Kids Frugal Fun 4/14

Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz puts together a great frugal activity to both entertain and educate your kids. This week she had some help from Amee at Madame Deals!

Materials:
Magazine with pictures of your chosen animal (National Geographic was used for this one)
scissors and glue or tape ($1)
shoe box
2 dolphin (bought at Dollar Store) ($2)
Total Cost of Project: $3

Directions:
1. Have your child select the animal they would like to make a “home” or habitat for in the box.
2. Discuss with your child the types of things found in the habitat (coral,water, other fish for a dolphin).
3. Have your child search thru the magazine for these types of pictures. If they are old enough to cut them out allow them to do so, otherwise you will need to do this.
4. Glue or tape your pictures inside the shoebox to make it look like the habitat.
5. Tape your animal’s picture inside it’s “habitat”.

Educational Modifications:

1. Science: Obviously this activity is geare towards Science and the topic of habitats. You can discuss other animals and other habitats after creating this one.

2. Language Arts: Have your child write the steps to creating the shadowbox. You can also have them do some computer research about their animal and habitat and write about what they find. Remember that you can write their
thoughts down for them if they are too young to write. Will LOVES researching things on the computer with me (usually dinosaurs) and we always summarize what we find while searching.

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Kids Frugal Fun 4/6

Each week Sharon from Mom on Dealz creates a new fun and frugal game to play with your kids- and usually they learn something too!

Materials:
Construction paper
Magazines/Internet
Glue
Scissors
Play Money (can be printed HERE)
Markers

Directions:
1. Talk with your child about what kind of store they would like to open (Will chose a dinosaur store). Draw that store on paper.
2. Browse magazines or the internet for pictures of items that may be in the selected store. Cut out the pictures and glue them in a display on the paper (We used PBS.org to get our Dinosaur Train pictures).
3. Label the items in your store with prices.
4. Print out the paper money and cut it out or use play money from the Dollar Store.
5. Shop your store. Be sure to give your child a set amount of money they can spend so they learn the concept of not spending more than they have.

Language Arts Modifications:
1. Have your child create a shopping list before they “shop”. Making a list is one form of pre-writing in the writing process.
2. Have your child write about their “shopping trip” afterwards and seqence the items they bought.
3. Have your child write how they determined what items they could buy and still maintain their budget.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Kid’s Frugal Fun 3/29

A big thank you to Sharon at Mom on Dealz for providing the Kid’s Frugal Fun each week! 

If you’re the parent of a school-aged child, you know that a major skill most children struggle with is learning how to make change. This is also a challenge for some teachers to teach. When I was teaching 2nd grade I came up with a game that really helped my children understand a little better.

Children love to engage in dramatic play/games and I tried my hardest to allow them to do this during center time in the classroom. Games and role playing are huge learning tools! When I first began teaching I also waited tables at night at our local Applebee’s (further evidence that teachers are not paid enough). My students were aware of my second job and were always very interested about it. I thought I would take advantage of this interest and use it to grab their attention, hence my Dining Out game was invented.

Materials:
Baby Wipe Container-Free if you have babies!  If not, use an empty tissue box.
To Go Menu(s) from your favorite restaurant-FREE
Play Money (you can print some from HERE or buy some at the Dollar Store)-Free or $1

Directions:
1.  Have your child decorate the outside of the wipe container to look like his/her favorite restaurant.
2.  Place to go menus inside with fake money.
3.  Assign roles of waitress and dining guests.  You can have as many guests as you like and you can rotate the roles.
4.  Take turns ordering off the menu and then “paying” for your meal.  The waitress will need to make change from the money that the dining guest pays with and the guest will need to double check the change they receive. This helps everyone involved practice their change making skills and also reinforces double checking your work. 

It’s a simple but effective game.  You can also change the prices in the menus since most of them end in .99 or .49 and the kids will catch on fast what amount of change needs to be given.  This game also reinforces reading skills as there are sure to be some words they need to sound out while selecting their food.

Adaptations for younger children:
My 2 year old obviously can’t play this game. However I can begin working on his money skills by teaching him to count different sets of items and eventually counting by 2′s, 5′s, and 10′s.  After that we can begin working on simply identifying different coins and paper money.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Girls’ Frugal Fun- Dinner Club

“Truly great friends are hard to find, difficult to leave, and impossible to forget.”- Randolf G

As life gets busier it is getting harder to find time to spend with my close girl friends. Kids, husbands, jobs and so many other things take precedence over just getting together and hanging out. Facebook, text messaging and e-mail make us feel like we know each other but there is no replacement for some good face time.

So about 18 months ago a few girlfriends and I decided to begin a “Dinner Club”- taking one night a month to prioritize our relationships with each other and catch up on life. We meet at someone’s house (sans boyfriends, husbands and usually kids) and take a few hours to sit down and eat a meal together. It’s a great chance to catch up on what is going on in everyone’s life.

We decided to add a challenge. In addition to setting aside some important time to hang out we wanted to further develop our cooking skills (some need more developing than others).

Whoever chooses to host the dinner gets to pick a theme. We rotate houses each month so that the burden of hosting does not always fall on one person. Everyone must prepare a recipe within that theme that they have NEVER COOKED BEFORE. So far our themes have included Chinese, Irish, Hawaiian, things that are round (that was interesting) and even a proper English Christmas meal. Some of the recipes turn out to be epic failures and some become new favorites.

At the end of these nights my cheeks usually hurt from laughing. My belly is full of good food. My heart is satisfied from having time with a great group of friends. And my wallet is usually only about $10 emptier.

So if you have been missing your girlfriends and have been looking for an excuse to get together, I recommend a great frugal activity: begin a Dinner Club.

Thanks to Jessica (a member of our dinner club) for the beautiful picture.  You can check out her work here.

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You Asked For It- Store Deals

I asked A Frugal Chick readers what I could do to improve my site.  I got lots of suggestions but one i LOVED so my genius computer guy and I got on it right away. 

If you look on the right hand side of this blog you will see a beautiful new button that says “Check Out My Store Deals”. 

Click on it and you will see a list of all the stores that I post match ups for, along with their coupon policies (some of those I am still working on)!  Any time you want to know the deals of the week at a certain store you just click on that picture and select your favorite store.

Also added on the bottom of that list are my Give Aways and the Give Freely posts.

Thank you so much to the readers who suggested this.  What do you all think?  Will this make things easier?

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What Does It All Mean?

So I have been meaning to do this post forever and thank you to those who took my survey and reminded me!

Couponing has a lot of abbreviations that us bloggers to use to save some time when we do the match ups.  Without knowing what they mean it can be confusing.  So here is a list of the most common ones:

BLINKY = In Store Smart Source Coupons (these are the ones on the machines attached to the shelves with the blinking lights)

BOGO/B1G1 = Buy One Get One Free

CATALINA = Coupon printed at register after purchased, long narrow coupons

DND = Do not Double

ECB = ExtraCare Bucks (CVS)

GM = General Mills (Newspaper insert)

MIR = Mail in Rebate

OOP = Out of Pocket

P&G = Proctor & Gamble (Newspaper Insert)

Peelie = Coupon you peel off package

RP= Red Plum (Newspaper Insert)

RR = Register Rewards (Walgreens)

SS= Smart Source (Newspaper Insert)

STACKING = Using stores allow multiple use of coupons – manufacturer’s & store coupons or rebates.

TEAR PAD = A pad of coupons or MIR near a product or on display

UPR = Up + Rewards (Rite Aid)

WYB = When You Buy

I hope this helps! If you see any other ones let me know and I will add them to the list!

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Kids Frugal Fun 3/14

Each week Sharon at Mom on Dealz brings you a fun and frugal activity you can do with your kids!

Materials:
1 toilet paper roll
1 paper plate
Various colors of construction paper ( or 1 color based on your preference)
tape or glue

Directions:
1. Cut the center circle out of a paper plate. Write your topic in the middle. Ours was “Will’s Meal Time Rules”.
2. Set the circle on top of the toilet paper roll to mark where you will need to slit the roll to insert the plate.
3. Trace your child’s hand about 5 times. You can just trace it once and then cut all the sheets at once, but Will LOVES when we trace his hands.
4. Write a rule on each “hand”.
5. Tape or glue the hands around the plate and you have a “flower” of learning!

Educational Modifications:
Language Arts:
1. Write 1 word on the plate and have each hand be a rhyming word.
2. Write the title of a book on the plate and story elements on each hand (setting, problem, solution, etc).

Math:
1. Put “I Know My Shapes” on the plate and put different shapes on each hand for your child to identify.
2. Put “Math Symbols” on the plate and put math symbols on the hands. Have your child tell you what symbol represents (ie: + means to add).

Science:
1. Put a habitat on the plate and characteristics or animals that live in that habitat on the hands.

Social Studies/History:
1. Put “I Am A Good Citizen” on the plate and put citizenship traits on the hands.

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Consumer Recall: Lean Cuisine Simple Favorites Spaghetti with Meatballs

I don’t normally do recall posts but I feel like there is a good chance one of my readers purchased this item.

It seems that located inside these meatballs are a little extra flavoring- in the form of small, red plastic pieces. 

The packages have a product code of 13800-10390 and a product code 0298595519 P.

These items were EXTREMELY popular so be sure to check your freezer if you are a Lean Cuisine eater. 

If you discover you have the product please call 1-866-606-8264 for directions.  I am sure there is either a rebate or some coupons involved.

Thanks Budget Savvy Diva!

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It’s Been Two Weeks…

… since I posted this

Boy has my life changed.  In some ways the changes have been amazingly positive and in some ways not so much.

But I have been overwhelmed by the support and love from my friends, my family and you all.  The e-mails, comments and messages have been unreal.

So as I continue to battle paperwork and deal with the emotional rollar coaster that comes with all of this, I wanted to stop and say thank you so much for your support.  You have no idea how much it means to me.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


TLC Extreme Couponing: Debut April 6th

Some of you caught Extreme Couponing on TLC in the fall.  It was one stand alone episode to test the waters and see how people would react.

Well, it worked.

So now the show has been picked up for a 12 series option and they have been scouring the country for Extreme Couponers to participate.  They had no problem finding them.

If you want to take a look at what is coming, you can click here to watch the teaser. 

I want to be clear that while the show is highly entertaining these people are not your average couponers.  A normal mom trying to save on groceries is not exciting enough to watch on television. 

Couponing is a day to day learning curve but it should not control your life.  The joy in couponing is the celebration of a great deal that puts food on your table and allows you to save to pursue your dreams.  It’s the wife who wants to save enough in her grocery budget that she can afford to get a manicure once a month.  It’s the mom who cuts back on what she spends so she can stay home full time.  It’s the man who wants to minimize bills so he can buy a motorcycle with cash.

Couponing should be a thing that helps you to live well- not the thing you live for. 

And it shouldn’t be a full time job couponing.  My primary goal in this blog was to create something that helps make your life easier.  That’s why I post the store deals- so you have somewhere to come and find everything you need in one place. 

If you are interested in learning how to coupon to save some money, be sure to keep coming back to A Frugal Chick.  “Like” me on Facebook so you can get updates on deals.  Or if you want to dive in, take a coupon class.  These are simple steps to big savings- it doesn’t have to be complicated.

You don’t have to be extreme to save big!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Frugal Kid’s Activity

Every week Sharon at Mom On Dealz provides a great frugal activity you can do with your kids!  Yesterday when I was out I saw these plastic Easter Eggs all over the place so they would be easy to find right now!

Language Arts:
1. Contractions: Label one half of egg with the contraction (example-I’m) and the other half with the 2 words that make the contraction (example-I am). Have your child match the parts.

2. Upper and lower case alphabet: Label one half of the egg with the capital letter and one half with the lower case. Then have your child match them.

3. Rhyming words: Label the egg halves with ryhming words.

4. Label halves of eggs with different vowel sounds (short a, long a, short e, long e, short o, long o, etc). Label the other halves with words that contain the vowel sounds. Have your child match the words to the sound.

Math:
1. Label egg halves with numbers and you can add, subtract, or multiply them.

2. Label one half of egg with math problems and other half with the solution. Have your child match them.

3. Label one half of the egg with a number and the other half with the number word (example-one and 1). Have your child match them.

Social Studies:
1. Label small sheets of paper with famous people’s names and put them inside the eggs. Have your child open the eggs and tell what the person is famous for (Example-Betsy Ross made our American flag).

2. Label small sheets of paper with directions (behind, in front, left, right). Have your child open the eggs and tell you an object that is located in that direction.

Science:
1. Label halves of eggs with our 5 senses (sight, touch, hearing, taste, smell) and the other halves with the body part we use for the sense (eyes, hand, ear, mouth, nose). Have your child match them.

2. Label halves of eggs with habitats (ponds, forests, oceans, etc) and the other halves with animals found in those habitats (frogs, bears, dolphins, etc). Have your child match the animals to the habitat.

Here is another site I found some great ideas for activities as well Teaching Heart Mom.

Thanks Mom on Dealz!

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I Got Laid Off Today

**At the request of a few people I have made this post “sticky” which means for the next day or so it will always be on the top of my blog.  If you have already read it, just ignore it.  If not I would love to have you join me in the journey of blogging full time!**

Today I joined the millions of Americans who have gotten laid off as a result of the economy.  I had no warning that it was coming, so I am still digesting the information.  I figured I would write this post when I am in calm mode instead of freaked out mode!

And while I am not thrilled about the loss of my secure income I am excited about the possibilities that this opens up for the blog.  I will have more time to devote to finding deals and spreading the frugalness!

However I can not make the blog successful without you (and since the blog is FOR you that works out beautifully)! 

People want to know how to help, so here is a list of what you can do for me:

1.  Tell a friend about A Frugal ChickSpread the Savings Around

2.  Book a Coupon Class or Tutoring Session– If you like what you see here and want to learn more I would love to teach you.  I offer a coupon class and one on one tutoring.  Also now that my days are open I am available for MOPS groups or any other small group during the day who would be interested.  There are nominal fees for these classes and I would be happy to discuss them.  Just shoot me an e-mail

3. PR/Advertise with Me!– If you have a product or service that fits with the theme of A Frugal Chick I would love to do a giveaway or have you place an ad on my site.  Just drop me an e-mail and we can chat about it!

4.  Print Your Coupons With Me!–  If you see a coupon on my site that you will use, click directly on that link to print it.  I get a little bit of credit for coupons printed both by clicking in my posts and when people print from the coupon printing ads on my blog.

5.  Do Your Shopping With Me!-  If I post a deal and you want to buy it, click directly on the link in that post.  Sometimes they are stores that I have a special affiliate relationship with and they will pay me a percentage of what you spend.  The same applies for any deal of the day sites (Groupon, Living Social etc).  Also if you shop Amazon I would love it if you stopped by here first and checked out the Deal of the Day ad on the right hand side of my site.  By clicking on that not only are you seeing a great deal but any items you buy after that click I will receive credit for.

I promise that this blog never has been and never will be just about making money.  I try very hard to only find the best deals out there and not be swayed by inferior products or deals that aren’t really that good.  This blog is for you in hopes that the information you find here can make a better life for you and your family.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Happy Valentines Day!

I hope you have a day surrounded by people who love you!

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Frugal Fun Kids’ Activity

Sharon over at Mom on Dealz does a great post every week with a Frugal Fun activity for kids!  The activity this week is using Beach Balls for learning fun!

“Anyone know a child that does not like to discuss the books they read? Or do you know a child who is having trouble with numbers or colors? Then these activities are for you! Not only are they learning games, they also involve physical activity AND they are frugal!

Materials Needed:
1 Beach Ball (check the dollar store) 
Markers

Directions:
1. Label each color of the ball with a different story element (title, setting, characters, problem, solution, etc).
2. Read a book with your child (make sure the story has the elements- some preschool books do not).
3. Play a game of catch! When your child catches the ball, have them look at the words their hands are touching when they catch. Then have them choose which element of the book they want to tell you.

For example: They catch the ball and their hands are touching title and setting. They can choose either to tell you the title or the setting of the book, or both!

Modifications:

For Math: Label the ball all over with numbers. Your child can add, subtract, or multiply whatever numbers their hand lands on. In the case of my 2 year old, he is working on number recognition so he just tells me the numbers he “catches”.

For Color recognition: Simply have your child tell you the colors the “catch”. You could also label the colors for them to recognize the color names as well.

For Science: Label the ball with the steps of the scientific method. When your child catches the ball, whatever step they “catch” have them explain what it means. Example: They “catch” hypothesis so they should tell you that a hypothesis means a guess.”

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Weekend Couponing Checklist

If you are learning how to coupon there are some things you can do to make your life much easier.  Since it’s sort of a rainy weekend where I live, I thought I would put together a list of useful things you can do inside to help you be a successful couponer this weekend!

1- If you haven’t already create an e-mail address just for couponing stuff.  Many coupons require you to register which is great because it usually means they will e-mail you more coupons.  But it can tie up your inbox and your personal e-mails may get buried- even though they are very important!  So take a few moments and create a new e-mail address you can use just for couponing purposes.

2- Register for Amazon Mom– it’s FREE!  If you are a mom and you haven’t, register for Amazon Mom!  Click here to see all the amazing benefits! 

3- “Like” A Frugal Chick on Facebook!  That way you always receive status updates when a new post goes up! 

4- Clean out your coupons!  It’s after the first of the month so you probably have a few expired coupons in your stash.  Take a few minutes today to clean them out and get yourself reacquainted with what you have available.  You may find some hidden gems you didn’t know about!

I think that list is a great start for anyone just giving this couponing thing a shot!  Hopefully this will be another step toward you saving some BIG money!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Harris Teeter Recipes of the Week

Looking to cook with what’s on sale?  Click here to see the two recipes for the Harris Teeter deals this week!  (The picture is the other recipe- not the Mexican Crock Pot Recipe.)

I posted the crock pot recipe below because crock pots are amazing!

Mexican Crockpot
*1 lb Boneless Chicken Breast (on sale 2lb/$4.99)
*1 jar Tostitos Salsa=$1.59
*Bush’s Best Black Beans (rinsed) =$0.80
*Knorr Fiesta Sides-Spanish Rice=$1
*Breakstone’s Sour Cream=$1.19
-$0.55 coupon from SS 1/23=$0.09
Final price=$8.47

Directions:
1.  Lay chicken breasts on bottom of crockpot.
2. Combine beans and salsa and pour over chicken.  Cook on low 8 hours or high 4 hours.
3.  Prepare Knorr rice according to package directions. 
4.  Serve chicken mixture over rice and garnish with sour cream. Enjoy!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Kroger Meal of the Week

I am trying a new series of articles with recipes based on sale items at your favorite grocery stores.  Today is a recipe for Kroger.  Thanks Madame Deals

Chicken Parmesan Subs

2 boneless skinless chicken breasts
½ t. grill seasoning, divided
½ t. Italian seasoning, divided
12” loaf Italian bread, sliced lengthwise
1 c. meat sauce, warmed
4 slices mozzarella cheese
2 T. parmesan cheese

Season chicken breasts with ¼ t. each of grill & Italian seasonings. Let sit while grill preheats. Grill chicken over medium heat 6-8 minutes, or until meat thermometer registers 170 degrees. Keep chicken warm and let sit 5 minutes before slicing across the grain into strips. Spread chicken slices evenly on bottom of bread. Top evenly with meat sauce, then cheeses. Broil for 3-4 minutes or until cheese is melted and bubbly and cut surface of bread is browned. Close sandwich and slice into quarters.

*Wrap each quarter in aluminum foil for an on-the-go meal.

Chicken is $1.99 LB
Cheese $1.50 a package
I used french bread $1.50 a loaf
The rest came from my stockpile

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Give Freely 1/19

Welcome to Give Freely!

One in five Americans deals daily with the issue of not having enough to eat. Many of those are children. As couponers, we have the unique opportunity to buy items at extremely reduced prices (or even free) to feed our families.

The goal is Give Freely is to present you each week with freebies or near freebies from your local grocery stores. Because these items are so inexpensive we are hoping that you will spend the extra few cents to pick up a spare item to donate to your community center, church, local food bank or shelter.

If you are a blogger who does deals for a supermarket not on this list and would be interested in participating, please send me an e-mail!

Please take this opportunity to help stop hunger in this country!

Here are the great deals this week:

County Market (to see a complete list of deals click here)

White Sandwich Bread, Store Brand (20 oz) 20 oz $0.79

Bumble Bee chunk Light Tuna (5 oz) 5 oz $0.79

Creamette Pasta (12-16 oz) 12 oz $0.88

Dollar General (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Cream Of Wheat $1 each
-$1/1 Cream of Wheat Hot Cereal, exp. 3-31-11 (SS 01/09/11)
=FREE after coupon

Mott’s Apple Sauce 6pk $1.50 each

Farm Fresh (to see the complete list of deals click here)

Hamburger Helper $1
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 2-26-11 (GM 01/02/11)
Final: 3/$1.50 

Ronzoni Pasta $1
$1/2 Ronzoni Smart Taste printable
$1/2 Ronzoni Healthy Harvest printable
$1/2 Ronzoni Garden Delight printable
$.50 each

Food Lion (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Ragu Pasta Sauce, 16-26.3 oz., $1.34

Food Lion Peanut Butter (18 oz) – $1.67

Campbell’s Chunky Soup 4/$5
– $1/2 Select Campbell’s Soups from Smart Source 01/02/11
– $0.50/2 Select Campbell’s Soups from Smart Source 01/02/11
– $1/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup from Smart Source 12/12/10
– $1.50/3 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
– $0.50/1 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
– $1/2 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
– $2/4 Campbell’s Chunky Soup printable
Final Price After Coupon: As low as $.75 each

Giant (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Knorr Pasta Sides or Rice Sides. All Varieties. 3.8 Oz-5.7 Oz Pkg. – $1.00

Nature’s Promise Honey Roasted Snack Bars, Giant. All Natural and Gluten Free. All Varieties. 1 Oz Pkg. – $1.00

Harris Teeter (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Smart Balance Popcorn $1.59 
– $0.75 coupn from SS 1/16
 Final=$0.09

Barilla Pasta $1.67
-$0.75 coupon from SS 1/9
Final=$0.17

Campbell’s Chicken Noodle and Tomato Soup $0.42 each
 – $0.40/3 coupon from SS 12/12 
Final=$0.15 each

Kroger (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Starkist Tuna, 5 oz – $0.50

Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper, Select Varieties, 4.4-7.5 oz – $1.00
$0.75/3 Hamburger, Tuna or Chicken Helper, exp. 2-26-11 (GM 01/02/11)
Final Price After Coupon: 3/$2.25

Lowes (to see the complete list of deals click here)

Lowes Foods Macaroni & Cheese $0.32

Lance Snack Crackers, 8 ct, $1.47
$1.00/1 Lance Sandwich Crackers Printable
Final Price: $.47

Meijer (to see a complete list of deals click here)

Campbell’s Chunky Soup $.99 each
-$0.50/2 Select Campbell’s Soups, exp. 2-13-11 (SS 01/02/11)
=$.49 each when you buy 2 after coupon

Del Monte Can Veggies $.79 each

Shop N Save (for a complete list of deals click here)

Pepperidge Farms Goldfish Crackers (6-8 oz) 6 oz $1.00

Pasta, Store Brand (16 oz) 16 oz $0.88

Winn Dixie (for a complete list of deals click here)

Winn Dixie beans, peas, greens or spinach – 10/$6

Zatarain’s Rice Mix – $1

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


My Couponing Journey

A journey of a thousand miles begins with a single step – Lao-tzu

How did I start couponing?

People often ask me how and why I started couponing.  The why is for another much longer post but the how I think could be helpful to some of you!

Beginning to coupon is a step by step process.  You don’t just jump into it and walk out of the store with thousands of dollars in groceries for free (ala Extreme Couponing).  Like everything else you start as a couponing rookie and eventually become a couponing genius!

Here was my process:

Step #1: The Sunday Paper, a list and Walmart

When I first began couponing I didn’t pay much attention to who doubled coupons or the rebates at drug stores.  I wanted everything simple.  So each Sunday I grabbed a paper, sat down and cut out coupons for products I used.  Then I would go to my pantry and, combining what I already had with the couponing items, plan my weekly meals. After making a grocery list I would go to Walmart, save a few dollars with coupons (and a few more dollars by only buying what was on my list) and head home victorious.

Step #2: The Blogs

So after about a month of couponing at Walmart I was comfortable with that process.  I decided to take it to the next level and read a few frugal blogs daily.  I signed up for free samples, printed some special coupons and sort of kept an eye on things.  This made me more comfortable with couponing lingo and what prices I should be looking for on items.  It occurred to me that everyone seemed to be saving really big by using the drug stores but it seemed kind of confusing.  So I decided to pick one and try to learn everything I could.

Step #3: Rite Aid

There are 4 Rite Aids between my house and my gym- two are within walking distance of my front door.  So I decided to start with Rite Aid.  I checked a blog and found one item that was on sale, had a coupon and had an on-line rebate.  I went in, bought the one item, processed the rebate and waited a week.  The next week there were a few items that were good deals so I went back and repeated the process.  At the end of the month the first rebate check arrived and I knew I had a good handle on Rite Aid.  It was almost a year later before I started shopping another drug store.

Step #4: Harris Teeter Triple Coupons

So I was doing great with Walmart and Rite Aid.  I was saving a little bit of money for very little effort.  Sometimes at Rite Aid I was actually making money with the rebates.  But I had seen the bloggers on line and what they could do at a grocery store.  I wanted to know more about it.  Then Harris Teeter announced they were going to have Triple Coupons for a week (meaning any coupon with a face value up to $.99 would be tripled).  This was the event I had been waiting for to flex my grocery store muscles and see what I could do.  I carefully went through my small coupon stash, pulled out everything under $1 and headed to HT.  If memory serves me correctly I saved about 60% on the groceries I bought and I was elated.

Step #5: Stockpiling

During that trip to Harris Teeter I bought large volumes of some things- 2 containers of dish soap, many cans of soup, and numerous boxes of frozen veggies.  It was more than I would use in a week.  This was the beginning of my stock pile.  I put everything away in my house and then noticed the next week my list for Walmart was shorter because I already had food in the house.  That gave me some extra spending money for Walmart so I grabbed some mark down grocery items and added them to my stock pile.

Do I still grocery shop at Walmart?  Nope- I probably go to Walmart a handful of times a year (although one of my trips is coming up- have you ever been in Walmart during the Superbowl?  It’s very empty).  Now I have mastered where stores double and I do the bulk of my money saving in the drug stores.  But this is the story of how I started.  I think you will find for most avid couponers it is probably a similar story.

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.


Budget 2011: Organizing Your Stockpile

This is a Guest Post by Van of Thrift Core. Thrift Core is a blog about thrifting, creating, and saving money.

Stockpiling is one of the best ways to save money on your regular grocery and drugstore purchases. Now is the perfect time to look at your stockpile and streamline it for maximum efficiency.

Only Stockpile What You Need  

– Stockpiling is most effective when you stock up on items you use all the time
– Don’t be seduced by low costs or free items. If you don’t use it, don’t stockpile it!
– Don’t stock up on more perishables than you can realistically use

Small Space Stockpiling

It’s hard to stockpile when you have limited storage space. If you want to keep multiple items on site, you’ll have to analyze your home to its maximum space potential. Consider the following:

– The top shelf of your bedroom closet
– Guest bedroom closets
– Extra hallway closets
– Infrequently used coat closet
– Laundry room (use top shelves, or add shelving)
– Add shelves to basement or garage for stockpile storage

Organizing Your Pantry

Your pantry is ineffective if boxes fall on your head every time you open the door. To efficiently use your stockpile and prevent items from becoming expiring:  

– Only keep items in your pantry that you and your family use on a regular basis
– The items you use more frequently should be front and center and easy to reach
– Rotate items so the newer ones are in the back of your pantry and the older ones are in the front.
– All items that are used infrequently can be organized in a separate area.

Follow these tips and you should be able to master your stockpile and not have your stockpile master you!

It is important to note that this blog accepts forms of cash advertising, sponsorships, paid insertions, or other forms of compensation. The compensation received will never influence the content, topics or posts made in this blog. All opinions stated in this blog belong to its author and no one else. I will only endorse products, companies, and services that I have found worthy of my time and opinion. A Frugal Chick is a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for sites to earn advertising fees by advertising and linking to www.amazon.com.