Friday, March 16, 2012

The Paws Online Cat and Dog Store

I haven't shopped here yet, I just signed up for their newsletter. As a bonus they are sending me a free cat toy! Head over to check it out, just click HERE .

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Sales Report and gains

This week I sold about 35 Dubia Roaches for $8.00 shipped, also 45coupons for $0.35, and some crystal light packets for $5 and some coupons! Sweet!  The Coupons were sold on eBay  for shipping. After fees came to 35c so I lost about 15c  on envelope, stamp and time but that's OK. They'll get used and that is what matters.  The Dubia I lost about $1.10 on shipping cause I miss calculated cost to ship. I think  it was a learning experience.  The Crystal Light was a good thing to do. The lady who got them  off WUC has to pay  about $6 a  tub! OUCH! Glad I could help her.

I picked up a drop spindle and some wool, I have a bit  of alpaca coming.  At Walgreens I got 4 deodorants for 62c for all 4 with 2 $1 RRs which meant I technically got paid to take them home ♥  I also picked up some garden seeds and a couple of neat little brushes that look like miniature hand carders. Hoping to use them to blend that wool and alpaca! Sweet!  I also managed to get 15 coupon inserts since I did not get them Sunday. I got 2 sets of Smart Source from different regions. Only managed to get one pack of Red Plum, but that is alright, I got a printer this past Monday so now I can print coupons Woop!!

Tips on where printables are will be greatly appreciated.  Happy Couponning!

Monday, March 12, 2012

I love Our Coupon Home!

Our Coupon Home is both an informative blog and a forum community for couponers. These resources are great for the laid back, fun loving type of couponer. The more serious of us can check it out too, but we do get goofy now and then.  You can see the blog HERE.  You can find the forums HERE.

I hope you join and enjoy the fun!

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Coupons, ya got to stick with it

It takes time and dedication to coupon well. I should know! I have worked my way through weeks where I could not get any coupons from the Sunday paper due to a lack of funds. This coming Sunday being one of them.  It can be daunting, feeling like you are missing out. Who knows if that one coupon you really need  will be in there.  One could always look at the sneak peeks for the inserts but do you really want to  know when you have no money until the day after you need it.

Just stick with it, things always get better.  Life, like the seasons and sales, comes in cycles.

Friday, March 9, 2012

I just won 2 points on the SuperLucky Button!

I just won 2 points on the SuperLucky Button!: Superpoints is a members-only club where you earn great rewards for doing things online like taking surveys, watching videos or shopping.

This site has several choices as to what to do with your points. There are gift cards, paypal payouts, a Wii, and more. So I hope my readers will take a moment and consider joining. I do my clicks every day, first thing in the morning. It's kind of fun!

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

I just won 2 points on the SuperLucky Button!

I just won 2 points on the SuperLucky Button!: Superpoints is a members-only club where you earn great rewards for doing things online like taking surveys, watching videos or shopping.

I absolutely love this program. They have many rewards to choose from, though I tend to favor the paypal payout for cash. I never even do anything but click the button and the link in the email they send once a day. Between my own clicks and those of the people who join in my line, I have been paid twice! If you need extra money to help make ends meet or a way to save without cutting back, this is the way to go.

Tuesday, March 6, 2012

Fushion Cash Review

This site proclaims to help you make some extra cash but in reality, its a spam creator. There is very little one can do to actually earn anything. I advise everyone to stay away from this website when looking to money that way.  There are many legitimate ways to earn money and prizes. Like http://www.superpoints.com/refer/evansrabbitranchxx with this one I have been paid out twice. Once for $10, then recently for $5. Its a great site.

A Poetry Moment


Abandoned and Bruised
By Katherine Evans

Precious kitten in the snow
Whose baby are you, I'd like to know.
Left alone in the big, cold outside
Not purring a heart open wide.

Sweet little puppy on the road
Running and chasing a little toad.
Why do you only have 3 legs?
And why so afraid of chicken eggs?

Critters cannot speak at all
Yet they hurt when we take that fall.
Beating, yelling all unneeded
Their inner tears go unheeded.

Walgreens trip plan for 3/8/12

I have been preparing for my day of shopping since Sunday 3/04/12. I will do  my final prep-work tomorrow. Today let's talk about  my plans for Walgreens, or WAGs. Remember, anything I can't get at the actual WAGs I can price match at Walmart. Here's what I hope to get and how:

Planters Nutrition on sale for 2/$9 I have coupons for $1/2 making this item 2/$8. Then for each 2 you buy you get a $1 RR meaning for those I get here I only pay $7 for 2 or $3.50 each.   Not the best deal but it gives my family a healthy snack.  Since I plan on getting a total of 22 cans I can also donate some to the local pantry or offer to trade for movies or other items with families on a rough spot but not desperate.

Kettle Chips 8oz bags are on sale for $1.99ea have coupons or $1/1 letting me get 2 bags for $1.98, I also have 2 coupons for 75c/2 letting me get 4 more for $6.46. No RRs on this  one.

Sunsweet Prune Juice is on sale for 2/$6 and I have2 coupons for 75c/1 letting me get 2 bottles for $4.50.  In my family these are definitely on the donate list! Again no RRs on this deal.

Ocean Spray 2/$6 have 8 50c/1 coupons, but these are only good for the grapefruit drink. If this is not included in the sale I will drop this planned purchase. No RRs.

Coffee Mate liquid creamer 16 oz 2/$3, I  have a Non-SS for 55c/1 making these 95c each. There is a limit of 4 so will have to do 2 transactions to get the 5 I need. Another fine donation Item. No RRs.

Campbells Chunky or Harvest Select Soups 2/$3 Have a coupon for $1/4 making them $1.25 each. No RRs.

And that's my planned trip. I will be taking my new notebook for noting shelf prices with me to help with my records.  Happy Savings!

I just won 5 points on the SuperLucky Button!

I just won 5 points on the SuperLucky Button!: Superpoints is a members-only club where you earn great rewards for doing things online like taking surveys, watching videos or shopping. Get 5 people to sign up under you and you can cash out at just 500 points and each day you get 100 chances to win points.

Monday, March 5, 2012

Cafepress Shop

I have a   small Cafepress shop. In 1 week I will be taking my camera out to gather photos of the dawning spring. I will then use these to make new items for the store.  For now I have some older designs up. I think they are cute but I know I can do better.  Feedback and tips for improvement are appreciated.

http://www.cafepress.com/evansrabbitranch

Track your Savings!

A great motivator is tracking your savings. I am using excel to keep spread sheets showing the name of the store, number of items bought, number of coupons used, total before coupons, total after coupons, total coupon savings, percent saved, date of trip. I've only done 2 trips since starting but they look like this:

Walmart 9 items   Coupons used: 2  Total before coupons $9.78   total after coupons $8.23 Total  coupon savings: $1.55 percent saved: 16% Date: 1/30/12

Walmart 2 items Coupons Used: 2 Total Before Coupons: $4.12  Total After Coupons: $0.12 Total Coupon Savings: $4.00 Percent saved: 97.90%  Date 3/3/12

In  a  few  weeks I will show an update that  proves you do not always save like I did on the second trip, but that you do save. Couponning is definitely worth it if you are careful and watch your savings.

Til next time, Happy Savings!

Sunday, March 4, 2012

Is couponning worth it?

People ask if couponing is worth it. My answer? Of course it is!  As long as you don't expect to save 80% or 90% and certainly not 100% every time. If you can be content with saving 35-75% each time then its definitely worth it.  Now and then you will find ways to save the higher percentages. For example, yesterday I went to Walmart and purchased KY Jelly and a pack of UP2U gum. The total before coupons was $4.12  I handed over a coupon for $3.00 off 1 KY Jelly and a coupon for $1 off 1 pack of UP2U gum. Making my out of pocket $0.12!  Sure I only got 2 items and they aren't spectacular, but they are items that can easily be  donated somewhere.  OK maybe not the KY, but certainly the gum. The military gives it to the troops in desert areas to help stave off dehydration and  to cut water intake. I'm sure the flavors induce fond memories reducing their stress, though I can  not find any studies to back up my fond hope.

While there are people out there writing about how couponing is a waste because of items bought that won't get used. The answer is simple Donate! Anyone who cuts off couponing for a low out of pocket on something they won't use is missing out on a great opportunity to help others. Many religions dictate that we should help others. So why not do it?

This week I will be swapping some of my stockpile with a family who is having financial troubles. They will shop the stash paying with VHS tapes. They need the food more than they need  the tapes. We have more than we need and love movies so it works out quite nicely.

Last week I donated dog food, cat food and coupons to my local animal shelter. I also made a donation of $40 worth of stuff from my stockpile to the local food pantry. I feel great doing it!

Even if you aren't religious, helping  others is good for you! So give it a try today.

Thursday, March 1, 2012

Ubokia

https://www.ubokia.com/

This is an interesting new site for buying and selling locally. They help match buyers and  sellers to make sales go more smoothly. I've just joined and listed an item as well as requested one.  Take a look and see you there!