Thursday, February 25, 2010

How do you have time for coupons?

Visit my FB page for information on how I make time for the cutting, sorting and filing that is required for keeping an up-to-date and effective coupon box!

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Publix deals

I am always encouraging people for look for clearance items! Items that are reduced and ready for clearance are still eligible for coupon use--it's ALMOST like having two coupons for the item!

This week at my local Publix I visited the clearance section and found Ruby Red & Tangerine Grapefruit juice from Ocean Spray. Normally $2.99, this juice was marked to $1. There was only one on the clearance section but I decided to investigate. On the juice aisle, the exact same packaging, expiration date and flavors were on the shelves. I took one to customer service and asked them to scan it. The juice on the shelf was only $1!!

So, I went to the "beverages" section of my coupon box and pulled out $1/2 coupons for Ocean Spray grapefruit drinks! There were 9 bottles of juice--I bought 8 of them and spent a total of $4.00 for them.

Simple math tells you I got 8 for only slightly more than what 2 bottles would cost at regular price!! Yummy juice for my family!

Today I went to the same clearance section and found Gillette Power Fusion Gamer Razors. Normally $6.69, they were reduced to $5. In my "toiletries" section of my coupon box, I had 2 coupons for $4/1. There were 2 razors, and I purchased BOTH of them for a total of $2---almost 70% off the price of ONE!

Clearance and coupons go hand-in-hand!
Keep saving centsably!

Monday, February 22, 2010


Today I've been working on lots of rebates! I'm submitting for the Olay rebate tomorrow--I spent $16.24 on three Olay products. There's a $15 rebate available, so I've spent just $1.24 or .40 cents/bottle. I'm submitting for a Cole's designer reuseable shopping bag--after buying four Cole's products for just .60 cents, I will earn the free bag by sending in three UPCs. Today I also took advantage of the UP!, Kernel Seasonings and Voila! rebates--spending about $22.00 for the movie UP!, 2 Kernel Seasonings and 2 Voila! meals. I will get $10 back in a rebate.

So that's just some of the rebates I'm using to supplement my coupons and BOGO deals!!!
Keep Saving Centsably!

Sunday, February 14, 2010


So a lot of people complain about the junk mail they get in their mailbox as well as their email inbox. I used to, too. But now, I've come to look at that stuff as moneymakers!

For example, did you know that JCPenney often sends out coupons in postcard form good for $10 off a $10 purchase? That's something free or REALLY cheap!

In the mail we get a little flyer from Advance Auto Parts stores, which usually has a coupon (or several) on the back good for $5, $10 or $25 off your purchase based on how much you've spent. These are great for when you need to get the oil for your upcoming change, or you have to buy an automotive part unexpectedly. Keep these when they come!

Many communities have a "handy helper" or "savvy shopper" brochure that comes out periodically (maybe quarterly). Instead of just tossing this right off the bat, look through it and see if there are any coupons for places you eat or services you might need.

On Mondays in our community we get a "packet" of junk mail that has a couple of life insurance offers, some local sales ads and maybe pizza coupons or the like. Save the pizza coupons--ditch the insurance offers, and thumb through the sales ads to see if there's something you've got a coupon for that's going to be on sale.

Now believe it or not, I actually ASK for "junk mail" by registering with companies all over the place. I love to get catalogs, free magazines, sales papers and information about companies' products. Typically, these items come with (you guessed it!) coupons!

I register for samples, register at manufacturer websites, register, register, register--so that each day I get some kind of coupon in the mail or in my email inbox.

So how do you keep your personal email address from turning into publisher's clearinghouse??? Make a free email address devoted entirely to your saving and couponing ventures. Have the manufacturers send their coupons and newsletters there. You'll get to them when you can without feeling like your personal email inbox is being hijacked!

In short, my advice is to register, register, register!!!!! This is a SUPER way to build your coupon stockpile freely!

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Today was catch-up

This afternoon after preschool I spent about an hour sorting and cutting and filing coupons! I bought 2 of the double papers Sunday, and got 1 in the mail, so I had four inserts multiplied by 5! Plus, I get some free papers each Thursday from the Henry Herald--available here in Henry County....these papers usually carry Redplum and Proctor & Gamble coupon inserts weekly, and they're FREE!

Check around your community and see if there are any free papers available. If so, find out when and where you can get them, and use this free source to boost your coupon collection!

Currently, all coupons are cut, filed and sorted, so maybe I'm up-to-date at least through Saturday!

Keep Saving Centsably!

Tuesday, February 9, 2010

A SUPER day!

So today's been ALL about savings!
First thing this morning we loaded up and headed to Denny's for their free grand slam breakfasts good through 2pm today! We had six grand slam breakfasts, drinks and paid the tip for only $10! A GREAT way to start the morning!

I got an email notifying me that I'd won a free pair of Docker's khakis! I registered for these during the Super Bowl commercial advertising the contest! $52 pair of khakis and shipping--all free!

This morning after getting all the kids to school (still on time!) I scored a super deal at Target--buying 2 Fusion Razors, normally $8.49/ea, for just a total of $6.61, and I earned a $5 Target card.....I'll be repeating that purchase a couple of times this week!

Then I headed to Walgreen's and CVS, where I picked up a prescription at each which had been transferred from a different pharmacy. I earned a $25 gift card at CVS and a $25 gift card at for both prescriptions, only $30, and it's something I HAD to buy anyway! Love the free money, though!

Lastly, I went to Publix and bought $122.00 worth of groceries for just $36!

Overall a GREAT day!
Keep Saving Centsably!

Sunday, February 7, 2010

Savings at Kroger tonight

Tonight was a so-so night for me at Kroger. The Mega-Event sale was over, and after stocking up on lots of things last week for cheap, I just needed a couple of items. Tea is one thing we are picky about at our house; we must have Lipton decaf tea. It's more pricey than other brands and there aren't often many coupons for it, but today I had one small one: .75/2. I bought the two boxes, knowing we would use them! We use about 1 box of 24 bags/week--8 gallons of tea for us!

I found LOTS of peelie & blinkie coupons! I also found a rebate information form for an SC Johnson rebate; I had already put three ziploc boxes in my buggy. Although not on sale, I had a coupon for each item .40/1; .80/1 when doubled, and I got a bonus size--with 20% more free. By purchasing 3, I qualified for a $2.00 Catalina coupon off my next purchase. AND, I will submit for a $5 rebate. This means the three boxes of Ziploc sandwich bags (360 in all) will cost only .77 cents in the end!

Hope you have a great day shopping!
Keep saving centsably!

Saturday, February 6, 2010

First Weekend Coupon Class

Our first Saturday morning coupon class went GREAT! Time-wise it all flowed well; there weren't as many people as expected so our "mingling" break times between sessions weren't as long as I intended, and there weren't many questions, so we were done about 1/2 hour early.

It was my prayer for this event that God would send the people who needed to hear about these saving techniques the most; I'm just praying for the people who attended--that this week they'll have the opportunity to put some of those principles into action!

Monday, February 1, 2010

Macon Saving Centsably Coupon Workshop

Our coupon workshop in Macon is just a few days away! If you haven't registered yet, please call Mount Zion Baptist Church and talk with Donna Smith (478) 994-0838. Or, call me at 770-898-4150 to register. You can also reach me at

The coupon workshop is $15 and includes handouts, door prizes, and light snacks. Hope to see you there!