Super Doubles Round Up

Whew guys…it seems this is becoming a “new norm” for me to post a few days late with my shopping trips. My daughter started a Summer camp this past week and almost immediately brought home some nasty germs, so a few of us has been battling a bug…in JUNE. But thankfully I was able to go grab some awesome deals at Harris Teeter during Super Doubles!

From what I have heard from coupon groups and Harris Teeter employees, Super Doubles will now just be a 3 day event (Sunday-Tuesday). We used to see more week long events (Wednesday-Tuesday), but hopefully we will be seeing more events.  The average this year has been a Super Double event each month.

Tide/Gain pods: $2/1 coupon=.50 cents each

Kettle chips: $1/2 coupon= .87 cents each

Harris Teeter brand Peanut Butter: On sale= $1.00 each

Little Remedies: $2/1= FREE

Clean & Clear: $2/1= $1.29 each

Harris Teeter Sugar: On sale= .88 cents each

Garnier Fructis: $2/1= FREE

Caribou K-cups: $2/2 coupon= $2.99 each

Dole Fruitocracy= $1/1= FREE

Snuggle: $2/2= $1.99 each

Scrubbing Bubbles: $2/2= .49-.99 cents each

Luvs diapers: $2/1= $1.99 each

Clorox Bleach: $1/2 coupon + $3/10 promo= .49 cents each

Huggies Splashers: $1.50/1= $4.99

Sprout baby food: $2/5= FREE

Chicken breasts (8 packs): On sale= .88 cents each

Total before coupons= $344.54

Total spent= $85.28

Total saved= 75% Savings!

I would love to see your Super Double shopping trips in the comments below!

 

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End of Month: Printable Coupons

Don’t forget that many coupons will no longer be available for printing after the end of the month. Many coupons will no longer be available or reset, so print the ones you want before they disappear! There is also a *rumored* Super Double event starting next Sunday, June 4th at Harris Teeter. This would be a great time to get ready and printing!

 

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A Guide To Extreme Couponing

I am excited to announce the release of Coupon Saving Mom’s Guide To Extreme Couponing! I wanted to be able to put together an easy-to-read guide on the basics of learning to coupon.

This book is a guide to helping couponers and all those wanting to save money learn how to coupon. The book helps readers understand where to coupon. What type of coupons to use. How to save money with coupons. Learning the stores that accept coupons and how to organize coupons in an efficient and effective manner.

You can find both the e-book version and hard copy version here. Hope you all enjoy 🙂

 

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Super Doubles Round Up

This shopping post is close to 2 weeks old now…ahhhh. I am sorry!  We went on vacation the day after Super Doubles for close to 2 weeks so I never had a chance to share this with you all.  I was able to get a lot of great deals, even though the are no longer available, I still think it is worth sharing so you can see some awesome items that you can score on in the future!

So before I get into this shopping trip I wanted to share with you some of our fun we had on our northern East coast road trip.  We stayed in Philadelphia, Boston and a couple days in Washington, D.C. We had some crazy weather (30 degrees – all the way to 95 degrees!), but we are glad to be back home and settling back into a routine.

 

Okay, and for the real reason you are reading this post…

With packing for our trip, a disobedient printer, and lack of sales; I was not able to get AS MUCH as what I normally do during Super Doubles.  But, I was able to stock up on some laundry products, which I need to replenish on! Since this Super Double event is over and some of the coupons I used has since expired, I will just list the price I got each item for.

Tide Pods= .50 cents each

Bounce dryer sheets= FREE

Spray n’ Wash= .50 cents each

Bush’s variety beans= FREE

Furmano’s tomatoes= FREE

Trident gum= FREE

Fresh Monster kid hair products= FREE

Arm & Hammer deodorant= FREE

Dole Fruitocracy= FREE

Spice Hunter ranch dip= FREE

Quaker breakfast squares= .50 cents each

Dial soap (3 pack)= .69 cents each

Olay face wash= $1.99 each

Seattle’s Best k-cups= $2.79-$2.99 each (I had 2 different valued coupons)

Total before coupons= $298.50

Total spent= $38.01

Total saved= 79% savings!

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The Ultimate Guide of Foods You Can Freeze

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Freezing foods is one of the fastest ways to grow your stockpile and lowering your out of pocket grocery costs. I am not talking about frozen pizzas, fries or ice cream (yes, those are great too), but I am focusing on the main foods.

Think of items like:

  • Cheese
  • Butter
  • Vegetables
  • Fruits
  • and more.

These are items that are bought frequently (if not weekly) and can really add to your grocery budget if not planned accordingly.

One of the key ways that I have been able to reduce my weekly budget is to stock up on essential items like meat & cheeses at low prices and freeze until they are needed. It does require some planning as you will have to wait for the specific food to thaw but it will save you hundreds of dollars in the long run.

 Fruit:

The thing to remember about frozen fruit is they are great in smoothies or for baking, but not so great if you are looking for “fresh” fruit by itself. If you do a lot of baking or smoothie making then this is a great option for you.

The key is to freeze them on a baking sheet or pan before transferring over to an airtight bag. This keeps the berries from sticking to each other.

Berries – Berries are great in breads, pies and smoothies.

Bananas – I love to dip bananas in peanut butter or dark chocolate and freeze for an afternoon snack.  You do not know what you are missing if you have never tried these before!

Grapes – Grapes are another easy and healthy snack when frozen.

Vegetables:

Almost all vegetables can be frozen. Most vegetables will lose their consistency and crispness once frozen, but frozen vegetables are great when adding to soups & broths, crockpot recipes and casseroles.

Celery

Zucchini & squash

Peppers

Carrots

Corn

Mushrooms

Spinach

Tomatoes

Dairy:

Butter– Butter is one of those items that I typically can get for free. When I run across a sale for butter I stock up because I know I can store in the freezer for later.

Milk– Many people do not know that you can freeze milk. This only applies to regular diary milk and not diary-free options.

Cheese– Hard cheeses (cheddar, swiss, etc…) can be frozen and maintain the same texture once thawed. This applies to block cheese and shredded cheese.  I would avoid freezing soft cheese such as cream cheese or cottage cheese since they do not maintain their fluffy texture once frozen.

Condiments & Spices:

Jams & Jellies– Jams and jellies can be stored in the freezer as an alternative to canning.

Herbs– Freezing is a great alternative to drying herbs!

Pasta sauce– Pasta Sauce will normally have a long shelf life, but you can also preserve by freezing. I would suggest that if your sauce is in a glass container that you only freeze in a plastic bag or container.

Baked goods:

Muffins– Have leftover muffins? Store them in a freezer bag and eat later! Often, I will bake a larger batch and freeze to have a quick and easy breakfast later.

Breads– Baked breads & sandwich breads can all be frozen to use later.

Cakes– I am sure you have heard that it is a tradition to freeze your wedding cake to eat on your anniversary? Cake holds its texture and consistency very well in the freezer.

Pies– Have leftover pie from Thanksgiving or another holiday? Freeze it!

Rolls & biscuits– Rolls and biscuits can be frozen and popped in the microwave for easy prep.

Other foods:

Casseroles– Casseroles are great for freezing. You can make casseroles to freeze and use later or freeze any leftover casseroles. These are quick and easy dinners that you can pop in the oven when you need a quick dinner.

Soups/broths– Any time I make soups and broths, I always make a large batch and freeze the remaining to eat later. I love rainy days when I can grab some soup or chili from the freeze and thaw on the stove without having to do any cooking 😉

Nuts– Nuts normally have a long shelf life, but you can freeze nuts to keep them from going rancid.

Beans– Cooked beans are great to freeze and use later as a side or main dish.

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Easter clearance

The week after Easter is the best time to stock up on Easter supplies for next year. For the past few years, since I discovered holiday clearance, I have been able to get baskets, toys, home decor and more at 90 percent off! Every store from Target, Walmart and major drug stores will be trying to get these items marked down and out of the store as quickly as possible to make room for Summer items.

To be honest, after most holidays, I will stalk stores a few days after the holiday to make sure I get items the day they are marked down. Typically once items hit 70-90% off the items will sell quickly and will be completely gone after 1-2 days at 90%.

Check out some of the items that I was able to get today during my Target trip.

Each basket was priced at $1.99.
$1.00-$1.20 each.
.15 cents each.
.30 cents each.
.10 cents – .70 cents.

 

My daughter nabbed a few items before I was able to take pictures, but I spent a total of $30.00 (including tax) for all the items pictured.

Make sure you keep your eyes peeled for Easter clearance the next time you are out and about.

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Easter Sunday Recipes

Easter is a fun holiday around our house. Easter is filled with home cooked food, family and festive fun! It is almost like a “Spring Thanksgiving”. Easter is not Easter without a delicious ham, rolls, deviled eggs and yummy desserts.  I am getting hungry just typing this! I get the pleasure to host Easter this year for our family so I wanted to share with you some of the yummy foods that we will be having and some extras ;). I will be making the traditional ham, but I am going to try this new crock pot recipe that I posted below.

Last year my daughter had the best time helping make the Easter Bark recipe below.  And by help I mean eating all the sprinkles, M&Ms and Oreos! It is such a fun and easy recipe for the kiddos to take part in.

If you follow me, you know that no holiday morning is complete without festive pancakes at our house. How cute is this bunny butt pancake?!?

Okay, on to the deliciousness that is Easter food. Like I said above, I will be making crockpot ham (below), my potato salad recipe (I should share!), Easter fluff (below), Peeps cake (below), rolls & a carrot cheese ball (below). So excited to try some of these new recipes!

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I would love to hear/see your Easter recipes below!

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Shop With Me: Super Doubles

Harris Teeter is currently having a Super Double coupon event.  It started Sunday, 04/02 and runs until today (Tuesday, 04/04). I wanted to share with you my 3 trips that I have made during this Super Double event.  I combined all items into one picture and calculated my total savings for all combined trips.

(5) Frosted Mini Wheats cereal: $1/2 or .50/1 + Buy 5 Kelloggs & save $5.00 = .99 cents each

(5) Special K cereal: $1/2 or .50/1 + Buy 5 Kelloggs & save $5.00 = .99 cents each

(3) Angel soft: $1/1= $2.97 each

(2) Clorox bleach: $1.50/2= $1.15 each

(8) Scrubbing Bubbles: $2/2 + $3 catalina for purchasing $4= .25 cents each

(9) Dial body wash: $1/2= $1.00 each

(6) Dole Fruitocracy: $1/1= FREE

(3) Mariana banana chips: $1/1= FREE

(2) Orange Juice: $1/1= $1.00 each

(2) Luvs diapers: $2/1= $2.99 each

(4) Hefty cups: $1/2= .50 cents each

(2) Tide Rescue: $1.50/1= $1.59 each

(8) Suave shampoo/conditioner: $2/2= FREE

(2) Coconut water: $1/1= FREE

(1) Seattle’s Best K-cups: $1.05/1= $2.89

(2) Galbani string cheese: $1/1= .39 cents each

(4) Deans dips: $1/2= FREE

(2)Barilla Pasta: $1.75/1= FREE

(9) Quaker breakfast flats: $1/1 + Buy 2 Get 1 Free sale= FREE + overage

(2) Chicken breasts packages (marked down)= $2.48-$2.61 each

Before coupons & sales= $305

Total spent= $53

Total saved= 81%

I would love to see your trips in the comment section!

 

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10 Easy Easter Crafts

I L-O-V-E Spring!  I am officially done with Winter as soon as the holidays are over and Easter is such an exciting time of the year. Everything feels fresh, colorful and joyful. It probably has something to do with all the beautiful flowers that start to bloom. This year I have been trying to add some Easter decorations to our house, but I haven’t been able to find anything that I love. Of course, my next step was Pinterest. I am really feeling the canvas bunny and mason jars to add some pops of color and Easter-ness (my own word) to our house. Enjoy!

 

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End of Month Printable Coupons

Don’t forget that many coupons will no longer be available for printing after the end of the month. Many coupons will no longer be available or reset, so print the ones you want before they disappear! There is also a *rumored* Super Double event starting this Sunday, April 2nd at Harris Teeter. This would be a great time to get ready and printing!


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