Barilla Plus Pasta Around $0.03 at Target

barillaplusHere’s a great stock up deal!

Now through 11/29 you can pick up Barilla Plus Pasta for around $0.03 a box at Target!

BUY THREE Barilla Plus Pasta – $1.29 (price varies by region)
One will be FREE with the Buy 2 Get 1 FREE sale
USE TWO $0.75/1 Barilla PLUS Pasta
USE ONE $1/2 Barilla PLUS Pasta Target coupon
YOU PAY $0.08 OOP or around $0.03 each!

Thanks, Hip2Save!

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Veterans Day Freebies 2014! We salute our Veterans!

 

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In honor of Veterans Day, many businesses are offering Veterans FREEBIES!

 

Restaurant Freebies

Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt- To recognize and honor our American servicemen and women, Orange Leaf Frozen Yogurt will offer all retired and active-duty military personnel a free cup of froyo, up to 11 ounces, on Veteran’s Day, Nov. 11. To claim the offer, customers should provide proof of military service, such as a military ID card, uniform photo, honors, badges, or come dressed in their military uniform. In addition, as part of its “Year of the Flavor” campaign, Orange Leaf is introducing its new, limited-time flavor, Pumpkin Spice Latte, for the month of November.

On the Border- On The Border Mexican Grill & Cantina is saying “Thank You” more than 150 ways this Veterans Day, as all veterans and active duty military will receive, for FREE, OTB’s “Create Your Own Combo menu,” the restaurant’s best-seller featuring more than 150 possible meal combinations, on Tuesday, November 11, 2014.

Applebees – at participating Applebee’s on Tuesday, November 11, 2014, Veterans can get a free meal. You’ll be able to choose a meal from a limited Veterans Day menu that includes items like steak, cheeseburgers, chicken tenders, and lots more. View the list of menu items here.

Olive Garden - active-duty military and military veterans who provide proof of service on Tuesday, November 11, 2014 will get a free meal. Veterans can choose a free entree from a special menu of Olive Garden’s seven most popular items. All of these entrees come with freshly baked garlic breadsticks and a choice of unlimited soup or salad.

Chili’s- show proof of military service if you are a veteran or on active military duty to get your Veterans Day free meal on November 11th, 2014.

Outback Steakhouse- Free Bloomin’ Onion and beverage on Veteran’s Day with proof of service. Outback Steakhouse is also giving out a military discount of 15% off the total check November 12 to December 31, 2014.

Starbucks- Starbucks will be giving out free tall brewed coffees to veterans, active duty military, and their spouses on Veterans Day.

Shooney’s – Free All American Burger on November 11th, 2014. This is for veterans as well as active duty military while supplies last. Proof of military service is required and for dine-in only. Go here to find a Shooney’s near you.

Texas Roadhouse- Free lunch from your choice off of the Veteran’s lunch menu. Includes your choice of steak, country fried chicken, country fried sirloin, pulled pork, pork chop, cheeseburger, BBQ chicken sandwich, pulled pork sandwich, grilled chicken salad, or chicken critter salad plus your choice of sides plus, a free coca-cola product, tea, or coffee. Bring in a military ID, Veterans Affairs card, or Discharge papers for proof of service. Dine in only.

Denny’s – Come in on 11/11/14 from 5AM- Noon to build your own Free Grand Slam. Available to all active, non-active, and retired military personnel.

Max & Erma’s – Participating locations will be offering the Best Cheeseburger in America combo which includes choice of Tortilla Soup or side House Salad, a Cheeseburger and french fries, and a fresh baked chocolate chip cookie for dessert. Dine in only with proof of military service. Check your local Max & Erma’s to see if they are participating.

 

Restaurant Free with Purchase

 

Cheeseburger in Paradise- The tropical bar and grill chain is honoring veterans by extending a complimentary All-American Burger with fries to active and retired military personnel in appreciation of their courage and commitment to the well-being of the country. To take advantage of this dine in offer, guests must make a drink purchase of $1.99 or more and present any of the following forms of identification when ordering:

U.S. Uniform Services Identification Card
U.S. Uniform Services Retired Identification Card
Current Leave and Earnings Statement
Veterans Organization Card

Other Misc. Deals and Freebies

Great Clips- On Veterans Day, Tuesday, Nov. 11, 2014, customers who come in for a haircut at any U.S. Great Clips salon will receive a free haircut card to give to an active, inactive or retired military member of any branch, including the National Guard. Military members can also come in on Veterans Day for a free haircut or to pick up a free haircut card to use, with proof of military service, through Dec. 31, 2014. This is not a one day freebie. The free haircut cards are good for 51 days–giving this promotion more longevity than most honoring our veterans.

National Parks- This freebie is in honor of Veterans Day but available for everyone in the military or not. Over 100 national parks will waive admission fees on November 11, 2014 in honor of Veterans Day. View a list by state here.

Knott’s Berry Farm- Free admission to all U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel and one guest. Up to six additional tickets may be purchased at Knott’s Ticket Booths for only $24 each from November 2 through 21 and for $29 each from November 22 through January 4. Military personnel may also purchase additional tickets at a participating local Military ticket office. U.S. veterans, retired and active military personnel must present military ID or proof of U.S. military service at Knott’s ticket booths to receive the complimentary tickets. Veteran, retired and active military personnel must be present.

Legoland Florida- From Nov. 1-23, veterans will receive free admission to LEGOLAND Florida, along with 50% off tickets for up to six accompanying guests to experience the Park’s more than 50 rides, shows and attractions. To redeem the free admission, veterans can present their military ID to LEGOLAND Florida’s ticket window the day they plan to visit. This is the second year the Park has offered this special military offer.

Lowe’s – Get a 10% military discount for current, retired, and VA members and to their immediate family with proof. The Military Discount must be used on personal purchases only and cannot be used for Lowes.com purchases, previous sales, or the purchase of gift cards or services including product installations. It cannot be combined with the Lowe’s Price Guarantee, or promotions.

Amazon – Download the “Veterans Day Honor” MP3 album for Free on Amazon. Includes 12 songs as performed by the military bands and ensembles of the U.S. Armed Forces.

 

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Littlest Pet Shop Style Set Only $29 + FREE Holiday Wrap at Target

FF53CA9650569047F5B848E2928BB1A3Wow! Here’s a great Christmas gift deal!

Now through 11/15 you can get a Littlest Pet Shop Style Set for only $29 and FREE Holiday Wrap at Target!

BUY ONE Littlest Pet Shop Style Set – $34 and ONE Holiday Wrap
USE ONE $5.00/1 Littlest Pet Shop Style Set $19.99+
USE ONE FREE Holiday Wrap wyb $20+ Toy Dept. Item Target coupon from the 2014 Toy Book
YOU PAY $29 OOP + FREE Holiday Wrap

Thanks, Totally Target!

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Horton Hears a Who DVD Only $4.99 – 67% Savings (Reg $14.98!!)

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WOW OH WOW!!!

Have you ever done DVDs as a stocking stuffer? It is a GREAT idea and this is a HOT DEAL!

You can get Horton Hears a Who on DVD for only $4.99!!

That is a savings of 67% because this is normally $14.98!

Remember that the price can change QUICK on Amazon, so don’t wait around to grab this deal!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER Horton Hears a Who on DVD for only $4.99 today!!

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New Printable Coupon: $1.00 off any 2 Glad Food Protection Items

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OHHHHH YEAH!!

With the holidays coming up, Glad Food Protection Items come in VERY handy!

These coupons normally equal a pretty GREAT deal close to the holidays so be sure you print this NOW!

You can save $1.00 off any 2 Glad Food Protection Items with this coupon!

Remember that you can print TWO coupons per computer to match with BOGO Sales and save even more!

There are SO many new coupons popping up that you will want to be sure and check them all out soon!

CLICK HERE TO PRINT YOUR $1.00 off any 2 Glad Food Protection Items coupon TODAY!

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Petite Heart Pendant Necklace Only $3.99 – 80% Savings

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OHHHH YEAH!!

How CUTE would this be to give as a gift during the holidays?!

This cute Petite Heart Pendant Necklace is only $3.99!!

That is a savings of 80% because this is normally $19.99!

There are three different beautiful colors to select from!

Be sure that you grab this deal soon before it is gone!!

CLICK HERE TO ORDER YOUR Petite Heart Pendant Necklace for only $3.99 today!!

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HOTTEST trend right now! Alex and Ani Bracelets AWESOME DEAL!

 

Great deals on Alex and Ani Bracelets!!

 

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If you have a teen, a college aged girl or someone right on trend with fashion in your family, you probably already know that ALEX AND ANI bracelets are the THING right now!  They can only be found in boutiques and specialty stores as far as I know.. BUT.. I just found some of the HOT ones on Amazon and they are WAY less than what I have found in the store.   I was so excited I couldn’t type this up quick enough!!

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Here is my sisters bracelet collection.  I am just starting on mine but LOVE the look!!

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Check out these deals:

You can get FREE two day shipping if you are an Amazon Prime member, if you’re not a member already,
start your 30-day FREE Trial to Amazon Prime today!

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Alex and Ani “Path of Life” Bangle – $24.86
(these are super hot and expensive in the store)

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Alex and Ani Sand Beaded Bangle – $28.28
(these are $38+ in the store)

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Alex and Ani Beaded Bracelet – from $30.48
(these were $48 in the store)

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There are so many deals on them that it is CRAZY!  If these are on your Christmas list, you definitely need to check these out now before the prices go up or you can’t find the ones you want.  Click here to check out ALL of the  ALEX AND ANI bracelets!!

About Alex and Ani:

Alex and Ani is a positive energy company dedicated to creating products of unparalleled quality and beauty that promote consciousness and unity.  Their design aesthetic underscores the idea that what is pure and natural is most beautiful. In keeping with that sensibility, Alex and Ani products are handcrafted from recycled metals. Alex and Ani founder Carolyn Rafaelian is deeply committed to creating a greener future for the planet and its inhabitants. Reusing and recycling materials in the creation of her jewelry is an integral part of Rafaelian’s mission as a conscious, eco-friendly designer.

Protecting the environment is one of Alex and Ani’s passions. Manufacturing in America is another. All Alex and Ani products are made in the United States, which is a point of pride for the company. Rafaelian believes passionately in keeping American workers gainfully employed and in producing products of the highest quality. American standards know no equal. Alex and Ani accepts no less.

Quality and consciousness come together in every Alex and Ani piece. Alex and Ani’s collections are made up of powerful, meaningful, and spiritual pieces, which uplift and inspire all who wear them. Rafaelian’s design aesthetic works on two levels; she is creating art and, through that art, facilitating consciousness. Each piece has an inherent symbolic value, while, at the same time, reflects the personal style of the wearer.

 

If you’re an Amazon Prime Member there are a TON of items on Amazon that will ship for FREE!
Also, Amazon Prime Memberships also get you UNLIMITED FREE  instant streaming of movies and TV shows!
You can sign up here for a FREE 30 day trial of Amazon Prime membership!

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Let’s talk about organizing our coupons, GASP!

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Organization hasn’t always been my strong point.  I consider myself more of a “big picture” person, so the idea of having hundreds if not thousands of coupons floating around in my purse or on my counter was not something that I was looking forward to when I first started couponing on a higher level.

I realized very early on that carrying all of my coupons in a small expanding envelope in my purse was not going to work.  I think that I tried pretty much every method of organizing my coupons until I finally realized that the binder method was the best and most practical for new couponers.

This method works really well when you first start couponing because it puts all of the coupons in individual categories which makes it super easy to find the coupons that you need.   I have pocket dividers in the front of my binder with the store’s that I regularly shop at (Publix is first of course) and I put the weekly flyer for each store in that pocket for easy reference.  My coupons are then organized by department based upon the layout of my Publix Store:  Health & Beauty, Dairy & Cold, Canned & Boxed, Snacks & Drinks and Household.  This keeps everything very tidy and easy to access.

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As you are building your initial stockpile of the things that your family uses and needs, it is important that you have your coupons easily accessible.
Building a really good stockpile takes anywhere from six to twelve weeks depending on how frequently you shop and if you are getting in on all of the deals as they come up. 
You will find that during this “Building” phase, your binder will grow really really fast, almost bursting at the seams as you are clipping, printing and grabbing every coupon that you see.  This can get overwhelming, but rest assured, it won’t always be this way if you just stick with it.
Eventually what happens, is that you build up a good supply of the items that your family needs and uses, and you begin ONLY purchasing the deals that are necessary to fill in the holes in your pantry.  This is when you really start to notice that you are saving the most money at the register.  Since your pantry is full, the only items that you will need to buy are those items that you family has used that you need to replenish or those items that you intend to donate to your church / food pantry or give to others in need.  This is a great point to be at and trust me, it does not take very long to get there if you focus on building your stockpile in the early stages of couponing.
Once you reach this point, you will realize that you don’t need to carry every single coupon with you at all times, because you don’t need many of the items even if it is a great deal since your pantry is already fully stocked!  This will happen with pasta, cereal, snacks, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, body wash and other items.

This is the time to move to the “Insert Method” of organizing your coupons.  Usually people move to this method when they are getting multiple coupon inserts each week.  When you do that, it is WAY too time consuming to sit and clip every single coupon and put them in your binder.  Also, your binder gets entirely too big when you put that many coupons in it each week.  I do know of people that just increase the size of their binder, but in my opinion, this method is much easier.

 

Insert Method

You will begin by creating envelopes or file folders for each week’s inserts.  For example, since there were two inserts in the 1/23 paper, you would have two different folders or envelopes for that week.  They would be labeled 1/23 RedPlum & 1/23 SmartSource  (or abbreviate RP and SS).  If you order your inserts online like I do, they come in a Priority envelope already, so I just write the date on the outside of the envelope and they are already neat and tidy!

Once you have them neatly placed in an envelope or file folder, now its time to decide how you would like to store these.  There are many options to consider depending on space and decor.  I have a small file cabinet next to my chair that I thought would be wonderful (and it was) but personally I prefer to buy square baskets with lids or square ottomans when I see them on clearance for under $5.00, they work perfect and you can’t tell what is inside them!!

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Note that there are dividers for each week inserts labeled for easy access
I try to keep things as simple as possible and prefer to try to use something that looks like it belongs in the house so that I don’t have a bunch of plastic containers stacked up. 
I have a large basket with a lid that fits file folders in perfectly and I have several different foot ottomans that I find every now and then on clearance for around $5.00 that I use as well.  These come in all different colors so watch for them!  Target has these in their  home decor area and clearance out the old print when bringing in new prints:
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Looks like a regular foot ottoman, but inside are my mailing envelopes neatly lined up by date for easy access.  No need to buy file folders or envelopes!(I date the mailing envelope and just stack them right in the ottoman and cover!)

 
Make sure that you DATE the outside of the insert so you can just flip to it and know what the date is instead of having to  read the tiny print on the side of the insert.
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With the insert method, there is still a need for a small binder to keep your peelies, blinkies, tearpad and printable coupons in.  If there is a coupon in that week’s inserts for an item that I KNOW that I would want to buy a bunch of if I found it free or really cheap, I will cut every one of the coupons that I want and put them in my binder.  Otherwise, I just wait until I do the coupon match-ups for that weeks deals, go to the folder or envelope for the week and insert that I reference, and clip the coupons right before going to the store!  If the item is out of stock and I have to get a rain check, I put the coupons that I have clipped into my binder where they belong and put the rain check in the pocket of that particular store (such as Publix).
The insert method can be used instead of the binder method for all coupon inserts if you don’t want to clip coupons at all until you need them.  The problem with that is that you wont have your coupons when you find a deal or go right to them for items that you are planning to buy that are not on sale that week.  Your savings will be less in those cases, but the time that you normally spent clipping is eliminated completely.  You have to decide which works for you.
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COUPON BOX (cutting) METHOD:

I recently moved to the “Coupon Box” method of organization.  Each week, I gather my inserts and lay each page out stacking like pages on top of one another, so there will be SIX of each page in each pile.   I then STAPLE each coupon (still on the sheets), I have stapled the in the middle of each coupon but find it easier to staple closer to the top of each coupon.  Then I simply CLIP each set out while they are all stapled together.

What I will end up with are stacks of six of the exact same coupons already stapled together.

Once they are clipped, I will simply plop it right into the box behind the category that it goes.  Simple! They wont slip away from each other or shimmy and fold and will look neat and tidy.  This eliminates several steps if you are using the binder method currently.  Here is a photo of what it looks like set up as I am putting a batch of coupons in their place.

 

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The system above is called the MY COUPON KEEPER SYSTEM.  If you are interested in purchasing a My Coupon Keeper system you have a couple of options, the regular and the deluxe, you can check them both out by clicking here.

 

 

Here are some additional organizational options from our readers:

COMBO SYSTEMS – Filing / Binder / Accordion

Many people find that using just ONE organization system isn’t enough to keep things under control.   The solution to that is to use a combination of several systems.    You can file inserts by date, keep a binder for printables, blinkies, tearpads and other miscellaneous coupons then use a small purse accordion file for the coupons you will use in that trip!!

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FILING CABINET or FILING CART

I am always jealous when someone has a really snazzy filing cabinet or cart and keeps it neat and orderly like these!  Most of the time their inserts are filed by date and type in hanging folders and they clip the coupons as they go when a deal pops up!!

 

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MOST SIMPLE SYSTEM

This system is so easy that you simply can’t go wrong.   Valerie separates her coupons by the deals she will be doing then keeps them in separate color coded zipper pouches by STORE!  Although that might not work for those of you with a zillion coupons, this is a really neat, clean and efficient way to carry your coupons for specific deals at specific stores!

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I hope some of these tips will help those of you struggling with keeping your coupons organized or brings you to the next level on handling all of those awesome coupons that we get!!  It is so much fun to get in on the deals and even more fun when you reduce the work that it takes to deal with your coupons!! 

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New Printable Coupon: Pull-Ups, OxiClean, Colgate, Crest, and MORE!

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WHOOP WHOOP!!!

New coupons are popping up left and right, and you will want to be sure and grab them!

You can save on Pull-Ups, OxiClean, Colgate, Crest, and MORE!!

Be sure that you print TWO coupons per computer while they are available!

Remember that you will want to print any coupon you need when you see it!


$1.00 off any 4 Gerber Graduates Grabbers™ items
$1.50 off 2 Milk-Bone or Milo's Kitchen dog snacks
$1.00 off any THREE Kellogg's Cereals
$1.00 off ONE Crest BE Toothpaste 4.5 oz
$0.75 off ONE Olay Body Wash or Bar Soap
$1.50 off any Colgate Enamel Health™ Toothpaste
$1.00 off any ONE (1) OxiClean™ Laundry Detergent
$2.25 off ONE package of PULL-UPS Training Pants
$0.25 off ONE (1) Mardi Gras Napkin package
$2.00 off Gillette Clinical Anti-perspirant

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Monday Inspiration: How to Find a Coupon Buddy

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Does it sometimes seem like others don’t understand your coupon craziness? Do you wish you had someone you could talk coupons with and even exchange coupons and ideas with? Today, let’s talk about how to find a coupon buddy. Everything is more fun with a friend, and when you have another person to help support and encourage you, you will find how much more productive you can be. Take a look below for tips on how to find a coupon buddy.

1. Join a local couponing group.
Check on social media to see if a coupon swap group meets in your area. If so, join! It is that simple. Most times you won’t know about such groups unless you look, so that is the first step. Once you join and get to know others, you will find a wonderful amount of support.

2. Recruit a family member.
Do you have a family member who loves to chase deals and coupon? If so, ask them to buddy up with you. You can exchange coupons, stockpile items, alert each other of sales, etc. Attend the couponing groups as mentioned above together and see what else you can learn.

3. Find an online buddy.
You might not have anyone in your area, but perhaps someone in one of your online groups would want to partner up. Be outgoing and make friends. Let others know you are available to offer your knowledge in exchange for theirs. Just search Facebook for the hundreds of groups available to join.

4. Don’t forget the chat page!
If you ever need a friend to clarify a deal or bounce an idea off of, just check out the My Coupon Expert Chat page. It is a great group of couponing friends who will be happy to lend you a hand. 24-7 it seems as though someone is on and willing to help.

Couponing is more fun with friends. Give one of these tips a try so you can be sure you don’t go it alone!

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