Wednesday, August 17, 2011
The other reason I am ready for school is so I can start shopping again. 2011 has been a ridiculously crazy year for me and my family. Now that the kids are headed back I am ready to get busy shopping again.
I am rebuilding my coupon stash and desperately trying to understand all the new coupon rules. Thank you TLC for irresponsible television.
PLease feel free to contact me with any questions you may have about couponing, and keep a look out for new posts on the deals I find.
Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tuesday, February 1, 2011
Yesterday I went to Randall’s only,
Thank you to Stephanie at Katycouponers for the HOT Skippy Peanut Butter deal.
Skippy Peanut Butter is 2/$5 this week, use the coupon in the Sunday inset to make them $1.49 each. There is a limit of 4 and you have to spend $10 to make the coupon work.
Yesterday I got a 2 pack of Ranchers Reserve T-Bone Steaks Regularly $8.75- Manager special 50% off- $2/1 Rancher Reserve (Randall’s Joy of Football).
2- Pillsbury Holiday Shapes Frozen Cookie Dough Regularly $3.99-Managers Special 50%-$.50 eCoupon-$1/2 Mfg CO.
2-Skippy Peanut Butter 2/$5-Flyer-1-$1/1 (Randall’s Joy of Football)-1 $.50/1(doubled) Mfg CO (1/30 RP)
In a separate transaction I got 1 Rancher’s Reserve Skirt Steak $2.33- $2/1 Rancher Reserve (Randall’s Joy of Football).
So I got all of that for $4.87.
Today at Randall’s
I only wanted to get the Skippy Peanut Butter so I did the transaction a lot like Stephanie suggested. I am lucky to have both Skippy Mfg CO’s so I got a $10 Randall’s CG and 2 Peanut Butter’s and paid $10.98. Tomorrow and for the rest of the week I can now take that $10 GC and roll it into more Peanut Butter.
Today I was mostly concerned with making my first run to Kroger for the Mega Sale. If you are not familiar with the mega sale it is a sale at Kroger where you Buy 10 items and get $5 off at check out. This time it is a lot of staple items. So I have been really wanting to stock up.
Today I got
6-Kleenex - $5.0/3 (doubled) (insert)
2-Kraft Deluxe Mac and Cheese ( No cpn)
2-Velveeta Shells and Cheese ( No cpn)
2-Philly Cream Cheese $1/2 (Guys Big Bite Book)
2- 2Liters Big K soda -$1 off 2L of soda when you buy 2 craft products (Tearpad) (all 4 Mac & Cheeses are part of this deal.
9- Asst Cans Del Monte Vegetables (after Mega Sale these are only $.32 each)
12-Cans Rotel -$1/4
9-Cans Hunts Tomatoes - $.45/3
6- Bar S Hot dogs - $1/2 1/30 RP
2- Orvile Redenbacker’s Microwave Popcorn - $.55 Blinkie there is also a $1/2 (Randall’s Joy of Football).
All for $24.xx
I hope to head back to Kroger and Randall’s again tomorrow to stock up some more.
Friday, January 21, 2011
Ready to check out I glanced through my new coupon books and saw a $2 off 1 Ranchers Reserve coupon. Turns out the steaks I grabbed were Rancher's Reserve. I was so happy. Three steaks for under $2.
One more Frugal thing happened today! Both of my incredible sidekicks came home with PERFECT report cards. Those perfect report cards are rewarded with FREE kids meals from Chick Fil A. SO tomorrow's lunch is FREE too!
Wednesday, December 29, 2010
I wasn’t going to watch this show. I really didn’t plan on it. I didn’t even set the DVR when I went out last night. As the show began to air I began to see so many conversations about what was happening that I couldn’t resist. When I got home I set the DVR to catch the second run of the show.
My initial thoughts when I heard that a show was being made were how much negative backlash it would create. I don’t think my concerns were far off. I believe that it was staged, 100%, fake. Yes, it is mathematically possible, but probable, not at all. The network must have contacted the stores to get the permission. I am sure that the stores were promised a few well placed logo shots in return and probably well compensated. I am by no means the COUPON POLICE, I don’t want to judge the people who participated in the show, but I am very disappointed.
Crying because a coupon doesn’t scan, and taking over every square inch of floor space in the house are all signs of an addiction or of Hoarding. I don’t believe that even with kids anyone can use the amount of stuff two of these people have in their house.
I believe every one of them when they say that they make regular donations to their local charities. As do most all of us who coupon shop. I just have one thing that really bugs me about the show, and the way things were portrayed. Before I ever went on my first shopping trip armed with my coupons I did a lot of research. I found tons of sites, all with incredible information. The one thing that was taught at every site was to fly below the radar. It is a hard thing to remember, especially when you are new to the game. But, it is vitally important. You don’t want to come to the attention of the stores. All it takes is one moody cashier or manager and you are going to have trouble every time. If a store begins to notice me I pray that it is because I am a nice person, and I stand out for that reason only. I do think that calling ahead to order stuff is a good idea; I will never clear the shelves of a deal, unless there is only one left when I get there. I have not ever ordered extras, but I have considered it. If I ever encounter a deal I cannot pass on I would definitely do it.
I have never gotten in a recycling bin to look for coupons. Again, I wouldn’t put it past me though. Given the chance, I believe I certainly would.
I don’t believe that any of my stores, even stating that I have an AWESOME group of managers and cashiers that I have gotten to know would order me 1100 of any one item.
I want to help others; it is what we are called as Christians to do. But, I will not give up my time with my family, my sanity or my reputation to do so. I will teach anyone who wants to learn and I will continue to donate all I can to any charity I can. But, I will not ask my family to make major sacrifices for me to do so. I do not clip coupons during family time, I do not shop at all hours of the night, I do not miss special events to go get a deal and I do not spend more hours clipping coupons than I do at the office. I am already away from my family too much as it is for work. We all have our own way of being, and to each their own, I just really hope that the stores and manufacturers don’t begin changing the rules again because these four people exposed the tricks of the game.