What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing

I attended a couponing workshop last night in Trumbull, CT, given by Gina Juliano (of Gina’s Kokopelli website). It was a joy to sit in the audience for once so I could relax, concentrate and take notes on what others were asking Gina. It is amazing how much there is to learn about couponing! Here’s what the audience had to say, and here are some answers to the top 10 questions that I also typically get when I give a workshop. Continue reading “What Normal People Are Totally Confused About When It Comes to Couponing”

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The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen

soup is finished
Soup is a great item to make during those lean times. Use tomato sauce as your base and just find anything else you have in your freezer, mix together, and you have a unique, homemade dinner.

This is a basic lesson I learned years and years ago from The Tightwad Gazette. It was one of author Amy Dacyczyn’s basic tenets in her life. Instead of getting anxious when your bank account is lean, get creative. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 13: When Money is Tight, Get Creative in the Kitchen”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #7: Stash Your Dollar Bills

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #7: Stash Your Dollar Bills

The United States one dollar note, like all ot...
Grab and stash those one dollar bills floating around your wallet, purse or house! It adds up quick. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

This is sort of a new thing I’m doing, but it is classic idea for many frugal people. Whenever I see a dollar bill (in my husband’s wallet, in mine, etc.), I grab and stash it in an envelope in a drawer (that no one but myself knows about…critical point so no one else dips into it…). It’s a simple, quick way to save some petty cash. It’s kind of a surprise to find out how much you have even after a month! That’s what happened to us–I grabbed our envelope as we headed out to an amusement park. We had plenty of cash for the day and I didn’t have to go to the ATM. 

BTW, I know some people do this with $5 bills. I wish, I wish, but I’m happy to do it with dollar bills!

~Marilyn, TFF

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #5: Save at Least $50 Using Your Own Grocery Bags

Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #5: Save at Least $50 Using Your Own Grocery Bags
CVS Green Leaf Tag
The idea behind this CVS tag is that you bring your own bags in to the store and you get paid for doing so. You can buy this tag at the front registers at any CVS store for .99 cents, or sometimes you can get it for free wtih a CVS coupon from the store’s red box. Use it every time you make a purchase, it adds up and then you get an Extra Buck to use at the store. One caveat: you must bring in your own bag in order for the cashier to swipe the tag. (Though many kind cashiers give you a bag anyhow, even if you don’t have one, and they swipe the card.)

Take your own bags to the store. (I am bad at remembering to do this, but now that I’m doing the math….)

Continue reading “The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #5: Save at Least $50 Using Your Own Grocery Bags”

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson 4: Always Check Grocery Discount Bins

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson 4: Always Check Grocery Discount Bins

shampoo for a few cents
Don’t walk by your grocery store’s discount bins. You never know what bargains are waiting…I was able to buy three of these, with coupons, for .80 cents each. Perfectly fine shampoo that my daughter loves to use.

It’s typically hit or miss, but never pass by a discount bin in your grocery store–especially the health and beauty bin. You never know what you’ll find! Typically, it’ll be discontinued items. And, you can use coupons with the item. For example, just by chance last week I spotted three bottles of L’Oreal shampoo in a discount bin at ShopRite. They were going for $1.30 each (retail is about $3.99-$4.99 but varies with coupons). I happened to have .25 cent coupons, doubled to .50 cents. So, I got three bottles of L’Oreal shampoo for a total of $2.40 (my daughter loves this brand so it was worth it).

~Marilyn, TFF

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #3: Never Throw Out a Leftover

The Daily Tightwad Tutor–Lesson #3: Never Throw Out a Leftover

leftovers make trail mix
Bits and pieces of this and that make a great trail mix. Here’s a pile of leftover peanuts, cashews, M&Ms and almonds. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Make your food dollars stretch by using leftovers for soups, casseroles, trail mixes, sauces, dressings, etc.

  • How to make soup with leftovers–read here.
  • Another nifty idea: mix leftover candy into ice cream! For larger chocolate bar-type candies, melt it a bit, then mix or drizzle over the top. Great way to get rid of holiday candy, thank goodness. ~ Marilyn, TFF