Thursday, April 28, 2011

Flip-Flops for Cheap


Aw,  It's that time of year again.  Time to break out the flip-flops. I never would have considered buying some at Family Dollar until someone told me that they were able to use the $1.00 off 1 sandal coupon in the Family Dollar coupon  book (available in store) and get  free flip-flops.


So I tried it and the coupon didn't work and after arguing with the cashier and manager, they knew I wasn't going to budge so they produced another coupon on a flier  (available  in  store) for buy one get one have off.  I bought two pairs of flip-flops for 1.50 + tax +tax on the coupon for $1.65.


Voila  cheap and colorful flip-flops!!!

They have adorable designs on them.




Have Fun Flipping Around,


The Cute  Couponer

Saturday, April 23, 2011

Happy Easter





                                                                

Happy Easter! Enjoy your weekend




The Cute Couponer

Here Comes Peter Cottontail

I   know,  I know  I never write about singing so I thought you might enjoy the words to Peter Cottontail to sing with all the little ones coming to visit for the holiday.  I'm sure this song will bring you great joy and many happy memories.







"Here comes Peter Cottontail



Hoppin' down the bunny trail,


Hippity hoppity,


Easter's on its way






Bringin' ev'ry girl and boy


A basketful of Easter joy


Things to make your Easter


Bright and gay






He's got jelly beans for Tommy


Colored eggs for sister Sue


There's an orchid for your mommy


And an Easter bonnet too. Oh! "














Here' comes Peter Cottontail


Hoppin' down the bunny trail


Hippity hoppity


Happy Easter Day






Look at him hop and listen to him say,


"Try to do the things you should"


Maybe if you're extra good


He'll roll lots of Easter eggs your way






You'll wake up on Easter morning


And you'll know that he was there


When you find those choc'late bunnies


That he's hiding ev'rywhere, Oh!






Here' comes Peter Cottontail


Hoppin' down the bunny trail


Hippity hoppity


Happy Easter Day



Hope You Enjoy,

The Cute  Couponer

Friday, April 22, 2011

Homemade Cleaners





I've played around with the idea of making my own green non-toxic homemade cleaners for quite some time now.  When better to start than while I'm getting  ready for Easter weekend.


I hope you enjoy piddling and creating like me!!!




General Cleaner:


Fill  a basic spray bottle with  a cup of vinegar and a tad bit of  dish detergent ( I like  Dawn) and mix with hot water.




Bathroom and Tile  Cleaner:


Mix equal parts of baking soda and babo.  Get everything wet before you sprinkle and scrub. Wipe it down dry after rinsing and it should shine.




Window Cleaner:


Fill  a   basic  spray  bottle  with 1 c rubbing alcohol 1 c of water and 1 T vinegar.  Our  windows  should  shine.




I 'm subject to the white glove test this weekend with Grams and the fam coming over for the weekend.






Happy  Earth  Day  and  Good  Friday,




The  Cute Couponer


P.S. Next  week  I will teach  you how to make your  own  hand  soap and  laundry  detergent.
Toodles

Thursday, April 21, 2011

Where Do I Shop and Coupon Every Week



You asked so I'm answering

1. Crest -- I love their frequent anniversary sale and great deals on pop.

2. Homeland --- About the only place to double coupons in Oklahoma  City

3. Aldi  -- They don't take coupons but have great weekly specials on produce and candy

4. Dollar General --- They are great for my $1 bottles of 409

5. Walgreens---

6. CVS---

7. Eley Foods-- sadly the only other place to double coupons in Oklahoma City--- great meat specials

8. Buy For Less--- some decent  deals

9. Petco--- hoping for more sales

10. Petsmart-- hoping for more  sales

11.Target--  5 coupons per transaction

12. Toys R Us/Babies  R  Us

13. Staples-- great place to get ink and paper  for printing  coupons

14. Office  Depot---great place to  get  ink  and  paper for  printing   coupons

15.  Family Dollar--- no  longer accepts manufacturer coupons unless they are printed in their ad and sometimes  a decent deal with their coupon books. Great place to get seeds for  gardening.

Now if you excuse me this is a pretty decent coupon week so I will be back to chat later.

Happy Clipping To You,

The   Cute  Couponer

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

We Remember



April 19, 2005


                                                     ( Baylee Almon)

To all of those in Oklahoma who loved and lost our sense of  innocence that terrible day.

For those of you who have lost loved ones, lost faith, and lost hope... we remember.

To all of those who have dedicated their love, their time, their faith, and their prayers to help an entire state  and nation heal from a senseless tragedy... we remember.

You are constantly and will forever be in our prayers.

May God Bless each of you!

We Remember,

The Cute Couponer

Saturday, April 16, 2011

Building a Stockpile From Scratch



Slow and Steady Wins the Race


Have you ever wondered how people get these massive stockpiles?  I know when I first started couponing I sure did.

I saw two car garages converted to mini personal grocery stores and I used to wonder how on earth do they do that.

For real?

I was in shock. I had to figure out how to do that!

Now like any new couponer I was in a big hurry to build my stockpile in a hurry so I overspent.

DONT DO THIS!!!!

Slow and steady always wins the race...

Yes tv shows like Extreme Couponer show these massive shopping trips where you get a $1000.00 worth of groceries for like $20 bucks but let me tell ya, that is the Extreme not the norm.

Most stores do not have sales like that every week. Remember the stores want to look good for tv too.

The most important thing I have learned couponing is that slow and steady wins the race.

There are weeks that I can truly cash in but as a whole I am buying multiples of maybe 10 or so items a week.

This first year couponing has been an adventure.

I have failed you in showing you my weekly shopping trips.

So my focus this year is going to be showing you three main things.

1. Showing you my weekly shopping trips

2. Showing you my frugal lifestyle ( I don't just buy groceries and household goods)

3. Showing you how it can be done and be healthy in the process!

Frugal living is a way of life. It should be fun. I would argue any day that my life is just as great as a millionaire but the only difference is I am my own maid. I don't own a yacht. I don't drive a mercedes.

Remember millionaires have debt too!

My main goal is to have fun! If I can help people along the way that is great too.

This year is going to be the best year here at The Cute Couponer.

I have a new computer, a new cottage to live in,  a new family on the way, and a brand new approach to saving money.


Happy Spring Ya'll,

The  Cute  Couponer




Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Curbside Pickup



( I will post pictures later)

So I didn't get to blog this weekend as I expected. Big Surprise!  I did however finally get all my stuff out of storage and I can say boy do I have alot of stuff!!!!

I have so many things to share with you over  the next  several  weeks..

I had to pick a starting point so here goes.

Yesterday was the day everyone in town throws out all their Junk  for big pick-up.


This is how it all started...

I was cruising to and from storage this weekend and someone had  thrown out the cutest little pink convertible riding car, for a little girl, minus the charger.

I thought I will take it home and clean it up put some cute stickers on it and voila it saves me $200.

Then yesterday I noticed people had more and more stuff out so of course I started  looking
casually  of course.

I saw the cutest little tunnel for kids that I could use for my dogs obstacle course I am building in the backyard.( We'll discuss the obstacle course later.)

Then of course was the brand new closet organizer.

Next thing I know I had two ficus trees and visited with the nicest  lady  who happened to have umpteen grandkids and more piles of kids clothes than she knew what to do with.

She also lost a bunch of weight and was   throwing    out  all   her  old  clothes and insisted on sending them with me.

I haven't  opened the bag  yet so I'm  not   sure    if   I should   be    offended. Lol!


Well if my van wasn't full enough  already then I hit the jackpot. Score! Someone threw out a Little Tikes extended play kitchen, one of those little red cars with the yellow tops that kids love to drive in, and a little  tikes basketball hoop, all of which  just needed a  good scrubbing.

Then thinking  I couldn't  pack anymore into my car I , somehow I  managed to get it all to fit. At the next  stop there was a  little tikes childrens art  desk

It was amazing  I got it to fit.

Long story  short it was so much fun.

Who says kids toys are expensive?

With some scrub a dub dubbing  came the best treasures.

Final  cost  =====  FREE  baby   Free


Now wait, did I mention the Little Tikes basketball hoop?


That is  what  my   day  was   like  yesterday.


Who  says  one persons  trash  isn't  another  persons   treasure...

I did the math  after going on the Little Tikes  website.

Total saved  $320 +  tax

That's only  on the 4 Little Tikes  products I was able to find.

I can't even begin  to  tell you about the clothes.

Lesson to be learned.... I am no  longer  a clothing, toy, and home decor snob.

It's alot more  fun  to shop for free!


Happy Snoop a doopin,

The  Cute   Couponer


 
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