Tuesday, January 31, 2012

FAQ's: Where Can I Find Coupons For Healthy Foods & Products?

Something I hear people say pretty often is "The things I like to buy never go on sale or have coupons. It seems like everything you can get with coupons is junk food." And while it may be true that it is easier to coupon processed items, there are tons of coupons for healthy, natural, and even organic and gluten free foods. You just have to look a little harder for them.

I regularly use coupons and sales to get great deals on eggs, cereals, organic tomato products, whole wheat pasta, bagged salad, juices, yogurt, milk, frozen veggies, green cleaning products, organic soups, nuts, tuna, oatmeal, Kashi products and so much more. Publix also has BOGO (buy one, get one free) sales on certain produce items and can often have regional or local sales on their organic produce when they have a surplus, which sometimes makes them even cheaper than the non-organic items. Check out some of my weekly sales for specific items I get regularly and their coupon match ups.

Here are my five best suggestions for finding coupons for healthy, organic or natural products:
  • Facebook: If there is a certain name brand of product you love buying but hate paying full price for, it can really pay to "like" them on Facebook. A lot of manufacturers offer exclusive coupons to their Facebook friends and many times their promotions will go quickly so it can't hurt to see their posts in your feed.
    • Real life example: Justin loves Wholly Guacamole products but they are pretty pricey for only a few servings. I like them on Facebook and this past December they offered a promotion to their fans where if you sent them a Holiday card with a self addressed envelope they would mail you coupons for free products and $1.00 off. All in all, I got 2 free products and two $1 off coupons for the price of a stamp. I paired that with a Publix sale and we got 4 products for the regular price of one.

  • Manufacturer's Website: If a product doesn't have a Facebook page, you can always visit the manufacturer's website. (I would suggest this even if you do already like them on Facebook) Lots of websites will have a savings or a coupons page where you can print high value coupons. Sign up for their newsletter if they have one. That way they can send you coupons or let you know about sales and promotions ahead of time so you can take advantage and stock up.
    • Real life example: We love Kashi cereal. It costs $4.00 a box. I hate paying $4.00 a box. I get Kashi's newsletter and every few weeks I get sent a link to either print out high value coupons or to visit their website for coupons or free samples. Their samples are great (two full Kashi bars) and they almost always come with coupons.

  • RecycleBank.com: Recycle Bank is a website that promotes greener living. It is free to join and you can earn points through completing simple tasks on their website. These points can be redeemed for coupons and other types of rewards. You can sign up here.
    • Real life example: I regularly redeem my points for coupons like $2 off any Kashi product, $1/2 Bumble Bee tunas, $1 off any Earthbound produce item and many more.

  • Traditional Methods: Don't discount your Sunday paper or printable coupon websites for coupons on great products. Many times you can find high value coupons on healthy or natural products. Many of these products will have coupons with a higher value than those for non natural products to encourage people to buy these higher priced items. If you are someone who buys those natural or organic products on a regular basis, just using these coupons with or without a sale can help you save.
    • Real life example: We like to buy free range or organic eggs whenever possible. Eggland's Best puts out coupons in the paper on a regular basis. They are usually .35 off any of their eggs or .50 cents off their organic or cage free eggs. Just using these coupons whenever we need to buy eggs without a sale eventually adds up.

  • Follow Websites/Blogs: There are alot of blogs and websites completely dedicated to saving money on natural, organic, unprocessed and/or gluten free foods. Find one you like and read it regularly.
    • I personally like MoneySavingMom.com. She posts her healthy recipes for the week (many of which are dairy or gluten free) and highlights ways to make things at home or from scratch. She also has lots of tips for for finding coupons for these types of products. MoneySavingMom often links to GlutenFreelyFrugal.com which is constantly updated with where to find the best deals and sales on healthy and gluten free products.

Hopefully these tips can help you see that is possible to find deals on stuff other than junk food. You may not be able to get them for free or pennies on the dollar (although I do find that you can sometimes), at least you can save money on the things you are already buying : )

Publix Ad & Match Ups Starting 2/2

Happy Tuesday! It is another great weekly ad (for me at least) at Publix. I have a feeling that I will be spending a little more than $30 again this week but there are some great sales on items that we use alot and plenty of deals that match up perfectly to our Super Bowl party needs.

My personal favorites this week are BOGO avocados, BOGO apple slices (perfect for my Caramel Apple Dessert Dip), BOGO Barilla pasta, and Purdue whole chicken for $1.29. There is also an in ad coupon for a $10 Publix gift card when you buy $100 worth of groceries (before coupons). Not sure if I will hit the $100 mark even before coupons but we will see.

Here are the links to the two match ups I use to plan my shopping trips.

Publix Ad 2/2 Match Ups #1

Publix Ad 2/2 Match Ups #2

Keep in mind that sales and prices can vary by region. What sales are you excited about this week?

Monday, January 30, 2012

$10 Credit To RueLaLa for New Users Is Back!



RueLaLa has brought back its $10 credit for new users. If you are new to the site, sign up for free through this link and your account will be credited $10 off any purchase (of $10 or more). Just keep in mind that the credit can take a few days to show up.

RueLaLa is a daily discount site that has great sales on clothes, shoes, jewelry, kids stuff, home decor, and more. I have bought a number of things through them and I find that their service and selection is always great. Even if you don't see something you like right now the credit is only available to new users who sign up before February 14th. So sign up now and you can always wait to use your credit until you see a sale you like.

RueLaLa does charge $9.95 for shipping but the cool thing is that once you pay it you don't pay to ship anything else bought from their site over the following 30 days.

$5 Magazine Subscriptions From Eversave


Eversave is currently selling a year long subscription to Redbook, Good Housekeeping or Woman's Day magazines for $5 each.

Eversave is also running a promotion where you get $1 towards your first purchase when you sign up. New members can sign up here.  

Monday Meal Plan 1/30


I hope that you had a great weekend. We are pretty excited about planning food for a Super Bowl get together this week and I may also be making a cake for a friend's birthday. Last week was very successful in the food department and if you haven't already, I definitely recommend checking out the WW Cheddar Biscuits and WW Frozen Butterfingers Pie we made.


Here are some recipes I am hoping to tackle this week including some fun foods for the parties this weekend:


The Barefoot Contessa's Birthday Sheet Cake
Baked Penne with Sundried Tomatoes (I make one and freeze the other)
WW Pizza Puffs
Light & Easy French Onion Soup
Parmesan Reggiano Pull Apart Bread
Caramel Pecan Brie
Pretzel M&M Cheesecake


What are you making this week? Have any great recipes for a Super Bowl Party? I would love to hear about them in the comments.


On a side note: need a Monday pick me up? Check out my Sam's Club gift card giveaway!

Sunday, January 29, 2012

$10 Sam’s Club® Gift Card Offer PLUS $25 Gift Card Giveaway!


Even though I coupon, I still love shopping at Sam's for certain items. Especially living in Florida where coupons don't double and very few of my local stores print catalinas, I find that Sam's often has the best prices for us on meat and lots of other perishable items. Right now Sam's is running a promotion that makes shopping there even better. Here are the details:

For a limited time, from February 1–29, 2012, you can get a $10 Sam’s Club Gift Card when you purchase any two of the following baby items at Sam’s Club:

• Pampers® Swaddlers® or Pampers Cruisers® Diapers


• Pampers SoftCare™ Scented Baby Wipes


• Similac® Advance® Powder or Similac Sensitive® Powder


• Dreft® Liquid Laundry Detergent



So stock up on your baby basics today and save even more at Sam’s Club!

For more offer details, visit SamsClub.com/giftcardoffer. Online request must be submitted by March 14, 2012.


To make this even better, I have a giveaway for you too!
One lucky blog follower will win $25 in Sam’s Club Gift Cards!

To enter, become a follower of my blog or leave me a comment telling me what you would buy if you win.
For additional entries (please leave a separate comment for each):

• Tweet, blog, Facebook, etc. this giveaway (comment once for each).

The winner will be selected at 8am Sunday, February 5th by random.org and will be announced in a blog post that same day. I will put the gift card in the mail that Monday so the winner can use it to take advantage of this great offer before the end of February.

Disclosure:  The Sam´s Club Gift Card and information have been provided by Sam´s Club and P&G through MyBlogSpark.

Good Luck!

More Great Kitchen Sales On One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane has another great sale on Kitchen stuff right now. This one has alot of stuff for cooking with kids. As I have mentioned before, this website does tend to be a little pricey so I was happy/surprised to see that alot of the stuff in the sale was priced around or under $10.

If you are new to One Kings Lane you can sign up through this link and get $15 credit towards your first purchase of $30 or more. Be sure to check out their "Downstairs" clearance section for items that have been marked down significantly.

Discount websites like this one are a great way to get name brand, high quality products without paying full price.

End of the Month Printables

As February nears, don't forget to print out any coupons you may be waiting to print. Remember that the first of the month means that lots of coupons will disappear, some will reset (yay!) and we will also see lots of new ones.


Here are the sites that I use on a regular basis. There are lots of new ones this weekend too so enjoy those while you're at it!


Coupons.com


SmartSource.com


Target.com


CouponNetwork.com


RedPlum.com


Pilsbury.com


BettyCrocker.com


CampbellsKitchen.com

Friday, January 27, 2012

Publix Trip 1/27




Today's shopping trip was too big to fit into one picture which should make me feel a little bit better about the fact that I spent way more than normal. After a few straight weeks of not spending more than $30, today I spent $60. That may not sound like alot to some people but it has been awhile since I have seen that number at the register. I saved 64% this week and even though I ideally like to save at least 70%, I consider anything above 50% savings a success. When I think about how we used to spend at least $100 a week on a minimal amount of stuff (compared to what I got for $60 today), I am so thankful I started couponing.

Part of the reason I spent more than usual was that I got some higher priced items like laundry detergent and toilet paper. I also got a small pork tenderloin that was on sale as well as some fun frozen snacks for when we have people over on the weekends (Super Bowl). It was also a really good week at Publix for us and there were some pretty good sales on stuff that we have not bought since this summer and I wanted to get restocked on them.

Here is the breakdown:
Total retail value: $168.28
Total spent: $60.01
Total saved: $108.27
Percent saved: 64%

Here is what I bought today with the coupon/sale match ups:
  • 3 boxes of Fiber One Cereal, retails for $4.55 a box, on sale for $2.50 a box
    • Used three $2 off store coupons from the Publix weekly ad (found in stores)
    • Stacked with three .85 cents off printables from BettyCrocker.com
    • Made them all FREE plus .35 cents in overage per box
  • 1 packet of Kikkoman stir fry seasoning, retails for .99 cents, on sale for .89 cents
    • Used a $1 off printable from SmartSource.com
    • Made it FREE plus .10 cents in overage
  • 3 boxes of Jolly Pop popcorn, retails for $2.49 a box, on sale for $1.00 each
    • Used three .50 cents off coupons from the 1/15 SS
    • Made them .50 cents each
  • 2 pouches of Starkist tuna, retails for $1.39, on sale for $1.00 each
    • Used a $1/2 Publix coupon from the Find Yourself In Good Health Booklet
    • All out of prints for the manufactures coupons : (
    • Made them .50 cents each
  • 4 bottles of Glass Plus, retails for $2.49 each, on sale BOGO ($1.25 each)
    • Used four .35 cents off coupons from the 1/1 SS
    • Made them .90 cents each
  • 4 bags of Pepperidge Farms Gold Fish, retails for $2.39 each,
    • On sale BOGO made them $1.20 each (not as good as the $1 sale but I haven't seen that sale for a few months in my area)
  • 2 cartons of Swanson Chicken Broth, retails for $2.69 each
    • Used two $1 off Publix coupons from the weekly ad
    • Stacked with a $1/2 printable from CampbellsKitchen.com
    • Plus an in store promotion to get the Publix brand free
    • In total, I paid $2.38 for all three or .79 cents each
  • 3 tubes of Pilsbury Grands Biscuits, retails for $2.15 each, on sale for $1.00 each
  • 2 canisters of Crystal Light, retails for $4.05 each, on sale $2.00 each
    • Used a $1/2 in store blinkie
    • Made them $1.50 each
  • 3 bottles of All Free & Clear laundry detergent, retails for $5.99 each, on sale for $3.50 each
    • Used three $1 off printable Target.com coupons
    • Used three $1 off manufacturer coupons from an newspaper insert
    • Made them $1.50 each
  • 2 boxes of Betty Crocker muffin mix, retails for $2.79 each
    • Used two $1 off Publix coupons from the weekly ad
    • Stacked with a $1.10/2 printable from BettyCrocker.com
    • Made them $1.24 each
  • 4 bags of Farm Rich frozen appetizers, retails for $6.99 each, on sale BOGO ($3.49 each)
    • Used two $1.50/2 coupons from the 1/15 SS
    • Made them $2.74 each
  • 2 Freschetta frozen pizzas, retails for $7.15 each, on sale BOGO ($3.57 each)
    • Used a $1/2 coupon from the 1/22 SS
    • Made them $3.07 each
  • 2 bags of Kraft Homestyle Mac & Cheese (impulse buy), retails for $2.59
    • On sale BOGO, made it $1.30 each
  • 1 can of Del Monte diced tomatoes, retails for $1.55
  • Pork tenderloin, retails for $6.50 a pound on sale for $4.99 a pound
  • Publix Greenwise shredded carrots, on sale for $1.99 (made them the same price as the non organic which were not on sale)
Did you find any great unadvertised sales?

Wednesday, January 25, 2012

Great Deals & Freebies At Target 1/25


Today has been quite a day. I found out this morning that one of my recipe posts was featured on a major website, then after school I got a pedicure with a Christmas gift certificate and on my way home I stopped at Target and saw the amazing news that they are renovating my Target to make it a Fresh Grocery Target. Top that off by finding great clearance deals and having an amazing cashier at Target who was above and beyond helpful and friendly about my coupons, and I am one happy girl.

After using my $3 off coupons, I got two shirts for $1 each

I went to Target to get a few freebies and was so happy to see that my store had them all in stock. I also found some clearance mark downs in the special Target Bodega section that paired nicely with some of my coupons. My Target registers don't round the coupons down so I ended up getting the whole price of the coupon off my purchase for my freebies. In total, I spent $19.71 for $81.89 worth of stuff meaning I saved $62.18 or 76%!

Here is the breakdown with coupon match ups:
  • 3 singles rolls of Up & Up paper towels, retails for .99 cents each
    • Used three $1 off Target.com printables
    • Made them all FREE
  • 4 travel size packages of Band Aids, retails for .97 cents each
    • Used four $1 off any size Band Aid product printables from SmartSource.com
    • Made them all FREE
  • 1 package of Reach Floss, retails for .97 cents
  • 3 boxes of Market Pantry Mac & Cheese, retails for .67 cents each
  • 2 Merona T-Shirts, retails for $8.00 each, on clerance for $4.00 each
    • Used two $3 off any Merona item from Target.com
    • Made them each $1.00
  • 2 bags of Alexia frozen sweet potatoes, retails for $3.59 each, price cut to $3.09 each
    • Used two $1 off manufacturer printables from their Facebook page
    • Stacked with two $1 off Target.com printables
    • Made them $1.09 each
  • 4 Bodega packages of Scrubbing Bubbles (each pack had 2 large bottles of Scrubbing Bubbles and one 6 use toilet cleaning stamp kit), retails for $4.99 each, marked down to $3.48, rang up $2.48 each
    • Used two $2/2 coupons from magazine insert booklets
    • Made each package $1.48 each
  • 1 Bodega double pack of Clean & Clear face wash, retails for $9.99, clearance for $6.98
    • Used two $2 off printables from the manufacturer website
    • Made the package $2.98 or $1.49 a bottle
  • 1 Herbal Essences spray hair gel, retails for $2.89 on clearance for $2.09
    • Used a $1 off coupon from the P&G 1/1
    • Made it $1.09
  • 1 Fusion Pro Series Face wash, retails for $3.99, marked down to $3.36
    • Used a $1 off coupon from the P&G 1/1
    • Made it $2.36 (not a great price, but Justin loves it and it doesn't go on sale often)
  • 5 Healthy Choice meals, retails for $2.89 each, marked down to $1.89 (or they rang up that)
    • In store promotion, B4G1 free (minus $1.89 off my bill)
    • Target.com printable for B2G1 free (the rang up as $2.89 off)
    • Two manufacturer coupons for .75/2 from the 1/1 SS
    • Made them .63 cents each! (the way this rang up confused me when I looked at my receipt but my store is under renovation and all the price tags weren't up on the ones I picked so I just went with it...)
All in all this was an amazing trip. I hadn't really couponed at Target in a month so I am glad I got back into it : )

Weight Watchers Version Of Red Lobster Biscuits



See if you can follow: this is a recipe I adapted from Pinterest that was already the Weight Watcher's version of Red Lobsters Cheddar Biscuits. Confusing? Maybe. Delicious? You bet.

I have never been to a Red Lobster (I am allergic to shellfish if that makes this more believable). I have, however, heard wonderful things about their Cheddar Biscuits. From their commercials alone, I can only imagine what they must taste like. These are amazing in and of themselves even if they are a lightened up version. 


I pretty much had everything on hand in my stockpile to make these except for the Reduced Fat Bisquick. That required a special trip to the store but once I got the idea to make these nothing was going to stop me. Not even having to ask 5 different employees where this product was located. 

It was well worth the effort. My version has a little less cheese than the original because as I was adding it it seemed like there was plenty of cheese. 


These took a total of 5 minutes to whip up up and they made a perfect addition to our dinner of Cooking Light's Baked Potato Soup and salad. Pair this with the fact that I made WW Frozen Butterfingers Pie for dessert and my husband couldn't believe it was a Monday night at our house.

WW Cheddar Biscuits- 3 PointsPlus each
  • 2 cups reduced fat Bisquick
  • 3/4 cup low fat buttermilk
  • 1 cup low fat shredded cheddar cheese
  • 2 tablespoons diet margarine (I used Smart Balance)
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon dried parsley (I used the finely crushed)

1. Combine the baking mix, milk, and cheddar cheese in a medium bowl.


2. Mix with your hands until completely combined.





3. Form into balls about three tablespoons in size. I used an ice cream scoop that is three tablespoons.

4. Place them a few inches apart on a lightly sprayed baking sheet.



5. Bake at 350 degrees for about 15 minutes or until lightly brown.

6. While they are in the oven, melt the margarine and mix with garlic powder (I also added a little garlic salt).

7. Right when the biscuits come out of the oven brush them with melted margarine mixture and then sprinkle the crushed parsley on top. Serve hot.  

50% Off Tiny Prints On Zulily


Zulily is having a sale this week where you can get $20 worth of credit to Tiny Prints for $10. I have never actually ordered a full set of cards from Tiny Prints but I do take advantage of their occasional free card deal and I love their selection.

Zulily is a free to join discount website the specializes in flash sales/daily deals and discounts on all sorts of products. It is geared towards kids and families but they usually have a wide selection of brands and products that appeal to everyone.

The Frugal Girls


Something I love doing every Thursday is checking out the Frugal Girls Craft & Chic party link up. There are all sorts of fun recipes and DIY craft idea that bloggers link up to every week.

I am so honored that The Frugal Girls picked my Butterfingers Cake recipe to be featured in a post today. Their website has tons of great stuff on saving money, crafting and cooking. Head on over and check it out : )

Publix Buy Theirs, Get Ours Promo

Publix has a great promotion that starts with the new sale ad. I have not seen them do this since this summer so I am excited that it has been brought back this week. And it looks like the items included are pretty useful. If you buy any of the following products, you get the Publix brand for FREE.
  • Buy Swanson Chicken Broth 32oz for $2.69 and get the Publix version FREE
  • Buy Del Monte Leaf Spinach 13.5oz can for $1.39 and get the Publix version FREE
  • Buy Del Monte Whole New Potatoes 14.5oz can for $1.39 and get the Publix version FREE
  • Buy Del Monte Diced Tomatoes 14.5oz for $1.49 and get the Publix version FREE
You can only get one of each FREE item per trip. I will definitely be taking advantage of the chicken broth and diced tomatoes deal, especially since I have a Swansons coupon too.

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Weight Watchers Frozen Butterfingers Pie


Have you tried my Butterfingers Cake recipe yet? If you have you know that while it is amazingly good, it must have one million calories per slice. So I decided to look for something along the same flavor lines but a little lighter. This Weight Watchers version (adapted from Pinterest) of Butterfingers Pie does the trick. It was light and very satisfying without being too crazy bad for you. And it let me use some of the Cool Whip I have stocked up from the holiday sales. According to the recipe I adapted it from, it is 3 points (the old ones not points plus) per serving.

After making it, I have a few suggestions. Make sure that the Cool Whip is completely thawed before trying to mix and spread it. It was difficult to get it to spread evenly over the graham crackers while still a little frozen. You may want to crush the candy bar in the wrapper then just cut off the top to sprinkle it out. We also found that the longer it is in the freezer the better it tastes. We ate it last night a few hours after it was made and it was very good but it was even better tonight.

Weight Watchers Butterfingers Pie
  • 8 graham crackers
  • 1 tub of fat free Cool Whip
  • 1 Butterfingers Bar
  • Reduced Fat Chocolate Syrup (the kind in the squeeze bottle was easier to control the amount)
  • Sugar Free Caramel Sauce (I also used the squeeze bottle, much easier to portion than the jar)
1. Lightly spray an 8x8 pan with cooking spray. Lay graham crackers on the bottom.


2. Mix together half the crushed Butterfingers and the Cool Whip and spread over the graham crackers.


3. Lightly drizzle the chocolate syrup and the caramel sauce over the Cool Whip mixture and top with the remaining crushed Butterfingers.


4. Freeze for at least 4 hours. Cut into 9 even portions before serving.

I jazzed up the plate for picture taking purposes. We clearly don't do that on a regular basis in our house.


Enjoy!

Publix Ad With Coupon Match Ups 1/26

Here are the links to the new Publix Ad (starting Thursday, 1/26 in FL) with coupon match ups. It looks like a pretty good ad and the actual flyer should have some good coupons in it too this week (they are listed in the links).

Looks like there should be some cheap or FREE cereal deals as well as some cheap tuna, BOGO Goldfish, BOGO Freschetta pizza, and a great deal on Pilsbury Grands! Biscuits. The biscuits are on sale for $1 this week and you can use this coupon to get three at .63 cents each.

Here are the two links I use to plan my shopping trips. Make sure to check and see if the final prices are for places that double coupons or not (FL does not) before you make your lists.

Publix Ad 1/26 # 1

Publix Ad 1/16 # 2

Comment if you find any great deals or sales that aren't on the lists!

New Pilsbury Coupon To Go With Upcoming Publix Sales


Here is a great new coupon for $1.10 off when you buy any three Pilsbury Grands, Crescents, Ready To Bake Cookies or Sweet Rolls.

They Grands are going to be on sale for $1 each starting this week at Publix and I know that Publix and lots of other stores put all of these products on sale pretty often. Make sure you print two per printer.

This link was provided to me from Pillsbury through MyBlogSpark.

Monday, January 23, 2012

Sign Up To Receive Publix Coupons By Email


Sign up here to receive email newsletter from Best Meals Happen at Home that will also contain Publix printable coupons. It looks like you will get a weekly email with recipes and then once a month you will get sent exclusive Publix coupons.

I have never tried this before but it does seem like Publix is trying to bump up their volume of store coupons so this may be a great way to get them. If you don't like it, you can always unsubscribe.

Monday Meal Plan 1/23

Happy Monday! I hope that everyone had a great weekend. This week is pretty busy and with Justin's work schedule and my grandparents coming into town (and taking us to dinner) I won't have to cook too much : )

However, I am really excited to make Loaded Baked Potato Soup (adapted from Cooking Light) again tonight.  I am going to try and substitute plain Greek yogurt for the reduced fat sour cream and see if we can taste a difference. We are having it with Weight Watcher's version of Red Lobster's Cheddar Biscuits. For dessert tonight we will be having Weight Watchers Butterfingers Pie. (Update: we loved the soup with Greek yogurt and everything else was amazing, recipes soon)

 I am going to try Weight Watchers Bubble Up Enchiladas too. We are also hoping to attempt a different version of quinoa to pack for our lunch this week called Quinoa Fried Rice (except this recipe looks a whole lot healthier than the real thing).

On the sweet side, I am hoping to try and make Weight Watcher's Cheesecake Bars. In case you can't tell, the theme of this week is revamping some of our favorites to make them a little bit healthier. It is also a completely "pinspired" week in our house too.

What are you making this week? Post with your plans or links : )

How Do You Keep The Cost Of Printing Coupons Down?


Something I get asked pretty often is, "Doesn't it get expensive printing coupons all the time?". And while I do definitely go through printer ink and paper more quickly now that I coupon, I have not found it cost prohibitive.

Here are a few of the ways I keep my coupon printing costs in check:

1.) I don't buy name brand or expensive printer paper. I actually buy the Target brand Up & Up. It cost $3.14 cents for a 400 sheet pack and I always buy it with a coupon. Right now Target.com has a printable coupon for $1 off any Up & Up item of $3 or more. I print that coupon twice and use it to buy 800 sheets for a total of $4.28. The paper is great quality and I really can't tell the difference between it and other brands.

2.) I don't buy my ink cartridges from the printer manufacturer. My printer is a Dell and I was at first worried about what it would cost me to buy ink cartridges since Dell only sells them directly and they cost close to $30 each. I did a little research and I found out about refurbished cartridges that are make to work with Dell printers. They sell for between $15 and $19 each. I only buy them through Ebates.com when they are doing a double cash back special (27% cash back). My last order was $51 total after a 10% off promo code and free shipping and I got two black and one color cartridge. I also earned $14 in cash back through Ebates. Ebates also has a variety of discount ink websites on it that on a regular basis can earn you between 9-17% cash back.

3.) I am selective about what I print. If I see a coupon that I know I will use or if its a high value or popular brand that I know will disappear quickly, I always print it right away. But, when it comes to coupons for products I don't buy often or if it is one of those coupons I know will hang around for awhile, I wait and only print it if I read about or see a great deal using it. I still end up with printable coupons that I don't need but once those expire I send them to my "adopted" military family through Coupons for Troops.


Hopefully that gives you a little insight into how I deal with printable coupons and ways to cut down on costs for ink and printer paper even if you aren't using them to print lots of coupons.

Do you have any suggestions or great tips for saving money on printing costs?

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Couponing Our Way To A New Camera Update

Here is a little update on our progress in couponing our way to a new, higher end camera. We currently have $40 in Target gift cards to put towards our goal.
Here is where they came from:
  • $10 gift card: Ebates.com - cash back site, new users, click through this link and you can earn a $10 gift card if you make a purchase through Ebates in your first three months, mine came in the mail yesterday. I have also earned $41 in cash back (deposited into Pay Pal or sent in a check) since I started using Ebates 2 months ago.

  • $25 gift card: MyPoints.com, earn points for reading emails and shopping online, redeem points for gift cards

  • $5 gift card: earned through an in store promotion

It may not seem like much but it has barely been a month since we set this goal and I have also not been doing much Target shopping (to earn the promo cards) since we are pretty well stocked and putting money towards our house renovation projects. And since it is all "found money", I am excited to be saving for a camera without taking out of our pay checks : )

Lots of New Printable Coupons!

In checking printable coupon sites this morning, I found alot of new or reset coupons for some of my favorite brands. There are quite a few that would go great with current sales at Publix as well as some that I know will eventually come in handy with Publix's regular sale cycles.

Don't forget that Target.com printables are great because not only can you stack them with manufacturer coupons at Target for great deals but you can also use them at Publix if you store considers them a competitor.

Here are my favorite printable coupon sites to check:

Coupons.com
SmartSource.com
CouponNetwork.com
RedPlum.com
Target.com

Remember that you can print each coupon twice per printer. And you may want to print what you like now in case it disappears : )

Friday, January 20, 2012

Cheap Kitchen Essentials With $15 Credit At One Kings Lane

One Kings Lane is having a great sale on kitchen stuff right now. This website is usually pretty pricey so I was surprised to see that most of the items in their "kitchen essentials" sale were priced under or around $10.

If you are new to One Kings Lane, you can sign up through this link and get a $15 credit good towards your first first purchase.  You can also check out their "Downstairs" section which has a limited supply of clearance items.

Didn't find what you need? Beyond The Rack also has a great looking Kitchen sale going on now too : )

Thursday, January 19, 2012

Publix Trip 1/19- Saved 83%!



Free gum!


This week was the first time since I started couponing that I actually did not "need" anything. If I had not been able to get to the grocery store this week we would have been just fine with our frozen chicken, frozen veggies, Smart Balance milk and Egg Whites supplemented by our stockpile. When I told Justin that he said he was really starting to see how much couponing is paying off and he said that I should just skip the store this week. However, there were some good deals I could not pass up adding to our stockpile and since I only spent $21 total, I don't feel too bad about it : )


I finally found the Gas-X money maker deal and also snagged a decent number of freebies. I saved 83% so all in all it was a great week for me.


Here is the breakdown of today's trip:
Total retail value: $127.97
Spent: $21.96
Total saved: $106.01
Percent saved: 83%


Here is what I got with coupon/sale match ups:
  • 6 boxes of Gas-X, retails for $2.49 each (we don't use/need them but they will get donated)
    • Used three $5/2 Publix coupons from the Green Advantage flyer
    • Stacked with three $3/2 manufacturer coupons from the 1/8 SS
    • Made them all FREE plus $9 total in overage
  • 3 cans of Muir Glen diced tomatoes, retails for $1.68, on sale for $1.33
    • Used three .75 cents off printables from coupons.com
    • Stacked with a $2/3 Publix coupon from the Yellow Advantage flyer
    • Made them all FREE plus .26 cents total in overage

  •  7 packs of UP2U gum, retails for .99 cents each
    • Used seven $1 off coupons from the 1/1 SS
    • Made them all FREE
  • 4 bottles of Sambazon Acai juice, retails for $2.99
    • Used two free product coupons from Facebook
    • Stacked with two BOGO free coupons from Facebook
    • Made them all FREE
  • 2 tubes of Colgate toothpaste, retails for $3.47, on sale for $2.39 each
    • Used two $1 off manufacturer coupons from a brand email
    • Stacked with two $1 off Target coupons from the Hi Coupons mailer
    • Made them .39 cents each
  • 4 pouches of Starkist tuna, retails for $1.39, on sale for $1
    • Used two $1/2 Publix coupons from the Find Yourself in Good Health booklet
    • Wish I had saved some of my man. coupons but oh well...
    • Made them .50 cents each
  • 3 bottles of Ken's Dressing, retails for $2.24, on sale for $1.09 each
    • Used a B2G1 free coupon from the 1/8 SS
    • Made them .72 cents each
  • 4 boxes of Kleenex, retails for $2.03 each, on sale for $1.25
    • Used two $1/2 Publix coupons from the Start Your Year Off With Big Savings Kimberly Clark booklet
    • Made them .75 cents each

  • 2 bags of Chex mix, retails for $2.59, on sale BOGO ($1.29 each)
    • Used two .60 cents off printables from bettycrocker.com
    • Made them .69 cents each

  • 2 packages of Crystal Light, retails for $4.05, on sale for $2.00 each
    • Used a $1/2 from an in store blinkie
    • Made them $1.50 each

  • 2 jars of Newman's Own Salsa, retails for $2.59 each, on sale for $2.00 each
    • Used two .50 cents off printables from coupons.com
    • Made them $1.50 each

  • 2 bottles of Pompian Olive Oil, retails for $.5.99 each, on sale BOGO ($2.99 each)
    • Used two $1 off printables from the brand's website
    • Made them $1.99 each

  • 2 packages of Velveeta Cheese, retails for $4.39 each, on sale BOGO ($2.19 each)
    • Used a $1 off coupon from the Kraft HSN booklet
    • Made them $1.69 each

  • 2 jars of Hellman's Mayonnaise, retails for $5.41 each
    • BOGO made them $2.76 each
  • 1 dozen eggs, retails for $2.87
    • On sale, $2.29 out of coupons : (

  • 2 bags of Honey Gold baby potatos, retails for $3.99 each
    • BOGO, made them $1.99 each
Did you find any great deals this week? Have questions about couponing? Make sure to submit your questions to be answered in future blog posts!


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