Sahily's Arroz con Pollo- we had family here this weekend and my sister-in-law has a delicious Ecuadorian chicken and rice recipe that she shared with me. Thanks!!
Chicken Cordon Bleu-with pictures
Creamy Italian Chicken
Crockpot Pork Chops
Layered Peanut Butter Bars
Good luck and have fun!! I have to tell you I was in the store and they messed up on my stuff and I had to hassle and go up to the Customer Service and my husband asked is it really worth all that hassle and then he looked at how much we saved and he agreed it is, just don't get discouraged and Shannon taught me to map it out before you go and always have a back up plan if they are out of stuff and it has helped me so much!!
You can find the grocery lists for the stores in idaho and they will also tell you about any available coupons.
$1.88 for meat isnt bad
GM cereals/snacks 4/$10 PLUS Free milk, bread and eggs when you buy 4 GM cereals or snacks (some items are a better price than others check http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/forumdisplay.php?f=62 (the albertsons post) for which items are the best deals = 4/$10 + free milk, bread & eggs up to $4
Popsicle items Buy 1 Get 1 free (ad says save up to $2.69 on 2 so the highest price items are $2.69) = 2/$2.69
There is also a catalina for :Breyers, Klondike, Popsicle, or Good Humor products purchase between 7/15 - 9/23
Buy 2 products ~ Get $2/3 Breyers, Klondike, Popsicle, or Good Humor
Buy 3 products ~ Get $3/4 (all catalina offers can be found on pinchingyourpennies.com)
I purchased some a few weeks ago & got a catatlina for $4 off 4 products..with the buy 1 get 1 deal I will pay $1.38 for 4! Not bad!
Breyers & Klondike are also included in the catalina..I dont know what there prices are but their are coupons for both on grocerysmarts.com..I believe that is right if you cant find them let me know.
Goldfish 6-6.8 oz Buy 1 Get 1 free (my albies price is $2.49 so they would be about $1.25 each which is pretty good) = 2/$2.50
Snickers or M&Ms ice cream treats 2/$7 ($1 off 1 Snickers ice cream multi-pack) = 1/$2.50
M&Ms 2/$8 ($1 off 1 M&Ms ice cream multipack) = 1/$3
Spend $20 in Dr pepper & keebler items and get $10 off your next purchase (there are coupons on the albertsons shopping list on pinchingyourpennies.com (same as above))
Poptarts buy 2 21-22 oz boxes for 2/$5 and save $2 on milk instantly.
Mix & Match sale
This mix & match sale is not like the last mix & match sale. During the last mix & match sale you had to purchase 10 items for this sale you have to purchase $10 worth of products. You must purchase $10 to get the sale price. These sales are a little more confusing. I usually write a detailed list & take it to the store with me. My albertsons frequently runs out of sale items so I give my self more time and i take a calculator & a pen so that I can make any changes to my list if they are out of something. Below is an example of how I write my grocery list.
Item- price before sale/price after sale (coupons-#of coupons I have for that item)
Zatarains rice $1/.70
Hidden Valley Ranch packets $1/.70
Sparkle paper towels $1/.70
Angel Soft tp $2.50/1.75 ($2 off 1 angel soft & 1 sparkle -1)
C&H sugar $2.50/1.75 (-$.35-5)
Mrs Butterworths syrup $2.50/1.75
Tonys pizza $2.50/1.75
McCormick Black Pepper $2.50/1.75 (-$.75/1 -1)
Whole Fruit Bars $2.50/1.75 (-$1/1 -1 & $.50/1 -1)
Wet Ones $2/1.40 ($1/1 -1 & $.75/1 -5)
Bic 3 razors $5/3.50 (-2/1 -1)
Schick razors $5/3.50 (buy 1 get 1 free -1)
These are just a few of the products that are on sale. I listed the ones I use &/or have coupons for. Remember...when the ad says purchase $10 that $10 is calculated from the price before the sale. For example..lets say that you are going to buy 2 bic razors. Your subtotal would be $10..they would subtract $3 for the sale so your total would be $7. Then you subtract $2 for your coupon and your grand total is $5.
Another (more complicated) example..
1 Zatarains rice $1/.70
1 Hidden Valley Ranch packets $1/.70
1 Sparkle paper towels $1/.70
1 Angel Soft tp $2.50/1.75 ($2 off 1 angel soft & 1 sparkle -1)
1 McCormick Black Pepper $2.50/1.75 (-$.75/1 -1)
1 Wet Ones $2/1.40 ($1/1 -1 & $.75/1 -5)
-$3 for sale
-$3.75 for coupons
These sales are more complicated but they are worth the effort. Just remember to purchase in groups that are worth $10. If you need help feel free to call or email me and I will help you figure it out.
Another item I found that is a very good price is the disposable gloves. They are $1 or $.70 after the sale. There was a coupon for $1 off any package a few weeks ago which makes them free + you get paid $.30 per package! Awesome Deal!
BBQ Mesquite Ribs
2-3lbs. Pork Loin Back Ribs
McCormick Mesquite Marinade Mix
Depending on the Marinade mix you may need Olive oil and Water.
Thaw the Ribs and then cut in half. Mix the marinade in a large Ziploc bag and then add your ribs. Make sure the marinade covers the ribs. Marinade over night or at least 6-8 hours. Make sure to turn the bag over after a few hours so all of the meat gets to soak in the marinade. After it’s marinated for awhile, heat up the BBQ and cook until done. Enjoy.
good price on bananas, cucumbers, grapes, plums & green peppers
beef is only $1.59/lb or $1.79/lb for a 2 lb chub
bone in pork chops or roast are only $.99/lb
Shursavings milk $1.79
WF chocolate milk $2.99
Dozen Large eggs $.99 (same as Albies)
WF Butter 16 oz. $1.89
Oscar Meyer bologna $.99 (coupon for $1/2 packages makes it basically buy 1 get 1 free.)
Capri Sun $2 [there is a coupon in ad is for $1/3. There is also a coupon in the kids club magazine for $.50 off 1 caprisun sunrise; if the sunrise is part of the sale & you use the ad coupon & 3 kids club coupons the total would be $6-1-1.50=$3.50/3-the kids club magazines are released every few months by maceys or associated foods I am not sure. There are some available at the checkouts. They have games and contests in them so we always have to get one for each of my kids. There is also supposed to be a coupon from the newspaper several weeks ago that is good for $1/1.]
General Mills cereals 3/$5 or $1.67 each (there are several coupons out for gm cereals)
Kelloggs cereals $2.75 (in store coupons for $6 off 4 makes them 4/$5 - limit of 1 coupon per customer)
Kelloggs poptarts $2.50 (in store coupon $2 off milk when you buy 2 poptarts; there is also supposed to be a coupon for $.55 off 1 box)
Red Baron singles pizzas $3 (Albies has a better price)
Cutter repellent $4.49 (coupon $2 off 1)
Knorr LIpton sides $.97 (coupon for $.75/2) this is an ok price I got some cheaper a few weeks ago at Albies by doubling the coupon.
Albertsons ad starting tomorrow
2 doublers in the ad & there were 3 in the coupons on Sunday. The sunday coupons are good through 7/21 but you can only use 3 at one time.
dozen eggs $.99
ribs 10 lbs/$10
Rosarita refried beans $1 (coupon $.50/3=$2.50/3 or $2/3 if doubled)
Chef Boyardee pastas $1 (coupon $.70/3 = $2.30/3 or $$1.60/3 if doubled)
Dole pineapple or mandarin oranges $1 (coupon $.55/2 (pineapple) = $1.45/2 or $.90/2 if doubled) (I have a $.55 off 2 mandarin oranges that I printed a few weeks ago online which would give you the same price on the oranges)
Red Baron French bread/singles 4/$10 (there is supposed to be a coupon but I think I already used mine)
Betty Crocker brownie mix $1 (I have several coupons from online)
Klondike Bars are buy 1 get 1 free. I think the price would be $4.99/2. There is a coupon at klondikecoupon.com. I have printed 1 from klondikes website sometime during the past few weeks so be sure to check and sign up there for their emails. They will email you coupons.
Mix & Match Sale
Juicy Juice has been added to the sale $2. You should be able to find a coupon at juicyjuice.com for $1/2.
Monday: Chicken Fried Steak
Sides: Mashed Potato and a veggie
Tuesday: Chicken Cordon Bleu (This is really yummy!)
Sides: Rice and Roasted Carrots
Wednesday: Two Tater Shepherds Pie (This is from Shannon)
Sides: Rolls and a salad
Thursday: Hamburgers and Hot Dogs
Sides: Home-made Fries
Friday: Homemade Pizza or Spicy Baked Chicken Legs
Haven't really decided
Saturday: Ranch House Crock Pot Chops (I got this from a friend's blog)
Sides: Mashed potatoes and a veggie
Sides: Rolls, Salad
So be ready for more recipes.
Dial Foam Soap is on sale for $1.25. There is a $.55 coupon at http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125557. Scroll down..it is under the 'printable coupons'. $1.25 - $1.10 (if doubled) = $.15 Not bad!
Colgate toothpaste is on sale for $2.50. There was a $1 off coupon in todays paper. $2.50 - $2 (if doubled) = $.50. Toothpaste frequently goes on sale cheaper than this and with a coupon you can sometimes get it cheaper but this price isnt that bad. You will need to double check your store and make sure the coupon matches the toothpaste that is on sale.
Mix & Match Sale
General Mills cereals - there are still several coupons for GM; there was a $1 off 2 boxes in the newspaper today. Do you remember the free milk offer from a few weeks ago? It is still going on. I dont know when it ends..it may be sometime this week, but this cereal is part of the deal. You will receive 1 free milk coupon for every four boxes.
Crackerfuls - there was a $1 off 1 box coupon in the newspaper today. $2.49 - $2 (doubled) = $.49.
Tilamook cheese- if you havent used the $1 off 2 lbs of cheese coupon then this is a good deal. The mix & match 8oz tillamook cheese is only $1.19 after the sale. I know there was a coupon for $5.49 for 2 lbs of Tillamook cheddar cheese but buying 4 of the 8oz tillamook cheese is a better deal. $1.19 x 4 = $4.76. If you use the $1 off 2 lbs of cheese coupon it makes it only $3.76 for 2 lbs. If you have already used the coupon, try to print it again. I receive Taste of Home magazine and I also get their email newsletters, which sometimes include coupons. I was able to print 2 coupons from the newsletter they sent me although I had already printed the coupon a few weeks ago.
Darigold Cottage Cheese - On sale $1.49 - $.40 coupon = $1.09.
Challenge Butter - There is a $.50 off 1 coupon at http://www.challengedairy.com/special-offers/coupon-request. $1.99 - $1 (doubled) = $.99.
Kraft Dressing - There was a $1 off coupon in the newspaper a few weeks ago. $1.49 - $2 (doubled) = +$.51! Screaming hot deal..you get paid to buy it!
Kraft BBQ sauce - There was a $.50 coupon in the newspaper last week. I think it was for $.50 ..I used mine last week so I am not certain. $.49 - $1 (doubled) = $.51! Another awesome deal ..you get paid!
Kraft Macaroni & Cheese- If you havent used your coupon this is still a good deal. One thing I havent explained is how catalinas work. Catalinas are coupons that print after you pay. If you purchase 6 mac & cheese you will receive a catalina for $2 off your next purchase. You will only receive 1 catalina for the mac & cheese per order. Last week, I purchased one order which included 6 mac & cheese and 4 tillamook cheeses. I received 1 $2 off coupon. I made a second order of 6 mac & cheese and 4 gm cereals. I received 1 $2 off coupon and a free milk coupon. Then I made another order, my big order, and I was able to use both $2 off coupons and the free milk coupon.
Another catalina worth mentioning is the General Mills fruit snack one. I purchased 4 boxes of fruit snacks, which I had 2 coupons for and I received a catalina for $2.50 off my next order and a 1 free redbox rental. With the coupons and the catalina & the redbox, I think I paid less per box than I would have paid for the Western Family fruit snacks, which is what I usually buy when other aren't on sale.
You can find the catalina offers on the pinchingyourpennies website. The link for this weeks offers is http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/forums/showthread.php?t=125557.
hot pockets coupon There is also a coupon for $1.39 hot pockets in the ad. Last week I bought 2 and received a catalina for $.75 off 2. If I purchase 2 more and use my double coupon. I would pay $1.28 for 2.
Here are a few diffent scenarios for the double coupons:
1st option for double coupons
4 Tillamook cheese $1.69x4=$6.76
4 General Mills $2.49x4=$7.96
2 Crackerfuls $2.49x2=$4.98
Total = $19.70
Subtract $5 coupons, -$3 doubled coupons = $6.70 + 1 free milk coupon.
I have 2 sets of double coupons so I am trying to make the most of my coupons plus I have to buy 16 bags of marshmallows for my sister-in-laws wedding reception...so lets try something different:
4 Tillamook cheese $1.69x4=$6.76
2 Crackerfuls $2.49 x 2 = $4.98
4 Marshmallows $.99 x 4 = $.3.96
Total $15.70 - $5 = $10.70 - $3 coupons - $3 double coupons = $4.70
4 General Mills $2.49x4=$7.96
4 Easy Mac $.99 x 4 = $3.97
2 Marsmallows $.99 x 2 = $1.98
Total $13.91 - $5 = $8.91 - $4 coupons - $3 double coupons = $1.91 + 1 free milk coupon
4th option for sale:
1 challenge butter $2.49 (-$.50)
1 Electrosol $4.49 (-$2.50 cant be doubled)
1 Darigold cottage cheese $1.99 (-$.40)
1 Kraft dressing (-$1)
6 Marsmallows $.99 x 4 = $5.94
Total $15.41 - $5 = $10.41 - $1.90 coupons - $1.90 double coupons -$2.50 = $4.62
colgate toothpaste $2.50 - $2 (doubled) = $.50
colgate toothpaste $2.50 - $2 (doubled) = $.50
2 hot pockets $1.39 x 2 = $2.78 - $1.50 (doubled) = $1.28
I hope the math is right. It is late and I am tired so double check the math before going to the store. You can also substitute whatever you would like...just be sure to purchase 10 items in an order. You can purchase more than 10 items per order but you can only use 3 double coupons per shopping trip. I hope this gives you an idea of how much you can save with double coupons.
Added Mon. July 13-
I have decided what I am going to purchase with my double coupons.
4 Tillamook cheese for $6.76
4 GM cereals for $7.98
2 marshmallows for $1.98
Total = $16.72 - $5 (mix & match sale) - $3 (coupons) - $3 (double coupons) = $5.72 - $2.50 off next order I received last week = $3.22 Plus I should receive a coupon for free milk at checkout.
6 Mac & cheese $5.94
4 Marshmallows $3.96
Total = $9.90 - $5 = $4.90 Plus I should receive a coupon for $2 off my next order
10 marshmallows $9.90
2 gallons of milk -about $4
2 colgate toothpaste $5
Total $18.90 -$5 (mix match sale) - $4.50 (free milk coupon) - $1.50 (1 -$.75 off milk coupons, doubled) -$4 (colgate toothpaste doubled) - $2 off coupon from mac n cheese purchase = $1.90
So all 3 orders will cost me $10.02.
$10.02 for 2lbs of cheese, 4 GM cereals, 16 bags of marshmallows, 6 boxes of mac n cheese, 2 tubes of toothpaste & 2 gallons of milk. Not bad. I have not completely decided on the toothpaste but I will look around when I go; there is always a good deal to find esp. when you have double coupons.
Basil is a good companion for tomatoes. It helps improve the flavor and growth and repels flies & mosquitos.
Beans add nitrogen to the soil. They will thrive when planted by cabbage, brocolli & cauliflower as well as marjoram, rosemary & sage but they dont do well close to onions, chives or garlic.
Bee Balm is good for tomatoe. It does the same thing that basil does.
Beets add minerals to the soil
Cabbages and relatives such as cauliflower, brocolli and brussel sprouts like to be grown by other leafy veggies, beans, peas, tomatoes, cucumbers and onions.
Carrots do well next to any other vegetables except parsnips & dill.
Chives will help prevent apple scab if planted under apple trees. They will also keep aphids and black spot away from your roses.
Corn produces large amounts of pollen which attracts beneficial insects. Grows well with pumpkins and beans (the 3 sisters). Beans grow up corn stalks and pumpkin/squash grows on the ground around the corn. Dont grow near tomatoes.
Chives will help carrots grow better and increase flavor.
Cucumbers dont like sage.
Daisies attract beneficial insects.
Garlic helps keep aphids away from your roses. Also good for strawberries & tomatoes.
Hot pepper roots prevent root rot and fusarium diseases.
Lettuce likes carrots, radishes, beets, brocolli, cabbage, onions, cucumbers, beans & strawberries.
Marigolds are a must have for any garden. Grow with tomatoes to ward off nematodes and cucurbits (cucumbers, squash, pumpkin) to ward off squash vine borer and cucumber beetle. Do not grow by beans and cabbage, though.
Mint repels white cabbage moth and ants. Improves health of cabbage and tomatoes. Mints are invasive so be prepared to work to control them. Besides ants they also help control rodents, flea beetles and aphids.
Nasturtium helps control squash bgs, cucumber beetles & whiteflies. Use as a trap crop for aphids.
Onions repel carrot flies. I grow my carrots and onions together. I alternate rows.
Pansies help onions.
Peas like to be near beans, cabbages and any salad veggie except onions or garlic. Planting by nasturtium deters aphids.
Radishes help cucumber & squash by repeling cucumber beetles.
Rosemary planted by broccoli & cabbage deters cabbage moths and carrot fly.
Sage is great for brocolli, cauliflower, rosemary, cabbage and carrots. Deters cabbage moth, beetles and carrot flies. Keep away from cucumbers, though.
Tomatoes like basil, parsley, beans, peas & carrots but dont grow by potatoes or strawberries.
Thyme likes parsley and marigolds.
Zucchini likes beans and radishes.
Most of this info came from the following websites or you can google 'companion planting'.
So the original recipe didn't say to season the chicken, but I always do. I just put some paprika and Ms. Dash. Then put them in a skillet and browned each side for about 4 minutes each.
After each breast is browned put them into a 9X13 dish. Drizzle the chicken with 1/4Cup of Teriyaki Sauce (I think I used a little too much, I thought it was too salty, but everyone else said it was good.) After the teriyaki sauce spread the Ranch dressing onto each chicken breast and then cover with the shredded cheese.
Mmmm.... next comes the bacon. Put as much or as little as you want. Then put them into a 350 degree oven and bake for 25-35 minutes.
Cheesy Bacon Ranch Chicken
2 tbsp olive oil
1/2 cup Ranch dressing
Chop up some bacon (It is really up to you, I used maybe 4-5 slices.). Chop up an onion, 1/4 C and 2 cloves of garlic (I just used the jar of chopped garlic and added a spoon of that.)
Add those to the pot.
2C. or 1 lb. Pinto Beans
1 Can Ro-tel Tomatoes with green chiles
1-2 tbsp. Chicken Bouillon
Salt and Pepper to taste
Wash and Soak beans overnight. Drain and Rinse in the morning. Pour beans into a crockpot. Add bacon, onion, garlic, Ro-tel, bouillon, and salt and pepper. Cook on high for 6 hours.
First put your chicken into a crockpot and pour the bottle of marinade in and let your chicken just soak in it all day, well 6 hours on low. (I used about 8-9 pices of chicken breast tenders.)
Next we cook the bacon. I did this earlier in the day, just to save time. Place your bacon in a baking dish and put into a 400 degree oven and let it cook for 20-30 min.
When it's done it will look like this. When it's cool take it out and crumble it into pieces.
Half an hour before dinner start boiling your water and 1 tbsp. of salt. When it's boiling really nice add 8-10 oz. of Farfalle Pasta
While your pasta is cooking get your chicken ready. Shred your chicken or cut it into bite size pieces.
Next we'll make the sauce. In a small saucepan, melt butter, add garlic, whipping cream, pepper, parmesan cheese, and crumpled bacon. Whisk together on low heat for 3-4 minutes.
Becky Higgins Garlic Chicken Farfalle
10 oz. Farfalle pasta (I did about 8oz. of pasta and thought it was perfect. I think if you did more than that there wouldn't be enough sauce. I like alot of sauce on my pasta.)
**We like to cook our bacon in the oven (400 degrees, convection). Way less messy. And it’s crispy every time. Time varies, so you just have to watch it. I think it’s usually around 30 minutes. Allow to cool and then crumple.
And here they are!! Mmmm.... I halved this recipe and it made 3 dozen, so a full batch will make 6 dozen, that's enough to last a day. Enjoy!!
2 Cups Brown Sugar
1 Scant tsp. Salt
1 Cup Butter
2 Cups Oatmeal
2 Eggs, Beaten
2 Cups Rice Krispies
2 ½ Cups Flour
1 Cup Coconut
2 tsp. Baking Powder
1-1 ½ Chocolate Chips
½ tsp. Baking Soda
1 Cup Nuts, chopped (Optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Cream the sugar, butter, and eggs. Add the remaining ingredients and mix until well blended. Drop by tablespoonfuls onto a greased baking sheet and bake for 14-15 min. Makes dozen.
Tuesday: Garlic Chicken Farfalle
sides: Rolls and a veggie
sides: My Mom's Beans (really really good)
And I'm making homemade tortillas (Yes! We'll see how they turn out.)
Thursday: Bacon Cheeseburger Chicken
sides: Mashed Potatoes and Roasted Carrots
Friday: Mexican Lasagna (I just found this recipe and it looks soooo good.)
Saturday: I'm still deciding on Saturday (Maybe something really easy, we'll be working on the house. FUN!)
sides: Baked Beans and Potato Salad
So I will have Lots of recipes this week, oh and I also made cookies today that I will be posting also! So come back and check it out! Thanks
Free after doubling
kraft bbq sauce $.99 (-$.50 off 1)
French's mustard $1.50 (- $.75 or -$.50)
Almost free after doubling
Wishbone dressing $1.67 (- $.75) final $.17
hefty paper products $1.67 (- $1/2 found at coupons.com)final $1.34 for 2
Lipton Knorr sides $1 (-$.75 off 2) final $.50 for 2
You receive money back after doubling
Wishbone spritzers $1.67 (- $1)
kotex lightdays $1 (- $.75 off 1 or -$1.50 off 2)
nestle nesquick milk 13-16 oz $1 (- $1 off 2)
Mix and Match Sale
raisin bran $1.99 (-$1)
kraft dressing $1.99 (- $1)
Kraft Mac n cheese $1 (Buy 3 get 1 free coupon at Mac n Cheese website)
If you were to buy
1 Raisin Bran
1 Kraft Dressing
8 Mac n Cheese
Your total would be $12 - $5 (sale) -$3 (coupons) - $3 (double coupons)
Your total would be $1!!
There may be other great deals as these are just a few I am thinking about. Feel free to comment to this post with other deals you find.
If you would like to begin using coupons and dont know where to begin, I have a few tips that will help you get started and make the most of your coupons. You can also find other websites that offer help clipping coupons.
How to get started:
#1 Find out where to get coupons. Find out which Sunday newspapers in your area provide coupons. Call the newspaper(s) and see how much a subscription is. Be sure to ask for different rates. My local newspaper, the Daily Herald, offers a Sunday only subscription, a Sunday and Holiday subscription, and a Thursday, Sunday and Holiday subscription. The T/S/Holiday is actually less expensive because the Thursday issue is from a smaller local newspaper. A month subscription costs only $3. Some papers also offer 5 Sunday papers for those who would like more coupons each week.
#2 Organization- This step is very important. You need to know which coupons you have and where to find them. There are a lot of different ways to organize your coupons. You can purchase small inexpensive accordion type coupon organizer at most stores. You could even use tackle boxes or other types of boxes. I use a 3ring binder method. The accordion type organizer is great for beginners or those who dont use too many coupons. I used one when I first started using coupons but I did not like it because I was always flipping through it to find the right coupon. I also dropped it on several occasions and most of my coupons would fall out which was sooo frustrating. I have never used a box type organizer but I think you would have the same problem. Plus some of the box organizers are rather big. I wanted something I could take with me to the store. I also wanted something that I could see at a glance so about 8 years ago I created my binder method.
1- misc coupons, rainchecks-I put rainchecks and coupons that I know I am going to use or want to use this week during my shopping trips.
2-3 misc coupons- these pages are for coupons that I want to use soon or coupons that I dont know where else to put such as a coupon for $1 off marshmallows, graham crackers and hersheys chocolate.
4-5 produce/peanut butter, jam & bread
6-7 baking-spices/oil, jello, sugar, etc
8-9 baking-baking mixes(brownies)/cereal
10-11 cereal/granola bars
12-13 fruit snacks/juice aisle (juices, v8, hot cocoa)
14-15 soups/pasta, spaghetti sauce, rice including rice mixes such as rice a roni
16-17 canned vegetables, canned tomatoes, mixes such as gravy mix/canned meats
18-19 canned fruit, stuffing, potatoes/condiments (salad dressing)
24-25 paper towels, napkins, hand wipes/toilet paper
26-27 crackers, cookies/cheese, cream cheese, sandwich meat, hot dogs, sausage
30-31 dairy (butter, milk, etc)/ other dairy (pillsbury refrigerated products)
32-33 frozen- cool whip, pies, fruit, vegetables/ pizza, pizza rolls, etc
34-35 frozen - ice cream/ juice, chicken nuggets, fish sticks, corn dogs, etc
36-37 frozen - rolls, other frozen/ frozen meal items (bertolli meals, marie callendar meals, ect.-I dont buy these often but I save the coupons because you never know when they will be on
38-39 nuts, chex mix, jerky/chips, popcorn
40-41 candy/candy (I know it seems weird to have 2 pages for candy but at Easter, Halloween, Christmas, etc you will get soo many coupons. Plus this includes gum and licorice, etc.
42-43 personal-soap, body wash, lotion/deodarant, body spray, feminine hygiene
44-45 personal-shampoo, qtips, contact solution/razors, shaving cream
46-47 personal- misc, makeup/ mouthwash, floss
48-49 personal -toothbrushes/toothpaste
50-51 laundry detergent, hand sanitizers, hand soaps/dishwashing detergent, dish soap, kitchen cleaners
52-53 bathroom cleaners/other cleaners, batteries
54-55 pharmacy-sunscreen, bug spray/1st aid, bandaids, etc
56-57 vitamins, medicine/medicine
You may think that you dont need a lot of room for several items but think carefully before omitting something. I have learned that coupons change throughout the year. During the winter, you will have so many coupons for soups and medicines. During the spring, there will be a lot of spring cleaning product coupons. During the summer, you will have an abundance of ice cream, condiments, & sunscreen coupons. Around holidays, you will have a lot of candy coupons. I have tried to make room for these fluctuations. Also everyone uses different products. Think about the products that you use while making your coupon organizer. My children love yogurt but I have a friend whose family doesn't eat much yogurt so when I helped her make her binder we didnt include a yogurt page.
I use simple tabs for some of the pages in my coupon binder. I know my binder well enough that I dont really need them anymore but I havent removed them just yet.
When I originally made my coupon binder, I made an alphabetized list of products and placed it in the front cover of my binder. Beside each alphabetized item, I placed the page # where I could find coupons for that item. The list looked something like this...
Canned fruit 7
Canned meats 10
The list helped me find coupons when I was in a hurry but I no longer need the list.
#3 Clipping coupons-I clip coupons for items I know I use, new products, and products that I might use if the price is low enough.
My family is very brand specific. My boys have allergies so we are only able to use tide laundry detergent, Vaseline intensive care lotion, Dove soap, and others. Some families are not brand specific at all; they can use whatever is on sale. When clipping coupons, I clip any coupon for products that I know I will use. I do not clip coupons for products that I know I wont use such as All laundry detergent or other brands of soap or lotion.
I also clip coupons for new products. I have found that when a manufacturer comes out with a new product, they will often issue coupons for that item and stores will often offer sales on that item as well. This makes a great time to try new products. I would much rather try a new product at a significant discount that at full price. If we try the product and dont like it then I know not to purchase it again but if we do like it I will continue to clip coupons for it.
I also clip coupons for items that I dont regularly use but that I think I might use if the price were to be low enough. You never know when an item will be on sale!
Before I throw away any coupons that I am not keeping, I ask around to see if any of my friends can use them. Coupon swaps are a great option for sharing coupons. Be sure to check out our coupon swap to see if there are any coupons you would like.
I always clip my coupons and put them immediately into my binder. I try to do this on Sundays or Mondays at the latest. That way my binder is organized and ready for my next shopping trip or a quick run to the store for 1 item. As I put the new coupons in my binder, I remove the old expired coupons and throw them away. It is so frustrating to be at the store and have a coupon for something and then at the checkout you realize it has expired.
#4 Studying the ads-Find out when the ads come out each week and get an ad for each store that you are willing to shop at. Study the ads and look for items that you purchase. When I look at the ads, I like to circle any item that is on sale that I use &/or have a coupon for. If I have a coupon for an item, I often write it beside the item in the ad. Once I have looked at each ad, I then compare the prices between the stores. I also look online for coupons. Some weeks I go to each store and some weeks I don't. I choose to shop at the two grocery stores that are about 7 minutes away from my home and I make an occasional (once a month) trip to Walmart. I do have friends that shop at all grocery stores within our area. They dont mind traveling 20 minutes to a store. I have 4 children, that I shop with, and I drive a gas hog so I have decided that it isnt worth it for me to drive to stores that are farther away unless it is an amazing sale or I am going in that direction anyway.
Tip: Be sure to look at your Sunday paper each week. Often grocery stores, such as Albertsons, will place ads &/or coupons in the pages of the regular black and white newspaper and not the colored ad sections.
#5 Online coupons -Be aware that some stores do not accept online coupons. My local store, Maceys, only accepts online coupons from Grocery Guru and Kraft.com. Walmart will accept online coupons if they are in their system. Albertsons will only let you use two online coupons for the same item in one purchase. For example, if you are purchasing 3 boxes of rice a roni and you have 3 online coupons for $50 off 1 box of rice a roni, they will only let you use 2 online coupons per purchase. They do not limit the number of newspaper coupons that you can use per purchase.
There are several websites where you can find coupons online. I have been a little more selective in the ones that I use because I know that there is a lot of fraud in online coupons. Most of the sites I frequent are the manufacturers sites or the companies that print the Sunday paper coupons, such as redplum.There are 3 companies that print the Sunday paper coupons in my area. The links are below:
[Grocerysmarts usually has redplums coupons on their site.]
Coupons.com is another site that has alot of the same coupons as the previous 3 sites.
Below are the manufacturers websites that I have accounts with. Whenever there is a sale on something that I use and I dont have a coupon, I will try to find the manufacturers website and see if they offer a coupon. You will need to create an account with most of these but they will send you extra coupons via email. To keep my inbox from getting bombarded with emails, I created an email account specificially for my coupons.
These are just a few..I am always finding new ones and will post new sites when I come across them.Each week as I look over the ads I will check the major sites such as redplum & grocerysmarts to see what coupons they have and if there is a pillsbury or General Mills product on sale, I will look at their site as well.
I hope that these tips help you get started clipping coupons. I have a lot more tips and tricks and I will continue to ad content to this post. I will try to add some info on shopping and using coupons within the next week. If you have any questions you would like answered feel free to email me or comment to this or other posts and I will try my best to answer your questions.