Getting more for less – every one likes that

my friend used to say I was the “least likely to pay retail” and she was right. I have always looked for the best deals. I was a “hobby” in the past but it makes a big difference know that I am unemployed.

I try and post and link all the savings sites I find for others to use. I am not sure about those friends of mine that don’t take advantage 😦

I was shopping at Big Lots (aka Pic N Sav) before it was “cool” & joined the Buzz club, if you shop there I hope you have joined. After 10 visits where you spend 20 or more you get 20% your next WHOLE order. I always go big when I get my coupon and stock up.

I was using the first internet points websites when they first came out, I can’t count how many FREE GC for Gas, Food, Gifts I have gotten over the years.

I have always shopped at Target and signed up for the RED Card DEBIT not credit card. If you haven’t what are you waiting for??? 5% off your entire shopping bill, HELLO!! Plus they take both Target and Manufacture coupons. No brainer people.

The Entertainment Book is a great value, it allows you to try new places for less money to see if you want to go back or not, plus all the other discounts for groceries and movies and such.

Restaurant.com don’t leave home without checking for your deal!

As I find them I will list them. I like to share the savings 🙂

Ebates….I use this one for cash back or Mypoints for points depending on which gives me the best deal 🙂

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Coupon ROI (return on investment)

I am not sure if any of you have seen “extreme couponing”, while it is all good, my husband REFUSES to build me a store in my garage… 😦 hee hee, acutally, unless there is an acopolypse real soon I don’t see the reason to have 100’s of deordants and hand soaps.)

I do however, as you know, loooove my coupons, so here goes….Coupons are sold on ebay…this is good but you have to make sure you are going to use them before the expiration date and it is something you tend to get on EVERY or almost every shopping trip.

Example, there was a sale for (5 coupons) $8 off dog food, now this is a good deal, but the bidding was up to $30 (savings is $40) plus shipping plus you had to be willing to buy 5 bags within 6 weeks, not really a good deal for me.

Example, we buy cans and 2 lites of pop everytime we go to the store, so …. I got (10 coupons) $1 off (2) 12 packs of coke products (3 months to use them) – I paid $1.75 with shipping, when I went to the store they were having a sale 3 12packs for $11, the 2liters were WAY high, so I skipped the liters and got 6 12 packs for $22 and used (2) $1.00 coupons, so I am already ahead .25.

I went to Target the other day and they have the same sale so I picked up 3 12packs for 11 then used 1 coupon – so now I am ahead 1.25, and this will continue… I will end up saving $8.25… my ROI (return on investment) was the first time I used them, and I don’t have to buy a bunch at one time to take advantage of the rest of my savings.

I always look at the complete amount of the coupons ($10) – price + shipping (-$1.75) = $8.25 total savings / how much time I have to use them (3 months).

$83.33 grocery bills ends up at $48.71

So here goes my peeps, just an example of sales & coupons working together to save you money!

First off you can’t shop without a “Card” so the “card discount” $15.39 so my “real” starting number is $67.94 so I saved an additional $19.25 in coupons, PLUS I received a $5.00 Ralphs Card for another shopping trip!

My two major deals were the following:

Coke Deal – (2) 12packs for $10 or (4) 12 packs for $11 with coupon so I had that coupon $5.25 PLUS (2) $1 off 2 12 packs so I got a total of $7.25 off of (4) 12 packs, in other words I got (4) 12 packs for $9 = $2.25 a 12 pack 🙂
Kellog Cereal Deal – 4 boxes of Cereal for $12 PLUS get a $5 Ralphs Card + I had coupons for the 4 boxes I got. 4 boxes $12 less – 4 (2 @ .45) (2 @ .75) PLUS Ralphs bonus 4 (2 @ .55) (2 @ .25) $4.00 In orther words I got 4 boxes of Ceral for $8.00 = $2 EACH 🙂 PLUS a $5 Ralphs Card for another shopping trip 🙂

Dining out on a budget

You can continue to Dine Out while keeping to a budget. Pre2008 we ate out a lot (mostly because I can’t cook 😉 I still can’t cook 🙂 and we still dine out, just in a different way.

We used to regularly go to restaurants like Lone Star, Outback, PF Changs, El Torito, now we go to Chipotle, Wahoo’s, Baja Fresh, Pei Wei.

We still go to restaurants like Lone Star, Outback, PF Changs, but we go when we have coupons. Coupons are your best friend and so is The Entertainment Book and Restaurant.Com.

Restaurant.com advertises $25.00 GC for $10.00, but if you sign up you will get emails from them so you can buy a $25.00 for as low as $2.00. I have done this lots of times. Check it out! Also they never expire and if a place closes before you use it you can exchange it.

You will find you have to spend a little money sometimes to save a lot of money of the long haul.

Coupons explained…great for stretching your budget

Sorry for being gone for a while, I tried, but deals keep coming up so here I am again 🙂

I am not sure if any of you have seen “extreme couponing”, while it is all good, my husband REFUSES to build me a store in my garage… 😦  hee hee, acutally, unless there is an acopolypse real soon I don’t see the reason to have 100’s of deordants and hand soaps.

I do however, as you know, loooove my coupons, so here goes….Coupons are sold on ebay…this is good but you have to make sure you are going to use them before the expiration date and it is something you tend to get on EVERY or almost every shopping trip.

Example, there was a sale for (5 coupons) $8 off dog food, now this is a good deal, but the bidding was up to $30 (savings is $40) plus shipping plus you had to be willing to buy 5 bags within 6 weeks, not really a good deal for me.

Example, we buy cans and 2 lites of pop everytime we go to the store, so …. I got (10 coupons) $1 off (2) 12 packs of coke products (3 months to use them) – I paid $1.75 with shipping, when I went to the store they were having a sale 3 12packs for $11, the 2liters were WAY high, so I skipped the liters and got 6 12 packs for $22 and used (2) $1.00 coupons, so I am already ahead .25.

I went to Target the other day and they have the same sale so I picked up 3 12packs for 11 then used 1 coupon – so now I am ahead 1.25, and this will continue… I will end up saving $8.25… my ROI (return on investment) was the first time I used them, and I don’t have to buy a bunch at one time to take advantage of the rest of my savings.

I always look at the complete amount of the coupons ($10) –  price + shipping (-$1.75) = $8.25 total savings / how much time I have to use them (3 months).

Target Takes Coupons

Ok my peeps 🙂 Not only does Target take manufactures coupons, but they will accept 1 manuafacture and 1 Target coupon for the same item. Double Savings whammy!

Not only that, we went there for something ComPletely different (as usual) and happened to need milk, so I grabbed the milk then we noticed the prices on ceral and so on, there prices are as good as or better then the grocery store, PLUS I had my coupons with me (Couponizer boYah) so we got a whole lot of stuff for not a whole lotta cash!

So if you have manufacture coupons and target coupons go shop there, great deals!