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Freebies and Deals

Well lots of great freebies and deals are floating around lately. I don’t always post them here because I find there are many, many other blogs and websites that list these types of things. That being said, here are some of my personal favorites:

– Get a coupon for a free Kashi frozen meal here. These are my favorite frozen meals!

Click here to get a free sample from Aveda.

– Free Ziploc bag sample from Costco here (you don’t need to be a Costco  member)

Safeway:  If you shop at Safeway, there are $10/ $50 purchase coupons in recent ads and newspapers. They also have a frozen food promo going on this month with a $10 off next purchase coupon printing out for every $25 spent on frozen foods!

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Freebies and Steals

Here is a short list of my favorite freebies and deals this week:

– Today is the last day to use the free Starbucks tea drink coupon from last week’s Safeway ad (I used this coupon a lot over the last few days!)

– Stop by Krispy Kreme for a free donut today, Jan. 20, in honor of Inauguration Day.

– Check out Target for lots of toy clearance and reduced prices on their annual home design event.

– Use this coupon for a free Bath and Body signature product, up to $12, with any purchase. It sounds like you could find something inexpensive as a purchase.

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Freebies and Steals

I am going to start listing the best freebies and steals each week on this blog. Please leave a comment if you know of any great deals this week.

– Download Suze Ormans new book: 2009 Action Plan free here, thru 1/15

– Check out Whole Foods for the new Mambo Sprouts coupon booklet. There are many great high value coupons in the book and you can grab several copies of the booklet.

– Target has Christmas clearance for 90% off! Stock up on wrapping paper, etc and look for solid color wrapping paper and bags to use year-round.

– Use this coupon for BOGO at Seattles Best Borders Cafe

– Check the 1/6 and/or 1/7 newspaper for a free Tazo drink from Starbucks. I have heard they are in most newspapers around the country.

– If you get the Sunday paper and  are not already clipping coupons, get started with last Sundays coupon inserts. There were five coupon inserts!Its easy… just take a pair of scissors and a couple minutes and clip the coupons for things you buy. Keep them in your purse and use them when the items are also on sale!

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Stockpiling

Stockpiling is a common frugal shopping technique. The idea is that you buy several of an item you use when its at the lowest price.  The goal of stockpiling is to never pay full price for anything. Here are the basic steps:

1. Keep track ( mentally or in a notepad) of the prices you see and pay for commonly-bought items.

2. When you see something on sale for a “rock-bottom” price, stock up. Usually you will find “rock-bottom” prices when you can combine a good sale or mark-down with coupons.

3. Menu-plan from your stockpile, only buying dairy products and fresh produce as needed on a weekly basis plus whatever is at stockpile worthy prices that you use. Shop from your stockpiled pantry when planning meals because you know all of those items were purchased for a bargain.

4. Don’t stockpile things you don’t already use! This will turn into waste and that is definitely not frugal.

For example, a can of organic Muir Glenn diced tomatoes ranges from $1.89 -2.79 at regular prices at several grocery stores I frequent. I use diced tomatoes in several of my go-to recipes so this is a good stockpile item for me. Once in a while, the store will have them on sale 4/$5 ($1.25 each). I also usually have several $1 off or $0.75 off coupons making these $0.25 -$0.50 each. That is the “rock-bottom” price to me.

I buy several cans of diced tomatoes when they are at a stockpile worthy price so that I never have to pay anything close to the full price.

As an alternative price-comparison, Costco sells another brand of organic diced tomatoes for approximately $0.87 each. These are always for sale at that price so I will buy a case of those when needed if I’m unable to find my “rock-bottom” price mentioned above at the normal grocery stores.

Stockpiling allows me to shop at several different stores, stocking up on certain things from each store that I like without going to every store each week. By menu-planning from my stockpile and just buying the perishables and fill-in items, I am free to menu-plan without worrying about finding the best deal on all the ingredients I need every week.

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Black Friday Shopping

Being a newbie to all things internet-deal related, I’m amazed that all of the store ads for Black Friday (the day after Thanksgiving shopping madness) are already scanned and posted online.

Check out http://www.2008blackfridayads.com for several store ads (Target, Best Buy, Circuit City, etc). Scroll down and see the stores listed on the left-side bar.
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I’m not sure if we will be shopping on Black Friday or not. We are not purchasing any big-ticket items and I want to avoid the temptation of stuff we don’t need (like $2 DVDs). I should be wrapping up all my Christmas shopping by then. I’ll let you know if we end up braving the stores or not. What about you.. are you planning on shopping on Black Friday?

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