Manage Your Time with My Favorite Way


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How Do You Manage Your Time? When someone asks me what’s the best way to manage your time, I always respond, a full-sized, 9 x 11, planner! I’ve tried keeping my to-dos and appointments on my phone, the computer, my online calendar, etc., but with me, there’s just something about a paper planner. When I write it down, it stays in my brain. Although my planner is open every day, having my to dos in my brain as well, helps me a lot. What Method Works Best for You? I actually do use other … [Read more...]

Expiration Dates & My Embarrassing Lesson


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Do You Know Your Expiration Dates? A long time ago, I had visitors to my house. My parents and my brother and his family. I learned a very embarrassing lesson during their stay. I was serving dinner, which included a salad. On the table, I had placed condiments like Ranch dressing, Italian dressing, mayonnaise, etc. My sister-in-law poured on the Ranch, took a bite and spit it out. Same thing with my Father and the Italian. What the heck was going on? The dressings were way past their … [Read more...]

High Value Coupon – Free Medlee Seasoned Butter


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High Value Coupon for Medlee Snag this high value coupon for FREE Medlee Seasoned Butter, up to $2.99. At least it should be free at most stores. I think I saw that they're 2/$6 at my Publix so I guess I'll have to pay a penny. So, almost free at Publix ;-) You have to login or signup if you don't already have a Qples account, but it's pretty easy. *Also Note* that I could NOT get this to work in Firefox, but had no issues with Chrome. It printed a blank page with FF, just so you know. This … [Read more...]

Keep Your Desk Clear for More Productivity


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Do You Keep Your Desk Clear? Happy National Clean Off Your Desk Day! An important part of staying organized while you work is to keep your desk clear. Only have the items out that you need on a daily basis and maybe one or two nick-knacks or pictures to personalize it. If you look at my desk, you'll see minimal objects upon it. I keep items organized in folders, things I use a lot, but maybe not daily, in the little file cabinet beside my desk and the items I don't use a lot, in the tall … [Read more...]

My Great New Years Resolution for 2020


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My Great New Years Resolution for 2020 Do you have a New Years Resolution for 2020? I have one, but first a story. Once upon a time, there was this couponing blog called The Coupon Wizards that was started by a group of 4 people, one of which was David that some of you know, and quickly, this “little blog” grew to 10+ admins, plus the original 4, that was bringing you all the top couponing deals around the nation. We had about 15 stores we covered, along with live webinars, online daily … [Read more...]

The Coupon Wizards – Come Save with Me!


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Join me on MeWe! See everything I post (Easy signup here). Also join me on Telegram (also easy to sign up)! No censorship. No tracking. The best part about MeWe is live chat! Chat with me or other members in real time. I'm loving both so far. The best part? They're always FREE!   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 … [Read more...]

Auto Insurance – Trimming the Fat Tip #1


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Trimming the Fat on Your Auto Insurance 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 … [Read more...]

What to Expect from Coupons – March Edition


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What to Expect from Coupons in March Ready to learn about what to expect from 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 … [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...]

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