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Coupon cycles…

January:
National Oatmeal Month: Quaker
Diet Foods including: Healthy Choice, South Beach, Lean Cuisine, Special K, Kashi, Smart Start, 100 Calorie Packs
Super Bowl Sunday: Pepsi, Coke, chips, dips, cheese, sandwich items, crackers, snacks, wings
Seasonal Produce: oranges, pears, grapefruit, tangerines, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, cabbage, spinach
Clearance: Christmas decorations, toys, wrapping papers Winter Health: cold medicines and vitamins

February:
National Canned Food Month: canned fruit, vegetables, meats: tuna, chicken, salmon, pie fillings
National Hot Breakfast Month: Malt O Meal, oatmeal, Eggo Waffles, syrup
Valentines: chocolate, Hershey’s, KY Lubricant, etc
Chinese New Year: soy sauce, teriyaki sauce, noodles
Seasonal Produce: artichoke, asparagus, raspberries, potatoes, strawberries, broccoli, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, kale, kiwi, avocado, spinach

March:
Frozen Food Month: frozen meals, TGI Fridays, Contessa, Foster Farms chicken, Eggo, Sara Lee, Healthy Choice, DiGiorno, Freschetta, Breyers, Dreyers, Marie Callendars
Seasonal Produce: artichoke, asparagus, avocado, Haas, broccoli, cabbage, carrots, cauliflower, celery, chard, collards, fennel, kale, leek, lemon, lime, mushrooms, onions, orange, peas, radish, rhubarb, spinach, strawberries, tangerine

April:
Easter: ham, eggs, some baking supplies: sugar, spices, baking mixes, chocolate chips
Earth Day: organic foods, Energy Saver
Seasonal Produce: artichokes, asparagus, beets, broccoli, cabbages, carrots, grapefruit, Hass Avocado, mushrooms, onions, peas, rhubarb
Clearance: after Easter sales are the time to stock up on decorating, baskets, etc for the next year.

May:
Memorial Day: BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Paper Products: plates, utensils, insect repellant, sunscreen
Cinco De Mayo: salsa, tortillas
Seasonal Produce: artichokes, asparagus, avocado, beans, green, beets, blackberries, carrots, onions, sweet vidalia, peas, edible pods, English/Shelling peas, new potatoes, raspberries, strawberries

June:
National Dairy Month: eggs, milk (free milk Catalina, wyb cereal), ice cream, cheese, butter, yogurt, Cool Whip, in-store dairy coupons or booklets
End of June is Fourth of July Sales: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
Seasonal Produce: apricots, blackberries, blueberries, boysenberries, cherries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, honeydew, nectarines, peaches, potatoes, raspberries, red onions, summer squash, strawberries, sweet Vidalia onions, tomatoes, watermelon

July:
National Ice Cream Month
More 4th of July BBQ Sales: hot dogs, hamburgers, BBQ sauce, ketchup, condiments, charcoal, salad dressing, potato chips, dips
End of July, Back to School Sales begin: crayons, pencils, folders, binders
Seasonal Produce: Asian pears, Bartlett pears, green beans, blueberries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, garlic, grapes, nectarines, red onions, Valencia oranges, peaches, peppers (sweet, bell), plums, potatoes, summer squash, tomatoes, watermelon

August:
Back to School: pudding cups, lunch meat,
Staples and Office Depot penny items
Disinfectant: Clorox, Purell
Clearance: insect repellant, sunscreen, charcoal
Seasonal Produce: Apple (Gravenstein), Hass avocado, beans, green beans, berries, corn, cucumber, eggplant, figs, grapes, melons, onion, peaches, Bartlett pears, bell pepper, plums, raspberries, summer squash, tomatillo, tomato

September:
Back to School Sales through Labor Day: crayons, pencils, folders, binders
Diabetes: Bayer glucose meters, Glucerna cereal
Seasonal Produce: apples, artichokes, beans, bell peppers, chili peppers, cucumber, eggplant, grapes, onion, Valencia orange, pears (Asian, Bartlett), pomegranate, squash, tomatillo, tomatoes, winter squash

October:
Halloween: candy
Beginning of the baking sales: canned pumpkin, evaporated milk, baking chips
National Seafood Month
Adopt a Shelter-Dog Month: Pedigree, Purina
Seasonal Produce: almonds, apples, artichokes, arugula, beets, broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, chard, chestnuts, cranberries, lemons, parsnip, pears, pomegranate, potatoes, sweet potatoes, pumpkin, spinach, winter squash, turnips, yams

November:
Baking Sales in full swing: nuts, chocolate chips, evap milk, sweetened condensed milk, coconut, cake mixes
Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Turkey, canned pumpkin, stovetop stuffing, Betty Crocker boxed potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, marshmallows
Seasonal Produce: Anjou pears, beets, broccoli, brussel sprouts, cabbage, carrots, celery, Comice pears, cranberries, kiwi, lemons, oranges, potato, squash, yams
Clearance: After Halloween Sales are the time to stock up on things for the next year. I like to buy the Halloween candy-alternatives like halloween crayons, erasers, watches, spinning tops, etc. I mix this in with my next year’s candy bowl, and it stretches my loot for all the neighbor kids!

December:
Holiday Dinner: egg nog, deli platters, instant potatoes, gravy mixes, Rhodes rolls, frozen pies, cranberry sauce, Jello, marshmallows
Baking: flour, sugar, butter, cream, cake mix, brownie mix, muffin mix, breads, pie crust, marshmallow, whipped cream
Canned foods – soup, broth, condensed milk, vegetables, fruits, spaghetti sauce
Clearance: Buy all your Thanksgiving Decorations, extra table settings and turkey carving products now once they’re at least 50% off.

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How to Calcuate your Savings

We hear this all the time, why do you cut coupons and what’s the point. For me it’s not just about getting the next best deal it’s for not having to buy that product for the next 6 months or more.

I found this calculator online that I use to calculate my savings:

Here’s The Formula To Find Your Coupon Savings Percentage:

Saved ÷ Value = % Savings

Here’s how to do it.

SAVED> To calculate this number just look on your receipt! Most receipts these days have a line somewhere on the bottom that reads something like ” Your Total Savings” or ” Today You Saved” this is the number I call the “SAVED” number.
VALUE>To calculate this number you add the Total you paid + The “saved” number (from above). This “VALUE” is the actual value of all the items you purchased.
% SAVINGS> To calculate this number, just divide the SAVED amt by the VALUE amt, and that will give you your % SAVINGS

Thanks Coupon Shopping with Treasure

Exciting News about Bj’s Read, Read, Read!!!!!!

1)They accept BJ’s store coupons AND Manufacturer coupons on the same item. Yes you can stack them for extra savings.
BJ’s mails out their own coupons to members, but you can also find some at the entrance to the store AND print some online at Bj’s.com (membership information required to access)

2)You can use multiple manufacturer coupons on the same item! Let me explain. I needed Condensed milk for some of my baking needs. They have an 4 can package for $6.79. Now the coupon I have is for $.55 off of 1 can. I assumed that I could only use 1 coupon, since it was considered 1 package. HERE IS THE EXCITING PART! I was able to use 4 coupons on this 4 pack of cans. The way it was explained to me is that if the item can be opened, in this case the set of 4 cans, and placed on a regular store shelf to sell, then you can use multiple coupons on it. So for example if you buy a 3 pack of toothpaste and they are individually wrapped, you can use 3 manufacturer coupons! So I got $2.20 off this 4 pack instead of only $.55. Does this make sense?

3)You can bring in Friends and Family members to shop with you as long as you have your membership card. And they will be able to pay for their purchases with their own funds (no checks). Unlike other Warehouse clubs, where you would have to use your credit or debit card for their purchase.

Here is the breakdown:

4 Boxes of Cinnamon Toast Crunch (2 lbs boxes) $5.89 each
– 2 $5.00/2 BJ’s Store coupon (found in front of store)
– 2 $1.00/2 MFR Coupons
= $11.56 or $2.89 per box

Solo Plastic Cups (136 pieces) $7.99
– $5.00 off BJ’s Store Coupon (found in front of store)
= $2.99

Solo 10″ Divided Grip plates (50 pieces) $7.99
– $5.00 off BJ’s Store Coupon (found in front of store)
= $2.99

2 Cases Evaporated Milk (16 cans total) $7.79 per case
– 8 $.50/2 MFR Coupons
= $ 11.58 or $.72 per can

2 Cases of Eagle Condensed Milk (8 cans total) $6.79 per case
– 8 $.55/1 MFR Coupons
= $9.18 or $1.14 each

Pillsbury pie crust (2 pack = 4 crusts) $4.39
Pillsbury Sugar Cookies (5 lb container) $7.99
– $4.00/2 BJ’s Store Coupon (found in front of store)
– $1/2 Pillsbury pie crust MFR coupon
= $7.28

2 Gallons of Milk $2.49

Total in Groceries: $86.48
Savings: $35.40
– $25 Gift Card
OOP: $21.08

Shopping at Publix? You might want to read this first!

Quick tips on shopping at Publix:

1) You must buy both items in the BOGO (Buy 1 Get 1 Free) deals to get the free item in Florida. All other states will ring up half price.

2) You can use 1 MFR and 1 Store coupon (Publix or competitor) on each item – Even the Free BOGO items!

3) You only have to buy 1 of the multiples sales to get the sale price, example: 2/$3 or buy 1 for $1.50

4) Publix has a price guarantee, so if something doesn’t ring up the marked price, they will give it to you for free. Another reason to check those receipts before you leave the store.

5) Publix managers dictate which stores they consider competitors so check with your stores customer service for specifics.

6) Some Publix locations will double coupons up to $.50 (Does not apply in Florida)

If you are new to shopping the Publix deals, you can read my post on maximizing your

Tax Free Weekends 2011

Live in any of these states?

States Offering a Tax Free Weekend (or Week) in 2011:
Alabama
Arkansas
Connecticut
Florida
Georgia
Iowa
Louisiana
Maryland
Mississippi
Missouri
New Mexico
New York
North Carolina
Oklahoma
South Carolina
Tennessee
Texas
Vermont
Virginia
Washington D.C.
West Virginia

If so, now is the time to stock up on back to school supplies, clothes etc. You may need to find out what qualifies but here in Virginia this is what is covered:

School Supplies and Clothing: Aug. 5-7, 2011
Applies to:

Clothing and footwear under $100
School supplies under $20

Since we all about saving money here are some tips: Compare ad’s for each store, price match and best of ALL USE COUPONS! This will maximize your savings. Do not forgot do not buy it if you do not really need it all because it is tax free (5% in VA) it may not be worth it.