Upcoming Metro Detroit Meal Planning Class

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Need help with Meal Planning? Then be sure to attend tonight’s  Meal Planning class.  This class will help you save time and money plus reduce the stress of the dinner preparation. This is the last class I will be teaching for awhile so don’t miss out.

 

Topics discussed in the workshop include the following areas:

The Importance of Meal Planning
Learn why and how meal planning can transform your grocery budget, but also your daily routines and the dreaded “witching hour.”

Beginner and Advanced Meal Planning Tactics
The class will walk you through the different phases of meal planning and teach you the ins and outs of 2 different “schools of thought,” so that you can come up with a meal planning plan that works for you.

Time-Saving Cooking Strategies and Shortcuts
Get practical help with how to make the most of the time you spend in the kitchen, making healthy and delicious meals in a fraction of the time!

You will receive a pamphlet to take lots of valuable notes during the workshop. So come prepared to learn, discuss and connect with others who are excited about saving money and time in the kitchen too!

Following the workshop, attendees will leave with a better understanding of all the different ways to make a meal plan. All the tips and tricks to making meal planning successful, along with cooking strategies and shortcuts to help you spend less time in the kitchen, while still making fabulous meals for your family.

 

Meal Planning Simplified – Metro Detroit

Febuary 24, 2014

Troy Public Library
510 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
6:30 – 8:30 PM

This class is sponsored by the library and free to all attendees. You do not need to be a Troy resident to attend.

 

Sign Up Here To Reserve Your Spot


 

Hope to see you soon!

 

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Learn How To Save Money At the Grocery Store – Video Series

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Today is the last video chat.  Be sure to join us. Plus you can watch any you missed!

I know many of you are not local and are unable to attend my Metro Detroit Grocery Savings and Coupon Classes. That is why I will be offering a new online video discussions series that will help you learn the tips and tricks to saving at the grocery store. Plus I even have some expert cohosts that will be giving their expertise as well.

In weeks 1 and 2, I will be joined by my friend Kristie from Saving Dollars and Sense and  in weeks 3 and 4, I will be joined by my friend Laura at Beltway Bargain Mom. These ladies know their stuff and we will be giving information that can reduce your grocery bill by up to 50%!!!  If one of your New Year’s Resolutions is to save some money in 2014, you will want to attend!

We will be discussing the Favado Grocery Shopping & Savings App in all the sessions, so be sure to download it today! 

I also am giving away a $50 Visa Gift Card sponsored by Favado. Details on how to enter coming up soon.

The first discussion is occurred on January 9 at 1:00 pm EST. You can view it here on the new Bargain Shopper Mom live training page or over on the Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page.

If you can not attend in person at the time of the discussion, they all will be taped and you can view them anytime View at Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page after the discussion has finished.

Here is the schedule -

Week #1 (Jan 9 – 1:00 pm EST) – Smarter Grocery Shopping Habits

The first week, we’ll be talking mostly about the little habits you can change while shopping that can make a big difference in your grocery spending…such as not buying the magazines off the rack at the checkout, writing a grocery list and sticking to it while shopping, as well as checking unit prices and sale expiration dates.  Favado helps by allowing you to have a shopping list in the palm of your hand that you won’t forget at home!

Here is a link to the week one video.

 

Week #2 (Jan 16 – 1:00 pm EST ) – Shopping the Sales and Following the Sales Cycles

Grocery stores and manufacturers work hard to push out their best sale prices to you on a weekly basis through their store circulars. If you follow along closely, you’ll notice that most products operate on an 8-12 week sales cycle. You’ll also find that “product families” all go on sale at the same time, for example all the P&G products will be discounted the same weeks, and will return to their regular prices for a few weeks, then go back on sale together.  Favado Helps by showing you when your favorite products go on sale, so that you can purchase them when they are on sale and not have to pay full price in between sales cycles. Over time, you’ll learn how much to purchase to last you until the next sale.

Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page

 

Week #3 (Jan 22- 1:00 pm EST) – Couponing for “Double the Discount”

The deep 50-70% savings that you hear talked about frequently occur when you combine a coupon with an already discounted product for “double the discount.” For example if toothpaste is on sale for $1 and you have a $.75 off coupon, you’ll get that toothpaste for just $.25, as opposed to its $2.49 regular price.  Favado Helps by doing all the hard work for you and putting the best sale prices with matching available coupons in a nice, organized list. Favado makes it easy to find these discounts and save big on groceries.

Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page

Week #4 (Feb 3 – 1:00 pm  EST ) – Meal Planning

Making a meal plan based on what’s on sale in your local grocery stores can help you cut your grocery bill by 20-30% alone. Matching your meals with the sales is a simple, scissorless way to save each week at the grocery store.  Favado helps by allowing you to search for ingredients that are on sale for the meals you want to make each week. Want to make a slow cooker meal that calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs or beef roast? Favado can tell you which store has those ingredients on sale each week.

Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page

If you have some specific questions, be sure to leave them in the comments and we will do our best to address them all in the videos.  I hope you can join us and getting started right this year on the path to saving money and living well!

Great Deal on 100% Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken (No Hormones)- $1.89/ lb

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 An attendee at one of my classes mentioned what a great deal this is. I have also ordered myself and love it. There is still time to put in your order.  It is a great way to get hormone free meat at a stockpile price! Locations will sell  out so if you are interested be sure to put in your order.

 

In my grocery savings classes, I talk about how important it is to pick up meat at low prices and stockpile. That way you are not at the mercy of grocery stores cycles. Here is an amazing deal from Zaycon food. You can get boneless, skinless chicken breast for just $1.89/lb. This is a stock-up price!

What makes this deal even better is that this chicken is 100% natural with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.

It does come in bulk but you can then freeze it in meal size portions.

  • Comes directly from the processor and has never been frozen
  • Sold by the case — 40 lbs in each case
  • Case dimensions—18 in wide x 12 in deep x 7 in tall

The pick up dates vary by location but they are all in February  in the Metro Detroit area.

How do you get in on this great deal:

 

 

And if you aren’t in Michigan, Zaycon Foods has sales in most of the country. Just check out the Zaycon foods website to find out if and when they’re coming to your area. Plus once you sign up over at Zaycon, they will email you once a sale is coming to your area so you don’t miss out. There are locations all across the United States Does 40 pounds of chicken seem like to much for you?  You can always split with a friend but really it doesn’t take up all the much space once you package it in meal sized portions.

 

Want to learn more about this chicken? Check out this video

Save on Groceries – Plus a Chance to Win a $50 Visa Gift Card

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It is the new year and I know you all want to save money! One easy way to do this is with Favado. This is my favorite money saving app. It makes saving at the grocery store so easy since most of the work is done for you. Another great thing about the app is that it is FREE!

You can find out all the deals at your local grocery stores and drug stores. Plus it will even tell you if there is a coupon that makes the deals even better.

Be sure to register and download Favado today! 

Personalized just for you, the Favado money-saving app will help you keep your resolution to save on groceries this year with step-by-step weekly goals from the best money-saving brains in the business. It’s the solution to keeping your 2014 resolution! Check out the themes for each week:

I also am hosting video chats around each theme so you can learn even more! We will be answering the questions you ask on this post during the live chats!!!

Week #1 (Jan 7-14) – Smarter Grocery Shopping Habits 

The first week, we’ll be talking mostly about the little habits you can change while shopping that can make a big difference in your grocery spending…such as not buying the magazines off the rack at the checkout, writing a grocery list and sticking to it while shopping, as well as checking unit prices and sale expiration dates.

Favado Helps by…allowing you to have a shopping list in the palm of your hand that you won’t forget at home!

Here is a link to the week one video.  Learn how you can save!

Week #2 (Jan 15-21) – Shopping the Sales and Following the Sales Cycles

Grocery stores and manufacturers work hard to push out their best sale prices to you on a weekly basis through their store circulars. If you follow along closely, you’ll notice that most products operate on an 8-12 week sales cycle.

You’ll also find that “product families” all go on sale at the same time, for example all the P&G products will be discounted the same weeks, and will return to their regular prices for a few weeks, then go back on sale together.

Favado Helps by…showing you when your favorite products go on sale, so that you can purchase them when they are on sale and not have to pay full price in between sales cycles. Over time, you’ll learn how much to purchase to last you until the next sale.

Join us for upcoming chats or watch the video at the Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page

Week #3 (Jan 22-28) – Couponing for “Double the Discount” 

The deep 50-70% savings that you hear talked about frequently occur when you combine a coupon with an already discounted product for “double the discount.” For example if toothpaste is on sale for $1 and you have a $.75 off coupon, you’ll get that toothpaste for just $.25, as opposed to its $2.49 regular price.

Favado Helps by…doing all the hard work for you and putting the best sale prices with matching available coupons in a nice, organized list. Favado makes it easy to find these discounts and save big on groceries.

Join us for upcoming chats or watch the video at the Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page

Week #4 (Jan 29-Feb 5) – Meal Planning

Making a meal plan based on what’s on sale in your local grocery stores can help you cut your grocery bill by 20-30% alone. Matching your meals with the sales is a simple, scissorless way to save each week at the grocery store.

Join us for upcoming chats or watch the video at the Bargain Shopper Mom Youtube page

Favado Helps by…allowing you to search for ingredients that are on sale for the meals you want to make each week. Want to make a slow cooker meal that calls for boneless skinless chicken thighs or beef roast? Favado can tell you which store has those ingredients on sale each week.

 

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To add to the fun, join in the Favado Twitter parties!  You can RSVP for tonight’s party here! We’d love for you to join in the fun.  There will be $300 in grocery store gift cards to give away each week!  Each Twitter party will match the theme for the week, as outlined above.

Reader Giveaway:  One lucky Bargain Shopper Mom reader will win a $50 VISA Gift Card courtesy of Favado.  To enter, just complete the entry form below by 11:59pm ET on 1/20/14.  Good luck!

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Bonus Cash For New Capital One Accounts – Up to $200!


Click here to start saving with Capital One 360

 

Want some extra cash for the holidays or for one of your savings goals? Be sure  to check out these two offers from Capital One! They only come around once a year during Black Friday Week and they are a great way to save and get cash back!

One great way to save money is to put it in an account that is dedicated to a certain saving goal.  An Capital One account is a great place to do this especially since right now they are offering  HUGE bonus  for new sign ups!  You can create an account for each member of your family.

I already have one account where we saved for  kitchen remodel and our emergency fund but want to open an account for each girl so they can start saving too. This bonus cash will be a nice start for them.

This would also be a great place to put aside money for a vacation or other savings goals.

You can get a FREE $125 when you open a checking account and FREE $75 when you open a Capital One Savings Account!!

Or you could do both and  get $200!!!

There is a minimum deposit on the savings account but NO minimum deposit for the checking account!

 

Here are the details on the two offers:


Click here to start saving with Capital One 360

Earn a $125 bonus when you open a 360 Checking account:

Open a fee-free 360 Checking account between November 29th and December 2nd and grab a $125 bonus.
This has to be your first 360 Checking account.
Make a total of 5 debit card purchases (either signature or PIN-based) or 5 CheckMate SM deposits (or any combination of the two) within 45 days, and your $125 bonus will be automatically deposited into your account on day 50


Get a $75 bonus when you open a 360 Savings account:

Open a no-fee 360 Savings account between November 29th and December 2nd and snag $75.
This has to be your first 360 Savings (including Orange Savings Accounts) account and it needs a $500 minimum initial deposit or more.
The bonus starts earning interest on day 1, but you can’t take it out for at least 30 days.
The variable Annual Percentage Yield (APY) is 0.75%, effective 11/29/2013.

 

Remember you have UNTIL DEC 2 ONLY to to sign up for these offers, so be sure to sign up before then to get your free money.

 

Also, once you create your checking account you can refer two friends and get an EXTRA $100 BONUS!!!


Most Black Friday Sales Live – Shop Online Now

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 Wondering what is going to be on sale for Black Friday this year? Be sure to scroll down to the bottom for online sales that have already started!

Many stores will put these same items on sale online as early as Thanksgiving day.  Many stores are also starting their Black Friday sales in store Thanksgiving night.  Be sure to plan which stores you can relatically hit in person and what stores you want to try to grab items online.

 

Store         BF Start            .     Link to BF Ad                  .Shop Online
 Amazon  Ongoing   NALIVEAmazon
 Amazon Noon EST Daily   NALIVEAmazon Toy Lightning Deals
 Best Buy Thursday, 6:00 pm   Best Buy AdLIVE BestBuy.com
 Costco Friday,  9:00 am   Costco Ad 
LIVE Costco.com
 JC Penney Friday,  6:00 am   JC Penney AdLIVE JCPenney.com
Joann Friday, 7:00 am  Joann Ad  Joann.com
 Kmart 3 salesThursday,  6:00 amThursday, 7:00 pm
Friday, 6:00 am
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 LIVE Kmart.com
 Kohl’s Thursday, 8:00 pm   Kohls ad
LIVE Kohls.com
 LowesInstore 5:00 Friday  Lowes Ad
 LIVE Lowes.com
 Macy’sFriday, 12:00 am & 7:00 am  Macy’s AdLIVE Macys.com
 MeijerThursday 6:00 am
Friday, 6:00 am
 Meijer Ad Meijer.com
 MichaelsThursday, 4:00 pm
Friday, 7:00 am
 Michaels AdLIVE Michaels.com
 Office DepotInstore 5:00 Friday
Online – 7:00 Thursday
Office Depot Ad
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LIVE OfficeDepot.com
 Old NavyThursday, 7:00 pm  Old Navy Ad OldNavy.com
 Sam’s Club Friday, 7:00 amSam’s Club Ad Samsclub.com
 SearsThursday, 8:00 pm Sears Ad LIVE Sears.com
 Staples Thursday 8:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday, 6:00 am Staples Ad LIVE Staples.com
 Target Thursday, 8:00 pm Target Ad LIVE Target.com
 Toys R Us Thursday, 5:00 pmToys R Us AdLIVE ToysRUs.com
 Walmart Thursday,  6:00 pm Walmart Ad LIVE Walmart.com

 More Black Friday Sales Live Now!!! (I will be updating this list all weekend. Be sure to bookmark and come back to this page) The store name below will link you directly to the sale.

 

Aeropostale Black Friday Sale -  60% Off Everything – Hoodies for just $10 – $25 Gift card when you spend $100

Blendtec  - $100 Off + Free Shipping on Blendtec Factory Recertified Blenders

BabyLegs -  65% Off select BabyLegs products + FREE SHIPPING on all orders with no minimum purchase.

Children’s Place  - The Children’s Place is offering 30-50% off everything with the 30% off coupon – now through Saturday, November 30th! Also receive free shipping! Use coupon code BLACKFRIDAY

Eddie Bauer: Cyber Monday Starts Now! - 30% Off Everything. Plus, Free Shipping & Returns On All Orders. Use Code: ICY Start Date: 11/25/13 12:00 AM PST through 12/2/13 11:59 PM PST

Land’s End -   Now thru Cyber Monday save 30% of your order or shop the daily Doorbuster deals! Plus get free shipping over $50 every day
Promo code : WONDERLAND and Pin: 3050

ModCloth – Black Friday – 100′s of items 50% off @ ModCloth

Ruum -  Take 40% off + FREE Shipping on Orders over $60! CODE: 324

Vera Bradley Holiday Sale!  - 50% off select colors and styles! Valid November 27-30th.

 

Wacoal-America.com - Free Shipping on All Orders thru Dec. 4th

Yankee Candle - Buy 2 Large Jar Candles Get 2 Free

 

Feel free to leave comments with your favorite Black Friday deals.

 

Reasons I Love Aldi Shopping

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Reasons I Love Aldi Shopping

Recently I was invited to the Aldi  headquarters to learn more about the company, participate in a blind taste test of Aldi products vs national brands and sample their holiday recipes and products.  I was already an Aldi shopper so I was excited go and learn more about the company and their products. Aldi shopping is perfect for me because it neatly fits with the mission of this website which is to help you all save money and live well.

Aldi is perfect for the everyday shopper who want great products at a low price. I was amazed during the blind taste that for many of the products I preferred the Aldi brand to the national brand.  I especially loved the Savoritz entertainment crackers which beat the Caberet crackers hands down.  I also thought Nature’s Nectar orange juice was much much better than the Tropicana. [Read more...]

Sign Up For Your $10 Credit – Small Business Saturday

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Enroll your eligible American Express® Card to  get $10 back one time when your spend $10 or more at a qualifying small business location on November 30th. Enrollment is limited so act early before enrollments run out. Corporate and prepaid cards are not eligible.

This works at all local non franchised small businesses that accept American Express. It include boutiques, stores, bakeries and restaurants! You can go out to eat on November 30th and when you pay with your American Express you get a $10  credit! The movie theater near me is also participating that is a free movie ticket!

All you have to do  is use your enrolled Card to spend $10 or more in a single, in-store transaction at a qualifying small business location on Saturday, November 30, 2013, you will  receive a one-time $10 statement credit from American Express within 8 weeks.

Visit ShopSmall.com for information about qualifying small business locations where you can Shop Small® on November 30, 2013.

Additionally, many small businesses also offer special discounts to their customers that day. In my Holiday Savings Class, I have been suggesting that people call their favorite local small business and see whether they will have special offers.

Enroll your eligible American Express® Card

 

 

 

Sign Up For A FREE Holiday Savings Workshop

The holidays are almost here? Are you ready?  Would you like  to learn tips and tricks to stretch your holiday budget even more this shopping season, including:

  • Save money before the first purchase is made.
  • Earn and get free shipping with several online shopping strategies.
  • Discover tips and tricks to shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday.
  • Get simple and inexpensive Do-it-yourself gift ideas.
  • Learn frugal and fast baking tips.
  • Understand ways to save during holiday meal planning.

And much more!

Who knows, maybe this year will be the year that you have money left over from your holiday budget! It is possible and I can’t wait to teach you all my tricks!

 

Plus everyone who attends will receive a FREE Homemade Christmas gifts ebook with directions on how to make tons of wonderful homemade presents!

This class is designed for shoppers of all ages, online shoppers, and in-store shoppers.

There are three upcoming classes.

Nov 4, 2013

Troy Public Library
510 W Big Beaver Rd, Troy, MI 48084
6:30 – 8:00 PM

This class is sponsored by the library and free to all attendees. You do not need to be a Troy resident to attend.

Sign up to reserve your spot 

 

Nov 6, 2013

Farmington Community Library – Farmington Branch
23500 Liberty St, Farmington, MI ,48335
6:30 – 8:00 PM

This class is sponsored by the library and free to all attendees. You do not need to be a  Farmington resident to attend.

Sign up to reserve your spot

 

Nov 11, 2013

Canton Public Library
1200 South Canton Center Road, Canton, Mi 48188
7:00 – 8:30 PM

This class is sponsored by the library and free to all attendees. You do not need to be a  Canton resident to attend.

No Registration Required

Amazon Lightning Deals – Shopping, Strategy and Tricks

 

Amazon has already started lots of lightning deals for the holidays. Many of their prices will match or be better than the Black Friday prices in store.

I suggest that you check out  and bookmark  the Lightning Deals Page now and check it out each morning to see if any items are on your holiday gift lists. You can select the category on the top right hand of the lightning deals.  Some of the most popular deals will sell out in under a minute.  My suggestion is to be at your computer right when the Lightning Deal  starts and immediately put it in your cart. You then have 15 minutes to check out. During that time, you can do some price checking to see if you really want to buy the deal.

DO NOT  complete that price checking price first because when you come back you might not be able to add the item to your cart. If you add it to your cart and find out the price is not that great just don’t check out. Last year many people lost out on great lightning deals because they did not immediately add the deal to their cart.

If you are not a member of Amazon Prime, this is a great time to sign up for Amazon Prime for FREE!   You can try it out for FREE for 30 days which will enable you to get FREE Two-Day Shipping with no minimum order size on millions of items.  This is great because otherwise you would have to pay for shipping or get to the $35 minimum for FREE super saver shipping. This  free offer is only good for 30 days and after that you either need to cancel or pay for the yearly membership. I personal love it and think it is well worth the cost.

Here are a few links that show deals that will show you specific sales. Once the calendars come out for the the movie and books deals I will add these here too! These links are hard  to find on Amazon so you may want to bookmark them.

Toy Lightning Deals


Check out the Countdown to  Amazon Black Friday Week Sale