Friday, July 22, 2011

Is It Worth It?

I've decided to start a new series called "Is It Worth It" where I'll explore a money saving idea to find out if it's worth the energy/time/investment, etc.  I'll track how much time it takes, how much money you have to invest up front, and how much energy it takes to get the savings.  I'll compare that to the quality of the resulting product, because, as we know, just because you get a good deal on something doesn't mean it's quality.  Sometimes more effort or investment returns a much better product. 

My current project is making my own reduced-sugar strawberry jam.  So far I've invested about $7 for jars and $5 for strawberries.  If you have strawberries in your garden, that's another savings, though you would need to consider the initial investment for the strawberry plants and the time you've spent weeding and watering.  I'll report back when the jam has been finished and taste-tested!

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Free eggs!

Get free Eggland's Best Eggs if you are on facebook.  Head here and follow the instructions.

Free Huggies Sample

Snatch a free Sung and Dry sample by heading here.  Sizes 3, 4, and 5 are available.

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

Free Shipping and Winnie the Pooh Sale is having a sale on their Winnie the Pooh plush toys plus free shipping if you order any Winnie the Pooh item.  Just use coupon code: HONEY at checkout.

Wipes .02 each

Pampers SoftCare Scented 10X Wipes 720 CountGet this Amazon deal for Pampers SoftCare Scented Wipes 720 Countfor only $12.94.  Here's how:

First, make sure you are signed up for Amazon Mom if you have kids or are a regular caregiver for children. 

Head to the link for Pampers SoftCare Scented Wipes 720 Count after you have signed up and click on "Subscribe & Save" on the right side of the page.  You will receive 30% off, 15% for Amazon Mom discount and 15% for subscribing.  In addition, you get free shipping!  That makes these wipes come in at about $.02 a piece. 

BOBO 3 Scoop Sundae at Friendly's

Head to Friendly's and enjoy their A/C during these sweltering days.  While you're in there use this printable coupon for a Buy One Get One 3 scoop sundae.  Expires 7.24.

Monday, July 18, 2011

$5 for $10 to Dunkin Donuts

If you want to dunk your donuts, Saveology has a $10 gift card for only $5 to Dunkin Donuts available today under "National."  Enjoy!

Love it!

I'm lovin' this travel pillow that's on zulily today.  It even has a velcro strap to hold the paci!  Genius.

My other zulily faves of the day: 

Cool Shirt, Hot Price

Check out this cool McDonalds Vintage Japanese Red Adult T-Shirt.  If you like the vintage look and a great price, enjoy!  Only $3.95 with free Super Saver Shipping if you're an Amazon Prime member. 

Crazy Coupon Lady week and last week are "Can Can" weeks at my local grocery store, ShopRite.  That means that there are some rock bottom prices on items that often have coupons to match them.  I use Living Rich With Coupons to get all of the great match ups.  I took a nice, long hiatus from couponing -and even grocery shopping for the most part- until the little one was 6 weeks.  Having a break definitely made it easier to jump back in with joy when the time came.

Though I may be a bit of a Crazy Coupon Lady, I have to admit that sometimes couponing makes me feel more like this:

Thanks, Jacqueline!

When couponing starts to drive you crazy, take a break so you don't get burnt out!  "But I have to use coupons to stretch my grocery budget," you say?  Well, try a little experiment for a week or two while you take a break.  Only purchase fresh produce (or use frozen you've already stock-piled) and milk/eggs for a time and head to those pantry shelves and get creative!  Instead of buying another $.16 box of pasta, use some other starch you have like instant potatoes, rice, couscous, or whatever random thing you have in that (hopefully small) stockpile.  Head to ingredient search and enter in a few items you have on hand and find a simple recipe that matches.  Use what you have and take the chance to give your pantry, fridge, and freezer a good cleaning while you're not constantly adding to them.

At the end of the break, you'll be refreshed -ready and rarin' to go back to the fun of couponing.

Possible Free Marshmallows

Check your Kraft First Taste Account and see if you got a coupon for Free Jet Puffed Marshmallows.

Free Plush Pony

Head over here to the Kit Carson Riding Club to get your free plush pony!  Have it sent in your kiddos name or to a niece or nephew.

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