6 Tips How to Save Money on Groceries without Price Matching Video

how to save money on groceries without price matchingDid you hear the news that Walmart will be discontinuing its price matching? My local Utah Walmart discontinued price matching on May 3, 2017. I made a video for you with 6 Tips on How to Save Money on Groceries without Price Matching. Since filming this video, I found out that Walmart stores in Utah and surrounding states have discontinued price matching, but there are Walmarts in some states that still do price match. Call your Walmart to see if they are going to discontinue price matching. As this continues to trickle out nationwide, there is a good chance that eventually all Walmarts will discontinue price matching. Leave a comment and let me know if you have any questions or what tips you have to save money on groceries.

 

 

If you can’t view the video, head over to my YouTube Channel here to watch it.

 

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5 Tips How to Stop Living Paycheck to Paycheck & Start Saving

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When I was going to college full time, I had a part time job and wasn’t making a lot of money. I didn’t want to take out a loan, so I tried to be as frugal as possible by managing my paychecks and paying for rent and food each month, and then saving as much money as possible so I could pay for each semester. You can read more about how I almost paid for college without taking out a loan here. It wasn’t easy. And there were months where I was barely scraping by from paycheck to paycheck and wasn’t able to put money into savings.

After I married my husband and we had our first child, that first year when I was a stay-at-home mom was challenging as we went from two incomes down to just one. We had to figure out how to make it work each month to solely live off my husband’s paycheck, and there were some months where we barely had enough from our paycheck to cover all of the bills. Even though those were hard months, we luckily weren’t at the point where we were living paycheck to paycheck. If for some reason my husband was suddenly unemployed, we would still be able to meet financial obligations for a short time because we had savings. We didn’t want to touch that savings unless it was for an emergency because we knew that if we had to regularly dip into our savings each month to pay bills, we would soon find ourselves in an extremely stressful and difficult situation. So we found ways to live frugally.

If you find that you can’t sustain yourself a few days without a regular paycheck coming in and you have to rely on each paycheck to manage your day-to-day life, then you won’t be able to plan ahead for unexpected situations that might occur, like a trip to the doctor’s office or a broken down car. You’ll end up using a credit card then have to work hard to try to pay it off. There are a number of reasons someone may end up living paycheck to paycheck. It could be an event outside their control or it could be a result of their own financial choice they made. Either way, it’s a stressful way to live.

I want to share with you some tips on how to stop living paycheck to paycheck and start saving money. It won’t be easy. It will take dedication and determination, and you’ll have to make sacrifices along the way, but in the end it will be worth it. You won’t have the stress of debt or trying to come up with money for the things you really need or those unexpected situations that might arise. Here are 5 tips to get out of the paycheck-to-paycheck cycle.

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7 Ways to Save Money on School Lunches

7 Ways to Save Money on School LunchesWith the school shopping complete or nearly complete, the kids are headed back to school. But one thing you still need to think about is school lunches for your children. My daughter will be in third grade this year, which means she will be eating lunch at school. However, paying for cafeteria lunches each day can start to cost a lot. With some planning and preparation, you can pack school lunches for your children that are nutritious and yummy, and if done correctly, can actually be cheaper than buying lunch. And packing school lunches doesn’t have to be too much of a hassle. Here are 7 ways to save money on school lunches.

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6 Ways to Save Money & Increase Your Savings This Year

6 ways to save money and increase savings this year

In June 2013, my father passed away. It wasn’t totally unexpected. He had diabetes, his health had been declining, and earlier that year, the doctor said his kidneys were failing. However, I was still shocked when my brother called me to let me know my father passed away. That week was stressful as we hurried to make funeral arrangements and clean out my father’s apartment. But the biggest stress was the financial burden of the funeral that fell upon me and my three siblings. (You can read the full post on on Money Saving Mom).

We had to come up with $7,000 to cover the funeral costs. Luckily, we were able to split up the cost between my siblings and uncles. That still meant that my family needed to pay $1,000. Thankfully, my husband and I had an emergency fund to pull from to cover our portion of the funeral. If we didn’t have an emergency fund, the financial burden would have been placed on my siblings or we would have had to put it in a credit card and go into debt.

It was a huge blessing that my husband and I made the decision years ago to build up an emergency fund. You never think something will happen to you until it does unexpectedly. It can happen to anyone at any time. It might be the death of a loved one, an unfortunate hospital visit, or a job layoff. What’s important is that you’ve planned for these unexpected events by having some savings. This is your financial cushion in case something goes wrong and you need to access money quickly. If you already have an emergency fund, it’s still important to continue setting money aside in savings so you can pay for items that your family needs or even wants without having to use a credit card and go into debt.

According to a study by Bankrate.com, more than a quarter of consumers have no emergency savings. It’s recommended that you put away at least three to six months’ worth of living expenses. If you have debt, the first step is to save $1,000 in an emergency fund, then start eliminating debt. Once your debt has been eliminated, then you can continue to build your three to six month savings. Here are ways to save money so you can increase your savings this year.

 

Tip #1 – Have a Plan and Set Goals

Think about what you are saving for. Is it an emergency fund? Is it extra money to pay off debt or pay down your mortgage? Or is it a family vacation? Once you know what you want to save for, then prioritize which one is the most important to you.

Now examine your financial situation, income, and needs. In other words, create a budget or a “spending strategy.” We all spend money each month, but a spending strategy will help you spend your money more wisely. Based on your spending strategy, figure out how much you can reasonably put towards savings each week or month and set some financial goals. These goals need to be achievable and have a time frame. And the goals need to be broken down into smaller goals.

For example, if you want to save $6,000 within one year (which would be a three-month emergency fund for your family), that breaks down to $500 per month, or $125 per week. So you would need to find an extra $125 in your budget each week in order to build a three-month emergency fund within one year.

Saving $125 each week, or whatever your goal is, may seem impossible because there are bills to pay such as the mortgage, utilities, groceries, a car payment, and possibly student loans. You may be thinking that you would like to save, but there’s just no money left at the end of the month. And that’s the problem. Most people save what’s left over after bills and discretionary spending. But by prioritizing, it’s possible to save that $125 a week or come close to doing it. This leads to Tip #2.

 

Tip #2 – Pay Yourself First

To pay yourself simply means that before you pay your bills, buy groceries, or spend any money, first set aside a portion of your income to save. You can make it easy by automatically depositing an amount or percentage of your paycheck into a savings account. If you arrange to have the money taken from your paycheck before you receive it, then you will get used to managing living expenses with what looks like a smaller paycheck. Most importantly, stay consistent and treat the money you’ve saved as if it is off-limits, except in a real financial emergency.

One benefit of paying yourself first is that you are encouraging sound financial habits. Most people spend their money in the following order: bills, discretionary spending, saving. It’s not surprising that there is usually little left over to place in the bank. If you turn it around and put it in this order: saving, bills, discretionary spending, then you are able to save the money before you spend it.

Almost everyone can save 1% of their income. Say your family’s monthly take home is $2,500. Saving 1% would be $25. Saving such a small amount may seem pointless, but it’s helping you to grow your savings. Plus, the process is painless. If saving 1% is easy, then try saving 5% or 10% a month. It depends on your financial situation and what you feel you can reasonably put toward savings each month.

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How I Saved More Than 50% On Eyewear

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This past week, I had my yearly eye appointment with my eye doctor. As I was checking out, the office staff mentioned that one box of contacts, which is a 3-month supply, would cost $55. If I purchased a year supply the cost would be $220! Eyewear can be so expensive! I politely said no thank you and headed out the door.

I’ve learned not to order my contacts directly through my doctor’s office. Instead, I order online from VisionDirect.com. The exact same box of contacts costs only $34.99. Plus, since I ordered 4 boxes, which is a year supply, they gave me discount. And on top of that I was able to use a 20 % off coupon code that they e-mailed me, which brought my total down even more. And that coupon code came with free shipping. So instead of paying $220 for a year’s supply of contacts, my total came out to be just $101.16.

And to save me even a little more money, I went online Ebates, a cash back site, and clicked through to VisionDirect.com prior to ordering my contacts. Ebates gave me 8% cash back when ordering from VisionDirect.com. So I will be receiving $8 from Ebates. Before I order online from any store, I always check Ebates to see if they give cash back for the specific store I am purchasing from online.

So in the end,  I really will end up paying only $93.16 for a year’s supply of contacts, which is $23.29 per box. I just saved more than $125 just by ordering online!

For those of you who wear glasses and contacts, head over to this post to read more tips on how to Save Money on Glasses and Contacts.

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Walmart’s New Price Matcher: Savings Catcher

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Have you heard about Walmart’s new Savings Catcher program? It has finally been released nationwide.

Savings Catcher compares your receipt to advertised prices from top stores in your area, and if it finds a lower advertised price, you get the difference on a Walmart eGift Card. Here is how it works:

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  1. Enter your receipt number or scan the bar code by downloading the Walmart App. You have 7 days from the date of purchase to enter your receipt.
  2. Walmarts matches the price of any local competitor’s printed ad for an identical product. They work with an independent third party to collect weekly print and online circulars from top retailers in your area.
  3. If Savings Catcher finds a lower advertised price, you get an eGift Card with the difference.

Here are some additional details:

  • You can submit up to 7 receipts per week, per account.
  • Savings Catcher only applies to in-store purchases.
  • Savings Catcher applies to most grocery items (excluding store brand items, deli, bakery and weighed items like meat); consumable items such as paper towels, bleach and trash bags; health and beauty items; and select general merchandise.
  • You will know within 72 hours if any items on your receipt were found lower elsewhere and if it will be applied to your eGift Card.
  • You can’t earn more than $599.99 in Walmart Rewards eGift Cards in a calendar year.
  • One of the Savings Catcher’s Frequently Asked Questions is will Walmart’s ad match guarantee still be available in stores, and the answer is “Yes”. You can still price match in-store at Walmart. Head over here to read Walmart’s Ad Match Guarantee.

One of the downsides to the Savings Catcher program is that they only price match top retailers in your area. So if there are smaller grocery stores near you, they won’t “catch” those savings. In my area, I have a smaller grocery store nearby, as well as Maceys, but the Savings Catcher doesn’t compare prices from either of those stores. One woman from Utah mentioned that they didn’t price match Kent’s, which is near where she lives.

So is the Savings Catcher worth it?

For those of you who shop at Walmart, but don’t price match, then this will definitely save you money and something you should look into doing.

However, for me, if I rely only on the Savings Catcher to price match for me, I would miss out on a lot of good deals that I could price match myself and I wouldn’t save as much money. For those of you who do price match, I recommend still doing your homework to find out what’s on sale each week. If you live in Utah, every Wednesday I post the best Grocery Deals to Price Match list to make it easy for you to price match and so you don’t have to do as much work. Once you’ve finished your shopping at Walmart, then take a minute to submit your receipt to see if Walmart catches a lower price for you. It’s really simple and fast to enter a receipt, and you don’t have to do anything to get those extra savings. And who knows, maybe they will catch some deals that are a lower price than what you purchased them for. Even though I price match a lot and look at 10+ stores every week, the Savings Catcher has been able to save me a few cents here and there on items that I’ve missed.

What are your thoughts about the Walmart Savings Catcher program?

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Free Bath & Body Works Lotion (No Purchase Necessary)

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Head over to Bath & Body Works Facebook page, and click on “Get Offer” on their latest post to get a coupon for a FREE Signature Collection Travel-Size Body Lotion ($5 value)! No purchase is necessary! This offer is valid in-store only through October 20, 2013.

If you are heading out shopping this weekend, you can just drop into Bath & Body Works to grab this deal!

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Free Museum Day (Sept. 28)

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There are a few FREE things happening on Saturday, September 28, 2013. Yesterday, I posted about the Free Entrance Day to National Parks.

And there is also an opportunity to get into a local museum for FREE! This Saturday, September 28, you can get up to two free tickets to a local participating museum that is sponsored by the Smithsonian Magazine Museum Day Live! annual event.

Here’s how to get two free tickets:

  • See which museums are participating in your area by heading over here.
  • Once you have found a participating museum, then complete the registration form here.
  • Your ticket will be e-mailed to you. Make sure to print it off and bring the ticket with you to the museum.

The free ticket is good for two people per household and is NOT valid for special exhibits, IMAX film screenings or for use with any other offers. There is a limit of one Museum Day Ticket per household and per valid e-mail address.

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Grocery Products to Price Match at Walmart (Sept. 11-17)

 

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After looking through this week’s sales fliers, here are the best Grocery Products to Price Match at Walmart this week, September 11-17, 2013.

Macey’s still has its 22 lb. case of peaches on sale for $11.99 and its Oakdell Medium Eggs, 5 dozen for $3.88. If you are needing those items, you might want to make a special trip to Macey’s to pick them up.

And the case lot sales are continuing this week for Harmons, Reams, Smith’s, Fresh Market, and Soelberg’s. Now’s the time to stock up on items you use often in your kitchen.

Produce
Apples, Fuji – $0.50 lb. (Rancho)

Avocados – $0.33 each (Sprouts) or $0.50 each (Rancho)

Bell Peppers, green – $0.59 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 13-15 Only) OR $0.33 each (Sprouts)

Bell Peppers, red – $0.98 each (Sprouts)

Blackberries, 6 oz. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Blueberries, 4.4 oz. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Broccoli – $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Carrots, 1 lb. bag – $0.33 each (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Carrots, 1 lb. baby peeled – $0.98 each (Sprouts)

Cauliflower – $0.77 lb. (Reams)

Celery – $0.33 each (Rancho – Sept. 13-15 Only)

Cilantro – $0.25 each bunch (Rancho)

Grapes, green – $0.79 lb. (Rancho)

Grapes, red – $0.99 lb. (Albertsons) or 1.50 lb. (Sprouts)

Honeydew – $0.33 lb. (Rancho & Sprouts)

Jalapeno Peppers – $0.59 lb. (Reams)

Onions, brown – $0.25 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Onions, yellow – $0.39 lb. (Macey’s)

Peaches – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Pears – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Pineapple – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Plums – $0.98 lb. (Sprouts)

Potatoes, 5 lb. bag, red – $1.69 each (Fresh Market)

Raspberries, 6 oz. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Spinach – $0.50 each bunch (Rancho)

Strawberries, 1 lb. – $2.50 (Sprouts)

Tomatillos – $0.50 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Tomatoes, Roma – $0.50 lb. (Rancho)

Watermelon – $0.33 lb. (Sprouts)

Yams – $0.33 lb. (Rancho – Sept. 10-12 Only)

Zucchini Squash – $0.78 lb. (Harmons)

 

Dairy
Milk, gallon – $2.49 (Walgreens)

Mountain Dairy Chocolate Milk, gallon – $2.79 (Smith’s)

Tillamook Cheese, 5 lb. – $11.99 (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand shredded cheese, 5 lb. bag – $12.45 (Reams – It comes out to be $2.49 lb., which is a great price!)

Eggs, large 18 ct. – $1.79 (Albertsons) or Eggs, large dozen – $1.29 (Rancho)

Store brand sour cream, 16 oz. – $0.89 (Macey’s)

Dannon Activia, 4 ct. – $2.00 (Harmons)
Use the $1.00/1 Dannon coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00

Store brand butter, 1 lb. – $1.87 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Philadelphia Cream Cheese, 8 oz. – $0.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

 

Meat
Pork, Sirloin Roast, boneless – $1.49 lb. (Smith’s)

Pork, Sirloin Chops, boneless, super value pack – $1.99 lb. (Smith’s)

Beef, London Broil, super value pack – $2.99 lb. (Smith’s)

Beef, Petite Sirloin Steak, super value pack – $2.99 lb. (Smith’s)

 

Baking, Food, and Snacks
Store brand flour, 25 lb. bag all purpose bleached or unbleached – $7.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand powdered or brown sugar, 2 lb. – $1.25 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand evaporated milk, 12 oz. – $0.69 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand granulated sugar, 25 lb. bag – $9.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand salt, 26 oz. plain or iodized – $0.44 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Don Julio Flour Tortillas, 14-15 oz. – $0.89 each (Macey’s)

La Victoria Salsa, 16 oz. – $1.50 each (Harmons)
Use the $1.00/2 La Victoria coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00

Store brand green chilies, 4 oz. – $0.50 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Taco Bell Refried Beans, 16 oz. – $0.69 each (Macey’s)

Store brand refried beans, 16 oz. – $0.59 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

S&W Flavored Beans, 15-15.25 oz. – $0.59 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand beans, 15 oz. can – $0.50 each (Smith’s) – Case Lot Sale)

Nalley Chili, 15 oz. – $0.89 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand cream soup, 10.5 oz. – $0.50 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomato or chicken noodle soup, 10.5-10.75 oz. – $0.44 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Minute Instant Rice, 14 oz. – $1.49 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomato sauce, 8 oz. – $0.20 each (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomato paste, 6 oz. regular or Italian style – $0.44 (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand tomatoes, 14.5 oz. – $0.49 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Campbells Spaghettios or Spaghetti, 14.75-15 oz. Original – $0.59 each (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Hunt’s Spaghetti Sauce, 24 oz. – $0.79 each (Rancho)

Betty Crocker Macaroni & Cheese Dinner, 6.8-7 oz. – $0.29 each (Albertsons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)

Store brand pasta, 48 oz. spaghetti or elbow macaroni – $1.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Betty Crocker Specialty Potatoes, 3.7-6.6 oz. – $0.59 each (Albertsons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)

Knorr Rice or Pasta Sides, 4-5.7 oz.  $0.88 each (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale – Purchase for a 72-hour kit)

Botan Rice, 20 lb bag. – $9.99 (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Betty Crocker Hamburger, Chicken or Tuna Helper, 5.1-12.2 oz. – $0.59 (Albertsons – When you purchase 10 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Betty Crocker Chicken Helper coupon from the SS 9/8/13 coupon insert
And/or use the $0.75/3 Hamburger & Chicken Helper coupon from the SS 9/8/13 coupon insert
And/or use the $0.80/4 Betty Crocker coupon here
Final price: As low as $0.09!

Milford Valley Chicken, 5 oz. – $0.83 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand premium chunk chicken breast, 5 oz. – $0.99 (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand chunk light tuna, 5 oz. – $0.69 each (Soelberg’s – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand vegetables, 11-15.25 oz. can corn or green beans – $0.49 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand canned fruit, 15-15.25 oz. – $0.79 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand peaches or pears, 29 oz. – $0.99 each (Fresh Market – Case Lot Sale)

Liberty Gold Pineapple, 24 oz. – $0.88 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand mandarin oranges, 10.5-11 oz. – $0.50 (Reams- Case Lot Sale)

Skippy Peanut Butter, 16.3 oz. – $1.99 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)
Use the $0.55/1 Skippy Peanut Butter coupon here
Final price: $1.44

Store brand peanut butter, 18 oz. – $1.65 each (Smith’s – Case Lot Sale)

Welch’s Grape Jam or Jelly, 32 oz. jar – $1.67 (Macey’s)
Use the $1.00/2 Welch’s coupon from the RP 7/28/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.17

Mrs Butterworths Syrup, 64 oz. twin pack – $5.99 (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand ketchup, 24 oz. – $0.88 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Clover Club Potato Chips, 8-10 oz. – $1.67 (Macey’s)

Nabisco Ritz Crackers, 12.25-16 oz. – $2.00 (Harmons)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.63

Betty Crocker, Motts, Ocean Spray or Sunkist Fruit Snacks or Betty Crocker Fruit by the Foot, Fruit Gushers or Fruit Roll-Ups Fruit Flavored Snacks, 4.5-5 oz. – $1.25 (Reams – When you purchase 4)
Use the $0.50/2 Betty Crocker coupon here (print twice)
Or use the $0.50/2 Betty Crocker coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.00 each!

Hunts Snack Packs, 4 pk. – $1.00 (Reams – Great for a 72-hour kit)
Use the $1.00/3 Hunt’s Snack Packs coupon here
Final price: $0.67 each 4-pack

Quaker Cereal, 9-14 oz. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $1.00/2 Quaker coupon from the RP 8/4/13 coupon insert
Final price: $0.99

Malt O Meal Cereal, 22-36 oz. – $2.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

Nabisco Snack Crackers, 5.5-10 oz. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $0.75/2 Nabisco coupon from the SS 8/11/13 coupon insert
Final price: $1.12 each

Fiber One Bars, 5-12 ct. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Fiber One coupon here (print it twice)
And/or use the $0.50/1 Fiber One coupon from the SS 8/4/13 and 8/11/13 coupon inserts
Final price: $0.99 each

Nature Valley Bars, 5-12 ct. – $1.49 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $0.50/1 Nature Valley coupon from the SS 8/4/13 coupon insert
Or use the $0.50/2 Nature Valley coupon here
Final price: As low as $0.99 each

DiGiorno Pizza or Pizza Plus, 19.7-36.8 oz. – $4.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $2.00/2 DiGiorno coupon here (print it twice)
Final price: $3.99 each

Store brand ice cream, 128 oz. – $3.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

Lawrys Marinades, 12 oz. – $0.79 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)

Store brand ice cream, 4 qt. pail – $4.99 (Reams)

 

Drinks
Old Orchard Frozen Concentrate Juice, 12 oz. – 1.00 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)
Use the $1.00/4 Old Orchard coupon here (sign up to be an Old Orchard member)
Final price: $0.75 each

Langers Apple or Grape Juice, 64 oz. – $1.29 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand orange juice, gallon – $2.50 (Smith’s)

Tampico Fruit Punch, gallon – $1.25 (Rancho)

Store brand orange juice, 12 oz. frozen – $0.99 each (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand purified drinking water, 24 pack – $1.99 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

 

Household
Cottonelle Bath Tissue, 24 double rolls – $8.99 each (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Store brand bath tissue, 12 ct. ultra soft or strong double roll or 6 ct. ultra soft or strong mega roll – $4.99 (Macey’s)

Store brand paper towels, 15 roll – $5.99 (Harmons – Case Lot Sale)

Sun Laundry Detergent, 125-188 oz. – $4.99 (Macey’s)

Tide Laundry Detergent, 50 oz. liquid – $4.99 (Smith’s – When you purchase 5 participating products promo)
Use the $3.00/3 Tide coupon from the P&G 9/1/13 coupon insert
or use the $0.40/1 Tide coupon here
Final price: As low as $3.99 each

Store brand hand soap refills, 40 oz. – $2.35 (Reams – Case Lot Sale)

 

 

Each Walmart store has their own list of stores they will price match. Be sure to double check which stores your local Walmart will  price match. And below are the different starting and ending dates for  store sales. Make sure to price match these items while they are on sale.

  • Macey’s ad runs Mon. through Mon. (except in Tooele where the ad  runs Wed. through Wed.)
  • Rancho Market’s ad runs Mon. through Sun.
  • Harmon’s ad runs Mon. through Sun.
  • Soelberg’s ad runs Tues. through Tues.
  • Ream’s ad runs Tues. through Mon.
  • Ridley’s ad runs Tues. through Mon.
  • Sprout’s ad runs Wed. through Wed.
  • Albertsons ad runs Wed. through Tues.
  • Fresh Market’s ad runs Wed. through Tues.
  • Smith’s ad runs Wed. through Tues.

 

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My Dance Attire Purchase Experience

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My 4-year-old daughter recently started a dance class this year. She had been talking to me about starting dance, and since she was really excited to do it, we went ahead and enrolled her in a dance class.

One week before class started, I received an e-mail that mentioned dance would be starting soon. I did not realize that it was only one week away. I seriously thought I still had 2-3 weeks to get my daughter ready for dance. I knew that I needed to head over to the dance studio soon to get the dance shoes ordered and to pick up tights. Prior to going to the dance studio, I looked up prices for leotards. I found some reasonably priced ones on Walmart’s website. Unfortunately, they didn’t have any available at the store near me for in-store pickup. I could have ordered one, but it wouldn’t have been there by the first day of dance class.

When I arrived at the dance studio, and as I looked through the leotards, I decided to just fork out the money and buy one. (Yes, even I sometimes end up paying full price for items when I don’t plan ahead.) I wasn’t sure if I would have time to run around to stores looking for a leotard, and I wanted to at least have something for her to wear on her first day of dance.

The next evening when I had some time, I quickly stopped in at a store nearby that sold children’s new and gently used clothing. I wasn’t too optimistic that I would find anything and thought that the dance attire would already be picked over since dance would be starting soon at many studios. However, I was lucky because right there in the dance attire section, there was a black leotard that was just my daughter’s size, still in good condition, and it was only $2.99! Plus, they had tap shoes in her size for just $2.99! I was so happy that I’d been able to find these items. It definitely saved me money, and I was able to return the other leotard to the dance studio.

It is nice to find deals on items and to know that I didn’t have to pay full price for them. Plus, these dance items will be handed down to my other daughter when she’s old enough to start dance class.

There are times when I purchase an item spontaneously, especially when there is a deadline. But I’ve learned that if I am patient and check a few other stores, I can save money. And the other thing I’ve learned is to check second-hand clothing stores first. It’s amazing how much money you can save on clothing at these stores, and they are still in good condition.

I am really excited for my daughter to dance, and I think it’s partly because I love dancing so much! She has already been to her dance class a few times and is really loving it, and as long as she wants to dance, I plan to live vicariously through her.   🙂

 

You might also want to read the article How to Save Money on Children’s Clothing.

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