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 ...

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Chutzpah:

Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often connotes courage or ...

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The Frugal Map: Find a Blogger

Have you visited The Frugal Map yet? Bargain Briana is behind this fabulous project that makes it easy to find a frugal blogger in your area. If we are not covering stores in your area, head on over to The Frugal Map and find a blogger! Briana is working diligently to add bloggers from all states to the map. She has had over 400 applicants from bloggers to be placed on the map. Briana is only one person though; so it is going to take time to get the whole map completed. Although Madame Deals has ...

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Discount on Postage Stamps

The following is a guest post from Mary. She is an expert at saving money in all aspects of her life! I am always amazed by Mary and how many ways she has learned to save money! Do you still use snail mail?  Even with online bill payment, e-mail, and social media, most of us still need to purchase postage stamps once in a while.  Well, here’s a deal for you!  Alice.com is offering a 15% discount on their gift cards ($25, $50 and $100 denominations) through March 11th.  What is the connection ...

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Spring Break Budget Saving Tips

This week on Money Saving Monday, the theme is saving money during Spring Break. 1). Instead of taking an expensive vacation to a faraway land, plan a staycation! Become a tourist in your local area. There are bound to be places you have not taken time to explore right in your own backyard. 2). Visit your local library. The library is full of free resources. Many libraries have story time or toddler time. Some even offer movies and video games to checkout. My library rents video games for $2 ...

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Ask another Mom: How do I get my child to sleep….

I can't sleep because my kids are taking turns waking me up. My daughter wakes up at 11:00PM  and 3:30 AM. The baby in my belly is up from 9:00 PM-10:00 PM and 4:00AM -5:30 AM. I require sleep so this has been a real problem for the past couple of weeks.  I can resolve one of the issues because she is on the outside of the world. The one in my belly is something I am going to have to deal with. I have to say my daughter was a super sleeper, then I let daddy put her to bed. Daddy rocked her and ...

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How to Start a Vegetable Garden

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As spring nears, it is time to start planning your vegetable garden. If you have never planted one before, there are several ways to go about it. A garden can be as simple as containers on your deck or you can intricately plan it on graph paper. As I have mentioned before, I have had a garden for three years. I have a lot to learn though! I am enjoying reading Rene at Budget Saving Mom's gardening series. Rene has been writing about how to build raised beds, when and how to plant certain ...

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Share Deals With a Shopping Buddy

Do you ever purchase large quantities of produce and it goes to waste before you can use it? Or what about those buy two get three free shrimp or chicken deals that Harris Teeter is famous for? Although these large item promotions can net you huge savings, sometimes the items are not stored easily. Enter the shopping buddy! Find a friend to split great deals with! Amee and a good friend split their Sam's Club produce purchases. Sam's Club has great prices on produce but it can be hard to use ...

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Chutzpah: What's your gripe some crazy person has my cell number

So on to my new column idea- Chutzpah. This is a word that is used often by myself because sometimes I just can’t believe what people do. I mean really! I thought it would be fun to share our Chutzpah moments. The only rules are no names of stores, people, or events. You may also not use inappropriate language. Leave a comment listing your favorite Chutzpah moment! I mean laughter is the best medicine. chutzpah Or khutspe. Nerve, extreme arrogance, brazen presumption. In English, chutzpah often ...

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Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget

I am thrilled to announce that I was asked to write a guest post for Ideas That Spark! You may have noticed the guest posts from Studio One Networks that run on Madame Deals every week or so. I will be working along with Ideas That Spark and Studio One Networks in the near future too.          Ideas That Spark: Mom2Mom Make the Most of Your Grocery Store Budget By Renae Chiovaro for Ideas That Spark Spending a little time to learn to shop effectively and use meal planning strategies ...

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