My $1 Solution to Organizing Coupons at the Grocery Store (Now, I Don’t Lose Them When I Shop!)

How many times have we all:

Preparing for my shopping trip to Stop & Shop...
Preparing for my shopping trip to Stop & Shop…(if you look closely, you’ll see how I organize my shopping lists with coupons.
putting it together
Gathered all my coupons/lists and clipped them together.
in my purse
The whole thing fit in my purse (admittedly my purse is kinda large, but it is a mini-clipboard…).
at the store ready to shop
At the store ready to shop. The clipboard leans nicely on the shopping cart. It wasn’t perfect, but it helped 100%. In other words, I didn’t lose any coupons along the way.

a) lost or dropped on the grocery store floor a high-value coupon
b) lost an envelope filled with coupons (yup, my “paper towels” envelope! Luckily it was turned in at the Customer Service desk :–)  Continue reading “My $1 Solution to Organizing Coupons at the Grocery Store (Now, I Don’t Lose Them When I Shop!)”

Money Quote for Monday: Amy Dacyczyn on Why She Chose to Live a Frugal Life

Anyone who has followed TFF knows Amy Dacyczyn’s work has had a huge influence on my life. I am honored to share some of her wisdom in this post. One of my absolute favorite (and obscure) quotes of Amy’s is this, and I’ll explain why below:  Continue reading “Money Quote for Monday: Amy Dacyczyn on Why She Chose to Live a Frugal Life”

A Little-Known Coupon Trick To Use at BJ’s Wholesale Club

Full disclosure: I do not shop at BJ’s Wholesale Club for no other reason than the fact that I don’t want to pay for a membership. So when I have the opportunity to shop there (on a free trial membership pass, for example), I take it.  Continue reading “A Little-Known Coupon Trick To Use at BJ’s Wholesale Club”

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible

The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible

Meatballs
I’m sticking to making my own meatballs after the failed dinner we had the other night with chef-prepared meatballs on sale at a high-end market. It would have been a huge waste of money had I bought more than just the one package.(Photo credit: 1JLS)

The other day I thought I was buying a great deal at Whole Foods Market. I had a coupon for $2 off of chef-prepared meatballs. I found them on sale, and I figured out that with the coupon, they would end up being about $2.66 a pound for decent quality, possibly grass-fed beef. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook: Lesson 15– That Stuff on Sale May Taste or Smell Terrible”

sacrificial sock and sock to be darned

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 14: Learn to Darn Socks (Seriously)

The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 14: Learn to Darn Socks (Seriously)

Socks are expensive. Especially soccer and other sports socks. That’s why I decided to get serious about learning to darn a sock the semi-correct way. I’m not about to go out and spend $7 every time there’s a hole in my son’s soccer socks. Continue reading “The Tightwad’s Notebook–Lesson 14: Learn to Darn Socks (Seriously)”

Why I Ditched Living Frugally This Summer–But Now, It’s Time to Catch Up

There’s no need to feel guilty if you blew your budget this summer like I did! Autumn is the perfect time to get back on track and reboot your frugal habits. I know that’s what I have to do!

Sunset over Long Island Sound
Priceless view of a sunset from our boat.

When I sat down yesterday to update my August budget sheet, I nearly had a cow. Continue reading “Why I Ditched Living Frugally This Summer–But Now, It’s Time to Catch Up”