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What did you have for breakfast this morning? Since we’re running out the door to get on the road, so we can enjoy Indiana Dunes this weekend, my breakfast was short and sweet (and quick).

Unfortunately 1 in every 5 kids live in a home where breakfast is hard to come by according to Kellogg’s. Share what you had for breakfast with Kellogg’s on their Facebook page through the Share Your Breakfast app and Kellogg’s will donate breakfast to a child in need.

Join the conversation on Facebook!  Make sure to “like” the In Good Cents on Facebook to get exclusive Facebook-only deals and more.  Not on Facebook? I highly recommend signing up for Facebook just for the coupons, samples and FREE stuff, if you don’t already have an account.

Love free stuff? Get more now:

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For every “If You Give…” book you purchase at Barnes & Noble online through October 31, 2011, two will be given to children in need!  It’s like getting two FREE, but you also get the change to brighten a child’s day.

Love to shop?  You can get so much more when you shop smart, so be sure to check out all the HOT online deals!

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Cold Water Creek
Cold Water Creek  has 50% off site wide through 10/11/11.  You can also use coupon code AFLC342 to get free shipping on orders over $100.  They have many item on the outlet site that would be about $12.50 each, such as this cute sweater.                                                                                                                   

Free Bag of Chips coupons for your friends and a Donation to Fight Breast Cancer:
Buy coupons($2.50 each) for a free bag of chips and send them to your friends. 100% of the proceeds will go to various organizations to fight Breast Cancer.

$5 Magazine Subscriptions
Amazon.com is having a Magazine subscription special.  18 different magazinzes including Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Country Living and Seventeen. 

Amazon Kindle: My children gave me a Amazon Kindle for Christmas last year and it was one of the best gifts they could have given me.  I love to read and there is always free and reasonably priced books available.  Amazon Kindle is now priced as low as $79.  So whether it is for yourself or for your Mother, this is a great price and a great Christmas gift.        

Banana Republic:  Banana Republic is offering 30% off all men and womens sweaters online. Use coupon code BRSWEATER at checkout. Today Only

Old Navy Fall Haul Sale: Old Navy is having a one day sale!!!  Get 50% off select styles on oldnavy.com   Today only.

          Shutterfly: Shutterfly is getting ready for the holidays.  You can get one Free 5×7 Folded Greeting Card or 1 Free 5×7 Flat Stationery Card or 1 free 5×5 flat stationary card. Code: CARD4U.

 

Before you shop online, always search the online coupon code database for FREE shipping coupons and other great retail coupon codes to help you save.  Need more frugal ways to pamper mom?   Indulge in the latest magazine offers and restaurant deals!

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Use the Nestle Family Facebook app to create a FREE personal photo tribute for your Mom or the special Mother in your life and Nestle will make a FREE $1 donation to help mother’s and their families in need through   Mercy Housing.

You can share your photo tribute with your Mom, friends, family, and others!

Offer expires on May 23, 2011 or until maximum donation of $50,000 is reached.

I highly recommend signing up for Facebook just for the samples and FREEbies, if you don’t already have an account.   While you’re there, don’t forget to Like In Good Cents while to get and share great deals with your friends!

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It’s back!   Visit Baskin Robbins on Wednesday, April 27, 2011 from 5:00 PM until 10:00 PM for Baskin Robbin’s 31 Cent Scoop Night!   Support will go to to the National Fallen Firefighters Foundation (NFFF) and Baskin Robbins will be making a $100,000 donation to their organization.

Warning, this even is usually packed, so arrive early and expect a wait!

Offer good on April 27, 2011 only!   Offer good at participating locations only.   Some locations may offer you the opportunity to donate to local fire charities in addition.

Craving more?   Check out all the mouthwatering restaurant deals recently.

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I’m sure so many of you watched Extreme Couponing on TLC last night and were in awe by the savings.   It was impressive.

Is it possible?   Yes.

Every week? No.

I used to say that I’m an extreme couponer, but after watching this show, I’d say I’m a realistic couponer and I teach realistic couponing in my classes, with the understanding that some people are brand-specific, some want organic and all-natural foods that are more expensive, and some will only use a few of the savings tips I teach.   My goal is to provide for my family and community, not the entire neighborhood for a year in case of a freak blizzard that blocks us off from the rest of the world.

With that in mind, here are some things you may not realize about me and may be shocked to find out:

  • I spend $50 per week on groceries, including a $49 organic grocery delivery we get every other week.
  • I get one newspaper each week and have enough coupons to do the deals I want to do, so I never pay full price for things we need.
  • I stockpile using a small pantry the size of a coat closet and that’s it.   I only keep enough on hand to make it to the next great sale price and donate the rest.
  • In my stockpile, I have exactly 5 boxes of cereal, 10 rolls of toilet paper, 5 rolls of paper towels, 4 tubes of toothpaste, and 1 bottle of mustard at this point in time.   That’s it.
  • I spend one hour a week preparing to shop and am always in and out of the store in one hour or less.
  • I miss some great deals, because I only go to 1-2 stores a week and only go to the store once a week or less.   And, I’m happy with that.
  • I aim to save 50% per week. That’s a lot!   That’s a realistic goal.   And while I have saved 70-100%, that’s not the norm.
  • I rarely buy coupons, unless they are for a product my family uses a lot or it’s a high-value coupon.
  • I’ve never done more than 3 transactions at the store to save money.   And, when I do multiple transactions, I let those behind me go in between transactions, so I’m not holding up the line.

Extreme couponing is fun to watch, but it’s called extreme for a reason.   Keep that in mind while watching.   Paying under $50 for $1,200 worth of groceries isn’t something most couponers should expect without devoting 100% of their time and energy to coupons and taking some extreme measures to make sure you get the lowest prices.   It’s just not realistic, but then again, when is reality t.v. realistic?

Also watch with care and investigate any tips or methods you see.   There’s are some rumors of coupon fraud occurring on the show, though I didn’t see it and cannot confirm or deny.   However, these couponers may not understand that a saving method they are using isn’t on the up and up, so research before you try it at your store!

My advice – realistically, aim for 50% savings, but if you even save $0.01, that’s great.   Celebrate that you saved.   It doesn’t matter how much or how little it may be and only buy what your family needs and will use!   Couponing with grace is an important part of couponing!

Did you enjoy Extreme Couponing?   Did you learn anything new?   What’s the most you’ve saved using coupons and what’s your goal when you plan your trips?

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