Organizing your coupons can be more challenging than actually using
them! However, taming that paper monster is crucial for for
success. Here are three different methods to try.
1. The Traditional Binder Clipping Method:
Buy an enormous three ring binder and fill it with baseball card
holders or clear pencil cases that zip. Organize your
coupons by category, such as produce, health and beauty, canned
goods, frozen, etc. I like to keep my binder organized by
aisles in the store, so produce is first, followed by dairy,
canned, pasta, cereal, etc.
Each week, clip the coupons you want from the grocery circulars and
other sources such as coupons you find in the store. File them in
your binder and remove any expired coupons. The advantages to
this method are you always have what you need, ready to go.
Nothing gets a couponer's blood pressure rising faster than the discussion topic of shelf-clearing. It's one thing couponers definitely have an opinion about. I am pro-shelf clearing. Yes, that's right, I am an unapologetic shelf-clearer.
Does shopping at the Commissary really save you money? My answer, it depends. From my experience as a 11 year military wife, it depends on the state you live in, the surrounding areas, and the time at which you shop.
If the cost of living is higher where you are stationed, then the Commissary is always the place to go. If the nearest grocery store is 25 minutes away from post, then the Commissary is cheaper after you factor in gas, etc.. To each its own, but here are my personal tips for saving at the Commissary:
Kids in the Grocery Store…Probably brings up a mixture of emotions. Perhaps dread. Perhaps
excitement, maybe if it's your first trip to the store with your new baby (or your first trip out of the
house with baby!). I have certainly felt many emotions on the spectrum between dread and excitement,
depending on the situation surrounding each grocery trip!
I generally have 1 or 2 kids with me when I head to the grocery store. My goal is to take a few kids with
me as possible, as it usually doesn't work out in my schedule each week to go alone. That would be my
ideal…but by the time 9 pm rolls around and all the kids are asleep, I'd rather crash into bed than head
to the grocery store.
8 months ago
How many times have you found yourself standing in a supermarket
aisle, trying to figure out which box of cornflakes or bottle of
laundry detergent offered the best value?
Sure, the larger one usually gives you more for the money--but not
always. And sometimes the smaller one is on sale, which can further
confuse the math.
Free app WhatPrice for iOS lets you compare prices
between two items so you can instantly spot the better deal. (Why
nothing similar for Android? I searched Google Play high and low,
but couldn't find a price-comparison app that seemed decent. If you
know of one, by all means tell me about it in the comments section
All you do is plug in the price and weight (and, if applicable, the
number of units) for each item.
By Rick.BroidaGuest Blogger
11 months ago
Money Saving Tips
Hosting a holiday cookie exchange or party where you'll be serving appetizers? Or did you offer to bring an appetizer to the office Christmas party?
Holiday Entertaining can get expensive fast…as there is so much pressure to impress and show up with the tastiest dish at the party. Here are some easy ideas that will be a party favorite:
Cream Cheese and Pickapeppa Sauce, served with crackers. Find some zesty Pickapeppa Sauce in the condiment aisle at the grocery store (it's generally near the steak sauce), and pour it over an 8 ounce block of cream cheese. Serve with your favorite party crackers.
Marinated Olives – when you're in a total rush, it never hurts to pick up a few dollars of marinated olives from the olive bar at the grocery store. If you have a few extra minutes, use canned olives and marinate those in your favorite store bought or homemade vinaigrette.
Caramelized Onion & Blue Cheese Brushetta (recipe below).