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|Size 4/6 Skinny Me -- Lol, ignore the outfit, it was Homecoming week at the high school I work at.|
Then I got married. Still pretty skinny. 138 lbs. on my wedding day. Size 8.
|Ignore the dirty mirror. Lol!|
|Trust me. These pants are hiding a multitude of sins. You should see me naked.|
Branson, Missouri has become one of the hottest midwest attractions. With shopping, tours (check out the underground caves -- I saw a crazy one when I visited during spring break in college), and live action shows, you're sure to enjoy every minute of your stay. The Hilton Promenade at Branson Landing and the Hilton Covention Center Hotel are two of the best places to rest your head at night; with pools, a pet friendly environment, and cribs, you can bring the whole family!
Your rate includes deluxe accommodations, two adult and two children's tickets to the Legends of Kung Fu show at the White House Theater in Branson, MO, two adult and two children's two-day passes to Silver Dollar City®, a $25 gift card for shopping, and a $25 food credit for Level 2 Steakhouse. On top of all that your third night is free!
Branson is also a great place to host your next family reunion, girls getaway, and holiday celebration. Along with the Kung Fu show, be sure to check out all the other great entertainment; such as, The Second Annual Branson Mustang Rally, National Kid's Fest at Silver Dollar City, Family Fishing Fair, Branson Z Fest, and much more! And if you book with Hilton, both hotels are within driving distance of gold courses, lakes, museums, theme parks, and 49 live entertainment venues. Talk about convenience!
What are you waiting for? Start planning!
- Buy 2 Sunday papers. -- If I want more of a particular coupon, I'll use My Coupon Hunter. I've only ever bought $5 worth (I think 50 coupons). I just wanted to see what it was like. So far I've ordered coupons twice and didn't have any problems.
- Check out the following sites for the weekly match ups: My SLC Mommy, Totally Target (Have I ever mentioned my obsession with this store?), The Krazy Coupon Lady (she has some great getting started info), and a couple of other random ones. If I'm just wanting coupon match ups for a particular store, I'll use swagbucks (like Google, remember to install the search bar, easy way to earn points) to search. Example: "Walgreens weekly match up 5/8" -- You're sure to find the best deals at Walgreens and CVS. There is almost always some type of FREE item that week using coupons.
- Some of the sites you'll find will let you print a list by click on particular match ups. I did this for awhile, but I was wasting paper. I now copy and paste all the deals/match ups that I want to get that week into a Word doc. This way I can print it once and have it all ready to go.
- I cut my coupons. Now I've tried a couple different methods of organizing coupons, but this is the way I'm doing it (for now). I currently file my inserts by date using page protectors and a binder. I just stick a post-it note on the front with the date (ex. 5/8). This way when I'm looking through the match ups, I can easily pull the correct insert and clip the coupon. I then file these into separately labeled envelopes that I carry to the store. I find this easier than using a big binder that I carry everywhere. Although, I've kicked myself a couple times when I knew I had a coupon for something I found in the store, but the coupon was at home. We'll see how long this method lasts.
- Finally, I take my list and head out. I make sure to go at a time that's not super busy (less stress on you and the cashier). I also make sure to always get rain checks for items that are out of stock. This way you can still use your coupon and get the best deal.
- Many coupon sites will advise you take a copy of the store's coupon policy with you. I've never had a problem, thus I've never taken a copy.
- Walgreens and CVS have rewards programs -- Register Rewards and Extra Care Bucks. I find these annoying. Each week you'll find items that are "FREE" when you get RR or ECB. To me, if I have to spend the money, to get the money, it bugs me. I know that logically this makes sense, but it drives me crazy. I'll do it every once in awhile, but it's not my favorite thing to do. (Example: Buy X toothbrush at $2.99 and recieve $3 in RR. Thus, making the item free.)
- Printable coupon sites will allow you two prints/coupon. Just hit the back button and refresh on your browser.
- Many retailers now have facebook pages -- you can usually find coupons for their products on their fan pages.
- Remember to always stack a store coupon (Target, Walgreens, etc.) with a manufacturers coupon. If you can pair it with a sale, even better.
- If you have stores that double coupons, you can really score. ::LUCKY YOU!!!:: We don't have ANY stores that double, so I'll never do what they do on Extreme Couponing (TLC).
- Don't be greedy. Don't buy more than you can use. Don't buy things you don't need. (Obvious, right?) Donate extras when you can.
- Check out the various ways of organizing your coupons. I initially started by using a small accordion file that broke when it got too full. Then I switched to a binder system where I clipped the coupons and just sorted them into page protectors (big mess). Now I keep the inserts together and just label them. I'm seriously considering the binder/baseball card holder method. I'll let you know how that goes.
|Oh and my outfit is 24M!!! I think it runs small. ;) Usually I wear 12M-18M|
Anyway, in the last few months I really started couponing hard and shortly after I began someone on facebook asked me if I had seen Extreme Couponing on TLC. Hello!!! Have you seen this show? Needless to say, it's now a regular recording on my DVR. It's been a pretty interesting show (minus the lady committing coupon fraud, ok well, maybe including that). Ever since that show aired though, I have the hardest time finding items in the stores. I'm pretty sure everyone and their dogs are now couponing, but hey, I don't blame 'em. After all, I can get rain checks. =)
So here's my haul from today. I got $117.49 worth of items for $13.98 before tax. Not too shabby...
Here is a listing of a few of my new favorites including how much Swagbucks it will "cost" you :
$10 Fandango Gift Card for 1175 SB
$10 Chili's, Macaroni Grill, On The Border & Maggiano's Gift Card for 1195 SB
$10 Home Depot Gift Card for 1249 SB
$25 Lands End eGift Card for 2865 SB
$25 Zappos.com eGift Card for 2885 SB
$25 Cabela's eGift Card for 2975 SB
$25 Overstock.com eGift Card for 2995 SB
Of course, these are all FREE just from the points you will earn when you sign up and use Swagbucks.
Swagbucks is a search engine and you just simply use it for everything you do on the computer. During random searches you will be rewarded with Swagbucks that will continue to add to your account until you cash them out and turn them into great rewards like Amazon.com credit or any of the items I mentioned above.
It is FREE to use and so easy to earn! Sign up and start earning free stuff today!