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Things To Stockpile In February

When I first started using coupons and building my stockpile, I had no idea when to buy products or when to ever expect them to go on sale. After a good year of this, I started tracking what went on sale when and quickly learned when to buy the products that my family needed.

My stock-up price is when an item is 75% off regular price and for the most part everything we buy goes on sale every 3-4 months. But there are products that only go on sale certain times of the year and become extremely cheaper compared to normal. So I thought I would share with you some items that you should stock up on and get the lowest price on during the month of February!

  • National Snack Food Month
  • National Can Food Month
  • Jell-O Week (2nd week) is also on February
  • Valentine’s Day
  • Black History Month
  • President’s Day
  • National Hot Breakfast Month
  • Chinese New Year
  • Valentine’s Day Items- the day after Valentine’s Day stores will mark down all Valentine’s day items and candy, within a few days they will be practically giving the stuff away, this is the time to stock up for next year. Especially on items like Valentine’s Day Cards- with 3 kiddos in school and all of them exchanging cards, they can get expensive at $3-$4 each box. I wait til they hit the clearance shelf and pick them up for around .25 a box. This way I can grab 4-5 boxes so our girls can pick and choose which ones they want to give out, plus this allows me to send in extra with our girls for class mates that may not have any to exchange!!
  • Can Food Items- With it being National Can Food Month, you will see a lot of these items dropping in price, stock up on the can food you need!
  • Breakfast Foods- Waffles, Cereal & Pop Tarts are all on sale as well as oatmeal and sometimes sausage or bacon
  • Chinese Food- Foods that are Chinese inspired- Soy Sauce, Noodles, etc
  • February Fruit- Strawberries
  • February Veggies- Asparagus and Potatoes

  • Adult Romance Products- Romance is in the air in February, but after Valentine’s Day, no one is buying this stuff any more. So stock up on all the unmentionable love products (KY, etc) that will quickly be hitting the clearance racks after V-Day!

  • Exercise & Healthy/Diet Items- Everyone has broken their New Year’s resolution to exercise more and eat better, meaning stores are left with stuff no one is buying any more. Stock up on protein bars for the kiddos soccer games, buy that new treadmill you wanted but couldn’t swallow the regular price tag that came with or find some cute workout outfits!
  • Super Bowl Items- Now that all the hype of the Super Bowl is over, you can grab some really inexpensive football accessories and football inspired kitchen accessories!

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Getting Started 101: Stacking Coupons

Stacking coupons is a very simple idea. Your store offer coupons (the store pays for the cost of these coupon) and manufacturers offer coupons (the manufacturer reimburses the store). These are 2 different coupons. But you can use them together at most stores.

For example;

Walgreens has a coupon in their ad for $1.00 off an item; you also have a manufacturer coupon for $1.00 off the same item. You can use them together and get $2.00 off that item. Although Walgreens is a little tricky, their system counts items per coupons. Which means if you buy 1 item and want to use a Walgreens ad coupon and a manufacturer coupon you will not be allowed. Their system only allows 1 coupon per 1 item, even though it is for the same item, it will not do it. So you need to add a filler item, something cheap that you are not using any coupons on so that the system sees 2 coupons and 2 items. This is the only store that is set up this way. CVS, Kroger, Target and Meijer for example with let you use their store coupon and manufacturer coupon for the same item regardless of how many items you have in your transaction.

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Getting Started 101: Save With Rebates

Rebates are the best way to get the most bang for your buck. There are always rebates in the newspaper, on company sites (P&G, Olay etc), on tearpads at the stores, etc. Getting a rebate for an item is easy. You buy certain items that are listed on the rebate form, save the receipt, sometimes save the upc codes, mail it all in with your rebate form filled out and 6-8 weeks you will get a check in the mail. The best part is that you can use coupons along with these rebates to make the items cheap, FREE or even make money from buying them.

For example; Pert shampoo was on rebate last summer. It had a sticker on it that said Try Me for FREE!! This was during the Kmart Super Double Event. So I when online, printed the rebate form to make sure that I followed the directions, since they are all so different. Purchased Pert shampoo for $3.49, used a $1.50 off 1 coupon, which was doubled since it was Super Double at Kmart. Paid .49, sent in my receipt and rebate form and 6 weeks later got a check for $3.49. Now all rebates do not work this way, some state that you will only get back what you pay. That is why it is best to read the fine print before you purchase the item. You do not want to waste your time mailing it in when you already got it for FREE and then they do not send you a check because it was stated that you would not get it.

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Getting Started 101: Stacking Coupons

Stacking coupons is a very simple idea. Your store offer store coupons (the store pays for the cost of the coupon) and manufacturers offer coupons (the manufacturer reimburses the store). These are 2 different coupons. But you can use them together at most stores. This is a great way to get additional savings.

Stacking store coupons with a manufacturer coupon allows you to use 2 coupons for the same item. There are several stores that offer store coupons, Target, Walgreens, CVS, Meijer, etc.

For example;

Walgreens has a coupon in their ad for $1.00 off an item; you also have a manufacturer coupon for $1.00 off the same item. You can use them together and get $2.00 off that item. Although Walgreens is a little tricky, their system counts items per coupons. Which means if you buy 1 item and want to use a Walgreens ad coupon and a manufacturer coupon you will not be allowed. Their system only allows 1 coupon per 1 item, even though it is for the same item, it will not allow it. So you need to add a filler item, something cheap that you are not using any coupons on so that the system sees 2 coupons and 2 items. This is the only store that is set up this way. CVS, Kroger and Meijer for example with let you use their store coupon and manufacturer coupon for the same item regardless of how many items you have.

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Getting Started 101: Create A Price List

Keeping a price list is one of the best way for you to keep track of what is the best price on certain items. This will help you to know when to buy extra to add to your stockpile. I have added my best prices to my shopping list. Next to the item on my shopping list has a price next to it. That price is the lowest I have ever paid for that item. Once I see that item on sale for that price or close to it again, I stock up!

Knowing what the lowest price for that item is will help you continue to only buy at its best price. Here are few items and the prices that we have paid for them consistently over the last year.

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Getting Started 101: Learn Store Policies

Learning How To Shop Each Store: I have added a few helpful tips about each store for you to know how many coupons they take, do they double, have shoppers cards, etc. Walking in to do your first few run with coupons can be overwhelming. It can be a nightmare if you get to the register and do it all wrong. So knowing the stores policies and having a plan, will help make your trip run smooth and be a huge success. Also shopping at a few different stores will help you get the best deals and the most for your money. Just make sure you are not going out of your way to get all of the deals, the gas and time you spend may not make it worth it. (More Store Policies To Come)

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Getting Started 101: Learn Couponing Lingo

When you first start couponing, trying to find all the deals on your own can be overwhelming. Luckily you have access to a lot of great bloggers that do all the hard work for you. Each week we put together lists of the best deals at your local grocery stores and drugstores! But you will need to learn a little bit about how we abbreviate some of our deals. Putting deals together each week is very time consuming, so I will use abbreviations to help make my job easier. I have listed below the abbreviations commonly used it store match-ups!!

Q= Coupons

SS= Smart Source (Coupon insert in the Sunday newspaper)

RP= Red Plum (Coupon insert in the Sunday newspaper)

P&G= Proctor & Gamble (Coupon insert in the Sunday newspaper)

ONYO= On Your Next Order

Cat= Catalina Coupon (Coupons that print out of that separate machine at the checkout)

ECB= Extra Care Bucks (CVS- use like cash, prints out when you purchase certain items, usually last a month, can roll these)

RR= Register Rewards (Walgreens- use like cash, print out when you purchase certain items, usually last 2 weeks, can not roll)

IP= Internet printable coupons

MIR= Mail In Rebate

WAGS= Walgreens

Filler= This is an inexpensive item that you will need to add to your purchase at specified stores to either allow the register count a specified amount of items or to get your total purchase to a specified amount to use specific coupons

Rolling= Use one RR, ECB or CAT to pay for a purchase that will in return give you another RR, ECB or CAT

DND=  Do Not Double- Some coupons will state DO NOT DOUBLE on them. This means the manufacturer does not want their coupon to be doubled at the register. But the true way to check if the coupon will double or not is in the code. At the bottom of your coupon there are a couple bar codes. The one usually on the left will start with a 5 or a 9. 5 means that if your store doubles, this coupon will double. 9 means that if your store doubles, this coupon will not double.

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Getting Started 101: Learn How To Roll (ECB, RR & Cat’s)

Ways To Save- Add Dates To Your Stockpile

Getting Started 101: Stacking Coupons

Getting Started 101: Save With Rebates

Getting Started 101: Create A Price List

Getting Started 101: Learn Store Policies

Getting Started 101: Where To Get Coupons

Getting Started 101: I Can Freeze What?

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Getting Started 101: Where To Get Coupons

This first step in getting started with coupons, is finding the coupons! There are many places to get them and I wanted to share with you all the places that I use to round up my very large collection of coupons!

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Getting Started 101: I Can Freeze What?

There are many things that you can freeze! With getting ready for my Bulk Cooking Day, I have been checking through old recipes and notes that I have made over the years of things that freeze well. Here are a few I thought you may want to try…

All fruits and vegetables should be washed before freezing.

  • Cheese- bars, sliced or shredded- If you are making a cheese tray I would not use frozen cheese, you can taste a little difference after it has been frozen. Most of the frozen cheeses I use for cooking- grilled cheese, manicotti, lasagna, toppings on cooked foods, etc.
  • Canned Biscuits- will not as rise as a can of un-frozen biscuits but taste the just as good
  • Eggs- whisk together, put into ice trays, freeze, remove from ice tray and store in zip lock bags until needed up to 6months, refrigerate to thaw
  • Hot Dogs
  • Yogurt or Gogurts
  • Cookie Dough
  • Butter
  • Bread
  • Dinner Rolls
  • Garlic and Ginger
  • Tomatoes
  • Fresh Fruit- Oranges and any Berries are the best
  • Fresh Vegetables- (cook these for 2-3 minutes and then cool before freezing- peas, broccoli, celery, spinach, corn (remove from cob), carrots) good for 4-6 months
  • Onions- peel and chop- good for 2-3 months
  • Peppers- cut and remove seeds

Fresh vegetables in a zip lock bag with seasoning and/or butter are great. When you start dinner you can pull out as many you need and pop them in a pan and reheat, they are basically finished, no prep time. This is great if you have older kids or a husband that has to cook on their own. They just pull out what ones they want and reheat in a pot. You did all the work but they can help fix dinner. (Think Green Giant Steamers, just made with fresh products you prepared-great if you have a garden and want to keep some of the fresh items you grew!)

Homemade items freeze very well also. Here are a few to try……

  • Muffins
  • Biscuits or Dinner Rolls
  • Pancakes or Waffles
  • Lasagna
  • Manicotti
  • Any meats- Chicken, Hamburger, Pork Chops, Ribs, etc.
  • Vegetable Soup (don’t add potatoes if you are going to freeze it, they taste different after they have been frozen- I will usually cut up some the day that I reheat it and add it to it, cook until they are soft)
  • Chicken Noodle Soup
  • Spaghetti Sauces
  • Cakes (just wait to ice them until you want to eat them)
  • Tuna , Chicken or Ham Salad (go easy on the mayo, mayo tends to separate when frozen)

A lot of the items above can be made in advance and then just reheated when you need them. This will save you time and money. There use to be so many times that I would want something to eat for breakfast, say pancakes, but I knew we were in a hurry and I would not have time to make them. So we would leave a few minutes early and just stop at McDonald’s or somewhere to grab breakfast. If you have pancakes already made then just pop a few in the microwave and that’s it, breakfast in just the time it takes to reheat in the microwave. Time and Money saved!!!

Don’t Freeze

  • Mayo (tends to separate, if your recipe calls for it, try to use as little as possible)
  • Potatoes
  • Sour Cream

These are all items that I have used and tried. As I find more items that freeze well I will add them to this list.

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FYI……..
According to Thrifty Puppy…….
You can freeze milk as well…just make sure you pour a little out before sticking it in the freezer. Otherwise, it will expand when it freezes and bust the carton.

Thanks for the extra info!!!

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