Friday, August 5, 2011

*Expired*Giveaway - Finding Coupons: Blinkie Boxes and Peelie Pads

One of the common questions I have gotten when polling various coupon newbies is, "Where do you find those coupons?" Once you start couponing, you will notice that coupons can literally be found everywhere and anywhere! You just have to know where to look for them, so the Finding Coupons segments will be devoted to telling you specific places that are tried and true coupon homes.

So, this week I didn't make my usual post on Tuesday because ... well let's just call it fate. That sounds better :) I actually had prepared a different segment of Finding Coupons for this week, but I was struck with a genius idea while at the store today and I had to put it up now!

One of the easiest places to find coupons is at your local grocery store. If you are observant, you will notice that they are hiding all over the place in there! At the front of the store, in front on displays, on products and much more! It makes things so much easier when the coupon is on the item you want :)

What are Blinkie Boxes?
This may not be what you call them, but I lovingly refer to them as Blinkie Boxes. These are put out by Smart Source and they can be found in random places all throughout the store but always in front of the item the coupon is for. The nice thing about these is that they blink to grab you attention :) So even if you are not looking for them, they will make their presence known. These little babies are programmed to spit out a coupon every 30  to 60 seconds (I think - I didn't time them). However, if the coupons haven't been pulled in a short while and you pull one out for yourself, it will immediately spit out another one to replace it. So, I always grab 2 of these coupons when it's an item I want. After that first 2 being taken out, it will kind of reset and not put another out for about 1 minute, this way no one can take all of the coupons at once :) Everyone has a chance to get one.

What are Peelie Pads?
Peelie Pads are another things very similar to Blinkie Boxes, except without the actual box. It is just a stack of printed coupons held together by a thin layer of a glue-like coating at the top so you can easily peel one off for yourself to use. The good and bad thing about peelie pads is there usually is no object or person there to police them, so you never know how many everyone will take. I like to treat these like blinkie boxes: I take my 2 coupons and leave the rest for the next savvy shopper, but this is not a rule. You have to use your own judgement for what is acceptable.

How do you know if your store will have these?
There really is no definite answer to this other than just going to your local grocer and looking around. Be observant and if any of these types of coupons are available, you will notice them as you walk around. If you don't see any, you can also go and nicely ask a worker and they will let you know whether your store has them currently if ever and they will probably point you toward one they remember.

Now for the Giveaway!
I'm sure you are wondering when I'm going to explain the giveaway I tempted you with at the top of this post :) I wasn't having a particularly stellar day at work earlier. So when I went to Publix at lunch, I decided to cheer myself up by looking around for coupons. Boy did I luck out! I found blinkie boxes, peelie pads, displays at the front of the store with rebate offers, you name it! And while I was getting my customary 2 coupons at each, I thought what better way to show you how easy it is to find coupons at the grocery store than to share the ones I found in my 15 minute trip with you :) So, I will be giving this nice stack of lovely coupons to one lucky reader!
Win Over $37 Worth of Coupons!
1 Winner Will Receive 2 of Each of the Following:
  • $2 off Any Pedigree Dry Food For Dogs 3.5lb or larger (ex 8/21/11)
  • $1 off Any Size Biz Product (ex 9/30/11)
  • $1.50 off Butterball Everyday Turkey Burgers (ex 9/25/11)
  • $1 off Any Lysol Clean-Flip Starter Kit or Floor Clothes (ex 12/31/11)
  • $1 off Any 2 Carnation Breakfast Essentials Packages or Multipacks (ex 10/09/11)
  • $1 off Any Splenda Essentials No Calorie Sweetener (ex 12/31/11)
  • $1 off Any 2 Friendship Products (ex 9/18/11)
  • $1.50 off WYB two (2) 20oz bottles of any product of The Coca-Cola Company and two (2) Orbit, 5 gum, or Eclipse products (ex 9/15/11)
  • $1 off Ka·Me Sesame Oil (ex 12/31/11)
  • 55¢ off Milk wyb Sara Lee 20oz Bread (excludes 45 Calories & Delightful) (ex 9/1/11)
  • Free Gallon of Publix Water wyb Any Old Wisconsin Product 6oz or larger (ex 11/30/11)
  • Buy 2 Get 1 Free Mars Chocolate Sharing Size (M&Ms, Snickers, Milky Way, Twix, etc) (ex 9/30/11)
  • $1 off Any 2 Laughing Cow Cheese Wedges (ex 11/30/11)
  • $1 off Any 2 Bailey's Non-Alcoholic Coffee Creamers (ex 10/30/11)
Winner Will Also Receive the Following:
  • 3 coupons for 35¢ off Any Birds Eye Steam Fresh Variety with recipe on the card (ex 9/30/11)
  • 1 coupon for 50¢ off Any Package of Kellogg's Corn Flakes Cereal 12oz or Larger (ex 8/31/11)
  • 2 College Care Package Pamphlets - These are a Publix and ConAgra Foods promotion. Get a $10 Publix or Amazon Gift Card when you buy $30 in Publix groceries in one shopping trip with $15 in participating ConAgra Foods brands. This is a Mail in Rebate Offer that must be received by 9/15/11. This pamphlet also includes the following Publix Store Coupons:
      • $1 off Any 3 Chef Boyardee (ex 8/26/11)
      • $1 off Any Peter Pan Peanut Butter (ex 8/26/11)
      • $1 off Any Healthy Choice or Marie Callendar's Fresh Mixers (ex 8/26/11)
      • 55¢ off Any 2 Snack Pack Pudding (ex 8/26/11)
      • $1 off Any 2 Marie Callendar's Pot Pies (ex 8/26/11)
To Enter This Giveaway:
 1. Leave a comment on this post saying which of these coupons you would be most excited about if you won. (Mandatory)
2. For an additional entry, "Like" Show and Tell Meg on Facebook and leave a comment on this post saying that you did.
3. For a third entry, Subscribe to Show and Tell Meg emails at the top of left of the blog and leave a comment saying that you did. 
This giveaway will end on Friday 8/12 at 11:59 pm EST. The winner will be chosen at random and notified by email so please make sure you comment using an email you check often. If the winner does not respond within 24 hours of being notified, a new winner will be chosen at random.


  1. I'd love to win a potluck of coupons :)

    Coupons are exciting 4 me altogether

  2. I would love the $2 off pedigree since i am always having to buy that for my dogs!!! :) I love couponing but get discouraged sometimes when it comes to finding the and this would be a great start !!!!

  3. I liked on Facebook .... :) but how do you subscribe i don't see anything that says subscribe show and tell email meg????

  4. I'm so sorry - this giveaway has been over for months, but I forgot to change the title to expired. (It was an epic failure by the way, no one entered!) If that Pedigree coupon was still valid, I would absolutely send it to you, but unfortunately it expired a long time ago. Sorry for the confusion - I will be having a giveaway soon and I will be sure to keep you posted!


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