Tag : Saving without coupons

Easy Diaper Deals at Target this week!


Save on Pampers, Huggies, and UP &UP this week! It’s  a week of easy deals on diapers, which is great because the holidays are stressful enough already.

No coupons needed for these deals:

Save on UP & UP giant pack of diapers, snag them for $21.99, regularly $28.99.

Get a $10 Target gift card this week when you buy (wyb)  2 Pampers or Huggies giant pack of diapers for $34.99

BUT, if you feel the need to get an even better deal:

Remember, you can print each coupon 2x per computer, so if you have more than one computer you can print more coupons.

How to shop like a “Reasonable Couponer”

I get asked this all the time, especially by the people in line behind me at the grocery store.” How did you save so much money?” I also hear, “I wish my wife used coupons like you do.” Here’s the dirty little secret-I don’t shop like most people. I’m a total freak of nature. I only buy what’s on sale AND what I have a coupon for and then I buy A LOT of it. Not like an extreme couponer more like a ‘Reasonable Couponer.’

Reasonable Couponer??

When I can get a good deal on something I stock-up, that’s a no-brainer, right? But I even stock-up on things that I have no use for….and that’s it right there. I’ve lost some of you. Now you really do think I’m one of those people. Why would I buy diapers if I don’t have kids?   Why would I buy Ensure if I’m not sick or underweight (underweight….that likely will never be something I will ever, I mean ever, worry about.). Why would I buy Depends if I’m not incontinent? These are all good questions, questions that I used to ask myself. And here’s a really good answer-if I can get those things FREE that someone else can use them I’m going to buy as many as I can and donate those things to someone or some group or organization that can.

Did you know?

Did you know that here is a pet food pantry in both St Louis and Jefferson, MO counties? Did you know that Nurses for Newborns is always looking for formula and diapers? Did you know that Cardinal Ritter Senior Services helps low-income seniors with Ensure and Depends? So when I can get something cheap or even free I like to use my skills for good and donate them to others who don’t have the capacity or the time to stock-up like I do. And just imagine if everyone picked up just a little something extra on their trips to Walgreens or CVS or the store. You’ve seen a photo of other couponer’s stockpiles…does anyone really need 60 laundry detergents? I mean, I am all for a good deal, a good reasonable deal. Buy some items for yourself and then find someone who needs what you’ve got more than you do and give some of it away. It’s just the right thing to do.

Stay-tuned as I post on where to recycle/give-away/up cycle your stockpiled items!

Moneymaker on razors blades for shaving!

  • Razors are expensive and sometimes it’s hard to find a deal on them. I try to keep the ones I have in great shape by not keeping them in the shower, which is almost totally impossible if your a lady who shaves her legs. So if you must keep your razor in the shower make sure to dry it off as much as you can by blowing out the water, hair, and shaving gunk after each use. (see my post on hair conditioner as shaving cream here) Then try to store it vertically so the water runs off the blades.
    Here is the best & easiest way to get (15) cartridges for free. And they’re good razors!
    I used Swagbucks to sign-up for the Dollar Shave Club. It cost $1.00/month + $2 s/h. That’s $9.00 total for 3 months of membership. I get 100 Swagbucks (like about $1.00) when I join, and then another 1,500 Swagbucks after 3 months (that’s like $15). So I pay $9 and I get $16-that’s a $7.00 moneymaker!!
    And what do I get for my $7.00?
    Here’s the breakdown:
    -1 handle
    -5 cartridges each month (15 total)
    -A free sample of Shave Butter comes in your first month’s kit
    Here’s the Swagbuck info: 
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Don’t have time for coupons but still have a tight grocery budget?

It is possible to save money without using coupons-I swear! At first the savings may seem small but eventually you’ll see the savings compound. You may even start eating better and even feeling better as a result. Don’t put too much pressure on yourself to see a 50% savings immediately because when that doesn’t happen you may feel overwhelmed to go back to your old ways of spending. Here are a few ideas that I have found have worked well for me over the years and are easy to incorporate into my lifestyle.

  • Soulard Farmer’s Market-open all year from Wednesday to Saturday prices here are considerably less than the grocery store. Fruits, vegetables, some organic, some not. Benefits are: get out and see your city, buy fresh flowers, enjoy a bag of mini-donuts or artisan cheese.
    • Aldi- they don’t accept coupons but you’ll see a 30% reduction in your bill compared to buying the same products somewhere else. Run into the store for milk, eggs, bread and you’ll be very surprised. See my Aldi post here.
    • Dollar Tree-did you know they have two aisles of food and many stores have a freezer section? They also accept coupons too just be careful to make sure that you’ve got the right size. In my experience they really scrutinize to make sure you’ve got the right size to the right coupon.
    • Do some bulk cooking. If you’re making a dozen muffins then why not make 2 dozen? It doesn’t take any more time or space even in your oven! This way you’ve got breakfast and snacks for an entire week or more. This is an easy way to start small and see savings. And don’t forget to freeze them. Muffins freeze well. Try freezing them in bags in portions that you would like eat in two days or so. This helps to avoid having a bag of 12 muffins that you feel obligated to eat in a day or so.
    • Use bars of soap instead of liquid handsoap-bars of soap are cheaper and last longer. Plus, they also use less packaging than liquid soap so it’s more eco-friendly.
    • Line dry your clothes-In the last year I saved us $20 off our Budget Billing amount with our electric company. That’s $20/month! I have two drying racks in the basement as well as a clothes line. This has the added benefit of making clothes last longer. What do you think dryer lint is but bits and bits of your clothes. Plus, it’s also Earth-friendly to use less electricity. And you can even take it one step-further by making your own woolen dryer balls for times when you do need to use the dryer.