Dave Gates reporting in for my tenth Jewel-Osco Saturday Morning Sampler Savings Report.
Are you wondering what this is all about? Well for starters, I though it would be interesting to report how much I’ve saved by redeeming the coupons for free items at our local grocery store.
Secondly, I like building blogs and this experiment offers me the opportunity to create content and learn new skills.
We live in the Chicago-Land area and one of the major groceries stores is Jewel-Osco. This year I signed up for their MyMixx rewards program and downloaded their smart phone app.
A lot of blogs publish income reports on how much their blogs are earning. I’ve decided to take this concept and turn it around a bit.
Instead of reporting on how much my blog is making, I plan to report on how much I’m saving by redeeming coupons for free items. It’s just a little experiment, but it will be interesting to see how this plays out.
disclaimer: Some of the links below are affiliate links. If you have any questions about any of the information from this report, please leave a comment and I’ll reply very early in the morning before the wife and kid wake up.
This report includes the following.
- SAVINGS THIS MONTH
- YEAR TO DATE SAVINGS
- NUMBER OF COUPONS REDEEMED
- LIST OF ITEMS
- WEBSITE TRAFFIC
- EMAIL LIST
- BLOG UPDATES
- MOVING FORWARD
- SAVINGS THIS MONTH September 2017 ($15.51)
- YEAR TO DATE SAVINGS ($181.72)
Click here to see previous monthly reports.
NUMBER OF COUPONS REDEEMED THIS MONTH = 5
LIST OF ITEMS
- Nestea 6pk. (16.9 oz)
- Splenda Naturals (40ct)
- La Colombe Draft Latte (5.3 oz)
- Señor Rico’s Single Serve Pudding or Flan (8 oz)
- Chocolate Peanut Butter Cheerios (11.3 oz)
Any blogger will tell you there is a lot of work behind creating the articles and maintaining a blog. But it is actually fun and interesting. There are many ups and downs along the way.
There was Two Saturday’s which there were no free items. In place of totally free they offered BOGO, Buy one get one Free. Since my goal with this project is to track all the totally free items. I did not purchase the BOGO items.
I feel I’m back to my regular routine and look forward to more active engagement on all channels.
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September 1, 2017 – September 30, 2017
October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Here are the top traffic sources for this September.
October 1, 2017 – October 31, 2017
Mobile vs desktop traffic September.
Mobile vs desktop traffic October.
EMAIL LIST OVERVIEW
One thing I find most challenging is developing and growing a mailing list. I’ve signed up and registered for an email newsletter service with Mailchimp.
My plan is to track the growth of this list. Since I joined in January, we have a great base to start with. Everything I read suggest offering something of value for free. So I’m working on developing this. Do you have any suggestions?
What would you guys and gals like to see? What can I offer you?
My first impression is some form of ebook or short video training.
For all you long time bloggers, I know you’ve always said to start growing your email list. Well, now is your opportunity to join my list and help me grow this thing.
I recently changed the theme of my site. And yes, I’m still loving the themes from Studiopress. I highly recommend them.
October was not spectacular for redeeming free items. The first two weeks in October were BOGO items. While this is nice, the focus of this report is for Totally Free items. Thanks @jewelosco for the free items for MyMixx coupons.
I’ve been working on the monthly report you are reading here.
I’d like promote this page a little better. “How to Start Your WordPress Blog Today.” Yes, I’m still happy with Bluehost and their services. If you are in the market for starting your own blog, I highly recommend you click on his link and check it out. Thank you.
The purpose of this report and doing all this work is to report how much money the free items adds up to. So it really doesn’t matter if it’s a Saturday Morning Sampler Item or just a MyMixx item. If I can clip the coupon in the MyMixx app and get the item for free, I will include it here.
In addition to the Free items with MyMixx, Jewel-Osco also runs Facebook promotions. These are often one-day promotions where you need to report to the cashier the #wordoftheday.
I’m not including word of the day items in this report, but wanted to share that with you.
Do you have any other recommendations for this report? Please comment and share below.
The plan for now is to continue visiting my local Jewel-Osco on Saturday morning’s for their Free items. Ten months have gone by pretty quick and I’m amazed at how much I’ve saved and how this blog thing is turning out.
I’ll also be working on tweaking the theme and writing more articles. Stayed tuned, and please leave me a comment, don’t be shy!!
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