$20 Off Ikea Purchase!

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Good gravy, I can hardly believe this one! RACE over HERE to print this coupon for $20 off a $150 or more purchase at IKEA. (WOW!) I’ve never seen one like this before, so hurry to use while it’s available through 9/5/16!

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Thanks, Money Saving Mom! 

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25 Days of Thrift Store Makeovers Day 15: Coffee Table or Side Table


I so love thrift store makeovers, and there are so many fun ideas hopping around online!


Hurry on over to Not So Newlywed McGees to see how they turned this old coffee table into an upholstered ottoman.   The transformation is incredible ~ go HERE to see what you think!

See more Thrift Store Makeovers:


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Sauder Shoal Creek Desk ONLY $98


If you’re looking for a good deal on a desk for your home office – this is a great deal!

Right now at Walmart.com this Sauder Shoal Creek Desk in Jamocha Wood is only $98 (Reg $199!)

  • Designed with a warm, casual style
  • Drawers are made with metal runners and safety stops
  • Lower drawer holds letter-size hanging files
  • Contains a grommet hole for cord management
  • Organizer hutch with full shelf and cubbyhole storage
  • Created with engineered wood with a laminate finish
  • Has soft nickel-finish pulls
  • Sauder office desk has a 5-year limited warranty
  • Quick and easy assembly with patented T-slot drawer system

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Office Depot: 14 Items for 14¢ (Over $50 in Supplies!)


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Right now you can score more than $50 worth of school supplies for 14¢ at Office Depot/OfficeMax! Here’s how to work the deal:

Buy (3) Office Depot Brand Mechanical Pencils 6pk – 1¢
Buy (3) Pencil Boxes – 1¢
Buy (3) Index Cards  – 1¢
Buy (3) Folder 2pks – 1¢
Buy (2) Duracell Batteries 16-ct – 1¢

  • Pay $28.12 out of pocket, Get $27.98 in Office Depot Rewards
  • = 14¢ total (worth $50.96)


See ALL the Office Depot Office Max Deals for the week.



Go HERE to print your free printable Back to School Price Comparison Cheat Sheet, and share with your friends this school season so they can pinch those pennies too!


Let me know if you find any great back-to-school deals, and find the complete list of back-to-school deals over HERE!


Looking for more back to school savings & free printables? Here you go:

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Amazon Prime Members | $9.99 Dog Treats Sample Box ~ Get $9.99 Credit!


For a limited, Amazon Prime Members who purchase this Dog Food & Treats Sample Box for $9.99 will get a $9.99 credit towards the purchase of dog food products! It’s like getting the sample box for free after credit! (Your credit will be applied to your account 7 days after your order ships and you’ll get an email about how to redeem it).

And check out these other Sample Boxes you can grab for essentially free after credit:


Note: Many of these are now unavailable – but one or two are still in stock and doesn’t hurt to check!

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Love Amazon? Don’t miss my list of 16 items you should be buying on Amazon.

See more Amazon Deals, and remember when you subscribe and save to 5 or more items in one month, you’ll also save an additional 15% on all of your subscribe and save purchases.

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Laurie’s Fresh Thyme Trip: How I Saved $40 On Groceries Today (Without Clipping A Single Coupon)

Laurie’s Fresh Thyme Market Trip: Spent $20.84, Saved $40.25

Curious how I saved $40 today on groceries without clipping a single coupon? Watch over on Facebook Live in just about a minute (or watch the replay later in the day), to see what I paid. Those cherries and strawberries were a steal! 🙂



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Best School Supply Deals 2016: Staples, Office Max, Publix, Target & Walgreens

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Best School Supply Deals 2016

In addition to our Back To Schools Cheat Sheet here are some weekly specials to snag at your favorite stores!  I think the best way to save BIG on school supplies is to try to make a trip a week to Staples and price match all the stores.  Don’t forget to snag a few extras to donate while you’re there. 😉



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Staples (Don’t forget Staples has the 110% price guarantee – learn more about Staples HERE) 

from 7/10 – 7/16

  • 1 Subject notebook – $0.17
  • Staples Pink Erasers (12 pk) – $0.25
  • Staples Pencil Sharpeners – $0.25
  • Crayola Crayons- $0.50
  • Westcott Wood Rule- $0.25
  • Filler Paper (100 pk) -$0.75
  • Staples Glue Sticks (4 pk) – $1
  • Ticonderogo Pencils 18 pk – $3
  • BIC Round Stic Pens (60 ct) – $4
  • Staples Heavy Duty Binders – $5
  • Expo Markers 8 pk – $5
  • Sharpie (24 pk) – $10

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Office Max

from 7/10 – 7/16

  • Office Depot Wooden Pencils – $0.01 with $5 minimum purchase
  • Slider Pencil Box -$0.01 with $5 minimum purchase
  • Crayola Crayons – $0.25
  • BIC Highlighters – $0.25
  • Sharpie (1 ct) – $0.25
  • Paper Mate Profile Retractable Pens – $1
  • Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (24 ct) – $3
  • Sharpie Highlighter (12 pk) -$5

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Publix starts 7/13/16

from 7/13 – 7/19 or 7/20 depending on your area

  • Poly 2 Pocket 3 Tang Folder – $0.43
  • Top Flight Standard Notebook, 1 Subject, 70 Sheets – $0.49
  • Paper Mate Ball Point Pen, 1.0 mm, 10 ct – $1.10
  • Sharpie Accent Highlighter, 4 ct – $1.59
  • Sharpie Permanent Markers, 8 pk – $3.99


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from 7/10 – 7/16

  • Highlighters – $0.17
  • Folders -$0.17
  • Scissors – $0.50
  • 1 Subject Notebook – $0.50
  • Wooden Pencils (10 pk)  – $.50
  • Mead Notebooks (Buy 1, Get 1 Free)

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from 7/10 – 7/16

*Don’t forget to use the $5 Target Gift Card when you spend $25 or more In Ad coupon or text SCHOOL to  827438*

  • Sharpie Twin Tip ( 2 pk) – $2.50 (must buy 2)
  • Five Star Folder with 4 Pockets- $1
  • Crayola Fine Line Classic Markers – $0.99
  • Five Star Active 1 Subject Active Binder – $2.50 (must buy 2)
  • Fiskars 5″ Blunt Scissors – $1.47
  • Post It (400 ct) – $4

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from 7/13 – 7/19

  • Oxford Twin Pocket Portfolio – $0.15
  • Elmer’s School Glue Sticks (7 ct) – $1.99
  • Ticonderoga #2 Pencils (24 ct) – $2.99

back to school deals

Find more Back To School Savings over HERE, and be sure to download your free Back To School Walmart & Target Cheat Sheet before you shop!


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How to Save on Grocery Bills by Shopping *THESE* 7 Weeks a Year

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I was thinking about all the great deals going on this week at Publix, Kroger, Walmart and Target, and it dawned on me that there are really 7 weeks each year that you need to grocery shop . . . and one of them is right upon us! As we’re gearing up for grilling out, the corporate folks at our favorite grocery stores have everything strategically planned around what they know we’ll buy.

Which means all we have to do is outsmart them. 🙂 

Here’s how to save on grocery bills by strategically shopping these 7 BIG weeks of each year.

There are seven big shopping cycles each year that are absolutely the best weeks to shop, because stores know we’re ready to shell out some cash. These are the weeks that stores will have seasonal items on sale for their lowest prices of the year, so you can easily stock up.


Curious which weeks they are? Here we go!


(ranked in order leading up to the very *best* times to grocery shop)

How to Save on Grocery Bills – Shop THESE 7 Weeks:

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7. Super Bowl

Come February when we’re all ready to make every appetizer on the planet, retailers are stocking their shelves with great prices on everything you’ll need to whip up a bit batch of chili. Stock up during Super Bowl on these items:

  • paper products
  • canned tomatoes
  • beans
  • tortilla chips
  • cream cheese
  • sour cream
  • soda
  • canned goods
  • chips and dips

6. Labor Day
  • chips
  • soda
  • ground beef, ribs, boneless, skinless chicken breast
  • corn
  • apples
  • cereal
  • snack size mixes (for back to school)
  • uncrustables
  • everything back to school

5. Memorial Day
  • strawberries
  • blueberries
  • chips and dips
  • condiments
  • marinades
  • hamburger and hotdog buns
  • chips and salsa

4. 4th of July
  • blueberries
  • peaches
  • watermelon
  • cherries
  • marinades
  • chips and dips
  • angel food cake
  • baked beans
  • condiments
  • beef
  • firewords
  • soda
  • paper products
  • bug spray, sunscreen

3. Easter
  • canned veggies
  • cream soups
  • ham
  • baking supplies – flour, sugar, brown sugar
  • Nestle tollhouse
  • butter
  • eggs
  • vinegar
  • Sister Schuber rolls
  • candy


2. Christmas
  • oranges
  • baking supplies
  • Nestle morsels
  • ham, turkey
  • stuffing mix
  • Sister Schubert rolls
  • cranberry sauce
  • hot chocolate
  • butter
  • eggs
  • boxed potatoes, gravy
  • cream soups
  • canned pumpkin

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1. Thanksgiving
  • pumpkin
  • apples
  • baking supplies
  • Nestle morsels
  • ham, turkey
  • stuffing mix
  • Sister Schubert rolls
  • cranberry sauce
  • hot chocolate
  • butter
  • eggs
  • boxed potatoes, gravy
  • cream soups
  • canned pumpkin

how to save on grocery bills during THESE 7 weeks

Have you found other seasonal cycles that are worth shopping? I’d love to hear which are your favorite weeks to shop! Leave a comment to share.

And if you have other tips and tricks for how to save on grocery bills – I always love to hear them!



Looking for more savings tips and tricks? Here you go: 




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Staples Price Match Guarantee


Staples Price Match Guarantee


So excited to see this back again this year!


You. guys.


I have some seriously (seriously) exciting information for you.


For. real.


Did you know that Staples will price match other store’s sales ads a whopping 110%? 


I love that!

Apparently they started a few years ago offering this during the summertime, and I just checked and sure enough they’re offering it again this summer. 


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Okie dokie, so ready for the details? Here we go:

  • Staples will price match 110% any retail or online store through 9/17/16 (their online policy mentions Amazon ~ I’m not positive that you’ll be able to just show them a price on your Smartphone but from what I can tell that should work.)
  • Staples will only price match items on name brand items that are the identical item, including model number.
  • Staples does not price match rebates that go beyond the sale price.
  • To get a price match, you need to have proof of the sale price and then just request the price from your cashier.
  • Staples will refund the difference in price up to 14 days after purchase if you find a lower price elsewhere after you purchase.
  • Read more about their price matching policy over HERE.


The Staples savings are just starting out this week (nothing too exciting, but in the next few weeks we’ll see oodles of deals!) And don’t forget you can also price match at Walmart, so that may be another option if you don’t have a Staples in your area. Leave a comment to share how price matching has worked for you ~ I love hearing from you!


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Our 18¢ Pizza.


Had to share my little happy with you today! My kids begged for Papa John’s (we rarely order pizza and hardly ever Papa John’s since they don’t deliver to our area), but I decided to splurge and gave in.


I happened to remember this Groupon I bought in the Spring, and sure enough had a $25 Papa John’s credit that I’d completely forgotten about. So, after the code 25OFF we scored two large pizzas, a 2 liter and some brownies for 18¢. WOOHOO!!


Just had to share with some passionate penny pinchers who might appreciate a break from making summer lunch like I sure did today. If you happened to get that Groupon (or another one you’ve forgotten about like I tend to do), be sure to take advantage of your Groupons while they last!



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