Archive for January, 2012
Are you ready to save some decent coin at the food store? Do you have a love-hate relationship with food shopping ? Does Extreme Couponing both fascinate & disturb you? I do my grocery shopping once a week & spend around 20 minutes Saturday morning preparing my list. (PS Shopping less = saving more…)
In your grocery shopping war, your best allies are the weekly circular, your computer & your coupon inserts stack.
Step 1) Review your circular & look for sales on items you will use &/or need. If you don’t like canned beets, who cares if they are on super special? Do you really need 10 bottles of relish? Doubtful.
Step 2) Make your list and note the price & quantity. You can even use this shopping list sheet I use… very convenient.
Step 3) Check out a coupon database site (I use this one from Money Saving Mom). I simply type the name of the product from my shopping list & see if there are any useful coupons available. Then, I either print them or search for them in my stack. (You will get the most bang for your buck when buying an item already on sale & using a coupon. Click here if you need a ‘Coupon Refresher”)
Step 4) Note on your list which items you have a coupon (or two) to use.
Step 5) Head to the store with your game face on. Only purchase the items on your list. Impulse buys will raise your overall bill by 200% (actually, I am making that up, but you get the point.)
Step 6) Before checking out, make sure you have chosen the correct coupon/product combos. I will put any products I have a “Free” Coupon for at the end of my order to make it easier for the cashier to find the product’s price.
Step 7) Delight in a job well done
I have reduced my grocery bill from $120 a week to $50-$70 a week. Plus, I am getting more bang for my buck. As Mr. Sheen would say, WINNING….
Very easy & hearty for a chilly day!!!!
The best part – add as much or as little of an ingredient you want! There is really no right or wrong way to make this….
Granted, I am new to this whole Kindle Universe… but did you know Amazon has a list of free Kindle books you can download?
This is very exciting since they change frequently… so bookmark the page.
I use these quick tricks to glam up my cupcakes….
Did you know pastry bags are a girls best friend? Yes they are! You can even use a zip lock if you cut off the tip.
My biggest issue was trying to get the frosting into the bag & not all over the place… Well, thank you Paula Dean.
Use a tall glass and put the zip lock edges over the rim. Viola, easy as pie…. Fill ‘er up with your frosting & get started.
It is also a convienent resting place for the bag when you need a break to eat a freshly decorated cup cake….
I got a little crazy with that last one….
Um, double yum. I got the basic recipe from SkinnyTaste. What a great way to get some extra veggies!
Check out my shell-disaster here….
Old Dizee would have just shook her head & paid the bills…
New Dizee picked up the phone.
Turns out the doctor’s bill was an error & my bill was zeroed out (YEAH!)
As for the service agreement, my oil company’s agreement was always in the $200 range. Also, I was supposed to have the variable oil price but was charged $4.79 per gallon! So, I called to complain – I didn’t know why the agreement was so high or why my oil price was crazy.
Well, turns out they wanted to keep my business. They lowered my contract agreement to $160 & set my oil price to $3.79. Best part is they adjusted my last oil delivery down to the new price – crediting my account by $52.03.
Total Oil Savings was just under $200!!