Free Seafood At Stop & Shop!


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That's right! If you have a Stop & Shop near to you, you'll want to go get in on this free deal. I scoured their coupon policy and see absolutely nothing about this, and furthermore, when went there today to do the deal, I had no problems at checkout. Well, not a coupon problem. I went to the self checkout and because it was a free item coupon, I needed assistance. One of the supervisors came over (he knows me well) and when I showed him the coupon, he scrolled through my item list, found … [Read more...]

Morningstar Veggie Products Catalina Deal


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Morningstar Products are on sale at Safeway through today 7/2 for $2.99 each (limit 4). There is a $1/1 Morningstar Printable Coupon and a Catalina deal going on too! You will need 2 computers to print 4 coupons. Buy 4 Morningstar products at $2.99 each, use (4) $1/1 Morningstar coupons, pay $7.96 and receive a $3 Catalina! This is a stock up price for our family. Morningstar Farms Veggie Foods Products (between 6/11-7/8) Buy 3, Receive $2.00 Catalina Buy 4, Receive $3.00 … [Read more...]

Talking Nerdy- Grocery IQ Shopping List App for iPhone or Android


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I do use a spreadsheet on my iPad for my shopping trips but I LOVE LOVE LOVE Grocery IQ. I use it to track the things I'm running low on during the week until I can sit down and do my spreadsheet. It's a great FREE app! Before I started using a spreadsheet it was how I did ALL my shopping list. The nice thing about Grocery IQ is that you can scan the barcode of an item and if it's in their database it will load the description for you. You can enter the price (nice for a price book) and … [Read more...]

Know & Carry Your Store Policies


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Do you bring your store policies with you when you shop with coupons? Do you even know the coupon policies for the stores you shop at? If not, this article may convince you to start learning and carrying them. As I’m sure most of you have heard by now, Walgreens has their got2b products on sale this month, buy one get one free at $5.99.  Most of us also received a $3 coupon on any got2b product in our Sunday papers this past weekend. When you combine two of these coupons with this sale, you end … [Read more...]

Prep For A Speedy Check Out


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  When you start couponing check out can be down right nerve racking! You get to the register scared the cashier will hate you. You are worried the people behind you may pelt you with produce if you don't hurry and get out of their way. Then you get nervous that you have everything in order so you don't throw that awesome plan out the window by not having the right coupons at the right time. This is where a little prep work can go a long way, especially if you are doing multiple … [Read more...]

Stockpiling: What’s my Stockpile Price?


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One of the the questions I get via email all the time is: "What's a good price for ......?"  With so many new couponers out there, I understand the frustration when you really don't know when to "pull the trigger".  That's why I created this list of "national average" stockpile prices.  This is certainly not the Bible according to David, but it is a good list for you to use as a benchmark when determining whether or not you should pick up a stockpile quantity of an item, or simply just by enough … [Read more...]

How To Keep A Price Book


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Price books are a way of tracking the prices of items you have purchased.  This is a great way to see what your buy or stockpile price may be for a particular item.  Not only do I track the prices of sales items I buy but of non-sales and non-coupoining items. This allows me to plan my regular weekly shopping trip and know approximately what my cost will be before going to the store. There are a few ways you can do a price book.  You can utilize an app like Grocery IQ, keep on paper or use a … [Read more...]

Starting to Coupon – You Don’t Need Every Deal


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When I was starting to coupon, it seemed to overtake me during my first few months . I was scouring the internet for deals, going to the stores to do one or two transactions, and it seemed that it was consuming all of my time throughout the week.   It's so easy to get caught up in couponing, and the knowledge that now that you know how to do it, you must get every deal you find out about.  But, this is not necessary. It is necessary, however, to revel and be proud of what you … [Read more...]

A Wizard’s Mistake Empties the Envelope


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I made a  mistake.  Yep, Wizards make them too.  I was careless and quick and because of that I really messed up my shopping, and my budget for the week.  Be careful when you are looking around on websites for different deals.  Read the fine print and make sure you are really seeing what's going on.  Be careful. I had seen, in passing (I did not read the fine print, and I hurried through the post, assuming I knew what they were talking about...) the deal on the BOGO Right Guard Men's Bodywash … [Read more...]

Coupon Etiquette – Multiple Transactions


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As you get more experienced with couponing at stores you might consider doing multiple transactions. The reasons for multiple transactions may include (but are certainly not limited to): wanting to purchase more than 4 P&G items and therefore need to use more than 4 coupons (since P&G limits these to 4 per transaction) wanting to use your Register Rewards or Extra Care Bucks from the first transaction on the subsequent transaction needing your dollar limit to be a certain # each … [Read more...]

My Shopping Trip Is Busted Now What?


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  You plan your trip, look at the match up and the sales ad, you make your list, clip your coupons and off you go only to discover your plan won't work. Maybe the store is out of stock, you forgot some coupons or they expired and you didn't notice or what you thought was on sale really isn't. There are a number of things that can go wrong. We have all been there on more than one occasion. This happened to me at Publix very recently. I saw an item on sale in a match up for $1.00, I … [Read more...]

The Best Laid Shopping Plans Have Kinks


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I'm a planner, all my shopping trips are laid out by transactions on a spreadsheet.  My coupons are sorted and paper clipped by transaction.  I have notes on which UP's/ECB's/RR's need to roll into a subsequent transaction.  However, despite all your planning the unknown will eventually step in and throw a kink in your plan. Today is a perfect example.  I had 2 transactions mapped out for Rite Aid.  This would have broken down to being OOP $1.84 before taxes.  Great plan right?  Yeah well it … [Read more...]

Why Is My Total Higher Than I Expected?


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You plan your trip, you use the match ups and you have the coupons you need but your total is higher than you expected it to be. There are a few things that can cause this. If this happens to you consider making smaller trips, they are much easier to control. I added some suggestions for this below. What to look for Did you consider tax on your total? Look at your receipt, some products that we consider food is actually taxable. Did you add something to your cart that is not on your … [Read more...]

Perishable Shopping With Limited Freezer Space or Finances


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  When I ask people what their single largest grocery expense is, aside from diapers and formula the answer is usually meat. I agree, it's my largest expense too. If you are not in a position to stockpile meat due to your finances or freezer space then this little article may be very helpful to you. I used to shop for everything this way. There is just not enough room in a side by side right? The only reason I can stockpile meat is because I do have a freezer now and I am stocked up … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Coupon Shopping Plan is a Bust


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So what do you do when you get to the store and what you were going after isn’t there? Grab a flyer and scan for your life! This week has been a bad week for me. I never did make it to Walgreens earlier in the week as planned and because of that, I ended up with $25 in Register Rewards (RRs) that were going to expire yesterday if I didn’t use them. I grabbed my Shopping Spreadsheet with my Walgreens shopping plan on it and ran to Walgreens. What did I find of course? Just about everything on my … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for a Shopping Trip


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How I prepare for a shopping trip is probably very different from most. I am a paper and pencil kind of girl. Computer spreadsheets are great for some, confusing to me. This is how I get ready for my shopping trips. I first sit down and scroll through the store matchups and see if any of the Best of the Best are things that we need. After writing the deal down and where to find the coupon, I then go through the ad to see if any items that we need are on sale. I like to use a plain sheet of … [Read more...]

How To Read A Matchup


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Matchups are a very important part of couponing.  The nice thing about sites putting out matchups is that they are doing the work for you.  I know in the beginning they were a little confusing to me so we will try to help you thru navigating them. Most sites are different depending on whether they use a plug in or just type the matchups manually.  However, the basic parts of a match will be the same.   It will usually tell you the item on sale, sales price, what coupons are available to use … [Read more...]

Tere’s Shopping Plan for Week of 1/29


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It's the weekend, so that means a few things for me: 1. The weekend is finally here! 2. I can sleep in late instead of worrying about my alarm buzzing early to get up for work. 3. I'm more inclined to eat junk food instead of sticking to my new "healthy way of life" plan. 4. It's time to plan my shopping trip for the new Sunday ad cycles! I search the weekly ads for items that I know my family can use and that I can get at stock-up prices. I try not to purchase items that are not … [Read more...]

My Plan to Save 96% at Walgreens


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Last week I showed you one of my Walgreens trips and how I use my Shopping Spreadsheet in conjunction with it. I mentioned to you that I prefer to roll my Register Rewards (RRs) each time I go in rather than using those on purchases I don’t have coupons for or expensive items. This week I’m going to show you what I mean. The last week, after my 4 transactions during that week, I ended up with $59 in RRs. This week I’ve created my transactions to do in order to roll those RRs into new RRs. … [Read more...]

Rain Check Strategies: Save Huge Dollars with a Rain Check File!


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Read this entire article.  It will save you HUGE dollars!  How many times have you spent time preparing your shopping list, preparing your spreadsheet, clipping your coupons and driving to the store only to realize that once you get there they only have 1 of the 10 items you were shopping for?   Not cool.  Not cool at all.  Certainly I read all the comments from frustrated Wiz Kids about the shelf clearing in their area.  I agree. There is nothing more frustrating than going to the store for … [Read more...]