Thursday, May 3, 2012
This week's ad for the 2 Day Sale is pretty short, but there are some good deals! Here they are!
50% off Newco Hannah Glider in Coffee Pebble wyb the Hannah Ottoman in Coffee Pebble (with coupon in ad)
20% off S1 by Safety 1st Complete Air 65 Convertible Car Seat in Lemans (with coupon in ad)
B1G1 50% off all Babies "R" Us brand sunscreen lotion or spray (witlh coupon in ad)
B1G1 50% off all Babies "R" Us brand mega packs of diapers 40-66ct. and training pants (with coupon in ad)
$8 off North States Slide Latch Metal Gate (makes it $31.99)
$30 each Enfamil Premium, Gentlease or Prosobee 32oz. 6 can case of ready-to-feed formula
$12 off Snoogle Total Body Pillow (makes it $52.99)
B1G1 40% off Bounty 12ct. paper towels and Charmin 30ct. toilet paper
20 for $20 Earth's Best 1st, 2nd and 3rd single food puree pouches
These are the coolest things ever! This is the Munchkin Fresh Food Feeder. You can put a little piece of fruit or a vegetable in the mesh pouch and let your little one chew on it. As they chew the food will be strained through the mesh pocket and enjoyed by your baby!
My baby has enjoyed pear, apple and banana with her Fresh Food Stainer. I wouldn't do pear again because it was too juicy and soaked her! It would also be good with cooked sweet potato or squash. I have a friend who put frozen banana in it for a good teether.
I highly reccomend this product! Here are some online prices I found:
Amazon: $3.06 for 1, $7.58 for 2
Target: $6.99 for 2
Diapers.com $3.99 for 1
Surely you're aware of the couponing craze that has hit America! It's probably the best craze to hit since sliced bread! I've been couponing for a year and it has saved my family thousands of dollars! It was such a thrill to lower our monthly grocery/household budget from $400 to $200 and still be able to eat a wide variety of whole grains, fresh produce, lean meat and even fish! And couponing is not just for groceries. You can save on home decor, tools, clothing, diapers and more!
I want to start by debunking some common couponing myths:
- I don't have enough time to coupon. Admittedly, it does take some time to familiarize yourself with couponing. You will have to learn the terms and rules and how different stores operate. Expect to spend about 5-6 hours per week the first couple weeks. After you become fluent in couponing, expect to spend 1-2 hours per week on finding deals and organizing your trips. It takes me about 30 minutes to put together my grocery list and 1 1/2 hours on finding other deals and putting together miscellaneous trips throughout the week. I think of it this way: I spend 30 more minutes putting together my grocery list than if I wasn't couponing, but I save around $30 per trip. That's like getting paid $60/hour! Also, don't try to get every deal! It takes too much time running around to different stores and you will burn out! Pick a couple stores to stick to. For me it's Publix and CVS.
- I don't buy the brands/items that my coupons are for. If you pay attention to the weekly ads at your grocery store, you will be surprised to find how many different brands go on sale. There really are not many items or brands that never go on sale. Even if you don't have a coupon for the brand you want, wait for it to go on sale then buy more than one. If you must stick to your favorite brand, then go to their website and Facebook page to see if they have any coupons available. Sign up for their enewsletter because they will probably email out coupons every now and then!
- It's cheaper to just buy the store brand. This was my biggest speed bump to starting couponing. I would bring my coupon to the store then see that it was still cheaper to buy the store brand than it was to get 50 cents off the name brand item. This is where you have to get smart! You have to pay attention to the weekly sales and use your coupon once the item is already on sale. Also you can use your manufacturer coupon with a store coupon for the same item!
Now here are some tips for getting started with coupons:
- You have to have coupons to coupon! The very first thing you need to do is subscribe to your local Sunday paper. You will receive coupon inserts such as RedPlum, SmartSource, P&G and sometimes some other random ones. This is essential! Most newspapers have a Sunday only option that will be substantially cheaper than buying it at a store. Here are some other ways to collect coupons:
- "Like" your favorite brands on Facebook to be notified of new coupons or deals.
- Sign up for enewsletters at your favorite brands' websites. They often email out coupons.
- Many grocery stores have baby clubs. Sign up to receive coupons in the mail.
- Visit printable coupon sites such as coupons.com and couponnetwork.com.
- Recyclebank is a great site to earn points to redeem for high value coupons!
- Many stores have a coupons page on their website.
- Pay attention to flyers and coupon booklets inside grocery stores.
- You'll need to know the specific coupons in each insert you have. If you don't want to clip them all and organize them by catergory or brand, create a spreadsheet to reference.
- Scan your weekly ad in detail. Jot down a rough draft of items you think you'll want.
- Check the coupons in your binder to see if you have coupons to match the items you want. Don't forget to look for store coupons to stack with your manufacturer coupons!
So that's my quick and dirty intro to couponing! I'll be writing other tutorials on some specifics of couponing in the future. I would love to hear your insights about couponing! If you're not couponing, what's holding you back? Do you have other insights to share or any questions?
Today only at Kids.Woot you can get the Fast Wheels R/C Car Kit 2-Pack for only $14.99 plus $5 for shipping! You will get one red and one yellow car. Here are the features:
- Transforms most 1/64th scale cars into R/C racers
- Simply secure the rear wheels of the 1/64th scale car into the Fast Wheels unit, and you will be able to control it via the remote control
- Allows two cars on two different bands for head-to-head racing
- Full speed and steering controls
- Easy to perform cool stunts like wheelies and 360°’s
- Controller acts as a charger for the Fast Wheels unit (takes about two minutes to charge, allows for eight minutes of run time)
- Recommended for ages 6+