This week’s money saving tip is about recycling. Or rather, “FREEcycling.”  You may or may not be aware that there are many “freecycle” groups on yahoo that you can join. The concept of these groups is to reduce waste to help our environment. In the process, you can help one another.

I know many people donate their unwanted items to various thrift stores, which is wonderful. But, I know many who simply toss them in the trash. Instead, why not offer it to someone who might need or want it? Sometimes there are people who want even things we can’t imagine anyone needing.

Maybe they use spare parts from TV’s, computers, bicycles, etc. in order to make repairs.  Or maybe they can use clothing that is stained for work or for rags to make rugs or quilts. Some people even use plastic grocery bags to make re-useable items.  You really have no idea what others may want or need until you ask. In addition, you can receive some items you may need. When my youngest child was a baby, I received some things that were “wants” but not “needs” that made life easier, such as a baby walker and a double stroller.

To find a group in your area, click here.  Try searching by your city and county names as there may be multiple groups available.  Please be sure to pay attention to the group rules. Some groups require that you offer something before asking for something, and the rules may vary per group.

In addition, there are some groups that list free community events. I found one for Palm Beach County here and one that encompasses the state of Florida here.

There are also groups for online “garage sale” items.  If you click here for yahoo groups, you can search using your city or county followed by “yard sale” or “garage sale” and you might find some good groups to buy or sell your items.

You might also be interested in some “swap” sites for books, cd’s, games, etc.  Try Swap.com or Paperback Swap.  I have not used these sites, but have read several good reviews on Paperback Swap.

Coupon Books now available: ENJOY THE CITY COUPON BOOKS are back! Check to see if there is a school or club in your area selling these. I believe they sell for $20 and have fantastic coupons in them. I haven’t seen this year’s book yet, but in years past they have always been well worth the $20!

All You Magazine October 2011 Coupon List – Bargain Briana has been kind enough to provide a list of coupons that will be in Walmart’s All You Magazine for September.  You can check it out here to see if you want to stop by and pick up a copy. I believe it retails for $2.49 per issue if you buy it at Walmart, but you can get a subscription for $1.66 per issue here.  However, I will tell you that sometimes the subscription version has less coupons than the newsstand version.

Walmart Deals Iheartthemart.comhas put up the best deals from Walmart this week. You can find those here.

For local calendar events:

For Delray Beach, click here.

For Boynton Beach, click here.

For Boca Raton, click here.

Now, on to the deals this week!

Know the Lingo BOGO – Buy one, get one free SS – Smart Source (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) RP – Red Plum (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) PG – Proctor & Gamble (coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) GM – General Mills (occasional coupon inserts in Sunday’s papers) Blinkie – coupon dispensers in stores Peelie – coupons found on products that you peel off Hangtag – coupons found hanging on bottles All You – Magazine sold at Walmart or via subscription

Whole Foods:  Click here for their coupons. If you prefer to shop at Publix, they should accept these as competitor coupons.

Publix Greenwise:  Click here for their weekly ads.

Many thanks to IHeartPublix for their great tips on shopping at Publix!

For Publix “super deals” for 9/29-10/5/2011, please click here. http://www.iheartpublix.com/index.php/2010/09/super-deals-starting-99-98-for-some/

For Publix full sale list with coupon match-ups 9/29-10/5/2011 please click here.http://www.iheartpublix.com/index.php/2011/08/publix-ad-coupons-91-to-96-831-to-95/

For Publix ongoing sale list, please click here.

For Publix Advantage Buy Flyer sales, please click here.

Renita's Favorite Money-Saving Sites

http://www.simplycvsshopping.com/

http://www.specials.publix.com

http://www.iheartpublix.com

http://www.iheartwags.com

http://www.iheartcvs.com

http://www.cvsdeals.gather.com

http://publixpennypincher.blogspot.com

http://www.southernsavers.com

http://frugalityisfree.com

http://getadealdude.com

http://claimsqueen.com/

http://www.thesimpledollar.com

http://www.iheartthemart.com

E-Book now available!

I’m excited to tell you that my book is now available as an e-book! So, you can save money while you learn to save even more money by purchasing an e-book instead of a traditionally bound book! For more information, please click here.

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Renita is a resident of Palm BeachCounty, and author of “Wow! You Saved How Much?” For more information, visit her website athttp://wowyousavedhowmuch.com.

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