Coupon Etiquette – Multiple Transactions


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As you get more experienced with couponing at stores you might consider doing multiple transactions. The reasons for multiple transactions may include (but are certainly not limited to): wanting to purchase more than 4 P&G items and therefore need to use more than 4 coupons (since P&G limits these to 4 per transaction) wanting to use your Register Rewards or Extra Care Bucks from the first transaction on the subsequent transaction needing your dollar limit to be a certain # each … [Read more...]

My Shopping Trip Is Busted Now What?


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  You plan your trip, look at the match up and the sales ad, you make your list, clip your coupons and off you go only to discover your plan won't work. Maybe the store is out of stock, you forgot some coupons or they expired and you didn't notice or what you thought was on sale really isn't. There are a number of things that can go wrong. We have all been there on more than one occasion. This happened to me at Publix very recently. I saw an item on sale in a match up for $1.00, I … [Read more...]

The Best Laid Shopping Plans Have Kinks


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I'm a planner, all my shopping trips are laid out by transactions on a spreadsheet.  My coupons are sorted and paper clipped by transaction.  I have notes on which UP's/ECB's/RR's need to roll into a subsequent transaction.  However, despite all your planning the unknown will eventually step in and throw a kink in your plan. Today is a perfect example.  I had 2 transactions mapped out for Rite Aid.  This would have broken down to being OOP $1.84 before taxes.  Great plan right?  Yeah well it … [Read more...]

Why Is My Total Higher Than I Expected?


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You plan your trip, you use the match ups and you have the coupons you need but your total is higher than you expected it to be. There are a few things that can cause this. If this happens to you consider making smaller trips, they are much easier to control. I added some suggestions for this below. What to look for Did you consider tax on your total? Look at your receipt, some products that we consider food is actually taxable. Did you add something to your cart that is not on your … [Read more...]

Perishable Shopping With Limited Freezer Space or Finances


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  When I ask people what their single largest grocery expense is, aside from diapers and formula the answer is usually meat. I agree, it's my largest expense too. If you are not in a position to stockpile meat due to your finances or freezer space then this little article may be very helpful to you. I used to shop for everything this way. There is just not enough room in a side by side right? The only reason I can stockpile meat is because I do have a freezer now and I am stocked up … [Read more...]

What to Do When Your Coupon Shopping Plan is a Bust


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So what do you do when you get to the store and what you were going after isn’t there? Grab a flyer and scan for your life! This week has been a bad week for me. I never did make it to Walgreens earlier in the week as planned and because of that, I ended up with $25 in Register Rewards (RRs) that were going to expire yesterday if I didn’t use them. I grabbed my Shopping Spreadsheet with my Walgreens shopping plan on it and ran to Walgreens. What did I find of course? Just about everything on my … [Read more...]

Getting Ready for a Shopping Trip


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How I prepare for a shopping trip is probably very different from most. I am a paper and pencil kind of girl. Computer spreadsheets are great for some, confusing to me. This is how I get ready for my shopping trips. I first sit down and scroll through the store matchups and see if any of the Best of the Best are things that we need. After writing the deal down and where to find the coupon, I then go through the ad to see if any items that we need are on sale. I like to use a plain sheet of … [Read more...]

How To Read A Matchup


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Matchups are a very important part of couponing.  The nice thing about sites putting out matchups is that they are doing the work for you.  I know in the beginning they were a little confusing to me so we will try to help you thru navigating them. Most sites are different depending on whether they use a plug in or just type the matchups manually.  However, the basic parts of a match will be the same.   It will usually tell you the item on sale, sales price, what coupons are available to use … [Read more...]

Tere’s Shopping Plan for Week of 1/29


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It's the weekend, so that means a few things for me: 1. The weekend is finally here! 2. I can sleep in late instead of worrying about my alarm buzzing early to get up for work. 3. I'm more inclined to eat junk food instead of sticking to my new "healthy way of life" plan. 4. It's time to plan my shopping trip for the new Sunday ad cycles! I search the weekly ads for items that I know my family can use and that I can get at stock-up prices. I try not to purchase items that are not … [Read more...]

My Plan to Save 96% at Walgreens


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Last week I showed you one of my Walgreens trips and how I use my Shopping Spreadsheet in conjunction with it. I mentioned to you that I prefer to roll my Register Rewards (RRs) each time I go in rather than using those on purchases I don’t have coupons for or expensive items. This week I’m going to show you what I mean. The last week, after my 4 transactions during that week, I ended up with $59 in RRs. This week I’ve created my transactions to do in order to roll those RRs into new RRs. … [Read more...]

Rain Check Strategies: Save Huge Dollars with a Rain Check File!


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Read this entire article.  It will save you HUGE dollars!  How many times have you spent time preparing your shopping list, preparing your spreadsheet, clipping your coupons and driving to the store only to realize that once you get there they only have 1 of the 10 items you were shopping for?   Not cool.  Not cool at all.  Certainly I read all the comments from frustrated Wiz Kids about the shelf clearing in their area.  I agree. There is nothing more frustrating than going to the store for … [Read more...]

Coupon Bootcamp


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Are you ready to get to work and start planning your shopping trips with coupons? This webinar will help walk you through how to understand different stores' coupon policies, different promotions and coupon offers, using matchups and much more! … [Read more...]

Stockpile Cereal New Year’s Week!


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When's the best time to stockpile cereal?  New Year's week!  With many people focusing on diets and eating healthier after they let it all hang out during the Holiday season, manufacturers will be laying in wait to capitalize on the new trends in consumption.  I am not here to project how long it will last, but I can tell you that you will have a small window to build a huge cereal stockpile in a very short period of time.  For example, last year Special K had the "Special K Challenge".  They … [Read more...]

Christmas Clearance with Coupons!


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Headed out for Christmas clearance deals? I know I am! Every year after Christmas I am able to find fantastic clearance items and great prices. I always stock up on Ziploc storage bags, paper towels, Kleenex, dish detergent, holiday bath towels, etc... at this time of year. When combined with a coupon, the prices are even sweeter! I have put together a list of current coupons that can be used on clearance items at stores like Target, Walmart, Kmart, and even drugstores and some grocery … [Read more...]