Archives for the month of: February, 2012

I don’t know about you, but I was fascinated with TLC’s (the TV channel, not the group) Extreme Couponing. I was amazed at how much stuff these individuals would buy with so little money, and all thanks to coupons!

Being the inquisitive person that I am, I set-out to figure out how to save money with coupons (of course I’d like to be an “extreme couponer,” but it’s pretty difficult to save that much when coupons are not doubled… And, I live in the Golden State aka prices are higher).

So, I’ll be sharing with you a few tricks I’ve learned and some of the best deals I’ve scored, but first, I tell you how I got started.

Get Coupons:

Sunday newspaper – I subscribe to a Sunday paper, and I get a second one from an anonymous source. I was once told that “a good rule of thumb is to purchase one newspaper per family member.”

Ask friends and family – if they get a newspaper but throw out the coupons then I’m sure they’ll be happy to give it to you. Hey, maybe you can work out a little deal and it can be a little win-win exchange.

Coupon trading – find a couponing buddy with whom you can trade coupons. For example, I have a cat and always throw out dog related coupons; I would not mind sending those to a friend if she would mail me cat item coupons, see what I’m saying? This can be done with pretty much anything.

Print coupons – there are so many online printable coupons all you have to do is search.

Subscribe to other couponer blogs – I subscribe to at least five couponer blogs and I get daily emails full of coupons, sales, freebies, and many other deals. It’s a good way to get coupons.

Organize your coupons:

I keep mine in a 3-ring binder with monthly dividers. This will have to be another blog post, stay tuned.

Choose a store and know its coupon policy:

I shop at several different stores depending on their deals. I find it easier to do this than to just shop at one specific store, this may be different for you. Do what works for you and your schedule.  Overall, I have found that some stores require you to be a card member to get better deals for example Safeway (aka Vons) or CVS.

Stacking coupons – one of the best examples for doing this is Safeway. Basically, they’ll advertise an item but will provide you with a by-store-coupon (usually in the back of their weekly ads) but then you can use one manufacturer coupon (what you get in a Sunday newspaper), this is a great way to maximize your savings.

Make a plan:

I cannot tell you how important this is. Other than cutting your coupons this will consume more of your time.

Weekly Ads – read the weekly store ads to see what is on sale and which stores have the best deals. You can also find them online.

Coupon Matchups – here’s where the fun starts, match coupons to the sale items to get better deals. Most couponing blogs will do this for you, but I like to find my own.

Price match – some stores (Wal-Mart) will price match. Basically, if one item is less than what it is at Wal-Mart, show the AD to the cashier and you’ll get the lower price.

Make a list – save’s you time and keeps it all organized when you’re going up and down isles in the store.

Rain checks – If your store is out of a sale item, ask for a rain check! Then you can come back another day and get the item… Who know, you may even be able to gather coupons for this item.

Now let me show you a few good deals I’ve scored over the last few weeks:

laundry detergent

Tide laundry detergent less than $2 for both

Dawn Dish soap

Dawn Dish soap less than $0.75 each

Gevalia coffee - ground and whole bean bags

Gevalia coffee $3.99 each

Coffee Creamer

International Delight coffee creamer $1 each


~~ Cat ~~

Do you ever have one of those days where things do not make sense? Or something happens and you wonder, why, what is the point of that?

Actually, the one that really gets to me is when I’ve had a good day; you know my hair is “behaving,” I’m in a great mood, and things seem to be going “my way.” Then, I find out someone I knew, or a relative of a friend/co-worker/colleague (you fill in the blank) passed away or had a horrible accident. An instance like the above, I can’t help but feel as though life just paused. I seriously feel the need to stop. Pause. And ask myself, “Wait, is this true?”

I find it strange how some of us can be having an amazing day and at another end of the world (or across town to make it more relevant) someone is under an immeasurable amount of pain. That’s life for ya!

Why? How come life is so inexplicable and/or complicated at times? Like I said, some things just don’t make sense, but I guess that is all part of our journey in this place we call Planet Earth and this ride we call life.

When I am having “one of those days” I go to my trusted sources of inspiration (or comfort), which I will share a few with you.


I am currently loving the Kelly Clarkson single, “Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).” When I hear, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger, stand a little taller. Doesn’t mean I’m lonely when I’m alone,” something inside of me just wants to jump up, pump my right hand in the air, and yell out “WHAT DOESN’T KILL YOU MAKES YOU STONGER!” Yes, I’m a firm believer in that line!

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You)

Stronger (What Doesn’t Kill You).”


Something about seeing an awesome sunset with all the fiery reds, gold’s, and purples really soothes me.


Sunset over lake

And of course I cannot forget about these few: Ice Cream, a glass of red wine, or chocolate really helps make things better.

What are some of your sources of inspiration or comfort?


Puffy, drab and dry is what my face was feeling like lately, and well honestly, getting an expensive facial at a salon was out of the question. Instead I opted to find homemade facial recipes. To my surprise there are many great recipes out there.  Throughout the course of several weeks I’ve been testing a few of these recipes out and I have found that the coffee bean facial recipe I am going to write about today, does wonders for the face.

Not only did I find that the caffeine from the coffee beans help reduce puffiness, but when you wash it off it exfoliates the skin and leaves it feeling and looking silky soft.  Additionally, the honey in the mix, acts as a great moisturizing agent. The facial is very easy to make and best of all it is inexpensive.  All you need is two ingredients: ground up coffee beans and honey.

Here is how it works:Facial Ingredients

Step 1: Mix a handful of ground coffee beans and about 5 tbsps of honey into a small bowl until it looks like a paste.

Step 2: Gently rub paste all over face and neck (avoid getting any of it in your eyes).

Step 3: Let paste sit on your face for about twenty minutes.

Step 4: Gently, rub paste in a circular motion all around the face and neck as you rinse it off with cold water.

Once you have finished the facial, you will notice your face is less puffy and it will look radiant because you will have scrubbed off old skin cells. I hope you try this recipe and come back and let us know how it worked for you.


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