The Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway! Win $5 Gift Card of Your Choice!

Posted by Marianne Thomas | 3/11/2009 08:29:00 AM | | 39 comments »

Every Wednesday, I'll host the Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway here with prizes from web-savvy retailers and businesses (big and small; if you're a mom running a biz, please email or DM me - I'd love to showcase you!) who want to get their message out to you, my fabulous readers.

Lacking any current offers from the PR folks (*hint-hint*), the prize will be a $5.00 gift card to the winner's choice of one of these retailers: Kroger, Meijer, CVS, Walgreens, Target, or Amazon.com.

All I'll be asking for in return from you, my fabulous readers, is your input in the comment sections. I do hope you'll play along!

This week, I'm giving away a $5 gift card (by snail mail or email -- winner's choice) to any one of these retailers: Kroger, Meijer, CVS, Walgreens, Target, or Amazon.com.

And to enter, all you need to do is answer these questions in the comment section:

How long have you been couponing? If you're a new to using coupons, what has been the most challenging part of "learning the ropes?" or coupons in general?

If you've been couponing for so long that you could clip coupons and organize a spectacular shopping trip in your sleep, what one thing have you learned that you wish you knew when you were starting out?

Share your questions and your expertise in your comment - let's all learn from each other, m'kay? ;-)

You can also earn (2) more entries:

:: Tweet about this giveaway, then come back and leave me a comment letting me know you tweeted.

:: Subscribe to my RSS feed for your reader or by email. Leave me a comment to let me know you're a new subscriber; if you're already one of the Frugal Faithful and currently subscribe, you can earn this entry by leaving me a comment letting me know you subscribe.

That's (3) entries total which increases your odds! Sweet!

Remember, I need a way to find you if you win! If you're not a blogger, leave me your email address or Twitter handle so I can locate you if you're the winner!

Revised, 03/12/09, 3:02 PM, EST:

In the interest of fairness to all the entrants (and for my own sanity!!), all comments/entries must include a link to your blog profile (standard if you're blogging on Blogger), an email address, or a Twitter handle. Entry comments with no contact link/info will be disqualified.


This Hip Hip Hurray Giveaway will end on Sunday, March 15, 2009, at 10:00 pm EST when I close the comments. The winner will be selected by Random.org and announced on Monday, March 16, 2009.

Thanks for reading and subscribing to The New Frugal Mom!


  1. Tiffani // March 11, 2009 9:38 AM  

    Staying organized is a constant challenge. And remembering to use them!

  2. motherhen68 // March 11, 2009 10:48 AM  

    I'm sort of new to couponing. I used to do it years ago, but that was before I knew how to "play the game".

    I think the hardest thing for me is the attitude I get at the checkout for using coupons. If cashiers would quit acting like it's their own personal money they are losing, things would be much better.

    I am already a subscriber to your feed.

    Paula B 52 at cox dot net

  3. Jennifer S // March 11, 2009 11:44 AM  

    I am fairly new to couponing. Started back in Nov. pretty hard after deciding to stay home w/ 2 small kids. My hardest challenge is staying organized. I will cut the coupons and file them in my little organizer, but then I have to pull them all out when at the store if I see something on clearance to see if I have a coupon. I am plannig on switching over to the binder system soon.

  4. Jennifer S // March 11, 2009 11:44 AM  

    I forgot my contact info. Sorry.
    mom2kids.stephens at gmail dot com

  5. Together We Save // March 11, 2009 12:34 PM  

    I have always couponed but am new to the game of couponing. But I love free stuff so I work at it.

  6. Anonymous // March 11, 2009 12:43 PM  

    I used to "coupon" w/ my mom as a little girl, so I don't even remember when I started cause I have done it all along! But I really got into couponing more when I got married 4 years ago and quit full time work to put the home first and needed a way to save even more! And now recently I have started being even more hard core and learning how to do the CVA/Walgreens deals!

    I have learned so much over the years, but the one thing I wish I knew was to save ALL the coupons. I just recently started doing that. I always figured the high end stuff never went on sale enough to make it cheaper than the cheap stuff... I am learning now!


  7. Michele // March 11, 2009 12:46 PM  

    I am also a subscriber!!!!


  8. jenna // March 11, 2009 12:49 PM  

    I'm pretty new; I started about a month ago. So far the mus difficult part is dealing with walgreens cashiers. They never seem to understand how the coupons work and they just want to tell you no.


  9. News Around The Blogs // March 11, 2009 12:49 PM  

    Just started couponing in January, and my biggest frustration is Walgreens and how they don't even know their coupon policy

  10. The Googeg's // March 11, 2009 1:00 PM  

    I am new. Where do I start? How do you find them all? Doubling/stacking? How do I organize them? Matchups with sales? My head is spinning. I am just moving one step at a time. I am beginning to see some benefits, but I don't have it all down yet. Can't wait until I figure out the CVS ECB deal!


  11. The Googeg's // March 11, 2009 1:00 PM  

    I suscribe via RSS feed

  12. Anonymous // March 11, 2009 3:37 PM  

    I've only been hardcore for about 6 months now, but I already feel naked without my coupon binder. Thanks to sites like yours, I save major dollars. It was overwhelming at first to keep track and feel like I was missing out on good deals. Now, I realize that another great deal with come along if I miss one. It also takes time to become confident using coupons.


  13. Ellen C. // March 11, 2009 3:48 PM  

    I've been using coupons for about 2 years but really have become a fanatic about 6 months ago. My issue is knowing when to let a sale or a good coupon go without buying it. Sometimes I will buy an item and my husband will say "we already have 10 tubes of toothpaste why did you buy another". I need to learn to let the sale go. Thanks for the chance.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  14. Ellen C. // March 11, 2009 3:48 PM  

    I am a subscriber.

    sweetascandy579 at yahoo dot com

  15. wordsbyanne // March 11, 2009 4:44 PM  

    I did the coupon thing and Walgreens thing many many years ago, but with work and activities and kids I fell out of it. Now I no longer work and have the time to devote, plus all of these helpful blogs pointing out deals and coupons and how-tos makes it less of a struggle. I am trying to learn how to build up my CVS ECBs to roll over and spend less $$.


  16. Kim kiwilder @ yahoo // March 11, 2009 6:31 PM  

    I have been using coupons for as long as I can remember, but I amped it up when I was 6 months pregnant with my first child (7 years ago this May)....then it became the game it is today to see how low I can go on the grocery bill. For those who have trouble staying organized, stay on top of it. I clear out my expired coupons at the end of each month and try to file the new ones as soon as I can after getting them cut. Thanks so much! Kim

  17. Kim kiwilder at yahoo // March 11, 2009 6:32 PM  

    I am also a subscriber!!! Thanks!

  18. Kim // March 11, 2009 7:11 PM  

    I always used coupons off and on, but just got serious about it a few months ago. I think the two most challenging things have been keeping up with the coupons and learning that you don't always have to go to CVS & Walgreens every week if there isn't a deal for you! :)

  19. Kim // March 11, 2009 7:11 PM  

    I'm also a subscriber!

  20. shawndra // March 11, 2009 8:01 PM  

    I am a seasoned couponer,I wish that I would have kept better count on my coupons when I first started


  21. shawndra // March 11, 2009 8:02 PM  

    I'm a subscriber

  22. Sascha // March 11, 2009 10:09 PM  

    I started couponing again in January, used coupons many years ago but didn't know then what I know now ... and I lost my stash in a move ={

    The most challenging part for me is that our local paper has NO coupon inserts in the Sunday papers. There are also no stores that double coupons here, unless Kmart is running double coupons.


  23. Sascha // March 11, 2009 10:11 PM  

    I'm already a subscriber =]


  24. Sascha // March 11, 2009 10:12 PM  

    ... and I tweeted you *tweet tweet*



  25. SixInTheNorthwest // March 11, 2009 11:03 PM  

    I have used coupons off and on for the past 20 years we have been married. With a recent loss of part-time income, I decided to take a look at our grocery budget and have taken up couponing again. Getting the coupons organized and actually used before they expire is my current challenge. Those savings do add up though, and I definitely feel in my situation it is worth my effort.

  26. SixInTheNorthwest // March 11, 2009 11:05 PM  

    I subscribe to your blog and love the content. Thanks for the giveaway!

  27. Diana // March 12, 2009 3:37 AM  

    I have been couponing since last July when I first found The Grocery Game. I have saved thousands of dollars at this point! The hardest part for me is having patience with myself. It was harder to get every transaction perfect than I thought it would be--I ended up messing up transactions at CVS and Walgreens because of all of the rules! And also not getting upset when the cashiers are unfriendly about coupons. Last week the Target cashier was really upset about my coupons but I didn't mind so I'm getting there.

  28. Diana // March 12, 2009 3:38 AM  

    I'm a subscriber and I read every day!

  29. Linda // March 12, 2009 8:46 AM  

    I'm very new to couponing and I find it hard to figure out what coupons can be used with other coupons and how many you can use at one time.

  30. Tamara B. // March 12, 2009 8:49 AM  

    I have been couponing forever. When starting out I wish I would have been more organized and made the most of the coupons. Not letting them expire, look for doubling offers.

  31. Tamara B. // March 12, 2009 8:50 AM  

    I am a subscriber.

  32. Cindy // March 12, 2009 9:32 AM  

    I have been couponing since January and the hardest part for us is finding room in our little house for bulk buying. I have cans under the bed, toilet paper in the closets and diapers in the attic! LOL


  33. Tracy // March 12, 2009 9:45 AM  

    I am very new to couponing. I just started in January. I would say the most challenging thing for me is figuring out how to really get the biggest bang for my coupon buck at CVS and walgreens. I really have a hard time wrapping my brain around the "best way" to get the best deals!
    I would totally agree with the walgreens thing! I have only been there one since starting this whole thing and it was a disaster! I will try to stick only with CVS where the cashiers have been so great to me!

  34. Tracy // March 12, 2009 9:46 AM  

    I am also a subscriber and LOVE your blog!

  35. jen // March 12, 2009 12:34 PM  

    I have been couponing since sept of 06. i quit my accounting job and started my own cleaning company. its the best thing that ever happened to me. i stay organized by cutting and filing my coupons on sunday. 30 minutes well spent.

  36. Jackie // March 12, 2009 5:12 PM  

    I have been using coupons as long as I have been married..almost 22 years. I can't really think of anything that I wish I knew when I first started out, but I do wish coupons were doubled back then. The stores I shop out now double coupons and it makes it worth so much more. Back then I used to do a lot of rebates, but the forms are hard to come by these days.

  37. Jackie // March 12, 2009 5:13 PM  

    I subscribe

  38. wordsbyanne // March 13, 2009 8:17 AM  

    I am a subscriber, too.


    Twitter- AnneOnline

  39. techyone // March 15, 2009 5:01 PM  

    I've been couponing for years but its frustrating. Cashiers in my area don't understand coupons and it drives me crazy. At one local store, if I have 2 ten cent coupons off soup and go to the checkout with 2 cans of soup, she will snarl, "IT SAYS ONE PER PURCHASE, YOU CAN ONLY USE ONE TODAY" Sigh, I leave the store feeling as if I've been accused of armed robbery for wanting to save that dime. None of our areas stores will take internet coupons so that limits me to those ten cent off ones that come in the paper once a month.