Category Archives: Savvy Tips

WooHoo! Clipped, sorted and stashed!

Hey Savvy Readers!

Back on March 10th I set a goal for myself…I wanted to have ALL of my coupons clipped, sorted and placed in my binder in four weeks! In my post, How NOT to Coupon! I showed y’all pictures of my months & months of coupons that I would dig through every time I prepared for a shopping trip. It was ridiculous and time-consuming. And not to mention all the deals I missed out on because I couldn’t tote my coupons along with me. But guess what? *insert happy dance here* Your girl did it! WooHoo! I finally have ALL of my coupons tucked away inside my binder! And let me tell you, I am so excited and proud of myself. I probably wouldn’t have completed the task if it weren’t for my road trips (yes, trips) during Spring Break. But hey, whatever it takes to get the job done!

Showing my binder some love!

I’m so happy that my binder and I can go shopping together again! Check out my Facebook page, I’ve started posting pictures of my extreme couponing shopping trips! Do any of you coupon? How do you sort and store yours? And where do you find your deals? I would love to know your tips, tricks and shopping secrets! Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

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Birthday Freebies!!!

Hey Savvy Readers!

It’s April!!! WooHoo!!! The count down begins for my birthday and I have already received a Birthday Freebie in the mail. I will be 32 on April 27…I know, I know I don’t look a day over 25, right? (Just agree with me on that one…) Anyway, the other day I received a birthday postcard in the mail from Zaxby’s…”Celebrate with a FREE Nibler!”

And yes, I was excited! I guess I hadn’t realized that my birthday was approaching so quickly so I had to act fast! I’m sure you have either seen or read that you can score some awesome FREEBIES on or around your birthday. And who doesn’t like FREEBIES? So later that evening I went online making sure that I had signed up for all my goodies. And I wanted to share a few blogs and sites that I use to make sure I am able to cash in on all my birthday freebies. Check out the links below…

The Exquisite Mommy – She did a post back in January listing some of her favorite birthday freebies…It’s Your Birthday; What Can You Do for FREE!

The Frugal Girls – I googled and found this awesome list…Birthday Freebies: The BIG List!

The Double Saving Divas – I have been following these twins for a while and they have list packed full of freebies too…Where Do We Get Birthday Freebies?

Last year I was able to enjoy several free lunches during the week of my birthday! So definitely check out the list. Also don’t forget to sign up for email updates to all of your favorite retailers, they send out special birthday discounts too! Do you cash in on any FREEBIES for your birthday? If you know of any not listed please share…you know I love FREEBIES! Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

“NATURALICIOUS” Deals

Hey Savvy Readers!

I have been super busy and on the go this past week. My kiddos have been on Spring Break and we hit the highway for a mini road trip, twice. And to top it all off my allergies have kicked it in high gear…ugh. But all in all we have had a blast and I will be sharing that with y’all later. However, I have been meaning let y’all know about whats happening over at NATURALICIOUS! If you remember, I mentioned NATURALICIOUS in the My Honey Child Review. Well shortly after I posted my review, I received word from Gwen, the owner of NATURALICIOUS, that they changed their pricing. NOW every product is guaranteed to be priced under MSRP (manufactured suggested retail price). Yep, you read that right! So instead of the My Honey Child products that I purchased for $10 each, you can now purchase them for $9.87 each.

Photo credit: Naturalicious.net

I’ve said this before and I will say it again…I love a great deal. And I personally think that NATURALICIOUS is worth checking out. Like I stated in my previous post, you will find an array of products on NATURALICIOUS; Aubrey Organics, Curls and Jane Carter Solutions just to name a few. And did I mention there are accessories available for purchase too! Plus there have been products added since I last checked the site. So if you are product junkie like myself or someone just is search of new products then NATURALICIOUS would be a great fit for you and your wallet.

Also don’t forget to like NATURALICIOUS on Facebook, there have been some FB fan only deals recently. And you can also follow NATURALICIOUS on Twitter too. If you get a chance to check them out please let NATURALICIOUS know that The Savvy Housewife sent you. And I would love to know what you think of the site and if you purchase anything. Don’t forget to leave your comments, questions and requests below. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy!

Free Beauty Events for March

Hey Savvy Readers!

How many of you like FREE stuff? I know I do and that’s why I’m sharing this awesome site that features FREE beauty events held across the US. Free Beauty Events is an awesome site that allows you to simply enter you zip code and search for various FREE events held at your local beauty retailers, spas and salons. A few events featured on Free Beauty Events this month include:

  • Ulta’s Yesto Event in select states where demonstrators will be sampling products from all the Yesto lines including Yes to Cucumbers, Yes to Tomatoes, Yes to Carrots, and Yes to Blueberries.
  • Rite Aid’s Grand Opening Event in select stores across the country. At this event customers can get great samples and coupons. For example, they will be giving out samples of L’Oreal Magic Soufflé and Gold Bond Body Wash.

You can find out more about the events above and other FREE events in your area by visiting Free Beauty Events. And if you host or demonstrate free beauty events in your area you can submit a form to have them listed on Free Beauty Events site for FREE! In addition to the event listings on the site, Free Beauty Events gives its readers and chance to win awesome beauty products each month.

For the month of March, Free Beauty Events will be giving away 10 prizes. Each prize will consist of  CoverGirl Lash Blast Fusion Mascara (Very Black), CoverGirl Cheekers Blush (Rose Silk), CoverGirl Natureluxe Gloss Balm (Clay), and CoverGirl Blast Flipstick Lip Color (Pucker). The Contest runs from 3/1/2012 to 3/31/2012, winners will be chosen on 4/5/2012 and notified by 4/15/2012.To enter, click here and supply your name, email (only used to contact winners), and zip.

And while you are there make sure to check out Free Beauty Events Beauty Blog. There you will find reviews and information of some of the latest beauty products available. And you can also connect with Free Beauty Events on Facebook and Twitter. Until next time…

~Stay Savvy

How NOT to Coupon!

Hey “Savvy Readers!”

If you’ve read my profile then you know that I am a couponer, not extreme just a couponer. Both my hubby and I are big deal hunters and love finding great bargains. And we have always used coupons here and there when we would go grocery shopping. So about year ago, I (like many of you) watched the show “Extreme Couponing” on TLC. And I was hooked. I’m a homemaker with three boys, I cook at least five meals a week (a meat and at least three sides), and I love food. So you could imagine that our grocery bill/budget was pretty ridiculous. So I did a little research, found a few couponing sites and began my couponing journey. However, this post is about “How NOT to Coupon!”

Don’t get me wrong I still go hard on my couponing game and I take saving money at the register very seriously. But I have fallen off big time with storing and clipping my coupons. One of the key things in effective couponing (in my opinion) is organization, without it couponing can be a complete nightmare. And I’m a witness, I have gone about six months with out organizing, clipping or doing anything proactive (for that matter) with my coupons. So needless to say, I have a major backlog of coupons. And preparing for my shopping trips has become a complete burden. It is time-consuming and frustrating. And I have no one to blame but myself. And I just know that I have overlooked some awesome coupons and missed out on some great deals (which drives me crazy) because of my lack of organization.

The bad part is, I am a procrastinator so I have been putting this off and coming up with every excuse for not getting my coupons in order. That is why I need your help. I need each of you “Savvy Readers” to help hold me accountable and me reach my goal. I want to have my coupons clipped and organized within three four weeks. This is what I’m working with…

About six months of coupon inserts.

All my couponing stuff neatly stacked. O_O

Now some of you may be looking at the pictures above thinking, “that doesn’t look that bad.” But trust me, when you have to search through stacks and stacks of coupons it can be a bit overwhelming. Here is a peek into what it looks like when I’m prepping for a shopping trip…

Complete madness…I know! Now my goal is to convert all of that from the pictures above into my binder…

My coupon binder! ❤

And yes, it is possible! So for the next month I will be sorting, clipping and placing my coupons in my binder. Wish me luck! I will try to keep you posted on my progress and I will definitely post when all is complete. Until next time….

~Stay Savvy!

Savvy Tips: Thrifting 101

Hey “Savvy Readers!” This is the beginning of a new series of post called “Savvy Tips,” where I will share with you some of the things I have learned that have made my life a little easier and alot more fun. And the best part is that most of these tips will be helpful to all and not just housewives or moms. So let’s begin…

The first “Savvy Tip” is Thrifting 101 (and I’m sure we will revisit the topic of thrifting several times during the life of this blog, trust me.) Let’s start with defining thrifting. Thrifting according to Wikipedia “refers to the act of shopping at a thrift store, flea market, garage sales, or a shop of a charitable organization, usually with the intent of finding interesting items at a cheap price.” However, I define thrifting as “the act of finding awesome treasures for cheap!” I discovered the world of thrifting a few years back while I was still “gainfully” employed but at that time I didn’t realize what a gold mine thrift stores could be. Things have since changed and I absolutely love to thrift! You can find an array of awesome goodies…from classic pieces to unique one of kinds. But before you venture into a thrift store I would like to share a few tips with you that will make your thrifting trip more pleasurable!

  • Be open-minded. Remember you are about to walk into a thrift store and not Bloomingdale’s. So be mentally prepared.  You WILL have to search through tons of clothing before you find the perfect piece. And keep in mind that your “perfect piece” may need to be shortened, altered or tailored to fit you/personal style…so consider all the possibilities while searching through the racks. Don’t limit yourself to just the women’s section…check out the mens or boys sections too (you may find some awesome shirts, blazers or sweaters.)
  • Make a wish list. I keep a list of items that I need/want and whenever I thrift I keep my eyes open for those pieces. Now you will have to refer back to being open-minded when creating your list…if you walk into a thrift store looking for a “red dress with blue stripes from the 70’s in a size 10” chances are you will leave disappointed.
  • Dress for the occassion…thrifting. Think leggings, t-shirt/tank and flats. Some thrift stores do not have dressing rooms and you may need you try on your thrifted treasures right there in the store. And you want to be comfortable, you may be there awhile.
  • Shop regularly. When I have a thrifting itch I usually stop in my local thrift store 2-3 times a week. Some thrift stores restock items daily and you don’t want to miss out on any of the good stuff. Also if you shop there often chances are you may become friendly with some of the employees, which opens up another world of possibilities and maybe even discounts.
  • Know your thrift store. It is good to know the store hours, restock days and sale days (yes, thrift stores have sales). I like to shop early on restock and sale days…
  • Location, location, location. Seek out thrift stores located in the more elderly or ritzy areas. These locations tend to have tons of goodies.
  • Set a budget. Just because the items are inexpensive doesn’t mean you can’t go broke shopping there. Depending on the store will determine the budget I set but I usually try to keep it around $20. And keep your wish list in mind to avoid too many impulse purchases.
  • Inspect all items before purchasing. It sucks to get home and discover that your thrifted treasures are damaged even if you only spent a few bucks for them. Check hems and seams for tears or holes. Check for missing buttons and working zippers. Check the underarms of shirts, dresses and jackets for discoloration.

And last but not least…

  • Have fun!!! Thrifting is a great way to find awesome clothes, jewelry, shoes, furniture, you name it for great prices. Just relax and let the hidden treasures find you!

If you need a little help finding a thrift store in your area then check out this awesome website: http://www.thethriftshopper.com/index.htm

Happy Thrifting!