Tuesday, May 26, 2009
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Sara Lee Pound Cake: $1.84 Use $1/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert Final Price = .84 each
Sara Lee Cheese Cake Bites: $1.99 Use $1/1 in 5/17 Red Plum insert Final Price = .99 each
Band-Aids 2.50 used a coupon for .50
Neosporin on the Go 3.87 used a coupon for $1.00
Off Clip-On (he knows that mosquitoes feast on me) 6.88 used a $2.00 coupon
Huggies wipes 2.49 price match Target ad 1.99 used a .75 coupon!
He saved us $4.74 off of a $15 purchase.
Just think, we didn't even use coupons a little over a month ago!
Every coupon counts. Pennies make dollars!
How much can you save in one month? I challenge you to set aside a place for all of your receipts and log in your savings for a whole month. I haven't logged all of my receipts but I know that in the last 3 weeks, we have saved well over $30. How much do you think you can save in a year?
Tuesday, May 19, 2009
Here are the rules:
1) Accept the award, post it on your blog together with the name of the person who has granted the award, and his or her blog link.
2) Pass the award to 15 other blogs that you’ve newly discovered. Remember to contact the bloggers to let them know they have been chosen for this award.
I will be passing it along to:
Aggieland Bargain Mom for posting about deals other than groceries and coupons
A Thrifty Mom
Good or Free Deals
In Good 'Cents'
Living as Mom
Mommies with Cents
Southwest Coupon Clipper
Stretching a Buck
The Centsible $awyer
The Deal Mom
918 Coupon Queen
Monday, May 18, 2009
here for a $1.50 coupon.
What a mistake. Now, I still consider myself a beginner but last week I printed Target coupons and I printed coupons from coupons.com and I matched them up with the sales. That's the way you get the most out of your money.
At Target, I used my $1 off Ritz TARGET coupon and my $1.00 off Ritz manufacturer coupon and got $2.00 off. Most other bloggers posted that their Ritz were $2.50 but our Target charges $2.75. I got a box of Ritz for .75!
We had a Target coupon for $1.00 off of 2 Kool-Aid containers plus 2 $1.00 manufacturer's coupons AND it was on clearance for $2.25 so we got 2 tubs ($4.50) -$3.00 in coupons so we payed $1.50!
At Kroger, we used a $1.00 off barbecue sauce which only cost .99.
Oscar Mayer hot dogs were 2/$3 and we used 2 $1 coupons (because we were buying 2) so we got 2 packages for $1.
I have been a faithful used of Cheer laundry detergent for alomst 20 years but Tide was on sale at Kroger and we had a .35 coupons (which they tripled) so we got a bottle of Tide liquid for $5.99.
That's only the beginning. I can't wait to find out how much money I can save this week!
I'll post my Deals of the Day a little later today....I have a super long to-do list.
Friday, May 15, 2009
I have found video clips from when "Be Cents Able" was on Good Morning America and they show you how easy it is to coupon (is that a verb?).
The video box looks small while it is loading (and it takes a long time to load) but you will be amazed and I guarantee you will learn something. You should also watch the other little clips that are below the main story.
If you like this story, you MUST go to 918 Coupon Queen to see how one reader's total at Target came to $87.00. Amy saved $79.87 with coupons. Her out of pocket cost was only $7.13!
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Coupon Cravings said Arby's is having freebie Wednesdays:Starting today, you’ll be able to take advantage of a great “free with purchase” offer every week, and in many cases you only need to purchase a soft drink!No coupon is necessary. However, you may want to call ahead to ask if your local Arby’s is participating in this promotion.
Here are the freebies for May:5/13: Free Roastburger with Any Soft Drink Purchase5/20: Free Chocolate Malt Swirl Shake with Any Sandwich Purchase5/27: Free Regular Roast Beef Sandwich with Any Soft Drink Purchase
Kraft is having another promotion where you can win one of the following:
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Don't forget to match up your coupons with what is on sale to get the best deal possible. And don't forget about stores that double and triple coupons.
Coupons.com just released tons of new coupons so if you haven't already, print yours today.
And don't forget to go to Kraft to print more great coupons!
Go here to have coupons added to your Kroger card, just swipe at check-out.
Or here to add coupons to your grocery card.
Add Proctor & Gamble coupons here.
And here are more by Shortcuts.com.
Betty Crocker coupons.
Go here to print Target coupons which you CAN use with the other coupons and get deals like these:
Ritz Crackers: $2.50Use $1/1 printable or printableUse $1/1 Target PrintableFinal Price: 50¢
Kraft Salad Dressing $1.59 (Buy 2 for deal)Use (2) $1/1 printable or printableUse $1 off Target PrintableFinal Price: 9¢/each
Kraft Salad Dressing $1.59 (Buy 2 for deal)Use (2) $1/1 printable or printableUse $1 off Target Printable Final Price: 49¢/each
Easy Mac & Cheese Single Serve Cups 77¢ (Buy 2 for deal)Use $1/1 printable or printable Final Price: 27¢/each
Buy (1) Crystal Light Drink Mix & (1) Crystal Light Skin Essentials @ $2.99Use $1/1 AND Buy 1 Drink Mix, Get Crystal Light Essentials FREE printable or printableUse (2) $1 off Target Printable (If your store allows this!)Final Price: FREE
Triscuit Crackers $2.04Use $1/1 printable or printable Final Price: $1.04
Wheat Thin Crackers $2.04Use $1/1 printable or printable Final Price: $1.04
Ritz Bits $2Use $1/1 printable or printable Final Price: $1
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
A Thrifty Mom has the details on getting FREE Kraft Bagelfuls at Albertson's. We don't have an Albertson's but maybe your store would price match. Scroll down on her page to see how she bough 10 MAc and Cheese cups AND Breyer's ice cream and payed only $1.74! Scroll down some more for 9 packages of paper towels for $1.98.
Aggieland Bargain Mom has free Auntie Anne's pretzels info.
Bargain Briana has B1G1 free Snapple as well as details on getting a box of Ritz Crackers for .50 after coupons, Kraft salad dressing for .09 a.c., Mac and Cheese single serving cups .27 a.c., and more great deals.
FREE L'Oreal Advance Revitalift Deep Wrinkle Repair here. Click on the "Banish Wrinkles" tab at the bottom.
Coupon Cravings has details about FREE Pert Plus for men.
It's Hip 2 Save got some amazing deals with coupons at Wal-Mart. Click here to see what freebies she got.
Anyone who knows me would agree that I have always been about getting the best price. When I was 16 I had to start paying for most of my things on my own so I got a job. I took an additional job each summer as a lifeguard. I payed for just about everything for myself. My parents payed for my first year of college and that was it. I was on my own. I worked and bought as little as possible. I learned early on about the value of a dollar and to this day, I am careful about all of my purchases.
Centsable Momma also talks about the CVS game. If you are a CVS shopper or would like to learn the game to getting things for free. Read this.
I am a planner. Big time. Like OCD planner. I have lists and lists to keep me organized. I plan my menus 3-4 weeks at a time (not to the exact day but enough meals to last awhile). As I plan, I make notes about which meals require browned ground beef, browned ground beef with onion, raw ground beef, and browned ground beef with taco seasoning. I buy my ground beef in bulk (money saving right there) and when I get home, my husband divides the meat by the pound and I get busy cooking the meat accordingly and freezing it. What a time saver that has become too! It also saves pennies on washing dishes because you use the same pan at least 5 times without having to wash it. I do the same thing for ground breakfast sausage and chicken! When we buy chicken, we buy it in the big bags like at Sam's and I will get my husband to grill it all....divide it according to my recipes, and freeze it. For great ground beef recipes, click here. For chicken recipes click here.
Planning for weeks ahead keeps you out of the store and keeps you from buying items not on your list. In my case, it keeps my sanity, our store is always packed because of the great deals.
Planning for weeks ahead keeps you from eating out when you just don't know what to have for dinner. Another money saver.
Planning for weeks ahead saves gas money....at least in our case....we live almost 20 minutes from the best priced grocery store.
Another one of my recent obsessions is cooking in mass and freezing for later. Again, you wash the dishes once but have 2 or more meals. Large quantity meals are also great for sharing with a friend who just had a baby. I haven't posted all of my freezer recipes but here are a few. Freezer meals are perfect for busy families. By the end of the month I will have 8 meals in the freezer and I plan on using them on those days when we are out at the pool all day and I don't feel like cooking a thing.
Let me know if you have tips and I'll gladly share with everyone!
Monday, May 11, 2009
Redbox code for a free DVD (today): 6A43JK Today is the last Monday in the free Monday promotion.
Hobby Lobby has their 40% off coupon available again. Sign up for their email and they'll automatically send you the coupon. I NEVER pay full price at Hobby Lobby or Bed, Bath, and Beyond. Did you know BB&B will honor expired coupons and you can use as many coupons at one purchase as you'd like? LOVE BB&B!
Take this printable coupon to Bath & Body Works to get a FREE Signature Collection Body Care or Home Fragrance Item (up to a $12 value) with any $15 purchase. This coupon is valid through 5/31.
Sunday, May 10, 2009
This was the first time I planned my menu based on the store's sales and my coupons. I shopped at H-E-B because for the most part, they have the best prices in town. Occasionally Kroger will have something on sale that beats H-E-B's price but I am not going to make a special trip across town for one item, PLUS, most stores price match so I could always take Kroger's ad with me and get the same price at H-E-B.
For those of you who don't know, I just started clipping coupons about 3 weeks ago. We only grocery shop about every 3 weeks so today was the first time I got to use my new knowledge. I am quite proud of myself. My total before coupons was $170.47. My coupon value was $13.40 and my grand total was $157.07 for almost a month's worth of meals. We will have to refill on items such as milk, lunch meat, bread, and apple juice. If I save $13.40 every month, that's $160.80 saved a year!
That $157.07 includes T-bone steaks on sale for $3.97/lb and Pork Baby Back Ribs for $1.97/lb. It also includes an 18-pack of beer and some popsicles for the kids, all of which we normally don't buy but it's summertime! If you subtract those items, the total would have been $124.20 for a month's worth of food!
My coupon savings included:
Skintimate Shave Gel: $2.25. In-store coupon .75 AND a coupon from the paper for .75.
Final cost: $ .75
Voila Three Cheese Chicken Dinner meals: $3.49 each - $1.00 in store coupons
Final cost: $ 2.49 for a whole meal plus you can add some fruit. I stocked up on these. They come in handy on dance night.
Bird's Eye Bagged Veggies: $1.68 - coupon .40
Final cost: $1.28
Pillsbury Toaster Strudels: $1.89 each - $1.00 off 2 -in store coupon
Final cost: $ 1.39 each I bought 6 and I wonder if I should have gotten more.
I also used a few Pillsbury coupons that I planned my meals on such as .40 off pizza crust; .50 off any two- cinnamon rolls and crescent rolls; and .50 off any two- bread loaf and bread sticks.
If you are just getting started yourself, I want to mention that now I will sit down with my receipt and add the prices of the items I bought to my price comparison spreadsheet. It is very important to know your prices. I will be happy to email the spreadsheet to you so that you can see for yourself the price differences at HEB, Kroger, Walgreens, CVS, Target, and Wal-Mart. I sit down with the Sunday paper ads each week and add the prices that they have advertised.
-$4/1 PG 5/3
Final Cost = .84
Saturday, May 9, 2009
The Coupon Mommie
Craving A Good Deal
Craving the Savings
Deal Seeking Mom
Good or Free Deals
I Heart Wags (Walgreens)
In Good "Cents"
Jen's Super Savings
KHOU Coupon Contessa
Living As Mom
Money Saving Mom
Steals and Deals
Stretching A Buck
The Centsible Sawyer
The Freebie Blogger
The Thrifty Mama
Also, in the fall, we bought a small discount card from one of the soccer clubs in town. It cost $5 and has coupons for 3 B1G1 ice cream at Maggie Moo's, 3 B1G1 Freebird's, 3 free kid's meals at Texas Roadhouse, 3 B1G1 at Chicken Express, 3 buy up to 12 peproni rolls at Double Daves and get the same free, and many more.
If you live in a college town, check the local university bookstores at the beginning of each semester. When I was a student, we went into the bookstores just to stock up on these free coupon books. I am not sure if they are still distributed here or not.
Here is the link for the Entertainment Book.
Friday, May 8, 2009
Just in time for Mother's Day, tomorrow, May 9, your child can make this at Lowe's Build and Grow clinic. Click here for more info and registration.
Michael's is also having free make and takes for Mother's Day. See here.
Free samples of Aqua Fresh Extreme Clean here. A certificate will pop up to be printed so make sure your printer is able to run the free, safe coupon printer software.
FREE Redbox movie rentals at Walgreens (I don't know if Aggieland's Walgreens have these but I know McDonald's does). Enter code: DVDATWAG at your Walgreens redbox -not sure of expiration.There is also another code that is supposed to work at Mcdonalds Redbox’s, but I can’t full confirm it yet. The code is: mcdlex55 and it’s supposed to be valid until the 13th.
FREE Taste of Home magazine here.
Check out Southwest Coupon Clipper (fellow Aggie and Houstonian) for more great deals.
Coming soon: How to save money when eating out. This will include a list of places where kids eat free!
Thursday, May 7, 2009
Kids' Meals are .99 with the purchase of an adult value meal! They're usually $3.29. So it wasn't more than Mickey D's after all. The cashier didn't know how long they'll be doing this.
Kirkland's is having a great sale this week and if you sign up for their email, you'll get a coupon for $10 off of purchases that are $50 or more. Sentiment frames are $6.99 each, monogrammed flag sets for your garden are just $9.99, a quilted-zippered cosmetic tote is only $6.99, and some precious cross bookmarks are only $3.99. Those adorable coffee mugs are $10.99 each.
Southwest Coupon Clipper has a new coupon toolbar and her Target deals as well.
Wednesday, May 6, 2009
Banana Boat Sport Travel Size Sunscreen......
Chili's Chips and Queso when you join their email club here.
Mini cookbook here. Sign up for email and receive free downloadable immediately.
8x10 at Walgreens today.
Tons more freebies here at Frugal Coupon Living.
Almost free at Wal-Mart click here.