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...]

Spouse Coupon With You?


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Does Your Spouse Coupon with You? Does my spouse coupon with me? Well, he does not 'grocery coupon' or go to the market with me and frankly I am OK with that. I have an efficient system that works very well for me and any deviation costs me time and in some cases money. His interest in groceries go as far as eating them. The biggest problem is that he likes to push the cart and that just messes me all up! What my husband does do is support me. He shares my shopping adventures with his … [Read more...]

Small Town Stores, Why I Love Shopping In Them!


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Shopping Small Town Stores Since we've been on the topic of best and worst shopping experiences I thought I'd share the joys of shopping small town stores. I know we all tend to use the major chains since you get some of the best deals, but don't count out your small local stores. I've been able to score chicken leg quarters for $0.39 a lb and Kraft BBQ sauce for $0.48 with NO coupons from local stores. I've recently discovered the joys of using a small town pharmacy. I dread filling … [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...]

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...]

Coupon Cupid Spreads the Love


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Coupon Cupid   It's Valentine's Day and spreading some Coupon Cupid Love is a great thing to do to show others that you care about their savings! We have heard her called the "Coupon Fairy"~ but today, he's the "Coupon Cupid" (Try saying that three times in a row!) . I love to spread coupons around! Give someone a coupon while they are in the checkout line. If  they are getting frustrated with how long it's taking you, or if you know you have something they could use, offer them … [Read more...]

Couponing Out Of A Crisis


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Couponing Out of A Crisis Have you ever engaged in couponing out of a crisis? I've gone through times in my life where I have been extremely poor. Enduring this has given me resolve to work hard, budget fiercely and make sure that my children never have to worry about the household being without.  Now we are not rich by anyone's standards, but we are very comfortable. We have what we need and some of what we want. We are also 2 bills away from being debt free, except for the house. This is … [Read more...]

Whitney Houston Dies at 48 – What’s Your Legacy?


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Whitney Houston Legacy As I was sitting here preparing for the huge onslaught of papers tomorrow, the news broke on the TV that singer Whitney Houston died today at the age of 48. It seems like only yesterday that Michael Jackson passed away and now this. Both singers are icons from my childhood. I have listened to their music as an adult. It is almost surreal when you hear news like that. It also forces you to stop and think. What would the report sound like if it came across the news: … [Read more...]

Savings, Talking About It Spreads Like Wildfire


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Talk About Savings to Help Others   I challenge Wiz Kids to try this... Post a photo of one of your stellar shopping trips, or list your savings from one in your Facebook Status. How many of your friends make comments saying "How did you do that?"  " Where did you get the coupons?" "I want to do that too!" In response to your picture? Just the talk of "couponing" sparks a wildfire for so many. People listen when someone tells them how they can save money, because they want to do it … [Read more...]

Kindness Really Pays Off


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Kindness Always Pays Off Do you spread kindness? Last Saturday I needed to get some stamps, so while I was out, I stopped at the post office. I was telling the window clerk about the great service I was getting from my carrier and that I really appreciated it. The clerk was kind of taken aback by the comment at first, but then asked where in town I lived. The clerk said, you know, I think your carrier would like to hear about this. The clerk handed me a form to fill out. It more or less looked … [Read more...]

LASIK Surgery, My Personal Experience


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My LASIK Surgery Experience Have you been considering LASIK surgery? Ever since I was in elementary school I have worn glasses or contacts. I was so excited when I got to high school and I switched from glasses to contacts. But even those were irritating and a pain to deal with every day. I tried many different brands, but never really found the one that worked best. So about 5 years ago, I saved my tax refund and decided to get LASIK. It was honestly one of the best investments I ever made … [Read more...]

Skechers – Shame On You! I am Not a Happy Camper!


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Not Happy with Skechers While I happily stood behind Brita with their rebate debacle last week, I am not so fast to back Skechers.  Brita truly had an issue that was beyond their control and was not necessarily culpable.  This company, on the other hand, has had numerous issues nearly identical to this one in the past.  In fact, they have had so many of them that they felt the need to put a "policy" on their site that supposedly waives their liability for any mistakes their company makes. … [Read more...]

Wizard Michele – Meet Me Today


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Wizard Michele For those of you who are new to our little couponing corner of the world, my name is Michele and I have been "Wizard Michele" since about the beginning of August. I found The Coupon Wizards back in late February, early March, of 2011, and have barely missed a day on the website or Facebook Page, since! It all began with a little research for a client on another couponing blog (long story) and quickly ended when I came across the Wizards. I told my client, “No, no, this is the … [Read more...]

2012 Resolutions with Wizard Tere


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My 2012 Resolutions   Like quite a few people each year, I make a new year's resolutions. Do I normally stick to the resolution? Nope. :) Yes, I am one of those people who hopes, wishes, desires, begs, and prays, but I never complete my part of the deal. How am I ever supposed to resolve something if there is little effort on my part? I tell myself that I will lose some weight, read more educational books, learn how to crochet, stop watching silly reality TV, etc... But, a few weeks later, … [Read more...]

Too Cool to Coupon? Not Anymore!


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Are you “too cool” to coupon?  I used to be! Yes, I used to think only annoying old ladies used coupons.  I thought to myself, I don’t have time for coupons.  All the clipping, organizing, filing, remembering to take them to the store with me, bla, bla, bla…. No thanks! I really didn’t think couponing would make that much of a difference.  I didn’t want people to think I was being “cheap.” I thought I was “too cool” to coupon. When I first heard about The Coupon Wizards website, I honestly … [Read more...]

Wizard Amanda’s Resolutions for the Year


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Amanda's New Year's Resolutions It's the start of a new year and for many of us that means resolution time! However for me it means really nothing more than the day before. People ask me, "What are your goals for the new year?" "Did you make any resolutions?" For me the answer is always, "No." I have never been a good goal maker. In high school every trimester we would be required to write down goals for each class in that current trimester. I always lied and said the most common goals I … [Read more...]

Lauren’s New Years Resolution


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Lauren's Resolution I had to think long and hard about this one this year. But I have decided on a resolution that will be my goal for next year. A CLEAN HOUSE! Well, more like organize and get rid of stuff because it's already clean. Living on my own, it's a lot harder to notice just how much "stuff" I'm accumulating. It was a little easier to have someone else there to keep me in check. It was annoying to hear, but now I realize just how much I needed it! Don't worry, I won't be … [Read more...]

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