I am a sock genius! (Kids’ Sock-Matching Hack)

I’m an iffy housekeeper.  I try – honestly I do – and sometimes I do it well, and the kids lunches are made the night before, the rooms are all tidy, the dishes washed and the laundry done.  But lots of times the laundry is NOT done – or at least is not folded – and I blame that entirely on the fact that my laundry room is in the basement and the basement has a door I can close.  (Out of sight, out of mind)  :)

 

So this inevitably leads to a school morning sock free-for-all, where my four boys dig through a MASSIVE pile of similar looking socks, trying to find a pair.  I also have one sock-obsessed 6 year old who will only wear 3 of the 200 pairs we own, because “those 3 don’t get lumpy”.

After they left for school this morning in the usual whirlwind, I sat down guiltily to fold enough socks for the rest of the week.  They all look so similar, but are all different sizes/ankle heights and it took me a good long while to match up 7 or 8 pair.  I even tried to get my 4 year old to help me – by telling him we were playing a matching game (He loves those) That’s when inspiration grabbed me!

I ran to the kitchen to grab some colored sharpies. I drew shapes on the feet-part of matched pairs, so they will be easy to spot in a pile.  My 4 year old yelled out which shapes he wanted me to draw, and I just went at it.  Here are a few:

I think this will help the kids find their matches in the morning – when mom’s dropped the ball (Let’s just be honest, it’s going to happen again).  Not only that – the little ones will think it’s fun to dig out matching pair and hand them to me – like a game!

Heck, I might up the ante and throw some alphabet letters on the next batch – so we can practice our letters!

Do you have any little tips you would like to share that help you in everyday life?  I thought it might be fun to post some practical reader-tips once in awhile, so leave your comment and I might contact you to do a post like the one I just did above!

Rader Tips: Free Shutterfly Book, $5 Starbucks Gift Card and More!

  • Tammy: Last week at Ingles a catalina printed out for a free 7×9 photo book from Shutterfly. I did this last night at I got a 20 page 7×9 book for free, just paid shipping charges. Visit: shutterly.com/catalinaoffer (Anyone else get this?  If so – what did you buy to get it?)
  • Brandon: Starbucks 12 Days of Sharing today is for a FREE $5 Starbucks Gift Card wyb 1 lb of coffee! (In-Store)
  • Sara: Chick-fil-A will be giving away FREE Spicy Chicken Sandwiches in January – you can reserve yours HERE starting 12/27!
  • James: Get a hot $2 off coupon from Challenge Dairy HERE – making butter around $1!

Do you have some reader tips?  Leave a comment here – and share it with our fellow readers!

Hunt for Holiday Coupons is ON!

The Holiday season is the BEST time to find great coupons at all sorts of places. Why? Manufacturers know that food is a big part of Holiday Traditions – and they’d like to become YOUR tradition. If you use Libby’s canned pumpkin for your Thanksgiving dessert, your daughter will probably use Libby’s Pumpkin, and her daughter, etc…

Their motive is clear: if companies can lure you in with a high-value coupon this Holiday, they stand to get generations of repeat business. So how can you get your mittens on all the good coupons they’re putting out there?
1.) Variety is the Spice of Life!

If you ALWAYS go to Bi-Lo, and you’ve got everything they have to offer, shake up your routine a bit.  Stop in a Dollar Store for toilet-paper or milk, swing by K-Mart for… some made-up reason.  No matter what store you find yourself running into, take the time to speed-walk down every aisle looking for tearpads and blinkies. I have even gone out of my way (to SuperSaver) just on a hunch that they might have good tearpads that haven’t been stripped bare. They did!

2.) You’re Getting Warmer….
Don’t just scan the shelves for coupons- get creative.  Think, “If I were a tearpad, where would I hide?”  A-HA! That cardboard display! or  A-HA! That Christmas-y Arrangement of Baking Supplies!
3.) Ask, and You Shall Receive
Occasionally, coupons are kept behind counters.  For instance, sometimes the cosmetics counter at Walgreens has coupons that they haven’t put out yet.  I can’t guarantee you they will give you one, but it never hurts to ask!  Also, sometimes gas stations keep coupons behind the counter.  Give it an extra glance next time you’re paying for something!
4.) Share the Love!

You’re going to be so excited when you find a blinking display full of coupon booklets that you’re going to have the urge to grab 20 of them and do a jolly dance all the way home.  I know, I know!  We’ve all been there!   But keep in mind  the Golden Rule of Couponers:

Take a COUPLE, leave the rest!  There are so many of us, and so few tearpads…. please don’t be a “Scrooge” this Holiday Season!
Leave a comment if you’ve found a great holiday themed booklet or tearpad – so we can help each other on the hunt!

Saturday Savings Report: 10/9 (Lots of Motts!)

This just in!   If you’re looking for a spot to share your shopping trips & stockpile runs – come by the Time2Save News Desk every Saturday to leave a comment or link-up!  We LOVE hearing your stories, so spill the beans!

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(20) Packs of Motts Applesauce = $13.40

This week, my favorite trip was one which used NO coupons! (GASP)
I took a little nighttime run over to the local Target – to do the Motts Deal.  Recap:

Buy (5) Motts Apple Sauce 6-Packs/or 64 oz Motts juice ~ Get a $5 Target Giftcard

Since we fly through applesauce and juice around here, this sounded like a great deal!  The 6-Packs were priced at just $1.67 ea, which means that for every 5 I bought, I paid only $.67 a pack (After giftcard).

Here is some of my haul – and I expect to be stocking up a whole lot more with the White House Apple Sauce Deal at Bi-Lo this week!  I’ve already spoken to the manager about ordering extra, and I’ve bought an envelope of coupons off Ebay – so as soon as they arrive we’ll be swimming in nearly FREE applesauce!  (See that Bi-Lo deal HERE)

Your Turn!

Are you a frugal blogger?  If so come link-up here every Saturday with your favorite savings story of the week!

How to participate in the Saturday Savings Report:

  1. Write a short blog post about your Savings Adventure.
  2. Leave a direct link to your savings post.  Not a blogger?  Leave a comment in the comment section!
  3. Make sure to include specific info like which store you shopped – so other readers can try out your brilliant plan

Saturday Savings Report (Link-Up!) – 10/2

This just in!   If you’re looking for a spot to share your shopping trips & stockpile runs – come by the Time2Save News Desk every Saturday to leave a comment or link-up!  We LOVE hearing your stories, so spill the beans!

This week, I ran out to Food Lion randomly to fill my freezer with cheese – but I never had time to stop and take pictures or figure my totals.  Graciously – our wonderful Deal Detective Kim offered to step in and share her Food Lion shopping trip for this week’s Savings Report!  If any of you would like to share your trips for a Saturday Savings Report – please send it to me in a similar format, with a picture – and we’ll feature your Saving savvy!

Kim’s Food Lion Trips:

12 Hamburger Helpers = $12 *Done over 4 transactions
-  (4) $1/3 Coupons = $8
Paid $8 ~ Got back (4) $1.50 Off Meat Catalina Coupons

4 Glade candles @ $3.19 +(4) Kraft Cream Cheese $1 ea + (1) Kraft chunk cheese $1.39 = $18.15
- $5/5 Kraft Coupon
- (2) BOGO Glade + $1/2 Glade from 9/26 SS
Paid $5.77
~ Got back (2) $2 Off Next Purchase Glade Catalina coupons

3 Lbs ground Chuck + 2 Lbs Chicken =$20.92 (Pre-MVP Price)
- MVP Savings = $10.46
- (4) $1.50 Hamburger Helper Catalinas = $4.46
- (2) $2 Glade catalinas = $.46
Total after Tax: $1.28

Grand Total: $14.05  (For SEVERAL Meals worth of food!)
Total Before Coupons/Sale: $52.58

Your Turn!

Are you a frugal blogger?  If so come link-up here every Saturday with your favorite savings story of the week!

How to participate in the Saturday Savings Report:

  1. Write a short blog post about your Savings Adventure.
  2. Leave a direct link to your savings post.  Not a blogger?  Leave a comment in the comment section!
  3. Make sure to include specific info like which store you shopped – so other readers can try out your brilliant plan