Age Old Grocery Debate – Generic or Name Brand

Posted by idawrites on November 19, 2009 in Coupons, Food, Shopping |

I was spending some quality time on twitter this morning… or catching up on my distractions (tomato tomahto)… when I spotted a link to this interesting YouTube video, posted by Elizabeth of Table for Five. Every once in a while, the Generic Vs. Name Brand debate kicks up and makes the rounds on the ‘net. […]


I forgot to give the cashier my coupons!

Posted by idawrites on November 4, 2009 in coupon policy, Coupons, Shopping |

Poof! I lost out on $26.50 in savings, just that fast. Or did I? Last night was my night to do our weekly shop. I loaded up all of my coupons and my list and went to Publix.  I love going on Tuesday night.  Everything is restocked from the other couponers earlier in the week, and […]


You’re Not Frugal Enough ~ And You’re Killing The Planet!

Posted by idawrites on September 16, 2009 in Coupons, Finance, Food, Frugal |

I read a LOT of blogs about frugality. Even more than the blogs, I read the comments on frugality blogs. What I have learned from these comments is this: No matter how much you improve your habits… no matter how great the information you share… no matter how many changes you make to reduce your […]


Does couponing have to be SO complicated?

Posted by idawrites on March 25, 2009 in Coupons, Money, Shopping |

When I was 17, my next door neighbor’s mom was the Neighborhood Mom. Everyone I knew then called her Momma Kaye. Their house was the neighborhood watering hole for all us kids. Momma Kaye was a full time college student with no visible means of support, but she always had a fully stocked pantry and […]


Big Thanks To My Fellow Bloggers

Posted by idawrites on February 2, 2009 in Coupons, Link Love |

After seeing Lynnae’s post about her traffic sources this weekend, I got curious about mine. I haven’t looked too closely at WHERE my traffic comes from. I’m just thrilled that some people find the things I babble about useful or amusing. So, I want to send out a great big Thank You to my friends […]


No More Sharing With Strangers

Posted by idawrites on December 23, 2008 in Coupons, Gifts, Shopping |

Have you ever had one of those encounters with another person that leaves you shaking your head as you walk away? I had one recently that blew my mind. I went to Walgreens yesterday, on my way home from work, to pick up the advertised DeMet’s Turtles (mmmm caramel!). They are on sale for $.99 […]


Who Really Wins The Drugstore Game?

Posted by idawrites on December 2, 2008 in Coupons, cvs, Shopping |

I’ve been trying my hand at The Drugstore Game for months now. Not too heavily, just here and there when I find a good deal that makes sense. I try to get great deals on my detergent and toiletries, etc… but I wouldn’t say I’m very obsessive about CVS. (Now.. Publix is another matter.) With […]


Publix Store Coupons – An Update

Posted by idawrites on November 17, 2008 in coupon policy, Coupons, Shopping |

Although Publix allows stacking of Store coupons with Manufacturers coupons, there are a couple of things to look out for when you redeem them. Many (most) of the Publix coupons these days have specific language written on them “Not to be used in conjunction with any other coupon or offer.” This means that you cannot […]


Coupons Make You Buy Things You Normally Wouldn’t

Posted by idawrites on September 24, 2008 in Coupons, Planning, Shopping |

Recently, I’ve spotted articles all over the blogosphere and in the news about how coupons cause you to spend money on things you wouldn’t normally buy, or in places you wouldn’t normally shop. So, I stopped to think about that today, since I use a LOT of coupons. My pantry and freezer are completely full […]


Frugal Friday – Vegetable Chowder Recipe

Posted by idawrites on September 19, 2008 in Cooking, Coupons, Food, Recipes |

Before we started tracking our spending, and trying to make every dollar work for us, I never would have guessed that food is the biggest fluctuating expense in so many households. We used to spend $200 to $300 every week at Costco, Kroger and Publix. We always got caught in the “pick up one more […]

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