Well, I think it's obvious by now that we are in fact -not still here. Life has gotten incredibly busy for us, Janette went back to work full time and I started homeschooling. We tried to keep up for a while but it soon became clear that the job was bigger then we could handle at this time in our lives. Meals for Deals is our "baby" and we hope that one day we will be able to revive it. So it is with a little sadness that we lay our "baby" aside for the time being. You can still catch us on facebook and if you want to keep up with me you can catch me at the homeschool blog I recently started Schooling From Home or my personal blog Mothering with Grace
For two weeks my internet has been down. It's amazing that I have even survived. I didn't realize how much I would miss blogging, checking e-mail, facebooking, researching, etc. We still have very limited internet access but are hoping the problem will soon be resolved. Until then Meals for Deals is down, but we should be back in business soon.
I wish I had pictures to show you what you have missed out on, if you live in the DFW area and have not yet visited the Just Between Friends Sale (JBF) I have spent the last month prepping my children's things to sale and spent 5 hours last night shopping. If you are trying to save some money on children's clothing, or looking for a frugal Christmas, this is definitely the place you want to be. Maybe you don't live in the DFW area, check out their website to find one closest to you. I made a great sum of money last time selling my children's out grown things, and I hope this time will be just as profitable. My two "scores" of the night- a $2.00 pair of brand new sketchers tennis shoes, and a 5 box set of Imaginex toys for $15.00! My son is going to LOVE, me for that at Christmas.
Nothing is more frustrating then when you plan out your entire grocery store trip, with coupon and deal match ups and shop carefully -only getting the things on the list- and then getting to the check out and seeing that you spent more than you expected. I don't like to make too much of a fuss, and usually I'm in shell shock so it's not until I get to the car or even home that I realize that either my coupons didn't get taken off, or I didn't get credit for one of my purchases -Like buy 10 items get $5.00 off. If you are a frugal shopper and you feel it's worth your time- here are a few things you can do if/when this happens to you.
If you haven't made it home, take your receipt back inside and go to customer service or ask to speak to the store manager. It always helps if you greet them with a smile. It has been my experience that nobody really wants to go out of their way for someone angry.
If you did make it home, give the store a call- all stores have their number listed on the receipt. Explain what happened and tell them you won't be able to make it back up today (if you can't) but ask them for a store credit or refund when you come back in.
If you are using Short-cuts or other e-coupon loadable sites and you notice your e-coupon didn't come off at the time of the sale, e-mail or give the company a call. They will almost always give you credit on your card to be used for future purchases.
The important thing to remember is that they are a business that wants your business. If you talk pleasantly and you are understanding that "these things happen" most of the time they will go out of the way to keep you happy and coming back.
Ok, some of you might have noticed that we have slacked on the website a little lately. We are just having a hard time keeping up with all the things going on in our lives lately. Janette has gone back to teaching and I have started homeschooling. I am also watching Janette's children three days a week, So Whew, you can imagine life has been busy. We are going to do our best to get things back up and running, if you have any suggestions for us, please feel free to e-mail us or leave a note here. Thanks.
Couponing is a personal thing. I have had many discussions with women on both sides of the coupon camp. Those that do coupon usually find great satisfaction in the thrill of saving money with the use of coupons. Those that don't coupon usually feel that the time and effort it takes to do it isn't worth the money they save. Some even think they money they have to put into it doesn't make up for the savings. My discussion here is about the last two.
Time: For me it's worth it. There are so many services out there -ours included- that make couponing easier for the average person that I don't see why anyone wouldn't take the time to do it. I personally take the time to cut out my coupons and file them. This just makes it easier for me when I visit the grocery stores. I don't believe the argument of "not having the time" is a valid one. It's really about priorities. I think it's a valid point to say "saving money with coupons is not a priority" if it's not, it's not. And if your looking for the "time" I usually cut my coupons while watching a movie, a tv show, or even hanging out with friends talking. I'm a multi tasker and it works for me.
Effort: Like I mentioned there are many services that you can subscribe to, or even some blogs and websites that will free you from ever having to cut a coupon until you leave for the store where you will use it. Our Using Meals for Deals and Coupons 101 explains how to do this for our site. And if you have older children that can help you, they can cut the coupons and file them for you.
Cost: Ok, here is where it can get tricky. But I would like to share an unscientific situation. You can find coupons lots of different places, but I believe the easiest and most efficient is the newspaper. You can also find many great coupons online but for now we won't count those in the cost.
Our paper in the Fort Worth area is $2.50 for the Sunday paper, if you subscribe to the weekend paper it will cost you $1.85 a week.
Possible scenerio for this week: On sale at Kroger:
Yoplait Yogurt 4 pk 1.99 with .35 coupon tripled to $1.05 final price .94 Hamburger helper .89 each with .75/3 coupon final price for 3 .64 each Pillsbury Grands Biscuits .99 .35 coupon tripled to $1.05 final price FREE Totino's Pizza rolls 2.49 with .35 coupon tripled to $1.05 final price $1.44 Total savings this week : $3.84
For a $2.50 paper you saved $1.34 For a $1.85 paper you earned 1.99
Now If you subscribe to our coupon matching service for area stores it will cost you $3.00 a month or $0.75 a week and if you subscribe to others the fee of course will differ.
For a $2.50 paper you would have saved $0.59 For a $ 1.85 paper you would have saved $1.10
And that is just if you used 4 coupons!!!!
There are probably many other arguments for and against couponing but for me, I have found it to be cost saving and rewarding. Living in a one income household has forced me into better spending habits and I try to use the resources that God has given us wisely. Feel free to e-mail me or comment with questions or suggestions.
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