Wednesday, September 30, 2009
Monday, September 28, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Albertsons is running a 3-Day Sale this weekend starting today (Friday 9/25) and lasting through Sunday. (9/27)
Dannon Light & Fit $.39
Avocados $.79 each
Albertsons Brand Canned Veggies or Tomatoes $.49 each (limit 8)
Here are a couple of scenarios for your doubler coupons that were in this week's ad:
(Note: most stores have extra ads up by the registers. You can only use 3 doublers per transaction but some cashiers will let you do multiple transactions at once, or do what I do and take your husband shopping with you to do a 2nd transaction! Just make sure he doesn't add a bunch of random things to your cart to up your bill!)
Campbell's Soup at Hand - 10 for $10.00
Use $.50/1 from the 8/30 Smart Source insert
Use 1 doubler ($.50)
Final Price: FREE!!
Bagel Bites $1.99
Use $1.00/1 HERE
Use 1 Doubler ($1.00)
Final Price: FREE!
There is also a big Kellogg's promotion going on this week where if you buy 10 you save $10 instantly. The Krazy Coupon Lady has some great coupon match-ups for this promo HERE where you can get some very cheap cereal and/or bars! Plus, most of these items qualify for the Kellogg's Fuel for School promotion (buy 10 in a single transaction, receive a $10 rebate by mail.) Go HERE for details on this promo.
Tuesday, September 22, 2009
Buy 3 Packs of Huggies Pure & Natural Diapers = $11.00 each
Use the following coupons in this order:
- $5 off $25 coupon HERE
- (1) $2.00 off coupon from Rite Aid HERE (have to sign up & watch a video ad first to get the coupon)
- (3) $3.00 off coupons from SmartSource HERE (you will need access to 2 computers to print 3)
Total Out of Pocket: $17.00
Keep your receipt and go online to Rite Aid's rebate site HERE and register for their program. Enter your receipt information and submit for rebate #4 ($10.00) You will receive a Rite Aid check in the mail for the $10.00 good on your next purchase at any Rite Aid.
TOTAL: $7.00 for 3 packs of diapers!!
**If you have access to 2 more computers you could print 2 more of the $2 video coupons for an additional $4 off if your store allows you to use all 3. It says on the coupon limit one per customer, but I have heard some people had success using all 3 though so it might be worth a shot. Quite a bit of extra time to watch the videos and register 3 email addresses, but it would make the diapers only $1.00 per pack!
Thanks to Frugal Chic Living!
Thursday, September 17, 2009
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
-Target Deals and Freebies from Stretching A Buck: Click HERE
-Safeway Deals from The Good Deal Gal: Click HERE
-Albertsons Deals from The Krazy Coupon Lady: Click HERE
Need to stock up on Tomato or Chicken Noodle soup? Campbell's is running a great unadvertised Catalina deal where you can get 30 cans of soup for about $.20 each! Check out the low-down on this deal HERE. Even if you don't have enough of the $.40/4 coupons from the paper last weekend that they talk about in the post, it is still a great deal! Thanks Frugal Living NW!
Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Walgreens also has a bunch of "FREE" or almost-free items this week too, such as: Free Vitamins, Nail Polish, Listerine, Etc!! Head HERE to check out some postings from Deal Seeking Mom's blog of the great deals this week at Walgreens!
UPDATE: I guess this is a coupon that will be mailed to you, not a printable coupon.
GO HERE NOW! Supplies limited and coupons like these do not last long so get yours now! This will make for some VERY cheap diapers! I haven't personally tried Luv's yet, but I think now might be a good time to buy a pack!
Thanks Money Saving Mom!!
Saturday, September 12, 2009
1. Cut the Starbucks Addiction - I too was once a Starbucks junkie, and while those lattes are oh so tasty and comforting, they are also oh-so-expensive! It was hard to cut it out but when I realized how much we were actually saving each week by not going it was astonishing! I am not asking you to quit drinking coffee all together, you can make your own coffee at home for a fraction of the cost. We buy flavored coffee creamer to add to our home brewed coffee and I have actually come to prefer this over Starbucks in the mornings.
It really does add up: 1 grande Starbucks mocha = $4.16 with tax. Multiply that x 5 (mon-fri) = $20.80/week. Multiply that x 4 (weeks per month) - $83.22. Multiply that x 12 (months per year) = $998.40! Ok now, if you and your spouse have the same addiction (just like we did) multiply that x 2 = $1996.80/year just on 32 oz of milk, coffee and flavoring 5 times a week! YIKES!! Plus we usually went on the weekends too! We do still go out for coffee every now and then but it isn't every day anymore and we have seen a huge savings from this.
2. Drink Water & Bottle Your Own - Here in Washington we are lucky enough to have some of the cleanest tap water in the nation. Cut out buying bottles of water and just fill a re-usable one every day. Not only is this environmentally sound, it's wallet-friendly too.
Also, try and drink water instead of juice or soda. Juice is loaded with sugar and even diet soda is loaded with salt, so your health will likely benefit as well.
3. Go to the Library - Instead of rushing out to the bookstore to buy that newly released book for $25, rush to your local library instead. The library probably got a couple of copies too and you can borrow theirs for free. You can also borrow DVD's from the library for free and you get to keep them for a week, so you can stop heading to the video rental store too!
4. Rent Videos Online or from Redbox - If you are a family that likes to watch movies a lot, like us, it isn't very practical to spend $3/night for one movie at Blockbuster. You can head to any Redbox location and rent movies for $1/night. Netflix is a great option as well. It has a monthly fee but if you watch enough movies it is totally worth it and they have a lot of movies you can watch online as well.
5. Invest in an Entertainment Book - These books are worth the investment if you live in a city or suburb. The cost totally pays for itself over and over with the coupons inside. Our family eats out a lot and this was a way for us to eat out at 1/2 the cost plus try out new restaurants we wouldn't have normally tried before. There are also great coupons for discount movie tickets, retail stores and grocery store coupons! I bought my 2009 book pretty late in the spring so it was 1/2 off the normal cost + free shipping. With all the coupons we have used we have saved well over $100!!
I also trade coupons with other book holders via craigslist. There are several coupons in the book for places we probably would not go to so I put up an ad on craigslist to trade coupons for ones we would use!
6. Get Rid of the Land Line - Do you use your cell phone more than you use your land line? Ditch the land-line and use your cell as your primary phone line. This can save you quite a bit of money per month. Or if you can't do that, call your cable provider and ask what kind of packages they can offer that bundle your cable, internet and phone for one bill per month. Our provider actually gives us the land-line for free as part of our package. Since this is only on a special for 1 year we will call them and cancel the line as soon as the special ends so we don't have to pay the monthly fee.
Another option is to cut the cable all together and watch your favorite shows online. Most networks have their primetime shows loaded onto their websites and you can watch them for free. This is not something we will do in our household unless times were to get really tough, but it is always an option.
7. Brown Bag Your Lunches - Eating lunch out costs anywhere from $5-$10 each day. If you bring a sandwich or dinner leftovers from home for lunch just 2-3 days per week you will see a substantial amount of savings over the course of a year.
8. Walk instead of Drive - With gas prices skyrocketing it will save you money to walk or take the bus whenever possible. I am fortunate enough to live pretty close to the grocery store so when I don't have a lot to buy I will pack my daughter into the stroller and walk there. I can load the groceries into the stroller and then walk home loaded to the brim! There is a very large hill on the way home but I just see it as a way to get in a good workout. This way I don't need to pay for a gym membership either, which also saves over $30/month.
9. Dye Your Thumb Green! - Having a small garden is an excellent way to cut money on produce year round. You can grow your own fruits and vegetables and freeze what you can't use for the winter months. Don't have room for a garden? I would love to have a larger area in my yard for a garden, but alas, I don't, so I have a couple of planters on our patio where I grow tomatoes, peppers, strawberries, basil and garlic. It isn't much, but remember, every little bit helps! Buying a tomato start at the home store for $1.99 is better than spending $2.99/lb at the grocery store.
10. Price Check and Avoid Impulse Buying - When you have a large purchase to make, do some online research before running to your nearest department store to buy it. Find out where you can buy the same product for the cheapest price. A lot of the time you can find online coupon codes and sales that make big purchases cheaper to buy online, even with shipping costs. One of my favorite websites is http://www.pricegrabber.com/ it searches the internet for you and tells you where you can find the best price online. Also, have you considered possibly buying the item used? My husband and I are big fans of craigslist. I think the best purchase we have made from there is our couch. We found this couch at Costco and loved it but didn't know if we could afford it. We happened to check craigslist and got really lucky. A guy had bought the same couch at Costco, brought it home but it didn't fit in his living room. I am not sure why he didn't just take the couch back to Costco but we bought it from him for $60 cheaper and didn't have to pay sales tax either.
Alternatively, ask yourself, "Do I really need this?" or "I need this, but do I really need it today?" Maybe you can hold off on buying it for one week or one month, or maybe even one year. With all the money you are saving, you probably will be able to afford it in a few months or you may decide after living without it that it actually isn't something you really do need.
Was this post helpful to you? What are some of your money saving tips? Leave a comment!
Head over to The Krazy Coupon Lady's post HERE to see a list of all the coupons! I better get my coupon stack in order today to gear up for clipping tomorrow!
Thursday, September 10, 2009
Another great e-newsletter you can sign up for is Magazines.com. They very often have awesome sales on magazines and send out coupon codes in their e-newsletters as well.
PLUS, every few months they send you a $5 gift card good on any subscription OR you can redeem it for cash! Yep, just follow their instructions in the fine print and you will receive a check in the mail! I signed up a couple of months ago and just this afternoon got my first $5 gift card email. I filled out the little form and will await my $5 check, only because I really don't need any more magazines at the moment!
Go sign up HERE now and get in on the next gift card deal! (The email sign up is in a box on the bottom left corner.)
- $1 off 1 Keebler Fudge Shoppe Cookies. Print HERE. Pair with a sale and get them free or almost free!
- $1 off 1 Betty Crocker Potatoes. Print HERE. Same as above, free or almost free with sales!
- Plus, don't forget about the $2 off Healthy Choice Entrees coupon HERE. These are on sale at Safeway this week for $1.99 each when you buy 5. Print 2 of each coupon and then use a separate computer to print another one and get 5 meals for FREE!! Even if you don't have a 2nd computer to print coupons on $2 for 5 meals is still an excellent deal!
Frugal Chic Living confirmed that there will be 3 Doubler's in this Sunday's paper for Albertsons!! (Thanks!)
- Coffee-Mate Creamer ($1.00 off 1) HERE
Wednesday, September 9, 2009
E-Coupons are kind of new in the coupon world, but they are a great new resource for savings. You can log-on, register your store savings cards and then load coupons onto them. Those coupons are stored on your card and then when you buy the item the coupon comes right off the total, no paper coupon needed!
E-Coupons for your Safeway card:
The best part about this? You are able to use a paper coupon and the e-coupon on the same item! I am not sure why this is because they are both manufacturer coupons but for the time being the registers allow the paper coupons to be used along with the e-coupons.
Save Money for College (more e-coupons)!
Save money for college for you or your child or anyone you choose with Upromise! This is a GREAT company to sign up for because it is totally free. Basically you earn money on your purchases when shopping online, eating at restaurants, buying gas, travel, real estate and groceries. Its awesome! You can also load e-coupons onto almost all of your grocery savings cards and the money you save with the e-coupon is deposited into your Upromise account. I have only been a member since May and have already saved over $70 for Naomi's college fund! Go to www.upromise.com and sign up today.
From the looks of it I will be hitting up Albertsons for some Old El Paso enchilada sauce today so I can make my yummy tortilla soup recipe and then Safeway has some pretty good prices on the rest of my groceries for the week. I do recommend menu planning for life on a budget. It helps to take away some of the excess spending with last minute trips to the grocery store and just throwing in the towel and getting take out! (We have struggled lots with this in the past!)
**Oh and I got my free Fiber One samples and coupons in the mail yesterday, just in time for the Target sale going on this week! I went last night and scored 1 box of bars, 1 box of pancake mix, 1 box of muffin mix and 1 box of toaster pastries for only $0.51 per box after the $5 gift card I got for buying 5! That is a steal for Fiber One products!!
Thanks so much to The Good Deal Gal for posting the great deals this week!
Tuesday, September 8, 2009
Here is what I spent:
Whole Foods - $23.80 (Produce, Earth's Best kid food, Pirate Booty!)
Safeway - $2.96 (Kashi Cereal & a Bounce Dryer Bar)
Albertsons - $3.49 (basic grocery needs)
First Fruits, Wenatchee - $11.00 (Peaches for Naomi and 2 Fresh Peach Shakes!)
Total: $41.25 ($1.25 Overbudget) Plus, we ate out a few times and went to the state fair, which means it was kind of a bank busting kind of week.
For a family that has NEVER used a budget for groceries before it went pretty well, but I am still trying to figure out a way for us to both eat out less and spend less on eating in and out! I am going to keep the envelope system going and see if I can hammer it out somehow. I have also challenged my husband and I to eat in for the entire week. I'll update you next week to let you know how it went!
Feel free to comment with how you did this past week!
Monday, September 7, 2009
Friday, September 4, 2009
Just a quick post to let you all know that we will be out of town this weekend to celebrate the end of summer with our family in Leavenworth. I will have access to the internet but please forgive me if I am not as quick with posting! I do still plan to give you all a budget update on Sunday as well!
I hope you all enjoy this last long weekend before fall!
Thursday, September 3, 2009
GO HERE to sign up for your FREE Fiber One cereal sample and a FREE full size Oats & Chocolate Bar! Plus, you will also receive $5 worth of Fiber One coupons!
Personally, I LOVE anything that is Fiber One! Their products actually do taste delicious and not super grainy like other fiber products I've tried in the past. Here is a perfect opportunity to try it if you you haven't before!
Step 1: Know the Rules
You are able to use ONE manufacturer coupon per item. Read the coupon thoroughly before using it and know the requirements of it (size of box, quantity). For example, I have gone through a store and gathered a bunch of items for a sale and have my coupons at the ready only to get to the register and realize that one of my coupons was for $1.00 off TWO of that item, not one! Whoops! So read the coupon's rules and go through your coupons every week or so to discard the expired ones.
Step 2: Stacking Coupons
Most stores have a coupon policy that will allow you to "stack" coupons. This means that you can use your manufacturer coupon and use a store coupon for each item. For example, at Target.com they have several coupons that are good only at their stores so if you see Target has a coupon for $1.00 off a product and you have a manufacturer coupon for $.50 off that same item, you can use both coupons and get $1.50 off. This can get even better if you hold on to those two coupons for a while (unless they expire soon) and wait to see if a sale for the same item comes up. *Helpful Hint* It is a good idea to print off a copy of your store's coupon policy and take it to the store with you. You will inevitably get a cashier that does not know the policy and will tell you you can't use both coupons.
Step 3: Know where to Shop
The best advice I can give is to go to multiple stores for your groceries each week. Prices vary by store and a lot of the time if you buy a $2.00 item with a .50 off coupon at one store you may end up getting it for $1.50, but maybe that item is .50 cheaper at a different store and you could have gotten it for $1.00. And maybe that store has a store coupon or doubler available which would make the item only .50! Make a mental (or literal) note of the items you buy most often and how much they cost at different stores, that way when there is a sale or you have a great coupon you can maximize those savings!
However, it is also important to maximize your time. If a store has a great sale going and it is a 30 min. drive away think about the value of that sale. What will you be buying? How much will you be saving? Is it really worth it? If you are going to be buying a bunch of things you use a lot at a super discounted rate then the sale is probably worth the drive. However, if you are only going to save a little (for example, a few cans of free soup) then is it really worth the 1 hour of driving and time spent away from your family for a little free soup? Probably not.
Step 5: Build up a Stockpile
One of the best money-saving strategies is stockpiling. If you come across a great sale on basic necessities, stock up on it! For example, if a cereal your family loves ends up being free or $.50/box, buy 5! That way when you need it you don't end up running to the store and paying full price for it. The things I stock up on are cereal, condiments, soups, and anything I go through a lot of.
Alternatively, when I find a great deal on items that are free but I don't use a lot of, I share the bounty. I recently was able to get 10 free bottles of BBQ sauce at Albertsons. Since our family does not use a lot of BBQ sauce, I kept 3 for us, then gave the rest away to my neighbors. You can also donate items to shelters and help out others in need by not breaking your own bank. Shelters and donation centers are always in need of food for the needy and this is a wonderful way to give back. If you find a deal on free pet food but don't have any pets of your own, go "buy" it and donate it to an animal shelter.
Stay Tuned! In Part 3 of this series, I am going to go over how to play the drugstore game and teach you how to pay little to nothing on your basic toiletry necessities!
Tuesday, September 1, 2009
Have you heard of Swagbucks yet? Basically it pays you to search the internet! Yes - you get paid in gifts and prizes for doing something you already do!
Swagbucks is powered by Google.com and Ask.com and every time you do a search through Swagbucks you have the chance of winning "Swag Bucks". Set it as your homepage and use it for your searches. As you accumulate Swagbucks you can earn different rewards and prizes, for example: 45 Swagbucks will earn you a $5 Amazon.com e-gift card!
But it gets even better! You can also earn swagbucks through friend referrals, shopping, and bonus codes!
Swagbucks just released their new toolbar today that works with IE, Firefox and Safari! Through this toolbar Swagbucks is going to be sending out 1 code per day through the month of September! That means a minimum of 30 Swagbucks this month for you! PLUS, when you sign up you get 3 SB just for signing up, and its always totally FREE!
Just as an example, since I joined in May of this year I have earned over 300 Swag Bucks and have redeemed them for a $10 Starbucks gift card, a $10 Barnes & Noble gift card and $25 in Amazon.com gift cards!
GO HERE to sign up today and start earning free gifts!