Since it's almost the end of the month already I just wanted to remind you to print any coupons that you might want before they reset on the 1st. You might want to take a few minutes to scroll through the pages scanning for anything you normally buy and would like to save money on! Then, remember to come back on the 1st to find the new coupons for the month!! Don't worry, I'll remind you! ;)
If you have little ones at home here's a coupon you don't want to pass up. You can get $3/2 packages of Huggies wipes (scroll through the page until you are able to find it). Their is no size restriction on the coupon so you'll be able to get two of the smaller packages in order to save more with this coupon. Print it now, it may go fast!
If you're planning to head out and about this weekend and have a Bath & Body Works nearby, you should definitely print this coupon! You can get a FREE Candle (1.6 oz) from Bath & Body Works New Escape Home Fragrance Collection this weekend only (1/28-1/30). No purchase is necessary, offer good while supplies last. Who doesn't want a FREE candle?
Here's a great coupon for $0.50/1 Hamburger Helper! This is on sale often at my stores for close to $1, making it free or almost-free if your store doubles coupons!! Print it now, it may not last long!
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As a mom I sometimes "forget" my calling. I sometimes (too often really) fall into a selfish mode of wanting to get "my" things done. Whether it be cleaning house, working on my to-do list, getting online, reading a book, whatever it is, I sometimes get caught up in doing my own thing and wish, selfishly, that I had some more alone time to just get things done. I have to admit that hearing the words-- "Mommy, can I have this? Mommy, I need this. Mommy, will you play with me? Mommy will you help me?"--sometimes just gets on my nerves and I wish desperately for some alone time....
But it's days like today when I'm reminded of my calling. God has blessed me with two wonderful, beautiful little girls and I want to be a good mom to them. I want to care for their every need without being annoyed. I want to love spending every minute of the day with them without silently complaining about it. I want to enjoy every minute that I have with them as little girls. My girls are gifts from God. He chose ME to be their mother and He expects ME to honor Him by doing my very best at fulfilling the calling He has given me. So, I'm thankful today that He reminded me of what it means to be a mommy and wife, and that sometimes, I just need to forget about what needs to be done around the house and just slow down and enjoy the beautiful blessings God has bestowed upon me. I came across this poem on another blog I follow, The Stay-at-Home-Missionary, and I thought it was very fitting for how I was feeling today. I pray that I can have this attitude more often and am definitely going to try to be more intentional about my "work." I think it's a wonderful read for any mom or wife, so please take the time to read it below.
I have the greatest work in the world;
The job of rocking a baby to sleep,
That of guiding his tottering feet,
A baby's clothes to launder and fold,
A precious life to shape and mold,
A drink to give from a little cup,
At night his toys to gather up,
Hurts to heal and fears to quell,
A baby to keep clean and well,
A stack of diapers to put,
Oh, what a happy worthwhile day!
I am a "Mother."
I have the greatest work in to world;
A husband to encourage when things go wrong,
When he comes from work to greet with a song,
Denims and shirts to wash and mend,
A helping hand, when needed, to lend,
Three times a day is meals to cook,
To strive to be my best to look,
His back to rub at the close of the day,
For his faithfulness to God I pray,
When hubby's in the field I take lemonade,
for all these tasks his love has Paid.
I am a " Wife."
I have the greatest work in the world;
A home to keep happy, clean and bright,
Make things go smooth and strive for the right,
Jams to cook and jellies to make,
Cookies and pies and bread to bake,
Washing, ironing, and sewing to do,
So many tasks, will I ever get through?
Lettuce to wash and peas to pick,
floors to scrub, lost items to seek,
Dishes to wash and windows to shine,
These and many more tasks are mine.
I am a "Homemaker."
Help me, Father, to faithfully work,
Forgive if I unconsciously shirk,
give me the patience and love I pray,
To keep myself in duties way;
With all the hustle that each day brings
May I not neglect the needing things;
Each day to spend time alone with Thee
That Jesus Christ be seen in me.
Thank you for husband, our home, our girls and boys;
Well, as promised, here is the blog about my weekly trip to Homeland! Before I tell you the totals and percentages and everything I was able to snag for this low price, let me tell you about my mistake. I completely miscalculated the price of the Lipton Tea with my coupon resulting in me paying $2 OOP that I didn't plan on doing. The tea wasn't on my list, and I just saw it in the store. I grabbed it up too quickly without really looking at my coupon which caused me to end up paying more than I normally would have. I know I'm obsessive!
So here are the stats:
My total for ALL of the above came to: $12.89
Total before coupons: $72.20!!
That's a savings of 86%!!!
Here's what I brought home:
2 boxes of Lipton Tea (that I shouldn't have gotten...)--$1 each
2 tubes of Crest Kid's Toothepaste for FREE
2 jars of Worcestershire sauce for FREE
2 boxes of Velveeta Mac & Chees for FREE (my store doesn't carry the Kraft Homestyle in the ad, but since I had a coupon and asked them they let me have the Velvetta Mac & Cheese for that price)
12 bags of Birdseye frozen veggies for 32 cents each
2 pkg. Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Thighs--68 cents and 40 cents
1 pkg. Pilgrim's Pride Chicken Drumsticks--28 cents
2 pkg. Red River Ranch Beef Cube Steak--11 cents and 20 cents
1 Skittles--27 cents
1 Starburst--27 cents
"Like" Dollar General on Facebook and print this coupon now to save $5/$25 purchase at Dollar General, tomorrow only!! Grab the your box of coupons and see how many good deals you can find. I've also been told they are having their $.25 Christmas clearance, so you might be able to stock up on some Christmas items for next year!
This week at Homeland looks pretty nice! Check out all the items you can get for FREE and under a dollar by matching your coupons! If you are new to couponing, don't give up! It takes a few weeks to accumulate your coupons and be able to take advantage of all the deals. Keep clipping and saving those coupons, and in a few weeks you'll be having just as much fun as the rest of us! ;) Plus there are a lot of printable coupons available so you can snatch up some of those deals if you haven't built up a large collection of coupons from the newspapers! If you need a refresher on the lingo, you can brush up on it over here!
First the meat! Always take your meat coupons. Look for the meat that they have reduced for quick sale. It's still good, and if you do this you can usually get your meat for $1 or less!!
*Items not on sale but that you can still get for FREE or cheap*
French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce $1.80
Use $.75/1 French's Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce SS 1-23-10 (EXP. 4-30-11) Final price: $.30
French's Worcestershire Sauce $1.49
Use $.75/1 French's Worcestershire Sauce SS 1-23-11 (EXP.3-31-11) Final price: FREE!
Kikkoman Soy Sauce 10-oz. $2.09 Use $1.00/1 Kikkoman printable Final price: $.09!
Best Choice Medium Eggs $1.25
Use $.55/1 Carton of Eggs wyb any Kikkoman RP 1-23-11 (EXP. 7-31-11) Combine both coupons and get $.09 Kikkoman & $.15 Eggs!!
Gain Dish Soap $.99
Use $.25/1 Gain Dish Soap P&G 1-16-10 (EXP. 2-28-11) Final price: $.50
Zone Perfect Single Bars $1.39
Use $.55/1 Zone Perfect Bar SS 1-16-10 (EXP. 3-31-11) Final price: $.29
Uncle Ben's Rice Products $2.39
Use $1.00/1 Uncle Ben's White or Brown Rice RP 1-9-10 (EXP. 3-6-11) Final price: $.39
Rhodes Frozen Warm 'n Serve Rolls $2.49 - $2.69
Use $1.00/1 Rhodes Warm -n-Serve Rolls RP 1-23-11 (EXP. 4-30-11) Final price: $.49- $.69
Today I decided to try my luck at Walgreen's with coupons. I've been succeeding at Homeland for several weeks now, but was too afraid to try out Walgreen's because of the different ins and outs of stacking store coupons with manufacturer coupons and using register rewards. I felt overwhelmed trying to figure it all out, but in the end it was a great experience and I can't wait to see what great finds I can get next week. So here's what I was able to snag:
This is how I did it:
Transaction one: I bought the Shave Gel, and the Pantene Pro-V Shampoo and Conditioner and paid $8.09, I received $5 of RR, so this was only $3.09 OOP (Out of Pocket)
Transaction two: I bought the Huggies Diapers, and the two Laffy Taffy (fillers, explained below) and paid $3.53 because I applied the $5 RR received above to this transaction. I also received $2 RR from this transaction, so this one was only $1.53 OOP.
So, both transactions together, I spent $4.62 OOP money and got $26.16 worth of product! That's a savings of 83%!! Not bad for my first time, and I even have $2 of RR ready to spend for next week!
Huggies Diapers, Jumbo Pack: Reg. Price: 11.99, Sale Price: 8.99, Price after Register Rewards: 6.99, plus I had a $1.50 coupon, so these diapers were only $5.49
Pantene Pro-V Shampoo: Reg. Price: $4.49, Sale Price: $3.50, Price after RR: $2.50, plus I had a coupon for $3/2, so this Shampoo only cost me $1.00
Pantene Pro-V Conditioner: Reg. Price: $4.49, Sale Price: $3.50, Price after RR: $2.50, plus I had a coupon for $3/2, so this Conditioner only cost me $1.00
Nivea Arctic Freeze Shave Gel: Reg. Price: $4.99, Sale Price: $3.99, Price after RR: $3.00, plus I had a coupon for $1/1 from a tearpad in the store, so this Shave Gel was FREE!
2 Laffy Taffy Candies for 10 cents each. (These were filler items, explained below)...No, they're not pictured. Yes, I've already eaten them. Don't judge. :)
Filler Items: At Walgreens, the coupon policy states you must have at least one product for every manufacturer coupon you use. The RR are considered manufacturer coupons. Since I knew I was going to use my two sets of RR to help pay for my one item (Huggies), I knew I had to have 2 more items. Instead of wasting money too much money on something I didn't need, I just grabbed the two Laffy Taffy for 10 cents each to be my other two items, that way the register didn't beep with too many manufacturer coupons being used towards my Huggies!
Since this was my first time using Walgreen's I didn't post any match-ups for the week, however, starting next week I will try to start posting weekly coupon match-ups so you can find some great deals too!
I've been wanting to do a series of posts on the basics of couponing for those of you with questions on how to get started. I'm going to call this series Savings 101 and plan on updating it with the various questions that others have asked me or that I had when I first began.
So for tonight let's answer just a few questions.
Why should I use coupons?
This answer is easy! To save you and your family money! To have fun and to get an emotional boost when you see the percentage saved on your receipt!
What exactly is couponing?
This is the art of clipping, saving, and matching coupons with the sales ads from your local stores. Your ultimate goal is to only use a coupon on an item that is already on sale. This will guarantee the lowest price possible on that item.
Can I really save money if the store brand is cheaper?
This was one of my main hang ups before I started using coupons. I would keep a coupon, take it to the store, look at the regular price and decide the store brand was cheaper. I thought it was useless to coupon. That was until I actually got started and read others testimonials to how much money they were saving.
Let's look at an example: Let's say that I have a coupon for $1/1 box of Cheerios. If you take this coupon to a store and see that the Cheerios are over $3 and you only get $1 off, then, yes, the store brand is probably cheaper. BUT, if you take this coupon to a store where the Cheerios are on sale for let's say $2.50. Then you use your $1 coupon and your box of Cheerios is then just $1.50 making them cheaper then the store brand. However, IF your store doubles (such as Homeland, Nichols Dollar Saver, Apple Market, etc) then this deal would be even sweeter. That same $1/1 coupon would end up getting you $2 off the box of Cheerios making you only pay $.50! Now, that's a way better deal than the store brand!
So, don't get caught up in thinking store brand is always cheaper, because the whole idea of using a coupon is to use it when the item is on sale! When I caught on to this concept I was so excited to see how many products I was able to get for such a low price. Shopping became so much fun!
All the coupons are for products I don't buy, should I clip them anyway?
Yes! If you're going to use coupons you can't be brand loyal. You just have to be aiming to get whatever item it is at the lowest price possible. This was another hurdle for me. I was so used to buying the store brand to save money that I thought all coupons were for products that I didn't buy. Boy, was I wrong! If you use toothepaste, soaps, deodorant (which we all hope you do!), or if you eat anything at all there are coupons for items that you use. You just have to know where to get the coupons.
Stay tuned for the next segment of Couponing 101 where I will address more questions about the basics of using coupons!
Well, this story doesn't really have anything to do with being frugal and using coupons, but it has everything to do with being on the lookout for awesome deals! My husband and I went to Best Buy over the weekend because I had a gift card to spend that I had earned through my Scentsy business. I was looking up and down the aisles trying to decide what would be the best use of the money when I jokingly told my husband I was going to get a CHI. Now, if you know me you know that I would NEVER spend $100 on a flat iron for myself. I'm just too frugal for that! :) But when I walked down the aisle, I noticed that the black ones were marked the regular retail price of $99.99, but the pink ones were all hanging on a tag that said $29.99! I grabbed it as fast as I could and told my husband that if they would really sell it to me for that price I couldn't pass it up. We gathered a few more items to fulfill the giftcard amount and went to the cashier. When she scanned the CHI it rang up for $99.99, of course. I very politely told her that it was marked $29.99 and that if it was $99.99 that I would just like to put it back. She went and checked the price, told the manager, and they sold it to me for $29.99!! I was super excited! So, I now own my very first CHI flat iron that I only had to pay $29.99 for (which really was given to me on a gift card from my Scentsy business) AND it's even PINK!!
Make sure you keep your eyes peeled when you're out and about, and don't be shy about asking the store if you see something mismarked. You might just find a deal as sweet as I did!
If you live near a Papa Murphy's Pizza, here's a great deal for you! Today (1/24) only, you can purchase a $10 gift card for Papa Murphy’s Pizza for just $5 from Plum District. Papa Murphy’s has delicious pizza that is made fresh while you wait and you bake it when you get home! The gift card is good for anything on the Papa Murphy’s menu and at any location. My husband and I really liked this place when we lived near one, but now I can't take advantage of this deal myself since I don't have one close by.