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Holiday Money Saving Tips for 11/12/2011

I intended to write daily throughout the month of November and December to bring you money saving tips for the holidays on a daily basis. Instead, health issues got in the way and I had an open surgical biopsy done earlier this week. That threw a monkey wrench into my good intentions. Anyway, I am back for now and have an awesome money saving tip. Restaurant gift certificates. You can get them on the cheap and they make awesome gifts for co-workers, co-op members, church members or anyone on your gift list. Keep some for yourself. Taking a night off after weeks of holiday planning and cooking is good for your sanity and your soul.

Restaurant.com is offering $25 gift certificates to most restaurants for just $2. The promotion runs from now until November 15th. If you happen to have a Upromise account, make sure you log-in to your account and shop through the Upromise link. In addition to getting the gift certificate for $2, you will receive 15 percent of your order towards college savings. It’s a great deal. At $2 each, you can order the gift certificates for almost anyone. They are good for 12 months from purchase and you can search for restaurants by zipcode. Normally, the $25 gift certificates are $10. With this promotion you are saving 80 percent!

To get your discount, use the code HAM at checkout.

Hope this was useful

–Lynda

Posted on 12 November '11 by , under Coupons, Free or Almost free resources, Thrifty Homeschooling. 1 Comment.

Thrifty Homeschoolers Thanksgiving Tips: November 2

From now until Christmas, I will be posting tips for saving money over the holidays. Today’s tip focuses on getting your kitchen and pantry ready for holiday baking. Get the kids and head into the kitchen for a lesson in organization and money management.

Inventory
Take inventory of what you have. Start with the essentials such as flour, yeast, baking soda, baking powder, vanilla, salt, butter, margarine, shortening, baking chocolate, condensed milk and pie fillings. Check the expiration dates and discard anything that is outdated.

Plan
Make a list of all the essentials you need to replace or stock up on. Starting this week, the stores will have sales on baking items. With your list in hand, gather coupons to reduce your cash outlay. Use the link on the right side of the screen to search for coupons. These are free to print and use.

Plan now for providing beverages to guests and family. Stock up on soft drinks, juice, coffee and tea. Look for sales and combine them with coupons for maximum savings. Now is the time to replenish sweeteners like honey, agave nectar, sugar and sugar-free sweeteners.

Reduce your stress levels by keeping your kitchen and pantry well stocked. This gives you the ability to whip up a batch of cookies for an unexpected event or to appease children (and adults) who are suffering from cabin fever.

–Lynda

Posted on 2 November '11 by , under Coupons, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Why Using a Coupon Clipping Service Makes Sense

I use coupon clipping services. For me, it is more economical to order the exact coupons I need than it is to purchase multiple copies of a Sunday paper. With the paper, I end up with a ton of coupons I do not use and there is really no need for the extra paper. So, I purchase a Sunday paper to read and for the coupons, and then I order the coupons I want from a coupon clipping service.

What is a coupon clipping service?

A coupon clipping service is an online service that will clip and sort coupons for you. You are not buying the coupons, you are paying for the clipping and sorting of the coupons. This is different than purchasing coupons at auction on eBay. On eBay you are also paying for the clipping and sorting, but most of the time there is an additional shipping charge and you have to bid at auction. I find that using a website where I do not have to stay on top of things makes my life easier.

All coupon clipping services are not equal.

Make sure that you understand all of the terms and conditions associated with your purchase. Some clipping services require a minimum purchase. Others will require a deposit of $20 or more and then your order amount is deducted from your balance. I prefer to use a service that does not require a minimum deposit.

My personal favorite place to order coupons is Coupon Dede. She ships the coupons within 24 hours of your purchase. The minimum order is only $5.00. You are not required to maintain a deposit.  For more information about Coupon Dede click on the banner below.

 

 

Hope this is helpful

–Lynda

Posted on 24 October '11 by , under Coupons, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Well Planned Day Homeschool Planners on Sale

September is traditionally a back-to-school month. To celebrate the fact that we homeschool our children, The Well Planned Day is offering 25% off of all their planners. You should take a look at the planners.

I own one of  The Well Planned Day planners and it is the most helpful planner I have used. It contains room for scheduling 4 students and a teachers schedule. It allows you to completely organize your household. This planner has made my life a lot less stressful. Weekly catechisms and daily scripture reading is included for those who like to have this. Another bonus is reprints of articles from Home Educating Family Magazine.

Click on the link to find out more about the Well Planned Day. Use code septsale to get the discount.

Hope this is helpful

–Lynda

Posted on 2 September '11 by , under Coupons, News, Reviews, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Extreme couponing leads to the arrest of a Lowell, Arkansas woman

How desperate do you have to be to get coupons? Check out this new story from Fox 16 News. A 34-year old woman from Lowell stole 185 Sunday papers.  These were unsold copies left outside of a grocery store. What people do not realize is that the newspaper carriers are charged for every paper that is not returned. If you want free papers–ask for them or go dumpster diving–don’t rip off the newspaper carriers who are trying to make a few extra bucks.

–Lynda

Posted on 5 August '11 by , under Coupons, Homeschooling 101, News. 1 Comment.

Walmart Reduces Gas Prices by 10 Cents a Gallon

Here is a tip for thrifty homeschoolers. Walmart has reduced the price it charges for gas by 10 cents a gallon. This is a temporary rollback from now until September 2011. You must purchase the gas at any Walmart store and you have to use either a Walmart gift card or debit card.

This is great news for Arkansas homeschoolers. Here in Northwest Arkansas, there are plenty of Walmart gas stations. Homeschool families in this area tend to be on the road a lot. It makes sense to load up a Walmart card with your weekly or monthly gas allowance and use this deal while it lasts. This is great news for me, I’m drving back and forth to Little Rock five more times this month. That should put another 1,250 miles on my car.

Hope this tip helps your family stretch an extra dollar or two out of the budget.
–Lynda

Posted on 1 July '11 by , under Coupons, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Daily Freebie: Get a Coupon for Free Pantene

Thrifty homeschoolers know that free is a good thing. This offer expires at 11:59 pm on 6/30/2011 so act quickly. All you have to do is “like” Pantene’s Facebook page and they will send you a coupon good for 1 free bottle of Pantene, up to 12.4 ounces.

I hope you found this deal helpful
–Lynda

Posted on 30 June '11 by , under Coupons, Freebies, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

Homeschool Lesson: Meal Planning and Shopping

In keeping with the thrifty homeschooling theme of this blog, I have set forth a challenge to my family. I want to keep the food budget to $125.00 per week or $25.00 per family member per week.

We plan our meals 2 weeks in advance. Last night all five of us sat down to plan the meals for June 19th through July 3. We started with dinner as this usually the most expensive meal and it is the only meal we eat together as a family. The dinners included more ground turkey than normal. This is because I have been buying it in bulk quantities at Save-A-Lot. It is on sale for $1.00 a pound until June 26. I also scored a great deal on hot dogs last week and I bought 20 packages.

I did part of my shopping for the upcoming two weeks today. We spent $16.00 at the farmers market where we bought a quart of blueberries, 2 bunches of Swiss chard, 1 bunch of baby bok choi, and salad greens. I had the kids help me match-up coupons with deals at the stores. They decided that buying cereal at Save-A-Lot at two boxes for $2.00 was cheaper than making a separate trip to Walgreens where the same cereal is on sale for $1.99 a box. They took gas and travel time into account when making this decision. We bought 4 boxes of cereal and used two $0.75 off coupons. We decided that lunches would focus around Butterball turkey bologna as we had four $0.65 off coupons making it $.94 cents a pound. As a treat we bought 5 cans of Seattle’s Best Coffee. I had five get one free coupons so these did not cost anything. All total we spent $38 at Save-A-Lot. Before the coupons the total was $50.00.

Our goal for this week is to spend no more than $125.00 on food. With the kids input into the meal planning I think we will be able to make this work. the boys at ages 11, 16, and 18 should be involved in the meal planning and family budget. It is important to teach your kids how to budget and how to shop. I will post the final meal plans as soon as I have everything completed.

Hope you found this interesting.

–Lynda

Posted on 18 June '11 by , under Coupons, Free lesson plans and ideas, Ramblings and Rumors, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

When to use a Coupon Clipping Service

Homeschool moms are busy people. We do not always have time to go through the Sunday inserts, match our coupons up with the sales flyers, clip and sort the coupons before a trip to the store. When life’s pace turns manic, coupon clipping services can help a busy homeschooling mom out.

What is a Coupon Clipping Service?
A coupon clipping service is an online service where you can order coupons to be clipped and sorted for you from the Sunday inserts. The services charge a fee for each coupon to cover the labor and time involved in clipping and sorting the coupons for you. Then you pay shipping and your order is sent to you by First Class Mail. Many services offer express delivery for an additional charge.

When Should You use a Coupon Clipping Service?
If you know that a local store is having a great sale and you need to stock up on that item, ordering a large quantity of coupons for that item makes sense. Just be sure that you will use the coupons before they expire. This is one way to save a lot of money.

Another reason to use this service is because Sunday papers are expensive. Why pay for a paper that you are not going to read. Save a tree and opt for getting only the coupons you can use. I know a number of people who do not buy the Sunday paper. Instead they have the coupon clipping services send them an alert when new coupons are available. Then it is just a matter of selecting the coupons you want and getting them shipped to you.

As a thrifty homeschooling mom, I make use of all of the shopping tools available to me. Coupon clipping services are one of these tools. Using these services has allowed me to stock up on sale items. When I find a good deal, I stock up so that I have enough on hand to make it through to the next sale. No, I am not one of those extreme couponing people with 3,000 rolls of toilet paper in my house, but I do try to keep a freezer full of hot dogs, ground turkey and chicken. My three hungry teenage boys eat a lot.

I recommend using The Coupon Carry Out. You can click on the link on the right side of this page. They are an Ohio based company. Why not give them a try the next time you need extra coupons? When you order through The Coupon Carry Out by clicking on the link at the right, you help support this blog and my homeschool.

Hope you found this informative.
–Lynda

Posted on 14 June '11 by , under Coupons, Ramblings and Rumors, Reviews, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

All You Magazine – A Great Source for Savings

Here is my thrifty homeschooling tip of the day. Pick up a copy of  “All You” magazine at  your local Walmart. I purchased my first copy a week ago and it had over $91 in coupons. Most of them I could use. In addition to the coupons, the magazine contains money saving tips and their website has links to all sorts of deals and free samples. The cost is less than the local Sunday paper in Northwest Arkansas. Give it a try. I saved a bundle using the coupons that you cannot find anywhere else. The clipping services do not carry the coupons found in “All You” magazine.

Check their website allyou.com for information about their low-cost meal planning contest. You have to register by June 17th and the contest starts June 19th. Up for the challenge? The goal is to feed your family for $25 per family member per week for 4 weeks. Using this as a base, it should cost a family of 5 no more than $125 a week for groceries.

I plan on entering. I will keep everyone posted on my progress. A final update will be posted by July 24th. Look for a field like the one below that will update my weekly progress. There are 5 in my family so the weekly amount should stay under $125.00. A week will run from Sunday through Saturday.

Hope this information was useful.

–Lynda

Posted on 13 June '11 by , under Coupons, Free or Almost free resources, Freebies, Thrifty Homeschooling. No Comments.

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