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Start Saving with Style with Southern Coupon Belle! I'm now COUPONING IN CoMo!
What happens when a Coupon Expert in one region of the USA moves to another area of the country? I have started over learning new stores, coupon policies and building a reasonable stock pile and savings routine from scratch since October 1, 2011. I was an expert in Atlanta and the South but now happily reside in Columbia, Missouri!

I've searched other blogs and sites but I can't find someone else in my shoes so hopefully reading how I started over can help you! Whether you are a seasoned couponer in a new area OR a beginner- I know I can help walk you through what to do and help you start saving big! Starting over has made me realize how newbies to coupons feel and made me walk a grocery store aisle or two in a beginner's shoes again! Email me at and let me know how I can help! Thanks for reading and taking this journey with me!

Friday, December 19, 2008

Great offer on Olay Regenerist Products-$15 GC when you buy 2

UPDATE: Found a rumor that Kroger has Olay Definity Facial Scrub on Clearance for $4.49. Buy 2, use the 12/28 Proctor & Gamble coupon X 2 for $3.00 off each. Download the P&G $1.00 of one Olay cleanser or moisturizer onto your Kroger card. Pay $1.98 total and send in rebate form for $15 Gift Card. I'm going to try it tomorrow and I'll report back if it works.

My friend, Jennifer, sent me this deal she received in an email. Thanks Jennifer!!

When you buy 2 Olay Regenerist Facial Moisturizers or Cleaners, fill out the rebate form and send in for a $15 Gift Card. They don't state from where so I'm assuming a Visa GC or it might be to the store you purchased at. Must be purchased by 1/14/2009 and submitted by 1/28/2009. It can be multiple receipts.

Here's the link:

This is a link for a $5.00 coupon from Olay to print:

Here's how I can make this a sweet deal!
From the 12/14 Proctor and Gamble coupon inserts, there is a $5.00 off 1 Regenerist Moisturizer or Cleanser. I have a ton of PG inserts here if you need 2 coupons. These products are on sale at CVS for $12.99 after the $5.00 coupon or 35% off. So, for $26.00 you get 2 Regenerist products and get $15.00 back. $11.00 for Olay products they compare to $300+ high end skincare products.
You have to wait 6-8 weeks but worth it.

Now, I can make it sweeter. I have $13.00 in Extra Care Bucks from CVS on my CVS card. I use these to purchase 1 and I'm paying .77 cents for one product!! Mike has $11.00 Extra Care Bucks on his CVS card so he'll pay $2.90 for the 2nd Regenerist item. I'll get both products for a grand total of just under $4.00! And I'll get $15 back in a couple of months to use anywhere or at CVS.

There aren't too many banks where I take $4 and turn it into $15 in 6-8 weeks. And if you read my Publix shop tonight- I can buy a ton at Publix with $15.00.

I found out about the coupons by going to and using her Coupon Database.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

Good eats from

I posted earlier about the huge 80% off sale at
We are on vacation this week and we debated about going out of town but decided to stay here.
So, we've been doing fun stuff around the area and using some of the $25 gift certificates I bought for $2 during this sale.

Last night, we went to eat at this fantastic Italian restaurant after going to our great friend's birthday party at a jump place. This is a local chain and their food is wonderful. The garlic rolls are to die for! We both got the chef's specials and the girls ate with us since they had pizza and cake at the party. But man- they ate more than we did! I got a yummy stuffed chicken breast with spinach, roasted red pepper and artichokes served over angel hair. Mike got a swordfish and shrimp diablo served over linguine. We got salad and rolls. To use our certificate- we had to hit $35 with 2 entrees. Our total was $35.40 so after our $25 certificate- we paid $20 including the $2 for the GC, tax and gratuity. And we brought home enough leftovers plus the waiter gave us a box of rolls to eat for dinner another night this week! Italian will be a great change after all that turkey on Thursday. I just transferred the leftovers into tupperware so it will keep. We laughed and commented that we couldn't have eaten at a fast food chain for much less than $20. And the girls thought it was really fun and loved the food.

Before I talk about the next great score- I'm loving how my 5 year old is understanding saving money. I took her to the bathroom and on the way back- she notices the dessert display and immediately saw the key lime pie. Desserts are about $6-8 but huge. She wanted to get the key lime pie because it's Dad's favorite and the girls love it too. But...she came back to the table, told Mike about the dessert and then stopped mid-sentence. She knew we were going to do our CouponMom list for Kroger afterwards since they are in the same shopping center. She looks at me and says, "Do you have a coupon for key lime pie at Kroger? Because we can get it cheaper and get a whole pie to enjoy all week versus one big piece here to split." Hello? She's 5 and already so wise beyond her years. HAHA That's exactly what we did even though I didn't have a coupon. She's also been really great about her Christmas lists- she really pays attention to prices and will debate greatly if she thinks she will really like something and play with it a lot. And the irony- we don't talk about couponing and saving money. She just quietly observes, seems to appreciate how we do it and seems to be getting the bigger picture.

Anywhoo- so today we take the girls to see High School Musical 3 at a brand new, super nice AMC complex about 20 minutes from the house. It was cold and rainy here in Georgia so a movie was perfect! We had 2 free adult tickets so we only had to buy 2 child tickets. Got the girls the kid packs of popcorn, fruit snacks and drinks. Walk in the theater and we are the only people there! We had a huge, stadium style theater all to ourselves. Madi thinks we arranged it for a private viewing! We laugh and tell her no but she just thought it was amazing.

We bought another $2/$25 Gift Certificate for a Japanese/Sushi restaurant that was right down the street from the theater. This certificate- we had to buy $50 worth and 2 entrees. We got a ton of food and sushi, it was wonderful and we ended up paying $32 for dinner. That's pretty good for Japanese/Sushi. And again, we have enough leftovers for lunch tomorrow. Not too many families can leave a Japanese restaurant having a great meal for right about $9 a person.

If you haven't checked out I encourage you to take a look. The 80% sale is over but I will post it every time I see it come around. An 80% code usually comes out at least once a month. Enjoy!

Friday, November 21, 2008

I hit the Coupon Insert Jackpot today!

I belong to 2 local Freecycle groups. Yes, it's a lot of emails to sift through but every so often- a good one hits. Today, a woman advertised 20 SmartSource inserts and I immediately responded and got them. Turns out- she lives right around the corner from us!

We go to pick them up and she comes out to talk to Mike. She delivers for the Atlanta Journal on Thursdays when the Buyers Edge with additional inserts come out for free. So does her husband!! They have tons left over each week so they are supposed to take them to the recycle center. They decided this week to freecycle them! We've now made an arrangement that every Friday, Mike is going to stop by and get 20 of her extras.

Do I really need 20? No- but I plan to share with family and friends who want extra copies. If you are interested- let me know and I'll make an arrangement to mail them to you in exchange for stamps back to keep sending them out. I can also start participating in coupon swaps online and in the area to get more coupons for the items we use most often.

I always knew one day I'd figure out a way to meet a delivery person or find a source for extra coupons. And because I lucked out- I plan to share the wealth.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

Product Review: Scrubbing Bubbles Fresh Brush Max

I realized I haven't done a product review in awhile. I got the Fresh Brush Max Starter Kit awhile ago but just tried it for the first time. I think I paid under .50 for it.

I just tried it and I'm throwing away that nasty toilet brush sitting next to the toilets! It worked great. I thought my toilet was pretty clean but the brush got way up under the rim. Come to find out- my standard toilet brush didn't reach this area well. My toilet is now sparkling clean and it only took about a minute.

In case you aren't sure you know which one I'm talking it about, Fresh Brush Max is a wand that you attach a pad to, scrub the toilet and then release in the trash can.

There were coupons for all the Scrubbing Bubbles products in the box. I will definitely keep this product on my radar when I'm generating my CouponMom lists each week. And I will stock up on the refills plus try to score more starter kits so I have one for each bathroom.

I give this one a thumbs up!

Monday, November 17, 2008

Q&A- Using a drug store Free GC with Prescription at Kroger

Q: OK, this morning I clipped a Walgreens free $25.00 gift card for a prescription transfer. How can I use this at Kroger? I read one of your October post but I'm still a little uncertain. :) Thanks!!!

A: It's super easy! Take the coupon you clipped and your prescription to the Kroger pharmacy. Ask the pharmacist if they will match. They should say yes. I've never had a problem at our Kroger doing this and Kroger wants your pharmacy business! If for some reason they say no- go talk to Customer Service. I will go try to find documentation from Kroger that this is their policy tomorrow.

What they will do is download the $25.00 to your Kroger card. Once you scan it in at the register- the $25 will automatically come off your total.

And again- if you ran into any trouble and can't get the results you want- Publix will do the same. Either way- free money for groceries!

Tip: The last times we did this at Kroger and Publix- they didn't have the cream/medicine we needed. My husband prepaid and Kroger downloaded the amount on the savings card and Publix went ahead and gave him the gift card. We needed the prescription- it wasn't urgent but wanted the savings because we had a list from CouponMom ready to go.

Thanks for the question and super excited for you that you are doing so well on your shops! Let me know how else I can help!

Friday, November 14, 2008

Another Score at Kroger tonight! 63% Savings plus a wonderful dinner

My husband hit Kroger and did great once again! I love the fact that he's gotten into this as much as I have. We work as a team- I put the deals together, get the coupons ready and he shops on his way home from work. Keeps me out of the stores with a 2 and 5 year old! So we stick to our lists.

Our total was $29.25 and we saved $49.59 or 63%. Mike spent $13.39 on items not on the list for dinner tonight- yellowfin tuna, salmon and crawfish. He also bought the vanilla syrup I use to make the lattes I mentioned in an earlier post. So our list total should have been $15.86 or 80% savings. We bought 33 items.

Here's what we got from the list-
1 lb sweet onions
1 package mushrooms
5 Danactiv yogurt 4 packs
1 Land of Lakes butter
2 Hefty Freezer bags
2 Duracell AA 2pks
6 Quaker Quick Oats
2 Domino Sugar 2lb
8 cans of Carnation Evaporated Milk
J&J Kids Shampoo

Can you tell I'm stocking up for the Holidays? My daughter wants to bake oatmeal cookies for the neighbors and friends for Christmas. I'm looking for battery deals for Christmas morning and these 2 packs were .25 cents each!

Look at this bill in a different way. $29 sounds like a lot for us when we shop but my husband laughs at me that I think $29 is a lot! But, can you imagine how much it would have cost for the 4 of us to eat out and have seared tuna, salmon and crawfish in a restaurant? Lucky for us- we both know how to cook seafood. We got great deals and had a great dinner!

So for the week- just under $50 for groceries. We ate in every night this week and really well plus healthy. Stocking up for the holidays and getting ready for the dishes I want to bring to Thanksgiving and Christmas events.

Great Publix Shop Tonight

Tonight, we bought 23 items for $19.56. We saved $22.76!
Here's what we got for under $20.00:
5 Betty Crocker Frosting tubs (FREE and we're gearing up for the holidays)
5 McCormick Gravy Mixes (came to .24 each)
2 cans of Lindsay Olives
2 cans Eagle Condensed Milk
2 Graham Cracker pie crusts
1 Publix Whipped Topping
3lb bag of tangerines
2 Kraft Mac and Cheese
Hefty Ovenware (to take our contributions to Thanksgiving)
2 pack of Hefty 2 QT Casserole Pans

Great shop and great items for the fast approaching Holiday Season. And these are all items we use and will use soon!

If you do well at the grocery store- please leave a comment and share!

Don't forget the older posts + Q&A

There are a lot of new readers so make sure you go through October's posts. They contain more of the processes and how to do coupons since lately I've been posting deals and examples of saving.

Also, if you have a question or have a topic you want me to address, leave a comment on this post and I will cover it !

Thanks and I appreciate everyone reading!
Have a good weekend!

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

I have no idea if their sale will happen again, but last year- right after Christmas- they had this unbelievable $2.00 sale on shoes for infants and toddlers. I got 3 pair of shoes and with shipping paid just about $11.00. Almost every style of shoe they offered was on sale last year.

The sale was crazy- I had to guess sizes but the ones I got are going to work. I ordered about 7 pairs initially but only got 3 pairs. The site was super slow with the volume and I was adding to my cart like a mad woman.

I was still happy with the shoes I received. The shoes were great quality- shoes you would find in the department stores. Shipping was slow due to the overwhelming response but the shoes I ordered were for this winter so I didn't mind. Their communication about shipping dates was wonderful.

Like I said- I don't know if the sale will take place again but I'm going to be on the lookout. You may want to get on their emailing list. I get very few emails from them but I definitely want to know if the sale is on again this year. Just a heads up!

Saturday, November 8, 2008

"Copykat" your favorite restaurant dishes

We get in these modes where we don't like to eat out. It's expensive and a lot of times- you leave wondering why you ate there and spent the $X amount you just spent. We like to cook and feel we can make food as good as if not better than the restaurants do.

However, there are some favorites that I do enjoy. But, it doesn't mean you can't make them yourself. Here's a great website to search for your favorites. You can pull up recipes for things like Olive Garden House Dressing, Hooters Wing Sauce or Red Lobster Cheese Biscuits.

There are 2 favorites of mine that I just observed when ordering and have figured out to do myself.
One is my non-sugar Vanilla Latte from Starbucks. I got my mom to give me a very nice expresso maker a couple of years ago for Christmas, bought the syrup and played around with the technique until I thought it tasted exactly the same.

My new favorite that I've learned to copy is the Shaken Iced Tea Lemonade at Starbucks.
I tried it on vacation and tried the Passion Tea flavor. Starbucks uses Om tea which you can find in the grocery stores here. Again, I'm pleased with my version.

Both recipes work for me, keep me away from Starbucks because it's hard to pay $4-5 when I know I can make several for price of one!

I've also found the copycat for our favorite wing sauce in Atlanta. We have a chain here called Taco Mac. Mike did a google search for "Taco Mac Wing Sauce" and found this recipe. It is great so now we make all of our wings at home as well.

2/3 cup Franks Hot Sauce
1/3 cup Valentina Salsa Picante (you find this in the authentic Mexican section at the store)
Salt to taste

Check the site out or google your favorites and see what you can find. Enjoy food for less at home!!

Score at Publix tonight

We were in a coupon zone tonight! HAHA Everywhere we went- we saved huge and it was fun.

Tonight- I got:
Sargento Salad Finishers- Chicken Caesar
Pillsbury's New Savoring Bites in Cheese and Spinach
Publix Large Eggs
2 cans of Hunts Diced Tomatoes

Total after savings and coupons: $4.27
Saved: $8.36

Such a fun shop- I've wanted to try the first new items, eggs for Holiday baking and who doesn't need canned tomatoes in the pantry just in case?

This is an example of stockpiling and taking the most advantage of the coupons and sales.

Friday, November 7, 2008

88% saved at Kroger tonight

We did incredible tonight at Kroger! Saved 88% or $87.12. Our total went from $100.06 to $12.94!!! And we purchased 46 items.

What did we buy? Sounds crazy but the deals were just too good! We took advantage of the Mega Event where if you bought a total of 10 certain items (you could mix and match), you received $5 off. You could do this deal 3 times on your transaction for a total of 30 items and $15 off.

We also had some free item coupons sent to us from Kroger. A 12 pack of Coke, Nature Valley Granola Bars, Cherry Tomatoes and a can of Pillsbury Sweet Rolls.

So here's what we walked out of Kroger with for $12.94:
12 3L Deer Park Bottled Water (free after Mega Event plus coupons)
4 Powerades (free after Mega Event plus coupons)
4 Edward Pie Singles (.50 each after Mega Event and coupons)
2 Breyers Ice Cream (1.50 each after Mega Event and coupons)
4 Orville Mini Bag Popcorn (.70 each after Mega Event and coupons)
Pillsbury Sweet Rolls- Free thanks to Kroger
Kroger Biscuits ( .29 cents after a Kroger $1.00 coupon)
3 Colgate toothpaste (.25 cents after Mega Event and coupons)
4 Cottonelle 4 pack TP (Free after coupons)
Bananas 2.58lbs for $1.50
Kroger Romaine Hearts on clearance for $1.69
3 J&J Sudzy Bars (.09 each after coupons plus a new catalina to buy 3 more for .09 cents)
1 Nature Valley Almond Granola Bars- Free thanks for Kroger
1 Box of Cheerios ($1.00 after coupon)
2 Bic 4 packs of razors (.50 cents each after Mega Event and coupons)
1 Cherry Tomatoes- Free thanks to Kroger
12 pack of Coke- Free thanks to Kroger

So- the total was just over $100. We got the $15.oo off for the Mega Event and I had another great coupon from Kroger for $5 off $45 or more. After all my coupons- $12.94.

We saved $38.60 from Manufacturer's coupons, $3.60 in Bonus Coupon Savings, $44.92 in Store Coupon and Kroger Plus Savings for a grand total of $87.12 saved or 88%!!

And as a bonus- we accumulated 58 points towards our fuel savings at Kroger.

And the cutest was the cashier. She loved every minute of it! I handed her my coupons and she grinned, looked at the monitor and said "You're at $100- Let's go." I entered my Kroger Plus card- drops dramatically, she enters the coupons and she is just going crazy. So are the people behind us. Mike pays and she looks at him and says, "Your wife takes good care of your money! That is amazing!!"

My only gripe- Mike forgot a catalina for $3.00 off those J&J Buddies Soap! So, our total should have been under $10!! HAHA

I'm sharing because it can be done, anyone can do this and this is a great example of why you collect as many coupon inserts as you can! We're putting some of these items in the sale tomorrow so we'll see how fast we can make that $12.94 back in the morning!

My new "normal" pantry

Today and tomorrow is our community garage sale. We did really good considering we didn't have any high ticket items like baby stuff or furniture.

One thing I decided to do was sell a lot of my stockpile. It was amazing how fast it moved! People thought the prices were great which was hilarious to us knowing what we actually paid or didn't pay at all in some instances. I sold cleaning products, health and beauty and even food. We even went back through our CouponMom lists for the week and went out tonight and bought more to sell! I'll post the incredible deals we got tonight on the next post.

We at the very least doubled our investment on everything we sold. I estimate we paid about $30 dollars for what we sold just today and made almost $100. Now, where can I put my money that we'll say I've spent over the last 3 months and make over 3 times my investment?

Some of the best deal makers were Lysol Neutra Air Starter Kits. They are normally $10.99-$12.00 and with a sale plus coupons- we bought for $1.99. We sold 8 for $5 a piece! We turned $16 plus tax into $40. We realized today that we had 8 more coupons for the Airwick version and this week- they are $5.99 (normally $11.99) and the coupon was for $4 off. So we paid again about $16 plus tax and plan to sell these tomorrow morning for about $6. We'll turn $16 into $48 in just over 12 hours. The starter kits we sold today sold in the first 2 hours.

Now, I know I mentioned earlier that I don't clear shelves or sell items at flea markets. I sold things today that I've accumulated over time with intent to use. I just realized that I had way too much cleaning items plus toothpaste and shampoo I really didn't like. I've changed my hair and I need to use better product to take care of it. And with the economy like it is- my great discounts on these products helped others.

Another great item was Montgomery Inn BBQ Sauce. For awhile, they were $10 for 10 at Kroger and right beside the sauce was an instant coupon machine for .50 off. It would double making the BBQ sauce free. Every time my husband stopped- he bought 2-3 bottles. It actually became a joke between us and he just kept bringing more and more home. We have 40 bottles after giving the neighbors plenty. They are almost gone after selling for .50 cents each. We will make $20 off these items! Now that's a great return on nothing!

My new "normal" pantry looks good but bare. I now like everyone else only have 5 things of BBQ sauce stocked. I have space to start stockpiling all over again!

Being Frugal at Disney

Everyone who knows me wonders how I stay so frugal at Disney. We absolutely love Disney and try to go at least once a year. Last year, we went for 8 days in December and to experience Disney at Christmas is an unbelievable visit. The light show at Disney Studios is worth it alone. Last year's visit cost under $1000 and the crowds were so light- we walked on almost every ride. Got down right snobby during one of our last days there- we were waiting 10 minutes. We literally rode everything until we were sick of it! HAHA

There are several things I do that keeps the cost down.
  • Once I know we are going, I hit the local Disney Stores and buy souvenirs off clearance. The girls think that Mickey leaves treats for them in the car or hotel room so we never go to the shops and let the girls look around. I will tell them that they can decide on the last day if there was something they didn't get and want then we would let them get one thing.
  • I ask grandparents, aunts, uncles etc to give the girls Disney Dollars beforehand so they can spend their money in Disney.
  • I take my own mini-fridge and a percolator with us. Sound weird? Yes, but I stock up on grits, oatmeal and Pop Tarts through CouponMom. I take foam bowls, plastic utensils and we eat breakfast in the room while we get ready to hit the park of the day. We take a case of bottled water with us and freeze several each night. Yes- super cheap but no wasted time or money on breakfast. I have several of those complimentary, insulated diaper bags that the hospital gives you when you have a baby- I load it up with waters and snacks that I got on a great deal again from CouponMom. Disney wants to rent a mini fridge for $10 a day so you are looking at $70 bucks for the week. We have one that we got a garage sale for less than $10 and this is it's only purpose.
  • Because I am loaded up with snacks- we eat one meal a day in the parks. We for whatever reason, don't eat a lot on vacation. We'll share a meal, the girls will too at lunch or a little later and supplement the meal with juice boxes and snacks. The only splurge is popcorn which the girls could eat all day long and that helps keep the cost down eating in the parks. But popcorn is the cheapest snack food in the park. We buy the souvenir bucket and just keep getting refills.
  • We save every popcorn bucket and I wash them out at the hotel. I'll bring a sample of dishwashing detergent. My girls are young enough to think these are souvenirs and they love watching a movie in the playroom with their popcorn buckets. Every park has a different bucket and they love them. I even went so cheap this past visit that I got 2 Mickey ears plates from the kids' meal and saved those as well. We bought one kids meal and asked for a 2nd plate. I used wipes to clean them out and we still have them almost a year later! They love using the Mickey ears plates to this day.
  • We only buy 1 park a day tickets. With our girls so young- trying to Park Hop is just crazy. We buy enough tickets to do a park a day and since we go off season- the parks are closing early or we coordinate our parks when they are staying open late.
  • We don't get into the whole Character Dinners etc. I know we will later on but right now- no big deal. What the girls don't know won't kill them!
  • We leave the park and get dinner. Our last visit- we actually did take out and took it back to our hotel room. My oldest actually asked for veggies and a balanced meal about our 3rd day. For example, we went to Outback- ordered a large prime rib with an extra side. While we were waiting- Mike went to Winn Dixie, got a salad mix and dressing in the same shopping center. No drinks- had them in the room, no tip... we were 2 minutes away from our hotel and just had picnics in the room. The girls loved it and thought we were just doing the neatest thing! So our dinner budget was under $20 most nights.
  • We hit a close-by Walmart for Tshirts. Why pay $20 plus within Disney when you can buy shirts that your children could care less where you bought them but can bring home from their magical vacation.
  • I use to plan our parks each day. One year is $8.95 and this site helps you utilize your time and get the most bang for your buck!
You can do Disney on a budget, have a great time and not come home worrying about credit card bills and paying for what you spent during a week at Disney. We don't consider a vacation a true "vacation" if we have to come home and deal with the costs later. Going with a budget, creative ways to save money and not coming home to a pile of debt makes a week of Disney a lot of fun! And once you realize you are frugal and a cheapie- there's no other way to go to Disney World!

Biggest Disney World Promotion in a long time!

Book your trip beginning at 5 pm EST on Thursday, November 6, 2008. How big is this discount? It's the biggest discount offered by Disney Parks since 2001!

For every 4 nights - you get 3 nights free!
For every 4 days of tickets - you get 3 days free!
If you book your trip between January 4th and March 29th, you also receive a $200 Disney Gift Card to spend at check-in!

*****Book between November 6th and December 20th!*****
Travel between January 4th and June 27th!
Travel between January 4th and March 29th to include the Disney Gift Card.
Travel between March 29th and June 27th to include the discount, but not the Disney Gift Card.

Okay- I tentatively booked tonight for my daughter's Winter Break which would be 2/14-2/21.
We are very fortunate to have a "full year school calendar" and we get extra weeks off that most counties in our area do not. We only start school a week earlier than the surrounding counties but we get a Fall Break, the whole week of Thanksgiving, the same Christmas break as everyone else plus a Winter Break as well as the usual Spring Break. We finish our school year less than one week later than surrounding counties and still by the end of May.

For the 4 of us, staying in a Disney "Value" Resort with 7 days of 1 park a day tickets- it was $1230.00. Plus we would get the $200 Gift Card which would easily pay for our meals in the park. My only concern is that week is President's Day week and it's a high attendance week. I'm going to do some more research before we make our decision. From Atlanta, the drive is very easy and I'm blessed with 2 daughters that travel very well. We'll decide this week but I'd like this to be the "big" Santa present to the girls on Christmas morning.

I saw another hint and I'm going to research tomorrow is you can get this deal through AAA. Someone posted they saved over $500 from the original quote given through the Disney site.

Since I'm on the subject- I'll post next how we save so much when we go to Disney.

Keep your fingers crossed for me that I can talk the Head Santa to go along with the idea.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Easy, Cheap Fudge for the Holidays

I've never tried this recipe but I've heard rave reviews about it! You can make this recipe when items are on sale for under $4.00. This would make great gifts and a great dessert to take to Holiday parties!

Easy Fudge

(1) 8x8 pan
Wax paper for the pan
1/2 stick of butter
1 can of sweetened condensed milk
3 cups of chocolate chips (1 and 1/2 bags)

Melt the last three in the microwave for 1:30 minutes, stir, then another minute. Make sure you stir in the middle, don't burn it.
Pour into a wax paper lined pan. Use the wax paper-if you don't use the wax paper, you are really going to regret it! Even leave a bit up the sides.

Refrigerate for a couple of hours and then cut!

  • Best "seller" is Butterscotch: simply by using 2 cups of chocolate chips and 1 cup of butterscotch chips.
  • Mini M&Ms are another good substitute.
  • You can use flavor extracts like mint or orange.
  • Cover the top with coconut.
  • Rocky Road: Substitute 1 cup of walnuts for one cup of chips+ 1/2 c chopped walnuts and 1 cup mini marshmallows, turned in after the mix is well blended and ready for the pan.
  • Extreme Peanut Butter Fudge: normal recipe - butter + 1/4 c. peanut butter.
Sounds super easy, frugal and sure to be a big hit! Enjoy!!

Getting discounts through your local and national PTA

Speaking of PTA, many people don't realize that most PTA groups offer discounts for being a member. You can be a member without having children at the school. Ours is $6 and we have discounts to over 30 local businesses. Free appetizer at one and % off from the rest.

For example, I found a great new hairdresser through the Neighborhood Partners and she offers 25%!! off her services all the time. That is huge when you think about it! I got my hair done, bought products and saved over $30. I spent $6 for a membership and saved $24!

There are also discounts through the National PTA. You have to be a member to view them but there is a discount for a major insurance company and a cellular company. Their discount is up to 14% off each month, free activation fees, upgrades etc. Someone posted on a site I frequent that they will save over $150 a year on their mobile package. Again- a great return for a $6 investment in a school in your community.

Just contact your local school and ask for the contact information for the PTA. See if they offer Neighborhood Partners and discounts. Your membership will pay for itself the first time you use it! And you are supporting area businesses that are usually small business owners who obviously care that your local school and its students receive a top notch education. Plus your membership is tax deductible!!

Sunday, October 26, 2008

Deals at Kroger this week

Here are some of the deals this week at Kroger that caught my attention:

Kroger 10oz Baking Powder .58 cents or 68% off (Holiday baking item!)
Oscar Mayer Lunchables $1.00 each or 52% off
Kroger Canned Fruit or Mandarin Oranges .58 cents or 27% off (Charity item!)
Kroger Mac and Cheese .58 cents or 27% off (Good item to donate for charity)
24pk Deer Park Water $2.99 each or 50% off
There is a coupon in 8/24 Red Plum insert to get this price. Sale price is $3.99
Purex Laundry Detergent 24-32 loads (limit 4) $1.29 each or 65% off
There is a coupon in 10/05 Smart Source insert to get this price. Sale price is $1.99
Clairol Herbal Essence Hair Care 6-12oz .99 cents each or 75% off
There is a coupon in 10/12 Proctor and Gamble insert and you must buy 2 to get this price.
Sale price is $2.49 each
Aussie Hair Care 6-12 oz $1.49 each or 63% off
There is a coupon in the 10/12 PG insert to get this price. Sale price is $2.49
Reach Advanced Design Toothbrush .50 each or 80% off
There is a coupon in the 10/12 RP insert to get this price and you must buy 2. Sale is $1 each
Dove Hair Care Products 4-12 oz $1.50 each or 63% off
There is a coupon in the 10/12 RP insert to get this price. Sale is $3.00 each

Saturday, October 25, 2008

How to make "designer" brownies for next to nothing!

An item that I always buy at a rock bottom price is brownie mixes. I can buy Betty Crocker brownie mixes and even the Ghirardelli mixes for .19-.35 cents a box when the sale cycle comes around on these items. I currently have 12 boxes of brownie mix. Sound crazy? Probably but with the holiday season approaching- there will be Trunk or Treat dinners and cookouts this week, church holiday functions, parties at school, family dinners and Daisy Scouts etc. in the next couple of months. We had a Fall Festival in the neighborhood tonight and you'll never guess what I took... brownies!

But you can get all Sandra Lee and turn a plain box of brownies into what I call "designer brownies." These 2 ideas are always a huge hit and people think I spent a lot more time (and money) than I really did.

Turtle Brownie Bites:
I always get the Turtle flavor mixes and I do these in mini muffin tins. Just spray really well with baking Pam. Fill each about 3/4 of the way full and I do the cake like brownies and add the third egg. Take the caramel packet and squirt a small amount in each then swirl with a toothpick. Bake as usual and I always serve them if at home on a 3 tiered serving piece. These also work really good in my monogrammed baking boxes that I give as gifts at the holiday season. I'll explain those later. :)

Mississippi Mud Brownies:
This brownie is special to my family. My grandmother, who passed away in 1995, lived in Charleston. She would make these brownies from scratch. I can remember arriving at her house from Atlanta and if it was dinner time- chicken was frying (she was the best at it) and these brownies were cooling on the counter. I've shortened the process by using a mix. I know she wouldn't be mad at my shortcut as busy as I am!

Bake a brownie mix as usual. Again, I do the cake like brownies with 3 eggs versus 2. About 5 minutes left or when your toothpick test is almost "clean" or the top is barely soft to the touch... pour a bag of mini marshmallows on top or enough to cover well. Turn off the oven and let the pan sit in the oven for about 2 minutes. Take the brownies out of the oven and with a spatula or spoon, spread the marshmallows around- they have melted and will make one even layer. While they are in the oven- make the following icing.

Chocolate Frosting:
1/4 cup butter softened
1/4 cup cocoa + 2 tablespoons
1/4 cup + 3 tablespoons warm milk
1 tsp. vanilla
1 16 oz confectioner's sugar sifted

Cream butter and add cocoa, mixing well. Gradually add the sugar, adding warm milk as needed to keep the right consistency (a little thick but you can stir). Stir in vanilla. Pour over the marshmallows and let hardened before cutting.

These brownies ROCK! And everyone loves them.

Both are super easy, looks like you spent a lot of time, your serving plate will be wiped clean and you haven't spent a lot of money. I have 12 boxes and if I spent .25 cents on each- I've spent $3.00 plus a few other ingredients. I can easily do 12 functions this Holiday Season for under $10.00 and I'm bringing desserts that are a huge hit!

This is just one of many examples of how you stockpile, work the lists and then use the products you get for next to nothing work to your advantage. I'll add more ideas like these in the next couple of weeks.

Friday, October 24, 2008

Saving $$ on Online Shopping

Deals are going to be huge (hopefully) with the economy and many retailers will be courting you to shop in their stores and online this holiday season. I have two great websites to check out before you do any online shopping. and

Let's say you want to purchase some toys at Kohl's online when they start doing some great deals (which they do by the way- just give it a couple of weeks). Before you go to, check these websites out. Do a search for Kohls- Funtasia has a search window on the left top side and RMN has their search window in the center of their home page. Both will generate codes for % discounts, free shipping etc. RMN will tell you the success rate using the codes as well. Funtasia will also feature some great deals at Kohl's as well as the codes. Some require you to click through the site to go to Kohl' but that's how they make their money for providing this great service. If you get the code, just open another window or write the code down. In your checkout process, there will be a place to enter the code and update your total. If a code doesn't work for whatever reason, find another and try, try again!

And if you search for a store and can't find a code at either website- simply punch in "XStore Coupon Code" in Google or Yahoo and see what pops up.

Just please promise that you will never shop online again without trying to find a code first. Every little bit helps... especially this Holiday Season. Take care and happy shopping!

Saving on Holiday Baking and Cooking Items

Pay attention to the sales the next couple of weeks. I typically find that as we get closer to Thanksgiving and then through Christmas, the sales on items like butter, eggs, flour, chicken broth etc. slow down. I try to stock up now when I see something like butter on sale.

It's never a bad idea to start planning what you'd like to bake and cook for the holidays now. Planning your holidays out before things get super busy keeps you on track, on budget and eliminates holiday stress. I've experienced some seasons where I had all these "grand" plans to bake and try some different recipes but once the whirlwind starts- I ran out of time.

Keep in mind things like appetizers and desserts you may need to take to a party or function. Look for items you would need now on the grocery and even drugstore lists now to stock up. For example, there are always great deals on brownie mixes. I can get them as low as .19-.35 cents with a coupon. Usually Betty Crocker but Publix does deals on Ghirardelli mixes all the time. Tomorrow I will post how I "dress up" simple brownies that is a huge hit wherever I take them.

Thursday, October 23, 2008

Deals I Found At Publix 10/23-10/29

Note: These are deals for Georgia Publix so your sale may vary. Check out your Publix list at CouponMom to see your deals if you aren't Georgia.

Here's the items I found to be good deals this week at Publix:
Fresh Chicken Leg Quarters .59/lb or 54% off
Publix Salad Blend 5-14 oz, BOGO $1.50 each or 50% off
Fresh Western Lettuce .79 each or 47% off
Publix Soft Drinks (girls love the root beer) .50 each or 38% off
(jeez- remember when Coca Cola 2 liters used to be almost this cheap?)
Capri Sun Drinks 10 pk $1.67 each or 27% off
(I just read that the Roarin Waters has the least sugar so we get those)
Publix Print Napkins 250 count $1.67 or 27% off
Fresh Red Seedless Grapes $1.69/lb or 15% off

Nature Valley Granola Bars
Coupon 9/7 GM $1 off Final Price $1.00 or 60% off
Pillsbury Ready to Bake! Cookies
Coupon 10/5 GM .50 off 2 Final Price $1.50 or 48% off
Pedigree Good Bites Dog Treats
Coupon 10/12 RP Free item up to $4.99 so FREE or 100%
(we don't have a dog but I included this deal if you do!)

If I bought all these items, including 5 lbs of chicken and 2 lbs of grapes, my total would be:
$16.46 or 74% off for 11 items. I have a $5 off $25 coupon from CVS that I would apply before I hand the cashier my coupons so my total before tax would be $11.46!

And ironically- I'm not too excited about the deals this week. They are just so-so in my opinion. But you will have weeks like that.

Huge Savings on Eating Out

Yes, even the die hard cheapies eat out (occasionally). But of course, we have found a way to do so and save big time!

If you go to, you'll see in the center of the page Restaurant Coupons and Free Offers. Click on the link to Enter your zip code and you'll get a list of area restaurants that you can buy a $25 gift certificate for $6.00 through CM! And, at the end of the month- sometimes they run even heavier discounts like 70-80%!!

There are stipulations and minimums that have to be met. You can click on the restaurant and see it's menu so you can see how much an entree is. $25.00 may go a long way in some restaurants while barely put a dent in another restaurant's bill. Some also state they will automatically add 18% gratuity to your bill. We've only had that happen once but be a good patron and remember to figure your tip on the amount before your gift certificate. You purchase the certificates you want, pay online and print out at home. The certificates are good for a year.

We have found some great restaurants in our area through this great service. If you find a certificate you want but it's sold out- no worries! The certificates are refreshed the 1st of each month.

These could make great Christmas presents!

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The ABCs of Couponing 101

I just realized that when I'm writing this- I have to remind myself that some people reading do not understand all the ins and outs of couponing like I do since I've been doing this for so long. Here are some quick facts, definitions of abbreviations and how each store handles coupons differently. I will elaborate on this last point store by store later this week.

Abbreviations and definitions concerning the coupon inserts and my blog:
S= Smart Source
RP= Red Plum
PG= Proctor and Gamble. This one comes out the first Sunday of every month.
GM= General Mills
AY= All You magazine that you can buy cheaply at Walmart. It normally has over $60 worth of coupons in it each month and it's a cute, informative magazine.
CM= Coupon Mom
WG= Walgreens
BOGO= Buy One Get One Free
OYNO= On your next order
Catalina= a coupon that will print at the store and the cashier will hand to you with your receipt.

Fun Facts:
- If you get your inserts out of order, if you look on the spine the date is printed.
- Kroger's sale is Sunday to Saturday each week.
- Publix sale is Thursday to Wednesday each week. (if you are not in GA- check because it might be different.)
- Walmart is updated on Saturdays.
- Drugstores' sales are Sunday to Saturday.
- CM lists advertised and unadvertised sales for the grocery stores so you'll find deals you might not see in the sale ad in the Sunday paper.
- On Sunday and Monday only- Publix has a Mystery Penny Item coupon in their sale ad. If your total (before coupons) hits $10- you qualify for this item. The items are great- toilet paper, apple juice, coffee, chips etc.
- If an item at the drug stores is BOGO- you must buy both. But with multiple inserts you can use 2 coupons.
- BOGO at the grocery stores is simply if you buy one- it's half off. You don't have to buy 2.
- CVS has a policy that if they have a sale on something that's BOGO and you have a BOGO coupon then you get both items for free. I normally see this deal on makeup and the coupons are usually in the PG coupon inserts.
- Walgreens deals will often combine sale ad coupons that you must clip, Easy Saver catalog coupons that you can find in the store when you get there and they limit how many you can purchase. CouponMom will show you all the coupons you need to get the lowest price and where to find them. CM is also great about telling you the limit of how many you can purchase.
- Kroger doubles coupons up to the face value of .50 cents.
- Publix double coupons up to the face value of .50 cents but this may vary state to state. I know they do not double in Florida. Publix is based in Florida and they are the king of Florida. Publix for a long time did not double in Georgia but about 3 years ago changed their policy to compete as heavily as they do with Kroger.
- The drug stores, Target and Walmart do not double coupons.
- Publix will take almost every competitors' coupons including the $5 off $25 CVS and Walgreens coupons that will generate on your receipt or they will email you. You must verify this at your store because it does seem to vary in different areas. My Publix will take them but not Target because there is not a Target nearby. There will be in about 6 months so I expect this store's policy to change. All you have to do is ask Customer Service.

That's it for now but I will be adding more later. Once you understand the different policies and rules- getting the deals and free items each week will be a piece of cake... I promise!

PART TWO: I've got my list... what now?

You've gone to and printed out your list. You are super excited about the savings and items on sale this week but what now?

I'm sure people wonder how I store 6-10 copies of the coupon inserts each week and keep the couple of months all in one place? I have a Rubbermaid bin that's about the size of a standard size file cabinet drawer but not that deep. It's easy to carry around and while it gets heavy with all those inserts- it is definitely manageable. I keep the inserts in order with the most current dates on top.

Once I have my list- one great thing about CM is your list will be printed in order of the coupon dates with the newest date at the bottom of the list. Makes going through the inserts super easy. I just work from the bottom of my list and after I get the coupons from an insert I just lay it to the side upside down. I just stack the inserts that way on top of one another so when I'm finished I can just lay them right side up in the bin and I'm still in order.

Once I get my coupons then I update my list, crossing out any items I didn't have a coupon for or decided not to get. I also update my quantity column for each item since I'm stockpiling and buying multiples. When I am finished, I paper clip the coupons to the top of the list and fold in half. I add any items I need to purchase on the bottom and if I have a coupon- the final price.

Because your list is updated with quantities- you will not be flipping through coupons in the grocery aisles. Just follow your list, head up to checkout and when your total is on the screen, hand the cashier your coupons and watch the total fall!

Sounds overwhelming? Maybe the first couple of times you do this. But once it becomes a process for you- it's easy and with all 5 lists- it only takes about an hour to get everything ready from going out to CM, printing the lists and retrieving the coupons. That hour is worth it when you are saving 60%+ each week!

PART ONE: How I use is where I get my lists for Kroger, Publix, CVS, Walgreens, Rite Aid, Target and even Walmart each week. I've been using this site for over 8 years and while I know the website like the back of my hand- I realize someone new to CM could get lost very quickly! So, I'm going to walk you through step by step how I utilize

1. When you go to the website- you will see on the home page "Find your store's Grocery Deals List." Click here and if you need to register, it's free or you may need to log in.
2. At the top is Grocery Deals by State. Use the drop down window to find your state and store. Highlight it and click "Go."
3. A new window will pop up for example, Kroger Best Deals. Maximize this window.
4. What I do next is on the far right of the headers is % Saved. There are 2 triangles- one right side up and one upside down. The upside down triangle will sort the list from 100% down. Click on it and the list will regenerate sorted by highest % to lowest % saved.
5. Now, go through the list and check the boxes on the far left of the deals you want to take advantage of. Once you go through the entire list, click "Display Selected Deals."
6. Your list for that store is ready to print!

To decipher the list- look at the headers. The first on the left is Coupon Date and what insert the coupon is in. The next section is the item itself. Then it tells you what quantity you need to buy to use the coupon and meet it's stipulation. You then see the sale price, the final price after using the coupon and the % saved on that item. At the bottom of your list is your total and total % saved.

Now you are ready to clip your coupons for the items you want to buy and then you are ready to hit the stores. Next post- I'll explain how I store my inserts and how I get everything organized so I'm ready to shop and save big!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Q&A: Where to find those great prescription gift card coupons

Q: I have never heard of Prescription Gift Cards. We rarely get prescriptions so I am not sure if this would apply to me. How do you get them?

A: Now that you've heard of these "free money" coupons, you will start noticing them more. Most are in the sale circulars in the Sunday paper or sent out in mailers. Go out to the drug store websites and sign up to receive emails from them. Some of these coupons generate through these emails. Also, when you start doing all the great deals at CVS for free items, I get a prescription coupon printed on my receipt all the time. I've also found Rite Aid coupons in that Red Plum "coupon" mailer that comes in the mail once a week. I'm talking about the one that has Arby's and Pizza coupons in it. Just always look in it. Last flu season, Rite Aid ran a newspaper ad in the AJC usually in the Local section for these coupons.

Now that germ and sick season is approaching- these coupons will be more frequent. Just keep a watch for them!!

Q&A: Using Multiple Coupons on a sale item

Thanks for all the great comments and questions! It's nice to know people are reading.

Q: I am still trying to learn this. So if I have 3 coupon circulars from the Sunday paper and let's say I have three different coupons for $.50 off shampoo. Would I have to buy 3 of the same shampoo in order to use all three coupons?

A: Yes, you would use all 3 coupons on 3 shampoos. But, you are buying this particular shampoo at a rock bottom price or getting it for free. You only use a coupon when the price is at it's lowest or if you need the item. But with stockpiling and buying multiples- you only buy when you are at the lowest price. Buy a couple and they will last you until the sale cycle comes back around and the rock bottom or free price is available again.

For example, Walgreens has Pert Plus shampoo on sale this week for $3.49. There is a coupon for $2.50 off in the Easy Saver Catalog. This catalog is available as soon as you walk in the store on a display along with the sales circular. It's a little larger and wider than a dollar bill. You find that coupon, get the product plus you have a coupon from the Smart Source coupon insert from 10/19/08. It's for $2.00 off but since the new price after the Easy Saver is .99 cents- the register will adjust the coupon down to .99 cents or the cashier can adjust. It is their policy to do so and I've never had a problem. (knock on wood) So Pert Plus is free this week! If you had 3 coupons from the paper then you just need 3 catalogs since this one does state 1 item per Easy Saver coupon. Some ES coupons will work on multiples- just read the fine print.

Have the cashier ring up the item, have your catalog ready on the right page for the bar scan and then present your newspaper coupon.

Don't think this sounds complicated. When you generate your list for Walgreens, it tells you where to find the newspaper coupon, that you need the Easy Saver catalog coupon and that you get the product for free.

Sometimes I'll buy all 3 at once or to keep it simple- Mike goes by 3-4 Walgreens almost everyday. We find it easier to just stop in and buy 1 at a time since it's not out of the way and wasting gas. This obviously wouldn't work if you don't go by Walgreens everyday. Wasting gas and trips plus your time will not justify the savings or FREE! Hope this helps!

NOTE: This deal is different than most with the price being .99 cents and the newspaper being such a high dollar amount. We are going to "test" this deal tomorrow and I'll post tomorrow night how it worked and if there were any problems. There shouldn't be but I'd feel better that I knew exactly how it went. I'll follow up tomorrow!

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Using competitor's Prescription Gift Card Coupons at grocery stores

A lot of people don't realize that you can cash in these coupons at Kroger and Publix!

I'm talking about the $25-$30 coupons in the drug stores' sale circulars and mail outs for a new or transferred prescription. So when you come across one, save it... especially with flu and cold season right around the corner. Just keep the expiration of the coupon in mind.

Kroger will download the amount to your Kroger Card and Publix will give you a gift card. This is a great way to save even more on your weekly groceries when you combine this "free" money with coupons!!

And, you can transfer refills around to use the coupons. Just keep track of where you've used it and keep in mind that if even if this is a "new" prescription on a medication that you've had filled before, it won't count.

Saturday, October 18, 2008

My!... How the times are changing!

I've been using for over 8 years and it is so funny how the attitude about coupons and saving money has changed in the last 6 months. Using coupons is being covered very heavily by the media and I've had the pleasure of being part of that coverage. It's been fun and I'm happy to help show people how to save money.

I've definitely had my critics, skeptics and some have pretty much called me crazy! I've heard over and over the following statements:
"That is just way too complicated and too much time."
Note: It's not when you are organized and have a plan.
"I only buy the things I need or will use."
Note: I do too- I may try new products but they are free or close to it. And it's been fun discovering products that I would have passed over that I like now, can become an alternate for more expensive items and I love it when I find a product that becomes a favorite in my household.
"People like you steal from stores."
Note: First of all, there are some people that take the couponing way over the top. I only adhere to a store's coupon policies. I follow all the rules and I don't clear shelves, hold up lines, buy products to sell at flea markets or copy Internet Printable coupons. I don't like these people and wish they would stop so the savings can be shared by all.
"Things cost more now because of people using coupons."
Note: Only around 5% of the American population use coupons and the stores are reimbursed for those coupons. Companies would not issue coupons and stores wouldn't accept them if they both didn't make money.
"You don't take care for your family by buying the products that there are coupons for."
Note: That is entirely not true! I cook from scratch almost every night and processed package foods are very few and far between. My girls are in the perfect weight percentages, healthy as horses and rarely get sick. My oldest had an ear infection and we went to the pediatrician this week and she even asked if we were seeing another doctor because the girls' files are so small. Yes, my girls eat fruit snacks but that's a treat for 2 little girls that actually ask for salad, asparagus and brussel sprouts.
"I'd be embarrassed to use a coupon at a store. I don't have to coupon and people will think I do."
Note: If you walked down the street every week and found a $100 bill- would you not pick it up because people might think something of you? If you like to play golf and with couponing with your wife- you save $100 a week... you could play every Saturday. Why pay full price when you can pay little or next to nothing? This is probably the one that drives me nuts! I don't have to do this, I never have and I did this when I made good money in IT Sales. One of the reasons I started was I could save money on what we obviously had to have (aka food) and my new found savings could be spent at the Dawsonville Outlets which before kids we used to go to every Friday night and walk around.

Okay- I think you get my point. People have actually emailed me, called and apologized for their "opinions" in the past about my obsession and are now asking how to do it. And if your neighbors, high school or college friends from Facebook are behind you in line at the grocery store- I think they would now be impressed that you use coupons. And you wouldn't believe how many people now including cashiers almost chase me down in the parking lot wanting to know how I do this.

Review on the Free Rimmel Lasting Foundation at Walgreens this month!

This month at Walgreens, you can purchase Rimmel Lasting Foundation for $7.49 and receive a rebate in their Easy Saver Rebate Program for $7.49. Plus if you have the SmartSource coupon insert from 9/14, there is a coupon for $1 off any Rimmel Product. This means you can purchase this foundation for $6.49, then apply online for the rebate and get this product free plus make $1.00!

I did this deal and this is my first time trying a Rimmel foundation. I will admit that I used to be a "make-up snob" and spent a lot of money at Sephora. I save so much money on other things that I felt I could splurge on myself (which I seldom do). But I tried this product today for the first time and it was awesome! It claims it will last 16 hours and it did last all day. Applies really well, even and looked natural. We were at a Pumpkin farm running around with my family and even my husband commented that my makeup still looked good at the end of the day.

This deal is good for the entire month and getting your rebate back is very simple. You log in at and enter your receipt number when you get home and check off this rebate item. You can only claim your monthly rebates once but it will save until you are ready to ask for your total month's rebate. Don't get scared of the thought of saving receipts, collecting UPCs and filling out forms. Of course, don't throw that receipt away until you've entered it online. I try to do it the day of the purchase so I know I'm covered. You can do rebates for all the drugstores online and it's very simple.

If you did this deal alone this month, you would spend $6.49 plus tax, receive $7.49 back and if you use the option of having this rebate put on a gift card- they give you a 10% bonus of your rebate. So you get free, good foundation and get $8.24 back! You then use the gift card to do your next great deal at Walgreens on more free or close to it items!

Inserts are like money... the more the better!

You can't go to school without books so you can't start couponing without coupon inserts. And the more inserts you have, the more you can save by buying multiples of the products that are free or close to it and for the products you use and your family enjoys.

I buy 2 Sunday papers each week and then receive inserts from family and neighbors that don't use coupons. Also, several neighborhoods around Atlanta receive a Buyer's Edge from the AJC which also has inserts in them most of the time. My neighbors that don't subscribe to the AJC get one on Thursday. Most just throw this away so I have their permission to grab theirs when I pick my daughter up from the bus. So I end up with 6-10 copies of the inserts every week.

I don't clip until I have my lists ready from and I keep them in order by date in a rubbermaid bin. So don't fret at the idea of clipping coupons from 10 inserts. Last week I purchased Lysol All Purpose Cleaner for .24 cents and bought 6. Plenty to last until the sales cycle comes back around on this product and I've gathered more coupons!

So, start saving your coupons, find as many copies of the inserts you can and save them! Keep reading my blog and I can help you save as much as 60-70% after you start using my tips and in just over a month of couponing.

Couponing is easier than you think and right now- every little bit helps! And it's fun getting cool stuff for free and watching your total drop from $60 to $13!!

Why Southern Coupon Belle?

Well, honest... most of the names I would have chosen are taken. Every name imaginable including those with Mom, Queen, Coupon, Mommy, Savings etc. are taken. But I like the name I chose!

I finally decided to sit down and create a blog so I can help the people that ask me all the time how I save so much money each week. I've emailed it to so many folks and that's a lot of typing!! Plus this allows the reader to see how it works and puts the whole process in one place.

Each week, I'll list the hot deals I found for Kroger, Publix, CVS and Walgreens. I also plan to post freebies you can get in the mail and tips to getting started in couponing.

One thing I plan to do that I haven't seen on similar blogs about the deals is review the free or close to it products that I have bought that are new to me. I'll let you know what I think and if it's free or a moneymaker- should you keep it or put it in your gift or charity pile!

Thanks for reading and I hope to help everyone out! Be patient as this will take awhile to get everything out here that I want so check back often!!