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Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale – Save up to 40% Off!

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So just I love shopping at Nordstorm!  I especially love shopping there when the Nordstrom Sale starts! I love the selection Nordstrom carries especially on women and kids shoes.  Shopping the clearance  sale is my chance to get bargain prices on high quality items.

In the kids department, the carry Tea Collection, Mini Boden, Hanna Andersson, The North Face, Stride Rite, Kissy Kissy and more.

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Many of the items in our Nordstrom Mix and Match Outfit Boards are on sale now too!  Use the links below to see the full details and links to each piece on the outfits.


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Did you know that Nordstrom now has FREE shipping and FREE returns? So you can buy as little or as much as you want and not worry about shipping.  Also if something doesn’t work out, just return it for FREE! That takes the risk out of clothing and shoe shopping online.


Shop the Nordstrom Half Yearly Sale today!


NORDSTROM -  Shop the Half-Yearly Sale for Men, Women & Kids through May 31




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20% Off Mini Boden Coupon Code & Boden Coupon Code – FREE Shipping & FREE Returns

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There is a new  up to 20% off Boden Coupon and Mini Boden coupon code ! The coupon code get better the more items you buy. Buy 1 item get 10% off, buy 2 items get 15% off, buy 3 or more items get 20% off, plus free shipping and free returns on orders over $49. Just enter coupon code 3K8T on the shopping cart page.

This is a great time to stock up on their high quality women and kids clothing with a buy more save more coupon.



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List of Memorial Day Sales & Coupon Codes

Mega List of Memorial Day Sales & Coupon Codes

Mega List of Memorial Day Sales & Coupon Codes


It’s Memorial Day Weekend and you know what that means tons of sales. I have rounded up all the sales and coupon codes for you into a HUGE list of memorial day sales. You don’t need to even head to the store just shop online and enjoy your Memorial Day weekend with family & friends.

Be sure check out our capsule wardrobes that are a steal with these sales!!

Ann Taylor40% off everything

Athleta – Starting 5/22: Spend More. Save More. Use code HEATINGUP at Athleta. Ends 5/25.

BaubleBar20% Off site wide with coupon code MEMORIAL20, Buy 3 Get 25% Off MEMORIAL25, Buy 4+ Get 30% Off MEMORIAL30

Boden – Get 30% Off + Free Shipping & Returns on Orders of $45+

CardstoreAll Cards only $0.99! Use code: DDCCG5099. Valid 5/22-5/25.

Cents of Style – Fashion Friday- 5/22/15- Jewelry- 60% off, Plus FREE Sunglasses w/ purchase of 3 with the coupon code BRIGHT.

Charming CharlieSave up to 75% off at charming charlie. FREE Shipping with no min 5/23- 5/25

Crazy850% off regular priced items and 30% off sale items. 

Crocs – Customers can take 25% off sitewide with code SALUTE at! Discount can be used on sale items as well. Offer good 5/21 – 5/25.

Eleventh AvenueTake an extra 20% off with coupon code memorial20.

EXPRESS – (5/22-5/25) Memorial Day Sale! 40% Off Everything In-store and Online at!

Free People – 20% Off Select Items  & Free Shipping Over $100 At

Gymboree50% off regular prices – Extra 40% off sale 

Hanna Andersson –  Dresses starting at $19. Up to 40% off Swim. Shoes are 40% off. Striped sleepwear, a customer favorite, is 30% off! Valid through May 25th

Janie & Jack – Through Monday, shoppers can get an extra 20% off markdowns for savings up to 50%.

Joules – 15% off Full Priced Items with coupon code MAY15 or $30 off $120 with coupon code MAY30

Lands End – 5/21-5/25 only Receive 30% off your order at Lands’ End. Use code THRILL and pin 4110.

Loft40% off everything  Be sure to check out the Loft capsule wardrobes at 40% off!

P.S. Aeropostale Extra 30% Off Sale with coupon code EXTRA30 – Tanks & Shorts start at $4 – Tees Start at $5

Max Studio
Memorial Day Sale: Spend $200 and receive $50 OFF. Code: MEM2015

NordstromAnniversary Sale with up to 40% off 

Old NavyEntire store up to 50% off plus and extra 20% off everything Be sure to check out the  Old Navy capsule wardrobes with these big savings!

Target30% off clothing and accessories with coupon code MEM30 and 30% off home with coupon code HERO . Be sure to check out the  Target capsule wardrobes with these big savings!

Tea Collection – 20% off of everything with the code WEGOTHERE.  Ends 5/25

TomsFree shipping on all orders. Ends May 24. 

Wallis –  Up to 30% Off – Free shipping on ALL orders with the code FREEUSA



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Betty Crocker & Pillsbury Coupons, Samples and Recipes

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Saving money and eating well are on many of your lists for the upcoming year. Here are some great freebies and coupons that can help you! There are no strings attached and they often will send you new products to try out! I love both of these and have been signed up for these newsletters for over 3 years.




When you sign for the FREE  Betty Crocker newsletter, you’ll get coupon savings up to $250 per year, access to free samples and their best recipes!

This is great source of coupons and recipes! Plus when you sign up you also get a recipe ebook worth $10.99!







You also sign up for a FREE email for the best of Pillsbury! Get exclusive coupons (up to $250 per year in savings), access to free samples (quantities limited – one per member), their hottest recipes, and more!

Plus when you sign up you also get a recipe ebook worth $10.99!







Looking to learn more ways to save money at the grocery store? Be sure to check out this article about how to save 50% off your groceries in under an hour a week! 

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Great Deal on 100% Natural Boneless Skinless Chicken (No Hormones)- $1.69/ 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 soon.


In How to Save 50% off on your groceries in under an Hour a Week, 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 $1.69/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. I am buying this again because the quality is exceptional and this is a stock up price for even lesser quality meat. 

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

Forty pounds seem like a lot of meat and it is but after prepping and freezing in my family’s  portion sizes. I could fit all 40 pounds on just two shelves in my side by side freezer. I loved that I was stocked for quite a few months and I didn’t have to worry about finding the best deal on chicken at the grocery store.


The pick up dates vary by location but they are available across the whole country!

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





Host a Fantastic and Frugal Valentine’s Day Party for Children

5 Easy and Frugal Tips to Host a Fantastic Valentine's Day Party for Kids.  Includes links to some great printables.


Easy Budget Friendly Tips for Hosting a Valentine’s Day Party for Children


Hosting a Valentine’s Day party for children can be a load of fun and accomplished inexpensively with a little preparation and planning.  Jennifer Carver, of Spaceships and Laser Beams, is here sharing her tips for hosting a budget friendly celebration your children will love (we think you’ll love her money saving ideas for invitations, decorations, treats and activities too!)!


Tip #1:  Handcraft your invitations.  Instead of buying expensive store bought, boxed invitations, create your own!  Using basic craft materials and hand cut paper hearts, add all of the essential party details including date, time, and location and whether guests should bring Valentines to pass out or a treat to share.  Another fun idea is to inflate heart shaped balloons with helium and tie the party details to the balloon with pink or red twine.  Hand deliver the invitations for extra excitement (and to save money on postage and envelopes). Not crafty? There are lots of free Valentine’s printables boys and girls will love.

No Spread Sugar Cookies and Perfect Icing

Tip #2:  Invite guests to bring a Valentine’s Day treat to add to your dessert spread.  Whether you are going all out on a full dessert table or just setting up a small display of tried and true favorites, inviting guests to RSVP with a treat they’d like to bring will help you provide a sweet variety, save on out-of-pocket costs and reduce your party prep time.  Plus, most guests will bring something that they personally like, which means satisfaction guaranteed!  Win-win!  One great activity and treat is to decorate heart shaped cookies. Here is a can’t miss no spread sugar cookie recipe and tips for cookie decorating with kids. 


Tip #3:  Choose no fuss decorations from your party and entertaining stash and purchase remaining items at after-Christmas clearance sales or dollar stores.  With many holidays throughout the year that traditionally incorporate red and white (4th of July and Christmas quickly come to mind), chances are you already have a few décor staples on hand that you can reuse and repurpose.  Gather up linens (tablecloths, runners and napkins), serving trays, platters and cake stands and leftover tableware such as paper plates, napkins, cups and utensils.  All of these items will make perfect additions to your décor!


If you plan ahead you can take advantage of after-Christmas sales to bulk up your décor and party essentials.  Many basic red and white items can be found for practically nothing!  Even solid color holiday wrapping paper or something with stripes and dots could be used for a table runner, for making disposable place mats, to line trays or spruce up water bottles.  Plain packaging items on clearance can be used to create party favors or to package sugar cookies if your party includes a sugar cookie decorating station.


Additional items can be purchased from dollar stores.  Many dollar stores sell cute red and pink plastic heart embellished glasses, red and pink plates, cutlery and even small heart confetti.  Add heart shaped helium balloons, some DIY tissue tassel garland, a love banner cut from cardstock and you are set!


Tip #4:  Plan a few simple games and crafts geared towards Valentine’s Day.  Keep costs down by focusing on the sharing of Valentines.  Guests can be invited to bring Valentines premade, or you can provide simple card making materials at the party.  Valentine mail bags or boxes can also be made as a simple craft.  Other party games can include classic party games twisted to match the party theme.  “Cupid Says” or “Pin the Arrow on Cupid” are easy adaptations of crowd favorites.


EverydaySavvy DIY Valentine EOS Lip Balm Card with a Free Printable


Tip #5: Hand Out Simple Favors –  These cute Magical Pony Valentine favors are super cute and so inexpensive. This EOS Valentine card  (pictured above) would make a great favor too!


These five budget friendly tips will help you host a Valentine’s Day party the kids will be smiling about for a long time! Plus they are so easy that you can throw together in no time at all!



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Upcoming Metro Detroit Meal Planning Class

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This class is cancelled due to the snowstorm. I will update you when it is rescheduled. 

Does getting food on the table stress you out? Then be sure to attend our upcoming 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 2, 2015

Clarkston Independence District Library
6495 Clarkston Road, Clarkston, MI 48346

7:00 — 8:00 PM

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


Sign Up Here To Reserve Your Spot


Hope to see you soon!


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Easy Ways to Save Money Groceries – Learn How To Save On Groceries

10 easy ways save money groceries

Easy Ways to Save Money Groceries

Would you like to save money on groceries?

Saving money on groceries doesn’t have to be difficult.  Here are some easy ways to save BIG on your groceries in under an hour a week.  You realistically can save 50% off your groceries by following theses easy savings strategies.


1. Sensibly Stockpile – When items are on sale buy enough to last for about a month. (unless perishable)   This enables you to never pay full price. This is a change in mindset for more people but you will see a HUGE impact on your grocery bill with this small change in shopping habits.


This tip works especially well for meats.  You can freeze your sale priced meat and use it for meals throughout the month and you won’t have to buy any at full price! Meats not on sale can cost $3 or more a pound than sale meats. If you want to really stock up, I love Zaycon foods.  I buy boneless skinless chicken breast from them at stock up prices. Plus this chicken is 100% natural with no added hormones, additives or artificial ingredients.


2. Easily Find Weekly Sale Prices and Coupons That Will Save Even More – Use the Favado Smart Phone App and Weekly Store Sale Lists /Coupon Matchups on to help you find coupons and determine which items are on sale this week at the grocery store. The app will even alert you went your favorites are on sale and you can search across grocery stores for the best price on items you need. Items marked with a star are the best deals on the week.


Favado Grocery Savings App


3. Meal Plan Around Items in Your Stockpile and What is on Sale.  Did you find a great price on chicken? Be sure to  plan some chicken meals.  Did you get  5 boxes of almost free pasta last week?  You will need to plan some meals with pasta.  This strategy is especially true for produce since you can not stockpile because of spoiling. Be sure to look at produce on sale and use this in your meal plan.  Another great positive of a meal plan is that you will be sure to use the groceries you buy and not let them go to waste.  Meal planning is one of the easiest ways to save money on groceries plus save on the stress of coming up with dinner ideas each day!


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4. Use Less Meat & Other Higher Priced Ingredients –  Consider a few meals in a week without meat. This will save you money. Also when you have meals with meat consider proper portions sizes. It will help your meat go farther. When I buy large boneless skinless chicken breast, I cut it into thirds and each person gets just a  one third portion.


5. Shop at Value Grocery Stores like Aldi – Aldi has great everyday prices on basics like milk, eggs and spices. They also have great produce specials each week. Here are some of the reasons I love to shop at Aldi and you should too. 


6. Limit  Brand Loyalty – Name-brand items tend to be more expensive unless you have a great coupon. Be sure to consider house brands and other name brands.  These are usually placed on lower or higher shelves. So be sure to look up and down when grocery shopping. The most expensive items are right at eye level.


7. Check Unit Price – Most people think that if they buy the larger item that they are getting a better deal. This is often not the case. Be sure to always check the unit price when shopping.


8. Avoid Buying Prepared and Packaged Goods – You are almost always going to pay more when the store does the work for you. Wash and cut your own veggies and you can save.

9.  Search Grocery Coupon Database – Wondering if one of the products you need has coupon?  Use our grocery  coupon database to check for  coupons for all the items on your list. Spending just  a few minutes using the database to search for coupon can help a bunch. Be sure to bookmark the grocery coupon database and check it each time before shop. You can search for a brand name or just a general item like cereal or mustard.

You can grab coupons, free samples and recipes from Betty Crocker and Pillsbury here. 


10.  Use Smart Phone Apps and Digital coupons – You can save even more by using smart phone apps and digital coupons. Two of my favorites are Checkout 51 (no smartphone required) and Ibotta. Each often have rebates on milk and produce!!! You also can get digital coupons for your favorite store. Locally, Kroger has digital coupons and Meijer offers the Mperks program. I also love to save at Target  with Cartwheel and text coupons.


The most important thing to remember when using all these tips is to Make a Plan and Stick to It! 


Grocery stores use all kind of marketing tricks to try and get you to spend more. Be sure to do your research with the Favado Smart Phone App Weekly Store Sale Lists/Coupon Matchups  and  grocery coupon database to make a great list.


If you use this grocery list along with a meal plan, you can save 50% or more or groceries. You will be amazed at how much you can save in under an hour a week.


Looking for more tips on how to save money on groceries?  Check out our grocery saving video series here.


Want to get easy savings ideas and tips for living your best life in 2015? Be sure to sign up for our free newsletter. You will also receive an “Easy Ways To Save $1100 this year” e-book. You will receive in about one week’s time


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Easy Ways To Save Money on Entertainment

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Most people can stand to save a little cash and one of the first places they look to slash the budget is entertainment. Unfortunately, entertainment is also one of the most…well…entertaining parts of our lives. Nobody wants to give up on their fun, right? The good news here is entertainment can be trimmed without giving up all your fun. You have to pick and choose the forms of entertainment that are most important and get rid of the excess. Here are some easy tips:


Investigate your viewing habits – Entertainment begins and ends with the television for most people. Whether you view your favorite shows and movies online or through the Cable, we all partake of this type of entertainment in some format. How do you watch your shows? If you are paying for the one million channel system and only watch five or ten, you are not making the most of your entertainment dollars. Cut back on your channels and you will never even realize you did in most cases. Also don’t be afraid to switch or renegotiate services to get a better deal.  When you call to renegotiate your rate, be sure to ask for the cancellation department. When you say you are canceling your service, they will almost always offer you a better deal. Most often the new rate will be for a limited time so be sure to mark down that date on your calendar and call to renegotiate again. This is a pain I know but I often end up saving almost $100 a month.


Consider an online experience – The beauty of watching your shows online and ditching the television is one way to cut your entertainment budget severely. All you have to do is investigate Netflix, Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast and various other avenues of online viewing. You can generally find anything you want to watch…and watch it on your own schedule. Add in the fact that it is far cheaper than Cable and you have a clear way to save cash.


Consider free museums and parks – Pretty much every city in America offers up free entertainment in the form of museums and parks. Spend some time enjoying these with your family and bring along a picnic lunch. You don’t have to spend a fortune to have a wonderful time at one of these wonderful places.


Buy seasonal packages – For ball games and various other entertainment venues, season packages will save you a ton of money. If you are a regular at the opera, for example. you may as well go ahead and spend the cash to buy season passes. At least you will get the best possible rate by doing so. We do this with a season ski pass. We also buy it early to get the cheapest price all year. The early pass cost equals just 4 days of skiing so after those 4 days it is like we are skiing for free!


Use coupons or vouchers – You can often find vouchers for restaurants and other entertainment activities at daily deal sites like Groupon and Living Social. You can find great coupons for restaurants from the entertainment book. I buy this coupon book each year and always more than save the money it costs. I also love to follow restaurants on social media. They will often offer up special coupons for their fans.


Learn to entertain at home – Home is one of the best places to have a good time and there are countless ways to change it up. Have a family game night, bring the friends over for a cookout, hold a pot luck, or simply gather and play board games or just talk. Don’t be afraid to ask people to bring a dish. Most people are so happy to have a chance to get together that they are more than happy to bring a dish.  Find some tips here to save on the food you purchase for the get together. The last thing you should have to do is spend cash when you are trying to save on entertainment. Make your own fun that is free!



Saving money on entertainment is really about paying attention to what you truly like to do. Generally speaking, we all have things that we simply love to do. Identify those things and invest your entertainment dollars in them. This way you get the entertainment fun that means the most, while trimming those things that matter little. Don’t be afraid to make drastic cuts, because you will find other less expensive ways to have a good time.



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Best Backpacks for Back to School & Current Backpack Coupon Codes

If you are looking for back-to-school gear like backpacks and lunchboxes, the best way to save is to buy quality sets with coupons and discounts. I like to spend a little more to on my gear and then have my kids use them for a few years.  Some of the lower quality sets tend to rip, break or have zipper problems mid-year and then you will end up replacing them before the year is over or replacing them yearly. If you use your coupons, you can find durable backpacks and gear with coupons at Land’s End, Pottery Barn Kids, eBags, Garnet Hill, LL Bean and more. Also, many stores are shipping backpacks to your doorstep for free. Instead of spending precious time and gas, stopping at store after store, order your backpack online and take advantage of free shipping offers. [Read more…]


Back to School Savings Tips and Sale Information

This post is sponsored by Valpak. All opinions are mine.

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Did you know that families with school age children will spend an average of $669.28 on school supplies and apparel in 2014?  Here is some great information and back to school savings tips to help you save some cash. [Read more…]


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


Want some extra cash for one of your savings goals? Be sure  to check out these two offers from Capital One! They only come around twice a year 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:

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

How it works:

  1. Open a fee-free 360 Checking® account between June 30th and July 3rd.
  2. Use your Debit Card to make 5 purchases or use CheckMateSM to make 5 deposits (or a combo of both) within 45 days.
  3. Snag your $100 bonus on day 50.




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

How it works:

  1. Open a no-fee 360 Savings® account between June 30th and July 3rd (with a deposit of $500 or more).
  2. Snag a $76 bonus and start earning interest.
  3. Celebrate the fact that you’re on the road to saving.




Remember you have UNTIL JULY 3  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!!!


FREE Couponing & Grocery Savings Class in Metro Detroit



I am offering an upcoming Metro Detroit grocery savings and beginning coupon class tomorrow night! Are you looking to learn the basics of couponing and other easy ways to save at the grocery store? How would you like to save 50% or more on your weekly grocery bill? Don’t you have other ways that you would like to spend that money?  I know I do.

This  upcoming class is sponsored by  a local metro Detroit library  and you can attend for FREE! This is your chance to learn how to save at the grocery store  with a Metro Detroit Coupon & Grocery Savings Class. The regular price is $10!

My workshop teaches attendees simple, savvy tips and tricks to save money at the grocery store by pre-planning meals and purchases and using coupons to score savings of up to 50% on grocery bills.

Saving on your grocery bill is three-fold, and I believe that by utilizing the tips below, plus many more that I teach in my workshop you can save more than half on your next grocery bill. Most people don’t realize that these 3 key pieces together can save them loads at the grocery store.

  1. Meal Planning — Shop seasonally, and only purchase meats when they are on sale. (for example this great deal on hormone free boneless skinless chicken at a stock up price!)
  2. Shopping Smarts — Outsmart yourself and outsmart the marketer by sticking to “rules” like don’t fall for the “end cap” trick, and resist the delicious temptations in the check-out line, celebrity magazines included!
  3. Couponing — Use and other local websites I will tell you about to help you match what coupons are currently available with the products that are on sale to get rock bottom prices.


You will receive a workbook to take home with you too!

I will show you that by making simple changes in your buying habits you can save so much money! You don’t have to spend hours and hours cutting coupons in order to save.


Class Details

May 20, 2014

Grocery Savings/ Intro to Couponing
Canton Public Library
1200 S. Canton Center Rd., Canton, Mi 48188
7:00 – 9:00 PM

This class is sponsored by the library and free to all attendees. You do not need to be a Canton resident to attend. You do not need to sign up ahead of time just come and learn how to save. 


If you are unable to attend be sure to read this easy ways to save on groceries article.


If you live elsewhere in the country, be sure to check out this same great class being offered across the nation.  New classes are being added all the time as well.

I am in the process of scheduling more classes throughout the Metro Detroit area but need to know the best place to plan them. To help me, please fill out this quick and easy survey.

I also have a special limited time offer for groups that contact me to use this class as a great fundraiser.  All your group has to do is provide the space and promote the class to those you know and I will teach the class, provide amazing workbooks, and help people save money.  Your group will receive the profits from the class entrance fee!  This provides a great value to the attendees and is an easy money maker for your group!

Be sure to  fill out the quick and easy survey to let me know your group’s interest.


Join The Everyday Savvy Grocery Savings Challenge


I will be appearing on local 4 WDIV  Live in The D today!  A few weeks ago,  I explained some of the ways you can save on groceries plus we announced the Local 4 Grocery Saving Challenge.

Here is a link to the video.

Today we are introducing the  volunteers who will put these savings strategies to work for their families.

You don’t have to be on TV to join in the fun.  There is a Everyday Savvy Grocery Savings Challenge Facebook group. In the group, I will answer questions, give links to good deals, discuss meal planning and more. Plus you can share the deals you find and help each other save any more. (This is different from the regular Everyday Savvy Facebook page. In this new group we will focus just on groceries and household goods.)

Join the Everyday Savvy Grocery Savings Challenge Facebook Group Here.

You can invite your friends to join too!

Be sure to read a this Easy Ways to Save on Groceries Article to get you started.

If you are local, I have a Metro Detroit Grocery Savings/ Intro to Couponing class coming up soon that is free to attend.

This page with savings and recipe resources will help too!

I look forward to you joining and everyone learning how easy it can be to save on groceries.


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


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!


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


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.



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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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   NALIVE– Amazon
 Amazon Noon EST Daily   NALIVE – Amazon Toy Lightning Deals
 Best Buy Thursday, 6:00 pm   Best Buy AdLIVE
 Costco Friday,  9:00 am   Costco Ad 
 JC Penney Friday,  6:00 am   JC Penney AdLIVE
Joann Friday, 7:00 am  Joann Ad
 Kmart 3 salesThursday,  6:00 amThursday, 7:00 pm
Friday, 6:00 am
See all three ads here Kmart Ad
 Kohl’s Thursday, 8:00 pm   Kohls ad
 LowesInstore 5:00 Friday  Lowes Ad
 Macy’sFriday, 12:00 am & 7:00 am  Macy’s AdLIVE
 MeijerThursday 6:00 am
Friday, 6:00 am
 Meijer Ad
 MichaelsThursday, 4:00 pm
Friday, 7:00 am
 Michaels AdLIVE
 Office DepotInstore 5:00 Friday
Online – 7:00 Thursday
Office Depot Ad
link to ad on top of page
 Old NavyThursday, 7:00 pm  Old Navy Ad
 Sam’s Club Friday, 7:00 amSam’s Club Ad
 SearsThursday, 8:00 pm Sears Ad LIVE
 Staples Thursday 8:00 pm – 12:00 amFriday, 6:00 am Staples Ad LIVE
target300 Thursday, 8:00 pm Target Ad LIVE
 Toys R Us Thursday, 5:00 pmToys R Us AdLIVE
 Walmart Thursday,  6:00 pm Walmart Ad LIVE

 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. – 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.


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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…]

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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 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


Welcome Live in The D Viewers! – Metro Detroit Money Saving Expert


  Looks like this was on the air again this morning.  Here are some great resources. If you were not able to catch the news segment live.  Here is a link to my TV spot on how to save on Halloween costumes.


I am pleased to announce that I was chosen as one of Live in the D’s new money saving experts.  I will be sharing my money saving tips once a month on Live In the D. This live show focuses on local and national news and explores the intersections of culture, entertainment and lifestyle, and how it affects life in Metro Detroit. You can view it on Channel 4 in Metro Detroit from 11:00 a.m. to 12:00 a.m. each weekday.

I will on live today speaking about how to save on Halloween costumes. The basics of these tips can be found here.

5 Ways To Save Money on Halloween Costumes

You can find coupons for Spirit Halloween, Party City and lots of coupons for Halloween candy too!

Halloween Coupons & Sales — Candy,  Costumes and More


I share many more money saving tips and deals each day. So be sure to sign up for my FREE daily e-mail newsletter. This way all the best money saving tips and deals will come right to your inbox.

You can also follow Bargain Shopper Mom on facebook.  Facebook doesn’t show you everything though unless you interact with the page so be sure to leave a comment once and awhile or like/share a status update.

Looking to save on groceries? Be sure to check out the best deals at the grocery store each week.

Weekly Store Matchups — Check here for all the sales plus coupons that match up with these sales

Aldi Weeky Sales

Kroger Michigan Weekly Sales and Coupons

Meijer Weekly Sales and Coupons

Target Weekly Sales and Coupons


Looking to support local Detroit entrepreneurs?  Be sure to check out this boutique children’s clothing brand designed and manufactured right here in Metro Detroit!


Exclusive Girl’s Clothing Sweet Serendipity — 20% Off Coupon Code & Free Doll Dress


FREE Grocery Shopping Savings App – Save Money at The Grocery Store


I am so excited to share this new Grocery Shopping Savings App with you.  I know many of you think it is difficult to save at the grocery store but this new app does all the work for you.  It works at stores all across the United States.  You can find your regional grocery store in the app as well as national chains.

It is easy to check which stores in your area have the best price on different items and it will even let you know if there is a coupon that matches up with the sale.  Did I mention that the app is FREE!   By using the app you can save over $1000 a year on groceries easily with by buying items on sale and never paying full price.  If you stack coupon saving on top these sales you will save even more.

This video explains the basics.

Features Inside the Favado Grocery Shopping Savings App

Compare Prices
Sometimes, two or more stores have the same product on sale at the same time. With Favado, you can compare prices on specific items across multiple stores at one time, so you get the best price.

Easy Organization
Save time by building and sharing shopping lists for the week. You don’t have to look through the circulars anymore; just open the app and find all the sales in one place.

Top Deals
Industry experts pick their favorite “top deals” for the week to help shoppers save even more.

Personalized Sales
Save your favorite products and brands to your “Faves” list to see stores offering sales on your preferred items.

Don’t you hate missing a sale? Never miss one again! Favado can send you push notifications when a new sale starts at stores you select.

Coupon Matching
Have you ever purchased something, but later realized you had a coupon for it? Favado will let you know when additional coupons and savings are available, and where you can find them.


I honestly can not say enough good things about this Grocery Shopping Saving App. It will revolutionize the way you shop for food.  Have a little time while you are waiting to pick up the kids?  Grab your smart phone and start making your grocery list.  Need chicken for dinner but want to pay the best price?  Use the compare feature to find chicken on sale near you. The amount of data available at your fingertips is amazing. Plus if you plan your shopping trips you can save so much money. Wouldn’t you rather spend the money on a vacation, your kid’s education, or saving for retirement.


How can you get this great  Grocery Shopping Savings App for FREE?


  1. Sign up for a Favado account here
  2. Be sure to complete the form with your user name and password.
  3. Use the App Store or Google Play to download Favado to your iOS or Android device.
  4. Sign in with the user name and password  you just created
  5. Start saving big money at the grocery store!




If you are local, be sure to check out the Metro Detroit Grocery Weekly Sales and coupon match-ups here. 


Looking for how to save money on groceries? Click here for 10 easy tips to save money groceries  

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Sign Up For A FREE Online Live Webinar Grocery Savings Class

free online couponing grocery class

Every wanted to attend one of my Grocery Savings Classes but live too far away or missed out on recent classes?  Well here is your chance to attend the exact same class for FREE online. Join & LearnVest for a live webinar on this Thursday, September 26th at 8 p.m. EST.  Learn how to save up to 50% off your weekly groceries and how to put those savings to work!

What You’ll Learn:

  • Shop Smarter: Avoid common marketing traps at the grocery store
  • Realistic Couponing: Learn how coupons work and how to use them to save 50% on your groceries
  • Meal Planning Made Simple: Get practical tips for planning out your menu and save the most money while feeding your family.

The class is hosted by LearnVest & and the webinar will be led by: a LearnVest financial expert and DealPros, Lynette Rice of and Laura Harders of I personally know both of these ladies and they know their stuff. You will not be disappointed.

By registering for the webinar, you will be automatically enrolled in LearnVest’s program and receive access to LearnVest tools. You will answer just 4 basic questions and then you can register for the class.

Sign up For the FREE Grocery Savings Webinar Class Today!


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Coupon Organization – Hybrid Method – Couponizer

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In my Metro Detroit Grocery Savings/ Coupon Classes we talk quite a bit of organizing coupons. I always let people know about my favorite coupon organizing product – The Couponizer: Save More Than Money.

I had a few people ask where else you could get one. They are currently on sale from Amazon for $15.86. This is an amazing price since I charge $20 in class. If you add another item on and get to $25 you can get FREE super saver shipping too.

The #1 best selling coupon organizing and shopping system in the US & Canada! A 6 piece coupon organizing and shopping system for grocery coupons, gift cards or shopper loyalty cards and other retail, restaurant, service and entertainment coupons. It is the first shopping system to offer more than just a holder for coupons, but it is instead a whole system to enable consistent savings.

Product Features: The entire 6 piece system includes: – The Couponizer – 8 x 5¼ X 1 inch booklet with 20 grocery coupon pockets, 6 Non-grocery coupon pockets, 3 gift card/shopper loyalty sleeves, shopping pockets – Shopping List 20 page tear off list pad with cardboard backing – CoupStacker pre-sorting mat color coded to match the system pockets – CoupTracker 15 page spiral bound list pad with cardboard backing – Scissors – blunt tip – Carrying Bag – clear vinyl zippered bag Product Benefits: -Enables spending less money at grocery store and other places – Reduce paper clutter associated with coupons – Save time clipping and sorting coupons by category – A fun activity for the whole family – Teaches kids the value of money – Provides a way to track spending to help stay on budget – Compact enough to store in car and carry in purse or diaper bag – Never miss another opportunity to save money and enjoy the brands you love!

This has made using coupons much more time efficient and easy for me, I love this organizer. It is an amazing deal at $15.86. You will save  more money than this quickly by having your coupons organized and with you at all times.


Amazon prices change often so me sure to check the price before you buy. My guess is this sale will not last all that long.


Get Your Couponizer Today!

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How to Save On Back To School Clothes – Top 10 Tips

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Top Tips on How to Save on Back to School Clothes

It is back to school time and you know what that means…. back to school clothes shopping.  Shopping for back to school clothes can be very expensive especially if you want all the latest and greatest styles.  I love to get great brand name back to school fashions but I also love to do so at a discount.  Wondering how you can save on back to school clothes too?  I have 10 tips on how you can save on back to school clothes. If you follow these tips, you can save lots of cash.

    1. Take Inventory

      – Before you ever head out shopping, the first thing to do  is to go through your children’s current clothing and see what you what you have and what you need. Check what still fits and if you have hand me down clothing  from one of your children. Did you buy anything ahead at great discounts? You might be surprised by how much you already have.  Once you take inventory you can then allocate your clothing budget across the items you need to purchase.

    2. Repurpose

      – See if any current clothing can be repurposed. Too short girl’s dresses can often be worn as tunic once you add some leggings. Short sleeve graphic tees work great all year round. Just add a long sleeve shirt underneath and it transitions to cooler weather. You might even want to buy some spring/summer items with big discounts now that can be repurposed for fall.

    3. Shop Early

      – Don’t wait until the typical August back to school clothing sales instead take advantage of sales year round to get amazing discounts an back to school clothes.  If you are looking for a cute first day of school outfit remember that it will most likely still be warm on the first day so pick up a cute outfit a fraction of the price during summer sales. I will let you know about the best back to school clothing sales here.

    4. Shop Late

      – For cooler weather clothing, wait for sales and discounts that usually occur in Late September or October. Plus this also gives kids an opportunity to figure out what the styles are before you go all out and discover that the clothes you splurged on are “soooo last season.”

    5. Shop Online With Coupon Codes

      – Use the online coupon code database to find percent discount coupon codes on clothing and free shipping. Your best savings will be when you can stack a online coupon code on top of a sale price. If you do that you can  usually can find  in season clothing for 50% off or more. I never ever pay full price for children’s clothing. You can almost always find an online coupon code and stack those savings with a sale.

    6. Shop In Store with Coupons

      – If you are buying in store, be sure to check for a coupon. For example, I rarely anything at Gymboree without using a Gymboree coupon. Magazines are great sources of coupons and well as directly from the store. This leads me to the next tip.

    7. Sign up for  Discounts

      – Be sure to get on  favorite stores email lists and follow them on Facebook and Twitter so you know about all their sales. Sometimes special coupon codes and sales with only be announced this way.

    8. Shop Children’s Flash Sale Sites

      –  With Flash Sale sites,  you can often find high end brands for much less.  You need to be a member but membership is FREE.   They often carry hand-picked, boutique items as well as brand names for moms, babies and kids at up to 70%off retail.  Many of these sites will offer special back to school deals on apparel, backpacks, educational toys, lunch fixings and tools and everything else you need to send your kids back to school. New events launch daily but only last for a short period of time often 72 hours or less. My favorite kids flash sale site is Zulily.  Be sure to sign up with Zulily to find out about all their sales.

    9. Consider Gently Used Clothing

      –  Ebay, online used clothing stores or  local used clothing stores like Plato’s Closet.  Some of my favorite online sites are Thredup and MoxieJean for back to school clothes. When you use the Thredup link you will also receive 40% off your first order and free shipping.  (Use coupon code BTS40 offer ends 8/31/14) If you click through the MoxieJean link, you will get a coupon for $10 off $20 in designer baby & kids clothes. (You could sell some out your outgrown clothing to fund this year’s purchases as well)

    10. Use Discounted Gift Cards

      – Buy discounted gift cards for for favorite stores and save even more.  You can stack triple savings on clothing by using discounted gift cards, coupon codes, and shopping sales. I like to use to buy discounted giftcards online. If  you are a new customer, you can save $5 off $75 with code RAISE75AF. This is on top of their already discounted prices.



Be sure to check out all our other back to school tips and back to school sales information.


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How to Save on School Supplies by Price Matching

 How to save on school supplies by price matching

How to save on school supplies by price matching

Back to school sales are starting already. Every year they seem to kick up within a few weeks of school getting out, plus with the increasing number of schools going year round and some schools starting in early August, these are deals parents want to see.

Since sales are plentiful for back to school, the bigger question might be “how do I do this without shopping 20 stores?”

Answer: You price match.

Price matching tips:

  • Take your list with you, with all price matches noted.
  • Take the competitor ads with you, even if they don’t require them, it never hurts to have the proof.
  • Have a printed copy of the price match policy with you.

Grab the list the school gave you or make your own and plan to make one trip each week for the best prices on school supplies with the price match policies at these stores:

Target’s Low Price Promise – If you buy a qualifying item at a Target store then find the identical item for less in the following week’s Target weekly ad or within seven days at,,,,, or in a competitor’s local printed ad, we’ll match the price. Price match may be requested at Guest Services prior to your purchase with proof of current lower price or by bringing in your original Target store receipt and proof of the current lower price.

What you need to know: Take the ad or your smartphone with you and be ready to prove the price match. They match actual hard copy ads AND online prices. You will need the actual ad in your hand for everything except:,,,,,
NOTE: To price match at Target you must go to Guest Services BEFORE you check out your item to get it approved.
Bonus: Not only can you price match in the store the day you are buying, but if you find a lower price with in 7 days of your purchase you can go in and get a refund of the difference.

Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee – We’re committed to providing low prices every day. On everything. So if you find a lower advertised price on an identical product, tell us and we’ll match it. Right at the register.

What you need to know: You do NOT need to have the ad in your hand. The price MUST be in dollar amount (no BOGO or % off). The sizes MUST match (if the competitor has a 10ct pencil pack on sale and Walmart only has a 12ct, it’s a no go). Price matching can be done right at the register.

Best Buy’s Low Price Guarantee – If you find a lower price on a qualifying product with the Low Price Guarantee message at a local retail competitor’s store or a designated major online retailer, we will match the price.

What you need to know: Limit one identical item per price match. There are a number of exclusions. They will price match online, but only items that have a low price guarantee badge next to them. Their policy just says to present your proof in store.
Bonus: The price match guarantee is valid for 15 days after purchase.

Office Depot Price Match Policy If you find a lower price at another store on a new, identical item, show us the lower price at the time of purchase and we will match it on the spot. Or show us the lower price within 14 days of your Office Depot purchase and we will pay you the difference. Our price is the final price you pay after any discounts, coupons, instant savings and mail-in savings are applied. We will match the other store’s point-of-sale price after deducting their instant rebates and coupons. We will not match the other store’s mail-in rebates nor will we deduct the value of any gift with purchase.

What you need to know: You need to have the ad, items must be identical. Present ad for price match at checkout.
Bonus: They price match point of sale final price. That means you get the competitor’s price AFTER any instant in store savings you would get at the competitor. Plus, they will price match for up to 14 days after purchase.

Staples Price Match Guarantee – If you find a lower price on a new identical item, just show us the lower price when you buy the item at Staples and we will match the price, or within 14 days of your Staples purchase and we will give you the difference (see full policy for details).

What you need to know: You need to have the ad with you, items must be identical. Price match is done at the register.
Bonus: They will price match for up to 14 days after purchase.

OfficeMax 100% Price Guarantee – If you find a lower price on an identical item (brand and model number) prior to your purchase or during the exchange and return period, OfficeMax will match that price. If the offer includes a free or discounted item, we will match the offer only if OfficeMax carries the identical item.

What you need to know: They match final point of sale price (that includes any in store savings specials). You do not have to have the ad with you, but all price matches can be subject to verification so it’s best to have it. Price match is done at the register.

Meijer Price Match Policy: Meijer will match ads for General Merchandise from major competitors in each store’s trading area within certain guidelines.

What you need to know: You need to have the ad. Identical products only. Item must be in stock at the competitor. Some exclusions apply. Price match is done at the register.

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Fresh Ingredients and Recipes Delivered to Your Home – HelloFresh Review


There is a new HelloFresh Coupon code for $20 off that is valid through 7/15/13.

Do you ever get sick of grocery shopping and meal planning and wish that fresh ingredients and recipes would just show up at your doorstep?  I know it sounds far fetched but I actually found a company that does just that! It is called HelloFresh. As I was researching the many meal planning options, I found HelloFresh and contacted them to see if I could complete a HelloFresh review  for you. They supplied me a box and I was amazed by how much I liked it.

What is HelloFresh?

It is a new way to cook. Every week, you can pick the delicious recipes you want to try (except for under the veggie meal plan) and they will send you amazing recipes and all of the ingredients you need to prepare them. They take care of your meal planning and even do the shopping for you. It’s a revolution in your kitchen! With HelloFresh you save time, discover amazing food and provide a healthy diet to the people you love most. Say goodbye to fast food and ready meals heated up at the end of a busy day. Say hello to delicious home-cooked meals using fresh ingredients.

The recipes are created by world-class chefs who ensure that your meals are delicious and easy to prepare within 30 minutes. You don’t need fancy kitchen equipment and the beautiful step-by-step photo instructions will change the way you think about cooking!

It is obviously more expensive than meal planning and shopping yourself but you are paying for convenience.  The classic box with proteins starts at $9.94 per serving including shipping when you buy the 6 person box. The 2 person 3 meal classic box is $69 or $11.50 per serving.

HelloFresh is offering Bargain Shopper Mom readers  a HelloFresh coupon code of $20 off a box to try it out!  This makes it a nice deal and almost cheaper than fast food. Just use the coupon code AHELLOSUMMERat checkout. The $20 HelloFresh coupon code is good through June 20, 2013.

When you compare the prices of the box vs going to a location where you prepare frozen meals, the price is fairly comparable plus you get all fresh ingredients!

Here is a bit more about my experience with HelloFresh and a HelloFresh review.

The box off food showed up at my home last week. Everything was still cold and nicely packaged. (picture at top) Here is a picture of  all the food once I pulled it out of the box.


hello fresh food from box


All the items are labeled and in bags so you know which food goes which each recipe. I love that it comes with fresh herbs and vegetables.  It also includes items that you just need a bit of like sesame oil. Normally, you would have to buy a whole jar which is pricey when you only need two tablespoons for a recipe.



This Soba Noodle  salad with Chicken and Mango was so tasty. I would normally never prepare something like this so it was fun to try something new.



Here is a picture of all the ingredients for Carne Asada Tacos. Again, everything is included even fresh cilantro and hot sauce. The only think not included is olive oil and salt and pepper.




The recipes come on nice cards with very clear instructions on how to make the meals. There is a picture of the completed meal, all the ingredients and step by step pictures.


preparing hellofresh meals


It is so easy to make you might get lucky like me and find your husband starting the meal when you come home from running errands. HelloFresh makes is so easy that anyone can prepare fresh delicious meals.




Here is everything all chopped, cooked and ready to be made into tacos. My whole family loved it. I actually just bought a bit more flank steak and it fed my family of 4 even though it was a two person box. There were plenty of tortillas, toppings and beans for everyone.

Overall, I was very pleased with HelloFresh.  It was wonderful to have homemade fresh meals without all the meal planning and grocery shopping.  It is a bit pricey but it is a great example of you get what you pay for. The ingredients are all fresh and high quality. The meals are easy to make and healthy plus they taste great. If meal planning and shopping is overwhelming for you, this would be a a great service to try especially with the $20 off coupon code. Remember the coupon code is only good though June 20, 2013 so don’t delay.


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Disclosure: HelloFresh provided me a 2 person 3 meal classic box for this review. All thoughts and opinions are my own.