My One Year Anniversary With The Coupon Wizards


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This week marks my one year anniversary of my first extreme savings shopping trip under the guidance of The Coupon Wizards and what an amazing year it has been. I have no words to express my gratitude  to David and Andrea for their patience, time, knowledge and willingness to help so many people. I had been a Facebook fan for a few weeks and one day I saw something about Publix Italian days come through my feed so I clicked on it. I started asking questions and the next thing I know this … [Read more...]

Publix Italian Days Then and Now


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Publix sales and matchups are something I look forward too every week but this sale is one that I have been looking forward to for a year now, it's the perfect sale for an Italian home like mine. This is my one chance a year to stock up on items I use on a daily basis at rock bottom prices allowing me to stockpile what I need to provide for my family for several months to come. The above photo was my trip from Feb. 2011. Total $146.02,  OOP $25.43,  Saved $120.59 = 83% savings The photos … [Read more...]

Was This Unethical?


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You can always count on CVS to rotate the Pepsi and Coke 12 pack deals, just about every week one or the other is on sale right? Knowing that Coke was due to go on sale I held onto the $20.00 in EBC's I had from previous purchases to stock up for the summer. Then the Colgate deal came along this week and I added 4 more ECB's. I do not need toothpaste, however, I looked at this deal as a wash, spend $4.34 oop and get $4.00 in ECB's back to use on the Coke sale.  I was going to pay an extra … [Read more...]

Why Is My Total Higher Than I Expected?


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You plan your trip, you use the match ups and you have the coupons you need but your total is higher than you expected it to be. There are a few things that can cause this. If this happens to you consider making smaller trips, they are much easier to control. I added some suggestions for this below. What to look for Did you consider tax on your total? Look at your receipt, some products that we consider food is actually taxable. Did you add something to your cart that is not on your … [Read more...]

Perishable Shopping With Limited Freezer Space or Finances


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  When I ask people what their single largest grocery expense is, aside from diapers and formula the answer is usually meat. I agree, it's my largest expense too. If you are not in a position to stockpile meat due to your finances or freezer space then this little article may be very helpful to you. I used to shop for everything this way. There is just not enough room in a side by side right? The only reason I can stockpile meat is because I do have a freezer now and I am stocked up … [Read more...]

How Wizard Valerie Saved 91% and List Organization


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I bought the 10 pack of Publix $5/$30 store coupons from Wiz Clipz and you can only use one at a time so I had to split my transactions up.  I only had time for two stores today so I made sure they were the ones with coupons expiring or the sales price ending today. Total day   $114.60 ... OOP $10.49 ... Saved $104.11  =  91% savings MQ = Manufacture coupon SQ = Store Coupon OOP = Out of pocket   Transaction #1, Total $61.72 ... OOP $1.09 ... Saved $60.63 Not pictured is … [Read more...]

Valerie’s Cvs Trip and A Goof


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  Being that this is such a little trip the only reason I'm sharing with you is to show you my goof. What I did and what I should have done are 2 different things. I focused on the deal instead of the best OOP price.  There honestly wasn't anything I needed this week but I was curious to see if CVS has changed the skintimate ECB deal yet so I went. I am getting low on dish soap so I picked up a couple of those too. I only had 2 coupons for those. This also a good example of not … [Read more...]

Time to Use the Coupons


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I had a pretty stellar shopping trip 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 pick up from Walgreens. I also picked up 8 boxes of … [Read more...]

Wizard Valerie’s Shopping Day 1/24/11


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Today my fever broke so what do I do? Go shopping of course! I had seven errands to run which I did in 3 hours, came home put everything away and went back to bed but I had to get those gas cards at Publix this week! I spent 1 hour putting my day together using the match ups on The Coupon Wizards. This trip includes Publix, CVS and Walmart Total $223.89 OOP $80.02 Saved $143.87 Walmart Total $10.64 ... OOP ... $4.63 ... $6.01 2 Bic pens, 1/8 SS 2 White Cloud TP, $2.00 printable no … [Read more...]

Nabisco – Valerie’s Shopping Trip 1/11/12


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Nabisco Testing Trip   I decided to run errands today to test the Nabisco $3/3 coupon from the 1/8 SmartSource inserts. When we have a potentially controversial coupon we like to research it for you and for ourselves. Sometimes that means taking it to the store and talking with the Mgr or calling the manufacturer directly. This is one of those coupons because the photo shows full size boxes but the verbiage says ANY. So off I go to test 4 stores. None of the managers or cashiers … [Read more...]

Shopping Trip – David Saves 73% at Publix


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David's Shopping Trip After you have been couponing for a while, you will begin to "expect" certain things.  For example, I "expect" to save at least 65% every shopping trip.  Does that mean that I am going to?  Absolutely not.  There are plenty of times that I don't.  However, what I can tell you is that I save at least 65% every single time I spend the few minutes needed to do my planning spreadsheet.  When I don't plan, I blow my budget.  It's really that simple.  Here is an average, "run of … [Read more...]

Aldi – Save Money on VEGGIES and DAIRY!


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Aldi Saves Me Money Hey Wiz Kids! Today I headed to one of my favorite places for FRESH Veggies,  Affordable Dairy and other things that I don't generally have coupons for. ALDI! I love Aldi's "less-is-more approach" to shopping. It's not fancy. It's not high tech. It's honest to goodness grocery shopping. From the items they choose to sell in their store (they have less than 1500) and the simplistic designs of their stores and (lack of) displays, it's back to basics! Bring your own … [Read more...]

Wizard Adventures of a Beginning Couponer


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Wizard Melissa Adventures I have been couponing for approximately 9 months. No, not 9 years. Nine months. I had heard friends talking about scoring big with coupons, but I didn't realize how amazing it was until I was with a friend at Walgreens. She got her entire purchase for about $5, and then got money back!  I stayed up that night trying to figure out HOW she did it. Somehow I happened upon this site with this silly Wizard.......and began reading about Couponing Magic.  Really?  Okay. … [Read more...]

Grocery Trip – 1st In the Month of November


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Grocery Trip The good news is my stockpile is such that I don't have to go to make a grocery trip very often. The bad news is I don't get to shop as much as I would like too and I do so enjoy shopping. It wasn't that long ago that I thought I had to chase every deal every week then it hit me. I don't. Seriously, how many tubes of toothpaste or bottles of body wash does my home really need and how much more would I save if I stopped chasing deals? To be honest with you, I cannot remember … [Read more...]

Wizard Purple Is One Of My Favorite Colors


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Proud to be a Wizard This is Walgreens and Publix. I was loading my groceries when an employee comes over to help and say's to me wow Wizard Valerie! How many cats do have? I said none then I waited for it. Yep that deer in the headlights look, it didn't take too long LOL. He didn't know where to go from there haha so I told him everything is going to the shelter. I kept a straight face but busted up once I was in the car. Wags    Total $21.40 ... Paid $14.40 ... Saved $7.00 and … [Read more...]

Walmart – Valerie’s Shopping Trip/Attitude Adjustment


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Walmart Trip from Hell So here it is Sunday AND payday so why did I decide to go shopping today at Walmart? My initial response would be who the heck knows. Normally I am a very patient woman but 15 min in Walmart and I was going to steamroll the next rude inconsiderate person that crossed my path. Children running around and screaming everywhere, people stopping in mid isle with their cart not caring about anyone around them, ignoring me when I said excuse me and a woman who runs into my … [Read more...]