Posted in Wedding

Frugal Fandom Wedding- The Plotting (I mean Planning) is now underway.

I do love the idea of a fall wedding. The temperature is just right, not too hot, not too cold and the leaves and flowers are so beautiful.

Of course, I would probably have to be married indoors, since the last thing I need during the wedding is for me to be gasping with an asthma attack and then spending my wedding night in the ER. Hmmm, how romantic.

Other than that, Star and I think a fall wedding would be great. So, this fall it is. Specifically, October, since our favorite holiday is already in there. One problem. It’s May. (Ok, by the time this is up, it will be June, but when we made the decision, it was May, so let’s go with that)

Many people will say five months is not nearly enough time to plan a wedding. But then, none of them are major couponers.

“What does that have to do with it?”, you may ask. Organizing. You can’t spend very little money with coupons if you can’t organize and make specific plans really fast so you don’t miss the deals. The same will probably go for wedding planning too.

Five months? Pffft. Plenty of time. So, let’s get down to it.

Ok, so here’s our very first wedding planning problem. I don’t know how to do it. I have never planned one. I don’t have that many female friends, and those I have were either married when I became friends with them or still single. So, I never got to help anyone plan or been a bridesmaid. I haven’t even been to that many weddings, only three come to mind. A friends’, a colleagues’, and my cousins’.

But there is help. I’ve always been a big reader and will always hit the books to learn anything that interests me. (Why I wasn’t sorted into Ravenclaw, I’ll never know) So, off I went to the bookstore to spend about 300 bucks for books all about how to plan a wedding.

……………..

Sorry about that, I couldn’t even type that last sentence without laughing my butt off. What kind of frugal blogger do you think I am? Hello, Fairfax County public library! There are many, many wedding planning books out there, and the library had a lot of them. I love the library. Like I said, I am a reader, and any way to get free books is a win. I really don’t know why more people don’t use the library, it’s there, and it’s free. And it has a whole lot of stuff. Books, movies, CD’s. No, I don’t work for the library or anything, I’m just one of those people who love to extol the virtues of it. I do host some of my couponing classes there, but that’s different.

Ok, rant over, back to topic. Wedding books. I have no idea how many wedding planning books brides tend to buy, but I’m going to guess that it’s at least 2 or 3, probably more. I got 16. Not all at once, but that is the total so far. Some are general wedding planning, a couple are specifically about Jewish weddings, a couple are collections of passages, readings, etc. that can be said during the ceremony. I also got several DIY books just about wedding crafts. I’m sure some of them can be made Potter-ish. All in all, 16 books. At an average of 20 bucks each, I just saved $320. Not bad for the beginning of my planning quest. My library allows for several renewals if there are no holds on it, so in total, I can keep each book for about 3 ½ months. Since the wedding is only 5 months away, I better have all the planning done by then, or else I’m knee deep.

So, in my living room, there is now a large stack of books, all with either the word bride or wedding in the title. On to the next part of planning, making a binder.

You can’t plan a coupon shopping trip without a good binder to organize, and the same for a wedding.

I already have a bunch of binders for several reasons lying around the apartment. Most of them I find on clearance at stores or at garage sales of recent grads, or wherever. I feel they are infinitely useful, so when I see one really cheap I pick it up. Most of the ones I have are already in use, so to get a large one for the main planning, I combined some of Star’s autograph collection together and took one.

Next, I hit the dollar store and bought some notebooks, folders, and divider tabs. That’s really it, that’s all you need.

Now, it’s best to put your binder into sections to make finding things easier. To help you out, my sections included: welcome brunch and rehearsal dinner, venue, catering, dress and beauty plan, men’s attire, flower plan, wedding and grooms cake, photographer, DJ, Bridesmaids and groomsman’s needs, guest list, seating chart, and registry.

Now the tabs you need might be slightly different, and that’s fine. It’s your wedding, and you need to make your own plan to make it your day. But with folders and some paper in each section, you can keep all your notes for your needs together, including information sheets when comparing vendors and receipts after you’ve made your deposit.

For all the wedding websites I was using, I used the same email and password, which was different from passwords I usually use. I wrote the password on the inside of the binder and kept a list of websites I was using in the front pocket. This would also help Star, so he can grab the binder and help with the planning too if he got an idea or something he wanted to add. Mostly he’s coming up with DIY ideas (he’s also pretty crafty) and anything he wants to do is helpful. I am determined to have a lovely wedding, but I am also very determined NOT to become a bridezilla and it’s his day too, so why shouldn’t he help plan?

I also printed out a timeline checklist from TheKnot.com at the front and added a small pouch with pens, paper clips, etc. so everything would be together. And now you’ve got a great help in keeping your wedding planning from driving you insane. Or at least keeping your insanity to a minimum. Of course, you probably didn’t have to keep your head while convincing your groom that the groomsman wearing Jedi robes and the bridesmaids wearing Starfleet uniforms was not a good idea. (I really didn’t want an inter-fandom barfight at the reception).

I did make a second smaller binder to hold all my DIY notes and stuff, just because I was running out of room in my larger one, and that seemed like it was going to be the largest section.

So, now I have many books and a binder to help with planning. Great, now all I need is time to do it. Well, here is where fate stepped in.

Newsworthy levels of pollen (literally), my history of severe asthma, and bronchitis at the same time become a perfect storm of attack on my lungs. Suddenly, I’m stuck in a hospital bed on oxygen (again) for 5 days. 5 days with absolutely nothing to do. With a bunch of wedding planning books, my laptop, my planning binder, and a bunch of nurses who went wild when they realized I was planning a wedding and kept coming in to help and give me advice. I was probably the most attended to patient on the floor, never left alone for a second.

5 months? Not needed. I’ll probably have this done by the end of the month. Maybe. Hopefully. Ok, probably not, especially since we need all the time for actually making all the DIY crafts. But it’s a good start.

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Posted in Frugal Living, Wedding

New Frugal Series category- WEDDING!!!!

Ok, so I have a ring. I keep looking at it too. I keep seeing it and wondering, “Wow, where did that come from?” Or I suddenly realize that my finger feels different and I check and see it and think. “Oh, yeah, that’s right, I forgot!” This is something I honestly didn’t think would happen in my lifetime. And although I tried to stop it, I have become one of those women other women hate, who seem to be talking about nothing else but an upcoming wedding, and all those little things that go into planning one and all the hoopla surrounding it.

But in my case, I’m talking a lot about a certain wedding aspect. Money.

It costs an average of 25,000- to 30,000 to put on a wedding in the United States. In Fairfax County, Virginia, where we live, the average rises to 35-40,000. Yeah, I know, apparently, we live in a “rich” area. I had no idea.

My parents have generously offered to pay the venue/caterer as their wedding gift. The rest will be DIY, services bartered, and other ways.

But both Star and I are organizers by nature, so with some planning, my art supply closet, and many friends with a variety of creative talents, we’re going to pull off one heck of a Hogwarts celebration.

Yes, I said Hogwarts.

HARRY. POTTER. THEME. WEDDING.

Yes, we are.

I am the Frugal Fangirl, after all, and no fangirl worth her salt is going to have a completely traditional mundane wedding. There are some wedding traditions I’m going to keep, some are just going to get tossed right out the window, but most will be changed to fit me and Star. We are a geeky, nerdy couple. And we relish in it. If the wedding wasn’t geeky and nerdy, it wouldn’t be ours.

So for the next several months, I will be having a lot of posts on my blog, FaceBook page, and my YouTube channel all about planning a wedding on a tight budget, how to negotiate and barter wedding needs, and how to (and there will be a lot) of DIY wedding crafts with a Harry Potter theme.

Cue the maniacal giggling and finger rubbing now.

 

Posted in Freebies

Sampling some goodies.

So, I was just doing some intense frugal living research on the internet. (Or I was just browsing Wish because I was bored) But I found some new really cool freebies and samples for you to try. Click on the links for some mailbox presents. Don’t forget to use your special couponing only email when signing up so your inbox doesn’t get flooded.

 

Free 10oz. sample of Enfagrow Toddler Next Step from Enfamil.

Free sample of Splenda Sweetner Packets

A new pain cream sample from Mind and Body Matrix

A sample of Brushee pre-pasted disposable toothbrushes

Olay Regenerist Whips face cream

Minute Mixology Single Serve Cocktail mixer

Sample of a new Mugler perfume  

When I first saw it, I thought it said Muggle perfume and I got all happy at the idea of a Harry Potter makeup line, even if I can’t wear it due to allergies. I was disappointed.

Some incontinence products from Discreetly Dignified

Some incontinence products from Equate

Free Gardens Idea book from Proven Winners

A free packet of spinach seeds to plant from Tasty Bite

Sample of women’s cleansing lotion from Lubrigyn

Free DVD from Together With Baby.

Free DVD from Together With Baby. Choose from either You and Your Baby or Caring for Your Late Preterm Infant.

Free sampler CD of choral and sacred music from GIA music

A coupon for a free box of a stop smoking aid by Zonnic

 

Hey, free stuff is always nice!

 

Posted in Frugal Shopping

Counting down, T minus 45 days………

Despite what many people think, Passover doesn’t sneak up on you, it just feels like it does. Well, here is your alert….

IT’S COMING!!!!!!  The first evening is March 30!!!!!!!

Loud enough for you? Good. Now, let’s get down to business. The dietary rules of Passover are strict, much stricter than even the everyday kosher rules. Families often end up spending a lot of money on last-minute replacing their pantries with kosher for Passover goods. It’s not only avoiding anything bread-like but anything that can rise or leaven. Many people include corn on that list, which means no corn syrup.  If you want to know more, you can check out my Passover post from a couple of years ago: How to budget for Passover

 

Well, here is where advanced planning is to your advantage. Now is the time to start gathering your Passover groceries.

The main thing is matzah. Get it now. Not kidding, go now. Most stores have it on sale now and will remove the sale prices on Passover, hoping that people will have forgotten to plan ahead and will have to buy at their regular price. You can wait a little while to see how cheap it will go, but don’t wait too long, the price will start going up soon.

Now that you know that it’s coming, start keeping an eye out for sales on meats and produce. If you wait until Passover starts, you will have to pay whatever the price in the store is. When you plan ahead, you can get them now (or whenever they’re on sale over the next six weeks) You have the next six weeks to buy stuff as it goes on sale and store it. The same goes for produce. Since a lot of Passover meals are made fresh, you might want to see if any frozen fruits and veggies go on sale or buy fresh things on sale and freeze, can, dry, or otherwise store them yourself.  You would be surprised how easy it is to do yourself, there’s a lot of sites that explain how to do it, check them out.

And speaking of cooking fresh, to avoid the panic of having time to cook during Passover, you now have six weeks to make a meal or two to freeze in your spare time. Now, I’m not suggesting casseroles for eight days straight. It’s bad enough to go without both pasta and cake. Besides casseroles, you can make up veggie and meat mixes to freeze now and toss in the crockpot later.  Ok, you don’t need to pre-prepare every meal but having at least a couple ready to thaw is a great way to avoid stress if you need to work late or just are too tired (from lack of carbs and yummy desserts) to make a huge meal.

I’m going to be using the next six weeks to plan my Passover too. The Passover will be the first time I will be feeding not only myself but my boyfriend and his kids too so it will be a learning curve for all of us. I’ll be posting my planning, shopping, and preparing so stay tuned.

Posted in Couponing

Happy New Year! Now, go save some money!

A lot (and I mean a lot) of your coupon collection probably expired at the end of the year, and as always, RedPlum and SmartSource coupon inserts are here to the rescue. The first Sunday of the year is always a huge coupon extravaganza and here are what’s going to be released this weekend. This is just what has been reported that will be in the inserts and your local paper may have some slight differences, but you should get a lot of good ones.

SMARTSOURCE #1

  • $1.25/1 Air Wick scented oil twin or triple refill (2/4)
  • 50% off Air Wick scented oil starter kit up to $1.50 (2/4)
  • B1G1 free Air Wick Freshmatic Ultra refill up to $5.49 (2/4)
  • $2/1 Airborne product (4/7)
  • $3/1 AmLactin Rapid Relief (2/10)
  • $7/2 AmLactin rapid relief products  (1/15)
  • $1/1 Aquaphor lip product or body product 3oz or smaller (1/20)
  • $2/1 Aquaphor baby product 3oz+ (1/20)
  • $3/1 Aquaphor body product 3oz+ (1/20)
  • $1/1 Bear Creek soup mix (4/30)
  • $2/1 Brita On the Go bottle (2/7)
  • $4/1 Brita pitcher or faucet mount system or filter 4ct+ (2/7)
  • $2/2 Carefree products excluding 18, 20 and 22ct liners (2/18)
  • $.75/2 Cheerios any flavor (2/17)
  • $2/1 Clairol hair color box excluding color crave, age defy, balsam, textures & tones and trial (1/20)
  • $3/1 Clairol age defy, Vidal Sassoon or Natural Instincts  hair color box (1/20)
  • $5/2 Clairol hair color boxes excluding Color Crave, Age Defy, Balsam textures & tones and trial (1/20)
  • $1/1 Colgate 360 or floss-tip manual toothbrush excluding plus, triple action, extra clean or classic lean (1/20)
  • $1/1 Colgate mouthwash or mouth rinse 200ml+ (1/20)
  • $1/1 Colgate Total, Optic White, Enamel Health or Sensitive toothpaste 3oz+ (1/20)
  • $1/1 Cortizone 10 product 1oz+ (3/4)
  • $1/1 Cortizone 10 psoriasis or eczema lotion (3/4)
  • $1/1 Cottonelle flushable cleansing cloths 42ct+ (2/18)
  • $1/1 Cottonelle toilet paper 6+ rolls (2/18)
  • $2/1 Covergirl eye product excluding accessories and trial (1/27)
  • $3/1 Covergirl + Olay product excluding accessories and trial (1/27)
  • $2/1 Delsym 12 hour adult or kids product (2/18)
  • $2/1 Delsym cough+ adult or kids product (2/18)
  • $.35/1 DenTek floss pick product 75ct+ (3/31)
  • $1.50/2 DenTek products $2.49+ (3/31)
  • $3/1 DenTek mouth guard (3/31)
  • $2/1 Depend product 8ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Depend real fit or silhouette products 8ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Depend shields or guards for men or bed protectors 8ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Digestive Advantage product (4/7)
  • $1/1 Dole dippers box (4/1)
  • $1/1 Dole fruit bowls in slightly sweetened coconut water (3/4)
  • $2/1 Dulco lax or ease 25ct+ or lax suppositories 4ct+ (2/28)
  • $.75/1 Easy-Off kitchen degreaser (3/24)
  • $.75/1 Easy-Off product (3/24)
  • $2/1 Efferdent 78ct+ (2/17)
  • $2/1 Finish max in 1 (2/7)
  • $2/1 Finish quantum max (2/7)
  • $1.50/1 Gold Bond lotion 13oz+ (1/27)
  • $1.50/1Gold Bond eczema relief, rough & bumpy skin, diabetics’ dry skin relief, strength & resilience, dark spot minimizing, neck & chest, psoriasis or lotion 13oz+ (1/27)
  • $1/1 Gold Bond anti-itch cream, anti-itch lotion or friction defense 1oz+ (3/4)
  • $1/1 Gold Bond cream or lotion 2.4-8.1oz (1/27)
  • $.65/1 Hills Bro 12oz+ cappuccino canister (2/28)
  • $2/1 Hills Bro single-serve cappuccino box (2/28)
  • $1/3 Huggies wipes 56ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Huggies diapers 10ct+ (1/27)
  • $.55/1 International Delight one touch latte (3/4)
  • $1.50/1 Kaopectate product (2/28)
  • $.30/1 Kleenex facial tissue 30ct+ (1/27)
  • $1/1 Kleenex bundle pack or 3 + facial tissue boxes ets (1/27)
  • $.50/1 Lysol all purpose cleaner or power bathroom cleaner (2/20)
  • $.50/1 Lysol disinfecting wipes 35ct+ (2/20)
  • $.50/1 Lysol toilet bowl cleaner product 24oz+ (2/20)
  • $.50/1 Lysol toilet bowl product (2/20)
  • $1/1 Lysol disinfectant spray or disinfectant max cover mist 12.5oz+ (2/20)
  • $1/1 Lysol laundry sanitizer 41oz+ (2/20)
  • $2/1 Megared product (4/7)
  • $1/1 Mitchum product excluding trial and twin (2/10)
  • $2/1 Move Free product (4/7)
  • $2/1 Mucinex 12 hour product 14ct+ (2/18)
  • $2/1 Mucinex product (2/18)
  • $.50/2 Nature Valley 5ct+ granola bars, biscuits, granola cups, layered granola bars or soft baked filled squares boxes (3/3)
  • $1.50/1 Nivea silk mousse body wash product (1/20)
  • $3/2 Nivea body wash products 13.5oz+ (1/20)
  • $3/1 Olly vitamin or plant protein excluding single serves (4/30)
  • $10/1 Philips essence+ or sonicare for kids rechargeable toothbrush (2/18)
  • $10/1 Philips Sonicare airfloss, airfloss pro or airfloss ultra (2/18)
  • $5/1 Philips Sonicare 2 series plaque control, 3 series gum helath, healthywhite+ or protectiveclean rechargeable toothbrush (2/18)
  • $5/1 Philips Sonicare brush head pack (2/18)
  • $1/1 Playtex gentle glide (excluding 4 and 8ct) or sport 14ct+ tampons or sport pads, liners or combo packs excluding 20ct liners (2/18)
  • $4/2 Playtex gentle glide tampons excluding 4, 8, 18 and 20ct (2/18)
  • $2/1 Poise impressa bladder supports sizing kit or size 1, 2 or 3 6ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Poise pads or liners excluding 14026ct liners (1/27)
  • $.50/1 POM beverage (2/18)
  • $1/1 POM juice 24oz+ (2/18)
  • $.50/2 Progresso products excluding pasta bowls (3/3)
  • $2/1 Pull-Ups training pants 7ct+ (1/27)
  • $1.25/2 Ragu sauces excluding 14oz jars (2/4)
  • $3/2 Refresh products (4/1)
  • $3/1 Refresh Optive advanced product (3/4)
  • $5/1 Refresh Optive gel drops or mega-3 product (2/3)
  • $.50/1 Rid-X product (3/24)
  • $.75/1 Rid-X product (3/24)
  • $1.50/1 Rolaids tablets or liquid bottle (2/28)
  • $4/1 Schick disposable razor pack excluding 1ct, slim twin 2ct and 6ct (1/28)
  • $1/1 Scott bath tissue 8+ rolls (2/4)
  • $1/1 Scott towels 6+ rolls (2/4)
  • $1/2 Scott Naturals flushable cleansing cloths (2/4)
  • $1/1 Selsun Blue product (4/28)
  • $2/1 Splenda naturals product (2/18)
  • $2/1 Splenda product excluding no calorie sweetener 50ct packets
  • (2/28)
  • $2/2 Stayfree products excluding 10ct (2/18)
  • $1/1 Viva regular or vantage 6pk+ paper towels (2/18)
  • $.50/1 Wonderful almonds product 5oz+ (3/7)
  • $3/1 Zantac product 20ct+ (2/28)

SMARTSOURCE #2

  • $1/1 Afrin product (2/3)
  • $2/1 Afrin product (1/21)
  • $3/1 Aleve direct therapy refill gel pads (2/4)
  • $3/1 Aleve pm 20ct+ (2/4)
  • $3/1 Aleve regular or pm 40ct+ excluding d (1/11)
  • $4/1 Aleve regular or pm 80ct+ excluding d (1/14)
  • $5/1 Aleve direct therapy tens device (2/4)
  • $1/1 Alka-Seltzer plus product (2/3)
  • $2/1 Alka-Seltzer plus product (1/21)
  • $1/1 Atkins bar shake or treat (3/31)
  • $2/1 Bausch+Lomb soothe eye drops (3/31)
  • $5/1 Bausch+Lomb ocuvite product (3/17)
  • $5/2 Bausch+Lomb soothe eye drops (3/31)
  • $1/1 Bayer aspirin product 50ct+ (1/27)
  • $2/1 Bayer aspirin product 200ct+ (1/21)
  • $2/1 Biotrue multi-purpose solution 10oz (2/4)
  • $5/1 Biotrue multi-purpose solution 10oz twin pack (2/4)
  • $1.50/1 Born Sweet Zing organic stevia sweetener (3/10)
  • $1/2 Celestial Seasonings tea boxes excluding k-cup pods (4/8)
  • $4/1 Citracal product (1/20)
  • $10/1 Claritin 70ct+ (1/14)
  • $3/1 Claritin regular or d 15ct+ (2/4)
  • $2/1 Coricidin hbp product (1/27)
  • $2/1 Curel product 8oz (3/4)
  • $4/1 Curel hydra therapy wet skin moisturizer 8oz or 12oz (3/4)
  • $2/1 Dr. Scholl’s stylish step insoles $7.95+ (1/27)
  • $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s athletic series insoles $8.95+ (1/27)
  • $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s comfort & energy insoles $8.95+ (1/27)
  • $3/1 Dr. Scholl’s pain relief orthotics or custom fit orthotics $8.95+ (1/27)
  • $4/1 Flintstones/One A Day Kids product (1/20)
  • $1.50/1 Jergens moisturizer 7.5oz+ excluding soap and wet skin (2/4)
  • $2/1 Jergens natural glow product (2/4)
  • $3/1 Jergens wet skin moisturizer 10oz+ (2/4)
  • $1/2 Lance sandwich crackers 10-35oz (1/28)
  • $5/1 MiraLAX product 30 dose+ (1/14)
  • $.50/1 Mrs. Butterworth’s lite, original or sugar free syrup (4/7)
  • $4/1 One A Day product 60ct or smaller (1/20)
  • $3/1 Phillips’ fiber good gummies product (1/14)
  • $4/1 Phillips’ colon health product (1/14)
  • $2/1 Renu 12oz product (3/17)
  • $5/1 Renu 2x12oz product (3/17)
  • Buy 1 Rimmel London eye product, get 1 mascara free up to $9.99 (1/21)
  • $.55/1 Thomas’ product (2/18)
  • $4/1 TruBiotics product (1/20)
  • $1/4 Yardley bar soaps, 1 body wash 16oz, 1 honey lemon scrub massage 2 bar pack or 1 artisan bar soap 3pk (2/18)
  • $8/1 Zegerid OTC product 42ct+ (2/5)

SMARTSOURCE #3

  • $1/1 BIC stationery product (2/17)
  • B1G1 BIC free disposable razor up to $7.99  (1/21)
  • $.75/1 Chips Ahoy! thins cookies 7oz+ (2/17)
  • $.50/1 Chobani greek yogurt with a hint of flavor (3/7)
  • $1/2 Chobani greek yogurt products 5.3oz cups and 10oz drinks dnd (3/7)
  • $.55/1 Crystal farms ready egg go product (3/8)
  • $.75/1 Del Monte fruit & chia or fruit refreshers 2pk (3/3)
  • $1/2 Del Monte fruit cup snacks 4pk (3/3)
  • $1/1 Energizer batteries or flashlight (2/10)
  • $1/1 Energizer hearing aid batteries (2/10)
  • $3/1 Ensure multipack (3/4)
  • $4/1 Florastor regular 20ct, kids 20ct sachet or max 30ct sachet (1/21)
  • $6/1 Florastor regular 50ct, plus 30ct or pre 30ct (1/21)
  • $.55/1 Hormel compleats product (3/3)
  • $5/1 Hydroxycut product $17.88+ excluding lean protein shakes, lean protein bars and drops (3/7)
  • $.75/1 Ken’s dressing 16oz+ (1/31)
  • $1/1 Ken’s simply vinaigrette (1/31)
  • $2/1 Kotex U cleanwear pads, barley there or curves liners, or fitness pads or liners excluding liners 14-22ct and trial (2/10)
  • $2/1 Kotex U security tampons (2/10)
  • $2/1 Kotex U security ultra thin pads or lightdays liners excluding liners 14-22ct and trial (2/10)
  • $2/1 Kotex U sleek, click or fitness tampons (2/10)
  • $1/1 Nabisco multipacks 8oz+ (2/17)
  • $1.50/1 Rubbermaid easy find lids product (3/4)
  • $3/$10+ Rubbermaid brilliance products purchase (3/4)
  • $1.50/2 Scrubbing Bubbles bathroom cleaning products (2/17)
  • $.50/1 Welch’s fruit rolls or fruit ‘n yogurt snacks 8oz bag or 6ct+ box (2/17)
  • $1/2 Welch’s fruit snacks 8oz+ bag or 8ct+ box (2/17)

RED PLUM #1

  • $2/1 Abreva product (2/7)
  • $1/1 All product (1/27)
  • $3/2 All/Snuggle products (1/27)
  • $10/1 Alli 120ct product (1/21)
  • $5/1 Alli 60ct product (1/21)
  • $.50/1 Angel Soft bath tissue 4 double roll+ (2/7)
  • $1/1 Angel Soft bath tissue 12 roll+ or mega roll 6 roll+ (2/7)
  • $2/2 Aussie shampoo, conditioner or styling products (1/20)
  • $3/3 Aussie shampoo, conditioner or styling products (1/20)
  • $3/1 Breathe Right product 26ct+ (1/21)
  • $1.50/1 Cetaphil product excluding trial and single bars (3/3)
  • $3/both Cetaphil cleanser and moisturizer excludes trial and single bars (3/3)
  • $1.50/1 Excedrin 80ct+ (4/8)
  • $2/1 Excedrin 20ct+ (1/21)
  • $3/2 Herbal Essences shampoo, conditioner or styling products (1/20)
  • $1/1 Nature’s Origin Aromatherapy product (2/28)
  • $1/2 Nestle pure life .5l multi-packs 15ct+ (2/5)
  • $1/2 Nestle pure life 8oz multipacks 12ct+ (2/5)
  • $1/1 Newman’s Own organics 9oz or 12oz salad dressing (2/3)
  • $1/1 Newman’s Own salad dressing (2/3)
  • $3/3 Pantene products excluding shampoo and conditioner 6.7oz, 7.9oz and trial (1/20)
  • $2/1 Purina Beneful dry dog food 13lb+ bag excluding grain free (/21)
  • $2/3 Purina Beneful wet dog food 10oz tubs or 3ct/3oz sleeves (1/21)
  • $4/1 Purina Beneful grain free dry dog food 4.5lb+ bag (1/21)
  • $1/1 Purina Cat Chow dry cat food 3.15lb+ bag (4/30)
  • $2/1 Purina Cat Chow dry cat food 13lb+ bag (4/30)
  • $2/24 Purina Friskies wet cat food 5.5oz cans (4/8)
  • $3/1 Purina One dry cat food (2/28)
  • $3/1 Purina One smartblend dry dog food (2/28)
  • B2G1 free Purina One smartblend wet dog food 13oz cans up to $1.59 (2/28)
  • B2G1 free Purina One wet cat food 3oz cans up to $.95 (2/28)
  • $1.50/1 Purina Tidy Cats clumping cat litter excluding lightweight (3/3)
  • $3/1 Purina Tidy Cats lightweight cat litter (3/3)
  • $1.25/1 Quilted Northern bath tissue 12 double roll or 6 mega roll+ (2/7)
  • $1/1 Quilted Northern bath tissue 6 double roll+ (2/7)
  • B4G2 free Renuzit adjustables air freshener cones up to $2.20 (1/21)
  • $.75/1 Reynolds Kitchens slow cooker liners product regular size 3-8qt and small size 1-3 quart (2/28)
  • $1/1 Sensodyne toothpaste (2/17)
  • 1/1 Sensodyne Pronamel toothpaste (2/17)
  • $.50/1 Stainmaster carpet pet stain remover or high traffic cleaner 13oz+ (2/3)
  • $.75/1 Stainmaster carpet stain remover, pet stain remover, high traffic cleaner or pet high traffic cleaner 22oz+ (2/3)
  • $1/1 Theraflu product (2/3)
  • $1/1 Triaminic product (2/3)
  • $1/4 Uncle Ben’s rice products (3/4)

RED PLUM #2

  • $1/1 Advil regular or pm 20ct+ (2/7)
  • $3/1 Advil 80ct+ (1/14)
  • $3/1 Advil PM 40ct+ (1/14)
  • $4/1 Centrum multi-gummies 70ct+ (1/31)
  • $4/1 Centrum regular or silver multivitamin 60ct+ (1/31)
  • $4/1 CeraVe baby product (2/10)
  • $4/1 CeraVe healing ointment product (2/10)
  • $1/1 Emergen-C 8ct+ (3/7)
  • $3/1 Estroven product (3/31)
  • $5/1 Estroven maximum strength+energy or weight management (3/31)
  • $3/2 Garnier Fructis shampoo, conditioner, treatment or styling product excluding 2-3oz (1/20)
  • $3/1 Garnier Olia box (2/3)
  • $2/1 Garnier SkinActive cleanser excluding trial and masks (2/3)
  • $3/1 Garnier SkinActive moisturizer excluding trial and masks (2/3)
  • $2/1 Garnier Whole Blends shampoo, conditioner or treatment excluding 3oz and care creams (2/3)
  • $1/1 L’Oreal cleanser product (2/3)
  • $1/1 L’Oreal magic root cover up spray (2/3)
  • $2/1 L’Oreal elvive or hair expert shampoo, conditioner, treatment or advanced hairstyle product excluding 3oz (1/20)
  • $2/1 L’Oreal paris moisturizer (2/3)
  • $2/1 L’Oreal superior preference, excellence or age perfect by excellence haircolor (2/3)
  • $3/1 L’Oreal paris voluminous lash paradise mascara (2/30
    $1/1 L’Oreal eyeliner, eye shadow or brow product (2/3)
  • $4/2 L’Oreal elvive or hair expert shampoo, conditioner, treatment or advanced hairstyle product excluding 3oz (1/20)
  • $5/2 L’Oreal superior preference, excellence or age perfect by excellence haircolor (2/3)
  • $1/1 Maybelline New York  face product (2/3)
  • $1/1 Maybelline New York shadow, liner or brow (2/3)
  • $2/1 Maybelline New York mascara (2/3)
  • $2/1 Nexium 24HR product (3/4)
  • $7/1 Nexium 24HR 42ct product (1/14)
  • $.50/2 Orbit/Extra/5 Gum single packs (3/31)
  • $1/2 Orbit/Extra/5 Gum 3pk multipacks (3/31)
  • $1/1 Preparation H product (3/11)
  • $1/2 Skittles 14oz laydown bags (2/20)
  • $1/2 Snickers/M&M’s snickers 7.2-35.09oz or m&m’s bags 9.9-42oz (2/20)
  • $3/1 ThermaCare heatwraps 2ct+ or cold wrap 1ct (1/21)
  • $10/1 UP4 product excluding kids (3/31)
  • $5/1 UP4 kids cubes probiotics (3/31)

RED PLUM #3

  •  $1/1 Best Foodsmayonnaise jar 30oz, squeeze 20oz, organic 15oz or vegan 24oz (1/21)
  • $2/1 Cold-EEZE product (3/31)
  • $1/1 Country Crock 30 or 45oz buttery spread (1/21)
  • $3/2 Dove hair care products excluding dermacare and trial (1/20)
  • $1/1 Dove Baby product 13oz+ excluding bar, wipes and gift sets (2/4)
  • $2.50/2 Dove Baby products 13oz+ excluding bar, wipes and gift sets (2/4)
  • $2/1 Dove DermaCare product (1/20)
  • $1.50/2 Dove Men+Care bar 4pk+ or body wash (1/20)
  • $1/1 Dove Men+Care bar 4pk+ or body wash (1/20)
  • $2/1 Dove Men+Care hair care product (1/20)
  • $4/both Dove/Dove Men+Care/Degree/AXE male and female dry spray antiperspirant product (1/20)
  • $.50/2 Knorr rice sides or pasta sides products (1/21)
  • $3/1 LipClear lysine+ cold sore treatment product (3/31)
  • $3/1 Oscillococcinum/Coldcalm/Chestal oscill 6 or 12 dose or any coldcalm or chestal product (2/28)
  • $2/1 Princeton Research Health apple lean (3/7)
  • $1.50/1 Rohto eye drops (2/11)
  • $5/1 Rohto dry-aid eye drops (2/11)
  • $3/1 Sambucol product (3/31)
  • $3/1 Schwarzkopf hair color product (1/28)
  • $6/2 Schwarzkopf hair color products (1/28)
  • $3/2 Simple/St. Ives/POND’S/Noxzema ace care products excluding pond’s 1.75oz jars, 5ct towelettes and sheet masks and st. ives and simple sheet masks ets (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Kids hair care product (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Men hair care product (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Professionals gold or silver hair care product excluding 2oz and twin packs (1/21)
  • $1/1 Suave Professionals styling product excluding 2oz and twin packs (1/21)
  • $3/2 TRESemme shampoo or conditioner products ets (1/21)
  • $2/1 Vaseline lotion 20.3oz+ (1/28)
  • $2/1 Whole Earth Sweetener Co product (2/28)

 

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Thanks for your service freebies!!!

Veteran’s Day is here, and I meant to have this up yesterday. Unfortunately, my asthma kicked in, and I spent the evening and night in the ER.   But here are some of the best completely free goodies for active duty service and veterans for today, November 11, 2017.  For most of them, you just have to show your military ID. Happy Veteran’s Day!

 

Restaurants

Applebee’s- Free Meal

Bonanza Steakhouses- Free Buffet

Brann’s Steakhouse and Grill- Free 6oz sirloin with 2 sides

California Pizza Kitchen- Free Entree

Famous Dave’s – Free 2 meal salute

Friendly’s – Free entree

Glory Days Grill- Free order of wings

Logan’s Roadhouse Free entree

Olive Garden- Free Meal

Ponderosa Steakhouse- Free Buffet

Red Lobster- Free Meal

Texas Steakhouse- free meal

Store Discounts

Bed, Bath and Beyond- 25% off entire purchase through Nov 12

Dollar General- 11% of both in stores and online

Firestone Complete Auto Care- 15% off automotive service through the 13th

Food Lion- 10% off purchases

Goodwill- 50% off all any apparel.

iPic theaters- Complimentary tickets with military ID

Home Depot- 10% discount for all veterans

Meineke- All veteran’s get a free basic oil change

Publix- 10% on all groceries

Rack Room Shoes- 10% off for military personnel and their dependents

Target- 10% discount

Toys R Us and Babies R Us- 15% off all in-store purchases

Walgreens- 20% off with Walgreens Balance Rewards card

 

 

 

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Today’s freebie finds!

Ok, here are some of the freebies and samples I found today. These are ones that are samples of new products that might have limited quantities. Freebies part of a long-term giveaway can be found under the freebies tab at the top of the page. Don’t forget to use your separate couponing email if the site asks for it. Or, you could just read all the sales emails, but who has that time? Enjoy your mailbox goodies!

Fire and Spice Smoked Jalapenos  or Fire and Spice smoked garlic

L’Oreal Revitalift Moisturizer

A 14 day supply

Poise pads

3 Free pads for light leaks.

GoodRX pillbox

Cool little box to keep all your pills so you remember if you took them today or not

Mijello Watercolor Paints

A watercolor paint sample from Mijello art supply company.

Voyage Candle Co.

You can get a free small tealight scented candle (burning time approximately half an hour)

Dew Amor perfume

I am allergic to perfume and don’t wear it, so I don’t know much about this perfume company. But hey, it’s free, so if you like smelling nice, here you go!

 

Posted in Uncategorized

Rise and Shine!

Woohoo, the new website is up! Well, here it is. I know there’s not much on it at the moment, but that’s going to change quickly. I’ll be adding this week’s deals and some more freebies tonight and tomorrow, so stay tuned for those and please follow me here, Facebook, or Twitter. (or all three). See you soon!

Posted in DIY, Freebies, Frugal Living, Life and Money Hacks, Shopping Hauls and Couponing Reports, Uncategorized

Revamping and returning soon! Check out my YouTube channel!

Hi all, I have had some major health problems lately, (which I will get into in a post soon) so I apologize for the long time between posts. I am currently thinking about how to re-design this site to make it more interesting and organized. I had many ideas on what and how often to post and I will be checking out how to do it. Not easy when you have absolutely NO web or design experience. I will be working on it over the next couple of weeks, so please stay tuned and in the meantime, check out my YouTube channel, Coupon Choice Mom. I seem to have been more active on it than here, probably because I love playing with editing equipment. (It’s probably why I went into TV broadcasting in the first place. ) I hope you will stay tuned. If you follow me on the main page, I will make a post announcing that I am back when I’m done, but please check out my older posts in the meantime and subscribe to my channel!

Posted in Shopping Hauls and Couponing Reports

Shopping Report 11/20/16

I love couponing. And to love couponing, sometimes, you have to love math. Even those complex word algebra problems that were your bane back in school.

And you didn’t think you would ever use it in real life.

Here is the problem: You must buy a combination of 12 of the following items in order to get them for .75 each. Progresso soup, Idahoan potatoes, Campbell’s soup, Lipton Recipe Secrets, Pasta Roni, or Kraft Macaroni and cheese.  Now which coupons do you use in order to maximize your savings?

Sigh. I always was bad at math.

After glaring at both my binder and calculator for a while I eliminated Idahoan, Pasta Roni and the macaroni since I didn’t have any coupons for them anyway.  After a lot of scribbling of bad equations, I was visited by a vision of my middle school pre-algebra teacher and figured out the following: 3 Campbell’s tomato soup. (Because I love tomato soup and a tuna sandwich as a nice comfort lunch. And  you have to admit, Campbell’s tomato soup may be simple, but you know you love it. I had a coupon for the tomato soup for $1.20 off 3. I grabbed 2 Lipton Recipe Secrets seasonings with a $1.00 off 2. I had 3 coupons for .50 off 2 (which doubled) any Progresso product. I was even able to get some pot roast and chicken noodle flavors. Ok, that was the end of the coupons, but that was only 11 so I threw in a coupon-less Idahoan potato pouch to make it to the required dozen.

All that math ended up with me paying an average of .31 for each of the products. Not bad.

I also grabbed 4 Minute Ready to Serve Rice in 2 different flavors. (white and fried if you really want to know. On sale for 2/4, I had a $1 off coupon for each one. Another deal was the Breakstone sour cream. It was 3 for $5, but since the sign didn’t say you had to buy 3 so I didn’t. Take that, sale sign. I only had 1 coupons for .75 off 2 that of course doubled. I also had a load to card special for 1.50 off 2. All in all, I paid 33 cents for each.

Then came the tea. Ahh, the tea. Now, I grew up in the deep south, where a good sweet iced tea is practically the required beverage for life itself. Well, Celestial Seasonings, Lipton, and Tetley all were on sale and I had coupons for all.  Southern house wine, how I love thee.

There was a sale on grapes that if  you spent $25 you got red seedless for 99 cents each. There’s a lot of grapes in Ziplocs in my freezer right now.

There was some other small coupon savings (thankfully, with no major math) with things I needed anyway, including cat food and litter. She’s an expensive little furball.

There was a deal I had to pass up though. The store was offering a free box of store brand dryer sheets if you bought a box of Bounce dryer sheets. I had both a load to card discount and a coupon for Bounce. It would have been a great deal except that I couldn’t find an unscented version of the Bounce sheets. Now I’m so sensitive to smell, that when I was young my parents had me sniff the sodas in restaurants so I could tell which one was diet for my diabetic brother.  ( I was never wrong) My super strength smell sense may seem great, but combined with my asthma, it means I can’t use scented laundry anything. (Or soap, shampoo or anything similar.) Now I am not one of the weird and crazy couponers you see on TV that will buy literally  anything if it’s a great deal, even if you don’t need it and will never use it. I do have standards, and sanity. And limited storage space.  So with a heavy heart (and a pinched nose) I passed it by.

I did have to get a few things at full price because, you know, Thanksgiving approaches.

All in all, this was a great trip. I got around 108 dollars for 41.21 (including tax) . I know normally I say the exact amount, but I seem to have misplaced  the receipt before I typed this up.

“How did I type this up then?” you may ask. Well, obviously it was easy to find out how much I spent, I also remember the approximate pre-coupon total, since I was bragging on it to a friend from work. But for the last couple of hours, I have been going  through the old flyer. (which was still stuck in my binder for some reason) I circled everything I remembered buying and if I didn’t remember exactly what the coupon I used was, I hit the coupon database on MoneySavingMom.com to see what was available, since that is what I would have had.

I have just remembered to check my rebate apps to see what I got when I uploaded my receipt. According to my Saving Star account, I saved another 40 cents off the Lipton tea, 60 cents off the Recipe Secrets and a dollar off 3 Progresso soups. . And Ibotta says I was credited  $1 for the Lipton Recipe Secrets too. This means that actually for the 2 boxes of seasonings, I made, that’s right, made $1.29. So adding all the rebates, that brings  my total from 108 to 38.21.

That’s a pretty good deal, I hope I find the receipt so I have proof.

All of the deals were at Giant stores in Fairfax County, Virginia. The sales I mention here have already ended, but if you know of  a sale for the upcoming Thanksgiving week or know of another great sale in your area, please leave a comment. Happy Couponing!