Happy Tightwad Tuesday!
Here are the weekly deals I talked about on the air this week:
1. You can score a great deal on Goodnites Mats at WalMart! Right now there is a high value $4 off any 1 Goodnites product coupon available for print. Take it to WalMart and buy the package that contains just one mat, usually around $1.97. This gives you a $2.03 cent overage to use toward your other purchases! Remember, Walmart's coupon policy is to give you the full value of the coupon, regardless of how much the item costs. They will get re-imbursed the full amount by the manufacturer, so why shouldn't you be given that same opportunity to use the whole value? Here's a link for the coupon: http://bit.ly/10POkwX
2. Spring is a great time to sport some pretty scarves, and Cents of Style has a deal for you! Right now you can get the Erica striped infinity scarf for $11.95, and when you buy two of them, you get FREE shipping, PLUS a free pair of earrings! A pop up will appear during checkout that will allow you to choose the free pair of earrings. If you don't see it (which happened to me) email email@example.com and give them your purchase ID number and tell them you never got the free earrings offer. They will assist you in making sure they are added to your order. It was no problem at all for me. The nautical striped scarf is down to $8.95, same deal. You'll need codes to make this work. To get the Erica scarves at this price and free shipping, use code HIP. To get the nautical scarves down to that price with the free shipping, use code 2SAVE. Remember you must buy 2 scarves for this deal.
Erica scarf (pictured): http://bit.ly/148hEGD
Nautical Scarf: http://bit.ly/10HUuQW
3. www.thredup.com is offering a $10 credit for new members. Thred Up is a gently used kids clothing site. The reviews all say the clothes that are purchased from this site are basically like-new. A $10 credit will guarentee a couple free items, depending on what you buy. Be aware that shipping is a flat $6.95, so you may want to buy a decent amount of stuff in order to make it worthwhile.
Til next week Tightwads,
Happy Tightwad Tuesday!
Who loves FREE subs? I do! Subway is offering Buy One, Get One FREE 6-inch subs throughout the month of April. The catch? You have to buy them before 9 AM. Clearly they are trying to drum up their morning business with this promotion, and you can make it work for you by getting yourself a breakfast sub in the AM, and having your freebie be your lunch sub! Don't worry---they make the lunch subs at any time of the day. This deal makes for some cheap meals!
After two months of earning, it's finally time to REDEEM! I'm talking about your Victoria's Secret Secret Rewards Cards you earned throughout the months of February and March. If you have any and want to know how much they are worth (you are guaranteed $10, they could also be worth $25, $50, $75, $100, or $500!), either head over to a store to have them scanned, or go to their website, add something to your cart, and 'pay' with your rewards card. You don't have to go through with the transaction. Putting it in as payment will just tell you how much your card is worth and then you can X out. I'll be posting deals throughout the month on my Facebook page as I see them that are worthy of redeeming your cards for, so keep checking back and be sure to head over to the page and LIKE it if you haven't!
Shutterfly is offering a deal in which you can score 101 4x6 photo prints for FREE with code 101PRINTS. Here's a way to make this deal even better. Normally you'd pay $6.99 for 101 prints in shipping costs. If you order 99 prints instead, the code will still work, and you can save yourself $2 because the shipping will go down to $4.99. This makes the final cost just five cents per print, which is a ROCKIN' price! Head over to www.shutterfly.com to upload and order your prints!
Lastly, the concept we talked about today was how to budget for all the great deals you see and hear about. This is something Dave and I struggled with for awhile. Neither of us liked seeing constant little debits here and there. Even when they are small amounts, they add up quickly! Here is our solution that works for us: we determined an amount monthly that I could spend on the miscellaneous deals that I spot here and there (this does not include groceries, this is mostly stuff I find online). I am allowed that amount to spend on my Amazon Visa card each month. I chose the Amazon Visa because I got a $50 Amazon gift card for signing up for it, plus, you get three points for every dollar spent on Amazon, two points for places like gas stations and grocery stores, and one point for everywhere else. The points add up quickly and equate to dollars you can spend on Amazon. 100 points equals $1. In December I was able to take the points I had built up and I used them to send cat food to one of the area animal shelters.
The reason it works for us is because we have a set amount that I can spend, and it's all in one place and it helps me keep track of which items I purchased that I received in the mail already, and which I haven't yet. This way you don't forget about anything. At the end of the month, the bill gets paid, and I'm set for take-off again. If I'm only halfway through the month and I hit my limit, then I cannot buy anything for the rest of the month, deal wise. If I do see something online that I think would make a great gift for someone and is a great price, then I'll still buy it, but it'll be on my debit card and only after Dave and I talk about it first.
Here's a link to check out the perks of the Amazon Visa: http://amzn.to/YsVsCE
You'll see they offer three different cards. The one I chose is the one that is still currently offering a $50 gift card for sign-up. The one to the left of that is only an Amazon Store Card, which means you can only use it on Amazon. It's great if you want something large from there and want to do interest free financing, but other than that, I think the Visa is the better option.
Happy shopping Tightwads!!! See you next week!
Praise! It's the Deals of the Week!
1. In the market for a new set of cookware? Amazon has a great deal on the Cuisinart 77-10 10-piece Stainless Steel Cookware---today you can get it for $98.75 with FREE shipping, down from the list price of $400.00! When you click on the link, you'll see it come up as $123.75. Click on the $25 coupon underneath the description and photo of the item (you must be logged into Amazon to see the coupon). Clip the coupon, and head to checkout. Score! http://amzn.to/16VlYrq
2. Here is a great, but very time sensitive deal for Coach fans: www.coachfactory.com is having an online only sale in which you can get an additional 65% off the already marked down items! Wowza! You can get wristlets for $19, cross body tablet bags for $39, and more! If you see something that is "full price" (not that anything is true full price at an outlet), you can get 50% off those items. This deal goes through 10 AM EST this morning, so HURRY!
3. H&M is offering a FREE white organic cotton onesie, size 0-2 months, and all you have to do is go to the website and sign up! Please note that since late yesterday, the site has been experiencing technical difficulties. Keep checking back, and I'll be posting on my Facebook page when I see it back up and running. This is great for expectant parents, those who know someone who is expecting, or if neither of those apply to you, remember it also makes a great donation to a women's shelter or something of that nature. Here is the link: http://bit.ly/YaZ9wH
4. Here's that peacock clip I was talking about this morning! http://amzn.to/ZonSJy Can't beat $1.00 and FREE shipping!
5. Last but not least, here's that GREAT deal on the Reebok Easy Tone Women's Walking Shoes: just go to the Reebok site, choose your color (magenta or malibu), head to checkout, and use the code EASYTONE25. If you've never used codes before, look for an area where you are checking out that says "enter promotional code here" and that’s when you enter EASYTONE25. That will bring the price down to $25 shipped! Can't beat a great deal like that for highly rated walking shoes. Here's the link: http://shop.reebok.com/us/product/women-easytone-reenew-shoes/MY639?cid=V57032&cm_mmc=RbkAffiliates_CJ_ecom-_-2568826_3278587-_-10654321-_-X&source=cj&cm_mmca1=US
That's it for the week, but be sure to check out my Facebook page for continually posted daily deals!
Happy Tightwad Tuesday!
On this bitterly cold March day, I hope these deals leave you feeling warm inside!
1. If you're in the market for a highly rated vacuum cleaner, you're in luck: BestBuy.com is clearancing out their stock of the Dyson DC28 Animal HEPA Bagless Upright cleaner! Originally priced at $599.99 (around what most Dysons start their pricing at), this cleaning machine is yours for $279.99 and FREE shipping! If you're untrusting like Dave, you can choose to have it shipped to your local Best Buy. Dave and I had it shipped to the Lake Geneva store and we're picking it up this weekend. Hooray! With tax, our total was around $294. Don't forget to use your Best Buy rewards cards to get 4% back in rewards certificates!
Here's the link: http://bit.ly/YDNSAv
*Save even further: Before going to Best Buy's website, head over to eBates. eBates is an online shopping rebate site. They give you cash back percentages (varying per store/website) for online purchases. All you have to do is click on their Best Buy link to get to Best Buy, and it will track your purchase from there, and give you your percentage back. The current rate at bestbuy.com is 1.5% cash back. For the Dyson purchase, that would get you $4.19 back in your pocket. They mail their checks 4x per year, and you can choose a paper check, paypal, or have your total rebate for the period donated to a charity of your choice. eBates gets their money because the stores pay to be on the site and to have their coupons and codes and sales advertised there as well. My last check was $38.41 and I used the money to go out to dinner with some girlfriends. If you'd like to sign up for eBates, do so here: http://www.ebates.com/rf.do?referrerid=GQaXZIvlMeOSsiS1M03BwQ%3D%3D
To see a full explanation of how eBates works, complete with screen shots, check out this post on my Facebook page:
2. Here's a toasty deal for AT&T customers for doing nearly nothing! If your mobile service is with At&t, text DEALS5 to the number 288253787 to receive a $5 Starbucks giftcard! You really can't go wrong here. Even if this is signing you up for At&t's deals and offers texts, it's very simple to be removed from a text list. Almost always, you'll see an option accompanying the text that will explain how to unsubscribe. Typically it will say something like "To stop receiving these texts, reply to this number with STOP". I subscribe to lots of text feeds myself, and have never had a problem getting off them easily when I'm through. Dave and I are with Verizon ourselves, so all you AT&T people be sure to toast your coffees to us!
3. Head over to coupons.com to print a $10 off any Tidy Cats Breeze Brand litter system: http://bit.ly/145ksTL This system typically runs from $36-$38 at Petsmart and Walmart, so this coupon can help bring that price down by you. Like most litter systems, the people who use it swear by it!
4. Here's the deal I didn't get to mention on the air this morning: If you sign up for catalogspree.com, you can get $50 in FREE giftcards! Just go to the site, sign up to be on their email list, and your first email you get from them will show a banner that says "Your giftcards are waiting!" Click on the banner, and it will take you to a site where you can confirm that you'd like the giftcards. Apparently the cards people get are varying, but most people seem to be getting $10 for David's Cookies, $20 for Jockey, and $20 for Filson. No minimum purchases or anything to use those cards---they are true giftcards. Your card #s and pins will be emailed to you. I got them almost immediately. Happy shopping!
Til next week, Tightwads! Here's hoping for some cheerier weather!
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All Hail the Deals of the Week! Here they are:
1. You can get a FREE FoodSaver FreshSaver handheld device this week at Target.
First, you need to sign up for Target's mobile coupons. To do this, go here:
http://m.target.com/sms/coupon-alrts/form or text OFFERS to 827438.
You should be texted a link to that week's mobile coupons, and the $10 off any FoodSaver vacuum sealing system will be on of them.
Next, head over to this link and print off this manufacturer coupon for $10 off any FoodSaver: CLICK HERE
Take your phone with the mobile coupon and the printed manufacturer coupon to Target. Some stores have the handheld on Price Cut for $16.99 this week; others will have it for full price of $19.99.
Depending on your store, you could actually make money off this deal if they give you the overage. Otherwise, it will be FREE!
2. Best Buy has all their Nostalgia appliances on sale for $9.99 with FREE shipping! This is a great price if you're in the market for a cake pop maker, mini donut maker, or any of their other makers of delicious goodies.
Here's a link to get you the general area of the website: CLICK HERE
3. If you've been waiting for a time to buy the Litter Genie for your kitties, it's now. Target has it on sale for $14.99, and when you buy the device and a 2-pack of refills, you get a $5 giftcard. For price comparison, the genie is currently sellling on Amazon for $19.99. So, combined with the giftcard deal, this is a pretty rockin' sale.
4. There are three Starbucks deals happening right now:
1. You can still get a free caramel machiato or hazelnut machiato through March 31st. Most stores will have little flyers in the store offering the free drinks to people. If your store is missing them for some reason, just let the cashier know that the discount code is 350.
2. If you are a patron of the Barnes and Noble Starbucks cafes, you can score drinks half price by heading over to Barnes and Noble's website to print off a coupon good for "Buy One Get One Free Hand Crafted Espresso drinks". Great for you and a co-worker if you have a B&N near your office, or this weekend as you go to browse! Here's the link to print the coupon: CLICK HERE
3. You can get a $5 giftcard for Starbucks for free by signing up for their Rewards program. All you have to do is load a giftcard with $5, register the card on Starbucks.com, and within 24 hours, you'll have a $5 giftcard added to your account. To find out more about the Starbucks rewards program, go here: http://www.starbucks.com/card/rewards
Don't forget, for deals everyday, check out my Facebook page, here:
I post all day long, whenever my boss isn't watching ;)
Here are three great deals for you to seek this week. Note that the Living Social/Sam's Club deal ends VERY SOON!
Check out staples.com to score a $50 iTunes giftcard for just $40 and shipped for free to your house! Go to the website, add the $50 giftcard to your cart, and at checkout you'll see the $10 come off.
For a great deal on infant bed sheets, go to http://coupons.target.com, and print off the $5 off any Circo sheets coupon. This brings the price of infant bed sheets from $7.99 to just $2.99!
This last one is my favorite, but HURRY! If you aren't a member of Living Social, sign up here: https://www.livingsocial.com/deals/628922?ref=share-link-post&rpi=107801360&rui=24665876.
As you scroll through the page of deals, look for the Sam's Club logo. For $45, you can get a one year Sam's Club membership. Not only is this a great deal on their membership (I remember when Sam's Club first came around, my parents paid $200 for a membership!), but you will also get a $20 giftcard to Sam's Club, and $19.75 in food vouchers. If you didn't know, Sam's Club has a ready made food section, and the vouchers you will receive will be for a FREE Artisan rotisserie chicken, a FREE 16 inch Take and Bake Pizza, and two FREE packages of their Artisan fresh baked cookies. Yum! This brings your essential total down to just $5 for the year membership after all is considered. PLUS, if you're new to Living Social, you'll get $5 in Deal Bucks to sign up. You can use that right away on your first voucher, which will make your out of pocket $40, and your essential total FREE for the membership.
If you are unfamiliar with how Living Social works, here are the basics: It's a site that companies can use to offer special deals of their own choosing. When you purchase a deal voucher from them, you then click on My Account and My Vouchers, find the one you just bought, and click to print it out. Then take that voucher with you to Sam's Club, and from there you'll go to the customer service desk to sign up and get your membership. It's very simple!
Let Dave and I know if you grab any of these deals! You can email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Til next week,
It's 2013 and time to think about what our stock up prices might be for this year. We faced a lot of political turmoil in 2012, and we're all wondering how it affects our bottom line. The news has been scaring us with talk of milk going up to $7 per gallon (so happy that didn't happen!) and meat prices going up. Here are some stock up prices that you can use as a reference when trying to figure out if something is a good deal, and if so, how much of it to buy:
Milk: You can still find out there for $1.99. Just a couple years ago, it was easy to find milk for free, somewhere, almost every single week. In 2013 we'll be hard pressed to find it for less than $1.99 per gallon. If you see it at this price, grab as many gallons as you think you can drink by the expiration date. If you see it for free, or less than $1.99, consider freezing the milk. I'm leary of this and have never done it, but some people swear by it!
Chicken: Look for boneless, skinless, chicken breasts for $1.49 or less. If you can nab that price, be sure to stock up your freezer. This is unfortunately an item that has gone up in the last year or so. I mostly see this $1.49 price at Frank's Piggly Wiggly in Elkhorn, and I've seen it now and then at Pick 'n' Save as well. Sometimes this means they were previously frozen. Check the ad and the sign carefully. If that grosses you out (grosses me out!) skip it. I don't like the idea of the chicken being continuously frozen and unfrozen!
Pasta: The stock up price for this is still FREE! I got 10 free boxes recently at Pick n Save. Look for the coupons in particular for Barilla brand. This is an item you can find free very often. If you are out and can't find it free, shoot for 25 cents per box.
Tissues: I consider 30 cents per box a major stock up price (more often you'll see 50 cents be the low). Unfortunately with tissues, the prices seem to get higher and the boxes seem to get smaller! In the Michaels household, we are big fans of the Kleenex Cool Touch tissues. These are a little pricier. The best I've ever seen them (other than when they first came out and the coupons were for one individual box) was a few months ago at Frank's Piggly Wiggly. They were on sale for $1.39 per 60 count box and I had coupons for $1.00 off three boxes making them just over a dollar per box. That's a great price for that particular tissue.
Laundry Detergeant: Many people are brand loyal to their laundry detergeant. If you aren't, you'll have a better chance of snagging a good price. I've gotten Purex as low as free from Walgreens. Mostly though, I'm willing to pay $1--$1.50 as a stock up price, and try to keep it to $3 if I'm completely out and have no options other than that weeks sales. For the pricier stuff (Tide), a stock up price is $2 per jug (unless it's one of the super huge ones) and an okay price can be anywhere from $2-$4 per jug.
Body Wash: This used to be a major freebie. You could get this for free often, and at a variety of places. Unfortunately this is an item that is steadily climbing in price in 2013, and the coupons are only getting WORSE instead of better! If you can score it for $1 per bottle, stuck up as much as your budget allows. I'm personally on my last bottle and dreading having to hunt around for a deal, because unfortunately, they are becoming fewer and far between. I cannot stress enough to stockpile this item as much as you can if you can get it for $1 or less per bottle.
Diapers and Wipes: Here's another one that's only going to climb higher in 2013. Several years ago, a stock up price for diapers was 6 cents per diaper. Unfortunately, in 2013, you should aim for more like 19 cents or less per diaper. Wipes aren't predicted to climb in price too much---the stock up price will stay around 2 cents per wipe. Be on constant lookout for diaper deals, and if you can find a good one, then be sure to stock up in a variety of sizes!
If you are interested in further information on stock up prices for other items, be sure to "like" my Facebook page and write your question on my wall. I'm always happy to hear from other Tightwads!
Happy Tuesday, Tightwads!
Today we talked about organizing our coupons. This is a problem that most anyone who starts couponing has. You go to the store and you suddenly you find yourself holding coupons with your teeth. There are many systems that work well, and I tend to change up what I'm doing as far as organization, but I always come back to the binder system. With a binder, I know I have all my coupons with me, so if I spot a deal on the fly that wasn't advertised, I'm on it. I can locate my coupon easily with my tabbed dividers, and get my item. Couponers who use binders never miss out on a deal because they are always prepared.
In the past, I've used two binders---one for grocery items, and one for non-food items. In researching the binder I wanted Santa to bring me this year, I came across what I feel is the very best binder for couponing. The Cadillac of Binders, this Case-It delight offers two sets of rings, loads of pockets, and the ability to carry all your coupons at once in the most organized manner possible. It even has a thick over the shoulder strap so that you can carry it like a messenger bag!
Here she is, guys! She'll cost you a pretty penny, but I think it's going to be worth it!
If you want to try to find it elsewhere, search for Case-It binder "The Dual-500 CPN". I purchased mine from the Case-It site. At the time, it was on sale for $35.99 and I had a 10% off coupon code bringing it down further. While the price is back up to $39.99, it looks like the coupon code I used is still out there. If you decide you'd like to purchase it, try using the coupon code LOVECASEIT to get 10% off.
Note that shipping on this item is a whopping $12.
How do you organize YOUR coupons? Send Dave a photo to Dave@lake961.com and we'll show some of your photos on the website!
Here in Tightwad-Land, we talk a lot about the ways
you can save money, but something we haven't yet discussed is changing habits
and re-developing your mindset for savings. As Americans, we tend to spend
what we make, and often spend more, under the guise of the "income" we have from
credit cards and loans.
For someone who isn't in the proper mindset to save,
it doesn't matter if they inherit money, win the lottery, or rob a bank. The
money will never be enough because they will continue to spend what they bring
in, plus some. This is why you see celebrities and lottery winners end up broke
as jokes. It doesn't matter how much money you make if you can't control it.
If you find yourself falling into these categories,
you're certainly not alone. Some of us were raised in wealth, and once we flew
out of the nest, thought we were entitled to keep living that same lifestyle
(except with no money). Others believe that because they worked all week, they
deserve to eat breakfast, lunch, and dinner out all weekend (and some do it all
week too!). Still others simply use spending to make themselves feel good. I
probably fell mostly into that last category, and part of the first. I was
raised wanting for pretty much nothing, and thought that when I became an adult,
I would magically live the same way I did growing up. I also used to enjoy
shopping and the happiness that comes from the rush of a new purchase.
The rush I get now comes from knowing I paid cash for
something, or from knowing I resisted temptation. From being able to go to the
grocery store and stuff our fridge and freezer for very little money. In order
to change the types of happy adrenaline bursts I get, I had to slowly change my
ideas on how life and money work. Here are some of the things I have done that
have truly helped me:
1. When I go to the mall, I usually haven't been
there in awhile. This makes me realize what I've been missing out on, and I
want to start buying everything. Instead, I go through each store, sometimes
buying something, and other times, I'll just snap a picture of an item I think I
might want. Then I move on to the next store. When I've made my rounds of the
whole mall, I stop and scroll through the pictures I've taken. If something is
still calling out to me, I know I really do want it, and I'll go back for it.
90% of the time, I don't see anything worth hoofing back to the store for, and I
get in my car and go.
2. When I'm sitting at work, and I start thinking
that Starbucks sounds pretty good, I look at the clock and make a note of the
time. I tell myself that if in 40 minutes I still want Starbucks, I can go get
it. And during that 40 minutes, I make sure to drink a bottle of water.
Typically, after the 40 minutes, I've been distracted by something to do at
work, I'm too lazy to get up and get in my car and go, or the water hydrated me
and I no longer feel the craving. If I still want the Starbucks, I go get it.
3. Keep a bit of cash, whatever amount you come up
with that works for you, in your wallet. Tell yourself that you can spend that
money this week on whatever you want---the vending machine at work, a quick
sandwich from McDonald's, etc. This is your cash that you can do what you will
with. Most of the time, you will find yourself not wanting to spend it. You
find yourself wanting to save it for just the right occasion. By the time the
end of the work week comes around, half the time, you'll still have that money
in your wallet. Dave and I keep these amounts anywhere from 10-20 dollars.
If you notice, there is a trend in the above
insights, and that is, that good habits aren't about deprivation. You can have
the things you want. If you want that new top, and you can afford it, you
should get it. If you want a fancy cup of joe, it's yours. To me, the best
way to get into a savings mindset is to take a step back from the situation
whenever you are about to make a decision about spending money. Think about how
many times per day we make a decision about money spending---should I grab a
Dunkin Donuts coffee on my way into work? My lunch doesn't look all that great;
should I just go to Wendy's? I'm in Target to buy a birthday card for my
boss….but oh, look at those shoes on clearance! These are the types of
situations we face every single day. Countless decisions we make, all in each 24
hour period. This shows the sheer necessity that it is to be able to take a
step back from the rush of a crave to buy---and that's what these types of tips
I've given above will help you do.
Once you begin these habits, they truly do become
second nature. If you asked my mother or father what type of blog I might write
as an adult, neither would've ever guessed it would be about proper spending
habits! I promise, if I can be trained, so can you!
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The deals are rolling in for
Christmas gifts like wildfire! We have much to discuss!
Walmart is helping their customers
out this year by allowing Black Friday items to be put on layaway ahead of time
and purchased in full on Black Friday. This is extremely helpful because you
are basically reserving your item, so you have no stock worries, plus, you don't
have to add that to your "Must be at X store by X time list". You can pick up
your item anytime on Black Friday and get the pricing deal. Good for them! Now
if they'd shut their doors on Thanksgiving, I'd like them even more!
A great place to check out if you
have some time that day is Goodwill. They put out a ton of new merchandise,
everything from wrapping paper to toys to beef jerky makers! It's all there,
and all priced to sell. They also keep the day fun and energetic with raffles
and prizes. It's an awesome day to stop in!
I'll definitely be making my way to
Victoria's Secret. They are offering a free sequined tote bag filled with
beauty items to anyone who spends $65 or more on Black Friday (while supplies
last, so don't wait too long!). We also know they are offering $25 PINK
hoodies, and possibly $20 yoga pants (not 100% confirmed yet). I love buying
PINK items for the women in my family and I used last year's Black Friday tote
as my coupon binder bag for a long time!
JcPenny is said to have skinny jeans
for $10 and sweaters for $12.50; various brands. Might be a day to pop in and
buy a few things for yourself or someone in the family!
Amazon is pulling out all the stops
this year. The deals just keep coming in. It's incredible! For those deals
and more, visit my Facebook page! Click "like" and you'll have access to the
deals I post throughout the day, everyday! https://www.facebook.com/pages/Tightwad-Tuesday-wAngela-Michaels/511432108881716?ref=hl
Happy Election Day!
No matter the outcome of the election, we all need to
keep our eyes on the prize---our wallets. How better to do that than shop the
sales and use our coupons?
There are a few great deals happening at Piggly
Wiggly this week that you need to know about:
1. Kleenex Cool Touch is on sale for $1.29 per box.
It is normally $2.55. If you've never tried it, I recommend it. It's my
favorite tissue. Super soft and feels like a cool bed sheet against your skin.
They are fab! This past Sunday, there were two different Kleenex coupons, for
different amounts, depending on which paper you get. Either way, they will add
a little bit extra to an already great deal!
2. McCormick extracts---wowza, this is a good one!
McCormick extracts are 50% off. This brings most of them down to about the $2
mark, except a couple of the more fancy ones. This past Sunday, we got coupons
for McCormick extracts---75 cents off one, $2 off two, and $3.25 off three. So,
if you were to buy three of the lower priced ones, that puts you at about $6,
then use the $3.25 off coupon, and you're at $2.75, for three bottles of
extract. With no sale and no coupon you would've paid $12! I bought almond,
rum, and french vanilla (that last one was one of the fancy ones, so I coughed
up a couple extra bucks).
3. Raisin Bran---great sale! They have it for $2.69
and there were $1 off coupons in the paper. I stocked up and bought three boxes
Now, changing topics, there is a pretty rad contest
happening with the Carl Buddig and Old Wisconsin companies. If you look at
their products, you may notice a sticker on them for the Dream Big contest.
Each of these stickers has a code on it. You go to www.buddigpromos.com and enter the code. The code gives you a token.
When you collect each of the ten tokens, you get an entry into their sweepstakes
for 50K. Obviously, most of us are not going to win this
prize. But it's the secondary prizes that keep me coming back. They are giving
away gas giftcards, coupons for free products, coupons for discounts on
products, ipads, a roomba; all sorts of goodies. They have the prizes all
listed on their website. I'm not a huge contest type, but this is a good one!
Oh, and, if you don't want yours, feel free to peel off the code stickers and
drop them off at Lake 961 in care of Angela Michaels ;)
I'm kind of a talker and can't really contain myself
for a whole week between segments, so I created a Facebook page in order to
shout out the best deals throughout the week. Please find me (link at the top
of the blog page) and click "like". Preferably right now, k,
Welcome to today's episode of Mythbusters, tightwad
Today we discussed the common misconceptions about
couponing. Lets dispel a few of these!
1. "Whenever I go to the store with coupons, I spend
Why are you spending more money when you're supposed
to be saving some? Are you buying these items only because you have a coupon
for them? Are you buying them the second your grubby paws get ahold of the
coupon, instead of waiting for a sale? These are the usual suspects, when it
comes to identifying the reason for this particular problem. The coupon has an
expiration date on it. It is never the date that the paper comes out, I promise
you! Hold onto that coupon and WAIT patiently, for the item to go on sale at
one of your stores. THEN go and use the coupon. One of the biggest mistakes
people make is to eagerly scan their Sunday paper and wildly clip coupons, only
to run to the nearest store and use them immediately. That's not how we do it,
people! Only use your coupon if A.) the item is on sale, or B.) if you need
that item NOW and cannot wait for a sale. However, if you're couponing
correctly, you should never be in desperate need of any product to the point
where you need to buy it without waiting for a sale!
2. "All the coupons in the paper are for stuff I
Would you use it if it's free? How about if it's
under a dollar? We all have our price! What's yours? I'll try anything if
it's free or under a dollar. Dave and I don't normally buy individually wrapped
El Monteray burritos, but hell, if the coupon is for a free and clear burrito,
you can bet Dave and I will be having a lot mexican fiestas for
Maybe you think you won't use some of the products in
the coupon inserts because you typically buy generic. What if you could buy the
name brand cheaper than generic? Dave and I hardly use any generic products
because most of the time we can get the name brand cheaper. It's nothing
against generics, but we're going to go wherever the best value is.
3. "I spend more money than what my budget allows
when I try to stockpile."
The only answer I have found to this is that if you
want to stockpile, you have to go without a few things for a couple months. For
example, if Dave and I want to spend $30 stocking up on what will be at least 6
months worth of toilet paper (great deal at Staples!), but our weekly budget is
only $75, then yes, we will have to go without a few things that week, but look
at how much we won't have to spend in future weeks on toilet paper. We will
glady sacrifice Dave's cookies, chips, and goldfish crackers (notice nothing of
MINE is on that list, muwahahaha) in order to have more room in our weekly
budget for months to come. And that is the attitude you have to take when it
comes to stockpiling.
Thank you for reading this week's episode of
I have learned that one among us has
not been following coupon etiquette. A friend of mine was caught by a Woodman's
clerk while trying to pry a whole tear pad of $1.00 off Laughing Cow cheese
Clerk: You're only supposed to take
one or two, not the whole pad.
Friend: Who said that?
Clerk: Well..there should be some
Friend: *shrugs and walks off with
While I do think this is hilarious
and I did profit from it because she gave me a few of the coupons, I must say,
my fellow couponers, this is poor etiquette! While you are welcome to help
yourself to more than one, be sure to take a look at the expiration date.
Chances are, you won't even be able to use all the coupons you pinched by the
time they are to expire!
Let's be good to eachother! I know
it's temping, and believe me, I've succumbed a few times, but we all want to
save money, right? Help a fellow tightwad out and leave a few coupons on the
Happy Tightwad Tuesday!
I get asked a lot which grocery stores double
coupons, which don't, what days, etc. Today we're going to cover what you can
get, including gas for your car, from the stores in our area.
Pick 'n' Save: Most any store will double coupons
with a face value of one dollar and under. It's called Double Daze, and it
happens on Wednesdays and Saturdays. You can double five coupons per
transaction. If the coupon is $1 face value, it will be doubled to $2. If it's
75 cents, it doubles to $1.50. You get the idea!
Piggly Wiggly: the Frank's Piggly in Elkhorn doubles
coupons with a face value of 50 cents or under every Wednesday. There is no
limit on how many can double per transaction. While Stinebrinks doesn't seem to
double coupons, keep on watch! All Piggly Wigglys are privately owned, and the
owners can change their policies whenever they want. And we can't forget about
Stinebrinks anyway, because NOTHING beats that ready made food section they
have! Yep, I've been there more than a few times than I care to admit to fill
Do NOT miss out on your Pig Points opportunities.
Check with your local store. Buying certain items gets you points and points
mean money off your cost per gallon of gas at participating gas stations! I've
heard you can get a free tank of gas a week by buying all the items that allow
pig points. Now, if you're going to be buying those items anyway, that's
perfect. And even if you aren't, sometimes I think "Well I'm spending the same
amount I would at the gas station, and I'm getting something for it other than
the gas." If it's an item you don't use, you can always
Sentry: Daniel's Sentry in Elkhorn not only doubles
coupons with a 50 cent face value and under, but they too have a gas rewards
program. It's called Pump Perks, runs the same way as Pig Points, and you can
redeem them at Kwik Trip!
Gooseberries: Great store in Burlington where you
can buy fresh and specialty foods, and they have a program called GooseBucks.
For every $50 you spend, they will give you a ticket for $5 of GooseBucks.
These are available for use the following month and can be used on anything in
the store. My sister-in-law ends up with 40-50 GooseBucks per month and she and
her husband use them on special treats that they would not normally buy.
Lastly, all you McDonalds McLovers out there, a great
promotion is happening for free food! If you visit any participating McDonalds
(my guess is all the ones in the state are doing it), they will give you a
little card thingie you can put on your key ring. Present it while purchasing a
drink from McDonald's the day after a Packers win, and you can get either a free
Egg McMuffin or Big Mac! Yum! They also recently started up their annual
Monopoly game. One in four is a winner!
should go there and buy things!