The Coupon Wizards – Come Save with Me!


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Coupon Effectively with The Coupon Wizards Are you new to The Coupon Wizards? I'm a one woman blog, but I work tirelessly, day in and day out, to find you the best deals. Both couponing deals and online bargains! This isn't Extreme Couponing, it's Effective Couponing! There is a method to my madness as well. Not only do I find sales & deals for you, but in doing so, I find sales & deals for me too. It's a win win ;-) Plus I'm able to teach others to do this at the same time, which I … [Read more...]

Trimming the Fat Tip #1 – Know your Auto Insurance


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As many of you know, by day I am a risk management consultant and licensed commercial property and casualty insurance agent.  I have a Certified Risk Managers designation as well as a Certified Insurance Counselors designation.  That means that I know a lot of stuff that is good for me to know, but basically worthless information to the population at large!  However, I have decided to draw on some of that knowledge for at least a couple of the articles having to do with the trimming of fat in … [Read more...]

What are The Coupon Wizards Webinars and What Can I Expect?


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People ask me all the time: "What are the Coupon Wizards Webinars?" so I decided I would finally take a few minutes and write a quick post about them. One of the things that I decided when I launched The Coupon Wizards in January 2011 was that I wanted our page to be different. I wanted it to be more a family or community than just a page that spit out information but was never around when it was time to answer questions. To this end, I began to develop a series of live, online training sessions … [Read more...]

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...]

Pay Your Children in Their Currency


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Teaching children about money can be as easy or as difficult as you make it. One thing that I have learned from raising my boys is that I need to pay them in the currency that they desire and understand. To clarify, Grayson understands money. He has been able to figure simple sales tax since he was 5 and he knows what it means to work for a dollar. He understands that he needs to save. He understands that he needs to make good decisions with his spending money. He understands that he is going to … [Read more...]

Save Cash while Cleaning up Baby Clothes!


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As we prepare for the arrival of our new baby in September, we are finding a lot of wasted money. There are so many baby clothes that were bought for Ethan that are basically just collecting dust these days. As you know, I am not one to leave money hiding in a dark corner of my house. I am all about turning unused stuff into cash! Enter Reemarkit. Reemarkit is a free online service that allows you to list you unwanted items or shop from other peoples' listings online. The best part? You don't … [Read more...]

Money Management – 3 Reasons to Negotiate Like Your Kids


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Something happens to us as we age. We get soft. No, not around the middle, in our minds. In certain areas of our lives, we lose our edge. I realize that this is a blanket statement so this article will not apply to everyone. However, I do feel like there is something to be gained by all who continue reading. Recently, I have started getting up earlier than normal and getting my workout in before the sun comes up. Not only do I feel better for the rest of the day, but I actually have the whole … [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...]

Shopping for Cars Tip #3 – Hot Lease Terms are Your Best Friend!


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Before you start going ballistic sending me emails and commenting, please read this entire article. If you have ever heard me speak, you know that I think that leasing a vehicle is one of the absolute worst financial decisions you can make. It falls right in line with having a car payment in my book. In fact, it's worse because you aren't really paying down any debt, you are perpetuating it! However, by and large people will do what society dictates, so leases will not be going away anytime … [Read more...]

Shopping for Cars Tip #2 – New to you is as Good as New


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Shopping for cars can be fun. The anticipation of finally replacing that old clunker is exhilarating. If you followed our advice in Shopping for Cars Tip #1 and have been patient, the reward will very much be worth the wait. The next tip is really quite simple and very straightforward: Buy used vehicles. I am sure that you have heard the cliche that a car depreciates 30% the minute you drive it off the lot. It's honestly not too far from the truth. Once a new car is driven, it's no longer new. I … [Read more...]

Shopping for Cars Tip #1 – Patience Pays Off


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I have heard the statistics and they are astounding. The majority of people that are shopping for cars will purchase a vehicle within 48 hours of stepping onto the lot the first time. I must admit, I am not helping that statistic any, but it's for a good reason. I don't go to the lot until I am absolutely ready to buy. I think sometimes we purchase cars out of necessity or self-entitlement instead of taking our time to be sure we are buying "value". It's a proven fact that at some point, your … [Read more...]

How to Use Food Stamps to Buy Toiletries Legally


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As I was scrolling through Facebook last night, I stumbled across something that caught my attention. It was about using food stamps to buy toilet paper and other non-food items. Obviously you cannot buy non-food items with food stamps, but it brought up some great ideas for getting the most out of your benefits. Use Coupons to Make your Food Stamps Stretch Further Since coupons are a form of payment (the manufacturer reimburses the store), you can lower the amount you spend on your EBT … [Read more...]

Saving Money in the Meat Department – Pork Loin


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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 with a pork loin because it's one of the easiest for you to process in your own kitchen. I … [Read more...]

Are You Buying Damaged Groceries?


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 Are You Buying Damaged Groceries? Why would we buy damaged groceries when perfect  food is all around us?  I recently watched a show on the Food Network called The Big Waste.  Four of the networks popular chefs were challenged to make a gourmet meal made entirely from trash and feed it to a room full of people including but not limited to politicians, well known chefs, sports figures and actors. Trash?  Yes trash or at least that's what it was considered to be by the grocers and the … [Read more...]

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


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  That's it, I'm done,  I quit!  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 it tho. Sometimes spending a few dollars more on something that you truly like and you know it will do the … [Read more...]

Salons and the Things To Look For In Them


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What to Look for in Salons Beauty salons and tanning salons, we've all been in one or the other on a regular basis. I decided to become a manicurist 15 years ago when I got burnt out on the corporate world because I love beauty, I love what I do, I love being self employed, but most of all, I love doing something for someone else that makes them feel good. I know Salons I am a Master Technician for a company called CND; Creative Nail Design aka Solar Nail. This certification requires … [Read more...]