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.

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Freebies!!!

Who doesn’t love freebies??
I most certainly do! For this post, I wanted to give you ladies (and gentlemen 😉 ) 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!)
Toothpaste
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 10¢ 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’. =)

Tips & Tricks, Part 1

It’s been asked so many times, and I want to help out anyone who’s a beginner! Tips and tricks are the two things I’m always asked for. So, here it goes! In this first post of 2012, I’m going to cover my own personal way of organizing my coupons and shopping lists. First, I always buy my inserts in multiples of 10. 10 for me each week, sometimes more (it really depends if there’s an awesome (to me) coupon in there!)

Here’s where I store my extra inserts. Inside I have hanging file folders with tabs and the date on the tabs. It’s a WRECK or I’d post a pic (we’ll save that for next week– so I have time to organize it better!). For instance, 1/1/12 on one tab 1/8/12 on the next. I put all inserts from that week in there. This is for clipped coupons only (inserts I’ve pulled from!). Aside from that, I keep all the un-cut inserts somewhere else. BUT, that is only because I sell them. Otherwise, I’d put them in a second hanging file in my box. I keep all inserts until the coupons inside have expired.

Once I get my inserts organized, it’s time to clip! At first I don’t clip every single coupon (only the ones I feel will be used. We can cover that subject in the next post! A local grocery store sometimes triples coupons up to either 99¢ or $1 so I have a separate section in my binder for those coupons I wouldn’t otherwise use (unless tripling is going on!). 

Next, I put them in my binder! I printed a table of contents and pages to mark each section from the Krazy Coupon Lady’s website. You can find those here: 

I use a standard Avery binder that cost something like $4 at Meijer. Like I said, I really don’t clip coupons I don’t think I will use, just the ones I know we will use (which allows me to use a 2 inch binder!). I organize them in baseball card holders, which has 9 pockets per page. I also have a mix of currency pages (found them on both amazon and eBay!) which has 3 horizontal pockets on each page, and makes it easier to organize coupons that are really long! Here’s what my binder pages look like when they are open  

I am always open to new ideas!!! Does anyone else have a different way of organizing their coupons so they are more easily located when you are out shopping? I’m hoping this month I have budgeted enough so I can re-vamp my binder and get a new one! Also, feel free to suggest smaller sub-categories if you wish!
The categories I currently have for my binder are:
1. Produce
2. Salty Snacks
3. Granola Bars/Fruit Snacks
4. PB & J
5. Fruit
6. Vegetables
7. Pasta
8. Soup
9. Baking
10. Breakfast
11. Prepared Sides & Rice
12. Condiments/Salad Dressing
13. Drinks
14. Refrigerated
15. Yogurt
16. Freezer
17. Candy
18. Baby
19. Reynolds Ziploc
20. Paper Products
21. Surface Cleaners
22. Laundry
23. Dish Washing
24. Miscellaneous
25. Air Fresheners/Candles
26. Cold/Allergy Medicine
27. Vitamins
28. First Aid
29. Beauty
30. Oral Care
31. Soap & Body Wash
32. Hair Care
33. Lotion
34. Shaving & Deodorant
35. Feminine Hygiene
36. Pets
37. Target Coupons
38. Register rewards (Catalinas for Kroger, Meijer, Walgreens, CVS)

Krazy Coupon Lady Binder Template

P&G Insert Preview (THIS Sunday 11/27)

P&G Insert Coupons (Expire 12/31)
Bounty Save $.25/1 towels or napkins
Braun Save $5/1 cruZer
Charmin Save $.25/1
Clairol Save $2/1
CoverGirl Save $1/1
Crest Save $.75/1 toothpaste 4oz+ or liquid gel
Crest Save $7/1 3D White Professional Effects, 2 Hour Express, Advanced Vivid, Stain Shield or Gentle Routine whitestrips
Dawn Save $.25/1
Downy Save $1/1 Unstopables
Duracell Save $.50/1 Coppertop, Ultra Power, Ultra Photo Lithium or specialty batteries
Duracell Save $1.50/1 rechargeable batteries or charger or 6pk+ hearing aid batteries
Febreze Save $2/1 Home Collection Candle or No Spill Diffuser
Febreze Buy 1 Flameless Luminary Wooden Lamp Bade, get 1 Scented Shades refill free up to Save $5.99
Fixodent Save $.50/1 adhesive 1.05oz+
Fixodent Save $3/1 cleanser
Gillette Save $1/1 bodywash ETS
Gillette Save $1/1 deodorant ETS

Updated Subscription Information

After doing some research in my Paypal account, it has came to my attention that I am actually losing money on most every transaction I set up. It’s my fault- I always estimate shipping cheaper than it is and I love giving people discounts! That’s just how I am: I love to help others. I don’t charge for my time to make money, just so I break even. Well, last month I lost almost $35 which is a copay for one of my daughter’s therapy sessions!

So, in order to ensure I don’t rip myself off again, I am going to do 2 things. First, I am going to make the price for my time to hunt down inserts, etc .50 per insert. (You are still saving 75¢- $1.25 per paper if you went to the store to buy your own!). Also, I am going to start only shipping flat rate envelopes. I can fit more in there, and don’t have to worry about the weight if one insert is really heavy!

Trust me, this isn’t something I wanted to do. Because, again I really like helping others. But, I’ve checked 2 other places that provide inserts and their prices break down to $3.32-$3.50 per 2 inserts (paper). My cost will remain at about $2.20! After that, I still feel like I’m passing on my savings and helping others out!! I want you all to know I love helping you and hope I can continue to do so.

Now for the math!! We all know I love numbers!!

Here’s what a monthly subscription might look like with 4 weeks in the month (8-10 inserts) for a customer who orders 3 of each:
Week 1- 3 of each insert (3) x.50= $4.50
Week 2- 3 of each insert (2) x.50= $3.00
Week 3- 3 of each insert (2) x.50= $3.00
Week 4- 3 of each insert (2) x.50= $3.00

To save on shipping, I ship bi-weekly.
Insert cost: $16.50
Shipping cost $5 for each envelope (flat rate envelope) $10
Total= $26.50
My cost= approximately $2.20 per paper

Company A charges: 5 of each insert= $17.50 per week That’s $3.50 per paper essentially

Company B charges: $1.35 per insert= 2.70 per paper, plus shipping ($3.94)= $3.32 per paper.

*** Please note, the per paper price for my subscriptions will be substantially less if you order 5, 10, or 15 inserts since you will be shipping more in one envelope! 🙂

Thanks again, I hope you all understand the changes that I have to make, and they will be effective with December subscriptions!

11/13 Insert Previews

SMART SOURCE:

$1.00/1 Airwick Flip and Fresh
$3.00/2 Airwick Candles, 5.29 oz
B2G1 Free Airwick Candles, 3 oz
Free Airwick Double Fresh Warmer WYB Scented Oil Twin Refill Fragrance
$1.50/1 Airborne Product
$4.00/1 Bausch & Lomb Soothe Eye Drops
$0.40/1 Betty Crocker Cookies Mix Pouch
$0.50/2 Birds Eye
$2.00/10 Boston Market Products
$4.00/20 Boston Market Products
$3.00/1 Butterball Whole Fresh or Frozen Turkey WYB any 4 Packages of Heinz Homestyle Gravy, Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls or Stove Top Stuffing Mix
$0.75/1 California Olive Ranch Extra Virgin Olive Oil
$1.00/1 Clairol Hair Color
$3.00/1 Clairol Nice N Easy Color Blend Foam or Perfect 10 Hair Color
$1.00/1 Colgate Optic White Toothpaste 4 oz or larger
$1.00/1 Colgate Total Advanced Toothpaste 4 oz or larger
$0.50/1 Command Product
$0.50/1 Easy-off Cooktop or Barbecue Grill Cleaner
$0.50/1 Easy-Off Oven Cleaner
$0.50/1 Eggland’s Best Eggs
$0.75/1 Eggland’s Best Cage Free or Organic Dozen Eggs
$1.50/1 Excedrin 80 ct or larger
$1.00/1 Farm Rich Product
B1G1 Free Foster Farms Panko Crusted Chicken Breasts up to $6.00
$1.00/2 Hershey’s, Reese’s or Heath Baking Chips 8 oz or larger
$1.00/3 Hershey’s Kisses bag 10 oz or larger
$1.00/1 Kotex Pads or Liners, Target Coupon
$0.75/1 Lime-A-Way Cleaner
$1.00/1 Lubriderm Product
$0.75/1 Mop & Glo Product
$0.75/1 Mt. Olive Pickles, Peppers or Relish Product
$1.00/1 Mucinex Product
$0.75/2 Nabisco Crackers 6-16 oz
$0.75/1 Noxema Facial Product
$1.00/1 Old English Product
$0.55/1 Orville Redenbacher Popcorn 3 pk or larger
$0.25/1 Palmolive Dish Liquid
$0.50/1 Palmolive Fresh Green Apple, Pomegranate or Lavender Dish Liquid 25 oz or larger
$0.35/1 Pam Cooking Spray
$1.50/1 Poise Hourglass Shape Pads
$1.00/1 Poise Product
$1.00/1 Purina One Dry Cat Food
B2G1 Free Purina One Wet Cat Food Cans up to $0.77
$1.00/1 Pyrex Products
$2.50/1 Rachel Ray Nutrish Super Premium Dog Food 6 lb or larger
B1G1 Free Rachel Ray Nutrish Super Premium Dog Treats
$3.00/2 Red Lobster Lunch Entree
$4.00/2 Red Lobster Dinner Entree
$0.75/1 Resolve Carpet Cleaner
$0.50/1 Reynolds Oven Bags
$0.55/1 Reynolds Foil Excluding 18, 20, 25 and 30 sq ft and wrappers
$1.00/2 Scott Naturals Flushable Wipes, Tubes or Refills
$1.00/4 Scott Towel Rolls
$1.00/8 Scott Bath Tissue Rolls
$0.50/2 Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa
$1.00/1 Swiss Miss Hot Cocoa 12 ct K-cup Portion Pack
$0.75/1 Tabasco
$0.50/1 Terry’s Item 6 oz or larger
$0.50/1 Toblerone Item 3.52 oz or larger
$1.00/1 Torani Syrup
$1.00/2 Tree Top Apple Sauce Products
$0.50/1 Whitecastle Package Microwaveable Hamburgers or Cheeseburgers 6 ct
$1.00/1 Whitecastle Package Microwaveable Hamburgers or Cheeseburgers 6 ct
$1.00/1 Wholly Product
$1.00/2 Wonderful Pistachio Packages 5 oz or larger
$1.00/1 Yuban Coffee
$1.00/1 Zantac Product 24 ct
$1.50/2 Ziploc Containers
$1.00/2 Ziploc Bags

RED PLUM:

$1.00/1 Advil Congestion Relief Product
$0.45/1 Angel Soft Double Roll
$0.25/1 Axe Deodorant Body Spray
$1.00/2 Baileys Coffee Creamers
$1.00/1 Beano Product 15 ct or larger
$1.00/1 Beano To Go
$0.25/1 Best Foods Product 16.5 oz or larger
$0.25/1 Caress Tahitian Renewal, Cashmere Luxury, Daily Silk, Evenly Gorgeous, Velvet Bliss, Glowing Touch, Sheer Twilight or Scarlet Blossom Body Wash 6 bars or 12 oz
$3.00/1 Centrum Specialist Multivitamin
$5.00/1 Centrum ProNutrients Probiotic Supplement
$5.00/1 Centrum ProNutrients Supplement
$10.00/1 Comfort Zone Diffuser, Spray or 2 Refills
$7.00/1 Crest 3D White Professional Effects or 2 Hour Express White Strips
$0.35/1 Degree Men Anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Stick
$1.00/1 DiGiorno Rising Crust Pizza
$1.00/1 Dimetapp Children’s Product
$0.25/1 Dove Men+Care anti-Perspirant & Deodorant Stick
$0.25/1 Dove Men+Care Body Wash, Body and Face Bar or Active Clean Shower Tool
$1.50/2 Emerald Nuts Products 5 oz or larger
$1.00/1 Garnier Nutrisse Nourishing Colore Creme
$1.00/2 Immaculate Baking Products
$1.00/1 Kibbles N Bits Dry Dog Food
$1.25/1 Knorr Homestyle Stock
$0.25/1 Lipton Tea Bags
$2.00/1 L’Oreal Paris Face Product
$1.00/2 Mars Holiday Products: M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies for the Holiday, Dove Chocolate Promises, Mixed Minis, Chocolates for the Holidays Variety Pack, Snickers, Twix, Milky Way or 3 Musketeers Minis 7.94-19.5 oz
$0.35/1 Martha White Muffin Mix
$0.35/1 Morton Coarse Kosher Salt, 26 oz All-Purpose Sea Salt, Sea Salt Grinder or Pepper Grinder
$2.00/1 Olay Facial Cleanser with Purchase of Pro-X Advanced Cleansing System
$2.00/1 Total Effects or Age Defying Anti-Wrinkle Facial Moisturizer or Facial Cleanser
$5.00/1 Oral-B Replacement Brush Heads 3 ct or larger
$1.00/1 Pompeian Olive Oil 16 oz or larger
$0.50/2 Pop Secret Products
$0.25/1 Q-Tips Cotton Swabs Product 170 ct or larger
$0.25/1 Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread
$1.00/1 Slim Fast Shake Multipack
$1.00/2 Tums 24 ct or larger
$1.00/1 Vaseline Lotion 24.5 oz or larger

Home delivery papers (not the ones I get) will also have a General Mills insert!
$0.75/2 Betty Crocker SuperMoist Cake Mix AND Ready to Spread Frosting
$0.50/1 Bisquick Original or Heart Smart Baking Mix 20 oz + or Shake N Pour Pancake Mix 10.6 oz
$1.00/2 Chex Cereals
$0.75/1 Fundamiddles Cupcake Mix
$0.50/2 Green Giant Canned Corn, Peas or Green Beans
$0.50/2 Green Giant Valley Fresh Steamers Frozen Vegetables
$0.60/3 Green Giant Frozen Boxed Vegetables
$0.75/2 Green Giant Frozen Bagged Vegetable 19-24 oz
$0.75/3 Hamburger Helper Home Cooked Skillet Meals
$0.75/1 Nature Valley Granola Thins
$0.30/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Grands! Biscuits
$0.40/1 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls WYB Any Pizza Crust, Breadstick, Loaves or Dinner Rolls
$0.40/2 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
$040/2 Pillsbury Sweet Rolls or Grands! Sweet Rolls
$0.50/1 Pillsbury Grands! Sweet Rolls
$0.50/2 Pillsbury Rolled Refrigerated Pie Crusts
$0.55/3 Pillsbury Crescent Dinner Rolls
$1.00/2 Pillsbury Refrigerated Cookie Dough
$0.50/1 Progresso Panko Crispy Bread Crumbs
$1.00/4 Progresso Cans of Soup
$0.50/2 Yoplait Greek Yogurt
$1.00/10 Yoplait Yogurt Cups

800 Fan Giveaway, Part 2

Here’s part 2:

Anyone can enter but only one entry please! If you entered the local giveaway you cannot enter here too, so please choose ONE prize to try to win, so we can make it fair to everyone.

For this one, you are entering to win a free copy of All*You magazine. For those of you who don’t know, it’s usually stuffed with high value or b1g1 coupons! The retail value is around $4 at Walmart. I will buy you the current copy, and ship it to your home. Just a little way for me to say thank you to my fans.

You can earn additional entries here too, by referring your friends. They have to comment on this post you sent them, and it must be separate from their own entry if they choose to do so. I’m sorry, I don’t know a way to make it easier for me to draw a random winner!

Good luck to each of you!
~Ashley

800 Fan Giveaway– Indy Locals Only

First things first! You don’t have to live in Indy, but you have to be willing to make a shopping trip in Indy with yours truly. Yep, that’s right enter on this post and you will have a chance to win a shopping trip/mentoring session with me. 🙂 I know, you’re all dying for this one… seriously I would have been so excited to shop with a ‘seasoned’ couponer when I first started!

What’s in it for you: I will join you on a shopping trip to help show you how I find my best deals. The store we will shop at will be 1 of 2 places: Meijer, or Kroger. Unless Marsh does another Tripling event, then it will definitely be there if you choose!

I can also show you how to organize your binder/coupons for maximum usage. My way isn’t the only way, but it definitely works for me when I have them all in the binder in their correct ‘homes’. 🙂

You may only enter once, and you must use your prize before December 31st, and set it up one week ahead of time!

Earn additional entries by referring your friends to my page, and them commenting here that you sent them, in a separate comment from their own entry! Good luck to every one!!!!!
~Ashley

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