I Love FREE Stuff – Great DEALS for Great SAVINGS!

August 20, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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It’s been awhile since I’ve put out a note on my savings and my shopping.  Since I’ve been “extreme couponing” for a little over 2 years I would say, it’s now about finding the best deals for the week and making those my shopping list.

In the last week, I’ve purchased over $750 in groceries before coupons…most in stockpiling the items below.  After coupons, I walked out spending $24 + a MIR for a $10 store shopping card.  Total savings =  almost 98% SAVINGS!  Not bad for someone who never used a coupon before a couple of years ago.  Now…all I can think is “WHAT was I thinking?”

Here are the fabulous finds that I had added to my stockpile and my donation bo6x for the last couple of weeks…

  • MorningStar Farms Meatless Items – FREE plus .50 overage with coupons used – $2/2 manufacturer coupon + $1/1 store coupon + BOGO rain check
  • GrillMates – FREE plus .01 overage with coupons – $1/1 store coupon + BOGO sale
  • Neosporin + Band-Aid combo – with using a $1.50/2 manufacturer combo coupon, a .50/1 manufacturer coupon + $2.50/2 store coupon and a .75/1 store coupon savings was $5.25 making my first aide purchase almost FREE!
  • Chef Boy’R'De – using a $1/3 store coupon, a .50/3 manufacturer coupon + a mail in rebate, I ended up paying $6.50 and getting a $10.00 gift card to come back.  So, not just FREE lunch but an extra $3.50 to spend too!
  • Degree Deodorant – with a .75/1 manufacturer coupon + a BOGO sale, it was time to stock up on .25 deodorant!

 

Easy Shopping Tips for NEW Coupon Users

April 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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 Here are 10 quick tips for those who are new to couponing…hope you find them useful! 

  1. Start small…and get used to using coupons. As you find your rhythm, it gets easier. 
  2. Don’t ever go into a grocery store without a list. Even if you stray and throw in a couple of items, the list will help to bring you back to focus on what you are there for…and it will save you tons of money on buying on impulse.
  3. Don’t worry about an elaborate file system or clipping all of the coupons that you ever see.   You will find out which ones that you use and you will find a system that works for you.  I found that I simply file my Sunday coupons away in a folder with the date.  Online, you will find lots of resources that will tell you what week you will find the coupons in.  Then, you cut as needed.  Super easy!
  4. Find a small envelope or zipper case for your bag and carry it with you.  In it, put the coupons for items that you buy often…or that you will be buying this week.  I also drop in a coupon for 10% off my favorite restaurant.  Just in case I get the urge to eat out.
  5. Know your stores sale cycle and check for websites that post the ad early.  This will give you time to build your shopping list and find the coupons that you need before the sale ends.
  6. Think about using clipping services. Those are people who spend their time cutting and finding the coupons so that you don’t have to. Usually, coupons are about 6 to 10 cents each…but if your savings is more than 10 cents on the item, it’s fantastic.  Clipping services can be found on eBay or if you google “clipping service.”  Many of my coupons I either trade or find through clipping services. Example – Voskos Greek Yogurt goes on sale next week at my store. I found coupons that will make the yogurt FREE. I spent $3.00 to have the coupons cut and sent to me.  For this $3.00 investment, I will have 40 free yogurts for family and friends to enjoy.  Great way to get something great…and for a great price.
  7. Find the space and build a stockpile of the items that you eat.  Soup? Pasta sauce? Pasta? Cereal?  Make the space. You’ll save in buying when items are on sale.
  8. Plan your meals with your stockpile. This will avoid the unnecessary spur of the moment trips to the grocery store.
  9. Find the 10 items that you buy the most at the store and look for those coupons and those sales…so you will be ready.
  10. Consider other brands.  Brand loyalty is wonderful…and I’m very loyal. But, I will say that some of my newest favorites have happened with items that I thought I could never afford…and I purchased them with a coupon for close to free….or free. 

 You do not have to be an extreme coupon user to enjoy the great savings.  You just have to get ready and start using your coupons.  If you have any questions…just ask me!  I love to help people save…

Great Publix Coupon Savings This Week!

April 23, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Publix Grocery Coupon Savings – 98% Savings

March 5, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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So many great deals realized this week..I feel like I’ve been shopping in my sleep to make sure that I use all of my coupons before the expiration dates and to make sure that I am getting the extra savings!  My pantry is looking very FULL…and so is my donation box for the local shelter.  The Kotex coupons and canned veggies during Publix’s Italian Days make it impossible for me not to fill up a box and take it to the local woman’s shelter.  Thanks to Publix for taking competitor’s coupons as well as letting me stack a few as well, and I was able to get some wonderful, healthy items for my family…as well as a little indulgence on the Talenti Gelato (it’s yummmmmy!).  Now, I just need to get creative with all of my stocked items… Family Stew anyone?????

Publix Coupon Savings for the Week

Great Pet Savings at MyVetsMeds.com

March 4, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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I just received my first order from MyVetsMeds.com and I have to say, I am impressed!  I placed the order and within 12 hours, I had confirmation it was shipped – and within 2 days, it was at my door!  FANTASTIC service.  If you have any RX to get for your furry friends, I highly recommend checking out this site for great savings and fast service.

Publix Grocery Coupon Savings – 96% Savings

February 25, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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Ok…it’s early for me, but I wanted to put these savings out there early….so people could see them….and make sure that they had time to get them for themselves too!   This week offered money back on a couple of items AND a great Sweetbay Supermarket coupon too!  Here are some of the biggest savings this week….Now….I just have to spend a little time this weekend rearranging the pantry and the garage…oh….the work is never done! 

  • Classico Pasta Sauce $2.23  Coupons:  Manufacturer coupons $1/1; Manufacturer coupon B2G1 = money back
  • Kotex – on sale for $1.99   Coupons: Publix coupon – $2.00/1; Manufacturer coupon – $1.50/2 = money back
  • Hunt’s Tomatoes – BOGO $1.29 Coupons: Publix coupon – $1/4; Publix coupons $5/20 = 2.90 for 20 (.15 cents each!)

Publix Grocery Coupon Savings for Feb 25

Savings for Pets

February 20, 2011 by · 1 Comment
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I am always trying to find deals in every place in my life.  Here are some that you might consider  if you have any pets that are on prescription diets or medications.  Hopefully, these suggestions will save you a little money while you love and care for your furry family.

  • If you have pets who are on any Hills Prescription pet food, check out the Hills Science Diet / Prescription Diet website  for special offers and coupons!  There are currently some awesome savings there and you can use them even at your Vet’s office!       Also remember…if you are any other kind of food, check thier websites and sign up for any newsletters. 
  • If your pet is on any kind of regular prescription medicine…visit www.canadadrugs.com They offer great prices and will call your vets office to verify the RX can be filled.  My pet has allergy meds that usually cost $36 for 30 pills at the vet’s office….and sometimes, I’m having to fill them twice a month.  On CanadaDrugs.com, I can get 120 quantity for less than $33 + free shipping.  It’s worth checking out if you have the need.
  • Also remember….for any pet food, check the website for coupons or newsletters that offer promotions.  And for pet meds….ask your vet if they can recommend anyone online so that you can get the meds a little cheaper (www.myvetsmeds.com, www.petdrugs.com).  It never hurts to ask….even for HeartGuard or flea meds…any meds… It’s worth checking out….I promise.

How do I do Extreme Couponing? 7 Easy Tips to Extreme Coupon Savings

February 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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People that I don’t even know tell me how they want to be an “extreme couponer.” I am sure that it is from the show on TLC, “Extreme Couponing” that aired this last month. I think that some of my savings are definately extreme…but here are some tips on how to get those extreme savings.

  1. Never feel bad about saving money.  This is what an older gentleman said to me when I apoligized for him being the person behind me on one of my super savings trips.  It made me realize that he was right on.  Most people will marvel at your savings. 
  2. Find your Go-To sources.   There are great sources that I use online – like www.iheartpublix.com and www.southernsavers.com to keep me informed of the sales and the coupon match-ups.  This makes shopping easy.  Find the websites and sources you like. If you have any, I’d love to see them too. Resources are key…but remember, they may not have all of the coupons listed…so it helps to also combine this with the next point…
  3. Know your coupons.  Find an organization system that works for you.  Here is mine – I have a file with folders dated for each Sunday.  I pick up a couple of papers and drop all of the coupons from the paper into that folder.  Don’t forget that Walgreens, Target, and the Parade magazine sometimes have coupons too that you might find useful.  I ALSO have a small file box with A through Z tabs.  It is here that I file away the peelies that I have or the store coupons that are sitting out.  I also file away any coupons that I get from clipping services too, so that they are easy to find.  For me, I file them away by company name/product name.  I’ve tried it other ways and this just makes it easier.
  4. Get to know your buying trends. Even though it seems that you may be scattered and just buying what looks good or what is on sale at the store, trust me – you do have a buying pattern or a trend list.  For me, I know that there are 8 to 10 items on my shopping list that almost never leave my list.  Some of mine include: Milk, egg substitute, coffee creamer, cheese….Figure yours out and look for those coupons to add to your stock.  Recently there was a $1.50 off of Smart Balance milk in the Sunday paper.  This is a good coupon…so I stocked up on the coupon through a clipping service.  If it goes on sale, I will have cheap milk.  If the store puts out a Publix store coupon, I’ll have free milk or money back and if neither of those things happen in the next few months, then I will have cheaper milk.  Either way, my savings is great for something on my trend list.
  5. Go to the store with a list.  Even if it’s on a sticky note, don’t go to the store unarmed.  This gives you a reminder of what you are there to buy.  Stick to it and it will help you avoid the splurges.
  6. Know your store coupon policy. I know that all the blogs say this, but it is helpful and it bears another mention here.  If you know the policy, you will feel empowered to use your coupons.
  7.  Be patient with yourself.  Your knack and skill for this will get better as you do it.   I promise.  Start thinking about where you are going to put all of your items in your stockpile….because I know that you can do it.  It’s going to happen!

Publix Grocery Savings for Feb 06 – 83% Savings!

February 6, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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This week, there were great savings on Kraft Singles and Shelby Chicken Chili Mix kits that I couldn’t pass up!  The chili mix kits are an easy go-to when you want something to warm you up or a fun topping to your hot dog and they were a great savings with the $1 peelie off each of the chicken kits!  Who says the State Fair only comes once a year!  Give me a chili-cheese dog please!  And…only another week or so that the Publix store coupons for Kotex and Scott Paper Towels are good…so, I am taking this great opportunity to add $1 Scott jumbo paper towels (a luxury in my house) and .20 cent Kotex tampons and pad products to my stockpile and to the donation box.  The more I see these savings….the more I realize how EVERYONE can live on a budget without sacrificing quality products.  You just have to believe you can do it…I KNOW you can do it.  So..83% savings is pretty good this week.  I wonder if Ican do better next week?  Publix Grocery Shopping Coupon Savings for Feb 06

Publix Grocery Savings for Feb 02 – 79% Savings!

February 3, 2011 by · Leave a Comment
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This weeks sales gave me the opportunity to stock up on some great Morning Star soy products. I am hoping that this BOGO sale will last my family until the next cycle (usually, every 6 months this products goes to BOGO at my Publix). In the least, it gives me a great protein to add to my meals for only $1. The totals were still a 79% savings (give or take a few cents) but I went over my $40 a week budget to make this purchase to do it. I know that I will make up the savings in other weeks….but also know that this kind of savings – to add a great protein for the vegans and semi-vegetarians in my family – is one that I can’t pass up on! Publix Grocery Coupon Savings

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