What to Expect from Coupons – March Edition


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Ready to learn about coupons in March? It is hard to believe that we are into the third month of 2015 already. It literally seems like yesterday that the kids were tearing through wrapping paper on Christmas morning and now it's a distant memory.  As winter draws to a close and spring is upon us, we are in a fun time of the year for couponers.  The weather will begin to change, the days will become longer and people will be staying out of their homes more and more.  Little League, scouting and … [Read more...]

David’s Haul at Publix 3-21


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If you followed my video this week, this trip is not going to look exactly like the one that I had in my spreadsheet. As I have found out, things tend to head south in a hurry when I take Annie and Ethan to the store with me. In this case, she had actually put together a completely different deal that I decided to include, so I created a separate transaction just for that deal. If I were to compare my two transactions to the original plan, I was pretty much on target. However, with her extra … [Read more...]

Building a Budget for Wealth


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Building a budget for Wealth is the first webinar in our series of webinars on household finance. If you don’t have a budget currently, this video will give you a good place to start. It is also the foundation of any successful financial plan. If you find yourself having more month than you have money, take some time and check this out. You will be glad that you did. As always, if you have specific questions about the materials contained in our presentation, please feel free to email us at … [Read more...]

Planning for 85% Savings at Publix This Week 3/21


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Based on all of the positive feedback, I am going to go ahead and record the planning behind our Publix trip each week going forward. This week, there are some really good deals to be had in the Publix Ad. My favorite is the Mott's Medleys. Also, I wanted to give you a quick tip on the Spreadsheet. If you want to save a copy of the spreadsheet with the information that you input for your specific trip, use the "Save As" Feature and name it with the date of the trip. By doing this, it will … [Read more...]

Planning a Shopping Trip Doesn’t have to Take Hours


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One of the biggest misconceptions among the couponing ranks is that planning a shopping trip takes a long time. With all of the resources that are available on the internet, there is no reason for you to ever spend more than 15-20 minutes per week in trip planning? I am sure there are skeptics out there, so I decided to put them at ease and recorded me planning my Publix trip for the week from scratch. It's not the most eloquent video because it wasn't rehearsed. I literally talked out loud … [Read more...]

Will Stockpiling Survive for the Long Term?


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Have you noticed the buzz of all the new "digital coupon" promotions? Publix recently announced that they are going to unveil their digital coupons for all of their stores now that they have proven their worth in the test markets. Ibotta has been on fire this year. They reward you in cash for buying products that you would normally buy anyhow. Smartsource, Red Plum, CouponNetwork and Coupons.com are seeing coupons printed in record numbers. The question is, with the move toward the digital age, … [Read more...]

Why Are Coupon Values Different?


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    Have you ever wondered why  there are so many coupons out there with different values from the same weekends inserts?  This is good information to know when you are a beginning couponer, so that you can be on the lookout for those inserts. Coupons vary by region.  Companies put more coupons in general, and better coupons with higher dollar value in cities where they have a wider circulation that reaches more people than smaller cities.  This is why your friend in … [Read more...]

Wizard Melissa Enters a Foreign Land~ ALCO


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Today I ventured out to a different town to try my luck at a store I NEVER shop at, as I heard that they were "Coupon Friendly". ALCO is a general merchandise store that focuses on the small towns of America.  They boast competitive prices and friendly service from days gone by!!   I had a bunch of coupons in my purse from the "after Christmas Clearance" sales but didn't have my binder :(.   I saw the below ad prior to going (like 10 minutes prior) and the PUFF's Tissue and the AXE Bodywash … [Read more...]

Newspaper Subscription for Coupons


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One key to successful couponing is having multiple copies of each week's inserts on hand so you can take advantage of the sales when they come around.  While you may get the paper every Sunday morning, you may want to adjust your newspaper subscription to make sure you're getting the coupons you need. How to adjust your newspaper subscription for coupons If you drive by my house on Sunday mornings, you'd see four papers laying out there every week! I only get the Sunday delivery because I know … [Read more...]

How Wizard Melissa Organizes Coupons


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Yep! I'm a coupon binder GIRL! While it's a bit of work and organization, I'm so glad I went this route! I love seeing all of the coupons I may need at an ORGANIZED GLANCE! I know exactly where they are, and I have them with me and ready for any surprise DEALS or Clearance sales!  I use a large 3 ringed ZIP AROUND binder, my custom categories and a few other special features! Because I try to be FRUGAL in everything I do, I never pay full price for ANYTHING! Including my BINDER and supplies for … [Read more...]