Posts Tagged ‘Saving Money’

Do you have a Christmas stash place for presents?

Sunday, November 23, 2008 3:55 2 Comments

Do you have a Christmas stash area for your presents?  How many times have you bought a Christmas present months ahead of the holiday season, only to either forget you bought it or forget where you put it?  Believe me, this happens to a lot of us!  One way to help is to keep a gift giving list, where you keep track of what you have bought for each person, regardless of whether it is February or December.

Another easy way to help keep you organized, and remembering what you have already bought, is to have a Christmas stash area where you put all your presents.  Whether it is in a specific room, such as a spare bedroom or the basement, or a specific place, such as under your bed or at the top of a hall closet, keeping all the presents together in the same location will help you remember everything you have bought when you just have to go to one place to see it all.  It is far easier than when you have presents scattered in hiding spots throughout the house.

When you have a Christmas stash place, you will know where that cute martini glass necklace is that you bought your sister back in April and it will also remind you that you bought your father-in-law a new cordless drill when you bought it in that after Christmas sale last year but promptly forgot about it.

It also means all your gifts are in one place o when you have some spare time, you can do some wrapping in batches, rather than trying to squeeze all the wrapping into a single session a couple of days before Christmas!

It is also great last minute prep work if you plan on doing a ton of Christmas shopping on Black Friday!


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Coupon Stash Tuesday – Free Coupons Available

Tuesday, October 21, 2008 3:23 12 Comments

This coupon stash is closed.  Click here to find the latest new coupons available!

We have a bunch of coupons up for grabs, first come, first served :)

Some are US only, some are Canada only, some are unspecified (but all in $ so likely redeemable in both US & Canada, but not sure where else).  You can try using Canadian coupons in the US, as I have heard some stores do accept them (especially near the borders or for stores with offices in Canada too), but use them at your own risk :)  And we’d love to know US stores that are Canadian coupon friendly!

Here is this week’s Moms Budget Coupon Stash! 28 coupons in all!

Simple Green coupon
Save $1 on Simple Green 16oz or larger
US – Exp. 12/31/08

Yoplait Tubes coupon
Save $0.50 on Yoplait Tubes 8x60g
Non-specified country (but dedeption mailing address is Canada) – Exp. June 20/09

Yoplait Kids Coupon
Save $1 on two Yoplait Kids Cup Yogurt or Yogurt Drink
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Old Orchard Coupon
Save $1 on Old Orchard Healthy Balance 64oz juice
US – Ex Dec 31/08

Oxy Products Coupon
Save $1 off any Oxy product
US – Exp. 10/31/08

Purina Dog Chow Coupon
Save $1 off any formula, any size of Dog Chow or Puppy Chow
Canada – Exp February 28, 2009

Stouffers Lean Cuisine Spa Coupon
Save $1.50 on any two Lean Cuisine Spa products
Canada – Exp Dec 31, 2008

Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Coupon
Save $1 on any 5 Michelina’s Lean Gourmet Entrees
US – Exp. 11/18/08 (still 2 coupons left)

Reynold’s Parchment Paper
Save $1.25 on any Reynold’s Parchment Paper Roll
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Dole Squish’ems Squeezable Fruit Snack Coupon
Save $0.75 on 4x90g box
Canada – Exp June 30, 2009

Butterball Ground Turkey Coupon
Save $1 on any 1 package of Butterball Ground Turkey
US – Exp 11/18/08 (still 2 coupons left)

Ricola Cough Drops Coupon
Save $1 on bag (17-19 lozenges per bag)
Canada – Exp April 30, 2009

Maple Leaf Coupon
Save $1 on any 2 Maple Leaf bacon, ham, hot dogs, sliced meats, fully cooked roasts or fully cooked strip products
Canada – Exp Dec 31, 2008

Muir Glen coupon
Save $1 on any flavor/variety Muir Glen product
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Kellogg’s “Convenience Food” Coupon
Buy 2 & Save $1 on Pop Tarts, Special K Bars, Yo-gos, All Bran, Nutri-Grain
Canada – Exp June 30, 2009

Trix Cereal Coupon
Save $0.55 on Trix cereal
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Scott paper towels
Save $1 on Scott towels package
Canada – Exp January 31, 2009

Progresso Soup Coupon
Save $0.55 on two any flavor Progresso Soups
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Canola Harvest Margarine Coupon
Save $0.50 on Canola Harvest (original, Flax Oil, Olive Oil)
Canada – Exp March 31, 2009

Sinupret for Kids Syrup Coupon
$3 off 3.38 fl.oz. bottle Sinupret for Kids Syrup
US – January 1, 2009

Stouffer’s Bistro Italiano
Save $1.50 on any Stouffer’s Bistro Italiano Product
Canada – Dec 31, 2008

Bonne Bell LipSmackers Coupon
Save $1 on any two Lip Smacker Products
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Olay Body Wash Coupon
Save $0.75 on any Olay Body Wash
Canada – January 31, 2009

Old South Premium Coupon
Save $0.50 on Old South with easy-to-open tetra top pack
Canada – Dec 31, 2009

Thyme Maternity Coupon
$10 off purchase of $10 or more
Exp Dec 31. 2008

Butcher’s Select Canned Dog Food Coupon
Buy one, get one free
US – Exp. 11/18/08

Melitta Coffee Coupon
Save $1 on any Melitta coffee
Canada – Exp. Dec 31, 2008

Litehouse Coupon
Save $1 on any Litehouse product
US – Exp. 11/18/08

So, how do you get them?  Pretty simple.  Just post a comment saying which coupons you want, and we will mail them off to you (no, we won’t sell your name to anyone else!).  In return, all we ask is that you either tell others about MomsBudget and the MomsBudget Blog (the site has been around giving tips to women since 2001, but our blog is pretty brand new), whether on your own blog or just sharing our site with friends and family, or by sending us your unused coupons for the next coupon stash day!

We will also include an envelope addressed to us when we mail out your coupons, and we ask that you send us back your unused coupons (like Pampers coupons when your kids are all school-aged, or coupons for the certain spaghetti sauce your family doesn’t prefer) so that we can continue to offer coupons to more moms in the weeks to come.  Think of it as a coupon exchange without you having to do much work other than picking out what you want, and popping your unused coupons in the mail back to us.  We do ask that coupons have at least a month prior to expiry date on the postmarked date.  We will also keep track of the coupon values you send, it will help you get higher on the priority list when we post our weekly coupon stash, and we will have a couple really awesome giveaways for those who send us the highest $ in coupons as well as the highest number of coupons, and one for the blogger that sends us the most traffic… watch for the pics of what we are giving away later this week.

Lastly, don’t forget to sign up for our RSS feed, so you will know the moment we post our next coupon stash!

Note: We may be slightly behind in approving the comments made for those requesting coupons, but comments are time stamped, so we will know who commented first :)  I will try and update the list as they are taken, although some we have multiples of.  Make sure you can reply to the email request for your mailing address within 24 hours, or we will go to the next person.  Be sure you add email from @momsbudget.com to your allowed list so your spam filter doesn’t catch it by accident.


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Grocery Challenge: Buy “No Name” Generic Brands

Monday, October 20, 2008 0:39 1 Comment

Monday Morning Grocery Challenge: No Name Brands

Grocery Shopping Challenge
Your task for this week when you grocery shop is this… when you have completed shopping, look at anything in your cart and pick out five items that you could get the no name brand instead of the brand name.  Whether it is cereal, frozen vegetables, Hamburger Helper, the pizza you picked up for a treat or even your supply of Crystal Light, pick five items and go and exchange them for the (usually less expensive) generic brand.

Here is a handy shopping list printable, the Buy Generic Shopping List Printable, which includes handy checkboxes to remind you which items you were planning to buy the cheaper generic version for… and this is handy as a shopping list reminder even when you aren’t doing the challenge, too!

Always double check your coupons… you might find that it is cheaper to buy the branded one with the coupon.  If this happens, pick another item in your cart for the generic item.

Think you have a tough sell when it comes to convincing your family that generic is just as good as the branded version?  You could always switch out the contents and put it in a box or packaging that the branded one came, because that can fool many, especially if you decide to try a different flavor or style.  If your family always eats Rice Krispies for example, switch it up with the generic version of cornflakes for a few weeks, then substitute in the generic rice krispies a few weeks later when it won’t be as obvious.  Or if you still have half a box left, combine the two to make it a gradual change.

Don’t forget to sign up for the RSS so you can get our weekly grocery shopping challenge.  Feel free to spread the word ~ if you post our challenge on your blog and include how much you saved, we will include it in our Grocery Challenge Hall of Fame so you can have awesome bragging rights, and a cool little award to put on your blog too!  Want our Grocery Challenge image for your blog?  Here it is!

Helpful Hints for this Grocery Shopping Challenge:

Smart Tips for Buying Generic Brand Groceries
List of Groceries You Should Always Buy Generic
More grocery shopping printables!


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Are you wasting money buying in bulk?

Friday, October 17, 2008 5:27 1 Comment

With the current economy crisis, buying in bulk is one of the things many people are turning to as a solution to save money.  But some people actually waste money buying in bulk… are you one of them?

One of the big problems with buying in bulk is the fact you might end up with a two year’s supply of  something.  So you need to ask yourself, since you won’t recoup the cost of that for two years, would that money be better spent filling an immediate need? 

For example, let’s say you bought two years worth of tomato soup, and for arguments sake, you spent $40 on it.  Now, what if you bought only six months worth on sale – even if it costs you more per item – for, let’s say $15.  That means you have an extra $25 to spend NOW rather than on something that you won’t finish using for 24 whole months.

Now, sometimes the deal is too good to pass up… let’s say that two year supply of tomato soup would cost you $18 versus $15 for the six month supply, then it should be a serious consideration.  But you need to consider the pros and cons when purchasing in such bulk that the supplies are lasting for 2+ years, and decide if that money is better spent on something your family has an immediate need for, such as extra pounds of ground beef or some fresh veggies.

Lastly, also consider freshness… does the soup expire before the two years are up?  Does the product tend to go stale, such as some cereals, before you would use it up?

Still wondering?  Here are some more thoughts on buying in bulk.


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Reselling homeschool study textbooks & workbooks

Friday, October 10, 2008 18:04 Comments Off on Reselling homeschool study textbooks & workbooks

Since the school year has just started last month, I thought I’d remind our homeschooling parents on how to get the most money out of their study units they bought for this year.  When you can resell them the following year – or swap them with other parents mid-year or end-of-year for units you need, it can make homeschooling a much less expensive venture.

Here are tips on keeping your study unit textbooks and workbooks in pristine shape so you can get money back for them.  And on the same topic, what you should look for when buying used workbooks and study units.

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Reuse windshield wipers instead of replacing them

Wednesday, October 8, 2008 13:01 Comments Off on Reuse windshield wipers instead of replacing them

How often once your car windows start getting that streaky action going on that you force yourself to go spend the money on replacing your windshield wiper blades, because it is unsafe when they aren’t doing the job sweeping the rain off the windshield?

Next time, before you go and replace them – or suffer through them – try cleaning them first to remove the gunk off them that cause that streakiness to happen.  Here is how to clean windshield wiper blades.

And while you are at it, and especially since freezing weather is just around the corner, use this easy spray bottle recipe to prevent frost from forming on your windshield overnight.

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