How to use a coupon database to increase your savings
My goal in talking to you about couponing and sharing my experiences is to help you save your family money. I have learned through trials and errors the easy way to save the most money with the littlest effort & time. I am positive you can get the deepest savings at any store after watching the video I made showing you how to effectively use a free coupon database.
Shop at your favorite store, if you have a matching grocery list or not!!
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!
If I was to do another TLC Extreme Couponing show, this is the kind of shopping trip I would love to do! This is Extreme Couponing — save a ton of money using coupons and the current sales and deals to shop free! This video taken during the General Mills buy 5 save $5 catalina deal shows how I went shopping and rolled one savings catalina deal into another (also know as “rolling’) to keep savings moving forward. This video was taken during my grocery shopping trip at my local Smith’s store in Vegas. When you see these deals try “rolling” them and get the giant savings. If you don’t need some of these items that are included, maybe you can pick some up and donate them or share with a family in your area that you know needs some help.
When the twins were young we really went through the applesauce. I quickly figured out how to save some money on applesauce and learned through experimenting my families favorite way for me to make homemade applesauce. Now, I use the applesauce on our oatmeal, topped on yogurt with chopped nuts and I even add it to our fruit smoothies for extra flavor! And of course, just plain with a bit more cinnamon sprinkled on top.
Using the crockpot seems to be the easiest way for me to make it because I can walk away and it cooks up perfectly every time. Right now Honey Crisp apples are on sale and I ordered a case from Bountiful Baskets.
If you just don’t want to make homemade applesauce, grab an applesauce coupon from the Free Coupon Database to get a better deal at the store.
Over the last few weeks I realized there are many things I do to save on produce purchased in our house. We like to eat a lot of fresh fruits and vegi’s and any kind we are open to! My kids (thankfully) eat and enjoy the bright colorful vegi’s I serve during meals and snacks. Alexanders most loved vegetable is pickled beets, Grandma’s homemade is his favorite.
7 Easy Ways To Save On Produce
#1 Way to save on produce — Bountiful Baskets. This isn’t new to many of you because I certainly have shared this before, but have you tried the “extras” that are offered each week? (Here is an introduction to Bountiful Baskets) It is a fantastic way to increase the amount of produce you get each week for only a few extra dollars. The first “basket” runs $17 (or $25 for organic) then you can add the extra options. Each week they vary slightly, but to ensure you can select one get on right way when your ordering time opens on Mondays because these packs can be limited.
The one I show in the video was called a Smoothie pack and it was only $8! Also, they offer cases of produce that vary during each season/week. Last week I was able to pick up 25 pounds of Roma tomatoes.
Reader Sallie was kind enough share this with me:I just want to thank you again for mentioning Bountiful Baskets in your posts. I started participating in February because of a post you made. It has changed my life and the lives of my family! Not only do I save money, I eat healthier and I’m a much more adventurous eater! I’d been telling myself for years that I needed to eat more produce and now I do. It’s a happy surprise every Saturday finding out what I’ll be eating for the week!
Make gift bows from magazines! How to Video shows you an easy way to recycle magazines or comics. I get free magazine subscription and like to come up with ways to utilize the magazines for multiple purposes.
Here are 3 Tips for Recycling Magazines:
First share with your friends. Then them give back to you.
Take to the Dr. Office and leave in the magazine in the waiting room.
Drop off at the hospital and they will distribute them to various patient rooms.
and of course Make Bows!!
How to make bows from magazines ~
1. Gather stapler, glue (or double stick tape), scissors and a magazine page.
2. Cut a magazine page lengthwise into 9 strips, 3/4″ wide.
3. Leave 3 strips page length.
4. Cut 1″ off 3 strips.
5. Cut 2″ off 2 strips.
6. Cut final strip down to 3.5″
6. Use the cut piece to form the center of the bow, form it into a circle.
7. Twist each strip, looped into a figure 8, staple or glue to hold.
8. Stack layers of figure 8 strips to form the bow, gluing/taping or stapling each layer.
9. Finish bow center with the round circle.
And there you have it! How to make gift bows from magazines video! Other things to use to make bows with are maps, ads from the junk mail or comics.