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New Wording on Coupons, 10 Tips for Shopping at Thrift Stores & More with Our DealPros

By (view all posts by Susan.Yoo-Lee)
at 6:40AM Wednesday August 22, 2012
under DealPro Tips

Whether it's a little drama in the couponing world or eating some ice cream cake during the heat of the summer, our DealPros have it all.

Manufacturers using restrictive wording to prevent stacking deals or something like that.

I love a little drama and this week Lisa of Smart Spending Spot gives her two cents on the New wording on coupons.  Read why manufacturers are being ridiculous and because of this, she may even shop at the store she hates very much, Walmart.
Figuring out what stores to shop each week.

Every week I get a mailbox full of weekly ads from my local grocery stores.  I rarely have time to scan through all of them, but when I do, I find a few items at each store that has the best deal.  I usually don't have the time to go to each and every store, so How Do You Pick What Grocery Store To Shop At Each Week?  Cleverly Simple breaks is down from what's on sale to your shopping experience.

Shopping the Kroger Mega Event for super savings.

Watch Tiffany of My Litter shop the Kroger Mega Event.  She explains the ins and outs of her favorite sale.  I shopped the same event at Ralphs and ended up saving over 52% on my grocery total (and this was purely in store savings without the use of any coupons).

Making sure you get the most bang for your buck at your local Thrift or Salvage store.

Prior to moving to Los Angeles, I never stepped foot in a thrift store.  In Chicago, I could not get past the interesting smell, you know that I've been sitting in the basement or attic for the last 20 years sort of smell which prevented me from even going through the door.  However, living in LA, I've learned that thrift stores are where the treasures are at and I've actually found some really unique pieces.

Even though I've had my share of scanning the aisles at my local thrift stores, I still don't know if I'm truly getting a deal.  Once you buy it, it's yours.  No returns, exchanges or trying to talk to the manager.  So how can you ensure the best shopping experience?  Sarah's Deals offers Ten Tips for Shopping Thrift/Salvage Stores.

Shopping at Walgreens with a $25 gift card, coupons and sales
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Recently, Frugalissa Finds wanted to see What can $25 buy? at Walgreens.  From what I counted, she purchased 50 items and saved 79%.  While she did go $5 over her $25 gift card budget, she saved so much!

Yummy dessert recipes: Ice cream cake, gluten-free pumpkin bread and caramel popcorn.

Whether you're wanting a little somethin' somethin' sugary after a meal or you want to have a mid-day snack, these recipes will not disappoint.

For me, I'm always looking for healthier dessert options for my kids.  I am That Lady's Gluten Free Pumpkin Bread Recipe would be perfect for breakfast, as a snack or dessert.

If you want something decadent, how about NorCal Coupon Gal's ice cream cake recipe.  Reminds me of those Baskin Robbins ice cream cakes, but homemade and a cheaper alternative.

If you like popcorn, Good Deal Divas has this Easiest Carmel Popcorn Ever recipe.  This will surely be a family favorite.

Here's to another week with our DealPros. Come back next week to see what they have in store for you!