hollydoodle—wife, mommy, daughter, sister, friend…and any other hat i can wear

Saving Money January 29, 2009

Filed under: Uncategorized — hollydoodle00 @ 10:31 am

Okay, most of you know that I am a freak about saving money.  I’m very frugal (to a fault at times).  I used to read “the Frugal Mom” website everyday until she decided that she could no longer blog.  I learned a lot from her.  Anyway, now I am searching for tips online for how to save money.  If you know of any websites or tips that will help me save money…just let me know.  I’m all about some coupons.

Speaking of coupons….I was looking at this website that gave tips about buying groceries when I stumbled upon a section labeled “expired coupons”.  It explained that several military bases allow expired coupons to be used, so we could send them to military families there to help them.  I wish I would have seen this before yesterday.  I threw away about 30 great coupons that could have been used.  I’m going to post the link below so that you can see the website for the tips as well as for the place to send expired coupons. http://www.grocerysavingtips.com/expiredgrocerycoupons.htm

Here’s one of my money saving tips…USE COUPONS ALL THE TIME.  Zeb hates coupons.  He thinks they are ridiculous.  However, when he saw that I shopped at Publix (yes, they are a little higher, but more on that later) and saved over $75 in coupons alone…he understood why I clip coupons so often.  Now, about Publix….I love Publix.  It truly is a pleasure to shop there.  People seem to enjoy their job.  But why do I love Publix the most?!?  They have GREAT sales and they double coupons up to $.50.  They have tons of BOGO sales.  I’ve found that when I go buy stuff that is on sale or BOGO AND I use a coupon…it’s super cheap.  The other day I got a ton of baby food that should have cost about $35-40…for $10.   Yes, that is a $30 discount.  I had coupons, some was BOGO, and some was just on sale.  It was great! 

I’m not ashamed of my little coupon binder.  It’s a way that saves us literally hundreds of dollars.  The coupons add up.  I don’t care if someone is behind me in line.  I know they shudder when they see that I’m about to hand the cashier 50 coupons.  Again, another reason I love Publix is because their cashiers are competant, intelligent people.  They ring up the coupons immediately when they finish ringing up the food.  This is one reason I sometimes HATE Walmart.  Their cashiers are incompetant, and they usually forget to ring up the coupons even though I’d mentioned it several times.  The first couple of times it happened…I let it slide.  The third, fourth, and fifth time…I went to customer service to get my money back.  It was a hassle for everyone involved…another reason I don’t shop at Walmart as often. 

 Anyway, I think I’m done for now.  Basically what my thoughts are about today would be….save more money.  I’m so ready to be out of debt…we need to save more to do that.  It will happen, though.  One day…it’ll happen.  (And it will be in part because of my coupon clipping days.)


2 Responses to “Saving Money”

  1. Rebecca M. Says:

    Where do you find most of your coupons?

    • hollydoodle00 Says:

      Hi Rebecca!

      I am a member of Publix Baby Club which sends me tons of wonderful coupons that are actually items I would buy. I also get coupons from smartsource.com, BettyCrocker.com, Kraftfoods.com, and the Sunday news. These are the main places…and I just find random coupons online. If you frequent a certain restaurant…look them up online. Many times they ask you to give them your email address, and they will send tons of coupons. Are you from Birmingham? If so, I get coupons from The Fish Market, consignment shops, Ryans Restaurant. I’m always on the lookout for other coupons.

      Oh, another great place is to go to walmart.com and then click on their sample section. They will send you a sample of an item and often times it will have a coupon attached….I’ve used those several times!

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