Savings with Style!

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!

Saturday, December 31, 2011

3...2...1... Happy Couponing 2012!

Happy New Year's 2012!
It's time to make your resolutions and make them stick this year. If you are new to coupons or resolving to take your couponing to a new level this year- make sure you get a few papers tomorrow!
There will be 5! inserts tomorrow- 2 Smart Source, 2 Red Plum and 1 General Mills.
I buy 4 copies of the paper because I follow a general rule of thumb that I have as many coupons as I have family members in my household. When I find a great deal on an item at it's lowest price in the sale cycle plus a coupon, I can stock up on 4 for my family.

My resolution- blogging everyday again and showing how I left my "coupon comfort zone" Georgia and learned to adapt to a new region and new stores. It's easy- I hope I can help you save money in 2012! Let's coupon together! HUGS and LOVE from Missouri!

Saturday, December 3, 2011

I'm BACK! Southern Coupon Belle has been MIA!

Okay- as you can see, the last post I added here was July 4th. I usually slow down quite a bit in July because the girls go back to school on August 1st and our summer is half over by this point in July. My intentions were to get back up to speed once the girls were back in school. Key word- intentions...
The girls did start school on August 1st and after PTA convention, getting our school PTA up and running for the new year- our lives were back into the swing of things "normal." Then the phone rang late afternoon on August 5th. Things would never be the same again... Mike was offered a promotion in Columbia, Missouri.
We talked, they talked, we talked some more and by September 1st- it was official. We were going and Mike had to be here by October 1st. We debated the horrible house market in Atlanta, the girls and I staying in Georgia and Mike working in Missouri, we stay back and try to sell the house but those weren't options for us. We are a team and if we were going to move then we would move together and all at once. No big deal- we just had 3 weeks to find a renter for our house in Georgia, find a house to rent in Columbia, pack, move and relocate. No sweat! My father in law even said- "If you pull this off, I will never believe it!"
Guess what- we did. Literally with just a few hours to go until we had to give the relocation company an address to take our stuff to! We rented our house on Tuesday, flew to Columbia on Wednesday, found a house Thursday, we were packed and the house empty by Tuesday. We drove into Columbia, MO with the girls for the first time on October 2nd!
So, 2 months have gone by and things are great! The transition for us all has been smooth, the girls love their new school, friends and Mike made a smart move for his career. We've got great neighbors and I'm slowly getting back into the swing of things.
One of my biggest challenges has been the coupon thing. No longer an "expert" and new stores but I figured it out and want to show you how I did it. I also had to mull in my head what Southern Coupon Belle's future was and how it would work being here and starting over. I have finally decided that the blog will live on!
Whether you are in the South, Midwest- wherever you are reading from- couponing basics apply and you just have to fine tune your strategy. Starting over in a new region also made me aware that while I had been couponing for years, when I did a seminar or helped a "newbie," I had forgotten what it's like to be overwhelmed and starting from scratch. I think this new experience for me will help me help you even more!
And I hope to gain new readers in my new hometown, Columbia! Thanks for reading and I am so glad to be back!!

Saturday, July 2, 2011

Coupon Inserts This Weekend!


It's a holiday weekend so no Redplum or SmartSource inserts. However, there will be a P&G coupon insert. After a giveaway today, Herbal Essences and Aussie will have a $3 off a styler with another Herbal Essences or Aussie product purchase coupon.

Sorry I have been quiet- summer is short for us- we go back to school on August 1st and we've had a ton going on! I'm back and plan to keep you posted on deals and the back to school supplies deals!

Happy 4th of July!!

Sunday, June 12, 2011

Price Matching at Walmart- Super Tip for Produce

I checked out Money Saving Mom's blog yesterday and found a GREAT tip that I haven't thought about. I'm sure everyone has seen the new Walmart Price Matching commercials. Basically, cashiers are now able to price match at their register if you show them an ad from a competitor with a lower price. Their policies say you don't have to have an ad but I think with so many different Walmart cashiers- I would have all my ducks in a row and have proof that I know the price of an item I would like them to match.

Produce is high and all across the board price wise right now. The lowest prices in the Atlanta area are coming from Aldi's. However, the quality of the produce hasn't been that great- and we checked 2 different locations this week and found the same issues. For example, strawberries were cheap but all the containers had berries that were very ripe or even some with mold in them. There is an Aldi's ad in the Sunday paper this week with deals on Vidalia onions, green peppers and tomatoes on the vine.

I've never thought to price match Aldi's since most of their brands are generic or off market but the produce isn't! So take your ad to Walmart and stock up on what produce is on sale this week. And from what I understand- you can purchase more than one of an item at the "price matched" price!

Great tip, good to know and I plan to be price matching at Walmart from here on out!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Celebrate Father's Day Traditions with Tiny Prints!

After a whirlwind late Easter then Mother's Day right around the corner, it was nice to have some time to plan for Father's Day this year on June 19th. Father's Day is one of the holidays that I am so proud to have traditions each year for my husband from the girls and I.
Father's Day gifts have to be fun, remind us of a great memory or experience we have shared and can continue enjoying as a family. My husband's 1st Father's Day, I gave him a snow cone machine and ordered his favorite flavors from Hawaiian Ice We spent a lot of time when we were dating sitting at the park with snow cones talking about our future together. This year we got Dad a SodaStream system and I know we are going to have a lot of fun with it over the summer. The girls fix him breakfast, we plan a nice dinner and let Dad relax watching golf or whatever he would like to do on his day. Our tradition every year is to make sure Dad feels special and knows how much we appreciate him.
Tiny Prints has everything you need to make your husband or dad feel special this Father's Day. Go to:
You won't believe the variety of cards they offer and I know you will find just the right card to celebrate the special men in your life!
Don't forget that Tiny Prints is awesome for invitations, stationery, photo books and more. I created my daughters' birthday invitations on Tiny Prints and you won't believe the compliments I have received about them.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

10 Days of Deals at Redbox

Text the word, DEALS, to 727272 everyday through 5/25/2011. You will get a text back with a new deal. I did it tonight and got a one time use .50 off a first night rental that's good until 06/02/2011.

$1 Flip Flops at Old Navy this Saturday!

Saturday, May 21 is $1 Flip Flop Day at Old Navy! Get there early for the best selection and it's a limit of 5 pairs per person.

Thursday, May 12, 2011

Up To 30% off at Gap Through Tomorrow!

Today and tomorrow, take advantage of a great sale at Gap online. All women's and men's regular priced items are 30% off and kids, baby and maternity regular priced items are 20% off. Some exclusions apply.

Just use the code: GAPGETSVE to get the 30% or 20% off plus orders over $50 will ship free! Sale ends at 11:59pm on Friday, May 13th.

Happy Shopping!!

Saturday, May 7, 2011

Only 1 Insert in the Paper Tomorrow!

It's a holiday Sunday but there will be one SmartSource insert in the Sunday paper this weekend. There should be a Publix insert in the South as well.

If you go here or go to, you can see a preview of what coupons are in the SmartSource insert tomorrow.

Happy Mother's Day everyone!

Friday, May 6, 2011

Celebrate Mom at Canton Chick Fil A Locations!

If you want to celebrate Mom a day early, then head over to either Riverstone or Canton Marketplace Chick Fil A locations from 5:00pm until 8:00pm.

There will be flowers for mom and drawings for prizes every 15 minutes!
If you aren't in Canton- check your local store to see if they have something planned special for Mother's Day tomorrow!

Thursday, May 5, 2011

1/2 Price Frappuccinos during Happy Hour at Starbucks, May 6th-15th

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Starting tomorrow, you can have your Frappuccinos "However You Want It" for 1/2 price during Happy Hour at your local Starbucks. Happy Hour is from 3:00pm until 5:00pm and the offer is running from May 6th until May 15th.

I would call to see if your local Starbucks is participating. I called my local Starbucks in Canton off Riverstone Parkway and they are offering this awesome promotion! Enjoy!

Tuesday, May 3, 2011

Southern Coupon Belle's Savings Report Through 04/30/2011

I'm so excited to be a Local Voice for Canton-Sixes and my posts here on the blog will be featured on their website. If you are new to the blog, welcome and I hope you will check out the Coupon 101 and Living Smart 101 Labels to the left of the blog to see teaching posts and how to get started. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions or would like to participate in a webinar!

I decided to start a savings tracker that I found online at The Coupon Project here. We wanted to track every dollar spent, every coupon used, how well we could stay within our budget goals each month and to see how much we were saving as we reasonably stockpile. Check out how we've done the first 4 months of 2011!

April flew by and May is starting with my household running to keep up! Here's our savings tracker and how we've saved so far in 2011.

Shelf Cost: $3114.07
Coupons: - $722.71
Sales: - $931.93
Saved: $1654.64
Spent: $1459.43
% Saved: 53.13%
Budgeted: $1150.00
Variance: ($309.43)

I was impressed- my husband was skeptical because we went over our budget goals. I reminded him that in the last 120 days- we've stocked up on many household items to last at least the next year like dish washing tablets, laundry detergent and such. We handled big events, holidays, family gatherings, trips and two birthday parties! I am very pleased considering I know the majority of folks go into the grocery store and spend $1500.00 without a second thought in 4-6 weeks! 120 days into 2011= $12.70/day for all meals and items needed for our family of four.

The numbers for the first four months are good- now we face the rise in grocery and gas prices but will also see where we can save in other areas and add the garden this summer. We plan to incorporate creative savings ideas and practices into the formula for the rest of 2011. I'll keep you posted and share how we are making it work! Our savings report is showing that whether we believe it or not- we are saving a lot of money in 2011!

How are you saving? Please share!

Monday, May 2, 2011

Deal on Physicians Formula Bronzer at Rite Aid This Week!

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This week, Physicians Formula Bronzer is Buy One, Get One Free with your Wellness + Card. If you have a Rite Aid nearby, go check because on the display case shelves (not where all of the brand is but where they display new products etc) there are coupons on the bronzer for $4.00 of instantly.

If you are lucky and find two- buying 2 bronzers at around 12.95 using coupons, you can get 2 bronzers for approximately $4.95 plus tax!

Wednesday, April 27, 2011

31 Days to Clean Ebook Just $4.99!

Go to: and find out how to get this ebook in PDF version or for Amazon Kindle. Having a Martha House the Mary Way is also a spiritual journey and I can't wait to get into it!

Tuesday, April 26, 2011

Tomorrow (4/27) is 31 Cent Scoop Night at Baskin Robbins!

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011- Find a participating store near you from 5pm to 10pm and get .31 cents scoops with a limit of 3 scoops per person!

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Don't buy papers tomorrow- no inserts!

It's Easter Sunday so no coupon inserts tomorrow. Only buy the paper if you plan on reading it!

Friday, April 22, 2011

Freebie buying eggs at Walgreens this week!

Fun freebie at Walgreens this week- they have a dozen eggs for $1.29 each and if you buy 2 then you will get a catalina with codes for 2 one night rentals from Redbox. That price is pretty good in my area so it was worth getting the rentals to get my eggs at Walgreens.

This is a great example of how items you would never think of buying at the drug store become bonus purchases when you pay attention to the fine detail in the print ad. And I love deals where I can increase the value on something I needed regardless!

Warning- there is a separate rent promo button either at the beginning of your transaction or at checkout on Redbox. Learned the hard way but we still have 2 free rentals. Enjoy!

Sunday, April 17, 2011

Results of our Avery ES Cubs Coupon Club (our school)

I wanted to share a link to the follow up article about the coupon club we started at the elementary school. Go read what just 12 families saved in 44 days!

Note: only about 2 of the 12 were avid couponers when the contest started- and the receipts varied in percentages and showed true weeks of shopping- not just super shops at the drugstores! Everyone is still at it and having fun with it!

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Possible Four Inserts This Weekend!

I've read that there are 2 Smart Source and 2 Redplum inserts in tomorrow's paper. Just double check before you buy more than one.

Have a great Sunday!

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Spring Taste of Sam's Club- 4/15-17

Head over to Sam's Club this weekend for free entry and no upcharge! Great time to stock up without being a member or go check out Sam's Club to see if you might want to be a member.

Living Smart 101: Lifetime Guarantees

The Fed Ex man just brought me a box of 5 Tervis Tumblers with UGA logos on them. They retail for about $12 each and I got them for almost free. How? By taking advantage of the Lifetime Guarantee that Tervis Tumblers offers.

In case you don't know- Tervis Tumblers are hot/cold, freezer/dishwasher safe plastic cups that are won't break and don't sweat. You can get team logos, letters etc. on them. They are great cups and we've had them for over 10 years. We noticed that our logo had "slipped" inside the wall of the tumbler on a few so we sent them back about a month ago. These issues were most likely from overuse but they guarantee their product for life! We checked the website, filled out the form and paid the shipping to send them back to the company.

Pay attention to products that have lifetime guarantees. I have a file folder for UPC codes, warranty information etc. for several products we have here so that if I need to take them up on their promise- I have the information they will require for replacement. We have 5 new cups ready for the next decade of use. And we support a great company with a wonderful product made here in the USA! We give these tumblers as gifts all the time and we continue to add to our collection. Companies stand behind their products for a reason so look for lifetime guarantees on the products you use. You might just take them up on it one day!

Monday, April 11, 2011

Freebies from CVS this week!

Click here to like CVS eauty Club on Facebook. Then enter your CVS card, email address and they will email you a coupon to print for a free full sized Essence of Beauty Sanitizer item.

Click here and fill out the form to follow CVS on Twitter. You'll get a coupon for a free candy or beverage up to $2.00. Offer through 4/14 and the coupon is good until 4/17.


Sunday, April 10, 2011

Product Review: Maybelline Super Stay 24 2-Step Lip Color

I'm a BzzAgent and I receive great products and coupons to share my product reviews.
I received 4 full size Maybelline Super Stay 24 2-Step Lip Colors and they are wonderful!

These Lip Colors are long lasting because have a formula that includes Micro-Flex that allows you lip color that looks and feels great for up to 24 hours. What I liked the most was they didn't dry my lips out like other long lasting lip colors have done in the past. There are 30 amazing shades to choose from. It's a 2 in one product that gives you the base coat one one end and then the top coat gloss. I've really been impressed and if you would like more information about it- visit for more information!

Great product for long lasting lip color that you don't have to worry about throughout your busy day!

Friday, April 8, 2011

I'm pitching a TV Pilot- Subtle Couponing

I hate to break the bad, sad news but I will not be appearing on the new show on TLC- Extreme Couponing. It was so over the top, not correct at all and yes, there have been some questions about how legit some people have been on the show.

Instead, I would like to introduce a new concept to TLC and everyone. Subtle Couponing. So what is that? Doing couponing on a different level that doesn't involve 100s of coupons, shelves in your garage, taking over your child's closet etc. And GASP- being able to go to bed without 1000 rolls of toilet paper in the pantry! BUT... I have everything, never run out of anything but most importantly I'm not paying full price EVER!

I follow a general rule of thumb- I buy 2 double papers each Sunday which gives me 4 sets of coupon inserts each week. I have 4 people in my household. Get my math? I may buy 3 doubles when I know the paper is really stacked with extra inserts but that only happens a couple times a year. So, I am only buying 4 of everything when I find the best price in the 9-12 weeks sale cycle for an item.

Can I brag I have 68 bottles of mustard. NO! I have 10 regular, a couple of spicy brown and some honey mustard. Do I need 10? NO! But, when VBS has hot dog dinner night- I am donating, when PTA has the Sock Hop- I'm on it in the mustard department and the rest will get us through the next year. Having more than 2 or 3 will just insure that with grocery prices changing- it's one less item to worry about.

I can take pictures to prove that we are fully stockpiled for a family of four. When I get low on something- even meat- I'm patient and an incredible deal comes along. We are not brand loyal but we still seem to get everything we need when we need it.

I can't brag that I am an Extreme Couponer but I can boast that I am a GREAT Couponer that realizes there are others out there that need the same deals I do, managers of stores that me being extreme could affect their performance reviews and just a really nice person that wants as many people interested to enjoy the game of coupons! I would take that status over being on TV any day! (and I've been on TV! LOL) I couldn't be Southern Coupon Belle if I wasn't polite and I am proud of that!

If you watched the TLC show and have negative reactions- comment and we will put together a webinar to discuss. There is a median to couponing that will put you basically in the same position as those featured on TLC. Extreme Couponing equals an extreme amount of time, money spent on coupon sources that weren't mentioned, stores that wanted to be featured that would never allow that many coupons at once and people that are more interested (in my opinion) to contributing to a stockpile than saving money. True "savings sense" would realize that you can only use so many of an item in a reasonable amount of time that the little out of pocket and tax add up.

I would like anyone that is new to coupons and how it works- please contact me for a free webinar to show how to realistically do this. I promise you will be amazed at how much you reasonably bring home and stock up without taking over your house!

Thursday, April 7, 2011

Coupon 101: Golden Rules of Couponing

I wrote this several months ago but thought it appropriate after the response to TLC's Extreme Couponing episodes last night.

I'm on my coupon soapbox tonight. I know my "peeps" are reasonable and adhere to the 12 Cycle/My Household Need Golden Rule to couponing. Explanation- you only buy what you think will outfit your family to hold out until the 12 week sales cycle comes back around on a product. But there is a big problem out there and if we don't settle down and be more reasonable- some "coupon crazies" are going to ruin this for all of us. And I heard it from a Manager's mouth tonight.

In other words- Do Coupons Unto Others As You Would Have Coupons Done To You.
And yes, I'm comfortable paraphrasing the Lord because of the countless people that have emailed, hugged me, cried to me that I have been a blessing, saved their household, allowed them to get a husband through school, survived a job loss etc. etc. etc.

We were at a Publix tonight looking for a couple of deals that we had a hard time finding this week. The Hydro Razor, the Rold Gold Pretzels and the Nivea Body Wash for Women and Men. Found 1 razor, got the pretzels and no luck on the Body Wash.
The lines bottle necked all of a sudden and we got checked out by a manager. He asked what site I used after saving huge and he was really cool. He thanked me for just buying 4 of each item but the razor. Kinda His Quote: "We just can't handle these folks that come in, buy 10 of everything, come back the next day and our shelves are empty because they are so relentless. Corporate is thinking about putting limits out there but don't want to hurt people like you that are stocking up on a great deal but not clearing our shelves."

Here are some points I would like to make:
1. Please only buy what your house can use in 12 weeks!! Are you going to use 10 Nivea Body Washes in 12 weeks? If your answer is yes and you have the coupons- buy them but don't clear the shelf. Work with a manager, go do little trips and yes that may decrease your chances of getting all 10 but be fair to others that are planning their lists each week, cutting their coupons, putting the same time and energy that you have done to get a chance to get the same deals as you do. Plus could the "coupon crazies" realize that when they buy in bulk and run to the store- they are telling these inventory systems that there is a great deal and then informing the store management to NOT re-stock like they regularly do. SUBTLE COUPONING WOULD BENEFIT US ALL!
2. TRUST the 12 Week Cycle!
The world is not ending and you must buy 40 boxes of Mac and Cheese! There will be other sales, other opportunities to get the same great deal another week. Don't clear shelves like you've only got this last chance forever to get Ken's Salad Dressing forever and ever. Great example- 3 weeks ago the Nivea Body Wash was free at Walmart. This week it's free or was at Publix and Target. You don't think that while stores appear "annoyed" at the freebie- they are still getting the coupon amount from the manufacturer AND the freebie gets you in the store with the hope you spend more money. Patience in couponing can be rewarding. CALM DOWN!! :)
3. Working with a Manager Could Make You Golden! I know this is true because Mike has done it. Go to the Manager on Duty and ask if you can purchase the amount of a product you have coupons for. OR if you see there are 4 of an item left and that's it- go and ask if you can purchase them all. Ask if you could get them trouble, when their truck comes in, is there a better day to purchase or could they set aside X amount of X for you later in the week. I've mentioned in presentations and in the blog that CVS stores are secret shopped and the management gets in HUGE trouble for empty shelves. Have you ever thought about if YOUR significant other was that manager and having his performance on the job altered by people clearing shelves without warning? Be respectful of the people that keep the stores running and stocked. We all have people and expectations that we have to answer to.
4. "I buy in super bulk to stock my Church/Organization Food Ministry." Nothing wrong with that and I donate as much as I can each and every week. Had a "Whipped My Head Around So Fast- It Should Be Sore Tomorrow" moment at Publix. Witnessed an amazing conversation. Said woman is clearing out the razors, has her deal list and coupons when a family member comes up and asks clear as day- "What church are we getting free food from tomorrow?" People are stockpiling, clearing shelves and still getting assistance which is fine but maybe your donations aren't always going to where your best intentions are thinking they are going. You could be depriving the family that really needs to make their grocery budget stretch and are too proud to ask for help when others are taking full advantage of it!
The only change I'm asking AGAIN is just break your deals up and take the chance you may not get as much as you wanted to donate to help others so other folks that REALLY NEED IT can make the same effort as you and (and love your charitable heart)get the deals can have a chance.

I know it's fun, I know stockpiling makes you feel good but let's all be fair, reasonable, share the love and be respectful. I could never clear a deal or take advantage because I worry there is someone out there that has to make these deals work for their family to survive. Please do the same.

Just remember the Golden Rule- Get what your family needs, remember there are others that may have needs beyond yours who put out the same effort to get lists and coupons ready, those that may grasp hope from these deal lists and can find the light at the end of the tunnel to keep their family afloat and our greed/ambition/obsession could be hurting so many more people in the end versus the just following the "Coupon Golden Rule." Being reasonable has always worked for me. 'Nuf Said- Peace Out!

Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Great Coupon for Heinz Vinegar!

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You can print a .50/1 coupon which becomes cheap if not free vinegar just in time to dye Easter Eggs!

Monday, April 4, 2011

Kids Eat Free at Chili's- Tomorrow 4/5

Kids eat FREE... tell your friends and family!
Who doesn't love FREE food? Especially when it's Chili's. You know 'Kids eat FREE' will put a smile on their face, so send your friends and family this offer. They'll receive A FREE Kids meal with purchase of an adult entree. It's easy, share now!

You can sign up to receive your coupon and send a reminder to your friends! You can share on social networks as well!

I "Heart" Lovable Labels!

We're on Spring Break and I was getting Madi ready today for Golf Camp. I was tagging her clubs and water bottle with my Lovable Labels! I haven't talked about them in awhile and realized now is the perfect time to order for summer camps and programs.

Lovable Labels are so cute with so many designs to choose from! They are dishwasher and microwave safe plus UV resistant. The clothing labels are washing machine and dryer safe. One unique product they offer is the allergy alert labels which informs others about your child's allergies on their lunch boxes and drink bottles.

I encourage you to check out the site and what a great line of products they have to offer. I have a 10% off any product discount code to share with you! Just use the code: TraciRLB1 when checking out!

Trust me- you will love these labels when getting your family ready for a fun filled summer!

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Coupon 101: Loss Leaders

We did some great shops today and I even ran into a good friend at Kroger that participated in the Avery Cubs Coupon Club through our PTA. She was working the deals and I showed her a loss leader that I found in the meat department. I realized that loss leaders would be a great topic for a Coupon 101.

Wikipedia: A loss leader or leader[1] is a product sold at a low price (at cost or below cost)[2] to stimulate other profitable sales. It is a kind of sales promotion, in other words marketing concentrating on a pricing strategy. A loss leader is often a popular article. Sometimes leader is now used as a related term and means any popular article, in other words one sold at a normal price.[3]

Where does that work for you? If you know your prices and you realize you are looking at a loss leader then stock up! Usually, I like loss leaders in the meat department but you will also find them throughout the grocery store. There is also another reason for a loss leader and that's a store stocking up on let's say chicken breasts and they aren't selling like they predicted. Lowering the price will drive more shoppers to purchase the item before the expiration dates.

Like the definition said above, I went to a Farmer's Market and Kroger today. Both had asparagus for next to nothing! There's an abundance since it's a spring vegetable but the stores also want you to love this time of year aka Spring and fresh asparagus so when they raise prices later- you are willing to pay more. The other deal we found tonight were pork loins great for throwing on the grill. We stocked up on several to throw in the freezer for grilling later on this spring/summer.

Loss leaders are always a reason to scan the store and all the departments for unexpected deals. You have to know your prices and how you can take advantage when you come across low prices to move product!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

My Savings Report through 03/31/11

We've started a new month and technically a new quarter so I thought I would share my 2011 Savings so far!

Shelf Cost: $2168.27
Coupons: -498.07
Sales: -719.03
Saved: $1217.10

Spent: $998.72
% Saved: 56.13%
Budgeted: $850.00
Variance: ($148.22)

These numbers include all items needed- produce, meat stock-ups, household products, personal items, vacation groceries, a birthday party, a holiday dinner, Super Bowl etc... basically everything! Not too shabby for a family of 4 with 2 children that are now eating like adults. 90 days into 2011= $11.10/day for all meals and items needed for a family of 4!

I was impressed- Mike was skeptical. Really? I asked him if he was serious... we don't eat poorly- we eat pretty darn good! I reminded him that in the last 90 days- we've stocked up on so many household items to last at least the next year like dish washing tablets, laundry detergent and such. We handled big events, trips and a birthday party! I am very impressed considering I know the majority of folks go into the grocery store and spend $1000.00 without a second thought in 3-4 weeks!

Are you skeptical of these numbers? Are you wondering if we miss out, go without or eat poorly? The answer is no and if you want to do this- I can help you! (I sound like a Baptist Preacher at 12:04pm on a Sunday! LOL) Webinars make it easy to talk and my going rate these days is pretty good considering! :)

So, the numbers for 1st quarter are good- now we face the rise in grocery prices but will also see where we can save in other areas and add the garden plus creative savings into the formula for the rest of 2011. I'll keep you posted and share how we are making it work! Our savings report is showing that whether we believe it or not- we are rocking it!

How are you saving? Please share!

Free Sample of New Orville Redenbacher Pop Up Bowl Popcorn!

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to get a free sample of the new Pop Up Bowl Popcorn. This sample is from Enjoy!

Thursday, March 31, 2011

Discount on Atlanta Passion Play

I've never seen it before but it sounds amazing. It's April 9-10 and April 15-17 at the Atlanta Civic Center. Features more than 250 people! This is the Final Season of the production.

You can get ticket information at or call 770-234-8400.
Get a 10% discount using the code: APPVP

Discount Code for Burpee Seeds, Plants and Supplies

Getting ready to start preparing your garden areas? I hope so because the prices of produce is just going to continue to climb! Here's a great company that we have ordered from for a long time.
And if you spend $30 or more, enter the code VPX5 to get $5.00 off. Code expires 5/31/2011 and excludes shipping.

Monday, March 28, 2011

Aveeno Hair Care Samples!

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Answer a brief survey then fill out the registration to choose your free sample from Aveeno.

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Sunday, March 27, 2011

Product Review: Nutella Hazelnut Spread Rocks!

One of the best benefits of being Southern Coupon Belle is the opportunity to try and share products that are on the market but new to me. I had the pleasure to participate in a MommyParties sponsored by Nutella Hazelnut Spread this month. Ten moms in my local group were given goody bags filled with samples, coupons, a spreader, recipe ideas and a fabulous travel mug! Thank you Nutella for being so generous to my group!

The results were awesome- I did a quick survey on my own and found that most moms in my group had heard of Nutella but never tried it. Several had wanted to try Nutella but never saw coupons for the hazelnut spread. I was one of the curious and I am thankful I was given the opportunity to introduce this great product to my family and my friends. I am a fan that Nutella can turn a quick easy breakfast into a balanced meal that will help get my girls through the morning and the school day.

Our group had fun but most important- a great product has now become a staple in our households! Thank you again Nutella for everything!

Saturday, March 5, 2011

Walmart Coupon Policy- Effective March 3, 2011

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Here's the new policies and if you go to the link above, you can download to print for your binder or purse if you were to encounter any difficulty at a store.

Walmart accepts the following types of coupons (see guidelines below):

* Manufacturers' coupons
* Print-at-home internet coupons
o Must be legible, have "Manufacturer Coupon" printed on them, have a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and have a scannable bar code.
* Competitors' coupons that feature a specific item for a specified price
o for example, $2.99
* Soft drink container caps
* Checkout coupons
o (also called "Catalinas") that are printed at our competitors' registers, have "Manufacturer Coupon" with specific requirements printed on them, a valid remit address for the manufacturer, valid expiration date, and a scannable bar code.

Walmart does not accept the following coupons:

* Print-at-home Internet coupons that require no purchase
* Competitors' coupons for dollars/cents or percentage off, buy one get one free, and double- or triple-value coupons

The following are guidelines and limitations:

* Only one coupon per item is permitted.
* Coupons must have an expiration date and be redeemed prior to expiration.
* Coupons may exceed the price of the item. Change may be given or applied toward the cost of the basket purchase.
* Walmart only accepts coupons for merchandise that we sell.
* Coupons must be presented at the time of purchase.
* We accept the following with Customer Service Supervisor/Management approval:
o 40 or more coupons
o Any coupon over $20
o $50 or more in coupons in one transaction

Friday, March 4, 2011

Stocking Spree Coupon Booklet for $50 in coupons at Publix!

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Click here or go to: Type in your zip code to see if your stores are participating. If they are, you can sign up to get a Stocking Spree booklet with $50 in coupons to use for the month of April. You will receive yours by March 31st.
Brands include Pepsico and Kraft.

Glee, The Music, Vol. 5 out on March 8th Pre-Order Now! - Sponsored Post

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Thursday, March 3, 2011

Melting Pot- Free Cheese Fondue For Two!

Go to and click on the Free Cheese Fondue offer on the bottom right of the home page. Find your location, call to make reservations between 4/11-14 and give them the reservation code you will find on your location page. You will receive a free cheese fondue for 2.

I read that when someone called to make their reservation that they were offered a special 3 course meal for $25 per person including a chocolate fondue for dessert. I'm going to try tomorrow and find out what the deal is!

Here's the fine print:
The Cheesy Fine Print
Offer valid April 11 – 14, 2011. Each free cheese fondue serves two individuals. Reservations are required, limited and vary by location. Offer valid only at participating locations in the United States. The cheese selection varies by location. Not valid with any other offers. Limited quantities available; offer is valid only while supplies last. No rain checks. Offer does not include tax and gratuity charges. Limit one offer per household. Cash value: 1/100¢. Void where taxed, restricted, or prohibited.

Click here to go watch 3 great videos about the new Purex Complete Crystals.
Purex Complete Crystals Softener
Introducing an entirely new softener.

Purex Complete Crystals™ Softener is 92% natural crystals that go in at the start of the wash so they spend more time with your laundry infusing them with long-lasting freshness.

The 6 Sides of Purex Complete Crystals

Light and fluffy softness
92% natural Ingredients
For all loads including towels, children's sleepwear, and sportswear
Add at the start of the wash
Free of oil-based softening ingredients found in liquid softeners
Scent that lasts for weeks, not days

You can get a coupon for $1 off on Facebook AND I have a couple of free coupons so if you are interested- leave a comment and I will enter you into a drawing to send you one!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Free Sample Of Miracle Whip

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Click on Sample link on the bottom right to request your free sample!
Allow 4-6 weeks for delivery.


HOT! $5 Zantac Coupon for Registering

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Register to print a $5 coupon for a 24 count or higher of Zantac. When you print, hit the back button and you should be able to print 2 coupons!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

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Friday, February 18, 2011

Groupon Groupies: $2 for 5 One Night Movie Rentals from Blockbuster Express


Click here for a hot National Groupon for Blockbuster Express! All the details are listed and it's under the Atlanta listings if you can't find it on your own.

Starts at midnight and runs through the weekend. Go through my link above so I can get the credit with Groupon. Thanks!

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Current Cellfire Coupons

Here are the latest coupons from Cellfire. You can clip through 2/21 and they expire on 3/7. Click here to go to Cellfire and get your coupons on your loyalty card!

PB Toaster Strudel® Save $.50
when you buy TWO any flavor/variety Pillsbury® Toaster Strudel® Pastries.

Pillsbury Crescents Save $.50
when you buy any TWO Pillsbury® Crescent Dinner Rolls.

PB Sweet Moments Save $0.75
when you buy any Pillsbury® Sweet Moments® Refrigerated Desserts.

Fiber One 90Cal Bar Save $.50
when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Fiber One® 90 Calorie Chewy Bars.

PB Refrig'd Grands! Save $.30
when you buy TWO any size/variety Refrigerated Pillsbury® Grands!® Biscuits.

BC Potatoes Save $.50
when you buy TWO any flavor Betty Crocker® boxed Potatoes (Except Potato Buds® and Betty Crocker® Pouch).

Totinos Pizza Rolls Save $.40
when you buy TWO PACKAGES any flavor/variety Totino's® Rolls Snacks.

PB Cookie Dough Save $.75
when you buy ONE PACKAGE any variety Pillsbury® Refrigerated Cookie Dough.

Progresso® Soups Save $.50
when you buy TWO CANS any flavor Progresso® Soups.

BC Fruit Snacks Save $.50
when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor/variety Betty Crocker® Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot®, Fruit Gushers® OR Fruit Roll-Ups® fruit flavored snacks.

Fiber One® Chewy Bar Save $.50
when you buy ONE BOX any flavor Fiber One® Chewy Bars OR Fiber One® 90 Calorie Chewy Bars.

Total cereal Save $.75
when you buy any ONE BOX Total® cereal listed: Whole Grain Total®, Total® Raisin Bran, Total® Cranberry Crunch, Total® Blueberry Pomegranate, Total® Cinnamon Crunch, Total® Plus Omega-3s Honey Almond Flax.

Reeses Puffs Save $.55
when you buy ONE BOX Reeses® Puffs® cereal.

Honey Nut Cheerios® Save $.55
when you buy ONE BOX Honey Nut Cheerios® cereal.

Chex Mix® or Snacks Save $.50
when you buy TWO any flavor 4.5 OZ. OR LARGER Chex Mix® OR Chex® 100 Calorie Snack.

BC Cake Mix/Frosting Save $.50
when you buy BOTH Betty Crocker® SuperMoist® Cake Mix AND Betty Crocker® Ready to Spread Frosting (any flavors/varieties).

GG Valley Fresh Stmrs Save $.50
when you buy TWO any variety Green Giant® Valley Fresh Steamers® frozen vegetables.

Gogurt, Trix, Splitz Save $.75
when you buy TWO any flavor Yoplait® products listed: Yoplait® Go-GURT® Yogurt, Yoplait® Trix® Multipack Yogurt, Yoplait® Splitz(TM) Yogurt.

Cortaid® Save $2
on any Cortaid® Anti-itch product.

Green Giant boxed Save $.60
when you buy THREE any variety Green Giant® Frozen Boxed Vegetables.

70% off at! Weekly Promo Offer 125 X 125

And congratulations to they now have over 18,000 restaurants participating nationwide!

Tuesday, February 8, 2011

Drugstore 101: Baby Steps!

I'm putting together a webinar about working the drugstores and our Avery Cubs Coupon Club is going to go over the drugstores details at our meeting next week. Since working drugstores deals are probably the most asked questions, I thought I would share a quick, easy deal that I did today.

At Walgreens, Infusium Hair Care is $5.99 and you receive a $2 Register Reward. I had my $5 off coupon from becoming a fan on Facebook for 1 Infusium product. I paid a total of $1.35 for the 8 ounce Leave In Treatment and got my $2 Register Reward.
My next transaction I bought my daughter's Valentine's Day cards for her class. They were $2.99 so I used my $2 Register Rewards and paid $1.17 total.
Between the 2 transactions, I paid $2.52 and got a hair product and Valentine's Day cards for one class. Both items were well under the cost of the cards alone!

So don't feel like you have to start out with these elaborate, detailed deals to work the drugstores. Baby steps on things you need and can use to start with will get you comfortable, not overwhelmed and prepare you to really hit the drugstore deals in no time with a vengeance!


Monday, February 7, 2011

Like P&G Everyday Solutions and get a $100+ Coupon Booklet

Make sure you like P&G Everyday Solutions on Facebook and fill out your information to get a coupon booklet worth over $110! I had no problem getting through just a few minutes ago!

Saturday, February 5, 2011

Free Potholder from Pyrex!

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and look for the I HEART Pyrex Free Potholder from Pyrex. Hurry- while supplies last!

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

Calling all Groupon Groupies!

NOTE: They have extended this deal so if you think you missed out- you haven't!

There's a big $20 for $10 with a national retailer coming on Friday. However, as an affiliate- I will have an active link for tomorrow at 3pm central. Groupon will not market this deal until Friday.

The link above should go live at 4pm EST but if not- click here or go to:

Hint: it's books. Good online, offline and on ebooks. Good only in the US.

And shhhhh- there's a $40 for $20 for a national florist on Wednesday the 9th midnight central through Friday the 11th at 11:59pm. Good in the US and Canada. I'll share that link here and closer to the event. Can be used prior to Valentine's Day and after.
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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Wear Red to Macy's Week- get 20% off when you use your Macy's card!

In celebration of American Heart Month and National Wear Red Day, Macy's is giving anyone who wears red 20% off sale, clearance and select regular priced items online and in stores. 10% off select departments. PROMO CODE: WEARRED
Macy's supports the American Heart Association's Go Red for Women's Movement.
Must use your Macy's card to get the discounts.

Happy Shopping! Offer good from February 3rd until the 7th!

Monday, January 31, 2011

$6 for a ThredUP Box at ($15.99 value)

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You can get a boxed shipped of gently used clothes for only $6! Over 6000 have already bought one which means the amount of items out there will increase greatly!
Registration is free- please use my link on the right to register.

Get Valentine's Day Savings at RedPlum!

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They have a ton of links and codes for discounts appropriate for Valentine's Day!
They also have a link to print free love coupons!

CUTE!! Valentine's Day Cards at Tiny Print!

It's almost here- Valentine's Day and I was discussing it with my almost 8 year old. I asked her what "LOVE" was and I LOVE her answer. Without a blink she said, "Love is when certain people make your heart happy." What an answer!

One fun part of Valentine's Day is selecting cards and gifts to give to those people that make your heart happy. Tiny Prints is a fabulous website with so many cards to choose from! Click here or go to: to see all of their great Valentine's Day items. Tiny Prints offers Valentine's Day greeting cards, Valentine's cards for kids, and a host of Valentine's Day stickers and gift tags!

Tiny Prints provides simple, modern and unique stationery from Valentines Day cards to personalized greeting cards to thank you cards, business cards, and even custom wedding invitations. Offering exclusive designs from the nation's top designers, easy card personalization, a powerful preview engine and top-notch customer service and paper quality, their designs have been lauded by numerous television networks, publications and celebrities. With Tiny Prints by your side commemorating every holiday and momentous occasion is a cinch! They offer perfect party invitations for every occasion and memorable personalized photo-gifts like notebooks, photo books and calendars.