Feeding a Family, Freebies!, Shopping

Money Saving Mom’s New Budget Book

I have mentioned Crystal Paine several times, because her blog was my first introduction to effective couponing. So I am pleased to recommend her new book,

The Money Saving Mom’s Budget: Slash Your Spending, Pay Down Your Debt, Streamline Your Life, and Save Thousands a Year

It’s available in Kindle or Softcover formats, but it would be most helpful in print,  because it has useful worksheets in it.


Although it’s not a comprehensive book like the one above,  you can also read her grocery shopping series on her blog:
31 Days to a Better Grocery Budget


Or “like” her Facebook page for more helpful advice.

She’s smart.



Mail Call

I’ve been a slacker lately and not been shopping much. If I stay on top of things and shop at least once a week, I do better, but I am lazy and like to stay at home.

In the mail today: A full-size can of Progresso High Fiber Chicken Tuscany soup and ten coupons for $1.10 off a single can at the store!

Also in today’s mail, a full-size bottle of L’Oreal Revitalift Deep-Set Wrinkle Repair and four addition smaller samples with coupons. That will go really well with yesterday’s mail: Olay’s new ProX Wrinkle Smoothing Cream. That also came with coupons.

I’m seeing a theme here.


In the mail

While I was on vacation –

A roll of toilet paper and sample of flushable “personal wipes”

Six samples of instant coffee

Sample of sunscreen

Shampoo samples

Coupon for a free candy bar!

Fun mail to come home to!

Feeding a Family, Freebies!, Shopping

Being Diligent

It’s very easy for me to not shop.  I am a homebody, and I often go from one Sunday to the next without leaving home. I like it. I have a husband who is glad to have me at home, so I don’t have to work outside of my home.  But by putting in an hour or two each week, clipping and organizing coupons and doing some online research, I can “make money” by reducing our grocery and household expenses.

No, I don’t buy things we don’t use, except when they are free or nearly free and I pick them up for the food bank or shelter. We are flexible in our tastes, however, and don’t have “brand loyalty” to more than one or two items. We will eat any cereal except for the sugary childrens varieties, and we don’t care about the brand of our soap, toothbrushes or toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, pain relievers, cough syrup, dish soap, shavers, cleaners, etc.    If they are free, I will even give cat treats to my dog.  He doesn’t seem to mind.

But I have to do it, and I have to leave the house and GO TO THE STORE.

I did that today – after coupons at KMart, I spent $5 at the register. I bought:

Secret Deodorant

Kotex Liners

Dental Floss Picks



Starbucks Espresso drink

2 packages of Playtex rubber gloves

Dawn Dishsoap

Pert Plus for Men

Everything was full size – no trial sizes. As soon as I got home, I filled out the mail-in rebate for the Pert Plus ($3.49). I also got two coupons from Kmart – one was for $5 off my next $25 purchase (total before coupons, and I will probably use that tonight or tomorrow) and the other was $5 off my next $50 purchase. I probably won’t use that one — I don’t buy that much!

So after the rebate and the $5 coupon, I came out about $3 ahead. And I will be going back soon.

I did very well at the grocery store, too. I had a number of coupons for free items, and I cherry-picked their sale items.

The coupons for free coupons are usually found on the company’s websites (Kraft often has some), and some come in the weekly paper. My favorite website for finding these is Money Saving Mom and if you are a forum junkie like me, you will also enjoy Coupon Mom Forums.