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Sunday, May 31, 2009

DEAD DEAL: Country Time $1.50/2 has RESET!

Well, we had gotten to our limit yesterday of the Country Time Lemonade $1.50/2 coupons.  We checked this AM, and we were allowed to print more.  Now, it seems like they have been removed.  Anyone else experiencing this?  Hope they were available for others this AM, and that you guys took advantage of it!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Country Time $1.50/2 has RESET!

PRINT ONE $1.50/2 CountryTime Lemonade Coupon 

Go use it at KROGER through this Tuesday and you can make $.50 on the transaction.  HERE IS HOW.

These containers of CountryTime are on sale at Kroger this week for 10/$10.

Use one $1.50/2 printable.

Make it $.50 for 2 containers.

Then, you get a $1 OYNO catalina at the end of your transaction!

You make $.50! 

These are limited to ONE print per computer. 

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Saturday, May 30, 2009

Target Success

Today we ventured to Target (not the same one from this week, I decided to keep my ban on it – I might give the MGR a call this coming week to let her know that the coupon could have been taken) to get a few things:

As a reminder the Target sale will finish tonight and a new one will start tomorrow.  So, be sure to do the Pop Tart Deal today, if you want!

I hadn’t taken advantage of the PopTart deal – so we did that deal (twice).  I also got the Banana Boat Sunscreen, Bliss Chocolate Bars, Glade Air Freshner Spray, Brisket (DH was with me – and it was $.99/lb).

Funny thing is – is that I had no problems at all!  Again, a fine example of YMMV (or as my DH said – you might not get any mileage at all!)

The POPTART Deal:

Get 6 Boxes of Pop Tarts.  (the 12 ct boxes) Shelf Price $2.33ea (ttl $13.98 before coupons)

USE 3 - $1/2 coupons (from 04/05/09 RP)

USE 6 – Target Coupon $.50/1

$13.98 – $6 in coupons = $7.98

Get a $5 gift card.

$7.98 - $5 gift card = $2.98 for 6 boxes of Pop Tarts! (a bit less than $.50 per box of 12)

BLISS Chocolate Bars

Just print the Target Coupon Here $1/1 AND they are FREE!!  I used 5 coupons in one transaction and got 5 free chocolate bars.  (Not that my hiney needs them – but, they sure are yummy!)

GLADE Air Freshener Spray

B1G1 Free from 5/10/09 SS PLUS 2 - $2/1 Target Coupon (hanging on the product on the shelf)  These were about $.25 each after using both coupons.

Banana Boat Sunscreen

Was Free.  Finally!  :)

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Thursday, May 28, 2009

Barter what???

Bartering is on the rise in the current economic status of our country. I have bartered for several years now, and recently it has blossomed into a large portion of what I do!

Our sitter usually takes care of the kids when I have a photo shoot or something. She is great, but as you all know, childcare can be expensive. Last week, Friday, she watched our kiddos. I didn’t have any form of payment with me when I picked them up, so knowing that she was going to be our way during the weekend, I just mentioned to her that I would have the money for her – that she just needed to tell me how much.

The total as $40. It was to my delight when I saw her that she asked if we could barter for the $40. OF COURSE!!!!! So, she went shopping in my stockpile and left with about $40 worth of groceries and I am considered “paid" up on child care with her!

Other things I have bartered:

Crystal Light Drink Mix for Electrosol (thanks, Karla!)

Portraits for Haircut and Highlights (thanks, Noemi)

Portraits for ZM for items from her stockpile.

If you have never bartered, don’t be afraid of it – or of asking someone to barter with you! It is fun – and as long as each person has something to offer and each person is happy when the barter is complete – then it is a fabulous thing!!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

THIRD call to TARGET today.

Ok, during the third call today, this is what happened:

I went through three levels of support with the Target Guest Relations team during my THIRD call of the day. 

All three were very kind, and at this point probably think that I am fairly psycho for raising such a fuss over some silly trial sized Banana Boat products.  The second guy was actually sorta funny.  He offered me a $3 coupon to be mailed to my address.  When he did, I let him know that the very first lady I spoke with today already gave me one.  He said, “I will cross my fingers that your store takes that coupon!”  He then followed up that he was joking and that it was a TARGET coupon and that there should be no problems!  Ha!  I liked him a lot!

The final person I spoke with was Abby.  She told me that there was no reason that the store should have refused the coupon.  I guess in the end that is what I wanted.  Someone to tell me that I was right and that I wasn’t trying to screw Target or Banana Boat by using a coupon incorrectly.

She assured me that the entire log of this situation would be shared with the upper management AND also shared with the store in order to educate them on the coupon policy. 

I told Abby many things while I had her ear, but I think the most important (or so I think) is this:  Since I have been couponing I have had cashiers who cheer me on and are almost as excited as I am when I save so much – then I have had cashiers that seem livid about me saving so much and try to find something that I am doing wrong in order to not accept a coupon that I am using.  I believe the manager in the store today realized that I was getting the item for free – then decided that she wasn’t about to let me get something for free!  And, above all, that is what made me mad!

Abby sent me Target’s coupon policy (it is the same one that I have seen before) and told me that there should be no problems with them accepting the coupon for me.

So, I need to take a poll – should I:

1.  Go back (for a third time) tomorrow to the same Target – to try to prove my point with my manager friend?

OR

2. Should I go to another Target to make the purchase?

OR

3. Should I forget about the freakin’ Banana Boat Sunscreen and go to CVS and buy the Neutrogena they have this week and get my $10 ECBs back when I purchase two Suncare items!!

What do you guys think???

TARGET COUPON POLICY:

emailed to me on 5/28/09

Dear Kimberly,

Thanks for asking us about using coupons at Target. Coupons are a great way to save even more when shopping with us, and it's easy to use them at our stores. Because of the variety of coupons available to our guests, we do have some guidelines for how coupons can be redeemed at Target.

When accepting coupons, we use the following guidelines:

- We accept two kinds of coupons: Target-issued and manufacturer-issued.

- We'll accept one Target coupon and one manufacturer coupon for the same item, unless either coupon prohibits it.

- We can't give cash back if the face value of a coupon is greater than the purchase value of the item; in this case, we're able to adjust the value of the coupon to equal the price of the item.

- We can't accept coupons from other retailers, or coupons for products not carried in our stores.

- All valid coupons should be presented to the cashier while you're checking out.

For questions about using a specific coupon, we encourage you to stop by Guest Service and ask to speak with the Guest Service Team Leader. They'll do their best to help while you're in the store. If you still have questions after speaking with them, please call our Guest Relations team at (800) 440-0680. Either way, we're here to help!

We appreciate the opportunity to share this information with you.

Sincerely,

Abby

Target Guest Relations

www.target.com

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Update on Target situation

I’m on the phone right now with Target Guest Relations.  Here is what I just received form Target.

Dear Kimberly,

Due to Target Internet security measures, we're not able to receive e-mail attachments or pictures. We appreciate this opportunity to review your experience. It looks like we spoke with you on May 28, 2009 about Target's coupon policy.

If you still have questions or concerns that weren't answered, pleaser call us again at (800) 440-0680. For your call, please provide the following reference number to a team member: 1-397458517. Either way, we're here to help!

Thanks for your e-mail. Please let us know if there's any additional help we can provide.

Sincerely,

Sue

Target Guest Relations

www.target.com

FROM BANANA BOAT just a bit ago:

Dear Kimberly

I am very sorry to hear about your experience. We appreciate your loyalty to our company and hope you will continue to use our products. If at any time you feel that we could be of assistance in a matter like that, feel free to contact us by phone 880-723-3786. I will forward your information to the appropriate person and make sure that they are aware of the situation.

Sincerely,

Amanda

Hawaiian Tropic

Just Frugalicious

Banning Target at Fry Rd and I-10

I think I might have joined Brandy in her Target banning crusade!

If you know me, you know that I am a pretty low key personality. I don’t get mad a lot, I don’t throw things in frustration, I am pretty easy going. And, I am sure that you can tell from my previous posts on my blog – that I usually sum my point up fairly quickly – typing as little as possible! But today, a manager at the Target at Fry Rd and I-10 frustrated me so very much that I am still mad about it!

Please see the letter below:

05/28/09

Dear Target Guest Relations:

I am writing to inform you of a store experience that I encountered this morning at my local Target store in Houston/Katy, Texas on Fry Road & I-10. First, I must tell you that I am a regular Target customer. I shop at the Target nearest my home at a minimum of 4 times per month with my average spend of about $100 each trip. I really like your stores, product offering, and policies.

This year, I began using coupons. I have found that it is a great way to make my dollar stretch a bit further during the current economic situation. I must say, that most of the time, I do not have any problem with using coupons in your store. I have researched your coupon policy and plan my shopping trip with your coupon policies in mind.

Today, I attempted to use the attached coupon to purchase a trial size tube of Banana Boat Sunscreen (price is $.99). I was excited because in addition to my full sized bottles of Banana Boat Sunscreen – these would be great to throw in the diaper bag to have with me on a daily basis for when I need them – and not have them take up so much room in the diaper bag! Before heading to the register, I confirmed that the coupon did not exclude trial sizes – which it does not. When I approached the register, the cashier scanned the coupon, and the register beeped. I thought it might have been because the item is $.99 and the product is $1. Being an avid couponer, I know that the amount of the coupon can be adjusted down to the price of the product in order to eliminate any overages. She immediately took the coupon and the product to the guest relations counter. The manager came to the register and informed me that they couldn’t accept the coupon because the item that I was purchasing wasn’t pictured on the coupon. I tried to show the manager the verbiage on the coupon stating, “On your purchase of any (1) Banana Boat Suncare product (excluding lip balm).” She continued to reject the coupon because my item wasn’t pictured. I attempted to tell her that the picture shows a representation of the product – that it doesn’t limit the coupon to be used on those exact bottles.

I was a bit frustrated, knowing that I had done everything in a manner that was ethical and that reflected Target’s coupon policy and the guidelines on the coupon. So, I asked for the phone number to guest relations. On my way out, I dialed the number and spoke with a lady that was very helpful. She told me that it is the discretion of the store team to adjust the coupon down to $.99 to eliminate overage. She also told me that in the event this ever occurs again, that I should head to guest relations and ask them to call corporate guest relations to help resolve any questions.

I was so frustrated that I finished a trip to Lowe’s (right next door) and headed right back to Target with my reference number from my call. To better explain my level of frustration – I did all of this with a 3 year old and a 10 month old at my side. The manager that I had worked with on my first trip continued to assist me. I asked her to call Guest Relations in order to resolve this issue. She called, and in my opinion didn’t explain the coupon correctly to the person at Guest Relations. (Thus, I am attaching a scanned copy of the coupon for your reference.) The manager handed the phone to me and the Guest Relations team member explained to me that she needed to support the manager’s decision not to take the coupon.

At this point, it isn’t about the product anymore – although I would love to have it – it is about this lady deciding personally that she wasn’t about to take the coupon from me. This Target store has lost my business. I will take my Target shopping to another Target store – only because I like the store too much to ban it from my shopping totally. I will also share this experience with my friends and post this experience on my coupon blog that receives daily traffic for people looking for good deals.

Please contact me regarding your coupon policy and how I can be more educated to understand the policy and how it relates with my shopping trip.

Signed an extremely dissatisfied Target coupon user,

Kimberly Wieberg

kimberly at wiebergmarketing dot com

XXX-XXX-XXXX

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Kroger Trip 5/27

I ended up doing three different transactions with a total spend of $3.08. Let me set the scene: Three kids at the end of a long day for all four of us! Evan (10mths) strapped into cart, Aubrey & Addison riding in the car part of the ‘fun cart’! I also did self checkout – b/c all other lanes had lines!

Here is what I got:

5 - Green Giant Frozen Veggies 10/$10 – used $.50/1 PRINTABLE made them free.

6 - Country Time Lemondade Canister 10/$10 – used $1.50/2 PRINTABLE made them $.25 per canister. Catalina begins printing tomorrow WYB 2 canisters you get a $1 OYNO Catalina

9 - Weber Grilling Marinade Packets $.89 – used $.50/1 from SS 5/17 created an overage of $.11

3 - Kraft Barbque Sauce 10/$10 – used $1/1 PRINTABLE made them free

12 - SOBE Lifewater 10/$10 – B1G1 PRINTABLE Cashier scanned coupons and gave me $1.79 per coupon. A great example of YMMV! So, for two I paid $.21.

If I would have waited until the catalina began printing for the Country Time Lemonade, I would have spent $1.08 and had a $1 catalina left. But, I was itching to get a deal, so I went ahead and did my shopping trip and left happy!

Thanks to Jenny at www.southernsavers.com for always keeping us up to date on the great deals at Kroger!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Home Made Simple® Coupon Booklet

6 Great Brands / $30 in savings!  Sign Up to receive a coupon book from Home Made Simple.  Coupons are for these brands:  Cascade, Dawn, Febreeze, Mr. Clean, Swiffer, and Home Made Simple!

I have gotten a similar booklet before and they are great to add to your coupon stash!

Thanks to www.commonsensewithmoney.com for the heads up that this was available!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Red Plum / SmartSource Inserts for 05/31

Jenny at Southern Savers has put together the Red Plum / SmartSource Insert Preview list for this weekend.  Be sure to take a peek and consider how many papers to purchase this week!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Pizza Hut, I am hungry!

Free Pizza Rolls? I am in!  I am gonna call my local Pizza Hut to see if they are participating!  It is today only, so be sure to make time today, if you want to score some free pizza rolls!

May your day be Just Frugalicious!

Burt's Bees - Burt Day Giveway

GO HERE to enter and receive a coupon for a FREE Burt’s Bee Lip Balm.  Today’s stash is already gone, but go back tomorrow from 9am to 12pm to try for yours! 

I love this stuff!  It is great for the lips!

Thanks to www.commonsensewithmoney.com for the heads up on this promotion!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Monday, May 25, 2009

I LOVE RANDALL’s

Tonight we headed to Randall’s.  I had $.35/1 Dial Soap.  I knew they had it on sale for $1.  So, of course, that means free handsoap!  I also had $1/2 David Sunflower Seeds. 

Imagine my surprise when after my second transaction a Try Me Free Catalina printed out!!  It was for a CPK Frozen Pizza up to $7.99.

So, of course, I headed back to the freezer section, picked up the FREE pizza (on sale for $5.99) (yep, that will be lunch tomorrow!) and one more Dial Soap $1!  I also grabbed another pack of sunflower seeds so that my $.05 overage for the soap could go somewhere so that my transaction wouldn’t go negative.

The cashier (who was the manager on duty) rang me up.  Then took my coupons.  He gave me the full $7.99 for the pizza.  Which totally threw me for a loop!  I ended up going negative.  I said, “OOPS!”  He said, “No worries.  Here is your $1!”

This is case and point that YMMV (Your Mileage May Vary!)

CATALINA DETAILS:

This promo ends tomorrow – but it is the first I had heard about it!

Buy any 3 or more CPK frozen pizzas w/ your club card and receive a FREE CPK frozen pizza OYNO.  All 3 items must be purchased in one shopping order.

GO HERE for $1/1 CPK Frozen Pizza.  Use 3 of these printable coupons.  Purchase 3 CPK Frozen Pizzas ($5.99ea) – 3 - $1/1 coupons = $14.97.  Your FREE coupon should print.  Then go back and buy that one.  You might want to plan on having something else with the FREE one – just in case you get a nice cashier that gives you the full value of the coupon.  You will need to have a filler to soak up the overage.  Final number (not including the overage) would be $3.75 per pizza.  Those are pretty YUMMY for $3.75!

  

May your day be ‘Just Frugalicious

Free KoolAid at Randalls thru tomorrow 5/26!

Currently at Randall’s the little Kool Aid packets are on sale 10/$1.  Go Here to print a $.50/10 coupon.  Randall’s will double this – making FREE Kool aid packets! 

Note:  Usually the print limit is two like coupons per computer, this one seems to reach the limit after one print per computer.  Just FYI.

This sale ends tomorrow night.  So, be sure to print this and head to Randall’s by end of night tomorrow!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Thursday, May 21, 2009

Special Thanks to the Coupon Class Attendees!

Thanks so much for all who attended the Coupon Class tonight!  It was fun and I hope you walked away ready to save.  Be sure to contact me with any questions you guys might have, I will be happy to try to answer questions!

A few things to follow up on:

Go to Caregivers Marketplace to learn how you can get cash back for purchasing certain items that you use to care for others.  I get cash back for Huggies Diapers.  It is $.75/package. 

Catalina may be contacted by phone at (888) 322-3814 for any questions you have about your catalinas printing.  They have helped me before by checking to see that what I purchased should have generated a catalina.  Then, they send you what should have printed out after they have confirmed your purchase, etc.  I am still waiting for my catalinas to arrive.  I think they said 6-8 weeks when I started the request.

My tabs in my coupon binder:

FOOD BINDER:

Pantry Items

Canned Food

Cereals

Breakfast Bar & Snack Bars

Drinks

Snacks, Sweets, & Desserts

Frozen Foods

Refrigerated Foods

NON-FOOD BINDER

Baby Stuff

Adult Medicine

Personal Care

Makeup/Cosmetics

Shampoo/Conditioner – Other Haircare

Deodorant

Oral Hygiene

Body Washes

Lotions

Paper Goods

Cleaning Supplies

Air Fresheners

Bathroom/Kitchen Cleaning

Laundry

 

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

5/24 Sunday Inserts

There won't be any inserts in the Sunday paper this week -- b/c of Memorial Day.

A weekend of relaxation is on it's way!!

Free Strawberries at Randalls

FREE STRAWBERRIES are always nice.  Randall’s has a printable coupon within their site for 1lb of FREE Strawberries.  This is with a $10 purchase.  That $10 is BEFORE coupons – so be sure to know that!!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

FREE Kraft Oscar Mayer Hot Dogs

The big buzz for today is this!  GO HERE to get your FREE Kraft Oscar Mayer Hot Dog Coupon.

One per household.

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’

Monday, May 18, 2009

Coupon Class this Thursday!

It isn’t too late to plan to come to our Coupon Class in Katy, TX this Thursday!

Click Here to read all about it!

Let me know if you have any questions, I would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

May your day be Just Frugalicious!

Target has Free Sunscreen, apparently!

I hardly ever post a deal that I haven’t yet gone to do – only because I want to make sure I am posting accurate information.  But, over at Coupon Cravings they have noted some free trial sized sun screens at Target. 

I love the trial sizes, because it always seems like we are leaving our sunscreen behind when we go to the pool or to a friend’s house! 

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Sunday, May 17, 2009

FREE Reusable Shopping Bag

Go Here to get more information on a reusable bag from Rachel Ray & Kraft during the month of May. With all those Kraft coupons recently – I am sure it will be easy to find a receipt with some qualifying items Kraft products! And, who didn’t buy their fair share of Capri Suns?? Those are also eligible items for the FREE Reusable Bag!

Thanks to HCW for the lead! It is a great spot to find Hot Tips!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Tombstone Helps Pay Your Bills

GO HERE for a printable PDF for the rebate! You have to buy a lot of them….but, the rebate timeframe is thru 02/01/10. If your family likes Tombstones, it could be a way to get $$ back on a utility bill.

This is a different, but fun way to do a rebate! Be looking for Tombstones on sale and coupons to boot and it might be a lucrative deal!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Swiss Tea – TRY ME FREE

In the thickest SmartSource from today’s papers is a TRY ME FREE rebate form for Swiss Tea. There is also a $1/1 gallon or 2 1/2 gallons. How these work is you purchase the tea (use the coupon of course) then, mail in the rebate and get your full purchase price back!

Just be sure to follow the guidelines on the rebate form and send it in by the postmark date stated on the rebate form!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Ritz Crackers at Target

Ok, my DH just came up with a deal. In today’s thickest SmartSource insert there is a coupon for FREE Wheat Thins Artisan Cheese Crackers WYB Ritz Crackers.

Here is the plan:

Use $1/1 IP for Ritz

Use $1/1 Target Coupon for Ritz

Use FREE coupon for Wheat Thins

So, you get a box of Ritz & a box of Wheat Thins for $.75

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Free DiGiorno Flatbread Melts 5/18

GO HERE starting at 12AM 5/18 to get your coupon for a FREE DiGiorno Flatbread Melt! Offer is available to the first 100,000 requests.

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Target Trip Today!

We headed to Target as a family. We knew of several deals there that we needed to take advantage of:

Apples $1/1lb or more coupon (Target Printable) The key to this purchase is to bag your apples in 1lb increments to keep your OOP lowest possible. (This coupon expires 5/23 – so if you need apples be sure to take advantage of this deal!!)

100 Calorie Pack Cake-sters Internet Printable PLUS $1/4oz or larger Nabisco 100 calorie pack Target Printable. These were priced at $2.04 on the shelf – which would have made them $.04 each after coupons. But, I didn’t realize until we got to the car that they rang up at $2.79. So – be sure to check that when you are ringing up! (This Target coupon expires 5/23)

Kashi Waffles – used $1.50/1 coupon from Vocal Point These were priced at $1.99 – but they rang up at $1.79 each. So, they were $.29 each.

Ritz Crackers internet printable PLUS Target Printable These were $2.75 shelf price. Minus the $1/1 printable and $1/1 Target Printable made each box $.75 (This Target coupon expires 5/23)

Joint Juice was $.99. I used $1/1 from 4/26 SmartSource. Joint Juice is also at Randalls this week for $.88 – I got it at Target simple because I had the coupons and didn’t want to forget to get them when I made my Randalls run!

It was a good trip to Target today! We ended up getting some other things……shoes for Evan…..a dress for both girls….a dress for me…..lunchables for both girls……lunchmeat for lunches this week…..we spent a total of $89.65. $22.70 was groceries. The rest was clothes and shoes.

Just Frugalicious

Friday, May 15, 2009

A Deal at Kohls

I have been searching for just the right gadget to clean our hard floors in the kitchen, hallway, and bathrooms throughout the house. Today, I was in a mood to buy! So, I talked to some friends and checked out products online. I found the BISSELL Steam Mop Hard Floor Cleaner. I wanted to have it in my house tonight – don’t really know why, I just wanted it!!

Well, I found it at Kohls for $109. Then, upon the direction of a very smart friend I peeked at the Walmart price. It was $79.98. My local Walmart didn’t have it in stock. But, Kohls did! I had a 15% off coupon from a mailer which made the Steam Mop $92.65. Then, I had a $5 off a purchase of $5 or more coupon – making it $87.65. For a mere $7.67 more, I didn’t have to go to the dreaded Walmart AND I got my Steam Mop tonight!

I used it tonight and it was wonderful! I would recommend it to anyone! My kitchen floor is so clean (right now, at least!) I plan on placing my two mops out for the trashman on Tuesday!

FOR THE $5 coupon go here:

Here are the details:

Sign-up for our Sale Alerts* today, and we'll send you an e-mail that'll save you $5 off your next in-store purchase and 10% off your next Kohls.com purchase! Plus you'll receive e-mail updates about our biggest sales, exclusive free shipping offers, promo codes valid for online orders and clearance updates!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’!

Monday, May 11, 2009

Kroger & Kraft BBQ Sauce Coupons!

OK, my DH scored tonight – not in the way he would normally like, but it sure did make me happy!

First, Go Here and print as many $1/1 Kraft BBQ Sauce coupons that you can! AND Go Here to print more of the same coupon from Kraft Foods.

Second, head to Kroger! 

Transaction #1

Buy 6 Kraft BBQ Sauces ($1.09 each)

Use 6 $1/1 coupons that you have printed

Total: $.54

Earn a $3 OYNO Catalina

GO DH!!!

PROMO DETAILS:

  • Buy 4 & Get $2 ONYO
  • Buy 5 & Get $2.50 ONYO
  • Buy 6 or more & Get $3 ONYO

Sunday, May 10, 2009

Trying to Adjust

As a family, we are continually trying to adjust to the “frugal side” of the world.  We have been doing this since the first of the year, and have had some successes and some setbacks.  We are looking at our expenses and trying to cut where we can to be a little smarter consumers and of course to save a bit more moola!

Some things we have done:

  • Cut back on eating out.  When we eat out – it is for a special occasion.  (This past week it was Aubrey’s Bday – today it was Mom’s Day.)  That will be all the eating out we will see for quite some time! 
  • Consuming leftovers.  My DH has never been one for leftovers.  But, like all of us, he is adjusting to our FRUGAL life.  Each week we have at least one (if not two) nights of leftovers.  You would be surprised how much less cluttered your fridge is when you actually consume the leftovers you stick in there!!
  • Managing the Air Conditioning.  Now….this is one we are struggling with…..  Any insight would be appreciated!  We turned the air off just before this last HOT spell in Houston.  Now, we have it back on in full force.  We are all suffering from allergies and colds right now – so it just feels better in the nice cool house. 
  • Garage Sales.  I just found Evan (he is 10 mths – and our first boy) a bunch of cute little name brand clothes very gently worn at a garage sale.  I’m not too proud to pop my kiddos in 2nd hand clothes!  And, it makes it even better to not have to worry about them getting dirty in them – when I only paid $1 or less for the outfit! 
  • Lights off!  I think I am becoming my mom!!  YIKES!  I am more attentive to the lights in the house.  Maybe it is my older age (I’m gonna be 33 in September) but, I find myself turning off lights throughout the house each day – in an effort to try not waste energy!  Also, unplugging items when they aren’t in use is a quick and easy way to curve your electric bill!
  • And, of course couponing!  On it’s own, couponing is saving us in excess of $400 per month!!  I am so happy to report that success.  Although it certainly doesn’t come without a lot of preparation!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Saturday, May 9, 2009

Last week in a glance!

Well, last week was pretty slow – at least for couponing – in our house!  I was slammed with work, and to say the least, we are pretty much set on all the necessities in the house!

On Sunday last week, we did make a family trip to Walmart.  The biggest purchase was a swimming pool for the backyard.  This was Aubrey’s birthday present more than anything – but both girls were super excited about it!  It is the biggest one we have ever had, and I just hope it will be a saving grace for me this summer!

The grocery part of our Walmart trip was about $80.  We got some necessities that we don’t have stockpiled yet – so it wasn’t a huge money saving trip!  We did price match several items and used several coupons.

I really wish that Walmart would print their receipts like the grocery stores do – to show total savings.  I really like to see all my hard work pay off in the $$$s saved on the receipt!

The only other shopping trip we took was on Tuesday night to finish off the Randall’s Living Well Promotion.  Thanks to Randalls, we are now set on Electrosol, Glad Trash Bags, Smart One Cooking Oil, Ozarka Water, Ziploc Freezer Bags (both QT and Gallon) and several other items!  I also have  $33 in Catalinas to take back and spend at Randalls!  Now, I just have to be smart in using them – making them stretch as far as I can!

I am looking forward to this week – as I might be able to give a bit more time to my couponing hobby!  I have printed out my Cellfire, Shortcuts, and pgesaver loaded coupon lists – so that I can compare it to what is in the store on sale and coupons that I have!  I hope to find some deals with that this week!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Thursday, May 7, 2009

Coke $1/1 12 pack printable (PROMOTION HAS EXPIRED)

This promotion has expired.... Just FYI. Hope you printed some, these are nice coupons to have on hand!

Go Here to print a $1/1 12 pack of Coca-Cola Classic, Diet Coke, Coca-Cola Zero, Sprite, Fanta, Pibb, Barq’s, or Fresca!

Be sure to click the BACK button of your browser to print additional coupons easily. I have to click mine three times – then it prints again!

Thanks to Jessica B. & ZM for the lead!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’!

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

A little bit about me….

Some of you have been asking a bit more info about me as you consider attending the Coupon Class this month.  I began ‘extreme couponing’ at the first of the year.  After much persuasion from my husband and my sister-in-law in Missouri, I dove in.  I began gathering information on “how to do it right” from the internet and my lovely sister-in-law.  I attended a great class that jane4girls and katycouponers hosted here in Katy, TX.  It was a great class that really taught me a lot.  Since the class in February, I have taken our weekly budget for groceries / household goods/supplies from over $200 to $100/week.  Most of the time I truly have a hard time spending $100/week!

In the class, I will share what I have learned so that you can get a jumpstart on couponing in whatever degree you decided to do – whether extreme or not, you will save more money after this class!

If you have any questions, be sure to contact me!   I would be happy to answer any questions you might have!

May your day be Just Frugalicious

Monday, May 4, 2009

Upcoming Coupon Class!

Here is the flyer for the Coupon Class I am doing this month:

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NEED TO SAVE SOME CASH?

Join us at Cinco Ranch Church of Christ / 6655 South Mason Rd, Katy, TX 77450

Learning how to use coupons can cut your monthly grocery budget in ½ or MORE! Join us as we welcome Kimberly Wieberg from http://www.justfrugalicious.com/ She will teach a COUPON BASICS class on Thursday, May 21st from 7pm -9pm. Whether you have never ventured into couponing OR you have been attempting to coupon and want to learn how to save more – you will learn a bunch from the class!

Topics will include:

Gathering and organizing coupons

Preparing for a shopping trip

Storing all your goodies once you have them at your house!

You will see the savings once you begin shopping in a whole new way – and you will never be able to shop without coupons again!! Admission to the class is $10.00 if you register ahead of time and $15.00 at the door. A ‘jump start’ kit will be available for purchase at the class – to help you kick off your new hobby in style! Start gathering your coupons today so that you can be ready to save immediately!

Contact Brandy at brandydeshay at hotmail dot com to book your spot today!

PLEASE RSVP before May 15th! Bring your friends!

(Because there is so much to learn we will get started promptly at 7:00. Sorry, child care not provided!)

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’!

Saturday, May 2, 2009

Southern Savers Getting Started Guide

Jenny over at Southern Savers has some great guides on her site.  Go Here to learn a little more about saving at the stores you shop.  If you are new to CVS or Walgreens, it is a great tool to use to become a bit more educated!

May your day be ‘just frugalicious’