Monday, February 28, 2011

What's Cookin'?

For the past few weeks as I have started to "coupon it up" I have found it MUCH easier when going through they flyers to plan my meals around what's on sale or what we already have in the house.

What's Cookin' this week at the Marro-Lent Household?

Chicken and Rice with mixed veggies

Panera Broccoli Soup made at home served with bread and salad

Steak with mashed potatoes and veggies

Leftover Buffet

Mac n Cheese

Pickings from the freezer...whatever Chris wants to cook....good deal on Roasts this week at Shaw's so I bet that's what it will be :o)

Off to McD's to get a FREE oatmeal :o)

Happy Day

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

Coupons are AMAZING

For the past few weeks I have been clipping coupons and researching HOW people save so much.  It really is amazing!  I've been reading blogs after blogs about JUST COUPONS.

There are so many coupons out there, you just have to know where to look and how to use them.  In the past whenever I got a coupon for a product that my family uses, I would go out to the store and get the biggest size I could find because hey I am getting 1.00 off right!  no, No, NO!!!    

I am so new at this but here are some tips that I am learning to follow....

~Organize your coupons...know what you have
~Read the flyers Compare your coupons with the sale prices (coupon match up)
~Try new products!  If you are able to get it for very cheap or maybe even free what's it going to hurt to just try?
~Read the coupon, if there is no size limit then you may be able to get a bunch of trial size products for free and have possible overage (today I bought a light bulb for $.99 but my coupon was for $1.00.  So I had a 1 cent overage.)
~Stock up if the price is good!  Stocking up is very new to me..I will be looking into shelves this weekend, and my new freezer that I have wanted to years is due to arrive tomorrow!!!  (Just in time for the sale at Target in Smart Ones!)  OOOHHH and I got a great deal on my freezer but more about that later :o)

After following these tips I took my coupon binder, flyer, and list and off I went.  I went to Shaws and Price Chopper.  2 stores I never go to.

I feel really good about what I did and I know that it will only get better!  

I want to thank 2 Boys + 1 Girl = One Crazy Mom.    Melanie helped me get started and you should really go check out her blog...HOLY SAVINGS!

Have a great day!!!

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Money Saving Excitements!

I LOVE saving money!  I want to do it more often!!!  I want to be that person who goes into the grocery store with a stack of coupons and walks out with a cart full of items for $40 bucks!

Well friends, I am not going to be that person sitting here thinking about it!  It takes work to be able to save that kind of money!  For the past 2 weeks I have been clipping coupons, grabbing coupons at the store,  visiting coupon websites like or (there are so many out there) signing up to receive the local flyers in the mail...Hannafords, Price Chopper, Shaws, and Market Basket.  I made sure my CVS card was up to date, I even bought a binder for my coupons (seriously?!?).  Now that I have my tools in place I feel as though I am ready to work on saving my family some money!!!  I know that it is not going to happen over night.  I must be patient!  This is a good lesson for myself...I keep telling Zain he NEEDS to be patient..things don't always come when YOU want I have to follow my own advice!

There are so many blogs out there to help with this money saving life style change.  You have to stock buy.  Some weeks you may buy tons of meat and not much of anything else...OR the next week you may buy 8 packs of dog treats.

I am really addicted to saving money!!!  I can not wait to see what I can do!

The best thing that I have discovered while researching money saving tips is how to save on DIAPERS!!  We use fuzzibunz cloth diapers here at home, but we still buy disposable for overnight and when we leave our house.  I think we save on average about 3 diapers a day which is about 90 diapers a month.  That is almost a box of diapers that I would buy at Target for $20.00 WITH coupons.  UNTILL NOW!!!  I signed up for Amazon Moms at I get free 2 day shipping right to my house...yes I do NOT have to drag 2 boyzz, sometimes 3boyzzz out in the freezing cold NH weather to buy a box of diapers!  

Amazon sells a package of 152 Pamper Swaddlers Size 2-3 for regular price 46.99.  Because I am an Amazon Mom member I get a discounted price of $41.99 and free 2 day shipping....already it is better then T because I would have to spend $50.00 to get free shipping from them.  Ok now let's talk about what happens if you subscribe to have your diapers sent to you every month, or every 2 months....your price now goes down 30%  $29.39 is what you will be spending.  Oh did I mention that as soon as you see your diapers have been shipped you can cancel your subscription!!  

$29.39 is a really great price for 152 Pamper Swaddlers!!!!!  BUT the savings does not need to stop there!!!  Amazon puts out 20% off coupons in magazines.  American Baby click here to request your magazines (which is FREE) Parents, and others...just keep your eyes can also use 2 coupons on ONE order!  I just used 2 that expire next week on one box and my total price for 152 diapers was......................................................$12.59  HOW EXCITING!!!!  I may have done a little dance :o)

I hope that this helps some of you save on diapers!!!  

Do you have any savings tips and tricks you can share?

Till next time......