Winn Dixie Weekly Ad Matchups for 8/22 – 8/28

Here is the complete Winn Dixie weekly ad with coupon matchups for 8/22 through 8/28.
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***Please do not copy the matchups to another website without my permission.

This post is part of Becentsable’s Grocery Gathering. This list is a part of the Grocery Shop For FREE Penny Pinching Bargain Bunch!

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

 

Boogie On Down For End Of Season Sales

Summer is coming to a close, however those “end of season” sales are EVERYWHERE!  Just as we’ve talked about with school supplies, think of this time of year as the best time to be buying for NEXT summer!  You can find tons of lawn and garden gadgets, seasonal toys for children, sand box, pool and beach supplies at the lowest price ever.  Many of the seasonal toys can actually be used for Christmas giving, birthdays or just to put in your “gift closet” for a time when you might need a last minute gift for someone.

Check out the “end of season” deal we recently got for our grandchildren!!

About six weeks ago we had all of our grandchildren out to the beach, and a very nice lady came up to us and asked if our grandchildren would like to have the boogie board her son was carrying (the blue one on the far right).  She told us she and her son were “going home”, were flying and couldn’t take the board on the airplane.  I said they would love to have it.  Well, if your kids are like ours, everybody wants to be first, and it always happens that the last person had it “longer” than anybody else, and the story goes on.   They did pretty good, and I say “pretty good” at sharing the board, so we told them we would see if we could find one for each of them for the next time we went to the beach.

We did some checking, and ended up getting a really good deal on the other four boogie boards, at an end of season sale.  The original prices were right at $20 each, but the sale price was $9.25 on each of them.  WHOOHOO!  We felt like we’d stepped into a gold mine on that deal, so of course we grabbed up four at the sale price.  The kids were THRILLED to have their own boogie board the next weekend when we went back to the beach.

You never know what you’ll find at the End Of Season Sales — keep an open mind when you’re looking around — you might need things later yourself, or as we mentioned for use as gifts.  Let us know what great deals you have come across.

 

Winn Dixie Weekly Ad Matchups for 8/15 – 8/21

Here is the complete Winn Dixie weekly ad with coupon matchups for 8/15 through 8/21.

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***Please do not copy the matchups to another website without my permission.

This post is part of Becentsable’s Grocery Gathering. This list is a part of the Grocery Shop For FREE Penny Pinching Bargain Bunch!

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

 

Start Your School Supply Shopping For Next Year NOW!

A couple weeks ago I mentioned that the time to buy school supplies is usually AFTER school starts – when retailers are simply trying to get rid of the excess.

School starts here next Monday, the 20th, so of course we’ve had to have everything ready for the Orientation/bring in supplies day which is this Wednesday. However, we are now on a hunt for the “real deals” on school supplies to begin refilling the supply cabinet in my office. Here’s what we’ve done so far this week:

This week Office Depot has school rulers 1 cent each, plastic zippered pencil cases 1 cent each, 70 page 1 subject notebooks 1 cent each — pkg of 4 glue sticks for 50 cents, pkg of 2 black Expo write on/wipe off markers 50 cents each — limit of 3 of each item.  Check out the picture — I spent $3.33 for all of the above school supplies and SAVED $23.16.  Because we have 5 grandchildren in elementary school, the supply lists are never ending, so my husband is great about following after me with the same deals so we can get ahead for the grandchildrens’ needs for next year.

Last week Office Depot had 8 oz bottles of school glue for 1 cent and packs of 150 ct. wide rule paper for 25 cents — so of course we have a supply started with those as well.

The cashier told me that each week through September they’ll be featuring a number of different items in the 1 cent and 25 cent categories, so we’re checking each weekly flyer very carefully to get the best deals for NEXT YEAR!!

Also, right after school actually starts, check your other favorite stores – CVS, Walgreens, Walmart, Target, etc and I’m sure you’ll find some really great deals as they clear their “school” shelves to make room for the fall holiday items.

Good luck on your “next year’s” school supply lists — let us know what kind of deals you are getting!

 

Winn Dixie Weekly Ad Matchups for 8/8 – 8/14

Here is the complete Winn Dixie weekly ad with coupon matchups for 8/8 through 8/14.
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***Please do not copy the matchups to another website without my permission. 

This post is part of Becentsable’s Grocery Gathering. This list is a part of the Grocery Shop For FREE Penny Pinching Bargain Bunch!

New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings!  Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

 

How To Save BIG Money On School Supplies!

You would think THIS is the time for big savings on school supplies! Of course every store out there has some sort of sale going on. According to the Winn Dixie sale flyer this week if you purchase one of their participating backpacks for $9.99, you will get a box of 24 crayons, a 10 pack pencils, 5 duo tang folders and a composition book free (a total of $9.67 in savings). This is really a good deal if you need backpacks, however if you got two of the BOGO backpacks at Walgreens last week, this might not help you. It seems that many of the stores have “something” that’s a good buy, but I’m thinking that if I have to run to 6 or 8 different stores to get the one or two deals that they have, I’m gonna be spending too much in gas!

Let me now tell you the secret that WE have done the past few years! When my quadruplet grandbabies (Denise’s quads) started pre-K – and Jacob, the big boy going into First grade, the lists of school supplies were pretty BIG! We said at that time – “this is a lot of stuff if you only have one child, but when there are 4 in the same class plus the first grader, this is a LOT of stuff to buy”!!!

Here’s what we did – of course we had to buy everything for that particular year, HOWEVER we also printed out the school supply lists for all the grades (pre-K through 6th grade). We got what sales we could for that first year, THEN after school actually started, the BIG BIG school supply sales started. Everywhere – WalMart, K-Mart, Walgreens, CVS the Navy Base Exchange – all the stores – simply wanted to get rid of the excess school supplies. WHOOHOOOO!! Did we ever get some GREAT deals for the kids for the NEXT year! We got crayons for 10 cents a pack, the duo tang folders for 8 cents each, packs of the ruled paper for 50 cents each, big bottles of hand sanitizers for 75 cents (reg $2.99/$3.99) and on and on — and the BIGGEST deal of all was when I ran into Office Depot for a few things and saw a cart FULL of the school pencil cases for ONE CENT EACH!!! Guess how many I bought —- enough for all the kids for every grade through 6th grade!!!

I have a closet in my office where we store all the supplies that we’ve bought at these “after school starts” sales, and a few weeks before school starts we dig out bags for each of the kids and start filling them with supplies from the closet according to what’s on the lists. Normally the only things we have to buy are the 3 boxes of kleenex per child, 2 rolls of paper towels per child and the 2 containers of clorox wipes per child. We can usually find those things on sale at some of the grocery store weekly sales, so we are able to keep the actual back to school spending down to a minimum.

Get a list of what your school will require for NEXT year for each of your children and beginning the end of August through the middle of September take perhaps a day or two to run into the stores you normally shop at (hit Walmart first!!) and take your list with you, and I can guarantee that you’ll be spending much less for next years’ school supplies.

 

Winn Dixie Weekly Ad Matchups for 8/1 – 8/7

Here is the complete Winn Dixie weekly ad with coupon matchups for 8/1 through 8/7.
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Hot Walmart Deals List Updated 7/26

Here are the hot Walmart deals for this week!  Remember that prices on this list may vary by location and you should always compare these prices to competitors fliers so you can price match when you find a better deal – even for your weekly staples like milk, eggs, and produce!

Since Walmart rarely puts out a weekly sales flyer, and when they do most of the prices advertised are their regular “Everyday Low Prices,” the match-ups on this list are “Every Day Low Price” items that match up well with currently available coupons.

Walmart’s new coupon policy allows for overage, so there are some great opportunities for saving. They also do price matching for advertised sale prices, including BOGO if a price is listed. Plus they also accept coupons for price matched items so your savings can really add up!  We recommend that you print a copy of the Walmart Coupon Policy to take with you.

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New to couponing? Check out our Couponing 101 page and learn how to save a little or A LOT! Also visit our Strategic Shopping page to learn how a few small, painless changes in the way you shop can result in HUGE savings! Find any coupon in our new coupon database, order coupons you need, and you can download the FREE coupon toolbar here.

 

Try A “Live Cheap For A Year” Challenge

With the economy as it is, we’re all probably thinking “I’m living as cheap as I can”, however here are a few things to consider that could add up to big bucks by the end of the year! Before I begin, let me suggest this —- find a LARGE container (bank, coffee can with a lid, etc) to put your savings into!

1. Save all your pocket (purse) change.

At the end of each day empty your pockets or purse of all your change and put it into your “savings” container. How often do you pull out quarters, dimes and other change to pay for things that you might not have bought if you’d had to “break a $20” or dig into your dollar bills.

2. Cut your own hair.

While you may or may not be able to do this for yourself, depending on your hair style, how about cutting your kids hair? A friend of mine purchased an inexpensive hair cutting set and routinely cuts her husband and 3 son’s hair. At $10 – $12 (or more) for each hair cut, she’s saving close to $50 a month on hair cuts. Put THAT into your “savings” container and see the dollars add up.

3. One weekend a month stay home and buy NOTHING.

This means no “order in” pizza and no purchased movies on TV. Make it a weekend with the kids – playing their favorite games or if you don’t have kids, you can invite some friends over for a card game. If “fun” isn’t your main goal, try using the weekend to clean up the yard, clean out a closet or two or shampoo the carpets.

4. Don’t throw anything away.

Remember the old saying – “one person’s trash is another person’s treasure”? Find an area in the garage or a spare room to accumulate things you won’t be using anymore then every few weeks or every couple of months, either hold a yard sale, put your items on CraigsList or on Ebay or find a community yard sale activity that you can participate in.

5. Buy cheap.

Whether you’re looking for car parts, home decor items, childrens toys, books or whatever it is — before heading out to the super centers to buy retail, check CraigsList, Ebay or even some of the Goodwill stores near you to see if you can stretch the dollars that you have to spend.

6. Decide What You Want

Last but not least — at the beginning of the year decide what you want to use those savings for — perhaps you can save up enough to cover the cost of all your Christmas gifts at the end of the year without going into debt, or perhaps you can save up for a family vacation, or at least determine to save enough to make an extra house payment or two or put some extra chunks of money on a current credit card. If you don’t have something in mind to use the money for, you’ll find yourself dipping into that “savings” container throughout the year for stuff you really didn’t have to have anyway.

Let us know if you think of other areas that can be added or what you might want to do with your “savings” when December comes around.

 

How Retailers Benefit From Coupon Laden Customers

During the past several years that I’ve been couponing, I’ve encountered many different “attitudes” from store clerks to store managers regarding the coupons I bring in. There are the stores and clerks who clearly recognize that couponing is a regular thing for customers and take the coupons with no problem, while other clerks act like we’re robbing the store by using our coupons. Other times a manager is called over to the checkout lane to verify if a certain coupon can be used or not, and it’s then up to the manager to give the ok, or deny the use of the coupon.  Sometimes coupons are denied that were perfectly fine to use the previous week.  This is frustrating for both customers and cashiers.

While many retailers and cashiers seem to “get it”, there are others who need to understand that the use of coupons by their customers is a win/win for the store AND for the customer. Consider the following points.

  • Manufacturers promote coupons in order to gain new customers for a particular product, or to increase sales by encouraging customers to buy additional products through the use of $x/2 or B1G1 coupons.  This also helps the stores to turn over their merchandise much more quickly.
  • Manufacturers PAY retailers for accepting and handling their coupons. Retailers are reimbursed for the face value of the coupon PLUS 8 cents each as a handling fee. For a grocery store that is coupon friendly and receives many coupons, the handling fees represent a nice extra profit, especially for an industry that traditionally has low profit margins.
  • Most major retail establishments, including grocery stores, drug stores and department stores, send out weekly sales flyers or place them in the local newspaper. Given the current state of the economy it just makes good fiscal sense to scour those ads for the best deals.  Savvy shoppers look for ways to match those sales with coupons to get even better deals and the stores benefit by bringing in customers who may not have shopped in their store otherwise.  Matching the store’s deals with manufacturer coupons brings additional sales and new customers into the store.

Each chain has its own coupon policy and it is primarily up to the individual store managers to interpret the policies. I’ve heard of cusomers that usually shop at certain stores, like Safeway or Publix or Winn Dixie, etc, but will BYPASS the closest one and drive further away to the store that will allow them to use their coupons and not make them feel like they’re “stealing” from the store. I personally pass by a drugstore that is nearest my home to shop at a different one from the same chain because that location encourages my use of coupons while the one closest to me treats me like a second class citizen when I pull my coupons out.  Wouldn’t you say in this case that the “neighborhood” store is the loser because  couponing customers will simply take their business elsewhere?

As more store managers come to understand that the coupon laden customer is really a VALUED customer, and arm their cashiers with this knowledge as well, the stores that welcome couponers will actually be the big winners, as will the customers who are allowed to use their coupons in a friendly atmosphere.

About the author:  This post was written by Sarah J. Doyle, an avid couponer who enjoys saving everywhere she can, so she can spend more on her grandkids!