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Details – Beginner’s Couponing Class

14 Oct

This weekend is the kick-off of my fall/winter Beginner’s Couponing Class!

If you’d like to learn all the basics of coupon use, shopping sales, & saving at the grocery store, this is definitely the class for you. Maybe you’ve heard about couponing through friends, relatives or TV shows, but don’t know where to start – I can show you! Don’t think you have time to “waste” couponing? In three short hours, I’ll show you that there’s no such thing as being too busy to save big! 

Interested?

  • Class will be held on Saturday & Sunday evening this weekend, October 19th & 20th. (Each day is the same lesson, so you only need to attend one class – you choose whichever evening works best for you!)
  • Class runs from 6-9 PM both nights, with short breaks and refreshments offered.
  • Classes will be held at the LifeSong church building, (behind SuperQuik in downtown Russell, KY) in the downstairs classroom. (Signs will be posted!)  
  • You DO NOT need to be a LifeSong member to attend, but if you are, you will receive a discount!
  • The price for the class is $20 per person, or $15 per LifeSong member. (Please bring payment with you on the night that you choose to attend, or pay prior to this weekend’s classes.)
  • Everyone is welcome on a walk-in basis, but by letting us know in advance that you plan to attend, we can ensure that we will have enough materials for everyone!

 

Can’t come this weekend? Not to worry – several more weekends will be scheduled in November & December!

Please feel free to call, email or message me with any questions, and I can’t wait to see you start saving!

The Kids’ Sale – Because Kids are Expensive!

7 Oct

If you have children of ANY age, you surely know by now that keeping them in clothes, toys, age-appropriate supplies for school and other gear can be outrageously pricey. The average American family pays between $1,000-$4,000 PER MONTH on their children’s expenses ALONE. 

I plan to do a lot of posts about child raising on the cheap, but this one is a really big deal in my local area. There is a consignment sale, happening several times yearly, called The Kids’ Sale. You can find the sale for about a week at a time, in designated areas in the tri-state. Today marks the kick-off of this season’s Ashland-area sale (closest location to me) in the KYOVA Mall in Ashland, KY. The sale will run from today, October 7th – Saturday, October 12th, and is open each day from 9AM-8PM. 

If you have children, I strongly urge you to check this sale out. It features numerous clothing, accessory, toy and furniture items, along with miscellaneous items geared toward children, all gently used and in good condition. The prices are wonderful – especially compared to what you will find when purchasing many of these items brand new – and can add up to some big savings for Christmas shopping, belated back-to-school stocking up, or just filling your child’s drawers & closets with necessities. 

 

Two suggestions for shopping the sale are as follows:

Shop Early – You’ll see the best selection, as items are not typically “restocked” after being purchased. First come, first served in most cases!

Shop Late – Shopping on the last day gives you access to great “end of sale” discounts, up to 50% off in many cases!

 

When you go obviously will depend on your shopping style and (more likely) your free time, but regardless of when you shop, I urge you to stop by & check this sale out! It won’t be back again for months, so act quickly!

 

For more information, check out the sale’s official website:  http://www.kidssale.net/

Tougher Times – More Savings!

7 Oct

Thank you to everyone who’s still on board with me & my blog. I’ve had a really rough family situation going on lately, but things seem to be leveling out now, and I’m hoping to get back to blogging full time!

The title of this post is indicative of how a lot of people are feeling right now. Because of circumstances beyond our control, things are going to be harder for my husband, daughter and I this fall and winter. Money is going to be just a little shorter, and time is going to be spread very thinly between all of our commitments and obligations. With that being said, I’m trying to look at this situation as a chance to really put my couponing & savings skills to work. This will be an opportunity for me to really make our money work for us.

What about all of you? What does the harvest and holiday season approaching mean for your budget? Couldn’t we all use a little extra cash in our wallets at this time of year? Since that’s not a likely scenario for most of us, I propose that what we can do instead is bulk up on the coupons (and sales ads!) in our arsenal instead, and really make good use of the time that we have, so we can devote more of it to enjoying our family & friends.

Look for a new series coming next month – Couponing Toward Christmas – and stick around for some great tips on making whatever amount you have in your family’s budget this year streeeetch!

Weird Places to Score Great Deals

31 Aug

Have you ever found a great deal where you least expected it? I think we all have, but for me, it’s become part of my couponing strategy. Many of my best hauls have come from sales on unexpected items at seemingly random stores. In this post, I’ll give you a few examples. Try some of these out for yourself to snag great buys!

  • CVS or Rite-Aid for grocery deals – I have often found great buys on grocery items at my local pharmacies, and sometimes these deals also include an incentive such as ExtraBucks or +Up Rewards. Add coupons (stack store and MF coupons at both locations!) and/or reward dollars from previous purchases for even deeper discounts!
  • Health/Beauty items at Kroger or other grocery stores – Most of my best deals actually come from closeouts and clearance at my local Kroger store. I’ve also found great deals on toothpaste, floss, feminine care items and even household items like laundry supplies at smaller, independently owned grocery stores. Many of these places have additional promotions – like reward point systems – and accept coupons. Some even double coupons! Check for these deals while doing your regular grocery shopping, and save more every time you shop!
  • Home improvement & decor items at dollar stores – Though many people obviously have certain styles they’re fond of or specific qualities they’re looking for in home items, I’ve found that if you’re not terribly picky, you can clean, maintain and even decorate your home frugally by shopping at dollar stores. The selection varies widely from location to location, but if you drop by with any sort of regularity, you can find practical, inexpensive and attractive home accents, and brand name cleaning supplies. (As well as the convenience of purchasing these items alongside every day essentials!)

 

Where have you found great (but maybe unexpected) deals lately?

Free Papers in Your Community – Free Coupon Resources!

31 Aug

In most communities, there are several free, small weekly publications available. These can be found on stands at grocery stores, gas stations, restaurants, etc. Some – like the “Tri-State Weekend” in our area – are even delivered straight to your mailbox weekly, all for free.

These papers can include grocery store circulars – great for planning shopping trips – as well as restaurant coupons, savings at farmers’ markets and more. For what they are, these papers are great resources for couponers. Free, easy to find (sometimes even sent right to your home) and full of great coupons and deals. 

I highly suggest those of you who are new to couponing (or haven’t checked these little papers out!) go out and find these gems in your community, and put them to work for you!

When is a Dollar a Deal? (Dollar Stores)

2 Aug

Today I made a trip to a Dollar Tree store. Everything in this store is a dollar, and though other dollar stores don’t have quite those kinds of prices, they all offer some great values. However, it’s important to note that some things are great deals at dollar store prices, and some aren’t. How can you tell what’s what? Here’s a quick (and by no means concise) list of ideas for what to buy at dollar stores -and what to wait for another store to pick up.

Great Dollar Store Values

  • Select Toiletries (Some brand name products are sold at dollar stores for around a dollar ,while they are up to twice that price elsewhere. Check the size, though – sometimes value is more than just price per item!)
  • Food/Beverage items – Buy your bottled soft drinks at the dollar store – specifically Dollar Tree. Our local store offers 21 ounce bottles for a dollar each; much cheaper than the local grocery stores or even Wal-Mart. 2-liters are less expensive elsewhere at times, but if you can’t find them on sale when you need them, head to your favorite dollar store. 
  • Newspapers – My local Dollar Tree offers Sundays newspapers for only a dollar, while they are $1.25-$1.75 elsewhere. This may not seem like great savings, but if you’re buying several papers every week, all year long, it adds up to a great deal over time. Be sure to get there early, though – many stores sell out early on Sunday because of this great price!
  • Personal care items – Check your local dollar stores for feminine care, vitamins & other medicines, sexual health products, razors, cosmetics and other products at better deals than stores like Kroger or CVS, and sometimes their prices are even comparable to Wal-Mart & other big box discount retailers. This can save something other than just money – if you can get your favorite items for the same prices without having to drive to a crowded big box store, you’ll save your time and sanity as well!

Not everything is a great deal at dollar stores. Beware not-so-great prices on:

  • Sample & travel size items – Often sold for around a dollar at these stores, these items can be found elsewhere – often is larger sizes or of better quality – for less. Check Wal-Mart or Target for deals on these items. 
  • Canned goods – A dollar a can for veggies? $1.50 for a can of broth or condensed soup? These deals are not worth the time of anyone who can shop sales elsewhere. Stack coupons with sales at grocers like Kroger to grab much better deals here. (As always, Aldi also has great deals on these items – no coupons necessary!)
  • Entertainment – Movies, cds, electronics, etc.; not the thing to pick up during a dollar store trip. Though you may find good deals on these items here, it’s unlikely that a better deal can not be had elsewhere, especially during seasonal sales. (Think holiday shopping season!) Dollar stores offer limited quantities & selection, so try big box retailers or websites like Amazon for these items.

In short, some items are great buys at dollar stores – especially those $1 deals! – and some aren’t. Try taking a trip & scouting prices on your favorite items at your local store, then compare them with the prices you’re accustomed to paying elsewhere. You may just find a treasure trove of awesome deals you’ve been missing!

More Than One Way to Use a Coupon!

14 Jul

Have you ever had great coupons for products that you just don’t use? Maybe it’s time to try something new, or rethink your product-usage habits!

NOTE: This post contains non-descriptive discussion of personal care items – you have been warned! 

For instance, I recently used coupons to stock up on Pull-Ups & Kandoo brands “flushable moist wipes”. My baby isn’t old enough to use the bathroom, so most parents in my situation wouldn’t have purchased these items. However – I’m of the school of thought that wipes are wipes, so we use them in our diaper bag as “travel wipes”. They work just as well, and are great for her sensitive skin, plus you can flush them in the public restroom. Fabulous! They also make great “grown up” wipes, for everything from daily messes to bathroom trips (think Charmin or Cottonelle wipes!) and considering they were all free, it’s great to find multiple uses for them for our family!

Another item I have spoken to several women about lately are products from brands like Poise & Tena. With high value coupons for these products coming out on a regular basis, they’re great stock up items. But they’re not only great for those people who have bladder leakage/incontinence/postpartum issues, but they make great everyday liners & pads that can be used in place of products like Always & Kotex, which are usually more expensive for coupon shoppers. And really, who’s going to know that you have a Poise/Tena pad on, other than yourself? With products that are used once and thrown away, why not use what you can get for free, even if it was technically designed for something else? Makes sense and saves cents!

Of course, the best thing to do when you find great coupons for items you don’t or can’t use is to donate these items. My husband & I used the $5/2 Clairol coupons this last week to buy nearly $60 worth of shampoo, which we then donated to a local charity, for almost nothing out of pocket. Donating is easier when you can afford to do it regularly, and coupon make that happen!

So flip through your organizer or binder this week, look at your coupons, and ask yourself – if I won’t use this product, how can I change that? Or better yet, who else can use it? Your answers may surprise and benefit you more than you can imagine!