Saving With....Scissors?!?!

If you don't have a pair of scissors, make sure you get a pair....quick!  A pair of scissors is one of my secret tools to saving money.

Clip those coupons!  The most obvious way to save with scissors is to clip coupons. Don't just cut the coupons that you think you will use.  There have been many times that I didn't think I would use a certain coupon and then I found a sale at Rite Aid and after I matched my coupon with a Rite Aid coupon, I got something for almost nothing!

Cut up those dryer sheets!  Did you know that you really don't need a whole dryer sheet for one load of laundry? Cut them in half and make them last twice as long! Any kind of sheets can be cut.  I used to buy the Dove facial cleansing cloths and I noticed that a 1/2 sheet worked just as well as a whole sheet.  Note: You can also do this with the Purex 3 in 1 laundry sheets that are on sale at Rite Aid this week.  I got two boxes of 20 sheets for $1.99 and will cut each sheet into 1/3rds making a total of 120 loads {detergent and softener} for $1.99!

Cut some hair!  I will admit that this may take some lessons {search for "cutting hair" on youtube}.  I have cut the boys' hair since they were babies and have saved a lot of money this way.

There are many ways to save with a pair of scissors. Get creative! Think outside the box! What can you do with a pair of scissors?

Got Samples?

When I first started couponing, I never thought I would be signing up for samples. You know--those itty bitty shampoo samples that are really, really messy and seem to be more of a hassle than anything? It just didn't seem to be worth it.

As I have been looking for deals online as part of our money saving experiment, I came across a few samples that I decided to sign up for.  Every time I got one of those little boxes in the mail it felt just like Christmas as I opened them and looked for coupons {it really doesn't take much to get me excited these days}.

Here are a few reasons why you should sign up for samples:
  • It is always nice to get something besides bills in the mail.
  • Most samples have a high value coupon in them. I got a Kotex sample pack that had a $1.00 off coupon with an expiration date of March 2011. I can use this coupon at Rite Aid with a sale and combine it with a Rite Aid coupon to get a really good deal, and since it doesn't expire until March, I have lots of time to find a great sale! 
  • The samples are nice to have on hand in case I run out of something. This could happen if I am waiting for something to go on sale. If I have a few extra, I can wait for a sale and get a great deal instead of paying full price.
Would you like to get one of those little boxes in the mail? Go to the Kotex Website and choose the sample pack that you would like to try. In about 6-8 weeks you can have an early Christmas too!

Walmart: The "Grab and Go" Method and a Few August Values

When my husband suggested that we do most of our grocery shopping at WalMart, I was not thrilled with the idea. Shopping with the two boys is not a pretty sight. Gone are the days of idly strolling through the aisles searching for the best deals or standing in front of the ice cream freezer for 15 minutes trying to decide between Edy's, Breyer's and Klondikes.  Gone are the days of chatting with people I know or browsing the magazine rack.

With a preschooler who likes to touch things, and a toddler who hates {with a capital "H"} being confined in a cart, I am now a "grab and go" kind of girl. Trying to keep the toddler in the cart while keeping things from flying out of the cart, I'm juggling a grocery list, coupon envelope, coupon file folder, notebook, pen and calculator. No, this was definitely not my idea.

But I do have to give my husband does look like we have saved money this month {I will give an update on how the money saving experiment is working at the end of the month}. So for now, you will be able to find me at the local WalMart on Saturday mornings...but I probably won't have much time to chat.

Here are some of the great values that I was able to find at WalMart this past month along with the coupons that I used:

An Experiment

The idea for this blog came about when my husband and I challenged ourselves to find ways to spend less on groceries and household items.  When our grocery bill started creeping up to $90/week, my husband recommended getting some of our groceries at a different store and I decided that I would start clipping coupons again {I have been doing this off and on for the past couple years}.  I have been amazed at the deals that I have gotten by using coupons and rebates and wanted to share them with anyone who was interested!

We have tried some other experiments in order to save and I can't wait to share them with you!  I am still learning and I hope you will share your ideas too.