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Organization: The Key To Frugal Success!

Aug 31, 2010

Organization is a key part of couponing! Check out these tips for organizing your day-to-day frugal ways.

Have you ever lost your CVS Extra Care Bucks? Printed some coupons off the Internet, only to discover that you can not find them a couple days later when you actually need them? Do you ever come up one ingredient short on a meal that you’re making and have to make that extra trip to the grocery store that wastes time and gas?

I used to be an extremely organized person…and I don’t use the term EXTREME lightly. For some reason, though, I have slowly become a disorganized person over the past couple years. I have found myself in the above situations countless amounts of times. So take it from somebody who knows…

Being frugal requires a little bit A LOT of organization!

Let’s face it. Being organized makes life easier, reduces our stress levels, and enables us to be more productive. So why not apply this to our daily frugal adventures???

I’m definitely no organizational expert, but I have discovered some helpful ways to stay organized while tackling this whole frugality thing…

Tips for organizing your day-to-day frugal ways:

1. Have a place for everything. This includes your budgets, shopping trip receipts, coupons, Extra Care Bucks, Register Rewards, items in your pantry, items in your freezer and fridge, etc. When everything has its own place, you will know where to find it.

2. Create a budget and actually use it. Having a budget is the first step to being organized in your endeavor to save money. It is the foundation of living a frugal lifestyle. Without it, you don’t even really know where to start.

3. Find a method that works for you and stick with it.

  • Budgeting – Do you prefer the paper and pen method? Or do you like to keep track of your finances with a free money management software? Decide which works best for you, and use it.
  • Couponing – Are you a coupon binder gal? Or do you like to simply date and file your coupon inserts to save a little time? Everybody’s couponing method differs slightly, but the important thing is to find a method that fits your current lifestyle and utilize it wisely.

4. Maintain upkeep on your coupons!

  • File your coupon inserts or clip your coupons every single week. If you get behind, the piles will start building, and soon you’ll be so overwhelmed that you almost feel like giving up on this whole couponing thing altogether. Couponing should not be stressful. Carve out one hour a week to do coupon maintenance. If you file your coupon inserts, simply date them and put them away as soon as you receive them each Sunday. If you clip your coupons, keep up with it on a weekly basis or you’re sure to get behind.
  • Don’t forget to purge! There is nothing more frustrating than thinking you’ve found a great coupon you can use on your shopping trip…only to realize that it is expired. Purge your coupons once a month. If you clip your coupons and use a binder, simply go through them and get rid of the old ones. If you file your inserts by date, follow this easy and quick tutorial on how to purge your old inserts.
  • If you print it, clip it. I’ve been known to print hot time-sensitive coupons, and leave stacks of printed papers with coupons sitting on the printer tray. This stinks because then I have to go through and cut them all out, plus many times I find that they have already expired. NOT cool – waste of printer ink!

5. Always have a plan.

  • Menu planning saves time and money. Try it out – I promise you’ll never go back to “winging it” again. It prevents overspending, promotes wholesome and healthy eating, reduces the amount of food you waste, and cuts out those extra shopping trips that I talked about in the beginning of this post.
  • Plan out your grocery trips ahead of time. Make a list and gather/organize your coupons before you go. This makes the grocery trip much smoother and quicker!
  • Know when you like to shop what stores. Know your sale cycles, which day of the week you like to shop, and what time of day is easiest for you to shop.

6. Keep track of your freebies. If you sign up for freebies on a regular basis, it’s easy to lose track of when you signed up for them, when they are supposed to arrive in your mailbox, and which ones you have already received. I like to keep a simple list with 4 columns: product, date requested, number of weeks it should arrive in, date received. This helps tremendously!

7. Have a donation box. The most beautiful thing about couponing is that it enables giving in such huge ways. Most of us who are couponers also like to donate food, household items, and toiletries to those in need. Keep you donation boxes handy, and simply fill them up as you get items for free or almost-free. When the box is full, make a trip to drop the items off. It’s that simple!

Hopefully some of these suggestions will send you on your way to being an organized deal-seeker!

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Written by contributing author Meg, who is a total book worm, animal lover, neat freak, vegetarian foodie, and wannabe world traveler. She is passionate about hiking, writing, exceptional coffee, yoga, and good music. She is also a self-labeled nerd and thoroughly enjoys all things Star Trek and Harry Potter.

Printable Coupons: Lunchables, Nutella, and More!

Aug 30, 2010

Here are the newest printable coupons:

B1G1 Free Lean Cuisine Market Creations Printable Coupon – Facebook offer

$1/1 Lunchables Lunch Combinations with Water Printable Coupon

$1/1 Baby Magic Product Printable Coupon

$1/1 Nutella Hazelnut Spread Printable Coupon

$1/1 Del Monte Ready-to-Blend Fruit Smoothie Kit Printable Coupon – I hear these are on sale for $1 at Tom Thumb/Randall’s, so FREE with coupon!

$1/2 Cap’n Crunch Cereal Printable Coupon

50¢/1 Mahatma Rice Printable Coupon – The small bags are regularly $1.09 at Kroger, so just 9¢ after doubled coupon!

$1/1 DiGiorno Deep Dish Pizza Printable Coupon

50¢/1 Egg Beaters Printable Coupon

B1G1 Free Greenies Dental Chews Printable Coupon

$1/1 Listerine Total Care plus Whitening Anticavity Mouthwash Printable Coupon

$1/1 Listerine Smart Rinse or Agent Cool Blue Printable Coupon

$1.50/1 Yogi Granola Snack Crisps Printable Coupon

$5/2 Schick Xtreme3 AND Banana Boat Product Printable Coupon

75¢/1 GUM Flossers Printable Coupon

$1/1 Nestle Cherry Raisinets Printable Coupon

You can find more printable coupons HERE.

More Walgreen’s Deals: Free Trident Gum, Purina Pet Food, and More!

Aug 30, 2010

Here are a few more deals you can pick up at Walgreens this week:

Trident Gum 18 stick packs $1
$1/2 Trident Gum Printable Coupon AND
– $1/2 Trident Gum Walgreens Coupon (September Coupon Book)
= 2 Free

Purina One Dry Dog or Cat Food 6 oz $1.99
– $2/1 Purina One Coupon (8/15 SS)
= Free

John Frieda Root Awakening Products $4.99, Buy 3 and Earn $5 in Register Rewards
– $3/1 John Frieda Root Awakening Coupon (8/22 SS)

Scenario:
(3) John Frieda Root Awakening Products $4.99 ea.
– (3) $3/1 John Frieda Root Awakening Coupon (8/22 SS)
= $5.97
Earn $5 RR
= 33¢ ea.

Cap’n Crunch 5.5 oz $1
– 50¢/1 Cap’n Crunch Coupon (8/19 RP) OR
$1/2 Cap’n Crunch Printable Coupon
= 50¢

Select Colgate Tootbrushes $2.99, Earn $2 in Register Rewards
– 40¢/1 Colgate Adult or Kids Manual Toothbrush Coupon (8/29 SS)
= 59¢

You can see the rest of this week’s Walgreens Deals HERE.

Thanks, Common Sense with Money!

Back to School Deals: 8/29 – 9/4

Aug 30, 2010

These are the best school supply deals I see this week. Please check your ad to verify prices. Remember that many of the basic school supplies can be found for free or nearly free if you watch the sales!

Papermate Pens 99¢

Five Star Notebook or Avery Binders (psa $2.29) Buy 2, Get 1 Free
– $1/2 Five Star Product Coupon (8/8 RP)

Scenario #1
(3) Avery Binders ($2.29 ea.) B2G1 Free
= $1.53 ea.

Scenario #2:
(3) Five Star Notebooks ($5.79 ea.) B2G1 Free
– $1/2 Five Star Product Coupon (8/8 RP)
= $3.53 ea.

Caliber Spiral notebook 5-pk., 3-pk Composition Notebook, or 3-pk Filler Paper $4.99, Earn $2 in ECBs (Limit 3)
= $2.99

Office Depot 12-pk Value Eraser Caps 10¢

Office Depot 10-pk Ballpoint Stick Pens 25¢

Scholastic 4-pk Glue Sticks 25¢

Fiskars 5″ Kids Scissors $1

Office Depot Filing/Stacking Crates $1

Office Depot Notebook 3-Hole Punch $1

Smead 19-Pocket Case Files $1

Schoolio 2-Pocket Folders

24-pk Schoolio Crayons

OfficeMax 4 oz. White School Glue 25¢

OfficeMax Premium 2 or 4-Pocket Folders 50¢

Paper Mate 3-pk Pink Pearl Erasers 50¢

Bic Roundstick 8-pk Ball Point Pens(With $5 minimum purchase)

Staples Washable School Glue(With $5 minimum purchase)

Staples Multipurpose Paper 500-Ream Sheets $4.99 – $4.49 Easy Rebate = 50¢

Staples Accel 1-Subject Poly Notebook 50¢

Westcott 7″ Scissors 50¢

Papermate 4-pk Retractable Gel Pens $1

Staples Stickies 12-pk (3″x3″) Yellow Notes $1

Hype! 6-pk Pen Style Highlighters $1

Staples Dry Erase Board Eraser $1

$5/$50 Staples Purchase Printable Coupon

Bic Stic Grip 7-ct Easy Glide Ball Point Pens 99¢
$1/2 Bic Stationery Items Target Printable Coupon AND
– $1/2 Bic Stationary Products Coupon (8/9/09 or 8/1 SS) or Printable Coupon
= 2 Free

Bic Cristal Easy Glide 10-ct Ball Point Pens 99¢
$1/2 Bic Stationery Items Target Printable Coupon AND
– $1/2 Bic Stationary Products Coupon (8/9/09 or 8/1 SS) or Printable Coupon
= 2 Free

Crayola 24-pk Crayons 25¢

Bic Wite-Out Correction Fluid $1.27
$1/2 BIC Stationery Items Target Printable Coupon AND
– $1/2 Bic Stationary Products Coupon (8/9/09 or 8/1 SS) or Printable Coupon
= 27¢ ea.

Sterilite Pencil Case 50¢

Mead Five Star Binders $5
– $1/2 Five Star Product Coupon (8/8 RP)
= $4.50 ea.

2-Pocket Folder with Prongs 20¢ (with in-ad coupon)

Legal Pad 49¢ (with in-ad coupon)

Crayola Crayons 99¢ (with in-ad coupon)

Penway 24-pk #2 Pencils 99¢ (with in-ad coupon)

Pilot G2 Pens 2-pk $1.99
$1/1 Pilot Pen Printable Coupon
= 99¢

Construction Paper or Sketch Pad $1.29 (with in-ad coupon)

School Zone Flash Cards or Workbooks $2

Mead Five Star Binders (psa $4.49) B1G1 50% off
– $1/2 Five Star Product Coupon (8/8 RP)
= $2.87 ea. and Up

Expo Washable Markers $5.99
$1/1 Expo Washable Markers Printable Coupon or Printable Coupon
= $4.99

Target Deals 8/29 – 9/4

Aug 30, 2010

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Remember, you can use 1 Manufacturer Coupon AND 1 Target Coupon PER ITEM!  It might be beneficial to print and carry a copy of Target’s Coupon Policy with you to the store.

Here are the best deals this week:

Carefree Ultra Protection 32 ct $3.14, Buy 2 and Earn a Free $5 Target Gift Card
– (2) $1/1 Carefree Ultra Protection Product Printable Coupon
= $4.28
Earn $5 Target Gift Card
= Free + 72¢ Profit!

Tums 24 ct. $2.24
$1/1 Tums Antacid Target Printable Coupon AND
$1/1 Tums Product Printable Coupon
= 24¢

Campbell’s Select Harvest Microwaveable Bowls $1.50
$1/1 Campbell’s Select Harvest Printable Coupon
= 50¢

Colgate Dora Toothpaste $2.19
75¢/1 Colgate Dora Toothpaste Target Printable Coupon AND
– 75¢/1 Colgate Toothpaste Coupon (8/29 SS)
= 69¢

Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts 8 ct $1.88
– $1/2 Kelloggs Pop-Tarts or Nutri-Grain Bars Target Coupon (8/1 RP) AND
– $1/2 Kellogg’s Pop Tarts Coupon (7/11 RP) or
– $1/3 Kellogg’s Pop-Tarts Coupon (8/29 SS)
= 88¢ – $1.21 ea.

Pretzel M&Ms $2.49
$1/2 M&Ms Target Printable Coupon AND
– (2) $1/1 M&Ms Pretzel Coupon (7/25 RP)
= 99¢ ea.

Quaker Oatmeal 18 ct Value Packs $2.50, Buy 4 and Get 1 FREE
– (5) $1/1 Quaker Instant Oatmeal Coupon (8/29 RP)
= $1 ea.

Tyson Hot ‘n Spicy Chicken Wings Anytizers 11 oz $2.54, Get a FREE Hidden Valley Ranch Dressing
= $1.27 ea.

Mt. Dew 12 pks $3.33
$1/1 Mt. Dew 12 pk Target Printable Coupon
= $2.33

Gillette Fusion ProGlide Razor $8.99, Buy 2 and Earn a Free $5 Target Gift Card
– (2) $4/1 Gillette Fusion Proglide Razor Coupon (8/1 P&G) *exp 8/31!
= $2.49 ea.

Dr. Pepper 12 pks $3.67
$1/1 Dr. Pepper 12 pk Target Printable Coupon
= $2.67

Thanks to Totally Target and My Frugal Adventures for many of these deals!

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