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Dollar General Deals 6/16-6/22/13

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Here are this week’s Dollar General deals.  Make sure to snag a $5 off $30 Dollar General coupon if you are going to shop on Saturday, 6/22, this week!

Dollar General Coupon Tips:

Dollar General $1 and Under Deals

Glade Solid, 6 oz. or Aerosol, 8 oz. $1.00
$1.50/2 Glade Spring Collection Products, exp. 6/30/13 (Product Movers Magazine Insert, Food Network)
$0.75/1 Glade Spring Collection Product, exp. 6/30/13 (Product Movers Magazine Insert, Food Network)
Final Price: $0.25

Suave Invisible Solid Deodorant, 2.6 oz. $1.50
$1/2 Suave Deodorant, exp. 6/16/13 (RP 05/19/13 R)
$0.25/1 Suave Deodorant, exp. 6/16/13 (RP 05/19/13 R)
$0.50/1 Suave Deodorant Product, exp. 6/16/13 (RP 05/19/13 R)
Final Price: $1.00

Aquafresh Toothpaste Cavity Protection, 6.4 oz. or Ultimate White, 6 oz. $1.50
$0.50/1 Aquafresh Extreme Clean Whitening Action Toothpaste printable
Final Price: $1.00

Nestle Multi-Pack Ice Cream Novelties, Assorted Flavors $3.00
$2/1 Nestle Drumstick Cones printable
$0.75/2 Nestle Bars, Sandwiches, Drumstick Cones or Push-Up Frozen Snacks, exp. 7/8/13 (SS 04/28/13)
$0.75/2 Nestle Ice Cream Bars, Sandwiches, Drumstick Cones or Push-Up Frozen Snacks, exp. 7/8/13 (SS 04/28/13 R)
$1/3 Nestle Bars, Sandwiches, Drumstick Cones or Push-Up Frozen Snacks, exp. 7/8/13 (SS 04/28/13 R)
Final Price: $1.00

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The Best Coach Deal I’ve Ever Seen!!

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For those of you that found this post yesterday and clicked a couple times, you found my Coach Purse Giveaway here on the site :) I made you work for it a little bit, but it was my way of having fun for April Fool’s Day….but with a happy ending, not a “gotcha” – so here’s the direct link to the giveaway if you are finding this after April 1st.

Enjoy!



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Ten Tips for Making Meals in a Hotel

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Tips for Making Meals in a Hotel

I had a great conversation with a lady a few years back that was amazed when I mentioned packing our own food for a hotel. We were talking about spring break plans and I told her about a nice price I found on a place we had been wanting to go. I then mentioned that we were packing most of our own food for the trip. We got into a discussion about the types of things I prepare and how we keep it healthy.

I can’t count the number of times I’ve heard that travel plans require eating out. I want to let you know that is not a requirement! The amount of eating out you do is a direct result of your desire and effort.

We take several small vacations a year. Part of what makes it more affordable is packing our own food. We will spend some money on snacks and a meal or two out over the course of vacation. Here are ten tips that will help you plan, pack and save.

Here are Ten Tips for Making Meals in a Hotel

1 – Know your amenities. Call the hotel if your online reservation isn’t clear. Know if you have a mini fridge, microwave and coffee pot (or more depending on the hotel). This will help you better plan your packing.

2 – Know what’s included. If your hotel has a free breakfast, you can skip taking all that with you. Take advantage of the included goodies. Find out if they serve coffee all day as many do and avoid a Starbucks run by grabbing a cup before you go out.

3 – Prep before you go. This is one of the few places where I make a meal plan. I pre-prep as much as possible and put together freezer meals/bags of what we want to eat. Most everything can be seasoned ahead to avoid having to pack seasonings that take up space.

4 – Freeze what you can. Avoid taking up space in your cooler with ice by freezing as much of the food as possible for travel.

5 - Boxed or canned are your friends. You don’t have to worry about keeping things cold when you travel and many of these items are easy to prepare or warm in a microwave.

6 – Grocery shop when you get there. For some things. Skip things like gallons of milk that take up a lot of cooler space without a large savings return. Chances are you will maximize space and savings even if you end up paying $0.50 more of a gallon.

7 – Don’t forget the plates. And other tableware. We’ve done it both ways – disposable and washable – but it depends on how much room we have in our room. When it’s a small room we take disposables so that we aren’t using up counter space we don’t have.

8 - Travel with appliances. A slow cooker, panini press/counter top grill or electric skillet could be your best savings tool. They fit well on the small counters in a hotel room and are easy to use. (PS – Don’t forget the dish soap!)

9 – Keep it simple. Elaborate meals are harder to prepare on the go and don’t always travel well. Think soups, sandwiches, easy microwavable things and easy to assemble. Some of our favorites for travel are chili in the slow cooker, nachos (chips, taco meat, cheese and pre-cut veggies), pulled pork BBQ, paninis and breakfast for dinner.

10 – Use it. Sounds simple enough and if you plan right it’s not hard to do, but it’s very easy to slip into “well, we are out and about and there’s a restaurant right here”. Depending on how long you are on vacation it’s easy to waste even more money by eating out and having to throw out food you brought that went bad because you didn’t eat it.

How do you manage food in a hotel?



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Ten Types of Coupon Users

Types of Coupon Users
Which one are you? Or do you go by a different name? Or maybe you are a combination?

Lazy – “Coupons? Oh yeah, I think that box had one attached.” And lets the cashier peel it off. These coupon users saw the coupon, but forgot about it until asked. Not that there’s anything wrong with that…. Also likely to roll their eyes at the mom with a stack of coupons because it looks like too much work.

Recreational User – They use a coupon every week. Usually it’s for some fun extra, not the normal groceries. Or it’s that BOGO for a sandwich at the local fast food place. They do it for the quick thrill of being savvy. They get a nice “high” off it, but it’s not a habit.

Helpful – They cut a coupons and are likely to be one other type of user too. But they specifically cut the really good one that they won’t use so it can be left on the grocery store shelf for someone else. Will also pass them on to friends. Just as likely to Google for a coupon code for a friend as for themselves.

Dabbler – They print and cut here and there for something that is already on their list or that amazing deal of the week. May not use a coupon every week, but they know a deal when they see one. Very likely to be the one that picks up the coupon left by the “helpful” types.

Mild – Uses coupons every week on items that are great deals that they will use. Pays a little attention to all the extras like getting coupons back, but doesn’t stress about it. “Games” are not really their style.

**Below are the types of coupon users that often cause other shoppers to switch checkout lanes**

Moderate – They pay attention to the details. If it’s something they will use and can store, they will add it to the list. Uses multiple coupons each week and will begin to play more of the “games” like rolling deals and multiple transactions. Still considers coupon using fun.

Perfectionist – Not only do they pay attention to all the extras, they have everything noted on their list down to the detail. How many transactions, what extras are due to them and how much they are spending. The perfectionist has a calculator in their pocket and knows how to use it to double check the register if needed.

Gung-ho! – This is usually the coupon user who will buy ANYTHING if they can get it free. Usually a “helpful” type as well that will then find someone who can use it or will donate what they get for free. It’s all about the thrill with these users. Most do not stay in this phase forever, it is curable ;)

OCD – Very much like a Perfectionist, but they will have their complete coupon binder organized from front to back and every coupon perfectly cut along the lines. May also have a mild heart attack if they forget a coupon on the counter or leave the store and then realize they missed a deal.

Extreme – They are the BIG time stockpilers. They are also the people you want to be friends with in case of emergency :) – Not only do they hit the sale early, they may hit it often. Usually, they will acquire coupons in bulk or go to many lengths to secure them. Often has a network of non-coupon using friends and family that they collect extras from. They are also the ones that will work a deal for “overage” or “moneymaker” to the Nth degree. Many times, they will also be a “helpful” type who will donate large quantities.

So, which are you?



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The Deal Hunter’s Bucket List

Deal Hunter's Bucket List
What are some of the greatest accomplishment’s in the life of a deal hunting coupon user?

This is just a start! I’d love to add any of your suggestions to this list. And please let me know how many you have already accomplished!

  • Saving over 75% out of pocket on a single grocery store trip
  • Saving over 90% out of pocket on a single drugstore trip
  • Making money on a dairy product (after rebate or OYNSO offer counts!)
  • Making money on a cleaning product (after rebate or OYNSO offer counts!)
  • Making money on a toy purchase (after rebate or OYNSO offer counts!)
  • Saving over 90% on single clothing item regularly priced at $100+
  • Redeem a $5.00+ coupon at the grocery store w/out any issues at checkout (meaning no cashier issues, most registers need at least an approval)
  • Receive a rebate check in the amount of $25.00 or more
  • Price match an item for over 50% off the current price at the store you are shopping
  • Legally use 3 or more coupons on a single item (Drug stores that allow you to use multiple different store coupons stacked with a manufacturer coupon would be most people’s best chance at this)
  • Not go to the store for anything at all for 2 weeks. (bonus if you can go a whole month due to utilizing your freezer)
  • Not got to the store for anything but dairy, fruit or veggies for a month
  • Use over 50 coupons in a single grocery shopping trip
  • Make 125% of your out of pocket expense back in rebates or OYNSO for a grocery shopping trip
  • Get a kitchen appliance or home electronic for free (after rebate or OYNSO counts….cell phones do not :P )
  • Have at least 10 key tags on your key ring for store discounts
  • Purchase a piece of furniture for nothing out of pocket after discounts, gift cards, points, etc all stacked together
  • Throw a party for nothing out of pocket by using coupons, deals and your stockpile
  • Barter for a free service
  • Have a night on the town for over 75% off out of pocket
  • Win something worth $100 or more in a contest or giveaway

Help me make this list grow!



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