How I develop strategies…

Wednesdays are when Harris Teeter (HT) ads drop, so I took a look at one yesterday. I’m like a kid in a candystore when I get a new store ad because I can’t wait to see what new and different deals there are.
When I get a new HT ad, here is how I crush it:
1. I quickly peruse through the ad from the first to the last page.
2. I start over and take a slower look at the ad. I look over the products and stop at the ones I have-or may have-a coupon for. Regular couponers pretty much know their coupons right off the bat. So, for instance, when I saw Arm & Hammer detergent was BOGO… this is what transpired:
a.) There is a coupon for that!
b.) HT charges 1/2 price for their BOGO items, so what is the price of 1 bottle of detergent?
c.) Sign on to HT Express Lane and find out the price. Doing this, I found that 1 bottle of detergent during the BOGO sale is $2.99.
d.) ROCK! Buy 1 at $2.99 and use the $1 coupon and I’m getting 32 loads of laundry for $1.99!

Another example: I noticed Mueller’s spaghetti noodles are 5/$5. So, they are $1/each. I know there were coupons for these in the past but I can’t recall if there are any right now. So I make my way to Taylortown where she maintains a list of all unexpired newspaper coupons. And there I see we have a Mueller’s pasta coupon for $.55/2 that came out earlier this month. HT doubles coupons up to $.99. This is how much the pasta will cost: Buy 2 (per coupon) = $2. $2-$.55(2)= $.90 for 2 boxes of the Mueller pasta. Not so bad!

So there’s a brief glimpse of how I crush a grocery store ad.

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Alright…. made some changes

It’s been awhile since I’ve paid attention to my poor, awesome blog.  But I’ve made a few changes… like the URL and the overall appearance to better reflect my style.  Yay.  Ok, have an awesome money maker scenario I’m getting ready to post in a little bit here.

Three certainties… death, taxes and freebies

Here is a slight bright side to a soul-stealing day known as Tax Day: freebies!
Here’s a popular run-down occupying the Internet right now:

•Free ice cream. MaggieMoo’s Ice Cream and Treatery will give away single-scoop servings to customers at 200 stores in what it calls an “e-cone-omic ice cream stimulus package.”

•Free sweets. Snack chain Cinnabon will give out Tax Day Bites, free bite-size cinnamon rolls usually known as Classic Bites, from 5 to 8 p.m. at its 700 outlets on tax day.

•Free tacos. At its 275 restaurants in the West, Taco Del Mar will run a promotion: “Taxes Suck. Tacos Don’t.” People can register at the Taco Del Mar website for an e-mailed coupon for a free tax day taco.

•Free gift cards. T.G.I. Friday’s will give Wednesday customers $5 Bonus Bites gift cards for food and beverage purchases of $15 to $25 and $10 cards for those who spend more than $25. Members of the 1,000-outlet chain’s frequent-customer program also will get double points.

It’s safe to call ahead if you’re going to try and take advantage of one of these deals to make sure your location is participating.

I have seen the apocalypse of…

expired coupons. I finally put in a hefty-almost irrational-amount of time going through each and every coupon in my binder, hunting for the expired ones. The amount I ended up with is most unprecedented for me.
Military families can use expired coupons up to 6-months after their expiration date. There are a few guidelines to follow, but sending in expired coupons to the military is a darn good way to feel like you’re still getting your $$’s worth out of your Sunday paper. Here is a site for more information on the expired coupons program.

An infamous record for me.

An infamous record for me.

Iced Coffee Day at Dunkin', yahoo!

Simply- I’m going to be making at least 3 trips to Dunkin’ Donuts on Tuesday, April 21st. This is Dunkin’ Donuts Iced Coffee Day! All day on 04/21, iced coffee at the Dunkin’ will be $.50 and 10% of those sales are going to Homes for Our Troops. A good deal + donations to a great cause = where I’m at.
I’m seriously and madly in love with Dunkin’ Donuts, they are my Achilles’ Heel. Their coffee is the most consistently spectacular coffee. I also dig on Caribou and Starbucks, but the consistency hasn’t matched that of DDs. Oh, and you can get a garlic bagel toasted with cream cheese at DDs as well. God is so great.

Quick Intro :)

Miser. Cheapskate. Piker. Skinflint. Tightwad. Whatever- I enjoy being tastefully stingy with money.

Being frugal is pretty time consuming but it’s as fun as a game for me.  It helps to have motivation like… you know… student loans.  But it’s a way of life for now and probably always.  So here’s a chronicle of how I use coupons, rebates, sales and other promotions to my advantage in order to save a lot of money.

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Here's a pic of my beloved coupon binder. It's a 5-Star brand binder that was clearanced at $5. It's pink and gray. =)