Saving Money in the Meat Department – Pork Loin


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Saving Money in the Meat Department  Want to know about saving money in the meat department? If there is one thing that I hear from couponers on a daily basis, it's that they haven't learned about effectively saving money on meat and produce. I have good news for you! We are going to teach you how and you won't even have to use coupons to do it!  This post is the first in a series of posts that will teach you how to get the most bang for your buck in the meat department. I decided to start … [Read more...]

Plastic Storage Totes & 3 Tips for Buying After Christmas


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Tips for Buying Plastic Storage Totes Retailers love to capitalize on the impatience of the average consumer. This is evidenced by the plethora of plastic storage totes that you are tempted to buy every year as soon as the Christmas spirit has left our homes.  Everyone that was once enamored with the arrival of Christmas is ready to put it behind them with an equivalent amount of zeal.  Be patient! Retailers capitalize on impatience in a variety of ways. Think of the things that we do as … [Read more...]

Holiday Shopping Tips


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Holiday Shopping Tips 'Tis the season, let the games begin! We look for the best deals, the best gifts we can find and we usually go overboard because we don't utilize these holiday shopping tips or have a plan. Be reasonable. You do not need to buy something for every person you know and each of their family members. The holidays are about giving of yourself and showing the people in your life how you feel about them not going into debt. Plan ahead, organize and stick to the plan … [Read more...]

Neighborhood Garage Sale Revelations


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Neighborhood Garage Sales Realizing this is the busiest time of year to try and squeeze a weekend neighborhood garage sale into our schedules, we did it anyway. Having a yard sale is a lot of work all in itself, but when you add in helping your neighbors load or unload, you’re jumping back and forth. As we moved unwanted items into the yard, I was seriously questioning the worth of this garage sale, but in the end, the cold hard cash in your hand is most definitely worth it. As my … [Read more...]

Stretching My Dollars and Time


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Stretching My Dollars, Guest Post By- Ashley Jackson My interests right now are anything to do with stretching my dollars to go as far as possible and using every minute in the day for a purpose. I work, have four kids, and drive around the kids to different activities they take part in. Recently I have started freezer cooking. I was told about cooking extra food and freezing it by a co-worker and decided to look further into it. I found plenty of recipes the showed you how to double or … [Read more...]

Tuesdays Tips – But It Was Only A Dollar


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Today's Tuesdays Tips How long has that been in my stockpile? Today's Tuesdays Tips is about spending unnecessarily. When I jumped into couponing as a lifestyle I was chasing every deal at every store for months. Once I realized what I was doing, I hit the brakes. What am I doing? What am I buying? I've never bought this stuff before! It took several months for revelation to sink in. I look at my stockpile regularly. Notice I didn't say inventory, rotate or examine? I open the door and I … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Set The Timer


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Set the Timer for Thrifty Thursday For this week's installment of Thrifty Thursday, I thought I'd share a great way to save big bucks monthly in your home. This is something we have utilized for nearly 8 years now and I can't even begin to add up the thousands of dollars it's saved. Put a timer in! How long does it take you to shower? How long do your dishes take to do? Do you shower 24 hours a day? Then why heat your water 24 hours a day? We put a timer on our water heater years ago and … [Read more...]

Tuesdays Tips – I Spent How Much Trying To Save Money?


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Tuesdays Tips - Spend vs Save That's it! I'm done, I quit! Tuesdays Tips today is about how I threw in the towel and went back to my favorite makeup foundation. I tried, I really did, and I tried for a full year, but I just could not find anything close to my Estee Lauder Double Wear Ivory-Beige #10. How much did I spend trying to save money? I have no idea. I will tell you that it was well over the $36.00 I spend about every 5 months on my old faithful though. Sometimes spending a few … [Read more...]

Planned Budget Saves Emergency Fund Again


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Here's How Our Planned Budget Helped Us Hubby and I do have our $1,000 emergency fund and planned budget. However, I am extremely over protective of them. In order to minimize us touching it, I do budget for "stashes." These stashes include car repairs/maintenance/tags, house repairs and medical, to name a few. Each month, a set amount is put into the "stash" so that if something pops up we have money sitting there waiting for it. This has kept us from touching the emergency fund or having … [Read more...]

What is the Definition of Wasteful?


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The Definition of Wasteful Interestingly enough, someone accused me of being wasteful today. While I know completely different, I did stop long enough to ponder what the real definition of wasteful would be. I also decided that it would make sense for me to decide how that fit into my personal situation. According to dictionary.com, the definition of wasteful is: 1) given to or characterized by useless consumption or expenditure: wasteful methods; a wasteful way of life. 2) grossly … [Read more...]

Voucher That for Thrifty Thursday


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Do You Voucher That? Have a hard time finding some discounts? Voucher that! I like to think that all couponers have the same frame of mind. We like to save money on just about everything. Whether it's grocery shopping, back to school shopping, kids clothes; we shop the sales. Well, some things just don't go on sale. How about baby carriers? How about stuff for kids? How about Omaha Steaks? If you know where to look, you can get discount vouchers for just about anything. There are some great … [Read more...]

Fight The Fees for Thrifty Thursday


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Thrifty Thursday - Fight the Fees Are you ready to fight the fees? Everywhere we turn these days, there seems to be added fees. They kind of sneak up to you every chance you get. Some of them, you can't avoid. But a few, you can. Plus, there's the good, old-fashioned way of just asking. We've all had our fair share of oops when it comes to paying bills. When my husband was out of work with an injury earlier this year, the way the money sort of trickled in definitely messed up when bills were … [Read more...]

Thrifty Thursday: Free Money


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Thrifty Thursday with Free Money Here's this week's episode of Thrifty Thursday. Over the last week, you've seen us post about the Visa Gift Card deals and the Olay Rebates. This is a great way to get free money for stuff you already buy - Rebates! The majority of people do not redeem rebates, which is why so many times they are so high. Over the holidays last year, I bought an antivirus program for my computer that was free after rebate. I paid $45, and got a $45 rebate. These are free … [Read more...]

Tax Free Holiday Dates for Back to School


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Back to School Tax Free Holiday Here is the list of the states that have released the dates of their back to school tax free holiday schedule. I checked each state individually so this is the most current information as of 7/22/12. I take advantage of this myself to buy office supplies, printer ink, batteries, clothes and household storage items within my states guidelines. Click on the link for details pertaining to your state. Tax Free Holidays Participating States & … [Read more...]

Millionaire – Coupons Allow me to Live Like One


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I Live Like a Millionaire Do I have your attention? I bet you are thinking that I am going to give you a big fluffy story about how many extravagant things that I can buy as a result of using coupons. That couldn't be further from the truth! Society, Hollywood and the media outlets have given us the wrong perspective of wealth in our country. The truth is that the real wealth in the United States, the real self-made millionaires, could quite possibly be your next door neighbor. In his best … [Read more...]

Rich People use Coupons? Seriously?


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Do Rich People Use Coupons? Do rich people use coupons? You bet your sweet bippy they do! How do you think they got to be rich? One of the biggest misconceptions out there is that people with money tend to be frivolous in their spending. Not so much. Let's think about this from a more logical perspective! Rich people have money because they have learned how to make the most out of what they have. By doing this, they have been able to sock away money and accumulate wealth while America at large … [Read more...]

Bacon Around Their Steaks? Why Do Stores Do This?


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What's Up with Bacon Around the Steaks? At first blush, you may read the title of this article and think, duh.....the bacon is to taste better. While that may be the case, it's not the answer. When you buy meat in the grocery store, don't pay them to do something that you could do yourself. If  you do, you are going to pay a premium. Stores have developed profitability strategies based on upgrades just like the restaurants. While they may not ask you "Would you like me to super size that?" they … [Read more...]

Budget Within A Budget


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Budget Within A Budget Having a budget in place is smart; managing it is even smarter. Someone once told me I budget within a budget when I taught a couponing class, I didn't quite understand what that meant but apparently I was doing it. He explained that I break my budget down so fine that I know where all of our money goes on a regular basis and I am very good at moving money budgeted for one thing to pay for another if a deal is right without causing any ripples in my bi-monthly budget. He … [Read more...]

Refurbished Products, Buying Them Makes Sense


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Buying Refurbished Products Do you buy refurbished products? It never fails. I post a deal for a company like Bestbuy.com or 1SaleADay.com at an incredible price, share it to the wall and someone feels the need to comment "It's refurbished, you better be careful!" Because of this interesting phenomenon, I decided I should probably write a post about why I typically prefer buying refurbished products. At some point in our lives, we have been excited to go to the store, buy an electronic device … [Read more...]

Emergency Fund – How Ours Saved Us


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Saved By the Emergency Fund Our emergency fund definitely saved us! If any of you have found me on a live chat over the last 4 weeks, you've probably heard me say my husband is out of work at the moment. He hurt himself at home a few weeks ago and we found out he has a herniated disc in his back. He's currently in PT and headed for trigger shots in hope of avoiding surgery. What you wouldn't know is that we have had zero money coming to this house for the last 4 weeks. Yup. Zero. While I am … [Read more...]

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