Friday, October 9, 2009
Click this link. Then, fill out the form to get a coupon good for a free .75 ounce tube of PoliGrip. This coupon is only redeemable at Walgreens, Rite Aid and Ralph’s.
COUPON FOR FREE TRAVEL SIZE DOWNEY WRINKLE RELEASE --
Get a coupon for a free Downy Wrinkle Releaser 3 oz. Travel Size when you upload a picture of something wrinkled (or not). If you don’t want to go through the trouble of uploading a picture, you could just print the coupon here.
FREE SAMPLE PALMOLIVE PURE AND CLEAR DETERGENT --
Enjoy the Samples is offering a free sample of Palmolive Pure & Clear Detergent. In the past this offer has looked like spam. Available to the U.S. and Canada only.
Thanks to The Freebie Blogger for these tips.
KIDS EAT FREE AT BOSTON MARKET --
From now through October 31, two kids (14 and under) can eat free at Boston Market. For details, click here.
Thanks to FrugalDrMom for the following internet printable coupons that you might find useful.
Post-It Notes, Glade, El Paso, Pop Secret, YoPlus, Diamond Nuts, Emerald Nuts, Gortons Seafood, M&Ms, Marie Callendars, LaChoy, Chinet, Egg Beaters, Johnsons Body Care, Organic Valley Milk, Butterball Ground turkey, Sundown products, Orville Redenbachers
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Tuesday, September 29, 2009
Use it in conjunction with the $5/$25 coupon post below to save some $$$ this week!!
Take these and use them with the weekly deals to save even more. They should be good into next week at least so don’t feel like you have to make a trip this week.
If you want to see if there are coupon match-ups for any of those items listed, click here, enter a description and search to see if there are coupons that will match-up with the item you are interested in.
FYI (what probably will be on my list):
Scotties Facial Tissue ~ $.94 ($.50 coupon/3 so that will make these, $.82 for three boxes -- remember HT doubles up to $.99 everyday)
Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaner (24 oz) ~ $1.49 (I'll be searching for a IP on this one)
4.5 oz Canned White Chicken - 10/$10
11 oz Toaster Pastries - 10/$10
100 oz. Tide Laundry Detergent 9.99 - Limit 2 ($1.00/coupon), while I prefer All, I'm OUT and no Super Doubles, so ...
Breyers YoCrunch 2/$5 - I probably won't get these, but there are usually coupons for $.75/1, making these $1 each, pretty good deal for a kid's snack
Powerade 5/$5 (Purchase 5 Powerade and get 2 free), with this offer alone, you get 7/$5, but I ALSO have a coupon to buy 10, get 5 free. In essence, if I buy 19, it will only cost me $10. With sports going all the time getting these for $.53 each is a good deal!!
Success Instant Rice 2/$4 - $.50 coupon makes this $1.00 each
Friskies Cat Food 10/$4 - $1/15 means I can get 15 cans for $.33 each -- a GOOD deal. I might spring for 30 to stock the kitty pantry
Swiffer Duster Kit Swiffer Refills 2.99 - I suspect this is 8
count, but I have a $1 coupon so I'm definitely getting these for $1.99
There are other good deals, but this is likely what will be on my list because it's what I need right now. I'm holding out (as long as possible) for Super Doubles.
Monday, September 28, 2009
Honey Bunches of Oats - $2.00
Free after coupon
Hormeal Completes – $1.97
Use $2.00 coupon from October All You
FREE plus $0.03 overage
Purina Friskies Natural Sensations Cat Treats 2.1 oz – $1.86
Use coupon from 9/27 S (exp. 11/30)
FREE after coupon
Sense and Spray Starter Kits – $4.29
Use these printable coupons
$0.29 after coupon
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce 10 oz – $2.36
Use $2.00 coupon from 9/27 RP (exp. 11/22)
$0.36 after coupon
Ken’s dressing - $1.37
Use $1.00 coupon from 8/2 SS#2 (exp. 9/30)
$0.37 after coupon
Nestle Carnation Evaporated Milk 5 oz – $.63 each
Use $0.50/2 coupon from 9/27 SS (exp. 12/31)
$0.38 after coupon
Tabasco sauce – $1.12
Use $0.50 coupon from 8/23 SS (exp. 10/4)
$0.62 after coupon
Mr.Clean Magic eraser – $1.88
Use $1.00 coupon from 8/30 PG (exp. 9/30)
Or use BOGO coupon from 9/27 PG (exp. 10/31)
$0.88 after coupon
Reynolds Wrap Aluminum Foil 30 sq ft – $1.52
Use $0.55/1 coupon from 9/13 S1 (exp. 10/11)
$0.97 after coupon
Taco Bell Soft Taco Kit – $1.98
Use $1.00 coupon from All you magazine
$0.98 after coupon
Little Debbie Cupcakes – $2.37
Use $1.00 coupon from All You magazine
$1.37 after coupon
SuperPretzel 6 ct – $2.28
Use $0.50 coupon from 9/27 RP (exp. 11/27)
$1.78 after coupon
Rubbermaid Take Alongs Food Storage Containers 3-4 ct – $2.37
Use $1.00/2 coupon from 9/13 S2 (exp. 11/15)
$1.87 each after coupon
Swiffer Sweeper Starter Kit 1 ct – $9.00
Use $1.00 coupon from 9/27 PG (exp. 10/31)
$8.00 after coupon
There is a new $5 off $25 coupon for Walgreens tomorrow and Wednesday.
Coupon Guru Kelly reports the following good deals:
RR=Register Rewards (money on your register receipt to be used on your next order)
fusion razor------------use $4 coupon-----------get RR back
herbal essence---------use $1 coupon---------get RR back (coupon expires 9/30/09)
vaseline sheer infusion lotion -- get RR back
oral b toothbrushes-----b1g1 free------get RR back
$4 RR wyb (2) Theraflu Nighttime 6 ct. at $4 ea
$1 RR wyb (when you buy) Halls Refresh Sugar Free 20 ct at $1, free
$2.49 RR wyb Robitussin DM To Go 2pk, at $2.49 free
Last fall, 650 theatre companies, in 120 cities from coast to coast, opened their doors to over 65,000 new theatergoers. This year, our participating theatre companies will offer even more tickets for free. Join thousands of audience members - from Portland to Charleston, and from Houston to Minneapolis - and explore all the wonderful entertainment your local theatre community has to offer!
Jeff, as soon as I can get the confirmation on super doubles and an ad, I will certainly post match-ups and lists of FREEBIES and really good deals for super doubles. Hopefully we can ALL stock up then.
I have gone to the Harris Teeter site and have found no reference to Super Doubles. However, just for some good news, here are some fairly good deals (remember, it's half off if you just get one):
Buy One Get One Free:
Allen's Green Beans - $2.49/2
Born Free, Cage Free Eggs - $3.99/2
Fresh Boneless Chicken Breast
Finish Dishwasher Detergent Fresh scent. 32 tabs, $7.99/2
Harris Teeter Batteries (ex: AA $5.98/2)
Fresh Foods MarketTake & Bake Pizza
Fresh Foods Market Pasta & Sauces
Harris Teeter Ice Cream Sandwiches $3.49/2
Kellogg's Nutri-Grain Bars $3.55/2
Kellogg's Raisin Bran - $3.65/2
Maalox Antacid Line - various
Ocean Spray Cranberry Juice (46 oz) $3.49/2
Ocean Spray Grapefruit Juice (64 oz) $3.89/2
Purex Detergent (50 oz) $5.99/2
Sargento Shredded Cheese - $3.29/2
Purina Puppy or Dog Chow (17-20 lb bag) - $11.99/2
Sorrento String Cheese - $4.99/2
Sorrento Mozzarella - $4.99/2
Sorrento Ricotta - $4.95/2
Strawberries (fresh) - $3.49/2
Valley Fresh Canned Chicken
Veg-All Canned Veggies (29 oz can) - $2.25/2
Turkey Burgers (16 oz) $3.99/2
Buy 2, Get 3 free (watch these deals, often they are more expensive)
Blue Bunny Ice Cream - $2.39 for VIC card members -- not sure if this is the price for the B2G2F because it also lists the original price as $5.99, so....
Crystal Springs water (12 pk - 1/2 liter bottles) - $2.39 VIC members (also says $5.99)
Fresh Foods Market Meats & Cheeses - varies
Ken's Salad Dressing
Minute Maid Lemonaid - 5/$5
Harris Teeter Bottled Spring water (24 - case) $2.97
Coke 12 packs - 4/$10
Buy any Spot Shot product and then go here to get a mail in rebate form for a free movie ticket to see “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs“.
Currently this is B1G1 at Harris Teeter (through 9/30)
Spot Shot 22oz B1G1 at $5.49-$1 off Spot Shot SS 7/26, 9/13 or printable-.55/1 Spot Shot SS 7/26
So buy 1, use (1) -$1 off coupon:
Pay $1.75 and then get a FREE movie ticket!
Personally, these are not good enough deals to get me out of my house to drive to HT to shop, BUT... they might be for you, so I wanted to share. There is ALWAYS the possibility it (super doubles) is happening locally, but check with your local store on Wednesday or check back here.
Sunday, September 27, 2009
You can get the Publix Penny item with any purchase that is $10 or more before coupons. There is a Mystery Penny Item coupon in the Publix Sunday Ad every week or somewhere in the Sunday Paper. Some stores do not require this coupon, but many have changed and do require it now, check with your store to find their policy.
** Note FL and Coastal GA stores do not participate in the penny item promotion.
Get all of this weeks Publix Deals and Coupon Matches!
Aquarius Spring Water - 24 pk - $2.99 (no coupon required)
Kraft American Singles - $.99 (with in ad coupon of $1 off)
Oscar Mayer Shaved Deli Lunch Meat - $.99 (with in ad coupon of $2 off)
Oscar Mayer Lunchables - $1.49 (with in ad coupon of $1 off)
Koolaid - Buy 12, get 12 free (with in ad coupon)
Capri Sun - $1.49 (with in ad coupon for $1 off)
There are also coupons for Velveeta, Maxwell House, Digiorno or California Pizza Kitchen Pizzas, Planters and Triscuit/Ritz.
Ground beef is $1.49/lb
Idaho potatoes are $1.50 / 5 lb bag
To view this week's full ad, click here.
As a reminder, Hills doubles coupons up to $.50 every day.
Saturday, September 26, 2009
(1) Procter & Gamble
Click here for details on what coupons will be included in these. Remember, you can get a Sunday Tennessean (if you are local) for $1.00 at CVS and $.99 at Walgreens. It looks like a REALLY good week for coupons, so you might want to pick up an extra one or two. Remember locals, Harris Teeter starts SUPER DOUBLES this week (on Wednesday) so get those $1.00 and larger coupons ready (of course, they will double them all, but these are the money makers/savers).
I dreamed about sorting coupons for Super Doubles last night -- does that make me obsessive?
Some of the magazines included are:
- Food Network Magazine
- O, the Oprah magazine
- Town and Country
- Smart Money
- Popular Mechanics
- Harper's Bazaar
- Good Housekeeping
- Country Living
- House Beautiful
- Marie Claire
Friday, September 25, 2009
Thursday, September 24, 2009
4 FREE Apple Dippers
As usual, these coupon booklets will not be found at every McDonalds. The coupons are valid for use starting Oct 31st and can be used by children 12 and under.
You can check it out here. Some interesting facts from the show:
** The highest category of people who use coupons make 75,000 or more a year.
** The lowest category of people who use coupons make 25,000 or less a year.
** $400 billion worth of coupon savings are printed, yet less than 1% of those coupons are ever claimed!
**Also, go on over here and you can print off lots of great restaurant and various store coupons!
Thanks to Hip 2 Save for this cool information.
Check out Hot Coupon World for the beginnings of the coupon matching for Good Deals. To be honest, at this point I'm not impressed, but it's early yet.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
- Elmo in Grouchland
- Little Women
Click the link here to print your "Staycation" coupon. I don't think there is a limit to the number you can use, you just must have one per movie. The coupon expires 10/31/09.
I was downtown today and thought I will see if this H*arris T*etter coupon thing really works. So me and 3 kids went in and got the card, and with coupons in hand we set out. I bought things that I only had coupon for and we use. Purchase price was $41.57. OOP was only.....$16.xx. roughly $1 per item. Not bad when everything was name brand and regular price was usually over $3. I was so happy. Thanks for the encouragement, keep it up.
There is a limit of 1 DVD (of each type) per customer order. Felicity was sold out as of this morning but is indicated to be on backorder.
September is National Coupon Month. Check out the Coupon Council website. You can click here for some activities to help your children learn about coupons. I will tell you that taking your child grocery shopping with coupons is HARD to do, but if done patiently (Lord, help me be more patient!), you can teach math skills, budgeting skills and even to the younger ones, language skills as you allow them to help you find items using words, colors, sizes, etc.
And, another funny, funny. Found this little prayer on Faithful and Frugal Blog about the trail mix incident:
Dear God, please forgive the "trail mix hussies" today for they know not what they have done. Please bless them Lord and gently remind them that they can't take the trail mix with them when they go to meet you (which might be sooner than later ;-) and please help them to remember to play nice from now on :-) AMEN
Everyone needs a chuckle now and again!!
First, I do not shop at just one store. While this might seem like a lot of work, it's not, really. There are four grocery stores in one area that I can hit in one day/night. I can also run into a store with a list of the few things I want and be out pretty quickly (lunch hour??).
So, today I got the Publix sale paper and went through looking at the BOGOF items. First I see what items are BOGOF that I would use and have a coupon for. Then I figure how much each will be using either one coupon or two to determine how many I'd like to get. Then, if there are items I would like to purchase but don't have a coupon for, I will do an Internet search for Internet printable coupons. Most of the time, you can print the coupon twice per computer. We have two computers, so many times I can get four coupons (if it's something I really want). If I'm just going for these certain items, I'll pull the coupons, put them in an envelope and then still take my binder (just in case) but only will use the ones I have in hand. I can be in and out pretty quickly using this method.
FYI -- BOGOF items for Publix this week. I've marked (c) beside the ones I'm certain have a current coupon. There may be others.
Birds eye Viola! Meal - $4.99/2
Ore-Ida Steam and Mash Potatoes - $3.99/2
Gorton's Fish - listed as surprisingly low price
Publix Style Southern Style Deli Potato Salad - $2.49/2
Dole Fruit, Gel or Parfait Bowls - $2.79/2 (c)
Campbell's Select Harvest Soup - $2.39/2 (c)
Post Honey Bunes of Oats Cereal - $3.89/2 (c)
Joffrey's Coffee and Tea - $9.99/2
Thomas' English Muffins - $2.99/2
Quaker Oats Oatmeal - $2.65/2
Aunt Jemima Syrup - $3.79/2 (c)
Aunt Jemima Pancake and Waffle Mix - $2.59/2 (c)
Kellogg's Eggo Waffles - $2.29/2 (c)
T. Marzetti's Dressing - $3.99/2 (c)
Quaker Cereal (Captn Crunch, Squares, Life) - $4.49/2 (c)
Pillsbury Moist Supreme Cake Mix - $3.69/2
Ronzoni Pasta - $1.39/2 (c)
Zataran's New Orleans Style Mix - $1.99/2
Powerade Sports Drinks (8 pk or 10 pk) - $6.79/2
Carroll Shelby's Chili Kit - $2.19/2
A1 Steak Sauce - $4.19/2 (c)
Mt Olive Sweet Relish - $2.19/2 (c)
Pompeian Extra Virgin Olive Oil - $11.99/2
LaFamiglia DelGrosso Pasta Sauce - $7.99/2
Orville Redenbacher's Popping Corn - $4.89/2 (c)
Nature's Own Bread - $3.49/2
Quaker Quakes Rice Snacks - $1.79/2
Reese's Peanut Butter Cups Miniatures (and other Hershey's candies Big Bag)- $5.49/2 (c)
Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies - $3.49/2 (c)
Nabisco Ritz Crackers - $3.79/2 (c)
Smart Balance Spread $2.99/2 (c)
Kozy Shack Pudding - $2.99/2 (c)
Philly Swirl Frozen Treats - $2.99/2
New York Texas Toast - $3.29/2 (c)
GE Extra Soft White light bulbs - $1.99/2
Purina Dog Chow 17.6 - 20 lb bag - $9.99/2 (c)
Purina Tidy Cat Litter - $6.99/2 (c)
Spray n Wash Laundry Stain Remover - $2.99/2 (c)
Right Guard Xtreme deodorant - $3.99/2 (c)
There are some other good deals there this week as well.
Ok, people, this needs to be said: Use some restraint in your bargain shopping. We are all in this together. I can see getting the 3 per person limit per day that most stores impose. Even if you want to go every day and get your 3, I'm ok with that too, but 90?????
Coupon Guru Kelly says it best: Couponers need to keep a good image and that is hard when we are clearing shelves and going home with 10 plus items. All good things come to a end--- lets not push it.
This is my experience in TENNESSEE: Most every Kroger store doubles coupons up to $.50 every day. Publix also doubles coupons up to $.50 every day. Harris Teeter doubles coupons up to $.99 every day. Food Lion does not double coupons at all. Wal-Mart does not double coupons at all.
I did some research on the A Full Cup site to see what the coupon policies are on some other stores across the country. I've provided links directly to the coupon policies for each of these stores. You can always check your store there as well.
Aldi's - I could not find a coupon policy for them; I suspect they TAKE coupons but do not double. The link is to their website UPDATE from Reader Julie: Aldi's does NOT take coupons.
Food Lion - This is the link to the FL website. They do not double coupons, however, they do have their own Internet Printable coupons (FLIPs) that are worth signing up for if you shop there regularly. Other stores will often accept their coupons as "competitor's coupons". Sign up using their "Shopper's Companion Email" link. You can also sign up here to get more coupons and weekly specials via email from them.
Publix - Publix also offers free antibiotics (there are 8 included). Click here for more information.
Stop and Shop / Giant Foods
Food City - Food City also has several "clubs" to join: Wine Club, Pet Club, Baby Club and Kids Club. The links to these can be found by clicking the Food City Link
Cub Foods - Interesting tidbit on Cub Foods: often they will accept expired coupons (up to 90 days). Check the link for more information.
Do you have a store that's not listed. Check out A Full Cup to see if your store is listed. Click on the store and look at the top of the message boards for Store Information/Coupon Policies and click the link to find out more information. OR... drop a comment and I'll look it up for you!
Monday, September 21, 2009
Also, if you see "BLINKIES" in your store (the machines that blink and spit out coupons), take several for your coupon stock. You also do not have to use those in that store and they can be used in other stores as they are also manufacturer's coupons.
And last, but not least, coupons that say DO NOT DOUBLE/DO NOT TRIPLE will often double and triple anyway. If the bar code starts with a "5", the computer will automatically double it unless you have a cashier who is "on the ball" about checking the coupons and pulls it out. If the coupon bar code starts with a "9", the coupon will not automatically double or triple.
Kroger is notorious for allowing any coupon to double or triple and not checking them.
One of the things you need to know is how your BOGOF item is going to ring up at the store. Some stores ring them up at half price, so that you can buy just one at half price (and if you only have one coupon, just buy one item -- you don't have to buy two). Other stores ring them up as the first item at full price and the second item is free. This is the scenario we coupon folks like least. You typically see this at drug stores.
If you have a BOGOF item that rings at half price you can use TWO coupons for that item. For example, tonight at Publix, the Betty Crocker fruit roll-ups were BOGOF at $2.79. Because I know that Publix rings each item at half price, I was able to use two $.40 coupons (which were doubled) to make each box $.60 [$2.79/2 - $.80 (dbl coupon)].
The converse is true if the item only rings up the first item at full price, you can only use one coupon because technically you are only purchasing one item.
If you have doubts, ask a store manager (and often clerks know this as well). They are usually very helpful.
Now, I suppose, much like me, you are thinking, "BUYING COUPONS?", isn't that defeating the purpose of saving money? Well, no, actually, it's not. I would look at the sales for the first day and figure out what was FREE (I like free, don't you?) and then order coupons that very same day for multiples. The coupons cost about $.08 each so technically my stuff then wasn't FREE, but .08 each. Can't beat that sometimes though -- especially the time I spent $1.00 for 10 coupons for FREE bags of dog food. I got ten bags of dog food for $1.00.
You will need to sign up as a new user to view all the coupons and to purchase. Go in with a friend when you order to save on shipping. I think the minimum per coupon is 5 and there will state if there is a maximum -- normally 10 per coupon. However, keep in mind MOST stores have a three coupon limit per item per trip, so you don't want to get more than you can use.
This is a great way to stockpile items that are really inexpensive or free.
Another source for purchasing coupons is Ebay. Kelly mentioned that her mom recently purchased several $.75/2 vitamin waters. They were recently $1.00 each at Harris Teeter during triples and by using these coupons, she got 30 Vitamin Waters for $5.00 (intead of $30). Be creative.
$5 off 2 Similac
$3 off 1 box Huggies
$3 off one package Enfamil
$3 off one package Pampers
This was just a special mailing and not the regular monthly sheet of coupons I get.
GIVEAWAY: To the first person who leaves a comment asking for them, I will mail you the $5 Similac coupon OR the $4 Enfamil coupon OR the $3 off Huggies coupon. I will mail ALL THREE to the first people who ask for them. Remember that many stores accept competitor's coupons -- check your store's policies!!
That's a fair problem. However, I think that you can still save money using coupons. Start to look at those coupons as CASH in your hands, because that's what they are. It is also a marketing tool to be used by stores to get you into the store, so be aware of that as well. They want your coupons and you want to save money. It's often a "wait and see" deal to see if you can get the best deal out of your coupon.
First rule -- do NOT buy something just because you have a coupon unless you are CERTAIN you will use it OR it is free (then you can give it to the food pantry at church or to another family who might actually need/use it).
If your store does not double or triple coupons (and many do, you just have to ask if they do), you can still use your coupons when things are on sale and get good deals.
If you follow the link to A Full Cup, you will find a long list of stores. Click on the store you shop at and there will be a LONG list of posts from other shoppers who have found good deals and will actually TELL you which coupon to use with which sale to get the best deal. The work has ALREADY been done for you -- you just have to take advantage of it.
There are 72 grocery stores listed on this site -- I'm CERTAIN there is a store listed there that is near you. There are also 7 drug stores, 2 health food stores and 3 super centers. I know that you can save some money by looking at these posts by other folks.
Here are a few examples for deals for a more discounted store that might be in your area (Save-A-Lot):
** In Septembers Flyer (got it today) it says go to Save-A-Lot.com to get a $15 coupon booklet !!! Here's the direct link:P & G Booklet Sign Up Save-A-Lot.com
** (Hormel Compleats) These are .99 at my store. One of the inserts had .75/1 in them! Makes theese only .24 a piece! YEAH!
** 32 oz. Velveeta cheese for $1 -- My Save-A-Lot has 32 oz. Velveeta cheese clearanced for $1.99. If you use the $1 q from the 8/9 SS, the OOP is .99!
It is the same with EVERY ONE of these stores. Find your store and read the deals!!
Happy Couponing (I'm determined that "couponing" is a verb -- spell check -- not so much).
I'll give you an example. I regularly get coupons in the fliers for use at Target for $3.00 off Pampers. I also have manufacturers coupons for Pampers for $1.50-$2.00 off. When I got to Target to buy Pampers (they are on sale this week, BTW), I will use both coupons, effectively getting $5 off my coupons. You can ALSO do one more trick with this as well. I frequently get a coupon from Pampers saying, "Get a free box of wipes when you buy one box of Pampers". In this situation, I will use ALL THREE coupons and get $5 off AND a free box of Pampers.
With coupons, you have to learn to think outside the box and to know the store policies on coupons. If you don't know your store's policy you can either 1) go to the store's website, 2) ask the manager or customer service desk on your way in, 3) leave a comment and if I know I will share that with you.
Also, please note that on HOLIDAY WEEKENDS, there are no coupons in your local papers. I also know that locally, you can get a Sunday paper at CVS and Walgreens for $1.00 and $.99 respectively, so if you want to buy additional coupons, you can do it there.
My friend Dee'Anna told me that she was able to buy just the coupons later in the week at CVS. She said she paid $.50 for them.
Submit a photo of something wrinkled and get a coupon for a FREE bottle of downy wrinkle releaser.
Also click on “Coupons” to get $10 in coupons for other products sent to your email.
Special K $10 coupon Booklet
All Coupons are Manfacturer coupons and expire 11/1/09
-$2 off Milk wyb (1) Special K Protein Shake 4pk & (1) Special K Cereal
-$2 off Produce wyb (1) Special K Waffles & (1) Special K Protein Meal Bars
My friend wrote and asked me to describe how I store my coupons. She made the comment that she originally didn't go "all out" with her coupon organization until she felt she was going to save money doing it. I can understand that as I also used a regular coupon organizer (the small kind you can get for a $1 pretty much anywhere) when I started. Then, I realized I was spending WAY too much time going through coupons in the store and I decided to do something different.I'm copying an email I sent back to a friend about how I have my coupons set up in hopes it will help others in their coupon organization. There are many schools of thought about how to organize coupons, so you may find a way that works better for you. This, however, is what works best for me.
I have a three ring binder (recycled from Josh's "stash" from school last year), plastic baseball card sleeves (borrowed from Josh's stash too) and plastic 4x6 photo sleeves (Walmart - 20 for like $2). I also have clear dividers that have pockets in them. This way I can put clipped coupons in the right divider until I have time to file them. OR, I can use them when I want to pull out the coupons I want to use at the store that day.I have sections for the following coupons and they are in order (pretty much) that they come in in the store.
- "Helpers" (seasonings, pastas, hamburger helpers, rices, dressings, etc.)
- Snacks/Junk Food (cookies, candy, gum, crackers, popcorn)
- Breakfast foods (eggs, cereal, bars)
- Baking (mixes, sugar, oils, jellos)
- Pet food
- Health/Beauty (shampoos, toothpaste, lotions, bandaids, deodorants)
- Baby (diapers, wipes, etc.)
- Household (detergent, cleaners, baggies, etc.)
- Frozen foods
- Dairy (yogurts, cheeses, biscuits -- you know, all that stuff usually on the last aisle)
I clip and store them in the binder and the binder STAYS in the car because I never know when I might come across something that I'll need my coupons for.
Last, but not least, here's a tip (from my Coupon Guru, Kelly) for those of you who might have those BOGOF Reese's coupons that came out a few weeks ago. Walgreens currently has a deal where if you buy two Hershey's candy bars, you get a free Coke Zero. By using these coupons, I managed to snag SIX Reese's bars (I got the three to a pack and they worked) and three Coke Zeros for $2.74.
Stay tuned for more money saving coupon tips coming soon!!
I have felt that God was calling me to share this information with others. My friend down the road, Kelly, taught me and was my inspiration (and still is the Coupon Queen) for saving money. She regularly sends me tips (as do I her) on how to use our coupons to save the most money. I want to share that information with others.
Times are hard now. Many of you reading know that my husband was just laid off from his job of 11 years. I am thankful that God was preparing us for this months ahead by teaching me how to save A LOT of money on our groceries. I regularly spent $100-$125 a week to feed our (then) family of three. Then we added Ellie and diapers and baby food and such and it went up quite a bit.
This month, so far, I have spent $186 for $667 worth of groceries, a 71% savings. We typically have our regular refrigerator full, a second refrigerator partially full and a freezer that is pretty full. Our cabinets are about to explode, but when things are FREE (yes, free), I can't pass them up.
During a recent triple coupon event at Harris Teeter and Kroger, I got the following items FREE:
And these items were $.35 or less.
And while I know that there are a BAZILLION blogs/websites about couponing out there, I still feel the need to do this one -- for YOU. I will share the tips I get and the websites I use and hopefully teach you to save money for your family as well.
I am reminded of a Chinese proverb that says, "Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day; teach a man to fish and he will eat for a lifetime." I am hopeful that I can help you eat for a lifetime.
And, one last thing before I close this initial post. I want to share with you the meaning behind the blog title - Isaiah 55:1-2. While on the surface it appears to be about food (free food, nonetheless!!), it is certainly about the plan of salvation that God has for each of our lives. The NIV version of these verses are my favorite:
1 "Come, all you who are thirsty, come to the waters; and you who have no money, come, buy and eat! Come, buy wine and milk without money and without cost.
2 Why spend money on what is not bread, and your labor on what does not satisfy? Listen, listen to me, and eat what is good, and your soul will delight in the richest of fare."
Isaiah 55:1-2 reminds us that food and drink alone will satisfy our human bodies, but will never satisfy our souls. Coupons and feeding your family are certainly something I feel certain that God approves of, but He is more interested in the care of your soul.
May this site bless you and your family and the principles bless you as much as they have our family.