Sunday, November 27, 2011

Manage Your Stockpile and Donate to Others

I was going through some of my stockpile the other day and realized that I had way too much toothpaste. When it's easy to get it very cheap or free, you sometimes end up with more than you need or could even use. I pulled out the toothpaste and dental floss and we had over 25 tubes of toothpaste. Since sales run every 6 to 8 weeks, you really don't have to stock supplies floor to ceiling, just until the next sale comes along. I kept about 6 tubes of toothpaste and 5 packs of floss and decided to give the rest away.


A friend from work was taking up donations for basic needs, so I started boxing stuff up to donate. When you get enough for your own family and can still keep getting items cheap or free, why not make a donation stockpile? Trust me, anything you are able to give will be great appreciated and you won't have to spend a lot of money to really help someone out.

When it was all said and done, this is what I was able to give on short notice. I plan on getting a box to start putting items in it just for donation. I encourage everyone to try that and send me information or pictures on your donations.



Happy Holidays to Everyone!

Friday, November 18, 2011

Publix trip for 11/17/11

Jason met me after work yesterday and we did a little shopping, had dinner and hit Publix before going home. I had another good "stocking up" trip.

I spend $54.69 out of pocket and saved $76.85. That's a savings of 58.4% off my grocery bill. I'm satisfied enough if I save more than I spend.




It still blows my mind to think about someone spending $131.54 for what you see. Thank you coupons and sales.

I do think it's funny though how I buy things usually in multiples of two.

Monday, November 14, 2011

Good Deals at Target

Jason and I went out to do a little shopping today and I found a couple of deals at Target. These coupons were still available the last time I checked in case you're interested. You can get the Target coupons from http://www.target.com/.

I got 4 packs of Reach dental floss and 1 sleep shirt for $2.15 total (tax and all).


I had a Target coupon for $3.00 off any sleepwear. Naturally, I headed straight for the clearance section and found this sleep shirt marked down to $4.98. After applying the coupon, I paid $1.98 for the shirt.

The dental floss was $.97 each. I had two Target coupons for $.50 off the dental floss, plus 2 manufacturer's coupons for $1.50 off two. After all the coupons were applied, Target paid me $.12 to take the dental floss off their hands and the overage was applied to my remaining balance.

It is so much fun to get stuff really cheap, free or be paid to take them!!!!

Saturday, November 12, 2011

Had a great grocery trip yesterday

I went to Publix yesterday after work and did pretty well if I do say so myself. I worked hard going through my coupons and working on my list the night before (while also watching tv) so I felt ready to do some damage.

I won't bore you with listing all the items that I got (it was a lot) so I took some group and close-up photos to try and show all the items.












Even with 5 pictures, there were still items hidden from view. I've got to learn how to organize for pictures better.

I got everything you see (and the items you can't see) for $105.84. I saved $131.27 or 55.5% using coupons.

True, this isn't the major hauls that you see on the Extreme Couponing television shows but honestly those are so unrealistic. The trip I had was done with only a couple of hours of preparation time and strictly abiding by the store coupon policies, and I still was able to cut more than 50% off my grocery bill. I have read numerous times that the stores change their coupon policies for the person checking out on the reality show. So, even if you tried your hardest, you couldn't match what they've done because of the restrictions of the "normal person" coupon policy. Plus, I don't know about you, but I don't have 30-40 hours per week to put into coupons! I have a life and it doesn't revolve around coupons only.

But I do want to save money and this was something trip was something that could be done by anyone at most stores.

It's nice to be able to contribute to my family's goal of being debt free, add to our financial security and just basically know that if something happens to one of our jobs that we have food on hand and that I have the tools to make the most of what money we do have.

Saturday, November 5, 2011

Gas Discounts from Grocery Stores

I know a lot of people that shop at certain stores so that they can get a discount (10 cents or so) on their gas purchases at that same store. It sounds like a great deal, but not always.

If you are shopping at this store already because they are saving you the most money and have a great coupon program, then it's great to get the gas discount as an added bonus. If you are only shopping there for the gas discount you're probably spending a lot more than you are saving.

I mean think about it, if you have a 16 gallon gas tank on your vehicle and you have earned a 10 cents discount per gallon, that's only a savings of $1.60! If you can shop at another store and save more than basically $2.00 then it's smarter to shop at the money saving store.

There are some stores however that will give you a smaller discount on the gas (say 3 cents) just for scanning your store loyalty card, no purchase necessary. I normally do this and then get my groceries at the store where I can get the most savings and stretch my money as far as it will stretch.

It's funny how some "great savings" plans aren't really that great when you look at the numbers. Don't just assume you're saving the most, check your numbers and adjust if you need to.

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

More Coke and a smile!

If you've read the blog before, you know that I rarely pay for Coke products. I use the "my coke rewards" program as much as I can. 

To refresh your memory, there are codes on the lids and cardboard boxes for Coke. You can enter these codes into a free account on http://www.mycokerewards.com/ and you will be awarded points for the codes you enter. Then you can redeem your points for all kinds of things. Some options are magazine, products, event tickets and the one that I like the most, coupons for free coke products. For 240 points, I can get a coupon for a free 12 pack! I get these as often as a I can.




I don't run out and use my free 12 pack coupons as soon as I get them though. I save them up and use them when it benefits me the most. (The coupons have a long expiration date but do keep an eye on it).

Some grocery stores will run specials on Coke that if you buy a certain number of 12 packs, then you get 1 or 2 free. This is when I use my free 12 pack coupons.

For example, recently one of my favorite stores ran a special that if you bought 2 packs of Coke, then you would get 1 free. That means that I can get 3 packs of Coke, but only have to use 2 of my free 12 pack coupons. I mean, I'm getting them all for free but I am able to stretch the coupons out more to get even more free products.  For this particular sale I had 6 of the free 12 pack coupons to use and I turn those into 9 free 12 packs and got everything for free!!!!!




It gets even better! Remember that those 9 free 12 packs that I just got have more Coke reward points on them, so it just keeps the cycle going to help me earn more points and more free Cokes.

I don't think that I have actually paid for Cokes in years.