Today is penny day at Publix!

Don’t forget to cut out the coupon in the front section of the paper and get your mystery item for a penny today at Publix. Note that they have several current store coupons and lots of BOGO this week too. Start watching the baking items on sale for the holidays, whether you are hosting dinners or not, baked goods make great gifts and care packages.

I’ll be back with the details before the weekend! In the meantime, watch the expiration dates on your coupons because tomorrow is the last day of the month. New coupons will be available to print on Friday.

In the meantime, here are some useful links:

  • Getting better clothes for less – there’s a website called Like Twice, that sells name-brand gently used women’s clothes, and when you join through this link, you will be credited $10 to spend. You can also sell items back to them if they meet the criteria. It’s for women’s clothes, not children or men’s, so those you should still stick to some of the local places.
  • If you do not already do this, I would recommend trying SavingStar. This is a program separate from coupons, you can shop as you normally shop, with or without coupons, and when you use your store loyalty card, savings are automatically posted to your account and you can claim the money online with Paypal. It won’t change anything about your checkout process. Link to sign up for SavingStar
  • Get gift cards at a discount, so that when you walk in the door at a store you already are paying a lower price. I highly recommend this service, this will work for anyone anywhere, it doesn’t have to be local, and the cards are also good on the retail store’s websites. Link to get discounted gift cards at Cardpool. At a minimum, sign up for their mailing list with your preferences so they will email you when good discounts become available in the cards you want to watch. I keep a notebook with percentages off (some are worth more than others), and when a percentage is low enough for my ‘buy now’ I get them.
  •  If you are looking for something in particular and want to save some time tracking prices and figuring out if you have a coupon or not, I recommend a site like The Grocery Game for the heavy lifting. It’s a subscription site, but as I’ve explained before, free sites (like mine) can’t be all things to all people because the blogger has to make money other ways.The Grocery Game assembles the prices of the items on sale in the stores you choose and compares prices for you. I’ve had that happen – where I needed something right then (quick – where should I go today to get dishwashing detergent? I didn’t realize I was almost out!) and I typed in the description and it gave me all the stores that had it on sale, with and without coupons. Saves a ton of time and really doesn’t cost much.
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