Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Don't throw away that coupon!

What do you do with your expired coupons?  Recycle bin?  Trash can?  Wait!  Don't throw away that coupon!  Did you know that overseas military bases can use coupons up to SIX months past the expiration date?  So don't throw them out, help support our troops!  There are simple and easy ways to do this.  The simplest is to send them to organizations that will process and send them overseas for you!  Here are two great groups, all it will cost you is a stamp or two!

Coups for Troops:

http://www.coupsfortroops.com/

The Krazy Coupon Lady:
http://thekrazycouponlady.com/coupons-for-military/

Please be sure you have you coupons clipped (sorted is greatly appreciated too) and that you have enough postage on your envelopes.  Normally, you can get 40-50 clipped coupons in an envelope for one stamp.  When I send mine, I like to send my food coupons in one envelope with 'expired food coupons' marked on the back and my non foods in another envelope marked as well. 

HAPPY COUPONING!

Wednesday, March 30, 2011

Yes, I'm a crazy coupon lady!

Today, the definition of a crazy coupon lady is going out in the rain because your son has declared he LOVES fruit roll ups and they are on sale and you have more coupons!  Yep, that was me this morning!  I did need an item from the store to make dinner tonight, but could have went to the corner Food Lion.  BUT, I found more coupons for the fruit roll ups and the sale ends today!  So off to Publix I went.  I did pretty good, spent 26.62 out of pocket and saved 27.61!  WAHOO!  Always a good trip when you save more than you spent!  Here's a few of my deals:

*1 pack (meal worth) pork chops - reg price would have been 6.23...sale 4.36

*Weight watchers ice cream bars - reg price 5.29....sale BOGO....minus 1.00 off one coupon.....final price 1.65!  This is an item I'd thought about trying but not for 5.29!  Sales/coupons are great for getting items you aren't sure if you'll like for cheap!

*Pillsbury frosting - reg price 1.79...sale 1.50...minus 40 cent coupon that doubled....final price 70 cents.

*Beechnut mini meals - reg price 2.00.....sale BOGO....minus 1.00 off one coupon.....final price FREE!!! 

And of course, the fruit rollups that I got for 80 cents a box. 

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, March 6, 2011

Be a good shopper, not "that" shopper.

We all have seen them, hopefully not BEEN them.  The crazy coupon shopper who is still digging thru her coupons at the register.  Or sending her shopping partner back down the aisles for more items while she's checking out.  Be ready for your cashier!  Not only will this save her a headache, but you as well.  (And the customers behind you!)  A little organization can go a long way.  Here are a few hints and tips to help you never be "that" shopper!

*Plan your trip.  Make your list of sale items before you leave home. 
*Pull your coupons, either as you shop, or before you leave home.  Personally, I like to pull the coupons I know I'm going to use and put them in the front of my coupon wallet.  Then as I shop, I match them up and put them in a pile to give my cashier.
*Have you coupons clipped!  I know that from time to time there are flyers in the store with additional coupons but don't bring the Sunday inserts with you and stand in the check out line clipping the ones you want to use! 
*Don't still be shopping while checking out.  Yep, we've all seen it.  A shopper remembers a deal, or finds an extra coupon and sends whoever's with her back down the aisles.  If you forgot to grab a gallon of milk, and they can be back before your done, okay.  If you have 10 more items for them to go grab, not okay!  You can always go back thru the line. 

To be a good coupon shopper, you don't have to be super organized - I'm not!  But a little organization will help you save more money and not be "that" crazy shopper!

Happy Shopping!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Rewards Clubs

It seems like every store has got them now, those dang rewards clubs.  I for one find them irritating.  If something's on sale, why can't it just be on sale instead of 'with your card'.  I have a separate key ring in my purse that I keep JUST all those dang cards on.  Alot of places now can enter your phone number on the register but I still carry them, just in case. 


But, be sure to sign up for any free rewards clubs you find!  And make sure your information stays up to date.  Not only do you get the sale prices in the stores, but you can get other goodies from time to time as well.  I don't shop alot at Kroger, but I do have a Kroger rewards card.  Yesterday in the mail, I received an envelope full of coupons from Kroger!  Including some for free veggies, free eggs, free salad dressing and free ice cream!  There were about 10 other coupons in there as well.  Pretty nice!

HAPPY SHOPPING!

Thursday, January 27, 2011

I love freebies!

A while back, Bath and Body Works introduced a 'club' called I luv BBW.  It was free, so I signed up.  As a member, they sent me a card that I can take into my local Bath and Body works store, once a month on a Thursday, and get a free gift!   (Sadly, they've closed the application for it).  Today, I headed over to redeem my January freebie, and was pleasantly shocked at what I got.  A full size hand soap, a pocket bac hand sanitizer, and a pocket bac holder (straps onto things).  Total cost would have been 7.00 total!  WAHOO!!  I love a freebie, especially a GREAT freebie!!
Thank you Bath and Body Works!!! 

Happy Shopping!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

Be prepared

To maximize your coupon savings, you gotta be organized.  If you are at the store, but your coupons are at home, that's not going to save you any money!  There are lots of ways to organize your coupons, although I'm not going to go over them all today, I'm just gonna share what works for me.  But what works for you might not work for me and vise versa.  For me, I have a wallet style coupon holder that I have my coupons in, organized by category.  If I have a lot of the same coupon, and sometimes the same style/type, I paperclip them together.  Coupons I know I won't use, go into a plastic shoebox, for sharing later.   I keep my coupons in my purse, as there are times I might need to stop by the store and I hate not having my coupons, especially when I know I have a coupon for something I'm buying.  Even though it might only be 25 cents, that's 25 cents I don't have to spend. 

Some other methods that coupons use are the binder system and the file system.  Since I don't use these, I'll be gathering some more information on them before posting. 

Happy Shopping!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

Choosing a coupon friendly cashier

We've all been there, you get to the register and the cashier takes FOREVER to read every single line of each individual coupon.  Read Renita's article HERE about choosing a coupon friendly cashier.

Happy Shopping!

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

Getting Started

When I started couponing, I was just looking for ways to cut corners in our budget.  I joined a yahoo couponing group, and that's where I really learned how much coupons could save me! Lucky for me, I found  Renita Perrone, who taught me everything I know about couponing!!  (And became a great friend in the process!) 

Check out her book, Wow!  You Saved How Much? 

Welcome to my Blog!

Since I get alot of emails/comments/etc on how I 'cut corners', mostly in my grocery bill, I decided it was time to start a blog and put it all in one spot.  I'll be posting deals, coupon advice and anything else that pops up!  Thanks for joining me!