Talking Coupons at MOPS & With You

Notes from Coupon Class

I’m speaking at our church’s MOPS (Moms of Preschoolers) meeting this morning. I was supposed to do this a couple weeks ago but we had a heavy morning of fog that brought us a fog delay – and canceled MOPS. We’re trying again today! We’re all looking for ways to save money and I know it’s easy to be overwhelmed with all the information out there. I’m going to try and provide helpful information and strategies for these fellow moms.

Since I’m speaking with these ladies, I want to share some of the information I’ll be presenting with you. I have covered much of it before on my website, so I’ll share the links to those articles with you.

The focus of this morning is on saving money with coupons! It doesn’t have to be complicated or take a lot of time. It will take practice but anyone can use coupons to save money. In fact, using coupons is one of the quickest ways to see savings in your budget. I’ll share my printable stock-up price list to help everyone find good price points for savings – whether on sale or with coupons. Here are some of the coupon topics I’m covering.

I’m also talking about ways to save and earn money, and sharing a couple of my favorite ways to earn a bit more on the side. Have you signed up for Bing yet? It’s my favorite way to easily earn a $5 Amazon gift card each month. I don’t recommend things lightly, but these are the couple I do recommend. If you haven’t signed up for these yet, there’s plenty of time to sign up now and start earning for Christmas!

Finally, because Moms are always looking to save time as well as money, I’m sharing some of my favorite recipes and kitchen tricks (as time allows). I enjoy baking and like to cook good food for my family. And what workshop would be complete without chocolate?

I’m looking forward to this morning – and wish you all could be here, too! Any questions? Make sure you ask in the comments and I’ll be happy to answer! If you’re not already an email subscriber and you’d like to be, you can sign up in the box on sidebar on my homepage. By signing up, you will receive a daily email whenever there is something new posted – so you won’t miss anything!

Free Audiobook: The Case for the Real Jesus

The Case for the Real Jesus

Christian Audio’s free download of the month is for The Case for the Real Jesus by Lee Strobel. You do have to subscribe to their email list to get the free download, but I only get one or maybe two emails from them a month. It’s worth it for the free audio books! If you are interested in listening to this at any time in the future, go ahead and download it now while it’s free. It will be stored in your Christian Audio account until you are ready to listen.

Meijer Mperks: Free Iced Coffee Coupon

Mperks Free Iced Coffee

Sign into your Meijer Mperks account and search under “Snacks and Soft Drinks” to clip this coupon for 1 free Skinny Cow Iced Coffee Drink. You have until March 28th to redeem it.

Thanks, Meijer Madness!

Recyclebank: 25 Points

Did you know organic waste never really goes “away?” Learn more and earn 25 Recyclebank points via the image above.

Pampers: 25 New Points

Pampers Rewards

There are two new Pampers codes to add to your account. Simply enter TWIT89CQP445515 and 15 points will be added to your account. Then, add REG4KT5BB6BAYB5 for another 10 points.

A Peek in My Mailbox

There are many reasons I love signing up for freebies. I love the free surprises that arrive in my mail! In case you need convincing, here is what I received in just two days last week.

Freebies in my Mailbox - March 2015

I don’t pay for any magazines because there are always free offers! I go weeks without reading them and then sit down and read a bunch at once. It’s nice to have free reading material.

I received a $5 off any $5 purchase at Kohls. It came with our new Kohls cards which was interesting because we had just received two other $5 off $5 coupons the previous week! I’m not complaining mind you. The last two I applied to our new sheets so we’ll see what I buy with this coupon.

I received a coupon for a free Applegate meal (value $4.99). I think I won this from some Facebook sweepstakes.

Finally, the food products were all FREE, thanks to a new campaign at Bzz Agent. If you haven’t signed up for Bzz Agent, learn more about it here. It’s a great source for free full-size products! In addition to the free coffee (which I gave to a church friend), banana chips, tortillas and brownie mix, I got 3 coupons for FREE pasta, enchilada sauce and bacon. I’m most excited about the bacon coupon because it’s for any flavor and any size of Private Selection bacon. You better believe that I’m going to find the largest package of bacon to try with this free coupon!

It was a busier couple of days than most in my mailbox but it’s always fun to get freebies in the mail! Have you received anything free in your mailbox recently?

Frugal in Fort Wayne: 3/22 – 3/28

Frugal in Fort Wayne - Top 5 Deals of the Week at Joyfully Thriving

It’s the final week of March and two weeks until Easter. As I mentioned in my seasonal sale cycles list, this is the time of year when you’ll see good deals on eggs and ham as well as potatoes and the other sides that are common at Easter. Stock up as your budget and pantry allow! There a couple days remaining in the Mega Sale at Kroger, but otherwise, the best deals are at Meijer this week. Meijer has several deals on ham so be sure to look at those if you are cooking ham for Easter. Here are the top 5 deals I see this week.

1. Eggs at $0.99 (Limit 4 dozen)
Final price: $0.99

2. Red Delicious, Jonathan, Gala, Fuji or McIntosh apples (3 lbs) at $2.50
Final price: $2.50

3. Jimmy Dean ground sausage (16 oz) at $3
Use $1/1 printable coupon (change zip to 77477)
Final price: $2 after sale and coupon

4. Meijer frozen vegetables (10 to 16 oz) at $0.88
Final price: $0.88

5. Meijer flour (5 lbs) at $1.39
Final price: $1.39

Pampers: 40 New Points

Pampers Rewards

There are several new codes available that you can add to your Pampers Gifts to Grow account. I believe they will all work through the 23rd but I’d go ahead and add them now while they are still active. Here’s the codes to enter.

  • FB8C9ENCEPQNL14 (15 points)
  • FBRAWLLLL577815 (10 points)
  • TWIT8989CCLLD15 (5 points)

After you enter the codes, read this article about pregnancy exercises and click on the “I’ve Read It” button for another 10 points.

Shopping Over the Weekend

My shopping took place earlier than normal this week as I did something I rarely do. I shopped over the weekend. On Saturday, we went out as a family to order our new countertops at Menards. Laminate was still on sale and it’s the first step of our kitchen update. I’m so excited that we’ve finally saved up the money to start working on our kitchen! Anyway, after Menards, we went across the road to Kohls so I could stack some coupons, sales and Kohls cash deals to pick up new sheets for our bed. Then, we stopped by Walmart.

As many of you know, I’m not a big fan of Walmart. I can get better deals at Kroger and Meijer, and the crowds and cashiers at Walmart are never my favorite. But we were right there and I wanted to price match the fabulous $1.69/gallon Aldi price for milk.

Unfortunately, I learned something new about price matching. At our Walmart, there is now a specific brand (not their Sam’s Choice) that you have to use when price matching. It can’t just be any generic now. Add it to my list of reasons I dislike Walmart. I told Andy that Walmart is deliberately trying to make price matching harder because lots of couponers will pick up the other brand and when told they are told at the register they can’t price match this brand, will just let it slide – and make Walmart more money. That’s my hypothesis. Do you agree?

Walmart - $19.47 - 3/14/15

Since we were there, we bought bananas and apples for the week. I also bought a couple of their cheap ($0.88) spices to try making ranch mix from scratch. We also bought 100 cups for Nathan’s party. They were $6.34 so the biggest part of our trip but a better deal than the name brand cups. We also bought some streamers, balloons and candles for Nathan’s party but I’m not going to take that out of our grocery budget. We’ll call those an entertaining expense! :-) At Walmart, I spent $19.47.

We hosted 2 high school students who were on band tour Saturday night. They had to be back at our church by 7:20 on Sunday morning so they could warm-up for worship. I took the girls back while Andy played with Nathan a bit longer at home. After I dropped the girls off, I ran down the street to Kroger to quickly shop before church. We’re what I bought at the Mega Sale this week.

Kroger - 3/15/15 - $23.86

Again, I was most excited about Kraft cheese for $1.49. Yes, I still have cheese in my fridge and freezer but I simply can’t pass up a deal this good on something we eat almost daily. Nathan loves cheese, too! I used all the coupons I had and bought 9 more blocks of cheese at $1.49/ The Mott’s apple juice was $0.99, Ritz were $1.77 and Oreos $0.99. I had planned to buy the olive oil for $2.99 but they were out of it! Bummer. The second bag of Oreos was a quick purchase to round out my 15 Mega Sale items.

I picked up another container of applesauce and realized Kroger generic applesauce is $0.10 cheaper than Meijer generic applesauce. Hmmm. I picked up another Plum Mash-Ups for $0.29, after a printable coupon. I decided to give the 4 containers of GoGo Squeez a try since they were on sale and I had a coupon. I paid $1.25 for 4 pouches. We’ll be taking those along with us to Nationals. Finally, I picked up my free Kroger Snickers egg as a reward for a shopping trip well done!

At Kroger, I spent $23.86 and saved $39.83 (or 62%). Plus, I still made it to church on time!

This week, I spent $43.33. I’ve now spent $150.09 in March. That leaves me with $50 to spend next week as I finish shopping for the month and Nathan’s party.

One more note. I know some of you might be wondering what we eat when all I buy is cheese for the week. :-) This week? We ate patty melts, enchilada casserole, nachos, leftovers, and lots of produce! I made the enchilada casserole on Monday night so Andy could eat leftovers when I was working late at my accreditation visit on Tuesday. We both ate more leftovers on Wednesday. Andy left for Nationals on Thursday morning, and Nathan and I are joining him Saturday morning, so we’re eating away from home this weekend. This is one of the main reasons I love having a stocked freezer and pantry. I shop the sales and save lots of money by buying ahead. Then, I can plan my meals from what I already have on hand. What did you eat this week?

Friday Freebies on March 20

Friday Freebies - Featuring Free Ebooks at Joyfully Thriving

Whew! It was a busy week this week. Andy and I decided it was probably better if I waited a day to come up to Valpo for the basketball tournament so Nathan could have a day at home before sitting in the bleachers watching basketball. I’ll watch the games online today and then head up with Nathan in the morning. We’re going to have a low key day at home. Thanks to Shelly at Frugal Family Home for her help in compiling this list!

Remember that Amazon pricing, promotions, and availability are subject to change at any time without notice. Please confirm the price before completing your purchase. Also, some of the links below are my referral links. You can see my disclosure policy for more information. If you are reading this in a reader or email, due to Amazon’s policy, you must click through to my website for the links to work. Now, let’s get to all the free ebooks!

Frugal Simplicity


Out of a Dream

Artful Dodger


Be Thou My Vision

Non Fiction

The Art of Frugal Simplicity

DIY Kitchen Renovation on a Budget: Easy Hacks to Update Your Kitchen This Weekend

How to Grow Fruit Trees

DIY Bath Melts


Whole Foods Recipes – Quick Easy Dinner Recipes Cookbook for Heart Healthy Eating & Weight Loss Using Whole Foods

Homemade Frosting Recipes: Delicious Easy Homemade Frosting in Under 20 Minutes

Slow Cooking Recipes

The Egg Cookbook

Kids Books

Thaddeus Whiskers and the Dragon

Beach Games for Kids

Lorry the Truck Misses His Family

The Adventures of Geraldine Woolkins

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