Saturday, July 24, 2010

Why I Love My Coupon Binder

I love my coupon binder.

I take it into every store I go into and use it about 99% of the time. This evening my hubby and I ran to Target so that we could browse--but I also knew I needed to stock up on a few things.

While I was shopping with my coupon binder, I ran into a friend. We started talking and as we were talking I peered into the cart and saw items she was buying that I had coupons for. You have to understand, I have 100's of coupons in my binder. Put any stocked cart in front of me and I bet you I can find coupons in my binder on most of those items within seconds--thats how organized it is!

The items I saw in her cart were: Cottonelle Toilet Paper, two Trop50 Orange Juice Cartons, and two boxes of Eggo Waffles. I gave her a $1.00 off coupon towards the Cottonelle Toilet Paper, a $1.00 off coupon for two boxes of Eggo Waffles, and a $1.00 off coupon for two Trop50 Orange Juice Cartons= $3.00 in savings for my friend, right there, within seconds, all because I had my binder with me! (friend--if you are reading this, I hope you enjoyed your awesome savings!)

I was able to take a little over $13.00 off from my purchases with the coupons I used on my own items.

My best deal?

Clean & Clear Face Wash was on the clearance rack from $6.49 to $3.24. I had a $2.00 off coupon for it, so I got it for $1.24! Savings= $5.25
*Shop the clearance racks and find coupons to match! A few weeks ago I found a Gillette Fusion Razor on Clearance from $7.00 to $3.50. I had a $4.00 off coupon for it, so I got it for free!

Want to create your own binder?

Go here to see how I created mine. Don't leave home without it!

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Friday, July 23, 2010

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The Best Months to Shop For Deals

I came across this GREAT article from! This month by month list will let you know when you can find the best deals around! Did you know that the best time to buy furniture and gym memberships are in July?  Computer shopping??? Wait until next month, and be sure to stock up on school supplies in August, too. Plan your purchases accordingly!

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Frugal Free Gal Friday Blog Hop!

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Welcome to the very first Frugal Free Gal Friday Blog Hop! I hope you are having a fun Friday! Thanks for "hopping" by!

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Frugal Free Gal Friday Blog Hop

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Welcome to the very first Frugal Free Gal Friday Blog Hop! I hope you are having a fun Friday! Thanks for "hopping" by!

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Thursday, July 22, 2010

Today is Mega Swagbucks Day! Sign Up Now! It's Free!

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Every Friday is Mega Swagbucks Day!

If you’re new to Swagbucks, it’s a free rewards program that lets you can earn "digital dollars" for doing web searches, online shopping, taking polls and more. Just a few searches a day can help you earn Swagbucks quickly. After earning a certain number of Swagbucks, you can trade them in for prizes like Amazon gift cards, DVDs, video games and more. On Mega Swagbucks Day you can earn Swagbucks in increments of 50, 100, 200 or even 1000 just by doing routine web searches. Once you see that "cute little Swagbucks digital dollar" pop up on searches, you will be hooked and want to search more!

My Swagbucks Earnings
as of May 9, 2010:

(13) $5.00 Amazon Gift Cards! (and very close to my 14th!)
= $65.00!

My gift cards have already been transferred to my Amazon account and I plan to spend them on Christmas presents this year! At least 2-3 Christmas presents have been paid for, thanks to Swagbucks!

How to sign up:

Signing up is FREE! You’ll earn 30 Swagbucks just for signing up. Several of my friends have signed up and they are already earning prizes!  Click the Swagbucks box at the top or bottom of this post to sign up, or go here. If at anytime you have questions about using the program, please email me at

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Then, go here to read my tips on how I use Swagbucks to maximize my earning potential.

***If you are already earning Swagbucks, please let us know what you have earned by leaving a comment below. Let us know your favorite ways to earn! It's a lot of fun, isn't it?!***

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Did you know that there are codes on these yogurts that you can enter in at Stonyfield's Homepage? I didn't know that until about a month ago and I just received enough points (20) to get this free multipack of organic yogurt along with a magazine subscription! My daughter (and me too!) love the YoBaby Yogurt!

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I Lost Weight!

I am so happy that I have "lost weight!" Clutter, that is.

A few times a year I take my unwanted/unused items to a consignment store here in town. They price it, they sell it, I get 40% of what it sells for. The consignment store is very generous with their pricing and I usually end up making more on my items than I would if I were to hold a garage sale. All I do is call ahead for an appointment, box up my items, and take it to them and they do the work for me! I even receive a very detailed list of the description of the item and how much they are trying to sell it for. Once I sell $100.00 worth, they send me a nice little check!

I have been consigning items for about two years now. I recommend consigning your new to gently used items that you have around your house that are taking up valuable space. Call around and see what each consignment store will accept and what their policy is (how much they will make and how much you will make).

Want to know another money maker? I bought two toys several months ago for $1.00 each. My daughter got tired of playing with them so I decided to make a run to Once Upon a Child to see if they would sell there. I received a $6.80 credit for the two toys! I made $4.80 off of the two toys! I really didn't think I was going to get that much for them, but I wasn't going to complain. Now I can use the credit to buy her something she will need in the future! One persons junk is another persons treasure!

Do you consign items? How often do you "declutter?" How does your clutter earn you extra cash?

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What Are Your Plans Today?

Today is shopping day for me!

I usually start out at a thrift store and see what I can find there first. I often find several pieces of clothing for my daughter for $1.19 (mostly new and gently used name brand items.) I also find a lot of "like new" pairs of kids shoes and lots of books and toys for her as well. Occasionally I find something for myself, but I know I go in there specifically looking for kids items.

Then I am off to the grocery store. Take a look at my list:

lunch meat
chicken breast
chicken nuggets
mac & cheese

That is my list! That's it! Isn't that awesome? Where are the diapers, wipes, toilet paper, toothpaste, peanut butter, cereal, pancake mix, etc.? They are already in my pantry/shelves--thanks to my lovely stockpile method (buying several items when they are on sale and when I have coupons to match-instead of going week by week to pick up the items). I LOVE my stockpile. Shopping is a breeze now. I still have my coupon binder ready to go and I will probably find some good deals on items that I may continue to stock up on. I also made sure to plan around the circular and find what is on sale! Read more about my stockpile method here.

I also have my consignment store appointment today. I love my consignment store here. They take just about everything, from magazines and books, to clothes. I have a few things to shed from my life so they are in boxes and ready to go. Making consignment appointments throughout the year really helps to keep my house decluttered and also puts a lot of extra cash in the wallet! Call and make an appointment with a consignment store in your area and ask what their policy is (what they take, how much you will get).

If you have lots planned to day or very little, just remember to HAVE A GREAT DAY and enjoy every minute of it, for this is a day that has not been promised!

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

100 Followers and 3500+ Visitors

Sending a big thank you "in writing" to everyone who comes by to visit "The Frugal Free Gal" daily. You are the reason I continue to blog and post good deals and free samples. I always enjoy reading your comments, also.

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What Is Groupon?

I have seen so many advertisements for "Groupon" but I never knew exactly what it was until I decided to do some research on my own. I thought "Groupon" sounded pretty catchy, since it rhymed with "Coupon" and thought it was something worth looking into. Here is what I learned about Groupon.

What is Groupon?

Groupon features a daily deal on the best stuff to do, see, eat, and buy in cities (mostly the large cities).

Cities currently participating in Groupon:

Albuquerque, Chicago, Detroit, Kansas City, Milwaukee, Philadelphia, San Antonio, Tampa, Atlanta, Cincinnati, Fort Worth, Las Vegas, Minneapolis/St. Paul, Phoenix, San Diego, Virginia Beach, Austin, Cleveland, Fresno, Los Angeles, Nashville, Pittsburgh, San Francisco, Washington DC, Baltimore, Columbus, Houston, Louisville, New York, Portland, San Jose, Boston, Dallas, Indianapolis, Memphis, Oklahoma City, Raleigh, Seattle, Charlotte, Denver, Jacksonville, Miami, Omaha, Sacramento, St. Louis

How Groupon Works:

Every day, there is a new deal listed. You can check in and sign up for daily alerts to have the deals emailed to you each morning or visit the site each day. The deals first have to meet a certain quota, meaning the deal is not good until a certain number of people sign up for it and buy it. If that number is not reached, you are not charged. If it is met, then the deal will activate and anyone can buy.

Sounds pretty neat, huh? If you live near a big city or know you will be planning a vacation soon to one of these cities, it is worth signing up for. If you live near a small area and are not planning any vacations soon, this may not be for you, but it is worth sharing with family and friends!

Click the box above to find today's great deals or click the link below.

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Here is a video you can watch on "Groupon."

Learn How Groupon Works! from The Point on Vimeo.