Category Archives: Our Personal Coupon Zone

Stock Pilers BEWARE…Boll Weevils in my Pasta!

Hey gang, I have had the most rude awakening this week.  I pulled out a box of pasta, and noticed a little pile of what looked like powder on my shelf.  It was about a teaspoon full, right in front of the box.  My first thought was the kids must have spilled flour and didn’t clean it up, then I opened the box.  The pasta was full of holes, and little black specks.  Then I saw it move!!  After getting completely grossed out, I quickly dumped it into the garbage disposal and chopped that garbage up, bugs and all. Now after a few minutes of research, I found that the bugs were boll weevils.  BOLL WEEVILS!  In my clean beautiful pantry!  I have no idea how they got there, other than they must have been in the package already. So, now I have to treat my entire pantry as if it has been infested, and check EVERYTHING!  So, you will not see any posts from me today, other than the one I found on eHow, regarding Boll Weevils and how to avoid them as well as get rid of them.  This is going to take quite some time, because I have a rather large pantry…well, two rather large pantry’s. Now I’m going to have to do research on long term storage for the food I purchase.  Any pointers?

Wish me luck, I’m going in!

How to Avoid Getting Boll Weevils in Your Pantry

By Melissa King, eHow Contributor | updated September 16, 2011
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When you reach into your pantry to grab a bag of rice or pasta for dinner, you do not expect to see tiny insects crawling around in the package. Weevils infest grains, eat them and lay their eggs in them. These weevils are very small, so you may not even notice their presence. You must throw away any food contaminated by weevils. If you regularly inspect your pantry and keep it clean, you can avoid future weevil infestations.


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Share Coupons With Our Troops Stateside and Overseas

Our troops state side and over seas are in need of our help. Young men and women ages 17 and up. Some right out of high school, just trying to figure out how to survive day to day. We may not be able to do their every day work for them, but we can pitch in by sending valid coupons to our troops stationed in the US, and expired coupons to our troops overseas.

Watch this awesome video of how your coupons help out a
real military family!

Thank You for Helping Us Keep the GST Military Family Coupon Project Alive and Well! 

If you’re promoting a coupon project in your community or on your web site or blog, please provide a link to our up-to-date addresses on this page so that we can be included. Bad addresses that are no longer accepting coupons are continuing to pop up all over the internet from well-intentioned people who copy and share WITHOUT a link back to us, or start a new list and then discontinue updating it. I’ve even had to remove the first paragraph that I wrote on this page, in 2007, because it has been copied and reprinted on dozens of other web sites and blogs, by people I do not know.

We welcome all the help we can get, but it is critically important to link back to this page for current information. Don’t even print the page out, it will be out of date within a month. Thank you and God Bless You!!! 

What Type of Coupons Can They Use? 

Military families stationed overseas can use coupons up to 6 MONTHS after their expiration date.  You can send them as soon as they expire, or even before they expire.  The sooner you ship them the more time there will be for mailing, sorting, distributing, and finally, money saved for our military families being able to use the coupons on base!   

In general, our military families can can only use regular manufacturer’s coupons such as from newspaper inserts, coupon mailings, store displays and coupons you may receive directly from the manufacturer.  BOGO coupons are also acceptable.  They cannot use “In Store Only” coupons.

We all love printable coupons from the Internet and in some cases, military families overseas are able to use them too.  However, if they are able to use them, they can also print them on their own.  So it’s probably best not to send these types of coupons.  Unless you happen to have a handful that are expired, those would be great!

Our military families have asked us to pass along this request… If you can, PLEASE separate the coupons into TWO CATEGORIES, one for FOOD and one for NON-FOOD. It is not always necessary, but helpful. 

Food: Non-Food:
Dairy, Bread, Food, Canned Goods, Beverages, Water, Candy, Gum, Meat & Frozen Foods Cleaners, Toiletries, Make Up, Paper Products, Vitamins, Medicines & Pet Food 

If you are separating your coupons, place them in separate plastic bags marked “Food” or “Non-Food.” 

Remember, separating the coupons is NOT required, just a little extra help for the coordinators. 

While some families are able to move their pets with them when they go overseas, others find foster homes for them while they are away.  Expired pet coupons are welcome. 

You can also send as many coupons as you have collected, even dozens of duplicates.  However, a good variety is great too!  

Our coupon program coordinators overseas will distribute the coupons to multiple families.

Just be sure to CLIP them first so they will be easier for the base to sort, and easier for you to mail.  

You can mail as many or as few as you want. All coupons are appreciated!

Thank you for taking the time to visit The Katy Coupon Zone, blogged straight from Katy, TX A.K.A…God’s Country!

Happy couponing and…stay in the ZONE!

Warning: Extreme Couponing may become addicting.

Some symptoms may include but are not limited to: You have acquired excessive shelving (everywhere) and it’s on your Christmas list; Scissors and a coupon binder are your new “fashion accessories”; Fat wallet syndrome; You started a blog about it; You have gotten coupon binder envy; You have become your local Coupon Fairy; You traded up from your 3 inch binder to a 4 inch double-sided Case It Z binder with a strap.  If symptoms last more than 4 weeks you may want to seek a professional home organizer or FlyLady. Also, remember your daily dose of The Katy Coupon Zone for realistic, real world tips to help keep your couponing balanced and under control.


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Coupon Competition

Coupon Competition.


To Lorax or Not to Lorax..That is the Question.

My husband and I went to see it this weekend with 3 teenagers in tow.  It was a fun movie over all, but the bashing of capitalism was a bit over the top.  I found it quite heavy-handed in a lot of talk, but very little teaching by the so-called keeper of the trees.

One of the first questions my teens asked after the show was, “why didn’t the Lorax just teach him about replanting the trees, rather than letting him destroy the land?”

While we were all entertained by the antics of the singing fish and dancing animals, the message of saving the trees and being respectful of the environment was lost by the fruitless efforts or lack of effort portrayed by the Lorax. It was specially confusing when the Lorax tried to sabotage the Once-lers efforts, as well as throwing him into the river.  What were the kids supposed to learn from that?

It did make for some really good teaching moments on our ride home.

Have you seen the movie yet?  What is your take on it?  It is okay to agree, or disagree with my opinion.  After all, it is just that…an opinion.



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Help Needed in the Kitchen!

I am stuck in the kitchen!

I have thawed out hamburger for dinner tonight.  I would love to make Spaghetti and Meatballs, but I don’t have a good meatball recipe.  Can any one out there help me out??


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Store Sales and the Power of Stockpiling

Do you know why you are couponing?  Do you have a purpose or a reason for doing it?  Ours is to become debt free, and to never…ever pay full price for anything.  Also, I think it would be lovely to have a years worth of everything sometime in the near future.  Wouldn’t that be cool?  Anyways, this is a lesson from my good friend, Savvy Susan.  She and I taught a Coupon Basics class together last year.  We had a blast!  Maybe I could convince her to do it with me again…Maybe…


by Savvy Susan

The first thing you need to know on your road to becoming a coupon expert is that stores have ‘sale cycles’. Every week, your local pharmacy or grocery store has a certain amount of items that it offers at a discounted price. This is just one of the many promotional tools used by manufacturers to get consumers to buy their products.

Most of the times, you will find these sale items advertised in a weekly sales circular/Ad.

SAVE YOURSELF TIME WITH THIS TIP: the best deals on your weekly ad is usually posted on the front and the back page of the ad.  I like to scan the whole ad (usually on Saturday evening or Sunday afternoon) to make sure I don’t miss ANY good sales.

These things that are on sale are usually referred to as ‘loss leaders’. These are the rock-bottom offers that bring shoppers to the store. This is the first place you should look for bargains when scanning your weekly ad. And if there are any coupons available for these items, then you will really get big savings.

Your goal is to focus on buying groceries ONLY when they are at the rock bottom price. Luckily for us, these ‘loss leader’ sales come around in ‘sale cycles’ that is generally every 6 to 8 weeks.

When you find this opportunity to save big, by combining a great sale with a coupon, you want to maximize those savings by buying enough items (at this rock bottom price) to last you until the next time the item goes on sale.

By stockpiling food, at their rock bottom price, you are in effect saving your family money by NEVER having to pay full price for those items you regularly need.


First we have Linda, she uses coupons and stockpiles her finds to feed her family. Linda’s family uses ONE BOX of cereal per week. She sees that cereal is on sale at her grocery store for $1.88 each. This is a sale that comes around every 6 weeks at her store.


6 Boxes of Cereal @ $1.88 each = $11.28

Less (6) $0.55/1 MQ = $3.30

$11.28 – $3.30 = $7.98 to feed her family cereal for 6 weeks!


On the other hand, we have Clueless Debbie, who doesn’t use coupons. Debbie, also needs one box of cereal to feed her family each week. She sees cereal is on sale this week for $1.88, so she buys one box.

Next week, when she comes back to buy more groceries, she buys one box at $3.69.

So, to feed her family, Debbie spends:

$1.88+ $3.69 +3.69 +3.69+3.69+3.69 = $20.33

So Linda pays $7.98 and Debbie spends $20.33 to feed their family the same thing! So, Debbie paid $12.35 more than Linda for the same items!

This example shows you how Linda fed her family for 62% less than Debbie!


This is how YOU, too, can effectively combine sales, coupons and stockpiling to get extreme savings.


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