Showing posts with label How to Start Couponing. Show all posts
Showing posts with label How to Start Couponing. Show all posts

Saturday, February 11, 2012

Super Saving Saturday - Coupons

New Coupons to PRINT now

80¢ off Hamburger Helper® Home Cooked Skillet Meals Printable Coupon

$1.40 off when you buy EIGHT HOT POCKETS® Brand Items

75¢ off when you buy any TWO GERBER® JUICE

$1.00 off Totino's® Crisp Crust Party Pizza® Products

40¢ off Fiber One® 90 Calorie Chewy Bars or Brownies

$1.75 off when you buy any TWO Pedialyte® Products

$1.50 off AVENT BPA-Free Toddler Cup

$1.50 off when you buy any ONE AVENT Pacifier Pack

$3.00 off AVENT Multi-pack BPA-Free Baby Bottles

$1.00 off when you buy TWO select General Mills cereals

50¢ off when you buy EIGHT CUPS any variety Yoplait® Yogurt

50¢ off when you buy ONE BOX Fun da-middles™ Cupcake Mix

80¢ off Multi Grain Cheerios® Peanut Butter cereal

40¢ off Pillsbury® Sweet Rolls OR Grands!® Sweet Rolls

30¢ off when you buy any Yoplait® Lactose-Free Yogurt cups

75¢ off ONE package of Yoplait® Light yogurt with Granola

50¢ off when you buy ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal

50¢ off Lucky Charms®, Golden Grahams®, Chex Mix® Milk' Bar

50¢ off Ocean Spray® Fruit Flavored Snacks

75¢ off any ONE Nature's Bounty® Vitamin or Supplement

$1.25 off when you buy any ONE Disney or Marvel Vitamins

$1.75 off when you buy any TWO NatureSmart Ester-C® items

40¢ off when you buy THREE Pillsbury® Crescent Dinner Rolls

50¢ off when you buy Betty Crocker® Fruit flavored snacks

$1.00 off StarKist Selects® cans

65¢ off Knorr® Homestyle Stock when you buy ONE Knorr® Homestyle Stock

$1.25 off Glucerna® Multi-Pack Bars or Multi-Pack Shakes


$1.10 off COFFEE-MATE® NATURAL BLISS™ coffee creamers

$1.85 off NESTLÉ® COFFEE-MATE® creamers

75¢ off when you buy any ONE Dean's® Heat 'n Eat Dip

$1.00 off POST Honey Bunches of Oats NEW Fruit Blends

65¢ off YoCrunch® Yogurt Cups Granola, Candy/Cookie Crunch Printable Coupon

$1.00 off WONKA® Fun Dip, Pixy Stix®, Nerds® Card/Candy Kit Printable Coupon

$1.00 off Nestlé® Crunch® or Nestlé® Butterfinger® Hearts Printable Coupon

$5.00 off Philips Norelco Shaving Replacement Head Printable Coupon

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Monday, February 6, 2012

Money Saving Monday - BOGO deals & Coupons

Buy One Get One Free

One of the best coupon deals is a BOGO deal. Most people don't realize you can still use a coupon on the item that is full price. Check with your stores coupon policy to see if you are allowed to do this. 

Here is how it works, if there is a BOGO store sale and you have a coupon for B1G1. That would make both items for free. One item is a store deal and one is a manufacture deal. Since the store deal is for a free item, the the one you are purchasing is with a coupon. You are getting that one free from the manufacture of the coupon.

You can also use a coupon and a B1G1 coupon. If you have a $0.50/1 coupon and a B1G1 coupon you can use both. The $0.50/1 will be off the full price item and then you are getting one for free. *

With a store BOGO deal sometimes you can use two coupons, one for the original priced item and one for the free item. If you have 2 coupons for $2/1 you may be allowed to use them both on both items. This may make both free. This is may not be the case at most stores. After the extreme couponing show aired many stores changed their coupon policy to not allow this type of transaction. Please check with your store before trying to do this scenario. Most stores around me have canceled this type of transaction.*

If your store does not allow you to use two coupons, you are still allowed to use a coupon off two items. These coupons are usually higher in value and you can get some even better deals. If the store offered a BOGO deal and you also had a coupon for $2 off 2 items then you can still use this coupon with your purchase. *

I am not an expert, and don't know everything, but I love to share what I have learned with you. I hope this helps clear up some confusion on using coupons with BOGO deals.

*Be sure to check and read your stores coupon policy carefully before you try to do any of these scenarios. All stores are different and have different coupon policies. These are possible scenarios at different stores. Most stores will not allow you to do all of these scenarios.

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Friday, February 3, 2012

Friday Finals - Kroger Mega Event & Tom Thumb

It has been announced that we are officially out of the drought here in North Texas. This is really good news for us, since our lake is now only 5 feet under normal levels. At the end of summer we were 16 feet and falling. If we did not get rain this winter, we were going to be restricted to only drinking and bathing water. I was trying to explain this to my daughter, she said we could just drink milk. I love the way a child’s mind works. She is 10 and I want her to have an understanding of the world and how each thing is connected. So I had to tell her without water the cows won’t have anything to drink or eat either. Then I saw her little light bulb go off right above her head.
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Now on to shopping. We had an awesome Link party last week with 26 entries. Stop by these sites to be inspired to save. Here are the top Links from last week:

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Here are my shopping trips for this week:

Tom Thumb 02/02/12

3 Wolf Brand Chili $0.99 each - $0.75/3 Wolf Brand
            -Final $0.75 each
2 Mission flour tortillas $0.99 each Store coupon
1 Starkist Tuna Pouch $1.19 - $0.50/1 doubled Tuna Pouch RP 01/01/12
            -Final $0.19

I spent $4.39 and saved $10.27 on $14.39 worth of groceries this trip.

Tom Thumb 01/31/12

1 Pillsbury Frosting $1.99 - $0.35/1 tripled Pillsbury frosting or Brownie mix expired
            -Final $0.94
1 Starkist Tuna Pouch $1.19 - $0.50/1 doubled Tuna Pouch RP 01/01/12
            -Final $0.19
2 Bear Creek Soup mix B1G1 $4.49 - $1/1 Bear Creek Soup mix SS 10/23/11
            -Final $1.75 each
2 18 count eggs store coupon $1.99 each
2 Clorox wipes $1.99 each - $1/2 Clorox wipes expired
            -Final $1.50 each
2 Mrs. Bairds Bread B1G1 $3.19 - $0.55/1 Mrs. Bairds bread SS 01/22/12
            -Final $1.32 each

I spent $14.47 and saved $17.89 on $32.36 worth of Groceries this trip.

Kroger Mega Event 1/31/12
            MEI = Mega Event Item $0.50 off

2 Garden of Eatin Chips $2.19 each – MEI
            -Final $1.69 each – I forgot my coupon for $1/2
4 Goldfish crackers $1.49 – MEI
            -Final $0.99 each
2 Welch’s Essentials Juice $2.49 each – MEI, 2 $1/1 Welch’s Essential Juice SS 11/06/11
            -Final $0.99 each
1 Pullups $9.49 - $3.00/1 Kroger ecoupon
            -Final $6.49
2 Ritz Whole Wheat Crackers $2.49 each – MEI, $1 Ritz Crackers Printable NLA
            -Final $1.49 each
10 Cans Hunts Tomatoes $0.98 – MEI, 2 $0.40/2, 2 $0.60/3 Hunts Printable coupons
            -Final $0.28 each * Stockpile item
1 Hummus Clearance Section $0.99
1 Millstone K-Cup Coffee $7.99 - $2/1 Millstone K-Cup RP 12/11/11
            -Final $5.99

I spent $29.27 and saved $28.08 on $57.35 worth of Groceries this trip. I bought organic chips, whole wheat crackers, all natural juice and all natural hummus using coupons and sales.

I spent $48.13 and saved $56.24 worth of groceries and necessities this week. I love to save more than I spend.

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One of the best ways to learn how to coupon is to read others posts and you will also find more deals. If you stop by leave them a comment. Link up your savings trips here, or leave a comment so we can see how you did this week. How did your saving trips go this week?

Monday, December 19, 2011

Money Saving Monday - Grocery Budget

Some of you are wondering how I can have such a small budget of $60 for a family of five and still eat healthy and good food. Here are a few things I do to keep my budget down.

I have a ridiculously low budget for all my toiletries per week. Since I have started learning the basics of extreme couponing, I have found I can budget around $5.00 each week on items such as toilet paper, deodorant, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrushes, razors, makeup, hairspray, soap ect... This is my budget for all of my toiletries for a family of five. That is $1.00 per person per week.

How is this even possible? I usually buy these items at the drugstores near me CVS or Walgreens. I am always amazed how many items I can get for free or close to free by using the drugstores reward program. Read my Extreme Couponing at the Drugstore post to learn more. Since I get most of my toiletries for free, this really helps stretch my $5.00 budget pretty far. Most toiletry items are used and then thrown away in the trash such as toilet paper and razors. I hate spending my money on things that get thrown away. I might as well just take my money and throw it in the trash too. Boo on that.

Here is how I can get most of these items for FREE or close to free. I LOVE FREE. I scan the ad for the drugstores to see if there are any FREE items for the week. Usually there are one or two items for free each week when combined with their reward program. I will always pick these items up. Especially if it is a food item. If we will not eat, I can always donate it. Then I look to see if there are any items we use. It doesn’t matter if we need it or not right now. If it is something I know I can use and it is at a rock bottom price and I have a coupon for it, I will pick it up. I will then have this item when I need it and I got it at the lowest price possible.

This is different way of thinking and shopping from how I normally used to shop. If I can stock up while the item is at its lowest price, then I will not have to spend more money when I actually need it. I can shop from my stockpile instead of going to the store and paying full price. I always dreaded having to add deodorant and toothpaste to my shopping list for the week. There was my $5 right there. And I only got two items for that $5. I hated knowing this would take money away from my extremely limited grocery budget. Basically this was taking food out of our mouths for things we needed, but could not eat.

We don't need razors every week, so if I get a razor for free I still have five dollars in my budget to spend on other things we may need. This is how I maximize my saving on my very limited budget to buy necessity items for us. I can't stand having to spend money on items I have to throw away. If I can get them for free, it makes me happy! I love free! Then I can spend money on nutritious food for my wonderful family.

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Monday, December 12, 2011

Money Saving Monday - How to Save With a Kroger Plus Card

How to Save More With a Kroger Plus Card

Even though Kroger has taken away the double and triple couponing you can still save at Kroger using your Kroger Plus Card. Some people have even decided to give up on couponing altogether. Let’s face it we no longer really shop, we are shopping to save. I want to show you how to get the most savings from shopping for groceries and things you need even without using coupons. First go to Kroger and get your Kroger Plus card. You need to make one small purchase to take advantage of the online e-Coupons. Buy a gift card.

Right now is a great time to buy gift cards at Kroger. You can receive 4 times fuel points you spend on gift cards towards gas purchases. If you buy one $25.00 gift card, that is 100 point or $0.10 off per gallon of gas. Kroger has a wide selection of gift cards you can purchase. I do all my gift card shopping at Kroger in order to save big on gas.

I usually fill up our SUV at Kroger, since I get such a great savings on gas. Gas is one area that is very difficult to save in a budget. We all use gas and it is not going away or going down in cost real soon. I might as well get as much savings as possible whenever I can on gas. I do this buy shopping at Kroger.

Not only does Kroger have e-coupons online, but they also have and app you can download to load coupons directly onto your Kroger card. Each week Kroger adds new coupons you can add to your card, so check back often. They have coupons for store brand items too. You can’t go wrong with adding coupons to your card. This applies to all Kroger affiliate companies too. I traveled to Arizona this summer where they have Fry’s stores and my e-coupons worked there too. This is great especially for someone who doesn’t want to clip and use coupons. However, Kroger will not allow you to use a digital coupon and a paper coupon together. If you have a better paper coupons, just remove that ecoupon from your card.

There are other e-coupon sites where you can load coupons to your cards too. Take a moment to sign up for UPromise and  Savings Star and easily load digital coupons to your card. Come back here after you finish.

Savings Star is great site, since these coupons are tied to your card, but they are not loaded to your card. You can load as many coupons as you want. You register your Kroger Plus card  and when you use it the savings will sit in an account until you reach the limit to redeem a FREE gift card. I LOVE FREE!

I like to purchase things like milk, eggs and my papers at Kroger. I need to buy these things nearly every week why not get the benefit of extra saving on purchasing them here. Milk is the same price at Walmart, Kroger and Tom Thumb. There may be a sale here and there and I will take advantage of those, but for the most part milk is the same price. Kroger usually has a better price on eggs than Tom Thumb, so I buy my eggs at Kroger. I spend around $10.00 to purchase 4 papers every week. So I will get 10 Kroger fuel points for just purchasing my papers there.

Credit Cards are a good way to get additional savings. This sounds crazy right. How can you get savings from a credit card? This will only work if your credit card is paid in full at the end of every month by not carrying over a balance that will earn you additional interest. However, some credit cards offer a percentage cash back for all purchases made on that card or you could have a card that accumulates airline miles for each purchase you make with that card. Therefore you are making money by purchasing things you already need. This is a good way to replace your debit card for making purchases. This does take a little getting used to using your card this way, but you have to remember you are going to pay this off at the end of the month this is not a loan.

Let’s have a little recap of way to get the most out of using your Kroger Plus Card:

1. Gift Cards - 4 Times Dollar Amount for fuel Points right now
2. Gas – savings from Fuel Points
3. e-Coupons – Just click and load
4. Buy Necessities – Milk, Eggs, Papers, ect…
5. Credit Cards - + 2% or more additional savings on Cash Back Credit Cards or FREE miles

Now go out there and start saving! 

Friday, December 9, 2011

Friday Finals 12-09-11

I did quite a bit of shopping this week. Since I did so much shopping when it was freezing outside, my cold got worse. I was on the couch all day Wednesday and went to bed early that night. I drank a lot of hot tea with lemon and honey, since I had laryngitis for three days this week. Good thing this is not a video blog, no one could hear me. I am still sick, but feeling much better. If you would like to find more deals be sure to like Pounds4Pennies on FACEBOOK or join me in my Blog Frog Community. If you want to show a little love vote for Pounds4Pennies at TOP MOMMY BLOGS.

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Kroger – 12/06/11

4 Barrilla Pasta $1 each - $1/2 Barrilla coupons Printable emailed coupon
            -Final $0.50 each

I spent $2.00 and saved $3.52 on $5.52 worth of Pasta. The savings reflects the stores normal price of $1.38.

CVS 12/06/11

2 Garnier Fructis Hair Gel $3.99 each
1 Listerine Mouthwash $3.69
1 Luvs Diapers $6.99
2 CVS MultiViatmins B1G1 $7.29 each
1 Candy Canes $1.27
3 Cards $10.27 – these are not in my grocery budget

2 $1/1 Garnier Fructis Hair item RP 10/30/11
1 $1/3 American Greeting Cards – RED BOX Coupon
1 $1/1 Listerine MouthWash RP 01/09/11
$1 ECB
$10 ECB

Received ECBs:
$3.00 for Garnier Fructis items
$3.00 for Cards
$1.27 for Candy Canes
$2.00 Diapers
$1.00 Listerine mouthwash

I paid $22.49 and saved $15.00 on $37.49 worth of items at CVS this week. I got one jar of vitamins, 1 card and 1box of candy canes for free this week.

SPROUTS 12/06/11

0.94 lbs Dried Cranberries @ $2.99 lb
            -Final $2.81
1 Jar Sunbutter $5.99
1 Jar Texas Honey $3.99 – Used up the rest drinking honey and lemon for my throat.

I spent $12.79 at Sprouts this week. I have two children that cannot eat peanut butter. I buy them sunbutter made from sunflower seeds. So far this one tastes the best. My daughter didn’t like the soybutter and I like that the sunbutter is more natural and tastes better. It is expensive, so I use it sparingly to try to stay within budget.

Tom Thumb 12/06/11

2 Nature Valley Granola Bars $2.99 each – Store Coupon $1.11
            -Final $1.88 each
4 Krusteaz Cookie Mixes $2.69 -  B1G1, 2 $1/2 peelie coupon right below box!
            -Final $0.85 each
2 Gallons of Milk $2.99 – On Sale $1.99 each

I paid $11.12 and saved $11.61 on $22.73 worth of groceries. This is pretty good, since I also bought milk this trip.

Walmart – Can’t find receipt

1 Package Walmart Pull ups $8.49 – Not feeling well, forgot coupons
1 Dishwashing gel $2.49 – I think

I spent around $10.98 this shopping trip.

Overall I spent $59.38 minus cards $53.11 for family budget this week. I saved $28.61. Still under budget and bought diapers twice this week. I didn’t buy a lot of food, but did get some pantry staples for my house. How did you do? I love seeing how all my readers did. Sometimes I find great deals too! Looking at how others shop helps others learn how to use coupons.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Money Saving Monday - Stockpiling

I wanted to write about stockpiling today, since we are in another season where it is good to stockpile items. If you have noticed all the baking supplies in the stores have gone on sale. It is baking season and it is time to stockpile on all your baking supplies. Each season has different items you want to stockpile.

Here are a few items that are on sale right now at most stores and have great coupons to match:

Canned Soup
French Fried Onions
Corn Starch
Chocolate chips

The time you want to stockpile and item is when it is FREE or 70% off retail price. I will be making a list and publish it soon of what I found to be my rock bottom or stockpile price for an item. I started my extreme couponing hobby in Feb. of this year and I have now seen all four seasons and I am more familiar when to stockpile an item and when to wait. I used coupons before, but I would only clip the ones I was going to use and when I went to the store the next time I would buy that item. I shopped at Walmart so the prices didn’t change. Or so I thought. Walmart does change their pricing and they do have sales on items. Especially this time of year. Walmart will change prices about once a month or once a quarter depending on the season and the item.

At first this is difficult creating a stockpile. You need to manage having enough food for your family to eat each week and create a stockpile. You may wind up spending more in the first month, but once you acquire a lot of coupons and a lot of variety of items and learn the sales cycles, you will be a pro in no time. If I can learn how to do this, so can you. After the second and third month you should start to see a significant savings in your grocery budget. You will find your list of items you need will decrease, and you spend more money on less expensive items. Saving you money all around.

In order to stockpile you will need a large number of coupons to combine them with the sales. The more coupons you have the easier it is to match up with the items on sale. The general rule of thumb is to purchase as many papers as there are members in your family. I purchase 4 papers and clip the coupons from those in order to match them with the sales when they come along. I print additional coupons on items I really think my family will eat. But normally four papers will do it for us. I can then purchase four of the sale item and create my stockpile when that item is at its rockbottom price and this will be enough to last me through the next time this item will go on sale. You don’t need to clear a shelf of an item. That item will go on sale again and it will have a coupon to match.

I am now at a point where I have a great variety of food to where I can buy at the rockbottom price and still have enough to eat. This takes around four to six months before you have a wide variety of food in order to do this. Stockpiling takes time. If you are like me trying to stockpile and are on a very strict budget it is difficult to accomplish both, but I like a challenge.

Here is what my stockpile looks like.
My pantry
Canned and Baking goods

Boxed items, cereal, breakfast items, Boxes meals, Pasta

My laundry room shelf with juice, Paper towels, a few other items

A shelf in my closet with my bathroom items

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