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Donate and Get Organized ~ After Christmas Clean-up

 

Try these year-end tips to cut clutter and start the New Year off organized.

Tip 1 – Santa’s Rule: Get One, Toss Two~ For each new gift received, give two old ones to charity.  Donate it’s the perfect way to cut clutter.   Not only will this help cut clutter, but it’ll also be giving to those less fortunate.

Tip 2 -Take the Holiday Mailbox Challenge ~ After the holidays, there seems to be a plethora of empty cardboard boxes that came in the mail containing gifts.  Instead of just tossing them, challenge yourself to fill them all up with unwanted items from around the house, clothes, kitchenware, tools, etc. and donate to charity before the end of the year.

Tip 3 – Sort holiday decorations ~ before you stow them away in storage.   This will make them easier to pack up, and that much easier next year to take out and use.

Tip 4 -Send White Elephant Gifts on their way ~  Don’t let those “Oh you shouldn’t have… no really you shouldn’t have” gifts take up space and add to the clutter in your home.  Place them in a closet for re-gifting next year, donate them, or sell them, but there’s really no need for them to be creating clutter in your home.

The bottom line is:  Set aside items you are no longer in need of or want-of and donate to charity, now.  It helps you and others!   There is NO Excess In Charity!!

 

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What’s best to buy in November?

11:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

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What’s best to buy in November?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items? Wonder whats 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.

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.

 

What’s Best To Buy In November:

Watch toy sales, most best deals can be closer to Christmas but with the lackluster sales through 2012 many retailers may be ready to offer great deals earlier this year than last years.

November Clearance Sales: After Halloween Sales are the time to stock up for next year. Buy the Halloween candy-alternatives (Halloween crayons, erasers, watches, spinning tops, etc ~Mix this in with next year’s candy bowl).

Veteran’s Day is November 11:  Many restaurants and stores have free meals and discounts for Veterans. Check your favorite restaurants websites and stores for discounts.  Home Depot and Lowe’s have discounts.

Look for sales to get an early start on holiday shopping this month.

Thanksgiving Day is coming!  Only a little over 20 days to get great stock-up deals on broth, pumpkin, evaporated milk, cream soups & more.  See all the things below to stock-up on.

Baking Sales in full swing, look for: nuts, chocolate chips, evaporated milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake mixes, Canned foods (soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce,etc.), turkey, canned pumpkin, stove top stuffing, Betty Crocker boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, and marshmallows.

Black Friday is the day after Thanksgiving.  But many deals are starting as early as Thanksgiving Day now!  Look for early holiday bargains on: electronics (big screen TVs, laptops, stereos, gaming consoles, etc.), jewelry, clothing, toys, etc. Consider more than holiday gifts! Most people think of holiday gifts this time of year but this is also a great time to buy an item you’ve been wanting.

Wedding dresses tend to go on sale in November.

Also, Cyber Monday is the Monday after Thanksgiving weekend. Look for loads of deals online PLUS free shipping at many online stores. (Amazon.com always has GREAT deals!)

November Seasonal Produce: Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, potatoes, squash, and yams.

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

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October Seasonal Sales

5:50 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

October Seasonal Sales Cycle

What’s best to buy in October?

Every month has seasonal items hot items: End of season clearance, prime purchase timing and peak season produce/groceries at the best pricing. When you learn what items are optimal pricing each months, 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.

The seasonal items for OCTOBER look like this:

Print Halloween candy coupons and pair them with the Halloween candy  pons and use them t is on Wednesday, October 31, 2012: Look for deals on candy! Printn you see them. Fall season begins, look for sales on winter clothing, fans and air conditioners, grills, auto supplies, appliances, and vacuums.

Christmas is coming up: Get bargains on toys this month as stores get ready for early holiday shopping.

Also take advantage of the Fall wine harvest season as wine shops and liquor stores try to clear their inventory with some of the lowest prices of the year on good quality wine vintages.

Beginning of Baking Sales: canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips

National Seafood Month: Stock up pricing

Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Sales on dog supplies! (Pedigree, Purina, etc.)

Seasonal Produce: almonds, apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chard, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons, parsnip, pears, pomegranate, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash, turnips, yams, and sweetcorn.

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

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GET SAVING STAR ::: DIGITAL COUPONS::

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September Seasonal Sales Cycle

What’s best to buy in September?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items or what’s on clearance by month?  Here’s a list of “when is it best to buy”.   This list is compiled from years of making the most of my money by purchasing strategically.

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.

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.

  • Think about buying items that are non-perishable for next years use.
  • Buy vegetables & fruit in season for optimal pricing and flavor.
  • Stock-pile items seasonally on sale to get you through the next go around of sales.

Watch for coupons to match to clearance items:  Pool Chemicals, condiments, paper products and sunscreen especially.  Clip or print the coupons and keep them with you so you are prepared when you see clearance.  Search the Free Coupon Database by category, product or brand!

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Hispanic Heritage Month Sales Begin:

 

Print these coupons and watch for upcoming sales.  And search the Free Coupon Database for more Hispanic month coupons to clip from your coupon inserts to match with upcoming sales.

What’s Best To Buy In September:

Halloween costumes start showing up.  Get your best selections now.

Watch Sears, Macy’s, Walmart for early Christmas sales especially on bikes!

Diabetes: Bayer glucose meters, Glucerna cereal

Big model appliance sales begin this month. They are making room for new model releases.

Upcoming Holidays:  Labor day and  Hispanic Heritage Month
Paper products, picnic items, barbecue supplies, large packs of meat (purchase and repackage into family meal size and freeze), BBQ Sauce, Ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, & dips. Mexican themed foods.

September Clearance sales:

Final Round of Back To School Discounts:
office & school supplies,  laptops and small electronics used for school.  Watch for dorm sized furniture, organization/storage items, small appliances, clocks, bedding, curtains, vacuums, wastepaper baskets, desk organizers, shelving, etc.   Anything to set up a small apartment of dorm room!

Garden centers offer markdowns on shrubs, hedges, trees, and summer gardening equipment, planters, fertilizers, etc.   Sunscreen, beachwear, (watch for summer clothing ~think about next year), outdoor cooking supplies, final patio furniture sales, pool chemicals and supplies, kids swimming pools, & paper/plastic tablecloths (think about upcoming holidays/birthdays).

 

September Seasonal Produce: apples, artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, pears (Asian, Bartlett), pomegranate, pumpkins, spinach, squash, tomatillo, tomatoes

 

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

NATURAL & ORGANICS ::: CLICK :: HERE

GET SAVING STAR ::: DIGITAL COUPONS::

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Seasonal Produce Month by Month List

6:30 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

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Seasonal Fruits and Vegetables Month by Month

The number one way to save on produce is with simple strategy! Let me explain further because it is just a tiny bit of planning to make your produce savings happen.

First, would you agree the very best and most flavorful produce is when the fresh vegetable or fruit is in season? I sure hope you do! It only stands to reason if the produce is in season it’s at peak flavor and its bounty will keep the cost lower. It’s supply and demand!

Now, the strategy for saving on fruits and vegetables is to know what produce is in season and shop those items first. I would not plan a watermelon salad at Christmas time, it is way too costly! Instead I would stick to watermelon in the summer!

Since we are having most of our produce come from outside the US produce month by month is a bit trickier because of the different and longer growing seasons elsewhere.  Some of the items I list you certainly will still find during different times at decent prices.  Just be sure to jot down your “Buy” price point to know what is a great deal for you, no matter the time of year!

Buy Produce With Strategy – Purchase What’s in Season!

Check out my list of seasonal produce month by month, season by season. When looking at the sales ads you will see the produce sales and most likely, the sale will coincide with the seasonal best deals. Plan your menu around those fruits and vegetables FIRST, then add a bit extra for variety.

TIP: Consider freezing or canning the seasonal produce to have for future use.
Pick it up now at the rock bottom price and prepare it for upcoming months.
See my DIY California Blend

What vegetables and fruits are in season month by month.

Celery, potatoes and bananas have pretty consistent pricing all year long. My seasonal produce list may be slightly different in your climate. Some produce will be a seasonal best for a few months, try some new recipes and enjoy!

Print this Seasonal Produce Month by Month list for future reference.  Go as far as making notes of the last price you paid and try to beat that price.

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

Seasonal Produce In February:
artichoke, asparagus, raspberries, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, leeks, avocado, & spinach.

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.

Seasonal Produce In April:
artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, cauliflower, grapefruit, Hass avocado, mushrooms, onions, peas, & rhubarb.

Seasonal Produce In May:
apricots, artichokes, asparagus, avocado,green beans, cherries, beets, blackberries, carrots, onions, sweet Vidalia onions, peas, edible pods, English/Shelling peas, new potatoes, raspberries, rhubarb, strawberries.

Seasonal Produce In June:
apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, broad beans, cherries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, peas, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, Roma tomatoes, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, & watermelon.

Seasonal Produce In July:
Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, curly lettuce, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, okra, peaches, peppers (sweet, bell), plums, summer squash, tomatoes including Roma tomatoes & watermelon.

Seasonal Produce In August:
Apple, Hass avocado, beans, green beans, berries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, lettuce, melons, okra, onion, peaches, pears, bell pepper, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatillo, & tomatoes.

Seasonal Produce In September:
apples, artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, pears (Asian, Bartlett), pomegranate, pumpkins, squash, tomatillo, tomatoes

Seasonal Produce In October:
almonds, apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, chard, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons, parsnip, pears, persimmons, pomegranate, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash, turnips, yams, & sweetcorn.

Seasonal Produce In November:
Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, red cabbage, carrots, celery, Comic pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, persimmons, squash, and yams. Watch for potatoes priced special for Thanksgiving!

Seasonal Produce In December:
broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, grapefruit, kale, leeks, mushrooms, oranges, papayas, parsnips, pears, persimmons, pomegranates, rutabagas, sweet potatoes, tangelos, tangerines, turnips

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Are coupons really worth your time?

 

Interview and Article from The Denver Post

There’s a strategy to “Extreme Couponing,” says Las Vegas mom and blogger Jen Freeman: No clipping.

Instead, Freeman perfected a search-and-find Internet system that allows her to compile all of the coupons she needs for a trip to the grocery store into one handy computer printout.

“I’ve couponed for over 20 years, and I have learned through trial and error what works and what didn’t work,” says Freeman. “I have tried every method you can possibly think of.”

That is how Freeman, the author of tipresource.com and a couponing expert who returns to Colorado on Oct. 16 for her second Denver Post-sponsored “Grocery Smarts” workshop this year, arrived at her best practices for saving money on her family’s food bill and saving time wrangling all those discounts.

Couponing devotees may know Freeman from the popular TLC show “Extreme Couponing,” which taps into “Americans’ fascination with saving a buck, particularly during uncertain economic times,” says Alon Orstein, the network’s vice president of East Coast production and development. “The series also introduces viewers to extraordinary everyday people who’ve built their lives around getting more for less.”

The 2010 premiere of the show, which is now in production for its fourth season, attracted 2.1 million viewers.

During one of Freeman’s appearances on “Extreme Couponing,” the mother of 7-year-old twins applied her no-clipping strategy to $1,000 worth of groceries, trimming that bill down to less than $100.

How did it all start? Freeman’s husband is career military. Freeman got into the couponing game when she learned how difficult it can be to stretch a military paycheck.

“When you’re young in the military, there is literally no money to stretch,” she says. “I realized after paying bills that I would have $25 left for groceries for the next two weeks. I had to figure something out.”

The backbone of Freeman’s strategy is simple: Apply manufacturer coupons to products that are on sale, then stock up. But Freeman has developed additional tricks.

For one thing, nearly every coupon she uses is electronic, and she stores those coupons in a searchable database on her website (tipresource.com).

“Use (the coupon) when you want it, and don’t spend time clipping and sorting,” she says. “Once your eyes are opened to the savings, you realize there are savings all over.”

“We were spending between $1,100 and $1,200 a month on groceries,” Morris recalls. “That was our WalMart/Costco bill.”

Morris says that after getting more savvy about couponing, she cut that expense nearly in half.

“Couponing is easier than it was before,” she says. “There are so many resources online that can do the work for us… When I realized I could free up $500 a month from my family’s budget just by couponing? Please! At that point, there’s no reason not to.”

 

“Extreme Couponing” expert Jen Freeman’s savvy, money-saving strategy

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