Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Bending the Rules

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  I have a very simple request this week ... Please use coupons responsibly.  If everyone decided to follow the rules and not look for ways to bend them, couponing would be so much easier.  Just this week, I read an article about an extreme couponer who paid "just $36 for $800 worth of P&G products."  The way she did it was by bending the rules.  Read the article and let us know if you agree. Let us know how your extremely normal coupon ...

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Noshes: A Little Help & 100 Cut Coupons (CLOSED)

Both my husband and I work jobs where we bring something to eat during our work shift.  A full meal doesn’t usually fit the bill so we pack what we call “noshes.”  Dictionary.com defines “nosh” as: a snack. (From German via Yiddish.) :  I don’t want a nosh. I need a whole meal. It’s origin is from Yiddish nashn “nibble,” from M.H.G. naschen, from O.H.G. hnascon, nascon “to nibble,” from P.Gmc. *khnaskwajanan. Earlier as a noun (1917) meaning “a restaurant,” short for nosh-house. At this point, ...

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Couponing for the Extremely Normal: When a Deal Doesn't Work

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  Even though you carefully plan your deals, they may not always work out.  Never fear ... here a few tips for ensuring you receive the savings you planned for. 1.  Know what you should be saving before you get to the register. 2.  Watch the register as the cashier rings up items and coupons.  The store computer is not always right.  There are times when sale items don't ring up properly.  Have the sale flyer with you so you can show the cashier ...

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Couponing for the Extremely Normal: Crockpot Essentials

Welcome to Couponing for the Extremely Normal!  It's that time of year when the weather is cold and our family wants nothing more than a hot bowl of something for dinner.  Our crockpot gets a workout from November through March.  Using the crockpot requires me to think about those staples which generally end up in the crockpot.  Among these are canned tomatoes, beans (a wide variety including black and kidney), onions, carrots, celery, taco seasoning mix, dry onion soup mix, broth (cans and ...

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What to Stockpile During the Holidays

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In order to maintain an adequate grocery stockpile, you need to know when you will find the best prices on certain grocery items.  At the beginning of the summer, prices on condiments are at their lowest.  The time between Memorial Day and the Fourth of July is best to assess your need for mustard, mayonnaise, ketchup, and salad dressings.  Most of these items have a shelf life of around six months.  When these items go on sale and you can buy them for less than $1, plan to stock up for the next ...

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Budget Travel: Family Vacation Travel on a Budget

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Family Vacation Travel Tips Traveling is something we do for fun, but it can also be good for your sanity. When you are young and have a lot of expendable income, it’s easy to fit into your life, but as you get older and your family grows, travel expenses multiply. While you make more than you did (hopefully), you also have bills and obligations that might make budgets tight. You have some extra money, but you don’t feel like it’s enough to go anywhere. Maybe you take weekend trips, go ...

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Internet Dating is it worth it?

Okay I normal write about cheap dates with my husband. I decided this week to write about cheap dates for my single friends. I can honestly say a lot of my girlfriends have met their mates on Match.com. I know you are thinking it is crazy to pay to meet people. They actually have a free 7 day trial. I  think it is one of the best things to invest in. I feel fortunate that I met my husband when I did. I also know that I did a lot of interviewing before offering him the job. If you are serious ...

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State Farm Coupon Workshop-March 5th

We have a new date for a Coupon Workshop!  THIS is only open to State Farm Employees. However, if you would like us to come to your place of employment, worship, school, or home, email us at:  madamedeals@gmail.com.  We would love to help you Make Dollar$ Out Of Change. Date/Time:  Saturday, March 5th - 9am-11am Location:  State Farm Insurance, State Farm Boulevard, Charlottesville, VA Price: $40- includes two hour class and MD Coupon Solution Learn how to cut your grocery bill by at least ...

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Struggling to Make Ends Meet?

This post brought to you by Fannie Mae. All opinions are 100% mine. Do you, or someone you know, struggle with making their mortgage payments?  Are they concerned about being able to stay in their home?  Are they facing foreclosure?  If so, do they know where to get answers to their questions? In this economy, many are struggling and ultimately may find themselves facing foreclosure.  They don't know where to turn for the most basic of answers.  Facing financial hardship is difficult enough ...

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Meet the Husband: Cross Promotion

Okay so Madame Deals is going to expand our point of view. I thought I would introduce you to my other half. Name: Mathew Occupation: Sales, Navy Reserves Greatest accomplishment: besides marrying me being a dad Past time: steam cleaning, running, reading to the kids, laundry (by necessity), and being the best husband ever (yup, I wrote the bio) Upselling no… Cross selling yes. My wife just recently wrote a post about being hassled at the fast-food drive thru with the “do you want fries ...

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