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Is your home a beautiful, cozy nest and shelter? Start weaving your own attractive love- and dream-filled nesting place! Make your home and décor a pleasing, personal, frugal reflection of you with FRUGAL DECORATING!

“A lovingly decorated home is not about high price tags, debt, or keeping a set of design rules. It’s about pulling together pieces that work for your family, at a price you can afford, in a way that makes you smile . . .”
Molly Green

There’s so much packed into this special issue—ideas to express creativity and enjoy beauty; inspiration for daily living; and gentle wisdom and encouragement shared by real, contemporary families.

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Molly Green Magazine: Molly the Beauty Queen

Molly is wearing her beauty queen hat this month!

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This month, Molly is all about beauty! With summer in full swing, we tend to have more time to enjoy the outdoors and slow down a bit. Part of that slow down can mean a bit more time to focus on our beauty routines. This does not have to be expensive! Let Molly Green show you how to enjoy beauty treatments on a budget!

Learn to be comfortable in your own skin, find out the best foods to eat to maintain a healthful glow, find out how to save on dental care, have fun yet frugal family summer adventures, and be ready to make a new fabric flowers to decorate your beautiful head of hair!

Look for all of these topics and many more-

  • July has some fun holidays! Alayna Cann reveals some tasty sounding holidays!
  • Patricia Hunter addresses a topic vital for all of us- being comfortable in our own skin. Start with this article before you move on in this issue!
  • Having some fun money can help to relieve that entitlement mentality. Amanda van der Gulik gives you some tips to help your children not fall into the entitled trap when it comes to money!
  • Did you know that your pantry is loaded with beauty treatments? It sure is! Molly shares how to pamper yourself from head to toe using products from your pantry and kitchen!
  • Julie Nott shows you how to spruce up your home on a budget with five super simple ideas!
  • Beauty starts from within. Rhonda Barfield shares the foods and drinks we should include in our diet to keep us beautiful from the inside out!
  • Rebecca Bostwick shares her frugal beauty basics, encouraging you in keeping your hair trimmed to simple uses for olive oil, clay, and even a banana!
  • In Something Old, Something New, Sharon White turns everyday items into decorative fabric flowers
  • Are you looking for some family fun this summer? Look no further than Julie Nott’s article this month sharing frugal family adventures!
  • Brenda Tate shares how to do your own manicure at home, saving money, but also spending some quality time with your daughter!
  • Rhonda Barfield shares her book review for 3 Minutes to a Pain-Free Life.
  • Molly and Midge tell us how being frugal to live can equal being free to give.
  • This month’s Tip of the Month is all about using dental schools to save on this needful personal care. Read along as Rhonda Barfield shares her experience in using dental schools for her dental care.

 

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True beauty comes from within but who doesn’t like to look their best on the outside without spending a fortune doing it?! Frugality and Beauty go hand in hand in this month’s issue of Molly Green Magazine. Learn ways to save money on manicures, beauty treatments that are right from your own pantry, and much more. Molly Green Magazine is sure to help you have a beautiful smile all the way to the bank!

~ Laura Williams

Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson.
Contributing Writers: Laurie Bostwick, Rebecca Bostwick, Alayna Cann, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, Julie Nott, Brenda Tate, Amanda van der Gulik, Sharon White
Publication: 2013
Pages: 39
File Size: 7.2 MB

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Molly Green Magazine: Molly Talks Frankly About Food

She’s a foodie on a mission!

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Being the frugal person she is, Molly will be sure to get more wear out of her Easter bonnet during April, but more than likely you can catch her in a chef’s hat or a banker’s bill. This month she’s on a mission to save money on food and she’s taking her readers along for the ride.

Are you ever shocked by your grocery total? Disappointed at the quality your money buys? Overwhelmed with clipping coupons? Well, you’re not alone. Molly and friends are serving up ways to dull the shock, increase the quality, and make couponing a breeze.

Being the steward over the family food planning and budget is an important responsibility. By the time you’re finished reading this month’s issue of Molly, you’ll be armed with so many winning ideas, you’re sure to be proclaimed a foodie too!

  • Besides April Fool’s Day, see what other silly and sundry days will occur this month by checking out Alayna Cann’s calendar.
  • Americans waste an embarrassing amount of their food. To find out the percentage and learn how to be a better steward in your kitchen, read Molly’s Begin with the Basics segment.
  • How far is too far when it comes to cutting the food budget? Rhonda Barfield explains.
  • Transform ordinary lunches into healthy mid-day meals built with salads and rice. Miiko Gibson shows you how—complete with mouth-watering pics.
  • Did you know there’s a system for cooking? There’s actually three! Rhonda Barfield describes them—all you have to do is choose the right one for you.
  • Time to throw out your raggedy, stained, maybe even burned potholders? Sharon White shows you how to replace them. Wait till you see what she uses!
  • Are cookies a popular treat around your house? Always be ready to pop some in the oven with simple freezer dough instructions from Molly.
  • Did you know there are beauty secrets in your kitchen cabinets—or at least on the grocery shelves? Molly’s advice may surprise you.
  • Molly is a baby foodie too. Find out what new appliance she recommends. She has a good idea for a healthy family treat too.
  • Printables may be the solution to proper planning and a better budget. Molly shares multiple links.
  • Let technology help with the couponing madness. Molly says it will work for you.
  • Midge learns to use technology to track her spending and determine the best prices—Molly weighs in too.
  • Did you know there’s a high cost to cheap food? Get the scoop from Molly!
  • See what Ronald Reagan had to say about America’s dinner table in Molly’s Musings.

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Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Dena Wood, Becky Gustafson.
Contributing Writers: Alayna Cann, Patricia Hunter, Rhonda Barfield, Dena Wood, Inger Koppenhaver, Sharon White
Publication: 2013
Pages: 65
File Size: 12.3 MB

 

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Flashback Molly Monday

Flashback Monday is where I bring you “back in time” with me to previous topics discussed in my magazines. Molly members simply need to go to your Member Page, find the back issue we’re talking about and click on it. If you’re not a Molly member and would like to be, sign up here. Not only will you receive a new magazine each month, but you will have access to all back issues as well as other fun (and helpful!) resources. Molly

Is your home a beautiful, cozy nest and shelter? Start weaving your own attractive love- and dream-filled nesting place! Make your home and décor a pleasing, personal, frugal reflection of you—with Molly’s help.

Have you read it? Molly’s Money-Saving Digest-Frugal Decorating

“A lovingly decorated home is not about high price tags, debt, or keeping a set of design rules. It’s about pulling together pieces that work for your family, at a price you can afford, in a way that makes you smile . . .”
Molly Green

There’s so much packed into this special issue—ideas to express creativity and enjoy beauty; inspiration for daily living; and gentle wisdom and encouragement shared by real, contemporary families. Check out the fabulously frugal topics you’ll find in Molly’s September Digest:

Begin with the Basics: Are you couponing yet? Maybe you’re not convinced that it’s worth the hassle. Listen up with a sensible, step-by-step introduction to why and how coupons really can help your family’s budget. This is the first part in a series by Amy Howard that takes a good, close look at how a real family uses coupons for real savings. If you are tempted to shy away, you need to read this!
On Sale This Month: Every little bit adds up! What items are usually discounted? What should you stock up on? Find out now.
Keeping it All Together: Creating a Home Décor Binder—Learn from Kris how to create and maintain your own three-ring binder that will save you time and money, and keep all of your pertinent decorating information in one place! Get organized to ensure that you have what you want when you need it and go on to acquire the fabulous results you envision.
Feather Your Nest Frugally: How did Virginia help her son find and refurbish a solid wood dining room set for only $135? See this photo transformation!
Pull up a Chair: There are plenty of interesting reasons to celebrate in September! What should you put on the menu? Get the recipes for Black Bean and Sausage Soup, Paul’s Cornbread, and easy-but-tasty 1-2-3 Cheesecake!
Parenting that Pays: Todd Wilson, the funnyman of Familyman Ministries, shares a cartoon, and Molly shares some brief, but sound, advice on keeping your family’s decibel level lower. You can have a more peaceful home—within minutes! This advice alone is worth the price of this E-Book!
Something Old-Something New: What do you have in your home right now that’s just screaming for a li’l update? One of Molly’s favorite bloggers, Tracey Buxton from A Cottage Industry, takes an old calendar frame and gives it a charmingly new 2009 look. Sometimes it’s all in the paint!
Monthly Feature: Frugal Decorating—With the word count down and the picture count high, you’ll hear from three special guests then go on a “blog walking tour” visiting a dozen additional favorite décor bloggers. These are real women with real families living in real houses and creating lovely home environments on a realistic budget.

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Fabulous Friday~Inspiration

As I sat in the quiet this morning with my first cuppa-Joe and looked out the window, I began thinking about inspiration.  What is inspiration exactly? One definition I found said this: “Stimulation of the mind or emotions to a high level of feeling or activity.”  I began thinking about myself and thought about what things inspire me.  Good food definitely inspires me, that was on the top of the list for sure.  Other things that inspire me are beautiful colors, friends & laughter, my children (when they’re being silly), flowers, yummy smells (coffee for sure, oh and bread too), and the ability to see life as a blank canvas.  Those things inspire me.  If life is a blank canvas we have the freedom to work with the twists and turns and seek happiness in every direction we turn.

This week has been inspiring for me in may ways.  I enjoyed getting outdoors and planting in my flowerbeds.  I began a painting project (with the color yellow!), created a few freezer meals for my family and began a sewing project for myself on a breezy, summer dress.  I find inspiration in all of these things because they are creating something purposeful and beautiful.

I currently live in the country and I find inspiration in nature almost daily.  I enjoy the way the trees sound when the wind blows, the variety of wildflowers that grow in the woods and the way nature seems to live in harmony with itself. When I lived in the city, I found inspiration in architecture and even the way the sun shone through the tall buildings.

What inspires you?  Did you create anything inspirational this week?  Where do you see beauty?

 

Molly Green Magazine: A Light Heart in Dark Times

Let there be light!

In case of emergency, apply faith and frugality.

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Are you dealing with a job loss, illness, or worse—or just want to be prepared for challenging times? In the midst of a troubled economy, most families need all the advice they can get about living frugally and doing more with less. This month’s issue of Molly Green Magazine can help you make the most of limited resources and find inspiration in the triumphs of other moms who have created beauty from ashes. Here’s a sampling of what you’ll find in the magazine this month:

  • Read how a military wife coped with her husband’s unexpected medical discharge—and how she took action.
  • Be prepared for emergencies by packing a bag full of essentials for each family member.
  • Try three quick, easy, and frugal meals that are great for families navigating challenging waters.
  • Find out how winter clothes on clearance can be transformed into frugal summer clothes.
  • Read how one couple has faced the financial challenges of chronic illness.
  • Consider the benefits of bulk cooking and the different methods of streamlining your meal preparation.
  • Follow along as Molly teaches cousin Midge all about creating a well-stocked pantry.
  • Teach your children what they need to know about calling 9-1-1.
  • Better prepare your family for emergencies, one month at a time.
  • Embroider a simple Scripture sampler to bolster your spirits in tough times.
  • Learn all about making beautiful and inexpensive tea sandwiches for your next gathering.
  • Discover how just one small, inexpensive décor change can change the way you feel about an entire room.
  • Find out which home remedies may be able to help your pet in times of illness.
  • Explore the hobby of geocaching, a frugal and fun activity for the whole family.

See why homemakers love Molly Green Magazine—see what’s inside!

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Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Managers: Dana Warwick, Becky Gustafson.
Contributing Writers: Terri Leigh Buck, Alayna Cann, Jill Clark, Emilee Gettle, Patricia Hunter, Inger Koppenhaver, Kimberly Pharris, Shannon Reilly, Dana Warwick, Christina Wong
Publication: 2012
Pages: 49
File Size: 2.8 MB

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You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Coffee Table Transformation (FREE!)

Since the weather is warming I thought I’d re-post this frugal transformation from March of last year. Maybe it’ll make you grab a piece of furniture and your sander and head outdoors!

You know how when you have a ton of things that need done, you’ll suddenly find yourself doing something that wasn’t even on the list? (Please tell me I’m not the only one!!)

We have company coming this weekend and I decided it would be a good idea if I could finish painting all my lower kitchen cabinets. The ones from the kitchen makeover that I started this summer and never finished. I did the counter, backsplash and upper cabinets, but just never got to those bottom cabinets. Well, I did one section. So I had one section that was brown, one that was green, and one that was white (don’t ask).

But as I was taking off cabinet doors and sanding them down I decided it would be a good idea (this is the unrelated project part) to sand and stain the top of our coffee table. This coffee table is one that I bought for $5 at a yard sale. It’s sturdy and big. That’s about it. But I had little boys and you KNOW you don’t want a nice coffee table with little boys. They have to be able to race Hot Wheels and build things and knock them over and such on the coffee table. If you invest in some piece of beauty that can’t be scratched or scuffed, you’re just asking for a trip to the Funny Farm.

Hence, my $5 coffee table. The one with the top that looks like this:

But, since my boys are getting older, I’ve been intending to paint the table. Or maybe just the top. I can’t decide. Not only can I not decide whether to paint the whole thing or just the top, I can’t decide what color.  And so, the eyesore remains. And it bothers me. Every day.

OK, back to the sanding. As I’m sanding the cabinet doors I realize that I could just sand down the table top and use some remaining stain to stain the top. The top would be darker than the legs, but I rather like that look. And then, when (if) I decide what color I want to paint the table, I can still do that down the road.

So I yanked the table out onto the porch and sanded her down. It took probably 30-45 minutes, tops. She was so pretty I almost wanted to leave her like that.

But I grabbed my leftover can of stain and went to work. In another 30 minutes, I had a nice looking finished product. I’ll probably add a coat or two of poly and call it good. I can’t believe what a difference it made with only a short investment of time and no money at all. Now I just wish I’d done it sooner.

Freebie Friday 2/10

Valentine’s Day is just right around the corner! Here are some lovely freebies ranging from DIY Crafts to Classic Stories!

Martha Stewart always has fantastic ClipArt. Check out theValentine’s Clip Art for cards, labels, and other decorations!

Just for simply “Liking” Living Locurto’s facebook page, you can print out their Valentine’s Party Collection! This includes 2 Circle Tags, 4/6 Card and Mini Tags, and Water Bottle Labels! This is perfect for a valentines day lunch with the family. The circle tags make fabulous cupcake toppers!

You may want to add these cute DIY treat bags to your lunch party via TwigandThistle.com. These are easy to make and even easier to download!

Speaking of treats, when I think of Valentine’s Day, I think of wonderful Desserts! Here is a free Valentine’s Dessert Cookbookthanks to MrFood.com!

Diabetic? Check our these Sugar Free Treats thanks to Diabetic Gourmet Magazine.

Gluten Allergy? Here are some recipes for you as well from Elana’s Pantry!

FairyTales are the perfect fit for this day of love and care. You can find free audio stories like Cinderella and The Sleeping Beautyon StoryNory.com. Natasha is a perfect narrator and you can not  help but love Prince Bertie the Frog!  The audio stories are free to stream as well as download! I will admit, although these are geared towards younger children, I have a few StoryNory’s sitting happily in my iPod.

Looking for a novel instead? Download “Pride and Prejudice“, one of the most famous novels about family, love, and independence. The full novel is available for your listening joy via LibriVox Recordings.

PBS.org is streaming the “LA Philharmonic performs An American in Paris. Gershwin wrote some of the most timeless love songs in history. This is a truly great performance, and can be a perfect end to your day.

Disclaimer: All these products were available at the time this post was written. All deals are subject to change at the discretion of individual sites.

Molly Saves While Keeping Healthy and Fit

Ready … set … go for health!

Molly greets the new year with tips for frugal fitness!

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Want to make a commitment to a healthier lifestyle this year? This Money-Saving Digest features recipes, workouts, and other tips for the journey to fitness, whether you’re just starting out or have reached your goal and want to maintain it. But the Digest doesn’t stop there. You’ll find plenty of other advice to help you get the most out of your money and your time.

  • Break out of the winter doldrums with our flavorful Meal of the Month.
  • Teach your kids how to keep track of their money.
  • Keep your lips luscious this winter with homemade remedies.
  • Find out about a financial book that will inspire you.
  • Learn how to stretch the time between grocery shopping trips.

This issue’s special feature is:
Molly Saves! While Keeping Healthy and Fit

You don’t need fancy equipment or a gym membership to make your way to better health. Making small changes in your everyday habits and using items you have around the house can give you a frugal fresh start toward fitness. You’re busy with your family and your work, whether inside or outside the home, but making time for health is one of the most important things you can do for the people you love. This month’s Digest gives you a head-start on the road to a healthier body.

  • Find out everything you need to know about smoothies.
  • Learn where to look for frugal and fit recipes on the web.
  • Download patterns for making your own exercise clothes.
  • Let Eleanor Joyce inspire you to make some simple changes this year.
  • Discover some small ways to increase your activity every day.
  • Short on time? You can squeeze in this 12-minute workout.
  • Start a healthy new habit this month.
  • Get some great ideas for sneaking vegetables into your family’s food.

Take a closer look at all the impressive features you’ll find in this issue of Money-Saving Digest:

  • This ’n’ That: Make time for your favorite hobby in January, National Hobby Month. And there are plenty of foods to celebrate this month, from hot tea to chocolate cake to popcorn.
  • Begin With the Basics: Smoothies are a quick, easy meal replacement or snack, and when you make them with healthy ingredients, they can contribute to your family’s fitness as well.
  • Forms, Printables, & Links: The Internet has lots of good ideas for healthy food and inexpensive exercising. Print out an exercise log and food diary to help you track your progress. Hang on to more of your money by forgoing shopping and making your own exercise clothes with free online patterns.
  • Décor & More: Eleanor Joyce concentrates this month on remodeling our bodies rather than our homes. Get her simple but effective tips for improving your health this year—and she couldn’t resist pointing you to some cute, related projects as well.
  • Meal of the Month: KerryAnn Foster spices up January with a recipe for Chicken and Broccoli Dijon, along with blondies for dessert that have a healthy secret weapon no one will ever know is in there.
  • Molly Saves! While Keeping Healthy and Fit: Take a look at your normal, everyday habits to see where you can add in some activity and opportunities to move, from parking further from the entrance to doing without some modern conveniences.
  • Tightwad Training Camp: Teach your children how to respectfully handle their money and how to keep track of it. We have tips for all age groups, from younger kids to teens.
  • Something Old, Something New: Guest columnist Claire Wolf takes away perhaps the No. 1 excuse for not exercising: putting in the time. She offers up a 12-minute workout using “equipment” you probably have right this minute in your laundry room.
  • Here’s to Your Health: Get some advice on how to make your resolution stick this time. Don’t give yourself an out!
  • You’re a Natural Beauty: Wintertime is tough on lips, but no matter how chapped, yours aren’t beyond repair. We have tips for rejuvenating dry lips and keeping them that way with homemade lip balm.
  • Molly Recommends: Draw from the simple financial wisdom of the Amish in this month’s recommended book, along with inspirational stories of how that wisdom has paid off.
  • Change One Thing This Month: Get organized with the food you already have on hand and see how far you can stretch it. With inventories and purposeful cooking, it may be a long time before you need to go on a big shopping trip.
  • Inspiration! Don’t tell the kids, but there are vegetables in their favorite foods! If you have finicky eaters, you’re going to love all of these ideas to help you sneak in the healthy stuff.
  • Directory of Links: For those of you who print and bind your Digests, you’ll have easy access to all of the fantastic links worth saving in the back of this issue. It makes your Digest easier to use!

See why homemakers love Molly’s Money-Saving Digest—see what’s inside!

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Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer and wants to share with you—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!

You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find, and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

Molly makes it fun and easier to be frugal! Think about it—with so much to learn and save, if you apply just one money-saving idea, you’ll recoup the cost of this E-Book right away!

Project Manager: Toni Riggs
Contributing Writers: Dena Wood, Eleanor Joyce, Toni Riggs, Patricia Hunter, KerryAnn Foster, Lori Boling, Claire Wolf, Jennifer Miller,Julie Coney, Kristen Hamilton, and Wendy Hilton
Publication: 2012
Pages: 47
File Size: 3.6 MB

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Every month, Molly has a wealth of information and support to share in one easy-to-read, handy resource! Discover for yourself all of the exciting and imaginative ideas Molly has to offer—ideas that could save you big money and needless headaches!
You’ll glean some of the best inexpensive ideas and projects for everyday living that you can find and be inspired to be self-confident, creative, and resourceful too.

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Coupon Tips for Impatient Moms

Guest post by Marie of Our Best Daze.

I invited my sister-in-law over a while back and she taught me how to coupon in an easy, stress-free way, that doesn’t require my sitting for two hours cutting coupons (is that really possible?—Yes ma’am, read on)

Here is what I learned from her:

1.  GET YOUR COUPONS

  • Get your hands on some newspapers. I found out that my local paper now offers a Sunday only subscription. I got it at a discounted rate of $1 per week for 26 weeks because I’m a new subscriber. I also told 3-4 people to save me their coupons. I usually end up with 2-3 copies of the Sunday coupons
  • Sign up for SWAGBUCKS or some other points based program.SWAGBUCKS pays you for browsing the internet.
  • Subscribe to All You magazine. I had enough SWAGBUCK points earned for Amazon cards so I got a years subscription for free. I haven’t received my first copy, it should be here sometime this month, but I’m told there are lots of great coupons inside.
  • There are several other ways to acquire your coupons. There are catalina’s that are printed out at the register, dispensers in the store, on the product itself, you can contact manufactures (just received $70 worth of coupons from Proctor & Gamble yesterday, all because I went to their site and asked), and there are loads of them online at coupons.comRedPlum.com, and SmartSource.com

2.  JOIN WEBSITES

You will want to go online and create accounts at the stores you’ll shop.  You can get promo deals, extra coupons, view their ad’s and even make your shopping list at some of them. Make sure you have store cards (example MVP for Food Lion) if they offer them. And be sure to check their coupon policy while there.

There are other sites you can join to earn rewards and points you just have to watch for them and/or ask others what they use. Another good way to earn high dollar coupons is by “Liking” Facebook pages. Example, Nabisco does a cookie and milk coupon the first day of each month.

3.  MATCH UP

To get the best deal you will want to have the product on sale AND use at least one coupon. Some stores will double coupons and/or allow you to use a manufacturer and store coupon together (a.k.a. stacking). It can be very confusing when you first start couponing, knowing what is really a good deal and what isn’t, remembering what coupons you have and when to use them, etc. The best option is to find a website that does the work for you.

My sister in law told me about Southern Savers and since then it seems everyone I meet already knows about this site. It is an amazing place to find the deals. She has a list for every store you can think of in the south (except for some of the really small ones) and a day or two before the ad comes out she gives you a list of good sale items and tells you which coupons can be used. She does all the work for you.

Here is why you don’t have to clip coupons! She recommends writing the date on your coupon flyer and filing it in an accordion file folder. When you visit her site, she’ll tell you where to find the coupon by giving you the date of the flyer and the name of the flyer (SS=SmartSource, RP=RedPlum, and P&G=Proctor & Gamble).

Even if you don’t live in the south you can glean lots of information from her site. She has video’s and detailed instructions about everything I’ve mentioned here and more.

If you don’t live in the south you can use another site, such as Couponmom.com(this is a great one, she even tells you the % of your saving),RainingHotCoupons.comDealSeekingMom.com, or TheKrazyCouponLady.com. I really only have experience with SouthernSavers so I would recommend her first.

I’ve been trying these tips for several weeks now and I’m not seeing a change in my budget. After asking some of the veteran couponers in my life what they do, I think I’ve found the problem.  I’m trying too hard. I know that doesn’t make sense but what I’ve realized is, I’m shopping too often and buying too much.

Here are some tips they offered:

  • Shop for sales only and if the sale is really good (50% off or more) grab it. If you have coupon fine, if not, that’s okay too
  • Shop Aldi’s if what you need isn’t on sale anywhere. They are much cheaper than paying full price at the other stores. Aldi’s is even way cheaper than Wal-Mart
  • To get the best price on meats, find out when your store reduces theirs and be there to grab it
  • Use drug stores (CVS, Walgreen, Rite Aid, etc.) for all your health/beauty and household products. You can get a lot of it free Smile

I think if I decide to make 40-50% savings my goal, I will do well. That will cut out a lot of these extra trips into town that I’m making. I know I won’t be able to do that with every item, like meats, but I should be able to get close to that with the other food items. If I lived closer to the stores I would go weekly but since I’m further away and the gas is so high, I think this will work better for my situation. It will also require a lot of will power. I’m having a hard time letting a deal pass me by…but I’m finding out not all deals are created equal!

SmileHope you save big and have fun doing it! Smile

About the Author:Marie is a homeschooling mom to three boys and one very rotten little girl. She loves her life and believes the Lord hand picked her husband just for her! It is her greatest desire to grow in the Lord and to be a living example for her children to see and learn from.