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Money-Saver #1 from Coupons.com

by Freebies4Mom on January 12, 2009 1:27 pm

I’m going to highlight 11 money-saving tips in 11 days from Coupons.com, my favorite source of printable coupons. Kim Danger is the Family Savings Expert for Coupons.com and she has written these 11 money-saving tips to help you cut costs in your household and save up to $10,000 a year. I know that sounds like a huge amount of money to save, but it’s the little expenses that really add-up and have a big impact on your budget. Here is the first money-saving tip from Kim Danger:

Rethink Entertainment
“Read more. Swap magazines with a friend. Create a queue using library holds and interlibrary loans. This works for books, CDs, audiotapes and other media too. You’ll get a steady stream of new selections each week and it won’t cost you a penny. When you do buy new books and DVDs look for sales, coupons, and other discounts. Amazon’s marketplace is a great source for gently used books. Consider buying previously viewed movies (which typically cost 50% of the original price). When you’re through with books and DVDs, consider swapping them. The Mommysavers Bartering Board allows members to trade without money changing hands and has a special section just for book trades. By saving $50 a month, you’ll come out $600 richer at the end of the year.”
Total Savings: $600 per year
-Kim Danger, Family Savings Expert for Coupons.com

More Frugal Entertainment from Freebies 4 Mom
The “Entertainment” category of your budget is the easiest one to trim back on. I believe that you should be getting most of your Entertainment for FREE and here are a few easy ways to do that:

Free Magazines – request free samples and digital issues, read Freebies 4 Mom for the hottest new free magazines available.

Free Books
– download free digital books, request free books, and maximize your use of your local library as your best free resource for books

Free Movies – watch them for free on your computer and play the daily sweeps because many offer free movie tickets that are easy to win (check out how I used my free movie tickets for “Mommy’s Movie Time”)

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Featured Coupon from Coupons.com

Save $1.00 on Kellogg’s Frosted Mini-Wheats Little Bites
There are tons of cereal coupons out there but I look for cereal coupons that are at least $1.00 off of one box. Then I wait for a sale (new cereals like this are often promoted using sale prices) and use my coupon when that cereal is on sale. My boys love Frosted Mini-Wheats so I know they’ll love the Little Bites cereal too. Don’t forget that you should be able to print this coupon twice!

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Joanna January 13, 2009 at 8:56 am

Thank you Heather, that’s what I thought! We used to divide the groceries in 2. For example, he’d check out with 1 soy milk and one litter bag, pay, and I’d start a new batch right behind him with another soymilk and litter. I’m glad to see we can buy everything at once!

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Jessica-MomForHim January 12, 2009 at 8:41 pm

Don’t forget about Redbox for movies! They are only $1 per night, and you can rent one for free on Mondays with the special code each week. Heather, have you thought about posting this each week? Deal Seeking Mom posts it each Monday. We also rent all our movies from the library, so we actually never pay for movies!

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Heather January 12, 2009 at 5:08 pm

Joanna – You can use one manufacturer’s coupon for each item if the coupon is for money-savings off of one product.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom

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Anonymous January 12, 2009 at 5:01 pm

Ok, I found it! (and it’s good until the end of April so we can wait until it goes on sale! )

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Joanna January 12, 2009 at 4:56 pm

I have a question:My husband said that if I have coupons for, say, frozen fruits, I can only use 1 coupon per grocery trip. So if I buy 2 bags of frozen fruits, I can only use 1 coupon for 1 bag. Is this true? Or can I use 2 coupons, one for each bag, at the same time?Great tip about the library, I do that too!

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Anonymous January 12, 2009 at 3:52 pm

I've recently rediscovered the library. It's so easy to request books & DVD's online and then go and pick them up when they're ready. It saves so much money and time! Our library has a huge selection of movies (adult and children's) and I actually cancelled my DVD subscription service, saving about $200 a year!

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Heather January 12, 2009 at 3:49 pm

Try scrolling thru the coupons again because I still see the coupon as available to print! Look for “Save $1.00 Kellogg’s” and you’ll see tiny picture of two “Little Bites” cereal boxes.-HeatherFreebies 4 Mom

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Anonymous January 12, 2009 at 3:45 pm

I can’t find the coupon anymore………

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Lea Ann January 12, 2009 at 2:43 pm

We love those Frosted Mini Wheats too and got 5 boxes for less than $3 total a couple weeks ago at Tom Thumb. Awesome! I’ll print these and cross my fingers this deal will come up again soon. Thanks!

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