The Thrifty Life is Meant to Be Shared!

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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The thrifty lifestyle works better when it’s shared in a community. Here are a few ways you could share with your family and friends.

Coupon Sharing

If you are the type of individual that clips coupons, form a group of like minded individuals and trade coupons. The other members of the group may have coupons they won’t be using that you need and the reverse may be true as well. As the group progresses you will know the type of coupons your friends use and will most likely put those aside for them. The favor will most likely be returned.

Split a Membership

If you buy in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Club consider splitting the membership fee with with another person and let them have the second card. Both of you will be able to save money by buying in bulk and both of your families will benefit from the joint purchase.

Use Social Media

When you find a great freebie, helpful blog post, or limited time offer/ coupon, share it in email and social media. The more you are willing to share these posts with others, the more they will respond in kind. I pass my best finds along to my friends and they usually return their thanks along with other ways they have saved money on similar items.

Try to Work in Trade

I trade my baking skills, crafting skills, and childcare for things that I need. Sometimes I see if I can repay a friend for their skills with Walmart gift cards I earn from click sites. Paying for something doesn’t always mean a money exchange. It never hurts to ask if you can pay in trade.

Monthly Trade Group

This works great with those mothers who have babies. Get together and exchange clothes that your children have grown out of. Babies have a high turn over rate when it comes to clothing and this a great way to keep up with their growth and get rid of the clothes they have grown out of. You can trade other items as well such as kitchenware, baked goods, and basically anything you would otherwise take to the second hand store. At least this way you get something in return.

 

 


Need New Coupons? We Have Brand New Printables!

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

Looking for more coupons? Look no further than your home printer! Click on any of these coupons to be able to print your savings.

$0.50 off any ONE (1) Newman's Own Salad Dressing
$1.00 off any Six (6) Horizon™ Milk Boxes
$1.00 off off any Three (3) Horizon™ Mac & Cheese
$1.00 off ONE Olay Fresh Effects Product
$2.00 off ONE Olay Regenerist product
$3.00 off Nexxus Color Assure Hair Care Line
$1.00 off 9Lives Wet Cat Food
$1.00 off 9Lives Dry Cat Food
$1.00 off 9Lives Dry and wet Cat Food
$1.00 off any Raid Max Bug Barrier Defense Marker
$3.00 off any MONOPOLY or SCRABBLE game
$3.00 off any TWISTER, JENGA, or GAME OF LIFE game
$2.00 off any YAHTZEE game from Hasbro
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Hot Deals

Posted on September 19th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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Looking for a few hot deals as we head into the weekend. Don’t miss these deals on beauty products, bath tissue and baby food. Yes, this weekend’s deals are brought to you by the letter, “B.” ;)

TARGET

This Sunday, Target will have a couple in-ad coupons to save on beauty purchases. Save $10.00 on a beauty purchase of $35.00 or more with one coupon, and save $5.00 on a beauty purchase of $20.00 or more with the other coupon. These offers will also be available as Target mobile coupons by texting BEAUTY5 or BEAUTY10 to 827438. There is a sale on select Tresemme products through next week. Check out the deal idea below! The Garnier shampoo is not part of the promotion. It was added it to the deal to help reach the $35.00 purchase minimum.

Buy 2 Tresemme Keratin Smooth Shampoo, 9 oz $4.99, regular price
Buy 2 Tresemme Keratin Smooth Conditioner, 9 oz $4.99, regular price
Buy 2 Tresemme Keratin Smooth Treatment, 3 oz $6.99, regular price
Buy 1 Garnier Fructis Shampoo, 13 oz $2.99, regular price
Buy 3 Tresemme Products, Receive $5.00 Target Gift Card through 9/27
Use one $10.00/1 Beauty Purchase, $35.00 or more, in-ad Target Coupon
And use two FREE – Tresemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Heat Activated Treatment, up to $7.99 WYB (1) Tresemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Shampoo AND (1) Tresemme 7 Day Keratin Smooth Conditioner (coupons.com)
And use one $2.00/1 – Garnier Fructis Shampoo, Conditioner, Treatment or Styling Product from RP 9/7
Pay $10.95, Receive two $5.00 Target Gift Cards
Final Price: $0.14 each, when you buy all 7

KROGER

Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 4 ct $1.00, sale price through 9/30
Use $0.55/1 – Angel Soft Bath Tissue (facebook.com)
Or $0.25/1 – Angel Soft Bath Tissue Product (angelsoft.com)
Or $0.45/1 – Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue Package from RP 9/14
Final Price: $0.45

If your store still doubles coupons, try this deal for an even better price:
Angel Soft Bath Tissue, 4 ct $1.00, sale price through 9/30
Use $0.25/1 – Angel Soft Bath Tissue Product (angelsoft.com)
Or $0.45/1 – Angel Soft Bathroom Tissue Package from RP 9/14
Final Price: $0.55, or $0.10 with double

WALMART

Buy 2 Plum Organics Baby Food, 4 oz $1.38, regular price
Use one B1G1 FREE – Plum Organics Baby Pouch, up to $1.99 (plumorganics.com)
Final Price: $0.69, when you buy 2

 


How to Not Break the Bank with Babies!

Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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Are you preparing to be a new parent? Don’t fall into the buying frenzy that many new parents do when it comes to preparing for a baby. You don’t need six different strollers. You don’t need to fill the whole closet with clothes and then install more shelving for yet more clothing. Most of all, you really don’t want things that you will have to replace repeatedly at a high cost. Here are a few cost effective ways to prepare for your new bundle of joy.

Diapers – Go Cloth!

Cloth diapers aren’t what they used to be. The don’t have to be folded most of the time and they don’t have pins. They have snaps instead. They have inserts that can be removed and replaced. They are machine washable, though you will want to spray them down over the toilet and let them soak in Dreft or a Dreft like product for a while. There are also cloth wipes that can either be bought or made out of a soft absorbent cloth. This can save about forty dollars per child in diapers a month.

Don’t Buy

There are many things that a baby needs. There are other things that a baby just doesn’t need. For example you don’t need a bouncer, swing, and Bumbo unless you have triplets to fill them all at the same time. Choose one that best meets your needs. Do you need something that fits in the car well so you have it to visit people? Then you don’t need a swing, but a small bouncer may work well.

Clothes

The most common item that new parents go crazy with are clothes. Your child will grow leaps and bounds that first year of life. Don’t buy out the store when it comes to clothing. Buy a few outfits and accessories like hats and socks. Buy clothes as your child grows. That way you have what you need when you need it. Last but not least, if you know someone with similar age and shape trade clothes back and forth. This can save you both a good deal of money.


Best Whole Foods Deals This Week

Posted on September 18th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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Recently I ran into friends who were grabbing lunch at Whole Foods. One of them looked at me with a look of slight confusion and asked, “You do your grocery shopping here?” They couldn’t fathom the thought, after all the joke is that it may as well be called, “Whole Paycheck,” right? Wrong. If you know the prices of the items you buy regularly–wherever you buy those things–then you’ll be able to recognize a good deal anywhere, including Whole Foods. So, yes, I buy some groceries at Whole Foods. And, yes, I save money while shopping at Whole Foods. Check out a few deals happening now.

Udi’s Gluten Free Tortillas, 11.2 oz $3.99, sale price through 9/30
Use $1.00/1 – Udi’s Gluten Free Product (udisglutenfree.com)
Or $1.00/1 – Udi’s Gluten Free Product, limit one coupon per person (udisglutenfree.com)
Final Price: $2.99

Back to Nature 100% Juice Packs, 8 ct $3.00, sale price through 9/30
Use $0.75/1 – Back to Nature Juice, Cookie, Cracker, Granola or Nut Product (commonkindness.com)
And use $1.00/1 – Back to Nature Cookie, Cracker, Juice or Granola Product, Whole Foods Coupon (wholefoodsmarket.com)
Final Price: $1.25

So Delicious Dairy Free Organic Cococcino, 32 oz $3.99, sale price through 9/30
Use $1.00/1 – So Delicious Dairy Free Product from SS 6/15
Or $0.55/1 – So Delicious Dairy Free Product (sodeliciousdairyfree.com)
And use $1.00/3 – So Delicious Dairy Free Products, Whole Foods Coupon (wholefoodsmarket.com)
Final Price: $2.66 each, when you buy 3

Bob’s Red Mill Organic Flaxseed Mill, 16 oz $3.99, sale price through 9/30
Use $1.00/1 – Bob’s Red Mill Product (bobsredmill.com)
Final Price: $2.99
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The Easy Path to the Thrifty Life

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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When starting out on the Thrifty Diva Road it’s usually to save money. Often we go overboard and fail before even getting started. My first attempt at being thrifty left me with coupons everywhere on items I didn’t buy and with nothing in the fridge that I wanted to eat. I learned the hard way not to buy dollar store milk products and was thankful I was wiser when I started saving money on meat. In spite of all my blunders I am succeeding at being frugal, and comfortably as well.

Get Organized

If you plan on using coupons, start a coupon filing system. If you plan on earning gift cards on click sites prepare a list of daily tasks. If you are shopping at a thrift store make a list of items you are looking for to make sure you do save money, even at a thrift store. Bookmark your favorite money saving blogs and websites. Make a budget and keep it in view. Saving money will be much easier when you know where all your resources are and what your plan is. Remember, not all tips will work for your family. Use the ones you know will work and give the ones that may work a pay period for a trial time, but be willing to let go of money saving methods that just don’t work for you and your family.

Mind Over Matter

Often what causes people to spend is the feeling that they are being deprived of something. To combat this state of mind is actually pretty easy. Make a list of things that you enjoy that are free. Next to this list put a picture of the worst purchase you ever made. It should be something that you never use and wish you hadn’t bought. Let these two items be a reminder that not all things you love cost money and not all things that cost money are worth buying.

Tweak What You Already Do

As I said before, often we feel deprived when saving money, but most of the time we do it to ourselves. Don’t downsize yourself to a bread and water diet. Instead, look for deals on things you use regularly. Buy store brands instead of going without. At some point you may decide to downsize an item completely, but remember to start out with baby steps, or you may just end up binge spending instead of saving money.

 


Sprouts Organic Deals

Posted on September 17th, 2014 by Coupon Cathy

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Wednesdays are the days when the new sales begin at a couple of stores in our area. So, I usually check the mailers to find out what’ll be on sale everywhere. However, the one I always look at first is Sprouts. Sprouts inevitably has the best deals on organic produce as part of their sales of the week. They also have other great deals throughout the store. This week the deals include a good price on organic grass-fed beef. Check out the list below for yourself.

◾Organic Baby Peeled Carrots or Arugula $1.50
◾Organic Celery or Bell Peppers $.99/each
◾Organic Fuji Apples or Bartlett Pears $1.50/lb
◾Organic Red or Yukon Gold Potatoes $3.99 (5 lb bag)
◾Organic Red or Green Seedless Grapes $2.50/lb
◾Organic Mini Seedless Watermelon $3.99/each

Cascadian Farm Organic Vegetables $2.50

Organic Grass-Fed Beef $4.99/lb

Rosie Organic Whole Chicken $2.99/lb

Sprouts Organic English Muffins $2.29

Applegate Farms Chicken Nuggets 20% Off
Use one $.75/1 Applegate Product Coupon
Final Price: varies

Spend $20, Save $5 Instantly Sale
◾Arrowhead Mills
◾Earth’s Best
◾Imagine
◾Darden Of Eatin
◾Spectrum
◾Westbrae
◾Westsoy

Earth’s Best Organic Baby Food $1.25

Earth’s Best Waffles $2.50
Use one $1/1 Earth’s Best Frozen Product
Final Price =$1.50
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Spend Less Money on Gas!

Posted on September 16th, 2014 by Discount Debbie

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Making sure you stay in budget when it comes to your vehicle is important, because when it comes to extra fuel, the cost can add up. Here are a few ways that may help you save on gas.

Check Online

Some cities have installed traffic cameras, and you can view how fast or slow traffic is going at the city’s transportation website. This can save both time and money. It can let you know if your regular route to work is prudent to use any given morning or if you will be stuck in traffic. It also can show alternate routes to your destination and how long it will take to get there so you won’t be late for work. I recommend checking an hour and a half before work and every half hour after, because traffic can change fast. If you need to leave early, you’ll know well in advance. If you have a smartphone or access to a computer at work (or someone at home that can check for you before you leave work), this works when you’re on your way home as well.

Explore Alternate Routes

When you have time check out Google Maps to see if there are other ways to get where you go everyday. Are they shorter? Do they avoid traffic lights? Do they save gas and money? You may find a route that helps you save more money than your normal route and keep those road rage feelings at bay.

Keep Your Car in Good Repair

Change your oil regularly. Check your tire pressure. Make sure you have the proper amount of fluids in your car (such as coolant, anti freeze, wiper fluid, etc.) Also make sure that you use the right types of fluids for your car. There are different types of oils for cars sold and what you are using now may not be the best option for your car. Acquire a manual for your car (if you don’t have the original) to find out what the best fluid options are for your vehicle. All these things can affect gas mileage and when kept up can save you money in fuel.


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