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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Do You Pay Your Children? 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 you need to pay your children 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 … [Read more...]

Money Management – 3 Reasons to Negotiate Like Your Kids


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Kids and Money Management How money management can work with kids. 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 … [Read more...]

Stockpiling – Will it Survive for the Long Term?


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Will Stockpiling Last Long Term? 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 … [Read more...]

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


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Tip #3 for Shopping for Cars Before you start going ballistic sending me emails and commenting, please read this entire article on shopping for cars. 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 … [Read more...]

Shopping for Cars Tip #1 – Patience Pays Off


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Shopping for Cars with Patience 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 … [Read more...]

Food Stamps & Non-Food Purchases


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Buy Non-Food with Food Stamps 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 … [Read more...]

Damaged Groceries, Are You Buying Them?


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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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Tuesdays Tips - Spend vs Save That's it! I'm done, I quit! Tuesdays Tips today is about how 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 my old faithful though. Sometimes spending a few … [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...]

Salons – Do You Have To Pay Full Price?


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Scoring Salon Discounts Some of us are very loyal to our salons and some of us are not. Even though the beauty industry has taken a hard hit in our current economy, some salons still let you know how much they appreciate you and offer you discounts. Perks at Salons for Regular Clients Do they have a mailing list? Many salons will send monthly service specials to their clients as well as product promotions via email. Emails are also sent to let you know if they have an upcoming … [Read more...]

Stretching Your Dollar Even More


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Stretching Your Dollar Knowing your prices and products can really help with stretching your dollar even more. Case in point is the photo below. Both are pork tenderloins; however, one is seasoned and one is not. Last spring (I was learning) I bought 20 seasoned tenderloins on a BOGO sale @ $9.99 and I had $1/1 coupons making each one $4.00. I wont do that again. In the photo Seasoned pork tenderloin cost $9.99 (regular price) for 1 lb 6 oz or 22 oz each Plain pork tenderloin $3.23 … [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...]

Trimming the Fat: Cut Yard Maintenance Costs by 70%!


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Trimming the Fat with the Lawn How am I trimming the fat? First off, I cut my own grass. Many of my neighbors aren't willing to get out in the yard and sweat, but I am. I made a decision a long time ago that I actually like maintaining my yard. Yes, I have the money to hire a service. I just don't know that they could satisfy me.  At one point in my life, I actually owned a fairly successful landscape maintenance and installation company. I have high standards and I love cutting grass that … [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...]

*Use your STOCKPILE to spread some HOLIDAY CHEER!


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Holiday Cheer with Your Stockpile A while back I made a post asking you if your STOCKPILE made OTHERS Happy.........Well,  here is another way it can! I'm DONE shopping~ Time and MONEY WISE! I had three more gifts to get and instead of running around all over town, I just headed to the STOCKPILE!! What a wonderful way to utilize COUPONING and SAVING MONEY when needing holiday gifts! The first basket is for the "SNACK-A-HOLIC" in my life who shall remain NAMELESS! (No, it's not me!)~ … [Read more...]

Close Outs – My Favorite Way to Shop For Non-Coupon Items


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Shopping Close Outs I love Apple Bottom jeans, I have an obsession with purses and shoes, and I'm partial to Skeetchers.  But I have a cheap side and hate to pay the regular prices for items. All that being said I needed to find a way to have it all...I've found a love for close outs shopping.  Now with close out shopping it's hit or miss, sometimes you will find good deals and sometimes you won't.  For me the key is stopping by the stores regularly to check out what they have.  I frequent … [Read more...]

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