3 Tips for shopping Black Friday like a Pro

Update: I just found this post and video I created a year ago! I had to re-run it..look how cute my little Finley was ;)  The good news is that the tips are still valid!

Yesterday Finley and I put together a quick little video while playing on the floor of my bedroom! :) In this video I’m sharing my top 3 Black Friday shopping tips.

#1: Bring a Friend – This is especially advantageous if you need to pick up multiple items. Bringing a friend will help you be in more than one place at once!

#2: Get there early – Consider a Thanksgiving Day brunch

#3: Know your store – I recommend visiting your store the day before to check out the layout of the store.

See all this year’s Black Friday Deals

Fed Up with Your Coupon Binder? There is another way to Organize Coupons!

Confession time: I seriously WANT to be the type of person who is a ‘coupon binder‘ type of person. These people tend to be organized and enthusiastic about clipping hundreds of coupons, sorting and fitting them into their perfectly cute binders. Although I have in the past attempted to be a ‘coupon binder’ person…I seriously suck at it! I just don’t have the patience!

I have 2 of these filing cabinets (bought at Target) for my coupon inserts

So, I’m going to share with you my method of coupon organization, which is called the “Clipless Method”! Yes, you heard right…I said clipless! I don’t clip a coupon until I absolutely need it and it has saved me sooo much time!

1. Each week I get anywhere from 10 -20 coupon inserts. The first thing I do is write the date on the front cover, then I file each of them away in my filing cabinet by Date & Coupon insert type.

2. I have a folder for each month of the year and inside those folders I have separate ones for Redplum, SmartSource, P&G, & Miscellaneous.

3. Each week, as I’m prepping my shopping list I refer to my coupon database to find out where to get my coupons. For example, let’s say I was looking at the Rite Aid Flyer and saw that Pantene was on sale. I’d go to my coupon database, search for Pantene and then it would tell me that the Pantene coupons were in the 6/3 P&G Insert. I’d then go to my file cabinet, pull out my P&G folder for June and voila, find the coupon, clip it and paper clip it to my list.

Pretty simple, right? But before you get too excited there is a downfall to this method. When I go to the store, I ONLY have the coupons attached to my shopping list & a small expandable folder with the printable coupons. Which means if I find something on clearance, there is a good chance my coupon for the item is sitting at home in my filing cabinet.

BUT, this is the price I’m willing to pay to NOT have to clip and reclip and stuff coupons into a binder!

Do you have a unique way of organizing your coupons? Share it with us!

3 Quick Tips on How to Start Living More Frugally

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If you are struggling every month to make ends meet and you do not know how you are going
to be able to pay for food, bills, and any other debts you have, then you are in need of some
good advice on how to start living frugally. It doesn’t take much to start with simple changes,
so hopefully these three simple tips will help get you started on the right foot.

Walk more, or use public transportation (but only when really necessary.) Do you
really need a car to get to where you need to go? If you have to go somewhere close to
your home or even close to work, then you can easily walk or ride a bike, and, for longer
journeys, you can use public transportation. Or how about carpooling? Besides saving
yourself some costly gas money, you will help the environment by reducing pollution too.
Not to mention that walking, jogging, or even riding a bike are great ways to exercise!
Therefore, you could even reduce your costs by not buying a gym membership, which is
also a great way to save even more money!

Do things on your own. Why go to the hairdresser’s when you can cut your own hair,
or ask a family member or friend to do it for you? I have a friend that has a certificate
in Cosmetology, and she will cut and color my hair for free! I know from time to time
places like JCPenney will even offer monthly specials where your kids can get their hair
cuts for free on Sundays. So keep your eyes open for deals like that. Why buy expensive
microwave food or go out to eat at restaurants when there are so many healthy meals you
can cook yourself with next to nothing ingredients? Not only that, you can buy most of
the items you need cheaper when you learn how to coupon. I’m sure you can find several
FREE kindle books on do-it-yourself projects, frugal recipes, or perhaps you may know
friends and family who can help you out with a specific project when you need help.

Plan ahead. You can make a 30-day spending plan and you will see how much it will
help you save money! Even just creating a shopping list before you go shopping for will
go a long way. Just remember to stick with your list! If you’re not big on couponing or if
you’re still learning, you could start slow by price matching ads at Walmart. It will save
you from making multiple trips, and you’ll still take advantage of a good store deal. It is
also important not to go shopping when you are hungry, because you will feel the impulse
to buy lots of things you do not really need. Do your research ahead and look for online
deals, shopping with coupons, etc.

These are only a few simple tips, but, simple as they are, they can help you start living
frugally today.

Do You Know this Google Email Trick?

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I’m not sure how many of you use Gmail for your primary email address, but if you do, I’ve got a little trick for you!

Many times when we are signing up for freebies or to get access to coupons, we need to use our email address. And sometimes, for whatever reason, it’s handy to have more than one email address….especially if you are trying to get access to a limited coupon and it’s telling you that your email doesn’t match the password, so you have to start over with a new account. OR maybe you want to find out if companies are selling your email address as part of an email list.

Well here’s a trick that all of you gmail users can do:

Did you know that you can add a “+” sign to your email and then an identifier and it will be recognized as a completely new email address, YET Google is sophisticated enough to know that it’s still your email address and send you any email that comes to it?

For example, let’s say I was signing up for a FREE Garnier coupon, but I also wanted to figure out if they were going to spam me in return.

My normal email address: chrystiecorns@gmail.com but, I could use this to sign up for the coupon: chrystiecorns+garnier@gmail.com

Google would still recognize that it was MY email address and send any correspondence to chrystiecorns@gmail.com. Cool, right?

 

 

Get a Printer Paper for only $.01 at Staples + Where I buy cheap Printer Ink

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I often get asked how to save on printer ink and paper…because, let’s face it…couponers print a lot of coupons! :) I ALWAYS buy my printer ink on ComboInk, because I can get a generic ink for my printer at a FRACTION of the cost that I would spend at an office supply store.

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Right now on ComboInk, you can get 13% off + a FREE Magnet with each order. Your best bet is going to be to go with a combo pack which scores you multiple ink cartridges for way cheaper than the individual cartridges!

As for paper, I always take advantage of Staples Rewards & Rebates to get FREE & Cheap paper. This week you can get a  ream of paper for only a penny after Rebate!

Staples Coupons_ Coupon Codes & Printable Coupons | Staples.com®

Staples deal 11/2 – 11/8:

Buy (1) Staples 8.5×11″ Multi-purpose Paper, 500 Sheets $7.79
Use $.01 with Rebate Staples Coupon
Pay $4.78 & Submit for $4.79 Staples Easy Rebate
Final Price = $.01

 

What’s the Difference Between a Keurig & Keurig 2.0 Coffee Brewer?

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Holiday season is just around the corner and I know Keurig Coffee Brewers are always hot on everyone’s shopping list. This year you will have the option of getting a Keurig Brewer or a Keurig 2.0 Brewer. To help you make a better buying decision, I thought I’d put together a blog post about the differences between the two machines.

Keurig 2.0 Brewer:

  • Keurig 2.0 Brewers can brew either a single cup of coffee, or a full carafe of coffee (great for when you have guests over!)
  • Keurig 2.0 automatically senses the brewing container (cup or carafe) and delivers the appropriate amount of coffee
  • The Keurig 2.0 Brewer will only work with Keurig K-Cups  – This is very important. Keurig K-cups are the only K-cups to have the sensor that is required for the Keurig 2.0. But don’t worry, most companies are working on getting their K-cups compatible!
  • Due to the sensing technology, you will not be able to use a reusable K-cup (such as this) with the Keurig 2.0

Traditional Keurig Brewer:

  • Traditional Keurig Brewers are designed to brew a single cup of coffee
  • Traditional Keurig Brewers work with all K-cup and Single Cups varieties
  • You are able to use a reusable K-cup filter with traditional Keurig Brewers

So as you can see, the main point of difference between the Keurig and Keurig 2.0 is the fact that the 2.0 can brew either a single cup or a carafe. The other two points of difference have to due with the convenience of using all types of K-Cups and accessories. The Keurig 2.0 has more limitations on these than the traditional Keurig Brewer.

I hope that this blog post has answered your questions about the two brewers and helped you decided whether you should get a Keurig or Keurig 2.0 brewer.

Below you will find links to the Keurig 2.0 brewer at Kohl’s, Target & Walmart. I would check all 3 links periodically as the price will change often!

Keurig 2.0 Deals for 2014

(Prices subject to change frequently!)

Looking for Something to Do this Weekend? Halloween Recipes, Crafts & Decorating Ideas!

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I don’t know about you..but this weekend, I’m decorating for Halloween! I’m going to start with some mums and pumpkins on my front porch and then maybe I’ll have enough energy to do the inside :) I bought a bunch of spray paint yesterday and I’m hoping to do some fun designs with the pumpkins!

If you are looking for something to do, check out these recipes, crafts and decorating tips from the Money Saving Sisters website:

Recipes: (Click on the image to see the full recipe)

DIY Projects: (Click on the image to see the full recipe)

The Husband’s Guide to Stockpiling ….

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Hi there!

My name is Chrystie and I’m one of the coupon bloggers that your wife follows on Facebook, Twitter and maybe even Pinterest. I’m also the reason, she’s been shopping so much! So let me guess…you think your wife has lost her mind because she’s got more shampoo than she’s got hair, a whole closet full of kandoo wipes (and you don’t even have a baby yet) and you are starting to wonder if there’s an upcoming zombie apocalypse because of all the Yakisoba noodles she’s bought lately! Understandably, this can be a little disturbing to those of you who don’t know the thrill of couponing.

Now before you go and check to see if Hoarders is casting, I wanted to let you know that she’s got a plan, a method to all this couponing madness so to speak and I wanted to break it down for you right here and right now…it’s called stockpiling.

I know what you are thinking…who needs 20 boxes of Pasta? Ahem..you do..and here’s why: (P.S. were about to get all sorts of mathematical on you right now, so if math isn’t your strong suit, bust out your calculator and follow along)

Let’s say you and your honey eat Pasta for two meals a week, and each meal uses 1 box of Pasta. Let’s also say that a box of pasta normally costs $1.29, but this week it’s on sale for $1.00 and better than that, your wifey has got coupons for $.75/2 making it only $.25 cents a box! She runs out and buys 20 boxes of pasta with her coupons and it costs her $5.00! She just saved you over $20. Now imagine she stocks up on every item you use in the house the same way…by golly, it’s savings all over the place. And you know what….that just means more money in your beer fund!

So pat your wife on the ass, give her a nice wet kiss and thank her for saving you all sorts of money!

How to Shop at Whole foods Without Spending Your Whole Paycheck!

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Let’s face it…you want to eat healthy, you want to eat organic and Whole Foods is like the mecca of all things healthy and organic…but it’s also known for being super expensive, hence the nickname Whole Paycheck. The good news is that you CAN save some money at Whole Foods with a little prep and organization…I’m about to drop some major money saving knowledge on your Whole Foods shopping habits!

1. Use coupons – Yes, Whole Foods accepts manufacturer’s coupons. Did you know that? Each week, I put together the best Whole foods couponing sales on the blog. You can check it out right here. As a matter of fact, you can even make a printable shopping list! Some of the best places to find organic/health food coupons are Coupons.com, Mambo Sprouts & Common Kindness

2. Use even more coupons – Did you know that Whole Foods has their own set of coupons? Yup! Head right over to the Whole Foods website and print off these coupons!

3. Use even more coupons (last one I promise!) - I know you are probably sick of hearing about couponing at Whole Foods, but there are a couple of mobile couponing apps that can help you save money. Bust our your smartphone and download, Ibotta, Checkout 51 & Snap by Groupon to save on stuff like milk, eggs, yogurt and other healthy stuff!

4. Create a weekly menu around Whole Food sales – Before going out to Whole foods, take a look at the sales flyer and their Sure Deals and create a menu around the items that are on sale. If free-range chicken is on sale, plan a few meals around that item. If your favorite salmon is NOT on sale, sorry…your taste buds will have to wait until the price comes down! P.S. You may not know this…but Whole food already does this for you!

5. Eat What’s in Season – One of the easiest ways to save money on fresh produce is to shop according to what’s in season. When an item is in season, this is when you can find it at it’s cheapest, because the supply is plentiful. For example, you should have no problem finding a good deal on cobs of corn in the summer, but come wintertime, you’ll be paying 2-3x the amount for the same item because it’s no longer in season. This site has some great seasonal produce calendars!

6. Shop the 1 day sales – Every so often, Whole Foods will have a one day sale on an item and offer it at a GREAT discount! I’ve seen these sales happen on everything from whole chickens to strawberries! Follow them on Facebook or read their blog to find out about these events! Remember, when prices are low you will want to buy in bulk!

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I hope I’ve given you some new ways to save at Whole Foods and if I missed any tips, please let me know in the comments! I love reader feedback! Also, if you liked this post or know someone who could use it, please share it on social media! :)

How to Find the Best Home Heating Oil Prices in Maine!

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As a fellow Mainer, it’s my job to help you save money on not only groceries, but also on anything you buy! Home heating oil is one of those items where prices can vary by company and by time of the year. I wanted to give you a little tip on finding the BEST current price of oil in your local Maine area.

Oil Prices

How to find the best oil prices in Maine:

  1. Visit MaineOil.com
  2. Select your geographic location (Ex. mine is Greater Portland)
  3. Call & order oil

As you can see in the chart that prices can vary by $.12 cents which certainly adds up when you are buying 100-200 gallons at a time!

If you found this article helpful, I would certainly appreciate it if you shared it with your friends!

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