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.
I woke up this morning and the air was brisk which meant it was time to put some of my favorite frugal fall recipes to good work once again.
One of the first things I did when the seasons began to change from late night grilling outdoors to shorter days filled with the hustle and bustle, was to turn my attention to my favorite frugal fall recipes that I had tucked away during the warm summer months.
With fall upon us, I am looking forward to putting my favorite kitchen tool, the slow cooker, to good use once again.
I love summer grilling, but it can be more expensive to cook dinner that way versus throwing a slow cooker meal together. I find that I'm able to stretch our meats further when I am making meals in my slow cooker.
I have a few favorite frugal fall recipes to share with you:
'Tis the season for firing up the grill! Nothing is more fun and satisfying than gathering your family and friends together for food and festivities. But, if you're not careful, your enthusiasm can quickly morph into a party way over your intended budget. Instead of going overboard this BBQ season, take a look at the ten tips below for how to throw a budget friendly BBQ – in your very own backyard!
No worries, you won't need to make huge sacrifices and you definitely won't come across as cheap. You'll still be able to enjoy all sorts of fun foods and games while keeping plenty of green in your pocket.
The holidays are all about giving and there's nothing better than giving a gift and seeing the smile on that person's face. It's priceless. It brings me back memories of walking down Michigan Ave. along The Magnificent Mile and passing my regular blind man who always stood there waiting for donations on the corner of Ohio. I would usually give him a dollar every time I passed, but closer to Christmas, I would give him a $10 or $20 bill (these were my college days).
Last week, I was at the Mattel Store in El Segundo and this nice couple that stood in front of me had 2 whole carts full of Barbie Dolls and other Fischer Price toys. After the cashier scanned everything and gave them the total, they had to remove 2 toys to the side. It was really hard to watch. I called for the lady and handed her a coupon that took off $25 from their purchase. The couple not only had tears in their eyes, but they thanked me a dozen times (they purchased the remaining 2 items they took out). I asked the lady if she was doing all her Christmas shopping that day and she said that they were buying gifts for an orphanage in Mexico. Folks, this is what the holidays are about.
As the leaves are changing, so are most of our diets. Gone are the days of eating chilled slices of watermelon at an outside picnic, and here are the days of warm, hearty meals. It is also hard to notice the abundance of this season's produce available at local farmer's markets and supermarkets.
A key to spending less on food is to plan meals on what is on sale. Shop produce at peak season to get the most bang for your buck. During the month of October and November you will find butternut squash, pumpkins and apples galore.