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


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!


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 ….


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!


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!


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!

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Using the Ibotta Mobile App at Target – A Beginner’s Guide


Target shoppers! It’s time to add another couponing tool to your shopping belt and it’s called Ibotta! Ibotta is an easy-to-use couponing app available for iPhone & Android that you can use at Target to save even more money! And the best part is that you don’t even need to clip or print any coupons for this one!

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How to use the Ibotta App at Target:

    • Download or Open up the Ibotta app in your Apple or Android Device
    • Navigate to the Target Coupons [Listed under Grocery] – you should see a variety of offers available to Target customers
    • Select the offers you would like to take advantage of and complete the activities associated with them. This may be anything from watching a video, answering a question or learning a quick fact.
    • Once you have completed the activities, you will be eligible to take advantage of that offer at Target (or any other participating Ibotta retailer)
    • Purchase the item at Target (YES, you may also use manufacturer, store & Cartwheel coupons in-store on these items)
    • Once you purchase the item(s), all you have to do is upload a photo of the receipt proving that you made the purchase to the Ibotta Mobile App and the money will be deposited into your Ibotta account. Once you have earned at least $5.00 in your account, you can request a payout via Paypal or in gift cards.


Why is Ibotta cool?
Ibotta is a little different from other coupons because the savings do NOT come off at the checkout, instead they are deposited to your account AFTER the transaction is complete and the receipt has been uploaded. You do not need to even have your Ibotta app in-store with you when you make the purchase!

FAQ about using Ibotta at Target:

  • Each Ibotta Coupon can only be redeemed once
  • Ibotta coupons CAN be stacked with Manufacturer’s coupons & Target store coupons & Cartwheel coupons
  • For a full chart of stacking coupons at Target, see this Coupon Stacking Cheat Sheet

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Do You See Anything Wrong with these Walmart Price Tags?


I was shopping at Walmart last week and wanted to pick up some GoGo Squeeze pouches for the kids’ school lunches. When I was looking at the prices, I had to do a double triple take..and some quick math? What I found was the 4 packs of GoGo Squeeze Pouches were $1.98 and the 12 packs were $6.98. Um..excuse me? That means it’s cheaper for me to buy (3) 4ct boxes of GoGo Squeeze Packs than it is to buy a 12 pack.

This just goes to prove that you ALWAYS need to check your unit prices. We are trained to think that if we buy a bigger package, we are getting a better price..but that is not always the case! The per unit price on the 4ct is $0.155 cents and the per unit price on the 12ct is $.182 cents!

Thankfully, I was paying attention and grabbed the 4ct boxes instead!

How to Split bills with your Live-in Boyfriend (Without Splitting Up)


You did it! You took a leap of faith and moved in with your boyfriend. Not only are you going to have to learn to live with each other, chores and all, but you are inevitably going to have to learn to share bills, unless you have a sugar daddy, in which case..I’d like to know…does he has a brother? ;)

Discussing finances can be an uncomfortable conversation, because you will have to find a way to work out the bills that does not cause stress or contribute to the demise of the relationship. Remember, moving in together is a great thing..lets keep it that way. Below you will find 4 tips to splitting the bills in a fair and diplomatic way.

1. Split the bills down the middle:
Some couples find it easier to split all of the bills right down the middle. This type of arrangement works best for couples who’s incomes are roughly the same and don’t have a whole lot of individual credit card or student loan debt.

2. Pick & Choose Which Bills to Pay:
Some couples also prefer to divvy up the bills individually. For example, they may split the rent and then one partner takes the electricity bill and water bill , while the other takes the cable bill. This gives each partner some individual responsibility in paying the bills.

3. Split the bills based on percentage:
If there is a significant difference in the amount each person makes, it may make sense to divide the bills based on the percentage of income. For example, if one person makes 75,000 and the other makes $50,000 then the person with the high income will be response for 60% of the bills while the other would be responsible for 40% of the bills.

4. One person pays all the bills, other person contributes to savings:
One other arrangement, which isn’t as popular….is to have one person pay all the bills and the other person contributes to some sort of joint savings account where the monies are set aside for future plans, such as a wedding, or a downpayment on a house, etc.

Regardless of how you choose to pay the bills. The arrangement needs to be fair and flexible. Money is one of the biggest stresses and causes of arguments in most relationships, so the more you can discuss and work out the bills, the less stress it will put on your relationship.

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Did I miss any? I’d love to hear how you and your boyfriend share/split the bills.

*NEW* Groupon Snap Mobile Couponing App – Like Ibotta!


Woohoo! Good news, there’s a new couponing app to learn about! Groupon just released a new way to save at the grocery store, it’s a mobile app called Groupon Snap and it works just like Ibotta & Checkout 51! The app has a selection of offers that can be redeemed AFTER you make the purchase. Once you make the purchase, upload a picture of your receipt to the app to receive a rebate for the amount. Once you have accumulated $20 in your Snap account, they’ll send you a check for $20!

How does it work:
1. Download Snap by Groupon (iPhone or Google Play)
2. Search through the coupon offers
3. Purchase item at ANY store
4. Upload your receipt to the Snap app
5. Money is deposited into your account
6. Once you have at least $20, you can request a payout.


I got a total of 31 offers in my app including:

There are so many GREAT coupons! I am in heaven! You can sign up here

How To Get Free Books for Your Kindle – 2014


Owning a Kindle is like owning a little slice of heaven right? You cozy up in a coffee shop, or at the beach and voila, you are transported to a fictional world of make-believe. It really is a wondrous thing. You love your Kindle, but I bet you wish there was a way to download FREE Kindle Books. Well luckily for you…there are several ways that you can get FREE books!

1. Amazon – Believe it or not, Amazon has a whole slew of FREE Kindle books on it’s website. You can find them by searching “Free Kindle Books” in the Amazon Search or by following some of the blogs that list Kindle Books, like FreeBooksy.

2. BookBubBookBub is a service that emails you each day with a list of FREE  and cheap Kindle Books that are available. I would definitely recommend signing up for this service if you don’t have time to sift the internet for free book deals.

3. Your Local Library – If you haven’t stepped into a library in the last decade or so, you may be surprised to find out that many of them offer e-book lending now. Here’s a list of libraries that offer e-book lending.

4. OpenLibraryOpenLibrary is a website that allows you to rent up to 5 titles for 2 weeks. You have the option to borrow the book in a PDF or ePub format, both of which can be read on your Kindle.

5. AudibleAudible is an Amazon company that specializes in audio books. By signing up for a FREE 30 day membership you can receive 1 FREE Audiobook to use with your Kindle, iPad or iPhone.

If I missed any places to get FREE e-books, then please leave me a comment. I love learning about new places to get FREE Kindle Books!