Tuesday, May 5, 2009

Couponing is the New Black

Need some couponing inspiration? Check out these savings (haha...okay so it is not that good but it is still good). It is truly en vogue to save lots of money. The new status symbol is not how much you spent but how much you saved.

We are back and teaching coupon classes in force! Schedule your class today (email me at laraherway@gmail.com). Our class is free, informative, simple coupons 101. You will walk out of our class with the basics on how to get started. We are available to teach on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, some Thursday and Saturday mornings. We are now able to offer the best price available on the Salt Lake area Sunday only paper: 52 weeks for $52! We will also give gifts cards, up to $24 back on your subscriptions. Besides, who wouldn't want to spend an hour listening to Amy and I?

Wednesday, March 25, 2009

Warning: K-Mart Double Deals

If you follow any of the frugal or bargain blogs you have probably heard about K-Mart double deals. I was really excited when I read about the amazing deals available on cleaners, bath and body, and food items and actually spent about an hour compiling my shopping list and clipping the necessary coupons. Then I went to K-Mart only to get stuck with a checker who didn't know what she was doing and I was beyond frustrated. To make a long story short (trust me I could go on and on) I ended up having them void the whole sale and abandoned my cart. This morning I did a little more research and learned that only Super K-Marts are participating in double deals and that Big K's aren't the same thing as Super K-Mart's and that there aren't any Super K-Mart's in the state of Utah.

So unfortunately those of us who live in Utah won't be able to take advantage of this awesome promotion.

Monday, January 12, 2009


I just saved record cash at the Grocery store. I can't believe how much money I am saving. I was so sceptical of this when we first started but now I am a believer. We have more food storage then ever and are eating better then we were when I was spending $700.00 a month on groceries. It is not cheap to raise four children and I just thought I was doing the best I could. I was wrong. I am now feeding my family on $250.00 a month (and that includes household items such as diapers, laundry soap, cleaning supplies, toiletries, etc.).
However, the best part is that I am loving grocery shopping. I actually get super excited to go to the store. What used to be a chore is now my favorite part of the week. It is the best natural high around.

A Few Great Couponing Tips

1. Everything in the Grocery store goes on sale during a four month period. The trick is to stop menu shopping and start SALE/COUPON shopping. When something is on sale buy a minimum of months worth. Thus, it will take you four months to hit your rock bottom prices.

2. Don't look through your coupons, just file and forget. Only look at "the list" on Grocery Smarts. This way you won't be tempted to use your coupons before you can get a rock bottom price.

3. Create 20 recipes that work for you family, print them out and keep them handy. Stock up on the items it takes to make these recipes. When it is time to cook dinner you will have plenty of choices. Your family will be eating better than ever on less cash.

4. Stock Up on cleaning supplies, laundry, dish soap and toiletries. Most last for a one year. These items go on sale for incredible prices, but they have the potential to eat up a grocery budget if they are purchased for full price.

5. Buy multiple copies of the Sunday Paper. The standard rule is: One paper per person in your family. The cost is about $1.50 per paper. Amy and I are able to offer $10 gift cards for each subscription. Do the math. It's worth it.

Saturday, January 10, 2009

Our New Favorite Thing!

Lara and I are now teaching FREE couponing classes for GrocerySmarts.com (a FREE service that matches your coupons to local sales). We are able to provide great hostess gifts as well as an amazing deal on the Sunday paper which is the best place to find high value coupons. It is a short and entertaining class so leave a comment if you would like to schedule a class for you and your mom's network.

p.s. Grocery Smarts is currently only available in UT and Nevada but I have had a couple of friends outside the state that recommend grocery game (unfortunately they do charge a small monthly fee).


This week I spent $328.24 and saved $416.14, that's a 58% savings. I purchased 138 items (mostly stock up items) including: Tide HE detergent for eight months, Cascade for 12 months, Pampers wipes for six months, Pampers diapers for two months, Prilosec for six months, Oral B toothbrushes for 12 months, 15 boxes of Betty Crocker fruit snacks, Dasani water 24 packs (12 packs for $30), 7 boxes of Mr Clean Erasers, 12 boxes of Kleenex tissue, 24 cups of Yoplait yogurt (you can freeze these if you want to buy a lot when they are on sale but your family won't go through all of them before they expire), Secret deodorant for 24 months (went a little crazy here and will probably give some away depending on how long they last), Gillette razors for 24 months, 10 boxes of FiberOne cereal bars, and other items including orange juice, dental floss, and eye drops.

I have been couponing for three months and am now doing most of my weekly shopping out of my pantry.

Monday, November 10, 2008

My first BIG shop!

I have been couponing for about a month now and today I did my first BIG shop. I spent $256.28 and saved $233.25. I purchased 120 items including $20 in diapers, two DVD's (Kung Fu Panda and Tinkerbell), six units of laundry detergent, 15 cans of Progresso soup, 24 boxes of cold cereal (General Mills and Kellogg's), ten boxes of Betty Crocker cake mix, and a lot of other items. My total also includes our weekly staples (two gallons of milk, two gallons of OJ, two loaves of bread, fresh veggies, etc.). I am not nearly as coupon savvy as these two women but I am learning and am loving the thrill of saving major bucks while feeding my family good food and building my food storage. It took me two hours to prep for my shopping trip and an hour and a half at the grocery store. I filled two carts and was a little embarrassed but when I checked out the person behind me was amazed at my savings and complemented me on my coupon savviness.