How to Save Money on Chicken Breast + My Stock Up Price

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Chicken breasts are one of the main staples in my household. It’s one of the only foods my entire family agrees on! Finding deals on fresh chicken breast can be hard, because we rarely see coupons for fresh meat. Instead, I use a variety of tactics to save on chicken breast.

Buy in Bulk: My local Sam’s Club has chicken breast on sale for $1.88/lb everyday

Zaycon Foods: Zaycon is a provider of fresh foods at discounted prices. Essentially they set up locations throughout the US where they deliver on orders placed. You can place an order for Fresh Chicken Breast at $1.89/lb. (At least this was the price in my area!) You must order 40lbs to get this price.

Monitor Store Sales: The sales prices at my local grocery store can vary from $1.77/lb to $2.99 a lb depending on the week. I know that $1.77 is the absolute lowest price I’m going to be able to get chicken breast, so I stock up when it’s on sale at that price

Discounted Meat: Hit up your local grocery store either late at night or early in the morning! This is when they are re-stocking the meat selections and are more likely to have marked down the meat. Plus, there are less customers in the store, so you won’t have to fist fight anyone to get the discounted meat! ;)

As I mentioned before, my grocery store sometimes has chicken breast on sale for $1.77/lb that is the absolutely lowest price I’ve seen in my area, however I consider anything under $1.99 a stock-up worthy deal! Remember, prices in your areas may be different than mine, so it’s a good idea to track your local sales flyers and determine the lowest price.

 

 

Walmart Savings Catcher – How Does It Work?

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Walmart has a new program that I think you will all be excited about because it gives us just another way to save at Walmart. It’s called the Walmart Savings Catcher and it seems super simple to use. The program seems to take their ‘Price Matching Policy’ even further and looks promising!

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What you’ll want to do is take a Walmart receipt (within 7 days old) and enter the receipt number online. Once you upload the receipt, Walmart will scan the prices for those items at various local stores. If Walmart finds a lower price at any store (usually takes 2-3 days), you will get the difference on a Walmart gift card! That’s all you have to do!

Let us know if you get some big savings with this new program!

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The Easiest Way to Change the Zip Code on Coupons.com!

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How do I change the zip code on Coupons.com? 

Alrighty, here it is folks! By now we know how much some coupons like to play hide and go seek within the zip codes on Coupons.com! Now I’ve got the easiest way for you to change the zip codes on Coupons.com. If you’ve been printing coupons for a while, you’ll remember that we used to have to go into Local Settings or My Account to switch the zip codes..what a pain in the butt..especially when you were eager to print a hot coupon!

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I have a secret! The Coupon Karma printable coupon page, has the OLDER version of Coupons.com which allows you to change it right on the main page! All you have to do is go to the coupon page on my website and switch the zip code right in the box on the main page..no need to go into your My Account or Local Coupons page! From there you can scan the coupons in that zip code. Some of my favorite zip codes to use are: 77477, 90210, 45501, 12345 & 04102

20 Ways You Are Sabotaging Your Own Couponing Success

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  1. Forgetting your coupons at home – There’s nothing worse than being in the car on your to the store and realizing you forgot your coupons at home or even worse, getting to the checkout and then realizing your coupons are not with you. Do yourself a favor and put your coupons near your keys or phone, so that way you are less likely to forget them when leaving the house.
  2. Using coupons on a non-sale item – Just because you have a coupon doesn’t mean you have to use it. I see newbie couponers making this mistake often and it costs them big time! Instead of using the coupon on a non-sale item, you’ll want to wait and use the coupon when that item is on sale. The only exception to this rules is if you REALLY need an item. But if that’s the case, check out our Coupon Karma deal finder to make sure that there isn’t a sale going on anywhere else first.
  3. Making a billion trips to the store each week – I know it can be tempting to jump in your car and run to the store every time a new deal comes out! But don’t do it! Save yourself some gas and money by consolidating your trips. Try to hit up a few stores each time you go out to avoid spending too much on gas!

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Divorced Girl’s Guide to Couponing – A Modern Day Grocery Hustler!

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This is one of the promos I did for Extreme Couponing….I look like a badass, right? ;)

I first started couponing just after my divorce. I had just moved out of our family home (because I couldn’t afford it on my own) and into a two bedroom apartment in the West End of Portland. At the time, I was self employed with only 3 paying clients. To say that I was scared was an understatement, every night was spent by scheming ways to make more money. But the truth was, besides my job and my kids, I didn’t have any more FREE time to earn more, so I quickly realized, instead of making more, I need to spend less…and that’s exactly what I did.

In the weeks and months that followed, I studied coupon blogs like it was my job. I printed and clipped every coupon that came out and I went out to the stores and robbed them blind (ok, not really but it felt that way in the beginning). I quickly amassed a huge stockpile of close to $5,000 worth of food, beauty products and household cleaners. I reduced my grocery budget from $800 a month to only $150 a month. That was like getting a $650 a month raise, or a $7,000 a year raise!

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Get a Ream of 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.

Right now on ComboInk, you can save 14% off with coupon code: JULY14Your 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!

For example, you can get 8 of these ink cartridges for only $51.78 or $6.47 each!

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!

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Buy (1) Staples 8.5×11″ Multi-purpose Paper, 500 Sheets $7.99
Use $.01 with Rebate Staples Coupon
Pay $4.01 & Submit for $4.00 Staples Easy Rebate
Final Price = FREE!

 

Knock Off Pottery Barn Girls Room

Oh wow! What little girl wouldnt’ love this pink and owl themed room? Now you can re-create this room on a budget using pieces from Target & Walmart. You may even be able to find some cheaper pieces at Goodwill or Salvation Army!

Walmart:
Finley Headboard $99.99
Sauder Shoal Creek White Nightstand $69.00

Target:
Circo Love N Quilt Set $69.99
Nayeli’s Charm Oval Rug $99.99
Cocalo Baby Plush Owl $19.99
White Resin Table Lamp $38.99

Pottery Barn Kids:
Sabrina Toy Chest $99.99

Free Download:
8×8 Butterfly Wall Art

Thanks MoneySavingSisters!

FREE Printable Summer Activity List Passport!

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Many of you commented and emailed me about the Funner Summer Activity Passport I made the kids last week, and I think I figured out a way for me to share it with you!

I’ve made the sheets customizable for you to add your child’s picture and name to the front cover. Then all you have to do is print Page 1 and Page 2 on the same sheet, Page 3 & Page 4 on the same sheet cut them in half and staple them together :)

Download Funner Summer Passport

Enjoy and share this will all your mommy friends!

Walgreens Coupon Policy Has Changed – Here’s What you Need to Know!

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Bad news Wags shoppers…..Walgreens has updated their coupon policy…and it’s not so coupon friendly now! I hate to see Walgreens go that route, as I know that many of you are die hard Wags shoppers. I personally stopped couponing there a while ago, once the implemented the Balance Rewards points, I became totally disinterested in their reward programs and deals! But here we are with a new policy to try to understand…below are some of the major changes:

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The highlighted area you see above, are the changes that affect couponers dramatically:

7. Walgreens will not accept coupons that exceed the selling price of an item.

This stinks for clearance deals, sale items and inexpensive items! It means if we see a Cover Girl lipstick on clearance for $1.99, we will no longer be able to use a $2.00 coupon on it! No other store that I can think of has this policy. Some give overage (like Walmart) and others just adjust it down (like Dollar tree)!

9. For offers when multiple items are purchased and additional items are FREE (B1G1 & B2G2) the number of coupons applied to that offer cannot exceed the number of items required in the buy protion of the offer:

Up until now, we have been able to use 2 coupons on a B1G1 FREE sale, so I am very sad to see that go away. Now CVS is the only store that will still allow you to use 2 manufacturer’s coupons on a B1G1 FREE Sale.

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The new Walgreens coupon policy also goes on to say that management has the right to limit the amount of purchases of excess quantities, which is defined as “a quantity above and beyond a normal household usage“. I call BS on that..because it gives the manager the right to be a jerk based on how many items you are buying and what you are buying..which let’s be honest, is none of their business. What gives them the right to make a determination of how much of an item that my household uses?

With all of that said, I’m very sorry to have to report this news, I think we will still find the occasional good deal at Walgreens, but it won’t be like it was in the old days…pass me a tissue ;)

How to Get a Raise in One Easy Step

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I know what you are thinking, you are feeling underpaid and overworked and you stay up at night watching Shark Tank wondering how you can make more money. You’ve tried to move up in your career…you’ve asked your boss for a raise, but things aren’t moving as quickly as you’d like them to. You want more money because you want a bigger house, a new car, to take a vacation, or at the very least put food on the table. I’ve got a secret for you…you CAN give make more money…not by working more or getting a raise..but by saving money instead.

I coupon to save money, but I also coupon because it allows me to stay at home and run a blog. I don’t earn as much running a coupon blog as I would going out and getting an office job, but because I save money on coupons, it evens out.

Example: Let’s say you make $35,000 a year. Let’s take a look at some ways you can cut down your costs and save money:

  • Start using coupons & shopping sales (Avg Savings: $5,000 year)
  • Cut out cable & use Netflix, Hulu & Redbox (Avg Savings: $1000/year)
  • Start shopping at Goodwill, Salvation Army & Garage sales for kids clothing ($500/year)

I could go on about all the little ways that you can save, but you can see that I just got your a $6,500 dollar raise by showing you how to save on those 3 areas of your life!

Now, it’s your turn. How have you given yourself a raise?