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Bargains & Organization for My Cars

Sunday, July 22, 2012

I stopped by Lowe's Foods again although I was doubtful that I would find 20 coupons to use as I am running out of great ones that are at least 75 cents off. I always match up my coupons with sales items (or occasionally items not on sale but worth the price after coupons triple) and try to get the best deal that I can.

I only used 10 coupons at Lowe's Foods yesterday and was happy with my price paid after all was said and done. They had buggies full of marked down merchandise and I managed to snag a bag of Splenda for free (marked down to $1 and I had a $1 coupon), Coffee Mate for my hubby for free (marked down to 99 cents and I had a 50 cents coupon that was doubled), and 3 free Luna bars since I had a 75 cents coupon on 3 (that was tripled) and they were marked down to 75 cents each.

I went by a thrift store while I was in that town and found a 99 cents Rachael Ray cookbook that I snagged up. emoticon

Today I plan to go shopping again as I need to update my cheap Tracfone and get another one that offers bluetooth technology. I will probably go look at Wal-Mart to see if they have a better price than the Tracfone site. The reason for the change of phones is due to my new van having bluetooth features that I can't use.

I know that my units and same phone number will transfer to a new phone, so no extra cost to me except for the phone. My current phone has double minutes and I see that they now offer phones with triple units although to be honest, I never use all of mine. I always use a coupon (big shock, LOL) and buy a year contract for around $100. I only need it for emergencies or for my kids to get in contact with me or me with them if I'm not with them, etc.

I also went to Mighty Dollar to find some cheap things to organize my new van and our other car. I'm so happy that both cars are super organized now and so when I need something in a hurry, it's easy to find.

I found this super cool grocery bag holder that goes in your trunk that keeps your bags from falling over and your groceries spilling all over for $3 (on clearance) at Wal-Mart the other day. It has a hook on it to attach to the hooks in your trunk and it also has velcro to attach to another holder.

I have bought name-brand sunglasses at Mighty Dollar (for $1 of course) to put in both cars for the entire family so that they are always there, found a nice blanket for $1 to put in the trunk (I'm always cold, even in the summer if it rains or the wind blows), first-aid kits (for pennies), umbrellas (bought cheap at Ross Dress for Less when they were clearanced), baby wipes (for pennies), hand sanitizer (again bought cheap), Kleenex (super cheap), etc.

I also found this cool automobile organizer that hangs on the back of a seat that holds tons of stuff including a shelf that is made specifically for a box of tissue that keeps the box from falling apart and keeps it off the floor so no one steps on it that I bought on clearance at TJ Maxx.

It was exactly what I was looking for and it even collapses if you need it to if you need your trunk space for something else!

I bought (had it for awhile but finally got around to using it) a cardboard coupon holder that has an elastic band around it for $1 at Dollar Tree and I sat down and put file folder labels on each section of it for my restaurant coupons and now have that in the car. We hardly ever eat out (even fast food) but occasionally it happens spontaneously and I want to make sure I have those coupons available in the car and that they are easy to find a particular one.

I plan to make one for my car glove boxes but need a larger size and can't find them in stock at Mighty Dollar although I've seen them before. I plan to put important car papers in them and organize the different accordion sections just like I did my restaurant coupons.

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    CATHOLICCORGI - I take my totes in to most stores as well. My husband doesn't have the patience to do things like I do though. One cool thing about Lowe's Foods is that they give you a 5 cent bonus for every bag you bring in of your own. I make sure that they credit that to my order and tell them right upfront.

    Some stores make it a hassle though and it's easier to just use their bags. I take whatever extra bags I have to the library (for patrons to put books in), use them in the trashcans in the bathroom, and also use them when I sell something and the person needs a bag.

    I take my totes to Trader Joe's, Lowe's, and Aldi's though.

    I've heard of that 31 tote stuff (I think I saw it on a blog that someone who is great at organizing has) but don't have any of it.

    Hope you feel better soon and have a great Lowe's Foods shopping trip!
    2067 days ago
    Susan - That's awesome on the discount trunk organizers. We have a Harbor Freight Tools store here but I have never gone inside. Is the Track Club something that costs money or is it free?

    Yeah that pocket on the back of the seat is much needed unless you are single and don't own anything, LOL.
    2067 days ago
    I have to find something for our small pickup... it is the extended cab, and DH has a hard time putting groceries behind the seats... it frustrates him. Guess it is his lack of patience from the strokes...I think some sort of "crate" might work...
    I have a "bag" I got from a friend who sells this "31" purse/totes stuff, and I use it in the trunk of the Focus to hold my grocery totes. Getting DH to use the totes is like pulling teeth... but I always carry one into WallyWorld to get my things put in. I think even if it is one less plastic bag, it's still one less! LOL!
    I'm playing catch up with my FLYlady routines today... I know "you are never behind" but I wasn't up to par for the past few weeks, and I need to tighten those loose ends...LOL!
    Going to hit the Lowe's this afternoon if I feel better.
    "Being frugal IS just being SMART!"

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    2067 days ago
    I need to look for one of those organizers that goes over the back of the seat. I bought a new (used) car last year but it doesn't have the pocket on the back of the driver's seat (why - I don't know - but I miss that!) I bought a couple of trunk organizers at Harbor Freight Tools when they were on sale. My husband has the Track Club thing that gives him extra discounts so they were super cheap when they were on sale! I LOVE them!!!
    2067 days ago
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