Super Bowl Party on a Budget


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Join me on MeWe! See everything I post. Your friends too! No censorship. No tracking. The best part is live chat! Chat with me or other members in real time. Easy signup here. I'm loving this so far. The best part? It's always FREE!   Super Bowl Party on a Budget     We always have two big parties a year. There’s our Welcome to Hurricane Season party, which you would understand if you’re an insurance adjuster, and then there’s our annual Super Bowl party. The Super Bowl … [Read more...]

Why Do I Use Coupons? Here are My Top 10 Reasons


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Why Do I Use Coupons You Ask? People that don’t understand the benefits of them, often ask me why I use coupons. “Why do you spend all that time just to save a couple bucks here & there?” I often hear. The truth is, there are a lot of reasons. The biggest one I say is that I don’t just save “a couple bucks here & there,” I save a Ton of bucks Everywhere! For those of you who think it isn’t worth it, or that it doesn’t really save you money, let me give you my top ten reasons I use … [Read more...]

Stamp Out Hunger On May 10, 2014


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Stamp Out Hunger On May 10, 2014 This Saturday, May 10, don't forget to leave a bag of non perishable food items for your letter carrier to pick up! This will make the 22nd year for the annual Stamp Out Hunger event brought by the NALC-National Association of Letter Carriers.  More than 1,400 NALC branches in just about every city, state and territory will have letter carriers, family members and thousands of volunteers out and about to help collect, sort and distribute the cans, boxes and … [Read more...]

Emergency Fund Saved The Day For One Wiz Kid


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Emergency Fund Saved The Day For One Wiz Kid Emergency funds are one of the most important things you can have in your household. Even when paying down debt, you want to have a baby emergency fund with at least $1000 in it for those unexpected expenses. Wiz Kid Catherine Johnson had one of those experiences recently and luckily had her emergency fund there to save the day. She was kind enough to share her story with us and how she was able to get through the horrible event that happened to … [Read more...]

Looks Like the Wiz is Waitin’ on a Woman!


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In 20 minutes this afternoon, and with 3 small words ("it's a girl"), the overbearing testosterone levels at the Carothers home seem to have been neutralized. While I have always been completely indifferent to whether we have a boy or a girl, I would be a liar if I didn't say my head is spinning tonight. "There's two things I know for sure. She was sent here from heaven and she's Daddy's little girl". The words to Butterfly Kisses have echoed through my head all afternoon. I see a future of … [Read more...]

Get Paid To Shop? – How I Do It


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How I Get Paid to Shop Do you want to know how I get paid to shop? I started mystery shopping a year ago and have really enjoyed it! Below is a synopsis of one of the companies that I currently perform mystery shops for. BestMark Mystery Shopping offers a variety of “shops” that you can sign up to perform. Depending on your geography, they have shops available for restaurants, retail stores, casinos, financial institutions, hotels and resorts. I have personally performed multiple mystery … [Read more...]

Damaged Groceries, Are You Buying Them?


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 Are You Buying Damaged Groceries? Why would we buy damaged groceries when perfect food is all around us? I recently watched a show on the Food Network called The Big Waste. Four of the networks' popular chefs were challenged to make a gourmet meal made entirely from trash and feed it to a room full of people including, but not limited to, politicians, well known chefs, sports figures and actors. Trash? Yes trash or at least that's what it was considered to be by the grocers and the … [Read more...]

Saving for Success


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Saving for Success, Guest Post By Ashley Kaforey I struggled finding that perfect article for you all to read, as I have so many different hobbies & passions that I’d love to share. I figured what was best, since this is the beginning, is talking about where I came from before coupons to where I am now. I figured it’d be best for you all to know me, and know where my integrity lies. In 2004, I became a mom to my very first little girl. I was young, scared, and alone. I thought for … [Read more...]

Couponing – No Throat Punching, Today I’ll Make An Exception!


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No Throat Punching While Couponing We all have bad couponing days and us Wizard's are not exempt.  I am the original author  of There Is No Throat Punching Allowed In Couponing, but today was close to being the exception. I didn't hit anyone, I promise, but I have to say I was extremely annoyed today! Hubby is flying home from Mexico to start his days off and he won't be home till late tonight. We will really only have one day of the weekend together so I wanted to get everything done before … [Read more...]

Bake a Cake with Toddlers? Here’s How


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How to Bake a Cake with Toddlers This was my first and final attempt to bake a cake while the triplets are awake. What started out as a great idea, soon turned into a huge mistake! Here is a play-by-play of my attempt to bake a cake with toddlers. Remove toys out of the oven. Turn on oven. Get out bowl, spoons, measuring cups and ingredients. Remove 12 Lego blocks, 6 toy cars and a barbie doll from kitchen table. Measure out 2 cups of flour. Remove Bella's hands from the flour. Wash flour … [Read more...]

Calgon Moment at CVS


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One Wiz Kidz Calgon Moment Special thanks to Lisa Hebert for sending this to me. I did get a good laugh at her expense. Great Calgon Moment! I know you get a lot of complaint emails, mean emails, etc. Well I thought I would give you a laugh at what happened to me last Sunday! I went from a lump in my throat, to almost in tears, to heart pounding, to laughing! lol Here goes....Enjoy my ummm "experience" lol So Sunday morning, I go into CVS , I get my Herbal Essenses and my box of Zantac. I … [Read more...]

Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive 5/12


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Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is Saturday May 12, 2012. Help celebrate the 20th year of Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive. Letter Carriers across the country in partnership with the US Postal Service, will be collecting food for families in need. You can help by collecting non perishable food items and placing them by your mailbox. Together we can help to stamp out hunger. Donate items like canned vegetables, soup, meats, fish, bottled juice, pasta, cereal and rice that do not require refrigeration. … [Read more...]

Library – Remember Those?


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Remember the Library? I grew up in a town with a beautiful library. I remember going after school, on the weekends, even during the summer I'd volunteer to read at story time for younger kids.  This is coming from a definite bookworm. We are all about the electronic (me included) downloads and eBooks, but have you thought about your local libraries lately? Do your children even know where they are? I made a point to join our local library shortly after we moved last summer. I knew they had … [Read more...]

You’re Never Too Old for an Easter Basket


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  My earliest childhood memory is at three years old. I remember my mom calling me to come out to the living room to search for my Easter basket. Within minutes, I discovered that the Easter Bunny had hidden it behind a curtain in the living room window. In it was my very first stuffed cat, which I still have by the way, and on that fateful Easter Sunday, a cat fanatic was born. Old Easter Traditions Growing up through the years in Syracuse, my brother and I always looked forward to … [Read more...]

Couponing, How It Lessened My Grief


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Couponing Lessened My Grief How has couponing helped you? This is one weird way it's helped me. I was out of town last week for a family emergency and one of the things that kept me sane was helping my cousin to learn how to coupon. She has four little kids, she’s a stay-at-home mom and her husband was just cut down to part-time hours. Not good. So, we started talking about couponing and other ways to save money. Because her 2 year old is developmentally disabled and needs her constant … [Read more...]

Wildest Coupon Ever Used


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My Wildest Coupon Ever As I sit back and think about all of the coupons that I've used, one sticks out in my mind as the wildest coupon and best coupon. Before I tell you what it was for, let me give you a little background. It was June 1996, barely 18 years old, when I headed for a weekend of fun to Reno, NV with my, then boyfriend, of 6 months. We weren't even old enough to legally gamble so we went to Circus Circus and played the carnival games. On To My Wildest Coupon We checked into a … [Read more...]

Couponing Experiences – Here Are My Best Ones


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My Best Couponing Experiences My favorite couponing experiences are the times when I walked out paying nothing out of pocket! I remember the free allergy medicine at Dollar General, the free Tylenol Precise at Rite Aid, and free Herbal Essences at CVS. These are some of the deals that really got me hooked on couponing and when I realized that it is actually possible to walk into a store and "purchase" items with no cash out of pocket. Friendly Store Employees Good cashiers can really make … [Read more...]

Week of FREE from A Wizard


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My First Week of Free Have you had a week of free? Or maybe a day? In some discussions and postings that the Wizards have done lately we have been talking about questionable things or unknown mistakes with our couponing, or things we did wrong and we didn't know it when we first started out ~ Our Dirty little secrets! I am, if this is possible, overly ethical, with my couponing since I've been a Wizard (not that I wasn't before, but there was a margin of error when I was learning) so I was … [Read more...]

Dirty Little Secrets from A Couponer


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What are your dirty little secrets? As couponers - we all have moments where we shop without coupons, right? Maybe you need something for dinner and don't want to fuss with looking for coupons. Well, I have a couple of dirty little secrets that may get me in trouble with David. Dirty Secret #1: It is almost the end of February and I have no budget. Things just got crazy at the end of January and we never got around to sitting down and figuring it out. Dirty Little Secrets #2: I will … [Read more...]

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