Postal Rate Increase Effective January 22, 2012


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Postal Rate Increase The Coupon Wizards do our best to let you know about things that are going to affect your wallet.  This postal rate increase is going to affect all of our wallets so I wanted to do a quick post to let you know about the increase in postage rates that is going into effect on January 22, 2012.  I am not reporting all of them, just those rates that will affect our insert service,Insert Insanity. Priority Flat Rate Envelope    Was $4.95  New Rate $5.15 Priority Flat … [Read more...]

Budgeting On An Irregular Income


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Irregular Income Budgeting David has been giving us some great information on starting a budget. One thing I'd like to throw into the mix is how I overcame budgeting based on an irregular income. Before Saul and I got married, my budget was easy. I make the same amount every pay period and I'm a strict budget-er. Saul gets paid the same day I do, but works 28 on and 14 off. He ends up with a 1 week, 1 week then 2 week check and he had NO budget. This threw me into a panic! The first … [Read more...]

Save Money on Your Satellite/Cable Bill the Wizardess Way!!!


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Save Money on Your Cable Bill Here’s a tip to save money for you! I know a lot of people watch lots of TV, but in our house that’s just not the case. There are, however, a few things on TV that I absolutely can’t do without! That’s my football, House, and Law & Order Special Victims Unit. Not a lot of people are aware of this, but did you know that you can put your satellite service into vacation mode? And it probably works with cable too! And did you further know that there’s this … [Read more...]

This is the Year I WILL Get in Shape


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I'm Going to Get In Shape by Running Every single year I vow to get in shape. Every single year, I don't! This year is different and I will tell you why... I have money on it! Not just money but pride also! This year (actually about 11 weeks from now) I am running in a half marathon. In non-runner's terms that is 13.1 MILES. That's right, you heard me. Now, here is the funny part. I am not a runner. In my past, if I was able to run one mile without gasping and hacking for … [Read more...]

Green New Year’s Resolutions


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Green New Year's Resolutions Did you make a New Years Resolution to "go green" this year? There are a lot of simple ways to have a greener family and household without overwhelming yourself. One of the simplest is avoiding one-use products and getting into the habit of using reusable products like travel mugs for your morning coffee shop cup-a-joe. Each use of a reusable item means one less piece of cardboard or plastic that ends up in landfills. It sounds small but it adds up if 20 people … [Read more...]

Setting up Your Cash Envelopes


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Cash Envelopes System We have showed you that you don't have to rush out and buy a fancy cash envelopes system to help you keep track of your funds. This video is going to show you how you can set up your envelope system to keep track of both your money and your receipts! One thing you will learn from the budgeting webinars is that you will always want to know exactly how much is in your envelope at all times. Something you will learn from the couponing webinars is that you will always … [Read more...]

2012 Goals – Another Step Towards Mine


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2012 Goals - Attack the Closet New for 2012 Goals - I am one of those people that the state of my house directly affects my mood and mental health.  This is a big reason most of my goals for this year will revolve around getting and staying organized.  The master bedroom closet has been an issue for a while.  To use a friend’s description it wasn’t bad enough to get me on Clean House, but Martha Stewart would have cringed! I thought about taking more before pictures, but I knew I would … [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...]

Eating Healthy – The Wizards Weight Loss Challenge


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Eating Healthy Doesn't Have to Be Hard Eating healthy does not mean going without your favorite foods or snacks. There are some very simple changes you can make and still eat the foods you like. Many people eat everything they like and simply take supplements, such as from ActivatedYou, to keep their body healthy. As long as you are eating a balanced diet and putting the right nutrients into your system, there is no need for crash dieting. Plus, crash dieting has a very negative effect … [Read more...]

Debt – If You’re Serious About Getting Out of It, Answer the Phone


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Getting Out of Debt As we continue to work on teaching couples how to work on their household finances & getting out of debt, one piece of advice we can give is:  Answer the phone!  If you are serious about getting out of debt, you need to deal with the problems you have gotten yourself into head on. When I think about the stream of emotions that I used to deal with when I had debt problems, I think I honestly had myself convinced that if I didn't answer the phone, the debt really didn't … [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...]

Homemade Chili Low Fat


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Chili Low Fat   This homemade chili low fat recipe is great year round. It's healthy, you can customize it to fit your own taste and it freezes well. I got this recipe from a personal trainer a few years back and he called it Fat Burning 5 Alarm Chili but it's not spicy so I changed the name. The spices in this chili are known to kick your metabolism up so the more you consume of these spices the better it is for you. Homemade Chili Low Fat Seasoning 1/2 tsp Cumin 1/2 tsp … [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...]

Valerie’s 2012 Goals and Resolutions


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Valerie's Resolutions I don't actually make resolutions for myself each year. Instead, I make goals and I make them reasonable so that I can obtain them. Once I achieve a goal, I make another one. I do this throughout the year and always to better myself. These are the big ones for me this year and if I achieve them sooner than planned I will make more! My Resolutions ek hem Goals for this Year 1. Get back on track with God. Make Him first again. Go back to church regularly and focus … [Read more...]

Wizard Michele’s New Year Resolutions


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Michele's New Year Resolutions New Year Resolutions 1 So what are everyone’s resolutions this year?  One of mine happens almost every year it seems. I know this will come as a shock to some of you, but mine is almost always “To become even more organized than last year.” And this year, that’s especially true where these coupons are concerned! I have my spreadsheet all updated. I have to do that each week the new coupons come out, otherwise, I begin to lose track of what was last. The problem … [Read more...]

Zuppa Toscana Olive Garden Copycat


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Zuppa Toscana Have you ever eaten at a restaurant and wished you had the recipe of the dish you were eating? Me too! This is my healthy and nutritious version of one of my favorite soups. It's a very satisfying soup that's not heavy at all, making it a great soup year round. Zuppa Toscana is perfect with a piece of crusty bread or as an addition with dinner. I hope you enjoy it as much as we do. Zuppa Toscana Ingredients: 5 slices Turkey bacon, largely diced 1lb Italian chicken … [Read more...]

Homemade Broth – Save Money Making Your Own


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Homemade Broth Making Your Broth on a Budget You will never go back to buying colored water in a box again once you make your own homemade broth the first time. As I clean veggies for recipes, I put the discarded parts aside. I mean EVERYTHING including summer/winter squash ends, potato, onion and garlic skin, tomato tops, eggplant skin EVERYTHING except the stickers on the veggies and I store it in the freezer in a gallon size baggie. I also add any veggies or fresh herbs getting close to … [Read more...]

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