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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.

The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half: Review

Posted By: Elena in Coupon Mom - Comments: No Comments »

I recently checked out The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half by Stephanie Nelson from the library. I was interested in learning new couponing tips from the “famous” Coupon Mom. Her book was definitely helpful and had a lot of good points.

She thoroughly covers her website (couponmom.com) and all the services she provides through it in the book. I have since signed up for her “grocery alerts” in the grocery coupon database and was pleased to receive my first one this week.

Here are the tips/information that I found to be most useful in this book:

  • In reference to grocery store ads- “You can be reasonably sure that front-page items are deeply discounted.

I always look through the grocery store ads wondering what is a TRUE “steal” vs. what is just being advertised for $0.02 less than usual. It’s nice to learn that the front-page has those items that have true deep discounts. Maybe I’ll just focus on the front page from now on:)

  • “Making one well-planned shopping trip per week is the key ingredient to slimmer grocery bills.”

I totally believe this.  I know that every time I step into a grocery store, I’m going to spend money.  Regardless of how much, each time you spend a little, it begins to add up to A LOT.  By planning your trip and going once a week, you should be able to slim down your total spending.

  • “Manage leftovers: One shelf of your refrigerator needs to become the Leftover Holding Area, where surplus ingredients await their next chance to grace your table. For the average family of four, eliminating food waste translates to at least $50 per month in grocery savings.”

I’m definitely more aware of this now and have been making Wednesday (that’s our garbage night) our leftover night as I like to clean out the fridge that day. We all eat different things, but avoid wasting food. And, it gives me a break from cooking in the middle of the week.

  • “Consider the face value on a coupon as merely the starting point.”

I LOVE this one.  It is so true!  I used coupons in the past for their face value and now that I have learned to combine sales with coupons and to stack coupons, I realize that the face value, is definitely JUST the starting point.

  • “Think of coupon use as part-time employment. If you can save $50 a week with one or two hours of planning, that’s not a bad hourly wage for a “job” that requires no performance review and is entirely recession-proof!”

So true.  I’m always so excited when I get home from the grocery store and I have a receipt that’s the length of my arm.  This means many coupons were deducted and I saved LOTS of money.  When I spend $50 and save $80, it definitely feels good.  And although I’m not getting “paid” to save, I know I am saving our family lots of money that can be applied towards other things we need.

If you are looking for more tips and information about couponing, I would definitely recommend The Coupon Mom’s Guide to Cutting Your Grocery Bills in Half, her website Couponmom.com or her You Tube videos (see Coupon Mom in action).  I think even “varsity shoppers” can learn from this wonderful couponer!

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