Oct 28, 2011
Campbell's Tomato Soup - Retail $1.49 (x4)
On sale with Store Coupon for 39cents (limit 4)
Campbell's Cream of Mushroom Soup - Retail $1.49 (x8)
On sale for 69cents
40cents/4 MC (x2)
Nabisco Wheat Thins - Retail $2.99 (x5)
On sale for $1.77
$1/1 MC (x5)
Old Orchard Cranberry Juice - Retail $2.99 (x2)
On sale for $1.88
$1/1 MC (x2)
Total Retail: $38.81
Total Paid: $11.40
Total Saved: $27.41 or 70%!
Don't ask me how - Because I really don't understand it.. But I'm looking at my receipt and my tax was a NEG 9cents. IDK how I made money with tax, but I did! Odd right? None of the items were taxable, seeing how they were food right? I don't know.. I don't get it.. But I'm not asking questions.. I'm taking the 9 cents and I'm RUNNING!
SO.. I'm not sure what else to put here about couponing.. Please! Ask me questions! Everyone is always asking me to TEACH THEM TEACH THEM! Well here's your chance to ask me anything and I will try my best to awnser!!
Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup
1 whole fryer chicken
4-5 ribs celery, finely diced
4-5 carrots, finely diced
1 large onion, finely diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
2 Tb lemon juice
1 whole egg
3 egg yolks
3 c flour
1 Tb salt
1-4 Tb water
Sautee the celery, onions, carrots, and garlic in large stock pot with olive oil on medium heat until translucent. Remove and set aside. Turn up the heat to medium-high and add the chicken. Allow to brown on all sides. Remove the chicken and deglase the stock pot with the lemon juice. Then add the veggies and chicken back to the pot. Fill with enough water to cover the chicken at least 3/4 of the way. Cover with lid and allow to simmer on med-high for at least 1 hour. You may need to flip it over a few times to make sure it is cooking evenly. It's also helpful to skim the fat and foam off the top occasionally that is relased from the chicken while cooking.
Mean while - For the noodles - Beat eggs and 1TB of the water together. Sift flour and salt together. Form a mound of flour on the clean counter and press a well in the center of it. Add egg mixture and slowly incorperate flour into it. May need to add more water to get to a smooth consistancy. Dough should not be too dry, but should not be sticky either. Knead until smooth. Divide into two and wrap in pastic wrap and allow to chill.
Once chicken is fully cooked removed from broth. Pick all the chicken meat from the bone and cut into bite sized chunks. Bring broth back up to a boil. Roll out noodle until 1/8in thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut into strips. Place into boiling stock. Return chicken to pot. Noodles are done once they float!
Oct 20, 2011
Pork Barbacoa - Asian Style
1 can Coke (NOT diet)
1/4 c Brown Sugar
2 Tbs Soy Sauce
2 tsp garlic powser
2 tsp garlic salt
Rub the roast in salt and pepper. In a bowl mix the coke, sugar, and
seasonings. Place pork in large zip lock back and pour marinade in. Allow to sit
Next day put it all into a slow cooker and cook on high for 4 hours, or low
for 8 hours. Once pork is cooked pull apart using 2 fork. Then combine:
1 cup Sweet Chili Sauce
1 cup Coke
1/4 c Brown sugar
Pour into shredded pork and cook for additional 1-2 hours on low.
Now with this I also made a Cilantro Ranch Sauce. The Cafe Rio one has this whole Tomatillo cilantro sauce thing that I just didn't have the time for.. lol
Cilantro Ranch Sauce
1 cup Sour Cream
1 pkg Ranch dip mix
2 Tb minched cilantro
2Tb - 1/4c Milk
Mix all ingredients and gradually add milk until thinned down to your liking
Oct 17, 2011
8 Dove Shampoo/Conditioners @ $4.99/each ($39.92)
4 Buy One Get One Free Dove Coupons worth $4.99/each ($19.96)
Total +tax = $22.05
Plus got 2 $5 gift cards
4 Dove Shampoo/Conditioners @ $4.99/each ($19.96)
2 Buy One Get One Free Dove Coupons woth $4.99/each ($9.98)
Total +tax = $9.98
Plus got 1 $5 gift card
8 Pantine Hair Care Products @ 3.50/each ($28)
4 $3/2 Pantine Products ($12)
Total + tax = $17.96 - $10 Gift Card
8 Pantine Hair Care Products @ 3.50/each ($28)
4 $3/2 Pantine Products ($12)
Total + tax = $17.96 - $5 Gift Card
2 $3/2 Pantine Products ($6)
Total + tax = $8.98
Oct 13, 2011
Overage of 61cents/each
2 Eyeliners @ $5.99/each
Paid: $5.92! (Averaging 74cents/each)
Sale Price $3.33 (26.64)
-$3.33 Rebate for buying coke zero
Oct 3, 2011
Target had their Bayer Advanced Aspirin on sale for $2.99.
I had a $2/1 Manufacturers Coupon (MC)
AND a $1/1 Target Coupon. (TC)
SO, yes! The Aspirin was FREE! Not only FREE but I made a penny off each one! Now I only had enough target coupons to get 3. I had one extra MC so bought one for 99cents. Still not a bad deal for an 80ct bottle of aspirin!
This is an EXCELLENT example of doubling your savings using both a Store Coupon and a Manufacturers Coupon. Out here I have Fareway, Hyvee, and Food Pride for grocery stores. Hyvee usually does a few store coupons, but usually limits 1 per transaction.. which can cause issues. Target is an AWESOME store for store coupons and even has Mobile Coupons. I don't know much about these because, well, I don't have an awesome phone... lol. There's also KMart and on a few occasions Walmart. Most stores allow you to use both, but make sure to get a copy of your stores Coupon policy to make sure they allow!
Another good thing to check is to see if they actually allow 'overage'. That's when your coupon total exceeds the actual cost of the item and you 'make money'. Some stores will allow it to go against your total, and if your total is negative they will give it to you in cash or store gift card. Some will allow it to go to your total, but will zero it out if your total is negative. Other stores will give you no overage and will adjust the price for the item to be free, but this is it.
Now, with my binder, I keep all my 'Specific Store' coupons in their own category. I usually will go thru the store coupons and find match-ups with my MC's and put a post-it note on the sleeve to remind me I have an MC for the same item. That way when I'm making my walks down the aisles I can see right away, without having to flip around and around.
Sep 30, 2011
So, have you checked out TLC's show 'Extreme Couponing' ? This show is what got my couponing kicked into high gear. I started couponing The Krazy Coupon Lady is a great website. She's also been on the show. On her site she has a section for 'beginners'. There she has a tutorial about the Couponing Binder.
The binder is the heart of it all. My binder currently is a 3in trapper keeper. It has 41 sections and currently weighs 9lbs. I use the baseball sheets to store my coupons. In my binder I also carry the Coupon Store Policy for all of my local stores. I also have a notebook for keeping track of my sales and a calculater to help me find unit prices quicker. KLC also has a nice chart of prices of various items - When you should buy a 3mo supply or 6mo supply. Now I rarely get to some of the prices she has. Many stores no longer double coupon.
SO basically we get as many sets of the coupons on Sunday as we can. Here there is a gas station that will give you a free paper if you buy $20 worth of gas on Sunday. So I usually get $20 on my way to work and on my way home. My mom does the same so that there is 4 sets. I work at a casino that has a hotel so I take the coupons from there 5 Sunday papers. My mom works at a hospital so she does the same thing. We usually end up with 10-15 sets of coupons. I also have a few girls here that 'swap' coupons and a few other people that know that I coupon who will give me their coupons. You can also print coupons on line. Red Plum Coupons.com Smart Source are just a few. We clip every single coupon. Then we divide them up by their catergories and put them in the sleeves. We try to go thru the binder once a week and get all the expired ones out.
Now as I said we clip EVERY coupon. Now right off the bat there are coupon we don't need - Pet supplies, men's hygine, old people stuff, ext. These coupons, along with my expired coupons get sent overseas to the military. Families with military members overseas can use coupons up to 6mo after their expiration date. Coupons For Military Here KCL's info on that. We have actually receieved a thank you letter from a family in Germany for our coupons. It's pretty cool.
OK! So now you have the binder. Now you have to find 'Match-ups'. The trick to couponing is only using your coupons for Sale priced items. This will double your savings. If your store doubles coupons then even better! There are many websites that will find the match-ups for you. Some sites you can even pay and subscribe to like The Coupon Game. I don't use any of the pay-for websites. I usually use, again KCL's matchups. She lives in Southern Utah so some of her match ups don't work for me out here in Iowa. You can always google and find websites as well. I usually just wait for the sale ads to come in the mail then sit down and go thru each item that is on sale and find it in my binder. I make a list in my notebook and compare different stores and make my shopping list. Some people will then remove the coupons from the binder and take only what they will need. I don't.
Each and everytime I go shopping I take my binder. I walk up and down EVERY item and compare every sale or clearence item to my binder. Remember that most items go on sale every 3-6mo so the trick is to stock up on items when you can get them cheap, until they go on sale again. Great things to look for are Buy One Get One Free sales. You can then use 1 coupon for each item, even tho the 2nd item is free. Your now getting double the savings. Also if you have a BOGOF coupon for an item that is on sale BOGOF your now getting 4 items for the price of 1. KCL's info on BOGO savings
SO... that's the basics. Again KCL has an amazing website and there are zillions of other websites to check out. I could sit here and talk all day about coupons.. lol it's sad! I hope that helps and good luck!