Monday, October 19, 2009

Couponizer Review & Giveaway


If you follow my blog, you know how important saving money is to me. Using coupons with our purchases is a way for all of us to save at the register. To maximize the use of coupons, you will need an effective coupon organizational plan. I am lucky enough that Amy Bergin, with The Couponizer, has sent me one to review for all of you and allowing me to offer one lucky reader a chance to win one.


First a little background on my shopping habits so that you will see what direction my thoughts are coming from. I generally make a major grocery run at the beginning of the month. I have found I spend less monthly by doing so and I have the storage room for the items when I get home (wouldn't recommend it unless you have ample storage). Each week I will go and get bread, milk, and any can’t miss out on deals. Using this method of shopping I cut my grocery bill in half. Now that you know that, here is what I think of The Couponizer.


What is The Couponizer? It is a coupon organizational system that is put together in a way to maximize your savings. The system comes with: The Couponizer, shopping list, CoupTracker, a pair of scissors, sleeves for your store loyalty cards, CoupStacker, and a clear carrying bag that zips. The Couponizer is set up in three sections of organization for ease, they are labeled My Coupon Supply, My Other Savings, and My Results. It currently retails for $19.95.



The Couponizer size is small enough that you can throw it in your bag when you go shopping. I personally have been carrying my binder organizational system in a tote bag when I go grocery shopping and love the idea of something more compact.  


 
The shopping list that come with The Couponizer is a great idea. They give you lines to list your items and a box at the end of each line to check off if you have a coupon to use for the item. I have a spreadsheet that I do my shopping list on that is broken down in categories including a spot to mark if I have a coupon and the final cost of the item. I personally think for my home, the shopping list that come with The Couponizer, will be great for my weekly short shopping trips.
 
 
One feature that I immediately feel in love with is the CoupStacker. It is a strip that you lay out on your table and then you can stack your coupons in each category to make placing your coupons easier. I will use this with my binder system as well as The Couponizer.
 
 
 At the front of The Couponizer you will see where they have a place for you to put your store loyalty cards, which I think is great, and a place where you can put your coupons that you know you are going to use as well as a place to put all of the coupons that you are actually going to hand to the cashier. These are wonderful to have, you will definitely love these features after you start using it.
 
 
The “My Coupon Supply” section is broken down into the same categories that the CoupStacker is. Each category has a pocket to place your coupons in. I used The Couponizer this weekend for a short shopping trip and found using these pockets made my shopping easy.


In the “My Other Savings” section, you can place any coupons that you have for fast food and restaurants, entertainment and travel, household services, rewards, gift certificates and shopping passes, and rebates and refunds. I will definitely continue using this section. It seems like we have been getting a lot of these type of savings lately and this will keep me from losing them.

As someone who has been trying to save money, I save my receipts for about a month so that I can compare savings. In the “Results” section they have a place to keep receipts and the CoupTracker. It is a list that gives you the place to list the date of the transaction, store you went to, amount you paid, and the savings that you had. For me it is fun to see the difference I am making in my shopping bills so I will be wearing out the CoupTracker. Once you get The Couponizer you also will have access to downloadable coupons located through their website and a place to order refills for The Couponizer.




My overall feeling about The Couponizer is that it is a wonderful tool for coupon’ers. For someone like me I will personally use it on my short shopping trips only because I always have a lot of coupons for my major shopping trip. I usually average on my large shopping trip around 40 to 50 coupons or more being used. I also would personally recommend for those of you who are just starting out couponing to get this organizational system. I remember when I first started out how fustrating it was to go shopping and look through my bundle of coupons for the ones that I needed.

Giveaway
*This giveaway is courtesy of The Couponizer.

Rules

This Giveaway Will End on 10/26/09 @ Noon and there will be 1 winner that is chosen at random by random.org. This giveaway is open to U.S. Residents and to all ages. Each entry should be in a separate comment. Winner will be announced on 10/27/09 by email to winner and post on site.


PLEASE LEAVE AN EMAIL ADDRESS IN EVERY POST OR MAKE SURE THERE IS ONE IN YOUR BLOGGER PROFILE SO THAT YOU CAN BE NOTIFIED YOU ARE A WINNER

1. Check out The Couponizer site and tell me what other products interest you and why. THIS IS A MANDATORY ENTRY.

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6. Tweet about the giveaway and leave me a status link on the tweet. You can tweet this up to 4 times a day and post a separate comment with the link. Here is an example of a possible tweet, feel free to use it:
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Good Luck to All!


Disclosure: I received The Couponizer free to review. This did not sway my opinion or affect the review. This review is made of honest views and thoughts from me about the product. For more details on my disclosure click here.




18 comments:

  1. Ooh! I also like the Giftionizer! What a great idea for a gift or for yourself!

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  2. I like the Coupons, Cards, & Creativity! set. Thanks for the giveaway!

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  7. The giftionizer would be perfect for me since I start buying Christmas presents the day after Christmas and I need to track who I bought what for. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

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  8. I like the clear plastic carrying case with handles. It would be great so your coupons don't get wet!

    Nancy
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  9. I am an e-mail subscriber.

    Nancy
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  10. I follow via Google Friends.

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  11. The giftionizer looks cool, but the couponizer really looks amazing.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

    liz@sweetwatersavings.com

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  12. IM NEW HERE I LIKE IT SO FAR.I JUST SIGNED UP FOR YOUR EMAIL LIST.CHRIS14095@COMCAST.net

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  13. My fridge is covered in those shopping list things, so I always look for those, and that Guide to Smart Savings looks intriguing. May have to pick one of those up :)
    skaven_babe(at)hotmail(dot)com

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  14. subscribed :)
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  15. Following on Google :)
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  16. I will be attending a wedding shower for a young friend. I think the couponizer and cookbook combo will be a great gift.
    flgirl1987 AT yahoo DOT com

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  17. I like the Giftionary - I've started buying Christmas and other gifts way ahead of time and I'm always forgetting what I've bought and what ideas I've come up with get next.
    eod_army_wife04(at)yahoo(dot)com

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  18. The Giftionizer®
    the presents stacked like a cake on the front are cute

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