• Who is the Coupon Fairy?

    August 8, 2012 by  
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    Have you been blessed by the Coupon Fairy? Been strolling down the aisle towards a product that you needed to buy but didn’t have a coupon for? Magically, right there on the shelf by your item, there is a coupon that you can use! Yep, she is one wonderful fairy isn’t she?!

    The fact is that we can all be coupon fairies! In every paper every week there are coupons for items that your family doesn’t buy. A lot of us just look as those coupons as something that we “may” buy or you may even view them as trash, however there is someone out there that needs that coupon! So the next time you are clipping, make a “Coupon Fairy” pile and take 5 minutes out of your grocery trip to drop those coupons by their respected items. You never know who you may bless with your small act of kindness!

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    Getting Ready For College? Tips to Help You Save

    August 2, 2012 by  
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    This year’s crop of freshman is already gearing up for their first taste of college life. A main component of all that mad preparation is buying the basic necessities to outfit a dorm room. Some are happy to just throw twin-bed sheets, desk lamp and laptop into a box and call it a day. Others, however, know there’s a lot more to getting things in shape than this.

    Just buying the basic necessities, however, can run into a pile of cash, so whoever is footing the bill may want to take a gander at these cost-saving tips.

    Shop Sales-Tax Holidays
    Just in time for back-to-school, 12 of the 17 states hosting sales-tax holidays this year occur in early August. Taking advantage of these holidays will ensure savings on everything from clothes to computers. Check out this guide from Kiplinger Personal Finance Magazine to see if your state is participating, and when.

    Price it Out
    Price comparison sites will save you time in the hunt for dorm room deals. Price Grabber will locate the lowest prices on computers, printers, MP3 players and more. And the soon-to-be-released InkJetWilly.com will find you the best deal on ink cartridges once the fall semester is in full swing.

    Get a Rebate
    Rebates abound during back-to-school promotions, so keep your eyes peeled for deals and be sure to chat with sales associates to learn the details. For example, Best Buy is currently offering a 20-percent instant recycling rebate when you bring in an old fan or vacuum for a Dyson.

    Shop on Craigslist
    Craigslist is a great resource for previously-owned compact refrigerators, desks, futons or even a bike for riding to class. Buying all these items new will certainly break your budget, so remember to take advantage of lower cost alternatives. This strategy is sure to get you on the right financial foot as you head into the next phase of your life.

    Use Student Discounts
    Laptops and tablets give you the flexibility to escape dorm-room distractions and take your work to quieter places like the library or local coffee shop. This a good time to upgrade that high-school computer using one of the reduced-price student programs offered by Dell University and Apple Store for Education.

    Shop Special Sales
    In the retail world, back-to-school time is almost as lucrative as the holiday shopping season, which is likely why Target is extending its “Black Friday in July” promotion into “Summer Cyber Week” this week. Take advantage of deals on electronics and everyday essentials like bedding and cleaning supplies.

    Swap or Sell Your Stuff
    Swap your old DVDs, video games and high school books in exchange for dorm room necessities at sites like Swap.com. You can also sell your gently used clothing at consignment shops for money or credit towards a new (to you) wardrobe.

    Get Gift Cards with Purchase
    Retailers are gearing up for back-to-school in a big way, offering gift cards with the purchase of college necessities. Get a $100 gift card to Apple when you purchase a Mac computer before September 21. If a tablet is more your style, you can get a $50 gift card with the new iPad. Not to be outdone, Barnes & Noble is offering a $50 gift card with the purchase of every Nook tablet (16GB).

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    Print Coupons, Without a Printer!

    July 17, 2012 by  
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    Ever seen a coupon online that you want to get but you are not hooked up to your printer right now? This happens to me all the time because I am on my laptop, and I am lazy at that second and don’t want to walk all the way into the office to the printer and connect. This is when I figured out I can still get the coupon even if I am not connected to the printer.

    (Warning: Your Milage May Vary. The steps below are ones that work for me but I would test your computer on a coupon you don’t really need first just in case.)

    1. Print the coupon as you would normally, not hooked up to the printer
    2. After it says you’ve printed it, try waiting 5 to 10 minutes and hook up the printer. Your coupon should then print!

    What happens is if the computer can’t print the page, it keep the item in que to print the next time you connect to the printer. This works as long as you don’t shut down your computer before you print. If you shut the machine down, the items in que disappear.

    Try it now! Head over to Coupons.com and see if this works for you. Print the Spectracide coupon and get it FREE at Walmart

    Another time this helps:

    When you are out of ink and haven’t made it to the store but there is a HOT coupon you want to print before it is gone!

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    My July TeetheMe Box Came in + 20% OFF Code!

    July 14, 2012 by  
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    If you follow ESM on Facebook, you know I RAVE about TeetheMe! Being a new mom again, there are so many cool baby products out there that I have no idea about plus don’t have time to find. TeetheMe is my favorite treat of the month because they find it all for me and send it in a box right to my door! Check out my box from this month, inside were these items:

    Reusable swim diaper (we needed this so bad, I have been looking for one)

    Kids Songs CD

    Juice Box/Milk/Snack Holder

    Teething Ring by Mam

    Colic Free Mam Bottle

    4 Packets of squeezable apple sauce

    How does TeetheMe work?

    You tell TeetheMe the age of your child, gender, and they do the rest! They go up to age 3 and all the boxes are different based on the child’s age. The service is $24, which at first I thought was kind of high. Then I received my first box and fell in love. I would’ve paid over $50 for the items in there and they were all something I would have purchased myself! Items that we were needing, because they know the stage of life my child is in.

    Right now, if you go HERE you get 20% off your first order making it less than $20 for your first month’s box! Also, if you sign up for their refer a friend program you get $10 for every friend that orders!

    There is still time to grab this month’s box, if you order now they send out another batch of boxes on the 25th!

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    Who is the Coupon Fairy?

    July 2, 2012 by  
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    Have you been blessed by the Coupon Fairy? Been strolling down the aisle towards a product that you needed to buy but didn’t have a coupon for? Magically, right there on the shelf by your item, there is a coupon that you can use! Yep, she is one wonderful fairy isn’t she?!

    The fact is that we can all be coupon fairies! In every paper every week there are coupons for items that your family doesn’t buy. A lot of us just look as those coupons as something that we “may” buy or you may even view them as trash, however there is someone out there that needs that coupon! So the next time you are clipping, make a “Coupon Fairy” pile and take 5 minutes out of your grocery trip to drop those coupons by their respected items. You never know who you may bless with your small act of kindness!

    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you help support this site. Thanks so much!

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    Celebrate July 4th and Still Be Frugal!

    June 28, 2012 by  
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    How do you celebrate Independence Day? Fireworks? Family? Friends?  I’m sure there is lots of yummy food :)  For this week’s Frugal Family Fu post Tracy has some great shopping list items, a recipe and FUN to help us keep our budgets in check this 4th of July!

    Head here to check out this week’s Frugal Family Fun post

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    Absolutely FREE Credit Score & Report (no credit card required!)

    June 25, 2012 by  
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    This is an awesome thing! I see the Free Credit Report commercial all the time, but when you go to their website they want you to put a credit card on file and sign up for a temporary membership that you must cancel or you are charged $XX of dollars. Yuck! What if I just want to check my credit score?

    Credit Sesame! I just did this myself and it took less than three minutes. I simply typed in my information, verified a few questions, and up appeared my credit report. Any bank or credit advisor will say it is so important to check your credit score every so often, to make sure there are no discrepancies.

    This program gave me my credit score, how it is rated among other, PLUS a way to “simulate” my new credit score if I add a new card, pay one off, etc. That is always a good thing to check before making those important decisions.

    Head on over to Credit Sesame now and get started!


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    Print Coupons, Without a Printer!

    June 13, 2012 by  
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    Ever seen a coupon online that you want to get but you are not hooked up to your printer right now? This happens to me all the time because I am on my laptop, and I am lazy at that second and don’t want to walk all the way into the office to the printer and connect. This is when I figured out I can still get the coupon even if I am not connected to the printer.

    (Warning: Your Milage May Vary. The steps below are ones that work for me but I would test your computer on a coupon you don’t really need first just in case.)

    1. Print the coupon as you would normally, not hooked up to the printer
    2. After it says you’ve printed it, try waiting 5 to 10 minutes and hook up the printer. Your coupon should then print!

    What happens is if the computer can’t print the page, it keep the item in que to print the next time you connect to the printer. This works as long as you don’t shut down your computer before you print. If you shut the machine down, the items in que disappear.

    Try it now! Head over to Coupons.com and see if this works for you. Print the Spectracide coupon and get it FREE at Walmart

    Another time this helps:

    When you are out of ink and haven’t made it to the store but there is a HOT coupon you want to print before it is gone!

    Disclosure: This post may contain affiliate links. When you use them, you help support this site. Thanks so much!

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    Frugal Family Fun – Saving at the Movies

    May 31, 2012 by  
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    If you are planning on catching on of the summer blockbuster hits – you can plan on spending a pretty penny…Well, maybe!  For this week’s Frugal Family Fun post Tracy has a list of TWELVE money-saving tips to let us enjoy those hits and not break the bank.

    Head here to see how to save on going to the movies.

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    Things to NEVER Buy at Goodwill: Do you Agree?

    May 30, 2012 by  
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    Goodwill Used TV Sets

    Here is an interesting article on what one person would NEVER buy at Goodwill. Now, me being the thrifty queen I am, there isn’t much I wouldn’t buy at Goodwill aside from personal items like under-roos and such. This person wouldn’t buy silverware or a blender at Goodwill! Now, I don’t understand that.

    Check it out for yourself. Do you agree?

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