Is the Cost of a Warehouse Club Membership Recouped?

I do enjoy going to Sam's Club and walking the isles. The samples are yummy and they keep the kids entertained! Plus, you can't beat the price for a quick lunch. However, I have made the decision to break-up with Sam's Club. Yep, we are officially done! Now, I know that many of you enjoy shopping at warehouse clubs. For me and my family, I do not save enough money shopping there to justify the $40 membership. However, warehouse clubs may be right for you and your family. It all depends on how … [Read more...]

Saving Money on Printer Ink

Printing coupons uses quite a bit of ink and paper. Free or cheap paper seems easy to come by. I am well stocked on free paper thanks to Office Max. Printer ink is another story! I have an HP printer and the ink cartridges are expensive brand new. I have tried to have them refilled at Walgreens, but they cannot refill my particular cartridge. A couple of weeks ago I decided to try ordering remanufactured ink cartridges online. There are several companies that offer this service. I compared … [Read more...]

Caring With Coupons & Giving Back to the Community

Madame Deals believes in a strong community and we do our best to give back. It is not always easy to give in these tough economic times. One great thing about couponing is that we are able to give back to the community without spending a lot of money. It is amazing how many free items I have collected by using coupons, store promotions, rewards programs and rebates. Since January, Madame Deals has been participating in the Penny Experiment. We have donated close to $200 worth of food for about … [Read more...]

Making Earth & Budget Friendly Changes

In honor of Earth Day, I wanted to write about ideas on how to make changes to benefit the environment. I admit that I am not the best at being "green". My family and I are working on it though! As I started thinking about protecting the planet, there are several changes that we can make that are also budget friendly. Start a garden: I know I have recommended starting a garden several times. Having fresh vegetables without the use of pesticides is just wonderful! Deal Seeking Mom has a great … [Read more...]

Healthy & Affordable Make Ahead Breakfast Ideas

I don't know about you, but my mornings are pretty rushed. We don't have a minute to spare if we want to be on our way on time. Making healthy breakfast items ahead of time will save you time and money. If you have quick and easy breakfast items prepared, you will be less likely to run through a fast food establishment. Here are a few ideas: Make waffles or pancakes ahead of time and freeze. The Sneaky Chef has several pancake recipes for integrating healthy ingredients into the mix. Pop one … [Read more...]

Setting Up & Running a Successful Yard Sale

This is the third and final post in the Yard Sale series. If you missed the beginning, read up on Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale and Effective Yard Sale Advertising. To hold a successful yard sale, you need to plan and be prepared. Yes, you are going to have to put some leg work in! Start pricing and organizing well before the sale day. If you have a garage, the night before the sale start setting things up on tables. It is much easier for shoppers to see your items if they are … [Read more...]

Effective Yard Sale Advertising

Last week we talked about Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale. Continuing with the Yard Sale topic, this week I want to discuss advertising. The location of your yard sale is one of the first things to consider. If you live in a rural area, hold your yard sale at a friend or families members house in a more populated area. Another option is to participate in a block or community yard sale. In our area there is community yard sale a few times a year. If you are a local, check out Lake … [Read more...]

Pricing Items for a Successful Yard Sale

My favorite time of year is coming around- yard sale season! My favorite pastime with my mom was waking up early and hitting the sales first thing Saturday morning. I have now started that tradition with my boys.When I was in elementary school, my mom was single. To make ends meet, we would often hold yard sales at our home or at the swap meet. She would gather unwanted items from friends and then resell them. As an adult, I have held more yard sales than I can count. Some to raise money for my … [Read more...]

Are Generic Brands Cheaper Than Name Brand Items?

Generic and store brand products are on the rise. It is not uncommon to find a store brand product sitting right next to a brand name item. The term "generic" reminds me of being a teenager and not having the name brand jeans or eating the popular name brand snacks. My mom is frugal and had to be while raising seven kids. At one time, buying generic items meant reduced quality and taste. That is not so true any more. Sometimes you will find that a national name brand produces the store brands … [Read more...]

Start a Price Book to Track Rock Bottom Deals

One of the learning curves to couponing is knowing when to buy. Sometimes sales being advertised are not really sales at all. Just because an item is listed in an ad circular, does not mean it is on sale. Knowing the rock bottom prices of items you buy the most, is the key to reducing your grocery store budget. Even if you do not use coupons on food items, knowing your prices will save you money. Tracking prices takes a bit of effort, but it will be worth it! Sales run in 6-12 week cycles. That … [Read more...]