What’s best to buy in December?

1:05 am

by Jennifer Freeman

seasonal Sales

What’s best to buy in December?

Have you ever wondered what are the best months to buy certain items to get the very best deals or what’s on clearance each 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 December:

Holiday Dinner sales, look for: eggnog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, and marshmallows.

Baking sales, look for: flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, breads, pie crust, marshmallow, whipped cream, canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, and spaghetti sauce.

Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off. After-Christmas sales are the time to stock up on Christmas decorations, wrap, and gift tags, toys, electronics, and new model cars.

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

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

NATURAL & ORGANICS ::: Organic Coupons HERE and More Coupons HERE


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Retail Stores with Veterans Day Discounts

1:26 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Retail Stores with Veterans Day Discounts

Big Lots Discount
Saturday November 10th, veterans, active-duty and military families get 10% off the entire purchase. Must show valid military ID.

Home Depot Veterans Day Discount
Every year on Veteran’s Day the Home Depot offers a 10% discount on Veteran’s day.  Must present a valid military ID.  Home Depot also offers this discount to Veterans on Memorial Day, Fourth of July, Labor Day.

Lowe’s Veterans Day Discount
All Veterans receive a 10% discount on Veteran’s Day up to $5,000 on in-stock and special-order purchases.  The offer can’t be used online, on previous sales or on sales of services or gift cards.  Must present a valid Veteran Identification Card (VIC), valid Form DD214 or other proof of service.  Lowes also offers this Veteran’s discount on Memorial Day and the Fourth of July.  DOUBLE check your local store, some will offer this military discount daily when ID is presented.  The one we shop at does!

Walgreens:  It is rumored that Walgreens will honor a 15% discount for military and veterans on Sunday Nov 11.


Other Discounts and Veterans Day Deals

Bed and Breakfast Inns – Free Stays Throughout North America
On Sunday, November 11, 2012 over 600 inns and B&B’s are honoring active and retired military veterans and one guest with a free room. Offer is based on availability.

California Association of Bed and Breakfast Inns
Inns belonging to this association are offering military specials for Veterans Day on November 11, 2012 and some Inns are extending the special through the month of November or keeping year round. See the press release for more details

Free Car Wash in the U.S., Australia, Canada & New Zealand
On Sunday November 11th Veterans or active duty military can receive a free car wash at over 1,900 participating locations. No proof of service is required but everyone is asked to honor this program. Some of the participating car washes include 7-11, Mister Car Wash, Simoniz Car Wash and Mike’s Car Wash. See list of participating locations

National Parks Free Veterans Day Admission
Everybody gets free entrance to our National Parks Veterans Day weekend.  Dates this year include November 10 – 12, 2012.

Sports Clips Free Haircut
All veterans and active-duty U.S. service members can get a free haircut on Veterans Day, Sunday November 11 with valid proof of service. Sports Clip is also raising money for the Veterans of Foreign Wars’ (VFW) Operation Uplink program and will donate a $1 for every haircut service to the program.


Check out the free meals and other discounts for veterans in 2012!



New Target Mobile Coupons! 1/21

12:45 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

Target Mobile coupons

New Target Mobile Coupons! 1/21


New Target Mobile coupons came into my cell phone just a few minutes ago.  Did you get yours?  They are GREAT ones this time!!  Target mobile coupons can be stacked with manufacturer coupon as well as Target gift card deals.  It’s super easy to use the Target Mobile coupons, just hand your phone to the cashier and they will scan the barcode on the text.  Each Target Mobile coupon can be used one time.  Target does have printable store coupons also — click to print current Target Printable Coupons.

Sign up for your Target Mobile coupons, sales alerts and more. Go HERE to learn more.

These coupons are valid until 2/3/12

  • $1 off Charmin Bath tissue 9pk +
  • $1 off Bounty paper towels 6ct +
  • $1 off Puffs tissues 3-pk +
  • $1 off Pampers boxed diapers 18 cnt +
  • $1 off Eucerin skin care lotion or body wash
  • $1 off two Lysol toilet bowl cleaners
  • $2 off Pure Protein adult nutrition item
  • $1.50 off Archers Farms chips and salsa, must buy both
  • Buy One Get One FREE Target Cafe’ pie slice
  • 15% off Women’s denim bottom
  • $2 off Liz Lange maternity
  • $5 off photo gift item 8×11 double side book or calendar

Manufacturer Coupons to Stack with Target Coupons

$.25/1 Charmin, any 1/1/12 P&G
$.25/1 Bounty Towels or Napkins 1/1/12 P&G
$.25/1 Puffs 3 singles or 3-pk 1/1/12 P&G
$1 off Pampers box or two bags 1/1/12 P&G
$1/1 Eucerin Daily Replenishing Lotion printable
$1/1 Eucerin Lotion printable
$1/2 Lysol Toilet Bowl Cleaners or No Mess Automatic Toilet Bowl Cleaners, exp. 1/31/12 (SS 01/01/12)

“Make your own sale”  = Stacking Target Mobile coupons and manufacturer coupons

New Target Mobile Coupons! 1/21

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CVS Store Shopping Scenarios 1/15 – 1/21

7:12 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

CVS Store Shopping Scenarios

CVS Store logo

CVS Store Shopping Scenario 1/15/12
Get $27.48 in merchandise:: Spend $8.74+ tax AND have $2 ecb for next week
= Final total only $6.74!!
CVS store shopping with TLC’s Extreme Couponing All Stars ~ Jen Freeman!

The key to Extreme Couponing Success is multiple Sunday Newspapers ~
Find discounted Newspapers HERE.

Get Extra savings~~ Load your CVS Store Card with Savings Star Rewards.

CVS Store Couponing Newbie: click CVS Store 101 to begin. Do one transactions at a time. Keep it simple. Get items from Transaction #1, buy them. Go back for Transactions #2 items, and so on. Transactions do not have to be done all at once, just start where you left off. Take it very slow and it will become a CVS Store All Star in no time!!

CVS Store Shopping Ideas:

Transaction 1: – this is a regional deal, if you do not have it, start with Transaction #2
Buy (3) Hallmark Greeting Cards Buy 3 at $.99 ea Get $3.00 ecb (limit 1)

-Use $1 ecb from last week if you have it.

=$1.97 + tax and earn $3 ecbs

Transaction 2:
Buy (1) Almay Intense i-Color Shadow, liner or mascara $5.99 Get $3 ECB (limit 1)
Buy (1) any Colgate Total or Sensitive toothpaste 5.8-6oz  $2.77 ea Get $1 ecb (limit 2)
Buy (1) Colgate Sensitive toothpaste 5.8-6oz  $2.77 ea Get $1 ecb (limit 2)

-Use from transaction #1 – $3  ecb
-Use (1) $2/1 Almay Cosmetic Product, any – 01-01-12 SS
-Use (1) $.75 Colgate Toothpaste, any 4.0 or larger 01-01-12 SS
-Use (1) $1/1 Colgate Total Advanced, Optic White or Sensitive Pro-Relief 4oz+ SS 1/15

=$4.78 + tax and earn $3 & $2 ecb (colgate ecbs will combine)
Transaction 3:
Buy (1) Curel  Moisturizer 13-21 oz $6.99 Get $2 ECB

-Use from transaction #2 – $3 and $2 ecb
-Use $2/1 Curel Moisturizer, any 3.5 oz or larger – 12-04-11 SS

=$0.00+ tax and earn $2 ecbs

Transaction 4:
Buy (1) Arm & Hammer Spinbrush toothbrush 1ct. or brush heads 2ct. $5.99 Get $2 ECB

-Use from transaction #3 – $2 ecb
-Use $2/1 Arm & Hammer Spinbrush Power Toothbrush Refill Printable (sign in to print)

=$1.99+ tax and earn $1 ecbs

Save the $2 ecb for next week!

$27.48 in merchandise:: Spent $8.74 AND have $2 ecb for next week == Final total only $6.74!!

Need more coupons?  Check the Tip Resource Coupon Database and find more coupons!


If the coupon lingo is new to you, visit our couponing 101 resources for help.
*totals are approximate — become an Extreme Couponing All Star using coupons and sales!!

CVS Store Shopping Scenarios 1/15/12

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Take Some Time to Reflect….

1:47 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

smart decision

Take Some Time To Reflect–

Now that we are a few weeks in to 2012, it is a perfect time to look back for a moment. It’s a good idea to look back and reflect on the year we’re putting behind us as we head into the 2012 – the new year. If we want to stop making the same old mistakes and really change our habits, we need think back through the last year we just had: what we liked, and what we didn’t. So to get you started thinking….

What was the smartest decision you made in all of 2011?

Share your smart decisions with us in the comments

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Healthy Living Tip for 2012 – The New Year

1:09 pm

by Jennifer Freeman

When eating out in restaurants, ask the server to bring you half the meal and save the rest in a doggie bag for when you leave. This will keep you from being tempted to overeat. It’s a great way to  practice portion control.