Frugal Series

This is Challenge #6, sponsored by Proctor & Gamble, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp. If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

Challenge 5 ended yesterday.   Make sure to read the wrap up to see how all of our challengers did.

This week we’re moving on to Challenge 6 where we get serious about saving.   This week’s Challenge –

Coupons + Sales.   That’s how you save the most money, so this week to buy it, it must be on sale and have   coupon, excluding meat, dairy, or product which rarely offer coupons.

This our challengers can do it?   It’s tough at first, but saves big in the end.   Head over to Mummy Deals to get Clair’s tips for success and enter to win a goodie bag from Proctor & Gamble including a large box of Tide, Tampax Tampons, Pringles Cups, and Olay Gift Set!

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This is Challenge #5, sponsored by McDonald’s, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp.   Scroll down to find out how to enter their exciting giveaway! If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

Are you ready for the next challenge in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp? Here it is!

- – The Challenge – -

Organize those coupons!

We gathered coupons last week, now it’s time to get them in order.

Why? Without a coupon organization system, you’ll be less likely to use them and more likely to completely forget about them or avoid them, because you can’t find anything.   Plus, with your coupons organized, you’ll be able to quickly plan your shopping trips.

What? Do you need a fancy coupon holder to organize your coupons? NO!   In fact, most won’t keep up with you, if you plan to seriously coupon.   So, when choosing, make sure you take into consideration the following

  1. How many categories does it have and is it possible to add more?
  2. How many coupons will it hold?
  3. Can your children easily dump your coupons?
  4. Is it easy to carry and something you definitely won’t mind lugging through stores?
  5. How much time will it take to keep your coupons organized?

How? There is no right or wrong way to organize your coupons.   It’s all about what works for you!   Will you actually spend time clipping them or will you often be backed up with a pile of unclipped coupons?   Will you carry around a big binder or will you often leave it at home because it’s too much?   Think about how you function and try a few styles to see what works best for you.

Check out Organizing Coupons for popular ways to organize your coupons, container ideas, pros and cons of each   method, and popular bloggers who use each method!

Come back on Wednesday to find out how our Challengers do and hear their experiences!

- – Giveaway – -

This week’s challenge is sponsored by McDonald’s! In fact, it’s actually sponsored by the following locations, so if you’re in my area, stop by to say thanks for supporting the Budget Boot Camp!

1. Restaurant # 11316 – Geist
9611 N by NE Blvd.
Fishers, IN 46038
2. Restaurant # 12363 – Fall Creek
9833 Fall Creek Rd.
Indianapolis, IN 46256
3. Restaurant # 15571 – Sunnyside
10955 Pendleton Pike
Indianapolis, IN 46256
4. Restaurant #6840 – Fishers
8990 E. 116th St.
Fishers, IN 46038

5. Restaurant # 20868 – Amoco
9290 E. 131st
Fishers, IN 46038
6. Restaurant # 2657 – Noblesville
1810 E. Conner St.
Noblesville, IN 46060
7. Restaurant # 33047 – Fishers Crossing
11909 Fishers Crossing
Fishers, IN 46038
8. Restaurant # 32582 – Hazel Dell Crossing
14625 Hazel Dell Cross.
Noblesville, IN 46060

Prize:

McDonald’s is offering one (1) $5 Gift Book to three (3) lucky winners!   Each gift book includes five (5) $1 gift certificates to use.   Think 5 FREE large sweet teas (my favorite), yum!   And, speaking of coupons, head over to get a $1/1 Real Fruit Smoothie or Frappe coupon to organize too.

Required Entry:

Share with us your style.   If you organize coupons, how do you organize them?   If you don’t organize your coupons yet, which style do you think you’d like to try out and why?

Bonus Entries:

Each task below that is completed is worth one (1) additional entry. All are option, but give you more changes to win!

  1. “Like” the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp on Facebook!
  2. Follow @MummyDeals and @InGoodCents on Twitter and tweet this – I’m kicking my budget’s butt w/ @ingoodcents & @mummydeals! Could your budget survive? #budgetbootcamp #giveaway http://bit.ly/d24Y3C
  3. Add the button for the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp to your website’s sidebar.
  4. Blog about your personal experiences with this challenge and link back, so your readers can start kicking their budget’s butt!
  5. Subscribe to In Good Cents via RSS or e-mail
  6. Subscribe to Mummy Deals via RSS or e-mail

The Fine Print - Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, August 3rd, 2010 at midnight Eastern. Winners will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Mummy Deals on Wednesday, August 4th, 2010. This giveaway was sponsored by McDonald’s. We were not compensated for this post, but may have received free products for us and our challengers. Regardless, as always, all opinions are my own!

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This is Challenge #4 sponsored by PUR, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp. If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

Our 4 challenge was to Collect Coupons!

Clair is wrapping up this one today.   Head over to her site to find out how out how our challengers did? Read on to find out and check out their sites for full details! And don’t forget to link-up your own wrap-ups!

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This is Challenge #4, sponsored by PUR, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp.. Scroll down to find out how to enter their exciting giveaway! If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

Are you ready for the next challenge in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp? Here it is!

- – The Challenge – -

Collect Coupons!

Of course, if we’re going to make you into serious budget-savvy shoppers, you’ll need those coupons to help you really help you start seeing big savings.   and, the more coupons you have, the more likely you are to be able to take advantage of a deal.

Why? While many say they spend more when clipping coupons, but there’s more to it than just using them.   You have to use them at the right time!   Confused, read over Coupon Myths & Facts to get past your coupon stereotypes. Then, start stocking up, because couponers can save an average of 50-70% per shopping trip if you know how to use them correctly.

How? So where do we start finding these coupons?   There are so many sources, but here’s a few places I’d like you to start –

  1. Subscribe to the newspaper. The savings will more than make-up the cost!   And, consider All You Magazine too.
  2. Register online with manufacturers of products you   love or often use and sign up for their e-mailing list, mailing list, and rewards program (if they have one).
  3. Keep your eyes peeled in-store for blinkies, peelies, tearpads, and in-store coupon opportunities.
  4. Sign-up for a few samples, just for the high-value coupons that often accompany them.
  5. Follow 2-3 frugal blogs, like In Good Cents & Mummy Deals, to get hot coupon alerts!

If you’d like more, check out my 10 sources for FREE coupons and look at the hot coupons you may have missed!

When you have all those coupons, don’t worry.   We’ll be telling you what to do with them next week!   Plus, come back on Wednesday to find out how our Challengers do and hear their experiences!

How many coupons will you get this week?

- – Giveaway – -

This week’s challenge is sponsored by PUR!   One wonderful way to save money in your home is to switch from bottles water to a filtered water system or reusable bottles.   You can save up to $600 a year and eliminate up to 3,200 plastic bottles with this simple switch too, helping your family “Go Green”.

Prize:

PUR is offering one (1) PUR Faucet Mount System to one (1) lucky winners!

Required Entry:

Is your family working to “Go Green”? Share some things you do to “Go Green” in your home or community!

Bonus Entries:

Each task below that is completed is worth one (1) additional entry. All are option, but give you more changes to win!

  1. “Like” the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp on Facebook!
  2. Follow @MummyDeals and @InGoodCents on Twitter and tweetI’m kicking my budget’s butt w/ @ingoodcents & @mummydeals! Could your budget survive? #budgetbootcamp #giveaway http://bit.ly/b7HDkj
  3. Add the button for the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp to your website’s sidebar.
  4. Blog about your personal experiences with this challenge and link back, so your readers can start kicking their budget’s butt!
  5. Subscribe to In Good Cents via RSS or e-mail
  6. Subscribe to Mummy Deals via RSS or e-mail

The Fine Print - Entries will be accepted until Tuesday, July 27th at midnight Eastern. Winners will be chosen randomly via Random.org and announced on Mummy Deals on Wednesday, July 28st. This giveaway was sponsored by PUR. We were not compensated for this post, but we may have received free products for us and our challengers. Regardless, as always, all opinions are my own!

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This is Challenge #3 sponsored by Hanes, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp. If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

Our 3rd challenge was to try generics! Head over to Mummy Deals to see her wrap-up!

As I mentioned, we all tend to have a few things we want in brand name, but some times we can save money by trying a generic version of the brand name we love.   Often it’s just a good.

This week, it was me who learned a big lesson.   As a frugal blogger and lover of anything that saves money, here’s my embarrassing admission… I’ve only been inside Aldi’s once… (lowers voice) and I was in Elementary School at the time.

Sure, I know how Aldi works.   Sure, I’ve thought about it.   And yeah, there’s one really close to my house.   But, I never go.   I’m not sure why… habit.   Fear of new things.   Or that fact that I do so well with coupons on brand names, I rarely reach for generics.

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But, how did our challengers do? Read on to find out and check out their sites for full details! And don’t forget to link-up your own wrap-ups!

- – 3 Under 4 – -

Kristina grew up in a brand-loyal home, but this week she saved an amazing amount of money shopping at Aldi!

Quote from 3 Under 4 -
“The nicest thing about this challenge was that by shopping at Aldi’s we were able to save about $30 AND we were even able to purchase a few “extras” such as “moo tubes” which are the off-brand of “Go-Gurts”.

Read Kristina’s favorite “save” this week and what extras she splurged on!

- – Alli ‘n Son – -

Alli is a loyal store-brand shopper already and rarely finds something that isn’t just as good as the name brand.

Quote from Alli ‘n Son -
“I’ve also been devoted to Aldi for close to a year now. It’s one of the ways that I’m able to stay at home, raising my son, rather than working just to pay the bills. Pretzels for $1.29 versus $2.00+ at a grocery store. Yes please. Turkey hot dogs for $0.89? Sign me up.

Find out Alli’s favorite name brand products and how she improved her trip this week!

- – Better in Bulk – -

Laura already buys generics 90% of the time, so this week’s challenge wasn’t much of a challenge for her.   Plus, she had another confession to make.

Quote from Better in Bulk –
“I have another confession: I did so well planning my shopping last week that I don’t have to shop at all this week. Is that a miracle, or what?! Talk about saving money on our grocery bill!

Find out Laura’s favorite brand names that she must have and more!

- – The Good-Son Family Journey – -

Unfortunately, Mitzi is under the weather, but we wish her well and hope she starts feeling better very soon!

- – Rudy Family Rukus – -

For Brandie, this was the hardest challenge, since she loves brand name stuff and often, like me, gets a better deal with coupons.   In the end, she says her stubbornness helped her fail.

Quote from Rudy Family Rukus –
“You will all be pleased to know that I did still make a list and followed it based on my menu planning.  Hooray for small victories.

Find out how much Brandie saved on her shopping trip and what she must have in brand name and what she sometimes buys in generic.

- – Giveaway Winner – -

And the winner, chosen randomly through Random.org, of the Hanes Lay Flat Collar Tees is –

Shawnie B.

Check out Hanes for more affordable and comfortable (and cute) clothes!

- – Wrap-Up Link-Up – -

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This is Challenge #3, sponsored by Hanes, in the 90-Day Budget Boot Camp. If you’re new, find out how you can join to kick your own budget’s butt!

A new challenge was issued yesterday –

Try Generics!

Not every lives in the land of double coupons like me, so sometimes it’s not always cheaper to go with the brand name.   When a $0.25 coupon is really only worth $0.25, sometimes it just doesn’t really make enough of a difference in your savings plan.

Of course, some shy away from generics, but do you realize most store brands are made by the brand names we love?   And some are exactly the same or close enough that you won’t notice a different.

However, we always have our favorites!   In my family, it’s –

  • my husband won’t survive without Kraft Deli-Style cheese, StarKist tuna, Bounty paper towels, Charmin toilet paper, and Puffs with Lotion facial tissue (or so he says)
  • the only diapers that have survived my son are Huggies (we’re fairly certain he was sent to start the next great flood)
  • I’m allergic to most contact solutions, except Opti-Free (which is one thing I do buy in bulk to get a deal)

My daughters and I are pretty flexible.   Sure, we have our favorites, like Dannon Danimal Crush Cups, Yoplait Go-Gurt, DiGiorno Pizza, and brand-name soda, but we’re more than happy to accept an alternative if it saves if money.

Read more about Clair’s, who has to struggle to save in the land of no doubles, thoughts on generic products from medicine drugs to food!   Plus, enter the exciting giveaway from Hane’s (which, funny enough, is a brand name I do tend to prefer for comfort!).

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