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Yesterday, I made my third trip to Harris Teeter for triple coupon week and wanted to share my savings with you. My first two trips, I had great savings but with my computer crashing I was a little pre-occupied and unable to post.
The above picture reflects $65.99 retail. It sure does not look like $65 worth of items but we all know groceries have gone up along with everything else. I paid $19.10. I purchased a roasted chicken for $5.00* so that pushed my final total up. Many of the items were free or approximately $.50 or less. Posted below are just a few of the items in the picture and the price paid:
- Honeycomb: .35
- Colgate: .25
- French's Yellow Mustard: Free
- French's Spicy Brown: Free
- French's Fried Onions: .50
- Febreze Spray: .50
- Purex Fabric Softner: $1.34
- Barilla Mini Pasta: Free
- Birds Eye Frozen Vegetables: 2 Bags Free
- Simply Asia: Retails $3.99 - Sale $2.99- Used .50 coupon - Final $1.50
- Marie Callender's New Al Dente Pasta Dishes: $4.39 each - Used .75 coupon - Final $2.14
Don't forget to check the bottom of your Harris Teeter ticket for further savings. My ticket says $1.50 off Harris Teeter Frozen Waffles 10 ct. or larger. It sells for $1.47 - so it should be free. Other items listed are $1.50 off HT Frozen Fries, $1.50 HT Naturals Cereal, and $1.50 of HT brand cookies. I have found that everyone may not get the same e-vic offers on their ticket. Check to see if you have any offers on your ticket!
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Not only did I get a full rebate back on the Windex - the bottle I purchased was FREE since I bought it on sale and had a coupon -- free product and a check. Value = $7.98. The Hillshire product was also on sale and I had a coupon. I believe I purchased it for about $1.75.
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I commented on Twitter in a previous post and joined. I am following people, they are following me but I have been trying to figure out... Where are we going?
I decided I needed to take the time to read the Getting Started section of Twitter. It is my nature to skip over instructions and just jump right in, but in this case, I think I am going to need some help. Several of you have asked me about Twitter so maybe this will answer some of your questions. Below is a brief explanation from the Twitter Support section.
What is it?
Twitter is a service for friends, family, and co–workers to communicate and stay connected through the exchange of quick, frequent messages. People write short updates, often called "tweets" of 140 characters or fewer. These messages are posted to your profile or your blog, sent to your followers, and are searchable on Twitter search.
What do people tweet about?
Everything! From the most mundane (going to sleep) to the most personal, (having a baby) people say it all on Twitter. You don't have to say exactly what you're doing, you can say whatever you want. Share random thoughts, post a link, say what you're listening to or what you dreamt about. You can post something as simple as "Eating a sandwich."
But why would people do that?
Eating a sandwich becomes a lot more interesting in the context of Twitter. On a personal note, keeping up with friends or family on Twitter helps to fill in gaps and stop missing details about the lives of those you care about. So much is lost when "catching up" but Twitter can help you share important or interesting daily details you might otherwise forget.
Friends keeping in touch aren't the only ones posting updates to Twitter. Companies, news agencies, celebrities, and even the future President have information to share too! They use Twitter for fun, but also to give people important information and find out what's going on with them. Twitter is a way for companies, celebrities and other organizations to communicate with people.
Twitter is receiving and sending millions of different kinds of status updates from all over the world in real time. Suddenly what you're doing is also part of what everyone is doing, right at this very moment. For this reason, news breaks first on Twitter. When there is an earthquake, or a tragic event like the recent shooting in Mumbai, Twitter is the first to know because people who are there are talking about it. To see this for yourself, visit Twitter search and type in any word to see what people are saying about it right now. Check out the topics that are most interesting to all of Twitter in the trends section of the sidebar.
After reading above, I have a clearer understanding. If you decide to twitter, you probably will only want to follow people that have the same business and/or personal interests as you. If someone tweets you and wants to follow, you do not have to accept them.
Hope this helps those of you that were also wondering about Twitter. For more information, visit www.twitter.com.
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The reporter did a price comparison on a few items. Below is one example of store brand versus brand. In all cases the store brand was the best deal.
Winn Dixie Brand $1.99 (this is the price the lady paid)
Kraft Brand $2.99
That was a good deal but not a great deal. Because I use a coupon system, many times I have gotten the Kraft brand for $1.00, $.50 and even for free. It depends if it is on sale as a "buy one get one free", a 2 for $4, if the store doubles coupons, the coupon value, etc.
I tell people all the time that there are different levels of savings. If you want to cut your grocery bill but do not want to clip coupons, you should buy generic, visit Family Dollar and Dollar General for household cleaning products and/or purchase your groceries at the larger discount stores -- BUT for maximum savings you should use the coupon system.
I applaud this lady's savings and I am sure it helps take the pressure off of her household budget. I am not saying I won't ever buy a store brand because some are very good quality, but in most cases with the system I use, it is cheaper for me to buy brand name products.
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When you see items on sale that end in 4, i.e $1.94, $2.64, etc. -- these are items on the way out the door. Some may be discontinued or the manufacturer may be changing labeling/packaging and some of the products maybe be expiring soon. I have seen some really good mark downs and when used in conjunction with a coupon, you can snag a really good deal.
I am not talking just about food items either - one day take a walk around the store and look at all the mark downs. Once these items get low enough, they usually go in a buggy at the front of the store as clearance. These items are not advertised -- this is something you will have find on your own.
Maybe this applies to Target as well. I will have to take notice!
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Okay, this just sounds too good to be true. I found this deal. I have not tried it as my daughter is a little too old and may not appreciate it. Click here and select your Disney movies. You have to pay shipping.
If you sign up, please share exactly what you paid so others can decide if this is one of those "too good to be true" offers. It may be similar to the book clubs I used to join by mail --"Get three free and purchase four more over the next three years."
Below are just a FEW of the coupons in the April issue.
GE Energy Smart (I wish I had these last week – bulbs would have been free)
Hopefully, All You will arrive in the next week or I may just have to bite the bullet and go to Walmart and pick up the April issue.
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Note: Often times when I am doing grocery match-ups, I may mention home mailer. I am referring to the coupon offers or booklets that you may have signed up for and received in mail.
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Coupon Mom was on CNN this morning. Click here to view live report. She presented $116 or $160 (not clear on feed) worth of groceries she had recently purchased for her family that she paid $3 for or basically got for free. She did this by shopping the sales and matching coupons as well as participating in rebates. She talks about a new report that came out last week. Only one percent ($300 Billion) of coupons are redeemed each year. If you have any interest in learning how to cut your grocery bill, I encourage you to watch this segment.
Melanie Lawson, with News4Jax, did a segment on restaurants that offer free meals for kids. Click here to view list. Click here to see Melanie's live report.
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I will be departing in two weeks and plan to take some great pictures and share with you some of my stories - especially if I find some really good deals. I always make sure I visit the Fontana di Trevi before leaving Rome. Legend says that if you toss a coin into the fountain with your right hand over your right shoulder, you will one day return to the eternal city. So far it has worked like a charm!
One of the activities scheduled on the tour that I am going on is an afternoon/evening at a cooking school as well as lunch at a Tuscan farm house. There are many things planned and I will be busy and moving fast, so I may not have time to stop by an internet café to make posts but will catch up when I get back.
For those of you that would like a little taste of Italy, visit 5 Minutes for Mom. Over the next four weeks, 5 Minutes for Mom is joining Olive Garden in an exciting project and will be sharing cooking techniques, recipes and lots more with their readers. Check out their site here for all the details. I am sure there will be some great recipes and I can’t wait to try a few myself.
Most important, they are giving away a lot of prizes and you must check this out -- Olive Garden is giving away a Trip for Two to Italy. The winner will receive an 8-day guided trip for two to Rome and Florence with a visit to Olive Garden’s Culinary Institute of Tuscany. Click here and you will be taken to 5 Minutes For Mom's website where you can enter. I believe you can enter every day.
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I recently joined a "Tackle it Tuesday" group over at 5MinutesforMom.com. Every week, bloggers make posts, share ideas on getting organized or special projects. I wanted to share this with those that have taken one of my classes as well as others who may be trying to organize.
Each one of us has to find our own organizational system that makes couponing simple and fast. I have changed my system a couple of times over the last six months but I think I have finally fine tuned it to where I can pull coupons rather quickly. What works for me, may not work for you. I urge you to try several methods until you get organized. If you are not organized, you will waste a lot of time and also grow frustrated.
Some couponers elect to cut all the coupons out in advance and store in a notebook system. For me, this is too much work and requires more cutting. I prefer to keep flyers intact and cut as I need the coupon. I hope this helps you get organized!
Because I buy more than one paper for stockpiling purposes, I have quite a few of the same flyer.
Spread out like coupon flyers -- i.e. Smart Source in picture below.
Pull like pages as seen in picture below. Do this for the entire flyer. This is also a good time to go ahead and trash all the advertisments and get rid of the clutter. When finished, you should have just one flyer for Smart Source for that week.
Make sure Sunday date is marked on top of flyer for future reference. Now, when I get a grocery match-up for Duracell batteries 3/15 SS, I can go direct to the corresponding flyer and have all the like coupons organized and ready to cut. Quck and Easy!
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Flowers and shrubs are expensive and can add up really fast. Try to find a garden supplier that sells wholesale and retail to the public or scour your local paper for sales. I go to A & B Plants over in Waycross. I am in that area a lot so it is convenient for me. If you are buying mass quantities of plants and you live in the area, it may be worth a trip. A & B has "weekly" specials and will offer wholesale to the public on "select" plants. Even his retail prices are cheaper than anything I have been able to find.
Last year, I bought gorgeous double Impatients in hanging baskets for $10. They were very full and healthy. Most all baskets are $12 this year except for the ferns. Spring and early summer is the best time to go. Once it gets too hot, the plants just don't look as good and struggle to survive in the heat. A & B also has regular and double Knock Out Roses. I just spoke to the owner to see if he had some in stock and he said, "Oh yeah, about 20,000." This is the most indestructible plant I have ever purchased. The bush blooms 9 to 10 months out of the year. They are disease resistant and hardy to cold weather -- at least here in the south. I cut them back again in July so they don't get leggy --they come right back out. I live in Zone 9.
Last year, I paid $25 for a double Knock Out Rose at Lowes and got the same size at A & B for $15.50. This adds up when you are buying multiples. Before taking a ride to Waycross, call and see what's in stock and get a price on plantings. Last year, the Society Garlic would sell out as soon as it came in so it is best to check. Trees are inexpensive also.
Impatients and other baskets: $12
Regular Knockout- $13 (three gallon)
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3522 Albany Avenue
Waycross, GA 31503
Weekdays: 7:00 AM - 7:00 PM
Last year, hours changed after mothers day.
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