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Tuesday, August 23, 2011
A lot of new coupon users out there wonder how you create a stockpile, keep up a stockpile, and the importance of one.
First of all let me just say having a stockpile can be very important when trying to save the most money with coupons. Also, the size of a “Great stockpile” can really vary by person. For example, if you live in a 2 bedroom apartment and are a family of 2, you will want a smaller stockpile. As for a family of 5 with more space, you may need/want a larger stockpile.
Something else that is important to keep in mind is that history repeats itself. Meaning that sales will most likely repeat themselves. They may be for different brands but the same type of a product. For example, Noxema razors may be on sale where you can get them for free in January and then you will most likely see another sale for Gillette razors (where you’d be able to get them for free with coupons) in February.
With food items, it seems like the sales for same product types happen every 2-3 months. So to have a stockpile for each item your family uses for 2-3 months would work out well.
There are certain items that I personally do not go “Sale Happy” with….meaning I don’t get 10 of that item .Once you have your stockpile for these items (listed below) you can get 2-3 of them when they’re free.
These items for me include:
Razors (mostly women’s but men’s as well)
Another great reason to have a stockpile is so you have the basic staples to meals. That makes it so you may only have to purchase garlic for a pasta dish because you already have 15 boxes of pasta, 15 cans of tomato sauce and seasonings you got for free. You may have gotten these 1 month ago but hey, the night you crave pasta and homemade sauce, you won’t have to pay much at all! Same thing for when you want it 2 weeks later. See how that can really make your grocery expense go way down? You are now able to make a pasta dinner for the cost of garlic ($0.50). Since you can usually get pasta for free with sales and coupons and tomato sauce for very inexpensive (these make great filler items at Walgreens sometimes with the in ad coupons).
Here’s another example….you want to make chocolate chip cookies so you may only need to purchase eggs because you got the flour, chocolate chips, baking soda, etc for very cheap.
Basically you just want to make sure you stockpile items that you will use when they are on SALE with great coupons. This will help ensure that you don’t ever have to pay full price for those items….once you start running low on your stockpile for an item, you will most likely see a sale on it soon.
Sunday, August 21, 2011
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Sunday, August 14, 2011
If you are still looking for homeschool curriculum or educational tools to use for your kids, 1+1+1=1 is offering this FREE download of their Ocean Life Calendar Connection Cards. These Connection Cards teach your kids facts related to all things in the Ocean theme. The facts are written on a 3rd – 6th grade level, but you can water them down for your younger ones. You could also make this a fun “game time” for the whole family! I love this idea for a teaching tool, because it does break up the sometimes monotonous book and paperwork. 1+1+1=1 also offers a variety of other curriculum and teaching tools.
Thanks, Money Saving Mom and Faithful Provisions !!
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Friday, August 12, 2011
Feeling lucky? 3 lucky winners will each receive a travel size Smooth Shave Cream and a Goody Hairbrush.
Enter the giveaway by filling out the form at "Mommies With Cents". Also, be sure to check out all of our other giveaways.
This giveaway is open until August 17, 2011 at 11:59 pm CST to U.S residents.
"Mommies With Cents" has a blog post about a $600 AXP Gift Card Giveaway.
Blue Cash Preferred Card- You’ll earn the most cash back with this card but it carries an annual fee of $75. The good news is, there is a $100 cash back to start offer for Blue Cash Preferred members. To receive it, spend $500 during the first 90 days of your membership. When you use your Blue Cash Preferred card you’ll earn 6% cash back at grocery stores, up to 3% cash back at department stores and gas stations and 1% on all other eligible purchases. With your Blue Cash Preferred card you’ll earn more cash back at supermarkets than any other card available on the market today.
Blue Cash Everyday- This card does not carry an annual membership free, however the cash back structure is lower. You’ll still earn 3% cash back at grocery stores, 2% cash back at department stores and gas stations, and 1% on all other eligible purchases.
Both cards- Immediately start earning cash back with no spend minimums or cash back caps. Benefits don’t change so you know exactly what to expect.
To learn more about the Blue Cash Preferred and Blue Cash Everyday cards, visit www.americanexpress.com/
American Express has provided a $600 AXP gift card to give away to one lucky Mommies with Cents reader. All you have to do is submit a recipe using just 6 ingredients!
Enter the giveaway by filling out the form at "Mommies With Cents"
Sunday, August 7, 2011
Click here to visit the Women’s Health site and you’ll be able to request a free 2012 calendar. Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.
Posted by Lillian Loves Saving at 8:54 AM
Saturday, August 6, 2011
Varolo would like to announce that beginning August 7, 2011, Varolo users will earn money on their own ad views. We have been listening to the many suggestions that have come in from our users saying that people want to earn from their own ad views. We were always resistant to this idea because we wanted everyone to focus on the large earning potential of the village. As we have said many times, the power of Varolo is in numbers. The larger your village is, and the more ads they view, the more money you make. But many users have told us that it isn’t about the money; it is about getting instant gratification from watching ads yourself PLUS (and more importantly) it shows greater credibility for users as they are just starting in Varolo and don’t have a village to earn from yet. The feedback from all of you is that you believe this will increase the activity rate of new users.
Currently 21% of the ad revenue is paid to the village. Starting Sunday, we are going to pay out 21% for the users own ad views IN ADDITION TO the 21% paid to the village. In other words, you will continue to make all the money you normally do from your village, but you will ALSO earn money from your own ad views.
We have done our best to create a totally free service that allow anyone to make money for just 10 minutes a day. But as everyone knows it takes everyone’s participation to earn good money. We have lots of advertisers in the system wanting more and more views of their ads. So let’s keep the energy high in our ad views and sponsoring new users in Varolo so we can all be successful together.
So, sign up today at: http://tinyurl.com/3kjrnk9 and let's earn together. Whether you be 13 or older, you all can earn some extra spending money, gift cards, and even a huge jackpot. And of course, it's FREE TO JOIN.
Posted by Lillian Loves Saving at 2:34 PM