Trouble Printing SmartSource Coupons

Recently I have received some comments about trouble printing SmartSource coupons. These instructions are taken from the ‘Get Help’ link that appears in the lower-left of the SmartSource print window. [Read more…]

Walmart Coupon Policy

Many of you have had questions (and complaints) about Walmart and their coupon policy. I want to share with you the information I received after speaking to a customer service representative.

I was told that ALL Walmart stores accept printable coupons as long are within the guidelines below. They said that if you ever have a problem with a store not accepting a coupon that is within the guidelines to give them a call at 1-800-966-6546. Below is a copy of their policy (which you can also find on their site here). I would suggest printing out a copy to take to the store in case you ever have a problem. 

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

Manufacturer coupons (Cents Off)
Free merchandise (or manufacturer’s Buy-One-Get-One-Free) coupons
Store coupons
Pharmacy (Advertising and Promotional) coupons
Internet coupons
Soft drink container caps

The following are guidelines and limits:

Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise we sell and only when presented at the time of purchase.
Coupons should have an expiration date and be presented within the valid dates. Walmart will not accept expired coupons.
Internet coupons should be legible and say “Manufacturer Coupon.” There should be a valid remit address for the manufacturer and a scannable bar code.
Only one coupon per item is permitted.
Use of 40 or more coupons per transaction will require approval by Customer Service Manager.

Trouble Printing Coupons?

I have heard that many of you have had trouble printing Bricks coupons: that you keep getting a “please wait” or “please install printer” message. If this seems to be your problem I have found some information that may be helpful to you.

The problem is that most of these coupons have a link that is meant to be printed in a certain browser (i.e. Firefox, Internet Explorer, or Safari). When you try to print a coupon in a different browser than was intended, you will get one of those annoying messages

The trick below is made by just changing two characters in the link.

The following is a Firefox link:

Note the “wg” in the URL (I have put it in bold for you). This is telling you it is a Firefox link.

To make that link an Internet Explorer link, you will simply change the “wg” to “wi” or “vi”. It will take a little trial and error to determine which combination will be the fix. The easiest way to make this fix is to paste the original link into a Word document, make the change needed  and then paste the corrected link into the address bar and press “enter” on the keyboard.

If the link had a “wi” or “vi” it would be an Internet Explorer link. To make it print in Firefox, just change the “wi” or “vi” to “wg”.

You can also use this trick to print coupons in Safari. Just replace the “wg”, “wi”, or “vi” to “xs”. And to get a Safari link to print in a different browser, change the “xs” to“wi” or “vi” for Internet Explorer or to “wg” for Firefox.

Simple Guide To Rebates

Follow these simple steps to make sure the rebate process is a smooth one. 

  • Get your rebate ready as soon as you’ve made the purchase. Waiting can mean forgetting.
  • Write legibly on the rebate form and envelope.
  • Make sure you have all the required items stapled together for mailing (i.e. receipt, UPC, rebate form).
  • Make copies of all items or scan them into your computer.
  • Keep copies of the items sent along with the company’s contact information together in a folder or on your computer.
  • Make sure the envelope is postmarked by the correct date.
  • Send large dollar rebates by certified mail.
  • If you haven’t received your rebate within the time frame it should have been received in (usually 6 to 8 weeks) contact the company.

If you fill out a lot of rebates and could use help with organization, try Rebate This is a free program that helps you organize your submissions, keep track of and report on the money owed to you and sends you reminders when your rebates are due back.

Save Big at Rite Aid

New to saving at Rite Aid? This is a good place to start.

Rite Aid offers many deals each month in the form of single check rebates. A list of the rebates for the current month can be found in the rebate directory at the front of the store.

Rite Aid store coupons can be found in-ad or they may have a coupon book at the front of the store.

Rite Aid store coupons, single check rebates, and manufacturer coupons can all be combined for great savings.

Rite Aid Rebate How To:

Rite Aid rebates can be taken care of at their website so you don’t have to worry about stamps or forms. Each time you make a Single Check Rebate purchase, enter your receipt information on the site. At the end of the month (or up to about a month later) you can request your check. Rite Aid will only issue one rebate check each month so make sure not to request your check until you have made all your rebate purchases for that month. The check will arrive about 2-3 weeks later.

For additional information or to sign up visit Rite

CVS 101

Do you want to get 100% FREE full-sized products from CVS? Do you hear a lot of talk about ECBs and just don’t understand? If so, you are in the right place.

Before You Start – You will need to sign up for a CVS Extra Care card. This can be done in-store or online here. Once you have your card, create an account at and register your card. This way you will be able to view your rewards online and earn rewards when making online purchases. It is important to check “Yes” when asked if you would like to receive emails from CVS. This is one way to get the coupons I mention later in this post.

What Are Extra Care Bucks– You earn Extra Care Bucks (otherwise known as ECBs) by purchasing qualifying items. Each time you purchase one of these items and use your Extra Care card, a slip will be printed at the bottom of your receipt showing the amount you have earned.

The slips can be used like cash, though they do have some restrictions: prescriptions, alcohol, gift cards, lottery, money orders, postage stamps, pre-paid cards and tobacco are excluded (restrictions may vary by area) and no cash back can be given if the ECBs you are paying with total more than your actual total.

Remember to save your slips and keep them in a safe place. Each slip has a barcode which the cashier will have to scan when you check out. The barcode links them to your Extra Care account so they can only be used by you with your card. They also have expiration dates, and even though some cashiers can “push through” expired ECBs, you don’t want to risk losing them.

ECB deals can be found in the weekly flyer and list how many of an item can be purchased and still earn ECBs. This limit usually ranges from 1 to 5 of each item. CVS has discontinued the monthly Extra Care Value book and replaced it with a Clip Free coupon book. This book can be found at the front of the store where the weekly flyers are located. Unlike the Extra Care Value book, it is rare for there to be monthly ECBs deals listed in the Clip Free book.

You will also earn 2% of your in-store and online purchases in the form of ECBs and $1 in ECBs for every two prescriptions purchased in-store or online. These ECBs will print out on the bottom of your receipt once every three months. Remember to have your Extra Care card scanned with each purchase or your account with not be given credit.

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Freebies 101

If you are new to getting freebies and signing up for offers on the Internet, here are a few tips to make the process a smooth one.

Filling Out The Form

  • Select the first box with your mouse and fill in the information requested.
  • Using the Tab key on the keyboard will help you move from box to box quickly.
  • Look for asterisks. If there is not an asterisk next to the box, the information asked for is not required.
  • Most forms will use drop down boxes at some point. Using your mouse, click the down arrow on the right side of the box. Click the appropriate select using the mouse or the arrow keys on the keyboard. If the list in the drop down menu is long, there will be a slider which you can move up and down with your mouse to view all possible choices.
  • Some companies use this as an opportunity to do market research. In these situations there will be questions either before or after the form, which may or may not be required. Use your mouse to click on or fill in the appropriate answers for the questions.
  • At the end or the form or questions, there will be a button you must press to submit your request.
  • After your request has been submitted, you will most likely be redirected to a “Thank You” page. Make sure to read the information on this page. Some offers will require you to confirm an email they will send to the address you entered in the form before they send the item out.
  • Just before, or just after you submit you may come across a Captcha. Captcha is a type of challenge-response used to ensure that request is not being generated by a computer. It will most likely be one or two words which you must type in a box exactly as you see. The Captcha could also be in the form of a very simple question like “what is the color of grass.”
  • If you are like me, you will be signing up for many free offers each day. Filling out form after form can be quite tedious. To make this process faster, you can use autofill software. Autofill software remembers information such as your name and address and automatically fills in the blanks for you on forms. Roboform is a great free autofill software download. The Google toolbar has an autofill function and Firefox offers a free Autofill Form Add On for their browser.

Protecting Yourself and Your Computer

Date of Birth – I don’t feel that giving out this information is necessary, so unless I’m making a purchase I will just use a fake one. If a site requires you to be 18 or 21 to enter (tobacco or alcohol) you will need to provide accurate information.

Credit Card Information – This is not usually required for your basic freebie but may be for free trials. Never give this information if you do not feel it is necessary for the offer or if you do not trust the website. Always do your research first.

Personal Information – You may be asked to provide demographic information such as age, ethnicity, household income etc. Usually the company offering the freebie is just interested in finding out what types of people are using their products, but this information is not normally required. If you are being asked questions you are not comfortable answering, just move on to another freebie.

Your Computer– The Freebie Blogger is a safe place to find freebies but you can never be sure what harmful site you may come across when searching for freebies on your own. It is always a good idea to have updated virus protection software for your computer. I often list free after rebate anti-virus software here.

Cutting Down on the Junk

Many of the freebies you will find here at The Freebie Blogger will require you to fill out a form or sign up to receive them. Typically they will ask for your name, address, email and phone number as well as some demographic or market research questions. While this information is collected for legitimate purposes, it can also lead to junk mail, spam emails, and phone calls from solicitors if you are not careful. Keep reading and I’ll let you in on how to keep getting all the free stuff without the annoying side effects.

Home Address – Most freebies are sent via the USPS, so you will need to provide your correct name and address. Alway check the fine print because some freebies will not ship to a PO Box. Using my real name and address has never been a problem for me. Just make sure that if there are any boxes on the form about receiving third party offers, you have marked them “no thanks.”

Email Address – Anytime I give out my email address, I understand that there may be some unwanted email (spam) headed my way. There are also plenty of freebies that require you to sign up to an email list, and they can really build up in a hurry. To keep your regular home email clean, sign up for a free email account that you use just when you sign up for freebies. Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo all offer free accounts that you can sign up for in just a few minutes. You’ll probably just receive a lot of harmless advertisements, but why let them fill up your hard drive at home?

If you do start receiving large amounts of spam, most virus scan programs, like McAfee and Norton, have built in spam filters that work with your email program. I also like MailWasher Free, which gives me the option to ‘bounce’ emails back to the source. The spammer receives a message that the email was undeliverable, and that is usually enough to get your address off of the list, because they don’t want their in-box filling up either!

Phone Number – Some offers will also ask you to fill in your phone number. Unlike your address, they don’t need your phone number to send you a freebie, so if it is not required on the form, don’t fill it in. Instead get a free online voice mail box at Simple Voice Box or JConnect. Some forms will allow you to fill in “UL” or “unlisted.” And remember to register your home and cell phone numbers to the National Do Not Call Registry.

I have never received unwanted calls after sending a text message to sign up for a freebie, but there have been a few that required 4 or 5 texts to complete the offer.