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First, let me say thank you to all of you who visit our site! We appreciate your support and please remember your comments and/or suggestions are welcomed! I will be laying low due to my family and I being out of town. I am looking foward to a few days of NO shopping….at grocery stores that is! I hope you all have a wonderful blessed Thanksgiving!

Seeding Into Others,
Catrina

Where do I get coupons? This seems to be the number one question from those who are wanting to start using coupons. I hope the following will be useful information to helping you get started.

1) Sunday Newspaper (The coupon inserts are located with the sales ads)
2) Online sources such as coupons.com, smartsource.com and redplum.com.
3) You can also order coupons from ebay.com, thecouponclippers.com and couponsbydede.com.
4) At the grocery stores. Our local grocery stores often have store coupon booklets. Check at customer service and where the current sales ads are.
5) At drugstores. Walgreens, CVS, Dollar General, Family Dollar also have store coupons. Check at customer service and where the current sales ads are.
6) For our military: At the commissary there are coupon booklets located at the front of the store and tearpads hanging next to the items.

My motto is, whenever I see a coupon or coupon booklets I grab them! You never know when that coupon could come in handy. If it’s a coupon for something you do not use, still keep it! Remember, one blessing that comes from using coupons is that you are able to GIVE TO OTHERS. For example, we do not have pets but that doesn’t stop me from buying pet food with coupons….because I give it to my neighbors. Keep all coupons!

****If shopping at Publix, it is a GREAT idea to obtain all the different store coupons because our local Publix accepts these as a competitor coupons.**** **Always ask customer service about which coupons are accepted at your local Publix**

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I apologize for being a couple of days late with Planning Your Weekly Harvest. This is something that I enjoy doing and I’m hoping some of you have started planning your meals. Please feel free to share your cooking tips and/or recipes!

Here’s my menu for the week:

Monday: left over roast, mashed potatoes, corn and rolls
(If able, I always try to make extra to have for leftovers and my husbands lunch. This keeps him from spending money at work.)

Tuesday: spaghetti w/ground pork (which was free),garlic bread

Wednesday: chicken adobo (Filipino dish)

Thursday: Husband and I are attending a ceremony, where dinner will be served. Kids will eat whatever Grandma chooses for them.

Friday: pizza (This time we will be making it from scratch)

Saturday: hoping husband will make his chicken fettuccine alfredo with his delicious dipping sauce

Sunday: beef short ribs, knorr pasta or rice side, green beans, crescent rolls

***(originally posted 8/16/09)

I myself need to do this each time I go to Publix! Yesterday I happened to check the clearance section (remembering the awesome items that Kay found there before). On the shelf were several Sundown vitamins on clearance. I was excited because I knew I was about to get some vitamins for free plus overage! The one’s I got were mark down to $1.65 and $1.64. Total the two equaled $3.29. I had a Publix coupon (green advantage flyer) for $6/2 and a MQ coupon for $3/2. That meant that I got them both for free plus $5.71 in OVERAGE! This of course went to my other items. So, this is an example of why checking out the clearance items is worth doing.

Seeding into others,
Catrina

I am a stay at home mom but it seemed as though I never had enough time to come up with an idea for dinner. Since I’ve began couponing, I’ve found that planning my weekly meals has been a great idea. This has not only allowed me to become a better steward of my household, but it has also alleviated the amount of times my family eats out, not having to use my time at the store and not spending money extra money. I found myself running out of ideas and time, rushing to the store and being in a hurry to get dinner done. It seemed to be like that every day or at least every other day.

I found that having your meals planned for the week helps in so many ways:

1. Knowing ahead of time what‘s for dinner takes away the stress and craziness. One less thing to think about. (Make sure to defrost your meat by placing it in the fridge the day before)
2. Not having to run to the store or having to stop by the store on the way home from work.
3. Less money out of pocket for groceries. With meal planning you will use what’s in your stockpile. If you have not started a stockpile yet you would simply buy what’s on sale for the current week. (Going to the store hopefully once that week.) Will Also prevent eating out.
4. Having your meals written down opens your eyes to maybe trying different recipes. Seeing the same meals being made might make you want to change things up.

I usually do my meal planning on Sundays. It does not take long to complete it and sometimes my husband chimes in with some ideas. My meals are far from fancy or creative (hubby is the creative cook). This is why he does most of the cooking on the weekends.

I hope this will encourage you to try planning your weekly meals, if you are not already doing so. If you are already a weekly meal planner, we would love to hear your tips, ideas, and maybe even some recipes!

Monday: (yesterday): ribs, baked potato, corn

Tuesday: tostadas w/homemade pico de gallo, spanish rice

Wednesday: chicken wings w/green bell pepper sautéed in soy sauce, knorr chicken pasta, lima beans

Thursday: meatloaf, white rice, green beans, crescent rolls

Friday: pizza, baked chicken drummettes (family night)

Saturday: eat out or hubby will come up with something

Sunday: roast (in the crock pot), mashed potatoes, corn, biscuits

Seeding into others,
Catrina

IF YOU HAVEN’T JOINED UPROMISE YET, YOU SHOULD! It’s free and it’s a great way to save money! You don’t have to change anything you do already. Upromise is a program that starts a college savings plan for you, your children, future children, grandchildren, or any other child you designate. Since I have been blessed with three children, I have decided to have the earnings divided between them. You are able to chose what percentage of the earnings you would like for each child.upromise

You will easily start earning money when you buy certain things. Each month Upromise.com has new “ecoupons”. All you have to do is log on to Upromise and after linking your store’s loyalty/rewards card with your Upromise account, activate all the coupons for the month. Even if you think you’re not going to buy a particular item, you should activate it anyway since activation is FREE and you never know what kind of great deals you’ll find that month! These coupons are not taken off your bill when you make the purchase, but rather are directly credited to your UPromise account so you can feel free to use coupons in the store on these items – extra savings! There are other savings that you will get for everyday purchases where a pecentage of your purchase will also get credited to your Upromise account. Also, a lot of the times, there is a Upromise sticker on the shelf next to the item.

There are four ways to use the money you earn:
1)Pay down an eligible Sallie Mae loan
2)Invest it in a 529 college plan
3)Give to someone who made money for college
4)Collect a check

To get started all you need to do is go here and join. After joining don’t forget to add all of your store loyalty cards to your upromise account. You can also add your credit/debit cards for even more savings. This money is in a 529 account that grows over time and can really grow into a large sum. Sign up and earn money for buying groceries, filling your car up with gas, and eating out in restaurants!

(For Publix shoppers, even though there is no store rewards card, there is a Publix UPromise card especially so you can take advantage of the UPromise coupons at Publix – check out the information here or simply pick up an upromise card at customer service)

Seeding into others,
Catrina

I went to Publix to buy some deodorant that I had a raincheck for. I always write out my “deal” so I know what I will be buying and paying for it. When I saw my total it seemed off from what I thought it was going to be. I figured it was the tax because I saw the cashier enter all of my coupons. When I got to the van I counted the number of coupons that were entered and it was off by one. The register will stop taking coupons once the number of coupons exceed the number of items. I believe she thought that last one went through before the register beeped but it didn’t.

In the beginning of entering the coupon world…when this happened I would let it get to me. I would get upset because I knew my total could have been lower. Sometimes I would even think about it all day. Now, I am pretty much okay with it. I am still being blessed abundantly. I could have went back and talked to customer service and after verifying I would have gotten my money back. Which is fine for anyone to do. That’s why it’s a good idea to count the number of coupons that you are using.

This will happen to alot of us and if it does don’t let it get you upset and frustrated.

Seeding into others,
Catrina


Kay n Hubby FL
Hello and welcome! I am a military spouse & mom of four boys and two girls, ages 1 to 10, oldest diagnosed with autism. We're located in the Charleston, SC area. My family and my faith are very important to me. Since I've started using coupons I have been able to save more money and become a better steward of my household. I hope to seed into the general public, and our military families, how to spend less and get more.

Get ready to take your grocery & household spending to a whole new level! Couponing is not only a means to seed but an avenue to harvest...both opportunities are endless & a joy to delight in.

I welcome feedback and comments! Thank you again!

Kay

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