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Coupon Crissy Saves On Frozen Foods

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 11:59 am
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During one of my recent grocery shopping trips, I used coupons to save on frozen foods. Stocking up on frozen foods is a great way to save time and money. For example, buying frozen pizzas can cost as little as $2 with coupons, opposed to the minimum of $10 it costs to order a pizza. Not to mention the convenience of frozen pizzas! I love to keep a few extras in my freezer for those days when I get home from work and am just too tired to cook or pick something up.Another thing I stocked up on this week was frozen veggies. With coupons, I’m able to stock up on frozen veggies for almost nothing! Plus, did you know that producers freeze vegetables at their peak of ripeness? Fresh veggies are usually picked far before they’ve reached this point. That means that when you buy frozen veggies, you’re getting more flavor along with the added convenience and affordability! Or you can trade for fresh produce!

Here is my list of frozen grocery purchases from this shopping trip:

  • 2 Freshetta Frozen Pizzas – $2.00 each
  • 2 Digiorno Frozen Pizzas – $2.00 each
  • 2 Chicken Pot Pies – $0.20 each
  • 2 Sweet Potato Fries – $1.25 for both
  • 2 Fries – $1.25 for both
  • 2 Ice-cream – $2.00 each
  • 2 Hot dogs – $0.50 each
  • 10 frozen Veggies – $1.00 each
  • 15 frozen dinners – $0.20 each

 

Total: $82.12

I Paid: $28.90

Savings: 65%

These are the kind of shopping trips that make having an extra freezer really pay off! Happy couponing everyone!

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Coupon Crissy Stocks Up For Holiday Entertaining

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 11:48 am
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Hello Couponers!This is my favorite time of year! I love to entertain and I LOVE the holidays.  I used to stress about the financial burden of the holidays until I started couponing and planning my budget.  Now the holidays are fun and stress free!  I shop all year long for my gifts and start stocking up on food early so that the costs of both don’t hit me at the same time.

Over the past few weeks, I have been working on stocking up for holiday entertaining.  Once the holidays roll around, I know that I’ll be taking dishes to other people’s houses and hosting friends and family for a weekend here and there.

All of the holiday essentials usually go on sale right about now so I grab them while the deals are hot.  As always, I make sure to buy my fresh produce as well!

On a side note, it is my family’s tradition to make a weekend out of Christmas. One night we’ll make the traditional Christmas dinner and the other night we’ll cook a cultural meal.  We choose a different culture every year, and this year we’re celebrating with a Greek feast (which explains all of the Tabouli).  I love Greek food!

Here you can take a peek at my latest score!  I always like to show you guys the items I pick up, some of which I nab for free and some for 30% off. Either way, you can get the big picture of my savings by checking out my balanced holiday shopping list:

  • 12 Top Ramen
  • 20 Eggs
  • Jicama
  • 4 Avocados
  • 2 Bunches of Parsley
  • 4 Cucumbers
  • 6 Tomatoes
  • 2 Bottles of Martinellis
  • 9 Boxes Tabouli
  • 3 Kikomon Sweet and Sour Sauce
  • 2 Boxes Tampaxs Pearl
  • Lee Kum Kee black bean sauce
  • 2 Lipton Onion Soup
  • 2 Zatarains Spanish rice
  • Celery
  • Cuties
  • 2 Tofu
  • 2 Lawry’s seasoning packs
  • 1 Emeril’s Chicken Rub
  • 8 Idahoan Potatoes
  • 2 Betty Crocker Potatoes
  • 2 Sunbird Lemon Chicken seasoning
  • 6 Bags Kettle Chips
  • 2 Boxes Stovetop Stuffing
  • 2 Boxes Milton’s Crackers
  • 1 Can of Soup
  • 4 BBQ Sauce
  • 1 Hidden Valley Dressing
  • 4 jars Peanut butter
  • 2 cans tuna
  • 3 packs of tortillas
  • 1 Milano Cookies

 

Spent: $62.05

Saved: $151.26

That is a 71% savings!

I hope this inspires all of you to stock up early so that you can be stress free and enjoy your holidays!  Happy couponing!  😀

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Coupon Crissy: Couponing With A Coupon Database

Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2011 at 11:24 am
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Let me start off by saying that I am just like you. I wasn’t born with an innate ability to coupon, blessed with all of the time in the world, or given an unlimited budget. I’m just a regular woman with a husband, a job, and bills.

In this economy, we all need to focus on savings. This is an opportunity to learn and to save! Couponing and finding other creative ways to save money is a challenge, but I love a good challenge! I enjoy having fun with friends and family, traveling, and entertaining. The only difference is that I have now found ways to do them all on a strict budget.

The one tool that I definitely need to save money is a Coupon Database. I don’t want to be limited to the coupons that I received in my Sunday paper to do my shopping that week. That is why we at FreeCoupons.com have created a database just for you! This database is searchable for all of your shopping needs, including everything from soda to shampoo. I used it for my latest shopping trip. Here are the details of my latest score:

Spent: $53.03

Saved: $116.86

By using the coupon database for my shopping trip, I saved 71%!

For all of my groceries, I visited Vons. They don’t double coupons, and in my state, grocery prices are extremely high so I need extreme savings!

I hope that this encourages you to save big the next time that you’re shopping. Remember, all you need is a Sunday newspaper, a coupon database, and Freecoupons.com! Happy couponing!


 

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Coupon Crissy Gears up for Holiday Entertaining!

Posted on Monday, November 28th, 2011 at 4:15 pm
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Hello Couponers!

The holidays are upon us and while it is a natural reaction to be worried about how much we are all going to spend I find myself excited to see how much I can save! This Thanksgiving I was in charge of mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, Jellied Cranberry sauce (my aunt does a home made one also), rolls, and a drink mixer.  I was pleased to find out how little all of this would cost me! After doing a little research I made my plan of action.  I had to get enough food for 18 people!

Here’s what I bought during my Thanksgiving shopping excursion:

10 lbs. of Potatoes: $1.00

4 Cans Cranberry Sauce: $2.00

6 lbs.Green Beans: $4.08

4 Cans Cream of Mushroom Soup: $1.20

2 French Fried Onions: $1.90

Milk: Free

Butter: $0.80

3 12 ct. Packages of Kings Hawaiian Rolls: $1.50

9 Tonic Waters: Free

Total (Had All Items Been Full Price): $63.98

I Paid: $11.50 Total Savings On Our Thanksgiving Feast: 82%

I got the milk for free with the purchase of 4 boxes of cereal. Luckily I had coupons for those so they cost me less than $1.00 each! Don’t stress! View the Holidays as a time to stock up on great savings!

 

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Coupon Crissy: ONE STORE NO DOUBLING

Posted on Wednesday, September 7th, 2011 at 7:12 am
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This shopping trip was a little bit tricky because I was buying A LOT of produce. That being said I did get some awesome deals!  I went to a local grocery store that does not double coupons.  I try to go to this store as often as possible because they support local farmers!  The only catch is that they do not double coupons and a few of their items can be a little more expensive.  As long as you shop the sales and the produce department you can find great savings!  This trip I purchased $226.44 worth of product for $69.08!  That is a 71% savings and a very successful day. Here are the items that I purchased:

 

6lbs of Roma Tomatoes

1 English Cucumber

1 Butternut Squash

5lbs  Red and Yellow Onions

1 Bunch Green Onions

2 Bunches Cilantro

4 Jalapenos

1 Cantaloupe

1 Bunch Radishes

1 Bunch Parsley

3 lbs Cherries

6 Jumbo globe artichokes

1 Eggplant

12 Boxes of Cake Mix

6 Packs 2% Kraft Shredded Cheese

5 Cans Enchilada Sauce

5 Pillsbury Grand’s

1 pk Mission Tortillas

1 XL Tapatillo Sauce

6 Loaves Wheat Bread

1 Box Band Aids

1 Candy Bar

3 pk Frozen Waffles

1 pk Frozen Breakfast Sandwiches

1 pk Frozen Rosemary Ciabatta Rolls

2 pks Frozen Veggies

1 Gillette Body Wash

6 Yogurts

2pk Instant Mashed Potatoes

1 Weber Seasoning

Total: $226.44

I paid: $69.08

Saved: 71%

I hope this encourages you to save big at your regular grocery store on healthy items!  I have also taken up freezing things like bread and salsa so I can stock up on the best deals.  Not only does it save us tons of money but it is convenient to be able to pull meals out of the freezer (no dishes!). I hope this encourages all of you small towners that do not have stores that double coupons.  With the right planning you can save big anywhere!

 

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Coupon Crissy’s Latest Score: Snack time!

Posted on Tuesday, July 5th, 2011 at 6:12 am
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Here are the results for my latest couponing excursion. Please read it and let me know what you think.

2 Digiorno Pizza & Wings
1 Freshetta Simply Inspired pizza
2 Organic frozen salmon meals
2 boxes of Tampax Pearl tampons
3 Pringles
1 Progresso soup
2 Alexia natural sweet potato fries
1 Kings Hawaiian bread
6 whole wheat pastas
2 Ortega chili cans
2 Fig Newtons
1 Organic super-food keifer
1 box organic frozen waffles
4 Popchips
1 carton organic milk
1 organic watermelon
1 all natural frozen wantons
1 Pepsi
2 Doritos
1 package string cheese
2 Starbucks ice cream
1 all natural sausage
2 Wonderful Pistachios
1 hummus
5 Goldfish crackers
6 Viola frozen meals
1 pita chips
Total:$235.25
Paid:$83.03
75% savings

This shopping trip was mainly for my hubby.  He often tells me that I do not keep enough snacks in the house for his lunches.  He figures with all of the time he spends at the gym he should be able to have snacks with his lunch everyday.  I finally got the hint and set out to shop.

I got a few goodies for myself as well (Starbucks ice cream and pistachios).  The snacks that I got for his lunches include; Pringles, Goldfish crackers, Doritos, Popchips and Pita Chips.  That should hold him over for awhile.  I, of course, love my healthy foods so  I made sure to hit up our local organic market.  My total at the organic market was $42.59 and I paid $12.43.  That is a 71% savings on organic products!  Yea!

I know couponing can seem overwhelming if you don’t stock pile, if you only want a few of each item, or if you like to eat healthy, but I assure you it is easier than you might think and fun too!

I only started couponing a few months ago and this is where I am today!  How are you doing?  Keep me updated on your latest successes, tips and questions. Let’s master our money together!

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Double Coupon Adventure

Posted on Wednesday, June 8th, 2011 at 6:12 am
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The area that I live in is devoid of stores that double coupons, or so I thought.  None of the large chain grocery stores double coupons, but I recently heard of a local grocery store that does.  After hearing this news I had to check it out.

Since it is a local store, the ads are pretty limited, so I really had to go into the store to see the deals.   Before going I printed out my spreadsheets that have my coupons listed alphabetically by category and headed for the store.  When I walked through the doors I started looking at price tags, which is when I really saw the potential of double coupons!  I methodically went through the store and matched up the sales to my coupons (a lengthy process). This was my first trip to this store, so I wasn’t going to buy two weeks’ worth of groceries, but I did want to use the coupons I had effectively.

Here is the breakdown of the stuff I took home:

2 Alexia all natural Fries: $3.19 each

3 Bagel Bites $3.29 each on sale for $1.99

1 propel Water $5.79 on sale for $3.29

3 Emerald Breakfast on the go $3.99 on sale for $2.99

1 Old El Paso taco shells $2.29 on sale for $1.29

4 Hillshire Farm Deli Select Lunch Meat $2.99 on sale for $2.50

1 Mission Tortillas $2.99 on sale for $1.79

1 Digiorno Pizza and Wings: $9.99 on sale for $4.99

Total before coupons and sales: $61.24

I paid: $17.45

Mt savings totaled 72%!

I only paid $0.50 each for the lunch meat and the Bagel Bites were FREE!  I did learn something the hard way: Read the coupon policy thoroughly.   This store only doubles 3 coupons for each item.  They did not double one of my lunch meat coupons, so I ended up paying $1.50 instead of $0.50

Since it is a local store the prices are a little higher than large chain grocery stores, but it is the perfect place to go when there is a great matchup! I am a big believer in going to a store that is inexpensive where you can get everything you need, but making special trips here and there for a great bargain is a smart idea too!

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Abby’s Success Story!

Posted on Tuesday, June 7th, 2011 at 2:12 pm
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Here is another great success story. Abby saved 76% off of her grocery bill without going to extremes. Way to go, Abby!

Marnie

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Couponing started for me, like many others, after watching TLC’s Extreme Couponing. I consider myself a very smart, business minded person and I knew that I could save some serious money! I started couponing by doing a google search on free coupons. I was lucky enough to find Marnie and her freecoupons site on Facebook.

From there, I settled into a routine on how I actually coupon. Let me just say, I have only been doing this a few months. I spend about 2-3 hours a week couponing/organizing for a trip. I only go to one grocery store, once a week.

Before couponing, I was spending at least $75 a week at the store. Now, I spend less that $40, and get a lot more things than before. People always ask, how do you get started? Or, where do you get your coupons? These are a few of my favorite tips:

  • Know what a good deal is; just because you have a coupon for it doesn’t mean it’s a good buy.
  • Stay organized! Know your store’s coupon policy.
  • And of course, stick to a plan!!! The exception: unless of course you run into a clearance item that you have a coupon for.

Here is a picture of my most recent shopping adventure. My sub-total was 131.11, and I spent 31.70. That’s a savings of 99.41, or 76%! Not bad, for not being a chronic stockpiler=]

This is everything in the picture:
10- 32 oz powerades purchased with a competitor coupon
2-1 liter Listerine bottles purchased with a competitor coupon +Manf. coupon=FREE
1-Box of Mamma Bella Garlic Bread, saved on this with an instore promo on frozen food
4-boxes of fishsticks (we ate one), instore frozen food promo+manf. coupon
4-boxes of Lean Cuisines, instore frozen food promo+manf. coupon
2- pounds of hamburger
4-pounds chicken thighs
1-pineapple
2-airwick aerosal fresheners, used BOGO coup +1.00 off 2 coupon=FREE
1-bag Ore-Idea Sweet Potato Fries, instore frozen food promo, + Manf coup
2-Bag Dole Salad, Peelie Manf. coup
1- 3 pack disp razors, Manf coup
2-pints of ben & jerry’s ice cream, instore frozen food promo +ecoupon +comp coup=FREE
1- blue bunny ice cream, competitor coupon + Manf. Coupon

I also used a fresh & easy $10 of $50, a Food City $5 of $50, and an Albertsons $2 off $25.

Sometimes I feel like running up to a Mom with 3 kids in the grocery store, and inviting her to my house for a coupon lesson. I don’t care that people look at me funny because I have a big old binder in my cart, with a calculator in one hand, and my pen in the other. I’m saving money, and I wish I could share it with everyone!!! If anybody has any questions, or needs help on ANYTHING feel free to contact me!!

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Coupon Crissy’s Memorial Day Shopping Success!

Posted on Wednesday, June 1st, 2011 at 11:12 am
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Memorial Day is here and I couldn’t wait to shop the sales!  My husband and I decided to throw a Memorial Day party.  I was so excited about it but parties can be expensive!   I was a little bit hesitant until I opened up the sales for that week and saw my potential savings.  Now you know I shop for everything I need, not just what I have great coupons for so I did all of my shopping for the party and for my husband and I for the next week and a half or so.

I went to 3 separate stores which I do not usually do but throwing a party requires a little more planning.  Plus all of the stores are within a mile of each other so I can’t complain.  One of the stores doubles coupons but they have some stipulations in their coupon policy.

1. They only double coupons that are $1.00 or under in value.

2. If doubling the coupon exceeds the items value the coupon only counts for face value. (I ran into this a lot this last trip)

3. They will only double 3 coupons per product.

My trip was very successful!  I was able to purchase $236.13 worth of items for $54.36.  This was a savings of $187.77 or 79%.  I purchased brand name items, nuts, meat, produce, organic and more!  Fortunately I had sodas and juice in my small stockpile.  Also, a friend of mine is a farmer so he sometimes brings over produce and I trade him for items I have gotten for free or dirt cheap with coupons.  That is how I got the veggies to make my pasta salad.  We had corn on the cob, pasta salad and hotdogs for the BBQ.  I had my trip planned out to spend $32.00 on $120.00 worth of product but not all of the deals were advertised so I made sure to take advantage of the match ups I saw once I was in the store.  I have attached my list of savings for you to see.  My trip took 3 hours but it paid off in the end.  Make sure to take advantage of those Memorial Day deals!

Memorial Day Shopping Trip

 

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Emily’s Success with Coupons

Posted on Thursday, May 5th, 2011 at 4:05 pm
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I am so excited to say that we have our first success story from one of you!  I am thrilled that Emily is kicking butt out there and saving $$$$$$$$$.  Check out her story.  Post one of yours also and lets keep encouraging each other with our couponing successes!
~Marnie
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My name is Emily. I’m 26 years old. I’m not married. I have no children. I don’t live with my parents. I don’t live with my boyfriend. It’s just me, and I can’t stop couponing.

It started after watching TLC’s first episode of extreme couponing. I’m a very organized person and I’m always looking for ways to save money. I said “I can do that!” So I did. After checking out facebook sites, I realized I had to create a separate facebook page to track all the coupons and sample sites. I also decided to get a separate “couponing” email address. I wanted it to be clever. What am I doing? I’m saving money. Why? So I can have fun and live a little. I live to save, so that I can live.

I then bought a coupon organizer the size of a large wallet. I had all my coupons memorized. I didn’t study them. It just came naturally. I started having dreams every night about watching my coupons take my total down to $0!! My system worked great until I started accumulating more coupons then I was using. All of a sudden I had this extreme NEED to go out and get a binder to create my own system.

Here is what I’m using:
– 1.5 inch zippered binder
– colored tabs with front pockets (for large coupons, eliminated extra cost of buying full sheet protectors)
– baseball card sleeves
– binder pouch for scissors, notepad, and calculator
I’m trying to keep it as simple as possible. There is only one store I go to, King Soopers, a Kroger store. I know that I could spend even less
at Walmart, but I try to stay away from the big monster stores. Walmart also has very bad employment practices, and working at an employment law firm, I probably shouldn’t support them! lol I do go there for my favorite toilet paper though, White Cloud. I can’t really explain my behavior, it’s just what I’m comfortable with.

My first couponing trip was a great success! I paid $8 for all of this except the bag of frozen strawberries.

My 2nd trip was even more rewarding. I saved 43%, had a $50 gift card I received, and only paid $24.21 out of pocket! It would have been less but I bought a $16.99 container of protein mix.  So I could have paid just over $7 for all of it! Incredible! The 2 40oz of Heinz Ketchup were FREE. I had 2 $2 off coupons and they were on sale for $1.99. The deodorants were .44-.79 each. The Gatorade was .69 each. The detergent was $1.50 to $2. I love it.

I will never shop the same way again! Since I can’t possible use all of my coupons, I have recruited my boyfriend and friends in letting me help them by lending my skills and coupons so that they can learn how to save to. I hope this feeling of satisfaction never goes away!

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