Archive for February, 2012

Free Insert Giveaway!

Here it is ladies (and gentlemen too!). It’s time for a giveaway. My fan page has made it to 850 fans and it wouldn’t be possible without each of YOU! Thank you so much for being loyal fans, subscribers, and even friends. Since my page is smaller than most paid bloggers, I’ve had the pleasure of getting to ‘know’ many of my fans. I’ve met some wonderful ladies on this page and I’m so glad I get to share my deals with you, and also see your shopping trips! In honor of 850 fans, I’m giving ONE lucky fan a pack of 10 free inserts (from 2/26, or any from past weeks I have in stock!). Shipping is even on me!

Helping others is one of my greatest accomplishments and paying it forward makes me feel all warm & fuzzy inside! So, if you are a subscriber be watching your bi-weekly packages for a little surprise! All current subscribers will get a little something from me. Nothing major, I just want to say thank you all for being so loyal to Penny Pinching Mom!!

No, to enter the giveaway I’ve been talking about for WEEKS! There are many ways to earn entries.
**First, you have to be a FAN of PPM of Facebook, and comment on THIS blog post! That gets you your first entry.
***For a second entry, subscribe to my blog via email. (top left, under email subscription heading). Make a second comment on THIS post that you subscribed via email!

****For additional entries, refer your friends. Friends MUST comment on this post (each one you refer) and say you referred them. They can comment and get their own entries too!

GIVEAWAY WILL END PROMPTLY AT 11:59PM on Saturday, March 3rd.



Who doesn’t love freebies??
I most certainly do! For this post, I wanted to give you ladies (and gentlemen ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) a little compilation of things I always get for free, or almost free! And, most importantly: My FAVORITE freebies!! I was going to add photos, but ran out of time because I have a million other things going on. Please forgive me.

First of all, my favorite freebies and cheapies! *these also fall under the category I will cover 2nd*
UP2U Gum (always free with $1 coupon and $1 on sale!)
Razors (almost always cheap, usually free with high value coupons ($4-$5) or Target gift card deals)
Body wash (free or cheap with high value coupons $3-$4)
Taco Seasoning (I will NEVER pay for this stuff again! Always free with a .50 coupon that is doubled)
Taco Shells (under $1 with doubled .50 coupon)
Black Beans (Ortega brand, usually with $1 off coupon or .50 coupon doubled)
Nesquik (small packs free with .50 or .60 coupons doubled up to $1 value at Meijer!)
Cereal, various brands (ALWAYS get it for under $1 a box!! Never buy if it is more and stock up when I can, usually pair a $1 off 1 coupon with a $2 sale)

Category 2, always free or cheap:

Toothbrushes (pair a coupon with a $1 sale, or wait for $2 high value coupon and a sale for a better brush!)
Lotion (usually trial sizes)
Trial size medicines (advil, nyquil, dayquil)
Children’s medicine (Robitussin, Advil, Triaminic) I get these on clearance in late summer usually, and pair with $1 or $2 coupons
Trial size cascade packs, 3 in a pack for $1 at Target and use $1/1 coupons if they come out!
Trial size Tide $1, use $1/1 coupon
Shaving Cream ($1 or so paired with a coupon at Kroger usually)
Makeup (on sale and paired with a coupon at Kroger usually)
Dole salads ($1 on sale paired with $1 coupon, usually printables)
Small packs of Advil or store brand Ibuprofen (paired with coupons and on sale for $1-$2)
Canned Chili (use this for appetizers, etc for pitch ins! always $.30 or less a can with doubled .40 or .50/1 coupon)
Refried Beans ($1 sale paired with doubled .50 coupon)
Pasta ($1 paired with $1 coupon or I will pay up to .50 a box for whole grain!)
Pasta sauce (always under $1 a jar for Classico brand, or under .50 for Ragu and other brands)
Chex Mix (always under .50 per bag after coupon, usually free)
Bugles (always under .50 per bag after coupon, usually free)
Goldfish (no coupon needed, I just wait for $1 sale!)
Assorted Candy bars (Walgreens, Marsh, Kroger, etc. Pair a coupon with a 2/.80 sale!)

These are just a sample of things I like to get for free….
What do YOU like to get for free or cheap? Which items are your ‘staples’ in your stockpile? Please share!

More beginners tips!

In this post I’m going to answer the top few questions I always get asked!

How do you clip SO many coupons?
Well, until a week ago- I used scissors and stacked 10 inserts at a time. Now, I have a paper cutter and it works wonderfully! Makes clipping a 20 minute job instead of 2 hours!

How do you keep coupons organized?
Well, I’m starting a new system (just sorted 2 days ago actually!) Here are my categories: In the very front is Checklane stuff (candy bars, gum, etc), Breakfast, Fruit & Veggies, Pasta/Ethnic foods (includes dry pasta, sauces, and pasta meals like healthy choice that are found in macaroni aisle), Canned foods (includes soups), Baking, Boxed foods (includes stuffing, hamburger helpers, boxed potatoes, etc), Condiments, Drinks, Refrigerated (includes dairy), Frozen foods, Beauty (this is a BIG one! I use 4 categories inside this one!) Soap/body wash, shampoo, makeup, feminine care, Laundry & Dishwashing, Paper Products & Cleaners, Baby, Pharmacy (which includes medicine and toothbrushing), Miscellaneous, and Pets.

Where do you get SO many coupons?
Well, I buy them from someone who mails them to me, then I mail them on to you ladies! I don’t make much money off of them, I more so enjoy spreading the word, and getting other people to use coupons!!

What coupon database do you use?
Easy! Money Saving Mom’s!! Here’s the link. Best of all, it’s FREE!

There aren’t coupons for ‘healthy foods’! How do you save on those?
You’re exactly right, there aren’t very often. It’s VERY rare to find a produce or meat coupon. Very rare! These are ‘staples’ at our house, and since we really don’t consume a lot of meat, it’s the one thing I do pay full price for. From time to time, Kroger puts coupons in their mailers for discounts off of entire shopping trips. Something like $5/ $50 purchase or $1 off $5 produce purchase. I take full advantage if I can find those!

What non-grocery/household items do you use coupons on?
I use coupons ANY time we go out to eat, or we order from the value menu. Since it’s just the 2 of us usually, we do mainly fast-food. I know, unhealthy! Chick Fil A is Addy’s favorite, and there are rarely coupons there so we go for Kids night on Wednesdays (formerly on Tuesdays!). Gas for my car is the other big one! Whenever I can, I use my Kroger points towards gas! You get points on any purchase made there BEFORE coupons! Which is SO nice. Tonight my total was over $100, and after coupons it was somewhere around $13. That’s a 10ยข off per gallon discount!

How in the world do you have time to use so many coupons when you work and have a little one?
Well, many of you may or may not know, my little one is going to be 3 soon, and is developmentally the age of about 18 months. She has lots of special needs and we are in therapy 4-5 times a week, and she also has preschool 2 times a week. Then, I work 3-5 days a week on top of that. Yes, it is crazy around here most days and I’m not sure how I’ve maintained sanity! But, I make it a priority to use coupons whenever I can because coupons allow me to not work a full-time job. Coupons, and selling thing on eBay on occasion. It’s impossible to work full-time with my little one needing so much extra attention/help! In a nutshell- it’s totally possible. Just takes an hour a week to organize/clip coupons! I do it after my little one has gone to bed, usually on Wednesday or Thursday while I’m watching shows I like on TV!

Is it worth it?
Yes, it is! I mean, who doesn’t love FREE or cheap? I love both! If I can stock up on a year’s supply of a single item and pay almost nothing for it, I will. It takes storage space, and I’m going to soon be losing my under-the-stairs closet. When we move, I’ll have to get a new game plan.

What’s your stockpile look like?
Well… .let’s save that for another post- because right now I’d be totally embarrassed to post a photo of it. There are bags laying everywhere in the closet, and some things are ‘homeless’. =)