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Steve Mills

Reminder! Farmer's Market every week in Shelbyville.

Posted Sunday, August 14, 2011, at 10:20 AM
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  • Unique-Lies -- I saw that myself yesterday when I was going to use a coupon on Expo markers, which would have netted free ones. But in this area, instead of the markers being 99 cents like in other states, they were $2.49, so you could not get free ones. A way to cheat Walgreens is to take their sale ad to Wal-Mart and still get any sale price they have that may be lower than Wal-Mart. I went to Walgreens once to get some free toothbrushes and was explained by the manager that they are not the Goodwill and do not give items away for free. That was my first and last trip to Walgreens.

    Steve -- I have heard that some farmers markets accept the EBT cards. If this one does, it would be great for any of the people out there looking for great and fresh food to be able to get them at reasonable prices since there are so many people that are using EBTs now.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 5:33 PM
  • PrpleHze,

    I got 2 free expo markers today at this Walgreen, you needed to get the 6 pack, not the 4 pack. I also got the two packs of Stayfree for free. Buy One get one free, but I had a coupon for Buy One Get one free as well, so I got them both free LOL.

    They paid me 2 dollars for each of the Vitamen supplments, bought two, they were normally 26.00 dollars on sale for 10 plus got 10 dollars in register rewards.

    I guess it is a scam if you buy certain things, but we stock up. I got enough toilet paper for the Apocalypse. 90 Razors, 18 cans of shaving cream, 54 bottles of body wash, 88 bottles of hand soap, 70 bottles of shampoo (all brands), 70 tubes of toothpaste, 20 toothbrushes, and the list goes on. This is about 8 months of shopping for deals and never taking more than 4 at a time. It just takes planning and working the deals. The most I ever paid was 7 dollars and it was the first one. After that I used register rewards.

    Pringles, I got those for 35 cents each at Krogers a few weeks ago, bought 10 of them, should last us 3 months. Sales go in cycles, you just needs to keep a log book, after about 6 months, you get a good idea when the best time to stock up on a certain item or brand.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Sun, Aug 14, 2011, at 11:12 PM
  • EM did you add another room to the house for storage? ;-)

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 7:09 AM
  • No, 4 bedroom 2 baths. Each kids has own room, then wife and I. Got a spare freezer, and plenty of space for everything else. Closets, cabinets and hidden shelving, its like the batcave!

    Grocery bill is now after 6 months, about 50 a week. Because there is rarely coupons for meats, fresh veggies and fruit. Our coupon saving averages around 80-90 percent.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 10:04 AM
  • They did at Walgreens for me. I don't use Stayfree, but two in my house do. I do not purchase things unless I know we will use it.

    Yeah You just have to know the store's policies and I actually carry a copy of it with me as the Managers sometimes make up rules (Best Buy is the worst offender). But to be honest, I have never had one problem with any local stores.

    They pretty much know me, but I go in with a very organized list and layout everything way ahead of time. I never split up transactions, I never buy more than one cart worth of items. I find it greedy and underhanded.

    For example, Target is an excellent source for deals, I got a 40 inch HD LED LCD TV with 3 year warranty for $324. And this was a Sony Bravia.

    Brand new Xbox360 (Final Fantasty Edition) 87 dollars.

    I will never pay over 50% of retail. Ever.

    I don't drink coffee, Folgers Instant is your preference? Ok, February 11th, coupons came out that were 1.50 - 2.50 off, so very shortly, there should be some good ones coming out.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:41 AM
  • One last tip, Also send critical emails to your favorite companies how they can improve their product. I get some of the best coupons from them. Be honest, and give constructive suggestions, if you really spend time on the letter, I noticed I got better coupon quantities and quality.

    -- Posted by Evil Monkey on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 11:45 AM
  • Phenomenal savings here! Debbi uses coupons a lot but if she was saving that much, I think I would hear more about it.

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 12:18 PM
  • EvilMonkey,

    I agree. There is a site that I often go to Couponing to Disney and she has a HUGE database of companies that you can write to, to get coupons for either cents off or free products. She calls it the "5 A Day" program. Just sit down and send 5 emails to companies that you use and give them your opinion. Some companies send a thanks. And some send coupons. I keep a list of what companies I have written to and the dates. You can contact them around every six months but nothing sooner than that.

    As for problems with stores, the only one was Walgreens. I have never had a problem anywhere else.

    And normally about once a month we have a "freebie" day. Where we gather up our freebie coupons and cash them in. We also use gift cards that I have earned and cashed out for for food and gas while we are out.

    As for stocking up, we have enough deodorant and kleenex for about 3 years. And enough disposable razors for about 5 years. School supplies and printer paper for about 2-3 years. We can't seem to stock up food for long, but we are learning.

    -- Posted by PrpleHze on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 1:02 PM
  • I am never around to try it out. Anyone care to comment?

    -- Posted by stevemills on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 2:17 PM
  • Gonna go Thursday Steve. Will let you know.

    -- Posted by cherokee2 on Mon, Aug 15, 2011, at 3:40 PM
  • For mothers with young children, there are a few vendors who accept the farmer's market WIC vouchers. I'm sure alot of mom's didn't know this. I didn't for a long time.

    -- Posted by craftin_mom on Tue, Aug 16, 2011, at 7:19 AM
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