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...]

Stockpile – How Jessica Stores Hers


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How I Store My Stockpile After some hesitation, here is a peek inside my stockpile. While I am proud of what I have accomplished through couponing, I don't like to feel as if I am bragging or saying, "look at me." I have been couponing since December 2010 and have slowly reached and maintained my stockpile. This is the hall closet, which houses most of the health & beauty items. I have collection boxes in the bottom to throw in any sample size items for donations. I really like having a … [Read more...]

Menards – Look for Deals in Unconventional Places!


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My Menards Deal I'm always on the lookout for a deal~ and I was thrilled to stumble upon one yesterday at Menards.  A place I'd never thought I'd find one, on something I NEVER thought I'd get one on!! :) My  husband is updating our small bathroom downstairs, and we needed new hardware for it. So we headed out and I was only going to buy a toilet paper roll holder but to my surprise, I got it all!! As I was looking around at the options, I saw this great toilet paper roll holder I … [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...]

Don’t be a BRAND SNOB & Save Money


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Being a Brand Snob When you are a Couponer, you can't be a "BRAND SNOB".  Yes, you can get brand name items most of the time, but sometimes, when the deal is there, you need to set the "brand dedication" aside, and do the deal.  I didn't have any other intention when I went to Target today, but to get these things. That's it. I don't normally buy the "store brand," but for this price, how could I not? I clipped. I shopped. I left. Not bad for Five BUCKS! My Non Brand Snob … [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...]

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 breath, I … [Read more...]

Do you want coupons? Just ask!


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Ask for Coupons from Companies Many top companies have coupons to give, if you just ASK!  If you take the time to contact these companies and let them know you are interested in trying their products, they will GLADLY send you a coupon or two for discounted or free products! Below is a listing of companies who have sent people free products just for writing them a letter asking them for some. Or they tell them that they love their products!! I've also included a few addresses (or linked … [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...]

Coupon Database – Where Did I See That Coupon?!?


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  Monday hubby and I decided to go eat at Olive Garden for lunch since I saw we had coupons when we were catching up on the 5 weeks of inserts I had piled up.  So I’m standing at the file box flipping through week after week when it dawns on me, “What in the heck am I doing”?  We have a coupon database for this! Coupon Database Overview David has graciously given us a wonderful tool. The database will allow you to look up coupons and find which insert they are located in or where you … [Read more...]

Green New Year’s Resolutions


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Green Recycling 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. For my family, it was one step at a time. The first thing I wanted to focus on was recycling. This in itself can be a hard habit to get the family into. The average person throws 56 tons of trash into our landfills every year. YIKES! This is ALOT of trash! How to start green recycling I started with a … [Read more...]

ALCO – Wizard Melissa Enters a Foreign Land


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ALCO Stores Shopping Trip 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 … [Read more...]

NO! You Can’t Use Whitestrips Coupons on Toothpaste! It’s Fraud!


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Whitestrips Coupons on Toothpaste? I received an email this week from a fan that alerted me to a situation with the Crest Whitestrips (WSs) coupons.  Apparently there are people out there that are using this coupon for toothpaste and think it's perfectly legitimate.  Well, let me be the very first to thank you for attempting to ruin couponing through the misuse of coupons.  I wouldn't be so enraged about this situation with the exception of the fact that some of the people that are doing … [Read more...]

How to get FREE Coupon Inserts


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Not everyone can afford to buy 10 newspapers a week, but want save money for their family. Here are some ways to acquire FREE coupon inserts. Local Coffee Shops -This is one of my favorite ideas given by David during one of the webinars. You can get FREE coupon inserts by hitting your local Starbucks on Sunday morning.  Many customers leave their Sunday papers on the table when they are finished for others to read. Personally, I wouldn't just go in to look for them, I would get a coffee, … [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...]

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...]

Coupon Clipping Service – What Is It?


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What Is a Coupon Clipping Service? Do you know what a Coupon Clipping Service is? If you’re new to couponing, you may not. Therefore, I’m going to explain a little bit about what one is, who should use one, and how to use them. First and foremost, know that a clipping service is not for everyone. Some people believe that spending money to save money defeats the purpose. Also, even though you’re paying for the time and labor to have the coupons clipped, some think that’s it’s just “wrong” to buy … [Read more...]

Albertsons (Colorado) Shopping Trip 1/4/11


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My Albertsons Trip As I skimmed through the new Albertsons ad this morning, my Wizards wand pointed to a great deal on Old Spice body wash. I jumped for joy when I realized I could get 4 bottles of Old Spice body wash for FREE! I headed to the store with my mom (10% senior discount today) and we snagged some great deals on other items I wasn't planning on picking up. No matter who I take to the store, either my mom or my nephew and niece, I always end up spending more money than I had planned. … [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...]

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