I love couponing so much, I decided to become a teacher for Grocery Smarts.
I teach free classes and show you how to get everything you need at the grocery store and still leave $$$ in your pocket. I'll also teach you the best ways to get and organize your coupons. The best part of the class is when I show you how to match your current coupons up with the current local sales - getting the most bang for your buck!
August 30, 2008
Have a great holiday!
By the way, I found this Link if you're interested in 2 free issues of All You.
August 29, 2008
This time of year often brings on a sense of "storing" for the winter. You will start to see case lot sales happening in the next couple of weeks at a variety of stores. Hopefully you've budgeted well and didn't spend all your stash on back to school supplies and clothes for the kids.
As I realized this Labor Day holiday - is probably the last big BBQ of the season it got me to thinking.....what kind of supply do I have on condiments. Summer is the time to really stock up on those BBQ items (ketchup, mustard, BBQ sauce, pickles, paper products etc...). I went down to my (still messy) cold storage to take a visual inventory and I've done well with everything, but mustard. I did not have any mustard! How could I have gone all summer with out picking up mustard???? I did a mad dash to this weeks ads to see if I could find any on sale at Albertsons (this is where I'm going shopping this week). Whew....with great relief they actually had a 10 for $10 deal on mustard!
So I'm challenging you to take an inventory on your condiment supply to make sure you have enough to get you through the colder months or at least until the next sale!
August 28, 2008
Below are some links that you can read more about this situation.
It's a sad time to see people stooping to these levels to cheat someone else. It ends up hurting all of us!
August 25, 2008
These are the wonderful shelves in my cold storage room that my husband built for us last year. Notice these are almost empty. I was standing in the middle of the long narrow room, looking towards the end of the room.Turning the opposite direction (looking towards the door), you will see the shelves have some food and non food items (no organization at all).
This is me standing at the door (it looks okay, but not great).Another shot (to the right) at the doorway. Can you see where this is going?
Okay - those of you that are neat freaks can start screaming in horror now - it only gets worse from here.Yes, we are no longer in the cold storage, we have moved into the un-finished basement. Oh, but wait, there is one more.....AAAAAGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!! I don't even know what I have in food storage since it's all sitting in bags on the floor. Don't let this happen to you.
I have one child in school and the second will be going to pre-school next week. I have a challenge ahead of me. I'm hoping to use some of that time to organize this mess. Anyone want to help????? Wait for Part 2 - hopefully we will both be impressed! Keep watching....
August 22, 2008
My very favorite website is Kraft. I can't count the number of times that I've gone to that site and typed in a couple of items I have in my pantry and it's come up with a ton of recipe ideas to make with those ingredients. I'm going to put in another plug for them, because as part of their Kraft Community you can receive a free magazine filled from cover to cover with easy to make, everyday recipes. They also email me and allow me to try new products they put on the market. They usually send me a coupon for a free item and several others to share. I have been very pleased with Kraft. I've included a link to their magazine if you'd like to start receiving it as well. I think they put out 5 or 6 each year (it's almost time for the one they send for the Fall recipes). http://www.kraftfoods.com/kf/registration/contextualsignuplogin?RegistrationActivityID=1237
If you have any fun sites that you visit regularly I would love to hear about them. Who knows....maybe I'll add it to my list.
August 21, 2008
Easy to use
Simple to put together
Got the job done
Not enough cleaner
Pad kept slipping off of the foam handle
Smell could have been nicer - more refreshingAll in all - I liked the product. I washed two tubs and two sinks and that was about when the pad ran out of cleaner. It does state that you would need to remove the pad and use gloves to get into some tight spots (like around the faucet on your sink). I will probably continue to use this product.
I got this product for free through a new website I found called BzzAgent (www.bzzagent.com). I signed up and they contacted me to be a part of this campaign. Once you receive a product to try out - you need to talk about it (word of mouth, blog, online on their site etc....). If this kind of stuff interests you - you ought to sign up. I've signed up for a couple of others similar sites, but before I post about them, I wanted to try them out and see if I liked them or not. Hopefully you'll be hearing more - until then try out the new Scrubbing Bubbles Action Scrubber!
August 18, 2008
Make sure your printer is ready to go when you hit print. It won't let you go back and re-print another coupon. Their chicken sandwiches are pretty tasty if you haven't tried one!
UPDATE - Apparently this coupon is also in your Sunday Parade Magazine. Cut it out and enjoy! (Thanks - Tonya)
August 17, 2008
One thing I might recommend is that as you see coupons online (www.smartsource.com, www.boodle.com, www.coupons.com, etc....), you may want to start printing the ones you think you may use now. Sometimes the coupons reset and allow you to print more a month or so later. This will give you a good "stock" of coupons to use at some of these upcoming sales.
I get really excited this time of year. I've been looking forward to the Quaker sale. I started to coupon right about this time a year ago and did not get the stock of Quaker supplies that I would have liked to. I hope for your sake, you can take advantage of these great sales coming up!
August 15, 2008
http://www.asi-60320.com/form_poly.htm (hand warmers)
http://www3.3m.com/qfrm/ShowSurvey?surveyid=JOFOCMH8 (post it notes)
http://instoresnow.walmart.com/enhancedrendercontent_ektid48622.aspx (Orville Redenbacher popcorn cakes)
http://www.dhl-usa.com/dom/ship.asp?tcode=LADCFS (Free DHL overnight shipping bag)
http://www.cascadeclean.com/en_US/specialoffers.do (scroll to the bottom - Cascade coupons, free Cascade rinse agent. I tried several times for the rinse agent, but it kept asking me to identify where I had heard about the ad - I filled it out (twice) and then it ask me for my info and will send me coupons - I guess those will be as good as a free rinse).
Anyway - just posting this stuff for fun!
August 14, 2008
When I was first introduced to couponing almost one year ago through Grocery Smarts I was on fire. I couldn't wait to run to the store and buy, buy, buy. As I've been doing this - I have become smarter and wiser. Here are a couple of tips I wanted to pass on.
1 - Always check the size (lbs, oz's etc) on the ad vs. what you put in your cart. Check for flavor as well (I see this a lot with cereal - a store will only have certain kinds on sale - but not every flavor of that specific brand). You don't want to get to the register with the wrong sized product or flavor, you want to take advantage of the right items on sale.
2 - Have the right number of Sunday papers for your family's needs. When I first started I was not going to order 4 papers - that would be ridiculous to have that many delivered each Sunday. I now realize that in order to consume the products in which I purchase as well as add to my pantry, I need those extra coupons to get me to the next sale. I now get 4 papers and will be picking up a fifth soon.
3 - Buy the things you need for the week and really stock up on those items that are on sale that your family will use and consume. I didn't fully understand this when I first started couponing. If you've ever been to one of my classes, I show a picture of some of the items that I purchased on sale back in May. I use it as a game. As I looked at this weeks sale at Albertson's I realized that the items in my picture are the same items that are on sale this week. Boy was I thankful too. I went to the kitchen pantry to pull out the peanut butter last week only to notice it was gone. I ventured downstairs to my food storage for another jar and realized I was picking up the last one.
4 - This sort of plays off of #3, but it's worth saying. Really give yourself about 3 months to build a good variety in your pantry. When I first started, I did not have the coupons I needed/wanted to buy all the things that were on sale. Buy the things you absolutely have to have for use and consumption and purchase multiple items with your coupons. Sales repeat every 3-6 months and in that time you will have the coupons you did not have when you first started.
5 - Take this for what it's worth - but it's been very helpful to me. I find that when I have my children with me, I really have a hard time concentrating on the items I want to buy. (True story - I was at Smith's a few weeks ago to purchase some gift cards and pick up about 4 things. Please note: Husband has been gone all week to Scout camp and it was Friday night - 5 days with 3 kids home alone..... Anywho....I was patiently waiting for the man to ring up all the gift cards I was buying and turned around to notice my 3 and 6 year old playing hop scotch on the colored tiles on the floor. This is the same area in which busy shoppers are exiting the store. Several shoppers had to stop and wait for my very pre-occupied children to move. I could automatically feel the anger building because we had the "let's be good kids talk" before we came into the store. Finally the cards were purchased and I was off in a flash to pick up the few items I needed. As I made my way to the last aisle in the store for my much needed Coke fix - I realized the 3 and 6 year old were gone. Oh, lucky me I found them in the seasonal aisle, sword fighting with those foam noodles you take to the pool. NEVER AGAIN WILL I TAKE MY CHILDREN SHOPPING WITH ME AGAIN!!!!). So, take this for what it's worth and I hope you have more well behaved children than I do!
6 - Lastly - please have patience. By keeping up with couponing, you will see a huge savings in your budget as well as a full pantry. There have been weeks where I just get so busy I don't want to make time to cut out the coupons and I go to the store without them. I always leave the store more angry because I could have saved at least half or more with the coupons, had I just taken the time.
August 11, 2008
4 bags of MOM cereal
8 boxes of pop tarts
5 boxes of Crest toothpaste
8 boxes of granola bars
4 boxes of butter
3 boxes of Electrasol (Finish)
2 boxes of Yoplait drinkable yogurts
1 box of contact solution
and of course another box of California rolls.
I spent $42.74 on 36 items, making each item about $1.19 a piece. I saved a total of $55.93.
Not bad for couple of days work!
August 7, 2008
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Hurry though - only the first 10,000 people to fill out the form will get one. Offer expires 8/31/08.
August 5, 2008
With that being said - here's what I've heard.
I used to get my Albertson's and Smith's ad's on Tuesdays, but about a month ago, they started coming on Wednesdays. So I don't have my ad yet and cannot verify this information (hence the title of this blog). Rumor has it that Smith's is putting their Malt-o-Meal cereal on sale (4 for $4.00 - I think). If you read my blog a few days ago, there was a link to Malt-o-Meal for coupons. Hurry and print them. People were blogging and saying that the coupons would make the cereal free. This means a stampede tomorrow morning at your local Smiths.
Secondly - I heard rumors about Macey's.
Someone blogged about a VIP letter they had received from Macey's stating a secret "Family Preparedness Sale" at the Sandy location only. It's supposed to start tomorrow (Aug. 6th), but it won't go public with the sale until Aug 13th. They also want you to visit www.mywesternfamily.com to watch a webisode and then get a coupon for one free item. This will be going on for the next 13 weeks with a new free item each week.
All I can say is see ya in line with your MOM cereal and I wish I lived closer to Sandy to cash in on the great deals at Macey's. If any of you go - tell me what ya got.
This is what I got, but failed to also show the 2 loaves of Grandma Sycamore bread, 2 pkgs of 1lb chicken tenders, 4 Marie Callendars pot pies, 12 Yoplait yogurts, 1 gallon of Albertson's oj, & 1 bag of Albertson's hamburger buns.
I think the thing I was most excited about on this sale was the Propel water that I got. The Propel and Sobe drinks were 15 for $15. Last week when I was at Smith's they had a tearpad for Propel single drinks ($.50 off each). I just grabbed a small stack and threw them into my coupon holder hoping for a great sale. Well this week when Albertson's put them on sale, I got 7 for $.50. Wahoo! My kids love these and beg for them all the time.
I would love to hear some of your great finds..... and so would everyone else.
August 3, 2008
(This is not the picture on the current magazine. The current magazine is purple and pink on the front cover. I also found it at the checkstand - not back where Wal Mart keeps the books/magazines)
As I flipped through the pages, the first two coupons would have paid for the magazine itself. Here's just a quick idea of the coupons in the magazine.
- All detergent
- Tyson chicken
- Jif peanut butter
- Abaya or Hydrolage (hair care)
- Orville Redenbacher (mini smart cakes)
- Visine A
- Emerald (breakfast on the go)
- Nature Made vitamins
- Wonka nerds
- Kid Cuisine
- Peter Pan peanut butter
- Splenda mini's
- Dole fruit parfaits
- White Castle microwaveable hamburger/cheeseburgers
- Mini Wheats (blueberry muffin flavor)
- Farm Rich
- Smuckers uncrustables
- Sunny D
- Del Monte Fruit Chillers
- Friday's frozen snacks & skillet meals
- Boston Market frozen entrees
- Ore Ida frozen potatoes
- Smart Ones
- Spot Shot
- Glade (fabric & air odor eliminator)
- 2000 flushes
- Nabisco Wheat thins
- Kraft dressing
- Oscar Mayer hot dogs
- Crystal light
- Kraft Singles
- Whole Body Cleanse
- Greased Lightning
http://www.malt-o-meal.com/cereal-central/become-a-member/become-a-member.asp?id=1 (Malt-o-Meal, cereal central - sends special offers)
http://www.malt-o-meal.com/walmart/ (coupons to use at Wal Mart for Malt-o-Meal)
August 1, 2008
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