Friday, January 13, 2017

Just a thought or two from your old friend, ShaRon :o)

​WHEW!!! Can we officially stop saying "Happy New Year!"?

My life is finally slowing down after the holidays.  My grandkids were in overdrive X10!!!  And, at the end of all this, I just had my 70th birthday!!  Yes, I am officially an old lady and loving it.  Had I known how much fun 70 would be, I would have been born 70 and gone on from there. 

What are a few of the advantages of being 70 years old?  I am so glad you asked.  First, I can say "no" and not even think about giving a reason and no one asks me "why?".  They may want to but don't. 

Second, I no longer feel I have to apologize for forgetting to do something.  I just tell folks that if they wanted someone to remember they were supposed to do or say something, they should have asked someone younger. 

Next, I have come to the realization that one morning I am not going to wake up.  It is for this reason that I have decided that if I am going to do something, it must be fun.  I am no longer going to waste my time doing stuff that I do not enjoy.  ​Life is short and at 70, I know for certain that I have lived out most of my years and have only a few more (may be) to go. 

As strange as it may seem, I am excited about my next journey.  I look forward to crossing over to be with my Jesus, to see the face of God, and joining my ancestors who paved the way for me to have such as incredible journey.  I highly recommend growing old.  I also recommend being nice to everyone around you.  For one day, you may need someone to roll your wrinkly behinds over and change that nasty diaper. 

I know that I will not always be in charge of my comings and goings.  Scripture says, "I tell you the truth, when you were young, you were able to do as you liked; you dressed yourself and went wherever you wanted to go. But when you are old, you will stretch out your hands, and others will dress you and take you where you don't want to go."  ​John 21:18​

Just a thought or two from your old friend, ShaRon :o)

PS  I have some awesome coupon links to share​ later today.

Wednesday, January 4, 2017

Harris Teeter Shopping Hack!

Hey, Y'all!
Harris Teeter Super Doubles start today!!!

As most of you already know, our house is bursting at the seams with our 8-11 grandkids (depending on who is spending the night).  The last thing I have to waste is my TIME!!!  I have noticed that my couponing has not been as fervent as it had been in the  previous year.  I just did not have the "extra" time to aimlessly wander the aisles searching for bargains.

I love to coupon.  It is my stress reliever.  I have to focus only on the thrill of the bargain or that amazing high value coupon and nothing else.  But, alas, I have not been able to do that, until today. 

I decided to grab that HT Super Doubles spreadsheet and match up some coupons with those deals.  But, what makes this trip different is that I am placing my order online.  It only costs $4.95 to order my groceries and have my own personal shopper do all my grocery shopping for me.  So, imagine my surprise when I realized that my final out of pocket will be about $13 AND because this is my very first online order with HT, my $4.95 fee is waived!!!!  YESSSSSS!!!

After all my coupons, sales, etc., my bottom line out of pocket should be about $13 + tax.  I will have to scan my coupons at the store. I scheduled my pick up for the first day of the Super Doubles Sale and the first time slot in the morning.  Hopefully, this will mean that all of my items will be in stock.  I planned to go really early in the morning and shop for myself but this is so much better and it is free.  I really don't have the time to do my own shopping.

My Shopping List
3 Finish Powerball Max in 1 $4.99 ea (99¢ ea)
3 Vaseline Intensive Care Advanced Repair 10 oz $4.49 ea (49¢ ea)
3 Poise Pantiliners $3.99 ea (FREE)
3 Dove Men Body Wash 13.5 oz $3.99 ea (97¢ ea)
3 Crest Pro-Health Advanced Extra Whitening $3.99 ea (FREE)
1 Right Guard Xtreme $4.69 ea (69¢)
2 Celestial Seasonings Herbal Tea $2 ea (50¢ ea)
2 Truvia Stevia Sweetner $3.99 (99¢ ea)



Have fun shopping Super Doubles at HT!!!​

ShaRon
:o)


Monday, January 2, 2017

HT Super Doubles are Baaaaaack!

Happy 2017 New Year to Everyone!

Disclaimer:  If you do not live in Harris Teeter country, ignore this email.


Harris Teeter Super Doubles are Baaaaack!!!

All coupons double up to $4!!!  50¢ coupons double to $1; $1 coupons double to $2; $1.50 coupons double to $3; $2 coupons double to $4!!!  If the coupon says, "Do Not Double" it will not double its value.

Here's how to get started.
2. Go to the Deal Matchups for Harris Teeter Super Doubles beginning Wednesday at 7 am.
3. Follow the links for the deal matchups in #2
4. Make your own Super Doubles by typing in "$2", "$1", "$1.50", etc. in the "Source" field as shown below. Only type one amount at a time.  All of the coupons will appear for that amount.  Some will be printables and others will be from inserts.  If you need help, send me an email.:


Finally, start clipping and preparing for the Harris Teeter Super Doubles starting Wednesday in most regions.  If it doesn't happen, we will all be disappointed.

Happy New Year!

ShaRon :o)




Saturday, November 26, 2016

Online: Cyber Monday Deals & More...

Hey, Y'all!

I am not one down for the hunt for Black Friday or Cyber Monday deals.  However, I know some of you were probably bustin' down chains to grab those super deals this weekend. 
I was reading my December AARP magazine and saw several tips that I wanted to pass on to you.

Here are some tips for shopping saavy online and in stores:
  1. PricePinx.com to get notified the instant an item you are craving is marked down.
  2. Follow your favorite retailer online via Facebook & Twitter for access to sales and markdowns.
  3. Buy discounted gift cards at Gift Card Granny  and Card Cash.  You may be able to get gift cards discounted by as much as 35%!!
  4. Comparison shop online by using search engines: ShopStyle.com for fashion and home products; Shopping.com and BizRate.com for commodity items like TVs.  PriceGrabber.com compiles items with the lowest prices from across the internet.
  5. Overstock.com and 6pm.com are pots of gold at the end of the deal hunter's rainbow.
  6. Google the item and add "best price" to it.  For example, "Samsung 6 Best Price"
  7. "Dynamic Pricing" fluctuates based on your search history and can raise prices by a few cents or $100+.  This has happened to me several times on Amazon.com.  The solution is to browse incognito to avoid site "cookies" that store your search history.  To open a private window <press Control + Shift + N> (in Windows, Linus and Chrome OS); Command + Shift + N (Mac).
  8. Amazon Shoppers: Amazon prices change daily and sometimes hourly.  Check Camelcamelcamel.com for the cost history of any item on Amazon.com.
  9. Check the "Deals" listed under the black Amazon banner for other great deals.  Don't forget to browse the deals incognito via the private mode (see #7)
  10. Shop Amazon Warehouse & Amazon Outlet
  11. Load these two apps on your smart phone:  Amazon and ShopSaavy.  Snap a photo of an items bar code and automatically compare prices among thousands of real live retail stores​.  The app actually has coupons you can show on your phone for more discounts.
  12. Finally, if you have the time, give the online retailer a call or online chat.  Ask for specials, promo codes, discounts, etc. on the item(s) you want to purchase.  Be extra sweet and you may fill your pot of gold with great savings and more deals than you can count.
ShaRon :o)


Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving!!!

Hey, Y'all!

I know you probably thought I had fallen off the edge of the earth and landed on the moon.  But, I have been so busy with my big family and have only now settled into a groove that will soon allow me to get back to my shopping trips and blog posts.  I might even have time to do a coupon class or two.  However, for now, I will be very much Bizzy MiMi in the Kitchen; at the grocery store; at the pharmacy or wherever I find myself.  I want to begin doing more videos, too.  They are quicker and more fun than just sitting and typing and rambling on and on like I am doing right now.

Anyway, I have been teaching a class at my church on budgeting and paying down personal debt. Part of the class assignment is to have one area of their finances as cash only with a fixed budgeted amount.  I chose "groceries" to be my cash only budget item.  I set our family limit at $600 per month.  That is really low for feeding 11 people each month.  However, I have a full pantry, two freezers, and three refrigerators with freezers all full of frozen foods; eggs; veggies, fruit all waiting to be devoured.  So, for now, we are starting with the $600.  My husband has an envelope with $350 and I have one with $250.  He purchases paper and plastic eating utensils, plates, cups, bathroom tissue, paper towels, etc. in addition to groceries. 

I made my first cash only purchase at ShopRite Saturday night.  How did I do?  Look & see for yourself https://youtu.be/HN6-RWZMI2w

 My total before coupons was $98.72; after I swiped my customer card, it dropped to $65.80; after coupons were scanned it dropped to $36.46.  I also received two catalina coupons: $2 off my next fresh meat purchase; $5 off my next grocery purchase that made my bottom line just $29.46 down from $98.72. Haaaay!

I have missed some awesome deals these last few weeks because I have been fulfilling my pledge to prepare meals only from what we have on hand (in our freezers and pantry) for at least a month.  We have been doing just that and have been able to save simply by not going to the supermarket.

We are continuing to eat from our stocked freezers and pantry and supplement our meals with purchases of fresh fruit, veggies, and milk.  I have to reign in my husband's purchases because he will go to the store hungry and come home with stuff we really do not need: cookies, potato chips, brownies, cake, pies, honey buns, etc.  Hopefully, his cash based budget with help him resist his junk food splurges.

Sadly, there's only one insert expected next weekend following Thanksgiving.  Here's the link to PG Insert coupon preview.  The next several weeks in December should prove to be bountiful for couponers.  January will definitely be a wonderful day for couponers.  You can expect as many as four or five inserts the first Sunday in January.

In the meantime, Happy Thanksgiving!

ShaRon :o)


Saturday, October 15, 2016

Coupon Updates

Harris Teeter Super Double Coupons 3 Days Only!!!
Double coupons with face value of up to $2
$2 coupons will be doubled to $4!!!!
Limit 20 coupons per day and limit of 3 like coupons per day
Sunday, October 16 through Tuesday, October 18, 2016



Hey, Y'all!

It's been a while since I have sent out any coupon updates.  I have been soooo bizzy with my big family.  I wish I could afford to pay someone to shadow me during my daily routine.  That would surely be a viral video.  I feel like a real grandma.  Cooking, cleaning, doing laundry, doing dishes, checking homework, making snacks, putting bandaids on microscopic booboos, settling spats, combing hair, and just listening to what they say and don't say. WHEW!  I got out of breath just typing that. 

Thankfully, tomorrow we start with a brand new chore chart.  We had one this summer but never really did anything with it.  I usually just grabbed someone as they walked by to do whatever had to be done at the time.  This worked okay for the youngest kids (ages 4 to 9).  However, we have four teenagers and a preteen who quickly figured out how to avoid me and any chores. 

So, now since school routines have settled in, we are going forward with our chore chart.  I will have to let you know how this pans out later.

I am currently on a 4 to 6+ week challenge to refrain from purchasing any meat products of any kind.  My two freezers and three refrigerator freezers are so tightly packed that I could barely stuff in a package of bacon.  So, rather than spend more money on more meats, we decided to save money by eating what we have on hand.  We are only buying bread, dairy, eggs, fresh fruit, veggies, juice, and toiletries for the next 4 to 6 weeks.  This is the end of week 2 and we have been pretty good at sticking to our challenge. 

My job is to scan the freezers and make a menu (breakfast & dinner) from what we have on hand.  I cleaned out my freezers a few weeks ago to make it easier to see what we have.  That was the best thing I have done all summer.  I organized it according to meats, poultry, seafood, frozen prepared meals, frozen make ahead meals, veggies, and fruit.  I did make a video but have not posted it just yet.  I should have it up by late Saturday.  I will be sure to send you the link when it is up and ready to go.  No frills, just the video.

There are some great sales coming up at Harries Teeter next week (Super Doubles double coupons with face value up to $2) and ShopRite where they double coupons with a face value up to $1.  Also, I have been doing quite a bit of shopping at Aldi's and Save-a-lot.  Aldi's brands are very good and they offer a double guarantee (they will refund your money and replace the item) if you are not pleased.  I have tried several of their items and have been pleased with all except some veggie chips.  They were just plain gross.  I took them back and got my money back.  I chose not to get the item replaced.

Next, I know several of you have been asking about coupon classes.  I have been quite busy with my eight grandkids (minus the two who are away in school) and their father who now reside with my husband and I.  It is coming up on a year in November and we have come a very long way but still have a long journey ahead of us all. Anyway, I will not be doing another coupon class this year.  I am teaching four financial bootcamp classes on four Sundays at my church during the church school hour in Nov & Dec.  Hopefully, I will be able to return to coupon classes in January.  I will do my very best to stay in touch via coupon videos and the weekly coupon deals updates.   Next week, I will share with you some of the links I used to teach myself the art of the deals using coupons.

Finally,two inserts expected this weekend: 

Red Plum 10/23

Smart Source 10/23

New to Me Printable Coupon Sites
http://lozo.com/grocery-coupons/brands
http://www.pickupthevalues.com/coupon.aspx

Have a blessed weekend!

S
​​
haRon
​​
:o)



Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Living Rich with Coupons

Hey, Y'all!

Have not had the energy to go shopping for anything this past week.  All those awesome deals passed me by.  But, my coupon mantra says, "Don't fret over missed deals and expired coupons. There will always be more deals and better coupons to match them." 

I have a horrendous summer cold and ten kids clamoring to be fed three square meals, snacks, and dessert everyday.  I don't have the option to wimp out because of a stinking cold.  But, I did today!  Thankfully, I have been teaching all of my kids from the 4 year old up to the 17 year old to prepare meals.  This afternoon my 15 year old grandson barbequed three or four racks (15 lbs) of spare ribs; my 4, 6, & 7 year olds prepared the veggies (frozen green beans and corn on the cob).  I am so very proud of them.  Those of you who know my little ones think they are perfect in every way... Well, let me just say this.  They are "children" and behave like children whenever they get the chance.

Decided to share a favorite coupon website with you.  All of these links will help you get the best deals with or without coupons.  My goal is to stay out of the stores because there is no better proven way to save money than not to shop.  I try not to shop more than once per week.  That has been easy this week because I am sick.  But, I will try to get out either Friday morning or Saturday morning. 

Finally, I am going to give you a quick look at our "storehouse": basement pantry, three refrigerators, and two freezers next week.  I am also preparing meals for the school week and will let you see how we do that, too.  We will prepare (pre-cook) about 30 pounds of home-fried potatoes; 10 pounds of bacon; corn muffins; french toast; and pancakes.  I won't do all of that in one day.  Each time I prepare those items for a meal, I will just "overcook" and freeze the rest for other meals.  The kids LOVE home-fries and bacon for breakfast.  Only a few really like eggs with their breakfast.  But, they love deviled eggs for after school snacks.

I am so glad school will be starting next week.  Early bedtimes for everyone at 8 PM...YES, YES, YES!  Our kids are like the walking dead in the morning.  I have given wake up duties to their father.  The first wake up is at 5 AM...Good Luck!  This also means I will have about 6 hours of "free" time to do other things.  Well, I hope that my meal planning and preparation will actually give us more "free" time during the day.

Finally, I really want to do more videos with my family to let you share in our victories and a few of our defeats, too.  The children are remarkable and we are all so very proud to be a part of their lives. 

Living Rich with Coupons is one of my favorite go to sites for deal match ups for supermarkets and pharmacies.  I am sure you will find this site very helpful, too.  All of the featured links below are from LivingRichwithCoupons.com This site features lots and lots of awesome links that will help you plan your shopping and your meals for your hungry family.  The links on the website will also teach you how to be a better couponer.

I hope you have an awesome week shopping and enjoy the deals!

Happy Couponing!

ShaRon :o)