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Hoping For a Great Activity Filled Summer With the Kids

Wednesday, May 25, 2011

My cabinets, freezer, and fridge are thoroughly filled right now and that means I'm free from grocery shopping for a while except for things that we may run out of (milk, my Greek yogurt, etc.) thanks to triple coupons at Harris Teeter.

It's such a great feeling to know that I have saved so much money and that I can budget in extra clothes (bought on sale and with coupons as well) or other things that I or my family needs that we have to purchase.

I was able to use a competitor's coupon yesterday from another store at Harris Teeter and that saved me an additional $5 off my order. This was my largest amount paid to date with triple coupons ($20) but I got 3 large packages of toilet paper (on sale and had coupons that were tripled) that helped to bring me up to $25 (after all my regular coupons were taken off) and then I got $5 off with that coupon.

My totals every day have been under $10 so I was fine with a larger bill yesterday. Of course toilet tissue isn't all that I bought, I had lots more items included in that total, but I tried to buy things that we would use and that wouldn't sit around for a long time such as yogurt for the kids, dental floss, etc.

I stopped by Wal-Mart on my way home and picked up some Band-Aids (not that brandI bought, but another brand) that were on sale for $1 and I had coupons so got them for 45 cents a box vs. regular price of around $2.50 a box. Not bad for them not offering double or triple coupons at Wal-Mart, LOL.

I plan to save more money today and stop by my favorite discount bread store and hopefully get some whole wheat bread for 99 cents a loaf as we are getting low on that. I'm not wasting gas as it is not far from my home and we have an orthodontist's appt. anyway so I will pass the store on my way home.

We have finished up a lot of our school books so far and only have a few more chapters left in some of their subjects (we home school) so I suppose I'll be ordering their test (required by our state when you home school) soon. We'll just need to do a little review to help my son in particular (who has memory issues) to get ready for it and then I think we will take a week or two off in June so that their teacher (me, LOL) and the kids can get a much needed break.

My daughter wants to get a new hairstyle and I'm waiting patiently for a hair cutting coupon to come in the mail hopefully in the near future (see, I told you I hate paying full price for anything, LOL).

I want this to be an exciting and fun summer for them and for me and I hope we can find lots of low-cost activities to take advantage of this summer. I know we plan to go to a drive-in with our home school group if we can find a great family movie, go swimming in a public pool near our home, go roller skating, etc.

This is the first summer that I can remember looking forward to and I know it has a lot to do with my new self-image and my wanting to do more thing now that I've lost the weight I set out to do. It's a great feeling of accomplishment and I'm so happy I got over my fear and took the plunge.





  


Last Day of Triple Coupons Today

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today is the last day of triple coupons at Harris Teeter and of course I plan to go as I still have lots of coupons left to use. I've had some of my lowest totals this go around than I have averaged with super doubles (where coupons up to $1.98 are doubled), so I'm thrilled.

I got myself some sugar-free Luigi's frozen Italian ice yesterday (been getting the normal kind for the family) and I'm in love. It's got 60 calories and since it's that time of the month (the only time I crave sugar that much) and with it being almost 90 degrees here yesterday, it was wonderful and much needed.

I think I will be using the remainder of my coupons on the sugar-free version and since it ended up being I believe 50 cents a box (or something like that), I don't feel guilty about the splurge. emoticon equals emoticon

JC Penney's keeps sending me coupons and I'm loving it because I have finally found a store where I can find things to fit me and the prices are pretty good too. I guess I need to focus on shoes now since I've been going gangbusters on summer clothes lately. Well shoes and jewelry to be honest because I have never been one to buy myself or allow my husband to buy me jewelry and now I'm really enjoying it.

I have found a few pieces of jewelry (I'm not referring to precious stone jewelry, but what I call costume jewelry) lately marked down 60-70% and then I used coupons on top of that and I really am excited about concentrating on girly stuff like that, which is something I haven't focused on since I was single.

It is so much more fun shopping for clothes now than when I was 170 pounds. I hardly had any clothes to wear then but only because nothing flattered me and I didn't want to spend money on fat clothes. I didn't care about my appearance that much at all (other than the basic hygiene standards of course) because I was depressed and didn't care about me that much.

What a change I've made mentally and I'm happy that I have. It comes along at the right time because my daughter is paying attention and how I act reflects on her so I try to be aware of what I say about my body/appearance so that she doesn't have the same issues I had growing up.

  
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KISSFAN1 5/24/2011 7:18PM

    Oh yeah for sure, but they will probably have either triples or super doubles in a few weeks again so I'll be going through the crazy mad rush again, LOL.

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BRATS4 5/24/2011 6:48PM

    to bad it's the last day,but all good things come to an end.

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Last Day of Triple Coupons Today

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Today is the last day of triple coupons at Harris Teeter and of course I plan to go as I still have lots of coupons left to use. I've had some of my lowest totals this go around than I have averaged with super doubles (where coupons up to $1.98 are doubled), so I'm thrilled.

I got myself some sugar-free Luigi's frozen Italian ice yesterday (been getting the normal kind for the family) and I'm in love. It's got 60 calories and since it's that time of the month (the only time I crave sugar that much) and with it being almost 90 degrees here yesterday, it was wonderful and much needed.

I think I will be using the remainder of my coupons on the sugar-free version and since it ended up being I believe 50 cents a box (or something like that), I don't feel guilty about the splurge. emoticon equals emoticon

JC Penney's keeps sending me coupons and I'm loving it because I have finally found a store where I can find things to fit me and the prices are pretty good too. I guess I need to focus on shoes now since I've been going gangbusters on summer clothes lately. Well shoes and jewelry to be honest because I have never been one to buy myself or allow my husband to buy me jewelry and now I'm really enjoying it.

I have found a few pieces of jewelry (I'm not referring to precious stone jewelry, but what I call costume jewelry) lately marked down 60-70% and then I used coupons on top of that and I really am excited about concentrating on girly stuff like that, which is something I haven't focused on since I was single.

It is so much more fun shopping for clothes now than when I was 170 pounds. I hardly had any clothes to wear then but only because nothing flattered me and I didn't want to spend money on fat clothes. I didn't care about my appearance that much at all (other than the basic hygiene standards of course) because I was depressed and didn't care about me that much.

What a change I've made mentally and I'm happy that I have. It comes along at the right time because my daughter is paying attention and how I act reflects on her so I try to be aware of what I say about my body/appearance so that she doesn't have the same issues I had growing up.

  
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SMFISHER99 5/24/2011 8:21AM

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Couponing Tips - How I Paid 37 Cents A Box for Cereal

Monday, May 23, 2011

I went triple couponing at Harris Teeter yesterday and while I was in the frozen food section looking through my coupon box, a very loud woman and I suppose her husband came through the middle of the aisle and the man made a comment about all the couponers.

The woman made a rude comment about how annoying couponers were, etc. loud enough that I could hear her as well as another couponer (who like me had pulled her buggy way over so she didn't block anyone while she looked at her coupons) . The other couponer looked at me with an annoyed look on her face and I had to stop myself from laughing out loud at the rudeness of the non-couponer.

I told the other couponer that we'd be laughing our way past the register and to the car after we got our total paid and the other lady would be paying an arm and a leg as it is normally a very expensive store.

The other couponer told me that we should make sure we got in front of her in line to make her hate us even more, but of course we didn't and just laughed it off.

A friend on Spark People wanted me to mention how I organize my coupon box/album but it's really such a personal thing that there really is no wrong or right way to do that. When I say personal, I don't mean I'm trying to hide how I do my organizing, it's just that my way of organizing my coupons might not work for how you organize yours.

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I know lots of people use notebook binders and baseball card inserts for their coupons, but ever since I was single (a very long time ago) I've used a plastic coupon box that I found decades ago. It's still working for me and I've used it for so long that I tend to not go with the new style of organizing my coupons like most people do today. It's on it's last leg and has a small crack and is missing a piece of plastic on it, but it still works well and until it bites the dust, I'll be using it for years more.

Since I can't find those coupon boxes anywhere I guess I"ll either be forced to go the binder/baseball card insert route or order from a site I saw a few years ago that carries them. My coupon box is rectangular in shape and has a latch at the end that is nearest to you.

I buy posterboard and make my own dividers when they start to wear out from use and I have my categories such as frozen divided into sub-categories to make it easier for me to find a particular coupon since I usually have so many coupons in my coupon file box.

For example, in the dairy section I have a dairy divider and behind that I have Dairy-Bread, then Dairy-Butter, then Dairy-Cheese. Same thing with frozen stuff, I have Frozen, then Frozen-Bread, Frozen-Pizza, Frozen-Vegetables/Fruits, etc.

I pull my coupons out that I plan to use for that particular day and for that particular week and clip them with a clothes-pin. I have several clothes pins in my coupon box because it keeps the coupons I plan to use as well as the ones I"m definitely using together and if in the middle of looking they fall out of my coupon box, I can hear them fall on the floor and they don't just float away nowhere to be seen again. It also keeps me organized.

Almost every day I check the websites I mentioned a few blogs ago and see what everyone is buying in case there are new deals that I didn't find or wasn't aware of at the particular store I plan to shop at. I print any new internet coupons that the major coupon companies release that are good for me to use that go around and make sure that I go to my Harris Teeter website and save the E-coupons (electronic coupons) as they constantly update them with new ones. I can use regular coupons and an E-coupon on the same item.

For instance, I bought 4 boxes of Cheerios cereal that were regularly $4 a box yesterday. There is no way I'd pay that much for cereal!! They had a special at HT (Harris Teeter) that if you bought 4 boxes at once you got $4 off. That made each box $3. I still wouldn't pay that much for a box of cereal either, that to me is crazy expensive!!!

I had 75 cents coupons for each box of cereal and since it was triple coupons I got $2.25 off each box, making them 75 cents each! Now that's more like it!!! To make it even better I had saved E-coupons (electronic coupons) from the Harris Teeter online site and it took off 75 cents off two boxes of cereal I bought.

My total so far was $3 for 4 boxes of cereal (75 cents x 4) and then I had $1.50 taken off with e-coupons which made my total for 4 boxes of cereal $1.50 OR 37 cents a box!!!! It would have been cheaper than that had I bought 4 different kinds of cereal since I had a lot of e-coupons saved, but it only took off 2 of them since I bought 2 Multi-Grain Cheerios and 2 Cinnamon Burst cereals.

So who is the annoying couponer who pays 37 cents a box instead of $4??? Me!!!!

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Updated to say my total for everything I bought yesterday (forgot how much my total was in the beginning, but I know it was between $55-$65) was $9 after all was said and done.

  
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KISSFAN1 5/24/2011 8:03AM

    CUDDLEY51 - Thank you. It does take a lot of time and energy to save a lot of money in the stores, but since we are an one-income family I feel it is my job to put the effort into it. It's in my blood though, I hate to pay full price for anything, LOL.



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KISSFAN1 5/23/2011 7:21PM

    Anita - It definitely helps to have super doubles, regular doubles, and triples in my area. The Extreme Couponing show goes overboard though because almost all stores have limits on how many coupons they will double/triple.

For instance, Harris Teeter only doubles 20 coupons a day and all coupons after that are only at face value. That's why I have to go back every day until the event is over, but since I save so much money it is worth the gas costs involved.

My Harris Teeter is a very expensive store otherwise, but if you buy the sales and use coupons during the great coupon events, you save a lot of money. I'm just not crazy enough to pay full price like other people do there, LOL.

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JUSTJUSTY 5/23/2011 7:16PM

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CUDDLEY51 5/23/2011 4:32PM

    Personally, I feel like "Couponers" are smarter than the average shopper, because they know how to stretch their dollars and get the most for their money. Why shouldn't people take advantage of cost saving opportunities?

You are one thrifty shopper and deserve a emoticon and our applause!! emoticon

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BRATS4 5/23/2011 2:22PM

    that's great

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ANITA012 5/23/2011 11:14AM

    Wow! Thanks for sharing the info! I just saw Extreme Couponing on TLC this weekend for the first time and was amazed. I don't really see myself going to quite those extremes, but it's nice to know that it can be done.
I also know that it can't really be done everywhere. A lot has to do with the stores in your area and what they offer in regards to double/triple off coupons. I haven't come across a triple off coupon in years and the stores that have double off, tend to charge up to twice as much for the product at the store where I normally shop, which offeres no double/triple coupons. My store will except mfg coupons, but when I tried to use a computer generated coupon, it didn't work.
I see that you like to use a small box over a binder. When it does come time to replace your box, you may consider looking for one in the Sporting Goods Section. They carry tackle boxes that might work that have a removable upper tray. They come in different sizes and Walmart might have one at a reasonable price.
You might even come across one at a thrift store.
Well...Keep up the great job! emoticon

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60SIXTY 5/23/2011 8:24AM

    I am lucky if I can use even $5 in coupons - most of them are store coupons.
I still do it. But to use the cheerios as an example, even with a coupon, it is usually cheaper to buy a generic brand. The store did have Rice Chex on sale last week and I had a coupon for $1 off on 3 boxes. I went ahead and bought the 3 boxes for about $1.75 a box.

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KISSFAN1 5/23/2011 8:18AM

    It has been decades since I bought my coupon box, but if I'm remembering right I paid around $10 for it at K-Mart. They don't carry them anymore and people stop and ask me where I got it all the time.

I have a binder that I bought for 50 cents (very nice one that zippers up so you don't lose your coupons) at a yard sale a few years ago and the baseball card holders I bought at The Dollar Tree.

Just in one visit at Harris Teeter I save over $50 or more so well worth the cost of the binder/inserts although I have them as a back-up and haven't used that particular system yet.

I started off small like you with an accordion file when I was single, but I save almost all coupons (well not pet or diapers, etc.) that come my way because you never know when you'll find a great deal on something or get it free. I want all my coupons with me at all times in case I find a great deal.


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60SIXTY 5/23/2011 8:13AM

    WOW. What a bargain on Cheerios.
There is one store in my area that doubles coupons - as long as the final discount isn't over 50 cents. I thought that the TV program on TLC was making up stories about triple couponing.

One of my daughters has the binder you mentioned. I have always questioned whether her coupons have paid for the binder and all of it's pages.

I have two zippered pencil holders designed to fit in a three ring binder and an accordion check file. I bought these at Dollar Tree or a similar store, for $1 each. So my total investment was $3. I have to relabel the compartments in the check file - and it will eventually wear out. I use the pencil bags to sort the coupons I need for a specific store. I can download coupons onto my store loyalty cards for one grocery and one drugstore. I occasionally print online coupons.
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Went Clothes Shopping & Triple Couponing Yet Again

Sunday, May 22, 2011

Of course I went to Harris Teeter yesterday (how could I pass up triple coupons?) and had another great check-out experience. My total was slightly higher but only because I bought the kids some yogurt that was a special sale for only that day and I had one tiny coupon for it but it wasn't doubled or tripled. The sale price was worth it though since they go through yogurt like crazy and it was a great sale.

I also bought some ready made chicken (on special again) from the deli so my husband didn't or I didn't have to cook since he's not one who likes to cook (although he will) and I was exhausted from clothes shopping.

I found myself a cute bracelet that was 60% off and then I got an additional 20% off with my coupon at Kohl's as well as a pair of dress capri pants. I think I'm set for the summer with capri pants now and have plenty to chose from which I like.

I found 2 cute shirts at Ross Dress for Less (which I needed) and I'm feeling much better about my wardrobe selection now although I still need smaller jeans. I think I will stick with my baggy ones (not too baggy, but not fitting well either) until I can find a very good sale on them and of course I still don't have any dresses at all, but have 3 skirts (2 casual and 1 dressy) so that will have to work for now.

I've got all my coupons from the Sunday paper that I'm getting ready to cut out and take with me to Harris Teeter for yet another day of triples. I have been so happy with the things that I've gotten this go around. I thought triples would be a challenge with my coupons, but it's actually been great and I haven't run out of them yet which is a great thing.

  
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KISSFAN1 5/22/2011 10:46AM

    Thanks so much! I needed winter/summer clothes desperately as even my skinny clothes I saved from the last time I lost weight were too big on me (which I loved of course, but hated paying for all new clothes).



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REDRAIDERPROF 5/22/2011 10:44AM

  I need to get some clothes for summer. And nice job with the couponing. My new favorite show is Extreme Couponing. Of course, I don't have kids and I don't eat any processed food, so I am not quite as successful as some of those people, but I am still totally impressed with them.

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