The Meal Challenge: The Coupon Sista vs. Help! Mama Remote…

A few weeks ago I invited Stacie, The Coupon Sista to participate in a challenge.  Who could make a meal for 5 for less?  Below I’ve embedded our vids.  Hope you enjoy them.

 

The Challenge

 

 

The Coupon Sista Accepts The Challenge

 

The Coupon Sista’s Meal

 

Help! Mama Remote’s… Meal

In the video I added the cheese in my total and wasn’t suppose too because it was left over in the fridge. Any-who, hats off to The Coupon Sista and thanks for participating in the challenge. Love Ya!

Nicole

Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.

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Open Mic With The Coupon Sista

Good morning everyone!  Thanks for stopping by to read my May monthly tip guest post! 

 

Today, we’re going to do something a bit different.  I would like to have an Open Mic discussion with you all.  Anyone who has questions on how to coupon or save money, I would love for you to ask your questions in the comment field.  Also, if you have any personal tips that you would love to share, I would enjoy hearing them.  I’m no expert, but I have learned a thing or two and would be glad to give you practical advice that you can use. I will go through the comment field periodically and leave answers or feedback to any comments.

 

So, what’s your question?

 

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Stacie Branson a.k.a. The Coupon Sista, blogs about coupons, deals, reviews, and everything in between. She is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur who enjoys working at home and spending time with her family. Stacie has been couponing for 3+ years and decided to start a frugal blog when she saw how much money you could save by clipping coupons. The Coupon Sista blog also gives you a heads up on sales, and freebies, that will help you start saving big bucks for you and your entire family!

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All About Aldi (Guest Post The Coupon Sista)

Another month has come and gone.  It’s the first Monday in the month which means it’s time for the monthly guest post from the one and only…………..The Coupon Sista !  To check out previous guest post from The Coupon Sista click here.  Thanks so much Stacie for sharing you knowledge here at Help! Mama Remote…

Most of my family, friends, and blog readers know that I LOVE, and I do mean love, ALDI! I honestly do 90% of my grocery shopping there because I can always count on low prices. This is how I manage to spend about $200 a month for a family of five!

If you’ve never shopped at ALDI, you should definitely try it to see how you like it. Here’s a few tips to get you started. ALDI has actually been around since 1976 though it’s new to many states.

When you arrive to ALDI you’ll see that the carts are outside the store. You must put a quarter in the cart to “borrow” it. Don’t worry though, you’ll get your quarter back. I know this may seem like a hassle to some, but you never have to worry about carts being left in parking spots or dinging your car.

Inside you’ll notice a bright clean store with brands you may not recognize. That’s because ALDI has it’s own brand. Many of the items are actually manufactured by name brands that you would recognize. They are of high quality and you will love the taste.

The isles are made to flow from one to another so it makes shopping fast and easy. The store is also smaller than your big box grocery chain, but it carries all of your necessities. When you want just a few things this can be a hassle but it’s worth it. I just figure I need the exercise!

Once your finished shopping, the lines may seem long but they move fast. The cashiers actually have to ring so many items per minute. Having your money ready at checkout is helpful and cuts back on wait time too.

They don’t accept coupons, but always offer a low price, some even lower than regular grocery store sales with coupons! This is a great place to go when you need something but don’t have time to clip coupons or leave them at home. (Ask me how I know!)

The only drawback to ALDI shopping is that you have to pay for bags. It’s only 5 cents for a paper bag, but you can use you recycled grocery store bags. It’s a super easy way to go green.

And a special note, ALDI now accepts debit/credit cards! This is great since they used to only take cash.

The last tip is this. ALDI often gets products that are for a limited time only and once they are gone, they’re gone. So if you really enjoy that Orange Ginger sauce, by a few bottles so they will last until offered again.

Now it’s your turn. What do you think about ALDI?

The Coupon Sista

Stacie Branson a.k.a. The Coupon Sista, blogs about coupons, deals, reviews, and everything in between. She is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur who enjoys working at home and spending time with her family. Stacie has been couponing for 3+ years and decided to start a frugal blog when she saw how much money you could save by clipping coupons. The Coupon Sista blog also gives you a heads up on sales, and freebies, that will help you start saving big bucks for you and your entire family!

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Spring Clean & Earn Cha-Ching!

Spring is right around the corner and I can hardly wait! You may not be able to tell with the 3 foot snow mounds that are outside your front door, but rest assured it is coming! It’s a great time to start preparing for Spring cleaning projects and score some extra cash while you’re at it. Today I want to give you a few ideas to save money and earn some at the same time.

It’s time to take another look at our closets. We all have items that we have held on to in hopes that one day we’ll fit them or we can’t bear to let go. Well, I say out with the old and in with the new! A rule of thumb is, if you haven’t worn it in 6 months, it should go.

Now, there are 2 ways that you can make money by cleaning your closets.

1. Find those items that are high quality name brand, and take them to a consignment shop. They usually only accept department store brands in mint condition and currently in style. Generally no more than 2 years old. I have done this in the past and made a little bit of money. Also, If you’re looking for something new for your Spring wardrobe, you just may find it there at a discounted price.

2. The rest of your clothing and household items can be put aside for a garage or yard sale. I wanted to do this for several years but finally did last summer. I gathered everything at the last minute, and held a one day sale from 8am to 3pm. We made about $100 which really isn’t bad for just 7 hours! Put more time into making signs and flyers, and hold your sale for at least a full weekend and you can make cool cash!

And what should you do with all of the extra money you earn? Go shopping of course! But I’m not talking willy nilly shopping. I mean shop with a purpose in mind! Got kids? Need a new winter coat? This is a great time to purchase last seasons wear at a great price. I have a friend who buys her kids winter clothes now, but in a size or two bigger. We all know kids grow like weeds over the summer and by the time fall comes, those clothes fit her kids perfectly. Makes good sense doesn’t it?

Furthermore, if your looking for deals on certain items, there are specific times to purchase them at a discounted price.

March is the best time to buy frozen foods, flood insurance and winter coats. April is good time for skis and kitchenware and utensils. May is good for mattresses. Vacations are at there best deals all season long.

The Coupon Sista

Stacie Branson a.k.a. The Coupon Sista, blogs about coupons, deals, reviews, and everything in between. She is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur who enjoys working at home and spending time with her family. Stacie has been couponing for 3+ years and decided to start a frugal blog when she saw how much money you could save by clipping coupons. The Coupon Sista blog also gives you a heads up on sales, and freebies, that will help you start saving big bucks for you and your entire family!

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The Coupon Sista shares tips to save on Valentines Day

With Valentine’s day around the corner, you may be thinking of ways you can celebrate your Boo without breaking the bank.  So here are few creative ways to save money while doing something special for your loved ones.
 
Kids:
 
Have your children make their own Valentines Day cards. Just get construction paper, markers, and tape.  Cut out the hearts the old school way, (fold paper in half and cut side of heart, like we did when we were kids).  Write cute message on them, just like Conversation hearts.  Example: I Luv U, Text Me, etc.  Tape a piece of candy on it and your done. 
 
Another option is to hit up the Dollar Store.  They have a great assortment of cards, candy and gifts for Valentine’s Day.  Buy 1 box of cards and 2 bags of candy per child, and you’ll end up saving 50%.  No coupons necessary!
 
Adults:
 
Forget the long lines and cook a nice intimate dinner at home.  Prepare your sweetheart’s favorite meal.  I usually cook a steak with salad, baked potato, and some type of dessert.  Light some candles, play some soft jazz, and look forward to a nice romantic evening. 
 
Got kids?  No worries. Order out or bake a quick frozen pizza.  Make it a movie night and send them into your family room with popcorn and other treats.  This has worked well in my house and the kids enjoy having a family night in.
 
If you prefer to wine and dine your mate, remember your coupons.  As I have said before, Groupon, Crowd Cut, and other buying groups have great deals on really nice restaurants.  In fact, call your favorite spot and ask them what there Valentine’s Day special is. Many eateries have already put together a special menu for the day that include great deals.
 
There you have it!  Now it’s your turn.  What inexpensive ideas do you have for creating a fun Valentine’s day?
 
Stacie B.
http://thecouponsista.com

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Stacie Branson a.k.a. The Coupon Sista, blogs about coupons, deals, reviews, and everything in between. She is a wife, mother, and entrepreneur who enjoys working at home and spending time with her family. Stacie has been couponing for 3+ years and decided to start a frugal blog when she saw how much money you could save by clipping coupons. The Coupon Sista blog also gives you a heads up on sales, and freebies, that will help you start saving big bucks for you and your entire family!

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