Coupon Organizer

When I started collecting coupons a few weeks ago, I kept them in a little index card size file.  It looks like this:

Index Card File

It was great for what I needed and conveniently fit inside my purse.  However, I soon found it hard to go through all the coupons, and have missed a couple great deals because I forgot I had coupons that applied.

After looking at some other coupon lover’s blogs, I decided I needed a coupon binder.  I’m glad I decided to go with this method!  I have many sections like Food, Cleaning Supplies, Pet Supplies, Beverages, etc.  Behind each section I have a sheet protector for that week’s ad and baseball card holders for coupons.  Now, all I have to do it flip through the pages to find what I’m looking for! It’s great!

Tabs

Coupons

Feel free to leave a comment and ask any further questions about how the coupons are organized!

Plans for tomorrow:
1. Go to CVS and post deals
2. Buy Sunday paper and plan out Walgreens and Kroger deals for the week.
3. Pack and take some boxes to the new apartment.

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CVS 3/1 – 3/7

CVS once again has a lot of great deals this week! A lot of it I don’t need, so I’m not going to buy much.  But what I can use, I’m going to get for super cheap! Here’s the plan:

I’m starting off with $9.99 in ECB from my last CVS trip.  It’s always helpful to have some to start with because you don’t have to spend anything out of pocket!

Transaction #1

Carnation Instant Breakfast $4.99 OOP, pay with ECB = Free + $4.99 ECB reward

Transaction #2

Act Total Care Trial Size $0.99 OOP – $0.99 ECB reward = Free

Playskool Baby Wipes $2.50 – $2 printable – $0.50 OOP

Vitamin D400 $4.99 OOP – $4.99 ECB reward = Free

Total – $5.50 OOP, pay with ECB = $5.99 ECB to roll over

CVS is paying me for this shopping trip!

I haven’t seen the whole ad for this week, so I might end up with more stuff but will definitely post everything I get! For more CVS deals this week go here. Its also good to know that next weeks prices load in the register at 6p on Saturday nights so you can go then for early shopping!

In other CVS news! You can join the CVS advisory panel and get paid in ECB! Just go here and register your Extra Care card to begin earning!

More later other store’s deals! Happy shopping!

I’ve been challenged!

I learned a lot of my frugal skills from my mom.  She’s been keeping up with my blog and has challenged me! She’s going to send me $10 to see how far I can stretch it!

I think I’ve found a solution to my problem of getting sales ads.  If I subscribed to the weekend editions of the Tennessean it would cost me $10.41 a month.  Walmart sells them individually every weekend for around $1.50 or so.  That means I can get only the ads paper, for around $6.00 a month.

In other news, Lance and I sign our new lease tomorrow! The apartment complex is running a special for our first month half off so we are able to lease it a couple weeks early.  Moving trucks are so expensive to rent, so because we are moving just down the street, we’re going to do it all ourselves over the next couple weeks.  Our friend Shane has offered to help and we are very grateful for that! He helped us move last time (a long with a couple other guys) and I guess we didn’t scare him away with all our stuff!  We’re still working on downsizing our possessions before we move.

Tomorrow I’m getting a car seat for Jaci (the little girl I keep) from her mom so we can go spend tomorrow at the new place.  We’re mainly going to clean it.  The apartment staff clean it before a new tenant moves in, but we just wanna make it perfect before we move any stuff.  So, I guess I’ll take sandwiches and other little finger foods for lunch so we can have a picnic on the floor! I can’t wait!

Keep on the lookout for the results of my challenge! I’ll probably post it in a week or so!

Picture from Publix

Here is everything Lance brought me tonight.  He said the cashier dude laughed because he had so many coupons but that they all went through!

02/25/09

A couple of the items he was going to get ended up not being on sale at this publix.  One example being pepsi products, so I had him get me Publix brand Ginger Ale instead.  It was $2.50 so it worked out.  They also don’t sell Country Bob’s sauce so I’ll have to get that somewhere else.

Total: $14.41 OOP w/ a savings of $25.63.  That is a 64% savings!

More Free Food

Free Kids Meal and drink from Bob Evans here when you sign up for their newsletter.

Fazoli’s is offering coupons for Kids to eat free with an adult meal purchase and a free small spaghetti with a drink purchase here.

Three different B1G1 free meals from Denny’s here.

Wendy’s is offering a $1 coupon here if you sign up for their e-mail list.  That makes something on the Dollar Menu free!

Don’t want to sign up for all these e-mail lists? My suggestion is to open a free account from somewhere like Gmail, Hotmail, or Yahoo. Then you can send all the newsletters there, and you don’t have to look at them if you don’t want to.

Publix is my new favorite place

The Publix ad always comes out in the middle of the week.  I like that I have something to keep me busy while waiting for the weekend ads to come out.  I would never normally shop at Publix because of their expensive prices.  But, I realized last night that when they have sales, they have sales!! Here are my plans:

Classico Pasta Sauce ($2.39) on sale B1G1 Free – $1/2 printable coupon = $0.69 each wyb (when you buy) 2

Pop Tarts ($2.39) on sale B1G1 Free – $1/2 Target printable –  .55/1 MC printable (use 2 of them) = $0.10 each

Special K Crackers and Kashi TLC Crackers ($3.19) on sale B1G1 Free – Kashi Target printable – Special K MC printable = $0.59 each

12 pk Pepsi products on sale for $3.66 – $1/1 Target printable = $2.66

Gain Ultra Laundry Detergent on sale for $4.99 – $1/1 MC printable = $3.99

Arm & Hammer 14lb Scoop Cat Litter $5.79 – $1/1 Food Lion printable – $1/1 MC printable = $3.79

I also have a coupon for a free bottle of Country Bob’s sauce and a free pack of Always Infinity that were mailed to me for signing up for the website’s free newsletter!

Estimated Total: $13.20

Total Value: aprox. $33.68

If you subscribe to the local weekend newspaper and are fortunate enough to get all of those ads and coupons you can get so much more!  I’m trying to figure out how to get all those ads without subscribing to the weekend paper, but if all else fails, I will eventually subscribe.  Its only $10 a month and I will still be saving.

Pictures to come later!

Thanks, Partner!

Sometimes I think to myself, I have the coolest husband!  He went shopping for me today and pulled it off without a single hitch!  I didn’t doubt him, it’s just that I wanted to be the one out and about snagging all the cool sales.  When he got off work at 11p he brought home all my deals and my free tacos!

2/24/09

I spent $33.29 OOP and have $10 ECB left – $2 rebate = $21.29.  All of this stuff would’ve cost me 62.72 which makes a savings of $41.43! I also have 3 coupons not including the ECB to use for future purchases.  A good day I think.

To top off his awesome shopping skills, Lance made me a wonderful new blog header.  I’m so excited about it!  I knew he was talented, but this is unlike anything I’ve ever seen him do!

See, I told you he was the coolest!

Craigslist and my new furniture!

Craigslist is one of my alltime favorite websites!  If you’re not familiar with it, it is basically a big version of your local newspaper’s classified ads.  It has sections for everything you’d ever want to sell or buy, job listings, question forums, services, and more!

My husband and I are getting ready to move into a different apartment.  We’re really excited about this because the new apartment will have much lower rent.  And a new apartment, of course, means new decorating opportunities!

When we got married two years ago, we weren’t too picky about furniture.  Both our loveseat and couch were used and were great for us newlyweds!  We’re still not that picky, but a couple months ago, both of our couches decided to break! Our loveseat sagged on one side, and our couch had springs sticking out of the top!  So, I began browsing the furniture section of Craigslist.  I found a couple decent couches, but they either were sold before I got there, or they were a little out of my price range.

Recently, I’ve been selling a lot of stuff we have around the house that we don’t need on CL.  A couple weeks ago I brought in about $110 and a week later found the perfect couch and loveseat set!

Loveseat

The ad had them listed for $150 for both. I e-mailed the woman and said I had $110 in cash and could pick them up the next day. She agreed! I traded stuff around the house I didn’t need for my clean, pretty, and oh-so-soft furniture! My cats like them too!

Tucker

So, next time you have some books, lampshades, or dishes lying around, see if you can make something for nothing! Not only is it beneficial for you, you are giving someone else the opportunity to buy something they need at a fraction of the cost!

Fat Tuesday…literally

Consider these my beads, no flashing necessary!

I don’t have any Doubloons or King Cake for you, but I do have some free food offers!

Go to IHOP today for a free short stack 7am-10pm.  They will ask if you want to make a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network.

Go here to get your free Quiznos sub if you are one of the first one million to sign-up.  The counter is at 221,000 so there are plenty more to give away!

You can head over to Arby’s to get your free sandwich with a drink purchase.

Be sure and visit Jack in the Box for your two free tacos. This offer is for today only.

Enjoy!

Freebies

When trying to be frugal, it always helps to score some great freebies!  Some companies will send you coupons, samples, totes, etc.  I’m excited about some freebies that will be coming to me in the next 6-8 weeks!

Here is a free tea bottle, thanks to HIF.  I always get thirsty during the night and like to take water with me to bed.  I have two cats that love to drink out of my fresh glass of water on my nightstand, so any kind of bottle that closes is exciting to me!

Here is a free subscription to Woman’s Day magazine.  I love this magazine for the recipes and the coupons. Speaking of recipes, cooking rather than eating out, is another great way to be frugal! I’m trying to do more of that.  Today I made some great chicken in the crock pot from just some things I had around the house:

2 chicken breasts

1 can of Campbell’s cream of chedder soup (you could use any flavor of the cream soups)

1/2 can of chicken broth

3 Tbsp. of Velveeta that I had left

Dash of sea salt

Dash of Parsley

Put the chicken in the bottom of the crock pot.  Sprinkle on salt and parsley.  Combine everything else in a saucepan and heat until smooth and creamy.  Pour onto chicken and cook on high for about 3-4 hours.

This was great because I just stuck it in there this morning and it was ready by lunch-time! The chicken just fell apart and was great served shredded over white rice!

Finally, go here for a free baby blanket.  They are so cute! I’m sure one of my six nieces and nephews will be snuggling with it in the near future! Now, to decide who to give it to!