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What’s best to buy in March?

9:20 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in March?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items?  Wonder what’s on clearance by month?   I have compiled a list of  “when is it best to buy” certain items.  This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.  And one of my big strategies is buy when the best price presents itself.  My What’s Best To Buy This Month series will give you the guideline.

Every month has seasonal hot items: End of season clearance, prime purchase timing and peak season produce/groceries at the best pricing. When you learn what items are at optimal pricing each month, you will begin to save your hard earned money by planning purchases around seasonal deals.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

So, What is best to buy in March?  

The seasonal items for MARCH look like this:

Saint Patrick’s Day:  Buy green items you may want for Christmas when they go on clearance.  Food Coloring, decorations, candy sprinkles. Corned Beef and ham on sale this time of year.  Buy extra and freeze.

Mardi Gras: Colored party plates & supplies. Silver, black and purple are great to use for other occasions.

Frozen Food Month:  Sales on frozen meals all month long.  Now is the time to stock up on items.

Seafood and Fish sales in preparation for Lent

Party foods for March Madness: Chips, dips, soda and party trays.

As spring arrives, find great buys on winter coats, skis, sweaters, hats, gloves, winter boots, and other cold weather gear.

Annual Easter sales: Ham in the stores (buy extra to freeze) Also look for department store savings on kids clothes, women’s fashions, men’s suits, shirts and ties (stores are pushing the first of a new batch of warm weather clothing).

Get coupons for these items also!  Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  And search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

Dresses, hats and accessories will be in the stores and on sale.

Watch for seafood and fish sales in preparation for Lent.  And eggs, egg dying kits, food coloring and baskets for Easter.

Watch for vinegar coupons. Print and hold for great sales. I buy all my vinegar used through the year during March/April. (Think canning or cleaning with vinegar).

From now until May, look for travel bargains before the summer travel season kicks in.

Seasonal Produce in March: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, Haas, broccoli, blood oranges, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, orange, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, & tangerines.

Clearance in March: All things winter — snow shovels, winter clothes & outerwear etc.  Find great sales items follow St. Patty’s Day & Mardi Gras.  Purchase Mardi Gras clearance decorations to use at New Years, the colors are perfect. (beads, celebration horns etc), colored plates & accessories. St. Patty’s day clearance: including themed beer glasses, t-shirts, signs, decorations, and candies. Guinness items often go on sale, too.

Print coupons now and watch for sales~Click Images Below!

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This is a rather old video Mr. Cameraman and I did, but I am resurrecting it because it shows how I do most of my shopping.   My shopping trips tend to be the polar-opposite of my TLC Extreme Couponing TV shopping trips, they are small in size but extreme in savings.

My definition of extreme couponing is extreme savings. It doesn’t mean clearing out the store. Simply matching store sales and discounts with manufacturer coupons.  We purchased only a few items in this video.  Without coupons, I would have spent $16.64 after coupons it was 1.58 (including tax)

$16.64 Before coupons
-$15.06 in store & manufacturer coupons stacked
=$1.58 OOP ~the extreme savings!

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Frugal (and Romantic) Valentine’s Day Ideas

8:45 am

by Jennifer Freeman

Frugal Valentines Day ideas

Frugal Valentine’s Day Ideas

Are you still at a loss for a nice Valentine’s Day idea that is budget friendly and romantic.  Here are several frugal Valentine’s Day ideas:

  1. Plan an un-fancy fancy meal.   What? Let me explain ~ Break out the nice silverware, linens, dishes, candles and soft music, but prepare a simple meal one that is easy and doesn’t require expensive ingredients or a great deal of time.  It’s easy to forget staying at home can be enjoyable if we use candles with a quiet dinner together, relaxing and enjoying each others company.  Buy a fancy dessert as added fun to the end of dinner.  The meal doesn’t have to be fancy, the extra special dessert is enough.
  2. Pack a blanket, hot chocolate in a thermos and go to the park at night.  Enjoy each others company and swing!
  3. Make a yummy dessert together.  It can be fun and romantic.  Pick a Valentine’s Recipe , gather the ingredients and plan on having some fun baking.  It can be fun and playful.
  4. After kids are in bed dessert.  Buy ice cream, chocolate and whip cream and enjoy dessert late.
  5. Go ice skating or roller skating.  Think about how long it has been that you have done something like this!  It can be a lot of laughs to watch each other learn to skate again.
  6. Find the old fashioned photo booth at the mall and take silly pictures.   Put the picture strip on the refrigerator and it will be a fun reminder all year of your time together.
  7. Celebrate late (or a day early)!  Pick the 15th (or 13th).  Get a discount on all Valentine’s things the day after. Miss the crowd & take advantage of the early bird special for dinner by going before 6pm!

What ideas can you add to this list? 
Do share your frugal Valentine’s Day ideas.

 

 

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What’s Best To Buy In January?

12:07 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s Best To Buy In January?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items or what’s on clearance by month?   I have compiled a list of  “when is it best to buy” and when items.

This list from years of making the most of my money and purchasing strategically.  One of my big strategies is to buy when the best price presents itselfBut when is that you ask?  My What’s Best To Buy series will give you the answers.

Every month has seasonal hot items: End of season clearance, prime purchase timing and peak season produce/groceries at the best pricing. When you learn what items are at optimal pricing each month, you will begin to save your hard earned money by planning purchases around seasonal deals.

During the year, when I make note of things we need to consider replacing in the house I will wait for the seasonal sale. While I am waiting, it gives me an opportunity to stash a little money away to plan for that purchase.

So, What is Best to Buy in January?

National Oatmeal Month: Quaker product sales.  Stack with coupons for additional discounts.  See the coupon links at the bottom of the page.

Diet Food sales including: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs, etc.

Diet Food Books & Magazine deals & Discounts:  Including Free Ebooks & Recipes, Magazine deals for $5 Here – Rachael Ray, Eating Well, Better Homes and Garden, etc. — Plus more deals Here and Here.

Super Bowl Sunday coming Feb 5th: sales on Pepsi, Coke, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings, etc.

Vitamins & Health items are on sale (and not again until June), including cold medicines.

Look for annual January white sales for: bargains on sheets, bed covers, pillows and pillow cases.

The arrivals of new model TVs, fitness gear, digital cameras and furniture also means you can take advantage of department stores’ unloading their old inventory at bargain prices (perfectly usable prior-year models for which you would have paid full price).

Winter weddings are most popular in February (especially around Valentine’s Day): find great bargains at wedding gown shops and wedding halls which are all primed and ready to cut you a special deal during one of the slowest wedding months of the year.

Also look for great savings on carpet this month, a traditionally slow time (due to sloppy winter weather) for purchases on any type of new floor covering.

 

Whats On Clearance In January?

Clearance: Christmas decorations, ornaments, toys, wrapping paper, greeting cards (buy stocking stuffers for next year) and Seasonal Candy. I buy sprinkles & cookie/cake decorating items. Hershey’s kisses and chocolates have holiday wrapping, but when using them in cooking, the wrapper’s not important. Or use Red for Valentine’s Day!

~The 3rd week of January Christmas and Seasonal will be 90% off!

Winter clothing, boots, hats, outdoor equipment sales.

Seasonal Produce: oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, & spinach.

 

Print coupons now and watch for sales~Click Images Below!

NATURAL & ORGANICS ::: CLICK :: HERE

GET SAVING STAR ::: DIGITAL COUPONS::

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10 Tips To Save Over The Holidays

1:25 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

stocking and money

Tips To Save Over The Holidays

Here are 10 tips to help you save this year and in years to come!  The holidays are expensive, it is a fact!  But there is hope to curb holiday spending and still enjoy them.

The KEY to savings is to do something, anything —
Start on the road to saving somewhere, somehow!
You won’t be sorry, and besides you can always go back to spending more if you want! 

 

Holiday Saving Tips 1 and 2

Holiday Saving Tip #1 – Make A Spending Plan

Decide how much money you want to spend over the holidays.  It seems simple but put action to your spending plan by using prepaid credit cards.  Once you have determined how much money you plan to spend, get the cash and head to the store to load prepaid credit cards. Most stores, including grocery and pharmacies, have national credit cards (Visa, American Express and Master Card) that can be loaded with cash.

Prepaid credit cards are accepted and used like any other credit card. They cost a few dollars to load, but with your budget set and your prepaid credit card loaded unplanned spending will be limited and impulse buying lessened.

You could use the loaded credit card as a gift, wouldn’t a teenager love that?  If family plan to send money to kids for Christmas, no problem — load that cash to the prepaid cards too!

 

Holiday Saving Tip #2 – Use Gift Registries

To save time, money and hassle use a gift registry for your Christmas list.  No family member is guessing at what the kids want.  Have everyone in your household (mom, dad and kids) build a gift registry for the items they really want and create a Christmas Gift Registry in their name.  Most stores offer gift registries that are easily accessed and created online. Share the registry with each other, including out of state family.  Encourage your entire family to create a gift registry! But no peeking back at the registry after it’s created to see what has been purchased.

Have a variety of price points, size and item types.  Do the kids want a really cool pair of shoes? Do you want a certain kitchen gadget?  Balance your list with items wanted and needed.  Don’t forget the practical!  Adding items of need now means not having to buy them in the future; saving on your family budget.

When sharing the registry it helps prevent being stumped on what to buy each other and may alleviate receiving gifts you really do not want or need. Also, this will make sending the gifts nice and hassle free, too.  When ordering online, most companies will gift wrap and ship for you (many times for free!)— This saves you time, hassle and money: no gift wrapping, boxing, carrying, standing in line, extra luggage fees, etc.

Holiday savings tips #3 and #4,  coming soon
or for those who can’t wait (3&4) (5&6) (7&8) (9&10)

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Upcoming FREE Extreme Coupon Classes

9:19 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Jen Freeman

Upcoming Extreme Couponing Classes ~ FREE to attend, but you must register.

I love teaching and sharing how can save like an Extreme Couponer getting the extreme savings while buying only the things you normally use in your house!

You will be amazed at how little time it takes to save big.  In the 90 minute class, you will have all the tried and true secrets to successful shopping beating the stores at their own game! Come on out, introduce yourself — I’d love to meet you!!

RSVP your spot ~ Click the City for Date and Times. It’s FREE

Dallas, TX 

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Looking forward to seeing you.  Bring a friend and a pen!

 

Watch the interview on the Milwaukee News and how Gail and Bonnie  saved over 50% after taking the class!  A-M-A-Z-I-N-G!

See the recent shopping trips that class attendees shared on Facebook.  Josephinas and Denise D had some great recent shopping trips with pictures.

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