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Did any of you get the October issue of All You, did you happen to notice a familiar face on page 12?  I just wanted to thank All You for featuring me, it is an honor to be  part of such a great magazine.  They offer great money saving tips and coupons to help you save!  This months issue had over $175.00 in coupons inside.

So what thrifty tip did I offer for Halloween?

Put plastic wrap (which adheres by itself) on your windows and use paint to draw spiders, bats and webs on it.  After Halloween you can just peel it off for a quick cleanup. 

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I was honored to be asked to take part as a Frugal Blogger in the All You Grocery Challenge. Today A Thrifty Mom was featured on their site.  Here is part of the story:

Growing up on a small farm in Middleton, Idaho, Sarah Barrand learned at a young age that day or night, there were always chores to do. Her mother taught her she could be happy with less and told her to always put her needs in front of her wants.

Sarah kept these lessons in the back of her mind, but didn’t always follow them as an adult. Pleased with her job, she thought she had “made it” and started buying frivolously.  “Suddenly, I realized I had a lot of bills to pay,” Sarah says. On top of that, her husband was $10,000 in debt. Together, they decided to get out of debt and spend no more than $10 to $15 per week on groceries.

Their first child, Matthew, was born with hypoplastic left heart syndrome – a condition that meant the left side of his heart was severely underdeveloped. For three years, the Barrands would travel frequently for Matthew’s surgeries.

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I was also the featured in this article Live a fulfilling, Frugal lifestyle with one Frugal Blogger’s tips

Take couponing seriously. “Extreme couponing is like a fad diet. At first, people get really excited about all the savings that can be had. They shop every store, grab every deal and buy a ridiculous amount of products just because they’re free. You can’t maintain this lifestyle without hitting a coupon burnout. Just like a fad diet, you can’t make it a way of life.”

*  Prevent frustration with the ultimate couponing guide!

Double up. “My biggest saving strategy is to coordinate using coupons with a sale item to get the lowest shelf price. Plus, I try to save at least five of the same coupon so I can get multiplies of a product and save on each one. I’ve even stocked up on one year’s worth of a particular item!”

* Stock up on canned foods to make simple and quick dishes.

Determine your wants and needs. “It takes dedication not to make impulse buys. And it’s important to plan your meals around what you already have in the house.”

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Thanks Alyssa at All You it was a pleasure to work with you!

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Ok,I know June is almost over and these  will not be on the shelf much longer as July editions is on its way.  I had a few of you notice that  A Thrifty Mom was in fact featured in the June addition of All You Magazine.  I did not mention it before, as I was a bit bashful at seeing my face in a magazine as I waited at my Doctors appointment.  And I guess I did not want to come off as I was bragging or something.

I was honored and humbled to be featured in a national publication.  But also had a good laugh with my Mom that it happened to be about the topic of saving money at the Dollar Store.  Not exactly rocket science or a heart warming story… but  glad All You felt my money saving tip was worth passing along to its readers.

  • AMDRO Pest Control – Save $2.00
  • Banana Boat – Save $1.00
  • Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream or Novelty – Save $0.75
  • Blue Bunny Premium Ice Cream AND All You magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Burt’s Bees Tinted Lip Balm Save $1.00 off any one (1)
  • Catherines $15.00 off your purchase of $75 or more
  • Celebration Foods Ice Cream Cakes (including Carvel, M&M’S or OREO) – Save $3.00
  • Colgate Sensitive Toothpaste – Save $1.00
  • Dr. Scholl’s Massaging Gel Save $2.00
  • got2b – Save $2.00
  • Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Biscuits and Mini Bites Treats – Save $1.00
  • Hartz Crunch ‘n Clean Cat Treats – Save $1.50
  • HartzUltraGuard Flea & Tick Drops – Save $1.50
  • Hormel Compleats microwave meal – Save $0.55
  • HUGGIES LITTLE SWIMMERS Disposable Swimpants AND ALL YOU magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Keri Lotion – Save $1.00
  • King Oscar Sardines – Save $1.00
  • King’s Hawaiian Sandwich Bun – Save $0.50
  • Kleenex Hand Towels – Save $0.50
  • Kleenex Hand Towels AND All You Magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Kraft Jet-Puffed Marshmallows Free (up to $1.25 value) when you buy both HONEY MAID Grahams (14 oz or larger) and HERSHEY’S Milk Chocolate (6-pack)
  • Lasting Finish Pro Nail Lacquer Buy 1, Get 1 Free (up to $4.00 value)
  • Marzetti Slaw Dressing – Save $1.00
  • McCormick® Recipe Inspirations AND ALL YOU Magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Mineral Ice – Save $1.50
  • Mrs. T’s Pierogies Save $1.00 when you buy any 1
  • Nature’s Path Granola Bars AND ALL YOU magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Nestle Juicy Juice AND All You magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Nivea Body Lotion – Save $1.00
  • Nivea Body Wash Buy 2, Get 1 Free (up to a $5.99 value)
  • No Doz – $1.00
  • NYC New York Color $5 off when spending $10 on NYC product
  • Nylabone Edible Chew or Treat – Save $1.50
  • Nylabone Non-Edible Chew – Save $1.50
  • Odwalla Beverage – Save $0.35
  • Olivari Mediterranean Olive Oil – Save $1.00
  • Pure Protein Bars – Save $0.50
  • Pure Protein 100% Whey Protein/Jillian Michaels Natural Whey Protein – Save $3.00
  • Purpose Skin Care – Save $2.00
  • Purpose Gentle Cleansing Wash AND ALL YOU magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Sally Hansen Beauty Tools Save $1.00 on any Sally Hansen Beauty Tool purchase of $2.00 or more
  • Sevin Bug Killer – Save $2.00
  • Shedd’s Spread Country Crock Spread and 1 bag of Lender’s® Bagels – Save $1.00
  • Skinny Cow Save $1.00 off any (1) 6-count box (Confections items ONLY)
  • Skinny Cow Dreamy Clusters Milk Chocolate, 6 ct. box AND All You magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Slow Fe – Save $2.00
  • Vassarette® panty AND ALL YOU magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • Viva Paper Towels – Save $0.50
  • Viva Paper Towels AND ALL YOU magazine’s July issue – Save $1.00
  • White Cloud® Product (excludes 4 roll Bath Tissue) – Save $1.00
  • Zegerid OTC® 42 ct – Save $5.00

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Did any of you see A Thrifty Mom in the paper today?  Idaho Press Tribune contacted me this weekend, and asked me a few questions about couponing.  They are running a 5 day story on coupon tips.   If this is your first time visiting my site I would like to welcome you!   We do the work for you, showing you how to make couponing fit into your busy life, and make it a life long change.  We help you save your families hard earned money.

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Yesterday I was contacted Lyneka Little who was writing a story for ABCNEWs.com about Chrysler’s New Dodge Grand Caravan RT: The Minivan for Men. She was fun to talk to and wanted to get a Moms opinion on what attracts them to purchase a minivan.  Being that  I am ” A Thrifty Mom” price and safety were at the top of my list.  Sure I want something that looks nice, but if I can not afford it then it does not have much appeal to me.  I know I may not be the normal consumer and may frustrate many marketing teams as they try to sell me a pitch.  But I feel strongly that being in dept may bring instant gratification but long term stress which will fracture a family.

Now do not get me wrong, I think you should be selective  and if you want a certain make or model and it fits into your budget plan then go for it. Enjoy your new ride that style and features fit your families needs.  If you are not sure your “dream vehicle” will fit into your budget I suggest you put the money aside each month that you would be spending for that payment ( don’t forget to check insurance prices too and add that to your payment).  After 3-6 months of making your pretend payments see how it effected your over all budget: was it a stretch, did it cause stress, or did you have to take money from other places to make the payment?  If you were able to answer no to all these questions, then you now have made a more informed decision.   You also have  your “pretend payments” set aside which you  can use as a down payment to help you get a better interest rates, or help get approved for financing.

Above is a photo of your 1998 Dodge Caravan, we purchased it in 2004.  We upgraded from a small car, that did not accommodate  Matt’s 6’2 height (all legs) and the car seats for our kids.  When we were looking to upgrade, Matt really wanted a SUV but I wanted a minivan.  I was busy looking at seating, gas mileage, air control and price.  Matt on the other hand was looking at the body style, window tint, tire size, engine power and how far back he could push the front seat to fit his long legs.  We came to a happy compromise and were thrilled with our Dodge minivan, it had what we both  wanted.  Matt was now the proud owner of his “Man Van”.

I went outside to take a photo of our van today, and Matt got this horrified look on his face and said you are not going to put that on the site are you.   I said ” you bet I am”,  sure it is not the glamorous  new body style, the paint is faded,  tires are worn, a little dusty and far from what it was back when it was new.  And yes I desperately want to upgrade, but I am proud to have a vehicle that is paid in full, runs well and have kept my family safe for the last 7 years!

As for the the new Dodge Grand Caravan RT ( Man Van), Matt took a peak at it today online and was rather impressed with the new look.  It met both the need to provide space and comfort for his family, as well as the look he is attracted too.  He was “all about” the grill he said looked like Dodge Charger…..me on the other hand “hmmm what is a grill”.

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