It's no secret that I love to save money so I have pretty much become obsessed with couponing. I've taken on this challenge to see how much money I can save each shopping trip and I love it. If you want to know how to start shopping with coupons, I mentioned in Part 1 the basics of couponing and in Part 2, I mentioned how I use my phone to coupon.
Today I'm going to get more into how I get ready for a shopping trip.
1. Make a list. This is simple. Just write down what you need. Later I will break down my list by store by who has a better deal.
2. See what's on sale. I do this by looking at ads in the newspaper I get or going to my store's app. Using an app is a great way to see the weekly ad and know when a sale starts and ends.
3. Try new brands. This has been a big thing for me. I really like certain brands but since I've started couponing I've really learned to try new things.
4. Check your coupons. After I've made my list and checked the sales, I go through all my coupons and the sites I like to print coupons from (like coupons.com). I see how many I have and write it down next to the item I want.
5. Know your store's coupon policy. Every store has one so make sure to check it. You never want to hand over 10 like coupons and are only allowed to use 5. I have found the more organized I am with my coupons, the nicer the cashiers are about scanning them.
6. Organize your coupons by store. Once I have my list for each store and the coupons all clipped, I paper clip them together. If I'm shopping at multiple stores in one day, I'll use a small piece of paper at the front with the store's name so I don't get confused.
Sounds pretty simple but please know matching up coupons with sales does take a bit of your time and I think some people get discouraged by this.
I usually try to do this when the boys are at school and the baby is
taking a nap or after all the boys have gone to bed at night.
Now it's time to go shopping! One of my biggest tips for people who want to start couponing is do small shopping trips the first few times. Get used to matching up coupons to sales, finding the right items at the store and the right price, and using the coupons. Even if you just save 30% off on your total, it's still saving!
So do you coupon? Anything specific you'd like to know?
Some of my fondest memories with my Grandma are the ones baking in her kitchen. I remember every time my little brother and I would stay the night at her house, we would bake cookies. She never fussed at the mess we made. We were making memories and they were with her. I love thinking back to those days and when I smell chocolate chip cookies baking, I think of my Grandma Anna.
I've mentioned before that I love making new memories and traditions with my boys but I also love incorporating things I did as a child. When it's cold outside, we bake. When I miss my family, we bake. When I need something chocolatey, we bake. And now that my oldest is 7 years old, I'm passing down the tradition, which might seem a bit silly, of baking a great chocolate chip cookie and this one has a great spin to it.
-Preheat oven to 375 degrees. In a mixing bowl, mix together eggs, sugars, vanilla and cooled down melted butter. In a separate bowl, mix together the flour, baking soda and salt. Turn on your mixer and slowly add the dry mix to the wet mix. Once its all mixed together, stir in the chocolate chips by hand. Place rounded balls of cookie dough onto an ungreased cookie sheet about 2 inches apart. Bake for 9 minutes and allow to cool.
I think there is something so gratifying as a young child to go through a complete process from start to finish and be able to enjoy what you made, with your family. It was such an ego boost for Hudson when we finally got to try them and they were so good! This is a great recipe to get your kids excited about baking.
When I told him we would be kicking up the recipe by using the cookies we just made in an ice cream parfait, I think I blew his mind. In a good way. I mean, we layered chocolate chip cookies with peanut butter filled morsels, vanilla ice cream, whipped cream, sprinkles and cherry! What more could a kid want?
If you like to bake with your kids and want to try a new twist on an old classic like chocolate chip cookies, I definitely recommend trying Nestle Toll House DelightFulls. They are slightly bigger than your typical morsel and there are 4 flavors to choose from. To be honest, I loved just eating them straight out of the bag!
What is your favorite thing to bake with your kids? Also, go here and tell me what flavor of Nestle Toll House DelightFulls you'd like to try.
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I want to thank Nestle Toll House for sponsoring this post. All opinions and pictures are 100% mine.
You know the game Freeze Dance? Some days I feel that's how I live my life. Everything and everyone moving so fast that I just want to yell, "FREEZE"! I want to time to slow down. I don't want to forget who they are at this moment.
Some days being a mom to these goofy boys is all I need. I take comfort in the fact that they are all mine and I am theirs. They don't care what I wear or if I need to get my hair done. I love that all they need is me (or their dad) when they're hurt or sad. To them, I am perfect and so are they.
Why I love photography so much is that you do get to freeze time. When my husband and I are old and gray, we will look back at all these photographs we took with such fondness.
I encourage you to freeze time a bit and jump in the pictures with your kids. You don't have to share them with anyone but I guarantee your kids will thank you when they're older.
Today some of my favorite bloggers and I have come together for a share the love giveaway! $75 for you and $75 for someone you love! Just in time for Valentine's Day! Isn't that exciting? We sure think so. You can pick whoever you want to receive the other $75, parent, sibling, best friend, etc!