Back Into Couponing!

While I was super sick in the fall and early winter, I decided not to coupon.  I just didn’t have time or energy.  That’s what is nice about having a stockpile of necessities – we only had to buy one or two necessities during those months without coupons!

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7 Tips to Save Your Family More Than $4,000/Year

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We all like to save money.  What started out as a necessity in our household has become somewhat of a game for me.  How much money can I save during this shopping trip?  How can we save an extra $20 this month?  Can we get by on $25 worth of groceries this week (without going hungry)?  It’s my own personal challenge. ;)

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Define Necessity

I saw this image going around Facebook the entire week of Thanksgiving, and it struck a chord with me.

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I’ve been trying to live by this philosophy for quite a while.  When Hubster was in grad school and I got pregnant with C/lost my job/dropped out of grad school, we ended up living below the federal poverty line for two years.  I became somewhat of a wizard with our finances.  We sold things that we didn’t need.  We started grocery shopping at Aldi or buying only sale items at the bigger grocery stores.  I learned how to coupon, and then how to coupon effectively by matching manufacturer coupons with store sales and incentives.  We cut unnecessary expenses out of our lives.  We bought each other a joint Christmas gift instead of numerous gifts, and we bought them on Black Friday so that we saved the maximum amount of money on them.

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Another Day, Another Dollar

It’s the beginning of a new week, which means that I have my coupons clipped, scouted the best deals, and sorted lists and coupons by store!

Ready, Set, Save!

I’m so glad that I’m able to contribute to our finances with couponing.  Standing at the checkout and watching my total come down with the scanning of each coupon is an awesome high.  It’s like a game to see what I can get for $1 or less each week. :)

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Score FREE Desitin Diaper Cream at Target!

I am *so* excited to share this deal with you!  Right now, there is an unadvertised deal at Target on Desitin Diaper Cream…and an unadvertised sale.

The unadvertised deal is that you will get a $5 Target gift card when you purchase three Desitin Diaper Cream products, through 2/4.  The unadvertised sale is that the purple box of Desitin that says “20% more” is ringing up as $2.48.  You can score three boxes for free when you print three of these coupons and combine them with the sales: $1.00/1 – Desitin Diaper Rash product, Any (excludes 1 oz.) – (smartsource.com) .  You may need to use two computers in order to print three of these, but I was able to do it with one computer.

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Couponing 201: Strategy and Cost Standards

Here is lesson two in my couponing series!  You can find the first one, Couponing 101, here.  Today we’ll go more in-depth about couponing strategy.

I’ve found that it’s best to purchase two newspapers each week.  Be sure to check to see if the coupon inserts are inside before buying your papers!  There are people that steal coupon inserts or sometimes a paper gets missed in the stuffing process, but you don’t want to get home and discover that they’re missing.

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Couponing 101

By popular demand, I bring to you some basic couponing tips!  A coworker of Hubster’s taught me how to coupon nearly five months ago and it has become a hobby of mine.  The following are tips that she taught me as well as things that I have learned since I started couponing.  Happy savings!

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Free and Super-Cheap Items – Week of 7/24

Here are some of the awesome deals I found around town this week.  For more information on how to coupon at Walgreens (it’s the trickiest drugstore to shop in, but has fantastic savings!) or CVS, The Krazy Coupon Lady site has the best information!

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This Week’s Deals Around Town

I’ve recently gotten into couponing and here are the deals that I found around town this week:

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Buy 10 SmartWater (20 oz)  or VitaminWater for $10, get a 6-pk of 20 oz SmartWater free
There are B2G1 coupons on Target.com for VitaminWater.  I chose to get SmartWater, so ended up getting 16 bottles for about 62.5 cents each.  The savings will be greater if you use 2 of those coupons and get VitaminWater.

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I got $40-worth of stuff for $0.66 at CVS!

This was my first week of 98% savings and I am SO excited!

The original price of the merchandise was $40.03, minus the sale prices from my CVS card, a few manufacturer coupons, and some ExtraBucks that I had earned last week…and I only paid $0.66 out of pocket and even walked out with $8.79 in ExtraBucks that I can use in the next few weeks.  :)

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I Love Coupons

I think couponing is a way of embracing my new role as a stay-at-home mom.  While I do work from home, I also recognize the need to save money and keep a tight budget since we don’t have two full-time incomes.  Diapers are expensive, aren’t they?!  ;)

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