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The Sunchips Saga…..

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Sorry for the late post – we had quite the weekend.  I don’t know why I always think I will have time to write when I am home!

 

I have a sad story to tell you – but there is a happy ending.

 

See this bag of French Onion Sunchips?  I bought them on sale and had been biding my time before opening them (all of three days, but it was a herculean effort).

 

 

I love French Onion Chips and the plan was to have them with my lunch or as a snack at work.

 

Can you imagine how miserable I was when I opened the bag and <gasp> they tasted like regular sun chips?

 

There may have been an expletive or two uttered by Dizee.  But then I started wondering – could it be me?  Maybe, somehow, I ended up with an inability to taste French Onion chips?

 

The horror!

 

But no – I forced others to try the chips and they assured me there was absolutely NO French Onion to them.

 

Why this long drawn-out story about artificial French Onion seasoning on chips I probably shouldn’t be eating anyway?

 

I was so upset that I ended up emailing Frito-Lay chips to tell them about the crushing disappointment I felt at this situation….

 

Guess what they did? They sent me the coupons below – and I received them in days!

 

The moral of this little parable? It never hurts to let a company know you encountered a problem.

 

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Free Shutterfly Photo Book : Just Pay Shipping

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You can get a free  20 page 8″ x 8″ hardcover shutterfly book now thru August 30th.   Just use the code TARGETBOOK when you check out.  You should only have to pay shipping and tax.    (Thanks, Common Sense with Money)

 

My last book cost me just under $12.00.

BTW, I love shutterfly books!!!

 

I do a yearly book, give copies to family and just stare at them lovingly.

 

Before I started being smart and waiting for a Free Code, I would routinely spend over $60-70 bucks on a book. (And my first book was a 12″ x 12″ – way too big AND close to ninety smack-a-roos)

 

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Week 3 of Putting the Pieces Together : Lowering Your Grocery Bill

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Ok, here we are at Week 3…(granted it hasn’t been consecutive.  )

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….

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Free Kindle Books

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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.

 

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