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Before I started couponing, Walmart was my go-to store for  most of my groceries and household purchases.  Unfortunately, Walmart does not double coupons nor do they have their own store coupons.  Since Walmart lacks those two essential money-saving benefits, I do not shop there very often. Occasionally,  Walmart does offer the best deal on some items so, I make at least one or two visits per month.   In an effort to use some coupons before they expired I made an “emergency” trip on November 30 and then to my own surprise,  I made another trip on Saturday.  They were both good trips and I got a lot of free “stuff’.”

November 30 Trip

  • Pringles Extreme $1.67
    • Free coupon from FB
  • (6) Gain dish detergent  .97 ea.
    • (6) $1/1 MQ 
  • Sobe water $1.00
    • Free coupon from Heads or Tail contest
  • (4) Tide (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 
  • (2) Ivory bar soap $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 from P&G Mailer
  • Campbell soup $2.08 (Not pictured)

OOP $1.82 Saved $14.67

December 4 Trip 

  • Poinsettia $3.50 (Not Pictured)
  • (2) Cottenelle Fresh wipes $2.48 ea.
    • (2) Free coupons (Snail Mail)
  • (2) Welchs Essentials juice $2.50 ea.
    • (2) Free coupons (Snail Mail)
  • (3) Old Spice body wash (travel size) .50 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 MQ P&G Mailer (The cashier wouldn’t give me the overage)
  • Mitten clips $2.00
  • Hat $2.50
  • Baby Toothpaste $2.97
  • Advil $3.62
    • Free coupon (Snail Mail)
  • (7) Morton sea salt $1.00 ea. 
    • $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP

OOP $12.23   Saved $22.08

I haven’t shopped much in the last few weeks so, I was excited to get out this weekend. It was a marathon shopping day. I hit several stores and between trying to get all of my deals and Christmas shopping for my daughter,  I was running around like a chicken with my head cut off. I managed to save a ton of money at Target this week ($115.98 according to my receipt.)  I was cheated out of $9.00 in coupons, so I have to return a couple of items but, otherwise it was a pleasant trip. 

Purchases made in two transactions.

  • (4) AirWick candles $2.99 ea.
    • (4) $3/1 MQ 11/14/10-SS
  • (4) Tide (travel side) .97 ea
    • (4) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (6) Sleepshirts $1.98-3.24 ea.
    • (2) $10/3 TQ
  • KitKat $1.00
  • (2) 7 ct. Nescafe stick pack  $1.00 ea.
    • (2) .75/1 printable
  • Market Pantry Bagels $1.24
  • (3) Healthy Choice frozen meals $1.79 ea.
    • (1) B1G1 (Snail Mail Q)
    • (1) $1/2 MQ 10/17/10-SS
  • (2) CPK Pizzas $2.89 ea.
    • (2) $1.50/1 printable
  • (4) Vaseline Lotions $2.69 ea.
    • (4) $1/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (4) $1.50/1 TQ
  • (6) Softsoaps $1.00 ea.
    • (3) $1/2 TQ (Target mailer)
  • (4) Suave deodorants .97 ea.
    • (4)  .75/1 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • (3) Suave shampoo .99 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (3) Degree deodorants (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (3) $1/1 TQ
  • (7) Gillette Shave Gel (travel size) .97 ea.
    • (7) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) NYC nail color $1.72 ea.
  • (5) Herbal Essences .97 ea.
    • (5) $1/1 MQ  11/28/10 P&G Saver
  • (2) Vaseline Lip therapy $1.02 ea.
    • (2) $1/1 printable (no longer available)
  • (3) Up pantyliners .89 ea.
    • (3) .75/1 TQ
  • (2) Gas-X chewable tablets $3.98 ea.
  • Crayola crayons $1.97
  • Crayola Toy $5.99
    • $2/1 MQ (Sent from Pamper)
    • $1/1 TQ (Target Mailer)
  • (4) Friskies cat treats $1.42 ea.
    • (2) $2/2 MQ 11/14/10 RP
    • (2) $1/2 TQ
  • Leap Frog toy $19.99 (Not pictured)
  • OOP $46.71  Saved $115.98 

With the economy being what it is, saving money has become a priority for most families.   As a result coupon usage is at an all-time high. This increase helped open up a new niche in the blogging world. Many blogger  have taken advantage of this need and started writing blogs dedicated to showing us how to save money in just about every aspect of our daily spending.

I rely on my fellow bloggers for all of the invaluable money-saving information that they share. There are a lot of really good “Frugal Blogs”, so when I decided to write this post it was difficult for me to narrow it down to just 10. The blogs on my list are the ones that I frequent most often. All of the blogs on my list are focused on saving money but, each one has something unique about it that keeps me coming back. 

1. Money  Saving  Mom-This blog has informative and well written articles  covering  topics such as how to monetize your blog and how to pay cash for a house. 

2. Hip2Save-This was the very first frugal blog I visited and it is still one my go-to sites for daily deals and freebies.  It is updated numerous times during the day  allowing you to take advantage of some the more time sensitive deals.

3. Totally Target-The name says it all.  If you want to know anything about shopping at Target, this is the site for you. The writer also started a Target forum which is a great place to connect with other Target shoppers.

4. Couponing to Disney-In addition to daily deals, this site offers helpful information for anyone planning a Disney vacation.  You can learn how to have a spectacular  trip without breaking the bank.

5. Bargains to Bounty-This site  has weekly coupon matchups for several grocery stores in the Greater Detroit area.  My favorite weekly matchups are the ones for Meijer.

6. The Mommy Reporter-This blog is a new discovery for me.  It’s only been on my go-to list for about a month.  The articles are interesting with a lot of useful information for being a successful “Mommy Blogger.”

7. Meijer Madness-This site is dedicated to all things Meijer.  Considering the fact that Meijer is my favorite grocery store. This site is is very helpful to me when I’m  making my weekly grocery list.

8. The Coupon Goddess-I read  this blog simply because it is well writen and I enjoy the witty and often humorous posts.  The writer is also a supreme couponer and a generous donor.

9. Penny Pinching Diva-This is another blog that I read becasue it is engaging.  Depite the many challenges she faces, the writer is very open about her life and I have become a little  emotionally invested in her experiences.

10.  Who Said Nothing in Life is Free-This site  almost always has at least one or two deals that I never see on any of the other blogs.  Her posts are short and to the point and that they just to cut to the chase.

These are my 10 favorite frugal blogs.  I know there are many other awesome blogs, but I have learned that you  have to pick a few good  blogs to follow or you will become overwhelmed with the vast amount of information that is available.

When trying to establish your go-to list, I would advise you be pick blogs that offer infomation that is useful to you and  focus on the goals that you are trying to accomplish. You also want to choose blogs that speak to you or touch you in some way.  I would reccommend that  you visit  a number of sites just to see what’s out there. Add the sites you like to your “Favorites”. In time you will notice that you are visiting certain sites more regularly than others and your go-to list will emerge.

Please leave a comment describing  your favorite money-saving blogs. 

I have wanted to start a blog for several months, but I didn’t have the first clue as to how or where to begin.  I set up my WordPress account and then….NOTHING.  I didn’t know where to go from there.  It seemed as if there was a never ending stream of information on blogging. I found myself overwhelmed with information and writing a post seemed like such a daunting task.  

I had so many grandiose ideas about how I wanted my blog to look and about what I wanted to write about.  I studied other blogs, took a novels worth of notes and even watched tutorials on You Tube.  Initially, all of this  pushed me to do….. NOTHING.  I still could not get moving until … I realized that I  just needed to write about something, anything.  I needed to write without regard to what people would think. I needed to stop being concerned with critisim.  I just needed to write.

There were several bloggers and videographers that offered invaluable insight  which eventually led to my  “blogging ephiphany”. I have to say thank you to SPARKWISDOM on You Tube.  She is one the most positve and inspiring people I have had the pleasure of encountering.  I have learned so much and scored many a deal thanks to Hip2Save, Totally Target, Money Saving Mom and Couponing to Disney.  All of these ladies have been so inspirational and I want to send them all a giant THANK YOU. 

For now, I intend to write about whatever I feel like writing about. I intend to have fun. I will share things about me, my hobbies, my passions, my frustrations, my loves, my likes and most assuredly my dislikes. For anyone visiting my blog I ask that you please be patient. I will get better. Cut me so slack if my posts are not always eloquent or witty or even reasonable.  At times it may seem that I am all over the place and I probably will be as I try to find my footing with this blogging experience.

I hope you will enjoy this ride with me!


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