Money Saving Tips

Stockpiling 101!
What I stockpile with a complete list!

Here is a picture of my stockpiling cabinets and shelves in my garage! Readers ask…readers receive! I like to keep things simple! So, here it is….my stockpile!

    

That is the extent of my stockpile…like I said, I keep it simple! Of course I have a few things in my kitchen and bathroom, but those pictures above pretty much sum it up! Obviously, I am not an “EXTREME Couponer” (LOL) and I’ve never tried to be. I was around before that big “BOOM” of people. I know what works for me as a full-time working mommy and that’s what I do. When I was infatuated with coupons three years ago, it was a different story, but let me tell you….I threw away TONS of food! Crazy!

Here is a list of what I currently stockpile, simply because I use it the MOST (that’s what you should stockpile too…what you use the MOST!):

  1. Laundry Soap
  2. Fabric Softener
  3. Bleach
  4. Paper Towels, Toilet Paper & Tissue
  5. Foil, Plastic Wrap & Baggies
  6. Antibacterial Wipes
  7. Air Freshners
  8. Personal Care Items: Shampoo, Conditioner, Body Wash, Toothpaste, Mouth Wash, Dental Floss, Tampons, Pantiliners, etc.)
  9. Cleaning Supplies
  10. Drinks (Water, Soda, Juice, etc.)
  11. Dog Food
  12. Cereal
  13. Tea
  14. Gum
  15. Snacks (For my kiddos school parties and sporting events)
  16. Canned Food (Fruit, Veggies, etc.)
  17. Condiments (Ketchup, Mustard, Steak Sauce, Seasonings, etc.)

I hope this has helped you! Check out my other Household Saving Tips to help you get started or to learn more on saving on everyday living essentials! It’s a lot easier than you may think!

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Did you know that there are 4 ways to save extra money on Amazon Diaper Deals? Honestly if you are in need of diapers and if you combine all four of these saving strategies you will score some amazingly FRUGALICIOUS diaper deals!

Here is how to maximize your diaper savings on Amazon:

1. Sign-up for a FREE Amazon Mom account! Anyone can sign-up, not just moms! You will get 15% off select diapers and FREE 2-Day shipping on all your orders. Plus after your first order of diapers you will receive a $10 off coupon in the mail to use on a future order of diapers.

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2. Order your diapers using the “Subscribe & Save” option to the right of your screen. You will save a total of 30% off (15% for having an Amazon Mom account and 15% for choosing the subscribe & save option).

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3. Use an Amazon 20% off or $10 off baby store coupon. Just enter your “Promotional Claim Code” in the box during checkout. See my Q&A section below on where to find these coupons.

4. Use Amazon Diaper Coupons from their website. There aren’t always coupons, but when there are you can save BIG! Be sure to refresh your browser a few times to see all the coupons available. Clicking on the coupon will automatically add it to your account and take you to a list of products that the coupon can be used on. Those products may or may not be the best prices, you can always check, but make sure you compare them with my list of the best Amazon Diaper Deals or check out the Amazon Subscribe & Save Page in Diaper Care.

YES, all 4 of these savings can be combined into one single transaction! Can you believe that?! It’s totally, honestly, really TRUE!

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It’s Q&A time! Here are some of the most frequently asked questions regarding diaper savings on Amazon:

Q: Where do I get Amazon 20% off or $10 off Diaper Coupons?
A: Believe it or not you can actually get these coupons for free in many places! Here is a list of places that have Amazon diaper or baby store coupons:

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Q: Can Amazon Baby Care Promotional Codes be stacked?
A: I wanna say, yes sometimes! I say this because there is always an exception to the rule and sometimes rules change. I have heard that YJ codes are stacking with coupon codes that begin with YT!  And I have also heard that on top of those two codes stacking they also stack with the $10 codes that are out there. Hey, my philosophy is it can’t hurt to try! The worst that could happen is they get rejected in your checkout process, right? Give it a try!

Q: I’ve already used an Amazon Diaper Coupon Code and I want to use more. Can I?
A: Yes! After your first order of diapers has shipped cancel your subscribe & save subscriptionand you will be able to make a new order using new coupons!

Q: Where do I find a list of Amazon Diaper Deals?
A: You can check out my list of the best Amazon Diaper Deals or check out the Amazon Subscribe & Save Page in Diaper Care.

Whew! Ok, I think that just about covers it, but if you have any other questions or if you want to share a diaper deal you found with the rest of us leave me a comment on my Coupon Gal Facebook Page, or email me! I love it when you guys share the savings!

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I wanted to share with you a little couponing secret that I use all the time and maybe some of you hadn’t thought of. I always look at all the grocery ads and clip all the MANUFACTURER coupons I find from each one. Then I look at all the ads and see if I can get a good deal using them at another store!

For example, this week the Cardenas ad had a $4.00 MC off 4 12-packs of coke. At Albertsons this week they have coke on sale for $1.99 ea. if you buy 4, so this is what I did:

Buy 4 Coke (12-Packs): $1.99 ea.
Use $4.00 Cardena’s In-Ad Coke Coupon (this was a MANUFACTURER Coupon)
Final Price: $.99 ea.

Hot deal huh? So my point is to show you (if you didn’t already know) how to pull off these little behind the scene saving tricks. It’s a great way to maximize your dollar without having to go searching very far for coupons!

That’s my little tip for today! Hope you are having a great weekend!

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How do you Stockpile?

I have received several emails from readers wanting to know how I save the most. There are many methods, but the one way I would say accounts for about 75% of my savings is stockpiling!

What is Stockpiling?

Stockpiling is when you literally stock-up on items that you use the most of when they are at a rock bottom price! Since fruit snacks are something I often stockpile and I got such an awesome deal on them this week at Albertsons, I wanted to share with an example of exactly how I do this.

Ok, so this week at Albertsons I knew I could get fruit snacks for $.10 ea. I live in Southern California, so I don’t know if this is regional, but even so, it is a great example to use on how I stockpile. Since I knew I could get fruit snacks for $.10 ea., I bought 15 boxes!! YES 15 BOXES! Here is how I did it:

All in ONE trip to the grocery store!

*Each of the coupons in the transactions below are from different locations that you can still print, so if you want to do this sale yourself, you can. You have until tomorrow, Tuesday, March 9, 2010!

Transaction #1:
Buy 5 Boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks: $1.00 ea.
Use 2 $.50 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Printable Coupon
Pay: $4.00
Receive $3.50 Catalina Coupon
Final Price: $.10 ea.

Transaction #2
Buy 5 Boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks: $1.00 ea.
Use 2 $.50 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Printable Coupon
Use $3.50 Catalina Coupon from the 1st transaction
Pay: $.50
Final Price: $.10 ea.

Transaction #3:
Buy 5 Boxes of Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks: $1.00 ea.
Use 2 $.50 Betty Crocker Fruit Snacks Printable Coupon
Use $3.50 Catalina Coupon from the 2nd transaction
Pay: $.50
Final Price: $.10 ea.
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So, basically I ended up paying $5.00 out of my pocket, but I have a $3.50 catalina coupon still that I can use on anything. So, I bet you are wondering how I store these…. I remove all of them from the boxes and store them in zip loc bags because they take up less room than all those boxes you see above. I put them in my stockpile cabinet and there you go.

The key to stockpiling is to choose the things you use the most of that can be stored and have a long shelf life. So, for me those things would be toilet paper, paper towels, laundry soap, toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, lotion, cereal, granola bars, fruit snacks, condiments, bread, cheese, chicken, and ground turkey. I may be missing something, but you get the idea. I have a whole series that I am working on right now for next month where I will walk you through my whole thought process on stockpiling, breaking down my categories, and I am even going to take you inside my stockpile cabinet….CAN YOU BELIEVE THAT?! I warn you though….it’s kinda scary. LOL….

Please Note: I am not suggesting you stockpile fruit snacks, I am just using this as an EXAMPLE. Everyone’s needs are different, buy what suits your desires and needs for your family.

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Ebates! Ebates! Ebates!

February 17, 2009

 How to earn with Ebates?

Ebates is a cash back rewards site that rewards you for shopping through their portal. They have partnered with over 1,000 merchant stores from which you can earn up to 25% cash back of your purchase price. Note that the rewards offered vary by store. You earn your cash back in these three simple steps:


You can receive Ebates cash back rewards in several ways: by signing up, using a referral link to receive a bonus, and via purchases at qualified merchants through Ebates. Basically, every time you want to make an online purchase, you go to Ebates and type in the store name in their search engine. Once it pops up, click on it and you are on your way to earning cash back! It’s that easy! I think of it as an opportunity to cover my taxes (in most cases). If you are going to shop online anyway, why not earn some money back doing it?

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