Friday, August 29, 2008

Remember no coupons on holiday weekends

There usually aren't any. There's talk of a small insert, so just look before you buy a bunch of papers.

Now that you have your system...

Let's talk about what to do with it.

First you have to clip coupons. I go to the store every Sunday and buy two double AJC's. Which means I will get 4 sets of coupons. Now if you're family is smaller than mine, I would only get one. You can also print lots of coupons online. You will have to check with your stores to find out if they take internet coupons. It's important to find out the policy before you go in. Find out if they double or triple or take competitors and if so which ones. Some Publix stores will take Target q's (coupons) and some wont. Also, when you are at the store and you pass a blinkie machine or tear pad, grab some coupons and save them for later. Also check in the front of the stores. For instance Publix had a great little booklet for summer. I ended up getting shout for $.49 a bottle with those coupons. Grab as many as you think you will use and hold on to them until When I get home with the papers, I put on Army Wives on Sunday nights and start clipping. Now I have ZERO interest in trading coupons, so I don't clip what I wont use. I don't have time to do that. I will give a plug for my friend though. She taught me all of this and she has started a coupon clipping service, so if you don't need the whole paper, you would come out cheaper paying her to clip the ones you need.

Ok, so now you have your coupons and they are all in your binder. What to do? 1st, I would pick your battles ie. Stores. I don't have time to surf the web constantly for all the best deals. So I have picked three stores that I go to every week. They are CVS, Kroger, and Publix. So I sit down with the paper (or get the ad online at Hot Coupon World) and pair up the sales with the coupons. The best was to take advantage is to buy in bulk. Which is why I like to have 4 sets of coupons. So if something is on sale at Publix for B1G1 free, that means it's half price, plus my coupon, I will buy several. Usually however many coupons I have.

I started with couponmom, because she tells you not to clip them but to staple the books and put the date on them. Then she pairs up the sale with the date of the coupon. It's a good way for beginners. But it's very true that if you clipped the coupon, you will remember that you have it. And the important thing is to always have your coupons with you. When you see something on clearance, you can pull out your book and get it even cheaper. Yes, you will feel silly carrying this huge binder in to the store. But when you walk out having saved a ton of $$, you wont care anymore. :)

So, that's a lot of info, but don't be afraid. If I can do it, anyone with half a brain can. Because I definitely don't have even half of one these days. The goal I have set for myself is to always save more than I spend without buying things I don't need (unless it's free, then I will donate it.) It's totally doable and then some with a little planning.

Getting started with coupons

For those of you who aren't familiar with the couponing game or those of you who need a better system, this is for you. A step-by-step "How to get your binder started" lesson.

You will need:
***3 ring zippered binder (splurge on this. It's so worth it.)
***Avery photo pages for your binder
** Scissors
** Index cards (for labeling)
** 3 dividers
** Any coupons you already have

Here are some pictures of mine so that you can have a visual...

This is my binder

These are the pockets inside the front cover

First page

Store section

Here's how I have it organized...

In the front pockets I have, receipts (keep them all for a while,) scissors, tear pads (more on those in a minute,) "other" coupons ie. out to eat, recreation, etc., calculator, pens

Here's a list of my sections and each tab in the section:

First page-

  1. This week (all the coupons I have pulled out to use this week)
  2. Refile (this is for when I am in the store and decide not to use a coupon)
  3. Checkout (when I physically pick the item up and cross it off my list, I move the coupon from "this week" to "checkout" to make the process easier. And because I am OCD about this. :)

1st divider:Store Section (for coupons that are specific to a store)

  1. page 1: Target, Kroger, Publix
  2. page 2: CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid

2nd divider: Grocery (you will want to change some categories to what you need but you'll at least get an idea)

  1. cheese/butter, yogurt/pudding, milk/eggs
  2. lunchmeat/packaged meat, refrigerated breads and desserts, frozen meals
  3. frozen fruit, Frozen pizza/appetizers/sides, ice cream/frozen desserts
  4. Frozen breakfast, Protein/Weight watchers products, Dips/salsa
  5. soup, bread, cereal
  6. canned veggies, canned fruit, bars/snacks
  7. boxed meals, rice/sides, pasta/sauce
  8. boxed desserts, crackers/chips, peanut butter/jelly/syrup
  9. salad dressings/marinades, condiments, baking/spices
  10. organic boxed, organic dairy/meat, organic frozen
  11. juice/drinks, candy/gum, produce

3rd divider: HBA (health and beauty aids)

  1. Diapers, Wipes, Baby wash/shampoo
  2. shampoo/body wash, razors/shaving cream, deodorant
  3. lotion/soap, facial cleansers/moisturizers, makeup
  4. toothbrushes, toothpaste/mouthwash, feminine products
  5. pain relievers, first aid, pain & itch cream/drops
  6. cough/cold/allergy, tummy stuff, vitamins

4th divider: Household

  1. paper goods, laundry, dishwashing
  2. cleaning, dusting, bathroom
  3. floors, sanitizers, bug stuff
  4. office/school supplies, batteries, storage
  5. rebates, several extra pages

All for you magazine at Walmart

This magazine (available only at Walmart) has tons of good coupons in it each month. This month it also has a survey to fill out and make $10. It's $1.77, definitely worth it.

$10 off $40 at Walgreens- TODAY AND TOMORROW

Monday, August 25, 2008

Kroger Deals

Nabisco To go's (Teddy grahams, oreos, chocolate chip) $1 plus .75 off two Nabisco
10 @ $1
- 3.75
$.63 each!!!

Orville Redennbacher's popcorn
$1.65 each plus .40 that double
4 @ 1.65
- 3.20
$.85 each!!

Hunts' pudding 10/$10 plus .30 coupons that double
$.70 each!!

Cottonelle .99 plus .50 coupon that doubles

Garden of Eatin chips 2/$4 plus .75 coupon off 2
Health Valley organic cereal bars 2/$6
Both of these qualify for a Barnes and Noble gift card. $5 when you spend $10, limit 2. More details

Loreal shampoo and styligh products (including kids)
Kids shampoo/conditioner $1.49 plus .74 coupon
$.75 each!!

Dannimals drinkable yogurt $2.50 plus .50 coupon that doubles
$1.50 for 8pk

Don't forget your Sarah Lee free bread coupons!!

Register your Kroger card on and get $10 off plus other coupons on your card.

CVS trip tonight

Transaction #1
2 stayfree ultra 2/$9 (used b1g1 free coupon)
5 propel waters 5/$5
Revlon nailpolish 5.99 B1G1 free (used 2 $2 off coupons)
2 covergirl lipgloss 1.49 each (clearance-used 2 $1 off coupons)
4 colgate toothpastes 3.29 B1G1 free (used 4 .75 coupons, plus 1 CVS $1 off colgate)
Kotes ligthdays 1.49 (.75 coupon)
2 CVS hand sanitizer 2.79 (used 2 $2 off cvs coupons)
Nivea lotion 7.99 (used $1 coupon)
Nivea moisturizing tanner (used $1 coupon)
4 trial sized clean and clear .99 each (used 4 $1 off coupons)

OOP: 20.85 plus tax
Received 14.49 in ECB's

2nd transaction

2 boxes of zipfizz energy packets (30 each) 5.99 each
used $12 in ECB's
Received $11.98 in ECB's

Total remaining ECB's $14.47

Thursday, August 21, 2008

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Video Now for $10

Check out your nearest Tuesday Morning store for video now's for $10. They have different colors and games too for 1.99

This week's CVS trip

Here we go...

Bandaids 2.99
Bandaids 3.99
Bandaids 3.29
Sun silk mousse 4.49
Sun silk gel (free B1G1)
Diet dr pepper (12 pk) 2.75
Diet dr pepper (12 pk) 2.75
Diet dr pepper (12 pk) 2.75
Diet Sunkist(12 pk) 2.75
Diet Sunkist(12 pk) free (B4G1)
2 6pks slimfast 6.49 each
Jergens natural glow 1.75 (clearance)
Huggies sunscreen 3 bottles @ 2.24 each (clearance)

Total 47.12 (somehow I came out over 50)
$10 off $50
3 $1 off bandaid
2 1.50 off sunsilk
18 in ecb's
Total out of pocket: 13.12 plus tax
Earned $9 in ECB's
Total: 4.12 plus tax

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Monday, August 18, 2008

Most ever savings at Publix!

I think this is my best so far..... spent 62.91, saved 133.07!!! Most of the deals that I got were on the fiddleleedee website that I posted, check it out!

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Free family festival

Family Festival

Saturday, August 30, 2008, 10 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Sunday, August 31, 2008, 10 a.m. – 5 p.m.

Galleria Gardens, located in the office complex behind the Galleria Mall, on Cobb Parkway, just inside I-285, northwest of Atlanta.

CVS today

9 pks of playskool wipes 2.50 each
1 bottle of Johnson and Johnson shampoo 2.99
alavert 5.99
2 pks of CVS after sun wipes .49 each
2 tubes of CVS sunscreen .19 each
a ped egg 9.99
2 bottles of lamisil athlete's foot spray 7.59 each

$10 off $50
$2 off CVS skincare
$1 off CVS sunscreen
2 $2 off lamisil
$4 alavert
$4 off $20 in playskool items

Total w/ tax 25.18
Minus gift card balance 1.96
Total OOP: 23.22
ECB's: $18

So I spent 5.22 today and the ped egg was an unplanned expense.

Thursday, August 7, 2008

Shower cleaner at CVS

The automatic shower cleaner is on clearance at CVS. I found it for 75% off so it was 6.25. With my $5 mfg coupon, I got it for $1.25 which I paid for with my ECB's. Check out your CVS!!

$5 off at CVS


Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Monday, August 4, 2008

Awesome CVS trip!

Here's what I got...


1 Oral b toothbrush
4 crest toothpaste
8 pks of mechanical pencils
6 pks of index cards (buy one get one free)
4 bottles of pert plus (free!!)
2 sure deodorants
1 cvs lip balm (free!!)
4 cover girl foundations (free!)
4 more cover girl products(blush, concealer, powder, tinted moisturizer) FREE!!

I used...
-$10 off $50 coupon
-4 of the buy one get one free cover girl (stacked with the buy one get one free CVS deal)
-4 $.75 coupons for the toothpaste
-1 $1 off for the toothbrush
-4 $2 off for the Pert (stacked with the Buy one get one free CVS deal)
-free lip balm CVS coupon
$17 in ECB's

Total out of pocket...... 53 cents plus tax!!!
Savings $141.73
ECB's earned- $7.50

Sunday, August 3, 2008

3m $$-maker

ETA: I went to Walmart today and couldn't find any $1 items. I will keep looking and post when I find something. Let me know if you find something too!

Use this coupon for $3 off 2 items. At Walmart the post it flags are under $1 each. You will need to buy more during your order to offset the overage.