Couponing for the Rest of Us

5 Ways to Save Money on School Lunches

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Here are 5 great tips to help you load the lunchbox and save money at the same time.

1. Buy Ahead

When you are shopping, keep an eye out for items your kids LOVE to go on sale. Maybe its Teddy Grahams or Goldfish or fruit snacks or even raisins. Most foods follow a 10-12 week sale cycle.  The goal is to purchase items at their lowest cost, paired with a coupon.  Then, buy enough to last you until the next sale comes around (about 10 – 12 weeks worth).  Not only will you will save on the items your kids love, you’ll stay stocked up on lunchbox items.   [Read more...]


DIY to Save Money on Curtains! (4 Easy Ideas)

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DIY to Save Money on Curtains

Jamie here! I’m no Martha Stewart, but I’ll happily embark on a little DIY to save money on household items I want but can’t afford.  In this post, let’s take a look at how to save on curtains by purchasing things that aren’t exactly curtains… and making them work!

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Saver Tip Tuesday | After-School Special!

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Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday – this week’s focus is on after-school tips!

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

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Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

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  1. 10 Ways to UpCycle Old T Shirts- The It Mom
  2. How to Make DIY Mason Jar Cups- My Frugal Adventures
  3. Grilling on a Budget- Southern Krazed

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How to Save: Yearly Sales Cycles

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Besides a grocery store sale cycle, are there times of the year when certain items are on sale?

Absolutely! Grocery stores are smart. They know that there are certain times of the year when shoppers are keying in on specific goods and they want to grab as much of your business as they possibly can. So why not offer a great price on something they already know you’ll be looking for? When you think about it, it’s a fantastic idea. Cookout supplies around the 4th of July, baking staples during the holidays and even candy on Halloween.

It’s all about anticipation. In this case, the anticipation of shopping habits. The store knows from experience, and shopping trends, when different items will peak throughout the year.  By matching their best prices to times of peak demand they stand a better chance of bringing shoppers through the door and earning their business.

This is a cycle you can work to your advantage! By staying on top of what items tend to go on sale during certain times of the year, you can stock up and save your family impressive amounts of money. Right now try focusing on those key items you’ll soon be tossing into lunchboxes day after day. Things like pudding cups, fruit snacks and Lunchables can be expensive, so buy when the time is right and have them ready and waiting when you need them most. Also, keep track as to which of these items can be frozen. Things like lunchmeat freeze great, making it easy to take advantage of a good sale when you find one.

Another thing to keep track of is produce. Fruits and vegetables are at their peak at different times of the year. If you can buy when the market is flooded, and then either can or freeze your produce, you have the chance to save money while still offering healthy options for your family.

Right now August is upon us and that can only mean one thing…..back to school! With that in mind let’s take a look at a few items that always tend to be on sale this time of year.

Sales to Watch for During Back to School:

School Supplies

  • Pencils, Crayons, Markers, Scissors, Rulers, Folders, Glue, Paper, Notebooks & Other School Supplies

Breakfast Items/School Lunches

  • Pudding Cups, Lunch Meat, Lunchables, Bread, Cold Cereal, Waffles, Juice Boxes

Disinfectant

  • Clorox, Purell

Clearance

  • Insect Repellant, Sunscreen, Charcoal, Pool Toys, Outdoor Furniture, Pools, Picnic Supplies

Seasonal Produce

  • Veggies: Avocado, Green Beans, Beans, Corn, Cucumber, Eggplant, Onion, Bell Pepper, Summer Squash, Tomatillo, Tomatoes, Peaches, Gravenstein Apples, Berries, Figs, Grapes, Melons, Peaches, Bartlett Pears, Plums, & Raspberries

 

Couponing is a great way to save money!  Whether you save 5%, 15% or 50% you are still saving your family money.  Having a hard time getting started?  Buy my new book, “Couponing for the Rest of Us” on Amazon in paperback or Kindle.  You can even read the first chapter online FREE!

Saver Tip Tuesday | Back to School Helpers

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Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday – this week let’s get some help with Back to School organization and lunches!

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

DIY Homemade Uncrustables are super easy! See how on missiontosave.com 40-Fantastic-Back-to-School-Ideas lunchbox-snacks

  • The back to school countdown has begun. Make my Homemade Uncrustables now for each lunch packing this school year.
  • And how about saving some money by making your ownLunchBox Snack Bags. Jamie shows us how to make them for just $0.10 each!
  • And find 38 more amazing ideas in Lindsay’s 40 Fantastic Back to School Ideas List. Ideas for snacks, lunches, shopping and printables.
  • Kasey and Jamie have

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Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

  1. How to Make Hard Boiled Eggs in the Oven- Luv a Bargain
  2. DIY Washi Tape Mustache Coasters- Shortcut Saver
  3. Chocolate Cake with Peanut Butter Cheesecake Filling – Some of This and That

Now it’s your turn! Link up your Time Saver, Money Saver, or Life Saver tip!

  • Use the “add your link” button below to link directly to the specific page on your own blog. Please limit to just 2 posts each week. Also please no links to affiliate deals or etsy shops.
  • Be sure to share the love! Click through on the other posts on the link, pin from the original source and leave a comment here and there.
  • By linking on Saver Tips Tuesday you are giving Mission to Save, Pandora’s Deals and Time 2 $ave the right to feature one of your photos on our social media and blogs. Each week the top 3 posts from the week before will be highlighted.

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Saver Tip Tuesday | End of Summer, Start of School Tips

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Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday!

This week we’ve got some ways to end summer with a fun bang and start school smoothly.

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Saver Tip Tuesday: Easy Summertime Dinner

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Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday – this week let’s check out some easy Summertime dinner ideas!

Check in each week to see lots of helpful tips for your everyday life. We will be talking about DIY projects, recipes, tips for organization, ways to repurpose items and more! You might see a recipe post that is a “time saver”, a budgeting post that is a “money saver” or a rainy day activity for the kiddos that is a “life saver”! There are so many awesome ideas out there and we want to Link and Learn from each other.

This link-up is being hosted by 3 great blogs:

Each week we’ll highlight tips from our own sites and then you can link up your own posts via the linky tool (any kind of “saver” tip). The linky will be on all 3 sites- so your post will get a ton of exposure! Each week, we will also highlight the Top 3 posts from the linky during the previous week.

Here are this week’s host highlights:

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Easy Spaghetti Bake Recipe. Perfect for freezer cooking and busy weeknight meals.

Here are the Top 3 Posts from the Linky Last Week:

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  1. 5 Ways to Save on Vacation – Simple Saving Savvy
  2. DIY Kids Behavior Chart Craft - Savvy Saving Couple
  3. Back to School Customized Binders – Homemaking Unplugged

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Saver Tip Tuesday: Kitchen Tips & Time Savers

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Welcome to Saver Tips Tuesday – this week we’re sharing some Kitchen Tips & Time Savers!

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