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coupons plural of cou·pon (Noun)

Noun:
  1. A voucher entitling the holder to a discount off a particular product.
  2. A detachable portion of a bond that is given up in return for a payment of interest.

stock·pile/ˈstäkˌpīl/

Noun:
A large accumulated stock of goods or materials, esp. one held in reserve for use at a time of shortage or other emergency.
Verb:
Accumulate a large stock of (goods or materials): “he claimed that the weapons were being stockpiled”.
Synonyms:
noun.  stock – store – supply – reserve – hoard – provision
verb.  store – stock up – stock – accumulate

Coupons and Stock Piles, Yes I use them, and Yes I have them. I stock pile cereal. I’m not embarrassed to admit it. My husband eats it every day and it has a great shelf life, and when I can get a box of cereal for .99 cents I sure as heck am going to buy multiple boxes.

On average I save $79 to $100 on my grocery bill. How? I use coupons, lots of coupons, but for food, not sodas and candy like you see on those coupon extreme shows. Another way I get my bill lower is I am very fortunate that my grocery store doubles coupons up to $1.00 so that really helps get the end total I am looking for. I also pre-load in-store coupons onto my rewards card for items I do not have a manufacture coupon for. My Kroger’s also has amazing Manger Specials throughout the store, and those add up to Big savings.

In the past I have made some killer shopping trips resulting in huge savings, check them out here, and here.

I don’t run out and buy 50 newspapers, I go online to my favorite printable sites and print out my coupons there. I exchange coupons with co-workers and I get special coupons from Facebook promotions. I do occasionally get the Sunday paper if I know there are going to be high value coupons that week for a special item, but these on-line sites have great coupons so I just stick with them. Another way to score great coupons is to email companies and ask them for coupons, most companies love to give out coupons.

Some of my favorite printable coupons sites are as follows;

Red Plum

Coupon Network

Mambo Sprouts – Mambo Sprouts has some great organic and health food coupons

Organic Deals – Check out the Quick Coupon Link on the right hand side of the page, for MORE coupon site options!

Smart Source

Coupons

Here’s one of my BIG savings receipt from August. I saved $79.93 off my total grocery bill! This shopping trip got us through 3 full weeks of meals.

Look at my stash of cereal.

and here are a few more boxes!

So my stockpile is small in comparison to those extreme shoppers we see on TLC. I feel mine is made up of  foods that are healthier options and foods my husband eats on a daily basis. This is about a 2 month supply of cereal and none of it goes to waste and I spent approximately $25.00 for all those boxes. So coupons can help stretch any budget.

So you can tell that I like a good deal, well I also love to prep foods to have on hand, my favorite food to prep is my OIAJ.

OIAJ is my #1 choice for breakfast. I buy bulk oatmeal and make up jam jars in advance to always have my favorite on hand. I do eat it almost everyday.

I just measure out my oats, I usually go for 3/4 of a cup, and then add a tablespoon of chia seeds, and a generous amount of cinnamon and seal up tight.

Then when the time comes, I grab my jar add a scoop of nut butter and fill up the jar with my favorite soy milk and leave in the refrigerator over night. In the morning I stir and microwave for one minute and there you have the magic of the Overnight OIAJ.

I love me some oats, whether it’s 100 degrees out, or 4 degrees below zero,  I crave them, they stick with me.

So I hope you find some great deals while using some coupons, and save some money when you grocery shop.

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So I joined a site called Vocalpoint back in 2011, they have offers on coupons and on occasion free products. So when they choose me to host an RSVP party I jumped on it. You had to invite 6 people to the party and they sent you a box full of full size products they wanted to introduce to consumers. They also sent a gift card so you could purchase snacks and decorations for your party.

So after work on a Friday I hosted the party for my co-workers. Best part, my boss lets me use the conference room at work. I just brought all the stuff with me.

Each person that attended received a coupon booklet with high valued coupons and a full size product after playing a short and fun game.

Look at all the items they sent. My guests were super excited.

I served Pom drinks, California rolls, hummus and pita wedges, cheese and crackers and Larabars cut up for a dessert.

These coupon books went over great. Me and my coworkers have a little coupon club going on. We all cut our coupons from the Sunday paper then we bring in the uncut coupons into work on Monday and we all share what we have left. We all like different types of foods and products so there are always coupons to share with one another, plus it’s fun. We also like to share our coupon saving stories over our lunch breaks.

Here’s me being the happy host. I love having parties, plus having mine at my works conference room is super fun and easy, no crazy cleaning and over planning, just a simple fun party and some fun foods. Over the years I have had a Lia Sophia Party, a Pampered Chef and a Thirty-One Bag Party at work. So glad my boss is so cool, and lets us girls use the conference room for fun little get togethers.

My friends really enjoyed the Lite Pom drinks.

The California Rolls did not go over well, my co-workers would not even try them, so I ate them later that night for dinner. I sometimes forget that not everyone likes to try new things.

The ladies loved the Larabars. Such an easy way to have a light finger food for dessert.

Hummus and pita squares were the item everyone really enjoyed.

The cheese and crackers were devoured.

The cheese ball didn’t stand a chance. I did not make the cheese ball, one of my co-workers brought it, I was so happy she did, it was so good.

Had a fun time prepping and hosting the RSVP party. Everyone walked away happy with their product, coupons and a belly full of fun snacks.

Hope your having a great summer! I have found that I don’t have as much time to blog, because I want to soak up as much summer fun time as I can. I guess you can say I have been enjoying a Summer Blog Schedule.

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So here’s a fact about me, I love to grocery shop, I really do, I love the entire process, the cart, the sales, the loading and unloading of items in my cart, I really have fun with it. Although I really only do one big grocery shopping trip a month, and then I do maybe two little ones for milk, bread and produce. Here’s why I really love grocery shopping. I love saving, Saving’s = More.

Those are all my coupons deducted from my order.

I spent $159.82, but my bill should have been $249.48. I know right!

  • So I had $29.50 in coupons
  • Kroger’s matched an additional $25.25, my store doubles up to $1.00
  • Store Coupons from fliers, manager special and electronic savings $34.91
  • Total Savings $89.66

I was not messing around. I was being a super saver, now breaking it down, I will show you how much time I spent with the prepping and shopping for these savings.

  • 1 hour – Cutting Coupons and Printing Coupons
  • 10 minutes – Loading Electronic Coupons to My Store Card
  • 20 minutes – Matching Up Sale Items to Coupons and Making a List
  • 1 hour 30 minutes – Spent Shopping
Total time dedicated 3 hours.
Another trick I have to staying as organised as possible, is to make my shopping list according to the aisles in the store and keep my coupons in the same order, and as I grab and place the item in my cart, I put the coupon in my checkout envelope. 
Again this is for an entire months worth of groceries, so the time spent prepping to save is worth it for me. I look at the end result I end up spending less than $40.00 per month on groceries.

Apples were .88 cents per pound this week, so I loaded up, two weeks ago apples were $1.59 a pound. Apples stay fresh and last forever in your crisper drawer.

There were so many Manger Special’s this week. These Dole Spinach Kits were on sale for $1.49 each.

These crackers and granola bars were both on sale and when combined with a $1.00 coupon that doubled, I ended up paying $1.00 for each item.

A huge score for me was the Peanut Butter Company, White Chocolate Peanut Butter, it was on a Closeout Special for $3.23 and I had a $1.00 coupon that doubled so I paid $1.23 for it! I did not know this would be on closeout, it looks like the store is eliminating this flavor, so I am always ready with my Couponizer in my cart, just in case a situation like this comes up.

So many great deals this week. Here’s a link to a previous post on Saving and Using Coupons. I have a few of my favorite coupon printing sites listed.

This California roll platter normally sells for $8.99, but I snagged it for $4.49.

Bread and eggs are always on the list, but when there on sale and I have a coupon it makes the trip.

Question of the Day: Does your grocery store double coupons?

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