What I do ~ And how you can too!
Happy Shopping, Little Ms. Coupons
Monday, June 29, 2009
Soooo, that means you would get $60 worth of fireworks for only $30!!! There are 12 Nashville locations (even one right here by me ;-) to shop...so go check it out and enjoy some frugal family fun on the 4th!
Sunday, June 28, 2009
Thursday, June 25, 2009
Wednesday, June 24, 2009
Thanks Southern Savers!!!
Sunday, June 21, 2009
Friday, June 19, 2009
Wednesday, June 17, 2009
I got an email today that ALL of the Men's clothing at the Cool Springs Old Navy are 50% off!!! Even the socks were marked down!
Also...the sign on the door said Saturday would be $2 tank day...so ALL ladie's and girl's tank are $2.00 each!!!
Thanks Valerie for passing this along!
Monday, June 15, 2009
Tuesday, June 9, 2009
$1 Movie Admission, $1 Drink & $1 Popcorn.
"Kung Fu Panada" 6/10/09
"Prince of Egypt" 6/24/09
"Shrek 2" 7/1/09
"March of the Penguins" 7/8/09
"Kitt Kitridge" 7/15/09
"Tales of Despereaux" 7/22/09
Thanks Michelle for passing this along!!!
Monday, June 8, 2009
For two reasons really...
A) I'm really busy packing, moving, etc. as well as I have a new class starting this week.
B) We have been using some of our stockpile since the sales have not been as good lately.
So...no new pics of shopping trips...sorry :-( BUT there will be more posts as soon I get settled again. Until then though, I will still post things that I see that are news worthy!
And to answer those burning questions that I keep getting...No, I am not moving away...only about 20 minutes down the road ;-) and Yes, there will still be classes starting in the coming months! WooHoo!
Thanks for your patience & Happy Shopping!!!
Thursday, June 4, 2009
- Chuck E. Cheese's is offering up a fun Summer Reading program! Download and print their Reading Rewards Calendar here. Mark the days off with a pen or sticker as your child accomplishes their goals. When your done bring it in completed to Chuck E. Cheese's and receive 10 free tokens as a reward!
- The National Park Service is offering three fee-free weekends at more than 100 national parks all across the United States! The 3 fee-free dates are: June 20-21, 2009 (Father’s Day weekend), July 18-19, 2009 and August 15-16, 2009! You can check out the full list of all the parks here.
- Cinemark is discounting movies for kids this summer, starting June 16th-August 19th! They will be offering a new movie every week for 10 weeks! All 10 movies can be purchased in advance for $5, or can be purchased separately at the box office for $1 per show.
- Target is sponsoring lots of fun and free events this summer! They offering up FREE concerts, museum visits and more! Check out a list of all the great free entertainment by state here!
- If you have a Life Style Family Fitness facility, then your teens can work out FREE this summer! Teens ages 12-17 can get a FREE 2 month membership! This program runs May 15th-August 15th. You can check out more details here.
- Bass Pro Shops are offering up FREE family activities Saturdays and Sundays, noon to 6 p.m., May 30th thru July 5th! They will have free crafts, free s'mores, a free shooting range, free casting pond and more! Go on over here to read all about it!
- Here is yet another way for your kiddos to bowl FREE this summer! There will be tens of millions of coupons placed on the packages of Tony's frozen pizza products. These coupons will be valid for a FREE game of bowling, redeemable at more than 2,000 Strike Ten Entertainment member bowling centers around the United States. The FREE game is worth up to a $6 value with most Tony's specially marked pizzas at a retail price of just $2.50 to $3.50. Limit one free game of bowling per person, per coupon, per day. Valid daily 4/15/09 to 8/31/10 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 6:00 p.m.! You can check out more details here (click on "Free bowling" in the lower right hand corner). You can also find a participating bowling center here.
- If you're a Bank of America card holder you can get FREE admission to over 70 museums on the first weekend of every month! Go on over here to check out more details. You'll also be able to click on each state and browser that states museums.
- Apple stores are offering up "Apple Camp" for kids ages 8-12! Your kids will have the opportunity to make a movie, create a photo slide show, write and record a song, put on a show for everyone, and more! At Apple Camp, kids learn how to do cool stuff on a Mac and discover their hidden talents along the way.Apple Camp is available at EVERY Apple Retail Store, and each FREE workshop lasts three hours. Go on over here to find an Apple store near you and sign your kiddos up!
- Home Depot offers FREE "How-To Clinics" for kids between the ages 5-12. The workshops are available on the first Saturday of every month between 9 am and noon at all Home Depot locations! Go on over here to check out all the details and see the upcoming workshops. (Lowe's offers these too... www.Lowes.com )
How to Get Your Free Donut at Krispy Kreme:Walk right in and ask! According to the Kreme, no purchase is necessary to receive your free donut on June 5, but they will of course limit you to one per customer. To find a participating store near you, visit the Krispy Kreme Web site.
How to Get Your Free Donut at Dunkin’ Donuts:Dunkin’ Donuts is going to make you work a little harder for your free grub. At DD you’ll need to buy a beverage to qualify for that free donut on June 5, but like at Krispy Kreme it’s still one per customer. Also on National Donut Day, Dunkin' Donuts will announce the winner of its "Create Dunkin's Next Donut" contest. From nearly 130,000 donut contest creations submitted online, one finalist will win $12,000 and have their donut sold in Dunkin' Donuts across the country. Find your local Dunkin' Donuts on their Web site.
Class fee is $20.00 per lady and includes all materials/workbook.
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
It's that time again! Time to hit a little refresher on the coupon obsession...I have been getting a lot of reports of bad coupon use again. Yikes!!!
I had been noticing a huge increase in rain checks when I have been shopping lately and have almost always had the pleasure of finding empty shelves. I wasn't too worried though, as I assumed it was just an increase in couponers...that was until I got an email from my local Publix store manager. It seems that coupon usage at his store has increased 300%+ in the last 2 WEEKS...WOW! While that is great...for us and for them...it is also a problem! WHY? Because people are back to using invalid coupons, expired coups and running multiple deals to take advantage of the sysytem. While all of that is discouraging to us couponers that work so hard at staying legit...the more frustrating thing is hearing about the "coupon horders" that are making their presence known!
I can't tell you how many blogs that I have come across where people are teaching classes on how to game the system...uggghhh! It is so frustrating, because in the long run stuff like that will only cause harm. Sure...right now, while the stores and manufacturer's haven't figured it out yet...it is a great way to basically get all your groceries for free...BUT when they do get it...coupon restrictions are sure to follow. I have seen it already...some coups that were easily accepted before, now require a manager to approve them and some coups are just no longer accepted at all. Look at our local Kroger...no longer accepting any competitor's coups and limitint your internet coups!!! If people keep gaming the system, coups will be stopped all together and THEN where will the deals come from...
In the recent email I was told about how some ladies were seen the local Publix with 8-15 bottles of A1 sauce or 12 Johnson & Johnson products at the same time. Do you see what I mean about wiping the shelves clean??? Not only does this make others have to get rain checks, but think about it...it costs us extra time and gas, because now we have to go back to the store. Beyond that it makes it really difficult for the Store Manager to predict stock levels...because in the case of the A1 sauce, the original is the normal go to flavor...so they stock more of that...BUT this sale every one of the flavors sold clean out. Because people were buying 8+ bottles of some weird flavor. Really??? sigh...It has an expiriation date, you know!
SO...my point is this, couponing can easily turn into an obsession because finding great deals can be quite the high. Especially when you start to see how much you can save. And in the case of my family..couponing is my job, without it we could not afford hardly any groceries...plain and simple! So I understand the excitement and the fulfillment of couponing. However, if not kept in check though, the obsession can also easily turn into hording!
What is HORDING? Well, hording is when you go to get a deal and you clear off the shelf so no one else can partake in it. It's when you purposefully go into a store with the intent of grabbing ALL the deals so that you are the only one to benefit. When you go in and buy 15, 18 or 20 of the same item...that is HORDING! And it is wrong!
There are a lot of blogs out there that teach the "get all that you can" mentality...and I disagree. That's just my opinion...but if you have been through my classes you know that I teach biblical principles for getting your finances under control. And while I DO promote taking advantage of deals that you know you can donate or give to other families in need, I do NOT promote hording! My general rule of thumb is to by 4 of whatever the item is (because there are 4 in my family and I buy 4 papers), but sometimes there are cases where I will have 8 of the same coupon (because the paper contained side by side identical coupons from the same manufacturer) so you will occasionally see me buy more than 4...BUT only if it is a product that I KNOW my family will use in a fairly quick time frame (say caprisuns or gatorades). In other words, I will not buy 20 -1/2 gallon ice creams just because I can...WHY? because there is no way that my family could use 20 cartons before the expiration date...and there is not enough room in my freezer for that many ice creams without it getting freezer burned...and that would be a complete waste if I let the food ruin just so I could "get the deal". Do you see my point? Part of being a Proverbs 31 Faithful & Frugal woman is giving to others and that means sharing the deals with them also. Now, I am not telling you not to buy whatever your family will use...I am just making the point that we have to use good judgment and wisdom in our purchases. God honors our "frugalness" as long as our hearts are in the right place about it ;-) Be aware and stay focused so that your couponing obsession doesn't fall prey to hording. How do you do that? Ask God to help you maintain priorities...feeding your family and blessing others (remember, it's not about seeing how much you can get for cheap just so you can say you did it)...He will help if you ask! I promise!!!
Okay, climbing down now...thanks for listening, errr...I mean reading ;-)
$1 off Tyson Strips
.50/1 Sobe LifeWater
.50/1 AMP drinks
$1 off Aquafina 24pk 16oz bottles
$1/2 bags of Doritos
.60/1 Frito Lay Dip
$2/2 Gatorade 8pk 20oz bottles
$1/2 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers, just for one’s, or other bagged veges
.40/1 Lean or Hot Pockets
$1 off wyb Kellogg’s Cereal and Poptarts
$1/2 Special K Meal or Snack Bars, Shakes or Protein Water
.75/1 Lipton Tea 1 gallon jug
$1 off Lipton Tea 12pk
$1/2 Ocean Spray Juice
$1 off Ocean Spray Cranenergy
$1/2 Toaster Strudel
$1/2 Sargento Shredded Cheese
$1 off Stouffer’s Family Entrees