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Tuesday, June 28, 2011

a quiet day

today is a quiet day. it's wierd really. not used to the house being so quiet. but with the girls on a mini vacation with yaya and pappy, it's nice! ryan is sleeping and i am putting around here getting a few things accomplished... gotta do what i can before the girls get back on thursday because we are goign to have max and cathy in town thursday and friday.... so i gotta get things done.

kenzie is doing well. she's getting so big! i can't believe how much she has grown... looking through old pictures really jogs the memory...

maddie is getting excited about going to kindergarten this year...

and ryan is snoozing as he has to work tonight... so things are just about the same...

i'm hoping to get some more couponing info together for you all in a little bit so i can post that..

Sunday, June 26, 2011

Couponin' Cox's

So, with the economy being what it is, and me not working, I decided it was my job to try and save us as much money as I can, so couponing has become a major part of my job! It's amazing some of the deals I can get with doing this. For example, I am going to the store tomorrow for a few things and one of them is Crystal Light. We go through that stuff like crazy! Not only is it great tasting, but it also is a healthier alternative to koolaid. So, it's on sale BOGO (Buy one, Get one) and I have coupons, so I will buy 4. Here's the breakdown:

(4) Crystal Light-- 5.98
(4) $1 off 1 Crystal Light Manufacturer Coupon
(1) $1 off 4 Crystal Light Target Coupons

Total price out of pocket will be: 98 Cents~!!! That makes them 24 cents a piece. Not bad for a product that is normally 2.99 each! So that's a savings of 84% on one item we use all the time.

Now, with the TLC show Extreme Couponing, there have been issues of people going and buying the stores out of everything on sale. I want to take this time to clear up a few things.

* When I coupon, I only buy things I know I will use or can donate to our church's Food Ministry (Helping Hands)
* I get 4 newspapers a week. This may seem like a lot, but really, it isn't. When I went to a coupon workshop, it was suggested to buy 2 per person in the house and one extra. I don't do that. I want to make sure that we save money, but I don't want to seem greedy, so I settle for 1 paper for each of us.
* I do print some coupons online BUT it is only the ones I know I am going to use. If I won't use it why would I take it from someone who may need it? It doesn't make sense to me.
* I also shop around (compare the ads) Most of the time I end up at PUBLIX because they tend to have the better price (BOGO) and a great couponing policy.

i'll start adding a few tips as I can for couponing to this blog. It's really become a game for me and I really enjoy feeling like I am helping the family out by doing this. I have even gotten the girls into it and Ryan is getting aboard too.

the last note i want to leave you with today is this:

IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT SAVING MONEY VIA COUPONS, YOU CAN'T PLAY THE BRAND GAME! you will save more money by using the sales to your advantage. Once you have a stockpile you will be a happy camper!!!