning the ropes of using coupons, it can seem like you’re learning a foreign language. Here are some of the most-used terms and abbreviations used by seasoned couponers on blogs, in forums and elsewhere:

$1/1, etc. :: Indicates the value of a coupon, $1 off 1 item in this instance but could be any value, $4/2 ($4 off 2 items), $0.25/1 ($0.25 off 1) etc.
AC :: After coupon
AR :: After rebate
Blinkie :: Coupon dispensed from a box attached to a store shelf. The term “blinkie” comes from the box which sometimes has a blinking light.
BOGO, B1G1, B1G1F :: Buy One Get One free
BTFE :: Box Tops for Education
B&M :: Refers to a “brick & mortar” store (as opposed to an online store)
CAT, Catalina :: Coupons which print at the register after your purchase is made. These can usually be used like cash on your next purchase. However, if the say “manufacturer’s coupon” on them, you should be able to use them at any store although YMMV (see below). 😉
CPN :: Coupon
CRT :: Cash register tape — often referring to coupons at the bottom of your receipt.
DND :: Do Not Double
Double Coupon :: A coupon which can be doubled in value
ECB :: Extra Care Bucks (CVS, prints on receipt)
ETA :: Edited to Add
ETS :: Excludes Trial Size
FAR :: Free After Rebate
Filler :: An item or items you buy in order to get your total up to a certain amount in order to use a percentage off coupon
FS :: Free shipping
GC :: Gift card/gift certificate
GDA :: Good Deal Alert
GM :: General Mills
HTH :: Hope That Helps
In-Ad :: Coupons that come in the weekly store ad, most likely found by the entrance of that particular store.
IVC :: Instant Value Coupon (Walgreens, found in the monthy EasySaver booklet)
IPQ, IP :: Internet Printable coupon
MFG, MFR :: Manufacturer
MQ :: Manufacturer’s Coupon
MIR :: Mail-In Rebate
NED :: No expiration date
OOP :: Out of Pocket
OOS :: Out of Stock
OYNO :: On Your Next Order
P&G :: Proctor & Gamble coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
Peelie :: Coupon attached to an item’s packaging which can be peeled off
PSA :: Prices Starting At
Q :: Coupon
Regional :: A coupon or deal available in only a specific area
RP :: Red Plum coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
RMN :: Retail Me Not coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper (RP rebranded to this in early 2018)
RR :: Register Rewards (Walgreens, which print with receipt)
SCR :: Single Check Rebate (Rite Aid)
SS :: Smart Source coupon insert found in the Sunday newspaper
Stacking :: Using a manufacturer’s coupon in addition to a store coupon for an even lower price
Tear pad :: A pad of rebate forms or coupons attached to a store shelf
TMF :: Try Me Free
Triple Coupon :: A coupon which can be tripled in value
UPC :: Universal Product Code (a.k.a. bar code)
UPR :: Up Rewards, a coupon you can earn on your register receipt at Rite Aid
WSL :: While Supplies Last
WT, Winetag :: A coupon hanging on the package of a product
WYB :: When You Buy
V :: Valassis coupon insert found in Sunday newspaper (same as RP or Red Plum insert)
YMMV :: Your Mileage May Vary (in other words, you may or may not be successful with a particular deal at your store)

Did I miss any abbreviations or terms? Share them in the comments or ask for clarification if there’s a term you don’t understand what it means.

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