Spend $100 without Coupons? Sometimes You Need To


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Spend $100 When You Need To No matter how long you've been living the coupon lifestyle, sometimes you just need to spend $100. When you are a beginner couponer you join all sorts of websites and social networking pages. You're like a sponge, soaking up every bit of information you can get your hands on. It's OK. We have all been through it! Couponing is very exciting, especially when you get your first batch of free items. I have been religiously following The Coupon Wizards since our page … [Read more...]

Walgreens – Just A Normal Thursday


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My Walgreens Trip Ready for my Walgreens trip? I am sure I am not the only one who waits with baited breath for my postal carrier!  Living in Minnesota, I have to wait a bit longer than other Wiz Kids to get my Insert Insanity order, but there are some advantages to that.  We live in a community where we only have two Walgreens, Hy-Vee, Target and Walmart. When there are really good deals, they get scooped up quickly when coupons come out due to the lack of stores we have here. BUT, by … [Read more...]

Wireless Internet? Keep It On Lockdown!


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Keep Your Wireless on Lockdown Wireless Internet at home? We all tend to second guess putting our credit card numbers or personal information on the internet. However, when it comes to internet security, a lot of people will not think twice about having their wireless router unsecured. When I moved into my apartment I went out and got a wireless router since my primary computer is a laptop. I tried to set up a password and ran into a bit of a problem. Instead of doing the "smart thing" and … [Read more...]

Coupon Burnout? It’s Okay To Take A Break


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Do You Have Coupon Burnout? Do you have coupon burnout? Well, do you have a large stack of unclipped or unfiled inserts? Are all of your coupons in your binder expired? Are you letting the deals slide by and just tossing the ad flyers straight into the circular file? Do you just roll your eyes at the mention of another free toothbrush or a stock-up of toothpaste? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you may be suffering from "Coupon Burnout." When we start couponing, it's easy … [Read more...]

Couponing, Three things I wish I knew when I started


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When I Started Couponing... After almost a year of couponing, there are a few things I wish I had known when I started that I realized along the way! Here are my top three lessons I've learned: Couponing Lessons You never need to pay for certain items. Don't even bother getting them when they are cheap or close to free - wait until they are free or a moneymaker deal and then stock up! This includes items such as toothbrushes, toothpaste, pasta sauce, pasta, cold medicine, allergy … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Seeing My Children


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Military Blues Vacation I have been a mother for 10 years and have three sons. Being a mother his hard & has its share of military blues. To then compound it with being a military spouse, well that makes it even harder. I found a new appreciation for single mothers because even though I'm married, this is what I have become much of the time. This beautiful ring on my finger is at times, my only reminder that I am  not alone in this life. I fill my boys' lives with pictures and … [Read more...]

Catalina, What Is it and How Do I Use It?


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Do You Know What a Catalina Is?   If you are like me, you probably received a Catalina or two in your life and simply threw them away without even looking at them. After all, who knew a store would give you money to spend later just for shopping? I'll break it down for you in this post. What is a Catalina? A Catalina (Cat) is a printout that you get at the checkout after you pay at participating stores. Depending on your purchase, they can be advertisements, coupons, rebate forms, … [Read more...]

Wiz Kid, It Pays to Be One, Literally!


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It Pays to Be a Wiz Kid Nothing makes me happier than when I receive an email from a Wiz Kid letting us know that they have had a big haul or that they have paid off their first debt. Well, with the exception of one thing.  I love it even more when I find out they have taken advantage of an offer I posted and have actually won money! Back in December, Wiz Kid Elaine Spink won a $500.00 American Express Gift Card for her participation in the Nielsen Homescan program. Elaine had only been in the … [Read more...]

Budgeting, How It Got Me Behind the Wheel WITHOUT Buying a Car


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Budgeting for Expenses Are you budgeting for emergency expenses? Last February, I was driving home from work when the upper ball joint on my car broke as I was driving down the road. If you've never had this happen, it's SCARY!! If it had happened one mile later, I probably wouldn't be typing this today because I would have been driving down the highway at 65mph rather than going about 20 because the stoplight had just turned green. That week, we bought a 1997 Grand Am from a local … [Read more...]

Surprise Savings from Wizard Melissa


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My Surprise Savings UPDATE: Because I follow The Coupon Wizards, I found out later that I shouldn't have done this. Both were manufacturer coupons from Kingsford so I wasn't allowed to use all of those coupons. To use all of them and follow the coupon terms (every coupon says "not to be combined with other coupons"), I would have had to buy 8 bags, using 4 $5/1 and 4 of the meat. Oops! Ready for these surprise savings? Remember the killer Kingsford charcoal coupon for $5.00 off any sized … [Read more...]

Couponing – How It Has Changed My Life


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How Couponing Has Changed My Life Ready to hear how couponing has changed me? As I sat here this week and did my taxes, I also went through all my receipts. You see, I keep every receipt for every purchase I make and put them in an envelope by month. At the end of the year I go through them and toss what I no longer need. What really struck me this year is the realization of how my spending habits have changed. Last year at this time I was spending $850.00 a month on groceries and saving … [Read more...]

Military Blues: Sometimes You Can’t Win


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Military Blues Military Blues & couponing are often combined. I recently planned out a shopping trip to my local Commissary. Everything was great, my running total as I walked through the store was on task and on budget. I was so proud of myself! When I got to the register, that is when everything went downhill. Here is my story.. You always have to be on your A-game when you get to the register. I don't watch, as some do, as my items are being scanned. The main reason for this, is I … [Read more...]

How The CVS ExtraCare Bucks (ECBs) Work


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How CVS ExtraCare Bucks Work You may have seen us post about CVS ExtraCare Bucks (also called ECBs for short). If you are new to couponing at CVS here's how it works: CVS's loyalty program is called ExtraCare and when you enroll online or in the store you will receive a CVS ExtraCare card. You must have this card to receive any possible ExtraCare Bucks. The card not only allows you to receive special sales prices on certain items, it also allows you to receive ECBs in return for purchasing … [Read more...]

$16.50 ECBs Going In, $16 Coming Out


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ECBs Coming & Going I was talking to some of you on the wall Sunday about my CVS trip & ECBs (Extra Care Bucks) plan. Luckily, everything was in stock when I got there. I know, that's a rarity, but I guess I went early enough. I was naughty though and didn't stick to my plan. I came across that Reinventing Beauty magazine and just had to have it. I see other blogs do matchups with coupons from that magazine in it, but I've never been able to snag the elusive publication myself. Until … [Read more...]

Commissary – Why I Shop There All the Time


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Why I Shop at the Commissary As a current or former member of the United States Armed Forces, you are well aware of your commissary privileges. We know that shopping there saves us money every time we shop. But why? The reason for this is that DeCA (Defense Commissary Agency) has contracts with all the companies that they carry stock for. They negotiate with the companies to get their products at cost, or as low to cost, as they possibly can. This translates to immediate savings to you, the … [Read more...]

Stockpiling, How It Can Save A Dinner Disaster


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How Stockpiling Saves Dinner How does stockpiling save me? Keep reading. Among the wizards, it is widely known that I don't cook and they love to pick on me about it. I can cook, however, I choose not to. In our house when my husband is home he is in charge of the cooking. When he is gone we still have to eat so I'm forced to cook, but I usually keep it pretty simple. One of the reasons I don't like to cook is that I get easily distracted and don't tend to stay in the kitchen and keep an … [Read more...]

Real Men Coupon – Do You?


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Real Men Coupon So do you think real men coupon? The male ego is sensitive. We may believe we are macho and that we have "thick skin," but the truth is, we care. We care about what others think of us and we care about what our spouse thinks of us. It is an interesting dichotomy when couponing is brought up. Let's face it, it's not necessarily the most popular locker room conversation at the gym after your early morning workout. You probably aren't talking about it around the water cooler or the … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip – Jessica Kills It


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Jessica's Magical CVS Shopping Trip I hit up CVS today since I only had one child with me. I found a great clearance deal on Pampers Cruisers Big Packs on my CVS shopping trip. I started out with $11 in ExtraBucks from last week. Total before coupons $134.26 total OOP (out of pocket) after coupons $34.81. CVS Shopping Trip Transaction #1 Sparkle 8-Roll Paper Towels - $5.00 (8) Ladies Speed Stick - $1.99 Used (4) BOGO Speed Stick Coupons from (SS 1/29) Coupon scanned at $3.99 making … [Read more...]

Military Blues – We Wives are Not Alone


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Military Blues & Wives Are you facing the military blues? Let's face it. Life is tough. Things are not always what they seem. Just one more day. Three of my all time favorite statements, that I tend to tell others on a very repetitive basis. But what do I tell myself? The life of a military spouse is, to say the least, complicated. We tend to show the outer world that we have it all together. We are strong on our own and independent in our own nature. Weakness is not an emotion we … [Read more...]

Rite Aid – Understanding UPs & My Shopping Trip


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My Rite Aid Trip I’m a Rite Aid girl! It is my drug store of choice for couponing. The one thing you really need to understand to make shopping there successful is Rite Aid UPs. These are “store dollars” you earn by buying certain items. They are in essence a coupon that can be used to cover your out of pocket costs after regular coupons. I break down below, some of the most common questions. How Do I Earn Rite Aid UPs? You must have a Wellness Card in order to get the advertised sales … [Read more...]

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