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Helpful Couponing Websites

As the title states this blog post will contain some really helpful websites that I have found.

The first one will probably be familiar to you.

www.couponmom.com

I think it is very helpful and best of all it is free!  Spend some time to get to know the ins  and outs of this website, you will be glad you did!  

Along with the great deals listed, that you will find for your local stores, it also has access to internet coupons.  These can be printed and used at most stores.  Other than the paper and ink used during printing, they are free!

The second website that I use on a regular bases:

www.grocerygame.com

This site does cost, but the cost is minimal compared to the amount of time it saves.   I never miss a great deal.   They do have a 4 week trial period.  If you could please give my name and email (rscsyarb@shtc.net) as a referral.  It will help me! I don’t get paid, just reduces my cost of the problem.

This site has an option of printing coupons,too.

The following site will give the whole years list of expected coupon inserts that are found in the Sunday paper.

http://www.grocerycouponguide.com/articles/2008-coupon-insert-schedule/

The following two  sites are in a  forum type website, with store list similar to the ones on grocerygame, but  they are free, and the deals are  listed sooner.  They don’t  always have the total list of deals and freebies, but they are helpful none the less.

http://www.afullcup.com/forums/

http://www.hotcouponworld.com/forums/index.php

Gonna llist some other helpful websites but just random:

http://www.refundcents.com/

http://www.consumerqueen.com/?page_id=475

http://www.pinchingyourpennies.com/

I really hope you find these helpful!

If you have any questions, just email me.

Also, if you find a dead link, let me know.

Happy surfing!

April 21, 2009 Posted by | Coupons | Leave a comment

Tools of the trade!

I have  embedded some still photos that will explain the tools needed to set up a coupon binder.  

I.  You may have seen my coupon binder(the first video, check below). 

    A.  Of course, you will need a binder large enough to hold the amount of coupons you are willing to work with.  I buy three newspapers on Sunday, so I have a large inventory of coupons!  You can still save a lot of money, even if you buy one paper on Sundays! 

    B.  You will need dividers for each section of items.

    C.       You will need baseball card holders, 2 pencil holders, binder clips, paper clips.

II.  You will need the tools found in the following picture. 

     A. Magnifying glass

     B. Reading glasses

     C. Ruler

     D. Scissors

     E. Stapler and staples

coupon tools

Coupon tools!

III.  You will need the coupon sections out of the Sunday paper, or magazines, store coupons, or internet coupons.

Sources of coupons

Sources of coupon info, and coupons!

Sources all laid out, ready for filing and placing into the binder!

Sources all laid out, ready for filing and placing into the binder!

 

Beginning to lay all of the coupon sections out!

Beginning to lay all of the coupon sections out!

That concludes the still photos for setting up a coupon binder.

I will post the final videos as soon as they finish uploading to youtube.

Please leave a comment!

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Coupons | Leave a comment

Sharon’s Coupon Binder!

I thought I knew it “ALL”!

Can you believe that spring is finally here? I have enjoyed two very pretty days, with weather that couldn’t be better. It reminds me of a song, that we all know here in the south, “Nothing could be finer, than to be in Carolina in the morning”. I am sure, if you live in another state, and your weather has been great lately, you just might argue with that song. Well, I live in SC and the song fits us to a T!

I have been busy getting the house in order and doing some spring cleaning. It is a good thing that spring has sprung, because the cleaning couldn’t have waited much longer. Perhaps, it is the increased Vit D running through my system, that has caused me to have more energy, and a stronger desire to get things done. Whatever, the reason , I am thankful.

Over the past few years, God has been convicting me to be a better helpmate for my husband. Molding me into the woman, that I need to be. I have learned to never underestimate God’s ability to meet our families needs. I am constantly amazed, at the great works taking place in our lives, and we never even lifted a finger. Of course, with many blessings that come our way, we do have to make an effort here and there in order to see the fruits of our labor. One major area that God has worked within me is to take Proverbs 31 and write it on my heart. What an incredible life lesson of motivation for women! God did make a woman to be very strong, able bodied, frugal, talented and wise. And we can, that is, when we allow Him to take us under his wings.

Proverbs 31: 10-31
The Woman Who Fears the LORD

 10[d](P) An excellent wife who can find?
   She is far more precious than(Q) jewels.
11The heart of her husband trusts in her,
   and he will have no lack of gain.
12She does him good, and not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13She(R) seeks wool and flax,
   and works with willing hands.
14She is like the ships of the merchant;
   she brings her food from afar.
15She(S) rises while it is yet night
   and(T) provides food for her household
   and portions for her maidens.
16She considers a field and buys it;
   with the fruit of her hands she plants a vineyard.
17She(U) dresses herself[e] with strength
   and makes her arms strong.
18She perceives that her merchandise is profitable.
   Her lamp does not go out at night.
19She puts her hands to the distaff,
   and her hands hold the spindle.
20She(V) opens her hand to(W) the poor
   and reaches out her hands to the needy.
21She is not afraid of snow for her household,
   for all her household are clothed in(X) scarlet.[f]
22She makes(Y) bed coverings for herself;
   her clothing is(Z) fine linen and(AA) purple.
23Her husband is known in(AB) the gates
   when he sits among the elders of the land.
24She makes(AC) linen garments and sells them;
   she delivers sashes to the merchant.
25(AD) Strength and dignity are her clothing,
   and she laughs at the time to come.
26She opens her mouth with wisdom,
   and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue.
27She looks well to the ways of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28Her children rise up and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29“Many(AE) women have done(AF) excellently,
   but you surpass them all.”
30(AG) Charm is deceitful, and beauty is vain,
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31Give her of the fruit of her hands,
   and let her works praise her in the gates.

God has revealed a very important area of necessary growth to me, that, of becoming more frugal. I have always tried to get the most for my buck.   I have to admit, I was being strong willed and stubborn. I thought that “I” could not do anymore to save and make the income of my husband go any further. “I” was doing the best that “I”could with what was available. Then I read Titus 2. That was an eye opener for me. God was point blank telling me, that it was necessary for me to teach those younger than me. Well, that was a little intimidating for me, how could I teach others, if I wasn’t teachable.

Titus 2

Teach Sound Doctrine

 1But as for you, teach what accords with(A) sound[a] doctrine. 2Older men are to be sober-minded, dignified, self-controlled,(B) sound in faith, in love, and in steadfastness. 3(C) Older women likewise are to be reverent in behavior,(D) not slanderers(E) or slaves to much wine. They are to teach what is good, 4and so train the young women to love their husbands and children, 5to be self-controlled,(F) pure,(G) working at home, kind, and(H) submissive to their own husbands,(I) that the word of God may not be reviled.

With my convictions,  there came a strong desire to fulfill my commitment, to be a better helpmate to my husband. Suddenly, I began to observe the habits of other Godly women. As a result, I began to see good examples, everywhere I looked. The INTERNET has been a good resource to find helpful ways to become more frugal. I have learned a lot in the last years, and the time has come for me to share these lessons with others.

I will start a series of videos, and  I hope they will be helpful to all who watch them. I would not be where I am today, without the help God has given me. I am what I am because of Him, and I give all glory to Him for the gifts, He has given to me.

I do hope that you will find these lessons helpful, and please, if you have ideas that you would like to share, please send them. I know that God is not finished teaching me, and I am still a work in process. Forever, I will be one that can be taught!

HERE IS THE LINK FOR THE FIRST VIDEO:

Here is the link for the second video:

Here is the link for the third video:

April 20, 2009 Posted by | Coupons | 2 Comments