Tuesday Totals 3/31

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Tuesday totals

I write this post each week to keep myself accountable to my $75 a week budget.  I had $227.77 left over from previous weeks’ budgets  so I have a total of $302.77  in my grocery fund. You can find the grocery deals this week here.

Total Value: $321.21
OOP: $97.90 after rebates
Savings: 70%
Roll over to next week: $204.87

3/25 Harris Teeter & Lowes Foods

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OOP $44.66
Value: $152.65
Savings: 71%

 

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3/26

DG: 4 Suave Kids FREE (well a few pennies in tax but I bought some household stuff/trashcans etc so I don’t know actually OOP): http://moolasavingmom.com/?p=106867

Kroger: 6 Gallons Milk $1.99 sale
10 1/2 gallons OJ .88 each mega sale
10 Pepperidge Farm Gold Fish .99 Mega Sale
6 Steam Fresh $1 used (3) $1/2 = .50 each
used $5 catalina from 2 weeks ago

Value $69.43
OOP: $29.43
Savings 58%

Harris Teeter

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Harris Teeter today
Meal Deal $11.99 – $1.25 coupon 
4 french Loaves .47 eVIC
2 pks green peppers $1.27 each (redeem .25 checout 51 )
3 McCormick Grill mates B1G1 $2.08 – $1 Checkout 51
pizza sauce $1.69
6 Dole Pineapple $1 used .50/2 redeem for Snap
3 House Autry FREE
Kraft cheese used .75/1
3 Sargento Cheese used .50/2
Value: $90.13
OOP: $28.06
Savings: 68%
Get back $3 SNAP, $1.25 Checkout 51

New Coupon Database Feature

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I am beyond excited about the newest feature on MSM!

Our coupon database now direct links coupons on Coupons.com!

This is an exciting feature because it means you won’t need to search for as many coupons- they will take you directly to them!

If you are not familiar with our coupon database- check it out here.

It’s one of my FAVORITE couponing tools - it tells you what insert a coupon came in or what site it can be printed from!

We have several other FUN updates coming to MSM and as always you will NEVER need to register, log-in or pay for the deals, coupons and thrifty tips here on MSM!

A few of my favorite MSM features:

 

 

Last Call: FREE Coupon Tool Download

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We’ve finalized the 2015 Stockup Price Guide and we’re about to release it first to our newsletter subscribers!  Currently email subscribers get a FREE download of our excel spreadsheet to make grocery lists (I LOVE this free tool and use it every week personally!)- however on Monday that will be replaced with the 2015 Stockup Price Guide.  Be sure you sign up by Sunday so that you can get BOTH free downloads!

We plan to offer a new FREE tool exclusively to our email subscribers first every few months.  So SIGN UP here and confirm your email to access the Coupon Tool through Sunday and then look for the new 2015 Stockup Price Guide in your emails on Monday!

Don’t forget to check out our FREE Couponer’s Tool Box too!

 

Tuesday Totals 3/10

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I’m back with Tuesday Totals!  It’s been a crazy few months with using down our stockpile because of a move and not buying anything really for a while. But I’m back and excited to start building my stockpile back!  We moved most of my stockpile with us so we really haven’t needed much except we used my frozen milk up so I expect to have to buy several gallons over the next weeks .

I write this post each week to keep myself accountable to my $75 a week budget.  I had $256.00  left over from previous weeks’ budgets  so I have a total of $331  in my grocery fund. You can find the grocery deals this week here.

Total Value: $212.09
OOP: $93.67
Savings: 56%
Rolling over to next week: $237.33

 

Harris Teeter

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Cheerios .19 with .75/1 printable 
2 Lays eVIC
10 Quaker Cakes used 3 $1/3 peelies
4 Dole pinepple
3 Oreos
Gallon milk (free wyb 3 oreos)
4 pks Chicken wings & drumsticks (marked down) $2-$3 pk
2 18 ct eggs eVIC
4 Gallon OJ eVIC
6 Perdue Simply Smart
2 Tortillas B1G1 (just needed)
Ht Cheese eVIC
4 cans dole pineapple used (2) .50/2
1 bag peppers $1.99 (just needed)

value $167.06
OOP $83.88
Submit for .25 Ibotta milk, .25 Ibotta cereal
Got .50 catalina
Final savings 51%

Lowes Foods

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(4) Angel Soft 4 rolls .10 each
3 Bloopers .60 each
12 Pantene .66 each ($4 instantly wyb 4 – 3/$9.99 – $5/3 coupons) used (4) coupons in 1 trans= $7.96
Gallon Milk $2.99 barn burner price

total value: $45.03
OOP: 9.79 (something extra on my recpt came off the total OOP should have been $13+)
Savings: 78%

Company Contact List

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Besides printing coupons  and insert coupons - contacting companies is another great way to get on their mailing lists!

Here is a list with over 350 companies’ contact information! If you decide to write companies for coupons here are a few tips:

1) Be Specific.  Don’t say “I love your products” say “I really love using your Progresso Recipe Starters Fire Roasted Tomatoes in my family’s favorite pot roast.”

2) Be Honest.  Don’t fake complaints just to get coupons.  If you’ve never tried their product don’t make up gushing reviews.

3) Include your contact information- especially your mailing address!

4) Be polite.  An email or letter simply stating, “Please send coupons” isn’t going to get the same response as “I really love using your Progresso Recipe Starters Fire Roasted Tomatoes in my family’s favorite pot roast.  It’s demanded weekly in our house!  I really enjoy your products and always stock up when I have coupons for them or find them on sale.  Thanks for making the Fire Roasted Tomato variety!”

We will update this periodically but it’s a great list to get you started!

Prefer to have a PDF version?  Download it here: Company Contact Information

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Biggest mistakes I made as a new couponer

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I started couponing before it was “cool”- long before “that” show came around.  And I made (and continue too make) LOTS of mistakes.  Some cost me a little, some cost me a lot and some were just embarrassing!

Here are the biggest ones I remember:

-Being Embarrassed to use coupons: When I first started couponing it honestly wasn’t “cool”.  In fact, I felt “poor” using them.  The funny thing is that I was RICHER for using them and we WERE poor!  We were 2 kids -barely 19, married and barely making the rent that was less than most people’s car payments!  But I still felt like people were judging me.  “She can’t afford that at full price, poor thing. She has to use coupons!” As time went on and I realized that instead of spending $75-$100 a week we were spending $25-$50 a week and weren’t running to the store every other day for things I forgot- I stopped caring what people thought!  Luckily, new couponers today won’t experience it as badly as us “old-timer” did.  Today, couponing could even be considered “cool”.  Don’t ever be embarrassed to use a coupon.  My cash is multi-colored and that’s okay.

-Not checking my papers: When I first started couponing, I didn’t want to be “stuck” with a newspaper subscription so I’d run up to the grocery store and buy papers out of the vending box.   BIG MISTAKE. You put your quarters in and then realize that none of the papers have inserts or they are missing inserts.  Now I get my papers delivered and if they are missing I can call and they will credit me or redeliver the incomplete papers.  If you want to buy your papers in person each week, go into a store that carries them inside.  Then you can verify all the inserts are there before paying.  Each Wednesday we post the expected inserts so you will know what to look for.  Getting home after spending $1.50 and only getting 1/2 the expected coupons makes for a sad Sunday.  [Read more...]

Reader Question: Someone Stole My Inserts!

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Every Sunday I get similar questions to this one, “I am so Mad!  I picked up four newspapers this morning and got home only to find that someone had stolen my coupons!  The store I bought them from wouldn’t take them back and now I am out that money!  Is there anything I can do? “

My answer is always the same, “I’m sorry there isn’t anything you can really do.”

There are a few reasons why your newspaper might be missing coupons:

  1. It was never there to start with.  Newspapers are given inserts based on the amount of home delivery subscribers they have.  If a newspaper has 100,000 home delivery subscribers Smart Source and Red Plum may provide them 115,000 insert packets.  So after home delivery papers are stuffed with the inserts there are 15,000 left.  The newspaper might print 30,000 additional papers to put in stores and vending boxes.  So right away there are 15,000 newspapers that are put out that have no coupons in them.One of my local papers only gets enough Red Plum to put into the newspapers for those in the city.  The rest of us outside the city only get Smart Source…so I stopped buying that paper!
  2. There was a mechanical error. Have you ever gotten a newspaper that had 1 page of an insert and then nothing else? Many newspapers are now put together by machines.  If it gets off rhythm then several papers may have different pieces of inserts.
  3. Someone stole them.  We know the value of coupons and sadly so do some unethical people.  They will open boxes and take the inserts (if there were any to start with) either to use themselves or to sell.

So how do we ensure that we get the coupons that we are expecting?

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Thrifty Tip: Best Moving Boxes

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My family is currently packing up our house here in the Triad of NC and heading to a new home in the Triangle (outside Raleigh)- sniff sniff. Where are my tissues??  This is NOT something I am looking forward to – 5 years worth of “stuff”, packing for 8….but I’ll get through it.

*Nothing here on MSM will change- I’m so blessed to have a team that is local here in the Triad (also known as my sisters & mom!) so you’ll still get the local Triad scoop PLUS now our Raleigh area friends will get local heads up to deals & steals there too.  

I thought I’d share some of the things I learned about where to get the best boxes for moving!

  • The boxes you can buy in the stores (Lowes Home Improvement, etc) can be as high as $9 each for wardrobe boxes!  OUCH.   The smallest ones I could find at Lowes Home Improvement was $1.74.
  • There are some boxes that are better than others at the grocery store.  I thought for sure I wanted toilet paper and paper towel boxes- they should be big enough to stuff it full of lots of things right?  However they are the worst boxes to get from the grocery store.  They are perforated to make it easy to tear them open and reusing them is risky because those perforations can rip open and drop your belongings everywhere!   Turns out that Detergent and Cat Litter, pasta sauce boxes are often the sturdiest and therefore the best for moving!  Also ask if you can have the boxes that heavy fruit comes in such as apples and bananas.
  • Restaurants are also a great place to ask for boxes but steer clear of any that had meat in them you don’t want to move your favorite towels in a box full of chicken “juices”.
  • Think of places with HEAVY items- book stores are also a great place to ask for boxes.  Books are HEAVY and so those boxes are built well!
  • Look in your office- all that paper!  Those paper boxes are perfect for moving.  The lids slide on – no tape!!
  • Check Craigslist.  The last thing you want to do after moving is have to break down and recycle all those boxes!  A quick search of Craigslist showed about 20 listings in my area.  Keep in mind that they’ve already been used and may not be in the best condition.
  • Ask your movers!  We contracted with a moving company to load and unload our belongings – they offered FREE boxes from houses that had the full service packing and unpacking.  SCORE!  They even had wardrobe boxes and glasses boxes!

What tips do you have for getting GOOD boxes for free or cheap?

What To Buy {And What to Avoid} at the Dollar Stores

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What to Buy and What to Avoid at the Dollar Store!

 

I LOVE the Dollar Store.  There are somethings to ALWAYS buy there and somethings to avoid always!

Things to Buy:


Helium Balloons: These same balloons run $3.50-$4.50 at the grocery stores and floral shops!


Sunglasses: Some (not all) will have UltraViolet protection so you will need to check them all but I lose my glasses at least once a month- hence I have 4 pairs in rotation.  Between me leaving them in a doctor’s office and the kids stepping on them I go through 6+ pairs a year.  I’d rather lose $6 than $360 ($60 x 6) each year. While these aren’t as a great of a quality as RayBan glasses – for those of us that lose their glasses all the time – it’s a great deal.


Calendars & Day Planners: This is one of my favorite things to buy at the Dollar Stores!  I use separate calendar’s for work, home, kids and mileage (I keep one in my car to track my business miles!) At the beginning of the year there is usually a big selection but by March- there are very few, if any, left.

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