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Thrift Store Super Find of the Day!


Our family loves the thrift store!  My kids have been going to them with me for years, and agree that it is much more fun to pay 10% the cost of a product rather than 100%, especially when it comes to spending their own money. Today, I stopped in to see if I could find any more Tupperware for my super clean pantry.  I am normally able to find it for a buck or 2 per piece.  But today, there were no bowls to be found.  Instead, I found The Perfect Brownie Pan!  If you are wondering why I’m so excited, it’s because my 17 year old has asked for one for 2 years now, and I could never bring myself to pay $20 for a single pan that wasn’t a top shelf brand.

There it was, right next to the old nasty looking pot without a handle.  A ‘brand new’ Perfect Brownie Pan with all the parts.  It looked like it had never been used!  I turned it over and found the price tag…$2 dollars!!  Woo Hoo!  Of course it had to come home with me.  I was so excited to show my teen, the one that has asked for one for 2 years.  I totally expected a big “Oh Mom, You’re the greatest!” or something to that effect.  Instead, I get an, “oh, that’s nice”.  Really?

Her response, and lack of enthusiasm completely reinvigorated my stance on second hand shopping.  Obviously, she was only hyped up about it around Christmas time, because of the commercials.  Now, when we are in March, and it is from the thrift store, it was no big deal.

Well, I’m off to make some perfect brownies…with my new toy!

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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Posted by on March 14, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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So You Found a Ton-o-Taters for $1?


I went to my local $.99 cent store today, and found a 5 lb bag of potatoes for $.99 cent.  I know we won’t eat them all before they go bad, so I began a quick search to see what I could do to preserve them for future use.  That’s when I came across the idea of freezing them.  In my years of cooking and storing food, I have never had great success with freezing potatoes.  They always came out…ugly.  I now know the missing link, boiling them for a bit seems to make the difference.  What have you done to preserve your potatoes?

Make ready-to-cook frozen French fries:

  • Peel and cut the potatoes you want to freeze into “French fry lengths.”
  • Boil cut potatoes in salted water until partially cooked.
  • Drain and place in a single layer on a sprayed sheet pan.
  • Freeze until solid; transfer to freezer bags or containers and put in freezer.

To cook the frozen French fries: toss frozen potatoes with 2 tbsp. of oil, place them in a single layer on a sheet pan and bake at 425 degrees until nicely browned (about 15 to 20 minutes). Turn occasionally. Salt and serve.

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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Posted by on March 12, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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How to Stockpile Fresh Eggs!


Have you ever wondered how to keep eggs from going bad before you use them?

When I find a great deal on eggs, my first instinct is to stock up on 4 or 5 cartons.  Our family can go through these pretty quickly.  There are times when I can find them for .99cents per dozen, but not often.  So, I wanted to see if there was a way to make them last longer, without the hassle of dehydrating them, or freezing them.  So off I went perusing the blogosphere for answers, and look what I found!

By Kellene Bishop, The Preparedness Propreserving eggs

Preserving eggs in the refrigerator for 9 months is unfathomable to most people, let alone safely preserving eggs that long without refrigeration. But today I’ll make crystal clear how you can preserve eggs worry-free without compromising your health and taste standards and perhaps I’ll even shed some light on how you came to believe that eggs can only be preserved in a refrigerator.

Click on the link below for the full article.

HOW TO PRESERVE EGGS

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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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Tightwad Tips

 

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CVS Deals for 3/11/12


I just found my new favorite CVS deal website!  It’s called Simply CVS.  She breaks everything down so simply, anyone can save money at CVS!  Take a look a this scenario she put together.  There are more great deals on her site.  You should go check it out, I know I am.

Below are deal scenarios for the CVS ad for the week of 3/11 for shoppers just starting their CVS shopping adventure or who do not have any or many extra bucks on hand and do not want to spend much cash.  There are scenarios for $5 out of pocket cash and $10 out of pocket cash.

You can save the extra bucks left from the last transaction for next week’s extra buck deals and have even less out of pocket, or you could use them towards some of the CVS deals this week or other sale items.

TOTAL CASH OOP:  $4.86 + tax

EXTRA BUCKS REMAINING:  $2
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $26.84 sale priced

Transaction 1:

Buy 1 (one)   Zyrtec 24 hr 5 ct $5.99 Get $5.99 ECB
Use 1 (one) $2/1 Zyrtec Printable – sign up required
CASH OOP:  $3.99   + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $5.99
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $5.99 sale priced

Transaction 2:

Buy 1 (one)   Pedia Care Liquid 4 oz or infant drops 2 oz. $5.99 Get $5 ECB

Use 1 (one) $1/1 PediaCare Product, any – 10-09-11 SS

Buy 1 (one)   Purex UltraPacks 18ct. $2.49
Use 1 (one) $1/1 Purex UltraPacks detergent (RP 3/11)

Use $5.99 ECB from Transaction 1
CASH OOP:  $0.49   + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $5
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $8.48 sale priced  

Transaction 3:

Buy 2 (two)   Reach brushes @ $3.69 x 2 = $7.38 Get $2 ECB x 2 = $4
Use 1 (one) $2.00 off any two (2) REACH Toothbrushes Printable (excluding Crystal Clean)

Use $5 ECB from Transaction 2
CASH:  $0.38  + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $4
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $7.38 sale priced 

Transaction 4:

Buy 1 (one)   Dial NutriSkin or Dial for Men Speed Foam Lotion 21 oz. $4.99, Get $2.00 ECB
Use 1 (one) $1/1 Dial lotion 12oz+ RP 3/11

Use $4 ECB from Transaction 3
CASH:  $0   + tax
EXTRA BUCKS RECEIVED:  $2
MERCHANDISE VALUE:  $4.99 sale priced  

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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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in CVS

 

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Happy Saturday! It’s Time to Clip the Coupons!


Tightwad tip of the day:

Most places sell the Early Sunday edition of the paper. Saturday mornings are a great time to get a head start on the week.  If you are lucky, you can find amazing deals using next weeks coupons on this weeks deals that would not be found otherwise.

So go on…live a little and get a head-start on your coupon adventures.

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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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Sunday Coupon Preview 3/11/12


Thanks so much to the ladies over at Sunday Coupon Preview for giving us this complete list of upcoming coupons every week! Using this list allows you to match your coupons up to the sale items you find in your loss leader advertisements you get in the mail or in your newspaper, saving you time and money!

3-11 Smartsource coupon preview
Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(/X) after coupon = expiration date
() before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes
DND5 = coupon states Do Not Double, but barcode starts w/a 5

Smartsource coupon insert
A.1. Save $1/1 steak sauce 10oz+ (4/8) I’m totally out of this!!  Looking for a sale!
Atkins Save $1/1 bar 5pk (5/31)
Atkins Save $1/1 shake 4pk (5/31)
Better Than Save $1/1 Ears treats (6/11)
Betty Crocker Save $.50/2 Fruit Shapes, Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers, Fruit Roll-Ups (5/5)
Bounce Save $.50/1 (4/30) ETS
Classico Save $.50/2 pasta sauces (5/6)
Clear Care Save $2/1 cleaning and disinfecting solution 12oz+ (5/30)
Clearasil Save $1/1 product (4/22)
Clearasil Save $3/1 PrefectaWash Automatic Face Wash dispenser & refills (starter kit only, excludes individual refills) (6/3)
Colgate Save $1/1 360 Optic White toothbrush (3/31) Save these until we find the sale that makes them free!
Colgate Save $1/1 Optic White, Total Advanced or Sensitive Pro Relief 4oz+ (3/31) Save these until we find the sale that makes them free!
Cottonelle Save $.50/2 toilet paper 4pks or Save $.50/1 12pk+ (4/8)
Downy Save $.50/1 (4/30) ETS
Finish Save $.75/1 Powerball tabs or Gelpacs (4/15)
Finish Save $1/1 Quantum (4/15) I am so glad they have this one!  I bought Cascade last time, and my dishes haven’t been clean in a week!
Fun da-middles Save $.50/1 cupcake mix (5/5)
General Mills Save $1/3 cereals (4/21)
Golden Grain Save $1/2 100% Whole Wheat Pasta 13.25oz (4/30)
Hamburger Helper Save $.75/3 Home Cooked Skillet Meals (5/5)
Irish Spring Save $.50/1 3pk+ bar pack or body wash excluding 2.5oz (3/31)
Irish Spring Save $1/1 deodorant (3/31)
Johnsonville Save $1/1 Italian sausage links (4/30)
Ken’s Save $1/1 16oz dressing (4/30)
Kleenex Save $.30/3 tissue packs or boxes (4/22)
Kleenex Save $1/2 Hand Towels (4/22)
Lysol Save $3/1 No-Touch Kitchen System starter kit (4/7)
Maruchan Save $.50/1 Yakisoba product (5/31)
MidNite Save $1/1 regular, PM or for Menopause (9/30)
NatuRelief Save $1/1 product (9/30)
New York Brand Save $.50/1 frozen product (5/15)
Ocean Spray Save $.50/1 fruit flavored snacks (5/5)
Olive Garden Save $2/2 lunch entrees (4/29)
Olive Garden Save $4/2 dinner entrees (4/29)
Opti-Free Save $2/1 PureMoist contact lens solution 10oz+ (5/30)
Pepperidge Farm Save $.75/1 Chocolate Chunk Crispy Cookies or Soft Baked Cookies (5/6)
Pepperidge Farm Save $.75/1 Distinctive Cookies (5/6)
Pillsbury Save $.40/2 Toaster Strudel, Toaster Scrambles Pastries or Pancakes (6/2)
Pillsbury Save $.40/3 Crescent dinner rolls (6/2)
Pillsbury Save $.40/3 refrigerated Grands! biscuits (6/2)
Rachel Ray Save $1/1 bag of soup bones or any other Nutrish treats (6/11)
Rachel Ray Save $2/1 6lb+ bag of Nutrish for Dogs (6/11)
Revlon Save $1/1 color cosmetic (4/15)
Revlon Save $1/1 color cosmetic (4/15)
Schick Save $1/1 disposable razor pack excludes 2ct (4/22)
Schick Save $3/2 disposable razor packs excludes 2ct (4/22)
Scotch Save $2/1 Pet Hair Remover or Sweeper refill (4/30)
Scotch Save $2/1 Pet Hair Remover or Sweeper Starter Kit (4/30)
Scott Save $.50/1 Naturals flushable wipes tub or refill (4/22)
Scott Save $1/8+ rolls of bath tissue (4/22) Not a bad coupon!
Scrubbing Bubbles Save $2/2 bathroom cleaners (6/30)
Sebamed Save $3/1 full size hair care product (5/12)
Sebamed Save $3/1 full size skin care product (5/12)
Sebamed Save $5/2 full size skin care products (5/12)
Sebamed 50% off conditioner wyb shampoo (5/12)
Tide Save $.50/1 Stain Release (4/30) ETS
Tide Save $1/1 detergent excludes PODS and trial (4/30)
Ultimate Flora Save $3/1 probiotic (6/30)
VIVA Save $.60/1 or more paper towel Big Rolls (5/6)
Yoplait Save $.20/1 Lactose-Free yogurt cup (5/5)
Yoplait Save $.50/8 cups (5/5)
Yoplait Save $.75/1 Greek yogurt 4-pack (5/5)
Yoplait Save $.75/2 Go-Gurt, Kids Cup, Trix, Splitz (5/5)

Did you know you can Print Smartsource Coupons, and it is completely Free? Click Here To Print SmartSource Coupons

3-11 RedPlum Coupon Preview
Sunday coupon preview
Regional coupon inserts & value differences are to be expected!
(x) before coupon = multiple of same coupon
ETS = excludes trial sizes

RedPlum Coupon Preview
Advil Save $1/1 PM 4ct+ (6/9)
Breathe Right Save $1.50/1 10ct+ (5/11)
Breathe Right Save $2/1 26ct+ (5/11)
Centrum Save $5/1 Pro Nutrients (4/14)
Crave Save $1/1 soft treats for cats (4/21)
Derma Silk Save $5/1 full size product (3/22) Wow, that is a great coupon!  Let’s see if we can find the best deal out there, it may not be this week, so hold on to it until we find it!
Dial Save $.35/1 bar pack 3ct+ or liquid hand soap (3/31)
Dial Save $1/1 lotion 12oz+ (3/31)
Dial Save $1/2 body washes 12oz+ (3/31)
Dial for Men Save $1/1 Speed Foam body wash (3/31) ETS
Emerald Nuts Save $1.50/2 products 5oz+ (4/22)
Florida Crystals Save $.75/1 Light or Amber Organic Agave Nectar (5/31)
Florida Crystals Save $1/1 Natural or Organic Sugar product (5/31)
Garnier Save $2/1 moisturizer (6/11)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong shampoo or conditioner (5/6)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverCreme, EverSleek, EverPure, EverStrong treatment (5/6)
L’Oreal Save $1/1 EverStyle product (5/6)
L’Oreal Save $2/1 Sublime Mousse hair color (5/6)
Marcal Save $1/1 Small Steps Towel 8 roll+ or bath tissue 12 roll+ or Save $1/2 napkins (4/15)
Meow Mix Save $.75/1 dry cat food 3lbs+ (5/5)
Nutro Save $3/1 Ultra food for dogs (5/6)
Pup-Peroni Save $1/1 4.8oz+ (5/31)
Pure Protein Save $1/1 powder or drink (4/22)
Pure Protein Save $1/2 bars (4/22)
Purex Save $.50/1 liquid detergent (4/21) ETS
Purex Save $1/1 UltraPacks detergent (4/21) ETS
Renuzit B1G1 free Fresh Accents air freshener up to Save $2.29 (4/8)
Renuzit B2G1 free Adjustables air fresheners up to Save $4.17 (4/8)
Rimmel London Save $1/1 mascara (5/31)
Rimmel London Save $1/1 product (5/31)
Soft Scrub Save $.50/1 Abrasive or Gel product (4/21)
Soft Scrub Save $1/1 Total product (4/21)
Super Pretzel Save $1/1 soft pretzel product (4/13)
Visine Save $1/1 product 1/2floz+ (6/30)
Visine Save $2/1 Soothing Wipes product (6/30)
Visine Save $2/1 Visine-A or Visine product with Hydroblend moisturizers (6/30)

Did you know you can Print Redplum Coupons right from this site, and it is completely Free? Click here to Print Redplum Coupons.

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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Posted by on March 10, 2012 in Sunday Sneak Peak

 

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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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