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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Saving on Holiday Travel

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Are you traveling this Holiday season? Hopefully you already have your travel reservations! If not, start researching now. Bing released a travel forecast this week and overall domestic airfare costs are down 7% from last years Holiday travel. Now to take advantage of that savings, you will need to be flexible with your travel dates. It looks like a Wednesday to Sunday trip will be your best bet if flying. If you are looking for future flights, Bing has travel prediction ability! Just search ...

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Pumpkin Carving: Mess Free & Preserve for Years

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Pumpkin carving is a messy job. It's fun, but messy. The carved pumpkin never seems to last very long either. It either starts to turn green and hairy or it is eaten by critters. Jenny came up with a wonderful idea! Carve faux pumpkins! Buy a faux pumpkin and have your kids draw their design with an orange sharpie. Take a knife or pumpkin carving tool and carve out the design as usual. Use a battery operated tea light to light your pumpkin! The best part, you can have your child sign the ...

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4 Tips to Avoid Overspending This Holiday Season

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Tips to Avoid Overspending During the Holidays The countdown to Christmas begins! As I have already mentioned, I shop year round to get the best deals on gifts. Plus, I make several homemade gifts which you can read about in our Holiday From the Heart Posts from last year. Below you find a few more tips to avoid overspending this holiday season. ...

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Packaging Meat for the Freezer

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We are a meat eating family. Both my husband and I grew up on a meat and potatoes diet. I try not to cook with red meat more than once or twice a week; although we do really enjoy it! To save the most money on meat I buy when the prices are low and freeze it in dinner size portions. In fact I have not bought chicken, steak or pork for over a month now. We have been relying on our nice freezer stockpile. Since I do not have a Vacuum Sealer (the FoodSaver is on my want list!), I use Glad Press ...

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Saving Money When Eating Out

We don't eat out at a sit down restaurant often, but when we do most of the time we pick Ruby Tuesday's. They have a wonderful salad bar to keep the kids happy while the food arrives! Plus they seem to have coupons out often. Here are some tips for eating our on a budget. 6 Tips to Save Money When Eating Out by Mrs. Not Made of Money Dining out is like a gift we like to give ourselves and our families after a long week of working hard. It doesn’t have to be an expensive gift if you go to the ...

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