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Oh My!  I have to admit that I have Disney on the brain!  I am in planning mode with no real date.  I have visited multiple times and already know the parks to visit, the places to dine and places I would like to stay, but to help keep the Disney mood, I also watch the Disney vacation Planning DVD…Just because.

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Tipsy Tuesday: 8 Tips For Building Your Stockpile

Let me start of by saying that couponing is hard work and takes time and dedication on your part in order for you to see the results.  You will not see a stockpile over night, but if you keep at it, you will have one in no time.

When I started couponing many, many years ago…there were more deals, the coupon values were higher and there was plenty of stock on the shelves to buy in multiples.  Now you will see that this is not the case.  Each week, you may spot a couple of deals at a few stores..but that’s okay because that’s all we need to build our stockpile; a few deals here and there.  The coupon values are not what they used to be but I still have managed to maintain my stockpile.  Now you may run into a issue with stock on hand due to the popularity of using coupons, but this is a good thing.  Although it may be frustrating to have your deals handy only to find that nothing on your list is in stock, but I am happy to see that people are saving money. But don’t let that discourage you from couponing.  Deals rotate often.

Here are a few tips on getting started on building your stockpile:

1. In order to buy in multiples to get that stockpile, you must collect multiple sets of paper.  My rule of thumb is to collect enough papers for each person in your household.  If you live in the Los Angeles Area, the best paper to collect would be the LA Times as they contain the best coupons.  You can also ask friends and family to save those inserts.  Having multiple coupons available would allow you to purchase multiples at one time.  If toothpaste is priced $1 and you happen to have a $1 coupon, you can score each tube for FREE.  If you happen to have 5 coupons, you can add that to your stockpile.

2. Know when to shop.  Just because you have a coupon for an item does not necessarily mean you need to use it.  The goal of using coupons is to save money, but you want to save it at its lowest price point.  In June, you will see sales on BBQ items such as hot dogs, BBQ and salad dressing.  If you have a coupon for these, you could score them free or next to it.  So the goal would be to wait until its on sale to use your coupon.

3. Understand your store sales ad.  In my area, the store sales ad are available Tuesday through the mail for a Wednesday start date.  Scan the ads to see what items are on sale and check to see if you have a coupon for it.

4. Establish your lowest price point.  Because I have been using coupons so long, I know what goes on sale and how often.  For people just starting out, it will take some time.  I will never pay more that $1 for a box of cereal , but for someone starting out with coupons and have always paid $4 for a box of cereal, they may find that getting cereal for $2 a box with a coupon is a steal.  Both ways will save you money but the lowest price point would have to be determined by you.

5. Understand your stores Coupon Policy.  Some stores limit you to the amount of coupons you can use per day or per transaction.  This could hinder your ability to buy in multiples in one trip.  For instance, Dollar tree only accepts 2 printable coupons per day and Ralphs limits you to 4 “Like ” coupons per transaction (4 of the same kind).  By understanding your stores coupon policy will help you plan your trips better.

6. Make a list. Make a list of the things you use often.-nothing like starting a stockpile of things you know you are not going to use, it would defeat the purpose.  Make a list of all of your toiletries  and pantry items that you use most often.

7. You don’t have to buy it just because its FREE.  Have you heard the saying “If Its Free, it for Me”?  Just because its free doesn’t mean you need to run to the store and grab it.  What if you don’t use it or even know someone who will?  What if it can’t be donated?  You will then have items taking over your space and its stuff that you will never use.

8. Set aside a stockpile budget.  Each week I go shopping for those things that I need but I also have a small budget ($10) that I use weekly to buy those things that I can stockpile.  If I go over that $10, then I will hope that some of things go on sale the following week.  I stick to a strict budget.  My family needs to eat but its also nice to have those items available in the event you run out.

Building a stockpile takes work but it is worth it in my book.  If I spot deodorant on sale for $.50 each and can buy 5, It will last for a few months.  Imagine having to run to the store to buy deodorant at regular price (between $2-$4) each time.

Do you have any tips you want to add

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Olive Garden: 2 Meals for Just $12.99 (Buy 1, Take 1 Promotion)

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Olive Garden
brought back my favorite deal, Buy 1 Take 1.  You buy any one entree off of the specialty menu and you can take another item home for lunch or dinner the next day.  All for a price of $12.99. This would make a great date night.

 

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New Month=New Coupons!

Printable Coupons

 


$0.75 off any ONE (1) Jimmy Dean Crumbles Product
$0.55 off ONE (1) FINISH Dishwasher Detergent
$0.55 off FINISH JET-DRY Rinse Aid Product
$1.00 off any NYC New York Color Product
$1.00 off any one (1) LLOYD’S Barbeque product
$0.40 off (2) Pillsbury™ or Grands!™ Sweet Rolls
$0.50 off (2) Pillsbury™ Crescent Dinner Rolls
$1.00 off THREE Old El Paso Refried Beans
$0.50 off TWO Pace Salsas, Picante Sauces or Dips
$0.75 off any ONE BOX Fiber One cereal listed
$0.50 off ONE BOX Lucky Charms cereal
$0.50 off any ONE BOX Chex™ cereal listed
$1.00 off any TWO BOXES Cheerios™ cereals listed
$0.50 off TWO BOXES Nature Valley™ Granola Bars
$0.50 off ONE BOX Nature Valley™ Nut Crisp Bars
$0.50 off ONE BOX Mott’s Fruity Rolls
$0.50 off (2) Betty Crocker Fruit Shapes
$0.50 off (2) Chex Mix™ bags
$0.75 off ONE Minute Maid Pure Squeezed 59 fl oz

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Free Pancakes! Celebrate National Pancake Day with IHOP

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Stop by IHOP tomorrow to snag your FREE pancakes in celebration of National Pancake Day.  While the pancakes are FREE, they would like for you to consider making a donation to the Children’s Miracle Network.

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2 FREE Irish Spring Body Wash This Week at CVS!

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This week Irish Spring, Gear Body Wash and Bar on sale 2/$7.  After this coupon and Ibotta rebate, you can score 2 FREE

  • Here’s The Deal:
    (2) Irish Spring Body Wash: $7
    -(2) $2/1 Irish Spring Printable
    Total: $3-Get $2ECB
    Submit for $1 Ibotta Rebate
    Score 2 FREE
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Walgreens: Speed Stick Gear Money Maker

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You can make $1 this week at Walgreens WYB Speed Stick Gear.

  • Here’s The Deal:
    Speed Stick Gear: $2.99
    -$2/1 Speed Stick Gear Printable
    Total: $.99-Get $2RR
    Like Getting FREE + $1.01 MM!
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Score a Free Photo Book from My Publisher!

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I am so in need of this deal.  I have 1000’s of pictures from my Walt Disney World Trip and I have been wanting to make a photo book using some of my favorite. What better way to make this happen than with a FREE offer for a Photo Book from MyPublisher.  You can either opt for the FREE hardcover pocket photo book (7.75”x5.75”), a $19.99 value. Or take $19.99 off your Classic (11.25”x8.75”) or Deluxe (15”x11.5”) photo book order.

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Free Krispy Kreme Donut 2/24

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If you so happen to be in the area of a Krispy Kreme, make sure you stop by to pick up your FREE Donut.  If you are one of the first 1,000 customers at a Krispy Kreme donut shop on Feb. 24, you can lay claim to one glazed donut, free of charge. The promotion is being held to celebrate the opening of a new Krispy Kreme location in Kansas City, which will be the chain’s 1,000th location

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New Printable Coupons: Softsoap, Old Spice & More!

$1.00 off Softsoap brand Liquid Hand Soap Pump

$1.00 off Softsoap brand Liquid Hand Soap Pump
$0.75 off Softsoap brand Body Wash
$2.00 off Irish Spring Signature for Men Body Wash
$2.00 off Colgate Optic White Express White
$2.00 off Colgate Mouthwash or Mouth Rinse
$3.00 off ANY L’Oreal Paris Advanced Haircare
$1.00 off 144oz or larger XTRA detergent
$0.50 off any Palmolive Liquid Dish Soap
$1.00 off M&M’s Brand Chocolate Candies
$1.00 off any ONE (1) DOVE Fruit, 6oz or larger
$1.00 off any TWO (2) KRAFT Dressings
$1.00 off (2) Popsicle Products 9 count or higher
$1.00 off ONE Old Spice Bar Soap 6ct or larger
$1.00 off ONE Old Spice Body Spray
$1.00 off ONE Old Spice Antiperspirant/Deodorant
$1.00 off ONE Old Spice Body Wash

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