Daily Archives: April 14, 2011


Now That I Have Coupons, What Do I Do With Them?



If you have been to one of my coupon classes, read my article Where Do I Find Coupons, or have piles of coupons laying around-you might want to know ” Now What??””
First you need to get organized.  If that is not your norm, tell yourself “The more organized I am, the more money I will save!” It is true. If you spend an hour a week organizing your coupons and it helps you save $100 or more shopping that week, then you just made $100 an hour! $100 an hour to organize coupons? Awesome right? I have watched a movie, listened to music, and helped my kids with homework while I have worked on my coupons, so it is not like I had to make any ‘extra’ time to do it, I used what I had.

To get organized, you need to pick a ‘system’ of keeping your coupons ready to use. There are different ways you can do it.

The Binder Method– I recommend this for those who want to start a stockpile of food, that are not used to all the products, or that are unfamiliar with products that you have coupons for.
With this method, you will cut out your coupons, put them in baseball card holders,  and keep them in a 3 ring binder (a large one!). Then use dividers to sort your coupons into categories. This way you can see the pictures on the coupon and will be able to find them quicker.
You will need
A 3 ring binder (3″ or larger)
Baseball card holder inserts-found in a 30 pack at Target in the baseball card section-around $5
Page Dividers-usually 1 or $2 each, I used 3 packs


Filing Method
With this method you do not cut your coupons until you are going to use them. If cutting coupons seems like a lot of work, you aren’t a really frequent shopper, or you don’t really want to start stockpiling, I would suggest this method for you.
How this works is when you get your coupon inserts you keep them whole. Write the date on the front of the insert and file them in a sheet protector in a binder, a hanging file crate, or a way you can keep them together for quick reference. Then, when you are going shopping you can check the internet (pantryoverflow.com!) for the best deals for where you are shopping. There you will see the date of the coupon and which insert to find it in. Then, you just go and cut the ones you need for that trip. The only downfall of this is that if you are at the store and see a really great deal you won’t have your coupons with you and you would have to go home and figure out where it is and have to come back another time.  

If you have some other way of keeping organized use that! Too many times I have heard people just letting their coupons pile up, getting frustrated and throwing them away. THEY ARE LIKE MONEY!! You wouldn’t just leave your money laying around in piles would you, or throw it away because you didn’t want to organize it? The important thing is to just find what works best for you. You may try one way and find out the other works better, or come up with something different,  and this is great. Once you get started you will find out what is the best for YOU! Once you get started and get organized is when the fun really begins!!


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$2 off Freschetta Pizza Coupon on Facebook!



Right now on Freschetta Simply Inspired’s Facebook page, they will let you print $2 off Freschetta Pizza when you ‘Like’ them! It is for the Simply Inspired kind, so I am not sure if it is in stores yet. I know Freschetta is on sale at Raley’s this week. Does anyone know if these are included?
Leave a commnet if you find them, or know of a good deal!

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Free Coupon Class Tonight! Learn How to Save Money in Sacramento!



Have you seen the TLC Extreme Coupon Show? Have you heard people talking about the fact that you can get $500 worth of groceries for $2?? Well, these ‘extreme’ couponers spent DAYS planning those shopping trips, ordering (and buying coupons online),  then taking HOURS in the grocery store-one person spent 5 hours checking out, doing 18 transactions!!! I don’t know about you, but I do NOT have that kind of time!! I did take the time to learn what way of couponing works best for me. Taking the time that I do have, finding the right coupon method, and how coupon shopping works for me,etc. Now I can get HUNDREDS and sometimes THOUSANDS of dollars of products every month and still spend 60-70% less than I did before I started couponing and stockpiling. That is with 7 kids, homeschooling, being active in my church, writing this blog, having a clean home,  and living a somewhat ‘normal’ life. I know women(and men!) who work outside the home, and that are stay-at-home moms, and there is a way that ths can work for them too!

By coming to the class, you can learn how to start saving on your household and grocery budget right away!
The Basic Class is FREE, and it is 45 minutes long, with a teaching session and one-on-one quesiton and answers to help you get started!

If you are already a couponer, come help us out! Bring your binders, coupons, scissors, and your latest finds to inspire others and share your stories and experiences because that is what helps others learn-plus it is FUN!

The next class will be held April 14, 2011
Family Community Church
6331 Watt Ave
North HIghlands, CA
Enter through the BACK DOORS, as there is another class in session in the usual place. 

Leave a comment if you are coming!!! OR email me at Diana@pantryoverflow.com

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New Coupons on Coupons.com $.55 off Ball Park!




Time to start stocking the freezer with Hot Dogs for the Summer!! If you didn’t get the $1 off Ball Park Coupon from Facebook yesterday, you may still be able to get it, but also grab the $.55 off any Ball Park item on Coupons.com today. Since there are so many coupons for them coming out, we should start seeing them on sale soon! Make sure you print 2 per computer!!

If anyone finds a good deal on these, let me know!

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Rite Aid

Deals at Rite Aid 4/10-4/16-Stock up on Biore and John Frieda!


Here are 2 really good deals at Rite Aid this week! These are definitely stockpiling prices, especially because they are a higher price brand items! I had some +Up Rewards from last week so I got all these items ($54 value) for less than $5 +tax!! View the Full Post for the scenario..
John Frieda Hair Care Products $5 each
Buy 4 and get $10+Up Reward
Use $2 off any John Frieda 3/6 Smart Source or use $2 off John Frieda Full Repair item 3/6Smart Source
Use $1 off John Frieda Full Repair item Rite Aid Video Values
Pay $11 and get $10 +Up Reward!
=$.25 each!!!

Biore Cleanser and Pore Strips $7.79-$9.99
Buy 2 Biore Cleansers $7.99 each
Buy 2 Biore Strips $7.99 each (I bought the $9.99 strips because I get 20%off and they did not have the smaller size)

Use 2 coupons  Free Biore Cleanser when you buy Pore Strips 3/6 Smart Source
If your box of strips are open, there is a $1 off coupon inside for the strips-use 2
Use $10 +Up Reward from John Frieda purchase
Pay $3.98 and get $10 +Up Reward!!!
=$.50 each!  If you can buy 3 of each, you can get 2-$10 +Up Rewards for a better deal! You just have to find a store where they are in stock!

Hopefully you have some +Up Rewards to start out with so that you have less out of pocket, but if not, you will have $10+Up rewards to start with next time!

If you have MORE coupons, you can do these transactions over again! To get John Frieda products for $.25-$.50 each is more than 90% off!!!

The key to shopping at Rite Aid is to get +Up Rewards and to keep using them to buy items that you have coupons for, AND that you get MORE +Up Rewards after you buy them. This is how you stockpile your household, personal, and beauty items. Most of them end up free! To learn the basics of shopping at Rite Aid, go HERE!

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CVS Pharmacy Target

Cereal and M&Ms at Target!

  Rice Krispies



At Target the Rice Krispies and Cocoa Krispies are 2 for $5. Not a great deal right? Well if you can find the boxes with the peelie coupon that says ‘Buy 2 Rice Krispies or Cocoa Krispies Cereal and get a FREE bag of M&Ms! You can do this deal-

Buy 2 Boxes of Rice Krispies or Cocoa Krispies cereal
Buy 1 Bag of M&Ms (they had coconut ones in the Easter section!)
Use Peelie coupon for free M&Ms
Use $1 off 2 at Kelloggs.com
=$4 for all 3 items!

**Marshmallows are on sale for $.99 if you want to make Rice Krispies Treats!

**if you do find the peelies, you can always take them to CVS and get all 3 items for $2.32! Just leave some for the Target shoppers!
You only need one peelie fo the deal, so make sure one of your boxes doesn’t have a peelie, so there are coupons for everyone!

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