Part of being a MOM is being in charge of the Supplies and Procurement Department. You know, buying groceries, clothes, household items. And one way to do this joyfully is to avoid going in the hole when you go out and get the stuff!
So, here are some things to keep in mind this week:
** Clearance sales – “Halloween” items are selling at half-price or greater discounts this week. Many of these items can be repurposed for all-year use. Black and orange paper products can be used for parties of different themes. Orange will do fine for Thanksgiving; black will look elegant at New Years. Our kids love to dress up and we have a huge collection of costumes and use them all the time, for homeschool projects, playtime, even to promote our garage sales! This morning we picked up a knight in shining armor set for $6.49 and an Indiana Jones jacket for $4. Check out Walmart, Target, or local drugstores for good deals on candy, dress-up items, and paper products.
** New coupons – Since November starts today, many of the coupon sites have a new set of money savers to print. Check out my sidebar for the pumpkin-colored coupons.com bar. Click through and print a ton of great coupons. This morning I printed some for $1 off coupons for Bagelfuls (these are so good!), Pepsi, lunch meat, and Good Earth coffee, as well as some excellent coupons for baking products. Be on the lookout for good sales to combine these with, great for stock-piling!
** Turkey Day is approaching – and as a result, many holiday meal items are going to be going on sale. Keep your eyes open for good deals on butter, baking products, canned pumpkin, cranberries, cranberry sauce, and, of course, turkey. I may just have to plug in my freezer again so that I can stock up. (FishPapa is talking about buying me an alarm so that we can avoid accidental thawing.
** Shop the sales at your local drugstore – If you haven’t done so already, think about choosing a drugstore chain near you and learning how you can maximize on their sales. I “do the deals” at CVS and Walgreens and end up spending pennies for toiletries and diapers. Check out my CVS primers here and my Walgreens tutorials here. Here’s what’s on the horizon at CVS, starting tomorrow.
** Buy One Get One Free ALL L’Oreal Lipcolor. If you have the $2 L’Oreal coupons from recent inserts, you could:
- buy 2 lipsticks @5.99 each = 11.98
- minus $2 coupon
- minus $2 coupon
- minus 5.99 free item
**pay $1.98 for two lipsticks
**Buy 4 Coke products, get $3 ECBs, pay $9 for 4 12-packs, making your cost $2.25 each!
** Buy $10 Hershey select candy, get $5 ECBs. There were recently coupons for $1 gum and BOGO single chocolate bars. So you could:
- buy 10 Hershey bars = $5
- buy 6 Ice Breakers gum = $6
- minus 5 BOGO coupons – $2.50
- minus 3 $1/2 gum coupons – $3
**pay $4.50, get back $5, making a “profit” of $.50!
** Pampers 2/$20, get back $5 ECBs, making them $7.50/package. Use (2)$1.50 coupons, get them for $6 each!
** Crest Pro-Health Whitening toothpaste, $3.49, get back $3.49 ECBs, making it free!
Do you have a bright idea to save money this week? Share it in the comments!