black friday haul.

Usually, you couldn't pay me to go shopping on Black Friday. I had a traumatic experience years ago trying to purchase poinsettias at Joann's after working a 12-hour night shift. I told myself that I would never do that again. I would rather poke myself in the eye with a paper piercer. But I went with my mom and my sister and it actually wasn't too bad. There were tons of supplies and barely any shoppers. Score! Lots of deals and an extra 25% off coupon. Holy moly. I saved over $200! Take a look at the evidence. :)

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cheap tricks.

I am a novice when it comes to couponing but I think it's safe to say that I am hooked! There is something so satisfying about buying so much for so little money. I wish I had more time to devote to this new hobby of mine, but alas I have to work to make money to save it. Now for some tips...

I first did my research online. My cousin sent over some sites that helped her with her couponing. These are the ones I like:

Hip2Save

Krazy Coupon Lady

Freebies 4 Mom

Now where can I find coupons?

1. Your Sunday paper. Your Sunday newspaper has your local grocery store ads, pharmacy ads, other ads. I use these to compare prices. You will also find coupon inserts from Smart Source, Red Plum, and P&G (Procter & Gamble). Remember that if there is an upcoming holiday, there are no coupons. My local Sunday paper costs $2.50, but I can buy it from the Dollar Tree for $1.00. This past weekend, I bought 2 papers. Score! :)

2. Coupons.com. Lots of coupons here. You can print twice from every computer.

3. SmartSource.com.

4. Red Plum.

Once you've collected and cut your coupons, it's time to organize. In the past, I have cut and organized coupons using envelopes but this time, I used a binder method. Because a binder means I am serious this time. :)

This is how I organize my coupons:

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I just used a spare 3 ring binder, plastic dividers, and baseball card inserts. I bought all these things at WalMart so starting was relatively inexpensive. I labeled each tab according to the way the grocery store is organized. I prefer to see all the coupons organized this way because I can easily flip through every section to find what I need. I left the binder at home while I shopped but I didn't like that very much. I forbid my husband from buying frozen vegetables because I left the coupon at home. From now on, I am taking this puppy with me.

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Happy couponing, my friends. Hope all the money you save goes to scrapbooking supplies! :)


homemade oreos.

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I have been doing a lot of cooking and baking lately, trying out new recipes. This homemade oreo recipe from my friend, April, is fast becoming one of my new favorites. The good thing about it is that I am using up the cream cheese I just bought. :)

Here's the recipe:

Cookie:
1 box devils food cake mix
2 eggs
1/2 cup oil

Mix ingredients together then roll into balls and bake at 350 degrees for 8 minutes. Let cool.

Cream Cheese Filling:
1 stick butter
1 package cream cheese
4 cups confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Cream butter, gradually add cream cheese, sugar and vanilla

Once the cookies are cool, add filling to one cookie, then use a another cookie in similar size to complete the oreo.

I also experimented with a peanut butter cream cheese filling. Super yummy!

1/2 cup peanut butter
2 package cream cheese
5 tablespoon confectioner's sugar
1/2 tsp vanilla

Enjoy!


coupon high.

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My cousin has inspired me into a new hobby- couponing. It has almost replaced scrapbooking. Almost. I did my research and printed up loads of manufacturer's coupons and matched them up with grocery store deals. Tonight I gathered up loads of coupons and went to Smith's with my husband. We were in, out, home within 30 minutes. The fun thing about using coupons is looking at the receipt and seeing how much money I've saved. I have no shame using up coupons and I don't care if the cashier hates me when she has to ring up every single one. :)

This is my list of purchases tonight:

16 bricks of Philadelphia Cream Cheese (I use lots for baking! Score!)

2 tubs of I Can't Believe It's Not Butter

1 tub of Land O Lakes spreadable butter

3 packages of Goldfish crackers

2 packages of Kraft Shredded Cheese

2 boxes of Ritz Crackers

4 packages of Keebler cookies

The total without all the discounts was well over $60. After store rewards and coupons, my total was $16.47. My husband was laughing at me on the way home because of the way I was feeling when the price kept going down at the register. He's going to love it when we save lots more money for the fun things in life. You know, like scrapbook supplies, power tools, and porno. Ha.