Houston Life KPRC 2 Saving Money with Coupons

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Menu Planning Tips to Save Money $$$$


How to make dinner time cost effective!

1) Plan your weekly menu on sales from the store or items you already have. I find that having a plan for dinner is much less stressful for me. I am not running around at the last minute wondering what is for dinner. Not to say that never happens, just, it is much less stressful on me.

2) Always stock up at rock bottom prices – especially on easy dinner items that your family loves – (my example is frozen pizza) We also really like to make our own pizzas. The kids really enjoy this fun dinner making activity and that will eat it all, because they helped make dinner.

3) Always have the ingredients for that quick “go to” item for dinner. No matter how good of a planner you are, there are days that things do not go exactly as planned.

4) Short cuts – use pre made items and then add your own special touch

Example – add in a frozen veggie, spices or fresh herbs. This is the funnest part of making dinner around my house. I enjoy making new and exciting dishes.

5) Bottom line – make what your family will eat. There is no point to go through the trouble to buy and prepare food if you family will not touch it.

Most of all, Have fun and enjoy spending time with the family!

Low Cost Menu Options:

(when I say low cost, I mean basically under a $10 to feed a family of 4)

(Two adults, Two children)
These are two options from my stockpile. (My cost to make at that specific time)

Beef Roast (5.24) with frozen vegetable (.95) and rice (.75) =  $6.94 for a family dinner

Penne Pasta (.75) and Meat Sauce (1.00) with fresh salad (bag was .75) Salad Dressing (.50) = $3.00

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How to Make Homemade Cleaners!

Frugal Cleaning Options

There is no reason to head to the store to buy lots of new cleaning products. You probably already have these handy items in your house. So, save yourself some money and give the homemade cleaners a try.
Scrubbing Powder – Ajax type cleaner
In a bowl, mix
1 cup Borax
1 cup Baking Soda
1 cup Salt
Use for cleaning the toilet, sinks, counters, tubs and showers
Floor Cleaner
In a bucket, Mix 3 drops Dishwashing Detergent with
1 cup White Vinegar
1 cup Alcohol
1 cup Water
Clean floors the rinse with water
Or another option for sparkling floors
In a bucket of water, mix ½ cup Baking Soda and clean away all the dirt on your floors
Oven Cleaner
Sprinkle Baking Soda in the oven
Spray with water
Let set over night
Scrub then rinse the oven clean
Clean the Shower Curtain
Place Baking Soda on a damp sponge
Scrub the hard water stains on the shower curtain and rinse clean
Deodorize Carpets
No need to buy expensive carpet deodorizers when you have Baking Soda in the house.
Just sprinkle Baking Soda on your carpets, let set for a few minutes or over night for hefty deodorizing and vacuum.
All purpose Counter Top Cleaner
Clean all your counter tops with a spritz of Vinegar on a damp cloth.
Clean and Deodorize the Garbage Disposal
Place ½ cup of Baking Soda in your garbage disposal
Heat ½ cup of White Vinegar then pour down the disposal
Let sit for 5 minutes then rinse and run the garbage disposal
Clean the Microwave
Place ½ cup Vinegar and ½ cup Water in a microwave safe bowl.
Heat to boiling in microwave
Leave in the microwave for a few minutes to deodorize and loosen all the dried splatters of food
Then wipe clean with a damp sponge.
Clean and Deodorize the Toilet Bowl
Pour Four Cups of Vinegar in the toilet
Set overnight
Scrub the bowl in the morning
Windows and Mirrors
Use equal parts Vinegar and Water, in a Spray Bottle, to create a powerful streak free cleaner.
½ cup Vinegar
½ cup Water
Written By: Nora Kapche Owner CouponContessa.com

How to Start Using Coupons

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How to start couponing….

The first key to saving money is to get multiple inserts of the Sunday Paper!
The coupons are usually with the magazine section that is wrapped in the funny paper.
There are three kinds of inserts: the Redplum, the SmartSource and the once a month and Procter and Gamble (P&G) Brand Saver.
Utilize Loadable and Printable Coupons:

Tip: There are not coupons on Holiday weekends.

Once you have your coupon inserts, now it is time to get to know the stores in your area.
Read the sales ad carefully, ask questions such as:

Does your store double or triple coupons? double means two times the amount of the coupon and triple means three times the amount of the coupon
At most stores, your coupon will be accepted at face value. BUT some stores double or even triple coupons. So a .50 cent coupon that is doubled will be worth $1.00. and a .35 cent coupon that is tripled will now be worth $1.05.
This saving can quickly add up and you may even be getting the product for free.

What are the maximum value to double or triple coupons?
In other words what is the highest amount of a coupon that will triple? Usually up to and including 35 cents.
And what is the highest amount of a coupon that will double? Usually it is up to an including 50 cents.

How many like coupons will double/ triple? If I am buying three toothpastes and I have three coupons for 35 cents each. Will they triple only the first coupon only or all three. This depends on the store policy.

Can you combine store coupons with manufacturer coupons?
Store coupons are only to be used at a specific retailer They can be found in the sales add or in home mailers. They are usually identified with the store logo. Look carefully because all in ad coupons are not store coupons. They may be manufacturer coupons. What you need to investigate is if you can combine the store coupon and a manufacturer coupon for the same item. Some stores will let you do this.

Do they accept competitor coupons? Will they take other stores coupons? For example can you bring in a coupon for a gift card with new prescription from another pharmacy and have the coupon honored.

You will find that these policies vary by store.

Take advantage of store loyalty cards.
They will help you save more money. But make sure you always give your card to the cashier first, or at least before any coupons. Sometimes it is the only way that you will be able to get sale prices or the double / triple coupons.

The key to saving money, is to combine the lowest sale price of an item that you can find with a coupon. Combining the two will provide the best savings.

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New Coupons

ONE Crest Pro-Health™ Stages™ OR Crest Kids Toothpaste 4.2oz or larger (excludes trial/travel size) On Any ONE (1) sweetened or unsweetened True Citrus Product (not including the 5ct or 12 ct packages)
Off any ONE (1) Armor All Ultra Shine Wash Wipes, Ultra Shine Wax Wipes or Ultra Shine Tire & Trim Shine Sponges on any ONE (1) Culturelle Pro-Well product
on ONE (1) Culturelle Pro-Well Immune + Energy product (Available at Walmart) On Any One (1) Package of Butterball Frozen Turkey Burgers
TWO Prilosec OTC Products 28ct or larger (excludes trial/travel size) when you purchase any TWO (2) Gerber Cereal products
off any TWO (2) Emerald Nut products (5 oz. or larger) (Redeemable at Walmart) on ANY ONE (1) L'Oreal Paris EVER haircare treatment product
on ONE Persil ProClean laundry detergent 75oz or larger (Valid on: 75oz Power-Liquid or Larger OR 38ct Power-Caps or Larger) any ONE (1) package of HUGGIES Diapers (Not valid on 9 ct. or less)
on any THREE Pop-Tarts Toaster Pastries on any TWO (2) Schick Disposable Razor Packs (excludes 1 ct. and Schick Slim Twin 2ct and 6 ct.)
on any ONE (1) Schick Disposable Razor Pack (excludes 1 ct. and Schick Slim Twin 2ct and 6 ct.) ONE Pantene Product (excludes 6.7oz and trial/travel size)
when you buy ONE CUP any variety Yoplait Dippers™ when you buy ONE CUP any flavor Liberté yogurt
when you buy TEN CUPS any variety Yoplait Yogurt (Includes Original, Light, Light Thick & Creamy, Thick & Creamy, Whips!, ... on any ONE (1) TURTLES product (5.8 oz. or larger) (Redeemable at Walmart)
when you buy ONE PACKAGE of any Annie's™ Organic Yogurt when you buy ONE BOX Reese's Puffs cereal
when you buy ONE BOX Very Berry Cheerios™ when you buy ONE any flavor/variety Cascadian Farm™ product
when you buy TWO BOXES any flavor General Mills cereal listed: Cheerios™ • Cinnamon Toast Crunch™ • Lucky Chams™ ... when you buy ONE BOX any Nature Valley™ Granola Cups

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HOT New Summer Coupons!

on any (1) MCCORMICK GRILL MATES 14 OZ. SAUSAGE LINK OR BEEF FRANK On Any One (1) Jar of Pearls Specialties Olives
any ONE (1) Frank's RedHot Sauce (12oz or Larger) on any ONE (1) TABASCO Family of Flavors, 5 oz. or larger
on any ONE (1) Alka-Seltzer ReliefChews Product (32ct or larger) one (1) Nexium 24HR 42ct
on any ONE (1) Zantac 50ct+ or DUO Fusion™ 55ct product (Redeemable at CVS) on any ONE (1) Pure Leaf hot or iced bagged and loose teas
ONE Venus Swirl™ OR Venus & Olay Razor (excludes disposables) TWO Venus OR Daisy Disposable Razor Packs 2ct or larger (excludes Daisy 2ct)
ONE Venus Original OR Embrace Disposable Razor Pack 2ct or larger Buy one (1) 8 lb or smaller bag of Purina ONE SmartBlend Dry Dog Food, get one (1) 8 lb or smaller bag of Purina ONE
TWO Tampax Pearl Products (18 ct or larger) (excludes trial/travel size)

New Coupons!

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Homemade T-Shirt Scarf !Recycle that old T-Shirt!

How to make a Homemade T-Shirt Scarf

This is the Segment that I did for the LiveWell Network Show DEALS.

Gather your t-shirt, scissors and your creativity.

1.  Infinity Scarf ** (See below)

2.  Fringe Scarf
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Cut the t-shirt under the arms and again at the bottom seam.
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Take the middle of the t-shirt and stretch it with your hands.  Widen your arms to stretch the shirt wide.  The ends will begin to roll a little.
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Cut 1 inch deep fringe on the top and the bottom of the shirt.  Make each cut about 1/3 inch apart.

Then cut the middle of the shirt.

Stretch again then tie a small piece of material to secure the two circles together.

Enjoy your custom made scarf.
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3.  Rope Scarf
Cut under arms and cut bottom seam off t-shirt.

Cut lengthwise strips to create rope like pieces.  Tie together with an additional piece of fabric from the t-shirt.

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4.  Ruffle Scarf

Cut under arms and at the bottom seam of the t-shirt.
Use a 9 inch plate to outline circles on the front of a t-shirt.
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Cut circles out of t-shirt (front and back together)
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You will have (at least) 8 circles.

Cut a spiral in each circle.
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Then run your hand down the length of the fabric to stretch each piece.

Do this several time on each.  This will create a “ruffle” look.

Tie all pieces together with an additional piece of t-shirt fabric.
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Enjoy your Ruffle Scarf!

Make sure to check out the video instructions.

DIY Flower Arrangement Coffee Mug from Creative Contessa Designs


I found these really cute large coffee mugs at the dollar store and wanted to find something creative to do with them.  Since the kids were still in school, I decided to make mini flower arrangements out of each coffee cup and send them to all the teachers.  They can be used for

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Great Summer Coupons!

New Coupons!

2.00 on any ONE (1) Coppertone product (5 oz. or larger) 1.50 on ONE (1) package of Hefty Large Black Trash Bags 0.50 on one (1) Snuggle Blue Sparkle 160ct. or 250ct. Dryer Sheets (Available at Walmart) 1.00 on ONE (1) Taylor Farms Shred Cutz Salad Kit 1.00 On any ONE (1)

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5 Cleaning Hacks Put to the Test

These are 5 super simple cleaning hacks that you can try today.

1. Kool Aid to Clean Your Dishwasher Lemonade Kool Aid can be used for more than a refreshing beverage. It can also be used as a dishwasher cleaner. The secret ingredient is the citric acid. It works to remove lime and

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Hot Coupons to Print Now

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Supermarket Secrets TV Segment on KPRC Chan 2 Houston

Welcome Channel 2 KPRC Houston  viewers!

Check out Secrets to Saving at the Supermarket Video from KPRC Channel 2 Houston.


Supermarket Secrets is a segment that was aired on KPRC Channel 2 Houston on  February 8, 2016.


-Look at Sales Ads before you shop

-Plan your Menu off of the Flyer –

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Hot New Coupons! Make Up, Paper Products, Food & More

New Coupons!

1.00 on any TWO (2) DOLE Fruit Bowls 2.00 On any Alive! Multi-Vitamin 0.50 ONE COVERGIRL Face Product (excludes Cheekers, Vitalist Healthy Skin Elixir Foundation and trial/travel size) 0.50 ONE COVERGIRL Vitalist Healthy Skin Elixir Foundation (excludes trial/travel size) 3.00 on one (1) 8.5lb jug of Purina Tidy Cats LightWeight litter, any

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Guest Post – How to Make a Dry Erase Picture Frame + Video

DIY Dry Erase Picture Frame

This is a great project for gifting.

Especially, for the person who has everything.

It can be customized to fit the decor of any room.

DIY Memo Board

Items Needed: Picture Frame Fabric Scissors Spray Glue Marker Dry Erase Marker

Disassemble the picture frame. Use the marker to

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Over $100 in Printable Coupons!

New Coupons!

2.00 off any Cetaphil Baby Product (excludes trial/travel sizes and single bars) 2.00 on the purchase of any one (1) BIC Multi-Purpose Lighter package 0.50 on any ONE (1) Zatarain’s or Old Bay product with purchase of ground turkey (Available at Walmart) 1.00 on any ONE (1) Stubb’s product with purchase

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