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Every year my hubby and I go on a little trip to the grocery store and fill up a grocery cart with lots of non-perishable food items. I know, we should do it more than once a year but when the holidays come, it’s like our yearly reminder to get on it!
Anyways, after this past year of learning the couponing ropes, I decided to put some work into couponing for charity. I wanted to be able to give more, yet only being able to afford about the same as we’ve given the past couple years… And what do we do when we can’t afford things we want? We coupon. Woot!
Our local grocery store had some good store coupons making canned goods about $0.48 each. With these, we were able to stock up on tomato soup, chicken noodle soup, corn, peas,and green beans. For now. We also got a good deal on flour and sugar but of course coupons limited my quantities (this time around) and so this was our trip for the day. We’ve got a couple more trips to go, some more coupons to clip, and then we’ll be taking our visit to drop it off at the food shelf.
I guess my point of this post is to inspire you to give back as well. And even if you feel like you don’t have much to give, there’s still things you can do to get there. Such as couponing! Just because you get it for less, doesn’t mean that it tastes any different!
Now I did a little research about things that food shelves are really needing right now. Here’s a list in case you decide to go shopping And in case you don’t have a clue where your nearest food shelf is, don’t worry – I’ve got you covered there too! Find a food shelf near you.
General Food Items:
- Whole grain rice
- Canned fruit (in its own juice)
- Raisins or dried fruit
- Canned vegetables
- Canned soups
- Tomato or spaghetti sauces
- Olive or canola oil
- Dried beans
- Peanut butter
- Powdered milk
- Canned tuna, salmon or chicken
- Bean soups
- Chili beef stew
- Baked beans
Nice Holiday Items:
- Turkeys/Hams (call ahead beforehand to make sure they take these)
- Boxed potatoes
- Green beans
- Cream of mushroom soup
- Pie filling
- Pie crusts
- Feminine products
- Baby wipes
- Toilet paper
Think about it, it’ll make somebody’s season much brighter.
Yesterday I had some time on my hands so I decided to take extreme couponing into my hands again. I’ve found a really great site for finding the best deals out there at any given time. It’s CouponMom.com – you’ll have to set up an account (so worth it) and she will send you a daily email of today’s hot deals. It’s seriously my favorite.
Now once you’ve created an account and signed in, visit the stores by state page. There you’ll be able to pick your store of choice and it will give you a big breakdown of the current specials and coupons that are out there to make items a low, low price. This is so awesome because you can scroll through the page and see what is on sale, and also what coupons to use to make the prices even lower. On top of that, she also tells you where to find those coupons to get that lowest price. Are you in love yet? You should be. This is amazing.
So, once I found all the coupons and discounts that I needed, I hit the road. I got all my items (more or less, some were out of stock, people beat me to the punch!) and hit the checkout lane. When all was said and done, I saved $35 on my whole trip! Which meant I only spent $75. It would have been lower but DH called with a couple things we needed that I didn’t have coupons for (dangit!) Not bad though, right?
Anyways, I ended up with lots of shampoo, conditioner, body wash, deodorant, hamburger helper, macaroni and cheese, Ragu sauces, Covergirl makeup, Suave hair products, laundry detergent, toilet paper, pop, some Halloween candy, a kids Bingo game, a furnace filter, reading glasses, diapers for a friend, apples, candles and a new desk calendar. Not. Too. Shabby!
One more extreme couponing tip that I have picked up (because I spent this shopping trip at Target) is this: When shopping at a retailer, pair your store coupons with your manufacturer coupons. I know this might seem basic, but it’s the best way to get lots of discounts on one product and some people don’t realize you can do it! I had a Target $0.50 off a Suave product and I had a manufacturer coupon of buy 2 Suave products and get $1.00 off (if I remember right). So with the two coupons, I got two products and $1.50 off them. I believe the items I got were $1.84 so I got two products for $2.18. It’s not a whole lot but it’s almost like getting one for free. Imagine doing this trick with high value coupons – you can save a lot!
If you have any couponing tricks to share, please do! I’m all about learning some new tricks
I had no idea what to call this post, so the title ‘this, that and the other’ came to me. I’ve been having a busy, crazy week so far so there’s lots to pack into this post. Whew! So here goes.
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Couponing has been a strong effort lately! After watching ‘Extreme Couponing’ episodes over and over, I’ve picked up on some good tips. Maybe you already know them, but for me it was brand new so I had a lot to pick up.
A) Shop on double-coupon days. Your couples will double and some items can even end up to be free!
B) Keep an eye on your local specials. The key is to pair local store discounts with the manufacturer coupons to get the best price.
C) Make a filing system of your coupon inserts. For me, this meant getting file folders and hanging folders to keep my coupons organized. Every Sunday, label a file folder with the date and put your inserts for that week in there. That way, if a store has a special that you can use an older coupon on, you’ll be able to find it. You can find these specials when you use coupon blog sites like TheKrazyCouponLady.com or Fantabulously Frugal. Follow them on Twitter or Facebook to get instant updates.
As I keep learning more, I’ll share. But if you have tips too, leave them in the comments. I definitely want to hear them!
On top of other things, my husband surprised me with a pink bow and arrow for our anniversary. It is really cute! And I’m pretty good at it too Minus breaking one arrow, I’ve hit the target almost every time. But don’t give me too much credit, I’ve been standing relatively close – about 15 yards close. We’re going to practice some more this weekend too, I’m excited to get better at it! It takes a lot of arm strength so that is my biggest hurdle right now. I’ve got to build up some arm strength before I get really good at it. Which is good, because my arms need shaping up anyways
In more fun news, we bought a new car. Did I mention that yet? I don’t think I have. We bought a new Volkswagen DH loves it, and it’s pretty good on gas mileage too. It’s been perfect for us, and we got a great deal on it! Win-win!
Alrighty, well this girl is plum-tuckered out. So happy tomorrow is Friday! I am also counting down the days until Black Friday, by the way. My favorite holiday of the year!!
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Alright girls, you’re going to rub your eyes and re-read this over again when I say it, but here goes. When I came home yesterday from shopping, my husband was watching the football game clipping coupons. Clipping coupons! Can you believe it? I almost had to take a picture to remind myself of this moment forever – as it now held a special place in my heart.
The moment was ruined shortly after, when he showed me the savings he’d clipped and he proudly held up a ‘Depends’ coupon.
I mean, I’m married but does that mean I’m so old that I can’t hold my bladder?
He busts out laughing and says he thought I’d get a kick out of that.
Har. Har. Funny.
On the plus side, he did find many *practical* coupons that he clipped. What can I say, I taught him well? I’m so proud that I now have a partner in crime!
Does your husband get into couponing with you? How’d you sell him on it?
Ever since I started extreme couponing (if you could call it that! lol) I have become obsessed with these money-maker deals. They are my favorite, and for good reason. Now if you have no idea what money-maker couponing is, it is basically where you use coupons and sales to score items for free with money still left over! This is huge because you get the item(s) for free plus more money towards your purchase of other items. LOVE it! Sooo, naturally I’ve made it my mission to seek out these deals and snag em for myself! But I also want to share the opportunity with you because they are awesome and well worth it! So without further ado, here are some of the current money-maker deals that are running right now! Get ‘em while they’re hot!
1. Free Skintimate, Schick and Softsoap at CVS. Use the sale prices, coupons and promotions to score this hot deal plus make $3! I’m not going to even start to explain, but MojoSavings.com does an amazing job. Props to her!!
2. John Frieda Products at Rite Aid. Using a $10 rebate plus four $5/1 coupons from SS 5/6, you’ll get $25 worth of free product plus make $3.04! See all the hard details at the Krazy Coupon Lady blog.
3. Cascade dishwasher products at Walmart. Use $1/1 any Cascade coupon from 7/3 P&G insert and get the product for free plus make $.03. I know, it’s not a huge moneymaker but you get the stuff for free! Kwitchyerbellyachin. See more details on this deal at Samplesnfreebiesndealsohmy.com!
4. ReNu Sensitive Solution deal at CVS. I’m a little angry that I don’t have a closer CVS for all these amazing money-maker deals, but I’ll get over it. Make $0.11 plus get free product when you use some hot coupons, The Krazy Coupon Lady explains how.
To prove my frugality, I have to share the deal I got yesterday. I went into Walgreens equipped with their July coupon book coupon ($3/2 Carefree pantyliners) and walked out with two packs (qty 20) for $.08! I know, you should be impressed. I also used the Skintimate coupon that everyone was raving about last week for $1.00 off products (where Walgreens had them already on sale) and got the shaving cream for $0.99! Let’s just say that the old hubby was very impressed with my buys. Not that he could use either one, but I think he was pretty proud of my coupon use improvement.
If you have any hot coupons, leave them here and share them with us!