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Print Your Coupons
The end of the month is just two days away. Print your coupons before they're gone. New coupons will be listed on November 1, 2010. I've printed some favorites and will hold them in hopes of a sale. Print this one out for some cheap sugar: Smartsource: Dixie Crystals Sugar $0.75/1 This will double to $1.50 at both Lowes Foods and Harris Teeter. The last time I had this coupon, ...
Kraft Shredded Cheese for $0.88 a Bag
I've told you before and I'll tell you again- I LOVE cheese! I don't think I go a day without eating some type of cheese. And usually I have 6-8 different types in my fridge at a time. Cheese is pretty pricey so anytime I can get a good deal on it, I stock up. This week there's a great deal going on at Lowe's Food stores. So here's the steal: All bags of shredded Kraft Cheese are on sal...
Harris Teeter Super Doubles!!
It's happening again! Harris Teeter is doing “Super Doubles” from November 3-9. With plenty of advanced notice, now's the time to gather all your high value coupons so that you are prepared next Wednesday. For those of you that are new to couponing, “Super Doubles” means that they will double any coupon up to $1.98. However, the upc barcode on the coupon must begin with a number ...
LEGO Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle
So my little "Harriet Potter" has been having a BLAST with the PS3 Lego Harry Potter game and as if that wasn't enough, my In-Laws got her the coolest Lego set around. It's the Harry Potter Hogwarts Castle! This isn't the ordinary "Lego" set that I grew up with. This Lego set has hinges and doors, flames on torches, stairs that swivel, and much, much more. It's AMAZING! My In-Laws had as...
Happy 5th Birthday, Emma!!!
My baby is turning 5 today. She is SOOO excited about this age, and the fact that the dentist told her 2 days ago that her two bottom teeth were loose. I keep telling her she's going to look like a jack-o-lantern but she doesn't seem to mind:) I received the Picaboo book in the mail yesterday and it's all wrapped up and ready for Emma to open up. It came out REALLY nice. Can't believe I...
Free Picaboo Photobook!
I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK. I'm a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma's birthday party from last year. I've always loved scrapbooking but can't seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbook...
How to Get 5 Packages of Cheese for $3.38
I LOVE cheese! I should have probably been born a mouse:) It's one of those foods that I can eat every single day and I never get tired of it. I was thrilled to get 5 packages of it at Harris Teeter for only $3.38 today. I picked up 4 bags of shredded cheese and 1 package of Cracker Barrel Cheddar slices. All of them were on sale. The shredded cheeses were on sale 2 for $4 and the...
Groupon: Top Deals for September 3
I LOVE Groupon! I purchased 3 different ones this year.  The first was for a 90-minute massage from Massage Envy for only $49 (Retails for $114).  The second one was for a Gap store certificate for $25 (Retails for $50) and the most recent one was for Papa Murphy's Pizza.  This one was only $8 and it retails for $20.  Someone's having pizza in the next couple days! Here's the list of th...
Vita Mix Blender – The Kitchen Appliance No Home Should Be Without
I've got to be honest with you. I hate infomercials. I also don't care much for sales Kiosks where fast-talking snake oil salesmen wearing headset microphones attempt to mesmerize you with their clever words and trivial knowledge. In fact, the Vita Mix blender Kiosk at our local Costco had been up and running for several months before we finally approached it during one of our latest visits. Prior...
Today Only: Get $50 Worth of Gap Apparel for ONLY $25
Groupon is having a wonderful deal today. You can get $50 worth of Gap Apparel (including sale items) for ONLY $25. This deal is valid at all the Gap Stores. Don't miss out- you can use this for back-to-school shopping or even for holiday gifts. The certificate is valid for use through November 19, 2010.

Free Picaboo Photobook!

Posted By: Elena on October 17, 2010 in Savings Opportunity, Uncategorized - Comments: 1 Comment »

I just found out from My Baton Rouge Mommy that Picaboo is offering new customers a FREE large Classic book from October 15 to 25th by using code FALLBK.

I’m a little behind on my photobooks these days, so I spent the day today working on Emma’s birthday party from last year. I’ve always loved scrapbooking but can’t seem to find the time lately. Making a photobook is similar to scrapbooking whereas you choose pictures, backgrounds, text, borders, etc. I’ve made about 4 of these books for Mark and Emma in the last 5 years. Emma loves looking at them from time to time.

Grab one for yourself now…you’ll be happy you took the time to make it.

Please note that the cost of one 20-page Large Classic, Classic Leather, or Classic Custom photo book (up to $39.99) will be deducted from the order total. If the book contains more than 20 pages, you will be charged for the additional pages. Ground Shipping runs around $9 and takes 3-5 business days for delivery.

Thanks Baton Rouge Mommy!

Tax Free Shopping Week

Posted By: Elena on July 28, 2010 in Savings Opportunity - Comments: No Comments »

Tax Free shopping time is approaching. Below is the list of states that are participating this year. Click on your state for additional information.

Alabama August 6-8
Connecticut August 15-21
Florida August 13-15
Georgia – not participating –
(go HERE for more info)
Illinois
August 6-15
Iowa August 6-7
Louisiana Aug 6-7
Maryland August 8-14
Mississippi July 30-31
Missouri August 6-8
(some cities/counties excluded)
New Mexico August 6-8
North Carolina August 6-8
Oklahoma August 6-8
South Carolina August 6-8
Tennessee August 6-8
Texas August 20-22
Virginia August 6-8

-Thanks to Kerry for sharing this list!

FREE Backpack from Staples

Posted By: Elena on July 27, 2010 in Ebates, Savings Opportunity, Staples - Comments: No Comments »

Staples has an AWESOME back-to-school backpack deal going on through July 31st.

Buy ANY backpack and get 100% back in a Staples Gift Card after easy rebate. Limit 1 per customer.

Online, you can see 4 available backpacks ranging from $39.99-$99.99. If you live near a Staples store, I’m sure you’d be able to have a larger variety to choose from. But for those that don’t, check out these FREE (after easy rebate) backpacks:

To earn a little extra “cash” for your online purchase, create an Ebates account today and you’ll earn $5 cash or a $10 gift card just for signing up, 2% cash back for your purchase in addition to your FREE backpack:)

5 Ways to Stretch Your Food Dollar

Posted By: Elena on April 7, 2010 in Coupons, Savings Opportunity, Savings Tips - Comments: No Comments »

Here are 5 great ways to stretch your food dollar by Rayven Perkins.  She has spent 9 years finding and implementing unique cost-cutting tips that allow her family to live comfortably as a one-income family.

The cost of food is going up, but you don’t have to spend more of your hard earned money on less food to feed your family. There are many grocery saving tips that all moms can utilize to stretch that grocery dollar as far as it can go.

Get a Game Plan
The most important grocery saving tip is all about planning. Before you go to the store, have a list written out with exactly what you need on it. Organize your list by store category, and do not shop when you are hungry!

If you can manage it, leave the kids with the husband or a friend and shop alone. Try to stick to the perimeter of the store for the best foods and prices, and when you do find a good deal, stock up!

Owning a freezer can be a good investment for times when you find deals too good to pass up. Buy as much as you can afford and store.

Use Coupons; Get Refunds
Don’t assume that there is so little money to be saved by using coupons that it is not worth your time. These days you aren’t saving a quarter on a tube of toothpaste by using a coupon, you’re getting 10 tubes of toothpaste for free.

There is a hidden art to successfully using coupons and refunds to your advantage. The main points to think about: use a coupon in conjunction with a sale. Often, this makes the item free, or pennies on the dollar. Buy as many items as you have coupons for.

Discount Food Providers
There are plenty of places to get food for frugal meals, you just sometimes have to think outside the box. In many communities across the country, a program called Angel Food Ministries is providing low cost boxes of food, designed to feed a family of four for a week, for around $30, no income qualifications needed.

And you can even get food – organic food- for free or at a heavy discount in many areas. Try volunteering at your local CSA (Community Supported Agriculture) or organic food co-op. Often, an organizer or someone willing to help harvest vegetables will get a discounted or totally free box of food.

Recipe Stretching Techniques
Want some frugal meals? Here are some great cheap meal ideas. Stretch your grocery dollar by stretching your food purchases. Instead of buying chicken breasts, go for the whole bird. It’s usually less expensive than the breasts alone, and can provide you with 2-3 meals.

Try using half the amount of ground beef called for in a recipe, and fill in the space with other quality foods. For instance, if you are making tacos, use half the meat and add in a cup of cooked rice and a can of diced tomatoes. Now you have Taco Rice, a filling and delicious meal!

Add a couple extra cans of beans to chili and half the meat. Or try slicing up onions, green peppers, zucchini, and even carrots to add into spaghetti.

Making sandwiches? Try adding more lettuce and tomato and less turkey. It tastes better, costs less, and you are getting even more nutrients.

Grow Your Own Food
Probably the best cheap meal ideas come from one’s willingness to grow their own food. Stop playing farming games on the computer and put that time into actually growing something at your own home!

It doesn’t matter if you live in the suburbs, the country, or even an apartment, it is possible to grow some, if not a good chunk, of your own food if you are willing to invest the time into it. It also makes a great family project.

Utilizing bio intensive farming methods, or square foot gardening, most people are able to grow at least their salad needs from a 4×4 foot square garden bed. The more room you have, the more vegetables you can grow.

And for the truly adventurous, why not try raising backyard chickens, or meat rabbits? A half dozen hens will bring you a good supply of fresh eggs (no rooster needed) and one female rabbit can produce 600% of her body weight in edible meat per year.

Plus, they take up very little space. Rabbits can be raised on a balcony, and their droppings make excellent fertilizer for your garden.

Though not all these methods will work for every family, there are certainly more frugal meal ideas that you can be implementing to save money on groceries. Examine your spending habits, and see what grocery saving tips you can try.

Find out more about how to stretch your grocery dollar on her website http://www.stay-a-stay-at-home-mom.com/tightwad-living.html

Special thanks to Rayven and Food Review!

Kids Meals

Posted By: Elena on April 6, 2010 in Savings Opportunity - Comments: No Comments »

If you have ever wondered where kids can get a free meal…wonder no more. KidsMealDeals is a great website that tells you where to go and get that free meal. All you need to do is enter your zip code and all the restaurants that are offering a kids deal pop up. Then, click on the actual restaurant that you are interested in and it will tell you what the deal is for that particular place.

This is also a great tool when you are traveling as you will be in a new, possibly unfamiliar area. They have a phone application for the iphone and blackberry that you can download so that you have the information available at your finger tips.

Special thanks to Clippin with Carie for sharing this site!

Year-long Guide to What’s Cheapest When

Posted By: Elena on March 16, 2010 in Savings Opportunity - Comments: No Comments »

The Coupon Queen, Jill Cataldo, of Super-Couponing says that “in addition to the constantly rotating 12-week price cycle at the grocery store, there’s also a year-long cycle in which various products are featured at deeper discounts during certain times.”

She shared a month-by-month guide to all the sale items you should expect to see throughout the year.

Here is that handy guide:

January: Hot cereals, chili, bagged chips and 2-liters of soda. Remember, it’s Super Bowl this month. Much of the year-long promotional cycle for retailers corresponds to key dates and celebrations in the regular seasonal and holiday calendar.

February: Canned Food Month. It’s a great time to stock up on canned fruits and vegetables.

March: National Frozen Food Month. This is the lowest cycle low for frozen foods. This is a wonderful time to stock up, especially if you own a second freezer!

April: Natural and organic. Because Earth Day is held in April, there are many promotions on natural, healthy and organic products.

May: Summer lead-in promotions will bring good prices on anything barbecue- and cookout-related, because Memorial Day is approaching. Look for good prices on condiments, ground meat, burger patties and buns, paper plates and salad dressings.

June: National Dairy Month. This month marks the lowest price points for dairy products in the year-long cycle. While it’s not easy to stock up on milk or ice cream you can at least enjoy lower prices on milk, cheese, yogurt and ice cream in June. Remember to bring those prices down even more by using coupons.

July: Mid-summer promotions feature more of the same items featured in May. Look for more deals on condiments and meat (steaks and pork chops, especially) and deals on charcoal, bug repellant and soda.

August: Breakfast focus. Look for good prices on cereals, frozen waffles and toaster pastries. School supply deals will be in full swing, too.

September: Back to School and National Organic Month. School lunch snacks (pudding cups, fruit snacks, granola bars) will all be on sale. Packaged lunchmeats and cheese will take a price dip here, too, as will many organic products.

October: Frozen Food Festival is the second cycle-low for frozen foods. Note that it’s exactly six months after National Frozen Food Month! Baking season begins here, too, and we’ll see sugar, flour, baking products and cake/cookie mixes on sale.

November: Hot beverages. Tea, coffee and cocoa will all be on sale. Canned soup will also take a nice dip in price. And, of course, anything remotely Thanksgiving-related will be on sale, too: stuffing mixes, cranberry sauce, pie crusts and the like.

December: It’s party platter month! Deals abound on cold cuts, cheeses, crackers, chips, dips and anything related to entertaining. Hams will drop in price, as will potatoes, both regular baking potatoes and sweet potatoes.

I would recommend keeping this list in your coupon organizer. This way, you know which items to look for on any given month and when it’s a good time to stock up on a specific item.

Special thanks to Jill Cataldo for this wonderful list!

I Just Saved $49.38 in Less Than 8 Minutes!

Posted By: Elena on January 19, 2010 in Savings Opportunity, Savings Tips - Comments: No Comments »

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There are savings opportunities everywhere, you just need to find them. Yesterday I received a hospital bill from a recent surgical procedure that Mark had. The letter had a very important sentence that caught my attention.

“This account may qualify for a prompt payment incentive.”

I LOVE incentives so I called to inquire about it. If I paid my hospital bill over the phone within 10 days of the bill date, I would get 15% off the total bill. This is a bill I had to pay for anyhow, so why not save almost $50 by paying it over the phone? It took me 7 minutes and 49 seconds from the time I made the call until I had my payment confirmation.

Talk about EASY savings!!!

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