Sunday, February 22

Shoppers is Tripling Coupons!

Shoppers is tripping coupons $.50 and less and doubling coupons between $.55 and $1.00. I went yesterday and received a ton of free products with this sale and received "overage" when my coupon's value was greater than the item.

Shoppers is in Alexandria off of Route 1/Jefferson Davis Highway (right past Crystal City if you're coming from Rosslyn).


Saturday, February 21

Home Depot and Lowe's

My husband and I are remodeling our bathroom. We've been to Home Depot and Lowe's (and some ridiculously priced higher end stores) and have determined (just as we did when we redid our kitchen a few years ago) that Lowe's has the best variety. Anyhow we were just about to go out today to purchase all the parts for the new bathroom when my dad told me that Lowe's and Home Depot both offer 10% off coupons when you join their "moving-in" club!

Here is the link to register for the coupon at Lowe's.

Here is the link to register for the coupon at Home Depot.

Monday, February 9

Dry Clearn Only

I do not go shopping for clothing much but when I do my one rule is not to buy anything that is dry clean only (okay I also have a rule to only buy clothing on clearance). To stop myself from purchasing dry-clean only items, I do not allow myself to even try on the article of clothing, for I will then be tempted.

If you try it on anyway (just to see), remind yourself that what ever it costs is really more than double that price factoring in all your trips to the dry cleaners.

Since my husband and I only go to the dry cleaners twice a year, the dry clean only products I already own only are worn twice a year. Grrr.

All this is not to mention how bad for the environment dry cleaning is! Just buy cotton!

Sunday, February 8

Conserve Convserve Conserve

I want to extend my thoughts from my last "pea-sized amount" blog entry to discuss how to conserve in some other basic areas. I realize we're not living through the great depression but that doesn't mean we should use more than we need to. Here are some more things you can stretch out to make last longer:

1) Bounce sheets: If you use static sheets in the dryer, cut them all in half after you buy them. You don't really need the entire sheet per load so make them last twice as long!
2) Laundry detergent: I was brought up being taught to fill the laundry detergent cup only half way up. My clothing gets cleaned and smells great! Be suspect of companies telling you how much to use- they are out there to sell more!
3) Face Cleaning Sheets- If anyone uses the dry face washing sheets that you wet to wash your face (which I recommend for traveling to avoid liquids), the sheets are huge! Unless you are a giant or are really dirty, cut the sheets into quarters.
4) Dish Washing Liquid: Again, don't fill up your soap area to the brim. No need. Try filling half and give it a test! Another way to get the item at half price...

Thursday, February 5

Pea-Sized Amounts

Does anyone look down after brushing their teeth to find large amounts of toothpaste in the sink? If so, you are using too much toothpaste. I realize that photos of toothpaste show a pretty peanut length amount of paste but really all you need is a pea-sized amount.

If you switch from a peanut sized amount to pea sized amount it's as if you just got the toothpaste for half off!!

Please keep this in mind when using other products (ie shampoo, conditioner, mouthwash).

Wednesday, February 4

Buy Generic?

When you're at the grocery store, do not be swayed by the pretty packaging used by brand name companies. Buy the store brand! You'll save a lot of money (and anyway has anyone else mistaken the new Tropicana marketing look for store brand anyway? what were they thinking?).

The exception to this generic rule is when you have coupons that the grocery store will double or triple. Since there are only coupons for brand name items, by taking advantage of doubled coupons, you can often get brand name goods for much less than the generic price, or even for free.

If you are without coupon, do buy whatever is cheapest!

Finally, a word on how to determine what is cheapest: Do not only look and compare prices. Compare prices per ounce. Some stores will calculate the price for ounce for you and list this on the price tag but at other stores you need to whip out your cell phone's calculator to determine the best value yourself.

I am always amazed by people who come up behind me as I'm busy doing my calculations and just grab a product off the shelf and walk away. These people do not even look at the price or spend a few seconds scanning for sales. It is mind boggling and challenging for me not to stop them in their tracks. Please do not be one of those people! Plus if you don't stop and think about how much the item costs, you won't realize when the store overcharges you for the item!! If you have read my previous posts you will see that most grocery stores will give you the item for free if they over or under charge you.

Monday, February 2

Free CDs and Books!

I recently learned that Arlington libraries give out free books and CDs!

Check out:

Central Library
1015 N. Quincy St.
Arlington, VA 22201

If you park in the garage (free), and enter the elevator lobby area from the parking garage you will find free books and CDs for the taking! They do this on both P1 and P2.

Sunday, February 1

Happy Super Bowl Sunday

In honor of Super Bowl Sunday and a great Safeway sale, I'd like to encourage you to go out and make some guacamole today!

Hot house tomatoes are on sale for $1.47 a pound and Hass avocados are $.77 each. These are incredible prices!! Don't forget to pick up some fresh garlic and a few limes to mix in.