Basic Couponing 101 – The Frugal Lifestyle

Basic Couponing 101 – The Frugal Lifestyle Online Video is part 1 of “The Method.”  You can achieve total financial freedom with The Method! Learning to coupon can be frustrating and hard so I made an online coupon class to make it easy to learn! Learn how coupons create instant disposable income without getting another job!  I have made my class FREE and available on YouTube so you can watch from anywhere at anytime! Over 4 hours of coaching in the following topics: 1. “The Continue reading →

You can afford brand name clothing for pennies at JCPenney with coupons

You can afford brand name clothing for pennies at JCPenney with coupons!  JCPenney mails me a flyer every two weeks with these three coupons: $10 off $10 or more purchase coupon Extra 15% off coupon for apparel, shoes, accessories, fine jewelry & home, etc $10 off $25 or more purchase coupon Those coupons alone always make for great deals and free items!  But pair it up with an ibotta rebate and it makes for a happy shopping haul!!  Ibotta is a phone app that gives Continue reading →

Electric bills going up? What are you really paying for?

Electric Bills Going Up?  What are you really paying for? I strongly believe that a fully informed consumer is a smart and practical consumer!  So let’s get to fully informing you of your energy charges! This is a copy of my actual energy bill for my home.  I blotted out my account number and personal information to protect my privacy.  I am sure you don’t mind, do you? First things first, let’s talk about what you are being charged for energy.  My rate plan is Continue reading →

Habit # 4 – Only Buy What You Will Use

Habit # 4 – Only Buy What You Will Use Part of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers Series Keep an open mind about new products and brands Habit # 4 – Only buy what you will use or donate.  It’s really important to understand that you should be willing to try new brands and products because it makes good couponing sense.  But trying to convince yourself to love a product you hate is an entirely different story.  Remember my mishap with Pantene Continue reading →

Habit # 5 – Learn to Rely On Yourself More

Habit # 5 – Learn to Rely On Yourself More is the last habit of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers Series.  It is important to learn to rely on yourself more and a little less on coupon blogs if you really want to save money in the long run. Don’t Blindly Follow Coupon Blogs Yes, this is a coupon blog, and yes, I am warning you NOT to just blindly follow my blog and others out there, but please hear me out for Continue reading →

Habit # 3 – Learn Your Local Sales Cycles

Habit # 3 – Learn Your Local Sales Cycles  Part Of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers Series  Deal Prediction Analyst Habit # 3 – Learn Your Local Sales Cycles.  Learning your local sales cycles is the only way you will ever learn to find your own deals or become a Deal Prediction Analyst. Coupon bloggers, myself included, write posts about the deals going on in our neck of the woods.  I live in Central Texas so the deals at my local H-E-B grocery store are Continue reading →

Habit # 2 Develop Good Habits

Habit # 2 Develop Good Habits  Part of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers Series Habit # 2 Develop Good Habits.  If you repeat a behavior enough times, it becomes a habit.  Developing good and healthy habits will save you both time and money when couponing.  Follow these four easy steps and you will have your time saving method down in no time! Step 1 – Organization You cannot save money if you don’t have your coupons organized.  How can you spot a Continue reading →

Habit # 1 – Define Your Purpose

Habit # 1 – Define Your Purpose Part of The 5 Highly Effective Habits of Practical Couponers Series Define Your Purpose Habit # 1 -Define Your Purpose is the absolute most important aspect of couponing.  You need to have clearly defined goals to help you stay on track. Couponing is not difficult but it isn’t exactly an easy task either.  It takes time, patience and dedication to learn to coupon and you will need to be reminded of all of your reasons for saving money Continue reading →

Step 4 – Maintaining Control & Saving Money

Step 4 – Maintaining Control & Saving Money The last step of The Total Budget Makeover Series photo credit: Pay Day via photopin (license) Step 4 – Maintaining Control & Saving Money of The Total Budget Makeover Series is designed to get you thinking about your future beyond one or two years from today.  As I have said in the past, if you develop good and healthy money habits then you will never have to overhaul your budget again!  You will sleep better at night Continue reading →

Create a Secret Facebook Group for Coupon Deals

Create a Secret Facebook Group for Coupon Deals What???  Why in the world would I ever want to create a secret Facebook group for coupon deals???  To store all of your coupon deals in one location, that’s why!!  No more scrambling to find the deal post or scrolling through your feeds hundreds of times a day!  (Don’t feel bad, I am sooooooohhhhh guilty of that myself!)  Did you know that you can use your smartphone to share the content to your new secret group page? Continue reading →

Step 3 – Creative Financing

Step 3 – Creative Financing of The Total Budget Makeover Series  Step 3 – Creative Financing is where we get to the fun aspect of budget overhauling!  I love creative financing and I really love coaching my clients in this area of life.  More than anything, I love seeing the reactions on their faces when they save money using my methods! I can’t possibly list every way to get creative with financing in this post but I want to touch on the major ways to save Continue reading →

Step 2 – The Envelope System

Step 2 – The Envelope System of The Total Budget Makeover Series Mailing Money – Payments by eFile989 CC 2.0 Step 2 – The Envelope System of The Total Budget Makeover Series is a system of checks and balances that keeps you honest with yourself about your spending.  It’s hard to set firm spending limits when you can easily swipe your card or write a check for purchases instead of handing over cash money.  The Envelope System constantly reminds me that I am meeting my goals of Continue reading →

Step 1 – What Can You Actually Afford?

Step 1 – What Can You Actually Afford?  of the The Total Budget Makeover Series Photo credits:  Spending by 401 (K) 2012 CC 2.0 Step 1 – What Can You Actually Afford? of The Total Budget Makeover Series requires you to ask yourself that question and answer it with complete honesty and transparency.  We would all like to think that we can afford whatever we want but the truth is we need to view our spending habits with a fresh and new perspective if we are to Continue reading →

Free Baby Gear

Free Baby Gear Free Baby Gear with coupon codes!  All you pay is shipping!  That’s right….I said F-R-E-E!!  What a steal considering the individual cost of these items at retail stores! FREE Baby Sling, Nursing Cover, Nursing Pads, Carseat Canopy Cover & Belly Bands for Expectant Moms I wish my friends and family would have given these items to me as gifts when I had my babies but it never happened.  Either way, whether purchasing for yourself or a friend, these are useful and handy Continue reading →

Party with Bacardi Mixers

Party with Bacardi Mixers Party with Bacardi Mixers!  We have a HOT printable coupon AND an Ibotta rebate available to make for a great discount!  This is the next best thing for us Texans since we are not allowed to use coupons and rebates on alcohol and spirits!  Please drink responsibly and if you need drink recipe ideas then see my Pina Colada Frozen Refresher and Dirty Margarita Recipes below! I am buying my mixers from HEB but this Ibotta rebate is available at multiple Continue reading →

Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons as low as $1.53 at Target

Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons as low as $1.53 at Target Playtex Gentle Glide Tampons as low as $1.53 at Target this week with the bogo coupon and gift card offer going on through 7/4.  If you follow me on Facebook then you’ll remember that I told everyone to print the coupons and hold on to them until a great deal came along, and here it is! Before I get to the deal, I just want to share a bit of useful information to coupon newbies. Continue reading →

Dove Personal Care at Walmart – double dip rebate offers

Dove Personal Care at Walmart – double dip rebate offers Dove Personal Care at Walmart – double dip rebate offers make this the perfect time to stockpile or start your coupon stockpile with this deal!  I am personally not a fan of Dove personal care items myself, shocker – I know, but I know many, many couponers who are so this deal is just for you! There are two rebates currently running right now on both Ibotta and Checkout 51 rebate apps.  The Checkout 51 Continue reading →

HEB Meatballs & Kraft Parmesan Cheese Piggyback Deal

HEB Meatballs & Kraft Parmesan Cheese Piggyback Deal HEB Meatballs & Kraft Parmesan Cheese Piggyback Deal makes for a great price for spaghetti and meatballs!  I love money saving meal ideas and I really love money saving meal ideas plus a piggyback offer!  See how you can score this great deal without hassle or worry! DEAL IDEA: Buy (2) Kraft Grated Parmesan, 8-oz assorted varieties, $3.38 ($6.76) Buy (2) H-E-B Fully Cooked Meatballs, 14-oz, homestyle or Italian style, $2.98 ($5.96) Use (2) SAVE 75¢ on Continue reading →

Stock up on breakfast items this week at Walgreens

Stock up on breakfast items this week at Walgreens Stock up on breakfast items this week at Walgreens.  You’ll find cheap turkey bacon and eggs and a stock up price on cereals this week!  I like getting breakfast items on the cheap because my family of five devours everything in no time flat!  My oldest son is almost ten and he’s starting to eat like he has a tapeworm!  Puberty isn’t cheap guys!!  TMI?  Sorry….just sharing my plight of stocking up on the cheap for Continue reading →

Physicians Formula Ibotta Rebate at Target

Physicians Formula Ibotta Rebate at Target Physicians Formula Ibotta Rebate at Target makes me want to try this brand because I also found some mail in rebates on the Physicians Formula website! FREE high end makeup is right up my alley on extreme savings deals!  Physicians Formula is practically begging us to try their brand and love their makeup! IBOTTA rebates & bonus available You can earn a $2 eye makeup rebate and a $4 face makeup (excludes concealer and kits) rebate on Ibotta, at Continue reading →