Couponing My Way To The Islands!

Friday, December 31, 2010

~Kohl's 20% Entire Purchase!~

Kohl's 20% off entire purchase coupon pass!
Go HERE to print!

*Good now through January 1st.

Happy New Year's Eve!


~Extreme Couponing Response~

Several of you have emailed me about the new "Extreme Couponing" show and want to know my thoughts on it. I did watch mainly out of curiosity. Honestly, it was exactly what I thought it would be and that made me sad. Yes, there were some great parts like when the guy donated all of that cereal. However, the lady being rude at the register, the countless buggies, the hours of shopping, the hours of checking out, the employee help needed made me cringe. There is no reason to ever have that many buggies while couponing.

Couponers who are rude, take more than they should, hold up grocery store lines for HOURS, don't donate when their stock is gigantic, spend 70+ hours per week finding deals, put their children inside dumpsters, spending $70 on buying coupons, I could go on...are the people that give the rest of us a bad rap. It saddens me to think that the world is going to think we are nuts instead of realizing that those people are not Home Economist, but have gone over into hoarders.

I wish they would have highlighted a "normal" couponer to contrast what they were showing. A person that buys normal amounts and a person that also donates a portion of it. You don't have to have a 30 year supply of anything to donate it!

I also wish they would have asked them about expiration dates. There is no way a portion of that food could have been consumed by the expiration date. I hate wasting food, so I really hope they were not throwing it out. I pray that it was being given to someone else to use before expiring.

On the flip side, I did read that TLC encouraged them to buy as much as they could and that Kroger was in on it so there would be enough of what they needed. I also just read that 2 of the ladies did donate what they bought that particular day. Also, there was a great deal of editing to make the couponers sound even more extreme. Just wanted to add that in defense of the couponers.

In the end, it is not my place to judge anyone, this is simply my opinion as asked for by many readers.

~Fresh Express Salad Coupon!~

You can start the New Year off eating right with this .50/1 coupon for Fresh Express Salad Blends in the blue, green or Fuschia bags.
Click HERE to print!

Thursday, December 30, 2010

~4 Coupon Inserts Scheduled!~

There should be 4 coupon inserts in the Sunday newspaper. Some sources are saying there may even be 5 inserts!

*2 RedPlum
*2 SmartSource

This is a great way to start off the new year of savings!

Happy Clipping~


Wednesday, December 29, 2010 80% Off!~ is having an 80% off sale again.
Get $25 Gift Certificates for only $2!
PLUS, if you buy 5 you will get 1 FREE!
Simply enter promo code: CLEARANCE at checkout.
(Offer expires December 31st)

I love these certificates!

Wednesday Blessings~

*Mini-me got a Barbie scooter for Christmas :)

~Who I am~

That's who I am....

I'm going to attempt to honestly tell you a little bit about myself. I'm fully aware that the majority of my readers don't know and will probably not ever meet me in person. I'm amazed that some days there are over 3,500 of you reading! Thank you so much for reading and all of the kind emails & comments! I have been blessed.

I'm not laid back. There you have it! There have only been a couple people who have described me as that and I just had to laugh and say "clearly, you don't know me!". Just who I am. I believe you are either born that way or not. I've been attempting to "learn" and it is just not happening. Luckily, I married a very chill (especially under pressure) man who balances me out and keeps me in check. Yes, I said he keeps me in check. He is my best friend and loves me enough that he will nicely let me know when I've gone over to "the other side".

Eww....THE OTHER SIDE...Yep, going there! Some of you are laughing because you know exactly what I'm talking about. Sometimes my engine gets a little too revved up ;)
Some people actually live on "The Other Side". Yikes! No thanks! Many couponers I've seen at the checkout have taken up residence there. Trust me (I can say this because I detour there every once in a while by accident...then I put my car in reverse & burn rubber as fast as I can!) one likes people when they are on "THE OTHER SIDE". No deal or situation is worth you looking back and being dissappointed in yourself. So many times I will know that I am in the right at the store and it is the hardest thing to do to not argue with the cashier, but I remember what "those people" look like and nothing is worth that. I don't ever want to make a cashier upset. My goal is to make them smile and bless them for those few moments that I am in their lane.

In the end, I'm just a girl who is madly in love with my husband & daughter and willing to make sacrifices to get to spend as much time possible with them. Becoming a Home Economist and couponing has been the answer for my family. It has made the biggest impact on our budget.


Tuesday, December 28, 2010

~After Christmas Deals!~

I love after Christmas shopping! The sales are usually great! Went to JCPenny's to use the $10 off $25 purchase coupon. This is what I was able to get:

8 pack wash clothes
Reg. $9.99
clearance at $4.99

Blue tights
Reg. $14.99
Clearance at $5.99

Denim tights
Reg. $14.00
Sale $6.99

Reg. $9.00
Clearance at $3.60

Reg. $29.99
Clearance at $5.97!

Total Spent (after coupon): $17.54 (plus tax)
Total Saved: $60.43 (per the receipt)

Are you finding any great after Christmas deals?

Hope you have a terrific Tuesday!


Monday, December 27, 2010

~My Kroger Trip~

Nothing too exciting to report from my Kroger trip. Here are a few things that I needed and a couple I picked up because they were FREE:
2 Bread
Reg. $2.89
Sale $1.50 each

Kraft Cheese
Reg. $3.49
Sale $1.99
-$1 q

-$1 q

Ivory soap
Reg. ?
Sale $1
-.25 q (tripled)

2 Safeguard soap
Reg. $1.19
Sale $1
-.35 q (tripled)

-.35 q (tripled)


Retail=OVER $16
Total Spent=$5.53

~Getting Excited About the New Year!~

Hope everyone had a blessed Christmas! We sure did. We have had company on and off for a week. We spent Christmas day at home by ourselves. It was peaceful and relaxing. We curled up on the sofa and watched Christmas movies, ate a nice meal and had a Happy Birthday Jesus party! It was a great day!

Previously, I would put my Christmas tree up on October 31st. This year we were so busy and it didn't happen until mid November. Today I looked around and all I saw was clutter. Clutter sort of makes me crazy! So, we took down all of the Christmas decor, cleaned, re-arranged furniture, changed out the wreath and everything. It feels so good to have my house back :) I love Christmas decor, but when the holiday is over, I'm ready to put it up!

I've never put my tree up so late or taken it down so early. Felt like I needed a change. Anyone else feeling that way right now? We have such big hopes and dreams for 2011 and I'm just excited to get it started! We are making changes in our home, our activities, our schedules, our diets, our workouts and our attitudes. 2011 is going to be a year of change. I'm ready to dream new dreams, set new goals and achieve great things. I'm ready to see what God has in store for me!

I hope that you all are setting goals, making changes and getting excited along with me! My hunky hubs and I will be celebrating 10 years of marriage in 2011 also! We are already island dreaming :)
2011 is going to be great!

Monday Blessings~

Sunday, December 26, 2010

~1 Coupon Insert~

There is 1 coupon insert in the Sunday paper:


Sunday Blessings~


Friday, December 24, 2010

~Merry CHRISTmas!~

Wishing you a very Merry CHRISTmas! I hope that you have a wonderful holiday filled with many special moments.

He is the reason for the season!

CHRISTmas Eve Blessings~

Queen of Sassy Savings

Thursday, December 23, 2010

~Old Navy 30% Off!~

Need a last minute gift? Here is a 30% off coupon to Old Navy!

Happy CHRISTmas Eve Eve!


Wednesday, December 22, 2010


Please be in prayer for the 5 children who lost their mother that I told you about HERE. She has gone to be with the Lord, but it is still very sad for the children. Thank you again to everyone who has prayed on their behalf and those who donated to this family. We were able to lift them up and help them in this time of need. God is so good and always provides.


Tuesday, December 21, 2010

~My CVS trip this week~

CVS Brand Vitamins
Buy 1 Get 1 FREE!

-$1 q
*Limit 3

-$2 ECB back
-$1 q
=.49 each!
*Limit 2

Tuesday Blessings~

Monday, December 20, 2010

~Aldi Ad!~

Aldi had a regular ad in with the other inserts this week in the Sunday paper. Here are a few deals worth comping at Wal-mart:

Brown N Serve Rolls=.89
Grade A Large Eggs=.49
10 lb bag Russet Potatoes=.99
All Purpose Flour (5 lb)=.99
Gold Pineapple=.99
Summer Sausage=$2.99

Hope this helps! Happy Monday!


~Tom Thumbs Deals!~

Tom Thumb has a few things sale right now worth mentioning:

Safeway Smoked Whole or Shank Half Ham=.99 per lb (limit 1)

Sanderson Farms Whole Roaster Chicken=.69 per lb

Sweet Golden Pineapple=.99 each (good TODAY Only)

I've been looking for ham on sale and this is the best price that I've seen anywhere.


Friday, December 17, 2010

~No Coupon Inserts Scheduled!~

There are NO coupon inserts scheduled for the Sunday paper. I know this makes some of you sad, but honestly I am welcoming the break. December has been such a crazy month and I need to play catch up already. Hope you all have a great weekend!

Friday blessings~


Thursday, December 16, 2010

~FREE Six Flags Ticket Program!~

Read to Succeed is offering free tickets to Six Flags for students and teachers. Below are the details from their site:

Read to Succeed is a free educational program sponsored by Six Flags to inspire kids in grades K through 6 to engage in recreational reading. Students who complete six hours of recreational, nonschool-related reading are eligible to earn a free admission ticket to a participating Six Flags theme park. Teachers whose classes participate and complete the program are also eligible to earn a free ticket. Schools must be within a 250-mile radius of a participating Six Flags theme park in order to participate.

Go HERE to learn more!

Hope you are having a blessed Thursday!


Wednesday, December 15, 2010

~FREE Whataburger!~

Go HERE to print a coupon for a FREE Whatachick'n Sandwich!
Offer only valid for dine-in and is good from 4pm-9pm today.

Can't beat FREE!


Tuesday, December 14, 2010

~FREE Blockbuster Movie!~

Get a FREE movie by using code XU14A at a Blockbuster kiosk!
Offer expires on January 7th, 2011.


Happy Tuesday~

Monday, December 13, 2010

~The Aldi Ad!~

Missing the Aldi ad? I've had several couponers thinking they have missed the Aldi ad. The past 2 weeks the Aldi ad has been on page 26A of the Dallas Morning News. They do have some great deals running!

Here are a few worth comping:

Large Grade A Eggs- .49
Milk- .99
Russet Potatoes 10 lb bag- $1.49
Gold Pineapple- .99
California Navel Oranges (4 lb bag)- $1.39
Canned Vegetables- .39

Hope this information helps!


~Deal on Running Shoes!~

Good Monday morning! Hope everyone had a fun & productive weekend. We braved the crowds & headed to the mall. Honestly, it was not nearly as busy as I had anticipated. Most of the stores are having great sales too!
We got a great deal on some running shoes at Academy. They were originally $74.99 and marked down to $26.88! Academy's everyday price is usually the lowest price compared to the other sports stores already. They still had several styles & sizes at this price.

Did you get any deals this weekend?

Happy Monday!


Saturday, December 11, 2010

~My Walgreen's Trip~

I did end up making it into Walgreen's this week. Here is what I picked up:

Loreal make-up
Buy 1 Get 1 50% off
*I had plans to use a $5/2 coupon, but the lady behind the counter did something to save me a couple extra bucks :)

Listerine Zero
-$2 q
-$2 q (found in the ad)

-$2.50 RR
-$1 q

Happy Saturday!

Friday, December 10, 2010

~$5 Fleece Sale @ Old Navy!~

Saturday, December 11th, Old Navy is having a One Day Wonder Saturday Sale!

They will have select Performance Fleece Tops for the family priced at $5!
*There is a limit of five per customer.

This would make a great gift! If you want to make it really special, you could have the fleece monogrammed.

In-store offer only and while supplies last.

It is a good idea to get there early for this deal!


*Mini-me had her very 1st dance recital last night. Thought I would share a couple of pics with my Sassy Savers today!

~2 Coupon Inserts Scheduled~

There should be 2 coupon inserts in the Sunday paper:
*1 RedPlum
*1 SmartSource

Happy Clipping!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

~My Wal-mart Comps!~

Ran into Wal-mart for some comps today. Below are the comp prices:

.49 (Aldi comp ad)

4 lb bag of Oranges
$1.39 (Aldi comp ad)

.99 (Tom Thumb comp ad)

$3.99 (Tom Thumb comp)

SHO 80% Off!~

Enter Promo Code: JOY

*These would make great Christmas gifts!

Hope you have a wonderful Wednesday!

(I will be posting my comps & a few deals later.)

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

~Freezer Guidelines=Great Info!~

Found this on the web and thought it was a great guide to freezing foods. Enjoy!
Here is a guide to how long you can freeze foods before you sacrifice quality. Keep in mind that quality does deteriorate the longer food sits in your freezer, so aim to defrost sooner rather than later.

•Bacon: 1 to 2 months
•Breads: 2 to 3 months
•Casseroles: 2 to 3 months
•Cooked beef and pork: 2 to 3 months
•Cooked poultry: 4 months
•Cookie dough: 3 months
•Fruit: 8 to 12 months
•Frozen dinners: 3 to 4 months
•Hot dogs: 1 to 2 months
•Lunch meats: 1 to 2 months
•Sausage: 1 to 2 months
•Soups and stews: 2 to 3 months
•Uncooked chicken (parts): 9 months
•Uncooked chicken (whole): 1 year
•Uncooked steaks, chops, or roasts: 4 to 12 months
•Uncooked ground meat: 3 to 4 months
•Vegetables: 8 to 12 months

Basic tips for freezing food:
•Freeze foods as close to purchase (or harvest if you have a garden) as possible. The fresher food is when you freeze it, the better the quality when you defrost it.
•While most foods can be frozen, there are some foods you should keep out of the freezer. Don't freeze canned foods or eggs in shells (which can crack and allow bacteria to enter). Technically you can freeze mayonnaise, cream sauce, and lettuce, but the quality takes a big hit. Here's a list of foods that don't freeze well with details on their condition after thawing.
•Cool cooked foods down before freezing so they freeze faster, which helps preserve quality.
•Packaging matters and varies depending on what you're freezing. If you choose glass over plastic containers, wrap, or bags, you'll need to make sure it's tempered so it doesn't break.
•You can freeze meat in its original packaging, but if you want to store it for long periods of time, add an additional layer of packaging, such as plastic wrap or bags.
•It's always a good idea to label items so you know what they are and how long they've been in the freezer.
•Resist the temptation to defrost foods on your countertop. The three safest ways to thaw foods are in your fridge, in cold water, and in the microwave.

This was written by Environmental journalist Lori Bongiorno shares green-living tips and product reviews with Yahoo! Green's users.
Happy Tuesday!

Monday, December 6, 2010

~Tutu's For Sale!~

Good Monday morning Sassy Savers! Hope you all had a great weekend. Mine was busy, but super fun! I took Mini-me to see The Nutcracker in Dallas on Friday. It was so wonderful! We had a great time. Love making sweet memories :)

Then my SOONERS played for the BIG 12 CHAMPIONShip. We got together with some friends for to watch. Always fun when our beloved Sooners are victorious! Below is a dessert I took to the watch party.

I've been up to my eyeballs making tutu's & hair accessories to sell. The tutu's are $15 each. Please email me if you would like to order one (

Today is December 6th, which means you have 19 days to finish what you need to get done. Are you ready?

Monday Blessings~

Sunday, December 5, 2010

~See Here 2 Day Sale!~ is having a 2 Day Sale (12/5 & 12/6) where they are offering 50% + FREE SHIPPING (on most photo gifts, photo books & orders of 60 photo cards)!
Go HERE to start!

This would be awesome for Christmas gifts!

Happy Sunday!


Friday, December 3, 2010

~3 Coupon Inserts Scheduled~

There are 3 coupon inserts scheduled for the Sunday paper:

*1 RedPlum
*2 SmartSource

Happy Clipping!


Thursday, December 2, 2010

~Entry Tour~

Kelly's room tour this week is of entry ways. My goal here is to create an environment of "Shalom" when you enter our home.

*My mom gave me this wooden desk. She had painted it fuschia (a very bold pink). I painted it black & added the glass amber knobs. We keep our shoes in the baskets. Very functional with a small child!

*This sign hangs above the front door...Pretty much sums it up!

There are crosses, scriptures & faith quotes as you enter.

What we did to this space:
*Hand-scraped Red Oak flooring
*New wall paint
*New trim & door paint
This is the BEFORE:

*As you can see the walls were 3 different colors, the floors were a mixture of stained carpet & dirty vinyl.

Have a blessed day!


~Recipe Thursday!~

Chicken, Potato and Vegetable Bake recipe
This sounds like a good & easy recipe that I wanted to share with you all. One of my goals for 2011 is to post more recipes on here. I know we are all looking for new things to make for our families.

Thursday Blessings~

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

~Savings Goal Update!~

Is anyone else in shock that it is already December 1st??? Literally, I can't believe my eyes. This year has flown by! It seems like yesterday that I was setting goals for 2010. I haven't mentioned it in a while, but I have some very exciting news....I HIT MY SAVINGS GOAL FOR 2010!!! It was not easy to do, but I stuck with my plan and accomplished it. Let me tell you that it feels good to set a goal, work toward it and then to see it through. Love it!

Reaching my savings goal, however fulfilling, was NOT the best feeling. Helping out families in need by giving money, food and supplies is what I will remember most about this year. Helping others and doing God's work is the most amazing feeling. I want to thank those of you who helped a particular family that I posted about on here. You all blessed me by blessing that family. Thank you.

In January I will start posting about setting goals for 2011. It is never too early to start thinking about it. Dream it, Believe it and Make it happen!

Wednesday Blessings~

~FREE Whataburger!~

Today start the 12 Days of Free Food at Whataburger!
Today they are offering a FREE Taquito (December 1, 2010) from 6-10 a.m.
*No purchase is necessary.
Go HERE for your FREE Taquito coupon!