Saving Money

Posted: August 1, 2011
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Follow me on Savings.com!
Well it looks like this county girl is headed to the East for the first time in her life! NYC here I come! I was invited by Savings.com as part of their DealPro community to attend SaveUp 2011.  I have never been to the Northeast and am so excited – and a little scared! That is one big city.  I get scared in SLC!

Have you taken the Savings Pledge yet??? It’s a great way to motivate you to use money responsibly.

Take the Savings Pledge

I put a new application on my Facebook Page to get you to start getting serious about saving money. FIVE randomly selected people from the first 500 people to take the pledge will win a one-on-one, personalized advice session with a 2011 DealPro! I am one of the DealPro’s but I actually don’t know who it is that is that is giving the one-on-one savings advise. If it’s me, they didn’t tell me LOL!

Here’s my pledge (recap)

The first time I am debt free it will be like breathing different air.  No constant strain or burden on the back of my mind.  I plan to be debt free (except for my mortgage) in 3 years.    My plan is to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first; then once that is paid off use the money I was paying towards it to pay down the rest of the debt.

My Progress (um?  not on track!)

So I worked on a goal which is a little different – I got more food storage for emergencies.  Now I feel more prepared for disasters or other financial problems and am ready to tackle savings!

Ask CCD Readers: What are your goals?

Posted: July 14, 2011
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Take the Savings Pledge

I put a new application on my Facebook Page to get you to start getting serious about saving money. FIVE randomly selected people from the first 500 people to take the pledge will win a one-on-one, personalized advice session with a 2011 DealPro! I am one of the DealPro’s but I actually don’t know who it is that is that is giving the one-on-one savings advise. If it’s me, they didn’t tell me LOL!

Here’s my pledge:

The first time I am debt free it will be like breathing different air.  No constant strain or burden on the back of my mind.  I plan to be debt free (except for my mortgage) in 3 years.    My plan is to pay off the debt with the highest interest rate first; then once that is paid off use the money I was paying towards it to pay down the rest of the debt.

Goal Accomplished: Last year we paid off one of our cars!   The other one we still owe payments on.  But one car paid in full is pretty great!

Ask CCD Readers: What are your goals?

Posted: June 27, 2011
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Part of the award-winningABC’s of Coupons” series

I try to make couponing un-extreme and un-complicated, not extreme and time consuming.   In order to achieve extreme coupon transactions without the headache, I have  a few tips:

Be Prepared For Entire Lifestyle Changes:
You aren’t going to start saving without trial and error, and without taking the time to “learn the ropes”.  This is not a get-rich-quick-scheme. Being a Couponer is a way of life. An entire new way of life isn’t going to start out immediately and you can’t dive in half way.  If you really want to save time couponing, you need to know all the rules before you start.

  • I have store coupon policies for several stores – print them and take them with you shopping.
  • I have a FREE 36-page ABC’s of Couponing guide which teaches how to do the deals.
  • I also list the deals at 72 stores nationwide – scroll over “Find My Store” at the top of my site to see all the store coupons and deals on my site; I add new ones weekly.

If you haven’t taken the time to learn how to coupon, and you want to show up at the store and save a bundle, you may be in for a big surprise.  It is possible to save time and money couponing, but it won’t happen without full preparation.

Start with ONE Store:
Learn how to coupon at one store.  Each store works differently and if you try to run around doing deals at 5 stores your first week of couponing, you will most likely fail.  Pick one store and learn their rules and do some shopping trips there.  Also, keep in mind you can miss some deals.  It isn’t saving money if you jump in the car and go in for just one deal.  You’ll miss some, but you’ll save in the long run. And trust me, the deals come around again so don’t feel bad if you miss them at first.

After mastering one store, start adding more to your resume.

“But Deidre, what store should I choose?!?!? – First, don’t choose Sam’s, or any other wholesale club.   I recommend choosing one of the 3 following depending on your needs and which is closer to you:

  • Drugstores – Walgreens, CVS or Rite Aid are my favorites.   You can score nearly free health and beauty items each week; but a word of caution, these are also the hardest stores to learn how to do.  I have training posts and videos for each and definitely learn one at a time.
  • High-low Grocery Stores – the grocery stores you commonly associate with high prices are also the ones that have some of the best grocery deals!  They have high every-day prices to “compensate” for their drastic sales.  They expect you to make impulse buys when you go in for the great sales.  This is why they have “loss leaders” or ads on their circular which are amazing, to get you in-store and then hope you buy regularly priced (expensive!) items while you are there.  But not anymore, now that you’re  a couponer you know better!  Examples of these stores are Publix, Kroger, Safeway, & Albertson’s to name a few.
  • Super centers – Target, Walmart etc… often have some great deals and their rules are pretty straight-forward compared to the other options, but actually the savings often won’t be as great as at high-low grocery stores.

Plan Your Trips:

  • Will you need “filler” items to bring your totals into correct amounts? No one wants to end up at the cashiers browsing candy for filler items because they haven’t planned their shopping trip!  Examples of why you’ll need a filler item:

At Walgeen’s, you need to have as many items as you have manufacturer’s coupons and register rewards that you are going to be using to pay for the transaction (not ones that you expect to print).  This means if you are buying 6 items and have 6 coupons and 2 register rewards that you want to use to pay for the transaction, you’ll need two filler items.   Don’t waste your filler item on something you don’t need.  Gellitin is found at many Walgreens for around $.20 and is more useful to you then candy.

I have even bought Sunday papers as filler items at a grocery store where I needed my total to be over $50 to use a $5 off coupon.

  • Avoid End Caps!
    End caps are displays at the end of aisles.  Before you were a couponer, you thought these were great deals.  These usually aren’t and are a great way to end up over-paying for items you could have gotten cheaper later when you found a sale stacked with a  coupon.
  • Avoid Impulse Buys!
    This goes along with my last tip of avoiding end caps, because those are usually where you will do an impulse buy.   Check your stock up price list and  then see if the “deal” paired with any coupons you have is a stock up price.  If not, pass on the sale.  More deals will come along later.
  • Have Your Coupons Ready:
    Don’t be the lady at the checkout sorting through coupons and holding up the line.  Every time I am at a store and find an item on my shopping list,  I pull the coupon(s) I am using and put them in a tab at the front of my binder.  Then when I get to the register, all my coupons are in one place and ready to go.

Let’s make couponing fun, one coupon at a time!  If you have more tips to share, please post a comment.

Posted: June 23, 2011
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This is a Sponsored post written by me on behalf of Walgreens for SocialSpark. All opinions are 100% mine.

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I have tried several Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products and found them to great for saving money  when you need something that isn’t in your stockpile already.  For example, Wal-Zyr works fine for my allergies and is about 50% cheaper then Zyrtec,  

Now I know we can stack sales with coupons and score great deals on name-brand products, but those sales aren’t every week.  Instead of paying full price for medicine, when I am low I can trust Walgreen’s Brand Health & Wellness products to get the job done – and they are pharmacist recommended.  Not to mention they have mostly the same active ingredients as other brands, and have a 100% satisfaction guarantee. 

Purchases also go to support local community preventative care with the Walgreens Way to Well Fund™T

There are several  giveaways going on for Walgreen’s gift cards (20 total), plus one Cuckoo for Coupon Deals reader can enter below to win as well!

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1. Leave a comment on this blog post: what in your favorite Walgreens Brand Health & Wellness Products?

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Posted: June 14, 2011
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Well my stock up price on 12 packs is $2.40, so this is a great deal! Although this is only one per customer, so make sure to send in your spouse too!

According to CVS, the magic coupon machine will be issuing $.99 Pepsi or Diet Pepsi 12-packs on 6/15 only!  Not valid in NY and CT.

Here’s more CVS deals you can score when you go in.

(Thanks One Momma Saving Money!)

Posted: June 8, 2011
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FREE sample of Lanacane Anti-Chafing Gel! Just click on the “Try it Free” link in the lower right hand corner.

(Thanks, Single Mom Saving Money!)

Posted: June 7, 2011
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I am sooo excited to tell you all about BoaPix!    They create made in the USA high quality photo-to-canvas and photos-to-collage canvases that are beautiful and the images wrap around a solid wood backing.   They have artists that edit the light and other flaws in your images you send them, to make them “pop” and look amazing on their canvases! You don’t have to worry about the quality of your custom canvas:

  • The canvas is a Giclee canvas (highest end)
  • Photos/collages go to an artist first for color correction.
  • Then the canvas printer they use is very high end.
  • All their work is guarenteed.
  • They did not have a single return this year!

These are much nicer these canvases are then the cheap and free canvas offers we usually see.  And those are usually for 8×10, with high shipping costs.  Today they have two deals that are insane:

  1. “Like” them on facebook to get an exclusive code they created just for us- 16″ x 20″ photo-to-canvas for $29.99, with $4.99 shipping! ($112 Value)
  2. Today ONLY on Groupon SLC side deal page they have a deal for a $39 for Custom 30″x40″ Photo Collage ($147 Value – 73% savings)
  • Artist-designed collages
  • Use up to 30 photos
  • Includes color correction
  • Giclée-quality paper

These are very expensive canvases that we are just getting a great deal on.  I know there are other canvas deals out there, but none are artist-designed professional quality that will last a lifetime like this.

Giveaway: 1 Winner Gets a 16″ x 20″ Canvas!

To enter: “Like” the Boapix Facebook page – tell them @CuckooForCouponDeals sent you! Just click on “Click here” and then “I did this”! That’s the only mandatory entry, the rest are optional to get extra entries! On my home page – click on “continue reading” to see the form! (more…)

Posted: May 25, 2011
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Walgreens has Rimmel Nail Polish on sale for $2.19 this week.
Use the $2/1 Rimmel product coupon available on Facebook
Final price=$0.19.

Buy 1 Bayer Aspirin Advance, 500 mg, 20 ct $3.99
Buy 1 Bayer Aspirin Chewable 81 mg, 36 ct $3.19
Use $1.50/1 – Bayer Advanced Aspirin Product
And Use $1.00/1 Bayer Aspirin Product, any 81mg or 325mg from SS 5/1
And Use $2.00/1 Bayer Aspirin from Walgreens in ad coupon (will take off $4.00)
And Use $1.00/1 Bayer Aspirin 24-36 ct from Walgreens May Booklet (will need to be adjusted down)
Final Price:  Free for both!

View more Walgreens deals!

 

Posted: May 24, 2011
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I love this conditioner!

Infusium 23 Hair Care (15 oz.), $5.99
Get $2 RRs wyb 1
Use the $2/1 Infusium Hair Care printable – must like them on Facebook
Final Price=$1.99 ea. after coupon and RRs!

More Walgreens deals this week!

(Thanks, Single Mom Saving Money!)

 

Posted: May 16, 2011
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Do you get multiple copies of the Sunday paper? I get 4 copies for about $18 per month total.  So each month I subtract my coupon savings, minus my $18 newspaper subscription, around $10 for printer ink and paper, and $15 in extra gas driving to extra stores.  I still end up saving an additional about $300-$500 per month using coupons, more than worth it for the cost of the paper!  I recently re-negotiated prices with all four (including The Daily Herold) newspapers in Utah, so if you want a discounted rate learn more here!

Coupon Classes: I am hosting an online FREE coupon class soon, stay tuned for more details!  I am thinking it will be this Saturday but I am not 100% sure as I don’t have the streaming setup yet.

Anyways, there should be a postcard in your Parade magazine from yesterday’s paper that contains a coupon for a FREE Frozen Strawberry Lemonade from McDonald’s!  I got four of them since I get four copies of the paper, plus I get four of all the coupon inserts.

(Thanks One Momma Saving Money!)

 

Posted: May 3, 2011
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All winners must email me at deidre@CuckooForCouponDeals.com within 48 hours or forfeit their prize and a new winner will be selected. My emails were all getting sent to peoples spam folders, so from now on you need to check the site or the giveaways feed or giveaways emails list to see if you’re a winner!

Winners name /info next to the giveaway name:

#1

5 Winners Get Mod Bod Cami’s Sets!

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2 Winners get $50 Mammas Milk Slings! jkmurray5@…com

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#4

$100 Eversave Credit! shmilgah@….com

#5

$96 Hapari.com Gift Code! s311urhands@….com

#6$50 ProFlowers Gift Card! beckystr@…com

#7

EVERYONE Gets FREE Shelf Reliance Platinum Q-Club Membership! $80 VALUE!!! + More

Everyone should get your email with your membership info the next 10 hours, if you haven’t gotten it already. If you don’t get it in 10 hours, email me and I’ll re-submit your info!

5 bonus winners:

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#8

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#9

not yet posted- come back later this week for this BIG giveaway!

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Don’t forget to see if you won on the rest of the blogger’s sites:

The Prudent Patron
Consumer Queen
Saving Money Plan
This Frugal Life
Couponing To Disney

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Cuckoo For Coupon Deals
Wanna win some more?

Posted: May 3, 2011
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$0.55/1 ANY size SunnyD product coupon! Beware of the ad that prints after the coupon prints! This should make the small sizes free, especially on doubles – today is Walmart Double Coupon Tuesday in Utah County, and other stores nationwide double as well!

Speaking of which, I am creating a list of which stores double, let me know of ones in your area that double!

(Thanks, Single Mom Saving Money!)

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