People who visit our website always ask for ways to save money on meat. Here are 5 ideas that will fit into your frugal grocery budget!
Did you know that expired coupons aren’t trash? It’s true!
Military families are allowed to use coupons up to 6 months past their printed expiration date! While the service pay rates are no longer below the poverty level, they are in no way great when you have a family. Can you imagine what a blessing it would be to receive a bundle of valuable coupons from someone back home – and realizing they cared enough to send them?
If you are interested in dropping off coupons to be sent to military families, you’ll be happy to hear that locally, the Dupont Community Credit Union has kindly volunteered each of their branches to be a drop-off point for unused and expired coupons destined for the military. You can click on the image below to read more about the program and see the dropoff locations:
If you don’t live near a Dupont Community Credit Union you can connect on Facebook to Coups for Troops to find out more information. Or check out the list of Military Base Volunteers here on Expires Coupons for Overseas Military.
Or you can also mail the coupons to the address below.
Unit 5200, Box 105
APO, AE 09461
Phone – 011-44-1638-522641
Questions? Email – firstname.lastname@example.org
NOTE: Please don’t drop off coupons expired PAST the 6 month limit, or the military base personnel will be forced to sort through huge boxes of unsorted coupons to find usable ones. Please send coupons that are just recently expired, and if you have time – tuck them into envelopes sorted by categories (i.e. Food, Baby, Household Cleaners, Toiletries, Pets….) Thanks!!
Lately we’ve posted a couple Catalina deals – and while you “old timers” out there already know what these are, I thought it would be good to pause and explain for everyone else!
Although we’ve posted about how GREAT Manilla is before – we’d like to remind you about this great organizing tool as you start working on Spring Cleaning your bills, subscriptions, online vouchers and more.
Sometimes I feel like I’m being crushed under the sheer weight of info I have to keep track of. If you’re like me, you’re juggling too many balls – and you need about 10 more of yourself to keep them all in the air. Enter this awesome web-based organizer called Manilla. It’s a totally free service that helps you out BIG TIME by making it easy to manage things like:
- Bank & Credit Card Accounts
- Bills like Utilities, Dish or Cable, and Phone
- Subscriptions to Netflix and magazines
- Loyalty Programs (auto, hotel, airline, etc…)
- Vouchers bought from Groupon or Living Social
Keep all this info organized and accessible under *1* Password. Manilla keeps your info secure under just ONE login (so you don’t have to remember all the other ones from all those other credit card, bill, magazine, & daily deal sites). It presents everything in an organized way. Look at the example below of a typical account.
Doesn’t this just make you feel more sane?
Manilla even sends you friendly reminders when it’s time to pay a bill, renew a subscription – or use a reward before it expires! (I LOVE THAT)
Oh yeah – Manilla has a Free mobile app too!
I almost forgot – they’ve just come out with a new mobile app for iPhone & Android - so you can easily check out your accounts on the go!
How is it Free?
So how is all this awesomeness free? (You’re gonna like this!) Companies are tired of spending all that money on paper bills and statements – and as a result, they’re willing to foot the bill for us to have this Free Bill manager!
*This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Manilla. All opinions are 100% my own.
Couponing at the grocery or drug store takes patience and focus – and let’s face it, with kids in tow (especially the little ones) those qualities tend to fly out the window faster than you can say “Sit back down in the buggy and stop smacking your brother!” If you’ve forgotten what it’s like – CHECK THIS OUT!
So how is a couponer to manage? In a perfect world, our husbands would walk into the room and say “Sweetie, why don’t you take some time to get your list together and then go out for a couple hours. I’ve got the kids – take your time!” But even those of us who are blessed with wonderful husbands would probably fall out of our chairs if we ever heard those words.
So here’s what I do …. I don’t take my kids.
Unless I can’t help it, I will wrangle my schedule around so that I can go out once a week at nighttime, and I’ll hit every store I need to hit all in one fell swoop. I’ll stop at CVS on my way to Bi-Lo, make a pass at Walgreens on my way back – and call it a week! On an awesome Publix week, I have to plan a little harder because that’s a 20 minute drive for me – but for enough great deals I can make it happen.
These late night trips are pretty exhausting, but I spend the couple days ahead of time getting my list together, printing and clipping my coupons during a naptime or after the kids are in bed, and double checking on the shopping day for any last-minute finds. Being prepared it the best way to get in and out quickly and with everything you planned to get.
Phone a Friend:
Those times when I haven’t been able to get my husband to watch the kids – I’ve swapped “shopping times” with a friend. My friend Tessie used to come over and hang out with our kids while I ran out to the store – and then I’d come back and do the same for her.
In a pinch – I’ve even sent my coupons and list (prepared extra carefully to be considerate) with her while she went on a trip for the both of us.
There are usually ways to make it work – and it just makes it all so much easier when you can run in and out by yourself!
But what if leaving the kids at home is not an option?
Here are some tips to keep the kids happy and maintain your sanity while shopping with kids and coupons:
- Prepare – Prepare – Prepare! If everything is printed, clipped, sorted and listed – you will be better able to stay on track. I even mark on my lists how many coupons I have for each item I’m buying – that way I don’t ever have to pull out the coupons to count them. (Less chance for them to get knocked to the floor)
- Bring a snack, that way when the inevitable asking begins – you don’t have to splurge.
- Think of a grocery game you can play with the kids – I like to have mine play “Spot the blinkie machines and tearpads” and I award them imaginary points for each one they find. That helps me not miss any – and keeps them occupied.
- Ask them to help you load things into the cart – just keep them busy doing little things to help mommy – idle hands and all that….
- Find out if your store offers balloons, stickers, lollipops, etc… For me, the time waiting at the register is the most stressful part – so a well-timed lollipop from our friendly Bi-Lo bagger is always a welcome distraction!
What tips do you have for couponing with kids? Please share them in the comment section below!
Watch the video above to see Kasey’s “Happy Dance”. Oh yeah, and also how to shop at Bi-Lo for free things….
Currently, Bi-Lo has Bounty Napkins (the small pack) on Price Lock for $1. Using the $.50/1 Bounty Napkins coupon from the 4/1 P&G Insert, we were able to get FREE napkins this week!
“Good Things Come in Small Packages”:
One tip to keep in mind when couponing is that sometimes the smallest-sized products are the best deal (I know, counter-intuitive when you’re used to buying in bulk to save money, right?). Because some coupons don’t have size restrictions on them, you can use a high-value coupon on a low-priced item to get it FREE!
Using coupons is a great way to save money – heck, we’ve devoted a whole site to it! – but you’ve got to get some coupons in your hands before you can start. Printing coupons online is an easy way to get them right now – on almost anything you could imagine. Manufacturers release a limited number of coupons online for consumers to print out – usually with a limit of 2 prints per person.(Your computer won’t let you print more after that)
Here’s how to access and print those coupons from your computer:
- Register for Coupon Sites: First, register for the following coupon printing sites and install each of their coupon printer software when prompted. The major sites that offer printable coupons are totally safe and will not send you spam or put spyware on your computer – they are:
- Manufacturer & Store Websites: You will also be able to print some coupons directly from manufacturer and store websites – like Pillsbury.com or Target.com. These are safe as well and in most cases will send you an e-newsletter occasionally with new coupon offers or product info.
- Problems Printing? In most cases, switching browsers will solve your printing problems. Some browsers work better for different sites, I use Firefox, and I usually have no problems printing at all.
- Searching for a specific Coupon: Most of the main coupon printing sites will have categories that allow you to find a certain coupon more quickly (Like “Baby” or “Beverages”).
- Print 2 Coupons: In most cases, you can print each coupon twice by using your back arrow or simply going through the process again to print.