Shopping Trip Excellence, Be your own Cheerleader!


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My Stellar Shopping Trip Ya know, some times you just need to be your own cheerleader, and today, I was just that with my stellar shopping trip! We were low on fresh items and meats, so I thought I'd head to the store to see just how good I could do on those items. And I must say, I rocked it out! I'm very proud of myself that I can provide for my family in this way, and as I took this picture, I said, out loud "YAY ME!"   This was from four stores~ Aldi, Hy-Vee, CUB Foods and Walgreens, and … [Read more...]

Couponing Benefits & Misconceptions Explained


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Couponing Benefits   We all know that couponing saves us money on groceries and other necessities when we do it right, but there are a couple of other perks to it as well. For instance, trying other brands, or maybe products, that are too expensive therefore we ordinarily pass them by. Any way I look at it, couponing has been extremely beneficial for us. The Misconceptions of Couponing and Excuses I don't cook - Do you do laundry, bathe, wash dishes, clean your home or have pets? … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip – I Had an Epic One Today


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Epic CVS Shopping Trip I just had the best CVS shopping trip! I started out with a $10 CVS Gift Card and $16 Extra Care Bucks from 2-3 weeks ago, that I thought I had lost. Total before coupons $129.69 - Total OOP (out of pocket) $5.84 + $7 ECB's for later!  CVS Shopping Trip Details: Transaction #1 (4) Lady Speed Stick - $1.99 (2) Men's Speed Stick - $1.99 Used (2) B1G1 Speed Stick Coupon from (SS 01/29/2012) Net price: $3.96 (coupons scanned at $3.99) 2 John Frieda Foam Hair … [Read more...]

Interesting Coupon Facts and Trends


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Coupon Facts & Trends   Here are some interesting coupon facts & trends! Have you ever wondered what happens to coupons once you give them to the cashier? How about the process from beginning to end? What exactly is a coupon or it's purpose? Coupons are marketing tools used by  manufactures and companies to to get consumers to try their products or bring us into their stores. The process is really simple: Manufacturer to coupon distributors. Coupon distributor to … [Read more...]

Coupons – Time to Use them at Walgreens & Target


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Using Coupons at Walgreens & Target I had a pretty stellar shopping trip with coupons today! I really wanted to make sure I could use all of the great coupons I had from Insert Insanity so I headed out and was pleased to see stocked shelves and joyful cashiers who were having as much fun as I was seeing the total for my trip decline! First off, I had pre-ordered sixty of the Big Bags of Nabisco snacks as I did not want to clear any shelves and they were there, all ready for me to … [Read more...]

CVS Shopping Trip with Kid in Tow


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My CVS Shopping Trip I needed to grab some more Huggies Pull-Ups and I remember reading that they were 25% off at CVS so off on a CVS shopping trip I went. After a quick glance at the CVS Matchup, I made my list. Not the best trip, but any savings are good, right? I had a little helper with me on this trip that cost me $5, but I didn't mind because he was a cutie and behaved so well. This CVS shopping was done in 2 separate transactions and I started with a $10 CVS Gift Card. Total before … [Read more...]

Printing Coupons – Do Browsers Matter?


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    Do browsers matter when printing coupons? Yes, oddly enough they do. Not only do I have no idea why, but I have talked to electronic 'nerd' friends of mine and they don't know why this happens either. A perfect example is a printable coupon that was posted in the Coupon Database for $2.00 off 10.5 oz bottle of Sambazon Organic Fruit Smoothie. Before I printed my coupon I read the comments at the bottom of the post and noticed someone said their's printed $3/2. Has this … [Read more...]

Target – Hubby’s Almost FREE Shopping Trip


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Target Trip I was actually able to send my husband to Target without a list, just a handful of coupons and quick directions. He did good with his challenge. Total Before Coupons: $33.10, Total OOP (out of pocket) $2.12 - Thats a 94% Savings!  Target Trip Details: Dannon Activia Yogurt 4-pack $2.09 Use $1.00/1 Activia & Stonyfield Activia, 4 pack from SS 1/15 And Use $2.00/2 – Dannon Activia Yogurts, 4pk, Target Coupon – (target.com) no longer available to print Net Price: $0.09 … [Read more...]

How are Stores Paid for Coupons?


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Stores are Paid for Coupons??? How are stores paid for coupons? Inquiring minds want to know! The overwhelming majority of the population at large probably doesn't give this a second thought, but the Wiz Kids, that's a different story! When you clip a coupon, it is only about 1/3 of the way through it's life cycle. In order to understand where coupons go, it's important to understand how they arrive! Manufacturers have very sophisticated marketing strategies that take many variables into … [Read more...]

$3.00 Nabisco Coupons: End to Couponing as we Know it?


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Nabisco Coupon I am sure that plenty of you think that the end of the world is coming!  After all, the $3/3 Nabisco coupons are nearly out of supply in any reasonably priced online store.  Seriously, I don't think any of us will be able to live another day without a free pack of crackers or Oreo-to-go. They have never run this coupon before and they will never run it again, right?  NO!  As a seasoned couponer, it is actually entertaining to sit back and watch how different people react when … [Read more...]

Labels for Education – How Multiple Coupon Inserts Help


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Labels for Education Here is yet another reason to order or obtain multiple coupon inserts.  In the 1/8 Smart Source insert there was an opportunity for us to turn our little one point "Labels for Education" into one hundred!! This is an amazing opportunity for your stockpile to help in a different way than just feeding and providing for your family. The Labels program awards free educational equipment to schools in exchange for the Proofs of Purchase from Campbell's brand products.  … [Read more...]

Safeway – Jessica’s $22 Grocery Shopping Trip


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My Latest Safeway Trip Had another successful shopping trip at Safeway. I wanted to get some more Foster Farms Ground Turkey that is on sale Buy One Get One Free and some more Nabisco Snak-Saks. Total before coupons and Safeway Club Card: $88.26, Paid: $22.10 - a 74% Savings!  Nabisco Premium Saltines or Snak-Saks - $1.59 3-Day Sale 1/13-1/15 Nabisco Honey Maid, Newtons, Ritz Crackerfuls, Teddy Grahams, Wheat Thins, and Triscuit $3/3 SS Insert 01/08/12 (exp 01/27/12) Net Price: $0.59 … [Read more...]

Safeway – Jessica’s Shopping Trip – 64% Savings!


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My Latest Safeway Trip Just had a great Safeway shopping trip today! If you have not signed up for Safeway's Just4U program, you are missing out. They track your purchases and give you special prices on some of your most purchased items. They even have freebies! Total before coupons and Safeway Club Card - $111.24, OOP (out of pocket) $40.11 + $3 Catalina! 64% Savings!  Details: Kraft Philly Cream Cheese - $2..99 Buy One Get One Free with In-ad Coupon Total: $1.49 each Yoplait Yogurt … [Read more...]

Coupons – How I Break Down, File and Organize Mine


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How I Organize my Coupons This week, we're all going to be showing you detailed information on different ways to organize your coupons. What I do is break down my inserts and clip the "most used" coupons and it takes me less than 45 minutes a week. Before you get started, make sure you have a big area to work on. If you have little kids, I highly recommend doing this while they are taking a nap. I have had a child mess up all of my piles of inserts and it was no fun putting them back … [Read more...]

Safeway Shopping Trip on 1/8/2012


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My Safeway Shopping Trip Normally I do not spend as much as $75 out of pocket per grocery trip, this one at Safeway required a little more planning because I wanted to get the $10 Catalina with $75 purchase. According to the fine print, the $75 needs to be after all discounts and coupons. I had some really good Just4U prices on some of these items, so they were less than the sale price. Total before coupons and store card at Safeway: $224.00, total OOP (out of pocket) $94.74 + $10 Catalina, … [Read more...]

Shopping Trip – How to Send Your Spouse on One


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My Spouse on a Shopping Trip I had a million things to do today and did not want to fuss with going on a CVS shopping trip as well. Being $20 away from earning another $10 CVS Gift Card, I decided to send my husband on a trip. He does good shopping at Walmart to "price match" and use coupons for overage. Sending him to a drugstore with multiple transactions was a first. Step One: Write a very detailed description of what steps to take once inside the store. Remember, at one time we were also … [Read more...]

Cyndi’s OCD Stockpiling 01/07/2012


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Cyndi's Stockpiling Adventures Okay all your voyer's I'll give you a little peek at how I go about stockpiling.  Know going in I'm a little OCD and a lot anal-retentive. One of the things that concerned me when I starting couponing was where were we going to store every thing. It was uber important to me that it be neat and organized. The problem is that we have very limited storage space, but I must admit hubby has been wonderful in helping me work it out. We had a closet in my step-son's … [Read more...]

Where Do I Find Coupons – A Quick Recap


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How to Find Coupons There are many places to find coupons. If you have to sign up on a site to access coupons, make a separate email account and use it just for that, ie: coupons@yahoo.com etc. This will keep your personal email free from the emails you may get bombarded with. Do not clip the coupons you want then dispose of the rest. Please see my article about organizing coupons by clicking here. Your store may have a sale this week and coupons you need were released 3 weeks ago. Find … [Read more...]

What’s with all these different BARCODES?


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  Wiz Kid Jessica asked a very important question today......."Some of the coupons I printed don't have barcodes and others have a square iphone scanner icon(?). Are these usable coupons or did I just waste ink?" In the past, coupons looked similar to a UPC code on a product. This was limiting to many companies, as it could only be linked to a certain number of products.  Fast forward to now, in a growing market, where new manufacturer coupons look like the below photo. Why the … [Read more...]

CVS Gift Card Deals Shopping Trip


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Jessica's CVS Shopping Trip Finally got a chance to go check out the Gift Card deals at CVS this week on my shopping trip. I love that my store is always well stocked. I don't even have to tell them that I am paying with separate transactions, they already know. This was done in 2 separate transactions. While I could have lowered my OOP by splitting them up more, I chose not to since I was in a hurry. Total before coupons: $121.88, Total OOP: $41.41 + $17.99 ECB's left! Shopping Trip - … [Read more...]

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