Getting Started with Couponing – How to Find TIME to Clip Coupons, Match to Sales and Save Money

You may want to start couponing, but feel like your life is already so full of commitments and wonder “where will I find the time?”

I get that.  I know with working a job, taking care of children, cooking, cleaning and doing all that a home requires and trying to maintain some sort of social life, time can be tight!!!  Personally, right now I am a stay-at-home mom which does gives me ample time to focus on weekly ads, coupons and sticking to a budget.  But, I also found time when I had a “paying” job to do do these things, too.  I didn’t do it quite to the level I do now, but I found ways to carve out time.  Here are a few suggestions:

1- Use Sunday, while home with the family, as a time to go ahead and clip coupons from the  Sunday newspaper and put them in your coupon organizer by item type (click here for my Organize to Maximize Savings post).  My boys have always helped me do this, so really it didn’t take time away from them.  It is an activity we do together.

2- Also, on Sunday, after you have clipped and organized your coupons, take a look at the the week’s drug store ads.  Match-up any coupons you have to items that are on sale that your family needs or may need in the near future. There are plenty of websites out there which help you with the coupon match-ups, such as Money Saving Mom, Hip2Save, Deal Seeking Mom, Southern Savers and others!

3 – If you work outside the home and Sunday isn’t an option for you, use your lunch hour to clip your coupons and go through the ads. 

4 – Figure out a block of time to make the needed shopping trip(s).  It may be on Sunday afternoon.  If you work, it may be Monday during your lunch hour.  When I was working, I would often pack a lunch, bring it in the car with me and make several stops during my lunch hour since quite a few grocery and drug stores were nearby. These days, I usually do my drug store deal shopping on Mondays after I drop my kindergartener off to school and get a walk in at the track, but before my 1-year-old’s nap.

5 – As for grocery store savings, most of the weekly sale ads come out in Wednesday’s newspaper.  You may want to sign up to have your favorite grocery store(s) ads emailed to you.  Personally, I signed up to receive both Harris Teeter and Food Lion’s ads which not only let you preview the ads on Tuesday night, but also send extra coupons and savings. 

6 – Since you are organized from filing your coupons Sunday (or earlier in the week), it shouldn’t take too long to look at the weekly ad and pull your needed coupons.  To save on time, you can also visit websites that help you match coupons to sales, such as I do on Homemaking Mom. Maybe you can find a few minutes after the kids go to bed. Or, while waiting in the school pick-up line.  Or, while sitting in front of TV watching your favorite shows. Or, on Saturday morning once the work week is done and you have a moment to focus on this. Look at your schedule and just figure out when it works for you.  I find we always can find time for things that we want to do, somehow, some way 🙂

7- Savings is coming your way now that you have your grocery list using the sale ads and needed coupons pulled! With a little effort and organization, you will be amazed at how it will help your grocery budget!!! Good luck!

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge Thanksgiving Edition – Spent $58.94, Saved $80.43

For my $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge this week, I decided to divide my grocery shopping between Harris Teeter and Food Lion to maximize my savings during all of the great Thanksgiving specials.  Here is a breakdown of my spending vs. saving:

Harris Teeter – Spent $17.14 (plus tax), Saved $40.31
Food Lion – Spent $33.98 (plus tax), Saved $28.87
CVS – Spent $7.82 (plus tax), Saved $11.25 (posted this shopping trip
here)

Total – $58.94 (plus tax), Saved $80.43 Yay!!!!

I have included the coupon match-ups below, many of which can be printed right from your computer! I hope these help you save your family big bucks as we enter the holiday season! 

Since you probably have many items on your grocery shopping list that are not on my personal grocery shopping/coupon match-up list this week, be sure to Print Free Coupons Online at Coupons.comand check out my post  Where to Find Great Grocery Coupons prior to heading to the store for your Thanksgiving shopping!!!  Thanksgiving and Christmas food costs can really add up and matching your coupons to store sales can save you a BUNCH of money!!!!

I am so inspired by the many friends and readers who have started to coupon after reading about my savings here on this blog!!! I love hearing your stories of savings!!!  Here is something to think about: If you are able to save your family $10/week by clipping coupons and matching them to sale ads, that adds up to $520/year!   And, if you save $20/week, that adds up to $1040/year! Let that thought motivate you as you venture into the grocery stores this week!!!

Harris Teeter Coupon Match-ups and Deals 11/17 – 11/25

Country Crock Shedd’s Spread – $1.14
Coupon – $.40 off X 2 (doubled)= $.80 off (click here to print!)
Total – $.34

Wheaties Cereal – BOGO Free – $1.74
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.24

Sister Schubert’s Parker House Rolls – BOGO Free – $1.92
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off (click here to print!)
Total – $.42

Breakstone Sour Cream – $1.50
Coupon – $.55 off X 2 = $1.10 off (coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.40

Orville Redenbacher Popcorn – BOGO Free – $1.49
Coupon – $.40 X 2 (doubled) = $.80 off (coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.69

Starbucks Coffee – E-VIC Special – $5.99
Coupon – $1.50 off (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert OR you can click here to print!)
Total – $4.49
Note – The $5.99 price is for E-VIC members only.  To participate in the E-VIC program, you sign up to receive their weekly ad  and special E-VIC discounts via email. 

Lay’s Potato Chips – BOGO Free – $2.00
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 bags (coupon from store tearpad)
Total – $1.50 each

Diet Dr. Pepper 2-liter – .99
Coupon – $.55 X 2 (doubled) = $1.10 (home mailer coupon)
Total – FREE

Wheat Thins & Triscuits – BOGO Free – $1.84 each
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 boxes (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert OR click here to print!)
Total – $1.34 each

Carnation Evaporated Milk – $.85 (small can)
Coupon – $.50 off 2 cans X 2 (doubled) = $1.00 off (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.35 per can

Eagle Brand Condensed Milk – $1.99
Coupon – $40 X 2 = $.80 (coupon from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $1.19

Energizer Batteries (4 pack) – $2.49
Coupon – $2.00 off (home mailer)
Total – $.49

Smart Balance Milk (half gallon) – $3.00
Coupon – $.75 off X 2 (doubled) = $1.50 off (click here to print!)
Total – $1.50

Food Lion Coupon Match-ups and Deals 11/17 – 11/25

Kraft Shredded Cheese – $1.66
Coupon – $1.00 off (click here to print!)
Total – $.66

Marcal Small Steps Toilet Paper – $1.49
Coupon – $1.00 off (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.49

Ritz Crackers – BOGO Free Sale – $1.90 each
Coupon – $1.00 off two boxes ( from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert OR click here to print!)
Total – $1.40 per box

Old Orchard Healthy Balance Juice – $2.00
Coupon – $.55 off (from a store coupon dispenser)
Total – $1.45

Oscar Mayer Lunch Meat – $2.50
Coupon – $1.00 off (coupon printed at cash register on a previous visit)
Total – $1.50

Oscar Mayer Lunchable – $1.69
Coupon – $1.00 off (coupon printed at cash register on a previous visit)
Total – $.69

Bruce’s Yams – $2.00
Coupon – $.25 off (click here to print)
Total – $1.75

 Kellogg’s Rice Krispies and Corn Flakes – $2.50 each (not a great deal, but I needed these)
Coupon – $1.00 off two boxes of Kellogg’s cereal (from a store coupon dispenser)
Coupon – The Rice Krispies had a peelie coupon on it, that you get FREE marshmallows when you purchase two boxes of Kellogg’s cereal.
Total – $4.00 for 2 boxes of cereal and a bag of marshmallows

French Fried Onions – $2.99 (large can)
Coupon – $.50 off (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $2.49

Diamond Chopped Pecans – $2.95
Coupon – $.50 (from a recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $2.45

Stove Top Stuffing – BOGO Free – $.94
Coupon – $1.00 off 2 (click here to print!)
Total – $.44 each

Other Notable Food Lion Deals

Coke 2-liters – $.88 each when you purchase 4, so I decided to stock up!
Sweet Potatoes – $.29/lb.
Food Lion Canned Pineapple – $.89
Food Lion Pie Shells 2-pack – $1.50

Print FREE Grocery Coupons at Home

Conquer the Clutter Challenge – Week 2 – Conquering the Playroom Toys!

Whew!  Now, that was a job!  As you know, I have started completing weekly “Conquer the Clutter” challenges. To learn more about this challenge, click here.  Last week, I “made-over” my kitchen junk drawer which I posted here.  This week, my challenge focused on the toys in my children’s playroom.  All I can say is, my boys sure have the toys! With a 1-year-old, 5-year-old and 11-year-old, we have toys from various stages of childhood.

After a lot of work and re-organization, the playroom now looks amazing and it feels great to know that broken and no-longer-used toys have been removed (I plan to make a big donation of items I clean out during my weekly challenges to Goodwill over the holidays).  Granted, they still have A LOT of toys, most of which aren’t shown in the following pictures. However, I wanted to focus on some of the methods I used to group the toys and make them easier to find and use:


I purchased the toy organizers pictured above and below at Target a few years ago, but I am pretty sure Target still sells them.  Using organizers like these is a great way to “lift” the toys off of the floor and categorize them by type. Children can easily pull out a cloth drawer or lift a basket out of the organizer to play with a certain type of toys.  For example, above I used the navy blue cloth drawers to group books, puzzles, animal figurines and train track pieces. Below, I grouped the toys into categories, such as action figures, planes, cars/trucks, tractors, etc.

Since I have a 1-year-old, I put some of his toys in large baskets on floor-level so that he could easily play with them.  I also used this concept with the crate below.  I grouped balls and kiddie sport-related items for easy access.

Be Resourceful!

I have found that you can definitely be resourceful and creative when coming up with ways to group and organize items. For example, in the pictures shown above, the large basket of baby toys was from a gourmet food gift basket we were given, the green crate was from my college days and a coffee table from my previous house is now the “parking lot” for many of the trucks. I also turned empty diaper wipe plastic containers into toy holders (see picture below).  These are great for small items, such as Legos.  The containers have the lid attached, can be stacked and easily labeled on the side with a marker.

So far, I have tackled the small challenge of cleaning out my kitchen junk drawer and the large challenge of re-organizing the playroom.  Week #3 will focus on my kid’s closets…wish me luck!!!

Tasty Tuesday – Recipes I am Using for Thanksgiving & a Thoughtful Christmas Gift Idea

Several Christmases ago, my mom gave me a wonderful, thoughtful gift. It was a recipe book with twenty of my favorite recipes that she had made over the years hand-written on the pages.  My mom is an awesome cook and has always fixed a huge variety of home-cooked meals. I was thrilled to now have a resource right at my fingertips with her tried-and-true recipes that I could fix for my own family!

If you look closely at the picture below, you will even notice “drips” on the pages.  That, my friends, is a sign of a good recipe book!!! If drips and spots are on the pages, you know it is getting some use!

If you have been following my blog, I have been offering numerous ideas recently for inexpensive, thoughtful Christmas gifts.  This is a perfect example of one!  It can be tailored to the recipient’s tastes and is truly unique from any gift out there you would go pick up from a store shelf while shopping.  For those of you with teenage or adult children who love your cooking and come to you for cooking advice, I would highly recommend it. 

Ways to create a recipe book:

1. Hand write all of the pages like my mom did.

2. Scan the recipes with your computer scanner, trim the edges and attach to the pages of the recipe book. 

3. Type recipes, print them, put them in sheet protectors and place in a binder.

4. Create a recipe book with the many photo book options available out there (which would make it easy to also include pictures of your recipes). 

This gift idea could be as simple or time-consuming as you let it, but it is one that many recipients will absolutely treasure!

Included in my recipe book from my mom are the following recipes that I will be making this Thanksgiving.  While I am not hosting Thanksgiving at my house, I will be making several dishes to take for Thanksgiving with both mine and my husband’s family. Here are a few of them:

Sweet Potato Casserole

1 large can of yams
1 stick margarine
1 cup light brown sugar
2 eggs, beaten
1 cup evaporated milk

Beat ingredients together.  Pour into a shallow casserole dish.  Bake at 375 deg for 15 min.

Topping:

1 cup cornflakes, crushed
1 stick margarine, melted
1 cup pecans, chopped

Mix dry ingredients into melted margarine.  It will be crumbly.  Sprinkle over sweet potato dish and bake an additional 15 minutes.  For a large group, I usually double this recipe.

Pineapple Casserole

2 20 oz. cans pineapple chunks, drained
3 tbsp. flour
1/2 stick margarine
2 tbsp. pineapple juice from drained can
3/4 cup sugar
1 cup shredded sharp cheese
1 cup Ritz crackers, crushed

Place pineapple in a baking dish.  Combine flour, sugar and cheese and spread over pineapple.  Next, sprinkle crushed Ritz crackers over it.  Melt margarine and add pineapple juice.  Pour over entire mixture.  Bake 30 min at 350 degrees. 
This is a great side dish with ham.

Blender Lemon Pies

1 frozen deep dish pie crust or 2 regular pie crusts
2/3 stick butter, softened
2 large lemons, juiced
1 1/2 tsp lemon rind, grated (see funny story at the end of the post about the lemon rind)
4 eggs
2 cups of sugar
2 tbsp. flour

Combine all ingredients in the blender in the order listed above.  Blend until well mixed.  Pour into pie shell and bake at 350 degrees for 15 minutes and then reduce heat to 250 degrees.  Bake at 250 degrees for approximately 45 minutes.  After baking, place under broiler for a minute or two to slightly brown the top.  Watch carefully during this part! After the pie cools, refrigerate.

Now, I will wrap up with a quick story about the lemon pie recipe.  This recipe is SUPER simple to make as all of the ingredients go right into the blender.  Just stick to the exact recipe – case in point: A couple of years ago, I decided to take lemon pies for Thanksgiving at my in-laws house.  When preparing them, I wanted to make sure the pies had plenty of lemon flavor so I added in lots of extra lemon rind.  Well, lets just say from then on I have stuck to the recipe.  As the first few people took bites of the pie, I watched their mouths pucker and lips purse up.  The pies were SO sour, edible, but sour.  And, yes, we are all still laughing about it… 🙂

CVS – Lessons in Drug Store Deal Shopping

After all of my recent grocery shopping “deals” at Harris Teeter, I had taken a break from drug store shopping the past couple of weeks.  However, this morning, my 1-year-old needed diapers (he was down to 3 so it was an urgent matter)!  I feel like I am always posting diaper deals, but it seems like in the time it takes to post the deal, he has already gone through another pack. 

So, I checked the drug store ads and the best diaper deal this week was at Rite Aid.  Problem is that I do not have a Rite Aid close to me.  Whenever I go there, I tie it in to other errands.  Important deal shopping tip #1 – no matter how great the deal is, make sure it is going to be worth the gas you will use to drive and get it! However, CVS is a mile from my house, so CVS it was!

Important deal shopping tip #2 – Just because a store advertises a “sale” doesn’t mean it is truly a good price.  For example, Huggies this week are “on sale” for $9.49 per jumbo pack at CVS.  I personally think that is a horrible price! I have never paid that much for one jumbo pack.  So, did I stop in CVS and pay $9.49 for that pack of diapers?  Well, yes and no!

Yes, I went ahead and went to CVS, but I found a scenario to make the diapers “become” a reasonable price.  I glanced through the weekly ad and found that the Herbal Essence hair products were “on sale” for $2.99.  Once again, not a sale price in my opinion. HOWEVER, when you purchase Herbal Essence this week, you will receive $2.00 in CVS Extra Care Bucks.  Plus, I had a coupon for $.50 off Herbal Essence. And, Blistex was “on sale” for $2.39 and you will receive $1.50 in CVS Extra Care Bucks.  Plus, I also had a coupon for Blistex for $.55 off. So,  here are the deal scenarios I came up with:

Transaction #1

Herbal Essence Hairspray – $2.99
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $.50 off
Blistex Lip Balm – $2.39
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $.55 off
Total Due – $4.33 (plus tax) EARNED $3.50 in CVS Extra Care Bucks for my diaper purchase.

Transaction #2

Huggies Jumbo Pack Diapers – $9.49
Manufacturer’s Coupon – $2.50 off
Redeemed $3.50 in CVS Extra Care Bucks from previous transaction.
Total Due – $3.49 (plus tax)

So, my point of the post is that often it is LESS EXPENSIVE to purchase several items at the drug store then to go in and purchase one single item. On this trip, I went in for one pack of diapers that cost $9.49, I walked out spending $7.82 (plus tax), but got the Huggies diapers, Herbal Essence hair spray and a tube of Blistex lip balm. 

I used to think that drug stores were overpriced and didn’t shop there often.  Then, I discovered their customer loyalty programs!!! But, I can’t stress enough how important it is to plan your shopping trip PRIOR to stepping foot in the store for maximum savings (just like with grocery shopping). Let me know any questions that you have…I know this can seem a little confusing especially if you are new to coupons and CVS Extra Care Bucks.  To sign up for a CVS card and learn more about the Extra Care Bucks program, click here. Good luck!!!

Money-Saving Monday – Christmas Is Coming! Inexpensive Gift Ideas Continued…

Today, I redeemed my “Swagbucks” for a $10 Starbucks gift card! Are you swaggin’ yet? I previously explained Swagbucks in detail here, but basically this is how it works:

1. Sign up for a FREE Swagbucks account here. You will receive 30 swagbucks upon signing up which will help get you started!!!

2. Use the Swagbuckssite as your search engine. You will be awarded “swagbucks” just for doing your regular internet searches.

3. You can also earn additional swagbucks other ways by completing quick daily polls, downloading the Swagbucks toolbar, surveys, watching videos and more.

4.  Watch your swagbucks accumulate until you are ready to redeem them at the Swag Store for a great variety of prizes, such as gift cards, music, magazines, electronics and much more!

It is super easy and for any of you who are routinely on the computer anyway, it is a great way to “treat” yourself or if you are tight on cash, earn prizes to use as gifts for loved ones this Christmas (It isn’t too late to make that happen.  You will start earning the swagbucks immediately on top of the 30 swagbucks you receive upon signing up). You may want to give this a try – I know I am excited to have the Starbucks gift card coming my way!

Search & Win

My Ebay Christmas Account Update

 I previously posted that I planned to put any money that I made off of Ebay into a “Christmas Account.”  That “account” is currently is up to around $50, after selling two more small items last night.  To be honest, though, I haven’t been putting a lot of effort lately, but plan to get back with it in the next week or so as I have a lot of items ready to list.  And, lets face it, I have a very lengthy Christmas shopping list and $50 isn’t going to touch it.  However, if I can sell items I already have around the house that I no longer need and offset the Christmas spending, then I will be thrilled with that.  To view my previous posts about how to sell on Ebay, click here and here.

Inexpensive Personalized Chrismas Gift Idea (You May Also Be Interested in This for Your Own Christmas Cards)

Finally, to continue with the inexpensive Christmas gift idea series, here is another one for you today.  Many people love personalized items. Currently, you can receive FREE Return Address Labels from Vistaprint.com! Click here. For example, you can receive 140 of the really CUTE caricature (as shown above, along with many other designs) return address stickers for FREE! You only pay shipping & handling which is around $3.00. 

This could either make a cute stocking stuffer OR be combined with nice stationery, envelopes, pens, etc and made into a cute gift basket.  I did something similar to this several years ago for my grandmother and she loved it.  I also included a book of stamps so she had everything that she needed for her letter writing (which she loves to do) all in one place. Click below to learn more about this offer!
FREE Product Samples for home and office

Don’t forget…

Through November 18, Restaurant.com is selling $25.00 restaurant gift certificates for only $3.00 by using the coupon code “THANKS” at checkout (just be sure to read the details of the restaurant you are interested in for any minimum order requirements and that type of thing).

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Don’t Throw Away Your Overly Ripe Bananas…Transform Them Into Delicious Banana Bread

Yikes!  The bananas pictured above have seen better days, huh? One of the ways I keep my food costs down is by working with what I have on hand (many times purchased at bargain prices), eating leftovers and trying my best not to waste food.  This isn’t always possible, but the good news about bananas is that the more ripe they get, the better they are for making banana bread!

So, don’t throw them away!  Instead, transform them into a loaf of delicious banana bread with the following super simple, no fail recipe.  It is from a church cookbook I was given as a wedding gift and have fixed MANY times over the years.  In fact, I have fixed it so much that I have memorized that it is on page 86!

Banana Bread

1 stick butter
1 cup sugar
2 beaten eggs
2 mashed overly ripe bananas
2 cups of flour
3/4 teaspoon salt
1 tsp. baking powder
3 tablespoons of milk

Step-by-Step Instructions:

Combine butter and sugar.

Add beaten eggs then bananas.

Add dry ingredients and milk. Bake at 350 degrees for 45 minutes – 1 hour and then enjoy the final product…

Inexpensive Christmas Gift Idea…

Maybe you are trying to stretch a tight Christmas shopping budget.  Or, maybe not, but you are a wonderful baker and want to share your treats with family, friends and co-workers over the holidays.  Maybe you know someone who doesn’t cook (for a number of any reasons) who would really appreciate something homemade from scratch. Baking homemade items for others can be an inexpensive, much appreciated Christmas gift!

 As an example pictured below, I took the loaf of banana bread I baked tonight and “packaged” it like a Christmas gift, wrapping it in foil, putting a pretty bow and placing it in a festive bag. You could also add a cute Christmas gift tag, too.

The banana bread recipe above is a great option even for beginner bakers (much like myself). You may also be interested in the super simple Pumpkin Bread recipe that I previously shared.  I will be covering more inexpensive, thoughtful Christmas gift ideas in the coming days and weeks, because it truly is the thought that counts! You don’t have to go deep into debt to make the holiday season joyful, special and full of love…

$60 Weekly Grocery Challenge – Spent $32.31 for $83.55 Worth of Groceries!

This morning, I did a quick stop at Harris Teeter to pick up a few needed items and the “deals” from this week’s grocery ad.  I am still very stocked up from last week’s Harris Teeter Super Double Coupon promotion that I posted here.

To keep my new readers in the loop about what the $60 Weekly Grocery Challenge actually is, basically each week I set out to spend no more than $60 for food, drinks, groceries, toiletries, diapers and medicine for my family of five.

Now, granted, as I shared yesterday, we do either eat out or pick up take-out once a week (avg. $20-25 max) and my husband purchases lunch out several days a week while at work. However, other than that these exceptions, the approximately $60 that I spend on my groceries each week does cover all of our other meals, items to pack in school lunches, diapers and much more! Why did I choose $60?  Because I attempted a $50 grocery budget and found that I needed some wiggle room.  BUT, I knew I could do better than the $75-$80 I used to spend each week.  So, the $60 goal is currently working for me.  For your family, the number may be higher or lower. 

This week, my total came to $32.31 (plus tax) for $83.55 worth of groceries (pictured below)!  So, for the second week in a row, I came in way under my $60 goal (last week I spent $44.35 for $269.78 worth of groceries)!

Harris Teeter Coupon Match-ups and Deals for November 10-16:

(Note – Harris Teeter will double coupons up to $.99, limit 20 double coupons per visit, per day)

Wholly Guacamole Refrigerated Dip – $3.99
Coupon – $4.00 (Facebook fan coupon – no longer available)
Total – FREE

Ghiradelli Chocolate Luxe Bar – $1.50
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (Click here to print – it will let you print two!)
Total – FREE

Barilla Plus Pasta – $2.25
Coupon – $2.25 (Home mailer coupon for a FREE box through Vocal Point.  I would definitely recommend joining Vocal Point to receive product samples and coupons for future savings!)
Total – FREE

Ortega Canned Jalapeno Peppers – $.75
Coupon – $.50 off 2 X 2 (Click here to print $1.00 off 2)
Total – $.25 per can

Delmonte Canned Vegetables – Buy 2, Get 3 Free (which equals $.50 per can)
Coupon – $1.00 off 5 (coupon from a recent Sunday newspaper)
Total – $.30 per can

Mazola Cooking Spray – $1.49
Coupon – $.50 X 2 (coupon from Oct. 3 Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Total – $.49

Nature’s Own Whole Grain Bread – $1.99
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (internet printable – no longer available)
Total – $.49

Activia Yogurt 4-Pack – $1.99
Coupon – $.75 X 2 (Click here to print!)
Total – $.49

Diet Dr. Pepper 2-Liter – $1.25
Coupon – $.35 X 2
Total – $.55

Mt. Olive Pickles – $2.00
Coupon – $.50 X 2
Total – $1.00 (from recent Sunday newspaper coupon insert)
Note – The Mt. Olive Relish is on sale for $1.49, so you could also use this coupon to get relish for $.49.  I just happened to need pickles during my shopping trip today.

Eight O’clock Coffee – $2.87
Coupon – $1.00 (Click here to print!)
Total – $1.87

Harris Teeter Gallon Milk – $2.47 (Great deal!  Regular price is $3.49)

Good luck with your grocery shopping this week!  If you are new to couponing, you may be interested in the first two posts of my “Getting Started with Coupons” series.  Click here to view Where to Find Grocery Coupons and click here to view Organize to Maximize Savings!

I also have included the banner/link below to Coupons.com which is a site I most often use for high value internet printable coupons. You may want to browse through the free current coupon offerings to see if any match up to your grocery shopping list this week.   

Print FREE Grocery Coupons at Home

Thrifty Thursday – Eat Dinner Out at Restaurants for Less (and a Great Christmas Gift Idea, Too)!

While being a strategic grocery shopper and preparing dinner at home can save a lot of money, we all like to treat ourselves some times!  At my house, my family will either go out to eat or pick up take-out from a restaurant once a week. With a one-year-old, we do more of the picking up take-out right now, but this still gives me a nice break from cooking for the evening.

So, how can you treat your family to dinner out and not spend a ton?  Purchase restaurant gift certificates at HUGE discounts on Restaurant.com! Now through November 15, purchase $25.00 restaurant gift certificates for ONLY $2.00 by entering the coupon code GIVE at checkout! That is what I call a deal! 

This is a great opportunity to not only score some inexpensive dinners out for your family during the upcoming busy Christmas season, but also to do some Christmas shopping for others! This would be a great surprise tucked into a Christmas stocking! Click the banner below for details (and be sure to read the fine print since some restaurants have minimum purchase amounts and/or exclusions). Enjoy!

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Conquer the Clutter Challenge – Week 1 – Kitchen Junk Drawer Reorganization

Remember that hideous kitchen “junk drawer” I posted about here?  Well, I am sure it wants to tell you, “Look at me, now!”  Check out the following before and after pictures of its make-over.  It is feeling pretty spiffy!

Transformed into this…

All it took was a visit to Walmart to purchase the white baskets to better divide the drawer (which totaled only around $3.00), a little time (no, it didn’t take long once I got over the procrastination of getting started) and a great friend (who reminded me when at my house yesterday, “hey, I saw this on your blog….let me help get you started”).

It felt to great to purge the broken items, dried up markers, old receipts, etc.  It is not perfect by any means, but will make it SO MUCH easier to find things and not waste so much of my time. I feel inspired to continue…my next home organizational focus will be on my boy’s toys! And, yes, they have a lot of them!  I feel this is the perfect time to sort through them prior to the number of toys growing next month during Christmas.  Hopefully, I won’t get lost in the sea of plastic and primary colors! Wish me luck…